IS TONY LUKE JR. going Hollywood on us?
The cheesesteak impresario has acted in movies before, such as his unforgettable turn in "Invincible" and his starring role in "The Nail: The Story of Joey Nardone," but he made a national splash this year with the Spike food-competition series "Frankenfood."
Well, I hear that Luke was in Los Angeles recently, and it wasn't just to get a tan.
Luke has signed with Babette Perry, of IMG, a big-deal agency that will rep Luke for more hosting gigs. Perry has repped the likes of "Dancing with the Stars" host Tom Bergeron and Elisabeth Hasselbeck when she was on "The View," among others.
I hear that while in Shangri-L.A., Luke had meetings with Ryan Seacrest's people, 20th Century Fox and FremantleMedia, the production company behind "American Idol."
While "Frankenfood" has not yet been picked up for a second season, Luke is still under contract with Spike but is free to explore other hosting options.
WIP has picked up the second-year option for Josh Innes, who came to Philly last year from Houston. Innes has been a controversial voice at WIP, but the brass is clearly happy with his work at the station.
NBC cameras will be turned to Philly's own Matt McAndrew, who is killing it on "The Voice." McAndrew will play a free show at Xfinity Live! (1100 Pattison Ave.) today at 6:30 p.m., and the concert will be taped for a segment that will air during Monday's episode.
McAndrew, a University of the Arts grad, is heavily favored to take home the crown in the highly rated singing competition.
Jane Seymour, the former Bond girl and Medicine Woman, will bring her paintings to the Wentworth Gallery (The Court at King of Prussia Mall, 690 W. DeKalb Pike, Suite 2048) this Saturday, from 5 to 8 p.m.
When I chatted with Seymour, she raved about the Barnes Foundation (2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway), saying she goes every time she visits Philly. Seymour is no stranger to our town, including designing a mural at 15th and South streets based on her "open hearts" design, which is also the basis for a Kay Jewelers line, or, as Philadelphia magazine writer Dan McQuade put it, writing about the mural, "a piece of jewelry advertised to husbands watching football games."
I asked her how she felt about the criticism some Philadelphians lobbed at her mural for sharing design with her jewelry. "The whole concept of opening your heart and highlighting that is not being pushed down your throat," Seymour said. "No one is forced to look at it. Don't like it? Don't look at it." She added: "For a lot of people, it's an image that gives them a sense of hope and process for change in their lives."
The image was inspired by her mother, who told her to always keep her heart open.
Angelo Lutz, the former mobster and self-taught chef at Collingswood's Kitchen Consigliere (700 Haddon Ave., Collingswood, N.J.) will be on Food Network's "Cutthroat Kitchen," hosted by Alton Brown, Sunday at 10 p.m. to show off his culinary skill, with various obstacles getting in the way, as the show prescribes.
Lutz will also be on QVC tomorrow, slinging edibles inspired by his cooking. For more info, see The Insider, Page 25.
* Former Flyer Bob "The Hound" Kelly stopped by Germantown's Green Tree School on Tuesday to lead an assembly about the importance of teamwork and safety, for the school's Autism Support program.
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