Dan Gross: Richette to direct... clothed
LAWRENCE Richette promises he will not be naked in the movie "Tricks," which he plans to start shooting this winter. In fact, he won't be acting in the film at all.
promises he will not be naked in the movie "Tricks," which he plans to start shooting this winter. In fact, he won't be acting in the film at all.
Daily News readers may recall that last August Richette exposed himself to NBC 10 reporter Monique Braxton. Richette answered his door in a bathrobe when Braxton came by to ask about his arrest for allegedly assaulting his mother, Judge Lisa Richette, who died in October.
Richette plans to direct the movie, which he also wrote, and shoot here and in New York, Princeton and Washington D.C., he told us yesterday. The film centers on a male escort who is involved with a governor's wife.
Murder, blackmail and other misdeeds ensue, Richette says. In January, Richette, a novelist and former City Paper columnist, entered an anger-management program related to the alleged assault against his mother, but never admitted any fault or guilt. He's been arrested a handful of times since 1984 on charges including burglary, drunk driving and disorderly conduct, but was never convicted.
A day of Philly sports victories
ESPN Classic will air a Brotherly Love Marathon from 1 to 8 p.m. Saturday celebrating Philly's championship teams. "The Curse of William Penn" kicks off the programming. The documentary, narrated by actor and former Daily News Sexy Single Dave Dougherty and 93.3 WMMR's Preston Elliot, dissects the curse, or coincidence, that no Philly pro sports team has won a title since 1983, the same year it was decided that a building (One Liberty Place) would be built taller than William Penn's hat atop City Hall. (For the record, the Phantoms have won two Calder Cups since then, in 1998 and 2005.) From 2 to 4 p.m., ESPN Classic airs the final game of the 1980 Phils' World Series championship; from 4 to 6 p.m., Game 6 of the 1975 Flyers Stanley Cup victory; and from 6 to 8 p.m., the final game of the 1983 Sixers championship series.
Grace Kelly's kin accepts award
JB Kelly, a municipal-finance banker at PNC Bank, and lawyer wife Karen, spent the weekend in Indiana, Pa., filling in for his cousin Prince Albert, of Monaco, to accept the "Harvey" award from the Jimmy Stewart Museum, in honor of Albert's mother and JB's aunt, Princess Grace. She co-starred with Stewart in Alfred Hitchcock's "Rear Window."
Resurrection for the Kidd?
Kidd Chris is hinting at a possible radio return on his Web site - kiddshow.
com - which features an animated version of the former 94 WYSP host hung on a cross. Along with the cartoon is the definition of the word "resurrection" and the statement "Keep watching," signed by the jock who still has not spoken publicly about his May 16 firing from 'YSP. As we reported exclusively on PhillyGossip.com, he was fired over repeated airings of a racist song, "Schwoogies," sung to the tune of Blondie's "Call Me," which his guest Lady Gash performed in studio in March.
'Nail' stars visit the racetrack
Actors Leo Rossi and William Forsythe and Tony Luke Jr., who are about to shoot "The Nail" (starring Luke as a boxer) around town, will be at Philadelphia Park Wednesday to tape "Let's Go Racing," with producer Bruce Casella. The Comcast SportsNet program airs at 10 a.m. Saturday and is hosted by the People Paper's Dick Jerardi and Philadelphia Park track announcer Keith Jones. Casella's now doing a new show called "PA Harness Week" that airs at 1 p.m. Saturdays, also on Comcast SportsNet.
* Sal Mazzotta is also in "The Nail," sharing a scene with Forsythe. Mazzotta is in pre-production on his newest film, "Mafioso the Son," with Angie Everhart and Michael Madsen as FBI agents tailing Frank Paradiso, Mazzotta's character.
Rudner to yuck it up on WHYY
Funnywoman Rita Rudner will be here June 4 live at WHYY/TV12 at 8 p.m. during its pledge drive. Her stand-up special "Live from Las Vegas" will air on PBS and be available to donors on DVD, as will her book "I Still Have It, I Just Don't Remember Where I Put It."
Wedding auctioned for Alex's
The Omni Hotel at Independence Park and assorted vendors are auctioning a wedding package valued at more than $50,000 to benefit Alex's Lemonade Stand Foundation. The auction starts today on eBay and bidding ends June 6 to coincide with the foundation's Lemonade Days fundraising weekend. Visit WeddingForAlex.com for info. *
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