"BAYWATCH" ACTOR

Jeremy Jackson

, seen more recently on "Celebrity Rehab with

Dr. Drew

," is expected in town Thursday to shoot the indie film "Dreams."

Co-directed by Tom Walton and Vaughn Goland, the movie features "Big" Leroy Mobley, who has worked with Diddy; Brian Anthony Wilson, who was on "The Wire," and CW Philly 57 crew member Matthew Nadu. The film is about two singers, an actor and a baseball player who are trying to make it big and whose lives end up intersecting.

They filmed at Cheerleaders (Front & Oregon) over the weekend and will shoot mostly around Upper Darby and Havertown.

A fashionable pie

Jimmy Rollins

went for the "Big Rube" at Slice (1740 Sansom) the other day. The slice, named after

Daily News

fashion correspondent

Reuben "Big Rube" Harley

, is topped with goat cheese, turkey sage sausage and carmelized onions.

J-Roll on a roll

Rollins turned out Thursday night for the 4th annual

David Akers

Kicks for Kids benefit, An Evening of Fun and Magic, sponsored by auto mogul Gary Barbera, to raise money for Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Eagles long-snapper Jon Dorenbos performed magic for the crowd and hosted the event for his friend Akers, who is now in San Francisco with the 49ers.

* On other Dorenbos' news, his wife, Julie, who co-owns Skin Palette (126 S. 19th) tanning studio, appears in a bikini as Miss July in the just-released Totally Office Calendar 2012 of 93.3-WMMR morning hosts Preston and Steve.

Gardner's reunion

Al Gardner

, older brother of 102.9-WMGK afternoon-drive host

Andre Gardner,

is returning to his hometown to work for 106.9-WKDN, which will soon convert from religious to news programming. The

Charlotte Observer

reports that Gardner will be vice president of programming for WKDN. He had worked mornings on WBT-AM in Charlotte.

Andre is excited to have Al back in the area. The South Jersey family has another brother Bill, who also has enjoyed a long career in radio, working last in Southern California.

Big-name mentors

"NFL on CBS" broadcaster

James Brown

moderates the What it Takes Foundation's event Dec. 20 at the Free Library. The organization seeks to motivate and mentor inner-city youth. Eagles running back

LeSean McCoy

and former Sixer

Darryl Dawkins

are among participants at the invitation-only event, which is open to local students. For more info, visit whatittakes.me.

Meek raps at Southern

Rapper

Meek Mill

was scheduled to perform for students at South Philadelphia High School this afternoon in conjunction with City Year Greater Philadelphia's Sunoco Team, which helps ninth-graders. Several students will perform with the rapper, who recently released "A Hustler's Dream, a Hater's Nightmare." Principal

Otis Hackney

will honor students for excellent attendance, behavior and class performance.

Music 'Talk'

Singer

Eddie Bruce

performs in studio with pianist

Tom Adams

on the "Remember When" show hosted by

Steve Ross

and former Eagles GM

Jim Murray

on Talk Radio WPHT (1210-AM) Saturday night from 11 to 1. Bruce and Adams will debut "Philly is the City," which they wrote with

James Guglielmo

.

Chinese chef honored

Man Wong

, executive chef/ owner of Morrisville, Bucks County's Concerto Fusion (2 S. Delmorr), has received top honors from the World Association of Chinese Cuisine at the 21st Annual China Chefs Festival in Kunming, China.

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