WORD HAS IT that the ever-so-talented Terrence Howard was being considered to star in the movie version of the life of the late Philadelphia civil-rights leader Cecil B. Moore.
But that was before the powers that be in Hollywood backed away amid concerns about Howard's messy personal life. Two of his ex-wives have alleged that Howard, who co-starred in films such as "The Butler" and "Iron Man," physically abused them.
In light of heightened sensitivities stemming from the headlines surrounding the NFL's Ray Rice domestic-abuse scandal, some involved with the project were nervous about moving forward with Howard.
I reached out to Philly-based filmmaker Tigre Hill, who is writing the script, but he declined to comment, saying, "I can confirm that I'm doing it but I have no comment."
Hill's previous projects include "The Shame of a City" and "The Barrel of a Gun." He's also finishing up a Mafia documentary, "The Corrupt and the Dead," with former Inky scribe George Anastasia.
Moore, who died in 1979, was a cigar-smoking civil-rights attorney, an activist and a city councilman who led the effort to desegregate Girard College. He also served as president of the local NAACP chapter. The working title for the film based on Moore's life is called "American Zealot."
It's being called #BlackSunday.
I'm referring to Sunday night's much-anticipated matchup between the Eagles and the New York Giants, when the Birds for the first time ever will be sporting all-black uniforms.
For some, the black jerseys and matching black pants will be a welcome change, as Eagles safety Earl Wolff pointed out through a publicist. "The black on black is a slick look. This is the first time we're wearing it so it will be interesting to see what people think, but I think it's cool to mix it up."
Wolff, along with Eagles linebacker Najee Goode, co-hosted a reception celebrating the launch of the David Yurman Men's Forged Carbon Collection, in King of Prussia on Tuesday night.
Speaking of #BlackSunday, Philly's own Boyz II Men will be performing at halftime. The group's new album, which comes out Oct. 21, will be called "Collide."
Fresh off his being inducted into the Temple Athletics Hall of Fame, Raheem Brock will host his official NFL retirement party at the Pyramid Club (17th and Market streets) on Saturday night. Cost: $20 in advance.
"It's homecoming weekend, I have a lot of guys who are coming in town," the newly retired Brock told me yesterday.
They include former Eagle Hugh Douglas and Brock's former Temple University teammate Dan Klecko, who is scheduled to be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Friday.
While I had him on the phone, I had to ask if the very eligible Brock had ever settled down. In 2011, the Daily News named him one of the Sexiest Singles in Philly. Not one to put his personal life on blast, Brock told me, "I'm single but I'm dating."
Camden homegirl Tasha Smith said what a lot of folks were thinking once word broke about Tyler Perry's pending fatherhood.
Smith told talk-show diva Wendy Williams: "Can you believe it? . . . I used to think he was asexual. I didn't think he had sex at all. . . . No, seriously, Tyler is like, he's like an uncle that never has sex. I was just shocked and I'm so happy for him. He's going to be a daddy. I used to think that he would just be the uncle-daddy, you know?"
Former Philly radio personality Kendra G will make her first appearance on "Access Hollywood Live" on Friday dishing about entertainment gossip.
There's always lots of music choices around Philly for the hipsters and millennials, less so for their parents. That changed last Saturday when the Prime Rib (17th and Locust streets) began offering a live jazz trio from 10 p.m. until closing in the bar area. The music, every Saturday, is mostly standards, and there's no cover and no minimum drink order.