More than 1,000 films were submitted for next month's Sundance Film Festival in the "U.S. dramatic" category. Of those 16, three with Philly ties will make their world premieres in Park City, Utah.
The romantic comedy
was known as
The Dream of the Romans
during its springtime filming under the eye of
near Rittenhouse Square.
stars as a wealthy author living as a hermit for 10 years until
helps gets him out of his house. (That house happens to be at 2032 Delancey Place.) Trivia: The title was changed because the line containing "the dream of the Romans" was cut from the film.
Also making its world premiere will be
, for which screenwriter
, a Rittenhouse Square native, got such young stars as
in a feature set in a suburban prep school. Brind based the
-directed flick on an award-winning short he wrote at Columbia University.
Film No. 3 is
, directed and produced by West Philly native
and based on the best-selling novel by
about a young girl in Harlem struggling to overcome obstacles and discover her own voice. The cast includes
Gabourey "Gabby" Sidibe
Philly's Heery Casting, which worked on
, will help find actors for the next big film shooting here:
F. Gary Gray's
Law Abiding Citizen
. Heery is looking for actors ages 18 to 70 - especially men 30 to 45 - for the shoot, running from January to March. Open call will be next Saturday at the Southwark House, across from the Rizzo Ice Skating Rink at Front and Ellsworth Streets in South Philly. Union actors should report from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. and nonunion from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Bring a photo. Details:
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Meanwhile, Indian filmmakers are having a blast here. Dharma Productions is the second film company from Mumbai, in a chilling coincidence, shooting an action film here involving terrorism. For the film, known as
, real-life couple
Saif Ali Khan
were spotted last week at a SEPTA station in East Falls. The first production, still untitled, wrapped last month. It created a stir over the summer by using the PNC Bank at 16th and Market Streets as an "FBI office."
, son of Eagles broadcaster
, is an assistant editor of the
, which comes out Christmas Day. (Can only imagine Merrill Reese's review: "It's g
") Nolan, who worked on the TV shows
, is a grad of Germantown Academy and Boston University.
is scheduled to speak at Temple University's Mitten Hall at 7 p.m. tomorrow. It's free, though Owls get priority seating.
That rumor that
are splitting up their restaurant empire? Shot down. They've appointed
to the new position of regional manager; he'll oversee their three Center City enterprises, Le Bec-Fin, Brasserie Perrier and Table 31, which he previously ran.
The Free Library's culinary-arts collection at the Central Library will be named tomorrow in honor of culinary educator
, who also will endow an annual lecture by a cookbook author.
, chef-owner of Amada, Tinto and Distrito in town, will go first;
, coauthor of Garces' cookbook,
, will interview him. Starts at 7:30 p.m.
Philly's restaurant community will gather at 6 p.m. tomorrow at Finnigan's Wake (Third and Spring Garden Streets) for a Toys for Tots fund-raiser. Co-owner
puts out a great spread for the Delaware Valley Suppliers Association; admission is a minimum $20 donation or a new, unwrapped toy.
Daddy's little girl
In December's Philadelphia Magazine, which looks back at 100 Philly moments from the last 100 years, an item asks: "Does anyone know why the hell we once put
on the cover?"
, art director in 1976, says staff heard that TV's
was coming to town and thought he'd work for April. "I . . . knew that Telly alone would never move copies, so I brought along a little girl who was the cutest thing I'd ever seen," Spikol recalls.
His 7-year-old daughter,
Which would have been fine, except for a detail he says he missed: "Liz's peekaboo white underpants, which became a talking point for all her little classmates at the Philadelphia School," Spikol says. "Very embarrassing." Liz Spikol is now executive editor of Philadelphia Weekly.
What are they on?
A business with a sign reads "Apothecary." Of course you would think it was a drugstore. As first reported on City Paper's "Meal Ticket" blog, owners of the Center City cocktail lounge have bowed to pressure from the Pennsylvania Board of Pharmacy, which found the name too authoritative for its bureaucratic taste. So now Apothecary is simply APO. Wait till the American Bar Association hears about Legal Sea Foods.
No Christmas this year
The Philadelphia Wings'
, a Lower Merion High grad, has decided to take the season off to establish LEAPS (Lacrosse, Education, Attitude, Perseverance, Success), a nonprofit designed to educate kids in inner-city Philadelphia about lacrosse and the importance of positive thinking.
Savings and groan
notes that the finishing touches are being put on a new Bank of America branch at 47th Street and City Avenue in Bala Cynwyd - a corner that previously hosted a mattress outlet. Does that bode well for the economy - a mattress store being replaced by a bank?