“Man of Steel” isn’t scheduled to hit theaters until June 14, 2013, but the city of Plano doesn’t want to wait that long to capitalize on the Superman reboot that filmed last August in the Western suburb’s downtown area.
Plano will host Smallville Superfest — a Superman-inspired outdoor festival that will include a parade and live music — Aug. 17-19 (smallvillesuperfest.com). Plano has yet to take down some of the signs and décor from filming and also held on to a few props, including pumps from the fake 7-Eleven gas station and signs from the Smallville bank.
According to Plano Mayor Bob Hausler, the city has reached out to getWarner Bros.involved in the festival in some capacity but nothing has been confirmed.
Help wanted: The Meredith Vieira-hosted “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire” will hold a casting call for its upcoming 11th season July 9 at Rivers Casino in Des Plaines. There will be a multiple choice test and, for those who pass, an interview with one of the show’s producers. … And on July 22, NBC’s “Fashion Star” will be looking to cast designers for its second season at Macy’s on State Street. Auditioners are asked to bring five-10 pieces of original garments.
Heads up: Beastie Boys' DJ Mix Master Mike will spin at Vertigo Sky Lounge during Lollapalooza weekend on August 3 and 4. … “Step up: Revolution” co-stars Kathryn McCormick and Ryan Guzman will meet with Chicago media July 16 to promote the dance film. The movie hits theaters July 27. … “Love in the Wold” contestant and fellow Tribune employee Yanina Beccaria will host a watch party for the NBC reality show Tuesday at Rockit Burger Bar in Wrigleyville.
On the record: “Excuse me, Kanye, I’m going to let you continue, but…” – Jay-Z interrupts Kanye West during the duo’s acceptance speech at the BET Awards Sunday. Jay-Z and West won “Best Video” for “Otis.”
Big ups: The Carolina Panthers' Greg Olsen hosted his Kicks for a Cure Kickball Tournament in Grant Park Saturday and was joined by his former Bears teammates Matt Forte and Caleb Hanie and the Indianapolis Colts' Drew Stanton. Actor Vince Vaughn was also on hand to lend his support but did not participate. The benefit raised nearly $160,000 for the cancer-focused Olsen's Receptions for Research foundation.
Olsen, Hanie and the Bears' Devin Hester were spotted at Paris Club's upstairs lounge, Studio Paris, later that night, as was "Rock of Ages" actor Diego Boneta, the Blackhawks' Dave Bolland and White Sox World Series MVP Jermaine Dye.
Sightings: "GCB" actress Kristin Chenoweth hung out Friday at Roof in The Wit hotel. ... Race car driver Danica Patrick threw out the ceremonial first pitch before the Cubs-Houston Astros game Sunday at Wrigley Field. Patrick opted to wear a Cubs t-shirt, which she picked out at the Cubs store before the game, rather than a Cubs jersey with her last name on the back, as is customary. ... Actor John Cusack ordered tacos and guacamole at Mercadito in the early hours of Monday. ... The Blackhawks’ Jonathan Toews was spotted Saturday at The Underground and Sunday at Nellcote. The Decemberists rocker Chris Funk dined Thursday at Nellcote. ... Actor Bill Bellamy partied at The Underground Thursday, as did former “Man v. Food” host Adam Richman, and then returned Saturday. Richman dined Friday at RPM Italian. … Kiernan Shipka, who plays Sally Draper on "Mad Men," dined at Japonais Sunday. ... When NFL Pro Bowler Donovan McNabb was told there were no more tables available Friday at Board Room, he sat by the bar with friends and bought a bottle.
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