About Last Night
12:48 PM CDT, March 22, 2012
Residents of a River North condo building on N. Franklin Street and W. Institute Place were warned Tuesday that an NBC pilot will be filming on the corner Saturday-Monday.
"DO NOT BE ALARMED,” the condo association notice said in bold letters. “THE FILMING WILL INVOLVE HEAVY SMOKE AND FIRE.”
In all likelihood, the pilot is NBC’s firefighter drama “Chicago Fire.” The show features Taylor Kinney, who is dating Lady Gaga and has been spotted around town with the pop star in recent weeks.
Punk pizza: Remember when Ian’s Pizza added the CM Punk-inspired G.T.S. Pizza to its menu for a limited time? Well, the Wrigleyville pizza joint has since changed its name to Dimo’s Pizza and will be serving the Anaconda Vice Pizza the week of March 26 in honor of Punk, who will defend his WWE Championship against Chris Jericho at Wrestlemania in Miami Gardens April 1.
The pizza -- named after Punk’s submission move – is described as “a vegan twist on Brazilian dish feijoada,” and features black beans topped with Upton’s chorizo seitan, vegan bacon bits, dairy-free cheese, chopped tomatoes, green onions, cilantro and parsley.
“I’ll be sharing an Anaconda Vice Pizza with my friends as soon as I get home from Wrestlemania,” said CM Punk, who is currently on a pescetarian diet. “It will be my reward for serving Jericho the fat slice of humble pie he deserves.”
(On a similar note, I'll be on vacation in Miami Tuesday through April 3 to attend Wrestlemania. ... Don't give me that look. My parents moved to Miami after I graduated college. How could I not go?)
Big ups: Oscar winning actor and CEO of J/P Haitian Relief Organization Sean Penn will receive the 2012 Peace Summit Award during the 12th World Summit in Chicago, which takes place April 23-25. "It's difficult to properly respond to this while avoiding cliché," Penn said. "But quite deliberately, I'm thrilled to receive this tribute and to represent it to the youth of Haiti, the strong women of Haiti, and of the world.”
Must read: During a recent interview over lunch with Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill, my colleague Chris Borrelli boldly told Tatum "I think you're very good (but) I think you make really bad decisions and wind up in a lot of mediocre movies." Click here to read the interview. You'll like Tatum even more afterward and realize why you should be reading more of Borrelli's interviews.
Heads up: Ali Fedotowsky, the new host of NBC’s “1st Look,” will film the lifestyle program in Chicago Thursday and Friday. The former “Bachelorette” will also return for more filming April 14. … “Twilight” actor Booboo Stewart will appear at the 2nd Annual DigiTour at Reggie’s Rock Club March 31.
Help wanted: Chicago’s O’Connor Casting Company is looking for Danish-Americans to appear on the Denmark-based reality show “The Great Danish Adventure” and will be holding a casting call Friday from 9:30 am-5 pm at its casting offices at 1219 W. Madison St. The show features 13 Danish-Americans competing in challenges in Denmark for a $50,000 cash prize. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sightings: Actor Zac Efron dined at RPM Italian Saturday. … Rosie O’Donnell celebrated her 50th birthday Monday at Paris Club’s upstairs lounge, Studio Paris. Boxing legend Mike Tyson, who taped an episode of her talk show earlier that day, surprised O’Donnell when he wheeled out the cake and led guests in a rendition of happy birthday. … Singer/actress Jennifer Hudson and her fiance and WWE Superstar David Otunga had lunch at Foodlife in Water Tower Place mall Wednesday. … Country music trio Lady Antebellum visited TopGolf in Wood Dale, Ill. following their show at the Allstate Arena March 9. Here's video from their visit. … The Bulls' Derrick Rose and former Bull Charles Oakley had dinner at Mastro's Steakhouse Friday. … The Baltimore Ravens’ Ray Rice dined at Fleming's Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar March 15. ... The Bulls' Joakim Noah and Detroit Lions' Matthew Stafford partied at Cuvee March 14 and Friday, respectively. Stafford was also spotted Friday at Studio Paris, as were Calvin Johnson (Stafford's Lions teammate), Ray Rice, the Cincinnati Bengals' A.J. Green and former Bull Jay Williams. … Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was spotted at Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse in the Gold Coast and nearby Bootleggers and Butch McGuire’s Monday. Cuban’s “Shark Tank” co-star Daymond John dined at Tavern on Rush Saturday. … After opening for The Black Keys Monday, Arctic Monkeys headed to Nellcôte in the West Loop for the concert's post party. “Happy Endings” actor Zachary Knighton and Victoria’s Secret Angel Erin Heatherton dined, separetely, at Nellcôte March 14. … “The Voice” contestant Erin Martin hung out at The Underground Saturday and treated the crowd to an impromptu performance.
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