Friday, July 13, 2007

Phillywood contender and the Philly 13th Annual GLBT Film Festival Opening Movie Night

Yesterday Joey Sweeney informed us bloggers, that 1/2 of his readers at Philibrity are from NYC. One half is thinking of moving to Philadelphia, the other half just moved from Philadelphia to NYC, and are kicking their asses now for doing so. With last night's kick off of the PIGLFF and this weekend's Charlie Mac Celebrity Weekend with Queen Latifah, Terrance Howard, Mo'Nique, Chris Tucker, Nia long and others, the influx of celebrities this week could be the tipping point this City needs to compete with it's younger sister city of NYC, in making Philly an attractive town for celebrities to consider when filming movies, settling down or visiting, keeping this paparazzi a very busy boy. That being said, film festivals usually mean open bars and swag bags—and true to form, last nights event had both. Thursday was the opening night of Philly's 13th Annual GLBT Film Festival (photos). Kicking off the event was the the enthusiastic, newly appointed film cheerleader of the Philadelphia Film Society and Festival Director Rosemary Conners and the dashing Director of Development, Thom Cardwell .

Surprise guest Mayoral shoo-in Michael Nutter, who got a standing ovation from the crowd. (I asked Michael as he arrived, "How is the Ballet going tonight, and please say hi to my friend Greta & Alan Greenberger." They are friends and I knew they were going together, ok so I named dropped, so sue me.
Cast from The Four Letter Word with co-founders of Thom Cardwell and James Duggan. This movie is dripping with sex, love and everything in between. A Four Letter Word, a romantic comedy about an improbable gay pair. The producer, director and some cast members Jesse Archer, center. (missing was Charlie David from the TV Gothic gay soap opera, Dante’s Cove) He arrives tonight just in time for the VIP Invite Only SCION sponsored Party tonight (moi will be there.) This week he will be honored as the PIGLFF's rising star.BUCKmonkey’s James Duggan, TLA’s Richard Wolff and Susan@CruiseEvents.netThe vivacious hostess Megan Smith Judith and Julie from sponsor

Belmo and Curtis wants you to check out the documentary on Sarah Vaughn playing this week at the film festival
Brian James, Geno Vento (Geno's Steaks South Philly, my girl Oprah loves their steak sandwiches wit whiz [which means with onions and cheese whiz]) and Karen
Rex Lee, from HBO's Entourage (in early for Saturday's reading of "Another Gay Movie: the Sequel") and Butch Cordora of "In Bed with Butch" TV show (who I hooked up at last nights party for an impromptu interview, guess Butch travels prepared!)

Groove is in the Heart Lady Miss Kier from the group DeLite, spun at the party held at the Hyatt on the Waterfront last night. She was really grooving, but not enough to look up so that I could get a groovy shot no matter how many times I may have asked or motioned. Doing a quick google search I see there's not too many shots of her looking up.

eye candyPolitical Columnist Mary Patel and executive of the Philadelphia Film Society, Rosemary Conners. Irma & Yaya of with friends Ashley and Catrina
Delicious entertainment, yes she's naked I told my secretary at my day job. Julie, Katie, or Nancy wish their friend Timmy Ferretti best of luck during the film festival. I wish you could see their badges up close, practically naked, and cleverly covered with film canisters.

Still grooving, but not enough to look up:(

Writer/Director Ursula Burton ("Happiest Day of his Life" Friday 7:15PM, and Sunday 5PM both at Wilma Theater), Tommy Zane and Fred Shelley Author/Columnist

eye candy Cirque style
Jim Goldstein and partner of 18 years Marcus Saitschenko with friend Michael George (hmm wonder if people kid him about that name, no doubt!)
Ettore Mastroddi and Gary Mastroddi are twin brothers of Italian descent it says on the Yahoo yellow pages, with Noel Zayas

And what a lovely site to see at 1AM, the exit, a gift bag and a send off kiss by Pearl!!
Gift Bag Contents were plentiful. If you look closely you can see my press badge, just who was it that said BLOGGERS can't be taken seriously as PRESS. Thank You PIGLFF!! Thanks Sponsors!!

Until tomorrow where I will post about tonight's VIP Scion Party where I will be hobnobbing with lots of celebrity guests as they arrive for the film festival this week. Oh and don't forget this week is the Charlie Mac Celebrity Weekend, where I will be doing my best to track down Queen Latifah, maybe with her girlfriend; Terrance Howard, maybe he is still with his wife and Vivica Fox, hopefully she won't be driving. Those celebs and their DUI's.

BLOG Philadelphia UnConvention WOWSI

I didn't think I needed to mention this before, but I am a blogger, it's true I can admit it now. Actually I am an overachiever or over obsessive blogger logging in with about six as we speak, my number 1 site Confessions of a Paparazzi, How We Met, One More Shot, What I Ate on My Nutrisytem Diet Today (I thought the shame would keep me honest, damn it didn't work, but I have a trainer now), How We Met Stories and finally my newest one - PHILLY CHIT CHAT. I really hope I can do for this what Confessions has done nationally. Philly Needs a Paparazzi to get the news in the one shot that tells a thousand words, although I do think after attending todays convention in Philly, Blogging is more than just photos it's words. It's about 2:30AM as I write this, as I covered the opening night of the Philadelphia GLBT Film Festival, I did get in about 2AM, but seriously struggled with which event was I going to write about first, so I did the only thing that was write and did it chronologically. I will be stealing my work tonight from one of my favorite blogs I read what he wrote and there was no way it was going to be any better. (This entry should be called Confessions of a Blogger because there is so much behind the scenes information, I do hope what I learned will entertained my readers.) All content below this line is stolen from 9:35AM: Panel: "The State of Social Media and Thoughts on the Future," moderated by Joey Sweeney (Philebrity), and featuring Caroline Marks (, Vincent Veneziani (, AJ Daulerio (Philly Mag and, Neal Stewart (Flying Dog Brewery and Open Source Beer Project), and Emily King (Intelligent Travel, a National Geographic blog). Takeaways and observations:

Apparently, all bloggers live in their parents' basements and blog in their underwear.
Print media outlets have finally figured out that blogs matter (yeah, blogs!), and have begun to look to blogs to figure out where to take their publication content.
Bloggers like beer. So beers have started having blogs.
We can thank Gawker for legitimizing online publications (read: blogs). Thanks, Gawker!
Snark: an essential, if not necessary or constant, component of the blogosphere.
How refreshing: National Geographic's blog is fact-checked. (But then doesn't it remove the immediacy of blogging?)
Key to repeat readers on your blog: a good sense of humor. Check!
File under no shit, Sherlock: bloggers don't usually have much of a budget.
Good question, posed by Sweeney: "What is up with the internet and cats?"
Ziddo, a subsidy of Comcast, invests in other sites. They should invest in us! We'll make videos if they give us cash. Or feed us. Food is good.
Denver has the largest beer convention in North America. Who knew?
World of Warcraft > SecondLife because you can kill the people you're "networking" with. Awesome.
Scary: a lot of medical students have started using SecondLife to practice techniques.
Someone asked: "Can you hear me now?" and the whole room erupted into laughter. We are such nerds.
Holy crap! Intelligent Travel has a one-week turnaround time on their posts. That doesn't really sound like a blog to us. (The girl in the glasses happens to work for the various topical groups began. I decided to go to the business and blogging group as I just started a business blog called which does PR work and event planning. It was interesting, but really for corporation gigs. I then walked over to the How to seperate your social blogging from your work blogging or something of that nature11:25AM: Breakout session: "The NEW Work/Life Balance: Keeping Your Blogs and Social Media Life Separate, with Alicia Dorset (MS&L, Digital/GM Fastlane, and FYI Blogs ). Phillyist's Takeaways and observations:
It's probably a good idea not to link to your MySpace and other social networking sites, not just when you're applying for jobs, but also if you've got a widely-read blog. People will make fun of you. (Thank god I've got my social networking pages restricted.)
Hmmm... Maybe I shouldn't be writing for Phillyist under my real name. Props to you, Pencopal!
People will Google you. They may even print up everything they find about you. Terrifying.
There may be ways to hide from Google. But what's the point?
Note to self: If I'm going to do anything stupid on the web, I should be sure to do it under an alias.
MySpace is your "travelling resume." That's scary, considering that my MySpace page talks about movies and music – I hope I didn't just get my job because I listen to Modest Mouse!
Apparently, "mommy bloggers" are celebrities. I don't think I'd ever even heard that expression until twenty minutes ago.
People will spam your online wedding guestbook. Spammers are relentless.
Oooh... those mommy bloggers get lots of free stuff. Think it would work if I pretended to have a kid?
Consenus: bloggers like when people comment. So comment, people!
Somebody at BlogPhiladelphia just asked what a blog is. Three people did a Scooby Do-double take.
I think that this discussion has moved pretty far from its topic. But that's okay. It looks like we're having more fun than the group on the other side of the room.
Live blogging occured at the event
bloggers were never far from their computers

1PM: Lunch break. Back in an hour, folks. Thanks! (Hmm Hmm Good, I was going to say something about Ziddio's choice of horror clips they were playing during lunch, like its not too appetizing to see a women stangled with a towel during lunch, but hey the food was excellent - Philly Cheesesteaks, Hoagies (Subs for the rest of youse), peanut chews, and caesar salad (?).
2:15PM: Breakout session: (This was fascinating) "Paid Blogging and Commenting," with Chris O'Donnell (TechDirt). I will admit that I am attending this session purely in the hope that someday, I can get paid to sit on my ass all day and blog. Also, because a part of me, though I know better, hoped that the Chris O'Donnell hosting the panel would actually be this Chris O'Donnell. Takeaways and observations:
Two ways to think about paid blogging: ads (obviously!) or getting paid for what you're writing about – what you know and love. This sounds good to me. Anyone want to give me a job?
"Ghostblogging" – per the bullet above, does anyone want to pay me to write their blog?
Hmmm... People could pay you to link to their products/businesses in your blog. Maybe I need to start name-dropping more. But it may be a little unethical.
We're twenty minutes in, and it feels like this group has been highjacked.
How is it that I've never heard of spider food, but everyone else seems to know exactly what it is?
There's a blogger code of ethics? Seriously?
Snack time, Pretzels, peanut chews (Pa made), M&M's (Hershey Pa made), peanuts and sweedish meatballs.

Then the godfather of blogs, Joey Sweeney of gets up and tells us that boilerplate bloggings is the worst thing a blogger can do to their site. It should all be orginal content. Bummer tonight, eh I promise to do better in the future. But a bit later someone mentioned that Philly needs a Perez Hilton site, something that highlights our local celebrities. I was like JOEY, JOEY, I just told you five minutes ago about my new philly celebrity site I am going to do my best to stay on top of things for you here in Philly.

I did see a celebrity here in Philly tonight and will write about them later today. Until then - Peace, Love and Hair jell because tomorrow night RuPaul blows into town.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Terrell Owens isn't much of a team player off the field, either!

(Former Philadelphia Eagles and now a) DALLAS Cowboy showboat Terrell Owens isn't much of a team player off the field, either. While attending a wedding last weekend at Marquis Los Cabos in Cabo San Lucas, the swollen-headed wide receiver ignored the all-in-white dress code and was the only guest in black attire. "He managed to draw further attention to himself by arriving late to the ceremony," said our source. Earlier in the day, when T.O. froze going into the hotel's unheated pool and complained it was too cold, onlookers taunted him with stadium-style chants. Kinda reminds me of this popular Seinfeld episode: George: Well I just got back from swimming in the pool. And the water was cold... Jerry: Oh... You mean... shrinkage. George: Yes. Significant shrinkage!
T.O. with Payton Manning at the Espy Awards rehearsals airing on Saturday 7/14/07 (NY Post)
P.S. in my morning rounds I found this great site which has a few ESPY Awards Photos, is funny and informative.

GREAT NEWS: The BOSS is releasing an album this fall

According to Roger Friedman over at Fox 411: The general disarray at Sony Music's Columbia Records may have a savior: Bruce Springsteen. The Boss, as we still call him, is apparently planning a new album for release in late fall. Some sources insist that this will be an E Street Band album, and not another side project like the "Seeger Sessions" or a solo collection of introspective songs.
An E Street Band album means a big rock 'n' roll sound with Springsteen's featured players like Steve van Zandt, Max Weinberg and Clarence Clemons.
Sources tell me that tracks have been recorded with the group, and that the hope among Bruce insiders is that he will choose their project over several others he may have cooking.
"You never know," one observer said, "but it's looking better and better."

-Now if only he would do another tour. i never get tired of the BOSS.

For A Mere $5.2 Million You Can Own This Rittenhouse Sq. Flat:

I received this in my email from the informative Yahoo group, center city information exchange, this morning:

Hey folks -- who just doesn't happen to have 5.2 million dollars laying around for this cute, little (well, actually not so little) downtown mansion that has just come on the market? Come on, you can just let loose and raid that over-stuffed mattress or that overgrown money-tree!
Well, at least they're going to serve free refreshments and hors d'oeuvres (and I *just* don't know how they can afford it).

This property is eligible for the Ten Year Tax Abatement too!

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

William Penn's Hat Still the Highest Point in the City

Greta the City Hall Tour Director was at my house for the Fourth. She admired my William Penn statue, I asked about hers and she said "I thought they were gonna give it back, but they really are going to keep it up there and try and break the curse!" She has a another one, its chipped though. Hmm should I give her mine?

Sunday, July 8, 2007

It's Hot and we aren't even in the Dog Days of August Yet!

A cute dog enjoying fairmount park. Needs to visit Bob, his snack truck that he parks near Boat House Row and the bowl of H2O he has on the side for dogs.