Saturday, December 15, 2007

SCENE AT 16TH AND WALNUT MIDNIGHT FRIDAY NIGHT

I had just left an event and was on my way home driving up Walnut, which has now become the The Strip, The Drive, The Drag or whatever South Street was in the 80's & 90's where people would just drive along and see and be seen (I made a left on 17th to Spruce and cut over to 22nd because I had to rush home and send my pictures out, which took me til 4AM anyway. Maybe they will be in People or Us Magazine for Christmas, more on that event Monday) Anyway I caught this guy carrying his girl, I guess that had a lot of Happy Hour. (unfortunately I also caught my rear view mirror and it flashed back)
I can tell by my numbers that I have a lot of people and regulars checking out the site today, I don't usually post on the weekend, even though that is when I have the most time, just Monday thru Friday. Today's an exception. Have a great weekend!!

Friday, December 14, 2007

ADORABLE DOG OF THE DAY PHOTO

http://phillyduo.blogspot.com/2007/12/fibroadnexal-hamartoma.html

MIDTOWN VILLAGE HOLIDAY SHOPPING

Between December 12th and the 16th participating Midtown Village businesses are offering holiday deals, extended hours, and special in-shop holiday events.
With over 80 independent merchants, you are bound to find something special for the holidays.

Have you been east of Broad Street lately? Exciting changes have been happening in Midtown Village and the area has quickly become one of Philadelphias premier locales for daytime and nighttime activity.
Midtown Village Offers Coupon Shopping too, you don't need to buy the paper or scissors to get these coupons - http://community.midtownvillage.org/mtvcoupon_phag.html
You know those great fruit bouqets pick them up here: http://community.midtownvillage.org/mtvcoupon_fruitflowers.html

Visit my favorite store: David White and James McManaman's Absolute Abstract http://absoluteabstractart.com/ Stop by Spruce Street Video and say hi to Franni (we used to play softball together in ugh - 1992 for Spruce Street Video): http://community.midtownvillage.org/mtvcoupon_sprucevid.htmlI'll be shopping all day Saturday picking, see you then...
http://midtownvillage.org/events.php?id=22

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Random thoughts, Photos of Philly This Week

There's a good chance Rittenhouse Square is going to look like this again today... Every Monday I go to Borders to see if any of the celebrity photos I took the week before, or even months before, placed in any of the glossies. This week I decided to go to FYE for a change, bad move, they still have magazines from the last week in November on their racks. What's up with that?

Even though it was cloudy today, we had a decent sunset

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

RUNNING OF THE SANTAS in SPEEDOS ????

I had never heard of the Running of the Santa's before, but recently someone told me about this charity event that is held every year. Although I can't make (Flyers Game) this year, Saturday 12/15, I don't want you to miss this event so here is some information for you to use. Here's some history from Wikipedia:

The Running of the Santa's is an annual holiday celebration event in the U.S. city of Philadelphia where hundreds of pub crawlers take to the South Street section of the city dressed as Santa Claus. Begun in 1998, the event began to take a life of its own as three dozen Santa runners grew to several hundred by the mid 2000's. The event draws a significant number of Rutgers University Staff, Alumni and Sea Isle City patrons where some of the founding members once worked (Photo: pictureyellow)

The 2007 Running of the Santas will be held on December 15th.


As of 2007 Philadelphia was joined by these other cities in sponsoring official Running of the Santas events: Boston MA, Chicago, IL, Denver, CO, Indianapolis, IN, Key West, FL, Louisville, KY, Minneapolis, MN, Nashville, TN, Pittsburgh, PA, San Diego, CA, Washington DC, & Ashburton, New Zealand.[2]

http://www.runningofthesantas.com/

It wasn't enough that Philly founded the Running of the Santa's, but I found something interesting while researching the running Santa's, they are Santa's from Philly who have a new twist on the event, the Running with the Speedo Santa's.

http://gophillyboys.com/ssr/about.htm

Not only do I find it intriguing, but disturbing that they do their run in BOSTON!! This video really gets to the meat of the Speedo Running Santa's from Philly



http://gophillyboys.com/ssr/ssr07.html

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Mark Webber's "Explicit Ills" - A Day of Filming In Philadelphia

These shots, and the story fell through the cracks as it was the weekend before I went to NYC to cover Fashion Week (see http://www.confessionsofapaparazzi.com/ September).

This past summer Philadelphia raised Mark Webber shot a movie he directed, here in PhillyWood. It's called "Explicit Ills" and is based loosely on kids he knew growing up and well you are just going to have to see it as it should be great. It stars mostly unknown Philly actors and a few heavy hitters that I was explicitly told by the producers not to use their names to promote the film as it is in their contract. On this particular day, the shoot was being done in a community center in Kensington, near A, B, C Streets. The nieghoborhood was a buzz with excitement, and the film crew was very respectable to the neighbors. For me I was so excited as it was my first "invited" on location movie shoot. (Usually I just crash the filming, or shoot from a distance)


In April, I met Mark Webber while I was covering the Phila Film Festival and Mark received the Rising Star Award. At a party Mary Patel and the Phila Film Festical threw in his honor I made his acquaintance (I am a big fan of his mother's, Cheri Honkala , a social activist with the Kensington Welfare Rights group http://hughe2030.blogspot.com/2007/04/your-on-scene-paparazzi-mingling-at.html.) Here Mark directs Noah Simmons All I can tell you is he is in a karate outfit and the temperatures in this room are above 120F and he and all the castmates were real troopers.
To the left is one of the stars I am not allowed to mention his name, as he is doing the movie as a favor for Mark. A movie he stars in opens on Friday, and premiered tonight in NYC and this past weekend won the top prize in the LA Film Awards. He also shined in Little Miss Sunshine
Lots of little kids, and one of them may be the next Dakota Fanning or Jerry O'Connell; they were all very well behaved, even having waited for several hours for an earlier scene to be shot. They waited patiently upstairs with their parents, and were fed and played games. I spoke with the parents and they all said it was worth it as the kids really wanted to be in a movie. The actors are on the left, Mark is on the far right with the green hat, it's pitch dark behind us
but during the take, I shoot this. The assistants at the table are playing chess, in the pitch black, but the flash lit up the scene. I guess they were used to working in the dark.
Mark gives Nicholas Simmens directions. He is to play his own tune, as this is a low budget, meaning good quality film, but not lots of cash to fund, movie. If he picked out a commercial tune there would need to be money paid to the writer of the tune, residuals. But everything worked out well as it was an awesome set, Nicholas was told to do a three minute song, but he played about 5 minutes of the most awesome tune with a spectacular guitar solo that would make Jimmy Hendrick's proud. Finally it was a wrap, I thanked Mark, and although he invited me to shoot the finale in two weeks, where the girl from "Rent" would march along Market Street, I knew I wouldn't go since I wasn't allowed to photograph and market the shots of some of the stars (because it was in their contracts says the producer [not Mark, who was terrific to me and I appreciate it, and he had no idea the producers had told me this new info. Congratulations I hear you got "Explicit Ills" in Sundance - YIPPEE!! ], Instead that weekend I went to NYC and shot the NY Film Festival, and its a good thing as I got Halle Barry in People Magazine from a shot I took that weekend)I did read later in Dan Gross' column: Rosario Dawson was among the cast of Mark Webber's "Explicit Ills" celebrating at Rae inside the Cira Centre Sunday night at the wrap party for Webber's directorial debut. * (But I already knew that)A friend of mine just got a photo with her last Thursday in NYC, I've shot her before, she is a SWEETHEART!! see the guy to the right, that's the famed Radioman (again see the other blog and do a search on his name) but a Christmas tibit is he is the bum on the bench in the movie ELF, when Santa flies out of Central Park. He is crazy like a fox in person, but knows all the stars, and is invited to the Oscars every year, oh and has an XM radio show about celebrities.

Monday, December 10, 2007

MY CO-WORKER JOAN WON ON PHILLY'S B-101 CHRISTMAS CONTEST

B101 wants you and your family to have the Best Christmas Ever!We have partnered with our friends at Lincoln Mercury, Acme, Bernie Robbins Fine Jewelers and Beneficial Bank to make your Christmas extra special this year.From December 3rd - December 21st, B101 will be giving away multiple prizes each day to listeners like you, right here in the Delaware Valley! In total, we have a minimum of 136 great prizes that would make perfect gifts for you... or that special person you decide to give them to!B101 has carefully assembled the greatest list of gifts and goodies, in hopes they can find their way into your home this holiday!
She won a $500 Gas Card and I was there to capture the shot of her winning.