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August 2009



A few weeks back a friend tipped me off to a visit to a Philadelphia Starbucks by Renee Zellweger & Bradley Cooper. I tweeted (iphillychitchat) “Why is Renee Zellweger & Bradley Cooper in town, sighted at a Walnut Street Starbucks?”

I thought maybe Bradley had come to town to hang out with his pal Paul Rudd as they had performed on Broadway in 2006 in the Julia Roberts play “Let it Rain”, but that wasn’t the case as I later found out.

After Twittering that the new duo was here in town, someone from Us Magazine contacted me wanting details. They asked if I could run down to the Starbucks, poke around and get some deets. I said as soon as the 5 o’clock bell rings.

I got info on what they ordered. She ordered a Latte Light, super dooper hot, he 2 green tea’s, one hot one with ice. They bought a couple bags of nuts, and a cheese tray. I had no idea Starbucks even had cheese trays.
After quizzing the workers I actually found a nice girl in the place who had been there 5 hrs earlier when the smiling couple were there. She pointed out which table they sat at, and told me there was no hand holding. Which I knew wouldn’t be good news for the Us Magazine folks as they really wanted that dirt. There was however a lot of staring into each others eyes, hair twisting, and laughing.
The laughing duo was not bothered by anyone, and was last seen by the Starbucks folks walking out the door that Bradley held open for Renee. The story again was picked up by the nice young lady who also departed at that time. She states that after Bradley opened the door he did one of those slick moves and wrapped his arm around Renee’s waist as they headed towards Independence Mall
and eventually the Liberty Bell. I asked the rangers there for a statement, and although they said they couldn’t deny or confirm the duo were there, I did note a certain nod of the head in the affirmation of a sighting. I reported my findings to Us Magazine,
and it appeared the next week
And a similar story appears in this week’s issue of People Magazine. People Mag did contact me, but since I had sent the story to Us Magazine I couldn’t comment to them, so it was interesting to see it pop up in the “scoop” section, but with no additional info then the Us Mag had provided.
As for me, both Michael Klein and Dan Gross gave me credit for breaking that story, which resulted in additional views on PCC, which is great for all the charities I cover, and well probably a little ego boost because it’s so darn hard to break a story in this town as everyone is Twitter happy, which also makes my job much easier now. (Ironically no one else Twittered this sighting, but you can go to Twitter everyday and know the whereabouts on the trio. Reese went to Milkbar for coffee on Saturday. Paul Rudd invited the guy at Drexel’s local coffee shop to the set for a day last week.)

Timing couldn’t have been more perfect as CBS3’s Lesley van Arsdale had wanted to sit down to do update story on the celebs here in Philly; When doing these interviews it’s always interesting as so many subjects are covered, but I was excited that the angle would be about the Pa Film Tax Breaks, which are in jeopardy with the looming budget cut backs. (Videographer Regan)Last week was another crazy example of Hollywood stars in Philly taking advantage of their Starr Discount as I can only imagine because again the trio only hit Starr restaurants. I appreciate all the tips, between the rain and me being beat, I didn’t make it out to photograph any of them. Last Tuesday after I went to the fashion show at Union Trust, I too went to a Starr place for a bite to eat, Butcher & Singer with Matthew Vlahos & Jimmy Style. We all enjoyed the $19 bone in rib steak special – OMG run and get it as it was delicious.

Then I did my restaurant round, passing Alma de Cuba and then on to Parc. As I passed The Curtis Institute I saw Owen’s driver, who was motioning me frantically NOT to shoot Owen Wilson, I surmise. Of course I was going to ignore him, but I ran into a friend who needed an ear to bend. I sat at their table and lo and behold sitting 5 feet away in the window was Owen Wilson and an older lady. (Later Michael Klein id’d her as Owen’s mother.) As I got up to leave I caught Owen’s eye to say, I’m not shooting you tonight, but I hope you remember that next time. OK let’s see if we can avoid him from jumping in a car head first to avoid being photographed.

Later I heard Paul Rudd sat on a bench in Rittenhouse Square.

Thursday night, I mention on Twitter, that it was date night and Reese would be out. Sure enough around 10:30PM people started tipping me off that she was at El Vez. I was already in my PJ’s as I was beat from staying out, from getting up early for my w/o and well I still am gun shy after my run in with Jennifer Aniston last year at El Vez where her bodyguards broke my camera (She’s a biotch, as I have only heard that she signs for fans at premieres). In hindsight I made a mistake and should have headed over there because when I ate dinner there Saturday night I could see it would have been an easy shot from across the street as the street lights are bright enough for a decent outcome.
Some of the people who tipped me off said she was with Paul Rudd, and her mother, Betty. Remember last week Reese ate at Parc with Mom and gave me those terrible shots with her hand in her face. Well I asked my server what Reese had to eat and it was this plate which I ordered Saturday night, the Taco Sampler, fish, chicken, beef, shrimp and vegetarian. It was delicious.

After eating with Reese, Paul stopped by Parc to hang out with Owen. I got those tips too, again didn’t go out. So if I complain I didn’t get photos of these folks, it’s my own fault, I could have. Something odd that I have noticed is Reese & Owen hardly ever eat dinner together. Only the one time

Steve Duross from Duross & Langel sent me this nugget:

we went to el vez 8/20. i had sent some soap to your favorite blond earlier, reese witherspoon.
apparently she was having dinner and she stopped by my table to thank me for the soap.

That blond will be in my neighborhood this week filming. If you want to see a Hollywood film being made stop on by. There will be security, and road barriers, but maybe, just maybe Reese or Owen will stop by and say hello.

Sunday night Paul Rudd was at the Phillie’s game with Jen Utley. As you might recall the Utley’s had dinner with Owen & Paul on 8/20 at Parc. I saw a photo today of Reese and Jake in Venice, Ca, there’s a good chance she won’t be back until Tuesday’s filming. As I understand it tomorrow’s filming is being done in a lab on the U of P campus, maybe Reese isn’t in that scene. (


Reid Rosenthal PHILADELPHIA WHERE MAGAZINE COVER PHOTO SHOOT: more behind the scenes photos

I had a few more Reid Rosenthal shots from the photo shoot that took place at the Shops of Liberty in Philadelphia (PR Punchmedia) . Now I am taking advantage of the huge amount of fans that are interested in Reid, and since most of you are women I want you to be aware that September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month, or the Whispering disease. My sister is in stage 4 and although she regularly went to her OBGYN the symptoms were missed until it was too late. She is currently fighting a very courageous battle and I cherish every second I have with her. Also you can’t rely on the CA125 blood test, her’s still registers negative to the disease. So please, please educate yourself on this disease and visit some of the sites I tagged the photos with including Later this month I will be participating in the Avon-By-The-Sea Ovarian Walk and will post a link to my donors page if you would like to support the cause that way.

Ettore Spa‘s Ettore did Reid’s grooming
Publisher of Where Magazine Laura Burkhardt, with Reid Rosenthal and Reid’s entertainment entertainment Chris Cabott (of the Law Office of Lloyd Z. Remick) who states: just received an advance copy of the cover shoot and fashion editorial that we put together for client Reid Rosenthal of ABC’s “The Bachelorette” in “Where Magazine.” It looks great. Special thanks to Where’s publisher Laura Burkhardt and its editor Karen Gross!Photographer Christopher Gabello setting up a shot. Les Schwartzberg of Les Richards men’s shop at the Shops at Liberty Place provided all the clothes for the shoot.
September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month. This cause is very dear to my heart as my sister is fighting the good fight. Ovarian cancer is overlook and could use your support.
Next week I will replace this photo with one without the Ovarian logo, but since it’s a before I’m supposed to release it so I thought why not support a great cause in case this photo ends up on websites around the world.



The other night brought out the who’s who of Philly’s stylish people to one of the most fashionable streets in Philadelphia, Walnut Street and Joan Shepp’s boutique. Punchmedia Pr James Zeleniak and Rittenhouse’s GlossPR Maven Corie Moskow

One of Philly’s most stylish couples GPFO Sharon Pinkenson and Joseph Weiss, chairman, Electronic Ink. Check out Lesley van Arsdale’s piece on CBS3 re: Pa Tax Film credits and my interview about the celebs in town: Smith and Kristie Bergey; as I mentioned last night, Kristie along with a bunch of others is working on the Philadelphia Fashion Week in October; Philadelphia will be the newest city to get its own fashion week this fall. A three-day event that will take place October 8-10, 2009 at the 23rd Street Armory (23rd Street between Market and Chestnut streets),
The very stylish peeps Where Magazine Publisher Laura Burkhardt and Director of Marketing for the Mural Arts, Ryan Derfler. I just recently participating in an awesome Mural Arts tour sponsored by Where Magazine and given by Ryan Derfler, photos to come shortly. Great tour. You really must take a Mural Arts tour before the season is over.Celebrate the Murals
Take a free guided Mural Tour courtesy of Bank of America. To reserve a spot on Sat 9/26– call
215-685-0754 For weekly guided mural tours $$ ( Every Wed, Sat and Sunday ) Call 215-
389-8687 for more details or Also pick up the Center City Guide to Philadelphia, Fall Edition, which is published and edited by Where Magazine. Really informative and current;
We’ve arrived. Y-3 is now calls Joan Shepp home. describes it as “This much-loved, bi-level store elegantly presents an eclectic, extra-chic mix of Chloe bags, antique jewelry, Wolford hosiery, Miu Miu pumps, and especially clothing. Among the Yohji Yamamotos, Marnis, Dries Van Notens, and Junya Watanabes, you’ll occasionally find spectacular bargains. On Wednesday, dressmaker Irina Sigal stops by to work her seam-changing magic. You can’t miss everybody’s favorite salesperson, Tuesday, the best-dressed person in Philadelphia.
Y-3 has it’s own little space on the 2nd floor mezzanine, which includes a dressing roomHere’s long time Joan Shepp Tuesday Gordon manager and buyer for the store at 1600 Walnut St. with designer Walish Gooshe Walish’s shirt is wearing a custom design shirt he just whipped up
MJ Richardson, Emil DeJohn, director of fashion at the Art Institute, and Denise Fike; You’ll recall the last time we chatted with Dr. DeJohn it was when Andre Leon Talley visited to speak to his students. The good doctor said to be on the look out from Mr. Talley again, along with his friend Ralph Lauren who recently sent down material for his students to use in a design of a piece which will then be judge for the best design using this material.
Zama, a Japanese restaurant from Pod founding chef Hiroyuki “Zama” Tanaka (left); it’s expected to open this fall, Michael Klein reports.
Philadelphia Inquirer Fashion Writer Elizabeth Wellington
The next generation of fashion designers Stefan Robinson, Aristotle Brittingham and Arby Cohen
Evan Solomon and fiance Lynsie Fineberg are passionate about Friends of American Cancer Society Event on Sunday Evening October 25, 2009 at the Simeone Car Museum ( This year’s efforts will focus on Lung Cancer and The Hope Lodge. We have raised over 2.5 million over the past 9 years and over 500K just last year.
I’ve always been of fan of Perry Milou and his pop art style; After years of showing his work in his galleries, he packed up shop and moved south to a sunnier climate, but thankfully for us he returned. Hopefully he will see Philly in a new lite and be inspired to capture everything that is new and refreshing about the City.
11/18/05 – The Triangle newspaper states:

More reminiscent of a Parisian couture house or a modern museum of art than a 16th and Walnut Street shop, Shepp’s store has received national recognition as a primary establishment in the finer field of fashion. It is both a breeding ground and a designer-label haven to a style-conscious crowd. What’s more, Shepp started it all on a mere $100 budget; the store is amongst the top 20 in the country with Vogue Magazine listing it in 2002 among its “top 8” in the U.S.
Joan Shepp with friends – Affordable, exceptional luxury fashion. Carries one of a kind, up-to-the-minute selection of favorites like Stella McCartney, Christian Louboutin and Junya Watanabe and unique accessories by hard-to-find brands such as Johnny Farah, Sissi Rossi and John Wind. Says
ABAKINS Crew – Ky Cao, Judy Wong, Rick Cav, Jackson Wong, and Jenny Lei
Fashionable Krista and photographer Chris Gabello
Susan Glickman, Susan Shepp and Kevin Glickman of Philly’s Invincible Pictures.
Angela Duross and Karen Gross. Karen is singer, songwriter and cabaret performer; she has an upcoming show at the Tin Angel 10/23; and on SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 13 (2-4 pm)- Karen comes home for the DOYLESTOWN ARTS FESTIVAL!
The Visitor Center Concierge, and Philly expert Albert Lee with Tom, he serves as the pastry chef of MorimotoTymbre Arnstead, Khard Mateen from Elevator Fight, and Khandian Sanderson
A stylish bunch
Zuma Tanaka, Raquel Kay, Sana Kavee, Tuesday Gordon, Ellen Shepp, Irina Sigal, Tanya, and Rosalyn A Bentley
Lulu on Yelp states: Joan Shepp,aside from being one of the most stylish ladies in Philadelphia, has a very fashion forward boutique. You’ll find labels like Marni, Yohji Yamamoto, Charles Chang-Lima, YSL, Christian Louboutin, and of course Balenciaga.
Stop on by….1616 Walnut St