Friday, September 4, 2009

WHAT'S FILMING IN PHILADELPHIA is a question I still get in emails and on my blog

Updated March 2010: A TV pilot with Jimmy Smitts

Updated: April 2010: Movie with Bradley Cooper, Robert DeNiro and Abbe Cornish


Last week these notices started popping up in my Fairmount neighborhood
The James L Brooks movie was setting up down the street at 1913 Green Street.
It's my understanding that this was Paul Rudd's house and there's a pivotal scene that occurs here with his soon to be ex-girlfriend. At first I thought the girlfriend had a child, but later I learned the kid was Paul Rudd's and he was just visiting for the day.
A nice crowd gathered to watch the going ons
Finally after 2 hrs Paul Rudd emerged from the house. His over protective security guard opened up an umbrella to protect his image? But in her defense this is the same security guard that protects Owen Wilson and doesn't realize Paul Rudd is a great guy to his fans.
He told the security to put the umbrella away, and crossed the street to visit with his fans.As he walked away he asked us paps to not release photos of his kid. No problem, especially for me, I didn't take any snaps of jr.Thursday the production moved into Center City
at the Phoenix Apartments. This is the Ballroom Floor, I've been up here, it's chill. Now I hear this is Owen Wilson's place, but Owen is not in town this week, so maybe it's Paul's character's new place of residence.
Later today the production moves to the Rittenhouse House Square area, specifically near the old WaWa. Filming will continue into the night. I hear that Reese Witherspoon, and Owen Wilson will be back in town to film these scenes today, but I highly doubt it, they don't work weekends or holidays because they would have to pay OT to the Union folks, so I hear they avoid those hours. Have a nice weekend.

DiningOut magazine presents "Fashion for a Fight" to benefit CHOP At Union Trust Steak house

I love Union Trust, but it was a packed house and well let's just say I still have a long way to go with my weight loss program,
Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough
Keep On With The Force Don't Stop
Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough
Keep On With The Force Don't Stop
Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough

Dustin Kaplan, Adam Spivak and Karen Sajda were front row enjoying the spectacular
One of the best hosts in recent memory Anthony Conte can really get a show going, Aly Green & Jessica Scott (JS Models, LLC, all of which will be styled by the celebrated team at Ground Zero South. )
Matthew Vlahos PR extrodinaire and Union Trust's Andre Darwish, who was named Best Maitre D' by PhillyMag!There was delicious food, drink specials and the hottest fall fashions and jewelry from South Moon Under, Jeff Kellmer, Jack & Jill, Paula Hian Paris and Platinum.
Erin Elmore let's go like no one else. She's the life of the party.
Doug Kammermer predicts a really decent Labor Day Weekend with his kids and wife. Did you see the new Phila Style Magazine with the shot of Doug and his song hiking, too adorable. Pick one up.
Looking to see these folks in AC this weekend, Danille Poe, Stephanie Rybczyk and Donna Coghlan with front row seats to the fashion show.
Hot legs, youre wearing me out
Hot legs, you can scream and shout
Hot legs, youre still in school
I love you honey
Matthew Vlahos and Jimmy Contreras in front of the wine lockers. Hmm I'm going to ask them exactly what a wine locker is, does it hold the wine you don't drink at your last seating? Is it BYOB wine? Who knows?
The unofficial after party was held the same place everyone's unofficial afterparty is and that is along 18th Street facing the square. It was this night that I spied Owen Wilson and a women eating in the window at Parc, but I didn't bother with a picture as I sat down and talked with a friend instead. That was one that got away as it turned out it was his mom and those shots are "money shots", er well maybe about $50 bucks in a glossy mag.

BTW: Check out James L Brooks and gang shooting in the Rittenhouse Square area today close to 20th & Locust.
Uri Jacobsen is in Sin City as we speak, and no doubt what goes on in Vegas, definetly stays in Vegas.
Kasey Stelweck and Craig Robinson catch a late night cocktail
Mika Harding, Anne Rivers and Palma Chlonochio
Model Lindsay Furman, who has a big news spread coming up, but mums the word, with former model Donna Coghlan
Finally did I mention how successful the Fashion Show was for CHOP, special thanks to Union Trust, a buck from every drink was donated to CHOP, total $1500 going to the Children's Hospital of Pennsylvania, yea baby.
> My family and I are going to participate in a walk-a-thon
> for my sister, Judy who was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer
> last year. Judy has maintained an incredible sense of faith
> and demonstrated insurmountable courage and strength beyond
> belief. She is our hero.
> If any of you would like to join us in the walk and in our
> effort to raise awareness as September is Ovarian Cancer
> Awareness Month, we would love to see you in Avon-by-the
> Sea, New Jersey on Saturday, Sept. 26th for a stroll on the
> boardwalk.
> If you are inclined to make a donation to help fund
> research and early detection efforts for Ovarian Cancer,
> please visit (Kaleidescope of
> Hope)
. Under "Events" you will find the
> Avon-by-the-Sea Walk and we are called "Team
> Doots" (my father's nickname for my sister!)

Thursday, September 3, 2009


A tipster wrote me: Little Pete's in Rittenhouse- he was sitting at the counter with his girlfriend (sic), she was eating french toast! Its not the best pic- but you use if you want! I didn't have my phone on me or I would have called you!!!

I also saw tony danza working out at Old City Iron Works (3 and race st) on Tuesday at 5pm! Thanks so much for PhillyChitChat and Twitter postings, you always keep me up to date. Just wanted to thank you.According to Dan Gross

Bruce Willis had an omelet at the counter at Little Pete's (17th & Sansom) around 11:30 this morning. The actor was accompanied by a woman believed to be his wife Emma Heming, though our spy wasn't sure, and was approached by a customer in the diner who asked if he was Willis. He replied yes. Moments ago, a woman who answered the phone at Little Pete's declined to confirm Willis' visit, citing that the restaurant respects the privacy of its customers.

Also you might recall I ran into Little Pete this past week. He's waiting until the end of September to see what the Stein's option on Pearl before he makes any decisions on the property.

UPDATE: Bruce didn't go to the Phillies game. The first tip I got was at 7:30PM saying Bruce was at Parc. I couldn't go I was at the gym, and I thought well if he's going to the game he's not going to be there if I ran over. Wrong, got another tip at 8:30PM, so I started on my way. Got there at 8:45PM and another person told me that he left 5 mins before. She stated that he and his wife Emma Heming, enjoyed some wine and a cheese plate. He also had a gigantic bodyguard with him. His wife had a black top on and boyfriend jeans. Boyfriend jeans I asked, what the heck are they. Tipster said, the kind that you photographed Reese Witherspoon in the other day, blue and holey. OK then. Bruce had grey t-shirt on, jeans, was wearing white athletic socks & flip flops, oh and was grouchy turning down requests for autographs and pictures. The big question is what was he doing in town, and why didn't I hurry up over there and ask him about Demi Moore's feud with Perez Hilton posting a ho picture of their daughter Rumor wearing slutty clothing to a party? Although that might have gotten me punched!


Last night was the "Final Party" of the summer for Philly Style Magazine held at Ladder 15 in Center City. Enjoying the festivities, a very shy Elizabeth B. Tedschi, Parc's beautiful Hacina Saadi, a confident John Giordano and Robin Stellargen
Dave Fisher and Mia Tinari compliment each other in these light shades of summer. Will Nina make it back for the last hurrah at the beach this week, let's hope so.
Jake Tran, who is involved with the folks working on the Miami version of the Ivy, ADRIAN HARDY of Gruve Diggers (he spins ALL over the city- Marmount, Ladder 15, Vango, Denim) Check out the Throw Down at Mad River in Old City this Sunday 9/6 with Manny Romano; Nick Bruno, Dani O, Neil Daugherty and Manny Romano
Ashley Cini, Paul Doran and Jennifer Conklin
Francesca Echelmeier and Catherine Gonzales. Single Elizabeth is heading to Boston for her first time to visit some friends this weekend. Cahterine Gonzales is heading to the shore, she's not staying with parents, she owns her own condo in Wildwood, NJ
Erin Elmore gets the scoop. This weekend Erin will be cover the VIP pre-party for The Borgata/Ocean Drives Magazine/Philly Style Magazine at The Water Club 8 - 9PM followed by the main party from 9PM til the end of summer
NBC10's Lesley van Arsdale and friend Andrea Straub. Lesley is busy this weekend with a wedding of another beautiful anchor women, then doing a double Saturday night and Sunday at the anchor desk. Andrea Straub is one of the Top full time REALTORS® successfully serving the Main Line and Philadelphia. Specializing in strategic marketing of fine homes, estates, new construction and investment properties.
Paulie DeSantis, Lauren O'Dorisio, Steve Thorne, the soon to be Mrs. Steven Thorne and Justin Wineburgh. The gang is playing with their "No Ho", which Sabrina Tamburino swears it works to ward off hangovers.
David Neff, John Colabelli and Lauren O'Dorisio. Lauren says good bye to her friends at Table 31 today as she's going to fill in for Carrie Nork Minelli at the Cashman & Assocs. firm for a few months.

Fred Whaler, Angela Pinto, Alyssa Rader and Kyle Roller

Elaine Graber and Arthur Kade. Is this the drought breaker consider the last Tweet by Kade asked why girls don't do something? Was he rejected?Mixologists Jennifer Grabel you can find her at O.N.E a couple times a week, and when Lauren Nelson isn't solving the mysteries of death, you can find her Friday nights at Ladder 15 behind the bar, sharing interesting stories to capture your attention.
Premiere Hospitality Group,'s Jennifer Grabel, Michael Steinberg, who is one of the guys responsible for that awesome party at The Chelsea Hotel Saturday night, I'm so excited that things worked out and I will be able to go after all - Thanks to you, that person and Alexandra Calukavovic

It was an awesome showing of the last SIPS and Philly Style Magazine party of the season.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009


When I was walking by City Hall a bit ago I noticed a flat bed with two large boxes on it. I thought oh no what art work do we have to sell to pay off the vendors for the month of September.I didn't recall seeing this head anywhere in City Hall

were they in the basement I wondered? Then I asked the forklift driver and he gave me the scoop.
These two 12 foot high bronze statues are on loan from the artist Jun Kaneko
This sculptural installation is in conjunction with a city-wide celebration of the artwork of Jun Kaneko, coinciding with the East Coast debut of his production of the opera Madama Butterfly with the Opera Company of Philadelphia in October 2009. Entitled “On the Wings of Music: Art, Opera & You,” this celebration includes the Philadelphia Museum of Art’s installation of Kaneko’s sculptural work in the Perelman building’s Skylit Galleria. This is one of four installations throughout the city exhibiting sculpture by this internationally acclaimed artist. It will be the only installation of the four extended through April 2010 to coincide with the 44th Annual Conference of the National Conference on Education For The Ceramic Arts (NCECA), entitled “Independence” which celebrates contemporary ceramic art.
Jun Kaneko, born in Nagoya, Japan in 1942, began his formal studies in art in the United States at the Chouinard Art Institute and continued at Berkeley and Claremont Graduate School. Since the mid-1990s, Kaneko has focused on an ongoing series of immense-scaled ceramic works—collectively referred to by the artist as dangos (Japanese for rounded form.) The multiple steps involved with each piece (drawing, painting, firing and glazing) require constant and intense engagement with the artist’s hand. These four sculptures represent a larger body of work called the Mission Clay Project, which created a total of forty-one new sculptures. This project took three years to complete.
You'll recall in an post last week I mentioned that if the City found a sponsor, opening night of Madama Butterfly with the Opera Company of Philadelphia would be simulcast on the Art Museum Steps.


When reading this post please play "Summer Wind" on repeat mode:

A couple weeks ago Aly Green, and Jared Poe of Raven Records, invited me down to shoot the behind the scenes of rapper Azizz and his new video "Let's Go, Let's Go" and they put me up at the cool new chic Chelsea Hotel where they were doing the shoot.
I was more than excited, not only to shoot the video stills, but it gave me a chance to check out the one hotel that I'd been hearing all the buzz about...Last year Philly's social peeps were all about Margate, Avalon and other shore points. This year it was like the turning of the tide and alls I kept hearing about was The Chelsea. As the summer approached Philly's social population dwindled on the weekends and headed down the shore bringing back with it tails of The Chelsea (Which I kept thinking, the NYC Chelsea has a sister hotel in AC; far from it as this Chelsea is a showplace.)
Although The Chelsea opened last year the buzz really started humming around the time that The Chelsea owners tapped Premiere Hospitality Group, Justin Fine and Michael Steinberg along with Anthony Sembello re-launched the "Fifth Floor" this past spring. The Fifth is the entertainment and nightlife destination within the Chelsea Hotel. Located on the fifth floor, The Fifth has options for all tastes and all hours of the night including the Living Room, the Cabana Club, C5, and Chelsea Prime. These elements combine to make the most fabulous destination for all of your nightlife desires. Sip champagne and cocktails in the Living Room, dine at Chelsea Prime, lounge with friends at the Cabana Club, and dance until late night at C5. I first wrote about the Chelsea Pool Party when I came to AC to cover Kristin Cavalleri at Dusk down the street at Caesars in July. (I'll be at Dusk this Friday night too for the Cashman & Assocs. Party with Mya!!).
Well at that time I made a point of stopping by the Chelsea Pool for two reasons, mainly to steal a few shots of my "It Girl" Sabrina Tamburino celebrate her bacherlorette party weekend, and also to see what all the hype about "The Chelsea Pool." I was impressed with what I saw, and was excited to return to capture the whole scene.
The Chelsea Hotel is a resort, it's remind me of Club Med. There's a daytime party by the pool. A bar set up, food, servers to wait on your every need, A F'king DJ to get you in the grove, a great pool and people to mingle, oh an occasionally a little dancing in place.

There's also private Cabana's where you can hang out with your friends, relax, watch TV, yeah that's right, you can go to the pool with your girlfriend/wife etc and while she's working on her tan you can watch the game in your private Cabana. Talk about escaping the stresses of the day.
and eye candy too.Inside the hotel, I think they call this the C5 part, you will find a pool room with this very funky light fixture, as well as original shots of the hotel from it's inception which was actually two different hotel's a Holiday Inn and a Howard Johnson's. I remember when I had stopped by weeks earlier it was this space that got me thinking what was this place like in the evening, and having stayed at Philippe Starck's Hudson Hotel I had a feeling it had the same hip vibe.
I love when entertainment spaces think outside of the box. I remember reading of it's opening last year and hearing that their target audience was NYC. Well NYC already had a lot of cool hip places to call her own, and then the summer crowd headed to the Hampton's. Philly was starving for a place like this at the beach. A one stop shopping resort party zone, especially for the younger set, because even though the decor may reflect your parents generation, or even your grandparent's, there's a good chance you're not going to find them here. It's young, fresh and energized. I really loved can you tell.
The Living Room on the Fifth Floor. Behind the curtain is a balcony that runs the length of the 5th floor. Great for lounging and looking at the ocean, at night great for chatting and enjoying the crash of the waves.Yet another Stephen Starr creation, Chelsea Prime I had the pleasure of chatting with Stephen the other day, and well was tongue tied as I am such a huge fan of his eclectic vision of restaurants. I can't think of anyone else that has so many variations in conceptions and food. (I had no idea that he had another restaurant in the same bldg downstairs, the very cool retro Teplitzky. I'll have to check it out next time I'm down there.)
Chelsea Prime is Stephen Starr's fresh and youthful take on a steakhouse in a setting evocative of a 1940s supper club with options for both indoor and outdoor seating. The cocktail lounge with a curvilinear bar and a timeless white grand piano are complimented by an incredible cocktail menu and energy flow from the adjoining Living Room. Chelsea Prime is filled with classic black and white photographs of 1940s Atlantic City and surrounded by elevated Hollywood-style booths and sweeping ocean views. While Chelsea Prime classically authentic in design, its style, food, and energy are modern and glamorous. The restaurant is the perfect place to begin a night of fabulous socializing at the Chelsea or end of day of sun and cocktails by the pool.

Why yes that is the view of the Atlantic Ocean with a sailboat slowing going by. Just beautiful!!
A quick peek at my room in the main hotel

The Fifth Floor, get there early
'cause around midnight this is what it looks like. The night I was there the place was at capacity and no one else was allowed in after about 1AM, even if you had bottle service. The Fire Marshall means business, so make it your business to get there on time.
Pool party in full swing. Bottle service is available and encouraged, but for the best VIP experience you have to hook up with the Cabana service. If you thought the Cabana service was off the hook during the day, check it out at night; still furnished with couches, tables and a TV, but now you have your own little party going on, in the middle of an already rocking party.
A few readers of PhillyChitChat that I never met before, Dustin Steiner, Dana Brajer, Mindy Rosen, Erica Kaplan and Jared Kahn. (Thanks)
I gotta feeling that tonight’s gonna be a good night
That tonight’s gonna be a good night
Tonight’s the night
Let’s live it up
Fill up my cup
Look at her dancing
Lets paint the town
We’ll shut it down
Let’s burn the roof
And then we’ll do it again
Aly Green, Lauren Beloff, Michael Spain Smith and Fox 29's Nefertiti J√°quez

Al Puggi and Cindy Caccuro
Shah Herman, Diane Bekhor, Brett Rosenbloom and Mandi Rosen
Elvira Pyanova, Thurna Pyamova, Asu Kamara, Stacey Kracher, Chris Prabhu and Anne Nikolaus (Sorry if I butchered your names, it was dark)
The outdoor bar
Lauren Beloff and Anthony Sembello
Brett Rosenbloom, Sgt. Ray Evers (He's single, I get a lot of google searches on that topic), guest, birthday Boy Justin Wineburgh, guest and John Westrum (who I owe a photo to and if it wasn't 3am I would look for it right now)
Ironically it was about 3am when I took this photo too, and the place was still rocking.
Kim Lenetsky, Rachael Frank, Melissa Carbman and MRS. Jill Jacobsen
As you can see there are many great nooks, crannies and seating areas for you to catch up with oldfriends, chat with new ones or just hang out. That was another plus I liked about the place. They are bringing it, and the rest of it is up to you to make your fun, enjoy the music and have a great time.
For me it was time to go, but I left plenty of people behind to enjoy the fruits of branding labor by Justin Fine, Michael Steinberg and Anthony Sembello, and whoever had the initial concept to build such an ground breaking "house party" hotel in Atlantic City. Also I want to give a shout out to Brett Perloff and Scotty Buck who I heard had awesome parties. I never made it down for those, but impressed with their promotion, week after week I knew what was going on at The Fifth Floor. Check out Perloff's Strongbox's opening in Philly next week 9/10/09. I'll be in NYC for Fashion Week, but I hear Brett has a few surprises in store for opening night.
But for now hurry on down to the Atlantic City and enjoy The Chelsea and all it has to offer before the first frost is upon us. But don't worry long after the beach towels are washed, and the beach chairs are put away, The Chelsea will still be buzzing along, did I mention they have three fireplaces on The Fifth floor. The party maybe a little more chill, but the music doesn't stop there. Check out their website to see what they have planned for the coming months.
Final Note: As I said in the beginning of the piece I will be down at Dusk on Friday night (RIP DJ AM), and was planning on a return trip to the Chelsea Hotel Fifth Floor for some fun the next night, but my house plans fell through for Saturday night, but I will try and stop by the day pool party. So all those folks I promised to shoot Sat Nite, take a few snaps for me and perhaps I can do a final summer wrap up next week. Send me a few stories too. Enjoy, I Gotta A Feeling it's gonna be a Good Night!!