Saturday, October 30, 2010

ALMOST NO PARKING IN CENTER CITY FOR HALLOWEEN Jason Statham and Safe to Film All Over Center City This Weekend

You might be asking What Movie is filming in Philadelphia, especially this Halloween weekend cause parking in Center City this Halloween Weekend is going to be impossible, thanks to Jason Statham and his new movie Safe filming. I have to say what a STUPID idea to film this movie on this weekend along Broad Street and Most of the length of Walnut From Broad to 17th Street. (Photo Marilyn Stollenwerk yesterday outside of Cebu in the 100 block of Chestnut St)Broad Street in front of the Banana Republic. No parking 10/30 10PM - 10/31 Midnite. These signs go from Chestnut until Locust, on the Southbound signs. There's a good chance there will be large trucks parked her starting Saturday night, so traffic will not be a treat in this area either. (My guess is this will be a day shoot, it could be the one inside the Bellevue like I reported 2 weeks ago.)

Locust Street sign points to the movie set on Broad Street, so there's a good chance that near this sign will be the Holding Lot for extras.

10/30 10PM and 10/31 11:59PM on Walnut all the way up to 17th Street,
basically the main drag so it will be a shit show in traffic on Halloween weekend. Take Septa, carpool
Monday 11/1 - Tuesday 11/2 - 6AM to 12AM In front of Bellevue looking towards Walnut. This could be the inside shots at the Bellevue in the Lobby and also in XIX.

While waiting for mike to pick me up around 11PM last night, this fun trio danced by

Friday, October 29, 2010

CONTEST: Pair of Tickets for Rob McElhenney & Philly Style Magazine Party

Philadelphia Style will be hosting a party for its Men’s Issue cover star, Rob McElhenney on Thursday, November 11th at Parx at 6p.m. Food & Cocktails included.

As you know, Rob McElhenney is the creator, executive producer, and star of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Rob and his wife and co-star Kaitlin Olsen will be in attendance.

I have a pair of tickets to this event to give away. All you have to do is subscribe to and my co-worker "The Prankster" will pick the winning email next Thursday:

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Jason Statham filming SAFE in Philadelphia

Bradley Cooper filming in Rittenhouse Square


Last Minute Halloween Shopping & last minute tidbits. Plus A Walk Up Walnut Street

The line outside Ricky Halloween Store at 16th & Walnut last night around 8PM.
Celebrate Halloween with Rittenhouse Row Saturday
10:00-11:00 AM: Children's Costume Contest at The Shops at Liberty Place; guests can also pick-up their trick-or-treat map and bag.

10:00 AM-5:00 PM: Trick or Treat All Over Rittenhouse Row
This is gonna be adorable.
Saturday, October 30Mutt Strut
10 am: 4th Annual PAWS Mutt Strut
FDR Park, 1900 Pattison Avenue
Philadelphia, PA
To register and for more info:

I went to Chipotle's Mexican Grill yesterday. It was delicious. If you dress as processed food they will give you a $2 burrito on Halloween.
Check out the new floor to ceiling window's at the old Susanna Foo. Look for this same window design to show up at the old Roy's around the corner. Had a nice article on this new building this week. It's a reality office. Love the modern design, and it's on Walnut Street. How did that get thru the Historic Commission?

Harry & David's Pop-up Store opens.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Blair and Serena er I mean Mayor Nutter and Mayor Street appear at an event tomorrow together



Mayor Michael A. Nutter (President’s House award presentation)

Former Mayor John F. Street (President’s House award presentation)

Bring It Home Recipients: Melanie Burney, Deirdre Childress, and Sarah Glover– National Association of Black Journalists
Community Impact Recipient: Rev. Luis A. Cortes, Jr. – Esperanza
Industry Appreciation Recipient: E. Steven Collins– Radio One Philadelphia
Lifetime Achievement Recipient: Tom Muldoon – Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau
Pioneer Recipient: Mae Reeves– Famous Philadelphia Milliner
Share the Heritage Recipients: Jeri Lynne Johnson – Black Pearl Chamber Orchestra and the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival

WHAT: The Philadelphia Multicultural Affairs Congress (MAC), a division of the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PCVB), celebrates its 16th

Annual Recognition Luncheon entitled, “Giving Voice: Past, Present, and Future”, by honoring the nation’s newest and most eye-opening
historical site, The President’s House- Freedom and Slavery in the Making of a New Nation, with an unveiling at the luncheon by both
Philadelphia’s current and past mayors.

Friday, October 29, 2010
Registration: 11:15am, Program & Lunch: Noon-1:30pm

WHERE: Hyatt Regency Philadelphia at Penn’s Landing, 201 South Columbus Boulevard

IF this event wasn't monumental enough, I'd like to see a good cat fight too. (Maybe Sam Katz will show up?)


Last month Rum Bar got itself a new chef. According toPhila Grubstreet,
Lara’s most recent gig was running his own Caribbean small plates restaurant, Ramona’s in Haddonfield, NJ. He is of Cuban decent and was raised in the Dominican Republic, where prior to pursuing a culinary career, he trained to be a professional baseball player

Read more: Rum Bar Gets a New Chef and New Menu -- Grub Street Philadelphia
You may be familiar with their Happy hour which is 7 days a week, 5 - 7PM or their late night crowd hanging out at the bar, but Rum Bar also has a restaurant that serves Latin inspired food.

Last night I attended a press dinner at Rum Bar, to meet the new chef and try out the new menu during a tasting. (The dishes are a quarter of the size if they were served normally.) Basically I thought everything was delicious, and I look forward to returning for full size meals.
Adam Kanter and Executive Chef Luis Lara
Ecuadorian Ceviche $9
Fish is Chef’s pick, cilantro, red onions, tomatoes, a blend of citrus juices, fresh mango, and cancha chulpe “corn nuts” - Loved the "salad"
Cubano Egg Rolls $9
Roast pork, ham, swiss cheese, pickles, with a mustard aioli dipping sauce - YUM. Loved the dipping sauce.
Sauteed Pulpo with Mojo$18
Octopus sautéed in garlic and olive oil finished with lime and cilantro - Delicious!!
Cuban Style Calamari $9 - Delicious and really priced well.
Served with fried jalapeños and spring mix, drizzled with a spicy raspberry coulis and balsamic reduction

Mussels Ramona $10
Served with a mango relish - Great, but I needed a bib
Chef Luis and Adam have been testing dishes for their flavor and presentation, and thought it would be a good idea to take pictures of all the dishes and put them up on the frig so everyone can see how they should be presented. Very clever.
Thom Cardwell, writer/Dev Director of Cinefest and owner of Rum Bar Adam Kanter celebrate the end of a good meal. Adam and I touched on the recently held Rum Fest. He tells me that it's returning to Octo again this year, but he will have a few more surprises and upgrades. Check out the entire menu on FooBooz
Day of the Dead - October 30, 2010 - Rum Bar Monster Mash - Costumes required

NBC Philadelphia Nonstop / The Scene - My Debut

Monday I started on Justin Pizzi's new entertainment show called "The Scene'. It plays every night at 8:30PM and midnight on Comcast 248.

Here are two segments that I did. I was nervous and probably could have thought these out a little more. Writing a blog is much easier as I can take back what I said, but

when filming I don't have that control so I was a little more guarded with what I said about Kendra. In the future I am just going to let it all hang out, be real, and tell the story without worrying if I am going to offend anyone. What I left out of the Kendra story was, She was hurt deeply that Hank was let go of the Phila Eagles. She really took it personally, and she didn't want to film anymore in Philly and give it anymore publicity. You'll see it for yourself when the season starts next week, 11/7. I did hear that she like all my columns, so that was kinda nice.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Who's hotter Julie Dorenbos or Susie Celek? CHASE UTLEY'S MORNING AFTER MEAL,

Also on hand to help out was Philadelphia Eagle Harold Carmichael. People — including Drew Phillips who is pictured here — lined up to meet the legendary wide receiver.


A NEWS STAND, I thought they had rules about what could open on Rittenhouse Square. See, wow!! (Thanks to my reader who sent this.) 18th & Walnut Streets

UPDATES: "They are filming more scenes from The Dark Fields today, INCLUDING at the Palomar Hotel this afternoon. (OK that makes sense too)



This year marks the 20th Anniversary of Liberty Place. Yesterday I lent them pictures I had picked up at a flea market over the years.

Balloon Man

Stop Work Order at Daffy's because they didn't get the ok from the historical society
Fashion on Chestnut Street
Paralegals running to City Hall with their exhibits
This car is going no where fast. Couldn't figure out what the deal was, but found a cop so he could figure out what the story was.

When you play jokes like leaving a plastic roach at eye level or taped to someone's phone

those people may just get back at you some how
mom's house
the lighted art thingy at Schuylkill River Park
How long before someone shimmies up the water spout and steals the copper part?
Mike bird watching
Miss PA and Miss Teen Pa are both from Pittsburgh, Pa and drove down to see the Philadelphia Fashion Week closing night.
Whipping out my camera phone to capture this shot of a guy on a bike towing a bike at 10AM? What was he doing with two bikes. Check out my column today when it goes live about 10AM


STRONGBOX - PUT A FORK IN IT - It opened drawing a line in the sand declaring only VIP people would be allowed in. (nice broken window)

The Recession hit and the monied people were scarce to find. It re-branded itself as a no douche bag kinda club. Two guys created an awesome party on Tuesday night, but that was not enough to sustain it the other 6 nights and a little more than two years later the doors are shuttered by the landlord...

I found these signs on the front door last night (click to make larger)

Tuesday, October 26, 2010


Tonight, Obama will become the first sitting president to appear on Jon Stewart's The Daily Show on Comedy Central.

President Obama will go on a four-city blitz right before election day over the final campaign weekend

He will hold major rallies in three of the cities — Bridgeport, Cleveland and Chicago — and do a canvassing event in a Philadelphia neighborhood.

Vice President Biden will accompany him to Cleveland. On Nov. 1, the Monday before election day, First Lady Michelle Obama will campaign in Las Vegas and Philadelphia, officials said.

Obama is also expected to make additional stops for specific candidates.

The events are:

Saturday, October 30, 2010


· Philadelphia, PA: Moving America Forward GOTV Canvass Kickoff Event

The event will begin at 10 a.m. at the Student Pavilion at 1901 N. 15th St.

Tickets are not required for the Philadelphia canvass kickoff, but RSVPs are requested at

· Bridgeport, CT: Moving America Forward GOTV Campaign Rally
· Chicago, IL: Moving America Forward GOTV Campaign Rally

Sunday, Oct. 31

Obama and Biden:

· Cleveland, OH: Moving America Forward GOTV Campaign Rally

Monday, Nov. 1

Michelle Obama:

· Philadelphia, PA.
· Las Vegas, NV.


Friday night after Kerry Washington's screening of her new movie " Night Catches Us ", Philadelphia Style Magazine held an after party at the Chestnut Street Club.

Many of stylish Philadelphian's came out to enjoy the bites of 12th Street Caterers and mingle with the beautiful people that make up these parties. Anne Nikolaus on the right and her girlfriends
Lianda Swain and Lauren O'Dorisio

I wish I had gotten a better shot of Haley Binn's stockings. This season stockings have become more than just leg warmers, and seem to come in all kinds of interesting styles.
The cast of Night Catches Us . The movie is being distributed by Magnolia Pictures.
Sadiq Afif and Tanya Hamilton, Amari Cheatom and Jamara Griffon

Actress Kerry Washington and director Tanya Hamilton pose for pictures at the 19th Annual Philadelphia Film Festival premiere of Night Catches Us on Saturday. Featuring a score by The Roots, the film hits theaters December 3.
Actors Jamara Griffon, Sadiq Afif and Kerry Washington. The movie is set in 1976, and is a complex political and emotional forces are set in motion when a young man returns to the race-torn Philadelphia neighborhood where he came of age during the Black Power movement.
Love this little dance Kerry does toward Jason Binns. Wish I had videoed it.
Boots are in even if it's 70F out

Guest, Barbera Nipan-Spencer, Mimi Pond, & Craig Spencer
Phila Film Festival's Andrew Greenblatt and Kerry Washington. This "newly revised festival" was epic for Philadelphia. They brought in a lot of amazing movies, great talent, and they had a "red carpet" with a step and repeat when possible. They really went the extra mile to get me there, the brass from the top down greeted me, and made my work that much easier to do. For me my schedule was too banged up tight to make everything, but from what I could see this festival is going to make Philly a contender in the Festival circuit. Something I've always wanted to see.

Michelle Miller, GN Kang and Mia Colona. Like I said stockings are no longer functional, but stylish too.

Anthony DiMeo III and his baby. baby's got back and front.

Congrats to Ashley Schaeffer on her recent engagement
hot shoe style

A member of the audience is daft and stuck on the idea that the movie should have been filmed in North Philly where the story "probably happened", but this is not a documentary states Kerry Washington so it's fine that it's filmed in Germantown where the director placed it.

Fox 29's Mike Jerrick with his main squeeze on his right, and their friend.
Tip sheet so that I can recognize the peeps walking the red carpet.
Jamara Griffon was awesome in the movie, and I told her so.
John Colabeli and Lauren O'Dorisio
There was a nice spread
Reggie Berry and Jackiem Wright turning it out. Especially Reggie with that super hot double button jacket, reminiscence of Janet Jackson's Rhythm Nation era. Philadelphia Eagles Moise Fokou and Cornelius Ingram. Berry and Wright are founders of The 400. Check out this Wright's bday video

Phillies great Garry Madox, Kerry Washington and PSM Publisher John Colabelli
Actor Vince Young from 90210 (1990)
John Colabelli, Philadelphia Style Mag Publisher, Kerry Washington, Kristin Munroe, PSM Editor and Jason Binn, Niche Media
City Reps Margaret Hughes, Kerry Washington and Erica Atwood link to yesterday's article on the movie.
Ian Swain, Maria Papadakis and Manny Romano as we leave the after, after party at Del Frisco's about 1:30AM. It was a crazy fun night. Manny was one of the talented DJ's at Phl Fashion Week just last week. He went to school with Maria, and it was a nice reunion.