Friday, November 12, 2010

kanye west, barbara streisand, are coming to Philly for private events, roger waters is not environmentally friendly

It's a 90 minute car ride to NYC

Kaitlin Olson and Rob McElhenney Philly Style Magazine Parx's Photos


Tina Elmer and Stephen

I had to work late so I didn't make it to last nights Philadelphia Style Magazine party at Parx, but a few of my co-workers and friends were able to go to the Philly Style Mag party as they were nice enough to give me a few tixs in exchange for photos you've recently seen in the mag. Note to you, tixs for trade A OK for Above awesome designer Nicole Manning

) and my co-worker Barbara Moyer with Kaitlin Olson
Nicole and my co-worker Gray Papa. Gray has a double life like me, he's in a couple bands including the sweet Tara Girl. NBC10 needs to book them for one of their shows. I guess I should ask. OH look Dave Warren from NBC10 over Nicky's shoulder.
NBC10's Justin Pizzi and Brooke Dillon. Brooke and I are both on Justin Pizzi's TV show "The Scene" on NBC10's Non-Stop Channel 248 at 9:30PM and Midnight. (Brooke and I are not related to actor Kevin Dillon, or each other.)
Kaitlin and Rob last night at Parx Casino. They're awesome, with associate producer of Preston & Steve on WMMR sexy not single anymore Marisa Magnatta and beau Ron Zausidsky

Mia Colona and Rob McElhenney; A friend writes: 360 lounge is where it was held. it was weird atmosphere (all the "celebs" were protected behind the ropes but i think mingled after 9:30/10 the coolest thing about this place was the floor was lighted white with red splashed and when you stepped on the floor the red would move around like paint swirls. it was cool. hope you get more pictures!
The Geator, Fox 29's John Bolaris, and Rob McElhenney . Tonight Rob will be at a private home in WYNNEWOOD (not Philly as someone reported) for the Greater Philadelphia Film Office's 25th Anniversary party.
Real Estate whizs' Reid Rosenthal and Tina Elmer
Check out my PhillyMag column today too.

And on Sunday he'll be at the

Safe Movie Production Details for Broad Street and the Bellevue Hotel 11/16 - 11/19

WHAT'S FILMING ON BROAD STREET you might ask next week?
The Safe Movie Production continues in a big way in Philadelphia next week. For some reason the notice has not gone out to the general public to avoid driving on Broad Street next week after 7PM for the filming of the movie Safe. Don't drive downtown next week after 7PM, especially near Broad Street. When filming occurred on JFK Blvd on Halloween weekend, the streets surrounding the 3 block filming area were clogged for hours making a very unpleasant commute. Here are the details for next week's shooting of the Boaz Yakin, Director, producer Lawrence Bender starring Jason Statham

Beginning the evening of Tuesday, November 16, 2010 and ending Friday the 19th, filming of the movie Safe will begin in the main lobby. (As I reported first in my column 2 weeks ago, then last night at 9:30PM in more detail on NBC10's Non Stop Channel 248 Justin Pizzi's The Scene in my segment, and now here in intricate details. (Thanks to my tipsters for making these entries possible.)

Click to make the body of the letter larger. (I was tired of a certain "gossip" columnist taking my work [w/o sourcing me], so you will have to click on the text to read it [sorry]. Now he is really going to have to do some work re writing it, he's good at paraphrasing.)


and now with the break-away-doors. " The revolving doors will be changed out to leaf doors (so the hero can be thrown through them) and the lobby desk will be made to appear more “hotel-like” like the Plaza Hotel." CHECK OUT MY PHILLY MAG.COM COLUMN TODAY TO SEE WHERE KANYE WEST WILL BE ON Thanksgiving Eve, while you're at your high school reunion.


Greater Philadelphia Filmmakers (GPF), a Program of the Greater Philadelphia Film Office, Announces the Winners of the 2010 “Shoot in Philadelphia” Screenwriting Awards at Sun Center Studios, the Region's First Hollywood-Style Film and TV Production Studio

Featuring celebrity presenters including Rebecca Creskoff, Danny DeVito, Rob McElhenney, Kaitlin Olson, and more!

WHO: Greater Philadelphia Filmmakers is pleased to announce a full day of screenwriting events culminating in a press conference revealing the winners of the 2010 “Shoot in Philadelphia” (SIP) Screenwriting Awards.

The SIP events are part of the Greater Philadelphia Film Office’s (GPFO) 25th anniversary celebration, and will be followed by the industry's hottest ticket of the year--GPFO's invitation-only annual film production party and industry celebration honoring over 500 of the region's film and television professionals.

WHEN: Sunday, November 14th | 11:00am to 5:00pm. All events are FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.

WHERE: Sun Center Studios (63 Concord Road in Aston, PA 19014 | Get Directions), the region’s first state-of-the-art film and television production studio.

WHAT: GPF will present four exciting screenwriting events that afternoon:

  • Spotlight on Finalists (11:00am to 12:30pm) - Listen in as some of the Philadelphia region’s best professional actors read excerpts from each of the feature-length SIP finalist screenplays.
  • PhillyPitch! (1:15pm to 3:00pm) - Nine pre-selected screenwriters and filmmakers pitch their projects to a panel of high-powered film industry players with the power to turn their dream projects into a cinematic reality.
  • TV Script to Screen (3:00pm to 4:00pm) - A lively panel discussion with TV industry insiders.
  • 2010 ‘Shoot in Philadelphia’ Awards Press Conference (4:15pm) And the winner is…. The SIP Grand Prize for Best Feature-Length Screenplay, the Derek Freese Film Foundation Prime Time Award for Best TV Pilot Script, the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Regional Award for Best Screenplay by a Greater Philadelphia Resident, and the Irene I. Parisi Award for Best Screenwriter 25-Years-Old (or Younger) will be announced to the press and the public.

2010 SIP full-length screenplay finalists include Steve Alten (Mintz Meats), Katie Hennicke (The 3rd Best Thing), Steve Hochman (Third Ball Kill), and Tom Turner (Experimentally Yours and Sweet Jane). These screenplays were considered for the $10,000 Grand Prize and the $2,500 Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce Regional Award, if applicable.

Derek Freese Film Foundation Prime Time Award comes with a $5,000 cash prize. Finalists include Matthew Feely (St. Anthony’s), Steven Hornberger (Christian), Wade Balance & Mark Kochanowicz (Bleeder), Michael Naylor & Lisa DeAngelis (Upstaged), and Tim Radecki & Mike Dean (Off Guard).

Two young screenwriters, Dan Reilly (Haunt) and Joshua Fineberg (Counterpoint), are finalists for the Irene I. Parisi Award. This $1,000 award is made possible by the generous contribution of screenwriter Stephen J. Rivele (co-author of Academy Award-nominated screenplay Nixon, Ali, and Copying Beethoven) in honor of his mother, Irene I. Parisi (1925-1964).

These are some of the prominent film and TV industry professionals who will serve as panelists for the SIP events:

  • Rebecca Creskoff (Hung, Law & Order, Desperate Housewives, Mad Men, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The West Wing) is an acclaimed Philadelphia-born actress who is currently garnering rave reviews on HBO's Hung and shooting scenes for the upcoming season of HBO's Curb Your Enthusiasm.
  • Derek Dressler is a staff writer for Disney's Kick Buttowski: Suburban Daredevil; a punch-up writer on Disney's The Replacements, and a past SIP Irene Parisi Award winner.
  • Jeffrey D. Erb is the CEO of Feverpitch Pictures and co-president of Framelight Productions. Framelight Productions has expanded into television along with film and is currently in development of a number of shows which are both dramatic as well as unscripted. These include a reality show called NY Bling, as well as a scripted crime drama based on the series of Stacy Dittrich novels with The Fremantle Corporation.
  • Marc Erlbaum's credits include: Writer/Director/Producer (A Buddy Story, Café, Head Space), Executive Producer (Everything Must Go).
  • Joe Gangemi is a screenwriter whose feature film credits include Wind Chill (Sony, 2007). Inamorata, adapted from his own novel (Viking, 2004), is in development by Johnny Depp's production company. He has also worked in TV, scripting hour-long dramas for ABC and NBC. He is currently writing the period thriller Eliza Graves for director Oren Peli (Paranormal Activity) and adapting the young adult series Secret Histories for Sony Animation.
  • Andrew Greenblatt is the Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Philadelphia Film Society, the nonprofit organization that annually produces the Philadelphia Film Festival along with other year-round screenings, programming, and events. Greenblatt has also worked as an entertainment attorney, as president of business and legal affairs for an independent film company, as well as an independent feature film producer. His producer credits include the feature films Explicit Ills, Twelve, Cafe, and Everything Must Go.
  • Jules Lichtman: Director/Assistant Director (Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley, Party of Five, The Division, The Fugitive): Music videos for James Brown, MC Hammer, Stanley Clarke; Editor (Little House on the Prairie)
  • Mark Rosenthal is currently adapting the Korean film THE TRUCK. He is also adapting the famous British children's multi-volume book series, Tom Trueheart. Other credits include: The Sorcerer's Apprentice for DisneyPictures, Mona Lisa Smile, Flicka, Jewel of the Nile, Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes, For Love or Money, Superman IV and Star Trek VI.
  • Patricia Weiser isVP/Director of Development/Producer of High Treason Pictures, LLC. (The Best and The Brightest)
  • Producer Dawn Wolfrom is currently developing the Simon & Schuster published books, Accidental It Girl and Happiness Sold Separately, Accidental It Girl has been adapted into a feature film. Happiness Sold Separately has been adapted into a television series with Steve Carr (Paul Blart: Mall Cop) attached to direct.
  • Ernie Vecchione is a former SIP winner and the writer, creator, and producer of a Web series called Sex Ed: The Series. Sex Ed was deemed ‘TV Worth Watching’ by TV Guide Magazine and nominated for both a Streamy and the Webby Awards. Vecchione writes in Los Angeles.

Actors featured in the Spotlight on Finalists include:

  • Annette Kaplafka has performed in film, on stage, and in voiceover projects from the east to west coasts. She is pleased to be working again with the wonderful people at the Greater Philadelphia Film Office. Her film work includes Mayor Cupcake and Café. She was also Dorothy in the national theatrical tour of The Wizard of Oz.
  • Christopher Mann is a local actor born less than three miles from Sun Center Studios. He has been featured in films and TV shows such as The Wire, Law & Order, Blue Bloods, Michael Clayton, and Duplicity to name a few.
  • Peter Patrikios has a career that spans two decades working on stage, film and television. His credits include Law & Order, The Answer Man, The Last Airbender, Mayor Cupcake, and Future Weather.
  • Karen Vicks is a veteran of screen, stage, television, radio, direction, makeup, laughter, advice, and the love she brings to all--including the Film Office--for years! Her most recent credits include the film Law Abiding Citizen, the NBC TV show Outlaw, and the play The First Breeze Of Summer (director and performer).

The 2010 SIP events would not be possible without the Greater Philadelphia Film Office and the support of our sponsors: the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce, the Derek Freese Film Foundation, Stephen J. Rivele, Mike Lemon Casting, 2009 SIP Grand Prize Winner Mary Spiers, the University of the Arts, and Scripped, Inc.

For additional information, please contact Greater Philadelphia Filmmakers Director Joan Bressler (215-686-2668; or visit


Greater Philadelphia Filmmakers, a program of the Greater Philadelphia Film Office, is designed to meet the needs of local media artists and technicians with seminars, business and technical training to help aspiring and experienced film professionals.

The Greater Philadelphia Film Office is a film commission that creates jobs and grows the film and video industry in the Greater Philadelphia region. The Film Office officially serves southeastern Pennsylvania, including Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia counties. Economic impact to the region from film and video production since 1992 exceeds $3 billion dollars.

Thursday, November 11, 2010


“The Jersey Boys” is playing at the Forrest Theatre until December 12, But on November 29 Philadelphia is going to be treated to something really special.
Kristin Munroe, Editor of Philly Style Magazine, with the cast of the Jersey Boys, Lisa Gaudio and John Colabelli, Publisher of Philly Style Magazine.

Miss Philadelphia - Andrea Helfrich and mom Susan Helfrich

Philadelphia, PA – The Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia in partnership with Lisa Gaudio
(daughter of original “Four Seasons” member Bob Gaudio), and the Company of the “Jersey Boys” 1st National Tour will hold a one-night only Concert/Auction to benefit Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. Monday, November 29th, the evening begins with a 6:30pm Champagne/Hors d’oeuvres Reception prepared by Executive Chef Rafael Gonzalez. At 7:30 the live band hits the stage and the 1st National Tour cast of Jersey Boys will rock the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia Ballroom singing hits from Dick Clark’s “American Bandstand.” The night continues with a dessert bar, dancing, a silent auction boasting autographed Four Seasons memorabilia, & a live auction offering an opportunity to own one-of-a-kind Jersey Boys collectibles, and the chance to bid on other great items including vacation packages, designer fashions, sports collectibles and rare finds from both Broadway and the pop-American music world. Live auction to be hosted by Philly’s Radio Legend Jerry Blavat.
Rob Wasserman, Jane and Joe Wolf
Quinn VanAntwerp, Brianna D'Amico, Lisa Gaudio, Jennaphr Frederick, Joseph Leo Bwarie, and Carie Brescia
The “Seasons at the Four Seasons” is the effort of the “Jersey Boys” 1st National Tour cast/crew donating their time, talent, and voices to the ‘City of Brotherly Love’ helping to raise awareness for BC/EFA. A portion of the proceeds will also benefit local Philadelphia charities. Slated performers include: Matt Bailey, Candi Boyd, Jared Bradshaw, Joseph Leo Bwarie, Christopher DeAngelis, John Michael Dias, John Edwards, Alayna Gallo, John Gardiner, Steve Gouveia, Buck Hujabre, Denise Payne, Courter Simmons, Joseph Siravo, Ryan Strand, Lauren Tartaglia, Kara Tremel, Quinn VanAntwerp and Kevin Worley.
Lisa Gaudio and Quinn VanAntwerp, who plays her dad Bob Gaudio. Lisa tells me that Quinn has the role down perfect, except that he's about an inche taller than her dad. Quinn is less than 6 degrees from Kevin Bacon as they are 2nd cousins; he's BFF's with Kevin's sister Hilda Bacon, she's his performance a couple times.

Limited tickets are $200. A $350 VIP ticket comes with a 6pm private pre-party with a few cast members and preferred seating. Four Seasons Hotel, Philadelphia is located at 1 Logan Square in
downtown Philadelphia. Jackets are suggested but not required. For tickets, please visit or call (212) 840-0770 Ext. 268.

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is one of the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit
AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. By drawing upon the talents, resources and
generosity of the American theatre community, since 1988 BC/EFA has raised over $195 million
for essential services for people in need across the United States. BC/EFA is the major supporter
of seven programs at The Actors Fund: The HIV/AIDS Initiative, The Phyllis Newman Women’s
Health Initiative, The Al Hirschfeld Free Health Clinic, The Actors Fund Work Program, The
Dancers’ Resource, The Stage Managers’ Project and three supportive housing residences.
BC/EFA also awards annual grants to more than 400 AIDS and family service organizations

Video Proof: Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell pays up on his election day bet with Fox News' Bill O'Reilly - Dinner at The Capital Grille

I wrote in my yesterday:

According to Daily News reporter Dan Gross (he tweeted it), Governor Rendell agreed to have a steak dinner at Capital Grille with Bill O’Reilly after losing a bet on Corbett-Onorato race. There’s a good chance that it will be prepared by the new Executive Chef/Operating Partner David Wiederholt (formerly of Granite Hill & Oceanaire) who started there Monday.

Fast Forward to last night when I was out I ran into Capital Grill folks who

1) How did you know that Wiederholt started at Capital Grill, he's still in training and it hasn't been announced. (Thanks to an anonymous tip, then I saw his Linkin profile for my 2nd source.)
2) Then they told me there's a video clip of Rendell & O'Reilly on youtube. (aahhh ok cool.)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Chef David Wiederholt has landed at a new restaurant, I hung withSoledad O’Brien& Sonia Sanchez! on Monday.

I hung with literary celebs (including Sonia Sanchez!) and TV news anchor Soledad O’Brien on Monday when the First Person Arts Festival of Memoir and Documentary Art kicked off. Check my PhillyMag column today.

Mitchell & Ness is on the Move to 1201 Chestunut Street?

Mitchell & Ness Nostalgia Co. is the leading purveyor of authentic, vintage sports apparel and on November 19 they will be publicly opening (DJ Jazzy Jeff will make an appearance at the private opening party two days before.) their brand new flagship store at 1201 Chestnut Street. Founded as a golf and tennis company in 1904, Mitchell & Ness Sporting Goods provided on-field uniforms to the Philadelphia Eagles, Athletics, and Phillies as early as 1933. (This is one of those cases like Max Brenner, where the actual door is on the side street, in this case it's on 12th Street past the quarter requesting folks outside the 7-11 on Chestnut Street)The Mitchell & Ness Nostalgia Company was created in the 1980’s with the purpose of recreating authentic jerseys significant to the history of sports. As the pioneer in this field, Mitchell & Ness is known worldwide for its top-quality authentic throwback jerseys. The company holds exclusive licenses from the NBA, NFL, NHL, MLB and NCAA to produce premium vintage jerseys, apparel and headwear. Headquartered in Philadelphia, PA, Mitchell & Ness has been “Defining Authentic” for over 100 years. The new 2,800-square-foot flagship store, has two floors of authentic sports merchandise, sports memorabilia and an 800-square-foot showroom.
I went by on Saturday night on my way to the Bad Dog Ball. Do you think they'll get it done in less than 10 days, or more importantly by press preview day next week?

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Roger Waters’ fans can own a piece of the wall, literally!

Roger Waters’ fans can own a piece of the wall, literally!

This commemorative Roger Waters brick is up for auction Proceeds benefit the Comcast-Spectacor Foundation.

The brick was created to commemorate Roger Waters sold-out shows at the Wells Fargo Center (formerly Wachovia Center) on June 1 and 2, 2007.

Featuring both black and red engraved lettering and a handwritten message "Thank you Philadelphia, Roger Waters," this is truly a unique collectable. Bid now on a piece of a piece of Roger Waters' tour history! The brick measures 8 x 7.5 x 2 inches tall.

Waters is currently performing “The Wall” in its entirety this week at Wells Fargo Center.


The best part of winter, are the sunsets. Looking towards Camden, NJ

City Hall
I'm gonna do a whole series of Comcast, and offer them for sale so I can pay a years worth of cable bills.
awwwww. Do you like my new site. I added a few more advertisements as samples, although I am thinking of reserving one spot for a charity for each month, or of course if I'm a sponsor like I am for Toy, they would get a spot in trade.

Liberté Comes To Sofitel Philadelphia

I had lunch last week at the new restaurant Liberté at the Sofitel hotel with a few friends. There was a lot of laughter and chatter, but the focus of the day was on the food. I tried not to be too much of a food paparazzi but I did take a few photos.
Hmmm brussel sprouts, my lunch companion ate them and really loved them. I wanted to take a few off his plate, but I think he was a germaphobe like half my family.
The restaurant features a flavorful menu from Executive Chef Kevin Levett and extensive beverage selections from head mixologist Marc Yanga, Liberté is set to become a hot new Center City destination. Menu items will range in price from $7 to $32.
Coq au Vin “Drumstick,” Lancaster County chicken with red wine and smoked bacon
Liberté will be open for lunch and dinner daily. Lunch will be served from 11:30 am until 2:30 pm. Afternoon “LiberTea” will be served from 2:30 pm until 5 pm. Dinner will be served from 5 pm until 10 pm, with a late-night menu available until 1 am. The bar will be open continuously from 11:30 am until 2 am every day. For more information, or to make a reservation, please call (215) 569-8300
I hear that the hotel's other restaurant Chez Collette will eventually be the hotel's restaurant for breakfast, lunch and special events. I like that they are going to have a special events room on the ground floor, especially with the floor to ceiling windows.
The Restaurant Club's scoop & interior shots

Delaware Valley Legacy Fund's Annual Toy event December 4, 2010

Delaware Valley Legacy Fund's Annual Toy event
For the fourth consecutive year, the Delaware Valley Legacy Fund (DVLF) will host its annual holiday gala, TOY – a fundraiser with multiple missions benefitting the DVLF, Family Care Center (CHOP) and the Philadelphia Children’s Alliance (PCA). The event, scheduled for Saturday, December 4, 2010, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., is being held in the Marc Phillips Showroom in Center City's Marketplace Design Center (2400 Market Street), and features a lavish cocktail party, silent auction and music by DJ Carl Michaels.

One of the biggest Toys for Tots events in the City will be held on

Saturday, December 4, 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Marketplace Design Center
2400 Market Street, Philadelphia
Tickets: $40 plus one unwrapped toy

$40 - General Admission
$125 - Friend
- Includes two tickets to TOY
- Name on TOY thank you poster

$250 - Host
- Includes two tickets to TOY
- Name on invitation*
- Name on TOY web page and thank you poster

$500 - Bronze Sponsor
- Includes four tickets to TOY
- Name on TOY invitation*, web page and thank you poster
- Gift bag promotional insert

Please include a 4% processing fee to help offset credit card transaction costs.

All tickets will be available at registration the night of the event.

“Our TOY fundraiser is a wonderful opportunity for the LGBT community to work with our straight-allied partners in bringing joy to the children served by the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and the Philadelphia Children’s Alliance, during the holiday season,” states Executive Director of DVLF, Michael Kendrick.

DVLF Builds Community by Advancing Philanthropy. DVLF's mission is to raise the endowment and increase grantmaking for the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) and straight-allied communities. DVLF supports community organizations through technical assistance and strategic planning, convenes planned giving training to legal and financial professionals, and manages a program to protect LGBT families and their assets while assisting them in estate planning and the adoption process. (I'm a sponsor for this event)

Monday, November 8, 2010


I like what Mike Toub's done with the blog? Now I'm gonna accept advertisements. Inquire within by clicking that button on the top left. I will be posting another sample of what an ad could look like this week. I receive between 3,000 & 4000 readers a day, sometimes more. My ads show up on most phone services too.


Like my new look. Thanks to Mike Toub. Now I can finally accept advertisements and get the word out to my 85,000 monthly readers.

Also check out my column today:

Now check out the new Corner property. I like to call it Continental Midtown, but with comfort food and less attitude.

P.S. The APO sign is still on the building, I suggested a donation to McGillin's down the street would be perfect. McGillin's holds many of the Philadelphia's treasured signs of times gone by.
I was walking around town last week with my new little Lumix looking for news stories. Anyway standing across the street taking pictures of the new The Corner bar/restaurant I caught someone's eye and they invited me in.
Apothecary/APO was hugely popular when it first opened, but waned a bit as more and more places opened up along the street and management changed for the cute little APO.But come late November when the doors open, the crowds are going to come back, for nostalgic reasons, the cool factor of it, as well fans of executive chef Scott Swiderski at the helm. Swederski helmed Buddakan since 1998. This past summer took off for a much needed break. Besides getting some much needed R&R, and spending time with the family, Swidersk worked as a consulting chef at City Tap House, maybe to hone up on the comfort food which is on tap for The Corner.
I love the different seating arrangements through out the restaurant, and the actual seats. I'm not a stool kinda guy, cause I'm just not that balanced enough. But the seat in the above picture is perfect for my seat. I so love it. The seats at Parc & Rouge, not so much.

Up on the 2nd floor the color scheme is green and tropical. Maybe for those nights that you're gonna spend in the out door space that the APO was so famous for. I think the time is right for a mini-Continental on 13th Street and that's what this space reminds me of, to use that over used word fresh, well it's fresh, it reminds me of another hot spot on the street, but seemed a little roomier.

You'll have to wait and see what this is

Another sectional of seats. Cute little hideaway's for intimate dinners. I love how the windows open now to let in the life of the street.

These are my favorite seats. I'm a bench guy, and I love these seat backs along the benches.
  • The Corner (estimated to open Nov 2010)
  • 102 S 13th St, Philadelphia PA19107 39.950171 -75.16213
  • (At Drury St)