Saturday, October 8, 2011


As I reported back in August on Fox 29's Good Day Show, Bradley Cooper began filming The Silver Lining Playbook in Ridley Park, Pa. Friday. (About 5 miles from Philadelphia)

The movie, which is based on the novel by Matthew Quick (which was set in Collingswood, NJ but maybe moved to Pa for the tax credits.), stars Cooper as a former high school teacher who is committed to a mental institution for depression. He is later released and begins wooing his former wife, but instead falls for her neighbor.

Jennifer Lawrence is attached to play the neighbor, while Robert De Niro will play his father. Chris Tucker has also signed on to the movie. (A photographer friend sent me these shots of Bradley Cooper filming in Ridley Park, Pa. The scene consisted of Bradley running up and down the street in a plastic bag outfit, check out additional shots at

You'll recall DeNiro and Cooper filmed "Limitless" in Philadelphia in 2009. Guess they like us, they really like us. This week filming location is on 200 block of Madison in Upper Darby, PA. Tomorrow I will have lots of details from Tuesday's film shoot.

(I also see that PhillyFilmGirl is all over this movie. Follow her on Twitter, check out her site)

More movie news from the set Tuesday:
Happy Birthday to my two sisters, Margaret and Crista.

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Friday, October 7, 2011

PRETTY IN PINK - Lights For The Cure Turns Skyline Pink For 10th Year

Earlier this week I attended the "Lights for the Cure Turns The Skyline Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month", held at the Hyatt at the Bellevue on Broad Street at XIX. In it's 10 year, Lights for the Cure can boast over 100 buildings in the Delaware Valley will be turning Pink for the entire month.
Erika von Tiehl, Natasha Brown, look on as CBS3's Jon Hitchcock, president and general manager of CBS3 and The CW Philly
Heather Seok, Executive Director at PA Film Industry Association (PaFIA), Laurel Fairworth, and CBS3's Pat Ciarrocchi. Laurel is excited for the "Little Smiles" Dr Hughes Spooktacular at the Curtis Center on 10/23. I was hired to shoot that event so I will definitely be there and look forward to seeing you. For more information visit: or call 856 751 4554. Christie Banlotti, CBS3's Jim Donovan and Donna Massanova. Donna also does work for the Linda Creed Foundation, which I photograph every 1st Saturday in December at their annual event at the Crystal Tea Room.WOGL's Valerie Knight and producer Jamyra Perry
Lindsey Rueppel, CW's Matthew Nadu, Mac Francis, Megan Stecher and Shelley Hoffman, CBS3's Public Affairs Manager,
Breast Cancer Survivor and today's fashion icon: Dawn Jones
Richard Bartlett, Victoria Calliari, Event Coordinator The Philadelphia Affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure®, Neil Stein, and Elaine I. Grobman, Executive Director of the Komen Phila. Tell me that the Pink Tie 2011 Gala is going to be spectacular at Vie on October 15. Plus this year there's a young professionals After X Party. The roving party begins at 9:00 PM with cocktails and lavish appetizers... then progresses into the main ballroom where Mix 106.1 DJ Robbie Rob spins everything into high gear with fun and dancing into the early morning hours; and
  • The Entertainment, a Night of Legends: including a mini concert by the Crystals, Marvelettes & Shirelles and all-night music by Tony Grandberry & his Big Fun Orchestra. Entertainment sponsored by Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Partner in the Promise of the Komen Philadelphia Affiliate.
  • (Unfortunately I won't be able to make it as The Good Dog/Bad Dog folks hired me to shoot their gala the same evening)
    “Lights for the Cure is a beacon of hope for millions of people and demonstrates the dynamic that makes the breast cancer movement so powerful locally and globally,” says Elaine I. Grobman, Executive Director of the Komen Philadelphia Affiliate. “Thanks to amazing partners like CBS 3, light by light, building by building, community by community – we are generating awareness and saving lives.” A complete list of the buildings and landmarks participating in the LIGHTS FOR THE CURE campaign is available at

    Thursday, October 6, 2011

    Chef Jennifer Carroll's Last Supper at 10 Arts and the Celebrity Top Chef Tour Dinner Series

    I don't think I've followed any chef more in this City than Jennifer Carroll. I met Jen when I worked for Philadelphia Inquirer's Michael Klein and he took me over to the hard hat 10 Arts party hosted by Jen and her boss at Le Bernardin, Eric Ripert in January 2008. We became fast friends, and I'm so excited to see what's next for her. Last night she 86'd herself from 10 Arts to set out on her own.
    Above Jen Carroll and Jeff Black, president of Celebrity Chef Tour Dinner Series benefiting The James Beard Foundation greet the guests who have gathered to participate in the $180 dinner that included dinner, tax, wine pairings and a historic night in cuisine, which benefited the James Beard Foundation.
    I saw a few familiar faces in the crowd at the cocktail party including Gary Cardi and Clayre Cardi on the right with friends Brian and Molly Harrington. Clayre reminded me she has the Flyers signed hockey stick that I won at a charity auction earlier this summer, which I will in turn auction off at the Gilda's Club of SJ event in honor of my sister at Fleming's Steakhouse Marlton 11/21. I also got two menus signed from the chefs at last nights dinner. So if you have anything you would to donate to this good cause just drop me an email at buzz@philly and I'll come by and get them. Thanks. OK on with the story of Jen...
    Norman and Suzanne Cohn. You'll recall we went to a wonderful charity dinner at their penthouse in Old City earlier this year in support of the Kimmel Center.
    Top Chefs in the house: Chef Scott Drewno of Wolfgang Puck’s The Source, Washington DC, Chef Victor Albisu of BLT Steak, Washington DC, Andrea Litbin, and Chef Eli Kirstein of Atlanta, GA,
    Mixologist during the cocktail party before the dinner included Katie Loeb, Oyster House, Phoebe Esmon, The Farmer's Cabinet and Christian Gaal, formerly of Noble
    Chefs prepping hor'douvers for cocktail hour Jeff Michaud, Osteria, Nick Adjintettdy, 10 Arts, Ian Thomas, 10 Arts and Akiko Moorman, 10 Arts,

    Wine Chat
    Chef Michael Solomonov, chef/owner of Zahav, Percy St BBQ, Federal Donuts10 Arts Pastry Chef Monica Glass, and Christopher Curtin, Chef/Owner at Eclat Chocolate

    These were delicious, but you have to watch the video to catch their name and explanation on how they make them.

    Christopher Ken and Michelle Lee, R2L
    guests toast to the beginning of the dinner, there in the foreground on the right is Kelly Morrison, Chair of Taste of the Nation Philadelphia
    Jen preparing her last dish with the help of her sous chef, Steve Delorean center. The dish a Yellow fin tuna, orange ginger white miso and it was delicious.
    Michelle Ranieri, Phila Style Magazine Publisher John Collabelli and Jill RizenSecond course by Chef Victor Albisu, a fermin iberico pork, California caviar, greek yogurt dish was served with a Segura Viudas Brut Rose wine.

    The Line - At one point Jen yelled for me to get the moishe or something like that. I had no idea what she was saying and finally she came to my side of the kitchen and her best NE accent, I'll get it myself. - I think she just wanted to see if she could make another boy stressed enough to cry in the kitchen again, like she mentioned when she was on Top Chef.

    Jen with Sarah van Aken. Sarah tells me that she's doing the uniforms for Chef Kevin Sbraga new restaurant, Sbraga, which opens next week. She also did the clothes for the new Stephen Starr restaurant Il Pittore.Then it was back in the kitchen as Jen inspected dishes before they left the kitchen, something she's always done. When she received a few unexpected visitors
    Top Cheftestants Kevin Sbraga, Kenny Gilbert, Nippels Beach Grill, Andrea Curto-Randazzo, Creative Tastes and Casey Thompson,
    Casey Thompson is from Miami and was on Season 3, plus the All Stars. She was in town coincidently as she appeared at a private event at the Loews with other Top Chef contestants Kevin Sbraga, Sbraga, Kenny Gilbert, Nippels Beach Grill, Andrea Curto-Randazzo, Creative Tastes. Afterwards they headed over to 10 Arts to help out, and wish Jen well in her new adventure.Shoula stopped by too
    Each of the chefs came out to the dining room to discuss their dishes. Jen's greeting her diners, Ruthanne Geib, who came up from Baltimore, MD to attend the dinner with her nephew Alex Ballooon, who lives in Philly.

    Jen and Eli on the line
    Monica Glass working the line. With 120 plates all served at once, it was all hands on deck.
    A love for Bravo's Top chef and a chance meeting with Jen in Las Vegas, Matt and Kim Angell traveled all the way from Denver, Co to have a chance to meet and chat with some of the Cheftestants on the show.
    Eli with his trademark look
    Jen and her family, with mom Joan Carroll making a toast as sisters Jessica and Sunny Carroll and London Grill's Terry McNally look on
    Jen thanks everyone for all their help, and closes the kitchen at 10 Arts for the last time under her watch.
    Monica Glass and Jen have one last big good-bye in the kitchen

    The end, and now the beginning. It's gonna be in Center City, but was there any doubt?Contact her manager for details. Chris Cabott, Esq. (215) 575-3803
    I headed over to Chris' Jazz for the after party.


    Last night TOMMY LASORDA AND ED RENDELL CHAT BASEBALL at the Prostate Cancer Gala chaired by Michael Milken at the Union League 10/4/11

    TOMMY LASORDA (born September 22, 1927 in Norristown, Pennsylvania) is a former Major League baseball player and manager. 2009 marked his sixth decade in one capacity or another with the Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers organization, the longest non-continuous (he played one season with the Kansas City Athletics) tenure anyone has had with the team, edging Dodger broadcaster Vin Scully by a single season. He was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame as a manager in 1997.

    Ya Gotta Win Game 4 to get to Game 5

    Tommy Lasorda always told his players to sign for the kids

    Lasorda talks about the greatest manager

    Photos from the event on

    Wednesday, October 5, 2011


    If you want a throwback jersey you know to go to Mitchell & Ness, when you want something current and cool
    head on over to Pro League Authentics in Midtown, at 137 S. 13th St (in the old Absolute Abstract Pop Shop [they're next door now.]) Ray (above), who used to be with M&S, and a few associates including The Roots Frankie Knuckles, are excited to supply all your Phillies, Flyers, Union and Eagles needs. Plus they'll have other sports related items including posters and things. So if you're looking for something from Slapshot, this would be your place. The grand opening party is in a few weeks with Big Daddy Graham spinning.
    Is this thinking ahead?Yogorino's coming along, not as quickly as I was told so I don't think they'll be an opening this week.
    The store next to it looks like it's underway too
    If I were that food cart, I might think of going somewhere else. About 2 months ago a car drove through the Burger King, and now the other night a car drove through the news stand.

    Tuesday, October 4, 2011

    Betsey Johnson hosts a ‘Pink Your Drink’ Party with Chambord Liqueur

    Saturday October 1 kicked off Breast Cancer Awareness month. In the evening I went to King of Prussia Mall to check out the Chambord Liqueur party hosted by the Betsey Johnson boutique, for its national ‘Pink Your Drink’ campaign that benefits breast cancer charities. The Chambord event was titled ‘Cocktails and Cupcakes’ and held at twenty Betsey Johnson boutiques through out the country that evening. These mini celebrations will support Betsey’s limited edition line of breast cancer awareness products, which will raise funds for Fashion Targets Breast Cancer (FTBC).
    Cianel Palmer, Steve Schuster and Kristin Conrad greet the guests who arrived for the special event. The crowd was a little light as we were competing with the first game of the Phillies, but the people who did come in enjoyed the sweets, treats and delicious Chambord cocktails. Above the two Jacqueline's who are both married to Joe's and are sister in laws. Tongue twister puzzle. Jacquline told me that she's gonna to buy a bottle of Chambord and host her own "Pink Your Drink" party. A lot of the women who came in on Saturday night were looking for prom or holiday dresses. Alicia, Stacy and Mary were more than happy to help them out.

    1 oz Chambord
    1.5 oz honey vodka
    .5 oz lime juice
    3-4 raspberries

    Shake ingredients with ice and strain into a chilled martini glass or crushed ice-filled rocks glass. Top with more crushed ice. Garnish with raspberries.

    Emem enjoyed the treats, and says she loves shopping at Betsy's boutique; she's now a proud owner of a "Pink Your Drink" shirt.Chambord's Pink Your Drink program has already generated more than $50,000 in donations for Breast Cancer Network of Strength in 2010. (Source)
    Devan has had Chambord before and like's the sweet tasting drink. Now she loves this cute "Pink Your Drink" T-Shirt too.
    Helen Lee loves the boots at Betsey Johnson's boutique.
    Heidi Beth loves Betsey Johnson, and wanted to support the cause. She and Astro bought one of Betsey Johnson’s limited edition line of breast cancer awareness bag which came with socks and a tank top and at the same time raised funds for Fashion Targets Breast Cancer (FTBC).

    Betsey Johnson celebrates her 68th Birthday Spring 2011 with Chambord