Friday, May 11, 2012

AN EVENING AT FRANKLIN SQUARE & Where's Teen Mom Today in Philly

My Philly Mag Column today. Lots of good gossip in there too...Nothing about my Sigourney Weaver stalking in Fairmount Park last night where she filmed a scene with Elephants though. Security kept chasing me away, and well I don't look good in handcuffs. But I did see Weaver and an elephant. Hope they cleaned up after them...

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Having a party, need a photo booth rent a Cool Pix Photo Booth
Need a wedding band, no not that kind, a musical kind CTO Entertainment is for you. Plus they have DJ’s all the way down to a guy playing a keyboard for your party or event. (I was just at an event at Tiffany’s Jewelers and there was a guy playing the keyboard for entertainment & he was from CTO.)  Mother’s Day is coming up, I think Teuscher’s Chocolate’s would be perfect. How about taking mom to the Top of The Tower for a delicious Brunch on her day May 13, 2012. Father’s Day is coming up, you need a signed jersey from a Phillies player, a framed photo signed by an Eagles player get it at the Philly’s Sports Cave. 
at the Shops of Liberty Place Need an attorney? Zarwin Baum

American Heart Association's Red Dress Preview Party

 Last week the Top of the Towers was the site for the American Heart Association's Red Dress Preview Party. it was a great night filled with amazing views and a great student runway show with the design students from Philadelphia University!
It was a great night chaired by Nicole Paloux, Red Balloon Public Relations (2nd from left), R-L Vincent Vienne, GM Sofitel Hotel, Mrs. Bilcher, Charles Paloux, guest, Surrenger Agg

Laura Burkhardt, Michelle Waters and Shawn Waters. Laura wants me to remind you that on Mother's Day THE TOP OF THE TOWER is hosting a brunch.
Students Ryan Williams and Allison Haftel. The food at the cocktail party was delicious, and the views were magnificent. I've always loved this rental space high up in the Bell Atlantic Building on the 50th floor.
Will Ball, Wilhelmina Models Philadelphia and Kel Taylor
The students watch the fashion show from the balcony

One of the American Heart Association Executive Champion: JoAnn M. Magnatta (in red on left) Senior Vice President, Facilities Design and Construction/Real Estate, Main Line Health, Kanra Magnatta, Marisa Magnatta watch the fashion show from the front row

and the winner was Sarah Fitzgerald

Join Us for the American Red Cross Luncheon

May 18, 2012
10:30am - 2:00pm
The Philadelphia Marriott Downtown
1201 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Todd Herremans and Brent Celek Re-Launch their 879 Lounge with a Bikini Contest

Friday Night 879 had a re-launch party at their sports bar and lounge in Old City

After being open for about a year, the boys did a little sprucing up and decided to have a re-launch party to celebrate the new look.  What better way than to have to celebrate with a few beautiful ladies competing in a bikini contest.

The contestants for the bikini contest
879 Co-Owner and Eagles tight end Brent Celek and Michelle Miller of Nouveau Image.

879 Servers Sydney Rebecca and Samme Renee.

 The Toddfather - 879 Co-Owner and Eagles lineman Todd Herremans and friend.
 Contest runner up Ashley Piccone.
 Philadelphia Eagles receiver Jeremy Maclin with two Bikini Contestants. 
 Happy Birthday Jeremy, see you tonight!

More contestants
And the winner is....
Brent Celek with contest winner Ashley.

(Photos by Mike Hirata)

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Colin Farrell, Terrence Howard, Wade Barrett on Dead Man Down Set - That's a Wrap on Walnut Street

Colin Farrell coming back from the gym. We were eating at Del Brunos and as we exited his SUV pulled up to the trailer. It was the right time right place shot.

We are the crowd, we're c-comin' out Got my flash on, it's true Need that picture of you It so magical, we'd be so fantastical
 Colin Farrell posing with Sue Smith from Wilmington, DE.

The sign guy

Colin Chatting with a picture car guy (background car)

Colin's sister Claudine Farrell, and his "trainer, bodyguard"
Luis Da Silva Jr.
Colin Farrell in the window looks on as his stunt man tests out the strength of the window

Hmm wondering if he's afraid of heights. Maybe that's why he was saying a prayer last week

Here goes

He wore the same outfit every day

The crowd waving to Terrence Howard

Terrence Howard talks to this mans wife to say hi
Colin greets a fan

A few extras including John Mitchell (center). You probably recognize John from HBO's "Broadway Empire" as well as several other projects he's been in.
I think the picture car drivers have a stressful job, especially when they have to reset, which means driving backwards avoiding the hundreds of fans who want to get where they're going after a scene is shot.

Thanks to Philadelphia City Sports for allowing me to hang with the mannequins to get a few shots. 
Setting up a shot last Friday at 1616 Walnut, this is about 4PM and the crowd swells. I took this shot from
Salon Vanity by Edmondo Blando

This is definitely one of my favorite shots. Colin checking the playback for the scene where he shot the gun on the roof. They re-shot those scenes every day, as there were shooting it from every angle.

Everyday Terrence Howard posed with fans. Here's my friend Marcy, we used to work together when I was a paralegal.
WWE wrestler Wade Barrett stretches out in front of Urban Enoteca at the Latham Hotel
Rolling, shoot out on Walnut Street. A few of the extra's running
He might not go out of his way to greet his fans, but when they ask him he poses and he will chat with them.
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Terrence on the other hand will talk with your mother if you put her on the phone.

 I love this shot of Colin Farrell and his PA (production assistant, usually a local person that does crowd control and other functions on the set. Films made here in Philly put people to work.) I took this from Salon Vanity by Edmondo Blando at 17th and Walnut. Thanks to Sarah Casey at Maven Communications for making the connection.  How many girls want to be that young lady right now.

Thanks Jack Wills for allowing me to get this cool shot of Colin Farrell throwing stunt man Declan Mulvey out of 1616 Walnut Street
Colin Farrell in another scene hanging onto 1616 Walnut Street shooting a bad guy above him. For the next month the principle filming of the movie will be taking place inside a studio, but will emerge every once in a while to shoot a few scenes around Philly. I'll keep you informed on my twitter account @iPhillyChitChat and here on PCC. MY FAVORITE SHOT IS OVER AT MY COLUMN IN PHILLYMAG HERE

Monday, May 7, 2012

Biggest Moon over the Phila Inquirer Building ++ Philly Mag Column Today.

Last night. Oy this is going to be one of the lamest of my entries. I completely ran out of time today. But at 11AM my Philly Mag column will go live, so go check it out. PHILLY MAG THE SCENE
ALSO I'll be on Good Day Philly Fox 29 at 8:45AM