Saturday, September 1, 2012

MAN OCCUPIES RITTENHOUSE SQ STREETS Plus Beyonce & JayZ stand me up

If you were following me on Twitter you saw I tweeted that Beyonce was going to dinner last night, originally I wasn't going to go I tweeted, but then @Utobia said it was ok to skip our Friday night dinner to go get the golden couple (Beyonce & Jay-Z). Thanks Mike. Anyway, I was hanging with Big Rube and a few other celebrity photographers when we heard this commotion.

At first we thought it was a fist fight or something. Some guy was chasing another guy around his car and fists were swinging.


We thought two friends had a fight and a guy kicked his friend out of the car or something

But the one guy got in the car, the other stood in front of the car and the guy gunned it, hitting him and spinning the guy around, and originally I thought running over his right leg,
but I can tell from this picture maybe not.

The guy surprisingly got up, and we thought it's all over

The Parc staff came over to help him collect himself, and at one point a big guy in a chefs outfit came over and was trying to get the guy out of the street. Finally getting him on the sidewalk and talking to him.

But then he ran back into the street. Yelling that there was danger or something like that if they went that way. It was crazy. I called 911 at this time. They told me they had gotten multiple calls and would be there.

Then about this point the crazed guy started to pull the wiper blades off of the cabbie, again the "chef or server" came over and tried to restrain the guy and he fought back. He seemed to exhibit super human strength.

Then the guy takes off his shirt while screaming you can't go down there. Eventually the cab sped off, hitting the guy but not dropping him. (I didn't video the event as it was too dark. I didn't use a flash cause I didn't want to draw attention to myself, it was truly a scary situation for me and my friends. We were all in shock.)



Another cab, this time heading down 18th Street. I can't remember how this one ended. I'm sure there are security cameras if they need to see all the action. At the same time as focusing on the crazy guys, my friends and I are trying to watch the door of Barclay Prime for Beyonce and JayZ to arrive.


Then this cab hit the guy, spinning him around. Then a small maroon car came by, barely slowed down and hit him. The car continue on 18th Street with the man reeling in pain as he hit his head when he fell and it was loud. It really was horrific.  (Still no cops on the scene. You can see on my twit pixs timeline that almost 15 minutes before they came with a fire truck.) I then focused back on the Barclay wondering why JayZ and Beyonce were 2 hrs late for their reservation, but knew they would come as there was 4 big black SUV's still outside the restaurant. By this time Fox 29 stopped by to hang with us. It's odd cause the TV stations almost never come to hang for celebrity sightings. But...

In the end JayZ and Beyonce never showed up to the Barclay Prime  for dinner because an insider told me that JayZ didn't finish rehearsals til 11PM. Who was he supposed to meet Steve Stoute, who is responsible for first putting together the idea for #MadeinAmerica http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/industry/branding/steve-stoute-on-uniting-budweiser-jay-z-1007916952.story . There's no photo because I didn't recognize him. The other photographer did, but neither of us could come up with a name. I asked one of the Steve's friends and he told us, but Steve had pulled off already. Follow my twitter today for updates   about  #MadeinAmerica, I was finally credentialed to shoot the event for my local media outlets.

Also check out Jim MacMillan's blog for the last shot of the man who tried to stop traffic in Rittenhouse Square

Evening in Rittenhouse Square

Check out Brian Hickey too http://www.brianphickey.com/guy-fights-cars-on-rittenhouse-square-loses/ 


Update:
. I was at 10th & Spruce when you tweeted the second hit; I was walking that way and still got there before the ambulance.








Friday, August 31, 2012

Budweiser Clydesdale Horses visit Fairmount for Made in America

Budweiser Clydesdale Horses visit Fairmount for Made in America
Three big trailers pulled up in front of the Eastern State Penitentiary and the workers began to assemble the horses.

There was a nice crowd assembled, considering there was no schedule printed, just signs posted all around Fairmount with the same message "Budweiser Clydesdale Horses" here 6PM - 9PM. Most signs were posted in front of bars & restaurants, but no specific times and no idea that they would have a parade of sorts. Kinda odd and confusing.


Thankfully Fairmounters are curious and they just showed up on the street at 6PM and found them.
 so adorable

First stop was Urban Saloon. Then they continue their trek down Fairmount and I hear they went to the Rose Tattoo and Kite and Key, returning to the neighborhood an hour later. I wish I had followed them. I thought they were just going to the end of the street and turning around.


Love seeing Terry McNally from London Grill, 23rd & Fairmount. At each stop the bar owners would get a case of Bud.
Sometimes they would hop on the carriage, like Jeff Keel the owner of Bishop's Collar at 24th and Fairmount.  And look who I got across the street at 2401 Fairmount. I bet you didn't know this guy really existed: Check out my Philly Mag column today.

Follow me on twitter this weekend to hear all the fun stuff going on at Made In America:

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Super Dooper Bradley Cooper, Andrew Bynum, Drivers Ed, Style Me Hired, Plushie

I think I'm the only person who didn't get a shot of Bradley Cooper when he was in town the other day to promote his new movie "The Words" co-writer/co-directors Lee Sternthal and Brian Klugman (Jack's nephew). I couldn't miss The Hamels Foundation Diamond and Denim event which was at the same exact time. One of my readers Jess got a photo  - Thank you for the advice to stand across the street! It totally worked! There's also a video on my facebook page of him taking the pic if you want that- not sure how to get it off of facebook though. - Hey I was once a fan and glad I could help out. (Is this photo not priceless?)

I heard that Cooper told the crowd that he'll be back in November to promote & have a screening for Silver Linings Playbook which was filmed right here in Philly. Then he's coming back in February (brrr) with David O Russell and bringing Amy Adams with him to shoot a film on Abscam bribery scandal tentatively titled "American Bullsh*t" someone close to the production told me. Yeah when they said the name I had to repeat it I was kinda surprised.  Cooper was super dooper Monday night at the Prince, signing for fans, posing for photos. After the screening and the Q&A he went upstairs for a private party. He emerged from the theater to waiting fans and posed some more. At one point he got into his limo, saw a few more pleading fans, got out and signed and posed some more. Now that is super dooper bradley cooper. (The next day I missed cooper at Fox 29 by mere minutes, then I couldn't go to the press conference at the Four Season's cause I had my appointment with my personal trainer at the same time. Oh well in November then.)
Which reminds me, I ran into Brea Bee a few weeks ago on the set of Paranoia. She was in town to visit her beau Bill Eccleston, Sommelier At Ristorante Panorama. She plays Bradley Cooper's wife in the "Silver Linings Playbook." She's excited for the film to premiere this fall, after it's premiere at the Toronto Film Festival Sept 6 to the 16th. Brea moved to LA last year, where there are more opportunities for roles. She got to work right away and shot a Co-star role on the FOX Television series "Breaking In." She also stars in another Philadelphia movie, "Backwards", which opens on September 21.

Last week I saw this accident on Delaware Ave right in front of the PennDOT Driver and Vehicle Services
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i never had a chance to show you this pix of Andrew Bynum at his press conference earlier this month. i love the Sixers fans who came out in droves. I did have a pix on PhillyMag, but I love this shot too.
Crazy guy dressed as a purple cow just walking down the street the other day. I think my phone was dead, otherwise I would have tweeted a pix like this.

GREAT ADVENTURE SAFARI PARK IS CLOSING**

GREAT ADVENTURE SAFARI PARK IS CLOSING (**to become something more adventurous ..), so Mike and I headed over there last Friday for one last look. It's kinda funny as I had been trying to get him there for the longest time and he resisted. He thought the animals would scratch his baby, I mean his car. But we spent 2 hours in the park and not one animal even came close. They were too busy sunning and minding their own business. They've seen cars before, probably doesn't think they're delicious.








I really wanted that dragon fly to land on the bears nose.


Oh wait the giraffes did think this truck was delicious and kept licking it. Mike and I think they coated it with something cause they didn't lick anyone elses vehicle. Today it should come out what the heck is going to happen to the reserve. Just know you only have another 30 days to enjoy it in your own car.
**to become something more adventurous like maybe 
Guess I was right, Philly dot com just posted this article

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

MADE IN AMERICA SET UP, STAGING, FREE BEER, CLYDESDALES & The Line Up


It's here Made in America music festival is this weekend. Sure I'm disappointed that I wasn't credentialed to cover the event, but I'm not surprised. Remember I covered the opening of Beyonce's concert at the opening of Revel Resorts and there were stringent rules and regulations imposed by Beyonce and Jay Z's and I hear they have their own crew covering the event, like the great Kevin Mazur from Getty Images. I worked with him when Beyonce opened Revel Resorts. For that weekend Jay Z only let two photographers cover the event, and Revel was able to get me in there too for a total of 3.Anyway I plan to go as a ticket holder, and as well as cover the event from any angle I can get.  Here's a few photos of the set up. (PS I kinda wrote this fast so pardon my mistakes.)


The entrance to the Made in America venue is on 22nd between the Parkway and Pennsylvania Ave.

I walked around the entire complex and this was the only entrance I noticed. It's nearly an entire block long. 

This is the upper portion of the Made in America Festival Grounds. The Main Stage is on the right at the base of the Art Museum Stairs. The trailers in the foreground are were the talent will be cooling their heels while waiting to go on, unless they want to hang out in the VIP tents on the other side of the street.
Here, which is near the Washington Statue. Check out the cozy chairs.

This is the 2nd stage, it faces the Art Museum, it's between 23rd and 24th Streets along the Parkway. All the entertainment is on the northern end of the Parkway. So if you live at Park town Apts have a party and a long telescope.
This is the 3nd stage inside this tent at the corner of 23rd and Pennsylvania Ave. If you notice the fence goes right up to the street. Tuesday in a press conference Mayor Nutter said there will be no loitering outside the fence (see the double fence), or gate crashing. Buy a ticket, it's for charity, The United Way.

During Live 8, a lot of the major talent's dressing rooms were at the top of the stairs. I believe this will be the case too. There is also a VIP area up there. During that concert I was able to get a few good shots off of celebs mingling about, and that was before I bought a professional camera. Can't wait to see what I see and shoot now.
I am definitely going to go to the concert, not only for the great talent but also to experience the day. It's going to be one of those defining moments in Philadelphia music history, and our history.  I wish we could keep these lights that are strung across the parkway. Can we do this during the holidays?

THE  CLYDESDALES are coming Thursday night: Their route will start at 6:00 at the Urban Saloon, across from Eastern State Penitentiary, they'll move from there to Rembrandt's, London, Jack's, and Bishop's Collar, dropping off free beer along the way. They're supposed to end up at 25th and Pennsylvania Ave around 8PM, come by and see them.

Jay Z loves blue right? This is the Main Stage. Now check up the Made In America Line Up with the times. 


Full Schedule As Of Thursday 8/29 :


Plus now they say the concert is going to be live streamed:

The only real complaint I am hearing is the no re-entry policy, but that's what it is when you go to concerts. The good thing about this event, there's a lot of wide open space to spend time in between the shows you want to see. Plus there's food, beverages and the last days of summer 2012 to spend with friends. There are rules and regulations and you can find them here under FAQ




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