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October 2015

Philadelphia

Fox 29 Celebrates Halloween with Nikki Minaj, Kris Jenner, Tom Brady, Arianna Grande, Taylor Swift, Justin Beiber and Drake

A lot of ghoulish fun was happening over at the Fox 29 Studios yesterday

Not just with the zombies from Eastern State Pen, 
TMZ was on hand to capture the moment
I was there doing my thing – Paparazzi

 Kris Jenner
 Tom Brady
 Rihanna
 Justin Beiber. He didn’t show us his abs, but he did a little twerking
 Taylor Swift
 Drake
 Nikki Minaj
 The TMZ Bus
 OMG there’s Kim Davis
 Face painting
 dancing zombies
 a kids costume contest

 Megan, one of the producers signalling to wrap it up. Hope you caught my periscope behind the scenes video where I introduced you to all the planning producers, and all the elements that go into making the great Good Day show
 Megan prepping the ghouls and guests for the last shot

 oh and there’s Ariana Grande interviewing our producer Jessica Klein (c)
Diane the floor producer is unmic’ing Ariana Grande, as Kris Jenner and Jessica Klein pose for a shot.
Check out the video from the show above

Philadelphia

Closing: The Latham: One of the Most Historic Hotels in Philadelphia

 Built as apartments in 1915, then converted to the fancy 138-room Latham Hotel in the late 1960’s and once considered the Four Seasons and
Ritz-Carlton of its time, according to
sources in the industry in an article by Suzette Parmley, Inquirer Staff Writer 1/12/11 is closing on November 9 to return to apartments.

Back then the article was about how the Latham was undergoing a renovation to spruce up the place a bit as newer hotels had opened and were siphoning off business. Well it seems that event that didn’t help keep the hotel a float to the satisfaction of it’s owners as they have sold it right under the employees nose.

Employees were told on Wednesday that the hotel would be closed by November 9. The new owners are converting the grand old lady into Condominiums. I can’t imagine this coming at a worse time as we head into the holiday season, and as the City gears up for the DNC2016 in just over 8 months. Gone will be  Joe Broderick, who just celebrated his 45th year opening the front door, greeting guests and sending them to the hot spots around town.
Also on the chopping block is the restaurant urban enoteca,which never seem to catch on. Not since Jolly’s occupied this space nearly a decade ago, has any eatery done well on this prime corner of 17th and Walnut Streets. Hopefully the new owners will get something hot and happening there, and for gods sake hire a PR person and get the word out.

UPDATE: Philly Mag’s James Jennings has the scoop on the new owner. Pearl Properties. Those guys are buying up the City. You can read more on my nostaligia with the Latham, or click now to read more about the Latham’s new owner and plans.

 I have fond memories of the Latham, it’s where the forgettable “Dead Man Down’ was filmed and I grab a few shots of Terrence Howard as he filmed a scene outside.

At one point peeps at The Latham let me hang out in a hotel room, and I was able to grab this shot of Terrence Howard getting selfies with fans, back in 2012.
Philadelphia

Boo: Eastern State Penn – Terror Behind The Walls News, Fairmount Fun and Celebrities Out and About

Good Friday morning to you. So crazy busy this week I am tardy on so many entries. I’m in a slight hurry this morning as I am headed to Fox 29 for the annual Halloween Show. Today they’re going to chat about their visit to Terror Behind the Walls a few days ago. I went last night, which was the latest in the season I’d ever had gone. It was as great as ever, with guests optioning again whether to wear the glow necklace which allows the ghouls to actually touch you, and they do. I love that place, it’s so fun and scary. I was there earlier this week as the cast from the Broadway show

Bullets Over Broadway stopped in for a tour. Bullets Over Broadway is the story of a young playwright who, in
desperate need of financial backing for his next show, accepts an offer
he can’t refuse from a mobster looking to please his showgirl
girlfriend. Here they are in Al Capone’s Cell.

Tickets are still available: INFO here
Saturday after the Rock and Roll Marathon, stop by Bishop’s Collar beer garden
 That afternoon bring the kids to Fairmount’s Fall Festival at Eastern State Penitentiary

 That night stop by La Calaca Feliz for Fright Night Fiesta. I’ll be at the Henri David Ball with Mike. It’ll be our 18th time.  So fun.

   And of course you can stop by Eastern State Penitentiary for Terror Behind The Walls

 
Waiting in line can be fun, see the ghoul who scared her?
 

 From this point it’s a 35 minute wait, but it’s #Tradition.
 
 This year it’s as fun as ever PS Sorry to the girls behind me who had to endure my screaming.
 This year they have a speakeasy. Only $10, gets you a drink, access to a fortune teller, a trickster, 
entertainment, and 
fun with friends.

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Actor  Michael Rispoli and director  Christopher Kublan from Friends and Romans stopped by for a screening at Riverview on Wednesday. It was a funny movie. Go see it. Check out these reviews to see what your in for.
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What are you doing Monday night?
Join #Eagles Safety Malcolm Jenkins at his 2nd Annual Fundraiser; Blitz, Bow-Ties & Bourbon! Tickets: http://bit.ly/1L3z4JZ