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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
 
Philadelphia

Photos: Hopeworks 15th Anniversary Celebration at the Downtown Club

Hopeworks celebrated . Hopeworks ‘N Camden is a youth organization which utilizing an advanced
training curriculum in web design/development, GIS and Sales force, and
works with youth 14­-23 to get back in school and find a safe pathway to
their future.

 Marlene Olshan, City of Philadelphia, Department of Human Services, Sherby Diaz, Youth Trainer
Hopeworks ‘N Camden, and Dan Rhoton, Executive Director at Hopeworks ‘N Camden
 Luis and Hetty Olivieri

 Del Giannotti and Toni Vielehr
 Betsy Messina, Korn/Ferry International, Agata Clevenger, Destination Maternity Corporation, Ruben Reyes, Lyquix and Tom Macphee

 Naomi Maldonado and Lamar Thompson
 Lynn and Morris Bullen
 LeaunDra McCullough and Donna McCullough

 Nancy Uffner, William Uffner, MD and Dr. Giampaolo Gallo, MD
  Lee Carson and Boris Tikhonov
Rev Kevin Mohan and Kathleen Duffy
Dan Rhoton. Executive Director
 Naomi Maldonado thanked Hopeworks for it’s guidance which allowed her to reach her goals. She thanked her mom, her inspiration. She raised three kids, working and going to school. She was a great role model for Naomi; who has gone on to get an MBA from St. Joes and follow her dream. Now she’s back to Hopeworks as a board member and is glad to help youth navigate their lives.
Dinner was served
Hopeworks ‘N Camden is a nonprofit that has been working for over 11 years with Camden youth. Utilizing
an advanced training curriculum in web site design/development, GIS and
Salesforce, Hopeworks works with youth 14-23 to get back in school (the
estimated high school dropout rate in Camden is close to 70%). To read
more about Hopeworks, visit www.hopeworks.org.

Philadelphia

Puuurrfect: Uber Will Deliver Adorable Kittens To You For National Cat Day

The Pennsylvania SPCA is teaming up with Uber
to celebrate National Cat Day, TODAY: Thursday, October 29, by bringing
playdates back, this time providing offices throughout Philadelphia with
the opportunity to book kitten playdates by using the Uber smartphone app.

 Beginning at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Uber users in Philadelphia (including Center City, Old City, the Navy Yard, University City and more) can open the Uber
app, slide over to KITTENS and request 15 minutes of “purrfect”
playtime for $30, delivered from a car that will be carrying adoptable
kittens. Every dollar earned from the event will be directly donated to
the Pennsylvania SPCA and their lifesaving mission.

 “After the success of UberPUPPIES this
summer, we decided to target cat enthusiasts for our second promotion,
introducing UberKITTENS,” said Jon Feldman, general manager of Uber
Philadelphia. “These kitten playdates are a fun and engaging way to
raise money and awareness for a worthy cause, and we’re excited to once
again use the power of our platform to connect pet lovers to kittens in
need of a forever home.”

Here’s how it works:
1.       Open the app from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, October 29
2.       Request the KITTENS option. Please note: Kittens can only be delivered to offices, no private residences will be accepted
3.       Once
the kittens arrive, requesters will get to enjoy 15 minutes of kitten
cuteness. PRO TIP: Make sure to have an enclosed space ready for kitten
playtime and make sure no other animals are in the area
4.       Found
your new furry family member? All kittens are eligible for adoption at
the Pennsylvania SPCA Fishtown location, 1546 Frankford Avenue, from 3-7
p.m.
At 9:45 a.m. on Thursday, October 29, the kittens will be loaded into the Uber cars in the side lot at the Pennsylvania SPCA’s headquarters at 350. E. Erie Avenue. 
or those unable to partake in the Uber
playdates, the Pennsylvania SPCA will host a series of Halloween-themed
events at all three locations on Saturday, October 31, 2015. Along with
family-friendly activities, a select cast of characters will be
available for discounted adoption fees. For more information, visit www.pspca.org. All pixs provided by Uber.