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April 2018


Sunday ChitChat: Creed 2, Two More Films PhillyWood, Leon Johnson Draft Pick

Sunday ChitChat: Creed 2, Draft Choice, Engaged & Charitable


Good Sunday, I had a few precious moments to walk around my neighborhood on Friday between events to check out the latest movie set of CREED 2, which was filming in my neighborhood of Fairmount. I came across this beautiful street adjacent to the Eastern State Penitentiary –  Beechwood St. in full cherry blossom bloom. Spring has sprung, altho not today. So bundle up and head to East Passyunak Avenue for Flavors on the Avenue today, and a cute craft show.

Speaking of Creed 2, filming commenced at Eastern State Penitentiary just after sunset. Inside the historic, haunted prison, space was created into a Russian disco complete with the co-star of the movie – snow painted on the ground.

Filming ran until the wee hours of the morning with the Drago father/son Dolph Lundgren and Florian Munteanu partaking in the scene- A dim light was shining over the set, which I could see from my balcony.
Michael B Jordan was spotted at PHL in the afternoon grabbing a plane outta here for the weekend.

Did you know there are actually THREE FILMS shooting in Philly right now. One stars Sarah Megan Thomas, born right here in Haverford, Pennsylvania, USA. Megan has filmed two other notable movies in our area “Backwards”, with James Van Der Beek . Then there was the successful women empowerment movie “Equity” starring Anna Gunn, James Purefoy, and Alysia Reiner. Now filming what is currently titled: Untitled Female Driven WW II Spy Thriller, which just spent a week filming at the Art Alliance on Rittenhouse Square.

Also in town filming is “The Nomads” about an inner city Rugby team.
Star sighting: Tate Donovan was spotted Hop Sing Laundry on Wednesday night. He’s in town filming The Nomads directed by Brandon Eric Kamin and co-starring Tika Sumpter

Congrats Temple U football standout Leon Johnson on being picked up by the Denver Broncos

Earlier this week Leon Johnson took a group of students from Roxborough to the NFL Experience in NYC as part of the Fund for Philly Schools program


Creed 2 Update, Biden Gives Good Face and Hello Riley Rado-Kaplan

Creed 2 Update, Biden Gives Good Face and Hello Riley Rado-Kaplan

Hello PhillyChitChat readers, what a week. We are in the middle of a very busy Social Season. On Sunday I will post links to where all the photos went in my various media outlets. In the meantime here’s a little Philly Chit Chat Gossip

Congrats to our good friends the Kaplan’s as their grandson is born –

Baby:  Riley Rado-Kaplan
Born:  4/5/2018
Weight:  4lbs, 10oz.
Health: Wonderful (even though 4 weeks early and small)
Despite “peanut” size, has big feet, big hands and lots of dark hair (just like the father)
Father: Stuart Kaplan, 36 yrs old
Mother: Sarah Rado, 33 yrs old
Grandparents: (Absolutely Thrilled!!!) Harold and Carol Kaplan
Mother, Father and Riley are all doing well.  Grandparents are ecstatic!!

Speaking of chips off the old block, Sylvester Stallone welcomed daughter Sistine Stallone to Philly last week and gave her a tour of his old stomping grounds the Italian Market, as well as stop at the Rocky Statue to the delight of tourist. I suspect he’ll be stopping there again soon to film scenes. Tonight Creed 2 is filming at Eastern State Prison, as well as Rembrant’s nearby – it’s a Russian nightclub scene, look for the painted snow on the grass again.  Rocky won’t be nearby though, he’s off this week and part of next week – do expect to see Michael B Jordan and Tessa Thompson though.

Last night Creed 2 and Michael B Jordan filmed at Max’s Cheese Steak in North Philly. And by last night I mean all night long until this morning they were filming scenes inside and outside the famed spot. Kevin Hart may have made a cameo in the film as well since there’s a mural of his face on the front of the building at the 2nd floor level

Speaking of faces Joe Biden was in town on Tuesday night. The former Vice President  was honored at the Only In America Gala supporting the National Museum of American Jewish History at the Bellevue! At the event The Palm Philadelphia General Manager Julie Sloviter and former PREIT Executive Chairman Ron Rubin presented Joe Biden with his framed Palm caricature. (Photo Credit The Palm)

Guests also enjoyed music from Idina Menzel and students from the Girard Academic Music Program (GAMP).They sang her big hit “Let It Go” from the movie Frozen. She also sang Defying Gravity, from Wicked. Check back on Sunday for links to this event as well as the half dozen parties PhillyChitChat *the whole team, shot this week. Thanks, don’t forget your umbrella!! Best wishes HughE


Pixs: Spring 2018 Launch Party for This is it with Cheldin Barlatt Rumer

Friday night Manyunk rolled out the red carpet on Friday night for the Spring 2018 Launch Party for This is it with Cheldin Barlatt Rumer which was held at One Nickel CoWorking – The Nickels Building (


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Nyzia Easterling, Cheldin Barlatt Rumer, Evangelista Batista,  and Asia Anderson.

Diona Murray and Shirleen Beard

Nate Parker, Wahida Mohammed, and Isaiah Dupree

Dejah Davis and Aziah Thompson

Suzanne Taylor, Majet Reyes, and Brenda Kiss

Cheldin Barlatt Rumer and Taquan Allen.

Taquan Allen, Kianna Papaleo, Lady Delrio, and Francisco Sandoval


Theresa Iannacone and Najah Haskins

Kayla Schwartz, Brian Liebesman, and Debra Walker.

DJ George Marable

Suzanne Taylor, Majet Reyes, and Brenda Kiss

Asia Anderson and Jim Bauer.

Michelle Dunk, Jennifer Robinson, and Weatta Frazier Collins

 Dejah Davis

Aziah Thompson