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June 2015


Breaking Good: Another Movie on Tap for the Summer with Anna Gunn, #OITNB Alysia Reiner and Sarah Megan Thomas

Yesterday I broke the news on PhillyChitChat that a new movie would be filming in Philadelphia this summer:

Otto Bathurst is directing indie movie “Three Seconds”, which stars Luke Evans and David Oyelowo, as well as Oscar nominees Josh Brolin and Maggie Gyllenhaal and “The Newsroom’s” Olivia Munn. Three Seconds will film mostly in the Sun City Studios in West Chester, but no doubt the cast will be spending a lot of time in Center City. While researching that tip last week I uncovered another film that will be shooting in Center City, another all star cast called “Equity.”
Broad Street Pictures – “Equity” – sizzle reel from Jean Pesce on Vimeo.
EQUITY, the first female-driven Wall Street film (yes it’s set in NYC, but it’s filming in Philly!! PS Three Seconds, also set in NYC, but it’s Filming in Philly!! Kinda makes up for that Brad Pitt movie which filmed in  Glasgow and Budapest), follows a senior investment banker who is threatened by a financial scandal and must untangle a web of corruption. The Film is produced by Broad Street Productions, which was founded by #OITNB Alysia Reiner and Sarah Megan Thomas (She produced and starred in the movie Backwards with James van der Beek [some of my pixs from movie set] which was also filmed in Philly, Thanks Sarah!! ), both of who will star in the movie as well as just announced today Anna Gunn, from Breaking Bad.

OMG, you know I was taking a break from my columns and Fox TV segments, but looks like that’s not going to happen.

I see Alysia Reiner is settling in nicely, she hit Cross Fit in South Philly with Eco friendly Paige Wolf. Last year Alysia was set to appear at Paige’s client (which I photograph) “Career Wardrobe’s Tea Party” but at the last minute had to pull out when OITNB was picked up for a 3rd season and she had to film. So it’s exciting that I might get a chance to meet her at sometime, hint, hint. 
When I did research for the movie, I did find that the Philly Voice actually wrote about the movie all the way back in May, sans Anna Gunn. The article by Brandon Baker is chock full of good stuff, except the film dates which were changed. They are July 18 through August 13. Oh My summer is going to go by quickly. Check out Brandon’s article HERE

New Movie to Film in Philadelphia, this Summer with Josh Brolin & Maggie Gyllenhaal

Josh Brolin, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Olivia Munn Joining ‘Three Seconds’

Otto Bathurst is directing the indie movie, which stars Luke Evans and David Oyelowo

Oscar nominees Josh Brolin and Maggie Gyllenhaal and “The Newsroom’s” Olivia Munn are in talks to join Luke Evans and David Oyelowo in the star-studded indie movie “Three Seconds,” TheWrap has learned.
(“Peaky Blinders”) is directing the film, which is based on
the bestselling book by Swedish writers Anders Roslund and Borge
that was adapted by Matt Cook and Rowan Joffe.
follows a man (Evans) who’s forced to go undercover in a prison
as part of an FBI operation and must then escape on his own after he’s
abandoned mid-mission. (According to The Wrap) (IMDB)

What’s not mentioned in the article is it will be filmed in Philadelphia, and at Sun Center Studios in Aston. It’s a long line of productions planning to film this year according to my source. Yeah Phillywood is back in business. 

Wait More MOVIE NEWS check out PhillyChitChat Today. Movie with Breaking Bad’s Anna Gunn coming July 18.

Thanks to Sharon Pinkenson, and the Greater Philadelphia Film Office for making Philadelphia an attractive place to film.
– The Gentleman Paparazzo, HughE Dillon


Fun, Fashion, Darren Chris and Rats at the New York City Pride Parade

Mike, Kory and Philly Tim headed to NYC’s Gay Pride yesterday. A tradition Mike and I have been doing for the past 20 years.

 Good eye Mike Toub spotting Glee’s Darren Chris, who is appearing in Hedwig and the Angry Inch on Broadway now
 Clowning around
 I don’t understand wearing jeans in the summer

 It was a #Selfie kinda day in NYC

 It was a Selfie Stick kinda day in NYC; why didn’t I invent this?

 NYC definitely is a place where fashion begins. I think the bow tie is going to be big this year.

 Seems like he just rolled out of bed

 hats are still a top fashion accessory

 color run

 NYC has these cool new metal benches. I do like how they’re not just for bus stops anymore.
 If I say yes, it’s a go.

 This guy nearly roller blading into me with his pet rats.

 Her doves are on leashes
 I didn’t realize at the time that she was topless
 ripped jeans, and capri’s are still in

 I only saw one “protestor” this year. Now that’s acceptance.


The end. So much fun with my hubby of a year after a 19 year engagement!! Happy Pride Month!!

It’s Friday, Let’s Dance: Check out Brent Celek at Todd and Elizabeth Herremans wedding #Eagles

In April beloved former Eagles player Todd Herremons married the love of his life, Elizabeth Dee. The wedding took place in Sicily, not to far from where Elizabeth’s family is from. A slew of Philadelphian friends and family flew over to enjoy the nuptials, including Brent Celek, who was just back from his own honeymoon after marrying in a February. Elizabeth’s dad, Jack Dee, took some great videos of the wedding including this epic dance floor clip, where everyone is out to have a good time.

Check out the entire wedding in this video here.

I think Jack Dee has a great sense of humor, as well as a great eye for entertainment.

WTF Duck is Stuck, and other fun pixs from the Tall Ships PC Parade on the Delaware Thursday

With much fanfare the Tall Ships, 13 to be exact, sailed up the Delaware River Thursday, to begin a three day stay on the banks of Camden and Philadelphia. (Hashtag #TallShipsPC)

 Folks lining up along Penns Landing to get a birds eye view, paying $7 for the privileged. There was fun activities along the pier, food, drinks and lots of photo opportunities.
 Tall Ships fans paid $10 to go aboard the Moshulu and The Olympia to see the parade. 
BTW Spruce Street Harbor is open where you can rent swans, and paddle boats.

 Buy Tickets to the Tall Ships Philadelphia HERE

The much anticipated duck gets launched. Of course everyone was there for the Tall Ships, but we all were excited to see the Duck up close. It’s 6 stories tall. That’s just amazing. The prepress was super and got everyone excited for the Tall Ships months in advance.

 The largest Tall Ships event of year countrywide that combines a
dozen awe-inspiring Tall Ships with an abundance of festival attractions
already has locals and future visitors alike clamoring for the opening
date of June 25. The addition of the super-sized bath toy adds to that
“It’s just fun, pure and simple,” states Craig Samborski, executive
producer of Tall Ships® Philadelphia Camden. “The World’s Largest Rubber Duck inspires us to enjoy the world’s waterfronts and conserve our natural resources for future ducklings.”

 You can now take a water taxi from Penns Landing to Wiggins Park in Camden
 Fleet Week
 Uh oh, the duck got caught up in the current and was pushed against one of those bizarre container ships that have been parked in the shipping channel for the past year cause they don’t have enough money to make it back to their own countries.
 After nearly 30 minutes the tug boats went to the rescue

but it was the water boat that was most successful

 in pushing the duck off the barge.
Saturday, June 27
8PM – United States Army Band, “Pershing’s Own” Concert
9:30PM – “Where America Set Sail” fireworks show
 There’s Swoop from the Eagles
 A drone takes in all the action
The happy duck is on it’s way to it’s perch at the Camden Aquarium where you can go and check it out as well as a few other Tall Ships located there. For more information on the Tall Ships, check out their website.  Don’t forget tomorrow night there’s a whole program 

On the Town With HughE Dillon – The Bacherlorettes and Sixers Joel Embiid, Alycia Lane, Gay Cross Walks, #PopeinPhilly

Good morning, today looks to be a beautiful day. The Tall Ships sail into Philadelphia around 2PM after leaving the confines of the lower Delaware River near the Walt Whitman Bridge around 1PM

I shot this yesterday at the Belmont Plateau. It was a gorgeous days sans all the trees down, and so many people without power. Hope my friends in South Jersey get theirs on soon.

 Yesterday I photographed TUXE Bodywear, which Opened Flagship Location in Suburban
, nearby was the Parlor in Suburban Square, owned by Rob Wasserman of Rouge fame. It was delicious. You know how I always say Luigi’s is the best pizza in the Philly area. Well Parlor is the best pizza in the Philly area. It was delicious and worth the trip to the burbs.

 On my way back into town I captured the sunset at my favorite location, the gazebo’s of Fairmount Park, right behind the Art Museum. There are benches there and it’s a must to watch a sunset with your romantic squeeze.

Food News: It looks like Townsend Wentz is working on his new eatery in Fairmount. I look forward to this gem being a 2 blocks from my house at 23rd and Fairmount.

Supreme Ruling:  Allison Cassidy and Barbara Proud. You may recall B Proud wrote a book about same sex couples who are married. FIRST COMES LOVE | Barbara Proud Photography
They sell it now at the Constitution Center to coincide with the Speak Out exhibition. To promote the exhibition the powers to be sent signed copies of the book (signed by B Proud and the Mayor) inviting the 9 Justices to the event. B Proud tells me that 4 of the Justices sent thank you notes back. I’m hoping that is not the outcome of the Supreme Court ruling on Same Sex Marriages that should come out today or tomorrow. Fingers crossed, prayers to God.

Thanks to Franny Price and her team for painting the crosswalks rainbow colors at 13th and Locust. I see lots of photo ops and selfies taking place here.They worked overnight to get it done. I think it looks great. I’m baffled by people who don’t like it, mostly gay people again. The NIMBY gays. Its something we admired in other large cities but for some reason in Philly they think it puts a target on the neighborhood that’s already called the Gayborhood with the gay street signs. But then if you call it Midtown Village, they get bent out of shape about that, saying it’s the Gayborhood. SMH

Tall Order: Last night at Sampan I ran into these crazy peeps who are in town for The Hamels Foundation Gala tonight. No doubt the last one, and the last of the epic philanthropic galas put on by the dream team of 2008. From the ABC nighttime Bachelor series –  Chris Bukowski, Alissa Giambrone, Jillian Anderson, Megan Belle, plus alumni Bacherlor Craig Robinson and Joel Embiid. Dinner was superb as usual, and the place was packed. Also outside on 13th street, a “movie was being filmed.” Not sure what movie but there were big lights, a serious camera on a dolly and actors. 
Survivor: Speaking of reality stars, congrats to Gervase Peterson‘s brother LaMont with the Golden State Warriors. Looks like he’s a survivor too as Gervase says he worked his ass off for the team and now he’s reaping the benefits.
Shocking:  I took this shot the other night. The storm had been over for a couple hours, but I saw lightning in the distance, as I was stuck in traffic returning from a party in the burbs. I headed to my fav place to shoot weather, the Delaware Waterfront. Waited about 20 mins for one of those really explosive lightning moments and got this shot. No other bolts happened for the rest of the time I hung out.
Craving:  This burger at Mercer Cafe at the Navy Yard looks delicious.
 Congrats you two adorable gals.
 Rent a bike at 15th and the Parkway
 Happy 1 Year Bday. You should have seen the amazing spread of food Alycia Lane created for the party, and about 100 pink cupcakes too.
Follow Meg Kane for the latest on #PopeinPhilly and the WMF2015 conference. Plus they’ve been doing periscoping, which I just signed up for too. I’m a little rough around the edges still. Tonight I will be periscoping some of the Hamels Gala so you can be there with me too. Follow me on Twitter @iphillychitchat, and somehow I will figure out how to tell you when I start periscoping tonight. Plus you can check out what I’ve done in the past few days as the clips sit on my periscope page.
 Last night these two crazy kids weren’t satisfied enough to just watch the sunset from a park bench, they had to hang on the rocky cliff. I did try and get them off of it but they wanted to experience the universe with love as Venus and Mars rose in the west after sunset, the waxing moon above their heads and the explosion of colors on the horizon as dusk ebbs into darkness. 
OK, have a great day.

Friends of Rittenhouse Square – The Young Friends Party Photos

Last week was the Friends of Rittenhouse Square Ball, as well as the Young Friends Party to raise funds for out much beloved square.

I ran the “adults” in Philly Mag online, and missed my deadline cause that’s how things go sometimes when time is limited on a Friday. Anyway I put a few on PhillyChitChat today and a few I held back may appear in the August Philly Magazine, so do me a favor and don’t take these photos off or you’ll make my job really easy, so send your friends to to see the photos, and then maybe you’ll be in Philly Mag in August. Thanks


At around 8:30 p.m., I headed over to The Stotesbury Mansion at 1923 Walnut Street  for the Young Friends of Rittenhouse Square Ball party.
It’s a lovely mansion, which is now event space. I really like the space too. I believe the ticket price for the Young Friends is $150, which gets you an open bar, a buffet, music by a DJ and a good time; At 10:30PM the YF’s join the main tented party in the Square for dancing to Eddie Bruce Orchestra and debauchery as only a YF can get into after a 3 hr open bar. It’s always fun when the YF’s pour into the square at the bewitching hour, similar to the straightline winds we experienced the other night. An influx of energy for the last third of the night. But first let’s check out the YF’s soiree…
 Matt Walseben, Shamrock Kennedy, Katie Pellecchia and Jenna Pellecchia at the Young Friends of the Friends of Rittenhouse Square Gala at the The Stotesbury Mansion.
 Lou Vogel and Stef Searles at the Young Friends of the Friends of Rittenhouse Square Gala at the The Stotesbury Mansion.
VaVaVa Voom Ilana Waber and Alexander Hankin at the Young Friends of the Friends of Rittenhouse Square Gala at the The Stotesbury Mansion. These two philanthropic beauties made the young friends of Rittenhouse society what it was starting 6 years ago; now they’ve ventured out to NYC and the Hamptons to make their mark there. When they return no doubt they’ll be on the marriage track.
 Nikoleta Tzaferos, Alexia Tsikouras, and Eleni Kitsios at the Young Friends of the Friends of Rittenhouse Square Gala at the The Stotesbury Mansion. Fans of all things PhillyChitChat they told me, have a 100 percent chance of making the magazine in August.
 Jeff Palumbo, Julie Terrana, Katie McHale and Kevin McHale at the Young Friends of the Friends of Rittenhouse Square Gala at the The Stotesbury Mansion.
 There was an extensive silent auction with golf outings, and two tickets to the Academy Ball which sold for $700, a steal!! The auction tables were definitely a buzz of excitement as folks hovered around their favored items they wanted to call their own.
David Alexander Jenkins was on the scene. He of a long line of social, philanthropic Philadelphian’s who splits his time between the Mainline, Rittenhouse Square, NYC and Europe. Just Monday he was hanging at the St. Regis Hotel (in NYC) with Strictly Social’s Elise Truppay Ratcliffe,
when Lady Gaga passed his way.
Oh these ladies can have their photo. I didn’t get their names. They do look marvelous, but it’s nearly impossible to collect the names of a group any larger than 4 or 5, no one wants to stay that long for me to write them down. But it is a lovely photo and I do run these in, under “guests are enjoying themselves at…”

Megan Heaton and Domenick Salvatore, who swept her off her feet….

Check out Philly Mag HERE for the photos from the “adult” party in the Square.


PAWS and The Phila Museum of Art Impressionist Party Photos and Links to Columns

Check the rest of the photos over on

Philadelphia Museum of Art’s “Discovering the Impressionists” Opening Gala

Click to see photos from Saturday night’s gala. 

Checkout out the Philadelphia Business Journal for photos from #Molestice2015



Molestice the annual block party and free music festival to kick off the summer solstice & Link

Molestice, the annual block party and free music festival to kick off the summer solstice returned Saturday June 20th
to the 100 block of North Mole Street in Center City, Philadelphia.
Nestled amongst landmarks such as the Comcast building, Love Park and
Magee Rehabilitation Center, the annual block party and music festival
promises a day of music, community, food and fun.

 This year’s Molestice, held on June 20th,
featured some of the region’s finest emerging artists including Kuf Knotz Band, Brian LaPann, New Sweden, Ill Fated Natives, Effie Liu,
Woodro Skillson, Gooch and The Motion and The White Cheddar Boys. Mole
Street has booked artists from a variety of genres from old-time folk to
progressive hip-hops to provide block party guests with a musical
journey from beginning to end.

“Molestice is actually a 30-year old tradition,
started by the neighborhood of North Mole Street in 1979. The event has
historically involved a day of live theatre performances and community
building. This year, Mole Street—the agency responsible for much of the
entertainment booking in Philadelphia—has taken over the production, and
we’re excited to announce a lineup of local standout musicians,” says
Sean Timmons,
Talent Buyer for Mole Street.   
 Experience planning and Philadelphia branding agency, Mole Street, has
been hard at work producing the event according to the local city
Bridget O’Brien and Brendan Walsh, co-founder of Mole Street Productions at Mole Street’s annual block party & music festival was Saturday June 20th to kick off the summer solstice.


Mercer Cafe at the Navy Yard Serving The Famous Tacconelli’s Pizza and Other Good Things…

The folks who brought you Tacconelli’s Pizza, then Mercer Cafe in Port Richmond, have opened a new eatery Mercer Cafe at the Navy Yard located at 15th Street and Kitty Hawk Avenue, next to the Dinic’s
location. (Building 623)

The brick-oven pizza will be available for
eat-in, takeout and delivery, in addition to Mercer‘s breakfast and
lunch fare. The restaurant is open Monday through Friday 7 AM – 4 PM Closed Weekends

Mercer Café staffers: Dana
and Kelly Anne Hood.

 Mercer Café staffers: Jacqueline Cole, Lisa
Ballentine, and Brianna Beady.

Tom Woltjen and Vince Tacconelli co-owners

Dina Woltjen and Doris Tacconelli.

Nick Bello and Liza Bello.
Liza Bello, Marie Discher, and Richie Angeloni.
Diana Lu, Tom Dalto, and Poe
General Manager of the Navy Yard.

Sam Rhoads, Liza Bello,
and John Grady PIDC President.

 Liza Woltjen Bello has worked in the restaurant business her whole life,
starting at the families pizzeria, Tacconelli’s pizza, and then at
Mercer Cafe since 2000. 
 The South Philly Review reviews Mercer Cafe’s Mascarpone French Toast
Eric Griffin, Jessica Calter, and Jen Tran
DJ Patty-Pat Kozlowski and
Meghan O’Connor.

Kara and Nick

Hazan Radwan and Kristin
present Liza Bello with a plaque.

Diana Lu, Tom Dalto, and Poe
General Manager of the Navy Yard.

Diana Lu, Tom Dalto, and Poe
General Manager of the Navy Yard.

According to Michael Klein at,
The project also is a homecoming for
co-owner Tom Woltjen Sr., who started in 1980 as a sheet metal mechanic
at the Philadelphia Naval Shipyard. In 1998, he and his brother Robert
converted a rowhouse at Westmoreland and Mercer Streets into Mercer
Cafe. His wife, Dina, is a Tacconelli.
more at