PhillyGossip: Bill Murray’s son Luke’s Wedding Photos, Elton Brand Dines, Sophia Loren poses, Justin Hires & Congrats!

Good Tuesday morning. Hope you’re week is going well even with this horrible weather.

Albert Lee always makes the best of everyday and captures the most amazing photos on his Instagram like this shot taken at Race Street Pier this morning.

You’ll recall last fall I broke a big story about Bill Murray attending his son’s wedding here in Philly, and skipping the Emmy Awards, where he won an Emmy. And by big I mean it was picked up by local, national and the Daily Mail. 
Luke and Kara Murray
This weekend, NBA All-Star Elton Brand celebrated his 37th birthday with a special D’USSE cognac tasting dinner at Del Frisco’s Steakhouse. Brand was joined by family and friends, as well as Sixers rookie star Jahlil Okafor.
Justin Hires, star of the upcoming CBS show, RUSH HOUR, made an appearance on CBS3 this morning, then attended an informal press breakfast at 8 a.m. Justin Hires is taking
on the role of Detective Carter made famous by Chris Tucker in the feature films.  The show debuts March 31. 
Big Brother Hosting Auditions In Philly

Philadelphia, March 15, 2016 – Big Brother
is searching for television’s next reality star, and CBS 3 is bringing
the search to Philadelphia to look for ideal Houseguests for Season 18.
 A Big Brother casting producer will be interviewing candidates from the Greater Philadelphia area on
Saturday, March 26 from 2 to 5 p.m. at 1925 Cocktail Lounge, 111 South 17th Street in Philadelphia.
Participants will have the opportunity to tell
the casting producer why they would make the ultimate Houseguest. 
Applicants must be U.S. citizens and 21 years or older.  Applications
will be available on site and will need to be completed
prior to the interview.   
Big Brother is
the hit CBS reality television show that follows a group of people
living together in a large house who are continuously watched by
television cameras 24 hours a day, 7 days a
week.  Each series tapes for approximately three months and consists of
12-15 participants in the household.  In the end, the Houseguests try
to win a cash prize of $500,000 by avoiding periodic evictions from the
 CBS 3 (KYW-TV) is part of CBS Television Stations, a division of CBS Corporation, a division of CBS Corporation.


Kathryn Ott Lovell, PPR Commissioner , Eagles Connor Barwin,  Mayor Jim Kenney and Philadelphia Parks & Recreation (PPR) announced open registration for the Spring 2016 TreePhilly Yard Tree Giveaways. The giveaways, hosted in partnership with the Fairmount Park Conservancy and TD Bank, are open to property owners to obtain and plant up to two free trees in a yard or lawn on private property.  Registration is open through April 10, and a variety of species are available, including large shade trees, small flowering trees, and fruit trees.  New this year, TreePhilly is announcing a Philly “Tree Trek,” a social
media contest in which one lucky winner will be chosen to have
Philadelphia Eagle Connor Barwin
help plant their tree. Participants can follow Philly’s Celebri-Tree,
“Bud”, on social media as he explores Philadelphia landmarks before he
finds his forever home.  Residents can enter the #PhillyTreeTrek social
media contest on Twitter, Instagram and Vine (@TreePhilly).

Residents can register to pick up their
free yard tree at one of four (4) special giveaway events across the
City in April (sites and dates below). Detailed information on all
available species can be found at,
and participants can choose their species when they register online or
over the phone. Registration is strongly encouraged, but walk-ins will
be welcomed at the end of each event while supplies last. Participants
will also receive a planting and care demonstration provided by tree
experts, free mulch, and educational materials.

The citywide yard tree giveaway events and locations are as follows:

  •  South Broad TD Bank store (2201 S Broad St., 19148), Sat. April 9th, 10am-12pm
  • Aramingo TD Bank store (2267 E Butler St., 19137), Sun. April 10th, 12pm-2pm
  • Frankford Avenue TD Bank store (6635 Frankford Ave., 19135), Sat. April 16th, 10am-12pm
  • Woodhaven TD Bank store (3930 Woodhaven Rd., 19154), Sun. April 17th, 12pm-2pm

    “Thanks to TreePhilly, residents have become passionate about planting
    and caring for trees. We look forward to working over the next three
    years with TD Bank as a corporate partner,” said PPR Commissioner
    Kathryn Ott Lovell.

 Congrats to my friend Melissa Heidel and Derek Heidel on the announcement of their new baby to be born. Great way to announce it.
 Derek is professionally know as Team Derek, who has a knack for finding celebrities. Here he is with the legendary Sophia Loren, who made an appearance at the Borgata last weekend.
It seems everyone was at SXSW this past week. Congrats to’s Erica Palan who served on a panel of influencers chatting about social media. 
 Congrats to Ian Morrison/Brittany Lynn who received a City Council Citation acknowledging his service as the an ambassador of good will in Philly.