Creed 2 Week 2 – Michael B Jordan & Brigitte Nielsen Spotted In Philly PLUS

Creed 2 Week 2 – Michael B Jordan & Brigitte Nielsen Spotted In Philly PLUS

an extra in Creed 2 posted this earlier this week

Cast, crew and extras on Creed 2 are putting in incredible hours, working 10 – 14hr days at Sun Center Studios in Aston, PA

Which makes it that much more extraordinary that

Michael B Jordan took time out to have dinner with 4 friends at D’Angelo’s 256 S 20th St, Philadelphia, PA 19103. Tuesday night. He stopped by about 9PM and stayed til nearly 11PM. He had Lobster Fra Diavolo and Crab meat which he loved says owner Sal D’Angelo.

Jordan checked out the Rittenhouse Square restaurant after Sylvester Stallone recommended it, he went in 2015 during the Creed 1 filming. You’ll recall that Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth had a delicious dinner there while he was in town filming Paranoia. Their special table is on the 2nd floor by the window.

Brigitte Nielsen stopped by Gran Caffe L’Aquila for Gelato on Tuesday. Here she’s with one of the owners. She was super nice and is enjoying Philadelphia. Monday is her last day of filming on Creed 2, despite not being listed in the IMDB which is odd. Maybe their keeping it a surprise for folks that will see the movie. Last week I spotted Nielsen arriving at the PHL Airport.

Last week as you know Sly Stallone popped in to see the new plaque affixed to his namesake statue Rocky Balboa at the bottom of the Art Museum steps. I was wondering when it was installed, and I found a photo of the guy installing it just a few days before the Stallone event on Friday. Thanks, it looks great!!
I was checking out Stallone’s instagram yesterday and was shocked & honored that he liked one of my photos of him and Rocky impersonator Mike Kunda so much he used a shot I took, which appeared on Philly Voice. Looks like he took a photo of the photo on the screen. That’s cool.

People are always asking me if I’ve seen Florian “Big Nasty” Munteanu out and about, I haven’t. If you want to see him you’ll have to catch him at the Sporting Club at the Bellevue, he seems to work out and spare minute he has there. I hear he’s super nice and approachable.


Unearthed footage of Sylvester Stallone/Carl Weathers Choreography for Rocky in 1976

Check out this article which features the clip above

I’ll see you on Sunday for more Philly Gossip on Philly Chit Chat
Next Week Creed 2 heads outside to film in the streets!!


The Arts +Biz Council hosted Renée Mauborgne Blue Ocean Strategy

The Arts +Biz Council hosted another of their Defining Innovation Global Speaker Spring 2018 Series on Friday April 6, 2018. Friday’s event featured Renée Mauborgne—professor and co-author of Blue Ocean Strategy and co-director of the INSEAD Blue Ocean Strategy Institute in Fontainebleau, France who presented Blue Ocean Shift, a definitive guide to the human side of innovation strategy. Mauborgne’s approach to “Nondisruptive Creation” means that anyone in any organization can be creative and make a Blue Ocean Shift with the book’s systematic five-step process. The sold out event was held at the Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University. A continental breakfast was served before guests headed into the auditorim for the talk on how to create innovative strategies, which don’t disrupt strategies in place. Mauborgne was then joined on stage by Dr. Stephen K. Klasko, President and Chief Executive Officer of Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health who interviewed her more extensively.

Kelly Gaess, CapTech Consulting; Kate Zinsky, CapTech Consulting and Bob Wolk, CapTech Consulting

Harriet Weiss, and Larry Weiss, President CRW Graphics

Gary Woomer, CareLink Community Support Services and Eileen Joseph, CareLink Community Support Services

Josh Greenbert and Bob Wolk

Amanda Plavner, Markitects, Inc and Christine Karr, Markitects, Inc

Kim Fraites-Dow – CEO – Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania, Maureen Maier, and Jennifer Richards, all with Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania

Ari Kushner, Director, Marketing + Development at Arts & Biz Council and Luke Butler, Comcast

Karin Copeland, Executive Director Arts + Business Council of Greater Philadelphia

Renée Mauborgne—professor and co-author of Blue Ocean Strategy and co-director of the INSEAD Blue Ocean Strategy Institute in Fontainebleau, France

Dr. Stephen Klasko, CEO Jefferson Hospital and Renée Mauborgne

Elizabeth Lott, CRW Graphics and Michael Kravitz, CRW Graphics

We’re celebrating our 33rd year of honoring exceptional volunteerism, leadership and innovation within the arts and cultural community, distinction in the for-profit creative sector, and unique partnerships formed between the business and arts communities. Arts + Business Council events attract a diverse community of attendees; Awards Celebration 2018 is expected to attract over 600 attendees from the business, legal, technology and creative communities. Register now!


The 76ers Contest, SoBol Rittenhouse Opens with a Free Giveaway

The 76ers are THE hottest ticket in the city right now –


On Wednesday morning at 7:30 a.m. EST the Philadelphia 76ers will send out a release detailing their 2018-19 playoff campaign –  –

  • Use #PHILAUnite and @Sixers when posting –
  • Specialty microsite where fans can upload their 76ers spirit photos into a custom overlay
  • The Philadelphia 76ers playoff campaign – “Phila Unite” – is rooted in Philadelphia’s rich, revolutionary history.

    • “Phila Unite” features a rendition of the “Segmented Snake” an image once drawn/published by Benjamin Franklin in 1754 with the goal of “Unifying” the American colonies.
  • The 76ers have been teasing this campaign logo and imagery in several ways over the past week:
  • By the end of this week, six (6) unique murals will have appeared throughout the City of Philadelphia; artistic interpretations of the 76ers playoff campaign logo.

Hidden Segmented Snake in 76ers Uniforms: Hidden underneath a flap on the shorts of the City Edition uniform lies an image of the segmented snake.

On another SIXERS NOTE – New açaí-bowl Sobol Rittenhouse is celebrating their opening TODAY 46 S 17th St. and they’re giving out free bowls to the first 76 people starting at NOON.


Sneak Peek of the New Cambria Hotel & What’s on the Menu

Sneak Peek of the New Cambria Hotel & What’s on the Menu

The flagship Cambria Hotel opened at Broad and Locust a few weeks ago. I stopped by last Wednesday and got a sneak peek.  The 15-story, 223-room boutique hotel was developed by Pearl Properties and designed by DAS Architects, the City’s foremost hospitality architect. The duo has worked on many projects including the Granary Apartments in Spring Garden.

According to the press release “The building design embraces Philadelphia’s street-level vitality,” said David A. Schultz, AIA, co-founder and principal of DAS Architects. “Broad Street’s landmark older buildings with beautiful cornices and trim inspired our façade, in which we used multiple vertical frames to create shadow and depth. We pulled the building back from the street to create a drop-off zone and a generous pedestrian walkway. The angled southwest edge is a gesture to City Hall, allowing corner suites a view north, but all rooms will have great views of everything happening on the Avenue of the Arts, at the Kimmel Center, the Academy of Music or east to the Delaware River.” The 174,000-square-foot building is clad in flannel-colored brick, bronze metal tones, and stone-like porcelain panels.

Lobby with Concierge Desk with staircase leading to the check in desk on 2nd floor

 The glazed, two-story entry features a grand sculptural stair leading to the second-floor main lobby and hotel’s 2nd floor restaurant space.

The lobby on the 2nd floor, the reservation desk is on the right behind the black wall

The restaurant / bar –Treble & Bass and “social circle” includes a terrace overlooking Broad Street.

cool light fixtures

a lounge area in the restaurant on 2nd floor

“Philadelphia’s musical heritage was a major influence in our design of Cambria’s social spaces and guest rooms,” said Susan M. Davidson, IDC, co-founder and principal of DAS Architects. “We hope that guests will be transported by this beautiful staircase that opens onto a jazz-parlor-like lounge. It’s a space where people will feel comfortable relaxing, working or socializing.

We incorporated soundwave graphics into patterns and motifs throughout the hotel, and the result is a palette rich with jewel-toned colors, dusty mint and teal hues, brass, stitched leather accents, and upcycled lighting and art elements. Subtly or dramatically, this building is an homage to Philadelphia’s performing arts heritage.”

A flagship Philadelphia property for Cambria Hotel & Suites’ business travel and leisure brand, the hotel offers mid-level accommodations in 9 suites and 214 guest rooms.

You had me at Soup Flight!! The Social Spot is open for Breakfast and Dinner, and hopefully soon for lunch.
Check out the Menu

Grab and Go food in the lobby

Savor the flavors of inspired dining at our in-house restaurant and bar. Whether you need a quick grab-and-go snack or you’re working through mealtime, we make it easy to order a truly delicious meal that is guaranteed to satisfy your palate.


 The 3,000-square-foot roof-top Attico lounge (door to the left of main entrance) will have a firepit and views of the Philadelphia skyline and Delaware River will open before Spring, and I mean the real one with warm temps, ends. The ground floor of the hotel will be home to a new Del Frisco’s Grille, set to open in October 2018, and is substituted to the right in this photo. What a great add to the Avenue of the Arts!!


Creed 2: The First Week Filming, Plus Stallone Surprises Tourists at Rocky Statue

Creed 2: The First Week Plus Stallone Surprises Tourists at Rocky Statue

Creed 2 completes a successful first week of production in Philadelphia, specifically this week at Sun Center Studios, in Aston, Pa.
Sylvester Stallone, creator, writer and star celebrated the kick off of the production with a series of instagram posts announcing that we’re all in for a treat with Creed 2.

Stallone posted several videos from the Sun Center Studios , where they are filming for the first two weeks, with the actual ring their using in the movie. This week Creed 2 filmed many of the boxing scenes, which I told you about last week. Michael B Jordan (Adonis Creed), and

Florian Munteanu (Viktor Drago) have been working out like beasts at the Sporting Club, and gyms near their homes in Philly, leading up to this week so they would be in tip top physical shape for the fighting scenes. So Tuesday and Wednesday they were doing Adonis Creed fight scenes with boxers which would lead up to the big fight with Viktor Drago. Then Thursday and Friday they filmed scenes that were set in Moscow, and in Friday’s scene was the one and only, unannounced Ludmilla Drago.

Surprise, Surprise, Surprise Brigitte Nielsen (Gitte to her friends) arrived on Tuesday taking the RED EYE from LAX and arriving at PHL at 630am, looking pretty in pink and being transported in a courtesy chair. She’s in town to reprise her role as Ludmilla Drago in Creed 2. Nielsen famously played Ivan Drago’s (Dolph Lundgren) wife in Rocky IV, which may even make her the mother of Viktor Drago (Florian Munteanu).

I had a chance to chat with Gitte at baggage claim where she told me that she was in town to film scenes for Creed 2, without going into too much detail. She did say it was her first time in Philly, and was looking to enjoy some of Philly’s fine cuisine and try and cheesesteak. I told her to head to Geno’s. She was sweet, tipped the lady who pushed her and gave her a big hug goodbye. PS I wrote this for Friday and since then I’ve chatted with a few people who were extras in the the scenes this week. They told me that Gitte had a few scenes (Thursday and Friday), they couldn’t hear what she was saying in the scene, but when she left for the day she said goodbye to everyone in the “stands” and in return everyone clapped and cheered. They’ll see her this week as well as they are filming the finale as well.
Gitte is not even listed on Creed IMDB yet.The first few days she was in town she did rehearsal and costume fittings before showing up on set Friday. She’s also scheduled for Monday, by the looks of how much luggage her husband wheeled to the waiting SUV she plans to head out on the town a few times as well.

Also on set this week was Phylicia Rashad who plays Adonis Creed’s step mother in Creed & now in Creed 2 as well. I hear she was super nice even though every film day this week was 10-12hrs. Word on the street is will Mrs. Huxtable  visit her former co-star Bill Cosby as his trial begins tomorrow in Norristown, Pa. I expect her to visit her favorite nail salon at 18th & Sansom Streets. Every-time Sly Stallone comes into town people do speculate will Sly stop by the Art Museum steps, and his likeness at the bottom of the steps – the Rocky Statue.

Well the anticipation is over as Friday it happened. Regular tourists were in line to see the Rocky statue, I live across the street and nearly every daylight hour there are at least 5 people in line to see a representation of an underdog, a guy who overcame all odds to become an inspiration, a hero. It was really exciting to witness this moment.
Especially so see him raise his arms triumphantly at the Rocky Statue, immortalized in bronze by artist A. Thomas Schomberg in 1980 for a scene in the film Rocky III. After the filming was complete, Stallone donated the statue to the City of Philadelphia. Here he is with Mayor Jim Kenney, who was reluctant to take the moment away from Sly, but Sly insisted he stand with him for the photo opps.

and dedication of the Rocky Balboa plaque. The Mayor presented Stallone with an Eagles jersey as he was leaving. Stallone posted some incredible support videos during the Eagles run up to the Superbowl.

Hey there Sheila Hess, the City Rep

   Rocky Balboa Impersonator Mike Kunda greets the real one

They’re in the studio for another week, and then heading out into the streets of Philadelphia for filming.
Check out my media outlets for more photos and stories on the day.

CBS3Philly, Philly Magazine, Philly Voice Philly Metro and The Daily Mail


Spring Fete: The Junior League of Philadelphia

Spring Fete: The Junior League of Philadelphia

There are a lot of wonderful women networking organizations, but one of the prominent ones is The Junior League of Philadelphia (JLP). Recently they held their annual Spring Fete at the Philadelphia History Museum (15 S. 7th St. Philadelphia, PA 19106) on Thursday, March 29, 2018. The mix and mingle event featured lite bites, DJ entertainment, and tours of the museum with Museum Historian, Dr. Cynthia Little and the Director of the Collection, Kristen Froehlich .

All proceeds from the event benefit projects and programs furthering The Junior League of Philadelphia’s mission as well as our Apple a Day Healthy Living Initiative™, addressing food insecurity in Philadelphia.


Farrell Ougheltree and Brittany Shaw

Rose Jackson, Samantha Roberts, Megan Morgan and Christy Workman

Kelly A. Murphy, Director of External Relations & Special Events for Philadelphia History, Charles Croce, President of the Philadelphia History Museum and Nancy E. Ahlum, chair of Focus Fundraising of Junior League

Erin Bushnell and Alex Poole


Latoya Bryant’s been a member of the The Junior League of Philadelphia, Inc. for the past 3 years. She loves networking with a diverse membership of women, as well as provided a service to the community. Karimah Lynum, is not a member but is thinking of joining.

Through out the evening members and their guests were able to check out the exhibits at the The Philadelphia History Museum

As well as take selfies in their “neighborhood”

Kelly A. Murphy, Director of External Relations & Special Events for The Philadelphia History Museum gives a tour for the Junior League members and guests.

Maryanne Morrison and Lisa Morrison

The Committee Focus Fundraisers with Mary Peller, President of the Junior League of Philadelphia (green dress)

On Saturday head out to the JLP’s 6th Annual Empowering You Health Fair! JPL is delighted to partner once again with Lankenau Medical Center and showcase over 15 vendors who focus on every day healthy living. Come by Saturday, April 7 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to empower YOUR health!


Fashion at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) 5th Annual Red and White Gala

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) 5th Annual Red and White Gala

Last last month the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) 5th Annual  Red and White Gala took place at The Marriott Downtown drawing nearly 700 guests, and selling out one of the most talked about events of the season.

Ellen Rubesin, LLS Executive Director

The event raises money for breakthrough therapies and patient services funded by The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society® (LLS). The event also boasted an Audi car raffle featuring the all-new a 2018 Audi A4 Sedan Quarto (MRSP: $43,595). The vehicle was generously donated, and LLS received 100 percent of the ticket sales.

The evening began with a cocktail party while guests checked out silent auction items ranging from trips, to experiences to sports outings. Afterwards guests headed into the ballroom for dinner and dancing, after a tribute honoring Wawa and their commitment to supporting LLS’s mission.


Maxx Hofmann and Kelsey Laux
(No relation to my cousin Joe Laux she tells me)


Gorgeous couple and dress: Matt Carideo and Lisa Eichenbaum

Classy, chic and fashionable: Nicole Johnson and Kathleen Kenneally

Shawn Pressley and Courtney Pressley

Francis Gallagher, greets Mark Pennington as Christopher Morris and Mary Pennington look on.


Len and Nancy Amoroso

Chris Lynch, Terry Lynch, Zach Hangey and Michelle Hangey

Table settings and flowers by Beautiful Blooms

The MC for the evening Matt Pellman |



Greg Seitter and Marcello Luzi


2018 Fairmount Park Road Closures – Kelly Drive, MLK Drive and The Parkway

2018 Fairmount Park Road Closures – Kelly Drive, MLK Drive and The Parkway


Come on Spring, this is a sure sign when Philadelphia Parks & Recreation releases the road closure schedule for the year. First and most important beginning this weekend, the first full weekend of April, MKL Drive will close for recreational use.  The full length is closed from Eakins Oval to Falls Bridge from 7AM to Noon. Then from Sweetbriar to Falls Bridge Noon to 5PM – Saturday and Sunday.

Kelly Drive Events

MLK Events
Parkway Events – Made in America is not confirmed yet.
Check out Phila Parks & Recreation for an up to date complete listing of road closures
When it goes live it will be under press releases. I’ll update my site with the link.


Creed 2 News, Koreana Food Coming to Center City and more Chit Chat


Creed 2 News, Koreana Food Coming to Center City and more Chit Chat

Warm welcome to spring, sure signs of it in Philly, Logan Fountain has been turned on, Rittenhouse Square packed at lunch time and in the evening Rittenhouse restaurant row packed with people eating al fresco.  Hope to see everyone on Easter Sunday for the South Street promenade which begins at 12:30PM at Passyunk and South Streets.
Michael B Jordan was spotted running the Schuylkill River Banks Boardwalk last week.

Creed 2 starts principle filming Monday April 2 at Sun Center Studios in Aston, Pa with a cast of thousands of extras. I think they’re filming the finale fight first, not only because of the huge amount of extras on set, but because the actors have been working out and pumping up for the past three weeks at the Sporting Club where they also have a boxing ring. The kind of training they’re doing isn’t the kind of training you can do while you’re filming a movie.

They’ll be at Sun Center Studios until the the middle of the third week of April filming, but may pop out to do occasional filming around town during those three weeks. After April 15 look for more filming in and around Philadelphia. You might have a chance to see them as we all did during the first Creed. Look for Creed 2 to come out November 2018.

David Whitaker, Choose Chicago, Ellen Yin (Outstanding Restaurateur), Clare Reichenbach, James Beard Foundation, Michael Solomonov (Outstanding Service Zahav) and Rising Star Chef of the Year Camille Cogswell, Zahav

On Wednesday the cast of Creed 2 including Dolph Lundgren, Michael B Jordan and Tessa Thompson had dinner at Zahav, in old city, the restaurant by Michael Solomonov or Solo as his friends call him. It’s so good there. The restaurant just got a James Beard Award Nomination for best service. James Beard Awards are like the Oscars for Food. I covered the nominations last week, which were held here in Philly, hosted by Visit Philly and held at Parc restaurant. Also nominated was Ellen Yin, of High Street & for best restaurateur.  Rich Landau, chef/partner with his wife, Kate Jacoby, of Vedge restaurant who was nominated for best chef in the mid-Atlantic region.



Milk House closed 2 weeks ago as I reported on Chit Chat; Yesterday I noticed a new sign on the window:
Seems Koreana Food is moving in. They currently have a place in University City.

Koreana Food offers a wide variety of traditional Korean Food.Yes 1818 Market Street did get a new sign. Sleek, modern and colorful.