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Tina Fey, Lea Michelle, Will Smith Spotted In Philly

Happy Cyber Monday. What a great weekend, hope it was as terrific for you. I spent some time with family, friends and took in all the fantastic holiday fun in Philly. I saw so many ChitChat readers and really appreciate your support and you saying hi.

A lot of notable Philly area born folk returned home for the holiday last week. The Willow & Erys tour came to the Fillmore on Monday night, according to Nick Vadala at the Inquirer, dad Will Smith, 51, joined son Jaden, 21, onstage for a surprise performance of the 2017 single “Icon.” Later that evening the family checked into the Four Seasons hotel where they stayed until Friday. They spent Thanksgiving at his mother Carolyn’s home in Bryn Mawr.

A day after performing in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in NYC, Lea Michelle posted on her InstaStories she was enjoying family time at Dilworth Park and Christmas Village. (I mentioned it in my Instastories on Saturday as I attended my niece Ella’s skating party.)

On Saturday Lea tweeted out well wishes for folks spending time with their family, but this photo was actually taken on Friday. Here she is with her husband Zandy Reich, who was born in NE Philly and was a star Lacrosse player at Penn, with his mom and dad, Debbie and Richard (thanks to a reader who ID them for me, and a different reader Megan McHugh for the original tip.)

Speaking of celebrities and Philly:
On December 7, 2019
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Mean Girls wrapped their run in Philly on Sunday. For nearly the entire run people would ask me did I think Tina Fey would drop in to see the show, and I would tell them I doubt it because that’s why she came in August to promote the show. I was wrong, Tina and her husband Jeff Richmond, caught the show Wednesday night at the Academy of Music. Tina watched the show in the sound booth, while my friend, Abby Wanger told me Jeff watched from the 2nd row. Abby said that Jeff sang every word, and bopped his head back and forth to all the tunes. I again reported this fun fact on my InstaStories last Friday, where my readers informed me that Richmond wasn’t just a supportive husband, but wrote the music for the Broadway stage adaptation of Mean Girls. How cool. This Thanksgiving, and every day I am so thankful for my readers who keep us all in the know.

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Around Town: Dispatches Filming; Evan Peters Spotted and More on Hot Dad Bradley Cooper

Hello Thursday. PhillyWood is hot and happening, as the cool fall weather settles in. For me SOCIAL SEASON is in full, from today through 11/3 I am shooting at least 2 events a day. Also going strong since June is Dispatches From Elsewhere this week filming in Center City, plus I have updated news on the upcoming Kate Winslet HBO series and casting. Let’s get started Around Town With HughE

Tuesday Dispatches from Elsewhere filmed on Market Street in the Continental again, a location they filmed at over the summer. Wednesday and Thursday they filmed at Ocean Prime at 15th and Sansom Streets as well as in Rittenhouse Square. Look for them to film on Friday near 9th and Lombard, and then next week return to the Curtis Center Tuesday, my sources tell me. Actor Jason Segel and his girlfriend had dinner at Villa Roma on Tuesday night. Sally Field was finally spotted out, she stopped by the Whole Foods on South Street. She drove herself my friend told me. What?? Poor Sally has to navigate our potholes. Hopefully better than the Queer Eye guys, I heard they got a few flats and were none to happy. Thankfully I see the Streets Department is rolling out new streets as we speak.

Yesterday while walking through Rittenhouse Square Allied Philly’s Jesse Cute caught Sally between scenes sitting on a bench. You’ll have a chance to see Sally Field yourself at the Philadelphia Library on November 1 as she discusses her book In Pieces with Marty Moss-Coane, host of Radio Times on WHYY .
I photographed Hugh Jackson and Kate Winslet at a unique NYC premiere in 2006. It’s posted on my first blog “Confessions of a Paparazzi.”

I wrote in the spring that Kate Winslet will be coming to the Philly area to film an HBO TV Series “Mare of Easttown”, Our award winning casting company Heery Loftus Casting is looking for Caucasian IDENTICAL TWIN (or Triplets) BOYS , age 11 months to 14 months, for RECURRING ROLES on the show. The show will be shooting Nov 4, 2019 through April, 2020 (Maybe Kate will head to the Wells Fargo Center to catch Celine Dion in concert on 2/26) in the PHILADELPHIA SUBURBS. PAID positions. Please send photos, parent names and phone numbers, and date of birth of the boys to: easttowncasting@gmail.com Put “TWIN BOYS” in the subject line. Hey American Horror story fans remember when I mentioned an Evan Peters was spotted at Chickie & Pete’s during an Eagles football game 2 weeks ago, now we know why, he’s in this HBO movie too. Hey gays, Jean Smart from Designing Women is also cast. Here’s the list of cast members.

Last weekend I went to the GreatPHL19 24 hr discussion event. One of the events I caught was art curator Conrad Benner’s live Streets Department podcast of Jane Golden, Mural Arts. After words I got this shot with former Eagles great Connor Barwin, who opened the night. (How lucky are we that Connor Barwin could have settled anywhere else when not on the field, but he chooses Philly cause we are a hot bed of creativity happening here.) I wasn’t there as I was shooting the Greg Wolf Fundraiser in Trenton. The next day I had hoped to go to a dedication of the new Ed Snider mural, but Mural Arts, but the morning sessions at GreatPHL19 were running behind and I really wanted to catch the Eli Kulp talk. It was powerful and exactly what I needed to hear. He talked about purpose, after tragedy, and we are all aware of the Amtrak crash which paralyzed him when he was at the height of his career. It was a story everyone needs to hear. I hope he writes a book.
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Saturday was the dedication for the Ed Snider Hockey Mural: Inspiring Our Youth Mural Mural Arts Philadelphia and the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation will dedicate a new mural, Snider Hockey: Inspiring Our Youth. The mural features the Ed Snider Youth Hockey Foundation and celebrates the life and legacy of its founder and the visionary behind the Philadelphia Flyers, the late Ed Snider. The design, created by artist Jared Bader, highlights how Snider Hockey builds lives and unites communities through its on-ice and off-ice initiatives, including mentorship, tutoring, life lessons, and academic support in attending and graduating college. (2037 S. 10th Street (at Snyder Avenue), South Philadelphia, PA )

Tailgating at the Eagles Game: Beginning this Sunday, #BeastTailgating becomes mobile with the official CAN RELEASE of the #tailgate inspired IPA, #BirdGang at @thelarimer 🦅🍻 Come for the beer (party starts at 11a) stay for the game and meet WMMR’s Marisa Magnatta!!

THANK YOU FOR THE TIPS, especially my instagram follower Mark Curran who sent me this video of Philly’s heart throb Bradley Cooper and his daughter Lea Cooper at the Philadelphia Eagles game on Sunday. I think everyone fell in love just a little bit more this week with Bradley, the hot dad!! This weekend I hope to see you Sunday at the Old City Festival and OutFest. At 2PM I will be on the OutFest stage honoring my friends Mike Jerrick and Alex Holley for their friendship and support to the LGBTQ Community.

Links to events I photographed this week: Greg Wolf Fundraiser for CBSPhilly and Philly Style Mag; Philadanco’s 50th Anniversary Celebration Philly Style Mag and CBSPhilly ; Inglish Bash PSM & CBS; CPS honors Charisse Lille

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Summer of Stars: Who was in town this past week

WOW I have never had so many celebrity sightings, gotten so many celebrity shots and had so much fun sharing the info with you. THANK YOU THANK YOU readers for your tips. I can’t do this without you, and I appreciate your trust. I am always happy to give you credit, or respect your anonymity. I’m happy to retweet you, especially if your a person who wants to be anonymous but wants a little social media love, I’m happy to pay that forward. This is a labor of love for me, and I love sharing your stories with our neighbors. Thank you again so much for all the tips, stories and sightings. I’m a little behind as September snuck up on me…

The Netflik’s Queer Eye show has wrapped. Last week they held a wrap party on the rooftop of the National Apartments, with it’s sweet view of Penns Landing. B R Y N + D A N E ‘ S catering provided food for the cast party. Although none of the cast members stayed at the National, they did use their gym everyday Level 1 Fitness when they weren’t using the gym at The Bridge, where the cast did stay. I would get daily emails, where is the cast staying, how can I meet the Queer Eye guys. I’d think to myself don’t they see the big blue bridge in so many of their workout videos? I make it a point not to tell fans where people are staying, while they’re staying there. The Bridge is also where Michael B Jordan stayed when he was in town filming Creed 2.

Before he left town Tan France stopped by Brandi Carlile’s show at the Mann: Photo by PhotoMojo’s Jeffrey Sidelsky

Look at this fantastic crew that was there last Friday at the Mann. @brandicarlile Philadelphia! What a show. Thanks for letting me bring some friends! You made @TheHighwomen’s album release day even more special! #thehighwomen@tanya_tucker@tanfrance@amandashires@mavisstaples

Thanks instagram Follower Danielle Marie Rose for sending me this shot of Terrence Howard leaving Ocean Prime. When Terrence isn’t filming Empire, or some dashing movie, he calls Lafayette Hill, just outside of Philadelphia, home.

What’s Bill Pullman doing in Philly I thought when Elizabeth Claire sent me this photo. I did some research and found out his wife Tamara Pullman’s brother lives here furniture designer Michael Hurwitz He has a studio at 16 South 3rd Street .

I”ll never get over the thrill of being inPhiladelphia Inquirer I’ve read it since the time I could read, and it’s one of the first professional outlets I got published my work published in ~ a photo of Barry Manilow leaving Ralph’s Restaurant in2007. You must subscribe to the Inky, it’s our home town newspaper. I do describe, I just hadn’t signed in here. Read the Story of This Is Us filming in Philly. BTW they filmed from Sunday until Wednesday. I walked by the Sofitel where they were housed and the “extras” vans were stationed to pick them up and take them to a scene. Social Season has started and I didn’t have time to find out where it was. Keep me informed, I might not have time to shoot them but I will get the scoop for us.

Famous  artist Thomas Keller dined  at Autograph Brasserie on Mainline with the Grims Family – he was in town to play golf at Merion he ate oysters from Washington state, the autograph whole roasted chicken with sides of broccoli rabe, button mushrooms and spinach and tried both the chocolate cake and the hummingbird cake for dessert he is pictured with fearless restaurants director of development Sydney Grims 
Reader Nya Sturrup snapped a photo of Andre 3000 and family at the Chinatown Festival today, and sent it to us. I was at the annual Jewelers Row Fall Festival, and Jason Segel strolled by, with a DATE he told fans. He declined photos. He’s usually super friendly but you know he was on a date with a Philly girl who had blue hair. Dispatches from Elsewhere continues to film in Philly through November.

I never did find out why Jessica Alba was here, but someone did see her on Walnut Street shopping on Wednesday as well. No doubt for research on her beauty blog. And someone did go on record saying they waited on her, in the comments. Now that’s a lot of celebrities in Philly for one week.

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Andre 3000, Dispatches From Elsewhere Starts Filming, Frankie Ann’s Closes; Dining out for Dogs

Andre 3000 is the new Jason Segal. Remember the actor turned writer, turned director has been spotted every where in June. Well now so has Andre 3000. He’s in town to star in Segel’s AMC TV series Dispatches from Elsewhere, which I told you about last Spring. I’m here to tell you the time is now as the movie films it’s first scenes with full cast – Sally Field, Richard E Grant and Eve Lindley begins today.

WHITE DOG CAFE & WMMR’S PRESTON AND STEVE TO HOST THIRD DINING OUT FOR THE DOGS TO BENEFIT ALPHA BRAVO CANINE

The White Dog Cafe and WMMR’s Preston and Steve will host the third annual Dining Out for the Dogs Monday August 19, 2019 starting at 5pm to raise funds for Alpha Bravo Canine, which provides trained service dogs to U.S military veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and other combat related disabilities.

The White Dog Cafe and WMMR’s Preston and Steve will host the second annual Dining Out for the Dogs on Monday August 19, 2019 starting at 5pm to raise funds for Alpha Bravo Canine, which provides trained service dogs to U.S military veterans suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and other combat-related disabilities. WMMR, BEN FM, WMGK, WXTU and WIP on-air personalities will be at each of the three White Dog Cafe locations (Wayne Haverford and University City) dining with guests and hosting drawings for prizes including the opportunity for a commissioned 30” by 40” pet portrait (valued at $2650), by artist Jay McClellan, who’s artwork adorns the walls of the White Dog Cafe locations. Raffle tickets for $20 are available now through August 19, 2019 at all three locations for the Jay McClellan portrait. The drawing will take place August 20, 2019 and guests will be notified by email/phone.

There will also be puppy-kissing booths at each location where guests can make a donation to cuddle and kiss one of the Alpha Bravo Canine puppies! Guests can also donate $25 and book a VIP table (very important puppy) where they are guaranteed outdoor seating for the event with their pup (based on availability – at Haverford and U City only).  Guests can enjoy our the new signature Barc Echo cocktail with a portion of the proceeds going too Alpha Bravo Canine now through August 20, 2019.

We hardly knew you, Frankie Ann’s, formerly Rembrant’s in Fairmount has closed. The eatery located at 741 N. 23rd St. was open just about a year, but never took hold. Recently they filed for a variance to have a roof deck and faced opposition from the neighborhood.

But that wasn’t their only problem, their food was never above bar standard. I had the worse nachos in my life there last month. Marilyn and I were just shocked, as we’re big nacho fans. I didn’t post it because I could tell they were hurting, and didn’t want to be the last person to put a nail in the coffin. I had met the owner last year and he was super nice guy, plus he named the place after his wife, I really wanted it to succeed, but you have to have good food. We now have two iconic Fairmount restaurants looking for new operators – The London Grill and the former Rembrandt’s.

I always tell my readers if they want to meet new people to check out a meetup.com group of their interest. It’s a no pressure way to meet people, folks who have similar interests as you, maybe a future BFF or spouse. I went to the Fairmount Photo Club on Saturday. I learned a few things, you don’t have to be from Fairmount, there were people from all over Philly, the burbs and even SNJ there. Plus you don’t have to own a camera, some people used their phones, like the guy there 2nd from the right. So join us next time of check out one of the other 1000s of groups to find your interest.

Monday a new advertiser started with PhillyChitChat – Maria Quattrone, real estate expert CEO of RE/MAX @ HOME – Philadelphia. Check out this featured listing at 730 Fitzwater.

Ghetto Cowboy starring the sexist man alive – Idris Elba – will begin filming in North Philly in August for a month. They’re looking for cast and crew.
Grab an August issue of Vanity Fair as Idris Elba is on the cover, with a great story inside to familiar your self with the man.

I caught Patti LaBelle at Parx Casino’s Xcite Center on Friday. She was flawless as can be, performing a 90 minute set on stage as if she were 40 years younger. The godmother of soul is 75 years young she told the crowd. Have you been to the Xcite Center yet. It’s an intimate setting with about 5,000 comfortable seats, everyone with a decent view. There are still tickets left for Cheech & Chong, Air Supply, JB Smooth and Jethro Tull.

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Cher Shops, Spielberg, A New Eatery and Adele’s Next Song

Metriologist Lauren Casey noted over the weekend that the Swann Fountain was on, winter is over. Finally we are getting the spring we’ve wanted in the past couple years. The weather has been so beautiful and as have the flowers and trees. Hope you had a great weekend.

Saturday night Kory and I caught Cher at the Wells Fargo Center. The show was perfection, a well tuned bio of Cher’s successful musical career. The only disappointment was she never swayed from the script which she does in every City. She didn’t don a Sixers jersey, or even give a shout out to Philly, but she did get us on our feet and reliving the memories our lives through music. Philly Gossip: Before Saturday’s concert she checked into the Ritz Carlton early Friday morning, and her longtime BFF Paulette headed to fashion icon Joan Shepp’s Chestnut Street shopto pick out some clothing for an in room fashion show, says my spy who was shopping near by. The next day Cher signed autographs for fans after checking out on before heading to Wells Fargo for soundcheck. There are no photos as she wasn’t camera ready she told them, but I was told she looked stunning, and smelled wonderful. What did your granny do Saturday night?

Nile Rodgers gave a shout out to WDAS, who he said was the first radio station in the country to play a Le Chic song, launching his career. Nile went on to write songs for Will Smith “Get Jiggy With It”, Sister’s Sledge “We Are Family”, David Bowie’s “Let’s Dance,” Pharrell’s “Get Lucky,” and Diana Ross’ “I’m Coming Out,” all songs he and Chic performed Saturday night to a delightful crowd.

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Wednesday I got a tip that Comcast President Brian Roberts and Stephen Spielberg were eating lunch at Parc in a window seat facing Rittenhouse Square. Later that evening he appeared at a Q&A at the Comcast Technology Center to discuss a collaboration he did with Comcast, with the Sphere which is in the lobby of the latest Comcast building. Go see it, it’s open now and is really fantastic.

Speaking of lobby’s have you seen the new lobby at the Wanamaker Building. So beautiful. They did a good job, especially in the Passero’s Coffee Roasters lobby located right outside Macy’s Center City.

Scott Weiner took this shot of Charles P. Pizzi at the Philadelphia Police Foundation’s A Night for Blue fund-raiser prior to Pizzi being presented with nonprofit’s Founder’s Award at Ballroom at the Franklin. Motorcycle on which Pizzi is sitting was one of 14 to have been purchased by the Foundation for the Philadelphia Police Department’s Highway Patrol Division. Funds raised at the event will go to fund equipment, training, programs and technology that are not included in the city’s current budget.
Restaurateur Brian Calhoun opens his Japanese-style grilling with Bincho at 228 South Street South Street today.

On a sad note, Adele and Husband Simon Konecki Split After More Than 7 Years Together. On a bright note, the world is anticipating for her next song.

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Spotted: Oprah, Harry Styles, Alec and Hilaria Baldwin, Jennifer Lopez Works Out in Philly, A Rod Tours NoLibs

Hey there Sunday readers, hope you had a fantastic Saturday. What a beautiful day, and a taste of spring. It’s Sunday and here at Philly Chit Chat that means one thing time for a little Philly Gossip.


Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez were in town Sunday to attend the Phillies game last night as A Rod is an announcer with ESPN.  Before the game J Lo went to the new Sweat Gym at Broad and Chestnut to do a quick work before the game. Her trainer Lauren Findley @laurenlf posted a photo of them after working out.  J Lo is wearing Niyama Sol her new leggings design, under $100 a pair she says it will show your butt the way you want it to be seen. What did former Yankee Alex Rodriguez do, I hear he headed to NoLibs to check out his new boutique studio TruFusion which is under construction at 1150 N. American Street (right down the street from the Piazza). The Las Vegas gym expects to open the first of many in our area this summer. No doubt next time J Lo is in town she’ll be working out there.

Thanks @iradiophilly for this screen shot

Right after the game they were escorted by a bevy of security, where J Lo slid into the waiting SUV, while A Rod signed for fans before making his exit. I hear they headed for the Walt Whitman bridge back to Manhattan.

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Thanks to so many tipsters who told me that Oprah and Gayle King were spotted at the Reeds Hotel (Reeds at Shelter Haven) in Stone Harbor, NJ Saturday. They’re no strangers to the Jersey shore and periodically pop up as Oprah’s fiance, Stedman Graham is from nearby Whitesboro. In the 90s Oprah and Stedman even rented a house for the summer on 112th Street near the point, my mom would see Oprah running early in the morning and they’d just wave to each other from familiarity of a daily routine. Oprah posing with high school sweethearts Sara Paton and Wesley Krempel who tied the knot in Stone Harbor at the Reeds.

Gayle King was in Stone Harbor with her kids Will Bumpus, Jr and Kirby Bumpus and posted yesterday.

In recent years when Oprah and friends have come to town they stay at the Reeds or in Cape May. Last September they celebrated Labor day in Stedman’s hometown at the Concerned Citizens of Whitesboro, N.J. 30th reunion. Just a few weeks ago Nick Vadala, at Philly.com reported Oprah, Gayle King and Stedman Graham were spotting dining in Cape May, where the trio enjoyed several dishes from the Ebbitt Room at the Virginia Hotel in town. In 2013 They stayed at Congress Hall and Oprah told her fans they were getting ready for India Arie on Super Soul Sunday.

Unfortunately this visit wasn’t for something on a happier note. They were hear to attend Stedman’s brother’s funeral . James Owen Graham was born in Cape May Court House, N.J. on September 4, 1956 to Stedman Worth and Mary Jacobs Graham. Affectionately known as Jimmy, he passed away peacefully in the early morning of March 24, 2019 at Cape Regional Medical Center. He was sent home yesterday at a beautiful mass in their hometown church Christ Gospel Love Center. 2209 Route 9 South, Whitesboro, N.J. 08252 In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Concerned Citizens of Whitesboro, P.O. Box 412, Whitesboro, N.J. 08252 and Caring for Kids, 31 East Mechanic Street, Cape May Court House, N.J. 08210.

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Folks are on the look out for Harry Styles who was snapped at the Philly Airport last night. Is he here to visit his friend Xander Ritz, who grew up on the Mainline.

Spotted dining at Estia was Bryce Harper’s grandparents the night before his debut at the Phillies Opening Game.

Friday night Aaron Nola celebrated the Phillies win with dinner at Capital Grille with his family.


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THE PUBLIC, written and directed by Emilio Estevez, which opens to the public today, had a fundraising screening Thursday night at the Philadelphia Film Society on Chestnut Street in Center City benefiting the Mental Health Partners of Philadelphia.   The story revolves around the library patrons, many of whom are homeless, mentally ill and marginalized, as well as an exhausted and overwhelmed staff of librarians who often build emotional connections and a sense of obligation to care for those regular patrons. Before the screening there was a VIP reception where Emilio Estevez, and Alec Baldwin mingled and posed with film goers. In this photo is taken by Shira Yudkoff
Emilio Estevez, and Alec Baldwin with  Dr. Adriana Torres-O’Connor President, CEO of Mental Health Partners, and husband Kerry O’Connor.  Friday morning Alec Baldwin and his wife Hilaria were turning heads as they walked up Walnut Street before returning to their hotel at the Union League. (Yes there are hotel rooms in the Union League.)

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Valerie Bertinelli, Selena Gomez, M Night Movie News and more

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Hello Sunday. It might seem gloomy out today, but it’s going to be 82F and that’s a fine day to me.
So many celebrities in town this weekend, let’s see who was out and about

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Friday Adam F. Goldberg was given a replica of the Liberty Bell by Mayor Jim Kenney on behalf of the City of Philadelphia. He also recieved a Flyers Jersey at the noontime ceremony. Friday evening Barry Goldberg, accompanied by Troy Gentile, who plays Barry in the series, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Phillies game. M Night scoting locations in S Philly (Custom)
Film director M. Night Shyamalan was scouting locations for his new movie “Glass” in South Philly. He stopped in Michael Strauss’ Taproom on 19 and posed for nearly everyone in the place. Glass will be shooting in the Philadelphia and Allentown, Pa are from Mid October until the end of November 2017. Check out Heery-Loftus Casting if you’d like to be background talent.

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Valerie Bertinelli was in town for an appearance on QVC Sunday evening. The Hot in Cleveland star checked in at the Ritz-Carlton on Thursday evening after being greeted by paparazzi she complained on twitter. (I think she should check the size of those cameras, they were fans.) Friday she grabbed a cheese steak with provolone from Steve’s at 16th & Chestnut, and was chided from the server who said when you’re in Philly you’re supposed to have cheez wiz on it. Her instagram followers agreed with Steve’s. Saturday night she headed to Bar Avalon in West Chester. John Brandt-Lee, chef/owner, prepared her delicious, family styled Italian dishes for her and her friends.

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Selena Gomez was spotted at The Weeknd’s concert at Wells Fargo last night. Recently she’s been in the news after receiving a kidney transplant from her best friend. Selena’s suffers from Lupus, a debilitating autoimmune disease.  9-17-2017 10-40-47 AM (Custom)
No word on whether they headed to her and former beau Justin Bieber’s favorite Philly eatery IHop on Walnut St.

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Congrats to Tina Elmer and Drew Brunstein on their recent wedding. As busy as Tina is she made time to stop by and wish me a happy anniversary on Philly Chit Chat’s 10th Anniversary on July 19th at the Ritz. Thanks girl, and for the thoughtful gifts. So happy for you.Bertinelli
That’s another wedding notch for me. Over my lifetime I have connected or in this case indirectly connected duo’s to matrimony. You may remember Geoff Pierce, the hottie on the art museum steps, who I photographed a few years back. Well he’s engaged now to Samantha Keenan, who he met after she recognized him as the beast on the art museum steps. I captured Geoff working out one spring day on the famed Rocky Steps, shirtless. But that wasn’t what really drew my attention, no, he was doing burpees “climbing” up the steps. It was amazing. I was always on the look out for husbands for my single friends and thought this is a perfect specimen. I guess the rest of Philly thought so too as the video and post went viral.   He was chosen as a Philly Daily News Sexy Single as a result as well, he made appearances on Fox 29 and was interviewed on WMMR, Thus somewhere shortly after that Samantha and he met.
CONGRATS YOU TWO LOVE BIRDS.

I’ll see the rest of you here tomorrow!!

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#PCC10 Anniversary: Favorite Tear Sheets

Hello Monday, oh wait I forgot to publish this yesterday… after a fairly awesome weekend weather wise, this is not how I want to face my Monday. So let’s chat Tear Sheets. A Tear Sheet is a press clipping of your work, it can be your client in the news, an event you produced, or for me a photo I placed or was picked up by the media. It is important you keep these tear sheets for your own records, cause it’s kinda exciting to get press, and it’s good when you’re going after your next job to show your client what you can do for them, and for me in the beginning it was good when I was credentialing myself to get into events.  It usually takes a few Tear Sheets before you would be considered legit to get access to events.

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This is one of my favorite photos and moments in my career, but I really goofed with this photo, I never submitted it to my wireservice, I was caught up in the excitement of everything. A similar photo ran in People Mag, but it was bought from the Phila Inquirer photographer, something that is nearly never done. it was taken from Sky Philadelphia.

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This was significant as it was the first time I placed Marilyn Russell in the newspaper. It was the beginning of our close friendship as well.  This was a Kory Aversa event, and he asked me to invite a few people to an event at his client Penny Ordway’s spa Eviama, and I invited Marilyn. It was also her bday and he got a cake and it became picture perfect for the Daily News.

 

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I Instagramed a shot of the sledders the year before and Cecily Tynan picked it up. It was shared thousands of times, and liked by more than 6ks people. (It was also picked up by national news as well) Every year I send her a shot like this, if it snows more than 8 inches as that’s what you need to sled on the steps.

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My first Metro Cover Story Photo. I’ve had two, then last week I was on the cover. Very exciting.

 

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I love this shot. I’m so lucky I got it as I was at the top of the steps at Penn’s Landing. I never credential myself at the Gay Pride Parade because I’m with Mike and
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Nicki Minaj giving me juicy love at the Ritz Carlong. This shot still sells today as she was make up free.7-8-2015 12-27-18 AM (Custom)
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Always excited to be quoted in the press

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I miss my Philly.com column. It was exciting when they offered it to me, but like most things in it went away with the changing of
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7/31/17 will be my 6th year anniversary at Fox 29 as a contributor. I used to appear on the show weekly, but then my business got in the way. If you watch the show today
you’ll see photos of an event I photographed Monday night with Alex Holley and Jenn Frederick modeling Venus Williams tennis clothing.
I am still a contributor, as well as someone who gives them story ideas.

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Funny when the national press writes about me

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There’s a million favorite tear sheets I adore, but I just wanted to show a few of them today. So bloggers if you’re blog is picked up by another blog, or the press
remember to save those tear sheets.

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Little Pete’s Last Day, NBC News’ Kristin Welker Weds, Christie to Be A Mom, PLUS More Tidbits

Welcome to PhillyChitChat’s weekly Philly Gossip Column. Sunday’s and Thursday’s we’re going to get you in the know.

Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr chilly this weekend, but you know that. Today I hope to see some of you at The Brewer’s Plate at the Kimmel Center and/or Variety Club’s Let Them Eat Cake at the Loews. Yes I know you’re saying but isn’t Let Them Eat Cake a City of Hope event. Well Harry Giordano, jumped from COH to Variety, and took the event he created with him. Kind of surprising that could be done as I know another recent personality tried to do that and it didn’t fly.

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Paul Steinke, ‎Executive Director – ‎Preservation Alliance for Greater Philadelphia, posted on his FB page that the last day for Little Pete’s on 17th Street is Monday May 29 – Memorial Day. What a way to start off the summer, boo hoo. Plans call for the beloved diner to be replaced by a Hyatt Centric hotel.

I spoke with Little Pete that evening at his second location, which is at 2401 Fairmount (ie 2401 Pennsylvania Ave – The Philadelphian, where I live). He tells me it’s true, he’s planning a big block party to thank customers for their support over the years. I asked him about new locations, and he said he’s given up on Center City and it’s high priced rent. You’ll recall I mentioned a bit back that he looked at the Cosi at 15th and Locust, and the rent was over $20ks a month. Pete tells me they’re going to take time off, he and his brother, John Koutroubas, who runs 17th Street are looking forward to running the Fairmount Little Pete’s, and taking long vacations. When they’re ready they’re looking in Northern Liberties, or the Fishtown area Pete told me with excitement. That area is really hot and happening.

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Speaking of Fairmount, my former neighbor Kristen Welker, NBC White House Correspondent was in town over the weekend to marry her long time love John Hughes. Welker is the daughter of Harvey and Julie Welker, who still reside in Fairmount. The wedding took place at the Hyatt at the Bellevue. The ceremony was in the Rose Ballroom; afterwards guests headed downstairs to the Grand Ballroom.

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Spotted in the crowd was Kelly O’Donnell, political reporter for NBC News – who spoke at the ceremony; Chuck Todd, who headed back to Washington DC to host this morning’s “Meet The Press”, Andrea Mitchell, and her husband Alan Greenspan, David Cohen, Senior Executive Vice President of Comcast, as well as NBC10 Philadelphia alumni Justin Pizzi now with Saxbys, and Aditi Roy, now with CNBC.
Presiding over the wedding was Rev Kevin Johnson, Dare to Imagine Church.
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Congrats to Chad Boonswang and Jess Stockham on their nuptials which took place last night at the Union League. Many of their friends from far and wide
were in attendance including the original Rittenhouse Entourage celebrity reporter Arthur Kade, Tony Piazza (pic above), and Ron Hansen. 

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Congratulations to Christie and Brandon Mandia who are expecting heir first bouncing baby; little Mandia will be
making his debut Labor Day Weekend.
BTW Christie’s client, the delicious James restaurant, is starting a musically inclined Happy Hour in the month of March, so stayed tune for that
delivery as well.

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Congrats to Hadas Kuznits and Dan Reinherz on baby number 3; 4 more months to go.

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Congrats to Brian Stevenson, Business Representative for IBEW Local 98 and the lovely Kiley Jo Schroeder on their engagement which happened in Switzerland while they attended the ISZL Gala 2017 

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Sponsor today Donors Are Heroes Party 4/7/17
Organ Donation Awareness Fundraiser

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While I was in Anguilla my friend Ian Hincken popped the question to his longtime love Sarah Wright.
Nothing like a winter engagement wearing shorts, memorable, oh and that location too – Independence Hall as the backdrop.

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Jennifer Lee has accepted John Lee‘s proposal and is ecstatic she doesn’t have to go through the hassle of changing her name on ANYTHING.

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That Untouchable movie is chugging along nicely. While I was away Nicole Kidman filmed her scenes in Bucks County, as I mentioned the week before;
Here she’s posing with a few officers from the Solebury Police Department.

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The Untouchable’s filmed in Mayfair to the delight of the neighbors.

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Untouchable also filmed in the Badlands. Here’s tailor Daniel Morroni, Sr on the set with Kevin Hart’s stand in as well as Bryan Cranstons. I’m seeing a striking resemblance with Hart’s double, not so much with Cranston’s. Must be the height.

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Dax Shepard handed out free cheesesteaks to some lucky fans! After tweeting out the location, the 42-year-old Parenthood actor participated in the event to celebrate the release of his latest film CHIPS on Friday (March 3) at Jim’s Steaks South St. in Philadelphia, Pa. He was joined by his co-star Michael Pena as they munched on chips, took selfies with fans, and maybe ate a few too many cheesesteaks! (Check out more of my pixs at Just Jared)

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Speaking of Michael Peña
his next movie is The LEGO NINJAGO Movie which is produced by Affleck/Middleton Productions.
Shown here is John Powers Middleton, who also produced Manchester By The Sea starring his producing partner Casey Affleck, who won an Oscar.
What’s this have to do with Philly, John grew up in the Philly burbs, and his parents are the majority owners of the Philadelphia Phillies.

(PCC PhillyGossip Published every Sunday and Thursday at 10AM)

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Bryan Cranston Smacks Tony Parker’s Ass at Sixers Game, & Other Philly Gossip

Bryan Cranston Smacks San Antonio Spurs Tony Parker’s Ass at Sixers Game, & Other Philly Gossip

It’s Thursday and another edition of Philly Gossip by Philly Chit Chat
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After wrapping up his scenes on all day Wednesday with Julianna Margulies, chilax with game last night.

Hysterical.

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Check out CBS3Philly 11PM on Sunday night for a piece I did with Tori Woodill on the Untouchables movie filming in Philly this month. Plus see which stars we saw on the set.

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More celebrity spotting around town

 

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Congrats to Brittany Rastelli and Raymond Rastelli on their soon to be birth of their son. I love all the clever reveal parties.

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Congrats to Philly born Arthur Kade who’s making all his dreams come true.

Check back on Sunday for more Philly Gossip.
Then on Monday in a special edition of Philly Chit Chat Gossip I’ll fill you in on this weeks Untouchable happenings, and what’s to come in the upcoming weeks including the dates Nicole Kidman films her scenes and where; and which other unnounced actors have joined the cast, you might be surprised. I don’t know why they haven’t been added to the IMDB yet, even Julianna Margulies isn’t on there, but she was here for three days of filming.