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Spotted: Idris Elba – How did I get that Photo Plus Queer Eye Guys Filming in Town

How many of us are saying to ourselves “Can you believe it’s August 11 already!” It’s a beautiful day get out and enjoy it, but first let’s read a little fun Philly Gossip…

The shot on the right is now one of the favorite shots I’ve taken in my 10 year career of shooting celebrities. It was a hard shoot as Idris has a Cowboy hat on and it cast a shadow on his face most of the time, so often the horse trainer who was wearing pink, often seems washed out.. How did this photo happen. A reader tipped me off where they were filming, but the only time I had to go was 2 hrs on the last day of filming at Fletcher Street field, and I got lucky. When I arrived they were sitting on the horses and I was resigned to getting photos of the back of them, worthy of a PhillyChitChat blog post. They were fairly far across the field and my camera kept focusing on my closed car window, as I sat in my hot car as I didn’t want the vibration from the car to affect the shots. I realized I’d have to open the window, and when I did the neighbors nearby kept coming up to my car to chat. I was polite, answered their questions, then asked them to move away from my car as to not draw attention. On some shoots I am standing on the sidewalk, but I really wanted a natural, candid shot. After rehearsing the scene for Concrete Cowboy, which was chatting on the horse, walking a few steps forward, then the horse would have to walk backwards to get in place. Their was a problem with Idris’ horse, so the trainer and Idris took the horse for a spin in the filed to reacquaint the horse with it’s rider. And that is how I got this shot. Very lucky through my car đźš— window. Unnoticed. That’s a paparazzi shot. Thanks @gpfophillyfilm@pafia_#filmtaxcreditswork for bringing so many movies/TV shows to Philly this summer, which is my slow season.

Queer Eye Karamo Brown was spotted in Old City last week. An anonymous reader sent me this shot. The boys have been working 6 days a week on season 5 and yesterday were spotted in the Italian Market filming a segment. Reporter Brandon T Harden has a great interview with Karamo in the Inquirer this week.

Jonathan Van Ness, hairdresser on Queer Eye, and I must say everyone’s favorite. If there’s one guy people ask me about it’s JVN!! “[We]Pennsylvania SPCA were saddened to learn early this week that Queer Eye’s Jonathan Van Ness’ beloved cat, Bug passed away. But, much to our surprise, JVN stopped into our PSPCA Fishtown Center to adopt not one, but two kittens who were in need of #furever families. While no one can ever replace Bug, we know these two bundles of love will certainly help on the way to healing. Thank you to JVN for choosing to #adoptdontshop.”

Speaking of the Pennsylvania SPCA , Jen Utley was in town earlier this month and visited Miss Piggy to help launch a Barn Animal Fund. Jen and her husband, legendary Phillies’ second baseman Chase Utley, have been supporting the Pennsylvania SPCA for more than a decade with Jen also serving on the Board of Directors of the organization during her family’s tenure in Philadelphia.  Together, Jen and Chase hosted many events, raising significant funds for the organization, which relies entirely on the generosity of the public to support its mission.  The Utley’s have remained vocal advocates for the PSPCA’s efforts to end animal cruelty.  How I miss the Utley All Star Animals fundraisers. So much fun.

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

Valerie Bertinelli, Selena Gomez, M Night Movie News and more PhillyChit Chatter
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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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Congrats Mr & Mrs Connor Barwin, More NFL Draft Sightings and Caitlyn Jenner Sightings all Over Town

Congrats Mr & Mrs Connor Barwin, More NFL Draft Sightings and Caitlyn Jenner Sightings all Over Town
Philly Gossip Sunday Edition

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Welcome to Sunday, you made it through the NFL Draft in Philly, and it was spectacular. The weather was perfect, Philadelphia shined and a record 250,000 people came out to enjoy the
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What did Connor Barwin do during the NFL Draft, he got married to his long time girlfriend Laura Buscher in Upstate New York. Guests included Jason Kelce, Beka and Jesse Rendell.

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Come out and support Connor’s MTWB Foundation Sept 21

BarwinCaitlyn Jenner was in town to promote her book “The Secret of my Life” at the Phila Library on Friday night. She stopped into Macy’s to visit The Mac Team there, where Kristen Bierr, of McGillin’s was shopping on her lunch break. Caitlyn was spotted checking into the Rittenhouse Hotel on Rittenhouse Square. After her appearance she had a late dinner at Stephen Starr’s Parc, where friends told me she is much prettier in person.

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Dion Dawkins, Temple University football star had his draft party at Gran Caffe L’Aquila at 1716 Chestnut St, He skipped the official draft festivities and decided to throw a party with friends and family and celebrate together when he got drafted.  He wound up going 63 overall in the second round getting the phone call from the Buffalo Bills.

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Newly picked Jacksonville Jaguars Leonard Fournette stopped by The Sporting Club Thursday to shoot a few media spots. He’s the spokesperson for MET-Rx which hosted the event.

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Congrats to Marcus Allen who took part in Night at the Fights! last night at Liacouras Center to raise funds for The Urban League of Philadelphia. He raised the most money for the organization.  Here he is at WMMR for an interview where he ran into Carl “Apollo Creed” Weathers, who in town to announce the start of the NFL Draft in Philly.

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Congrats to Josh and Toni Moshen, of Sweet T’s Bakery, Alex Holley’s favorite spot, on the birth of their baby girl.

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Join us for our Second Annual Run to Read 5K Run/1 Mile Fun Walk & Community Festival. It’s a celebration of food, music, and community!

Enter the Center School Run to Read 5K/1 Mile Fun Walk and run yourself right to a Bahamas dream vacation!

We’re pleased to announce that all runners and walkers over 18 years of age will be entered into a raffle to win the holiday of a lifetime at Atlantis, Paradise Island in the Bahamas, consisting of 4 days/3 nights at the Royal Towers in Atlantis. Atlantis offers a variety of gourmet restaurants by celebrated chefs, a relaxing spa, sports center, several pools throughout the property, beautiful beaches, water slides and other activities, the largest aquarium in the Caribbean, and a casino. Also includes airport land transfers in the Bahamas upon arrival and departure. *Airfare not included.

Drawing to be held on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at 11 am!

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