Happy Valentine’s Day Weekend. More than ever this year my timeline was filled with happy celebrations of our friends and neighbors celebrated the holiday, with friends, their significant others and family. Let’s check some folks out.
Seriously the cutest baby in Philly. Azuri Elizabeth has grown accustom to her moms weekly, nearly daily photo shoots. Azuri’s name is a combination of her grandfather on dad’s sides name, and grandmother on mom’s side name. Follow along to see her grow into the beautiful women her mom is. azuri.elizabeth
Emily and Matt enjoyed a romantic dinner at Parc last night, and just a few tables away was Kate Winslet, her hubby Ed and their two kids enjoying Valentine’s Day at Parc restaurant.
After the first tip came in I started doing a search to see if I could find more info, and or photos. I found the above and I LOL, and shared it with my readers. This is a national site and I love how they featured our Parc on it.
Creeping to see if I see Kate Winslet and family in the background of these photos. What did they eat I wonder, they’re all vegetarians, and Ed Smith, her husband is a Vegan.
Years ago their was a poster of Philly doors. I never tire of seeing them.
While dining at McGillin’s yesterday a newly married couple came in to have their photos taken with the owners, seems they met there. They declined to be interviewed, but they were smitten and very happy. Check out a fun article at the Inky about the match making skills at the famed ale house.
We stayed in and enjoyed our traditional seafood dinner and chocolate covered pretzels. (I didn’t partake as I had dined earlier with a BFF), watched movies and was asleep by 11pm. Ahhh bliss after 25 years!! Hope you all had a fantastic VDay, and continue with a great weekend.
Hey there Thursday, only one more day until frigid cold Friday and St. Valentine’s Day.
I’ll be heading to advertiser, and deliciousness Pinefish at 12th and Pine for my Vday dinner. It’s been too long since I went last but I’ve been jonesing for it.
Last night I was at Slice Pizza in South Philly learning how to create the perfect heart shaped pie. This one is not mine, mine didn’t perform well as it seems that I put too much cheese on it and it didn’t bake right. I’ll keep my day job. Marlo Dilks, co-owner of Slice with husband Jason, tells me you can order ahead, or call up tomorrow and they will deliver you or your loved one a heart shaped pizza. Yesterday on Twitter I asked what do they do with the dough not used in the heart shaped pizza? Marlo tells me they make garlic knots. Now that sounds delicious too!
Speaking of date night, last night Sixers Ben Simmons and girlfriend Kendall Jenner were spotted at Wm. Mulherin’s Sons 1355 N Front St. around 8PM last night. They were spotted by many, bothered by none, but someone was kind enough to send this photo to me and I appreciate it. I hear they enjoyed Francobolli Black Truffle, a Double Margherita Pizza, Ravioloa and a bottle of GL Riscossa Barbera.
Kate Winslet stopped by Vanity Salon on Walnut Street earlier this week to get her face made up pretty by Marlene. While I was away she and her husband dined at Vedge with a few friends. This week Mare of Easton is filming in Aston, Pa.
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Here’s your chance to be seen by a large, engaged audience. East Passyunk is looking for entertainers for their various outdoor events.
Seems Philly has more than just a Tina Fey connection to Saturday Night Live. Emmy Award Winning SNL Producer, Erin Doyle who hails from the Philadelphia area and on Saturday Night she married the love of her life Sam Shechtman, who has ties to Philly as well having worked at PWC and the Sixers. Friends tell me they met in Philly as well.
A lot of SNL Folks were in attendance including Ken Tola, Co head writer SNL, cast members Aidy Bryant, Ego Nwodim,Michael Che and Beck Bennett; as well as actors Ben Sinclair, known for High Maintenance and popular personality Shep Rose of ‘Southern Charm’ .
Recently Shep Rose was in the news when Vanderpump Rules couple Jax Taylor & Brittany Cartwright told Andy Cohen that Shep Rose was their worst wedding guest because he did social media at their wedding sharing stories and photos on his instagram in real time. Thankfully Shep hasn’t curb his insatiable need to share those special moments and last night he did just that at Erin and Sam’s wedding… (Thanks to my tipster that gave me the heads up in the middle of the night. Yes I got out of bed and put this story together at 3am.)
Shep Rose posted an Instastory about SNL fave Colin Jost officiating at Erin and Sam’s wedding at the Crystal Tea Room. Seems Colin also did a 15 minute stand up of the couple.
Erin, Colin and Shep go way back as friends. In another Andy Cohen interview, Colin revealed he and Shep bonded over surfing and became fast friends. Colin was already good friends with Erin and three friends would vacation together over the years.
Other notable guests who attended the wedding included actress Gina Gershon, comedian Peggy “Aunt Peggy” O’Leary, Joey Selden, Schuyler Sutton , Kiera Chambers and yes Scarlett Johansson was there celebrating alongside the Doyle/Chambers family. Friends tell me Scarlett was super nice, smiled the whole time, danced with Colin and interacted with guests. Guests dined on short rib, risotto, chicken stuffed with spinach and enjoyed a delicious wedding cake by Termini Brothers Bakery with vanilla icing and rainbow jimmies.
In this video you can see Scarlett Johansen, Colin Yost stand up as cast mate Aidy Bryant pumps her fist in the air.
Oh one last thing, here’s Erin with baby Doyle Shechtman back in November. The sheet to the left has info on the 11/16/19 show starring Harry Styles. Interesting enough, the SNL re-run on Saturday night, during the #Shechtmate wedding was indeed this same show. Coincidence? Ironically today, Philly Style Magazine hosted their wedding show at Finley Caterers Crystal Tea Room. I was impressed how quickly they turned the room around as I know the wedding didn’t end til 2am. For more Wedding photos check out
Hi it’s Thursday, and on Thursday I like to chitchat about what’s happening around Philly. Lots, we’re a bustling City for sure. Hope your week is going well so far.
After winning against Oklahoma on Monday, Bendall and friends headed to Harp & Crown’s Elbow Lane, which is a lounge in the basement which has two bowling lanes.
In October 2018, I broke the story that Wawa was going to open near 16th and Chestnut Streets, and April 2019 they officially announced it – a mini Wawa, or as I like to call it a grab & go Wawa will include a walk-up window (l) where customers can pick up orders they’ve placed ahead of time via Wawa’s mobile app. The menu will still include sandwiches, and drinks so it’ll be interested to see how it handles foot traffic in such a confined space.
The hours are 6am to 10pm daily. On Friday at 8 a.m. the first 100 customers through the door will receive a T-Shirt and free coffee. Then the official ribbon cutting ceremony will be at 10 a.m., with city officials and community leaders in attendance. Wawa Celebrates Grand Opening of Newest Center City Location at 16th and Ranstead Streets, Marking First Store of 2020 as Innovative Food Focused Destination for Customers on the Go **FREE coffee for all customers through Monday, January 13, 2020 **Special giveaways – first 100 customers will receive Wawa t-shirts, enjoy fanfare and the first tastes of new food and drink offerings 10AM Hoagies for Heroes, hoagie building competition where teams from Philadelphia Police Department and Philadelphia Fire Department will face off to see who can build the most hoagies in three-minutes in the traditional Wawa way. Wawa will conclude the Hoagies for Heroes competitions by presenting checks on behalf of the winning and runner up teams, for $1,000 to the charities of their choice. Check out Wine Dive Party Pixs at PhillyVoice
Monday, The Malcolm Jenkins Foundation (TMJF) and its team of volunteers packed and distributed dinner baskets and for gifts families in Philadelphia and Camden at its 8th annual Holiday Dinner Basket Surprise event held at the Ford Police Athletic League at 631 Snyder Avenue, Philadelphia PA., before heading out to drop off the baskets to the families.
280 families were pre-identified by 27 (which is Malcolm’s jersey number too) community partner organizations in each city to receive holiday dinner baskets and experience the joy of the holidays.
On my way to Malcolm Jenkins event I passed by the Art Museum, which is conveniently located across the street from where I live. I noticed filming happening on the steps, stopped at the traffic light took the shot on the left, with a bunch of little Rocky’s on the step and trailers in the Oval. After I posted it mentioning I thought it was a commercial filming, the tips started coming in….
Someone directed me to this post by Sylvester Stallone who said he was doing something special at the Art Museum and we’d see it soon. When I finished my errands, about 4pm I saw they were still filming at the Steps so I went to the Oval to see what I could shoot.
It turns out it’s a Super Bowl commercial for Facebook starring Sylvester Stallone and hundreds of Rocky extras.
This is Chris Rock’s body double running up the steps of the Philadelphia Art Museum which was the last scene they filmed for the commercial before wrapping for the day. Stay tuned to see 2020 Super Bowl
The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia celebrates this holiday season with a calendar full of exclusive experiences and adds a special twist to classic traditions. To make a reservation or for info, please call The Ritz-Carlton, Philadelphia at 215-523-8000 or visit www.ritzcarlton.com/philadelphia.
New retail partners include: Aurora Grace Chocolates – including candles Endeavor Athletic Franklin & Whitman – plant-based and cruelty-free skincare, hair care, men’s grooming, and pet products Paper On Pine – Remark Glass – handblown, sustainablyrecycled glass barware and décor. Stover Ceramics -wheel-thrown and handcrafted pottery and custom-made pieces locally crafted in the Philadelphia area. Campus Artists & Makers Comcast NBCUniversal Store – Memorabilia from SNL, This is Us, The Top Chef and lots of other great merchandise from favorite shows.
Also popping up in the Comcast Concourse is Tired Hands Brewing Company which opened their seasonal space earlier this month. The award-winning, PA-based brewery will offer local, small batched beers to-go, tastings and an eclectic array of merchandise.
A Marriage Story on @netflix#NotAChristmasMovie is hard to watch. It’s good, great acting but it’s about a divorce and it’s painful. It’s Kramer vs Kramer for this generation. The star power in this movie made me not look away except when I grabbed tissues. #MovieReview
Finally luck Friday, 13th at 6pm join in the caroling at Barnes & Noble Rittenhouse Square followed by a signing with Renae Baker, author of Defeating Scrooge. Plus B&N offers gift wrapping of items where ever you’ve bought your gift for a donation for the charity doing the wrapping in the vestibule.
I found this cute little shop, which houses independent artists wares, Plants 🌱 Gifts 🛍 Handmade gifts in Rittenhouse Square at 229 S. 20th Street Pop-up Shop Located inside of the Lil’ Pop Shop www.shop-pomelo.com
What a weekend. So many parties. I need more time. Next year we lose another day as TG is late again. Can we put up all the Christmas Trees before Thanksgiving. Let’s see what’s happening in town…
Kate Winslet and family are enjoying Philadelphia as she continues to film the HBO series Mare of Easttown in the Philly burbs. They’ve been spotted at Christmas Village, as well as grabbing food from Hip City Veg and dining at Vedge. Both Kate Winslet and her husband Ned Rocknroll, are vegetarian and have told a friend that they are thrilled that Philadelphia has so many vegetarian and vegan options. Over the weekend Kate was spotted shopping at Bulk Vintage Wholesale which held their public sale last weekend. A rep told me that the Mare of Easttown costume department buy for the show there, and Kate liked the clothes used on set that she decided to stop by herself and get a few things. The next public sale is Jan 4-5-6 from 12p-6p. bulkvintage.com
Last night my phone BLEW up from readers and Bendall fans if I knew anything about Kendall being at Ben Simmon’s Sixers game last night. I have not heard anything concrete, but I did some research and found a couple reputable, reasonable posts including a shot of Christmas cookies on Kendall’s Insta stories, with the plate sitting on Ben’s often photographed couch, this could be the start of something re-new…
And now this shows up on Twitter from a new sighting. The social season is slowing down, and I’m looking forward to a few new paparazzi shots of Kate Winslet and Kendall around town.
Congrats to Jan and Dan McQuade on their recent nuptials at Vaux Studios on Spruce Street. Afterwards the couple and headed to Morning Glory for a celebration brunch with friends before ending the day at Oscars. I like those two, this is the best of Philly weddings.
Catch you tomorrow for who wore what at the Philly Style Magazine party last night. It was festive and fun as usual. If I photographed you this past week make sure to check CBSPhilly and Philly Style for photos.
We’re counting down the weeks until the longest filming project in Philly ends, Dispatches from Elsewhere. In all the years I’ve been covering filming in Philly this is the first production that has been really cool on set for moi to cover, and I thank them. Plus what a great cast, so friendly with us where ever they’ve gone. This will surely be the summer of Segel and Andre 3000.
I’ve purposely been vague about the plot-line of the show as I really want you to watch it when it comes on AMC TV in the first quarter of 2020, a source on the set told me, but I came across this nugget online. You might be picked to be on the show if you complete these tasks. I might do it myself. I do know that a city wide scavenger hunt is part of the plot as a walk on role was auctioned off for this scene back in the spring at the Rittenhouse Row patron party. (Scroll to 2nd photo for directions to be on show.)
The AMC TV Show is filmed in Philly, and is BASED in Philly, as I reported on Fox 29 last week. Yeah for Philly!!
I met PCC reader Mary Goldner and sister Andrea Goldner at William Penn’s 375th Birthday on Friday, and she shared this photo of Sally Field with me when Dispatches shot near 3rd and Vine earlier this month. Another noted tidbit about the photo Andre’ 3000 took the picture for them, but didn’t realize he was the popular singer until later. It’s one of the few Field photos out there with fans. Sally was fairly low key in Philly, only venturing to Whole Foods on South Street and a few dinners at a.kitchen. Thanks to the Goldner sisters who are from a philanthropic family dating back to the 1800s in generosity.
I photographed the Steppingstone Scholars Gala last night and my start time was moved up to 5PM to hash out the details of Q shots. So bummed to miss their wedding at 5:30pm, but so happy for Al and Danielle’s forever life!!
Our area as you know has been hot and happening with major Hollywood movies filming here, but slipping under the radar is a local movie by philanthropist and business man Ray Martin with two household names attached Gervase Peterson of Survivor fame and George Wendt, from Cheers. Ray tells me “You might think this Movie is called Stealing a Survivor because Gervase was on Survivor but this Movie is more then that it’s about a Father and son surviving the loss of there mother and wife and trying to save a family business it’s also about two guys down on there luck who form a friendship that ultimately helps them both. There is also a cast of unforgettable characters that the audience will meet along the way.” Look for the movie to make the festival rounds in 2020. Check out ML Media News for more on the movie which filmed over the summer.
Hey readers, you’re used to me doing my gossip column on Sunday’s but I’ve been slammed with work so I’m going to give you a whole bunch of chitchat to love today.
Unless you live under a rock, you at least know about the huge hit on NBC >> This is Us, which tells the story of the Pearson family in present, future and past tense, a momentous feat and great character development way to tell a story. The series is based in Pittsburgh where the main characters and their parents were born and raised. As adults, Kate lives in Los Angeles, Randall and his family are in New Jersey (and later Philadelphia) Kevin relocates from Los Angeles to New York City and back again.
Last year ‘This Is Us’ filmed scenes with Justin Hartley, who plays Kevin Pearson, at WHYY studios with Terry Gross. He was being interviewed by Gross. Here are a few of my photos from the shoot in the Inky last year. Well they’re back again this year to film a few scenes, but this time because one of the Pearsons moves to town. On Sunday (I tweeted on Sunday how sad I was to miss shooting them, but I was going to the Eagles game!!) but on Monday I was able to shoot them as they filmed scenes which will be shown in the 4th season which debuts Tuesday, September 24th on NBC. The first episode will likely kick off with The Big Three’s birthday says Good Housekeeping (just as it has in prior seasons) SPOILER ALERT, if you don’t want to know where and what Randall Pearson’s family does next, don’t read any further.
One of the biggest spoiler alerts was watching the trailer for the upcoming season. So many intriguing stories, and say what M. Night Shyamalan is joining the cast? I think I know why, and if you want to know click on the YouTube link as someone chitchats about it in the comments. OK let’s see what happened when This is Us came to town to film Sunday & Monday.
Randall Peason’s family is moving to Philadelphia, which we found out last season when Randall won a City Council seat in our City in the 12th District. (It’s a fictional show, just like Philly having a 12th District, we only have 10) The 12th District, where Randall lives, seems to be the Spring Garden area as that is where they filmed on Sunday, primarily in the 2000 block of Spring Garden. The entire family of actors Sterling K. Brown and Susan Kelechi with their TV kids were spotted walking along Spring Garden Street. Then filming at the Philadelphia Art Museum early Monday morning they were there as well. At one point as noted by Chef Cherryl reports Randall Pearson runs up the Rocky Stairs, which is a regular exercise routine in Philly. In this photo you can also see the Pearson family in pink and green. Philly we’re gonna have a whole new bunch of fans to see the Philadelphia Art Museum and Rocky Steps.
Monday afternoon Lyric Ross, who plays Déjà , a foster kid who was taken in by Randall and Beth Pearson, filmed on South Street. First near the Headhouse on 2nd Street. Then she and her friend grabbed a Rita’s Gelato in the 300 block of South Street, before heading to the Magic Garden at 10th and South. The scene looks to be a fall after school moment as both kids in the scene are wearing warm clothing, and carrying backpacks, but as a Philadelphian every season is the perfect season for a Rita’s treat. (I was kinda bummed I didn’t have my long lens when I got the tip about This is Us filming on South Street, as I was returning from Dr J’s Golf Classic in Atlantic City and I didn’t need it. But still happy about these shots.
Thanks Leah Ben who tipped me off to Bobby Berk, the interior guy from Queer Eye, filming a Rachel Ray segment at Washington Square last week. The guys are nearly done filming the season 5 of the popular Netflix series.
Actory/Director/Writer Jason Segel who’s been working on the AMC TV series Dispatches From Elsewhere has been filming all over town, and in the burbs. One of them more interesting shoots occurred at the Tower Theater right before Labor Day. An overnight shoot had an audience who was listening to cult leader Octavio eschew his spiel, combat protestors with nerf objects. I hear it was a wild shoot. This series shoots here through November. It premieres on AMC TV in the first quarter of 2020. Jason Segal was roaming around Old City, which seems to be the hot spot to live while filming in Philly, the Queer Eye guys are always spotted in the area as well, anyway Jason stopped in everyone’s favorite women’s shop The Geisha House 149 N 3rd St. Later this week I’ll write about my first trip to see the Eagles play at the Linc, I hear I’m a good luck charm now. #comebackkid; also the 2nd half of my LBWkdn trip, Dr. J Gala & Golf, and more PhillyGossip. Have a great day!!
I’m glad I left the beach earlier than I originally planned cause shooting Tuesday in Philly brought me back to the days of photographing celebs in NYC, they’re everywhere. Thanks to the many ChitChat readers who sent me tips this week, and always. I couldn’t do this column without you.
I headed to the Criminal Justice Center after seeing on social media that Meek Mill would be making an appearance. Unfortunately for him it didn’t go his way, and the judgement was just to schedule an official court date a month later. His team must have been expecting a different outcome as they got a permit for the street closure and set up the area for a victory rally. When Meek came out of the court house media and supporters expected him to ascend the stage and speak, instead he waved and headed for his limo to whisk him away. To read more about the hearing head to PhillyVoice, where I also sent a photo I took.
Ahhh thanks everyone for the tips about the movie “Concrete Cowboys” starring Idris Elba filming in Spring Garden. I was still down the shore and was unable to make it. An anonymous reader sent me this photo of the film crew on set. They were filming scenes in the former SEPTA train tunnel. This is a tunnel which the Rail Yard folks would like to incorporate in their master plan. Last year it was approved a developer could build a 10 story condo on this property – 2100 Hamilton Street. I see work has begun. No sightings of Idris Elba during the shoot, but on Sunday he was spotted at Cake in Chestnut Hill. A tipster also told me he’s been working with a speech therapist to master a Philadelphian accent. He’s British. 6ABC went to the set in search of Idris. This week the formerly titled Ghetto Cowboys, now titled Concrete Cowboys is filming across the street from the Fletcher Street Stables where the cowboys keep their horses.
This past weekend he and co-star Sally Field attended the Barbra Streisand concert at MSG, proving that we are all huge fans of someone and are thrilled when we meet our idols. You have to watch his video, it will brighten your day.
Which brings me to Sally Field. Who doesn’t love her perky personality. She’s played so many beloved characters in our lives – the mom in Mrs. Doubtfire, the mom in Forrest Gump, the mom in Spiderman, Sybil for you old heads like me, Gidget, the Flying Nun, the mom in Places in the Heart, damn it she’s the mom we all want even when we have great moms already.
If you were walking around the Washington Square area you might have been captured on film. You might be in this scene when it airs. Here’s your implied permission with this notice.
The scene was a protest outside the secret headquarters. The costumes were comical. I can’t wait to see how the story line plays out. I’m going to do my best not to reveal story lines by telling you what the actors did in this scene, which was filmed for nearly 10 hrs into the night. I do want the extras to hopefully see themselves in the photos I take. I can’t send individual photos as I have, but will try and publish as many here.
Jason Segel’s AMC anthology series Dispatches From Elsewhere stars Richard E. Grant, Sally Field and Eve Lindley in a 10-episode series. In addition to the on-air story, the show will include viewer engagement elements across multiple platforms.The show will follow a group of ordinary people who “stumble onto a puzzle hiding just behind the veil of everyday life,” per AMC’s description. They eventually discover the mystery goes far deeper than imagined. (Source)
The costumes are perplexing as Andre 3000 and Sally Field, here doing tongue exercises, are dressed for colder weather where actress Eve Lindley is dressed for summer.
Harry Styles stopped over in Philly before heading to UK after filming in Cancun over the weekend. As you know his BF Xander Ritz grew up on the Mainline, where his family still lives. Harry was spotted at the Merion Cricket Club yesterday afternoon where he posed with several fans and servers. In the evening he was spotted at Philadelphia Airport hanging out in the American Airlines Admiral Lounge before boarding a red eye to the UK.