Tag

Philly Paparazzi

Uncategorized

Adam Sandler Safely Films Hustle in Philadelphia

Well that ramped up quickly, Phillywood is hosting 2 major film projects this month. Kate Winslet who filmed a HBO series in Philadelphia this week (in Fairmount Park near Valley Green), and Adam Sandler is filming in Center City this week, specifically on Market Street these past few days. I’m sorry I can’t tell you where they will be on any given day, in the name of safety.
Safety is exactly what I’m going to be talking about today. The Adam Sandler movie filming in Philadelphia right now is a Netflix movie “Hustle” about a fired basketball scout who discovers a talented player overseas and then brings him back to America.
Juancho Hernangomez films the Netflik’s movie Hustle in Philadelphia on October 13, 2020

A reader tipped me off to a basketball court being built on a parking lot on Market St, about 15 days ago and a sign that said Netflik. Every day I would drive by to try and figure out when it would be an active film set. If you were following my new social media name @hughe_dillon you would have seen me post clips of the bball court on various days. Sure enough someone in the know did and told me the filming days, which were then pushed forward because of Tropical Storm Delta. What I found observing them filming, is Covid Safety is the key. They’ve thought of everything to keep everyone safe from catching the virus, right down to quarantining actors, NBA players, crew, and extras for the duration of the filming.

Safety: Netflix is taking COVID19 very seriously. They have created a COVID19 Bubble. One of the things I noticed on set is it’s divided into at least two categories, Red and Yellow. In RED all the actors, extras, crew are limited in their bubble on set, as they are transported from holding to the set and most notable they are quarantined in a hotel for days leading up to the shoot of a scene, and everyone is rapid tested everyday before heading to the set. Temperatures are taken as well. Masks are worn at all times when a scene is being filmed. I hear they are being treated very well, are comfortable, feel very safe, and are enjoying this new level of treatment. It’s not easy to be an extra, it’s a lot of waiting around, being patient, but they are passionate and do it for the love of the process (as I do observing them and sharing it with you).

The Yellow area folks can’t go into red, but they might go into the public areas. Then there’s another level probably called don’t even think about going in the yellow or red area. Those would be some of the crowd control folks, the lighting equipment operators, drivers of the trucks, some security, production assistants. Those would be the people who interact with the public the most as they are working on the outside perimeter of the COVID19 Bubble. For example the past two days the extras were staying in a hotel. Note the people with the Yellow and Red Vests on. The transportation vans all have a plastic sheet protecting the extras/actors from the drivers.

In this shot you can see NBA player Juancho Hernangomez filming a scene on the left, the camera man has a mask on as does the sound guy. When Juancho is done he goes to the Covid Safety person, who in the right photo is carrying a blue container. In the container is a bunch of masks (The guy with the mask containers mom contacted me to say she hasn’t seen her son in a month as he’s been quarantined well before filming started).
I noticed that those people are right there when the actor is done filming a scene, to give him a mask. There’s a different person who takes the discarded masks as well.

In this scene on Market Street in front of the Loews Hotel, Adam Sandler valets his car. The shot on the left is during rehearsal, everyone wears a mask during rehearsals. They’re not taking chances and minimizing risks. I didn’t see one person without a mask over the 12 hours I was on set observing.
Only when they filmed the scene did the actors take off their masks.

Standing nearby was the Covid Safety Mask Provider, surrounded by extras. Everyone wears masks until the director shouts “Rolling,” and filming resumes.

As they reset the valet scene, a “stunt” driver returns the car to the start spot where Adam will get in and drive it the 30 feet to the valet station again.

The Covid Safety person is there to collect his mask as he enters the car to shoot the scene again, so he’ll be maskless for the big screen.

Note the socially safe distance the extras are spaced between filming scenes. They literally stood in the spot and spread their arms out to place themselves.

Wednesday night Sandler and crew filmed two scenes on Market Street, I’ll talk more about them at another time. It was so cool to watch, and Sandler was fun on the set. He’s so funny with his dancing, and pretending to shoot hoops. (Other sites with placements PhillyVoice, CBSPhilly online and on screen, WXTU , Philly Inquirer, my Instagram and Philly Chit Chat )
One more thing very Philly about this film, which is actually set in Philly.

PS Philly don’t even try to get on the set. So many people wanted to get photos with Adam, but just because it’s a friendly atmosphere, don’t confuse that with security not being on top of their game. Don’t break the Covid Safety Bubble, you will be taken away, off the set and maybe arrested I’ve been told. Please don’t yell during the filming either. Now that you know when that happens, ie no masks on actors. Thanks. Thanks to the Greater Philadelphia Film Office, and Heery-Loftus Casting for assisting in bringing these productions to Philly, and employing so many of our neighbors, as well as supporting our local economy. If you want to be an extra, the best way to do so is to contact Heery-Loftus. Don’t ask people on the set, they don’t cast, and they’re busy. This is the first major movie being filmed in the USA during the Covid Pandemic. Don’t F it up, LOL!!

Check out this article at Billy Penn chitchatting about the South Fellini shirt Adam Sandler is wearing. HERE

And this great story by Alicia Vitarelli on 6ABC
(How did all these stories get in the press, I was hustling this week. Thanks to my friends at these media outlets for getting out the word that Phillywood is back in business. Support the Greater Philadelphia Film Office.

Here’s a shot just released by Netflik. I shot if from across the street at a different angle. The filming now heads out to the burbs for a few weeks. Hope they make it back into Philly in mid November.

Uncategorized

This Is Us Films in Philly; Queer Eye Guy and Jason Segal Spotted – Yes they’re still here!!

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.

UPDATE: WXTU’s Nicole Michalik (3pm to 7PM) has a story on their website about Sterling K Brown at the Art Museum and how this photo came about. Head on over to WXTU

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!!

Uncategorized

Travolta, Concrete Cowboys, Jimmy Fallon Films in Philly, Yolanda Hadid & Lexie Norcross Have Something in Common

John Travolta signed for fans outside of the Fox 29 studios this morning

I’m so glad my Idris Elba on a horse filming Concrete Cowboys photo was published last week, cause the John Travolta “The Fanatic” media blitz on nearly every outlet was the real deal today. Danny Zuko was everywhere, so much so that he was trending in Philly for his appearances as much as nationally for his appearance on Jimmy Fallon last night. Travolta flew his own plane into Philly last night around 8PM, and headed to the new Four Season’s Hotel where he was spotted at JG SkyHigh, (I have a photo sent to me anonymously on my instagram). Earlier in the evening he taped an appearance on the Jimmy Fallon show, in NYC.

HughE Dillon: Questlove poses with a Lego Zoo Key replica at the Phillies season opener at Citizens Bank Park

Interesting enough, Jimmy Fallon was spotted at the Ritz Carlton where Questlove did a piece in the lobby during the day about his upcoming new book: Mixtape Potluck Cookbook, which comes out October 15. Questlove imagines the ultimate potluck dinner party, inviting more than fifty chefs, entertainers, and musicians—such as Eric Ripert, Natalie Portman, and Q-Tip—and asking them to bring along their favorite recipes. Interesting choice of places to conduct the interview as Eric Ripert used to have a restaurant in the Ritz Carlton called 10 Arts, the address of the hotel. Questlove was spotted posing with fans on the steps as he exited.

Earlier this week the Daily Mail put up a photo of Yolanda Hadid and her new boyfriend and wanted to know who he was. I recognize him as he’s local. It’s Joseph R. Jingoli, Jr. CEO of Joseph Jingoli & Son, Inc. more info @phillyvoice phillyvoice.com/fearless-leade… I just saw them together last spring at a Philly event phillychitchat.com/2019/02/27/res… – Yolanda Hadid steps out with mystery boyfriend in NYC mol.im/a/7354255 via @DailyMailCeleb He’s a farmer with a place near her’s. He’s a philanthropist. She has now confirmed it as well. They’ve been super low key, I saw them in March, but was asked not to write about it, and I didn’t until now. Also now that her ex David Foster, has gotten married, she probably wants people to know she’s happy as well.

After posting my breaking celebrity news the other day, someone sent me this photo of Lexie Norcross, owner & publisher of Philly Voice. (Here’s a great article on Jingoli) Lexie used to date Joe Jingoli. Thanks to my buddy Thom Carroll who took this photo of the happy couple at the Cooper Hospital Red Hot Gala, and best of luck to him in his new adventure. Also Sabrina Tamburino Thorne dropped me a note and vouched that Joey is a great guy. Happy to hear Yolanda Hadid has found love again.

Concrete Cowboys (formerly titled Ghetto Cowboy, based on the book) continues to film in North Philly, this time in the Strawberry Mansion area. Thanks to the anonymous photographer of these photos, she told me that a lot of the neighbors are extras on the set, and everyone is very nice. They’re happy the story is being told. On the left is Caleb McLaughlin , from Stranger Things, who’s be spotted around Philly and has signed autographs and has posed for photos. On the right is Jharrel Jerome . Concrete Cowboys has about 2 more weeks of filming left, and if being shot by a local company Neighborhood Film founded by Ricky Staub, who is also directing Concrete Cowboys.

This past week my sister, and admin of PhillyChitChat Janine DeFeo came to visit moi before heading back to Charlotte, NC. She wanted to stay in a hotel near Rittenhouse Square, I knew just the place: Sofitel Philadelphia
She loved it. Thanks Sofitel for greeting her with sweets and bubbly. So much for Rittenhouse Square shopping, she and her family loved the hotel so much they barely went out to see it.
She stayed in the king Sofitel Bed with a feathertop and duvet sleep system
55” LCD flat-panel television with laptop connection
Tina Fey was in town, I put a few photos at CBSPhilly and Victor had a great column at Philly Mag, but one of my favorite columns was Julia Hatmaker at Penn Live, she’s is such an amazing photographer and writer.
Philadelphia

The Tattoo Convention was in town and look who got New Ink, Philly Gossip ++

Good Sunday, hope you’re keeping dry today. I’ll be working columns, then I’m headed to Panorama for a Valentine’s Day Pawty with my best canine friend, to benefit Saved Me. Panorama is hosting an afternoon cocktail party, where guests can celebrate the holiday with their beloved pets.  Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit local non-profit www.savedme.org. Then taking a tour of the new Blue Gin Distillery, then watching the GRAMMY’s, so excited. What a line up. OK Here’s some fun Philly Gossip this Sunday.

Tattoo

Actor James McAvoy was walking around with his Philly girlfriend Saturday. So far he’s gone to Wawa, and CVS Local artist Larry Collins has a drawing that is featured in the movie James is in, M Night’s Split, which I’m sure will be near the top of the Box Office again this weekend. Split as you know was filmed in Philadelphia last year.

Tattoo
This year we have an awesome movie with Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston. Here are the extras cast by Heery-Loftus Casting backstage at the Kimmel Center on Thursday where they shot a scene.


I’ve been photographing them all week and tonight on CBS3 Philly Tori Woodill will have a segment with me on how to see the stars while they’re in town.

Tattoo
Congrats to the Spain’s on 55 years of marriage. Super nice couple and very philanthropic.

CELEBS IN PHILLY

2-11-2017 7-46-12 PM (Custom)

Big Rube always hanging with the stars, here he’s with Jadakiss at the Meek Mill’s concert Friday night,
and promoting his own line of sexy TShirts

Tattoo
Speaking of stars, Team Derek caught up with Jesse Metcalfe as he arrived at the PHL airport.
2-12-2017 12-44-35 PM (Custom)
and Rick Springfield was leaving town. He also caught Denice “Let’s Hear It For the Boy” Williams, and Babyface, all of who
were making appearances in the area.

2-12-2017 12-43-31 PM (Custom)
The night after
his team mate, Nerlens Noel, who does show up, went to dance at Rumor in Center City.

Tattoo
Over the weekend The Tattoo Convention was in town. Thousands attended and many of them got new ink
from the artists that gathered from around the world.Tattoo
Very cool.

Tattoo

I was so sad to hear about 6ABC’s Wendy Saltzman, who was recently announced on her FB page she diagnosed with breast cancer.
God speed my friend, Philly is praying for you.
Here’s the story on Philly.com

Philadelphia

Mike Jerrick Suspended from Fox 29 over Bullshit, Video & Philly Gossip

Where Mike Jerrick is now: Taking care of his mental health.

https://www.facebook.com/MikeJerrickFox29/

 

Hey it’s Thursday so that means another Philly Gossip column for you. Friday I’ll post Maria Papadakis’ wedding photos, then Sunday it’s more Philly Gossip,  and Monday The Academy Ball Fashion Photos.

Mike Jerrick’s antics on Fox 29 have produced plenty of viral videos over the years. Who could forget his mimicking the Kardashian’s, or his hysterical Ryan Lochte interview with Shenielle Jones a 4 years ago, which became very popular again this past summer during the Olympics. Well no one was laughing at Fox on Monday when he accidentally said the word bullshit live on Good Day. (Although millions of people in the USA were cheering Right On Mike when the video went viral)

According to the national news site FT LIVE Fox29’s Philly Anchor Mike Jerrick has been suspended for a week by the parent company Fox after he said Kellyanne Conway is a good bullshitter accidentally on air Monday morning; and honestly she is; Kellyanne told Chuck Todd on Sunday’s Meet The Press that Spicer’s take on the supposed record breaking inauguration crowds was “Alternative Facts”, she even crack a shit eating grin herself, so calling her out was a natural response, but you’re probably not allowed to accidentally curse on TV.

Thursday President Trump will be in town at the Republican Retreat in Philly.

Call Fox National in support of Mike Jerrick 1 (888) 369-4762 to complain, not local Fox 29. The decision was made by parent company. And please don’t boycott Fox 29, they’re great people. I only reported on this because people make mistakes, he apologized. it’s my biggest fear to accidentally curse when I’m on TV. Even Fox News’ Mike Wallace hammered away at Trump’s Communications Director the other night, calling Trump a liar. I was impressed.

Check out the GOP Retreat agenda at PhillyMag.com
(FTLIVE)

Jerrick

Another scary dude in town Bryan Cranston ie Breaking Bad’s Walter White. He’s filming a movie, Untouchable, with Nicole Kidman and Kevin Hart. Remember Friday night Untouchable is filming car chase scenes on JFK and Market Street after 7PM until the wee hours of the morning. What I’ve read said the principle actors aren’t going to be there, but they are in town so I think they might pop in.

Jerrick

Kevin Hart’s been spotting around town. Today he worked out at City Fitness in the Graduate Hospital Area, which ironically no longer has a hospital in the area; last night he was at the Sixers game, with a million of my instagram friends it seems.

1-24-2017 7-35-13 PM (Custom)

It was “M. Night Shyamalan Night,” at the Sixers’ game last night, in honor of his new movie “Split”, which opened last Friday with a stunning box-office comeback, earning $40.2 million over its opening weekend, giving it the No. 1 spot at the box office. That’s more money than “The Sixth Sense” made in its debut weekend ($26.7 million) and marks one of Shyamalan’s best openings — though it doesn’t quite match the impressive $60.1 million “Signs” took in over its 2002 opening weekend. Split stars James McAvoy and my friend in my head Betty Buckley, and filmed in Philly last year. At the Sixers game last night Night rang the Sixers’ ceremonial Liberty Bell. His daughter Saleka sang the National Anthem. Above is his wife, Bhavna Vaswani came out to support. (Thanks Sixers for the photos) BTW Saleka’s quite an artist as well, In the Sixth Sense, the artwork in the book about extraterrestrials was done by her.Jerrick

1-23-2017 7-36-46 PM (Custom)
Thanks Flyers for sending my niece Nicole, who was born and lives in Charlotte and is recovering from Non Hodgkins Lymphoma, a nice care package. You made her day.