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Philly Gossip: Sally Field and Andre 3000 Jump Rope on Dispatches from Elsewere, Plus a New The Servant Teaser

Hope you’re out and about enjoying this beautiful day. I have a feeling that we are now w/i months of our first snow storm.

The new IPhone takes great photos, but not so great through windows with yellow street lights…just saying.

Thanjua welcoming Jason Segal to her neighborhood, he’s a few feet in front of her.

Thursday I started getting tips that Dispatches from Elsewhere with Jason Segel, André 3000, Sally Field, Eve Lindley and Richard E. Grant, would be filming on Locust St, but as I am in the middle of Social Season I didn’t think I’d be able to catch them. Luck be a lady, after my Friday night event I heard they were just starting to film. I was a little surprised they could secure a set on Locust St on a Friday night, but they did. I headed to my favorite deli Schlessinger’s and got a front row seat.

Although the reflective window was a bit to deal with I think you can make out Andree 3000 and Sally Field.

Although I had my camera with me, but I took these photos with my phone as I didn’t want to create a ruckus as sometimes happens when a paparazzo is on the scene. Everyone was great and recognized me, including Jason Segel who gave me a thumbs up and greeted me with a big smile when he saw me through the window at Schlessinger’s. That was very nice.

Earlier in the day they were filming at 832 Lombard Street. Thanks to a PhillyChitChat instagram follower for sending me this shot. There’s a smiling Jason in front of the window. If you’re keeping track, this is probably filming for the 6th episode of the 10 episode series. Filming is scheduled to continue through November.

M Night Shyamalan’s new Apple TV Series formerly called Crumpet, now called The Servant has dropped. The new TV series was filmed in the Philadelphia area. See you tomorrow on PhillyChitChat. Follow me on Instagram, Twitter and FB for up to the moment happenings.

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What did the Rolling Stones Do while in Philly for nearly a WEEK! Plus Queer Eye Guys are everywhere, Sally Field is Finally Here.

OK I promised my sources I wouldn’t publish stories on the Stones until after they check out of their hotel as it seems everyone reads PhillyChitChat and they already had fans hanging outside the Rittenhouse Hotel all week, which is why I am publishing this at 4pm. If you’re a celebrity you don’t have to check out by noon.

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The Rolling Stones plane landed Sunday July 21, with a lot of their family in tow. Most of the band headed to the Rittenhouse Hotel where they occupied nearly an entire floor, including managers, nannies, handlers and more bodyguards than you could count. The more recognizable folks like Charlie Watts, Keith Richards, and Mick Jagger would take the stairs, or service elevators to travel between the floors, often leaving through the little used garage to head out to tour Philadelphia as Charlie Watts did when he headed snuck away to hear music at a local club, or as Mick said during the concert on Tuesday, dodge potholes on his way to Wawa’s.

While Mick was in town he got a lot of food satisfaction, often ordering from local restaurants to deliver, head out to dinner with family members, or order room service from the hotel. He was spotted at dining out twice. Monday night a reader of mine sent me this photo of Mick Jagger, 76 dining with his 32 year old girlfriend, Melanie Hamrick, a ballerina with the American Ballet Theater at Stephen Starr’s Talula’s Garden across from Washington Square. This is a favorite spot of Beyonce and Jay-z’s when they come to town. Tuesday after the concert at the Linc, most of the band members were spotted at Scarpetta, the restaurant inside the Rittenhouse Hotel, except for Keith Richards and Mick . Last night (Wednesday) the entire band except Keith Richards, dined at Morimoto, another Starr Restaurant.

Ronnie Wood, 72 and his wife Sally Humphries, 39 headed there from their hotel The Logan to join the band about 10PM. There’s no beef between the Stones and Ronnie, it’s just a personal preference that Wood like’s the Logan. Ronnie was super friendly at the hotel, and signed and posed for fans.

Before dinner Mick Jagger headed to the Barnes Museum for a private tour about 5:30pm. Jagger’s seventh child, Lucas Maurice Morad Jagger, age 20 accompanied him. Mick posed for a photo with staff, but I guess his son Lucas was camera shy. Then he went back to the Rittenhouse around 7PM, before heading out to dinner for a 10PM reservation dinner with the band and managers. On this particular night, the caravan of cars were less than the normal 10 car detail that followed them to the restaurant, and as elusive as ever Mick went in the backdoor while the others used the front door. Unfortunately for the fans that waited outside the Rittenhouse Hotel all week, no one got any autographs or photos.

There’s been few sightings of the fab 5 in Philadelphia, than Jason Segel or even Mick Jagger, but in the past two days we’ve had 3 sightings. Tan Francis was out and about with his beau in Old City, while Queer Eye food and wine specialist Antoni Porowski was spotted filming a segment for the show Wednesday afternoon at the the popular Queen Village restaurant Cry Baby. The restaurant was full of locals acting as extras, who dined along side them. No word on what they ate as everything is top secret, but I hear the pasta is good. In this photo is owner Bridget Foy. and her parents Bernadette and John. Antoni spent the weekend with his BFF Gigi Hadid and her sister Bella Hadid at their mother’s Yolanda Hadid’s farm in New Hope, who’s neighbor is Zac Posen, his family owns a farm in Bucks County as well.

Earlier this week Queer Eye filmed at The Duke Barber Company at 1530 Locust St, with the shows hairdresser Jonathan van Ness.

Then today koryaversa spotted Queer Eye’s Jonathan in No Libs at the Philadelphia Barber Company ( 1106 N Front St)! When you stop for a quick hair cut and @jvn stops by to say hi! He was so nice and said he liked my beard! I heard he stopped into Love and Honey nearby for lunch (1100 No Front Street) where he ordered chicken fingers, spicy slaw, cornbread with honey and 2 cookies. Sounds delicious.

Dispatches from Elsewhere is filming at 2nd and Market again tonight, inside Stephen Starr’s Continental restaurant. In tonight’s scene will be Jason Segel, Sally Field, who was seen walking down Chestnut Street yesterday carrying a Whole Foods bag, and Andre 3000.

Andre was spotted playing his flute at a Starbucks in Old City. On that note I’m off to get ready for the Philly Style Magazine party. Check back with me Monday for all the glitz and glamour as the magazine celebrates it’s 20th Anniversary!! In the meantime check out Eagles Safety Malcolm Jenkins Hosts Hennessy Paradis Imperial Tasting At Damari Saville with friends. See which team mate was there. https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/photo-galleries/category/hughe-dillon/#.XToYXWFiu5U.twitter

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Dispatches from Elsewhere, Paparazzi Shots, A Peek into Cook/Solo K’Far cafe

It might not be cool outside, but I have some cool gossip for you with Thursday’s edition of HughE Around Town.

AMC’s original anthology series Dispatches From Elsewhere began filming Monday. Created by and starring Jason Segel, who will also direct the pilot, Dispatches From Elsewhere is about a group of ordinary people who stumble onto a puzzle hiding just behind the veil of everyday life. They will come to find that the mystery winds far deeper than they ever imagined. Segel executive produces with Scott Rudin ( Scott Rudin is an American film and theatre producer. His notable films include the Academy Award-winning Best Picture No Country for Old Men, as well as Lady Bird, Fences, ), showrunner Mark Friedman, Garrett Basch, Eli Bush, Jeff Freilich and Jones. An AMC Studios production, the hour-long series will include viewer engagement elements across multiple media platforms.

Tuesday Dispatches filmed in 4 locations. South Street, inside the Curtis Center, on Walnut Street at 6th and Walnut,

and on North Broad Street. The show stars Andre Benjamin, Sally Field, Richard Grant and Eve Lindley. Both Jason and Eve were in scenes yesterday. As in my line of business of observing and listening, I am often privy to story lines, you won’t find me spoiling any, but I’ll tell you I like what I’ve heard already. I’ll only report the pieces that are done in public, and you’ll have to wait til the series airs in 2020 to put the puzzle together.

Today they filmed at the Curtis Center again, and then in the afternoon at Suburban Station but not in the Concourse, just in the lobby, the loading dock and on one of the floors. Each hour long episode will take up to two weeks to film. There are 10 episodes. They’ll be plenty of time to see Andre 3000 playing his flute around town. I’m away for a few days, so follow me on social media and I will share tips on what’s happening on set as I hear.

Sabrina DenHamm and Cody Bellinger

When social season slows down, I get to return to my first job ie hobby, as Philly’s paparazzo. Sabrina DenHamm and Cody bellinger, of LA Dodgers , were out walking around @rittrow in Philly before tonights game against the Phillies. Bellinger is in the running to be the 2019 NL MVP

The Harper’s entrance looks fabulous (19th and Chestnut Streets) The tables are ready for K’Far to open as well as you know it’s Michael Solomonov and Steve Cook’s upcoming all-day cafe headed by Zahav pastry chef Camille Cogswell, a James Beard Award winner.

I peeked in and it looks really cute. The prices are really great. I can’t wait to hang out there, maybe all day. OK even though I’m away I’ll have a post on Friday as well. Send me tips and I’ll get those photos and stores for you. Have a great day, HughE @phillychitchat.com

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Why Was Harry Styles in Philly; New Trader Joes; Movie News & Celebs Spotted

Why Was Harry Styles in Philly; New Trader Joes; Movie News & Celebs Spotted in Philly

Hope you all had a great weekend. You’re probably wondering why am I writing my Philly Gossip column on Monday, well I didn’t want everyone showing up a funeral to find Harry Styles on Sunday. Yes, the Harry Styles was in the Philly area over the weekend.

Harry took a Selfie with the American Airline pilot who flew piloted him to PHL yesterday afternoon. He’s actually been seen in the area over the past few months visiting with his friend Xander Ritz, who lives in nearby Wayne, Pa. I first wrote about the duo back in 2015 when they first met and started to hang out together.

This time Harry Styles came to give his friend Xander Ritz support as Xander’s mom Cynthia Ritz passed away last week. Here the duo were snapped eating out last night. Xander’s parents are philanthropic, dad is a popular dentist on the Mainline, while mom, Cindy Ritz, was a longtime steward and volunteer in Radnor, Donations can be made to the Wayne Art Center in her name online here.

I heard a rumor, that the rumored 2nd Trader Joe’s in Center City was well underway on the on the ground floor of the parking garage located across the street from the Convention Center, so I stopped by over the weekend to see for myself. The 1324 Arch St. property is compact at 15,750 of retail space, which is slightly more I learned than the average size of a Trader Joe’s property of 15,000 sq ft including the backroom, storage area and worker’s break room, says Supermarket News. The original rumor was written about by Jacob Adelman, Inquirer back in January. There’s still no official word from the company.

Emmett Smith stopped by Del Frisco’s for dinner last week with a few friends. The Twins Dana and Jen Fioravanti, maîtres d’ at Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steakhouse posed with their good friend. Also dining out last week was Jeb Bush at Louie, Louie in University City. He was spotted twice last week at lunch. For the past year he has been teaching at University of Pennsylvania as Presidential Professor of Practice role at Penn

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Actors James Maslow ( who is best known for his role on Nickelodeon’s Big Time Rush (based on his real-life boy band), and co-hosting CW’s new talent show The Big Stage with Elizabeth Stanton, which started last week. ) and Emily Bett Rickards ( seven seasons as Felicity Smoak on CW’s smash hit Arrow) will be starring in the indie film “We Need To Talk”. The film, written and directed by Todd Wolfe, also features Jonathan Fernandez. deadline.com The film started at the beginning of June and is slated to finish at the end of June. Next up is the Sally Field, AMC TV Series “Dispatches from Elsewhere” is slated to start filming right after July 4th, and run through November with actor Jason Segel directing (last week Jason, who’s been eating up a storm in Philly, was spotted watching the Philly Pride Parade.) Then if that wasn’t enough Kate Winslet, is about to start filming an HBO series Mare of Easttown starting this fall. A detective in a small Pennsylvania town investigates a local murder while trying to keep her life from falling apart. Easttown is near Devon, Pa about 20 miles from Center City. See ya tomorrow!!

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Jessica Boyington Gets A job, #BENDALL ON?, Sally Field Films in Philly

Hey Friyay is here and finally a spot of sunshine to get us through the weekend. Saturday is going to be something else in Philly, so much going on – The Italian Market Festival, The Rittenhouse Square Festival, The Stotesbury Regatta, Penn Graduation, the Joe Biden Rally on the Art Museum Steps. My advice, don’t drive, take public transportation – act like the Pope is here again.

Congrats to Jessica Boyington, who abruptly disappeared from the airwaves doing traffic for 4 years at NBC10 Philadelphia in early February. Today she popped up on 6ABC, not doing traffic but as a special features reporter. Today she talked about events happening this weekend. Jessica Philly missed you, we’re glad you’re back.

Are they , aren’t they. I’ve been quoted in the media on both sides. But according to the June edition of Vogue Australia, Kendall Jenner  Kendall Jenner chats about dating Ben Simmons, who hails from Australia. Kendall was spotted on video watching the Sixers playoff game at her friends house, cheering Ben Simmons on when he had the ball and made a basket. I saw the video and capture a blah screenshot, which is why it’s not on this post.

Posing for the magazine’s cover, Kendall hinted in the interview that she’d possibly like to get engaged to Ben ‘one day’.  

The interview was done about a month ago, and since both of them are low profile peeps, we’ll just have to wait. Although I have seen video of her watching the last Sixer’s playoff game against Toronto. BUT I’m sure the rumor of her hanging out with ex-boyfriend Harry Styles, is just that, a rumor. I don’t think she’s his type anymore. I believe he’s going the way of George Michael, right now bi sexual, and at some point he’ll come out.

Fan photo of Harry Styles and Xander Ritz at Baskin Robbins in Wayne in 2015

I found this blind item linking to my blog last week
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MET GALA: I’m not sure where the long time boyfriend of the foreign born closeted former A+ list boy bander was last night. That being said, our boy bander was having lots of fun with lots of different guys. Harry Styles (“One Direction”) (Lacrosse player Xander Ritz) or (Nick Grimshaw) (Harry Styles claps along to Cher, drops the F-bomb and displays his dance moves as he enjoys a VERY raucous night at the Met Gala) >>>> (#HarryStyles and his new BFF Xander Ritz Hung out in the Latter’s Hometown Since Sunday) (Nick Grimshaw speaks out over Harry Styles relationship rumours)

It’s gonna be a beautiful weekend. Let’s go check out Open Houses with Allan Domb.
Jason Segal – IMDB Photo

‘Dispatches From Elsewhere’: Richard E. Grant, Sally Field & Eve Lindley To Star In Jason Segel’s AMC Anthology Series is schedule to film in Philly this summer, through November. Jason Segal, who is also starring in the TV series, is also producing and has been spotted around town this week. Wednesday night around midnight, he was spotted at Franklin Fountain in Old City. My friend tells me people recognized him, and he was very friendly. When he left he “High Fived” everyone. Last night he was spotted eating at a.kitchen across from Rittenhouse Square, outside where he posed for fans, before strolling along 18th towards Chestnut Streets about 8PM where another reader recognized him and chatted a bit about Philly hot spots, and AllBirds shoes. Don’t expect to see Sally Field, Richard Grant or Eve Lindley until after July 4th, when filming is scheduled to begin. For casting information head on over to Heery-Loftus Casting, who does the majority of casting for films that come to Philly. (Deadline)

Presidential candidate Cory Booker was in town for a fundraiser at Maison 208 last night, where Micah Mahjoubian snagged a photo with him.

Have a great weekend…..wear your hat and sunblock.

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Insider Fun Tidbits of the Filming of Untouchables in Philly

The movie Untouchables (or Untouchable cause it’s been written both ways in the press) rolled into town the first week of February, which was perfect timing for me as it gets slow around these parts for me in the winter months between social seasons.

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The very first day they set up shop filming scenes inside the former Family Court soon to be a Kimpton hotel, a friend was nice enough to tip me off and off I was running, literally. I was in the middle of lunch with my friend Phyllis, at our favorite Little Pete’s. I didn’t finish lunch, I dropped a twenty and I was off. Not knowing the schedule, I wasn’t sure if this would be the only time I would catch the stars, Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston filming, and so it’s important I get them as soon as I can as to reference them for the rest of their stay if I needed too. Fans photos are great, but I like to use my own when possible.  The first thing I noticed was the security for the set was much more relaxed than in years gone by, which was great. There’s nothing worse than being constantly harassed and threatened by security. I’m there to get a few shots, and then I’m gone, as is most photographers that wander onto the scene. Usually the actors are wearing the same outfit for the entire day, so you only need a couple shots. Kevin Hart obliged, and was a nice guy to boot.  That’s his assistant next to him, and a film PA or production assistant behind him.

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Here are the extras having lunch. Casting was done by Heery-Loftus, so if you want to be in a film shot in Philly, contact them.

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Over the weekend a reader was nice enough to tip me off to Monday’s filming. It was going to be a car scene on Broad Street and 16th Street. Kevin Hart and Bryan Cranston were in the scene. Untouchables is one of those movies set in NYC, but filmed in Philly because we have, and we are trying to keep our Film Tax Credit (FTC). Sharon Pinkenson, and the Greater Philadelphia Film Office have done an awesome job at procuring films for our area. The FTC are a real value to our are as moving making generates jobs, as well as the local economy as cast, crew and others need hotel rooms and food.

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Monday I headed to the set at 730AM, which was a job in itself as I am a night owl. I went to Broad Street, and it was quiet. There was no sign the road would be closed so I started questioning myself if this was really happening, because if you don’t have “The Call Sheet” which spells out the days schedule, then you are relying on tips. I did see the no parking signs, so that was a good sign. I remembered that in the afternoon they were filming on Arch Street so I ran over there. Yep there were cars lined up to film a driving scene. This is my favorite photo.
Kevin Hart is driving the car with Bryan Cranston in the passenger seat. Kevin made a left from Arch onto Broad Street. The guy in the middle of the street recognizes Hart. It was so great.

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It was hard to shoot the celebs as they stayed in the car the whole time, and the sun was streaming on half their face. I wonder if they’re going to re-shoot these scenes. See the camera on the dashboard, then it was transported via wifi to the camera van that was driving behind their car. I got a good work out chasing the car down Broad and up 16th street, enough that Kevin Hart and his team noted I was the energizer bunny. It was amazing to see how they filmed this scene without closing the road. Two police cars, which the production pays for, lead the Ferarri, and then 2 vans followed the car as they made the loop City Hall to right on Spruce, then right on 16th to Market and another right back to Broad Street.

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In the evening it was easier to get shots of the two as they were filming them exiting and entering the car

 

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Although one serious moment ensued when during the filming, note the extra on the right, a real life Fed ex delivery guy didn’t realize they were filming a move and walked right into the scene and opened the door to make the day’s delivery. It was fairly obvious that a film was filming there but you know neither snow or rain will stop, oh wait ….

HD1_4025 (Large) (Custom)Kevin Hart and Brian Cranston were so awesome on the set.

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Posing for the photographers, a paparazzo actually came down from NYC as well, selfies with fans, and signed for grafters.

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OH boy another crazy funny thing, this autograph seeker brought photos for Kevin Hart to sign, except one of them was of Meek Mills. Kevin Signed it “I’m not Meek Mills” and also signed it with his own name. That’s unique. The graph guy said it was just a bit of deslexyness cause the duo had just taken in the Sixers game the night before and he accidentally grab Meek’s picture as well.

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Kevin Hart’s wife Eniko Parrish stopped by the first day

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Pia Mechler

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she plays the art gallery owner,

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which is where the Monday night shoot took place in the Center for Architecture

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Monday night Julianna Margulies arrived on the set, it was a surprise since she wasn’t listed on the IMDB, which is the official list of who’s who in the movie. But I was ready as I had heard she was coming.  (They’re just like us, they carry their own luggage)

 

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Tuesday and Wednesday filming moved to the Hyatt at the Bellevue. Thanks for the great photo.

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Kevin posted this shot to his instagram, it’s a scene from the movie. Did you know that Brian Cranston’s character
is in a wheelchair and Kevin Hart is his caretaker, Dell. This scene is in the classy XIX restaurant. Also in this scene is Julianna Margulies
who goes on a date with Cranston’s character Phillip.

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As I mentioned on the CBSPhilly piece, men’s photos don’t get picked up as much as the women’s. The NYC paparazzo did get a placement in People Mag online of Kevin and Brian from Monday’s shoot in Tuesday column. And here is my first placement in the celebrity column SandraRose. I do this for the local press, to keep my readers informed and. When I worked and things were going on outside, I definitely was curious, so it’s exciting for me to be able to satisfy curiosities. I know people want to know how much these photos are worth, anywhere from $50 to $100 if you can get a placement in People or a magazine of that level. Photographer’s make their money on repeated sales.
There are photos I took years ago, that still sell.

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CBSPhilly called me last week and wanted to do a profile on me and the film, and insider secrets.

Thanks Mike for your awesome camera work.

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I told them it would be a long day, but Tori Woodill was a willing participant and I think the piece was amazing. Nearly 5 hrs of shooting paid off with a Brian Cranston interview. Interviews of cast during the filming of a movie are nearly impossible to get, but she got a fun tidbit.

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So fun

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Here are a few pixs that didn’t hit the airwaves. The extras leaving the set and heading to “Holding” for lunch.

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Brian Cranston doesn’t have handlers or an entourage. He locks his own trailer.

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Kevin Hart wasn’t on the set that day, I only saw Brian. And although Juliana was on the set I never saw her.

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I was nervous about Thursday’s shoot with the 6 – 10 inches of snow predicted. But it never happened. It was cold as heck though. My instincts told me to head to the set about 9AM, I wanted to catch extras roaming about, but most stayed inside. I got two, here’s one grabbing a smoke.

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Across the street at the minor stars trailers, a PA was sweeping the snow off the trailer steps. In the CBS segment you saw Desi and Lucy, they are the middle doors in the trailer.

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Anther extra. On Thursday they filmed an opera scene with Kevin and Brian. Extras tell me it was hysterical, and the shoot went a little longer
than usual as some of the scenes seemed to be ad libbed, and Kevin was playing comedian, not a far stretch, to Brian’s straight man. They loved it.

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After about 30 minutes Kevin exited the Kimmel Center to go back to his trailer, and I was able to grab this shot. I left right afterwards cause I saw the snow in the trees, and it was also freezing.

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Friday afternoon and evening the Untouchables headed to Kensington. Production was slow as the neighborhood turned out to greet Kevin Hart. Often times during the filming people would shout out their love for Kevin, and production would have to stop. The crowd would get quiet, but then it would happen again. The production folks tell me it wasn’t a problem, and it was a great shoot. Kevin tried to pose with as many of the fans as possible through out the day.

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This past week the production moved to NYC to film exteriors. Here they are at 60th and Park. They also filmed in Tribeca, and in Central Park at the Ice Skating Rink. They’re still in NYC til the middle of next week when they return to the Philly area. Nicole Kidman who is also in NYC this week filming with Kevin and Brian, will be here to film her scenes, but not in Philly, in Bucks County, then at Sun Center Studios. I have heard they will be returning to the streets of Philly to shoot three more times. Then they’re done, but what fun I had. It’s great to see PhillyWood’s bright lights.

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Nicole Kidman Comes to Philly Wood To Film a Movie in February

Nicole Kidman Comes to PhillyWood To Film in February

In October I told you that Philadelphia will be the primary filming location for The Weinstein Company’s The Untouchables, directed by Neil Burger, who also directed Limitless in Philadelphia, written by Jon Hartmere and executive produced by Bob and Harvey Weinstein.

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Cranston was in town in October for meetings regarding the movie

The Untouchables will star Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston and Philadelphia native, powerhouse comedian Kevin Hart in the US remake of the French comedy, The Intouchables.

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I just learned today Nicole Kidman has been added to the cast, along with Amara Karan ; I checked the IMDB status of the movie and it had been updated. Yeah, now this will get me out in the freezing cold (although I would have still headed out for Hart/Cranston, this just makes it that much better. It’ll be good to finally photograph another film set, and how wonderful it’ll be to have our film production crews back to work. Thanks definitely goes to the hard working Greater Philadelphia Film Office and Sharon Pinkenson.

 

Filming is to begin in February I’ve been told, with shooting to be done at Sun Center Studios as well as several scenes shot in Center City.

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I see PhillyVoice wrote about the title of the film being changed, and I hadn’t seen it before now (1030PM) . (Source)

Deadline Magazine had a story in yesterday’s post that Kidman was in talks to do the movie, but now that it’s been added to her official IMDB page, I’d say it was a done deal.  Here’s a synopsis of the movie.

A fresh take on the original concept, The Intouchables script is by Jon Hartmere. The original French language film grossed $416 million overseas, and $10 million domestic. Pic told the true story of an aristocrat (Francois Cluzet) who, after being paralyzed in a hang-gliding accident, hires a young man (Omar Sy) from the projects to be his caretaker. The original film was directed by Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano. Kidman would play the role of Yvonne, played in the original by Anne Le Ny, while Karan will play Maggie, the role that Audrey Fleurot played in the original.

CAA and Media Talent rep Kidman, UTA, Principal Entertainment and United Agents rep Karan. (Deadline)

 

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Breaking Good: Another Movie on Tap for the Summer with Anna Gunn, #OITNB Alysia Reiner and Sarah Megan Thomas

Yesterday I broke the news on PhillyChitChat that a new movie would be filming in Philadelphia this summer:

Otto Bathurst is directing indie movie “Three Seconds”, which stars Luke Evans and David Oyelowo, as well as Oscar nominees Josh Brolin and Maggie Gyllenhaal and “The Newsroom’s” Olivia Munn. Three Seconds will film mostly in the Sun City Studios in West Chester, but no doubt the cast will be spending a lot of time in Center City. While researching that tip last week I uncovered another film that will be shooting in Center City, another all star cast called “Equity.”
Broad Street Pictures – “Equity” – sizzle reel from Jean Pesce on Vimeo.
EQUITY, the first female-driven Wall Street film (yes it’s set in NYC, but it’s filming in Philly!! PS Three Seconds, also set in NYC, but it’s Filming in Philly!! Kinda makes up for that Brad Pitt movie which filmed in  Glasgow and Budapest), follows a senior investment banker who is threatened by a financial scandal and must untangle a web of corruption. The Film is produced by Broad Street Productions, which was founded by #OITNB Alysia Reiner and Sarah Megan Thomas (She produced and starred in the movie Backwards with James van der Beek [some of my pixs from movie set] which was also filmed in Philly, Thanks Sarah!! ), both of who will star in the movie as well as just announced today Anna Gunn, from Breaking Bad.

OMG, you know I was taking a break from my columns and Fox TV segments, but looks like that’s not going to happen.

I see Alysia Reiner is settling in nicely, she hit Cross Fit in South Philly with Eco friendly Paige Wolf. Last year Alysia was set to appear at Paige’s client (which I photograph) “Career Wardrobe’s Tea Party” but at the last minute had to pull out when OITNB was picked up for a 3rd season and she had to film. So it’s exciting that I might get a chance to meet her at sometime, hint, hint. 
When I did research for the movie, I did find that the Philly Voice actually wrote about the movie all the way back in May, sans Anna Gunn. The article by Brandon Baker is chock full of good stuff, except the film dates which were changed. They are July 18 through August 13. Oh My summer is going to go by quickly. Check out Brandon’s article HERE
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TV PILOT TO FILM IN PHILADELPHIA – Photos of the Actors Who Will Be Roaming Our Streets

Viola Davis, two-time Academy Award nominee (The Help, Doubt) will star in ABC’s Shonda Rhime and Betsy Beers (Shondaland producers and the powerhouses behind Grey’s Anatomy & Scandal) new TV series “How To Get Away With Murder”. Viola is no stranger to the Philadelphia area as she starred in “Law Abiding Citizen” with Gerard Butler and Jamie Foxx a few years ago and walked the red carpet when it screened here.

Described as a “sexy, suspense-driven legal thriller,” Murder
centers on ambitious law students and their brilliant and mysterious
criminal defense professor (Davis) who becomes entangled in a murder
plot that could rock their entire university and change the course of
their lives.

 
YEAH, the drama will film in set and filmed in Philadelphia and will also features

 
Ohhhh maybe we’ll see him at the Sporting Club.

 Matt McGorry 

Aja Naomi King,

He was in Harry Potter too

Alfie Enoch,  

Karla Souza,  

Jack Falahee and  

Charlie Weber. This is Davis’ return to television as she was previously featured on Showtime’s United States of Tara, NBC’s Law & Order: SVU and City of Angels but this will her first full-time role in a television series. One can only imagine that How To Get Way With Murder may be paired with Shondaland’s hit drama, Scandal in ABC’s lineup. Let’s hope the Shondaland magic happens and this show gets picked up for a regular series, and succeeds.

For more info check out: Molly Eichel, The Source, Vibe and The Hollywood Reporter report

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The best part about this show filming here, it’s set in Philly and they’re looking for lots of Philly actors. 

Heery Casting is still casting this TV show:

Feature Film and TV Background neededWe
are looking for SAG-AFTRA and non-union background talent for a feature
film and a new ABC TV Pilot that will be shooting in the Philadelphia
area.

Needed are men and women, age 18-70, all ethnicities. Shooting will begin February 18, 2014 and continue through April.

All Positions are PAID.

Please email: heery2014@gmail.com

Please include in the body of the email:

-Name

-Height

-Weight

-all clothing sizes

-Phone numbers

– make and model of your car, if you have one

-2 photos: A close-up & A full body (in .jpg format) taken within the last 3 months NO HEAD SHOTS!

-SAG-AFTRA status & SAG-AFTRA membership number (If applicable)

If you are unsure of your union status, please contact the SAG-AFTRA office.

Reminder: this shoots in the PHILADELPHIA AREA- all talent are “local Hire” for this job.