Readers always ask me how did Harry Styles and Xander Ritz meet. Rumor has it they met through Harry’s agent Jeff Azoff, in NYC in 2015 (Xander and his brother Maxwell Ritz own a company > The Loyalist together in Brooklyn). Harry pops in a couple times a year to visit the Ritz’s who live just outside Philly, on the Mainline in Wayne, Pa. Thanks to my readers for tipping me off to Harry and Xander visiting his family last weekend. I couldn’t find anything concrete but the tips and sightings flowed in and I figured it had to be true. But we all know Harry visits often.
After meeting in 2015, singer Harry Styles and Xander Ritz, from Wayne, Pa became in separable. Often Xander can be spotted in the wings at Harry’s concerts including both Today show performances in 2017 and last Friday (Harry wore a pink jacket for both Today Show Concerts), or walking a few feet behind him when paparazzi are sighted.
Over the years I’ve written about them as Harry often pops into Philly to see Xander, and Xander’s family who live in Wayne, Pa. His father is a popular dentist that many of my readers go to. His mother Anne sadly passed away last summer. Harry attended the memorial.
Max and his wife, along with Xander attended SNL last fall when Harry hosted.
Harry’s close with the Xander Ritz’s family.
So last week Harry and Xander spent the weekend in Wayne with the Ritz’ family. Harry even posed with a few fans when he took a walk with Zander in the neighborhood. Then he, Xander, and manager Tommy went to DC to do an NPR interview on Tuesday, on the way to NYC for the @todayshow appearance he stopped at the Bear, De Wawa and met a very excited Wawa employee @verybvsicNatali Maldonado, who verified to me that Xander was with Harry.
Harry also did a surprise concert for Pandora radio, where he discussed his Wawa experience. The NYPost has a great recap of the discussion, including the push back from the fans when he called Wawa a gas station store, LOL. “It’s a gas station,” he said — but quickly recanted after protests from Wawa-loving fans. “I did have a good sandwich,” Styles offered.
And now it’s been 5 years for Harry Styles and Xander Ritz. Here’s the first time I wrote about them in 2015.
Have a great day, I’ll see you back here on Monday with more PhillyChitChat!!
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.
Hey there Sunday readers, hope you had a fantastic Saturday. What a beautiful day, and a taste of spring. It’s Sunday and here at Philly Chit Chat that means one thing time for a little Philly Gossip.
Jennifer Lopez and Alex Rodriguez were in town Sunday to attend the Phillies game last night as A Rod is an announcer with ESPN. Before the game J Lo went to the new Sweat Gym at Broad and Chestnut to do a quick work before the game. Her trainer Lauren Findley@laurenlf posted a photo of them after working out. J Lo is wearing Niyama Sol her new leggings design, under $100 a pair she says it will show your butt the way you want it to be seen. What did former Yankee Alex Rodriguez do, I hear he headed to NoLibs to check out his new boutique studio TruFusion which is under construction at 1150 N. American Street (right down the street from the Piazza). The Las Vegas gym expects to open the first of many in our area this summer. No doubt next time J Lo is in town she’ll be working out there.
Right after the game they were escorted by a bevy of security, where J Lo slid into the waiting SUV, while A Rod signed for fans before making his exit. I hear they headed for the Walt Whitman bridge back to Manhattan.
Thanks to so many tipsters who told me that Oprah and Gayle King were spotted at the Reeds Hotel (Reeds at Shelter Haven) in Stone Harbor, NJ Saturday. They’re no strangers to the Jersey shore and periodically pop up as Oprah’s fiance, Stedman Graham is from nearby Whitesboro. In the 90s Oprah and Stedman even rented a house for the summer on 112th Street near the point, my mom would see Oprah running early in the morning and they’d just wave to each other from familiarity of a daily routine. Oprah posing with high school sweethearts Sara Paton and Wesley Krempel who tied the knot in Stone Harbor at the Reeds.
In recent years when Oprah and friends have come to town they stay at the Reeds or in Cape May. Last September they celebrated Labor day in Stedman’s hometown at the Concerned Citizens of Whitesboro, N.J. 30th reunion. Just a few weeks ago Nick Vadala, at Philly.com reported Oprah, Gayle King and Stedman Graham were spotting dining in Cape May, where the trio enjoyed several dishes from the Ebbitt Room at the Virginia Hotel in town. In 2013 They stayed at Congress Hall and Oprah told her fans they were getting ready for India Arie on Super Soul Sunday.
Unfortunately this visit wasn’t for something on a happier note. They were hear to attend Stedman’s brother’s funeral . James Owen Graham was born in Cape May Court House, N.J. on September 4, 1956 to Stedman Worth and Mary Jacobs Graham. Affectionately known as Jimmy, he passed away peacefully in the early morning of March 24, 2019 at Cape Regional Medical Center. He was sent home yesterday at a beautiful mass in their hometown church Christ Gospel Love Center. 2209 Route 9 South, Whitesboro, N.J. 08252 In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Concerned Citizens of Whitesboro, P.O. Box 412, Whitesboro, N.J. 08252 and Caring for Kids, 31 East Mechanic Street, Cape May Court House, N.J. 08210.
Spotted dining at Estia was Bryce Harper’s grandparents the night before his debut at the Phillies Opening Game.
Friday night Aaron Nola celebrated the Phillies win with dinner at Capital Grille with his family.
THE PUBLIC, written and directed by Emilio Estevez, which opens to the public today, had a fundraising screening Thursday night at the Philadelphia Film Society on Chestnut Street in Center City benefiting the Mental Health Partners of Philadelphia. The story revolves around the library patrons, many of whom are homeless, mentally ill and marginalized, as well as an exhausted and overwhelmed staff of librarians who often build emotional connections and a sense of obligation to care for those regular patrons. Before the screening there was a VIP reception where Emilio Estevez, and Alec Baldwin mingled and posed with film goers. In this photo is taken by Shira Yudkoff Emilio Estevez, and Alec Baldwin with Dr. Adriana Torres-O’Connor President, CEO of Mental Health Partners, and husband Kerry O’Connor. Friday morning Alec Baldwin and his wife Hilaria were turning heads as they walked up Walnut Street before returning to their hotel at the Union League. (Yes there are hotel rooms in the Union League.)
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