Richard Gere and Dakota Fanning pictured filming Franny at Penns Landing on October 22, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pa. ©Scott Weiner 2013
Dakota Fanning pictured filming Franny at Penns Landing on October 22, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pa ©Scott Weiner 2013
Richard Gere pictured filming Franny at Penns Landing on October 22, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pa ©Scott Weiner 2013
Ivy Levan visits Radio 104.5 performance theater in Bala Cynwyd, Pa on October 22, 2013. ©Scott Weiner 2013
Philadelphia Film Society’s Andrew Greenblatt, actor Will Forte, director Alexander Payne and Film Society’s Michael at the Nebraska premiere at the 22nd Philadelphia Film Festival at Prince Music Theater on October 21, 2013. ©Scott Weiner 2013
Pictured at the Abramson Center for Jewish Life's Rainbow Ball are Seth and Ellyn Lehr, Family Award honorees; Michael B. Steinberg, Abramson Center board chairman and Joseph and Pam Yohlin, Rainbow Ball co-chairs at VIE on October 20, 2013 ©Scott Weiner
Franz Ferdinand visit Radio 104.5 performance theater in Bala Cynwyd, Pa on October 19, 2013. ©Scott Weiner 2013
Jonathan Demme and Sharon Pinkenson at the Philadelphia Film Festival 25th anniversary screening of Philadelphia. Photo courtesy J. Andrew Greenblatt
Selena Gomez performing her Stars Dance Tour at Wells Fargo Center on October 18, 2013 in Philadelphia, Pa ©Scott Weiner 2013
Zendaya visits Q102 performance theater in Bala Cynwyd, Pa on October 17, 2013 ©Scott Weiner 2013
Since so much of the last seven days was given over to celebrities stopping through town, we might as well lead with my WHOWHATWHERE section. And with that, we might as well start with the whole Drake/Miguel debacle. I was at the Wells Fargo Center, waiting to review Saturday’s show, when I got tweets from spies, inside and outside Drake’s production crew, that the show was getting ready to pull its own plug. (I’m still not certain that I buy Drake’s technical snafu excuse, but there we go.) CrazySexyCool star Keke Palmer, was at the Drake show, and ran by the photographers’ pit area, heading backstage. Anyway, Keke and I were pissed that Drake was a no-show. The moment I pulled out of the Wells Fargo parking lot, several additional texts came through: Go see Sweet Dee and Mac in Old City or check out the last minute booking of Miguel at Ortlieb’s. Since I started my night with him, I figured why not end my night with him. Some enterprising videographer shot this flick of the live set. Man, he was good, Wells Fargo good. Meanwhile, Drake was spotted at the Club Monaco bar, bumping square into the middle of Laura Robert’s pre-wedding party (to Eagles’ Kurt Coleman, no less) as well as Ms. Tootsie’s eatery with an entourage of 20. Also around town that same Saturday was Pacific Rim director Guillermo Del Toro and the staff from Legendary Entertainment. They visited Eastern State Penitentiary’s “Terror Behind the Walls” exhibit, which is weird, because you’d think these guys would have had enough of terror. Oh, well. Fast forward to Sunday, and the Twitterverse got acquainted with the fact that Blink-182’s Mark Hoppus was at the Eagles and that baller Shaquille O’Neal visited the Irish Pub (1123 Walnut St.) to meet up with Don De Lucca, chief of police of Golden Beach, FL. On Monday, I started my own Tweet adventure when I got wind that the film production crew of Franny — that’s Richard Gere and Dakota Fanning — was ready to start in and around the Bellevue, before moving to Penn’s Landing on Tuesday where we caught the action from the Moshulu. In between Monday afternoon and Tuesday on the waterfront, one-time SNL comic Will Forte and director Alexander Payne stopped by the Philadelphia Film Festival 2013 screening of Nebraska, seemingly overjoyed to hawk their bleak new movie. No wonder Forte made his way to Pearl Jam at the Wells Fargo the next night (as did Bruce Springsteen): Forte was probably looking for something lighter. I don’t know if three hours of Pearl Jam qualifies as lighter, but to each his own. Tuesday night and the PhilaFilmFest found J. Andrew Greenblatt, Greater Philadelphia Film Org doyenne Sharon Pinkenson and director Jonathan Demme talking up the 20th anniversary of Demme’s gay-themed landmark Philadelphia. “Jonathan and I have stayed in touch continuously, but watching the movie together was unforgettable,” says Pinkenson, of the Philadelphia screening. “It holds up so beautifully and is even more poignant now that it was all those years ago, because we can see how much the world has changed for the better.” Pinkenson and I discussed the fact that Franny and Brotherly Love were currently shooting in Philly this month, and mentioned briefly the fact that two still-unnamed film productions were coming through town next month and in early 2014. “I can’t talk about anything else yet, but it looks like we’ll be very busy,” says Pinkenson. While Clear Channel Radio in Bala Cynwd got visits from punk-y peeps Ivy Levan and Franz Ferdinand to their 104.5 studios and tongue-wagging Zendaya to Q102’s performance theater, kiddie pop icon Selena Gomez hit up the Wells Fargo Center for a sold out show before Drake went and messed up their wiring. Oh, and on a local celeb tip, congrats to Ellyn and Seth Lehr, the honorees at the Abramson Center for Jewish Life’s Rainbow Ball at Vie.
It looks as if Philebrity-blogging Joe Sweeney pulled a Bowie by not telling anyone he was recording a new album, did it (with producer Aaron Levinson) then quietly dropped the swell, spacey thing, Long Hair, this week with nary a press release. He’ll be at Johnny Brenda’s Oct 26. Yes, playing, and not just drinking.
After that mega-Garces Foundation dinner at the Kimmel Center that celebrated themselves, chef Jose and Dr. Beatriz Mirabal Garces, founders of the Foundation, do some good this Sat., Oct. 26 (9 a.m.) when they host their quarterly Community Health Day, of free medical and dental care for local uninsured and underserved immigrants (a bilingual staff will be there to serve the Spanish speaking community). The location is the Garces Dental Group (212 Race) and appointments are required (215-923-1233).
Let’s keep that charitable vibe going: On Sun., Oct. 27, Stephen Starr’s Frankford Hall asks you to “Shave that date,” and hold onto your whiskers for Movember and next month’s celebration of prostrate cancer month and an awareness of all male health issues. Men, get a professional trim on that day, start growing a ‘stache, grow it out all month, then at the end of November, Frankford Hall will host a gala and judge all the moustaches. Good cause.
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