Philly in Cinema, Circa 2012

This summer the Philadelphia heatwave was only partially caused by global warming. I think a little of it had to do with all the celebrities in town. Just a few weeks ago the Golden Palace Chinese restaurant around the corner from my house stood in for NY’s Chinatown as Colin Farrell shot scenes for a new movie there.

Days ago, the bocci court three blocks away was the site of a scene with Harrison Ford in yet another upcoming film, Paranoia. Indiana Jones is here with Liam Hemsworth and several other stars, including Richard Dreyfus and Gary Oldman. Liam brought along fiancĂ©e Miley Cyrus, and they’ve been quite the loving couple around Center City. Readers of this blog know I like to hang out at the M garden bar at the Morris Hotel–in fact, I was just there last night catching up with writer-photographer Montgomery Maxton. Evidently Liam, Miley and their pooch are staying nearby, as evidenced by these photos on M’s facebook page.
The Italian Market, my neighborhood, is also frequently used in It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, naturally, as the gang’s fictitious South Philly bar is supposedly located nearby.
Suffice to say, every so often I’ll turn a corner to find equipment trucks and catering vans elbowing in among the tightly packed streets as some new scene is being shot. The Philadelphia Film Office’s tax incentive program keeps paying off big time, and I love it.
Philly has a couple film festivals throughout the year, including QFest, a leading GLBTQ film festival sponsored by TLA Video. In fact, my friend Jim Tushinski was here last month for it, screening his work-in-progress bio-documentary, Dirty Poole.

So if you live in Philly like me, keep your eyes open for the stars. If you live somewhere else, keep your eyes peeled for Philadelphia on the big screen. The next time you think you’re looking at New York or Chicago, you just might be looking at the City of Brotherly Love.

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