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Philadelphia Daily News Molly Eichel column

October 2, 2013


Oct. 02--WHILE I told you that Richard Gere, Dakota Fanning and Theo James will start shooting "Franny" in our town later this month, there's a movie with celebs lensing here right now.

"Brotherly Love" centers on three brothers, including an Overbrook High School basketball star, living in West Philly. It is filled with familiar faces including Keke Palmer, Macy Gray, R&B singer Quincy Brown (Al B. Sure's son and P. Diddy's stepson for those keeping score at home), Malik Yoba of "Girlfriends," Cory Hardrict (hubby of "Sister, Sister" star Tia Mowry, who is starring with another Philly lady, Sheryl Lee Ralph, in Nick at Nite's "Instant Mom"), Julito McCullum of "The Wire" and Philly's own Nafessa Williams.

It's all written and directed by Jamal Hill, the Philly-raised director whose previous credits include "Streets" (also starring Williams and rapper Meek Mill) and "After Autumn." Will Smith's BFF Charlie Mack and Ron Robinson are producing. Queen Latifah is among the film's executive producers.

"Brotherly Love" started shooting Monday at Overbrook High School.

"The first day had a lot of chaos, but the second day has been very peaceful," Robinson told me about filming at a high school full of students, adding that the stars met up with students to talk with them about the film yesterday. Shooting throughout the area should last about a month.

Robinson said he's hoping for a theatrical release.


Penn grad John Legend will return to the area that fostered his talent to celebrate his status as cover boy for Philadelphia Style Magazine's Men's Issue on Oct. 9 at Parx Casino in Bensalem. Legend, who just married super-duper model Chrissy Teigen (follow her on Twitter, @ChrissyTeigen, she's hilarious) released his fourth album, "Love in the Future," last month.

Televised eats

The Samboni Boys, finalists in the Food Network's "Great Food Truck Race," will be heading to the Porch at 30th Street Station tomorrow for their first ever Philly appearance (yeah, that's right, they haven't ever cooked in Philly). From 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., the three buddies from the Northeast will sell breakfast sandwiches (bacon, egg and cheese; steak, egg and cheese; bacon, egg and cheesesteak) and lunch (cheesesteaks and fries).

Jade in Philly

Jade Starling, of Philly-rooted '80s dance band Pretty Poison [you're humming "Catch Me (I'm Falling)" right now, aren't you?], filmed a video for her new song "Insomniak" (along with Lee Dagger) this past weekend in Chestnut Hill. The video was shot inside the gorgeous George Howe-designed mansion High Hollow. "Insomniak" will be released as a single Oct. 15. The song was written by Starling's Pretty Poison bandmate Whey Cooler.

Get theatrical

--"Lady Day," a musical about Billie Holiday written by New Hope's own Stephen Stahl, will open at the Little Shubert Theater in New York tomorrow. The show stars Tony- and Grammy-award winner Dee Dee Bridgewater as Holiday. Philly's own Bill Jolly, who recently scored "Lee Daniels' The Butler," pulls double duty in the show as both an actor and as the show's musical director.

--Jenkintown-based writer Ed Condran was tapped by operatic rocker Alex Kariotis to write the screen adaptation of Kariotis' off-Broadway play "Holdin' On."


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