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According to Fox 29 Bradley cooper will be shooting a movie in October in Ridley Park.
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When the neighbors on Peg DeGrassa's block received letters in their mailboxes a few weeks back that a Hollywood film crew would arrive on her street last week to shoot scenes for “Silver Linings Playbook,” most of the neighbor's were thrilled, some not too thrilled and a few were cautiously skeptical. Peg it seems is a survivor of Ridley Park's Hollywod Glitz and Glam!Bright and early Oct. 24, the crews arrived and our block didn’t know what hit them! Barricades as well as crew and police were stationed on all street entrances and corners. Lights were strategically placed along both sides of the road and up above the street lights with cranes.We were asked to move our cars from the fronts of our homes and into our driveways. Cones were placed where “plant cars” would be. A representative had come door to door a week ago to see if we were expecting any special deliveries or had special needs they needed to know.One neighbor’s house was “home” to the crew and an actual set where most filming took place. Their back yard was filled with equipment, director chairs and dozens of movie staff. Another neighbor’s yard, across the street, held a tent where the movie extras and crew could get a snack, a drink or just hang out.One of the scenes filmed all week consisted of actor Bradley Cooper and actress Jennifer Lawrence jogging up and down the street and then getting in an argument, all while cameras and a film crew raced in front and behind them on a golf cart. Another scene was done with dozens of film “extras,” dressed in Halloween costumes, strolling the street trick-or-treating, while Cooper interacted with a costumed actress. Basically the scenes were done over and over. Many of the block’s residents seemed all too happy to watch takes of the same scenes repetitively.During all the week-long Hollywood Hoopla on my block, something magical happened. Neighbors met neighbors they never talked to before, people spent time together like they haven’t done in a long time, enjoying conversations and neighborly chit-chat. A bonding took place that never would have happened if Hollywood hadn’t arrived.People are so busy these days, few have the time they want to hang out with neighbors. Sure, some streets have block parties, holiday open houses or some other event that encourages mingling with the neighbors. But gone to most people are the days of leisurely spending hours outside, chewing the fat over the fence with neighbors, and many of us miss that. I suppose that’s one of the reasons our street initially welcomed the movie almost overwhelmingly. It was somewhat of a shot in the arm to our block.Don’t get me wrong. Even with the perk of Bradley Cooper running through our yards, there were here and there moments when some of us were fed up and just plain frustrated with the whole thing. One day it took me 30 minutes to get through a barricade just to get to my house after work. I was tired and hungry and I tried to enter from three different directions before finally gaining entrance to get home.Police sometimes did not believe we actually really did live on that block and weren’t stalkers. We were prisoners when the cameras were rolling. Except for the few houses that were being used for tents or filming, the other homeowners were not compensated in any way. And yet they were inconvenienced over and over.Right before filming began, a crew member came to each house to find out who lived there and asked if we had any more questions or concerns. My daughter suggested each resident should be given a special button or badge that we could sh
It seems that when Bradley Cooper signs on for a film, he has two stipulations: it must film in the Philly area, and Robert DeNiro must be in it writes Philebrity, a site for Philly's Arts, Gossip, Media, Music, Nightlife and Politics.
The Jenkintown native is all over Delco right now (and we do mean all over: Upper Darby, Drexel Hill, Swarthmore, Ridley Park, etc.) filming David O. Russell‘s The Silver Linings Playbook, much to the chagrin of Mark Wahlberg. Cooper last filmed in the area for Limitless (also starring DeNiro), which earned him a Teen Choice Award nomination for Best Actor in a Drama film, but Philly was a stand-in for NYC in that one. Based on some filming info (for filming outside of Monsignor Bonner and Archbishop Prendergast, the school’s sign outside was changed to read South Darby High School) it seems the film will actually be set in Delco as well.
We’re all for having major motion pictures filmed in and around Philly, (sometimes we even prefer it) but Delco? Delco is a strange, confusing, sometimes wonderful (but often not) place. Is it ready to be featured so strongly in a big budget Hollywood movie? Only time will tell, but if they really want to make us believe Cooper’s character is from Delco, he’ll need to make five to ten trips to Wawa during the course of the film. It’s only accurate.
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