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According to Fox 29 Bradley cooper will be shooting a movie in October in Ridley Park.

 

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Comment by RidleyParkOnline on November 2, 2011 at 6:55pm

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

Comment by RidleyParkOnline on October 31, 2011 at 5:32pm

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.

Do you know of Someone Famous Who Went Somewhere Once in Philadelphia? We don’t care, but we’ll humor you. Send your tips and pics to tips[at]philebrity[dot]com.

Comment by Paula on October 28, 2011 at 6:11am
Omg being able to drink coffee and watch Bradley Cooper would be awesome, so jealous. So when they coming to McCormick st and using the area where the footbridge is??? I love it all, and pray they and others decide to continue to come around our small town and film away. We have such a great location and great people living here. Minor complaints but nothing compared to the ones of excitement.
Comment by RidleyParkOnline on October 27, 2011 at 7:15pm
Whoever thought I would be sitting on my front porch in Ridley Township yesterday, sipping my morning coffee, gazing at Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence shooting scenes for the film, “The Silver Linings Playbook?” But that’s exactly where Peg DeGrassa found myself Monday, Oct. 24.

  Excitement began 8 am, when “planted” cars were strategically placed along South Swarthmore Avenue. The streets were blocked and security tightened with orange cones and horses and plenty of police officers and security guards.

  My block was buzzing with excitement. Many residents skipped work, school and routine appointments to be there. Hollywood may only come once in a lifetime to this block and they- or I- weren’t going to miss it!

  Once filming began around 9 am or so, the same scene was shot over and over. Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence would jog down the street, engage in a shouting and shoving match, exchange some foul-language-laced heated words,   and then spit at each other. Hmmmm....interesting at first, but could definitely get a little old by the tenth take. That is, if Bradley Cooper wasn’t in the scene, a mere ten feet from my front porch. Yes, ladies, I am not lying. Bradley is just as gorgeous in person as he is on the big screen.

  As the scenes progressed throughout the day, my daughter and I went from neighbor’s home to neighbor’s home, depending on what scene was shooting, not wanting to miss a second of the action. When the action was in front of our house, we reciprocated the hospitality as neighbors gathered on our porch.

  Although people think it must be glamorous to work on a Hollywood movie set, the crew looked pretty bored. Much of their time is spent standing around, keeping onlookers away and waiting for the word on walkie talkies and headsets  that the film would begin rolling again.

  We soon became familiar with a car that would drive down to signal the beginning of a shoot, followed by a golf cart set up with cameras to film Cooper and Lawrence as they ran down the street.

  Cooper was wearing a gray jogging suit with a plastic vest that resembled a trash bag, a strange sort of get-up that hopefully we will understand more when the movie comes out. Lawrence was wearing a black track suit. In the beginning of the day, the pair would jog down the street and then jog up again for the next take. Toward the afternoon, the pair caught rides back up the hill on the back of the golf cart. I think even they were getting a little tired.

  By late afternoon, the scene turned to Halloween night. Costumed children arrived to trick or treat in a scene. Since these scenes were filmed after darkness set in, huge skylights were placed overhead to illuminate the street. Other lights were placed on South Swarthmore Avenue sidewalks, from Chester Pike to Bridge Street.

  The crowds grew behind the police barricades. School was now out so dozens of children and teenagers, moms with baby coaches, dog walkers and curious passers-by lined up behind the security blockades, hoping to catch a glimpse of the Hollywood super stars.

  I talked with many crew members and extras during the day. “Extras” consisted of people just strolling on the sidewalks and children in costumes. We were lucky to be invited to eat lunch with the staff. My heart was beating out of my chest to be eating lunch, two tables away from Bradley Cooper and Julia Stiles, who arrived on the scene for afternoon filming. I tried to act as casual as the others around me, like eating lunch with Bradley Cooper happened every day. Bodyguards were on site and the stars were engaged in conversation with the crew around them.

  My neighbor and goo
Comment by RidleyParkOnline on October 24, 2011 at 9:33am
Movie making here is getting to be a habit — almost. For the second time in four years, Ridley township is playing host to a film company shooting a major motion picture scheduled for release in late 2012. “The Silver Lining Playbook” stars Bradley Cooper and Robert DeNiro says Barbara Ormsby.

In 2007 the now closed MacDade Mall was the site of several scenes in the movie “The Lovely Bones.”

The Morton Avenue parking lots at the township municipal building are filled with a variety of trucks, dressing room and make-up trailers, and a commissary set up by Tony’s Food Service, Inc. of Chatsworth, Calif., to make sure the 125 members of the production crew are well-fed.

Ridley Park is also sharing in the limelight. Borough police were kept busy keeping onlookers and motorists out of camera range Friday while Cooper and co-star Jennifer Lawrence were filming a scene showing the two actors jogging up Hillside Road and turning right at the Haverford Road railroad bridge.

Township manager Peg Keegan said the film company is paying the township $1,000 to use the parking area and is taking care of police overtime salaries. Township electrician John Lewis installed extra street lighting on Haverford Road and South Swarthmore Avenue for night shoots at the production company’s expense.

“Other than some inconveniences, it isn’t costing the township anything and it’s good for the township. It brings positive attention to us,” Keegan said.

The story line of “Silver Lining Playbook” is based on the novel by the same name by Matthew Quick. It deals with a mental patient (Cooper) who comes home to live with his parents. David Russel is the film director. He also directed one of last year’s top movies, “The Fighter.”

Production publicist Wendi Laski said the movie scouts selected the local areas for filming, including Upper Darby, to maintain authenticity.

“It just had the feel of a neighborhood that we wanted. We get permission from the towns we’ll be shooting in and we pay all fees that are required, ” Laski said. “The story actually takes place in Philadelphia. People here have been so nice. We’re lucky.”

Laski said shooting was to continue until 1 or 2 a.m. today.

“We don’t publicize the exact address where we will be shooting because we’ll have crowds of people. We’ll be in the general area for quite a while,” Laski said.
Comment by Michael S. Taddei on October 11, 2011 at 10:00am
He was filmed running up Glenloch and Hillside. The movie being shot is called The Silver Linings Playbook (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1045658/) and it also stars Robert De Niro, who is also producing. Bradley Cooper has the staring role of Pat Peoples. Filming continues in the area, Prospect Park I hear, through November.
Comment by Howard McCoy on October 4, 2011 at 6:09pm
Actor Bradley Cooper played the role of Phil Wenneck in the movie The Hangover (2009) co-starring Ed Helms. And, in theaters February 12th, Bradley Cooper and Ashton Kutcher star in the movie Valentine's Day.
Comment by Linda Shockley on October 4, 2011 at 6:49am
Forgive my ignorance, but who is Bradley Cooper?
Comment by Paula on October 2, 2011 at 10:17am
Any body know where?

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