"LAW ABIDING CITIZEN," the movie set to begin shooting here soon with
, has added a shuttered Delaware County prison to its list of filming locations. The prison board yesterday approved a motion to allow the shoot at the facility, reports the People Paper's
Prison Superintendent John Reilly Jr. said yesterday that the county Board of Prison Inspectors has agreed to the use of the old Broad Meadows prison building. That building has not housed inmates since the adjacent prison, the George W. Hill Correctional Facility, opened in 1998. The proposed filming dates are Jan. 29-Feb. 5.
The county will receive a yet-to-be disclosed payment. "You never look a gift horse in the mouth," Reilly said. "I have no idea but they must see something in it," Reilly said when asked if he knew why the movie wanted to shoot there. F. Gary Gray will direct the film, which Butler, star of "300" and "RockNRolla," is producing.
Pals: Bulge will be missed
Friends are mourning the loss of Robert "Bulge" Mitchell, a DJ and longtime ticket salesman and friend of the Flyers, who created the once-popular "Only the Lord Saves More than Bernie Parent" bumper stickers. Bulge died last week and in recent years had suffered from diabetes. 610 WIP's Big Daddy Graham remembers Bulge as "a great guy, an important figure who entertained thousands of people" while spinning records downashore.
Out and about
* A party of eight Milwaukee Bucks
coaches/execs stayed a few hours and dropped major money on wine while dining Tuesday night at Davio's (111 S. 17th).
* Actor Michael Walker, starring in "Hairspray" at the Walnut Street Theatre, was so happy with his haircut at All About Hair (42 S. 19th), he left a pair of tickets to the show for stylist/owner/and local trumpet player Lou Cioci.
CBS 3 staffers laid off
CBS 3 laid off about 15 off-air employees such as photographers, technicians and other staffers yesterday, sources tell us. A station spokeswoman declined to discuss the layoffs.
Thirteen students, aged 19 to 55, will graduate this morning from the Nurse Aid Training Program at Community College of Philadelphia. The program aids the unemployed or underemployed with short-term training and was underwritten by Friday Morning Quarterback publisher Kal Rudman and wife Lucille's charitable foundation.
* The Star Group, Media & Marketing
Group, N.J. State Police and The Mall at Voorhees Town Center are seeking phone cards, writing materials, stamps, baby wipes, batteries, coffee and personal-
hygiene items to be donated at the mall through Dec. 30 for Operation Helping Hand. The materials will be distributed to troops overseas next month. For info, visit stargroup1.com/ohh
Need an excuse to drink?
Company cancel the party this year? The Loews Hotel (12th & Market) presents the Largest Office Party from 6 to 9 tomorrow night. Toys will be collected for charity, and tickets are $40 by calling 215-231-7309 or $30 at Philly2nite.com.; $5 per ticket benefits CBS 3/Salvation Army Joy of Sharing Campaign.
* Echochic (1700 Sansom) is going out of business with a noon-to-5 p.m. New Year's Eve champagne-toast farewell. The clothing store, run by Jennifer Ramsay, wife of hip-hop pioneer Schoolly D, is having a clearance sale now.
* People Paper beer columnist Joe Sixpack will sign copies of his new book, "Christmas Beer: The Cheeriest, Tastiest and Most Unusual Holiday Brews," from 7 to 9 tonight at the Irish Pol (45 S. 3rd). The bar will tap a keg of Harrisburg's Troeg's Mad Elf, rated No. 1 by Sixpack, aka Don Russell.
Phanatic going to Chestnut Hill
The Phillie Phanatic and Phillies ballgirls will be in Chestnut Hill from 5 to 7 tomorrow night at TLA Video (7630 Germantown) to promote "The Perfect Season" DVD, offered for $14.99.
We'll see you next year . . .
You're reading our last column of 2008. Whatever you celebrate this holiday season, enjoy it. The column returns Jan. 5. *