Thursday, December 18, 2014

Brad and Angelina coming to Blue Bell? Probably not.

You may have heard the rumor that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie would be moving to, or living in Blue Bell, but that's not the case. However, we have a pretty good idea how it might have started...

Brad and Angelina coming to Blue Bell? Probably not.

You may have heard the rumor that Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie would be moving to, or living in Blue Bell, but that's not the case.

However, we have a pretty good idea how it might have started.

Strip-club mogul Robert Laflar, who owns Oasis Gentlemen's Club and Christine's Steakhouse, told us yesterday that he is hosting the Pitt/Jolie clan at his 40,000-square-foot Blue Bell mansion this summer while Pitt is here to shoot a movie.

Problem is, the movie Pitt's gearing up to shoot, "World War Z," a zombie thriller, will be shooting in Scotland, not Philadelphia.

Laflar also owns a 30,000-square-foot mansion next door that happens to be for sale, with an asking price just under $10 million.

It is that mansion that OK magazine reported the two were looking at renting while they came to the area to shoot a sequel to "Mr. and Mrs. Smith."

There is no other evidence of a "Smith" sequel, and Greater Philadelphia Film Office chief Sharon Pinkenson said she was unaware of any such film shooting here.

Laflar, 46, claims he and Pitt have been friends since they were 16 and met while shooting a jeans commercial in Los Angeles. Laflar says Pitt and Jolie and their kids quietly visit him about once a year. How come nobody has noticed, we asked?

"A couple Town Cars pull up; then they drive away," he told us.

Pitt's representatives did not respond yesterday to inquiries about whether he and his family were going to stay with Laflar.

If Laflar's name sounds familiar, it could be because he and three employees of Oasis face trial in September on third-degree murder charges in the parking-lot death of patron James Koons.

Also, Laflar's strip clubs and his auto-salvage shop, Gianni's, were being investigated by the FBI in connection to alleged kickbacks involving the Philadelphia Police Department and the Department of Licenses and Inspections, the Inquirer reported in February.

"World War Z" is based on a book set in Philadelphia that centers on a zombie apocalypse. Due to the uncertain future of Pennsylvania's film-tax-credits program, Glasgow, Scotland, was chosen for the shoot and is working already to disguise itself as Philadelphia, reports the Scottish Daily Record.

Pinkenson says she was "devastated" to lose the movie but adds: "Filmmakers only go where their costs are a known factor. Uncertainty of tax credits is a non-starter." She explained that the tax credits had all been used for this year and that Gov. Corbett's budget for the next fiscal year won't be passed for weeks.

Read more from our column in Wednesday"s Daily News.


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