Monthly Archives: November 2007

Where You Are Almost Guaranteed A Britney Sighting!

Ever since she shimmied down a hallway in her  . . . Baby One More Time video (which was filmed entirely at Venice High School, by the way) I have been obsessed with BritBrit.  I can’t tell you how many times I have dressed up as Britney for Halloween!  And I was even an extra in Crossroads – the Britney Spears movie!  Nowadays Britney is more likely to be wearing Cheetos fingers than cute schoolgirl uniforms, but I must say I am still kinda obsessed.  Which is why I dragged my boyfriend to the Malibu Country Mart Starbucks – where Britters gets her daily fix – in hopes of a Britney sighting!

Malibu Country Mart StarbucksWe didn’t end up seeing BritBrit at the Country Mart, but I did get to talk to several baristas about the pop star.  They said it is absolutely insane when Miss Britney comes in to order her daily frappaccino.  They said the paparazzi just cram all the windows and doors shooting shot after shot of Brit.  One even came inside once and got behind the espresso machine to snap a picture! 

This location was easy to find – I’ve been to Malibu many times and recognized the Starbucks from the paparazzi photos.

Even though we didn’t see Brit – a trip to Starbucks is never a waste!  I had my favorite iced latte and got some good gossip.  If you are in the area, be sure to pop in for your daily coffee – you might just see Britney running over a photog’s foot!

Until next time, Happy Stalking!

Stalk It:  The Malibu Country Mart is located on the Pacific Coast Highway near Cross Creek Road.  It is a great place to grab a bit to eat and do some star stalking at the same time.  Many celebs hang out here during the day – Adam Sandler eats breakfast at the Malibu Country Market (which was used in the movie Paparazzi), Jessica Alba shops at Planet Blue, and Jennifer Aniston and Courtney Cox dine at Nobu.  Starbucks is located right at the entrance to the Mart.  You can visit the Country Mart’s website at www.malibucountrymart.com

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More 13 Going On 30!

Jenna’s ApartmentI was pretty obsessed with finding Jennifer Garner’s apartment from 13 Going On 30 for quite some time and I finally found it earlier this year in New York!  It required A LOT of pausing and rewinding my DVD of the movie, but it turns out the apartment is right where the awning of the building said it was  – 51 Fifth Avenue.  Most productions put fake signs or address numbers up during the filming, but in the case of 13 Going On 30, not a whole lot was changed.  Even the two potted trees flanking the front doors of the apartment building were there in real life.  The apartment building is HUGE and really beautiful.  When I looked up at the higher floors, I could definitely picture the “Naked Guy” yelling “Sweetbottom” out of the window.  And I was really hoping a car pulled up to the sidewalk so I could have a tizzy and yell “I don’t get in the car with strangers!” 

And yes, I did go inside the building!  The hallway and entryway were the same ones used in the movie where Jenna asks Becky if she can tell that she is wearing underwear.

Until next time, Happy Stalking!

 Stalk It: Jenna’s apartment building is located near the Flatiron District of Manhattan, at 51 Fifth Avenue.  I would recommend getting off the subway near the Flatiron Building – which is a site to see unto itself.  The Flatiron is located at 175 Fifth Avenue and it was actually used as Jack Nicholson’s agent’s office in As Good As It Gets.  Walk south from the Flatiron Building along Fifth Avenue until you see #51.  The Flatiron District is one of my favorite neighborhoods in Mahattan and there are tons of cool shops and restaurants along the way that you might just want to pop into! 

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30 Going On 13

If someone asked me what movie most closely resembles my life, I would have to say 13 Going On 30.   I am definitely a child of the 80s, I still dress like a 13 year old most of the time, and I’ve been known to do the Thriller Dance at a few parties, so it’s only natural that I would be slightly obsessed with the movie 13 Going On 30.  While most of the filming locations for the movie are located in Manhattan, a few of them can be found right here in LA.

 Jenna and Matt’s housesIf you are as obsessed with 13 Going On 30 as I am, you’ll remember the scene in the movie when adult Jenna first shows up at Matt’s apartment and says “I don’t know if you’re him, but if you lived on Spruce Street and your favorite shirt is the grey velour one .  .  .”  Well, Jenna and Matt’s houses really can be found on Spruce Street – only they are in South Pasadena, not New Jersey.  Jenna’s house has been painted and looks a bit different, but you will recognize them immediately when you see them. 

Jenna’s houseThis location was extremely easy to find.  I just happened to be getting my nails done one day in South Pasadena and the woman next to me was talking about how her home had been used in a Jennifer Garner movie.  I almost flipped out when I heard it was 13 Going On 30 and I begged her to tell me all of the scoop about the filming.  She told me that the producers also used the inside of her home – and they even used her real bed and bedding in the scene where Jenna crawls into bed with her parents.  She was even nice enough to tell me where her house was and I went to find it just as soon as my nails were dry! 

Intersection of Mission and MeridianAnother 13 Going On 30 location is located just a few blocks away at the intersection of Mission and Meridian at the train tracks.  This is the spot where adult Jenna jumps out of Matt Grandy’s taxi cab and rushes to stop Matt’s wedding.  This location was easy to figure out – I recognized it the first time I saw the movie. 

13goingon30-001.jpgMe hoping over the center divide like Jenna does in the movie!  🙂 

Halloween HouseIf you turn directly around from this location and look behind you, you will see another filming location – Michael Meyer’s house from the original Halloween movie.  The home has definitely been given a face lift and is not nearly as run down as it was back in Michael Meyer’s day, but it is still definitely recognizable.

Until next time, Happy Stalking!

 Stalk It:  Jenna’s and Matt’s houses are located at 1839 and 1837 Spruce Street, respectively.  Spruce Street is just one street north of Huntington Drive in South Pasadena.  Once you’ve stalked those houses, just drive north to Mission Street, turn left and drive to Meridian to see the intersection where Jenna ditches Chris Grandy.  The Halloween house is located at 1000 Mission Street.  After you’re done stalking, grab a coffee or a Fosselman’s ice cream at Buster’s Ice Cream Shop at 1006 Mission St. – all that stalking does work up an appetite!

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My So-Called Weekend

Uni HighI know My So-Called Life has been off the air for over 8 years now, but I am still slightly obsessed with it.  When one of my co-workers told me that MSCL was filmed at his high school, University High School in West LA, I set out to have a My So-Called Weekend! 

University High School, aka Uni High, is located at 11800 Texas Avenue.  Although the front of the high school is quite impressive, it was the back staircase that was actually used as Lincoln High in MSCL.  Uni High has a pretty impressive filming history – it was also used in Seventh Heaven, Drillbit Taylor, and Lizzie McGuire – just to name a few. 

StaircaseAs soon as I came to the bottom of Uni’s back staircase, I immediately recognized it as Angela Chase’s alma mater.  You might remember the staircase from the Halloween episode, when Rayanne spent a great deal of time waiting for Angela at the flagpole located at the top of the stairs. 

dscn0195.jpg   cap0028.jpg Now it was time to find the Chase Home.  I had a hunch the house was located in South Pasadena, as the producers of MSCL were also the producers of thirtysomething – which was filmed primarily in South Pas.  I knew that the address number of the MSCL house was 1110, thanks to the website www.mscl.com – which had several pictures of the real home used in the filming.  So – armed with a pretty big hunch that the house would be in the same vicinity as the thirtysomething houses – my boyfriend and I drove up and down South Pasadena streets looking at every single home with a 1110 address until we located the house.

dscn0196.jpg     cap0014.jpgSuccess came pretty quickly when we found the home at 1110  Glendon Way.  The home has been painted since MSCL aired and looks a lot different, but it was still exciting to be there, standing in Angela Chase’s footsteps.  And I just had to take a picture mimicking that famous screen shot from the end of the pilot episode when Angela is standing in the middle of the street with her new red hair.  🙂

Stalk It:  I would recommend visiting Uni High on a weekend because soccer games are held on the campus on weekends, and one is allowed to walk around without being bothered.  Uni High is located at 11800 Texas Avenue in West Los Angeles. 

The Chase Home is located in South Pasadena at 1110 Glendon Way, just off Fair Oaks Avenue.  While you are in the neighborhood, stop by the Fair Oaks Pharmacy at 1526 Misson St. for an ice cream Sundae.  The Fair Oaks Pharmacy opened in 1915 and is an old time pharmacy with a real soda fountain – and it just happened to be used as a filming location in the movie Mr. Deeds.

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Never Never Land

The Guard ShackNow, even though he is a total freak and definitely should be in jail – I do love me some MJ.  So I was quite distressed to find out last weekend that MJ’s ranch, Neverland, is in a state of disarray and might be sold and torn down.  I just happened to be spending a couple of days in Santa Barbara, so I figured I better go check the place out while I still had the chance.  I dragged my poor boyfriend 45 miles north of SB to Santa Ynez to stalk at the famed gates of Neverland Ranch.

I thought for sure I’d get to see at least the very tip top of one of the roller coasters, or maybe the roof of the mansion, or at the very minimum the famous golden gates with “Neverland” written across them that the media always shows on newscasts about the pop star.  Unfortunately, none of that can be seen from the street.  All that is viewable to the public from Figueroa Mountain Road is a guard house and a simple wooden gate.  The guard house does look like it is straight out of Fantasyland, though – exactly like Snow White’s Castle, but with a Direct TV dish on the roof! 

Thriller!Even though it wasn’t the greatest stalking location and there wasn’t much to see – I was still pretty excited to be able to do the Thriller dance right on MJ’s property! 🙂

 Until next time, Happy Stalking!

Stalk It:  Neverland Ranch is located at 5225 Figueroa Mountain Road in Los Olivos, CA.  It is waaaaaaaay out there in the middle of nowhere and I wouldn’t recommend driving all that way just to see a Disney-esque guard shack.  I would suggest instead doing your stalking from home on this one- armed with your laptop and live local search – you get to see a lot more that way!

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Finding the Shark House!

The Shark HouseWell, it may have taken me months, but I finally found the property used as James Woods’ home on the CBS legal drama Shark.  Ever since watching the Sharkpilot episode I have been slightly obsessed with Sebastian Stark’s modern style wood and glass abode.  In recent months, though, the house had become the bane of my existence – the one filming location I just simply could not find!!  I Googled the terms “Shark filming locations” more times that I care to admit, I check and rechecked the Shark IMDB web page, and I even attempted to contact the creator of the “Shark Fan” website – all to no avail!

Usually when searching for filming locations, I can find clues somewhere in the background of a movie or a TV show by spotting a distant street sign or a neighboring house’s address.  But freeze-framing my TiVo’d episodes of Shark proved to be no help whatsoever.  Listening to the director’s commentary on a DVD can also provide some clues as to a location.  But since the first season of Shark had yet to be released on DVD , for this particular endeavor I was on my own.  But, like any good stalker, I refused to give up!

My persistence paid off, as one day a light bulb went off in my head!  My boss’ house is registered with one of the biggest filming location companies in Southern California.  It suddenly dawned on me that the Sharkhouse might just be registered with the same company.  After scouring their web-site’s “Modern Properties” section, I found the house!  At that point, I simply called my contact at the location company and voila! – he gave me the address – 2315 Live Oaks Meadow Road in the hills of Malibu, California!

For Sale!The very next day I set out to find the house in person – and how excited I was to find out once I got there that the home was for sale!  It is pretty small in person, as far as Malibu homes go, but extremely quiet and private and even more spectacular in person.  There are only four other homes on the entire street.  My boyfriend snapped some pics of the house as I walked up the driveway to snag a real estate flyer about the property and then we were on our way, this particular stalking adventure a success!

Until next time, Happy Stalking!

Stalk It: The Shark House is located at 2315 Live Oaks Meadow Rd.  Take the Pacific Coast Highway to Las Flores Canyon Road and head up toward the mountains for approximately 2.5 miles.  Make a left on Live Oaks Meadow Road.  The house is three houses down on the right hand side.  If you have an extra $2.4 million to burn, you might even be able to call the Shark house your own!  And yes, of course, I did try to schedule a viewing of the house to see the interior in person, but the brokerage company wanted me to fill out way too much paperwork, so, as obsessive as I can sometimes be, I this one go.  You can see the interior of the home at www.liveoakmeadow.com

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Seinfeld’s Apartment

Seinfeld ApartmentLike most filming locations, the site used as Jerry’s apartment building on the hit TV show Seinfeld, can actually be found in Los Angeles, not Manhattan.  It is a nondescript little building that actually does look very reminiscent of New York.  I didn’t recognize the building in person, until I looked at it through the viewfinder of my camera, and I practically heard the be-bop-bop of the theme song in my head!  During Seinfeld’s day, the awning of the building was green, but today it is a drab brown.  In real life, the building is called “The Shelley.”  It is fun to visit, as it will bring you right back to the days of Must See TV!

Until next time, Happy Stalking!

Stalk It:  Jerry’s building is located at 757 New Hampshire Ave. in Los Angeles.   Be careful when visiting – Seinfeld didn’t live in the safest neighborhood!

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