Monthly Archives: May 2008

Getting Carried Away!

Break out the cosmos and the couture because today is the big day – the day Sex and the City: The Movie  opens!  Let me tell you, I could not be more excited!!!  Hopefully I can manage to drag my boyfriend out to see it tonight, but I have yet to even broach the subject with him.  Anyway, I thought I’d do a little SATC  post today in honor of the big premiere.

My family’s favorite restaurant in NYC is a little place called Lumi on the Upper East Side.  My parent’s discovered the place about 4 years ago while out and about in New York and it’s been a favorite ever since.  So I was absolutely floored last fall when I saw some paparazzi photos of the SATC  movie being filming right in front of Lumi!  In December, while we were in Manhattan, we of course ate at Lumi and I asked one of the waiters for some insider SATC  info.  He told me he was sworn to secrecy about the details, but that SATC did indeed film at the cafe and that Mr. Big and Charlotte were in the scene.  Supposedly Charlotte’s water breaks during their meal together and the two rush off to the hospital in a taxi.  CANNOT WAIT!

Next time you are in NYC be sure to hit up Lumi.  The food is INCREDIBLE, the service is spectacular and nothing tops their bellini’s! 

Until next time, Happy Stalking!  🙂

Stalk It: Lumi is located at 963 Lexington Avenue, at 70th and 71st Streets.  For more information, you can visit their website.

 

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Mansion Bel Aire

A few weeks ago, while searching for the Fresh Prince of Bel Air  house, fellow stalker Kerry told me about a mansion in Glendale that she calls the “Tara House” that she thought might be the home used in Fresh Prince.  So, of course I had to run right out to stalk it.  It wasn’t the FP  home, but I was so happy to have stalked it anyway as it is an absolutely ginormous mansion that I never would have found otherwise. Thanks, Kerry!

According to one of my fave tour books, Bel Aire, as the mansion is called, was built in 1922 by Mattison Boyd Jones, a highly successful Glendale area businessman and politician.  It was since named a historic landmark and is frequently used as a filming location, most prominently as the main home in the Aaron Spelling produced TV Series Flamingo Road.  Legend has it that the mansion was also used a filming location back in 1938 during the filming of Gone With the Wind, but that claim has never been substantiated. 

The house is truly amazing as it looks like it belongs on a large Southern plantation, not on a normal street in Glendale among normal sized homes.  The mansion sits far back from the road on what has to be at least 3 acres of sprawling lawns and gardens.  I highly recommend stalking this location as it is truly one of a kind!  And, it is very stalker friendly as it is not hidden behind tall gates or trees.

Until next time, Happy Stalking!  🙂

Stalk It: “Bel Aire” is located at 727 Kenneth Road in Glendale.  After stalking Bel Aire, head over to the new Americana at Brand shopping center located on Brand Boulevard.  Just opened this month, it was built by Rick Caruso (no relation to David), the same man who built LA’s celebrated The Grove shopping center.

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I’m Pro Pancake!

Lately I have been obsessed with finding the Chinese food restaurant from one of my fave romantic comedies, A Lot Like Love.  While I have yet to find that restaurant, I did stalk two of the others featured in the movie.  Towards the middle of A Lot Like Love, Ashton Kutcher shows up at Amanda Peet’s door after just breaking up with his girlfriend, and asks her “What’s your stance on pancakes?”  She replies “I’m pro pancake”, and the two head out to Twain’s Restaurant in Studio City for a late breakfast.  One of my favorite scenes in the entire movie takes place at Twain’s – the scene where Amanda Peet sticks the drinking straws up her nose to make Ashton laugh.  Love it!  🙂

The next restaurant I stalked is from the very beginning of the movie, which supposedly takes place in New York.  When Amanda and Ashton reconnect in NYC after first meeting on an airplane, the two head to a bar in the middle of the day to do some shots and drink some beer.  The restaurant where that scene was filmed, Cole’s Pacific Electric Buffet, which is actually located in Los Angeles, has the distinction of being the oldest restaurant and bar in LA.  Cole’s opened in 1908 and is a City of Los Angeles Historical Landmark.  It has been used in countless TV and movie productions, including Rumor Has It, where it played the San Francisco bar where Kevin Costner seduces Jen Aniston.  I am dying to grab a bite to eat at Cole’s, but unfortunately the restaurant has been closed for renovations for the past two years.  It is scheduled to reopen in Summer 2008 and as soon as it does, I am going to run right out and stalk it!  🙂

 Until next time, Happy Stalking!  🙂

Stalk It: Twain’s Restaurant is located at 12905 Ventura Boulevard in Studio City.  According to reviews, the pancakes truly are excellent!  Cole’s Pacific Electric Cafe is located at 6th and Main in the Pacific Electric Building in Downtown Los Angeles.  Cole’s is currently closed for renovations, but is scheduled to reopen this summer.

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The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

One of my favorite places in all of Hollywood is the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, located right on Hollywood Boulevard.  The Roosevelt has had a long and storied history in Hollywood and is even said to be haunted by a few of its former residents.  Once you step inside the hotel’s beautiful Moorish lobby, you can almost feel the history coming right out of the walls.  Built in 1927 and named after President Theodore Roosevelt, the hotel was the site of the very first Academy Awards ceremony in 1929.  The Roosevelt has been a favorite getaway and hangout for celebrities ever since it’s opening.  It’s guest list includes Lindsay Lohan, Clark Gable, Judy Garland, Mary Pickford, Prince, Carole Lombard, Shirley Temple, and Elizabeth Taylor, just to name a few.  Marilyn Monroe, whose very first modeling shoot took place by the hotel’s pool, lived in Suite 1200 for over two years, and the hotel is still said to be haunted by her ghost. 

A mirror that used to hang in Marilyn’s room is now located in the mezzanine off the main lobby next to a very cool etched picture of the star.  Montgomery Clift, who was a resident of Room 928 during the filming of From Here to Eternity, is also said to haunt the hotel.  Legend has it that during his stay at the hotel, Montgomery paced the hallways outside of his room rehearsing his lines. His ghost is rumored to do the exact same thing and many hotel guests have reported seeing him walking the hallways reciting lines. 

Rumor also has it that Bojangles taught Shirley Temple the “staircase dance” on the stairs leading up from the lobby to the Mezzanie level.  The Roosevelt was completely restored a few years back, making it once again a favorite stomping ground of celebs.  The pool is a favorite hangout of many stars, including Lauren Conrad who said in an episode of The Hills that she goes to the Roosevelt pool every Sunday. 

The Roosevelt has been featured in several movies and TV shows, including Crossroads, Entourage, The Fabulous Baker Boys, Moonlighting, Catch Me If You Can, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, Shade, and The Hills, among countless others.

Until next time, Happy Stalking!  🙂

Stalk It: The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel is located at 7000 Hollywood Boulevard, almost directly across from Mann’s Chinese Theatre where the stars’ hand and footprints are immortilized in cement.  If you get a chance, grab a burger in the hotel’s Twenty-Five Degrees restaurant- they are excellent!!

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Daddy Day Care

While out and about with my dad this week, I decided to stalk the home used in the Eddie Murphy movie Daddy Day Care.  Since my dad just retired, he has been recruited to be my new stalking side kick!  I think he loves it about just as much as my boyfriend does.  🙂  Anyway, my fave stalking guide  provided me with the location of Eddie Murphy’s house in the movie, so, of course, I had to run right out and stalk it. 

It is an absolutely adorable home and I can totally picture a day care center being run there.  The house is HUGE – a lot bigger than it appeared in the movie, but otherwise it looks just like it did onscreen.  From what I remember of the movie, much of the backyard of this home was used for filming, as well.  I definitely recommend stalking this location – even if you’ve never seen the movie – because the house is just that cute!!

Until next time, Happy Stalking!  🙂

Stalk It: The Daddy Day Care house is located at 351 N. Congress in Pasadena.

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A Cinderella Story

As I have said before, I am a total sucker for a good teeny bopper movie.  I still cry every time I watch the Melissa Joan Hart movie Drive Me Crazy!  LOL  So, a few years back, I was absolutely esctatic to have stumbled upon the filming of the Hilary Duff movie A Cinderella Story  while driving in Altadena.  I stopped to watch them film for a bit and got to see Hil-D from afar while she was rehearsing some scenes.  Very cool!  🙂

Anyway, the movie is about a girl who lives a real life, modern day version of the Cinderella fairy tale.  It is not too hard to see why producers chose the house for the movie, as it looks straight out of a fairy tale!  With its thatched roof and quaint feel, it literally looks like it was ripped right out of the pages Hansel and Gretel  and placed on Calaveras Street.   When the movie came out, of course, I dragged my boyfriend right out to see it.  It was absolutely adorable, and I was super excited to see the house featured many times throughout the movie.  🙂

 Until next time, Happy Stalking! 🙂

Stalk It:  The Cinderella Story house is located at 1272 Calaveras Drive in Altadena, not too far from the 90210 houses.

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Fresh Prince House – For Real This Time!

Major Fresh Prince of Bel Air  fan Bryan posted a comment on my original Fresh Prince post  asking me to please, please, please find the actual location of the mansion used as the Banks’ house on the 90s show.  Bryan told me he had been looking for this location for years and every tour book seemed to have gotten it wrong.  Being that I know the feeling of complete desperation in not being able to find a location, I made it my mission to find the house for him!   I am sad to say it took me a really long time!  I have literally stopped to take a picture of every single colonial style mansion I have driven by over the past month to compare to a picture Bryan had sent me of the Fresh Prince  house.  I was absolutely convinced I had located the right house on two separate occasions, but after coming home to compare pictures, I found I was completely wrong. 

Then the other night, a lightbulb went off in my head.  I decided to look at a filming locations website – the same one where I located the Shark House.  Why I didn’t think of this sooner, I have no idea, because in a matter of minutes I was pretty sure I had found the house!  I immediately emailed a picture of the house to Bryan and he confirmed it for me, as did the location company.  Then I set off to Brentwood (NOT Bel Air) to stalk the house.

Unfortunately my pictures came out absolutely horrible!!  There are many trees in front of the Banks’ mansion and I could not get my camera to focus correctly on the house through the trees.  My dad, who has a much better camera than I do, has promised to stalk the house with me later to take some better pics.  The good news, though, is that if you drive by the house, you can definitely see it clearly through the trees and I am so happy to report that it looks EXACTLY the same as it did back in the Fresh Prince  days.  I was just standing there waiting for a taxi cab to drive up with dice in the mirror.   🙂

An ironic side note – I randomly watched the pilot episode of 90210  the other night and featured on that episode, big as life, was the incorrectly identified Fresh Prince house from my first post!  It was used as the location of the Beverly Hills mansion where Brandon and Brenda attend their first West Beverly High party.  Since both the pilot episodes of 90210  and Fresh Prince  were filmed around the same time back in 1990, my thought is that people and neighbors saw 90210  being filmed at the house and since neither show was well-known at all at that time, heard it was a show about “Beverly Hills” and got it confused when a show about “Bel Air” premiered.  Through incorrect word of mouth and communication error, the location wound up in tour books as the Fresh Prince  house.  That’s my theory anyway.  🙂

Until next time, Happy Stalking!  🙂

Stalk It: The Fresh Prince house is located at 251 N. Bristol Avenue, at the corner of Bristol Avenue and Parkyns Street, in Brentwood.  Katherine Heigl’s sister’s house from the movie Knocked Up is located just up the road at 531 N. Bristol, but unfortunately that home is now gated and not much can be seen at all from the street.  The incorrectly identified Fresh Prince  house, where the Walsh twins went to their first Beverly Hills party, is located in Bel Air, at 417 Amapola Lane. 

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