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The He’s Just Not That Into You Movie Premiere

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I am currently waiting on pins and needles for the movie He’s Just Not That Into You to hit theatres this upcoming Friday.  The New Line Cinema film has all the makings of a hit – it stars my girl Jen and is based on an episode of fave television show Sex and the City. Come on – what more could a girl ask for??  🙂  The “Pick-a-Little, Talk-a-Little” episode of Sex and the City  that featured that now infamous line “He’s just not that into you!” is one of my all-time-favorite episodes.  And I absolutely loved the book by SATC creative consultant Greg Behrendt and SATC executive story editor Liz Tuccillo that came out of that episode.  I find it absolutely mind boggling that Greg and Liz took one line – one line – from a hit television show and not only turned it into a best-selling self-help book, but also a major motion picture starring numerous A-List celebs.  How inspiring!  Who knows, maybe one day a hit movie will be created out of a line from one of my blog posts!  Hey, a girl can dream, can’t she? 🙂 

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According to fave book Sex and the City: Kiss and Tell, the idea behind the line “He’s just not that into you!” came about one morning while a group of SATC writers were sitting around their offices getting ready to start their day.  One of the writers was asking for advice about a man she was dating who had been sending her “mixed signals”. Someone happened to ask Greg Behrendt, the only straight male in the room, for his perspective on the matter.  And that is when Greg uttered the now ubiquitous line: “He’s just not that into you.”  The SATC  writers were absolutely intrigued by this line of reasoning and an idea was born.  And the rest, as they say, is history!  So yesterday when some friends and I stumbled onto the world premiere of He’s Just Not That Into You while grabbing a coffee before our acting class I just about keeled over with excitement!  🙂   

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The premiere was being held at Mann’s Chinese Theatre – the movie house where almost all Hollywood premieres are held – and the red carpet had been set up right in the middle of Hollywood Boulevard.  To watch the event fans had to stand on the opposite side of the street behind some steel barriers where the view, unfortunately, was not the best.  As you can see in the above photograph, several large screens were placed every few feet along the length of the red carpet for the actors to pose in front of.  Much to my dismay, the screens also majorly blocked our view of all the hoopla.  LOL  

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For some incredibly odd reason I have never watched a premiere before – I know, unbelievable, huh? – so I was extremely excited that my first red carpet event would be starring my girl Jen.  🙂  My friends and I parked ourselves just across the street from the red carpet  and it wasn’t long before the celebs started arriving. 🙂   The first star we spotted was Ginnifer Goodwin (pictured above), who I absolutely LOVED in fave movie Win A Date With Tad Hamilton.  The bright lights on the red carpet made it really hard for me to take photographs, though, so unfortunately the pics didn’t come out very well.

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Next up was Drew Barrymore who is absolutely adorable in person.  🙂  She kept turning around to wave to the crowd and would pop her head in between the red carpet screens to smile at us.  She was super, super cute in person and seemed very friendly!  And it was right around that time – are you sitting down for this – that my camera died!  I am not kidding!  I managed to snap some pics of Drew using my camera phone, but of course they didn’t turn out very well.  Let that be a lesson to me – ALWAYS have my camera charged!  LOL  After my camera died one of my friends said it was a sign that we should leave the premiere and head to our acting class – which we were already almost a half an hour late for.  LOL  While talking about the fact that we were so late for class the girl standing next to us said that she, too, was missing a class to watch the premiere.  LOL   So like the dutiful student that I am, I left the premiere and headed to class – WITHOUT seeing Jen!  😦  Yes, you read that right.  Now that’s dedication if I’ve ever seen it!  LOL 

For those of you who have never been, I HIGHLY recommend stalking a red carpet premiere.  It was SO MUCH FUN!   Even though we had to stand pretty far away, I still felt like we were right in the middle of everything that was happening.  Besides Drew and Ginnifer, we also got to see Justin Long and Kevin Connolly.  🙂  You can see some high quality red carpet pics on this website where it looks like quite a few celebs – including Jennifer Aniston – walked across the street to sign autographs after making their way through the press line.  So bummed I missed it!  😦

Until next time, Happy Stalking!  🙂

Stalk It: Mann’s Chinese Theatre is located at 6925 Hollywood Boulevard smack dab in the middle of Hollywood.  You can visit the Mann’s Chinese website to find out about upcoming premieres being held at the famous theatre.  The premiere for the new Friday the 13th  movie will be taking place there next Monday, February 9th, at 7pm, with the celeb arrivals most likely starting at 6pm.

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“If They’d Watch Prom Night, They’d Save Time!”

On a recommendation from E.J. over at The Movieland Directory, I recently purchased a GREAT book called “The Worldwide Guide to Movie Locations“.  I was completely floored to discover an entire section in the book dedicated to one of my favorite movies of all time – a little horror flick called Scream.  Now, while I have admitted before that I was always too much of a scaredy cat to watch horror movies, Scream came out when I was in college, so I was pretty much past my scaredy cat stage by then.  Scream  was actually the very first scary movie I ever watched and I have to admit that I became a bit obsessed with it. The majority of Scream  was filmed on location in Northern California and I actually stalked a few of the filming sites many, many years ago.  But my new book listed some locations that I previously hadn’t known about.  I usually don’t like to blog about locations that I haven’t visited myself, but since I don’t live in Northern California anymore, I enlisted my Aunt Lea to do some Scream  stalking for me.  Her first assignment – to stalk the video store where the movie-obsessed character of Randy works.   

  

In real life the video store is called Bradley Video and it was was featured in only one scene in Scream  as the location where all the high school kids rent scary movies after school is shut down for the day. In Scream, only the interior of Randy’s video store is shown and I actually had to send my aunt back to Bradley’s to stalk it a second time as the first time she didn’t get any interior shots. LOL  Ah, the thing’s we’ll do for family!  It was at Bradley’s Video that Randy, while talking about Sidney’s dad, tells Stu about the formula of scary movies.  He says, “His body will come popping up in the last reel somewhere. Eyes gouged out, fingers cut off, teeth knocked out! See, the police are always off track with this shit! If they’d watch Prom Night, they’d save time! There’s a formula to it. A very simple formula! Everybody’s a suspect!”  This conversation is shown in the above screen captures. 

A BIG THANK YOU to my Aunt Lea for stalking this location for me. 

Until next time, Happy Stalking!  🙂

Stalk It: Bradley Video is located at 3080 Marlow Road in Santa Rosa, California.

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Lady Heather’s House

 

On the second season of CSI: Las Vegas  we were introduced to a character whom Grissom later became very fond of named Lady Heather.  On the show Lady Heather, who was played by The O.C.’s  Melinda Clarke, owns an S&M fetish club in Sin City which she runs out of her extraordinary home.  Lady Heather first appeared as a guest star in an episode entitled “Slaves of Las Vegas” and has since reappeared on four separate occasions, becoming something of a cult favorite for CSI  fans.  Her unique home also appeared in all five of the “Lady Heather” episodes and, being that it is a pretty spooky house and fits in with my Haunted Hollywood theme for this month, I dragged my dad right out to stalk it.

Lady Heather’s house is an absolutely ginormous mansion (13,393 square feet according to Zillow!!) located on a large corner lot in South Pasadena.  I found the home thanks to Scott’s LA Audio Driving Tour of Pasadena, which lists many great Pasadena filming locations.  It is easy to see why producers chose to use this house for the filming of CSI, as it has a very looming and dark presence, most likely due to its sheer size.  For the filming of CSI, producers brought in many Gothic decorations, like large candelabras,  to create a more dark and spooky atmosphere.  But when you see the home in person, it becomes obvious that not much had to be done in preparation for filming due to its naturally ominous look.  In person, the home looks like it could be a real life haunted house.  And it actually looks like it belongs on a bayou in New Orleans rather than in the middle of Suburban Pasadena.  Unfortunately I don’t own CSI  on DVD, so I couldn’t get very good screen captures of the home.

In the various Lady Heather episodes, the exterior of the home is shown numerous times, especially the front door and front porch area (which unfortunately I do not have any screen captures of).

 A back porch area is also shown in a special 90 minute episode from Season 3 entitled “Lady Heather’s Box”.  It is the location where Grissom and the dominatrix sit down for a cup of tea.

Lady Heather’s house is a very cool place to see in person.  I highly recommend stalking it if you are at all a fan of CSI  or if you want to conduct your own Haunted Halloween tour.  🙂 

Until next time, Happy Stalking!  🙂

Stalk It: Lady’s Heather’s house is located at 929 Buena Vista St., at the corner of Buena Vista and Meridian Avenue, in South Pasadena.

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Quite Possibly the Best Day of My Life!

Got one of the most exciting phone calls of my life on Tuesday!  A good friend who has an in at the Project Beach House in Malibu called to invite me to a little shindig being held there yesterday, which would have been exciting news in and of itself.  But what she said next almost gave me a heart attack – the event at the beach house was actually being held for a taping of The Hills!!!!!  I swear I screamed so loud after hearing the news I am surprised my neighbors didn’t complain!  LOL

               

        

So yesterday afternoon I headed out to Malibu to party at the Project Beach House.  🙂  In case you don’t read US Magazine, Beverly Hills PR firm Fingerprint Communications’ sponsored Project Beach House joined the ranks of other corporate sponsored celeb party houses in Malibu – ie. the Polaroid Beach House and the Silver Spoon Beach House.  The Project Beach House is a $25 million six bedroom home, which was built by Frank Lloyd Wright, and sits on over four acres of land on a bluff overlooking the Pacific Ocean and El Matador State Beach in Malibu.  The mansion has huge sprawling lawns, a koi pond, tennis court, pool, and even a helicopter landing pad!  Not to mention a great view of Brad and Angie’s Malibu home, which is located right next door, but I’ll save those pics for a future post.  🙂

       

 

               

When we arrived there were huge luxury double size chaise lounges set up (which might as well have been outdoor beds, they were so comfy), models walking around in bathing suits and really high heels, a ton of really cool freebies, a Garnier Fructis facial station, a poolside hair styling station, a DJ spinning records, waitresses walking around serving delicious fresh baked appetizers, and two full bars.  Just being at the Project Beach House would have been exciting enough for this stalker – the whole time I was literally thinking “How in the heck am I here??”  I mean, who am I to be hanging out at the PROJECT BEACH HOUSE???  🙂  So cool!

At around 3:30PM, in walked Lauren and Whitney and I just about DIED!  You can see them in the above pic – they are on the very left.  Lauren was not as thin as I expected her to be, but she was just as cute in person as she seems on TV.  I was kinda bummed out, though, as she did not seem very friendly at all.  I hardly saw her smile at all during the filming.  After they arrived, Whitney and Lauren kind of hung out off to the side of the house waiting for the camera crew to get set up.  The Hills  is taped with three cameras set up on tripods that are actually set pretty far back from where the action is taking place.  I was really surprised at how far away the cameras actually were.  I always pictured the cameramen to be using handheld cameras and to kind of be right in the girls’ faces, but they weren’t.  Taping of the sound is done wirelessly with the cast wearing wireless mikes, so the sound guy also stands pretty far away from the girls.

I must say that the entire experience was absolutely BIZARRE.  I can’t put my finger on what exactly made the taping so surreal, but it was definitely wierd.  Prior to the taping, I had always believed that the show was not really a “reality” show.  I was convinced it was scripted and heavy influenced by producers.  However, that wasn’t actually the case.  But while the show is real, it is more of an altered reality, which is, I think, what made the whole experience so strange. 

To start off with, producers picked the exact spot where they wanted Lauren and the gang to sit well before Lauren actually arrived.  The spot they chose was actually the chaise my friend and I had been sitting on all afternoon and they made us move shortly before Lauren and Whitney arrived.  I guess we had chosen the best seats in the house.  LOL 

To further the altered reality, the premise of the episode is that Lauren and Whitney attend a fashion event for a clothing company called “Tt”.  While there was sort of a fashion event/party going on at the beach house, the whole thing was pretty much just set up so that The Hills  could be filmed.  I seriously doubt there would have been any party going on had The Hills not wanted to film at the Beach House yesterday.   One of the party guests actually asked a worker at the house if there was a fashion show scheduled since so many models were walking around.  The worker replied “Well, it’s sort of a fake fashion show.”  LOL   Everyone at the “party” also had to sign releases to be on camera.

               

Once the camera crew got set up, they let Lauren and Whitney walk on screen.  The girls walked to the pool area and went straight to the producer-chosen chaise lounge.  And then they pretty much just sat there.  And sat there.  And sat there.  The whole time my friend and I were wondering when they were going to start filming and then we realized that they HAD BEEN filming the whole time!   I’ve been on a few movie sets and usually during filming there is some sort of action taking place, SOMETHING is happening, but not in this case.  At some points Lauren and Whitney were just kind of looking around the party, not even talking to each other.  So in that sense, the show is truly “reality” – Lauren and Whitney really were just sitting and hanging out at a party.  I guess I shouldn’t really be surprised at their inaction, as not much else occurs on The Hills  besides a lot of sitting around and talking.  LOL  After about 25 minutes or so, She-Pratt and her new boyfriend came out to the pool to hang out with LC and Whitney.  Stephanie was surprisingly really pretty in person – she has amazing blue eyes!

    

The Hills  crew was super laid back and I was floored when I found out that they were allowing pictures to be taken of the filming.  At first I was totally trying to take pictures on the down low, as cameras are usually not allowed on most movie and TV sets.  But once I realized that it was OK to take pictures, I moved in closer to get some better shots.  🙂  And when I did so, I noticed Audrina standing off to the side of the house.  She had apparently been there the whole time, but had to wait for the producer’s go ahead before entering the filming area.  SO STRANGE.  The same thing occured with Frankie Delgado and his friends.  I am not sure what the reasoning on that was.  I am guessing that the producers were waiting for things to get boring with Lauren and Whitney before letting other characters enter the scene.

What I was very surprised about, though, was how hands off the producers were.  I was convinced they would be yelling “Cut!” and having the stars constantly repeat dialog, but that was not the case.   A producer only interfered with filming once, and it was to tell Whitney, who had been laying down on a chaise, to sit up as they couldn’t see her through the camera.  The producers also pretty much left the party-goers alone.  I thought for sure we would be cordoned off and not allowed to get near the stars or the filming area, but nothing like that occurred.  People were walking freely all over the place – in front of the camera, around the stars, etc.  That was another thing that made the situation really strange.  At one point my friend’s husband was standing right next to LC while she waited in line at the bar – and yes, I swear, she actually waited in line!   

I am convinced, though, that some of the partiers were actually paid extras.  There were two people, especially, whom the producers kept talking to and moving around, and I know they had to be extras.  At certain times, too, the producers would tell partygoers to move around in the background or to go sit on the chaises near Lauren, JUST LIKE on a movie set.  I guess there wasn’t enough going on in the background to make the party look realistic enough.  More of that altered reality.  Producers also asked the Tt models (clad in teeny tiny bathing suits) to play a little “impromptu” soccer game behind LC and friends during filming  -and they looked absolutely ridiculous doing so!   And not at all realistic. 

      

Another thing I found strange was that while I was absolutely FLOORED to be there and it was one of the most exciting days EVER – I was also completely bored during the filming.  As I said before, the cast wasn’t very interesting to watch at all – they pretty much just sat there for about three hours not really doing a whole lot.  Audrina and her friends jumped into the pool for a bit and sat around drinking in there, but that was the only real action that took place.  LOL  I read an article yesterday, though, that said it takes Hills editors FOUR TO SIX WEEKS to sift through enough of the footage of Lauren’s daily life to put together ONE episode.  So they must not really be all that exciting.  LOL 

The whole party had kind of a weird vibe, too.  It seemed more like a Hills  viewing party than anything else as everyone was literally sitting around JUST watching Lauren and the gang film.  It was very obvious that most party-goers were there for the sole purpose of seeing The Hills  stars live and in person.  Like I said, it was bizarre.  I must say, though, that I had a BLAST at the party and just being there would have been excitement enough for me for one day – but seeing The Hills  cast in person and watching them film was truly the icing on the cake.  I can die a happy woman now!  LOL 

        

The Hills new season premieres this Monday night on MTV.  I am not sure when the Project Beach House episode will air, but I am guessing in about 6-8 weeks.  I CANNOT wait to see it!  All in all, the entire cast was there during the shoot, minus Speidi (who I would have loved to have seen!), Lo, and Brody Jenner.  Otherwise the rest of the group was present – LC, Stephanie Pratt and what seemed to be her new boyfriend, Audrina and a new guy she was cuddling up with, Audrina’s tattooed sister and her boyfriend, Whitney Port, and Frankie Delgado.  And even though the whole thing was a bizarre experience to watch, I still absolutely love The Hills.  In fact I think I like it even more now.  🙂

Until next time, Happy Stalking!  🙂

Stalk It: Project Beach House is located at 32340 Pacific Coast Highway in Malibu.  But sadly yesterday was the final day and the final party (until next summer, of course!) for the Project Beach House.  I hear permanent residents are moving into the house next week.

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