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Stalking the WB!

This past Monday, Mike, from MovieShotsLA, and I took a little stalking field strip to both Warner Brothers Studios and the Paramount Lot.  I’ll get to the Paramount tour tomorrow, but today it’s all about the WB.  What can I say – the Warner Brothers tour was awesome!  It is nothing at all like the Universal Studios back lot tour.  The WB tour is far more intimate and personal.  A maximum of twelve people is allowed in each tour group, which makes for a far more flexible, personalized tour.  The WB tour also lacks the cheesiness that is pretty much ever-present over at Universal.  Don’t get me wrong, I had a blast on my Universal birthday tour, but if I had to choose between the two, I’d much prefer stalking the WB.  Anyway, Mike and I arrived bright and early at about 8:30AM and I must admit I was as giddy as a schoolgirl!  🙂  Before the tour began, we got to do some shopping in the WB gift shop.  The gift shop sells some great souvenirs like t-shirts, key chains, mugs, and even lip gloss, from hit shows like Entourage, Gossip Girl, Gilmore Girls  and, my personal fave, Friends.  

There is also a lot of movie memorabilia to stalk inside the gift shop, such as Daniel Radcliffe’s costume from the original Harry Potter  movie and Will Smith’s outfit from I Am Legend (pictured above).

There is even a Starbucks located right inside the gift shop, so I was in heaven!!  Movie memorabilia AND a Starbucks??  What more could a girl ask for?  🙂

After getting our shopping on at the gift shop, we were instructed to move into a small movie theatre where we were shown a short movie about the many productions that have been filmed on the lot.  The movie definitely got me pumped up and excited for the tour and I was literally on the edge of my seat ready for the tour to begin.  After the 15 minute movie, our tour group boarded a small tram and headed for the famous WB back-lot.

The first movie site stalked on our tour was the location of one of the most well-known screen kisses in cinema history – the famous upsidedown kiss between Spiderman and Mary Jane that took place on a fire escape in the pouring rain.  That fire escape is located on the WB’s back-lot in an area that is now called “Spiderman Alley”.  🙂  Apparently the scene was not very fun, or romantic, to film, as Tobey Maguire had to hang upside down for over eight hours, giving him a massive headache, not to mention all the water running up his nose from the fake rain.  That kiss was later emulated by Seth and Summer in one of my favorite O.C. scenes ever!

Our next stop on the tour was the exterior set of ER ‘s Cooke County General Hospital.  This set was very cool to see as I was a big fan of ER  during its first few seasons. 

While 95% of the sets for ERare located inside a soundstage, the exterior set includes the hospital’s ambulance entrance, a small portion of the waiting room,

the Jumbo Mart where the doctors eat,

the “L” tracks from the Chicago railway system,

and even George Clooney’s former basketball hoop left over from the days he starred on ER.

Next up our tour guide took us to a small stretch of grass that often doubles for Central Park in Warner Brothers movies and television shows.  The patch of lawn is so small, I have no idea how it can possibly double for a park, but it does.  The small park was featured on Friends  as the place where Phoebe “runs weird” and also as the location of Rory’s “study tree” on the Gilmore Girls.

Next up was Lorelai’s house from Gilmore Girls  which looks pretty much exactly as it did during the filming of the show. 

In actuality, the entire town of Sleepy Hollow from Gilmore Girls  is located on the WB lot, and it, too, looks pretty much exactly as it did during filming.  This set is usually called Anytown, USA and has been used in countless productions, most prominently as Hazzard County in the Dukes of Hazzard  television series.

Pictured above is Luke’s restaurant from Gilmore Girls,

and the Hazzard County Courthouse from Dukes of Hazzard.

I think I was most excited of all to see the house from one of my fave 80s sitcoms – Growing Pains  (pictured above).  I used to seriously love me some Kirk Cameron.  🙂  The house looks a bit different now, but it is still pretty recognizable as the Seaver Family home.  As we drove up upon the house, our tour guide asked if anyone could still remember the words to the show’s theme song and I am proud to say, I still could.  🙂  You can watch the Growing Pains intro here.  Cue theme song – “Show me that smile again, don’t waste another minute on your crying . . .”  🙂

The side of the Seaver house was also used as Lane’s house on Gilmore Girls.  Apparently many houses on the WB lot have double, or even triple, fronts so that they can be used for multiple houses at a time. 

 

We also got to see crew members setting up a scene for Ghost Whisperer  on the WB’s Paris Street.  Ghost Whisperer used to be filmed at Universal Studios, but due to the recent fire, production has since moved to Warner Brothers.  Paris Street was also used in the filming of Casablanca, as the location of Rick and Ilsa’s Parisian tryst. 

The building pictured above was featured as the location of Rick and Isla’s teary Paris goodbye.  Ahhh, we’ll always have Paris!  🙂

Also included in the tour was a walk through of the set of Two and a Half Men– which was VERY cool as I watch that show all the time; an up-close and personal view of many cars used in major motion pictures – ie. the General Lee from the Dukes of Hazzard  movie, the Batmobile, and Keanu’s car from the Matrix; a tour of the Warner Brothers Museum which displays numerous costumes and other movie memorabilia from such films as Harry Potter, Fools Gold, The Matrix, and The Dark Knight;and a walk through of the third biggest soundstage in the US which has been used in productions such as Ocean’s 13  and The Perfect Storm.  We were not allowed to take any photographs while inside the soundstages or the museum which was a total bummer!  😦

 

My favorite part of the tour, hands down, had to be when we got to see the original Central Perk set from Friends.  SO COOL!  After the final season of Friends, the entire Central Perk set was moved to an empty soundstage preserved for us fans to visit.  🙂  The set pieces are a little tweaked and aren’t set up exactly as they were during filming, but it still looks pretty much as it did on TV.  SO COOL!

Mike and I had an absolute blast on the WB tour and I HIGHLY recommend stalking it!!!!  No two tours are ever the same, and I am seriously considering doing it again soon. 🙂 

BIG THANK YOU to Mike for taking all of the above pictures – would you believe my camera died at the very beginning of the WB tour cause this stalker forgot to charge it the night before.  I am such a blond sometimes!!! LOL 

Until next time, Happy Stalking!  🙂

Stalk It: Warner Brothers Studios is located at 3400 Riverside Drive in Burbank.  Tours run every 30 minutes Monday through Friday from 8:20am to 4:00pm.  Advance reservations are recommended.  Tickets will cost you $45 per person – and I assure you, it is $45 well spent!  You can learn more about the tour here.

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Dancing in the Friends’ Fountain!

friends-fountain.jpgI’ve done some pretty cool things in my life, but I must say that one of my favorite and most memorable adventures was dancing in the fountain that was used in the opening credits of Friends!  Back in 2002, I attended a seminar put on by my acting school that just happened to be held on the Warner Brothers Ranch Lot.  When I found out the seminar was going to be held at the Ranch I swear I almost died!  I had heard sometime before that the Friends  fountain was located somewhere on the Ranch and I had been trying to figure out a way to get onto the lot to see it in person.  Thank you acting school!

When I drove onto the lot early the morning of the seminar, I actually went right past the famous fountain without even realizing it.  Walking to the class, my eyes were one hundred percent peeled, looking in all directions for the fountain, but I couldn’t seem to find it.  During class, I happened to mention to a friend that I was dying to see the fountain, but had no idea where it was, and she said “You drove right past it when you drove onto the lot!”  LOL  During our lunch break she led me out to the location of the fountain and we snapped a couple of pics sitting on it and dancing inside of it.  Sadly, the pic of me dancing did not come out!  😦  But we did get to eat lunch on the lawn right in front of the fountain, and I was pinching myself the whole time! 

Until next time, Happy Stalking!  🙂

Stalk It:  The Warner Brothers Ranch Lot is located at 411 North Hollywood Way in Burbank.  While there are, sadly, no public tours offered of the Ranch, the fountain is completely visible through the front gates to the left of the guard shack.  If you walk down Hollywood Way you can peek through the main gates and snap a quick pic.  🙂

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Courteney Cox’s Malibu Beach House

img_1060.jpgAccording to fave website Real Estalker, Courteney Cox and David Arquette have just sold their John Lautner designed Malibu beach home for a cool $33.5 million.  I stalked this unique home a couple of years ago, back when I was trying to locate Jen Aniston’s beach house.  I knew the Arquettes lived on Carbon Beach, the same small stretch of land where Jen’s house is located.  While searching for Jen’s house, I passed by an extremely interesting home, unlike any I had ever seen before, and I knew it had to be the Arquette’s. 

At first I thought the house was extremely weird and ugly, but I must admit it has grown on me.  I am starting to really like John Lautner’s unique and dramatic style of architecture.  His space age inspired homes have been used in countless movies, including Charlie’s Angels, Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle, Lethal Weapon 2, Body Double and Diamonds Are Forever.

You can see pics of the inside of Courteney’s house here.

Until next time, Happy Stalking!  🙂

Stalk It: The Arquette’s former beach house is located at 22426 Pacific Coast Highway on Carbon Beach.  While stalking that house, you can also stalk Jen’s former home, located just down the road at 22164 Pacific Coast Highway.  The Arquette’s new home is located near Paradise Cove at 27460 PCH.

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The Friends Apartment

img_02071.jpgAnother one of my must-see New York filming locations from my first trip to the Big Apple was the Friends  Apartment.  The apartment is actually located right in the same neighborhood as Carrie’s brownstone and SJP’s house.  I could hardly contain myself as we walked up to the building – I felt like I had waited years to see it in person and here I was! 

img_02172.jpgThe building is actually pretty unremarkable in person and chances are if it wasn’t featured on TV for ten seasons, you’d probably walk right by it without even giving it a second glance.  But thanks to TV magic, it will be forever stalked and remembered.  Be on the lookout for the countless tour-groups walking by the building – we saw three stop by in the ten minutes we were there!  My boyfriend was thankful he was dating a stalker and didn’t have to shell out $65 for a look at the Friends Apartment.  🙂 

img_0218.jpgNew York’s narrowest house (only 9 1/2 feet wide!) is located just a block away at 75 1/2 Bedford Street.  John Barrymore and poet Edna St. Vincent Millay have both called it home. 

I found both locations in one of my favorite tour books – “New York: The Movie Lover’s Guide” by Richard Alleman.  You can pick it up on Amazon – http://www.amazon.com/New-York-Lovers-Ultimate-Insider/dp/0767916344/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1199939765&sr=8-3.  I highly recommend purchasing it before any visit to NY.  🙂

img_02141.jpgStalk It:  The Friends Apartment is located at 90 Bedford Street, at the corner of Bedford and Grove, in Greenwich Village.  You’ll recognize it immediately when you walk up to it.  The many tour-groups stopped in front might give it away, too!  A quick tip for posing for photos at the apartment – be sure to stand in the middle of the street and not directly in front of the building – otherwise you’ll come out too small in the pic.  After your Friends stalking adventure, stop in to Chumley’s at 86 Bedford Street for a drink and a bite to eat.  Chumley’s is a former speakeasy and still resides in an unmarked building.  You can even enter through the secret entryway leftover from the prohibition days!

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