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I Am Just So That Into It!

On Friday night, literally the second my boyfriend got off work, I dragged him right out to see new movie He’s Just Not That Into You. He said afterwards that if he had known it was a two-hour-and-nine-minute-long-movie, he never would have agreed to see it. LOL Needless to say, he just wasn’t that into the movie. But I, on the other hand, was! I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT! LOVE LOVE LOVED IT! I was practically skipping out of the theatre afterwards, with a huge grin on my face, thinking to myself that movies like HJNTIY are the reason I moved to Hollywood. Movies like that make me want to act. ūüôā I’m not aiming to be the next Meryl Streep and I have no desire to be the darling of the independent film circuit – I just want to make people laugh and walk out of that movie theatre with a big ol’ smile on their face. ūüôā That’s the kind of acting I want to do – and HJNTIY is EXACTLY the kind of movie I hope to someday be a part of. So, in case you didn’t get it the first few times – I LOVED THIS MOVIE! ūüôā

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So, yesterday, after I found one of the movie’s filming locations, I, of course, ran right out to stalk it. ūüôā Although the movie is set in the East Coast city of Baltimore, most of the filming took place – of course – in Los Angeles. Only two weeks of filming actually occured in Baltimore and only four of the HJNTIY actors (Bradley Cooper, Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Connelly, and Kevin Connolly) made the trip out to the East Coast. The film’s writers, Marc Silverstein and Abby Kohn, decided to set their story in Baltimore because they had never seen it done before. Most romantic comedies are set in either New York or Los Angeles and Marc and Abby were hoping to shake things up a bit. Since Marc had lived in Baltimore for ten years before moving to L.A. to pursue a screenwriting career, he knew the coastal city well and thought it was the perfect choice to set their story.

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But since I couldn’t very well run right out to Baltimore to stalk HJNTIY, I decided to try to find some of the movie’s West Coast locations. I really wanted to stalk the coffee shop where Drew Barrymore met Kevin Connolly towards the end of the movie, but I struck out on that one. Instead, after a bit of Googling, I happened to find these paparazzi photos of Scarlett Johansson and Bradley Cooper filming a scene at a grocery store in Burbank. From there it was just a matter of finding the right grocery store. And sure enough, I did! ūüôā

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In real life the grocery store is called Handy Market and it is a very cute and very tiny little shop. According to one of the Handy Market checkers, back in October of 2007 the store was shut down for a full day and a half for the filming of the two short scenes that took place there. Scenes were filmed both inside the store – at the first check-out stand and in a few of the aisles – and outside on the market’s exterior West facing wall.

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It’s not hard to see why producers chose to use Handy Market. According to this article about the filming of HJNTIY, director Ken Kwapis said “One of the things that I love about Baltimore is that the texture of the city can be summed-up in one word: brick. The brick textures of the interiors and the exteriors are, to me, so expressive, so distinctive. Being a resident of Baltimore, you may not realize it, but boy, it’s not easy to find a lot of brick in L.A.” LOL Handy’s all-brick exterior must have made it a shoe-in for being used in the movie.

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So, for all of you out there who weren’t like me and didn’t catch HJNTIY on opening night, drop what you’re doing and go see it now! I guarantee you so will be that into it! ūüôā

Until next time, Happy Stalking! ūüôā

Stalk It: Burbank’s Handy Market is located at 2514 W. Magnolia Boulevard in – you guessed it! – Burbank. The Home Depot store located at 16800 Roscoe Boulevard in Van Nuys was also used in He’s Just Not That Into You, although I most likely won’t stalk that location. ūüôā My boyfriend would probably be really excited if I did, though. LOL

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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??¬† ūüôā¬† 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? ūüôā¬†

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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!¬† ūüôā¬† ¬†

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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.¬† ūüôā¬† My friends and I parked ourselves just across the street from the red carpet¬† and it wasn’t long before the celebs started arriving.¬†ūüôā¬†¬† 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.¬† ūüôā¬† 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!¬† ūüė¶¬† 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. ¬†ūüôā¬† 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!¬† ūüė¶

Until next time, Happy Stalking!¬† ūüôā

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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