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More Halloween!

Last year, during our annual Haunted Halloween tour, I dragged my boyfriend to the two houses where Jamie Lee Curtis and her friend babysit in the movie Halloween.  The final action sequence in the movie takes place at these two houses, which are located across the street from each other.  Even though I had never seen the movie Halloween, being that it was the season, I just had to stalk it.  🙂   I seriously need to rent this movie!

The first house I dragged my boyfriend to was the Doyle Family home where Jamie Lee Curtis babysits Tommy and Lindsay Doyle at the end of the movie.  The Doyle home is a very cute house and it actually looks like it should be located in the Pasadena area.  Being that the majority of the filming of Halloween  actually took place in Pasadena, I am very surprised that the producers didn’t just find a home there to use.  These location decisions always fascinate me and I would love to find out the reasoning behind them!  Someday I really need to sit down with a location scout to pick their brain!

Anyway, the next house we stalked is located directly across the street from the Doyle house.  It is the house where Jamie Lee’s best friend Annie babysits and also where she meets her untimely end.  From what I can tell from the screen captures, this house looks very different from how it appeared in Halloween.   While the front porch area is still recognizable from the movie, it appears that the home was somewhat modernized in recent years and a side garage was added.  I so hate it when movie homes are remodeled!  Filming locations should really be designated historical landmarks so that the exteriors are protected and forced to remain the same for eternity.  🙂  I mean I think I would seriously cry if anyone ever remodeled the 90210  house!  LOL

Until next time, Happy Stalking! 🙂

Stalk It: The home where Jamie Lee Curtis babysits is located at 1530 North Orange Grove Avenue in Hollywood.  The house where her friend Annie babysits is located directly across the street at 1537 North Orange Grove.

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The Oldest Restaurant in Hollywood!

Two weeks ago, while my mom and I were out stalking in Hollywood, we hit up Musso and Frank’s Grill, which has the distinction of being the oldest running restaurant in Hollywood.  Opened in 1919, not only is Musso and Frank’s a top notch celeb hangout, but the restaurant has been featured in countless hit movies, including Ocean’s Eleven  (pictured above).

Musso and Frank’s was started by John Musso and Frank Toulet.  Ever since its opening almost 90 years ago, the restaurant has been hugely popular with Tinseltown’s elite.  Back in the day Marilyn Monroe, Raymond Burr, F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway, Douglas Fairbanks, Mary Pickford, Gloria Swanson, Cecil B. DeMille, Raymond Chandler and Clark Gable were all Musso and Frank regulars.  Since its opening the restaurant has only been remodeled once – in 1937 – and it is still extremely popular with the rich and famous.  Today you might spot Robert Dinero, Al Pacino, Brad Pitt, James Woods, Johnny Depp, Keith Richards, Leonardo DiCaprio, Drew Barrymore, Sean Penn, Madonna, Harrison Ford, or Francis Ford Coppola sitting next to you in one of Musso and Frank’s plush red leather booths. 

My mom and I had an absolute blast dining at Musso and Frank’s!!  The restaurant definitely projects an Old Hollywood vibe, with its large oak-paneled, red leather booths, wood beamed ceilings, and vintage style bar.  Musso’s also serves up some really great food including chicken pot pie, filet minon, lamb, and cheese raviolis, but be prepared as it’s a bit on the pricey side.   The price is worth it, though, as you are paying for the vintage ambiance as much as anything else.

I literally could have sat there all day listening to the stories our waiter had to share about his 40 plus years working at Musso and Frank’s.  It seemed every waiter and bartender had a story to tell about the countless famous names that have dined at the establishment over the years and I have to admit I was completely mesmerized.    

Besides being a celeb hangout, Musso and Frank’s is a frequent filming location, as well.  The restaurant’s kitchen was featured as the kitchen in Disney’s Enchanted  where Nathanial speaks to Queen Narissa’s reflection in a pot of soup on the stove.

                   

The Grill was featured not once, but TWICE in Ocean’s Eleven.  Both scenes were with Brad Pitt and George Clooney.  The restaurant first shows up in the scene when Danny Ocean first tells Rusty that he is thinking of robbing a Vegas casino.  That scene was filmed in a booth in the Grill’s front dining room.  A bit later on in the movie, Rusty and Danny have a drink at Musso and Frank’s bar and Danny says his famous monologue about needing one more person for the heist – “Ten oughta do it, don’t you think?  You think we need one more?  You think we need one more.  All right, we’ll get one more.”

The restaurant was also used in the movie Swingers during the parking lot fight scene.  In the scene, Vince Vaughn and gang get into a fight with their rivals “House of Pain” in the parking lot behind Hollywood club the Dresden, but in reality filming actually took place in Musso and Frank’s back lot.  Producers simply changed the awning over the back door of Musso and Frank’s to read “The Dresden.”   Musso and Frank’s also showed up in Ed Wood  as the location where Ed Wood meets Orson Wells.  The restaurant has also appeared in numerous episodes of the TV show Shark.

Stalk It: Musso and Frank’s Grill is located at 6667 Hollywood Boulevard in Downtown Hollywood.  I highly recommend stalking it for the great food, amazing ambiance, and the waiters’ legendary Hollywood stories!

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The Beverly Beat

Thanks to my good friend Mike over at MovieShotsLA I was able to stalk Brandon and Steve’s newspaper office from the original Beverly Hills, 90210  series.  On the final years of the original 90210, Brandon and Steve ran their own newspaper called “The Beverly Beat” and the location of the newspaper office had eluded me for some time.

 I had long been convinced that the Beverly Beat office was located above Louise’s Trattoria restaurant on Colorado Boulevard in Pasadena (pictured above), but since I do not have the final seasons of 90210  on tape, I was never able to confirm my hunch.  Then I met Mike, 90210  stalking expert, who told me that Brandon’s office was actually located at the Baine Building right on Hollywood Boulevard.  So, of course, I ran right out to stalk it.

The Baine Building was built in the Spanish Revival style by businessman Harry M. Baine and designed by architecture firm Gogerty & Weyl in 1926.  Harry M. Baine, a prominent businessman and Los Angeles County Supervisor, was also the man responsible for the creation of the annual Hollywood Christmas Parade.  During Christmastime in 1928, hoping to promote his business and drive sales, Baine renamed Hollywood Boulevard “Santa Claus Lane” and hired real reindeer to pull sleighs down the street.  And thus a tradition was born.

The Baine Building is a beautiful building in Hollywood that I highly recommend stalking.  I wonder if the builiding will make an appearance on the new 90210  series. The building was also replicated in Disneyland’s California Adventure Park, so you can also stalk it there. 🙂  lol  You can read this interesting article  about the Disney replication.

Until next time, Happy Stalking! 🙂

Stalk It: The Baine Building is located at 6605 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, just a few blocks from the Hollywood & Highland Center.  Just a half a block away at 6667 Hollywood Boulevard is Musso and Frank’s Grill, the oldest restaurant in Hollywood and a great place to grab a bite to eat!  🙂

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Hollywood Renaissance Hotel

Yesterday, while killing time before an acting class, I decided to stop into the Hollywood Renaissance Hotel which is attached to the famous Hollywood & Highland shopping center.  When I stepped inside, I noticed a few excited teenage girls standing in the lobby with cameras and autograph books in hand.  I just had to walk over to them to ask who they were waiting for.  They told me that Will Smith had just walked through the lobby and was standing “RIGHT THERE!”  I looked around and did not see him and they kept saying “He’s RIGHT THERE!”  LOL  Turns out Will was standing just a few yards away from me waiting to get into his SUV.  I had just missed him walking through the lobby by mere seconds.

The teenage girls told me that Will was SUPER nice and had stopped to take pictures with each of them.  Even though his bodyguard kept telling him that he didn’t have time to stop, Will took individual pictures with all of the girls.  How sweet is that!  Apparently Will was at the Renaissance for a pre-party before the premiere of his new movie Hancock.   Will was much thinner in person than I thought he would be.  I guess I expected him to be larger than life, due to the characters he portrays onscreen.  In real life he is tall, about 6′, but pretty lanky and really thin.  Everything happened so fast that I did not have time to snap a picture of him.  😦

Besides being a favorite stomping ground of celebrities – last time I was there I saw Nikki Blonsky from Hairspray – the Renaissance is also a filming location!  It was portrayed as the hotel where Rachel McAdams works in the movie Red Eye.  The brightly colored lobby stood in for the lobby of the Miami Beach hotel where McAdams character was head of customer service.  The Renaissance is a great place for celeb stalking as many stay there during premieres and press junkets due to its close proximity to downtown Hollywood.

Until next time, Happy Stalking!  🙂

Stalk It: The Hollywood Renaissance Hotel is located at 1755 North Highland Avenue, right next to the Hollywood & Highland Shopping Center.  You can visit their website here.

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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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