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Only in L.A.!

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The other day while I was on my way to acting class I experienced one of those “Only in L.A.” moments that I love so much.  🙂   While walking past Lucky Strike Lanes Bowling Alley on Highland Avenue in Hollywood I noticed a vending machine selling Movie Star Maps and I just about died laughing.  LOL  You gotta love it!  I mean in every other city in America there are plenty of street-side vending machines selling newspapers, local publications, and maybe even the occasional apartment locator magazine.  But L.A. is unique. L.A. is special.  Here, right on the street smack dab in the middle of Hollywood, we have a vending machine which sells maps with the addresses of all of your favorite movie stars for the bargain price of $5.  God, I love L.A.!   🙂

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Even though the Movie Star Maps vending machine is not a filming location – that I know of! – I still just HAD to blog about it.  🙂

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Until next time, Happy Stalking!  🙂

Stalk It: The Movie Star Maps vending machine is located on North Highland Avenue, in between Hollywood Boulevard and Yucca Street, just a few feet north of Lucky Strike Lanes Bowling Alley.

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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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Lindsay’s Big Adventure

                

The idea of watching a movie outdoors at night in an LA cemetery might at first seem a little odd to some.  And I must admit, it did at first to me, too.  But that’s exactly what I did this past Saturday night for a screening of Pee Wee’s Big Adventure  at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.  My best friend Kylee, who attended the screening with me, said she just couldn’t wrap her head around celebrities and Pee Wee’s Big Adventure  all coming together outdoors at a cemetery.  I guess it’s just something you have to see to believe. My acting mentor, Diane Louise Salinger, who played Simone in the 1985 cult classic, invited me and my fellow classmates to the Pee Wee  screening, which is shown annually at the legendary cemetery.   

The cemetery screenings were started in 2001 by a company called Cinespia, which was founded by set designer and classic movie buff John Wyatt.  Each Saturday night during the summer season, Wyatt screens old time movies at Hollywood Forever.  The movies are projected onto the walls of the mausoleum where Rudolph Valentino is interred.  Tickets are $10 per person, and I must say it is $10 well spent.  The atmosphere is fabulous and I can’t think of a better way I could have spent a Saturday night with my best friend.  Guests bring wine, beer and food and sit on blankets and beach chairs under (and above) the stars, eating, drinking and watching classic Hollywood movies.  

          

Before arriving at the cemetery last night I really had no idea what to expect.  While driving there we got stuck in some major traffic on Santa Monica Boulevard and we were joking that all of the traffic must be for the Pee Wee  screening.  Turns out it actually was!!!!  I had no idea what a humongous following Pee Wee had!  The line to enter the cemetery literally wrapped around the block.   Because we were attending the screening with Diane, we got the total VIP treatment – VIP parking and the best seats in the house!!!   Pictured above are my best friend Kylee and up and coming actor Justin Dray (look for him in an upcoming episode of ICarly) hanging out before the show.

While waiting for the movie to start, I got to meet and talk with Jay Boileau, owner of the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.  In 1998 Jay and his partner, Tyler Cassity, of Forever Productions, purchased the cemetery after it had fallen into serious disrepair and bankruptcy.  The California government had even stepped in to cease the further sales of cemetery plots.  Jay and Tyler painstakingly refurbished the 62-acre property to its former grandeur and have made it what it is today.  Countless celebrities are buried at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, including Marion Davies, Cecil B. DeMille, former Columbia Pictures president Harry Cohn, Tyrone Power, Mel Blanc, Lana Clarkson, Estelle Getty, Bugsy Siegel, Johnny Ramone, Rudolph Valentino, Douglas Fairbanks, Peter Lorre, and sisters Norma and Constance Talmadge, among many others.  The cemetery has also been featured in countless television and movie productions, including Charmed, The Player, LA Story, Brothers & Sisters, Frasier, Nip/Tuck, Bonfire of the Vanities, Hot Shots!, The Prestige, The Young and the Dead, and Virtuosity.

The highlight of the night for me had to be when, thanks to Diane, I got to meet Pee Wee himself, Paul Ruebens!!!!  🙂  Paul could not have been kinder or more down to earth.  I half expected him to be a bit off the wall, like his character, but in reality he was very calm and almost on the shy side.  Couldn’t have been a nicer guy!  Diane even got him to pose for a photo with me – the only photo he took all night – and I could not have been more excited!  🙂    Also in the photograph is my teacher, Diane, and Elizabeth Daily, who played Dottie in the film.

           

Before the show, Paul gave a brief introduction, during which he talked about the original premiere of Pee Wee’s Big Adventure  back in ’85.  I must say it was very cool watching the movie with all of the stars in attendance.  Very cool!!!  All in all, it was a great night and I highly recommend stalking the cemetery during future summer screenings!!  While it may seem strange to be watching movies in a graveyard, after experiencing it for myself, I now actually want to be buried at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery – eternally resting in the heart of Hollywood while forever watching classic movies under and among the stars.  🙂

Until next time, Happy Stalking!  🙂

Stalk It: Hollywood Forever Cemetery is located at 6000 Santa Monica Boulevard in Hollywood.  The Cinespia screenings are over for Summer 2008, but you can check this website in 2009 for next summer’s schedule.  The cemetery is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  You can purchase a map of the stars’ graves at the flower shop near the cemetery’s main entrance.

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Charmed Challenge!

Got a challenge from Jenna a few weeks back to find a whole bunch of Charmed  locations, one of which being the “San Francisco” city street featured in both the Season 7 episode “The Bare Witch Project” and the Season 8 episode “Still Charmed and Kicking”.  In “The Bare With Project” (pictured above), the street is featured twice.  In the opening scene of that episode, Phoebe and Piper are shown eating lunch at an outdoor corner cafe located on a public street.  In the scene Piper is breastfeeding and is asked to leave by the restaurant manager.  In the closing scene of that episode, Phoebe rides a horse naked – a la Lady Godiva – down the same street to protest against the restaurant for mistreating her sister.   

In the “Still Charmed and Kicking” episode (pictured above), that same street shows up yet again as the spot where Phoebe and Piper do some serious shoe shopping after faking their own deaths. 

Well, Jenna, I have good news and I have bad news.  If you’re like me, you prefer the bad news first, so here goes.  The bad news is that the street the sisters walked along is not a real street – it is actually part of the Paramount Studios backlot in Hollywood.  While doing some online Charmed  research  to try to figure out where this street was located, I found out that after the sixth season of the series, production moved from its small Canoga Park studio to Hollywood mega-lot Paramount Studios.  After carefully watching both episodes, something about the “street” didn’t seem realistic to me.  If you look closely at both episodes, everything seems just a bit smaller than it should be – much like Wisteria Lane from Desperate Housewives.  The streets are a bit too narrow, the sidewalks a bit too skinny, the buildings a little too short – all causing me to realize that a back lot, not a real city street, must have been used for the filming.  If you look in the background of the above screen capture, a house or small apartment building (circled) is visible behind Alyssa Milano on the left hand side.  That was a dead giveaway for me that the street was really a set, as residential street sets are commonly located right next to city street sets on most movie studio backlots.  After I learned that both of the episodes were filmed during the time that Charmed  was being produced on the Paramount lot, I became convinced that the street was in actuality just a set.  I believe that for both of the episodes mentioned one of Paramount’s New York street scenes was used. 

Now for the good news – even though this street is located on a set, you can still see it in person.  🙂  Paramount Studios offers a behind the scenes tour and one of the stops is the New York area of the back lot.  While I have never been on the Paramount Tour, it is definitely something I want to do in the near future.  Seeing Stars does a great write-up on the Paramount Tour, with some great photos and while he didn’t seem to like the tour much, this stalker still really wants to check it out.  When I do go on the tour, I will be sure to post some photographs of the New York City streets for comparison.  Sadly, though, I don’t think the streets will be that recognizable from Charmed  due to the fact that studio street scenes and building facades are constantly changed and redressed to make way for new productions.  That being said, I would still recommend stalking the Paramount Tour, as I think it would still be really fun to see.

And don’t worry, Jenna, I am still stalking the other Charmed  locations you challenged me to find.  🙂 

Until next time, Happy Stalking! 🙂

Stalk It: Paramount Studios is located at 5555 Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles.  To book a tour, you can call (323)956-4848.  Tours cost $39 per person.

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Marilyn’s Room at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel

 I know I have blogged about the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel quite a few times in the past, but what can I say?  Every time I go there I discover something new!  A few weeks ago while doing some Hollywood stalking with my mom, we took a little lunch break at the Tropicana Bar next to the Roosevelt Hotel’s pool.  While we were there I happened to ask the pool security guard if he knew where Marilyn Monroe’s former room was located.  Not only did he know where it was, but it turns out we were sitting directly beneath it!  🙂

For about two years, shortly before she became the world’s most famous starlet, Marilyn lived in a poolside suite at the Roosevelt.  At the time MM was fresh from her first divorce and her modeling career was just taking off.  According to the security guard, Marilyn’s room is one of the largest rooms in the entire hotel, with a huge wraparound balcony overlooking the pool.  A mirror that hung in Marilyn’s room during the time she called the Roosevelt home now hangs in a mezzanine hallway just off the hotel lobby.  Marilyn must have truly loved the Roosevelt, as she doesn’t seem to want to leave.  Rumors persist that the hotel is still haunted by her ghost to this day. 

As I have said many times before, the Roosevelt is one of my very favorite places in all of LA.  I highly recommend stalking it if you have the chance.  You can even spend the night in the Marilyn Monroe suite, which is apparently the hotel’s most requested room.  🙂  Looks like I need to plan a little overnight stalking trip!!  🙂 The Tropicana Bar is a fabulous place to grab a drink and a bite to eat – they have GREAT food and the staff could not be friendlier!!  But be prepared, the menu is pricey.  It is worth every penny, though, as it is one of the hippest spots in LA and is pretty much celeb central.  The poolside bar is one of Lauren Conrad’s favorite places to hang out and it has even shown up in a few episodes of The Hills.  🙂

In other Marilyn news, I just finished an absolutely fascinating book about Marilyn’s life called The Last Days of Marilyn Monroe.  If you are at all an MM fan, I highly recommend reading. 

You can read my other posts about the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel here and here

Until next time, Happy Stalking!  🙂

Stalk It: The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel is located at 7000 Hollywood Boulevard in downtown Hollywood.  Marilyn’s room is located directly above the Tropicana, the Roosevelt’s poolside bar.

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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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