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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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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.¬† ūüôā¬†¬†¬†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.!¬†¬† ūüôā

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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.¬† ūüôā

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Until next time, Happy Stalking!¬† ūüôā

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 90210 Pilot Church

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A few days ago I sent Mike, from MovieShotsLA, a screen capture of the church featured in the pilot episode of Beverly Hills, 90210.¬† I had a hunch he might know where it was located – and, sure enough, he did!¬†¬†He immediately called me and said “That’s the Spiderman ¬†church!” as¬†it was¬†also used in the filming of Spiderman 3.¬† ūüôā¬† God, he’s good!¬† St. Brendan Church –¬†or as Mike and I like to call it, the¬†“pilot church” –¬†was built in 1927 by¬†Los Angeles area architect Emmett Martin.¬†

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In the pilot episode of 90210, Brenda, not wanting her new twenty-something boyfriend Jason to know that she is only sixteen years old and still living at home with her parents,¬†lies and says that she is¬†attending¬†UCLA and living in a sorority house named Sigma Rho Tau.¬† After their first date, Jason drops Brenda¬†off in front of¬†her fake sorority house, which just happens to be¬†located next door to a church.¬† That church is St. Brendan and that sorority house is not really a sorority house at all, but¬†the church rectory.¬†¬† As you can see in the above screen captures, all the producers had to do was¬†add a sign with the sorority’s name¬†to the outside of the rectory and cover up the stained glass window with a bulletin board – and voila,¬†they had themselves a sorority house!

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While researching St. Brendan Church earlier today I remembered something very ironic from my past.¬† I can’t even believe I’m admitting to this – in a public forum no less – but you only live once, so here goes!¬† When I was in high school I receieved the Sacrament of¬†Confirmation.¬† At the time I was fifteen years old and¬†deep in the throws of my 90210¬† obsession.¬† So much so in fact, that¬†I chose Brendan, after St. Brendan,¬†as my confirmation name.¬†¬†In the Catholic faith, when ones receives the Sacrament of Confirmation, they are to¬†adopt the name of a patron saint who is said to then guide and protect them.¬† Confirmation candidates are supposed to study the history of the saints and find one that represents the type of Christian they want to become.¬† But for me the choice was easy.¬† Once¬†I found out there was a saint named¬†Brendan, that was it for me!¬† Of course, the female version of the name Brendan is Brenda.¬† ūüôā¬† Yes, I was THAT obsessed.¬† LOL¬† Being that my mother wanted to kill me when she found out the saint name I chose, this little episode of my life has been a long running joke in my family.¬† LOL¬† So earlier today when I¬†found out¬†that St. Brendan was the name of the 90210 church, I just about fell out of my chair.¬†¬†¬†¬†

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St. Brendan actually has quite a rich filming history.¬† Besides the pilot episode of Beverly Hills, 90210, the church was also featured in Armageddon as the location of Ben Affleck and Liv Tyler’s wedding.¬† You can watch the wedding scene here.

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It was the location of Stephanie Seymor and Axl Rose’s wedding in the Guns N’ Roses music video for the song¬†“November Rain”.¬†¬†¬† On a side note – I must say that I absolutely LOVE Stephanie Seymour’s wedding dress from the video (pictured above).¬† I am gonna have to get me one of those for my wedding!¬†¬†LOL¬† As if!!¬† ūüôā¬† You can watch the “November Rain” music video here.

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In the Season Four episode of ¬†CSI: Miami entitled¬†“From the Grave”, my fave Horatio Caine confessed his sins¬†at Saint Brendan.¬†¬†The church was also featured in the 1953 version of War of the Worlds (as the location where¬†the residents of L.A. gather during the final scenes of the movie),¬† Spiderman 3 (the interior is where Topher Grace prayed for God to kill Peter Parker), Fight Club (Edward Norton’s cancer support group was held¬†there), and¬†an episode of¬†Unsolved Mysteries.¬† You can see interior pics of the church on the Saint Brendan website.

Until next time, Happy Stalking!¬† ūüôā

Stalk It: The Beverly Hills, 90210  pilot church, aka St. Brendan, is located at 310 South Van Ness Avenue in the Hancock Park area of Los Angeles.

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The Father of the Bride Apartment

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I must bow down yet again to Mike over at MovieShotsLA¬†for finding a filming location that has eluded me for years!¬† Ever since seeing Father of the Bride Part II¬† way back in 1995 – has it honestly been that long??? – I have been obsessed with Kimberly Williams’¬†Spanish style¬†apartment building¬†from the movie (pictured above).¬†¬† I can still remember sitting in the theatre thinking that¬†one day I wanted to live in an apartment building just like hers!¬† So the other day when Mike called me and asked if there were any locations I was currently¬†stumped on, I remembered my obsession with the Father of the Bride¬† apartment¬†and enlisted his help in locating it.¬† Sure enough, not even an hour later I got an email from him with a link to the address!¬† I am telling you, the guy is unbelievable!¬†¬†¬† So, bright and early the¬†following morning I ran right out to finally stalk Annie’s apartment building.¬† ūüôā

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The small building, named La Casa Torre,¬†is located in Pasadena and actually consists of¬†eight condominium units situated around a picturesque central courtyard area, complete with a fountain.¬† The complex was built in 1927 by renowned Pasadena area architect Everett Phillips Babcock, who is famous for designing numerous Spanish style¬†residences in the San Gabriel Valley.¬† Babcock¬†started off his career working for prominent Los Angeles¬†architect Wallace Neff, who just happens to have designed the famous French Normandy style home Brad and Jen lived during their married years.¬† In his design of La Casa Torre, Babcock implemented numerous Italian, Spanish, and Moorish details and each apartment boasted a real wood burning fireplace, mahogany floors, and travertine walls.¬†¬†Adding to the building’s charm is the fact that no two units¬†are alike.¬† La Casa Torre was featured in the 1996 book¬†Courtyard Housing in Los Angeles¬† and is currently under evaluation by the City of Pasadena to receive historic landmark status.¬†

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Although it has been over fourteen years since Father of the Bride Part II ¬†was filmed at this location, the building looks very much the same today as it did in the movie.¬† The foliage is somewhat overgrown now and¬†the courtyard¬†is not quite as picturesque as it appeared onscreen,¬†but¬†for all intents and purposes La Casa Torre hasn’t changed much since filming took place.¬† And I can’t tell you how excited I was to be seeing it in person!

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Ironically, it turns out that¬†I used to work just down the street from Annie’s building and must have driven¬†past it about a hundred times, but never recognized it.¬† In reality, the central courtyard is located behind and off to the side of the main building and therefore the complex doesn’t look like¬†your typical couryard apartment building.¬†¬†So I never stopped to check it out.¬† LOL ¬†La Casa Torre¬†is¬†located just down the street from the house that was used as¬†Steve Martin and Diane Keaton’s home in both¬†Father of the Bride¬† movies.¬†¬† Looks like when Annie moved out of her parents’ house she didn’t go very far.¬† ūüôā

Until next time, Happy Stalking!¬† ūüôā

Stalk It: Annie’s apartment building from Father of the Bride Part II¬† is located at 611-627 California Boulevard in Pasadena.¬† Annie lived in¬†Unit 619.¬† Remember the building and courtyard¬†are private property¬†¬†–¬†while it is OK to look, it is not OK to¬†trespass.¬† ūüôā

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The License to Drive School

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This weekend, thanks to Mike over at MovieShotsLA, I got to stalk the high school used in fave 80s movie License to Drive.¬† When I found out that Mike had found this filming location long ago, I completely freaked out and of course immediately dragged my boyfriend, and my good friend Nat who was visiting from San Francisco, out to stalk it.¬† It turns out, though, that the¬†License to Drive high school¬†is not really¬†a high school at all, but rather a middle school named Walter Reed.¬†¬†¬†And, let me tell you,¬†for a middle school the place is absolutely HUGE. ¬†I couldn’t get over it!¬† I think my¬†entire junior high could have fit on Walter Reed’s front lawn.¬† LOL¬†

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Walter Reed Middle School shows up several times in License to Drive, most often¬†as the location where Mercedes Lane waits¬†on an outdoor bench for her Ferrari-driving boyfriend to pick her up after school.¬† It was that bench that I was most excited to see in person as I absolutely worshiped Mercedes growing up!¬† I am happy to report that Mercedes’ bench is still there twenty years later and looks pretty much exactly the same as it did when filming took place.¬† I can’t tell you how excited I was to be sitting in the exact spot my idol Mercedes Lane had sat¬†all those years ago.¬† ūüôā¬† Too bad I didn’t have my denim skirt and white ankle boots on for the picture.¬† LOL

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Walter Reed’s¬†unique pick-up/drop-off area located in front of the school is the reason¬†I believe producers chose to use¬†the school¬†for filming.¬† That¬†area worked perfectly for the many¬†pick-up/drop-off scenes featured in the movie.

Besides License to Drive, Walter Reed also appeared in 7th Heaven (as Simon Camden’s elementary school), 2006’s The Shaggy Dog¬† remake, Role Models, Accepted, The West Wing, CSI, and Malcom in the Middle.¬† The exterior of the school is very picturesque¬†and has a very Middle America feel to it, so it is easy to see why it is used so often¬†for filming.¬† I was also excited to find out that quite a few celebs attended Walter Reed during their tween years,¬†including Mayim Bialik (aka TV’s Blossom), Brian Austin Green, Adam Carolla, Teri Garr, Cuba Gooding Jr., Alyson Hannigan, Christina Milian, and, ironically, Khrystyne Haje who played Simone on Head of the Class.¬† I say ironically because the storyline of¬†Head of the Class, the show Khrystyne would later star in, was actually loosely¬†based on the¬†Walter Reed Middle School¬†honor program.¬†ūüôā

Until next time, Happy Stalking!¬† ūüôā

Stalk It: Walter Reed Middle School is located at 4525 Irvine Avenue in North Hollywood.

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The Marilyn Monroe Theatre

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A few weeks ago while out driving, I pulled my car to a screeching halt when I noticed a large¬†sign reading “The Marilyn Monroe Theatre” on the side of a building in West Hollywood.¬† I had never heard of a MM Theatre in Los Angeles before, so of course I just had park my car¬†to go investigate.¬† ūüôā¬† It turns out that the theatre¬†is part of the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute.¬† For non-Marilyn fans, Lee Strasberg and his second wife Paula were MM’s beloved acting teachers and private acting coaches¬†for the seven years leading up to her death.¬† While Marilyn never attended the Los Angeles branch of the Actors Studio, she did study at the New York¬†studio beginning in March of 1955.

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By that time, Marilyn was already a huge celebrity with 26 films under her belt.¬† The already famous actress, who once¬†said about acting “I am not interested in money.¬† I just want to be wonderful.”, enrolled¬†in regular classes at “The Studio”,¬†studying alongside far less successful performers than herself.¬† During class, due to her severe shyness and stage fright, Marilyn often sat in the very last row of seats in the very back of the room.¬† I find it¬†so admirable¬†that a star of her caliber at¬†such a¬†high point in her career would¬† be humble enough to study in a regular¬†acting class.¬† You don’t see many stars of today doing that!¬† While at the studio, Marilyn studied alongside the likes¬†of Eli Wallach (with whom she would later star in The Misfits), Kevin McCarthy, Maureen Stapleton, and Kim Stanley.¬† Of her acting Lee Strasberg said “I have worked with hundreds and hundreds of actors and actresses, and there are only two that stand out way above the rest.¬† Number one is Marlon Brando, and the second is Marilyn Monroe.”¬† It is so sad to me that while outsiders could see and appreciate Marilyn’s immense talent, she was never able to recognize it in herself.¬†

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When Marilyn passed away in 1962, she willed the bulk of her estate to her beloved acting coach and his wife.¬† Paula Strasberg died only four years later and a short year after that Lee Strasberg met and married a woman named Anna.¬† The two remained married until¬†Lee’s death in 1982, upon which Anna inherited Marilyn’s vast fortune and control of her image.¬† In an ironic twist of fate, because Lee didn’t meet Anna until 1967, some five years after Marilyn’s death, the image and estate of one of the most famous stars in Hollywood history is controlled by a woman she never even met.

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In 1969, as a present to her husband,¬†Anna purchased the property where the Marilyn Monroe Theatre and the Los Angeles branch of The Actors Studio now stands.¬† In¬†the theatre’s¬†early years, Lee’s acting classes were held there.¬† As time went on, though,¬†the theatre became one of the most prestigious stage venues in Los Angeles.¬†¬† And while Marilyn never set foot inside of the theatre that now bears her name, over the years it has ¬†premiered many revered plays¬†and has also played¬†host to many famous actors and actresses including Sally Kirkland, Rebecca DeMornay, Joe Mantegna, Amy Madigan, Andrew Prine, Renee Taylor, Joseph Bologna, Burt Young, Kim Cattral, and Boy Meet’s World’s¬† Ben Savage.¬†¬† Movie screenings are also often held at the theatre.¬†¬† Actors who have participated in screenings at the MM Theatre include Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro, John Voight, Bridget Fonda, Claire Danes, Martin Landau, Lesley Ann Warren,¬†and Robert Wagner.¬†

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Of course, I highly recommend stalking the Marilyn Monroe Theatre.¬† Any fan of MM will definitely appreciate being there.¬† ūüôā¬† On a side note while researching the theatre, I¬†happened upon a link with an address to a Marilyn Monroe Memorial Theatre located in San Francisco.¬† I am DEFINITELY going to have to stalk that the next time I am up there!!

Until next time, Happy Stalking!¬† ūüôā

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Stalk It: The Marilyn Monroe Theatre is located 7936 Santa Monica Boulevard in West Hollywood.¬† San Francisco’s Marilyn Monroe Memorial Theatre is located at 96 Lafayette Street.¬† The Actors Studio in New York where Marilyn once¬†studied is located at 432 West 44th Street.

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Pawn Shop to the Stars

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Another day, another pawn shop to write about.¬† ūüôā¬† Ironically,¬†just around the corner from the now defunct Beverly Hills, 90210 pawn shop that I blogged about yesterday, is yet another local pawn shop that also has a¬† filming history.¬†¬†Who knew that pawn shops were such popular filming locations??¬† ūüôā¬† Angelo’s Jewelry and Loan Company, which touts¬†itself as the “Pawn Shop to the Stars”,¬†opened up in 1984 and has the distinction of being Santa Monica’s oldest pawn shop.¬†¬†Since it was around at the time,¬†I can’t help but wonder why it wasn’t¬†used as Dylan’s pawn¬†shop¬†in the “Anaconda” episode of 90210.¬†¬†Or why there would be two pawn shops in such close proximity to each other.¬† Perhaps that explains why the “Anaconda”¬†one is no longer in business.¬† Anyway, even though¬†the tiny shop was overlooked by¬†90210 location scouts, it did get featured¬†just last year in the Owen Wilson movie Drillbit Taylor.¬†

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¬† In Drillbit Taylor, a group of nerdy teenage boys hire con man Owen Wilson to be their bodyguard.¬† But instead of protecting them, Drillbit¬†ends up robbing them blind¬†and hawking their goods at a local pawn shop.¬† That pawn shop was Angelo’s.¬† And¬†it looks exactly the same in real life as it did in the movie.¬†¬† According to the owner Angelo’s has also been featured in other productions over the years, but he was unable to recall which ones – which¬†boggles¬†my mind!¬† LOL¬† My guess is that Angelo’s has appeared in one or more¬†of the L.A. based crime dramas such as Without A Trace, Cold Case, or the CSI shows.¬†

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I found this location thanks to Mike over at MovieShotsLA, but the truth is I really¬†should have recognized it myself. For over two years I took acting classes right around the corner from Angelo’s and would pass by¬†the shop¬†at least three times a week on my way to grab a coffee before or after class.¬† Every time I walked by¬†I would¬†laugh at the silly signs in the store windows (pictured above).¬† So when Mike told me that my acting class pawn shop¬†was the very same¬†pawn shop featured in Drillbit Taylor, I had to mentally kick myself for not immediately recognizing it.¬† And I call myself a stalker!!¬† LOL¬† Sometimes I really think all that blond dye goes straight to my head.¬† LOL¬† Thanks, Mike!

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According to this article, Angelo’s¬†claim of being the “Pawn Shop to the Stars” is actually not a joke.¬† Apparently movie stars do stop in¬†to Angelo’s¬†from time to time,¬†although the owner¬†refuses to divulge which ones.¬† I didn’t see any while I was there, but who knows, while stalking the place you might end up spotting a celeb or two!¬† ūüôā

Until next time, Happy Stalking!¬† ūüôā

Stalk It: Angelo’s Pawn Shop is located at 206 Santa Monica Boulevard in Santa Monica.

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