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Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch

I cannot tell you how excited I am that October is finally here!  Halloween has always been my very favorite holiday, most probably because I love nothing more than to dress up in costume.  For the past three years during the month of October and in honor of Halloween, I have dragged my boyfriend out on my very own “Haunted Hollywood Tour”.  Our tour consists of visiting houses from famous scary movies, sites of famous Hollywood deaths, and rumored haunted hot spots in the L.A. area.  Since I have accumulated a fairly large list of scary spots from these yearly tours, last night I decided that, in honor of my favorite holiday, I would blog about all things spooky in Hollywood from now until October 31st. 

But I can’t very well do that without first writing about my fave Halloween location – Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch.  I dragged my boyfriend out to Mr. Bones last October after seeing the West Hollywood patch appear countless times in US Magazine.  For those of you who don’t read US, during the month of October Mr. Bones is THE place to be seen in L.A. and literally anyone who’s anyone makes an appearance at the famous patch.  Last year Courteney Cox, David Arquette, Marky Mark, Tobey McGuire and his jewelry designer wife Jennifer Meyer, Sarah Gilbert, Harrison Ford and Calista Flockhart, Lisa Rinna, Corey Feldman, and Lindsay Lohan all got their pumpkin on at Mr. Bones.  It is literally the Les Deux of pumpkin patches.  So, of course, I had to stalk it!       

   Last year, as my boyfriend and I walked up to Mr. Bones, I was floored to see at least forty paparazzi standing around the perimeter of the fenced in patch, long lense cameras in hand.  The paps were going absolutely agro – some standing on top of cars or on ladders trying to see over the patch’s high fences for the perfect photo op.

Due to the sheer amount of photogs stationed around the patch, I was absolutely convinced that TomKat and Suri or BritBrit and her kids were inside.  But it turns out the paps were actually snapping photographs of Heidi Klum and Seal and their three children.   This was actually Heidi and Seal’s second trip to Mr. Bones in less than a week and the two hung out at the patch with their kids and nanny for over an hour.  They definitely seemed to be enjoying all of the attention, too, and were most certainly hamming it up for the cameras – kissing and hugging and what not.  I could not have been more excited!  🙂

Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch, which has been a family-owned and operated business for over 15 years,  is the perfect place to get you in the mood for Halloween.  I highly recommend stalking the patch as much for the celeb sightings as for the Halloween festivities.  There are pony rides, face painting, great food, a Halloween store, and, of course, lots and lots of pumpkins.  It is pricey, though.  The pumpkins cost far more than they would at other local pumpkin patches – and there’s a cover charge!  Yes, you read that right.  Only in L.A., I swear!  You will have to cough up $2 per person just to gain entry to the legendary pumpkin patch.  But the entry fee can be applied to any pumpkin or Halloween merchandise purchase while there, so it’s not all bad.  What you’re mostly paying for, though, are the Halloween spirit and atmosphere – which Mr. Bones definitely has in droves.  You’ll love it!   It’s the perfect place to get into the Halloween spirit.  🙂 

And, of course, I just had to take a pic of me in front of all the paps.  🙂

Until next time, Happy Stalking!  🙂

Stalk It: Mr. Bones Pumpkin Patch is located at 702 N. Doheny Drive in West Hollywood.  This year Mr. Bones opens for business this upcoming Friday, October 10th, and they will remain open through Halloween day.  Their hours are from 9am to 8pm daily.  You can visit their website here.  Another great place to get into the Halloween spirit is Lombardi’s Ranch.  They are located at 29527 Bouquet Canyon Road in Saugus, near Santa Clarita.  Their pumpkin patch is currently open for business.  You can visit their website here.  Lombardi’s has live music, a petting zoo, awesome pumpkin pie, a sunflower patch, and acres upon acres of pumpkins.  It is a great place to spend a day with kids, though you probably won’t spot any celebs.

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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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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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The Sunset Tower Hotel

One of my favorite places to visit in all of LA is the Sunset Tower Hotel, located on the legendary Sunset Strip in Hollywood.  The Sunset Tower Hotel was built in 1931 by architect Leland A. Bryant for owner E.M. Fleming.  The Art Deco building, which originally functioned as an upscale apartment house, was the very first earthquake proof property to be built in Los Angeles.   While the hotel enjoyed some glory years during the hey dey of Hollywood, in the 1980s it fell into serious disrepair and was saved from demolition when it was purchased by London’s St. James Hotel chain.  Peter de Savary, owner of the St. James chain, poured $46 million into restoring the Sunset Tower and renamed it the St. James Club.  Since that time, the hotel has undergone several more renovations and name changes, until 2005 when it was purchased by New Yorker Jeff Klein, who restored the hotel to its original name and former grandeur.

During the hotel’s glory years numerous celebs called the Sunset Tower home, including Howard Hughes, Ava Gardner, Truman Capote, John Wayne, Jean Harlow, Clark Gable and Carole Lombard, Greta Garbo, Joan Crawford, Errol Flynn, Billie Burke aka Glinda the Good Witch, Mae West, Elizabeth Taylor, Conrad Hilton, gangster Bugsy Siegel – who was eventually evicted for running a gambling center out of his room, Frank Sinatra, Diana Ross, Tim Curry, my fave Marilyn Monroe, and Iggy Pop, who made a habit of jumping into the hotel pool from his apartment window.  Today, the Tower is still popular with celebs.  The hotel’s restaurant, the Tower Bar, is a favorite of Jen Aniston, who dines there regularly.  Tom Cruise, Sean Penn, Posh Spice, Brian Grazer and Barbara Walters have also all been spotted at the Tower Bar grabbing a bite to eat.  According to Wikipedia, during her pink-wig-wearing days, Britney Spears tried to book some rooms at the Tower.  Hotel owner Jeff Klein reportedly said to the hotel manager “If that piece of trailer trash so much as enters my driveway, you are fired!  She can’t come here with all my chic guests, she’ll ruin the place!”  LOL  Love it!  It  was during that same time period that the Bel Air Hotel also reportedly refused to rent rooms to BritBrit. 

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The hotel’s poolside Terrace Bar, my fave place to grab a drink in all of LA, is also quite popular with the celebs.  The first time I visited the Terrace, Kate Bosworth was there with her model boyfriend James Rousseau. I just had to go up to her, too, to tell her how much I loved Win A Date With Tad Hamilton.    She ended up signing an autograph for me and seemed genuinely thrilled that I had such good things to say about Win A Date.  Kate truly could not have been nicer and I can honestly say she was hands down the kindest out of all the celebs I have ever met.  And her boyfriend was a total cutie, too!!!! 🙂  I took the above pic of her with my blackberry, but it didn’t come out very well.  LOL

The legendary hotel has also been featured in countless television and movie productions, including The Player, Spinal Tap Goes to 20, Shadow Hours, Freaky Friday, Murder My Sweet, Get Shorty, Wayne’s World II , Strange Days, The Italian Job,  and  Rich Girls.  In The O.C., the hotel stood in for Newport Beach’s Four Seasons Hotel which was owned by Ryan’s rival, Oliver, on the show.  Only the exterior of the Tower Hotel was shown in The O.C.  For the interior shots of the lobby and Oliver’s penthouse suite, a different hotel was used – one which I am still trying to locate.

Until next time, Happy Stalking!  🙂

Stalk It: The Sunset Tower Hotel is located at 8358 Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood.  I highly recommend stalking the Sunset Tower – the poolside Terrace Bar is a great place to grab a drink while enjoying one of the best views in all of LA. 

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MK & A’s Alma Mater

I must admit that I have long been a fan of the Olsen twins.  What can I say – they are my guilty pleasure.  Even today I still enjoy renting their movies (New York Minute  is a personal favorite!) and, yes, I even have the Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen fashion dolls! LOL  Currently, I do think the twins are a bit odd and I am so not into their whole homeless-chic wardrobe thing, but about five or six years ago I was absolutely obsessed with them.  So I was stoked to find out while reading last month’s Elle Magazine  that during high school MK & A attended Campbell Hall Episcopal School in North Hollywood, and I immediately dragged my boyfriend right out to stalk it. 

Campbell Hall Episcopal School was started in 1944 and currently has approximately 1,000 students.  The K-8 school advocates an education of the heart as well as the mind, and favors a well-rounded curriculum by encouraging the study of art, athletics, music, drama and dance.  Apparently their performing arts department is incredibly strong, so it’s no wonder that MK & A chose to attend school there.  Mary-Kate and Ashley both attended Campbell Hall for, I believe, all of their schooling and graduated on June 7, 2004.  Shortly thereafter Mary-Kate entered a rehabilitation facility to allegedly battle anorexia. 

Campbell Hall sits on about 12 acres right on Laurel Canyon Boulevard.  Although we did not venture onto school grounds, looking in through the gates, the school looked really beautiful and peaceful.  Campbell Hall actually looks more like a national park than a school and the grounds reminded me a lot of L.A.’s Griffith Park.  There are huge eucalyptus trees as far as the eye can see surrounded by long, winding dirt pathways.  Despite being on Laurel Canyon, the grounds were extremely quiet.  Standing there, I really just wanted to grab a good book and a blanket and lay out under one of the trees and read all afternoon.   🙂 

Until next time, Happy Stalking!  🙂

Stalk It: Campbell Hall Episcopal School is located at 4533 Laurel Canyon Boulevard in North Hollywood.  The yearly tuition costs between $18,440 to $23,460 depending on grade level!!

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