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Grow Your Own Paparazzi!

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As a “just because” present my good friend Nat recently gave me a Sigg water bottle with a paparazzi on it (pictured above).  LOL!  I love it.  Now I can have a paparazzi following me every time I take a sip of water.  🙂  And the best part is, it’s pink!   Best present ever!  Anyway, while not a filming location, I thought the Sigg bottle was hilarious and definitely blog-worthy.   If you want your very own paparazzi Sigg bottle – or need a present for the celeb-obsessed struggling actress in your life – you can order one here.  🙂

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This same friend also bought me a “Grow Your Own Paparazzi” toy (pictured above) for Christmas last year.  She has quite the sense of humor.  LOL   I plan on using it on those down days when I feel like my acting career is taking off far too slowly.  🙂  LOL

Stalk It: You can purchase the paparazzi Sigg water bottle here.  And you can get your own “Grow Your Own Paparazzi” toy here.

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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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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.  🙂  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. 🙂

Until next time, Happy Stalking!  🙂

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.  🙂  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.  🙂  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!  🙂

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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.  🙂  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??  🙂  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!  🙂

Until next time, Happy Stalking!  🙂

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

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Gwyneth Paltrow’s Former New York Digs

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While doing some stalking in New York this past December, I just had to snap a photo of Gwyneth Paltrow’s former Greenwich Village townhome, which just happens to be located right around the corner from SJP’s house.  Gwyn purchased this Greek Revival style townhouse back in 1998 when she was still a single New York gal.  She later lived in the four story, four bedroom home with musician husband Chris Martin and their produce-monikered daughter, Apple. The couple decided to put the townhouse on the market in February of 2005 in order to move to a safer building with a doorman – no doubt to help keep the paparazzi at bay.  The home ended up selling in June of ’05 for the bargain price of $6.995 million. 

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I found this location thanks to my go-to NYC stalking guide John’s Star Maps.  Gwyneth’s picturesque former townhome was built in 1899, is 2,800 square feet, and boasts a basement, 3.5 baths, a garden, a rooftop terrace and two washers and dryers.  Which begs the question – who does that much laundry??? LOL  You can view the home’s 2005 real estate listing here.  Gwyn’s house actually reminds me a lot of Kate Hudson’s New York pad which I blogged about a couple of weeks ago and is pictured above.  That’s somewhat ironic because Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Hudson actually remind me a lot of each other, too. 

Until next time, Happy Stalking!  🙂

Stalk It: Gwyneth’s former Greenwich Village home is located at 278 West Fourth Street.  She currently owns a 3,982 square foot condo in the River Lofts Condo building, located at 92 Laight Street in Tribeca.  Meryl Streep also lives in the same building. 

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Law and Order

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One New York filming location that will look familiar to anyone who passes it – unless they’ve been living under a rock for the past ten years – is the New York County Courthouse.  This massive building, with it’s hundred foot wide grand staircase and towering granite colonnade, has been featured in thousands of productions over the years.  But it should be most recognizable to fans of the crime show genre as the courthouse from all of the Law and Order series.  It is at this courthouse that McCoy and Briscoe, Benson and Stabler, and Eames and Goren see all of their cases tried.  Besides being featured weekly on the three Law and Order series, the courthouse has also been featured in Miracle on 34th Street, Twelve Angry Men, Legal Eagles, Regarding Henry, Nuts, Wall Street, Good Fellas, The Devil’s Advocate, Married to the Mob, City Hall, The Hurricane, Kojak, Cagney and Lacey, Naked City, NYPD Blue, The Equalizer, The Godfather, and Aftershock: Earthquake in New York.

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The New York County Courthouse was built back in 1919 by Boston architect Guy Lowell, who also built the Boston Museum of Fine Arts.  Guy actually won the commision of the building in a 1913 design contest.  His original winning design for the courthouse featured a circular shape, but plans changed and he ended up building the courthouse in a six-sided, hexagonal form (bird’s eye view pictured above).  Looking at the building from the front, one would never know it was built in this way.  Very cool!  The building, which was made a New York City Landmark in 1966, is absolutely beautiful – and overwhelming – in person.  I am telling you, we don’t have anything like this in L.A.! 

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In the Sixth Season of Sex and the City Carrie reported for jury duty at the United States Courthouse, which is located right next door to the Law and Order Courthouse.  In the episode, entitled “Hop, Skip and A Week”, Carrie and her boyfriend Berger share a “Hollywood kiss” on the courthouse steps just before she checks in to perform her civic duty.  At first I thought Carrie and Berger had their kiss on the steps of the Law and Order Courthouse, but upon closer inspection I realized it was a different Corinithian-style building altogether.  The two courthouse buildings look amazingly similar, and are both very beautiful, especially because they are situated right next to each other.  They create quite an imposing view as you come upon them.  The U.S. Courthouse was built in 1933, a bit later than the New York County Courthouse.  It was designed by Cass Gilbert, who also designed New York’s Woolworth Building. Even though I am pretty sure New York jury duty is nowhere near as fun as jury duty in L.A., I think it would be very cool to perform my civic duty in such a historic building.

Until next time, Happy Stalking! 🙂

Stalk It: The New York County Courthouse is located at 60 Centre Street in Lower Manhattan.  Carrie reported for Jury Duty at the US Courthouse located right next door at 40 Centre Street.

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