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Archive for December 2010




UCLA Lake Arrowhead Conference Center from “The American President”

Dec 31st, 2010 | By | Category: Movie Locations

Before heading to Lake Arrowhead, where the Grim Cheaper, my parents, and I spent Thanksgiving weekend this past November, I did some research on filming in the area and just about fell off my chair when I discovered, thanks to the official Lake Arrowhead website, that part of the 1992 romantic comedy The American President had been shot on location there.  Unfortunately, the website did not specify which scene in particular had been shot in the area nor did it say where exactly filming had […]



Slacking Off . . . Again!

Dec 30th, 2010 | By | Category: Uncategorized

I unfortunately do not have a blog to post for today (yet again!), but I do have a good excuse.  My dad had surgery yesterday at Cedars- Sinai Hospital to determine how much damage was done to his pancreas over the past three years while he was taking the medication that caused his pancreatitis.  What was supposed to be a one hour surgery kept getting delayed and delayed and we ended up spending the entire day at the hospital.  Because I was sans computer, I […]



Architect Frank Gehry’s House

Dec 29th, 2010 | By | Category: Celebrity Homes

One location that I stalked quite a while back, but have yet to blog about is the residence belonging to legendary 81-year old Pritzker Prize-winning architect Frank Gehry, a man who is perhaps best known for his contemporary designs of the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Downtown Los Angeles, the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, the Dancing House in Prague, the Experience Music Project in Seattle, and his new line of jewelry for Tiffany & Co.  Gehry and his wife, Berta, purchased their pink Dutch […]



Caffe’ Opera – aka Dog Years Diner from “American Pie”

Dec 28th, 2010 | By | Category: Movie Locations

Shortly after selling their house a few months back, my parents moved into an apartment building in Old Town Monrovia.  Since that time, they have become regular patrons of their new favorite restaurant, Caffe’ Opera – the very spot that stood in for Dog Years Diner, the supposed Grand Rapids, Michigan-area hangout of Jim Levenstein (aka Jason Biggs), Chris Ostreicher (aka Chris Klein), Kevin Myers (aka Thomas Ian Nicholas), and Paul Finch (aka Eddie Kaye Thomas), in the 1999 gross-out comedy American Pie.  So, when […]



Dirty Dancing: The Limited Keepsake Edition DVD

Dec 27th, 2010 | By | Category: Movie Locations

Well, I unfortunately do not have a new blog to post for today and it is all the Grim Cheaper’s fault!  You see, on Christmas Eve morning he gifted me with an early Christmas present – the Blu-ray DVD of Dirty Dancing: The Limited Keepsake Edition, which contains hours upon hours of extras including a feature devoted to all of the locations used in the film.  As you can probably imagine, I just about died upon opening it and spent that entire day watching the […]



The “It’s A Wonderful Life” Train Station

Dec 24th, 2010 | By | Category: Movie Locations

If there is anything I have learned over the past ten-plus years that I have lived in Southern California, it is that stalking tips often come from the most unlikely of places.  Take for instance this past weekend.  The Grim Cheaper’s father has long been a collector of model trains, so last Sunday afternoon the GC headed over to the Whistle Stop train store in Pasadena to do some Christmas shopping for his dad.  While there he stumbled upon some vintage locomotive photographs taken by […]



The First Congregational Church of Los Angeles from “My So-Called Life”

Dec 23rd, 2010 | By | Category: My So-Called Life Filming Locations

Fellow stalker/My So-Called Life aficionado Andrew recently went on a mission to try to track down the church that was used in the Season 1 Christmas-themed episode of fave show My So-Called Life titled “So-Called Angels”.  He had just picked up the most-recently released boxed set of the series, which came out in 2007, and was floored to discover that actor Wilson Cruz, who played Ricky Vasquez on the show, had recorded a commentary for the “So-Called Angels” episode and had described the location of […]



The Smoke House Restaurant – Where Jim and Pam Held Their Rehearsal Dinner on “The Office”

Dec 22nd, 2010 | By | Category: The Office Filming Locations

This past weekend, while out doing some Christmas shopping with the Grim Cheaper, the two of us found ourselves in the Burbank area absolutely ravenous.  For whatever reason, though, I could not think of a good place to eat, so the GC suggested we grab a bite at that “old Burbank restaurant across from Warner Brothers Studios”.  Because my blondness was in full force that day, I had no idea what on earth he was talking about and just about died when he pulled into […]



The Michael Buble “Crazy Love” Concert – A Second Time!

Dec 21st, 2010 | By | Category: Michael Buble Locations

Last Monday night, my mom, my dad, the Grim Cheaper, and I all headed to Staples Center in Downtown Los Angeles to attend the final show of Michael Buble’s “Crazy Love” Tour.  And, as you can imagine, I could NOT have been more excited!  When I attended the cutie crooner’s concert back in April of this year, the experience was extremely bittersweet for me as my dad, who  – if it is at all possible – loves Michael even more than I do, was too sick […]



Adrianna’s New Rental from “90210”

Dec 20th, 2010 | By | Category: 90210 & Beverly Hills, 90210 Filming Locations

Back in July of 2009, fellow stalker Jennie wrote to me asking for some help in tracking down a location that appeared in both the 1996 Aaron Spelling television series Kindred: The Embraced and the current reality show Celebrity Fit Club.  Because I had never seen either of the shows, though, for this particular stalking venture I had to call in the team – aka Chas, from ItsFilmedThere, Mike, from MovieShotsLA, and fellow stalker Owen – and, magically, Chas came through in record time.  He […]