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Archive for January 2014




Mr. Miyagi’s House from “The Karate Kid”

Jan 30th, 2014 | By | Category: Movie Locations

One of the greatest filming location mysteries to ever exist was that of the house where Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita) lived in the 1984 classic The Karate Kid. It was common knowledge that the residence had been demolished in the late ‘80s, but no stalker had ever been able to track down its former whereabouts – until now that is.  While I had long been aware of the enigma surrounding the locale, I had never actually seen The Karate Kid until two weeks ago.  (Well, […]



The Infamous Ray Pruit Stairs

Jan 28th, 2014 | By | Category: 90210 & Beverly Hills, 90210 Filming Locations

Since moving to the desert last January (I cannot believe it has been a year!), I have wanted to revisit Rancho Las Palmas, the sprawling Rancho Mirage resort where Ray Pruit (Jamie Walters) pushed girlfriend Donna Martin (Tori Spelling) down a flight of stairs in the Season 5 episode of Beverly Hills, 90210 titled “P.S. I Love You: Part II.”  I originally stalked and blogged about the location back in September 2008, but, because the hotel has 120 sets of identical stairs, at the time […]



Villapiano’s from “That Thing You Do!”

Jan 27th, 2014 | By | Category: Movie Locations

One That Thing You Do! location that I had been trying to track down for what seemed like ages was the red-boothed Italian restaurant that stood in for Villapiano’s, the “spaghetti place out by the airport,” in the 1996 flick.  Thankfully, a couple of months ago, fellow stalker Owen, of the When Write Is Wrong blog, tracked down and put me in touch with one of the movie’s crew members who informed me that the eatery I was searching for was the now-defunct Palomino Club […]



My Latest Interview

Jan 20th, 2014 | By | Category: This and That

This week is going to be rather hectic for me – I am traveling to L.A. for a brief visit, buying a new car and my dad is having surgery – so I most likely will not be able to do any blogging.  I will be back next Monday, though, with a whole new location.  In the meantime, you can check out this fun interview I did with Pop Speaking last week.
Until next time, Happy Stalking! 



The Former Site of the “Charles in Charge” House

Jan 17th, 2014 | By | Category: TV Locations

In November, a fellow stalker named Fatri posted a comment on my site asking if I had any information on the Pembroke/Powell house from the 1980’s television series Charles in Charge.  I had actually always wondered about the location, but had yet to do any research on it, so I sat right down to start.  I quickly came across an IMDB thread in which it was said that the Pembroke/Powell residence was formerly located on an unnamed side street across from Universal Studios, but was […]



El Cabrillo from “L.A. Story”

Jan 16th, 2014 | By | Category: Movie Locations

Last April, in the midst of my slightly-obsessive L.A. Story location-finding mission, fellow stalker Owen, of the When Write Is Wrong blog, tracked down a couple of the movie’s crew members for me, one of whom was extremely helpful.  After he assisted us in the finding the crash intersection from the flick, I inquired about the garden where Harris K. Telemacher (Steve Martin) and Sara McDowel (Victoria Tennant) turned into children in one of the movie’s more fanciful scenes.  I was actually under the assumption […]



Bob’s Market from “The Fast and the Furious”

Jan 14th, 2014 | By | Category: Movie Locations

As I mentioned in my December 12th post for Los Angeles magazine’s CityThink blog, I was heartbroken upon learning the news of Paul Walker’s death.  I met Paul on December 1st, 2012, almost a year to the day of his passing, and couldn’t have been more impressed with his down-to-earth attitude and kindness.  (You can read about my experience meeting Paul on the Mike the Fanboy website here.)  For whatever reason, I had never seen what is arguably his most famous movie, The Fast and […]



Mercedes’ Friend’s House from “License to Drive”

Jan 13th, 2014 | By | Category: Movie Locations

The third – and last – License to Drive locale that I stalked while visiting L.A. a couple of weeks ago was the Colonial-style residence where Les Anderson (Corey Haim) dropped off his dream girl, Mercedes Lane (Heather Graham), in the 1988 classic.  I found the abode thanks to Geoff, from 90210Locations, who, as I mentioned in last Thursday’s post about the License to Drive hospital, has an entire page dedicated to locales from the movie on his website.

The residence was only used briefly in […]



The “License to Drive” Party House

Jan 10th, 2014 | By | Category: Movie Locations

Another License to Drive location that I was finally able to cross off my To-Stalk list while visiting L.A. a couple of weeks ago was the house where Les Anderson (Corey Haim), Dean (Corey Feldman) and Charles (Michael Manasseri) attended a birthday party in the 1988 flick, which was one of my all-time favorites.  Mike, from MovieShotsLA, actually tracked this spot down ages ago (way back in 2008, shortly after finding Les’ house from the movie, which I blogged about here), but, for whatever reason, […]



The “License to Drive” Hospital

Jan 9th, 2014 | By | Category: Movie Locations

A couple of weeks ago, the Grim Cheaper and I headed to L.A. for a brief visit and just happened to book a hotel on the west side of town for our stay.  The location turned out to be quite fortuitous, too, as it allowed me to stalk a few nearby spots that had been on my To-Stalk list for ages – one of which was Sephardic Temple Tifereth Israel, the Westwood synagogue that masqueraded as the hospital where Mrs. Anderson (Carol Kane) gave birth […]