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Archive for August 2014




WeScoutLA – Episode 3

Aug 29th, 2014 | By | Category: WeScoutLA Filming Location Videos

Check out the latest WeScoutLA video – about the Cowboy Palace Saloon – by clicking above!  You can watch Episode 1 here and Episode 2 here and you can visit our YouTube channel here.



New Scene It Before Post – About the “Saved by the Bell” School

Aug 28th, 2014 | By | Category: Los Angeles Magazine Blog Posts, TV Locations

Don’t forget to check out today’s Los Angeles magazine post – about Ulysses S. Grant High School from Saved by the Bell.  You can read it here.  My columns typically get published in the late morning/early afternoon hours.



The Water Garden from “A to Z”

Aug 27th, 2014 | By | Category: TV Locations

During my recent viewing of A to Z’s digital preview (which you can watch here – I’ve now seen it twice!), I recognized a location featured in it – The Water Garden in Santa Monica.  The Grim Cheaper used to live close to the office complex and I had driven by it countless times over the years.  I had never ventured onto the property for a closer look, though, so I decided to amend that while in the area last week.  And I was shocked […]



Villa Restaurant from “Must Love Dogs”

Aug 26th, 2014 | By | Category: Movie Locations

Some filming location finds turn out to be a disappointment in person while others wind up to be better than I ever could have imagined.  Today’s stalk – of Villa restaurant from the 2005 romantic comedy Must Love Dogs – was a little bit of both.

For several months, I had been on a fruitless search for the outdoor eatery that appeared in the beginning of Must Love Dogs, in the scene in which Sarah Nolan (Diane Lane) showed up for a date with someone she […]



Andrew’s House from “A to Z”

Aug 22nd, 2014 | By | Category: TV Locations

Networks have recently begun the practice of digitally releasing the pilot episodes of new shows weeks before their scheduled premiere dates.  I think it’s a genius maneuver and have been relishing watching them all.  One that I perused, on the recommendation of fellow stalker Owen, of the When Write Is Wrong blog, was A to Z, a comedy co-produced by actress Rashida Jones that centers on the relationship between hopeless romantic Andrew (Ben Feldman) and pragmatic lawyer Zelda (How I Met Your Mother’s Cristin Milioti).  […]



Latest Scene It Before Post – About Joe Jost’s from “License to Wed”

Aug 21st, 2014 | By | Category: Los Angeles Magazine Blog Posts

I pay my respects to Robin Williams today with a Los Angeles magazine post about Joe Jost’s bar, where he filmed the movie License to Wed.  You can read it here.  My columns typically get published in the late morning/early afternoon hours.
And don’t forget that I’ll be on “The Bill Feingold Show Featuring Kevin Holmes” today at 8 a.m. PST.  You can listen in here.



The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage

Aug 19th, 2014 | By | Category: TV Locations

The Ritz-Carlton, Rancho Mirage recently re-opened after what amounted to countless delays and an almost eight-year closure.  A few years prior to its shuttering, when it was known as The Lodge at Rancho Mirage, the resort hosted the nuptials of Bachelorette Trista Rehn and Ryan Sutter, and I had been itching to stalk it ever since. The Grim Cheaper and I had actually stayed at the property a couple of times, long before Trista and Ryan’s wedding and long before I ever had a blog, […]



WeScoutLA – Episode 2

Aug 18th, 2014 | By | Category: WeScoutLA Filming Location Videos

Mike, from MovieShotsLA, and I just completed our second filming locations video – about locales in the Simi Valley area.  You can watch it by clicking above or on our YouTube channel here.  Enjoy!



The Racquet Club of Palm Springs

Aug 15th, 2014 | By | Category: Marilyn Monroe Locations, This and That

On July 24th, while waiting in line for my morning coffee, my eyes wandered over to a nearby newspaper stand and landed on the headline Historic Racquet Club Hotel Destroyed in Fire.  My heart immediately sank as the now vacant Racquet Club of Palm Springs is not only steeped in Hollywood history, but is rumored to be the spot where Marilyn Monroe was discovered in 1949.  The thought that it had been decimated was devastating.  My mom and I finally made it over there to […]



New “Los Angeles” Magazine Post – About Magic Mountain’s Colossus

Aug 14th, 2014 | By | Category: Los Angeles Magazine Blog Posts

Be sure to check out my latest Scene It Before post – about Colossus roller coaster from Step by Step – on LAMag.com.  My columns typically get published in the late morning/early afternoon hours.