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Archive for January 2015




Latest “L.A.” Mag Post – The “Taken” Apartments

Jan 29th, 2015 | By | Category: Los Angeles Magazine Blog Posts

Don’t forget to read my latest Los Angeles magazine post here – about the apartment building from Taken, as well as my review of Taken 3.  My articles typically get published in the late morning/early afternoon hours.



St. Vincent Court from “The Mentalist”

Jan 28th, 2015 | By | Category: TV Locations

I cannot wait for the Secret L.A.-themed February issue of Los Angeles magazine to hit newsstands!  The City of Angels is chock full of tucked-away gems and I absolutely love discovering them.  The Grim Cheaper and I just stalked one, in fact, that is also a filming location – St. Vincent Court, which appeared in a recent episode of The Mentalist.  I first discovered the tiny and incredibly unique alleyway while on a Watson Adventures’ Downtown L.A. Movie Locations Scavenger Hunt with Mike, from MovieShotsLA, […]



Burning Man’s House from “Major Crimes”

Jan 27th, 2015 | By | Category: TV Locations

My friend Owen and I share an uncanny synchronicity.  The other night I received an email from him which said the following, “837 Beacon Ave., L.A.  You may want to stalk this place after you watch the Season 7 premiere of Parks and Recreation.”  I had yet to see the episode, but immediately looked up the address via Google Street View and just about fell off my chair.  The very same house had also appeared in that week’s Major Crimes and I had made a […]



South Fork Inn from “Revenge”

Jan 26th, 2015 | By | Category: TV Locations

Finding today’s location had me feeling like a complete moron.  Though my obsession with Revenge has waned in recent months (I have only watched three episodes from the current season), I remained hell-bent on tracking down the Colonial-style structure used in establishing shots of the South Fork Inn on the series.  I figured the location was most likely a private home and scoured the internet for months looking for it, all to no avail.  Then a couple of weeks ago, I decided to once again […]



New “L.A.” Mag Post – About the Los Altos Apartments

Jan 22nd, 2015 | By | Category: Los Angeles Magazine Blog Posts

Be sure to check out my new Los Angeles magazine post here – about the Los Altos Apartments from Transparent.  My articles typically get published in the late morning/early afternoon hours.



FBI Headquarters from “The Mentalist”

Jan 20th, 2015 | By | Category: TV Locations

Around this time last year, The Mentalist embarked on a huge change of course by having Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) and Teresa Lisbon (Robin Tunney) leave the Sacramento-based California Bureau of Investigation and then join the Austin, Texas branch of the FBI.  So, of course, that meant that I had a new location to find – the building used as FBI Headquarters.  I spent countless hours searching for the stunningly modern structure, though, but was never able to track it down.  For a while, I […]



My Latest “L.A.” Mag Post – About Beso from “Gone Girl”

Jan 15th, 2015 | By | Category: Los Angeles Magazine Blog Posts

Don’t forget to check out my latest Los Angeles magazine post here – about Beso restaurant from Gone Girl.  My articles typically get published in the late morning/early afternoon hours.



Hyatt Westlake Plaza from “The Karate Kid”

Jan 14th, 2015 | By | Category: 90210 & Beverly Hills, 90210 Filming Locations

2014 was definitely the year of The Karate Kid.  Not only did the flick turn thirty, but two of its missing locations were finally found – Mr. Miyagi’s house, which I blogged about here, and the fictional Encino Oaks Country Club, which, as it turns out, was actually the Hyatt Westlake Plaza hotel in Thousand Oaks.  The latter was only brought to my attention recently thanks to this June LA Weekly article.  So while I was in the area one (very rainy) day a couple […]



Big Red Sun from “Chef”

Jan 12th, 2015 | By | Category: Movie Locations

Spoiler alert!  If you have not yet seen Chef (and if not, what’s the hold up?  I told y’all on Friday that it was one of my favorite movies of 2014!), you might not want to read today’s post as I will definitely be spoiling the ending.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you!  Anyhow, at the conclusion of Chef, Carl Casper (Jon Favreau) is approached by his food critic nemesis, Ramsey Michel (Oliver Platt), who informs him that he would like to financially back him […]



Inez’s House from “Chef”

Jan 9th, 2015 | By | Category: Movie Locations

My favorite movie of 2014 was, hands down, The Other Woman.  Running a close second was Chef, which I am guessing many of you have not heard of.  Sadly, it was a bit of a sleeper.  Take my word for it, though, the flick is fabulous.  As are its locations!  But more on that in a minute.  The Grim Cheaper and I first heard about Chef thanks to Carson Daly who talked about it on his morning radio show on 97.1 FM a couple of […]