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The Disneyland Locations from “Saving Mr. Banks”

Apr 18th, 2014 | By | Category: Movie Locations

In February (on what turned out to be an exorbitantly crowded day), the Grim Cheaper and I visited The Happiest Place on Earth with Miss Pinky Lovejoy, of the Thinking Pink blog, and her husband, Keith Coogan.   Since I had just recently watched – and fallen in love with – Saving Mr. Banks, I decided to do a little stalking of the Disneyland locales that appeared in the flick while I was there.

In Saving Mr. Banks, which chronicles the making of the 1964 film Mary [...]



Kim’s New House from “L!fe Happens”

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

Once I had tracked down the main house used in L!fe Happens (you can read that post here), as well as Auntie Em’s Kitchen, which also appeared in the flick (you can read that post here), I became more than a little obsessed with finding the cottage that Kim (Krysten Ritter) rented towards the end of the 2011 rom-com.  Ironically enough, I didn’t even like L!fe Happens all that much, but it was filmed in L.A. and knowing that there are undiscovered SoCal locations out [...]



Azul Tapas Lounge from “Hidden Away”

Apr 11th, 2014 | By | Category: Movie Locations

Last February, a film crew descended upon Palm Springs for 12 days to shoot the Lifetime Original Movie Hidden Away.  Sadly, I never got to witness any of the filming, but I read numerous newspaper articles about the production and stalked a few of the locations mentioned, including Azul Tapas Lounge.  Because we do not get the Lifetime channel, I was not able to watch the thriller (and I use that word loosely) until recently after it became available for download on iTunes.  Regrettably, I [...]



Opera on Ocean from “Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead”

Apr 8th, 2014 | By | Category: Movie Locations

A couple of weeks ago, a fellow stalker named Gina reminded me of a Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead location that I had yet to blog about – Opera on Ocean, the Santa Monica restaurant where slime-ball Gus (John Getz) took Sue Ellen Crandell (Christina Applegate) for a lunch date in the 1991 flick.  I had tracked the eatery down a while back, but because it had been shuttered years prior, I never ventured out to stalk it.  Then, when I was in Santa [...]



Auntie Em’s Kitchen from “L!fe Happens”

Apr 1st, 2014 | By | Category: Movie Locations

I recently re-watched the 2011 romantic comedy L!fe Happens and I have to say that I enjoyed it much more the second time around.  One of the locations featured in it – Auntie Em’s Kitchen in Eagle Rock – I had actually recognized during my first viewing.  I used to drive by the place frequently when I lived in Pasadena, but, despite hearing rave reviews, never dropped in.  So I decided that it was high time I did so and headed on over there a [...]



The “L!fe Happens” House

Mar 7th, 2014 | By | Category: Movie Locations

While getting my hair blown out at the Pasadena Blo-Out Lounge (one of my very favorite places) a couple of weeks ago, I caught a portion of the 2011 romantic comedy L!fe Happens, which I had never previously heard of.  Thanks to its obvious L.A. locales, the flick piqued my interest.  A rom-com filmed in Los Angeles that I didn’t know about?  How is that possible?  I quickly amended the situation by forcing the Grim Cheaper to watch it on Netflix a few nights later.  [...]



The All American Burger from “Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead”

Feb 20th, 2014 | By | Category: Movie Locations

I was devastated to learn back in early 2010, thanks to fellow stalker Amanda, that The All American Burger on Sunset Boulevard, which masqueraded as Clown Dog restaurant in 1991’s Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead, was being turned into a Chipotle Mexican Grill.  I never expected that the historic eatery was going to be demolished in the process, though, so when I drove by it later that same year, I was shocked to discover a vacant lot.  All that remained of the once-popular burger [...]



Reed’s House from “Valentine’s Day”

Feb 11th, 2014 | By | Category: Movie Locations

Many moons ago (July 2012 to be exact), Mike, from MovieShotsLA, and I ventured out to Venice for a day of stalking.  Most of our time was spent at the Venice Canals (the history of which you can read here), one of my favorite spots in all of Los Angeles.  As I mentioned in my previous posts about the area, while there, Mike continuously pointed out filming locations as we walked by (the site is chock full of them!).  One locale he identified that I [...]



Shakey’s Pizza Parlor from “License to Drive”

Feb 4th, 2014 | By | Category: Movie Locations

After reading my January 13th post about Mercedes’ friend’s house from fave movie License to Drive, fellow stalker Chas, of the It’s Filmed There blog, texted to let me know that he had managed to track down the Shakey’s Pizza Parlor from the 1988 flick.  As fate would have it, the storefront next door to Shakey’s had appeared in 1976’s The Bad News Bears, a movie Chas had covered on his site.  The bad news (pun intended) was that the shopping center where it was [...]



Chuck E. Cheese’s from “Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead”

Feb 3rd, 2014 | By | Category: Movie Locations

I have been on the hunt for the Chuck E. Cheese’s featured in fave movie Don’t Tell Mom the Babysitter’s Dead for what seems like ages.  Despite having an inside connection – my girl Miss Pinky Lovejoy, of the Thinking Pink blog, is married to none other than Kenny Crandell, aka Keith Coogan, himself – I had a tough time tracking the place down.  All Keith could remember about the eatery was that it was located somewhere in the Valley near a large cement watershed.  [...]