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Martin Weir’s Mansion from “Get Shorty”

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

While out and about stalking in Beverly Hills two weeks ago, Mike, from MovieShotsLA, took me on a minor detour to see the mansion where movie star Martin Weir (Danny DeVito) lived in the 1995 comedy Get Shorty.  I LOVE the scene that took place at Martin’s pad, so I was beyond excited to finally be seeing it in person.

Towards the beginning of Get Shorty, Chili Palmer (John Travolta) enlists the help of Martin’s ex-wife, Karen Flores (Rene Russo), in the hopes that she can [...]



Latest “L.A.” Mag Post – The “License to Drive” DMV

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

Don’t forget to check out today’s Scene It Before post for Los Angeles magazine – about the DMV from fave movie License to Drive.  You can find it here.  My columns typically get published in the late morning/early afternoon hours.



Café Figaro from “Jerry Maguire”

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

Today’s post is a long time in the making.  Off and on for years now I have been trying to track down the restaurant where Jerry Maguire (Tom Cruise) got fired in the 1996 romcom of the same name.  I decided to actively revisit the search a couple of weeks ago and, this time, got Mike, from MovieShotsLA, involved.  He wound up finding the place shortly thereafter.  As it turns out, Jerry was let go from Sports Management International while at Café Figaro at 9010 [...]



The “Must Love Dogs” House

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

One location that I had always wondered about, but never put much time into tracking down was the charming bungalow where lovelorn preschool teacher Sarah Nolan (Diane Lane) lived in the 2005 romantic comedy Must Love Dogs.  Then, this past May, a fellow stalker named Linda challenged me to find the place and just a few days later I got an email from Geoff, from the 90210Locations website, with an address.  He had seen Linda’s challenge and decided to do a little digging and, lo [...]



New “Los Angeles” Magazine Post – Eli Wallach’s House from “The Holiday”

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

Today’s Los Angeles magazine post was written in honor of the legendary actor Eli Wallach, who passed away yesterday at the age of 98.  Wallach portrayed one of my favorite movie characters of all time.  Rest in peace, dear Arthur Abbott.  You can read the post here.  My columns typically get published in the late morning/early afternoon hours.



Hal’s Bar & Grill from “13 Going on 30″

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

Last week, while shopping in Venice Beach with my girls Lavonna, Kim, Katie and Kaylee, we made a brief stalking stop at Hal’s Bar & Grill, which appeared in one of my favorite movies of all time, 13 Going on 30.  During our visit, we happened to have the good fortune to speak with Don Novack, one of Hal’s owners (that thick Southern accent of Lavonna’s worked for us once again!), and I just about fell over when he informed us that the eatery had [...]



New “L.A.” Magazine Post – “The Karate Kid” Dojo

Jun 19th, 2014 | By | Category: Movie Locations

Be sure to read today’s Scene It Before post for Los Angeles magazine – about the dojo from the 1984 classic The Karate Kid.  You can find it here.  My columns typically get published in the late morning/early afternoon hours.



Chez Jay from “A Single Man”

Jun 2nd, 2014 | By | Category: Movie Locations

The April issue of Los Angeles magazine (for which I wrote my very first print article ever – you can read it here) featured a Time Frame image of one of Santa Monica’s most historic restaurants, Chez Jay, reminding me that while I had stalked the watering hole ages ago, I had yet to blog about it.  So here goes!

Chez Jay was originally founded by a Connecticut-born struggling actor named Jay Fiondella.  During the 1950s, Jay was working as a bartender at Sinbad’s on the [...]



Today’s “L.A.” Mag Post – Walley World from “National Lampoon’s Vacation”

May 22nd, 2014 | By | Category: Movie Locations

Be sure to check out my latest blog post for Los Angeles magazine today – about the Walley World entrance from National Lampoon’s Vacation – at LAMag.com.  My columns typically get published in the late morning/early afternoon hours.



The Warehouse Restaurant from “Anger Management”

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

While visiting L.A. last week, the Grim Cheaper and I stayed in Marina del Rey.  One late afternoon, during a waterfront stroll, we found ourselves passing by a unique eatery that had long been on my To-Stalk List.  Situated on the bustling Admiralty Way amongst upscale hotels and high-rise apartment buildings, the nautical-themed The Warehouse Restaurant is almost hidden from view.  I first spotted the place years ago on another oceanside walk with the GC and was instantly intrigued as I had never before seen [...]