Since we’re on the subject of McDonald Avenue (you can read Wednesday’s post about the McDonald Mansion from Pollyanna here), I figured I should write about another of its famous homes. While doing research on the picturesque Santa Rosa street, one of the area’s most oft-filmed spots, prior to my trip up to Northern California last October, I came across a post on the Dear Old Hollywood website about Happy Land filming locations. I had never heard of the 1943 drama prior to reading the […]
I am fully aware that I have a hyperbolic nature. I use words like “favorite,” “best,” and “most” a LOT. Caps, too, for that matter. I wouldn’t say that I am an exaggerator, though. I just happen to like a lot of things. Case in point, I have more “all-time favorite” movies than I can count on one hand. Incredibly, two of them were shot on the same street – the idyllic McDonald Avenue in Santa Rosa. The flicks, Disney’s 1960 family drama Pollyanna and […]
It has been said that 60% of restaurants close within a year of opening and that 80% don’t make it past year five. Many in New York, though, have real staying power. Take McSorley’s Old Ale House, for example. The East Village watering hole/eatery has been around for more than 16 decades! Yep, 16 decades! I first learned about the place thanks to The History and Stories of the Best Bars of New York while doing research for last April’s Big Apple vacay and figured […]
One of my favorite places in all of Manhattan is, surprisingly, not a stalking location. Or at least it wasn’t up until recently. The Conservatory Garden, a six-acre oasis in East Harlem situated across from the Museum of the City of New York, is easily the most picturesque park I have ever set foot in. I first learned about the site in 2007 thanks to Real City: New York City (sadly, the book is no longer in print, so I cannot provide a link), which […]
Another day, another That Thing You Do! locale. It is one of my all-time favorite movies, after all! In early December, the Grim Cheaper and I found ourselves in the O.C. and decided to head out to Old Towne Orange to do some Christmas shopping. While perusing the charming streets and boutiques, I was reminded of a few spots from the 1995 film that I had stalked, but had yet to blog about, namely the Starbucks/Wells Fargo where Chad (Giovanni Ribisi) broke his arm, which […]
“We met at Starbucks. Not at the same Starbucks, but we saw each other at different Starbucks across the street from each other.” So says Meg Swan (Parker Posey) about meeting her husband, Hamilton (Michael Hitchcock), in the 2000 comedy Best in Show. (You can watch the hilarious scene here.) Meg might well have been describing the two outposts of the coffee giant in Old Towne Orange, which are situated across the plaza from each other. As fate would have it, both are filming locations! […]
Since I have been on such a Christmas with the Kranks kick as of late, I thought I’d finish out this year’s Yuletide posts by blogging about the movie’s studio locations. The 2004 comedy was unusual in that it utilized the backlots of not one, not two, but three different L.A.-area studios!
The main backlot set featured in Christmas with the Kranks was the Hemlock Street neighborhood at the now defunct Downey Studios, formerly located at 12214 Lakewood Boulevard in Downey. The residential complex, which took […]
Some cities know how to do Christmas right. Sadly, Palm Springs is not one of them. As I mentioned last year, the desert just seems to be lacking when it comes to Christmas décor. Yes, there are lights and garland strung in certain sections of our local mall and colorful wreaths hung from a few select street lights, but overall the Coachella Valley doesn’t really have a holiday feel. So much so that two years ago, the Grim Cheaper and I decided to make an […]
I don’t know what it is about Christmas movies, but I cannot watch them without crying. Even the not-so-great ones make me bawl. Case in point – the 2004 comedy Christmas with the Kranks. While admittedly not one of the best Yuletide films, the Grim Cheaper and I watch it each year and I cry every.single.time. After our recent annual watch, I decided to attempt to track down some of the flick’s unknown locales. The spot at the top of my list was the Irish […]
The Complete Guide to Jerry Maguire Filming Locations, which I’ve partnered up with Greg Mariotti of The Uncool to compile, continues today! In case you missed it, be sure to check out Part I here below.