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Citigroup Center from “Opportunity Knocks”

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

One of my favorite movies from my teen years is Opportunity Knocks.  I first saw the 1990 comedy in the theatre with my uncle and cracked up all the way through.  I have watched it countless times since and its hilarity has not waned in the slightest.  I knew that the flick was lensed largely in Chicago and recently asked It’sFilmedThere’s Chas (a native of nearby Indiana) to track down its locations.  One that he had some trouble with was the building that housed the [...]



New “L.A.” Mag Post – About Baco Mercat from “The Other Woman”

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

Don’t forget to read my newest Los Angeles magazine post – about Baco Mercat from The Other Woman.  My columns typically get published in the late morning/early afternoon hours.



The “Clueless” Mall

Aug 5th, 2014 | By | Category: Movie Locations

As evidenced by yesterday’s post, I have been on a major Clueless filming locations kick as of late.  One spot about which much conflicting information has been reported online is the mall (or malls) that appeared in the 1995 flick.  Some sites stipulate Westside Pavilion in Rancho Park was used, some surmise the Beverly Center in Beverly Grove made a cameo and still others claim that filming took place at Westfield Fashion Square in Sherman Oaks.  So I set out to end the confusion once [...]



The “Clueless” Guide to Occidental College

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

While it is well-known among location aficionados that Occidental College masked as Bronson Alcott High School in Clueless, an in-depth guide to the exact areas of the campus that appeared in the flick has never been published.  So, with some help from Mike, from MovieShotsLA, Owen, from the When Write Is Wrong blog, and a reader named Rebecca who grew up in Eagle Rock and knows Oxy like the back of her hand, I set out to do just that.

A map of the Occidental College [...]



The “Whatever It Takes” Houses

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

I am all about teen comedies, even admittedly bad ones.  Drive Me Crazy is one of my favorite movies ever, I loved all of the Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen destination flicks, and Get Over It cracks me up every time I watch, even though I’ve seen it repeatedly.  So I was shocked when I received an email from a fellow stalker named David who was writing to let me know that he had found the two main houses from Whatever It Takes, a 2000 [...]



New Scene It Before Post – About “The Mask” Bank

Jul 31st, 2014 | By | Category: Movie Locations

Be sure to head over to LAMag.com today to read my latest Scene It Before post – about Edge City Savings & Loan from The Mask.  My columns typically get published in the late morning/early afternoon hours.



Bowfinger International Pictures from “Bowfinger”

Jul 28th, 2014 | By | Category: Movie Locations

I am a sucker for any movie about Los Angeles.  Coincidentally (or perhaps no so coincidentally), Steve Martin has written and starred in two of my favorites – L.A. Story and Bowfinger.  Two completely different takes on life in LaLaLand, but both equally valid and poignant.  Because I originally moved to Southern California to pursue an acting career, Bowfinger really hit home for me.  Especially the scene in which wannabe actress Daisy (Heather Graham) jumped off the bus that transported her from Ohio to Hollywood, [...]



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 [...]