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The “Encino Man” House

Sep 12th, 2014 | By | Category: Movie Locations

Lately, I have been on a retro-movie watching kick.  I think it has something to do with ”The ‘80s” issue of Los Angeles magazine that hit newsstands this past July.  Reading through it got me in the mood to revisit decades past.  So I was thrilled when my buddy Mike, from MovieShotsLA, took me by the residence that served as the Morgan family home in Encino Man (spoiler alert – it’s not actually in Encino!).  I had not seen the 1992 comedy in ages and [...]



The Victorian from “Mr. Mom”

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

Some movie scenes just seem to stay with you, seared into your memory for years, despite the fact that you can remember little else about the storyline.  That’s how it was for me and Mr. Mom.  I had not seen the comedy since 1983 when it first premiered in theatres and recalled few details from it, but the scene in which Jack (Michael Keaton) dried his baby’s bottom in a public restroom using a hand blower had stuck with me.  Recently, on a whim, the [...]



The Daily Grill at LAX from “Red Eye”

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

I am officially back from vacation today (yesterday’s post was pre-written).  I could not have had a more fabulous time and was heartbroken when my best friend, Robin, and his family returned to their native Switzerland.  During moments like this, I am reminded of the quote, “Don’t be sorry it’s over.  Be glad it happened.”

Before I get to today’s locale, I thought I would share some photos of the amazing house our group rented for the week.  The pad was the perfect little oasis in [...]



Andrew’s House from “Hidden Away”

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

Ah yes, another Hidden Away locale.  I promise this is the last one!  Despite the fact that the 2013 Lifetime Original Movie was laughably bad, I became obsessed with tracking down all of its locations, mainly due to the fact that it was lensed for the most part in Palm Springs.  (You can read my various Hidden Away posts here, here and here.)  One spot that I was fairly certain was not in the Coachella Valley, though, was the supposed Spokane, Washington-area home where Andrew [...]



Villa Restaurant from “Must Love Dogs”

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

Some filming location finds turn out to be a disappointment in person while others wind up to be better than I ever could have imagined.  Today’s stalk – of Villa restaurant from the 2005 romantic comedy Must Love Dogs – was a little bit of both.

For several months, I had been on a fruitless search for the outdoor eatery that appeared in the beginning of Must Love Dogs, in the scene in which Sarah Nolan (Diane Lane) showed up for a date with someone she [...]



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 [...]



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 [...]



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, [...]