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The California Bank Building from “Girls Just Want to Have Fun”

Jun 3rd, 2015 | By | Category: Movie Locations

Since we’re on the subject of Girls Just Want to Have Fun, I thought I would blog about another locale from the movie that I recently hit up – downtown L.A.’s California Bank Building, which masked as the Dance TV (aka DTV) studio in the 1985 flick.  A couple of years back, Chas, from the It’sFilmedThere website, managed to track down the location via a helpful crewmember, but because nothing about the structure matched up to what was shown onscreen, I was never sold on [...]



The “Girls Just Want to Have Fun” Park

Jun 2nd, 2015 | By | Category: Movie Locations

Today’s post was a true labor of love – one that required stalking a location three separate times and a massive amount of help from a fellow stalker named Michael.  While most of the locales from the 1985 movie Girls Just Want to Have Fun (one of my all-time faves) have been tracked down and detailed on this blog, one that I have long wondered about is the park where portions of the dance practice montage sequence took place.  As luck would have it, I [...]



Caesars Palace from “The Hangover”

May 29th, 2015 | By | Category: Movie Locations

My recent trip to Las Vegas with the Grim Cheaper was magical, due in large part to the fact that we stayed at Caesars Palace.  Neither the GC nor I had ever stayed there before and, while planning our trip, I decided to see what the rates were.  I happened to find a remarkably inexpensive one and booked it immediately.  It was a fortuitous decision because the four nights we spent there were spectacular.

As luck would have it, when we checked in we were given [...]



The Last Bookstore from “Gone Girl”

May 20th, 2015 | By | Category: Movie Locations

I love bookstores – and books.  Actual books, not the digitized versions.  You will never catch me reading on a Kindle.  I like the feel of a book in my hands, the physical act of turning the pages and the smell.  I love, love, love the smell of books.  The Grim Cheaper always makes fun of the fact that I am constantly smelling my reading materials and when we watched the Sex and the City movie for the first time, he turned to me laughing [...]



The Cooper House from “Forever Young”

May 15th, 2015 | By | Category: Movie Locations

Today’s locale is a bit of a long time coming.  In my early March post about the bungalow where Daniel McCormick (Mel Gibson) lived in Forever Young, I mentioned that I had stalked a different house from the 1992 movie – the one where Claire Cooper (Jamie Lee Curtis) and her son, Nat (Elijah Wood), lived – in my early stalking days.  I found the location thanks to Scott’s L.A. Audio Tour of Pasadena CD, but because this was long before I had a blog, [...]



Vickie’s Diner from “Lucky You”

May 12th, 2015 | By | Category: Movie Locations

This year is literally flying by!  It seems like just yesterday that the Grim Cheaper and I headed to Las Vegas, but in actuality our mini work trip/vacay took place over two months ago!  And I still have yet to post all of the stalking sites we visited while there, including today’s locale, which comes courtesy of my friend/Drew Barrymore aficionado Ashley, of The Drewseum website.  A few years back, Ashley posted pictures of Tiffany’s Café, a small Sin City restaurant that was featured in [...]



Golden Gate Fields from “Metro” – And a Special Fundraising Event for the Alzheimer’s Association

May 1st, 2015 | By | Category: Movie Locations

My BFF since the age of 9, Natalie, will be hosting a charity event in honor of her grandfather, Ed Lingsch, on June 14th in the San Francisco area.  Ed passed away just shy of his 98th birthday on November 12th, 2011 after a long battle with Alzheimer’s Disease.  Nat worked for Ed’s real estate company, eventually taking over the business, and cared for her beloved “Gramps” for the last decade of his life.  During that time, she penned a blog called Laugh or Cry [...]



Liz’s House from “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”

Apr 29th, 2015 | By | Category: Movie Locations

There are two kinds of people in this world – those who can watch movies over and over and over again and those who cannot.  I am in the former category.  During my teens and twenties, my parents owned a condominium in Hawaii.  We would vacation there every summer, along with other families who owned units in the same community.  Our condo was the kids’ hang-out spot (we had a VCR and large movie library) and, for reasons that no longer remain known to me, [...]



Hatfield’s Restaurant from “Chef”

Apr 21st, 2015 | By | Category: Movie Locations

Today’s location is a bit of a bummer, I’m afraid.  Ever since seeing the movie Chef (one of my favorites of 2014), I was itching to stalk Hatfield’s restaurant, which appeared quite extensively throughout the flick.  So when I discovered that it had recently closed, I was devastated.  But I ventured on over to see the exterior of it in person, nonetheless, while I was in L.A. a few weeks ago.

Hatfield’s restaurant was established by Karen and Quinn Hatfield in 2006.  The fine dining eatery [...]



The Georgian Ballroom from “Girls Just Want to Have Fun”

Mar 30th, 2015 | By | Category: Movie Locations

Had you asked me last week, I would have told you that I was an expert on both Pasadena and its filming history.  But something happened on Wednesday afternoon that rocked me to my stalking core.  While writing a blog post for Los Angeles magazine, I got on a bit of a Girls Just Want to Have Fun kick and decided to attempt to track down a few of its unknown locations, one of which was the Lakeview Country Club where Natalie Sands’ (Holly Gagnier) [...]