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Ambassador College from “That Thing You Do!”

Sep 15th, 2017 | By | Category: Movie Locations

All historic structures in the Los Angeles area with the word “ambassador” in their name seem to be doomed.  The famed Ambassador Hotel, which once stood at 3400 Wilshire Boulevard in Koreatown, was razed in 2005.  And the former Ambassador College, at 131 South St. John Avenue in Pasadena, was largely demolished beginning in 2013.  Coincidentally, both sites were featured in the 1996 film That Thing You Do!  I never got to see the Ambassador Hotel in person while it was still intact, sadly, but […]



The Francis F. Palmer House from “Gossip Girl”

Sep 1st, 2017 | By | Category: TV Locations

A Gossip Girl tour of New York wouldn’t be complete without a visit to Constance Billard School for Girls/St. Jude’s School for Boys, the elite preparatory academy attended by Serena van der Woodsen (Blake Lively), Blair Waldorf (Leighton Meester), Chuck Bass (Ed Westwick), and the rest of “Manhattan’s elite” teenage set on the CW series.  The only problem is that four different locations (yes, four!) actually portrayed the learning institution.  I visited (and blogged about) the most recognizable of the bunch, the Museum of the […]



Huntington Beach Central Library and Cultural Center from “Rosewood”

May 3rd, 2017 | By | Category: TV Locations

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – stalking begets stalking.  While out and about sightseeing filming locales in Orange County last month, the Grim Cheaper and I struck up a conversation with a friendly local couple who informed us that fave show Rosewood (well, it was a fave show until it jumped the shark recently) had just done some shooting at the Huntington Beach Central Library and Cultural Center.  So we headed right on over there and were both shocked at what […]



That Pink Door

Jul 14th, 2015 | By | Category: This and That

I have yet to really hop aboard the Pinterest bandwagon, but I know I’m in the minority on that one.  Those who are Pinterest-philes are most definitely familiar with what has come to be known as “That Pink Door.”  That Pink Door is actually the brightly-hued front door of a residence in the Indian Canyons neighborhood of Palm Springs.  The home also pops up regularly on Instagram (do a search for #thatpinkdoor and you’ll be inundated with blush-colored images) as well as on countless fashion […]



New “L.A.” Mag Post – About the Gamble House from “Back to the Future”

Jul 9th, 2015 | By | Category: Movie Locations

Don’t forget to check out today’s post for L.A.mag.com, about the Gamble House from Back to the Future.  My articles typically get published in the late morning/early afternoon hours.



The Andrew McNally House from “Kingdom Come”

Feb 4th, 2015 | By | Category: Movie Locations

Los Angeles never ceases to surprise me.  Though I feel like I know the city and its environs like the back of my hand and have spent the last decade of my life researching its locations, I am constantly learning of new spots that I had no idea even existed.  Such was the case with an architecturally unique property located pretty much right in my own former backyard.  A fellow filming location enthusiast name Liesel recently asked me why I had yet to blog about […]



Sloane’s House from “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off”

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

Once the pizza parlor from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off had been found, my friend Owen, of the When Write Is Wrong blog, starting hunting for the home belonging to Sloane Peterson (Mia Sara) – one of the last unknown locations from the 1986 comedy.  We had known for a while, thanks to a helpful crew member, that the residence was not in Chicago, where much of the movie was lensed, but Los Angeles.  In looking for it, though, we always came up empty-handed.  Then last […]



Henry’s House from “Selfie”

Nov 19th, 2014 | By | Category: TV Locations

I was saddened to learn recently that both Selfie and A to Z – two of my favorite new shows of the fall season – had been cancelled.  If How to Get Away with Murder winds up on the chopping block next, the networks will be receiving a very strongly worded letter from me!  While Selfie is (or should I say “was”?) both hilariously written and fabulously acted, it is the architectural house where Henry Higgs (John Cho) lives on the series that has me […]



The Mulholland Drive Boat House

Nov 25th, 2013 | By | Category: TV Locations

I am extremely excited to announce (to those who haven’t already heard via Facebook or Twitter) that I was recently invited to contribute a weekly blog post to the CityThink section of Los Angeles magazine online.  (I’m feeling so very Carrie Bradshaw!  )  My post, Scene It Before (thank you, fellow stalker Owen, of the When Write Is Wrong blog, for the title!), will chronicle filming locations (duh!) then-and-now and will run each Thursday.  I could NOT be more floored about this new endeavor and […]



The Darkroom from “The Big Picture”

May 24th, 2013 | By | Category: Movie Locations

Sometimes I think Mike, from MovieShotsLA, and I are one brain living in two different bodies.  Case in point – one of my most beloved movies of all time is the little-known 1989 sleeper The Big Picture, which I saw with my mom shortly after it originally came out almost two-and-a-half decades ago.  In the years since, I had never met anyone who had ever even heard of the flick, let alone loved it as much as I did.  So imagine my surprise when, during […]