Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Beverly Hills Municipal Court from 'The Hills'

In the Season 4 episode "I Heidi Take Thee Spencer", the notorious "Hills" villains Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt almost sealed the deal (after "eloping" in Mexico) by getting married at the Beverly Hills Municipal Court:







At the last minute they decided it wasn't quite what they wanted, and opted instead to wait and plan a "real" wedding that their friends and families could attend.


Photo by Christina LeBlanc for LiveTheMovies.

Photo by Christina LeBlanc for LiveTheMovies.

And of course, Heidi and Spencer would have much grander plans for their wedding in Season 5... but you can visit the Beverly Hills Municipal Court (the almost-site of the Speidi wedding) at 9355 Burton Way in Beverly Hills, CA

- Story by Christina LeBlanc

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Wahlburgers from A&E's 'Wahlburgers'

Wahlburgers Logo
Photo by Christina LeBlanc for LiveTheMovies.
I love wordplay and good food, so Wahlburgers is a no-brainer and a home run for me. The burger joint and bar, run by Paul Wahlberg with the blessing of his famous brothers (movie-star Mark of "Ted" and pop singer Donnie of New Kids on the Block) is located just outside of Boston and is the subject of a reality show on A&E, so I wanted to check it out while in the Boston area. My best pal Alex and I took a lunch detour to the Hingham Shipyard for the Wahlburgers experience recently:

Christina LeBlanc from Live The Movies at Wahlburgers
Photo by Alex Jackman for LiveTheMovies.
Wahlburgers Menu
Photo by Christina LeBlanc for LiveTheMovies.
Wahlburgers Restaurant
Photo by Christina LeBlanc for LiveTheMovies.

First of all, I like the decor. It's very family-friendly and their whole branding concept is streamlined and pleasing to the eye. A+, Wahlbergs. They also totally own their Wahlberg-ness. There are posters on the wall from movies and shows the bros have starred in ("Ted", "Blue Bloods", etc.) and panels on the ceiling listing their various projects, including "Entourage" (Mark) and NKOTB (Donnie). There is a collage of family photos, and their mission statement is one of family love and loyalty. It's pretty sweet.

Wahlburgers Mission Statement Decor
Photo by Christina LeBlanc for LiveTheMovies.
Secondly, the food was delicious. This is a restaurant that could rest on its gimmick and serve mediocre food. People would still probably show up due to its famous owners. But Wahlburgers really brings it -- my food was awesome, and Alex liked his too. I had the basic "Our Burger", and had them add avocado and bacon. They cooked my burger perfectly and everything was scrumptious as hell. They also serve tater tots and SWEET POTATO TOTS. I was basically in heaven.

Delicious Food from Wahlburgers
Photo by Christina LeBlanc for LiveTheMovies.

Last but not least, Wahlburgers isn't a dive on some random street. It's in the Hingham Shipyard, surrounded by yachts, luxury apartments, and other retailers, restaurants, and movie theaters. You could spend a lovely afternoon walking leisurely around the shipyard, eating and shopping and looking at boats and taking flattering photos. Here's the view when you walk out of Wahlburgers:

Hingham Shipyard View from Wahlburgers
Photo by Christina LeBlanc for LiveTheMovies.
Not bad, eh? So it's not a surprise that A&E wanted to produce a reality show about the burger bar. Mark, Donnie, Paul (who seems to do most of the restaurant-y work), and Wahlberg matriarch Alma star, along with various other friends and family members, including the real-life Johnny Drama (inspiration for Kevin Dillon's character on "Entourage", which Mark produced). If you're  a fan of the restaurant or the show or both, they've made it easy for you to buy some merch to show your Wahlburgers pride.

Wahlburgers You May Be Recorded or Videotaped Sign A&E Show
Photo by Christina LeBlanc for LiveTheMovies.

You can visit Wahlburgers at 19 Shipyard Drive in Hingham, MA (just outside of Boston in a cute beachy area) and catch "Wahlburgers" on A&E.

- Story by Christina LeBlanc 


Tuesday, July 1, 2014

'Pretty Little Liars' Playlist: Paily

Emily and Paige might be on the rocks right now, but their romance still has plenty of fans. If you're on Team Paily, here's a playlist of the most important songs that have soundtracked their time together on "Pretty Little Liars".



The playlist includes the following tunes...

"I Won't Apologize" by Selena Gomez & the Scene // Emily talks to Paige into swimming for fun and enjoyment and ditching the pressure

"So What" by P!NK // Emily and Paige's karaoke song

"You Are" by the Daylights // When Emily tells Paige she can't have a secret relationship and doesn't want to live in the closet

"Days I Regret" by Allie Moss // Plays when Paige tells Emily she should have fought to be with her

"If I Lose Myself" by OneRepublic // Emily & Paige say "I love you"

"Dancin' Away With My Heart" by Lady Antebellum // Paige & Emily dance at the hoe-down






- Story by Christina LeBlanc

Monday, June 30, 2014

Miceli's Italian Restaurant from 'Dexter'

"Dexter" is set in Miami, but is actually filmed in and around Long Beach and Hollywood, CA.




In the season-8 episode "What's Eating Dexter Morgan?", Dexter takes Deb to an Italian restaurant to show her that the man she saved in a restaurant shootout in the past is still alive, and spending time with his family. Dexter tries to convince Deb that she is a good person and that she has made a positive impact on the world, despite her collusion with Dexter on his murders.




The on-screen eatery in real life is Miceli's Italian Restaurant on Las Palmas Avenue in Hollywood (just off of Hollywood Boulevard). I recognized this location immediately, since I've eaten at Miceli's more than a few times during my Hollywood adventures. (The hanging jugs were the biggest giveaway.) I also didn't notice when I was there, but after watching the episode I realized I'd been seated in the same booth as the guy Deb saved!

Miceli's Italian Restaurant in Hollywood from Dexter
Table-setting details.
Photo by Christina LeBlanc for LiveTheMovies.



Miceli's Italian Restaurant in Hollywood from Dexter
Yummy! Photo by Christina LeBlanc for LiveTheMovies.

Deb and Dexter were seated on the second level, overlooking my booth and the rest of the restaurant.



Miceli's restaurant booth where Deb and Dexter sat on Dexter
Deb and Dexter sat up there!
Photo by Christina LeBlanc for LiveTheMovies.

Photo by Christina LeBlanc for LiveTheMovies.

Photo by Christina LeBlanc for LiveTheMovies.

Deb calls the restaurant a "hellhole", but it's actually a pretty nice place! Miceli's has a long Hollywood history (many celebs have eaten there over the years) and good pizza! I'd recommend it if you're in the Hollywood & Highland area and are looking for something a little more substantial than Starbucks and McDonalds, or less commercial than the Hard Rock Cafe. Here's a birds-eye view of the restaurant (specifically of the spot where Deb and Dexter sat) from the Miceli's website:



You can visit Miceli's at 1646 N Las Palmas Avenue in Hollywood. (They also have an equally yummy location in Universal City!)

- Story by Christina LeBlanc