Friday, April 17, 2015

"Scandal" PaleyFest Panel

WHERE Dolby Theatre, Hollywood & Highland
WHEN March 8, 2015

STORY & PHOTOS


Our third and final PaleyFest adventure this year was the panel for "Scandal"! The theater was electric; all the Gladiators in the room were practically foaming at the mouth. The "Lawn Chair" episode was screened (um, emotional much?) and then moderator Jimmy Kimmel introduced the cast. It was the biggest panel we saw, and all of the principal cast members were there, which was awesome.



In attendance were Katie Loews, Guillermo Diaz, Scott Foley, Kerry Washington (who was losing her voice to laryngitis!), Tony Goldwyn, Bellamy Young, Jeff Perry, Darby Stanchfield, and Joshua Malina. Gang's all here! It was a really fun panel, mostly because the cast is completely adorable and they obviously all like each other and they're obviously all fans of the show. They are also super sweet to the rest of us who are fans. They spent as much time as they could signing autographs and taking photos after the panel, although some of them had to get ushered off at various times to go film.








I was able to snap photos with (love of my life) Scott Foley and Guillermo Diaz, who were both super sweet:



Then Tony Goldwyn took a selfie with Alex's phone, which was awesome:



And as we were on our way to the parking garage, we ran into Joshua Malina (who I also love from "Sports Night" and "The West Wing") and he was kind enough to pose for a photo with us:



All in all it was a great night and a lovely way to end our PaleyFest adventure.

STORY & PHOTO CREDITS
Written by Christina LeBlanc
Photos by Christina LeBlanc and Alex Jackman

Thursday, April 16, 2015

"Girls" PaleyFest Panel

WHERE Dolby Theatre, Hollywood & Highland
WHEN March 8, 2015

STORY & PHOTOS
"GIRLS". You love it or you hate it, and I love it. (Though not as much as my pal Alex who loves "Girls" more than anyone.) He and I were both really excited for the "Girls" PaleyFest panel. We tandem-read (and loved) Lena Dunham's book Not That Kind of Girl while poolside in Miami last year, and Lena is one of Alex's heroes. It was a big deal to be there.


Judd Apatow, who exec-produces "Girls", was the moderator and introduced the episode to be screened. Awesomely, it guest-starred his daughter Maude Apatow... and she happened to be sitting in the same row as us, just a few seats away. She is adorable. We watched the episode and there was tons of audience laughter -- in keeping with this season's tone, the episode was really funny -- and then they introduced the panel. In attendance were EP Jenni Konner, Lena Dunham, Allison Williams, Alex Karpovsky, Andrew Rannells, and writer/executive producer Bruce Eric Kaplan. (I have a big crush on Ray, so I was super happy that Alex Karpovsky was there!)





It was a really fun panel. Everyone was really sweet and really funny. Allison Williams is so gorgeous that you should not stare directly at her or you might go blind. Lena treated the whole audience like we were all her friends (which I'm sure we'd all like to be!). It was a great time. And Alex got picked to ask a question to the panel! An all-around success.




We got to say hi to the cast and snap a few photos after the panel; everyone was so nice. Lena was so kind to everyone and, like, doling out life advice to fans while signing autographs. Allison was a total sweetheart and so nice to me. I was able to take a photo with her and I would like to be her best friend, please.



Long live "Girls"!

STORY & PHOTO CREDITS
Written by Christina LeBlanc
Photos by Christina LeBlanc and Alex Jackman

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

"The Good Wife" PaleyFest panel

WHERE Dolby Theatre, Hollywood & Highland
WHEN March 7, 2015

STORY & PHOTOS
"The Good Wife" is hands-down one of the best shows on TV today. It has the wit, intelligence, acting and writing quality of a primo cable drama, but it airs 20-24 episodes a year on CBS. Crazy! The creative team and the cast are incredibly talented, and I was thrilled to get to attend their PaleyFest panel!


In attendance were creators/masterminds Robert and Michelle King, as well as cast members Julianna Marguiles, Christine Baranski, and Matt Czuchry. I was completely excited that James Corden was the moderator. I've loved him since he kissed Harry Styles and tattooed his face on Niall Horan's bum, and his new job as the host of "The Late Late Show" kicks off next week. And he did not disappoint -- he was funny as hell.




Probably my biggest takeaway from this panel was HOW MUCH FUN JULIANNA MARGUILES IS. Her character, Alicia Florrick, is pretty buttoned-up and serious. But Julianna seems like a great time. I want to get brunch with her and possibly become best friends.



I have also had a crush on Matt Czuchry since he was Logan on "Gilmore Girls", so seeing him in person was swoon-worthy as well.


All in all, a fantastic time was had celebrating a fantastic show!

STORY & PHOTO CREDITS
Written by Christina LeBlanc
Photos by Christina LeBlanc and Alex Jackman

Friday, April 3, 2015

Los Altos Apartments from "Transparent" and "Angel"

LOCATION
Los Altos Apartments is used for the exterior of the apartment building where Ali (Gaby Hoffman) lives on "Transparent". It was also the exterior of the Hyperion Hotel on "Angel".

ADDRESS
Los Altos Apartments
4121 Wilshire Blvd
Los Angeles, CA
apartments.com

STORY & PHOTOS

Amazon's Golden Globe-winning dramedy "Transparent" is set in Los Angeles and uses the city to set a rich backdrop for its stories. The characters and settings are so L.A.; it's a case of a show making great use of its filming locations.



Ali lives in a mid-city apartment, and producers use the Los Altos Apartments as the exterior of her building.







The building has an interesting history, and stars like Clara Bow, Mae West, and Bette Davis all lived there at one point or another. It has also been seen on the show "Angel", standing in for the Hyperion Hotel, which becomes the group's de facto home base beginning in the second season.





It looks much the same in real life:




STORY & PHOTO CREDITS

Written by Christina LeBlanc
Photos by Christina LeBlanc and Alex Jackman