Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Wade and Zoe's pond from 'Hart of Dixie'

"Hart of Dixie" is all about Southern living... but it's not filmed in Alabama. The Bluebell scenes are filmed at Warner Brothers Studio in Burbank, CA.

In fictional Bluebell, there's a little pond between Zoe's carriage house and Wade's cabin. It made a pretty special appearance in episode 104, "In Havoc and In Heat", when Zoe fantasized about Wade walking slowly out of the water in a wet t-shirt.

Later in the same episode, Zoe proves to herself that she can be a little wild by jumping naked into the pond. Wade may have experienced a little fantasy of his own.

This pond is on the Warner Brothers lot, back in the jungle area where Wade's cabin is. It really is just outside of the building used as Wade's cabin. (And actually, right on the other side of the pond is not Zoe's carriage house - it's the Rammer Jammer and the barn!) This is the view of the pond and Wade's cabin from the area where the Rammer Jammer stands:

Photo by Christina LeBlanc for LiveTheMovies.
The pond stays empty when it's not being used for filming, and it takes a whole day to fill it up. (Luckily for the actors, they can control the temperature of the water so it won't be freezing.) The pond has also been seen on "True Blood", "Pretty Little Liars", "ER", and in the Budweiser commercial with the three frogs who say "Bud. Wei. Ser."

The pond and jungle area is a staple of the Warner Brothers VIP or Deluxe Tour, so if you take the tour you're nearly guaranteed to get a peek at this little waterway. I highly recommend the tour if you're a fan of "Hart of Dixie"! You'll spot a lot of places you recognize.

Warner Brothers Studio is located at 3400 W Riverside Dr in Burbank, CA.

- Story by Christina LeBlanc

Monday, September 22, 2014

Happy 10 years, 'Veronica Mars'!

"Veronica Mars" is one of my favorite TV shows of all time: a dark yet sweet noir-y teen detective dramedy with a great cast of characters, great writing, and intriguing cases with socially conscious themes. Today is the tenth anniversary of the pilot episode airing!

I have made the journey to visit some of the key filming locations from the show, which was originally lensed in San Diego, CA.

I was also lucky enough to attend the 2014 "Veronica Mars" PaleyFest Reunion, where I got to meet the cast and get an early screening of the making-of-the-movie documentary. It was especially exciting for me because I participated in the Kickstarter to make the "Veronica Mars" movie.
Even before this reunion, I was lucky enough to meet creator Rob Thomas as well as actors Ryan Hansen and Martin Starr at a Paley Center event for "Party Down" back in 2010. 
I saw the movie on opening day in Burbank, CA the day after the PaleyFest reunion and I loved it. They did such a great job with it and it was a real love letter to the fans. I love this show, I love this cast, I love everything!

Happy 10th anniversary, Veronica!
You're a marshmallow.

xx Christina

P.S. Today is also my best friend Alex's birthday. He's magical and amazing and also helped Kickstart the "Veronica Mars" movie. Go wish him a happy bday over at his lovely site, The Glamorously Normal Life. <3

Monday, August 18, 2014

Bonaventure Cemetery from 'Now and Then' and 'Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil'

Bonaventure Cemetery in Savannah, GA is very pretty and pretty creepy. So it's no surprise that movies that were filmed in Savannah chose Bonaventure as a filming location.

In 1990s coming-of-age story "Now and Then", four teenage girls hold a cemetery seance and believe they bring back the spirit of Dear Johnny, a young boy who was murdered by a burglar years before. They visit the cemetery several times during the film.

Scenes were shot at both Bonaventure and Colonial Park Cemetery (which is in one of the downtown Savannah squares). One of the more recognizable markers from the movie is the statue of the angel with her hand raised above her head. One featured in the screen shots above looks much shorter than the one in Bonaventure.

Photo by Patti LeBlanc for LiveTheMovies.

It's possible filmmakers used the statue in Bonaventure in some shots and created a replica for the scenes filmed in Colonial Park. The statue is impressive in person and creates a tranquil scene in the cemetery among the trees and Spanish moss.

Photo by Christina LeBlanc for LiveTheMovies.
Photo by Patti LeBlanc for LiveTheMovies.

Savannah-set movie "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" (based on the nonfiction book of the same name) also used Bonaventure Cemetery as a backdrop.

In "Midnight", Bonaventure Cemetery played itself. It's where Jim Williams (Kevin Spacey) was buried, as well as the final resting place for the man he shot, Billy Hanson (Jude Law). Williams' burial, as well as several scenes involving Minerva (Irma P. Hall) communing with spirits, were set at Bonaventure.

Photo by Patti LeBlanc for LiveTheMovies.

Photo by Patti LeBlanc for LiveTheMovies.

Photo by Patti LeBlanc for LiveTheMovies.

Photo by Christina LeBlanc for LiveTheMovies.

Photo by Christina LeBlanc for LiveTheMovies.

Bonaventure Cemetery is beautiful and definitely worth a visit whether you're a film buff or not. If you're into the spooky side of things, there are also tours you can take a 90-minute daytime walking tour or the Blue Orb Bonaventure Cemetery Tour, for which round-trip transportation is provided. A visit to Bonaventure Cemetery is a must for any stay in Savannah. You can find it at 300 Bonaventure Road in Thunderbolt, GA (just on the outskirts of Savannah).

- Story by Christina LeBlanc

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Thalia Street Surf Shop from 'Laguna Beach'

MTV's teen reality soap "Laguna Beach" was filmed at actual locations in Orange County, CA, which means it's easy to track down a ton of the spots where the LB gang hung out on the show.

In episode 208, "What Goes Around", Alex M. finds out that her boyfriend Jason hooked up with his ex-girlfriend Jessica at a party. She and her best friend Taylor talk about it while shopping at Thalia Street Surf Shop the next day.

You can visit Thalia Street Surf Shop at 915 South Coast Highway in Laguna Beach, CA.

Photo by Christina LeBlanc for LiveTheMovies.

- Story by Christina LeBlanc