Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Boston Police Department from 'Rizzoli & Isles'

TNT's "Rizzoli & Isles" is set on the New England streets of Boston, MA, but it's filmed thousands of miles west at Paramount Studios in Hollywood, CA.

BPD as it appears in the first season.
One of the main exterior sets used for "Rizzoli & Isles" is the entrance of the Boston Police Department, where the main characters work as homicide detectives and medical examiners. It gets a lot of face time in the first-season finale, when there is a shootout outside of the BPD and Jane Rizzoli (Angie Harmon) is taken hostage.

The facade used for the exterior of the Boston Police Department is on one of the backlot streets at Paramount, and you can see it if you take their studio tour.

Photo by Christina LeBlanc for LiveTheMovies.

Photo by Alana Elowitch for LiveTheMovies.

The exterior of the BPD has also been used in countless other productions, including "Everybody Hates Chris".

The building behind Frost, Korsak, and Cavanaugh is also on Paramount's lot, and has showed up in episodes of other shows, such as "Lie to Me".

Photo by Alana Elowitch for LiveTheMovies.

Both facades are sights you'll see on a Paramount studio tour. Paramount is located at 5555 Melrose Avenue in Hollywood, CA. You can buy tickets for the tour here.

- Story by Christina LeBlanc

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