Monday, March 30, 2015

Olivia Pope and Associates from "Scandal"

LOCATION
The exterior of the Palace Theatre in downtown Los Angeles, which stands in for the office building where Olivia Pope and Associates is housed on "Scandal".

ADDRESS
Palace Theatre
630 South Broadway
Los Angeles, CA

STORY & PHOTOS

Is working at OPA a dream job or a nightmare? I guess it depends on who you ask. But if you've dreamed of being a Gladiator, you'll surely recognize the exterior of Olivia Pope and Associates:



It makes an appearance on almost every episode of "Scandal" to establish the office. In real life, it's an old theater in downtown Los Angeles. 




The Palace, which opened in 1911, has an interesting history and has hosted many stars over the years. When it's seen on "Scandal", producers and editors use their digital magic to remove the Palace sign and adjust the building's appearance so it looks less like a theater in downtown L.A. and more like an office building in Washington, DC.

STORY & PHOTO CREDITS

Written by Christina LeBlanc
Photos by Christina LeBlanc and Alex Jackman
Address found via Seeing Stars

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Lou Bloom's apartment from "Nightcrawler"

LOCATION
The Echo Park apartment where Lou Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal) lives in "Nightcrawler".

ADDRESS
1045 Figueroa Terrace
Los Angeles, CA

Note: these are private residences. It's okay to take photos from the street but be sure not to trespass!

STORY & PHOTOS

In "Nightcrawler", Jake Gyllenhaal gives a transformative performance as creepy ambulance-chasing videographer Lou Bloom, whose ambition, greed, and lack of morals lead him to escalate his dangerous behavior so he can make bank off of gory footage for the "if-it-bleeds-it-leads" news. Lou's home base is an apartment in the Echo Park section of Los Angeles:



I was a huge fan of "Nightcrawler" and I wish it had gotten more love during awards season. Jake Gyllenhaal was amazing and the film is probably the most underrated of 2014. Here's my tribute to Lou:





STORY & PHOTO CREDITS
Written by Christina LeBlanc
Photos by Christina LeBlanc and Alex Jackman
Address found via movie-locations.com

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Bob's Market from "Nightcrawler" and "The Fast and the Furious"

LOCATION
Bob's Market, featured in "The Fast and the Furious" and seen in the background of "Nightcrawler".

ADDRESS
Bob's Market
580 East Kensington Road
Los Angeles, CA

STORY & PHOTOS

In my opinion, "Nightcrawler" was the most underrated movie of 2014. Creepy, atmospheric, and with an unsettling ring of truth, the film was driven by Jake Gyllenhaal's genius performance and enhanced by a great supporting cast. As soon as I finished the film, I wanted to go to all of the gritty filming locations. One spot that was seen in the background of a shot was Bob's Market:






Bob's Market is probably better known from 2001's "The Fast and the Furious".

It's easy to visit IRL, as it really is just a corner market. I'm not sure if it's in the best part of town, so just be careful if you go visit it -- I'd recommend daytime, instead of nighttime like Lou.







STORY & PHOTO CREDITS

Written by Christina LeBlanc
Photos by Christina LeBlanc and Alex Jackman

Friday, March 27, 2015

The "Thriller" house

LOCATION
The creepy house from Michael Jackson's "Thriller" video.

ADDRESS
1345 Carroll Avenue
Los Angeles, CA

Note: this is a private home. It's okay to take photos from the street, but be sure not to trespass or do anything to disturb the residents!

STORY & PHOTOS

My pal Alex (of The Glamorously Normal Life) is a huge fan of both "Charmed" and Michael Jackson. Luckily for us, the Halliwell house from "Charmed" and the haunted house from the "Thriller" video are on the same Los Angeles street!


If you're a fan of MJ or the 80s in general you should remember this house from the epic "Thriller" video:







Here we are living out an 80s dream:




The house still looks pretty "Thriller"-y, which is awesome! Just down the street at 1329 Carroll Avenue is the "Charmed" house!


STORY & PHOTO CREDITS

Written by Christina LeBlanc
Photos by Christina LeBlanc and Alex Jackman
Address found via IAMNOTASTALKER