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A “Mighty Ducks” Meet and Greet

WHAT Autograph signing and VIP interview panel
WHERE
Holiday Inn, Mansfield, MA
WHEN April 15, 2018


Anyone who knows me even moderately well knows that I’m obsessed with the “Mighty Ducks” movies. (It’s even in my Twitter bio, y’all.) So it’s safe to say that this year’s birthday gift from my boyfriend Aaron was pretty perfect – a VIP pass to an autograph signing and meet-and-greet with some of the cast from the franchise! Scheduled to appear were Matt Doherty (Averman – my favorite!), Vincent LaRusso (Adam Banks), Garette Ratliff Henson (Guy Germaine), Brandon Adams (Jesse Hall), Aaron Schwartz (Karp), and Scott Whyte (Gunnar Stahl / Scooter). It was held in Mansfield, MA, about three hours from where I live in Maine, and happened to be right at the beginning of my vacation week. To prep, I got a manicure in original Ducks jersey colors, because duh.

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Saved by the Max

LOCATION

Saved by the Max, a “Saved by the Bell”-themed restaurant based on the classic Max diner from the beloved 90s teen sitcom!

ORIGINAL CHICAGO ADDRESS

1941 W North Ave
Chicago, IL 60622

CURRENT LOS ANGELES ADDRESS

7100 Santa Monica Boulevard
West Hollywood, CA
savedbythemax.com


STORY & PHOTOS

I visited Saved by the Max on a September 2016 visit to Chicago, but I didn’t realize until the creators were about to open their new Los Angeles location that I never wrote about the original! So here it is, my experience at a supremely “Saved by the Bell”-themed restaurant. (And, yes, I was a total dork and wore a “Saved by the Bell” t-shirt.) This is the DEFINITION of living the movies (TV) – you feel like you’re really stepping into the Bayside world!

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Eastern State Penitentiary from MTV’s “Fear”

LOCATION

Eastern State Penitentiary, a crumbly old prison that was the site of an episode of MTV’s spooky reality show “Fear”.

ADDRESS

Eastern State Penitentiary
2027 Fairmount Avenue
Philadelphia, PA
easternstate.org


STORY & PHOTOS

Despite being a scaredy cat, I am a true crime fanatic and I regularly watch and read murdery things. So it was only somewhat surprising that I was into MTV’s reality show “Fear”, which ran for two seasons between 2000 and 2002. In the show, six regular people would be plunked into a spooky haunted location and would have to complete freaky missions and spend the whole night there; if they succeeded, they’d win a cash prize.

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Princeton University from “A Beautiful Mind”

LOCATION

Princeton University, the real-life college of John Nash, plays itself in the movie “A Beautiful Mind”, which chronicles Nash’s life.

ADDRESS

Princeton University
Princeton, NJ
princeton.edu


STORY & PHOTOS

2001’s “A Beautiful Mind” was nominated for eight Academy Awards and won four, including Best Supporting Actress for Jennifer Connelly, Best Director for Ron Howard, and Best Picture. The based-on-a-true-story film chronicles the life of John Nash, a brilliant mathematician whose life is not all that it seems.

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Clemente Park and Playground from “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”

LOCATION

The basketball court from the opening credits of “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”.

ADDRESS

Clemente Park & Playground
1800 Wallace Street
Philadelphia, PA


STORY & PHOTOS

Before we get into this, let’s just all take a moment to bop to one of the greatest TV theme songs of all time:

Good? Okay. Let’s do this.

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Frank’s Bagels from “Grace and Frankie”

LOCATION

The Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf on the grounds of Paramount Studios, which stands in for Frank’s Bagels in the third-season finale of “Grace and Frankie”.

ADDRESS

Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf
Paramount Studios
5555 Melrose Avenue
Hollywood, CA
paramountstudios.com


STORY & PHOTOS

Netflix’s great comedy “Grace and Frankie”, starring Jane Fonda and Lily Tomlin, films at Hollywood’s Paramount Studios, and production makes great use of the studio lot. For instance, in the thirteenth episode of the third season, Sol (Sam Waterston) leads a protest of Frank’s Bagels. Frank’s is the best bagel place in town, but unfortunately is owned a run by a bigot (who’d protested the play starring Martin Sheen’s Robert, because the theater group is made up of gay men and women). Sol and his friends from the theater group make it their mission to mess up Frank’s business like he messed up the play.

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Turtle Bay Resort from “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates”

LOCATION

The beautiful Turtle Bay Resort on Oahu’s North Shore, as seen in “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” and “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates”.

ADDRESS

Turtle Bay Resort
57-091 Kamehameha Hwy
Kahuku, HI 96731
turtlebayresort.com


STORY & PHOTOS

I’ve always wanted to go to Hawaii; even though it’s part of the United States it seems so lush, exotic, and different, like a paradise completely unlike Maine, where I grew up and have lived most of my life. I could watch movies like “Blue Crush” and “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” on repeat because the gorgeous Hawaiian settings somehow soothed me. And ever since I saw “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” I’d been dying to stay at the Turtle Bay Resort, which serves as the major backdrop of the film. In July 2016 I finally checked this off my filming location/life bucket list and it was just as good as I’d hoped.

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Sonsie from “Fever Pitch”

LOCATION: 

Sonsie, an international bistro on Boston’s famed Newbury Street, which appeared in “Fever Pitch”.

ADDRESS:

327 Newbury St
Boston, MA 02115
http://www.sonsieboston.com/home


STORY & PHOTOS:

“Fever Pitch” is a very Bostony movie, as it centers on Ben (Jimmy Fallon), his obsessive love for the Boston Red Sox, and how it affects his relationship with Lindsey (Drew Barrymore). In the film, Lindsey meets her friends for dinner at Sonsie, which is a cute restaurant on Boston’s posh Newbury Street:

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The “Friends” apartment building

LOCATION

The exterior of the iconic apartment building where Monica (Courteney Cox), Rachel (Jennifer Aniston), Joey (Matt LeBlanc), and Chandler (Matthew Perry) lived on the sitcom “Friends”.

ADDRESS

90 Bedford Street
(at Bedford & Grove in Greenwich Village)
New York, NY

Note: make sure not to trespass on any private property, but it’s fine to take photos from the street or sidewalk!


STORY & PHOTOS

“Friends” is one of those quintessential New York shows but, funnily enough, it didn’t film in New York. Rather, the 10-season sitcom was filmed at Warner Brothers Studio in Burbank, CA. That being said, the exterior of the apartment building that’s shown in frequent establishing shots does exist, in New York’s Greenwich Village.

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Joanne Trattoria (Lady Gaga’s family restaurant)

LOCATION

Joanne Trattoria, an Upper West Side Italian restaurant owned and operated by Lady Gaga’s family.

ADDRESS

Joanne Trattoria
70 West 68th St
New York, NY
joannenyc.com


STORY & PHOTOS

So this isn’t a filming location, but it is owned by a celebrity family. Joseph and Cynthia Germanotta, parents of Stefani Germanotta (aka Lady Gaga), run Joanne Trattoria on New York’s Upper West Side. The namesake of the cozy Italian eatery is Joseph’s late sister Joanne, who also happens to be the namesake of Lady Gaga’s 2016 album Joanne. Within walking distance of Lincoln Center, Joanne Trattoria is a cute little spot for lunch or dinner.

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