Wilmington Views

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Stuck between Long Beach and San Pedro sits the rough and tumble neighborhood of Wilmington. Even though it sits near the ocean, don’t be fooled. There’s very little beach to be found down here thanks to the refineries, factories, ports, and docks. The Consolidated Inlet, part of the Dominguez Channel, is home to a small restaurant that sits afloat the water named Chowder Barge. While Malibu eateries have views of the never-ending Pacific horizon, this instead looks over a train bridge, several small boats, and a refinery off in the distance.

Goodfellas

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Working my way through the AFI Top 100 Greatest Films of All-Time!

#92 — Goodfellas (1990)

Mulholland Memorial

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William Mulholland is known as the man that brought water to LA, more specifically the San Fernando Valley. To be able to pull this off he designed the Los Angeles Aqueduct that pulls water from Owens Valley and brings it to the SFV. It seems only necessary that the city name landmarks and memorials after such an important figure in the city’s history. Aside from Mullholland Drive that weaves its way along the ridge between the LA basin and the Valley, there’s also this gorgeous fountain on the corner of Los Feliz Blvd. and Riverside Dr. on the outskirts of Griffith Park. Don’t be fooled though, the fountain isn’t controlled by the Parks Dept., but instead it’s owned and operated by the LA Dept. of Water and Power (DWP), which is also very important in Mulholland’s past!

Nikken Discovery

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In the corporate business park filled area of southern Irvine sits this gem that is probably very recognizable to a lot of you. This curved building is actually the back side of the old Nikken headquarters. While the front of the building has a great entryway with multiple flags lining the walkway (which I’ll post about at a later date), it’s this side of the building that sees the most action. Appearing recently on screen as the Boulder Stream headquarters in Horrible Bosses 2, it was also seen in Dodgeball as well as multiple commercials, TV shows, and other films throughout the years!

As seen on screen in: Horrible Bosses 2 (2014), Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story (2004), and more!

Hipster Tipi

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While driving through the confusing narrow streets of Silver Lake, I stumbled upon this awesome tipi barely showing from behind the bushes. The homes in this area are all built into the hill and are known for having little to no yard whatsoever. A man walking his dog told me that people actually live in here, but my guess as to whether that’s true or not is as good as yours!

Casablanca

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Working my way through the AFI Top 100 Greatest Films of All-Time!

#3 — Casablanca (1942)

Turtles on a Log

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Southern California has tons of parks and green spaces to walk around and enjoy nature. The El Dorado East Regional Park sits right next to the 605 Freeway but makes you feel as though you’re deep in the wilderness. The walking paths take you through grassy fields and to several ponds and creeks. Depending on the time of day, you might even catch some sunbathing turtles like the ones on the log above!

Drugs on Sunset

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The stretch of Sunset Blvd. through Silver Lake has dozens of indie shops, vinyl shops, tattoo parlors, and other hipster favorites. No surprise considering this ‘hood was voted number one hipster town in 2012 according to the Huffington Post. During the day the traffic and skyline view steal the show, but late at night the neon signs light up the street (although nothing compared to Vegas obviously). This pharmacy has what I consider the best neon sign on the whole street!

Creative Arts

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Century City’s skyline consists mostly of banks and law offices, but Avenue of the Stars is home to the Creative Arts Agency (CAA) and this famous glass and steel building. Not only does this building act as a talent scouting company’s headquarters, it’s also appeared in tons of movies and TV shows throughout the years!

As seen on screen in: Inception (2010), The Green Hornet (2011), Star Trek: Into Darkness (2013), and countless others!

Disney’s Brownstones

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The Disney Golden Oak Ranch in Santa Clarita is one of the most filmed at properties in all of Southern California. The registered film ranch has several homes scattered around the property, a residential street, an Anywhere USA plaza, a commercial backlot, and even this brownstone NY street. A lot of the time this street is dressed for whatever the particular Director’s vision may entail, but on days like this when it sits empty, it’s like walking through a completely abandoned New York City!

Retna’s Library

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Retna, one of my personal favorite street artists, has this huge mural in his signature calligraphy style on the side of this parking structure for the West Hollywood Library. In a city where the sun is out most of the time, the otherwise boring white wall looks much better against the blue sky!

Annie Hall

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Working my way through the AFI Top 100 Greatest Films of All-Time!

#35 — Annie Hall (1977)

Chapman’s Court

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Southern California has its fair share of amazing schools and universities. USC and UCLA quickly come to mind, but down in Orange County in the city of Orange is Chapman University. This small courtyard, often used for filming, was once the college home to Jonah Hill in the 2006 comedy Accepted. But besides the pristine landscaping and clean looking buildings, it makes for a great place to catch some sunrise flares!

As seen on screen in: Accepted (2006)

Bear on Set

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They always say you should never work with animals or children. Fidgety kids can only pay attention for so long before they start running around like crazy and animals hardly ever seem to follow their cues. Sometimes, however, we have really cool animals on set with us like giraffes, birds and fish, or in this case — a bear. This fella spent all day sniffing around and not really caring about anything that was going on around him. Finally, we got the shot, and the bear went back to his cage; but not before the trainer road on his back to the whole crews’ amazement!

Coke Doorway

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This unassuming doorway on a corner of East 4th Street in the rapidly gentrifying Arts District area of Downtown LA was ruffling some feathers of the hipster residents that call this ‘hood home. Someone posted a picture online with an Olive Garden neon sign hanging over the embosses Coca-Cola logo. Thankfully it was just a hoax and, for now, the over-priced coffee shops will continue to rule the impossible-to-park-on streets. Check out this website that was set up to go along with the joke!