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  • SASHA ROIZ Rose City Comic Con 2014

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    I had heard of this event before but never go to it. I knew that the Comic Con in San Diego was huge and didn’t really know what to expect here in Portland. It is held at our Convention Center which is a huge event space with multiple rooms. When I saw that Sasha Roiz from GRIMM was going to be at it I decided to go and check it out. Wow was I in for a surprise. The whole event was much bigger than I had thought it would be. When I got to the convention center the lobby areas were packed with people and lots in costumes of course. I got my day pass and headed to where the celebrities would be appearing. They had it set up so that one side of the space was set up with a red carpet and on either side were like open booths with tables for the celebrities to sign autographs for people. Right next to that was a black screened off area where they were doing the photo ops. Of course there was a charge for both. I really just wanted a photo of Sasha himself and tried to figure the best way to get that. I quickly found out that with the photo op you could NOT use your own camera for any photos and just got one they took with him. I decided that wasnt what I was looking for. I went over to the area next door where the autographs were happening. He was doing both today, so I decided to wait for the autograph time. Once in line and in the celebrity area they allowed absolutely no photography. I was bummed, but I did get some quick pics before/after he was there.

    I got in line and only waited a few minutes till he came around the back of the black screens and came into the area and sat down. He was wearing a white t shirt and jeans and was looking very handsome and tall. I had the chance to meet him about a month ago on the sidewalk near where they were filming GRIMM. I picked out a stock photo for him to sign and then got the chance to meet him. I mentioned meeting him before and couldnt believe that he remembered my name. That so shocked me. We talked about the filming at the boxing ring building. He said that this was his first time at an event without his GRIMM family cast with him. He mentioned all of them being at the San Diego Comic Con. He said that their GRIMM filming has gotten all around the Portland area. He was extremely nice, shook my hand and looked me right in the eyes. He is really very handsome guy. Ok, definitely star struck by Sasha Roiz once again.

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    I was standing right on the other side of this screen from where he was signing autographs and got a few photos. Sorry, they are so bad.

     

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    This is from about a month ago when I met him on the sidewalk near where they were filming the boxing ring scenes. He was so nice that day.

     

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  • TWILIGHT BOOK LOCATION PORT ANGELES, BELLA ITALIA

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    Before my trip to SMD I made reservations in Port Angeles for dinner at Bella Italia. Yes, the restaurant in the first Twilight book where Bella and Edward go in Port Angeles. I don’t think either of them actually eat, but Bella has the mushroom raviolli. So, we had to have one order of that of course. Portland Angeles is where Bella goes to the book store and then wanders into a bad situation with the guys who had been following her. She comes into the parking lot and the guys start to hassle her. Edward shows up in his car and rescues her. They then end up at Bella Italia for something to eat. Well, Bella eats anyway. Maybe.

    Port Angeles is filmed in St. Helens Oregon for the movie. After visiting both locations I can see the connection. Both cities are on the water and St. Helens is probably smaller in size and people, but they have the same feel to them.

    More photos on facebook twilightgirlportland.

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  • Twilight Book Location La Push Beach

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    Located on the Washington coastline is First Beach, referred to as La Push in the Twilight Saga. La Push is actually the town where the beach is located. It is just about 15 miles NW of Forks Washington. We visited the beach area during the day and then went back for the evening with other Twilight fans. We stayed through the sunset and it proved to be spectacular. It’s La Push Baby.

    More photos are on FB twilightgirlportland.

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  • BD 2 Movie Location Stawamus Chief Rock Face

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    The rock face stands out right along the Sea To Sky Highway near Squamish going north to Whistler from Vancouver BC. There is a pull off area that you can stop at to see it up close. The best views were from the Squamish area. The rock face was used in Breaking Dawn Part 2 when Bella smelled the guy climbing it and took off running after him. She leaps up onto a ledge on the rock and Edward follows. She then leaps off and takes off running.

    I am not sure how much of the scene was real or done with a green screen. The rock face is huge and stands tall above the river. It definitely made for a realistic background view for the movie.

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  • Talking Robert Pattinson Cut-Out and Crazy Fan on 105.1 Buzz Radio

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    It came up in the news last week about a woman who married the cardboard cut-out of Robert Pattinson. IN Las Vegas! When I read the article I did notice that she had a restraining order against her because she had stalked his home. Cruze on 105.1 The Buzz read it last week as well and wanted my thoughts on it. Funny conversation as usual.

     

    I didnt realize there were so many ROB cutouts from Twilight. I came across several on my trip to Forks for Stephenie Meyer Day. They were fun to see.

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  • STEPHENIE MEYER DAY 2014

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    DSCN5352Its been a busy time since arriving in Forks for the Stephenie Meyer Days. First visit was the chamber of commerce which embraces everything Twilight. They had a welcome party for all the fans last night. It was fun to see all the fans here and meet new ones. We also did some shopping at Lappelles and the Native Shop for great Twilight clothes and other fun items to take home.Here is a few photos.

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  • STEPHENIE MEYER DAY 2014

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    Getting ready to leave for Stephenie Meyer Day in Forks Washington. You can check back here for updates during the weekend. I will also be on twitter/facebook. If you want more information about SMD click below. If you need help finding Twilight locations in Portland there is a complete list just below the heading on my web page. You can also email me at twilightgirlportland@gmail.com.  Have a great Weekend!

     

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  • GRIMM FILMING HOUSES AT 3601 SE INSLEY

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    I got lucky on twitter and a person let me know that they were filming at this house this week. They were setting up for the filming for two days and did the actual filming today in an afternoon. The semi-trucks and other trucks were parked along the roads leading to the houses. They once again had the big rigging trucks plus food trucks and several others with lots of equipment. It was a set up for multiple shoots at these two houses. I wasnt able to get there until the late afternoon and heard that I missed a chase scene on the street. They were filming inside one of the houses when I got there and then backed out of the house. They then moved the filming to the backyard so that we werent able to see it. The filming involved two tall men in the black suits. I had not seen them before today. None of the main actors were on this set.

    The second part of the filming that I saw was in front of the house at 3601 and it involved a volvo station wagon in the driveway with an actor getting out and carrying a large container to the front door of the house. They did change out the license plate on the car but I could not get close enough to see it. They were using a guy with the steadi-cam for this filming. He was working with the director and going over how to do the shot. The small crowd of onlookers had to move a couple of times because we were reflecting in the windows on the front of the house. I did get a chance to talk with the gentlemen who is the medic on the set. He is the supervisor medic and he is the one who schedules all the others for the shooting. I had heard there were 6 of them working for the Grimm production. He said that they have to have one at every place they are filming and setting up to film. That made sense to me after seeing all the equipment that is being moved and set up for their filming. One other thing I asked about was these huge air ducting units that I have noticed at the other houses where they are filming. It turns out that they pump in their own air conditioning to these homes or apartments because the lighting inside is very hot and these older homes do not have air conditioning. It was another fun afternoon and I was told they were filming in studio tomorrow. But, you never know.

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  • ROBERT PATTINSON AT TIFF WITH MTTS

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    Rob is in Toronto this week with his move Maps To The Stars. He did a photo call today with his cast and tonight was the premiere of the movie there. Super cute Rob with his longer hair and bearded look. Thanks to RobertPattinsonWorldWide for the video and photos.

    These photos are from the photo call with the cast:

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    On The Red Carpet it was reported by Fashion Court that he was wearing head to toe Dark Blue Gucci. That seems to be his go-to designer for suits.

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  • TALKING WITH CRUZE 105.1 BUZZ REN FESTIVAL & LIZZY PATTINSON

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    I had a lot of fun with Cruze on Saturday at the Renaissance Festival and got the chance to talk with him this morning about it all. He also played a clip to guess the artist and I knew right away it was Lizzie Pattinson. Yes, Rob Pattinsons sister was on X Factor UK this weekend. I read that the judges and audience didnt know who she was. I found her video clip from X Factor UK.

     

     



  • Oregon Renaissance Festival With Cruze 105.1 The Buzz

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    The Oregon Renaissance Festival is celebrating its second year at the Washington County Fairgrounds near Portland. It was a fun event to visit with all the people dressed in costume and I got to hang out with Cruze from 105.1 The Buzz. Part of the event is their own Pub Crawl. They led the group around to four different Pub’s within the Festival. A lot of people attending the festival were dressed up in costumes which really added to the fun. Of course Cruse joined in with his costume. You can find more information at their website Oregon Renaissance Festival. It is going on for two more weekends.

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  • ECLIPSE GULF OF GEORGIA CANNERY

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    At the beginning of Eclipse you see Riley exit a bar and start walking down an alley. He gets swiped from Victoria during his walk. He then takes off running until he ends up on a boat dock area and he leans over the edge. He comes back on the dock and thatswhen Victoria runs across and bites him. His anguished scream is not easily forgotten.

    The scene was filmed in different locations. The Lamplighter bar is located in the Gaslamp District of Vancvouer BC. They used a nearby alley for part of it too. The dock area which was used for filming is actually several miles away in the town of Steveston. They used a now closed Gulf of Georgia Cannery dock side area for the dock scene. The Cannery was used for the fishing industry in the area. There are still a lot of fishing boats tied up to nearby docks. The Cannery is now turned into a museum and you can walk through its interiors.

    When we visited we were specifically looking for the dock area used in the film. After walking around the building we figured out the they used the dock area across the back corner of the building which was closed off to the public. We located an area where he could have run through to get to the dock area, and it was gated off as well.

    Built in 1894 in the historic village of Steveston, the Gulf of Georgia Cannery was the largest building of its kind and the leading producer of canned salmon in British Columbia. 

    There was a sunday market in full swing when we visited the Cannery with lots of people and food. The city of Steveston looked like a quaint old fishing village along the water. A few days after we where there I read they were filming the TV show Once Upon A Time in the town. It definitely had that storybook feel to it.

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  • JACOBS HOUSE COQUITLAM BC

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    By far this was the most exciting location to find. The location was easy to come by and it proved to be easy to find. We drove out of Coquitlam on Quarry Rd. until we came to Gilley’s Trail Rd. As we turned the corner the house came into view. It stands on a large property that is fenced and includes the barn/garage next to the house. There is mostly grass surrounding the house and barn but it rolls down to tall fir trees behind the house. I dont believe anyone is currently living in the house as we just saw several goats behind the fences.

    The house looked much the same as in Breaking Dawn with the blue tarp still on parts of the roof. The house and barn are still painted dark red. It was very awesome just standing and taking in the whole property and thinking of all the scenes that were filmed there. The house appears in all the movies except the first Twilight movie filmed in Oregon.

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  • BREAKING DAWN MOVIE LOCATION CULLEN HOUSE SQUAMISH

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    Just got back from this crazy one week trip to Vancouver BC area to track TWILIGHT LOCATIONS. My friend did a lot of work gathering information before we went. Plus we had her GPS. We were able to find most of the places we were searching out. Only had a few maybes or places we couldn’t get to. Because I LOVED the Twilight wedding I used that as a reference of the area around the house. Here’s the first up.

    The Cullen House was built in Squamish for Eclipse and then re built for Breaking Dawn. They added onto the back to accommodate the birth scene. The house was originally modeled after the Cullen house in Portland, Oregon. The photos I have seen are pretty similar although they added another floor.

    We had a hard time getting an exact location for the house site. Everyone knew it was in Squamish, British Columbia. It came down to a lot of luck for us to really find it. On our way to Pemberton we stopped in Squamish at Starbucks for some coffee and asked the women there if they might know of the location. One of them starting giving us some directions but kept saying she really didn’t know. It turned out she was right on. We had drove up to Pemberton area first to visit the Denali house. On our way back driving we decided to try some of the directions the Starbucks woman had given us. Just before we got to Squamish I had an email come in from HR, a twi fan who graciously helped us with some locations. She said she did not get to see the house site, but sent me her directions anyway. They were right near where this other woman had said.

    We took the exit and starting toward the road. We tried checking out several driveways and had no luck but we knew we were really close. On the way we had passed a horse camp and now noticed a few horses coming our way. We decided to ask them if they knew of the location. We lucked out as the leader told us right where to go. We had just not gone far enough on the road.

    When we found the right driveway it had a locked chain across it with no trespassing signs. We decided to hop it and walk in. There was first a large clearing to our right. We knew it had to be by the river so we kept walking on the dirt road. Then we came to another clearing on our left. We kept walking toward the river. First thing we saw was the huge cement driveway left by the production people. We were in the right area. We walked around and started noticing all the rocks and logs left behind. We figured out where the house was and where the wedding took place. After spending time there we were down by the river when I turned and noticed a woman far back with her dog. Uh Oh . She was talking to us but we could not hear her. I started walking toward her and we had a few words. We knew we had to leave but were satisfied with the photos we took away. It was so well worth it.

    The area that the house sat in is completely wooded and along the river. I did not realize that the wedding “alter” was right above the riverbank. They must have turned it over for the reception. The whole area was not really that big. There were several wooded areas around the house site that must have been used for the other outdoor scenes. We did find the arm wrestling rock.

    We learned that the woman owns the property and lived down the driveway next to this one. She lives right there so I would not recommend going in. She said she couldnt believe that fans were still coming on her property. I guess she just doesnt understand the TWILIGHT FANDOM.

    More of my photos can be found on Facebook twilightgirlportland.

    This is the wedding scene. Right behind the alter/trees is the river. Edward is standing right in front of the a log covered in moss that is still there today.

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    WhenBella is walking down the aisle you can see the Cullen house behind her.

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    Looking from the alter/trees back toward the Cullen house.

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    I think they reset the area for the reception. You can glimpse the Cullen house in the background.

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    This is where she meets Jacob and its along the side of the house viewing towards the wedding reception.

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    This is the view now onto the whole area where the house would stand. You can see the  driveway in the distance. The wedding would be off to the right.

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    This is more of the forested area between the house and river. It could have been used for filming several scenes in BD 2.

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    This was our first view of the driveway. I thought it went across the front of the house but, not, it angles up towards the house.

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    This ariel photo from @twifans.com shows the driveway out the front of the house and decks on the back facing the river. Interesting how the house just nestles in the woods. I did think the area was not as big as I thought it would be.

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    We found the arm wresting rock down near the river.

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    These are looking down on the river which would be behind the wedding alter/trees and along the back of the house.

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    This is the road leading to the gated road leading to the house location. Lots of space here for production equipment.

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  • BREAKING DAWN MOVIE LOCATION DENALI HOUSE

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    The house that was used in Breaking Dawn for the Denali’s is located just beyond Pemberton, British Columbia. It is over an hour past Squamish. When driving there you climb a hill towards the house that sits on the end of the road. There is a rockface wall along one side of the driveway. The views around the house are spectacular. It looked like the house is currently lived in by a family with a basketball hoop out front. There was a for sale sign at the corner of the lot. The house looked much like it did in the movie except with no snow. You can see all my photos at my FB twilightgirlportland.

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    Thanks to my Twi Friend Karen in Australia she found the listing for the house with this great video.

    Yes that is a black Volvo in the driveway.



  • CHAT WITH CRUZE ON 105.1BUZZ ON MTV VMA’S

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    After talking to Cruze on The Buzz this morning I decided to look into the background of the “homeless” guy that appeared on the MTV VMA awards to accept an award for Miley Cyrus. Turns out he is from near here in Salem, Oregon. He left his home to go to LA and pursue a career in modeling and acting just like so many other kids out of high school. Teens without homes is a real issue and one that gets brushed aside too often. I have only had one experience with a homeless teen at the high school where I work, but then learned that our school has the highest rate in our district. We are also the largest school in the district. We all stepped up to be sure this student had everything they needed to participate in our department. Here’s what I read on abc.com about Jesse Helt.

    Cyrus met Helt through My Friend’s Place, an organization that helps homeless youth find shelter, healthcare and education. The Oregon native said during his VMA speech he has lived in shelters all over Los Angeles.

    His mother Linda Helt told The Oregonian he left home “because he wanted to make it on his own,” even if that meant being homeless at times.”He called me and he said, ‘Mom, I’m living in a bush,’” she said.
    Linda Helt added that her son returned to Salem to escape the limelight after the speech went viral.

    Helt said he had a “lot of the same dreams” that brought many people to the VMAs, and added, “I’ve been an extra in your movies, I’ve been an extra in your lives.”
    “I am accepting this award on behalf of the 1.6 million runaways and homeless youth in the United States who are starving and lost and scared for their lives,” he said. “I know, because I am one of those people.”

     



  • STEPHENIE MEYER DAYS IN FORKS

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    This week I am in the Vancouver BC area with my twi-friend tracking the Twilight movie locations. There are a lot of them all around the area. Its going to take us a week to do it all.

    This just arrived and its a great preview video for the Stephenie Meyer Days. This will be my first time there and to Forks so I am excited to meet more fans. If your attending this year let me know twilightgirlportland@gmail.com and we can fangirl together.