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  • ROB ON THE ROAD ROUNDUP AND ANOTHER HAIR REVEAL

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    Robert Pattinson and his girlfriend FKA Twigs have been on the road along the west coast for her concerts in various cities. They were spotted in Vancouver BC last Monday for her concert that night. On Tuesday they rolled into Seattle, Washington. Rob was spotted backstage by a fan during her concert that night at a club downtown. He had a couple of security people with him and soon after she finished they both boarded her bus and were off. The next night was a concert in San Francisco which is about a 15 hour drive from Seattle. I am not sure if they were on the bus for that trip or hopped on a plane. If they did bus it then they came through my city of Portland, Oregon in the early morning hours. Had I known I would have been out on the freeway waving as he went by. I think its so great that Rob returned to his NW Twilight cities.

    After her concert in San Francisco CA, they then returned to Los Angeles, CA and she had two concerts there. They were recently photographed in the city at several locations including just hanging out a residential street, Chateau Marmont, eating out at a restaurant and most recently doing some retail shopping. It was noticed that Rob got another haircut along the way and is back to his short hair look. FKA Twigs has several more concert dates across the US which are mostly sold out. It will be fun to see where happy roadie ROB shows up next.

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  • Mackenzie Foy Talks Interstellar and Directing

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    Great article with Mackenzie Foy. I will always love her from Breaking Dawn.

     

    Springboard: ‘Interstellar’ Teen Breakout Mackenzie Foy Wants to Direct

    By Nigel M Smith | IndiewireNovember 21, 2014 at 11:27AM

    The young “Interstellar” star talks to Indiewire about working with Christopher Nolan and her plans to one day direct.
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    Mackenzie Foy has already worked with James Wan (on “The Conjuring”), Bill Condon (on the final two “Twilight” movies) and Christopher Nolan (on “Interstellar,” which is now playing in theaters). Not bad for an actress who turned 14 earlier this month. As anyone — and many have by this point — who’s seen her bracing work opposite Matthew McConaughey in Nolan’s space epic can attest to, Foy is a remarkable talent who can cry believably with the best of them. In “Interstellar,” her biggest project yet, Foy stars as Murph, McConaughey’s fiercely independent onscreen daughter who’s played in her later years by Jessica Chastain. Indiewire spoke with Foy about her involvement in the potential Oscar player, meeting with Chastain to discuss the role and how she also wants to direct at some point in her career.

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    Promoting “Interstellar” has been really fun. I got to go to London and I’ve never been to London before. So that was really exciting.

    I was comfortable on the “Interstellar” set. Everybody was really nice.

    I was eight years old when I knew I wanted to be an actress. I slowly started by getting into commercials and then I was an extra on a TV show. And then the movies happened.

    When you find something that you really love to do, you kind of just know instantly that, OK yeah, I want to do this for the rest of my life.

    I want to act for the rest of my life – and I also want to pursue directing. Watching Bill Condon direct “Twilight,” kind of made me think, “OK yeah, I really want to do this now.” This idea that you can make an image in your head and be in full control of how it comes out — I thought that was really cool.

    I’d always wanted to work with Chris [Nolan] and being able to work with him was just amazing. Being able to see him work and just watch him was really cool.

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    I was a little sad during that scene in “Interstellar” where my dad leaves me. But it was interesting to have all those emotions.

    I met with Jessica [Chastain] before making “Interstellar” and we talked about our character to do certain things that will make the character believable as one person, instead of different people. Like for example, Murph would always have a messy bun of hair that she’s put a pencil in. And she talks with her hands.

    It would be really nice to look like Miss Jessica. She’s really pretty.

    “Interstellar” is about following your heart.

    Filming “Interstellar” kind of inspired me to take Astronomy this year, which is really fun. I’m loving it and finally bought a telescope. I’m using it all the time!

    I read only my part. Later on in the filming process [of "Interstellar"] I was allowed to read the entire script, but I told them “no.” I wanted to be surprised. My character didn’t know what was going to happen, so I thought then that I shouldn’t know.

    I want to be successful and I want to do good, but I also want to be myself.

    My friends just see me as Mackenzie. Weird, slightly funny Mackenzie. I’m pretty normal.

     



  • ROBERT PATTINSON ATTENDS LA EVENTS WITH NEW LOOK

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    Looks like Robert Pattinson had a fun few days back in LA to attend the GoGo Gala Charity  event and then present at the Hollywood Film Awards. There was much buzz online about new his new haircut, even here in Portland. When it was first seen at the Charity event it was a surprise to many and gotta say I loved it.

    Here’s the first look at the GoGo Gala Charity Event:

    Photos and video credit RobertPattinsonWorldWide. 

     

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  • THE STORYTELLERS NEW VOICES OF THE TWILIGHT SAGA BEGINS

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    “The Storytellers — New Voices of The Twilight Saga” was motivated by the desire to provide new female voices with an opportunity to be heard. All of us at Lionsgate, Tongal, Facebook, Volvo Cars, and Women In Film, along with Stephenie Meyer, are enormously excited about this endeavor, and have come together to create a forum for you to exchange creative ideas in support of each other’s visions. We encourage you to be inventive. Just because the movies interpreted the books one way, it doesn’t mean other new ideas won’t be equally as wonderful.Our choice to bring this opportunity to female writers and directors addresses a larger need for more content by, for, and about women. As you join the world of The Twilight Saga’s new creative voices, have fun and think with your heart. You are the storytellers. We are here to listen to you. And we can’t wait!

    Lionsgate, Women In Film, Facebook, Volvo Cars, and author of theTwilight books Stephenie Meyer are thrilled to present a truly unique opportunity: the chance to create Short Films set in the Twilight universe.Exploring the origin stories of characters from The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide, these Short Films will be set in the dynamic world of Twilight. Don’t be afraid to let your imagination run wild. Our hope is to see a variety of styles, genres and interpretations.The films will be produced and directed with the mentorship of a blue chip panel of advisors, which will ultimately select the winning shorts that will premiere exclusively on Facebook next year. The star-studded group of female panelists will include Stephenie Meyer, actress Kristen Stewart, Academy Award winners Kate Winslet and Octavia Spencer, Jennifer Lee, the award-winning writer and co-director of Disney’s global blockbuster Frozen, Emmy Award-winning actress Julie Bowen, and Women In Film President Cathy Schulman.

    To make sure fresh, new voices get the attention that they deserve, Meyer, Lionsgate, and Women In Film are inviting bold female writers and directors with courageous and creative perspectives to introduce fans to the visually unexplored stories of the Twilight world. The finalist filmmakers will have the benefit of mentorship with experts hand–picked by Meyer, Women In Film and Lionsgate. The winning Short Films will be released exclusively on Facebook.

    Screenplay Outlines: 20 finalists will each receive $500 and the opportunity to write a full Screenplay.
    Screenplays: 5 winners will each earn $3,000.
    Director Pitches: 5 winners will each receive up to $50,000 to complete production of their Short Films.
    Short Films: The 5 Short Films from the Director Pitch winners along with any Wildcard winner* may be eligible to win the PRIZE OF A LIFETIME, including an all-new 2015 Volvo XC90, and other prizes.
    *Wildcard winner will receive $25,000.
    Learn more at the website 


  • Bill Condon’s Side Show Enjoyed By “Twi-Hards”

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    Bill Condon has his show Side Show currently running on Broadway. I read this article at the NYPOST Page 6  about how some Twilight Fans showed up to see the previews:

    When Bill Condon — director of the two final “Twilight” movies — hosted a sneak preview of his upcoming Broadway revival, “Side Show,” some rabid fans of the vampire franchise tried to crash it.

    Security at the St. James Theatre (where theMichael Keaton movie “Birdman” was filmed) successfully stopped the “Twihards” from entering without proper credentials.

    But when Condon got wind they’d been blocked, he let some in for a peek at his show.

    “The fans got to watch the cast perform the opening number, ‘Come Look at the Freaks,’” a spy reports. Condon then even took a poll to get their thoughts.

    One favorite, we hear, in the show about conjoined twins in a circus, was a character called Dog Boy.

    You can read more about the Broadway Show and Purchase tickets at their site SIDESHOWONBROADWAY. 



  • ECLIPSE NEWBORNS STREET LOCATION

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    When the newborns are in Seattle they are rampaging the city and bring more newborn vampires to a area that looks like a parking lot surrounded by buildings. The Volturi also make an appearance here overlooking from a high cement ledge. Victoria and Reily make their plans here for the attack on the Cullens.

    The area they filmed this at is located in New Westminister BC. It is actually right near where they filmed the Paramount Theater with Bella and Jessica for New Moon. The newborn scenes are done down behind the city buildings and underneath a large cement parking structure that rises high above the roadway. It was tricky finding the exact location because some of the buildings have been redone with new outside siding and paint. The filming was done in the darkness so they were able to do close up filming and blur out the backgrounds.

    At first we couldn’t figure out where the volturi were standing. My friend went up on the parking sturcture to this circular area that overlooked the parking below. I wasnt sure this was the right spot because the circular structure had a pretty high cement wall blocking the view to down below. Right adjacent to this circular structure was a narrow bridge that connected the city streets to the parking structure. We felt we were in the right area and took photos.

    It wasn’t until we watched the movie part with the newborns, and Reily looks back up to where the volturis had just departed that we realized it was the spot., It was very distinctive with the three vertical open slots on the building. We figured that they must have filmed the volturi from up above on this other bridge so that you didnt see this cement wall in front of them. Good searching on my friends part that we finally go it figured out.

     

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  • Joe Biden In Portland at Salt and Straw on 105THEBUZZ Radio

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    I really cant believe I am talking about Joe Biden on my website, but he was in Portland this week and really jammed up the traffice everywhere. I was planning to get back to the GRIMM filmng that night and it was a traffic nightmare all over Portland. He made a stop at ice cream place Salt and Straw in NE Portland on his way to the airport. Proved to be a great photo op as well. Cruze and I talked about it today on 105.1 the Buzz.    Joe Biden>Ice Cream>Salt&Straw>NE Portland>GRIMM

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  • GRIMM FILMING NE PORTLAND NEIGHBORHOOD HOUSES

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    I caught up to GRIMM today and scouted out their filming location. They have taken in about a 10 block area in NE Portland near where they have filmed before. There are several blocks of no parking signs that were later lined with their huge trucks and equipment. Cables were lining the streets and they were using three different houses within a 2 block area for the filming. I went through this afternoon and took photos of the houses. Tonight I got back for some of the filming that was going to go on for more hours. None of the main cast was present for tonights filming. The filming in this area is slated to go till friday.  The night filming photos are hard to get but they had three of the huge crane lights up at different times tonight so that does help. Yes, there was a creature involved and a screaming woman.

    More can be found on my facebook page and youtube channel.

     

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  • FILMING LOCATION BD 1 ORPHEUM THEATER

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    The historic Orpheum Theater in Vancouver BC, was used for the flashback scene with Edward. They used the inside of the theater along with the balcony walkway and a stairway. I came across this article from the Examiner which was written at the time of the filming.

    Better known as the home of the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, the historic Orpheum Theatre will tomorrow – Monday, March 13, 2011 – purportedly serve as the latest ‘Twilight: Breaking Dawn’ movie location. Lead actors Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart are expected to arrive at the theater around 5:30 a.m., and one can assume the break-of-dawn start is designed to minimize and discourage disruption by fans and curiosity seekers.

    Website fanbolt.com observes the early start makes filmmaking seem less glamorous (we agree) and reports an unnamed source offered, “They will be filming in the lobby and using the balcony areas. The ceilings are very ornate in the lobby and many movies have been filmed in there. They will also be using the hallways because of the beautiful architecture.”

    The Orpheum Theatre was the biggest theater in Canada when it opened in on November 7, 1927, and served Vancouver initially as a venue for live vaudeville performances and later as a movie cinema. In response to public outcry at the then-owners’ plans to gut and turn it into a multiplex in 1974, the City stepped in to purchase the Orpheum and, through a series of renovations, restorations and acoustical upgrades, has made it one of Vancouver’s three civic theatre “jewels.” Check it out in the attached Vancouver’s Orpheum Theatre photos slideshow.

    Here are some photos that were taken inside of the theater. Thanks to my Twi friend for some of these as it was hard to get good photos with the lighting.

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  • FILMING LOCATION BD 2 BELLAS DRIVE

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    In the last movie of the Twilight Saga Breaking Dawn part 2 Bella drives to Charlies house and drops off Renesmee and then she drives into “Seattle” for a meeting. After her meeting she is shown driving back to “Forks” and rethinking everything that she just learned from Mr. Jenks. For the filming they used the Sea-To-Sky Hwy which runs from Vancouver to Whistler and beyond. They used a stretch of it that is accessible at the Porteau Road exit overpass. This is right between Vancouver and Squamish BC. We drove the highway from Vancouver to Pemberton area which is the location of the Denali house. Its a beautiful highway which follows the river and allows you to view all the tall mountaintops.

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  • BREAST FRIENDS/105THEBUZZ PINK PARTY PORTLAND

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    Last night I got to take part in the Pink Party sponsored by 105.1 The Buzz radio for a benefit for Breast Friends of Oregon. They help women survive the trauma of cancer, one friend at a time.  It was quite a fun time including the band Switchfoot and lots of partying. The DJ’s from 105.1 The Buzz were all present including Cruze who is gracious to have me on the radio. We all had our pink on and had a lot of fun.

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  • GRIMM FILMING OLD CHURCH NIGHT

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    The Grimm production people spent two days decorating The Old Church before the filming began. I learned that inside they also decorated a big room to look like a craft bazaar. I did get pics of it but wont spoil the surprise. Just will say think over the top Christmas Decorations. There was also another surprise at the end of the filming that will be fun to watch unfold on TV.

    They first started by bringing in a water truck to spray water along the street. The days before the filming they positioned two of these super big lights on cranes that lifted up above the other buildings and were directed on the church. They were actually a block away and were very bright. Several people living in the adjacent buildings came out on the street that night to see what was happening and watch the filming. The lights lit up the church and it was beautiful to see. They put the lights on inside the church when they started to film and it lit up the stained glass windows. The four members of the cast were once again present for this filming. I only managed to get them on video so you have to look quick to catch them all. Grimm and Christmas and Fruitcake all rolled into one.

    There is more of my photos on facebook twilightgirlportland.

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  • GRIMM FILMING FRUITCAKE FOOD CART

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    When I arrived to watch some of the GRIMM Filming I found them at a nearby parking lot full of food carts. Portland is a bit famous for our food cart pods throughout the city. They are located in parking lots all around town. The food cart they used for this filming was specifically designed for this episode. FRUITCAKE.

    They started with the actors doubles and then went to filming with all four actors David Giuntoli (Nick), Russell Hornsby (Hank), Silas Weir Mitchell (Monroe), and Bree Turner (Rosalee). These four were featured in this whole episode.

    It looked like the four were going up to the food card and then around to the back of it. They also filmed Bree and Silas leaving in her little car.

    It was such a fun day watching it all. It was my first time seeing Silas and Bree and they were really nice. While standing on the sidewalk we were able to talk and get photos with David, Russell and Bree. The crew were once again very nice to us and left us free to do photos. There were about 10 people throughout the day stopping to take photos and watch the filming. It lasted till about 4:00 pm.

    More pics on facebook twilightgirlportland.

    This is with the double for David and Russell.

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    I thought this was interesting with the camera on the right side and the actors on the left.

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    Love David’s “look”.

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    They used the guy with the handi-camera to do the scene with the car. Here was what the director was watching while he was filming it.

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  • GRIMM FILMING SET UP AT THE OLD CHURCH

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    The news got out last week that they were doing a GRIMM filming shoot at The Old Church in Downtown Portland. They put up the signs around the area to let people know of the disruptions to traffic and parking. The Old Church is now not used as a church but is primarily used for weddings and special events. I have been to a couple of weddings there and the space inside is not very large, maybe holding up to 125 for a wedding.

    The Grimm crew has been busy for the last couple of days decorating the church inside and out. The sign has been changed to Greek Orthodox Church. They have brought Christmas early to the church for their filming. They have used lots of green artificial garlands, red bows and even a fresh cut Christmas tree arrived yesterday while I was there. I was told it was fresh cut from a local tree farm. It must have been at least 10 feet tall and smelled wonderful when I walked by.

    The Old Church sits right in the center of several newer modern buildings. When it was built it was one of the tallest buildings in Portland, but now it has several taller buildings towering over it. Today is the filming day so I hope to see some of what they are filming for a GRIMM CHRISTMAS.

    More photos at Facebook twilightgirlportland.

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  • TWILIGHT Revived on Facebook Through Short Films

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    Now It looks like TWILIGHT will live on FOREVER.

    This from the NY Times:

    Lions Gate and Stephenie Meyer, the creator of the vampires-and-werewolves “Twilight” saga, on Tuesday announced plans to select five aspiring female directors to make short films based on “Twilight” characters. The mini-movies, financed by Lions Gate and its production partners, will be shown exclusively on Facebook next year.

    “We think Facebook is a great way for us to introduce the world of ‘Twilight’ to a whole new audience while re-energizing existing fans,” Michael Burns, Lions Gate’s vice chairman, said in an interview.

    The effort reflects the manner in which Hollywood is maintaining its most valuable film properties between sequels and prequels and remakes. In the past, studios barely kept a pilot light lit, forcing marketing teams to constantly reactivate cold fan bases. Now the savviest studio marketers are using Facebook, Tumblr, YouTube and other online platforms to keep fans on a constant low boil.

    “This is the just the beginning — a template, if you will,” Mr. Burns added. “You can probably guess what might be coming next.”

    A similar short film series based on “The Hunger Games,” Lions Gate’s other megawatt movie property? A sixth “Twilight” movie? Mr. Burns declined to elaborate, though he did say, “We love Stephenie Meyer.”

    While fans salivate over his tease, Hollywood will no doubt focus on the Facebook component. What it signals seems clear: The social media service can be more than a platform for movie trailers. Its future may well include the distribution of entire movies.

    The short film series, called “The Storytellers — New Creative Voices of ‘The Twilight Saga,’ ” has the backing of Women in Film, an organization devoted in part to ending a shortage of female directors. While not overtly championed by Sheryl Sandberg, Facebook’s chief operating officer, the initiative could be viewed in the context of her “Lean In” efforts to empower women in the workplace.

    A group of female panelists, including the “Twilight” actress Kristen Stewart and Ms. Meyer, will select the winning shorts and mentor participants, Lions Gate said. Other panelists include the actresses Kate Winslet, Octavia Spencer and Julie Bowen; Catherine Hardwicke, who directed the first “Twilight” movie; the film producer Cathy Schulman; and Jennifer Lee, who co-directed “Frozen.”

    None of the original actors are involved with the project.

    You can read the full article at their website The New York Times.

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  • NM/E/BD Jacob/Bella Motorcycle and Meadows at Widgeon Slough

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    One of the my favorite locations in the movies is when Bella and Jacob go out for her motorcycle riding. They are on a dirt road surrounded by beautiful mountains and water behind them. This location proved to be tricky to locate.

    I found out that they filmed the meadow for the last four movies in this area too. We read that it was at an area called the Widgeon Slough located off of Siwash Island in the Widgeon Slough National Wildlife Area. When we located this on a map it was right along the Pitt River at the base of the mountains. The road leading out to the area was privately owned and gated and the only way to get to the exact filming roadway was to take a canoe or kayak from the Pitt River and paddle up the slough.

    On the first attempt to visit the area we drove out on Rannie Road across the river from the slough hoping to see it close up. We drove along the Pitt river and came to a recreational area call Pitt Lake. There were many boaters, canoes and even a few jet skis in the area. There was overnight parking so that people could take out their boats and go up the river over night. With the backdrop of the mountains it was just a gorgeous picture in front of us. We recognized the mountain peaks from New Moon and Eclipse. This is also the area where Bella does the face punch to Jacob.

    On our drive out to the lake area I noticed there was a dike along the the rivers edge. When we  arrived at the Pitt Lake area we could see the dike continued along the river. We decided that was our best bet to see as much of the mountain and slough area that we could as it was straight across from us. We walked along the dike and took photos of the gorgeous mountains and water. While we were leaving we came to another clearing area along the river that was also straight across from the mountains so we stopped and took more photos.

    Another day we did try getting into the actual area used for the filming along Quarry road that the production people used. Quarry Road is the same road that the Swiss Canadaian Mountain Range is located on.  After several miles on the dirt road we did come to a locked gate across the road. We turned around. I also learned that there was a forested area along the river that was private property and is also used for filming. That area was also gated. Even though we did not get to the exact filming location we were as close as possible across from it. It was a beautiful area to visit. Maybe next time I can try a canoe.

    More of my photos are on facebook twilightgirlportland.

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    These flowers were blooming along the riverbank and reminded us of the flowers in the Twilight Meadows.

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  • TWILIGHT BOOK LOCATION FORKS HIGH SCHOOL

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    Forks High School is a prominent location through out the Twilight Saga. The school is located  near the main street going through Forks, Washington. It was recently renovated and replaced and now stands as a beautiful new high school for about 400 students. When I visited on SMD the school set up tours given by high school students. They had fun taking us throughout the school to all of “Bellas” school classes, cafeteria, gym and even her locker. There is even a display of Twilight books in the library. Robert Pattinson is also represented with the book of Water For Elephants. This is just a few of my photos. You can see them all on my facebook page twilightgirlportland. 

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  • ROB MTTS FILM SITES LA HOLLYWOOD SIGN

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    Recently I was in LA and I wanted to visit two more of the filming sites they used for Maps To The Stars. They filmed several locations in the LA area for the movie. One was right on Rodeo Drive in front of the Valentino Store and the other was high in the Hollywood hills. The filming took place in LA in August 2013. They used the Hollywood sign for the background in the scene. I really was not sure how close to the sign we could get, but we took off following my GPS which took us right up under it. We followed the winding road till there was a deadend among the mult-million dollar homes. Several other cars were parked there and people were walking around taking photos. We were a lot closer than I thought we could get and it was really exciting. There was also a large fence across the end of the road and on the other side was a dirt road which led to several hiking trails. The trails from here led you to The Griffith Park Observatory and through Griffith Park. We took several photos from the road but I really wanted to try to see the areas they used for the movie. I ended up climbing up on a plateau area and then could see clearly right up to the sign. From where I was I could see through the trees but I did not see any clearing area below the sign. It could have been on the other side of the sign from where we were or they could have used that movie magic and filmed it in another area and put the two areas together. There were several no trespassing signs to discourage you from hiking to the sign so I just took photos instead. The area they used for the part where Mia and Rob are laying/sitting clearly was not in my sights. Two scenes from Twilight were filmed within the park. I also visited The Beverly Hilton and Rodeo Drive where they filmed other MTTS scenes with Rob.

     

     

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  • TALKING THE ROLOFF’S WITH CRUZE 105.1 BUZZ #2

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    I really had no idea that Cruze was so obsessed with The Roloff family. After our conversation yesterday I posted the sound bite on my twitter account. I also was surprised to find that the whole Roloff Family is on twitter with separate accounts. I tagged Jeremy and Amy Roloff and was excited to see that Jeremy had Favorited the tweet. Which means that he probably got to listen to our radio conversation. Once again Cruze and I were talking about it again today. So, JEREMY ROLOFF PLEASE CALL CRUZE AT 105.1 THE BUZZ RADIO.

    You can listen to The Buzz radio from any computer or even your phone with their app. Check out their website for details.

    Just in case you are not familiar with The Roloff Family they have a reality based TV Show on TLC channel. They live on their farm in Hillsboro area just west of where I live. They do a huge pumpkin sale event during October and it is packed with fans every weekend.