March 30, 2007


Originally uploaded by movieland.

Here’s a picture of EJ, as I continue to test this “post to blog via mail” feature of Flickr’s. This picture was taken a couple of winter’s ago at The Music Box Steps. Here’s the Movieland Directory entry for this terrific, and legendary Los Angeles location.

Robert E. Petersen: 1926 – 2007

March 27, 2007

One of the things that is such a huge part of Los Angeles and Southern California culture, the automobile, lost one its inconic figures with the death of Robert Petersen, the founder of Hot Rod magazine.  A high school drop out, he went on to found Motor Trend, a number of other magazines, and was a serial entrepreneur before that term was invented.  In addition to supporting numerous LA charities, his legacy is the 12 year old Petersen Automotive Museum, already recognized as one of the finest car museums on the planet.

Movieland provided an initial stepping stone for Petersen’s successful careers.  His mother dead from TB when he was ten, he dropped out of Barstow High School at 15 and worked odd jobs.  The LA Times obit notes that Petersen moved “at age 16 to Los Angeles, where he landed an $18-a-week job as a messenger boy at MGM.  He worked his way up to the publicity department, where his job was to plant items about the studio’s stars with gossip columnists such as Louella Parsons and Hedda Hopper.”

Bike Routes in LA

March 25, 2007

Here are some bike routes in LA suggested by the natives to the editors of cicle.com (Cyclists Inciting Change).  They use the same Gmaps pedometer site noted in our last post.  Small world.  On our list of things to do now will be to find some Movieland sites on or adjacent to these routes.

Tracking Your Walk In LA … or New York or Chicago or Anywhere

March 21, 2007

Plan Your WalkWe think of The Movieland Directory as a travel-related site.  We hook into all the major mapping tools, so you can use your favorite, and mix in your own stops along the route.  

When I plan walking or biking routes, I love this online pedometer which uses Google Map functionality.  I have only found it useful for person-powered travel, as opposed to planning car travel.  I use it to keep track of my running and biking routes around Chicago, like my path home from work, last night.  If you stayed at Sportsman’s Lodge in Studio City, and the staff threw you off the jogging track at Harvard-Westlake up the street (been there, done that), this little route would not be an unpleasant weekend morning jog.  (But, try the track.  It’s nice!)

To use the site, you zoom to street level, then start double-clicking your waypoints along your route.  It calculates how far you have traveled on the fly, so you’ll have a good idea of how much time will be passing and how much longer you will want to go before breaking for a drink.  When you are done, it saves the route and provides the numbered url, immediately.

There are other cool map sites with more features, but this is a handy and focused little tool which does this one thing very well.

If you have any handy general map or travel links, or any great Los Angeles links you feel any traveler must review to know LA better, let us know.  We can include them here or on our links page at The Movieland Directory.

Perhaps Only in LA…

March 18, 2007

Phil spector

could you find a jury of this guy’s peers

There Goes The Neighborhood!

March 14, 2007

As ever Bob Goldsborough at Big Time Listings has taken a listing – in this case Red Hot Chili Peppers’ Anthony Kiedis’ offering of his home at 1410 Davies Drive – and provided chapter and verse you don’t find elsewhere.  We love that kind of obsession.  I don’t know exactly why Mr. Kiedis is selling his neat looking old place, but here’s a thought.  You have a neat old place tucked away in a canyon at the end of the road with lots of old growth surrounding your property.  And, then….  Check out the satellite image of the neighborhood on Virtual Earth.  The Kiedis house is the tan spread on the bend in the road.  Check out the gigantic project across the street, and the other out through the backyard.  4,300 SF never looked so small!  There goes the neighborhood!

An interesting aspect of Virtual Earth’s stitchery of the various satellite angles is that you get to see those houses going up over time.  Make sure you’re in 3D view, then drag the image around and click on the compass rose.  You’ll see different images pop up; shots taken from different angles at different times.  Pretty cool, actually.  Unless you live across the street!

The only Davies Drive address we have presently in The Movieland Directory is 1309 Davies.  That is quite a storied address:  Lance Reventlow lived there (built for him in 1956 by his Mom, Barbara Hutton), Michael Caine, Rupert Murdoch, and Ricky Martin, among others.  You could spend all day within a mile of here, there are so many interesting places.   The subject of E.J.’s next book, Paul Bern, was murdered at 9820 Easton Drive, a five minute drive up Benedict Canyon.

Silver Lake News Tour

March 7, 2007

Here’s a terrific little tour of The Architectural Heritage of Los Angeles’ Eastside in The Silver Lake News.  It appears as if this is a living document, permitting readers to submit additions.

Earle C. Anthony HouseSee the first home on the tour, the Earle C. Anthony House.  Go to The Movieland Directory and then click on Virtual Earth.  Yes.  That…campus…was someone’s home!