In times like these, propaganda isn’t everything. It’s the only thing. “A kind of bad but useful business,” as critic Robert Hughes once described the foulness of the unregulated international art market. But he might as well have been talking about the recent war of political propaganda and how the...
At the Toronto International Film Festival earlier this year, I got up early for a public screening of I Am the Pretty Thing That Lives in the House, a horror film whose title reminded me greatly of some of my favorite Shirley Jackson books. I hadn’t heard any buzz about it,...
From 2000 to 2007, the WB’s (later The CW's) wildly popular series Gilmore Girls enchanted audiences all over the world with its fast-talking, well-developed characters – led by a single mom and her daughter, Lorelai and Rory Gilmore – as well as its stories of love, laughter and hardships, and a penchant for pop culture and literary references, some more obscure than others.
The series, set in the fictional town of Stars Hollow, Connecticut, was home-based in Burbank at Warner Bros. Studios. There, the series made heavy use of the famed backlot’s Midwest Street and almost any other area of the studio it could incorporate into storylines. Practical locations all over the L.A.-area also helped to widen the scope of not only Stars Hollow but additional locales outside the confines of the small New England town, to settings such as New York; Boston; New Haven and Hartford, Connecticut; Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts; Florida; and, of course, Venice Beach.
Gilmore Girls devotees have yearned for more over the past decade, and thanks to Warner Bros. Television and Netflix, they’re finally getting their wish. A new four-part special, Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, is set to air on the streaming service beginning Nov. 25. With the upcoming new episodes, we scoured the Warner Bros. backlot and drove and hiked to as many of the original series’ surviving filming locations as possible. Not only that, but we were granted special access to the Warner Bros. archives to get a peek at some recognizable items from the set.
So grab your cups of coffee and your Pop-Tarts as we travel around Stars Hollow and the world of Gilmore Girls without ever leaving Los Angeles.
Locations are on Warner Bros.' Midwest Street unless otherwise noted. All location and prop photos by Jared Cowan.
Harry Potter fans are an extremely passionate, tight-knit community.
Ever since the books first came out, fans have been getting together online and in person to discuss J.K. Rowling's wizarding world and the cast of beloved characters she created. In 2007, the minds behind Harry Potter fan site The Leaky Cauldron got together to form an exclusive Harry Potter fan convention, which they appropriately named LeakyCon.
LeakyCon is known for its Wizard Rock concerts, fervent fan-fiction discussions, cosplay and cast-member panels. Since it began in Boston in 2009, LeakyCon has been hosted by cities from Orlando to Chicago. Last week and weekend, Burbank got its turn.
All photos by Liana Minassian.
The horror genre is rife with movies set in small towns, from Gatlin, Nebraska, in Children of the Corn to nowhere Central Texas in The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. (The midwest is particularly popular, perhaps because the region is a prolific producer of psychos; see: Ed Gein, Jeffrey Dahmer, John Wayne Gacy.) Alas, a...
Last night, Fox aired its largely unsatisfying, psuedo-live version of The Rocky Horror Picture Show to tepid reviews. In Fox's defense, people who love Rocky Horror probably weren't going to love this millennial-friendly reboot, Tim Curry cameo or none. For true devotees there's a ritual involved in watching the 1975...