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No Trick, Only Treat: Halloween Returns

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Normally I’m not a fan of movie remakes and sequels but an exception can certainly be made for the upcoming reboot of “Halloween.” I’ve got something of a soft spot for that horror classic as iconic houses from the original version of the classic chiller are featured on my Celebrity Insider Movie Locations Tour.

My Oscars Forecast

The Oscar nominations have been announced and, for once, predicting the winners is going to be easy. “La La Land,” nominated in a record equaling 14 categories, is by far the best film and will take most of the awards at the ceremony here in Hollywood on February 26. If you’ve not seen the film yet,…

Seasons Greetings From La La Land

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SANDRO’S CELEBRITY SCOOP Seasons greetings from “La La Land,” which is not only the nickname of Los Angeles but also the name of a terrific new movie full of fascinating filming places to add to my Movie Locations Tour of the city. [image source_type=”attachment_id” source_value=”4696″ align=”center” fitMobile=”true” autoHeight=”true” lightbox=”true”] Starring Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone,…

Hollywood Making A Comeback

After years of “runaway production” where movies set in Los Angeles were actually filmed far away because other states and countries offered better tax breaks for filming, it’s great to see that trend reversing with many blockbusters now coming back home. California’s expanded tax credits program means an end to situations like Australia doubling for L.A., as it…

Celebrity Insider Predicts the Oscar Winners

It’s one of the most unpredictable Oscar races in years…so it’s lucky I’m here to tell you who is going to win! Based on a stellar, and perhaps fortunate, past record for picking the winners based on close observation of Oscar voting habits down the years and by taking the pulse of the Hollywood community…

Celebrity Insider shares his best movies of 2015

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I’ve seen around 200 movies this year – which is about average. When, like me, you’re a voter in several of the major film awards it’s important to make sure you see everything in contention. Plus, there’s an added bonus.  When guests on my Movie Locations Tour ask me which are the good films to…

It’s Time To Play the Music, It’s Time To Light the Lights….

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With the Muppets back on TV, each Tuesday night on ABC, it’s the perfect time to talk about the first sight on my Movie Locations Tour – their traditional home. [image source_type=”attachment_id” source_value=”4358″ align=”center” fitMobile=”true” autoHeight=”true” lightbox=”true”] The Hollywood headquarters of The Jim Henson Company, creators of Kermit and co, was featured as Muppet Studios…

WOODY YOU BELIEVE IT?

Grand Central Market celebrating 100 years in Los Angeles

[image source_type=”attachment_id” source_value=”4318″ align=”center” fitMobile=”true” autoHeight=”true” lightbox=”true”] It’s fair to say Woody Allen hasn’t always been the greatest fan of Los Angeles. He once famously dismissed the place with a memorable quip in Annie Hall, having his character Alvy Singer say: “I don’t want to live in a city where the only cultural advantage is…

Summer Movies Special

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I don’t watch movies in the same way as everyone else.  As well as enjoying the film, I’m taking mental notes of where the scenes were shot so I can mention them on my Movie Locations tour. In the case of a film entirely shot in LA, such as the Entourage movie or the new…

Say Hello To My Little Friend

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Hello friends.  Once again I’ve been meeting the superstars.  Recently it was my great pleasure to interview Godfather and Scarface legend Al Pacino, who turned out to be delightful and insightful. [image source_type=”attachment_id” source_value=”4201″ align=”center” fitMobile=”true” autoHeight=”true” lightbox=”true”] Our chat was on stage at swanky LA private club Soho House following a screening for members…