A Star Is Born (2018)

Bradley Cooper directed and starred alongside Lady Gaga in the 2018 remake of “A Star is Born,” which was filmed largely around Los Angeles.  Early in the film, Ally, played by Lady Gaga, quits her job at a restaurant.  This was filmed in the kitchen of the Millennium Biltmore Hotel.  Ally can be seen walking up the loading ramp just past the hotel on S Grand Ave.  The same ramp can be seen from the reverse angle in “Seven” and “Chinatown.”

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LOCATION: 530 S Grand Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90071

Ally’s house can be found in Angelino Heights, almost directly across the street from Dominic Toretto’s house in “The Fast And The Furious.”

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LOCATION: 739 E Kensington Rd, Los Angeles, CA 90026

Another view of Ally’s house.

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Jack and Ally sit in front of the Super A Foods market late at night as Ally nurses an injured hand.  The same market was used in Quentin Tarantino’s “Once Upon A Time In… Hollywood.”

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LOCATION: 2924 Division St, Los Angeles, CA 90065

The famous Chateau Marmont is where Ally sees the billboard promoting her album release.

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LOCATION: 8221 Sunset Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046

Jack and Ally begin living together in a house near the woods, located in Calabasas.  Since filming completed, the property is now surrounded by a fence.  However, due to the downward slope of the land from the road, the house is still easily visible from several areas.

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LOCATION: 481 Cold Canyon Rd, Calabasas, CA 91302

Jack’s garage, seen in several scenes in the film, is not fenced off and sits very close to the road.

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Jack is awoken on the street curb in front of his friend Noodles’ house, supposedly located in Memphis.  The real home can be found in the Eagle Rock neighborhood of East L.A.

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The home itself is only seen from interiors and side angles from the opposite side of the fence in the film.  The same house can be seen as the party house in the 1980s comedy “Teen Wolf” and was featured on an episode of the TV series “This Is Us.”  Directly next door is also the house of Chloë Grace Moretz’s character in “(500) Days Of Summer.”

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LOCATION: 5223 Shearin Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90041

The Departed (2006)

Martin Scorsese’s classic Boston crime saga “The Departed,” a remake of the 2002 Hong Kong film “Infernal Affairs,” used a mixture of Boston and New York to comprise the locations of the film.  After Warner Bros. purchased the rights to the film, director Martin Scorsese deliberately avoided viewing it until after he completed “The Departed.”  Here we’ll take a look at some of the Boston locations from the film.

The Massachusetts State House plays a recurring role in the film, as Matt Damon’s character Colin Sullivan stares in awe at it and rents an upscale penthouse apartment with a view of it’s iconic golden dome at the center of the Boston skyline.

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LOCATION: 24 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02133

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Matt Damon’s penthouse “apartment” isn’t really an apartment at all.  It’s the library on the top floor of the Suffolk University Law School.  For this obvious reason, the building is never seen from an exterior view in the film, but this is what it looks like from the street.  Unfortunately, you must have a university ID to enter the building, so recreating the apartment view from the library is not possible for the public.

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LOCATION: 120 Tremont Street, Boston, MA 02108

Frank Costello, played by Jack Nicholson, lives at this apartment overlooking the east waterfront of the Charlestown neighborhood of Boston.  The building is known as Flagship Wharf.  Much like Matt Damon’s apartment, the exteriors of this building are scarcely seen in the film.  However, some shots of the windows and a view out over the water can be seen as Costello talks on the phone to Sullivan.

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LOCATION: 197 8th St, Boston, MA 02129

Outside of Costello’s bar, two of Costello’s crew, Fitzy and Delahunt, stand and observe pedestrians walking by, claiming anyone who avoids looking at the pair are cops.  As Billy, played by Leonardo DiCaprio, exits the building without looking at them, Fitzy jokingly says to him “You’re a cop.”  Two buildings were actually used for this location; this exterior can be found in Boston, while the interior was an entirely different building in New York (Raul’s, 180 Prince St, New York, NY 10012).

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LOCATION: 17 Charles St, Boston, MA 02114

Late in the film, Billy meets Queenan, played by Martin Sheen on a rooftop of what is supposedly 344 Washington Street.  There is a hand-drawn sign in front with the numbers 344.  Costello’s crew is informed of the meeting and Delahunt mistakenly tells Billy to meet them at “314 Washington.”  Despite his error, Billy meets Costello’s crew at the correct address, cluing in Delahunt to Billy’s real identity.

The entrance to real building seen in the film is not on Washington Street, but rather along an alley running between Farnsworth Street and Thompson Place, just north of Congress Street in Boston’s Fort Point.

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LOCATION: 11 Farnsworth St, Boston, MA 02210 (this entrance is along a side alley of the building, running between Farnsworth Street and Thompson Place)

Billy narrowly escapes from the rooftop to avoid exposure as an undercover cop.  He races down a fire escape into this alley, just beside the entrance seen above.  The real building does not have a fire escape, but some skillful editing makes it appear as if this is where the fire escape reaches the streets.

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LOCATION: Alley between 11 Farnsworth St and 12 Thompson Pl, Boston, MA 02210

Just as Billy reaches the front of the building, he is shocked as Queenan is thrown from the rooftop.  His body falls in front of these windows.  Director Martin Scorsese had X marks taped over all the windows, as an homage to the 1932 film “Scarface.”

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Billy looks in horror back in front of the building entrance, as Costello’s crew pours out and meet up with him, unaware he was the undercover cop they were just seeking.  The police observe the scene and, against Sullivan’s orders, engage in a shootout with Costello’s crew.  Billy and Sullivan’s fateful meeting also takes place in this building and on the rooftop.

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