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Though our Most Travel-Inspiring Movie of 2010, Eat, Pray, Love didn’t get nominated for an Oscar, a few of other choices did!

Four of the ten films nominated for Best Picture this morning (True Grit, Winter’s Bone, Inception, and 127 Hours) were also included in our Top Ten Most Travel-Inspiring Films of the past year.

Winter’s Bone was our least likely choice for a cinematic source of travel inspiration but it does give an authentic look at the movie’s location, Branson, Missouri. We chose Inception because it was shot all over the world, in Tokyo, Morocco, Alberta, CA, on soundstages in the London and L.A., and of course, Paris. The Coen Brother’s True Grit inspired us to get our cowboy on in Granger, TX, and even though we’re too afraid to see 127 Hours, we’d love to see it’s filming location, Moab, Utah.

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Its that time of year again when we pick the film that made us want to jump on a plane more than any other.

Since this year had some serious contenders it was hard to narrow down the list, but here’s our final list of the Top Ten Most Travel-Inspiring Movies of 2010 (with a little help from our Twitter followers)!

10. Inception

Inception was shot all over the world, in Tokyo, Morocco, Alberta, CA, on soundstages in the London and L.A., but the most travel-inspiring location in the movie has to be Paris, even if we aren’t able to fold its streets in our dreams.

One of film’s most memorable scenes was shot at a Parisian deli, Da Stuzzi, which played the Café Debussy in the movie. Read more about Inception’s Paris locations here.

9. True Grit

The Coen Brother’s True Grit is not only bringing Westerns back, but its inspiring others to get their cowboy on. We have a feeling that Dude Ranches across the Southwest will be booked solid this spring with city slickers wanting learn how to ride and rope. True Grit was filmed in various locations throughout New Mexico, but most of the shoot took place in Granger, TX, where the streets were transformed to look like 1870s Fort Smith, Arkansas. Check out a few of our set photos here and here.

8. Country Strong

In order to make the story of a struggling country superstar seem believable, Gwyneth Paltrow took singing lessons, Tim McGraw was cast as her husband, and most of the movie was shot on location in Nashville. “There’s so many ways (the movie) could fall apart authenticity-wise, from the music to the actors’ singing,” McGraw said. “I think Nashville played an important part. Nashville is a character unto itself. There’s such a vibe in this city, and I think the soul of the city is country music, and if we didn’t have that sort of intangible thing there that sort of lingers on film … it would have been just one more obstacle.”

Correction: Even though there was a lot of promotion for Country Strong in December 2010, the movie doesn’t officially open until Jan. 7, 2010, so it technically doesn’t qualify for our 2010 list.

So what would be our replacement? Probably Winter’s Bone, which was filmed in and around Branson, Missouri. The movie may not be an obvious choice, especially since after watching it the last place on earth you want to go is Missouri. But, the movie uses the location like a character and captures the essence of the location better than just about any other movie released in 2010. Check out a trailer here.

7. Leap Year

Leap Year didn’t do much to help catapult Amy Adams’ career but it did help continue the lure of the Emerald Isle. I have to admit that we were in Ireland around the same time that the movie was shot in 2009, and found to be a little cold and dreary, but watching Leap Year actually made me want to go back, with its quaint pubs and sweeping green landscapes. Who wouldn’t want to experience that Ireland? Leap Year was primarily filmed in County Galway and County Dublin.

6. Letters To Juliet

If you can watch Letters To Juliet without at least checking flights to Italy, you’re stronger than I am. The movie was filmed almost entirely in the beautiful Tuscan countryside. according to Jerry Garrett, “Most of the movie seems to have been filmed in and around Caparzo’s sublime Relais Borgo Scopeto – that’s the hotel with swimming pool they stay in. It is in the Castelnuovo Berardenga area just northeast of Siena. The borgo (neighborhood, in Italian) surrounding the inn is where Caparzo’s well-regarded Chianti Classico and Tenuta wines are grown.”

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Here’s a look at the trailer for Inception, starring Leonardo DiCaprio & Ellen Page. The movie was shot late last year in France, England, Canada and L.A. The Christopher Nolan-directed flick hits theaters July 16.

Angelina Jolie began shooting The Tourist at Place Colette in Paris yesterday. Brad and Shiloh were there to support her too. [Accidental Sexiness]

Sam Worthington and Jeffrey Dean Morgan will begin filming The Fields in Louisiana in April. The movie is based on the true story of more than 21 women and girls who have been reported missing along the Interstate 45 corridor in Galveston County, LA. [Galveston County Daily News]

Here’s a look at The Top 3 Lost locations n Hawaii: Kuoloa Ranch, Police Beach (where they just filmed last week), The “Other’s” Camp at YMCA Camp Erdman. [Go Visit Hawaii]

After holding open casting calls around the country, the Coen Brothers have finally cast their lead for True Grit. A virtual unknown, Hailee Steinfeld, has won the role of 14-year-old Mattie Ross in this remake of the John Wayne classic. [Variety]



by Melissa on December 17, 2009 · 0 comments

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Some actors go a lifetime without making holiday movies , but during this festive season we crave nothing more than a classic, funny, and sometimes out right cheesy holiday movie.  On cold winter nights like tonight, you can find warmth in knowing that not every actor is out of sight.  While the actors may have wrapped up from a long day on set, you can still check out your favorite on set actors with the OLV 2009 HOLIDAY MOVIE GUIDE.

This list features anyone who has recently filmed a movie or TV Show.  The list is extremely organized.  Here’s a quick break down of the set up:

  1. 2009 Movies (out in theater or will be soon)
  2. COLLABORATIVE MOVIES (featuring multiple actors)
  3. TV SHOWS (alphabetical order)
  4. MOVIES (alphabetical order)

A TV Schedule can be found by clicking on the move link and looking under “US TV Schedule”.


Thur. Dec. 24 9:00 PM CW A Very Supernatural Christmas #3.8

Hope you enjoy!

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How To Make It In America (a new HBO series) : W 26th and Broadway

Mercy: Filming in the vicinity of Merseles St and 3rd in Jersey City, NJ

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Rescue Me: Filming around Sterling Pl and Classon Ave, Brooklyn again. (Thanks Jon!)

Wall Street 2: Signs spotted on Park Ave between 83rd and 84th, NYC

The Adjustment Bureau: 20 Exchange Place

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Gossip Girl: 44th-46th and 6th, NYC

White Collar: Filming at Rockefeller Center, signs also spotted at 48th and Madison (Thanks Bara!)

The Other Guys: Signs spotted on Chambers at Broadway up to Centre , NYC 6AM – 11PM.  Signs also at Broadway by Barclays.  (Thanks Claudine & Deme!)

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