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What are the requirement to make a memorable short film shot entirely at The Surrey in New York City? Donna Karan knows. Get Angelica Huston to direct, throw in Felicity Jones and Jack Davenport and attach your name to it. The result is one of the best hotel video promotions ever conceived. Interestingly, that wasn't the intention. It's a film about hosiery. But it still makes a great hotel promo video.
Now, we love us some Donna Karan and we love us some Surrey, so this was a collaboration just waiting to happen. Felicity Jones and Jack Davenport play strangers that meet at the bar, and thus a romantic interlude transpires. There's a lot of things going on with Felicity's legs, as you'll notice. Hosiery, remember?
We won't tell you what happens next but it involves a candle. Or maybe it doesn't. Either way, you'll most likely be paying attention to the backdrop… The Surrey has never looked so sexy!
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One of the most classic Christmas movies, that doesn't involve Santa Claus or elves or Tim Allen, is Frank Capra's It's A Wonderful Life. We don't like to get too nostalgic about the 'good old days,' but we imagine it must have been pretty magical going to one of those old-time movie theaters on Christmas day in 1946 and watching it for the very first time.
As it happens, the black-and-white classic very well might have been written at a hotel.
The Press-Enterprise recently published a piece about Capra's affinity for La Quinta Resort & Club. Apparently, the guy loved the place so much, he moved there permanently with his wife when he was 84. The PE reports:
"Frank, and his wife Lucille, always stayed in the same room while vacationing at the La Quinta Hotel — Suite 136 in the San Anselmo Casita — and their room is now marked with both a memorial placard and a memorial bench."
But could this also be the place where Capra wrote the award-winning script? According to his autobiography, the hotel (which is now a part of the Waldorf-Astoria collection) was his "Shangri-La for script writing" over the years. (Not to be confused, of course, with Shangri-La Hotels.)
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It's not all in-room movies and #HurricaneSandy mania for all hotels. Others, like the St Regis Atlanta, are celebrating their fifteen minutes of fame in what many are hailing as the next movie to sweep the Oscars.
We received word that Denzel Washington filmed scenes for the upcoming Robert Zemeckis-directed film Flight, which comes out this Friday, November 2, at the Atlanta hotel. And if initial reactions at this month's New York Film Festival are anything to go by, then this is definitely a movie we want to check out.
An insider confirms that Denzel filmed three scenes for the movie inside the hotel, including the above shot, which was taken at the hotel's Wine Room. Additionally, the film will show the actor in the St Regis Bar, as well as the lobby. Even better: Denzel actually gets to call out the hotel in one of the scenes, with a quick one-liner, "Meet me at the St. Regis." We will, Denzel, we absolutely will.
Bruce Wayne makes a grand entrance in "The Dark Knight" (2008), filmed in this penthouse ballroom atop Hotel 71
Ed. Note: The opening of The Dark Knight Rises movie was eclipsed by the senseless shootout in Aurora, Colo. This post was written before the tragedy and while the movie and the shootout will be forever linked, we thought giving you some behind-the scenes info on the first Dark Knight movie might separate the two...if only for a little bit.
Next time you visit Chicago, add Hotel 71 to your sight-seeing itinerary as this is where Bruce Wayne (Christian Bale) fought the good fight in The Dark Knight and where Transformers ran amok for the movie's third franchise.
Take the elevator up to the hotel’s 39th floor penthouse ballroom and it will all come back to you. Formerly staged as Bruce Wayne’s penthouse apartment in “The Dark Knight,” the penthouse ballroom is simpler now, but the floor-to-ceiling windows and panoramic city views are unmistakable. Take a closer look out the windows, spy the adjacent balcony and some of the best scenes from “Dark Knight” are sure to come flooding back.
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Thanks to the Almighty miracle that is YouTube, we could spend all day just browsing clips of featherbrained folks doing weird things in hotel rooms (like watching Cuban rapper Pitbull get it on with a hot female plumber in Miami's Epic Hotel—not the kind of thing you see every day).
But to make things easier, we've whittled down the selection to just five videos, showing the best of what YouTube-broacast hotel shenanigans have to offer. Click below to see for yourself!
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In the ever-expanding universe of Twitter, there is one particular trend @HotelChatter happens to quite enjoy: candid hotel photos. These pics range from stunning views to anti-views to celebrity tomfoolery and everything in between. And we can't get enough of 'em! Every Monday, we commemorate our favorite "Twitpic of the Week." Got a favorite of your own? Want to show off your sweet suite? Send it in!
It's no secret that the James Chicago likes to offer fun little "extras" at the hotel: whether that's a pop-up ice cream shop, or a noteworthy artist-in-residence program or an in-room cocktail amenity. And so we weren't too surprised to see a recent guest tweet this photo of one of the hotel's 26 in-room DVD projectors.
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Call us old-fashioned, but when it comes to movie set hotels, we're used to film crews who show up and incorporate the hotel into scenes for their movie. But in Manhattan, it's the NoMad Hotel who's decided to incorporate scenes from a movie into their hotel.
How does that work? Well, the hotel has released a three-minute promotional clip, which shows executive chef Daniel Humm and General Manager from Eleven Madison Park recreating a famous scene—almost shot for shot—from Goodfellas, where Ray Liotta leads Lorraine Bracco through the back kitchen and into the dining room of the Copacabana. Just like in the movie, the entire shot is unbroken and quite fun to watch.
To see what we're talking about, click through for a look at the clip!
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We know, we know. What a random acting role for musician/hotel designer Lenny Kravitz! Just in case you haven't been up and up on the "Hunger Games" madness, Lenny stars as Capitol stylist, Cinna, in the movie which premieres this weekend.
Yet what befuddles us hotel geeks more than this role for Lenny is rather where he and the cast were staying during filming.
According to the NY Post, Lenny's "ritzy" hotel digs became the "unofficial hangout" for his co-stars.
“My hotel room became the after-hours joint,” Kravitz tells The Post. “Any given night there you’d see me, Stanley [Tucci], Gary [Ross], Woody [Harrelson], Elizabeth [Banks], Josh [Hutcherson], Jennifer [Lawrence.] It was fun.”
You know what this means--it's time to Guess the Hotel!!
Actor Gerard Depardieu has signed onto play the role of DSK in a new movie about the French politician's fall from grace. The NY Post reports:
Hollywood director Abel Ferrara is prepping for the film, which will not be a straight biopic but is "inspired" by the fall from grace of the 62-year-old former French presidential front-runner. The movie will also co-star French actress Isabelle Adjani as Strauss-Kahn's wife, Anne Sinclair.
Depardieu said it was not necessarily Strauss-Kahn's libertine lifestyle that he objected to but his general attitude.
"It's the way he walks, with one hand in his pocket," Depardieu said. "We can all have filthy thoughts, and it's well known that these guys with huge power, money, the IMF or top judicial officials can be like that."
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There is one particular trend @HotelChatter happens to quite enjoy: candid hotel photos. These pics range from stunning views to anti-views to celebrity tomfoolery and everything in between. And we can't get enough of 'em! Every Monday, we commemorate our favorite hotel-themed snapshot du semaine. Got a favorite of your own? Want to show off your sweet suite? Send it in!
Though most A-list celebrities made a beeline to Vanity Fair's after-party at the Sunset Tower Hotel last night, it was the Weinstein Company's bash at Mondrian LA that drew the biggest star of the evening: Best Actor winner Jean DuJardin.
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It's that time! In addition to this month's crazy deluge of Leap Year packages, we have another big event on our radar: the Oscars. We whetted your appetite with a look at our favorite movie set hotels last week. Now, here are some classy joints to watch the awards ceremony. And the nominees are...
It's all about the popcorn at Loews Hotels, which will be offering a special Red Carpet Room Service package for this year's Academy Awards at three properties around the US: Loews Regency (starting rate $229), Loews Philadelphia (starting rate $199) and Loews Vanderbilt (above, starting rate $209). The package comes with a free in-room movie, $25 food voucher, and, of course, hot buttered popcorn delivered straight to your door. Yes.
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There's nothing really new about movie crews making use of hotels (either in which to film, or to sleep—though rarely both). But lately, it seems like location scouts are getting more and more creative with their picks. Here's a look at five recent movies that have all shot in hotels.
When director Steve McQueen went looking for a hotel to host his movie about a manic sex addict (played by Michael Fassbender), the Standard must have seemed like a pretty obvious choice. In addition to a painfully tense sex scene shot in one of the hotel's Hudson-facing rooms, the Shame crew also made use of the former Boom Boom Room to film Carey Mulligan dressed up like a lounge lizard singing "New York, New York."