With the Sundance Film Festival under way and the Golden Globes this Sunday, it’s a great week for film buffs. But when it’s time for a week away, where should these movie mavens go on location? IgoUgo members recommend six destinations for stargazing and set-hopping.
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Hong Kong’s film industry has been an international force for decades, and there’s no better place to follow its time line--and the footprints of luminaries like Bruce Lee, Jackie Chan, Jet Li, and John Woo--than the Avenue of Stars. The promenade is like “Hollywood in Hong Kong” and offers a “magnificent view of Victoria Bay and its skyscrapers.”
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This “film set city” and UNESCO World Heritage site in Ouarzazate province is a mecca for film crews, from Lawrence of Arabia to Gladiator. And you may bump into productions further north; both MichaelJM and uranus2359 found active sets in Marrakesh.
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For a “guaranteed good time” in Mumbai, look no further than a neighborhood cinema: “locals are mad about Bollywood films and come out in great numbers to see them.” And since you’re in the Indian film industry’s hub, you may even see the actors in person--or you may be discovered yourself at the Leopold Café, where “agents come scouting for talent.”
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The so-called Hollywood North doubles for many world cities on film and even boasts the world’s largest purpose-built soundstage. Movie madness peaks in September during the Toronto International Film Festival, “one of the most important and prestigious film fests in the world.” According to one local, the “best chances to see stars” happen in Yorkville.
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It would be difficult to avoid the film industry on a New York trip, but for some direction, IgoUgo members recommend: visiting frequent celluloid stars like the Empire State Building; keeping your eyes peeled for celebrities; and taking a tour of New York movie and TV sites like those from Sex and the City and The Sopranos. If all else fails, there’s always Madame Tussauds.
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If you’re a film fanatic, enter Los Angeles and enter nirvana. Visit the studios, stroll the Hollywood Walk of Fame, drop by the stars’ abodes, and pick up some screen-approved souvenirs (you’ll want to remember this trip).