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'Mad Men' is lying to you: It's actually shot in Los Angeles

Premiere Of AMC's "Mad Men" Season 5 - Arrivals

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File: Actor Jon Hamm arrives at the Premiere of AMC's "Mad Men" Season 5 at ArcLight Cinemas on March 14, 2012 in Hollywood, California.

"Mad Men" allegedly takes place in 1960s Manhattan, but as Curbed L.A. points out, the show's locations are almost all right here in L.A.

Those locations range from L.A. landmarks like the Millennium Biltmore hotel and the L.A. Athletic Club to homes in Pasadena, San Pedro and elsewhere. They even used a Downey Bob's Big Boy.

Some of the other "Mad Men" secret L.A. locations: Casey's Irish Pub, the Cicada Restaurant, the Music Center, Clifton's Brookdale, the Monrovia Bakery, Koreatown's HMS Bounty, the Quality Cafe, and Broadway's Los Angeles Theatre. The show's sound stages are at the Los Angeles Center Studios.

I apologize for ruining the magic, if Jon Hamm playing the jerky boyfriend in "Bridesmaids" and being the best addition to the pantheon of "Saturday Night Live" hosts in recent years hasn't already done that.


Pop culture roundup for Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012

  • Love this year in review video, shot right here in L.A., collecting short bits of video daily and putting them together to tell one person's story over the course of a year. (via The Daily What)
  • Google has a new Los Angeles headquarters featuring things like virtual reality Google Maps rooms and a building-tall pair of binoculars. (via Boing Boing)
  • Adam Sandler was discovered in an L.A. comedy club by Dennis Miller; read this profile on Sandler focused on his time on "Saturday Night Live" (while you try to forget "Jack & Jill"). (via Splitsider)
  • Comic book artist Ben Templesmith drawing a comic book page at San Francisco's Noise Pop music festival (an hour and a half video, but if you don't have time, fun to skip around in to see bits of the process). (via Robot 6)
  • President Obama asking for Betty White's birth certificate (really!). (via the Daily What)
  • And, because it makes me happy, Ron Swanson on Parks & Recreation dancing drunkenly, forever. (via Splitsider)


Los Angeles versus Portland - Which side are you on?

I just returned from a visit to the Portland area to visit family, and came back to see this Zócalo conversation on the merits of Portland versus Los Angeles. Director Gus Van Sant and architect Brad Clopefil, both based in Portland, spoke at UCLA's Hammer Museum about these West Coast cities and why they live in Portland instead of L.A.

Van Sant said that he lived in Portland because he wanted to avoid some of the ways his work could be influenced by living in L.A., while Clopefil said that the connection between L.A. and film is similar to the connection between New York and architecture, so living in Portland allows him to be outside that insular community. In Portland, "You're just hunkered down, able to do your work. It rains a lot," Van Sant said. "Down here, you feel like you need to go out and play in the sun."