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CRAZY RICH ASIANS is coming to the big screen in August. The movie was filmed in Singapore with an all asian cast. Production Designer Nelson Coates shared with us in Februrary about the large scale of the movie and how he enjoyed working on it. The wedding and party scenes do look over the top. I can now understand his enthusiasm for the movie and look forward to seeing it. You can read more about the actors/characters and the movie at crazyrichasians.com

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I decided a few weeks ago that this summer I wanted to track the GRIMM filming in Portland. I read that it was starting up this week. The whole cast was at Comic Con last Saturday, so they must have jetted back to Portland right afterward. I got the first hint of GRIMM in town from a tweet I read that they were in a building downtown and then I found out it was in the old town Chinatown. I drove downtown on Tuesday about 2:00pm hoping to find where they were filming. I got part of the address off…

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I started out about 8:00 am heading to Embassy Suites downtown Portland. I parked about a block away and walked to the hotel. I immediately noticed that there were more trucks parked around the block of the hotel. The security people were also out and I chatted with the guy I met Wednesday. He told me they were setting up at the front outside of the hotel and that filming would be early afternoon. I walked around to the front and saw that they were working on setting up the hotel and equipment. I got some coffee and walked thru…

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It started off as an early morning to get downtown for the filming today. I was told it would be later morning so I was thinking by noon. I got to the Embassy Suites about 10:30 and they were already setting up on the street at the front entrance. They were unloading all the semi trucks, moving carts, setting up a tent for cast and even dusting off cars on the street. I did not notice at first that Hanks car was parked out front. After walking along the street as they were setting up I then noticed it. They…

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When I got the chance to watch some GRIMM filming in Portland last week I spent a whole day watching Jacqueline Toboni film as TRUBEL. When the filming moved inside the Embassy Suites they continued filming into the afternoon. I took a seat after a while and was so lucky that she came over to say hi and chat a bit. I had to ask her about her clothing she was wearing for the show. She had on a leather jacket, grey t shirt, jeans with holes and black boots. I somehow came to recognize some of her outfit from…

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Another day of the GRIMM Filming was happening in Portland and I was lucky to find them once again. This time it was in NE Portland in a house on the corner of NE 65th and Sacramento. I think that they film a lot of locations in NE/SE Portland and this was near several others. It was a large house on the corner. They used the driveway as a set up area for the director, lighting people and several other production assistants. Their large semi trucks were just a block away. The sidewalk was lined with rolling carts of equipment…

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I had heard when I arrived at the earlier filming site that they were filming at Rocky Butte tonight at 9:00. I have to admit I have not visited this park before even though I have lived in Portland forever. I really wanted to see what they had built before it got too busy with trucks up there. They said that they might close off the road that climbs to the top of the butte and parking was very limited. I took off about 5:00 head in that direction. On the way around Fremont and 71st I had to stop…

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When I arrived at Rocky Butte this morning I was disappointed that it looked like they were done filming here. Sure enough there was no crew parking signs and they had cleared out. Amazing to me how quickly they can take it all away. The guards there told me they had filmed till about 3:00 am and then hauled it all away by 6:00 am. They had already taken out the castle gate and were now working on the greens and trees below it. The castle gate had taken most of this week to build, as they started on Monday.…

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I heard that they were using a warehouse down in the southeast industrial area and found it! A crew member had mentioned this area as their base camp but I found them using this one builing. It is a warehouse of sorts and takes in a whole block with back parking. When I arrived first thing I saw were the no parking signs for today through next week. So Great! Then the trucks starting arriving. Once again the huge semi truck pulled up and they started unloading all the cables and other electrical items. This truck is amazing as…

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After I left I drove over to the NW Portland location they told me to go to see the current filming. I showed up to lots of trucks, security and to see the end of the filming. They were filming on the street with the three actors David Giuntoli, Russell Hornsby and Jacqueline Toboni plus Hanks blue car. We were able to see them film a scene where they were all three seated in the car. They soon were done with filming and everyone dispersed quickly. David and Russell headed to the white vans to be taken to another film…

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