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OLV INTERNATIONAL Road Trip: The Enchanting Locations of Stardust

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Stardust, in theaters now, may not have this summer’s biggest box office numbers but it does have this summer’s most stunning scenery.

This fairy tale with a big name cast including Robert DeNiro, Michelle Pfieffer, and Claire Danes, was filmed during the spring and summer of 2006 in the UK. Here is a guide to four of the main locations used in filming, for a list of all locations, check imdb.com.

Much of the film was made in Wester Ross in the Scottish Highlands. We stumbled across the Highland Council’s report on filming in Ross. The document states they had nothing but positive feedback from the location manager and that they were hoping to double the amount of revenue they made in filming from the year before. Here is a list of hotels in the area. This site also contains information about what there is to do and special events taking place year round.

The town in Stormhold in the movie is actually Elm Hill in Norwich, England. Elm Hill is a beautiful cobble stone street lined with Tudors, many built in 16th Century. It is now home to quaint art shops and antique dealers.  Luckily someone has created a wonderful guide to Norwich, see it here or here is the city’s official guide.

Filming also took place in the woods near the Ashridge House in Hertfordshire, England. The house is now a business school whereas the rest of the land is part of the National Trust. They offer guided tours of the property or you can walk on your own through an extensive network of country paths. Visit the National Trust website for more information, to make reservations, or to learn about upcoming events at Ashridge. If you would like to stay near Ashridge, The Grove is nearby and has received excellent reviews.

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Finally, filming was done in Castle Comb, England. Here is a pictorial guide to this quant town. Castle Comb is located in Chippenham, Wiltshire, about 2 hours west of London. Here is a map showing the route from Wester Ross to the Castle Comb area. This route takes you across the UK making it perfect for taking your time exploring the country side. If you stay near Castle Comb, try The Manor House. This 14th Century manor will make you feel like you have stepped into Stardust.

For more information about travel in the UK and vacation packages check out Travelocity’s European Vacation Deals.

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NEWS 8.31.07 Weekly Round Up

Movies filmed in the UK are now helping tourism. Variety published a story yesterday describing an increase in tourists to towns in England where films, specifically Harry Potter films, have been made. If you want to take your own trip to see Harry Potter filming locations check out our guide.  Also watch for our upcoming guide to locations used in Stardust which was also filmed in the UK and Scotland.

Part of the new film, The Express, about the life of Ernie Davis, was filmed on the campus of Syracuse University this week.

NBC’s series Friday Night Lights is having a hard time finding extras in Texas.

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Jennifer Aniston will be filming a movie in Central Oregon for three weeks in October.

Yesterday we reported that two major movies are filming in NJ right now. Here is an article from NJ.com explaining what makes the state so perfect for movies.

We also posted an article this week about Toronto and all the city offers visitors. Well here is another reason to visit, they will be filming scenes for the upcoming Incredible Hulk for three days next month in Toronto.

For all of you keeping tabs on Dane and Kate while they are filming Bachelor Number Two in Boston, here are some pictures of Kate on the set.

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New in theaters this week is Death Sentence, starring Kevin Bacon. The movie was made in South Carolina and here is a peak at some of the locations used.

Burn After Reading continues filming at Tower Records in Paramus, NJ today as it has been for the past few days. Though we have confirmed George Clooney is at the Venice International Film Fest, it looks like his co-star Brad Pitt is busy working on the movie. Below is a picture of Pitt on set yesterday.

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