Friday, July 8, 2011
Star Search in Bethel Park
The cast and crew of "The Perks of Being a Wallflower" are staying in the Blast Furnace's old neighborhood. The movie starring Emma Watson, Logan Lerman and Paul Rudd is filming all around the South Hills of Pittsburgh thus they are being housed in the Crowne Plaza Hotel located across from South Hills Village Mall (SHV) in Bethel Park, PA. Why is the movie being filmed in such scenic suburban areas such as the Hollywood Theater in Dormont, Peters Township High School and Bethel Presbyterian Church? The movie's director and author of the book with the same title, Stephen Chbosky, is an Upper St. Clair native.
The cast and crew has been to the Dor-Stop restaurant in Dormont and Il Pizzaiolo and Bistro 19 in nearby Mt. Lebanon. Watson, Lerman and Rudd also were seen at the Barnes & Noble bookstore in SHV mall. Actor Ezra M. Miller has made his mark on Pittsburgh as he faces marijuana charges. Miller was a passenger in a vehicle that was stopped by Peters Township Police for a faulty rear brake light. The officer detected the odor of marijuana in the car and confiscated about 20 grams of marijuana and a pack of rolling papers from under the passenger seat after searching the vehicle.
This is the second film that the Bethel Park hotel has hosted. The crew on Russell Crowe's film, "The Next Three Days," stayed in the Crowne Plaza. Crowe, however, had better taste and stayed elsewhere.
Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/11188/1158638-55.stm#ixzz1RW9Kcasq