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Leading Hotels Shows Off Hollywood Ties
This year, the Academy Awards will celebrate its 85th year of recognizing some of the best films, actors, and directors to hit the silver screen. Leading Hotels of the World, the luxury hospitality organization that consists of over 430 independent hotels, also happens to be commemorating 85 years in the hospitality industry during 2013. So, it makes sense that Leading Hotels would take time to recognize 85 of its properties that have graced major films over the past decades.
Leading Hotels: In the Movies is a new website and marketing campaign that shows off some of the recognizable properties where movie stars played some of their biggest roles. Visitors will find both classic films such as "The Quiet Man" and "The Killing Fields" to more modern favorites such as "Ocean's Eleven" and "Midnight in Paris." Clicking on one of the film titles gives a full explanation of how a certain Leading Hotels property was used in production, along with tips for visitors who might be heading to the hotel for a future trip and want to relive famous scenes.
(A scene shot in the Panoramic Suite at Le Bristol in Paris for "Midnight in Paris")
There are plenty of interesting tidbits for both film buffs and hotel lovers alike. For instance, Taj Palace Marrakech, was the property featured in "Sex and the City 2." When filming, the property wasn't actually open to guests, but allowed the cast and the crew into the elaborate building to shoot the luxurious hotel scenes. In the film, the Taj Palace acted as the ladies' luxury Abu Dhabi retreat and the actresses filmed scenes in the hotel's Royal Suite, lobby area, and Jade Room. Fans of "The Divinci Code" might be surprised to hear that Professor Langdon's hotel room at the Ritz Paris was actually recreated on in a London Studio. The film's crew was simply too large to film on-location in a standard-size guestroom at the hotel, so director Ron Howard asked the hotel to ship over 100 items from Room 512—including furniture, curtains, bathrobe, and even the taps from the bathroom—be packed and shipped to the London studio to be reassembled to recreate the exact room. And in "Girl With a Dragon Tattoo," scenes were shot at The Dolder Grand in Zurich, but due to the hotel's strict non-smoking policy, the scenes where Lisbeth is smoking in her suite were added digitally in post-production.
If you feel like brushing up on your hotel movie trivia, we highly suggest checking out the website. It's a lot of fun.
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