It was good enough for Brad Pitt’s 43rd birthday and drew another famous couple who couldn’t even tour the inside. Fallingwater, the house Frank Lloyd Wright designed, is usually name-checked in interviews with celebrities spending a little or lots of time in Pittsburgh. Other favorites: Dave & Buster’s at the Waterfront for the cast of “She’s Out of My League;” The Milk Shake Factory on the South Side for Nina Dobrev during “The Perks of Being a Wallflower” and Tom Cruise’s family during “Jack Reacher;” and Dish Osteria on the South Side, where Alec Baldwin broke bread with Dr. Cyril Wecht while filming “Concussion.”
“He’s so hard to buy for,” Angelina Jolie joked of future husband Brad Pitt in 2006. She arranged for a private tour to mark the actor and architecture buff’s birthday. They took a photo to remember the December day, invited staff to share caviar and Champagne, and joined a long list of celebrity visitors to the landmark in Mill Run, Fayette County. More recently, Olivia Wilde and fiance Jason Sudeikis made the trip when she was filming “Love the Coopers” in Pittsburgh. “We drove to Fallingwater, which was amazing and which was really frozen water. It was gorgeous. It’s actually worth seeing frozen. I’d love to go back and go inside,” she said. The interior was closed for the winter during their visit.
Andy Warhol Museum
“Foxcatcher” director Bennett Miller considered The Andy Warhol Museum his refuge during filming in Western Pennsylvania, and “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon was inspired by its “Screen Tests.” While filming “The Perks of Being a Wallflower,” actress Nina Dobrev called the museum “out of this world,” and Chloe Sevigny (“Those Who Kill”) told the Post-Gazette: “I was just talking to a friend of mine about going back to spend more time.” Writer John Green was familiar with the museum, thanks to his art curator-wife, while Guy Pearce came calling before portraying Warhol in “Factory Girl.”
Meat & Potatoes
“Southpaw” co-stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Rachel McAdams sparked gossip after being photographed dining at Meat & Potatoes, Downtown. The restaurant at 649 Penn Ave. was a favorite of Thomas Mann and Olivia Cooke, two of the three young stars of “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” and they stopped in in June on a return visit to town. They and the movie’s director waited for a table like everyone else and enjoyed some nibbles after a Pirates game. The restaurant’s proximity to the Fairmont Hotel, along with its wealth of well-made drinks and stylish offerings, drive customers to its doors.
Former “Glee” star Dianna Agron came to Pittsburgh to film “I Am Number Four” in summer 2010 and left with four boxes of records purchased during multiple visits to Jerry’s Records in Squirrel Hill. “I had to find a way to bring back the hundreds of records I bought there,” she said, noting her choices ranged from jazz and blues to rock and classical music. “I have a couple of record players, and Jerry’s has the best selection I’ve ever seen.” Among the other celebrities through the doors: Led Zeppelin’s Robert Plant, rock band Death Cab for Cutie, artist Robert Crumb and singer-songwriter Ben Folds.
During filming of Gus Van Sant’s “Promised Land,” actor John Krasinski rented an apartment at the Cork Factory in the Strip District and discovered Bar Marco at 2216 Penn Ave. a few blocks away. In an interview with the Post-Gazette, Mr. Krasinski said he and others spent their last moments (and many before) in Pittsburgh at Bar Marco. “I think we stayed out a little later than we should. The night we had our wrap party, we all ended there. It was incredible to have everybody open their arms and be really, really excited. Everybody was incredibly kind.”