"What a neat book! Ever since my wife and I moved to Los Angeles, we’ve been fascinated with the movie connections all around us. Harry Medved has produced a guidebook to Southern California that’s equal parts history, roadmap, restaurant guide, and pop culture catalogue. If you want to know which movies were made on each particular beach and cove in Santa Monica and Malibu, the history of Venice Beach and Catalina Island, a capsule guide to Bronson Canyon (including the famous Bronson Cave), seen in everything from Gene Autry’s Phantom Empire serial to John Ford’s The Searchers, this is the book for you. Quotes from producers, directors, local historians, and location scouts are sprinkled throughout the lively text, along with photos and useful maps. Most of all, Hollywood Escapes is fun to browse, whether you’re planning day trips or just want to experience the Southern California’s multitudinous movie locations vicariously from your armchair." --Leonard Maltin, author of Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide and The Great American Broadcast
“A perfect blend of show biz lore and wanderlust…as an ultra-engaging mix of film and the great outdoors, Hollywood Escapes allows us to re-experience, in the flesh, the great escapism that movies provide.”
- Brad Schreiber, Entertainment Today
“Immensely readable… Hollywood Escapes encourages us to leave the couch or the theater or even the city behind in search of parks and piers, lakes and reservoirs, islands and canyons, cafes and hotels we've previously only encountered on film.”
-Anthony Miller, City Beat ("Real. Best. L.A." issue)
“A travel guide built around visits to the locations for dozens of classic films… the book serves as an interactive movie history of the area.”
- Gregg Kilday, The Hollywood Reporter
"We are all over the new book Hollywood Escapes ... an awesomely comprehensive movie lover's guide to famous (and mostly hitherto unknown) outdoor filming locations in Southern California "
- Los Angeles Magazine
"A movie buff's guide to film locations that range from Baja California to California's highest mountain, with beach and desert scenes in between... this solidly packed guide presents a different way to vacation in Southern California, turning Tinseltown and its environs into pure gold."
- Library Journal
“One has to wonder why a comprehensive guide to recognizable movie locations in Southern California hasn't been published before… Medved and Akiyama hit gold with the thoroughly researched, well-constructed Hollywood Escapes… as useful on the road as it is for thumbing through while watching a DVD at home.”
- Janet Fullwood, Sacramento Bee
“Hollywood Escapes is jam-packed with tidbits, trivia and insider information about literally thousands of movies, old and new. Highly recommended, the perfect paperback ... to always have in your car glove compartment.”
- Boyd Magers, Western Clippings
“Discover the ultimate guide to your favorite movie picture or television program locations. Easily accessible for all types of travelers, recreate the scene starring ... you!”
- Mary Ellen Bowman, DAILY PILOT
"(A) must-have book...Harry Medved interviewed dozens of production designers, location managers, and actors to pinpoint filming sites from Malibu to Mammoth, Lone Pine to La Jolla, for his book. Where was the Kill Bill desert chapel? Or Dr. Evil's compound? Or the Star Wars sand dunes? Find out."
- Los Angeles Magazine's "Movie Lover's Guide"