Wednesday, September 12, 2012

365 Days of TMI: Day 345 - Get to know Casa Loma

I thought it would be fun to end #TMISetDay17 with a closer look at Casa Loma! Here's some info and videos I found on this prestigious estate.

Being the former home of Canadian financier Sir Henry Pellatt, Casa Loma (Spanish for Hill House) is Canada's foremost castle is complete with decorated suites, secret passages, an 800-foot tunnel, towers, stables, and beautiful 5-acre estate gardens. It might be surprising to know, though, that before being highlighted in filming for The Mortal Instruments, Casa Loma has been featured in some very cool films and TV shows.

It has served as a location for movies such as X-Men, Strange Brew, Chicago, The Tuxedo, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (possibly one of my favorite comedy ever!), Warehouse 13, Twitches Too and The Pacifier. Comic books and children's novels that have used it include the Scott Pilgrim series and Eric Wilson's murder mystery, The Lost Treasure of Casa Loma. It was also temporarily transformed into Hogwarts for the release of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Amazing, huh!

In the CBC Television show Being Erica, the episode "Mi Casa, Su Casa Loma" features Casa Loma prominently as the place where main character Erica Strange works. Casa Loma is also mentioned in Canadian poet Dennis Lee's 1970 children's poem "Wiggle to the Laundromat", in the collection Alligator Pie: “Wiggle to the laundromat,/Waggle to the sea;/ Skip to Casa Loma/ And you can't catch me!”. It also served in the movie adaption of R.L. Stine's "Goosebumps (TV series)" A Night In Terror Tower. Casa Loma also features prominently in the biography-documentary of Sir Henry Pellatt, The Pellatt Newsreel: the Man who Built Casa Loma which appeared on the Biography Channel and was nominated for a 2009 Gemini for Best Biography Documentary.

According to this video below, you get to look Casa Loma during filming of Scott Pilgrim. I thought this would be cool for fans to take a look at just to see what the beautiful place looks like with camera crews all around!!

We will have to wait and see just how amazing Casa Loma will look in The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones when it hits theaters August 23, 2013.

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