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Winter DVD Release for 'Summer' Movie

By Ed Fuentes
Published: Tuesday, December 22, 2009, at 11:37AM
Zooey Deschanel with Key to the City Curt Gibbs [Flickr]

Zooey Deschanel revisited Angels Knoll for an August promotional event.

After years of celebrity for being the backdrop for Blade Runner or the target of aliens, earthquakes, dragons, tornadoes, Downtown Los Angeles got a slight image change this year. The urban heart of the city got a romantic hug from "500 Days of Summer" and was portrayed as a place where people work and live.

Cleveland Scene asked director Marc Webb whether he expects other movies to follow suit in the portrayal.

"I don’t know. I know there are people shooting downtown. While we were there, there was always a New York cab driving by because it’s always doubled as New York. They put a plaque on our bench," replied Webb. "Downtown Los Angeles is becoming a true culture, a true neighborhood. I read all the reviews and someone from Dallas said it was clearly a fake Los Angeles because nobody lives downtown like that. I was like, 'C’mon, what do you know? Give me a break.'"

The film had some critics smitten by the city, but was baffling to others. The San Francisco Chronicle sniffed at the romantic comedy that took place in a "relatively prettified Los Angeles."


Then again, maybe so. Webb did manage to make the Civic Center Mall, between the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration and Los Angeles County Courthouse, into the unlikely location for a morning-after dance. Still, no specials effects were really needed, except for a bouncy Hall and Oates tune and animated Bluebirds.

500 Days of Summer is out today on DVD and Blue-Ray, and may be an appropriate stocking stuffer from a Downtowner.


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