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I always thought she was a nice girl. While promoting her new film, which was filmed in Detroit, our dear Drew and Whip It co-star Ellen Page said the following:

"I saw a lot of the state. I actually know it quite well," Barrymore said while at the Toronto International Film Festival for the film's premiere. "On Saturday nights, I would go to the 8 Ball in Ann Arbor and have a cold PBR (Pabst Blue Ribbon) and I loved that. I loved the Majestic in Detroit.

"It was great for me because I really found locations that would work. I found wonderful places," Barrymore said. "I felt like it was a blessing we got to shoot there."

At the festival Page was, if anything, even more enthusiastic about the state.

"From the bottom of my heart, I absolutely loved it, and I say this all the time. I loved Detroit... I love Ann Arbor, Ypsilanti," she said. "On Labor Day, I went up to northern Michigan to go hiking. All over Detroit, you drive 15-20 minutes and there's some awesome place to hike.

"I'd live there in a second," Page said. "I'd go shoot there in a second; I'd encourage a film to go shoot there."

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    Filmed near Detroit. Ypsilanti/Ann Arbor/Saline is not in Detroit. Just to be clear about that.

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      They used locations all over the place. She also hung out at the local nightspots. There's a video on Youtube of her playing drums upstairs at Jacoby's one night.

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    Hey Steve, I was an extra in the film, and we filmed all the rink scenes in the city of Detroit. What up with the stick up your bum attitude about "near" Detroit? Karen, you were right when you wrote filmed in Detroit.

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    Si Quaeris Peninsulam Amoenam, Circumspice
    If you seek a pleasant peninsula, look about you.

    Saw the movie "Whip It" last nite. Loved it!
    My spouse was an extra for the film: sighted 3 times :)

  • 4

    Up intill last year I was contracted as a
    "Product Specialist" for General Motors at the AutoShows around the country. Once the Michigan Film Incentives became a fish hook to major motion picture companies I decided to stick it out in Detroit and try to get work in the film industry.

    Recently I have been a featured extra in the feature "Up In The Air" and have rented several props to the feature "Little Murder"

    In addition, to renting props I have over 560,000 square feet of office space, production space, and storage available for the film production companies.

    The Film Industry in Michigan is serious business and I would not have any income if it was not for the props and locations I have available.

    Two of my locations in Detroit are former automotive factories. 1600 E. Grand Blvd. Detroit, MI 48211 use to be the engine plant for Packard and 601 Piquette St., located in the Industrial Historical District use to be home for Fisher Body.

    I would like to invite the reporters of TIME to come by.

    Prop video

    Here is the video link for my locations:

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