When stars go shopping for children's books, one of their favorite spots is Storyopolis, a charming shop filled with books and art for the kids. Satisfied customers have included singer Bruce Springsteen, director Steven Spielberg, Ellen DeGeneres, and actor/director Danny DeVito.
May of 1997 saw a live reading of childrens' books by actress Jennifer Tilly. Director Tim Burton put in an appearance in October. Recently, "ER" star Anthony Edwards showed up to read "Tangerine Bear." Robin Williams came to introduce film-maker Faith Hubley. (And you can see even more stars coming and going from The Ivy restaurant, right across the street.) Alyson Hannigan ('Willow' on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer") enjoyed a Dr. Suess exhibit there.
(In many ways, the bookstore is reminiscent of Meg Ryan's cozy 'Shop Around the Corner' in her 1998 romantic comedy "You've Got Mail.")
In early 1997, they announced a number of production deals with Warner Bros and others which would partner them with Geena Davis, Renny Harlin, Anthony Hopkins, Steven Spielberg, "Simpsons" star Dan Castellaneta, and some of the most famous children's book authors. Storyopolis will produce animated versions of "The Sorcerer's Apprentice," "Nicholas Cricket," "The Iguana Brothers," "Red Ranger Came Calling," as well as "Betsy and the Emperor," "Weetzie Bat" and "Witch Baby." They are also developing a live TV show for PBS and an animated television show based on Colin McNaughton's book "Here Come the Aliens"
recentled moved from its posh Robertson Blvd
location (near Beverly Hills), into new digs on Ventura Blvd in the San
Fernando Valley. Whether their celebrity clientele will follow them there
is yet to be seen.
Getting there: The store is located on in the San Fernando Valley, on Ventura Blvd, between Rhodes Ave & Laurel Grove Ave., in Studio City, about two miles west of the Hollywood Freeway.
[For more information, you
can access their official website at www.storyopolis.com.]
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