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Earthquake Destroys Russian Hill

Scott Lucas | July 23, 2014 | Lifestyle Story City Life

There are two things that we're never going to apologize for: Our love of blockbuster movies—Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Godzilla, Star Trek Into Darkness, even Blue Jasmine—that are filled with shots of our beloved city. The other, our fealty to the Scorpion King himself, movie and wrestling star Dwayne "the Rock" Johnson.

So basically yesterday was just about perfect, because the Rock filmed scenes for his new disaster movie, San Andreas, on Russian Hill. As the Chronicle reported, "Dozens of people covered in blood and grime were led by soldiers and cops through the Russian Hill neighborhood on Tuesday. They had been staggered by a massive earthquake, but were framed by the beauty of Alcatraz and the Bay in the distance." Before that, the Rock had been filming scenes at AT&T Park.

To which our inner 12-year-old can only say: Hella sweet. So hella sweet, you guys.

The filming, which took place over seven blocks of Russian Hill, was not without controversy. Though the city's Film Commission said that the overwhelming majority of neighborhood residents were supportive, high-powered attorney John Keker was among the neighbors who publicly complained before the filming happened.

Filming of San Andreas is to continue through tonight, and then on Saturday at Clay and Taylor in Nob Hill, and on Sunday at 555 California and the area around Grant and Bush.

Oh also, just a super-geeky bonus piece of news: The Rock all but confirmed that he would be playing DC superhero Shazam in an upcoming movie. Double hella sweet.

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