Hollywood Travel Guide
Last night Arsenio Hall returned to the late night landscape for the first time in 19 years and it looks like audiences were ready to welcome him back. The debut of The Arsenio Hall Show landed on top of the ratings with some help from his guests - Chris Tucker, Paula Abdul, and Jay Leno.
If you want to watch Arsenio tape his show live at Sunset Bronson Studios in Hollywood, you can sign up for free tickets at on-camera-audiences.com. Once you log onto the website, choose the date of the taping you wish to attend, fill out the form with your contact information and number of tickets, and your confirmation with be emailed to you with more details. The only stipulation is you must be 16 years old attend.
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Riding around on the TMZ Hollywood Tour is, well, kinda embarrassing. The monitors blare an array of terrible songs, all sung by the annoying TMZ narrator (the same one who sings on the show), as the tour guide's voice booms antidotes about celebs getting diarrhea and picking up prostitutes, all from a bright red bus with the TMZ logo emblazoned on the both side.
But, between the heckling from pedestrians and corny games (like "finger or wave"), there is the occasional celebrity sighting and the chance to make the very folks the bus is stalking (rich, famous Hollywood types) take a long, hard look at themselves.
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is bringing the best of the Oscars to their new outdoor theater in Hollywood this summer.
The Academy's new summer screening series, called "Oscars Outdoors", kicked off last week with a screening of Casblanca. Upcoming films include Ferris Bueller's Day Off, Dreamgirls, The Goonies, North By Northwest, and Pillow Talk.
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The calendar just turned to September, but it’s already time to start thinking about the end of October and thus, Halloween. Stores already have bags of the sweet stuff lining the shelves in advance of trick-or-treat season, and the folks at Universal Studios are ready to scare us silly.
Out in Hollywood it’s only a few more weeks until the frightening bits move into the park, and as in past years there will be plenty of mazes, scare zones, and even a special "backlot experience."
Papaya King Hollywood, which will be on Wilcox just south of Hollywood Boulevard, is scheduled to open in May. And we're loving its ad campaign, "We're 100% Natural, But We Think We'll Fit in L.A. Just Fine."
It’s easy to pick out the world’s best Universal Studios theme park, as there’s only one with an entire wizarding world devoted to Harry Potter. The theme park out in Hollywood—despite being the only one with an actual movie and television studio—must be getting a little jealous of its brother in Florida so it’s out to change a few things.
A new long term plan for Universal Studios Hollywood spills a few secrets about where the park is headed over the next 20 or so years, and reveals that as many as seven new rides and attractions might be joining the park's lineup. Known as the "NBC Universal Evolution Plan," it means some of Jack Donaghy’s colleagues are looking to spend $3 billion to create new spots to spend cash at CityWalk as well as new places to film a little television and movie stuff.
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Some people like their art with dark themes, but the Museum of Death takes it to a whole other level. The Hollywood museum specializes in what it calls "death education."
The museum owns the largest collection of artwork from serial killers. It also has collections of coffins, mortician instruments, replicas of execution devices and different colored body bags. But this oddball museum isn't going to expire any time soon. It marked its 15th anniversary last month.
Alice In Wonderland fans will get a chance to get up close and personal with the new movie's director and select cast members in Hollywood.
On Friday, Feb. 19 at 5:00 PM, director Tim Burton and some of the cast members from Alice in Wonderland will be on hand at Hollywood & Highland in Hollywood, CA for a special fan event. There will also be performances by some of the musical acts who appear on the movie's soundtrack including Kerli, Never Shout Never, 3OH!3, Metro Station and Family Force 5. Dress as your favorite character to enter the Alice-themed costume contest judged by the movie's costume designer, Colleen Atwood. The winner will get to attend a special screening of the film at the El Capitan theater!
Immediately following the festivities at 7:00 PM, Alice herself, actress Mia Wasikowska, will be signing autographs at Hot Topic, 6801 Hollywood Boulevard, Hollywood.
Last week HotelChatter got all excited about the Eloise Suite opening at The Plaza and Twittered that they now wanted a "Troop Beverly Hills" suite to open inside The Beverly Hills Hotel. Well, that's not happening (as far as we can tell) but Phyllis Nefler is alive and well and she's hosting a Troop Beverly Hills Sing-a-long at Cinespace in Hollywood.
Come celebrate the 20th anniversary of the 80s cult classic Troop Beverly Hills. Be an honorary Wilderness Girl for one night only (for now)! Earn patches, boo Velda Plendor, dance "The Freddie", and of course sing Kumbaya.
Word is that film director Jeff Kanew will be in attendance as well as some other "special guests."
The showing begins at 8pm on October 5. Tickets are $12 and can be ordered here. Otherwise, it's $15 at the door. Oh and yes, we will be attending. Possibly in leotards and leg warmers.
You can follow all your favorite Troop Beverly Hills character on Twitter here: @phyllisnefler, @veldaplendor, @freddynefler, @annieherman, @hannahnefler. (And Jaunted too!) [Front Door Photo: Beverly Hills What a Thrill/Tumblr]
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While every episode may end with bottle service at hot Hollywood clubs and toasts to the good fortune of the boys of Entourage, in real life, things aren't quite as awesome. The house used for the first two seasons of the HBO show, was spotted with its roof on fire over the weekend.
Perez Hilton reports that a fire broke out atop the Charles Toberman Estate in the Runyon Canyon area. But while much of Los Angeles north of Pasadena is suffering from serious wildfires, this fire appears to have started in the kitchen.
Every year in Hollywood, celebrities lend their time and talent by hitting the catwalk for charity, raising funds and awareness for animal rescues. This year's Celebrity Catwalk Fashion Show will held on Thursday, August 27th at The Highlands and will be hosted by Hugh Hefner's former girlfriend and the host of "Bridget's Sexiest Beaches," Bridget Marquardt.
Stephanie Pratt of "The Hills," Loretta Devine of “Grey's Anatomy,” Kimberly Caldwell of “P-Diddy’s Starmaker,” Pamela and Hayley Hasselhoff, Kim Coles from “Pay it Off," KayCee Stroh from “High School Musical 3-Senior Year,” Megan Hauserman of “Megan Wants a Millionaire," and Carolyn Hennessy of “General Hospital” will all walk the catwalk in clothes from Heather Mills' line Be@1, Lane Bryant, Rocawear and Puma.
Proceeds from the event will benefit two charities: Noah's Ark Animal Foundation, a no-kill shelter whose mission is to rescue, protect and find loving homes for stray and neglected dogs and cats, and Almost Home Dachshund Rescue, a nationwide organization of volunteers that seeks to rescue abandoned, abused, neglected, and unwanted dachshunds.
At least one aspect of Michael Jackson's life will be kept private: The King of Pop will be buried on his birthday at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Los Angelesaway from the prying eyes of the souvenir-takers.
Although Forest Lawn's Great Mausoleum has been closed for decades, we've rooted out a few places where you can get personal with the famous corpses of your choice. Below, Three Cemeteries Full Of The Famous: