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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.
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."
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In anticipation of the TCM Classic Film Festival in Hollywood, which kicks off April 28, Turner Classic Movies is bringing the best of the fest to a city near you.
The Road to Hollywood Tour will hit 10 cities and will include live appearances by the movies' stars like Ernest Borgnine, Angie Dickinson, Tippi Hedren, Shirley Jones, Jane Powell, Angela Lansbury, Burt Reynolds and Eva Marie Saint.
The 2011 edition of TCM’s Road to Hollywood will feature screenings in Cleveland (March 16); Tampa, Fla. (March 21); Chicago (March 24); New York (April 2); St. Louis (April 4); Long Island (Huntington, N.Y.) (April 13); Austin, Texas (April 16); San Francisco (April 20); and Los Angeles (April 21).
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It’s fine if you don’t have the acting skills—or the body—to make it in Hollywood, because the movie studios are always welcoming new faces to the lot as long as they are willing to pay. This year, skip Disney and Universal and head to one of the other major attractions in Southern California—movie studios. Here’s our picks for three of the best:
· Paramount Pictures:
The Studios at Paramount Pictures run tours pretty much every weekday throughout the year, and they’re back from their holiday break so you should be all set. They’re the longest running studio in Hollywood, and you can bet your tour guide will mention that once or twice as he or she shares the ins and outs of the business (and name drops like crazy) as you’re shuttled from movie set to back lot.
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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.
How’d you do last night—we know you didn’t win an Oscar—but did you win any cash by picking the winners? We didn’t think The Hurt Locker would clean up, but maybe our entertainment gambling habit will pay off a little better next year. For those that just can’t get enough of the Hollywood glamour and glitz, it might be a good time to visit The Hollywood Museum—the cure for any Academy Awards hangover.
Only a block or so away from the Kodak Theatre, the museum has all sorts of junk from some of this year’s winners and nominees. There’s costumes from The Hurt Locker, Inglourious Basterds, The Blind Side, and plenty more. If you don’t really have any film favorites this year, there’s plenty of artifacts from years past. Over 10,000 items from every aspect of show business are on display, from Zac Efron to Marilyn Monroe—yes, we included them in the same sentence.
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 night's "India Calling!" concert at the Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles' best place to see live music during summer months, was a reminder that Bowl season is swiftly winding down. The show was the last in the "World Festival" series, leaving Angelenos just over a month left to enjoy nights at the Bowl with picnics, music, views of the Hollywood sign, and tickets starting as low as $1 per seat.
The Bowl is hardly a well-kept Los Angeles secret, joining the ranks of Runyon Canyon as one of the city's most popular attractions. But it's also one of those quintessentially LA experiences that even locals fawn over, year after year. There are few other places you can get such bang-for-your-buck entertainment, and which allow you to bring bottles of wine and outside food rather than pay a ridiculous fee for venue concessions. Though, if you want to, the Bowl has a slew of restaurant-quality food from the Patina Group to choose from—think Angus rib-eye and gourmet sandwiches instead of stale nachos with imitation cheese.
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.
How many times have you walked down Hollywood Boulevard and thought to yourself "you know, this place is classy and all, but what it could really use is another shticky tourist attraction filled with zany wax figures." If you've mused thusly - and we've lost count of how many times we have - then Madame Tussauds Wax Museum is here to help. The international wax museum chain, which has locations sprinkled from Shanghai to London, is finally opening a Hollywood location. Doors are scheduled to open on August 1.
The new $55 million museum will sit next to the Grauman's Theatre, along the Walk of Fame and it should not be confused with the already established, Hollywood Wax Museum. Arriving guests walk in on a red carpet and will be greeted by a wax Joan Rivers rasping something about their clothes. Any guests who get past that part will eventually rewarded with a Jamie Foxx wax figure, one of many that are spread over 3 floors and 18 themed zones. Magic.
A "hot club" in Hollywood is loosely defined as "new enough that it's yet not cool to describe as 'so five minutes ago.'" These are places where the starlets are stumbling from the bathroom stalls to their cars, the guys are popping their collars and lying about being producers, and the well drinks are clocking in at upwards of $20. So basically like everywhere else in Hollywood. Except much harder to get into.
If you're thinking to yourself "but I can't get past the rope line and even if I could the drinks are too expensive" - you're probably right. But you, our beloved readers, seem to love posts we do on The Hills. So you have no one to blame but yourselves.