Posts Tagged ‘movies’

Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 8 August 2014

Supergraphics – Superheroes – Ninja Turtles

Supergraphics on this building announce the movie's arrival

Supergraphics Lead to Private Tour Discussion of

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

Many of our private Los Angeles tour guests have not seen signs as big as the ones we are getting used to in Los Angeles.  This supergraphic announcing the opening today of the next adventure of these supersized amphibians with lots of attitude caught everyone’s attention on one of our tours with a family that had their own teenagers.  A discussion ensued (shared later in our office) of the different films, tv shows and cartoons, which was better, more accurate, more exciting (no consensus).  The conversation soon turned to the possibilities of turtles mutating and learning to talk versus alien turtles from another galaxy arriving here to find their brethren (after seeing the movie).  Our guide said it was quite edifying to learn so much about this franchise.  He believed his guests enjoyed learning about Hollywood history, too.

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 7 July 2014

Bumblebee Protects Paramount

Bumbleebee, the Transformer, on guard at Paramount Studios

Paramount Studios Captures the Eyes of Our Private Tour

Bumblebee, the big yellow Transformer once again saving our planet right now in Transformers: Age of Extinction, is serving a stint as a security guard at Paramount Pictures stationed just inside the famed Bronson Gate.  To tall to pass through the archway the gentle being patrols the fountain and greets the guests.  The historic studio (once Famous Players Studio), the oldest still operating in Hollywood proper, is a wonderful destination for a tour-within-a-tour for our Hollywood history loving guests.  We can bring them during their private Los Angeles tour to the studio for a 2-hour trek through movie and television history in an working studio.  The might even hear the soundstage bells signaling filming is ongoing.

Posing with Bumblebee at Paramount Studios

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 14 May 2014

Movies at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery

The crowd is ready for the movie to begin

Hollywood Private Tour Gets to Learn about Movie Night at the Cemetery

We regularly visit Hollywood Forever Cemetery, right behind Paramount Pictures Studios, to visit the gravesites and tell stories about the movie stars and other entertainment notables spending their eternities in this historic memorial park.  As quiet and somber as the location is during the day when we visit the graves of Cecil B. Demille, Douglas Fairbanks (Sr. and Jr.), Johnny Ramone and Don Adams (and many more), on Saturday nights from now throughout the summer the film group Cinespia brings a party atmosphere to the field beside the grand mausoleum.  When the sun sets the movie begins.  Many of our private Los Angeles tour guests staying over the weekend will learn from us what movie is being featured and make plans to return with their picnic dinner and wine to enjoy the movie with people who like movies amidst the great figures who once made them.  Still to show this month are Seven, Jaws, Almost Famous and Rear Window.

The movie begins at Hollywood Forever Cemetery on a Saturday night

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 3:00 9 August 2013

Life is a Cabaret, Old Chum, at the Cemetery

Liza Minelli in Cabaret at Hollywood Forever Cemetery

After Your Private Tour, Cabaret?

“And when I go I’m going like Elsie,” and I am going in luxury and style on a private Los Angeles tour that drops me off just after sunset this Saturday at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery to watch Bob Fosse‘s award-winning film Cabaret projected on the side of the mausoleum. It is going to be a crowd-pleasing showing of the film in a community of great singers who will be seated on the lawn and more than ready to belt out the show-stopping tunes of John Kander and Fred Ebb.  Eight Academy Awards says it all not to mention No. 5 in AFI‘s list of Greatest Musicals and a very high Rotten Tomatoes rating.  Small wonder the classic film is still popular after 41 years and Hollywood loves it — even when screened outdoors in a graveyard.

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 2:45 2 December 2012

I Am Kubrick! No, I Am Kubrick!

Photo portrait of Stanley KubrickA film made by Stanley Kubrick certainly will be on anyone’s list of Top Ten movies made or loved, from 2001: A Space Odyssey to Lolita to Spartacus.  His films embodied grand visions no matter the material from which he started.  His influence in post-modern filmmaking is profound.

The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) is honoring the great filmmaker with a special exhibit dedicated to his work running through June.  Photographs, scripts, props, costumes and equipment are on display to take you back to the making of some of his greatest movies.  Also, the museum currently is running a Kubrick film series in their theater.  We recommend seeing movies here because only the movie is screened (no commercials or trailers or notices) and the curated show begins with a presentation of salient information as background before the film starts.  It’s like seeing the movie in a museum — which it is!

We stop regularly at LACMA during our private luxury tours around Los Angeles as we are sightseeing through Hollywood and Beverly Hills.  We like to bring to the attention of our guests fun things to do in Los Angeles as we show them the outstanding art installations placed around the museum grounds so we talk about the exhibits and film series and suggest they return on their own to enjoy what LACMA has to offer.

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 2:31 24 September 2012

Oil and Los Angeles Still Mix

Photo of oil/gas derricks in Los Angeles (Baldwin Hills)

If you have a chance to drive through the Baldwin Hills area of Los Angeles, southwest of downtown, maybe on the way to the airport, the beach or Kenneth Hahn Park, you will see a very large area of undeveloped property given over to the pumping of oil and gas.  This vestigial oil field reminds historically minded residents of the days early in the last century when Los Angeles was rife with large oil fields in Hollywood, Beverly Hills and up and down along the coast.  An industrializing nation needed fuel and Los Angeles was providing it.  Our private luxury tour guests might be interested in knowing that L.A. Confidential was shot at this particular location but we also inform them of the importance of oil in the history and development of the region.  With the high price of oil right now there is increasing interest in resurrecting many of the closed down wells and utilizing modern, more effective means of getting the oil and gas up out of the ground.  Perhaps pumping will begin anew at the Beverly Hills High School well.

Historic photo of Los Angeles beach with oil derricks


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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 2:38 19 August 2012

Pretty in Pink Cars

Photo of famous Hollywood cars parked in Santa Monica

We certainly see many famous faces as we take our private luxury tours around Los Angeles to see the sights in Hollywood, Beverly Hills, Bel Air and Malibu.  The beauty of a custom tour is that when we see something interesting we can just stop and take a long, close look.  Driving through Santa  Monica recently we spied these old cars sitting in a lot and just had to stop.  It’s the Ectomobile (or one of them) from Ghostbusters and the pink Cadillac from Pink Cadillac (and other films – can you identify any of those other films?).  Join us for a jaunt around town to see things that make us squeal the brakes and grab the camera.

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 2:38 15 June 2012

A Little Bit of Sunshine on Our Special Tour

Photo of the VW Microbus from the movie Little Miss Sunshine

After its star turn in Little Miss Sunshine this yellow Volkswagon microbus has been retired to a private Malibu vineyard to enjoy its golden years.  Like other extraordinary sights available to our private luxury tour guests who we have flown by helicopter to this secluded winery for an exclusive wine tasting experience and a gourmet catered lunch, the vehicle just adds to the happy ambience of this unique tour experience.  It fills us with sunshine to see it.

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Luxury Tours of Los Angeles - 2:33 12 June 2012

Spiderman Goes Wherever a Spider Can

Photograph of Spiderman character on Hollywood BoulevardNo, this is not a publicity opportunity for the filmmakers of the next Spiderman movie (The Amazing Spider-man) due out this summer.  This guy had to remove a bag of garbage to make room for himself atop the refuse container in order to solicit money from the Hollywood Boulevard tourists walking by.  What’s that smell, Spidey?  Are you in the dumps, Spidey?  Wash your hands before you shake mine, please, Spiderman.

In the new film a whole new Parker family will keep the Spider-man franchise alive and reinvigorated.  We expect our private luxury tour guests to get eyefuls of genuine Spider-man promotions in and around Hollywood as we show them the sights and sounds of summer in Hollywood, Beverly Hills and the beaches.

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