Posts Tagged ‘Walk of Fame’
A Sad Visit to Grauman’s Chinese Theater for Our Los Angeles Private Tour
There were three locations in Hollywood where memories were being shared of both Debbie Reynolds and her daughter, Carrie Fisher. We spent time on a custom private tour through Hollywood thinking back to all our fond film memories of Debbie Reynolds when we arrived at the famous movie palace where stars are honored with handprints in the cement of the theater’s forecourt. Her ceremony there was almost 51 years ago. There is also a formal wreath on display above her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Carrie Fisher does not have a formal place where we she was honored, however, an informal star on the Walk of Fame has been created by fans right next to her mother’s. This has been a sad beginning of the new year but we are pleased to have the opportunity to share memories with our guests. In the near future we will be able to visit the gravesites if our guests wish to remember them in that way. We might not be Singin’ in the Rain right now, but there is A New Hope that old fans and new will enjoy their works far into the future.
Our Private Tour Guests Are Dressed as Tourists
This snapshot captures a moment between lines of Hollywood visitors examining the stars along the Hollywood Walk of Fame so we can clearly see Yoda, Marilyn Monroe and Michael Jackson (and Red Sonja?). The actors dress up and parade along Hollywood Boulevard every day of the year making a living from the tips proffered by curious folks from all over the world having their pictures taken with these characters. We do it all the time as a regular part of our Los Angeles private tour service if our guests want to. The photographs are generally funny and definitely impart a sense of “Hollywood” into their tour photo album. Of course the kids love it. There are a couple of other locations around Los Angeles where these costumed characters are evident when it is not Halloween. As for today, Halloween, expect wild costumes everywhere. Maybe not as professional or practiced, without the dance moves and the funny accents, but all in good fun. Happy Trick or Treat, everyone!
Characters Pose for Photos With Our Los Angeles Private Tour Guests
It seems like it is always Halloween on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. From early in the morning until well into the evening there are creatures and movie characters and some we cannot quite guess prowling the sidewalks for tips they earn posing with visitors to Hollywood. Often it is our Los Angeles private tour group sidling up alongside a sexy Catwoman or a silly SpongeBob SquarePants as their tour guide snaps photographs for the tour photo album they will take home with them. This being Hollywood you might call these Walk of Fame costumed impersonators the best because these individuals go to such extremes to create high quality costumes and to perfect their street personas such that our guests really sense the presence of Michael Jackson or Captain Jack Sparrow. This time of year these hardworking and imaginative “actors” serve another purpose – Halloween costume ideas. From the pedestrian and inexpensive to the bizarre and complicated, all sorts of characters and ideas roam the street. At this time of year there are even “amateurs” on the street, the kind of “dress up and go out” folks you might see at the World Series or a big football game. Instead of team logos we are talking about Rocky Horror Picture Show and Curse of the Mummy and lots and lots of zombies. We probably all have “dead man walking” clothes in the back of our closet.
Our Private Tour Turns Out to Be Trekkies
“Quick, pull over, I just saw Jean-Luc Picard,” cries one of our Los Angeles private tour guests as the SUV arrived near the Hollywood and Highland Center. Seldom do we get such an excited desire to pull over as this time but the tour guide quickly parked the vehicle and the group went in search of the much revered captain of the Starship Enterprise (Star Trek: The Next Generation). This being the 50th Anniversary of Star Trek there is a general awareness of the importance of this time and what five decades of Gene Roddenberry‘s dream have wrought. That Captain Picard would transport himself here, three centuries into the past, is not all that remarkable. What Star Trek person would want to miss the chance to be part of the celebration? Whether or not Forever 21 is the right place for Picard to pick up a new outfit for his visit is beside the point. His walking around on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in his United Federation of Planets starship uniform is perfectly appropriate. Here he can confer with Darth Vader and Chewbacca, even Yoda. Many of us are waiting for the Orion beauty, Gaila, to show up for photographs with visitors to Hollywood.
Our Private Tour on a Star Search
No matter who is with us on a private tour of Los Angeles, no matter how far they have traveled to get here, if they arrived on a private jet or drove to the city, or even their generation and experience, it seems that our most common request is that they want to see a movie star and where can we go to make that happen. Ah, the world remains starstruck and Hollywood is their Mecca, their Shangri-la. After all our years in business there are, in fact, ways we can increase the chances of crossing paths with a celebrity. Say, Samuel L. Jackson, right? Just walking alone down Hollywood Boulevard and heading to the Hard Rock Café. Fooled you, didn’t we? That’s just a celebrity lookalike (striking resemblance) plying his trade on the Walk of Fame and being available for visitors to stop and take their picture with him. There are many such actors along this strip of roadway. Now if that doesn’t count, and we agree it doesn’t count even though you can fool a lot of friends and family back home with pictures of these folks, we do know restaurants and stores to go to, hotel lobbies, automobile dealerships, and even parks and neighborhoods where there is a good chance a familiar face will be out and about doing their business, strolling, watering the lawn, eating lunch, or simply buying a Bugatti. The advantage of a custom tour is that we can take you where the stars might be out.
Pikachu Meets Our Private Tour Friends in Hollywood
You don’t always need an app to find a Pokémon character when you get to Hollywood on a private tour of Los Angeles. These days you are likely to find any number of Pokémon species wandering up and down the most famous sidewalk in the world, the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and posing for photographs with visitors. Of course, you are also likely to see Pokémon hunters staring at their mobile devices as they search the Hollywood landmarks while playing Pokémon Go. While we have not yet had a tour request specifically for a game of PG we are expecting a custom tour along those lines to happen before summer is over. Hollywood is a great place to look for the virtual creatures that first appeared on Earth 20 years ago in the form of a Nintendo video game. After countless books, television shows, videos and further evolved games on other platforms it is now Pokémon Go that is taking over the public’s imagination and putting overly focused pedestrians at risk. If you are a player then we suggest, for your own safety, that you play the game on a custom luxury tour of Los Angeles with us and then we can keep you from stepping in front of traffic or falling over a railing.
Some Superheroes Need a Private Tour Fix
Superman can be found regularly along the very popular Walk of Fame in Hollywood having flown in to preserve truth, justice and the American Way. Sometimes the crowds of visitors searching the well known sidewalk seem indifferent to his presence. They just take for granted that they will have a good time identifying the celebrities immortalized in the wide walkway that extends almost 20 blocks in both directions along Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street. They do not have to be concerned about any bad guys or evildoers because of Superman’s good work. On days when the curious throngs ignore the Man of Steel he might be amusing himself with his X-ray vision or just compressing paperclips into tiny ballbearings. Our tour guides will often seek him out with our private Los Angeles tour guests who are still talking about his latest movie, Batman vs. Superman: Dawn of Justice (with Henry Cavill in the red cape and Ben Affleck in the black one). If we are really lucky we might find Batman in the same area (maybe equally distracted) and get them both to pose with us for a photograph to go in our guests’ tour photo collection that we provide after their tour.
Visit Your Favorite Star’s Star on a
We always ask and are really pleased when a special request is made to visit certain stars on the landmark Hollywood Walk of Fame. Stars like Tim McGraw whose star was dedicated almost 10 years ago. We will even work with a list which we suggest when we are in touch with guests before we rendezvous with them for a luxury custom tour of Los Angeles. Finding stars on the Walk of Fame can mean traveling along a couple of miles of sidewalk bordering Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street. There are almost 2,600 stars at this time. While we know well the stars of celebrities who are often sought from time to time we need to check in with the Hollywood Walk of Fame website to get the exact location of less familiar but still beloved movie stars, singers, television personalities, radio voices and other performers immortalized in pink and gold on the always popular walkway. We think Mrs. McGraw, Faith Hill to everyone, should get a star near her husband. There’s lots of room on the sidewalk. With a hundred years of Hollywood and entertainment history represented the more the merrier and there can be terrazzo stars to pose with for every generation who visit Los Angeles.
We Challenge Our Private Tour Guests to Name All the Hollywood Characters
No matter how crowded the Hollywood Walk of Fame might get on a warm summer day there are always a good number of impersonators dressed up as familiar (mostly) characters from movies and television or as famous people. We ran into Elvis and Wolverine in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theater recently. We were not sure if they were preparing to sing a duet or just buy tickets to see Independence Day: Resurgence. Generally these very interesting street folk are there to pose in photos for visitors to this exciting and historic part of Hollywood because you just might convince your friends and neighbors that you really saw Elvis as you sized up Steven Spielberg‘s hand prints in the courtyard of the famous movie palace. Believe us, it is always fun and a real adventure being surrounded by these costumed actors and being certain you know who they are supposed to be.
Our Private Tour Guests Touched by Muhammad Ali Tributes
The timing was not exactly right that we could bring our Los Angeles private tour guests to the Hollywood Walk of Fame at the time the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce presented a memorial wreath at the wall-mounted star of Muhammad Ali. The Greatest of All Time (G.O.A.T.) had passed away the day before and as has been a Hollywood tradition since the gilded stars first appeared on the sidewalk of Hollywood in 1965 a commemorative wreath would be placed in tribute to the celebrity. It is a marvelous and touching tradition. The public can be counted on to bring other tributes and memorabilia themselves. Candles, flowers, photos, souvenirs, all sorts of things, accumulate around the sidewalk stars when popular celebrities pass away. For really big stars like Muhammad Ali, film crews arrive to get video and interview bystanders. Ali, not just a world famous sports figure, was also a great humanitarian known for his smile and sense and humor as much as his powerful punches and perspective on human rights.