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Thursday, March 13, 2008

Star light, star bright

Magnet #20 - Paramount Studios

Studio tours. The best entertainment that Los Angeles has to offer. Well, ok, fine, just about the best entertainment that Los Angeles has to offer.

I love taking studio tours, Warners, Sony/Columbia, Paramount, NBC, etc. They're all made of awesome win.

The classic movie lot, Paramount's made up of several historic backlots smooshed into one giant one, with like 30 soundstages and a dozen wonderfully familiar backlot exteriors. Loved this tour - where Wings, Sunset Boulevard, Citizen Kane, White Christmas, Raiders, Star Treks, and a million other classics were filmed. You're standing on the very sidewalks that Tracy and Hepburn, Lucy and Desi, Bob and Bing, Fred and Ginger, and yes, even that crazy Tom Cruise, walked down.

The only tour complaint I had was that the tour guide didn't mention one word about the logo. (Of course, my complaint's about a logo.) All those 22-24 stars were meant to stand for all of the stars in the studio stable. And of course, some of the original stars were like Rudolph Valentino, Mae West, W.C. Fields, and Mary Pickford, and Claudette Colbert and Marlene Dietrich.


Oh! Also, he failed to mention the old RKO logo at the corner of the lot - it's the logo from the old RKO Pictures where they show a globe and a signal emanating from the radio tower.


(Ok, fine, that's a little bit of Jericho's opening titles right there. Oops.)

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