afv taping, behind the scenes tour, the wax museum, shopping and the red carpet
11.03.2009 - 11.03.2009 65 °F
Wednesday. My last day in wonderful, fun, sunny Los Angeles. I wanted to finish up what was on my CityPass plus hit a few more places on the boulevard. So I started out by heading to the Behind the Scenes Tour. I stopped at the Chinese Theatre, thinking that was the meet up, but then realized that it wasn't. So I started taking pictures instead of the really really cool hand and foot prints left by stars from every decade. It was so cool to see Marilyn Monroe, Frank Sinatra, Shirley Temple, Douglas Fairbanks, Jean Harlow, Cary Grant, Clark Gable and so many others. So much fun!
I also got my picture taken with two Johnny Depp characters, Edward Scissorhands and Captain Jack Sparrow. All these actors (or whatever) stand around in front of the theatre in different character costumes. You have to tip them (of course) but I'm glad I got my photo. The pirate guy really looked and sounded like Johnny. Yummy. Heheh.
Then there was a taping of intro segments for America's Funniest Home Videos right there in front of the theatre! I saw the host and the director guy kept telling all of us what to do: "Walk around! Take pictures! Look natural! Don't just look at the camera!" So I may be in the background of that show as well! Who knows!
After that I finally headed to the CORRECT place for the tour. We walked up and down Hollywood Blvd and I learned a few more things about the area. Like the red carpet for the Oscars is actually on top of the street. Yes, they actually shut down the entire road for blocks and turn it into the red carpet. So crazy! And I learned about the history of some of the old hotels and other buildings in the area. I love tours like that.
Then I headed to the Hollywood Wax Museum for some real cheese. And I found it. First I went into the Horror movie area, which actually was a little creepy. Some of the statues of the monsters were very very good! Then onto the stars in the regular area. They had Halle Berry, Arnold the Governator, the Beverly Hillbillies and more. Some of them were really good and truly looked like the stars and others did not. I was disappointed in Jude Law. Haha.
I decided to take some more time to check out a few vintage stores in the area, American Vintage and the Iguana. They were both pretty good and very reasonably priced. I really wanted to buy something at the Iguana because it was sooo large with such cool items. But in the end, I just didn't see anything quite right. Maybe next time!
Finally, I headed back to the hostel, rested up until around 5.15... When I headed back to the boulevard for a real movie premiere!!!! Disney owns the El Capitain theatre and has all of their movie premieres there. Tonight was the Rock's new movie, "Race to Witch Mountain." So I lined up with the other crazy fans and waited for everyone to arrive. You knew when the Rock got there because people were screaming! He ran across the street to shake hands and give autographs. So nice! The only other star that I recognized from the carpet was Amanda Bynes. So two more stars for my personal record book! (PS - I was talking with a sweet family from Utah during this which made the 1.5 hour wait not seem that long.)
It was a pretty exhausting day but at least I got done with all the stuff I wanted to. Next up was one more chance at the night life!