TMZ Hollywood Tour
I could not get off my butt today. Snuggling underneath the covers with nowhere to be felt excellent and I was pretty keen on keeping it that way. I tried to make myself feel better by saying, "Everyone has a lazy day, right?" Except, I'm going on a lazy week when it comes to running as we took an impromptu trip on our days off. Finally I slithered over to my suitcase, pulled out my running shoes and got dressed at sloth-like speed.
The local forecast called for a chilly day and rain as a cold front is moving into Los Angeles. It was cloudy outside and I believed them so I hit the hotel
It was beautiful.
Perfect running weather.
Shorts and short sleeves.
Silly, Southern Californians. Midwesterners would kill for this weather!
Anyway, the workout was: 6 miles total. 1 mile warm up on the hotel TM. 4 miles to and around the nearby track. 1 mile cool down. On the walk home, I called my mom for a chat.
Now, for the topic this post is really all about...
After I cleaned up we sat in LA traffic (damn you, LA traffic) and ran to the Grauman's Chinese Theatre* where we made it just in the nick of time for the TMZ Hollywood Tour.
We were pleasantly surprised to see that Van Lathan was our tour guide. Who the hell is Van Lathan? If you're a fan of TMZ or catch the show every now and then, he's one of the guys on it. There's your random trivia for the day.
Although we did not see a celebrity on our tour (bummer), we did go past many celeb hotspots like the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, Saddle Ranch, House of Blues, Viper Room, BOA Steakhouse, Mr. Chow, Villa Blanca (RHOBH Lisa Vanderpump's restaurant), Osteria Mozza, Chateau Marmont and more....
Chateau Marmont...sans a stumbling Lindsay Lohan:
Van kept the tour entertaining and Casey even scored a "TMZ Tour" t-shirt.
For $49 bucks a pop, I wouldn't do this tour again and I probably wouldn't recommend it either.
Van was AWESOME, don't get me wrong.
I just think due to the price there should be a "celebrity sighting guarantee" or "comeback for free" until you see one. Like our whale watching tour in Maui--if you don't see a whale on your scheduled tour, you can come back for free until you get
your money's worth that whale sighting. Chances are most people are only in town for a few days and the TMZ Hollywood Tour is two hours long. How many tourists would actually have the time or take the time to come back?
TMZ's bank account wouldn't be drained and this could be the best tour in Hollywood. Everyone would be a winner.
Just a suggestion.
Also, hindsight is 20/20 and it seems like the tour is more popular and most successful during the day (on weekdays) and on weekends.
If you're in Hollywood and want to take a chance at
chatting with Van spotting celebs, book your TMZ Hollywood Tour today!
*Side note: Apparently the Grauman's Chinese Theatre pulled a
Ron Artest Metta World Peace with a name change in 2013. A Chinese company purchased the naming rights and it's now called the TCL Chinese Theatre. To-MAY-toe, To-MAU-toe. Haven't these big wigs learned? Who really calls the Sears Tower the Willis Tower? Ask any Chicagoan, it's the SEARS Tower. I love how the caption of this article still refers to it as the Grauman's Chinese Theatre.