Katy Perry Hollywood Celebrity-of-the-Day!

It’s Summer and it’s crazy busy here on Hollywood boulevard!

And sometimes, on top of the quadrupling of people and events, you wake up and get to  Hollywood boulevard and it looks something like this….

Suspicious road closure on Hollywood that normally shows up when a star is around or a red carpet premiere is happening...

Suspicious road closure on Hollywood that normally shows up when a star is around or a red carpet premiere is happening…

Oh yeah, did I mention this is HOLLYWOOD?  Every week some big event is going on.  Just last week I’m excited to say that Katy Perry performed live and for free right here for the opening of her new Katy Perry 3D: Part Of Me. Yup, there she was in her cotton candy glasses and popcorn skirt, performing “Hot And Cold,” “Part Of Me” and “Kissed A Girl outside of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.

Katy Perry nows how to pick out the most spectacular clothing! We like this popcorn and movie reel 2 piece. Edible?

Katy Perry nows how to pick out the most spectacular clothing! We like this popcorn and movie reel 2 piece. Edible?

Katy Perry & her candy colored dancers

Katy Perry & her candy colored dancers

Over the top lollipops...yup, just another day in Hollywood.

Over the top lollipops…yup, just another day in Hollywood.

Katy Perry belting it out to happy fans on Hollywood Boulevard

Katy Perry belting it out to happy fans on Hollywood Boulevard

What is Katy Perry 3D all about?  A write up from HuffPost sums it up and adds a little fodder to the continuing ex-hubbie Russel Brand rumor mill:

Katy Perry: Part Of Me is an expertly edited and directed concert documentary about a girl who has gone from singing in church to being one of the most famous faces on the planet. Many wondered how much screen time Perry’s recent ex-husband, Russell Brand, would get — especially since he reportedly asked for scenes to be removed from the film. Aside from some crowd boos when Brand first came on screen, the rest of the theater felt excited, inspired and happy.

Come visit us at LA City Tours and find out what all the crazy Hollywood hub bub is about!  We’ll take you to see the Stars’ Homes and cruise for celebs, or set you up on a trip to Santa Monica Pier and beaches and fill you in on other things to do!  If you’re in Los Angeles on vacation or planning one, come down to our office on Hollywood boulevard for shopping tours, trips to Santa Monica beach, LAX layover, or entire Los Angeles vacation packages.  Today is a great day to go!  Every day is a great day in southern california, so give us a call or visit LA City Tours if you’re coming anytime soon!

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Hollywood-Celebrity-of-the-Day: Eddie Murphy – loves his cuppa joe!

I haven’t had a chance to post this pic till today from our recent sighting of one of my all-time favorite comedians (and actors) Eddie Murphy!

Eddie Murphy in his nice black convertible...cheers to you too!

Eddie Murphy in his nice black convertible…cheers to you too!

What is he drinking?  I bet its something cool, like a Cuban latte with extra cinnamon.  Who knows, I should have asked Xochitl, who snapped this pic on our tour, if she asked him!  Man, I love the Murphy.  Have you seen any of his early stand up?  If you ignore The Nutty Professor, he’s almost had a flawless comedic career!

In my opinion, and I’m not exactly an expert but I have seen my fair share of Eddie Murphy films, these are his top 5 ALL TIME FLICKS that Eddie Murphy has been in:

5. Beverly Hills Cop.  Come on, with that classic theme song, how could this not be on the list!

4. A two way toss up between two medium-good comedies: Meet Dave (A crew of miniature aliens operate a spaceship that has a human form; you guessed it, small Eddie Murphy inside of big Eddie Murphy) and Coming to America (An African prince goes to Queens, New York City to find a wife whom he can respect for her intelligence and will….).  Actually, Coming to America is really pretty good, and it features a funny Aresnio Hall, but if you like Eddie’s physical comedy, you’ll enjoy Meet Dave too.

3. Shrek.  Any of them, but the first is the best.  Love Eddie in his role of Donkey.  Murphy, Mike Myers, and and Dreamworks, great combo!  Dooooonkey!

2. Vampire in Brooklyn.  Eddie plays a swoony Caribbean vampire named Max. “Maximillian is the only survivor from a race of vampires on a Caribbean Island, and as a vampire, he must find a mate to keep the line from ending. He knows that a child had been born to a woman who had a vampire father, and he searches for her in Brooklyn….” Naturally.

AND the all time best film Eddie Murphy has been in goes to…..

1. BOWFINGER !  It’s the best Eddie Murphy film that nobody ever saw.  Seriously, I really enjoyed it, it’s got STEVE MARTIN in it also, not to mention Eddie Murphy plays two people: a celebrity “jiff ramsey” and his unfamous brother “kit ramsey”. (Kit Ramsey has braces, that alone is worth renting this on netflix.)

Just my opinion, of course…

If you’re in Los Angeles on vacation or planning one, come down to our office on Hollywood boulevard and we’ll fill you in on everything we did (or didn’t) want to know about Eddie Murphy and other celebrities!  And, we’ll keep an eye out for him in his black convertible!  There’s lots to do while you’re in the expansive City of Angels.  On our Los Angeles sightseeing tour, we take you through the historic and cultural diverse hotspots in Los Angeles and fill you in on Hollywood history, old and new.  We also do Santa Monica beaches tours, Disneyland and Universal Studios stuff, and while Los Angeles Vacation Packages!  Today is a great day to go!  Then again, every day is a great day in southern cali, so give us a call or visit LA City Tours if you’re coming anytime soon!

Real Housewives’ Lisa Vanderpump: Celebrity-of-the-Day in Los Angeles!

On one of our tours yesterday we spotted the woman of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” fame, Lisa Vanderpump!

Lisa Vanderpump waiving from her glamorous automobile in Beverly Hills - she seems way nicer in real life than reality TV!

Lisa Vanderpump waiving from her glamorous automobile in Beverly Hills – she seems way nicer in real life than reality TV!

Screenshot of Lisa on "Real Housewives of Beverly Hills"

Screenshot of Lisa on “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”

There’s more to Mrs. Vanderpump than just the Housewives reality TV show.  From her resteraunteur website we found this interesting background:

I have been married for 28 years to my husband Ken Todd, I was snatched from the cradle! We have two children, Pandora 24 and Max 18.  I had an unusual childhood attending a drama school full time from the age of nine! I loved acting in many children’s films and television series when I was growing up. We have lived in London, the English Countryside, South of France, and came back to Beverly Hills 6 years ago. I have great passion for life and I have tried to instill that in my children.

Since returning to the US, I’ve been working in many different arenas. I have opened 2 very successful restaurants with my husband Ken; Villa Blanca in Beverly Hills and SUR in West Hollywood. I have designed all our 26 restaurants, bars, and clubs with my husband over the years and have really enjoyed doing so. My motto in life is find something that you love to do and then you won’t have to work a day in your life. I also write for Beverly Hills Lifestyle Magazine and spend a lot of time at Epione, where I have developed a serious skin care line with my partner Dr. Simon Ourian.

To be honest, I always found her a lot nice than some of the other housewives!  She was always the one who seemed pretty level headed and *gasp* actually worked once in a while!  After the suicide of Housewife Taylor Armstrong’s husband, Russel Armstrong last August, it’s been rocky for the Beverly Housewives.  Here’s to hoping they all follow in the lead of Lisa Vanderpump in setting up a pseudo-normal life.

If you’re in Los Angeles on vacation or planning one, come down to our office on Hollywood boulevard and we’ll fill you in on everything that’s going on from the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, to where to eat in Beverly Hills! We have lots of options for what else to do in Los Angeles and Hollywood, from shopping tours, trips to Santa Monica beach, LAX layover, or entire Los Angeles vacation packages.  Today is a great day to go!  Every day is a great day in southern california, so give us a call or visit LA City Tours if you’re coming anytime soon!

“The Office” Cast Member Oscar Nuñez: Celebrity-of-the-day!

Here’s another cool pic of Donnie with a celebrity caught walking by our Office on Hollywood Blvd – Oscar Nunez from The Office!

Oscar Nunez from "The Office" stops to take a pic with Donnie outside our office!

Oscar Nunez from “The Office” stops to take a pic with Donnie outside our office!

As a big fan of The Office, I thought it would be interesting to find more out about Oscar, who seems like a really nice guy.  Just look at that genuine smile!

So what did he do before The Office, what else is he working on, and why did they name his character Oscar Martinez, keeping his first name but changing his last?  Coincidence, or is there a story there?

Some interesting background on Oscar?  He was born in Cuba!

From Wikipedia:

Born in Cuba, Nunez moved to Union City, New Jersey when he was fourteen years old.[2] He is bilingual in English and Spanish. Having attended various colleges in New York, including Fashion Institute of Technology and the Parsons School of Design for writing, Nunez became a certified dental technician from Magna Institute of Dental Technology.[3]

Woa – almost became a dentist?  A fine career I’m sure, but what would the on-screen accounting team of Angela and Kevin be without Oscar?!
While Oscar plays a gay man in the show (who catches the eye of Angela’s Senator husband in this season…spoiler alert for the most recent episose) in real life he just got married to his longtime girlfriend Carla May of last year.  Another interesting fact?  Do you remember ‘Ramon’ from ‘The Proposal’?  I didn’t realize it at the time (maybe I did but just didn’t really think about it till now) but the caterer, stripper, soda jerk, and finally clergyman in that flick was Oscar!
Oscar was behind a bit of excitement at the 2010 Miss USA Contest:
Nunez appeared as one of eight judges in the 2010 Miss USA Contest, posing a controversial question about the Arizona illegal immigrant law to Miss Oklahoma USA, Morgan Elizabeth Woolard, the first runner-up. Nunez was booed by the audience before finishing the question; however he asked the audience to wait until he finished the question before they reacted. Although Miss Woolard replied that she supports the law as a state rights issue, she added that she is against racial profiling.[4]
Good for you Oscar.  What’s a beauty pageant without a little controversy??!
If you’re in Los Angeles on vacation or planning one, come down to Hollywood boulevard and we’ll fill you in on everything we know about the cast of the Office!  Not to mention, what else you should do while you’re in the expansive City of Angels.  On our Los Angeles sightseeing tour, we take you through the historic and cultural diverse hotspots in Los Angeles and fill you in on Hollywood history, old and new.  Today is a great day to go!  Then again, every day is a great day in southern cali, so give us a call or visit LA City Tours if you’re coming anytime soon!

Everybody Loves Raymond’s Patricia Heaton Star Ceremony on Hollywood Boulevard!

Patricia Heaton, the wry comedic actress and winner of 7 Emmy’s for her performance as Debra Barone on Everybody Loves Raymond got her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Yesterday!

A bunch of well wishers came out to celebrate with her on the Walk of Fame, including nearly the entire cast of Everybody Loves Raymond like Ray Romano plus co-stars from newer shows like Neil Flynn!  (<– big fan since Scrubs)

Patricia Heaton gets funny Roast from Ray Romano at her Star Ceremony!

Patricia Heaton gets funny Roast from Ray Romano at her Star Ceremony!

Romano gave a great toast (shall I say ROAST?) of Patricia that got some big laughs from everyone.  I’m paraphrasing, but he started with something like this:

Ray: The last time i was here was for Doris (pointing to Doris)…2 wonderful actors,  Everybody Loves Raymond characters…getting a star.  (chuckles in audience) Before i go on, I just want to ask the committee……..you guys have my number right? (big laugh) I’m kidding, i couldn’t be more happy.

–> Which brings up a good point, how come Raymond doesn’t have a star??  Get on that, fans!!  Get Ray a star and you’ll get a free stand-up at the ceremony, I guarantee it.

He went on to say a few more words:

Ray:  We saw a hundred actresses for the role.  Patty came in, she nailed it. But the reason i liked her was, she was the only one who kissed me on the lips in the audition!  And i thought to myself…

Patricia: ….i was desperate for work…

Ray: Hey, you stepped on my line!

Patricia: (laughing) Woops!

Ray: I was going to say, I thought ‘she really needs a job.’  And then she had to pretend to kiss me for 9 years!

HAH!  Romano and Heaton has a great funny chemistry, so its no wonder they did so well on screen for 9 years!

Unveiling Patricia Heaton's star...

Unveiling Patricia Heaton’s star…

Congratulations Patricia!  Your very own star on the Walk of Fame...

Congratulations Patricia! Your very own star on the Walk of Fame…

Neil Flynn signs autographs after Patricia's star unveiling...me, me!

Neil Flynn signs autographs after Patricia’s star unveiling…me, me!

And she’s a lot more than just the iconic wife on Everybody Loves Raymond.  According to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce’s Walk of Fame, she’s done so much more:

In addition to her acting and producing credits, Heaton is a bestselling author whose bookMotherhood and Hollywood – How to Get a Job Like Mine was on the New York Times best-sellers list.

In 2001, Heaton co-founded FourBoys Films, whose recent productions include the documentary feature film  The Bituminous Coal Queens of Pennsylvania  and the critically acclaimed film Amazing Grace, directed by Michael Apted, in conjunction with Bristol Bay Productions.

Heaton is very active in a number of charity organizations.  She has long supported Big Brothers/Big Sister, and was a Big Sister herself in her 20s in NY.  She has worked with the TS Alliance for nearly a decade, participating in their annual fundraiser, “Comedy for a Cure” to raise money for research and treatment for Tuberous Sclerosis. She supports the Lighthouse Medical Mission and recently travelled to Sierra Leone with the relief organization.  And she has spent time preparing care packages for our troops overseas with Operation Gratitude.  She also gives generously to Reece’s Rainbow, an organization that assists in the adoption of children with Down Syndrome and other special needs.

She seems like a charistmatic, well rounded person, actress, artist, and mother.  Congratulations Patricia!

Her star is just down the street from the LA City Tours office on Hollywood Boulevard.  This is just another day on Hollywood Boulevard, from stars getting their ceremonies on the Walk of Fame, to a footprint at Graumans, to a Red Carpet Premiere of a big Hollywood blockbuster… So, if you’re planning a Los Angeles vacation package, got an LAX layover, or planning one day of sightseeing, come see us at LA City Tours!!

Patricia Heaton, more than just Debra Barone although we'd love her for that alone, congrats!

Patricia Heaton, more than just Debra Barone although we’d love her for that alone, congrats!

Guns N’ Roses say hi to LA City Tours, Sign drumsticks!

While on one of our sightseeing tours, we bumped into the new drummer for Guns N’ Roses – Matt Sorum!  He seemed like a really cool dude, because there was a big Guns N’ Roses fan on the bus, and when he heard this, he popped open his trunk, pulled out a pair of drumsticks and signed them for our sightsee-er!!!

One lucky dude on our tour got these drumsticks signed by Guns N' Roses drummer!

One lucky dude on our tour got these drumsticks signed by Guns N’ Roses drummer!

Guns N' Roses Drumsticks signed by Ferrer!

Close-up of Guns N’ Roses Drumsticks signed by Ferrer!  Thanks Robbie-Raabe for snapping this pic in our front office before he left!

If you’re a Guns N’ Roses fan, you’d know that Axl Rose is the only original remaining member still in the band.  The old drummer, Steve Adler, now has his own gig and it goes by “Adler”.

There’s no doubt that there’s some bad blood between many of the original members of the band (but then again, hey, what big band has lasted through years of mega stardom? Beatles? Beach Boys? Backstreet Boys?  I’m on a “B” thing here…)

Guns N’ Roses were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this month, and there was even difficulty getting everyone to be there for that.  It ended up being everyone from the original lineup…except Axl Rose.  Bummer.

Wikipedia cites and interview Dizzy Reed about it:

“I know that all the original band will be there. I do not know exactly what will happen, but I’m sure will be very nice “[…]” Honestly, have not talked about it. I do not know when, how or why, but I’m sure the day will come when we must, all of us who talk about it. [79]

Well they’ll always be the Guns N’ Roses of my memory – churning out “Welcome to the Jungle” and “Sweet Child o Mine” – songs I know resonate in our collective past if you grew up sometime in the 80s/90s!

Want to go on a sightseeing tour of Los Angeles and Hollywood, and maybe just maybe get a pair of autographed drumsticks from the like of Guns N’ Roses???!  Well then you know where to go- just come by LA City Tours and sign up for any of our tours (we also do LAX layovers, Los Angeles vacation packages, and trips to Santa Monica beaches).  We’re right here on Hollywood boulevard!

Hollywood Celebrity-of-the-Day: Dr. Oz!

Got some pressing questions about how to stay young, healthy and beautiful?  (Don’t we all!)  Just take a walk on Hollywood Boulevard and ask…Doctor Oz!  He’s only one of Esquire magazine’s 75 Most Influential People of the 21st Century!!!

 Dr. Oz Sightseeing on Hollywood Boulevard

Thanks again Donnie for snappin this pic!  Dr Oz strolling along Hollywood Blvd, and he stops to give people advice!

You may also have known Mehmet Oz as Oprah Winfrey’s official Health Expert, from the Tellie Award winning Discovery show “Transplant:” or from his most recent collaboration with Oprah and Sony Pictures, “The Dr. Oz Show”!

One of Dr. Oz’s #1 Health Tips is to laugh.

Laughing not only eases stress, promotes social bonding, and lowers blood pressure, it may also boost your immune system. So bring some humor into your life, whether it’s through friends or even a new TV show (preferably mine).

Sounds good to me!

And not to brag (or just a little) but the drivers at LA City Tours are the funniest in the business!  So can we just go ahead and say it’s a good idea to stroll down in this gorgeous sun and book a sightseeing tour with us while on your Los Angeles vacation, and you can write it off as a health expense – Dr. Oz approved!  🙂

Just another day in Hollywood……