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Several years ago while I was living and working in LA I had some free time one day and finally decided to go to the Paramount Studio Tour. It was very cool and interesting of course. I noticed as the tour was coming to an end the group passed by what seemed like a big shin-dig backlot party in the works.

What sucked was we were not invited! but I imagine it had nothing to do with us regular Joe's. Appeared as if limos were pulling up and there was several outdoor tents with catering in the works, etc.

Just wondered if anyone has ever or has a friend that has attended one of these "studio" parties. (Unless they blacked-out and dont remember) :cheers::lol:

(Maybe I can sneak in as a janitor or something with my tux underneath) Ja ja!
 

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Several years ago while I was living and working in LA I had some free time one day and finally decided to go to the Paramount Studio Tour. It was very cool and interesting of course. I noticed as the tour was coming to an end the group passed by what seemed like a big shin-dig backlot party in the works.

What sucked was we were not invited! but I imagine it had nothing to do with us regular Joe's. Appeared as if limos were pulling up and there was several outdoor tents with catering in the works, etc.

Just wondered if anyone has ever or has a friend that has attended one of these "studio" parties. (Unless they blacked-out and dont remember) :cheers::lol:

(Maybe I can sneak in as a janitor or something with my tux underneath) Ja ja!
I have been to at least two backlot parties at Paramount. Both were open to the public but were not free. One was a party associated with the AIDS walk. The other was a food and wine tasting sponsored by Bon Appetite magazine. Both were charitable events.

These events are not uncommon. They will often be mentioned in the LA times Sunday or Thursday calender. Just keep your eyes open and be prepared to shell out a "C" note, maybe more and you can attend too.
 

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hell screw back lot parties, how does one get invited to a party at the playboy mansion??
 

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I know that's right, brother! Hi five!:cheers:

Hell, I would even settle to hang out on the set of "Intolerance". :lol:

PS, I recall always passing by the old MGM studios way before it changed (lame) names. Curiosity always got the best of me when I would hear the workers on the other side of that fence hauling props around and junk. I wanted to climb over the fence and get "discovered" kind of like on an old I love Lucy episode. :lol:
 

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How do you look in a sweater? Getting discovered is one thing, but getting discovered at HEF'S house.....priceless!! (I always print his name in caps, kinda like GOD)
 

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hell screw back lot parties, how does one get invited to a party at the playboy mansion??

Actually in a similar manner. Hef throws the mansion open for lots of fund raisers. I have never been myself but if you are the right mailing lists and are willing to pay to play, you can get in. I have many friends who have been there.
 

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I know that's right, brother! Hi five!:cheers:

Hell, I would even settle to hang out on the set of "Intolerance". :lol:

PS, I recall always passing by the old MGM studios way before it changed (lame) names. Curiosity always got the best of me when I would hear the workers on the other side of that fence hauling props around and junk. I wanted to climb over the fence and get "discovered" kind of like on an old I love Lucy episode. :lol:

The set of Intolerance has been torn down long ago. It used to be located in Sunset Junction. It's easy to tour Sony/MGM studios. There are tours open to the public. I have a nephew who used to be a tour guide.
 

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The set of Intolerance has been torn down long ago. It used to be located in Sunset Junction. It's easy to tour Sony/MGM studios. There are tours open to the public. I have a nephew who used to be a tour guide.
Of course it was torn down what 80 plus years ago, I was just joking.:lol: Although IF I won the lotto, I would have some of the set replicated on my own property! Ja ja!

It is funny however, how tourists from all over the world flip over the allure of Hollywood. Most would kill just to get a glimpse of the stereotypical locals. Everyone in Hollywood is a film star right, streets are lined with gold, etc. ? :lol:
 

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That's what they used to say about New York. They preserved some of the old graffiti that immigrants wrote on the walls of Ellis island and one of them wrote "They told me America's streets were paved with gold. When I got here not only were the streets not paved with gold, but I was the one who was supposed to sweep them!" :D
 

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LA bound!

That does it!

I need to just head out to LA and throw my very own studio party! or I could just pop open a bottle of booze and party with the homeless crowd over in Venice, either will do. (As long as I get discovered):cheers:

With my luck it will will be LAPD "discovering" me...Ja...ja!
 

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VMA's rock the Paramount Lot​
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LOS ANGELES, California (AP)-- MTV isn't ruling out giving viewers more Britney Spears at this year's Video Music Awards.

Britney Spears attracted plenty of attention to the 2007 VMAs with a rough performance.

"Everyone deserves a second or third chance, right?" Van Toffler, president of MTV Networks Music Group, playfully told The Associated Press during a telephone interview Friday. When asked if he was just joking, Toffler said "sorta."

"Who knows?" he said.

Spears' out-of-it "Gimme More" comeback performance during last year's MTV Video Music Awards at the Palms Casino Resort in Las Vegas was one of the most-talked about televised moments of 2007. The drama-filled VMAs drew 7.1 million viewers, according to Nielsen Media Research. Another Spears redux could equal even more eyeballs.

"I'm not sure how we top Britney opening the show," said Toffler. "We are working on it every minute of every day."

This year's MTV Video Music Awards will air live from Paramount Pictures Studios in Los Angeles on September 7. (MTV and Paramount are corporate cousins within Viacom Inc.)

Toffler said the award show's performances will occur on the lot's various sound stages, rooftops and faux city streets.
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"The backlot gives us versatility," said Toffler. "You can do street performances, on-top-of-building performances, on-the-side-of-a-building performances, inside-of-a-studio performances, so we're pretty excited."​
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2008 VMAs Set to Air Live From Paramount Pictures
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Written by Daniel Sargeant
Tuesday, 24 June 2008

The 2008 MTV Video Music Awards are headed to Hollywood to celebrate the rock 'n roll spirit of music in celebrity playground,
Los Angeles.
What better way to do that than to take over a Hollywood movie lot and produce the most ambitious and creative music awards show while also paying tribute to the musical heritage that Los Angeles is known for?


The star-studded awards show will be staged over city streets, rooftops, and sound stages utilizing all that the legendary Paramount Pictures studios lot have to offer. Also, MTV will empower their audience to executive produce this year's show, including giving them the opportunity to decide this year's nominees, helping to create an awards show with the music they love. MTV's 25th annual Video Music Awards will air live and only one time in its original incarnation, on Sunday, September 7, 2008 at 9 p.m. (Live ET/Tape Delayed PT). Host, performers, nominees, and presenters for the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards will be announced at a later date.

With Paramount Pictures as the ideal setting, the glamour and musical heritage of L.A. are sure to be catalysts for creating explosive pop culture moments that the VMAs are known for, said Toffler. By anointing our audience as un-official executive producers, this year's VMAs will live and breathe the music they love and we're looking forward to producing a complete music experience that will connect to them beyond television. Paramount is proud to serve for the first time, as the host of the VMAs, said Brad Grey, Chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures. Combining the rich history of the Paramount lot with MTV's cutting-edge show will make this one of the year's most exciting and memorable events.

The City of Los Angeles is proud to host the MTV Video Music Awards, said City of Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. There is no better place to hold one of the music industry's most exciting awards shows than right here in Los Angeles, the entertainment capital of the world. We will roll out the red carpet for MTV and allow this awards show to not only recognizes the best in music, but to also celebrate the creative talent and diversity our great city has to offer.


MTV has tapped Jesse Ignjatovic once again to executive produce this year's MTV Video Music Awards. Ignjatovic spent many years as Vice President of Music & Talent Development, creating, executive producing and developing shows like, MTV Ultimate Mash Ups featuring Jay-Z/Linkin Park, Life & Rhymes of J Los Dancelife, Snoop Doggs Doggy Fizzle, Meet The Barkers, and MTV Icon. In 2007, Ignjatovic launched Den of Thieves and has been able to continue his incredible relationship with MTV, Executive Producing the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards and most recently, the new music series MTV Premieres.
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Time to get famous

That's what I'm takin bout yall!

I'm on the next flight out!:banana::)
 

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how are tehy going to do it tho..? On rooftops..?
 

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Parties pop up around MTV's Video Music Awards​

By Charlie Amter, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
September 5, 2008
Who is the biggest star at MTV's Video Music Awards? Before and after Sunday's show, it's the resurgent Hollywood night-life scene. After stops in New York, Miami and a critically maligned program last year inside the Palms casino in Las Vegas, the VMAs are back in Los Angeles for the first time since 1998, and some nightclubs are poised to capitalize.

MTV Networks has effectively dropped a second mini-Grammy weekend in the middle of Hollywood, potentially filling up a number of nightclubs with star-studded parties in the same way the Grammy Awards liven up the scene downtown and beyond.
No fewer than 15 events are planned around the award festivities, which began Wednesday with an event featuring rapper the Game at the 39,000-square-foot Kress club in Hollywood. The parties include splashy MTV-sponsored soirees, private gatherings at mansions in the Hollywood Hills (one celeb-heavy event is simply called "House of Hype") and unofficial, open-to-the-public happenings hoping to cash in.
The nights are part of MTV's marketing efforts to build excitement for the ceremony, which will take place on the lot at Paramount Pictures and will be shown Sunday night on the cable channel.
MTV's return to Los Angeles coincides with a Hollywood night-life renaissance, and the halo effect around the main event should benefit new Hollywood club owners such as the Kress' Mike Viscuso.
"The whole reason I designed the Kress the way I did was for events like this," said the 51-year-old, stationed inside his multi-story Hollywood Boulevard hot spot before the Wednesday kickoff event that doubled as a two-year anniversary party for the L.A. edition of 944 Magazine. "About a third of my business is special events," added Viscuso, who hinted that he may even be close to snagging a Vanity Fair party after the Academy Awards this winter.

Steve Adelman, one of the owners of the Avalon, just blocks away from the Kress, ramped up construction on his new lounge atop the Avalon -- Bardot, formerly the Spider Club -- to accommodate a private party for chart-topping songstress Katy Perry that will take place this weekend.

"The Grammy Awards are huge, but they are [usually] here," said Alesandra Dubin, Los Angeles bureau chief of event-planning trade magazine BizBash. "The VMAs offer sponsors and hosts the opportunity to do something different and unexpected."
Though it remains to be seen just how "unexpected" any of the events will be, more parties than usual will go off in and around Hollywood over the next few nights -- with just a touch of the extra electricity (usually in the form of celebrities other than cast members from "The Hills") that accompanies award show parties.

"VMA-related events rely on performance as the draw," Dubin added. "It's not necessarily about décor and food like at the Grammy Awards parties but more about the talent."

For example, a large advertiser such as Pepsi is spending big money on its "blue carpet event" Sunday at the Avalon, where rappers Fabolous and Tyga will perform. In Touch magazine has tapped Good Charlotte and the Veronicas for their invite-only bash at the Chauteau Marmont on Saturday; that same night, video game maker Harmonix has corralled Panic at the Disco to play a benefit for the AIDS/HIV-prevention charity Lifebeat at the House of Blues. And tonight (Friday), local promoter Pete Guttenberg and partners are hosting an open-to-the-public bash at Boulevard 3 honoring producer and songwriter Jason Boyd, promising RSVPs from the likes of P. Diddy, Akon and Rihanna.
"When we thought about bringing the VMAs back to L.A., part of the thinking behind it was the excitement that Hollywood is generating right now," said Tim Rosta, MTV's executive vice president of integrated marketing, via e-mail. "The events [help] the entire experience for celebrities, artists and viewers alike."

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VMAs Take Over Paramount’s Lot For Some Movie Magic Of Their Own​
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Published by Jennifer Vineyard on Friday, September 5, 2008 at 10:58 pm.​
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The music might not be playing, but the “Indiana Jones” theme is in the air. Everywhere you go at Paramount, there are ghosts — and not just because the Hollywood Forever cemetery is behind the lot. For the VMAs, we’re working from the Crosby Building — named randomly for Bing Crosby, even though he had nothing to do with this space. But Indy did: His theme was scored here.
When the celebs arrive Sunday night, they’ll be going through Paramount’s Bronson Gate — one of the most widely recognized Hollywood landmarks. A common misconception is that it’s named after Charles Bronson, although the reverse is true: He named himself after it or, rather, the street it’s on, when he changed his name from Buchinsky.
Harrison Ford ate at this 50's style diner during "Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull." Pink also plans a visit during her VMA performance​
When the stars walk the red carpet, they’ll be following the above-ground version of a path that — as lot legend has it — Rudolph Valentino used as a secret tunnel to avoid running into fans and photographers. On that pathway these days is usually a bench from “Forrest Gump,” so you can sit and have a box of chocolates, but not for the VMAs.
The main show is being held at Stage 16, where films such as “Pretty in Pink,” “Elizabethtown” and “Looking for Mr. Goodbar” were shot. Even though Hitchcock favored Stages 15 (for “To Catch A Thief”) and 18 (for “Rear Window”), the lights he used for “Rear Window” and “Vertigo” will be hanging up high to illuminate VMA mainstage performers — after being in storage for 50-odd years.
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Not all the performances will be at the soundstage. The Jonas Brothers, Pink, T.I. and Kanye West are all making use of other locations on the backlot.​
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