TMZ launches tours of Hollywood's infamous hot spots

Updated: 2011-02-16 11:02


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Tourists visiting Hollywood will get a paparazzi eye view of celebrity hot spots on a bus tour run with tabloid-style news outfit TMZ, the company said on Tuesday.

The tour will swing by infamous Los Angeles-area locales, such as the department store where actress Winona Ryder was busted for shoplifting, and the comedy club where "Seinfeld" star Michael Richards was videotaped in a racist rant.

During the bus tour, riders will watch clips with "shocking and never-before-seen" video from the TMZ library, according to the tour's organizers.

Participants will also watch clips with TMZ staff members sharing the inside scoop on celebrity-related locales.

"The TMZ Hollywood Tour -- Secrets and Celebrity Hot Spots" will be run by Los Angeles-based Starline Tours.

To help TMZ capture the latest news -- even if it occurs before shocked tourists -- tour guides on the Starline buses will be armed with cameras, organizers said.

That could prove valuable to TMZ. When the late "Thriller" singer Michael Jackson stopped breathing on June 25, 2009, from an overdose of powerful medication, tourists on a Starline bus outside his mansion watched paramedics drive him away. Someone on-board caught it on video, which TMZ obtained.

TMZ, which gives celebrity news on its website and on an irreverent television show, is run by attorney Harvey Levin. Its name comes from "Thirty Mile Zone," a movie studios term from the 1960s that referred to rules for filming in and around Los Angeles.

The TMZ tour begins operating on May 1.


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