“Stars for and flank an adult store, while Marilyn Mon­roe tans un­der the glow of a golden ‘M’ sign­post­ing cheese­burg­ers”

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But the caped won­ders are not con­fined to the pave­ment. Prey­ing on mis­guided tourists like span­dex-clad vul­tures is a host of cos­tumed op­por­tunists who cor­ral tourists for photo-ops and charge them for the priv­i­lege of stand­ing be­side a slightly soiled Spongebob Squarepants, an over­weight Green Lan­tern or a midget Mr T. Grau­man’s Chi­nese Theatre, how­ever, still wel­comes real stars, reg­u­larly host­ing Hol­ly­wood pre­mieres. If you don’t want to crane your neck like a crazed gazelle to see Tara Reid, Seann Wil­liam Scott and Jedward sashay­ing up the red car­pet for the Amer­i­can Pie: Re­union pre­miere, you could al­ways de­mol­ished, and guides re­cite a li­tany of his­tor­i­cal de­face­ment: “That’s where Jimmy Ste­wart lived for 50 years. Gone!”

Nonethe­less, pe­cu­liar sites abound. Den­zel Washington re­sides in an off-pink palace, while Jen­nifer Anis­ton’s pad has sur­pris­ingly large win­dows for a the home of a reg­u­larly snapped celeb.

Com­ing down from the Hills you can take a pa­parazzi tour run by the gos­sip web­site TMZ. The tour’s sense of his­tory only goes back as far as Lind­say Lo­han’s first ar­rest, as it moves about West Hol­ly­wood, Rodeo Drive and other celebrity hotspots such as the Bev­erly Hills Mu­nic­i­pal Court and lo­cal po­lice sta­tions.

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