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Travel Photo Thursday – Paramount Pictures

April 28, 2011 • By

Paramount Pictures

Sunset Boulevard, A Place in the Sun, The Greatest Show on Earth, Rear Window, The Ten Commandments, Breakfast at Tiffany’s…..the list goes on and on.  All were filmed at this historic studio that was founded in 1912 by Adolph Zukor.  From its humble beginnings before the depression until today, Paramount Pictures has been a force to be reckoned with when it comes to telling magnificently crafted stories.  On a personal note, I think their best work was during Hollywood’s Golden age from the 1930s to the 1960s.

It was a time when stars truly earned the moniker, not as a result of their well publicized misdeeds, but their actual talent on-screen.  People didn’t become celebrities because someone liked their sex tape (ok, maybe they did like the on-screen talent) or because they taped a reality show.  Maybe today’s Hollywood could take a lesson or two from the past?  Sure, there are bona-fide stars today, but it’s difficult for some to even find a job.

How many Oscar winners do you know who do not fade into the woodwork after they win?  These days, they have to compete with singers, reality stars, people who’ve dated stars, people who looked up at the sky and saw a star, etc.    Maybe one of these days, we will get back the Hollywood of old.  At least, that’s what I’m hoping for.

This photo is part of the Travel Photo Thursday series which is the brainchild of Nancie M with Budget Travelers Sandbox.


Travel Advice

Experience The Lullaby Of Broadway At Half The Price!

December 3, 2010 • By

Whenever I travel (or stay at home for that matter), I like to attend live theater events.  Whether it’s a local adaptation of a broadway show, improv or live music….I love to immerse myself in the local arts community.  Especially after a day of sight seeing, it’s nice to be able to sit and allow yourself to be entertained.

Usually, the price of admission is manageable unless you happen to be in major cities like NYC, Las Vegas or Atlanta,  then it can really put a dent in the old wallet.  However, with careful planning, you can really stretch your budget by purchasing discount tickets via local clearinghouses.

If you have never experienced a live broadway show, make a resolution to do it today.  There is nothing like the excitement and vibrancy of live entertainment, treat yourself to something grand and different.  You deserve it!  You can always check with the following clearinghouses if you happen to visit their city:

Atlanta

Broadway

AtlanTix Ticket services is a discount broadway ticket service operated by the Atlanta Coalition of the Performing Arts. It operates a same day and advance sale half-price ticket booth at Underground Atlanta and a virtual booth online at http://atix.tix.com.  ACPA’s ticket services are the largest single resource of earned income for the overall nonprofit performing arts industry of Georgia, and are operated in partnership with the Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau.  This would be a great way to support the arts which are usually the first to be affected when state and federal budgets are cut.READ MORE


City Views, North America

Pictures of Los Angeles, California

November 2, 2009 • By

Los Angeles, California Slideshow

Well, we didn’t get to see any stars besides the ones imbedded in concrete, but we had a great time just the same. We spent quite a bit of time in Hollywood, on Rodeo Drive and Beverly Hills. I would recommend a tour on the double decker buses to get an overview of the city and despite the awful traffic, be sure to rent a car. It will be easier to take a drive down the Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) or the Sonoma Valley wine country.

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