Not In My Backyard: Hollywood Sign’s Neighbors Fed Up With Tourists

ARUN RATH, HOST: If you’ve ever been to Los Angeles, no doubt you’ve sent a selfie with a Hollywood sign in the background. If that is you, you’re not alone. The iconic sign is one of the city’s biggest tourist attractions. Over the last few years, social media and GPS have only multiplied the number of visitors. Now, homeowners in the area say that’s wreaking havoc in their neighborhood. NPR’s Sam Sanders reports. SAM SANDERS, BYLINE: Marcus Suffert(ph) is visiting L.A. from Germany. I found him walking up towards the Hollywood sign on a sunny L.A. afternoon. MARCUS SUFFERT: Sir, could you take a picture, a group picture of us?

Hollywood Manager Nudges Farmiga, Michael Hall to Charity

Then she thought about it. She brought in the original writer of the book. I found producers and a financier. She was pregnant with her second child. It was a crazy experience, and we made it! Cole: Some people say Hollywood isnt as generous as it should be. Rubinstein: A lot of people that I encounter in the entertainment business are generous. If you look at any agency, United Talent Agency Inc., Creative Artists Agency LLC, they have foundations, and they do extraordinary work. Toronto Film Cole: You went to the Toronto Film Festival. What did you like? Rubinstein: I went there to see Only Lovers Left Alive which Tom Hiddleston stars in, and its a great movie. Everybodys talking about 12 Years A Slave, and I think Chiwetel Ejiofor is one of the greatest actors on the planet. I just saw him in his play in London , which is called A Season in the Congo, and he was just breathtaking. Cole: Will the Internet become a major distributor of films? Rubinstein: Yes, its going to be huge.

Orlando Bloom Lists Hollywood Hills Home For $4.5 Million (PHOTOS)

The actor listed the home, located high in the hills near Mulholland Drive, for $4.5 million on Thursday. According to the official listing, double walnut doors open up to a home with an open floor plan, fireplace and custom kitchen. There are four bedrooms and 3.5 bedrooms, and the master suite leads into the backyard. Outdoors, there’s a pool with a swim machine and spa, as well as a built-in barbecue and loggia to take in the city views. The home sits in a gated compound surrounded by ferns and other foliage, which along with the security cameras, make the property a hidden fortress. The Bling Ring teens broke into the property in July 2009 and made off with rolex watches, designer dresses and purses. In a 2010 interview with Vanity Fair , Bling Ring member Nick Prugo said the group was drawn to Bloom’s home because one of them wanted “Victorias Secret model clothes” (Bloom was dating Kerr at the time). Bloom’s security cameras caught the group of teens making multiple trips to and from his home, carrying away large bags of his belongings. In 2012, when director Sophia Coppola decided to turn the Bling Ring saga into a movie, Bloom turned down Coppola’s request to do a cameo in the film. “She asked me to cameo in the movie, but I said it was too close to home for me to want to be involved,” Bloom told Britain’s Hello! magazine . Real estate blog Redfin.com , which first reported on the listing, notes that Bloom had been renting out the home since Aug.