Los Angeles is the second largest city in the USA with a population estimated in 2009 to be of 3 831 868 habitants. It is the larger city in the State of California. Los Angeles was founded on September 4, 1781, by Spanish governor Felipe de Neve as El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles del Rio de Porciuncula (The Town of Our Lady Queen of Angels of Rio de Porciuncula). It became part of Mexico, in 1821, after its independence from Spain. In 1848, at the end of the Mexican-American War, Los Angeles and the rest of California were purchased as part of the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, becoming part of the United States, Mexico retained the territory of Baja California. Los Angeles was incorporated as a municipality on April 4, 1850, five months before California to become an American state. Often known by his initials, “LA”, and nicknamed the “City of Angels,” Los Angeles is a world center of business, international trade, entertainment, culture, media, fashion, science, technology and education. It is home to renowned institutions covering a wide range of professional and cultural fields and one of the most important engines of the U.S. economy. In 2008, Los Angeles was ranked the eighth most economically powerful city in the world by Forbes.com, the third in the U.S., behind New York and Chicago. As the home of Hollywood, is known as the “Entertainment Capital of the World “, the world leader in creating films, television production, video games and recorded music. The importance of the entertainment industry to the city led many celebrities to the Los Angeles and its suburbs.
For someone living in Los Angeles, 500 Days of Summer was not only a cute and hilarious movie, it was equally pleasing to see a film shot in downtown Los Angeles that had a story line taking place and recognizing the burgeoning neighborhood for what it is. From the Redwood Bar to the Broadway Bar, Bunker Hill to the Civic Center Mall, it was exciting, for once, to go, “hey, I know that location and it’s not being masked as New York City,” and not go “why are they filming downtown but calling it North Hollywood? NoHo isn’t that urban.”
Thank you 500 Days of Summer for making a movie that took place downtown. You showed a part of Los Angeles that not even some living in Santa Monica knew existed.
Venice is a district on the West side of Los Angeles, California. It is know for its canals, beaches and circus, like Ocean Front Walk. Through the summer months, “the boardwalk” is actively entertaining and this tradition continues in the winter’s weekends. Venice has always been known as hangout for the creative and the artistic. In the 1950s and 60s, Venice became a center for the Beat generation. There was an explosion of poetry and art. Major participants included Stuart Perkoff, John Thomas, Frank T. Rios, Tony Scibella, Lawrence Lipton, John Haag, Saul White, Robert Farrington and Philomene Long. Venice is today a vibrant area of Southern California and it continues a tradition of progressive social change involving prominent Westsiders.
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http://www.500days.com/500-days-of-summer-full-trailer.html 500 days of summer
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtyC3jFh6eM The Island
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvoKT481EmU Reservoir Dogs
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5pfU3Sd3Aw Jackie Brown
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2QgFWXLN-ug Fight Club
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SnvqsWVluCE The Day after Tomorrow
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zikFDK4cuQA The Aviator
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e4qtvMfhsCI 40-year-old virgin
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWyH_twcMl0 Little Miss Sunshine