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Hundreds seek a job -- and a shot at stardom -- at Universal Studios

April 20, 2010 | 12:07 pm

Hundreds of prospective job seekers line up to apply for approximately 40 English and Spanish speaking studio tour guide positions at Universal Studios Hollywood. Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times

Hundreds of people hoping for a job as a tour guide at Universal Studios had a chance to audition for one of 40 open slots on Monday, the Daily News is reporting.

Apparently the job is popular because it comes with perks that could come in handy for aspiring actors, according to the Daily News:

Those hired as tour guides will have access to free acting classes and auditions with top casting directors, making the theme park job a potentially big gig for aspiring actors. About 80 to 85 percent of applicants interviewed have some background in acting or theater, Salisbury said.

Some other interesting L.A.-area items around the Web:

Koreatown asks for formal borders: Curbed LA reports that some Koreatown residents are asking the city to formalize the borders of the neighborhood:

The neighborhood, according to the application, is recognized by the LAPD, the LAFD, the LAUSD, and the Census Bureau, but doesn't have consistent borders among the departments.

The Times has made an effort to map the borders of Koreatown, as well as the rest of the city, at our Mapping L.A. Neighborhoods project.

Original Pinkberry stops serving yogurt: WeHo News is reporting that the original Pinkberry location -- which the Los Angeles Times once declared the shop "that launched 1,000 parking tickets" -- at Santa Monica Boulevard and Huntley Drive has stopped serving yogurt:

The tiny shop's 1995 opening -- and the sensation its product stirred in people -- caused chaos for the community of Huntley ... residents to the south for several years.

U.S. Barista Championship: Eater LA reports that a barista from Intelligentsia won the U.S. Barista Championship in Anaheim:

With the seats and bleachers full on the final day, three competitors from Intelligentsia, two competitors from Verve Coffee Roasters, and Mike Marquard, a two-time finalist from Kaldi's Coffee Roasting Company in St. Louis, were left to claim the top prize.

-- Anthony Pesce

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Photo: Hundreds of job seekers line up to apply for approximately 40 English- and Spanish-speaking studio tour guide positions at Universal Studios Hollywood on Monday. Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times