List reveals top places for spotting celebrities
By Paul Bond
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Fans looking to run into a few celebrities would be wise to hang out at Los Angeles International Airport and the Grove, an outdoor mall adjacent to L.A.'s famed Farmers Market.
That's the advice from JustSpotted.com, a Web site that launched in October to some controversy because its goal -- deemed a bit Orewellian by some -- is to track the geographical whereabouts of famous people.
The site uses the public Twitter feed and other information from various social networks to keep tabs on celebrities when they are out in public, and it starts this week to use a new technology that will make for more precise tracking. More on that in a bit.
First, more about the top places that celebrities frequent. JustSpotted said LAX is by far the place where they are seen most, and the Grove, where 100 stars have been spotted since the site went live October 19, is second.
Some of the notable sightings at LAX include Britney Spears and Kourtney Kardashian, whose pat-down by airport security personnel was photographed and became part of the news cycle. Sightings at the Grove included Michael Phelps, Bruno Mars and Justin Bieber.
Rounding out the top 5 hottest places for spotting celebrities in the past eight weeks were Katsuya restaurant on Hollywood Boulevard in L.A. (Will Ferrell, Janet Jackson), the Dorchester hotel in London (Taylor Swift, Justin Timberlake), Madeo restaurant in L.A. (Avril Lavigne, Sofia Vergara) and La Esquina restaurant in New York (Jay-Z, Christina Aguilera).
As for new technology that JustSpotted will start using, it's dubbed Celebrity Radar, and it allows visitors to type in the address of a location and see a list of the celebrities who have been there, and when they were there, for the past several weeks.
That's a significant upgrade for tourists who are "looking to follow in the footsteps of celebrities," CEO A.J. Asver said. Continued...