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Parking, a major motion picture

Looks like it's not just the Dodgers organization who have it in for Echo Park residents who want to park in their own neighborhood. There has been an uproar since last week when Echo Parkers -- especially those who live near the lake -- began calling the production offices of "Columbus Day," the working title of a major film that wanted to hog all the traffic spots on both sides of all streets around Echo Park Lake for something like four years (or make that three weeks, not much difference, though). The People of Echo Park also requested "no fully automatic gunfire." "It's an insult to Echo Park," one email making the rounds said.

This morning, TMZ got a special scoop when a location manager shouted an obscenity at the spouse of a TMZ staffer -- because Val Kilmer had no place to use a toilet. So sad it had to come to this -- a battle between toilets and cars.

Reportedly, the production staff was surprised at the uproar and has agreed to make major adjustments in its take-all-the-parking-spaces plans. No word yet if they have any takers on the $50 offer to be an extra that neighbors received. Maybe they're all making use of "a mysterious shuttle service from nowhere to nowhere" as one resident described the production's hasty offer to provide transportation.

Eric Garcetti's office is said to have been flooded with angry calls about the production.

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