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Malibu Pop Culture

So much has been filmed in Malibu, you’ve likely seen more of it than you think. Dig into “Gidget” archives to catch a glimpse of Paradise Cove; watch “MASH” reruns and you’ll see that what passed as Korea is actually Malibu Creek State Park. (You can hike to the location where they shot the opening credits.) “Baywatch” made use of Zuma, though the pilot, “Panic at Malibu Pier,” was shot farther south at the pier. For a less fragmented look at the Bu, rent “The Big Lebowski” by the Cohen brothers or watch the darker side of surf culture in Kathryn Bigelow’s “Point Break.” Literary types can get the feel of Malibu by reading “The Big Sleep” by Raymond Chandler and “Quiet Days in Malibu,” one of the essays in Joan Didion’s collection “The White Album.” Creating a playlist to get you in the spirit? Listen to anything by the Beach Boys, naturally, “Californication” by the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Hole’s “Malibu,” and “Malibu Nights” by Tenacious D.

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