Archive for July 17th, 2008

Walk of Fame Repairs…

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

Cost of repairs for Hollywood’s buckling Walk of Fame trips up officials



They’ve figured out what to do but not how to come up with the $4.1 million needed to do it.


By Bob Pool
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
July 17, 2008


It took a year’s study and installation of a “test strip” on Hollywood’s busiest corner to figure out how best to stabilize the buckling bronze stars and pink-and-black terrazzo that line Hollywood’s aging Walk of Fame.


Now, officials of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority are trying to determine just how to pay for the estimated $4.1-million repair job.


MTA officials said Wednesday that their agency will take the lead in lining up funding from Los Angeles, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, the Hollywood Historic Trust as well as other entities — including itself. (click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)


Emmy Nominations…

Thursday, July 17th, 2008


Emmy Nominations




‘Lost,’ ‘Boston Legal’ take top Emmy noms

“Grey’s Anatomy,” “The Wire” are among the snubs.


By Susan King, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
July 17, 2008

FX’s “Damages” and AMC’s “Mad Men” made history this morning when they became the first basic-cable series to earn Emmy nominations for best drama, edging out such favorites as “Grey’s Anatomy” and “The Wire.”


“Mad Men,” a stylish period drama set on Madison Avenue in the early advertising world of the 1960s, earned 16 nominations for the 60th annual Emmy Awards, including one for breakout star Jon Hamm for lead actor. The thrilling legal drama “Damages” garnered seven, including a best actress nod for star Glenn Close.


Joining them in the dramatic series category are “Boston Legal,” “Dexter” and “House.” “Lost” also earned a nod in this category, a comeback of sorts for the ABC show that many said had lost its way. In the comedy category, “Curb Your Enthusiasm,” “Entourage,” “The Office,” “30 Rock” and “Two and a Half Men” earned nominations.


HBO continued its domination in the nominations, earning 85, with 23 of those going to its lavish miniseries about the second U.S. president, “John Adams.” That production earned nods for best miniseries, lead actor for Paul Giamatti and lead actress for Laura Linney.


HBO also managed to dominate the category of lead actor in a miniseries or movie: All five of the nominees are from the pay-cable channel’s projects. In addition to Giamatti, the nominees are Ralph Fiennes for “Bernard and Doris,” Ricky Gervais for “Extras: The Extra Special Series Finale” and Kevin Spacey and Tom Wilkinson for “Recount.” (click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more…)