Archive for July 18th, 2008

Walk of Fame Restoration…

Friday, July 18th, 2008

Hollywood Chamber of Commerce

to Announce Initiative to Fund the Restoration and Preservation of the Historic Hollywood Walk of Fame




Marks Countdown to the 50th Anniversary Celebration for the World-Famous Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2010


July 18, 2008


HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Jul 18, 2008 (BUSINESS WIRE) — The Hollywood Walk of Fame is a global icon for the entertainment industry and Hollywood. As the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce prepares for the 50th anniversary of the Walk of Fame in 2010, the organization is introducing a new initiative to be called the “Friends of the Walk of Fame,” to secure funds for the Walk’s refurbishment and maintenance. On Tuesday, July 22, at 11:00 a.m., the Chamber will unveil the Friends of the Walk of Fame and make a presentation to the first “Friend.”

  WHEN:    Tuesday, July 22
           11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

  WHERE:   Hollywood Boulevard west of Highland
           In front of entrance to the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood &
            Highland Center

  WHO:     Leron Gubler, President, Hollywood Chamber of Commerce
           Cynthia Ruiz, President, Board of Public Works, City of Los
           Roger Moliere, Chief, Real Property Management and
            Development, LA Metropolitan Transportation Authority

  CONTACT: Karen Diehl or Taylor Patterson, Casey Sayre & Williams
           310-396-2400 (representing the Hollywood Chamber of



SOURCE: Hollywood Chamber of Commerce

‘The Dark Night’…

Friday, July 18th, 2008


‘Dark Knight’ brightens Warner Bros. day 




It’s a happy Friday in Burbank.


Warner Bros.’ Batman sequel The Dark Knight took in a record $18 million-plus at this morning’s 12:01 shows, according to an executive at the studio, jump-starting what could one of the summer’s top hits. Warner produced the movie for an estimated $180 million with partner Legendary Pictures.


Dan Fellman, the studio’s president of domestic distribution, said his staff was still crunching the numbers and expected the final gross from some 3,000 theaters in the U.S. and Canada that ran midnight shows to be in the $18-million-to-$19-million range.


“A lot of exhibitors called up desperately asking us, ‘Can you send more prints, and quickly?,’ ” said an especially chipper Fellman.


Twentieth Century Fox’s Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith had owned the midnight bragging rights after it snagged $16.9 million from eager geeks in May 2005.


Adjusted for ticket price inflation, that’s about $18.7 million — although in Hollywood, where records are made to be broken, broken, and broken again, the number-crunchers never get around to that.


All 18 screens at an AMC theater in Barrington, Ill., sold out their 12:01 shows for the PG-13-rated The Dark Knight. adventure. One exhibitor called Warner this morning to report his full weekend grosses for the movie.


“He said, ‘I don’t want you to think I’m manipulating the numbers but I’ve sold out every seat at my theater through Sunday night,’ ” Fellman said.


— Josh Friedman, Los Angeles Times


Charles Boyer at LACMA…

Friday, July 18th, 2008

Charles Boyer at LACMA




By Andre Soares
Alternative Film Guide
July 18, 2008


When I hear the name Charles Boyer, who is currently being honored by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) with the series “The Discreet Charm of Charles Boyer,” I immediately think of my maternal grandmother. Thirty years ago, Boyer, a couple of days before his 79th birthday, took his own life following the death of his wife, Pat Paterson. (Boyer’s only son had killed himself at the age of 21 in 1965.) I still remember my grandmother’s visibly saddened face as she heard of his passing. “Aaaahhh,” she sighed. “Charles Boyer…”   READ MORE 



Lupe Vélez’s Birthday…

Friday, July 18th, 2008

Happy 100th Birthday

Lupe Vélez!




 née María Guadalupe Villalobos Vélez


  • BORN: July 18, 1908, San Luis Potosi, Mexico
  • DIED: December 13, 1944, Beverly Hills, California
  • CAUSE OF DEATH: Suicide by pills (Seconal)


  • PLACE OF DEATH: 732 N. Rodeo Drive, Beverly Hills
  • FUNERAL: Cunningham & O’Connor Morthuary, 850 W. Washington Blvd.
  • BURIAL: Panteón Civil de Dolores, Mexico City



Jo Stafford Obituary

Friday, July 18th, 2008


Jo Stafford, 90; singer, recording artist entertained GIs during World War II




By Don Heckman
Special to The Times
July 18, 2008


Jo Stafford, a singer who was a favorite of GIs during World War II and whose recordings made the pop music charts dozens of times in the 1950s, died Sunday of congestive heart failure at her home in Century City. She was 90.  READ MORE