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The War of the Wax Museums

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Dec 29th, 2011
2011
Dec 29

HOLLYWOOD ATTRACTIONS

A heated wax museum war takes shape in Hollywood

 

 

A wax figure of Angelina Jolie, right, at Madame Tussauds is posed next to a photograph of Jolie as she is seen at the Hollywood Wax Museum. The display is part of a marketing effort by Madame Tussauds. (Barbara Davidson, Los Angeles Times / December 16, 2011)

 

 

Madame Tussauds is trying to best its cheaper competitor, the Hollywood Wax Museum, with a new marketing blitz stressing the defects in its rival’s paraffin starlets, singers and comics.

 

By Hugo Martín
Los Angeles Times
December 21, 2011

 

Dissing Angelina Jolie normally isn’t the best way to get ahead in this town.

 

But tough times call for tough tactics in the war of the Hollywood wax museums.

 

Madame Tussauds, which considers itself the ne plus ultra of wax artistry — with the $25 ticket price to match — is trying to best its cheaper competitor, the Hollywood Wax Museum, with a new marketing blitz stressing the defects in its rival’s paraffin starlets, singers and comics.

 

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King Kong Returns!

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Jul 1st, 2010
2010
Jul 1

HOLLYWOOD ATTRACTIONS

King Kong roars back to life at Universal Studios Hollywood — in 3-D

 

 

 

The giant gorilla will save studio tour tram riders from an attacking pack of T. Rex in a new attraction created by Peter Jackson.

 

By Noelene Clark
Los Angeles Times
June 30, 2010

 

For more than 45 years, the defining experience for Universal Studios Hollywood has been the venerable tram tour through the production facilities and backlot. Now the ride is being brought to the 21st century by filmmaker Peter Jackson and the world’s most famous gorilla.

 

Beginning Thursday, the tram will take a detour that transports guests to Jackson’s version of Skull Island, where they will be attacked by dinosaurs and rescued by the three-story-tall silverback gorilla.

 

The new attraction, “King Kong 360 3-D,” replaces the original, which burned in a June 2008 fire that also destroyed several famous backlot sets.

 

Instead of reviving the 1986 attraction, which brought visitors to 1970s New York to face off with a 30-foot animatronic ape, Universal decided to revamp it based on Jackson’s 2005 remake of “King Kong.” The Academy Award-winning director of “The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King” jumped at the chance to resurrect a character whose tragic end doesn’t lend itself to a sequel.

 

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Stroll Down Hollywood Boulevard…

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Mar 13th, 2010
2010
Mar 13

HOLLYWOOD ATTRACTIONS

A stroll down Hollywood Boulevard reveals movie history

 

  

by Mark Dawidziak
Plain Dealer Television Critic

 

LOS ANGELES — You can find the history of Hollywood in the decades worth of film gems available on DVD. You can find it between the covers of countless books written by cinema scholars.

 

Or you can find it by simply taking a stroll down Hollywood Boulevard.    (Click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)

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Madame Tussaud’s Hollywood

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Jan 28th, 2010
2010
Jan 28

HOLLYWOOD ATTRACTIONS

Madame Tussaud’s Hollywood

 

 

6933 Hollywood Blvd, Hollywood, California

 

 

Gloria Swanson is ready for her close-up…

 

Madame Tussaud’s Hollywood

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