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Neil Diamond gets Star on Walk of Fame

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Aug 11th, 2012
2012
Aug 11

HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME

Neil Diamond gets star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

 

 

US musical icon Neil Diamond crowned his nearly five-decade career with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (AFP, Robyn Beck)

 

 

Neil Diamond — who penned and sang hits like “Sweet Caroline” and “Red Red Wine” — crowned his nearly five-decade career with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. “This is probably the most fun,” the 71-year-old singer told reporters after the ceremony. “I didn’t have to campaign for it. They wanted me. They opened their arms and took me in, and that makes it all the better.”

 

The star with Diamond’s name can be found on Vine Street, in front of Los Angeles’s landmark Capital Records Building, a day before the artist launches a series of concerts at the city’s Greek Theater.

 

“He is one of those people, rare in entertainment, who America loves,” said renowned composer Randy Newman at the ceremony, comparing him to Bing Crosby and Judy Garland.

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2013 Walk of Fame Honorees Announced

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Jun 27th, 2012
2012
Jun 27

WALK OF FAME

TV stars top the list of Hollywood Walk of Fame honorees for 2013

 

 

Television stars top the 2013 list of honorees who will receive stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at date to be announced.

 

Three-time Emmy winner and nominee Bryan Cranston for “Breaking Bad” and “Malcolm in the Middle,” former “Friends” star Matthew Perry, “Glee” villain Jane Lynch and multiple Emmy nominee and winner talk show host Ellen DeGeneres along with Simon Baker of “The Mentalist” and Katey Sagal of “Sons of Anarchy” were among the 24 named to the list by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, according to hollywoodreporter.com.

 

Honorees in the film industry include: makeup artist Rick Baker, actors Javier Bardem, Viola Davis and James Franco, director Ron Howard and Oscar winner Helen Mirren.

 

In the recording, the ’90s boy bands Backstreet Boys and New Kids on the Block join Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson, Jane’s Addiction, the late Janis Joplin, Usher Raymond IV, Thalia and the late Luther Vandross.

 

Olympia Dukakis and Penn & Teller are the live theater/performance honorees with Steve Harvey and “Shotgun Tom” Kelly in the radio category.

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Malcolm McDowell gets Star on Walk of Fame

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Mar 17th, 2012
2012
Mar 17

WALK OF FAME

Malcolm McDowell honored with Walk of Fame Star

 

 

 (Reuters)

 

Malcolm McDowell was honored with the 2,465th star, outside Hollywood Boulevard’s British pub The Pig n’ Whistle, to celebrate his lengthy career, and he posed with his wife Kelley and their eldest son Beckett, eight, as the plaque was unveiled.

 

Speaking about his honor, McDowell told reporters, “For a lad that grew up in Liverpool (England), Hollywood was this notion of everything that was incredible in the movies, and Hollywood has meant so much to the rest of the world – we take it, because we live in LA, sort of for granted.”

 

And McDowell is delighted about the location of his star, adding: “My father ran a pub in Burscough in Lancashire, just outside Liverpool, so I feel that from the Bull and Dog to the Pig and Whistle (sic), it’s not that far.”

 

McDowell’s pal Gary Oldman was also on hand to pay tribute, revealing that the 68 year old’s performance in 1971’s The Raging Moon inspired him to become an actor.

 

The Harry Potter star explains, “It was like the lights went on in my life, in much the same way that John Lennon saw Elvis on screen and said ‘That’s a good job, I’d like to do that for a living’. I saw Malcolm in this film and I thought, ‘This is what I want to do’.”

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Neil Patrick Harris gets Walk of Fame Star

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Sep 15th, 2011
2011
Sep 15

WALK OF FAME

Neil Patrick Harris gets Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

 

  Fred Prouser/Reuters

 

(Huffington Post) From his humble beginnings as a boy genius teen doctor to his Smurftastic summer hit and womanizing “How I Met Your Mother Ways,” Neil Patrick Harris has been a Hollywood staple for over two decades. A host of both the Tonys and Emmys, it was only appropriate that he was finally awarded one of show business’s highest honors.

 

Today, Neil Patrick Harris became an official Hollywood star in front of the Pantages Theatre. The actor, joined by partner David Burtka and “Mother” co-star Jason Segel, received his official star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, where he joined the industry’s greatest luminaries and tweeted a photo of his star after the ceremony.

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Marilyn Miller’s Star Returned

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Apr 14th, 2011
2011
Apr 14

 WALK OF FAME 

Stolen Walk of Fame Star of Marilyn Miller returned after 40 years

 

 

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April 12, 2011

 

To the list of things that can only happen in Hollywood, add today’s revelation about a man coming forward to return 1920s actress Marilyn Miller’s original Walk of Fame star, which was apparently stolen 40 years ago without anybody realizing it.

 

 

Ana Martinez of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce told City News Service she received a call yesterday from a nervous man who said he had a Walk of Fame star, which he claimed someone had given to him.

 

It turns out it was Miller’s, which was one of several that were removed from the area of Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street in the 1970s to make way for special honors on the famed walk for NASA astronauts, Martinez said.

 

“The stars were removed because they were going to be moved up in the same area of original placement,” Martinez said.

 

She said the original stars were supposed to be destroyed because they were being replaced with new ones.

 

“Obviously a few of them weren’t,” she said.

 

Miller’s star was apparently pilfered from a construction site — the same one from which the original stars of James Stewart and Kirk Douglas disappeared, she said. Those stars were later recovered, but nobody realized that Miller’s had not been destroyed as planned, so the theft apparently went undetected.

 

“I guess everyone assumed it was destroyed,” Martinez said.

 

Until yesterday.

 

Martinez said the caller, whom she identified only as Bill, asked if it would be a crime to keep the star.

 

“I said it’s a registered historic landmark,” she said.

 

So the man hastily returned the 300-pound piece of concrete, even though his wife apparently had plans to turn it into a patio table, Martinez said.

 

Martinez said the star would be kept in the chamber’s archives, which will someday be used to create a “mini-museum.”

 

“I’m just glad she’s back,” Martinez said.

 

As the story goes, Miller — a singer/dancer who rose to stardom on Broadway in 1920 working with Florenz Ziegfield and went on to star in a series of musical comedy films — was the inspiration for an aspiring actress known as Norma Jeane Baker to change her name to the far more memorable Marilyn Monroe.

 

Monroe’s agent, Ben Lyon, reportedly urged the change, saying Monroe reminded him of Miller.

 

Miller died in 1936.

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Penelope gets her Star

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Apr 11th, 2011
2011
Apr 11

HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME

 Penelope Cruz receives Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

 

 

  

Penelope Cruz was honored with a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame. Her star is located in front of the El Capitan Theater and is star number 2,346. She is the first Spanish born actress to receive this honor.

 

Cruz has received three Academy Award nominations and won a best supporting actress Oscar in 2009 for her performance in “Vicky Cristina Barcelona”. Director Rob Marshall and co-star Johnny Depp both spoke at the ceremony to honor Cruz.

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Adam Sandler gets his Star!

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Feb 4th, 2011
2011
Feb 4

HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME

Adam Sandler gets Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

 

 

 

Adam Sandler is now officially a Hollywood star! He just received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in front of the West Hollywood Hotel.

 

Adam Sandler officially has star #2431 and was presented the honor by Hollywood Chamber of Commerce CEO, Leron Gubler and guest speaker Henry Winkler. Sandler’s daughters and wife were with Sandler for the honor. His daughters Sadie and Sunny interrupted him multiple times saying, “I love you daddy.” The interruptions sparked Sandler to joke, “Let’s here it for my kids, who are now showing that I cannot control them.”

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Colin Firth gets a Star

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Jan 15th, 2011
2011
Jan 15

WALK OF FAME

 Colin Firth receives a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

 

 

British actor Colin Firth was presented with the 2,429th star on the famous Hollywood Walk of Fame, an honor which the actor has dedicated to his wife. Firth, who received a Golden Globe nomination for his role as the lead in The King’s Speech, could be seen wiping away a tear during the official ceremony this week. Firth said that he wanted to thank everyone that has been part of his life during his amazing journey. 

 

The 50-year-old Firth dedicated the honour to his wife Livia. He said that when he looks down at the star he sees her name in it. Firth made his name in the film industry after playing the role of Mr Darcy in the BBC’s production of Jane Austin’s Pride and Prejudice.

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Stan Lee gets his Star!

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Jan 5th, 2011
2011
Jan 5

WALK OF FAME

Stan Lee gets Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

 

  

 

Comic book legend Stan Lee recently received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday in front of the Live Nation Building on Hollywood Boulevard.

 

Stan Lee was honored with his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, marking the 2,428th star to be incorporated into the Hollywood sidewalk. In an interview, Stan Lee revealed that he was in good company since his star was next to a variety of other Hollywood legends. “Would [you] believe I’m on the same block as Paul Newman and Sophia Loren?”

 

Comic creator Todd McFarlane and POW! Entertainment President Gill Champion were also on hand to help celebrate the occasion where Lee joked with the crowd about his many cameo appearances in the super hero films he inspired. “One good thing about it: Maybe now I’ll be able to get cameos of more than 30 seconds in length. With my new elevation to legendhood, maybe I’ll rate a full minute from now on!”

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Gwyneth Paltrow gets a Star

Posted by Allan Ellenberger on Dec 14th, 2010
2010
Dec 14

WALK OF FAME

Gwyneth Paltrow Gets Star on Walk of Fame

 

(Eric Charbonneau, WireImage)

 

Joined by Country Strong co-star Tim McGraw, director Shana Feste, and Faith Hill, Gwyneth Paltrow received the 2,427th star on the Walk  of Fame on Monday in Hollywood. 

 

In Country Strong, Paltrow plays down-on-her-luck country singer Kelly Canter, while McGraw plays her husband/manager. 

 

During the ceremony, McGraw told the crowd that Paltrow “sings beautifully” and that she “Inspires goodness and that’s the best kind of friend to have.”

 

After being asked about how she would celebrate if Country Strong was nominated for a Golden Globe, Paltrow joked, “With a joint, hanging out with my girlfriends, I don’t know, I don’t expect anything from that.” 

 

Paltrow recently announced her return to Fox’s Glee, reprising her role as substitute teacher Holly Holiday. She also displayed her singing ability with a cover of Cee-Lo Green’s hit, “F–k You.” 

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