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Christina Aguilera gets a Walk of Fame Star

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010


Christina Aguilera gets a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame



Singer and newly minted leading lady Christina Aguilera got her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday, just hours before hitting the premiere of her first film, “Burlesque,” at Grauman’s Chinese Theater.


Star No. 2,423 — in the recording category and in front of the Hard Rock Cafe on Hollywood Boulevard — belongs to the five-time Grammy winner, who has sold more than 30 million albums worldwide and has four No. 1 songs to her name. Mom Shelley Kearns and brother Michael Kearns were there for the ceremony and posed for pics.



Time Capsule under Walk of Fame

Thursday, October 28th, 2010


Anniversary of Hollywood Walk of Fame marked with burial of time capsule



LOS ANGELES, Oct. 28 (Xinhua) — The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce buried a time capsule full of articles representing the Walk of Fame on Thursday, in the culmination of the year-long celebration for the 50th founding anniversary of the landmark.


The contents consist of items representing the five categories on the Walk of Fame. They include: “Wicked” and “The Lion King” play bills from the Pantages Theater and a history book about the famous theater, for the Live Theater category; a replica Capitol Records tower and letter for the recording category; a flash drive with radio show of the past and present from the Southern California Broadcasters and a Hollywood themed radio show from KLOS radio personality and Walk of Famer Jim Ladd for the radio category; DVDs of the Oscar telecasts from 50 years ago and 2010 for motion pictures; and for television, a 2010 Primetime Emmy Program, Emmy invitation, Emmy ticket and Emmy Governor’s Ball menu, according to a press release from the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.


“This will be a wonderful way to pass along our history and heritage to a new generation,” said Leron Gubler, Hollywood Chamber of Commerce President/CEO and emcee of the Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremonies.


Other memorabilia placed in the 16x16x18-inch container are: messages from elected officials, a script from “Casablanca,” a special edition lipstick, an autographed photo of Joanne Woodward who was the first Walk of Famer, a piece of Elvis Presley’s star encased in Lucite from Johnny Grant’s collection, related DVDs, letters and other items.


The time capsule was buried at the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Highland Avenue, where the Walk of Fame originated in 1960. It will be opened in 2060 on the Walk of Fame’s 100th anniversary, according to the sponsor.




Emma Thompson gets Star on Walk of Fame

Monday, August 9th, 2010


Emma Thompson honored on Hollywood ‘Walk of Fame’


(Los Angeles, August 6. Image via Bauer-Griffin)


British actress Emma Thompson was presented with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Friday, organizers said.


Thompson won a best actress Oscar for “Howards End” and was nominated for acting Oscars for “The Remains of the Day,” “In the Name of the Father” and “Sense and Sensibility.” She won a screenwriting Oscar for “Sense and Sensibility.”


“Emma Thompson is one of the world’s most respected talents for her versatility in acting as well as screenwriting. On Aug. 20, her current global hit, Universal Pictures’ ‘Nanny McPhee Returns,’ comes to the United States and Canada,” the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce said on its Web site. “Thompson is currently writing a new film version of ‘My Fair Lady’ for Sony Pictures and starring, with Alan Rickman, in a flagship production of the poem ‘The Song of Lunch,’ by Christopher Reid, for the BBC.”







Mark Wahlberg gets Star!

Sunday, August 1st, 2010


Mark Wahlberg gets Walk of Fame Star




Mark Wahlberg has joined the list of celebrities with the 2,414th star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame.


Will Ferrell, who co-starts with Wahlberg in the upcoming flick “The Other Guys,” introduced Wahlberg during the ceremony, joking: “I first became a fan of his from his workout videos. And I loved him in the ‘Bourne’ movies.”


During his acceptance speech, Wahlberg thanked “all the people gutsy enough to put me in movies.”


Wahlberg’s film debut came in Penny Marshall’s “Renaissance Man.” He is known for his roles in such films as “Boogie Nights,” “The Perfect Storm,” “The Italian Job” and “The Departed.” His role in “The Departed” earned the actor an Oscar nomination.


“The Other Guys” opens in theaters August 6.



Hollywood celebrates 50 years of Walk of Fame

Saturday, July 24th, 2010


Hollywood celebrates 50 years of Walk of Fame



 Hollywood Walk of Fame groundbreaking


Hollywood will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Walk of Fame on Sunday with a party. The festival, which runs from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., will include free movie screenings and performances and tours of area studios and theaters.


The Walk of Fame was conceived in the 1950s by business leaders in Hollywood as a way to beautify the historic core. The first star was set on March 28, 1960.


Since then, the attraction has proved a perennial draw for tourists eager for a taste of Hollywood.  An estimated 10 million people visit the 18-block stretch each year.


More information about Sunday’s festivities can be found on the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce website.


And if you’re eager to know more about the 2,400 stars on the Walk of Fame, check out the L.A. Times’ Star Walk — a virtual tour that puts readers on the streets of Hollywood.  


SOURCE: Kate Linthicum, Los Angeles Times



Walk of Fame polisher

Saturday, July 24th, 2010


Walk of Fame polisher is the keeper of the stars



John Peterson, 61, has spent 14 years polishing celebrities’ stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. “Chewing gum should be banned globally,” says the one-legged man. (John W. Adkisson / Los Angeles Times / July 21, 2010)


John Peterson has kept the Hollywood emblems gleaming for 14 years. With 2,412 stars, that’s 110 a day and a full-time job.


By Bob Pool
Los Angeles Times
July 24, 2010


If anyone can restore Hollywood’s luster, John Peterson figures it’s him.


The one-legged man has spent 14 years polishing celebrities’ stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


With 2,412 of them along nearly three miles of sidewalk, it’s a full-time job.


“Chewing gum should be banned globally,” says the 61-year-old, scraping a dirty clump of the stuff off actress and singer Cass Daley’s star near Hollywood Boulevard and Vine Street. “It’s not recyclable, it’s not biodegradable, it’s not good.”


Once Daley’s star is gleaming, Peterson stows his bottle of Brasso metal polish and the paper towel into a plastic shopping bag. Hoisting himself up by his arms, he inches along on his knees to the next star, dragging the bag and his crutches along with him.


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Walk of Fame 5oth Anniversary

Tuesday, July 20th, 2010


Walk of Fame 50th Anniversary




Hollywood Walk of Fame Celebrates 50th Anniversary

The Walk of Fame celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2010 and the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is planning numerous events to mark this important anniversary.



SUNDAY, JULY 25 11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.


Live music, performances, movies and more at four key locations and throughout Hollywood Special Walk of Fame ceremony for the late Louis Prima with a performance by Louis Prima, Jr. and the Witnesses with a special appearance by Lena Prima at 11:30 a.m.


Hollywood celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Hollywood Walk of Fame, with “Walk the Walk” on Sunday, July 25 from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. This day-long festival is Hollywood’s “open house” with tours of iconic Hollywood theatres and studios, as well as live music, performances, movie screenings and activities for the whole family. Events have been scheduled throughout Hollywood, many are offered free or at a deep discount for this one day only. Four key locations – Hollywood & Highland Center including the TV Guide studio, Egyptian Theatre, Capitol Records and the Montalban Theatre – will showcase the five categories of stars: motion pictures, television, recording, radio and live theatre – and of course the Walk of Fame itself. Many restaurants, retailers and attractions also are joining in the celebration offering discounts, special menu items and giveaways. Information stations will be located at the four locations with free programs outlining the schedule of events and participating businesses and attractions. Thousands are expected to join in and “Walk the Walk,” visiting the stars that transformed a Hollywood sidewalk into a historic, international icon.


The schedule of events is as follows:


Sunday, July 25
11:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. – Special Walk of Fame Ceremony for the late Louis Prima in front of The Montalban Theatre, 1617 Vine Street.




Hollywood Walk of Fame – Hollywood Boulevard, Vine Street and beyond Hollywood & Highland Center, 6801 Hollywood Blvd.
• Inside TV Guide studio; courtyard radio broadcasts


The Egyptian Theatre, 6712 Hollywood Blvd.
• Tour of historic theatre; live music in the courtyard; screenings of Forever Hollywood


Capitol Records, 1750 N. Vine Street
• Inside the famous Studio A; live music outside building


The Montalban, 1615 N. Vine Street
• Stage performances; rooftop soccer competitions


Details, map, program of events, and regular updates on activities and participating businesses at


CONTACT: All media requests should be directed to Karen Diehl at (310) 473 -8090 or


November 2010 – You can’t have a 50th anniversary of the Walk of Fame without a grand Gala. Plans are moving forward to hold the Gala in November to mark the date of the completion of the Walk of Fame. More information will be forthcoming. Learn how you can celebrate with us and become a Friend of the Walk of Fame!  Contact


SOURCE: Hollywood Chamber of Commerce



Ben Kingsley gets Star on Walk of Fame

Saturday, May 29th, 2010


Ben Kingsley honoured on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame



British Oscar-winning actor Ben Kingsley got his star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame Thursday, a milestone in his long acting career he said he never suspected of achieving.


“Dear friends, standing here today amongst you is one of the many things I thought growing up in England that would never happen to me and it has and I’m thrilled,” Kingsley, 66, said at the unveiling ceremony attended by his wife, fellow actor Bruce Willis and around 100 admirers.


The unveiling of the 2,410th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame came on the eve of the release of Kingsley’s latest film, “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time,” based on the video game of the same name. Kingsley plays the evil nobleman Nizam in the film.


The four-time Oscar nominee clinched Hollywood’s top award in 1983 for his riveting, internationally acclaimed performance in “Gandhi.” He was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 2002.


Born in Scarborough, Britain as Krishna Pandit Bhanji to a British mother and Indian-origin father, Kingsley made his stage debut in London in 1966 as the narrator of “A Smashing Day,” which was produced by former Beatles manager Brian Epstein.


After changing his name fearing his original one would hurt his career, Kingsley joined the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1967 and made his film debut in a supporting role in “Fear Is the Key” (1972).


In February, he made his debut in a Bollywood film – the thriller “Teen Patti” (Three Cards), in which he plays a brilliant mathematician.



Russell Crowe gets his star

Monday, April 12th, 2010


Crowe cements star on Walk of Fame



 (Russel Crowe at his star)


Russell Crowe’s star shone bright despite dark rain clouds threatening his Hollywood Walk of Fame ceremony. The New Zealand-born, Australian-raised actor has been honoured with the 2404th star outside the Kodak Theatre, home of the Oscars.


Fellow Aussie Sam Worthington, US talk-show host Jay Leno, director-producers Ron Howard and Brian Grazier and Crowe’s wife Danielle and sons Tennyson, three, and Charles, six, attended the ceremony.


Many in the crowd of more than 500 were spotted wearing Crowe’s beloved South Sydney Rabbitohs jumpers and caps.


“Thanks for the privilege. I’ll always be grateful for it,” Crowe said.


With rain threatening, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce decided to hold the ceremony under a tent. But Los Angeles’ famed sunshine tried to break through as the star was unveiled. Leno joked that Crowe had sought divine intervention.


“It was pouring rain this morning and Russell Crowe made one phone call. The sun has come out,” Leno said.


Crowe’s star sits next to those belonging to Nicole Kidman, Anthony Hopkins and Martin Scorsese.




Dennis Hopper gets a star on Hollywood Boulevard

Friday, March 26th, 2010


Dennis Hopper receives his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame




A frail Dennis Hopper received his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame thanking the town that took in a Kansas ‘farm boy’. The 73-year-old, who is reportedly terminally ill with prostate cancer, shared the day with friends Viggo Mortenson and Jack Nicholson.


‘Everyone here today that I’ve invited and obviously some that I haven’t invited have enriched my life tremendously,’ Hopper told the crowd.


‘They’ve shown me a world that I would never have seen being a farm boy from Dodge City, Kansas, and learning things I would never have learned.’


It has been a long journey for the actor who was born in Kansas in May 1936. Raised in Kansas City, Missouri and San Diego, California, he was voted most likely to succeed by high school classmates.


Mortenson and Nicholson were just two friends who worked with him during his near 50-year career. Nicholson was his co-star in the Sixties classic Easy Rider. Mortenson appeared with Hopper in two films The Indian Runner and Boiling Point.


Marissa Charles – People/M&C