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Stan Lee gets his Star!

Wednesday, January 5th, 2011

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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

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

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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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Reese Witherspoon gets her star

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

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Oscar-winner Reese Witherspoon gets Hollywood star

 

Academy Award winning actress Reese Witherspoon, are shown with her children Ava, left, and Deacon after being honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2010, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)

 

 

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Oscar-winner Reese Witherspoon has been saluted with a star on Hollywood Boulevard. The “Walk the Line” and “Legally Blonde” actress unveiled her Hollywood Walk of Fame honor on Wednesday outside the W Hollywood Hotel. It’s the 2,425th star dedicated on the celebrated avenue of dreams.

 

The ceremony was designed to coincide with the Dec. 17 release of her latest movie, “How Do You Know,” co-starring Paul Rudd and Owen Wilson and written and directed by James L. Brooks.

 

In 2006, Witherspoon won the best-actress Academy Award for her portrayal of June Carter Cash in “Walk the Line.” Her credits also include “Pleasantville,” ”Cruel Intentions” ”Sweet Home Alabama” and “Just Like Heaven.”

 

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Christina Aguilera gets a Walk of Fame Star

Wednesday, November 17th, 2010

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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.

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Time Capsule under Walk of Fame

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

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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.

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Emma Thompson gets Star on Walk of Fame

Monday, August 9th, 2010

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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.”

 

 

 

 

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Mark Wahlberg gets Star!

Sunday, August 1st, 2010

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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.

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Hollywood celebrates 50 years of Walk of Fame

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

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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

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Walk of Fame polisher

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

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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

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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.

 

“WALK THE WALK” – COMMUNITY FESTIVAL CELEBRATES THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME,

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.

 

LOCATIONS:

 

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 www.WalkofFame50.com

 

CONTACT: All media requests should be directed to Karen Diehl at (310) 473 -8090 or kdiehl@cswpr.com

 

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 info@hollywoodchamber.net

 

SOURCE: Hollywood Chamber of Commerce

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