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Hollywood: Then & Now… Franklin and Highland Avenues

Saturday, December 7th, 2013

HOLLYWOOD: THEN & NOW

Franklin and Highland Avenues

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The picture above was taken in the early 1900s and is looking south towards what is now the tourist area of Hollywood. The photo is labeled with what is now located on that spot. Below is a Google Earth snapshot of the same intersection today.

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Hollywood Riot

Thursday, July 28th, 2011

HOLLYWOOD NEWS

Riot police respond to rowdy film crowd in Hollywood

 

 Noel Buller, 21, of Los Angeles stands on his skateboard in the middle of Hollywood Boulevard, flashing a peace sign, as Los Angeles Police Department officers move into the area to gain control. (Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times / July 27, 2011)

 

Movie about Electric Daisy Carnival attracts thousands of gate-crashers.

 

By Andrew Blankstein, Ricardo Lopez and Sam Quinones
Los Angeles Times
July 28, 2011

 

The premiere for a movie about a music festival with a controversial past got out of hand itself late Wednesday when thousands of people attempted to crash the Hollywood event, police said.

 

Crowds spilled into the street around Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on Hollywood Boulevard, with some people throwing bottles at police. Witnesses said others were dancing on a police car, taunting officers and “planking” — lying down in the street. There were also sporadic fights among people in the crowd.

 

Police in riot gear shut down streets around the theater, and dozens of other officers in police cruisers responded to the disturbance.

 

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Peter O’Toole at Grauman’s Chinese

Thursday, May 5th, 2011

GRAUMAN’S CHINESE THEATER

 Peter O’Toole leaves handprints at Grauman’s Chinese

 

 

(starpulse.com)

 

 

Peter O’Toole was joined by family and friends as he placed his hands and feet in cement outside Grauman’s Chinese Theatre. Introduced as ‘Peter the great’ by Robert Osbourne on behalf of the TCM Classic Film Festival, O’Toole was flanked by his son and daughter as he quipped “it’s been many years since I had an intimate relationship with cement…and that relationship turned out to be not a happy one.” He was joined by a host of stars including Anjelica Huston and Rose McGowan.

 

The 78 year-old actor is best known for his roles in Lawrence of Arabia and Becket, and more recently for his part in the TV show The Tudors. He’s been nominated for eight Academy Awards, but has never won an Oscar, making his the record holder for the most nods without a win. He was however bestowed with an honorary Academy Award in 2003, celebrating his body of work.

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Hollywood Wax Wars

Wednesday, July 22nd, 2009

HOLLYWOOD NEWS

Is Hollywood big enough for two wax museums?

 

Wax war on Hollywood Boulevard

  

Some locals and observers worry that business will melt away for the aging Hollywood Wax Museum with the opening of a Madame Tussauds. But representatives of both play down any rivalry.

 

By Hugo Martin
Los Angeles Times
July 22, 2009

 

 A wax war is heating up on Hollywood Boulevard.

 

For 44 years, the Hollywood Wax Museum has been Tinseltown’s only wax attraction featuring celebrities, a monopoly that has kept it open through wars, recessions and riots.

 

But that all is changing with the opening of Madame Tussauds, Hollywood Boulevard’s newest multimillion-dollar attraction, next to the historic Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.

 

The 40,000-square-foot building officially opens to the public Aug. 1, but visitors can get early admission starting today. Inside, they’ll see 115 wax figures, including representations of President Obama, Samuel L. Jackson and Marilyn Monroe.

 

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Michael Jackson Tribute on Walk of Fame

Friday, June 26th, 2009

TRIBUTES

Fans honor singer Michael Jackson on the Walk of Fame

 

Michael Jackson in London

Michael Jackson

(1958 – 2009)

 

By Allan R. Ellenberger
June 26,2009

 

The helicoptors buzzing over my roof reminded me that the world was watching fans congregate at the Walk of Fame star for singer Michael Jackson, located in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theater. So I decided to check it out walking the five blocks from my home and finally working my way into the crowds as Michael Jackson songs blared from souvenir stores and hawkers sold Michael Jackson T-shirts on Hollywood Boulevard.

 

I never got close enough to see the “King of Pop’s” actual star since the wait in line was a half-block long and about 6 deep on the star-studded sidewalk. But here are a few of the sights I was able to record:

 

Michael Jackson fans at Grauman's Chinese

Fans wait in line for a chance for a 15 second glimpse of Jackson’s star

 

Jackson neon sign at Grauman's

Grauman’s Chinese gives tribute to the pop singer on its neon sign

 

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Michael Jackson fans wait in line to see his flower-strewn star

 

Michael Jackson fans

Media trucks cover fans as they view Michael Jackson’s star on the Walk of Fame. The Cinegrill at the Roosevelt displays Jackson’s name and birth/death years.

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Walk of Fame Honorees for 2010

Sunday, June 21st, 2009

WALK OF FAME

Russell Crowe on Hollywood Walk of Fame

 

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  Russell Crowe has earned a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. 

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has revealed its honorees for 2010 and Russell Crowe’s name was on a list of 28 entertainers.

 

A date for the New Zealand-born Oscar winner’s ceremony, where a star will be placed on Hollywood Boulevard, is yet to be scheduled, but it will occur during 2010.

 

Other celebrities set to cement a place in Hollywood history in 2010 are director James Cameron, actors John Cusack, Colin Firth, Adam Sandler, Emma Thompson and Mark Wahlberg, and musicians Bryan Adams, The Funk Brothers, Chaka Khan, Van Morrison, Ringo Starr, the band ZZ Top and Roy Orbison.

 

The Chamber of Commerce selected just 28 names from more than 200 nominations.

 

Australians who recently received the honour include Nicole Kidman and Cate Blanchett.

 

Earlier this year Hugh Jackman received another honour, leaving his hand prints in wet concrete outside Hollywood’s Grauman Chinese Theatre.

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Hugh Jackman at Grauman’s…

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

GRAUMAN’S CHINESE

Hugh Jackman immortalized in concrete at Grauman’s Chinese

 

Hugh Jackman at Grauman's Chines

 

Hugh Jackman at Grauman's Chinese

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‘X-Files” Premiere at Grauman’s…

Thursday, July 24th, 2008

‘X-Files: I Want to Believe’ Celebrating World Premiere in Hollywood

   

 

 

© David Gabber/PR Photos

  

 

 

The forthcoming sci-fi mystery movie has just rolled down its red carpet in front of the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, Hollywood on July 23 to mark its world premiere celebration.


 

Two days before The X-Files: I Want to Believe is debuting in the theaters across the U.S., the 20th Century Fox held a very special event celebrating the world premiere of the highly anticipated sci-fi movie of this summer. The first special screening event was held on Wednesday, July 23, at the Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California.

 

The celebration which is open for all X-Philes saw some of its star cast ensemble grazing the red carpet, including Gillian Anderson, David Duchovny, Xzibit and Amanda Peet. Aside from the cast, the movie’s two key people, director/writer Chris Carter and producer/writer Frank Spotnitz were also making an appearance at the red carpet. Other celebrities spotted coming for the event included Bai Ling and Madeline Zima.

 

Being the second film made in the spirit of the ’90s hit television series The X-Files, I Want to Believe picks up a stand alone story in the tradition of some of the show’s most acclaimed and beloved episodes. The movie will reunite FBI agents, Mulder and Scully, to investigate a new and inexplicable phenomena in which involving the disappearance a group of women. Coming to theaters this Friday, July 25, it is said to also put the complicated relationship between the two agents to an unexpected direction.

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Walk of Fame Repairs…

Thursday, July 17th, 2008

Cost of repairs for Hollywood’s buckling Walk of Fame trips up officials

 

 

They’ve figured out what to do but not how to come up with the $4.1 million needed to do it.

 

By Bob Pool
Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
July 17, 2008

 

It took a year’s study and installation of a “test strip” on Hollywood’s busiest corner to figure out how best to stabilize the buckling bronze stars and pink-and-black terrazzo that line Hollywood’s aging Walk of Fame.

 

Now, officials of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority are trying to determine just how to pay for the estimated $4.1-million repair job.

 

MTA officials said Wednesday that their agency will take the lead in lining up funding from Los Angeles, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, the Hollywood Historic Trust as well as other entities — including itself. (click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)

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Madame Tussauds Hollywood…

Thursday, July 10th, 2008

 Madame Tussauds Hollywood 

 

 

(Los Angeles Times)  

 

Madame Tussauds Wax Museum is coming to Hollywood sometime next spring and is presently under construction next to Grauman’s Chinese Theater (northeast corner of Hollywood and Orange). Today, the first two wax figures arrived – Jaime Foxx and Beyoncé – and were met in a ceremony attended by Los Angeles mayor, Antonio Villaraigosa, on the new museum’s site.

 

 

 Beyoncé in the Mayor’s embrace? (Los Angeles Times)

 

 

Artists rendering of the new Madame Tussauds Hollywood

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