Posts Tagged ‘hollywood boulevard’

Hollywood Boulevard Characters…

Saturday, August 2nd, 2008

Character building on Hollywood Boulevard

 

 Costumed characters stand in front of Grauman’s Chinese Theater to entertain the tourists (AFP/Getty Images)

 

Hollywood is full of wannabes. The nearest most of them will get to fame is Hollywood Boulevard’s Walk of Fame, dressed as Superman or Wonder Woman. The characters are a big tourist attraction and are now the subject of a documentary. David Willis went to meet some of them.

 

BBC NEWS
August 1, 2008

 

Superman stubbed out a cigarette and started searching for his keys. Adjusting his blood-red cape, he flashed a final glance at a web camera pointed at Hollywood Boulevard.

 

It was a hot summer’s day and tourists were spilling out of gaily painted buses and flooding the strip.

 

The superhero descended from his one-bedroomed apartment two stairs at a time, stopping briefly to banter with his Mexican neighbours before striding for the boulevard a block away.

 

Christopher Dennis was once an unemployed actor working at a hamburger joint across the street.

 

After several diners told him he looked like Christopher Reeve, he made himself a Superman costume and spent a day posing for pictures on the Walk of Fame.

 

That was 17 years ago. He earned $600 in tips that day alone and has not worked as a waiter since.

 

It was not long before Superman was joined by Elvis Presley and Charlie Chaplin, and nearly two decades later, the community that Chris founded has mushroomed to more than 80 characters. (click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)

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Mariah Carey in Hollywood…

Friday, August 1st, 2008

 Mariah Carey gets efficient on Hollywood Boulevard

 

 

 

Los Angeles Times
August 1, 2008

 

Mariah Carey may now largely avoid the daring vocal acrobatics that marked the beginning of what would become one of the most successful music careers of the last two decades. Hitting the high notes, therefore, wasn’t much of a concern Thursday night in Hollywood. Instead, the singer faced other challenges.

 

Chief among them: Can one of the most recognizable divas in the world emerge from what looked to be a giant plastic mascara box — one that’s placed upon a stage in the middle of a shopping mall — with grace? And do so while ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! is coming back from a commercial break?

 

But Carey’s every stride comes equipped with a happy elegance that would shame beauty pageants the world over. Indeed, while she was performing a free five-song mini-set at Hollywood & Highland’s outdoor mall, which was taped for ABC’s late-night show, Carey might as well have been on a moving parade float, as nary a verse or a chorus was sung without a wave, a nod or a wink to a fan. (click on ‘Continue Reading’ for more)

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