Posts Tagged ‘KNBC’

Missing footprints at Grauman’s Chinese

Thursday, January 20th, 2011


Tracing lost steps of Grauman’s first footprints



Iconic Hollywood tradition began by accident, and original concrete slabs are now in airport hangar


By Tara Wallis-Finestone and Chuck Henry


It’s an iconic event known throughout the world. For the past 85 years, only the biggest stars in Hollywood have been immortalized with their hands and feet in cement at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre.


But NBCLA has discovered a critical piece of Hollywood history is missing from the theater’s famous forecourt.


The original footprints that started it all have been hidden for decades. In fact, not even the company that owns Grauman’s Theatre knew about these potentially priceless footprints.


“I was not aware that the ones we have in the forecourt are not the originals,” said Peter Dobson, CEO of Mann Theatres, the company that owns Grauman’s Chinese. “If they are missing and we just got the practice slabs in there, I’m devastated to know that.”


“I have no interest in giving them back to Grauman’s,” said Nick Olaerts, a former Hollywood developer who claims to own the slabs. “Decades ago, I had wanted to give them back to Grauman’s, a donation in the name of my children, but the theater’s owner at the time, Ted Mann, wasn’t interested in taking them back.”


Instead, Olaerts gave the slabs to his friend Larry Buchanan, an airplane mechanic who put them in storage at his airport hangar east of Los Angeles. Over the years, Buchanan and Olaerts have tried numerous times to sell the slabs, Buchanan even at one point put them on eBay.





Spears, Hilton and Lohen to Blame?…

Thursday, July 31st, 2008


LAPD Chief Blames ‘Bad Girls’ For Paparazzi Drama



 LAPD Chief William Bratton



July 31, 2008


LOS ANGELES — A Thursday morning Today in LA report previewing a 10 a.m. City Hall meeting about proposed new restrictions on paparazzi became a showdown between the man behind the hearing, Councilman Dennis Zine, and LAPD Chief William Bratton, who opposes new legislation.



Bratton showed up at KNBC reporter Robert Kovacik‘s side for Kovacik’s 6 a.m. report because he said Kovacik’s previous live interview with Zine about the paparazzi issue aggravated him so much that he decided to leave his morning workout to go on KNBC and “set the record straight.”



Bratton has consistently opposed new legislation that would further restrict and penalize aggressive paparazzi photographers. Thursday morning, he laid the blame for paparazzi problems on former bad-girl celebrities Britney Spears, Paris Hilton and Lindsay Lohan.



“I figured I’d come over and straighten out — we have no intention of participating in today’s hearing. It’s a total waste of time. We have sufficent laws on the books that we enforce to deal with this issue,” Bratton said, still sweaty from his workout and with a towel hanging around his neck.



“If you notice, since Brittany started wearing clothes and behaving; Paris is out of town not bothering anybody, thank god; and, evidently, Lindsay Lohan has gone gay, we don’t seem to have much of an issue.



“If the ones that attract the paparazzi behave in the first place, like we expect of anybody, that solves about 90 percent of the problem. The rest of it we can deal with.



“So as far as all this grandstanding and foolishness, waste of city time on this issue — and the fact that I felt aggravated enough about it to interrupt my workout to come over and set the record straight, LAPD has no intention of participating in this farce.”



City Councilman Dennis Zine said he was puzzled by Bratton’s opposition.



Zine introduced the motion earlier this year to create a “personal safety zone” between photographers and their subjects. He said the proposal was prompted by the Los Angeles Police Department’s decision to spend $25,000 to transport Britney Spears from her Studio City home to UCLA Medical Center in Westwood.



LAPD Chief William Bratton told the Police Commission in April that the proposed ordinance would be ambiguous and difficult to enforce. He argued that existing laws, such as jaywalking, speeding and battery, are enough to regulate unruly photographers.



Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca and representatives with the Screen Actors Guild were expected at Thursday’s hearing to discuss steps that could be taken to control overly aggressive photographers.