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Today in Hollywoood

Sunday, November 11th, 2012

Today in Hollywood–November 11, 2012

 

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The Roosevelt Hotel

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A practically deserted Hollywood Boulevard

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A crowd-less  Hollywood Walk of Fame

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The Hollywood Sign on a clear Sunday morning

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The famous intersection of Hollywood and Vine

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Much needed repairs on the Walk of Fame near Hollywood and Highland

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The above photos were taken at Hollywood, California on Sunday morning, November 11, 2012

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Malcolm McDowell gets Star on Walk of Fame

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

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Malcolm McDowell honored with Walk of Fame Star

 

 

 (Reuters)

 

Malcolm McDowell was honored with the 2,465th star, outside Hollywood Boulevard’s British pub The Pig n’ Whistle, to celebrate his lengthy career, and he posed with his wife Kelley and their eldest son Beckett, eight, as the plaque was unveiled.

 

Speaking about his honor, McDowell told reporters, “For a lad that grew up in Liverpool (England), Hollywood was this notion of everything that was incredible in the movies, and Hollywood has meant so much to the rest of the world – we take it, because we live in LA, sort of for granted.”

 

And McDowell is delighted about the location of his star, adding: “My father ran a pub in Burscough in Lancashire, just outside Liverpool, so I feel that from the Bull and Dog to the Pig and Whistle (sic), it’s not that far.”

 

McDowell’s pal Gary Oldman was also on hand to pay tribute, revealing that the 68 year old’s performance in 1971’s The Raging Moon inspired him to become an actor.

 

The Harry Potter star explains, “It was like the lights went on in my life, in much the same way that John Lennon saw Elvis on screen and said ‘That’s a good job, I’d like to do that for a living’. I saw Malcolm in this film and I thought, ‘This is what I want to do’.”

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Neil Patrick Harris gets Walk of Fame Star

Thursday, September 15th, 2011

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Neil Patrick Harris gets Star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

 

  Fred Prouser/Reuters

 

(Huffington Post) From his humble beginnings as a boy genius teen doctor to his Smurftastic summer hit and womanizing “How I Met Your Mother Ways,” Neil Patrick Harris has been a Hollywood staple for over two decades. A host of both the Tonys and Emmys, it was only appropriate that he was finally awarded one of show business’s highest honors.

 

Today, Neil Patrick Harris became an official Hollywood star in front of the Pantages Theatre. The actor, joined by partner David Burtka and “Mother” co-star Jason Segel, received his official star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame, where he joined the industry’s greatest luminaries and tweeted a photo of his star after the ceremony.

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The Story of Chaplin’s Walk of Fame Star

Saturday, November 20th, 2010

HOLLYWOOD HISTORY

A Star is Born — Charlie Chaplin’s

 

 

 

 

By Allan R. Ellenberger

 

This year marks the 5oth anniversary of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The idea for the Walk of Fame, which is world famous, goes back to 1953 when E. M. Stuart, who served as the volunteer president of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce proposed the idea. Stuart described the Walk as a means to “maintain the glory of a community whose name means glamour and excitement in the four corners of the world.” A committee was appointed to begin fleshing out the idea. In 1960, 1,550 honorees were selected by committees representing the four branches of the entertainment industry at that time, and were laid out on the sidewalks of Hollywood Boulevard and two blocks of Vine Street – everyone that is, except for comedian Charlie Chaplin.

 

Chaplin’s name was in the original list nominated for inclusion in the walk back in 1956, but Hollywood property owners objected to Chaplin, charging his moral and leftwing leanings tended to discredit him and the entertainment industry. His star was not included.

 

In 1952 Chaplin had left Hollywood on a visit to England and while aboard ship in the Atlantic, was notified that his reentry permit had been revoked. Atty. Gen. James P. McGranery said the action had been prompted by “public charges” associating Chaplin with communism and “grave moral charges.” The comedian would have to appear at a hearing to prove his “moral worth” before he could return. Chaplin, who was still a British subject, declined to go through such a hearing. “Since the end of the last world war,” Chaplin said, “I have been the object of lies and propaganda by powerful reactionary groups who, by their influence and by the aid of America’s yellow press, have created an unhealthy atmosphere in which liberal-minded individuals can be singled out and persecuted. Under these conditions I find it virtually impossible to continue my motion-picture work, and I have therefore given up my residence in the United States.” Chaplin and his family moved to a mansion overlooking Lake Geneva near the Swiss village of Vevey.

 

That government ruling was widely and correctly interpreted as a shabby cover to bar Chaplin from the country for political reasons. While he never belonged to a political party, he was sympathetic to liberal and some radical causes. Worse, he was outspoken. And some of his films, which ridiculed aspects of American society, were denounced as “left-wing propaganda.”

 

In August 1960, a superior court judge refused to issue an order compelling the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and the Hollywood Improvement Association to show cause why they should not be directed to include Chaplin’s name on the Walk of Fame. The court acted on a petition filed by Charles Chaplin, Jr., who contended that omission of his father’s name from the Hollywood Boulevard sidewalk project was malicious. Chaplin Jr. himself demanded $400,000 damages on the complaint that the decision of the two Hollywood organizations libeled him and injured his career. His suit was eventually dismissed.

 

After the reentry prohibition against Chaplin was dropped years later, the actor remained in Switzerland. As the years passed, both Chaplin and the times changed and, in an interview in London in 1962, he said: “What happened to me, I can’t condemn or criticize the country for that. There are many admirable things about American and its system, too. I have no ill feelings. I carry no hate. My only enemy is time.”

 

By the early days of 1972, the officials, including an attorney general of the United States, who were outraged at Chaplin’s radically-tinged politics, were now gone. It was rumored that Chaplin would return to the United States for the first time in twenty years to receive a special Academy Award voted to him. If Chaplin decided to return, he would have to apply to the U.S. Consulate in Geneva for an immigrant or nonimmigrant visa. The U.S. State Department would then rule on the application.

 

Possibly because of Chaplin’s promising return, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce’s Executive Committee voted on whether to approve a star for the actor and voted 5 to 4 against it. After that vote, Chamber president, A. Ronald Button ordered an advisory poll of chamber membership that responded 3 to 1 in favor of installing a Chaplin star. Based on that, the Chambers directors went against their Executive Committees recommendation and voted 30 to 3 in favor of adding Chaplin’s name to the sidewalk honor. The decision still had to be approved by the Los Angeles City Council, but Button said it had always approved the directors’ recommendations in the past. “I can’t imagine them opposing the star,” he said. Eventually the city council approved Chaplin’s star, 11 to 3. The three dissenting councilmen never spoke publicly in opposition, but privately complained that since the comedian earned his money here he should not have left the country to live in Switzerland.

 

 

At the time there were eighty names previously approved that had not yet been inserted because the funds were not available. This was before the days when a star had to be paid for by fans. Instead each star’s installation was funded by the Chamber which, at the time, cost between $900 and $1,000. However, one unnamed board member offered to pay for the installation of Chaplin’s star. At that time it was not known where or when the installation would take place.

 

Soon it was announced that after an exile of two decades, Chaplin would return to the United States and be honored with a special award from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Before leaving Switzerland for New York, Chaplin received anonymous death threats, most by telephone saying they were going to kill him. “He expected to be shot over here,” said William Jordan, whose private detective firm was hired by the Academy to guard Chaplin during his four-day visit to Los Angeles. “That was his line. He said, ‘They killed Mr. Kennedy.’ I can’t give you the exact number but there were at least a dozen. They were coming into the Music Center – site of the Oscar presentation – and they called his hotel.” Sometimes they specified they were going to blow him up or shoot him. Sometimes they didn’t specify how it would be done.

 

On April 7, 1972, the 82 year-old Chaplin and his wife Oona arrived at Los Angeles International Airport. Photographers, cameramen and reporters lined a walkway that extended from the plane to a waiting car. Finally, after a quick flurry of activity, Chaplin appeared at the top of the terminal stairs. He was short, almost portly. His white hair was wispy in the breeze. As he reached the base of the stairs he looked up and smiled at the row of waiting reporters. There were no cheers, no applause. He waved, and his words were barely audible. “How does it feel to be back, Mr. Chaplin?” a reporter asked. “Very strange,” was his reply.

 

 

Oona and Charles Chaplin on their arrival in Los Angeles in 1972

 

 

Only two representatives from Hollywood awaited him at the end of the walkway – Daniel Taradash, president of the Academy and Howard W. Koch, a member of the board of governors and the Academy’s treasurer. “This is the happiest moment in the history of Hollywood,” Taradash told Chaplin. The comedian, perhaps unable to hear amidst the commotion, shook his hand but reportedly said nothing. Chaplin was taken to the Beverly Hills Hotel, passing Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer studios in Culver City and 20th Century-Fox en route. His car did not stop or slow down. Chaplin made no public appearances, interviews or tours while he was in Los Angeles and turned down many of the private invitations he received.

 

During Chaplin’s arrival that morning, a statue of him was unveiled at the Hollywood Visitors and Information Center at Hollywood and Vine to commemorate his return. Almost immediately bomb threats and complaints poured in forcing the removal of the statue the following day to the Artisan’s Patio at 6727 Hollywood Boulevard, where it went on public display. Letters from across the country were received expressing bitterness towards Chaplin and Hollywood’s welcome after twenty years. “I am tired, tired to death of these insane Revolutionary Zionists of which Charlie Chaplin is one of the very worst,” wrote one critic. There were several defenders – by far the minority – among the letter writers, and one expressed a common sentiment: “His political beliefs of whatever persuasion should not be allowed to obscure his comic genius.”

 

Threats were also leveled at the dedication of Chaplin’s Walk of Fame bronze star ceremony which was scheduled for the following Monday morning – the same day Chaplin would receive his special Oscar. Anonymous telephone threats that the star would be ripped up or defaced were received. One letter writer said: “The only star I would give Charlie Chaplin is a red star… I am against putting Chaplin’s name on any of our streets. He never donated a dime or time to anything in America. I say don’t let him enter these United States again. Russians can have him with my compliments.”

 

The following Monday morning, fans and several armed guards, gathered at the northwest corner of Hollywood Boulevard and McCadden Place as the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce officials uttered words of benediction over Chaplin’s star. Chaplin’s 12 year-old granddaughter, Susan Maree Chaplin, unveiled the star in her famous grandfather’s absence. The dedication ceremony was attended by many Hollywood oddities including “Alice of Hollyweird,” with her singing dogs; Albert Ciremele, a Chaplin impersonator, and “Aunt Pollu,” sweeping up the street with a gold-speckled mop. Also attending were several Keystone Cops, only one of whom, Eddie LeVeque, was an original. In the crowd were several old, white-haired women passing out a sheet of paper purporting to show “Charlie Chaplin’s Red Record.” To anyone who would listen, they would rail on about Chaplin’s political philosophy.

 

The Chamber of Commerce hired private detectives to guard Chaplin’s star until the actor returned to Switzerland. One guard commented that some person’s walking by had made derogatory remarks but “most of the people are pro-Chaplin.”

 

 

 

Charlie Chaplin’s Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (above and below) as it looks today at 6755 Hollywood Boulevard

 

 

 

That evening, Chaplin and Oona were accompanied by private bodyguards and driven to the Music Center where he received his special Oscar for “the incalculable effect he has had in making motion pictures the art form of this century.” Stepping onto the stage of the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Chaplin received the longest standing ovation in Academy Award history, lasting a full five minutes. Filled with emotion, Chaplin told the captivated audience: “Oh, thank you so much. This is an emotional moment for me, and words seem so futile, so feeble. I can only say that… thank you for the honor of inviting me here, and, oh, you’re wonderful, sweet people. Thank you.”

 

 

Chaplin after accepting his honorary Oscar

 

 

Before he returned home to Switzerland, Chaplin met with Tim Durant, an old friend, confidant, roommate and sportsman. According to Durant, Chaplin was bewildered by the Los Angeles he came back to as an old, uncertain, rheumy-eyed man. Chaplin would look out, but didn’t seem to recognize the beaches at Santa Monica, where in the old days Marion Davies would hire a bus and run down to the beach at night and light a fire and hunt grunion with Charlie and Douglas Fairbanks and Rudolph Valentino till dawn. One day he turned to Durant to shake his hand, and tears came to his eyes. “Tim, we were pals, weren’t we?” Chaplin asked. “And we did have fun, didn’t we? And it’s all gone now, isn’t it?”

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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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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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Russell Crowe gets his star

Monday, April 12th, 2010

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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.

AAP

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