Crowds mob Hollywood Boulevard as Mark Hamill cements star on Walk of Fame

When Mark Hamill showed up in Hollywood on Thursday to cement his star on the Walk of Fame, the Force was with him — along with a crowd of thousands.Though Los Angeles police don’t always need to conduct traffic control or shut down streets in the tourist-saturated district for Walk of Fame star ceremonies, Hamill is different, said Lt. Mark Chong. A couple thousand onlookers were expected to witness the event, police say.Even some of the officers who are working at the scene are fans of the “Star Wars” movies, Chong said.“I’m one of them,” he added.More than a dozen officers were in the area doing traffic and crowd control for throngs of “Star Wars” fans who flooded the area in front of El Capitan Theatre on Thursday morning to watch the ceremony and catch a glimpse of Hamill and other “Star Wars” royalty, such as Harrison Ford and George Lucas.“Mark Hamill is a character that can’t be written,” Lucas said to cheering crowds. “He’s extremely enthusiastic about everything he does and that’s exactly what I was looking for when I was looking for Luke Skywalker.”Hamill’s ceremony got plenty of pre-publicity after the man best known for playing Luke Skywalker faked jackhammering Jimmy Kimmel’s star outside the El Capitan Theatre to make way for his own.When it finally came time for Hamill to accept the star and speak to fans, the crowd roared with cheers as two Stormtroopers stood at the foot of the lectern, standing guard.“You are with me through thick and thin and the highs and the lows and everywhere in between. If it wasn’t for the public I’d be nowhere,” Hamill told crowd. “From Jedi to Joker and back again, it’s been a fantastic ride. And may the Force be with all of you.”[email protected] breaking California news, follow @JosephSerna on Twitter.UPDATES:12:45 p.m.: This article was updated with Continue Reading

Taylor Swift to close down Hollywood Boulevard for concert on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’

It's a Taylor Swift takeover! The 24-year-old songstress is really pulling out all the stops to promote her upcoming fifth studio album, "1989." Swift will show off her star power by shutting down Hollywood Boulevard on Oct. 23 to perform an outdoor concert on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" followed by a visit to the late-night host's studio. That's only the start of the "Shake it Off" singer's promotional tour. The day the highly anticipated album is released, Swift will appear on "Good Morning America" for another sit-down interview. During the same week, she will return to "GMA" for "an epic concert in the heart of New York City," the ABC press release reads. Swift, who was just named Billboard's Woman of the Year for the second time, will also stop by to chat with the ladies of "The View" on Oct. 29. The blond superstar's latest single "Out Of The Woods" hit iTunes Tuesday for purchase. Despite Swift confirming that this album is not a "heartbreak record," the new tune sparked speculation that it was penned about ex-boyfriend Harry Styles. The songwriter referenced a snowmobile accident in the lyrics that was rumored to be with the One Direction frontman. "Remember when you hit the brakes too soon/ Twenty stitches in a hospital room," she belts out in the track. On a mobile device? Click here to watch video. Continue Reading

Nick Stahl arrested on lewd conduct charge during police raid of Hollywood Boulevard porn movie shop: report

LOS ANGELES — Los Angeles police say actor Nick Stahl has been arrested for investigation of lewd conduct. The 33-year-old “Terminator 3” star was arrested about 8 p.m. Thursday on Hollywood Boulevard. He was booked on a misdemeanor count of lewd conduct and released from custody. The Los Angeles Times reports ( that Stahl was arrested at an adult movie shop during a routine undercover police operation. In May, Stahl had been reported missing by his wife, but he later turned up. Stahl was a child star who performed in the 1993 film “The Man Without a Face.” He also has appeared in the 2003-2005 HBO series “Carnivale”’ and starred in “Mirrors 2” in 2010. An email seeking comment from his publicist was not immediately returned Friday. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Reese Witherspoon’s Hollywood Walk of Fame star celebrated by children, dog

Oscar-winner Reese Witherspoon has been saluted with a star on Hollywood Boulevard.The "Walk the Line" 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.The ceremony was designed to coincide with the Dec. 17 release of Witherspoon's latest movie, "How Do You Know," co-starring Paul Rudd and Owen Wilson, and written and directed by James L. Brooks. Witherspoon's kids Ava (l.) and Deacon (r.) also accompanied her. (Dovarganes/AP)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 "Legally Blonde." Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

‘Nanny McPhee’ star Emma Thompson gets star on Hollywood Boulevard

Los Angeles - British star Emma Thompson has been enshrined in concrete outside the historic Pig 'n Whistle pub on Hollywood Boulevard.Hollywood's Walk of Fame on Friday, two weeks ahead of the Aug. 20 release of her latest film, "Nanny McPhee Returns."Maggie Gyllenhaal and "House" star Hugh Laurie, whom Thompson dated when they attended England's University of Cambridge, were on hand for the midday ceremony, as was a baby pig, who posed for photos with Thompson on her new star.Academy Award for her leading role as Margaret Schlegel in 1992's "Howard's End." She won a second Oscar in 1996 for best adapted screenplay for "Sense and Sensibility," for which she also received a best actress nomination. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Business is the star in L.A.

Business is big in the city of Los Angeles. As California’s largest metropolis, and the second largest in the United States, it is the key player in the film and television industry, as well as international culture, technology and world trade. Famous for Hollywood, Los Angeles is known as the "Entertainment Capital of the World,” and relies on the entertainment business as its bread and butter. Many hard-working celebrities and aspiring hopefuls call this town home, and their stories only lend to the sprawling history of this famous town. Its rich combination of commerce and entertainment will make this a productive and enjoyable business excursion.L.A. is characterized by its Mediterranean climate, which has hot, dry summers and mild but wet winters. The relatively welcoming weather is perfect for visitors, as is the breath-taking Getty Center. The architecture and city views alone are worth the visit to the center, but within Getty Center you will also find the gorgeous Central Garden, and the J. Paul Getty Museum that holds masterpieces by artists such as Paul Gauguin and Vincent Van Gogh, as well as many other treasured works.Along many streets you’ll find an array of outdoor dining and shopping areas. The food in this city could give any other a run for its money. World cuisines are at your disposal, and you can easily find a menu that fits all tastes and budgets. Just a short drive can give you over a dozen international options. If you see a long line at a taco joint, chances are it’s a good one! Don’t be afraid to try smaller, more neighborhood-oriented places – this is where you’re likely to find the true gems. But if you want to impress your clients with a celebrity spotting, definitely hit up the famous Mr. Chow. It’s pricey, so it could get costly with a large party. If you want someplace less hectic, try Melograno on Hollywood Boulevard – the Northern Italian is authentic and delicious. And for Continue Reading

‘Mayor of Hollywood’ Johnny Grant dies; inducted celebs into Walk of Fame

LOS ANGELES - Johnny Grant, the avuncular honorary mayor of Hollywood who traveled the world as Tinseltown's No. 1 cheerleader for more than a half-century, has died. He was 84. Grant died just before 7 p.m. Wednesday, apparently of natural causes, said Officer Jason Lee. Grant was found dead on a bed in the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, Lee said. Grant was perhaps best known as the jolly host alongside more than 500 celebrities he inducted into the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The lifelong bachelor lived in a 14th-floor suite at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Grant's mission in life was bringing the Tinseltown story to everyone. He hosted red carpet Oscar arrivals and Walk of Fame festivities, appeared in bit parts in movies, and produced Hollywood's annual Christmas Parade. "I feel I have been the luckiest guy in the world," he often said. "It's been a pretty good ride." Ana Martinez-Holler, a spokeswoman for the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce who has worked with Grant for 20 years, said he had had several recent health problems, including a broken bone in his back. "I had lunch with him today ... we had omelets together and he said he wasn't feeling good," she said Wednesday. "I saw him walk away after lunch, and that was the last time I saw him." "Hollywood won't be the same without him," she said. Grant also joined globe-trotting Bob Hope as a USO ambassador, bringing entertainers to war zones to perform for U.S. military personnel during the Korean and Vietnam wars and battles in the Middle East. He helped introduce homesick soldiers to Debbie Reynolds, Connie Stevens, Jane Russell, Terry Moore, Penny Singleton and Angie Dickinson, among others, leading Hope to once quip that he himself was "the rich man's Johnny Grant." "You'll never find a more generous soul in your life," Dickinson told The Associated Press in 2006. "He was a ladies man. He's a Taurus. He's a doll." Another close friend, actress Mamie Van Doren, described Grant simply Continue Reading

Foxx gets star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

LOS ANGELES — Jamie Foxx's career has taken him from the standup stage to the Oscar stage. Now he has a permanent spot on Hollywood Boulevard.The Academy Award-winning actor got a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Friday.In his acceptance speech he paid tribute — as he usually does on such occasions — to the grandmother who raised him."My grandmother's gotta be spreading her wings and flying around in heaven, just so happy," Foxx said. "This is one of the most amazing days of my life."The ceremony came two weeks before the release of Foxx's newest film "The Kingdom." He stars with Jennifer Garner and Chris Cooper as members of a U.S. counterterrorism unit chasing after the mastermind of a bombing in Saudi Arabia.Foxx, 39, won a best actor Oscar in 2005 for playing Ray Charles in the film "Ray." The same year he was nominated for a best supporting actor Oscar in the Tom Cruise film "Collateral." Foxx's recent credits include "Dreamgirls" and "Miami Vice." Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Lingerie company Frederick’s of Hollywood files for bankruptcy after nearly 70 years in business

Its cups are no longer running over. Lingerie company Frederick’s of Hollywood, which has been selling lacy push-up bras, naughty knickers and other ladies’ unmentionables for nearly 70 years, has filed for bankruptcy. The Los Angeles-based company cited sagging sales and increased competition from such ribald retail rivals as Victoria’s Secret for its decision to seek Chapter 11 protection against its creditors. Frederick’s didn’t exactly go bust, though — in a bankruptcy court filing in Delaware, the company said it had reached a deal to sell its online operations and inventory to Authentic Brands for $22.5 million plus a 25% stake in future revenue. According to court papers, the company has $36.5 million in assets but is $106 million in debt. Fredericks’ had alerted customers on its website Friday that it was shutting down all of its 94 physical stores and would only sell products online. Founded in 1947 by Frederick Mellinger, who’s widely considered the inventor of the first push-up bra — dubbed “The Rising Star” — Frederick’s opened its first store on Hollywood Boulevard and was soon catering to Tinseltown celebrities and California housewives alike. The retailer, which was taken private last year, had more than 200 stores nationwide in its heyday. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Street artist plasters ‘No Kardashian Parking Anytime’ signs around Hollywood

His patience meter for Hollywood's most notorious clan has expired. Lifelike street signs declaring "No Kardashian Parking Anytime" appeared bolted to signposts around Hollywood this week, including one outside the family's Dash boutique. The seven signs, hung beneath regular parking notices on Melrose Avenue and other posh commercial strips, were meant as a shot at both the media and the public's hunger for celebrity news, the street artist Plastic Jesus told the Daily News. "The idea came from observing celebrities around Hollywood, including the Kardashians, and seeing how (their) most menial tasks…whether it's shopping, going to a restaurant, pumping gas, have turned into a cultural news event," the LA-based artist said. Plastic Jesus, who erected a coke-snorting Oscar statue on Hollywood Boulevard before the Academy Awards, said the idea for the signs came a few weeks ago after he watched swarms of paparazzi dart across traffic on Melrose to photograph one of the Kardashians leaving a store after "buying underwear or something." A ridiculous display, for sure, but also a basic civic issue, he argued. "If you or I went out and created that much of a display on the street, it would get moved on pretty quickly by the authorities," he said. Aside from the Dash store, the signs were also affixed to posts outside The Ivy restaurant on Robertson Boulevard, Cecconi's on Melrose and a nearby FitMix fitness studio, among other buzzy shopping spots and eateries. Plastic Jesus said he used conventional nuts and bolts to hang the metal signs and intended them to be temporary. So far, the LAPD hasn't received any complaints about the signs, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Though the signs singled out the Kardashians, the London native said he had no ill feelings toward the reality stars and was only looking to make a point about fame's connection to mindless Continue Reading