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SHE’S JUST A GIRL GETTING A STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME! GLOBAL MUSIC ICON GWEN STEFANI TO BE HONORED ON OCTOBER 19TH IN CELEBRATION OF HER BIRTHDAY MONTH.

Hollywood, Calif. – Multi-platinum recording artist, fashion icon, and ‘The Voice’ coach, Gwen Stefani will be honored on Thursday, October 19, at 11:30 a.m. with the 2,764th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The star will be unveiled at 6212 Hollywood Boulevard next to Amoeba Music. Stefani will be honored with her star in the category of Recording. There will be a street closure between Argyle and El Centro beginning at 10 a.m.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce administers the legendary Hollywood Walk of Fame for the City of Los Angeles and has proudly hosted the globally iconic star ceremonies for decades. Millions of people from here and around the world have visited this cultural landmark since 1960.

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“Gwen Stefani is the pride and joy of California!” stated Ana Martinez, Producer of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. “Not only is she an acclaimed singer/songwriter and performer, Gwen is also a talented fashion designer and cosmetics mogul. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is ready to welcome not just a girl but a mega talent to the Hollywood Walk of Fame!” added Martinez.

As guest speakers, record label founder and entrepreneur Jimmy Iovine, CEO of the Azoff Company and manager Irving Azoff and country superstar and husband Blake Shelton will join emcee Ellen K for the star unveiling.

A three-time GRAMMY® Award winner, Interscope Records recording artist Gwen Stefani has achieved global success as a singer/songwriter, performer, charismatic frontwoman of No Doubt, and as a multi-platinum solo artist.  Currently, Stefani can be seen as a coach on NBC and Warner Bros. Unscripted Television’s Emmy®-winning series “The Voice.”

Stefani is a trend-setting music and fashion icon with an impressive array of honors: four MTV Video Music Awards, two Billboard Awards, an American Music Award, and a Brit Award.  To date, she’s sold more than 60 million units worldwide, and over ten billion streams, including her debut solo album Love. Angel. Music. Baby.  The four-times platinum album delivered the hit singles “Rich Girl,” “What You Waiting For?” and the No. 1 hit “Hollaback Girl.”

Her sophomore album, The Sweet Escape, featured the Billboard Hot 100 top 10 single “Wind It Up” and the unforgettable anthem “The Sweet Escape.”  Her critically praised latest album, This Is What the Truth Feels Like, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart and includes her powerful No. 1 single “Used to Love You.”

In 2020, Stefani had two No. 1 hits on the Billboard Hot Country Songs chart with husband Blake Shelton, “Nobody But You” and “Happy Anywhere.”   Stefani released the new song “True Babe” in June ahead of a series of major festival performances in for the U.K. and Europe this summer.

Before the music there was makeup. Stefani’s passion for makeup was integral in the launch of her beauty brand GXVE in early 2022. The clean, high-performance cosmetics collection is inspired by Stefani’s iconic looks and created for the community of makeup lovers who find their inspiration, individuality and self-expression through artistry.

One of pop culture’s most magnetic style icons, Stefani is one of the first artists to brilliantly merge music stardom into a series of global lifestyle brands including her fashion-forward clothing line, L.A.M.B., sister label Harajuku Lovers and her eyewear line gx by Gwen Stefani.

Stefani continues to make giving back a focus in her life supporting several charities and foundations.

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HOLLYWOOD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HONORED SIR RICHARD BRANSON WITH STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce honored music entertainment executive Sir Richard Branson with the 2,647th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday, October 16, 2018.

Hollywood, Calif. – The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce honored music entertainment executive Sir Richard Branson with the 2,647th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. PDT.  The star was dedicated in the category of Recording at 6764 Hollywood Boulevard in front of the Guinness Museum of World Records.

“Sir Richard Branson brought Virgin Records as well as international entertainment retailing chain, Virgin Megastores to the United States with much success.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that music entertainment executive Sir Richard Branson will be honored with the 2,647th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Putting artists and consumers first, Virgin is a brand both known and respected all over the world. We are proud to honor entrepreneur Sir Richard on our world-famous Hollywood Walk of Fame!” stated Leron Gubler, President and CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce which administers the popular star ceremonies encourages people who are unable to attend and fans around the world

to watch the event exclusively on www.walkoffame.com.

Sir Richard Branson is the Founder of Virgin Group, a leading international investment group and one of the world’s most recognized and respected brands. Conceived in 1970 by Branson, the Virgin Group has gone on to grow successful businesses in sectors including travel and transportation, telecommunications, financial services, leisure and filmed entertainment, and health and wellness.

Branson has challenged himself with many record-breaking adventures, including the fa

stest ever Atlantic Ocean crossing, a series of hot air balloon journeys, and kitesurfing across the Channel. He has described Virgin Galactic, the world’s first commercial spaceline, as “the greatest adventure of all.” Accordingly, it’s only fitting that Branson’s star be positioned in front of the Guinness Museum of World Records.

Branson, who is being honored with a star in the music category started Virgin as a mail order record retailer in 1970 and eventually started a record shop in Oxford Street in London. In 1972, he launched the record label Virgin Records. After building a recording studio, The Manor, the first Virgin artist, Mike Oldfield, recorded and released “Tubular Bells” whose debut album in 1973 became a chart-topping bestseller and was us

ed as the main theme for ‘The Exorcist.’ Virgin Records went on to sign household names such as Sex Pistols, Rolling Stones, Janet Jackson, Phil Collins and Peter Gabriel becoming the biggest independent label in the world. Virgin Records still operates today and has works with artists including but not limited to Daft Punk, Katy Perry and Bastille to name just a few.

Since starting youth culture magazineStudent aged 16, Branson has found entrepreneurial ways to drive positive change in the world. In 2004, he established non-profit foundation Virgin Unite to tackle tough social and environmental problems and strive to make business a force for good. Most of his time is now spent building businesses that will make a positive difference in the world and working with Virgin Unite and organizations it has incubated, such as The Elders, The Carbon War Room, The B Team, Ocean Unite and Branson Centre of Entrepreneurship. He also serves on the Global Commission on Drug Policy and supports ocean conservation with the Ocean Elders.

Hollywood Chamber of Commerce honors Simon Cowell with Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Special Guest, Kelly Clarkson pays tribute.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce honored Simon Cowell with the 2,642nd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Wednesday, August 22, 2018. The star will be dedicated in the category of Television at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard in front of the Hollywood & Highland Complex.

Hollywood, Calif. – The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce honored Simon Cowell with the 2,642nd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Wednesday, August 22, 2018. The star is be dedicated in the category of Television at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard in front of the Hollywood & Highland Complex.

Simon Cowell, Kelly Clarkson, center.

“Simon Cowell has brought a new meaning to talent shows and has made it a mega platform for people to show their talent and tell their tales,” said Ana Martinez, Producer of the Walk of Fame ceremonies. “His honest critical evaluation of talent has won him first place to fans hearts, and a star on our Hollywood Walk of Fame.”

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce which administers the popular star ceremonies encourages people who are unable to attend and fans around the world to watch the event exclusively on www.walkoffame.com.

Simon Cowell is a record company executive, a television and film producer, and a global entertainment icon. Renowned for his eye for talent and candid opinions, Simon has completely transformed popular culture through his show business enterprise.

Simon was born in October 1959 in London. His first industry job was a mailroom position at EMI Music Publishing. By the 1980s, Simon had become an established A&R executive, soon joining BMG for what would become an enduring business relationship.

In 1995, Cowell honed his love affair with television and music when he persuaded Robson Green and Jerome Flynn, stars of hit British TV drama series “Soldier Soldier,” to record a double A-side single Unchained Melody/White Cliffs of Dover. The record became one of the UK’s biggest selling single of 1995, selling 1.8-million copies and staying at the top of the charts for seven consecutive weeks. With BMG’s support, Cowell then set up his own label S Records, and in 1998 signed unknown Irish quintet Westlife, managed by Louis Walsh. Cowell transformed the group’s fortune and it had international success, selling in excess of 50-million records and securing 14 No. 1 singles in the UK.

In 2004, Syco Entertainment was formed as part of Cowell’s new Sony Music partnership. Syco Entertainment is one of the world’s leading global music, film, and TV production companies and is responsible for some of the most successful global music and TV franchises. Artists signed to Syco Music have included One Direction, Camila Cabello, Little Mix, Louis Tomlinson, PRETTYMUCH, Labrinth, James Arthur, CNCO, Grace Vanderwaal, and many more. Syco’s television assets include two worldwide record-breaking shows: The X Factor and the world’s biggest TV format Got Talent. Both formats have launched more global superstars than any other talent show in history.

Simon first appeared on television as a judge on the UK talent show Pop Idol. He launched American Idol in 2002, where he led the judging panel for eight years and saw such stars as Kelly Clarkson and Carrie Underwood launch their careers.

The X Factor, created by Cowell, premiered in 2004 in the UK on ITV and has since gone on to be a television phenomenon, airing in 178 territories and being locally commissioned in 55 territories. The X Factor has created more international music careers than any other television format, including Fifth Harmony and One Direction. Artists discovered by the show have sold more than 500-million records worldwide, including 250 No. 1s, and 450 Top 10 records.

As well as being a judge on The X Factor, Cowell created the ‘Got Talent’ format and is a  judge on Britain’s Got Talent and America’s Got Talent. The Got Talent format is officially theworld’s most successful TV format of all time, airing in 194territories worldwide and holding the Guinness World Records title for thehighest number of adaptations, having been commissioned in 70 territoriesglobally.

America’s Got Talent is in its 13th season and continues to be the No. 1 summer series year after year. Last season was the most watched season of America’s Got Talent ever with an average of more than 20-million viewers per episode. In 2017, Syco Music was named Music Week’s Record Label of the year and is home to internationally successful artists who have sold more than 380 million records to date. Such artists include Camila Cabello, whose hit single ‘Havana’ went No. 1 in a total of 80 countries, and is the most streamed song by any lead female in history. Syco’s artist roster also includes One Direction, who have sold more than 150-million records worldwide, have headlined four sold-out world tours, selling more than 10-million tickets in total. Additionally, Syco is home to Little Mix, who have sold more than 43-million records worldwide, and have eight platinum selling singles.

Cowell teamed up with Univision Communication to create the television show La Banda. The winning group, named CNCO, is the biggest Latin boyband in the world. CNCO released their first album, “Primera Cita,” which became the No. 1 Latin debut album for all of 2016.

Cowell has consistently been honored for his contributions to entertainment. In 2014, he was awarded MipCom’s Personality of the Year Award. In addition, Cowell has received The Rose d’Or Golden Jubilee Award and BAFTA’s Special Achievement Award in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the entertainment industry. He has also been awarded the International Emmy Founders Award. In total, television shows created by Cowell have received 24 awards including eight National Television Awards and six BAFTAs. In 2015, Cowell was honored with the Music Industry Trusts Award, the British music industry’s most prestigious accolade, in recognition of his contributions to the industry and many charitable causes.

Throughout his career, Cowell has remained a devoted supporter of many charities and causes. Cowell is a patron of Together For Short Lives, The Katie Piper Foundation and the Linda Blair Sacred Heart Foundation, as well as an Ambassador for Great Ormond Street Hospital. Simonis also a supporter of The Association for Children’s Hospices, Against Breast Cancer, The Health Lottery, Save The Children, Comic Relief, Battersea Dogs Home, RSPCA, The K9 Angels, PETA, Hope Sanctuary Barbados, and Help For Heroes.

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Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Honors Jennifer Garner with Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Jennifer Garner Inducted to the Walk of Fame.

Hollywood, Calif. – The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce honored actress Jennifer Garner with the 2,641st star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday, August 20, 2018. The star was dedicated in the category of Motion Pictures at 6920 Hollywood Boulevard in front of the new Miniso store.

“Jennifer Garner is an actress that can show different aspects of her personality with her acting. She has played a variety of characters that run the gamut. From a CIA agent, a mom and a young girl coming of age and much more. She can do it all! Her fans from around the world have been waiting for her to come and collect her star and we are proud to welcome her to the Hollywood Walk of Fame,” stated Ana Martinez, Producer of the Walk of Fame ceremonies.

Helping Emcee Leron Gubler, President/CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce to unveil the star were actors Judy Greer, Bryan Cranston and Steve Carell.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce which administers the popular star ceremonies encourages people who are unable to attend and fans around the world to watch the event exclusively on www.walkoffame.com.

Award winning actress Jennifer Garner is a native of Houston, Texas but moved to Charleston, West Virginia at the age of three. She attended George Washington High School and played saxophone in the marching band. She later enrolled at Ohio’s Denison University where she changed her major from Chemistry to Theater. She then went on to study at the National Theater Institute at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center in Waterford, Connecticut graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in theater performance.

Garner’s impressive resume of acting credits includes the award-winning JUNO and DALLAS BUYERS CLUB opposite Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto as well as hits like, 13 GOING ON 30, LOVE SIMON, MIRACLES FROM HEAVEN, CATCH ME IF YOU CAN and PEARL HARBOR. Garner is beloved for her role as “Sidney Bristow” on JJ Abrams’ “Alias” for which Garner won a Golden Globe, a SAG Award and a People’s Choice Award for her performance in addition to nominations for four Emmy Awards, four Golden Globes and two SAG awards.

She will next be seen in STXfilms and Lakeshore Entertainment’s PEPPERMINT, an action thriller. From the director of TAKEN, PEPPERMINT will be in theaters, September 7th.

Shortly after, Garner will then make her much anticipated return to television in HBO’s comedy series “Camping.” Based on the British series created by Julia Davis, the project hails from Lena Dunham and Jenni Konner and also stars David Tennant and Juliette Lewis. The show will premiere on October 14th.

In addition to her successful career in both film and television, Garner recently co-founded the organic food company Once Upon a Farm with Cassandra Curtis and former Annie’s president John Foraker in 2017. Together the visionaries grew the company with a goal of providing children with the best tasting, most nutritious, and highest quality food utilizing sustainable methods. Its products can be found in stores nationwide.

Garner is also a dedicated philanthropist and serves as a Trustee and Artist Ambassador for Save the Children, and brought the organization’s early childhood education and school-age literacy programs to her home state of West Virginia. Over the past decade, she has advocated on Capitol Hill on behalf of Save the Children and traveled the country to see the effects of poverty firsthand. Garner has also served as a spokesperson for Capital One and their Venture Card since 2014 and is also the brand ambassador for skin care brand Neutrogena.

 

 

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ABOUT HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME – www.WalkOfFame.com

The Hollywood Walk of Fame is an internationally-recognized Hollywood icon. With approximately 24 star ceremonies annually broadcast around the world, the constant reinforcement provided to the public has made the Walk of Fame a top visitor attraction. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce continues to add stars on the Walk of Fame as the representative of the City of Los Angeles. The Walk of Fame is a tribute to all of those who worked diligently to develop the concept and to maintain this world-class tourist attraction. The Walk of Fame is open to the public. No paid admission or assigned seating at star ceremonies.It is understood that the cost of installing a star on the Walk of Fame upon approval is $40,000 and the sponsor of the nominee accepts the responsibility for arranging for payment to the Hollywood Historic Trust, a 501(c)3 charitable foundation. The funds are used to pay for the creation/installation of the star and ceremony, as well as maintenance of the Walk of Fame. Download the official app for iPhones and Android devices at http://officialhollywoodwalkoffameapp.com

 

ABOUT HOLLYWOOD CHAMBER OF COMMERCE – www.HollywoodChamber.net

For more than 97 years, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has provided leadership, business development resources, networking, and government affairs programs and services to keep the Hollywood business and residential communities safe, relevant and economically vital. Donelle Dadigan, is the Chair of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors 2018-19, and Leron Gubler is the President/CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. For more information please visit www.hollywoodchamber.net.

 

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Minnie Mouse will be honored with the 2,627th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

 

Hollywood Chamber to honor Minnie Mouse with Walk of Fame Star

Hollywood, Calif. – The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that Minnie Mouse will be honored with the 2,627th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Monday, January 22, 2018 at 11:30 a.m. PST. The star will be dedicated in the category of Motion Pictures at 6834 Hollywood Boulevard in front of El Capitan Theatre.

“Minnie Mouse is a woman of the ages and her iconic status makes her a great addition to our Walk of Fame!” stated Ana Martinez, Producer of the Walk of Fame ceremonies. “Generations of fans of all ages have been looking forward to her seeing her bright new star.”

Helping Emcee Leron Gubler, President & CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce to unveil the star will be Robert A. Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company, and global pop icon and judge of ABC’s “American Idol,” Katy Perry.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce which administers the popular star ceremonies encourages people who are unable to attend and fans around the world to watch the event exclusively on www.walkoffame.com.

In 2018, Minnie Mouse will mark her incredible 90th Anniversary in entertainment, a rare accomplishment in the industry. It is the perfect time for Minnie to be recognized on the Hollywood Walk of Fame and join other Disney characters: Donald Duck, Tinker Bell, Winnie the Pooh, Snow White, Kermit the Frog, and, of course, Mickey Mouse, who received his star in 1978 in recognition of his 50th Anniversary at that time.

Minnie made her debut in the Disney classic, Steamboat Willie, and she instantly became America’s sweetheart. For decades, Minnie has delighted generations of fans with her fun-loving, independent personality and timeless style. Her ability to embody a sense of both old Hollywood elegance and grace, combined with girl-next-door charm established Minnie as one of the most beloved animated characters around the world.

A renowned veteran with more than 70 films, Minnie Mouse is one of Hollywood’s most prolific stars. Since the late 1920s, she’s had starring roles and has performed in a number of period pieces, costume dramas, and TV shows.

Minnie is also a long-standing fashion icon. She has served as a muse for designers, inspiring new fashion collections, and has appeared in magazines and runway shows in New York, Tokyo, and Paris. Her classic polka dot look has been reimagined by the fashion industry through the decades and continues to drive current trends. From her early pill-box flower hat, which has inspired ladies’ hat trends, to her famous bow and ears, Minnie has been looked to for style inspiration since her inception.

In addition to the glitz and glamour, Minnie is civic-minded and has used her talent and celebrity to support causes that affect countless communities in positive ways. In 2016 and 2017, Minnie was well represented by Disney fans and social media users who participated in #ShareYourEars campaigns that resulted in $4-million in donations benefitting Make-A-Wish.

Event will be live-streamed exclusively on www.walkoffame.com

Hollywood Chamber to Honor Brett Ratner with Walk of Fame Star

Hollywood, Calif. – The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that director Brett Ratner will be honored with the 2,599th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday, January 19th at 11:30 a.m. PST.  The star in the category of Motion Pictures will be dedicated at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard in front of the Hollywood & Highland Complex.

Helping Emcee and Hollywood Chamber President/CEO Leron Gubler to unveil the star will be Chairman and CEO of Warner Bros. Studios Kevin Tsujihara, and Walk of Famers Eddie Murphy and a surprise celebrity guest.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce which administers the popular star ceremonies encourages people who are unable to attend and fans around the world to watch the event live exclusively on www.walkoffame.com.

Brett Ratner is one of Hollywood’s most successful filmmakers. His diverse films resonate with audiences worldwide and, as director, his films have grossed over $2-billion at the global box office. Ratner began his career directing music videos before making his feature directorial debut at 26 years old with the action comedy hit Money Talks. He followed with the blockbuster Rush Hour and its successful sequels. Ratner also directed The Family ManRed DragonAfter theSunsetXMen: The Last StandTower Heist and Hercules.

Ratner has also enjoyed critical acclaim and box-office success as a producer. He has served as an executive producer on the Golden Globe and Oscar-winning The Revenant, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Black Mass, starring Johnny Depp, and War Dogs, starring Jonah Hill; and as a producer on Truth, starring Robert Redford and Cate Blanchett; I Saw the Light, starring Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen, Rules Don’t Apply, written, directed and produced by Warren Beatty, and Sony Pictures Classics’ Land of Mine directed by Martin Zandvliet. His other produced films include the smash hit comedy Horrible Bosses and its sequel, and the re-imagined Snow White tale Mirror Mirror.

His additional producing credits include the documentaries Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie ReynoldsAuthor: The JT LeRoy StoryCatfish, the Emmy-nominated Woody Allen – A DocumentaryHelmut by JuneI Knew It Was You: Rediscovering John Cazale, Chuck Norris vs. Communism, the Emmy Award and Peabody Award-winning Night Will Fall, and Leonardo DiCaprio’s Before the Flood, released by National Geographic.  He also executive produced and directed the Golden Globe-nominated FOX series Prison Break, and executive produced the television series Rush Hour, based on his hit films.

In 2013, Ratner, along with his business partner James Packer, formed RatPac Entertainment, a film finance production and media company.  RatPac has a first-look deal with Warner Bros., and joined with Dune Capital to co-finance over 75 films, including the award-winning and critically-acclaimed Gravity, The LEGO Movie, and American Sniper.  Recent films include Sully, The Accountant, Suicide Squad, and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. In partnership with New Regency, RatPac co-financed The Revenant and Birdman. Internationally, RatPac and Warner Bros. have formed a joint venture with Warner Bros., China Media Capital Group and WPP to finance local Chinese content.

Since inception, RatPac Entertainment has co-financed 55 theatrically-released motion pictures exceeding $10 billion in worldwide box office receipts. RatPac’s co-financed films have been nominated for 51 Academy Awards, 20 Golden Globes and 39 BAFTAs and have won 21 Academy Awards, 7 Golden Globes and 17 BAFTAs.

Ratner is a Board of Trustees member of the Simon Wiesenthal Center and Museum of Tolerance.  He currently sits on the boards of Ghetto Film School, Chrysalis, Best Buddies, and the Los Angeles Police Foundation, while serving on the Dean’s Council of the NYU Tisch School of the Arts and on the Board of Directors at Tel Aviv University’s School of Film and Television.

Event will be live-streamed exclusively on www.walkoffame.com

Hollywood Chamber Honors ‘Enchanted’ Star Amy Adams with Walk of Fame Star

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Hollywood, Calif. – The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce honored actress Amy Adams with the 2,598th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Wednesday, January 11, 2017. The star in the category of Motion Pictures was dedicated at 6280 Hollywood Boulevard next to the W Hollywood Hotel.

“Amy is a multitalented award-winning actress who takes us by surprise with every new role she takes on and keeps us wanting more,” said Ana Martinez, Producer of the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

 

Amy Adams receives her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Getty Images - Courtesy of Paramount
Amy Adams receives her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Getty Images – Courtesy of Paramount.

 

Hollywood Chamber to Honor Ryan Reynolds with Walk of Fame Star

Hollywood, Calif. – The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that actor Ryan Reynolds will be honored with the 2,596th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday, December 15, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. PST. The star in the category of Motion Pictures will be dedicated at 6801 Hollywood Boulevard in front of the Hollywood & Highland Complex.

Helping Emcee and Hollywood Chamber President/CEO Leron Gubler to unveil the star will be guest speakers Anna Faris, Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick.

“Since Ryan Reynolds was selected to be honored with a Walk of Fame star, fans from around the world have always been asking when Ryan Reynolds is getting his star… Well, now is the time and we invite all to enjoy the last ceremony of the year on December 15th!” stated Walk of Fame producer Ana Martinez.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce which administers the popular star ceremonies encourages people who are unable to attend and fans around the world to watch the event live exclusively on www.walkoffame.com.

Hollywood Chamber to Honor Ryan Reynolds with Walk of Fame Star
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce will honor Ryan Reynolds with a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. The event will be live-streamed exclusively on www.walkoffame.com.

Ryan Reynolds is one of Hollywood’s most diverse leading men seamlessly transitioning through varied genres of drama, action and comedy in his rich and ever evolving career.

Reynolds is the star of the 20th Century Fox record breaking film “Deadpool.”. The movie opened in February 2016 and shattered expectations, opening to $152.2-million over the four-day Presidents’ Day weekend making it the biggest R-rated opening of all time and the biggest February opening in box office history. The superhero juggernaut also replaced “The Matrix Reloaded” as the highest-grossing R-rated film in history with more than $750-million globally. Reynolds, who also produced the film, will begin shooting “Deadpool 2” in 2017.

Reynolds recently completed production on two films: “Life” and “The Hitman’s Bodyguard.” In “Life,” he teamed up once again with Reese and Wernick, for the sci-fi thriller which will be released May 26, 2017. In “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” Reynolds stars opposite Samuel L Jackson in the Patrick Hughes film which will be released in August 2017.

Reynolds’ body of work is extremely diverse. In 2015 he starred in a variety of feature roles including “Mississippi Grind,” “Woman In Gold,” “The Voices” and “Selfless.” “Mississippi Grind” directed by Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden premiered at Sundance to rave reviews. In The Weinstein Company’s “Woman In Gold,” Reynolds starred alongside Helen Mirren to tell the story of Maria Altmann (Mirren), a Jewish refugee who is forced to flee Vienna during World War II and her personal mission to reclaim a painting the Nazis stole from her family: the famous Lady In Gold. In Lionsgate’s serial killer comedy “The Voices” by famed French director Marjane Satrapi, Reynolds stars as a troubled, med-addicted factory worker driven to murder by his talking pets, a psychopathic cat called Mr. Whiskers and Bosco, his peace-loving dog. Reynolds also voices both of the animals. He also starred opposite Sir Ben Kingsley in the independent feature “Selfless,” directed by Tarsem Singh.

Reynolds voiced two DreamWorks Animation films in 2013. “Turbo,” in which Reynolds voices a snail named ‘Turbo’ who has dreams of winning the Indy 500. The movie also features the voices of Samuel L. Jackson, Maya Rudolph, Snoop Lion and Michelle Rodriguez. Prior to that, Reynolds had his animated film debut as the voice of ‘Guy’ in DreamWorks Animation’s, “The Croods.” The movie also featured the voices of Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone and Catherine Keener and earned over $508-million worldwide. Reynolds has signed onto the sequel, which is already in development.

His other film credits include: the Universal action thriller, “Safe House” opposite Denzel Washington. The film opened to $40-million domestically in its first weekend and went onto earn $208-million worldwide. The Universal comedy, “The Change Up,” opposite Jason Bateman, the Warner Brothers adaptation of the popular DC Comic, “Green Lantern” and the mystery/thriller “Buried.” In the acclaimed and cinematically challenging film Reynolds is the only actor to appear on camera for the duration of the piece.

In 2009, Reynolds served as Disney’s romantic comedy lead in “The Proposal,” opposite Sandra Bullock. The film opened at No. 1 at the box office and grossed $315-million worldwide. Reynolds was also seen as ‘Deadpool’ in the “X-Men” spin-off, “X-Men Origins: Wolverine.” He starred opposite an all-star cast including Hugh Jackman and the film grossed $365-million worldwide. Additionally that year, [say in 2009] Reynolds starred in “Adventureland” opposite Kristen Stewart which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was nominated in the “Ensemble Performance” category at the 2009 Gotham Awards.

Some of Reynolds other film credits include: “Paperman;” and the Working Title Films’ “Definitely, Maybe” for Universal Pictures; writer/director John August’s “The Nines,” director Joe Carnahan’s “Smokin’ Aces” for Working Title Films and Universal Pictures and “The Amityville Horror;” a remake of the classic cult film which opened No. 1 at the box office and made $107 worldwide; as well as cult favorites “Waiting” and “Van Wilder.”

DarkFire, Reynolds’ TV production company, recently sold its first two projects, the live action comedy “Guidance” and the animated comedy “And Then There Was Gordon” to 20th Century Fox TV. Reynolds will executive produce alongside Allan Loeb, Jonathon Komack Martin, Tim Dowling and Steven Pearl.

In addition to his numerous leading roles, Reynolds also serves on the board of directors for the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. In 2007, Reynolds ran the New York City Marathon in honor of his father – who long suffered from ravages of Parkinson’s disease. Reynolds marathon run raised over $100,000 for the Michael J Fox Foundation.

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Hollywood Chamber to Honor Hugh Laurie with Walk of Fame Star

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Hollywood, Calif. – The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that actor Hugh Laurie will be honored with the 2,593rd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday, October 25, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. PDT. The star in the category of Television will be dedicated in front of the Pig ‘N Whistle, 6712 Hollywood Boulevard.

Helping Emcee and Hollywood Chamber President/CEO Leron Gubler to unveil the star will be Stephen Fry. “The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is thrilled to add Hugh Laurie to our illustrious Walk of Fame. His star is going to be set in a very appropriate location, a British Pub called the Pig N’ Whistle where he joins other British luminaries such as Emma Thompson, Colin Firth, Ridley Scott and Dame Helen Mirren” stated Walk of Fame Producer Ana Martinez.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce which administers the popular star ceremonies encourages people who are unable to attend and fans around the world to watch the event live exclusively on www.walkoffame.com.

Hollywood Chamber to Honor Hugh Laurie with Walk of Fame StarHugh Laurie was born in Oxford, England and attended Eton College and Cambridge University, where he received a degree in Anthropology. This award-winning actor, writer, producer and musician is best known for his scene-stealing roles in television and film.

Laurie next stars as forensic neuro-psychiatrist Eldon Chance in Hulu’s upcoming drama “Chance” premiering on October 19th. He most recently earned his eighth Emmy nomination for his riveting performance on the critically acclaimed AMC miniseries “The Night Manager” which he starred in alongside Tom Hiddleston, Olivia Colman, Tom Hollander and Elizabeth Debicki. Laurie reprised his role as Senator Tom James on the last season of HBO’s Emmy-winning comedy “Veep” opposite Julia Louis Dreyfus.

Laurie previously earned two Golden Globe Awards for his role as Dr. Gregory House on the long-running Fox series “House.”  He starred as the acerbic doctor for eight seasons, earning six Emmy nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series, an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Drama Series as a producer, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series. He has twice been honored by the Television Critics Association with TCA Awards for Individual Achievement in Drama. While it was on the air, “House” received a review score of 9.4 out of 10, making it a Guinness World Record holder for Most Popular TV Show and making Laurie a record holder for Most-Watched Leading Man.

Alongside Stephen Fry, Laurie first broke into television by writing, producing and starring in “The Cellar Tapes,” a revue consisting of a number of sketches and musical numbers which was broadcast on television in 1982. “The Cellar Tapes” propelled the British duo into a number of groundbreaking television shows in the UK such as “A Bit of Fry and Laurie,” which Laurie co-wrote for the BBC with Fry; BBC comedy “Blackadder;” “Jeeves and Wooster,” based on the novels of P.G. Wodehouse which aired on PBS’s “Masterpiece Theatre;” and “Saturday Live,” a comedy music sketch series in which Laurie appeared as himself and a number of various characters. His work on American television includes the television film “Life with Judy Garland: Me and My Shadows” in which Laurie portrayed Vincente Minnelli opposite Judy Davis, and HBO’s “Tracey Takes On…” opposite Tracey Ullman.

Laurie’s film credits include Disney’s “Tomorrowland” with George Clooney which was directed by Brad Bird and written by Damon Lindelof; “Mr. Pip;” “The Oranges” with Oliver Platt and Catherine Kenner; “Street Kings” with Forest Whitaker and Keanu Reeves; “Flight of the Phoenix” with Dennis Quaid; “Peter’s Friends” with Kenneth Branagh; “Sense and Sensibility” with Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet; “Cousin Bette” with Jessica Lange; “The Man in the Iron Mask” with Jeremy Irons and Leonardo DiCaprio; “101 Dalmatians” with Glenn Close and Jeff Daniels; “Stuart Little;” “Stuart Little 2;” and the animated films “Arthur Christmas,” “Hop,” and “Monsters vs. Aliens.”

A talented singer and musician, Laurie has released two albums and performed around the world. After signing a record deal with Warner Bros. Records, Laurie’s celebrated New Orleans blues album “Let Them Talk” was released in the U.S. in 2011. Recorded at sessions in Los Angeles and New Orleans, the musical and vocal collaboration was produced by two-time Grammy Award winner Joe Henry, and became the biggest-selling blues album of the year in the UK. A performance documentary about Laurie’s musical passion, “Hugh Laurie: Let Them Talk – A Celebration of New Orleans Blues” also aired on PBS’s “Great Performances” in 2011. Laurie released his second album, “Didn’t It Rain,” with his band The Copper Bottom Band in April 2013. He also recorded his second PBS special, “Live on the Queen Mary,” which featured an intimate live performance by Laurie and his band filmed aboard the historic Queen Mary in Long Beach. In October 2013, Laurie embarked on a U.S. tour with the Copper Bottom Band.

Laurie is involved with the following charities: Retrak, Warchild, Comic Relief and Red Nose Day (U.S.)

 

Watch as the Hollywood Chamber honors Hugh Laurie exclusively on www.walkoffame.com.

‘Mission: Impossible’ ACTRESS BARBARA BAIN WILL BE HONORED WITH STAR ON THE HOLLYWOOD WALK OF FAME

 

Hollywood Chamber to Honor Barbara Bain with Walk of Fame Star

Hollywood, Calif. –  Actress Barbara Bain will be honored with the 2,579th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on April 28, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. PDT The star in the category of Television will be dedicated at 6767 Hollywood Boulevard in front of The Stella Adler Theatre where Bain studied acting.

Helping Emcee and Hollywood Chamber President/CEO Leron Gubler to unveil the star will be Walk of Famers Ed Asner and Dick Van Dyke.

“We are pleased to honor an actress who starred in many different shows and especially in the popular “Mission: Impossible.”

 

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is proud to announce that actress Barbara Bain will be honored with the 2,579th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on April 28, 2016 at 11:30 a.m. PDT The star in the category of Television will be dedicated at 6767 Hollywood Boulevard in front of The Stella Adler Theatre where Bain studied acting.

Helping Emcee and Hollywood Chamber President/CEO Leron Gubler to unveil the star will be Walk of Famers Ed Asner and Dick Van Dyke.

“We are pleased to honor an actress who starred in many different shows and especially in the popular Mission: Impossible, one of the most important franchises in television and movie history,” stated Gubler.

Barbara Bain, three time Emmy® winner (Mission: Impossible), was born in Chicago and attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. It is there she discovered her life-long passion: modern dance. Relocating to New York, Bain worked as a fashion model while studying with the master of modern dance, Martha Graham. Further exploring her interest in the performing arts, Bain began her acting training in the private class of the most famous and respected acting teachers, Lee Strasberg. After a successful audition, Bain accepted an invitation to become a member of the legendary Actors Studio.

After studying for 1½ years, Bain was cast in every one of the first three roles for which she auditioned. She also toured 26 cities with the Broadway road company of Paddy Chayefsky’s Middle of the Night, a tour which landed her in Los Angeles. Not long thereafter, she found work on some of the most popular television shows of the day. She appeared opposite Larry Hagman in United Artists’ Harbormaster and Darrin McGavin in the popular Mike Hammer series, and was cast in the recurring role of Karen Wells, love interest of David Janssen, in the seminal private-eye series, Richard Diamond, Private Detective.

Bain continued to appear in numerous television series: Tightrope, The Law and Mr. Jones, Straightaway and Adventures in Paradise. She also had the opportunity to flex her comedy skills in one of the classic The Dick Van Dyke Show, created by Carl Reiner. Bain also shined in her comedic role as Alma Sutton in the spy-comedy, Get Smart, created by Mel Brooks and Buck Henry. In between these two well-remembered appearances, Bain continued to be in demand, appearing in The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis, Hawaiian Eye, 77 Sunset Strip, Wagon Train, Ben Casey, My Mother the Car, and Perry Mason.

It was in 1966 that Bain would bring to life the role that would make her an international star. Created by Bruce Geller, Mission: Impossible which is celebrating its 50th anniversary was an espionage-thriller series, the likes of which had never appeared on television. Bain played Cinnamon Carter, a secret agent with beauty (her specialty was distraction) and the brains to match. For this role, Bain would become the first actress in television history to win three consecutive Emmy® awards for Lead Actress in a Dramatic Series, a record that would stand for nearly two decades.

In 1969, Bain appeared in a number of television movies: Murder Once Removed with John Forsythe, Goodnight, My Love directed by Peter Hyams, A Summer Without Boys and Steven Spielberg’s Savage.

In 1973, Bain accepted the invitation from British producers Gerry and Sylvia Anderson to appear in their new television series, Space: 1999, opposite her then-husband Martin Landau and actor Barry Morse ofThe Fugitive fame. Set some twenty-five years in the future, Space: 1999 was, at the time, the most expensive science fiction television series ever produced with feature film quality special effects. Bain appeared in Space: 1999 for two seasons as Doctor Helena Russell, a role that earned her much acclaim and millions more fans worldwide.

Following Space: 1999, Bain continued to make guest appearances in some of television’s hottest shows: The New Mike Hammer, Moonlighting, The Scarecrow and Mrs. King, Murder, She Wrote, My So-Called Life, Walker, Texas Ranger, Millennium, Strong Medicine, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, and Likely Suspects. She also appeared in numerous feature films including American Gun (with James Coburn),Skinheads, The Spirit of ’76, Forget Me Not, Nothing Special (with Karen Black),Panic (opposite William H. Macy and Donald Sutherland) and the forthcoming Silver Skies with George Hamilton and the late Alex Rocco. Recently, she has appeared in many short films, including Grace, Lost Music, Match Made and Pacific Edge, for which she was awarded Best Actress awards at both the Los Angeles Independent Film Festivaland the Golden Door International Film Festival.

Although Bain continues to work steadily in film and television, it is her stage to which she has dedicated much time. She has garnered Los Angeles Critics Circle and DramaLogue Awards for her acting in such plays as Arthur Kopit’s Wings, Eugene O’Neill’s A Long Day’s Journey Into Night, Samuel Beckett’s Happy Days and Eugène Ionesco’s The Chairs.

A continuing member of the Actors Studio where she teaches and directs, Bain has also directed numerous plays in 99-seat theater venues in Los Angeles. This June she returns for the 8th year working with the Blank Theatre’s Young Playwrights Festival, mentoring young writers aged 9 to 19 and directing their plays for production on the stage of the Stella Adler Theatre in Hollywood.

Twenty years ago, Bain founded the SAG Foundation’s (now SAG-AFTRA) BookPALS (Performing Artists for Literacy in Schools) program. She would travel weekly to Grape Street Elementary School in Watts for the next 15 years to read to kindergartners and first graders. Over the years, BookPALS has grown exponentially. Its mission to develop a love of reading and literacy amongst children has become an overwhelming success. Currently over 22,000 actors read in the classroom to 60,000 kids weekly in the United States.