Walk Of Fame Inductees October 2016

To check the dubious reasoning behind these posts, check the original here:

https://carlosnightman.wordpress.com/2015/05/14/walk-of-fame-a-celebration-of-heroism/

In this new series of posts I’ll be selecting a Star at random from every decade (who was born in that decade) starting from the 1880s up until the 1990s to be interred in this land of magic and wonder, who will for ever more see their name set in stone far beyond the places where Gods dare to tread. Each name will have a unique star placed and statue built-in their honour. Often accompanying these additions will be news of a new store or museum to go alongside those stars whose work is of particular genius, and you too can visit and see the place of your dreams, simply by closing your eyes….

1880s: Charlie Chaplin.

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For contributions to Cinema. Almost 40 years after his death, Chaplin still needs no introduction. One of the most important people to set foot in Hollywood, most people forget Chaplin was British, and also forget he also directed and scored many of the movies he starred in. He is known for works such as The Kid, Modern Times, and The Great Dictator. 

1890s: Howard Hawks.

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For contributions to Cinema. Most early directors who achieved a great level of fame were known mainly for a certain genre – Howard Hawks was one of the earliest who achieved lasting financial and critical success over multiple genres while still retaining a unique style. He is known for works including The Big Sleep, The Thing From Another World, and Rio Bravo.

1900s: Janet Gaynor.

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For contributions to Cinema, Television, and Theatre. Gaynor had a brief but highly successful first term in Hollywood winning an Oscar and earning a second nomination. After retiring to focus on parenthood, she returned almost 20 years later for sporadic TV and Theatre performances until her death. She is known for works such as A Star Is Born, Seventh Heaven, and Street Angel.

1910s: Sebastian Cabot.

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For contributions to Cinema and Television. Cabot achieved equal success in movies as a screen and voice performer, and on the small screen in various series in memorable roles. He is known for works including The Jungle Book, The Time Machine, and Family Affair. 

1920s: Capucine.

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For contributions to Cinema and Television. Starting out as a model in her native France, Capucine began making occasional movie appearances before being invited to Hollywood. She would continue making film and TV shows until her death. She is known for works such as The Pink Panther Series, Song Without End, and Satyricon.

1930s: David McCallum.

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For contributions to Cinema, Theatre, Music, and Television. McCallum started out as an actor by providing voice work on radio plays, but soon featured in small roles in British films. Once he made it to Hollywood he began appearing in much larger features and then hit it big by starring in one of the biggest US TV shows of the 60s. McCallum continued to work on stage, TV, and Cinema as well as recording various albums. He is known for NCIS, The Great Escape, and The Man From UNCLE. 

1940s: Eugene Levy.

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For contributions to Cinema and Television. One of many stars who emerged from Canada’s Second City, Levy has built a career out of quirky characters who often find themselves in embarrassing and unfortunate situations and is frequently the highlight of the movies he appears in. He is known for works including the American Pie Series, Best In Show, and Armed And Dangerous. 

1950s: Rick Moranis.

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For contributions to Cinema, Television, and Music. Another member of Second City, Moranis branched out of writing his own TV comedy roles and into blockbuster movies. By the mid-nineties Moranis semi-retired from acting and has since made sporadic appearances along with releasing a few albums. He is known for works such as Spaceballs, Ghostbusters, and Honey I Shrunk The Kids. 

1960s: Robert Carlyle.

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For contributions to Cinema, Theatre, Television. Starting out in his early twenties it didn’t take long before Carlyle was winning roles due to his intense and authentic performances. Since making major successes in the mid-nineties, Carlyle has maintained a series of high profile appearances in British and American Cinema and TV. He is known for works such as Trainspotting, Once Upon A Time, and 28 Weeks Later. 

1970s: James McAvoy.

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For contributions to Cinema, Television, and Theatre. The Scottish actor spent most of his early acting days on TV but also spent time on Stage and in films – once he reached adulthood the roles and the movies got bigger and he is now one of Hollywood’s most in demand actors. He is known for works including Shameless, The Last King Of Scotland, and The X-Men Series. 

1980s: Felicity Jones.

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For contributions to Cinema, Television, and Theatre. Jones started out as a child actress on TV but it wasn’t until adulthood that she transitioned to the big screen, earning an Oscar nomination in the process, and will soon appear in the upcoming Rogue One. She is known for works including The Worst Witch, The Theory Of Everything, and The Amazing Spiderman 2. 

1990s: Macey Cruthird.

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For contributions to Cinema and Television. An up and coming actress who has made an impact on the small screen on shows such as Hope And Faith and Two And A Half Men while recently branching out into movies.

In addition to the Stars and Statues erected in honour the the people above, the following attractions have been created:

In honour of Charlie Chaplin, The Charlie Chaplin Museum has been unveiled: A museum dedicated to the man and his movies, browse personal artifacts and wander through the sets of many of his most famous movies to get greater insight into his genius.

In honour of Robert Carlyle, The World Of Once Upon A Time has been unveiled: This massive park features all of your favourite characters from the hit series, along with many rides, attractions, and full scale worlds, castles, and places to explore.

Which attraction based on any of the people above would you love to visit or see being built? Let us know in the comments!

A Mighty Wind

 
 
Not just memorable because of Fred Willard’s Schtick, but because all the other performances are brilliant, from Posey to Levy. The songs are good too, funny and oddly catchy, just like Spinal Tap’s. Bringing together the makers of that classic, this instead is about the folk music scene and how old bands are getting together for a special tribute gig. Will it be a success? Will Mitch and Micky kiss? Will Mike La Fontaine get a ten minute spot? Watch to see Wha’ happens.O’Hara and Levy star as Mitch and Micky, a folk couple who were once sweethearts, but their relationship fell apart. Now Mitch is an odd recluse and Micky has married a model train fanatic. The highlight of their show back in the day was a kiss during one song. The New Main Street Singers are a group revamped from the Golden age of Folk, while the Folksmen are 3 men- Guest, Mckean, Shearer who are looking to reclaim their fame. Throw into the mix La Fontaine, owner and founder of High Class management, and many other wackycharacters, and we have another very funny film. Best moments include- all of Willard’s scenes, proving he is one of the funniest men alive, the ‘I would love to see this town in the Autumn’ scene and the ‘ best acoustics in the world’ scene. Very underrated and pretty much unknown (though it has garnered a cult following in recent years), if you’re a fan of ‘strange’ comedy, watch this.

The DVD is surprisingly filled with special features from deleted scenes to chats with the cast, and even a gig with most of the acts. The features are very entertaining and also highlight how tight, how full of ideas, and how much love they have for the art that this group of performers has.

*Originally written in 2005