Walk Of Fame Inductees – August 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….

1880sLouis B.Mayer: For contributions to Cinema.

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One of the founding fathers of MGM and Cinema itself, Mayer was also a Producer and known for taking a personal interest in nurturing the stars which he discovered and for creating and enhancing a large part of North American culture. It is clear that the business and movies themselves would not be the same today without the work Mayer achieved.

1890s: James Cagney. For contributions to Cinema and Theatre. 

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Like many stars of his time, Cagney began on the vaudeville circuit as a dancer and actor before eventually hitting it big as one of cinema’s best villainous actors. Although frequently typecast, it has Cagney’s charm and wide array of acting talents which ensured he became a multiple Oscar nominee and eventual winner and which make him one of the most enduring of Hollywood’s stars. He is remembered for works such as White Heat, Public Enemy, and Angels With Dirty Faces.

1900sCary Grant. For contributions to Cinema and Theatre.

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Multi Oscar, Bafta, and Golden Globe nominee Grant is remembered for being one of the most charming screen presences in history, often appearing as the debonair gadabout or flirtatious womanizer. Comfortable in romances, comedies, thrillers, and action films, Grant was a James Bond before Bond ever appeared on screen and contributed to some of the greatest movies ever made. He is remembered for works including North By Northwest, Charade, and None But The Lonely Heart.

1910sKarl Malden. For contributions to Cinema, Television, and Theatre.

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One of the finest, most recognizable character actors of all time, Malden was equally comfortable and memorable on stage or on the big or small screen. Usually turning up as an affable everyman or foil to a lead, Malden nevertheless won an Academy Award and an Emmy and became a star and draw in his own right. He is remembered for works such as On The Waterfront, Patton, and I Confess.

1920sPeter Donat. For contributions to Cinema, Television, and Theatre.

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Most well known for his performances in many TV shows over the decades, Donat has also appeared in many high profile movies and indie movies. He is known for works such as The X Files, The Godfather II, and Time Trax. 

1930sWilliam Friedkin. For contributions to Cinema and Television.

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Friedkin is one of a handful of directors who has made critically acclaimed films in genres as diverse as horror, action, crime, and comedy. A frequent writer of the films he directs, Friedkin was one of the first mainstream directors to shoot with a much grittier, realistic style from what audiences were used to. He is known for works including The French Connection, The Exorcist, and To Live And Die In LA.

1940sHarry Shearer. For contributions to Cinema, Television, and Music.

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Although most well known for his long running voice work, Shearer had been a well established writer and actor on the big and small screen since the Seventies, having started out in the 50s as a child actor. He is known for works such as This Is Spinal Tap, The Simpsons, and A Mighty Wind. 

1950sJenny Agutter. For contributions to Cinema, Television, and Theatre.

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OBE Agutter began her career as a child actress in a string of global hits before transitioning with greater success to adult roles. Although she has always balanced her TV and Cinema work, in recent years her more recognizable roles have been on the small screen. She is known for works including Walkabout, An American Werewolf In London, and Call The Midwife. 

1960s: Jack Black. For contributions to Cinema, Television, and Music.

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Although it wasn’t until the turn of the Century that Black became recognised world-wide, he had already been appearing on the big and small screen since the early Nineties. Usually picking roles which highlight both his comic and musical ability, Black’s distinctive voice and energy continue to earn him many followers. He is known for works such as School Of Rock, Kung Fu Panda, and King Kong.

1970sAJ Cook. For contributions to Cinema and Television.

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Cook has had a consistent career in Movies and Television since first appearing in the late 90s. Although she frequently appears in the horror genre, she is most well known for dramatic roles on the small screen.She is known for works including Final Destination 2, Criminal Minds, and The Virgin Suicides. 

1980sBijou Phillips. For contributions to Cinema, Television, and Music.

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Recent years have been quiet for Phillips, but in her early years she was prolific, appearing in multiple shows each year with frequently praised performances. She is known for works such as Almost Famous, Bully, and Hostel Part 2. 

1990sMadeline Carroll. For Contributions to Cinema and Television.

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Starting out as a child actress and guest starring in various popular shows, Carroll has since taken in larger roles in movies while maintaining regular appearances on the small screen meaning the future looks bright. She is known for works including Swing Vote, The Spy Next Door, and Mr Popper’s Penguins. 

In addition to the stars and statues erected in honour of the people above, the following attractions have also been created:

In Honour Of Jack Black: The School Of Rock has been built, an authentic musical experience for kids to attend for specialized courses, classes, lessons, and tuition on how to play and write music, especially epic rock music!

In Honour Of Carey Grant: The Carey Grant Bar and Restaurant has been established. This upmarket Bar features only the finest in American and European cuisine, a stunning locale, and sumptuous decor so that you can spend a few hours indulging in flirtatious chat and intrigue.

In Honour Of Harry Shearer: The Simpsons World Experience: A fully realised Springfield from the hit show has been created from the ground up, featuring every building, character, and attraction from the hit show built to scale. Attached to this are multiple hotels and rides – essentially every Simpsons related theme park or fairground attraction ever seen on Earth has been faithfully recreated here.

Which of the above attractions would you like to visit and which attraction based upon any of the stars or their works above would you love to see being created? 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