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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….
188os: Samuel Goldwyn: For contributions to Cinema. Known as the founder of movie studios such as Goldwyn Pictures, Goldwyn was also a successful producer and popular figure in Hollywood. Known for ‘discovering’ and hiring some of the best writers and directors in the business, Goldwyn is remember for creating movies including Wuthering Heights, Little Foxes, and The Best Years Of Our Lives.
1890s: George Burns. For contribution to Cinema, Television, Radio, Literature, and Theatre. One of the longest lasting and most loved comedians to straddle different mediums, Burns won an Oscar when he was 80 and continued working into his 90s. Author of multiple books and having many TV cameos, he is known for his early Vaudeville and Radio shows and remembered for works including The George Burns Show, The Sunshine Boys, and Radioland Murders.
1900s: Laslo Benedek. For contributions to Cinema and Television. A writer in Hungary until the outbreak of WWII, Benedek escaped to the US where he made a series of successful movies and became a reliable TV director, with works including The Wild One, Death Of A Salesman, and The Night Visitor.
1910s: Spike Milligan. For contributions to Cinema, Literature, Television, Theatre, and Radio. One of Britain’s most loved comedians and part of one of Britain’s most influential comedy troupes, Milligan was an accomplished writer and performer with a career spanning five decades. Recognised for his voice as much as his visual performances, Milligan is remembered in works including The Goon Show, The Q Series, and Life Of Brian.
1920s: George Kennedy. For contributions to Cinema and Television. Kennedy came to show business relatively late, having abandoned his lengthy military career due to injury. Starting out as a military advisor on the Phil Silvers show, he eventually was brought into the supporting cast and went from there to Academy Award winning success and a career spanning seven decades, appearing in such works as Cool hand Luke, Airport, and The Naked Gun series.
1930s: F. Murray Abraham. For contributions to Cinema, Theatre, and Television. Abraham started out having bit parts in movies and voice work in commercials before thinking about giving it all up until he scored big in the early 1980s, winning an Oscar. Since then, Abraham has maintained a steady career on three fronts appearing in works such as Amadeus, Homefront, and Last Action Hero.
1940s: Ivan Reitman. For contributions to Cinema. One of Canada’s most successful Producers and Directors, Reitman started out like many others on CITY TV before becoming involved in a string of hits in the 80s. Now focused more on Producing, he is known for works including Ghostbusters, Twins, and Meatballs.
1950s: Tom Hanks. For contributions to Cinema and Television. One of the most loved and commercially successful actors of all time, Hanks has appeared in a variety of genres, has been nominated for and won multiple Oscars, and is known by colleagues and fans as the nicest guy in the business.Hanks is known for works including Saving Private Ryan, Toy Story, and Forest Gump.
1960s: Craig Charles. For contributions to TV, Radio, and Music. For British comedy and sci-fi fans, Craig Charles is a legend, crafting one of cult TVs favourite characters in Dave Lister, going on to appear in many other shows as actor, writer, presenter and maintaining a music and radio career. He is known for works including Red Dwarf, Robot Wars, and Takeshi’s Castle.
1970s: Thandie Newton. For contributions to Cinema and Television. Newton began her career as a teen when her boyfriend Director cast her in one of his films, and from there she picked up minor roles on major movies and major roles in minor movies, gradually picking up speed and eventually becoming a housewold name and Bafta winner. She is known for works including Interview With The Vampire, Mission Impossible II, and Crash.
1980s: Jewel Staite. For contributions to Cinema and Television. A prominent child actress in Canadian TV and movies, Staite made the transition to adult roles appearing in many popular Sci Fi series including Stargate Atlantis, Firefly, and The Killing.
1990s: Maddie Hasson. For contributions to Cinema and Television. An actress who got a big break in the excellent God Bless America, Hasson has gone on to appear in a small number of movies and TV series (Twisted, Underdogs) while finishing her education.
In addition to stars and statues erected in honour of the people above, the following attractions have been created:
In honour of Craig Charles, the Takeshi’s Castle Park has been built. Featuring full size replica’s of every single game and obstacle from the hit show, you can take on other competitors as you try to storm Count Takeshi’s Castle and take home a top prize. Crack your shins on Skipping Stones, break your neck on the High Rollers, crack your arse on Velcro Fly, and cover your nuts on Bridge Ball – if you do particularly badly or well you may find yourself appearing on TV as we air new episodes of the show!
In honour of Ivan Reitman, the Ghostbusters Sandbox has been built. Enter a fully rendered living, breathing recreation of New York City as a Ghostbuster and track down various spooks as you sample the city’s famous landmarks armed with a Proton Pack.
Which attractions based on any of the movies or shows that the above people were involved in would you love to experience? Free your mind and let us know in the comments!