Walk Of Fame Inductees -November 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: Claude Rains: For contributions to Cinema, Television, and Theatre.

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The British born Rains started his career on stage in London where his performances drew interest from Broadway. Thanks to a distinctive voice and knack for character acting, Rains soon became an in demand star and picked up four Oscar nominations while appearing in some of Cinema’s most iconic films. He is remembered for works including Mr Smith Goes To Washington, Casablanca, and The Invisible Man. 

1890s: Lillian Gish: For contributions to Cinema, Television, and Theatre.

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Lillian Gish is one one of the most important performers to ever appear on screen and is generally considered one of the best actresses of all time. With a career spanning over 70 years, Gish met and grew up with Mary Pickford and joined travelling theatre groups. Before long she was the biggest star in silent films and though her success never reached the same heights when sound came along, she nevertheless was nominated for an Oscar later in her career, as well as picking up an Honourary Award. She is remembered for works including The Birth Of A Nation, The Night Of The Hunter, and Duel In The Sun. 

1900s: Daryl F Zanuck: For contributions to Cinema.

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Another one of the most important Producers and executives in Cinema’s early days, Zanuck was responsible for the creation of 20th Century/20th Century Fox. During WWII he enlisted as a Colonel and demanded more involvement than what other stars were getting, while also making propaganda movies and ensuring that the performers in his studios were helping out. He is remembered for works such as The Grapes Of Wrath, All About Eve, and The Longest Day. 

1910s: Cantinflas: For contributions to Cinema, Television, and Theatre.

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The premier start to emerge from Mexico in Cinema’s early days, Cantinflas started out as a dancer and pseudo-circus type entertainer before landing early screen roles. Before long he was a hit in Latin America, but didn’t make his first North American movie until the 1950s. He is remembered for works including Around The World In 80 Days, Pepe, and Neither Blood Nor Sand.

1920s: Peter Lawford: For contributions to Cinema and Television.

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Born into aristocracy and a military family, Lawford decided to be an actor after a childhood injury made military service unlikely. Escaping his family he finally made his major film debut to roaring reviews and thus began a long career which saw him joining the Brat Pack, becoming JFK’s brother in law, and appearing in many notable films and shows. He is remembered for works such as The Canterville Ghost, Little Women, and Ocean’s Eleven. 

1930s: Alan Alda: For contributions to Cinema, Television, and Theatre.

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The son of veteran actor Robert Alda, Alan followed in his father’s footsteps and went on to earn multiple Emmy, Golden Globe, BAFTA, and Oscar nominations as a performer, as well as writing and directing. He is known for works including M*A*S*H, The Aviator, and The West Wing. 

1940s: Joe Mantegna: For contributions to Cinema, Television, and Theatre.

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Known widely for his voice work as well as his stage and screen performances, Mantegna has been the voice of Fat Tony in The Simpsons for decades while also maintaining a big screen presence in comic and dramatic roles. He is known for works such as The Godfather III, Criminal Minds, and Three Amigos!

1950s: Jimmy Smits: For contributions to Cinema and Television.

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One of the most famous and popular Latino actors in America, Smits has given acclaimed performances in some of the most significant TV shows in US history, as well as appearing in a number of notable movies. He is known for works such as NYPD Blue, LA Law, and The Star Wars Series.

1960s: Steve Carell: For contributions to Cinema and Television.

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Carell was always interested in comedy and writing and though he appeared in a few movies and shows in his early career it wasn’t until his 40s that he began getting noticed on a wider basis. Since then he has become one of the world’s most popular comedy performers while also branching out into more dramatic roles to great success. He is known for works including The Despicable Me Series, The 40 Year Old Virgin, and Foxcatcher. 

1970s: Nia Long: For contributions to Cinema and Television.

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Long started out as a teen actress for Disney before forging a long and respected television and movie career in light and serious roles. She is known for works such as Boyz N The Hood, The Fresh Prince Of Bel Air, and Third Watch. 

1980s: Kristen Bell: For contributions to Cinema, Music, Theatre, and Television.

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Every nerdy fanboy’s favourite girl next door, Kristen Bell is one of the most intelligent and successful performers working today. Bell featured in school drama shows before ending up on Broadway at a young age. It wasn’t long before her performances led to movie and TV roles where she became a star in her own right – her vocal performances just as notable as her on screen spots. She is known for roles including Veronica Mars, Frozen, and Gossip Girl. 

1990sPaloma Kwiatkowski: For contributions to Cinema and Television.

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Kwiatkowski is one of Canada’s most promising upcoming actors thanks to a string of notable performances in prominent movies and shows. She is known for works such as The Percy Jackson Series, Bates Motel, and Who’s Driving Doug. 

In addition to the statues and stars erected for the people above, the following attractions have been created:

In honour of Kristen Bell, the Disney’s Frozen Arendelle Experience has been unveiled: Come and visit a fully realized construction of the Kingdom Of Arendelle, with fjords, mountains, towns, and palaces from the movie all erected for you to visit. With state of the art weather technology, each 24 hours in Arendelle is different with sudden snowstorms changing the landscape into a winter wonderland in moments only for the next day to be baked in the summer sun.

In honour of Lillian Gish, the Lillian Gish School Of Performing Arts has been unveiled: Enroll in this school and get some of the best education in drama and music across the known galaxies with a special focus on the works of Gish used in teaching.

Which attractions would you like to see being created in honour of any of the people above or the movies and shows they have been involved in? Let us know in the comments!

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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!

Walk Of Fame Inductees September 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….

1880sDouglas Fairbanks. For contributions to Cinema. One of the biggest stars of the silent era, Fairbanks was also a founder of both United Artists and The Academy, going on to be the first host of The Oscars. He is remembered for works such as The Mark Of Zorro, The Thief Of Baghdad, and The Three Musketeers.

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1890sGroucho Marx. For contributions to Cinema, Television, and Radio. Arguably the most famous of the Marx brothers due to his distinctive mustache and walk, Groucho remains one of the most popular comedians of the 20th Century and continues to inspire imitators. He is remembered for works including Duck Soup, A Day At The Races, and You Bet Your Life. 

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1900sHeather Angel. For contributions to Cinema, Television, and Theatre. A british actress who crossed the pond repeatedly with success, Angel is one of many stars unjustly lost to time whose performances are as worthy of respect and rewatching as any of her counterparts. She is remembered for works such as The Hound of The Baskervilles, Suspicion, and Peter Pan. 

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1910sPat Buttram. For contributions to Cinema and Television. Pat Buttram was a mainstay on American Television for decades, his distinct voice giving character to many Disney favourites, and acting as a sidekick to more recognizable funny men and stars until he grew his own fan base. He is remembered for works including Disney’s Robin Hood, Green Acres, and Aristocats. 

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1920sJack Warden. For contributions to Cinema and Television. One of Cinema’s most recognizable hard-ass character actors, Jack Warden was also one of the most successful, picking up two Oscar nominations. With a six decade career, Warden worked with and on many of the greats and always made a positive impact. He is remembered for works such as Heaven Can Wait, Problem Child, and N.Y.P.D.

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1930s: Diana Dors. For contributions to Cinema, Television, and Music. Often unfairly referred to during her life and subsequently as the English Marilyn Monroe, Dors made many movies during her career, as well as recording a number of songs and appearing in multiple TV shows over the decades. While she was often known as much for her off-screen antics, whether true or fabricated, Dors is nevertheless remembered as a British icon for works such as The Unholy Wife, The Last Page, and Queenie’s Castle.

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1940sAdrienne Barbeau. For contributions to Cinema, Music, Television, and Theatre. Barbeau started out as a dancer on Broadway, before up a Tony nomination and Theater World Award and making her way to the small and big screen. Finding her roles veering mostly into horror and sci-fi productions ensured that Barbeau has a cult following but her wife variety of performances means she is an actress which many continue to respect and admire. She is known for works including The Fog, Carnivale, and The Cannonball Run. 

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1950sCiaran Hinds. For contributions to Cinema, Television, and Theatre. A long standing Northern Irish actor who has appeared on stage and screen since the mid-Seventies, Hinds has appeared in a wide variety of roles in many dramatic genres. He is known for works such as Game Of Thrones,  Munich, and Road To Perdition.

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1960sChris Barrie. For contributions to Cinema and Television. A recognizable face thanks to his performances in cult British TV shows, Barrie started out as an impressionist before crafting characters of his own. He is known for works including The Brittas Empire, Red Dwarf, and Tomb Raider.

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1970s: Helen Baxendale. For contributions to Television and Theatre. Baxendale is unique in that she is recognizable around the world despite not appearing in any movies of note – her TV successes ensuring her fame and respect. She is known for works such as Friends, Cold Feet, and Cardiac Arrest. 

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1980sLucas Black. For contributions to Cinema and Television. Another child actor who has successfully transitioned to adult roles, Black still divides his time across the small and big screen and is known for works such as American Gothic, The Fast And The Furious Series, and NCIS. 

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1990sChloe Bridges. For contributions to Cinema and Television. A talented child actress who has in recent years broken out into adult roles in a variety of shows and movies, Bridges has the potential to be a huge star. She is known for works including The Final Girls, The Carrie Diaries, and Nightlight.

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

In honour of Chris Barrie’s induction, The Red Dwarf Museum: A Museum based entirely around the hit British comedy, featuring full scale renderings of all of spaceships from the show, other props, and the opportunity to spend time with all of your favourite characters, from Rimmer, Cat, Kryten, and Lister, to all of the assorted weirdos which pop up in other episodes.

In Honour of  Adrienne Barbeau’s induction, The Escape From New York Experience: An extreme laser tag game set in John Carpenter’s futuristic vision of New York. Select from various modes such as the favourite’Save The President and Escape’ within an allotted time, to the chaotic team tag games where you can battle with friends against other groups to earn a glorious victory.

Which attractions from your wildest dreams based on any of the people above would you love to see created? Let us know in the comments!

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!

 

 

Walk Of Fame Inductees July 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….

1880sEdith Evans. For contributions to Cinema and Theatre. Primarily a stage actress, from 1912 to 1974, Evans occasionally appeared on the big screen to critical acclaim, garnering three Oscar nominations in four years. She is remembered for works including The Whisperers, Tom Jones, and The Chalk Garden.

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1890sAlfred Hitchcock. For contributions to Cinema, Television. The Master himself, Hitchcock was already established in Britain as one of the finest Directors in the world having made several hit silent and talkie movies. It wasn’t until he headed for Hollywood that he became arguably the greatest and most influential Director of them all, creating classic after classic and changing the way people thought about Cinema forever. On top of that, he was one of the earliest pioneers of Television with his series considered one of the best ever made. He is known for works including Alfred Hitchcock Presents, Psycho, Vertigo, and North By Northwest.

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1900sFay Wray. For contributions to Cinema and Television. One of the many WAMPAS babies, Wray started out in short films before moving to long form silent movies and talkies before becoming a star with King Kong. Continuing to star in a variety of genre movies for the next two decades, Wray also transitioned to Television in the 1950s where she would spend the majority of her later career. She is remembered for works including The Pride Of The Family and It Happened In Hollywood. 

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1910sCarole Landis. For contributions to Cinema and Theatre. An actress always on the verge of stardom, her early suicide was a tragedy in many senses, not least that she missed out on fulfilling her potential – the details of her death have since mired what was a promising career. She is remembered for works including Four Jills In A Jeep, One Million BC, and My Gal Sal.

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1920sRod Steiger. For contributions to Cinema, Theatre, and Television. One of many people who escaped a rough childhood by becoming an actor, Steiger had a long and varied career in multiple mediums and was an Oscar and Bafta winner while also picking up many further nominations. Equally content on the stage, big screen, or small screen, Steiger’s performances were often the most memorable part of the works he appeared in, whether it be an indie drama or war time epic. He is remembered for works such as On The Waterfront, In The Heat Of The Night, and The Pawnbroker. 

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1930sMorgan Freeman. For contributions to Cinema, Theatre, and Television. Although it seems like Morgan Freeman has been around forever, his most famous roles only began in the late 1980s, stepping easily between drama, comedy, and blockbuster. In truth he had been acting from an early age, appearing on stage after a military career throughout the 60s and 70s before moving to TV soap operas. Since garnering mainstream success he has been noted as one of the finest, most respected actors of his generation thanks to works including The Dark Knight TrilogyThe Shawshank Redemption, and Driving Miss Daisy.

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1940sPeter Greenaway. For contributions to Cinema and Television. A British director heavily influence by music, costume, and art, much of Greenaway’s work is experimental and visually appealing, challenging and engaging. Along side movies he continues to make short films and documentaries, but he is best known for works such as The Cook, The Thief, His Wife, and Her Lover, The Draughtman’s Contract, and The Pillow Book.

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1950sMichael Ontkean. For contributions to Cinema and Television. Known primarily for his roles as a law enforcement official in various TV shows, Ontkean also has made a variety of movies since the Seventies before recently retiring. He is popular due to performances in works such as Twin Peaks, The Rookies, and Clara’s Heart.

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1960sBrendan Fraser. For contributions to Cinema and Television. An actor whose affable persona and performances meant great success in comedy roles in his early careen, Fraser crossed over to action movies seemlessly, becoming another American every man hero in the Indian Jones mold. He is known for works including The Mummy Series, Airheads, and Bedazzled.

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1970sVicki Shao. For contributions to Music, Television, and Cinema. Also known as Zhao Wei, Shao is one of the most famous and respected actors in China, familiar to many Western audiences too due to performances in works such as Red Cliff, Shaolin Soccer, and My Fair Princess.

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1980sBriana Evigan. For contributions to Cinema and Television. One of several actresses who have been earmarked as new wave Scream Queens, Evigan may come from an acting family but used her own dancing and acting talent to forge her own career, appearing in works such as The Step Up Series, Mother’s Day, and From Dusk Till Dawn. 

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1990sLiam Hemsworth. For contributions to Cinema and Television. The youngest of the Hemsworth clan of brothers, Liam got his break in popular Australian Soap operas before moving to Hollywood. It wasn’t long before he began picking up minor and supporting roles in a variety of movies before appearing in larger roles in bigger blockbusters. He is known for works such as The Hunger Games Trilogy, The Expendables II, and Independence Day: Resurgence. 

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In addition to the stars and statues erected for the people above, the following attractions have also been unveiled:

The Alfred Hitchcock Museum and Film School: In honour of Alfred Hitchcock, this massive campus has been created as both a school for those interested in a career in movies and/or television and a tourist destination for fans of the man. While the state of the art film school will house many lecture halls, classrooms, living quarters and other facilities, along with a wide variety of classes and courses taught by some of the universe’s foremost experts on Hitchcock himself and every aspect of the industry, the museum features memorabilia and information on all aspects of Hitchcock’s life and every piece of work he was involved in. Many fully realized sets from his most famous movies are available to wander through including the Bates Motel, Mount Rushmore, and Bodega Bay -feel free to stay a few nights in or near to any of these destinations and more.

The Ancient Cairo Holiday Complex: In honour of Brendan Fraser – if epic scope and Ancient Egypt are your thing, then spend a few bucks and visit the Ancient Cairo Holiday Complex – this monumental tourist destination is only marginally smaller than the real thing and brings together 100% accurate restorations of all of Cairo’s most famous landmarks and hotspots – from the nearby Ginza Pyramid Complex along with the more recent Cairo Citadel and modern Cairo Tower. Spend days shopping in the complexes copious bazaars and stores and eating at the many restaurants, relax at one of the six star hotels, or have fun at our water and theme parks. The focal point is of course the series of Mummy related attractions – from booby trap filled pyramids for all the family to paintball style adventure games with a host of rendered undead villains.

What sort of attractions based on any of the people above would you like to see created in your wildest dreams? Let us know in the comments!

Walk Of Fame Inductees – June 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….

1880sDW.Griffith. For contributions to Cinema. One of the founding members of The Academy, and a man known as ‘The Inventor Of Hollywood’, Griffith directed around 500 films in his lifetime – many of which were highly successful and some of which introduced film techniques. He is remembered for The Birth Of A Nation, Intolerance, and Way Down East.

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1890sJack Warner: For contributions to Cinema. President of Warner Bros and the man who made most of the important decisions from hiring stars to buying scripts, Warner and is therefore a name synonymous with movies.

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1900s Walt Disney: For contributions to Cinema and Television. Arguably the most famous and most successful figure in the history of Cinema, Disney started out as an animator eventually changing the way animation was created and viewed. After a slow start he created Mickey Mouse, Silly Symphonies, before eventually moving into movies – which nobody believed could be successful. He is remembered for works including Snow White And The Seven Dwarves, Pinocchio, and Cinderella.

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1910s: Ernest Borgnine: For contributions to Cinema, Theatre, and Television. A young Borgnine had shown no interest in acting and after a Navy career during WWII his mother suggested he try it out due to his personality. After a few years on stage he began picking up minor roles in increasingly big movies and picking up a shock Oscar for Best Actor in 1955. Working into his 90s, Borgnine was known as one of the kindest and most dependable people in the business, and is remembered for works including Marty, Airwolf, and The Wild Bunch. 

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1920s: Stan Lee: For contributions to Cinema and Television. Stan Lee is to comics what Disney is to animation. The godfather of comic books, his works have been part of world culture since the 1950s and it is difficult to think of anyone who has had a more lasting a important impact than him. His works began to be turned in to TV shows and movies (both animated and otherwise) and he has appeared frequently in movies based on his creations (and otherwise) in cameo roles. He is known for creating Spiderman, The Incredible Hulk, and X-Men.

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1930s: Bob Denver: For contributions to Cinema and Television. In the midst of a teaching career, Denver auditioned for a role on a TV show, won it, and moved on from there to appear in a number of iconic shows and sporadic movies performances. He is remembered for works such as Gilligan’s Island, The Many Loves Of Dobie Gillis, and Who’s Minding The Mint?

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1940sKatharine Ross. For contributions to Cinema, Television, Theatre, and Literature. After finally making a few performances in TV, Ross won a number of roles in major movies before hitting it big in the late 60s and earning Oscar and Bafta nominations. Since then she has largely preferred stage acting, TV movies, and writing. She is known for works including The Graduate, Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid, and The Stepford Wives.

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1950s: Dale Midkiff. For contributions to Cinema, Television, and Theatre. Midkiff started his career on the stage before embarking on a long and varied run on TV movies, series, and the occasional big screen outing. He is known for works including Pet Sematary, Elvis and Me, and The Magnificent Seven.

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1960sOlivia d’Abo. For contributions to Cinema, Television, Theatre, and Music. Appearing in her early teens in a hit movie, d’Abo has carved an impressively varied career appearing in many notable movies and shows, as well as giving her vocal talents to bands and videogames. She is known for works including The Wonder Years, Conan The Destroyer, and The Legend Of Tarzan.

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1970sCharlize Theron. For contributions to Cinema and Television. Starting out as a model and dancer, Theron was spotted by a talent agent and popped up in increasingly larger films with more renowned directors before winning an Oscar in 2003. Since then she has been one of Hollywood’s most critically successful actresses, and is known for works including Fury Road, Monster, and Prometheus.

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1980sAnne Hathaway. For contributions to Cinema, Television, Theatre, and Music. One of the most successful of the teen actresses from the late 90s, Hathaway transitioned to adult roles with great commercial and critical success and remains one of the most sought after actresses working today, appearing in works including The Dark Knight Rises, The Princess Diaries, and Interstellar. 

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1990sJennette McCurdy. For contributions to Cinema, Television, and Music. Aside from being a writer, singer, and Producer, McCurdy is most well known for her TV roles. While making some big screen outings, she is most known for works including iCarly, Lincoln Heights, and Between.

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In addition to the stars and statues erected in honour of those above, the following attractions have been unveiled.

Walt Disney Galaxy: A country-sized attraction which brings together every version of every Disney themed park and ride to have ever been built on Earth. Imagine walking through the original Disneyland from 1955, turning a corner and entering Disney California Adventure before eventually popping over to Euro Disney and Tokyo Disney Resort. Every ride, hotel, restaurant, garden from every edition of ever Disney owned park ever built is here! In addition, there are museums dedicated to the movies and sets and artifacts from each and every Disney movie and show, including those only animated on screen – brought to life here.

Stan Lee’s Marvel World: Similar to the above, this attraction focuses on the Marvel Universe and its characters – featuring every Marvel related ride and attraction ever designed on Earth. There are multiple themed hotels and restaurants, full scale sets from your favourite movies and comics to spend days in, and of course the opportunity to meet and talk with all your favourite characters.

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

Walk Of Fame Inductees May 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….

1880sMichael Curtiz. For contributions to Cinema. One of Cinema’s most prolific directors, Curtiz already had around fifty films to his name before moving to Hollywood and earning greater recognition. Although he continued to work into the early 1960s, it is his movies of the 40s and 50s which are most fondly remembered, including Casablanca, The Sea Hawk, and Angels With Dirty Faces.

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1890sHattie McDaniel. For contributions to Cinema and Radio. Arguably the most successful and most famous African American actor until the time of her death, McDaniel was also the first to win an Oscar. She is remembered for works including Gone With The Wind, Fantasia, and The Show Boat.

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1900sThelma Ritter. For contributions to Cinema, Television, Radio, and Theatre. One of my personal favourite screen performers of all time, Ritter took her time getting into movies but quickly racked up six Oscar nominations. Known for sharp-witted, quick talking characters, her performances were almost always one of the most memorable parts of the movies she was in. She is remembered for works including All About Eve, Rear Window, and Birdman Of Alcatraz.

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1910sRichard Denning. For contributions to Cinema and Television. Equally prominent between big and small screen, Denning had a long and varied career, and though he always seemed to just miss out on the role that would make him a household name, he remains well known for performances in Hawaii Five-O, The Day The World Ended, and The Creature From The Black Lagoon.

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1920sPeggy Lee. For contributions to Cinema, Music, and Television. Unforgivably snubbed by The Academy when she died, Lee was nominated for 1 Oscar and 12 Grammys. Known more for her music than her acting, she is nevertheless known for works such as Lady And The Tramp, Pete Kelly’s Blues, and The Jazz Singer.

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1930sRobert Blake. For contributions to Cinema and Television. Blake had a highly successful career as a child actor before transitioning to adult roles after a stint in the military. Facing controversy in his later life, he is now retired but is known for works including Baretta, Lost Highway, and The Little Rascals.

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1940sBilly Drago. For contributions to Cinema and Television. One of those actors who has perfected the ‘bad guy everyone wants to see get slaughtered’ role, Drago is a charismatic performer with a snarling, unique voice and a snake like charm. He is known for works including The Untouchables, Pale Rider, and Imprint.

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1950sMary Elizabeth Mastrantonio. For contributions to Cinema, Television, and Theatre. Tony and Academy Award winning Mastrantonio has appeared in a range of blockbuster movies, Broadway musicals, and hit TV series, and though it is over a decade since her last film release she is still known for works such as Prince Of Theives, Scarface, and The Abyss.

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1960sPaige Turco. For contributions to Cinema and Television. Starting out as a regular on a number of US soap operas, Turco has regularly moved between small and big screen where she can be seen in such works as The 100, TMNT Series, and Party Of Five.

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1970sRay Park. For contributions to Cinema and Television. Park has been a go to guy for stunts and martial arts in Hollywood for a number of decades and eventually made the transition to actor in his own right in works such as The Phantom Menace, X-Men, and GI Joe Series.

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1980sJason Schwartzman. For contributions to Cinema and Television. Part of the famous Coppola family, Schwartzman has continued the family’s tradition of high quality output by being an actor, writer, musician in a number of well received projects including The Grand Budapest Hotel, Big Eyes, and Bored To Death. 

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1990sGenevieve Hannelius. For contributions to Cinema, Television, and Music. An up and coming star, Hannelius has so far remained in kid and teen oriented work but as a teen herself this is hardly unexpected – there is no reason why she cannot continue her success into adulthood thanks to performances in works including Good Luck Charlie, Dog With A Blog, and The Air Buddies Series.

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In addition to the stars and statues erected for the people above, the following attractions have been unveiled:

In honour of Hattie McDaniel, the Museum Of Race In Film has been built: This Museum features rooms and exhibitions of learning and discussion around the numerous racial movements in film history, featuring movies and interviews starring those involved in and various pioneers of each movement, past and present, who ensure that Cinema is not simply controlled by the White Man.

In honour of Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, The Abyss Experience has been built: This underwater extravaganza is part hotel, part museum, and part entertainment complex – a massive recreation of many of the sets and ideas from the hit movie. Experience what it is like to eat, sleep, and live hundreds of feet beneath the waves, wander through see-through corridors and watch the sea creatures swim around you, and take one of our many tour submarines out for a spin.

Which attractions based on the stars above or any of their works would you like to see be created? Let us know in the comments!