Here’s a photo of The Dolby Theatre getting ready for the Oscars this Sunday!
Before the day starts here at LA City Tours, some of us like to start the day atop the Dolby Theatre at 6am drinking our cup of ambition to get the day rollin.
With this sunrise in Los Angeles & Hollywood can you blame us? :)
“Star workers” put thier finishing touches on The Hollywood Walk of Fame for Hugh Jackman’s star ceremony tomorrow 12/13/12.
The Hollywood Chamber will honor Hugh Jackman with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Thursday, December 13, 2012. His star will be unveiled at 6931 Hollywood Boulevard in front of Madame Tussauds Hollywood where his wax figure depicting him as Wolverine is on display. “Fans from around the world have been consistently asking when this star will be dedicated,” said Walk of Fame producer Ana Martinez. “We are happy to say that now is the time! Hugh is one of the world’s most popular actors and we are excited that he is joining our Walk of Fame family.”
Australian native, Hugh Jackman made his first major U.S. film appearance as Wolverine in the first installment of the “X-Men” franchise, a role he reprised in the enormously successful X2 and X-Men: The Last Stand in 2006. Most recently in the franchise, he played Wolverine in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which serves as a prequel to the popular series and grossed an outstanding $85 million domestically in its first weekend of release in May 2009. Audiences will again see Jackman in the popular role in the next X-Men chapter titled The Wolverine, which just wrapped in Australia.
Jackman will next star in the much-anticipated film adaptation of the hit musical, Les Miserables, directed by Tom Hooper (of The King’s Speech), co-starring Anne Hathaway and Russell Crowe. The Universal Pictures film is slated for wide-release on December 25, 2012.
Most recently, Jackman lent his vocal talents to the DreamWorks family holiday adventure, Rise of the Guardians. He also starred in director, Shawn Levy’s successful robot boxing drama, Real Steel in October 2011.
Jackman made his return to the Great White Way in his one-man show “Hugh Jackman – Back on Broadway” in the Fall of 2011. Backed by an 18-piece orchestra, the revue, which previously opened to rave reviews during its limited engagements in San Francisco and Toronto earlier that year, was comprised of both Broadway hits and a selection of some of his personal favorite standards. Although the show ran only until the end of the year, Jackman’s continued dedication to the Broadway community was feted at the 2012 Tony Awards, where he received a Special Award from the Tony Awards Administration Committee, recognizing his accomplishments both as a performer as well as a humanitarian.
In the fall of 2009, Jackman appeared on Broadway in the Keith Huff penned “A Steady Rain.” Co-starring Daniel Craig, the play tells the story of two Chicago cops who are lifelong friends and whose differing accounts of a few traumatic days change their lives forever.
On February 22, 2009, Jackman took on the prestigious role of hosting the 81st Annual Academy Awards. Live from Hollywood, he wowed those in attendance and helped ABC score a 13% increase in viewership from the previous year. This wasn’t, however, Jackman’s first foray into Awards show hosting. Previously, Jackman served as host of the Tony Awards three years in a row from 2003 – 2005, earning an Emmy Award for his 2004 duties at the 58th Annual ceremony, and an Emmy nomination for his 2005 appearance at the 59th Annual ceremony.
In late 2008, Jackman headlined the 20th Century Fox’s romantic action-adventure epic, Australia directed by Baz Luhrmann. The film, set in pre-WWII northern Australia, sees Jackman as a rugged cattle driver who assists an English aristocrat (played by Nicole Kidman) in driving a herd of 2000 cattle across hundreds of miles of rough terrain where they must also face the Japanese bombing of Darwin, Australia.
Additional film credits include: Darren Aronofsky’s The Fountain, Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige, Woody Allen’s Scoop, Happy Feet, Flushed Away, Deception, Someone Like You, Swordfish, Van Helsing, and Kate and Leopold, for which he received a 2002 Golden Globe nomination.
For his portrayal of the 1970s singer-songwriter, Peter Allen in “The Boy From Oz,” Jackman received the 2004 Tony Award for Best Actor in a musical as well as Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle and Theatre World awards.
Previous theater credits include: “Carousel” at Carnegie Hall, “Oklahoma!” at the National Theater in London (Olivier Award nomination), “Sunset Boulevard” (MO Award – Australia’s Tony Award) and Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast” (MO Award nomination).
Jackman’s career began in Australia in the independent films Paperback Hero and Erskineville Kings (Australian Film Critics’ Circle Best Actor award and The Australian Film Institute Best Actor nomination). In 1999, he was named Australian Star of the Year at the Australian Movie Convention.
Jackman is involved in various aspects of philanthropy and works with Laughing Man Worldwide, Harlem Village Academies and World Vision to name a few.
The Hollywood sign turns 90 in 2013!
They just put the last bit of paint with the last bit of brush on the last bit of letter of the Hollywood Sign atop the Hollywood Hills, which you can see from miles away on a clear day.
The cost was $175,000. The Sherwin-Williams paint company donated $140,000 and the Hollywood Sign Trust, kicked in the remaining $35,000.
The Hollywood Sign was cleaned and scraped by hand and then protected with a pro industrial acrylic primer to prohibit rust and prevent corrosion.
Finally, a top coat of emerald exterior acrylic latex paint was used to cover the iconic landmark in white. This product will resist peeling,blistering, mildew and dirt pick-up. It sounds like an ideal skin care product.
Tinseltown’s biggest star – The Hollywood Sign has been restored to its full beauty once again thanks to a historic “face-lift” from Sherwin-Williams and The Hollywood Sign Trust. The whole project took over the nine-week’s to refurbish.
A cultural and historic landmark, the Hollywood sign is the pride of its owner, the people of Los Angeles. Sherwin-Williams Paints and The Hollywood Sign trust funded the project .
“The Hollywood Sign Trust is excited that Hollywood’s leading lady received two tons of makeup in time to celebrate her 90th birthday,” said Chris Baumgart, chairman, The Hollywood Sign Trust. “We thank Sherwin-Williams for participating in this public-private partnership to restore an American icon that is recognized as a symbol of hopes and dreams around the world.”
The products used for the Sign’s most extensive refurbishment in nearly 35 years are designed to help the Sign retain its crisp white finish, especially against the elements. To ensure the makeover endures the test of time, the existing coatings were removed from each of the letters, a time-intensive process completed almost entirely by hand. Next, painters applied 105 gallons of Sherwin-Williams Primer, and two coats 255 gallons of Emerald Exterior Acrylic Latex Paint. Emerald Exterior Paint offers extreme resistance to blistering, peeling, chalking, fading, mold, mildew and dirt pickup.
“We are thrilled to be a partner in this historic refurbishment and honored that Sherwin-Williams innovative products were selected to restore the Sign’s beauty,” said Jay Davisson, president and general manager, Sherwin-Williams Paint Stores Group. “For 146 years, Sherwin-Williams has been protecting and beautifying America’s most prized possessions, from the Golden Gate Bridge to the White House, andmany ballparks, museums and homes in between.”
THANK YOU SHERWIN-WILLIAMS & THE HOLLYWOOD SIGN TRUST!
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is delighted to honor Carole King, one of the music world’s most prolific songwriters, with star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6906 Hollywood Boulevard across the street from The Dolby Theatre. “She has written numerous songs that are ingrained in the hearts of many and conger up great memories of times past,” said Leron Gubler, Hollywood Chamber of Commerce President and CEO.
Singer, songwriter, Carole King was born on February 9, 1942 in Manhattan, New York and raised in Brooklyn. King’s amazing musical gift was apparent from the time she was a toddler. Already an accomplished pianist by the time she turned 10, King began writing a multitude of songs by her early teens. She wrote her first #1 hit at the tender age of 17, penning “Will You Love Me Tomorrow” for the Shirelles with then-husband Gerry Goffin. The dozens of chart hits Goffin and King wrote during this period have become part of music legend, but it was 1971’s Tapestry that took King to the pinnacle. It spoke personally to every one of her contemporaries and provided the spiritual musical backdrop to the decade. While King was in the studio recording Tapestry, James Taylor recorded King’s “You’ve Got a Friend,” taking the song all the way to #1. In a first for a female writer/artist, Tapestry won all three of the key Grammy Awards—record, song and album of the year—as well as best female vocalist honors for King. With more than 25 million units sold, Tapestry remained the best-selling album by a female artist for a quarter century, and King went on to amass three other platinum and seven gold albums.
King and Goffin were inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1987 and honored with their Lifetime Achievement Award in 1988. They were also inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990 as songwriters and were honored by The National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences in 2004 with the GRAMMY Trustees’ Award.
King was nominated for an Emmy award in 2000 for “Song of Freedom”. She was awarded the Songwriter Hall of Fame Mercer Founder Award in 2002. In 2004 the Library of Congress named Tapestry to the National Recording Registry, which deems sound recordings to be culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant. At the end of the 20th Century, King was named one of the “100 Most Important Women in Rock” by VH1 and was included on virtually everyone’s list of the Most Important Artists / Women / Songs /and Albums of Rock and Roll.
The crowning glory of King’s last half-decade was in April 2012, with the publication of her memoir, A Natural Woman. It debuted on the New York Times bestseller list at #6 and prompted Vanity Fair to say, “America is having a Carole King moment.” As a companion to Carole’s life story, Concord/Hear music released The Legendary Demos with 13 previously unreleased demo recordings, featuring some of her most celebrated songs from 1960-1970. The album is made up of original recordings featuring future standards “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “It’s Too Late,” and “You’ve Got A Friend.”
To date, more than 400 of her compositions have been recorded by more than 1,000 artists, resulting in 100 hit singles. She has won countless awards during her 50 + year career. Now 70 and still full of life, Carole King is, without question, the most successful and revered female songwriter in pop music history.
In addition to her continuously-evolving musical career, King, who has lived on an Idaho ranch since the early ’80s, is actively involved with environmental organizations in support of forest wilderness preservation.
There’s nothing like spending time with the family & friends during the Holiday Season!
Seriously! What’s bettier than a nice warm & cozy, house, roasting chestnuts on an open fire, and then snuggling up on the couch watching a great classic holiday flick?
Weather you got a new toddler in the house or you’re now a Grandparent watching TV with your kids and their kids, there’s nothing like starting a new or keeping an old FAMILY tradition alive!
Be sure to check your local listings!