January 9, 2010
I read with great interest your piece devoted to the selection of performers for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ["The Genesis of a Progressive Rock Trend?," Jan. 1, by Mike Boehm]. As pointed out, there is clearly an inconsistency and bias in the decision-making process, which has left many deserving artists overlooked year after year. I agree that the Fifth Dimension are well worthy of consideration and clearly the Monkees' extreme commercial success combined with their teen idol reputation seems to work against them, though in a fair and balanced world they would have been admitted years ago. However, the Hall of Fame board is particularly guilty of a boy's club mentality that passes over female talent as if they are second-class citizens.
March 4, 2012
If you go Pinball Hall of Fame, 1610 E. Tropicana Blvd., Las Vegas; http://www.pinballhall.org . Open 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays, 11 a.m.-midnight Fridays and Saturdays. Closed major holidays. Free admission.
February 6, 2010
50 Years ago Monday (Feb. 8, 1960), construction began 2 1/2 Miles of sidewalk adorned with stars 10 million Visitors last year 1st star Producer Stanley Kramer 2,400th star Singer Roy Orbison, installed Jan. 29 200 Empty stars to be awarded (with room, of course, for more) 12-15 Entertainment legends picked by committee each year to receive stars $25,000 Sponsorship fee for star installation and upkeep Source: Hollywood Chamber of Commerce
January 28, 2014 |
This post has been updated. See note below for details. Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill, Heart and Jason Mraz will appear together on March 4 as the annual All For the Hall benefit concert returns to Los Angeles to raise funds for Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum. Actress Rita Wilson will host this year. This marks the 10th year of the event which brings together country, rock and pop musicians to raise money to help sustain the hall of fame and museum's operations.
January 27, 2014 |
"Everybody Loves Raymond" ended in 2005, but the love persists. This spring, the Ray Romano sitcom will be inducted into the National Assn. of Broadcasters Broadcasting Hall of Fame at the NAB Show Television Luncheon on April 7. Series stars Ray Romano, Patricia Heaton, Doris Roberts, Brad Garrett and Monica Horan are expected to join series creator Phil Rosenthal for the induction ceremony at the luncheon in Las Vegas. Peter Boyle, who played Romano's father in the series, died in 2006.
June 3, 2009 |
News flash from across the pond: Becoming an overnight sensation can be hazardous to your health. You would think the legacy of Princess Di would have left a more permanent imprint about the hazards of celebrity, but no. It recently claimed two more victims. First, 10-year-old Hollie Steele was flash-fried by the spotlight, followed by Susan Boyle, whose brush with fame literally put her in the hospital (or "in hospital" as the English inexplicably put it).