January 3, 2013 |
Helen Mirren, Oscar winner for her performance in 2007's "The Queen," was queen for a day in Hollywood on Thursday, receiving the 2,488th star on the Walk of Fame. She even had a king to attend to her in her new home. "The 'queen's' star," said Leron Gubler, Hollywood Chamber of Commerce president and chief exec, "is located right next to that of the 'king,' Colin Firth. We've kind of made this, in front of the Pig 'N Whistle, we've kind of made this a Brit location. " PHOTOS: Celebrity portraits by The Times After a few words from director Jon Turteltaub, writer-director David Mamet and Councilman Tom LaBonge, the droll Ms. Mirren had a few words of her own, captured on video by the chamber.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 4, 1998
I was disappointed to read Patt Morrison's June 24 column attacking the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and its administration of the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Sidney Poitier does have a star on the Walk of Fame. Jodie Foster has never been nominated for a star. Our committee would be happy to consider Foster, but cannot do so if an application is not submitted. To receive a Walk of Fame star is an honor--not an awards competition. Why present a star to someone who is not even willing to attend the ceremony?
March 27, 2010 |
Months after revealing that he was battling prostate cancer, Dennis Hopper was back in front of the cameras on Friday when he received the 2,403rd star on Hollywood's Walk of Fame. The 73-year-old actor, who disclosed his cancer last October, appeared to be in good spirits as he arrived for the ceremony on Hollywood Boulevard in front of the Egyptian Theatre. Nevertheless, the actor has lost a significant amount of weight; his face, shaded partly by a newsboy cap, was gaunt and a heavy jacket hung off his body.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 21, 1992 |
The troubled Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has hired a career chamber executive from San Pedro to revamp its operations. * Leron Gubler, 41, will replace Brooke Knapp, an aviator and former business executive who was fired as president in June after just under a year on the job. Her predecessor, Larry Kaplan, also lasted a year. Chris P.
December 4, 2012 |
The surprising demise of Cirque du Soleil's "Iris" at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood has disappointed local cultural and business leaders who had hoped the production would become a long-running presence in the city. Despite promises that "Iris" would run for 10 years, the consensus is that the show never captured the public's imagination, confounded by a low level of excitement in Los Angeles and high ticket prices, which rose to as much as $253 for certain VIP packages. "It didn't capture the fancy of Angelenos like 'Wicked' or 'The Lion King,' which became must-see events," said Leron Gubler, president of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce.
June 22, 2000
Even glitter and glamour can trickle down the economic ladder. In the wake of multimillion-dollar development initiatives in Hollywood, including the TrizecHahn and CineramaDome projects, a number of smaller projects have begun to sprout in the movie capital. Roughly 20 to 30 projects--primarily restaurants, clubs and retail/services stores--have recently been completed or are currently under construction or in the planning stages, Hollywood Chamber of Commerce President Leron Gubler said.