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August 8, 2002 |
"It's ironic that in Hollywood, where history is written on the wind and where our product deteriorates with time ... the cement in Grauman's forecourt is the only lasting memorial to artists who've made Hollywood famous." --Hedda Hopper, Los Angeles Times, 1953 * With no video, no lasers and not a single moving part, the colored slabs of concrete at Grauman's Chinese Theatre present an eerie interactive experience.
March 25, 2001 |
On a recent Saturday afternoon, in the northeast corner of the Mann's Chinese Theatre courtyard, mere inches from the spot where John Wayne left his prints, Rene Valadez, 25, and his girlfriend Christina Ramirez, 24, sank their own hands into cement for posterity. "If a tragedy were to happen," said Valadez, "at least my grandchildren would have this." Valadez owns a pool cleaning business. Ramirez is a legal secretary.
October 7, 2000 |
The recent surge of Hollywood real estate development suffered a setback Friday when backers of a high-profile shopping center adjacent to Mann's Chinese Theatre abandoned plans to build the complex. Failure of the $20-million project at Hollywood Boulevard and Orange Street stemmed in part from the bankruptcy filing of major tenant Frederick's of Hollywood, said developers Steve Ullman and Larry Worchell.
April 10, 1999 |
Six weeks before the movie battle begins, Daniel Alter and Lincoln Gasking arrived on the front lines of "Star Wars"-mania. Both young men have been camped out since Wednesday afternoon--Alter in front of the Mann Village Theatre in Westwood and Gasking in front of Mann's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood--in hopes of being among the first to buy tickets to the first screening of "Star Wars: Episode One--The Phantom Menace," which doesn't open until May 19.
March 22, 1998 |
So where are Demi, Julia, Jodie and Barbra? Granted, not every deserving movie star can have hand and footprints immortalized in the pavement in Mann's Chinese theater's famed forecourt, but take a look at these figures. Since Ted Mann bought Grauman's Chinese Theater in 1973, 28 men, including Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Tom Cruise, Eddie Murphy, Jack Nicholson and, most recently, Denzel Washington in January, have been enshrined in cement at the Hollywood Boulevard landmark.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 25, 1997 |
While Tony the Tiger got kisses from celebrities and posed for pictures after stamping his paws in cement at Mann's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on Thursday, his voice, Thurl Ravenscroft, sat behind the scenes as he has for the last 45 years. The 83-year-old Fullerton resident has provided Tony's voice in television commercials for Kellogg's Frosted Flakes since the character was created in 1952. He still makes about 15 new commercials for the cereal each year.