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Hollywood Walk of Fame

The Hollywood Walk of Fame comprises more than 2,600 five-pointed terrazzo and brass stars embedded in the sidewalks along 15 blocks of Hollywood Boulevard and three blocks of Vine Street in Hollywood, California. The stars are permanent public monuments to achievement in the entertainment industry, bearing the names of a mix of musicians, directors, producers and theatrical groups, fictional characters, others; the Walk of Fame is administered by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and maintained by the self-financing Hollywood Historic Trust. It is a popular tourist destination, with a reported 10 million visitors in 2003; the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce holds trademark rights to the Hollywood Walk of Fame. The Walk of Fame runs 1.3 miles east to west on Hollywood Boulevard from Gower Street to La Brea Avenue, plus a short segment of Marshfield Way that runs diagonally between Hollywood and La Brea. According to a 2003 report by the market research firm NPO Plog Research, the Walk attracts about 10 million visitors annually—more than Sunset Strip, TCL Chinese Theatre, the Queen Mary, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art combined—and has played an important role in making tourism the largest industry in Los Angeles County.

As of 2020, the Walk of Fame comprises more than 2,600 stars. The monuments are coral-pink terrazzo five-point stars rimmed with brass inlaid into a charcoal-colored terrazzo background; the name of the honoree is inlaid in brass block letters in the upper portion of each star. Below the inscription, in the lower half of the star field, a round inlaid brass emblem indicates the category of the honoree's contributions; the emblems symbolize five categories within the entertainment industry: Of all the stars on the Walk to date, 47% have been awarded in the motion pictures category, 24% in television, 17% in audio recording, 10% in radio, fewer than 2% in the live performance category. According to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce 20 new stars are added to the Walk each year. Special category stars recognize various contributions by corporate entities, service organizations, special honorees, display emblems unique to those honorees. For example, former Los Angeles mayor Tom Bradley's star displays the Seal of the City of Los Angeles.

The "Friends of the Walk of Fame" monuments are charcoal terrazzo squares rimmed by miniature pink terrazzo stars displaying the five standard category emblems, along with the sponsor's corporate logo, with the sponsor's name and contribution in inlaid brass block lettering. Special stars and Friends monuments are granted by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce or the Hollywood Historic Trust, but are not part of the Walk of Fame proper and are located nearby on private property; the monuments for the Apollo 11 mission to the Moon are uniquely shaped: Four identical circular moons, each bearing the names of the three astronauts the date of the first Moon landing, the words "Apollo XI", are set on each of the four corners of the intersection of Hollywood and Vine. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce credits E. M. Stuart, its volunteer president in 1953, with the original idea for creating a Walk of Fame. Stuart proposed the Walk as a means to "maintain the glory of a community whose name means glamour and excitement in the four corners of the world."

Harry Sugarman, another Chamber member and president of the Hollywood Improvement Association, received credit in an independent account. A committee was formed to flesh out the idea, an architectural firm was retained to develop specific proposals. By 1955 the basic concept and general design had been agreed upon, plans were submitted to the Los Angeles City Council. Anesco Construction Co. directors Garrie Thompson and Gordon McWilliams have been credited with the creation design of the stars for the Hollywood Walk of Fame. in 1955, the Hollywood Improvement Program were looking to give the community a visual uplift. Anesco were looking for new clients at that time. Coming up with an idea to place stars with actors names, thus paying tribute to the movie business, a prototype was presented to the Improvement Program, it was brown terrazzo star with John Wayne's name on it. They offered their business to do the construction; the decision makers loved the idea and meetings at the Brown Derby restaurant to discuss which actors or movie industry people would be deserving of the stars.

Other accounts exist for the origin of the star concept. According to one, the historic Hollywood Hotel—which stood for more than 50 years on Hollywood Boulevard at the site now occupied by the Hollywood and Highland complex and the Dolby Theatre—displayed stars on its dining room ceiling above the tables favored by its most famous celebrity patrons, that may have served as an early inspiration. By another account, the stars were "inspired... by Sugarman's Tropics Restaurant drinks menu, which featured celebrity photos framed in gold stars."In February 1956, a prototype was unveiled featuring a caricature of an example honoree inside a blue star on a brown background. However, caricatures proved too expensive and difficult to execute in brass with the technology available at the time.

She's All That

She's All That is a 1999 American teen romantic comedy film directed by Robert Iscove and starring Freddie Prinze Jr. Rachael Leigh Cook, Paul Walker and Matthew Lillard, it is a modern adaptation of George Bernard Shaw's play Pygmalion and George Cukor's 1964 film My Fair Lady. It was one of the most popular teen films of the late 1990s and reached No. 1 at the box office in its first week of release. Zack Siler is the big man on campus at his Southern California high school, his popular and narcissistic girlfriend, Taylor Vaughan, ditches him for a crude reality TV star from The Real World, Brock Hudson, whom she met on Spring Break in Florida. Zack consoles himself. Zack's friend, Dean Sampson, Jr. disagrees and challenges him to a bet on whether Zack can turn any random girl into the Prom Queen within six weeks. Dean chooses Laney Boggs, a dorky, unpopular art student. Zack attempts to befriend Laney, but fails utterly, as she pointedly ignores his advances and walks away. Zack's sister Mac encourages him to try again, make a proper effort to get to learn what Laney is interested in and cares about.

Zack approaches Laney again at her workplace and with the help of Laney's childhood friend, Jesse Jackson convinces her to give him a chance. Laney takes him to a small theater lounge. Intending to deter him, Laney has Zack called on stage to perform. Zack manages to improvise a show with the Hacky Sack he happens to carry in his pocket. Laney rejects him again after he attempts to charm her. Zack befriends her brother, in an attempt to stop this, Laney agrees to go to the beach with him once. Dean unexpectedly shows up with the popular crowd, Laney gets a chance to know them all. Preston invites them to a party at his house that night. Laney pretends to be busy but Zack persuades her go, enlists his sister to give her a makeover, transforming her and revealing her true beauty. At Preston's, Taylor is embarrassed by Brock and jealous of Laney, who she publicly humiliates and bringing her to tears. Outside Zack consoles Laney, telling her that by opening up to people there will be some bad with the good.

Newly popular, Laney is surprised to be nominated for Prom Queen and competes with Taylor for the crown. Zack and Laney begin to genuinely fall for each other. Dean begins to show an interest in aggravating Zack. Dean tries to invite Laney to prom. After falling out with Zack, Dean deliberately tells Laney about the bet and she forces a confession from Zack in public. Humiliated, Laney refuses to see Zack again. Unable to reconcile with Laney, Zack takes his sister to the prom, while Taylor arrives alone, thinking that Zack is still interested in her despite his refusal of her advances. A disheartened Laney reluctantly dresses up after some persuasion from her father Wayne and goes to the dance with Dean after he shows up at her house in a tuxedo to invite her again to be his prom date. At the prom, after a dance scene presided over by the school's resident DJ, Mac meets Jesse and they become friends. In the bathroom Dean boasts that he is succeeding in seducing Laney and has rented a hotel room with intention of having sex with her.

Jesse overhears, tries to tell Mac and they rush to warn Zack. Taylor is crowned Prom Queen with 56% the votes. Laney is magnanimous, as she believes the right person won, leaves the prom with Dean. Taylor's victory proves hollow, however as all of her friends have turned their backs on her due to her cruelty towards Laney. Zack is too late and loses track of them. Laney returns home, to find her father and Simon waiting up for her, Zack is there waiting too. Laney explains. Zack confesses his true feelings to Laney, asks for forgiveness as well as the chance to further their relationship, which she grants. Laney tells Zack that she is considering art school after graduation, Zack jokingly tells her that she has inspired him to pursue a career in performance art. After they dance and kiss, Laney asks Zack about the bet, Zack responds that he will honor the terms. At the graduation ceremony, it is revealed. Zack is strategically carrying a soccer ball to cover himself. Zack takes the stage, Laney catches the soccer ball and reacts with a smile, as the students applaud.

The film had an impressive ensemble cast of upcoming actors including, Kieran Culkin, Oscar winner Anna Paquin, musician Usher Raymond, Gabrielle Union in her film debut, Dulé Hill and Lil' Kim. Jodi Lynn O'Keefe was known for Nash Bridges but this was only her second film role. Producer Richard N. Gladstein puts it, "There were other films that you could've seen them in, but they weren't the leads in those films." According to Robert Iscove Harvey Weinstein was involved in script development and involved in casting, was able to get great actors in small parts, as a personal favor. Kevin Pollak said he signed up for the movie in part because he was impressed with Freddie Prinze, Jr. in The House of Yes a few years earlier and was interested to work with him. Jodi Lyn O'Keefe describe her character as being unlike her: "Literally everything that character did was something I would never do. I mean, just every single thing. There wasn't a single moment where I was like, I can relate to that, personally."

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First Wives Club (TV series)

First Wives Club is an American comedy television series, based on the film of the same name written by Robert Harling, that premiered in September 19, 2019 on BET+. On November 26, 2019, the series was renewed for a second season; the First Wives Club will be set in New York City and follow "three women, Ari and Hazel who band together after their marriages fall apart, who find strength in their sisterhood – and of course a little revenge." Michelle Buteau as Bree Jill Scott as Hazel Ryan Michelle Bathe as Ari Mark Tallman as David RonReaco Lee as Gary Malik Yoba as Derrick On March 13, 2016, it was announced that TV Land had given a pilot order to the production. The episode was set to be written by executive produced by Jenny Bicks. On June 3, 2016, it was reported that Karen Rosenfelt would executive produce the series and that Paramount Television would serve as the main production company for the project. Both Rosenfelt and Bicks had been producers on the original 1996 film. TV Land revealed the premise of the pilot, described as "Set in present-day San Francisco, the story revolves around three women – friends and classmates in the'90s – who reconnect after their close friend from college dies in a freak accident.

When they discover that they are all at a romantic crossroads, they band together to tackle divorce and life's other annoying challenges." On November 11, 2016, it was announced that TV Land had passed on the pilot but that it was possible for it to be redeveloped. On March 30, 2017, Kevin Kay, president of Paramount Network, TV Land, CMT, talked about the series in an interview with Deadline Hollywood. In the interview he mentioned that the intention was for the production to move from TV Land and to be redeveloped as a new pilot at the Paramount Network. On October 2, 2017, it was announced, it was expected that Karen Rosenfelt would executive produce this version of the project as well. On April 5, 2018, Paramount Network gave the production a pilot order, it was reported that Scott Rudin, a producer of the original film, would act as executive producer for the series. On April 19, 2018, it was announced that Paramount Network had given the production a series order for a first season consisting of ten episodes.

On November 27, 2018, it was reported that Paramount Network was reevaluating their plans for a night of dramedy programming and that as such the series would instead premiere on Paramount Network's sister network BET. On December 20, 2018, it was announced that the series would feature numerous easter eggs and callbacks to the original film including a newly-recorded version of the song "You Don't Own Me". On June 3, 2016, it was announced that Alyson Hannigan and Megan Hilty had been cast as two of the three female leads in the series. Hannigan was cast as Maggie, similar to Diane Keaton's character in the film, described as an English professor in San Francisco who once had aspirations of being a poet. Stuck in a failing marriage, it is after her old college friend dies that she decides to make changes in her life. Hilty was cast as Kim, similar to Goldie Hawn's character in the film, described as successful who had "aged out" of Hollywood, she continues to keep herself in shape, acts in commercials, hopes for her big break to come along.

Divorced and living with her 8-year-old son, she is happy to have her old friends in her life again. That month, it was reported that Vanessa Lachey had been cast to round out the trio of main characters, she was cast as Sasha, a successful chef with a girlfriend she plans to marry who begins to question settling down once her friends reenter her life. In August 2018, it was announced that Michelle Buteau, Jill Scott, Ryan Michelle Bathe had been cast in the lead roles of the second iteration of the series. On September 24, 2018, it was reported that Mark Tallman, RonReaco Lee, Malik Yoba had been cast in the series' lead male roles. Principal photography for the series commenced on September 2018, in New York City. Filming had concluded by the week of December 10, 2018. On December 20, 2018, a "first look" still image from the series was released featuring Michelle Buteau, Jill Scott, Ryan Michelle Bathe in character as Bree and Ari, respectively. First Wives Club on IMDb