Twenty-four new inductees are on their way to being trod upon at the Hollywood Walk of Fame, with new names being announced for the pedestrian celebratory walkway of non-pedestrian stars.
All of these twenty-four, including a number of musical, television, and movie stars are set to be immortalized on Hollywood Boulevard. Their "induction ceremonies," so to speak, will take place in 2013. Several of the names are so recognizable that you might assume they already have a star on the Walk of Fame.
Among the television stars you might recognize are Jane Lynch ("Glee"), Ellen DeGeneres ("The Ellen DeGeneres Show," oft-shortened to "Ellen"), Bryan Cranston ("Malcolm in the Middle," "Breaking Bad"), Katey Sagal ("Married with Children," "Lost," "Futurama" (voice), "Sons of Anarchy"), and Matthew Perry (need we say "Friends?").
Among the others in the list of inductees are Helen Mirren, Jennifer Hudson, James Franco, the Backstreet Boys, Javier Bardem, Viola Davis, Simon Baker, Olympia Dukakis, Penn & Teller, makeup artist Rick Baker, filmmaker and former "Happy Days" star Ron Howard, radio personalities Steve Harvey and (Shotgun) Tom Kelly, Jane's Addiction, New Kids on the Block, Janis Joplin, Usher, Thalia and Luther Vandross.
Technically, considering some of the inductees are groups, there are more than twenty-four inductees. However, that's just nit-picking.
Actress Marg Helgenberger and the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced the twenty-four inductees on Friday at a news conference on Hollywood Boulevard's star-lined sidewalk. Marg Helgenberger herself was honored with her own Walk of Fame star on January 23, 2012 at 6667 Hollywood Boulevard at in front of the historic Musso & Frank Grill.
To be clear, while the "star" is honored by a "star," they also have to pay for the star. A committee selects those celebrities it feels are eligible for a star; those who accept the honor must pay $30,000 in costs and fees. Since the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce is involved (Occupy Wall Street, anyone?) one would have to wonder if the $30,000 makes a profit for the Chamber of Commerce.
These five-pointed terrazzo and brass stars are embedded in the sidewalks along fifteen blocks of Hollywood Boulevard and three blocks of Vine Street in Hollywood, Calif. The Walk of Fame is administered by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and maintained by the self-financing Hollywood Historic Trust.
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