Hollywood Joseph Gets “Super” with Superheroes

Working right in the center of Hollywood means occasionally catching the celebrations of a big-time movie premiere! And that’s just what happened when Joseph stumbled upon the premiere of Captain America: The Winter Soldier — and all its stars!

The red carpet for Captain America: The Winter Soldier

The red carpet for Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Oh my goodness! I can’t believe my luck. A few weeks ago, just as I was leaving my post at the Hollywood Wax Museum, I realized that another big red carpet event was happening down the street at the El Capitan Theatre. There were so many onlookers and so many reporters and photographers… I figured it had to be a big deal, and it was! It was the premiere of the latest Captain America film, Captain America: The Winter Soldier!

captain-america-the-winter-soldier-trailer-0I had just read all about the movie online — it once again stars Chris Evans as Captain America, and picks up after the events of 2012’s The Avengers. This time, good ol’ Cap is on the hunt for an assassin known as the Winter Soldier. But who the assassin really is might surprise you … I can’t wait to see the film, which comes out in theaters all over the States on April 4th!

Clark Gregg -- and me with Jennifer Grey!

Clark Gregg — and me with Jennifer Grey!

 

Always toting my trusty camera, I decided to stop and take some photos. Seeing the stars walk the red carpet never gets old, and I was really excited because some of my favorite stars were in attendance! Clark Gregg, who plays Agent Coulson on ABC’s Marvel Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., was there to support his fellow Marvel stars — and he even brought along his wife Jennifer Grey, who I was lucky enough to take a “selfie” with. Remember her? She starred in Dirty Dancing, one of my family’s favorite movies.

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Anthony Mackie stops to chat with reporters.

Later, I caught a glimpse of Anthony Mackie, who plays Sam Wilson in the film (also known as the superhero Falcon)! He stopped and chatted with a lot of the fans who lined the red carpet… what a great guy!

Samuel L. Jackson greets the crowd!

Samuel L. Jackson greets the crowd!

I have to admit — I was most excited to see Samuel L. Jackson… Nick Fury himself! He is back as the head of S.H.I.E.L.D. in Captain America: The Winter Soldier – but I remember him best from other great movies like Pulp Fiction, Django Unchained, and the remake of Shaft.

Working in Hollywood is the best! You never know when you might run into a gaggle of superheroes right on Hollywood Boulevard! Hope to see you at the Hollywood Wax Museum soon!

Thanks, Joseph! What a great story! Readers, it’s your turn: Who’s your favorite Marvel superhero? Iron Man? The Hulk? Captain America? Post your comments below, or over on Facebook.

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The Muppets Come to Hollywood Boulevard

Muppets Most Wanted comes to theatres today, Friday, March 21st!

Muppets Most Wanted, now in theatres!

The latest Muppet film, Muppets Most Wanted, launched into theatres today. Lucky for us, we caught a glimpse of our favorite Muppets and their human co-stars, including Ricky Gervais (Night at the Museum) and Ty Burrell (ABC’s Modern Family) at the red-carpet premiere right down the street from the Hollywood Wax Museum!

The movie finds the Muppets gang going on a grand European tour. But in the meantime, poor Kermit gets mistaken for a criminal mastermind named Constantine — who happens to look like everyone’s favorite frog — and is thrown in jail! Constantine (masquerading as Kermie) and his evil cohort Dominic (Gervais) end up joining the Muppets on their tour in order to pull off an international jewel heist. Can the Muppets find Kermit before it’s too late?

Fans and photographers gathering for the Muppets Most Wanted premiere.

Fans and photographers gathering for the Muppets Most Wanted premiere.

The Muppets Most Wanted premiere took place at the El Capitan Theatre on March 11th, and the street was teaming with Muppet fans! As you can see, the entire boulevard was taken over for the big event — so we took our place amongst tons of fans and a gaggle of photographers to see all the stars in attendance.

The Muppets themselves even showed up in their very own limo!

The Muppets arrive in their own limo! (Photo: AP)

Gonzo, Walter, Scooter, and Animal arrive in their own limo! (Photo: AP)

Did you know the original Kermit puppet was created from a discarded beige coat and a few ping pong balls? These days, Muppets like Gonzo, Walter, Scooter, and Animal are made from a special fleece that can be cut and shaped to the builder’s whims. And all the stitching is “invisible,” thanks to a technique that mastermind Jim Henson invented…

Who’s your favorite Muppet? Post below, or over on Facebook!

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Tommy Chong Visits Hollywood Wax Museum!

You never know who you’ll see on Hollywood Blvd, but if you have a sharp eye like our own Hollywood Wax Museum box office staffer, Veronica, you might just realize that the “homeless” man claiming to be Gawd is none other than Tommy Chong!

Tommy Chong After recognizing one of her favorite actors from That 70’s Show, Veronica got to meet and take a picture with Gawd himself. Tommy was on the Boulevard filming his new movie “It’s Gawd!” across the street in front of the Guinness World Records Museum. Other Wax Museum staffers saw him standing alone in costume on the corner of Hollywood & Highland for quite a while, but didn’t give him a second look, which makes us wonder about potential insights he gained for the film.

The indie comedy centers on Earth’s misunderstood creator who attempts to reconnect with mankind via a nightly variety show. It’s expected to be released later this year. Writer-director-composer Gerald Brunskill, who wrote and will make his feature directorial debut with the movie, says he came up with the idea while touring with Neale Donald Walsch, author of the book series Conversations With God.

Stay tuned to find out if we see other stars of the film like Rebecca Mader (Lost, Iron Man 3), Booboo Stewart (The Twilight Saga, X-Men) or Luke Perry (Beverly Hills, 90210)!

We’d love to hear your stories about spotting stars! Post here or on Facebook.

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Entourage Movie Films in Front of Hollywood Wax Museum

Hollywood Joe had more than the usual excitement on Hollywood Boulevard today as Entourage star Kevin Dillon (Johnny Drama Chase) drove by the Hollywood Wax Museum… again, and again, and again…

That’s right! He was filming a scene for the long-anticipated Entourage feature film that is slated for release in June, 2015 and finds Vincent Chase (Adrian Grenier) and his gang “hustling” their way through Hollywood. Notice there are eight crew members on the film truck catching the action!

Kevin Dillon films Entourage in front of Hollywood Wax Museum

Hollywood Joe grabbed this shot from the Guinness World Records Museum

Hollywood Joe grabbed this shot from the Guinness World Records Museum

Unless significant changes are made before they wrap, the storyline revolves around Vinnie’s leading role in a film adaptation of “Dracula” six months after the events of the series finale on HBO. Fans might get to find out what happened in Paris, or at least, what became of Ari Gold (Jeremy Piven) after quitting his job at the Murphy Lavin Group talent agency!

Newbies will get the joy of being privy to the strong male friendships that were the backbone of the Golden Globe winning TV series. In fact, just a few days ago, the cast celebrated the big 40 for Kevin Connolly (Eric Murphy) together! And, just in case you missed it, Kevin Dillon is younger bro to Matt Dillon!

Hollywood Joe hears they’ll be shooting in LA for a total of 35 production days (and using over 2,000 extras!). So keep an eye out… your favorite Entourage star could be at the wheel of the car next to you!

What are you hoping to see in the Entourage movie? Post below or on Facebook.

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Hollywood Joe’s Top Picks: Celebrity Fashion Lines

Cup of Hollywood JoeHollywood Joe always gets bitten by the fashion bug during Awards Season. It’s so much fun to get swooped up in the glamorous looks of the stars, thanks to bevy of red carpet events that take place on Hollywood Blvd. just down the street from Hollywood Wax Museum. We love starting off the New Year on the right pair of stilettos!

Despite having to wait another year for the next round of prestigious award ceremonies for our fashion fix, many celebs have come to our rescue by creating their own fashion lines. Here are some of our favs:

While most may remember Jessica Simpson from her music career, reality show with jessica simpson fashionthen-husband Nick Lache, or her Daisy Duke days, these days she’s a fashion entrepreneur to be reckoned with! Her self-titled Jessica Simpson  line includes everything from lingerie to maternity wear, and her combined retail empire is expected to become the first celebrity brand to achieve over $1 billion in annual sales. Her apparel and accessories can be scooped up in a variety of department stores. We bet people are no longer doubting this blonde bombshell, who once infamously questioned if Tuna was Chicken or Fish.

lauren conrad fashion lineAnother fashion line that’s found solid ground is LC for Lauren Conrad , which can be found at Kohl’s. Originally debuting with a shaky reception at Nordstrom, the reality TV star turned fashion designer realized she needed to make her clothes, sunglasses, jewelry and more available to her young fans. The switch has proved to be successful as her line continues to flourish. Recently we caught wind of a great interview Lauren gave when she was put on the spot with a very awkward question. After being asked, “What’s your favorite position?” she replied, without missing a beat, “CEO.” Now there’s an attitude we can stand behind!

And it appears we’re not the only ones. Lauren’s popularity has landed her covers on top fashion magazines such as Lucky, Marie Claire, and StyleWatch, and her 2012 Glamour Cover was the highest selling issue of the year with nearly 500,000 copies sold.jayz rocawear

Hollywood Joe can’t leave out Jay-Z’s immensely successful Rocawear, which has been on the scene since 1999. The new Brooklyn’s Own collection is a tribute to his stomping grounds and gives a fresh perspective to the area’s monumental locations. His hip-hop inspired jeans, hoodies, sneakers, and more can be found in department stores, specialty stores and, soon, on his revamped website shop.

Of course, these are just a few of the many celebrity lines to enjoy! We’re looking forward to the spring release of 16 dresses from the new partnership between Tommy Hilfiger and Zooey Deschanel. And, we already love Sarah Jessica Parker’s recently-debuted  SJP Collection at Nordstrom. Right now, you can Pin to Win a shoe wardrobe from her collection worth $2,000! Just make sure to enter by March 14.

SJP Collection

If you’re looking for more celebrity fashion pieces, ABC has a great article on a variety of lines including prices and what you can expect.

Are you swept up in celeb-created clothes and other wearable products? Tell us about your favorites here and post pics on our Facebook!

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Hollywood Blvd Is Getting Its Oscar Night Makeover

Hollywood Joe gives you a sip of entertainmentHollywood Joe can taste the excitement surrounding Sunday Night’s 86th Academy Awards Ceremony. We love getting caught up in the buzz while the Hollywood Blvd Oscar preparations are in full force just down the street from the Hollywood Wax Museum.

And, if you’re anywhere near the Museum or the Guinness World Records Museum, located across the street, you can’t miss the construction crews hard at work.

life size oscar statueWe couldn’t resist getting a shot of these larger than life Oscar Statues, appropriately labeled with “heavy” tags. They’re still wrapped in plastic coverings but it was pretty neat seeing them start to arrive. The actual statuette the winners take home weighs in at 8 1/2 pounds and measures 13 1/2 inches in height, making it much easier to display on the mantle than their life-size replicas!

Oscar Prep

To the right you can see the billboard of Academy Awards host Ellen DeGeneres who we anticipate will be a great host for the evening ceremonies, along with a few of the numerous tents being set up to accommodate attendees and news crews.

Hollywood Joe was happy to snap a few pictures of the set-up before Los Angeles, CA got hit with its first storm in months! No doubt the weather will make setting up the bleachers, tents, and red carpet a bit more challenging than planned, but it hasn’t stopped crews from working at full speed to be ready to welcome all of our favorite Hollywood celebrities.

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Above is  a great close-up of one of the larger tents being constructed that sits just across from the El Capitan. As you can see, getting ready for the Oscars is a Hollywood Production in itself!

Dolby Theater

In the picture to the left you can glimpse the walkway that’s been constructed over the Blvd that leads to the Dolby Theatre, where the ceremony will be held. While the Theatre has been home to the Awards Show  since 2001, did you know that the very first ceremony in 1929 took place out of the public eye completely? An Academy Banquet was held at the prestigious Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel where 270 people attended. At the time, this was a huge event for the Hotel and Hollywood, and garnered lots of attention despite the lack of cameras.

If you’re in the Hollywood area and plan on visiting us or hoping to do some celebrity spotting this weekend, make sure you check out this article for street closures and alternative routes.

Also, there’s still time to enter our Oscar Sweepstakes, where four lucky winners will take home VIP packages comprised of Hollywood Wax Museum Tickets and souvenirs! Make sure to enter your predictions for the top award categories before Sunday for a chance to win.

What’s your favorite part of the Academy Awards Ceremony? Share with us on Facebook, thanks!

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Get the Red Carpet Treatment from Hollywood Wax Museum

oscars goody bagWith the Oscars right around the corner, it’s hard not to get caught up in the glamorous celebrations of the biggest event in Hollywood! Lavish parties, stunning gowns, and $80,000 gift bags… Wait, what?! According to this article in US Weekly, the Oscar nominees that don’t take home the gold statue walk away with these pricey gift bags. Not a bad consolation prize!

The goodie bags include a bevy of items from resort stays and weight loss products to pet supplies and gourmet condiments, such as pure organic maple syrup valued at $280.

Keeping with the spirit of the Awards Season, Hollywood Joe is happy to announce the oscar sweepstakesHollywood Wax Museum Oscar Sweepstakes and a chance for you to win VIP museum tickets and a souvenir gift package of your own! To enter, just select your predictions for the top awards on the big night. Four winners will receive 4 VIP tickets to the Hollywood Wax Museum location of their choice (Hollywood, CA; Branson, MO; Pigeon Forge, TN; or Myrtle Beach, SC-opening Summer 2014) and a Souvenir Gift Package (total value of $220).

Speaking of souvenirs, here’s a sneak peak at some of the items winners can expect to see in their packages:

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To enter, click here and predict away! May the odds be ever in your favor.


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Breaking A Record on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame!

Hollywood Joe gives you a sip of entertainmentHere’s the scoop from Hollywood Joe on Hollywood’s newest star recipient: Jack Henry Harris! This American film producer and actor, best known for films including The Blob, 4D Man, and Equinox, nabbed his very own iconic star today.

At age 95, he is also the oldest recipient to be graced jack-harris-walkoffame-shotwith the honor. In fitting fashion, he accepted his Walk of Fame star in front of the Guinness World Records Museum across the street from the Hollywood Wax Museum this morning. One of 22 recipients slated to be awarded in 2014, his star is the 2,517th to be added to the famous stretch in Hollywood, CA.

With over 80 years of show biz experience ranging from his work in vaudeville theaters to silent films to producing, and eventually starting a highly successful international distribution company,  Jack is showing no signs of slowing down. Currently, he and his wife are collaborating with producers on another remake of the popular classic that made him famous, The Blob.

Congrats to Mr. Harris on all of his accomplishments including breaking a record in front of the Guinness World Records Museum!

 

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Celebrities on the Boulevard at Hollywood’s 82nd Annual Christmas Parade!

Hollywood Joe knows there’s nothing like an American tradition to celebrate the start of the Christmas Season, and what better way to welcome the sleigh bells and mistletoe than with a good, old fashioned parade in the heart of Hollywood?

Beginning at 5pm this Sunday, December 1st, the Hollywood Christmas Parade, which has been a staple in Hollywood for over 80 years, will once again fill the streets with celebrities including favorite TV stars and rising talent. The festivities will showcase all forms of entertainment from marching bands to rodeo performers and musical guests like Daughtry, Kenny Loggins, and Stevie Wonder. The festivities are the highlight of the Holiday season in Hollywood, and the route passes by both the Hollywood Wax Museum and Guinness World Records Museum, giving us a great front row view of the spectacular production!

PHOTO_KUV_Spoony-Riding-Elephant-In-Hollywood-Christmas-ParadeThe iconic Parade has a special place in our hearts. Back in 1968, Hollywood Wax Museum founder, Spoony Singh, rode an elephant in the Parade with Cissy from Family Affair (1966-1974) and Ernie from My Three Sons (1960-1972).

Interestingly enough, Spoony created the Hollywood Wax Museum nearly 50 years ago because there weren’t enough celebrities on Hollywood Blvd. He observed that tourists along the newly-created Walk of Fame longed to see the streets paved with stars and gave them the opportunity to see famous people while in one of the most famous towns in the world.

Now the longest-running wax museum in the country, the Hollywood Wax Museum remains a quintessential landmark in Hollywood and was recognized last year among the “Heroes of Hollywood” for “bringing energy to Hollywood Boulevard, helping spread the ‘brand’ of Hollywood around the world, and supporting community efforts that build the unique quality of Hollywood.”

Hollywood Joe wants to know if you’ll be here to enjoy one of Hollywood’s favorite classic events and say “hi” to the stars in person. Share with us on Facebook!

 

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Quentin Tarantino Plays With the Stars at Hollywood Wax Museum

It’s the season of giving, and November gifted the Hollywood Wax Museum with a visit from the one and only, Quentin Tarantino!

Hollywood Joe is happy to report that the two-time Academy Award Winning Director, who just happens to be the Hollywood Wax Museum owner’s favorite director, surprised us today with a visit we’ll be sure to remember.

Tarantino posed for a picture in front of our Hollywood Sign before taking the tour through the celebrity-filled museum. Perhaps the Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Brad Pitt wax figures were among his favorites…!

Best known for films such as Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction,  Kill Bill (1 and 2), Inglorious Bastards, and last year’s blockbuster Django Unchained, Tarantino has directed some of the biggest stars in Hollywood, not to mention giving a few of them their break-through roles. Did you know that aside from directing mega-hits, Tarantino is a talented actor in his own right? He appears in most of the movies he directs. Mr Brown, anyone?

Now that we’ve got Tarantino on our brains, we’re thinking this weekend is the perfect time to settle into a nice marathon. Which of his flicks would make the cut for your favorites? Share with us on Facebook. Thanks!

 

 

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