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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Help Set A New Guinness World Record!

Hollywood Joe gives you a sip of entertainmentHave you ever wanted to go down in the books for setting a world record? Hollywood Joe has found the perfect opportunity!

The new CBBC show, Officially Amazing, that highlights weird and wonderful Guinness World Record attempts from around the world, is trying its own world record, and it all starts with your… FEET.

feetThat’s right, if you upload a picture of your feet, you could be a world record holder! The goal is to create the Largest Online Photo Album of Feet, and 50,000 sets of feet are needed to take the title.

So go ahead and schedule the pedicure you’ve been putting off and send in your submission for the chance to make it into the record books. Every participant gets a digital certificate of participation, and one lucky set of feet will earn an amazing prize!

So, Hollywood Joe and the Hollywood Wax Museum want to know… did you take the leap and submit, or what world record  would you love to break? Share on our Guinness World Records Museum Facebook Page!

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DWTS’s Karina Smirnoff Strikes A Pose With Joseph

Our own Hollywood Joseph rubs elbows with a leading lady of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars!

I had just wrapped up for the evening from another eventful day at the Hollywood Wax Museum when I had the lucky fortune to practically tango into Karina Smirnoff of ABC’s Dancing With the Stars. And can you say “Cha-cha-cha!” It’s moments like these that make me so grateful I never leave the house without my camera. I’ve been big fan of the show and something about watching the dancers and their celebrity partners waltzing around the dance floor  has always made me secretly desire to take dance classes. The pros, like Karina make it look so fun and easy, although I know that’s not the case.

Dancing With the Stars dancer Karina Smirnoff poses with Joseph.Not being one to miss an opportunity, I introduced myself to the Ukrainian beauty and told her how talented she was and mentioned my interest in learning a few steps. She was super nice and, as it turns out, actually owns her  very own dance studio in the San Fernando Valley. Perhaps I’ll finally take the plunge and sign up for a beginner’s Salsa course — and just hope I don’t step on anyone’s toes!

It’s clear I wasn’t the only one who wanted a few moments of Karina’s time so I thanked her for posing with me and continued on my way home. I think she was doing a few press interviews for the newest season of DWTS which premieres September 16. Her partner is Corbin Bleu, from the hit show Glee! I can’t wait to see this talented duo sizzle on the dance floor.

Karina Smirnoff and JR Martinez win Dancing With the Stars.

Karina Smirnoff and celeb dance partner, JR Martinez, take home the “DWTS” prize
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By the way, did you know that — besides being an internationally-recognized, award-winning ballroom dancer — she also graduated from Fordham University with a double major in Economics and Information Systems Programming?

Gosh, she’s multi-talented!

And I hear she’s also writing a book and has a workout DVD, “Shape Up with Karina.”

Glad to have had a quick rendezvous with her! Time to check out the rest of the new DTWS celebrity cast and to do a little bit more research on some beginner’s dance classes.

Wow! Hollywood Joseph practically dances with the stars. Readers: What do you think of the newest Dancing with the Stars cast? Who are you excited to see on the dance floor?!

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Betty White, Taylor Swift, and “Breaking Bad” Break Records!

New additions for the 2014 Guinness Book of World Records have been announced and Hollywood Joe is happy to bring you the scoop!

America’s sweetheart, Betty White, gets a nod for having the longest television career for an entertainer – 74 years! She’s best known for roles on The Mary Tyler Moore show, The Golden Girls, and most recently, Hot in Cleveland. Betty had a resurgence in popularity after her 2010 Superbowl Commercial and Dancing With the Stars Season 10 appearance!

Breaking Bad Cast

AMC’s Breaking Bad Cast

AMC’s monster hit Breaking Bad also stakes its claim after being the Highest Rated TV Series,  garnering a 99 out of 110 metacritic.com score for its fifth and final season! The show, which airs its finale on September 29th, 2013, has most certainly earned its place in part due to the brilliant acting, solid writing, and gritty suspense.

Taylor Swift, country music’s favorite scorned lover, also finds herself  recognized after her hit “We Are Never Getting Back Together” soared to the top of the iTunes Singles sales chart in just 50 minutes after its release! She’s also the first solo female artist to have two million-selling weeks on the U.S. Billboard album charts. We think it’s safe to say she’s getting the last laugh!

Now that you’ve gotten a taste of some of your favorite stars breaking world records, come check out whose footsteps they’ve followed at our Guinness World Records Museum in Hollywood, CA!

What do you think of these latest additions? What world record do you think you could break?! Share with us on our Hollywood Guinness World Records Museum Facebook!

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Joseph Bumps Into Vin Diesel!

Another sunny Hollywood Blvd walk during Joseph’s afternoon break lands him a chance to grab a picture of a hot action movie celebrity!

Vin Diesel, Hollywood Wax Museum

Vin Diesel giving Joseph the thumbs up!

After a fun and busy morning meeting guests at the Hollywood Wax Museum I decided to take a stroll on my break. It was an awesome sunny day, and you know I can’t resist checking out what’s happening on our block. Needless to say, this turned into one of the best breaks EVER when I happened upon Vin Diesel!

I mean, this is the guy from The Fast and the Furious movies, not to mention Boiler Room and The Chronicles of Riddick.

Speaking of which, the sequel Riddick opens today in theaters. Did you know Vin believed so much in this movie that he had to leverage his house to fund it? He said he actually would have lost his house if they hadn’t completed the project. Adding more pressure, they had to film it in 47 days, about half the time it took to film the orignal movie. Wow! Way to go Vin for believing so passionately in your work!

Another thing that’s cool about Vin… he’s not just a hero in the movies. Back in 2002, he rescued a family from their burning car! It happened when the car in front of him lost control and toppled over. Vin pulled off to the side of the freeway to help. He acted quickly to get the kids out from the back seat and then helped their dad crawl out of the passenger side to safety before the car exploded into flames. Talk about amazing!

All the excitement sure got my appetite worked up, so I stopped by the Snow White Cafe on my way back to work and took out some Spaghetti Bologonese in honor of Vin’s favorite food-Italian!

Wow Joseph! Thanks for the great story! Readers: Now we want to hear from you. What’s your favorite Vin Diesel flick and will you be seeing Riddick? Post your comments below or on Facebook!

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Joseph “Takes Pointers” From Vampire Diaries Star Nina Dobrev

Our own Hollywood Joseph caught sight of actress Nina Dobrev while enjoying a walk in Santa Monica. Little did he know she’d go on to win a Teen Choice Award the very next day!

If you’ve ever been to Southern California, you know that you’re never really more than a 30-minute drive from the ocean. It’s one of my favorite things about living here! I also love spending most of my days and nights working the box office at the Hollywood Wax Museum, but every so often on a day off, I head over to the beaches and boardwalks of Santa Monica.

Today, I did just that with a plan to relax for a while and buy a gift card for my nephew at Pacific Park  (you know, the place with the world’s only solar-powered Ferris wheel and an amazing view of the Pacific Ocean!). Anyway, I’m walking along the pathway heading to the pier when I see Nina Dobrev!

Nina Dobrev from The Vampire Diaries points at Hollywood Joseph in Santa Monica, CA.She’s the tremendous actress on Vampire Dairies who originally comes from Bulgaria (by way of Canada). I recognized her right away, since I sometimes watch the show with my niece (who absolutely LOVES her!).

You might also remember her from The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012) or the most recent version of the Canadian teen TV hit Degrassi.

Anyway, I took out my camera to snap a photo — and she pointed right at me! Cool, right? She didn’t have time to stop and chat, but I’m sure she must have been quite busy getting ready for the Teen Choice Awards tomorrow.

Good luck Nina!

 

Guess you were her good luck charm, Joseph! Nina took home the Fantasy/Sci Fi statue for her dual roles of Elena and Katherine on The Vampire Diaries. Readers: What’s your favorite activity when you have a day off work? Tell us in the comments below.

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Hollywood Joseph Crosses Paths With Game of Thrones Star

Our own Hollywood Joseph gets a taste of the fantastical Seven Kingdoms of Westeros when he meets “Game of Thrones” star Charles Dance!

Hey friends! You might have guessed that I can work up quite an appetite after meeting and greeting all our fun fans at the Hollywood Wax Museum … so don’t be surprised if you ever see me heading down the street to the historic Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel for a bite to eat. There’s a very cool burger joint right inside the hotel called 25 Degrees … you can have your burger any way you like it! Different toppings, all kinds of sauces. They even have a Yellowfin Tuna burger! Who knew?!

Charles Dance poses with Hollywood JosephAnyway, imagine my surprise when — just as I was tucking into my delicious food — I spied one of my favorite actors walking into the hotel … it was Game of Thrones star Charles Dance! I was so excited, I put my yummy burger down and asked for a quick photo. I couldn’t believe my luck! I mean, he’s so great as Tywin Lannister on Game of Thrones every week … but I also remember him from my childhood; he played the villain Benedict in one of my favorite movies as a kid, Last Action Hero starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. That was back in 1993, and let me tell you — Charles doesn’t look a day older!

Charles and I chatted about when Game of Thrones is returning to HBO — we’ve gotta wait until Spring 2014! — and how the show was recently nominated for an amazing 16 Emmy Awards. Afterwards, he went on his merry way … while I made my way back to my dinner. And I made sure to save room for one of 25 Degrees’ famous Salted Caramel Pudding desserts! Working in Hollywood is seriously the best …

What a great sighting, Joseph! Thanks for telling us your story! Readers, do you have a favorite character on Game of Thrones? Do you remember Charles as the villain in The Last Action Hero? Let us know in the comments below!

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Hollywood Joseph Spots Actress Zoe Saldana

Turns out, even stars have to take a break from their high heels! Our man-on-the-street blogger Joseph catches the Star Trek actress in a light-hearted moment.

As you all know, I work in the very center of Hollywood … and the Hollywood Wax Museum is pretty much in the center of everything that is cool about Tinseltown! As you also know, I get to see my fair share of celebrities. But it wasn’t until a few days ago that I saw someone taking her shoes off in a parking lot!

Hollywood Joseph spots Star Trek Into Darkness actress Zoe Saldana in Hollywood, CALet me explain … I was taking a power walk before lunch — when I caught wind of some commotion in a nearby parking lot. Guess what? It was Star Trek Into Darkness and Avatar actress Zoe Saldana! But I had to laugh — because as she crossed the lot to get to a waiting car, she was actually taking off her shoes! I just had to snap a photo for posterity! Guess she has the same issues with those super-tall high heels that all my female friends and family do…

Anyway, I realized it was just a few days after she celebrated her 35th birthday. And she definitely looked ready to celebrate that afternoon, gorgeous as always! Guess that’s why she’s known as one of the best-dressed actresses in Hollywood.

I’ve also heard she’s been filming a very cool sci-fi film based on the Marvel comic book — Guardians of the Galaxy. And she’s costarring in it with one of my favorite action stars of all time: Vin Diesel! I seriously can’t wait to see it.

Hope you had a fantastic birthday, Zoe!

Another fun sighting, Joseph! Keep ’em coming! Readers: Don’t forget that you can also keep up with Joseph’s adventures on our official Twitter!

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