Marcia Cross Has Hollywood Visitors Desperately Starstruck!

Hollywood Joe brings us his latest account of a chance encounter with a Desperate Housewife!

Today at lunch I was following the latest Twitter updates that Jogasaki Burrito food truck was tweeting. It was parked a block away from the Hollywood Wax Museum!  Sushi burrito time!

On my way back to work I noticed a small gathering of people across the street. Even though this is a regular occurrence on Hollywood Boulevard, I was curious. So I headed over to see what the commotion was all about.

It was Desperate Housewives star, Marcia Cross, being escorted by her publicist! I couldn’t quite hear what they were chatting about over the street traffic and the constant clicking of the cameras.  Must’ve been something great because Marcia looked quite happy.   Seriously, I’ve never seen hair that red!

 

I imagined her acting like a villain – flashback to her crazy character, Dr. Kimberly Clark, on Melrose Place.  Yes, I admit that was my fav TV show in the 90’s!  We made eye contact right before I realized I still had leftovers smeared across my face.  Party foul!

Hope this Emmy and Golden Globe nominee hadn’t noticed…

Great report Joseph – next time be sure to pick up some napkins before running into a Hollywood star! Leave Joseph YOUR comments below!

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American Idol Finalist Visits Hollywood Wax Museum Branson

American Idol Finalist Siobhan Magnus Visits Hollywood Wax MuseumHollywood Joe and friends are singing all about a visit yesterday from American Idol finalist Siobhan Magnus!

The Season 9 star and punk rock cutie is in Branson, Missouri performing in American Idol Finalists Live! at the Andy Williams Theater.

Siobhan and her friends posed with hot celebs like Robert Downey, Jr., showing the fun, goofy side we all know and love!

Although she didn’t treat us to her awesome version of the Rolling Stones “Paint It, Black” it was a fun star sighting and she definitely rocked the house during her Hollywood Wax Museum visit.

She’s also knocking the socks off audiences  at American Idol Finalists Live! along with Diana Degarmo (now on CBS-TV’s “The Young and the Restless”) and Scott Savol from Season 4 and other amazing performers from Seasons 5 and 8. But, not for long. Siobhan has only three more performances (through Saturday, July 21) before the cast changes. So get your tickets today!

The next American Idol Finalists Live! runs from July 23 – August 18, 2012 and features different finalists from a variety of seasons, including Season 2 winner Ruben Studdard and Bo Bice, the runner up to country star Carrie Underwood in Season 4.

Here at the Hollywood Wax Museum Branson attractions, we love it when the stars Come to Play with the Stars! Thanks for visiting, Siobhan!

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Hollywood Wax Museum Employee Encounter With Wiz Khalifa And Chris Brown

Always up to something new, our very own Hollywood Wax Museum employee Joseph captures his subway ride to Downtown LA. 

Suprise run in with Wiz Khalifa!

Rapper Wiz Khalifa is friends with Snoop Dogg, who stopped by the shoot today.

Who knew LA had public transportation?! I tried out the MTA LA Metro Red Line from the Hollywood & Highland station and headed Downtown. The station’s right next to the Hollywood Wax Museum and totally convenient. I planned on being a “tourist” and exploring this area of town since I rarely get to visit. Map in hand, I stepped out of the subway and had every intention of heading to the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA). Yes, I love art – is that hard to believe? When I reached street level, I immediately noticed music sensations Chris Brown and Wiz Khalifa standing on the corner of 7th and Figueroa Street!

I guessed that they were filming a music video and turned out to be right. My trip to MOCA flew out the window. Instead, curiosity got the best of me, and I walked right over to the film crew and snapped a bunch of awesome shots. I could hear a distant beat playing over and over – sounded super catchy.

Chris Brown filming for music videoWiz has been in the rap scene since 2006 and reached popularity in 2009 with his single “Black and Yellow”. The video is a collaboration with Chris Brown (whose latest album F.A.M.E. earned him Best R&B Album at the 54th Grammy Awards). I got a great photo of Chris just before two security guards blocked the way!

It’s no Warhol, but it will be a great addition to my personal Hollywood Joseph gallery. Can’t wait to hear this latest jam when it hits the airwaves!

Thanks for the jammin’ post Joseph!

Readers: What’s playing on your iPod? Post your fav song of the week below and thanks for visiting!

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Hollywood Joe Poses With Actor Malcolm McDowell

Hollywood Joe is out on the town once again, visiting a very unique LA attraction and posing with an industry legend.

Many of you may not know the name Malcolm McDowell , but let me tell you this guy’s been part of the Hollywood scene for years. I was on my way to movie night at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery when I saw him. Sounds morbid but this is an LA attraction- which isn’t as cool Malcolm McDowell as the Hollywood Wax Museum in my humble opinion – but you can go to events right next to the resting places of legends such as Rudolph Valentino and Cecil B. DeMille.

The night I went, Stanely Kubrick’s Clockwork Orange was playing, which Malcolm has said was his best work.

Malcolm began his acting career in the 1960’s and hasn’t stopped. The man is legendary! Flip on the tube and you’ll see him in reruns of “Entourage” or hear his Shakespearean-like voice through multiple video games and animated works. My fav was his character Soran in the film Star Trek: Generations.

Most recently, he starred in the Oscar-winning movie The Artist (which is now out on DVD, yeah!) Looks like he’s got lots more gigs ahead. Live long and prosper Malcolm McDowell.

Thanks Joseph – always a pleasure hearing about your adventures in Hollywood!

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Katy Perry’s Free Concert On Hollywood Boulevard

Summer’s here and Hollywood Joseph brings you a sizzling new story full of entertainment! 

Katy Perry Free Concert in Hollywood Candy Bar Costume
Katy Perry Free Concert in Hollywood Candy Bar Costume

Happy 4th of July! I love summer – it’s got to be my favorite time of year. The sun is shining (well the sun’s out most of the time…this IS LA after all!), BBQ’s are fired up, tourists are visiting and Katy Perry is singing in the street!

Fireworks were definitely in the air during Katy Perry’s free concert on Hollywood Boulevard! There are so many great perks as a Hollywood Wax Museum employee, and watching Katy belt out hits like “Last Friday Night” tops the list!

Katy Perry Free Concert in Hollywood Set Up
Katy Perry Hollywood Stage Set Up

While working at our Starring You kiosk in front of Hollywood & Highland, I got to see the crew constructing a huge stage only 10 feet away. I was right in the middle of the action!

With the stage finally complete and a huge crowd packing Hollywood Boulevard, Miss Katy Perry appeared front and center wearing quite a flashy outfit! They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and, luckily I snapped quite a few! I stood up on my chair for a perfect, close view and came directly into Katy’s sight. Let me tell you, it was pretty cool when she pointed straight at me while performing “California Girls”.

Katy Perry Free Concert in Hollywood Tattoo
Katy Perry’s Free Concert on Hollywood Boulevard

Katy did the street concert to promote her new movie, Katy Perry: Part of Me, opening TODAY. The 3D movie documents the former folk-singer-turned-pop-icon’s life, both on and off stage. I must admit, her songs are super catchy and I did a bit of dancing during her 30-minute performance.

As if the day couldn’t get any better, Linkin Park (my all-time favorite band) made a surprise drop-in. Their album, Living Things, was just released, and “Burn it Down” is already this summer’s anthem.

Thanks for the scoop, Joseph!

Readers: Along with Katy Perry and Linkin’ Park, what songs are you rockin’ to this summer? Tell us all about your toe-tapping anthem below!

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On The Boulevard When America Gets A Walk Of Fame Star

America is known for the stars and stripes, but this time a very special star was given to America.  The band America that is!

Here’s what Guest Blogger and Hollywood Wax Museum employee Joseph had to say:

I got to party with some rock stars today… well maybe not party, but I did get to hang out with AMERICA!  No going through the desert required, just a typical day at work!

Joseph and Gerry Beckley of America

America’s members (who are from London) were most popular during the 1970’s, with their hit single “A Horse with No Name” and continue rocking out today. My personal fav is “I Need You”. I always turn the volume up when I hear that classic.

Hollywood Boulevard was packed for America’s Walk of Fame Ceremony

The ceremony was held right across the street from the Hollywood Wax Museum in front of Musician’s Institute on Hollywood Boulevard.

Billy Bob Thronton speaking at the Ceremony

I was surprised to see Billy Bob Thornton at the podium. But, it turns out he’s a singer and song writer for the group The Boxmasters. (I took a listen to their hillbilly rock ‘n roll, and it’s cool!) Anyway, he said America was one of his major musical influences.

America and John Stamos

I also had to scratch my head when I saw actor/musician John Stamos on stage with Dewey Bunnell and Gerry Beckley.

I knew he was a drummer who’s been performing with the Beach Boys, but I didn’t know about his connection to America.  So, here it is: In 2011, John teamed up with America at a charity event to benefit Mothers2Mothers, a non-profit that’s helping prevent the spread of HIV in Africa.  Very nice!

It was a little cloudy the day of the Walk of Fame Ceremony, but no So Cal rain. Congrats America!  Now I’m thinking I should start a band…

Thanks for your post Joseph! And, Happy July 4th to our readers!

Want to have your own Star Ceremony?  No problem! Next time you visit Hollywood Boulevard check out Starring You to get your own star! (And, it doesn’t cost $30,000!)

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Hollywood Encounter with Tom Cruise

Despite the Tom Cruise – Katie Holmes divorce news this weekend, our Hollywood Joseph sings Tom’s praises from his recent Hollywood encounter with the superstar. Take it away Joseph…

All my friends have come to know that I have a super ability to meet Hollywood celebs, so when a certain collector friend found out the Rock of Ages movie premiere was at Grauman’s Chinese Theater on Hollywood Boulevard (a short walk from the Hollywood Wax Museum), he begged me to go.  Now it didn’t take much beggin’ because I’d do just about anything for Rock of Ages star Julianne Hough, but I knew the tricky part would be tracking down the celeb he wanted me to meet. My friend wanted me to get TOM CRUISE’s autograph on his Maverick Top Gun helmet. I thought there was no chance, but I went for the celebrity autograph anyway because that’s what friends are for.

With the helmet in hand,  I got to Grauman’s early to get a good spot, and what-do-you-know: Tom Cruise was already there!  The celebs weren’t supposed to arrive until 6:30 pm and it was only 5… forget fashionably late!

I learned from people in the crowd that Tom makes sure he is early for everything so he can meet fans, do interviews and take lots of pictures.  I had to make my way through the crowd to get Tom’s attention, but once he saw the Mav helmet, he was just as excited as I was!

Before I could say anything, Tom yelled “I’ve got to sign this.  It’s amazing!” So there I stood, star struck, holding the signed helmet, and yeah it was pretty amazing! What a nice guy. Let me tell you, this star sighting was pleasantly surprising, and now, the Journey song “Don’t stop Believing” keeps playing in my head.

Thanks for this special Hollywood celebrity sightings post, Joseph.

Readers: What’s your favorite Rock of Ages song?  Let us know and share your thoughts about Tom Cruise on Facebook!

 

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Hollywood Joseph Meets Ted Movie Stars

Warning!  Celeb sightings at the Hollywood Wax Museum ahead!  Read on about Hollywood Joseph’s latest encounters!

Me with Mila Kunis!

A talking teddy bear? Really?  When I first saw the trailer for Ted – coming out tomorrow – I couldn’t believe one of my fave actresses, Mila Kunis, would be starring in such a wacky film.  But with comedies such as Forgetting Sarah Marshall and That ‘70s Show under her belt, I’m betting this will be another humorous hit.

After meeting Mila AND Seth MacFarlane (the movie’s director) in person, I’m adding Ted to the movie queue!

And yes, I did meet the stars thanks to my fantastic job at the Hollywood Wax Museum.  It’s always great to talk with our visitors (like YOU) and see how much fun they’re having at the Wax Museum and its neighbor, the Guinness World Records Museum.

Turns out that Hollywood celebrities love visiting us too! Mila was doing a scavenger hunt in Hollywood when she stopped by to ask for Wax Museum tickets as part of the game.  What are the odds?!  Of course, I jumped at the chance to snap a picture of the beautiful actress!  Don’t let those looks fool you, she is super cool and so down-to-earth!

Seth MacFarlane and Adam West

Then, Seth MacFarlane made an appearance at Adam West’s Hollywood Walk of Fame Star Ceremony in front of the Hollywood Guinness World Records Museum.  Move over Christian Bale, Adam is the original Batman dating back to the ‘60s.  How lucky am I to see so many celebs during work hours?

(BTW: Seth is best known for creating the amazing animated TV series, “Family Guy”.  Besides directing Ted, he also co-stars in the film with Mark Wahlberg and Mila Kunis. Mark plays John Bennett, whose teddy bear comes to life because of a childhood wish.)

Back to the Walk of Fame Star Ceremony: After Seth’s amusing speech honoring the legendary actor, Adam West, he was more than happy to pose for pictures with fans and ME!

Me with Seth MacFarlane!

As if that wasn’t enough excitEment for one day at work, the original Bat Mobile was parkedBat Mobile Across Hollywood Blvd from Hollywood Wax Museum right across the street from the Hollywood Wax Museum. Although I took this shot before we opened, the crowd ended up filling all of the lanes of Hollywood Boulevard.

Thanks for the post, Joseph. You’ve got it made in Hollwyood! 

Readers: Along with Ted, what summer films will you be watching?  Post below!

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Peter Mensah: True Blood, Sand, and Going Green

Hollywood Wax Museum employee Joseph seems to have more insight than the paparazzi when it comes to celebrities.  His latest scoop comes from small screen actor, but big time man Peter Mensah.

After a day at the Hollywood Wax Museum, I was on my way to the Pantages Theater to experience a little bit of Broadway in Los Angeles, when I saw my favorite Roman warrior. I remember Peter Mensah from his role as the messenger in 300.  Even though it was a short part (he was kicked into the black hole), it was definitely memorable. Now he’s on the small screen and back to the ancient battlefields. I have been glued to the TV ever since 2010 when Spartacus: Blood and Sand premiered on Starz.  Probably the biggest, best warrior on the show is Oenomaus, the trainer of the gladiators.  Oenomaus is brilliant, tough, and disciplined.  He is so strong on the show, that when I bumped into Peter Mensah, I almost ran in the other direction!

Peter Mensah

Hey, he doesn’t look so tough here!

Good thing I didn’t.  Peter was such a nice guy and even on his way to a charity event for Global Green USA to promote a clean environment. Originally from Ghana, Peter moved to England as a child where he studied martial arts, and in his post grad years, worked as an engineer.  Peter moved again to Canada to begin his acting career, and at the age of 52, he’s in the best shape of his life. (He’s 6’4″ seriously this guy is huge!)

His entertainment career is thriving, and as if he couldn’t get enough blood in the gladiator pit, Peter will join the cast of True Blood for Season 5, debuting this Sunday, June 10, 2012! Peter wouldn’t give me the secrets of the new season of Spartacus, but hopefully his role on True Blood doesn’t mean Oenomaus will be killed off after his capture last season! Ah… the suspense is killing me!  I’ll have to tune into True Blood on HBO to get my share of tough guy Peter this summer.

Thanks Joseph!  We look forward to seeing more of Peter Mensah!

What are your favorite TV shows?  Leave comments here to let us know!

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Hollywood Wax Museum Family To Be Honored At Heroes Of Hollywood Luncheon Today

The Hollywood Chamber Community Foundation is honoring selected community leaders at the June 7, 2012 Heroes of Hollywood Luncheon.

Hollywood Joe is so proud of Hollywood Wax Museum’s founders, the Sundher family, who will be among the honorees.

Jay Sundher, Kabir Sundher, Tej Sundher and Raubi Sundher own and operate the Hollywood Wax Museum, created in 1965 by their father and grandfather.

This means so much to the Hollywood Wax Museum and it’sfounders, who have been in the Hollywood community since 1965. Spoony Singh created the Hollywood Wax Musuem, and his family has been one of Hollywood’s most generous supporters ever since.

According to the “Heroes of Hollywood” Award Committee, the Hollywood Wax Museum brought energy to Hollywood Boulevard and has helped spread the “brand” of Hollywood around the world. The Sundher Family continues to support community efforts that build the unique quality of Hollywood and continue to improve the security and marketability of Hollywood. Their strong belief in Hollywood is an inspiration to both business owners and community supporters.

The Committee is comprised of members of the Hollywood Chamber who are volunteers and have proven to be community leaders themselves.

In addition to the Sundher Family, Honorees this year include:
-Dr. Kwang Yul Cha, Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center
-Officer Kevin Cotter and Detective Craig Marquez with Los Angeles Police Department -Officers Michael Ayala, Michael Coogle, George Islas, Sgt. Dave McCall, Sgt. Solomon Patton and Officer Leonard Sterling with the Sunset & Vine Business Improvement District Security
-Laurie Goldman, GO! Goldman Organization
-Albert Sweet, Occidental Entertainment Group Holdings, Inc.

Hugh Hefner will be awarded with the Hollywood Distinguished Service Award in Memory of Johnny Grant, a special award reserved for those outstanding individuals whose contribution and commitment to the Hollywood community rises to a level that implies a lasting positive impact to the city, the people and the dream that is Hollywood.

Congratulations to the Sundher Family and the other honorees!  Horray for Hollywood!

 

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