Hollywood Wax Museum Meets John Goodman at Hollywood Walk of Fame Ceremony

When a celebrity receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, it’s a big deal! And, when the Hollywood Walk of Fame Star ceremony takes place immediately out front of Hollywood Wax Museum, it’s an exciting day for our team as well! That’s exactly what happened this past Friday when Actor John Goodman received his Hollywood Walk of Fame Star.

John Goodman Receives Hollywood Walk of Fame Star in Front of Hollywood Wax Museum

The Hollywood Wax Museum Loves John Goodman’s Humor. Nice Pose John!

Goodman first became a household name for his role as Dan Connor on the long-running sitcom Roseanne, and is currently starring in the hit movie “Kong: Skull Island.” His co-stars in the movie, Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson, joined the ceremony and spent some time chatting with our crew as well.

Tom Hiddleston, John Goodman and Brie Larson

Goodman Accepts His Walk of Fame Star Alongside “Kong” Co-stars Tom Hiddleston and Brie Larson

Goodman’s “The Big Lebowski” co-star Jeff Bridges also joined the ceremony and had the crowd in stitches when he pulled out his iconic thick brown sweater to pay his tributes to Goodman in his “The Dude” character made famous in their film.

Jeff Bridges at Hollywood Wax Museum

The Hollywood Wax Museum Staff Snaps Selfies with Jeff Bridges

Our own Tej Sundher spent some time with Goodman and was impressed with the down-to-earth character of the superstar. Jeff Bridges too was a great sport, taking pictures with our own version of Kong and posing for selfies with our staff.

Hollywood Wax Museum John Goodman Hollywood Walk of Fame

Left to Right – Hollywood Wax Museum Partner Tej Sundher, Hollywood Walk of Fame Committee Chair Vin DiBona, Hollywood Walk of Fame Honoree John Goodman and Hollywood Chamber of Commerce President Leron Gubler.

Jeff Bridges at Hollywood Wax Museum

Jeff Bridges is Checking Out Hollywood Wax Museum’s Great Ape

Our most sincere congratulations go out to Goodman and a big thank you to all of the celebrities and to the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce for letting Hollywood Wax Museum be part of this amazing day!

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The Wax Gives Back

Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center in Pigeon Forge was fortunate to receive no damage during the recent Smoky Mountains wildfires. We have been encouraged to see the support pouring in for the businesses and families who were impacted.

To do our part, Hollywood Wax Museum has donated $8,000 to local charities. The

Smoky Mountains

The Smoky Mountains are as beautiful as ever. Come see for yourself.

Pigeon Forge staff, as a team, voted on how to divide the funds.

We are happy to donate:

Smoky Mountain Area Rescue Ministries (SMARM) has committed to provide free clothing, furniture, toys, and other items from their thrift stores to aid families needing these items.

Pigeon Forge/Sevier County Relief Fund has been established to help families in need.  The city of Pigeon Forge and Sevier County have banded together to create an account at Citizens National Bank to aid people at the shelters and to provide long-term assistance for housing.

Sevier County Humane Society is working to reunite lost pets with their owners.  They are also boarding pets belonging to people that are temporarily living in emergency shelters that do not allow pets.

Pets Without Parents has accepted lost and missing animals, and is caring for them until they can be reunited with their owners.

We appreciate the efforts that these organizations are making to care for the businesses, residents, and pets of Sevier County.

The Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center- Pigeon Forge, as well as nearly all of the excellent hotels, restaurants, and attractions in Pigeon Forge, are running as usual. The region is still beautiful, thriving and as entertaining as ever. Perhaps it’s time for a visit. Come Play With The Stars!

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Hollywood Wax Museum Spared From Fires in Pigeon Forge

Pray for rain! We did and we got it, but not soon enough. As you surely know, the Gatlinburg/Sevierville/Pigeon Forge region experienced some scary wildfires these past few days, and many homes and buildings were destroyed.

Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center was lucky. We did not experience any damage from the wildfires and remain open for normal business. We are very thankful to everyone who expressed concern from both near and far. And, we’re especially thankful to those on the front lines who helped and continue to battle against the fires.

Hollywood Wax Museum was not  damaged by the recent fires in Pigeon Forge,  Sevierville and Gatlinburg

Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center in Pigeon Forge is Open from 9 am to 10 pm with No Damage from Recent Fires

Of course, we are saddened for our friends and the businesses that did not fare well from the fires in Pigeon Forge and surrounding areas, and we’ve been inspired by the quick action of our strong community and government agencies who are already pulling together to recover.

Today, Gatlinburg Mayer Mike Werner spoke about how others can help the region rebound. “If you really want to do something for Gatlinburg, come back and visit us,” he said. Others made it clear that the region is fueled by tourism, and many of the residents are dependent on the tourism industry for jobs to care for themselves and their family.

So, if you’re scheduled to or thinking about visiting Pigeon Forge, don’t let the recent fires dissuade you. The city’s Winterfest festival continues, Dollywood theme park reopen tomorrow, and restaurants and lodging properties are operating on normal schedules. We welcome you as do our fellow attractions, restaurants and hotels in Pigeon Forge, Sevierville and Gatlinburg. We are ready for our visitors.

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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.


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:

hollywood wax museum souvenirs

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

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