Hollywood’s Leading Ladies And Joseph

Our fabulous Hollywood Wax Museum employee Joseph is definitely a star magnet-check out this round-up of leading ladies he’s seen around Hollywood!

Happy New Year Hollywood Wax Museum friends!  Like most of you, I’ve been busy thinking about the past year and making lots of New Year’s resolutions for 2013.  Know what I realized?  I’m one lucky guy for a bunch of reasons, including all the beautiful and talented actresses I got to meet in Hollywood this year. Here are just a few:

A few months back, I ran into Ashley Greene, who plays Alice Cullen (vampire sister to the iconic Edward Cullin) in all four Twilight movies. She wasn’t very hard to spot in that bright dress!

Ashley Greene with Hollywood Joseph

Just between us, I root for Team Jacob but kept that to myself during our quick meeting!  The series catapulted her into international stardom, along with her fellow cast members.  I found out she’s also made a recurring appearance on the TV show Pan Am…great series…too bad it got cancelled.  Ashley is a self-dubbed tomboy and daredevil – wonder if that means she’ll be playing an awesome action character soon??

Over the summer, I had chance encounters with two lovely ladies: supermodel-turned-talent agent Janice Dickinson and JT’s new bride Jessica Biel.

Janice was so cool. She was getting out of her car, and when I noticed who she was, I waved. Not sure if she thought she knew me (we did look like twins wearing white!), but she came right over and we took this picture together. How fun!

Newly married Jessica Biel poses with Joseph

Jessica’s new movie, Playing For Keeps, is out in theaters now. Looks like she’s keeping busy with recent hits like Total Recall and Hitchcock.  Mrs. Timberlake is certainly on a roll!

If I had to pick my top celebrity encounter of the last few months, it would have to be Emilia Clarke because she was super sweet AND she stars in the phenomenon that is HBO’s Game of Thrones as Daenerys Targaryen. Yes, I’m obsessed and counting down the days until Season 3 airs!!!  Also, the Brit landed the lead role of Holly Golightly in a Broadway production of Breakfast at Tiffany’s.  I can totally see her as Audrey Hepburn!

Naturally brunette, Emilia Clarke goes platinum for her role on Game of Thrones

What an amazing recap Joseph!  Hope you get to meet even more celebs in the new year!  Readers: What is your #1 resolution for 2013?  Post it below!

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LA Laker Steve Nash Visits Hollywood Wax Museum

Here’s the scoop from Hollywood Joe: The Hollywood Wax Museum’s Christmas gift was not a visit from Santa but an appearance by LA’s newest Laker Steve Nash.

LA Laker Steve Nash with Hollywood Wax Museum employee Joseph

The point guard scored points with excited fans and the Hollywood Wax Museum staff as he posed for pictures and visited with owner Tej Sundher, who he grew up with in Victoria, British Columbia. The two played soccer and basketball together in high school and maintained their friendship while Steve has been playing in the NBA and Tej has been operating the longest-running wax museum in the United States. Tej’s grandfather founded the original world-famous Hollywood Wax Museum at 6767 Hollywood Boulevard in 1965.

LA residents who haven’t yet checked out the classic Hollywood attraction with current star power should grab this Groupon. Los Angeles Groupon subscribers have two days left to buy a deal for the Hollywood Wax Museum AND Guinness World Records Museum (across the street) for $15 for two people!

What a great way to have some fun over Winter Break. And, after posing with the stars in wax, you might even bump into a real live celebrity!

Tell us about your star sightings and celebrity encounters here or on Facebook.




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Hollywood Joseph Spots Style Icons Ginnifer Goodwin And Anne Hathaway

Hollywood Joseph encounters two dark-haired stars with Pixie cuts. Get ready for a great guest post!

Greetings!  I feel the need to start off my post with a question to all Hollywood Wax Museum fans:  do you know what a Pixie haircut is?  If they don’t offer it at Supercuts, I normally wouldn’t have a clue! But, the two famous starlets I recently ran into in Hollywood are sporting this trendy cut…and they can sure pull off the look!

My stomach was grumbling, so I took a stroll over to Mel’s Diner on Ginnifer Goodwin and Hollywood Joseph Highland.  They’ve got great burgers… and did I mention the onion rings?  I avoided Hollywood Boulevard by walking through a back alley on my way, and,  low and behold, I happened to cross paths with Snow White herself, Ginnifer Goodwin, who posed for one magical snapshot with me!

Once Upon a Time is a huge prime time hit and Ginnifer plays one of the leading heroines, along with Jennifer Morrison (known for her guest appearance on How I Met Your Mother). Along with her cute style, Ginnifer is quite a talent!  She’s starred in the cable series Big Love and played parts movies like A Single Man, Walk the Line, and He’s Just Not That Into You.

After demolishing that burger, onion rings AND a milkshake, I woke up the next morning with quite a stomach ache.  Surprised??!  Good time for some Tums, so off to the CVS pharmacy I went – just a short walk down Hollywood Boulevard.  I quickly forgot all about my tummy when I caught a glimpse of another dark-haired beauty. Anne Hathaway was sitting right in front of me!  I am NOT making this up!

Hollywood Joseph Encounters Anne HathawayEven though I didn’t get to meet her, I did snap a pic. Just one of the things I love about walking around Hollywood. You never know what megastar (or ministar) you just might happen to see. Wonder if Anne will keep her Pixie hairdo for the Oscars?!

Are you a fan of the Pixie?  What’s your favorite haircut?  Tell us all about it below!

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Skyfall Bond Girls Bedazzle Hollywood Boulevard: Joseph is There!

Bond. James Bond.  Need we say more?  Hollywood Joe grabs pics of the cast of Skyfall during a night out on the town!

Hollywood Joseph Snaps Skyfall Bond Girls and Javier Bardem

Bérénice Marlohe, Javier Bardem & Naomie Harris of Skyfall

The air is crisp, the leaves are falling and my stomach is grumbling.  Yes, I think it senses Thanksgiving is around the corner and there will be lots of turkey, stuffing and pie to devour!  Tonight it’s time for a scrumptious burger at 25 Degrees in the Roosevelt Hotel.  I leave the Hollywood Wax Museum – dreaming of a juicy burger and crispy onion rings – and make the short trip down Hollywood Boulevard.  The strip is bustling with lots of pretty people, shiny cars and interesting sounds – always exciting in LA!

As luck would have it, three superstars were right at the hotel as I arrived!  Skyfall’s Javier Bardem and “Bond Girls” Naomie Harris and Berenice Marlohe agreed to pose for a quick shot!  How fun is it to see such beautiful people so easily in Hollywood??

Skyfall, due out in November, stars the suave Daniel Craig as James Bond.  Javier Bardem plays Silva, a former MI6 agent who is releasing the identities of field agents to seek revenge.  Javier, a Golden Globe and Oscar winner, holds major roles in lots of fantastic movies such as No Country for Old Men (one of my favorites) and Eat Pray Love.  He’s also married to the very talented Penelope Cruz.

NOW to the BEST part – the Bond Girls!  The stunning Naomie Harris plays Eve in the Bond Girl Naomie Harris stops to pose with Hollywood Joseph23rd Bond film – did you know she was the scary Tia Dalma in Pirates of the Caribbean?  Crazy!!

My burger was delish and the night turned out great!  I definitely have plenty to be thankful for this Thanksgiving and I’m adding meeting these stars to the list!

Thanks for the post, Joseph. It was definitely shaken, not stirred!  Readers: Aside from great movies like Skyfall being released, what else are you thankful for this season?

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Will Ferrell Caption Contest From Hollywood Wax Museum

What could be more fun than a Will Ferrell Caption Contest? Lucky for all of us, we don’t have to wait to find out.

Hollywod Wax Museum employee Hollywood Joseph took this picture of the outrageously funny actor at the premiere of The Campaign, and we thought,

“What the heck was he saying?”

Will Ferrell Caption Contest from Hollywood Wax Museum

So, now, it’s up to you! Submit the funniest, most clever, super-duperist caption you can muster, and you could win six tickets to the Hollywood Wax Museum of your choice in Hollywood, California; Branson, Missouri; or Pigeon Forge, Tennesee.

The Will Ferrell Caption Contest runs from The Campaign opening day, tomorrow, Friday, August 10 through August 24, so get your brain bubbling and enter!

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Total Recall Cast and Leading Lady Kate Beckinsale at Comic-Con

Hollywood Joseph takes a trip to Comic-Con San Diego and meets Total Recall’s leading lady, Kate Beckinsale!

If you aren’t already aware, I’m a comic book enthusiast and a bit of a sci-fi geek. So, I took a weekend off working at the Hollywood Wax Museum and went to the Comic-Con convention in San Diego. It was a dream come true!

Total Recall Cast At Comic-Con Convention 2012

Courtesy of Just Jared

Len Wiseman’s remake of the 90’s film, Total Recall, made a huge splash there. The new movie premiers TOMORROW(!) and stars Colin Farrell as Douglas Quaid (played by Arnold Schwarzenegger in the original), a man whose visit to Rekall – a company that provides its clients with implanted fake memories of a life they would like to have led – goes wrong and he finds himself on the run. Kate Beckinsale and Jessica Biel (leading ladies who are no strangers to action roles) and Bryan Cranston add to the all-star cast. Hollywood Joseph Photo of Kate Beckinsdale

I was lucky enough to catch the cast promoting the film at Comic-Con. They were all having a great time, joking, answering questions and posing for lots of pictures. Later that night, I even had a chance encounter with Kate Beckinsale, who’s married to the director Len Wiseman and is playing Colin Farrell’s wife in Total Recall.

She was stunning as ever and attracted quite a crowd. Kate Beckinsale, who was born in London, has appeared in movies such as Serendipity, the Underworld trilogy and The Aviator. Great to see such a fantastic actress at an event like Comic-con!

Thanks Joseph! Hollywood celebrity sightings are your specialty, even in San Diego!

Readers: Be sure to check out Total Recall in theaters starting tomorrow! Follow Hollywood Joe’s latest updates on Twitter!

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Pigeon Forge, TN Specialty: Chocolate Dipped Key Lime Pie

Mmmm… Hollywood Joe is happy to report that chocolate dipped key lime pie on a stick isKey Lime Pie from the Blond Giraffe Pigeon Forge Tennessee now a Pigeon Forge, TN specialty. The Blond Giraffe from Key West, Florida has set up shop here in the Great Smoky Mountains and is offering these tasty treats locally and by mail order nationwide.

Owners Tania and Roberto got their key lime pie recipe from her 96-year-old Brazilian grandmother and changed it a bit to suit American tastes (more tart!).

They got the idea to dip it in chocolate and serve it on a stick after visiting New York City and seeing the same “schtick” with cheesecake. Voila! And, just like New York where you can find delectable foods in odd places, Blond Giraffe’s made-from-scratch key lime pies, cookies, pecans, and coolers are all available at their counter behind Zoomerz gas station at 3643 Parkway, just 3 miles away from the Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center.

Wow! A new Smoky Mountain dessert tradition is born. And, Hollywood Joe thinks Blond Giraffe takes the cake… or should we say pie!

What’s your favorite specialty dessert and where did you first try it? Please share on Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center Facebook!

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Marriage Proposal at Hollywood Wax Museum Pigeon Forge, Tenn.

Hollywood Joe is thrilled to report a grand event at the Hollywood Wax Museum in Pigeon Forge, Tenn!

Marriage Proposal at Hollywood Wax Museum Pigeon Forge

Marriage Proposal with the Great Ape of Pigeon Forge

While three stories up on our VIP Observation Deck, overlooking the gorgeous and romantic Smoky Mountains, Alex Wilhelm got down on one knee and proposed to a thoroughly surprised Heather Goss.

Not sure if the unique marriage proposal was a factor, but she said yes!

Talk about walking on air! Especially at 100 feet off the ground!

Of all of the wedding proposal locations, we love that Alex chose to court his bride while visiting the Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center’s top Pigeon Forge attractions: Hollywood Wax Museum, Castle of Chaos and Hannah’s Maze of Mirrors. (BTW: the elevator ride to see the Great Smoky Mountains view and get close to the Great Ape of Pigeon Forge is included free with all Pick 3 fun Pigeon Forge passes!)

Marriage Proposal Kiss at Hollywood Wax Museum Pigeon ForgeHowever, after a smooch, Heather quickly wanted to return to ground level because she’s afraid of heights.

Good thing she hadn’t already married George Clooney inside the Hollywood Wax Museum!

Here’s wishing Alex and Heather of Knoxville, Tenn. a lifetime of happiness!

We’ll look forward to seeing you back at the Hollywood Wax Museum Entertainment Center on your anniversary!

What’s your favorite unique marriage proposal idea?  Share with us on Hollywood Wax Museum Official Facebook!

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Hollywood Joseph Meets Soccer Star David Beckham

Our Hollywood Joseph dishes about meeting sports icon, David Beckham, and all the excitement surrounding this year’s Olympics!

Hollywood Star Sighting David Beckham

True, I’ve been more of a boxing fan than soccer fan in the past, but after getting an up-close view of the Los Angeles Galaxy last week, I realized how exciting soccer really is.

Of course, it didn’t hurt that I had more than just a celebrity sighting with super star and super jock, David Beckham, when my brother and I went to their practice at The Home Depot Center on my day off from the Hollywood Wax Museum. Don’t let the armfuls of tattoos and international fame fool you – this celebrity athlete is super cool! He was happy to pose for pictures with fans, and I got a David Beckham’s celebrity autograph on the jersey I was wearing.

David Beckham and Sports Icon Muhammad Ali

Image Courtesy of Mail Online

Boy, did I want to ask David about his “mystery” role in the opening ceremony at the London Olympics tomorrow, but I didn’t want to come across as too pushy.

Will celebrity athlete David Beckham be the final torchbearer at the UK stadium? Will he do something with boxing great Muhammad Ali? Hmmm… my two favorite sports coming together! Well, I’ll have my eyes glued to the TV tomorrow to find out just like everyone else.

Readers: As London is overtaken with Olympic fever, what sport will you be rooting for? Tell us below!


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Barry Williams (aka Greg Brady) Surprises Manager at Hollywood Wax Museum Branson

Barry Williams (aka Greg Brady) at Hollywood Wax Museum Branson

Barry Williams (Greg Brady!) and Dancing with the Stars of Branson Champ Chuck O'Day

Here’s the story of a lovely Brady… who came to the Hollywood Wax Museum in Branson, Missouri yesterday to meet a very special star.

That’s right! Barry Williams (aka Greg Brady) stopped by to see Hollywood Entertainment Center General Manager Chuck O’Day, winner of this year’s Dancing with the Stars of Branson!

Oh yeah, and to enjoy the Hollywood Wax Museum and the other Branson attractions at the Hollywood Entertainment Center!

Chuck was happy to welcome this legendary entertainer (now performing at the Yakov Smirnoff Theatre) to all four Branson attractions in the Hollywood Entertainment Center.

Barry got the Pick 4 VIP Pass and had a blast at the Hollywood Wax Museum and Hannah’s Maze of Mirrors. He’ll be back soon to join the battle against evil at Castle of Chaos and putt through palm trees, parties, and paparazzi at Shoot for the Stars Mini-Golf.

Of course, Barry Williams is accustomed to the life of Hollywood celebrities. He started acting at age 11 and played Greg Brady on the blockbuster hit family sitcom The Brady Bunch for five seasons when he was 15 to 20 years old. The show has aired in reruns ever since!

But, as Hollywood Joe found out, Chuck is not the only lucky person in Branson, MO to see Barry Williams. Everyone can have Brady Brunch with him!

Barry is performing in a musical variety show that includes brunch like only Alice could make, including Hollywood Joe’s favorite dessert: straw-barry shortcake!

The show itself is a family-friendly cabaret, full of music, stories and laughter, according to the Joplin Globe. Barry is a consistently great performer, and his band, dancers, and cast are truly entertaining.

So, if you’re in or coming to Branson, Missouri, get your tickets for the Brady Brunch with Barry Williams today!

And, make sure to say “Hi” to Barry from Hollywood Joe!

What’s your favorite Brady memory? Share right here or on Facebook

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