John Lennon’s Hollywood Walk Of Fame Star Defaced

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This post has been updated. See note below for details. John Lennons star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame was defaced with graffiti and other markings over the weekend, just days before what would have been his 73rd birthday on Wednesday. Vandals scrawled messages, drew a smiley face and added other scribbling over the star on Vine Street near the Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood. The Beatles group star and the individual stars for the other members of the group were not damaged. Peace activist Jerry Rubin, who spearheads an annual celebration at Lennons star on the musician’s birthday, said Monday that the special annual public birthday celebration for John Lennon will take place as enthusiastically as ever this year. Ana Martinez, a representative for the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, which installs the Walk of Fame stars, told Pop & Hiss on Monday that I notified the Hollywood Historic Trust last night. I am sure that they are going to look into it as we speak today. I am hoping that it will get cleaned up today. Update at 11:19: A representative for Capitol Records said Monday morning, “Though it is the Chamber’s responsibility, we were out there first thing this morning attempting to clean the star,” Universal Music Group’s senior director of adminstration Jim Kuha said. “We made some great progress and then the company that installs the stars for the WOF showed up and they took over. They’re going to strip and reseal the star which should take care of it. It will look great for Wednesday’s Lennon birthday celebration.” That event will take place at 6 p.m. in front of the Capitol tower at 1750 N.

After One Year, Hollywood Casino Bringing Investment On West Side

Executive Director of the Ohio Casino Control Commission, Matthew Schuler says more Ohioans are staying in the state to gamble and nearby states are seeing a 20 percent drop in their gambling revenues. Looking at the one year anniversary of the Hollywood Casino here in Columbus, the promises that were made, are they promises kept, trying to weigh out is this a good thing or a bad thing for the state of Ohio. I think were still in that process as a state, says Schuler. Shuler says the control commission and casino operators have also been aggressive in assuring fairness for gamblers. So far, 90 people have been indicted for cheating at all 4 Ohio casinos. Three casino dealers have also been indicted. They worked at the Cleveland and Toledo casinos. An employee at Hollywood Casino Columbus faces theft charges. Rob Walgate is a critic of the casino. Hes with the Ohio Round Table an organization that opposed the approval of gaming in Ohio. Walgate says he is not impressed by the casino development. Ohioans have been left holding relatively an empty bag of promises from what they were told in 2009 during the campaign, says Walgate. Included among promises made by Penn National: Community involvement and sharing of revenue with Franklin County and Columbus.

Hollywood dumps romantic comedies for raunchier laughs

Sound off at MSN Movies Facebook . “Rom-coms are not disappearing altogether, but there is a need for a novel approach … where the story-telling structure is different and doesn’t end with a woman and man just being happy,” said Lucas Shaw, film writer Instead of romance, the fall season will see comedies such as ” Bad Grandpa “, starring “Jackass” comedianJohnny Knoxvilleabout an 86-year-old man traveling acrossAmericawith his 8-year-old grandson, and ” Last Vegas ,” where four aging friends head to Sin City for a weekend of debauchery. The latter echoes the premise of the “Hangover” franchise spawned from four friends on a wild weekend inLas Vegas, with three films making more than $1 billion at the global box office. One romantic comedy vying for audiences this fall is British film “About Time,” about a man who can time travel, written and directed byRichard Curtis, the man behind hit romantic comedies including “Love Actually” and “Notting Hill.” The film starringRachel McAdamshas a 65 percent approval rating on review aggregator, but will go up against Marvel’s superhero sequel “Thor: The Dark World” and drama “The Wolf of Wall Street,” starringLeonardo DiCaprio, and is likely to have low expectations at the box office. “Studios don’t seem to be courting female viewers as much as they should be. Too many of the movies this year are aimed at a younger male audience like (December’s) ‘ Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues ‘,” Shaw said. What’s more, even female-led comedies such as 2011’s “Bridesmaids” and this summer’s “The Heat” starringSandra BullockandMelissa McCarthy, have shied away from cinematic romance traditions and instead shown women behaving badly, a popular theme at this year’s Sundance Film Festival. Shaw said it is reflective of women wanting to tell stories where they’re not always a damsel in distress or the sweet girl next door. But one director, fearing the demise of romantic comedies, was eager to bring it back. “I wanted to do the rom-com, I think it’s the dying genre, and then add more comedy,”Jerusha Hess, director of indie comedy “Austenland,” told Reuters. Like in “Don Jon,” unrealistic expectations form the crux of “Austenland.”Jane Hayes, a shy woman in her thirties obsessed with the works of 19th century British novelistJane Austen, embarks on a “pilgrimage” to Austenland, a manor where all residents and visitors must abide by 19th century British manners, and finds herself with two suitors. The film came out in the U.S.