Sunday, July 21, 2024

Hollywood Walk of Fame 2025 Class: Jane Fonda, Prince, “South Park” Creators, Colin Farrell Included


The 2025 Hollywood Walk of Fame inductees have been announced.

They range from the absolutely right people — legends like Jane Fonda and Prince, beloved actor Glynn Turman, director John Carpenter — to the absolutely ridiculous.

The latter includes controversial radio personality Adam Carrolla (are they kidding?) to soccer player David Beckham, and a couple of people you’d really have to think about who they are.

The Walk of Fame is decided by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, and is a money maker for the city. The yearly inductees are divided between a few who deserve it and a bunch who pony up around $50,000 to see their names memorialized on the sidewalk with a star. Usually, studios donate the money for their stars.

Some stars wait a lifetime — two time Oscar winner Jane Fonda should have had one 50 years ago — and others are ushered in seemingly overnight after a few minor successes. But that, folks, is entertainment! I’m impressed that the group WAR is going in. They are a personal favorite. And the B52s’ ceremony should be a hoot!

It will be nice to see the likes Fonda, Bill Duke, Carpenter, Colin Farrell, Oscar winner Jessica Chastain, and science Bill Nye join the ranks of everyone from Michael Jackson to Lassie and John Wayne.

Turman wrote on Twitter:

“Absolutely honored to be a star recipient on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for the class of 2025! Thank you to everyone who has supported me on this incredible journey. Dreams do come true!”

In the category of MOTION PICTURES:  John Carpenter, Jessica Chastain, Bill Duke, Robert Englund, Emilio Estevez, Colin Farrell, Jane Fonda, Nia Long, Lisa Lu, Glynn Turman and Toni Vaz

In the category of TELEVISION: Fran Drescher, Lauren Graham, Bill Nye, Molly Shannon, Sherri Shepherd, Courtney B. Vance, Chris Wallace, Trey Parker and Matt Stone (double ceremony)

In the category of RECORDING: Fantasia, Depeche Mode, Los Bukis, The B-52s, Green Day, The Isley Brothers, Busta Rhymes, George Strait, Keith Urban, WAR  and Prince (Posthumous)

In the category of LIVE THEATRE/LIVE PERFORMANCE:  Misty Copeland and Alan Cumming

In the category of RADIO:   Adam Carolla

In the category of Sports Entertainment:  David Beckham and Orel Hershiser

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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