Getting a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame is actually a fairly uncomplicated process, as long as you’ve got the cash to make it happen. You have to be famous and accomplished, of course, but after that all it takes is an application, assurances that you actually want the thing and will show up at the unveiling, and a $30,000 fee. Celebrities don’t often pay the fee themselves (fans raise money, or studios foot the bill), but if you want to have your name embossed in marble on Hollywood Boulevard, someone’s gotta pay.
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced this week which stars will hit the Walk in 2016, and it’s a pretty prestigious class. On the film side, there are several names that you’d think would already be there, including Michael Keaton, Kurt Russell, Quentin Tarantino and the late, great Toshiro Mifune (if you haven’t seen Yojimbo, run don’t walk). The TV side adds even more living legends, including Possible Greatest Actress on the Planet Allison Janney, Kathy Bates, Rob Lowe, Gary Sinise, David Duchovny, and Tracy Morgan (get well soon).
The recording branch of the Walk of Fame will honor the late “Mama” Cass Elliot of The Mamas and the Papas, along with LL Cool J, Adam Levine, Bruno Mars, Cyndi Lauper and others, while the Live Theater/Live Performance branch will honor comedian turned movie star Kevin Hart, Anjelica Maria, and Harvey Fierstein (who, let’s be honest, deserves a whole block).
So congratulations to these celebrities. Now tourists with fanny packs will take awkward selfies next to their names for all eternity.