Grauman's Chinese Theater, home to the hand- and footprints of such stellar screen legends as Douglas Fairbanks, Marilyn Monroe and Adam Sandler, will enshrine the paws of acclaimed thespian Will Smith on Dec. 10. By sheer coincidence, Smith's new film I Am Legend will premiere just four days later, on Dec. 14. Interestingly, the premiere of Smith's last-guy-in-New-York-oops-there's-a-monster flick will not be held at Grauman's, but you can watch the Dec. 12 red carpet proceedings for Walk Hard: the Dewey Cox Story via live webcam here. If you go there right now, though, you'll just see polyester-clad Midwesterners staring at the imprints of John Wayne's (surprisingly tiny) boots.
Universal Studios Hollywood is rewarding the folks who toiled selflessly during the recent So. California fires by offering free general admission to all firefighters, law enforcement officials, paramedics, Red Cross Employees and 911 personnel from Nov. 27 to Dec. 21. Up to six accompanying family members or friends will receive 50 percent admission. Expect short lines at the "Backdraft" ride. (Universal)
Worldwide Biggies, the unfortunately named studio recently founded by Nickolodeon/Spike honcho Albie Hecht, has purchased the rights to the Tom Swift book series. Hecht says he plans to create a massive, multiplatform franchise similar to Nick's marketing of "Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius" with Tom Swift-related video games, TV and movie properties, and licensed products, thus ensuring that countless numbers of people who grew up on the Tom Swift books will be sick with grief over the relentless whoring of yet another beloved literary icon. (Variety)