|LOS ANGELES: the refurbished Hollywood sign was presented in all its freshly painted glory Tuesday after its biggest makeover for 35 years, in time for 90the Birthday celebration next year. Some 360 gallons of fresh bright white paint was applied over the last two months to the Tinseltown icon, which sits atop Mount Lee in the Hollywood Hills north of Los Angeles. “This sign is so beautiful. It’s where people, when they get off the plane at LAX (airport), this is where they want to come to. It’s a special day,” said the LA city council member for Hollywood, Tom LaBonge. He and other dignitaries spoke at a press conference held beneath the sign by the Hollywood Sign Trust, which manages the structure, to announce the completion of the paint job. Over the last two months, workers have used window-cleaner style platforms to strip down the 50-foot (15-meter) tall letters, powerwash the corrugated iron and apply fresh primer and topcoat paint. “The sign was scrubbed to the bone, and two tonnes of makeup was put on her best side. A lot was done to her backside but we’ve leaving that her secret,”quipped Trust head Chris Baumgart. The original sign was erected in 1923 to advertise a property development called Hollywoodland, but the last four letters were removed in the 1940s. One of the City of Angels’ most beloved attractions, the sign had fallen into disrepair until it was restored in the 1970s after a campaign that saw nine donors pay $27,777 to “adopt” one letter each. It was threatened again more recently when investors who own land surrounding the giant white letters indicated plans to sell the plot to developers. NEW YORK: The Rolling Stones will join a star-studded lineup at a December 12 concert to benefit victims of megastorm Sandy, organizers said Friday.
Proceeds from the concert, which falls on the date 12/12/12, will be donated to a foundation for those impacted by the late October storm that plowed into the US northeast, including the hard-hit states of New York and New Jersey.
The storm killed more than 110 people and destroyed or damaged hundreds of thousands of homes, schools and hospitals.
Already slated to appear at Wednesday's concert, to be held at Madison Square Garden, are New Jersey hometown favorites Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen, and other top names in rock, including Eric Clapton, the Who nad Paul McCartney.
On Saturday, the Stones will also be in New York for the first of three US concerts, as part of a tour celebrating the group's 50th anniversary. Bieber miffed at Grammys snub, Brubeck gets nod LOS ANGELES: Justin Bieber's manager has lambasted the Grammys organizers after the Canadian teen sensation failed to garner a single nomination for this year's music awards. 'Twilight' shines in third box office win over Bond. LOS ANGELES: The "Twilight" teen movie vampires sucked more money out of theaters over the weekend, leading James Bond, Brad Pitt and the rest of box office pack with $17.4 million in U.S. and Canadian ticket sales and scoring its third weekly win.