The Hollywood Walk of Fame is ejecting 840 of its stars (a third of the total) to make way for a subway extension. Already Gene Kelly's and Jeanette MacDonald's plaques have been prised from the pavement and banished to storage, while Bette Davis, Elvis Presley, Gary Cooper and Marilyn Monroe await the tender mercies of the jackhammer. Rabid fans have signalled their intention of saving their favourites from the indignity of being dug up, which worries LA's transportation authority less than the community groups threatening a federal lawsuit for 'wrecking a historic district'.
Hollywood's honorary mayor, Johnny Grant, promises that Elvis and Marilyn will be relocated further up Hollywood Boulevard 'near Sophia Loren' and that the expelled luminaries will be out of mothballs four years from now to once again take their rightful place, but some devotees are not to be placated. As Rose Bitters, a 71-year-old Barry Manilow fan, grumbles, 'It stinks. I feel like putting decals on the ground that say 'Barry Manilow was here. Evicted. Not of his choice.' '
SUBMISSIONS are being asked for the second British Short Film Festival, starting on 23 September at the Plaza 2, London, and running for a week. There will be a programme strand entitled 'The Best of British', which will include the latest student productions. The festival is competitive.
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