Tarantino, Lauper, Others Chosen for Hollywood Walk of Fame

Quentin Tarantino, Tracy Morgan, Steve Carell, LL Cool J, Kathy Bates, Bruno Mars and Cyndi Lauper are among the famous names to be added to the Hollywood Walk of Fame next year.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce announced its selections for 2016 on Monday. Other names on the list include Kurt Russell, Michael Keaton, Gary Sinise, Itzhak Perlman, Rob Lowe and Kevin Hart. Individual ceremonies have not yet been scheduled.

Recipients of stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame are chosen by a committee based on applications submitted by fans or celebrity representatives. Entertainers are recognized in five categories: motion picture, television, radio, recording and live theater. Each recipient is responsible for their star’s $30,000 price tag.

The full list of 2016 recipients is available at http://www.walkoffame.com (AP)

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Emerson College in Boston to Offer Major in Comedy

Emerson College in Boston will soon offer a degree in making people laugh.

The communications and arts school said Wednesday that starting in September 2016, it will become the first college to offer a four-year bachelor of fine arts in comedic arts degree. The degree will be grounded in the history and theory of comedy with practical learning and a focus on preparing students for careers in comedy performance, writing and production.

The degree is in response to what Emerson calls the “marked rise of comedy’s impact on American culture and its global influence.”

President Lee Pelton says “the new major will combine an academic focus with hands-on opportunities.”

Emerson’s alumni already famous in the comedy world include Jay Leno, Denis Leary, Steven Wright and producer Norman Lear. (AP)

Jim Morrison Poem Found in Paris Hotel Room Being Auctioned

A handwritten poem by Jim Morrison found among his possessions in the Paris hotel where he died in 1971 is being auctioned online.

It was written on the last page torn out of a notebook. “Last words, Last words out” and “I have drunk the drug of forgetfulness” are among the verses.

The double-sided document is the highlight of an online auction that went live Thursday.

Auctioneer Paddle8 says bidding is expected to reach $60,000 to $80,000 by the time it ends June 25.

Morrison was the lead singer of the 1960s rock group the Doors. The group’s hits included “Light My Fire” and “L.A. Woman.”

Paddle8 says the document is special for several reasons: It’s in Morrison’s own hand and was with him when he died at 27. (AP)

Josh Groban Added to a Packed Tony Awards Telecast

The Tony Awards show on Sunday will try to up the razzle-dazzle quotient by adding Josh Groban to 175 performers onstage at the same time.

All the musicals nominated — “On the 20th Century,” “The King and I,” “Fun Home,” “Something Rotten!” “An American in Paris,” “The Visit” and “On the Town” — will be featured, as well as some overlooked ones. They include “Gigi” with Vanessa Hudgens, “Finding Neverland” with Matthew Morrison and Kelsey Grammer, and “It Shoulda Been You” with Tyne Daly.

The cast of “Jersey Boys” will perform “Oh What a Night” to celebrate the show’s 10th anniversary. Presenters will include Larry David, Jim Parsons and Bryan Cranston.

The Tonys will be handed out at Radio City Music Hall. Kristin Chenoweth and Alan Cumming will host.

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Online: http://www.TonyAwards.com (AP)