‘Will & Grace’ star receives star on Walk of Fame

HOLLYWOOD — Emmy-winning actor Eric McCormack received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame Sept. 13, three weeks before the 10th season premiere of his NBC comedy “Will & Grace.”

Michael Douglas, who guest-starred in a 2002 “Will & Grace” episode, and series co-creator Max Mutchnick joined McCormack in speaking at the ceremony in front of the Eastown apartment complex on Hollywood Boulevard.

The star is next to that of McCormack’s “Will & Grace” co-star, Debra Messing. Messing attended the ceremony, along with fellow “Will & Grace” stars Sean Hayes and Megan Mullally.

McCormack is a four-time outstanding lead actor in a comedy Emmy nominee for his portrayal of gay lawyer Will Truman on the show, winning in 2001.

“The only reason I’m really here today is because 20 years ago, Max Mutchnick and [series co-creator] David Kohan trusted me with the role of a lifetime,” McCormack said. “NBC trusted me and eventually a whole community, the LGBTQ community, trusted me with their story, and I’m so grateful for that for the rest of my life.”

McCormack was born April 18, 1963, in Toronto. He spent his 20s performing in theaters across Canada, including five seasons with the Stratford Festival. He made his first television appearance in 1987 in an episode of the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. comedy “Hangin’ In.”

A string of television appearances would follow until his first series role as former Confederate officer Francis Clay Mosby who’s taken up a life of crime as his revenge against the Union in the 1994-96 syndicated Western, “Lonesome Dove: The Series.”

“Will & Grace” began its initial run in 1998 and aired on NBC until 2006. It returned to the network last year.

McCormack also stars in the Netflix science fiction series “Travelers,” whose third season is set to begin streaming on Netflix later this year.

McCormack also starred in the 2012-15 TNT crime drama “Perception.”

His other television credits include “The Andromeda Strain,” “Borrowed Hearts,” “Trust Me,” “Who Is Clark Rockefeller?” and “The New Adventures of Old Christine.”

McCormack starred on Broadway as Professor Harold Hill in “The Music Man” in 2001. He was also part of the star-studded cast of the 2012 Broadway revival of the political drama “Gore Vidal’s The Best Man.”


Crossroads developer agrees to make concessions to tenants

LOS ANGELES — City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell announced Sept. 12 that the developer of the Crossroads Hollywood project has agreed to allow qualifying current tenants of the Selma Las Palmas Apartments the opportunity to return to the complex at rental rates commensurate to their existing rates and adjusted per the limits of the rent stabilization ordinance.

“This project will bring much-needed housing, especially a net-gain of more affordable housing, to Hollywood,” O’Farrell said. “I have always been mindful that sometimes the unintended consequence of new development is the displacement of existing tenants from their neighborhoods. This agreement ensures that the existing tenants have the opportunity to return at rents they would have expected in the neighborhood they are familiar with.”

The proposed four-block project near the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Highland Avenue would create a 1.4-million-square-feet development consisting of 950 residential units with 190,000 square feet of commercial space and a 308-room hotel.

A total of 105 units for very-low-income households would also be included for the project around the historic Crossroads of the World complex, which was built in the 1930s and is a city historic cultural monument.

“Crossroads Hollywood is a project that is deeply committed to the Hollywood community,” said David Schwartzman, president and CEO of Harridge Development Group. “Our team is dedicated to ensuring that existing tenants of the residential apartments are welcomed back into the Crossroads community at rent-stabilized levels. Working to ensure the existing tenants had the option to return was very important to us.”


Southland residents remember Sept. 11 terrorist attacks

LOS ANGELES — Solemn gatherings were held across the Southland Sept. 11 to mark the 17th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people in New York, Washington, D.C. and Pennsylvania, while many people engaged in acts of giving to mark the date as a day of service.

The city of Los Angeles held its annual remembrance ceremony at the fire department’s Frank Hotchkin Memorial Training Center in Elysian Park. The ceremony is held each year in a plaza that includes a large section of metal recovered from the World Trade Center, which was destroyed in the attack.

Fire Capt. Erik Scott told the crowd the 23-ton piece of metal is the largest remnant of the World Trade Center outside New York City.

“In the days after 9-11, one phrase was heard over and over again: never forget,” he said. “We gather here every year because we have not forgotten that simple phrase.”

Mayor Eric Garcetti was among those attending the ceremony, along with visiting Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo, Los Angeles Fire Chief Ralph Terrazas and Los Angeles Police Chief Michel Moore. The event included a wreath-laying and a flyover of helicopters in a missing-man formation.

Garcetti said the attacks “shook the world, but they did not stop it.”

“And they did not stop us,” he said. “Why? Because of the selfless service of others. Because of those who met injustice with justice, because of courageous people who ran into danger, cleared the debris, refused to bend, refused to break in the face of adversity, who saved lives that are walking amongst us today. And because the world came together and for a moment said we are all Americans.”

A flag is draped on the outside of City Hall while flags hung at half-mast on the poles in the City Hall Concourse in remembrance of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. (Courtesy photo)

A flag is draped on the outside of City Hall while flags hung at half-mast on the poles in the City Hall Concourse in remembrance of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. (Courtesy photo)

After the ceremony, the municipal officials joined more than 1,000 volunteers to pack food boxes for the needy. The volunteers were expected to pack 250,000 meals by day’s end.

Cities across the area also held remembrance events.

In Beverly Hills, a ceremony was held at the city fire station on Rexford Drive, including a moment of silence and a bell-ringing. An evening service also was held, featuring a wreath-laying and a musical tribute.

Culver City also hosted ceremonies at three fire stations, featuring a moment of silence and lowering of flags. Santa Monica held early morning memorial events at four fire stations.

Montebello commemorated the date with an afternoon memorial walk that began at 10th Street and Whittier Boulevard and ended at the Memorial Wall at Montebello City Park three blocks away.


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