HOLLYWOOD — Fans hoping to pay respects to Michael Jackson by visiting his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame would have to wait. As news of Jackson's death spread, event crews in Hollywood were prepping for Thursday night's Hollywood premiere of "Bruno."
The Sacha Baron Cohen film was screening at Grauman's Chinese Theatre, right next to Jackson's star. Fans trying to get a glimpse Thursday were turned back as they approached the theater. Although the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce couldn't place the customary flowers at the star Thursday, area street musicians cycled through Jackson hits.
The chamber planned to have a memorial up by 9 a.m. Friday. There is a star dedicated to the Jackson family near Vine Street and Sunset Boulevard, but there were no plans to outfit that star with flowers, a chamber spokeswoman said.
Ironically, the film "Bruno" makes mention of Jackson when, in a brief appearance, his sister La Toya is invited to be a guest on the title character's fake talk show and is pestered to reveal the King of Pop's phone number.