Santa Claus is coming to town for the 88th Annual Hollywood Christmas Parade - that means you better watch out for street closures.
The celebration begins on Sunday, December 1 at 5 p.m. It will include musical performances by Jesse & Joy, Dionne Warwick, Brandon Jenner, Sheléa, The Band Of Merrymakers, Rock of Ages, Shawn Wayans presents The Boo Crew, Phil Vassar, David Archuleta, Ace Young & Diana DeGarmo, James Maslow, Ashen Moon with Mikalah Gordon and Brandon Rogers.
Access Hollywood host Mario Lopez will serve as grand marshal, with Erik Estrada, Laura McKenzie, Dean Cain, Montel Williams and Elizabeth Stanton co-hosting the festivities. The holiday tradition will air as a two-hour special on The CW on Friday, December 13 at 8:00 p.m. ET/PT.
The parade will travel along a 3.2-mile route, starting at Hollywood Boulevard and Orange Drive. The Los Angeles Department of Transportation has released details on street closures. Here are the roads you should avoid, all of which are tow-away no-stopping zones:
12 AM Saturday 11/30/19 to 6 AM Monday 12/2/19 Hollywood Boulevard between Highland Avenue & Orange Drive Orange Drive between Hollywood Boulevard & Hawthorn Avenue Sycamore Avenue between Hollywood Boulevard & Franklin Avenue
6 AM to Midnight, Sunday 12/1/19 Hollywood Boulevard between La Brea Avenue & Orange Drive
11AM to Midnight, Sunday 12/1/19 Cherokee Avenue between Hollywood Boulevard and Selma Avenue Hawthorn Avenue between La Brea Avenue & Highland Avenue Sunset Boulevard between Highland Avenue & La Brea Avenue De Longpre Avenue between Highland Avenue & La Brea Avenue Fountain Avenue between Highland Avenue & La Brea Avenue Lanewood Avenue between La Brea Avenue & Orange Drive El Cerrito Place between Franklin Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard Sycamore Avenue between Sunset Boulevard and Fountain Avenue Sycamore Avenue between Franklin Avenue & Hawthorn Avenue Orange Drive between Franklin Avenue & Hollywood Boulevard Orange Drive between Hawthorn Avenue & Santa Monica Boulevard Mansfield Avenue between DeLongpre Avenue & Fountain Avenue
1 PM to Midnight, Sunday 12/1/19 Hollywood Boulevard between Highland Avenue & Vine Street Vine Street between Hollywood Boulevard & Sunset Boulevard Sunset Boulevard between Vine Street & Highland Avenue Franklin Avenue between La Brea Avenue & Highland Avenue not closed but restricted for parking Santa Monica Blvd between West Hollywood City Limits & Gower Street Highland Avenue between Franklin Avenue & Sunset Boulevard Cahuenga Boulevard between Yucca Street & Hollywood Boulevard West side of street only Yucca Street between Gower Street & Argyle Street North side of street only
Welcome to The Quarantine Stream, a new series where the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching while social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Show: The Secret History of Hollywood
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The Pitch: The Secret History of Hollywood is the most compelling, immersive, and emotional podcast I’ve ever had the pleasure of listening to. Each season consists of deep dives into a major Hollywood figure, tracing its subject’s rise to prominence and giving incredible insight into their home lives, painting a portrait so captivating and well-rounded that biographies or books on the subjects could only dream to achieve.
Why It’s Essential Quarantine Listening: I’ve been thinking about this podcast a lot since I first stumbled across it several years ago, but I think it’s especially appropriate to recommend it right now because some of its episodes are incredibly lengthy – many clock in around an hour and a half, but some of them stretch to four, six, or even nine hours long. Yes, really. Some of you may scoff, but isn’t being in quarantine the perfect time to give a long-form podcast a chance?
Adam Roche, the voice behind the show, had no background in sound editing or sound production when he got started, but he could have fooled me: the series reminds me of an old-time radio show, complete with sound effects and Roche doing voices as he plays the people in a given scene. I realize that may sound cheesy, and it absolutely would be in less-capable hands. But trust me: Roche’s mellifluous voice and incredibly researched accounts are perfect for this type of storytelling.
The show has brought me to tears multiple times over the years, and I think a huge part of the reason for that is because of the long episode lengths. Like a great TV series you never want to end, you get to spend hours and hours with the subjects of these episodes and build emotional connections to them, so when they they experience hardships, a project goes wrong, or they lose a loved one, the results can be unexpectedly powerful.
The show has earned the attention of Hollywood vets like Peter Ramsey Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Mark Gatiss Sherlock, Game of Thrones, the latter of whom lends his own terrific voice to introductions of the most recent season, which covers the prolific producer Val Lewton Cat People, The Body Snatcher, The Ghost Ship. I knew nothing about Lewton or his work before I listened to the eleven episode season, but by the end, I feel like not only do I know all about him, but I feel I’ve experienced his highs and lows right alongside him. It’s truly spellbinding stuff, and it comes with my absolute highest recommendation.