- - Sunday, January 8, 2012

Jackson’s children to make impression at Grauman’s

Michael Jackson’s three children will sink their father’s shoes and sequined glove into the cement outside Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, a storied Hollywood cinema and tourist site, organizers said Thursday.

According to Agence France-Presse, in a rare public appearance, Prince, Paris and Blanket will make their late father’s mark in the cement outside the theater on Jan. 26.

The entrance to the historic cinema on Hollywood Boulevard is a major tourist attraction, with hand and footprints of movie stars and filmmakers from over the decades.

The vast majority of those with prints at Grauman’s - including icons such as Fred Astaire, Elizabeth Taylor, Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe, Sidney Poitier and Clark Gable - are from the movie world.

The Jackson Estate, which manages the late star’s affairs, pointed out that the King of Pop was responsible for such ground-breaking short films as “Billie Jean,” “Beat It” and the classic “Thriller.”

Duchess of Cambridge becomes charities’ patron

She’s married into the royal family, and now the former Kate Middleton is moving to define her new role by choosing the charities she will support.

According to the Associated Press, the Duchess of Cambridge has accepted honorary positions with charities that deal with a range of issues, including tackling drug addiction and helping young people, St. James’s Palace said Thursday.

The palace said the positions reflect her “personal interests in the arts, the promotion of outdoor activity and supporting people who are in need of all ages, especially young children.”

The royal, who married Prince William in a gala ceremony last year, became a patron of Action on Addiction and the National Portrait Gallery. She also has become a royal patron of East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices and the Art Room, and a volunteer with the Scout Association.

Patronage raises the profile of the charities the royals support - bringing attention to their causes. It also is considered important to the members of the royal family, because their support shows their commitment to worthy causes.

“The duchess has chosen to support organizations that complement the charitable work already undertaken by her husband,” the palace said in a statement.

The late Princess Diana, mother to Prince William, was active in supporting numerous charities, and worked with organizations to help AIDS patients and remove land mines from conflict zones.

The duchess is already a patron of the charitable foundation Prince William founded with his brother, Prince Harry.

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