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Taking Names: Uggie leaves paw prints at famed Grauman’s theater

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ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTOGRAPHS After sharing star billing for “The Artist,” Uggie plays the lead Monday in a ceremony to cement his paw prints in the courtyard of Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles.

Every dog has its day — and Monday belonged to Uggie.

The canine star of the Oscar-winning film “The Artist” became the first dog to put its paw prints in cement outside the famous Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, the Associated Press reports.

The rambunctious Jack Russell terrier was celebrated at a treat-laden ceremony outside the landmark as Councilman Tom LaBonge declared it Uggie Day in Los Angeles.

“The main message that Uggie would like to send to everybody out there is to please adopt,” Uggie’s trainer, Omar Van Muller, told the crowd. “He’s adopted. He made it. If you guys can adopt a dog, even if they don’t make it on the big screen, they’ll be big stars at your house.”

The event also marked Uggie’s retirement from show business. Mr. Van Muller said Uggie, whose other film credits include “Mr. Fix It” and “Water for Elephants,” would no longer star in films but would appear at charity events and other functions.

Uggie, who arrived at the theater in a firetruck, was bestowed with a golden bow-tie collar and given a cake in the shape of a fire hydrant after performing tricks for photographers and tourists lining a red carpet.

Uggie’s “Artist” stand-ins — his brother Dash and another Jack Russell named Dude — were noticeably absent at Monday’s festivities.

The duo wore makeup to look like Uggie in “The Artist,” where the dogs played the canine companion to Jean Dujardin’s fading silent-film star. The movie won five statuettes at the Academy Awards earlier this year, including the best-picture prize.

Uggie nearly was upstaged at his own event when pop star Katy Perry unexpectedly appeared across the street, attracting a crowd of police and fans. Miss. Perry was scheduled to appear on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” which is filmed at the nearby El Capitan Theatre.

After cementing his prints, Uggie dipped his paws in ink and “autographed” DVD and Blu-ray copies of “The Artist.” The pooch was visibly shaken during much of the event, probably because of the large crowd and the oppressive summer heat. Following the nearly hourlong event, Uggie and company retreated inside the theater.

Uggie joins a long list of celebrities who have left handprints and footprints in the courtyard of the tourist spot. Among them have been Johnny Depp, John Wayne, Marilyn Monroe, Fred Astaire and Kim Novak.

Though Uggie is the first canine to be showcased in Grauman’s courtyard, three dogs — Lassie, Rin Tin Tin and Strongheart — have stars on the nearby Hollywood Walk of Fame along with fictional critters including Godzilla, Kermit the Frog, Big Bird and the Muppets.

Spice Girls musical to launch in London

The Spice Girls reunited onstage Tuesday to announce details of a musical based on their songs - a tale of fame and female friendship that will open in London in the fall.

The music of the 1990s “girl power” group is being revived in “Viva Forever,” which tells the story of four friends whose bond is tested when their band enters a TV talent show.

According to the Associated Press, the Spice Girls said they were delighted with the show, which is being produced by Judy Craymer, the woman behind the world-conquering ABBA musical “Mamma Mia.”

“It’s better than we could ever have imagined,” said Melanie “Sporty Spice” Chisholm of the show, written by comedian Jennifer Saunders, who co-created the TV sitcom “Absolutely Fabulous.”

“They sing it better than us,” added Melanie Brown, the band’s “Scary Spice.”

They were joined by band members Emma Bunton, Geri Halliwell and Victoria Beckham — also known as Baby, Ginger and Posh — for a media launch in the grand neo-Gothic hotel where the video for their 1996 No. 1 hit “Wannabe” was filmed.

The women’s outsized personalities and Miss Halliwell’s Union Jack dress made them icons, and they sold 75 million records around the world.

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