The two people in the middle, Paula Abdul and Ryan Seacrest, will both have stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame next week -- she for her recording career, he for his radio carrer. No doubt the two ad-wizards on the end will have theirs by the end of the "American Idol" season.
People who do not have stars on the walk: Robert Altman, Robert DeNiro, Clint Eastwood, Sally Field, Jane Fonda, Mel Gibson, Jeremy Irons, Stanley Kubrick, Bill Murray, Al Pacino, Robert Redford, Vanessa Redgrave, Roy Scheider.
Seacrest is getting his in a ceremony on Wednesday, which is (holy smokes!) a ratings-race day for the big networks. I know it's a Walk of FAME and not a Walk of TALENT, but does that still mean these stars should be bought and sold to promote the latest cash cow? And some of those absentees -- Clint, Fonda, Redford -- are seriously famous, talent aside.