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'Bruno' delays Hollywood Walk of Fame tribute to Michael Jackson

June 25, 2009 |  5:04 pm

Fans hoping to pay their respects to Michael Jackson by visiting his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame will have to wait until Friday morning. As news of Jackson's death spread Thursday afternoon, event crews in Hollywood were prepping for tonight's Hollywood premiere of "Bruno."

The Sacha Baron Cohen film will screen tonight at the Chinese Theatre, which is almost directly in front of Jackson's star. In the photo above, Jackson's star is near where the stage lights are stationed in the right of the picture. Fans trying to get a glimpse were turned back as they approached the Chinese Theatre. Though the Chamber of Commerce couldn't station the customary flowers, local street musicians cycled through Jackson hits.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce will have a memorial up Friday at 9 a.m. There is a star dedicated to the Jacksons near the intersection of Vine Street and Sunset Boulevard, but that will not be outfitted with flowers, said a Chamber of Commerce spokeswoman. 

Though the "Bruno" premiere will delay the unveiling of the Walk of Fame tribute, there is a Jackson connection in the film. Michael's sister La Toya briefly appears in "Bruno," as she's invited to be a guest on his fake talk show and "Bruno" pesters her to reveal Michael's phone number.

-- Photo and post by Todd Martens