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Hugh Laurie to receive star on Hollywood Walk of Fame

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Image caption Hugh Laurie, Eva Longoria and Ryan Reynolds are to be honoured on Hollywood Boulevard

Hugh Laurie, Ryan Reynolds and Eva Longoria are to be awarded stars on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

The brass stars emblazoned on Hollywood Boulevard honour personalities from music, film and TV for achievement in the entertainment industry.

Mark Ruffalo, Amy Adams, Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Goldie Hawn and Chris Pratt have also been announced as star recipients.

They will be honoured at the famous landmark in Los Angeles in 2017.

Laurie, who was born in Oxford, is best known in the US for his lead role in the medical drama House - which ran from 2004 to 2012.

Longoria rose to prominence in 2005 when she played a leading role in Desperate Housewives, while Ryan Reynolds's best known films include Deadpool and The Proposal.

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Image caption NSync reunited at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2013

Mark Ruffalo's credits include Spotlight - which won the Oscar for Best Picture earlier this year.

Dwayne Johnson first became famous as his wrestling alter-ego "The Rock" - but later turned to acting and has recently appeared in San Andreas and Central Intelligence.

Musicians to be be awarded a star include Ice Cube, John Legend, Hall & Oates and NSync - Justin Timberlake's former boyband.

The group split up in 2002 but, until recently, held the record for the fastest-selling album in US history for their 2000 album No Strings Attached.

Adele's 25 broke the record last year.

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Image caption John Legend, Goldie Hawn and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson will also receive stars

Actress and TV presenter Tyra Banks and Night Of The Living Dead creator George A Romero have also been announced as star recipients, along with actress Rita Wilson, Transparent star Jeffrey Tambor, Precious director Lee Daniels and comic Sarah Silverman.

Mexican-American singer Selena will be posthumously honoured.

She was fatally shot at the age of 23 by the president of her fan club, Yolanda Saldívar, in a motel in 1995.

The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce said the Walk of Fame selection committee had received "hundreds of nominations" for the latest round of stars.

The committee's chairman, Vin Di Bona, said the new inductees were "a great group of talent that will appeal to the tastes of many fans around the world".

See the full list of 34 inductees.

How do you get a Hollywood star?

  • To be eligible, you have to have been famous for at least five years and have what Di Bona describes as "unchallengeable" expertise in television, film, radio, live theatre and music. Reality TV stars are notably absent from the walk of fame.
  • All applications must include a written statement from the candidate, confirming they want one and that they would attend the unveiling ceremony if their application is accepted.
  • If the celebrity's application is accepted, whoever nominated them needs to pay $30,000 (£22,400). The Chamber of Commerce says that half the cost goes into building the star, while the other half is used for upkeep - cleaning and so on.

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