Sunday, January 27, 2008

14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Award - The Only Award Show This Year?!?!

I was photographing on the red carpet at the 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at the Shrine Auditorium today. It was more exciting and packed with celebrities than previous years as it may be the only Award Show in 2008!

SAG President, Alan Rosenberg speaking on stage at the SAG Award Show.

WGA (Writers Guild of America) is currently on strike. The close bind between 2 unions SAG and WGA put a bind on last month's Golden Globe Award Show. The Hollywood Foreign Press did not sign at least an interim agreement with the WGA, the Golden Globe Award Show became a big "Golden NOPE"! The show was aired without a red carpet entry because no celebrities wanted to cross the picket line in solidarity with our sister union WGA. Also, no celebrities came to present at the Golden Globe either. The show consists of only a several (non celebrities) people reading off the nominees, and announcing the winners without the usual "Hoppla and Fanfare". It was a sad, sad, sad Golden Globe Award Show. I hope by the time the Academy (Oscar) Award Show comes around, the strike will be over otherwise, the SAG Award Show will be the only Award Show of 2008.

The beautiful Angelina Jolie!

...and hubby Brad Pitt!

Carla Gugino of "American Gangster"

The beautiful and talented Rebecca Romeijn. "X-Men, Ugly Betty"

Teen Hearthrob Zack Efron of "High School Musical" and "Hairspray"

Amanda Bynes of "Hair Spray"

America Ferrera of "Ugly Betty" not so ugly tonight...

Eva Longoria-Parker, looking just as lovely as ever even without hubby
fame NBA superstar Tony Parker.

Jeremy Piven of "Entourage" looking just as dapper as his character, fast talking talent agent.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008

Silver Beaver Reception

As most of you know and who had been following my blog, I was presented with the coveted Silver Beaver Award last year in March. Since I was the award recipient, I was invited to the 2008 Silver Beaver Review Board in December. We sat down and pounded out on reading and review Silver Beaver Applications, and resumes.

There were many applications, but we were told to select only 10 applicants. It was a difficult process as every candidate was worthy to receive the Silver Beaver Award. I had some disagreement with some of the selection and some that were not selected. I guess, I didn't know these applicants personally as I can only read their proud achievements through their tenure in scouting for the past 2-3 decades. In the end, we were all proud and satisfied with our selection. I think we all slept soundly that night. :-)

Tonight was the Silver Beaver Reception at the Smiser Scout Center in Pasadena. I remember my reception vividly of last year as if it was yesterday. I remember walking in on time, but to my surprise everyone was in the room and had their portrait photographed already. I felt bad because I was holding up the photographer from packing up his equipment. Anyway, this year, everyone was very happy and excited about having their portraits taken. They all borrowed a Silver Beaver Award and had it temporarily around their neck for the picture. Everyone was posed perfectly albeit they all look so uncomfortably like a robot. "Chin up, look here, tilt head, move arm and lift elbow, etc.". Belle n' Beau are famous for their classic portrait, and I guess that's what it takes to look perfect and be capture in time with a still photograph. It was an important moment and event. I guess it was all worth it in the end.

I think I'll contact Belle n' Beau and have a copy purchased so that I can keep it for prosperity. :-)

Monday, January 21, 2008

MLK Birthday Today

I have tremendous respect for Martin Luther King Jr. It's his birthday today. Below is the video of his "I have a dream" speech spoken publicly shortly before his untimely assassination.

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

MacWorld Keynote 2008

Watching a live MacWorld Keynote 2008 transcript right now on my iPhone. How cool is that! Here's the video of the Highlights of Steve Job's Keynote Speech.