2009 Archived Posts:
12/10/09 :: Prada, Gaga, & TV Guide...
Prada threw a swanky Beverly Hills soiree in honor of their new book. Christina Ricci, Emma Roberts, and Ginnifer Goodwin were among the trendsetters who stepped out to celebrate at the luxury label's Rodeo Drive boutique. Click here to watch my video interviews.
A night later, superstars like Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie took a trip to the Museum of Contemporary Art to celebrate the gallery's 30th anniversary. Lady Gaga gave a special performance alongside the Bolshoi Ballet for attendees like James Franco, Gwen Stefani, and Jessica Alba. Click here to watch my video coverage.
From there, I caught up with the likes of Mad Men's January Jones, Glee's Matthew Morrison, and Private Practice's Kadee Strickland at the Oceana Partners Award Gala in Los Angeles. (Click on each of the names to read my write-ups for TV Guide Magazine.)
11/10/09 :: Busy, busy...
Hollywood is keeping busy before the holidays. Here's a rundown of my schedule from last week:
Wednesday: The SLS Hotel played host to Sony Cierge's Holiday Preview where Kellan Lutz, Neil Patrick Harris, and Michael C. Hall sampled the company's latest electronics. (Click here to watch my video interviews.)
Thursday: The Breeder's Cup held a Winners Circle pre-party to get horse racing fans revved up. Eliza Dushku & Kristin Cavallari took in the sounds of James Denton, Jesse Spencer, and Greg Grunberg who performed as the Band From TV. (Click here to watch my video coverage.)
Friday: A private set visit... Can't say anything further, but when it goes up, I'll link it up.
Saturday: Hollywood hit Arcadia as Jerry O'Connell, Justin Chambers, and Dennis Hopper attended the Breeder's Cup World Championship at the Santa Anita Race Track. (Click here to watch my video interviews.)
Sunday: My day off. A girl needs her beauty sleep, right?
More soon. Stay tuned.
11/2/09 :: Parties for a Cause...
Two great parties, two good causes.
Last week, I joined Sheryl Crow, Jessica Capshaw, and Amy Smart at the Healthy Child, Healthy World Gala held at the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills. The ladies traded eco-information on the terrace before heading inside for an informative sit down dinner. (Click here to watch my video interviews with the group.)
Earlier in the week, other actors and musicians joined Richard Branson for Virgin Unites' 3rd Annual "Rock the Kasbah" benefit. At the Vibiana in downtown Los Angeles, I interviewed the likes of Sharon Stone, Lindsay Lohan, and Lindsay Price before the trio took in performances by Estelle, Gavin Rossdale, and Natasha Bedingfield (who I also chatted up). Ever the host, Branson greeted each of his guests with a hug, despite arriving with his arm in a sling. I caught up with the entrepreneur, but figured it would be poor table manners to ask what happened to his arm. (Click here to watch my video interviews with everyone!)
10/26/09 :: Party Everyday...
One of the things that makes my job so much fun is that every day is different. By morning, I may hit the Maybach Golf Cup in polo gear--but, by night, I'm LBD-ing it up with Demi Moore for a book launch party at STK. That's how last week started.
From there, it was off to Lucky Magazine & Madewell's Bar Marmont bash with Mandy Moore, Rachel Bilson, and Anna Faris. (Click here to watch those interviews.) A few days later, Hello Kitty fanatics like Paris Hilton, Dave Navarro, and Pete Wentz celebrated the brand's 35th Anniversary at a pop-up shop swimming with pink hair, ripped tights, and tattoos. (Click here to watch my video interviews.)
Over the weekend, I joined TapouT's "Thrill the World" extravaganza where Michael Jackson fans attempted to break a world record. Indeed, there were zombies and MJ impersonators dancing in the streets. (Click here to watch video from the event.)
10/10/09 :: Nascar Does Hollywood...
Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. aren't names normally discussed in Hollywood, but that doesn't mean they're not red carpet worthy. This weekend, the racers let loose at The Roosevelt Hotel's Tropicana Bar as the Auto Club Speedway hosted a Pepsi 500 Pre-Party. Who knew Audrina Patridge and Melissa Joan Hart were closet racing fans? Click here to check out my video interviews from the evening.
10/5/09 :: Octodad in LA...
From Octomom to Octodad... This weekend, Jon Gosselin made the West Coast 'rounds--which caused a paparazzi frenzy normally reserved for the likes of Britney Spears. After lunching at The Ivy, Octodad hit up the paparazzi owned franchise Millions of Milkshakes where he debuted a specialty ice cream concoction. (...in the midst of allegedly removing $200,000 from his joint bank account with Kate.) Click here to read my coverage for TV Guide Magazine.
10/1/09 :: This Rocks...
Courteney Cox Arquette, Christina Applegate, and Sheryl Crow were among the celebrities who presented and/or performed at the Rock a Little, Feed a Lot Concert which benefited Feeding America. Lisa Kudrow even performed fan favorite "Smelly Cat," an ode to her days on Friends. Click here to watch my video interviews and Kudrow's impromptu performance.
In other news, check out my TV Guide Magazine interviews with Kate Walsh, Tim Daly, and the rest of Private Practice's cast. Walsh admitted she'd love for her character Addison to take up tango while Daly said he'd be open to crossing over for a Grey's Anatomy episode or two. Click here to read more about the show's new season, which airs tonight on ABC.
9/29/09 :: Young Hollywood's Weekend...
Teen Vogue inducted a new group of starlets at their 7th Annual Young Hollywood Party. Selena Gomez, Ashley Tisdale, and Taylor Lautner were among the stars who enjoyed a D&G fashion show and Noisettes performance. Click here to check out my video interviews from the night.
An even younger group gathered at Disney's premiere of the Handy Manny Motorcycle Adventure where Wilmer Valderrama debuted the show's new special. Click here to watch video coverage of the afternoon affair.
9/22/09 :: The Primetime Emmys...
It was a hot day in Hollywood on Sunday and I'm not only referring to the weather. Stars turned out in the masses for the 61st Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. Despite the heat, I worked the red carpet in a gorgeous Ina Soltani dress (thanks Val!) where I spoke with the likes of Tina Fey, Jon Hamm, Christina Applegate, Michael J. Fox, Kristin Chenoweth, Leighton Meester, Sarah Silverman, Toni Collette, Charlie Sheen... and the list goes on. Click here to check out my video coverage from the big night.
9/21/09 :: Octomom's New Doc...
Over Emmy weekend, I caught up with Nadya Suleman (aka. Octomom) where she dished on her new documentary, what it's like raising fourteen children, and how she feels about her media coined name. Click here to read the TV Guide Magazine piece.
9/1/09 :: Kenneth Cole Celebrates...
Last week, guests like Ali Larter hit Kenneth Cole Awearness's FEED Health Backpack Launch. Attendees sipped VeeV cocktails while previewing the environmentally friendly bag whose proceeds provide medical supplies for poverty-stricken residents in Sub-Saharan Africa. Designer Lauren Bush attended alongside 90210's Shenae Grimes, Alexa Vega, and Melissa Rycroft. Click here to watch video coverage from the night.
8/17/09 :: HFPA Luncheon...
When the Hollywood Foreign Press Association comes calling, you answer. (If you ever want to be nominated for a Golden Globe, that is.) Luckily it wasn't a tough sell since the group were summoned for a good cause. Emmy Rossum, Hugh Dancy, Chris Pine, Jordana Brewster, and Rose McGowan were on hand at the HFPA's Annual Installation Luncheon to give away grants to non-profits organizations. Click here to watch my video interviews with the celebrity do-gooders.
8/13/09 :: Inglorious Basterds Premiere...
If you've ever doubted Brad Pitt's appeal, I assure you--he is as hot in person as he is on screen. And Angelina Jolie is no exception. On Monday, the duo stepped out at Quentin Tarantino's Inglorious Basterds premiere in Los Angeles. Co-stars Eli Roth & B.J. Novak were also on hand to hype up the WWII flick. Click here to check out my video coverage from the big night.
8/6/09 :: Spreading the News...
The King of Twitter, Mr. Ashton Kutcher, conquers new (indie) turf in his latest flick Spread. Sure, he plays a pretty boy--hardly a stretch from his personal life--but even so he successfully loses himself in the character.
Ashton plays Nikki, a guy who earns his keep by sleeping with older women. The role is a departure from the goofy characters that previously put him on the map. I recommend it--just be ready for more than a couple risqué scenes.
I covered the film's Los Angeles premiere where Ashton was on hand with co-stars Anne Heche & Margarita Levieva. Click here to watch my video interviews with the cast.
8/3/09 :: More Movie Premieres...
Last Tuesday, I covered the Paper Heart red carpet screening where lead actress Charlyne Yi was joined by industry insiders like Catherine Hardwicke, Christian Serratos, and Jason Reitman. Hardwicke divulged she was considering Yi for her first post-Twilight film. Click here to watch all the action.
On Thursday, X-Games insanity unfolded in downtown Los Angeles when Pamela Anderson joined extreme athletes like Shaun White at the X-Games 3D: The Movie Premiere. Click here to watch my video coverage from the event.
7/28/09 :: A Week in Film...
It was a week of spooky films, short films, and--for those at San Diego's Comic Con--films of grand proportions.
Last week, I hit up The Orphan premiere where Peter Sarsgaard hyped up the new horror flick. Robert Downey Jr. was also on hand to support his wife Susan who produced the film with Joel Silver & Leonardo DiCaprio. Click here to watch my coverage from the event.
From there, it was onto Opening Night of The LA Shorts Festival which featured Scarlett Johansson and Courteney Cox-Arquette's directorial debuts. I caught up with both leading ladies before the screenings. Click to here to watch my video interviews from the night.
7/14/09 :: BBQs & Clam Bakes...
"Summertime and the living is easy." Ain't it the truth. Last week I spent the 4th of July at P. Diddy's infamous "White Party" which relocated from the Hamptons to Los Angeles this year. Demi Moore, Ashton Kutcher, Cassie and friends all came out for some BBQ action and to support Malaria No More. Check here to check out video interviews from the event.
This past weekend I covered the Lia Sophia Clam Bake where Lindsay Lohan, Mena Suvari, Lisa Rinna, and Stephanie Pratt previewed the jewelry company's new Cape Town III collection. The line features gorgeous art deco and geometric designs. Click here for video coverage from the afternoon.
6/25/09 :: Women in Film (& Maui)...
Aloha! I just returned from the Maui Film Festival where I spent the last week watching films under the stars, hanging by the Grand Wailea's pool--oh and doing a bit of work in between, if you call it work. I caught up with Zooey Deschanel who was being honored with the Nova Award. My Q & A with the quirky actress is online at Hollywood.com. Take a look!
Before Maui, I stopped by Women in Film's annual Crystal + Lucy Awards where I interviewed Jennifer Aniston, Jodie Foster, Holly Hunter, Jenny McCarthy, and Elizabeth Banks. Oh what a night! Click here to watch those video interviews.
Last night, it was onto the 500 Days of Summer premiere where I caught up with Mad Men's Christina Hendricks who was on hand to support fiancé Geoffrey Arend, who appears in the film. The adorable duo dished on their upcoming nuptials and wedding preparations. Click here to read more!
6/9/09 :: A Feel Good Week...
Even during tough economic times, Hollywood is giving big. Cartier celebrated their 100th Anniversary in America with an event that benefited ServiceNation. Check out my video interviews with Usher and other cocktail party attendees.
Next it was onto the Chrysalis Butterfly Ball where celebs like Mark Wahlberg, Chase Crawford, and Eve helped the organization aid homelessness. Click here to watch video coverage from the event.
Last night, I hit up Oceana & La Mer's World Oceans Day Gala where Anne Heche, Nicollette Sheridan, and January Jones helped celebrate keeping our oceans clean. Click here to view video interviews from the evening.
5/15/09 :: May Update...
While much of Hollywood is living it up in Cannes, many of us are still holding down the fort here in LaLa land. Last night, Ashlee Simpson made it at a date night with hubby Pete Wentz at the T-Mobile Sidekick LX Launch Party. It was a love fest all around. Amanda Bynes & Emmy Rossum traded compliments while Pink & Carey Hart made their first public appearance since reuniting.
Earlier in the month, I caught up with Common at the Diesel Launch Party for their Only the Brave Fragrance. Click here to check out video coverage from the night. He gave a great live performance mixing old and new material. What a performer!
On a philanthropic note, Dustin Hoffman, Jewel, and Anne Heche gathered for the Race to Erase MS Gala. The group raised awareness while enjoying performances by Michelle Branch and The Eagles. Click here to check out my video interviews and to learn more.
4/27/09 :: April Videos...
A month has passed since I've said hello. Forgive me? Here's a rundown of what I've been up to:
Disneynature debuted their new film Earth at its Hollywood premiere. Eco-friendly stars like Wendie Malick, One Republic's Tim Myers, and artist Wyland stopped by the afternoon affair. Click here to watch my video interviews with the group.
Also in the eco-scene, Target threw a party to celebrate their collaboration with Loomstate, an organic cotton clothing company. Elizabeth Banks, Jaime Pressly, and Adrian Grenier previewed the collection before it hit stores. I was on hand capturing their shopping sprees and conducting interviews. Click here to take a look.
Before that, it was off to the Parks & Recreation Premiere Party at new Hollywood hot spot MyHouse. Amy Poehler joined cast mates Rashida Jones & Chris Pratt as they took a night off from shooting. We all enjoyed a nice chat before the party got underway. Click here to check my video interviews with the cast.
3/30/09 :: Kids Choice Awards...
The critics always speak their minds. Why shouldn't the under thirteen set have a say? This weekend, their voices were heard at the 2009 Kids Choice Awards. I hit up the live event's orange carpet where I chatted with Emma Roberts, Pete Wentz, and Tony Hawk. I left the show slime-free, but The Jonas Brothers weren't quite as lucky. Click here to check out my online coverage from the big night
3/26/09 :: Shopping with Miranda Cosgrove...
In preparation for this weekend's Kids Choice Awards, I went shopping with Nickelodeon star Miranda Cosgrove. We browsed the racks at Milk, Satine, and Tarina Tarantino in search of the perfect red carpet ensemble. I'm still figuring mine out, but Miranda should be all set. Tune into the show on Saturday to find out what she wound up wearing. In the meantime, click here to check out pictures and anecdotes from our shopping spree!
Also, on last week's agenda? The I Love You, Man premiere in Hollywood. Click here to check out my video interviews with the film's cast.
3/16/09 :: April Issue of InStyle Magazine...
Award season may be over, but this month it lives on in the April issue of InStyle Magazine. I had the pleasure of covering two of the season's hottest tickets. At the Screen Actors Guild after-party, Tina Fey, Freida Pinto, and Claire Danes enjoyed the musical stylings of the Rock n Roll Fantasy Camp all-stars. Click here to view the SAG After-Party piece.
Naturally, Sir Elton John's Oscar Party had it's fair share of musical royalty and some. Eva Longoria Parker, Carrie Underwood, and Rashida Jones joined the piano man for a sit down dinner and auction benefiting his AIDS Foundation. Click here to view the Elton John Oscar Party piece.
There's one last award show this month. Up next? Nickelodeon's Kids Choice Awards. Stay tuned.
3/13/09 :: Listen for Eric Hutchinson...
Singer/songwriter fans need to listen up! If you like Jason Mraz or John Mayer, you'll LOVE Eric Hutchinson. The "Rock & Roll" star has been on my radar long before his breakout single hit VH1 and iTune's Top Ten lists. Back in 2002, I played his track Subtitles on WERS 88.9 FM when I hosted the radio station's morning show. As a freshman at Emerson College (where we were both students), I auditioned for the song's music video. I didn't make the cut--but he has certainly made mine. I recently caught up with the singer when he was on the road. We skipped revisiting the past, but talked about his present success and future aspirations. Click here to read my Q&A with Eric Hutchinson.
3/10/09 :: Shopping with a Twilight Star...
I'll admit it--I'm Twilight obsessed! These days, you'd be hard pressed to find someone who's not. As a fan of the phenomenon, I felt especially lucky scoring a shopping session with one of film's gorgeous females--Ashley Greene--just days before she went to Italy for New Moon fittings and rehearsals. Click here to check out the highlights (and Twilight dish!) from our shopping session where she previewed the spring trends for Miss Me, Bordeaux, and Paul & Joe Sister.
After one retail therapy session, it was onto another--and this one benefited a good cause. Over the weekend, I hit up John Varvatos' 7th Annual Stuart House Event. The clothing designer hosted a street fair that shut down the corner of Melrose Avenue & Robertson Boulevard in order to raise money for the Stuart House, a facility that treats young sexual abuse victims. Kyra Sedgwick & Kevin Bacon hosted the afternoon affair where kids had the opportunity to create their own Converse and decorate Crumbs cupcakes. (Mmmm, my favorite!) Check out my video interviews with Kyra, Kevin, and the rest of the crew!
2/23/09 :: Oscar Insanity and some...
Too tired to explain the week in detail... that's what my coverage is for. Here's a recap of this passed week:
--The Independent Spirit Awards which is a day before the Academy Awards and is, as Michelle Monaghan described, "the anti-Oscars." Click here to check out my online InStyle piece featuring Cameron Diaz, Zooey Dechanel, and Kerry Washington.
--The 17th Annual Elton John AIDS Foundation Viewing Party, which took place during the Oscars. Victoria Beckham, Eva Longoria, and Kate Beckinsale supported the piano man and his organization. Coverage from the evening will appear in an upcoming issue of InStyle. In the meantime, check out my online coverage from the night.
More to soon come. For now, I'm off to sleep!
2/16/09 :: The Unforgettable Evening...
Courteney Cox-Arquette & Gwyneth Paltrow enjoyed "An Unforgettable Evening" when they were honored by EIF's WCRF and Saks Fifth Avenue for their dedication to cancer awareness. A crowd--which included Tom Hanks & Rita Wilson, Lisa Kudrow, & Jay-Z--watched on as the leading ladies accepted their awards. Beyonce later took to the stage to perform At Last, Crazy in Love, and Single Ladies. I was on hand doing video interviews for the elegant affair held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Click here to view my video coverage!
While we're on the topic of philanthropy, I'd like to give a personal shout out to NY Yankees' pitcher A.J. Burnett and his wife Karen, who were kind enough to sponsor my little cousin's travel team for a tournament in Cooperstown this summer. A.J. and his family were my cousins' neighbors and fishing pals when he played with the Marlins. Thanks to the baseball star and his family for coming to the rescue!
Also to be noted--this week, I'm headed to the Children Mending Hearts Benefit where Ben Affleck and pals will be on hand raising funds for the International Medical Corps' relief efforts in the Congo. Video interviews to soon come.
It's nice to know that, even in these trying economic times, philanthropy isn't forgotten.
2/13/09 :: Vintage Videos...
I recently came across old video interviews I'd conducted and wanted to share. Just click the event name you're interested in viewing: Los Angeles Premiere of Valkyrie, Grand Opening of The Conga Room, CNN Heroes: An All-Star Tribute Red Carpet, The Jordan Melo M5 Launch Party, Los Angeles Premiere of Milk, A Fine Romance Benefit, The Thelonius Monk Institute's Concert Gala, San Francicsco Premiere of Milk, Peter Alexander's Flagship Boutique Opening, High School Musical 3 Premiere, and the Rodeo Drive Walk of Style Awards.
1/28/09 :: The 15th Annual SAG Awards...
As actors celebrated one another at The 15th Annual SAG Awards, the show was--naturally--filled with major star power. I was fortunate to chat one-on-one with a number of the award winners (Tina Fey, Laura Linney) and gorgeous presenters (Claire Danes, Diane Lane). At the People/EIF After-party, Meryl Streep mingled with co-star Amy Adams while Penelope Cruz kept Laura Dern & Ben Harper company in a private booth. For all the details, check out my SAG piece in an upcoming issue of InStyle.
And I'm equally thrilled to announce I was made a Contributing Editor with the mag. Super exciting! Here's to an ongoing equally great '09. More to soon come, friends. Stay tuned!
1/12/09 :: A Weekend in Review...
Believe it or not the following occurred over the course of two days:
1) At the BAFTA/LA's Award Season Tea Party, Leonardo DiCaprio, Freida Pinto, and Marisa Tomei celebrated their nominee status a day before the Golden Globes awards ceremony. Click here to see my online coverage!
2) While the Golden Globes unfolded on camera, it was the untelevised action from InStyle Viewing's Party that really heated up! Early arrivals Joy Bryant, James Marsden, and Heidi Klum led the pack of notables who joined in on the table-hopping fun. Click here to check out my online print coverage!
3) A picture tells a thousand tales, but so do video soundbytes... Click here to view my video coverage from the InStyle Viewing Party!
4) From there, it was onto
InStyle's legendary Golden Globes
After-Party--where the room was transformed
into a French-inspired affair complete with a Godiva
Gold Lounge and on sight
5) Seeing is believing... Click here for video coverage from InStyle's after-party where guests like Eva Longoria, Kate Beckinsale, and Megan Fox were greeted by a crystal embellished peacock and ten piece cover band that got everyone on the dance floor.
That's all (for now) folks! After interviewing Blake Lively, all I really want to do is veg out and watch Gossip Girl on the small screen. Awards season has only just begun...
1/11/09 :: From Critics Choice, Onto the Globes...
After a week of insanity, tonight it comes to it's climax with the Golden Globes. I'll be at the InStyle Viewing Dinner & After-Party... THE place to be! I'm filing live on instyle.com -- so be sure to check there for the coverage. Based on the guest list, the event is sure to be legendary.
The other night, I hit the Critics Choice Awards where Anne Hathaway walked away with Best Actress and Sean Penn took home Best Actor. Nominees Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie were also on hand. Click here for my complete coverage from the night.
1/8/09 :: 35th Annual People's Choice Awards...
Everyone in Hollywood has "people," but the only ones who mattered spoke loud and clear last night as fans chose their favorites at the 35th Annual People's Choice Awards. Kate Hudson, Reese Witherspoon, and Katherine Heigl were all there. Click here to check out my coverage from the evening. Next up? The Critics Choice Awards!
1/6/09 :: Happy New Year (of Hollywood)...
A happy and healthy new year, friends! This first week is already shaping up to be pure insanity, but before the chaos begins -- I wanted to pause for a moment of reflection. I'm so thrilled to share what I do for a living with you. Truly. I don't take it for granted. Not. One. Bit. Sure, I've been stressing about what to wear all week, but that never clouds my appreciation for this job. That said...
Who knew so many award shows could be packed into one week! Without a stylist or unlimited funds, you find ways to make do. How exactly? When the dust settles, I'll share my style diary from this week with you. In the meantime, I must focus on the tasks at hand. (That's right, I do actually work at these glam events.)
Tomorrow morning, I'm headed to the Palm Springs Film Festival Gala (where Anne Hathaway & Amy Adams will walk away with top honors). From there, I'm covering the People's Choice Awards, Critics Choice Awards, a BAFTA Luncheon, and Golden Globe festivities. Check in soon for updates featuring all the action!
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