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The Johnny Depp Experience

Johnny Depp

I’m a very big fan of Johnny Depp. To me, he is the epitome of coolness in Hollywood. I probably won’t be able to explain well on why I think that way but maybe I could say it’s because he is very, very… Johnny Depp. See, I told you I won’t be able to. But really, Johnny Depp in itself is an adjective that is synonymous to “cool.”  I’ve seen many of his films and I got so amazed on how he portrayed characters such as the very well known Cap’n Jack Sparrow, Willy Wonka, Sweeney Todd, The Mad Hatter, and Edward Scissorhands. These are very different characters yet you can easily distinguish their personalities from one another, apart from the costumes of course.  I’ve also seen him on the original TV series 21 Jump Street (just re-runs, as I was just a toddler during the time it was on air) and apart from his extreme good looks I also took notice on how good an actor he was already back then.

I’ve wanted to meet him in person ever since I was a kid.  He’s one of my three super idols (together with Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise)  and I said to myself that someday, I will kiss them all on the lips. Just kidding, I’m a straight male. Not coming out at least in the next three weeks. Ha. In high school, somebody told me while we were on a school dance that I look exactly like Johnny Depp and that’s when my fascination with him really started. I kept checking on the mirror and damn, she was spot on. I really looked like him! Just kidding. She never said that. She did tell me I looked like Johnny though. Johnny Bravo. Anyways, it’s not unusual for a young kid to idolize him. Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of The Black Pearl came out when I was in my freshman year in college and boy was I hooked! It was so good it went straight to my favorite movies of all time list.

Living in LA and being a frequent visitor of Hollywood Blvd, I always see those guys in costumes. My favorite is of course, Cap’n Jack Sparrow! He doesn’t look like Johnny but he does make a good Cap’n Jack. He also has a cute girl who is portraying Angelica walking around with him every time. There’s also one guy who doesn’t dress up as a Johnny Depp character but instead, Johnny Depp himself, wearing casual clothes. It’s cool to have pictures with these guys but just as I want my Levi’s jeans to be original, I want my Johnny Depp to be real!

And so I went to the premiere of Dark Shadows with only one intention in mind: see my super idol and hope to get a picture with him!

***CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE TRAILER OF “DARK SHADOWS”***

As expected, there were so many people in there waiting for him. I got into a bad spot, far away from the spot where they drop the celebrities off,  that I felt a little down that I wasn’t gonna be able to see him up close. It was okay, I said to myself, as long as I get a glimpse of him. The cast of the movie arrived one by one.

I saw Michelle Pfeiffer from afar. Oh damn. She was too far.

I saw Bella Heathcote.

Bella Heathcote

Bella Heathcote

And I saw a couple other actors whose names I didn’t know.

Then there was Tim Burton.

Tim Burton

Tim Burton

It was so nice to see him! He’s collaborated with Johnny so many times (Edward Scissorhands, Sweeney Todd, Corpse Bride, Alice in Wonderland, etc.) it’s impossible mentioning one’s name without the other.

And then it was time for Johnny to arrive. I saw him from afar like the rest. He’s signing for some people from way over the other side, and he’s the size of a peanut on my camera. Oh well, I wasn’t that hard to satisfy. I stepped on the same street as my idol at least for a fraction amount of time and I was happy for that. I was ready to go home to tell this tale to the world but then I noticed something. Johnny Depp has gotten closer and closer! It seemed like he was gonna come to our side after all!

Of course, I want to share my experience with you guys. Enough of the talk. Here’s the moment of all moments, the moment when a super fan finally meets his idol!

Heeere’s JOHNNY!!!!!

 

 

I can’t believe it! The fact that I was already convinced that I was only gonna see him from afar but instead we got inches away from each other made it even more spectacular! We got so close I was able to literally feel his breath come out of his nose haha! I stayed a man after that encounter though I gotta admit I was a hair strand away from becoming a Jennifer. Yeah I kinda prepared a girl name for myself just in case.

It was a day I will never forget. Oh Johnny. You da man, man.

I would still like to see him again someday, perhaps in France where he lives and talk to him in straight French.  A bientôt!


Trouble With The Curve Gala Premiere

Trouble With The Curve Movie Poster

I wanted to call this the “Trouble With The Curve Red Carpet Premiere”, but then it wasn’t a red carpet that was laying there. Instead, it’s green to match the color of a baseball field. This film revolves around baseball after all. Cool, isn’t it?

***CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE TRAILER OF “TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE”***

Trouble With The Curve

Outside of the Regency Village Theater

Today we’re at the Regency Village Theater in Westwood. It’s my first time here so I gotta look around first to see which area is the best spot for shooting. There are less people here compared to the premieres held at Grauman’s Theater, mainly because Grauman’s Theater is right in the heart of Hollywood where tourists are all over. This place is a little farther west (ahh so that’s why it’s called “Westwood”?!) This theater is near UCLA as well so if you’re a Bruin this place is no stranger to you.  I see a pretty good spot in the middle. Okay ready to go.

First to arrive…  John Goodman.

John Goodman

He’s been in so many movies and TV shows but the one that’s really printed on my mind was his role as Fred Flinstone on The Flintstones.  I loved that when I was a kid. It’s nice to see Fred here! Yabba dabba doo!!!

Right after Fred… I mean John Goodman is the living legend and the star of the movie, Mr. Clint Eastwood.

Clint Eastwood arrives at the premiere of Trouble With The Curve.

Clint Eastwood arrives at the premiere of Trouble With The Curve.

Clint Eastwood arrives at the premiere of Trouble With The Curve.

Clint Eastwood arrives at the premiere of Trouble With The Curve.

Clint Eastwood

Now I can tell my dad and all my uncles and grandpas that I saw Dirty Harry in person. I got street creds with the elderly mwahaha.

Clint waves and smiles to the people waiting but doesn’t walk towards the crowd to sign autographs and take pictures with them which, to me, is totally fine. The man’s been on the scene forever, he’s in his 80’s and still working, let him decide whatever he wants to do. He’s the law. He IS Clint Eastwood. To everyone who’s waiting for an autograph, I know you’re disappointed but don’t fret. Seeing him in person is already a big honor.

I myself wanted a picture with Clint, even if it’s like this…

Clint Eastwood Tackles Hack

Or maybe not haha. That’s from the movie How To Lose Friends And Alienate People, by the way (I LOVE Simon Pegg!)

Next up…

He’s on an Escalade…

And he’s bringing Sexyback…

Justin Timberlake

Sir Justin Timberlake!!!
Justin Timberlake

He’s a really nice guy! He signs for everyone in the crowd. Doesn’t take pictures though, perhaps to speed things up. I gotta say, this man’s got a lot of sex appeal!

Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake Signing Autographs

And here’s a little video…

Justin Timberlake

Justin Timberlake

Now we have an Olympic gold medalist with us, swimmer Tyler Clary.

Tyler Clary

Looking stunning in her red dress is Amy Adams.

amy adams

Amy Adams

Doesn’t look very comfortable though. You want me to cut it for you, Amy?!

Amy Adams

Amy Adams

We saw Fred Flintstone a while ago, now we see Shaggy from Scooby Doo! Matthew Lillard!

It’s a YABBA DABBA SCOOBY DOOBY DOO day!!!

Uhh, Matthew, are you signing with your hand and with your mouth at the same time?!

Matthew Lillard

Abadee abadee abadee a that’s all folks! See you again on the next red carpet premiere!


Scarlett Johansson Receives a Star at the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Scarlett Johansson Receives a Star at the Hollywood Walk of Fame

Photo Courtesy of Coventrytelegraph.net

One of the most exciting days of my life, seeing Scarlett Johansson upclose and personal as she receives the 2,470th Star on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood Blvd.

I arrived there around 8:00 am and there were already quite a few people waiting. It was drizzling, looked like it wasn’t gonna be the best day for doing a star ceremony. I saw the men working on the star, which was located right in front of Madame Tussauds.

Scarlett Johansson's Star

Thankfully, the drizzle stopped. After the workers finished with the star, they started putting up the stage and the railings for the event. These guys seem to have been doing it for the longest time coz they’re very good at it, finishing in just a few minutes. We were then all allowed to finally pick our spots. It was still pretty early so we spent the time chit chatting with one another, doing whatever things that could put us away from boredom. Scarlett’s a very special lady, and none of us really minded waiting for her even if it took several hours. Even Captain America was willing to stand in there for a long time.

Fat Captain America

He sacrificed the safety of America just to see  Scarlett.  He also ate a little too many cheeseburgers while waiting.

The paparazzi arrived and the tension built. We’re SO ready to finally see our favorite Hollywood girl!

Paparazzi

Uhm guys, don’t you think you’re setting up the camera a little too low? Upskirt shots are supposed to be done discretely, you know.

And after much anticipation, Scarlett arrived,  she was very stunning, Like a goddess walking amongst men!

Scarlett Johansson

The ceremony started at 11:30. The day looked so beautiful, so much different from how it looked just a while ago. It’s the Scarlett Effect. Leron Gubler of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce stepped up on stage to introduce Scarlett.

Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson being introduced by Leron Gubler

While he’s doing this, I fainted coz her beauty was way too much for me to handle. The ceremony was halted for a bit as there was a need to call for paramedics. Oops, sorry for the scene. Scarlett approached the mike and said there was no need for one, then she ran towards me, knelt and gave me mouth-to-mouth resuscitation.

And then I woke up. Gosh.

Her guest speaker was Jeremy Renner, who co-starred with her in The Avengers, together with Robert Downey, Jr., Samuel L. Jackson, Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, and Mark Ruffalo. If you still haven’t watched it by now, I feel sorry for you!

Jeremy Renner & Scarlett Johansson

Here’s the full speech recorded by a buddy of mine. He made us laugh!

 

 

It was really cute when they locked eyes…

Scarlett Johansson & Jeremy Renner

They had a big warm hug after his speech.

Scarlett Johansson & Jeremy Renner

Then Scarlett got off the stage to hug me too. Not.

A little kiss…

Scarlett Johansson & Jeremy Renner

And then it was the woman of the hour’s time to give her speech…

Scarlett Johansson's Speech

Yep, it’s on an index card. Don’t throw that away Scarlett,  we’re gonna auction that haha!

Scarlett Johansson

And here’s the speech in full:

 

 

She got a bit emotional. I wish I could hug her during that time. I wish I could hug her all the time. Don’t we all?!

Two things that really caught my eye as she was giving her speech:

1. Her wrist tattoo. I thought it was a crucifix from afar but it wasn’t… what is it?!

Scarlett Johansson's Tattoo

2. Her lovely red shoes  that matches her beautiful red lips that matches the elegant red carpet.

Scarlett Johansson's Shoes

Beautiful. Just beautiful.

After the speech, she was given this certificate from the city of Los Angeles, declaring this day as Scarlett Johansson Day in Hollywood!

Scarlett Johansson Day in Hollywood

The new walk of fame star is finally revealed!!! Woohoo!  Well, I saw it this morning already, but this time, it’s official! Wohoo!

I saw another tattoo in her forearm, it’s a colorful one, looked to me like a sunrise scene…

Scarlett Johansson's Tattoo

It was a really great day! Congratulations to Scarlett and hoping to see more of you on the big screen!!!


End of Watch Red Carpet Premiere

End of Watch Movie Poster

Alright Jake Gyllenhaal fans, now is your day! He’s coming to Hollwood to promote his new movie, End of Watch with co-stars Michael Peña and Anna Kendrick.

***CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE MOVIE TRAILER OF “END OF WATCH”***

This one’s being held at the Regal Cinemas in L.A. Live, this venue is smaller than Grauman’s theater and is  less known to the public. That means there are less people going to the events held here and therefore better chances for a fan to get pictures and autographs with his/her favorite celebrity.  And’ that’s why I love this place! They hold gala premieres here every now and then, and I invite you all to come experience it with us sometime.

End of Watch Movie

Before we get started, let’s clean the red carpet first. There might still be some dog fur in there. My pet husky has been shedding lately…

Red Carpet Cleanin

I think it’s clean now. Alright I’m kinda in a hurry, let’s go straight to the arrivals. Celebs, come on over!

First up, Anna Kendrick.

Anna Kendrick

I love this girl. She looks really sweet and charming. I’ve been seeing her a lot of times lately, it gives the illusion that we’re close friends now even if she doesn’t even know me haha.

Anna Kendrick Signing Autographs

Anna Kendrick Signing Autographs

She signs and interacts with everyone in the crowd. Thank you, Anna!

Arriving right after Anna is the star of the show, Jake Gyllenhaal!

Jake Gyllenhaal Red Carpet Arrival

And he goes straight to the fans. Here he is as if saying with his eyes, “okayyyy…”

Jake Gyllenhall Signing Autographs

“Jake, can you please sign? Here’s the poster, it’s right on your face so won’t miss it. Thank you Jake!”

Jake’s really nice, signing and taking pictures with everyone. He’s also noticeably grizzly now, I thought I’d see him with a shaved head like in the movie trailer. Expecting bald and seeing super hairy. It’s a bit surprising haha.

Jake Gyllenhaal Signing Autographs

Jake Gyllenhaal

Thanks for the autographs, Jake!

Cody Horn is next. I’ve only seen her on film once before, and that was on Magic Mike which also happens to have premiered here in this exact place!

Cody Horn

She’s so gorgeous in person!

Cody Horn

Cody, those high heels can kill!

Michael Peña arrives shortly after Cody.  Guess what? He will be having a starring role as Cesar E. Chavez in the upcoming movie, Chavez.

Michael Pena

Michael Pena & Jake Gyllenhaal

Michael Peña meets Jake Gyllenhaal on the red carpet

There’s a limo coming!

Limousine

But you know what’s more amazing? It’s the blue streaks of light that I’m getting from my camera. I don’t know how that’s happening there are no blue lights there. Can somebody explain that to me? Any photographers out there? Physicists?  Chemists? Astronauts?

That guy looks familiar… Joe Manganiello

It’s Joe Maganiello! He’s appeared in a lot of movies and TV series but he’s most famous for his works on True Blood. He also appeared on Magic Mike as Big Dick Richie. I got stuck with that name so I think I’ll always call him Big Dick Richie haha.

He’s so tall and buff it would be hard not to nice him even if he’s not an actor!

Joe Manganiello

Joe Manganiello

Remember Steven Hyde from That 70’s show? He’s here! Danny Masterson! He’s also appearing now on the new TV series, Men At Work.

Danny Masterson

I miss that show. That 70’s Show…

Now here’s my favorite picture of the nightFrank Grillo

That’s Frank Grillo. He appeared on movies such as Warrior, The Grey, and Minority Report.  He’s the last one to arrive for the night.

There ya go folks. Please watch End of Watch, on theaters September 21, 2012.

I’m going home now. Bye guys!
Wait! Hold on! Someone’s coming!

I see a Rolls Royce…

Rolls Royce

And it has a convoy… a Bentley! This must be someone big!

Bentley

But who could that be? The main actors are already inside…

50 cent

It’s 50 Cent!!! AAAHHH!!! Blast the speakers up!

 

Such a fun night. I’ll see you again on the next red carpet event, folks!