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Helen Mirren: The Queen Gets Immortalized

Helen Mirren

Helen Mirren

I finally met Her Royal Highness Queen Helen Mirren last Thursday! I know I know she’s not the real queen but there certainly was a royal feel to her presence. Like you hear trumpets playing in your ears as she walks. And British soldiers marching. And the gates of the castle opening. I think I’m hallucinating, I should get help. Having played the role of three different queens in her career, it’s not unusual for people to associate her name to the role of Her Majesty.

It was a glorious day in Hollywood as we witnessed her name immortalized on the Walk of Fame. She has won 4 BAFTAs, 3 Golden Globes, an Academy Award, 4 Emmy Awards, and 2 Cannes Film Festival Best Actress Awards (thank you Wikipedia!). With those achievements, one can say that this ceremony should have been done ages ago!

As usual, the event was packed.

Media Pit

Media Pit

Here are the list of wonderful peeps who never fail to deliver us the freshest news all the time. *clap clap*

Press List

Press List

Nope. I’m not one of those guys who deliver the freshest news. My blog is three days late. I doubt if anyone will ever get to read this. Ha.

The ceremony started with Leron Gubler introducing Dame Helen Mirren.

Leron Gubler

Guest speakers were film director/producer John Turtletaub (National Treasure: Book of Secrets)…

Jon Turtletaub

…who at one point mistakenly referred to her as Helen Hunt

Jon Turtletaub

…and author/playwright/producer/screenwriter/director David Mamet.

David Mamet

She was given a certificate from the city of LA and the ceremonial loaf of bread.

Helen Mirren

I’m sure you’ve noticed by now how cool her purse was.

Helen Mirren

Here’s her speech courtesy of telegraphtv:

 

 

The Majestic Pose, ladies and gentlemen.

Helen Mirren

And the Royal Kiss with husband Taylor Hackford (director of Devil’s Advocate, current president of the Directors Guild of America)

Helen Mirren & Taylor Hackford Kiss

Dame Helen Mirren gets star number 2,488. For those of you who would like to see her star, it’s right in front of Pig ‘N Whistle Restaurant at 6714 Hollywood Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90028.

And before I go, here’s my picture with the queen *play trumpets*

Helen Mirren

 


Hugh Jackman Gets A Star On The Hollywood Walk of Fame

Hugh Jackman Walk of Fame Star

Hugh Jackman

Hugh Jackman received star number 2,487 in the streets of Hollywood yesterday and it was a great experience seeing him in person!  Les Misérables director Tom Hooper was in attendance, as well as castmates Anne Hathaway and Amanda Seyfried.  The Tonight Show Host Jay Leno was the guest speaker.

And now, here are the photos!

The freshly polished star. This photo was taken around 8:30 am, before the crowd arrived and the ceremony started. The guys have just finished working on it and it’s ready to be unveiled later during the day. I didn’t wanna wait for that, I was too excited. Might as well take a picture before everyone else does, and while it’s still shiny!

Hugh Jackman Walk of Fame Star

The ceremony was held in front of Madame Tussauds, and they were nice enough to put out a wax figure of Wolverine outside to match the occasion.

Wolverine Wax Figure

As expected, news teams and fans from Australia made their presence felt. Aussie Aussie Aussie, Oi Oi Oi!!!

Australian Camera

The stars have arrived!

Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway

Amanda Seyfried

Amanda Seyfried

Ladies and Gentlemen, Mr. Walk of Famer, Hugh Jackman! He’s greeted by the warm cheers from the crowd and warm hugs from his loved ones and friends from the industry, including Anne Hathaway.

Hugh Jackman & Anne Hathayway

Hugh Jackman & Anne Hathayway

Academy Award Winning Director Tom Hooper sat beside Anne Hathaway. He’s most known for his work on The King’s Speech.

Tom Hooper & Anne Hathaway

Guest speaker Jay Leno took the stage…

Hugh Jackman & Jay Leno

…and went on to give him a big hug.

Hugh Jackman & Jay Leno

Hugh was given the certificate.

Hugh Jackman

All eyes on this super good looking man now.

Hugh Jackman

Here’s his speech courtesy of CELEBScom:


Hugh Jackman

His exclusive photographer:

Ava Jackman

That’s his daughter, Ava. She’s already a better photographer than me.

Deborra-Lee Furness & Ava Jackman

Mrs. Jackman & Ava Jackman

He posed with his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness.

Deborra-Lee Furness & Hugh Jackman

Oscar Jackman, Deborra-Lee Furness & Hugh Jackman

Oscar Jackman, Deborra-Lee Furness & Hugh Jackman

Photo op with cast mates!

Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Amanda Seyfried

Anne Hathaway, Hugh Jackman, Amanda Seyfried

For Les Mis fans, the caption can also be Fantine, Jean Valjean, & Cosette!

After the ceremonies were interviews here and there. Here’s one with his fellow Aussie, Renee Bargh from Extra.

Renee Bargh Interviews Hugh Jackman

Before I end this post, please check out the trailer for Les Misérables:

 

It opens December 25, 2012.

For those who want to visit his star, it’s on 6931 Hollywood Blvd, right in front of Madame Tussauds.

Congratulations, Hugh Jackman!

Hugh Jakman


Flight Red Carpet Premiere

Flight Movie Poster

We’re here at the Arclight Cinerama Dome in Sunset Blvd and we’re celebrating Denzel Washington Day! Another A-lister we’re adding to our list. The setup here in Arclight is not as crowd friendly as in Grauman’s Chinese Theater but let’s see if we get lucky and get to see Denzel up close.

The last movie I saw him in revolved around a train, this time on a plane. The movie looks promising and I would definitely go see it!

Here’s the trailer:

He was also in a movie called Safe House with Ryan Reynolds just recently but I didn’t go to the premiere of that one so here’s my chance. The film is directed by Academy Award Winning Director Robert Zemeckis and it stars Denzel Washington, John Goodman, Don Cheadle and Melissa Leo.

The carpet was white, not red, so that it matches the theme of the movie. At first I thought that white thing was something that’s supposed to be under the red carpet and they’ll add that later but as time went by I realized that it was the carpet itself. For some reason, I was too worried it will have too many footprints. As if people will take pictures of it. And as if I’m the one cleaning it after. I should get a life. And this paragraph doesn’t have any significance at all. Anyways…

Reelz Channel Reporter

“Alright guys, let’s get started!”

Here’s Rebecca Da Costa. She appeared in the movie Seven Below with Val Kilmer.

Rebecca Da Costa

Actor/Writer/Producer John Gatins

John Gatins

Justin Martin. He was in High School Musical 3 and played the young version of Jamie Foxx in The Soloist.

Justin Martin

Hmm. Young Jamie Foxx. Could be. I guess.

Bruce Greenwood. He played Pike on Star Trek (2009) and has also worked with Denzel before on the movie Deja Vu. He was also on Eight Below (with Paul Walker). I love that movie. I love Siberian Huskies!

Bruce Greenwood

Kenya Moore

Kenya Moore

Melissa Leo, she played Alice Ward, Micky (Mark Wahlberg) and Dicky’s (Christian Bale) mom in The Fighter, where she won the Golden Globe, Screen Actor’s Guild Award and Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.

Melissa Leo

There’s no appearance for John Goodman and Don Cheadle for the night, I wonder why. Not a big deal though and it’s not something I would cry about haha. Frankly I just came here for the great Denzel.

Like I said above, the setup in Arclight is not very crowd friendly because the railings are set in a way that the actors will have no chance of getting out of the red carpet to interact with fans but Bruce Greenwood was nice enough to ask the security personnel to open it up so he can walk towards us.

And yay! I got a picture with him!

Bruce Greenwood

We had a nice chit chat too. He said Denzel won’t be arriving for another hour and I said “an hour?!” and he said he was just kidding and he’ll be there in 15 mins. I said that we really wouldn’t mind if it takes him a whole day, we’ll wait no matter what. Of course I was just kidding too. I don’t have that much patience haha. The picture I took was blurry and he’s not looking at the camera so I asked for another one.

Bruce Greenwood

There. Much better. Thank you so much Bruce!!!

And finally, the main man. I was actually really afraid by this time that I’m not going to get any good shots because a bunch of  media men have flocked in front of me. Not good. All I got from my camera by this time were people’s backs. I still managed to get Denzel though, but just barely. So here it is, ladies and gentlemen, my somewhat voyeuristic photos of Mr. Denzel Washington!

Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington

Okay let’s just say I made those “through-the-hole” shots for artistic purposes and let’s leave it at that. I’m an artist, ya know. Haha.

That’s all for tonight folks! See you again on the next premiere!