Movie 43 Red Carpet Premiere
Movie 43. So many stars in one movie and I’m really curious how it would turn out! Richard Gere, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Emma Stone, Uma Thurman, Kate Winslet, and so on and so forth. The list of stars never ends! Is it going to be one of the most successful comedy movie of all time? Or is it going to blow? Starpower does not always necessarily mean success, I mean, look at the Lakers now. All those talents, wrongfully utilized. How can you have Kobe and Pau and Dwight and Steve Nash and MWP in one team and still suck?! It’s unimaginable. Anyways, I’m getting off topic now. Here’s the trailer for Movie 43…
I was highly skeptical about all those stars showing up for the red carpet premiere so I tried not to expect too much to avoid disappointment. The arrivals were scheduled to start around 6:30 pm and I got there at 6:28, which was really late since you have to be at least 2 hours early if you want to get a pretty decent spot for your stargazing. I got to stand far far away from the carpet, so please enjoy my ugly pictures. Ha.
Roastmaster Jeff Ross was the first one I saw, he was doing interviews for a segment on his new show on Comedy Central, The Burn With Jeff Ross. He’s in almost every picture that I’m posting here so if we change the title of this blog to The Burn With Jeff Ross, it can actually still work!
Here he is with Rusty Cundieff
Jackass Director, Jeff Tremaine
TV Host Chelsea Handler and actor Griffin Dunne
Producer of There’s Something About Mary, Dumb & Dumber, and Hall Pass, Peter Farrelly with wife Melinda Kocsis
The Fresh Prince of Bel Air‘s Alfonso Ribeiro
Rules of Engagement‘s Patrick Warburton. He’s also the voice of Joe Swanson on Family Guy, my favorite show in the world
Basketball Player, Larry Sanders (Milwaukee Bucks)
Hip hop Artist and Actor, Common
J.B. Smoove and Seinfeld writer Larry David
KISS’ Gene Simmons and Shannon Tweed
Wayne Brady with daughter Maile Masako
Andy Dick and his middle finger
Jackass‘ Preston Lacy and Dave England
Skating Legend Tony Hawk
So many more celebrities attended this star studded event, I just stopped shooting as this was star overdose for me already. Jeff Ross overdose too. I didn’t want to sleep and dream about Jeff Ross. The A-Listers Richard Gere, Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry and company were noticeably absent so fans who were wanting to see them were probably disappointed but then the number of B-, C-, and D-Listers who attended may have compensated that for some. For me, it was a really fun night. I think seeing Joe Swanson in person was the highlight as I’m a huge Family Guy fan.
Please don’t forget to watch Movie 43! Now Showing!
Please don’t forget to watch The Burn with Jeff Ross as well! —>Says Jeff Ross.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Statue Unveiling
The basketball world has been waiting for this for a very long time and at last, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar‘s statue was unveiled on November 16, 2012 at the Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles. I was lucky to be one of the witnesses of this historic moment in sports history. I didn’t see him play as I was not born yet during his prime and I was only three years old when he retired but I’ve always known about his legacy. Basketball is the most popular sport in my country, the Philippines, and his name is known by everyone from the old timers who have been fans since the short shorts era to the young ones who are just learning about basketball. Connected to his name, of course, is the word “skyhook,” a move he popularized (and mastered) that was greatly imitated by professional and amateur hoopsters alike.
Abdul-Jabbar is the NBA‘s all time leading scorer and has won numerous championship and MVP awards but not only that, he’s also popular in the showbiz world as he has appeared in various movies and TV shows. My most favorite is Airplane! and of course, who would forget about this scene with Bruce Lee in The Game of Death…
Now here are the photos from the event:
NBA Legends started to arrive and the one that made me jump for joy was this man:
Errrvviiinnnggg!!! Could there be any better time to relive the moments and see this man fly once again? Watch with me!
Then there’s UCLA alumnus and Two-time NBA Champion, Bill Walton.
Other guests were Kurt Rambis, A.C. Green, Michael Cooper, Norm Nixon, Jamaal Wilkes, Bill Sharman, and Louis Gossett, Jr.
But it will never be complete without the Lakers‘ legendary fan, Jack Nicholson.
Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR!!!
President of AEG, which owns the LA Kings, LA Galaxy, and part of the LA Lakers, Tim Leiweke.
Current President of the Miami Heat and Former Coach of the Showtime Lakers, regarded as one of the greatest coaches of all time, Pat Riley.
Human rights activist, Dr. Richard Lapchick.
Broadcaster Eddie Doucette, the man who coined the term, “skyhook.”
The NBA Logo himself, Mr. Clutch, Jerry West!
“Big Game James”, James Worthy.
Last but not the least, winner of 5 NBA titles, all won with Abdul-Jabbar, Earvin “Magic” Johnson!
NBA Commisioner David Stern, Former US President Bill Clinton and Kareem’s son, Amir sent recorded videos as well to congratulate him.
Let’s unveil the statue!
Kareem himself was the one who pulled cord…
“I’m glad we got here before the pigeons got to it,” he said in his speech. Of course he said a lot more stuff but that’s the most important part of it. I think. Nah. He thanked his parents, his UCLA Coach John Wooden, his teammates, his fans and other special people in his life. He also apologized for the things he said before against the Los Angeles Lakers organization for not erecting his statue sooner.
The event wrapped up with all the NBA legends being asked to step up the stage and take group photos. The media then swarmed him for interviews. At 7’2″, no matter how many people were surrounding him, you can still see him! The night didn’t end there for the fans as the Lakers went on to battle the Phoenix Suns later where they won 114-102.
Congratulations, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar!