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.
Here are the list of wonderful peeps who never fail to deliver us the freshest news all the time. *clap clap*
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.
Guest speakers were film director/producer John Turtletaub (National Treasure: Book of Secrets)…
…who at one point mistakenly referred to her as Helen Hunt…
…and author/playwright/producer/screenwriter/director David Mamet.
She was given a certificate from the city of LA and the ceremonial loaf of bread.
I’m sure you’ve noticed by now how cool her purse was.
Here’s her speech courtesy of telegraphtv:
The Majestic Pose, ladies and gentlemen.
And the Royal Kiss with husband Taylor Hackford (director of Devil’s Advocate, current president of the Directors Guild of America)
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*
Happy to see Will Ferrell this morning! The mustached version, that is. I recently saw him during the premiere of The Campaign with Zach Galifianakis. He kinda disappeared from my view really quickly on that one but this time I got to see him a lot longer. He is just one of Extra‘s guests for today. Other guests are:
Star of Arrow, Katie Cassidy;
Actor and also a DWTS alum, J.R. Martinez;
and Singer Kylie Minogue.
Some more pics of mustached Will:
I just love the ‘stache. Can’t wait for Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues!
And before I leave, here’s a short video of a TMZ guy asking Will Ferrell some questions… and then running out of questions.
As all of you guys probably know by now, Slash got a star at the Hollywood Walk of Fame just this summer. The ceremony was a bit different from the other ceremonies I’ve been to, one, because there were so many people and majority were wearing black (rock on baby!), and two, because there was a free concert inside the Hard Rock Cafe after the induction (rock on again, baby!).
Being a self confessed Guns N’ Roses addict, this was not just another event to me. This was THE event! Gn’R has played a major part in my life. I looked up to these guys ever since I was a very young boy and I even did a report on my English class about them in college. The Sweet Child O’ Mine intro was one of the very first riffs I tried to play on the guitar (I play it, you hum the bass line!). I have their 1992 Tokyo concert on DVD that I kept watching (have you noticed they kept running and running and didn’t get tired?! Are they athletes or something?!). I tried to emulate Axl Rose‘s moves when we did our gigs (awful, just awful!). I also have all their songs on my iPod and I never get tired listening to them again and again, especially because Gn’R is my workout music. Welcome to The Jungle is ALWAYS the first thing to play as soon as my feet step on the treadmill. I don’t think there’s anybody in this world who would not get pumped up to that song! Then it goes to It’s So Easy to Night Rain to Outta Get Me to Mr. Brownstone andcso on and ooh yeah I feel it baby I feel it!!! So if there’s anything I could thank them for personally, it will be for providing me my workout enthusiasm!
If you have followed the Gn’R drama then you’re aware about the feud among Axl and Slash and the rest of the band. It’s a long story but to make it simple, wherever there’s a Slash there’s no Axl, and wherever there’s an Axl there’s no Slash. This was a Slash event, so you knew who’s not coming. Somebody with an even bigger ego than Axl was present though, none other than the one with the Adonis DNA, Mr. Tiger Blood himself, Charlie Sheen!
Here’s his hilarious speech:
“You know it’s quite fitting, I think, that Slash is getting a star on the very street that Axl Rose will one day be sleeping on.” -Charlie Sheen
That’s epic. Charlie Sheen rocks!
Slash’s speech was a little more on the emotional side, I think he was trying very hard to keep his tears from flowing the whole time.
Here’s a clip from EyeBiteTV:
Other guest speakers were producer Robert Evans and DJ Jim Ladd. It was amazing to see my idol on that podium. It was also an amazing moment to see Guns N’ Roses, well, at least part of it, together for the first time in person.
Somebody’s really really excited!!! And it so happens to be Charlie!
Of course that picture wouldn’t be complete without the finger.
The star ceremony might have ended there but the event was in no way finished! Live acoustic concert coming up!
I did not bring my DSLR camera for this event, all photos above were taken by my point and shoot cam. It turned out to be a smart idea because if I have brought it then I wouldn’t have been allowed inside!
Slash performed an acoustic set with the man he’s currently collaborating with, Myles Kennedy. He’s the former vocalist of Alter Bridge (they used to be called, uhm, what’s that again, “Creed“, then he replaced Scott Stapp, remember?). He’s also more known to the wrestling world as the guy who sang Edge’s theme song.
They performed new songs like “Back to Cali” and old hits such as “Fall To Pieces” (from Slash’s Velvet Revolver days) and the eternal “Sweet Child O’ Mine.” Steven Adler even made a special appearance in the middle of a performance asking the crowd to clap altogether to the beat, and the hell we did!
This was yet another day I’ll never forget. To Axl Rose, I don’t know if and when you’ll have a star of your own, but I will see you too someday. And I will fanboy like crazy. Coz I’m f**king crazy. Crazy! Congratulations to Slash for receiving the 2,473rd Walk of Fame Star!
One of the most unforgettable days of my Hollywood stargazing career. My first time. The day I lost my seeing-an-A-List-celebrity virginity.
I learned from the news that Jennifer Aniston was going to get a Star at the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It was going to be held on a weekday morning but thankfully I had nothing to do for that day. Stars aligned. I’m destined to see her! I went there pretty early, around 8:30 am. My gut feeling told me I had to, because I knew it would be crowded and the earlier I get there, the easier I can get a good spot. I was right. Although I still didn’t get the best spot since some people got there way earlier than me. But it’s fine, my place didn’t look that bad either. The event won’t start until 11:30 so I took the time to meet everyone around me. They were all cool. Some were tourists, some were regulars to star ceremonies. One of them was this crazy guy who never stopped talking and was even wearing a suit because he said it was a very special day for him and he really liked Jen. That was so sweet. Well, at least during that time. But fast forward to today after I’ve been to so many events like this and seeing him wearing a suit all the time even during a 100 deg F summer weather, I learned he was just weird. Anyways, talking made the time pass much faster so just like that, it’s 11! Only 30 mins and I’ll see Jen!
I had no idea who else I was going to see here. I knew there will be a guest speaker, usually a celebrity as well. Common sense told me it was going to be her Friends cast mates (seriously, I was singing the I’ll Be There For You them the whole night and morning before I got there!). Her career skyrocketed with this sitcom, which happened to be my favorite of all time, and it would be easy to assume they were going to be there. Word of mouth was different though, as people said it was Adam Sandler who was going to be the guest speaker. Whoah! Adam Sandler! One of my favorite comedians ever! I said to myself that even if none of the Friends cast attended, I would still be happy (or even happier) if Adam would be there. I’ve seen almost all of his movies and it would be so amazing to finally see him here.
It’s finally time for the ceremony to start. Hollywood Chamber of Commerce CEO Leron Gubler got on the stage to do mike tests and to break the ice. This was also an opportunity for the media people to check their equipment, test their cameras and audios and stuff. I calibrated my camera as well. Ooh yeah. Let’s do this!
First celebrity to arrive was another surprise:
In a sea of people wearing nice suits and gowns came a super gorgeous blonde who’s so beautiful it was impossible not to notice her. Malin Åkerman! I remember seeing Watchmen in the movie house before, it was super boring, my friend fell asleep. I didn’t because of the super hot Silk Spectre II! She’s the only one worth watching in that film haha. No offense, Rorschach. You’re cool but you’re boring! I also had this in my mind the moment I saw her…
I love that scene.
At this moment, I was starstruck! I wasn’t really the type who freaks out when I see a celebrity but Malin was super pretty, like she was from another planet! I was like, wow, people THIS beautiful do exist! I thought magazines just kept editing photos to make people look unrealistic, I learned there were actually people who were above photo manipulation. Like goddesses. Flawless beauty.
The next one I saw was Kathryn Hahn. I didn’t know her name during this time but I her face was very familiar. I’ve seen her in funny movies before like Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy and the super hilarious Step Brothers (favorite scene: “Don’t touch my drumset!!!”)
None of the Friends cast was there, I guessed they really weren’t going. Oh well. It’s all good because I was already walking in clouds just seeing these two celebrities that I’ve only seen on the big screen before. I still can’t imagine we were sharing the same space!
And then came the Sandman! *play Enter Sandman*
ADAM SANDLER had arrived!!!
Oh hell yeah!!! The man stood right in front of us! I wanted to kneel down and say “I’m not worthy! I’m not worthy!” haha. It was an amazing moment. He talked to the woman seated in front of us, whose name I later on learned to be Terry Moore.
Okay I still didn’t know who Terry Moore was even after learning her name but now I know she was in the original Mighty Joe Young (1949). And guess who’s in the cover of Playboy on the August 1984 issue?
She was a bombshell in her prime! Much love!
Also spotted in the crowd was Jen’s dad, John Aniston.
Jen’s boyfriend, Justin Thereoux was also there but I didn’t get to see him well as he was a bit far from our side.
I just loved how Adam Sandler always wore a T-shirt and shorts no matter where he went and what event he’s attending. Later during the speech, he even joked to Jen how special she is to him that’s why he wore T-shirt and shorts on her big day haha.
And finally, the Walk of Fame Inductee, Jennifer Aniston had arrived!
She was greeted by her friends on stage, who both gave a speech for her.
So cute seeing these real-life friends together.
Adam Sandler took the stage after and his speech was hilarious, from calling her “Jeneefer Anistofalufagus” to putting his chewing gum on the podium! Here’s the video courtesy of CELEBScom:
And here’s Jen’s speech:
It was then time for the star to be revealed. Congratulations, Jen!!!
Courtesy of Worldmonitor.tv
The event was covered by a lot of different networks, and I even saw myself on CBS later that night haha. Yep. On the left of the two screaming girls is the face of a man you could’ve easily mistaken for Brad Pitt. Just kidding. Not even close. I’ll keep this screenshot as a souvenir though!
It was an epic moment sharing one of the biggest days of Jennifer Aniston’s career with her. Her name is now immortalized on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
For those of you who would like to see her star, it’s right in front of the W Hotel in Hollywood Blvd (near Vine). Her star can be found together with the stars of Adam Sandler, Ellen Degeneres, Reese Witherspoon, and may others.
So that’s my story. I think I have already told this a million times to all the people I’ve talked to and I don’t mind telling it a million times more. Feel free to browse this website and read the rest of my celebrity encounters. If you’re planning to visit LA and would love to see a Walk of Fame induction ceremony, please visit this website, http://www.walkoffame.com/ You may check on their upcoming ceremonies so you can schedule your visit.
This is a big day for Family Guy fans. Its mastermind, Seth MacFarlane is premiering his first ever motion picture. He’s had a tremendous success on TV despite the criticism of the content and humor of his shows (which I love to death) and now it’s time for him to test his comedic genius on the big screen.
Here’s the trailer for Ted:
I’m posting this very late and I guess most of you have already watched the movie. I still haven’t, sadly! I’m still waiting for the DVD release which is coming out on December 11, 2012. Pretty long wait but it’s all worth it!
Moving on to the arrivals!
I was in the mood to take videos for this day so here he is signing some autographs…
And here I am fanboying.
And here’s Meg slash lead actress of this movie, Mila Kunis!
Laura Vandervoort. She played Kara on Smallville and had also guested in some episodes of Family Guy.
The star of the show, one of my favorites and one of the reasons why I went to the gym back in college. Also one of the reasons why I love Calvin Klein, Mark Wahlberg!
And finally, the head of the family (guy)… Seth MacFarlane!
Wait, let him cross the street first…
Seth Macfarlane, everyone!!!
I know this movie is going to be funny. There’s just something about Seth’s way of attacking his comedy that really makes him my favorite. I can’t wait to see it!
And before I go, here’s a little something that my buddies found on the internet the next day, a nice Mark Wahlberg photo with them on it! Yipee!
There’s also one with me but it’s cuter without so let’s just stay with that. Haha.
That’s all for now folks. See you again on the next red carpet premiere!
2nd Star Ceremony this week. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and Walk of Fame Star girl Anna Martinez sure has been busy. Congratulations to Gale Anne Hurd for getting the 2,483rd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame! My last post was about the Induction Ceremony for NCIS star Mark Harmon and for that event, I didn’t expect to see much celebrities but then I was surprised the whole NCIS cast and crew were there! This time, it’s the same story. I knew James Cameron and Andrew Lincoln were gonna be the guest speakers but I didn’t expect the whole cast of The Walking Dead would be here. Surprises are always amazing! Here now are the photos from the event.
First to arrive, Emmy Award winning Make Up Artist, Greg Nicotero
Now here are the rest of the attendees. The Walking Dead fans, scream when you see your favorite, okay?!
Dale Horvath, Jeffrey DeMunn
Daryl Dixon, Norman Reedus
T-Dog, IronE Singleton
That’s a pretty cool name, isn’t it? IronE. Like it’s an irony. Or a combination of Iron and Vitamin E. I guess if you get an overdose of that, the side effect is that you’ll always be angry while signing autographs.
Michonne, Danai Gurira
Maggie Green, Lauren Cohan
Andrea, Laurie Holden
Now let’s combine the two, Lauren Cohan & Laurie Holden
Now keep saying Lauren Cohan Laurie Holden Lauren Cohan Laurie Holden Lauren Cohan Laurie Holden…
Merle Dixon, Michael Rooker
Lori Grimes, the lovely Sarah Wayne Callies
And now let’s welcome our Walk of Fame Inductee, best known for her works as film producer of Aliens, Dante’s Peak, Armageddon, The Punisher, The Incredible Hulk, and of course, The Walking Dead, also as a screenwriter/producer for The Terminator Series, here’s Gale Anne Hurd!
You’ve got to love those earrings and necklace! Nothing can get more fit for the occasion!
The first speaker is Rick Grimes, Andrew Lincoln
What’s that? You wanted a close up? Okay…
Gale is given this certificate by the City of Los Angeles, presented by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce CEO Mr. Leron Gubler declaring October 3, 2012 the Gale Anne Hurd Day in Hollywood
Now it’s time for her to give her speech
For the complete speech, here’s the video from The Hollywood Walk of Fame
And finally the star is unveiled
Look at that. Not only her jewlries match the event, even her shoes and her nails! This woman is amazing!
Here are the cast congratulating her…
And of course it wouldn’t be complete without the cast photo
Such a lovely day. Even lovelier because they interact with the fans after the ceremony
I even got to take a photo with Laurie Holden! Lucky me!
Except I didn’t realize my camera was on zoom when I took it! All that’s left of me are my fingers and the edge of my hat and forehead. Ugh. I guess you can disregard the word “lucky” above. But then again, at least it’s my face that got cut off. I would really be disappointed if all I saw there was my own face haha.
Then as I was about to go home, I looked down and ahhhh!!!
Someone left her legs!!!
Haha, well looks like one of those legs got an autograph. Nice.
Congratulations to Mark Harmon for getting the 2,482nd star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame!
For this event, I was only expecting to see Mark Harmon and perhaps one or two guest speakers but lo and behold! All the NCIS cast and crew were there! They happen to be in the middle of production at the Dillon’s Irish Pub, a restaurant where Mark’s star will be placed in front of, so it was an awesome encounter. The down side is, I don’t watch the show. I would’ve been a very happy fanboy. But then at least I knew a little about Pauley Perrette, I’ve seen her from the Expedia commercial before. And Mark Harmon, I saw him on The Deliberate Stranger: The Ted Bundy Story. He’s so handsome haha. Now I’ve met them all, I’ll start watching NCIS, Abby Sciuto has converted me to NCISianism!
Now the photos!
I love this ID… I think the letters are a bit small here but it says at the bottom “valid for star ceremony and lunch reception.” The last part is the most important thing, isn’t it?
Here’s the chair of Cote De Pablo waiting for her…
First one I saw: Dr. Donald “Ducky” Mallard, David McCallum
Then it’s Ziva David, Cote De Pablo. This i my first time to hear about her and see her. She’s lovely. I can’t wait to watch her on my first NCIS episode tonight!
Abby Sciuto, Pauley Perrette. Great personality and great with people. Really knows how to entertain the crowd. Yep, I’m a fan of hers now!
She’s got pretty awesome tattoos as well!
Haha stick figures with halos on both sides and a flower (?) in the middle. Not everybody can pull that off!
The man of the hour, Special Agent Jethro Gibbs, Mark Harmon arrives and is greeted by his team mates. They’re known as the BOMBERS, the football team that Mark played for in his early days. Can you guess what position he played?
He is greeted by his family, friends, work buddies and his loving fans. Here he is giving a kiss to his NCIS co-star, Pauley Perrette.
Start of the ceremony. Guest Speaker Les Moonves takes the stage.
A very dear friend of Mark, he’s not really a big household name. But he’s the President and CEO of CBS Corporation. Now who’s your daddehhh?!
Here’s Mark giving a speech…
…or belting out a Pavarotti. Nah.
Some of the people in attendance listening to every word he says:
Jimmy Palmer, Brian Dietzen
Anthony Dizzono, Michael Weatherly
And again, the BOMBERS!
Mark mentions the special people in his life. Here’s Ducky being given a pat on the back by his cast mates as Mark talks about him.
Here’s the special photographer doing her thing
That’s going straight to Twitter! And now, smile everyone!!!
I’ll have a look on her phone and see if my face is in there.
Here now is the complete speech:
Some extra shots after the ceremony:
Here’s Mark’s wife, Pam Dawber (left) interacting with the fans. You probably remember her as Mindy from the TV Series Mork & Mindy. I wasn’t born yet when it was airing. I’m only 16 right now, so much more to see and learn.
And a funny video while Mark is doing his photo op. During the photo op, photographers usually ask the celebrities to look a certain direction so they can get their shots. “Look to your left/right” are the the most common phrases you’ll hear. This time, Mark Harmon’s NCIS co-stars Pauley Perrette and company help Mr. Harmon where to look: to his right, where a bunch of people inside the Irish Pub are taking photos of him too! These turn out to be the NCIS crew who are currently in the middle of a production inside the pub and took time off to see this historical moment of Mr. Harmon’s career.
It was a great day. A very special day for all Mark Harmon & NCIS fans out there. Once again, congratulations to Mark Harmon!
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!
Here’s the full speech recorded by a buddy of mine. He made us laugh!
It was really cute when they locked eyes…
They had a big warm hug after his speech.
Then Scarlett got off the stage to hug me too. Not.
A little kiss…
And then it was the woman of the hour’s time to give her speech…
Yep, it’s on an index card. Don’t throw that away Scarlett, we’re gonna auction that haha!
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?!
2. Her lovely red shoes that matches her beautiful red lips that matches the elegant red carpet.
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!
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…
It was a really great day! Congratulations to Scarlett and hoping to see more of you on the big screen!!!
Congratulations to Ellen Degeneres for receiving the 2,477th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame last September 4, 2012! Here are some pictures from the event
Jimmy Kimmel. All smiles upon his arrival, so happy to be the guest speaker for his dear friend and fellow talk show host
Also a guest speaker, Ryan Seacrest takes some time off from his busy working schedule for the special Walk of Fame inductee.
And here she is! Look at that big smile!
Family, friends, fans, and the media are all gathered here to witness this once in a lifetime moment
Jimmy Kimmel giving his speech
Next is Mr. Seacrest, here he is as he gives a kiss to Ellen
And now, the Hollywood Star of the Day!
Declaring Sept. 4, 2012 as the Ellen Degeneres Day in Hollywood Blvd
Beautiful Portia De Rossi (Portia Lee James Degeneres) in support of her spouse
The moment the photographers have been waiting for, photo op time!
And of course, it will not be complete without pictures with the fans… one of them is me!
Thanks so much to Ellen & Portia!