The fun and festive reception for the home video release of Jay and Mark Duplass’ Jeff Who Lives at Home was held at Santa Monica’s Basement Tavern, located inside the Victorian (a great space, BTW), and the place was festooned with quotes from Kevin (Evan Ross) and even featured a Dartboard of Destiny:
Attendees ate (some insane mac & cheese and other tasty vittles), drank (the bartenders outdid themselves) and were indeed, quite merry!
Until this year, the only big time film industry awards show I had ever been to was the Independent Spirit Awards and it’s been almost 10 years since the last time – and who can forget Elvis Costello’s “surprise” opening of the show with (“What’s So Funny ’bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding?”). I had never been invited to any of the guild awards shows and to be honest, I was pretty curious about them. We all know about the Golden Globes and how fun they seem to be (how many drunk winners can you remember over the years?) but what about the SAG awards? PGA? WGA? Well, this year I finally got invited to one and to my surprise, it was a lot of fun.
Here’s a video clip of Michael Giacchino conducting an orchestra playing a suite from the landmark TV series Lost. My apologies for the orientation. It was a combination of a new phone (first video shot on it) and being entranced by the music!
One of the great things about awards season is that studios and production companies, at least the cool ones, come up with creative and entertaining ways to draw attention to their films that often also celebrate the art of those films. On Saturday I was privileged enough to be invited to one of these events and this one took place on the rooftop patio at J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot Productions in Santa Monica.
The event was a cocktail reception and featured a mini-concert by an orchestra conducted by Oscar-winning (Up)composer Michael Giacchino. Selections from Super 8, Star Trek, Lost and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocolwere played and the musicians were amazing.
I know, I know. I’m terribly behind on these pix, but I am trying to catch up. This show was on the night of March19-20 at the Playboy Rock The Rabbit party during the SXSW Music, Film and Interactive Festival and conference. It was their first show with their original lineup in, well, a long time! I’m not a big fan of the band, but I have to say, it was a blistering 45-minute set and the crowd left on a serious high! I’m posting a few pix here and after the jump, with 50+ more on Flickr, here: Jane’s Addiction Reunion