Monday, August 28, 2006

Babylon? Say, CHEESE!

The trauma of covering a major awards show is over for now. I've properly medicated myself and gotten a couple hours of sleep.

I've got a few errands to run this morning (return one unused rented tuxedo), so let's quickly see if you missed anything by watching the 2006 Emmy Awards at home.

See the white tape on the carpet? The white tape marks off our designated position on the arrival line.

No it's not a lot of room. Yes, it was uncomfortable to stand in that cramped space for three hours in the blazing mid-afternoon sun.

At least that's what they tell me.

I got truck duty this time around. It was just luck of the draw, but to be honest, I hear I didn't miss much. It was pretty miserable out there this year. One news person actually passed out (likely from the heat), so it wasn't too difficult a thing for me to sit in the air conditioned microwave truck and handle the pool feeds and liveshots.

The amazing Scott Mackie handled the tuxedo'd side of the operation.

I think I owe that man a beer (memo: beer as currency).

Even though I had nearly zero chance of getting a celebrity shot prior to the show, I managed to snag a few shots afterwards.

Dennis Leary from "Rescue Me". I don't know if that's his wife, but I had the urge to warn her about him.

Come on, don't you think he's sometimes a little too convincing in his roles?

Angelina's dad was there. I think he and Samuel L. Jackson should do a snake movie together. Coming soon: "Anacondas on a Mother_______ Plane!"

Don't laugh. You think it couldn't happen?

Maybe not everyone would agree, but I'm thinking that no single person represents quality television performance like Ron Jeremy.

Shucks, he could be in the snake movie too, if you know what I mean.

Great. So I recognized the male porn star, but I don't know who this person is. She was being interviewed by "E", so I'm almost sure she's someone famous. A little help would be appreciated.

By the way, I know it's not Teri Hatcher.

I remember that I didn't recognize Teri Hatcher two years ago.

Moving on.

I only managed to snap one shot of Sandra Oh. Really liked her in "Arli$$" and "Sideways". Dellis is the big "Grey's Anatomy" fan. I've caught a couple of episodes and I like the show, but I didn't get hooked this season. Maybe in the fall they'll reel me in.

I'm surprised you don't see more autograph signings at these things. There must be some unwritten rule. Unlike the rule that says the media isn't supposed to take snapshots.

That one is totally written.

Also totally ignored for the most part.

One new thing this year, they confiscated most small digital still cameras. Our producer had to surrender hers and wait until the show was over to get it back. Same for a lot of other people.

I couldn't tell if they wanted to cut down on the number of people snapping pictures during the show or if they wanted the news media to knock off snapping stills out on the red carpet.

I've never worried much about anyone making a fuss over me snapping a few still shots. If they decide to really crack down, I might have to stop volunteering to cover awards shows.

Gee, standing for hours in the sun on a small crowded spot on the red carpet? As appealing as it sounds, I'm not sure I'd miss it.

Not to be mean to the entertainment industry, but I think I can find something else to write about.


Jack's Shack said...

Ok, I love the line about Jon Voight and Samuel Jackson doing a movie about snakes together. Classic.

beFrank said...

jack's shack - Heh-heh. I knew his name was Jon Voight.