I was honored to take part in last years Hollyshorts Film Festival and I was thrilled to be asked back this year. It’s always a treat for me to lend my skills to an event like this. Seeing as though I am an actress as well as a host, this was a unique opportunity to bring both of those worlds together. I got to speak eloquently in front of a captive audience of film makers! Whats not to love?
Hollyshorts is run by a great group of people whom I am proud to call friends and collegues. They select top notch films by emerging talent as well as some really big names like Jennifer Aniston and Kate Hudson who get a chance to showcase their directing skills.
This year I once again kicked off the night and introduced my buddy Ben Lyons. I also had the pleasure of introducing Johnny Galecki from the Emmy nominated series “The Big Bang Theory” so that he could accept an award. He was very gracious, raw and totally cool! He thanked me for standing up there with him because, as he showed me, his hands were shaking. ”Scarier talking to a room full of filmmakers than performing on Broadway,” he said to me. I wouldn’t know, but the spotlight has always felt comfortable to me. Here’s hoping they have me back for a 3rd year!
Check out photos and a red carpet interview with Film Courage below
I must admit there are lots of perks to my job. I get to meet artists I admire, hang on out sets, wear amazing clothes and shamelessly flirt on camera. Hey, its all in a days work! I caught up with singer Trey Songz in downtown LA as he shot his music video for Already Taken, a song on the Step up 3-D soundtrack. He had been shooting in a huge warehouse all day with dancers from the film. When I got the chance to talk to him on behalf of The Daily 10, the first thing I noticed was his gleaming warm smile. Boy can make a girl melt with that I’m-only-looking-at-you stare. Trust me when I say he’s a total charmer. I really enjoyed hanging out and playing around with him. He is sweet, funny and attentive. He was really fun to interview and very, um hands on. Too bad I’m already taken
A kiss from me to you! A friend and colleague of mine invited me to take part in the opening night festivities for the 6th Annual Hollyshorts Film Festival. Of course I said yes as I am a big fan and supporter of Independent films. Any opportunity to meet film makers and hear about how their projects came to fruition is an event I don’t want to pass up. I even got to interview film legend James Caan about his involvement with the festival. His company Open Films was a sponsor this year.
Before the screening got underway, I had the honor of introducing my fellow Daily 10 correspondent and resident movie buff, Ben Lyons who served as host for the night.
It was a spectacular night full of fabulous film making. We were treated to short cinematic endeavors featuring A-list talent like Will Ferrell, Don Cheadle, Zoe Saldana, Kate Bosworth, David Arquette and Mena Suvari among others.
A few of my favorites included Hostage: A Love Story. As you can deduce from the title, its a zany comedy starring Zachary Quinto. I laughed so hard, it actually warmed my body in that frigid theater! Another great film was part of a series on Funny or Die, called Drunk History. Hilarious stuff. I have to mention Ollie Klublershturf vs. The Nazis’ as it was a fantastic movie starring pint sized actor Zach Mills as the unlikely smart ass hero . Be on the look out for these and other wonderful flicks featured at Hollyshorts!
I hope to be back next year to check out another crop of creative clips from emerging talented filmmakers!
Enjoy photos from the red carpet as well as a close up of my awesome clutch featuring our Nations First Lady, Michelle Obama, on the cover of Vogue Magazine. Until next time, smile!! xoxo