Tuesday, March 30, 2010
Some odd staccato thing happened to my videos while shooting the Dennis Hopper Star Ceremony. It never happened before but C'est La Vie it kind of goes with Dennis Hopper's unique way of acting...
Sunday, March 28, 2010
A wonderful surprise! A gift was given when I saw a band of people carrying instruments and looking a little timid walking on Hollywood. One carried an upright bass case so that caught my eye and I wondered where they were going to set up. I walked around and when I came back I took a listen and liked what I heard so here they are Nashville Tennessee's The Young Republic
Sometimes we forget the originals until we almost loose them. Dennis Hopper is so good at acting that one forgets he is. So wonderfully quirky, trippy and original. It is shocking that it took so long for Hopper to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Dennis Hopper has had an amazing career. He has also worked with the screens biggest stars and legendary movies such as James Dean, Natalie Wood (REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE), Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando (Apocalypse Now) and of course his partner in crime Jack Nicholson (Easy Rider). It was an appropriate place for Dennis Hopper to get a Star in front of the legendary Egyptian Theatre. Dennis Hopper's art will always be apart of Hollywood and we thank him for it. His children were on hand to enjoy the festivities...
Dennis Hopper Star Ceremony took a different turn when after it was over Jack Nicholson came towards the crowd. Jack and Dennis starred in the classic "EASY RIDER" an independent film made for $300,000 that grossed over $50 million. Wearing an shirt with stars as well as the image of Hopper and Nicholson from Easy Rider, Jack gave the crowd a much needed surge of energy. Seeing Hopper so frail made many uncomfortable and sad. We wished Hopper well. Nicholson gave fans the interaction that they craved. Thanks Jack!
Saturday, March 27, 2010
Forgive me for photographing such an intimate interaction between two great actors and two dear friends. During Dennis Hopper's much deserved belated Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Viggo Mortensen shares a loving moment with his friend Dennis Hopper.
Friday, March 26, 2010
I saw four guys being chatted up by a "comic" trying to sell his DVD to them on Hollywood. I thought the interaction was funny so later on I did an interview with the LAW a Scottish Band fresh from SXSW...
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
Sunday, March 21, 2010
Seven Years of Bad Luck with the War in Iraq. On the 7th Anniversary, a Peace March down Hollywood. How tragic that seven years of death and destruction has gone on like elevator music in the background...
Saturday, March 20, 2010
While shooting the March down Hollywood for Peace, I heard the most depressing things. So many people just don't get it.
They are so passive and so naive. A photography class was running around. One girl was shooting on and off while using her skateboard. She was just shooting for class. And thought it was smart to dart around hundreds of people on her skateboard. Her companions thought there was going to be a fight between the cops and the protesters.
I had to hold my tongue. It is hard to believe the war has been going on for 7 years. I've seen or participated in so many marches and little changes.
People have to pay rent and go to jobs that they hate so who has time to march? Who has time to care when there is a new Lady GaGa song on the radio? Resistance is futile or is it?
What is more tragic? People not knowing that the United States was founded via heavy debate and protest? That America's history is full of heated discussions and marches to bring forth change? Or that people just don't care about War anymore, lack of funding for education, loss of life, countless injuries both physical & mental? Have we become so glum?