This gril has eyes so mesmerizing that they could burn your heart. She's coy and stand-offish for an actress. “Rooney does this thing where she makes you own her eye contact,” said tonight's moderator. So true. She seemed to have some kind of awkward confidence as she waked down the red carpet, nary to make a smile. But after warming up during her interview, a few great smiles were busted out.

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He's definitely a little strange, but I suppose that's one of the things that makes him so great playing strange characters. The interview started with Johnny acting so oddly that I thought that maybe he was on something. Eventually he came around, and I figured that maybe he was just a little nervous being interviewed in front of a full house. On stage, you get to play a character, so if you act weird, you're just in part.

Depp said about filming Donnie Brasco that Al Pacino was by far the craziest actor he's ever worked with. "He's certifiable." I think he mentioned that four times in the span of a few minutes.

Anyway, the interview was quite entertaining for his acceptance of the Santa Barbara Film Festival's Maltin Modern Master Award. Depp is a character on and off the stage.

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This year's Virtuosos Award at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival brought us a star-packed evening of actors on the cusp of greatness. I was looking forward to photographing the beautiful, Elizabeth Banks. Too bad she's already married ;)

Banks shared the position of award honoree with Alicia Vikander, Paul Dano, Joel Edgerton, O’Shea Jackson Jr., Hungarian actor Geza Rohrig, and child actor Jacob Tremblay.

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It was pretty cool seeing Sylvester Stalone in the flesh as he belted out a Rocky fighting characterization with Carl Weathers (Apollo Creed). Check out the cool photos accompanying the fantastic review by Jen Strube on

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True to form, Steve Carell kept my smile wide throughout his interview. A few times, I was laughing too hard to take photos as I tried to steadily balance my 400mm lens on my monopod. This year's award honored him for a much more serious role, however, than he's typically known for. Foxcatcher was, indeed, a serious movie.

In any case, you should check out the gallery of images and the article written by Sabrina McCarly on, and see Jennifer Gardiner present him with the award.

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Of the many amazing events each year at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival, the Virtosos Award is usually one of my favorites. In one evening, I get to photography five to seven different stars, followed by a short interview of each. Further adding to the fun, in recent years the film festival has added a group discussion at the close of the event, whereby all the virtuosos do a short roundtable, usually trying to out wit each other.

In addition to David Oyelowo (Selma), this year's other honoree's included Chadwick Boseman (Get on Up), Ellar Coltrane (Boyhood), Logan Lerman (Fury), Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl), J.K. Simmons (Whiplash), and Jenny Slate (Obvious Child). See the entire photo gallery and read the article by Jennifer Strube on

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The Arlington Theatre was a packed from street to the stage for the appearance of the dynamic cinema duo, Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio, who were to receive the SBIFF 2014 Cinema Vanguard Award. Also on the red carpet and later on stage was Jonah Hill, who presented the award.

Scorsese and DiCaprio were being honored for their history of working together to tell some great American stories. See the photos and read the review on

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Shooting conditions were excellent on Saturday night as legendary actor, Bruce Dern strolled down the red carpet, preceded by the lovely Diane Lane, who presented him with the coveted, Modern Master Award after the interview.

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On Friday night, I had the supreme privilege of attending a red carpet event and interview of the immensely talented, writer/director, David O. Russell.

David was being honored with the Outstanding Director award for his recent trifecta of films, The Fighter, Silver Linings Playbook and most recently, American Hustle.

Of all the interviews I've seen over the years for the Santa Barbara Intentional Film Festival, I must say that this one was the most interesting.

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What an honor to shoot Quentin Tarantino the other night. I was a little bummed that he decided not to do a red carpet walk, but I got some great photos of him inside the Arlington Theatre, where he was interviewed before being presented the Santa Barbara International Film Festival's American Riviera Award.

Chris Johnson wrote a stellar review of the event, so you can read it and watch a slideshow of my best shots at

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