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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"The Santa Barbara International Film Festival had the honor of hosting all five Oscar nominated directors at the Outstanding Directors Award tribute this year." 

What a treat to be able to photograph so much talent in one night. Every single one of these guys had something interesting to tell us about their craft.

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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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Jennifer Aniston

It was an absolute pleasure to photograph Jennifer Aniston on the red carpet and during her interview during the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. The word "gracious" barely begins to explain Ms. Aniston's demeanor; she was holding back tears at the idea of her appearance selling out the theatre.

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Red carpet time again. This year's Santa Barbara International Film Festival brought a fun bunch of honorees. The most interesting were the Cousteaus, their unbelievable 3-D underwater film and the stories about their quests to save the ocean. Jean-Michel, son Fabien and daughter Celene were the recipients of this year's Attenborough Award.

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I was really excited to see the movie Before Midnight, when it was screened at The Arlington Theater for the 2014 SBIFF's closing night. In attendance were the two stars of the Before trilogy, Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy.

Also present was director Richard Linklater, who also co-wrote the entire trilogy with the two main stars. I remember seeing the first movie, Before Sunrise, a dozen years ago, and I was anxious to see the inevitable follow-up, which was released as Before Sunset. The trilogy spans nearly twenty years in the life of the two protagonists, and it's an R-rated account of a relationship/love story, which is mostly clever dialog and banter.

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