Weekly: Hollywood, ‘Doctor Strange’, ‘The Crown’, and the holidays

Retro press cameras

Hello, Hollywood! It’s been a while, and it’s great to be back for a few days. Hamilton Watch invited me down for the Hamilton Behind The Camera Awards, which are tonight in LA, and it’s going to be a lot of fun, especially once I can talk about the celebrities who are coming to the event.

Honestly, the lineup tonight is amazing, and I have some incredible interviews coming up, so stay tuned.

The Behind The Camera Awards are really interesting too because they recognize the people who make movie magic behind the scenes, and don’t always get the attention they deserve. The stars from the films come out to give the awards to the talented artists–from composers, to directors, and screenwriters.

My friend, and The GATE’s long-time writing friend, Christopher Heard, was invited down for the events too and we’ve had a lot of fun enjoying a few drinks with Hamilton, finding out about the upcoming Hamilton ODC X-03 watch designed by Interstellar production designer Nathan Crowley, and having a “behind the camera” afternoon at History For Hire, a prop company that has worked with some of the biggest films and television shows from the last 20 years.

The picture above is from the prop company’s press room, where they have cameras from the last 100 years, and it seemed very appropriate for this “Behind the Cameras” event weekend.

Stay tuned for more from my Hamilton weekend, but we had a great tour of the prop company, and the event last night with Crowley and Hamilton was tremendous because of the opportunity to chat with him and his partner Phillis Lehmer. Crowley even briefly mentioned his work on both Dunkirk and his next production, The Greatest Showman.

It’s otherwise still very busy. I interviewed Rachel McAdams for Doctor Strange, and Jared Harris and Vanessa Kirby for Netflix’s British royal drama, The Crown. I also interviewed Taylor Hickson for Aftermath, Dan Payne for Star Trek Beyond , and the wonderful singer and actress Emily Kinney for CTV’s Conviction.

And then there are the holidays. Mattel held a holiday preview event at Toronto’s Pursuit OCR, which is an obstacle race training space, and my daughter and I got to check out the latest toys for the season. I think she would have been happy to take it all home, and she had a lot of fun, especially in the ball pit before we left.

Then on Thursday Hudson’s Bay and Saks Fifth Avenue held a special holiday window unveiling event with the one and only Mariah Carey, who sang “All I Want For Christmas Is You” to a packed crowd. You can watch it on YouTube at that last link, or I also shared it on Facebook (where it’s been a pretty big hit).

That’s all for now, but I’ll have more from LA today and tomorrow, and in a little over a week I’m starting to launch The GATE’s Holiday Gift Guides.

W. Andrew Powell lives, sleeps, eats, and breaths movies and entertainment. Since launching The GATE in 1999 Andrew has enjoyed being a pest to any publicist who would return his calls. In his "spare time," Andrew is also an avid photographer, and writes about leisure travel and hotels around the world.