Fun At the MTV Movie Awards and GBK Luxury Lounge


Celebrating the MTV Movie Awards at the GBK Lounge, Frankie Muniz, Margie Barron and Gavin Keilly.

Who was having fun at the MTV Movie Awards? Well, certainly the vampires in The Twilight Saga: New Moon, who won over the blue people in Avatar and the wizards in Harry Potter for the Best Movie honor. But that was expected by trendy crowd packing the Gibson Amphitheatre at Universal Studios. And so it was no surprise that the hot Twilight stars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson picked up a “Golden Popcorn” trophy for Best Kiss, as well as favorite actor and actress.

However, some were startled when Sandra Bullock shared a kiss with Scarlett Johansson, as Bullock tried to create a lighter moment after a sympathy-ovation as she took the stage. She got the Generation Award, which she noted goes to old people for their past achievements as they wind down their careers. “I love what I do, and I’m not going anywhere,” Bullock insisted. Her Proposal co-star Betty White helped present the award along with Bradley Cooper and Johansson. They also had a good time.

But before the awards, I had a super-fun time at the GBK Productions Luxury Lounge, graciously hosted by Gavin B. Keilly in honor of the 2010 MTV Movie Awards. It had a festive atmosphere at the London Hotel in West Hollywood thanks to a mini-concert by Sherman Oaks’ own Katharine McPhee. She was in fine voice singing Surrender and Terrified from her Unbroken album. Her performance was enjoyed by everyone who caught the live streaming on the web. And the GBK lounge also got hooked up in cyberspace thanks to Samy Montechristo and Activeworld’s Virtual Celebrity Island, which created the first celebrity community in virtual reality. Samy’s motto is “Get every star an ‘Avatar’!” I don’t know how it works, but it is fascinating.

Who else was there? A parade of celebrities, some with their “pocket pooches” because the GBK lounge had a special area for pampering pets with Hollywood Grooming, Paw Prints Pet Portraiture, Rachael Rossman Portraits, Rockstar Puppy, Friendly Dog Leash, and Bow Wow Bling. It was, dare I say, the cat’s meow.

The stars also got bling and things. The jewelry came from Stella Hamm, Vanessa Gade’s designs, and My Own Little Universe collection. The Sampler had handmade items from independent jewelry, clothing and art designers. More chic fashions came from the hottest new LA clothing company Oliver Rayn, featuring luxury-styled casual beachwear for men. They were worthy of a spread in Caribbean Living Magazine, which was represented. Plus, Grace Hats presenting hip headwear; backpacks from Three; and FP Jeans, specializing in eye-catching details. Football’s Jason White loved the Lalo Fitness DVD.

Caboodles’ cases were great for the ladies who were looking to carry around the fabulous items from the Super Body Care organic lotions and scrubs that are proud of their no animal testing pledge. Also, the Hard Candy makeup collection, Maximum Lash and Lash Royalty.

Sugar and Bruno had dance inspired clothing which made the High School Musical stars Lucas Grabeel and KayCee Stroh smile. Glee’s principal Iqbal Theba and coach Patrick Gallagher were also on hand. And I saw Jersey Shore duo Ronnie Magro and Sammi “Sweetheart” Giancola acting very sweet towards each other. Also there, Roger Cross the handsome star of ABC’s The Gates, Twilight’s Boo Boo Stewart, MTV’s Josh Sussman, Numbers’ Alimi Ballard, and Playmate of the Year Jayde Nicole. The celebs enjoyed snacking on the delicious kettle corn from Popcorn Indiana, L.O.V.E. Pizza, and a cake that was a work of art from Hansen Cakes.

My big treat (besides the popcorn and cake) was seeing performers I interviewed over a decade (or two) ago when they were teenagers and I was writing the Kids Today features for Gannett newspapers. Sixteen Candles’ Molly Ringwald (now 42), Blossom’s Mayim Bialik, Moesha’s Shar Jackson and Malcolm in the Middle’s Frankie Muniz. All were talented young performers who grew up to be well-adjusted adults, unlike the horror stories we’ve heard about other former child stars.

Chatting with Frankie Muniz, now 24, he told me he had no regrets about taking a break from acting to fuel his passion for race car driving. He competed at a professional level for the past couple of years. Now he’s in post-production on the indie movie Pizza Man, but he’s also pursuing a music career, revealing, “I’m playing drums with the band You Hang Up and it’s awesome.” Frankie says life is good and he’s having fun. Who could ask for anything more?

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