Monte Carlo, Jonas Brothers, Underground Cinema & Jet Boy Jet Girl …

Spent an almost vacation-like week down in Monaco photographing the Monte-Carlo International TV Festival. Although not many people have heard of it, the next year will be the festival’s 50th anniversary. The festival pits tv shows from all over the world against each other in various categories. Somehow Desperate Housewives always wins something.

Actress Tricia Helfer from Battlestar Galactica

Actress Tricia Helfer from Battlestar Galactica

The event for me is like the anti-Cannes festival. Everything is perfectly organized, they feed us well, everyone including the stars are relaxed and seem to enjoy themselves. It’s the only festival where we actually interact with the stars, from casually chatting during photocalls to eating lunch.

Prince Albert of Monaco and actress Isabelle Adjani

Prince Albert of Monaco and actress Isabelle Adjani

I look forward to the festival each year since it comes at the end of my busiest 30-day period each year (Cannes, Roland Garros, etc.) and is like a reward for having made it.

To see more images from the TV Festival, CLICK HERE.

Also this week I suffered the indignity of having to photograph the Jonas Brothers at a press conference before their concert in Paris.

Jonas Brothers

Jonas Brothers

As if having to wait among hundreds of squealing 13-year-old girls wasn’t bad enough, I had to listen to the brothers give answers like “Well yes, the song is personal. Personal in that it happened to me. Not someone else”.

I found an old article online about a story from 2004 that I thought was interesting:
Police in Paris have discovered a fully equipped cinema-cum-restaurant in a large and previously uncharted cavern underneath the capital’s chic 16th arrondissement. Officers admit they are at a loss to know who built or used one of Paris’s most intriguing recent discoveries. “We have no idea whatsoever,” a police spokesman said. To read the rest of the article, CLICK HERE.

Remember the song “Jet Boy Jet Girl” by Elton Motello? Well evidently, a month after the song came out in 1977, a Belgian singer named Plastic Bertrand used the same musicians who recorded the original song and created a French version called “Ca Plane Pour Moi”. To see a thoroughly embarrassing performance of the French version, CLICK HERE.

Some images of the week:

Heart Shaped Bus Ticket Punch from San Remo Italy

Heart Shaped Bus Ticket Punch from San Remo Italy

Pancakes at Starbucks

Pancakes at Starbucks

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