Despite a tidal wave of famous U2 fans backstage at the Rose Bowl on Sunday night — stars like Barbara Streisand, Ben Stiller, Pierce Brosnan, Irish confederates like Colin Farrell, and even suits like Tom Freston and Joel Silver – it seemed none of the stars took Monday night off to recover.
Over on Sunset the music kept going. Activision and Best Buy Musical Instruments counted down to the midnight launch of the next chapter of the multi-hundred million dollar “guitar hero” video franchise — "DJ Hero." Pioneering hip-hop personalities DJ Jazzy Jeff and Public Enemy, who show off their tunes in the game, came to life on stage for the industry-heavy crowd.
After taste testing the game vs. Best Buy’s actual DJ equipment set up side by side, actors-come-DJ’s Danny Masterson and Caroline D’Amore told friends “it’s exactly the same (as real life).” Before hosting next week’s Soul Train Awards with Terence Howard, Taraji Henson (pictured at left; WireImage), learned to mix and scratch before heading over to the night’s other big carpet.
Across town Stephen Spielberg, Nora Ephron, Charlize Theron, and Robert De Niro were amongst the heavyweights to hit the quasi-official kickoff to the mainstream awards season — the “Hollywood Film Festival’s Hollywood Awards." At right, comedy award winner Bradley Cooper hit the press room with his trophy and Sandra Bullock (photo, Getty Images).