Academy Awards Red Carpet Interviews: Master Magician Lance Burton and Gabriella Versace (SEXXY)
By Sandy Zimmerman
(Photos of Interview by Rhett Nielson)
The 88TH Academy Awards Red Carpet was filled with celebrities, VIP’s and photographers. I love the excitement of interviewing the celebrities and wondering who will win the Oscars.
Retired Master Magician Lance Burton and Gabriella Versace (“SEXXY”-Westgate) arrived on the Red Carpet.
Lance introduced Gabriella, “This is Gabriella, the singing star of “SEXXY”, she is the only singer in “SEXXY” so that makes her the singing star!”
Sandy looked at Gabriella’s gold lame dress, “What a Beautiful . . . it is not a gown, it’s a … some of your outfit is missing.” Lance: “It’s a lovely dress she is almost wearing, isn’t it?”
Gabriella: “I could only afford half, I’m still performing.”
Sandy: “You are retired but not really, you are producing films.
Lance: Yes, I just shot my first feature film, “Billy Topit Master Magician” and working on distribution. I was Executive Producer on the film “Guard Dog” and a documentary about what it’s like to be a professional magician.
Sandy: “We see the magician on the stage but what about the person behind the magic?”
Lance: “That film will be out probably next year. The director and producer followed six professional magicians and shows the day-to -day struggles of working in this business as a magician.
Sandy: “That sounds different, not like the other films we usually see. Where can we see the film?”
Lance: “I’m not sure.”
Sandy: “I’ll watch for them. What’s the name of the film?”
Lance: “I’m not sure, they keep changing the name, we’ve had three different names.”
Sandy: “If we hear of any film coming up about 6 magicians, that’s probably your film.”
Lance: “People follow me on Facebook and Twitter and will see the announcement there.”
Sandy: “Do you have a favorite film nominated for an Academy Award?”
Lance: “I think we both are rooting for Sylvester Stallone. I don’t see all of the nominated films but the ones I like are The “Spotlight” and “The Big Short”. They are both excellent films.”
Sandy: “This year we have good films.”
Lance: “And important films!”
Sandy: “The Spotlight” is about the church.”
Lance: “And the “The Big Short” is about the economy melt down.”
Sandy: “Both films really happened.”
Lance: “They are both true stories told in a compelling way.”
The film makers did an excellent job, especially with “Spotlight”. They interjected comedy in how they were trying to explain this very complicated subject.”
Sandy: “You don’t usually find comedy in that subject.”
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Sandy Zimmerman is a Syndicated Columnist, Show/Film & Dining Reviewer, Travel Writer, Photographer, and Talk Show Host of the Las Vegas Today Show programs and Discover the Ultimate Vacation travel specials. firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone: 702-731-6491.