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BTS: Inside The SAG Awards Production & Official After Party



The countdown has begun. We are just days away from the 2015 SAG Awards and HipHollywood has gotten a little sneak peek behind the big production.

Every year, the decor for the anticipated show is more than spectacular, and this year, viewers can expect something a little different. With a take on classic Hollywood, the set will include oversized entry gates and stunning custom chandeliers. Celebrities will be served salmon with a truffle tomato vinergerette, chicken with lentils and a pecan with goat cheese kale salad.

HipHollywood caught up with the President of the SAG Foundation, JoBeth Williams, about the seating arrangements and what goes into the daunting task. “We look at the movie cast. We look at presenters that are going to be in the room. We look at people who are nominated. We make sure that they are seated so they can get on the stage quickly,” she explained.

And following the show, the stars will head over to the People Magazine and Entertainment Industry Foundation’s official after party. “We created this incredible tent along with event designer Tony Schubert,” PEOPLE’s editor, Jen Garcia told HipHollywood. “He’s taken inspiration from the prohibition era and we’ve created a modern day speak easy. We’ve brought in some cool design elements like floating ceilings, we’ve got chain link chandeliers, and of course, we’ve got portraits of past SAG Award winners gracing the walls.”

The awards will air live on Sunday, January 25 at 8 p.m. ET on TBS.


Exclusive: The Bullet Scars That Will Forever Haunt Sheryl Lee Ralph’s Son, Etienne Maurice



Sheryl Lee Ralph shared a graphic photo on Instagram earlier this week of her son, Etienne Maurice, laying in a hospital bed bandaged up from bullet wounds. The purpose of the image was to be yet another voice calling to end gun violence.

On Wednesday, students across the country walked out of class to protest against gun violence, something that hit home for Ralph four years ago. “This mother wants #gunreform now! #guncontrol now,” she wrote.

It was during a night out in West Philadelphia that Ralph’s then 22-year-old child was robbed at gunpoint and shot three times; twice in the leg and one which grazed his forehead.

So as Ralph joined Wednesday’s national conversation about gun laws, HipHollywood talked exclusively with Etienne who shared exactly what went down the night a gun could have taken his life for good.

“I was shot four years ago, November 9 … I was black out drunk. The next thing I know I remember I woke up in the hospital, doctor said I had two bullet holes in my leg and a grazed bullet hole above my eyebrow.”

Maurice, who was robbed for his iPhone and his wallet, went on to tell us that this is something that he is reminded of constantly. “Having been shot is something that I carry with me every day. I still have numbness at the bottom of my leg from the nerve damage.”

And while he will always remember how he felt knowing his life almost ended, Etienne had a hard time fathoming how his famous mother felt. “We had the conversation about it last week and she said she peed on herself,” he told us.

For Maurice, he’s proud to see young children use their voices to make change. “There’s so many angles where we can talk about gun violence and how it’s effecting different communities,” he said. “Gun reform needs to take place now.”

Since that night, he hasn’t picked up a drink and has been now sober for four years. As for the suspects, a father-son duo, they are behind bars for attempted man slaughter.

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