Greetings everyone and welcome to another edition of “The Outsiders Guide To The Inside Of Hollywood”. This months Blog, will be a little different from previous ones. I’m going to take you on to the Red Carpet at the at the World Premiere of Gary Marshall’s (Director: Pretty Woman & Valentine’s Day), new Film “New Year’s Eve”, and talk about a Death Cab For Cutie Toys For Tot’s show in San Francisco. I’ll also give you my onion on the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Class Of 2012, and what band who aren’t in who should be.
Before we go any furthur, some of you might not know how this all got started. Here are links to my first two Blog s I wrote:
“New Year’s Eve” Los Angeles Premiere Grauman’s Chinese Theatre 12/5
“New Year’s Eve” The Film, was celebrated early in Los Angeles last week with one of the largest premiere’s of the year. Most of the cast of Garry Marshall’s, star filled ensemble cast was on hand to walk the carpet for the films Los Angeles Premiere. When I first heard about the film I assumed it would premiere, in New York City, so I eagerly applied early through my agency PR Photos upon hearing that it would premiere, at the Chinese theatre in Los Angeles. A week before the film (most studios don’t confirm till 48-24 hours before the event) was to premiere, I got an email confirmation, filled with instructions. I had already thought that it was going to be a madhouse but after reading the email that sounded like an understatement.
As I got to Hollywood Boulevard, I thought to myself at least I was at the Chinese Theatre, my home turf. Not only, was I returning to the place where I started taking celebrity photography, and lived down the street from the famous boulevard for a decade, I also worked for over two years for a company across from the Scientology center. Normally for the chinese theatre we would meet in a certain area. When I got there it was a scene like New Years Eve in New York City. There were fans and barracks everywhere. When they finally opened up a gate there was a rush of photographers moving forward that reminded we of when doors open at a general admission rock concert. I must say Warner Brothers staff did an excellent job organizing the call list. The only problem was there too many people from multiple organizations and people who normally didn’t cover events. Thankfully I brought my two step step stool and placed it in the second row were I started to stet up. The carpet was overbooked but luckily I had my spot and not in a third row.
Director Gary Marshall was the first to arrive followed by Abigail Breslin, Zac Efron, Hector Elizondo, Sofia Vergara, Jake T. Austin, and Joey McIntyre. My highlights were Katherine Heigl, Michelle Pfeiffer, and Hilary Swank who all looked stunning. The stars of the carpet appeared to be the newly single Ashton Kutcher and Glee star Lea Michele who were very playful and candid on the carpet. The Star Couple Award of the Night went to Husband and Wife Josh Duhamel and Fergie: http://www.sawfnews.com/Fashion/68007.aspx
The shoot was a tough one due to my spot and lighting. But I did manage to get some more credits and even had my picture featured over photographers who have been shooting for years. Score another for the ultimate underdog.
I also saw the film this weekend and was pleasantly surprised how much it touched me. Growing up in Yonkers, New York I spent many nights in the city and in Times Square. I really felt the film worked a lot better than Marshall’s “Valentine’s Day”. It’s not going to be an award winning film but it touched me and reminded me just how there is not city like NYC on New Years Eve. I encourage you to see the film and judge for yourself. www.newyearseve-movie.com
Up Next this week, is my review from a Death Cab For Cutie show for Toy’s For Tot’s and my take of the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Class of 2012. For more updates and celebrity pictures and stories follow me on twitter at @Jonathanshensa.