Greetings everyone, and welcome to the latest edition of “The Outsiders Guide to the Inside of Hollywood”. My journey into the inside of Hollywood last week took me to Alcatraz Prison, for Fox and Warner Brothers T.V “Alcatraz” Series premiere party and screening.
Alcatraz is a new series that premiered, on Fox T.V. last night, it’s the latest Television creation from “Lost” Producer “J. J.” Abrams. “Alcatraz “. The series stars Sarah Jones, Sam Neill, and former “Lost” star Jorge Garcia.
I first heard of this event thanks to a radio station contest. There are not many entertainment events in the Bay Area, so when they are I always try and cover them. This premiere, would be unlike any other I’ve ever covered. The premiere was not on a Hollywood lot or at any theatre in Los Angeles, it was held on Alcatraz Island at the world famous prison. Even though I’ve lived in the Bay Area for two years and have been visiting since 97, this was going to be my first trip to “The Rock”.
Driving over the Golden Gate Bridge from Marin, I could see the rock from faraway. The press release was also very original, it had us taking a ferry to Alcatraz Island, followed by a carpet for pictures and video interviews, in the shower room, party and dinner in the mess hall, and ending with a screening of the Pilot Episode in the D Block part of the prison.
As the sun started to set as we left Pier 33 on the Alcatraz Ferry, heading for the mile and a half ride to Alcatraz. When we arrived we headed downstairs to the shower room which had been converted into a media area for photographers and videographers. I couldn’t help but think what it must have been like before the prison closed in 1963.. The cells were small and cramped, and had a area for a cot and a small toilet.
The stars all came downstairs and posed for pictures together and by themselves. It was great to see and photograph all the stars, however Sarah Jones was my personal favorite. Everyone looked great and seemed excited to bring the show to the place that was the inspiration.
After being photographed and interviewed the stars headed upstairs to the mess hall to join the crowd that was filled with people who worked in the movie and some contest winners. People drank out of silver cups that resembled ones the prisoners drank out of. The stars of the show sat at tables and mingled with the guests.
Now it was off to the solitary confided area of the prison called the D Block. The cast and producers introduced the show which was shown on a large screen, as the audience filled the Block. Some of the stars were still on hand after the screening was over talking and taking pictures with fans.
Being a “Lost” fan I didn’t expect all or even half of my questions answered in the first two episodes. I really was impressed with the show’s acting and writing. Sarah Jones played a different kind of detective than we’ve seen on most shows. Jorge Garcia humor is followed along with a great performance from veteran actors like Sam Neill, and Robert Forster. I look forward to seeing how all the pieces of the puzzle fall in place. The show will be on Monday’s at 9 p.m. If you missed the two hour premiere you can see it here: http://www.fox.com/alcatraz/full-episodes/7268973/