Greetings everyone and welcome to my latest edition of “The Outsiders Guide to the Inside of Hollywood”. This blog is from my experience at “Marvels” “The Avengers” World Premiere in LA last month. I will also be sharing running into Julia Roberts at a Screening in Hollywood. Sadly the last experience I will share with you was when I ran into Beastie Boy’s Adam Yauch in 2009. Adam who lost his battle with cancer this week.
“The Avengers,” World Premiere – Arrivals El Capitan Theatre – Hollywood
Before the shoot even began I knew this was going to be a tough one. “The Avengers” was one of the most anticipated movies of the year. Hollywood Blvd was shutdown. The carpet looked larger than a football field. I knew that not only would I be dealing with all the usual photographers but for this one there was a large pool of International press too. I got to the shoot location at the El Capitan Theatre and saw the carpet covered in a plastic tent (due to possibility of rain). I knew that we were now going to be in a tighter situation. When I got to the press area there was only a few photographers. As the time got closer to check in there was a last minute of rush of the A list photographers. They immediately cut in front of us like we weren’t even there. Having to once again, take the high road I waited till I finally was able to check in. Every premiere is different but for this we were given a number from 1 – 85. Once again, I ended up in the back of the list at number 83. Which was upsetting because I wasn’t an Independent photographer on this one, it was booked through my agency. Though it’s not at top 3 wire service, it probably is a top 5. A number of the people ahead of me came from places I’ve never heard or seen their work.
By the time I got into the tented carpet there was already photographers looking for spots that weren’t there. I realized I was going to have to use my point and shoot along with my professional camera. I finally got to an area, where I again was stuck in the third row. For the second time in a row I had a douchebag in my way. I always try and be respectful but its hard when that respect is never shown to you. What made matters worse was that they allowed two videographers in the photography area by me, which had no room. Like many times before, I had to make the best of the situation I was dealt.
The carpet started with a familiar face Disney actress Bella Thorne. Shooting over two rows of photographers on a flat surface, I knew I was not going to be able to get many full length shots. To the right of me on the carpet was a black Harley Davidson motorcycle that some of the cast and celebrity guests posed in front of me. Stellan Skarsgard from “The Avengers” and “Thor” posed for pictures with his son and “True Blood” star Alexander Skarsgard. Some of the photographers were yelling to people who they didn’t know to move down the carpet. I had to inform them that those were Seattle’s legendary band Soundgarden who had a song in the movie. Lead singer Chris Cornell’s kids also waled the carpet and one of them sat on the motorcycle. Off course the star of the carpet was a blond Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow “The Avengers”)who looked stunning dressed in a black dress. Robert Downey Jr. was dressed in a pink Prince like suit. Susan Downey accompanied her husband down the carpet. All of the super hero’s walked the carpet. My only disappointment was that Iron Man’s Gwyneth Paltrow was not in attendance.
Due to my position I knew I needed more photos. Like always I waited around till I was one of the last photographers there. After a few minutes of watching the actors being interviewed they all went behind a curtain. An announcer started to introduce all the actors as they came out for V.I.P.’s and videographers there.
After a few minutes of fans screaming from across the street. Robert waved to them. Film director Josh Whedon and Mark Ruffalo (The Hulk) waved and thanked the crowd. Ruffalo bowed to the crowed before heading inside the theatre for the premiere.
Yesterday I saw the 3D version of “The Avengers”. The film is a lot of fun. It also answers a lot of how these characters some from other time periods come together as one. Scarlett Johansson (Black Widow) showed she can kick just as much ass as her male team members. The story took a little time to bring everything together but was still fast moving. It will be interesting to see how the characters in other film sequels will continue this storyline. The 3D fight scenes were well done but the film can also be enjoyed in 2D. The film had a huge world wide opening and looks to be one of the highest grossing films of this decade.
“Jesus Henry Christ” Los Angeles Premiere 4/18/2012 Grauman’s Chinese 6
My last day in LA a friend of mine and I were suppose to attend a screening of a movie called “Jesus Henry Christ”. I didn’t know anything about the film. The passes were from a site http://www.gofobo.com that gives free passes to films. Sometimes they are early screenings but sometimes they are actual tickets to a premiere. We got to the theater in Hollywood to find a small carpet inside the Chinese 6 at the Hollywood & Highland complex. At this point the line was out the door. At this point I knew we were not getting in but my friend wanted to wait. After 90 minutes 60 of which was inside in a non air conditioned area, I headed to entrance to see what was going on. As I walked by a saw a red head being interviewed by Extra. Looking through the camera men, publicist a saw it was Julia Roberts. Turns out she was a producer. I took out my point and shoot and took several shots before security told me to leave. Not a bad way to close out an LA trip.
Meeting Adam Yauch on Hollywood Boulevard in 2009
Last week the music world lost another musician way too early. Beastie Boys founding member Adam Yauch lost his battle with cancer. In 2009, MCA announced he was being treated for a cancerous parotid gland. I ran into Adam and his wife a few months after he was diagnosed. He was looking great and seemed really happy to me. I was wearing a Yankee Jacket and when I called to him he smiled and said hi. I wished him well and he posed for an exclusive picture for me that I shot with my point and shoot. My heart goes out to all his family and friends. If your a fan or have lost someone you know from this disease and want to do something in to remember MCA think about donating to the American Cancer Society. http://www.cancer.org/