Lately, I’ve felt like starting my own column based on all the odd experiences I’ve encountered at movie premieres. A week ago, the big “Orphan” secret was revealed at the premiere and my latest red carpet experience did not disappoint.
Monday night, I covered the “Ponyo” premiere - an animated Japanese film adapted by Disney. It's about the relationship between a five-year-old boy and a young goldfish named “Ponyo,” and her quest to become human. The little boy is voiced by the one and only Frankie Jonas also known as “Bonus Jonas” – he is the younger brother of Kevin, Joe and Nick Jonas. But wait there’s more, the voice behind “Ponyo” the goldfish, is Noah Cyrus, yep, she is Miley Cyrus’ little sister.
Despite the brief arrival of the Jonas Brothers, Monday night’s event wasn’t buzzing with big name stars, so I was more than happy to give my time to whomever the publicists brought my way. About an hour into the red carpet arrivals a persistent publicist stood in front of me holding the hand of a very young girl. She explained why I should talk to her client which went something like this, “Hi this is so and so and Noah Cyrus’ best friend, I think you should talk to her.”
Rewind, did I miss the part where she tells me what her client is working on, if she even has a role in “Ponyo.” Nope, I heard correctly and none of that was included. Why does Noah Cyrus' best friend need a publicist? While I felt horrible for the smiling young girl, I did not talk to her. Would you have talked to her?
Does being someone’s “best friend” give you a golden ticket?
In general, people decide whether a movie is worth the ticket price by learning what they can through trailers and basic descriptions - thus, my dilemma.
Tuesday night, I covered the premiere of the horror film "Orphan," and while I do enjoy a good scare, this particular film wasn't really grabbing my attention. However, while waiting for the celebrity arrivals to star, something sparked my interest - the movie poster had five short words: "Can you keep a secret?" This got several of us on the red carpet wondering what the secret might be, until I was so intrigued, I considered catching the movie on opening night this Friday.
Soon, the arrivals started, and knowing how they might respond, I teasingly asked the cast and director if they could reveal the big secret of the movie - just to me. Of course, their answers were a unanimous "No!" That is, until one cast member surprised me: "I didn't know the secret was supposed to be kept a secret, because I just told a few networks something I wasn't supposed to, until someone kicked me in the shins and told me to stop!" While this person didn't let me in on what the others had learned, my follow-up question yielded another slip-up, of which the actor seemed unaware.
In the end, word spread - this was a media event, after all - and I learned the secret. Sadly, I think it's quite a good twist - good enough that I wished I didn't know what it was, so I could watch the movie and be surprised. Now that I know, I'm not as interested.
What are your thoughts? Does knowing "Orphan" has a secret make you want to see it more? And can a movie twist be so good that it's worth watching even if you already know it?
My words are fresh off Thursday’s red carpet event; Michael Douglas being honored by friends and colleagues with an AFI Life Achievement Award. Douglas is the 37th recipient to receive this “highest honor” given for a career in film. I wish I had more to write about tonight’s event, than list his movies and name the roles he's won Oscars for – “Wall Street,” and “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.”
Oh wait, I can list the number of “colleagues” who showed up as well, sadly I can’t tell you what they said – they were only on the arrival lines, long enough for a photo-op.
Contrary to how I might sound, I am not bitter and I would be lying if I said no one talked to press. But I do wonder why all these celebrities show up to these red carpet events and don't talk to any of the media outlets. At one point in their careers, these “A-List” talents were all fresh faces, eager to get a few questions thrown their way and be a “Chatty Cathy,” but now that they’ve been in a few block bluster films and have a couple of golden statues on their mantle - does that make them too cool for us?
Back to the honoree and his celebratory moment, what’s your most memorable Michael Douglas role?
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