Sunday, December 17, 2006
Night at the Museum: The Premiere
I've been dreading this premiere, because we tend to get snubbed a lot at these kind of events, but it turned out surprisingly great. It was held at the Natural History Museum, and in addition to the movie premiere, a lot of the people were also staying after for a sleep-over at the museum. As usual we were dead last in the line of media outlets, so I separated myself from the other journalists by wearing one of those footsie pajamas, (it was a sleepover, after all). It was tough to find PJs that fit, and in the end I had to squeeze into the largest kid's size I could find. Everybody really took a liking to the outfit though. Even guests at the premiere who weren't talking to press felt compelled to swing by us and comment on my sleepwear. I chatted very briefly with Al Roker, Lorne Michaels, Christine Taylor, and Jerry Stiller. Then I got some real interviews with:
Jake Cherry: He plays Ben Stiller's son in the movie, and he's very cute. He was very well-spoken for a ten year old, although he could work on his handshake.
Shawn Levy: He directed this movie as well as a laundry list of sub-par big budget comedies, (The Pink Panther, Cheaper by the Dozen, etc). He was very nice, and willing to make a fool out of himself. He had his young daughter with him, who wanted to know why I was wearing PJs.
Ricky Gervais: He was very amused by the outfit. He could barely even concentrate during the interview with the woman before me- he kept looking over and eyeing me. Our interview pretty much consisted of him commenting on the size of my crotch. I think I did get a question or two in though. I think he liked me though, and I'm looking forward to watching the footage.
Ben Stiller: He snubbed us over a year ago at the Madagascar premiere, but he was super nice tonight. He liked the pajamas a lot and wanted to chat about them for a minute or so before I got to my questions. I also asked him about CivilWarLand in Decline, which is a short story by George Saunders that he's been working on adapting- he said she's having a hard time getting it made. I also gave him a Furilla. He was a little suspicious of it at first, but he was playing with it within a few minutes.
The footage should be up soon. Next up was supposed to be the junket for Notes on a Scandal, (which is an awesome, funny, beautiful, and gut-wrenching film starring Cate Blanchett, Judi Dench, and Bill Nighy), but I just got an email saying that we got booted. They invited us to the premiere, but I'm not sure whether I'll attend...
Questions? Comments? Let me know...
P.S. Okay- Gabrus posted a pretty cool picture of him with Sam Jackson. I just want to point out that in this post I have two pictures of me with famous people.