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.

1 comment:

M and B said...

We've got plenty of blanket jammies.
All you had to do was ask!

Can Gavi have them when you're done with them? Or are you going to soon be known in NYC as jammie man....