Some of you might have noticed from Twitter on Monday that I got free passes through Gofobo.com, to attend the red carpet premiere of the movie August: Osage County, starring Meryl Street, Julia Roberts, Ewan McGregor, and Juliette Lewis to name a few.
I was skeptical at first thinking, “why would they want regular old peeps at the premiere? Surely they could fill it up with industry types.” But what I found out was the theater, which was located in downtown LA, is huge and they really need people to fill it up. Kind of like seat fillers at the Oscars.
Here is how my evening went: My friend Victoria and I left our corner of LA around 4:30, even though the movie didn’t start until 7:30. I didn’t know what traffic would be like, or if there would be a huge line. Although we had passes, you’re not guaranteed to get in because they always overbook.
Our plan was to scope out the situation, then grab a bite to eat. But when we arrived a little after 5pm, there was already a pretty good-sized line. Not wanting to take our chances, we got in line. I ended up running across the street to a food truck and ordering a burger. Fancy.
We killed time in line chatting, but after awhile my feet started to hurt (because I was wearing heels-they told us to dress up), and I was feeling tired. I should also note that the lineup was on the side of the building, while the red carpet action was in the front, so we couldn’t see any of it.
They finally let us in around 7:15, and at least gave us free popcorn, soda, and water, so that was nice. Our seats were not great even though we got there fairly early. Basically the third row in one of those megaplex theaters with giant screens. Thankfully it wasn’t an action movie or else I might have tossed my popcorn.
Before the movie started, Harvey Weinstein said a few words, then began introducing the cast of the film (where all of a sudden I didn’t mind being in the third row). When they introduced Julia Roberts this girl next to me went completely ballistic and started jumping up and down and yelling, “Julia I love you OMG!” Something to that effect. People laughed and Julia smiled and looked over and waved. Since I was next to this crazy lady essentially Julia waved at me by default. 🙂
The movie was good, although it left me with just a tiny bit of an empty feeling. But the writing was phenomenal, and the acting was off the charts brilliant.
After, Victoria and I went across the street to the Ritz Hotel and had a drink in the swanky hotel lobby, then checked out the ice skaters at the LA Live skating rink. We paid for our parking ($25) and went home around 11:30 ish.
So all in all are these kinds of movie events really worth it? Meh. I’m not that starstruck where seeing these big named movie stars in person is worth the long wait in line, the cost of food because I couldn’t eat at home, parking, and gas. More than anything it’s a big time commitment. I’d almost rather pay the $14 to buy a ticket with assigned seating, and arrive at the theater five minutes before the movie starts.
Even when they have free movie previews that are closer to where I live, you still have to wait in a long line. I think my tolerance for lines has gone way down as I’ve gotten older.
Hope everyone has a great weekend. I’m fighting a stupid cold and working all weekend. Joy!