Saturday, April 5, 2008

A touchdown on the carpet with "Leatherheads"

It was a field day last March 31, 2008 at the Grauman's Chinese Theater as the stars of George Clooney's "Leatherheads" showed up for the Los Angeles Premiere of the film by the same name.

After a while, us event photogs thought we were at a premiere for "The Office" with various stars from the showing coming on down the red carpet to support cast member John Krasinski. Krasinski stars as a young college football star who is recruited by George Clooney's character Dodge Connolly to become the first major football star named Carter Rutherford, a war hero, in the budding beginning of professional football we know today.

John Krasinski makes it pass the guards onto the carpet.

But is finally stopped close to the ending carpet by video crews.

Along with Krasinski, Renee Zellweger stars as Lexie Littleton, a spitfire of a news reporter trying to crack the story of the new football playing star.

As in any threesome, a budding romance begins with Lexie Littleton, Carter Rutherford, and unassumingly Dodge Connolly. George and Renee definitely had great connection with their fast talking banter with each other like Spencer Tracy and Katherine Hepburn back in the day.

Back to the present, Renee arrived to greet her fans taking the time to walk from one end of Hollywood Blvd to the other and back signing autographs and taking pictures with fans. Not to be outdone, Mr Cloone also took his cues and did the Hollywood autograph walk through the throngs of fans.

However, once on the carpet, it was another story. Mr. Clooney was hard to catch on the carpet with eye contact as he posed for the event photographers.

George Clooney lead his girlfriend to the finish line of the carpet.

George smugs up to the cameras.

Ms. Zellweger faired no better as she seemed a bit dazed by the craziness of it all. I think she turned away from the cameras for a quick minute to wipe her eyes. The flashes must of got to her.

Renee looking lovely in her blue dress. Thank Goodness she wore blue. We hate black dresses as it throws off the white balance and can overexpose a person. Hello celebrities!!! Please wear something other than black!!!

Renee huddles with George and girlfriend on the carpet.

Renee smirks for a video crew.

There was point when one e-photog was so frustrated that she didn't get her full length shots of Renee that she almost started crying. I guess being a event photographer is a bit harder because our photos aren't as unique as the paparazzi chasing down the stars. So we have to work a bit harder with taking our shots with the hopes of the various celeb rags picking up a photo or two.

For the freshman of the bunch, John Krasinski was the best red carpet poser of the day. He made eye contact with the majority of the photogs which included mine.

Christian Oliver, star of the upcoming "Speed Racer" film, points at me to make sure I got his shot and for to be ready for the "Speed Racer" premiere.

Kid Rock makes a last minute entrance on the carpet. No poses, just a quick walk through to get into the theater. Boohoo Kid!!!

Until next time, "Over The Shoulder!"

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