Monday, April 28, 2008

Zoom zoom zoom for Speed Racer

Okay, I'm hooked on the Speed Racer theme song. But I think I may be hooked on the movie itself. Can't wait to see it in IMAX. Enough about that. Let's move on to the premiere.

Emile Hirsch stars as Speed Racer.

As the warm sun beat down on the media, across the street from the Nokia Theater complex were fans and protesters. Protesters you say? Yes. It looks as if there are a few people who are irritated by the remake of this movie for which I do not know why. Seeing signs being waved stating, "No more monkey business.

Matthew Fox plays Racer X.

Oh well. As for the rest of the crowd, it was made mostly of fans of Korean heart throb Rain. These die-hard fans stuck out the heat for more than three hours just to get a glimpse of their beloved Rain. He acknowledged them a few times with a wave but unfortunately, no crossing streets to greet the fans.

Rain waves at his fans.

Was there drama on the carpet? Perhaps. It seemed like John Goodman and Susan Sarandon kept their distance from each other. I can't say for sure as I didn't get a glance at either when they first arrived on the carpet. Even when event photogs yelled for them to take a two shot. They did not acknowledge each other on the carpet.

Susan Sarandon behind sunglasses.

John Goodman poses solo.

Christina Ricci looking fabo...She plays Trixie in the movie.

Emile Hirsch seemed like he had a surreal look on his face. As he finished the photo section of the carpet, he started on the video section. Half way through, we were trying to get him to pose with the race car. At first, his publicist or could be his manager was waving no. But alas, with the help of our trusty photo rep at Warner Bros and finally the publicist gave us a quick opportunity to shoot Mr. Hirsch with the Mach 5 car.

Emile Hirsch in front of the MACH 5.

Overall, the premiere was a nice overload. Being the first major movie premiere to be held at the new Nokia Theater complex in Downtown Los Angeles, you got the feel of the movie with the theme song music video playing on video screens and music piped throughout the complex. Go Speed Racer!

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