John Wick : Chapter 3 – Parabellum Red Carpet Premiere

John Wick : Chapter 3 – Parabellum Red Carpet Premiere

By Veronica Nunez

Black Carpet after arrivals
Black Carpet after arrivals

The third installment of the John Wick films held its red carpet premiere at the historic TCL Chinese Theatre on May 15, 2019.  Those of us who had lined up early with our fan passes were placed into a small area at the entrance to the red carpet (black carpet in this instance) where we could possibly get an autograph or selfie with the arriving celebrities.  Most of the fans bunched up on the end where the carpet began.  There was a large empty spot near the street, and that’s where I placed myself as I would be able to see the premiere guests exit their vehicles.  I was a mere three feet from the drop-off entrance of the black carpet.

Fan area

Some surprising celebrity appearances were David Hasselhoff, Alex Winter (perhaps not that surprising), and Gavin Rossdale.  Gavin Rossdale approached the carpet entrance from the opposite corner (cars pulled in from Highland Avenue east of where I was).  He was walking with his girlfriend, and, I believe, the rest of Bush were behind him.  I looked to my right, and there was Gavin walking in my direction.  I yelled “Gavin!” in surprise and he smiled and waved.  I didn’t ask for a photo, but took a few of him while he walked.  He and his girlfriend left the premiere shortly after they arrived, and as they were leaving, other fans were screaming his name and he turned his head.  I waved and yelled “Bye, Gavin!”, and he waved and smiled.  I discovered that Bush has a song on the John Wick : 3 – Parabellum soundtrack shortly after the premiere.

I knew Keanu Reeves’ car was arriving as his handler was telling the Los Angeles Police officers that he had Keanu coming right now and he (Keanu) will want to go across the street (that’s where autograph hunters and fans were lined up).  He needed the police to help stop traffic so that Keanu could cross safely.  Mark Dacascos and David Hasselhoff were the only other celebrities to go to the fans across the street.

During the celebrity arrivals, I was texting with a friend, and I sent him the pictures of Halle Berry.  He mentioned that if I got some pictures of Keanu Reeves, he would score major points with a friend of his who loves Keanu.  I texted him quite a few pictures of Keanu as you see here.

After the arrivals were finished, we waited to be given our tickets to go into the theater for the screening.  I didn’t get into the screening as they had run out of tickets. I was a little annoyed since other premieres with fan areas will give you your ticket prior to sending you into the fan area.  I still had a great time, but I wasn’t thrilled to pay the $17 parking fee after not getting into the screening.

Good Omens Screening

Good Omens screening

By Veronica Nunez

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On Friday, May 17, 2019 Cinespia hosted a free screening of the first episode of the new Amazon Prime Video / BBC2 show, Good Omens.  Good Omens is based on the book of similar name (Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Anges Nutter, Witch) collaboratively written by Neil Gaiman and Terry Pratchett.  The television show stars David Tennant and Michael Sheen and is written by Neil Gaiman.  Miranda Richardson, John Hamm, and Frances McDormand help round out the series cast.  The series is six episodes and were released on Amazon Prime on May 31, 2019 in the United States, but it is being broadcast weekly in the UK on BBC Two later this year.  There isn’t an official date for BBC Two, but it’s been said that Neil Gaiman has said Good Omens will begin broadcasting on BBC Two in November or December 2019.

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As mentioned above, we attended a free screening of the pilot episode hosted by Cinespia at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.  I hadn’t been to a Cinespia screening prior to Good Omens, but absolutely look forward to attending another screening this summer, scheduled permitting.  Cinespia usually hosts screenings of movies during the summer.  The films are projected onto the side of the mausoleum, and there is usually a DJ playing music before the film and a photobooth or two.  Bring a low chair and blankets, pack a picnic or you usually can buy food and drinks there, and watch a movie under the celestial stars near dearly departed Hollywood stars.  Check out Cinsepia.org for more information and this year’s scheduled films.

Because the Good Omens screening was free, it was especially crowded, but we were also given free concessions, and there were plenty of photo booths and photo ops around the area.  There was a large section at the front and center of the mausoleum reserved for VIP, and there were security there.  I recognized the security staff from red carpet events around Los Angeles, so I knew this was a section for invited celebrity guests.  I did manage to spot Josh Groban arriving to that area.  They had seats and blankets along with large baskets of goodies supplied.  They also had a dedicated bar in their section.   Neil Gaiman came and gave an introduction to the show prior to the screening.  I was a bit surprised they only showed the first episode as screenings for television series usually consist of two episodes, but with only 6 episodes for the series I can understand why we only got to see the pilot.

I enjoyed the episode, but I won’t go into detail since it hasn’t aired in the UK, yet.  I haven’t watched the rest of the series, yet, either.  It was really funny, and I love the friendship between the demon Crowley (portrayed by David Tennant) and the angel Aziraphale (portrayed by Michael Sheen).  (Note: There was a full moon the night of the screening.)

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Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindewald Fan Event

Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindewald Fan Event

By Veronica Nunez

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We got up at 3am on a Saturday morning to attend a special fan event at the Universal Studios Hollywood theme park on November 3, 2018. We were wristbanded and given tickets to Universal Studios Hollywood upon check-in.

The event began with an Imax screening of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindewald at the AMC Theatre at Universal CityWalk.. There were donuts from Voodoo Donuts and coffee and tea available for us before the event as well as gorgeous tote bags containing buttons and keyrings.   There were costumes from the film’s characters on display while we waited to be allowed to enter the theater.

After the screening we walked to Universal Studios and enjoyed riding some rides prior to the press event with the cast members of Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindewald being held in front of Hogwarts Castle. We had been told that our wristband may get us into a viewing area for the press event, but that wasn’t the case even though there was room in the roped off area.

I did get a few photos of Eddie Reddmayne while he was giving interviews in another area of Hogsmeade prior to the main press event.

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Eddie Reddmayne

We ended up leaving shortly after not getting into the press event as the weather had gotten warmer than we had expected and we were tired since we’d been up since 3am. It was a really fun fan event, and it was completely free!

 

Jurassic World : Fallen Kingdom Premiere

Jurassic World : Fallen Kingdom Premiere

By Veronica Nunez

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Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom screen at the Walt Disney Concert Hall

The Jurassic World : Fallen Kingdom Los Angeles Premiere was held at the Walt Disney Concert Hall, a facility designed by famed architect Frank Gehry and not known for screening films. I was surprised at the venue to say the least, but there was also an incredible Jurassic World activation, which took up an entire city block in downtown Los Angeles.

There had free custom screen-printed t-shirts being given away, but they were out of the blank shirts by the time I had arrived. They were just handing out pre-printed Jurassic World t-shirts by the time I had arrived. There were various dinosaurs on display inside and outside the activation.

They were also handing out bags of Skittles candies. There were VR simulators, too. I walked around taking pictures of everything while waiting for my guest to arrive. Once inside we got our popcorn and drinks and headed to our seats, which were on the upper level.

I never learned why a movie premiere was held at a classical music venue, but it was a fun experience.

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View of the screen from my seat inside the Walt Disney Concert Hall

EW PopFest : Supernatural Panel

EW PopFest 2016 : Supernatural Panel

By Veronica Nunez

 

Entertainment Weekly’’s PopFest was held at The Reef and the parking lot is where most of the events were happening. The main stage was located outside as well as various activations and food trucks. There were some panels held inside The Reef building itself. More on EW PopFest here.

The Supernatural Panel was held on Saturday, and though I’ve only watched a few episodes of Supernatural my youngest niece is a huge fan so I went to the panel to take pictures for her and make her jealous. She was away at school at the time so she couldn’t go. I texted her a few photos I took on my phone, and I mailed her all of the photos from my camera on a flash drive. 

I’ll probably get around to watching Supernatural after the series completes its run in 2020. I thoroughly enjoyed the Supernatural panel at EW PopFest, because Jensen Ackles and Jared Padalecki are hilarious together. At one point Jared goes to do a mic drop, and Jensen gives him shit because microphones are expensive. Jared had tried to catch the microphone with his foot and it hurt his foot. The whole panel consisted of them teasing each other, and it was great. They clearly have a lot of fun together and we got to laugh along with them.

EW PopFest 2016 – Recap

EW PopFest Recap – October 2016

by Veronica Nunez

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Entertainment Weekly hosted their own pop culture convention in Downtown Los Angeles the same weekend, and only a few blocks from where Stan Lee’s Comikaze was happening at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

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Creator and Cast of SuperGirl, Arrow, The Flash, and Legends of Tomorrow

EW’s PopFest was held at The Reef and the parking lot is where most of the events were happening. The main stage was located outside as well as various activations and food trucks. There were some panels held inside The Reef building itself.

On the Friday before PopFest officially began, they held an early screening of Doctor Strange at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood for the first 250 or so VIP weekend badge purchasers. There was a Q&A with Doctor Strange director Scott Derrickson.

Some of the panels at the main stage included Supernatural, Arrow, The Flash, and Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them. The only panel I saw inside The Reef was for Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life, but I also went to the preview screening of the pilot episode of Good Behavior (at which they had t-shirts on the chairs for the attendees.) They also had author signings where I had my 20th Anniversary edition of Outlander signed by Diana Gabaldon.

Some of the outdoor activations included photo ops for M&Ms and for Ash vs. The Evil Dead. The Ash vs. the Evil Dead activation also gave away foam chainsaw “hands” and t-shirts. There was also an activation to compete in Survivor skills. They had trivia, too, where you could win prizes and a Lip Sync Battle stage. There was a beer garden near the main stage, but I’m not much of a drinker and I hate beer so it wasn’t something I was interested in.

It did rain a little bit throughout the weekend, so that was a bit of a downer for the outdoor events, but it was light and sporadic so everyone was able to have fun. The event seemed pretty well run given that it was the first event of this size Entertainment Weekly held. They had a smaller activation called ConX during Comic Con 2016, which I had visited but hadn’t seen any of the panels or live music performances. I think the event would have had more success had it not been held the same weekend as Stan Lee’s Comikaze (now Los Angeles Comic Con).