UK Hollywood

19 Jul

For the past month I prepared myself for the UK Premiere of The Dark Knight Rises. I was excited to meet, or at least get a glimpse of, Anne Hathaway, Christian Bale, Tom Hardy, and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. With all the excitement going on in London this month I couldn’t have chosen a better time to come.

A few friends and I attended the red carpet European Premiere last night. I even hoped to make a project out of it. However, I should have known that with my obsession of celebrities and Hollywood, it wouldn’t get done. I did happen to snap almost a thousand pictures.

New York IMAX tickets for the midnight showing sold out 6 months in advance.

Being a huge Twilight fan, my sister and I attended two premieres of the Saga in Los Angeles, California – Eclipse and Breaking Dawn Part 1. Now, you talk about a premiere, Twilight was much more crowded and worse than The Dark Knight UK Premiere. Forgive me for being so blunt but this premiere was nothing in comparison with Twilight.

Of course, there were the celebrities, the magnificent Batman mask, and fire, but I didn’t feel the rush that I felt during the Twilight Premieres. Although, I am a bit bias. I’m a Twi-hard, I read the books twice (going on my third to prepare for the final installment), and I purchased the albums. I even screamed just like any other crazy fan so I could get the Trio’s autograph (Robert Pattinson, Kirsten Stewart, and Taylor Lautner).

The film is 165 minutes long and the longest film Christopher Nolan has directed

It may have to do with the culture difference. In California, fans were aggressive but more friendly. We shared this commonality and we all knew it. If someone made a joke or a comment, other fans would join in the conversation and a friendship is made. At least that’s how my younger sister, Taylor, and I did it. We made a lot of friends through the two premieres we attended and we still keep in touch with them.

One aspect I also noticed was the coverage of the premiere. The Dark Knight UK Premiere took more hard work to research than it did for Twilight. Usually I found two to three links about the Twilight Premiere and I had to dig and dig to find out about The Dark Knight Rises. Also, as the celebrities arrived, two reporters spoke to them with the same questions being asked over and over. I got bored with it right away and only took pictures when they arrived. In Hollywood, there were loads of celebrity journalists, radio stations, television crews, and there was more a more variety of questions. Celebrity guests even showed up! I did get to see The Wanted (a music boy band) and Matthew Lewis (Neville Longbottom from Harry Potter) but usually there are more. Again, I think the coverage of the even has to do with the culture difference. When we did our interviews for our vox pop, an interviewee said Hollywood and red carpet comes to mind when he thinks of America. After thinking about it, that’s what I think. But it may also be an obsession of mine.

“The Dark Knight” was inspired by comics “The Killing Joke” and “The Long Halloween”

After the celebrities went into the Odeon Cinema, people were still waiting outside so I thought, “I might as well, too.” What do you know? Anne Hathaway came out to sign autographs! She sped by all the fans earlier. Along with her, Morgan Freeman, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and a few others left right away. How odd. That move there was a red flag for me. Many thoughts came to mind on why they left but the biggest one was they probably didn’t want to see it again.

Lastly, the biggest factor of all is not having my younger sister by my side through this extravagant event. She is my best friend and we share the same interests – one being celebrities and red carpet premieres. Going to the premiere was fabulous – despite the fact that I didn’t get free tickets to watch the movie with the stars in the same room – but having people to go with who will be just as insane as you makes the experience ten times better.

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Posted by on July 19, 2012 in London


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