TBT: Divergent Premiere

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Divergent Premiere
Los Angeles, CA
March 18, 2014
Half of the still photographers working the Divergent Premiere
This is about half of the photographers.

By the time of the Divergent premiere, I had attended a handful of premieres and have attended double that amount since.  This was probably the worst ran premieres I have attended.  Most premieres start the screening about 30 minutes late due to all of the press outside and getting people to their seats inside the theater.  The Divergent premiere started over 90 minutes late.  They were using all three theaters in the area (Westwood) which are all less than a block from each other, and two are directly across from each other.  I ended being in the furthest theater from where they had placed us for the red carpet arrivals.  There was a huge fan area in which you had to have a wristband to access.  Everyone in this \”official\” fan area would also be seeing the movie that night in one of the three theaters being used.

I was surprised to see Bellamy Young there (and after the movie, I’m still not sure why she was there), but I have to admit that she’s even prettier in person.  I don’t watch Scandal, but I do watch Criminal Minds, where she was a returning guest star as Hotch’s girlfriend, Beth.

Bellamy Young - Divergent Premiere
Bellamy Young
Bellamy Young - Divergent Premiere
Bellamy Young

The only pictures I could get of Kate Winslet were of her back, and it was dark by the time she had arrived. I also didn’t get any good pictures of Maggie Q.

Ray Stevenson signing autographs
Ray Stevenson
Mekhi Phifer signing autographs
Mekhi Phifer

They didn’t allow phones in the theater, but I was able to hide my phone as well as my friend’s phone in my purse (I do love my Miche bags!) so we didn’t have to check them in.  Once we were inside, we grabbed our free soda and popcorn and found our seats.  About 20 minutes into the movie, there was an issue and the screening had to be stopped.  I was getting worried because the parking structure where my car was parked closed at midnight and the initial screening didn’t start until just after 9pm.  It took about 10 minutes and the movie was re-started.

Tony Goldwyn signing autographs
Tony Goldwyn

I’m so glad we didn’t check-in our phones, because it would have been a nightmare trying to get my phone, get to my car and exit the parking structure before midnight.  It was lucky that we were in the smaller and “further” theater from the main premiere because it’s the closest theater to where I parked.  The phone pick-up was a nightmare also because the phones were in clear plastic bags and laid out on a table.  People were just grabbing their (presumably) phones.  It would have been easy for anyone to grab several phones and walk away.

Shailene Woodley - Divergent Premiere
Shailene Woodley

The reason for my posting this almost 2 years later is that I finally went through the pictures in my dropbox account, and I had forgotten about most of these events.  I’ll be posting more “old” stuff on Thursdays as “throwback Thursday” and on Fridays as “flashback Friday” posts.