Thursday, September 22, 2005

Day 104 - Los Angeles, California, USA

Day 104 – 20th September 2005 -8:00 GMT

Woke up quite late so had breakfast and then we headed out. I said to Jill you can’t be in LA and not see some film crew recording something and you can’t not meet someone famous (and how right was I). So we took a drive to Melrose Avenue and wandered up and down the street looking at all the alternative shops. After an hour or so we drove on and stopped outside The Viper Room and Whisky A Go Go so jill could take some photo’s,

The Viper Room

Whisky A Go Go

then we drove into Beverley Hills.

Me outside Beverley Hills

we thought we would stop and by a Hollywood Stars Map showing where everyone lives but changed our mind, so we thought we would visit the Playboy Mansion. We found it quite quickly it’s on Charing Cross Road just off Sunset Boulevard once your in Beverly Hills. A quick stop outside to take a photo and who comes past us… Hugh Hefner in his nice car with Registration plate "1 HEF". We were blocking his driveway..

Gates to the Playboy Mansion

Anyway we drive on through Bel-Air and past the John Paul Getty Centre, a fabulous building and art gallery which is free and contains over $3 Billion of art. We drive back along Mulholland Drive stopping at the scenic spots and admiring the huge Mansions.

View from Mulholland

We find a news crew filming the view of LA. We then go to Visit the Chinese Theatre of Hollywood Boulevard. This is where all the famous hand and foot prints are.

Mel Gibsons Prints

We then take a look at some of the stars in the pavement along Hollywood Boulevard.

Tom Cruise Star

We thought we would get a bite to eat at the newly Hollywood-Highland mall next to it. This is the Kodak Building which was all built to Host the Oscars. It has Big marble staircase in the centre of the mall leading up to the theatre.

Kodak Theatre

Anyway after we have eaten we are heading back to the car and they had laid out a red carpet and a big advertising board and there are loads of Photographers on one side. So after closer inspection we find out the World Premiere of Johnny Knoxville’s (also in Dukes of Hazzard and Jackass etc) new film is being shown "Daltry Calhoun"

Daltry Calhoun

Jill gets all excited as she would love to see Johnny Knoxville. So we decide to hang around and see if we can catch a glimpse of him. After an hour people start to turn up for the premiere, David Koechner (Anchorman, Austin Powers, Dukes of Hazzard) comes over and starts chatting and we take a photo. We are then all moved as we are not allowed to stand in that area as we are blocking the mall corridors. So we relocate to the other side of the area unfortunately with lots of other people. We can still see but not in a position to meet or take good photo’s. Then Quentin Tarantino (Director, Actor) turns up and I’m not close enough to get a good photo.

Quentin Tarantino (Director and Actor) Posted by Picasa

This gets us wondering who else will be there. Then the man himself Johnny Knoxville shows up. Several people have moved back to our original viewing position and seem to be aloud to stay by the security, so I go back around and take a few photo’s.

Johnny Knoxville

Johnny Knoxville

Next Leonor Varela (from Blade 2) shows up and comes over for a chat.

Leonor Varela (Blade 2)

Then Chris Pontious, Wee Man and Loomis (Jackass and Wildboyz) come over and chat and have photo’s.

Loomis (Jackass)

Then we see Meredith Monroe (Andy in Dawsons Creek). Then Ethan Suplee appears (Amercian History X, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma etc).

Ethan Suplee (Amercian History X, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma etc).

Then one of the organisers approaches me, I thought he was going to move us on, but no he says I have some spare tickets for the premiere if you want one. (Is he talking to me) I say but there are three of us, He says Ok have three tickets. I run over to tell Jill and Reece and present our Premiere Tickets.

My ticket to the premiere of Daltry Calhoun

So we go inside the theatre and lots of famous people are gathered in the foyer, so we buy a bottle of water and go inside and find our seats. Jill turns around and gets Excited as Jack Black is sitting a few rows behind. Anyway the film starts and was quite entertaining although is not going to be a box office hit. After the film we go back in the foyer and after standing around for a bit I thought it would be rude not to Mingle. So have a chat with Meredith Monroe, Chris Pontius, David Koechner, Wee Man.

Me and Meredith Monroe (Andy in Dawsons Creek)

Me and Chris Pontiuos (Jackass and Wildboyz)

Me and David Koechner (Anchorman, Austin Powers, Dukes of Hazzard)

Me and Wee-Man (Jackass and Wildboyz)

Meredith Monroe (Andy in Dawsons Creek)

Then we see Juliette Lewis (co-star of the film) chatting with Quentin Tarantino. Jack Black is standing on his own so we go up and talk to Jack Black and Jill gets her photo taken with him.

Jack Black (Tenacious D, School of Rock, Shallow Hal)

Jill and Jack Black

There are also several directors here who I recognise but can’t put any names to faces. Then I finally get to meet Johnny Knoxville. We know feel we had a pretty good free ride today so decide to leave and head back to the hotel.
Info on film at this link
Like I said when I woke up we have to see a film crew and meet someone famous. The film Jerry Maguire was just starting so lay in bed and watch it until I fall asleep.


Blogger kateyay said...

that's exxcellent!!! oh wow! great pictures too! :)

i've been in scarborough, well, south shields too and having a mini holiday of rock. before all the work....i got flu though so i just went back to work today :(

anyway keep rocking!

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