Monday night Eric and I left work at 5:30 (hey, did I ever mention that our office buildings are right next to each other?) and walked one block north to the Ziegfeld to celebrity-watch at the 50/50 movie premiere.
Red carpet all set up for the 50/50 premiere
Things got started a little later than we expected so we had a bit of a wait, but we did get to see Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Seth Rogen, Anna Kendrick, Anjelica Huston and Bill Hader! Seth and Anna came over to greet the crowd, which was quite nice - they each spent a while signing autographs and taking pictures. Joseph and Anjelica just waved as they went in, and Bill Hader just always shows up at these sorts of things and goes straight inside.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen
I have to say, when we used to do this all the time I don't remember the crowds being that bad. I mean, it was crowded, sure. But everyone seemed to be fairly respectful and polite. The past couple of times we have done this, however, the crowds have been loud, crass, rude, disrespectful and "pushy," which frankly, is an understatement. It really is making it not much fun anymore, so I can't say how many more of these celeb-watchings are in our future. This time, the autograph-seekers were so awfully pushy, even Seth Rogen called them out on it. They just all swarm in from the back when the celebrity comes over to the crowd and shove things in their faces, not caring who they trample, elbow, push, shove, etc. in the process. Seth Rogen at one point said, "sure, I'll sign for you, but not if you're sticking things in girls' faces." Way to go, Seth!
Poor Seth getting irritated and pushing the papers, pictures, etc. out of his face
I do have to say, though, I might be convinced to deal with the pushy autograph folks at least one more time if Ides of March premieres at the Ziegfeld - Ryan Gosling and George Clooney? Yes, please!
I do think 50/50 looks like a good movie, so we'll probably check that out one of these weekends. Are you planning to see it?