L.A. Premiere of 'The Matrix Reloaded'
I Like Red and Blue M&Ms; Don't Make Me Choose
By Kelly, Entertainment Reporter
Photos © GoodTimes-LA
n our quest to
find out the answer to the question, "What is the Matrix?,"
Janine and I went to hang out and watch the arrivals at the premiere of
The Matrix Reloaded on May 7.
The crowd was in a frenzy at Mann's Village Theatre in Westwood. A sea
of people surrounded the arrivals area two hours before the stars were
scheduled to make an appearance. Many kids around us were studying and
doing homework. After all, UCLA is just around the corner. Janine and
I had quite possibly the two most annoying, shrieking, screeching teenaged
girls behind us which made it almost unbearable. They insisted on screaming
at everyone to get their attention. When someone would wave, they thought
they were so cool. I nearly smacked them.
A man from a French cable channel came over to our section and asked
a few different people some fun trivia questions about the movie. Great.
Our mugs may have been appreciated in France.
By the time the stars actually began strutting down the black carpet
(should have had a green carpet, really), we found ourselves near the
front of a mob scene. (Help!) The only good thing was
that we were smack dab in front of the E! stage, so anytime someone stopped
to talk to the nerdy E! news guy, we had prime viewing.
in Hollywood and their mothers were there, I swear. It was ka-ray-zee.
The first stars we spotted were Andy Richter, Alyssa Milano, Maria Bello,
Amanda Bynes, and Rob Zombie. Others that followed included Sandra Bullock,
Demi Moore getting chummy with Charlie's Angels 2 co-star Lucy
Liu, and of course the stars of the movie. Keanu Reeves looked rather
dapper in a pinstriped suit. Jada Pinkett Smith showed up with hubby Will
Smith and their entourage of children. Laurence Fishburne and his wife
made the press rounds together. Hugo Weaving received a loud reaction
from the crowd.
On the other side of the crowd, I noticed some guy holding up a sign
that said HUGO. Said guy was also holding a huge Lord
of the Rings poster that contained signatures from nearly everyone
in the cast of LOTR. They had arrows pointing to a blank spot, evidently
where Hugo was supposed to sign. The guy never got Hugo's attention. Boo
When Keanu was in front of us and maybe fifteen feet away, posing for
the photographers, he hoisted himself halfway up on the barricade and
yelled something at the crowd which I couldn't hear thanks to the screeching
idiots behind me (something along the line of "how's everyone doing
tonight"). Everyone went bonkers and started pushing. Keanu thankfully
backed off and then went up to talk to the E! folks for a while.
What is the Matrix? I still don't have a clue.