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L.A. Premiere of 'The Matrix Reloaded'

I Like Red and Blue M&Ms; Don't Make Me Choose

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.

Everybody 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 hoo.

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.

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