Saturday, June 2, 2012
Goodbye Promise...celebrities turn out for World Premiere! Christina de Rosa & Johnny "Roast Beef" Williams!
Gregor Collins stars in Hollywood-inspired flick!
The red carpet was rolled out, an anxious slew of paparazzi jockeyed for a perch curbside, and a stream of well-heeled guests paraded down the runway with high-voltage smiles.
As I noted later, it was such a pretty crowd in attendance.
A quick check of the guest list underscored why.
A smattering of popular actors from a couple of daytime soaps - such as "The Bold & The Beautiful" and "One Life to Live" - had turned out dressed-to-the-nines to attend the World Premiere of "Goodbye Promise" at the downtown Independent Theatre on Main Street.
I also spied show-biz acquaintances such as Christina de Rosa - and Tom Malloy - in the bustling crowd.
Christina's floral print cocktail dress suited her petite figure to a "t".
Video-taped exchanges on the red carpet may be viewed online at my YouTube Channel later this afternoon:
Gregor Collins & David Branin clip:
The atmosphere was electrically-charged, by the way, and for good reason.
In recent days, "Goodbye Promise" garnered good reviews from a film critic at the Los Angeles Times.
So, the filmmakers were excited at the prospect of unveiling their precious "labor of love" on excited fans who turned-out in full force.
Right off-the-bat, I spied Gregor Collins - co-writer and producer (who also stars) - dashing about attending to all the last-minute details to ensure the night's festivities went off without-a-hitch.
At one point, Collins - smartly-attired in a well-tailored suit, matching dress shirt, and designer tie - popped by to chat me up in-between meet-and-greets with the other celebrated invitees.
After all, folks were flying in from around the country to catch the opening, and show their wholehearted support for the project.
Tickets went quickly online, in fact, and the house was soon "sold out".
Director David Branin was also kind enough to grant me an impromptu interview on-the-fly.
Once inside, after excited effervescent ticket holders took their seats, Johnny "Roast Beef" Williams (Goodfellas & The Mask) warmed up the crowd - and rustled up laughs - with a round of spirited anecdotes about the "biz".
Since there were quite a few actors in the house, relaxing in comfy seats beyond the footlights, the material went over quite well.
Because "Goodbye Promise" is all about a struggling actor in Hollywood, the audience was primed and ready-to-go.
When the credits rolled, and the lights went up, there was a round of uproarious applause.
The jaded Hollywood types like it, alright.
The guests then strolled down the street to the after-party to mix-and-mingle and discuss the flick.
At this point, it became evident that the producers were operating on a tight budget.
At premieres, guests are usually wined-and-dined - with an open bar where the booze flows freely - on the house.
In this instant scenario - where the actors starring funded the project - film goers were invited to sip on Margaritas for $3.00 a glass.
And, sadly, there weren't any delectable finger foods - or scrumptious sweet treats - to nibble on.
In a way, the event mirrored the storyline of the feature film, you betcha.
The talent last night were ever-hopeful that their "baby" would garner rave reviews - and subsequently - catapult them into the limelight in Hollywood and International success.
Well, we'll see how it pans out.
My own review will follow in a day or two.