The 2016 Turner Classic Movies Film Festival: Even More Adventures in Paradise – Part 2
The adventure continues . . .
At the last two TCM Film Festivals, I had an “Essential” pass, which allowed me to walk the red carpet for the opening night film. For this event, you get all gussied up and kind of rub elbows with the stars. Only trouble is, you’re hustled so quickly down the carpet, you really don’t get to see anyone. At least I didn’t.
But this year was a whole ‘nother thing! This time, I covered the red carpet from the bleachers, which was a total blast! Kim and I sat behind Jessica of Comet Over Hollywood and Angela of The Hollywood Revue, who added to the fun!
First off, the event was hosted by Sean Cameron, Vice President of Studio Production for TCM, who is, bar none, one of the most entertaining people I’ve ever come across. He was the perfect emcee, and kept the bleacher fans in stitches with his winning personality, sparkling wit, and razor-sharp sense of humor.
For a long while, we just applauded and woo-hooed for the passholders walking the carpet on their way into Grauman’s Chinese Theater to see the opening night film, All The President’s Men (1976). Meanwhile, we could see the line of celebrities slowly making their way toward us, as they stopped to be interviewed and photographed by the members of the press. At last, the celebrities reached the eagerly waiting bleacher fans, and most stopped for a brief exchange with Sean Cameron.
It was a great thrill to see the celebrities close up – talk about star-struck! Here are pictures of some of the many stars who passed by, almost close enough to reach out and touch (I also included the name of each star’s film(s) that aired at the festival or, if their film was featured, I provided the films they introduced).
Hope you enjoyed sharing my red carpet experience! Stay tuned for more from the 2016 TCM Film Festival…