by Scoobie Davis
Quasi-crashing the Batman Begins Premiere After-Party
This time, I was semi-legit. Here's the story: I have a friend who had an invitation to the premiere and after-party (I can't go into detail because I want him to remain anonymous). He took his girlfriend to the premiere and she wasn't sure if she wanted to go to the party. He told me to meet with him and his girlfriend after the screening and they would let me know if she wanted to go to the party. If not, I could go in her place.
After the screening, she said she didn't want to go. This isn't fullblown crashing but party tickets are not transferable (the party ticket read "Strictly non-transferable") and I wasn't supposed to be admitted. I just hoped they didn't ask for names at the door. They didn't.
It was held at the Hollywood and Highland Grand Ballroom. We had an okay time. Wolfgang Puck catered the party. It just seemed like a Hollywood party, not a Batman-themed party.
Warner Brother must have spent a fortune for four huge 15 to 20 foot tall bat wings. They could have better utilized the money to give party guests some cool Batman swag. I hope that doesn't sound too presumptuous considering that I wasn't invited. If the studios were smart, they would hire me as a party consultant; I know what works and what doesn't.
UPDATE: I didn't see Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise at the party. I saw Christian Bale leaving the screening. I wasn't focused on the actors; I hoped to see Neal Adams or one of the DC crew but didn't.