May 20, 2005

FOX Hunting in Central Park.

I hear that the FOX Upfront at the Boathouse was a real mess.
Big Rick got in, then kicked out. Nicolas was hounded by multiple security guards. Dara seemed quite irate with the situation. Leave some comments about how the whole thing went down.
Pamela Anderson wasn't cooperative from what I hear.

1 comment:

ZePhotog said...

Yeah that was a good example of what not to do if you want to keep your event under control...

First they tell everybody that if you're not on hteir list you're welcome to stay but there's no guarantee you'll be able to shoot...

Then we cross check their list and ours, wipe out the "more-than-welcome" photogs and the rest of us gets in, large enough space, but I noticed one thing right away : NOT CLOSED... Gonna be a cluster fuck !!!

Once the approved photogs are lined up, the "more-than-welcome" ones come in and try to find themselves a spot, it's somewhat difficult but still going on fairly easy until the publicist decides that there are too many people in the photogs area and that some of you have to go !!!

Rick's size makes him a target of choice and he is the first one to be "asked to leave", shirtly followed by Dara who probably had the bad luck of making eye contact on the seek and estroy publicity special unit...

It's slowly but surely getting out of control, this is gonna be a mess before long...

and sure enough, if at first they were trying to keep the line from growing out of the backdrop area and somewhat contained, it quickly turned into a run for your pic fuck fest with everyone running around to snap here and there until Pamela got there...

That's when the real fun started, they pushed everyone back into the arrival area and she started running the carpet with her sunglasses on, blowing right by the first third of the line...

No usable picture whatsoeverfor us... Then from far away we see her taking her glasses off and starting to pose properly with the cast of her series... But we can't reach over there because it's already 5 rows deep of hungry photogs !!

the publiscist's saying not to move, that she's coming back to pose without her glasses for us too... OK, let's play by the rules then...

So I wait and she turns the corner, keeps posing up a storm, everybody's getting the picture but us... I ask the publicist again, she keeps saying we're gonna get her...

then off she goes to Tv interviews, looks like we're not gonna get her then... But after the first TV interview, hop, another photo op at the other end of the carpet...

Off I go to try and get 1 picture at least, one half decent headshot...

And as I approach the area a guy that looks so much like security that he has to be security tells me I can't go there... I'm like : "I'm getting in there because everyone but me is and I didn't get a pic"... Not gonna argue with security !!!

I'm surprised because the guy doesn't try to stop me, so I get in there too late for the photo op but she's doing another interview, I might get a few heads from the interview and then I feel a tap on my shoulder, I turn around and here's my guy with 2 Wookies getting in a "you have to leave now" loop... He probably told me that about 20 times... So I get a little pissed : "Hey I understand english and I got the I have to leave part, but since I played by the rules and got screwed and have no picture, If you want me out of here go get a publicist and we'll see what to do..."

But that stupid fuck wasn't security, he was a publicist !!! And that made me wonder... I thought in the stupidity order security was at the bottom of the pit and publicists were somewhat higher up, but this one, for some reason probably failed the security recruiting tests and ended up being a publicist for Fox... Then again it's Fox, there may lay the answer to my questions...

Pretty soon the 2 Wookies became 4, then 6 then 8... up till a cop came up to me asking me to leave with all the Wookie army right on his tail, their eyes alive with a strong desire for me to do the wrong thing so they could beat the shit out of me...

Kenny had a great moment then : "It's only Pamela, is it really worth it ?"

Wish they'd gone to the National Guards or the Marines though, would have been fun to be escorted out by a batallion of Seals !!!