Los Angeles- Westwood in Los Angeles is generally known for UCLA, but in the movie biz, its where premieres happen.
The Will Smith project, "The Pursuit of Happyness", rolled out its red carpet last night with some heavy hitters in the industry. Mr. Smith had a few friends drop by, Tom and his new wife, Katie, Jennifer and her husband, Marc. That would be TomKat to the tabs and Jenny from the Bronx a.k.a. Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes, Jennifer Lopez and Marc Anthony.
The unusual foursome didn't do TV so only photographers stationed at the entrance to Mann Village Theater on Broxton Ave. got some snaps. Anything can happen at a Hollywood premiere, and it usually does. A couple years back at the same theater and at the same spot, I photographed Halle Berry getting Punk'd by Ashton Kutcher.
Some photographers must had the heads-up on the TomKat/Lopez-Anthony arrival as they staked out spots usually considered inferior to the one's further up the carpet. Photographers in general want to take photographs of the stars before they do video for ET/Access Hollywood. If you have to wait until after the interviews from TV, then you risk having the talent rush into the theater for the screening leaving little time for another round of pictures.
You win some, you lose some. Sometimes you're the windshield, sometimes you're the bug stuck on the windshield.
Will brought his whole family with him. And from the looks of it, he wants to keep the biz in the family. His son, Jaden, is in the film and on the poster. His other son, Trey, was in front of the camera interviewing talent for Access Hollywood. Will's wife, Jada Pinkett, has a pretty good career herself and time will tell if their daughter, Willow, will enter the biz.