As I briefly mentioned in an earlier post today, I noticed that my favorite local movie theater, the Vista, had a brand new marquee up today: The World Premiere of Twin Peaks: The Missing Pieces. These “pieces” are the long-awaited deleted and expanded scenes from the movie, Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me, along with certain deleted scenes from the series. They’ll all be available on the upcoming Blu-Ray that everyone can get in 2 weeks, but tonight was the World Premiere for the cast and crew to celebrate and enjoy what has been accomplished. So yeah – I saw that marquee this morning and immediately tried to figure out just how I’d be able to get there. My concerns were that the Vista is horribly situated for the non-invited (me) as there’s not much real estate to stand in as it’s fronted by Sunset Blvd, Hollywood Blvd and Virgil/Hillhurst. I also figured it would be mobbed, and who knew when the event would actually start?
Anyway, during the day I was using Twitter to investigate and determined the event started at 7pm; but was that the actual showtime or when guests were supposed to arrive? Unsure, and somewhat skeptical, after I got home, Larry helped convince me that we should just go for it. So we walked over to at least take pictures – sure enough, when we got there a little before 6, the setup was in place to welcome the cast and crew, and there was a bit of a to-do going on. Guess what!? We timed it perfectly and managed to find a perfect spot to stand that kept us in security’s good graces AND positioned us so that we saw all the stars walk right by us. IT WAS AMAZING.
Side Note: Back in 1990 (I believe), when Twin Peaks received a ton of Emmy nominations for its first season, I went with my pal Melanie to the Pasadena Civic Auditorium where the Emmys used to be held in the hopes of seeing many of these same cast members. NO dice then, when we were literally blocks away. So you see, I just had to wait 25 years or so to get a good view of these guys! TOTALLY WORTH IT.
Who Was There:
- Arrival at the Vista
- Ray Wise (Leland Palmer)
- Catherine Coulson (The Log Lady)
- Angelo Badalamenti
- Grace Zabriskie (Sarah Palmer)
- Leland and Sarah, reunited
- Mary Jo & Caleb Deschanel (Eileen Hayward, Director of Episodes)
- Miguel Ferrer (Agent Albert Rosenfeld)
- James Marshall (James Hurley)
- Angelo Badalamenti & Ray Wise
- Lenny von Dohlen (Harold Smith)
- Peggy Lipton (Norma Jennings)
- Madchen Amick (Shelly Johnson)
- Kimmy Robertson (Lucy Moran)
- David Lynch
- More Madchen Amick (Shelly Johnson)
- Russ Tamblyn (Dr. Jacoby)
- Sheryl Lee (Laura Palmer)
- Final Pics
With no further ado – the pics:
Arrival at the Vista
This first set of photos was taken when we first got on the scene. We had made it to the Vista and first approached from across the street, where Rudy’s Barbershop is located. I wasn’t positive we’d even be allowed closer, but we had to take a shot. So we got closer. Took some pics over on the Virgil side of the street before security shooed us away for “blocking the sidewalk” – but then there was a section where other non-ticketed folks were standing, and it ended up being perfectly located.
Ray Wise (Leland Palmer)
The first to arrive and immediately it was already worth it. I’ve already reported here on my mini-freakout over the fact he replied to me on Twitter, so seeing him in person was about just as incredible.