incredibleswp.jpgI was invited at the last minute, last night, to attend the world premiere party for THE INCREDIBLES. Antran Manoogian (president of ASIFA-Hollywood) had an extra pass and gave me a call (Thanks Antran – I guess it really does pay to be a member of ASIFA!) and luckily I could go – actually, I’m facing deadline hell on a few assignments, but who can turn down a once in a lifetime opportunity like this!Get ready, I’m going to name drop. This was one of those big events, under a tent in the parking lot of the El Capitan theatre on Hollywood Blvd. I saw Jon Voight, Paul Dooley, Jeff Garlin, Sarah Vowell, Craig T. Nelson, Samuel Jackson, Edie McClurg, John Lasseter and Michael Eisner from afar… Tons of celebrities… Antran and I met up with and talked to Matt Groening, and we’ve hopefully convinced him to be a presenter at the Annie Awards in January. He seemed up for it. Then we ran into friends whom we talked with a bit: Bill & Sue Kroyer, Pixar’s Joe Ranft, Teddy Newton and met Lou Romano. I think I’m forgetting who else I talked to and saw… mainly because we closed the place talking to the man of the hour, Brad Bird (who reads the Brew regularly… and said everyone up at Pixar reads it too). I had only met Brad once before, we had lunch in 1995 or so… but he remembered exactly where we ate!What a night. An incredible party for an incredible movie. Gotta get sleep…

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