Hello, there! My name is Preston Barta, and I am the features editor of Fresh Fiction and senior film critic at the Denton Record-Chronicle. My cinematic love story began where I was born: off planet on the isolated desert world of the Jakku system. It's there I passed the time scavenging for loose parts with my good friend Rey. One day I found an old film projector and a dusty reel of the 1975 film JAWS. It rocked my world so much that I left my kinfolk in the rearview (I so miss their morning cups of green milk) to pursue my dreams of writing about film. It wasn't long until I met two gents who said they would give me a lift. I can't recall their names, but one was an older man who liked to point a lot and the other was a tall, hairy fella. They got me as far as one of Jupiter's moons where we crossed paths with the U.S.S. Enterprise. Some pointy-eared bastard said I was clear to come aboard. He saw that I was clutching my beloved shark movie and invited me to the "moving pictures room" where he was screening the 1993 film JURASSIC PARK to his crew. He said my life would be much more prosperous if I were familiar with more work by the god named Steven Spielberg. From there, my love for cinema blossomed. Once we reached planet Earth, everything changed. I found the small town of Denton, TX, and was welcomed into the Barta family. They showed me the writings of local film critic Boo Allen. He became my hero and caused me to chase a degree in film and journalism. After my studies at graduate of the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, I met some film critics who showed me the ropes and got me into my first press screening: 2011's THE GREEN LANTERN. Don't worry; I recovered just fine. MAD MAX: FURY ROAD was only four years away.
A theater full of filmgoers and other prodigious fans descended upon Los Angeles’ Ace Hotel Theatre last night for the world premiere of AMERICAN ULTRA, starring Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart. Ticket holders and stargazers lined up for hours in the breezy 86-degree heat to catch a glimpse of the talents.
Hollywood stars assembled on the red carpet, including Eisenberg (THE END OF THE TOUR), Stewart (TWILIGHT), Topher Grace (THAT 70s SHOW), Connie Britton (NASHVILLE), John Leguizamo (MOULIN ROUGE!), Tony Hale (ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT) and Michael Papajohn (NIGHTCRAWLER). Although the carpet wasn’t limited to just the cast; screenwriter Max Landis (CHRONICLE), director Nima Nourizadeh (PROJECT X) and surprise guests Taylor Lautner (TWILIGHT), Jason Ritter (PARENTHOOD), Marc Webb (director of THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN) and Brett Dalton (AGENTS OF S.H.I.E.L.D.) all walked the prestigious carpet.
As soon as the stars walked the carpet, the crowd stormed in for refreshments and to hopefully locate their favorite stars for a quick pic before showtime. In fact, Topher Grace was not shy to taking photos or signing autographs, always welcoming it with a warm smile.
Once the feature started the theater roared with excitement, which played during the entirety of the film’s brisk 95-minute running time.
After the screening, the crowd took to the rooftop to attend the film’s after party. Lionsgate was kind enough to treat its guests to an open bar and bite-size horderves until 1 a.m. The stars and guests mingled with fans and celebrated the film’s much-anticipated Friday release.
Based on the screening that carried a thunderous applause long after the show’s last breath, the pleasure was all Los Angeles’.
All photos are courtesy of AMERICAN ULTRA‘s Facebook Page.