The Interpreter Premiere

The big event tonight was the premiere of the “Interpreter” starring Nicole Kidman and Sean Penn. It was the opening feature of the Tribeca Film Festival, an institution founded by Robert Deniro in the wake of 9/11. From an entertainment reporter’s perspective, it was a “perfect storm” of people who don’t like getting their picture taken. Nicole Kidman, Robert Deniro, and Sean Penn all appeared on the carpet. However, they shot down the carpet with such speed that one photographer likened them to jets taking off from an aircraft carrier.

Here’s Nicole running by.
Nicole Kidman

And at least Robin Wright Penn turned to look as Sean Penn barrelled past.
Sean Penn

Robert moved a little more slowly than usual. It is however the first night of the festival. In a couple of days, he’ll be breaking land speed records at the Bonneville Salt Flats.

Robert Deniro

Fans of these actors might be willing to cut them some slack. In truth though, these actors are wasting the time of close to 100 working people who have to cover the event. For still photographers, this requires arriving up to 10 hours before the premiere to hold a spot. We don’t look forward to this kind of thing.

To be the contrarian though, Sheryl Crow worked the carpet very nicely. She NEVER does this and avoids most news coverage of her events. I have no idea why she chose differently tonight, but it was a refreshing change. Also, mad props out to Naomi Watts, Mariah Carey, Ted Turner, Kyle MacLachlan, and Elle MacPherson for allowing good pictures to be made tonight.

Sheryl Crow

A few blocks away, Time held a party at its gleaming Time Warner Center for its 100 Most Influential People issue. Jon Stewart performed and worked the arrivals line properly. He’s as cool in person as he is on TV.

Jon Stewart