Mistakes, misfires at ‘Mis’ preem
At the very least, it was a PR nightmare.
On the bright side (wonder of wonders), members of the mostly Filipino audience strode out of the theater smiling, laughing, even joking after the strictly invitational red carpet local premiere of “Les Miserables” at the Newport Theater of Resorts World Manila was cancelled on Wednesday night “due to technical difficulties.”
A slew of “Les Mis-fired” and “Les Mis-takes” quips and puns flooded cyberspace that same night.
On Thursday, actress Cherie Gil, who was at the premiere with friends Agot Isidro and Mylene Dizon, posted on Facebook a humorous take on the debacle: “Yesterday was a big fail.”
Apart from the cancellation, the actress confessed to a fashion faux pas that night: “Must remember: Never wear red [to any] premiere night … I matched not only the red carpet, but the sea of red seats in the theater. Fail!”
A photo of the three girl friends walking out of the theater was posted on Facebook.
Dizon tweeted: “Les Missed!”
Other celebrities spotted at the event: Brillante Ma. Mendoza, Leo Valdez, Bo Cerrudo, Nikki Coseteng, Liezl Martinez, Boots Anson-Roa, Pinky Amador, Cesar Montano, Miriam Quiambao, Markki Stroem, Karylle, Christian Bautista, Noel and Joel Trinidad, Victor Basa, Quark and Crystalle Henares, and Vicki Belo and Hayden Kho (yes, together) and Movie and Television Review and Classification Board Chair Eugenio “Toto” Villareal.
Mendoza jested that they should’ve played his film “Thy Womb” instead, since it had the same distributor as “Les Mis,” Solar Films.
During the long wait, muffled arguments emanated from the projection booth, with the word “technical” rising ominously above the exchange. At last, Solar head Wilson Tieng texted Rushes: “It’s not working.”
Gil said she was told that “the color grading didn’t match.” Filmmaker Raymond Red commented on Facebook the next day that the DCP data might have failed.
Whatever the reason, a few seconds after Tieng’s text, a disembodied voice broke the dreaded news.
Solar and Resorts World subsequently sent a short joint statement: “For any inconvenience caused, guests will be issued free replacement tickets to the regular screening of ‘Les Miserables’ at Newport Cinemas from Jan. 16 to 23.”
Universal Pictures has scheduled another premiere tomorrow (Monday) at SM Megamall.
Remember Sexy Starlet, who reportedly filched friends’ valuables in a party abroad? She is said to be in dire financial straits.
SS supposedly lived it up after marrying Wealthy Admirer, who soon got tired of her.
WA reportedly served SS divorce papers on her birthday.
On Wednesday, a false report made the rounds, claiming that Sen. Ramon “Bong” Revilla and Rep. Lani Mercado had met a vehicular accident.
Rushes tracked down Rep. Lani, who promptly denied the rumor: “I’m okay. I’m taping (the GMA 7 soap opera) ‘Paroa.’”
She then called Sen. Bong and assured Rushes, after verifying her husband’s safety: “He’s also fine and on his way to the premiere of his (new GMA 7 series) ‘Indio.’”
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