One could almost consider writer, director, Richard Linklater an animated filmmaker. After all he did produce the rotoscope films, “Waking Life” and “A Scanner Darkly.” What the heck! He even provided a voice for the critically acclaimed animated feature "Beavis and Butt-head Do America." Naturally, I was delighted to enjoy his recent feature film, “Boyhood” that starred Patricia Arquette, Ethan Hawke and Ellar Coltrane. And, as expected, I loved the movie and it touched me on many levels Both as a kid and as a parent. So, it was truly icing on the cake to be invited to a Hollywood reception for the remarkable motion picture.
I’m not usually excited by Hollywood shindigs but this reception took place at the Chateau Marmont. If you know your Hollywood history nothing more need be said. The event was hosted by Diane Keaton, Frank Marshall, Jack Black, Sean Daniel, Julie Delpy and Jon Hamm. Not to upstage anyone, I purposely left my Bentley at home and arrived in my understated little Mazda. The Chateau Marmont is a pretty classy Hollywood landmark and non-guests are seldom welcome. I had heard the hotel was haunted so I kept an eye out for the ghost of John Bulushi but apparently, John was a no show. It was difficult to spot the stars at the star-studded event because it was so dark inside. However, I did manage to catch actress, Diane Keaton eyeing my wife, Adrienne’s hat. It seems Diane and Adrienne were the only women wearing hats. I really wanted to meet Jack Black but I couldn’t seem to find him in the murky gloom. I was hoping to have a brief chat with Mr. Linklater but I simply found it too difficult to brave the crowd in the hotel. Oh well. Another time, perhaps. On a positive note, we did have a delightful conversation with actor, David Hedison and his daughter, Alexandra who is also a movie producer.
As we headed out of the hotel doors, my wife picked up a “goodie bag” that included a DVD of Richard Linklater’s wonderful movie. This was simply another one of the “big shot events” we’ve attended, and for the life of me I still don’t know why I’m even invited to these Tinsel Town events. Hardly a celebrity, it does provide an opportunity to meet some pretty remarkable people, and that’s pretty cool. I realize it’s something not everyone gets to do so I’m enjoying the ride for as long as it lasts.