Tinseltown transportation tries to outshine events

When Tom Cruise made his grand entrance at “Collateral’s” downtown L.A. preem Aug. 2, he didn’t do it in a traditional limo, but rather a sleek SUV befitting the urban warrior he plays onscreen. A few days later at “The Princess Diaries 2″ bow, the transport for helmer Garry Marshall and star Anne Hathaway was far more quaint; they were ferried around the Disneyland preem in a motorized surrey with a fringe on top.

“Simple Life 2″ star Paris Hilton, by contrast, arrived at the Teen Choice Awards in a cotton-candy pink ride the same weekend.

Clearly, there are some preem occasions when any old stretch won’t do.

Earlier this summer, the “Anchorman” cast hopped out of a mock Action News van at DreamWorks’ Chinese Theater bow, while Viggo Mortensen saddled up his horse TJ for Touchstone’s March 1 bow of “Hidalgo” at El Capitan in the heart of Hollywood.

Other times, stars have no choice but to make glamorous water landings onto the carpet, as epitomized by George Clooney and Catherine Zeta-Jones at the Venice Film Fest last September.

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