It’s like old times for Al Gore. He was in L.A. Tuesday night, D.C. on Wednesday, then on to Cannes on the 20th. N.Y. on the 24th. and — ?
No, he’s not running again for President — but he could — judging by the reception he received at the Directors Guild in L.A., May 16 for the premiere of Paramount Classics’ “An Inconvenient Truth.”
He received a standing ovation from the sro, celeb-heavy audience on his arrival at the theater, repeat applause as he made opening remarks and introduction of director Davis Guggeheim.
We brought grandson Ryan Rosenblum, 10, to see Gore’s powerfully-accurate and unique movie. After all, it is his generation which will have to deal with the globally warmed-over planet earth we are bequeathing to them.
He sat next to me during the movie and never squirmed during the entire 95 minutes. Afterwards, I asked him about the movie. He said he not only liked it but that he would tell his friends to see it — and he would see it again.
“It was really shocking,” he said in his most serious ten-year-old voice. “It’s shocking to actually see what’s happening to the glaciers, the oceans, what will happen to the cities.” He thought the visuals — including some cartoons, of course — were enormously effective.
On Wednesday, he brought the copy of Al Gore’s book, “An Inconvenient Truth,” to his school. It was one of the items in the goody-bag given away after the party. It was hosted generously by Hewlett Packard, and guests entered the DGA building via green carpet and the Poko-catered menu was all eco-friendly — organic foods, free-range chicken, etc…
Hewlett-Packard staffers carried portable laptops to test guests on their carbon footprints. After seeing results, some said they’d next buy a hybrid.
Paramount Specialty Film’s John Lesher welcomed the preemgoers who included Ed Begley Jr., Albert Brooks, Mike Farrell, Daryl Hannah, Stacy Keach, Christine Lahti, Sharon Stone, Sharon Lawrence, Rob Reiner, Meg Ryan, Gary Shandling, Lily tomlin and producers Laurie David (and husband Larry), Lawrence Bender, Scott Z. Burns, Lily Tomlin and David Duchovny.
Tuesday night’s D.C. screening was at the National Geographic Society theater and played to a tougher, bi-partisan audience including members of Congress.
Cannes, on the 20th, is at the Palais followed by a party at the Hotel Du Cap.
N.Y. preem on the 24th is followed on the 25th by a Town Hall Meeting with Al Gore, producers Laurie David and Lawrence Bender and James Hansen.
And then — Gore continues his global trek and mission to educate the world about global warming.
He tells me, “The movie is not a political issue. We just tell it as it is.”