World premiere to move from London to L.A.
LONDON — Volcanic ash is kicking the “Iron Man 2” world preem across the globe from London to L.A., due to continued hazardous flight conditions.Paramount and Marvel Ent. said in a statement: “Due to the continuing air travel uncertainty, Paramount Pictures and Marvel Entertainment have taken the decision to move the ‘Iron Man 2’ world premiere and junket to Los Angeles. A press release will be issued in due course advising of this event and confirming talent attendance.” The film, which stars Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett Johansson, Mickey Rourke and Gwyneth Paltrow, was due to preem in the Blighty capital on April 25. The Icelandic volcanic eruption, which has been wreaking havoc across Europe since Thursday, has kept many film bizzers from travelling to and from the continent. Last week, many delegates at Mip TV event were left stranded in Cannes and unable to return home after flight delays and cancellations across many airlines. Events have some execs worried about travel to the Cannes Film Festival, due to commence May 12. In the U.K., all flights in and out of the country have been suspended since April 15 when wind patterns carrying the volcanic ash into the atmosphere impaired visibility and made air travel unsafe. Some reports say airports may re-open tomorrow from Scotland, heading south, but this is yet to be confirmed.