Poul takes a dip

'Back-up Plan' director worries about L.A. audience

Jennifer Lopez made her way to Westwood’s Village Theater on April 21, and the kids were lined up around the block. And around the block next to that, and the block next to that, all hoping to get a glimpse of the dancer-turned-actress-turned-singer-turned-mother-turned-actress again. Oh, and J.Lo also had a movie to preem, “The Back-up Plan.”

Her director Alan Poul was nervous and, considering the situation, extremely honest. “Everyone warned me, about showing in Los Angeles, that all these people sit on their hands and just watch each other,” he said. “We played ShoWest for a very conservative bunch; there wasn’t a lot of continuous, rolling laughter.”

At the W party, co-star Michaela Watkins said she missed the red-carpet mayhem as she had to shoot an episode of “Parenthood.”

Regarding her movie gig, Watkins disclosed her foolproof plan for impressing “The Back-up Plan” producers and staying employed, “I seduced them the way I seduced boys in the ninth grade: I made them laugh.” – — Lisa Engelbrektson

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