'Despicable Me' premiere reuses 'Eclipse' prop

Bumping into a little yellow minion at Sunday’s “Despicable Me” preem party could not be avoided. Held in a big white tent atop the L.A. Live parking structure, the fete also featured the same big Halloween moon that had previously been the decor centerpiece for last week’s “The Twilight Saga: Eclipse” gala opening. Why waste a good moon? After all, in “Eclipse,” werewolves come alive under the moon. In “Despicable Me,” Steve Carell’s Gru tries to steal the moon.

For the animated “Despicable Me,” it was a first introduction for some of the film’s real-life actors. Miranda Cosgrove, voice of Margo, said she’d never met her “Despicable” cast until Sunday. Overall, it was a lonely process, she said, since most of the crew was off in Paris making the film: “There were a few people in the sound booth, but for the most part it was just me alone and I’d meet people going in and out, like Julie Andrews.”

Chris Renaud’s kids were very impressed with their helmer dad as they played with the pic’s ubiquitous yellow toy. “But it’ll be gone by tomorrow,” Renaud said of their newfound attitude. He also weighed in on all those minions that guests kept running into. “It was really important that they be cute,” said Renaud, who co-helmed with Pierre Coffin. “Because they’re not that evil, more incompetent.” — Lisa Engelbrektson

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