HOLLYWOOD — Talk about full throttle, pedal to the metal.
Wednesday’s Chinese Theater launch of “Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle” was the summer’s first full-blown, mega-bucks premiere.
The preem had all the over-the-top glamour elements: Hollywood Boulevard blocked from Highland to La Brea; thousands of fans pressed six deep at the barricades chanting “Angels! Angels!”; news helicopters circling. “ET” alone had five crews.
“I feel like I’ve been embedded in ‘Day of the Locust,’ ” cracked thesp Taylor Negron.
The Angels’ arrivals were upstaged by Demi Moore and the men in her life: Moore, ex-husband Bruce Willisand her new boyfriend Ashton Kutcher didn’t exit their limo together until 8 p.m. — a full half hour after the film’s scheduled start — by which point the red carpet was already clear of pic’s star trio. Talk about old pros using old tricks.
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Preem appeared to be the hottest ticket in town — especially for agents and managers who didn’t want their young talent swimming unescorted among rivals — which only added to the feeding frenzy surrounding the festivities. “We had to keep hammering to get tickets,” one agent sighed. The after-party across the street was done in a “sexy club” theme with dozens of scantily clad pole dancers; a packed dance floor; and an erotic 20-minute performance by the Pussycat Dolls with Carmen Electra and Kelly Osbourne guesting.
“This is big summer entertainment,” said Sony’s Amy Pascal. “That’s what the premiere is about; that’s what the movie is about; and that’s what the entertainment industry is supposed to be about.”
Among those at the Along Came Mary-designed bash that closed at 1 a.m. only because of neighborhood noise regulations were Sony’s John Calley, Jeff Blake, Geoffrey Ammer and Yair Landau; producers Nancy Juvonen and Leonard Goldberg; director McG; co-stars Bernie Mac and Justin Theroux; plus guests Sumner Redstone, Sean “P. Diddy” Combs, Gwen Stefani, Samuel L. Jackson, Lawrence Bender, Steve Tisch, Amy Heckerling, Lou Pitt, Pink, Michael Barker, Tom Bernard and former TV “Angel” Jacyln Smith.