×

Right on, Rosie!

'Won't Back Down' preems at the Ziegfeld

Producer Mark Johnson didn’t make it to Sunday’s premiere of his pic “Won’t Back Down,” but a mob of angry protesters did.

The vocal crowd made up of teachers and parents stationed themselves just outside the Ziegfeld Theater to voice their objections to pic’s portrayal of teachers’ unions and parent-trigger laws, among other things.

Chants got personal when pic’s Rosie Perez made her way down the outdoor red carpet, enclosed in black drapes.

Rosie Perez — do the right thing!” protesters yelled.

“I’m not surprised about the yelling and screaming,” thesp said. “It was my main reason for doing this film.”

The 20th Century Fox pic, which stars Maggie Gyllenhaal and Viola Davis as mothers trying to turn around their children’s failing school, recently screened at both the Democratic and Republican conventions in order to stir the education reform debate.

At the New York Public Library afterparty, helmer Daniel Barnz expressed disappointment that Johnson missed the preem due to his “Breaking Bad” Emmy nom. “I think for him deciding between both events was like ‘Sophie’s Choice.’ It was just awful,” Barnz said.

Popular on Variety

More Scene

  • Jessica Biel Limetown Premiere

    Why 'Limetown' Star & Producer Jessica Biel Thought the Show Was Based on a True Story

    In a world of increasingly outlandish headlines, the story behind “Limetown” — in which an entire community in rural Tennessee disappears overnight — seems plausible. Even Jessica Biel, who executive produces and stars in the Facebook Watch television adaptation of the hit 2015 podcast, was initially convinced that it was real. “I just thought I [...]

  • Yahya Abdul-Mateen II Watchmen

    Yahya Abdul-Mateen II Talks 'Watchmen,' 'Matrix 4': 'I'm Not Nervous At All'

    Yahya Adbul-Mateen II is facing some serious pressure. The actor is in the middle of a massive career surge, taking on roles in HBO’s “Watchmen” and the upcoming “Matrix 4” — and with those roles, the expectations of their fans.  “I have the responsibility of upholding something that was already done while also bringing in [...]

  • David Lindelof Watchmen Premiere

    'Watchmen' Creator Damon Lindelof Weighs in on Martin Scorsese's Marvel Criticisms

    Damon Lindelof disagrees with Martin Scorsese about his recent claims that Marvel movies don’t qualify as cinema. The director’s proclamation, along with the polarized critical reception of “Joker,” are the latest salvos in a long history of questioning comic book movies’ place in cinematic history. The lingering question: Can superhero fare be considered “high art?” [...]

  • Anne Hathaway Modern Love

    Anne Hathaway Talks Mental Health Awareness, Playing a Bipolar Woman on Amazon's 'Modern Love'

    In Amazon Prime’s upcoming “Modern Love,” Anne Hathaway sheds light on an important facet of living with mental health issues, playing a bipolar woman who struggles with dating. “We’re all becoming more sensitive, wiser and more cognizant of gentility, and especially emotional gentility. I think those conversations are starting to happen. And I think the desire [...]

  • Margot Robbie, Nicole Kidman, Charlize Theron.

    Charlize Theron Could Win Second Oscar for Playing Megyn Kelly in 'Bombshell'

    Charlize Theron walked on stage before a screening of “Bombshell” at West Hollywood’s Pacific Design Center on Sunday night and announced to the crowd, “I’m about to s— myself.” The Oscar winner had good reason to be nervous. The screening of the Jay Roach-directed drama about the fall of Fox News boss Roger Ailes was [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content