Tuesday, May 28, 2024

“Nightmare Alley” Press Nightmare as Stars Bradley Cooper, Cate Blanchett MIA, Director Del Toro Combined Into Group Q&A


Today’s virtual press junket for Guillermo del Toro’s “Nightmare Alley” turned into a nightmare.

Both stars Bradley Cooper and Cate Blanchett are completely MIA and not participating. Cooper was never on the docket, Blanchett was. But she was up at 3:30 this morning and Zoomed in from London for the Q&A after the premiere at Alice Tully Hall, so she’s probably sleeping now. Still, it’s kind of crazy that the film’s two big stars aren’t doing press.

On top of that, del Toro was originally offered in a solo Q&A to press in an invite to the Critics Choice Association. But this morning Searchlight Films sent out a message that del Toro was being combined with actors Rooney Mara and Richard Jenkins. It’s very unusual for a director of del Toro’s importance not to do his own Q&A. Also missing from the entire press junket is screenwriter Kim Morgan, who’s never written a movie before but recently married del Toro.

None of this should come as any surprise to the press. We were told that there was “absolutely not” going to be a reception or event after last night’s screening. And yet, as the audience poured out of the Alice Tully theater, it was clear that certain guests were being herded upstairs to a private party. Both directors Wes Anderson and Joel Coen were spotted, as well as actress Gina Gershon. The lobby was suddenly filled with press people who’d attended the screening but were now told by security that the building was closed to them, and to get out fast.

Nightmare indeed!

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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