Ridley Pearson’s daughters are huge fans of Divergent so he along with them attended the March 4th, St. Louis premiere and ended up getting to walk the red carpet with them too. Pearson, a St. Louis native came in support of Divergent and chatted with the press while his daughters talked to friends and the stars of the night.
The Peter and the Starcatchers series he co-authors with Dave Berry was turned into a musical and has made its stage debut on Broadway already. Presently, Peter and the Starcatcher is showing at the Peabody Opera House, a local theater here in St. Louis. Watch the Broadway highlights reel below:
Also, last night Pearson admitted the Rock Bottom Remainders have come out of retirement too. An American rock and roll band, consisting of published writers, most of them both amateur musicians and popular English-language book, magazine, and newspaper authors was founded by Kathi Kamen Goldmark in 1992. When Goldmark died of breast cancer in 2012, the band made up of Ridley Pearson, Dave Barry, Stephen King, Amy Tan, Cynthia Heimel, Sam Barry, Scott Turow, Joel Selvin, James McBride, Mitch Albom, Roy Blount, Jr., Barbara Kingsolver, Robert Fulghum, Matt Groening, Tad Bartimus, Greg Iles, Aron Ralston, and honorary member Maya Angelou, the band thought they could never play again. In honoring her memory though and knowing they could raise money for good causes, they’ve found the musical spirit of sharing again. Pearson didn’t mention dates so check his website or the others up above for shows.
Most of all, how great is it to see so many authors supporting each other in this business of going from book to movie. You’ve got some pretty big names coming out to see your movie, Veronica Roth!
Ben Lloyd Hughes walked the red carpet for his new film, Divergent, last night, March 4th, in St. Louis, MO at Ronnie’s 20 and looked like such the proper gent in pinstripe, high-waisted trousers with white henley and brown dress shoes. His charming wit, easy and smart along with a cheeky grin and I was properly smitten.
He maneuvered the press line, giving intelligent, thoughtful responses to every question. Impressive lad! So tackling Psych 101 questions on the junket should be no problem, right. Right-O. True enough. My question about human nature and sorting didn’t slow him down at all.
He never stopped grinning and you can see how he thinks all of this experience is brilliant. The move from small scale to the big budget studio film has only made him more appealing. From Skins to Divergent, that’s a huge leap even when you do not consider change of countries.
After interviewing him, I’ve no doubt we’ll be seeing more of Ben on the big screen no matter how big of a box office draw Divergent becomes.
Christian Madsen walked the red carpet for his new film, Divergent, last night, March 4th, in St. Louis, MO at Ronnie’s 20 and stole my heart with his praise of Reservoir Dogs.
You know, Christian Madsen is son of Michael Madsen whom I love in Reservoir Dogs… actually there isn’t anything I do not adore about that film, yet it is wild to see Christian all grown up and acting when I remember his dad back then in that film. So of course, I had to ask… had he seen the film and since it is Quentin Tarantino we are talking about — at what age. Great answer, Christian… at least I think so!
Also, I didn’t get it on camera but when I asked him if I could interview him and record it, he was oh… why are you asking, are you going to ask me something personal… like what did you do last night? Funnily enough, caught on the spot as I was and since my question had to do with his father, I did respond… uhm sort of. He laughed at me long enough that I had to wait a bit before starting the interview on camera again. As you can see though, such a great guy who really knows what he wants out of this acting gig.
And Christian Madsen is yet another reason why we think Divergent is a must-see.
No one laugh, but seriously, sometimes it feels like St. Louis is in the middle of nowhere, like we truly are the gateway to the western side of the country and that’s all we get. Yeah… you know the arch, big ole arch-y landmark in St. Louis, it is nicknamed the ‘Gateway to the West’.
And well last night, I’ll admit it, St. Louis lived up to the gateway name, because as Christian Madsen and Ben Lloyd Hughes — two amazing actors from Divergent… and amazing in Divergent which I can say because yeah; I’ve seen the movie — made their way across country, they stopped in last night for a whole lotta red carpet love.
They were precious! Christian and Ben greeted fans with hugs, huge smiles and multiple-colored sharpies. They were dauntless in the face of a huge outpouring of fan appreciation, taking time for nearly every single person who had waited half the day to see them.
I was especially pleased to see Christian zig-zag between fans and press so that younger fans who had been standing for hours got some attention right away while Ben coddled the press. Both were such gentlemen, talkative and polite. Ben zipped through the press line supplying reporters with great quips and librarians who also were in the press line, lots of photos and quotes to promote reading even as Christian doled out hugs and staved off fan hysteria until Ben could circuit to them, freeing up Christian for the press. Overall, anyone who came last night to the premiere should have left happy. Those boys stayed late and hugged and mugged for so many fans!
Ridley Pearson, c0-author of Peter & the Starcatchers and local to the St. Louis area walked the red carpet with his two daughters too. I have another post planned later for him especially, because how could I not talk about another author fannishly participating in another author’s fandom?!
My apologies for the photos and their quality. My good camera came sans battery. Yep forgot to plug the battery into it after charging it. So the little point and shoot had to do.
Good news if these photos leave you wanting more — in the next two posts, you get my One Minute Red Carpetinterviews with both Christian and Ben. They talk shop, influences and if the human nature is so easily sorted like it is in Divergent.
Finally, when things on the red carpet died down and everyone was seated to watch the movie, Christian and Ben introduced the film, thanking the audience for coming out and making the night so special. They came prepared with St. Louis knowledge, cheering the Cardinals in their shout-out to the city. In their closing, they said they’d made the film for Veronica [Roth] and the fans so they really hoped we enjoyed it and would go tell all our friends about how they needed to see it. Although Ben added, ‘If you don’t like it, don’t say anything at all.”
No worries about that with me. You all need to see this film. Seriously, go get your tickets now, because yes they are on sale and you can purchase them! Wish I could rave about Divergent but no reviews until release day! Talk to you then… March 21st if you need the heads up.
And while I didn’t get to chat with him on video at Less Than Three, he did take the time to answer five questions exclusively for Fangirlish so we could give you some new scoop on the unstoppable force that is Grasshopper Jungle.
Beth: Okay, so pro-praying mantises? Those buggers are pretty menacing looking and freak most people out even though I hear they’re harmless, unless really, really provoked. So have you stirred up some bad mantis mojo? Andrew: I like praying mantises. A lot, actually. I used to keep them as pets when I was a kid. The weird thing about the mantis mojo is that this past summer, as we were all pushing toward the release of Grasshopper Jungle, praying mantises started popping up everywhere… I mean, more than I’d ever seen–in my garden, hanging around my front door. It even happened to my friends–my agent, Michael Bourret, and my editor, Julie Strauss-Gabel. It was weird.
Beth: Was the Chocolate War a life-changing, eye-opening book for you? Austin definitely feels affected by it. Andrew: Here’s the deal about The Chocolate War: I love Robert Cormier’s writing, and I own a first edition of The Chocolate War. That said, the reason the book is included in Grasshopper Jungle was not so much the influence of Cormier on me, but more so the influence of reactionary, cherry-picking book banning idiots who get alarmed over one singular idea or word in a book, without ever actually reading the entire book. It happened to me, and that’s exactly why I wrote that chapter called “Stupid People Should Never Read Books” — it was in reaction to Meghan Cox Gurdon’s Wall Street Journal attack on my novel The Marbury Lens, which I am certain she has never read beyond cherry-picking out a passage that included the word “penis.” The Chocolate War has been similarly targeted, for forty years now. Ridiculous. As far as Austin is concerned, just reading the book in the close-minded environment of his school nearly ruined his life.