Hanging Out with Todd Lieberman at His Very Engaging Hollywood Premiere of The Proposal

The Proposal and UPenn

This past Monday, I attended the Hollywood premiere of Producer and good friend Todd Lieberman’s (C’95, Mask and Wig, AEPi) film The Proposal at Hollywood’s El Capitan Theater.  (Photo to right (l to r): Todd and I)

Before I get to the actual Hollywood “scene” of this premiere, I have to say that I really enjoyed this movie and it feels good to know that a guy I call one of my best friends is glowing at the response of having a hit movie on his hands.  The casting was right on the money with Sandra Bullock, Ryan Reynolds, and Betty White (plus a great scene stealer from “The Office”‘s Oscar Nunez). Not only were there many funny scenes due to the pleasantly awkward tension between Bullock’s and Reynolds’ characters, but there was some great heart to the film as well. Definitely a great date movie.

Here’s a good summary summary of the movie (per Yahoo Movies):

“When high-powered book editor Margaret faces deportation to her native Canada, the quick-thinking exec declares that she’s actually engaged to her unsuspecting put-upon assistant Andrew, who she’s tormented for years. He agrees to participate in the charade, but with a few conditions of his own. The unlikely couple heads to Alaska to meet his quirky family and the always-in-control city girl finds herself in one comedic fish-out-of-water situation after another. With an impromptu wedding in the works and an immigration official on their tails, Margaret and Andrew reluctantly vow to stick to the plan despite the precarious consequences.”

Now onto the afterparty…

Some highlights included catching up with other Penn alumni including Todd’s wife Heather (Zeegen) Lieberman (C’94, SDT), and actress Elizabeth Banks (C’96) and her husband and film producer Max Handelman (C’95, AEPi).

And then I saw a bunch of celebs, but decided to approach only two.  And before I tell you what I said, I fully acknowledge the awkwardness in my attempt at conversation with some of these celebrities, yet in the following 2 cases, I felt the need to approach them:

Betty White and The Proposal

  • I said hello to Jesse James and complimented him on how well he performed in this past season’s “Celebrity Apprentice”. He was very nice and thanked me. While his wife Sandra Bullock was right beside him in another conversation, I decided to save my “you were great in the movie” comment and walk away with my dignity.
  • I had to say hello to “Golden Girl” Betty White. She was extremely nice and approachable and I thanked her for all the years of laughter she brought to me (I know this sounds really cheesy, but it was sincere). She was very gracious and agreed to take a picture with me.

The Proposal hits theaters on June 19.

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