At the Igor premiere

On Saturday I attended the premiere and pre-show party for the new animated film, Igor, which comes to theaters next Friday, Sept. 19th. The cartoon flick features the voices of John Cusack, Molly Shannon, Jennifer Coolidge, Steve Buscemi and Arsenio Hall, all of which I was lucky enough to interview briefly while on the purple carpet (see my videos below). I also, interviewed the writer of the film Chris McKenna again, as well as the kid from Tropic Thunder, Brandon Soo Hoo.

Since I'm usually at the end of the press line, I only get one or two questions with the different stars and because I'm not with a network or publication, it's only me to work the camcorder, take photos and ask the questions. Also, in terms of respectability I usually get dissed because I'm just a blogger, but it doesn't help that I have a tiny pink Flip camcorder either.

First, here are some photos of me interviewing John Cusack, in one he's even teasing me by picking up and checking out my Igor media badge :)

However, John was a tough interview as were most of them actually, not elaborating on their answers or jiving with my jokes, but then again it was early in the morning on a Saturday and it was an overcast day and all. Steve Buscemi kind of mocked my voice and question at one point, but at least he was being playful and answered my questions fully. Jennifer Coolidge and Brandon Soo Hoo were the easiest to talk to. Sean Hayes and Eddie Izzard didn't even make it to the print part of the press line, so all I got was a photo, but I've seen Sean before. Anyway, here's the resulting video (please excuse my laugh):

I also captured this candid conversation between Cleavland natives Molly Shannon and Arsenio Hall, which occurred right in front of my spot in the press line:

Below are some other purple carpet photos:

Inside The Actor's Studio James Lipton

Sean Hayes and James Lipton

Steve Buscemi

Brandon Soo Hoo

Jennifer Coolidge

Eddie Izzard

More: I did a separate video, with more interviews from the event over at


  1. Great, great post. My wife and I enjoyed watching the videos as we are both big JC fans.

    Ok, time for a critique - you need to pull your hair up and wear more makeup. It' LA, baby.

  2. Hey Steve!

    Glad you liked it. More makeup? I wasn't wearing any, lol. Press check in was at 8:30 a.m. so I was up around 7:45 on a Saturday and had been out the night before so wasn't putting too much effort into it :) Otherwise I tend to try and glam it up some more, like I did with the Hilary Duff interview.

  3. I WAS THERE TOO!!!!!!!!!! I won a trip from OK magazine, so it was a thrill to see all the videos. Had a blast!

  4. Well that was facinating. It is very interesting to see all the cameras and lights.
    And what fun to have an opportunity to talk to John Cusack!Lucky you! :D

  5. seriously tara i want your job, you always get to go to the coolest things i love it. and the videos are awesome.

  6. katelin, you are right - who is better than Tara?

    Seriously, I have read this blog since it was NYC and I think her new career in LA is a lot more interesting. It's amazing how much a person we can all relate to now has access to so many celebs!

  7. Awesome job Tara! You're a natural

  8. You are very good in front of the camera!!!!! Love John Cusack btw.

  9. OMG that was amazing, seeing you talking to all those stars! Thanks for sharing these with me. I live in KS and rarely get to *see* stars unscripted.

  10. OMG!!
    u get to see brandon
    u should make another interview with him
    cant wait
    love him so much

  11. i love brandon soo much you really should make an other interview with him