Hollywood Hits the Red Carpet

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Green Lantern Premiere: Outer space was the theme as a spaceship greeted guests on the black carpet for the premiere of Warner Bros.' Green Lantern at Grauman's Chinese. After watching the film based on DC Comics' glowing green do-gooder -- which opened to $53 million -- movie-goers headed to a nearby parking lot for the afterparty, where black and green crystal designs created an alien look. Star Blake Lively and her pals commandeered the photo booth as a DJ spun tunes inside a mock air-traffic-control tower (a film prop). Although Lively and co-star Ryan Reynolds received the lion's share of attention, fanboys were attracted to DC Comics writer Geoff Johns and artists Jim Lee and Ivan Reis. Not geeking out was Warners head Jeff Robinov, who said he didn't follow comics as a kid but got into them for his job. "What I like about DC characters is that they have more dimensionality," he said. "The Flash has time-travel components; Green Lantern has space; Superman has everything. That, to me, is exciting."  -- Borys Kit

Cars 2 Premiere
Cars 2 skidded into town with Hollywood Boulevard-blocking premiere screenings at both the Grauman's Chinese and El Capitan theaters. The massive afterparty, however, was the trophy winner for guests. The football field of nearby Hollywood High was converted into a 25,000-square-foot World Grand Prix attraction, filled with pedal cars, a bungee jump, an exhibit from Petersen Automotive Museum and food stations representing countries seen in the globe-spanning movie. "It's crazytown!" said composer Michael Giacchino, who brought his nieces to the film, which features the voices of Owen Wilson and Michael Caine. "Who does this? It's awesome."  -- Borys Kit