Fame was in the air Wednesday evening as the world premiere for "Big Miracle" rocked our Nation's Capital.
This "world premiere" was supposed to happen in Los Angeles, but the event, which benefitted T.A.P.S., became so huge in Washington, D.C., that the LAX soiree was cancelled.
And with big names, like Drew Barrymore and Vinessa Shaw, to first-timers showstoppers, like Ahmaogak Sweeney, the East Coast did not disappoint.
The movie is a true story (happened IRL in 1988) based around a small town in Alaska where "a news reporter (John Krasinski) recruits his ex-girlfriend (Drew) -- a Greenpeace volunteer -- on a campaign to save a family of gray whales trapped by rapidly forming ice in the Arctic Circle."
We give it two thumbs up! There are even some President Ronald Reagan and Tom Brokaw cameos. Definitely recommend.
"Big Miracle" World Premiere
Who: Drew Barrymore and her fiance, Will Kopelman; Actress Vinessa Shaw; Actor Ahmaogak Sweeney
What: World premiere of "Big Miracle"
When: Wednesday, Jan. 25
Where: AMC Loews Georgetown, Washington, D.C.; after-party at Sequoia restaurant on the Georgetown waterfront
Why: To benefit T.A.P.S., which was founded by Bonnie Carroll - who was featured in the film and played by Vinessa Shaw
More info: We think Ahmaogak Sweeney is a sweetheart. We met him, his dad and his sister. He is going to go far. Excellent young actor. And, Drew Barrymore was stunning. Afterward, she ate at Shake Shack. Yum!
Founded in 1994, T.A.P.S. has established itself as the front line resource to the families and loved ones of our military men and women. TAPS provides comfort and care through comprehensive services and programs including peer based emotional support, case work assistance, crisis intervention, and grief and trauma resources. Website: www.taps.org
Photo: Actress Vinessa Shaw - wearing an Amanda Wakeley dress with Jimmy Choo shoes, Stephen Webster jewels and a Whiting & Davis clutch.
Photo: Glittarazzi Reader Mary Leschper with Actor Ahmaogak Sweeney and his sister (right).
Photo: Drew Barrymore and her finance. (Drew was wearing a vintage Ports gown from 1961.) Credit: Mark Wilkins, glittarazzi.com
Photo: Glittarazzi Reader Mary Leschper and Actress Vinessa Shaw -- she plays Bonnie Carroll, the founder of T.A.P.S., in "Big Miracle."
Photo: Glittarazzi Co-founders Ali Lewis (left) and Kelly Ann Collins at Loews Theater in Georgetown, Washington, D.C., for "Big Miracle" premiere. Credit: Mark Wilkins, glittarazzi.com
BIG MIRACLE Red Carpet Gala Special Screening
January 25, 2012 | Washington, DC
6PM Red Carpet | 7PM Film | 9PM Private After Party with Cast
& the Big Miracle Host Committee
cordially invite you to attend the Gala Special Screening
Universal Pictures' and Working Title's
to benefit the
Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS)
Wednesday, January 25th, 2012
Red Carpet 6:00 PM | FILM 7:00 PM
AMC Loews Georgetown
3111 K Street NW Washington DC
Immediately followed by a
3000 K Street, Washington Harbour
U.S. Senator Mark Begich, Alaska
Michael Begler, Screenwriter, BIG MIRACLE
Stuart Besser, Executive Producer, BIG MIRACLE
Tim Bevan, Producer BIG MIRACLE
Bonnie Carroll, President & Founder, TAPS
Liza Chasin, Executive Producer, BIG MIRACLE
Peter Cramer, Co-President Production, Universal Pictures
Ken Duberstein, The Duberstein Group
Eric Fellner, Producer, BIG MIRACLE
Rick Finkelstein, Vice-Chairman and COO, Universal Pictures
Adam Fogelson, Chairman, Universal Pictures
Sloan Gibson, President, USO
Josh Goldstine, President Marketing, Universal Pictures
Steve Golin, Producer, BIG MIRACLE
Paul Green, Executive Producer BIG MIRACLE
Debra Hayward, Executive Producer, BIG MIRACLE
Jimmy Horowitz, President, Universal Pictures
Jeffrey Kirschenbaum, Co-President Production, Universal Pictures
Sergey I. Kislyak, Ambassador of the Russian Federation
Ken Kwapis, Director, BIG MIRACLE
Donna Langley, Co-Chairman, Universal Pictures
Cindy Lowry, Oceans Public Trust Initiative
Ron Meyer, President and COO, Universal Studios
Brandon & Laura Millet, GI Film Festival
Michael Moses, Co-President Marketing, Universal Pictures
Admiral and Mrs. Michael G. Mullen, Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
U.S. Senator Lisa Murkowski, Alaska
Wendy Pangburn, Pangburn Productions
Governor Sean Parnell, Alaska
Jeremy Renner, TAPS Ambassador
Carolyn K. Robinson, Owner & Producer, SprocketHeads LLC
Thomas Rose, Writer of "Freeing the Whales"
Michael Sugar, Producer, BIG MIRACLE
Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell, Alaska
John B. Wood, CEO, Telos
U.S. Congressman Don Young, Alaska
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