“Zsazsa Zaturnnah zoars,” writes Gibbs Cadiz. Through his intercession, and with the kindness of Vince de Jesus, yours truly got invitational tickets to yesterday’s premiere night showing of the movie starring Alfred Vargas, Chokoleit, Rustom Padilla, and Zsazsa Padilla. The premiere night turned out to be a premiere nightmare.
With excited anticipation I was already in SM Megamall when the clock struck 6, and thought I had a full hour before the published start time of the movie, which is 7:00 PM. With all the prim and proper I could muster I queued up by 6:30 PM outside Cinema 10. Then came 7:00… 8:00… 9:00… 10:00…. Without belaboring the issue, up till 11:00 PM (yes, more than 4 hours of standing and waiting) the movie had not started yet. There were mentions that they were waiting for the prints (or was it the permit?) but the bottomline was that the audience was made to wait for more than 4 hours.
I realized that however fantastic the movie may turn out to be, it won’t be able to appease my being made to wait such long hours. So I decided to silently, even respectfully, walk out of the moviehouse. Three of my friends decided to stay on.
This morning, one of those friends who stayed on texted me: “The movie was fun — too bad it stopped midway, and again the audience was made to wait (for the 2nd half of the film to arrive).” It was 1:00 AM and the audience probably felt the same way I did when I left — so they did too, much to Mother Lily’s dismay. She was apparently seen instructing the guards to ask the audience walking out to come back since the movie has not finished yet.
Sh1t happens, and too bad for Zaturnnah, it actually did. At least for this premiere night, Zsazsa did not zoar. Zsazsa Zaturnnah Zemplangz.
UPDATE: Carlo Vergara, creator of Zaturnnah, himself was pissed with this premiere night shenanigan.
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