Junket is my new word for the week. I had never even heard of the word (amazingly) until yesterday when I actually went to one in LA for the movie, Whip It! starring Ellen Page and directed by Drew Barrymore.
Yesterday’s junket for Whip It! was a larger-than-life event that took place in the LA Derby Dolls’ Doll Factory in Historic Phillipino Town.
The excitement started out with Har Mar Superstar, aka Sean Tillman, performing the national anthem. I really didn’t pay much attention at the time so I didn’t realize that he was one of the actors in the movie (playing the coach to Juliette Lewis’s team) and that he has a song on the soundtrack called “Never My Love”.
Then the LA Derby Dolls Tough Cookies took the track against the Varsity Brawlers in the most publicized, over-the-top production for a practice bout ever. It was a thrilling bout that included a leg whip by Crissy Crassy and Leguna Beyatch, and at least one skater, Jacq Pot, flying over the rail. They will be playing again this Saturday for their regular season. The Tough Cookies won over Varsity Brawlers, one hundred and something to something less than that. Tough Cookies are currently undefeated, as are The Swarm (San Diego team).
Singer and actor, Landon Pigg, who plays Ellen Page’s boyfriend in the movie, performed the song “Hightimes” from the movie during half time. Again, I really didn’t pay much attention here, I was taking a look at the production booth, watching the emails fly in with questions for Drew.
At the end of the bout, the cast of the movie and Shauna Cross (aka the real Maggie Mayhem), skater and author of the book “Derby Girl” of which the movie is based, came out into the middle of the track for a Q&A session moderated by Axils of Evil, a popular KPCC radio host.
Here is the best photo I could get of the Q&A session with my camera phone right before it ran out of batteries.
Director and actor, Drew Barrymore plus Eve, Alia Shawkat, Landon Pigg, Zoe Bell, Har Mar Superstar, Juliette Lewis, Shauna Cross, Ellen Page along with LA Derby Dolls’ Rachel Piplica (aka the real Iron Maivon) and Kristen Adolfi (aka Crissy Crash) all shared the mic for an inspirational Q&A session. My favorite moment was when Juliette Lewis shared that she really just wants to work on her form (getting low and her starts to be specific).
I managed to walk away from the event with a a prize pack from Fox Searchlight that included promotional items including the soundtrack, the book (renamed to “Whip It!), pins, sweatbands, a cup and a t-shirt. Definitely a sweet package, but no celeb meetings. That’s fine, I would rather see them on the track.
I did find out that the reason that celebs don’t skate is that the insurance with the movie studios doesn’t allow or cover it. I guess Patricia Arquette tried to join LA Derby Dolls in the past.
The Whip It! soundtrack comes out today via Rhino Records and the movie also officially premieres today at the Grauman’s Historic Chinese Theatre.