Question: why did X-Men Origins: Wolverine premiere in Tempe Arizona of all places?

Hugh Jackman was said to have originated the idea with the premise of showing appreciation to their fans by having a vote contest as to who might want to have a Hollywood style premiere in their town of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, on April 27.

I voted but no one seemed to care about where I live, but the two top contenders, after the voting was all said and done, were Davis, CA and Tempe AZ, with Tempe barely winning out in the end.  Maybe Vic should of had all the Screen Rant readers vote for his town so he could have had his own in-town premiere…

For those who Live in a cave don’t know, X-Men Origins: Wolverine is the first chapter in the X-Men saga, uniting Wolverine with several other legends of the X-Men universe in a battle against powerful forces determined to eliminate mutants.  Twentieth Century Fox releases the film everywhere May 1, 2009.

Pulling Out All The Stops

Tempe’s residents, schools, businesses, and a major cinema emporium pulled out all the stops to prepare for this World Premiere of X-Men Origins: Wolverine, at Harkins Temple Marketplace 16.

Harkins Theaters donated the entire complex, 16 auditoriums in all, to hold the event.  (You see, now that’s showing a film properly.  I wonder how many of the different endings to Wolverine were shown.)

Who showed up ?

From the film: Hugh Jackman, Liev Schreiber, Ryan Reynolds, Will.i.am, Taylor Kitsch, Lynn Collins and director Gavin Hood.  Celebrity Guests of the event were Shaquille O’Neal, Matt Leinart, Alice Cooper and comic book legend, Todd MacFarlane.

In the meantime, here are some pictures of the X-Men Origins: Wolverine premiere.  It’s as if you were really there.  .. Or not.

Hugh Jackman makes an entrance

Hugh Jackman

Liev Schreiber

Actors Taylor Kitsch (Gambit) and Liev Schreiber (Victor Creed)

Wolverine director Gavin Hood

Producer Lauren Schuler-Donner, CEO of FFE Tom Rothman, Director Gavin Hood and producer Ralph Winter

Hugh Jackman signs autographs for the lucky fans

Wolverine cast: Hugh Jackman, Ryan Reynolds, Taylor Kitsch, Liev Schrieber, Lynn Collins and Will.i.am

Not a bad Hollywood-style premiere, Tempe, Arizona.

Do these pics make you wish the premiere of X-Men Origins: Wolverine happened in your town?

Source: Fox Entertainment

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