A couple of weeks ago Screen Rant was asked by MGM studios to send a representative to Lake Tahoe, NV, to attend the press junket for the new comedy movie, Hot Tub Time Machine.
Screen Rant leader Vic Holtreman must have had some kind of mental breakdown, because he asked yours truly to go in his stead and represent our humble movie blog. And Tahoe may never be the same…
Let me just start by saying thank you to the fine folks at MGM for the opportunity to attend such an over-the-top event. The studio took care of us real well and showed us a good time :-).
There were well over a dozen online representatives from most of the major sites: Collider, Latino Review, C.H.U.D., Cinema Blend, Heavy, JoBlo and Film School Rejects. I even got to meet some really cool people from BET and Yahoo Movies as well. This event was in connection with a radio promotion contest that ran in the U.S. and Canada, so there were two winners from several cities, as well as the radio personalities from those cities. In all, I would venture to guess that well over 300 people attended the event.
Day 1 – Getting There is the Hardest Part
My journey started early in the morning 8 a.m. EST and required a 4-hour flight to Las Vegas, then a 1-hour jaunt to Reno, followed by a 1-hour shuttle trip to Lake Tahoe in a snow storm. Being from Florida, I was most excited to fly over the Grand Canyon and the Hoover Dam. Yeah, I know, I’m a tourist. Our driver was Russian and was obviously used to driving in the snow, which was apparent when he almost slammed us into an ice bank.
Regardless, we all arrived safely and after some free champagne at check-in (which I gave to the drunkard behind me because I don’t drink) and a little mingling at the exclusive welcome party, we all set off in a couple of buses to watch a screening of Hot Tub Time Machine.
We even got free popcorn and drink at the theater (which had to cost them a fortune because of theater concession prices). I really enjoyed the movie, even though the plot was flawed - but for more on that, check out our Hot Tub Time Machine review.
The day wasn’t over, though; while some of the older people decided to hit the hay, a lot of us decided to hang out most of the night talking shop at the casino bar. I didn’t get to sleep until 4 a.m. PST, which, after adding in the 3-hour time difference, means I was awake for 25 hours!
Day 2 – Time for Interviewing and Dancing
After a refreshing 4 hours of sleep in my ridiculously comfortable king-size bed, I woke to find three feet of snow outside my hotel room. Being from the Florida, where just the threat of snow means a city-wide shutdown, the first thing I had to do was step in it up to my thighs. In hindsight, I should have put on pants first but nonetheless it was incredible. Roundtable interviews weren’t until later that afternoon, so I had time to explore the local surroundings.
The Grand Hyatt Resort where we stayed was directly across the street from Lake Tahoe itself, so I took a stroll/slide down the ice-covered sidewalk to check it out. That place is truly breathtaking! The snow covered beaches were beautiful.