Amping Up for Gulliver's Travels

The text message asked if I wanted to fly to L.A. for a Gulliver's Travels press junket. And would I like to meet Jack Black, Jason Segal and Emily blunt for interviews? Of course I dropped everything in my life and got on that plane.
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Like everyone else at this time of year, I'm wondering how it's all going to get done before Christmas. Then I received a text message asking if I wanted to fly to L.A. for a Gulliver's Travels press junket hosted by FOX. And would I like to meet Jack Black, Jason Segel and Emily Blunt for interviews? Of course I dropped everything in my life and got on that plane.

It wasn't a terribly difficult decision. I have a 17-mo son who screams like a banshee and live in a place where it was 10 degrees that week. L.A. with a quiet bedroom and 72 degrees? I'M SO THERE.

First off, you moms will appreciate my flight: It was alone. I read a book and listened to my ipod for 7 hours of travel. My bag consisted of No Diapers.

Then I got to LAX airport, stepped out of the secure area and saw a suited driver holding a card: E. FEHRMAN. That's me! He introduced himself as Amad and escorted me to an awaiting Lexus SUV. I donned my black sunglasses and settled in for a ride. But I'm not used to being chauffered. He asked if I wanted music or a different temperature. I was like, "Whatever you want, dude!" He's the one who has to be in this car all day. I talked to him about his family and moving to America from Armenia. He's a mechanical engineer and needs to improve his English enough to take some tests and regain his professional status here. He'll be a success, I'm sure.

Then we pulled up to the Four Seasons Hotel, Los Angeles at Beverly Hills. Here's the entrance. Ooo-la-la!

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(entrance & lobby photos provided by the Four Seasons)

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Then I got to my room, #1014, died and went to Heaven.

(above is my picture; below is the mirrored view provided by the Four Seasons)

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There wasn't much time spent here, but I did have a per diem ($) that allowed me to raid the mini-bar, guilt-free. Then it was time to get dressed for the movie screening and dinner.

Oh yeah, @TM_Erin, you know I pulled out my red pants! Boo-ya!

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Back out in the lobby, I met a few other bloggers who were also waiting to leave for Gulliver's Travels: Kim Grundy and Colleen Padilla. As we were standing there chatting, Taylor Swift entered the lobby and stood about 6 feet away. SERIOUSLY! We were dying. She was as pretty and angelic-looking in person as she is on TV.

We asked her body guard if we could take a picture. He said, "Not now. Thank you for your respect."

Taylor got into her car and took off, and we were still standing in the lobby near a hot cider table. Out of the corner of my eye I saw Jeff Bridges! THE DUDE! I literally had goose bumps at this point. My husband and I L-O-V-E The Dude. We asked for a picture and he kindly obliged.

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So we finally stopped geeking out over celebs and went to the movie at the AMC theater. Gulliver's Travels was my first 3-D movie experience and it was very fun. It opens on December 25 (Christmas Day). But more on that later!

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After the movie, we headed back to the hotel for dinner at Culina. I thought I ordered a pasta and lobster dish, but when it came it was actually a giant lobster with antennae hanging off the plate. I was mortified. Eating a dinner like that takes work. Eating a dinner like that in front of 9 women you just met? Well, I guess that takes balls. But I did it and it was quite good.

By this time it was pretty late given our time zone difference, so most of us retired. When I got to my room, turn-down service had been there and "At Last" was softly playing on the radio. I jumped into that big fluffy king-sized bed and slept like a rock...

...until my eyes popped open at 5:30am PCT, which is 8:30am to my EST body. The benefit? Sunrise!

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Next up: Breakfast. Thanks to that per diem, I got to order the Most Expensive Breakfast I've Ever Eaten. It was gorgeous and delicious and yes, I ate it all.

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After this I was well-fueled to begin interviews with 3 of the Gulliver's Travels stars: Jack Black, Jason Segel and Emily Blunt.

Stay tuned for my post about them!

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What celebrity sightings have you had in your life? Please share!

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