The world premiere of Starz’s drama series “American Gods” took Hollywood by storm Thursday night at the Cinerama Dome on Sunset Blvd. The red carpet was a who’s-who of celebrities, including cast members Ian McShane, Ricky Whittle and Kristin Chenoweth, and super-fans like Nathon Fillion and Penn Jillette. Following the screening of the first hour, which premieres April 30 on Starz, everyone attended an after-party at the Asian-themed Tao night club two blocks away.
“American Gods” book author Neil Gaiman introduced the pilot and made sure to apologize in advance for all of the blood. He wasn’t joking. The premiere episode is one of the goriest hours to ever air on television, with cascades of blood, eye-gougings and a viking battle scene … all within the first 10 minutes. Bryan Fuller and Michael Green developed the show for TV, with Gaiman serving as an executive producer.
The A-list audience watched the episode with pure delight as they chomped their complimentary popcorn and slurped their sodas. One moment in particular, a graphic sex scene between Bilquis (Yetide Badaki) and her internet date (Joel Murray) that had a very unhappy ending, prompted wild applause from the crowd for its originality — you’ll have to see it to believe it.
At Tao, several original cocktails were created especially for the occasion like The Nebula, Nectar of the Gods and The White Buffalo. A cast photo was taken with many in attendance (see photo above) including, left to right: Chenoweth (Easter), Orlando Jones (Mr. Nancy), McShane (Mr. Wednesday), Whittle (Shadow Moon), Cloris Leachman (Zorya Vechernyaya), Badaki (Bilquis) and Emily Browning (Laura Moon).
Gold Derby noticed several other cast members as well, either at the screening or at the after-party: Jonathan Tucker (Low Key Lyesmith), Bruce Langley (Technical Boy), Pablo Schreiber (Mad Sweeney), Crispin Glover (Mr. World), Mousa Kraish (The Jinn), Omid Abtahi (Salim), Chris Obi (Mr. Jacquel), Erika Kaar (Zorya Polunochnaya), Corbin Bernsen (Vulcan), Dane Cook (Robbie) and Betty Gilpin (Audrey).
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