Posted at 7:26 PM on May 3, 2006
by Euan Kerr
The Twin Cities just hosted it's first full-fledged Hollywood press junket in recent years, and an eye-opener it was too. Reporters, photogs, video jockeys, anchors, producers, and all sorts of other folks burrowed into the St Paul Hotel today to meet the stars of the "A Prairie Home Companion" movie.
Some even brought copies of the new "W" magazine with Streep and Lohan on the cover.
It was quickly clear where the real interest lay. Robert Altman, one of the world great living directors sat and listened as the ink-stained wretches lobbed softballs to his stars. There was lots of interest in Lindsay Lohan and Meryl Streep, and what they thought of Minnesota. It was a giant love fest, as everyone talked about how much they had enjoyed making the film.
Eventually Altman leaned into the mike and pointed out that in his view the movie was all about death, and that every character in the film was going to die. He was unable to puncture the festive atmosphere however.
It was great fun to meet him.