At Hollywood's biggest premieres, reporters are always told to arrive at least three hours before even the least-recognizable celebrity first exits a town car.
By 4:30, hundreds of camera-toting journalists were still standing on nearby Chick Hearn Court, out of view of the red carpet.
Once behind the tarp-covered chain-link fence barricading the red carpet, reporters could see a massive mockingjay lit afire. (The mythical creature plays a key part in the
Lining the carpet were hundreds of fans, all of whom had spent the weekend camping out on the cold cement in anticipation of Monday evening. To pass the time, some had spent their days creating colorful signs. Allye Nomura, 25, held one addressed to
"It's supposed to be suggestive," the San Diego resident said with a grin.
Meanwhile, after spending three days in the tent camp, 33-year-old Jennifer Kelley said she felt underwhelmed by the experience. Kelley, who flew from New York for the premiere, is no stranger to urban camping: She lugged her sleeping bag to LA for the premieres of the final two "Twilight Saga" movies, as well.
"They kept this kind of minimalist," she said, a complaining note in her voice. "There weren't many contests or activities, and there was a DJ at a radio booth who was really annoying."
"I can't wait to see Jennifer Lawrence," she said, echoing the evening's most popular fan sentiment.
She might get a glimpse of some other celebs too: In one of the more unlikely gatherings of stars, the guests attending the premiere Monday are