Perils of Unauthorized Premiere Party Offers

    May 27, 2008 – The New York Post unearthed an cautionary story about a movie fan being short changed after buying what was promised to be VIP access to the premiere of Sex and the City.
    A fanatic of the HBO TV series that spawned the theatrical, Singapore resident Ella Sherman spent $19,000 via an eBay website in April for a Sex and the City travel package in New York City. The promoter promised five nights in a swank hotel, a ticket to the movie premiere, a ticket to an after-screening party and shopping at stores shown in the TV series.
    Supposedly, some of the money was going to a charity of Sex actress Kim Cattrall, but the travel packager withdrew the promised party pass after Sherman had bought the package, according to the Post article by Jennifer Fermino. “Her dreams of traipsing along like a real-life Carrie Bradshaw turned into a nightmare,” the article notes.
    Author Robert Marich cautions that third parties like travel agents like to tie into glitzy movie premieres, but access is tightly controlled by film distributors, making such offers seem dubious.

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