As soon as I heard that my wish-list future guest, Rob “Vanilla Ice” Van Winkle, was making the rounds on Tuesday to announce he was premiering Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows the following night, I knew I HAD to bring my son, Jordon. We are HUGE TMNT fans, and passing on certain pop culture loyalties to future generations is an American tradition. Rob made stops at both the KVJ Show & WPBF to make his announcement:
Paramount Pictures gave Rob (a longtime honorary Turtle) the opportunity to host his own premier of TMNT2 anywhere he wanted to. So, a true man of our town, Rob took the time out of his busy I Love the 90s tour schedule to hold his premier right in downtown West Palm Beach! I’ve seen him perform several times before, and Rob always gives 100%. So, he takes his tours very seriously. Even with a show scheduled the next day in Alabama, he still prioritized his hometown, inviting not only friends and family, but also bringing a bunch of kids through our sponsor, Little Smiles! And, to top it all off, he made it a free event for everyone who showed up–as many as 400 people!
He entered the theater with Wes Kain and all the Little Smiles kids and pumped up the crowd before the show:
As the lights went down, Rob encouraged full attention to the movie screen, and the crowd was NOT disappointed! The action sequences are phenomenal, the graphics dazzled, the storyline was well-crafted, and notable actors such as Tyler Perry, Megan Fox, Laura Linney, and Will Arnett gave stellar performances. I was both wowed and laughing the whole time! There’s a surprise moment in the movie where Rob’s “Ice Ice Baby” plays, and the whole crowed cheered. What a fun showing!! Everyone–adults, kids, seniors, pets–should go see this movie, which premiers today. Particularly, if you were a fan of the first Transformers moving, you will LOVE TMNT2! (There is even a cameo by Bumblebee!!)
Afterwards, in the hallways of the City Place Muvico Theater, the fans gathered around for pics with the man of the hour. Of course, I had to carry the selfie tradition by utilizing Rob’s built-in selfie stick. (He truly does take great selfies!)
I was fortunate to be invited by former CTCKids guest, Alex Ariete, to this season’s wrap party back on February 18th, and I can honestly tell you that the house is AMAZING!! Follow Rob (“Vanilla Ice”) on Twitter and look for his next Palm Beach event. Hopefully, he’ll land on this podcast pretty soon!!
~~~ Find your passion. Do your thing!!
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