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Awakened The Movie Is A Who's Who Of Who Was

Dascha Polanco, Tom Murro, Kira Kazantsev and Julianne Michelle Attend The Awakened NYC Premiere Afterparty at No8 In NYC
Dascha Polanco, Tom Murro, Kira Kazantsev and Julianne Michelle Attend The Awakened NYC Premiere Afterparty at No8 In NYC
Benno Klandt

Last Friday I attended the premiere of the film Awakened at the Quad Cinema in NYC.

Actress Julianne Michelle, who also produced the flick, plays Samantha Winston. Samantha believes that her father murdered her mother. In her exhausting search for the truth about her young mother's untimely death 14 years earlier, Samantha receives help from beyond the grave. Sounds spooky right?

Aside from the movies main character the movie is a who’s who of who was. Remember Sally Kirkland? Me neither.

How about Edward Furlong? He played John Conner in the 1990s blockbuster Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

OK, you must know John Savage? He played Steven in the 1978 classic film The Deer Hunter where he partied hard with his buddies at his wedding before heading off to Vietnam and lost both legs; while his co-stars, Robert Deniro and Christopher Walken went on to have HUGE movie careers. Unfortunately John didn't make the screening.

I bet Steven Bauer rings a bell? He’s one of those actors you don’t know by name but the second you see his face you’re like, “Oh yeah, I know that guy.” Steven is best remembered as the guy who was killed for knocking boots with Scarface’s sister, while knocking boots in real life with Melanie Griffith (before she turned herself into a scar-face). Too much?

Much like Justin Bieber’s arms, the script could’ve used a bit more muscle, wasn't scary, and lacked the superior acting that can sometimes carry a not-so-special storyline. I really wanted to like this movie, but the lack of comped theater snacks, small seats, and sauna-like temperatures in the theater made it difficult, or it could have been the guy experiencing some REM snoring 20 minutes into the screening. I will say Julianne looked stunning at the premiere in her Andres Aquino dress, and watching Awakened was still less painful than Moulin Rouge.

The best part of the night was the after-party at a club called No.8.-- Actually, the best part of the night was lounging on a white leather couch consuming massive quantities of Sauvignon Blanc with 2 Orange Is The New Black hotties Dascha Polanco and Jackie Cruz, along with Miss NYC Kira Kazantsev, who officially can’t drink with the crown and sash on. It’s always a plus when a hot chick needs to remove a few layers before she starts drinking.

The DJ rocked the house with fun dance tunes that were sanitized enough for the uptight whiteys at the party. Thankfully he recognized that LL Cool J’s “Rock the Bells’ was a better choice than any DMX, as he stated ''There’s really no such thing as an appropriate DMX song”.

We continued Sav Blanc-ing it until they informed us open bar was over. Having a one-hour open bar at an after-party is like swearing in church: A real big no-no. We lost Kira along the way since she had some lamer party to go to (What, a party that had a half-hour open bar?). This is where we decided to head for the door, and hailing a cab for Dascha by up-drafting some other party-goers (that NYC thing where you walk ahead of someone and take the cab that was meant for them) then parted ways. That's when the TWI (texting while intoxicated) ensued.

In Summary: Try to get a role as a lesbian convict to spend more quality time with these hot OITNB babes, carry a brandy filled flask, bring snacks, and if Ambien isn't helping your insomnia, go see Awakened.