Excitement builds for Degrassi movie premiere

Sheri Block, CTV.ca

The excitement is already starting to build for “Paradise City: Degrassi Goes Hollywood” as droves of fans gathered outside MuchMusic’s headquarters Friday morning hoping to score a wristband to the hottest premiere in town.

Although the movie doesn’t air on CTV until Aug. 30th, an exclusive screening will be held next Wednesday night at the Bloor Cinema – complete with a red carpet and many of the movie’s stars, including Lauren Collins, Jake Epstein and Jason Mewes, in attendance.

Daniela Ramirez arrived with her friends at 4:30 am to get the first spot in line.

“We thought there was going to be a lot of people because the show’s really popular,” says the 13-year-old from Toronto. “We love Degrassi!”

“I heard that Perez Hilton is in a couple of scenes and Dan Levy’s in it as well,” adds her friend Fernanda Sieveking, 17.

Seeing such celebrities on screen – and hopefully off as well – is also a big draw for Sana and Saaliha Malik from Mississauga, Ont.

“I love Degrassi and I really want to meet them,” says Sana, 16, who has been a fan of the show for several years.

“Most of the Degrassi characters are my age,” says Saaliha, 21, who is excited to see some of the original characters reunited on the big screen. “I like the older characters like Emma and Paige and Jimmy.”

But they’re already feeling the pressure of what to wear to such a glamorous affair.

“I was window shopping already,” laughs Saaliha.

“Paradise City” is the first movie event for the “Degrassi: The Next Generation” series and features such original cast members as Collins, Epstein, Cassie Steele, Adamo Ruggiero, Stacey Farber and Nina Dobrev. Other guest stars include Pete Wentz from Fallout Boy, Kevin Smith and Kelly Carlson.

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