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More photos from the premiere

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Here are some moments from the premiere of Marley & Me in Los Angeles last week:


Jennifer Aniston and the Grogan brothers, Patrick (left) and Conor.


Owen Wilson and I jawboning at the post-movie party




The real Colleen Grogan with (the very tired) Lucy Merriam, the actress who plays a young Colleen in the movie

Eric Dane, who plays the fictional character Sebastian in the movie, with director David Frankel

Group shot on the red carpet: David Frankel and me with the stars: Jennifer Aniston, Owen Wilson and Eric Dane

Posing with my main man, Clyde

posted by John Grogan at 7:40 PM

28 Comments:

Blogger Gi said...

John!

Wow, nice pics!
I cannot believe how big your kids are!
They're all so grown up and beautifull!
Congrats on the premiere!
Oh, and I'm just loving the book The longest trip home! You have such a good sense of humor!
And I can connect to some of the facts... I've also went to a School directed by nuns... and my parents, specially my Mom, are Catholic too...

And next week, the movie! :) I have no doubt that Jennifer and Owen did an amazing job! I enjoy pretty much the work of both of them! And the book is amazing so the movie must be damn good too! After I see it, I'll post here telling you about it!

Happy Christmas, John! To you and all your family!

Regards,

Giovana - 19
São Paulo - SP

4:38 PM  
Blogger Mark + Audrey Lestan said...

John, John, John....

Just read The Longest Trip Home and saw that picture of your two sons. CANNOT believe you are okay with their hair like that after the way you described your in The Longest Trip Home. Too funny! Excellent book by the way. Took me only 3 days to read. Couldn't put it down. I hope your mother is well.

Congratulations on all of your success. You ARE the American dream.

5:58 AM  
Blogger Amanda Pina said...

Great pics! Your boys are adults now, wow!
I just saw the movie comercial on TV, december 25 here in Brazil too!
I'm so happy!

Congratulations!

12:03 PM  
Blogger Mustafali said...

Hello.
My name is Mustafa. I'm from Turkey.
I have just finished the book and I wanted to make a little searching about the book and Jhon Grogan of course. :)
At the end of the book, I cried, because I didn't want Marley to die.
I have loved Maryley very much too and it's very good to see that it has been made a film about it.

Thank you very much, Mr.Grogan.
Goodbye. ;)

2:03 AM  
Blogger Chris Mills said...

hey john,

great seeing you today at guitar center. i'm glad that your boys are picking up at least some of your good habits!

here's the link for our band.

www.jiggynye.com

let me know if you want to get plugged in to the guy who recorded and produced us -- an amazing talent. how about a grogan album?

regards,

chris

1:56 PM  
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3:05 PM  
Blogger Bonnie G said...

Mr. Grogan, I do hope you'll see this email personally as I have some information for you that might be of some use with the current situation you have going on with your new dog, Woodson. After reading this week-ends USA Weekend where you mention that Woodson suffers from some hip problems, I would like for you to know that Purdue University, in West Lafayette, Indiana, is curently working on a project called "exoskeleton" for dogs. It's a type of brace they hope can help canines struggling with hip problems. It's a device that fits over part of a dog's back & helps it put more weight on its back legs while using less pain medicine. Please give them a call as they can explain it a lot better than I can. You can contact the School of Veterinary Medicine in West Lafayette, Indiana, at 765-494-8216. Good luck.

1:52 PM  
Blogger Momotaro said...

John,
I can hardly wait for the movie to come out this week. I'm reading the book now and I chuckle because I have a Rough Coat Collie that acts quite similar to Marley, albeit not quite that bad. Her name is Lady and I love her lots despite some of her downfalls. She's a clown.
Thanks for such a light-hearted entertaining story. We need those kind of diversions in this day and age.

Merry Christmas!
Gayl

PS...By the way one of the dogs that portrayed Marley lives here in Colorado not far from me.

10:57 AM  
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10:04 AM  
Blogger Mitchie said...

I cannot wait to see the movie! I loved the book. I have read it over and over. I love Yellow Labrador Retrievers. I have wanted one as ong as I can remember. Marley reminded me of my friends Great Dane+Lab mix Leroy. He died last year. But he was basically a Bigger Marley.
I hope you have a Merry Christmas!

10:06 AM  
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10:16 PM  
Blogger melanie said...

Hi John! Saw the movie Christmas Day and started the book (Marley & Me) today. I did want to ask what became of Marley's grave since you mentioned you've moved since he passed. Thanks, Melanie

10:20 PM  
Blogger A New England Life said...

What a whirlwind time you and your family must have had in Hollywood! Very surreal I imagine, but memories to last a lifetime.

I have to say, I had not read the book Marley & Me but I so enjoyed the movie and could very much relate to the the changes a family goes through along the way with a dog who is less then perfect.

My husband and I brought home a Dalmation puppy right after we were engaged and she saw us through many years of ups and downs, children, new jobs, and personal growth. Jessie, our Dal, was a real handful. I cannot count how many times the girls were in tears, or I was screaming because of something she ate that belonged to one of us. And the barking right after the kids had finally fallen asleep ... lol!

Our new dogs are much easier but Jessie will never be forgotten. I cried many tears at the end of the movie as did my friend and the woman next to me. The movie was very well done and a joy to watch.

Sharon

7:19 PM  
Blogger John said...

John -

Thanks for sharing Marley's life with all of us. We took our two boys to see the movie, having never read the book. It was a little hard for our 11 year old to see, as he is a big-hearted kid with two little pooks of his own - dachshunds Max and Katy. He learned from the movie and will love those little critters even more, if that's possible. Best wishes to you, your family, and Woodson.

John

p.s. you would not believe how much wicker funiture two dachshund puppies can eat!

4:36 AM  
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1:12 PM  
Blogger Libby said...

Just came from seeing Marley and Me. I read the book last year. Loved it, and the movie stayed true to the book. Just wanted to say that Marley lives again in my dog Charlie! To date, Charlie has shredded (and eaten) the arm of a couch, chewed a hole through a wall large enough for him to get through (because he wanted to get to his dog food that was on the other side of the wall), shredded numerous pillows including a large feather one (the scene with Owen Wilson and Marley in the movie brought back memories), splintered molding around a closet door, and chewed through the leg of a chair. He, too, flunked out of obedience school. He was much too interested in the female Schauzer next to him.

4:40 PM  
Blogger Christina said...

John,

Rarely would I address someone I don't know by their first name; however, in this case it feels appropriate. I adored the books and loved the movie as it truly captured how animals are God's little angels sent down to guide us and perhaps teach us the subtleties of compassion, humility--and most certainly laughter. I have a yellow lab (Walston) who literally saved my life. Thanks for sharing your story. I am now sharing your story with my ten year old niece, Alex, who I also truly believe may be a true angel (sometimes a hell's angel, but an angel none the less!).

10:36 AM  
Blogger Maureen said...

John,

Just a neighbor here to let you know, our family loved the movie. The whole community has been so excited about your success and the movie.

We would have loved to see some Lehigh Valley scenes in the movie but I can understand the need to make some changes. The house in the movie was beautiful.

Tell Connor we prefer his red hair some things should not have been changed!

Best wishes and Happy New Year to you, Jenny and the family!

4:38 PM  
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8:17 PM  
Blogger BARRY ROBINSON said...

Happy New Year to you and your Family John.I read your wonderful book"Marley and Me"back in November,I couldnt put it down once I started to read it,lots of laughs,and tears,and I also learned some things I didnt know about labs,what more could you ask from a book.I couldnt wait to see the movie,and my girlfriend,her daughter and me loved it when we went to see it on New Years Eve.I have a white/cream colored lab myself called"Two Step"who is a great friend to me,and a constant source of joy,and sometimes frustration at his bad,yet playful behavior,he believes that a few harsh words from me,are a small price to pay later,for a bit of fun now.I wish I could find a magic pill for him to keep him young,but I know that in the not so distant future I will(as with other wonderful dogs that I have owned)have to go through the same as you and your family did with Marley,in his last year,those last few chapters were hard to get through for me.I also lived in south Florida for a few years,but moved here to north Florida,mainly to be able to have animals, something that appartent dwellers as I was,are deprived of by anti pet landlords.Good for Woodson!!he could not have found a nicer family to be adopted by,I hope that his problems with his legs get better,and that he gets to enjoy some good long walks with Gracie,up and down the hills to the old church,as Marley did with you.The world needs more genuine, good,caring people like you and your family.Best Wishes from Barry(O'Brien,Florida)

10:00 AM  
Blogger BARRY ROBINSON said...

Happy New Year to you and your Family John.I read your wonderful book"Marley and Me"back in November,I couldnt put it down once I started to read it,lots of laughs,and tears,and I also learned some things I didnt know about labs,what more could you ask from a book.I couldnt wait to see the movie,and my girlfriend,her daughter and me loved it when we went to see it on New Years Eve.I have a white/cream colored lab myself called"Two Step"who is a great friend to me,and a constant source of joy,and sometimes frustration at his bad,yet playful behavior,he believes that a few harsh words from me,are a small price to pay later,for a bit of fun now.I wish I could find a magic pill for him to keep him young,but I know that in the not so distant future I will(as with other wonderful dogs that I have owned)have to go through the same as you and your family did with Marley,in his last year,those last few chapters were hard to get through for me.I also lived in south Florida for a few years,but moved here to north Florida,mainly to be able to have animals, something that appartent dwellers as I was,are deprived of by anti pet landlords.Good for Woodson!!he could not have found a nicer family to be adopted by,I hope that his problems with his legs get better,and that he gets to enjoy some good long walks with Gracie,up and down the hills to the old church,as Marley did with you.The world needs more genuine, good,caring people like you and your family.Best Wishes from Barry(O'Brien,Florida)

10:00 AM  
Blogger jlowenthalhershey said...

I went to see the movie "Marley and Me" a week ago yesterday and had to go right out and buy the book. I just finished tonight and I am completely in love with Marley! He makes me miss the beagle I had growing up - Joy. A true joy to be around. John - you are an amazing writer!

8:41 PM  
Blogger JProcanyn said...

As I read Marley and Me two years ago, I realized that it was preparing me for the inevitable - my 13 year old white German Shephard's time on earth was short. I laughed and cried through the entire book and chatted lots on the message board. When I heard about the movie, I knew I had to see it! Even re-read the book in anticipation!
New Year's Eve my husband and I had a date to see it and WOW! It was wonderful to see the book come to life! How beautiful to see what so many of us live through in our own lives with our own pets!
When our Princess left us, we were heartbroken and two months later brought home another white German Shepherd. A Princess she is not!
Xena is natured more like Marley! Full of energy and spunk and a holy terror on occasion. We have been to training classes, she did graduate! It is a matter of being consistent every day to keep her under control! There are times when my husband wants to get rid of her because of her behavior, but Xena has made her own very special place in our hearts and this is her forever home!
Thank you, John, for putting into words one of lifes greatest and saddest experiences - life with a dog!

Best wishes in 2009!
Joyce P

5:49 PM  
Blogger Kywestbabe said...

Happy New Year to you and your family, and hugs to Gracie and Woodson. Your book was wonderful, we just had to put our 14 yr old Lab/Rhodesian Ridgeback to sleep in August, so to say I cried through the last chapters would be putting it mildly. Marley sounded like the "bestest" dog in the world next to our Shyra! They would have been best buddies, especially in the water! She could dive under and pull up coral bigger than her head! (we live in the Florida Keys) She was famous for chasing all the "beach birds," but never quite catching them and since we live in Key West we had to teach her chickens were NOT to be hunted. Your book helped ease the pain of Shyra's loss. We did get a new dog, a rescue, Miss Daisy the Ridgeback. She is just about as bad as Marley, but we love her and she makes us laugh at all her antics. The movie was great...looking forward to reading your new book and buying the Marley children's books for our great nieces. Good Luck with Woodson, I hope his hips improve!

10:13 AM  
Blogger marina said...

Hi john grogan!
I love the book, and the film!
it's so nice , and a beutiful story!
I have a labrador too, his name is boris! he's so cute!!
Whatever, John put some photos with you and your family, I want to see jenny too!!
I like you john
and congratilacions!
byee!
XD!

8:36 PM  
Blogger raili said...

Hi John,

I cannot believe how Grown up your family is in real life. They are Gorguoes by the way! Your book really made me feel like I was right in the middle of what was happening now! I actually got intreaged by Marley after my 3 yr old nephew bacame your biggest fan! I was convinced I had to find out if that stuff happened in real life for you. The only ficticional spot I found was when Marley rescued baby Louie from the top of the fridge. I was surprised that you changed the name of your children and the order that they were born in. I remember you discussing the possibility of Marley being a Louie in the very beginning, but where did Cassie's name come from? Also, did you name Gracie after they lab that was in your Bad Dog Club? the one that ate the colunm? Even though I am only finding out of your loss so many years later, I am still very sorry. Marley was truely a dog like no other. Besides my younger years family dog, I do not have a dog, but I have done a Tonne of dog sitting and every time the family returns, I have a Marley Story to tell! Nothing can warm your heart and in the same breath, make you want to kill them more than a Dog. Congratulations on your movie, and your books, and everything else God has blessed you with. I just wanted you to know that Thanks to my three year old nephew, you have two biggest fans!
love, rie

3:38 PM  
Blogger raili said...

hi john...
i was doing a quick search thru my email and accidently erased an entire section before i could even see who they were from. if you did send me a responce, can you
please re-send it? i sent my marley book on it's first journey today. i think that made me sadder than when he died... it makes me proud that so many people want to borrow my marley:). next week my sister and i are going to start reading the longest trip home together. can't wait!
love, rie

3:02 PM  

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