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'Legend of the Guardians' premiere: Good, evil, owls

September 20, 2010 |  3:40 pm

Vanessa-hudgens-guardians The voices behind the owls showed up for a pre-party and the premiere of "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole" at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood on Sunday — and because it's hard to resist animated animals in a tale of good versus evil, the likes of Vanessa Hudgens and Russell Brand made the scene as well.

Cast members walking the red carpet included Anthony LaPaglia, Ryan Kwanten of "True Blood," Sam Neill, Angus Sampson, Jim Sturgess, David Wenham of "300" and Leigh Whannell of "Saw."

Guardians-gallery-refer (Geoffrey Rush gets a pass — he was just up at the Toronto International Film Festival, where "The King's Speech," in which he costars, took home the People's Choice Award on Sunday.)

Click the photo of Whannell at right to launch a gallery of red carpet arrivals — and scroll down to see a trailer for his not-for-kids short film "Doggie Heaven" after the break. See exclusive photos from "Legend of the Guardians" over at Hero Complex.

"Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole," from the animation company that did "Happy Feet" and directed by Zack Snyder of "300" and "Watchmen," opens in U.S. theaters Friday.

— Christie D'Zurilla


Top photo: Vanessa Hudgens arrives at the premiere of Warner Bros.' "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole" at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on Sunday. Credit: Kevin Winter/Getty Images.

Second photo: Cast member Leigh Whannell arrives at the "Legend of the Guardians" premiere in Hollywood on Sept. 19, 2010. Credit: Valerie Macon / AFP / Getty Images