The stars came out yesterday for the New York city premiere of the dolphin documentary The Cove, starring Hayden Panettiere and Isabel Lucas. In attendance were Ben Stiller, Christine Taylor, and Adrian Grenier — who made the gossip fly by accompanying former flame Lucas.
The movie is a heart-wrenching affair and documents the more than 23,000 dolphins killed in one little cove in Taigi, Japan, each year. Back in November of 2007, Panettiere and Lucas joined several other activists in paddling out to the cove in an attempt to stop the slaughter of a pod of dolphins. Japanese fisherman cut off the group and they were forced to return to the shore due to escalating violence. (You can see some harsh video of the confrontation here.)
After the premiere, Robert F. Kennedy Jr., actor Fischer Stevens, Netscape founder Jim Clark and Mr. O’ Barry sat in front of the audience to take questions. According to the New York Observer, Kennedy told the group, “All people have to do is see this, and it’s going to change because it’s so outrageous what is happening there. They’re destroying public health, they’re destroying 23,000 dolphins a year, they’re slaughtering them in the most inhuman, awful way, they’re subverting democracy, they’re corrupting democratic institutions across the world.”
The Cove will hit theaters on July 31st in New York City and Los Angeles. Hit the jump below to view the trailer.