A star-studded screening of "The Raven" wouldn't be quite complete without a few dark, mood-setting touches — including a real raven. Yes, there was a large, black bird on the carpet at the film’s special screening downtown Monday. Many celebrities kept their distance as they neared the bird, but not John Cusack, who braved allowing the raven to perch on his arm.
At the event, the ornate auditorium of the Los Angeles Theatre was decked out with candles, red lighting, lanterns for the ushers and some fog machine magic. "The Raven" stars Cusack as 19th century horror master Edgar Allan Poe as he finds himself faced with deadly reenactments of his gruesome stories. British actress Alice Eve costars as Poe’s love interest.
Poe, who's often remembered best as an alcoholic and a weaver of horrific tales, may not seem like ideal boyfriend material, but for Eve it was easy to create the romantic relationship between her character and Cusack's.
"How could you not fall in love with Edgar Allan Poe? He's right up my street. He’s dark and a genius — that's kind of what I like in a man," Eve said.