As Pitbull's "I Know You Want Me" blared from speakers at the Gaylord Texan Resort Tuesday night, hundreds of screams threatened to drown the music. It could only mean one thing.
Antonio Banderas was in the house.
Banderas and actress Salma Hayek had finally arrived for the Grapevine premiere of DreamWorks' Shrek spinoff "Puss In Boots."
Looking dapper in a black, skinny tie and suit, Banderas danced his way in and apologized for their flight arriving late from Chicago where they also had a red-carpet showing of the animated film.
"You don't know how much we appreciate you being here," Banderas told the crowd made up of mostly families with kids who would be watching the sneak preview way past their bedtimes. Hayek, who waved and blew kisses at the crowd, looked stunning in a shimmery navy blue halter top with matching sailor pants.
Banderas and Hayek weren't the only stars in the room. Local fans swarmed around former Dallas Cowboys defensive tackle Russell Maryland who was attending with his family.
Why do a premiere in Grapevine?
Gaylord Entertainment, the hotel's parent, struck a four-year deal with DreamWorks Animation studio Gaylord Entertainment, the hotel's parent, struck a four-year deal with DreamWorks Animation studio this year as a way to lure families in a downturn economy. In May, the resort debuted a $13 million, 10-acre outdoor pool complex.
"Our research shows that families will invest their vacation dollars in experiences that create memories that will last a lifetime," said Colin Reed, Gaylord Entertainment's chairman and CEO, said in announcing the DreamWorks deal in April.
On Tuesday night, Reed told the crowd that the star-studded event was a sign of things to come especially during the Christmas period when they'll be planning a series of Dreamworks-themed events for families.
Children at the reception at the resort's Riverwalk Cantina restaurant were given the VIP treatment. They could get photos taken with their favorite DreamWorks characters including Shrek, King Fu Panda, Alex the lion from the Madagascar movies, and the star of the night, Puss in Boots. There were also games for the young ones and a special buffet set up with miniature corny dogs, pizza, chicken strips and petite desserts. (The adults had a Mexican buffet spread as well as a sashimi bar and beef tenderloin station, if you're wondering.)
After the reception, guests took shuttles to the AMC Grapevine theater where they got another chance to gawk at Banderas and Hayek on the red-carpet and see a preview of 'Puss in Boots,' which opens nationwide on Oct. 28.