Closing out another night on the red carpet, Justin Bieber was the center of attention at the New York City premiere of “Never Say Never” on Wednesday night (February 2).
Held at Regal E-Walk 13, the 16-year-old phenom was decked out in an all-black ensemble with a purple bowtie and matching shades as he greeted fellow attendees including Russell ‘Russy’ Simmons, Daniel ‘Diggy’ Simmons, Lynsey Mickolas, L.A. Reid and director Jon M. Chu.
With the film set to hit theaters on February 11th, Mr Chu was recently asked by MTV News if he received any ribbing from his friends when he signed on to spearhead Bieber’s movie project.
To this, the “Step Up 3D” director replied, “There’s always people [giving me flak], whether it’s the ‘Step Up’ movies, dance movies or the Justin Bieber movie. People will make fun of you, but now they truly have the fever, for sure. Since [I signed on], he’s won four American Music Awards, including Artist of the Year, he’s nominated for two Grammys he’s on the cover of Vanity Fair, and I think they’ve fallen for him as well.”
Describing the picture as inspirational, Chu said, “Especially for this generation of kids, [it’s important to show] that they could make it on their own without a big corporation. I thought it was an exciting way to tell it: through his music.”
Looking to be having a fantastic time, Justin Bieber was spotted courtside at Madison Square Garden as he took in the New York Knicks game following his movie premiere.
The “One Time” heartthrob chatted with NHL player Henrik Lundqvist and director Spike Lee throughout the game and was all smiles despite the fact that the Knicks were defeated by the Dallas Mavericks.
After the debut, audience members had a chance to ask Justin some questions about the film, but when one fan bravely asked about girlfriend Selena Gomez, Biebs kept is simple by saying, “I think anyone would be lucky to date her. She’s a great person.”
The 16-year-old pop star was recently named by omg! news as one of several celebs scheduled to play in the 2011 BBVA NBA All-Star Celebrity Game. The event is part of the NBA’s upcoming All-Star Weekend and takes place on February 18 at the Staples Center in Los Angeles.
Other celebrities participating in this year’s game include Jimmy Kimmel, Ty Burrell, Rob Kardashian, Zachary Levi and Common.
Former NBA players joining these celebs on the court include greats like Magic Johnson and Scottie Pippen.
Pictures of Justin Bieber at the “Never Say Never” New York premiere: PHOTO GALLERY
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