LOS ANGELES – The city got a bad case of Bieber fever on Tuesday, when hundreds of Justin Bieber fans — along with his famous friends Miley Cyrus, Will Smith, Usher and Selena Gomez — filled the L.A. Live complex for the premiere of the teen pop star's first movie, "Justin Bieber: Never Say Never."
The mostly 'tween and teen crowd, many in homemade T-shirts proclaiming themselves to be Bieber's No. 1 fan, packed the LA Live plaza hours ahead of the screening, hoping for a star sighting.
"We just wanted to see if we could get a glimpse of Justin," said 15-year-old Hanna Hamersley, who wore a purple hand-painted T-shirt, a homemade Justin Bieber headband and purple "Never Say Never" 3-D glasses.
Part concert film and part biopic, "Never Say Never" tells the story of Bieber's rise from a small-town street performer to a bona fide pop sensation with hit songs, a best-selling book and more than seven million followers on Twitter. It shows a young Bieber pounding away on the drums and busking on the streets of Ontario, Canada, before rising to fame through YouTube and Twitter, and eventually performing at Madison Square Garden.
"It was the greatest movie ever," said 13-year-old Hanna Zeile. "I would watch it over and over."
Indeed, Hanna and her two friends said they planned to see the movie again on Wednesday and on Friday, when it opens nationwide.
Twelve-year-old Bella Garcia said she planned to see the movie at least twice more.
"I loved all the baby videos and footage of him as a kid," Bella said. "He had no music lessons as a kid. That really inspired me."