10 Jul - Not Quite The 'Magic Mike' Premiere

July 10th, 2012 / May 18th 2017.

Although London's premieres are typically held around Leicester Square, other cinemas (Picturehouse Central, Curzon Mayfair, BFI Southbank and BFI Imax, Odeon Kensington (RIP), Odeon West End (RIP)) have also hosted premieres; along with various unaffiliated venues (Westfield, Somerset House, an Alleyway behind the BFI Southbank). However, there are also occasionally premieres held at Hotels. I don't go to those.

This is the reason why:

We take up the action outside London's Claridges Hotel, which IS NOT where the premiere for Magic Mike is being held. Rather, it's being held down the road at the Hotel Mayfair. But that venue has no barriers, next to no pavement, and is already crowded. Why am I here? Because this is the hotel the stars themselves are staying in, and will be leaving en route to the Hotel Mayfair.

We take up the action outside London's Claridges Hotel, which IS NOT where the premiere for Magic Mike is being held. Rather, it's being held down the road at the Hotel Mayfair. But that venue has no barriers, next to no pavement, and is already crowded. Why am I here? Because this is the hotel the stars themselves are staying in, and will be leaving en route to the Hotel Mayfair.

Oh, 2012. Your ways are so baffling and quaint to us, here in the future (in 2017 we have flying cars and moonbases).

Oh, 2012. Your ways are so baffling and quaint to us, here in the future (in 2017 we have flying cars and moonbases).

Actor Matthew McConaughey, arguably still several years from his "McConnaissance" leaves the hotel en route to the limo that will take him about two blocks south to the Hotel Mayfair. The crowd here is almost exclusively comprised of Autograph Dealers who, after he signs (if he signs) will be running to the Hotel Mayfair to have a second go.

Actor Matthew McConaughey, arguably still several years from his "McConnaissance" leaves the hotel en route to the limo that will take him about two blocks south to the Hotel Mayfair. The crowd here is almost exclusively comprised of Autograph Dealers who, after he signs (if he signs) will be running to the Hotel Mayfair to have a second go.

"You leave the girl out of this. She's harmless"

"You leave the girl out of this. She's harmless"

"Okay, drop and give me twenty and I'll consider signing some of your crap. Or maybe I'll just put my initials on it. I haven't decided"

"Okay, drop and give me twenty and I'll consider signing some of your crap. Or maybe I'll just put my initials on it. I haven't decided"

"Once I've won my Oscar, I'll come back and MAKE you sell me that hat, Sir" - prior to this (non-)premiere I'd never photographed either Matthew McConaughey or Channing Tatum, which is kind of why I thought it was more prudent to be at the hotel they were at rather than the hotel they were going to

"Once I've won my Oscar, I'll come back and MAKE you sell me that hat, Sir" - prior to this (non-)premiere I'd never photographed either Matthew McConaughey or Channing Tatum, which is kind of why I thought it was more prudent to be at the hotel they were at rather than the hotel they were going to

Wow. Check out the 2012 camera tech on display in this photo! (I myself was shooting on slide film, with a phosphorus flash. This image was then developed in a darkroom, and later hand-coloured by my assistants. Then it was scanned, and uploaded pixel-by-pixel on a dialup plan on a desktop computer the size of a small apartment.)

Wow. Check out the 2012 camera tech on display in this photo! (I myself was shooting on slide film, with a phosphorus flash. This image was then developed in a darkroom, and later hand-coloured by my assistants. Then it was scanned, and uploaded pixel-by-pixel on a dialup plan on a desktop computer the size of a small apartment.)

"Here's my phone number. When they've invented mobile phones, call me" - this movie's *other* star, Channing Tatum (of 'movies that haven't been released yet but he'll be famous for those, plus this one' fame) is also leaving this hotel to go to another hotel.

"Here's my phone number. When they've invented mobile phones, call me" - this movie's *other* star, Channing Tatum (of 'movies that haven't been released yet but he'll be famous for those, plus this one' fame) is also leaving this hotel to go to another hotel.

"wow - they're putting sepia tones on mobile phones now??"

"wow - they're putting sepia tones on mobile phones now??"

If all these faces were in focus, I'd be hard-pressed telling you who the subject is....

If all these faces were in focus, I'd be hard-pressed telling you who the subject is....

"Could you please take your hand off my shoulder? It makes me feel uncomfortable" "That's not my hand. That's your security guard's hand." "Frank?? What aren't you telling me, Frank?"

"Could you please take your hand off my shoulder? It makes me feel uncomfortable"
"That's not my hand. That's your security guard's hand."
"Frank?? What aren't you telling me, Frank?"

"And the medium format film goes where?"

"And the medium format film goes where?"

"Sorry guys, my quill has run dry and your papyrus is going to have to get signed some other time. But I wish you well in your future endeavours". It saddens me to say that many of the autograph dealers in this picture are still active five year later (while I... well... I've probably moved onto bigger and better things, on the assumption I lead a double life of which I'm not aware)

"Sorry guys, my quill has run dry and your papyrus is going to have to get signed some other time. But I wish you well in your future endeavours". It saddens me to say that many of the autograph dealers in this picture are still active five year later (while I... well... I've probably moved onto bigger and better things, on the assumption I lead a double life of which I'm not aware)

So.. that was that. I wandered vaguely past the Hotel Mayfair en route to the tube station and homewards after this, and the crowd there was much larger and just as chaotically arranged, with a couple of barriers and (if memory serves) no red carpet either. I didn't feel at the time that I'd been at a premiere where I'd been, and yet had I gone to the 'Mayfair, the photos would have been worse even if that *would* have been 'the premiere'. At that point, I came to the conclusion that without a red carpet, or rather without spectacle, and without some kind of'sense' of a premiere...  I wouldn't bother in the future. And I pretty much haven't.

Except when the non-premiere is a Disney non-premiere (but that's another rant for another time).

Art, 2012. It was resting against a brick wall near where I work. I probably should have taken it home - it'd be worth a small fortune today, I think.

Art, 2012. It was resting against a brick wall near where I work. I probably should have taken it home - it'd be worth a small fortune today, I think.

 

..... and finally, after all this time, this 'thing' (whatever it is) gets its long overdue place in 'The Archive of Movie Premieres' - right next to its sequel, Magic Mike XXL, released a few years later, which had an *actual* Leicester Square premiere (and Amber Heard, as well as Channing Tatum).

Until ... next time!

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9 Dec - The 'Hitchcock' Premiere

December 9th, 2012.

A rare 2-event day today, with the premiere of 'Hitchcock' at BFI Southbank followed by "BIFA" - the British Independent Film Awards - in a dark, cold, and ill-lit London Street a short while later. I was flying out a day later, so I figured I'd best go to both - the Awards, on top of this, my final premiere for 2012.

Here's how it went down:


The movie is 'Hitchcock'. And, one day, they will make a film called 'Lucas'. And it will be interesting. But Scarlett Johansson won't be required to get naked in it, so there will be limits to just exactly how interesting.

The movie is 'Hitchcock'. And, one day, they will make a film called 'Lucas'. And it will be interesting. But Scarlett Johansson won't be required to get naked in it, so there will be limits to just exactly how interesting.

I arrived late, but my spot was not without merit. That said, despite my efforts, there is not a frikkin' single BIRD in this shot (I was going for profound....). Unbelievable. Still... Mirren and Hopkins pose. That's something.

I arrived late, but my spot was not without merit. That said, despite my efforts, there is not a frikkin' single BIRD in this shot (I was going for profound....). Unbelievable. Still... Mirren and Hopkins pose. That's something.

"I"m not even going to answer that question, I'm just going to stand here and look awesome." Well played, Sir.

"I"m not even going to answer that question, I'm just going to stand here and look awesome." Well played, Sir.

".... everyone keeps asking me about Tom Hiddleson these days. It's quite distracting. I mean, I'm trying to film a naked shower scene with Scarlett Johansson, damnit!"

".... everyone keeps asking me about Tom Hiddleson these days. It's quite distracting. I mean, I'm trying to film a naked shower scene with Scarlett Johansson, damnit!"

Director Sacha Gervasi also wrote the Spielberg-directed 'The Terminal' and produced and directed 'Anvil : The Story of Anvil'. I have watched none of these films. And I would class my current hairstyle as "neater".

Director Sacha Gervasi also wrote the Spielberg-directed 'The Terminal' and produced and directed 'Anvil : The Story of Anvil'. I have watched none of these films. And I would class my current hairstyle as "neater".

"No, I brush it every day, just like everybody else"

"No, I brush it every day, just like everybody else"

"Of course the Oscar for 'The Queen' meant a lot, obviously, but overall I was rather pleased with my work in the Nicolas Cage sequel 'National Treasure 2' " Ha - I knew it! Dame Helen Mirren is quite awesome.

"Of course the Oscar for 'The Queen' meant a lot, obviously, but overall I was rather pleased with my work in the Nicolas Cage sequel 'National Treasure 2' " Ha - I knew it! Dame Helen Mirren is quite awesome.

I've photographed Dame Helen Mirren looking whimsical! It feels kind of strange, life photographing Morgan Freeman playing Angry Birds or something.

I've photographed Dame Helen Mirren looking whimsical! It feels kind of strange, life photographing Morgan Freeman playing Angry Birds or something.

And then I photographed Anthony Hopkins looking whimsical, and THAT felt weird too.

And then I photographed Anthony Hopkins looking whimsical, and THAT felt weird too.

Fortunately, things settled down after that, and I got expressions a bit more like 'I'm already planning how I'll be serving your spleen'

Fortunately, things settled down after that, and I got expressions a bit more like 'I'm already planning how I'll be serving your spleen'

"Well, you SAY you're a fan. But if you can't be bothered watching 'The World's Fastest Indian', how can you call yourself that? It's out on DVD - has been for many years!"

"Well, you SAY you're a fan. But if you can't be bothered watching 'The World's Fastest Indian', how can you call yourself that? It's out on DVD - has been for many years!"

It's the Right eye of Anthony Hopkins, but all Facebook can do is ask me to tag the blurry face in the back. Thanks for the props on my photography skillz, Facebook. My wounded pride and I will get right back to you.

It's the Right eye of Anthony Hopkins, but all Facebook can do is ask me to tag the blurry face in the back. Thanks for the props on my photography skillz, Facebook. My wounded pride and I will get right back to you.

"Scarlett Johansson? Talented" She wasn't at the premiere, sadly.

"Scarlett Johansson? Talented" She wasn't at the premiere, sadly.

"Sure I'll etch my autograph into your neck with a protractor" . Dame Helen Mirren is pretty hardcore - she has her own tattoos, so there's a chance she actually might.

"Sure I'll etch my autograph into your neck with a protractor" . Dame Helen Mirren is pretty hardcore - she has her own tattoos, so there's a chance she actually might.

One last bit of near-eye-contact, and it's time to head off to the ill-lit and Dealer-rich environment of BIFA - the British Independent Film Awards.

One last bit of near-eye-contact, and it's time to head off to the ill-lit and Dealer-rich environment of BIFA - the British Independent Film Awards.

But where premieres are concerned, that's it for 2012. If you're after photos from the premieres of Jack Reacher, The Hobbit and The Double, y'all are going to have to look elsewhere, sadly. But (hopefully) I'll be back doing these in 2013!!

It's another for "The Archive of Movie Premieres" too!

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Until Next time!

5 Dec - The 'Les Misérables' World Premiere

December 5th, 2012.

Just two days after the Tom Hiddleston dominated "Life of Pi" premiere, which due to him had 10x more views in the first day than my "Twilight Breaking Dawn Part 2" premiere journal, it was time for a world premiere in Leicester Square, that of "Les Miserables". My position proved to be rather odd, but not unworthy.

Here's how it went down.


It's Les Miz - it's a musical, but fairly popular. I'm surprised they didn't get Baz Luhrman to direct it, but for now I'm just happy that they're not playing the trailer noisily every few minutes for two hours. I'm listening to The Dark Knight Rises soundtrack. It doesn't fit.

It's Les Miz - it's a musical, but fairly popular. I'm surprised they didn't get Baz Luhrman to direct it, but for now I'm just happy that they're not playing the trailer noisily every few minutes for two hours. I'm listening to The Dark Knight Rises soundtrack. It doesn't fit.

The host on the left apparently played the character of 'Marius' in the original stage version of the show 27 years ago. The woman on the right just figured out that he's been lying about his age. (?)

The host on the left apparently played the character of 'Marius' in the original stage version of the show 27 years ago. The woman on the right just figured out that he's been lying about his age. (?)

You have to go way down into the cast listing on imdb to verify that Isabelle Allen plays "Young Cosette" who is also the girl whose face is on all the posters and the side of all the buses. I hope she gets a percentage.

You have to go way down into the cast listing on imdb to verify that Isabelle Allen plays "Young Cosette" who is also the girl whose face is on all the posters and the side of all the buses. I hope she gets a percentage.

Next up on the big stage is Samantha Barks, best known for the land-shark attack that cost her part of her dress. Also a TV series called "Groove High" that I've not previously heard of. She does however also play the role she plays in the movie (Éponine) in the stage production of Les Miz.

Next up on the big stage is Samantha Barks, best known for the land-shark attack that cost her part of her dress. Also a TV series called "Groove High" that I've not previously heard of. She does however also play the role she plays in the movie (Éponine) in the stage production of Les Miz.

Samantha Barks shows off her mad DJ skillz, and if she learned that for the film,it could mean that Napoleonic France was maybe a bit more modern than I’d first thought.

Samantha Barks shows off her mad DJ skillz, and if she learned that for the film,it could mean that Napoleonic France was maybe a bit more modern than I’d first thought.

Young Daniel Huttlestone plays Gavroche in the film and he's just won a massive staredown contest. On this basis, I suspect he's also a mean card shark.

Young Daniel Huttlestone plays Gavroche in the film and he's just won a massive staredown contest. On this basis, I suspect he's also a mean card shark.

"There are rumours the movie went fifteen million dollars over budget after you took Tom Hooper to the cleaners in an extended session of Texas Holdem. Care to comment?"

"There are rumours the movie went fifteen million dollars over budget after you took Tom Hooper to the cleaners in an extended session of Texas Holdem. Care to comment?"

In kind of a nice treat for them, the stage cast of the current theatre production of Les Miz was given tonight off to be at the premiere. That's nice. I hope they told ticket holders

In kind of a nice treat for them, the stage cast of the current theatre production of Les Miz was given tonight off to be at the premiere. That's nice. I hope they told ticket holders

This lady clearly prefers 'Phantom, while I myself am really looking forward to Book of Mormon. That's starting next year in London and is meant to be excellent.

This lady clearly prefers 'Phantom, while I myself am really looking forward to Book of Mormon. That's starting next year in London and is meant to be excellent.

Eddie Redmayne (Marius in the film) bows down to the original Marius, whose name escapes me.

Eddie Redmayne (Marius in the film) bows down to the original Marius, whose name escapes me.

"By the way if you see that kid, tell him I want a rematch. I want my watch back..."

"By the way if you see that kid, tell him I want a rematch. I want my watch back..."

I last photographed Eddie Redmayne at the premiere of "My Week With Marylin" but everyone keeps going on about how great he is/was in "Pillars of the Earth". Okay... but I kinda want to start watching The Walking Dead before I commit to more TV Series....

I last photographed Eddie Redmayne at the premiere of "My Week With Marylin" but everyone keeps going on about how great he is/was in "Pillars of the Earth". Okay... but I kinda want to start watching The Walking Dead before I commit to more TV Series....

If these are the original guys behind the musical, I'm going with composer Claude-Michel Schönberg at left, directed by Robert Hossein in the middle, and 'libretto written by' Alain Boublil on the right. Either that or three ordinary cinema patrons are answering some pretty detailed questions with AMAZING aplomb.

If these are the original guys behind the musical, I'm going with composer Claude-Michel Schönberg at left, directed by Robert Hossein in the middle, and 'libretto written by' Alain Boublil on the right. Either that or three ordinary cinema patrons are answering some pretty detailed questions with AMAZING aplomb.

More so than even the premiere-slumming (and occasional director) Dexter Fletcher, I believe Stephen Fry should be a mandatory attendee at every premiere in London, because he lends class and credibility to Everything.

More so than even the premiere-slumming (and occasional director) Dexter Fletcher, I believe Stephen Fry should be a mandatory attendee at every premiere in London, because he lends class and credibility to Everything.

"OMG you're Stephen Fry!!" "OMG you're Russell Crowe!!" "OMG i'm just going to die a little inside right now...."

"OMG you're Stephen Fry!!"
"OMG you're Russell Crowe!!"
"OMG i'm just going to die a little inside right now...."

So clearly it's winter in London at the moment. (It snowed in St Albans this morning. True Story)

So clearly it's winter in London at the moment. (It snowed in St Albans this morning. True Story)

"And here he is. The man who dances, who sings, who defeated Magneto and helped train the fighting robot who knocked down Zeus... and now plays Jean Valjean in Les Miserables. It's the one, the only.... (wait. who are you?)" "Just keep talking, mate"

"And here he is. The man who dances, who sings, who defeated Magneto and helped train the fighting robot who knocked down Zeus... and now plays Jean Valjean in Les Miserables. It's the one, the only.... (wait. who are you?)"
"Just keep talking, mate"

Hugh Jackman kind of snubbed me, autograph-wise, back around the premiere of "Australia", and then I was unprepared at the premiere of "Real Steel" last year. So the question was : who would snub who this time around? (I had my moleskine journal with me...)

Hugh Jackman kind of snubbed me, autograph-wise, back around the premiere of "Australia", and then I was unprepared at the premiere of "Real Steel" last year. So the question was : who would snub who this time around? (I had my moleskine journal with me...)

"Obviously the Wolverine Claws aren't real. I mean sure, I have them implanted for the duration of filming. Or, actually, not this time around. I kinda lost them to that little kid in an on-set poker game."

"Obviously the Wolverine Claws aren't real. I mean sure, I have them implanted for the duration of filming. Or, actually, not this time around. I kinda lost them to that little kid in an on-set poker game."

"OMG you're Hugh Jackman!!" "OMG you were in that movie I was in!!" Amanda Seyfried plays Cosette in the film, and also played the role of "Not Olivia Wilde" on the movie poster of the underrated (but almost not) film "In Time" which I was also at the premiere of

"OMG you're Hugh Jackman!!"
"OMG you were in that movie I was in!!"

Amanda Seyfried plays Cosette in the film, and also played the role of "Not Olivia Wilde" on the movie poster of the underrated (but almost not) film "In Time" which I was also at the premiere of

"You look kind of cold. Wanna borrow my jacket?" "I was going to knife you right here on stage and steal it from you, but okay, your way would be faster"

"You look kind of cold. Wanna borrow my jacket?"
"I was going to knife you right here on stage and steal it from you, but okay, your way would be faster"

(From left to right) Doesn't remember "In Time", and Didn't watch "In Time", respectively. Awkward.

(From left to right) Doesn't remember "In Time", and Didn't watch "In Time", respectively. Awkward.

"I believe I'm wearing a dress, Lady"

"I believe I'm wearing a dress, Lady"

"So there I was, ahead on the Turn card, but then the kid comes up with a straight flush on the River and I'm down to my underwear. Don't tell his Mum, though. we were supposed to be teaching him singing techniques"

"So there I was, ahead on the Turn card, but then the kid comes up with a straight flush on the River and I'm down to my underwear. Don't tell his Mum, though. we were supposed to be teaching him singing techniques"

"Okay, but if I can't blame it on the sunshine OR the moonlight, what can I blame it on??". Russell Crowe has arrived.

"Okay, but if I can't blame it on the sunshine OR the moonlight, what can I blame it on??". Russell Crowe has arrived.

Based on the scratches, Russell Crowe has been holidaying on Pandora again. (He plays Javert in Les Miz, and as far as I know has not been auditioning for any of James Cameron's Avatar sequels)

Based on the scratches, Russell Crowe has been holidaying on Pandora again. (He plays Javert in Les Miz, and as far as I know has not been auditioning for any of James Cameron's Avatar sequels)

"Okay guys, I can sign one as "Russell"; one as "Crowe"; and one as "Pi55 Off" before I do an interview. Who wants what?" In contrast to his reputation (?), Russell Crowe was nothing but friendly at this event.

"Okay guys, I can sign one as "Russell"; one as "Crowe"; and one as "Pi55 Off" before I do an interview. Who wants what?" In contrast to his reputation (?), Russell Crowe was nothing but friendly at this event.

But first, Helena Bonham Carter takes to the stage. She plays Madame Thénardier in the film. I haven't watched the musical, I don't know who that is. However, she's pretty awesome so I suspect she's nailed it.

But first, Helena Bonham Carter takes to the stage. She plays Madame Thénardier in the film. I haven't watched the musical, I don't know who that is. However, she's pretty awesome so I suspect she's nailed it.

Anne Hathaway is very pretty, and potentially slightly less thinner now than when she was filming this musical (in a good way), at which point she was attending the premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises". Maybe she's put on 1 or 2 of the 12 kilos she lost for the movie?

Anne Hathaway is very pretty, and potentially slightly less thinner now than when she was filming this musical (in a good way), at which point she was attending the premiere of "The Dark Knight Rises". Maybe she's put on 1 or 2 of the 12 kilos she lost for the movie?

Helena Briefly interacts with Hathaway, who is heading towards the stage. I'm going to admit that I'm wearing approximately five layers of clothing (including two thermal and one insulated). And I don't think what Anne Hathaway is wearing technically counts as one layer yet.

Helena Briefly interacts with Hathaway, who is heading towards the stage. I'm going to admit that I'm wearing approximately five layers of clothing (including two thermal and one insulated). And I don't think what Anne Hathaway is wearing technically counts as one layer yet.

"I hear she's already put on one or two kilos, the cow...."

"I hear she's already put on one or two kilos, the cow...."

Sir Cameron Macintosh (at left) is a producer of Les Miz, but Russell Crowe could beat him at an arm-wrestle I suppose.

Sir Cameron Macintosh (at left) is a producer of Les Miz, but Russell Crowe could beat him at an arm-wrestle I suppose.

"So I said I really wanted to do an animated movie called 'The Miserable', but then all of a sudden I'm making a movie based on a stage musical. Not sure how that happened. But that said I'm quite pleased with it" Tom Hooper probably didn't say that. And he won an Oscar for directing The King's Speech.

"So I said I really wanted to do an animated movie called 'The Miserable', but then all of a sudden I'm making a movie based on a stage musical. Not sure how that happened. But that said I'm quite pleased with it" Tom Hooper probably didn't say that. And he won an Oscar for directing The King's Speech.

Tom Hooper takes a photo of his own red carpet before heading inside. And you know what? That's pretty awesome.

Tom Hooper takes a photo of his own red carpet before heading inside. And you know what? That's pretty awesome.

I've never seen Sacha Baron Cohen at an event where he wasn't attending AS the character he plays in the film (like "Bruno" or "The Dictator"). Sadly, he rushed past.

I've never seen Sacha Baron Cohen at an event where he wasn't attending AS the character he plays in the film (like "Bruno" or "The Dictator"). Sadly, he rushed past.

So... that was another premiere. It was cold and occasionally frustrating, but overall good.

And there's still one more this year that I'll try to get to.

But for now, it's another for "The Archive of Movie premieres"

Until next time!

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03 Dec - The 'Life of Pi' Premiere

December 3rd, 2012.

"Life of Pi" was a pretty major book release (so Major that even I read it!), selling some 7million copies and winning the Man Booker Prize in the UK. It's also meant to have been considered "un-filmable", but I suspect that's more a marketing thing. I have read the book, remember it fondly, and the trailer looks amazing. Oh, and there was a premiere. Here's how that went down:

Blue carpet. Flames. Low temperatures. If they're walking a tiger down the carpet for the publicity, I think it's going to be cranky.

Blue carpet. Flames. Low temperatures. If they're walking a tiger down the carpet for the publicity, I think it's going to be cranky.

This premiere was not carbon neutral. But screw it, I'll say it - we've passed the tipping point. I'm stockpiling Spam and learning to hunt with a crossbow. (Great setup, though)

This premiere was not carbon neutral. But screw it, I'll say it - we've passed the tipping point. I'm stockpiling Spam and learning to hunt with a crossbow. (Great setup, though)

This is one of the Access All Areas red carpet photographer. I should hate him more than life itself, but I have to concede he is pretty awesome. He even rocks baldness! I have a ways to go before I can make that claim.

This is one of the Access All Areas red carpet photographer. I should hate him more than life itself, but I have to concede he is pretty awesome. He even rocks baldness! I have a ways to go before I can make that claim.

The morning Metro advertised a 5pm start but for this premiere, but it ended up being 6pm (I care because it's December and it gets frikkin' cold). Fortunately, "Monsters Ate My Condo" really IS an addictive game, thinks Pretty Personal Assistant (or Premiere Co-Ordinator - I didn't strike up a conversation as she did seem quite distracted)

The morning Metro advertised a 5pm start but for this premiere, but it ended up being 6pm (I care because it's December and it gets frikkin' cold). Fortunately, "Monsters Ate My Condo" really IS an addictive game, thinks Pretty Personal Assistant (or Premiere Co-Ordinator - I didn't strike up a conversation as she did seem quite distracted)

"OMG this is so much shorter than reading the novel". AND it's got' pictures.

"OMG this is so much shorter than reading the novel".
AND it's got' pictures.

The first arrival is Rafe Spall, son of Timothy ('Wormtail' in Harry Potter) Spall, though with a decent role in this and "Prometheus" I might have to refer to Timothy Spall differently. And good news for the Angus Steak House, their numerous signs featured prominently in photos taken during the evening.

The first arrival is Rafe Spall, son of Timothy ('Wormtail' in Harry Potter) Spall, though with a decent role in this and "Prometheus" I might have to refer to Timothy Spall differently. And good news for the Angus Steak House, their numerous signs featured prominently in photos taken during the evening.

"No, I haven't read the book. But I play The Writer in the film, so it would seem redundant, no?"

"No, I haven't read the book. But I play The Writer in the film, so it would seem redundant, no?"

"No, it's not a huge problem. But we're just worried that there aren't enough Angus Steak House signs for when Ang Lee gets here". Too late. He's here. No info on whether he likes steak.

"No, it's not a huge problem. But we're just worried that there aren't enough Angus Steak House signs for when Ang Lee gets here". Too late. He's here. No info on whether he likes steak.

We shared a moment, but I still prefer Kristen Stewart. He's Ang Lee's son. The woman to the right of him with the headband and vest, though? Is a fashion abomination.

We shared a moment, but I still prefer Kristen Stewart. He's Ang Lee's son. The woman to the right of him with the headband and vest, though? Is a fashion abomination.

"If you could just look away from the ugg boots, tight jeans and skinned echidna vest and lace headband I'm wearing, and just pose right here" Who the hell lets these people out in public?

"If you could just look away from the ugg boots, tight jeans and skinned echidna vest and lace headband I'm wearing, and just pose right here"
Who the hell lets these people out in public?

Ang Lee directed Sense & Sensibility, The Hulk, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon and Brokeback Mountain. And now Life of Pi. You Gotta applaud the commitment to diversity in that list! (Please note that I'm not advocating applause for The Hulk, just 'diversity' in general)

Ang Lee directed Sense & Sensibility, The Hulk, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon and Brokeback Mountain. And now Life of Pi. You Gotta applaud the commitment to diversity in that list! (Please note that I'm not advocating applause for The Hulk, just 'diversity' in general)

"I would like to scan you three-dimensionally and use you as a special effect for my next monster movie". I personally wouldn't watch that movie, but I probably would go to the premiere.

"I would like to scan you three-dimensionally and use you as a special effect for my next monster movie". I personally wouldn't watch that movie, but I probably would go to the premiere.

"Do I regret turning down an offer to direct Terminator3? Baby, didn't you SEE The Hulk?" I think it's a mixed blessing on both counts for both franchises, but I really DO need to see Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon again. And/or Sense & Sensibility for the first time.

"Do I regret turning down an offer to direct Terminator3? Baby, didn't you SEE The Hulk?" I think it's a mixed blessing on both counts for both franchises, but I really DO need to see Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon again. And/or Sense & Sensibility for the first time.

Random celeb arrival Stephen Fry looks vaguely demonic for a moment.....

Random celeb arrival Stephen Fry looks vaguely demonic for a moment.....

....but can't not revert to regular levels of awesomeness.

....but can't not revert to regular levels of awesomeness.

I have no idea who this is, but I heard she's a fashion reporter. I am also... sometimes... a fashion reporter. (Hey, I commented on what the freaky lady with the echidna vest was wearing)

I have no idea who this is, but I heard she's a fashion reporter. I am also... sometimes... a fashion reporter. (Hey, I commented on what the freaky lady with the echidna vest was wearing)

Speaking of which : it's Twiggy! (she was a model) (she's the one on the right)

Speaking of which : it's Twiggy! (she was a model) (she's the one on the right)

Suraj Sharma makes his film debut in 'Life of Pi'. I've read the book. I can't remember if the main character's hair is quite _this_ amazing but I'll give him the benefit of the doubt.

Suraj Sharma makes his film debut in 'Life of Pi'. I've read the book. I can't remember if the main character's hair is quite _this_ amazing but I'll give him the benefit of the doubt.

I don't know who this is, but with the white balance on the Pentax screaming with all the Angus Steak House and Pret A Manger signs, I really do like the superviolet coloured dress she's wearing.

I don't know who this is, but with the white balance on the Pentax screaming with all the Angus Steak House and Pret A Manger signs, I really do like the superviolet coloured dress she's wearing.

Ang Lee, standing in the DARK part of the premiere.

Ang Lee, standing in the DARK part of the premiere.

"Hurry up! I must leave before Tom Hiddleston arrives and steals the limelight". He may be the director of this film, but he's got a valid point.

"Hurry up! I must leave before Tom Hiddleston arrives and steals the limelight". He may be the director of this film, but he's got a valid point.

The Man. The Myth. I call it : The Inevitability Of Hiddleston.

The Man. The Myth. I call it : The Inevitability Of Hiddleston.

One Frame Later. (It does 5 frames per second)

One Frame Later. (It does 5 frames per second)

"You? You're awesome. Tom Hiddleston? More so. My hair? Very slightly less so. Goodbye."

"You? You're awesome. Tom Hiddleston? More so. My hair? Very slightly less so. Goodbye."

"Why is everyone vacating the carpet? Was it something I said?"

"Why is everyone vacating the carpet? Was it something I said?"

And one more of Tom Hiddleston. Just because.

And one more of Tom Hiddleston. Just because.

So... chalk up another. Two more this year, and I'm done! (The Archive of Movie Premieres can take a slight breather as I return to Australia for a brief holiday)

Until next time!

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