19 Sep 2018 - The 'Intent 2 : The Come Up' World Premiere

September 19th, 2018 (again!)

It was just minutes earlier that I’d (literally) been around the corner photographing the premiere of “Gloves Off”…. knowing as soon as I’d left that smaller (and earlier-finishing) premiere, I’d be rushing just around the corner to photograph the much bigger, and much more grammatically challenging “The Intent 2 : The Come Up” premiere. By that time I wouldn’t be able to get into a pen and would have to make do with what I could.

Because you know when I say “I’m From Tha Streetz” what that really means is that I’m from the pavement *next* to that street.

Here’s how it went down:

 I can barely pronounce the movie…. let alone conceive of the fact that it’s a PREQUEL.

I can barely pronounce the movie…. let alone conceive of the fact that it’s a PREQUEL.

 note - other than one shot below, THIS is what I was shooting through for the entirety of this premiere …..  and that’s totally GANGSTA and not unspeakably lame (…. ma’am)

note - other than one shot below, THIS is what I was shooting through for the entirety of this premiere ….. and that’s totally GANGSTA and not unspeakably lame (…. ma’am)

  “ “The Intent to the Come Up”?… I’m sorry, I’m a grammar teacher and that just doesn’t make sense. What exactly are you trying to say?”

“ “The Intent to the Come Up”?… I’m sorry, I’m a grammar teacher and that just doesn’t make sense. What exactly are you trying to say?”

  “We’re cooler than you…. you….. you…. you…. and you” . Well, yeah, but you’re facing the Paparazzi. And the one with the Cool Hat was at the other premiere.

“We’re cooler than you…. you….. you…. you…. and you”. Well, yeah, but you’re facing the Paparazzi. And the one with the Cool Hat was at the other premiere.

 The paparazzi from  the other premiere .

The paparazzi from the other premiere.

  “This really isn’t the way I want to read the latest Dan Brown thriller….”

“This really isn’t the way I want to read the latest Dan Brown thriller….”

  “What? You don’t like the hairstyle?”

“What? You don’t like the hairstyle?”

 Damnit… I don’t wear my cap backwards nearly often enough. Because that, other than the lack of a rap career….. antisocial tendencies….. absence of motivation and ambition….. and bad posture, is probably where I’m going wrong.

Damnit… I don’t wear my cap backwards nearly often enough. Because that, other than the lack of a rap career….. antisocial tendencies….. absence of motivation and ambition….. and bad posture, is probably where I’m going wrong.

 Konan! - thanks to the mighty wireimage.com I have one (1) person at this premiere that I randomly photographed who is actually famous… enough to get tagged on wireimage.com

Konan! - thanks to the mighty wireimage.com I have one (1) person at this premiere that I randomly photographed who is actually famous… enough to get tagged on wireimage.com

 Wait… didn’t I photograph her at  the other premiere  just minutes ago??

Wait… didn’t I photograph her at the other premiere just minutes ago??

  “Wait… wait… I just want that guy in the background to finish his selfie… I don’t know how wide-angle his phone-camera is…”

“Wait… wait… I just want that guy in the background to finish his selfie… I don’t know how wide-angle his phone-camera is…”

 Time for that 6 foot monopod…… (did that come out less cool than I intended? I wanted it to sound more cool, if anything…)

Time for that 6 foot monopod…… (did that come out less cool than I intended? I wanted it to sound more cool, if anything…)

  Help Me. I’m Stuck In A Moment I Can’t Get Out Of.  Awesome… I’m paraphrasing U2 song lyrics among this crowd.

Help Me. I’m Stuck In A Moment I Can’t Get Out Of. Awesome… I’m paraphrasing U2 song lyrics among this crowd.

  "Your jacket is frikkin awesome. And I hate that."  Rap/RnB/HipHop is all about attitudes I'm not fully in tune with.

"Your jacket is frikkin awesome. And I hate that." Rap/RnB/HipHop is all about attitudes I'm not fully in tune with.

  “That jacket is awesome. Not as awesome as my cap… but close”

“That jacket is awesome. Not as awesome as my cap… but close”

  “I bet you go by your first name, and it contains no numbers, odd capitalisations, or the letter ‘z’ “  that’s…. sadly true. I used to be ‘berndt2’ on redbubble, but that was just because berndt was taken

“I bet you go by your first name, and it contains no numbers, odd capitalisations, or the letter ‘z’ “ that’s…. sadly true. I used to be ‘berndt2’ on redbubble, but that was just because berndt was taken

 I’ll be honest : just about every single thing the (wireimage-identified) “Krept” is wearing is cooler than anything I’M currently wearing. And that certainly includes the neck tattoo.

I’ll be honest : just about every single thing the (wireimage-identified) “Krept” is wearing is cooler than anything I’M currently wearing. And that certainly includes the neck tattoo.

  “He’s tall. I don’t like it. Can we get somebody shorter?”

“He’s tall. I don’t like it. Can we get somebody shorter?”

  “You want me to sign your CD? Firstly, what’s a CD and secondly I’m a quantum physicist and you’re clearly mixing me up with somebody else”

“You want me to sign your CD? Firstly, what’s a CD and secondly I’m a quantum physicist and you’re clearly mixing me up with somebody else”

  “Tie?? Vertical stripes ARE the tie of 2018. Weren’t you at fashion week?”

“Tie?? Vertical stripes ARE the tie of 2018. Weren’t you at fashion week?”

  “I don’t do autographs. High-fives, high-tens certainly…. hell, I’ll do high-threes and high-sevens if you ask nicely”

“I don’t do autographs. High-fives, high-tens certainly…. hell, I’ll do high-threes and high-sevens if you ask nicely”

 Vauxhall James! Is… also not in this movie? (weirdly, none of the tagged guests on the wireimage page for this event appears to be in the movie…)

Vauxhall James! Is… also not in this movie? (weirdly, none of the tagged guests on the wireimage page for this event appears to be in the movie…)

 Olivia Cox… is also not in this movie!

Olivia Cox… is also not in this movie!

  “The earrings are not for sale. And possibly not allowed to be brought into Australia”

“The earrings are not for sale. And possibly not allowed to be brought into Australia”

  “But… but…. I don’t know who ANY of these people are! How hideously out-of-touch with today’s yoof AM I??”  I have a DVD collection at home and I remember VHS. I used to be in touch.

“But… but…. I don’t know who ANY of these people are! How hideously out-of-touch with today’s yoof AM I??” I have a DVD collection at home and I remember VHS. I used to be in touch.

  “OMG - has anyone seen what they’re doing to the Odeon Leicester Square??”  - the refurbishment of that cinema was originally supposed to done by London Film Festival (which is 3 weeks from now) but it’s currently got the entire front part of it missing.

“OMG - has anyone seen what they’re doing to the Odeon Leicester Square??” - the refurbishment of that cinema was originally supposed to done by London Film Festival (which is 3 weeks from now) but it’s currently got the entire front part of it missing.

  “You’re listening to some bland white girl pop-rock while you’re typing this aren’t you?”  NO - because… umm…. the playlist ended about five minutes ago and I haven’t restarted it yet.

“You’re listening to some bland white girl pop-rock while you’re typing this aren’t you?” NO - because… umm…. the playlist ended about five minutes ago and I haven’t restarted it yet.

  “If you’re gonna frame me…. frame me with the curved metal railings of the barriers I’m standing behind”  - happy to oblige!

“If you’re gonna frame me…. frame me with the curved metal railings of the barriers I’m standing behind” - happy to oblige!

  “It’s actually her hat, but I won that bet”

“It’s actually her hat, but I won that bet”

  "I'm just gonna say "ssup" and leave it to you to ponder whether it's a question or a statement."

"I'm just gonna say "ssup" and leave it to you to ponder whether it's a question or a statement."

 This guy actually looks nothing like me, but he’s pretty much the complete embodiment of what I feel like at this event (though I’m actually wearing a gold-embossed “LA” Cap… which somehow I think that might make things worse, if anything…)

This guy actually looks nothing like me, but he’s pretty much the complete embodiment of what I feel like at this event (though I’m actually wearing a gold-embossed “LA” Cap… which somehow I think that might make things worse, if anything…)

   “You’d better be wearing that bow tie ironically… don’t you understand what kind of event this is?”

“You’d better be wearing that bow tie ironically… don’t you understand what kind of event this is?”

 Josh Denzel and Kaz Crossley… also identified by wireimage…. also not in this movie.

Josh Denzel and Kaz Crossley… also identified by wireimage…. also not in this movie.

  “Tell me one way this outfit could look better”  (Me :  “well… I can’t see the shoes being worn, but if they’re sandals…” ) (me, hours later :  “wait… was that flirtation? should I have recognised that?” )

“Tell me one way this outfit could look better” (Me : “well… I can’t see the shoes being worn, but if they’re sandals…”) (me, hours later : “wait… was that flirtation? should I have recognised that?”)

 Sharon Duncan-Brewster… also not in this movie, but wireimage was kind enough to ID her.

Sharon Duncan-Brewster… also not in this movie, but wireimage was kind enough to ID her.

  “If anyone on my left wants to photograph me, they’re going to have to move to my right because I’m not risking changing this expression, which is the precise expression I want to be photographed with”

“If anyone on my left wants to photograph me, they’re going to have to move to my right because I’m not risking changing this expression, which is the precise expression I want to be photographed with”

 “Go on. Ask me if I’m in this movie”

“Go on. Ask me if I’m in this movie”

 Please tell me that’s not a gang sign I should be worried about…

Please tell me that’s not a gang sign I should be worried about…

 Well… it seems that across 2000 -odd shots I possibly didn’t photograph a single person from the MOVIE at its own world premiere. I’d like to say I’ve done worse, but it’s very late (ie. very early) and my memory, like the large bottle of beer I’ve been drinking…. now is empty.

Well… it seems that across 2000 -odd shots I possibly didn’t photograph a single person from the MOVIE at its own world premiere. I’d like to say I’ve done worse, but it’s very late (ie. very early) and my memory, like the large bottle of beer I’ve been drinking…. now is empty.

So…. that was that. Two premieres in a day, in two different locations photographed in two separate styles. And do I get a high-five? funky handshake? ticket to see either movie? fame and adulation?

No… but the train was only delayed 2 minutes and I get to put +2 into The Archive of Premieres in one day, so I guess I’m a winner.

Until next time!

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19 Sep 2018 - The 'Gloves Off' Premiere

September 19th, 2018.

In a bit of an unprecedented scenario, London had not one but THREE scheduled premieres today. But rather than choose which one to go to, I looked at the name of my own website (which is premiereS.co - plural not singular) and decided why not do two of them, rather than just one.

Here’s how it (that being the first one) went down:

 It’s a cinema, there is a red carpet, and I have a pulse and somewhere between 1 and 3 cameras (inclusive)…. there’s really not a lot more I need. I even have leftovers and beer at home (Stirfry and Asahi Dry, in case you’re wondering)

It’s a cinema, there is a red carpet, and I have a pulse and somewhere between 1 and 3 cameras (inclusive)…. there’s really not a lot more I need. I even have leftovers and beer at home (Stirfry and Asahi Dry, in case you’re wondering)

 The Gloves came off. It wasn’t pretty.

The Gloves came off. It wasn’t pretty.

 For a movie I’d barely heard of prior to its announcement on premierescene, its premiere had a list of possible attendees that ran to a whopping FIVE PAGES. Had I heard of many? Well…. no. But I’m a thin reedy white dude… what do I know about boxing? (Answer : slightly more than I know about Rap and/or R’n’B, and THAT genre is having ITS premiere less than 100m away)

For a movie I’d barely heard of prior to its announcement on premierescene, its premiere had a list of possible attendees that ran to a whopping FIVE PAGES. Had I heard of many? Well…. no. But I’m a thin reedy white dude… what do I know about boxing? (Answer : slightly more than I know about Rap and/or R’n’B, and THAT genre is having ITS premiere less than 100m away)

 I’m wearing a cap. It’s a pretty cool cap. But it’s not a hat… and it’s not as ….much as this hat.

I’m wearing a cap. It’s a pretty cool cap. But it’s not a hat… and it’s not as ….much as this hat.

  “This movie’s about boxing, right? so why don’t I see any boxes?” ”You never should have left the post office, Frank”

“This movie’s about boxing, right? so why don’t I see any boxes?”
”You never should have left the post office, Frank”

 The last time I photographed Alan Ford was…. weirdly ALSO at a premiere held at the Prince Charles Cinema (   “Welcome to Curiosity”   ) and he was ALSO wearing a suit over a purple shirt.

The last time I photographed Alan Ford was…. weirdly ALSO at a premiere held at the Prince Charles Cinema (“Welcome to Curiosity”) and he was ALSO wearing a suit over a purple shirt.

  “The things I eat for breakfast are scarier than any question you’re thinking of asking me. So go on… just TRY to shock me”  - Alan Ford is best known for being in ‘Snatch’ but he also had the role of ‘a taxi driver’ in American Werewolf In London

“The things I eat for breakfast are scarier than any question you’re thinking of asking me. So go on… just TRY to shock me” - Alan Ford is best known for being in ‘Snatch’ but he also had the role of ‘a taxi driver’ in American Werewolf In London

  “Am I tall or are you just really short? Well, it’s a question of perspective and frame of reference. Also… was that a question about the movie, or more of a general question?”

“Am I tall or are you just really short? Well, it’s a question of perspective and frame of reference. Also… was that a question about the movie, or more of a general question?”

  “I’m betting it’s a frame of reference thing, myself”  - which is to say… I don’t know (yet) who this is. This premiere, at time of writing, isn’t even on wireimage.com.

“I’m betting it’s a frame of reference thing, myself” - which is to say… I don’t know (yet) who this is. This premiere, at time of writing, isn’t even on wireimage.com.

  “You wanna pose with me pretending to punch you? No problem… I do that for kicks on my days off”  - Brad Moore (left) is in this movie.

“You wanna pose with me pretending to punch you? No problem… I do that for kicks on my days off” - Brad Moore (left) is in this movie.

  “What’s this movie about? Well, it’s about many things…. many ….multi-layered things. Friendship, human needs, humility, ambition… also subtle things I’m going to leave to the audience to figure out for themselves.” ”…….?” ”Also it’s about boxing. Check the poster. That was the clue”

“What’s this movie about? Well, it’s about many things…. many ….multi-layered things. Friendship, human needs, humility, ambition… also subtle things I’m going to leave to the audience to figure out for themselves.”
”…….?”
”Also it’s about boxing. Check the poster. That was the clue”

  “Maybe I shouldn’t be touching it so eagerly. Hold on…”

“Maybe I shouldn’t be touching it so eagerly. Hold on…”

  “Boxing? In this day and age? So barbaric…. two tickets, please”

“Boxing? In this day and age? So barbaric…. two tickets, please”

 If this is Steven Nesbit (he’s wearing a beret on imdb) then he’s the director of this film.

If this is Steven Nesbit (he’s wearing a beret on imdb) then he’s the director of this film.

 I don’t know who this is. Mainly because I’m scared to ask.

I don’t know who this is. Mainly because I’m scared to ask.

  “One hand for the camera, one hand for the mic. One eye for the questions, one eye for the composition.”  - and I thought dualwielding cameras was challenging!

“One hand for the camera, one hand for the mic. One eye for the questions, one eye for the composition.” - and I thought dualwielding cameras was challenging!

 Given my significant lack of hair, I do not and will not make fun of anyone’s glorious hair, no matter how windswept. Also : I believe this is Greg Orvis.

Given my significant lack of hair, I do not and will not make fun of anyone’s glorious hair, no matter how windswept. Also : I believe this is Greg Orvis.

  “You’re, like, the shortest person who has ever interviewed me”  - part of the reason why I’m fairly confident this is Greg Orvis is that imdb.com lists his height as 6ft 6inches (198cm)

“You’re, like, the shortest person who has ever interviewed me” - part of the reason why I’m fairly confident this is Greg Orvis is that imdb.com lists his height as 6ft 6inches (198cm)

  “Anyone wanna take me on? No, I’m not going to fight you ma’am. You look hungry”

“Anyone wanna take me on? No, I’m not going to fight you ma’am. You look hungry”

 The main reason I’m photographing this lady is that she, like me, is double-premiering tonight, ie. she’s going to be at the other premiere in Leicester Square in a short while. Just like me. Except she didn’t just make up a new verb like I just did.

The main reason I’m photographing this lady is that she, like me, is double-premiering tonight, ie. she’s going to be at the other premiere in Leicester Square in a short while. Just like me. Except she didn’t just make up a new verb like I just did.

 I don’t know who this is, but i like the eye contact and his necklace (not pictured) is kinda cool.

I don’t know who this is, but i like the eye contact and his necklace (not pictured) is kinda cool.

 I don’t know who this is, but his expression is an approximation of how I feel right now at the prospect of getting up for a 5am alarm tomorrow morning when it’s after 10pm and I’ve not even finished one premiere, let alone edited a single image from the SECOND premiere I also photographed tonight.  But hey… I know, right?

I don’t know who this is, but his expression is an approximation of how I feel right now at the prospect of getting up for a 5am alarm tomorrow morning when it’s after 10pm and I’ve not even finished one premiere, let alone edited a single image from the SECOND premiere I also photographed tonight. But hey… I know, right?

 I’ve decided that this premiere needs a hair-swish. Fortunately, somebody agreed.

I’ve decided that this premiere needs a hair-swish. Fortunately, somebody agreed.

 And        London Fashion Week    is still too recent for me not to take, and then post, this photo. (Plus if I don’t… who will?)

And London Fashion Week is still too recent for me not to take, and then post, this photo. (Plus if I don’t… who will?)

 I don’t want to know what’s going on here, but between the victim, the assailant and me (the photographer) I’m fairly confident I’m healthily in the top three of people enjoying this moment most.

I don’t want to know what’s going on here, but between the victim, the assailant and me (the photographer) I’m fairly confident I’m healthily in the top three of people enjoying this moment most.

 Don’t get all excited, but you should see the next photo and appreciate how much joy I’m getting out of the prospect of writing something like  “mine’s bigger than yours”

Don’t get all excited, but you should see the next photo and appreciate how much joy I’m getting out of the prospect of writing something like “mine’s bigger than yours”

 Wide-angle lens on a 6-foot monopod means I can do this. (I brought the monopod to the    Blake Lively premiere on Monday   , but there it was a failsafe, whereas here it’s a choice)

Wide-angle lens on a 6-foot monopod means I can do this. (I brought the monopod to the Blake Lively premiere on Monday, but there it was a failsafe, whereas here it’s a choice)

  “Hi. Pleasure to meet you. If you can still feel your hand after I shake it, imma follow it up with a high-five that you’re going to struggle to live through”

“Hi. Pleasure to meet you. If you can still feel your hand after I shake it, imma follow it up with a high-five that you’re going to struggle to live through”

 Alex Reid, the subject of the handshake, is a (former?) cage fighter. The crutches are not a result of the prior man’s handshake and/or high-five. Or at least I don’t think so?

Alex Reid, the subject of the handshake, is a (former?) cage fighter. The crutches are not a result of the prior man’s handshake and/or high-five. Or at least I don’t think so?

So…. that was that. Time to head home and reheat those leftovers and… wait… there’s ANOTHER premiere in Leicester Square, you say?

 ….you’re absolutely right!! Time for me to head from HERE (far right of photo) to HERE (left side of photograph)….. and do it all again. Except different.

….you’re absolutely right!! Time for me to head from HERE (far right of photo) to HERE (left side of photograph)….. and do it all again. Except different.

…. so that was….. NOT QUITE that. I still have another premiere to go to!

but in the meantime:

The Archive of Movie Premieres gets a +1
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..until next time (a few minutes from now!)

17 Sep 2018 - The 'A Simple Favour' UK Premiere

Monday, 17th September 2018.

It’s been a long, LONG time since I last went to a premiere where the lead star was somebody I’d never photographed before and really (REALLY) wanted to. Possibly The Dark Knight Rises and director Christopher Nolan… possibly The Avengers and Scarlett Johansson.

So early morning I dropped by BFI Southbank at 6:30am for a wristband…. and there were no fans, no barriers, no wristbands, no security. So I returned at 11:30am …. and there were still no fans, no barriers, no wristband, no security… but I was given #54 to write on my wrist just in case something happened.

I returned at 3:30pm, expecting nothing…… and here’s how it went down.

 3:30pm. The crowd was close 100, and they had wristbands while I did not. But far from being panicked, I felt I had a pretty good spot overlooking the event (no wristband required). After all.. I have three cameras and a combined 20 frames per second.

3:30pm. The crowd was close 100, and they had wristbands while I did not. But far from being panicked, I felt I had a pretty good spot overlooking the event (no wristband required). After all.. I have three cameras and a combined 20 frames per second.

 The main object of my… erm…. attention : the lovely Blake Lively. She was in ‘The Shallows’, ‘The Age of Adaline’ and (if you know me well enough to force an admission out of me that I might be more than aware of the show….) ‘Gossip Girl’. AND she’s never been to a London Premiere before EVER.

The main object of my… erm…. attention : the lovely Blake Lively. She was in ‘The Shallows’, ‘The Age of Adaline’ and (if you know me well enough to force an admission out of me that I might be more than aware of the show….) ‘Gossip Girl’. AND she’s never been to a London Premiere before EVER.

 The first car arrives and… and… and!!…. and??

The first car arrives and… and… and!!…. and??

 It’s not Blake Lively, but it IS director Paul Feig! He directed    ‘The Heat’    (with Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy),    ‘Spy’    (with Jason Statham and Melissa McCarthy)… and the Ghostbusters reboot I might not mention.

It’s not Blake Lively, but it IS director Paul Feig! He directed ‘The Heat’ (with Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy), ‘Spy’ (with Jason Statham and Melissa McCarthy)… and the Ghostbusters reboot I might not mention.

  “No, you can not be as dapper as me. Because if you were as dapper as me, I would no longer be as uniquely dapper, which would mean you would no longer be dapper, and then neither of us would be dapper…. and if so then why did I even bring a freakin’ CANE to this thing!”

“No, you can not be as dapper as me. Because if you were as dapper as me, I would no longer be as uniquely dapper, which would mean you would no longer be dapper, and then neither of us would be dapper…. and if so then why did I even bring a freakin’ CANE to this thing!”

  “Ah, I’m kidding. Your t-shirt’s ace, man!”

“Ah, I’m kidding. Your t-shirt’s ace, man!”

  “So while I’m accepting your graciously given bluray of some movie, I’m simultaneously pickpocketing the lady to my right” ”That’s your wife, I believe….?” ”And she perfect mark, since she’s not expecting it!”

“So while I’m accepting your graciously given bluray of some movie, I’m simultaneously pickpocketing the lady to my right”
”That’s your wife, I believe….?”
”And she perfect mark, since she’s not expecting it!”

  “And now I’ve got your bluray too. And all you’ll remember later on is how well I was dressed. That’s magic.”  It’s currently    London Fashion Week   , and I myself am wearing jeans, a pair of sketchers, and a black t-shirt under a Marks & Spencer suit jacket. I was wearing vintage Raybans earlier, but I took them off to take photos…

“And now I’ve got your bluray too. And all you’ll remember later on is how well I was dressed. That’s magic.” It’s currently London Fashion Week, and I myself am wearing jeans, a pair of sketchers, and a black t-shirt under a Marks & Spencer suit jacket. I was wearing vintage Raybans earlier, but I took them off to take photos…

 It’s Stanley Tucci ! He wasn’t at the    premiere for ‘The Children Act’    a few weeks back, but I’ve photographed him now.

It’s Stanley Tucci ! He wasn’t at the premiere for ‘The Children Act’ a few weeks back, but I’ve photographed him now.

  “Me? I intend to stand here as long as is necessary to chat up either or both of Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick when they arrive…. are you saying you’d do any different?”

“Me? I intend to stand here as long as is necessary to chat up either or both of Blake Lively and Anna Kendrick when they arrive…. are you saying you’d do any different?”

  “Is the grumpy dude behind me in frame? He is? Outstanding!”  I gotta be honest, I don’t generally get nervous when I’m photographing insanely good-looking actresses (otherwise I’d have to have quit in shame after my first premiere, which Charlize Theron attended). But… I kinda want eye-contact. Is that wrong? Please tell me it’s not wrong.

“Is the grumpy dude behind me in frame? He is? Outstanding!”
I gotta be honest, I don’t generally get nervous when I’m photographing insanely good-looking actresses (otherwise I’d have to have quit in shame after my first premiere, which Charlize Theron attended). But… I kinda want eye-contact. Is that wrong? Please tell me it’s not wrong.

  “You’re all going to have to get this girl’s cellphone if you want this group shot…”  Blake Lively does mass-selfies!

“You’re all going to have to get this girl’s cellphone if you want this group shot…”
Blake Lively does mass-selfies!

 It’s about this time that the part of my brain that isn’t determining by feel whether my autofocus is catching focus, or the limiter on the lens zoom has slipped, or the AF/MF lever has gotten loose again wonders how extreme this angle I’ve chosen is, and what the likelihood is that Blake Lively will at any point look up at a 45 degree angle to provide eye-contact.

It’s about this time that the part of my brain that isn’t determining by feel whether my autofocus is catching focus, or the limiter on the lens zoom has slipped, or the AF/MF lever has gotten loose again wonders how extreme this angle I’ve chosen is, and what the likelihood is that Blake Lively will at any point look up at a 45 degree angle to provide eye-contact.

 In other, and rather surprising news, Blake Lively will all but use calligraphy to transcribe your school essay answers for you. If you ask nicely.

In other, and rather surprising news, Blake Lively will all but use calligraphy to transcribe your school essay answers for you. If you ask nicely.

  “Okay. Time to look stylish. Am I looking stylish?”  - I don’t want to alarm anyone, but I think Blake Lively isn’t merely wearing a TIE, but that TIE has a TIE-PIN.

“Okay. Time to look stylish. Am I looking stylish?” - I don’t want to alarm anyone, but I think Blake Lively isn’t merely wearing a TIE, but that TIE has a TIE-PIN.

 Blake Lively also has a lady who holds an additional satin-y jacket just in case she needs some variation in stylishness. I did bring my LA Dodgers baseball cap to this premiere… but I’m also currently not wearing it.

Blake Lively also has a lady who holds an additional satin-y jacket just in case she needs some variation in stylishness. I did bring my LA Dodgers baseball cap to this premiere… but I’m also currently not wearing it.

  “You’re right it’s a really cute puppy and you should totally adopt it. And if the opinion of just one hollywood starlet makes any difference, tweet me and I’ll tell your Mom I said it was okay”

“You’re right it’s a really cute puppy and you should totally adopt it. And if the opinion of just one hollywood starlet makes any difference, tweet me and I’ll tell your Mom I said it was okay”

 It’s Eye-Contact… and I think she likes me. And look, I know she’s married to Deadpool and all, but I think between the two (or, if need be, the three) of us… we can make this work.

It’s Eye-Contact… and I think she likes me. And look, I know she’s married to Deadpool and all, but I think between the two (or, if need be, the three) of us… we can make this work.

  “Eye contact? Puppy endorsements? Bluray thefts? Stanley Tucci? What on earth else have I missed!?”  - Anna Kendrick is also in this movie (and its poster) and if there’s less of her in this journal than there should be, it’s because I have photographed her at such premieres as    “Drinking Buddies”    and    “The Accountant”    with Ben Affleck.

“Eye contact? Puppy endorsements? Bluray thefts? Stanley Tucci? What on earth else have I missed!?” - Anna Kendrick is also in this movie (and its poster) and if there’s less of her in this journal than there should be, it’s because I have photographed her at such premieres as “Drinking Buddies” and “The Accountant” with Ben Affleck.

  “I… I… like that thing you’re wearing. What is that?” ”It’s a white t-shirt” ”Right… right….”

“I… I… like that thing you’re wearing. What is that?”
”It’s a white t-shirt”
”Right… right….”

 Blake Lively. Further comments pending once I stop being distracted by the photos of Blake Lively my camera seems to have somehow taken while I was holding it, being distracted by Blake Lively.

Blake Lively. Further comments pending once I stop being distracted by the photos of Blake Lively my camera seems to have somehow taken while I was holding it, being distracted by Blake Lively.

 While my brain is still reeling from the circular reasoning chain of the prior comment, I appear to have gotten more eye-contact from Blake Lively! I’m realising this back in my apartment, but somehow that doesn’t seem to matter so much.

While my brain is still reeling from the circular reasoning chain of the prior comment, I appear to have gotten more eye-contact from Blake Lively! I’m realising this back in my apartment, but somehow that doesn’t seem to matter so much.

  “OMG you’re so much smaller than we remember!”

“OMG you’re so much smaller than we remember!”

  “Excuse me, little gir… oh. Wait. You’re the lady on the poster. My mistake. ”

“Excuse me, little gir… oh. Wait. You’re the lady on the poster. My mistake.

  “And, oh, how we laughed. I don’t remember specifically why, but it felt great. You should all try it”

“And, oh, how we laughed. I don’t remember specifically why, but it felt great. You should all try it”

  “This is starting to hurt. You security people just going to stand here??”

“This is starting to hurt. You security people just going to stand here??”

  “Well… yeah I feel better, more limber and in less pain. But that doesn’t mean you shoulda stood there while it happened”

“Well… yeah I feel better, more limber and in less pain. But that doesn’t mean you shoulda stood there while it happened”

  “High-five? At this distance? Well, if you think you can manage it….”

“High-five? At this distance? Well, if you think you can manage it….”

  “High-TEN?? I realise i’m not here in London all that often, but you sure are confident!”

“High-TEN?? I realise i’m not here in London all that often, but you sure are confident!”

  “Sure I’ll admit ‘Pitch Perfect 2’ was no ‘Pitch Perfect 1’, but this angle is hardly the way to watch it to prove your point….”

“Sure I’ll admit ‘Pitch Perfect 2’ was no ‘Pitch Perfect 1’, but this angle is hardly the way to watch it to prove your point….”

  “If I say that, yes, that potato does look a lot like Rebel Wilson will you allow me to move on and chat to the rest of these people?”

“If I say that, yes, that potato does look a lot like Rebel Wilson will you allow me to move on and chat to the rest of these people?”

  “Shell-shocked isn’t the word. Confused is better”

“Shell-shocked isn’t the word. Confused is better”

 Not only did Blake Lively stay out to do more selfies and sign, she even grabbed one dude’s SLR to do a selfie with him - THAT COULDA BEEN ME!!… I mean, I’m on a footbridge up two flights of stairs and the Nikon has a 200mm lens that needs a minimum 90cm for focussing… but what’s the impediment, here, really?

Not only did Blake Lively stay out to do more selfies and sign, she even grabbed one dude’s SLR to do a selfie with him - THAT COULDA BEEN ME!!… I mean, I’m on a footbridge up two flights of stairs and the Nikon has a 200mm lens that needs a minimum 90cm for focussing… but what’s the impediment, here, really?

  “No, thanks : brought my own!”

“No, thanks : brought my own!”

And… well… I gotta be honest, I think this might be my favourite premiere of the year so far (although Ready Player One, Mamma Mia2 , Mission Impossible Fallout and the mighty The Man Who Killed Hitler And Then The Bigfoot all had their charms) - the crowd was cool, the dealers were distant, the stars were gorgeous and/or well dressed (and/or Stanley Tucci). And that happens pretty rarely. AND it’s a +1 for the Archive of Movie Premieres. AND it was good enough that I opened a bottle of my favourite (and achingly difficult to acquire) vodka to celebrate : Saaremaa Rabarber (rhubarb) Vodka.

And hey, even if it probably won’t be quite as good…. until next time!

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