23 Jul - The 'Inglourious Basterds' premiere

July 23rd, 2009.

For the third premiere out of four, I was out of London on team-related events. Fortunately, for the third time I was also able to make it back in time. And although not all the stars attended, some did, and there was clamouring and screaming and pushing and the holding of cameras and pictures in front of people. And isn't that what it's all about?

Inglourious Basterds, huh?. My spellchecker dislikes it, but I'm willing to give it a chance

Inglourious Basterds, huh?. My spellchecker dislikes it, but I'm willing to give it a chance

A Tarantino fan and their tricky-to-read tribute to Quentin Tarantino's most memorable characters. The fluoro was kind of intense, but fortunately for many nearby, the weather was partially overcast.

A Tarantino fan and their tricky-to-read tribute to Quentin Tarantino's most memorable characters. The fluoro was kind of intense, but fortunately for many nearby, the weather was partially overcast.

A random pretty journalist catches the light _just so..._, and I believe once again I've properly calibrated my priorities at this premiere. You know, what with Quentin Tarantino coming...

A random pretty journalist catches the light _just so..._, and I believe once again I've properly calibrated my priorities at this premiere. You know, what with Quentin Tarantino coming...

It's Quentin Tarantino! It's Quentin Tarantino's right hand! I can't see it but I also assume there's a Quentin Tarantino's Left Hand! I'm pretty excited right now!... but you'll notice I'm also still taking photos. I'm kind of coldly reptilian like that.

It's Quentin Tarantino! It's Quentin Tarantino's right hand! I can't see it but I also assume there's a Quentin Tarantino's Left Hand! I'm pretty excited right now!... but you'll notice I'm also still taking photos. I'm kind of coldly reptilian like that.

The Tarantino Approacheth. Sadly, I opted to put down the camera and get a signature as he got even closer. However I was unsuccessful and he passed me by. HE PASSED ME BY!! I can't help but feel a little snubbed, but then I'm fairly petty and judgemental.

The Tarantino Approacheth. Sadly, I opted to put down the camera and get a signature as he got even closer. However I was unsuccessful and he passed me by. HE PASSED ME BY!! I can't help but feel a little snubbed, but then I'm fairly petty and judgemental.

Actress Diane Kruger shows off some bling. Kruger played Helen of Troy in the movie 'Troy' and ... some kind of researcher or historian (it doesn't matter) in the two 'National Treasure' films. She's pretty.

Actress Diane Kruger shows off some bling. Kruger played Helen of Troy in the movie 'Troy' and ... some kind of researcher or historian (it doesn't matter) in the two 'National Treasure' films. She's pretty.

Diane Kruger. The decision on whether to obtain a signature or autograph is always easier when it's somebody good looking: it's Photo, Everytime. (No offense to QT - he's a very attractive man in his own way, and a great director...)

Diane Kruger. The decision on whether to obtain a signature or autograph is always easier when it's somebody good looking: it's Photo, Everytime. (No offense to QT - he's a very attractive man in his own way, and a great director...)

This is producer Laurence Bender, I'm iffy on what a producer does, exactly, but I'm also intrigued that he's not an *executive producer* in most of the films he's been associated with... (including Kill Bill and An Inconvenient Truth)

This is producer Laurence Bender, I'm iffy on what a producer does, exactly, but I'm also intrigued that he's not an *executive producer* in most of the films he's been associated with... (including Kill Bill and An Inconvenient Truth)

"Can you make this out to "Yo, mo£%herfu&&er"?" "Umm... okay, sure." ... damnit, I wish I hadn't been snubbed...

"Can you make this out to "Yo, mo£%herfu&&er"?"
"Umm... okay, sure."

... damnit, I wish I hadn't been snubbed...

Diane Kruger manages the rare feat of looking classy yet innocuous at her own premiere. I'd like to think it's evidence of ninja training on her part...

Diane Kruger manages the rare feat of looking classy yet innocuous at her own premiere. I'd like to think it's evidence of ninja training on her part...

Actor Christoph Waltz has arrived, and it looks strangely like he's wearing an oversized mask... of his own face. He plays Captain Hans Lander in the film.

Actor Christoph Waltz has arrived, and it looks strangely like he's wearing an oversized mask... of his own face. He plays Captain Hans Lander in the film.

"You were snubbed by Quentin Tarantino too? Well, if it helps I can sign this as Quentin if you like!". Christoph Waltz seems like a nice guy, although I decided not to take him up on his offer of a forged signature. (Me in 2014: A pity.. he's won two Oscars since then and it would be quite the unique memento...)

"You were snubbed by Quentin Tarantino too? Well, if it helps I can sign this as Quentin if you like!". Christoph Waltz seems like a nice guy, although I decided not to take him up on his offer of a forged signature. (Me in 2014: A pity.. he's won two Oscars since then and it would be quite the unique memento...)

Tarantino's next film genre? Some circumstantial evidence points to 'zombie epic'.

Tarantino's next film genre? Some circumstantial evidence points to 'zombie epic'.

"Sorry, I'm too cool to stop and chat right now". Damnit, he may be right. And you also get the feeling he'd probably organise to have you killed to some really cool soundtrack if you annoyed him sufficiently. (Me, 2014 : I got him to sign an 18x12 enlargement of this photo in 2013. Woo!)

"Sorry, I'm too cool to stop and chat right now". Damnit, he may be right. And you also get the feeling he'd probably organise to have you killed to some really cool soundtrack if you annoyed him sufficiently. (Me, 2014 : I got him to sign an 18x12 enlargement of this photo in 2013. Woo!)

This is why you'd want to be a film director. Well, that and blowing up stuff and decapitating people and spilling gallons of blood and earning truckloads of money and adulation. But mostly I think it's the Leading Ladies.

This is why you'd want to be a film director. Well, that and blowing up stuff and decapitating people and spilling gallons of blood and earning truckloads of money and adulation. But mostly I think it's the Leading Ladies.

He would probably cheerfully murder me if I raised the fact that he still owes me five dollars...

He would probably cheerfully murder me if I raised the fact that he still owes me five dollars...

"No, I don't. And right now I'm visualising how I'd kill you in front of all these people. Slice the carotid artery, I reckon. The blood spray would be exquisite". And silence ensues. (I obviously have no idea what these people are saying, I can only hypothesize...)

"No, I don't. And right now I'm visualising how I'd kill you in front of all these people. Slice the carotid artery, I reckon. The blood spray would be exquisite". And silence ensues. (I obviously have no idea what these people are saying, I can only hypothesize...)

Randomly, actress Neve Campbell showed up. She's not in this movie, but she is pretty.

Randomly, actress Neve Campbell showed up. She's not in this movie, but she is pretty.

Also randomly, actor Mickey Rourke showed up. He's not in this movie, and he's not as pretty.

Also randomly, actor Mickey Rourke showed up. He's not in this movie, and he's not as pretty.

Finally, randomly, singer Rihanna showed up late with a huge van and an entourage and a driver who looked confused as to where he was and just idled there for so long that close-up photos of the star were impossible. Still, here she is, right just to the right of Yellow Cap Guy's gravitational zone

Finally, randomly, singer Rihanna showed up late with a huge van and an entourage and a driver who looked confused as to where he was and just idled there for so long that close-up photos of the star were impossible. Still, here she is, right just to the right of Yellow Cap Guy's gravitational zone

... and I'm spent. (Was it good for you?)

... and I'm spent. (Was it good for you?)

Well... that wasn't so bad after all, and it's another one for my 'Archive of Premieres'.  Until next time!

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