8 Dec - The 'Did You Hear About The Morgans?' premiere

December 8th, 2009.

It's the first of three premieres this week (and the first of five in seven days, if I can motivate myself to get to all of them).

But there's one immediately different aspect to this one - the wait was slightly longer but it felt considerably shorter with the addition of some friendly and intelligent conversation beforehand. ....On a slightly related note, can I ask a question: if you see a pretty girl next to you is reading the *only* Jane Austen novel you actually enjoyed reading (as opposed to the ones you read because you were forced), can you mention it in conversation, or is it so massively implausible - despite being true - that you're better off not mentioning it? I ask on the off chance that there's ever a time this call needs to be made again.

Anyway, here's how it turned out. Photographically, I mean.

The film is apparently about a couple who get placed in some kind of backwater hick town as part of a witness protection/relocation thing. I think they're downplaying what I would call the 'plot' aspect of the movie (which it was pointed out is not too dissimilar to 'For Richer of Poorer') in favour of the *'Sarah Jessica Parker! Hugh Grant!'* aspect, though.

The film is apparently about a couple who get placed in some kind of backwater hick town as part of a witness protection/relocation thing. I think they're downplaying what I would call the 'plot' aspect of the movie (which it was pointed out is not too dissimilar to 'For Richer of Poorer') in favour of the *'Sarah Jessica Parker! Hugh Grant!'* aspect, though.

Yellow Cap Guy? Check. I'm going to have to get HIS autograph at some stage, I think.

Yellow Cap Guy? Check. I'm going to have to get HIS autograph at some stage, I think.

This is Sam Elliot and he's.... walking. He's also in 'The Golden Compass' which is one of those films that it's little fun to watch unless you've read the book (I haven't), and even less fun to watch when you're in a cinema full of people who have read the book (it was).

This is Sam Elliot and he's.... walking. He's also in 'The Golden Compass' which is one of those films that it's little fun to watch unless you've read the book (I haven't), and even less fun to watch when you're in a cinema full of people who have read the book (it was).

Sam Elliot keeps walking, which is a good strategy since two Audis are about to pull out and discharge their contents: Hugh Grant and Sarah Jessica Parker, and he's about to drop in relative importance to the assembled crowd.

Sam Elliot keeps walking, which is a good strategy since two Audis are about to pull out and discharge their contents: Hugh Grant and Sarah Jessica Parker, and he's about to drop in relative importance to the assembled crowd.

I wouldn't always post photos of such dubiously poor quality, but there is a kind of weird 'manga awesomeness' to Sarah Jessica Parker, on the far left of this photo.

I wouldn't always post photos of such dubiously poor quality, but there is a kind of weird 'manga awesomeness' to Sarah Jessica Parker, on the far left of this photo.

Hugh Grant. Lens Flares. It's all happening, if by "all" you're okay with it just being a dude and a lens flare. Also : HUGH GRANT!

Hugh Grant. Lens Flares. It's all happening, if by "all" you're okay with it just being a dude and a lens flare. Also : HUGH GRANT!

Hugh Grant was kind of hilariously described by the Premiere's master-of-ceremonies as having the range to play anything from an English Gentleman to a Rock Star and even the British Prime Minister. Well... yes. They're all very different as long as you discount the fact that Hugh Grant is playing the role of "Hugh Grant playing all those roles" ...in those roles.

Hugh Grant was kind of hilariously described by the Premiere's master-of-ceremonies as having the range to play anything from an English Gentleman to a Rock Star and even the British Prime Minister. Well... yes. They're all very different as long as you discount the fact that Hugh Grant is playing the role of "Hugh Grant playing all those roles" ...in those roles.

Sarah Jessica Parker promises to return momentarily and sign autographs. But did she...? (Sadly for autograph hunters, no. I'm sorry)

Sarah Jessica Parker promises to return momentarily and sign autographs. But did she...? (Sadly for autograph hunters, no. I'm sorry)

Selective Desaturation can sometimes be the last refuge of the photographically desperate (and I indulge in it all the time!), but I felt it was warranted here.

Selective Desaturation can sometimes be the last refuge of the photographically desperate (and I indulge in it all the time!), but I felt it was warranted here.

Sarah Jessica Parker dazzles by Paparazzi light. I've never watched -nor felt like I particularly missed out by not seeing-  'Sex and the City'. But one of my flatmates once put a ban on any noise louder than (say) an ant clearing its throat whenever she was watching it, upon pain of death or worse. So I gather it's "Important"!

Sarah Jessica Parker dazzles by Paparazzi light. I've never watched -nor felt like I particularly missed out by not seeing-  'Sex and the City'. But one of my flatmates once put a ban on any noise louder than (say) an ant clearing its throat whenever she was watching it, upon pain of death or worse. So I gather it's "Important"!

Paparazzi flashes can do the damndest things. Sarah Jessica Parker turns zombie mutant!!

Paparazzi flashes can do the damndest things. Sarah Jessica Parker turns zombie mutant!!

My position in the context of the crowd and the paps and media was sub-optimal, and I was forced to choose between looking effortlessly cool by wielding a Pentax K10D at ground level in front of a very pretty literature student.... or standing on a portable elevation platform I happened to have with me and looking like some kind of weirdo to try to get some half-decent shots. I went Weirdo, obviously...

My position in the context of the crowd and the paps and media was sub-optimal, and I was forced to choose between looking effortlessly cool by wielding a Pentax K10D at ground level in front of a very pretty literature student.... or standing on a portable elevation platform I happened to have with me and looking like some kind of weirdo to try to get some half-decent shots. I went Weirdo, obviously...

"Stand back. It's probably just as scared of us as we are of it". From my vantagepoint, I lacked visibility of what exactly was going on down there, so I assume somebody released a cobra or mongoose or scorpion or something?

"Stand back. It's probably just as scared of us as we are of it". From my vantagepoint, I lacked visibility of what exactly was going on down there, so I assume somebody released a cobra or mongoose or scorpion or something?

No idea who, but her seamstress did a great job repairing the shark damage done to her dress.

No idea who, but her seamstress did a great job repairing the shark damage done to her dress.

Director Marc Lawrence has directed such films as 'Music and Lyrics' and 'Two Weeks Notice', but he was also the writer of those two films AND 'Miss Congeniality' (1 and 2) AND thirty one episodes of the 1980s TV series 'Family Ties'. Which of course I'm FAR too young to remember. His daughter is also in the film. And in this photo.

Director Marc Lawrence has directed such films as 'Music and Lyrics' and 'Two Weeks Notice', but he was also the writer of those two films AND 'Miss Congeniality' (1 and 2) AND thirty one episodes of the 1980s TV series 'Family Ties'. Which of course I'm FAR too young to remember. His daughter is also in the film. And in this photo.

And then, let's say *completely unexpectedly*, actress Elizabeth Hurley turned up. By which I mean - she's not in the film, and she was Hugh Grant's girlfriend for 13 years, until they split in 2000. And yet... here she is. Not wielding a machine gun or anything. Classy.

And then, let's say *completely unexpectedly*, actress Elizabeth Hurley turned up. By which I mean - she's not in the film, and she was Hugh Grant's girlfriend for 13 years, until they split in 2000. And yet... here she is. Not wielding a machine gun or anything. Classy.

Liz Hurley showing up to this premiere is kind of (but actually not really) like finding a set of Lamborghini car keys. It shouldn't really happen, and it doesn't really make sense, but.. well....why not take advantage?

Liz Hurley showing up to this premiere is kind of (but actually not really) like finding a set of Lamborghini car keys. It shouldn't really happen, and it doesn't really make sense, but.. well....why not take advantage?

"Catch ya later, SUCKAHS!!!!" She didn't say.

"Catch ya later, SUCKAHS!!!!" She didn't say.

In other news.... I never really take advantage... even when Jane Austen throws out an Assist...

So that was that. Actually, I think this premiere might have garnered some better than average shots, but since it's for a film that features (I'm guessing) little in the way of massive CGI-budgets or plausible academy-award winning performances, I'm rating it higher on overall enjoyment than photographic resonance.

Until next time!

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