1 Dec 2013 - 'The Class of 92' Premiere

December 1st, 2013.

Being from Australia; and having an iPod that is probably about half-full of soundtrack scores, and much of the remainder comprised of weird stuff I picked up on my travels..... it might seem strange that I would head in to London for the premiere of a Documentary about Manchester United, set to be attended by several of the band OneDirection.

Genuinely, I'm not sure why either. My knowledge of Manchester United's 'Class of 92' was limited to verifying that David Beckham was one of them, and I can recognise him due to his magnificent hair. Meanwhile my knowledge of OneDirection is limited to the screaming of teen girls and the name Harry Styles, once again primarily due to his magnificent hair. (Needless to say, that's more than enough reason to head down to Leicester Square on a Sunday evening).

So, with sincere apologies to any fans of either Manchester United or One Direction, neither of whom are well served by my lack of knowledge in their areas of superior performance, here's how I felt it went down*

I'm in Leicester Square, the carpet hasn't been laid, there's a Christmas carnival behind me and the average age of the crowd is skewed surprisingly young for a documentary about footballers in 1992, a year many of these people would not have been born....

I'm in Leicester Square, the carpet hasn't been laid, there's a Christmas carnival behind me and the average age of the crowd is skewed surprisingly young for a documentary about footballers in 1992, a year many of these people would not have been born....

First to arrive : Phil Neville. The lady to my left is trembling slightly because she's from Manchester and knows who he is. The two Australian girls behind me are here for OneDirection and don't seem to be similarly affected.

First to arrive : Phil Neville. The lady to my left is trembling slightly because she's from Manchester and knows who he is. The two Australian girls behind me are here for OneDirection and don't seem to be similarly affected.

Fine, I've gone onto wikipedia to learn Phil Neville not only played for Manchester United, but has been confirmed as their new first team coach. And his brother also played for Manchester United, and his twin sister was an England netball international. Impressive!

Fine, I've gone onto wikipedia to learn Phil Neville not only played for Manchester United, but has been confirmed as their new first team coach. And his brother also played for Manchester United, and his twin sister was an England netball international. Impressive!

OneDirection has a bald bandmember already? Cool (?) - but why no screaming from the girls all around me?

OneDirection has a bald bandmember already? Cool (?) - but why no screaming from the girls all around me?

Nicky Butt is apparently not a OneDirection bandmember, but instead is a former Manchester United player and currently reserve team coach for the team.

Nicky Butt is apparently not a OneDirection bandmember, but instead is a former Manchester United player and currently reserve team coach for the team.

Oh, look. It's somebody else I'm going to have to go to wireimage to identify, and then decide whether to head on to wikipedia to get the lowdown on. I honestly don't think I have time for both, so I'll just leave it at Tony Adams. Not from One Direction, as I would have been stampeded by now and not able to take this photograph. (He played for Arsenal. Thanks, wikipedia!)

Oh, look. It's somebody else I'm going to have to go to wireimage to identify, and then decide whether to head on to wikipedia to get the lowdown on. I honestly don't think I have time for both, so I'll just leave it at Tony Adams. Not from One Direction, as I would have been stampeded by now and not able to take this photograph. (He played for Arsenal. Thanks, wikipedia!)

I was going to say that it was sweet of the OneDirection bandmember to bring his Dad/Uncle to the premiere. Turns out it's the guy in front who is famous : he's Paul Scholes, and that's his son. Paul Scholes played for ManU from 1993-2013, retiring for the second time this year.  Wow. I'm roughly his age and haven't even retired once, yet.

I was going to say that it was sweet of the OneDirection bandmember to bring his Dad/Uncle to the premiere. Turns out it's the guy in front who is famous : he's Paul Scholes, and that's his son. Paul Scholes played for ManU from 1993-2013, retiring for the second time this year. Wow. I'm roughly his age and haven't even retired once, yet.

" Don't feel bad you don't know who I am, ladies. I'm a fan of 1D too"  Well played, Paul Scholes.

"Don't feel bad you don't know who I am, ladies. I'm a fan of 1D too" Well played, Paul Scholes.

Don't let the demure expression fool you. She's probably got two carving knives ready to dismember anyone who gets between her and Harry or Zane if either turn up (... sorry, that's all the names of One Direction bandmembers I've been able to absorb from the teen girls surrounding me).

Don't let the demure expression fool you. She's probably got two carving knives ready to dismember anyone who gets between her and Harry or Zane if either turn up (... sorry, that's all the names of One Direction bandmembers I've been able to absorb from the teen girls surrounding me).

It's David Beckham! Please allow me to one day let you buy me a drink so I can tell you how the battery on my old Pentax K10D ran out while taking a rapid-shot burst IN THE MIDDLE of a free kick he took for LA Galaxy against Sydney FC at Sydney Olympic stadium. The last photo I took was of the ball clearing the wall of defenders... then the battery gave out. Needless to say Beckham nailed that goal, and I missed it. I'll be having that drink now. Again.

It's David Beckham! Please allow me to one day let you buy me a drink so I can tell you how the battery on my old Pentax K10D ran out while taking a rapid-shot burst IN THE MIDDLE of a free kick he took for LA Galaxy against Sydney FC at Sydney Olympic stadium. The last photo I took was of the ball clearing the wall of defenders... then the battery gave out. Needless to say Beckham nailed that goal, and I missed it. I'll be having that drink now. Again.

" Guys, I can't sign for long. I've got lots of interviews, plus my daughter has said she'll never speak to me again if I don't get Harry Styles' autograph and his commitment to marry her or something"  I believe this Gary Neville, brother of Phil (above) and Tracey (referenced above). I'm not sure if he has kids, but he has played for Manchester United.

"Guys, I can't sign for long. I've got lots of interviews, plus my daughter has said she'll never speak to me again if I don't get Harry Styles' autograph and his commitment to marry her or something" I believe this Gary Neville, brother of Phil (above) and Tracey (referenced above). I'm not sure if he has kids, but he has played for Manchester United.

Ladies, please commence your screaming, crying, fainting or whatever. This is Harry Styles, and he is from One Direction. My heart rate hasn't increased any, but taken as an average for the people in my pen, yeah, both average heart rate and pheromone levels have jumped somewhat.

Ladies, please commence your screaming, crying, fainting or whatever. This is Harry Styles, and he is from One Direction. My heart rate hasn't increased any, but taken as an average for the people in my pen, yeah, both average heart rate and pheromone levels have jumped somewhat.

His hair, as prophecied, is magnificent, and probably obscures noise-cancelling in-ear headphones he's wearing for protection.

His hair, as prophecied, is magnificent, and probably obscures noise-cancelling in-ear headphones he's wearing for protection.

I get the screaming girls, but that excited Dude all-but crowdsurfing over the two rows in front is a Dude, right? Fine... I'll have to check out OneDirection on itunes. They've obviously caught on.

I get the screaming girls, but that excited Dude all-but crowdsurfing over the two rows in front is a Dude, right? Fine... I'll have to check out OneDirection on itunes. They've obviously caught on.

"MARRY MEEEEEE!!!!"   I still can't believe they've combined the fandom of Manchester United with the - surely- entirely separate demographic of One Direction fans. Surely that's like inviting both great white sharks and pihrana to the same banquet and expecting everybody to leave with teeth, limbs and hearing intact.

"MARRY MEEEEEE!!!!" I still can't believe they've combined the fandom of Manchester United with the - surely- entirely separate demographic of One Direction fans. Surely that's like inviting both great white sharks and pihrana to the same banquet and expecting everybody to leave with teeth, limbs and hearing intact.

I kind of wish this photo was more in focus, but to take it I'd have to have entered the "danger/deafness" zone, and braved violent estrogen levels the likes of which even the Spartans in 300 might back away at. Still... if you really want your hairdresser to give you the same style as Styles, feel free to show them this photo.

I kind of wish this photo was more in focus, but to take it I'd have to have entered the "danger/deafness" zone, and braved violent estrogen levels the likes of which even the Spartans in 300 might back away at. Still... if you really want your hairdresser to give you the same style as Styles, feel free to show them this photo.

"Hold on a second, I think I owe that Australian guy over there five thousand dollars" I'm sure it was five million.

"Hold on a second, I think I owe that Australian guy over there five thousand dollars" I'm sure it was five million.

Just in case you thought it was safe to stop crying and shaking uncontrollably, here's another One Direction bandmember. I believe his name is Liam. (Girls in our area were still shouting out for Harry, so it was hard to tell).

Just in case you thought it was safe to stop crying and shaking uncontrollably, here's another One Direction bandmember. I believe his name is Liam. (Girls in our area were still shouting out for Harry, so it was hard to tell).

"Babe, I can sign anything you put in front of me, but if it's a stamp for an envelope the security guy behind me will be happy to lick it for you"

"Babe, I can sign anything you put in front of me, but if it's a stamp for an envelope the security guy behind me will be happy to lick it for you"

"Now let's see if 256 games for Manchester United get me discount popcorn in this cinema"

"Now let's see if 256 games for Manchester United get me discount popcorn in this cinema"

" You realise I'm not medically trained to be able to sign that declaration you're putting in front of me? Oh, you don't care. Well that makes all the difference"  Ryan Giggs isn't sure.

"You realise I'm not medically trained to be able to sign that declaration you're putting in front of me? Oh, you don't care. Well that makes all the difference" Ryan Giggs isn't sure.

"You realise I'm not....? Oh, you don't care. Very well, then"  Ryan Giggs acquiesces.

"You realise I'm not....? Oh, you don't care. Very well, then" Ryan Giggs acquiesces.

To the best of my limited football knowledge, this is Gordon Ramsay. Who is a chef.

To the best of my limited football knowledge, this is Gordon Ramsay. Who is a chef.

If I was any kind of football fan I guess I might have asked for an autograph, high five, hairgel advice or the number of a good tattooist. Instead : a slightly overcropped shot of David Beckham. (You're welcome!!)

If I was any kind of football fan I guess I might have asked for an autograph, high five, hairgel advice or the number of a good tattooist. Instead : a slightly overcropped shot of David Beckham. (You're welcome!!)

Posh, Becks and Offspring of various sizes. With big thanks to the person holding up the camera in front of me. Not because they have no right to (they do), but because I believe their picture isn't in focus and they probably ARE going to need a flash in that light and at that distance. Mrs Beckham, as a designer / model / performer, has an expression that's on my side, clearly.

Posh, Becks and Offspring of various sizes. With big thanks to the person holding up the camera in front of me. Not because they have no right to (they do), but because I believe their picture isn't in focus and they probably ARE going to need a flash in that light and at that distance. Mrs Beckham, as a designer / model / performer, has an expression that's on my side, clearly.

Well... that pose doesn't look in the least sexy.

Well... that pose doesn't look in the least sexy.

And now that I've photographed Hunchback Spice, I can with some proud indifference state I've now photographed all the Spice Girls - Baby and Sporty Spices at the "Pride of Britain Awards last year" , Scary Spice at the first "Hunger Games premiere" and Ginger Spice at "The Boat that Rocked". Next up : Bandmembers of Def Leppard!?

And now that I've photographed Hunchback Spice, I can with some proud indifference state I've now photographed all the Spice Girls - Baby and Sporty Spices at the "Pride of Britain Awards last year" , Scary Spice at the first "Hunger Games premiere" and Ginger Spice at "The Boat that Rocked". Next up : Bandmembers of Def Leppard!?

And a shot of all six of the Class of 92. Did I really bring a Monopod to a premiere because I suspected I'd have trouble getting height in this crowd? Yes, yes I did.

And a shot of all six of the Class of 92. Did I really bring a Monopod to a premiere because I suspected I'd have trouble getting height in this crowd? Yes, yes I did.

So.... after that, I faced the long trek back home, wondering if my hearing would ever return, and trying to figure out what documentary the bandmembers of Def Leppard would likely get invited to attend...

Until next time, it's another for "The Archive of Movie Premieres"

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14 Nov 2013 - The 'S' Premiere (it was a book signing..)

November 14th, 2013

I've gone to almost 200 premieres but only two book signings in London. That's not because I'm illiterate so much, it's just that these events aren't quite as well publicised, and they aren't really so much events as a long queue through a bookshop (or outside a bookshop), leading to a table inside where an author signs

Also, unlike premieres where it's free to queue, generally in a book signing you (a) have to buy a book to gain access, and (b) maybe you can take photos of the author, but they will not really pose or high-five or stand on a raised stage with a microphone to be interviewed by Alex Zane, which isn't quite what you get at "Thor the Dark World" or "The Hunger Games Catching Fire"

Still..... director JJ Abrams? The enigmatic book "S"? In London? I might already have photographed him at the world premieres of "Star Trek (2009)" and "Star Trek Into Darkness", but I'm totally there.

Here's how it (literally) went down :)

It's a little after 3pm for a 6pm event, so there's almost three hours to go. And first in line is a guy dressed as the mascot for JJ Abrams' production company 'Bad Robot'. I'm number 26 in the queue, and laughing at ordinary passersby refusing to make eye-contact with a large robot.

It's a little after 3pm for a 6pm event, so there's almost three hours to go. And first in line is a guy dressed as the mascot for JJ Abrams' production company 'Bad Robot'. I'm number 26 in the queue, and laughing at ordinary passersby refusing to make eye-contact with a large robot.

Apparently the guy in the robot suit has been in line since noon and hasn't stopped for a toilet break. And he's carrying a large-capacity Big Gulp container. (I decided not to ask whether it was in the process of being emptied or filled).

Apparently the guy in the robot suit has been in line since noon and hasn't stopped for a toilet break. And he's carrying a large-capacity Big Gulp container. (I decided not to ask whether it was in the process of being emptied or filled).

After a very pleasant couple of hours talking to the fans in line next to me, we're led inside where it's warm, and where we're not blurring the line between us Geeks and the people just waiting for a bus at the nearby busstop. A short time later, The Man himself arrives. (Sadly, Doug Dorst, the less well known of the two authors, wasn't at the event).

After a very pleasant couple of hours talking to the fans in line next to me, we're led inside where it's warm, and where we're not blurring the line between us Geeks and the people just waiting for a bus at the nearby busstop. A short time later, The Man himself arrives. (Sadly, Doug Dorst, the less well known of the two authors, wasn't at the event).

The press presence at the event is small, but don't let that fool you. They run an impressive defensive game. (And wearing a yellow shirt under maroon might be a 'thing' you'll see at fashion shows next year)

The press presence at the event is small, but don't let that fool you. They run an impressive defensive game. (And wearing a yellow shirt under maroon might be a 'thing' you'll see at fashion shows next year)

Now there's something not every director/production company head gets to see - somebody dressed as his own mascot at a book signing! (At the next Jerry Bruckheimer premiere, I'm totally going to think about dressing up as a tree with a giant bolt of lightning hitting it) (then I'll realise it'll really impede my photography, and won't)

Now there's something not every director/production company head gets to see - somebody dressed as his own mascot at a book signing! (At the next Jerry Bruckheimer premiere, I'm totally going to think about dressing up as a tree with a giant bolt of lightning hitting it) (then I'll realise it'll really impede my photography, and won't)

"Don't believe the stories. I wasn't wearing this suit from noon. I actually got up this morning, THEN put on the suit, took the tube to work, worked a half day in the office, THEN came over here and queued from noon. Also, if you shake my robot hand, I promise never to take it off"

"Don't believe the stories. I wasn't wearing this suit from noon. I actually got up this morning, THEN put on the suit, took the tube to work, worked a half day in the office, THEN came over here and queued from noon. Also, if you shake my robot hand, I promise never to take it off"

The suit really is amazing. Peripheral vision is clearly a problem, though.

The suit really is amazing. Peripheral vision is clearly a problem, though.

The eyes glow! That's even more cool. (if that's even possible!)

The eyes glow! That's even more cool. (if that's even possible!)

" Make it out to one of the names of whatever Darth you're making up for Episode VII, please"  Nice try. Wish I'd thought of it.

"Make it out to one of the names of whatever Darth you're making up for Episode VII, please" Nice try. Wish I'd thought of it.

"I'll consider you for a 1st AD role on Star Wars Episode VII if you can totally discredit the professionalism of my incument 1stAD. Actually, he's a friend. Please don't"

"I'll consider you for a 1st AD role on Star Wars Episode VII if you can totally discredit the professionalism of my incument 1stAD. Actually, he's a friend. Please don't"

My original plan, when told that JJ Abrams would personalise the book, was to ask for the the dedication to be made out to 'JJ Abrams' HIMSELF and thus (cleverly, I thought) score a double autograph. But the Waterstones employee taking names and dedications looked at me like I was crazy, so I went with my name instead.

My original plan, when told that JJ Abrams would personalise the book, was to ask for the the dedication to be made out to 'JJ Abrams' HIMSELF and thus (cleverly, I thought) score a double autograph. But the Waterstones employee taking names and dedications looked at me like I was crazy, so I went with my name instead.

I got on the train afterwards and started reading. It seems my copy's of 'Ship of Theseus' been vandalised by a a couple of kids writing messages and notes to each other throughout. Ah... I see... .that's the story-within-a-story-on-top-of-a-story that this experience is about.

I got on the train afterwards and started reading. It seems my copy's of 'Ship of Theseus' been vandalised by a a couple of kids writing messages and notes to each other throughout. Ah... I see... .that's the story-within-a-story-on-top-of-a-story that this experience is about.

So... that was pretty cool. It's also one of those rare time that, finding myself in front of a person / director without a camera, I had to choose between silently standing there or attempting to make conversation. And, weirdly (even... or rather especially) to me, I chose discussion. I told JJ Abrams that I loved what he'd done with Star Trek and that my faith in Star Wars being revived had been this // marginally improved with his involvement. Which is true!

And I've started reading the book and it's fascinating. Conspiracies, multiple timelines, several levels of storytelling... and I'm barely twenty pages in. I'll let you know how it works out.

(Me, a year later : it was very good)

Until next time, for now I think it's still appropriate to call it a book premiere, and thus put it into "The Archive of (now not merely) Movie Premieres"

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11 Nov 2013 - 'The Hunger Games : Catching Fire' Premiere

November 11th, 2013.

Ah, The Hunger Games. Finally a post-Twilight franchise with a female lead I can actually support and enjoy the exploits of. I've read and liked the books, watched the prior movie, and even went to the rather raucous out-of-town premiere for the first film a few years back. But this time around, the premiere was a World Premiere, right in the heart of London. And it rained.

Here's how it went down.

I was able to limit my total queueing time to a mere 5 hours and score a view of the Odeon Leicester Square. Or, if I turned around, a view of the stage that hopefully most of the cast would be interviewed on. It's a Monday now, but there were rumours of people camping since last Thursday for spots, and the queue was apparently at 174 twenty four hours before the premiere's scheduled start time.

I was able to limit my total queueing time to a mere 5 hours and score a view of the Odeon Leicester Square. Or, if I turned around, a view of the stage that hopefully most of the cast would be interviewed on. It's a Monday now, but there were rumours of people camping since last Thursday for spots, and the queue was apparently at 174 twenty four hours before the premiere's scheduled start time.

Willow Shields plays Katniss' rather useless younger sister Primrose in the film. Her dress was yellow, but I went black'n'white.

Willow Shields plays Katniss' rather useless younger sister Primrose in the film. Her dress was yellow, but I went black'n'white.

Stanley Tucci is trying to remember whether he's signed the Petition of "Tucci For Luthor" in Zack Snyder's Man of Steel Sequel. Meanwhile, I'm trying to remember whether I ever got around to starting that petition. I last photographed him looking equally dashing and debonair at  the premiere of Iron Man 3

Stanley Tucci is trying to remember whether he's signed the Petition of "Tucci For Luthor" in Zack Snyder's Man of Steel Sequel. Meanwhile, I'm trying to remember whether I ever got around to starting that petition. I last photographed him looking equally dashing and debonair at the premiere of Iron Man 3

I don't know who this is, but I would like to point out that it is raining. And I have a conference call with the US to look forward to soon after this. My life is so rock'n'roll.

I don't know who this is, but I would like to point out that it is raining. And I have a conference call with the US to look forward to soon after this. My life is so rock'n'roll.

Jeffrey Wright plays the improbably named Beetee in the movie, but is possibly better known as CIA Agent Felix Leiter in two of the Daniel Craig James Bond films, which he and I both just simultaneously remembered.

Jeffrey Wright plays the improbably named Beetee in the movie, but is possibly better known as CIA Agent Felix Leiter in two of the Daniel Craig James Bond films, which he and I both just simultaneously remembered.

Meanwhile, Josh Hutcherson plays love/not-love interest Peeta in the film. He's just remembered that District 12 isn't just about Coal (and Cake Icing), it's also about The Dancing. (The capital isn't really as repressive or evil as the Districts make out....)

Meanwhile, Josh Hutcherson plays love/not-love interest Peeta in the film. He's just remembered that District 12 isn't just about Coal (and Cake Icing), it's also about The Dancing. (The capital isn't really as repressive or evil as the Districts make out....)

Liam Hemsworth, meanwhile, plays Gail, the other side of the love triangle with Jennifer Lawrence's Katniss and Josh Hutcherson's Peeta at its apex (it's also possibly a quadrangle if you count Stanley Tucci's character's rather unhealthy obsession with Katniss)

Liam Hemsworth, meanwhile, plays Gail, the other side of the love triangle with Jennifer Lawrence's Katniss and Josh Hutcherson's Peeta at its apex (it's also possibly a quadrangle if you count Stanley Tucci's character's rather unhealthy obsession with Katniss)

A little bit of Hunger Games humour. I'm only viewing it with disdain because I didn't think of it first.

A little bit of Hunger Games humour. I'm only viewing it with disdain because I didn't think of it first.

Jennifer Lawrence signs autographs, and possibly proofreads implausible Hunger Games fanfiction.

Jennifer Lawrence signs autographs, and possibly proofreads implausible Hunger Games fanfiction.

The Amazing Donald Sutherland has arrived, and he seems fairly certain he's in the right place. According to imdb he's best known for the Italian Job remake (2003), which I agree with. M*A*S*H is well before my time, I haven't watched Pride & Prejudice and I don't know Ordinary People.

The Amazing Donald Sutherland has arrived, and he seems fairly certain he's in the right place. According to imdb he's best known for the Italian Job remake (2003), which I agree with. M*A*S*H is well before my time, I haven't watched Pride & Prejudice and I don't know Ordinary People.

"Jen told you to remove the love scene on page fourteen? I say put it back."

"Jen told you to remove the love scene on page fourteen? I say put it back."

What dress through yonder stage cometh? It is.... red. And feathery.

What dress through yonder stage cometh? It is.... red. And feathery.

"District 4? We're mostly into body origami. It's not one of the wealthier or more productive districts...."

"District 4? We're mostly into body origami. It's not one of the wealthier or more productive districts...."

Jenna Malone was in 'Contact' (1997), which I feel is an underrated sci-fi film, and also 'Sucker Punch' (2011), of which no amount of criticism shall EVER be enough.

Jenna Malone was in 'Contact' (1997), which I feel is an underrated sci-fi film, and also 'Sucker Punch' (2011), of which no amount of criticism shall EVER be enough.

"Donald RE-authorised the love scene? Unacceptable"

"Donald RE-authorised the love scene? Unacceptable"

The rubber-faced Sam Claflin, whom I've never previously heard of, seen, or photographed, brought along a very vocal crowd of fans (which surprised me as I was all set to assume this was a J-Lawz, L-Hemz and J-Hutchs event, with possible chance of S-Tuccs and E-Bankz support).

The rubber-faced Sam Claflin, whom I've never previously heard of, seen, or photographed, brought along a very vocal crowd of fans (which surprised me as I was all set to assume this was a J-Lawz, L-Hemz and J-Hutchs event, with possible chance of S-Tuccs and E-Bankz support).

"And then I was like Amgaaaaaaaahhhhh!!! It's Sam Claflin!!!!!"  But then he, like, remembered that HE was Sam Claflin, I'm guessing.

"And then I was like Amgaaaaaaaahhhhh!!! It's Sam Claflin!!!!!" But then he, like, remembered that HE was Sam Claflin, I'm guessing.

So to summarise, Sam Claflin was apparently in both Snow White and the Huntsman and Pirates of the Caribbean, both of which I watched but I can't remember him from. But he's well liked by the ladies, so there's that.

So to summarise, Sam Claflin was apparently in both Snow White and the Huntsman and Pirates of the Caribbean, both of which I watched but I can't remember him from. But he's well liked by the ladies, so there's that.

Jennifer Lawrence hits the stage and I briefly switch to fisheye lens. It's not staying on.

Jennifer Lawrence hits the stage and I briefly switch to fisheye lens. It's not staying on.

We made a connection earlier this year at the BAFTAS and it seems she hasn't forgotten. Good times! (She never called.... they never do)

We made a connection earlier this year at the BAFTAS and it seems she hasn't forgotten. Good times! (She never called.... they never do)

"We were here some two weeks ago to see your hunky brother Chris... which is a lie, of course. We were mostly here for Tom Hiddleston".  That was for  the premiere of "Thor the Dark World"

"We were here some two weeks ago to see your hunky brother Chris... which is a lie, of course. We were mostly here for Tom Hiddleston". That was for the premiere of "Thor the Dark World"

" So... have you always been this tall?"  Hmm... as chat-up lines go, it's also about the level I reliably achieve.

"So... have you always been this tall?" Hmm... as chat-up lines go, it's also about the level I reliably achieve.

Hemsworth The Younger is about to leave the stage. Let the screaming recommence.

Hemsworth The Younger is about to leave the stage. Let the screaming recommence.

"What do you mean 'there's a piece missing from my dress? We need to deal with that NOW!"

"What do you mean 'there's a piece missing from my dress? We need to deal with that NOW!"

"This is not solving the problem with the dress.... Though to be fair I can no longer see properly out of either eye now, so well done. Problem solved"

"This is not solving the problem with the dress.... Though to be fair I can no longer see properly out of either eye now, so well done. Problem solved"

"Sure, Katniss is great with a bow and arrow, but I carry a Beretta. Wanna see?"  Umm... no. Also, I think those are a packet of breath mints.

"Sure, Katniss is great with a bow and arrow, but I carry a Beretta. Wanna see?" Umm... no. Also, I think those are a packet of breath mints.

Josh Hutcherson still owes me five dollars, hence the reluctant eye contact.

Josh Hutcherson still owes me five dollars, hence the reluctant eye contact.

I like Elizabeth Banks a lot - between you and me, I actually really liked last year's Pitch Perfect and she was great in it. And I'll thank you not to hold my age, gender (or taste in music) against me. It's a great film. Go see it.

I like Elizabeth Banks a lot - between you and me, I actually really liked last year's Pitch Perfect and she was great in it. And I'll thank you not to hold my age, gender (or taste in music) against me. It's a great film. Go see it.

"Oh, just watch 'Pitch Perfect' already.... and this movie too, of course..."

"Oh, just watch 'Pitch Perfect' already.... and this movie too, of course..."

"Security! Some old dude in a suit scrawled over all over my nice new Hunger Games Book. I think he was the director..."

"Security! Some old dude in a suit scrawled over all over my nice new Hunger Games Book. I think he was the director..."

Along with this movie, and its two announced sequels, Francis Lawrence also directed Will Smith in 'I Am Legend', which I quite liked, and 'Constantine'..... which next to "Man Of Steel" earlier this year is one of only two movies I've walked out of as an adult.

Along with this movie, and its two announced sequels, Francis Lawrence also directed Will Smith in 'I Am Legend', which I quite liked, and 'Constantine'..... which next to "Man Of Steel" earlier this year is one of only two movies I've walked out of as an adult.

Francis Lawrence walks off a stage. Nobody mentions 'Constantine'.

Francis Lawrence walks off a stage. Nobody mentions 'Constantine'.

Elizabeth Banks and her incredible dress walk the red carpet unaccompanied, and I can't help her. Actually, all of sudden that view of the Odeon Leicester Square behind me has opened up some great additional photography opportunities!

Elizabeth Banks and her incredible dress walk the red carpet unaccompanied, and I can't help her. Actually, all of sudden that view of the Odeon Leicester Square behind me has opened up some great additional photography opportunities!

"You're going to make a 'catching fire' comment with the flames behind me, aren't you?"  No. I was just... looking at the coat. It's a red coat.

"You're going to make a 'catching fire' comment with the flames behind me, aren't you?" No. I was just... looking at the coat. It's a red coat.

"I can sign this 'Jennifer', 'JL', and possibly 'J-Lawz'... but I will not sign 'J-Lizzle'. I don't even know what that means"

"I can sign this 'Jennifer', 'JL', and possibly 'J-Lawz'... but I will not sign 'J-Lizzle'. I don't even know what that means"

Probably my favourite shot of the night in terms of 'art direction' and 'tone' - neither of which I had anything to do with in this case!

Probably my favourite shot of the night in terms of 'art direction' and 'tone' - neither of which I had anything to do with in this case!

And now it's time to join the crush to leave the centre part of Leicester Square, a route that takes me right past the giant mockingbird that everybody wants to pose next to.

The premiere occupied the entire centre part of Leicester Square, along with one whole vertex of the exterior, and a part of another corner for the drop-off. That's big in anyone's language. So is this giant Mockingjay statue. It's not quite  as large as "Thor's Hammer",  but part of me can't wait to see what they do for The Hobbit. (I took this photo later - it's nowhere near where I was)

The premiere occupied the entire centre part of Leicester Square, along with one whole vertex of the exterior, and a part of another corner for the drop-off. That's big in anyone's language. So is this giant Mockingjay statue. It's not quite as large as "Thor's Hammer", but part of me can't wait to see what they do for The Hobbit. (I took this photo later - it's nowhere near where I was)

So... that was pretty major. And I'm pretty tired. And it's another one for the "Archive of Movie Premieres"

Until next time!

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22 Oct 2013 - The 'Thor : The Dark World' World Premiere

October 22nd, 2013.

London Film Festival is barely over, and mere days later a World Premiere hits Leicester Square. And the hordes of Tom Hiddleson fans whose appetites were presumed sated after the premiere of "Only Lovers Left Alive" just days ago, found pretext to return once again. This time to support their hero in a movie sequel still inexplicably named after his brother.

Here's how it went down.

The Metro announced this morning that the five best Loki Lookalike costumes would win tickets to see the film. However, given these people were waiting in line since before 6am and couldn't have known about that competition, it stands to reason that they dressed this way anyway. (I'm going to say that this is extremely cool because I'm very sure otherwise they'd hurt me)

The Metro announced this morning that the five best Loki Lookalike costumes would win tickets to see the film. However, given these people were waiting in line since before 6am and couldn't have known about that competition, it stands to reason that they dressed this way anyway. (I'm going to say that this is extremely cool because I'm very sure otherwise they'd hurt me)

Well, this was inevitable. (As was the outcome : the Lokis in the queue outnumbered Thors about 6 to 1, plus they don't fight fair!)

Well, this was inevitable. (As was the outcome : the Lokis in the queue outnumbered Thors about 6 to 1, plus they don't fight fair!)

For the past three days, the forecast for the premiere was heavy rain in a six hour band lasting from about 2pm to 8pm. This was then revised to consistent rain for the remainder of the day, which then met what I like to call 'reality', which is that it drizzled lightly twice in the afternoon, and heavily for about four minutes in the evening. Dear Meteorolgists, stop aligning yourselves with science, and get over _there_ with soothsayers and the designers of fad celebrity diets. (That said? nice umbrella).

For the past three days, the forecast for the premiere was heavy rain in a six hour band lasting from about 2pm to 8pm. This was then revised to consistent rain for the remainder of the day, which then met what I like to call 'reality', which is that it drizzled lightly twice in the afternoon, and heavily for about four minutes in the evening. Dear Meteorolgists, stop aligning yourselves with science, and get over _there_ with soothsayers and the designers of fad celebrity diets. (That said? nice umbrella).

The God Of Thunder does not approve of you inviting X-Factor contestants to this event. (Seconded)

The God Of Thunder does not approve of you inviting X-Factor contestants to this event. (Seconded)

"You! Your helmet... it still looks fabulous"  This was part of a  'Phwoaaarr Thor' competition, amounting to exploitative ogling at semi-naked males in Norse outfits competition, that I will not dignify by naming the corporate sponsor involved. Because quite honestly I wasn't really paying attention.

"You! Your helmet... it still looks fabulous" This was part of a  'Phwoaaarr Thor' competition, amounting to exploitative ogling at semi-naked males in Norse outfits competition, that I will not dignify by naming the corporate sponsor involved. Because quite honestly I wasn't really paying attention.

The crowd for this film was skewed towards younger females, which I'm sure at least several accountants over at Marvel / Disney studios briefly puzzled over before revising box office estimations further upwards.

The crowd for this film was skewed towards younger females, which I'm sure at least several accountants over at Marvel / Disney studios briefly puzzled over before revising box office estimations further upwards.

"If I can somehow drag it to the nearest tube station, can I keep it?"

"If I can somehow drag it to the nearest tube station, can I keep it?"

A hat can dream, I suppose?

A hat can dream, I suppose?

To give you a partial idea of the scale of this event, the giant hammer (shown earlier above) is on the right, and the giant wedge is one of two segments of Leicester Square open to the public, while the thinner bits on the side (one shown, one not) was for the first 500 people in the queue to get in (the earliest arrivals camped overnight. I did not). My position was on the middle/lower left.

To give you a partial idea of the scale of this event, the giant hammer (shown earlier above) is on the right, and the giant wedge is one of two segments of Leicester Square open to the public, while the thinner bits on the side (one shown, one not) was for the first 500 people in the queue to get in (the earliest arrivals camped overnight. I did not). My position was on the middle/lower left.

My approximate distance from the stage and the number (and arm height) of the people who would be getting between my camera's lens and the main stage. And bearing in mind that these people are recording the trailer with their mobile phones (instead of watching it in better resolution and sound on iTunes or youtube), you can imagine they'll be photographing pretty much everything, all the time, no matter how bad their zooms or how low the light.

My approximate distance from the stage and the number (and arm height) of the people who would be getting between my camera's lens and the main stage. And bearing in mind that these people are recording the trailer with their mobile phones (instead of watching it in better resolution and sound on iTunes or youtube), you can imagine they'll be photographing pretty much everything, all the time, no matter how bad their zooms or how low the light.

still, we're set... let's get down to it:

Kat Dennings is best known for also being in the prior Thor movie, appropriately enough called 'Thor'. She was also in Nick and Norah's infinite playlist, which I'm sure I've watched but just can't remember any of.

Kat Dennings is best known for also being in the prior Thor movie, appropriately enough called 'Thor'. She was also in Nick and Norah's infinite playlist, which I'm sure I've watched but just can't remember any of.

Stellan Skarsgard plays Dr Erik Selvig in the film, and yes I know the second 'a' in 'Skarsgard' has a dot above it but it's way past my bedtime and I don't have time to look for it right now. I think I last photographed him at  the premiere of "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo"

Stellan Skarsgard plays Dr Erik Selvig in the film, and yes I know the second 'a' in 'Skarsgard' has a dot above it but it's way past my bedtime and I don't have time to look for it right now. I think I last photographed him at the premiere of "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo"

"A petition for Loki to get his own standalone movie and subsequent follow-on franchise based on fanciful fangirl fanfiction? Hell I've written several myself - where do I sign"  Kat Dennings has hit _that_ part of the crowd.

"A petition for Loki to get his own standalone movie and subsequent follow-on franchise based on fanciful fangirl fanfiction? Hell I've written several myself - where do I sign" Kat Dennings has hit _that_ part of the crowd.

"Ladies, you may remember Tom Hiddleston from such premieres as  "Thor" , " War Horse" , " The Deep Blue Sea" , " The Avengers"  and " Only Lovers Left Alive" . Or perhaps you're stalking him, in which case he'd kindly ask you to stop on behalf of every other guy in Leicester Square who lacks his charisma and bow tie". Damnit, I gotta stop wearing t-shirts and a beanie to premieres.

"Ladies, you may remember Tom Hiddleston from such premieres as "Thor", "War Horse", "The Deep Blue Sea", "The Avengers" and "Only Lovers Left Alive". Or perhaps you're stalking him, in which case he'd kindly ask you to stop on behalf of every other guy in Leicester Square who lacks his charisma and bow tie". Damnit, I gotta stop wearing t-shirts and a beanie to premieres.

"Guys, one last chance to join my empire willingly, rather than be forced to at sword, horn, and spear-point later. I mean, yes even when I do take over, things will get pretty awful for anyone who is not me, but other than that things will be pretty good."

"Guys, one last chance to join my empire willingly, rather than be forced to at sword, horn, and spear-point later. I mean, yes even when I do take over, things will get pretty awful for anyone who is not me, but other than that things will be pretty good."

"Best Birthday Present Ever"

"Best Birthday Present Ever"

Outstandingly, I've now photoraphed Natalie Portman, meaning I've now photographed 19 of this year's Empire Magazine Top 20 sexiest movie stars 2013 (only the mighty Ryan Gosling eludes my grasp) (Yes, I do have other hobbies).

Outstandingly, I've now photoraphed Natalie Portman, meaning I've now photographed 19 of this year's Empire Magazine Top 20 sexiest movie stars 2013 (only the mighty Ryan Gosling eludes my grasp) (Yes, I do have other hobbies).

"So you are aware that although you're apparently the hero of this movie, 90% of the screaming fans are here for your brother, who's not even the main villain in the movie?" "Of course"

"So you are aware that although you're apparently the hero of this movie, 90% of the screaming fans are here for your brother, who's not even the main villain in the movie?"
"Of course"

"And the Red Sox Win!!!"  Well, that was random..

"And the Red Sox Win!!!" Well, that was random..

"The queue for Maltesers and Popcorn is HOW long?? What if I tell them I've won an Academy Award, might that help?" "No, ma'am"

"The queue for Maltesers and Popcorn is HOW long?? What if I tell them I've won an Academy Award, might that help?"
"No, ma'am"

"He's my brother, but I'm slowly going to slide my hand down his back and see what the fanfic writers make of that"  I fear the internet might be a dangerous place to tread for the next couple of hours.

"He's my brother, but I'm slowly going to slide my hand down his back and see what the fanfic writers make of that" I fear the internet might be a dangerous place to tread for the next couple of hours.

Thor The Dark World is directed by Alan Taylor who has directed six episodes of the excellent Game Of Thrones, and nine episodes of The Sopranos which I've been told I should (have) watch(ed). And also six episodes of Sex and the City which I don't really have time for in my busy schedule of hair maintenance and home taxidermy.

Thor The Dark World is directed by Alan Taylor who has directed six episodes of the excellent Game Of Thrones, and nine episodes of The Sopranos which I've been told I should (have) watch(ed). And also six episodes of Sex and the City which I don't really have time for in my busy schedule of hair maintenance and home taxidermy.

"No, I will not accept fan spec scripts for Thor The Dark World because I know exactly what kind of fan fiction you girls are writing. Also, you'll notice the movie is finished, so you're kind of late"

"No, I will not accept fan spec scripts for Thor The Dark World because I know exactly what kind of fan fiction you girls are writing. Also, you'll notice the movie is finished, so you're kind of late"

Kat Dennings returned to our area to sign more. I'm calling her look Hathaway-esque until I'm told by Anne Hathaway's people to stop.

Kat Dennings returned to our area to sign more. I'm calling her look Hathaway-esque until I'm told by Anne Hathaway's people to stop.

"Sure I'm still trying to take over the world, I'm just wearing a tux now rather than leather cloak and a horned helmet. I figured it was too much of a giveaway, and plus it was hell to wear on most forms of commuter transport"

"Sure I'm still trying to take over the world, I'm just wearing a tux now rather than leather cloak and a horned helmet. I figured it was too much of a giveaway, and plus it was hell to wear on most forms of commuter transport"

Kevin Feige has the impressive sounding title of President of Marvel Studios Development. It's no 'God of Mischief' or 'Lord of the Sith', but I guess it beats Senior Benchmark Analyst. Well... kind of.

Kevin Feige has the impressive sounding title of President of Marvel Studios Development. It's no 'God of Mischief' or 'Lord of the Sith', but I guess it beats Senior Benchmark Analyst. Well... kind of.

At the distance I'm shooting, and with the amount of crowd streaming past, and the number of people grasping for Stellan Skarsgard's autograph nearby, I'm fairly pleased this shot turned out okay.

At the distance I'm shooting, and with the amount of crowd streaming past, and the number of people grasping for Stellan Skarsgard's autograph nearby, I'm fairly pleased this shot turned out okay.

"I'm not saying I disapprove of you two standing right next to each other, I'm just saying it'll take the fanfic I'm planning to write in an entirely different direction"

"I'm not saying I disapprove of you two standing right next to each other, I'm just saying it'll take the fanfic I'm planning to write in an entirely different direction"

Clearly wants to read that fanfic.

Clearly wants to read that fanfic.

"I  know OF Home and Away, what about it? " Chris Hemsworth got his start on the Aussie soap, across 184 episodes. I didn't watch them....

"I know OF Home and Away, what about it?" Chris Hemsworth got his start on the Aussie soap, across 184 episodes. I didn't watch them....

....but I did watch the Australian series Dancing With The Stars back in 2006 which he made it to the Grand Final of and I worked for the company sponsoring the event and used to write weekly recaps of it. Good times. (Wait... did I just admit to that?) (Time for some moody melancholy lighting for my misspent 'youth')

....but I did watch the Australian series Dancing With The Stars back in 2006 which he made it to the Grand Final of and I worked for the company sponsoring the event and used to write weekly recaps of it. Good times. (Wait... did I just admit to that?) (Time for some moody melancholy lighting for my misspent 'youth')

"Prithee, woulds't thou sign?"  By sheer coincidence, I watched Joss Whedon's  "Much Ado About Nothing"  just yesterday. It was good. Cleverly done, though I think its modernisation was fraught with the odd cultural problem that didn't translate well across the centuries. Not that I think I'm going to get a chance to discuss this with anyone who might care.

"Prithee, woulds't thou sign?" By sheer coincidence, I watched Joss Whedon's "Much Ado About Nothing" just yesterday. It was good. Cleverly done, though I think its modernisation was fraught with the odd cultural problem that didn't translate well across the centuries. Not that I think I'm going to get a chance to discuss this with anyone who might care.

"Very well. 'I will not condone an action that will lead us to war'. But I'm not wearing the stupid hat"

"Very well. 'I will not condone an action that will lead us to war'. But I'm not wearing the stupid hat"

Natalie Portman exits the stage and I'm prety happy that I prefocussed this shot as more or less every umbrella in the crowd was being being waved back and forth by people holding them in one hand, balancing their posters, photos and autograph book in the other hand, and somehow still taking photos on their mobile phones and ipads.

Natalie Portman exits the stage and I'm prety happy that I prefocussed this shot as more or less every umbrella in the crowd was being being waved back and forth by people holding them in one hand, balancing their posters, photos and autograph book in the other hand, and somehow still taking photos on their mobile phones and ipads.

Every now and then, I don't really feel like thinking overmuch about writing a comment. I'm pleased the Nikon got this shot right at short distance.

Every now and then, I don't really feel like thinking overmuch about writing a comment. I'm pleased the Nikon got this shot right at short distance.

Idris Elba arrives, and is cooler than you, me, and... well, probably not Tom Hiddleston I guess. But pretty much everyone else.

Idris Elba arrives, and is cooler than you, me, and... well, probably not Tom Hiddleston I guess. But pretty much everyone else.

"Our organisation is small, but we're undergoing a period of rapid and aggressive expansion. So certainly I'd be interested in seeing your resume if you're as ruthless as you claim"

"Our organisation is small, but we're undergoing a period of rapid and aggressive expansion. So certainly I'd be interested in seeing your resume if you're as ruthless as you claim"

Christopher Ecclestone, still under the misapprehension that he's the bad guy in this film, signs some autographs. He'll always be Raymond Calitri from Gone in Sixty Seconds to me... but mainly because I don't watch Dr Who.

Christopher Ecclestone, still under the misapprehension that he's the bad guy in this film, signs some autographs. He'll always be Raymond Calitri from Gone in Sixty Seconds to me... but mainly because I don't watch Dr Who.

"Shhhh.... Thor and his guys are listening. Let's pretend we're here just to promote the movie and leave our little insurrection for another time"

"Shhhh.... Thor and his guys are listening. Let's pretend we're here just to promote the movie and leave our little insurrection for another time"

Late and unexpected and rather awesome arrival : Joss Whedon, director of The Avengers (and its upcoming sequel). He dismissed claims that he was parachuted in to do emergency script surgery on Thor2 as an exaggeration. I assume that means it was a helicopter, not a parachute, that dropped him onto set.

Late and unexpected and rather awesome arrival : Joss Whedon, director of The Avengers (and its upcoming sequel). He dismissed claims that he was parachuted in to do emergency script surgery on Thor2 as an exaggeration. I assume that means it was a helicopter, not a parachute, that dropped him onto set.

" I don't care what any of the rest of you have planned,  I just want the guy I'm pointing at to watch this movie"  Aww... do I *have* to? I'm still coming off my relative disappointment at Iron Man 3.

"I don't care what any of the rest of you have planned,  I just want the guy I'm pointing at to watch this movie" Aww... do I *have* to? I'm still coming off my relative disappointment at Iron Man 3.

"I'm sorry I can't talk about Shakespearean adaptations right now. I'm so busy I haven't even found time to buy the watch that I'd be pointing at to tell you how late I'm running"

"I'm sorry I can't talk about Shakespearean adaptations right now. I'm so busy I haven't even found time to buy the watch that I'd be pointing at to tell you how late I'm running"


So... that rather massive event was a World Premiere. Sorry for the length, I usually go for less than 30 photos per premiere, but I allow myself more for Awards and World Premieres or really, REALLY big premieres like say The Avengers or The Baftas or... Twilight. But now, it's time for me to get some sleep and add one more to "The Archive of Movie Premieres" and try to get enough sleep to plausibly claim that I'm fit to work tomorrow. Those pricing models won't code themselves.

Incidentally, the other Marvel premieres I've been to so far are:

Thor - Hemsworth! Brannagh! Hiddleston! Alexander!
The Avengers - RDJ! Johansson! Hemsworth! Hiddleston! Renner! Ruffalo!
Iron Man 3 - RDJ! Black! Kingsley!

(And no, obviously I'm not including Spider-Man....)

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