14 Aug - The 'Hector and the Search for Happiness' Apple Store event

August 14th, 2014

This journal is a bit of a flashback, as I'm posting this from the far, far future of October 2015. From where I sit, flying cars rule the sky, we've colonised most of the moons of Jupiter and the robot uprising has been mostly suppressed. Good times, in other words.

Let's see if I can remember what happened over a year earlier:

I definitely give kudos to Apple for having a sign-language.. ist (?) at each event at their stores. It's the little things that make a big difference, I remind myself whenever Apple decides yet again to move 5h1t around in iTunes to make it harder to find where the 'sync' button is for podcasts for no reason.

I definitely give kudos to Apple for having a sign-language.. ist (?) at each event at their stores. It's the little things that make a big difference, I remind myself whenever Apple decides yet again to move 5h1t around in iTunes to make it harder to find where the 'sync' button is for podcasts for no reason.

from out of the darkness emanates the presence of the 'Nerd do Well' himself, Mr Simon Pegg.

from out of the darkness emanates the presence of the 'Nerd do Well' himself, Mr Simon Pegg.

Peter Chelsom is the director of this film. He also directed 'Serendipity' back in 2001, which I watched and remember enjoying; and The Hannah Montana Movie, which you may safely assume I have not seen, nor intend to.

Peter Chelsom is the director of this film. He also directed 'Serendipity' back in 2001, which I watched and remember enjoying; and The Hannah Montana Movie, which you may safely assume I have not seen, nor intend to.

"This guy over here.. I refuse to point directly at him, but you know who I'm talking about"

"This guy over here.. I refuse to point directly at him, but you know who I'm talking about"

"Simon is the kind of guy who... who... well... I'll just leave it at that. But let's just say he wears shorts in this film". My personal rule is : not if it's below 40 degrees celsius, or I'm in Singapore.

"Simon is the kind of guy who... who... well... I'll just leave it at that. But let's just say he wears shorts in this film". My personal rule is : not if it's below 40 degrees celsius, or I'm in Singapore.

"I love this film! And conveniently, it's one I directed and Simon Pegg stars in!"

"I love this film! And conveniently, it's one I directed and Simon Pegg stars in!"

I kind of like this photo but am also freaked out by it.

I kind of like this photo but am also freaked out by it.

"Then there was that time you said you'd murder somebody for a decent casserole and we asked you if that would make you happy and you said yes. We had to remove that from the movie..."

"Then there was that time you said you'd murder somebody for a decent casserole and we asked you if that would make you happy and you said yes. We had to remove that from the movie..."

"but we kept it in for the studio screening"

"but we kept it in for the studio screening"

"Play the oboe? Right here and now? Kind of tricky seeing as though I didn't bring mine with me.."

"Play the oboe? Right here and now? Kind of tricky seeing as though I didn't bring mine with me.."

Simon Pegg : "....."

Simon Pegg : "....."

Me : "....."

Me : "....."

"Avoiding unhappiness is not the path to happiness. Also that's from the movie. Please don't spoil it as it's less powerful taken out of context"

"Avoiding unhappiness is not the path to happiness. Also that's from the movie. Please don't spoil it as it's less powerful taken out of context"

So.... that was that. it was a good event, and I followed it up with a catch-up with a friend, and that was good as well. AND it belatedly joins the "Archive of Movie premieres", which is no small feat to accomplish over a year later.

Remember to buy those Robot Wars Bonds - we can't win the war without your help!

Until next time!



Aug 28 - The 'Pride' Apple Store Event

28th August, 2014.

I'm about six months late, but it occurs to be that perhaps I should post photos from this Apple Store event, given I've done so for numerous other movies whose premieres never took place or I didn't attend. Movies like "Begin Again" with Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo, "Maze Runner" with most of the cast, and the Indian movie "Haider" with Shahid Kapoor.

Especially since this one was attended by two of the film's stars, including the fairly awesome Andrew Scott, Moriarty from the TV series Sherlock. Here's how it went down:

"You'll forgive me for saying this, but you don't look too intimidating with an unbuttoned shirt and singlet". True.... part of me is disappointed Moriarty isn't wearing a suit, tie, and phone with "Staying Alive" as its ringtone.

"You'll forgive me for saying this, but you don't look too intimidating with an unbuttoned shirt and singlet". True.... part of me is disappointed Moriarty isn't wearing a suit, tie, and phone with "Staying Alive" as its ringtone.

Early eye-contact from Faye Marsay. I don't know her from any of the roles she's known for on imdb, and it took me a while to decide that I couldn't tell whether she's the face on the poster for the TV Series "The White Queen"

Early eye-contact from Faye Marsay. I don't know her from any of the roles she's known for on imdb, and it took me a while to decide that I couldn't tell whether she's the face on the poster for the TV Series "The White Queen"

"What role do I know you from....?" "The movie's name was 'Pride'. You and I are both in it. We're here to promote it"

"What role do I know you from....?"
"The movie's name was 'Pride'. You and I are both in it. We're here to promote it"

"I like that you're showing clips from the movie... but in this day and age aren't you worried about movie piracy?" Moriarty is more ambitious in the crimes he commits.

"I like that you're showing clips from the movie... but in this day and age aren't you worried about movie piracy?" Moriarty is more ambitious in the crimes he commits.

"That's your worst Benedict Cumberbatch impression yet. I love it."

"That's your worst Benedict Cumberbatch impression yet. I love it."

"And then Andrew was like "I'll flay you alive" but I thought it was misheard lyrics from his ringtone, so that ransom didn't go quite as we wanted. Why are we here again?"

"And then Andrew was like "I'll flay you alive" but I thought it was misheard lyrics from his ringtone, so that ransom didn't go quite as we wanted. Why are we here again?"

"This movie was very serious. It took place in a serious location during a serious time and a serious administration making changes that had serious consequences. That said, this is a comedy. I think you'll like it."

"This movie was very serious. It took place in a serious location during a serious time and a serious administration making changes that had serious consequences. That said, this is a comedy. I think you'll like it."

Every time I'm at an Apple Store event, whether it's standing or sitting, in the middle or on the sides, somebody with a giant semicircular head blocks part of my view. This person with their iPhone does not have that difficulty. Oh, well.

Every time I'm at an Apple Store event, whether it's standing or sitting, in the middle or on the sides, somebody with a giant semicircular head blocks part of my view. This person with their iPhone does not have that difficulty. Oh, well.

Somewhat unexpectedly, but not inappropriately in view of the movie, one of the attendees asked a question about attitudes to sexuality in the '80s and even today, and actually came out. Gotta admit : pretty good crowd response. Also : high-five from Andrew Scott.

Somewhat unexpectedly, but not inappropriately in view of the movie, one of the attendees asked a question about attitudes to sexuality in the '80s and even today, and actually came out. Gotta admit : pretty good crowd response. Also : high-five from Andrew Scott.

You just got a high-five from Moriarty. I don't care what it's for or what he's wearing, you should check your wrist to see if he's slashed it.

You just got a high-five from Moriarty. I don't care what it's for or what he's wearing, you should check your wrist to see if he's slashed it.

"Your bravery is commendable... and I'm no lawyer but I hope you were listening at the start of this when the guy from Apple said that your likeness and everything you say would belong to Apple in perpetuity". I'm not sure, but I think signed my firstborn's liver over to Apple last time I updated iTunes.

"Your bravery is commendable... and I'm no lawyer but I hope you were listening at the start of this when the guy from Apple said that your likeness and everything you say would belong to Apple in perpetuity". I'm not sure, but I think signed my firstborn's liver over to Apple last time I updated iTunes.

I think somebody just won, and lost, a bet, respectively.

I think somebody just won, and lost, a bet, respectively.

"... I don't know how to follow up on what just happened here in the last half hour. They didn't cover this in journalism school."

"... I don't know how to follow up on what just happened here in the last half hour. They didn't cover this in journalism school."

"Everything else aside, it would be remiss of me not to remind you that there's a movie these two are in that you should really go and see. Also, you're in an Apple Store. Buy an iPod. I think they still sell those."

"Everything else aside, it would be remiss of me not to remind you that there's a movie these two are in that you should really go and see. Also, you're in an Apple Store. Buy an iPod. I think they still sell those."

"I've got one more high-five up here for anyone who wants to risk it". I'm not sure I have the courage required... I just wish I had a photo of Andrew Scott / Moriarty staring at me murderously...

"I've got one more high-five up here for anyone who wants to risk it". I'm not sure I have the courage required... I just wish I had a photo of Andrew Scott / Moriarty staring at me murderously...

"Happy?". Terrified. And yes.

"Happy?". Terrified. And yes.

So... that was kind of cool. One day I might consider uploading other Apple Store events I've skipped uploading in the past, such as Eli Roth and Lorenza Izzo for "The Green Inferno"; and Simon Pegg and Peter Chelsom for "Hector and the Search for Happiness".

Until next time!

11 Jun - Walking on Sunshine premiere

11 Jun - Walking on Sunshine premiere

A dog, a pink carpet, somebody who probably ISN'T from Game of Thrones, and one star from the movie... probably still worth going to, though.

9 Jun - Now... in the wings (etc) premiere

For some odd reason, the PR and Promotions people of London had a collective brain aneurism and scheduled three events at more or less the same time on the same day. I flipped a coin and a magic eight-ball and went to the one with Kevin Spacey. I'd never photographed him before.

There was one sobering issue, though. There weren't many autograph dealers present, providing an ominous indication that the premiere for the movie 'Chef' on the other side of town might feature more than just Iron Man director John Favreau... and might actually include Iron Man, Avengers and Thor alumni like Scarlett Johansson,Robert Downey Jnr and Mark Ruffalo, all apparently in town filming Avengers 2.

So with that hanging over my head, here's how it went down.

We're off to a promising start, and it has nothing to do with this film / documentary, which apparently is about "Kevin Spacey, Sam Mendes and the Bridge Project Company reveal(ing) some of the most intimate moments behind the scenes of their staging of Richard III." Thanks, imdb.

We're off to a promising start, and it has nothing to do with this film / documentary, which apparently is about "Kevin Spacey, Sam Mendes and the Bridge Project Company reveal(ing) some of the most intimate moments behind the scenes of their staging of Richard III." Thanks, imdb.

Kevin Spacey is wearing a crown and glowering at me from the poster, which suggests I'm in the right place. But the title of this thing is a ridiculous mouthful _"Now : In the Wings on a World Stage"_ - and I SWEAR I had to go online to re-re-remember it because it' appalling. It's as if a focus group met up and couldn't decide between three different titles and decided not to settle it with Trial By Combat like civilised people would.

Kevin Spacey is wearing a crown and glowering at me from the poster, which suggests I'm in the right place. But the title of this thing is a ridiculous mouthful _"Now : In the Wings on a World Stage"_ - and I SWEAR I had to go online to re-re-remember it because it' appalling. It's as if a focus group met up and couldn't decide between three different titles and decided not to settle it with Trial By Combat like civilised people would.

Our first arrival is wearing a slinky black dress, and at this point neither wireimage nor getty has any photos of this event.... even imdb has most of the cast in 'friendly' grey silhouette rather then biographical pics. That's a pity. Nobody looking this cheerful in a black dress should be snubbed like that.

Our first arrival is wearing a slinky black dress, and at this point neither wireimage nor getty has any photos of this event.... even imdb has most of the cast in 'friendly' grey silhouette rather then biographical pics. That's a pity. Nobody looking this cheerful in a black dress should be snubbed like that.

Typical. Throw out a compliment and somebody else takes the credit. Edited to add : she's Annabel Scholey, and according to imdb she's best known for being the voice of Ginny Weasley in the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows video game. Really? Bonnie Wright couldn't do her own lines?

Typical. Throw out a compliment and somebody else takes the credit.

Edited to add : she's Annabel Scholey, and according to imdb she's best known for being the voice of Ginny Weasley in the Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows video game. Really? Bonnie Wright couldn't do her own lines?

"Two questions. Firstly, is THE Kevin Spacey really attending this thing???" "Yes. Next question?" "Who's THE Kevin Spacey?"

"Two questions. Firstly, is THE Kevin Spacey really attending this thing???"
"Yes. Next question?"
"Who's THE Kevin Spacey?"

"Smile! Grimace! Pout! Pretend you're harpooning a whale! Pretend you'd rather be at the John Favreau premiere!" Oh, I'm already there.

"Smile! Grimace! Pout! Pretend you're harpooning a whale! Pretend you'd rather be at the John Favreau premiere!" Oh, I'm already there.

"I'll sign this as me if you can tell me my name, if not then I'm signing it as Kevin Spacey". Thanks to this premiere, I've now seen Kevin Spacey's autograph and I'm willing to suggest a fake one would have the advantage of being more legible.

"I'll sign this as me if you can tell me my name, if not then I'm signing it as Kevin Spacey". Thanks to this premiere, I've now seen Kevin Spacey's autograph and I'm willing to suggest a fake one would have the advantage of being more legible.

"General Kenobi. Years ago you helped my father during the clone wars and all I got was this crappy t-shirt" Oh, look. Princess Leia during her Grunge Years.

"General Kenobi. Years ago you helped my father during the clone wars and all I got was this crappy t-shirt" Oh, look. Princess Leia during her Grunge Years.

"I think I nailed the audition" Edited to add : she's Katherine Manners. Not that the name helps much : imdb has no idea who that is, while wikipedia helpfully prompts me that she might be Katherine Manners, 19th Baroness de Ros, who died in 1649? Well done, internet

"I think I nailed the audition"

Edited to add : she's Katherine Manners. Not that the name helps much : imdb has no idea who that is, while wikipedia helpfully prompts me that she might be Katherine Manners, 19th Baroness de Ros, who died in 1649? Well done, internet

"Smile! Grimace! Shift Left! Look Right! Change your trousers cause they're destroying my autofocus!" Yeah, my eyes are hurting a bit, too.

"Smile! Grimace! Shift Left! Look Right! Change your trousers cause they're destroying my autofocus!" Yeah, my eyes are hurting a bit, too.

I don't know who this is, but based on the number of females on the imdb cast listing, my options are limited to Maureen Anderman ("Duchess of York"), Haydn Dwynne ("Queen Elizabeth") or Andrew Long if Andrew is a girl's name and the girl is playing the role of The Bishop of Ely. Edited to add : she's Haydn Dwynne, so pay up if you lost that particular bet

I don't know who this is, but based on the number of females on the imdb cast listing, my options are limited to Maureen Anderman ("Duchess of York"), Haydn Dwynne ("Queen Elizabeth") or Andrew Long if Andrew is a girl's name and the girl is playing the role of The Bishop of Ely.
Edited to add : she's Haydn Dwynne, so pay up if you lost that particular bet

"Hi, I'm Kevin Spacey and I've won two more Oscars than any of y'all, unless you were in one of those technical categories in which case I congratulate you". I've never actually photographed Kevin Spacey, and I've never been snubbed by Kevin Spacey either, but both of these things were set to change on this hallowed afternoon!  

"Hi, I'm Kevin Spacey and I've won two more Oscars than any of y'all, unless you were in one of those technical categories in which case I congratulate you". I've never actually photographed Kevin Spacey, and I've never been snubbed by Kevin Spacey either, but both of these things were set to change on this hallowed afternoon!
 

"Hey, you two should know totally each other. You were both in that movie" If it's not the improbably named "Now : In the Wings on a World Stage" I'm sure its title is/was a lot shorter.

"Hey, you two should know totally each other. You were both in that movie" If it's not the improbably named "Now : In the Wings on a World Stage" I'm sure its title is/was a lot shorter.

"The huge guy behind me? He's here to beat up anybody who wants me to sign something from a movie I'm not actually in. Ten Commandements by Cecil B DeMille? I was totally in that..."

"The huge guy behind me? He's here to beat up anybody who wants me to sign something from a movie I'm not actually in. Ten Commandements by Cecil B DeMille? I was totally in that..."

When Al Pacino signs autographs, the music in his head is probably heavy metal, but for Kevin Spacey, I'm thinking Bach. Alternatively, it's a special request from the security dude who'll beat up anyone who tries to get Kevin Spacey to sign something from a movie he's not actually in.

When Al Pacino signs autographs, the music in his head is probably heavy metal, but for Kevin Spacey, I'm thinking Bach. Alternatively, it's a special request from the security dude who'll beat up anyone who tries to get Kevin Spacey to sign something from a movie he's not actually in.

This, based on an intimate analysis of the imbd cast listing of this thing, is most likely to be director Jeremy Whelehan. And his hat.

This, based on an intimate analysis of the imbd cast listing of this thing, is most likely to be director Jeremy Whelehan. And his hat.

This man, on the other hand, I can't track down, but the hair and beard are both lustrous. And an open shirt without tie is a great look, I've been told. (My wristwatch is a Seiko).

This man, on the other hand, I can't track down, but the hair and beard are both lustrous. And an open shirt without tie is a great look, I've been told. (My wristwatch is a Seiko).

Giant security guard also takes a dim view of wonky horizons. Bad composition in photography is a sign of a lazy mind (and Dutch tilts are often over-used). I think the actress is Gemma Jones, and she plays Queen Margot in the film / documentary.

Giant security guard also takes a dim view of wonky horizons. Bad composition in photography is a sign of a lazy mind (and Dutch tilts are often over-used). I think the actress is Gemma Jones, and she plays Queen Margot in the film / documentary.

Nick Moran breezes past just long enough for me to recognise him from the Paparazzi list. He's best known for being in the film Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, but was also the unfortunately-named "Scabior" in the last two Harry Potter films. Not playing a heroic figure, I'd assume.

Nick Moran breezes past just long enough for me to recognise him from the Paparazzi list. He's best known for being in the film Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels, but was also the unfortunately-named "Scabior" in the last two Harry Potter films. Not playing a heroic figure, I'd assume.

Meanwhile, being the great actor that he is, Kevin Spacey is answering questions with just his right hand. His right hand is his Acting Hand, as everyone knows. The left one mainly answers fanmail and does sudoku.

Meanwhile, being the great actor that he is, Kevin Spacey is answering questions with just his right hand. His right hand is his Acting Hand, as everyone knows. The left one mainly answers fanmail and does sudoku.

I think she's a singer and she's not affiliated with the film. So that should narrow it down... Edited to add : she's actually artist Tracey Emin, whose (unmade) work 'my bed' was shortlisted for the 1999 Turner prize and was bought by Charles Saatchi £150,000 and is currently on sale...

I think she's a singer and she's not affiliated with the film. So that should narrow it down...

Edited to add : she's actually artist Tracey Emin, whose (unmade) work 'my bed' was shortlisted for the 1999 Turner prize and was bought by Charles Saatchi £150,000 and is currently on sale...

"Alright, my right hand's got this next autograph. And whoever I sign for is going to FEEL it" Oh, they wept alright.

"Alright, my right hand's got this next autograph. And whoever I sign for is going to FEEL it" Oh, they wept alright.

"OMG You've Got To See What Justin Bieber's Been Up To!!" "I'm going to go out on a limb and surmise you don't want this autograph of mine as much as you said you did a few seconds ago"

"OMG You've Got To See What Justin Bieber's Been Up To!!"
"I'm going to go out on a limb and surmise you don't want this autograph of mine as much as you said you did a few seconds ago"

"Joke's on her. I signed it as Jeremy Renner" The kids today probably don't know who Jeremy Renner is either, though.

"Joke's on her. I signed it as Jeremy Renner" The kids today probably don't know who Jeremy Renner is either, though.

"I'm heading in for popcorn with Right Hand. Left hand will stay and answer questions. Rightey and Spacey out. Peace"

"I'm heading in for popcorn with Right Hand. Left hand will stay and answer questions. Rightey and Spacey out. Peace"

So... that was some kind of thing.Kevin Spacey elected not to sign my Moleskine journal, but that's okay so did Heather Graham at Hangover part I, so he's in good company (or vice versa).

In the end, I'm still not sure whether it's called "NOW", "Now" or "#NowTheMovie" or whether you have to refer to it by its full title "Now colon In the Wings on a World Stage".... but one way or another it goes into The Archive of Movie Premieres  the last few of which included:

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Until next time!