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PREMIERES in 2016

Well... it was kind of a big year for premieres : it's the most I've ever photographed, in included the introduction of a new 'main' camera in the form of the mighty Nikon D4, with support ably provided by the amazing (and still functional) Pentax K5 as it heads towards half a million shutter actuations... and the destruction in anger of the abysmal Pentax K3 at the conclusion of the last premiere of the year.

Here's how it went down, with a link to each premiere on the image and underneath:

January 20th -   'Spotlight'  (Michael Keaton looks unimpressed, but I thought the movie was pretty excellent)

January 20th -  'Spotlight' (Michael Keaton looks unimpressed, but I thought the movie was pretty excellent)

January 26th -  'Dad's Army'  (not on my list of movies I need to move heaven and Earth to see) (edited to add : not a particularly great movie. It had one (1) good part)

January 26th - 'Dad's Army' (not on my list of movies I need to move heaven and Earth to see)
(edited to add : not a particularly great movie. It had one (1) good part)

February 1st :   'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies'  ("Is she supposed to be making that moaning sound??") - the movie itself was rather surprisingly good as a Jane Austen adaptation.

February 1st :  'Pride and Prejudice and Zombies' ("Is she supposed to be making that moaning sound??") - the movie itself was rather surprisingly good as a Jane Austen adaptation.

February 4th :   Zoolander2 ("My selfie stick is in a neighbouring county...") (edited to add : no movie can do much with itself once it's killed off Justin Bieber... and neither could this one)

February 4th :  Zoolander2("My selfie stick is in a neighbouring county...") (edited to add : no movie can do much with itself once it's killed off Justin Bieber... and neither could this one)

February 9th :   'How to be Single'  - I saw the movie. It somehow managed to be marginaly less fun than a life of abject loneliness.

February 9th :  'How to be Single' - I saw the movie. It somehow managed to be marginaly less fun than a life of abject loneliness.

February 14th -  The 2016 Baftas  - One of about three things I watch on the BBC in any given year, thus justifying the License Fee I pay.

February 14th - The 2016 Baftas - One of about three things I watch on the BBC in any given year, thus justifying the License Fee I pay.

February 22nd -   Grimsby  (or "those sideburns. totally inadequate") (I have no real intention of watching the movie) (edited to add : watched the movie, and found it frustrating because every time it threatened to be a decent movie, it deliberately chose the most egregiously gross way to undermine itself)

February 22nd -  Grimsby (or "those sideburns. totally inadequate") (I have no real intention of watching the movie) (edited to add : watched the movie, and found it frustrating because every time it threatened to be a decent movie, it deliberately chose the most egregiously gross way to undermine itself)

February 23rd -   the Elle Style Awards  (rumours of a deep and abiding emotional connection between Elisabeth Olsen and myself are (a) made up by me, and (b) should not detract from the much greater emotional connection (possibly also made up by me) between me and Charlize Theron)

February 23rd -  the Elle Style Awards (rumours of a deep and abiding emotional connection between Elisabeth Olsen and myself are (a) made up by me, and (b) should not detract from the much greater emotional connection (possibly also made up by me) between me and Charlize Theron)

March 6th :  Kung Fu Panda 3  ("fine. I'll just stand here by my roly-poly friend Jack Black!") (nb. the movie was okay, but seeing it in 3D I'd upgrade it to Very Impressive)

March 6th : Kung Fu Panda 3 ("fine. I'll just stand here by my roly-poly friend Jack Black!") (nb. the movie was okay, but seeing it in 3D I'd upgrade it to Very Impressive)

March 16th :  'The Pass'  (not pictured 'The Chiropractic Assistance Afterwards')

March 16th : 'The Pass' (not pictured 'The Chiropractic Assistance Afterwards')

March 17th 'Eddie the Eagle'  (I watched the movie and really enjoyed it)

March 17th'Eddie the Eagle' (I watched the movie and really enjoyed it)

March 20th :  The 2016 Empire Awards  (Daisy Ridley is pretty, but that's nowhere near enough to make me say that I liked The Force Awakens. I simply didn't)

March 20th : The 2016 Empire Awards (Daisy Ridley is pretty, but that's nowhere near enough to make me say that I liked The Force Awakens. I simply didn't)

22nd March :  Batman v Superman : Dawn of a Dumpster Fire  (with credit to  filmschoolrejects ) (I watched that movie drunk and it was still crap)

22nd March : Batman v Superman : Dawn of a Dumpster Fire (with credit to filmschoolrejects) (I watched that movie drunk and it was still crap)

April 3rd :  The 2016 Olivier Awards  (I know my place, and it is not amidst The Cultured People)

April 3rd : The 2016 Olivier Awards (I know my place, and it is not amidst The Cultured People)

April 7th :  'Criminal'  (the movie? kind of weird : like it had an idea but lacked either ambition or budget or both)

April 7th : 'Criminal' (the movie? kind of weird : like it had an idea but lacked either ambition or budget or both)

April 11th :  'Eye in the Sky'  (don't let the picture fool you : the movie was very good)

April 11th : 'Eye in the Sky' (don't let the picture fool you : the movie was very good)

April 12th :  Florence Foster Jenkins  (haven't watched the movie yet. or posed for a selfie with Meryl Streep) (edited to add : I've watched it. It was okay for what it was, but what that was wasn't necessarily enjoyable)

April 12th : Florence Foster Jenkins (haven't watched the movie yet. or posed for a selfie with Meryl Streep) (edited to add : I've watched it. It was okay for what it was, but what that was wasn't necessarily enjoyable)

April 13th :  The Jungle Book (2016)  The movie was okay, though having a kid set a forest alight accidentally as a crucial plot point without negative repercussions is problematic.

April 13th : The Jungle Book (2016) The movie was okay, though having a kid set a forest alight accidentally as a crucial plot point without negative repercussions is problematic.

April 25th :  'A Hologram for the King'  - I watched the movie on a flight to Singapore. It was odd - or rather it felt like two or three different movies, one or two of which were okay.

April 25th : 'A Hologram for the King' - I watched the movie on a flight to Singapore. It was odd - or rather it felt like two or three different movies, one or two of which were okay.

April 26th :  'Captain America : (far too) Civil (not really a) War'  - I thought it was one of the most cowardly movies I've seen in a long time. I walked out with fifteen or twenty minutes to go because I no longer gave a crap about these characters. Nice job, Disney.

April 26th : 'Captain America : (far too) Civil (not really a) War' - I thought it was one of the most cowardly movies I've seen in a long time. I walked out with fifteen or twenty minutes to go because I no longer gave a crap about these characters. Nice job, Disney.

May 5th :  'Our Kind of Traitor'  - weird movie, saw it on a plane, kind of liked it (but missed the last fifteen minutes because I wanted to take photos of Mt Fuji from another seat. Is that wrong of me?)

May 5th : 'Our Kind of Traitor' - weird movie, saw it on a plane, kind of liked it (but missed the last fifteen minutes because I wanted to take photos of Mt Fuji from another seat. Is that wrong of me?)

May 8th :  The 2016 Television Baftas  - once again I photographed the event from OUTSIDE the event. Because that's how I roll (and/or how I take photos that if not better are at least different to the ones everyone else takes)

May 8th : The 2016 Television Baftas - once again I photographed the event from OUTSIDE the event. Because that's how I roll (and/or how I take photos that if not better are at least different to the ones everyone else takes)

May 9th :  'X-Men : Apocalypse'  - another X-Men movie. I'm beginning to stop caring. Deadpool was great, though. I enjoyed the premiere, the movie made me tired.

May 9th : 'X-Men : Apocalypse' - another X-Men movie. I'm beginning to stop caring. Deadpool was great, though. I enjoyed the premiere, the movie made me tired.

May 10th :  'Alice Through the Looking Glass'  - the movie was bad even on low expectations, but I can't fault Danny Elfman's score and one or two visual flourishes. The premiere wasn't great.

May 10th : 'Alice Through the Looking Glass' - the movie was bad even on low expectations, but I can't fault Danny Elfman's score and one or two visual flourishes. The premiere wasn't great.

May 19th :  'The Nice Guys'  - surprisingly didn't like the movie (the premiere was okay, though). I loved 'Kiss Kiss Bang Bang' though.

May 19th : 'The Nice Guys' - surprisingly didn't like the movie (the premiere was okay, though). I loved 'Kiss Kiss Bang Bang' though.

May 24th :  'Love and Friendship'  - one of the coolest movies I saw this year, actually! Jane Austen is a master (and possibly inventor) of Game Theory and this movie showcases strategy as good as any war movie.

May 24th : 'Love and Friendship' - one of the coolest movies I saw this year, actually! Jane Austen is a master (and possibly inventor) of Game Theory and this movie showcases strategy as good as any war movie.

May 25th :  'Me Before You'  - there were protesters at the premiere, but I don't agree with them. The movie was making a specific point, I felt, and not a general one.

May 25th : 'Me Before You' - there were protesters at the premiere, but I don't agree with them. The movie was making a specific point, I felt, and not a general one.

May 31st :  'The Neon Demon'  - at less than 4 minutes, the fastest premiere I've ever been to. The movie? Eh... not really my thing. Flashy but not lovable.

May 31st : 'The Neon Demon' - at less than 4 minutes, the fastest premiere I've ever been to. The movie? Eh... not really my thing. Flashy but not lovable.

June 1st :  'Tale of Tales'  - haven't seen it. The poster appears to feaure Salma Hayek biting into a raw piece of marinated chicken. Kind of a turnoff. (edited to add : I've watched it, and I didn't really like it)

June 1st : 'Tale of Tales' - haven't seen it. The poster appears to feaure Salma Hayek biting into a raw piece of marinated chicken. Kind of a turnoff. (edited to add : I've watched it, and I didn't really like it)

June 2nd :  'Learning to Drive'  - haven't seen the movie, because I suspect the Dolby 5.1 and 3D conversion won't be necessary to enjoy it. (edited to add : I"ve watched it. It was passable)

June 2nd : 'Learning to Drive' - haven't seen the movie, because I suspect the Dolby 5.1 and 3D conversion won't be necessary to enjoy it. (edited to add : I"ve watched it. It was passable)

June 6th :  'Independence Day : Resurgence'  - instead of a premiere, a train unveiling. And now having watched the movie, instead of a good movie, it's mainly a noisy one.

June 6th : 'Independence Day : Resurgence' - instead of a premiere, a train unveiling. And now having watched the movie, instead of a good movie, it's mainly a noisy one.

June 11th : Horse Photobombs Queen - one of my favourite shots of the year, taken before  'Trooping of the Colour'

June 11th : Horse Photobombs Queen - one of my favourite shots of the year, taken before 'Trooping of the Colour'

June 29th :  'Absolutely Fabulous'  - I have no real desire to watch the film, but the premiere was ... interesting (I did finally manage to photograph Kate Moss) (edited to add : I've since watched it and I pretty much hated it, and its main characters)

June 29th : 'Absolutely Fabulous' - I have no real desire to watch the film, but the premiere was ... interesting (I did finally manage to photograph Kate Moss) (edited to add : I've since watched it and I pretty much hated it, and its main characters)

July 5th :  'Legend of Tarzan'  - I saw the movie for free at the premiere. It was... okay. The popcorn arguably more so.

July 5th : 'Legend of Tarzan' - I saw the movie for free at the premiere. It was... okay. The popcorn arguably more so.

July 10th :  'Finding Dory'  - I've since watched the movie. It's no Finding Nemo - this one's much more cynical and contrived. Not hateful, though.

July 10th : 'Finding Dory' - I've since watched the movie. It's no Finding Nemo - this one's much more cynical and contrived. Not hateful, though.

July 11th :  'Jason Bourne'  - am yet to see it, but Alicia Vikander is pretty. (edited to add : it was hugely disappointing : like the worst copy of the previous movies put together in the least fun way)

July 11th : 'Jason Bourne' - am yet to see it, but Alicia Vikander is pretty. (edited to add : it was hugely disappointing : like the worst copy of the previous movies put together in the least fun way)

July 12th :  'Star Trek Beyond'  - I got to see the movie for free at the premiere, and I'm still not sure whether it's "a good movie, but not necessarily a good star trek movie" or vice versa. Kudos on the Beastie Boys, though.

July 12th : 'Star Trek Beyond' - I got to see the movie for free at the premiere, and I'm still not sure whether it's "a good movie, but not necessarily a good star trek movie" or vice versa. Kudos on the Beastie Boys, though.

July 17th :  'The BFG'  - I later watched the movie on PayTV. It's not my kind of thing. Steven Spielberg looks chagrined.

July 17th : 'The BFG' - I later watched the movie on PayTV. It's not my kind of thing. Steven Spielberg looks chagrined.

July 30th :  'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child'  - I haven't seen the play, and maybe it's magical... but I read the screenplay and it felt like an unoriginally ripped-off Star Trek episode that mostly involved characters I liked acting in ways they never would have. Desire to see the play suitably diminished.

July 30th : 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' - I haven't seen the play, and maybe it's magical... but I read the screenplay and it felt like an unoriginally ripped-off Star Trek episode that mostly involved characters I liked acting in ways they never would have. Desire to see the play suitably diminished.

August 3rd :  'Suicide Squad'  , aka  "Dear DC, I'm not watching another one of your f**king movies - you've ripped me off three times in three films, and there's no way I go back to a restaurant that's served me shit food three times in three meals. What makes you think I'd do the same for you? Advertise as much as you want... I'm not coming back"

August 3rd : 'Suicide Squad' , aka "Dear DC, I'm not watching another one of your f**king movies - you've ripped me off three times in three films, and there's no way I go back to a restaurant that's served me shit food three times in three meals. What makes you think I'd do the same for you? Advertise as much as you want... I'm not coming back"

August 23rd : ' Final Fantasy XV : Kingsglaive ' - the game is weird and the last third of it descends into a mire of misery, alienation and awfulness. I've since watched the movie and now the game makes slightly more sense.... but not the parts of it that I didn't like.

August 23rd : 'Final Fantasy XV : Kingsglaive' - the game is weird and the last third of it descends into a mire of misery, alienation and awfulness. I've since watched the movie and now the game makes slightly more sense.... but not the parts of it that I didn't like.

September 13th :  'Hunt for the Wilderpeople'  - it's on my list of films to see, eventually. (edited to add : watched it and liked it)

September 13th : 'Hunt for the Wilderpeople' - it's on my list of films to see, eventually. (edited to add : watched it and liked it)

September 15th :  "The Beatles : Eight Days A Week"  - I think I'm more of an Elvis fan than a Beatles fan, but I do respect the Fab Four.

September 15th : "The Beatles : Eight Days A Week" - I think I'm more of an Elvis fan than a Beatles fan, but I do respect the Fab Four.

September 26th :  "Deepwater Horizon"  - haven't yet seen the movie, not averse to eventually doing so (,bro) (edited to add : watched it and thought it was very good. I'm still not filling my car with petrol from a BP Service station over it (haven't since the disaster) - you're f**king criminals, BP, and the fact that nobody went to jail over this is a disgrace).

September 26th : "Deepwater Horizon" - haven't yet seen the movie, not averse to eventually doing so (,bro) (edited to add : watched it and thought it was very good. I'm still not filling my car with petrol from a BP Service station over it (haven't since the disaster) - you're f**king criminals, BP, and the fact that nobody went to jail over this is a disgrace).

September 27th : The  'Wicked' 10th Anniversary Gala  - I saw Wicked about 6 years ago, and it's possibly the only prequel (movie, game or other media) that's ever kind of worked for me.

September 27th : The 'Wicked' 10th Anniversary Gala - I saw Wicked about 6 years ago, and it's possibly the only prequel (movie, game or other media) that's ever kind of worked for me.

September 29th -  'War On Everyone' - hated the premiere enough to affect my desire to watch the movie. (edited to add : I watched the movie and possibly hated it even more than the premiere)

September 29th - 'War On Everyone'- hated the premiere enough to affect my desire to watch the movie. (edited to add : I watched the movie and possibly hated it even more than the premiere)

October 5th - BFI London Film Festival for  'A United Kingdom' - which I thought was a good movie.

October 5th - BFI London Film Festival for 'A United Kingdom' - which I thought was a good movie.

October 6th -BFI London Film Festival for  'A Monster Calls'  - which I've watched and it's excellent.

October 6th -BFI London Film Festival for 'A Monster Calls' - which I've watched and it's excellent.

October 7th (again!) - BFI London Film Festival for  'American Honey'

October 7th (again!) - BFI London Film Festival for 'American Honey'

October 8th - BFI London Film Festival for  'Manchester by the Sea'

October 8th - BFI London Film Festival for 'Manchester by the Sea'

October 8th (again!) - BFI London Film Festival for  'Elle'

October 8th (again!) - BFI London Film Festival for 'Elle'

October 10th - BFI London Film Festival for  'Arrival'  - I've watched the movie, and it's probably my favourite movie of the year - clever, moving scifi with deep thoughts and no crop-dusters flying into an alien death ray at the end (spoiler... kind of)

October 10th - BFI London Film Festival for 'Arrival' - I've watched the movie, and it's probably my favourite movie of the year - clever, moving scifi with deep thoughts and no crop-dusters flying into an alien death ray at the end (spoiler... kind of)

October 12th : BFI London Film Festival for  'Lion' - great film.

October 12th : BFI London Film Festival for 'Lion' - great film.

October 14th : BFI London Film Festival for  'Nocturnal Animals'  - I've since watched the movie. It wasn't my thing. At a certain level it was about Amy Adams reading a book, rather than there being an actual story.

October 14th : BFI London Film Festival for 'Nocturnal Animals' - I've since watched the movie. It wasn't my thing. At a certain level it was about Amy Adams reading a book, rather than there being an actual story.

October 14th (again!) : BFI London Film Festival for  'It's only the End of the World'

October 14th (again!) : BFI London Film Festival for 'It's only the End of the World'

October 15th : BFI London Film Festival for  'Snowden'  - haven't yet watched the movie, but I've read the book it's based on. It's eye-opening and shocking reading. Unless you use facebook and google in which case you've implicitly already agreed that everything that your government (or foreign one(s)) is doing is fine since for-profit companies already are.

October 15th : BFI London Film Festival for 'Snowden' - haven't yet watched the movie, but I've read the book it's based on. It's eye-opening and shocking reading. Unless you use facebook and google in which case you've implicitly already agreed that everything that your government (or foreign one(s)) is doing is fine since for-profit companies already are.

October 18th : BFI LFF is over but the premiere streak STILL continues with  'I, Daniel Blake'

October 18th : BFI LFF is over but the premiere streak STILL continues with 'I, Daniel Blake'

October 19th : Seas Rise, Cities Fall, and the premiere streak STILL continues with ' The Light Between Oceans'  - a movie I actually really liked.

October 19th : Seas Rise, Cities Fall, and the premiere streak STILL continues with 'The Light Between Oceans' - a movie I actually really liked.

October 20th : Like a prisoner about to be released, the premieres streak finally ends with  'Jack Reacher : Never Go Back' ... and I have no idea what I'll do tomorrow. (edited to add : I've watched the movie and there's a reason it was an excellent 18TH Jack Reacher novel and specifically not a good second movie in a franchise)

October 20th : Like a prisoner about to be released, the premieres streak finally ends with 'Jack Reacher : Never Go Back'... and I have no idea what I'll do tomorrow. (edited to add : I've watched the movie and there's a reason it was an excellent 18TH Jack Reacher novel and specifically not a good second movie in a franchise)

October 24th : Instead of having a  Dr Strange premiere , Disney/Marvel opted for some kind of cryptic 'fan event' abomination. I photographed it through a window like the desperate idiot I am. I've since watched the movie, and I'm kind of done with Marvel, who at this stage are just telling variations on the same story over and over again. It wasn't a bad movie, but it wasn't good enough.

October 24th : Instead of having a Dr Strange premiere, Disney/Marvel opted for some kind of cryptic 'fan event' abomination. I photographed it through a window like the desperate idiot I am. I've since watched the movie, and I'm kind of done with Marvel, who at this stage are just telling variations on the same story over and over again. It wasn't a bad movie, but it wasn't good enough.

November 1st : The Netflix series  'The Crown'  gets a Leicester Square premiere.

November 1st : The Netflix series 'The Crown' gets a Leicester Square premiere.

November 3rd : I got a premium spot for the 4-song concert to launch  'Bat out of Hell The Musical'

November 3rd : I got a premium spot for the 4-song concert to launch 'Bat out of Hell The Musical'

November 8th :  '100 Streets'

November 8th : '100 Streets'

November 13th :  The 2016 Evening Standard Theatre Awards  (John Malkovich's trousers stole the event)

November 13th : The 2016 Evening Standard Theatre Awards (John Malkovich's trousers stole the event)

November 15th : ' Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them ' - I've watched the movie since, and I felt its main problem was that in its eagerness to not copy Harry Potter it missed more or less every chance to be a better movie - a tough road to walk, but it was frustrating viewing. AWESOME James Newton Howard score, though.

November 15th : 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' - I've watched the movie since, and I felt its main problem was that in its eagerness to not copy Harry Potter it missed more or less every chance to be a better movie - a tough road to walk, but it was frustrating viewing. AWESOME James Newton Howard score, though.

November 21st :  'Allied'  - I watched the movie. Possibly not recommended as a date flick.

November 21st : 'Allied' - I watched the movie. Possibly not recommended as a date flick.

December 13th : f**k you Disney, f**k you Star Wars, f**k you Pentax K3, and f**k you  'Rogue One'   "premiere"

December 13th : f**k you Disney, f**k you Star Wars, f**k you Pentax K3, and f**k you 'Rogue One' "premiere"

So... that was a year. A pretty big one in premiere photography - over EIGHTY events photographed (and for the other 280 days I still needed to find things to photograph as part of my ongoing One Photo Per Day project which is in its 8th year...). So.... what else to write except....

..until next time / year!

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15 Nov - The 'Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them' European Premiere

November 15th, 2016.

The last time there was a Harry Potter universe film, London had the biggest premiere it's ever had in all the time I've been here. People camped out for a week and Trafalgar Square was full. I turned up about 4 hours before it started and I was saved by a last minute road closure which allowed me to photograph pretty much everything.

Can Fantastic Beasts and its planned 4 sequels recapture that magic? Well, people started camping out on Saturday morning for a Tuesday premiere so the fan passion seems to be there. I, meanwhile, queued for two hours on Monday (if you're my boss reading this : I queued for 45mins and was back at my desk promptly), and left work about.. uh... 2hours earlier than usual.

Why? Because it was going to be big.

Here's how it went down:

"Dobby didn't become a free elf to be told where to stand and what colour wristband was needed" -  after I arrived around 1:30pm we were told at 2:00pm we'd be let into our pen at 3:00pm, so perhaps leaving work particulary early wasn't as imperative as first presumed.

"Dobby didn't become a free elf to be told where to stand and what colour wristband was needed" - after I arrived around 1:30pm we were told at 2:00pm we'd be let into our pen at 3:00pm, so perhaps leaving work particulary early wasn't as imperative as first presumed.

"They said 'mandatory bag checks' and I said 'not advisable' so they made me leave" - security at premieres these days is more than just cursory, although aggressive autograph dealers and the airborne pathogens they exude somehow are still allowed to attend.

"They said 'mandatory bag checks' and I said 'not advisable' so they made me leave" - security at premieres these days is more than just cursory, although aggressive autograph dealers and the airborne pathogens they exude somehow are still allowed to attend.

After two hours later, and what I'd call "mild" respect for the system of numbered wristbands we'd mostly been observing, we were finally led into our pen - a long one stretching from drop-off all the way to the left entrance of the Empire Cinema.

This is the view to my left. But more crucially the spot I've chosen is pretty much the only one that's actually undercover on the off-chance it rains. On the one hand, rain has not been forecast. On the other.... it's rained at or before every Harry Potter premiere ever.

This is the view to my left. But more crucially the spot I've chosen is pretty much the only one that's actually undercover on the off-chance it rains. On the one hand, rain has not been forecast. On the other.... it's rained at or before every Harry Potter premiere ever.

More importantly, the view to my right has a view of the giant stage. This is not exactly a coincidence.

More importantly, the view to my right has a view of the giant stage. This is not exactly a coincidence.

I'm pretty sure the fantastic beasts won't be that hard to find - your favourite local toy store, online retailer or merchandise point will no doubt be able to assist.

I'm pretty sure the fantastic beasts won't be that hard to find - your favourite local toy store, online retailer or merchandise point will no doubt be able to assist.

"That's a lot of people. Are they all this small in real life?" ".... I'm guessing this is your first premiere. In that case, yes. Yes they are"

"That's a lot of people. Are they all this small in real life?"
".... I'm guessing this is your first premiere. In that case, yes. Yes they are"

"Well, *obviously* Hogwarts isn't a real school. Durmstrang, on the other hand....."

"Well, *obviously* Hogwarts isn't a real school. Durmstrang, on the other hand....."

Don't look now, but one of the fantastic beasts is on that man's hat.

Don't look now, but one of the fantastic beasts is on that man's hat.

"YOyoyoyoyoyo : who's here for  Beasts ? And who's here for the  Beatz ? And who needs a grocery shop to sell them some  Beets ? " your friend and mine, Hakim Mr Impact and DJ Noteworthy Mammal presided over the warm-up portion of the event.

"YOyoyoyoyoyo : who's here for Beasts? And who's here for the Beatz? And who needs a grocery shop to sell them some Beets?" your friend and mine, Hakim Mr Impact and DJ Noteworthy Mammal presided over the warm-up portion of the event.

A short time later.....

"Forget health and safety : who brought marshmallows?"

"Forget health and safety : who brought marshmallows?"

And before you could say "where's the freeness??" the event started. To the deafening screams of the 90% female crowd around, lead actor Eddie Redmayne arrives, and the King of Burgers gets a rare product placement in one of these journals.

And before you could say "where's the freeness??" the event started. To the deafening screams of the 90% female crowd around, lead actor Eddie Redmayne arrives, and the King of Burgers gets a rare product placement in one of these journals.

"They're screaming really loudly. And you definitely checked bags?"  - Eddie Redmayne is not (yet) best known for reducing even the hardiest Chinese and/or Mexican tourists to high-pitched screaming - he's won an Oscar for Best Actor for  "The Theory of Everything"

"They're screaming really loudly. And you definitely checked bags?" - Eddie Redmayne is not (yet) best known for reducing even the hardiest Chinese and/or Mexican tourists to high-pitched screaming - he's won an Oscar for Best Actor for "The Theory of Everything"

"Is that sign in some kind of magic script I'm meant to be able to read or is it just upside down? " - Eddie Redmayne has also been in such far-flung premieres as  "Les Miserables" ,  "The Danish Girl" , and  "My Week with Marilyn"

"Is that sign in some kind of magic script I'm meant to be able to read or is it just upside down?" - Eddie Redmayne has also been in such far-flung premieres as "Les Miserables", "The Danish Girl", and "My Week with Marilyn"

Eddie Redmayne has come to our area and fortunately for those who fear being in an enclosed space with spurned women, he is cheerfully signing and posing for selfies and effortlessly dodging marriage proposals and gifts of children and what have you.

Eddie Redmayne has come to our area and fortunately for those who fear being in an enclosed space with spurned women, he is cheerfully signing and posing for selfies and effortlessly dodging marriage proposals and gifts of children and what have you.

"This might be a franchise series I'll be proud to say I'm in!! YAY!!"  - Ezra Miller is our first on-stage interviewee. He's arguably best known for the fact that he is to be The Flash in the ongoing noisy pointlessness that is the DC Comics Cinematic Universe.

"This might be a franchise series I'll be proud to say I'm in!! YAY!!" - Ezra Miller is our first on-stage interviewee. He's arguably best known for the fact that he is to be The Flash in the ongoing noisy pointlessness that is the DC Comics Cinematic Universe.

"Wait? You criticising my Bros at the Warner Bros who are handling both DC movies AND Harry Potter universe movies? Read my shirt, people."  Not a euphemism.

"Wait? You criticising my Bros at the Warner Bros who are handling both DC movies AND Harry Potter universe movies? Read my shirt, people." Not a euphemism.

"You love me!!! I endorse this!!"

"You love me!!! I endorse this!!"

"Hi, I'm Dan Fogler, and I'm in this movie, and this beret is not for sale. Also : sorry you're leaving the EU. Berets are gonna be harder to get, I expect"

"Hi, I'm Dan Fogler, and I'm in this movie, and this beret is not for sale. Also : sorry you're leaving the EU. Berets are gonna be harder to get, I expect"

"When I said the beret wasn't for sale, Alex, I meant merely Not At The Price You Were Offering"

"When I said the beret wasn't for sale, Alex, I meant merely Not At The Price You Were Offering"

"You don't want a beret, Ezra. You want a nose stud and a lower lip stud. And a hat that's more enticing tan a beret" "Are you my conscience?"

"You don't want a beret, Ezra. You want a nose stud and a lower lip stud. And a hat that's more enticing tan a beret"
"Are you my conscience?"

"The Purge isn't based on a true story, though, right?"  Carmen Ejogo was in Purge : Anarchy as well as the excellent 'Selma', both of which are set in America and I'd consider either of them equally plausibly based on fact.

"The Purge isn't based on a true story, though, right?" Carmen Ejogo was in Purge : Anarchy as well as the excellent 'Selma', both of which are set in America and I'd consider either of them equally plausibly based on fact.

"You're Eddie Redmayne" "Sure" "I can put more exclamation marks after that if you want?"

"You're Eddie Redmayne"
"Sure"
"I can put more exclamation marks after that if you want?"

That ill-fated bet was going to cost him dearly.

That ill-fated bet was going to cost him dearly.

Really, REALY wants to sell you his *only slightly* used car. Or Wand.

Really, REALY wants to sell you his *only slightly* used car. Or Wand.

"The microphone chooses the interviewer, Alex. And if I understand it correctly, this one didn't choose you"

"The microphone chooses the interviewer, Alex. And if I understand it correctly, this one didn't choose you"

"Damn Niffle ripped off half of the back of my dress, but not to worry...."

"Damn Niffle ripped off half of the back of my dress, but not to worry...."

"You're writing Stephen Hawking fanfic? Sounds.... uh.... awesome?"

"You're writing Stephen Hawking fanfic? Sounds.... uh.... awesome?"

"My lawyer's definitely going to want to talk to you!"  - it's JK Rowling! - she's the creator of the whole Harry Potter Universe, as well a the screenwriter for Fantastic Beasts. You might have heard of her even if you're not this event, screaming at her for an autograph or selfie.

"My lawyer's definitely going to want to talk to you!" - it's JK Rowling! - she's the creator of the whole Harry Potter Universe, as well a the screenwriter for Fantastic Beasts. You might have heard of her even if you're not this event, screaming at her for an autograph or selfie.

"And after you're finished with the Harry Potter prequel series" "I'll probably sell the rights to Disney - they're going to own everything in the end anyway"

"And after you're finished with the Harry Potter prequel series"
"I'll probably sell the rights to Disney - they're going to own everything in the end anyway"

"No, I can not lend you "a couple million" for your weird investment idea."

"No, I can not lend you "a couple million" for your weird investment idea."

"What's it like meeting JK Rowling? Ummm... it's okay, I guess?" "Actually I think that's from the pile of questions I'd wanted to ask Eddie Redmayne..."

"What's it like meeting JK Rowling? Ummm... it's okay, I guess?"
"Actually I think that's from the pile of questions I'd wanted to ask Eddie Redmayne..."

David Heyman has produced all the Harry Potter movies and doesn't wear a tie. Well.... at least we have someting in common.

David Heyman has produced all the Harry Potter movies and doesn't wear a tie. Well.... at least we have someting in common.

David Yates directed the last four Harry Potter movies and has apparently committed to directing all five of the planned Fantastic Beats films, kind of making him the Peter Jackson of the JK Rowling-verse. I guess that means neither Christopher Nolan nor Quentin Tarantino will get to direct a JK Rowling film....

David Yates directed the last four Harry Potter movies and has apparently committed to directing all five of the planned Fantastic Beats films, kind of making him the Peter Jackson of the JK Rowling-verse. I guess that means neither Christopher Nolan nor Quentin Tarantino will get to direct a JK Rowling film....

"Eddie Redmayne signed for you guys? Do any of you have a spare? Iwas too shy to ask him on set"  - Alison Sudol plays the character of "Queenie Goldstein" in the film.

"Eddie Redmayne signed for you guys? Do any of you have a spare? Iwas too shy to ask him on set" - Alison Sudol plays the character of "Queenie Goldstein" in the film.

"OMG You were in that movie I love!!" "I was in your movie." "That's the one I mean!!!"

"OMG You were in that movie I love!!"
"I was in your movie."
"That's the one I mean!!!"

"David Yates remembers who I am!"

"David Yates remembers who I am!"

And.... oh. Look. It's starting to rain. At a Harry Potter Universe film premiere. In London. I guess it would have been weird any other way.

And.... oh. Look. It's starting to rain. At a Harry Potter Universe film premiere. In London. I guess it would have been weird any other way.

"That's my fourth straight scissors-paper-rock loss on the big stage. Where am I going wrong..."

"That's my fourth straight scissors-paper-rock loss on the big stage. Where am I going wrong..."

"If you're watching this, stop. The effects are awful, the dialogue sounds unscripted and the soundtrack is mostly people shouting "Eddie! Eddie!" - watch our movie instead. The effects are great and the dialogue is by JK Rowling. The screaming we tried to remove in 'post"

"If you're watching this, stop. The effects are awful, the dialogue sounds unscripted and the soundtrack is mostly people shouting "Eddie! Eddie!" - watch our movie instead. The effects are great and the dialogue is by JK Rowling. The screaming we tried to remove in 'post"

"No, I can not sign 'as JK Rowling'. I already tried that and her lawyers politey suggested I stop"  - Katherine Waterston had blonder/browner hair when she played Steve Jobs' not-wife and the mother of his not-daughter in the hugely underrated Danny Boyle film  "Steve Jobs" whose premiere she wasn't at.

"No, I can not sign 'as JK Rowling'. I already tried that and her lawyers politey suggested I stop" - Katherine Waterston had blonder/browner hair when she played Steve Jobs' not-wife and the mother of his not-daughter in the hugely underrated Danny Boyle film "Steve Jobs" whose premiere she wasn't at.

"What's this petition for? Oh, who cares... I'm in"

"What's this petition for? Oh, who cares... I'm in"

"The first six questions are about your amazing midriff... but most of them aren't actually questions. And some of them I wrote"

"The first six questions are about your amazing midriff... but most of them aren't actually questions. And some of them I wrote"

"You're now the kind of person important enough to have somebody stand behind them holding an umbrella when it rains. What's that feel like? I wouldn't know...."

"You're now the kind of person important enough to have somebody stand behind them holding an umbrella when it rains. What's that feel like? I wouldn't know...."

With Katherine Waterston's interview finished, the last cast member left the stage and a short time later we could see the cast assembled in the distance to pose as a group. This is the best I could do shooting high-and-blind. And that's how it ended.....(or did it)

With Katherine Waterston's interview finished, the last cast member left the stage and a short time later we could see the cast assembled in the distance to pose as a group. This is the best I could do shooting high-and-blind. And that's how it ended.....(or did it)

Rather than let us leave the pen, security told us in about five minutes the cast would return to assemble on the main stage. I'm all for getting home early from a premiere, but this was worth staying for, even involuntarily.

"It's raining, Jerry. Why is it raining? Who do I need to pay off to get it to stop?"

"It's raining, Jerry. Why is it raining? Who do I need to pay off to get it to stop?"

Four years ago I photographed JK Rowling posing with  her 'leading man' - Harry Potter's Daniel Radcliffe . Four years later....it's Eddie Redmayne. The world keeps turning.... and in other news, it is still raining, precisely as was not forecast by the best meteorologists in the business today, using the most high-tech magic 8-balls and goat entrails on the market today.

Four years ago I photographed JK Rowling posing with her 'leading man' - Harry Potter's Daniel Radcliffe. Four years later....it's Eddie Redmayne. The world keeps turning.... and in other news, it is still raining, precisely as was not forecast by the best meteorologists in the business today, using the most high-tech magic 8-balls and goat entrails on the market today.

"I don't care what my net worth is compared to yours, Eddie. You lost that poker game and I expect to be paid what I'm owed"

"I don't care what my net worth is compared to yours, Eddie. You lost that poker game and I expect to be paid what I'm owed"

My spot for the group shot is awesome, but the weather is not. And yet that tartan umbrella is quite lovely.

My spot for the group shot is awesome, but the weather is not. And yet that tartan umbrella is quite lovely.

"... and I just want to thank you all for coming here, and I assume paying to watch the movie. I appreciate the many millions this will add to my net worth, but I want to assure you it pales in comparison to how much Eddie Redmayne owes me from several ill-conceived double-or-nothing bets in on-set Texas Hold-em"

"... and I just want to thank you all for coming here, and I assume paying to watch the movie. I appreciate the many millions this will add to my net worth, but I want to assure you it pales in comparison to how much Eddie Redmayne owes me from several ill-conceived double-or-nothing bets in on-set Texas Hold-em"

"If anyone wants to take me on, I'll text you my online poker handle. Bring it"

"If anyone wants to take me on, I'll text you my online poker handle. Bring it"

"That's about it. Might go home now, if you don't mind"

"That's about it. Might go home now, if you don't mind"

And so that was that. I'm pretty tired right now, so apologies for spelling mistakes and any blandness in commentary. But if nothing else, it was a fun premiere to add to the Archive of Premieres, where it joins the short-but-sweet "Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince" premiere from 2009, the gargantuan "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows part2" premiere, and this year's "wait... what do you mean Harry Potter is still popular?" "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" theatre launch premiere.

And I'm actually looking forward to watching this movie (and anticipating the James Newton Howard soundtrack)

Until next time!

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