16 July - The 'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again' World Premiere

July 16th, 2018.

Last Friday, after learning at the Mission Impossible premiere that wristbands for Monday's "Mamma Mia 2" premiere would be given out on SUNDAY, rather than on Monday morning (which would have been impossible for me).... I took a 1hr+ rail replacement bus and tube ride to be 59th in the queue on Sunday morning. Then, after waiting slightly over an hour, I randomly selected a pen based purely on "it's a pen the autograph dealers don't want, and that's good enough for me", and got myself wristband #5 in Pink Pen.

And then, within less than a minute of getting into that pen on Monday... I realised I'd made a mistake. Here's how it went down, and how it turned out not to matter:

This pen is long and I'm at its far extremity. The Media pen I thought I might be able to photograph into is behind an 8ft high barrier (with further foliage behind it)... and the stage I thought I'd be facing is blocked of by more barriers and more foliage!  Methinks me might've screwed this up.  (That woman over there knows nothing about my plight, but I feel she's judging me anyway...)

This pen is long and I'm at its far extremity. The Media pen I thought I might be able to photograph into is behind an 8ft high barrier (with further foliage behind it)... and the stage I thought I'd be facing is blocked of by more barriers and more foliage! Methinks me might've screwed this up. (That woman over there knows nothing about my plight, but I feel she's judging me anyway...)

The big  Mamma Mia  sign blocks an ugly bit of wallspace, however it briefly caused a panic when it collapsed heavily on the carpet. While I get the feeling Meryl Streep would punch her way out of such an obstacle, I gather Cher is fairly elderly and somewhat more fragile these days.

The big Mamma Mia sign blocks an ugly bit of wallspace, however it briefly caused a panic when it collapsed heavily on the carpet. While I get the feeling Meryl Streep would punch her way out of such an obstacle, I gather Cher is fairly elderly and somewhat more fragile these days.

"See, this is where the Green wristband pen would clearly have been preferable...".  YES, I know! And I'm suffering with that knowledge, believe me. Either that or it's the heatstroke. Right now I can't distinguish.

"See, this is where the Green wristband pen would clearly have been preferable...". YES, I know! And I'm suffering with that knowledge, believe me. Either that or it's the heatstroke. Right now I can't distinguish.

Let's reacquaint ourselves with the stakes, here - this is a BIG list - featuring at least two multi-Oscar winners, several other Oscar winners, half of the biggest band of the 1970s, a former James Bond, two people from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and specifically the lovely Lily James... and that's before we get to two cast members I've never photographed in over 400 premieres!

Let's reacquaint ourselves with the stakes, here - this is a BIG list - featuring at least two multi-Oscar winners, several other Oscar winners, half of the biggest band of the 1970s, a former James Bond, two people from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and specifically the lovely Lily James... and that's before we get to two cast members I've never photographed in over 400 premieres!

" ARE YOU READY TO F&%KING ROCK????  Well... this is an ABBA premiere, so you've definitely come to the wrong place!!"  That said, warmup duties at this premiere were once again in the capable hands of Hakeem Mr Impact and DJ De Ja Vu

"ARE YOU READY TO F&%KING ROCK???? Well... this is an ABBA premiere, so you've definitely come to the wrong place!!" That said, warmup duties at this premiere were once again in the capable hands of Hakeem Mr Impact and DJ De Ja Vu

"I'll let you out later, when she comes. And she will come... oh, yes she will" . Not creepy, or weird, or worrying at all. Although I still fear the Green Pen is the one I should have chosen, this might be one reason to be gratefully I'm not there.

"I'll let you out later, when she comes. And she will come... oh, yes she will". Not creepy, or weird, or worrying at all. Although I still fear the Green Pen is the one I should have chosen, this might be one reason to be gratefully I'm not there.

On the other hand..... Green Pen.

On the other hand..... Green Pen.

If I choose to be pessimistic about short-range options, I do still have one long-range option, shooting lengthwise down the carpet to the side of the Paparazzi pen. It's not ideal, and that's before the carpet is presumably filled with gawkers, guests, security and various hangers-on and personal assistants.

If I choose to be pessimistic about short-range options, I do still have one long-range option, shooting lengthwise down the carpet to the side of the Paparazzi pen. It's not ideal, and that's before the carpet is presumably filled with gawkers, guests, security and various hangers-on and personal assistants.

We begin! And here's Bjorn and Benny - two-fourths of the band ABBA, upon whose songs this musical (and the prior one) is based.

We begin! And here's Bjorn and Benny - two-fourths of the band ABBA, upon whose songs this musical (and the prior one) is based.

Christina Baranski is in this movie, and/but is possibly best known for playing Sheldon Cooper's mother in The Big Bang Theory (and over 150 episodes of 'The Good Wife').  (Edited to add : LEONARD'S mother, not Sheldon's - thanks Carlos!)

Christina Baranski is in this movie, and/but is possibly best known for playing Sheldon Cooper's mother in The Big Bang Theory (and over 150 episodes of 'The Good Wife'). (Edited to add : LEONARD'S mother, not Sheldon's - thanks Carlos!)

"That man's website is CRIMINALLY under-viewed, Janice. CRIMINALLY. What can we do about that?"  I don't know who this is, but damnit he's making a lot of sense. Perhaps I could start by apologising for all the things I've said that were anti-Disney.... but then why start now?

"That man's website is CRIMINALLY under-viewed, Janice. CRIMINALLY. What can we do about that?" I don't know who this is, but damnit he's making a lot of sense. Perhaps I could start by apologising for all the things I've said that were anti-Disney.... but then why start now?

Former James Bond: Pierce Brosnan - I've photographed him on the streets of London once while he was filming "The November Man", but never at a premiere.

Former James Bond: Pierce Brosnan - I've photographed him on the streets of London once while he was filming "The November Man", but never at a premiere.

It's Lily James!  I like her. And that is all. (I think I most recently photographed her at this year's marquee-busting-titled    "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" premiere   . But she was also    "Cinderella"    in the live-action movie AND the female lead in the even better    "Pride & Prejudice & Zombies"

It's Lily James!  I like her. And that is all. (I think I most recently photographed her at this year's marquee-busting-titled "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" premiere. But she was also "Cinderella" in the live-action movie AND the female lead in the even better "Pride & Prejudice & Zombies"

"I didn't bring any of the daggers from the zombie film... you really don't need to look under there...."

"I didn't bring any of the daggers from the zombie film... you really don't need to look under there...."

Jessica Keenan Wynn's imdb entry doesn't list a lot of things I'm familiar with, except the very first entry of all: an episode of The Golden Girls (1987) - and... oh. Wait. I think I might have just given away the extent of my age.

Jessica Keenan Wynn's imdb entry doesn't list a lot of things I'm familiar with, except the very first entry of all: an episode of The Golden Girls (1987) - and... oh. Wait. I think I might have just given away the extent of my age.

"OMG You Were James Bond Once!!!!!"   Jessica Keenan Wynn plays "Young Tanya" (ie. Christine Baranski) in the movie

"OMG You Were James Bond Once!!!!!"  Jessica Keenan Wynn plays "Young Tanya" (ie. Christine Baranski) in the movie

Jeremy Irvine has never played James Bond, however he does play "Young Sam" (ie. Young Pierce Brosnan) in the movie. His first major role was Steven Spielberg's    "War Horse"

Jeremy Irvine has never played James Bond, however he does play "Young Sam" (ie. Young Pierce Brosnan) in the movie. His first major role was Steven Spielberg's "War Horse"

"With all due respect, ma'am I think the horse got far too much credit in that movie..."

"With all due respect, ma'am I think the horse got far too much credit in that movie..."

"Criminally - I say again - criminally disregarded and under-viewed website. It's so distressing I daren't make eye-contact with him" . Josh Dylan plays "Young Bill" (ie. Stellan Skarsgard) in the film.

"Criminally - I say again - criminally disregarded and under-viewed website. It's so distressing I daren't make eye-contact with him". Josh Dylan plays "Young Bill" (ie. Stellan Skarsgard) in the film.

"I can't lend you the fan to keep cool.. but if looking at it helps, then go ahead and look!"  Alexa Davies plays 'Young Rosie' (ie. Julie Walters - who was not at this premiere)

"I can't lend you the fan to keep cool.. but if looking at it helps, then go ahead and look!" Alexa Davies plays 'Young Rosie' (ie. Julie Walters - who was not at this premiere)

"I thought energy transference was a thing. No, really."

"I thought energy transference was a thing. No, really."

" 'Amelia von Butch'? Now there's a name I haven't heard since my lawyers said I didn't have the rights to it, so I couldn't put it on a tattoo"  Christina Baranski did indeed play that character's voice in "Scooby Doo In Where's My Mummy (2005)". it was a straight-to-video release, but imdb.com never forgets.

" 'Amelia von Butch'? Now there's a name I haven't heard since my lawyers said I didn't have the rights to it, so I couldn't put it on a tattoo" Christina Baranski did indeed play that character's voice in "Scooby Doo In Where's My Mummy (2005)". it was a straight-to-video release, but imdb.com never forgets.

Hugh Skinner plays "Young Harry" (ie. Colin Firth) in the film. Amusingly, he plays Admiral Holdo's First Officer in Star Wars The Last Jedi, but imdb.com doesn't rate that a big enough deal to put it into his Top Four roles. Heh.

Hugh Skinner plays "Young Harry" (ie. Colin Firth) in the film. Amusingly, he plays Admiral Holdo's First Officer in Star Wars The Last Jedi, but imdb.com doesn't rate that a big enough deal to put it into his Top Four roles. Heh.

"Oh, I'm sure he ditched her before she went out in a blaze of improbability in that film. Disney'll be calling me any day now..."

"Oh, I'm sure he ditched her before she went out in a blaze of improbability in that film. Disney'll be calling me any day now..."

Stellan Skarsgard (the 'a' in the surname has a dot above it but it's past midnight and it'll take me ages to track it down....) is in this movie, and possibly (still?) best known for playing the eccentric Professor Selvig in Thor/ The Avengers... but imdb prefers to list Lars Von Trier's "Nymphomaniac" (both parts 1 and 2 - separately) in favour of any Mavel film. You're on a roll today, imdb.

Stellan Skarsgard (the 'a' in the surname has a dot above it but it's past midnight and it'll take me ages to track it down....) is in this movie, and possibly (still?) best known for playing the eccentric Professor Selvig in Thor/ The Avengers... but imdb prefers to list Lars Von Trier's "Nymphomaniac" (both parts 1 and 2 - separately) in favour of any Mavel film. You're on a roll today, imdb.

"Yeah.. I was in those movies. Lars teased me about it mercilessly on set about it. Well... that among other things"

"Yeah.. I was in those movies. Lars teased me about it mercilessly on set about it. Well... that among other things"

Pierce Brosnan played James Bond in Goldeneye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough, and Die Another Day.... but without seeing around to the other pen behind the media wall, I'm sure the dealers mostly wanted him to sign Dante's Peak merch. Those Volcano movies were big in the late 1990s...

Pierce Brosnan played James Bond in Goldeneye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough, and Die Another Day.... but without seeing around to the other pen behind the media wall, I'm sure the dealers mostly wanted him to sign Dante's Peak merch. Those Volcano movies were big in the late 1990s...

Cool.

Cool.

Cooler.

Cooler.

Bjorn Ulvaeus is one quarter of ABBA... and just like every single person so far, the girls to my right have used a combination of charm, desperation, and harmlessness to induce him to sign autographs. Their skills are pretty amazing.

Bjorn Ulvaeus is one quarter of ABBA... and just like every single person so far, the girls to my right have used a combination of charm, desperation, and harmlessness to induce him to sign autographs. Their skills are pretty amazing.

Benny Andersson falls prey to the charm of the girls to my right. I don't know how they're doing it, but I certainly hope they don't stop : EVERYONE is signing here.

Benny Andersson falls prey to the charm of the girls to my right. I don't know how they're doing it, but I certainly hope they don't stop : EVERYONE is signing here.

Lily James buzzes past en route to the stage, and promises to return. Many say that, but few do. Then again, she's lovely.

Lily James buzzes past en route to the stage, and promises to return. Many say that, but few do. Then again, she's lovely.

"Did you just compliment me from your apartment, after midnight, a few hours after you could have said it to me when I walked past?"  . Umm.... yeah. I gotta work on my timing.

"Did you just compliment me from your apartment, after midnight, a few hours after you could have said it to me when I walked past?" . Umm.... yeah. I gotta work on my timing.

Andy Garcia had promised the girls to my right that he'd be back to sign. But as mentioned, many people say that.

Andy Garcia had promised the girls to my right that he'd be back to sign. But as mentioned, many people say that.

"I said that I'd come back...." "... but you never said you'd be happy about it. I understand" "What do you mean? I AM Happy!!"

"I said that I'd come back...."
"... but you never said you'd be happy about it. I understand"
"What do you mean? I AM Happy!!"

" Run and hide, a55hole. Run and hide. If you should be picked up next week buying a hundred-thousand dollar sports car in Newport Beach, I am going to be supremely disappointed. Because I want my people to find you, and when they do, rest assured we are not going to hand you over to the police. So my advice to you again is this: run and hide. "  It's a quote you could use on just about anyone. (But it's from Ocean's 11 and Any Garcia says it in that)

" Run and hide, a55hole. Run and hide. If you should be picked up next week buying a hundred-thousand dollar sports car in Newport Beach, I am going to be supremely disappointed. Because I want my people to find you, and when they do, rest assured we are not going to hand you over to the police. So my advice to you again is this: run and hide. " It's a quote you could use on just about anyone. (But it's from Ocean's 11 and Any Garcia says it in that)

"Something compelled me to come back here and sign like I promised. Maybe it was that inspirational speech by Andy Garcia...."

"Something compelled me to come back here and sign like I promised. Maybe it was that inspirational speech by Andy Garcia...."

"Could you just help me pick out which wardrobe will fit better in my apartment? It's the kind of question I feel you need a minimum of two Academy Awards to answer, and Tom Hanks isn't around..."  It's Meryl Streep!

"Could you just help me pick out which wardrobe will fit better in my apartment? It's the kind of question I feel you need a minimum of two Academy Awards to answer, and Tom Hanks isn't around..." It's Meryl Streep!

"Everyone else is signing for you today? Well... I'll join that club"

"Everyone else is signing for you today? Well... I'll join that club"

"Is that the guy with the website? He should publish in Magazines or Newspapers. Print is still profitable, right?"  It's Cher! She's won a Grammy (2000), an Oscar (Best Actress, Moonstruck (1987), AND an Emmy (2003) ... and apparently holds or held the Guinness Book Of World Records recorded for the Oldest person ever to have a #1 songs on the Billboard100.

"Is that the guy with the website? He should publish in Magazines or Newspapers. Print is still profitable, right?" It's Cher! She's won a Grammy (2000), an Oscar (Best Actress, Moonstruck (1987), AND an Emmy (2003) ... and apparently holds or held the Guinness Book Of World Records recorded for the Oldest person ever to have a #1 songs on the Billboard100.

"You want me to sign something for you just because everyone else is? I find that reason spurious" . Cher is kind o.... Cher, really. And I don't think you can make her sign if she doesn't want to. And it doesn't look like she wants to...

"You want me to sign something for you just because everyone else is? I find that reason spurious". Cher is kind o.... Cher, really. And I don't think you can make her sign if she doesn't want to. And it doesn't look like she wants to...

"You know what... I'm going to sign. Just because..."  - these girls to my right are MAGICIANS.

"You know what... I'm going to sign. Just because..." - these girls to my right are MAGICIANS.

It's TOM HANKS. He's won more than one Oscar, and I've seen him at premieres before. he doesn't sign. (and though I didn't capture the moment... he signed for the girls on my right)

It's TOM HANKS. He's won more than one Oscar, and I've seen him at premieres before. he doesn't sign. (and though I didn't capture the moment... he signed for the girls on my right)

"I'm not even aware of what my right hand is doing. It's like it's moving of its own - or somebody else's - volition"

"I'm not even aware of what my right hand is doing. It's like it's moving of its own - or somebody else's - volition"

"Don't look into their eyes if you want to avoid signing for them. I think it's a hypnosis thing....."

"Don't look into their eyes if you want to avoid signing for them. I think it's a hypnosis thing....."

"..... must... sign...."

"..... must... sign...."

"It's that simple"

"It's that simple"

Dominic Cooper, among many roles, has played Iron Man's father, and Iraqi dictator's body double, and somebody called "Sky". Actually, he plays "Sky" in this movie.

Dominic Cooper, among many roles, has played Iron Man's father, and Iraqi dictator's body double, and somebody called "Sky". Actually, he plays "Sky" in this movie.

Amanda Seyfried is the very last cast member to leave the stage, and the premiere is probably about 20mins behind schedule at this point. And as she's being physically manhandled by her PA, she is unable to sign.... but feels really (really) bad about it.

Amanda Seyfried is the very last cast member to leave the stage, and the premiere is probably about 20mins behind schedule at this point. And as she's being physically manhandled by her PA, she is unable to sign.... but feels really (really) bad about it.

Amanda Seyfried slips out of the grasp of her attendant in a move that would make an All-Black Rugby Union player proud... but it's for the two girls to my right, so it's a risk that's necessary.

Amanda Seyfried slips out of the grasp of her attendant in a move that would make an All-Black Rugby Union player proud... but it's for the two girls to my right, so it's a risk that's necessary.

"Okay... I'll sign, but I gotta hurry. I think she's about to crash-tackle me to the ground!"

"Okay... I'll sign, but I gotta hurry. I think she's about to crash-tackle me to the ground!"

And after a few more minutes waiting for the remainder of the carpet to clear, that was that. And I have to say that this was a pretty fantastic event. From having a sub-standard pen turn out to be one of the most coincidentally lucky pens ever, to being basically dealer and crush-free at a world premiere, to having two people so charismatic that they were the only people in our whole long pen to get EVERYONE'S signature, and do it with a smile and gratitude - you can't ask for more than that. This was a good one, and I can't wait for the next one.....

... which is scheduled for October, some three months from now. Ummmm..... I think my Archive of Premieres might get a bit hungry if it's not fed before then.

Until next time!!

ps. if you're optimistic, and want to know whenever I post one of these journals, feel free to follow me on facebook at premieresdotco, or on twitter at berndt2_photo. Or just use your magic powers to find me at a premiere sometime. Or be.... you know.... Lily James, or a reasonable facsimile thereof.