9 May 2019 - The 'Aladdin' European Gala

May 9th, 2019.

After Tuesday’s horror event in Chelsea that I’m still not removing the profanity from the Journal of, it was nice to have an actual event in Leicester Square for once - even if a wristband #49 wasn’t enough to get a front row spot and it rained.

Here’s how it went down:

Oh, look. Disney’s done itself another live-action adaptation of one of its cartoons.    “Dumbo”    is/was another, as were    “Beauty & The Beast”      ,      “Cinderella”     , “     Alice in Wonderland     ”   - with The Lion King, Mulan and… I don’t know… Basil The Great Mouse Detective still on the cards.

Oh, look. Disney’s done itself another live-action adaptation of one of its cartoons. “Dumbo” is/was another, as were “Beauty & The Beast” , “Cinderella”, “Alice in Wonderland- with The Lion King, Mulan and… I don’t know… Basil The Great Mouse Detective still on the cards.

That said : I’m always up for a premiere / gala.. and that carpet looks ace. I just hope they put a deliberate flaw into that carpet so as   not to offend or show hubris  . That could really come back to haunt a multibillion dollar entertainment conglomerate. (My deliberate flaw in this journal is in the next comment…)

That said : I’m always up for a premiere / gala.. and that carpet looks ace. I just hope they put a deliberate flaw into that carpet so as not to offend or show hubris. That could really come back to haunt a multibillion dollar entertainment conglomerate. (My deliberate flaw in this journal is in the next comment…)

“Yes, officer… there is a reason I brought this with me, but in order to maintain the cleverness of what I’m doing, I can’t tell you why. You, your sniffer dogs, and your officious rules, are just going to have to trust me. Also, this jacket isn’t made of an endangered specie.”

“Yes, officer… there is a reason I brought this with me, but in order to maintain the cleverness of what I’m doing, I can’t tell you why. You, your sniffer dogs, and your officious rules, are just going to have to trust me. Also, this jacket isn’t made of an endangered specie.”

“I’m not sure what setting I’ve got this thing on, but I seem to be able to look into the future!” ”Yeah…. and what are you seeing?” ”Disney, Marvel and Star Wars movies everywhere…..”

“I’m not sure what setting I’ve got this thing on, but I seem to be able to look into the future!”
”Yeah…. and what are you seeing?”
”Disney, Marvel and Star Wars movies everywhere…..”

“This is the precise look of disdain I’m going for…. nobody had better try to cheer me up… or I suppose make me feel any worse, either”

“This is the precise look of disdain I’m going for…. nobody had better try to cheer me up… or I suppose make me feel any worse, either”

“ He’s trained very hard to be a Paladdin / He never plays the Lute but he kicks it on Theramin / He has his own website and he is the sole Admin / And if he knocks on your door you’d better let A Lad In…” … your move, ma’am. Or your five year old daughter’s”  - good news everyone : Hakeem Mr Impact and his tame DJ LyveAckShonAdaptaShon are here to warm up the crowd with the finest in musically and culturally appropriate… erm……. RnB and HipHop.

“ He’s trained very hard to be a Paladdin / He never plays the Lute but he kicks it on Theramin / He has his own website and he is the sole Admin / And if he knocks on your door you’d better let A Lad In…” … your move, ma’am. Or your five year old daughter’s” - good news everyone : Hakeem Mr Impact and his tame DJ LyveAckShonAdaptaShon are here to warm up the crowd with the finest in musically and culturally appropriate… erm……. RnB and HipHop.

Good news everyone : it’s started, Will Smith has arrived, and my spot in the second row appears to be simply delightful for the quality photography you’ve come to expect from this site.

Good news everyone : it’s started, Will Smith has arrived, and my spot in the second row appears to be simply delightful for the quality photography you’ve come to expect from this site.

“Oh, I see. You’re doing a thing with that lamp…. no, don’t tell me. Let me guess… something to do with electricity?”  - Will Smiths’ career is such that even his fifth most successful film endeavour alone is more than you or I will probably accomplish in our lives. Not even Bad Boys, Independence Day, or the two movies he got Oscar nominated for, are in this top 4 imdb entries.

“Oh, I see. You’re doing a thing with that lamp…. no, don’t tell me. Let me guess… something to do with electricity?” - Will Smiths’ career is such that even his fifth most successful film endeavour alone is more than you or I will probably accomplish in our lives. Not even Bad Boys, Independence Day, or the two movies he got Oscar nominated for, are in this top 4 imdb entries.

“Yeah… I can probably sign that. I’m also a Justice of the Peace**”  - I’ve photographed Will Smith at premieres as diverse as    Hancock   ,    Men In Black 3   ,    Seven Pounds    ,    Focus    and    Suicide Squad   .  ** unverified.

“Yeah… I can probably sign that. I’m also a Justice of the Peace**” - I’ve photographed Will Smith at premieres as diverse as Hancock, Men In Black 3, Seven Pounds , Focus and Suicide Squad.

** unverified.

The only man at this event that would make me put down any of the 2-4 cameras I have on me to get an autograph sadly did not stop to sign in our area…. it’s composer Alan Menken!

The only man at this event that would make me put down any of the 2-4 cameras I have on me to get an autograph sadly did not stop to sign in our area…. it’s composer Alan Menken!

“There’s still two more of mine they haven’t made into live action adaptations… and I’m not averse to that at all….”  (Alan Menken has won not one but EIGHT Oscars - Best Song + Best Score for ‘Pocahontas’ (1996); Best Song + Best Score for ‘Aladdin’ (1993); Best Song + Best Score for ‘Beauty & The Beast’ (1992); and Best Song + Best Score for ‘The Little Mermaid’. (1990) )

“There’s still two more of mine they haven’t made into live action adaptations… and I’m not averse to that at all….”
(Alan Menken has won not one but EIGHT Oscars - Best Song + Best Score for ‘Pocahontas’ (1996); Best Song + Best Score for ‘Aladdin’ (1993); Best Song + Best Score for ‘Beauty & The Beast’ (1992); and Best Song + Best Score for ‘The Little Mermaid’. (1990) )

“Those guys over there - they’re going to say they’re big fans of yours, and the truth is they’re not. But it would be improper to call them on it, so that leaves you in a bit of an impasse, strategically speaking. I don’t know what to tell you… Game Theory is more my forte, and not being a personal assistant”  - Mena Massoud plays Aladdin in this movie.

“Those guys over there - they’re going to say they’re big fans of yours, and the truth is they’re not. But it would be improper to call them on it, so that leaves you in a bit of an impasse, strategically speaking. I don’t know what to tell you… Game Theory is more my forte, and not being a personal assistant”
- Mena Massoud plays Aladdin in this movie.

“Those women behind me are looking at me all funny, so I feel like I might have to choose my next words very carefully. What was your question again?”  - Mena Massoud is best known for being in “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan” TV Series, apparently.

“Those women behind me are looking at me all funny, so I feel like I might have to choose my next words very carefully. What was your question again?” - Mena Massoud is best known for being in “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan” TV Series, apparently.

“I don’t know, I don’t really like signing my name “Willard”…..but if I have to…”

“I don’t know, I don’t really like signing my name “Willard”…..but if I have to…”

“I think Will Smith remembers me!!! He looked at me and said “hey”!!!”  Naomi Scott plays Princess Jasmine in the film, and my only concern at learning she plays a stronger female character in this iteration is that I fear by making their female characters too empowered too quickly, Disney risks losing the opportunity to make their female characters incrementally more empowered in EVERY future ‘re’, ‘re-re’, and ‘re(re)-re’ adaptation of their classic tales. You don’t want to peak too soon… otherwise you’re heading into gender-swap territory far too early.

“I think Will Smith remembers me!!! He looked at me and said “hey”!!!”
Naomi Scott plays Princess Jasmine in the film, and my only concern at learning she plays a stronger female character in this iteration is that I fear by making their female characters too empowered too quickly, Disney risks losing the opportunity to make their female characters incrementally more empowered in EVERY future ‘re’, ‘re-re’, and ‘re(re)-re’ adaptation of their classic tales. You don’t want to peak too soon… otherwise you’re heading into gender-swap territory far too early.

“Nobody would have read that last comment. But I did.”  I’ve moved on, and now I’m wondering just exactly how tall that guy on the right is.

“Nobody would have read that last comment. But I did.”
I’ve moved on, and now I’m wondering just exactly how tall that guy on the right is.

“Is that a script treatment for a sequel that also sets up an Aladdin franchise, a Disney Princesses Live-Action franchise AND ties into the Marvel Cinematic Universe? I NEED THAT!!!”  - Naomi Scott was the Pink Power Ranger in 2017s super-hip, super-edgy and borderline unwatchable Power Rangers movie. Not her fault, though…

“Is that a script treatment for a sequel that also sets up an Aladdin franchise, a Disney Princesses Live-Action franchise AND ties into the Marvel Cinematic Universe? I NEED THAT!!!” - Naomi Scott was the Pink Power Ranger in 2017s super-hip, super-edgy and borderline unwatchable Power Rangers movie. Not her fault, though…

“You can come back for a second autograph at a later date, you know… I don’t mind”  Will Smith returns to sign yet more autographs. I got a photo of him that I took at ‘7 Pounds’ signed at ‘Men in Black 3’ if memory serves ….

“You can come back for a second autograph at a later date, you know… I don’t mind”
Will Smith returns to sign yet more autographs. I got a photo of him that I took at ‘7 Pounds’ signed at ‘Men in Black 3’ if memory serves ….

“And now, Mr Smith if you could just offer her a role in an upcoming movie to go with the autograph and selfie, I think she’ll truly finally be happy with how her day has gone…”

“And now, Mr Smith if you could just offer her a role in an upcoming movie to go with the autograph and selfie, I think she’ll truly finally be happy with how her day has gone…”

Will Smith might now be writing a foreword to the young girl’s autobiography or an introduction to her theories on curved space.. I can’t tell from where I’m standing. But he’s certainly very nice.

Will Smith might now be writing a foreword to the young girl’s autobiography or an introduction to her theories on curved space.. I can’t tell from where I’m standing. But he’s certainly very nice.

“Well…. let’s not count our franchises before they’re hatched, but yes I am aware that the animated Aladdin had several straight-to-video sequels….”  - Guy Ritchie directed this movie, as well as (among the movies whose premieres I’ve attended)    RockNRolla   ,    Sherlock Holmes    and    King Arthur : Legend of the Sword   .

“Well…. let’s not count our franchises before they’re hatched, but yes I am aware that the animated Aladdin had several straight-to-video sequels….” - Guy Ritchie directed this movie, as well as (among the movies whose premieres I’ve attended) RockNRolla, Sherlock Holmes and King Arthur : Legend of the Sword.

“ “Lock, Stock,and THREE Smoking Barrels”?? - I love it. Send me a script and we’ll talk. Not you and me talk… but me and some people… who are not you.”

“ “Lock, Stock,and THREE Smoking Barrels”?? - I love it. Send me a script and we’ll talk. Not you and me talk… but me and some people… who are not you.”

“What on earth is a ‘Funko Pop’ and why have I never heard of one prior to today??”

“What on earth is a ‘Funko Pop’ and why have I never heard of one prior to today??”

“If I paused right here and told you that you’re beautiful… would that be romantic? I’m just asking because there’s this other girl I’ve seen further down the row…… oh, right. I’ve just probably broken your heart right now. Sorry.”

“If I paused right here and told you that you’re beautiful… would that be romantic? I’m just asking because there’s this other girl I’ve seen further down the row…… oh, right. I’ve just probably broken your heart right now. Sorry.”

‘The precise shaver setting you’d need to get your stubble looking like this? I’m not sure I’m allowed by my stylist to tell you that…. erm…. ma’am"‘

‘The precise shaver setting you’d need to get your stubble looking like this? I’m not sure I’m allowed by my stylist to tell you that…. erm…. ma’am"‘

“What’s it like getting to hang out Will Smith? Well… he and I are more or less the same size, so I get to borrow his clothes. He’s pretty stylish..….”

“What’s it like getting to hang out Will Smith? Well… he and I are more or less the same size, so I get to borrow his clothes. He’s pretty stylish..….”

“Yes, yes… I’ll be right down momentarily to sign more autographs, pose for selfies, and pen some wee testimonials as to the safety of your dinosaur park… whatever y’all want”

“Yes, yes… I’ll be right down momentarily to sign more autographs, pose for selfies, and pen some wee testimonials as to the safety of your dinosaur park… whatever y’all want”

“That man never stops working… how do we make him stop? He’s making us all look bad…”

“That man never stops working… how do we make him stop? He’s making us all look bad…”

“You need to check out that guy’s website - it’s amazing!! No, not the premieres one, but the one about Cloud Price Modelling that’s probably lapsed by now. That rocked!!!”.  Yeah… I let that lapse. Contact me directly, if you’re interested.

“You need to check out that guy’s website - it’s amazing!! No, not the premieres one, but the one about Cloud Price Modelling that’s probably lapsed by now. That rocked!!!”.
Yeah… I let that lapse. Contact me directly, if you’re interested.

“I’m just saying…. there’s more to cloud computing price modelling than just checking up websites for pricing. I’m sorry…. it’s my passion, and I’m not letting it change who I am.”

“I’m just saying…. there’s more to cloud computing price modelling than just checking up websites for pricing. I’m sorry…. it’s my passion, and I’m not letting it change who I am.”

“She does know it’s not a living monkey, right? I just want to make sure…”

“She does know it’s not a living monkey, right? I just want to make sure…”

“What’s it like hanging out with Will Smith? Well, we’re more or less the same clothes size, so ….”

“What’s it like hanging out with Will Smith? Well, we’re more or less the same clothes size, so ….”

“No, it’s perfectly acceptable to like DC movies as much as the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Of course, this being a Disney film and with Disney owning Marvel, what it really means is I should probably just let this sentence trail off and hope too many people are still clamouring for selfies with Will Smith… and oh, look - there’s Mena Massoud everybody : ask him for his autograph!!”

“No, it’s perfectly acceptable to like DC movies as much as the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Of course, this being a Disney film and with Disney owning Marvel, what it really means is I should probably just let this sentence trail off and hope too many people are still clamouring for selfies with Will Smith… and oh, look - there’s Mena Massoud everybody : ask him for his autograph!!”

A late(ish) but emphatic arrival : Marwan Kenzari plays the villainous Jafar in this film, and while I’d love to report that he snarled at kids, threatened adults and accumulated market dominance among entertainment companies that antitrust regulators in the US should really have had a look at and quite frankly, stopped…. he seemed pretty charming.

A late(ish) but emphatic arrival : Marwan Kenzari plays the villainous Jafar in this film, and while I’d love to report that he snarled at kids, threatened adults and accumulated market dominance among entertainment companies that antitrust regulators in the US should really have had a look at and quite frankly, stopped…. he seemed pretty charming.

“That small hand appearing to grow out of my shoulder actually belongs to the lady behind me, but good on you for noticing and letting me know”  - Marwan Kenzari has been in such movies as the 2017 film “What Happened To Monday?” (which I think I might have been the only person to watch), the 2016 Ben Hur remake (which I think I might be the only person to remember), and the Murder on the Orient Express remake (from which I don’t remember him).

“That small hand appearing to grow out of my shoulder actually belongs to the lady behind me, but good on you for noticing and letting me know” - Marwan Kenzari has been in such movies as the 2017 film “What Happened To Monday?” (which I think I might have been the only person to watch), the 2016 Ben Hur remake (which I think I might be the only person to remember), and the Murder on the Orient Express remake (from which I don’t remember him).

“Well… we certainly want you to watch our movie, of course. But it’s also Mother’s Day coming up in places like Australia this weekend - would it kill you to call your Mom and tell her you love her??”

“Well… we certainly want you to watch our movie, of course. But it’s also Mother’s Day coming up in places like Australia this weekend - would it kill you to call your Mom and tell her you love her??”

So that was that… a somewhat tough but ultimately enjoyable enough event, and I only got mildly waterlogged in the process - and for a Disney event that’s a pretty glowing recommendation from me, even if all events are fundamentally just another +1 for the Archive of Premieres.

Until next time!

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