2 Dec - The 'Where The Wild Things Are' premiere

2nd December, 2009.

Rain, and the weather slowly getting colder, meant that this premiere had a bit of a smaller attendance from the public than usual. Also, having the speakers blast out the same three childrens songs for almost ninety minutes may have contributed, and the fact that actor Tom Hanks and Blake Lively ('Gossip Girl') were in the film but not at the premiere probably didn't help either.

Still... I was there.

It's a movie based on a kids book with less than 300 words of length. (And just think.. they can't make the movie of the last Harry Potter book without turning it into two films). I haven't read it, but the monsters look... big?

It's a movie based on a kids book with less than 300 words of length. (And just think.. they can't make the movie of the last Harry Potter book without turning it into two films). I haven't read it, but the monsters look... big?

"Blake Lively isn't coming to this thing? Then what the hell am I doing up here???" Yeah, disappointment was the order of the day. I got what satisfaction I could from knowing at least I had an umbrella the size of a small postcode to shelter under when the rain became too teeming.

"Blake Lively isn't coming to this thing? Then what the hell am I doing up here???" Yeah, disappointment was the order of the day. I got what satisfaction I could from knowing at least I had an umbrella the size of a small postcode to shelter under when the rain became too teeming.

Wireimage tells me she's 'Lizzie Cundy' as if that's meant to help. Still, if she's willing to throw out a pose, I won't say no...

Wireimage tells me she's 'Lizzie Cundy' as if that's meant to help. Still, if she's willing to throw out a pose, I won't say no...

Minor flooding on red carpet. Yeah.. that's not ideal. On the plus side, it kept crowd numbers down (I'm not generally an optimist, but anything short of meteor strikes and locust plagues that keeps crowd numbers down is generally a good thing) (the carpet had a plastic covering that was removed at the last minute)

Minor flooding on red carpet. Yeah.. that's not ideal. On the plus side, it kept crowd numbers down (I'm not generally an optimist, but anything short of meteor strikes and locust plagues that keeps crowd numbers down is generally a good thing) (the carpet had a plastic covering that was removed at the last minute)

Oh, look it's... umm....  You know, I'm kind of stumped as to why they didn't get a couple of people in larger monster costumes (as opposed to merely masks) to show up to this thing...

Oh, look it's... umm....  You know, I'm kind of stumped as to why they didn't get a couple of people in larger monster costumes (as opposed to merely masks) to show up to this thing...

He's Matthew Lewis, who plays Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter films and is the only red carpet celeb I recognised today. Not that this is necessarily a slur on him or the other celebs... but still.

He's Matthew Lewis, who plays Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter films and is the only red carpet celeb I recognised today. Not that this is necessarily a slur on him or the other celebs... but still.

The older dude is director Spike Jonze, who also directed the Charlie Kaufman works 'Being John Malkovich' and 'Adaptation', and was an actor in 'The Game' and 'Three Kings'. I might have thought about getting his autograph, in retrospect.

The older dude is director Spike Jonze, who also directed the Charlie Kaufman works 'Being John Malkovich' and 'Adaptation', and was an actor in 'The Game' and 'Three Kings'. I might have thought about getting his autograph, in retrospect.

The kid, meanwhile, is called 'Max Records'. I have no idea as to his acting credentials, but that name? Is awesome... I believe he's the kid on the movie poster, and hence in the film.

The kid, meanwhile, is called 'Max Records'. I have no idea as to his acting credentials, but that name? Is awesome... I believe he's the kid on the movie poster, and hence in the film.

Clearly, I have a way with kids... (either me, or the dude with the Nikon D80 next to me who was, like most of the population of London, leaching off the coverage area afforded by my umbrella)

Clearly, I have a way with kids... (either me, or the dude with the Nikon D80 next to me who was, like most of the population of London, leaching off the coverage area afforded by my umbrella)

One of the Paps referred to the calibre of tonight's celebrity turnout as _"z-grade"_.  (Come on... MAX! RECORDS!) Anyway, here is a photo of the Paps whose job it is to photograph z-grade celebrities with their own brand of gusto.

One of the Paps referred to the calibre of tonight's celebrity turnout as _"z-grade"_.  (Come on... MAX! RECORDS!) Anyway, here is a photo of the Paps whose job it is to photograph z-grade celebrities with their own brand of gusto.

Please enjoy tonight's edition of 'is he the one who's famous, or is she?'. I've never seen either before, if that helps... (scroll down for answer)

Please enjoy tonight's edition of 'is he the one who's famous, or is she?'. I've never seen either before, if that helps... (scroll down for answer)

No idea who... but surely you can't argue with the needlecraft in the knitting? (Edited to add : She's Kate Nash) (supplementary editing to add : Who is Kate Nash?)

No idea who... but surely you can't argue with the needlecraft in the knitting? (Edited to add : She's Kate Nash) (supplementary editing to add : Who is Kate Nash?)

English model and celebrity daughter Georgia May Jagger showed up. My heart rate remained unchanged. My camera's performance was sluggish this evening, which might have said something.

English model and celebrity daughter Georgia May Jagger showed up. My heart rate remained unchanged. My camera's performance was sluggish this evening, which might have said something.

"But wait / what celebrity through yonder carpet walks / It is the North / and Yellow Cap Guy is the compass" Thank you, and goodnight!

"But wait / what celebrity through yonder carpet walks / It is the North / and Yellow Cap Guy is the compass" Thank you, and goodnight!

So... whatever it was, it's also another one for "The Archive of Movie Premieres" and if nothing else, it adds to the count!

Until next time, consider buying a calendar: it's almost the end of the year. Sure, you could buy anybody's, but you could also buy mine!

Oh, and the answer to tonight's edition of 'is he famous, or is she?' : She is. Her name is Isabella Calthorpe and she's a model and actress (she's appeared in "How to Lose Friends and Alienate People"). Hmmm.. that might almost be worth a second photo..
According to wikipedia, she's not just a model-actress, but also an aristocrat: full name Isabella Amaryllis Charlotte Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe. She... should probably think about donating some of those middle names to people who truly need them.

According to wikipedia, she's not just a model-actress, but also an aristocrat: full name Isabella Amaryllis Charlotte Anstruther-Gough-Calthorpe. She... should probably think about donating some of those middle names to people who truly need them.

Until next time!

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