3 Dec - The 'Nine' World Premiere

December 3rd, 2009.

Two premieres in two days for Leicester Square, and for this one it was pretty much attended by all the people on the movie poster!

The movie is called ‘Nine’ and its female cast alone promised a fairly cool premiere if they showd up. Indeed, I was wearing a beanie and gloves in anticipation of the cool factor (And/or because it was pretty cold. It's London and it's winter)

The movie is called ‘Nine’ and its female cast alone promised a fairly cool premiere if they showd up. Indeed, I was wearing a beanie and gloves in anticipation of the cool factor (And/or because it was pretty cold. It's London and it's winter)

The famous Yellow Cap Guy getting interviewed by The Fuzz??  No, Yellow Cap Guy! Get to your spot!!

The famous Yellow Cap Guy getting interviewed by The Fuzz??  No, Yellow Cap Guy! Get to your spot!!

And we're started! And... I don't know who this is!

And we're started! And... I don't know who this is!

Awesomely, actor Daniel Day-Lewis was first to arrive. He’s won two Academy Awards <TM> and is an exponent of the Method Acting style. (Depending on how recently they finished filming the movie, he might actually have been struggling to stay in character as… himself.)  

Awesomely, actor Daniel Day-Lewis was first to arrive. He’s won two Academy Awards <TM> and is an exponent of the Method Acting style. (Depending on how recently they finished filming the movie, he might actually have been struggling to stay in character as… himself.)
 

A rare uncropped image created by me shooting through the crooked elbow of a nearby photographer. Sigh. It’s all about adapting and staying nimble, I guess. (And of course whining afterwards. A lot of whining. But always afterwards. That’s the key)

A rare uncropped image created by me shooting through the crooked elbow of a nearby photographer. Sigh. It’s all about adapting and staying nimble, I guess. (And of course whining afterwards. A lot of whining. But always afterwards. That’s the key)

Dame Judi Dench arrived next. She’s also won an Academy Award <TM>, which no doubt nestles comfortably among her ten BAFTAS, seven Laurence Olivier Awards, two SAG awards, and two Golden Globes. (Okay, sure. But did she get a cheesy brass medal for finishing the St Albans Half Marathon this year? I certainly did!)

Dame Judi Dench arrived next. She’s also won an Academy Award <TM>, which no doubt nestles comfortably among her ten BAFTAS, seven Laurence Olivier Awards, two SAG awards, and two Golden Globes. (Okay, sure. But did she get a cheesy brass medal for finishing the St Albans Half Marathon this year? I certainly did!)

Dame Judi Dench may have gotten heaps more efficient at signing autographs in recent years, now that she can sign many of them as simply ‘M’.

Dame Judi Dench may have gotten heaps more efficient at signing autographs in recent years, now that she can sign many of them as simply ‘M’.

It’s a cold night, you’ve done your first two interviews, and it’s time to relax before your next one. Why not have yourself a nice hot coffee… directly in front of my view of Dame Judi Dench? Thanks, reporter lady!

It’s a cold night, you’ve done your first two interviews, and it’s time to relax before your next one. Why not have yourself a nice hot coffee… directly in front of my view of Dame Judi Dench? Thanks, reporter lady!

It's Rob Marshall! He's a director, which is cool, and he directed Memoirs of a Geisha, which I haven't watched, (But I read the book...)

It's Rob Marshall! He's a director, which is cool, and he directed Memoirs of a Geisha, which I haven't watched, (But I read the book...)

”Yes I’m director Rob Marshall and I was nominated for an Academy Award <TM> for ‘Chicago’. Hey… are you drinking a cup of coffee while interviewing me? If it’s really hot, that’s like totally dangerous!” Fair call. I've been in London long enough to recognise devastating health and safety risks... like this one.

”Yes I’m director Rob Marshall and I was nominated for an Academy Award <TM> for ‘Chicago’. Hey… are you drinking a cup of coffee while interviewing me? If it’s really hot, that’s like totally dangerous!” Fair call. I've been in London long enough to recognise devastating health and safety risks... like this one.

I have no idea who any of these three are. They just saw our group, walked up, and asked if we’d photograph them. Fair enough, ladies: good luck with your music careers, or… you know… your crimefighting duties.

I have no idea who any of these three are. They just saw our group, walked up, and asked if we’d photograph them. Fair enough, ladies: good luck with your music careers, or… you know… your crimefighting duties.

This is Kate Hudson. And… ummm… Wow.

This is Kate Hudson. And… ummm… Wow.

”Is that Kate Hudson? I totally need a fresh coffee!!” Steady on, there, lady…

”Is that Kate Hudson? I totally need a fresh coffee!!” Steady on, there, lady…

Kate Hudson pretty (Apologies, I may have regressed to a more primitive state…)

Kate Hudson pretty (Apologies, I may have regressed to a more primitive state…)

Insofar as I, as a man who likes playing Gran Turismo and once almost succeeded in fixing a broken shower all on my own, can ever credibly love a dress? -I *love* this dress. And possibly may be fond of Kate Hudson as well.

Insofar as I, as a man who likes playing Gran Turismo and once almost succeeded in fixing a broken shower all on my own, can ever credibly love a dress? -I *love* this dress. And possibly may be fond of Kate Hudson as well.

”Hi. My name is Kate Hudson and you may remember me from the dress I’m wearing right now. Could you spare some change for a parking meter? The limo is currently double-parked…”

”Hi. My name is Kate Hudson and you may remember me from the dress I’m wearing right now. Could you spare some change for a parking meter? The limo is currently double-parked…”

And then Nicole Kidman showed up. Her Academy Award <TM> count : one, for The Hours (2002), and I forgot in all the excitement to mention that Kate Hudson also has an Academy Award nomination to her credit. And of course Daniel Day Lewis and Rob Marshall have Oscars. As does Dame Judi Dench. Marion Cotillar will not be attending and she's won an Oscar, and Penelope Cruz IS expected and SHE'S won an Oscar  (You know, I suspect that even the catering crew that worked on this picture have at least gotten a nomination from the ‘Academy over the years.)

And then Nicole Kidman showed up. Her Academy Award <TM> count : one, for The Hours (2002), and I forgot in all the excitement to mention that Kate Hudson also has an Academy Award nomination to her credit. And of course Daniel Day Lewis and Rob Marshall have Oscars. As does Dame Judi Dench. Marion Cotillar will not be attending and she's won an Oscar, and Penelope Cruz IS expected and SHE'S won an Oscar  (You know, I suspect that even the catering crew that worked on this picture have at least gotten a nomination from the ‘Academy over the years.)

Nicole Kidman faces her toughest foe. Is it possible that Reporter Lady is even more dangerous without a coffee?

Nicole Kidman faces her toughest foe. Is it possible that Reporter Lady is even more dangerous without a coffee?

Is it too soon to have a retrospective tribute to that awesome dress Kate Hudson won to the World Premiere of the Rob Marshall movie "Nine"?

Is it too soon to have a retrospective tribute to that awesome dress Kate Hudson won to the World Premiere of the Rob Marshall movie "Nine"?

… and then Penelope Cruz showed up. Academy Award? Why yes, for Vicky Cristina Barcelona  (2009) , though I don’t think she brought it with her on the night. Oh, and note Yellow Cap Guy in the background to the left of the security dude on the left – bless him, he found a spot. Well done, sir.

… and then Penelope Cruz showed up. Academy Award? Why yes, for Vicky Cristina Barcelona  (2009) , though I don’t think she brought it with her on the night. Oh, and note Yellow Cap Guy in the background to the left of the security dude on the left – bless him, he found a spot. Well done, sir.

Feeling sufficiently cold in the freezing London winter eve, Penelope Cruz quickly caught, killed, skinned and then made a coat out of a passing Polar Bear. Sadly, I didn’t get any photos of her doing most of that – you’re just going to have to believe me based on my assertion (and this one photo of the aftermath.)

Feeling sufficiently cold in the freezing London winter eve, Penelope Cruz quickly caught, killed, skinned and then made a coat out of a passing Polar Bear. Sadly, I didn’t get any photos of her doing most of that – you’re just going to have to believe me based on my assertion (and this one photo of the aftermath.)

I don’t know who she is, but her agent (?) brought her over and got her to pose in front of our area, presumably to give her more public exposure in a premiere dominated by Academy Award nominees and winners. Clever move. So here’s…. umm… That Actress.

I don’t know who she is, but her agent (?) brought her over and got her to pose in front of our area, presumably to give her more public exposure in a premiere dominated by Academy Award nominees and winners. Clever move. So here’s…. umm… That Actress.

Meanwhile, Penelope Cruz faces a tough question, and Coffee-Laden Reporter Lady With Nobody To Interview Right Now flirts with blocking my view yet again. Lady, don’t you know who I AM? I wrote a novel for NANOWRIMO, Damnit!

Meanwhile, Penelope Cruz faces a tough question, and Coffee-Laden Reporter Lady With Nobody To Interview Right Now flirts with blocking my view yet again. Lady, don’t you know who I AM? I wrote a novel for NANOWRIMO, Damnit!

Check it out: half a second and a minor collision later, they’d swapped details and started planning their first date. (No, that’s not what happened, but clearly I must start walking without looking where I’m going whenever I’m near pretty ladies….)

Check it out: half a second and a minor collision later, they’d swapped details and started planning their first date. (No, that’s not what happened, but clearly I must start walking without looking where I’m going whenever I’m near pretty ladies….)

This is what the premiere looked like from a different angle: cinema on the far left, Paparazzi on the front left, security blocking off the public. (This shot was taken about as high and blind as I’m capable of, short of some rather risky and pointless bone extension surgery)

This is what the premiere looked like from a different angle: cinema on the far left, Paparazzi on the front left, security blocking off the public. (This shot was taken about as high and blind as I’m capable of, short of some rather risky and pointless bone extension surgery)

Last shot. Depending on how generous you’re willing to be, this is maybe three and two halves of the cast and crew. (I do what I can…)

Last shot. Depending on how generous you’re willing to be, this is maybe three and two halves of the cast and crew. (I do what I can…)

So, yeah. It was big and it was good and there was a large failure rate on shots because it was cold and dark and all that. But there were a couple of pretty good ones. And Kate Hudson’s dress (and Kate Hudson generally)? Awesome.

And this one? Definitely joins the Archive of movie premieres

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