21 Apr - State of Play premiere

April 21st, 2009.

After yesterday's all-stars in attendance Star Trek Premiere, it was perhaps a little disappointing that the 'World Premiere' of the film "State of Play" somehow manged to be a bit like the How to Lose Friends and Alienate People premiere - ie. less than half the people in the cast showed up. Still, two big names did, and that's probably two more than I really need to go to these things...

Jason Bateman didn't attend. Rachel McAdams didn't attend. Ben Affleck didn't attend. Yellow Freaking Cap Guy didn't attend. Until I checked wireimage, I couldn't even say with certainty that the director attended. And yet, this was apparently the 'World Premiere'?

Jason Bateman didn't attend. Rachel McAdams didn't attend. Ben Affleck didn't attend. Yellow Freaking Cap Guy didn't attend. Until I checked wireimage, I couldn't even say with certainty that the director attended. And yet, this was apparently the 'World Premiere'?

"OMG! It's THAT guy!!" / "Who's that guy?" / "I don't know"

"OMG! It's THAT guy!!" / "Who's that guy?" / "I don't know"

I'm glad I snapped a couple of lazy shots in the direction of this guy - he's the director, Kevin MacDonald. (Phew!)

I'm glad I snapped a couple of lazy shots in the direction of this guy - he's the director, Kevin MacDonald. (Phew!)

Dame Helen Mirren (Oscar, Best Actress 'The Queen') arrives. Per imdb she's won a staggering 63 awards for acting. And not just the shabby ones and one Oscar. We're talking four BAFTAS, four Emmy Awards, two Cannes festival awards and a couple of Golden Globes before I got bored of scrolling down the list.

Dame Helen Mirren (Oscar, Best Actress 'The Queen') arrives. Per imdb she's won a staggering 63 awards for acting. And not just the shabby ones and one Oscar. We're talking four BAFTAS, four Emmy Awards, two Cannes festival awards and a couple of Golden Globes before I got bored of scrolling down the list.

Now THAT'S some serious lacework. (I'm a fan of lacework, apparently. Who knew?)

Now THAT'S some serious lacework. (I'm a fan of lacework, apparently. Who knew?)

I don't know who this is... but in the absence of Rachel McAdams, please allow me to at least photograph somebody... ANYBODY... female and under the age of 60.

I don't know who this is... but in the absence of Rachel McAdams, please allow me to at least photograph somebody... ANYBODY... female and under the age of 60.

I'm not sure what the relevance of Bianca Gascoigne is in the context of this (or any) premiere. But once again, I'm forced to cite the Rachel McAdams Clause in my premiere photography.

I'm not sure what the relevance of Bianca Gascoigne is in the context of this (or any) premiere. But once again, I'm forced to cite the Rachel McAdams Clause in my premiere photography.

Incredibly, here's somebody I actually recognise for once! He's Jamie Bamber and he played Lee Adama ('Apollo') in Battlestar Galactica. What do I win?? (or 'How Many Cool Points Do I Lose?')

Incredibly, here's somebody I actually recognise for once! He's Jamie Bamber and he played Lee Adama ('Apollo') in Battlestar Galactica. What do I win?? (or 'How Many Cool Points Do I Lose?')

She's Hannah Spearitt, and I don't know what she does, but her boyfriend is an actor and they look cute together. Isn't it always the way? I bet HE doesn't know how to run a simple PROC LOGISTIC in SAS and interpret (some of) the results.

She's Hannah Spearitt, and I don't know what she does, but her boyfriend is an actor and they look cute together. Isn't it always the way? I bet HE doesn't know how to run a simple PROC LOGISTIC in SAS and interpret (some of) the results.

We return from the shallow world of youth and ridiculous hemlines and necklines to bring you : Actual Class, and Actual Talent. (You're welcome!)

We return from the shallow world of youth and ridiculous hemlines and necklines to bring you : Actual Class, and Actual Talent. (You're welcome!)

It's Russell Crow!! Incidentally, Yellow Cap Guy wasn't at this premiere and I choose to believe it's due to a bloodfeud with this Mr Crowe... who is an honourary Australian whenever he wins an award or an accolade, but generally considered a New Zealander whenever he punches up a waitress or headbutts a seal or something violent like that.

It's Russell Crow!! Incidentally, Yellow Cap Guy wasn't at this premiere and I choose to believe it's due to a bloodfeud with this Mr Crowe... who is an honourary Australian whenever he wins an award or an accolade, but generally considered a New Zealander whenever he punches up a waitress or headbutts a seal or something violent like that.

Russell Crowe has one an Oscar, a Golden Globe, a Bafta and a rather implausibly titled 'Actor of our Lifetime' award from Empire Magazine. At most dinnertables that would be freaking massive. But seated at a dinnertable with Dame Helen Mirren, that would be rather underwhelming (his assistant is pointing her out, no doubt...)

Russell Crowe has one an Oscar, a Golden Globe, a Bafta and a rather implausibly titled 'Actor of our Lifetime' award from Empire Magazine. At most dinnertables that would be freaking massive. But seated at a dinnertable with Dame Helen Mirren, that would be rather underwhelming (his assistant is pointing her out, no doubt...)

Russell Crowe was very friendly at the premiere (and he's not holding a baseball bat to the back of my head as I type this) - in fact I think he actually didn't bother going in to the screening at all, preferring instead to stay outside for pretty much the whole time, signing autographs at literally every corner of the crowd. Well played, sir!

Russell Crowe was very friendly at the premiere (and he's not holding a baseball bat to the back of my head as I type this) - in fact I think he actually didn't bother going in to the screening at all, preferring instead to stay outside for pretty much the whole time, signing autographs at literally every corner of the crowd. Well played, sir!

It's Russell Crowe, and he's smiling! (And not because he just punched a guy in the throat!)

It's Russell Crowe, and he's smiling! (And not because he just punched a guy in the throat!)

Meanwhile, this man looked familiar so I grabbed a shot.... a check online reveals him to be Charles Dance. Either I have a really good memory for movies like Alien3 and Last Action Hero, or I have a secret alter ego who watches a lot of stage productions, or it was just a lucky concidence.

Meanwhile, this man looked familiar so I grabbed a shot.... a check online reveals him to be Charles Dance. Either I have a really good memory for movies like Alien3 and Last Action Hero, or I have a secret alter ego who watches a lot of stage productions, or it was just a lucky concidence.

Between you and me, I actually had a credited role in an ABC miniseries in the late 1980s (which imdb does not acknowledge) but even if it did, that really isn't enough to hobnob with the likes of Helen Mirren and Russell Crowe. Or, if I'm honest, pretty much anyone attending these things

Between you and me, I actually had a credited role in an ABC miniseries in the late 1980s (which imdb does not acknowledge) but even if it did, that really isn't enough to hobnob with the likes of Helen Mirren and Russell Crowe. Or, if I'm honest, pretty much anyone attending these things

Helen Mirren and Russell Crowe share a laugh ("Hahahaha" "Hahahahaha"). I hope it's at Ben Affleck's expense, just because.

Helen Mirren and Russell Crowe share a laugh ("Hahahaha" "Hahahahaha"). I hope it's at Ben Affleck's expense, just because.

I got this close to Russell Crowe and I still have all my teeth (well... all the ones I started today with). So...all the sports shops hoping for abrisk trade in mouthguards and sporting helmets for this premiere were just profit-mongering on scare tactics. (And he's Aussie once more!)

I got this close to Russell Crowe and I still have all my teeth (well... all the ones I started today with). So...all the sports shops hoping for abrisk trade in mouthguards and sporting helmets for this premiere were just profit-mongering on scare tactics. (And he's Aussie once more!)

And guess what? There's another premiere this week - on Thursday. That one I'm not yet sure about. There's a bit of a quiet period (or at least 'less dense') period for a while, if my sources are accurate. Until then, I should probably actually *watch* some of these films rather than just hang and chill at their premieres, huh?

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