11 Feb - The 'Valentines Day' premiere (Alba! Kutcher!)

February 11th, 2010.

So few movie premieres left, so little time. However, there was one in Leicester Square last week, and I’ve waited til the last few hours of Valentines Day to post this. (It’s my kind of symmetry.... )

‘Valentines Day’ has an ensemble cast the size and scope of which is rarely seen these days. It’s the kind where you look at the listing and go ”If none of the three lead females show up, this will be the biggest injustice since Charlize Theron didn’t show up for my last birthday party.”

‘Valentines Day’ has an ensemble cast the size and scope of which is rarely seen these days. It’s the kind where you look at the listing and go ”If none of the three lead females show up, this will be the biggest injustice since Charlize Theron didn’t show up for my last birthday party.”

What seems like moments after the last photo was taken, the sun has plummeted below the horizon and it's pitch-black. It's one thing I won't miss so much when I depart London.

What seems like moments after the last photo was taken, the sun has plummeted below the horizon and it's pitch-black. It's one thing I won't miss so much when I depart London.

First to arrive is Gary Marshall, who not only created the TV show “Happy Days” (which you're probably too young to remember) but also directed ‘Pretty Woman’, ‘Runaway Bride’, and ‘The Princess Diaries’. So, he’s probably entitled to wear a beret any time he wants.

First to arrive is Gary Marshall, who not only created the TV show “Happy Days” (which you're probably too young to remember) but also directed ‘Pretty Woman’, ‘Runaway Bride’, and ‘The Princess Diaries’. So, he’s probably entitled to wear a beret any time he wants.

Actress Demi Moore isn't in the film, but also dropped by as Ashton Kutcher's +1. She didn’t linger long, though – it really wasn’t the weather for it. Basically, unless you were in the movie, or a fan in the crowd, or a meteorologist on a field trip, you'd want to be indoors.

Actress Demi Moore isn't in the film, but also dropped by as Ashton Kutcher's +1. She didn’t linger long, though – it really wasn’t the weather for it. Basically, unless you were in the movie, or a fan in the crowd, or a meteorologist on a field trip, you'd want to be indoors.

Emma Roberts is the niece of actress Julia Roberts (‘Erin Brokovich’, ‘Pretty Woman’, possibly an uncredited role in ‘Black Hawk Down’... unless I just made that last one up…)

Emma Roberts is the niece of actress Julia Roberts (‘Erin Brokovich’, ‘Pretty Woman’, possibly an uncredited role in ‘Black Hawk Down’... unless I just made that last one up…)

"What the hell is "We're The Millers". If you're time-traveling to London premieres from the future, please don't pollute the timeline by getting stars to sign DVD covers to movies they haven't yet acted in. If you're visiting 2010, why not track down a copy of 'Nancy Drew (2007)'? It won't be easy, but at least there's still HMV stores in London in 2010....

"What the hell is "We're The Millers". If you're time-traveling to London premieres from the future, please don't pollute the timeline by getting stars to sign DVD covers to movies they haven't yet acted in. If you're visiting 2010, why not track down a copy of 'Nancy Drew (2007)'? It won't be easy, but at least there's still HMV stores in London in 2010....

Batman really wanted to earn some money on the side… Check out the chin on the chauffeur, and actress Jessica Alba at the back! Staggering.

Batman really wanted to earn some money on the side… Check out the chin on the chauffeur, and actress Jessica Alba at the back! Staggering.

Jessica Alba signs autographs, in a dress that just screams ‘hypothermia imminent’. I’d have offered her my jacket, but, you know… security guards and restraining orders and all that.

Jessica Alba signs autographs, in a dress that just screams ‘hypothermia imminent’. I’d have offered her my jacket, but, you know… security guards and restraining orders and all that.

” If you think this autograph will be recognisable enough to sell on ebay when I can't even feel my arms right now, you're more optimistic than I am”

” If you think this autograph will be recognisable enough to sell on ebay when I can't even feel my arms right now, you're more optimistic than I am”

"Fine... I"ll risk yet more hypothermia by going back and putting a dot on the 'i" in Jessica. Hope you appreciate it..." (I'd be signing everything "J.A" if I was feeling generous... "J" under all other reasonable circumstances, myself).

"Fine... I"ll risk yet more hypothermia by going back and putting a dot on the 'i" in Jessica. Hope you appreciate it..." (I'd be signing everything "J.A" if I was feeling generous... "J" under all other reasonable circumstances, myself).

"I once wore a suit with shoulderpads THIS BIG!!" Ashton Kutcher’s choice of clothing gives you an idea of the kind of weather we're talking about.

"I once wore a suit with shoulderpads THIS BIG!!" Ashton Kutcher’s choice of clothing gives you an idea of the kind of weather we're talking about.

Kutcher and Alba, being interviewed. I didn’t catch the questions or the answers, but at least Jessica Alba had put on a coat by then.

Kutcher and Alba, being interviewed. I didn’t catch the questions or the answers, but at least Jessica Alba had put on a coat by then.

Ashton Kutcher looks over his shoulder in a very Kutcher-esque way, while the dude on the right who accompanied Jessica Alba tries but entirely fails to look disconcertingly casual, instead veering into ‘pull out a gun, freaked out’ territory.

Ashton Kutcher looks over his shoulder in a very Kutcher-esque way, while the dude on the right who accompanied Jessica Alba tries but entirely fails to look disconcertingly casual, instead veering into ‘pull out a gun, freaked out’ territory.

Jessica Alba has clearly reached some kind of zen state, while her accompanying guy/dude/security/valet makes yet another amusing face.

Jessica Alba has clearly reached some kind of zen state, while her accompanying guy/dude/security/valet makes yet another amusing face.

… and then the random Jessica Alba Acolyte decides to get his head in the middle of this shot for no reason I can determine. Thanks, man!

… and then the random Jessica Alba Acolyte decides to get his head in the middle of this shot for no reason I can determine. Thanks, man!

To properly do justice to the cool look of serenity on Jessica Alba’s face, I just know it’s going to take me hours to properly edit out the ‘nameless evil’ woman behind her. (Who *are* these people hanging around Jessica Alba?? Couldn't they spoil photos of Topher Grace instead??)

To properly do justice to the cool look of serenity on Jessica Alba’s face, I just know it’s going to take me hours to properly edit out the ‘nameless evil’ woman behind her. (Who *are* these people hanging around Jessica Alba?? Couldn't they spoil photos of Topher Grace instead??)

Actor Topher Grace played the lead charcter in the TV series ‘That 70s Show’, which I never watched, and the role of ‘Venom’ in Spiderman3, which I loathed. Still… uh… nice suit, from what I can see of it!

Actor Topher Grace played the lead charcter in the TV series ‘That 70s Show’, which I never watched, and the role of ‘Venom’ in Spiderman3, which I loathed. Still… uh… nice suit, from what I can see of it!

"Spider-Man 3? I barely remember it, if I'm honest. Was Kirsten Dunst kidnapped or endangered by the main bad guy in that one?" Dude... she was kidnapped or endangered by the bad guy in EVERY Spider-Man movie...

"Spider-Man 3? I barely remember it, if I'm honest. Was Kirsten Dunst kidnapped or endangered by the main bad guy in that one?" Dude... she was kidnapped or endangered by the bad guy in EVERY Spider-Man movie...

Jessica Alba tries to remain calm upon learning that despite playing the character of ‘The Invisible Woman’ in two ‘Fantastic Four’ films, the audience was actually able to see her.

Jessica Alba tries to remain calm upon learning that despite playing the character of ‘The Invisible Woman’ in two ‘Fantastic Four’ films, the audience was actually able to see her.

”‘Topher’ is a killer first name and you gotta respect that.”

”‘Topher’ is a killer first name and you gotta respect that.”

Actor Hector Elizondo (centre-ish, side/back-lit) played the ?hotel manager? in the film ‘Pretty Woman’ (as well as a doctor in 141 episodes of the TV Drama Chicago Hope, apparently). His film credits date back to the 1960s and ALL I remember him from is a couple of small scenes in Pretty Woman (though again, in my defence, that movie had very few helicopter gunship battles)

Actor Hector Elizondo (centre-ish, side/back-lit) played the ?hotel manager? in the film ‘Pretty Woman’ (as well as a doctor in 141 episodes of the TV Drama Chicago Hope, apparently). His film credits date back to the 1960s and ALL I remember him from is a couple of small scenes in Pretty Woman (though again, in my defence, that movie had very few helicopter gunship battles)

I've decided, right here and right now (sort of... I'm typing this in 2014) that if your name is "Hector" I'm always going to make sure you get at least two photos in any premiere journal. A quick look at imdb reveals this should occur very infrequently.

I've decided, right here and right now (sort of... I'm typing this in 2014) that if your name is "Hector" I'm always going to make sure you get at least two photos in any premiere journal. A quick look at imdb reveals this should occur very infrequently.

This photo is more about the expression of the lady on the right than the celeb on the left. (Feel free to make up your own back-story, but mine involves a cache of weapons and Robert Downey Jnr.)

This photo is more about the expression of the lady on the right than the celeb on the left. (Feel free to make up your own back-story, but mine involves a cache of weapons and Robert Downey Jnr.)

Two of the five members of the girl band ‘The Saturdays’ showed up. They were late. Or early, given this was a Thursday (okay, I apologise for this attempt at humour... it was uncalled for).

Two of the five members of the girl band ‘The Saturdays’ showed up. They were late. Or early, given this was a Thursday (okay, I apologise for this attempt at humour... it was uncalled for).

I don't know who this is.. but I photographed her twice just to make sure.

I don't know who this is.. but I photographed her twice just to make sure.

Although any premiere attended by Jessica Alba is by default a very good premiere, a look at the film poster showing all the major cast members shows why there might have been cause for disappointment. Hey, I'm a MASSIVE Taylor Swift fan.

Although any premiere attended by Jessica Alba is by default a very good premiere, a look at the film poster showing all the major cast members shows why there might have been cause for disappointment. Hey, I'm a MASSIVE Taylor Swift fan.

So… that’s that… and I hope y’all had a happy Valentines Day, whether it involved movies, human interaction or... merely a cup of coffee (or something equally innocuous).

Until one of the few remaining ‘next times’,

Catch ya!

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