17 Jul - The Pixar 'Cars2' premiere

How could *any* premiere adequately follow up the behemoth that was the "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part2" World Premiere from last week? The answer, simply, is that it couldn't. This one was a "merely" the UK Premiere for the film 'Cars2' and only two of the cast (British) were showing up, along with the director.

Still, they say that when you fall off a horse the best thing to do is get back on again.....

....and if you've just gotten off the greatest horse of ALL TIME, I suppose it's implied that you just have to look at the inferior animal in front of you, forget what happened in the past, and get out the camera and remember that it's (probably) (mostly) weatherproof. Oh, did I mention the forecast (and actual) torrential rain? (so much so that they opted NOT to lay a red carpet!)

Here's how it went down.

It's a premiere!!! And this one was at Whitehall Gardens, and access for civilians was even more controlled than usual. I was stuck behind a medium height gate with some vicious impaling-style prongs to worry about (no problem)

It's a premiere!!! And this one was at Whitehall Gardens, and access for civilians was even more controlled than usual. I was stuck behind a medium height gate with some vicious impaling-style prongs to worry about (no problem)

Medium range shot taken when the various entourages, attaches and organisers temporarily part. Other than the threat of rain, this promised to be a decent enough premiere (meaning : most of the stars wouldn't show up because it's not a world premiere, but some might)

Medium range shot taken when the various entourages, attaches and organisers temporarily part. Other than the threat of rain, this promised to be a decent enough premiere (meaning : most of the stars wouldn't show up because it's not a world premiere, but some might)

Everyone wants to get in on the act. Given they had a robotic Wall-E at the premiere for *that* film about three years ago, I'm kind of surprised they didn't have remote-controlled cars zipping around

Everyone wants to get in on the act. Given they had a robotic Wall-E at the premiere for *that* film about three years ago, I'm kind of surprised they didn't have remote-controlled cars zipping around

"Anyway, here's hoping Owen Wilson shows up. Love you Mum, gotta go"

"Anyway, here's hoping Owen Wilson shows up. Love you Mum, gotta go"

... and just as everything had been polished and put in place, it started to pour with rain. Again. (Welcome to London.. why are you surprised?)

... and just as everything had been polished and put in place, it started to pour with rain. Again. (Welcome to London.. why are you surprised?)

The rain cleared briefly to allow this guy to do whatever it is he does that's linked to the movie... somehow.

The rain cleared briefly to allow this guy to do whatever it is he does that's linked to the movie... somehow.

It's a Spice Girl! Emma Bunton shows up with her kid. Other than that, she has no connection to this movie that I'm aware of.

It's a Spice Girl! Emma Bunton shows up with her kid. Other than that, she has no connection to this movie that I'm aware of.

Director John Lasseter shows up just as it begins to pour heavily and promises to return later if he can find a pen. Or a laser pointer (?). Or a set of marracas (?)

Director John Lasseter shows up just as it begins to pour heavily and promises to return later if he can find a pen. Or a laser pointer (?). Or a set of marracas (?)

"You're saying you'd actually prefer a cheesy grin over a genuine one?? Very well, here goes..."

"You're saying you'd actually prefer a cheesy grin over a genuine one?? Very well, here goes..."

The press were out in force. .... which was odd, given that no female stars of the movie were attending and they're usually pretty good about finding out about these things beforehand.

The press were out in force. .... which was odd, given that no female stars of the movie were attending and they're usually pretty good about finding out about these things beforehand.

Sir Michael Caine shows up. He seemed very amenable to signing autographs, however the various autograph hunters also proved very amenable to shoving everyone out of the way to get him to sign stuff. I overheard one of them talking in a way that suggests they're actually operating as part of a syndicate. Freaky.

Sir Michael Caine shows up. He seemed very amenable to signing autographs, however the various autograph hunters also proved very amenable to shoving everyone out of the way to get him to sign stuff. I overheard one of them talking in a way that suggests they're actually operating as part of a syndicate. Freaky.

"You want me to sign it "Why do we fall? To get up again. Love, Alfred" ? To be honest, I'm under a little bit of time pressure. How about I just sign it "MC"?"

"You want me to sign it "Why do we fall? To get up again. Love, Alfred" ? To be honest, I'm under a little bit of time pressure. How about I just sign it "MC"?"

So it seemed that everybody pretty much came prepared. (One dude brought a table lamp to be signed by the guy from Pixar, which was clever except the guy walked past... oops!)

So it seemed that everybody pretty much came prepared. (One dude brought a table lamp to be signed by the guy from Pixar, which was clever except the guy walked past... oops!)

"Master Wayne couldn't be here, but he says you should all buy Lamborghinis because they're fantastic cars"

"Master Wayne couldn't be here, but he says you should all buy Lamborghinis because they're fantastic cars"

"Voldemort? Never heard of him. Next question". Jason Isaacs played Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter series, and spent the last three movies with very dishevelled long blonde hair. He was last seen in the final film skulking away from the end battle with his family, hoping nobody would notice.

"Voldemort? Never heard of him. Next question". Jason Isaacs played Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter series, and spent the last three movies with very dishevelled long blonde hair. He was last seen in the final film skulking away from the end battle with his family, hoping nobody would notice.

"I'm not Lucius Malfoy, okay? And you can tell the Dark Lord that. Look at me. I'm totally not magic, see? I'm totally not making this umbrella levitate behind me."

"I'm not Lucius Malfoy, okay? And you can tell the Dark Lord that. Look at me. I'm totally not magic, see? I'm totally not making this umbrella levitate behind me."

"Fine, I'll just make it out 'Cu-Lius Fal-Moy', shall I?"

"Fine, I'll just make it out 'Cu-Lius Fal-Moy', shall I?"

"Master Wayne also says to tell you that he's totally not a masked vigilante. That is all"

"Master Wayne also says to tell you that he's totally not a masked vigilante. That is all"

The director, two stars and somebody's cousin pose in front of the car. Sadly, Eddie Izzard, Emily Mortimer and Owen Wilson did not attend, and F1's Lewis Hamilton opted not to show.

The director, two stars and somebody's cousin pose in front of the car. Sadly, Eddie Izzard, Emily Mortimer and Owen Wilson did not attend, and F1's Lewis Hamilton opted not to show.

Randomly (I believe) actor/writer/producer Noel Clarke showed up, just as it began pouring with rain yet again. Good times. I did have an umbrella but what with sharing it with others less fortunate I still got fairly soaked. (But like I said...good times!)

Randomly (I believe) actor/writer/producer Noel Clarke showed up, just as it began pouring with rain yet again. Good times. I did have an umbrella but what with sharing it with others less fortunate I still got fairly soaked. (But like I said...good times!)

So... that was another one. Does it join my ever-growing "Archive of Premieres"? Yes it does.

Until next time!

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