6 Nov - The 'Arthur Christmas' premiere

November 6th, 2011.

After a lot of premieres in a short period of time last month, we've now hit a bit of a desert wasteland in November. What thorougly infuriated me last week, though, was  a good premiere AND a major star attended. However, due to what I will summarise as "Clearly Mister Johnny Depp -Or His People- Does Not Want Fans To Know About Premieres He Is Attending Even If They Are For Movies That Rely On Him" I wasn't able to go there because the location, the time or his attendance wasn't provided or confirmed. Even the DATE wasn't fully agreed upon.

Argh. It's part of something that I hope doesn't become a trend, whereby the only important thing is to get the star's smiling grin on the front of newspapers, and it doesn't matter if the crowd is large or small or entirely computer generated. Needless to say, the autograph dealers (hisssss!!) camp outside stars' hotels and *always* know where any premiere, no matter how secret, takes place.

I'm not in their circle of trust. Yet Anyway, come to London and buy me a drink and I'll rant to you all about it at length.

Meanwhile, I've got an *actual* premiere to journalise! Here's how it went down:

Welcome to Leicester Square for a world premiere! It's for the new Aardman Animation, Christmas-themed film 'Arthur Christmas'.

Welcome to Leicester Square for a world premiere! It's for the new Aardman Animation, Christmas-themed film 'Arthur Christmas'.

To better give you an indication of what happens when you have a world premiere sometimes, I've indicated by colour which of the stars on the movie poster made the trip to be here. (Oh, good. I'm glad they're pulling out ALL the stops!)

To better give you an indication of what happens when you have a world premiere sometimes, I've indicated by colour which of the stars on the movie poster made the trip to be here. (Oh, good. I'm glad they're pulling out ALL the stops!)

Sadly, Jim Broadbent, Imelda Staunton, Hugh Laurie and James McAvoy were not hiding under the trees - they literally weren't there. (I checked too!)

Sadly, Jim Broadbent, Imelda Staunton, Hugh Laurie and James McAvoy were not hiding under the trees - they literally weren't there. (I checked too!)

That said, they had a fake snow machine!!

That said, they had a fake snow machine!!

Many people brought their kids to this premiere, usually dressed as small santas, elves and occasionally fairies or with reindeer antlers. This, however random, is a different level of awesomeness entirely!

Many people brought their kids to this premiere, usually dressed as small santas, elves and occasionally fairies or with reindeer antlers. This, however random, is a different level of awesomeness entirely!

I'm noting this idea down for future possible usage!

I'm noting this idea down for future possible usage!

"Tom, I believe the representative from Aardman's exact words were 'get this Disney 5hit out of the lobby'." To be fair, they also removed some large cardboard standups of armoured figures from the upcoming 'Immortals' flick. That's meant to be pretty violent...

"Tom, I believe the representative from Aardman's exact words were 'get this Disney 5hit out of the lobby'." To be fair, they also removed some large cardboard standups of armoured figures from the upcoming 'Immortals' flick. That's meant to be pretty violent...

<He has the hat, he has the suit, they're playing that Maria Carey song while has his eye on the girl, and even though we're barely a week into November, Jerry thinks it may be time to try his famous 'mistletoe move'> (I miss standing next to a pretty girl at premieres....)

<He has the hat, he has the suit, they're playing that Maria Carey song while has his eye on the girl, and even though we're barely a week into November, Jerry thinks it may be time to try his famous 'mistletoe move'> (I miss standing next to a pretty girl at premieres....)

Bill Nighy, bless him, DID attend. He plays the grandad-Santa in this film, and his career is a long and distinguished one (he did note, however, that he's barely 'minutes' older than his 'son' played by Jim Broadbent.

Bill Nighy, bless him, DID attend. He plays the grandad-Santa in this film, and his career is a long and distinguished one (he did note, however, that he's barely 'minutes' older than his 'son' played by Jim Broadbent.

Random celebs also made their way down the narrow red carpet. And, sure, you might be thinking "yes, she's generically pretty. what TV show is she in?" you'd be wrong. She's Tamara Ecclestone, daughter of F1 Boss Bernie. He's worth about a billion dollars/ pounds. Basically, name your currency, and it's a billion in that currency.

Random celebs also made their way down the narrow red carpet. And, sure, you might be thinking "yes, she's generically pretty. what TV show is she in?" you'd be wrong. She's Tamara Ecclestone, daughter of F1 Boss Bernie. He's worth about a billion dollars/ pounds. Basically, name your currency, and it's a billion in that currency.

A random face in the crowd - it's Nick Frost! (To be fair, he's at a lot of premieres, many of them for movies he's not in, but also a lot that he is)

A random face in the crowd - it's Nick Frost! (To be fair, he's at a lot of premieres, many of them for movies he's not in, but also a lot that he is)

It's not just the beard, it's the COLOUR that I'm intrigued by!

It's not just the beard, it's the COLOUR that I'm intrigued by!

So that's what it feels like to be an insect under a microscope! I actually don't know who she is, but she did get on stage to be interviewed and I didn't catch her name.

So that's what it feels like to be an insect under a microscope! I actually don't know who she is, but she did get on stage to be interviewed and I didn't catch her name.

I believe this is screenwriter Peter Baynham, who actually scored an OSCAR nomination for best adapted screenplay for... wait... "Borat : Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan"?? That was Oscar nominated?

I believe this is screenwriter Peter Baynham, who actually scored an OSCAR nomination for best adapted screenplay for... wait... "Borat : Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan"?? That was Oscar nominated?

This is actress Ashley Jensen, who plays the ninja/wrapping elf also highlighted on the movie poster above. *Ninja-Wrapping Elf* is totally the name of my new Emo/Goth rock band.

This is actress Ashley Jensen, who plays the ninja/wrapping elf also highlighted on the movie poster above. *Ninja-Wrapping Elf* is totally the name of my new Emo/Goth rock band.

Ashley Jensen was also a voice in "How to Train your Dragon", which is pretty much the first Dreamworks animated movie outside of Shrek 1/2 that genuinely doesn't suck. Intriguing!

Ashley Jensen was also a voice in "How to Train your Dragon", which is pretty much the first Dreamworks animated movie outside of Shrek 1/2 that genuinely doesn't suck. Intriguing!

Ramona Marquez plays The Little Girl in the film. She also has a 'physical' acting role to her credit - Princess Margaret in 'The King's Speech'. But what does she want for Christmas, I hear you ask? I couldn't hear from where I was, so I'll guess she said "Flamethrower!!"

Ramona Marquez plays The Little Girl in the film. She also has a 'physical' acting role to her credit - Princess Margaret in 'The King's Speech'. But what does she want for Christmas, I hear you ask? I couldn't hear from where I was, so I'll guess she said "Flamethrower!!"

This is Sarah Smith, who directed the movie and also wrote the screenplay. It must be pretty rewarding to struggle over the making of a movie from start to finish, and then stand there under foam-detergent fake snow particles being asked what you want for Christmas. "A hit movie!!" she said, and laughed. (HEE!!)

This is Sarah Smith, who directed the movie and also wrote the screenplay. It must be pretty rewarding to struggle over the making of a movie from start to finish, and then stand there under foam-detergent fake snow particles being asked what you want for Christmas. "A hit movie!!" she said, and laughed. (HEE!!)

As we know, Christmas is a time of colour and good cheer. However, just this once I feel it might be okay to go for dour, moody and shadey Christmas!

As we know, Christmas is a time of colour and good cheer. However, just this once I feel it might be okay to go for dour, moody and shadey Christmas!

Nick Frost Cannot Believe This.

Nick Frost Cannot Believe This.

"Very well... I'll be cheerful, then!"

"Very well... I'll be cheerful, then!"

'Arthur Christmas' is an Aardman animated film. This lineup of notables includes, from left to right: Interviewer/DJ Edith Bowman, Aardman Founder Peter Lord, Wallace & Gromit creator Nick Park, and <currently unknown>

'Arthur Christmas' is an Aardman animated film. This lineup of notables includes, from left to right: Interviewer/DJ Edith Bowman, Aardman Founder Peter Lord, Wallace & Gromit creator Nick Park, and <currently unknown>

"Stop-motion Snow? I love it!!"

"Stop-motion Snow? I love it!!"

So that was that. Next up is Twilight 4A. But I'll be honest... there is every chance I will either be turned away because I can't camp for sixteen hours, or driven away by thousands of screaming hormonal teenage girls once I arrive.

We'll see...

But that's not until Next Time! "Arthur Christmas" goes into The Archive of Movie Premieres, the last couple of which were (good times!):


In Time - Timberlake! Seyfried! CMurphy!
The Deep Blue Sea - Hiddleston! No Sharks!
Anonymous - Emmerich! Ifans! Thewlis!
A Dangerous Method - Fassbender! Knightley! Mortenson!
Tintin and the Secret of the Unicorn - DCraig! SPegg! NFrost! JBell!