12 Dec - 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' premiere

December 12th, 2011.

Hello, and after a slight gap following the most recent premiere (the British Independent Film Awards are yet to receive their journal entry because ISO6400 on the Pentax is all about Art but not enough so), I'm back. Or rather, premieres are back. I was always here.

Anyway, the final two premieres for the year are back-to-back on a Monday and Tuesday, and the first of them is 'The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' - the Americanised version of the Swedish version of the miniseries which was also a bestselling book....

Here's how it went down (other than, you know, the director probably not showing up):

I've read the books - they're good. I've watched first of the movies in Swedish - it was good if lightly harrowing. I've now seen the trailer and movie poster of the Americanised version and am not yet alarmed. However the guy in the black hoodie clutching his book is making slightly alarmed.

I've read the books - they're good. I've watched first of the movies in Swedish - it was good if lightly harrowing. I've now seen the trailer and movie poster of the Americanised version and am not yet alarmed. However the guy in the black hoodie clutching his book is making slightly alarmed.

Your host for this evening will be blonde, glamorous, and adjusting her hair/head-set for a little while to make sure the angle it sits at won't mortally offend Daniel Craig.

Your host for this evening will be blonde, glamorous, and adjusting her hair/head-set for a little while to make sure the angle it sits at won't mortally offend Daniel Craig.

Actress Rooney Mara is first to emerge from the warmth of the cinema bar / cafe / pre-event drinks, and poses for the VIP Paparazzi. (The regular Paps were sent to the far back of the event, away from the women and chillun, with much protest, and we got the spot they'd been eyeing greedily. Winners!)

Actress Rooney Mara is first to emerge from the warmth of the cinema bar / cafe / pre-event drinks, and poses for the VIP Paparazzi. (The regular Paps were sent to the far back of the event, away from the women and chillun, with much protest, and we got the spot they'd been eyeing greedily. Winners!)

Stephen Zaillian was the screenwriter, and his hairdresser a structural engineer. Zaillian was awarded an Oscar for adapting the movie Schindler's List for Steven Spielberg in 1993 (so ... they're not exactly making an obviously cheap copy/reboot of another country's beloved works - they're throwing actual money and skill at it)

Stephen Zaillian was the screenwriter, and his hairdresser a structural engineer. Zaillian was awarded an Oscar for adapting the movie Schindler's List for Steven Spielberg in 1993 (so ... they're not exactly making an obviously cheap copy/reboot of another country's beloved works - they're throwing actual money and skill at it)

She plays a hacker / computer genius in the film, and probably hopes nobody hands her an iPad and asks her to make it work or something.

She plays a hacker / computer genius in the film, and probably hopes nobody hands her an iPad and asks her to make it work or something.

A cursory glance at imdb suggests that Stellan Skarsgård may have been in every movie ever made. Well, specifically "Thor" and "Melancholia", though he wasn't at either premiere. He was also Bootstrap Bill Turner in Pirates of the Caribbean (the 'a' with the dot above his name was available via insert - symbol in Microsoft Word)

A cursory glance at imdb suggests that Stellan Skarsgård may have been in every movie ever made. Well, specifically "Thor" and "Melancholia", though he wasn't at either premiere. He was also Bootstrap Bill Turner in Pirates of the Caribbean (the 'a' with the dot above his name was available via insert - symbol in Microsoft Word)

.. Stellan Skarsgård was also in Angels and Demons, and he played egomaniacal director Verner Vollstedt in 'Entourage', and was in 'Mama Mia' and 'Goodwill Hunting'. Like I said, pretty much every movie ever.

.. Stellan Skarsgård was also in Angels and Demons, and he played egomaniacal director Verner Vollstedt in 'Entourage', and was in 'Mama Mia' and 'Goodwill Hunting'. Like I said, pretty much every movie ever.

It's Daniel Craig!!! It's also a photo whose black'n'white version I called "DCraig" which got more comments in a two hour period than any photo I've posted on the website Redbubble, like, ever. So I take it I should post less Megan Fox and Anne Hathaway photos and more Daniel Craig and Justin Timberlake and.... erm.... Nick Frost photos?

It's Daniel Craig!!! It's also a photo whose black'n'white version I called "DCraig" which got more comments in a two hour period than any photo I've posted on the website Redbubble, like, ever. So I take it I should post less Megan Fox and Anne Hathaway photos and more Daniel Craig and Justin Timberlake and.... erm.... Nick Frost photos?

"It's just that you're a hacker, and I could use your help with my VCR, is all I'm saying. Please?"

"It's just that you're a hacker, and I could use your help with my VCR, is all I'm saying. Please?"

May have won a bet. Not certain.

May have won a bet. Not certain.

"Basically, you're going to need to reboot the computer. That usually works". Ah. A hacker l33t.

"Basically, you're going to need to reboot the computer. That usually works". Ah. A hacker l33t.

Rooney Mara, among other roles, played the character Erica Albright in 'The Social Network'. It was a short but memorable role - same director. On which note, given this is a world premiere, where IS the director?

Rooney Mara, among other roles, played the character Erica Albright in 'The Social Network'. It was a short but memorable role - same director. On which note, given this is a world premiere, where IS the director?

"What do you mean it's a f&$^king trilogy?? Nobody told me!"

"What do you mean it's a f&$^king trilogy?? Nobody told me!"

And then it started to rain. Not enough to worry anyone unless they were wearing a dress made primarily of lace. Oh. Right. (I was wearing four layers, two of them thermal. And a beanie. And gloves. Oh, and trousers. Always trousers)

And then it started to rain. Not enough to worry anyone unless they were wearing a dress made primarily of lace. Oh. Right. (I was wearing four layers, two of them thermal. And a beanie. And gloves. Oh, and trousers. Always trousers)

I have no idea who this is, but her and her three bandmates / posse / gaggle posed for shots right in front of us and I had a long zoom at 70mm and had to make a quick call on who to photograph.

I have no idea who this is, but her and her three bandmates / posse / gaggle posed for shots right in front of us and I had a long zoom at 70mm and had to make a quick call on who to photograph.

We shared a moment. (Potentially that neither of us particularly liked 'The Golden Compass (2007)' ?)

We shared a moment. (Potentially that neither of us particularly liked 'The Golden Compass (2007)' ?)

This was actually a World Premiere, so clearly it would be awesome to take a photograph of Oscar-winning director of 'The Social Network' David Fincher, no? However, in that regard I may have a problem - I have no idea what David Fincher looks like. Here's attempt 1 of 3. (Getty Images says : No)

This was actually a World Premiere, so clearly it would be awesome to take a photograph of Oscar-winning director of 'The Social Network' David Fincher, no? However, in that regard I may have a problem - I have no idea what David Fincher looks like. Here's attempt 1 of 3. (Getty Images says : No)

Attempt #2 of 3 proved to be actor Yorick van Wageningen, which the presenting interviewer for the event had a valiant attempt at pronouncing.

Attempt #2 of 3 proved to be actor Yorick van Wageningen, which the presenting interviewer for the event had a valiant attempt at pronouncing.

Yorick van Wageningen plays the vile character Bjurman in the film, and in all seriousness he mentioned it was not a particularly pleasant character to play, and broadly he prepared for it by avoiding getting to know Rooney Mara.

Yorick van Wageningen plays the vile character Bjurman in the film, and in all seriousness he mentioned it was not a particularly pleasant character to play, and broadly he prepared for it by avoiding getting to know Rooney Mara.

If this isn't director David Fincher, I may be all out of attempts. Actually it's actor/director/writer Steven Berkof, who plays the character-slash-hobbit (?) Frodo in the film (?)

If this isn't director David Fincher, I may be all out of attempts. Actually it's actor/director/writer Steven Berkof, who plays the character-slash-hobbit (?) Frodo in the film (?)

Rooney Mara gets a quick wardrobe correction during the premiere. Her dress was a bit lace-like for the cold / rainy conditions.... so maybe she's also getting a quick injection of adrenaline so the frostbite and hypothermia doesn't set in.

Rooney Mara gets a quick wardrobe correction during the premiere. Her dress was a bit lace-like for the cold / rainy conditions.... so maybe she's also getting a quick injection of adrenaline so the frostbite and hypothermia doesn't set in.

"So would you say you're more into dubstep music or trance?". Actor Donald Sumpter is not David Fincher, and/but he has a large recurring role in 'Game of Thrones' which I really should watch since I've committed so much time to reading the books that series is based on.

"So would you say you're more into dubstep music or trance?". Actor Donald Sumpter is not David Fincher, and/but he has a large recurring role in 'Game of Thrones' which I really should watch since I've committed so much time to reading the books that series is based on.

Actress Elodie Yung dropped by just as it started to rain harder, and David Fincher, warm inside the cinema probably took one look at the weather conditions and went.... "another smirnoff please"

Actress Elodie Yung dropped by just as it started to rain harder, and David Fincher, warm inside the cinema probably took one look at the weather conditions and went.... "another smirnoff please"

David Fincher! Please Be David Fincher! Oh... you're not David Fincher. (On a mre humorous note, the autograph collector nea me also had no idea what David Fincher looked like either, and was calling out for random people to sign photos of movie boards... and one of the randoms happily did!)

David Fincher! Please Be David Fincher! Oh... you're not David Fincher. (On a mre humorous note, the autograph collector nea me also had no idea what David Fincher looked like either, and was calling out for random people to sign photos of movie boards... and one of the randoms happily did!)

Ah. It's the girl who didn't recognise me at two prior premieres, one of which was "Kung Fu Panda2"   I don't know her name either. It's still a platonic thing between us, clearly.

Ah. It's the girl who didn't recognise me at two prior premieres, one of which was "Kung Fu Panda2"   I don't know her name either. It's still a platonic thing between us, clearly.

Almost Certainly Not David Fincher.

Almost Certainly Not David Fincher.

Is it slightly wrong that I'm this close to Daniel Craig but still kind of thinking "I've photographed him before (just earlier) and I wish he was David Fincher"?)

Is it slightly wrong that I'm this close to Daniel Craig but still kind of thinking "I've photographed him before (just earlier) and I wish he was David Fincher"?)

It's.... it's.....it's!!!!! not David Fincher. But let's just say this is David Fincher and get on with our lives.

It's.... it's.....it's!!!!! not David Fincher. But let's just say this is David Fincher and get on with our lives.

So cold though I am, that's premiere one of two to join my "Archive of Movie Premieres" before I head off on holiday to warmer climates. Tomorrow : Mission Impossible : Ghost Protocol!

Until (that) Next Time!

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