03 Dec - The 'Life of Pi' Premiere

December 3rd, 2012.

"Life of Pi" was a pretty major book release (so Major that even I read it!), selling some 7million copies and winning the Man Booker Prize in the UK. It's also meant to have been considered "un-filmable", but I suspect that's more a marketing thing. I have read the book, remember it fondly, and the trailer looks amazing. Oh, and there was a premiere. Here's how that went down:

Blue carpet. Flames. Low temperatures. If they're walking a tiger down the carpet for the publicity, I think it's going to be cranky.

Blue carpet. Flames. Low temperatures. If they're walking a tiger down the carpet for the publicity, I think it's going to be cranky.

This premiere was not carbon neutral. But screw it, I'll say it - we've passed the tipping point. I'm stockpiling Spam and learning to hunt with a crossbow. (Great setup, though)

This premiere was not carbon neutral. But screw it, I'll say it - we've passed the tipping point. I'm stockpiling Spam and learning to hunt with a crossbow. (Great setup, though)

This is one of the Access All Areas red carpet photographer. I should hate him more than life itself, but I have to concede he is pretty awesome. He even rocks baldness! I have a ways to go before I can make that claim.

This is one of the Access All Areas red carpet photographer. I should hate him more than life itself, but I have to concede he is pretty awesome. He even rocks baldness! I have a ways to go before I can make that claim.

The morning Metro advertised a 5pm start but for this premiere, but it ended up being 6pm (I care because it's December and it gets frikkin' cold). Fortunately, "Monsters Ate My Condo" really IS an addictive game, thinks Pretty Personal Assistant (or Premiere Co-Ordinator - I didn't strike up a conversation as she did seem quite distracted)

The morning Metro advertised a 5pm start but for this premiere, but it ended up being 6pm (I care because it's December and it gets frikkin' cold). Fortunately, "Monsters Ate My Condo" really IS an addictive game, thinks Pretty Personal Assistant (or Premiere Co-Ordinator - I didn't strike up a conversation as she did seem quite distracted)

"OMG this is so much shorter than reading the novel". AND it's got' pictures.

"OMG this is so much shorter than reading the novel".
AND it's got' pictures.

The first arrival is Rafe Spall, son of Timothy ('Wormtail' in Harry Potter) Spall, though with a decent role in this and "Prometheus" I might have to refer to Timothy Spall differently. And good news for the Angus Steak House, their numerous signs featured prominently in photos taken during the evening.

The first arrival is Rafe Spall, son of Timothy ('Wormtail' in Harry Potter) Spall, though with a decent role in this and "Prometheus" I might have to refer to Timothy Spall differently. And good news for the Angus Steak House, their numerous signs featured prominently in photos taken during the evening.

"No, I haven't read the book. But I play The Writer in the film, so it would seem redundant, no?"

"No, I haven't read the book. But I play The Writer in the film, so it would seem redundant, no?"

"No, it's not a huge problem. But we're just worried that there aren't enough Angus Steak House signs for when Ang Lee gets here". Too late. He's here. No info on whether he likes steak.

"No, it's not a huge problem. But we're just worried that there aren't enough Angus Steak House signs for when Ang Lee gets here". Too late. He's here. No info on whether he likes steak.

We shared a moment, but I still prefer Kristen Stewart. He's Ang Lee's son. The woman to the right of him with the headband and vest, though? Is a fashion abomination.

We shared a moment, but I still prefer Kristen Stewart. He's Ang Lee's son. The woman to the right of him with the headband and vest, though? Is a fashion abomination.

"If you could just look away from the ugg boots, tight jeans and skinned echidna vest and lace headband I'm wearing, and just pose right here" Who the hell lets these people out in public?

"If you could just look away from the ugg boots, tight jeans and skinned echidna vest and lace headband I'm wearing, and just pose right here"
Who the hell lets these people out in public?

Ang Lee directed Sense & Sensibility, The Hulk, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon and Brokeback Mountain. And now Life of Pi. You Gotta applaud the commitment to diversity in that list! (Please note that I'm not advocating applause for The Hulk, just 'diversity' in general)

Ang Lee directed Sense & Sensibility, The Hulk, Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon and Brokeback Mountain. And now Life of Pi. You Gotta applaud the commitment to diversity in that list! (Please note that I'm not advocating applause for The Hulk, just 'diversity' in general)

"I would like to scan you three-dimensionally and use you as a special effect for my next monster movie". I personally wouldn't watch that movie, but I probably would go to the premiere.

"I would like to scan you three-dimensionally and use you as a special effect for my next monster movie". I personally wouldn't watch that movie, but I probably would go to the premiere.

"Do I regret turning down an offer to direct Terminator3? Baby, didn't you SEE The Hulk?" I think it's a mixed blessing on both counts for both franchises, but I really DO need to see Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon again. And/or Sense & Sensibility for the first time.

"Do I regret turning down an offer to direct Terminator3? Baby, didn't you SEE The Hulk?" I think it's a mixed blessing on both counts for both franchises, but I really DO need to see Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon again. And/or Sense & Sensibility for the first time.

Random celeb arrival Stephen Fry looks vaguely demonic for a moment.....

Random celeb arrival Stephen Fry looks vaguely demonic for a moment.....

....but can't not revert to regular levels of awesomeness.

....but can't not revert to regular levels of awesomeness.

I have no idea who this is, but I heard she's a fashion reporter. I am also... sometimes... a fashion reporter. (Hey, I commented on what the freaky lady with the echidna vest was wearing)

I have no idea who this is, but I heard she's a fashion reporter. I am also... sometimes... a fashion reporter. (Hey, I commented on what the freaky lady with the echidna vest was wearing)

Speaking of which : it's Twiggy! (she was a model) (she's the one on the right)

Speaking of which : it's Twiggy! (she was a model) (she's the one on the right)

Suraj Sharma makes his film debut in 'Life of Pi'. I've read the book. I can't remember if the main character's hair is quite _this_ amazing but I'll give him the benefit of the doubt.

Suraj Sharma makes his film debut in 'Life of Pi'. I've read the book. I can't remember if the main character's hair is quite _this_ amazing but I'll give him the benefit of the doubt.

I don't know who this is, but with the white balance on the Pentax screaming with all the Angus Steak House and Pret A Manger signs, I really do like the superviolet coloured dress she's wearing.

I don't know who this is, but with the white balance on the Pentax screaming with all the Angus Steak House and Pret A Manger signs, I really do like the superviolet coloured dress she's wearing.

Ang Lee, standing in the DARK part of the premiere.

Ang Lee, standing in the DARK part of the premiere.

"Hurry up! I must leave before Tom Hiddleston arrives and steals the limelight". He may be the director of this film, but he's got a valid point.

"Hurry up! I must leave before Tom Hiddleston arrives and steals the limelight". He may be the director of this film, but he's got a valid point.

The Man. The Myth. I call it : The Inevitability Of Hiddleston.

The Man. The Myth. I call it : The Inevitability Of Hiddleston.

One Frame Later. (It does 5 frames per second)

One Frame Later. (It does 5 frames per second)

"You? You're awesome. Tom Hiddleston? More so. My hair? Very slightly less so. Goodbye."

"You? You're awesome. Tom Hiddleston? More so. My hair? Very slightly less so. Goodbye."

"Why is everyone vacating the carpet? Was it something I said?"

"Why is everyone vacating the carpet? Was it something I said?"

And one more of Tom Hiddleston. Just because.

And one more of Tom Hiddleston. Just because.

So... chalk up another. Two more this year, and I'm done! (The Archive of Movie Premieres can take a slight breather as I return to Australia for a brief holiday)

Until next time!

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