2 May 2013 - The 'Star Trek Into Darkness' World Premiere

May 2nd, 2013.

Well, this is a BIG one. A world premiere, in London, for a Star Trek movie. JJ Abrams has already taken the shreds of a once proud franchise that had fallen on hard times, and gave us the fantastic Mission Impossible 3. Then he took the shreds of a once proud franchise and gave us Star Trek (2009). And.... he's doing the sequel to that now. I loved the 2009 film "and I was at the premiere of that" and even penned my own 15 minute version of the script (Because I Was Bored) so there was no way I was missing this one.

Here's how it went down.

Giant Star Trek symbol in the heart of London. Almost not as noteworthy as the Evil Genuis Dude rubbing his hands mysteriously and gleefully underneath it. Not sure what he was planning.

Giant Star Trek symbol in the heart of London. Almost not as noteworthy as the Evil Genuis Dude rubbing his hands mysteriously and gleefully underneath it. Not sure what he was planning.

Star Trek premieres now feature dresses, a majority  FEMALE crowd, and can be held outdoors during daylight. This franchise has come a long way, baby.

Star Trek premieres now feature dresses, a majority  FEMALE crowd, and can be held outdoors during daylight. This franchise has come a long way, baby.

"Hi, I'm Alex Zane your host. And tonight, I'm going to use this opportunity to chat with some of Hollywood's best and brightest and get advice on how to ask a girl out. (A) because Star Trek is cool for guys AND GIRLS now, and (B) come on, as if you're not going to watch this film. It's looks effing awesome. Now let's go..."

"Hi, I'm Alex Zane your host. And tonight, I'm going to use this opportunity to chat with some of Hollywood's best and brightest and get advice on how to ask a girl out. (A) because Star Trek is cool for guys AND GIRLS now, and (B) come on, as if you're not going to watch this film. It's looks effing awesome. Now let's go..."

It had seemed like such a good idea when they were joking about it back at the station...

It had seemed like such a good idea when they were joking about it back at the station...

"You agreed it sounded like a great idea back at the station, so we're doing this. Dressing up in Star Wars gear at a Star Trek premiere is either going to get a laugh or get you thrown out. Either way, it's not like I stand to lose anything"

"You agreed it sounded like a great idea back at the station, so we're doing this. Dressing up in Star Wars gear at a Star Trek premiere is either going to get a laugh or get you thrown out. Either way, it's not like I stand to lose anything"

Noel Clarke is both British and in this movie. That's all I've got for now. I'm craning my neck waiting for JJ Abrams or Alice Eve to show up.

Noel Clarke is both British and in this movie. That's all I've got for now. I'm craning my neck waiting for JJ Abrams or Alice Eve to show up.

Zoe Saldana, aka Uhura shows up, which is in no way a bad thing at all either.

Zoe Saldana, aka Uhura shows up, which is in no way a bad thing at all either.

Writer Damon Lindelof is/was one of three authors involved in this story. He was also involved in writing Lost, Prometheus and Cowboys and Aliens, so... toss a coin, really.

Writer Damon Lindelof is/was one of three authors involved in this story. He was also involved in writing Lost, Prometheus and Cowboys and Aliens, so... toss a coin, really.

"Ah, excellent. It's Damon Lindelof, everybody. And if I want to write a love letter to the girl I'm trying to woo that leaves her confused, dazed and disoriented and thus more susceptible to my charms, this is the man I can rely on for that. Am I right?"

"Ah, excellent. It's Damon Lindelof, everybody. And if I want to write a love letter to the girl I'm trying to woo that leaves her confused, dazed and disoriented and thus more susceptible to my charms, this is the man I can rely on for that. Am I right?"

These are two more writers. On the positive side of their ledger : Mission Impossible III, The Island and Star Trek (2009)... On the negative side : Transformers Revenge of the Fallen and Cowboys & Aliens. This movie has by far the most "toss a coin" writers ever assembled... and as a fan about the best I can say is that at least there's a fallback position for their weaknesses... (... maybe?)

These are two more writers. On the positive side of their ledger : Mission Impossible III, The Island and Star Trek (2009)... On the negative side : Transformers Revenge of the Fallen and Cowboys & Aliens. This movie has by far the most "toss a coin" writers ever assembled... and as a fan about the best I can say is that at least there's a fallback position for their weaknesses... (... maybe?)

Zachary Quinto, aka Spock, arrives and telepathically high-fives sections of the crowd. (I didn't know Vulcans could do that).

Zachary Quinto, aka Spock, arrives and telepathically high-fives sections of the crowd. (I didn't know Vulcans could do that).

Noel : "How would I impress a girl? Sharp suit and tie, that's pretty important. But it's all in the shoes if you ask me" Alex : "Damnit I'm wearing sneakers. Nike. Black" Noel : "Dude. Poor move" .... well, sh*t. (But I've got not one but TWO DSLRs on me... that's got to count for something, right? RIGHT??)

Noel : "How would I impress a girl? Sharp suit and tie, that's pretty important. But it's all in the shoes if you ask me"
Alex : "Damnit I'm wearing sneakers. Nike. Black"
Noel : "Dude. Poor move"
.... well, sh*t. (But I've got not one but TWO DSLRs on me... that's got to count for something, right? RIGHT??)

"I'm really only scared of crazed Benedict Cumberbatch fans, and boom mikes that extend too far behind me. Other than that, I'm pretty cool, man". Simon Pegg, aka Scotty, has arrived and is answering the really tricky questions.

"I'm really only scared of crazed Benedict Cumberbatch fans, and boom mikes that extend too far behind me. Other than that, I'm pretty cool, man". Simon Pegg, aka Scotty, has arrived and is answering the really tricky questions.

Alice Eve has arrived! And my camera shoots at 8 frames per second and has a 16GB card in play! So... Let's dance. (wait... did that come out creepy or vaguely cool. I can't really tell. I was going for cool).

Alice Eve has arrived! And my camera shoots at 8 frames per second and has a 16GB card in play! So... Let's dance. (wait... did that come out creepy or vaguely cool. I can't really tell. I was going for cool).

JJ Abrams has arrived. He's pretty awesome, actually, if I may be allowed to geek out a little....(you know, at a Star Trek premiere I queued four hours for). I'll try to keep the open weeping to a minimum, though, which is something that not every girl here can claim.

JJ Abrams has arrived. He's pretty awesome, actually, if I may be allowed to geek out a little....(you know, at a Star Trek premiere I queued four hours for). I'll try to keep the open weeping to a minimum, though, which is something that not every girl here can claim.

Benedict Cumberbatch arrives to the sound of a thousand urgently excitable female cheers, and promptly kisses Alice Eve. Well.... damnit. What the hell has he got that I don't? (Or more to the point, what other than two DSLRs and a website not run by my fans do I have that HE doesn't)

Benedict Cumberbatch arrives to the sound of a thousand urgently excitable female cheers, and promptly kisses Alice Eve. Well.... damnit. What the hell has he got that I don't? (Or more to the point, what other than two DSLRs and a website not run by my fans do I have that HE doesn't)

Benedict Cumberbatch then kisses Zachary Quinto and the randomness/ awesomeness quotient of this premiere just burst past the "Iron Man3" premiere from two weeks ago. And Robert Downey Jnr stole somebody's KID at that premiere.

Benedict Cumberbatch then kisses Zachary Quinto and the randomness/ awesomeness quotient of this premiere just burst past the "Iron Man3" premiere from two weeks ago. And Robert Downey Jnr stole somebody's KID at that premiere.

And now Chris Pine is hugging Zoe Saldana and it's got to be the most affectionate cast I've ever seen. I'm feeling lonely right now, unlike the security guy (?) at the back right of this photo. I'm not sure what kind of wager he's placed on various pairings among this cast...

And now Chris Pine is hugging Zoe Saldana and it's got to be the most affectionate cast I've ever seen. I'm feeling lonely right now, unlike the security guy (?) at the back right of this photo. I'm not sure what kind of wager he's placed on various pairings among this cast...

Four cast members. One thing everybody in the cast said when interviewed was how much they liked working with each other-- which I believe. Benedict Cumberbatch was probably blessing newborns and kissing the catering team on set just to keep morale super-high.

Four cast members. One thing everybody in the cast said when interviewed was how much they liked working with each other-- which I believe. Benedict Cumberbatch was probably blessing newborns and kissing the catering team on set just to keep morale super-high.

Chris Pine, aka Captain Kirk, acknowledges at least four of the five dollars he still owes me!

Chris Pine, aka Captain Kirk, acknowledges at least four of the five dollars he still owes me!

"Hey, is that UHURA and MCCOY fanfiction? I love it.. I'll take one". Karl Urban IS the great Dr McCoy.

"Hey, is that UHURA and MCCOY fanfiction? I love it.. I'll take one". Karl Urban IS the great Dr McCoy.

"Wait... is that an Uhura and McCoy fanfic? I'll... I'll take one also, please"

"Wait... is that an Uhura and McCoy fanfic? I'll... I'll take one also, please"

"How to impress a girl? I play an engineer. Wear a good digital wristwatch, I guess?" Well, great. Mine's analogue.

"How to impress a girl? I play an engineer. Wear a good digital wristwatch, I guess?" Well, great. Mine's analogue.

"Me? Well... flowers, I suppose"

"Me? Well... flowers, I suppose"

"...or Wrestling tickets. Wrestling tickets are good. Also ...sportscars."

"...or Wrestling tickets. Wrestling tickets are good. Also ...sportscars."

Me : I'm writing this down. This is good stuff.

Stephen Fry lends Class to all premieres, even ones where Benedict Cumberbatch is anointing future popes and absolving sins. They have GOT to get him out next week for Fast & Furious 6. (Fry, not Cumberbatch). (Or either, really) (Actually, I won't be in town for that one... so i don't fundamentally care)

Stephen Fry lends Class to all premieres, even ones where Benedict Cumberbatch is anointing future popes and absolving sins. They have GOT to get him out next week for Fast & Furious 6. (Fry, not Cumberbatch). (Or either, really) (Actually, I won't be in town for that one... so i don't fundamentally care)

"Of course you don't recognise me from DREDD. I was a CHIN for that whole movie!!!" (Wait... no love advice from Karl Urban?)

"Of course you don't recognise me from DREDD. I was a CHIN for that whole movie!!!" (Wait... no love advice from Karl Urban?)

"Hi, I'm Benedict Cumberbatch, and you might remember me from the screams of *"OMFG IT'S BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH!!"* you've been hearing for the past fifteen minutes. Sorry about that."

"Hi, I'm Benedict Cumberbatch, and you might remember me from the screams of *"OMFG IT'S BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH!!"* you've been hearing for the past fifteen minutes. Sorry about that."

"And this here beside me is my invisible friend... his name's Jerry. But I'm thinking of changing his name to Benedict. For obvious reasons"

"And this here beside me is my invisible friend... his name's Jerry. But I'm thinking of changing his name to Benedict. For obvious reasons"

Alex Zane : "Now watch this. I'm going to ask Alice Eve about dating advice, but everything will be phrased so it could also ambiguously be used to ASK HER OUT. It's genius" Alice Eve : "Not so much if the microphone is on, champ"

Alex Zane : "Now watch this. I'm going to ask Alice Eve about dating advice, but everything will be phrased so it could also ambiguously be used to ASK HER OUT. It's genius"
Alice Eve : "Not so much if the microphone is on, champ"

Alice Eve : "Wait...  did you just use the third past participle to ask me how I'd ask YOU out if I were *YOU*??" Alex Zane : "Maybe I did. And...?"

Alice Eve : "Wait...  did you just use the third past participle to ask me how I'd ask YOU out if I were *YOU*??"
Alex Zane : "Maybe I did. And...?"

Alice Eve : "But that doesn't even make any sense!" Alex Zane : "I agree. So let's discuss it over dinner?" Alice Eve : "...." OMG. I think that could work.

Alice Eve : "But that doesn't even make any sense!"
Alex Zane : "I agree. So let's discuss it over dinner?"
Alice Eve : "...."

OMG. I think that could work.

Alex Zane : "Okay, Alice. Now I want you to imagine you're on a beautiful beach..." Alice Eve : "And are there thousands of women screaming for Benedict Cumberbatch on that beach?" Alex Zane : "Probably"

Alex Zane : "Okay, Alice. Now I want you to imagine you're on a beautiful beach..."
Alice Eve : "And are there thousands of women screaming for Benedict Cumberbatch on that beach?"
Alex Zane : "Probably"

No, I will NOT stop posting Alice Eve photos. It's my website. YOU stop posting Alice Eve photos on YOUR website if you want to.

No, I will NOT stop posting Alice Eve photos. It's my website. YOU stop posting Alice Eve photos on YOUR website if you want to.

Fine. Just one more. Because we've made a connection and it's a world premiere and I'm not keeping to my general '30 photos per journal' limit if it's a world premiere. Or a movie with Alice Eve in it. Or Charlize Theron. Or Scarlett Johansson. Or...

Fine. Just one more. Because we've made a connection and it's a world premiere and I'm not keeping to my general '30 photos per journal' limit if it's a world premiere. Or a movie with Alice Eve in it. Or Charlize Theron. Or Scarlett Johansson. Or...

JJ Abrams approaches. And I might have added one or two lens flares into this photo artificially using photoshop.

JJ Abrams approaches. And I might have added one or two lens flares into this photo artificially using photoshop.

Or seven or eight or nine extra lens flares. But it's subtle. You can hardly tell.

Or seven or eight or nine extra lens flares. But it's subtle. You can hardly tell.

"Could somebody please turn down the... oh. Right. I see what you did there. Very clever". Lens flares, baby. JJ Abrams loves Lens Flares. And I love them enough that I'm up at 1am generating them in photoshop. Because I can't stop. Please help me....

"Could somebody please turn down the... oh. Right. I see what you did there. Very clever". Lens flares, baby. JJ Abrams loves Lens Flares. And I love them enough that I'm up at 1am generating them in photoshop. Because I can't stop. Please help me....

"Well, Alex. I think having a decent camera is one way to impress somebody" "What, like an iPhone??" "It depends on the instagram filter. Check this out : sepia!!"

"Well, Alex. I think having a decent camera is one way to impress somebody"
"What, like an iPhone??"
"It depends on the instagram filter. Check this out : sepia!!"

I'm not sure who this is, but it beats photographing the Boy Band from X-Factor who were up on stage about this time. I don't think they've been alive for any iteration of Star Trek except the prior JJ Abrams movie.

I'm not sure who this is, but it beats photographing the Boy Band from X-Factor who were up on stage about this time. I don't think they've been alive for any iteration of Star Trek except the prior JJ Abrams movie.

"In order to impress a girl, I really think you need to captain a starship" "Well, I drive a 1996 Nissan Pulsar automatic sedan. Is that good enough?" "Quite possibly" Coooooool.

"In order to impress a girl, I really think you need to captain a starship"
"Well, I drive a 1996 Nissan Pulsar automatic sedan. Is that good enough?"
"Quite possibly"

Coooooool.

"Or learn how to dance. That can work too". Eh... I think I'd rather captain a starship.

"Or learn how to dance. That can work too". Eh... I think I'd rather captain a starship.

"And FINALLY, Ladies and Gentlemen (and Ladies again)....he destroys parts of London in this film, which ordinarily should make us exceedingly wary of him... it's Benedict Cumberbatch!"

"And FINALLY, Ladies and Gentlemen (and Ladies again)....he destroys parts of London in this film, which ordinarily should make us exceedingly wary of him... it's Benedict Cumberbatch!"

"I find that threatening to blow up a woman's home planet usually gets results" "Well, sure. But what if your home planet is the same as hers?" "Yeah, that's a problem."

"I find that threatening to blow up a woman's home planet usually gets results"
"Well, sure. But what if your home planet is the same as hers?"
"Yeah, that's a problem."

"Alternatively, you could impress her by cooking a great pasta" "Do Supervillains tend to create great pasta?" "Their minions do, yes"

"Alternatively, you could impress her by cooking a great pasta"
"Do Supervillains tend to create great pasta?"
"Their minions do, yes"

"Wait... I'm WHO??" Totally spoiler-ific.

"Wait... I'm WHO??" Totally spoiler-ific.

"No, but seriously. Do that thing where you deduce things about me based on things even I don't know" "You're mistaking me for somebody else"

"No, but seriously. Do that thing where you deduce things about me based on things even I don't know"
"You're mistaking me for somebody else"

And finally, because even I'm running out of photos to post...

"How do I impress girls? Well, Alex. I tend to mention that I've saved two franchises and am attempting to save a third. Not so much to impress women, but to impress pretty much anybody" Yeah. Good point. Nobody can compete with that

"How do I impress girls? Well, Alex. I tend to mention that I've saved two franchises and am attempting to save a third. Not so much to impress women, but to impress pretty much anybody"
Yeah. Good point. Nobody can compete with that

"Also, needless to say and because somebody needs to say it : watch the film. It's pretty terrific."

"Also, needless to say and because somebody needs to say it : watch the film. It's pretty terrific."

I'm totally there. Overall, this premiere was pretty awesome. And it's very late and I'm very tired, too, but it's going straight into the "Archive of Movie premieres"  right next to its predecessor!

Until next time!

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