11 Dec 2013 - The 'Anchorman 2' Premiere

December 11th, 2013.

And so for the last time this year I'm at Leicester Square for a premiere, and this one is rather unusual : I haven't photographed a SINGLE person from this film before, and not because it's some strange Uzbekhi Action Sci-Fi Romance, either! (Slight correction : I realise now I once actually photographed Will Ferrell side-on outside a radio station. He was wearing sunglasses. True story.)

So with relatively high stakes to go with relatively low temperatures, here's how it went down:


It's a giant TV Screen! And a premiere! And I don't even care that I didn't really think the first one was quite as good as everybody kept raving - I saw it last year well after the hype-period had passed.

It's a giant TV Screen! And a premiere! And I don't even care that I didn't really think the first one was quite as good as everybody kept raving - I saw it last year well after the hype-period had passed.

Why is it that impossibly pretty ladies who are having trouble with their DSLRs that I might be able to help them with are always based in other cities... or standing behind impenetrable low metal barriers? Bah... the universe hates me.

Why is it that impossibly pretty ladies who are having trouble with their DSLRs that I might be able to help them with are always based in other cities... or standing behind impenetrable low metal barriers? Bah... the universe hates me.

Our first arrival had nothing to do with the film, but James Corden is pretty cool. Meanwhile : shock revelation : my Pentax's battery had about 10 shots in it as I hadn't changed battery since the prior premiere or the one before that. What about the spare? I hear you ask. Umm... it's been so long since it had been recharged that it had fully discharged in the meantime. What about the SPARE spare? I hear you ask. Apparently also down to about 10-15 shots. Farq. I used to be so cool. Don't look at me, pretty DSLR lady...

Our first arrival had nothing to do with the film, but James Corden is pretty cool. Meanwhile : shock revelation : my Pentax's battery had about 10 shots in it as I hadn't changed battery since the prior premiere or the one before that. What about the spare? I hear you ask. Umm... it's been so long since it had been recharged that it had fully discharged in the meantime. What about the SPARE spare? I hear you ask. Apparently also down to about 10-15 shots. Farq. I used to be so cool. Don't look at me, pretty DSLR lady...

"If I could distract you all from the mayhem on the screen behind you and the pretty ladies struggling with their DSLRs wishing a knowledgeable guy could help them for a moment, my name is Alex Zane and I'll be your host tonight. That is all. You may keep watching the trailer and listening to songs from the soundtrack for another 45minutes" Well.. it passed the time.

"If I could distract you all from the mayhem on the screen behind you and the pretty ladies struggling with their DSLRs wishing a knowledgeable guy could help them for a moment, my name is Alex Zane and I'll be your host tonight. That is all. You may keep watching the trailer and listening to songs from the soundtrack for another 45minutes" Well.. it passed the time.

Random arrival : former England Football captain Gary Linnecker. Or, as the lady behind me explained "He's that guy from that grocery commercial". Harvey Dent was right : you either die a hero, or live long enough to see yourself become the villain.

Random arrival : former England Football captain Gary Linnecker. Or, as the lady behind me explained "He's that guy from that grocery commercial". Harvey Dent was right : you either die a hero, or live long enough to see yourself become the villain.

Christina Applegate was in 258 episodes of "Married With Children" from 1987 to 1997, but also 42 episodes of something called "Jesse", 35 episodes of something called "Samantha Who?" and yet another 35 episodes of something called "Up All Night". Plus two episodes of 'Friends'. Giving her a box set of Friends DVDs to sign probably improves her day no end.

Christina Applegate was in 258 episodes of "Married With Children" from 1987 to 1997, but also 42 episodes of something called "Jesse", 35 episodes of something called "Samantha Who?" and yet another 35 episodes of something called "Up All Night". Plus two episodes of 'Friends'. Giving her a box set of Friends DVDs to sign probably improves her day no end.

"Her holiday photos are still loading so I'm happy to wave for now"

"Her holiday photos are still loading so I'm happy to wave for now"

"What's it like being a woman? Are you sure you've read the whole question on that piece of paper you're holding? If so, then let's talk about wearing thin dresses at events like this while you guys are wearing layers upon layers" It was about 4 or 5 degrees celsius. I was wearing layers upon layers.

"What's it like being a woman? Are you sure you've read the whole question on that piece of paper you're holding? If so, then let's talk about wearing thin dresses at events like this while you guys are wearing layers upon layers" It was about 4 or 5 degrees celsius. I was wearing layers upon layers.

That said, check out the lacework on this dress. Only David Koechler's shirt and tie match it for amazingness, and his wasn't done by genius silkworms working from schematics out of Swiss watchmakers' diagrams. My beanie is generic black thinsulate material.

That said, check out the lacework on this dress. Only David Koechler's shirt and tie match it for amazingness, and his wasn't done by genius silkworms working from schematics out of Swiss watchmakers' diagrams. My beanie is generic black thinsulate material.

"We don't want you to sign anything, just endorse our youtube channels!!" Pretty much everyone seems to be shooting videos these days. Except for the person holding the SLR - they're shooting with the onboard flash, so good luck with that if you're trying to photograph Steve Carrell who is about twenty meters away with his back turned.

"We don't want you to sign anything, just endorse our youtube channels!!" Pretty much everyone seems to be shooting videos these days. Except for the person holding the SLR - they're shooting with the onboard flash, so good luck with that if you're trying to photograph Steve Carrell who is about twenty meters away with his back turned.

David Koechner hits our pen and signs autographs or marks exam papers or witnesses legal documents or plays fruit ninja on somebody's mobile phone. I can't see from where I'm standing but I'm sure it's something socially acceptable.

David Koechner hits our pen and signs autographs or marks exam papers or witnesses legal documents or plays fruit ninja on somebody's mobile phone. I can't see from where I'm standing but I'm sure it's something socially acceptable.

"You're telling me it's cold? Believe me, I KNOW IT'S FRIKKIN COLD" yeah.. probably about 5 degrees. I was wearing layers. Meagan Good is in this film, and was also in the Early Joseph-Gordon-Levitt film 'Brick' which was actually quite good for a noir/school/detective story.

"You're telling me it's cold? Believe me, I KNOW IT'S FRIKKIN COLD" yeah.. probably about 5 degrees. I was wearing layers. Meagan Good is in this film, and was also in the Early Joseph-Gordon-Levitt film 'Brick' which was actually quite good for a noir/school/detective story.

"I'm not saying Will Ferrell doesn't have a great singing voice, I'm just saying I can hit those Mariah Carey HIGH notes and he -usually- can't"

"I'm not saying Will Ferrell doesn't have a great singing voice, I'm just saying I can hit those Mariah Carey HIGH notes and he -usually- can't"

I was all set to say I have no idea who James Marsden is, but he was Cyclops in the Bryan Singer XMen movies, and also had a small role in "Robot & Frank", a movie I quite liked. That's all I've got - he walked past and waved. I couldn't tell if he had any *actual* mutant powers or anything.

I was all set to say I have no idea who James Marsden is, but he was Cyclops in the Bryan Singer XMen movies, and also had a small role in "Robot & Frank", a movie I quite liked. That's all I've got - he walked past and waved. I couldn't tell if he had any *actual* mutant powers or anything.

"Your hat with the ears has charm, but the guy with the Santa hat REALLY put in some effort, so I'm not signing that. You can have a high-five though?" Judd Apatow has arrived.

"Your hat with the ears has charm, but the guy with the Santa hat REALLY put in some effort, so I'm not signing that. You can have a high-five though?" Judd Apatow has arrived.

Judd Apatow is one of six producers of this film, and a director in his own right, having also directed The 40year Old Virgin, This is 40, and Knocked Up. He was also 'Barry the Elephant' in Zookeper (2011).

Judd Apatow is one of six producers of this film, and a director in his own right, having also directed The 40year Old Virgin, This is 40, and Knocked Up. He was also 'Barry the Elephant' in Zookeper (2011).

"We love making these movies and we're going to keep making them. Consider this our promise to you our fans, or our threat to you and your family. Quiver or Rejoice, people!!" Adam McKay directed the prior Anchorman, and also Stepbrothers and The Other Guys, both of which starred Will Ferrell. Outside money says he may actually BE Will Ferrell.

"We love making these movies and we're going to keep making them. Consider this our promise to you our fans, or our threat to you and your family. Quiver or Rejoice, people!!" Adam McKay directed the prior Anchorman, and also Stepbrothers and The Other Guys, both of which starred Will Ferrell. Outside money says he may actually BE Will Ferrell.

"OMG this is the greatest Twilight Fanfic EVER!! Too bad its like totally over and forgotten, I guess.... but email it to me!" Paul Rudd is best known (perhaps) for comedies, but I do want to give him credit for his role in 'The Perks of Being A Wallflower', which despite (or perhaps because of) not being at all in the demographic target market for I really like. As for Twilight... that's different. Just because I read the books doesn't mean I liked them.

"OMG this is the greatest Twilight Fanfic EVER!! Too bad its like totally over and forgotten, I guess.... but email it to me!" Paul Rudd is best known (perhaps) for comedies, but I do want to give him credit for his role in 'The Perks of Being A Wallflower', which despite (or perhaps because of) not being at all in the demographic target market for I really like. As for Twilight... that's different. Just because I read the books doesn't mean I liked them.

"Seriously, email me. In fact, here's my home address : mail it to me. If you can't get me, here's my agent's address, and this is Will Ferrells. He does't like Twilight and it'll piss him off so send it to him too"

"Seriously, email me. In fact, here's my home address : mail it to me. If you can't get me, here's my agent's address, and this is Will Ferrells. He does't like Twilight and it'll piss him off so send it to him too"

"I just want to stop you for a moment, Alex. I think Paul Rudd just stole that guy's wallet. It's exactly the kind of thing he'll try. Except for legal reasons, I didn't just say that so let's keep talking about the movie"

"I just want to stop you for a moment, Alex. I think Paul Rudd just stole that guy's wallet. It's exactly the kind of thing he'll try. Except for legal reasons, I didn't just say that so let's keep talking about the movie"

"Four hundred dollars for the shirt and tie. Right now. It's hypnotic and I can't stand looking at it and now owning it"

"Four hundred dollars for the shirt and tie. Right now. It's hypnotic and I can't stand looking at it and now owning it"

"Male baldness is sexy, ladies. I SAID SEXY!! And now I'm saying it again, more reasonable-like" David Koechner's argument is cogent, convincing and in English.

"Male baldness is sexy, ladies. I SAID SEXY!! And now I'm saying it again, more reasonable-like" David Koechner's argument is cogent, convincing and in English.

Steve Carell is pretty excellent. That is all.

Steve Carell is pretty excellent. That is all.

"You want me to sign it with my left hand because Steve Carrell signed it with his right and.... okay, alternatively why don't I just deputise you to sign it on my behalf?"

"You want me to sign it with my left hand because Steve Carrell signed it with his right and.... okay, alternatively why don't I just deputise you to sign it on my behalf?"

"OMG IT'S ME!!!!!" I want to start the rumour that Steve Carrell chatted to autograph dealers, found out how much his autograph was worth, and signed a few pictures out to himself and offered them for sale to fans.

"OMG IT'S ME!!!!!" I want to start the rumour that Steve Carrell chatted to autograph dealers, found out how much his autograph was worth, and signed a few pictures out to himself and offered them for sale to fans.

"The optimum number of spoons of milo for a large cup? I say six, Alex. Stir once you've added an inch of boiling water, and keep stirring as you add more. Are we going to talk about the movie at all? Because we don't have to, you know"

"The optimum number of spoons of milo for a large cup? I say six, Alex. Stir once you've added an inch of boiling water, and keep stirring as you add more. Are we going to talk about the movie at all? Because we don't have to, you know"

"I'm not usually asked to comment on Nobel Laureates, but I had good money on Higgs, and he won along with Englert, so that was good. It'll keep the debt collectors at bay for a few more weeks. Stop betting on horses and bet on science instead, people"

"I'm not usually asked to comment on Nobel Laureates, but I had good money on Higgs, and he won along with Englert, so that was good. It'll keep the debt collectors at bay for a few more weeks. Stop betting on horses and bet on science instead, people"

"There are poor people over there and they want me to give them money? Well how can I avoid having to do that?"

"There are poor people over there and they want me to give them money? Well how can I avoid having to do that?"

"That man over there is going to see a Disney film and he's not taking any kids. He must be stopped, Alex" I've heard great things about Disney's "Frozen" but I haven't seen it yet.

"That man over there is going to see a Disney film and he's not taking any kids. He must be stopped, Alex" I've heard great things about Disney's "Frozen" but I haven't seen it yet.

"We got him to watch 'Gravity' instead. He'll thank us later, it's a wonderful film" It is pretty excellent, actually.

"We got him to watch 'Gravity' instead. He'll thank us later, it's a wonderful film" It is pretty excellent, actually.

Must..... kill.... the.... Micronesian.... Prime Mandrake..... (next time I hear Frankie Goes To Hollywood) (Must watch Zoolander again)

Must..... kill.... the.... Micronesian.... Prime Mandrake..... (next time I hear Frankie Goes To Hollywood) (Must watch Zoolander again)

So... that was a fun way to round out the year. Time to head home, heat up some leftovers and... wait... honestly? Phone call with the USA on the Infrastructure-As-A-Service Cloud Market Price Model? My life is so rock'n'roll. But call me if you need with you DSLRs, ladies.. (that might have come out creepier than I wanted to, but it's the redbubble default font)

Until next time, when hopefully in 2014 I can add more items into the ever-growing "Archive of Movie Premieres"

The last couple of large ones included:
Mandela - The Long Walk to Freedom Royal Premiere - Elba! Harris! Kate and William!
Hunger Games Catching Fire - Lawrence! Hemsworth! Hutcherson! Banks! Sutherland!
Thor - The Dark World - Hemsworth! Hiddleston! Portman! Whedon! Dennings!
Twelve Years A Slave - McQueen! Ejiofor!

Until Next Year!


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