12 Feb - The Monuments Men premiere

So with less than a week to go til the BAFTAS I'm still trying to figure out the seemingly Sanskrit-based algorithm of the new Pentax K3's autofocus in order to determine whether it'll be a vote-of-no-confidence and a return to the more reliable and predictable algorithm of the PRIOR Pentax K5 for such an important event. I know that nobody from Pentax/Ricoh wants to respond to customers, but really -- why the hell would ANYBODY drop the AF-S and AF-C distinction in a an autofocus lever?

But I digress, because to many people George Clooney is more important than the number of Autofocus Lever positions on a minor DSLR brand. (I know, right?)

Here's how it went down

I wonder which London Premiere mishap made these Red Carpet markings necessary?

I wonder which London Premiere mishap made these Red Carpet markings necessary?

Of these guys on the poster, only Cate Blanchett didn't show up. And John Goodman was more cheerful. And Clooney didn't have a moustache. Plus the other poster featured Jean Dujardin, Hugh Bonneville.

Of these guys on the poster, only Cate Blanchett didn't show up. And John Goodman was more cheerful. And Clooney didn't have a moustache. Plus the other poster featured Jean Dujardin, Hugh Bonneville.

"What do you mean Dan Aykroyd, Rick Moranis and Harold Ramis aren't coming to this thing??"

"What do you mean Dan Aykroyd, Rick Moranis and Harold Ramis aren't coming to this thing??"

"Oceans Sixteen fanfic? Well... we still have to do two more but I'll take a look at it..." George Clooney has arrived and is wearing a scarf. Repeat : A SCARF.

"Oceans Sixteen fanfic? Well... we still have to do two more but I'll take a look at it..." George Clooney has arrived and is wearing a scarf. Repeat : A SCARF.

John Goodman is cheerful, and even more importantly for the range I'm shooting at... tall. I last photographed him at the premiere of Ben Affleck's Argo

John Goodman is cheerful, and even more importantly for the range I'm shooting at... tall. I last photographed him at the premiere of Ben Affleck's Argo

Bob Balaban (aka : who?) actually had a fairly major role in Steven Spielberg's "Close Encounters of the Third Kind", the IMDB informs me. He plays a character by the name of Preston Savitz in the film.

Bob Balaban (aka : who?) actually had a fairly major role in Steven Spielberg's "Close Encounters of the Third Kind", the IMDB informs me. He plays a character by the name of Preston Savitz in the film.

Two years ago at the BAFTAS, I took my only photo of Jean Dujardin side-on as he waltzed past me and ended up winning a BAFTA and Oscar for Best Actor for 'The Artist'. Fortunately, he still looks good in black'n'white a few years later..

Two years ago at the BAFTAS, I took my only photo of Jean Dujardin side-on as he waltzed past me and ended up winning a BAFTA and Oscar for Best Actor for 'The Artist'. Fortunately, he still looks good in black'n'white a few years later..

(True interview question and answer) Reporter : So why did you do this movie? Jean Dujardin : The money (laugh) He then elaborated upon working with Clooney and the like, but I like the shortened answer version.

(True interview question and answer)
Reporter : So why did you do this movie?
Jean Dujardin : The money (laugh)
He then elaborated upon working with Clooney and the like, but I like the shortened answer version.

Is about to explain to me how back when he owed me money, it was in Francs. The French, not Swiss type. Pretty sure it was US Dollars, though.

Is about to explain to me how back when he owed me money, it was in Francs. The French, not Swiss type. Pretty sure it was US Dollars, though.

Sam Epstein is one of the ACTUAL Monuments Men from World War II - his character was played by Dimitri Leonidas (whether he would have preferred to have been played by George Clooney - as we all would - was sadly not a question he was asked).

Sam Epstein is one of the ACTUAL Monuments Men from World War II - his character was played by Dimitri Leonidas (whether he would have preferred to have been played by George Clooney - as we all would - was sadly not a question he was asked).

"Lady, that's a really personal question, and ordinarily I'd be more than happy to answer it, but I can't help but feel I'm being watched..." John Goodman doesn't miss a thing. And was excellent in the all-to-easily-dismissed Wachowski Starship movie "Speed Racer" (2008)

"Lady, that's a really personal question, and ordinarily I'd be more than happy to answer it, but I can't help but feel I'm being watched..." John Goodman doesn't miss a thing. And was excellent in the all-to-easily-dismissed Wachowski Starship movie "Speed Racer" (2008)

"Wait.. that looks like the script of the movie I was in. And you even had the gall to keep the same title we worked with"

"Wait.. that looks like the script of the movie I was in. And you even had the gall to keep the same title we worked with"

Tweet your caption to @bermdt2_photo . There are no prizes. Well... universal regard, or the closest to it I can promise and actually deliver. (I have, like 2 followers) (but we're angry enough to behave like there's about 40 of us)

Tweet your caption to @bermdt2_photo . There are no prizes. Well... universal regard, or the closest to it I can promise and actually deliver. (I have, like 2 followers) (but we're angry enough to behave like there's about 40 of us)

British actor Hugh Bonneville is in Downton Abbey, apparently, and this may or may not bestow upon him 'National Treasure' status. I merely observe that his suit style and expression is similar to that of Will Ferrell at the Anchorman2 premiere

British actor Hugh Bonneville is in Downton Abbey, apparently, and this may or may not bestow upon him 'National Treasure' status. I merely observe that his suit style and expression is similar to that of Will Ferrell at the Anchorman2 premiere

Loves Downton Abbey and won't stand to have an unkind thing said about it.

Loves Downton Abbey and won't stand to have an unkind thing said about it.

"Red Nokia Lumia? How bourgeous... oh, it's *pink*? Well.. as long as you're using it ironically"

"Red Nokia Lumia? How bourgeous... oh, it's *pink*? Well.. as long as you're using it ironically"

"You say you're my biggest fan? But how can that be - there was a girl back there who said the same thing and you can't BOTH be right? Maybe one of you could date Matt Damon, though?"

"You say you're my biggest fan? But how can that be - there was a girl back there who said the same thing and you can't BOTH be right? Maybe one of you could date Matt Damon, though?"

George Clooney departs the stage, to the sound of whoops, cheers, applause and the odd wedding proposal.

George Clooney departs the stage, to the sound of whoops, cheers, applause and the odd wedding proposal.

"Take that scarf off, Larry, or get away from me. You're making me look bad."

"Take that scarf off, Larry, or get away from me. You're making me look bad."

I don't care what his official filmography says, Matt Damon is best known for being in Team America World Police. For which he didn't receive an Oscar (that was Goodwill Hunting, and it was for the screenplay)

I don't care what his official filmography says, Matt Damon is best known for being in Team America World Police. For which he didn't receive an Oscar (that was Goodwill Hunting, and it was for the screenplay)

"Don't be alarmed, viewers. Matt Damon isn't literally staring into your soul, he's actually just looking at the camera"

"Don't be alarmed, viewers. Matt Damon isn't literally staring into your soul, he's actually just looking at the camera"

He also forgot to bring the five dollars he owes me.

He also forgot to bring the five dollars he owes me.

"Good news : according to IMDB, you're better known for being in Groundhog Day and Lost in Translation than Ghostbusters, and Ghostbusters II isn't in your top four!" I loved Lost in Translation, and maintain if you don't then you Don't Have A Soul. I also say that about the Hugh Jackman boxing robots movie Real Steel, though..

"Good news : according to IMDB, you're better known for being in Groundhog Day and Lost in Translation than Ghostbusters, and Ghostbusters II isn't in your top four!" I loved Lost in Translation, and maintain if you don't then you Don't Have A Soul. I also say that about the Hugh Jackman boxing robots movie Real Steel, though..

"Mr Murray, I just asked what Matt Damon was like to work with : I had no idea it would require this much thought!"

"Mr Murray, I just asked what Matt Damon was like to work with : I had no idea it would require this much thought!"

"Anyway, if you haven't already bought a bowler hat and a maroon/brown suit for London Fashion Week, you'll feel really foolish come Friday when it starts" Gosh darnit. And here I am with the same beanie/jacket combo I've been rocking since 2011.

"Anyway, if you haven't already bought a bowler hat and a maroon/brown suit for London Fashion Week, you'll feel really foolish come Friday when it starts" Gosh darnit. And here I am with the same beanie/jacket combo I've been rocking since 2011.

Dimitri Leonidas sounds like any one of three or four simultaneous characters from Zack Snyder's "300", but apparently he was in "Tormented" which (a) remains mysteriously one of my most viewed-ever premiere journals for no reason I can discern (b) is a movie I literally watched for the first time on the weekend. It was good... for the first third. Worse for the second third. And finally, even worse in the final third. Still.. I got a free t-shirt at the premiere, and I can't fault that.

Dimitri Leonidas sounds like any one of three or four simultaneous characters from Zack Snyder's "300", but apparently he was in "Tormented" which (a) remains mysteriously one of my most viewed-ever premiere journals for no reason I can discern (b) is a movie I literally watched for the first time on the weekend. It was good... for the first third. Worse for the second third. And finally, even worse in the final third. Still.. I got a free t-shirt at the premiere, and I can't fault that.

"I don't have time to draw you a complete schematic to the vault room, but this should give you enough to work from. NO, I CAN'T SIGN IT!" That would lead the police straight to him, fool.

"I don't have time to draw you a complete schematic to the vault room, but this should give you enough to work from. NO, I CAN'T SIGN IT!" That would lead the police straight to him, fool.

I noticed that all the cast had arranged themselves indoors inside and I decided to set the camera to blind rapid-fire hoping to pick up an errant paparazzi flash. As a strategy, it's little different to sending a bathysphere into the deepest depths of the ocean and pointing a camera out of one porthole hoping some heretofore undiscovered creature happens to be swimming past. Still.. it works.

I noticed that all the cast had arranged themselves indoors inside and I decided to set the camera to blind rapid-fire hoping to pick up an errant paparazzi flash. As a strategy, it's little different to sending a bathysphere into the deepest depths of the ocean and pointing a camera out of one porthole hoping some heretofore undiscovered creature happens to be swimming past. Still.. it works.

One more random shot.

One more random shot.

So... that was quite fun. There's another premiere this Thursday but there's also apparently a Tube Strike, so I might not be able to make it. Next up... the BAFTAS. Stand by for weeping, whining or triumph from this desk. I'll let you know once I know.

And it's another one for the Archive of Movie Premieres

Until next time!

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