Alex Zane

11 Apr - The Amazing Spider-Man 2 premiere

After three  premieres in three days last week, this week I have to make do with just one. On the plus side, it's a World Premiere for the new Spider-Man movie. And after arriving somewhat late I luckily was able to talk my way into the main pen to a spot in the third row next to the main stage. With the lovely Emma Stone set to be in attendance, and a huge heaving crowd already there, I had low expectations but high hopes.

Here's how it went down.

My spot isn't actually all that bad, and Sony have certainly spent pretty big on this particular premiere, from the custom carpet to the three-axis premiere setup that stretches to a cinema on the other side of the 'Square.

My spot isn't actually all that bad, and Sony have certainly spent pretty big on this particular premiere, from the custom carpet to the three-axis premiere setup that stretches to a cinema on the other side of the 'Square.

"Threaten the city with destruction or update Twitter? Why do I always have to make these compromises??".

"Threaten the city with destruction or update Twitter? Why do I always have to make these compromises??".

"When's Batman going to be here?"  Sadly, there's still about an hour and a half to go before this premiere gets going. And we still have to have a costume competition and a rap battle. AND I have to do a danger assessment on which of the girls around me would cheerfully knife anyone getting between them and an Andrew Garfield autograph.

"When's Batman going to be here?" Sadly, there's still about an hour and a half to go before this premiere gets going. And we still have to have a costume competition and a rap battle. AND I have to do a danger assessment on which of the girls around me would cheerfully knife anyone getting between them and an Andrew Garfield autograph.

"Dont be concerned about your lack of height in this competition. Haven't you been watching Game of Thrones?"  Tyrion Lannister does totally rock. But this was, like, really a four year old kid, I think.

"Dont be concerned about your lack of height in this competition. Haven't you been watching Game of Thrones?" Tyrion Lannister does totally rock. But this was, like, really a four year old kid, I think.

We're underway and our first arrival is Spider-Man himself, Andrew Garfield, half an hour early to start signing in all three axes of this premiere's layout. The bus didn't linger.

We're underway and our first arrival is Spider-Man himself, Andrew Garfield, half an hour early to start signing in all three axes of this premiere's layout. The bus didn't linger.

Did I mention they also had free facepainting, toy and merchandise giveaways, and the distribution of Spider-Man themed 3D glasses? They certainly didn't have that at Steven Spielberg's War Horse back in 2011, that's for sure.

Did I mention they also had free facepainting, toy and merchandise giveaways, and the distribution of Spider-Man themed 3D glasses? They certainly didn't have that at Steven Spielberg's War Horse back in 2011, that's for sure.

"Kitchen Sink? We're keeping that under wraps"   Matthew Tolmach is one of the four (five?) producers of this film... which might sound like a lot, but there are at least that many people with writing credits, too. _Kitchen Sink_ is a movie he's producing that is currently in post-production.

"Kitchen Sink? We're keeping that under wraps"

Matthew Tolmach is one of the four (five?) producers of this film... which might sound like a lot, but there are at least that many people with writing credits, too. _Kitchen Sink_ is a movie he's producing that is currently in post-production.

"Kitchen Sink's gonna blow your mind"  I just checked on imdb and read the synopsis. It kind of might.

"Kitchen Sink's gonna blow your mind" I just checked on imdb and read the synopsis. It kind of might.

Avi Arad is one of four (five?) producers of this film - but he's particularly noteworthy as he's produced Marvel movies from all three major studios to own portions of the movie rights. X-Men with Fox, Spider-Man with Sony, and Iron Man with Paramount. That's kind of like fighting with complete loyalty on three different sides of a war.

Avi Arad is one of four (five?) producers of this film - but he's particularly noteworthy as he's produced Marvel movies from all three major studios to own portions of the movie rights. X-Men with Fox, Spider-Man with Sony, and Iron Man with Paramount. That's kind of like fighting with complete loyalty on three different sides of a war.

"Let's have a moment of silence for Tobey Maguire. He was a good soldier"  and a semi-decent Spider-Man in a prior iteration. Still, if Sony wants to keep hold of the rights they'll have to keep making movie which means everybody on the planet will possibly eventually get to play Spider-Man. Like, even Avi Arad.

"Let's have a moment of silence for Tobey Maguire. He was a good soldier" and a semi-decent Spider-Man in a prior iteration. Still, if Sony wants to keep hold of the rights they'll have to keep making movie which means everybody on the planet will possibly eventually get to play Spider-Man. Like, even Avi Arad.

Marc Webb also directed the prior Amazing Spider-Man movie which in my opinion was approximately 'adequate' on a scale of 1-10 (I was at the end of a lengthy 24hour dual sting plane trip to the UK so that might have been a factor outside of his control), as well as directing Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel in "500 Days of Summer" which I really liked. The tie he's wearing is nicely understated, too.

Marc Webb also directed the prior Amazing Spider-Man movie which in my opinion was approximately 'adequate' on a scale of 1-10 (I was at the end of a lengthy 24hour dual sting plane trip to the UK so that might have been a factor outside of his control), as well as directing Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel in "500 Days of Summer" which I really liked. The tie he's wearing is nicely understated, too.

I'd like to think my guarded approval of his tie was what meant the most to him.

I'd like to think my guarded approval of his tie was what meant the most to him.

"I only picked it up about twenty minutes ago. I don't know why everyone's making such a big deal about it"  It's summer. I'm not even wearing a beanie to premieres at this stage.

"I only picked it up about twenty minutes ago. I don't know why everyone's making such a big deal about it" It's summer. I'm not even wearing a beanie to premieres at this stage.

Dane DeHaan was great in the movie 'Chronicle' which I didn't like as much as I would have because, as I'll tell anyone who plies me with a couple of drinks and asks me to elaborate, I wrote a NaNoWriMo story that had the same premise as that film (except it would have required a James Camerom sized budget to realise and might actually have been more economical to build a whole city to destroy than model it in CGI). Never mind...

Dane DeHaan was great in the movie 'Chronicle' which I didn't like as much as I would have because, as I'll tell anyone who plies me with a couple of drinks and asks me to elaborate, I wrote a NaNoWriMo story that had the same premise as that film (except it would have required a James Camerom sized budget to realise and might actually have been more economical to build a whole city to destroy than model it in CGI). Never mind...

"Dane DeHaan is going tie-less at this premiere. Can we get Jamie Foxx to come over to our side and make director Marc Webb feel totally over-dressed?" .

"Dane DeHaan is going tie-less at this premiere. Can we get Jamie Foxx to come over to our side and make director Marc Webb feel totally over-dressed?".

Jamie Foxx evaluates his loyalties.

Jamie Foxx evaluates his loyalties.

People raising hands to ask questions. How quaint? (At this premiere they had bonus-type questions submitted by readers on Facebook)

People raising hands to ask questions. How quaint? (At this premiere they had bonus-type questions submitted by readers on Facebook)

"You honestly think Disney is going to get the rights to Spider-Man back, like, EVER??"  There are ways it could be done. Probably not legally, but there are ways...

"You honestly think Disney is going to get the rights to Spider-Man back, like, EVER??" There are ways it could be done. Probably not legally, but there are ways...

Jamie Foxx won a Best Actor Oscar for Ray in 2005, and has been Nominated for three Grammy Awards. As for Nobel Prizes for Physics? He and I have an equal number of nominations for those.

Jamie Foxx won a Best Actor Oscar for Ray in 2005, and has been Nominated for three Grammy Awards. As for Nobel Prizes for Physics? He and I have an equal number of nominations for those.

"Hey I know that guy - like me he hasn't won a Nobel Prize for Physics!!"  I just hope he remembers the five dollars he still owes me.

"Hey I know that guy - like me he hasn't won a Nobel Prize for Physics!!" I just hope he remembers the five dollars he still owes me.

"I liked it how at the Iron Man 3 premiere Robert Downey Jnr just kidnapped a kid and took him on stage, so I'm going to do the same. Except I'm not going to ransom him or anything. I'm just going to keep him"  I suppose I'd probably be best off not getting sued by Sony or Jamie Foxx's people, so I'll concede that he was the son of the guy who designed the suit Jamie Foxx was wearing.

"I liked it how at the Iron Man 3 premiere Robert Downey Jnr just kidnapped a kid and took him on stage, so I'm going to do the same. Except I'm not going to ransom him or anything. I'm just going to keep him" I suppose I'd probably be best off not getting sued by Sony or Jamie Foxx's people, so I'll concede that he was the son of the guy who designed the suit Jamie Foxx was wearing.

It's Emma Stone, which means over and above the director, actors, rap and dance music pumping at volumes sufficient to confuse migratory birds, heaving crowds, intermittent warm sunshine and general okay-ness, this premiere just got even better!

It's Emma Stone, which means over and above the director, actors, rap and dance music pumping at volumes sufficient to confuse migratory birds, heaving crowds, intermittent warm sunshine and general okay-ness, this premiere just got even better!

Emma Stone was great in the prior Amazing Spider-Man movie, where I'm not sure her miniskirt labcoat either advanced or set back gender equality in the sciences as such...

Emma Stone was great in the prior Amazing Spider-Man movie, where I'm not sure her miniskirt labcoat either advanced or set back gender equality in the sciences as such...

"That labcoat had no safety use whatsoever, but as I like to say: if you're careful enough you also don't need to wear a bib and napkin when eating"  Hydrochloric Acid generally wipes off quite easily, too, I hear.

"That labcoat had no safety use whatsoever, but as I like to say: if you're careful enough you also don't need to wear a bib and napkin when eating" Hydrochloric Acid generally wipes off quite easily, too, I hear.

"You say the nicest things. Besides, that labcoat served its purpose : it made you think about safety"

"You say the nicest things. Besides, that labcoat served its purpose : it made you think about safety"

"I'm not sure which of the questions I asked that you're responding to, but please feel free to elaborate as much as you feel is necessary. I feel a lot is necessary"

"I'm not sure which of the questions I asked that you're responding to, but please feel free to elaborate as much as you feel is necessary. I feel a lot is necessary"

"Yes, I've seen the trailer for that movie. Also, I'm in it"  Emma Stone has won the same number of Grammies and Nobel Prizes that I have, but we both have one less Oscar than Jamie Foxx. We have so much in common it's got to mean something.

"Yes, I've seen the trailer for that movie. Also, I'm in it" Emma Stone has won the same number of Grammies and Nobel Prizes that I have, but we both have one less Oscar than Jamie Foxx. We have so much in common it's got to mean something.

"My favourite superhero? You're trying to trick me into mistakenly mentioning one that Sony doesn't own the rights to, aren't you?".  I say Condor-Man. I think there was a movie, once.

"My favourite superhero? You're trying to trick me into mistakenly mentioning one that Sony doesn't own the rights to, aren't you?". I say Condor-Man. I think there was a movie, once.

I will eventually stop posting one long sequence of Emma Stone photgraphs from this premiere. But not yet.

I will eventually stop posting one long sequence of Emma Stone photgraphs from this premiere. But not yet.

Andrew Garfield was previously in the prior Spider-Man movie, as well as "An Education", "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" and he may or may not also know kung fu.

Andrew Garfield was previously in the prior Spider-Man movie, as well as "An Education", "The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus" and he may or may not also know kung fu.

... And how to convert a try in Rugby League.

... And how to convert a try in Rugby League.

"I hope the Australian government doesn't actually allow stripmining of the Great Barrier Reef or authorise its use as a nuclear waste dumping ground. Oh, and I hope that the School of English to my left finds its missing letter 'H' "  I say grab it from the word 'English' and confuse the hell out of people.

"I hope the Australian government doesn't actually allow stripmining of the Great Barrier Reef or authorise its use as a nuclear waste dumping ground. Oh, and I hope that the School of English to my left finds its missing letter 'H' " I say grab it from the word 'English' and confuse the hell out of people.

"Peace out, guys. I was not only paid to be in this movie, but I've got a free ticket to see this movie as well. That said, I hope I've inspired you to pay to see it."  Well... surely nobody wants to see Disney owning   Everything  , so perhaps there's a reason to wish this movie well.

"Peace out, guys. I was not only paid to be in this movie, but I've got a free ticket to see this movie as well. That said, I hope I've inspired you to pay to see it." Well... surely nobody wants to see Disney owning Everything, so perhaps there's a reason to wish this movie well.

"You there! What rhymes with 'put your hands up in the air'??"  I believe that since 1994, the answer has been 'wave them around like you just don't care'.... Jamie Foxx has taken to the balcony to spin diskz with DJ Whatsisname up in the Hizzle.

"You there! What rhymes with 'put your hands up in the air'??"
I believe that since 1994, the answer has been 'wave them around like you just don't care'.... Jamie Foxx has taken to the balcony to spin diskz with DJ Whatsisname up in the Hizzle.

"That's not the new song from Skrillex, it's just static from the feedback, and some roadworks on the other side of Leicester Square"

"That's not the new song from Skrillex, it's just static from the feedback, and some roadworks on the other side of Leicester Square"

Oh, cruel fates. It seems Emma Stone can take better photos of herself on an iPad than I can of her using a top-end DSLR.

Oh, cruel fates. It seems Emma Stone can take better photos of herself on an iPad than I can of her using a top-end DSLR.

Needless to say I will not be traveling home by Silver Merc or in the company of Emma Stone. When traveling to my abode, I choose to spend eighty pounds per week for First Capital Connect services that are typically running fifteen minutes late. They don't even bother apologising or providing reasons anymore. (Sorry.. we were talking about Emma Stone?) (she's pretty awesome)

Needless to say I will not be traveling home by Silver Merc or in the company of Emma Stone. When traveling to my abode, I choose to spend eighty pounds per week for First Capital Connect services that are typically running fifteen minutes late. They don't even bother apologising or providing reasons anymore. (Sorry.. we were talking about Emma Stone?) (she's pretty awesome)

"Flat Whites? At Starbucks? Since when?"  Excitingly (?), they've already announced a FOURTH Amazing Spider-Man, even though the second one has yet to be released.  I guess it's true of movie franchises like it is of attracting women : confidence counts for a lot..

"Flat Whites? At Starbucks? Since when?" Excitingly (?), they've already announced a FOURTH Amazing Spider-Man, even though the second one has yet to be released.

I guess it's true of movie franchises like it is of attracting women : confidence counts for a lot..

So that was rather exciting, I felt. I got home rather late..... but I also got photos of Emma Stone. And on most days, that's a trade I'm confidently happy to make.

Until next time, it's another one for The Archive of Movie Premieres

Which includes The Previous Amazing Spiderman premiere

Until next time!

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31 Mar - Noah premiere

Was it really only yesterday that I braved the screams, tears and franchise-liciousness of the Divergent Premiere? Apparently it was. And yet, here I was just one day later, for a premiere arguably even bigger (given the author whose works it was adapted from) : that of director Darren Aronofsky's "NOAH".

Here's how it went down.

Okay, I'll admit - this is one of the coolest 'not red' carpets they've ever had for a premiere : a FLOODED carpet and ark. Either that, or I really need to be getting out of here because I don't think even my Pentax is waterproof enough to survive Biblical deluges.

Okay, I'll admit - this is one of the coolest 'not red' carpets they've ever had for a premiere : a FLOODED carpet and ark. Either that, or I really need to be getting out of here because I don't think even my Pentax is waterproof enough to survive Biblical deluges.

That really is a great carpet. And fake rock. But I can admire it (and the 18 year old rapper with his underpants riding high) for only so long. For me this premiere came down to just one person set to attend: Jennifer Connelly. In the four(ish) years I've photographed premieres, she'd never once shown up at an award, event, or premiere for a movie she was in, nor had she accompanied her husband to any of the awards, events, or premieres for movies HE was in.  Did she, in fact, despite my fond recollection of the movie *Labyrinth (1986)*, even exist?

That really is a great carpet. And fake rock. But I can admire it (and the 18 year old rapper with his underpants riding high) for only so long. For me this premiere came down to just one person set to attend: Jennifer Connelly. In the four(ish) years I've photographed premieres, she'd never once shown up at an award, event, or premiere for a movie she was in, nor had she accompanied her husband to any of the awards, events, or premieres for movies HE was in.

Did she, in fact, despite my fond recollection of the movie *Labyrinth (1986)*, even exist?

"Rain? At the premiere of Noah? That would be so awesome you know it'll never happen"  and indeed, despite being overcast, it did not.

"Rain? At the premiere of Noah? That would be so awesome you know it'll never happen" and indeed, despite being overcast, it did not.

"REALLY? You like those Percy Jackson films? Well, that's good to know because we're going to keep on punching out sequels til we get a court order telling us to stop" . Logan Lerman plays "Ham" in the movie, which is a name so cool I don't care whether it's real or a practical joke perpetrated by imdb to celebrate that today is April 1st.

"REALLY? You like those Percy Jackson films? Well, that's good to know because we're going to keep on punching out sequels til we get a court order telling us to stop". Logan Lerman plays "Ham" in the movie, which is a name so cool I don't care whether it's real or a practical joke perpetrated by imdb to celebrate that today is April 1st.

Patty Smyth collaborated on numerous songs on the soundtrack, though weirdly she doesn't look much like the photo of her on wikipedia, and that was taken in 2011. I can't explain it, but it's approaching midnight for the second night in a row and it's not a mystery I can wholly dedicate my time to. Not with Jennifer Connelly not yet being in this journal.

Patty Smyth collaborated on numerous songs on the soundtrack, though weirdly she doesn't look much like the photo of her on wikipedia, and that was taken in 2011. I can't explain it, but it's approaching midnight for the second night in a row and it's not a mystery I can wholly dedicate my time to. Not with Jennifer Connelly not yet being in this journal.

"Oh, I'm sorry - if you think you can sign a better and neater Darren Aronofsky autograph than I can you're welcome to do so."  This is director Darren Aronofsky, who also directed "Black Swan" for which he was nominated for an Oscar. (I recommend his movies 'Pi' and 'Requiem for a Dream' even more Highly. Well... make sure you don't mind being depressed by 'Requiem before sitting down to watch it)

"Oh, I'm sorry - if you think you can sign a better and neater Darren Aronofsky autograph than I can you're welcome to do so." This is director Darren Aronofsky, who also directed "Black Swan" for which he was nominated for an Oscar. (I recommend his movies 'Pi' and 'Requiem for a Dream' even more Highly. Well... make sure you don't mind being depressed by 'Requiem before sitting down to watch it)

Ray Winstone plays the main bad guy in the film. Well... in saying that, his character isn't the one who DROWNS the world. (But okay, look, I'm here to photograph Jennifer Connelly, not get into theological discussions, so tweet me if you think I should watch Divergent, not if you think I need to revisit my religion).

Ray Winstone plays the main bad guy in the film. Well... in saying that, his character isn't the one who DROWNS the world. (But okay, look, I'm here to photograph Jennifer Connelly, not get into theological discussions, so tweet me if you think I should watch Divergent, not if you think I need to revisit my religion).

"That guy over there bought a copy of 'The Sweeney' on DVD on a ferry from Denmark to Germany and I'd like to shake his hand".  Ray Winstone is very well informed. It cost me all the kronur I had on me at the time, but then again once in Germany I had no need of them.

"That guy over there bought a copy of 'The Sweeney' on DVD on a ferry from Denmark to Germany and I'd like to shake his hand". Ray Winstone is very well informed. It cost me all the kronur I had on me at the time, but then again once in Germany I had no need of them.

This is not Jennifer Connelly. This is Douglas Booth, who plays one of Russell Crowe's sons in the film. Although, having seen the trailer, nobody's hair looks even slightly as good in that film as Douglas' does at this premiere.  If you recognise Douglas Booth, imdb opines that it's probably due to the movie "LOL (2012)" so clearly I don't know Douglas Booth.

This is not Jennifer Connelly. This is Douglas Booth, who plays one of Russell Crowe's sons in the film. Although, having seen the trailer, nobody's hair looks even slightly as good in that film as Douglas' does at this premiere.  If you recognise Douglas Booth, imdb opines that it's probably due to the movie "LOL (2012)" so clearly I don't know Douglas Booth.

"No, I am not 'quote' That Guy From Divergent 'unquote' ".  True. I was at that premiere yesterday and nobody had hair that amazing. Douglas' character's name in this film is "Shem". No surname. I guess it's like "Cher" or "Prince" or "Madonna"...

"No, I am not 'quote' That Guy From Divergent 'unquote' ". True. I was at that premiere yesterday and nobody had hair that amazing. Douglas' character's name in this film is "Shem". No surname. I guess it's like "Cher" or "Prince" or "Madonna"...

"So... about that beard Ray Winstone is sporting in the film. Who ended up keeping it as a souvenir of their time working on the movie?"  Forget the special effects, you should watch the Noah trailer just for Winston's lisp and his two pronged and mudstained beard. I haven't seen anything like it since I last saw a Finnish symphonic metal band live in concert. They were very loud, but being from Finland, they were also very polite. (Please let me know if Jennifer Connelly show up...)

"So... about that beard Ray Winstone is sporting in the film. Who ended up keeping it as a souvenir of their time working on the movie?" Forget the special effects, you should watch the Noah trailer just for Winston's lisp and his two pronged and mudstained beard. I haven't seen anything like it since I last saw a Finnish symphonic metal band live in concert. They were very loud, but being from Finland, they were also very polite. (Please let me know if Jennifer Connelly show up...)

"WOW! That trailer is amazing! Am I in that film?"  Emma Watson has arrived. She was in a little film called 'The Perks of Being A Wallflower' which I really liked. Oh, and the Harry Potter films.

"WOW! That trailer is amazing! Am I in that film?" Emma Watson has arrived. She was in a little film called 'The Perks of Being A Wallflower' which I really liked. Oh, and the Harry Potter films.

"I'm just going to put this interview on hold while Logan Lerman also admires the special effects in the trailer for a movie which doesn't resemble the one he remembers being in"  Actually, they built a full size Ark to the same dimensions of the one mentioned in the Bible for the movie. But I believe the Earth flooding was not covered by the insurance company they went with, so they went digital for those scenes.

"I'm just going to put this interview on hold while Logan Lerman also admires the special effects in the trailer for a movie which doesn't resemble the one he remembers being in" Actually, they built a full size Ark to the same dimensions of the one mentioned in the Bible for the movie. But I believe the Earth flooding was not covered by the insurance company they went with, so they went digital for those scenes.

Meanwhile, Jared Harris isn't actually in this film - he played Moriarty in the most recent Robert Downey Jnr / Guy Ritchie Sherlock Holmes film. Still.. until Jennifer Connelly arrives, I'm happy to photograph him, the carpet, the fake styrofoam rocks and failing all that Russell Crowe.

Meanwhile, Jared Harris isn't actually in this film - he played Moriarty in the most recent Robert Downey Jnr / Guy Ritchie Sherlock Holmes film. Still.. until Jennifer Connelly arrives, I'm happy to photograph him, the carpet, the fake styrofoam rocks and failing all that Russell Crowe.

How many people does it take to sign an Emma Watson autograph? Apparently somewhere between four and eight.

How many people does it take to sign an Emma Watson autograph? Apparently somewhere between four and eight.

Newsflash from Leicester Square : Jennifer Connelly exists!!

Newsflash from Leicester Square : Jennifer Connelly exists!!

Newsflash from Leicester Square : Jennifer Connelly continues to exist, and appears to be awesomely friendly. Which thankfully means her prior absence from all premieres and events appears not to be the result of inherent evilness. Which, yes, is a compliment. (The candour and honesty of my compliments to The Ladiez are one of the things about myself I admire most) (calling them 'The Ladiez' I'm not sure about)

Newsflash from Leicester Square : Jennifer Connelly continues to exist, and appears to be awesomely friendly. Which thankfully means her prior absence from all premieres and events appears not to be the result of inherent evilness. Which, yes, is a compliment. (The candour and honesty of my compliments to The Ladiez are one of the things about myself I admire most) (calling them 'The Ladiez' I'm not sure about)

I should probably say something clever. Seductive. Compliment her dress. Her shoes. Her teeth. Something. Anything. Needless to say I'm still single... but both frustratingly (and helpfully) I do remember to take photos even on occasions my brain is frazzled like this.

I should probably say something clever. Seductive. Compliment her dress. Her shoes. Her teeth. Something. Anything. Needless to say I'm still single... but both frustratingly (and helpfully) I do remember to take photos even on occasions my brain is frazzled like this.

I could take photos of Jennifer Connelly all day... as evidenced by the fact that (a) I am, and (b) apparently Hugh Jackman has randomly shown up and as at this moment I am not too fussed. (I'm genuinely sorry, but if you wanted Hugh Jackman photos you also could have made the time and travelled to London for this event)

I could take photos of Jennifer Connelly all day... as evidenced by the fact that (a) I am, and (b) apparently Hugh Jackman has randomly shown up and as at this moment I am not too fussed. (I'm genuinely sorry, but if you wanted Hugh Jackman photos you also could have made the time and travelled to London for this event)

I'm not entirely certain about this thing with wearing small bluetooth headsets as jewellery, but I'm going to say I like it. As for the dress? I'm pretty impressed. I assume it was made using slave labour conditions and sells for a trillion times its labour cost... but there are some ladies that might be considered worthy of that. (Again... working child labour into a compliment paid to a beautiful woman... yay/nay?)

I'm not entirely certain about this thing with wearing small bluetooth headsets as jewellery, but I'm going to say I like it. As for the dress? I'm pretty impressed. I assume it was made using slave labour conditions and sells for a trillion times its labour cost... but there are some ladies that might be considered worthy of that. (Again... working child labour into a compliment paid to a beautiful woman... yay/nay?)

"She's beautiful, pretty, talented, an Oscar winner, married to Jarvis from Iron Man, her dress is cooler than my suit, her hair is amazing.... in fact I don't know where I'm going with this question so I'm going to trail off uncomfortably and hope she can save me from myself..."  Jennifer Connelly will do her very best.

"She's beautiful, pretty, talented, an Oscar winner, married to Jarvis from Iron Man, her dress is cooler than my suit, her hair is amazing.... in fact I don't know where I'm going with this question so I'm going to trail off uncomfortably and hope she can save me from myself..." Jennifer Connelly will do her very best.

"Okay, I'll sign more autographs. But that guy's compliments scare, annoy and intrigue me in equal measure"  I still call that a victory of sorts. Unless or until restraining orders are properly filed, it's all okay. (No?)

"Okay, I'll sign more autographs. But that guy's compliments scare, annoy and intrigue me in equal measure" I still call that a victory of sorts. Unless or until restraining orders are properly filed, it's all okay. (No?)

Oh very well. Here's Hugh Jackman.

Oh very well. Here's Hugh Jackman.

Emma Watson scale shot. She does indeed look petite, though I'm not saying any right hook she could throw wouldn't hurt. Those of the bodyguards I assume would.

Emma Watson scale shot. She does indeed look petite, though I'm not saying any right hook she could throw wouldn't hurt. Those of the bodyguards I assume would.

"I'm sorry, I'm kind of too cool to see you right now"  She didn't say that - in fact I'd say Emma Watson signed more autographs than anyone else of the cast, and it's not as if they didn't all sign a lot. Kudos to nice people. (The people behind me whose forward motion might have put many tsunamis to shame, were equally polite, they just didn't care much about the damage they were causing to my ribcage)

"I'm sorry, I'm kind of too cool to see you right now" She didn't say that - in fact I'd say Emma Watson signed more autographs than anyone else of the cast, and it's not as if they didn't all sign a lot. Kudos to nice people. (The people behind me whose forward motion might have put many tsunamis to shame, were equally polite, they just didn't care much about the damage they were causing to my ribcage)

He honestly had no idea there was such a thing as "A Beautiful Mind" merchandise. Russell Crowe won a Best Actor Oscar for being in 'Gladiator' but in my opinion that role could have been played just as well by Kurt Russell, Gary Busey or possibly (but probably not) Keanu Reeves. But conversely I thought he was brilliant in A Beautiful Mind, Cinderella Man, 3:10 to Yuma and The Next Three Days... and those only garnered a single nomination.

He honestly had no idea there was such a thing as "A Beautiful Mind" merchandise. Russell Crowe won a Best Actor Oscar for being in 'Gladiator' but in my opinion that role could have been played just as well by Kurt Russell, Gary Busey or possibly (but probably not) Keanu Reeves. But conversely I thought he was brilliant in A Beautiful Mind, Cinderella Man, 3:10 to Yuma and The Next Three Days... and those only garnered a single nomination.

And then, surprisingly, those on the carpet took on a rather sombre tone for a few minutes. I'm not sure what happened. It's not like the dealers, fans and crazies behind me stopped surging forward like a zombie horde or anything.

And then, surprisingly, those on the carpet took on a rather sombre tone for a few minutes. I'm not sure what happened. It's not like the dealers, fans and crazies behind me stopped surging forward like a zombie horde or anything.

If I'm reading the body language correctly, and I'd like to think I am, it appears it's me and not Russell Crowe who was her greatest inspiration on set during the making of this film? I'm honoured, of course. These journals don't write themselves.

If I'm reading the body language correctly, and I'd like to think I am, it appears it's me and not Russell Crowe who was her greatest inspiration on set during the making of this film? I'm honoured, of course. These journals don't write themselves.

" ....I have nothing to say right now"  To be fair to host Alex Zane, that's kind of my vocal reaction to Jennifer Connelly as well, so I won't judge him too harshly.

"....I have nothing to say right now" To be fair to host Alex Zane, that's kind of my vocal reaction to Jennifer Connelly as well, so I won't judge him too harshly.

"My dress? Yes, my dress appears to be semi-translucent under what you laughingly call 'the right kind of light'..... if any of the people taking photos could please be discreet with your editing I'd appreciate it. Also your HEAD appears to have disappeared inside that camera you're now wearing and it's frightening me"

"My dress? Yes, my dress appears to be semi-translucent under what you laughingly call 'the right kind of light'..... if any of the people taking photos could please be discreet with your editing I'd appreciate it. Also your HEAD appears to have disappeared inside that camera you're now wearing and it's frightening me"

Emma Watson's neck vein doesn't get a lot of work, but when it does its dedication to its craft can surprise you.

Emma Watson's neck vein doesn't get a lot of work, but when it does its dedication to its craft can surprise you.

"You rocked in that movie I directed you in, Russell!!!"  Director Darren Aronofsky heckles from the upper balcony, which is a location very few stars use for that (or any other) purpose.

"You rocked in that movie I directed you in, Russell!!!" Director Darren Aronofsky heckles from the upper balcony, which is a location very few stars use for that (or any other) purpose.

" The guy up there literally showed up on set every day and tried to tell me what to do. It was crazy."  I assume he meant Darren Aronofsky and not the author of the book.

"The guy up there literally showed up on set every day and tried to tell me what to do. It was crazy." I assume he meant Darren Aronofsky and not the author of the book.

And on that cheerful note (and that amazingly high disembodied hand on the left), it's time to head back to the office to pick up my stuff, and rush to the train station and see how delayed tonight's train home is. Fifteen minutes? Enough time to buy takeaway dinner, then!

And on that cheerful note (and that amazingly high disembodied hand on the left), it's time to head back to the office to pick up my stuff, and rush to the train station and see how delayed tonight's train home is. Fifteen minutes? Enough time to buy takeaway dinner, then!

So... that was pretty great, actually! Maybe it's more fun to write when I can be cynical, but every now and then it's nice to be at a premiere that's.... well... nice. It's another one for The Archive of Movie Premieres  and hopefully I'll be able to find enough sleep in the next four or five hours to make it to tomorrow's smaller premiere as well.

Until next time!

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20 Mar - Captain America the Winter Soldier premiere

It's been over a month since I last photographed an event, and that was The 2014 Baftas . Between then and now I led a life that was less about yachting, playboying and traveling on exotic African safaris but sitting in the office working on an IaaS Cloud Computing Price models. It's exciting in its own, limited way.

Anyway, the first new event was a very large one - no less than Captain America The Winter Soldier, a premiere large enough that they held it in the same location they used for The Avengers premiere some two years earlier. This time I had a spot that was not as good, and a photo of Scarlett Johansson she didn't end up signing (mostly due to my spot, I suspect I wasn't snubbed) weighed me down and ... yes.

Another 11 hour wait like last time. Worth it? Well... here's how it went down.

After waiting outside in the not-so-cold, we were let inside, and despite my wrist number reading #111 I still couldn't secure a front-row spot. So I took up residence next to the escalator heading up. I had about 11 hours to wait. Fortunately I had people to talk to so I wouldn't have to resort to tallying how many times they played the Captain America 2 trailer, or how many times the giant S.H.I.E.L.D. logo hanging from the ceiling rotated.

After waiting outside in the not-so-cold, we were let inside, and despite my wrist number reading #111 I still couldn't secure a front-row spot. So I took up residence next to the escalator heading up. I had about 11 hours to wait. Fortunately I had people to talk to so I wouldn't have to resort to tallying how many times they played the Captain America 2 trailer, or how many times the giant S.H.I.E.L.D. logo hanging from the ceiling rotated.

In case you were interested, the process of getting a giant S.H.I.E.L.D. logo to rotate involves less fancy electronics and gyroscopes than you might expect. It's a dude with a long stick pushing it!

In case you were interested, the process of getting a giant S.H.I.E.L.D. logo to rotate involves less fancy electronics and gyroscopes than you might expect. It's a dude with a long stick pushing it!

She probably shouldn't be allowed to attend a premiere with a communicable disease of that magnitude. (I could totally take her spot at the front row then...). Nine hours to go, and I still feel like I'm contributing to the net worth of society by being here. If it doesn't look too crowded it's because most of the people are sitting down behind those barriers. Sleeping or playing cards or writing all-too-late Twilight fanfic and stuff.

She probably shouldn't be allowed to attend a premiere with a communicable disease of that magnitude. (I could totally take her spot at the front row then...). Nine hours to go, and I still feel like I'm contributing to the net worth of society by being here. If it doesn't look too crowded it's because most of the people are sitting down behind those barriers. Sleeping or playing cards or writing all-too-late Twilight fanfic and stuff.

There's probably about another 7 hours of waiting to go, and here's a very kawaii Captain America flag/cartoon. And on the far right side, there's this weird blue-faced dude from the X-Men. (Incidentally, despite being owned by Marvel comics, the X-Men are not allowed to be involved in The Avengers, but it's less a schoolyard 'cool' thing and more an 'our parents' lawyers say I'm not allowed to' thing).

There's probably about another 7 hours of waiting to go, and here's a very kawaii Captain America flag/cartoon. And on the far right side, there's this weird blue-faced dude from the X-Men. (Incidentally, despite being owned by Marvel comics, the X-Men are not allowed to be involved in The Avengers, but it's less a schoolyard 'cool' thing and more an 'our parents' lawyers say I'm not allowed to' thing).

There's probably about another 5 hours of waiting left. Meanwhile, here's Spider-Man who despite also belonging to the Marvel Comics family is also for similar legal reasons as the X-Men not allowed to be involved in The Avengers. (Bottom line, I have a better chance of becoming a member of The Avengers than Spider-Man or The X-Men do. With or without superpowers).

There's probably about another 5 hours of waiting left. Meanwhile, here's Spider-Man who despite also belonging to the Marvel Comics family is also for similar legal reasons as the X-Men not allowed to be involved in The Avengers. (Bottom line, I have a better chance of becoming a member of The Avengers than Spider-Man or The X-Men do. With or without superpowers).

With a mere hour or so to go, they judged the finalists of a Superhero Cosplay competition. I kept trying to convince everyone I'm a dead ringer for Marvel boss Kevin Feige, but they cruelly don't consider him to be a superhero. I beg to differ - he's actually managed to make me vaguely optimistic about Guardians Of The Galaxy.

With a mere hour or so to go, they judged the finalists of a Superhero Cosplay competition. I kept trying to convince everyone I'm a dead ringer for Marvel boss Kevin Feige, but they cruelly don't consider him to be a superhero. I beg to differ - he's actually managed to make me vaguely optimistic about Guardians Of The Galaxy.

Meanwhile, more from The Crowd. Because I've now spent more time in my spot than if I'd watched all the Lord of the Rings movies back-to-back-to-back and feel the need to justify myself and where my life is.

Meanwhile, more from The Crowd. Because I've now spent more time in my spot than if I'd watched all the Lord of the Rings movies back-to-back-to-back and feel the need to justify myself and where my life is.

It's less than an hour to go now, and X-Men's Beast does the impossible and manages to get a pseudo-celeb to pose with him - our host for the evening Alex Zane seems pleased to roar for the camera. Either that, or they're watching something particularly gruesome. (Have you seen the Amazing Spiderman 2 trailer, speaking of?)

It's less than an hour to go now, and X-Men's Beast does the impossible and manages to get a pseudo-celeb to pose with him - our host for the evening Alex Zane seems pleased to roar for the camera. Either that, or they're watching something particularly gruesome. (Have you seen the Amazing Spiderman 2 trailer, speaking of?)

The impossible has happened : the premiere has started! Actor Anthony Mackie breaks out into song, and I haven't been able to feel both of my legs for the last three hours. I'm assured that's normal.

The impossible has happened : the premiere has started! Actor Anthony Mackie breaks out into song, and I haven't been able to feel both of my legs for the last three hours. I'm assured that's normal.

"I'm not signing a live parrot just because I'm called 'The Falcon'  " I might have misheard that, but it sounded heartfelt whatever it was.

"I'm not signing a live parrot just because I'm called 'The Falcon' " I might have misheard that, but it sounded heartfelt whatever it was.

"Okay, when I drop my arm, give the Paparazzi your fully-developed Blue Steel Glare. See what they make of it"  You might remember Anthony Mackie from Million Dollar Baby and The Hurt Locker, but if you're a man-child like me you'll probably like him for his role in the Hugh Jackman boxing robots movie "Real Steel". Which is Awesome.

"Okay, when I drop my arm, give the Paparazzi your fully-developed Blue Steel Glare. See what they make of it" You might remember Anthony Mackie from Million Dollar Baby and The Hurt Locker, but if you're a man-child like me you'll probably like him for his role in the Hugh Jackman boxing robots movie "Real Steel". Which is Awesome.

The movie was directed by two brothers : Anthony and Joe Russo whose best known directing effort prior to this was the 5.6-on-imdb Owen Wilson "Comedy" "You, Me and Dupree". Then again, Peter Jackson had directed a vulgar puppets movie and a low budget horror splatterfest before being given the reins to Lord of The Rings. Weird things happen every day. And I'm inclined to have faith in any pair of brothers where one wears a scarf like that and the other wears a shirt without a tie.

The movie was directed by two brothers : Anthony and Joe Russo whose best known directing effort prior to this was the 5.6-on-imdb Owen Wilson "Comedy" "You, Me and Dupree". Then again, Peter Jackson had directed a vulgar puppets movie and a low budget horror splatterfest before being given the reins to Lord of The Rings. Weird things happen every day. And I'm inclined to have faith in any pair of brothers where one wears a scarf like that and the other wears a shirt without a tie.

Host Alex Zane asks :  "I just want to know what it's like trying to direct a movie where Samuel L Jackson is glaring at you with one eye and an eye-patch, because I probably couldn't cross the road if Samuel L Jackson was looking at me like he is on the poster" .

Host Alex Zane asks : "I just want to know what it's like trying to direct a movie where Samuel L Jackson is glaring at you with one eye and an eye-patch, because I probably couldn't cross the road if Samuel L Jackson was looking at me like he is on the poster".

Moments later, I'm having trouble just taking a photo with Samuel L Jackson glaring at OTHER people with two eyes. I also think my Pentax's autofocus peed itself a little.

Moments later, I'm having trouble just taking a photo with Samuel L Jackson glaring at OTHER people with two eyes. I also think my Pentax's autofocus peed itself a little.

Possibly even more intimidated by Samuel L Jackson than I first thought, my camera's autofocus took one look at the pattern on the SLJs jacket and decided to focus on the shield behind him instead. (It also could have been the spotted tie I suppose).

Possibly even more intimidated by Samuel L Jackson than I first thought, my camera's autofocus took one look at the pattern on the SLJs jacket and decided to focus on the shield behind him instead. (It also could have been the spotted tie I suppose).

"I hear you avoid looking into mirrors when you're playing Nick Fury because even you find the eye-patch intimidating?"

"I hear you avoid looking into mirrors when you're playing Nick Fury because even you find the eye-patch intimidating?"

"Wait. I gotta send a text to my bookie... .by which I mean accountant"

"Wait. I gotta send a text to my bookie... .by which I mean accountant"

The premiere goes hyper-meta as Samuel L Jackson takes a photo of Samuel L Jackson taking a photo of himself facing a camera that's recording him taking a photo. I believe the universe exploded soon after, and we're living in a copy of it that's more or less perfect, except I'm no longer dating Charlize Theron... (I hear SEAN PENN is?)

The premiere goes hyper-meta as Samuel L Jackson takes a photo of Samuel L Jackson taking a photo of himself facing a camera that's recording him taking a photo. I believe the universe exploded soon after, and we're living in a copy of it that's more or less perfect, except I'm no longer dating Charlize Theron... (I hear SEAN PENN is?)

Next to arrive : Sebastian Stan, who plays the titular villain The Winter Soldier in this film. He also has two first names as a name.

Next to arrive : Sebastian Stan, who plays the titular villain The Winter Soldier in this film. He also has two first names as a name.

My spot in the crowd also affords me a view of one of the edge posing stations in front of the paparazzi pen, which coincidentally contained a man with the widest waist I've ever seen. Charmed, I'm sure.

My spot in the crowd also affords me a view of one of the edge posing stations in front of the paparazzi pen, which coincidentally contained a man with the widest waist I've ever seen. Charmed, I'm sure.

"Third floor? This isn't haberdashery and linens"  Scarlett Johansson has arrived, and she might hang around a bit before resuming her shopping.

"Third floor? This isn't haberdashery and linens" Scarlett Johansson has arrived, and she might hang around a bit before resuming her shopping.

Scarlett Johansson plays Black Widow in the film, as she did in The Avengers and Iron Man 2, and the _'partially-lower-one's-middle-finger-to-wave-at-the-crowd'_ thing might be something that'll take off, or maybe it's more a Hollywood thing.

Scarlett Johansson plays Black Widow in the film, as she did in The Avengers and Iron Man 2, and the _'partially-lower-one's-middle-finger-to-wave-at-the-crowd'_ thing might be something that'll take off, or maybe it's more a Hollywood thing.

"Recommendation for a good family movie that's out in cinemas right now? Well, Winter Soldier doesn't open til next week, so maybe try to catch Frozen while it's still in theatres?"  Damnit... I'm pretty sure I've missed it.

"Recommendation for a good family movie that's out in cinemas right now? Well, Winter Soldier doesn't open til next week, so maybe try to catch Frozen while it's still in theatres?" Damnit... I'm pretty sure I've missed it.

Alex Zane :  "The ladiez do this every time I tell them I love them"  I feel you, brother.

Alex Zane : "The ladiez do this every time I tell them I love them" I feel you, brother.

Scarlett :  "Sure, babe. I'll call you"  Alex Zane :  "But you don't have my number!"  Scarlett :  "I think it's '4'. If it's not then it's not meant to be"  (Is it even possible to have the phone number '4'?)

Scarlett : "Sure, babe. I'll call you"
Alex Zane : "But you don't have my number!"
Scarlett : "I think it's '4'. If it's not then it's not meant to be"
(Is it even possible to have the phone number '4'?)

I kind of like this photo. Might leave my comment at that.... or digitally insert a bowling ball at some point.

I kind of like this photo. Might leave my comment at that.... or digitally insert a bowling ball at some point.

Somebody who appears to be Scarlett Johansson's bodyguard adjusts .... something. I'm not sure what, but if he's her bodyguard and he's behaving inappropriately the only person she can call to for aid IS her bodyguard. Or me - I'd be happy to help. I just need about five minutes notice so I can circumnavigate the waist of the photographer in the paparazzi pen in front of me.

Somebody who appears to be Scarlett Johansson's bodyguard adjusts .... something. I'm not sure what, but if he's her bodyguard and he's behaving inappropriately the only person she can call to for aid IS her bodyguard. Or me - I'd be happy to help. I just need about five minutes notice so I can circumnavigate the waist of the photographer in the paparazzi pen in front of me.

When worst comes to worst, I often have to shoot high and blind at premieres. However, given the humungous girth of the photographer in front of me, I had to shoot LOW and blind for this portrait shot. It kind of worked out, but I don't actually recommend taking photos without looking at who you're photographing. Especially Scarlett Johansson. She's pretty to look at.

When worst comes to worst, I often have to shoot high and blind at premieres. However, given the humungous girth of the photographer in front of me, I had to shoot LOW and blind for this portrait shot. It kind of worked out, but I don't actually recommend taking photos without looking at who you're photographing. Especially Scarlett Johansson. She's pretty to look at.

Meanwhile, on the main stage, the man, the myth, the incredible beard of Chris Evans arrives. Until seconds earlier he had been the only member of The Avengers I'd never photographed. So with that accomplished... I was ready to get back to photographing Scarlett Johansson.

Meanwhile, on the main stage, the man, the myth, the incredible beard of Chris Evans arrives. Until seconds earlier he had been the only member of The Avengers I'd never photographed. So with that accomplished... I was ready to get back to photographing Scarlett Johansson.

Could in theory stand here all day, but doesn't have to like it.

Could in theory stand here all day, but doesn't have to like it.

"So... I notice you're wearing a tie. I'm not wearing a tie... should I have worn a tie?"  It's hard to say. Scarlett Johansson is engaged now, so the disconsolate 'me' thinks there seems little point.

"So... I notice you're wearing a tie. I'm not wearing a tie... should I have worn a tie?" It's hard to say. Scarlett Johansson is engaged now, so the disconsolate 'me' thinks there seems little point.

"You ladies in the balcony proposing marriage to me? I'm flattered by I'm going to have to say no. But if you can focus your attention to my man Alex Zane here... although I think he's desperately trying to get his mobile number changed to a single digit."

"You ladies in the balcony proposing marriage to me? I'm flattered by I'm going to have to say no. But if you can focus your attention to my man Alex Zane here... although I think he's desperately trying to get his mobile number changed to a single digit."

"Scarlett Johansson? I've seen her " well done for being so blase about it.

"Scarlett Johansson? I've seen her" well done for being so blase about it.

Meanwhile, this guy surely could not have gotten up that morning expecting this blue-face-fake-fangs strategy to work. But it worked. Oh... how it worked.

Meanwhile, this guy surely could not have gotten up that morning expecting this blue-face-fake-fangs strategy to work. But it worked. Oh... how it worked.

Chris Evans will have none of your shenanigans. But he will graciously accept compliments on his small but memorable role in Scott Pilgrim vs The World.

Chris Evans will have none of your shenanigans. But he will graciously accept compliments on his small but memorable role in Scott Pilgrim vs The World.

Hayley Atwell played Captain America's girlfriend in the first Captain America film... but that was kind of set in the 1940s. She looks pretty good for a 90 year old (which is totally my new favourite pickup line)

Hayley Atwell played Captain America's girlfriend in the first Captain America film... but that was kind of set in the 1940s. She looks pretty good for a 90 year old (which is totally my new favourite pickup line)

"I'll be back... my Maserati's double-parked somewhere"

"I'll be back... my Maserati's double-parked somewhere"

The cast reassemble on the stage to bask in the adulation of a movie nobody in the crowd has seen yet to be able to say whether it's any good yet (though I gotta say, as somebody who's now seen the trailer about six hundred times, it does look quite decent)

The cast reassemble on the stage to bask in the adulation of a movie nobody in the crowd has seen yet to be able to say whether it's any good yet (though I gotta say, as somebody who's now seen the trailer about six hundred times, it does look quite decent)

Jeny Agutter (next to Hayley Atwell) was one of the shadowy figures on vertical widescreen monitors in The Avengers. Interesting to see if she's got a bigger role in Cap2. Like... maybe they switched the monitors to the more usual horizontal widescreen. Because really? Who broadcasts in vertical panorama?

Jeny Agutter (next to Hayley Atwell) was one of the shadowy figures on vertical widescreen monitors in The Avengers. Interesting to see if she's got a bigger role in Cap2. Like... maybe they switched the monitors to the more usual horizontal widescreen. Because really? Who broadcasts in vertical panorama?

"So if you've seen the trailer for the last six hours, remember : the movie actually contains about two hours worth of stuff that's not in the trailer"  That's good to know. I was wondering how many times the same guy could catch the same shield thrown at him on the same rooftop.

"So if you've seen the trailer for the last six hours, remember : the movie actually contains about two hours worth of stuff that's not in the trailer" That's good to know. I was wondering how many times the same guy could catch the same shield thrown at him on the same rooftop.

Practising waiting for a bus for the ride home.

Practising waiting for a bus for the ride home.

"The 803? I don't even think that runs after 9pm on Thursdays"

"The 803? I don't even think that runs after 9pm on Thursdays"

"And yet I was certain I read the timetable correctly" . For non-method acting, this is pretty damn impressive if I do extrapolate and hypothesise myself...

"And yet I was certain I read the timetable correctly". For non-method acting, this is pretty damn impressive if I do extrapolate and hypothesise myself...

"You can hang around here. We're taking a cab"

"You can hang around here. We're taking a cab"

Chris Evans needs to hurry so he doesn't lose his seat to see the movie. (it's considered bad form in England to point at the guy on the movie poster, then at your own face, and then ask a cinema patron to shift seats).

Chris Evans needs to hurry so he doesn't lose his seat to see the movie. (it's considered bad form in England to point at the guy on the movie poster, then at your own face, and then ask a cinema patron to shift seats).

And.... gosh darnit, the 18x12 black'n'white photo I really wanted signed was being held by me at an arc barely two degrees west of where she was looking as she headed for the escalators and the cinema and out of my life.

And.... gosh darnit, the 18x12 black'n'white photo I really wanted signed was being held by me at an arc barely two degrees west of where she was looking as she headed for the escalators and the cinema and out of my life.

Another shot of Scarlett Johansson, looking even more almost not quite in my direction (if that's even possible). The famous 'blurry, therefore art' dictum of photography almost but not quite applies here, too. It was quite the night for almost but not quite.

Another shot of Scarlett Johansson, looking even more almost not quite in my direction (if that's even possible). The famous 'blurry, therefore art' dictum of photography almost but not quite applies here, too. It was quite the night for almost but not quite.


And even if not signed, I still like this photo of Scarlett Johansson I took at The Avengers....(my large version is a wider crop that includes more space on the right for an autograph, in case you're wondering whether I'd want her to sign on her forehead or something)

..... and then, one day later, I was elsewhere for further photographic opportunities at the Apple Store. But who would attend? (No.. not Scarlett Johansson... )

"Don't get too excited, people. I know that my resemblance to Scarlett Johansson is confusing, but she's not here tonight and I only doubled her in some scenes"  our host for the evening has arrived, and all the seats are filled and I am photographing (you're allowed as long as you disable your flash) from adjacent to the official videographers.

"Don't get too excited, people. I know that my resemblance to Scarlett Johansson is confusing, but she's not here tonight and I only doubled her in some scenes" our host for the evening has arrived, and all the seats are filled and I am photographing (you're allowed as long as you disable your flash) from adjacent to the official videographers.

"Well, looks like none of them are coming. So let me tell you about how awesome I am" . So far I'm still onboard with finding out how awesome this gentleman is, but the people who have been here for many hours look like they might be sufficiently amped up by the movie trailer to cause some damage.

"Well, looks like none of them are coming. So let me tell you about how awesome I am". So far I'm still onboard with finding out how awesome this gentleman is, but the people who have been here for many hours look like they might be sufficiently amped up by the movie trailer to cause some damage.

They're here -- and more importantly that guy won't be beaten up by fans! From left to right it's Anthony Mackie ('The Falcon'), Sebastian Stan ('The Winter Soldier') and brothers Anthony and Joe Russo

They're here -- and more importantly that guy won't be beaten up by fans! From left to right it's Anthony Mackie ('The Falcon'), Sebastian Stan ('The Winter Soldier') and brothers Anthony and Joe Russo

"You've got a Captain America tattoo WHERE???"  Well, hopefully they don't take the character in unexpected directions in future sequels. That could be embarrassing.

"You've got a Captain America tattoo WHERE???" Well, hopefully they don't take the character in unexpected directions in future sequels. That could be embarrassing.

"You know how the visual effects make it look like I'm flying? This is what I look like on-set. It's not even as sexy as I'm making it look like now"

"You know how the visual effects make it look like I'm flying? This is what I look like on-set. It's not even as sexy as I'm making it look like now"

".... also, if you want to make porridge taste better, don't just add a bit of butter, but also a sprinkling of cinnamon. Finally.... I've forgotten the question you asked. What was it again?"

".... also, if you want to make porridge taste better, don't just add a bit of butter, but also a sprinkling of cinnamon. Finally.... I've forgotten the question you asked. What was it again?"

"The question was about how much you liked working on the film, Anthony"

"The question was about how much you liked working on the film, Anthony"

They opened the floor to questions from the audience. I wasn't paying attention, but I think this might have had something to do with the degree and extent Determinism is related to the idea of self-determination of human actions. It threw the panel for a couple of minutes. It was quite uncomfortable for everyone.

They opened the floor to questions from the audience. I wasn't paying attention, but I think this might have had something to do with the degree and extent Determinism is related to the idea of self-determination of human actions. It threw the panel for a couple of minutes. It was quite uncomfortable for everyone.

Then everyone started talking at once about the best way to make an omelette - three eggs or four, milk for density or not, amount of cheese... and Anthony Mackie still wanted to talk about porridge. It was goodnatured chaos.

Then everyone started talking at once about the best way to make an omelette - three eggs or four, milk for density or not, amount of cheese... and Anthony Mackie still wanted to talk about porridge. It was goodnatured chaos.

"You think you can take me on in Fruit Ninja? I note that there's more than one iPad downstairs. Let's go"

"You think you can take me on in Fruit Ninja? I note that there's more than one iPad downstairs. Let's go"

So.... that was a long one. I'm sorry (kind of!). But it's another one for the Archive of Movie Premieres

And another for the sub-set of Marvel Premieres which now includes Thor, Iron Man 3, The Avengers, and Thor the Dark World

Until next time!

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