17 May 2015 - The 'Tomorrowland' European Premiere

It's been almost a month since the Behemoth that was the Avengers Age of Ultron Premiere (though I did do a small Apple store event, and the TV Baftas last weekend). But London's still a pretty big city (I hear), and today's weather was gloriously sunny, so even though it was a Sunday, I headed in to town to Do This Thing I Do. And thanks to some very pleasant company, the wait for it to start was enjoyble even before George Clooney showed up.

Here's how it went down:

The weather around me is great and the accents around me are pleasantly American. If it wasn't for the extortionate price I pay for my weekly rail ticket, I'd almost have trouble believing I was in England.

The weather around me is great and the accents around me are pleasantly American. If it wasn't for the extortionate price I pay for my weekly rail ticket, I'd almost have trouble believing I was in England.

It's a Disney movie, but just for once it's not the 12th movie in an eternal franchise (Marvel or Star Wars, take your pick) or a live-action adaptation of one of their animated classics. No.. this time they've gone the Pirates of the Caribbean / Haunted Mansion route and adapted one of their theme park rides. Ordinarily I'd be hugely skeptical, but they got Brad Bird to direct, and he's pretty awesome.

It's a Disney movie, but just for once it's not the 12th movie in an eternal franchise (Marvel or Star Wars, take your pick) or a live-action adaptation of one of their animated classics. No.. this time they've gone the Pirates of the Caribbean / Haunted Mansion route and adapted one of their theme park rides. Ordinarily I'd be hugely skeptical, but they got Brad Bird to direct, and he's pretty awesome.

I've already forgotten the name of the character George Clooney plays in the film, but I think it's a safe bet that he'll be a charmingly suave debonair George Clooney-like character. This time with mild stubble.

I've already forgotten the name of the character George Clooney plays in the film, but I think it's a safe bet that he'll be a charmingly suave debonair George Clooney-like character. This time with mild stubble.

Good news for fans of awesome moustaches : here's a photo. This man is actually part of the setup crew and not in the film, which I think is a major oversight by Disney.

Good news for fans of awesome moustaches : here's a photo. This man is actually part of the setup crew and not in the film, which I think is a major oversight by Disney.

Our host for this evening/late afternoon premiere is Alex Zane, and he appears to have brought along his own personal wind-machine.

Our host for this evening/late afternoon premiere is Alex Zane, and he appears to have brought along his own personal wind-machine.

Our first arrival is, fittingly, the main drawcard himself. George Clooney got out of the car and immediately began to sign autographs, before heading to the stage for not one but two interviews. After that... more interviews, posing for photographs, signing autographs, shaking hands, kissing babies and possibly even greenlighting any number of spec scripts.

Our first arrival is, fittingly, the main drawcard himself. George Clooney got out of the car and immediately began to sign autographs, before heading to the stage for not one but two interviews. After that... more interviews, posing for photographs, signing autographs, shaking hands, kissing babies and possibly even greenlighting any number of spec scripts.

"I'll be back to sign autographs momentarily, but my man Derryn here does an even better version of my signature so if you can't wait, I'd get him to do it now"

"I'll be back to sign autographs momentarily, but my man Derryn here does an even better version of my signature so if you can't wait, I'd get him to do it now"

"If you're here to see me, good news! I'm that guy!" George Clooney went on-stage early to do some kind of live red carpet interview/advertisment for company whose name escapes me because they don't sponsor my website. Plus the carpet at this event was mainly grey.

"If you're here to see me, good news! I'm that guy!" George Clooney went on-stage early to do some kind of live red carpet interview/advertisment for company whose name escapes me because they don't sponsor my website. Plus the carpet at this event was mainly grey.

"It's one thing to get paid millions to do ads for  coffee company, but what happens if you're approached by more than one such company offering millions and you have to turn one down? Do you have any idea how hard that is? Of course you don't!"

"It's one thing to get paid millions to do ads for  coffee company, but what happens if you're approached by more than one such company offering millions and you have to turn one down? Do you have any idea how hard that is? Of course you don't!"

"Please sympathise with me. I'm George Clooney! Watch my film." I'd consider agreeing to one, possibly two of those things.

"Please sympathise with me. I'm George Clooney! Watch my film." I'd consider agreeing to one, possibly two of those things.

Although I carry approximately 2.5 more cameras with me to premieres than George Clooney, my security detail numbers considerably less than his.

Although I carry approximately 2.5 more cameras with me to premieres than George Clooney, my security detail numbers considerably less than his.

Playing the lead female (and per imdb 'the lead') in this film is Britt Robertson, who I haven't previously heard of or photographed, but is perhaps best know for being in the TV Series "under the dome", "the secret circle" and "life unexpected". None of which I've watched.

Playing the lead female (and per imdb 'the lead') in this film is Britt Robertson, who I haven't previously heard of or photographed, but is perhaps best know for being in the TV Series "under the dome", "the secret circle" and "life unexpected". None of which I've watched.

"Y'all should watch more TV". I... can possibly see how this could be a good thing. But my backlog on The Walking Dead and Downton Abbey already extends to the entirety of both of hose two shows, and I haven't yet watched any of the current season of Game of Thrones... (please write your messages of support and sympathy at the bottom of this journal...)

"Y'all should watch more TV". I... can possibly see how this could be a good thing. But my backlog on The Walking Dead and Downton Abbey already extends to the entirety of both of hose two shows, and I haven't yet watched any of the current season of Game of Thrones... (please write your messages of support and sympathy at the bottom of this journal...)

"Harry Potter tribute dress design? Not so much"

"Harry Potter tribute dress design? Not so much"

Both Hugh Laurie and director Brad Bird have arrived, but next up on stage is writer/producer Damon Lindelof.

Both Hugh Laurie and director Brad Bird have arrived, but next up on stage is writer/producer Damon Lindelof.

"In case you're wondering who was responsible for the TV Series "Lost"s weirdly unsatisfying conclusion, or the oddness of the "four questions raised for every one question answered" stylings of Ridley Scott's Prometheus, or the unsatisfying-on-reflection plotting of Star Trek Into Darkness...."

"In case you're wondering who was responsible for the TV Series "Lost"s weirdly unsatisfying conclusion, or the oddness of the "four questions raised for every one question answered" stylings of Ridley Scott's Prometheus, or the unsatisfying-on-reflection plotting of Star Trek Into Darkness...."

"Please don't ask me what Prometheus was about..."

"Please don't ask me what Prometheus was about..."

"If you liked "The Incredibles" and thought "Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol" was the best fourth-movie-in-the-series of any franchise since... uh... Star Trek IV The Voyage Home... this is the director of those films, and this film... BRAD BIRD!!" I photographed Brad Bird at the "Mission Imposible Ghost Protocol" premiere back in 2011, but it was cold and dark and not as direct.

"If you liked "The Incredibles" and thought "Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol" was the best fourth-movie-in-the-series of any franchise since... uh... Star Trek IV The Voyage Home... this is the director of those films, and this film... BRAD BIRD!!" I photographed Brad Bird at the "Mission Imposible Ghost Protocol" premiere back in 2011, but it was cold and dark and not as direct.

"If 'Tomorrowland' hasn't been released in the UK yet, why not watch that other Disney movie playing across the road, "Avengers Age of Ultron". I hear it's pretty decent. And Disney would like all your money so they can buy Warners/DC Comics and start making decent Man of Steel movies"

"If 'Tomorrowland' hasn't been released in the UK yet, why not watch that other Disney movie playing across the road, "Avengers Age of Ultron". I hear it's pretty decent. And Disney would like all your money so they can buy Warners/DC Comics and start making decent Man of Steel movies"

"Just in case it's a deal-breaker, Damon Lindelof wasn't the only writer on this film. There were two others, and I'm one". Well, that's at least partially reassuring. For a movie based on a theme park ride, that is.

"Just in case it's a deal-breaker, Damon Lindelof wasn't the only writer on this film. There were two others, and I'm one". Well, that's at least partially reassuring. For a movie based on a theme park ride, that is.

Raffey Cassidy plays the enigmatic "Athena" in the movie, which I haven't seen of course as it hasn't been released yet, but director Brad Bird was evasive as to her precise role, saying something about a (spoiler).

Raffey Cassidy plays the enigmatic "Athena" in the movie, which I haven't seen of course as it hasn't been released yet, but director Brad Bird was evasive as to her precise role, saying something about a (spoiler).

Besides wearing a dress designed to helpfully assist the contrast-detect-based Autofocus on my Pentax, Raffey Cassidy is best known for being in the TV show "Mr Selfridge"

Besides wearing a dress designed to helpfully assist the contrast-detect-based Autofocus on my Pentax, Raffey Cassidy is best known for being in the TV show "Mr Selfridge"

"Well, I've also been in the movies "Dark Shadows" (as "Young Angelique") and "Snow White and the Huntsman" (as "Young Snow White"." In other words.. she's... young.

"Well, I've also been in the movies "Dark Shadows" (as "Young Angelique") and "Snow White and the Huntsman" (as "Young Snow White"." In other words.. she's... young.

I really liked Hugh Laurie in the excellent TV Series "House", but I feel despite his charm, character and good humour, this photo belongs to the security dude in the background behind him to the right.. who potentially has not one of those things.

I really liked Hugh Laurie in the excellent TV Series "House", but I feel despite his charm, character and good humour, this photo belongs to the security dude in the background behind him to the right.. who potentially has not one of those things.

Along with 176 episodes of "House", Hugh Laurie was also in Stuart Little and Monsters vs Aliens. And he says you're welcome. I've previously photographed him only once, at the 2012 GQ Awards

Along with 176 episodes of "House", Hugh Laurie was also in Stuart Little and Monsters vs Aliens. And he says you're welcome. I've previously photographed him only once, at the 2012 GQ Awards

"What was George like to work with? Awful. Abysmal. Arrogant. Other negative words starting with 'A'. But ... uh... not George CLOONEY of course. I'm talking about another George. With a different surname"

"What was George like to work with? Awful. Abysmal. Arrogant. Other negative words starting with 'A'. But ... uh... not George CLOONEY of course. I'm talking about another George. With a different surname"

Can diagnose the unlikelihood of Lupus in a patient at 20 metres.

Can diagnose the unlikelihood of Lupus in a patient at 20 metres.

Can pitch vials of prescription medications into the far reaches of crowds, too.

Can pitch vials of prescription medications into the far reaches of crowds, too.

"It's not Lupus... it's something much more difficult to pronounce". Hugh Laurie, along with House and any number of movies, was also in Jeeves and Wooster, Laurie and Fry and Blackadder Goes Forth, but since I'm not actually British they have less resonance with me than imdb.com suggests they should.

"It's not Lupus... it's something much more difficult to pronounce". Hugh Laurie, along with House and any number of movies, was also in Jeeves and Wooster, Laurie and Fry and Blackadder Goes Forth, but since I'm not actually British they have less resonance with me than imdb.com suggests they should.

"I can kiss your baby, pose for a selfie, or sign something. Pick any two of the three"

"I can kiss your baby, pose for a selfie, or sign something. Pick any two of the three"

"There's not a lot I can prescribe over a webcam for the disease you appear to have. It's very low resolution screen. Also, I'm more of a celebrity than a trained medical practitioner. Have you tried the internet? That can also be helpful"

"There's not a lot I can prescribe over a webcam for the disease you appear to have. It's very low resolution screen. Also, I'm more of a celebrity than a trained medical practitioner. Have you tried the internet? That can also be helpful"

"Please don't follow any medical advice from a TV doctor. I've won two Oscars, though.. feel free to ask me" (he's shared Oscars for Argo - Best Picture, and Ides of March - best adapted screenplay)

"Please don't follow any medical advice from a TV doctor. I've won two Oscars, though.. feel free to ask me" (he's shared Oscars for Argo - Best Picture, and Ides of March - best adapted screenplay)

"Please just ask me questions about the movie I'm in"

"Please just ask me questions about the movie I'm in"

"No more questions. Just make us look awesome, please"

"No more questions. Just make us look awesome, please"

Late, and entirely random arrival : Matthew Lewis, who played Neville Longbottom in all of the Harry Potter movies. So good news for young people wanting to feel old : Hogwarts Students are now sporting heavy stubble.

Late, and entirely random arrival : Matthew Lewis, who played Neville Longbottom in all of the Harry Potter movies. So good news for young people wanting to feel old : Hogwarts Students are now sporting heavy stubble.

Another late, and somewhat more inevitably random, director Terry Gilliam who didn't direct this movie, but does show up at a pleasingly disproportionate number of premieres for movies.

Another late, and somewhat more inevitably random, director Terry Gilliam who didn't direct this movie, but does show up at a pleasingly disproportionate number of premieres for movies.

"In closing, please watch this movie. Any excuse you want. date night, boredom, supporting original non-franchise filmmaking, supporting entertainment behemoths, desperate need to hide from the cops in a movie theatre, airconditioning on a hot afternoon...just do it. Remember to pay for a ticket."

"In closing, please watch this movie. Any excuse you want. date night, boredom, supporting original non-franchise filmmaking, supporting entertainment behemoths, desperate need to hide from the cops in a movie theatre, airconditioning on a hot afternoon...just do it. Remember to pay for a ticket."

So... that was a fairly pleasant way to spend a Sunday afternoon/evening. I followed it up with a couple of drinks in a pub, then wrote this journal after I got home. Hey, I don't do this for a living, so I don't need to be professional. I don't even have a way to monetise this hobby - and I have to go to my REAL job tomorrow :)

Still, it's another movie for "The Archive of Movie Premieres"

Until next time!

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