8 July - The 'Ant-man' European Premiere

July 8th, 2015

Over time, I've become less of a fan of Disney, and their all-conquering, all-franchising, all-merchandising ways; with every property being bought, synergised, reinterpreted, sequelised, given to Tim Burton/JJ Abrams to see what they can do with it ways.... But on the plus side (for me) at least Disney will give its movies London premieres, while other studios with movies like Jurassic World and Mad Max won't.

And this premiere is for Ant-man. Guess I'd better dust myself off and try to put in some ant-based references. Here's how it went down:

In contrast to the Blue Carpet, Cobblestone Carpet, Yellow Carpet, and White Carpet for the premieres of Entourage, Mr Holmes, Minions and Magic Mike XXL, for this premiere the carpet was regulation 'classy' red. Albeit with Ants crawling on it. Because hopefully you remember what this movie is called.

In contrast to the Blue Carpet, Cobblestone Carpet, Yellow Carpet, and White Carpet for the premieres of Entourage, Mr Holmes, Minions and Magic Mike XXL, for this premiere the carpet was regulation 'classy' red. Albeit with Ants crawling on it. Because hopefully you remember what this movie is called.

"Damnit, I stepped on an Ant... oh, who cares. Actually, wait...".

"Damnit, I stepped on an Ant... oh, who cares. Actually, wait...".

Tiny voice from below says : "I'm down here if you want to ask me any questions"

Tiny voice from below says : "I'm down here if you want to ask me any questions"

It's about half an hour before the crazy ANTics begin, and I have no idea what I'm looking at here. Fortunately, Disney's lawyers might not, either.

It's about half an hour before the crazy ANTics begin, and I have no idea what I'm looking at here. Fortunately, Disney's lawyers might not, either.

For a lovely dreamy filter-effect as seen in this photo, be prepared to either spend a lot of time in photoshop, or alternatively find people with slightly larger heads than usual to stand behind.

For a lovely dreamy filter-effect as seen in this photo, be prepared to either spend a lot of time in photoshop, or alternatively find people with slightly larger heads than usual to stand behind.

"Please don't distract people's attention away from this lovely tie I chose" "Michael, please don't get all cANTankerous"   (ant-based puns -- cool or not? Who can say)

"Please don't distract people's attention away from this lovely tie I chose"
"Michael, please don't get all cANTankerous"  
(ant-based puns -- cool or not? Who can say)

"OMG! Is that Paul Rudd? I thought he'd be...." "Taller?" "No... better dressed" It's hard to find a tailor willing to work at that kind of scale.

"OMG! Is that Paul Rudd? I thought he'd be...."
"Taller?"
"No... better dressed"
It's hard to find a tailor willing to work at that kind of scale.

"Can't talk righ now... Striding Purposeully" I guess he could claim he's too... import.... ANT? (no?)

"Can't talk righ now... Striding Purposeully" I guess he could claim he's too... import.... ANT? (no?)

"This is my Ant-Man salute. I'm trying to make it into a Thing". Peyton Reed is possibly best known for directing the cheerleading movie 'Bring it On'.... but he also directed (and was at the premiere of) the movie 'Yes Man' with Jim Carrey back in 2008.

"This is my Ant-Man salute. I'm trying to make it into a Thing". Peyton Reed is possibly best known for directing the cheerleading movie 'Bring it On'.... but he also directed (and was at the premiere of) the movie 'Yes Man' with Jim Carrey back in 2008.

"He's trying to make a what into a What now?" Michael Douglas' shock is not insignific...ANT (you're welcome!)

"He's trying to make a what into a What now?" Michael Douglas' shock is not insignific...ANT (you're welcome!)

Much as I appreciate Michael Douglas and Peyton Reed and the soon-to-arrive Michael Pena and Paul Rudd, I'm all out of women to photograph for the rest of the premiere. So here I present : Cutest Security Girl I've Seen In Quite A While.

Much as I appreciate Michael Douglas and Peyton Reed and the soon-to-arrive Michael Pena and Paul Rudd, I'm all out of women to photograph for the rest of the premiere. So here I present : Cutest Security Girl I've Seen In Quite A While.

"That guy over there? I still owe him five dollars" Michael Douglas' ....account-ANT (woo!) in the background doesn't seem so sure.

"That guy over there? I still owe him five dollars" Michael Douglas' ....account-ANT (woo!) in the background doesn't seem so sure.

"I'm going to stare into the middle-distance until those people behind me can name at least one movie I've been in". Michael Pena was excellent in End Of Watch.

"I'm going to stare into the middle-distance until those people behind me can name at least one movie I've been in". Michael Pena was excellent in End Of Watch.

"Although all of Marvel's films are importANT to the global strategy, we kinda wanted this premiere to be much smaller than this. As you can see, we failed."

"Although all of Marvel's films are importANT to the global strategy, we kinda wanted this premiere to be much smaller than this. As you can see, we failed."

Paul Rudd arrives, looking, dare I say it, a trifle indignANT? (aww...yeah). His tie is white, and square-edged. More news as it happens.

Paul Rudd arrives, looking, dare I say it, a trifle indignANT? (aww...yeah). His tie is white, and square-edged. More news as it happens.

"QLD 52 NSW 6, Am I right?" In the absence of photographing Cute Security Girl again, that result was f-ANT-astic.

"QLD 52 NSW 6, Am I right?" In the absence of photographing Cute Security Girl again, that result was f-ANT-astic.

"Wait... I just gotta take a quick photo" "Of the carpet? The crowd? The fans?" "Nope... Cute Security Girl"

"Wait... I just gotta take a quick photo"
"Of the carpet? The crowd? The fans?"
"Nope... Cute Security Girl"

From his balcony perch, Michael Pena dispenses wisdom, charm, charity, hatred of jokes about immigr-ANTS...and the desire for Paul Rudd's white square-bottom tie.

From his balcony perch, Michael Pena dispenses wisdom, charm, charity, hatred of jokes about immigr-ANTS...and the desire for Paul Rudd's white square-bottom tie.

"I brought a spare tie with me. But Michael Pena can't have it." And I'm pretty sure he's adamANT about that.

"I brought a spare tie with me. But Michael Pena can't have it." And I'm pretty sure he's adamANT about that.

"From up here, you all look like tiny little... I'm going to say weevils, Alex"

"From up here, you all look like tiny little... I'm going to say weevils, Alex"

"Watch this movie!! Paul Rudd is amazing! Michael Pena is cool! Also, while I'm up here : Hi Cute Security Girl"

"Watch this movie!! Paul Rudd is amazing! Michael Pena is cool! Also, while I'm up here : Hi Cute Security Girl"

"....." Too professional to respond with anything more than a tolerANT half-smile.

"....." Too professional to respond with anything more than a tolerANT half-smile.

"You can't keep putting off the on-stage interview" Even if it ANTagonises Alex Zane?

"You can't keep putting off the on-stage interview" Even if it ANTagonises Alex Zane?

"Your tie sucks" "Thanks for confirming your pedANTic jealousy, Pena"

"Your tie sucks"
"Thanks for confirming your pedANTic jealousy, Pena"

"What if instead of being shrunk, instead it's the Ants who are enlarged to human size?"

"What if instead of being shrunk, instead it's the Ants who are enlarged to human size?"

"I've only got a few more photos left to work in another ant-based pun. But right now I cAN'T think of any".

"I've only got a few more photos left to work in another ant-based pun. But right now I cAN'T think of any".

"You should follow this guy on twitter, facebook, and offer him a job doing on-set photography on major studio films" I wholeheartedly agree.

"You should follow this guy on twitter, facebook, and offer him a job doing on-set photography on major studio films"

I wholeheartedly agree.

So... that's a decent enough premiere, and my collection of Marvel Premieres grows by yet another, with Ant-Man joining the likes of Thor, Thor The Dark World, Iron Man 3, Guardians of the Galaxy, Captain America The Winter Soldier, The Avengers  and Avengers Age of Ultron.

Until next time

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