16 July - The 'Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again' World Premiere

July 16th, 2018.

After fortunately learning at the Mission Impossible premiere last Friday that wristbands for the "Mamma Mia 2" premiere would be given out on SUNDAY, rather than on Monday morning (which would have been impossible for me).... I took an hour plus rail replacement bus and tube ride to get #59 in line on Sunday morning, waited slightly over an hour and randomly selected a pen based purely on "it's the pen the autograph dealers don't want, and that's good enough for me". It was wristband #5 in Pink Pen.

And within less than a minute of getting into that pen on Monday... I realised I'd made a mistake. Here's how it went down, and how it turned out not to matter:

 This pen is long and I'm at its far extremity. The Media pen I thought I might be able to photograph into is behind an 8ft high barrier (with further foliage behind it)... and the stage I thought I'd be facing is blocked of by more barriers and more foliage. Methinks me might've screwed this up. (That woman over there knows nothing about my plight, but I feel she's judging me anyway...)

This pen is long and I'm at its far extremity. The Media pen I thought I might be able to photograph into is behind an 8ft high barrier (with further foliage behind it)... and the stage I thought I'd be facing is blocked of by more barriers and more foliage. Methinks me might've screwed this up. (That woman over there knows nothing about my plight, but I feel she's judging me anyway...)

 The big Mamma Mia sign blocks an ugly bit of wallspace, however it briefly caused a panic when it collapsed heavily on the carpet. I get the feeling Meryl Streep would punch her way out of such an obstacle... but I gather Cher is fairly elderly and somewhat more fragile these days.

The big Mamma Mia sign blocks an ugly bit of wallspace, however it briefly caused a panic when it collapsed heavily on the carpet. I get the feeling Meryl Streep would punch her way out of such an obstacle... but I gather Cher is fairly elderly and somewhat more fragile these days.

  "See, this is where the Green wristband pen would clearly have been preferable... "  YES, I know. And I'm suffering with that knowledge, believe me. Either that or it's the heatstroke. Right now I can't tell. (And to add insult to injury, much of that pen had more shade than mine...)

"See, this is where the Green wristband pen would clearly have been preferable... " YES, I know. And I'm suffering with that knowledge, believe me. Either that or it's the heatstroke. Right now I can't tell. (And to add insult to injury, much of that pen had more shade than mine...)

 Let's reacquaint ourselves with the stakes, here - this is a BIG list - featuring at least two multi-Oscar winners, several other Oscar winners, half of the biggest band of the 1970s, a former James Bond, two people from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, specifically the lovely Lily James... and that's before we get to two cast members I've never photographed in over 400 premieres

Let's reacquaint ourselves with the stakes, here - this is a BIG list - featuring at least two multi-Oscar winners, several other Oscar winners, half of the biggest band of the 1970s, a former James Bond, two people from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, specifically the lovely Lily James... and that's before we get to two cast members I've never photographed in over 400 premieres

  " ARE YOU READY TO F&%KING ROCK????  Well... this is an ABBA premiere, so you've definitely come to the wrong place."  That said, warmup duties at this premiere were once again in the capable hands of Hakeem Mr Impact and DJ De Ja Vu

"ARE YOU READY TO F&%KING ROCK???? Well... this is an ABBA premiere, so you've definitely come to the wrong place." That said, warmup duties at this premiere were once again in the capable hands of Hakeem Mr Impact and DJ De Ja Vu

  "I'll let you out later, when she comes. And she will come... yes she will" . Not creepy, or weird, or worrying at all. Much as I still think the Green Pen is the one I should have chosen.... this might be one reason to gratefully stay put.

"I'll let you out later, when she comes. And she will come... yes she will". Not creepy, or weird, or worrying at all. Much as I still think the Green Pen is the one I should have chosen.... this might be one reason to gratefully stay put.

 On the other hand..... Green Pen.

On the other hand..... Green Pen.

 If I choose to be pessimistic and assume there's a chance nobody will pass by our pen, I do have one long-range option, shooting lengthwise down the carpet to the side of the Paparazzi pen. It's not ideal, and that's before the carpet is presumably filled with gawkers, guests, security and various hangers-on and personal assistants.

If I choose to be pessimistic and assume there's a chance nobody will pass by our pen, I do have one long-range option, shooting lengthwise down the carpet to the side of the Paparazzi pen. It's not ideal, and that's before the carpet is presumably filled with gawkers, guests, security and various hangers-on and personal assistants.

 It's Bjorn and Benny - two-fourths of the band ABBA, upon whose songs this musical (and the prior one) is based.

It's Bjorn and Benny - two-fourths of the band ABBA, upon whose songs this musical (and the prior one) is based.

 Christina Baranski is in this movie, and/but is possibly best known for playing Sheldon Cooper's mother in The Big Bang Theory (and over 150 episodes of 'The Good Wife').  (Edited to add : LEONARD'S mother, not Sheldon's - thanks Carlos!)

Christina Baranski is in this movie, and/but is possibly best known for playing Sheldon Cooper's mother in The Big Bang Theory (and over 150 episodes of 'The Good Wife'). (Edited to add : LEONARD'S mother, not Sheldon's - thanks Carlos!)

  "That man's website is CRIMINALLY under-viewed, Janice. CRIMINALLY. What can we do about that?"  I don't know who this is, but damnit he's making a lot of sense. Perhaps I could start by apologising for all the things I've said that were anti-Disney. But then again why start now?

"That man's website is CRIMINALLY under-viewed, Janice. CRIMINALLY. What can we do about that?" I don't know who this is, but damnit he's making a lot of sense. Perhaps I could start by apologising for all the things I've said that were anti-Disney. But then again why start now?

 Former James Bond Pierce Brosnan - I've photographed him on the streets of London once while he was filming "The November Man", but never at a premiere.

Former James Bond Pierce Brosnan - I've photographed him on the streets of London once while he was filming "The November Man", but never at a premiere.

 It's Lily James!  I like her. And that is all. (I think I most recently photographed her at this year's most marquee-busting-titled    "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" premiere   . But she was also    "Cinderella"    in the live-action movie AND the female lead in the even better    "Pride & Prejudice & Zombies"

It's Lily James!  I like her. And that is all. (I think I most recently photographed her at this year's most marquee-busting-titled "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" premiere. But she was also "Cinderella" in the live-action movie AND the female lead in the even better "Pride & Prejudice & Zombies"

  "I didn't bring any of the daggers from the zombie film... you really don't need to look under there...."

"I didn't bring any of the daggers from the zombie film... you really don't need to look under there...."

 Jessica Keenan Wynn's imdb entry doesn't list a lot of things I'm familiar with, except the very first entry : an episode of The Golden Girls (1987) - and... oh. Wait. I think I might have just given away the extent of my age.

Jessica Keenan Wynn's imdb entry doesn't list a lot of things I'm familiar with, except the very first entry : an episode of The Golden Girls (1987) - and... oh. Wait. I think I might have just given away the extent of my age.

  "OMG You Were James Bond Once!!!!!"   Jessica Keenan Wynn plays "Young Tanya" (ie. Christine Baranski) in the movie

"OMG You Were James Bond Once!!!!!"  Jessica Keenan Wynn plays "Young Tanya" (ie. Christine Baranski) in the movie

 Jeremy Irvine has never played James Bond, however he does play "Young Sam" (ie. Pierce Brosnan) in the movie. His first major role was Steven Spielberg's    "War Horse"

Jeremy Irvine has never played James Bond, however he does play "Young Sam" (ie. Pierce Brosnan) in the movie. His first major role was Steven Spielberg's "War Horse"

  "With all due respect, ma'am I think the horse got far too much credit in that movie..."

"With all due respect, ma'am I think the horse got far too much credit in that movie..."

  "Criminally - I say again - criminally disregarded and under-viewed website. It's so distressing I daren't make eye-contact with him"  Josh Dylan plays "Young Bill" (ie. Stellan Skarsgard) in the film.

"Criminally - I say again - criminally disregarded and under-viewed website. It's so distressing I daren't make eye-contact with him" Josh Dylan plays "Young Bill" (ie. Stellan Skarsgard) in the film.

  "I can't lend you the fan to keep cool.. but if looking at it helps, then go ahead and look!"  Alexa Davies plays 'Young Rosie' (ie. Julie Walters - who was not at this premiere)

"I can't lend you the fan to keep cool.. but if looking at it helps, then go ahead and look!" Alexa Davies plays 'Young Rosie' (ie. Julie Walters - who was not at this premiere)

  "I thought energy transference was a thing.... really."

"I thought energy transference was a thing.... really."

  " Amelia von Butch? Now there's a name I haven't heard since my lawyers said since I didn't have the rights to it, I couldn't put it on a tattoo"  Christina Baranski did indeed play that character's voice in "Scooby Doo In Where's My Mummy (2005)". it was a straight-to-video release, but imdb.com never forgets.

" Amelia von Butch? Now there's a name I haven't heard since my lawyers said since I didn't have the rights to it, I couldn't put it on a tattoo" Christina Baranski did indeed play that character's voice in "Scooby Doo In Where's My Mummy (2005)". it was a straight-to-video release, but imdb.com never forgets.

 Hugh Skinner plays "Young Harry" (ie. Colin Firth) in the film. Amusingly, he plays Admiral Holdo's First Officer in Star Wars The Last Jedi, but imdb.com doesn't rate that a big enough deal to put it into his Top Four roles. Heh.

Hugh Skinner plays "Young Harry" (ie. Colin Firth) in the film. Amusingly, he plays Admiral Holdo's First Officer in Star Wars The Last Jedi, but imdb.com doesn't rate that a big enough deal to put it into his Top Four roles. Heh.

  "Oh, I'm sure he ditched her before she went out in a blaze of improbability in that film. Disney'll be calling me any day now..."

"Oh, I'm sure he ditched her before she went out in a blaze of improbability in that film. Disney'll be calling me any day now..."

 Stellan Skarsgard (the 'a' in the surname has a dot above it but it's past midnight and it'll take me ages to track it down....) is in this movie, and possibly (still?) best known for playing the eccentric Professor Selvig in Thor/ The Avengers... but imdb prefers to list Lars Von Trier's "Nymphomaniac" (both parts 1 and 2 - separately) in favour of any Mavel film. You're on a roll today, imdb.

Stellan Skarsgard (the 'a' in the surname has a dot above it but it's past midnight and it'll take me ages to track it down....) is in this movie, and possibly (still?) best known for playing the eccentric Professor Selvig in Thor/ The Avengers... but imdb prefers to list Lars Von Trier's "Nymphomaniac" (both parts 1 and 2 - separately) in favour of any Mavel film. You're on a roll today, imdb.

  "Yeah.. I was in those movies. Lars teased me about it mercilessly on set about it. Well... that among other things"

"Yeah.. I was in those movies. Lars teased me about it mercilessly on set about it. Well... that among other things"

 Pierce Brosnan played James Bond in Goldeneye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough, and Die Another Day.... but without seeing around to the other pen behind the media wall, I'm sure the dealers mostly wanted him to sign Dante's Peak merch. Those Volcano movies were big in the late 1990s...

Pierce Brosnan played James Bond in Goldeneye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough, and Die Another Day.... but without seeing around to the other pen behind the media wall, I'm sure the dealers mostly wanted him to sign Dante's Peak merch. Those Volcano movies were big in the late 1990s...

 Cool.

Cool.

 Cooler.

Cooler.

 Bjorn Ulvaeus is one quarter of ABBA... and just like every single person so far, the girls to my right have used a combination of charm, desperation, and harmlessness to induce him to sign autographs. Their skills are pretty amazing.

Bjorn Ulvaeus is one quarter of ABBA... and just like every single person so far, the girls to my right have used a combination of charm, desperation, and harmlessness to induce him to sign autographs. Their skills are pretty amazing.

 Benny Andersson falls prey to the charm of the girls to my right. I don't know how they're doing it, but I certainly hope they don't stop : EVERYONE is signing here.

Benny Andersson falls prey to the charm of the girls to my right. I don't know how they're doing it, but I certainly hope they don't stop : EVERYONE is signing here.

 Lily James buzzes past en route to the stage, and promises to return. Many say that, but few do. Then again, she's lovely.

Lily James buzzes past en route to the stage, and promises to return. Many say that, but few do. Then again, she's lovely.

  "Did you just compliment me from your apartment, after midnight, a few hours after you could have said it to me when I walked past?"  . Umm.... yeah. I gotta work on my timing.

"Did you just compliment me from your apartment, after midnight, a few hours after you could have said it to me when I walked past?" . Umm.... yeah. I gotta work on my timing.

 Andy Garcia had promised the girls to my right that he'd be back to sign. But as mentioned, many people say that.

Andy Garcia had promised the girls to my right that he'd be back to sign. But as mentioned, many people say that.

  "I said that I'd come back...." "... but you never said you'd be happy about it. I understand" "What do you mean? I AM Happy!!"

"I said that I'd come back...."
"... but you never said you'd be happy about it. I understand"
"What do you mean? I AM Happy!!"

  " Run and hide, a55hole. Run and hide. If you should be picked up next week buying a hundred-thousand dollar sports car in Newport Beach, I am going to be supremely disappointed. Because I want my people to find you, and when they do, rest assured we are not going to hand you over to the police. So my advice to you again is this: run and hide. "  It's a quote you could use on just about anyone. (But it's from Ocean's 11 and Any Garcia says it in that)

" Run and hide, a55hole. Run and hide. If you should be picked up next week buying a hundred-thousand dollar sports car in Newport Beach, I am going to be supremely disappointed. Because I want my people to find you, and when they do, rest assured we are not going to hand you over to the police. So my advice to you again is this: run and hide. " It's a quote you could use on just about anyone. (But it's from Ocean's 11 and Any Garcia says it in that)

  "Something compelled me to come back here and sign like I promised. Maybe it was that inspirational speech by Andy Garcia...."

"Something compelled me to come back here and sign like I promised. Maybe it was that inspirational speech by Andy Garcia...."

  "Could you just help me pick out which wardrobe will fit better in my apartment? It's the kind of question I feel you need a minimum of two Academy Awards to answer, and Tom Hanks isn't around..."  It's Meryl Streep!

"Could you just help me pick out which wardrobe will fit better in my apartment? It's the kind of question I feel you need a minimum of two Academy Awards to answer, and Tom Hanks isn't around..." It's Meryl Streep!

  "Everyone else is signing for you today? Well... I'll join that club"

"Everyone else is signing for you today? Well... I'll join that club"

  "Is that the guy with the website? He should publish in Magazines or Newspapers. Print is still profitable, right?"  It's Cher! She's won a Grammy (2000), an Oscar (Best Actress, Moonstruck (1987), AND an Emmy (2003) ... and apparently holds or held the Guinness Book Of World Records recorded for the Oldest person ever to have a #1 songs on the Billboard100.

"Is that the guy with the website? He should publish in Magazines or Newspapers. Print is still profitable, right?" It's Cher! She's won a Grammy (2000), an Oscar (Best Actress, Moonstruck (1987), AND an Emmy (2003) ... and apparently holds or held the Guinness Book Of World Records recorded for the Oldest person ever to have a #1 songs on the Billboard100.

  "You want me to sign something for you just because everyone else is? I find that reason spurious" . Cher is kind o.... Cher, really. And I don't think you can make her sign if she doesn't want to. And it doesn't look like she wants to...

"You want me to sign something for you just because everyone else is? I find that reason spurious". Cher is kind o.... Cher, really. And I don't think you can make her sign if she doesn't want to. And it doesn't look like she wants to...

  "You know what... I'm going to sign. Just because..."  - these girls to my right are MAGICIANS.

"You know what... I'm going to sign. Just because..." - these girls to my right are MAGICIANS.

 It's TOM HANKS. He's won more than one Oscar, and I've seen him at premieres before. he doesn't sign. (and though I didn't capture the moment... he signed for the girls on my right)

It's TOM HANKS. He's won more than one Oscar, and I've seen him at premieres before. he doesn't sign. (and though I didn't capture the moment... he signed for the girls on my right)

  "I'm not even aware of what my right hand is doing. It's like it's moving of its own - or somebody else's - volition"

"I'm not even aware of what my right hand is doing. It's like it's moving of its own - or somebody else's - volition"

  "Don't look into their eyes if you want to avoid signing for them. I think it's a hypnosis thing....."

"Don't look into their eyes if you want to avoid signing for them. I think it's a hypnosis thing....."

 "..... must... sign...."

"..... must... sign...."

  "It's that simple"

"It's that simple"

 Dominic Cooper, among many roles, has played Iron Man's father, and Iraqi dictator's body double, and somebody called "Sky". Actually, he plays "Sky" in this movie.

Dominic Cooper, among many roles, has played Iron Man's father, and Iraqi dictator's body double, and somebody called "Sky". Actually, he plays "Sky" in this movie.

 Amanda Seyfried is the very last cast member to leave the stage, and the premiere is probably about 20mins behind schedule at this point. And as she's being physically manhandled by her PA, she is unable to sign.... but feels really (really) bad about it.

Amanda Seyfried is the very last cast member to leave the stage, and the premiere is probably about 20mins behind schedule at this point. And as she's being physically manhandled by her PA, she is unable to sign.... but feels really (really) bad about it.

 Amanda Seyfried slips out of the grasp of her attendant in a move that would make an All-Black Rugby Union player proud... but it's for the two girls to my right, so it's a risk that's necessary.

Amanda Seyfried slips out of the grasp of her attendant in a move that would make an All-Black Rugby Union player proud... but it's for the two girls to my right, so it's a risk that's necessary.

  "Okay... I'll sign, but I gotta hurry. I think she's about to crash-tackle me to the ground!"

"Okay... I'll sign, but I gotta hurry. I think she's about to crash-tackle me to the ground!"

And after a few more minutes waiting for the remainder of the carpet to clear, that was that. And I have to say that this was a pretty fantastic event. From having a sub-standard pen turn out to be one of the most coincidentally lucky pens ever, to being basically dealer and crush-free at a world premiere, to having two people so charismatic that they were the only people in our whole long pen to get EVERYONE'S signature, and do it with a smile and gratitude - you can't ask for more than that. This was a good one, and I can't wait for the next one.....

... which is scheduled for October, some three months from now. Ummmm..... I think my Archive of Premieres might get a bit hungry if it's not fed before then.

Until next time!!

ps. if you're optimistic, and want to know whenever I post one of these journals, feel free to follow me on facebook at premieresdotco, or on twitter at berndt2_photo. Or just use your magic powers to find me at a premiere sometime. Or be.... you know.... Lily James, or a reasonable facsimile thereof.

13 July - The 'Mission Impossible : Fallout' Premiere

Friday, July 13th, 2018

The last time I went to a premiere with an objective of "Autograph over Photograph" was probably back in 2012, where I wanted to get a photo I'd taken of Charlize Theron at the 'Hancock' premiere in 2008 signed at the world premiere of 'Prometheus'. That mission ended in success.... but not all of them do. So I made a few sacrifices, made a few promises, and had a little faith. And tried to forget that it was Friday 13th.

Here's how it went down...

 A few hours before the premiere..... giant inflatable Trump Baby, Parliament Square, London. Oh, come on. Don't act like this doesn't happen every couple of weeks where you live...

A few hours before the premiere..... giant inflatable Trump Baby, Parliament Square, London. Oh, come on. Don't act like this doesn't happen every couple of weeks where you live...

And a few hours later...

 So I've found my spot. It's in the second row, among a throng of fans and autograph dealers. Up above, in the gaps through the foliage, is where I would typically be found, taking unobstructed photos and hoping that Security would allow it.

So I've found my spot. It's in the second row, among a throng of fans and autograph dealers. Up above, in the gaps through the foliage, is where I would typically be found, taking unobstructed photos and hoping that Security would allow it.

 In contrast to the last premiere at BFI Imax ("A Wrinkle In Time"), where Security made various threats to people up there that it would be prudent not to reveal... this time they were much more chilled about it.

In contrast to the last premiere at BFI Imax ("A Wrinkle In Time"), where Security made various threats to people up there that it would be prudent not to reveal... this time they were much more chilled about it.

 Meanwhile, back at the crowded (under)ground level, THIS is what I've brought to get signed : a DVD copy of the movie Top Gun, wrapped in its own Top Gun Leather Jacket. It's so awesome I was stunned to find it secondhand for about A Pound a few years ago, and bought it because if there's anyone who would sign it... it'd be Tom Cruise. Hopefully.

Meanwhile, back at the crowded (under)ground level, THIS is what I've brought to get signed : a DVD copy of the movie Top Gun, wrapped in its own Top Gun Leather Jacket. It's so awesome I was stunned to find it secondhand for about A Pound a few years ago, and bought it because if there's anyone who would sign it... it'd be Tom Cruise. Hopefully.

  "He's so much more handsome than you could ever comprehend!!"

"He's so much more handsome than you could ever comprehend!!"

  "I think he was talking about me... I can't be sure, and I'm certainly not going to ask"  - your good friend and mine, Hakeem Mr Impact and his tame DJ "This Op Is Actually Fairly Likely" were the warmup act for this premiere.

"I think he was talking about me... I can't be sure, and I'm certainly not going to ask" - your good friend and mine, Hakeem Mr Impact and his tame DJ "This Op Is Actually Fairly Likely" were the warmup act for this premiere.

 It's Tom Cruise! He's arrived probably twenty minutes before anyone else and after a quick interview, is off to start signing the inexhaustible amount of crap (and, in my case, awesome stuff) that dealers and fans have brought to have signed.

It's Tom Cruise! He's arrived probably twenty minutes before anyone else and after a quick interview, is off to start signing the inexhaustible amount of crap (and, in my case, awesome stuff) that dealers and fans have brought to have signed.

 We were told we'd get a maximum of one (1) item signed.... though of course we didn't have to be told that dealer scum would be barging into us from behind, blocking our items with theirs from above. They're simple folk, dealers are; and they only really have one strategy... and it continues to work.

We were told we'd get a maximum of one (1) item signed.... though of course we didn't have to be told that dealer scum would be barging into us from behind, blocking our items with theirs from above. They're simple folk, dealers are; and they only really have one strategy... and it continues to work.

 So.... I guess the chances of me getting my Top Gun DVD Leather Jacket signed are about the same as surviving a water buffalo stampede....

So.... I guess the chances of me getting my Top Gun DVD Leather Jacket signed are about the same as surviving a water buffalo stampede....

  "Are you sure you wouldn't rather have Val Kilmer sign that? I still have his phone number somewhere...."

"Are you sure you wouldn't rather have Val Kilmer sign that? I still have his phone number somewhere...."

 After having my DVD covered by dealers from behind, and even batted away by his security (!!?) on the right side, I've decided to project an air of optimism and try the left side... and my item seems to have caught Mr Cruise's interest!

After having my DVD covered by dealers from behind, and even batted away by his security (!!?) on the right side, I've decided to project an air of optimism and try the left side... and my item seems to have caught Mr Cruise's interest!

  "I'll sign that. It's pretty cool" .... and he did!! And once he'd signed in our area, the Dealer Scrum followed him all around the pen... leaving my area relatively empty, which was good as it meant I could immediately shift position to a spot more favourable for photographs.

"I'll sign that. It's pretty cool".... and he did!! And once he'd signed in our area, the Dealer Scrum followed him all around the pen... leaving my area relatively empty, which was good as it meant I could immediately shift position to a spot more favourable for photographs.

  "Saw you with a GoPro moments ago.... it seems to have grown"  - yeah, all the photos of Tom Cruise were taken on my little GoPro as I had no space to hold my item AND a large camera. But now my photography is back in the hands of the trusty Nikon.

"Saw you with a GoPro moments ago.... it seems to have grown" - yeah, all the photos of Tom Cruise were taken on my little GoPro as I had no space to hold my item AND a large camera. But now my photography is back in the hands of the trusty Nikon.

  "Oh, wow! Fan art!"  - Henry Cavill makes his Mission Impossible debut in this sixth installment. He's probably best known as the DC Universe's violent, brooding, and miserable Superman (I haven't seen 'Justice League' yet, though. Perhaps he's all awesome now).

"Oh, wow! Fan art!" - Henry Cavill makes his Mission Impossible debut in this sixth installment. He's probably best known as the DC Universe's violent, brooding, and miserable Superman (I haven't seen 'Justice League' yet, though. Perhaps he's all awesome now).

  "THAT'S the fan art you're drawing now??"  I have to say, I'm enjoying the photography options from where I'm standing. The only downside is that by being on the inside line of a circle, my medium- and long- range photography options are next to none. I'm basically going to get portrait shots without interruption from here on.

"THAT'S the fan art you're drawing now??" I have to say, I'm enjoying the photography options from where I'm standing. The only downside is that by being on the inside line of a circle, my medium- and long- range photography options are next to none. I'm basically going to get portrait shots without interruption from here on.

 Eh.... The upper lip still looks fake.

Eh.... The upper lip still looks fake.

  "What's going on? And how can we become a part of it?"

"What's going on? And how can we become a part of it?"

 After pausing briefly for another interview, Tom Cruise RETURNS to do more signing!

After pausing briefly for another interview, Tom Cruise RETURNS to do more signing!

  "I find it hard to believe you're Swedish. Mainly based on the soccer jersey you're wearing"  Rebecca Ferguson was in (and excellent in) the previous    Mission Impossible film - "Rogue Nation"

"I find it hard to believe you're Swedish. Mainly based on the soccer jersey you're wearing" Rebecca Ferguson was in (and excellent in) the previous Mission Impossible film - "Rogue Nation"

  "But what if we entered into a profit-sharing agreement where you use your connections to get me more Tom Cruise autographs?"

"But what if we entered into a profit-sharing agreement where you use your connections to get me more Tom Cruise autographs?"

  "Here's my phone number. As long as this guy's back isn't so sensitive that he can pick up what I'm writing by feel.... this should work"  - Rebecca Ferguson was also recently in 'The Greatest Showman', 'The Snowman' and 'Life'.. but the only other time I've photographed her was at    the premiere of "Florence Foster Jenkins"    back in 2016.

"Here's my phone number. As long as this guy's back isn't so sensitive that he can pick up what I'm writing by feel.... this should work" - Rebecca Ferguson was also recently in 'The Greatest Showman', 'The Snowman' and 'Life'.. but the only other time I've photographed her was at the premiere of "Florence Foster Jenkins" back in 2016.

  "Okay, one more. Keep in touch. Also, remember, I'm an actress and I might be using my skills to trick you into this whole scheme"

"Okay, one more. Keep in touch. Also, remember, I'm an actress and I might be using my skills to trick you into this whole scheme"

 It's Simon Pegg! He's been in every Mission Impossible movie since the third one (III,    Ghost Protocol   ,    Rogue Nation   , and now Fallout), as well as being famed for being Scotty in the Abramsverse Star Trek movies (   2009   ,    Into Darkness   , and    Beyond   ). His dinner jacket has the star sign Capricorn.

It's Simon Pegg! He's been in every Mission Impossible movie since the third one (III, Ghost Protocol, Rogue Nation, and now Fallout), as well as being famed for being Scotty in the Abramsverse Star Trek movies (2009, Into Darkness, and Beyond). His dinner jacket has the star sign Capricorn.

 Just remembered he still owes me five dollars.

Just remembered he still owes me five dollars.

 Just remembered he didn't bring those five dollars.

Just remembered he didn't bring those five dollars.

 Is unwilling to go further into debt to repay me those five dollars.

Is unwilling to go further into debt to repay me those five dollars.

  "I don't know why she's so unhappy.... maybe a hug would help."  Frederick Schmidt is in this movie, and is apparently best known for being in the movie "Brimstone (2016)" which I haven't seen but is actually in my Pile Of Unwatched DVDs.

"I don't know why she's so unhappy.... maybe a hug would help." Frederick Schmidt is in this movie, and is apparently best known for being in the movie "Brimstone (2016)" which I haven't seen but is actually in my Pile Of Unwatched DVDs.

  "You saw that on imdb? I dispute it"  - according to imdb.com, director Christopher McQuarrie won both an Oscar and Bafta for writing 'The Usual Suspects (1995)', and was also one of SIX writers associated with "The Mummy (2017)" a movie I'm still trying to forget. It gets easier every day... except on days when I have cause to remember  <reaches for the key to the alcohol cupboard>

"You saw that on imdb? I dispute it" - according to imdb.com, director Christopher McQuarrie won both an Oscar and Bafta for writing 'The Usual Suspects (1995)', and was also one of SIX writers associated with "The Mummy (2017)" a movie I'm still trying to forget. It gets easier every day... except on days when I have cause to remember <reaches for the key to the alcohol cupboard>

  "I can read from this prepared statement I've brought with me, if you like. It says... many things. Several of them true"  - Chris McQuarrie is so far the only returning director of the Mission Impossible franchise.

"I can read from this prepared statement I've brought with me, if you like. It says... many things. Several of them true" - Chris McQuarrie is so far the only returning director of the Mission Impossible franchise.

 Sadly, Vanessa Kirby (of 'The Crown' fame) arrived too late to sign in our area... but given the turning weather, and the fact that my train franchise continues to have the reliability and timetabling skills equivalent to a drunk newt given several millions of pounds annually (but being a newt not actually capable of running said franchise)... tis' probably just as well.

Sadly, Vanessa Kirby (of 'The Crown' fame) arrived too late to sign in our area... but given the turning weather, and the fact that my train franchise continues to have the reliability and timetabling skills equivalent to a drunk newt given several millions of pounds annually (but being a newt not actually capable of running said franchise)... tis' probably just as well.

So... that was that... and it was kind of good. The photos are somewhat different (much more close-range), but the fact that I was able to take them was good... and that I got Mr Cruise to autograph my Mini Leather Jacket For Top Gun DVD gives me some happiness on top of getting the satisfaction of adding another premiere into The Archive Of Premieres.

But if you do/don't care about that and just want to know when I post one of these journals (and/or rant about the borderline criminal bastards profiting from institutionalised incompetence on my train line) - feel free to follow me on facebook at premieresdotco, or on twitter at berndt2_photo. Or just reach out to tell me to chill, if you want.

Meanwhile..

 Pretty cool....

Pretty cool....

 ...and now even cooler!

...and now even cooler!

9 July - The 'Spitfire' Documentary World Premiere (+RAF 100th Anniversary)

July 9th, 2018

Just one day after Disney's "Incredibles 2", London had yet another premiere! To coincide with the RAF's (Royal Airforce's) 100th Anniversary, it was for a documentary for the Spitfire WW2 plane. And because my level of British-ness on any given day hovers somewhere around "negligible", and also because I'm presently surrounded on all sides by ENGLAND as I write this... I'm going to make sure I keep this journal as respectful as possible. ish.

Here's how it went down:

  "If the parking hasn't been validated, we could tow it, I suppose?"  - to my vast surprise, not only had they closed the road for this premiere, but there were basically no dealers (or "fans" if the RAF has 'fans')

"If the parking hasn't been validated, we could tow it, I suppose?" - to my vast surprise, not only had they closed the road for this premiere, but there were basically no dealers (or "fans" if the RAF has 'fans')

 I could do the normal thing and pretend I know anything about British aviation, so here's a direct link to the wikipedia article on    the Supermarine Spitfire   .

I could do the normal thing and pretend I know anything about British aviation, so here's a direct link to the wikipedia article on the Supermarine Spitfire.

 " ....." "I know...."

"....."
"I know...."

  "Just for once, forget about me and make sure you get the PLANE'S good side"

"Just for once, forget about me and make sure you get the PLANE'S good side"

 two British icons in one image : Spitfire plane and Henry vacuum cleaner.

two British icons in one image : Spitfire plane and Henry vacuum cleaner.

  "No tie? At this event? You're lucky you're in rock'n'roll"  Nick Mason is the drummer for Pink Floyd.

"No tie? At this event? You're lucky you're in rock'n'roll" Nick Mason is the drummer for Pink Floyd.

  "This man has zero Pink Floyd tracks in his iTunes collection, a collection which may or may not include any of Paris Hilton, Justin Bieber or a spoken-word version of Pulp's "Common People" by William Shatner. Do with him as you will..."

"This man has zero Pink Floyd tracks in his iTunes collection, a collection which may or may not include any of Paris Hilton, Justin Bieber or a spoken-word version of Pulp's "Common People" by William Shatner. Do with him as you will..."

 The documentary's two co-directors Ant Palmer (L) and David Fairhead (R) flank Carol Vorderman, described on the Paparazzi's guest list as "Host For The Evening". A pity your friend and mine DJ Impact wasn't hosting this event - rhyming anything with 'Spitfire' probably treads the boards of treason in this country.

The documentary's two co-directors Ant Palmer (L) and David Fairhead (R) flank Carol Vorderman, described on the Paparazzi's guest list as "Host For The Evening". A pity your friend and mine DJ Impact wasn't hosting this event - rhyming anything with 'Spitfire' probably treads the boards of treason in this country.

  "I ain't rhyming nothin' with nothin' "  - I'm not entirely sure of the precise nature of the fame of Carol Vorderman, but then to be honest outside the fields of movies and soundtracks I know relatively nothin' about nothin'.

"I ain't rhyming nothin' with nothin' " - I'm not entirely sure of the precise nature of the fame of Carol Vorderman, but then to be honest outside the fields of movies and soundtracks I know relatively nothin' about nothin'.

 Mary Ellis - RAF Veteran.

Mary Ellis - RAF Veteran.

 Mary Ellis - RAF&nbsp; Veteran.

Mary Ellis - RAF  Veteran.

 As indicated by the finger of the woman in the background, Brian Johnson is notable as being lead singer of the band I'm cautiously claiming as "Australia's Own" AC/DC from 1980 to 2016.

As indicated by the finger of the woman in the background, Brian Johnson is notable as being lead singer of the band I'm cautiously claiming as "Australia's Own" AC/DC from 1980 to 2016.

  "I can point just as well as you can, ma'am"  - and in doing so, Brian Johnson shows off a rather cool RAF-inspired (?) wristwatch. And just for once I'm glad I'm "only" wearing a Japanese-made quartz watch rather than an even more incendiary Kienzle German Aviator watch to this premiere.

"I can point just as well as you can, ma'am" - and in doing so, Brian Johnson shows off a rather cool RAF-inspired (?) wristwatch. And just for once I'm glad I'm "only" wearing a Japanese-made quartz watch rather than an even more incendiary Kienzle German Aviator watch to this premiere.

 Mary Ellis and Allan Scott, RAF Veterans.

Mary Ellis and Allan Scott, RAF Veterans.

 David Fairhead's other documentary directing effort was on the mission controllers of the NASA moon landings. Interesting....

David Fairhead's other documentary directing effort was on the mission controllers of the NASA moon landings. Interesting....

 Allan Scott, Joan Fashawe, Mary Ellis and Paul Farnes - all RAF Veterans.

Allan Scott, Joan Fashawe, Mary Ellis and Paul Farnes - all RAF Veterans.

  "That might be me. Alternatively it might not be"  Alex Kingston is best known (on imdb) for having played the character Elizabeth Corday across over a decade of the TV Series E.R., as well as the character "River Song" across 17 episodes (and 7 years) of Dr Who.

"That might be me. Alternatively it might not be" Alex Kingston is best known (on imdb) for having played the character Elizabeth Corday across over a decade of the TV Series E.R., as well as the character "River Song" across 17 episodes (and 7 years) of Dr Who.

 Supercool pin.

Supercool pin.

  "I'm sorry, I don't give out diagnoses based on photos on an iphone. Also, based on the body in that swimsuit, that's not you...."  Doctor Hilary Jones is apparently a TV personality/doctor.

"I'm sorry, I don't give out diagnoses based on photos on an iphone. Also, based on the body in that swimsuit, that's not you...." Doctor Hilary Jones is apparently a TV personality/doctor.

  "A documentary about the autofocus issues of Pentax DSLRs? Kind of a narrow target market, and arguably quite a depressing topic" . Eh... I was single-camera packing at this one as I had to rush home immediately after the event. I chose the Pentax. Ask me again why.

"A documentary about the autofocus issues of Pentax DSLRs? Kind of a narrow target market, and arguably quite a depressing topic". Eh... I was single-camera packing at this one as I had to rush home immediately after the event. I chose the Pentax. Ask me again why.

 John Nichol was an RAF pilot shot down in Iraq during the first Gulf War.

John Nichol was an RAF pilot shot down in Iraq during the first Gulf War.

  "Try this kind of thing on an airforce base and you're looking at a possible court martial young lady. On this carpet, though? Sure thing!"

"Try this kind of thing on an airforce base and you're looking at a possible court martial young lady. On this carpet, though? Sure thing!"

  "Don't talk to me about Tyrion. Actually, don't talk to me about Cersei or Jaime either...."  - Charles Dance is the narrator of the documentary (and he was also patriarch Tywin Lannister in Game of Thrones)

"Don't talk to me about Tyrion. Actually, don't talk to me about Cersei or Jaime either...." - Charles Dance is the narrator of the documentary (and he was also patriarch Tywin Lannister in Game of Thrones)

 Not so much a good photo as one photoedited to within an inch of its life. You're welcome.... also I'm sorry.

Not so much a good photo as one photoedited to within an inch of its life. You're welcome.... also I'm sorry.

  "I liked you in that thing...." "Always a pleasure, to be sure...."  As well as being easily overlooked for his cool presence in the largely dismissed Alien3, Charles Dance was similarly in the unfairly not-as-highly-regarded-as-it-deserves    "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies"    which I actually do endorse as a fun film.

"I liked you in that thing...."
"Always a pleasure, to be sure...."

As well as being easily overlooked for his cool presence in the largely dismissed Alien3, Charles Dance was similarly in the unfairly not-as-highly-regarded-as-it-deserves "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" which I actually do endorse as a fun film.

 Group Shot!

Group Shot!

So... actually that was a really great premiere. Our pen had less than 10 people in it, they were respectful, the crowd were fully entitled to be there, and the guests varied greatly and represent a considerable level of British history. There's apparently an RAF 100th Anniversary flyby of London tomorrow, too, so I'm looking forward to that.

Until next time!

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And one day later, in Trafalgar Square:

RAF100
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RAF 100 Anniversary
Red Arrows RAF100

More photos from the RAF100 flyby here