15th March - Red Carpet / Monochrome

In the quiet period between the Baftas and the resumption of a steady(ish) supply of premieres, I've kept busy, mostly dating crime and fighting supermodels or something. On top of that, I also decided to (self-indulgently) do a re-edit / re-sample and re-mastering of all my BAFTA journals into the "Red Carpet / Monochrome" philosophy. I did that for the first time with the 2016 Baftas (and, quietly, the Avengers Age of Ultron premiere before that)...

No commentary, just photos; no 1.6 : 1 crop but a 'superior' 1.8 : 1 'wide(r) screen' crop; no selecting photos in a rush on Bafta eve while eating leftovers and regaining my body's core temperature... but a calmer and more thoughtful reassessent. You know, the way it was intended to be, but practical and technological limitations of the day prevented:)

Here's the links to each:

2013 : The one with rain, sleet and snow  (and Jennifer Lawrence and I sharing a moment)

2013 : The one with rain, sleet and snow (and Jennifer Lawrence and I sharing a moment)

and finally:

2016 : The one featuring not one but several Gopro shots  (along with 'the usual' Nikon and Pentax shots)

2016 : The one featuring not one but several Gopro shots (along with 'the usual' Nikon and Pentax shots)

26th Feb 2016 - FASHION!

Although this site is primarily concerned with Premieres, there is a natural extension into Film Awards, and thus any kind of Awards, which then loosely tie into Events... and before you know it, taking photos outside The 2015 British Fashion Awards justifies The 2016 Elle Fashion Awards, which since I'm already photographing London Fashion week and have been for years, finally induced me to transfer across two journals I'd already put on Redbubble for 2013 (which are now here and here) ... then backfill the ones for 2012, 2014 and 2015... and then the one for 2016.

Karl Lagerfeld regards me with a look approximating to "and have you ever attracted a female of the same species with what you're wearing?" and a "thought not" that didn't wait for my answer at  The 2015 British Fashion Awards.

Karl Lagerfeld regards me with a look approximating to "and have you ever attracted a female of the same species with what you're wearing?" and a "thought not" that didn't wait for my answer at The 2015 British Fashion Awards.

Now... when I say I 'photograph London Fashion Week', I've never been within sight of or even fluffy handbag throwing distance of so much as a catwalk. No... London Fashion Week is mostly about the Beautiful People showing clothes designed by The Talented People to be talked about by The Media People so they can be purchased by The Wealthy People and The Famous People. Which is to say The Ordinary People are not required....and yet weirdly I/we do it anyway. (Much like how I photograph premieres, really, when you think about it)

So for parts of five different London Fashion Weeks (there are two every year), my camera, my flagging self-respect, an apology note from my superego, and I headed down to Somerset House to photograph the general goings-on OUTSIDE (but close to) the hub of London Fashion Week:

* London Fashion Week 2012.1 -
* London Fashion Week 2013.1 -
* London Fashion Week 2013.2 -
* London Fashion Week 2014.1 -
* London Fashion Week 2015.1 -

I can wait here all day....

I can wait here all day....

And then, just when it seemed all too easy, the powers that be moved the whole shindig from the classy, open, mingle-friendly space of Somerset House to...uh... a multistorey parking garage on busy narrow street in London.

* London Fashion Week 2016.1 - The one outside the multistorey parking garage

So... you know..... enjoy! *kiss* *kiss*

17th Feb 2016 - One Bafta, Two Journals

It's a point of pride that I generally have a journal posted for an event on the same day it takes place, but reality means that "Same Day" occasionally means "some time after midnight". For the 2016 Baftas that became "a few hours after midnight, verging on a few hours before getting up for work". But it was a great event, and it's always a rare bit of fun editing photos on one screen while the delayed broadcast of the event is playing in the other screen.

Anyway, for the 2016 Baftas, I ended up doing two journals, one being the typical "photo plus commentary" style which is accessible here:

<insert comment here.... check grammar, spelling and legibility later>

<insert comment here.... check grammar, spelling and legibility later>

and a few days later, I decided to do it all again, this time reframed, re-edited and in monochrome WITHOUT commentary... because every now and then I'd like to think the photos can speak for themselves.

&lt; . . &gt;

< . . >

Generally it tends to be a bit quiet on the premieres-front after the Baftas, but in this case London is quite busy, with London Fashion Week, the Elle Style Awards, the Brit Awards (which I usually don't do) and a premiere.... all in the next week or so!

9th Feb 2016 - One Premiere, One Review

The premiere was on Tuesday and it was for 'How to be Single' (a concept and movie title that cut far too close to the bone for my linking) - attended by Alison Brie, Rebel Wilson, Dakota Johnson and Leslie Mann... and a curiously and annoyingly swaying security dude...

The review is more esoteric, rambling, and not yet past the 'early draft' phase... but it's part of ultimatley watching (and reviewing) every single movie I've been to the premiere of since 2008. There's no rush.... I'm still up to 2008, in this case the movie was the awful "The X-Files : I Want To Believe"

6th Feb 2016 - two premieres this week

I managed to make it to two premieres this week - one on Monday and one on Thursday.

The first was the Jane-Austen-Meets-The-Undead movie "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies", attended by a cavalcade of stars in the form of Lily James, Bella Heathcote, Matt Smith, Charles Dance, Douglas Booth and a roving band of shuffling Elizabethan Zombies...

"It wasn't me! They were like that when I got here!"

"It wasn't me! They were like that when I got here!"

And then a few days later, the enigmatically advertised 'fashionable screening' for Zoolander2 ended up being a full-blown premiere plus Guinness Book Of World Records event attended by Ben Stiller, Owen Wilson, Penelope Cruz, Will Ferrell... and even such random attendees as fashion label Valentino and The Force Awakens' Adam Driver!

"I'm going to be honest... at this distance I can't even tell if if my mobile is turned on " - Ben Stiller holds an 8.6metre selfie stick as Kristen Wiig, Justin Theroux, Valentino, Penelope Cruz, Owen Wilson, Adam Driver and other guests observe

"I'm going to be honest... at this distance I can't even tell if if my mobile is turned on" - Ben Stiller holds an 8.6metre selfie stick as Kristen Wiig, Justin Theroux, Valentino, Penelope Cruz, Owen Wilson, Adam Driver and other guests observe

So... that's pretty cool. Next week (hopefully) 'How to be Single' and next Sunday my favourite kind of Valentines Day present: The 2016 Baftas.

27/01/2016 - Movies Pessimistically Appraised

It's been brewing for a little while, and I have some misgivings, but I'm going to formally state that I intend to do this.

I'm going to commit to ultimately watch EVERY movie I've been to the premiere of.

And yes, sure, I've watched many of them (indeed, this week I watched The Hateful Eight, and it was the last premiere I went to last year), but many of them I haven't. Plus... I want to put my reviews on this website. I figure it'll be a nice way to 'complete the circle' of each premiere.

But here's the problem. Not only am I waaaaaay over-analytical, but I'm also a pessimist at heart. That means when I watch a movie, even a GOOD movie, I invariably fixate on the things I didn't like. This is a problem, but on the other hand it also represents an opportunity : why NOT appraise movies from a pessimistic perspective. Why not start with the idea that any movie can be improved? As an intellectual challenge, if nothing else. Alternatively, just as a bit of harmless fun.

I mean... can I *REALLY* write a negative appraisal of Pixar's 2008 masterpiece Wall-E? Or Christopher Nolan's The Dark Knight?? The answer, because I've already written both, is yes.

Sort of.

I still love both of those movies. But neither is without flaws.

Feel free to hate this notion, the good news is I'll start by keeping it fairly discreet. You probably won't even realise these reviews are here....

To begin, here's my over-wrought Manifesto

And here's my Movies Pessimistically Appraised attempts at analysing:

Hancock (2008)
Wall-E (2008)
The Dark Knight (2008)

And yes... I'll get to Twilight and Fifty Shades of Gray eventually. Perhaps don't expect me to want to expend much time on them. Some things I'd rather not experience, or remember!

And in answer to the question "don't I have anything better to do?". Ummm... on days I don't have premieres to go to? No.

23/01/2016 - it's 2016

An update : over Christmas and New Year I missed the premieres of Star Wars : The Force Awakens (care factor : negligible with regard to the movie, but I do like a spectacle), Creed (care factor : somewhat, as the movie looks good), and Revenant (care factor : high - very frustrating but there was nothing I could do).

"The movie is called 'Spotlight'.... not whatever weird 'backwards-P-shape-light' you're putting on my face"

"The movie is called 'Spotlight'.... not whatever weird 'backwards-P-shape-light' you're putting on my face"

Now that I'm back in London, I've opened my 2016 account with the 'Spotlight' premiere, and a continuation of my uncertainty as to whether I should start putting my reviews of the movies I've seen that I also went to the premiere of. That's something I've mulled over for some time but I'm holding off because it'll change the tone of this site somewhat....

Anyway.. hope you (yes you) had a good Christmas/New Year, and all the best. Upcoming premieres : Dad's Army(who?), Pride & Prejudice & Zombies (could be fun), How to be Single (wait... somebody's doing my life story?), and the 2016 Baftas (I hope it sleets and snows.. but that's probably just me).

19/10/2015 - BFI London Film Fest... done!

Well. that was a lot of premieres over a long period of days.. but I made it out on all but two days (and I'm not sure one of those had a premiere) and it was pretty great!

Here's the summary of what went down:

Day "-1" (Tuesday 6th October): The BFI Luminous Gala (with Tom Hiddleston, Joan Collins, Geena Davis and others)

Day 1 : sadly I missed the opening gala (I was at a composer event instead)


Day 2 (Thursday 8th October) The Trumbo premiere, featuring Helen Mirren, Bryan Cranston and John Goodman:

Day 3 (October 9th) The High-Rise premiere, featuring Tom Hiddleston (eee!), Elisabeth Moss, Sienna Miller and Sienna Guillory:

Day 4 (10th October)  Ben Foster and Chris O'Dowd at the premiere of 'The Program':

Day 5 (11th October) : Johnny Depp and Benedict Cumberbatch at the premiere of 'Black Mass':

Day 6 (12th October) : Saoirse Ronan at the premiere of 'Brooklyn':

Day 7 : Rachel Weisz, Colin Farrell and Ben Whishaw at the premiere of 'The Lobster':

Day 8 : Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara at the premiere of 'Carol':

Day 9 (15th October) ; Rachel Weisz (again!) Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel at the premiere of 'Youth' :

 

Day 10 : sadly didn't attend any premieres...


Day 11 (17th October) : Cate Blanchett (again!) and Topher Grace for the premiere of 'Truth':

Day 12 (18th October) : And finally Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet and Danny Boyle for the Closing Gala for 'Steve Jobs':

And that was pretty much that (Well... not quite. There was a premiere the day after BFI LFF finished!). But prior to that, time to try to get some sleep...

Until next (time) Year!

2+1 non-premiere events (?) added

Things got kind of quiet over summer, but I did manage to track down not one but two (2) events I'd photographed but not posted a journal of, one dating back to 12mths ago. Then there was another event that wasn't a premiere, or an awards, or even really a launch. That was the "BFI Luminous Gala".

The events were:

1. The Apple Store event for "Hector and the Search for Happiness", with director Peter Chelsom and actor Simon Pegg

"what do you mean you haven't seen the movie? It's awesome, and yes I'm being paid to say that!"

"what do you mean you haven't seen the movie? It's awesome, and yes I'm being paid to say that!"

2. Event number two was The Apple Store event for the movie 'Pride', with Andrew Scott and Faye Marsay

I swear this photo is blurry for artistic reasons.

I swear this photo is blurry for artistic reasons.

3. And finally more recently, there was the 'BFI Luminous' event dominated by the mayhem and mischief of Tom Hiddleston, but also attended by the fairly legendary Joan Collins

"it's okay. I mostly came to photograph Tom Hiddleston as well"

"it's okay. I mostly came to photograph Tom Hiddleston as well"

More news as it happens!

Mar 10 - INSURGENT Apple Store Event, London

It's been a few weeks since the last premiere, and nigh on a year since the premiere of "Divergent". And although the World Premiere in London is scheduled for tomorrow, today I was able to go to a short-notice Apple Store event that was only announced that morning. I'm not in the market for an Apple Watch, and the last product I bought was a Generation 3 iPod (brand new, from ebay, a few weeks ago) (sorry, apple, your new iPods are ugly) but they don't need to know that. Here's the highlights:

The crowd was 95% female and teenage, and I am neither of those things. Fortunately, discrimination based on age and gender is (apparently) on the wane in this country. Weird looks perhaps not so much

The crowd was 95% female and teenage, and I am neither of those things. Fortunately, discrimination based on age and gender is (apparently) on the wane in this country. Weird looks perhaps not so much

"My daughter is going to kill me if I don't take decent video of this event... I should probably get a third camera rig"

"My daughter is going to kill me if I don't take decent video of this event... I should probably get a third camera rig"

"For all you girls who've been waiting here since noon, if I told you Shailene and Theo weren't coming, how many of you would stay just to listen to me since you're already here?"

"For all you girls who've been waiting here since noon, if I told you Shailene and Theo weren't coming, how many of you would stay just to listen to me since you're already here?"

"Thank Zeus you guys showed up. I was about to be torn apart by angry teenage girls. Not the worst way to die, sure, but it's only Tuesday."

"Thank Zeus you guys showed up. I was about to be torn apart by angry teenage girls. Not the worst way to die, sure, but it's only Tuesday."

"Thanks for that. Take a seat, Katniss" "I think you mean Tris?" "Sure thing, Hermione"

"Thanks for that. Take a seat, Katniss"
"I think you mean Tris?"
"Sure thing, Hermione"

Shailene Woodley is pretty, but mainly I'm staring at her jumper because it looks like one of those Magic Eye patterns from back in the 1990s. You know... the decade most of the fans of this franchise don't remember because they're too young.

Shailene Woodley is pretty, but mainly I'm staring at her jumper because it looks like one of those Magic Eye patterns from back in the 1990s. You know... the decade most of the fans of this franchise don't remember because they're too young.

"So do you know if they're turning the last book in the series into two movies, or are they going Full Hobbit and making a whole trilogy out it?"

"So do you know if they're turning the last book in the series into two movies, or are they going Full Hobbit and making a whole trilogy out it?"

"Chris... I think that dude over there is in his mid-forties and also a DUDE. Is that okay?" . I'm not sure. You tell me. PS &gt; I'm not that old.

"Chris... I think that dude over there is in his mid-forties and also a DUDE. Is that okay?". I'm not sure. You tell me. PS > I'm not that old.

"No, my name isn't actually 3.14159 or "Pi"... it's 'Four' " "Wow. That's not even rounded correctly, Theo. Is it, like, a metaphor?" "Not that I'm aware of"

"No, my name isn't actually 3.14159 or "Pi"... it's 'Four' "
"Wow. That's not even rounded correctly, Theo. Is it, like, a metaphor?"
"Not that I'm aware of"

"Pick me! Pick me! Oh... we're choosing who gets to ask US questions, and not the other way around".

"Pick me! Pick me! Oh... we're choosing who gets to ask US questions, and not the other way around".

"Any of you guys have a question OTHER than "Will Theo James Go Out With Me"?"

"Any of you guys have a question OTHER than "Will Theo James Go Out With Me"?"

So.... that was that. And here's more photos from the World Premiere tomorrow. On the plus side, if I can get in I should be taller than the majority of the crowd. On the negative.... I assume it'll be loud and crowded.

 

All Four BAFTAS are now Entered!!

I go to a lot of premieres... some 50+ per year. But for all of that, I do particularly love the BAFTAS. Unlike the Oscars in Hollywood, the weather is not sunny and glamorously warm. Actually, it's typically freezing, you need to queue for hours, it has occasionally rained, and in one case it's even snowed.

But it's also kind of awesome. Some of my friends no longer 'do' the Baftas, citing a particularly unpleasant experience (which I can understand : it's one thing to waste a nice pleasant sunny day, but another to suffer through bone-chilling temperatures and find out it's been a waste). But so far, for now, I haven't yet had a bad Baftas experience. The photo opportunities are great, the editing takes AGES, the journals are about 2-3 times larger, and due to the delayed screening, I get the rare "privilege" (?) of sitting at home editing photos of the event WHILE WATCHING THE EVENT. That's kind of cool... if (like me) you think that kind of thing is cool. Which I do.

Here's the links:

The First one: 2010. I had a weird spot in an isolated pen in a layout that hasn't been repeated in future ceremonies. Photographed James Cameron, Mickey Rourke, Quentin Tarantino, shared what I'd call a "genuine moment" with Kate Winslet, and photographed R-Patz and K-Stewz at the peak of their Twilight-era fame.

I think she likes me. (And then she marries some other guy.... heartbroken)

I think she likes me. (And then she marries some other guy.... heartbroken)

 

The second one : 2012. I was in Australia until May 2011, so I missed the one for that year, but I was back in 2012 with a new / better camera, and this time got to photograph Meryl Streep, Tilda Swinton and Brad Pitt... among many others. Oh, and I photographed Tom Hiddleston hugging Chris Hemsworth. Get your fanfics ready....

"Pentax? Really?"

"Pentax? Really?"

 

The third one : 2013. This is the one that broke the spirits of many of the regular attendees : first it was freezing. Then it rained. Then it sleeted. THEN IT SNOWED. I couldn't get the smile off my face... because just for once, the Red Carpet wasn't filled with people milling about rubbernecking at the famous people. It was awesome, and it's the only time as yet that I've photographed Joaquin Phoenix and Daniel Day-Lewis. Oh, and J-Lawz and I shared a moment.

I think she likes me. (And then she starts dating the lead singer of Coldplay).

I think she likes me. (And then she starts dating the lead singer of Coldplay).

 

The Fourth one : 2014. It was back to the usual crowded-ness and long queues and cold, as this one was held on a surprisingly clear night. My spot was decent, so no complaints, but I was also under siege for hours defending it from people wanting to eke out a spot next to me (and no, it's not because I'm good looking and a sparkling conversationalist, this was Real Estate, pure and simple). Still... photos of Brangelina, Leonardo DiCaprio, Uma Thurman and some weird robotic ipads-on-segways were the highlights.

"And next year we'll be wearing matching ballgowns" . Can't wait.

"And next year we'll be wearing matching ballgowns". Can't wait.

Can't wait for 2015... although I concede on the whole that I'm statistically due for a failure any time now.

3 New Premieres and 2013 uploaded

I'm a bit behind on the celebrations, but in a fit of extreme uploading only the likes of single (or single-minded) people might understand, I knocked over some thirty premieres from 2013 in a weekend. And then, before I could properly celebrate such a dubious feat, I had not one but THREE premieres of reasonable size to attend.

And then it turned out that the FOURTH of them was the one more people were interested in!

Premiere #1 was Christopher Nolan's "INTERSTELLAR"
 

Premiere #3 was the much smaller but no-less "World" World Premiere of Horrible Bosses 2

However, what I've learned with such surprisingly well-viewed premieres like "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby : Them" (with James McAvoy) and "A Little Chaos" (with Alan Rickman) ... is that it's often the more obscure premieres that get less coverage but a LOT more views, presumably because the supply-to-demand ratio is much much smaller.

For this reason, the premiere of the four that's had BY FAR the most views so far is for a Korean film : "Kundo : Age of the Rampant"

As for the 2013 uploads? Well, the highlights of that are probably:

Only Lovers Left Alive - with Tom Hiddleston
Thor : The Dark World - again with Tom Hiddleston, but (for me) more importantly Natalie Portman
The Hunger Games Catching Fire - appropriately posted just about one year late!

Coming up next : hopefully some kind of photos as The Hobbit III and Paddington (I have strong doubts as to both) and after that Ridley Scott's Exodus.

 

So that was the 2014 London Film Festival...

10th October, 2014.

So BFI London Film Festival is over for another year, and in contrast to prior years, this time I made a valiant effort to attend as many premieres, large or small, as possible. In the end, I missed all but three days and about six premieres I would have liked to go to.... on the other hand, I did do a fair few:

 

The Imitation Game - Benedict Cumberbatch! Keira Knightley!
Men, Women and Children
- Ansel Elgort! Jason Reitman! Rain!
Bypass
- Charlotte Spencer!
Rose Water
- Jon Stewart! Rain!
Kung Fu Jungle
- Donnie Yen! Heavier Rain!
Testament of Youth
- Kit Harrington! Dominic West!
Love Is Strange
- Alfred Molina!
Whiplash
- JK Simmons! BIBLICAL rain!
Foxcatcher
- Steve Carrell! Sienna Miller!
A Little Chaos
- Alan Rickman!
The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby (not sure if this was BFI or not)
- James McAvoy!
Fury
- Brad Pitt! Shia LaBeouf! Logan Lerman! Michael Pena! David Ayer!

And while the BFI showed their Top Fifteen Photos of this year's festival, I'm not quite capable of quite as dramatic vantagepoints. Still, it was a fun time. And there's already a premiere in the bank from today (journal to follow)

My top five (or perhaps 'most representative') shots:

Benedict Cumberbatch deduces EVERYTHING about our host at  the premiere of The Imitation Game

Benedict Cumberbatch deduces EVERYTHING about our host at the premiere of The Imitation Game

Ansel Elgort and fans at the  premiere of Men Women and Children

Ansel Elgort and fans at the premiere of Men Women and Children

More and heavier rain, and JK Simmons glaring cheerily at  the premiere of Whiplash

More and heavier rain, and JK Simmons glaring cheerily at the premiere of Whiplash

Alan Rickman almost but not quite manages a smile at  the premiere of "A Little Chaos"

Alan Rickman almost but not quite manages a smile at the premiere of "A Little Chaos"

Brad Pitt brings us home at  the Closing Gala premiere of Fury

Brad Pitt brings us home at the Closing Gala premiere of Fury

I'm already looking forward to getting my first proper night's sleep in ages... I sometimes forget I don't actually get paid to do this!

It's London Film Festival

Every year, I look forward to London Film Festival. And every year, a million distractions that never come up at any other time of year crop up during London Film Festival. Last year I spent half of it in Boston, USA. This year there's two Film Composer events, an out-of-town business meeting and last-minute catchups with friends who are like "hey.. you doing anything?" YES - LONDON FILM FESTIVAL!

At this point we're halfway through and I've done all of five events, having thusly missed such luminaries as Noomi Rapace, Mia Wasikowska, and Reese Witherspoon...

However, in those five premieres I did manage to photograph:

Benedict Cumberbatch, Charles Dance and Keira Knightley at  "Imitation Game"

Benedict Cumberbatch, Charles Dance and Keira Knightley at "Imitation Game"

Ansel Elgort and Jason Reitman at  the premiere of "Men, Women and Children"

Ansel Elgort and Jason Reitman at the premiere of "Men, Women and Children"

Charlotte Spencer, George MacKay and a guy with the world's most amazing Moustache at  the premiere of "Bypass"

Charlotte Spencer, George MacKay and a guy with the world's most amazing Moustache at the premiere of "Bypass"

Jon Stewart and Dimitri Leonidas at  the premiere of "Rosewater"

Jon Stewart and Dimitri Leonidas at the premiere of "Rosewater"

Donnie Yen and a whole bunch of umbrellas at  the premiere of "Kung Fu Jungle"

Donnie Yen and a whole bunch of umbrellas at the premiere of "Kung Fu Jungle"

I've still got about a week of premieres to look forward to, though. And maybe it'll even stop raining eventually!

1 new premiere and 12 more from 2012.

I had some time off, but now I'm back and just in time to catch David Tennant, Rosamund Pike and Billy Connolly for the premiere of "What We Did On Our Holiday".

"Can't talk right now. Already said too much" - David Tennant at  the premiere of "What we did on our Holiday"

"Can't talk right now. Already said too much" - David Tennant at the premiere of "What we did on our Holiday"

On top of that, I've not one or two... but TWELVE premieres from 2012... and some of them big. VERY big:

American Pie 4 - featuring stars you thought you'd never see again
THE AVENGERS - featuring stars I really wanted to photograph!
Outside Bet - featuring stars I'd never heard of, including Emily Atack!
African Cats - a documentary, sure, but attended by Their Royal Highnesses William and Kate!
Safe - featuring.... just Jason Statham (what... that's not enough?)
Dark Shadows - hateful film, but a pretty awesome cast including Johnny Depp!
The Dictator - also a hateful film, but a pretty female security detail!
Snow White and the Huntsman - Charlize Theron AND Kristen Stewart? Totally. Oh, and Thor
Men In Black III - Will Smith AND Josh Brolin AND Emma Thompson AND Alice Eve
What to Expect When You're Inspecting - Sigh. But Cameron Diaz and Cheryl Cole showed
Ill Manors - Plan B / Ben Drew's directing debut!
PROMETHEUS - Charlize Theron AND Ridley Scott (and one of them *might* have signed a photo I'd taken of them at another premire??)

I can't stay mad at Kristen Stewart at the premiere of  "Snow White and the Huntsman"

I can't stay mad at Kristen Stewart at the premiere of "Snow White and the Huntsman"

Oh, I'm sure the fans were mostly there for Robert Downey Jnr, Tom Hiddleston and Thor... but I? I took a day off work and waited 11 hours to photograph Scarlett Johansson at  the premiere of "The Avengers" . Regrets? In my life - sure. That particular day? Not so much.

Oh, I'm sure the fans were mostly there for Robert Downey Jnr, Tom Hiddleston and Thor... but I? I took a day off work and waited 11 hours to photograph Scarlett Johansson at the premiere of "The Avengers". Regrets? In my life - sure. That particular day? Not so much.

Believe me, I'm just as puzzled as she was that I got eye-contact with the former Kate Middleton, now the Duchess of Cambridge, at  the premiere of the documentary "African Cats"

Believe me, I'm just as puzzled as she was that I got eye-contact with the former Kate Middleton, now the Duchess of Cambridge, at the premiere of the documentary "African Cats"

Charlize Theron at  the world premiere of "Prometheus".  I'd never photographed director Ridley Scott, or gotten Charlize Theron's autographs&gt; I walked away with a photo of both an an autograph from both. That's... kind of awesome, actually.

Charlize Theron at the world premiere of "Prometheus". I'd never photographed director Ridley Scott, or gotten Charlize Theron's autographs> I walked away with a photo of both an an autograph from both. That's... kind of awesome, actually.


So.. .good times. And London Film Festival Fast Approacheth...

12 premieres from 2012 added, plus some for the Gallery

Howdy, and I'm still kind of reeling from how many people 'discovered' my 2014 GQ Awards journal. Nice to know people are at least seeing these things I post (even if just to ogle at Benedict Cumberbatch). Still... along with finishing with uploading the last few premieres from 2011:

Hugo (in 3D) - Martin Scorcese! Chloe Moretz!
The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo - DCraig! RMara!
Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol - Cruise! Pegg! Patton!

I then moved on to 2012, where because I stayed indoors most of the weekend, I've now added the first twelve (!) premieres from 2012:

War Horse - Steven Spielberg! Royalty! Hiddleston! Cumberbatch! An Actual Horse!
Margin Call - is it a premiere if it's from a side-alley in the dark? (too late : answer is yes) (sadly)
Shame - is it a much of a premiere if it's a Gala?
W.E. - did Madonna REALLY direct a movie?
The Woman in Black - Is Daniel Radcliffe already post-Potter?
This Means War - Did Reese Witherspoon really compliment my photo of her?
The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel - Are they allowed to have premieres when it's this cold?
John Carter - What ARE those things on the movie poster?
The Hunger Games - Are you allowed to wear a dress that yellow?
Wild Bill - was she really a Countess from the 1830s?
Titanic 3D - will James Cameron ever do anything small-scale?
Wrath of the Titans - How big IS Liam Neeson.... 's.....? (We don't answer, but we theorise)

On the 'art' side, I've added a few shots to the "Gallery" from that period too:

Daniel Craig from the premiere of  "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo"

Daniel Craig from the premiere of "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo"

It's always fun photographing Simon Pegg, in this instance it was at the premiere of  "Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol"

It's always fun photographing Simon Pegg, in this instance it was at the premiere of "Mission Impossible Ghost Protocol"

The Master himself : Steven Spielberg from the premiere of  "War Horse"

The Master himself : Steven Spielberg from the premiere of "War Horse"

Benedict Cumberbatch is pretty pleased to be at  the premiere of "War Horse"  too

Benedict Cumberbatch is pretty pleased to be at the premiere of "War Horse" too

Toby Jones caught one THIS BIG prior to the premiere of  "The Hunger Games"

Toby Jones caught one THIS BIG prior to the premiere of "The Hunger Games"

Premiere-wise, things are somewhat quiet in London at the moment, but they have announced the schedule for October's BFI London Film Festival, so that's something to look forward to!

So I've now photographed Lindsay Lohan and Kim Kardashian

September 3rd, 2014.

The GQ Awards in London meant the usual : a really poor spot behind three rows of Paparazzi, PAs blocking shots, and crippling autofocus and even white balance issues. And yet, as always... it wasn't without its momentous-ness.

Benedict Cumberbatch, Peter Capaldi, Iggy Pop, Ringo Starr, Jonah Hill, Kanye West, Samuel L Jackson, Stanley Tucci all showed up...

and so did Kim Kardashian and Lindsay Lohan.

Oh, look, it's porn star Kim Kardashian (I'll concede that with her latest app she's kind of gone legitimately wealthy)

Oh, look, it's porn star Kim Kardashian (I'll concede that with her latest app she's kind of gone legitimately wealthy)

Oh, look, it's about as classy as I can make Lindsay Lohan look. Who am I kidding, I totally bough her album back in 2006. And I may or may not be joking about that.

Oh, look, it's about as classy as I can make Lindsay Lohan look. Who am I kidding, I totally bough her album back in 2006. And I may or may not be joking about that.

I feel like my cameras and I need full-body disinfectant, in a way. But on the other hand... it wasn't the worst night of my life either.

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And in the meantime, I've also added journals for such 2011 classic premieres as:

A Dangerous Method - Viggo! Fassbender! Knightley!
Anonymous - Emmerich! Ifans! Thewlis!
The Deep Blue Sea - Tom Hiddleston! No Genetically Enhanced Sharks!
In Time - Timberlake! Seyfried! Murphy!
Arthur Christmas - Bill Nighy! Fake Snow!
Twilight Breaking Dawn Part1 - KStewz! RPatz! TLautz!
Happy Feet 2 - Robin Williams (RIP) and Elijah Wood!
My Week With Marilyn - Hermione! Gilderoy Lockhart! Dobby! Lily Potter! Madam Hooch!
Puss in Boots - Banderas and Hayek!

One new event, Four old premieres added

Yesterday I went to (yet another) Apple Store event - but this time it was CULTURE - the director and star of the Indian-Hindi "Hamlet" adaptation "Haider" were in town to promote their film - released October 2.... and I don't get to photograph a lot of Indian actors / director-composers... so that was kind of cool...

"We know what you watched this summer... and it was Guardians of the Galaxy..." Shahid Kapoor and Vishal Bhardwaj for their movie  'Haider" at The Apple Store

"We know what you watched this summer... and it was Guardians of the Galaxy..." Shahid Kapoor and Vishal Bhardwaj for their movie 'Haider" at The Apple Store

I also had time to upload four (4) more movies from The Archives - the 'who are these people (excluding Idris Elba, obviously) randomness of the soon-to-be-forgotten "Demons Never Die" premiere, the George Clooney one-two punch to kick-off 2011's BFI London Film Festival, those films being the excellent "The Ides of March" which included the late great Philip Seymour Hoffman, and the next day the overwhelming annoyingness of the Hawaiian-Music infused 2 hour wait for the start of the premiere of "The Descendants", where George Clooney was accompanied by young (nowadays slightly older) Shaileen Woodley. Oh, and there was a small and surprisingly intimate premiere for "Tintin and the Secret of the Unicorn" - small and intimate because if director/producer Steven Spielberg/Peter Jackson had shown up it would have been *considerably* bigger. Still.. Daniel Craig, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and a real live small white dog showed up to that...

The late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman at the premiere of  "The Ides of March"

The late, great Philip Seymour Hoffman at the premiere of "The Ides of March"

Daniel Craig Staredown!! (at the  premiere of "Tintin and the Secret of the Unicorn"

Until next time!

As for new stuff... there's premieres scheduled for next week. (woo!)

11 more premieres from 2011

The advantage of a long weekend is that I can spend it partying like the wild and craaaaazy guy I am... or I can stay at home and update my website to bring the world the latest from the year 2011. In this case, that meant adding a quite noteworthy 11 additional premieres AND putting more shots into the Celebs Gallery.

Highlights:
Cowboys and Aliens - Daniel Craig! Olivia Wilde! Jon Favreau!... and Harrison Ford!
One Day - Anne Hathaway pre-Dark Knight Rises! Jim Sturgess!
A Lonely Place To Die - Melissa George!
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy - Tom Hardy! Benedict Cumberbatch! Gary Oldman! Colin Firth!
Real Steel - Hugh Jackman! A 'crying' Robot! (plus you should watch the movie 'cause it's FRIKKIN AWESOME!!)
The Debt - Helen Mirren! Tom Wilkinson! Colin Firth again!
Abduction - it wasn't a premiere but I photographed Taylor Lautner anyway!
Melancholia - Kirsten Dunst! John Hurt!
Johnny English Reborn - Rowan Atkinson! Gillian Anderson!
Perfect Sense - Eva Green! Ewan McGregor!

Harrison Ford at  the premiere of "Cowboys and Aliens"  (did I mention I photographed HARRISON FORD??)

Harrison Ford at the premiere of "Cowboys and Aliens" (did I mention I photographed HARRISON FORD??)

Kirsten Dunst was very, very pretty at  the premiere of "Melancholia"  (which is a pretty amazing film if you can find yourself in the right mood and *definitely* turn off all outside-world distractions)

Kirsten Dunst was very, very pretty at the premiere of "Melancholia" (which is a pretty amazing film if you can find yourself in the right mood and *definitely* turn off all outside-world distractions)

Rowan Atkinson conducts himself (and others) with perfect propriety at  the premiere of Johnny English.

Rowan Atkinson conducts himself (and others) with perfect propriety at the premiere of Johnny English.

Eva Green was stunning (and very cool) at  the premiere of "Perfect Sense"  (and Ewan McGregor wasn't exactly shabby and kicking babies either)

Eva Green was stunning (and very cool) at the premiere of "Perfect Sense" (and Ewan McGregor wasn't exactly shabby and kicking babies either)

I've now uploaded 114 events. By my estimation that means there's still about the same amount to upload PLUS I still have to do all the events (BAFTAs, BIFAs, Oliviers, GQs... there was even an ARIA Award night I went to....). Guess there's never been a better time to stay home and be sick... if I were of a mind to be...