Bernd Talasch

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 > 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!

The Maze Runner event (aka: remaining skeptical about Apple events)

It's not that they're not welcome, and not that they don't get some fantastic guests, it's just that there's a certain 'surprise' factor at play when what I will call 'The Biggest Company On The Planet' hosts an event for a new Young Adult franchise, invites its director and four biggest stars... and then only allows enough space for about 40 people to sit down and about 50-60 to stand in a massive scrum to hear them talk. Guys... you could afford to buy LONDON. You could afford to build a six storey theatre on top of or gigantic subterranean lair / auditorium underneath your building.... or fly people out to a volcanic island. A small minitheatre next to the genius bar and the iPad Mini counter isn't really the way to go.

I'm not complaining (or rather I am, but not in a massive way) - I'll still happily take that over my boring-a55 life any time. But still... I'll point it out.

"Watch this movie or I'll keep freestyle Rapping. Oh, and it's out in October so settle in for a long wait"

"Watch this movie or I'll keep freestyle Rapping. Oh, and it's out in October so settle in for a long wait"

Oh, and I also back-filled two more premieres from when I was still in Sydney in 2011 - the original World Premiere of "Thor" (Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Kenneth Branagh and Jaimie Alexander attended that, while Anthony Hopkins and then-pregnant Natalie Portman did not), and also the large premiere for "Water for Elephants" which closed down Pitt Street Mall and was attended by both R-Patz and R-Withs.

... and I've finished with 2010.

2010 was the year I left London in March to go traveling around Europe and Japan for two months, then settled in Rural NSW, Australia for the indefinite (but not actually indefinite) future.

What that meant for premieres was that I did a couple in London before I left, which covered the Jessica Alba / Ashton Kutcher movie "Valentines Day", the massively crowded and rainy World Premiere of Tim Burton's "Alice In Wonderland" and the never-before-journlised-and-you'll-quickly-see-why premiere of "The Shouting Men" . I also photographed the BRITS and the BAFTAS... but those will be journalised later, I hope.

And then, a couple of months into my self-imposed (?) exile / sentence in Australia, I learned, strangely, that Australia DOES get premieres... (just not many).

The first : the world premiere of the Australian film "Tomorrow When The World Began"
The second : the premiere of the Zac Efron movie "Charlie St Cloud" - attended by Zac Efron, no less!

Jessica Alba, Stunning, and relaxed, at  the premiere of Valentines Day  in London

Jessica Alba, Stunning, and relaxed, at the premiere of Valentines Day in London

Ashton Kutcher, looking very Ashton Kutcher-esque, at the same premiere...

Ashton Kutcher, looking very Ashton Kutcher-esque, at the same premiere...

The young Aussie cast of " Tomorrow When The War Began " at George Street cinemas, Sydney, Australia

The young Aussie cast of "Tomorrow When The War Began" at George Street cinemas, Sydney, Australia

Zac Efron uses his platform at  the premiere of "Charlie St Cloud"  to urge the young female population of Parramatta to Fight Tha Powah!!!

Zac Efron uses his platform at the premiere of "Charlie St Cloud" to urge the young female population of Parramatta to Fight Tha Powah!!!


A New Premiere, and I've finally finished with 2009!

In 'Reatlime' where I live in 2014, there were two events in the past week. The first was the premiere for the new Daniel Radcliffe movie "What If?" which was attended by The Man Himself, in all his effusively enthusiastic glory.

"Hey, Baby. Did you know I'm in movies?" Daniel Radcliffe at  the premiere of "What If"

"Hey, Baby. Did you know I'm in movies?" Daniel Radcliffe at the premiere of "What If"

There was a second premiere scheduled, but it proved to be a walk-in only. That means stars arrive and get interviewed inside a cinema, and there's no guests, red carpet, barriers, security.... or glitz or glamour. In other words... not my thing. That was for the movie "Hector and the Search for Happiness"... although I did manage to get to the Apple Store event with Simon Pegg and director Peter Chelsom. No journal for that one though, sorry.

I swear it was nothing I said...

I swear it was nothing I said...

Other than that, I finished uploading the whole remainder of 2009 premiere journals, which encompass all of London Film Festival and the large end-of-year premieres for which I layer up, complain about the cold, and admit to myself they're probably my favourite. The biggest of those included:

The Fantastic Mr Fox (with George Clooney, Wes Anderson and Bill Murray)
The Lovely Bones (with Peter Jackson and TRH Charles and Camilla)
Nine (with Daniel Day-Lewis, Kate Hudson, Nicole Kidman, Penelope Cruz, and Judi Dench)
Avatar's World premiere (with James Cameron and the majority of the cast)
Sherlock Holmes (with Guy Ritchie, Robert Downey Jnr, Jude Laws and the lovely Rachel McAdams)

And I bought the domain name "premieres.photography" to go with "premieres.co" which I already own. Boom!


Two from 2009 and two new premieres

Two premieres (or one premiere and one event, depending on how you categorise such things) in one day is pretty rare outside of London Film Festival, but it happened on Thursday, and I managed to make it for both. The first was the beautiful Marion Cotillard for "Two Days, One Night" (aka : "Deux jours, une nuit") at London's Somerset House, and the second was the Doctor Who Season 8 launch at BFI Southbank, which was held in a weird ill-lit hidden alleway and I photographed it like some kind of spy from a stairwell. But I swear it was legitimate, and both The New Doctor Peter Capaldi and his assistant Jenna Coleman showed up.

The lovely  Marion Cotillard  is all  "yeah, I won an Oscar and am widely respected for my mastery of the craft of Acting, but sure I'll sign your Inception and Dark Knight Rises crap".  (She wasn't like that... she was very friendly)

The lovely Marion Cotillard is all "yeah, I won an Oscar and am widely respected for my mastery of the craft of Acting, but sure I'll sign your Inception and Dark Knight Rises crap". (She wasn't like that... she was very friendly)

Peter Capaldi, aka Doctor Who v12.0 is all "We spend so much money on building great sets and props and costumes and you're watching our show on a screen THAT size?". Yeah...

Peter Capaldi, aka Doctor Who v12.0 is all "We spend so much money on building great sets and props and costumes and you're watching our show on a screen THAT size?". Yeah...

Meanwhile I've added two premieres from Back In The Day : State of Play (featuring Russell Crowe and Helen Mirren) and A Night At The Museum 2 (featuring Ben Stiller, Hank Azaria and Ricky Gervais) from way back in 2009....

Russell Crowe scouting the crowd for people deserving of a headbutt at "State of Play" (actually he was very friendly!)

Russell Crowe scouting the crowd for people deserving of a headbutt at "State of Play" (actually he was very friendly!)

Hank Azaria at "A Night At The Museum 2" premiere, wondering how exactly you spell that name....

Hank Azaria at "A Night At The Museum 2" premiere, wondering how exactly you spell that name....