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15 Dec 2014 - The 'Night at the Museum : Secret of the Tomb' Premiere

December 15th, 2014.

And so, for the last time this year, I'm heading down to Leicester Square for a premiere. It's dark, it's cold, the world is a scary place..... but it's not raining and weirdly I've got a front-row spot for this one despite my late arrival.

Here's how it went down:

"It's barely past 2pm.. is it always this dark nowadays?"  It's closer to 4pm, but yes.

"It's barely past 2pm.. is it always this dark nowadays?" It's closer to 4pm, but yes.

The reason for the numerous short plinths set up on the Blue Carpet becomes clear about ten minutes before we get underway : models mimicking each of the main characters will be standing on them, and almost certainly in no way impede my ability to photograph people. Argh.

The reason for the numerous short plinths set up on the Blue Carpet becomes clear about ten minutes before we get underway : models mimicking each of the main characters will be standing on them, and almost certainly in no way impede my ability to photograph people. Argh.

"Are you sure this is the most efficient way to watch illegally downloaded videos at an event?" "Sure I'm sure. Pass the popcorn"

"Are you sure this is the most efficient way to watch illegally downloaded videos at an event?"
"Sure I'm sure. Pass the popcorn"

"Of course this will work on Owen Wilson. I've successfully imitated Emma Stone and Angelina Jolie like this and gotten into all kinds of club."

"Of course this will work on Owen Wilson. I've successfully imitated Emma Stone and Angelina Jolie like this and gotten into all kinds of club."

Our first arrival is comedian (and Golden Globe winner) Ricky Gervais. By his usual standards, his presence in this movie almost counts as a serious dramatic role.

Our first arrival is comedian (and Golden Globe winner) Ricky Gervais. By his usual standards, his presence in this movie almost counts as a serious dramatic role.

I photographed Sir Ben Kingsley as little as two premieres ago at " Exodus : Gods and Kings" .. and since I'm very tired and this journal is already looking a bit on the long side, I might skip further photos of him in favour of (inevitably) the pretty Alice Eve.

I photographed Sir Ben Kingsley as little as two premieres ago at "Exodus : Gods and Kings".. and since I'm very tired and this journal is already looking a bit on the long side, I might skip further photos of him in favour of (inevitably) the pretty Alice Eve.

"I can't sign and authorise this Downton Abbey fanfic. Mainly because I'm no longer in that show... but good luck with it."  Dan Stevens was in 25 episodes of that show.

"I can't sign and authorise this Downton Abbey fanfic. Mainly because I'm no longer in that show... but good luck with it." Dan Stevens was in 25 episodes of that show.

"Your fanfic puts me BACK INTO Downton Abbey? Okay, I'm listening"

"Your fanfic puts me BACK INTO Downton Abbey? Okay, I'm listening"

"I know who you are. But I just want to take some photos of my kids if you don't mind."  Dan Stevens : now aggressively photobombing your family portraits.

"I know who you are. But I just want to take some photos of my kids if you don't mind." Dan Stevens : now aggressively photobombing your family portraits.

"That boom mike you're holding is amazing. Truly."  Shawn Levy is the director of the film, and the two other ones in the trilogy.

"That boom mike you're holding is amazing. Truly." Shawn Levy is the director of the film, and the two other ones in the trilogy.

Shawn Levy also directed the Hugh Jackman boxing movie "Real Steel" which I actually, honestly, think is a brilliant movie. How much so? Let's just say that when Mr Levy came to sign autographs in our area, I put down my camera and also got an autograph.

Shawn Levy also directed the Hugh Jackman boxing movie "Real Steel" which I actually, honestly, think is a brilliant movie. How much so? Let's just say that when Mr Levy came to sign autographs in our area, I put down my camera and also got an autograph.

"A guy. Not this tall but a GROWN ASS MAN.... loves "Real Steel". It's true!!"  It's true. I'm not that tall. And I do love that movie.

"A guy. Not this tall but a GROWN ASS MAN.... loves "Real Steel". It's true!!" It's true. I'm not that tall. And I do love that movie.

Our next arrival is also our main star : Ben Stiller, who is (still) best known for writing, directing and starring in "Zoolander (2001)", which, okay, isn't quite as awesome as Real Steel... but is still pretty awesome. Make that sequel already!

Our next arrival is also our main star : Ben Stiller, who is (still) best known for writing, directing and starring in "Zoolander (2001)", which, okay, isn't quite as awesome as Real Steel... but is still pretty awesome. Make that sequel already!

"Everyone always asks me about Zoolander 2... but what about Dodgeball 2??"  I liked the first Dodgeball movie too!! (My movie tastes cut a wide swathe from Pixar to Boxing Robot films to Scifi, Zombie and even the odd historical Drama. Best movies for me this year : "The Lego Movie" and "Her")

"Everyone always asks me about Zoolander 2... but what about Dodgeball 2??" I liked the first Dodgeball movie too!! (My movie tastes cut a wide swathe from Pixar to Boxing Robot films to Scifi, Zombie and even the odd historical Drama. Best movies for me this year : "The Lego Movie" and "Her")

"Walter Mitty 2? That's a bit more unlikely".  I thought that movie was under-appreciated... sorry for the mellow commentary, by the way. It's been the kind of day that makes me glad I have premieres as distractions, but aware that they can only distract you from so much.

"Walter Mitty 2? That's a bit more unlikely". I thought that movie was under-appreciated... sorry for the mellow commentary, by the way. It's been the kind of day that makes me glad I have premieres as distractions, but aware that they can only distract you from so much.

"The only difference between you and I is that I celebrate the remaining wisps of my hair. Pride. That's what it's all about"

"The only difference between you and I is that I celebrate the remaining wisps of my hair. Pride. That's what it's all about"

"I swear I did not cry during the movie "Real Steel". I cried at the end. Big difference".

"I swear I did not cry during the movie "Real Steel". I cried at the end. Big difference".

"Stop calling it Secret of the Ooze... it's Secret of the TOMB!!"  Damn... was that me?

"Stop calling it Secret of the Ooze... it's Secret of the TOMB!!" Damn... was that me?

Alice Eve has only a small part in this movie, but I am happy with any pretext (including but not even limited to presence in a movie) that gets her to premieres. I mean.... if people like Terry Gilliam can show up to all kinds of movies he's not involved in, why not Alice Eve?

Alice Eve has only a small part in this movie, but I am happy with any pretext (including but not even limited to presence in a movie) that gets her to premieres. I mean.... if people like Terry Gilliam can show up to all kinds of movies he's not involved in, why not Alice Eve?

Speaking of which... here he is : TERRY GILLIAM! I conservatively estimate I've photographed him at 8x more premieres that he hasn't been involved in than premieres that he HAS (ofhand, I can only recall photographing him  at "The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus" , plus he did an Apple Store event to promote Zero Theorem.

Speaking of which... here he is : TERRY GILLIAM! I conservatively estimate I've photographed him at 8x more premieres that he hasn't been involved in than premieres that he HAS (ofhand, I can only recall photographing him at "The Imaginarium of Dr Parnassus", plus he did an Apple Store event to promote Zero Theorem.

"Heterochromia? Now there's something I haven't heard since I read that article in wikipedia that cited me"

"Heterochromia? Now there's something I haven't heard since I read that article in wikipedia that cited me"

Alice Eve has Heterochromia Iridis - two different coloured irises. Which makes her kind of more awesome in my opinion. Possibly not enough to qualify for being a mutant in the X-Men, but she can hang out with my friends anytime.

Alice Eve has Heterochromia Iridis - two different coloured irises. Which makes her kind of more awesome in my opinion. Possibly not enough to qualify for being a mutant in the X-Men, but she can hang out with my friends anytime.

"Whe don't have that heterochrome-thing... but if Alice Eve is in your group of friends we'd like to join."  And that? Is how you start a cool club that everyone who is cool wants to join.

"Whe don't have that heterochrome-thing... but if Alice Eve is in your group of friends we'd like to join." And that? Is how you start a cool club that everyone who is cool wants to join.

Creepy Caveman Guy on Plinth is creepy while Alice Eve is interviewed on stage.

Creepy Caveman Guy on Plinth is creepy while Alice Eve is interviewed on stage.

In other exciting news : this premiere is set to not only feature the reunion of Hansel and Derek (Zoolander) from the movie Zoolander, but a THIRD member of the cast is in attendance : Christine Taylor, who played Matilda in that film, and is also married to Ben Stiller.

In other exciting news : this premiere is set to not only feature the reunion of Hansel and Derek (Zoolander) from the movie Zoolander, but a THIRD member of the cast is in attendance : Christine Taylor, who played Matilda in that film, and is also married to Ben Stiller.

"Did you hear they've announced a Dodgeball 2?? I was in that movie too!!" "Yeah.. but your husband wrote and directed that movie and he would write and direct the sequel"  She makes that sound like it's a BAD thing.

"Did you hear they've announced a Dodgeball 2?? I was in that movie too!!"
"Yeah.. but your husband wrote and directed that movie and he would write and direct the sequel"

She makes that sound like it's a BAD thing.

"You can get back to photoraphing people who are actually in THIS movie, if you like"

"You can get back to photoraphing people who are actually in THIS movie, if you like"

"So he was all 'are you worried about Hansel?' and I was, like, "No, I'm more worried about Gretel" "  I know, right?

"So he was all 'are you worried about Hansel?' and I was, like, "No, I'm more worried about Gretel" " I know, right?

"Ever since I started doing this, nobody's asked me to sign their autograph. It's the perfect disguise!!" "No, Ben. I think they're all just freaked and weirded out by it"

"Ever since I started doing this, nobody's asked me to sign their autograph. It's the perfect disguise!!"
"No, Ben. I think they're all just freaked and weirded out by it"

"They've announced Zoolander 2 and Dodgeball 2? Well... I'm not saying another word until somebody greenlights Marmaduke 2 or Drillbit Taylor 2"  I'm not sure about those... but if they're doing a sequel to Independence Day some 20yrs later, then there's still another four years for a sequel to 1998's giant asteroid movie "Armageddon".

"They've announced Zoolander 2 and Dodgeball 2? Well... I'm not saying another word until somebody greenlights Marmaduke 2 or Drillbit Taylor 2" I'm not sure about those... but if they're doing a sequel to Independence Day some 20yrs later, then there's still another four years for a sequel to 1998's giant asteroid movie "Armageddon".

Along with being Zoolander's nemisis HANSEL (so hot right now....), Owen Wilson is also possibly best known for being the voice of the lead car character Lightning McQueen in the Pixar "Cars" movies.

Along with being Zoolander's nemisis HANSEL (so hot right now....), Owen Wilson is also possibly best known for being the voice of the lead car character Lightning McQueen in the Pixar "Cars" movies.

"Starsky & Hutch? Also due for a sequel... maybe even a reboot. And they still haven't cast me in either a DC or Marvel superhero movie, John. What's that all about?"

"Starsky & Hutch? Also due for a sequel... maybe even a reboot. And they still haven't cast me in either a DC or Marvel superhero movie, John. What's that all about?"

"I just want to know how they get those abs so perfect. Sure... CG and kevlar inlays... but there's got to be steroids involved somewhere along the line, no?"

"I just want to know how they get those abs so perfect. Sure... CG and kevlar inlays... but there's got to be steroids involved somewhere along the line, no?"

Our final arrival of note is Australia's Own : Rebel Wilson. And since I've alrady admitted my undying love for Shawn Levy's "Real Steel", why not up the stakes and admit a similar love for the 2012 acapella-based comedy "Pitch Perfect" which was also very great.

Our final arrival of note is Australia's Own : Rebel Wilson. And since I've alrady admitted my undying love for Shawn Levy's "Real Steel", why not up the stakes and admit a similar love for the 2012 acapella-based comedy "Pitch Perfect" which was also very great.

"I really want Owen Wilson to sign my 'Anaconda (1997)' Bluray but I'm embarrassed about it, so just distract everyone please, Rebel". Holy 5h1t... I just remembered that Owen Wilson was in "Anaconda (1997)", along with several CG snakes, Ice Cube, J-Lo, and a Jon Voigt accent so spectacular I'm surprised it didn't get its own spin-off comedy series.

"I really want Owen Wilson to sign my 'Anaconda (1997)' Bluray but I'm embarrassed about it, so just distract everyone please, Rebel". Holy 5h1t... I just remembered that Owen Wilson was in "Anaconda (1997)", along with several CG snakes, Ice Cube, J-Lo, and a Jon Voigt accent so spectacular I'm surprised it didn't get its own spin-off comedy series.

"Guys? Just watch the movie please. As a Hollywood Star, I don't want to beg and plead... but I'll happily ask in a needy and earnest manner"

"Guys? Just watch the movie please. As a Hollywood Star, I don't want to beg and plead... but I'll happily ask in a needy and earnest manner"

Oh... and as a weird kind of bonus, my office is actually situated on the same block as The British Museum, where they actually did some filming earlier this year for THIS VERY MOVIE!

It was January 28th, ie. very cold. But they had giant hanging balloon-lights, and a horse, and I think I saw a monkey...

It was January 28th, ie. very cold. But they had giant hanging balloon-lights, and a horse, and I think I saw a monkey...

Rebel Wilson, dressed for rehearsals. Or a really laid-back evening at the nearby pub.

Rebel Wilson, dressed for rehearsals. Or a really laid-back evening at the nearby pub.

Shawn Levy (director) and Shawn Levy's Awesome Scarf (Executive Producer) lock down another scene.

Shawn Levy (director) and Shawn Levy's Awesome Scarf (Executive Producer) lock down another scene.

So... that's it, then, for 2014! One last entry for "The Archive of Movie Premieres" for the year... and hopefully more to come in 2015.

Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year, and .. until then!

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9 Dec 2014 - 'The Theory of Everything' Premiere

December 9th, 2014.

In a rather strange development, a small premiere scheduled for the Vue Cinema in Leicester Square got an 'upgrade' to a much much larger space - the Odeon Leicester Square. This doesn't happen a lot, and to me it sounds like a bet that a movie is bigger than first planned.

Whether this might or might not be the case, not only were the stars of the movie expected, but so was the SUBJECT - Professor Stephen Hawking.

Here's how it went down:

The time is barely past noon and unlke (say)  last week's World Premiere of The Hobbit : Battle of the Five Armies , it seemed nobody was camping out for this one. Surprising - who knew physics students didn't camp for movie queues?

The time is barely past noon and unlke (say) last week's World Premiere of The Hobbit : Battle of the Five Armies, it seemed nobody was camping out for this one. Surprising - who knew physics students didn't camp for movie queues?

Flash forward a few hours, and right now I'm looking across the not-yet-laid carpet, noting at least one of the attendees, and wondering whether maybe I should get something warm to drink. Non-alcoholic... I don't think anyone's selling Gluhwein around here.

Flash forward a few hours, and right now I'm looking across the not-yet-laid carpet, noting at least one of the attendees, and wondering whether maybe I should get something warm to drink. Non-alcoholic... I don't think anyone's selling Gluhwein around here.

I can't remember the last premiere that a world-famous theoretical physicist and cosmologist occupied Spot #1 on The List of Attendees... but we'll see next week, when they've scheduled "Night At The Museum III"

I can't remember the last premiere that a world-famous theoretical physicist and cosmologist occupied Spot #1 on The List of Attendees... but we'll see next week, when they've scheduled "Night At The Museum III"

"Questions for Stephen Hawking? Sure... I figure if anyone can help my kid with their Year 2 sicence homework, he can..."

"Questions for Stephen Hawking? Sure... I figure if anyone can help my kid with their Year 2 sicence homework, he can..."

Our first arrivals may - or may not - be in this movie. But since Eddie Redmayne is off in the far reaches signing and director James Marsh and lead actress Felicity Jones are yet to arrive, I might as well photograph anyone I can.

Our first arrivals may - or may not - be in this movie. But since Eddie Redmayne is off in the far reaches signing and director James Marsh and lead actress Felicity Jones are yet to arrive, I might as well photograph anyone I can.

"I know the suit is awesome.. that's why I'm making sure the tie works with it" Eddie Redmayne is best known for being in " My Week With Marilyn (2011) " and " Les Miserables (2012) "

"I know the suit is awesome.. that's why I'm making sure the tie works with it" Eddie Redmayne is best known for being in "My Week With Marilyn (2011)" and "Les Miserables (2012)"

Felicity Jones' dress is pretty awesome, and is being worn by Felicity Jones at this event.

Felicity Jones' dress is pretty awesome, and is being worn by Felicity Jones at this event.

"OMG : You're me!" "OMG : You're You!!"  Jane Hawking (real, at left) meets Jane Hawking (actress Felicity Jones, right) at the premiere.

"OMG : You're me!"
"OMG : You're You!!"

Jane Hawking (real, at left) meets Jane Hawking (actress Felicity Jones, right) at the premiere.

Fortunately, the space-time continuum was not ruptured when young Jane Hawking met up with Old Jane Hawking... it's like when Jason Statham and I meet. We just look very similar, and life goes on. He dates his supermodel girlfriend, I reheat leftovers at home.

Fortunately, the space-time continuum was not ruptured when young Jane Hawking met up with Old Jane Hawking... it's like when Jason Statham and I meet. We just look very similar, and life goes on. He dates his supermodel girlfriend, I reheat leftovers at home.

"My dress is not for sale. At least... not while I'm wearing it".  I last photographed Felicity Jones at  the premiere of "The Invisible Woman" , which I'll always remember for being the premiere where Professor Snape and Voldemort buried their differences and reconciled.

"My dress is not for sale. At least... not while I'm wearing it". I last photographed Felicity Jones at the premiere of "The Invisible Woman", which I'll always remember for being the premiere where Professor Snape and Voldemort buried their differences and reconciled.

"Is your photo making me look cool? Because I can stand here until it does" . It's a Pentax.. the autofocus needs time to put its makeup on and do its hair.. after that, it should be fine.

"Is your photo making me look cool? Because I can stand here until it does". It's a Pentax.. the autofocus needs time to put its makeup on and do its hair.. after that, it should be fine.

"I thought I'd never stop holding that pose. But with this sweet back-lighting, I might go a second round"  James Marsh won an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature for directing "Man on Wire" in 2009. That film was pretty awesome.

"I thought I'd never stop holding that pose. But with this sweet back-lighting, I might go a second round" James Marsh won an Oscar for Best Documentary Feature for directing "Man on Wire" in 2009. That film was pretty awesome.

I have no idea who Maxine Peake is, even though I suspect I might have photographed her unknowingly on Sunday at the semi-disastrous and sub-par  2014 BIFA British Independent Film Awards

I have no idea who Maxine Peake is, even though I suspect I might have photographed her unknowingly on Sunday at the semi-disastrous and sub-par 2014 BIFA British Independent Film Awards

"I've been in Shameless, Dinnerladies, The Way We Live Now, The Devil's Whore, Early Doors, Little Dorrit, Criminal Justice and Silk - which one of those HAVEN'T you watched?" . And I... have not even heard of any of those things, let alone watched them. I blame my busy social life. Or that my TV is situated a bit too far from the aerial plug in my apartment.

"I've been in Shameless, Dinnerladies, The Way We Live Now, The Devil's Whore, Early Doors, Little Dorrit, Criminal Justice and Silk - which one of those HAVEN'T you watched?". And I... have not even heard of any of those things, let alone watched them. I blame my busy social life. Or that my TV is situated a bit too far from the aerial plug in my apartment.

"You're right. It really is tough looking this good"

"You're right. It really is tough looking this good"

Now there's something you don't see on every red carpet. Or blue carpet, in this case. (Or grey carpet when photo is converted to monochrome, in this specific case)

Now there's something you don't see on every red carpet. Or blue carpet, in this case. (Or grey carpet when photo is converted to monochrome, in this specific case)

I feel like I'm creating / directing a Monster Movie, and doing everything I can to avoid showing The Monster too early. But we're talking about one of the smartest people on the planet, and the Red (Blue) Carpet is filled with people gawking at him and taking photos. I ... guess that's also what I'm doing.

I feel like I'm creating / directing a Monster Movie, and doing everything I can to avoid showing The Monster too early. But we're talking about one of the smartest people on the planet, and the Red (Blue) Carpet is filled with people gawking at him and taking photos. I ... guess that's also what I'm doing.

It's professor Stephen Hawking!! There's not much to say... he's written a best-steller ("A Brief History Of Time") that spent a combined FOUR YEARS on the bestseller list AND played himself in animated form in The Simpsons. I asume he's illegally downloading the movie right now.... it's his biopic. No jury would convict him.

It's professor Stephen Hawking!! There's not much to say... he's written a best-steller ("A Brief History Of Time") that spent a combined FOUR YEARS on the bestseller list AND played himself in animated form in The Simpsons. I asume he's illegally downloading the movie right now.... it's his biopic. No jury would convict him.

"No guys, I will not be signing autographs or posing for Selfies" . Unaccountably, Professor Hawking's minders turn him towards the crowd so that we can... well... take photos of him. Which I/we do.  I will note, though, that I've taken what I'd call a better photo of him, at  the 2012 Pride of Britain Awards

"No guys, I will not be signing autographs or posing for Selfies". Unaccountably, Professor Hawking's minders turn him towards the crowd so that we can... well... take photos of him. Which I/we do.

I will note, though, that I've taken what I'd call a better photo of him, at the 2012 Pride of Britain Awards

"And you seriously never considered a swarthy masculine Latino Voice when it became available?"  Apparently Stephen Hawking recently had a major overhaul of his onboard computer system but eleted to keep his 'trademark' computerised voice unchanged.

"And you seriously never considered a swarthy masculine Latino Voice when it became available?" Apparently Stephen Hawking recently had a major overhaul of his onboard computer system but eleted to keep his 'trademark' computerised voice unchanged.

"He DIDN'T change the voice to "Swarthy Latino"? Well... back to the ADR booth for us all..."

"He DIDN'T change the voice to "Swarthy Latino"? Well... back to the ADR booth for us all..."

"Don't talk to me about Dragons"  A late-ish arrival, Harry Lloyd - who is apparently best known in imdb for things OTHER THAN playing Viserys Targaryen on Game of Thrones.

"Don't talk to me about Dragons" A late-ish arrival, Harry Lloyd - who is apparently best known in imdb for things OTHER THAN playing Viserys Targaryen on Game of Thrones.

"That dress is AMAZING. Also... you're a very decent actress. Sorry.... that kind of came out sounding wrong"

"That dress is AMAZING. Also... you're a very decent actress. Sorry.... that kind of came out sounding wrong"

"I'm just saying... it's a particularly fine dress. And yes, I realise she didn't make it so that in a way makes it even less of a compliment. Let's just forget all this and talk about the movie, shall we?"

"I'm just saying... it's a particularly fine dress. And yes, I realise she didn't make it so that in a way makes it even less of a compliment. Let's just forget all this and talk about the movie, shall we?"

Insert your own comment here... it's not a response to my presence I'm familar with. Could be the presence of not one but TWO Pentaxes at once? That is pretty rare

Insert your own comment here... it's not a response to my presence I'm familar with. Could be the presence of not one but TWO Pentaxes at once? That is pretty rare

Harry Lloyd wants whatever connection Felicity Jones and I have going... but I'm sorry I'm not giving it up. Not even in my fevered imagination.

Harry Lloyd wants whatever connection Felicity Jones and I have going... but I'm sorry I'm not giving it up. Not even in my fevered imagination.

Eddie Redmayne desperately wants to win tickets to see the movie he's in. I'll admit... it does look very good.

Eddie Redmayne desperately wants to win tickets to see the movie he's in. I'll admit... it does look very good.

"Stephen Hawking's mind is so vast, even Stephen Hawking finds it a challenge playing himself, so how do you think I felt? That thing about relative sizes and vastness is my understanding of a Theoretical Cosmology joke, Edith. Space is really big."

"Stephen Hawking's mind is so vast, even Stephen Hawking finds it a challenge playing himself, so how do you think I felt? That thing about relative sizes and vastness is my understanding of a Theoretical Cosmology joke, Edith. Space is really big."

"Anyway, kids. Stay in school. Learn something. Be someone. But remember : theoretical physics is FRIKKIN' HARD. Maybe start with regular Engineering or Biology ... I think I did an Arts degree. I have no regrets."

"Anyway, kids. Stay in school. Learn something. Be someone. But remember : theoretical physics is FRIKKIN' HARD. Maybe start with regular Engineering or Biology ... I think I did an Arts degree. I have no regrets."

So... that was a premiere. There's still one left before the end of the year, and I'll see how I go. But it's not every day you get to photograph Stephen Hawking at a premiere that featured a DJ rapping and looking for people in the crowd to rhyme words with "Relativity".

Obviously, it's another one for "The Archive of Movie Premieres", the last few of which included:

Until next time!

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03 Dec 2014 - The 'Exodus : Gods and Kings' World Premiere

December 3rd, 2014.

A mere two days ago I managed the seemingly impossible task of taking photos of just about everyone at The World Premiere of the third and final Hobbit film, but for this one I had a prime front-row spot. But in a related matter, sometimes adversity is required to accomplish great things.

This? Wasn't quite such a great thing. Here's how it went down.

"I got three delivery trucks full of columns here for a Mr Ram Zees. Can I get this signed by Mr Zees?"

"I got three delivery trucks full of columns here for a Mr Ram Zees. Can I get this signed by Mr Zees?"

A few hours later and... ahhh, Balsa wood and audio/visual equipment. They're really working hard to make this "Ancient Egyptian" setup authentic. Feels like Thebes, here. Thebes in the winter, mind you.

A few hours later and... ahhh, Balsa wood and audio/visual equipment. They're really working hard to make this "Ancient Egyptian" setup authentic. Feels like Thebes, here. Thebes in the winter, mind you.

Our two hosts for this evening are Alex Zane and Jenny Falconer (?). I'm not necessarily a massive fan of either, but I am celebrating because this is one of only a couple of photos of the stage that my Pentax Managed to get properly in focus on the night. Damn you, Pentax K3.

Our two hosts for this evening are Alex Zane and Jenny Falconer (?). I'm not necessarily a massive fan of either, but I am celebrating because this is one of only a couple of photos of the stage that my Pentax Managed to get properly in focus on the night. Damn you, Pentax K3.

"Wait... The guy who directed Blade Runner is now directing a film where Batman is taking on Uncle Owen while Gandhi cameos???"  Should be fascinating.

"Wait... The guy who directed Blade Runner is now directing a film where Batman is taking on Uncle Owen while Gandhi cameos???" Should be fascinating.

I don't want to deny this person their right to have an opinion and put it on a placard, but this movie already has an Australian pharoah fighting against a Welsh Moses, so I don't think strict historical accuracy is the only aim of this film

I don't want to deny this person their right to have an opinion and put it on a placard, but this movie already has an Australian pharoah fighting against a Welsh Moses, so I don't think strict historical accuracy is the only aim of this film

Wait...this movie also has a Terminator in it? I'm going to have to pick up a copy of The Bible for the first time in a long time... I don't remember that particular Book. (Wait... wait... would that be the .... Book of Genisys??)  (insert CSI Miami   "Yeeeeeeeaaaaaaahhhhh!"   Here)

Wait...this movie also has a Terminator in it? I'm going to have to pick up a copy of The Bible for the first time in a long time... I don't remember that particular Book. (Wait... wait... would that be the .... Book of Genisys??)
(insert CSI Miami "Yeeeeeeeaaaaaaahhhhh!" Here)

Wait.. this movie also has Iron Man 3's The Mandarin in it? Well... that should make sure it's a disappointment by the end. (also... again..... that's in the Bible?)

Wait.. this movie also has Iron Man 3's The Mandarin in it? Well... that should make sure it's a disappointment by the end. (also... again..... that's in the Bible?)

"What's it like working with Ridley Scott? I have no idea -- I'm not actually in this movie. But you didn't care about that when you waved me over to interview me either, did you?"  Well played, ma'am.

"What's it like working with Ridley Scott? I have no idea -- I'm not actually in this movie. But you didn't care about that when you waved me over to interview me either, did you?" Well played, ma'am.

This is possibly Andrew Tarbet, who plays Moses' brother 'Aaron' in the film. And since Pharoah is an Aussie and Moses himself is Welsh, this would make sense... as Tarbet was born in Canada.

This is possibly Andrew Tarbet, who plays Moses' brother 'Aaron' in the film. And since Pharoah is an Aussie and Moses himself is Welsh, this would make sense... as Tarbet was born in Canada.

Sir Ben Kingsley arrives, and between Him, Security Dude and me, we momentarily have a near-alignment of three bald-or-balding heads of the kind that NASA might consider landing probes on.

Sir Ben Kingsley arrives, and between Him, Security Dude and me, we momentarily have a near-alignment of three bald-or-balding heads of the kind that NASA might consider landing probes on.

"I love and respect all my fans. To a degree"  The person two to my left was crazedly screaming "SIR BEN! SIR BEN!! in a voice that verged on hysterical for Ben Kingsley to come over to us and sign. What made it all the more amusing was that, when challenged, he could not actually state "Sir Ben"'s surname.

"I love and respect all my fans. To a degree"
The person two to my left was crazedly screaming "SIR BEN! SIR BEN!! in a voice that verged on hysterical for Ben Kingsley to come over to us and sign. What made it all the more amusing was that, when challenged, he could not actually state "Sir Ben"'s surname.

I think these are two of the production designers.... but there are lot in the credits, and sadly wireimage didn't identify them. Still... they've worked on a Ridley Scott film. Which I have not.

I think these are two of the production designers.... but there are lot in the credits, and sadly wireimage didn't identify them. Still... they've worked on a Ridley Scott film. Which I have not.

Ridley Scott's natural resting face tends to be frown-like, but I choose to believe that this expression is one of unmitigated joy......  at the thought of being inside his car, heading back to the hotel and getting out of the cold.

Ridley Scott's natural resting face tends to be frown-like, but I choose to believe that this expression is one of unmitigated joy......  at the thought of being inside his car, heading back to the hotel and getting out of the cold.

The lady in front of actor Joel Edgerton is wearing the most highly pink coat manufactured outside of product testing and CIA interrogations, so I've gone black'n'white for this photo.

The lady in front of actor Joel Edgerton is wearing the most highly pink coat manufactured outside of product testing and CIA interrogations, so I've gone black'n'white for this photo.

"Sign my pen! Sign my pen with your pen!! " Fan requests are migrating from weird 'selfies on a stick' to ever-increasingly strange request at premieres. (Meanwhile, the "Sir Ben" guy near us has started yelling for "JOE Edgerton").

"Sign my pen! Sign my pen with your pen!!" Fan requests are migrating from weird 'selfies on a stick' to ever-increasingly strange request at premieres. (Meanwhile, the "Sir Ben" guy near us has started yelling for "JOE Edgerton").

"You'll notice I signed my name "Joe" just like you asked" . You rock, Joel Edgerton (if indeed that's what you did in real life, not just my imagination)

"You'll notice I signed my name "Joe" just like you asked". You rock, Joel Edgerton (if indeed that's what you did in real life, not just my imagination)

"Woahwoahwoah... I don't care WHAT your weird furry mutated hybrid dual-grafted phallic microphone thing is, just keep it away from me. Except... I note that it is rather cold tonight, so I reserve my right to change my mind on that"

"Woahwoahwoah... I don't care WHAT your weird furry mutated hybrid dual-grafted phallic microphone thing is, just keep it away from me. Except... I note that it is rather cold tonight, so I reserve my right to change my mind on that"

"Nice thermal jacket... but since it would clash with my dress I'll save you the bother of offering it to me... I'll just keep freezing".  Our next arrival is Spanish actress  María Valverde, who plays  Séfora in the movie.

"Nice thermal jacket... but since it would clash with my dress I'll save you the bother of offering it to me... I'll just keep freezing". Our next arrival is Spanish actress María Valverde, who plays Séfora in the movie.

"No problem... I love autographing stuff. Autgraphs mean writing, and writing creates friction, and friction means heat... even FIRE, if I'm lucky!"

"No problem... I love autographing stuff. Autgraphs mean writing, and writing creates friction, and friction means heat... even FIRE, if I'm lucky!"

Meawhile, up on the themed stage, there are not just one but two burning braziers of the kind I suspect  María Valverde is going to find all sorts of excuses to hang around

Meawhile, up on the themed stage, there are not just one but two burning braziers of the kind I suspect María Valverde is going to find all sorts of excuses to hang around

"What was Christian Bale like to work with? Allow me to spend a few hours answering that, before I go on to what Ridley Scott, Ben Kingsley, Joel Edgerton and every one of the catering, effects, and costuming departments was like"

"What was Christian Bale like to work with? Allow me to spend a few hours answering that, before I go on to what Ridley Scott, Ben Kingsley, Joel Edgerton and every one of the catering, effects, and costuming departments was like"

"I don't care if it's already next Tuesday and Ridley Scott is still waiting to be interviwed up here.... it's warm and I ain't leaving this spot" .

"I don't care if it's already next Tuesday and Ridley Scott is still waiting to be interviwed up here.... it's warm and I ain't leaving this spot".

"No... it's good. I'll wait. I've got an assistant getting me another hot chocolate from the cafe nearby"

"No... it's good. I'll wait. I've got an assistant getting me another hot chocolate from the cafe nearby"

A welcome guest at this premiere is Andy Serkis - second unit director of The Hobbit as well as Gollum in Lord of the Rings (and Caesar in the 'Apes prequels/reboots). I missed photographing him  at the premiere of The Hobbit : The Battle of the Five Armies  on Monday.

A welcome guest at this premiere is Andy Serkis - second unit director of The Hobbit as well as Gollum in Lord of the Rings (and Caesar in the 'Apes prequels/reboots). I missed photographing him at the premiere of The Hobbit : The Battle of the Five Armies on Monday.

"He directed Russell Crowe is such memorable films as Robin Hood, Gladiator, A Good Year, Body of Lies and American Gangster... it's Director Ridley Scott!!!"

"He directed Russell Crowe is such memorable films as Robin Hood, Gladiator, A Good Year, Body of Lies and American Gangster... it's Director Ridley Scott!!!"

"Best Russell Crowe acting performance? Virtuosity (1995), Alex. ANd he was decent in Man of Steel' "  Which is better than a lot of people involved in that movie were.

"Best Russell Crowe acting performance? Virtuosity (1995), Alex. ANd he was decent in Man of Steel' " Which is better than a lot of people involved in that movie were.

That feeling of sullen moodiness you're experiencing is the arrival of actor Christian Bale..... as well as also photo editing on my part.

That feeling of sullen moodiness you're experiencing is the arrival of actor Christian Bale..... as well as also photo editing on my part.

"I like this set. It's nice".  Christian Bale is one of those actors who can make innocuous sentences like that seem quite threatening.

"I like this set. It's nice". Christian Bale is one of those actors who can make innocuous sentences like that seem quite threatening.

Among other powers attributed to Christian Bale : astral projection.

Among other powers attributed to Christian Bale : astral projection.

For his next role, Christian Bale may yet go Zany. That should be a test of his Method.

For his next role, Christian Bale may yet go Zany. That should be a test of his Method.

"You were at that thing I was at!! By which I mean This Premiere. Right now. Which I'm at"

"You were at that thing I was at!! By which I mean This Premiere. Right now. Which I'm at"

A lack of faith in my efforts (and the K3's truly abysmal autofocus in the conditions) meant I elected to wait ten minutes for the stars to leave and have one last chance to photograph them properly, through the power of prayer more than technique...

Me :  Prometheus 2 will be awesome as long as David Lindelof stays away from the script, and Charlize Theron ends up being in it because she's a whole series of Robots . (even if she's not, somebody needs to get onto that)

Me : Prometheus 2 will be awesome as long as David Lindelof stays away from the script, and Charlize Theron ends up being in it because she's a whole series of Robots. (even if she's not, somebody needs to get onto that)

One last shot of Mr Bale, aka. Moses, aka Bruce Wayne.

One last shot of Mr Bale, aka. Moses, aka Bruce Wayne.

So... that was a cold night, slightly frustrating but not unworthwhile. There are three premieres scheduled before this and Christmas, of which I'll hopefully be able to do at least two.

Until that time, it's another one for my "Archive of Movie Premires"

The last couple of which were:

Until next time!

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25 Nov 2014 - The 'Unbroken' European Premiere

November 25th, 2014.

A mere 2 days after incessant rain cost me a 50mm f1.8 lens and a chance to photograph Kate Moss (I'll leave you to guess which one annoyed me more), I was back out again, on a day that the Met Bureau had proclaimed would be rain-free from morning til 9pm, which it then revised to 'raining every hour from noon til midnight except 10pm'... after which it proceeded to rain slightly for an hour.

Also.. there was a premiere on. Here's how it went down:

In the wake of the loss of my 50mm f1.8 at the "Paddington" premiere on Sunday, today I had a 10-20mm wide-angle lens so wide it literally sees inside itself. Wacky!

In the wake of the loss of my 50mm f1.8 at the "Paddington" premiere on Sunday, today I had a 10-20mm wide-angle lens so wide it literally sees inside itself. Wacky!

Your host for this evening, (once the jarringly-inappropriate-for-a-WW2-era RAP music ceases) will be the lovely Edith Bowman.

Your host for this evening, (once the jarringly-inappropriate-for-a-WW2-era RAP music ceases) will be the lovely Edith Bowman.

"White balance be damned, my hand looks AMAZING!!"

"White balance be damned, my hand looks AMAZING!!"

Our first arrival from the film is Ross Anderson who plays a character called 'Blackie' in the film. As per imdb, his filmography to date is limited, but per me that suit looks sharp. So well done, Mr Anderson.

Our first arrival from the film is Ross Anderson who plays a character called 'Blackie' in the film. As per imdb, his filmography to date is limited, but per me that suit looks sharp. So well done, Mr Anderson.

Not one but TWO girls on the right are using selfie-sticks with considerable aplomb to photograph themselves with Ross Anderson. It's not so much that I wish I'd thought of that, it's that my camera and lens combinations would make such a thing tricky.

Not one but TWO girls on the right are using selfie-sticks with considerable aplomb to photograph themselves with Ross Anderson. It's not so much that I wish I'd thought of that, it's that my camera and lens combinations would make such a thing tricky.

Our next arrival is Jack O'Connell, who plays the lead role of Louis Zamperini in this film. He was in ' 300 : Rise of an Empire ' but other that film having Eva Green campily vamping things up, I don't really remember much else.

Our next arrival is Jack O'Connell, who plays the lead role of Louis Zamperini in this film. He was in '300 : Rise of an Empire' but other that film having Eva Green campily vamping things up, I don't really remember much else.

So... that's Angelina Jolie!..... and it only took about 100 photos at 8 frames per second to get a shot not blurry or obscured by people, security, guests or random passersby!

So... that's Angelina Jolie!..... and it only took about 100 photos at 8 frames per second to get a shot not blurry or obscured by people, security, guests or random passersby!

With Angelina Jolie thus photographed, I return to my 'primary 'spot, which has a partially direct view of the stage, which sadly a giant boom mike and camera is being made to hover at stars' face-level for.

With Angelina Jolie thus photographed, I return to my 'primary 'spot, which has a partially direct view of the stage, which sadly a giant boom mike and camera is being made to hover at stars' face-level for.

"No, I haven't watched Mockingjay part 1 yet, and I won't be watching the last Hobbit film either. You know why? I'm sick of the greed, Edith. I even hear the third Avengers film is being internally sequelised and split in two. That's a sequel with ITS OWN SEQUEL, Edith. It's madness, and it's got to be stopped"

"No, I haven't watched Mockingjay part 1 yet, and I won't be watching the last Hobbit film either. You know why? I'm sick of the greed, Edith. I even hear the third Avengers film is being internally sequelised and split in two. That's a sequel with ITS OWN SEQUEL, Edith. It's madness, and it's got to be stopped"

"I don't mind sequels, or sequels of sequels, or splitting sequels into sub-sequels. It's all more paid work for Desplat" . Alexandre Desplat is this film's composer, and he's excellent.

"I don't mind sequels, or sequels of sequels, or splitting sequels into sub-sequels. It's all more paid work for Desplat". Alexandre Desplat is this film's composer, and he's excellent.

"Which one of the six Oscar Nominations that didn't get me a statuette hurt me the most? Umm... kind of a devastating question to be asking me right now..." .

"Which one of the six Oscar Nominations that didn't get me a statuette hurt me the most? Umm... kind of a devastating question to be asking me right now...".

"Nononononono.... Spock CHARMS Lizard, Lizard CONFUSES rock, and Scissors continues to CUT paper" . I'm not entirely up to date on the rules of Scissors-Paper-Rock-Lizard-Spock, myself.

"Nononononono.... Spock CHARMS Lizard, Lizard CONFUSES rock, and Scissors continues to CUT paper". I'm not entirely up to date on the rules of Scissors-Paper-Rock-Lizard-Spock, myself.

"I'm not answering a single question until somebody goes online and gets out the rules, Edith" . Luke Treadaway is in this movie. And takes his games seriously.

"I'm not answering a single question until somebody goes online and gets out the rules, Edith". Luke Treadaway is in this movie. And takes his games seriously.

The antagonist of the movie is played by the artist formerly known as Takamasa Ishihara, and now known by the name "Miyavi". I'll grant you it does sound cooler.

The antagonist of the movie is played by the artist formerly known as Takamasa Ishihara, and now known by the name "Miyavi". I'll grant you it does sound cooler.

Once again arranging the collar on his jacket  just so , "Miyavi" is now on stage, daring anyone to ask him about his Animation Department credit for the 2003 video game "Metal Slug 5". ( Well played, imdb.com )

Once again arranging the collar on his jacket just so, "Miyavi" is now on stage, daring anyone to ask him about his Animation Department credit for the 2003 video game "Metal Slug 5". (Well played, imdb.com)

"Is that a screen grab from Metal Slug 5 or did the rules of Scissors-Paper-Rock-Lizard-Spock just get even more complicated??"

"Is that a screen grab from Metal Slug 5 or did the rules of Scissors-Paper-Rock-Lizard-Spock just get even more complicated??"

"Peace out, I'm Miyavi"

"Peace out, I'm Miyavi"

"I get it. The suit's green because I'm Irish".  Actually, I think my white balance is a bit off. And Jack O'Connell was born in Derby, which is in England.

"I get it. The suit's green because I'm Irish". Actually, I think my white balance is a bit off. And Jack O'Connell was born in Derby, which is in England.

" The movie's quite serious, actually. There's a POW camp and everything".  And the trailer does look prety good. Dramatic and stern, as opposed to hilarity-filled. (On which note.. where IS the director of this film?)

"The movie's quite serious, actually. There's a POW camp and everything". And the trailer does look prety good. Dramatic and stern, as opposed to hilarity-filled. (On which note.. where IS the director of this film?)

"I'm going to give you one more chance to reassess your opinion of 'The Changeling'."  Well I for one liked that movie. If any movie's events could turn me into a vigilante, it would be that one's.

"I'm going to give you one more chance to reassess your opinion of 'The Changeling'." Well I for one liked that movie. If any movie's events could turn me into a vigilante, it would be that one's.

"What was Angelina Jolie like as a director? I'm going to say she was lovely, and let you decide whether it's because I'm being honest, or being threatened."

"What was Angelina Jolie like as a director? I'm going to say she was lovely, and let you decide whether it's because I'm being honest, or being threatened."

"You're Maddalena Ischiale! No, I don't have anything to say to or about you. Your name is just awesome to say, that's all.."

"You're Maddalena Ischiale! No, I don't have anything to say to or about you. Your name is just awesome to say, that's all.."

"That guy is fully trained on that boom mike, right? Because it's getting really low!".  Don't I know it. I'll be putting my camera on the carpet and triggering it remotely if it gets any lower.

"That guy is fully trained on that boom mike, right? Because it's getting really low!". Don't I know it. I'll be putting my camera on the carpet and triggering it remotely if it gets any lower.

It's a $100 note but it would be unseemly to bend down and pick it up    . Director Angelina Jolie turns left and heads off to the stage to be interviewed.

It's a $100 note but it would be unseemly to bend down and pick it up . Director Angelina Jolie turns left and heads off to the stage to be interviewed.

Some days, you're literally only one bald head to the left away from taking a good full-length photo of Angelina Jolie...

Some days, you're literally only one bald head to the left away from taking a good full-length photo of Angelina Jolie...

And some days, incredibly that same bald head is also on the right to block an alternative possibility of a decent shot of Angelina Jolie...

And some days, incredibly that same bald head is also on the right to block an alternative possibility of a decent shot of Angelina Jolie...

The size and severity of Angelina Jolie's security staff might even cause particularly hated African Warlords to think  "kinda hard to move and/or look powerful with this many people around me..."

The size and severity of Angelina Jolie's security staff might even cause particularly hated African Warlords to think "kinda hard to move and/or look powerful with this many people around me..."

"No, there probably WON'T be a sequel to 'Gone in Sixty Seconds' called "Gone in 59 Seconds", even if they offer me the job of directing it"  Damnit.... Vinnie Jones gets so few decent movie roles these days...

"No, there probably WON'T be a sequel to 'Gone in Sixty Seconds' called "Gone in 59 Seconds", even if they offer me the job of directing it" Damnit.... Vinnie Jones gets so few decent movie roles these days...

"Hello everyone out there who hasn't won an Oscar, or married Brad Pitt, or directed a Hollywood Movie" .

"Hello everyone out there who hasn't won an Oscar, or married Brad Pitt, or directed a Hollywood Movie".

"I want to take you back to filming "Mr & Mrs Smith". And no, it's not about you and Brad hooking up. I just really want to know... Vince Vaughn : how tall IS he??"

"I want to take you back to filming "Mr & Mrs Smith". And no, it's not about you and Brad hooking up. I just really want to know... Vince Vaughn : how tall IS he??"

"  Tomb Raider works....as a metaphor... but I'll concede that Sky Captain was more of a mistake "

"Tomb Raider works....as a metaphor... but I'll concede that Sky Captain was more of a mistake"

"And Vince Vaugh is pretty tall."

"And Vince Vaugh is pretty tall."

So.. that was that. Another premiere, another late night, and the ongoing question of not so much HOW am I going to get photos at the premiere of The Hobbit : Battle of the Five Armies next Monday... but rather IF I'm going to get anywhere close to that premiere.

I guess we'll find out. But for now, it's another premiere for "The Archive of Movie Premieres"

The last few of which included:

Paddington - featuring Nicole Kidman and Ben Whishaw
Horrible Bosses 2 - featuring Jennifer Aniston and Charlie Day
The Hunger Games Mockingjay part1 - featuring J-Lawz, E-Bankz, L-Hemz and J-Hutchz (?)

Until next time!

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