IF YOU DO NOT WANT ANY SPOILERS... DO NOT CONTINUE READING THIS BLOG...OR LOOK AT THE PHOTOS ATTACHED!!!!
So last Wednesday night I made the short 10 minute walk down to Gastown to watch a verrrrrry spoilery scene for the show Fringe.
On the film notice they gave local residents & businesses to warn them of the filming, they added a piece of info that made more people than usual want to come out & see the scene. The scene speicifically called for "2 main actors to kiss". Of course the addition of "main actors" was notable, as it meant it was going to be out of the core 7 regulars Josh, Anna, Seth, John, Jasika, Blair or Lance. Of course the vast majority of people had narrowed it down to 2 probable couples. Joshua & Anna, or Seth & Anna. Of course, almost every person that came to that decision was hoping the couple would be Josh & Anna.
I went down earlier in the afternoon to see what I could see for them setting up the scene & hopefully catch them filming somewhere else close by, which is often the case. Today was sadly not 1 of those cases, as they spent the 1st part of the day in studio. To make this worse, Wednesday was the coldest day this winter, with the temperature dipping into the double digits below freezing. Even more random, it was colder in the middle of the afternoon, than it was later that evening once it was dark when the scene was shot.
I came back around 6 PM & the final touches were being done on prepping the area for the scene. I assumed they were going to be filming on 1 corner, as it turned out, the scene was actuallly on the street directly across from this...which made a couple things problematic. 1, we would be quite far away from the actual scene being shot...and 2, Could not just sit inside 1 of the several restaraunts/stores to stay warm and still see what was going on.
Eventually they started the filming. At first, only 1 main actor was seen. It was Anna Torv (Agent Olivia Dunham) in her "our world" look. She drives a car up, parks it, gets out & starts walking down a street. Nothing overly special. Certainly not the big spoilery scene advertised. I joked with another regular of film shoots that it seemed strange they hadadded that part on the film list as it wasnt needed, and she joked the fans were going to be mad when they dont actually film that scene.
Eventually they finished that take & moved equipment around to set up for the next angle of the scene. While they did that, I noticed the second actor that was going to be needed for the scene. Joshua Jackson was on set, hanging around in the frigid conditions chatting with crew & seeming unfaszed by the considerably chilly conditions by Vancouver standards. He was talking with everyone, hugging people, giving out kisses to female crew members, it was as if he hadnt been there for a year. Him & Anna shared a few laughs along with 3 or 4 other crew all huddled about in the middle of the street, then a call to start the scene was made and everyone took off for their positions.
The 1st take was Olivia walking down the street as before, then Peter comes towards her out of nowhere & they run up to each other, Peter grabs her and spins her around with 1 arm. No kiss. Clearly just a practice run for the later shot. After that take the crew did final adjustments, while Josh took off from the set. I tried to get his autograph as he hurried away & he said "I'm coming right back, I just have to move my car" and he wasnt joking... he literally had to go & move his car. A few minutes later he was back on set & ready to shoot again.
They did a couple more takes of Peter grabbing her & spinning her around, but still never seemed to be a kiss. We were then asked by crew to not photograph anything & of course everyone for the mostpart did as asked, the occasional newcomer to the crowd would not obey, and eventually they crew just gave up asking people again.
During another long break while they changed camera angles, I managed to get Joshua to sign a few autographs. He stopped to do photos with some fans & autographs for others.
As more & more takes took place, the scene became more & more passionate. First it was just a grab & spin her around, then it was grabbing her, holding her closely, spinning her around & gazing at each other... then eventually, they added a kiss... then it turned into a long kiss.
Shortly after 1 of the set of takes, I got Anna to sign some autographs for me, and with MY part of the mission completed... I opted to go home as I was starting to feel the cold a lot more than I did 3 hrs earlier when I 1st got there.
If there was more to the scene afterwards I didnt see. It was too cold to wait it out all night... although by the time I left, they had less than 2 hrs of filming time left, so there probably was not much mo Below is some of the pics from my shoot. I wish I had my old camera. Although it still wouldnt have been perfect from that distance, they would have been a little less grainy/fuzzy.
As I said to some of you, I would post a a couple of the pics from the main moments of the scene, but not the best ones. So, that is whats here... a couple pics so you can SORTA see what happened. For pics that are better, you will just have to check back the week of the episode. I'll post more from this scene then.
Also, dont forget to vote for Peter & Olivia in the "Best Of TV Polls" going on RIGHT NOW! Some polls have already wrapped, more wrap today, including best couple. Others like best actor/actress in a sci-fi & best sci-fi show wrap later this week.
So today actor/director Ron Howard posted a tweeted I was frankly shocked took so long. https://twitter.com/#!/RealRonHoward/status/16087886453
his daughter, actress Bryce Dallas Howard (Twilight, 50/50, The Help) and her husband Seth Gabel (Fringe) gave birth to a new baby girl. The girl Beatrice Jean Howard-Gabel was actually born 2 days ago on January 19th, but only now is news of the joyous moment making its way to the internet thru the proud grandpas tweet.
I have met both Seth & Bryce many times & they are both classy as they get in the celebrity circles.
In celebration of this event for the couple. Here is some pics of the proud papa that I took awhile ago that I frankly, forgot to post.
Its Seth Gabel playing Lincoln Lee on the set of Fringe here in Vancouver. Unsure what the episode # for this is, but it was filmed November, 1st, 2011.
Congratulations to Seth & Bryce on your new daughter.
If you dont want to read any spoilers.... DO NOT READ THIS POST OR LOOK AT PHOTOS IN THIS POST!!!
Earlier this week I beared the reasonably cold weather Vancouver has had this week to go down to a rare Supernatural downtown location shoot.
The 1st location I stumbled on was not yet in use, but was being prepped for a later shoot. It included putting up fake signs for an Animal Shelter in Idaho. Shortly after I came across the current filming location.
There I found Sam (Jared Padalecki) & Dean (Jensen Ackles) Winchester doing what they do best. Pretending to be someone else. They were inside a police crime area, with a cop car, ambulance, coroner & a red truck scattered about in the area from "Kootenai County" which a friend of mine from idaho instantly told me is the Couer d'Alene area of Northern Idaho. The boys were doing scenes where they chatted with a shorter older man man then followed him over to a different spot. Short, boring, and not overly spoiler inducing.
A little later on there was a scene with a man & a dog coming out of the makeshift pet shelter I talked about earlier. I only stayed for a couple takes of this scene as it was fudgin cold out, and no primary actors were there for it. The scene seemed to be the man walking with a limp, and bringing his dog out of the shelter, putting him on the ground, walking to an alley & then looking down the alley at "something".
Last set of the evening was across the street from the "animal shelter" where I saw 2 actors doing a scene. The 1/2 dozen or so hardcore fans that waited around all instantly noticed 1, Mr. Sam Winchester... but I was shocked that I seemed to be the only 1 who immediately noticed the other man... Mark Pellegrino. We were told to all stand back so far that we couldnt see much except the very beginning second or so of the scene that Sam & Lucifer did. It entailed Sam walking into an alley reading a piece of paper, and Lucifer of course tagging along.
After that scene was filmed. The main actors were wrapped, and they moved inside for scenes without any of the primary actors, and I decided to call it a night, since I was going to be busy for a couple more days this week, and the weather was expected to be even several degrees colder (which it was) over those days & I was still fighting a cold.
If you follow me on twitter, I am sure you have seen me rant frequently lately about how shitty my camera is. Again, I feel it let me down. My old camera, although it wouldnt have aced any of the pics, would have probably still done at least 30-50% better, and thus, there would have been a few less grainy/fuzzy/blurry shots than there is in the batch below.
Last week I took the hour or so trip to the far end of Richmond by skytrain & bus to the small village of Steveston. Of course, most Once Upon A Time (finalist for Best New Program in our Best Of TV Awards 2011 polls) fans know, Steveston is where much of downtown Storybrooke is set.
This week they were filming scenes for episode 15, which I found out later is being directed by Tremors director Ron Underwood which from what I have been told is supposed to centre around the character of Little Red Riding Hood/Ruby (played by actress Meghan Ory). So I headed out there, as Meghan was 1 of the few cast members on the show I have yet to get autographs from.
Earlier in the day I saw a scene with Ginnifer Goodwin as Mary Margaret & Beverly Elliott as Granny being shot that I posted earlier in this blog. http://canadagraphs.weebly.com/1/post/2012/01/once-upon-a-time-photos-of-ginnifer-goodwin-and-beverly-elliott-doing-scenes-for-episode-15-of-season-1-in-steveston.html
Later in the day Sherriff Emma Swan (played by Best Of TV Awards 2011 Multiple category finalist - Jennifer Morrison) showed up to shoot some scenes inside & later outside the "Storrybrooke Pet Shelter". The earlier scenes that were shot inside were not seen by the public, but later she did a scene where she would show up, walkin side hastily & and have a conversation with other actors. Josh Dallas & Ginnifer Goodwin were inside the store for the scene, but I dont know if Jennifer was talking to, or with them in the scene.
Below is a few pics from Jennifer on that day... along with a couple pics of the set, and the Sheriffs car.
Once Upon A Time photos of Ginnifer Goodwin and Beverly Elliott doing scenes for episode 15 of season 1 in Steveston
Earlier this week I took the hour or so trip to the far end of Richmond by skytrain & bus to the small village of Steveston. Of course, as most fans of Once Upon A Time (Best New Show finalist in the Best Of TV Awards 2011 polls) know, Steveston is where much of downtown Storybrooke is set.
This week they were filming scenes for episode 15, which from what I have been told is supposed to centre around the character of Little Red Riding Hood/Ruby (played by actress Meghan Ory). So I headed out there, as Meghan was 1 of the few cast members on the show I have yet to get autographs from.
When I got out there I found Mary Margaret Blanchard (played by Best Actress In an Action/drama finalist in our Best Of TV Awards 2011 polls, Ginnifer Goodwin) & Granny (played by Beverly Elliott) doing a scene right on the corner I was heading down. No sign of Ms. Ory at that time, but I took some shots of the scene between Goodwin & Elliott. After their scene wrapped, myself & another local hound went across the street to get autographs. he went for Ginny, while I went for someone I had not gotten before... Beverly Elliott. She was quite amazed I had a photo of her, asked where I got it. I asked if she had seen it before & she said "yes, but not blown up into a photo", she signed it & thanked me for being there.
Later on I in the evening found Ginnifer back at the set. She walked over to an ice cream shop that I had earlier wondered if it was being used for a scene or just a product of clever advertising. It had in its window a riddle promoting "Red Riding Hood Ice Cream". I saw Ginny, Jared Gilmore & several of his school class mate cast members in there enjoying ice cream on what was a very cold day already. At first, I assumed they were shooting scenes in there...but later came to realize, nope, it was just an ice cream stop during a breaking in shooting.
At that point Jared was told he was wrapped for the day, while Ginny hurried back to the set where she still had a scene to do with Jennifer Morrison & Josh Dallas, where she would be inside & out of sight.
I never actually ran into Meghan Ory the day I was there. She wrapped her day scenes shortly before I got there...and was there fir night scenes shortly after I left. Had the weather not been so bitterly cold, I might have braved it for a bit longer that day. But at least I didnt go away shut out, as I got a few pics from scenes, and an autograph from a cast member I had yet to meet.
Below is a few pics from the day & a couple of different props & set locations, including the Dr. Hoppers office door & Ruby's car.... which appears to be just fine after the fender bender it was in earlier in the season.
Supernatural star Jared Padalecki returns from the TCAs, and has a differing opinion on the apparent SPN snub by the PCAs.
Today I caught up with 1 of our Best Of TV Awards 2011 sexiest actor & Best Sci-fi actor finalists Jared Padalecki. The 6'4 actor who plays Sam Winchester (up for Favorite Character) on Supernatural (Best sci-fi show finalist) was returning from Los Angeles where he was for a couple days to take part in the TCA panels.
Supernatural is also the recent winners of 2 People's Choice Awards. 1 for Sci-fi program, and 1 for the highly coveted drama program.
Recently it was stated publicly by multiple sources in the SPN family that Supernaturals stars were not invited to the PCAs, despite winning 1 of the most prestigous awards they give out. This sent massive irate ripples thru the fandom & that outrage was centered on the people who run the PCAs.
At the time, I was outraged along with all of you. It seemed illogical to me. Then, today I ran into Jared.
First thing I asked him was about the TCAs, which he did attend (Television Critics Association panels) just a day after the PCAs happened in the same city. He said it was just another day of work "flew down there, drove to it, did it, now flown back, and driving right to work" was his answer. I then asked him how he felt about not getting invited to the PCAs. This is where things went sideways.
Confused & unsure what I was referring to he said "we were invited, we just couldnt go because of work". Which I responded "really? Because theres a lot fo heat on the PCAs on twitter because Clif said you werent invited" he again re-iterated they certainly were invited. I asked if he would say that on camera, he said sure. I attempted to get it on camera, and he said it a 3rd time...of course my SHITTY camera (you failed me again stupid Canon SX130) didnt do what I needed it to. The photographers there shooting Jared then grabbed his attention & asked him about Gen & flying. My chance to get it on record gone.
Of course, after I was done, I posted a couple tweets about this, and then the shit hit the fan. A mixture of "ha, I knew it" tweets were mixed in with "wtf, you're lying" tweets, and a lot of "ok, Im confused because ... & ... said they werent invited" tweets flooded my @ messages.
Here is my theory on what the situation COULD be...and why some confusion. We have all either ourselves been involved in, or witness someone ask the hypothetical question. Something like "Hey *insert name here* if I were to ask you out, what would you say"? You arent actually ASKING the question, just theoretically if the questionc ame up...how would you respond. It gives the questioner the chance to ask without fear of total rejection. If you answer yes, then great, they meant it. If you answer no, it was just a "no, I wasnt actually asking" situation. I suspect this might be where the confusion here comes from. The PCAs asked SPN "hey, if we invite you, are you coming?" & they said "sorry, cant, working" so the PCAs didnt send them a formal invite. Making them officially not invited, but, had they said yes, would have been invited.
Of course, there is any variety of other explanations from 1 party being wrong, to the other party being wrong, to who knows what.
Whatever the complete answer is... congratulations to Supernatural on your 2 People's Choice Awards wins...and the several finalists in our awards still being voted on right now.
Anywho.. a few pics from his arrival. Would have had more...if I hadnt wasted the time trying to run video instead.
The 2011 Best Of TV Awards 2011 voting has been under way for a week.
Unlike a certain high profile fan voted awards show (*cough People'c Choice Awards*Cough*), we leave you, the voters, with occasional updates on the leaders.... and will show the final vote totals when voting starts closing sometime after noon pacific (exact time tbd closer to closing) January 19th, 2012. Not ALL categories will close that day. Just ones where the winner has a substantial, seemingly unbeatable lead. ther categories will close later in the week, as time permits.
Voting is taking place right now here http://canadagraphs.weebly.com/best-of-tv-awards-polls.html on all 20 categories if you have not voted yet.
Below are the finalists, ranked in CURRENT ORDER. 1st place shows the current high vote total. Last place shows the current low vote total. Of course, unlike the opening nomination round, finals voting is limited to 1 vote per person... again, unlike some fans voted award that allows voting to be skewed by those capable of spending limitless hours voting & setting up automated voting systems. With OUR awards, voting relies on YOU the voter, encouraging your friends, family, messageboard allies to rally behind your candidates.
One of our contestants wondered aloud on twitter, if there was any prize for winning. Now obviously, unlike said awards show, we dont have the budget to have a fancy event on national television. BUT, if any winners from said categories want to come to Vancouver, Canada on their own dime, I will happily present them with an award.
Last year there was just under 100,000 votes on our awards, this year, we are already over 115,000 with still several days to go.
Best Action Drama
The Walking Dead 163
THE BIG BANG THEORY 513
How I Met Your Mother
Best New Show
ONCE UPON A TIME 437
Game Of Thrones
The Secret Circle
Person Of Interest
Breaking In 48
Best Actor in action/drama
NATHAN FILLION (Castle) 446
Hugh laurie (House)
Sean Bean (Game Of Thrones)
Robert Carlyle (Once Upon A Time)
Peter Dinklage (Game Of Thrones)
Matthew Gray Gubler (Criminal Minds)
Shemar Moore (Criminal Minds)
Thomas Gibson (Criminal Minds)
Jeffrey Donovan (Burn Notice
Taye Diggs (Private Practice) 93
Best Actress in action/drama
STANA KATIC (Castle) 380
Lena Headey (Game Of Thrones)
Jennifer Morrison (Once Upon A Time)
AJ Cook (Criminal Minds)
Paget Brewster (Criminal Minds)
Ginnifer Goodwin (Once Upon A Time)
Sharon Gless (Burn Notice)
Maisie Williams (Game Of Thrones)
Lana Parrilla (Once Upon A Time)
Emily VanCamp (Revenge) 112
Best Actor in comedy
NEIL PATRICK HARRIS (How I Met Your Mother) 477
Jim Parsons (The Big Bang Theory)
Johnny Galecki (How I Met Your Mother)
Cory Monteith (Glee)
Danny Pudi (Community)
Joel McHale (Community)
Chevy Chase (Community)
Christian Slater (Breaking In)
Henry Winkler (Childrens Hospital)
Chris Pratt (Parks And Recreation) 44
Best Actress in a Comedy
KALEY CUOCO (The Big Bang Theory) 381
Jane Lynch (Glee)
Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory)
Tina Fey (30 Rock)
Betty White (Hot In Cleveland)
Alison Brie (Community)
Lea Michele (Glee)
Maggie Lawson (Psych)
Megan Mullally (Childrens Hospital) 68
Best Actor in Sci-fi
JENSEN ACKLES (Supernatural) 455
Ryan Robbins (Sanctuary)
Tom Welling (Smallville)
Jared Padalecki (Supernatural)
Robin Dunne (Sanctuary)
Misha Collins (Supernatural)
John Noble (Fringe)
Joshua Jackson (Fringe)
Ian Somerhalder (The Vampire Diaries)
Gale Harold (The Secret Circle) 145
Best Actress in a sci-fi
AMANDA TAPPING (Sanctuary) 549
Anna Torv (Fringe)
Anna Silk (Lost Girl)
Erica Durance (Smallville)
Ksenia Solo (Lost Girl)
Jasika Nicole (Fringe)
Britt Robertson (The Secret Circle)
Natasha Henstridge (The Secret Circle) 95
Best Animated series
THE SIMPSONS 343
Phineas & Ferb 166
Best Supporting Actress
JENNIFER MORRISON (How I Met Your Mother) 285
Julia Maxwell (Supernatural)
Erin Strauss (Criminal Minds)
Charlyne Yi (House)
Magda Apanowicz (Hellcats) 69
Kacey Rohl (The Killing) 69
Best Supporting Actor
MARK SHEPPARD (Supernatural) 432
Sebastian Roche (Supernatural)
Michael J Fox (The Good Wife)
Michael Cerveris (Fringe)
Wil Wheaton (Eureka)
Kevin Corrigan (Fringe)
Lee Arenberg (Once Upon A Time)
Michael Rosenbaum (Smallville)
Ben Cotton (Hellcats)
Patrick Gilmore (The Killing) 62
Best Guest Star
MICHAEL ROSENBAUM (Smallville) 400
James Marsters (Supernatural)
Callum Blue (Smallville)
Genevieve Padalecki (Supernatural)
Julian Richings (Supernatural)
Mark Sheppard (Leverage)
Alona Tal (Supernatural)
Jennifer Love Hewitt (Hot In Cleveland)
Katie Holmes (How I Met Your Mother)
Michelle Krusiec (Community) 103
DEAN WINCHESTER (Supernatural) 491
Dr. Helen Magnus (Sanctuary)
Dr. Lauren Lewis (Lost Girl)
Olivia Dunham (Fringe)
Clark Kent (Smallville)
Sam Winchester (Supernatural)
Bo (Lost Girl)
Richard Castle (Castle)
Kenzi (Lost Girl)
Kate Beckett (Castle)
Abed Nadir (Community)
Dr. Sheldon Cooper (The Big Bang Theory)
Dr. Walter Bishop (Fringe)
Dr. Gregory House (House)
Barney Stinson (How I Met Your Mother)
Peter Bishop (Fringe)
Emma Swan (Once Upon A Time)
Lois Lane (Smallville)
Sam Axe (Burn Notice)
Penny (The Big Bang Theory)
Charles Meade (The Secret Circle)
Michael Westen (Burn Notice)
Amy Farrah Fowler (The Big Bang Theory) 73
Best Non-Human Character Or Prop
THE IMPALA (Supernatural) 545
Dexter's Knife (Dexter)
Doomsday Machine (Fringe)
Annies Boobs (Community) 152
THE FRENCH MISTAKE (Supernatural) 414
The Day We Died (Fringe)
Pilot (Once Upon A Time)
The Skank Reflex Analysis (The Big Bang Theory)
Fire And Blood (Game Of Thrones)
A Fistfull Of Paintballs/For A Few Paintballs More (Community)
The Hot Potato Job (Leverage) 142
BO & DR. LAUREN LEWIS (Lost Girl) 707
Richard Castle & Kate Beckett (Castle)
Lois Lane & Clark Kent (Smallville)
Peter Bishop & Olivia Dunham (Fringe)
Marshall Eriksen & Lily Aldrin (How I Met Your Mother)
Snow White & Prince Charming (Once Upon A Time) 210
JENSEN ACKLES 464
Justin Hartley 59
MILA KUNIS 402
Jennife Love Hewitt
Britt Robertson 89
Now that 2011 has expired, it is time to look back at the year that was. I didnt travel too much this year, but that was ok, as elite names were roaming the streets of Vancouver throughout the year... now only if I had ran into some of them.
20 - Ellen Degeneres
I managed to get the talk show icon twice on her trip to Vancouver, including the 1st autograph I got in which I had to run 4 blocks to get after being given up to the second info on where she was. Few if any autographs I got this year took more energy out of me than that 1st 1 I got from her. Next day, she signed again and was happy to do it.
19 - Axl Rose
For a long time, I had heard nothing but horror stories about the lead singer for Guns N Roses. So I was not eager to go for him. However, this past time thru Vancouver, not only did the band actually play the show they came here to play, but Axl was even a willing signer. Pretty much anyone that went for him here got him.
18 - Simon Pegg
While here for Mission Impossible 4: Ghost Protocol, Mr. Pegg was the most often seen of the films stars. Whether it was at the airport, his hotel or the movie theatre, the Hot Fuzz star signed whatever was asked more often than not.
17 - Henry Cavill
The new Superman has been very good here so far. Although he is strict about limiting his autograph to 1 per person each time you see him, he has still been terrific in the interactions people have had with him.
16 - Cast of Sanctuary
Never had a bad experience with this cast, this year was no different. Whether it was at the Leo Awards, the airport or a charity event, each member of the cast was exceptional.
15 - Cast of The Secret Circle
This cast could have made the top 10, if it werent for 1 exceptionally bitter & sour life hating senior cast member of the show. That exception aside...the rest of the cast has been terrific with us.
14- Matt Barr & Aly Michalka
I miss Hellcats. Not just because of the campy cheerleader drama storylines. But because 2 of the nicer celebs we have had in Vancouver in a long time left when the show did. While some other cast members were a lot less thrilled to interact with fans during the shows 1 year run, Matt & Aly were as accomodating & friendly as you can expect. Class acts.
13- Cast Of Supernatural
Much like Ms. Torv from Fringe, the cast of Supernatural, whether its Jensen Ackles, Jared Padalecki, Misha Collins, Jim Beaver or the recurring characters of the show have been quite good to us Vancouverites when we run into them. Long as the regulars respect the no asking them on set policy, they are more than receptive to signing and chatting with us away from set when we see them.
12 - Leo Awards
This years award ceremony for BC film industry was not as spectacular as past ones I had hounded. Much of that was because of an unexpected change of venue & the loss of 1 or 2 shows since last year. Still, a list of names came out that made the effort worthwhile.
11 - Amy Adams
I had heard that Ms. Adams was a very willing signer, but till I saw it for myself, I didnt understand just how good she was. She willingly signed for everyone till there was nothing left out there to sign. She did it too with a smile. Wish all movie stars could have that level of appreciation.
10 - Booboo Stewart, Myanna Buring, Julia Jones, Guri Weinberg
This past year, the final installment of the Twilight Saga series, Breaking Dawn 1 & 2 was filmed here. In the years prior, some of the bigger names in the film were at times, pretty decent signers. This year however, there was VERY FEW great interactions with the cast. The names above were the very few I can say were outstanding. Considering how massive the cast was, its sad you can count the great experiences on 1 hand. Not to say ALL the others were terrible, but that they didnt neccesarily stand out as great.
9- Cast Of Fringe
The cast of the hit FOX show Fringe is generally friendly (the occasional grumpy Mr. Noble encounter not withstanding) the true star from a fan interaction aspect is usually Anna Torv in past years. Despite seeing the regulars probably 100+ times combined over the shows run here, she still willingly signs for us, even at the absurd time of 5:30 AM. This season, Seth Gabel became a regular and skyrocketed up along side his Fringe co-star for terrific interactions. Joshua Jackson, Jasika Nicole & others are terrific as well.
8 - John Schneider
Although from an excitement standpoint, getting Mr. Schneider wasnt overly high for me (I was a Dukes of Hazzard fan..but not a massive fan), it was how wonderfully personable he was each & every time that won me over. My 1st interaction with him was 1 of the rare "I wasnt expecting that" situations where we were at the airport for persons unrelated, and saw a sign for him there. Knowing he was coming in for an episode eventually, we waited to see if it was him, it was. He happily signed then. Seeing him 2 more times after, he was just as gracious each time after, even at the Smallville wrap party, where some of the bigger stars were nothing short of rude, Mr. Schneider was 1 of the ones that made the fans waiting out there happy.
7 - Cast Of Once Upon A Time
Usually when new TV shows roll into town, odds are someone on the cast thinks more of themselves than they actually are. Not so with the cast of the new ABC fantasy drama Once Upon A Time. Each & every cast member I have met has been terrific with interacting with the fans & the pros. It was the overall attitude of this cast that made me hope for it to do well...I'm glad it is succeeding, this cast deserves it.
6- Sharlto Copley
The District 9 star is simply, awesome. How awesome is he with fans? After a flight that was the better part of a day, he stopped, chatted with fans at the airport, did photos with, and even cracked a few jokes. So awesome he did an autograph session for a local African import store "African Breese Imports" just because they asked...and at the autograph session, he had no qualms signing stacks for fans, collectors or dealers alike. One guy plopped down 30 or so photos, Sharlto went thru the entire stack, not once groaning about doing it and thanked the guy for coming afterwards.
5- Callum Blue
Being a huge Dead Like Me fan, I still get a bit excited when I meet any of the cast. This past year, I had a 4th (or 5th?) chance to meet Callum Blue. He was in town reprising his Smallville role as Zod. What made this meeting stand out more than others prior though was how it went down. I first learned he was going to be coming back..I then contacted him thru a site I knew he was a member of that I too was a member of. He replied back with when he was coming. I then tried, several times, but without success, to cross paths with him naturally. So I gave him another message & he told me what day he would be off. So I tried that day, called his room & he answered & came right down. In the pouring rain, he stood, signed, and chatted with my friend & I for several minutes.
4- Chloe Moretz
At 2010 TIFF I had Ms. Moretz high on my list of people to get...but she cancelled. This year however, Hit Girl was there, and made up for the year long wait. One of the best signers at TIFF. Even with volunteers telling her she had to go, she still kept signing.
3- TIFF - The 2011 Toronto International Film Festival
Individually, several of the events from Tiff could make this list, and a couple I did list individually. But for the mostpart, the entire event of the Toronto International Film Festival falls under 1 event for me. So thus, why it is going here. This years fest was certainly my most successful from a star power aspect, and total wise, it was close to my best. Stars like George Clooney, Megan Fox, Madonna, Nicolas Cage & Ryan Gosling made the event quite successful for me. It was the newer names I wasnt as faimiliar with before going that made some of the more cool moments though, like Chris Pratt, Ezra Miller, Dominic Monaghan and Sarah Bolger who all made me fans of them with the way they handled their attention.
2 - Tom Cruise
While I did get a disappointingly low total of 2 autographs from someone I was told "signs everything", a lot of that wasnt any fault of his or really mine either. It was just dumb luck. Still, I managed to get 2 from him, which was still 2 more than most hounds in Vancouver got from him. The 1 and only night outside the trade & convention center unfortunately turned out to be the 1 and only chance Vancouverites got to get the Mission Impossible star. He made the waiting worth it though, as Mr. Cruise strolled over to a crowd of 20-30 people (which swelled to 75-100 when extras & crew came over too) around midnight & did a 20-30 minute meet & greet with fans, taking photos & signing autographs. Each interaction he made feel special, he asked fans to make sure their photos turned out and even acknowledged autograph requests with a level of respect, and not just a "ugh, fine" mentality to it.
No disrespect to Mr. Cruise, but at the end of the day, a rare, hard to obtain signature is a bigger deal on average than a classy, easier to obtain star.
Anytime you get someone of Madonna's level of fame, its probably going to make your best list. The Material Girl has been known for quite awhile as, at best, an unwilling signer. However, when you are promoting a movie you directed & has been panned by many critics, you are on your best behaviour.
That is what fans in Toronto got when the pop icon was there to promote W.E. this past Summer for TIFF.
Madonna signed probably 75-100 autographs on the red carpet, and signed at dinner a bit later after her event as well.
Some honorable mentions should go out to the likes of Patrick Gilmore, Rose McGowan, Daniel & Henrik Sedin, Ben Cotton & Lyndsy Fonseca.
So, that concludes 2011. Some amazing successes for me. Granted, there was some downright failures as well. I somehow never got Matt Damon despite him being here for 2-3 months. All my Saoirse Ronan autographs were ruined by an ugly fading silver sharpie. I missed Robert DeNiro AGAIN by mere inches, and same with Brad Pitt this time.
Who will grace the list at the end of 2012? Going into 2011, there wasnt a lot of "sure things" I could see making the list. To be honest, most of the list is a complete surprise, simply because I didnt know going into 2011 these people would cross my paths.
I occasionally argue with inanimate objects, but I usually win. So its all good.