Last night was the 40th birthday of David Slade. It was assumed there was going to be some large get together of the cast with David. Little did we know, David was hard at work on his birthday, while some fo the cast took the chance to have a dinner together.
I got downtown early evening all ready for who knows what, but I suspected it was going to be late. I started out at the Sheraton, but soon after chose to change locales to the residence. While there I found out several cast members left all together & that everyone at the residence had left to follow. It took awhile, but eventually the cat was out of the bag.
A variety of cast were at Gotham Steakhouse. This is one of the more notable eateries in Vancouver. Celebs of all levels dine there, gangsters dine there, athletes dine there, politicians, you name it. So it was hardly some hidden little hole in the wall find.
What was not known was exactly who all were in there. A variety of paps were there, several autograph hounds & a two fan/informants. All the regular paps, hounds & informants were in the mix. What was missing was Rob, Kristen & a few other notables.
It was obvious they had opted to have another get together elsewhere away from the high profile big fancy look at me steakhouse dinner. That was where the less notable cast, Stephenie Meyer and Kellan Lutz went to dine. The majority of the main cast Rob, Kristen, Ashley, Nikki, Elizabeth, Jackson & Xavier, went elsewhere.
At one point I decided to try a hunch & went on a wild goose chase to a few hot spots to see if the others could be found, but I came up empty & eventually came back to Gotham. When I got there I was informed that Kellan had just left a minute earlier & everyone had gone to chase. To top it off, one of the two people I thought would be there for any following that was required decided to book off for the night because of a girl. Which is all fine and good...MOST nights, but not one where you know there is potentially a big evening on the line. The other followed Kellan, but soon lost him & while they were gone, the rest of the party let out.
First up was the Wolves. Chaske Spencer, Bronson Pelletier, Alex Meras & Kiowa Gordon all went into a cab together. Chaske & Bronson signing a couple autographs each on the way to the vehicle. I got 1 from Chaske, as I didnt need the others.
After them, everything was a bit of a blur. I recall seeing Stephenie Meyer leave with a couple people, but I couldnt tell you if it was with cast or not.
Daniel Cudmore I believe left on his own.
I also believe Charlie Bewley left on his own.
But I cant be certain in either case.
Julia Jones & Bryce Dallas Howard I believe left together.
Cameron Bright, his mom, Jodelle Ferland & someone I assume was her mom, I believe left together. I stopped Jodelle for an autograph. I am a huge Dead Like Me fan & she is a pretty notable guest spot in the pilot, so getting her to ME was cool. I coerced her to sign a second autograph. She seemed willing, but the lady with her (perhaps her mom) was not as eager for her to do it. I had a 3rd photo as well, but after how hard it was to convince her to sign the 2nd, I took what I got & let it go for another time.
It took less than 5 minutes & the place was a ghost town & not one single person around to follow any of them.
From there, my friend & I decided to focus our attention on a flight coming in that had Taylor Lautner. Giving up temporarily on the chase of the possible cast get together (at this time we didnt know DS was working still, we still thought there was a bday get together somewhere).
When we got to the airport we found it out it was the worst kept secret of all time. Somewhere between 12 & 15 people were out there waiting for this flight. When it landed we looked around & my friend saw Taylor coming thru, and quickly realized he was not going to come thru the door we expected him to. So everyone scrambled back to the inside where we were drooling at the prospect of him taking the long way thru. We were fooled, he had been wisked away in some way that we still havent figured out, but he was taken from the arrivals level to the departures level. Most of the group made their way upstairs by escalator & elevator. As my elevator got up there I looked & saw no sign of him. Everyone thought they had been duped, and headed away. At the last second, I saw several hundred feet away, one of the locals from http://www.twilight-gossip.com speed walking away from us, a second later I saw someone getting an autograph waaaaaay down the terminal. I beelined down there, sure enough it was Taylor Lautner & his dad with an escort guard and another autograph hound getting him to sign. I got over there & the guard told me to get back or I would be arrested. I backed off, and was ready to make my move maybe 75-100 feet down where there was a break, as they were hiding behind check in counters. But I didnt have to make a move, they came out towards us. I asked again, and his dad asked politely "what colour pen do you have" I said blue, he looked on disapprovingly, so I said I had a black too, which he took, handed to Taylor & he proceeded to sign for me, another hound, then another for me, before being hurried to his towncar. One pap got a few shots of him, but for the mostpart, the large crowd downstairs didnt even get a sniff of him. In toll I think only 4 or 5 people got anything out of him, autographs, pics or anything.
After he was gone there was a pretty unfriendly verbal altercation between the female guard who was escorting them to the car & a pap. I wasnt at the hotel when Taylor showed up, but the report is that the driver of the car & perhaps Taylors dad got out & lambasted those that were there for the incident at the airport, as she had apparently phoned the driver to tell him what went on.
By the time I got back downtown (BTW- the new skytrain is fast once it gets going, but I waited like 10-15 mins for it to show up, then leave.) it was clear Rob was out somewhere & those that knew were not interested in sharing with the others. So after an hour or so of taking random stabs in the dark to see if we could find anything I called it a night and came home.
Not a total disaster, but not as great of an evening as projected.
Final total for the night
2 Taylor Lautners, 2 Jodelle Ferland, 1 Chaske Spencer & a few pics.
Below are the pics of Jodelle, Daniel Cudmore & Charlie Bewley (with Cameron Bright over his shoulder) from the dinner.
So as I just reported yesterday, Rob is getting the itch to go out. He considered it last night & opted not to.
Tonight, he committed.
A cast dinner (minus most or all of the human kids & Kristen Stewart) had a dinner tonight at Boneta Restaurant (which I have passed a thousand times on my way home, and always thought it could be a celeb hang out).
The evening waspainfully dull. For hours we were staked out at the hotel with no sightings outside of Robs security guard going out to do laundry & have a jog. Rob had returned from his day of shooting scenes at Como Lake School pretty early & we were all convinced he was going to go out tonight for sure.
The night dragged on, eventually it was around 9 PM when the first sign of life happened. Taylor Lautner left. A car trailed & found him at a restaurant just down the street, as it turned out he didnt eat there apparently. Just got dropped off there. Shortly after that the driver who followed returned & within minutes a cab with Kellan Lutz, Xavier Samuel, Ashley Greene & who we believe was Peter Facinelli left. We followed. They ended up at Boneta & soon we were hoping for a Rob & Kristen sighting. News would come to us shortly after that Taylor never went into that restaurant, but instead scooted across the street to grab Nikki Reed & Elizabeth Reaser & left. They were followed from ther,e but lost shortly after....ironically, close to Boneta. As it turns out, they got to Boneta before we did with the other cab. No one really knows when, but Billy Burke also showed up.
Then it happened, and it was both sad & funny.
With 4-6 LA paps, 2-3 Vancouver paps, 3 autograph hounds all just "hanging out" waiting for some of the cast to leave, who comes from across the street walking...ROB.
Heres the kicker, NO ONE noticed him till he was literally passing them.
With all those cameras in tow NO ONE was fast enough to snap off anything.
He literally got in scott free.
But where was Kristen was the next question. Kristen Stewart never came to the dinner. The ASSUMPTION (no proven fact, but strongly assumed) she went to dinner with her manager & brother, who recently got into town.
An hour- hour & 1/2 would linger on, which included a multi person argument between the un-educated staff of Boneta & the wily veterans of legal loopholes, the paps. I videotaped much of it incase there was a need for it. In the end, outside of some unflattering comments & some light pushing, nothing was made & a truce was bartered between the manager of the place & the paps.
I've seen how these "truces" usually work. Place theya re at says "we'll do the best we can to accomodate you". We agree & give them their space, and they try as hard as they can to fuck us over by sneaking them out back or side doors etc. With the exception of one nutjob who came out with Rob waving his hand going "no,no,no" they actually did what they said they would. They let us know they were about to leave, and didnt try to impeed our views, shots or anything. Quite civil in teh end.
One cab showed up. I cant even recall everyone that got in. Just that I remember seeing Billy Burke & I THINK Ashley Greene & Nikki Reed leave. It left. A few more minutes would go by before the next cab was ready. It was showtime. Rob was going to come out the front door with 10 or so paps, 3 autograph houdns & a light dusting of onlookers. He came out, head slightly down, hoodie up, beelined for the cab & was in. Elizabeth Reaser and I THINK Xavier Samuel got in with him. From there they left & headed back to their hotels never to be heard from again.
In the end it wasnt overly succesful for me or other autograph hounds. No autographs were had (except 1 Taylor...who left after everyone rushed out after Rob). Most of the paps there got something to satisfy their hunger & likely went away happy with the efforts.
Like I said yesterday, Rob is dipping his toes into the pool a little longer each time. I expect more interactions to come. Hopefully next time I will have some actual luck.
More than two hours had passed since the cast entered the warehouse for the screening. I changed cars for the next part, and we got itchy trigger fingers, and decided to drive around the building to check things out. Our timing of this was huge as it turned out. In our little travel we were passed by John, Kristens manager in a car, this was our first sign they were leaving real soon. So my buddy went & grabbed a new spot, 1/2 way down the back lane of this area. I decided to go to the front of the building to watch out incase there was a front door sneak job. We had visual contact with each other. It didnt take long. Less than a minute & he saw the garage door in the back start to go up, and I ran to the back & got in the car. Within seconds of me getting in, they were passing us in the alley & the follow was on.
A four vehicle convoy of Twilight stars & staff rolled thru the area, with us stuck right in the middle, and the rest of the paps in tow. As we made our way into the Downton/Chinatown area, we were forced into a position of having to pass the lead vehicle. We did so & kept a guarded eye on them. At that point we were on the road that would lead to GM Place & were sure they were heading to the Kings Of Leon concert....as it turned out, that was wrong & they went straight, instead of turning, leaving us no longer in the chase group. We now had to play catch up.
As they flew thru Chinatown & into the Downtown eastside, we followed on the next street over & the advantage of a driver with lots of experience in the area saved us> We pulled up to a corner in Gastown and they conveniently pulled right infront of us. We were once again following the lead vehicle & were unaware that behind us, the rest of the pack was held up.
The front vehicle pulled up infront of a restaraunt, along with 1 more. We were forced to drive around them & hastily pulled to the side of the street & realizing autographs would be impossible, snapped a few shots of them going in. It was Rob, Kristen & Taylor. No other paps were anywhere to be seen. Seconds later they started to show up, and a minute or so later the last of the vehicles & paps showed up. It was too late for any of them to get them going in. We were the only ones. We didnt geta lot of shots, but we got the only shots.
I never noticed exactly WHO all showed up. But there was about 6-8 cast members in the entourage. Besides those 3, Elizabeth Reaser, Nikki Reed, Ashley Greene, Kellan Lutz were definitely in the group & I think I saw Xavier Samuel as well, but was not as certain.
Inside the Water St Cafe they ate & drank for well over an hour, the restaraunt actually put up curtains in the upstairs area so they could eat without hassle. Funny enough staff of the restaraunt or the crew kept coming to the window & snapping shots of the paps & hounds. Unaffected by it, they simply shot back.
Eventually the vehicles returned, and it took less than a minute for them to orchestrate the get away. They pulled Rob & Kristens vehicle into the alleyway, leaving the rest out on the street. Everyone went in & around R & Ks vehicle, while the rest got away practically un-noticed. Kristen bolted in, Rob immediately after. Again, everyone scrambled to their vehicles & again, the follow was on. A cavalcade of celebs & photographers were en route to their next stop.
Less than 4 minutes later the answer was known. They showed up to the back of GM Place. They were escorted into the gated security patrolled loading bay, and were positioned as close to the door as they could get them & rushed quickly into the venue.
Once again, a waiting game would happen. (Part
After multiple epic fails, yesterday I would consider a small win.
It was the first time in a week & 1/2 that I actually interacted with a cast member. Got autographs, photos and video even. To top it off, I managed TWO in only a couple hours. Of course, there was severe fail mixed in & I am going to have to demote 1 certain cast member from my top 10 nicest celebs list now. But that aside...heres a small rundown of yesterday.
I got to the hotel around 7:30-8:00 AM. Shortly after a fan tha tI have seen a few times now came over & told me Ashley was out walking her dog. I knew she didnt use the front door, since she never does...but I wasnt about to go and scope out a side door just for her yet. very shortly after that the first few paps showed up. Unlike the New Moon shoot where there were just the locals & the sporadicl out of towner who would be in for a few days & leave, this film there is no less than 6, and I have heard by next week 10+ regular staffer paps up here who have been sent here by the company & told to stay till they get what they want. Shortly after another local arrived & it wasnt too much longer before there was 6-8 paps & hounds lurking about, chit chatting & swapping stories. But no action.
After a delicious breakfast consisting of a beef dip at the new favorite hangout of the regulars, the Deli-O restaraunt, I went back to being bored & would occasionally roam for a bit, but nothing much was happening.
My time line is off by this point, so excuse me while I check twitter to see what time I tweeted about it...ok, about 2:15-2:30 the first sign of life. Kellan Lutz came back from somewhere in a van, and hastily ran into the hotel, head down, ignoring pleas from fans & regulars alike. This is a new Kellan thats emerged for this shoot. A bit, grumpy & unfriendly Kellan. Perhaps he his bitter over a recent relationship break up, I dunno. But his new attitude stinks & his fans were in agreement.
Luckily for the fans, they were rewarded quickly there after. Peter Facinelli made what is likely to be HIS last jaunt outside the hotel on foot. He merely walked over to 7-11 & it took him 15 minutes to get there & back. Fans stopped him for autographs, photos, photos with their kids, and he even spoke some. I asked him about the Jennie fiasco from the day earlier (unfortunately I didnt have my camera running at that moment. DUMB DUMB DUMB) he said confidently that its been sorted out, that she was taken out of context. He seemed fine talking about it, not put out or annoyed. Taking it all in stride. He joked about how if he had known he was going to be seen by so many people he would have taken a shower first. He was very friendly, very accomodating & made the exact opposite impression on the fans that Mr. Lutz made minutes before.
After that, there was about a 2 hr lul, till the next chance to get someone. Xavier Samuel, one of the newcomers to the cast walked thru the courtyard from 1 tower to the other. A couple fans spotted him, rushed onto the grounds & interacted with him. As he came thru the driveway, I called him over to sign, and he made the 70-100 yard walk over to do it. Of course, fans swarmed in from every direction & he went from having to sign 2 items for me, to signing and taking pics for probably 3-5 mins.
After that, action literally dried right up. No sightings not even any "I think I saw" type sightings. It was just plain dead. After a long day that was including 12 hrs of waiting & 2- 3 hours of being up before it, I chose to go home early that night. No sense burning myself out & because I was barely keeping my eyes open.
I got home around 7:15-7:30 and didnt even spend the time getting fully changed, and went to sleep. 9:20 PM my phone rang, it was a call from one of the guys telling me the cast had a party at a restaraunt that I had never heard of. Considering I only got about 2 hrs of sleep, I was suprisingly alert & re-energized when I got up & set out to find the Miku Sushi restaraunt. I had a little trouble since I had never heard of it, but was directed to where it was on the phone & showed up to see 6-8 paps out on the sidewalk, and would later find 4-6 hounds & paps, including a new pap I hadnt seen till then on the back side of the restaraunt.
Sporadic sighings for breif moments were seen inside the restaraunt that was set in away from the street and for the mostpart, they had the evening to themselves. There were still some opportunities to get a couple pics here & there, but zero chance for an autograph or a fan encounter. The security of the tower the restaraunt was at called the cops, and a squad showed up. 5 cops in total, and later on, more would show up. On a Friday night in downtown Vancouver, FIVE of Vancouvers police officers were being wasted to tell the paps to stay off the property....which they were when the cops showed up. The two old useless wannabe rent-a-cops who patrolled the place with the grace of Barney Fife had so little confidence in themselves they felt the need to waste 5+ of the cities real cops to babysit grown adults who were actually following the rules already. Pathetic. They came ove,r gave the whole lecture about public property. Then proceeded to go into the restaraunt & basically stand at the door till they were asked to help escort cast mates away.
Around 10:45 the first cast left. Kellan Lutz & what was believed to be Ashley Grene, left the restaraunt, into the enclosed private foyer of the building, 200 feet away, behind a locked door & glass....WITH A POLICE ESCORT. I am sure the cops had to be talking later about how pathetic the security at this place were. A police escort was requested for Kellan & Ashley in a private LOCKED building to get from 1 door, to an elevator. WOW.
The pair was taken int the underground SECURED & LOCKED gated underground parking garage where a cab was waiting to wisk them away. When it left, I was the only one that went over to where it was leaving from & they both acted like I had 45 cameras pointe at them, doing the whole "protect our identity at all costs" thing that celebs who think too much of themselves & shamed criminals do leaving the courthouse.
Shortly after that, the cops left. I envision this coversation happening.
Cop 1 "did we seriously escort someone to their vehicle inside a locked building into a locked parking garage?"
Cop 2 "I think so, but obviously we must be mistaken. There HAD to be some threat we didnt see"
Cop 3 "Nope, you missed nothing. These guys are fucking retards."
Cop 4 "so should we bail?"
Cop 5 " Bail? Yes, but after we beat these retards with out batons"
(other 4 cops ponder the option for a moment)
(they get back upstairs)
Cop 1 (to the building security) "so we've decided in lieu of beating you with our batons we are just going to leave & ridicule you for the rest of the night in private. Ok?"
Witless Security guard "b...b....b...bu..buu.but"
Cop 2 "no please. Dont speak another word."
(cops leave, fade to black)
Shortly after that, the hapless security morons went about, taking the patrons of their establishment into the elevators without incident, since its in a locked building and all...and soon, 5-7 main cast members were being transported out of the restaraunt by 3 cabs & the rush back to the hotel was on.
Once back to the hotel, they pulled into the front, with 4-6 cars full of paps & hounds in tow, Robs cab circled the lot twice, before finally taking it downstairs into the underground parking lot, which was opened up just for him & rushed inside.
I then went home & resumed the sleep I had interruped. Even though it was a horribly pointless event, I am glad I didnt miss it, as the absurdity of the slack jawwed yokels they had "securing" the cast inside the locked building was entertainment enough.
I occasionally argue with inanimate objects, but I usually win. So its all good.