A few pics of the cast of John Carpenter's "The Ward" at TIFF. Lyndsy Fonseca, Amber Heard, Laura Leigh
John Carpenter had a film at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival, unfortunately, he wasnt able to come to promote it.
Instead, a gaggle of hotties were there to promote the film.
Amber Heard (Zombieland), Lyndsy Fonseca (Kick-Ass), Mika Boorem (Dawson's Creek), Danielle Panabaker (Shark) and Laura Leigh were there to promote the film & they did a splendid job.
Especially the likes of Heard & Fonseca who drew the vast majority of the attention.
Below are a few pics of Heard, Fonseca & Leigh at the premiere.
A few pics of the stars of STAKE LAND from the 2010 TIFF Danielle Harris Michael Cerveris Connor Paolo Kelly McGillis
One of the 2010 Toronto International Film Festivial Midnight Madness Premieres was for the film "Stake Land"
These late night showings are always good for trying to meet the actors, because with it being so late the crowds are thin. This night was no different, with only about 20-30 people waiting, it was a great chance to get everyone you wanted from the cast.
The cast was varied.
Danielle Harris - The diminutive horror movie hottie who has the cool distinction of being in both Halloween movie franchises (in Halloween 4 & 5, and then in Halloween 1 & 2 of the new more recent re-creations)
Kelly McGillis - Yes, the same Kelly McGillis from Top Gun.
Michael Cerveris - More recently hes been "The Observer" on the growing FOX hit Fringe.
Connor Paolo - a Gossip Girl cast member
The entire cast was quite receptive to all requests, they did autographs, took photos, posed for photos & chatted with the fans.
I even managed to get Michael to tell me when he was coming back to Vancouver to film more episodes of Fringe.
The 2010 Toronto International Film Festical had a red carpet premiere for the film "Daydream Nation" which stars Kat Dennings (Nick & Norahs Infinite Playlist), Josh Lucas (American Psycho) & Rachel Blanchard (Snakes On A Plane). It also includes Canadians Katie Boland (The Zack Files) and Landon Liboiron (Degrassi - The Next generation).
With the likes of Andie McDowell & Reece Thompson filling out the cast. It has a decent mixture of Hollywood veterans & new blood.
I had a chance to first catch up with Dennings at the airport a couple days earlier, dressed quite casual & with glasses on. At the red carpet premiere, she dressed up so well, I wasnt even sure it was her at first. At the airport, she seemed a bit awkward & a little unsure of signing. But on the red carpet later on, she was pleasant, friendly & full of smiles.
I got a few pics of Blanchard, who was seemingly in a continuous state of joy. She seemed very happy, and found the comments of some of the onlookers humourous... especially when 1 of them asked Rachel if she could introduce him to her friend that she arrived with. She took lots of time to interact with the fans, being a local girl probably helped with that.
Josh Lucas showed up and did a lot of press interviews, and I frankly, didnt see him too much. He seemed to come in & vanish quite quickly to me... thus why I only snagged 1 photo of him out there.
Landon Liboiron, seemed in high demand to the girls, despite several of them not even knowing his name. He took it all ins tride & posed for photos with fans, even when they didnt know his name.
Katie Boland also showed up, and frankly, seemed to act very unsure if she should be there. I never saw her looking too relaxed out there. If her publicist or agent sees this, have a few words with your client about body language. She looks cute, but the crossed arms & standing off to the side like shes someones random friend isnt helping to promote her & frankly, probably deters any media from wanting to ask her for a quick photo or comment.
A few pics from the cast of SUPER (Rainn Wilson and Ellen Page) while they were in Toronto for TIFF to promote the film.
The film "Super" had a premiere in Toronto during the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival. Its 3 mains tars made it, Liv Tyler (who I had no photos of), Ellen Page (Juno) & Rainn Wilson (The Office).
Heres a few pics of Rainn on the red carpet, as well as a couple of Ellen at the airport & 1 at the red carpet as well.
Heres a few pics from the premiere at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival of "Passion Play" starring Megan Fox, Mickey Rourke (The Wrestler) and Bill Murray (Ghostbusters)
While Fox and Rourke were quite exceptional with the fans, their co-star, the grouchy Bill Murray was as miserable as they get. His demeanour & attitude was that of someone that just watched their family get beaten to death infront of them on the drive over.
While Rourke was great on the red carpet, even joking fans & being candid about this film compared to his more recent successes like The Wrestler, Fox actually was possible even better. These two did everything humanly possible to cancel out the cancerous attitude of Murray, a well known long time, worst signer staple.
A few red carpet pics from the Toronto International Film Festival premiere for PEEP WORLD, starring Michael C Hall
Here are a few pics from the TIFF premiere, and after party for the movie "Peep World"
It stars Dexter star, Michael C. Hall, Sarah Silverman (who I somehow never got any pics of, sorry) and Judy Greer.
Hall made my Best celebrity encounters list after this years film festival with his terrific signing habits, and willingness to talk with people who werent even with the media on topics such as the film, the filming of Dexter and other things.
During the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival, I met a few exceptionally friendly celebs. Most notably, The star of Clash Of The Titans, as well as the all time highest grossing movie, Avatar. Of course, that man is Sam Worthington.
I had the pleasure of catching up with Sam on the red carpet, first for his film with Oscar winning acting legend Helen Mirren in "The Debt". At that time I had made the strong statement that I thought Sam was the best signer at film fest. After that interaction I did run into another strong contender with Dexter star, Michael C. Hall. But Sam had a chance to put a stranglehold on the title...and he did.
Final day of my film fest, I happened to come across Sam at the hotel. There was about 5-6 of us waiting, and he signed ALL THIRTEEN photos I had at the same time. he made little comments, asking me what I was doing with them, told me he didnt care if I was selling them & even said good on me if I did. His easy going persona didnt stop with me. When a very cute Japanese girl asked him if he would remove his glasses for a photo with, he quickly responded in jest with "sure, if you remove your top", then proceeded to take off his glasses anyways, despite the girl not acceptiong his counter-proposal. With another fan who was getting an index card signed, he made her sign 1 for him & give it to him. Another fan he posed for a photo with, holding the signed index card from the other fan. He was just a joy to be around.
With any large venture such as a film fest, there is always going to be losers, and winners. This years biggest winner, my NEW Best Celebrity encounter Number 1 ranked star - SAM WORTHINGTON!
You can see my best, and worst list here
After the Gala premiere of "Peep World" (Starring Michael C. Hall (Dexter Morgan - "Dexter", Sarah Silverman & Rainn Wilson (Dwight K Schrute- "The Office") at the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival, I caught up with Michael at his after party for the movie.
Between interviews by accredited media, he slipped in a few words on what he thought if his film. Such a class act the entire festival.
Every event has people who were simply better & who were worse at interacting & respecting the fans, pros & random passerbys. This year was no different.
With so many things going on at the same time during TIFF, as many as 5 premieres were sometimes going on at the same time, it was impossible to cover them all & experience each & every celebrity there. So its very likely someone else would have a fairly different list than mine. But, with around 100 hours of hounding in the books for me, I feel this is a fairly well rounded list.
So, I give you MY list of the 2010 Toronto International Film Festival Best & worst list.
WINNER- Sam Worthington - All toll I got 17 autographs from the Avatar star. I got a photo with. He joked with the few of us standing at his hotel on the final day of my fest. His choice for Top spot of the fest was in my opinion, undebateable.
2- Michael C Hall - The Dexter star was terrific on the red carpet, signing practically everything asked...despite knowing he had signed for people prior. At the airport, the reports had him signing 3 items per person. At his after party he signed again, he took photos with & even took a few seconds to respond to my breif questions about how he thought the film was.
3- Megan Fox - The Transformers star was a red carpet signing machine. The 11 autographs I got from her was my all time single person high at TIFF till Worthington blew her out of the water.
4- James Caan - The Godfather star was an exceptional signer going in to and coming out of his press conference.
5- Mickey Rourke - The Wrestler star may have had a pretty ugly autograph, but he was more than willing to scrawl it on everything asked...and thats better than not signing at all.
6- Aaron Eckhart - Saw The Dark Knight star on multiple occasions & he was always willing to sign.
7- Amber Heard - Was a very willing signer at her Midnight Madness premiere for The Ward.
8- Danielle Harris - Was very willing to sign, take photos with & pose for photos for the fans who came out to her Midnight Madness premiere for Stake Land
9- Sally Hawkins - She came all the way back out of her vehicle to come & sign my photo after she realized I was the only person there with a specific item for her.
10- Sarah Silverman - Although her co-star Michael C Hall was the star of the show with the fans, the sexy comedienne worked the crowd well also, signing whatever was asked.
11- Nicole Kidman - Saw the 3X Golden Globe & 1 time Academy Award winner sign a plethora on 2 different occasions. Probably the best signing legend of the festival.
12- Lyndsy Fonseca - The sexy Kick Ass/HIMYM star signed & took photos with anyone who asked at her premiere.
13- Emma Stone - The Easy A hottie was a great signer on her red carpet. The autographs may have been less than spectacular, but she made sure everyone got 1.
14- Hallie Switzer - When Modra director Ingrid Veninger came out & handed out postcards to the awaiting fans at the press conference hotel for her star to sign, Switzer was put in a position of having to suddenly sign a plethora of autographs, despite few knowing of her before then. She handled it quite well.
15- Helen Mirren - The screen legend was a decent signer at both of her premieres.
Honourable mention- Yeardley Smith, Judy Greer, Penn Badgley, Rachel Blanchard
LOSER- Eva Mendes - When you cant do a roll down for ONE person, then RUN past 5 people a few minutes later at a different venue, then snub a dozen or so upon departing that venue. Dont do photos with anyone, and to top it off, have an autograph session the day prior where you wont sign anything but the specified item your giving out and wont allow photos with or even to have fans interact with you...your a grade A bitch.
2- Clive Owen - Upon arriving in Toronto he put on a stone faced look that as 1 hound stated "he looked like his mother just died" while he walked the 50-75 yards to his vehicle. Ignoring all requests for autographs, photos with, or questions.
3- Frances Conroy - Someone thinks 1 Golden Globe 6 years ago actually means something. The haggard old bitch didnt sign going into her press conference, despite being the first one to show up by quite awhile...then refused to sign leaving either. All while less than 5 people either time even cared to ask her.
4- Bill Murray - Shocker. The Ghostbusters star refused all requests for autographs going into his premiere. He is a notoriously terrible signer.
5- Jeremy Renner - Imagine Frances Conroy, but younger & male, and without the Golden Globe. Few people cared about him, and he put in no effort accomodating the minimal requests.
6- Winona Ryder - Perhaps she was in a hurry to get away after stealing something every single time? I dont know, but she sure made every effort to get away from sharpies wherever possible. Despite not having a single role that even her agent could name since 1999, Ms. Robber...err, Ryder insisted she would only sign for children....because we all know KIDS are huge fans of all those epic recent movies shes done like...umm?
7- Natalie Portman - Natalie didnt sign, nor really even acknowledge the fans at her press conference. I however heard she signed some on her red carpet arrival at least.
8- Vera Farmiga - The very unknown actress who had less than 10 people asking her refused to sign going in to her premiere & snuck out while larger names were busy signing.
9- Clint Eastwood - As a director, you think you would want to leave your premiere with good PR. But Clint didnt...instead, stiffing dozens of fans & collectors who had waited up to as much as 9 hrs in a cramped pen, all so he could attend a party.
10- Josh Brolin - snuck out of his premiere to avoid the dozens of fans who waited hours to see the stars leave.
11- Anthony Hopkins - see Josh Brolin.
12- Woody Allen - Only difference between him & Clint is, he had a legitimate excuse for ditching the fans. He had a plane to catch
13- Matt Damon - ONE autograph total, which he looked truly annoyed to be doing & a shrug of the shoulders is all the 70-100 fans waiting out back on his departure got from him.
14- Freida Pinto - She signed less than 10 autographs on her red carpet arrival. Sad that her boyfriend, who wasnt even in the film, was able to sign far more than her.
15- Jon Hamm - Signed a small handful going into his press conference, then ignored everyone leaving...despite telling the crowd on the way in he would get everyone leaving.
dishonorable mention - Vincent Cassel, Patrick Wilson, Malin Akerman, Ryan Phillippe
Top 5 moments
1 - Meeting Michael C Hall at his after party & getting a photo with.
2 - Meeting Sam Worthington at 9:30 AM on my final day of film fest & getting him to sign everything I had & do a photo with.
3 - Getting an autograph from Jill Hennessy only a block from where I was standing thanks to reading twitter.
4 - Sally Hawkins coming back out of her car to sign for me after he premiere.
5 - The director of Modra, Ingrid Veninger giving out promo postcards to the crowd for her movies star, Hallie Switzer to sign.
Bottom 5 moments
1 - Wasting my time chasing the likes of Clint Eastwood, Woody Allen, Matt Damon, Anthony Hopkins & Josh Brolin, when I could have gone to a few other events & got a handful of other people I could have used as well.
2 - Attempting to get Malin Akerman after her movie & only having her drive by & wave...despite less than 10 people being there.
3 - Seeing Rosamund Pike come out of the hotel & realizing I had taken my photo out of my binder prior to then.
4 - Having Eva Mendes drive by me & not sign, or roll down the window for a photo or anything, despite me being the only one there for her.
5 - Missing the likes ot Robert De Niro, Keanu Reeves, Nicole Kidman, Harvey Keitel and a few others by mere inches because of random dumb luck.
Day 10. My final day of the festival was very successful for such a short time...but it did end on a sour note.
I got over to 1 of the hotels early & hung around with a few other onlookers for a bit. Around 9:45 AM a scruffy bearded Sam Worthington made his way out of the hotel & came down to the crowd of 5. He signed everything the crowd had, joked with us & took photos with. He then went back up the ramp to his awaiting ride & left. All toll I got 13 autographs & a photo with from him.
About 20 minutes later Eva Mendes came out & was quite the opposite. Hopped in her vehicle & the others went running to where he final destination would be. As she drove out I tried to get her to do a rolldown signing, but instead I got a half hearted wave & nothing more. I showed up to the press conference hotel to hear she ran into there past the 4-6 people waiting there upon her arrival. On her departure she was just as unwilling, and I opted to call that the end of my festival. It was 1:30 PM & I was done
Despite the miserable Mendes mess, The Wonderful Worthington windfall made the day a success.
13 autographs on the day..all from 1 person. He will be a contender for best signer when I do my best & worst list in my next blog.
A+ Sam Worthington
F Eva Mendes
My final total of the entire Fest was 97 autographs.
I had a goal of 100.... ironically I had 3 Mendes photos on me to get done.
Several factors lead to me not getting to 100.
Mendes, wasting 1/3 of a day trying for Eastwood, Allen, Hopkins & the gang 1 day, the 1 rained out day, a lot of dumb luck missing autographs by a foot here or an inch there for certain.
I am actually happy with 97. Even though looking back, I know I should/could have had 110-125
I occasionally argue with inanimate objects, but I usually win. So its all good.