Toronto International Film Festival 2014 - Day 6 - TIFF14 - Benedict Cumberbatch, Keira Knightley, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Jake Abel, Michael Shannon and more
This was 1 of the days of the Fest I had circled on my calendar more than others. The chance to get Benedict Cumberbatch again, and hopefully, a lot better one than the "B.C. xx 2013" autograph he gave me last year was high on my list of goals.
I headed over to his press conference as soon as I got in town and saw the Sherlock star go in to do his press for The Imitation Game, along with Keira Knightley. On the way out, Benedict signed sporadically, but I managed to get his attention enough that he turned around and signed the duo photo I had of him with Andrew Scott that I got signed by Andrew just days earlier. Better yet, it was a nice, fuller autograph than the 1 the year prior. This was my TIFF 2014 favorite piece by far. I attempted to get a 2nd from him a couple minutes later, but he said he couldn't. I then said "what about at the red carpet?" he replied "if I see you". Hope still to get another autograph.
Following that was a press conference for 99 Homes. Unfortunately my Andrew Garfield luck didn't follow thru to the next day, but I did manage a few Michael Shannon autographs before he left. So all in all, not too bad.
Eager for another Cumberbatch autograph, I did the rare thing for me... I went to POW & waited for about 2 hours just so I could have a decent position. Allen Leech would show up first, and I eagerly tried to get him...but he went the opposite direction of where I was and I was not about to sacrifice the great spot I had to chase him down... I would just have to hope to get him later. Eventually Benedict Cumberbatch arrived, and partially random fluke, and I believe, my own vocal strength when he got closer, he came right to me. Took my pen, I told him he could use it for everyone. He signed 1 of my DVD covers & vanished into the swarm of overstretched arms, heads and cameras along the rail all hoping to see or interact with him. Several minutes later, my pen was returned to me by a security guard, surely drained of its resources as the Sherlock star was still signing away. With little to no use for a worn out sharpie, I asked the girls behind me if they wanted it, and both of them hastily lunged at it. They would surely be happier with something Benedict held than I was. A couple minutes later Benedict stopped right by us again, and signed a few more, but this time I missed him. He then went the opposite direction. All in all, he was out there signing for over 20 minutes. I know this, by the time stamps on the pics I took of him out there. A while later Keira Knightley arrived, but she was not nearly as gracious, and only did about 1/4 of the line... in the opposite direction of where I was. Still I was pleased with the outcome.
After my BC high wore off I started to plan out my evening gameplan and headed over to the Elgin to try and get a couple people at their premieres leaving. First up was Viggo Mortensen, and the A History Of Violence star was his regular great self leaving the premiere for Far From Men. I managed to nab a couple from him there. An hour later, Game Of Thrones star Nikolaj Coster-Waldau came out and signed for everyone who was there leaving the premiere for A Second Chance.
I then hurried over to Ryerson theatre. There I managed to get some autographs from the cast of Good Kill from Ethan Hawke & former Supernatural unofficial Winchester brother Jake Abel. I also saw actress Rachel Roberts there, she was there supporting her husband who was the writer for the movie.
That was the end of my night. SO CLOSE to my all time single TIFF record of 97 autographs...maybe next day?
Day 6 total - 16 autographs
Total TIFF - 91 autographs
A+ Benedict Cumberbatch (red carpet)
A+ Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
A Michael Shannon
A Jake Abel
A- Viggo Mortensen
B+ Matthew Goode
B+ Rachel Roberts
B+ Benedict Cumberbatch (Press conference)
B Allen Leech
C+ Ethan Hawke
C Keira Knightley (red carpet)
F Keira Knightley (press conference)
F Andrew Garfield
Toronto International Film Festival 2014 - Day 5 - TIFF14 - Andrew Garfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Miles Teller, Sam Worthington, Evan Bird, Bobby Cannavale, Julianne Moore and more
Day 5 of TIFF14 would be my most successful of the fest stats wise. However, it did start with failure. I went to try and get Jennifer Aniston and Sam Worthington at their premiere for Cake, but was unable to get close enough. For some reason, the crowd there was substantially larger than anyone should have expected. I got very close to getting an Aniston, but in the end, not close enough.
I instantly left that disaster and headed to Ryerson for the premiere of Whiplash. Although Melissa Benoist was not there, I did well enough between Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons there that I was pleased with the time I spent there.
The next premiere, back at Elgin was for "Still Alice" with Julianne Moore and Kate Bosworth. I got lucky with my position for Moore, and got 3 autographs in the 1st minute or so of her signing. Bosworth on the other hand... refused to sign the specific photo I had. Not having another photo with me, I went away shutout by her.
I headed back to Ryerson for the back end of Whiplash and managed a couple more Miles Teller autographs there. After doing that, I hurried back to the front of Ryerson for the premiere of Adult Beginners. I managed to get an autograph from everyone of the cast there, Nick Kroll, Bobby Cannavale, Joel McHale and Rose Byrne all attended, and I got each of them at least once.
With a couple hours to kill, I went over to a celeb hotspot, and fluked into another encounter with The Theory Of Everything star Eddie Redmayne which nabbed me a couple more autographs. I also saw former The Killing star Evan Bird there, he was in town to promote Maps To The Stars. Also saw rapper Lil Jon in the short time I was there. Also ran into the rapper named Lil Jon, who was in town for a show & happened to also be there.
I went back over to the Elgin for a night time premiere of The Keeping Room with Sam Worthington and Hailee Steinfeld. Both of the stars were terrific signers there, and I managed to get a couple from each. Sam might not have been at his old "sign 13 at once" level of nice this festival, but he was still really good. I also saw Britt Marling there, but had nothing for her. I also saw former The Walking Dead star Sarah Wayne Callies there. Despite reports I have heard of her being an unfriendly person to meet, she came over to the crowd and did photos with and signed autographs for those asking.
I hurried across the downtown core to the POW to try and hopefully get The Amazing Spider-Man star Andrew Garfield at his premiere of 99 Homes with Michael Shannon. Thankfully, I had success there. I managed to get Shannon on 1 photo, and shortly after Andrew Garfield on 2 photos. Oddly, I had two odd interactions with Andrew on that carpet. First time, he said something to me. He shook his head no, is body language seemed negative, yet he still signed the photo I had. The second time, he pushed my photo away, then pulled it back in before signing it. Random, but I had no complaints with the end result.
Day 5 Total - 25 autographs
Total TIFF - 75 autographs
A- Julianne Moore
A- Sam Worthington
B+ Rose Byrne
B+ Andrew Garfield
B+ Michael Shannon
B+ Hailee Steinfeld
B Miles Teller
B Evan Bird
B J.K. Simmons
B Sarah Wayne Callies
B Eddie Redmayne
B- Kate Bosworth
B- Bobby Cannavale
B- Britt Marling
B- Joel McHale
B- Nick Kroll
C+ Jennifer Aniston
All photos posted in this blog are shot by Canadagraphs.