The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival could not have started much worse for me. Really, not much worse.
Day 0 (the day before the festival) has always been historically a bit slow, but this was abysmally slow.
We only saw 3 actors that entire day. Two of them were not even for TIFF, but for the locally shot show "Reign".
My 1st autographs of TIFF 2014 were from Bates Motel star Vera Farmiga. A woman I see 2 or 3 times a year in Vancouver. Someone I had just gotten a few weeks earlier. *sigh*. While it was nice to get on the board, and to get her, it was a bit underwhelming to have the 1st autograph of TIFF be someone I see several times a year.... and not till 8:30 PM.
It would be another hour & a bit later till we would get autographs from anyone else when the stars of "Reign" came thru. Adelaide Kane and Torrance Coombs both signed, although Mr. Coombs seemed more eager to get out of there than Kane did.
My day 0 total was a paltry 5 autographs, and only 2 from TIFF related people.
B+ Adelaide Kane
B- Vera Farmiga
C- Torrance Coombs
The 1st actual day of the festival was horrendous. It actually made day 0 seem like a gold mine.
I managed 2 autographs. TWO. Not at once, not in 1 premiere, but the entire DAY! In fact it was such a dreadful day, I had to look at my notes for the day to remember where/who I got.
Priyanka Chopra, who wasn't even even for me, and Juliette Binoche, a person I have gotten 3 or 4 times at previous TIFFs.
I did try for others that day. Tried for Al Pacino, but the crowd was too thick at the short red carpet at the Elgin, and I tried for Robert Downey Jr, but never got close enough to get him. Same with Robert Duvall.
TIFF 2014 total - 7
B Priyanka Chopra
B Juliette Binoche
C+ Robert Duvall
C- Robert Downey Jr.
C- Vincent D'Onofrio
C- Vera Farmiga
D- Greta Gerwig
F+ Dax Shepard