The 3rd day of TIFF was the 1st one that I walked away from going "it didn't completely suck". But boy was there a lot of legwork involved to make it not suck.
The day started with a couple press conferences that garnered no success.
In the early afternoon I went to the Elgin to try & get Gemma Arterton at her premiere for Gemma Bovery. The star showed up eventually, and did sign, but declined to sign my photo that I had displayed. A trend that happened to me all too often this fest. I quickly switched to another photo. Her assistant got her attention and directed Gemma to that new photo, which she did sign before being whisked away.
Thankfully my next objective was in the same spot. An hour later, the cast started arriving for Pride. Andrew Scott, the man who brings Moriarty, nemesis of Sherlock on the hit BBC series to life showed up 1st. He was an amazing signer, and I ran out of things for him in quick fashion. I managed also to get an autograph from Bill Nighy (who stole my pen), Ben Schnetzer and Dominic West before they went to do press on the red carpet.
Next up was Men, Women & Children premiere at the Ryerson Theatre. With stuff for 5 people in this premiere I had high hopes for it.... and it was a dud. I managed two Adam Sandler autographs...in the last couple minutes of the red carpet, but Kaitlyn Dever and Ansel "Allergic to people, sharpies, and being nice" Elgort were a shut out for me. I did manage two J.K. Simmons autographs as well, but overall this was pretty close to horrible considering how many cast were there.
I then made my way back over to Elgin to try for Kate Beckinsale and Daniel Bruhl. I managed to get Bruhl with no problems, but Beckinsale, despite spending a fair amount of time signing on our side, refused to actually move from the spot she chose, so people either came away with several, or none. Myself, none. Some no name model chick Cara Delevingne had a few fans out there too hoping to meet her, but the model couldn't be bothered to come over. Seriously, a fucking MODEL wouldn't come over and sign for a few people, yet real celebrities like Bruhl & Beckinsale did. Thus why she'll be going down as the biggest bitch of TIFF when I do my wrap up.
I checked the back of the theatre, and saw the crowd was a bit bigger than I hoped it would be. I saw Gugu Mbatha-Raw leaving her premiere for Beyond The Lights while I was there, but I had nothing with me.
I tried to get to RTH in time for The Riot Club carpet, but got there just in time to see Max Irons and Sam Claflin sign the last of their autographs before heading in. Across the street the premiere for Top 5 was already under way. I got over there and managed to get an autograph from Rosario Dawson on my Death Proof DVD cover in the mess. I don't know why, but she asked me if she could keep me. It was....random. I saw Chris Rock, and a pile of other people there for the film, but was holding nothing for any of them....so I left.
Back at the front of Ryerson, the red carpet for the Midnight Madness showing of Tusk was starting soon. I managed to get an autograph from all 4 of the cast & director that were there. Justin Long was his typical good self, although maybe not quite as great as the 1st time I met him. Kevin Smith was really good. Haley Joel Osment eventually signed, but for awhile looked like he wouldn't. While Genesis Rodriguez signed a bunch, but not as many as she could because she insisted on personalizing every item, thus leaving a few people without a signature when her people told her she had to go.
Total autographs - 32
A+ Andrew Scott
A- Kevin Smith
B+ Rosario Dawson
B+ Daniel Bruhl
B+ James Franco
B+ Justin Long
B+ Gugu Mbatha-Raw
B Gemma Arterton
B Bill Nighy
B Dominic West
C+ Kate Beckinsale
C Haley Joel Osment
C Genesis Rodriguez