Yes, its true. For the first time since 2007 I will be going to TIFF to get autographs & see many of the biggest names in the industry.
Last TIFF I attended was attended by the likes of Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie, George Clooney, Sean Penn, Lauren Bacall, Keira Knightley, Colin Farrell, Jennifer Garner, Ben Affleck, Jodie Foster, Gael Garcia Bernal, Michael Moore, Samuel L Jackson, Viggo Mortensen and many others. It was also highlighted by new fresh faces like Jim Sturgess, Ellen Page, Hayley Atwell and many others.
This year, the list is just as impressive. Icons like Clint Eastwood and Robert Redford are set amongst the 100s of names the fest put out for its guest list. The likes of Matt Damon, Bruce Springsteen, Woody Allen, Robert DeNiro, Natalie Portman, Clive Owen, Edward Norton, Ellen Page, Michael C Hall, Bill Gates, Megan Fox, Mickey Rourke, Steve Nash and hundreds of others are expected to go. Who will be this years fresh new faces to catch? Thats a different question that only time will tell.
Look for my updates on here, and of course, autographs will hopefully be plenty.
if you have any requests...Now is the time to make them. I leave in less than a week.
Past few weeks I had a couple run ins with Supernatural cast.
First off was Jensen Ackles. who was his usual great self. Taking the time to sign & chit chat a bit with us before heading off with his driver.
Second, Misha Collins who jogged in from L.A. (ok, he probably flew...without using his wings even) the same night also stopped to sign, chit chat & posed for a photo or two. Collins, as many of his minions already know, has been training recently for a jog that he will do September 5th to raise money for a charity he promotes TheRandomAct.org where the primary goal is to support orphanages in haiti, flood victims in Pakistan, to do random acts of kindness globally... and of course, to bribe public officials (only Misha would be so open & honest about it haha...granted he is insisting it will only be 0.01%). There is a place to donate on the website listed above. You can donate a flat rate, or you can donate a sum per kilometre he runs. he has a video on there telling you more.
Lastly, several days later I finally caught up with Jim Beaver on his way out. There had been some misunderstanding on my behalf earlier in the week & I had chatted with Jim via emails about this & when he was leaving we both apologized for misunderstandings (although Jim really had nothing to apologize for). He signed several photos for me, took a photo with me..and most importantly, I finally got my book signed by him. A book he wrote, "Life's That Way" which is an interesting read. Its a compilation of all his emails he sent friends & family during a year long challenge of learning his wife was diagnosed wth & eventually would succumb to, lung cancer, all while trying to raise a little daughter. I do recommend it. But be warned, you will certainly at some point, cry reading it...if not multiple times.
The same night as Misha & Jensen, I also saw Jared. Some of you know some of the details of that night & I am sure, you all want my more in depth opinion/comment on it. All I will say on it is, while he certainly didnt come across pleasant in the least, and if it were my first time seeing him, I might think that was the norm for him.... looking back after the fact we all realize that whatever was the basis of the phone call he was dealing with at midnight clearly had him so engrossed that he had no interest in interacting with anyone else, including his driver. I have had far more good experiences than bad, so I am completely willing to let this one off bad day go by...even if some of you, many who have never met him, arent.
Let me first off say, I am not a fan of Lady Gaga - the entertainer/gimmick. Whether its because I am just too old to be into her genre of music, or the fact that I dont find tattoos sexy, or the fact I think shes trying too hard to be the next Madonna...reality is, I am never going to buy a ticket to see one of her shows...and the odds are pretty good I wont be downloading any of her songs onto my MP3 anytime soon either.
That aside. Lady Gaga did more or less everything a performer at the top of her game could do to coerce me to be a fan tonight as she left the venue after her first nights show in Vancouver at G.M....errr, Rogers Arena.
The lady who is better known to her friends & family as Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta spent 7-10 minutes sitting in the back of her SUV signing autographs & letting fans snap pictures of her.
It is rare to find someone that is at the level this entertainer currently finds herself at to take that much time out after a show with a crowd of 30+ people waiting.
She has obtained 9 Billboard Music Awards, 2 Grammy Awards, 3 MTV music awards, 2 Peoples Choice Awards, 3 Teen Choice Awards, and more than 50 other awards at smaller awards shows... oh, she also has 18 more nominations on the go for the 2010 MTV Music awards. She is at least a single platinum selling artist in 20 countries on her first album, and in 10 countries on her 2nd album... and her debut album is barely 2 years old this week. She really has no need right now to do any form of public relations image work...yet there she was, after a show that I was told was "amazing" stopping to sign for her fans, and me.
To top it off...she didnt care who she was signing for. At one point a guard tried to prevent me from getting my second autograph when he spoke to her & said "he already got 1, dont sign for him" which Lady Gaga replied "I dont care, just keep them coming". Thats how it should be. Just do it, and move on...dont worry about who its for, or what they might do with it at the end of the day. Each autograph signed is free promotion. Instead of me sitting here bad mouthing her about not signing and ignoring the fans, I am here telling everyone that she appreciates her fans & thusly, truly appreciates the money & time they invest into her. This is something that more often than not, cant be said about high end entertainers... and trust me, it eventually sours fans, and eventually they stop caring. This 24 year old girl from New York City understands it, and seems to actually like it.
Tonight she apparently was great on stage. She was even more great off the stage. I might never end up being a fan of her work. But I doubt I will ever find myself hating her...which frankly, I was going in thinking might be the case. Because its rare to find someone this on top of their game that still takes time to give back to people, regardless who they are.
Its a lesson other "in the now" stars should learn from in the future.
I took a few shots of the cast of "Wolf Canyon" a TV show shown in Canada on APTN.
For me, the draw was former Corner Gas star Lorne Cardinal being there...however as the day went on, the attention of the group moved over to local super-hottie Ali Liebert, who plays "Jan" on the TV show, that is about a TV show within a TV show. The cast also features former Hercules star Kevin Sorbo..but I didnt recall seeing him there.
Liebert seemed to be front & center for most photographers, despite few of them knowing who she was, or what she was in.
As she was leaving the red carpet I quickly asked her what show she was with, and she told me & I was able to identify who she was then.
To any fans of the show, I apologize if any of your favorite cast werent photographed in the "group" photo. They must not have been in the group photo & I only photographed those that I was certain were in the show, that being Lorne & Ali.
Anyways, better late than never....a few pics of the cast of Wolf Canyon at the 2010 Leo Awards.
Supernatural star Jensen Ackles talks about the security on the Twilight Saga Eclipse set
Last year the major motion picture, Twilight Saga Eclipse, was filming in Vancouver...and for a while, it was sharing the same studio that Supernatural films at.
Jensen had a few words to say about the security for this film. I tried to get him to say exactly what he was thinking... but he played the politically correct card & answered it as downplayed as he could...but he still gave us a brief glimpse into how over the top the security for this film actually was.
Apologies for the blurriness at one point..my camera has a mind of its own...its unfortunately the mind of a vegetable.
Occasionally I get lucky & have my video camera rolling when stars talk.
More often than not I dont..but sometimes I do.
Supernatural star Jensen Ackles (Dean Winchester) was on a flight last season with then A-Team "actor" & professional fighting champion Quinton "Rampage" Jackson.
Needless to say, he didnt like his chances in a fight with the new B.A. Baracus.
Apologies on this taking so long to post...I tried a couple times before..and my computer, which is a piece of junk, was apparently not strong enough to perform the simple task of posting this on youtube....but here it is now.
Some more Hellcats pics of stars Matt Barr and Aly Michalka.. and that other chick that no one cares about
Hellcats is coming to a TV soon near you.
...assuming you have The CW network on your television. The same network that carries other Vancouver based hits like Supernatural and Smallville will again be looking to strike gold up here with a new show about cheerleaders.
With the backing of Superman Tom Welling's pocketbook & name attached to the project, Hellcats will surely come out of the gates strong as fans of Welling's will surely give it a shot.
Will the show be able to carry itself on quality once fans get a peek? That remains to be seen. But it is a safe bet that it should be able to squeeze out at least 2 seasons on the premise & names alone.
i have had a chance to see a few of the cast around town...some of it really good, some of it, Ashley Tisdale.
So far any interactions I have had, witnessed or heard of wth Tisdale has been to say the least, poor. No one is saying nice things about her yet, and as shown in the pic. The one time she was spotted by a fan, SHE RAN to her hotel. Running from 1 of us. A professional autograph hound. Well its immature. But running from a fan with a DVD who is a kid, is unacceptable. This is the attitude of one of the shows "stars" as she thinks of herself as...even if no one else does.
With music & television veteran Alyson Michalka (known to some as 1/2 of pop duo, Aly & AJ, and to others an actress on Disney teen comedy Phil Of The Future) attached to the project as 1 of the cheerleaders, there is at least 1 cute girl on the set who is nice to the fans. She has done as much as can be expected to quell over any sourness fans might have after meeting the bitter & snarly Tisdale.
Of course the real star of the show with the fans is Matt Barr. Best know for roles on One Tree Hill & Harper's Island, Barr has quickly established himself as one of the nicest celebs in town. Always willing to stop for autographs, a photo with or just to chat, Barr has been the shows best asset in trying to win the fans that its snobby diva Tisdale has tried so hard to alienate.
Below is a few pics from some of the encounters with the 3 cast members of the show.
Hellcats debuts September 8th on The CW.
I occasionally argue with inanimate objects, but I usually win. So its all good.