So today actor/director Ron Howard posted a tweeted I was frankly shocked took so long. https://twitter.com/#!/RealRonHoward/status/16087886453
his daughter, actress Bryce Dallas Howard (Twilight, 50/50, The Help) and her husband Seth Gabel (Fringe) gave birth to a new baby girl. The girl Beatrice Jean Howard-Gabel was actually born 2 days ago on January 19th, but only now is news of the joyous moment making its way to the internet thru the proud grandpas tweet.
I have met both Seth & Bryce many times & they are both classy as they get in the celebrity circles.
In celebration of this event for the couple. Here is some pics of the proud papa that I took awhile ago that I frankly, forgot to post.
Its Seth Gabel playing Lincoln Lee on the set of Fringe here in Vancouver. Unsure what the episode # for this is, but it was filmed November, 1st, 2011.
Congratulations to Seth & Bryce on your new daughter.
Day 2 of the fest started at the brand new press conference venue. The TIFF Bell Lightbox, the festivals own personal multi-purpose venue, held the press conferences this year that hotels did in the past, and in short...it sucks.
The 1st press conference was for Moneyball, and only because they werent sure what to do yet were people able to get anything.
Several of the cast showed up. Only Brad Pitt (who signed about 20 for the 75+ people there) and Chris Pratt (who signed for anyone who asked) signed much of anything. Philip Seymour Hoffman signed a couple, Jonah Hill ignored everyone.
After that, they started taking the people in thru an underground entrance, and that was the end of 1 of the places I often was able to get 20-30% of mt TIFF autographs from,. the press conferences.
After that, I got a text to come down the street, and showed up just in time to get another Johnny Rotten autograph as he left an event at the CBC building.
After a lunch break, I went to a hotel to wait around. Saw Bryce Dallas Howard come out, but in a shocker...she denied. I am stunned still. Used to be all class. A little while later Christopher MacDonald (Happy Gilmore - "Shooter McGavin") came in, did photos with a couple of fans. Then saw Ezra Miller again. He chatted with us for a bit, and when we told him Johnny Rotten was in the building, he got really excited. Clearly a big Sex Pistols fan Ezra is.
Saw Arielle Kebbel arrive for an event, but outside of taking a couple photos with and chatting with a little girl for a couple moments, she did little to acknowledge the small amount of people there.
John Lydon left the hotel, got another autograph. He was being told by his handler to "only sign for the girls" but still signed for us anyways...even though you could see he was maybe getting short on patience with so many photos & albums everywhere.
Went to the premiere for Megan Fox and Jon Hamm, just like last year, I ran out of items for Fox. Hamm I managed to squeeze out 2 in the surprisingly large crowd. A common theme this TIFF has been, crowds are larger all around. I would say 25-30% more people everywhere.
We quickly hustled across to another venue and snagged 1 Juliette Binoche autograph.
Across the street we tried for the back end of the Moneyball premiere letting out. I saw Eddie Vedder leave the event, but he didnt sign for anyone.
I then saw Stacy Keibler arriving for the next premiere that her boyfriend George Clooney was in that would soon start doing their red carpet work.
Cast were starting to show up for The Ides Of March premiere. First few smaller cast showed up, the crowd was massive and impossible to penetrate for such small potatoes. So I let the likes of Paul Giamatti go and was walking away to go check on Pitt again when I saw the row of vehicles still waiting to do the red carpet. First was Marisa Tomei, who no shock (heard multiple reports shes a terrible sginer) wouldnt even accomodate requests from the small crowd of 7-10 girls waiting down there to roll down the window for a picture. Her vehicle then left on its trip up the red carpet.
Next up was George Clooney. The girls asked Goerge to roll down his window. He didnt roll it down though...instead, the aging sex symbol got OUT OF HIS SUV and proceeded to start signing and taking photos.... for the whole line. Must have been 500+ people there, I am sure 300+ of them got an autograph or photo with the star. While he was busy signing, Ryan Gosling showed up and started doing the line from the other end, he too went down the entire line, although he was a little more selective on signing, and for the mostpart just did handshakes. I somehow still managed 4 autographs from each of them, despite the sometimes 6 to 8 people deep crowds of onlookers who for whatever reasons felt compelled to take cameraphone pics of the top of the stars heads, or even worse, pics of the other cameras in the crowd pointed in the stars direction. To these people, seriously? If you arent there trying to get an autograph or a photo with...why stand there, you can find a farrrr better photo of the situation on google the next morning. all you are are doing is clogging up an area for people who have a purpose and know what they are doing.
Shortly after Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie left together, rolled down their windows and gave a wave to the crowd waiting, they then left for their party.
After that, I went to the Brad Pitt after party for a bit, but was outwaited by them, as I had to leave to go back to Hamilton. The day started slow...but decent end.
Total for day 2. - 19 autographs. 2 day total - 32
A+ George Clooney
A+ Ezra Miller
A+ Megan Fox
A Chris Pratt
A- Ryan Gosling
B- Brad Pitt
B- Juliette Binoche
C+ Philip Seymour Hoffman
C+ Jon Hamm
C Christopher MacDonald
C John Lydon
C- Arielle Kebbel
D Bryce Dallas Howard
Xavier Samuel this summer impresed me with his casual non-challant attitude to his new found fame. Lots of new stars fall into the fame pit & get egos. He didnt, and may even have become more personable as it went on. The first time I met him I wasnt sure about him, but as time went on, I learned hes a good guy.
He also went out a lot with various cast members. Most common sidekicks were Bryce Dallas Howard & Ashley Greene.
Heres a few pics from his time out & about with them.
So the Twilight Saga Eclipse wrap party was Saturday night at the Vancouver Aquarium.
If it werent for the multiple sources & leaks stating that was the case, and seeing 1 of the 100 Monkeys outside later in the evening, you would never have known. No sign of high name celebs strolling inside thru the front & only minimal amount of fans waiting around the large city block sized building & grounds they had the event at.
Security was tight. They escorted any cast that did show up, thru the back, along a massive long driveway that had a nice little tuck away spot at the end to prevent anyone from even seeing who got out of the 3 SUV style trucks that escorted them there.
The details on who was in the specific SUVs is unknown by anyone but those in them & any security working right at the doors. Party goers likely didnt even know, till they saw the cast in there who was showing up.
I originally stated KStew was there. Conflicting reports have said she was not. I will concede that its POSSIBLE I was wrong, but without verification from someone actually in there who saw everyone, I still stand behind my statement based on what we know from afterwards.
I wont get into detailed specifics, because a couple things we learned thru the night might be useful somewhere down the road. But what we can state is, an SUV left the party & returned to the Sheraton, where it unloaded the people that were in it (believed to be 2, possbly 3). My driver, who has eagle eye vision, was certain he saw a w0man with short dark black hair in the side closest to us as it pulled out. I trust his instincts on this, which is why we were certain it was KS, especially considering later events.
Later at the hotel, not long after the SUV left with no one in it, a cab left with again, someone fitting KS decription. The cabbie was clearly being instructed to lose us, as he made unneccesary & probably illegal moves in the crowded downtown streets, then did excessively over the speed limit across a bridge. We eventually caught up, only to have the cab stop in the middle of the road & pull a sharp u-turn. We were now convinced the woman we saw in there had to be KS & because of the timing after the drop off from the party, that it had to be the girl my friend saw upon the departure from the party. Is it possible it was 2 different people? A random girl leaving the party with others and going to the Sheraton, then KS coincidentally leaving the Wall shortly after that in a cab? Yes. Logic would dictate they are related events though. Of course, logic isnt always right.
While we went on this adventure, our back up team followed the 2nd & 3rd SUVs to leave. He followed them into downtown core where they split up. The one he evetually stuck with, went back to the apartments where Bryce Dallas Howard emerged from it.
Who was in the 3rd one?? No one knows. Where did it go?? No one knows.
So this was why, I stated KS, BDH & Jackson were the only cast we could confirm. BDH clearly was there. Undeniable, unless she has learned how to teleport. Jackson played with his band there, so that too is undeniable. Was Kristen there? We believe so, but reports claim she wasnt, while others say she was. Was Rob there? Again, conflicting reports.
I suspect they were both there, and people only saw 1 or the other at any time, and maybe a couple people saw both & thus why all the confusion with the various claims from the event.
Anyways, it was an entertaining evening as I got to speak with a few of the fans & had a few laughs. But productivity wise, yeah, it was bad.
Barring any miracles, especialyl since I am fighting off a shoulder problem right now that has me resting as much as I can, that is probably my last hurrah at Eclipse.
When I am feeling more up to it- I might put together a quick blog giving my opinions & input on various things about this adventure.
Last night was the 40th birthday of David Slade. It was assumed there was going to be some large get together of the cast with David. Little did we know, David was hard at work on his birthday, while some fo the cast took the chance to have a dinner together.
I got downtown early evening all ready for who knows what, but I suspected it was going to be late. I started out at the Sheraton, but soon after chose to change locales to the residence. While there I found out several cast members left all together & that everyone at the residence had left to follow. It took awhile, but eventually the cat was out of the bag.
A variety of cast were at Gotham Steakhouse. This is one of the more notable eateries in Vancouver. Celebs of all levels dine there, gangsters dine there, athletes dine there, politicians, you name it. So it was hardly some hidden little hole in the wall find.
What was not known was exactly who all were in there. A variety of paps were there, several autograph hounds & a two fan/informants. All the regular paps, hounds & informants were in the mix. What was missing was Rob, Kristen & a few other notables.
It was obvious they had opted to have another get together elsewhere away from the high profile big fancy look at me steakhouse dinner. That was where the less notable cast, Stephenie Meyer and Kellan Lutz went to dine. The majority of the main cast Rob, Kristen, Ashley, Nikki, Elizabeth, Jackson & Xavier, went elsewhere.
At one point I decided to try a hunch & went on a wild goose chase to a few hot spots to see if the others could be found, but I came up empty & eventually came back to Gotham. When I got there I was informed that Kellan had just left a minute earlier & everyone had gone to chase. To top it off, one of the two people I thought would be there for any following that was required decided to book off for the night because of a girl. Which is all fine and good...MOST nights, but not one where you know there is potentially a big evening on the line. The other followed Kellan, but soon lost him & while they were gone, the rest of the party let out.
First up was the Wolves. Chaske Spencer, Bronson Pelletier, Alex Meras & Kiowa Gordon all went into a cab together. Chaske & Bronson signing a couple autographs each on the way to the vehicle. I got 1 from Chaske, as I didnt need the others.
After them, everything was a bit of a blur. I recall seeing Stephenie Meyer leave with a couple people, but I couldnt tell you if it was with cast or not.
Daniel Cudmore I believe left on his own.
I also believe Charlie Bewley left on his own.
But I cant be certain in either case.
Julia Jones & Bryce Dallas Howard I believe left together.
Cameron Bright, his mom, Jodelle Ferland & someone I assume was her mom, I believe left together. I stopped Jodelle for an autograph. I am a huge Dead Like Me fan & she is a pretty notable guest spot in the pilot, so getting her to ME was cool. I coerced her to sign a second autograph. She seemed willing, but the lady with her (perhaps her mom) was not as eager for her to do it. I had a 3rd photo as well, but after how hard it was to convince her to sign the 2nd, I took what I got & let it go for another time.
It took less than 5 minutes & the place was a ghost town & not one single person around to follow any of them.
From there, my friend & I decided to focus our attention on a flight coming in that had Taylor Lautner. Giving up temporarily on the chase of the possible cast get together (at this time we didnt know DS was working still, we still thought there was a bday get together somewhere).
When we got to the airport we found it out it was the worst kept secret of all time. Somewhere between 12 & 15 people were out there waiting for this flight. When it landed we looked around & my friend saw Taylor coming thru, and quickly realized he was not going to come thru the door we expected him to. So everyone scrambled back to the inside where we were drooling at the prospect of him taking the long way thru. We were fooled, he had been wisked away in some way that we still havent figured out, but he was taken from the arrivals level to the departures level. Most of the group made their way upstairs by escalator & elevator. As my elevator got up there I looked & saw no sign of him. Everyone thought they had been duped, and headed away. At the last second, I saw several hundred feet away, one of the locals from http://www.twilight-gossip.com speed walking away from us, a second later I saw someone getting an autograph waaaaaay down the terminal. I beelined down there, sure enough it was Taylor Lautner & his dad with an escort guard and another autograph hound getting him to sign. I got over there & the guard told me to get back or I would be arrested. I backed off, and was ready to make my move maybe 75-100 feet down where there was a break, as they were hiding behind check in counters. But I didnt have to make a move, they came out towards us. I asked again, and his dad asked politely "what colour pen do you have" I said blue, he looked on disapprovingly, so I said I had a black too, which he took, handed to Taylor & he proceeded to sign for me, another hound, then another for me, before being hurried to his towncar. One pap got a few shots of him, but for the mostpart, the large crowd downstairs didnt even get a sniff of him. In toll I think only 4 or 5 people got anything out of him, autographs, pics or anything.
After he was gone there was a pretty unfriendly verbal altercation between the female guard who was escorting them to the car & a pap. I wasnt at the hotel when Taylor showed up, but the report is that the driver of the car & perhaps Taylors dad got out & lambasted those that were there for the incident at the airport, as she had apparently phoned the driver to tell him what went on.
By the time I got back downtown (BTW- the new skytrain is fast once it gets going, but I waited like 10-15 mins for it to show up, then leave.) it was clear Rob was out somewhere & those that knew were not interested in sharing with the others. So after an hour or so of taking random stabs in the dark to see if we could find anything I called it a night and came home.
Not a total disaster, but not as great of an evening as projected.
Final total for the night
2 Taylor Lautners, 2 Jodelle Ferland, 1 Chaske Spencer & a few pics.
Below are the pics of Jodelle, Daniel Cudmore & Charlie Bewley (with Cameron Bright over his shoulder) from the dinner.
Got a quick question or two in to Nikki about Bryce being added to the cast.
She seemed happy with Bryces addition & then seemed awkward in replying to me asking if she was suprised by the change.
Taylor answers a quick question from someone else about coming back to Vancouver.
On Monday Bryce Dallas Howard, the controvertial replacement in the Twilight Saga series 3rd installment "Eclipse" for the character "Victoria" (previously played by Rachelle Lefevre) was seen arriving at YVR in Vancouver with several castmates in tow.
While the likes of Klenna Lutz, Nikki Reed, Elizabeth Reaser, Ashley Greene & other newcomer Xavier Samuel got by the group of fans & paps mostly un-noticed, Bryce was front & centre for them all.
Not a lot is said in the video & its not overly fascinating...but it is from her arrival, the first time she was seen in Vancouver for this film.
BRYCE DALLAS HOWARD first arriving in Vancouver with Twilight Eclipse castmates Kellan Lutz, Xavier Samuel, Ashley Greene, Elizabeth Reaser and Nikki Reed
Castmates for the upcoming Twilight Saga:Eclipse movie arriving in vancouver.
Bryce Dallas Howard, the new controversial replacement for the character Victoria is seen for the first time in vancouver.
Her castmates, Nikki Reed, Ashley Greene, Elizabeth Reaser, Kellan Lutz & Xavier Samuel seem to slip by as most people stop to try & get an autograph or comment from Bryce.
Since their arrivals a few days ago, the Eclipse cast has been all over the place...and so far, I have had only moderate luck with them.
The night they came in, I of course had abysmal luck & should have been hungry to go back out & redeem msyself.....so what did I do??? I slept in Tuesday & didnt even leave my block all day. There was some luck had by some that did go out, but it never enticed me to try.
Wednesday came & again, I didnt jump out of bed & rush down there. Even after getting a phone call around noon from another hound saying he just got Taylor, I still took like 3 more hrs to get down there. Less than half an hr after getting there though, I had success.
We saw Nikki Reed briefly enter the hotel in workout gear, she told us she would get us in a few minutes.
When she came back out a few minutes later, she was with Taylor Lautner. They walked in the opposite direction were were standing, but we tracked them down quick enough. They both stood there for a good couple minutes signing multiple items for each person there. A person from http://www.twilight-gossip.com/ was there videotaping them & said he was going to post the video soon (havent checked to see if he has yet). I went away with 4 Taylors, 2 Nikkis. I could have had more frome ach, but I wasnt prepared for that.
Maybe an hour went by & they were returning. Again. Like before, they stopped and signed, mostly for the same people. They talked again, and this time I had a video going & asked a couple questions to Nikki. I will post that video when I have more time & less of a headache. After that, they went on their way into the hotel & we would have a very long lull after that.
Kellan Lutz went out for his daily jog, but none of us saw him leave (remember what I said about difficult to cover the place?). A couple paps saw him on his return, but for the mostpart he was unnoticed. Not long after we briefly saw Bryce Dallas Howard from a distance going in, but not enough time to get her attention.
There would be a couple hours of nothing, till my friend & I were off on an non-Twilght related venture & ran into a scruffy looking Jackson Rathbone by fluke on Robson street. Jackson was still cool as before, signing everything, talking up a storm. Once he left, we decided not long after that to pack it in for the night as Thursday was going to be busy.....or so we thought.
Thursday came in with me feeling weird. I slept a LOT that night, but just wouldnt get up. Two or 3 text & and a call later I finally rolled out of bed in early afternoon & headed downtown based on info that the non-Twilight based person from the night before was out & should be returning imminently. That never happened. So I wasted 4-5 hours down there instead of hunting for Twilighters. I then decided I was going to go home & did.
Once home, I had JUST opened the door to my room when my phone rang & was given info that a considerable portion of the cast was out to dinner together. So I left the house. They were where I was told, but with no back up to help me, I was wasting my time. I stood out there & saw what I believe was the back of Kellan leaving, but without anyone to cover off for me, I couldnt pursue. Another dud. I am still pissed about it & probably why I have a bit of a headache, since I camt downtown on this hot info & was shocked no one else (at least 6+ people knew it) didnt bother to put in the time either....almost as if everyone expected me to scout it out & let them know when action happened.
So its already Friday now. I need to get up a normal time tomorrow...but probably wont.
Guess whose back, back again. Twilights back, tell your friends...and random followers you have never met
Yes. The day many pre-teen thru middle aged moms have waited for has arrived. The cast of Twilight Saga Eclipse started making their way into Vancouver today for pre-production.
The first cast member to poke his head out was Charlie Bewley, who is better known as Volturri member Demitri in the upcoming release of New Moon in November. I did not choose to go for him, as I had a gameplan & opted to stick to it for the short time. Mr. Bewley was spotted arriving into town, where he met up with a local girl & left with her, and not with a production vehicle. Hmmmm. Way to go Charlie.
While Charlie was coming in I met a new face to the Twilight fan site game (or new to me atleast). My ability to forget names of guys has struck me again (forgot his name...even after he told me twice) but he runs the site http://www.twilight-gossip.com & was commited enough to his craft today to spend a few hours at the airport himself hoping for some glimpses of the cast coming it. Unfortunately for him he picked the time of day there was nothing there....but he tried atleast. Good guy, seems friendly. We chit chatted for a while as we waited for Mr. Bewley to come in or get the word he wasnt at the hotel we were at.
After that little teaser, there was a lull for awhile. Eventually the regulars left their downtown hangout. When we got to the airport there was a lull after the plane arrived, In fact a LONG lull that had the regulars concerned.
The next flight with anyone on it was the big one. A Los Angeles flight that contained Ashey Greene (Alice), Elizabeth Reaser (Esme), Kellan Lutz (Emmett), Nikki Reed (Rosalie) & newcomers Xavier Samuel (Riley) & recent re-cast addition Bryce Dallas Howard (Victoria).
After the flight landed the waiting game started, and soon became the "wtf is going on" game. More than an HOUR after their flight had landed, not a single one of them had come out. We figured they were waiting for someone & were all going to come out at once. One of the local paps later stated that they were all detained because they had to get new work visas. Whatever the reason, they were so late that the 10-12 people waiting for them were starting to wonder what had happened. The drivers were still there, so where was the talent?
A carrier cart of luggage was the first sign. Seen on the cart were pieces of luggage I was familiar with, after seeing pics of the cast leaving LAX just hours earlier on http://www.twifans.com/ blog posts. I recognized some of Elizabeths bags & Xaviers guitar. I now was impatiently wondering where the owners of these bags were.
I then noticed another couple hound/paps who had their camera nuzzled up against the window leading to the secure indoor area where the cast was now congregating while they waited for someone so they could leave. After a few minutes of watching Nikki Reed & Bryce Dallas Howard talk & Ashley Greene occasionally poke into sight, they started their push towards leaving. I then turned on my video, as they started to come out.
As the doors opened, a wave of celebrities & handlers came thru. All of them came out at once & soon, they were seperated by people not in the mood to interact (Elizabeth & Ashley) & those that were (everyone else). Bryce was asked a couple questions & she responded kindly & happily signed autographs for the hounds while the paps shot away. Kellan Lutz also signed willingly, while the other cast either got by untouched or moderately unscathed.
The whole scene lasted maybe 20 seconds, but it seemed like 2 minutes. I got practically nothing good out of the venture. Wont lie, I kinda choked. I had a plan & I didnt follow thru. Soon the entire group was split into 2 different vehicles, and rushed away from the airport. The hounds & paps followed quickly, in no less than 4 cars, a chase was underway along southern Vancouver. As they got closer to the downtown core the car that my carload was following veered off the path the other one was taking. As we got into the downtown core, conversing with individuals in other vehicles it became apparent they were not heading to the regular haunts of the cast from the last movie. It was true, they were not staying at the Sutton Place this time. We were devasted, then even more devastated when we saw the hotel they chose. Its terribly complicated to cover and has multiple exit points. I have hounded this hotel in the past. I didnt like it then & dont like it now. But, I guess for the next two months I will have to endure it.
I did some video of the arrivals, but I have not had time to screen it, edit it, or upload it. It MIGHT not get done for a long time, at the very least, a few days....sorry.
The Twi-bsessed Twi-hards can probably start wetting themselves now...because the first step to Eclipse being filmed has happened. The cast has started arriving & my acetominaphine usage is sure to go up.
I occasionally argue with inanimate objects, but I usually win. So its all good.