The 2010 Toronto International Film Festical had a red carpet premiere for the film "Daydream Nation" which stars Kat Dennings (Nick & Norahs Infinite Playlist), Josh Lucas (American Psycho) & Rachel Blanchard (Snakes On A Plane). It also includes Canadians Katie Boland (The Zack Files) and Landon Liboiron (Degrassi - The Next generation).
With the likes of Andie McDowell & Reece Thompson filling out the cast. It has a decent mixture of Hollywood veterans & new blood.
I had a chance to first catch up with Dennings at the airport a couple days earlier, dressed quite casual & with glasses on. At the red carpet premiere, she dressed up so well, I wasnt even sure it was her at first. At the airport, she seemed a bit awkward & a little unsure of signing. But on the red carpet later on, she was pleasant, friendly & full of smiles.
I got a few pics of Blanchard, who was seemingly in a continuous state of joy. She seemed very happy, and found the comments of some of the onlookers humourous... especially when 1 of them asked Rachel if she could introduce him to her friend that she arrived with. She took lots of time to interact with the fans, being a local girl probably helped with that.
Josh Lucas showed up and did a lot of press interviews, and I frankly, didnt see him too much. He seemed to come in & vanish quite quickly to me... thus why I only snagged 1 photo of him out there.
Landon Liboiron, seemed in high demand to the girls, despite several of them not even knowing his name. He took it all ins tride & posed for photos with fans, even when they didnt know his name.
Katie Boland also showed up, and frankly, seemed to act very unsure if she should be there. I never saw her looking too relaxed out there. If her publicist or agent sees this, have a few words with your client about body language. She looks cute, but the crossed arms & standing off to the side like shes someones random friend isnt helping to promote her & frankly, probably deters any media from wanting to ask her for a quick photo or comment.
Day 2 of TIFF started out pretty miserable. At the time I didnt realize it would be my best outing ever.
The day started with me realizing I had taken out my Olivia Newton-John photo, as I didnt think it was needed anymore...only to find out she was the first press conference of the day....so instead I had to get a photo signed for someone else, instead of just standing there looking bored.
There was a bit of a gap till the next press conference. This time it was for "The Town" with Ben Affleck, Jon Hamm, Blake Lively & Jeremy Renner. That was when the bad luck started. I managed to get 1 "B" from Affleck, but Hamm didnt sign much, and Lively skipped over the section I was in as she went in. Jeremy Renner was the biggest jerk of the bunch, he didnt sign going in or coming out & didnt even acknowledge people.
Next up as Robert De Niro, Milla Jovovich, Edward Norton & Frances Conroy. The worst signer was again, the least known. Frances Conroy. She didnt even touch a pen, nor even look at people. Edward Norton was not too much better, but at least signed a few. Robert De Niro was a good signer, unfortunately, not everyone got one.... including me. Theres photos out there of him signing for the crowd & you can see my item right there in the mix, he just didnt go a little more to the left unfortunately. I got a consolation prize in Milla Jovovich, as the Resident Evil cutie signed 1 for me upon leaving.
After 3 press conferences...3 autographs. Not too excited about that output.
There would be a lull till the evening when the premieres started. First up was Daydream Nation with Kat Dennings, Josh Lucas & Rachel Blanchard. I had nothing for Blanchard, but she was a very willing signer for those who asked, and even chit chatted with some. Josh Lucas came over & signed for us almost immediately upon arriving & seemed to sign a fair bit afterwards as well. Kat Dennings signed most of the way down the red carpet and was stopping to do photos with fans when asked.
Next up would be the major score of the fest for me. Passion Play with Mickey Rourke, Megan Fox & Billy Murray. While the miserable Murray avoided sharpies, he did take 1 guys photo & bite it & hand it back..the guy seemed thrilled with it. But that was all Murray did, no autographs, no photo ops. Mickey Rourke was next up, although his autograph often is nothing more than random squiggles, he signed a tonne, not missing anyone anywhere. He did photo ops with those who asked & even chit chatted a bit about this film & how it stood up to The Wrestler. All in all, he was an epic class act. Lastly was Megan Fox with her boyfriend Brian Austin Green. While BAG did get asked a few times & obliged, Fox was the main attraction & probably spent 20+ minutes signing on the red carpet. Although most of the autographs were very unspectacular, she at least did them. I might not be a fan of her work, and think shes grossly overhyped for looks, she is at the least, a class act with fan interaction.
Last but not least was the premiere for Super. The Rainn Wilson, Ellen Page & Liv Tyler film turned out to be not too bad for me either. I managed 2 each from the 3 stars, despite the fact Wilson maybe only signed for a 1/3 of those who asked him. Liv Tyler was the class of this film, signing right up till she was going in the door. Ellen page was good as well, but probably left some people without.
My final total for the day was 28 autographs..My highest total ever in a day at TIFF.
A++ Megan Fox
A+ Mickey Rourke
A Kat Dennings
A Josh Lucas
A Rachel Blanchard
A- Ben Affleck
B+ Liv Tyler
B+ Olivia Newton-John
B Milla Jovovich
B- Ellen Page
B- Blake Lively
C+ Edward Norton
C Rainn Wilson
C Chris Cooper
C Robert De Niro
C- Jon Hamm
F Bill Murray
F Jeremy Renner
I occasionally argue with inanimate objects, but I usually win. So its all good.