So as I just reported yesterday, Rob is getting the itch to go out. He considered it last night & opted not to.
Tonight, he committed.
A cast dinner (minus most or all of the human kids & Kristen Stewart) had a dinner tonight at Boneta Restaurant (which I have passed a thousand times on my way home, and always thought it could be a celeb hang out).
The evening waspainfully dull. For hours we were staked out at the hotel with no sightings outside of Robs security guard going out to do laundry & have a jog. Rob had returned from his day of shooting scenes at Como Lake School pretty early & we were all convinced he was going to go out tonight for sure.
The night dragged on, eventually it was around 9 PM when the first sign of life happened. Taylor Lautner left. A car trailed & found him at a restaurant just down the street, as it turned out he didnt eat there apparently. Just got dropped off there. Shortly after that the driver who followed returned & within minutes a cab with Kellan Lutz, Xavier Samuel, Ashley Greene & who we believe was Peter Facinelli left. We followed. They ended up at Boneta & soon we were hoping for a Rob & Kristen sighting. News would come to us shortly after that Taylor never went into that restaurant, but instead scooted across the street to grab Nikki Reed & Elizabeth Reaser & left. They were followed from ther,e but lost shortly after....ironically, close to Boneta. As it turns out, they got to Boneta before we did with the other cab. No one really knows when, but Billy Burke also showed up.
Then it happened, and it was both sad & funny.
With 4-6 LA paps, 2-3 Vancouver paps, 3 autograph hounds all just "hanging out" waiting for some of the cast to leave, who comes from across the street walking...ROB.
Heres the kicker, NO ONE noticed him till he was literally passing them.
With all those cameras in tow NO ONE was fast enough to snap off anything.
He literally got in scott free.
But where was Kristen was the next question. Kristen Stewart never came to the dinner. The ASSUMPTION (no proven fact, but strongly assumed) she went to dinner with her manager & brother, who recently got into town.
An hour- hour & 1/2 would linger on, which included a multi person argument between the un-educated staff of Boneta & the wily veterans of legal loopholes, the paps. I videotaped much of it incase there was a need for it. In the end, outside of some unflattering comments & some light pushing, nothing was made & a truce was bartered between the manager of the place & the paps.
I've seen how these "truces" usually work. Place theya re at says "we'll do the best we can to accomodate you". We agree & give them their space, and they try as hard as they can to fuck us over by sneaking them out back or side doors etc. With the exception of one nutjob who came out with Rob waving his hand going "no,no,no" they actually did what they said they would. They let us know they were about to leave, and didnt try to impeed our views, shots or anything. Quite civil in teh end.
One cab showed up. I cant even recall everyone that got in. Just that I remember seeing Billy Burke & I THINK Ashley Greene & Nikki Reed leave. It left. A few more minutes would go by before the next cab was ready. It was showtime. Rob was going to come out the front door with 10 or so paps, 3 autograph houdns & a light dusting of onlookers. He came out, head slightly down, hoodie up, beelined for the cab & was in. Elizabeth Reaser and I THINK Xavier Samuel got in with him. From there they left & headed back to their hotels never to be heard from again.
In the end it wasnt overly succesful for me or other autograph hounds. No autographs were had (except 1 Taylor...who left after everyone rushed out after Rob). Most of the paps there got something to satisfy their hunger & likely went away happy with the efforts.
Like I said yesterday, Rob is dipping his toes into the pool a little longer each time. I expect more interactions to come. Hopefully next time I will have some actual luck.
After multiple epic fails, yesterday I would consider a small win.
It was the first time in a week & 1/2 that I actually interacted with a cast member. Got autographs, photos and video even. To top it off, I managed TWO in only a couple hours. Of course, there was severe fail mixed in & I am going to have to demote 1 certain cast member from my top 10 nicest celebs list now. But that aside...heres a small rundown of yesterday.
I got to the hotel around 7:30-8:00 AM. Shortly after a fan tha tI have seen a few times now came over & told me Ashley was out walking her dog. I knew she didnt use the front door, since she never does...but I wasnt about to go and scope out a side door just for her yet. very shortly after that the first few paps showed up. Unlike the New Moon shoot where there were just the locals & the sporadicl out of towner who would be in for a few days & leave, this film there is no less than 6, and I have heard by next week 10+ regular staffer paps up here who have been sent here by the company & told to stay till they get what they want. Shortly after another local arrived & it wasnt too much longer before there was 6-8 paps & hounds lurking about, chit chatting & swapping stories. But no action.
After a delicious breakfast consisting of a beef dip at the new favorite hangout of the regulars, the Deli-O restaraunt, I went back to being bored & would occasionally roam for a bit, but nothing much was happening.
My time line is off by this point, so excuse me while I check twitter to see what time I tweeted about it...ok, about 2:15-2:30 the first sign of life. Kellan Lutz came back from somewhere in a van, and hastily ran into the hotel, head down, ignoring pleas from fans & regulars alike. This is a new Kellan thats emerged for this shoot. A bit, grumpy & unfriendly Kellan. Perhaps he his bitter over a recent relationship break up, I dunno. But his new attitude stinks & his fans were in agreement.
Luckily for the fans, they were rewarded quickly there after. Peter Facinelli made what is likely to be HIS last jaunt outside the hotel on foot. He merely walked over to 7-11 & it took him 15 minutes to get there & back. Fans stopped him for autographs, photos, photos with their kids, and he even spoke some. I asked him about the Jennie fiasco from the day earlier (unfortunately I didnt have my camera running at that moment. DUMB DUMB DUMB) he said confidently that its been sorted out, that she was taken out of context. He seemed fine talking about it, not put out or annoyed. Taking it all in stride. He joked about how if he had known he was going to be seen by so many people he would have taken a shower first. He was very friendly, very accomodating & made the exact opposite impression on the fans that Mr. Lutz made minutes before.
After that, there was about a 2 hr lul, till the next chance to get someone. Xavier Samuel, one of the newcomers to the cast walked thru the courtyard from 1 tower to the other. A couple fans spotted him, rushed onto the grounds & interacted with him. As he came thru the driveway, I called him over to sign, and he made the 70-100 yard walk over to do it. Of course, fans swarmed in from every direction & he went from having to sign 2 items for me, to signing and taking pics for probably 3-5 mins.
After that, action literally dried right up. No sightings not even any "I think I saw" type sightings. It was just plain dead. After a long day that was including 12 hrs of waiting & 2- 3 hours of being up before it, I chose to go home early that night. No sense burning myself out & because I was barely keeping my eyes open.
I got home around 7:15-7:30 and didnt even spend the time getting fully changed, and went to sleep. 9:20 PM my phone rang, it was a call from one of the guys telling me the cast had a party at a restaraunt that I had never heard of. Considering I only got about 2 hrs of sleep, I was suprisingly alert & re-energized when I got up & set out to find the Miku Sushi restaraunt. I had a little trouble since I had never heard of it, but was directed to where it was on the phone & showed up to see 6-8 paps out on the sidewalk, and would later find 4-6 hounds & paps, including a new pap I hadnt seen till then on the back side of the restaraunt.
Sporadic sighings for breif moments were seen inside the restaraunt that was set in away from the street and for the mostpart, they had the evening to themselves. There were still some opportunities to get a couple pics here & there, but zero chance for an autograph or a fan encounter. The security of the tower the restaraunt was at called the cops, and a squad showed up. 5 cops in total, and later on, more would show up. On a Friday night in downtown Vancouver, FIVE of Vancouvers police officers were being wasted to tell the paps to stay off the property....which they were when the cops showed up. The two old useless wannabe rent-a-cops who patrolled the place with the grace of Barney Fife had so little confidence in themselves they felt the need to waste 5+ of the cities real cops to babysit grown adults who were actually following the rules already. Pathetic. They came ove,r gave the whole lecture about public property. Then proceeded to go into the restaraunt & basically stand at the door till they were asked to help escort cast mates away.
Around 10:45 the first cast left. Kellan Lutz & what was believed to be Ashley Grene, left the restaraunt, into the enclosed private foyer of the building, 200 feet away, behind a locked door & glass....WITH A POLICE ESCORT. I am sure the cops had to be talking later about how pathetic the security at this place were. A police escort was requested for Kellan & Ashley in a private LOCKED building to get from 1 door, to an elevator. WOW.
The pair was taken int the underground SECURED & LOCKED gated underground parking garage where a cab was waiting to wisk them away. When it left, I was the only one that went over to where it was leaving from & they both acted like I had 45 cameras pointe at them, doing the whole "protect our identity at all costs" thing that celebs who think too much of themselves & shamed criminals do leaving the courthouse.
Shortly after that, the cops left. I envision this coversation happening.
Cop 1 "did we seriously escort someone to their vehicle inside a locked building into a locked parking garage?"
Cop 2 "I think so, but obviously we must be mistaken. There HAD to be some threat we didnt see"
Cop 3 "Nope, you missed nothing. These guys are fucking retards."
Cop 4 "so should we bail?"
Cop 5 " Bail? Yes, but after we beat these retards with out batons"
(other 4 cops ponder the option for a moment)
(they get back upstairs)
Cop 1 (to the building security) "so we've decided in lieu of beating you with our batons we are just going to leave & ridicule you for the rest of the night in private. Ok?"
Witless Security guard "b...b....b...bu..buu.but"
Cop 2 "no please. Dont speak another word."
(cops leave, fade to black)
Shortly after that, the hapless security morons went about, taking the patrons of their establishment into the elevators without incident, since its in a locked building and all...and soon, 5-7 main cast members were being transported out of the restaraunt by 3 cabs & the rush back to the hotel was on.
Once back to the hotel, they pulled into the front, with 4-6 cars full of paps & hounds in tow, Robs cab circled the lot twice, before finally taking it downstairs into the underground parking lot, which was opened up just for him & rushed inside.
I then went home & resumed the sleep I had interruped. Even though it was a horribly pointless event, I am glad I didnt miss it, as the absurdity of the slack jawwed yokels they had "securing" the cast inside the locked building was entertainment enough.
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.