Day 4 started for me a bit late. I wanted to be in Toronto 1/2 hr earlier than I was, but luckily it didnt really cost me.
I 1st went to Roy Thompson Hall for the premiere of "Free Angela Davis & All Political Prisoners". Despite getting there later than I had hoped, I managed a pretty decent spot in row "1A" (thats what I call it when you are partially in the front row, but not completely there). The big draw at this showing was Men In Black star Will Smith & his family. The Smith family was invited as guests to the premiere & graced the carpet with their presence. First to show up was "Lethal Weapon" star Danny glover. After some fumbling by me to get out a photo on no notice, I got him to sign for me on a very unique photo, a still from his episode on the TV show "Psych". A bit later, I was in prime spot, and sure enough Will got out right in front of where I was. He even came right to me. However, instead of taking the sharpie & photo I had outstretched, he simply grabbed the hand my sharpie was in & shook it, then moved on. He proceeded to sign about 10 ft further away, then came back & signed about 3 ft to the other side of me. Completely missing me on both sides. I was pissed. A short while later he signed again, further down the line, and I again was shut out. It simply was just not meant to be I guess. All the regulars took off right after Will went into the tent with Jada, Willow & Jaden. I decideed "what do I have to lose at this point" & tried on the end of the tent area, a space about 5 ft wide that you can (generally without success) yell out at the celeb as they leave the press area to go into the theatre. Its about a 50 ft walk from the tent to the area the fans can wait at, and MOST celebs dont bother. But, we saw Will come, made the plea for him to come over, and he actually did. Signed about 5 or so autographs for the 10-15 fans waiting there & I managed to get 1. Righting the wrong of earlier, Will Smith managed to help be go 3 for 3 on my top 3 of TIFF 12.
My next target was the impossible. I foolishly went for crotchety miserable "House" star Hugh Laurie. As expected, the grumpy notorious non-signer stiffed everyone, despite literally being 2 ft from items & taking about a minute to stand there, look at them & then casually walk over to the carpet.
Next up was the premiere of "Writers" at Ryerson. This was a duo redemption premiere for me. I had printed for Liana Liberato 2 years earlier, but failed to go for her, then last year she was a no show. 3rd time the charm? Her castmate Lily Collins, recently had snubbed me at the set of her recent film project "The Mortal Instruments : City Of Bones". First to show up was the TMI star Lily, with her boyfriend, former Twilight Saga star Jamie Campbell-Bower, JCB hid behind the photo-op drop while Lily posed for photographers. There was 3 people there who noticed him hiding back there. A girl who was VERY aware who he was, kept asking him to look up & he eventually did, a boy of maybe 11 or 12 who only had an autograph book & a pen & me. When the woman standing on the planter finally got JCB's attention, the boy with the book asked him for his autograph. Jamie came over to him, was about to sign, then said to the boy "do you even know who I am?" and the boy with confusion & shock didnt answer immediately & Jamie denied the boys request about 1 second later & moved on. I managed an autograph from Lily FINALLY. A short time later Liana Liberato arrived and I managed 2 autographs from her, but felt I should have got more...but the publicists (as they have done all too often in recent years) rushed them into the theatre instead of acknowledging all the fans as they should. In typical diva style, the last person to show up for the premiere was the incredibly rude & cocky Logan Lerman. I have had the displeasure of dealing with this little twerp in recent months when he was filming the follow up to his only leading role, the box office flop "Percy Jackson & The Lightning Thief". For someone who seems on the fast track to being an unemployed adult actor soon, he sure acts like he has 7 Academy Awards already. He hurried past the group of fans that waited to meet him giving them barely a half assed attempt at a wave as he speed walked down the carpet, past the press and into the theatre. He also ignored the fans leaving...no shock. That being said, so did all the cast.
A bit later another Ryerson premiere for "Byzantium" saw another up & coming young actress. Oscar nominated Saoirse Ronan arroved & signed quite a few out on the street for people before she was hurried in to do press. A short time later Gemma Arterton arrived. I managed 1 autograph from each of them, but there should have been more as again, as often was the case, the publicists disrespected the fans, the actual paying public who can make or break films, in favour of media who all ask the same 8 questions over & over again. Gemma promised the fans she would come over and sign, but OF COURSE, was led away from the fans into the theatre by the overzealous career damaging publicists that TIFF used this year. Her dispresect of the fans angered many, just like earlier in the fest when Greta Gerwig did a similar thing. After the premiere, Saoirse signed a handful again, barefoot, while Gemma hurried along signing only a few. I rushed to the car door after she skipped my area & pleaded with her, reminding her of her promise on the red carpet, which was met with a very large, unenthused sigh & a quick scribble before she hopped in her car.
More than once this festival I made tweets similar to this https://twitter.com/canadagraphs/status/245009927108706304 as my frustration with people who have nothing to lose tell those who do what to do.
Day 4 - 8 autographs (31 total)
A Danny Glover
B+ Saoirse Ronan
B+ Will Smith
B- Liana Liberato
C+ Lily Collins
C- Gemma Arterton
D Jamie Campbell-Bower
F- Hugh Laurie
F- Logan Lerman
Day 5 started at the Elgin Theatre for the premiere of "Arthur Newman". Emily Blunt was 1st to show up & signed ONE total autograph & it was for a person who snuck inside the secured area. So basically, she would have signed NOTHING if someone hadnt got right up to her. Shortly after, celebrating his 52nd birthday that afternoon was Oscar Award winner Colin Firth. As a bagpiper played "happy birthday" out in front, Colin happily came down the line & signed for everyone. In 5 seconds, I got more autographs (2) from Mr. Firth than Ms. Blunt signed for everyone total. All class Colin.
My next venture was my 1st crack at the press conference circuit this fest. I went for "The Iceman" press conference. Chris Evans, Michael Shannon, Winona "the thief" Ryder & Ray Liotta arrived for it. None of them signed on the way in, but promises were made by Evans & Shannon for departures. Chris Evans came out 1st and the "Captain America" star was terrific, going down the whole line. Shortly after Michael Shannon came out & signed so many that most people left there with nothing left for the "Man Of Steel" star. Winona Ryder of course snubbed everyone, she really is 1 of the most classless bitches in Hollywood. I mean hey, your career is in shambles, your constantly mocked for being a shoplifter, you have basically 0 pull with directors, producers or casting directors now... so why not alienate the public too while you are at it. Seems smart. I dont recall when Liotta came out, but I did manage to get a couple pics of him going in, waving to the fans.
Shortly after that I tried the premiere of "To The Wonder" in front of the incredibly tough Princess Of Wales theatre (the hardest event to get autographs at IMO). Hometown star Rachel McAdams did what she does best now, snubbed everyone. How can someone in their hometown be so disrespectful of fans? I dont get it. Her co-star Olga Kurylenko stopped however & the "Quantum Of Solace" hottie signed several autographs before going in. I then waited for the premiere to end, and on the way out, I managed 2 more autographs from Olga. Rachel did sign SOME when leaving, but not many & was being pretty picky on when & what she signed. More disrespectful was the fact she opted to ignore the people people who waited the longest & went across the street and signed for the people who just showed up.
My next try was back at Ryerson for another Toronto actress, Sarah Gadon. With only THREE people waiting for the actress to leave the premiere of "AntiViral" she signed, but seemed sincerely unimpressed to be doing it, and refused to do more than 1 each despite the practically non-existent crowd. A year ago when I saw her at TIFF she was overjoyed to be asked, now, she acted like its a chore....what has she done again in the past year that won her an Oscar?
I ended my night at the Midnight Madness premiere of "The Lords Of Salem". I managed multiple autographs from both Rob & Sheri Moon Zombie. For how small the crowd was there,, they were quite loud & boisterous.
Day 5 - 13 autographs (44 total)
A+ Michael Shannon
A Colin Firth
A Sheri Moon Zombie
B+ Rob Zombie
B+ Olga Kurylenko
B+ Chris Evans
C Sarah Gadon
D- Ray Liotta
D- Rachel McAdams
F Emily Blunt
F- Winona Ryder
Happy Canada Day everyone. Lets start this new celebrity blog section with some Canadian content. Hailing from Edmonton, Alberta..... Nathan Fillion.
A few weeks ago the film Percy Jackson 2: Sea Of Monsters was getting ready to film scenes with Hermes, the Greek God & a messenger.
The film, primarily centres around an unproven cast of younger kids who are cast as the sons & daughters of Greek Gods. In the 1st film they made the wise move & went out & surrounded them with notable names like Sean Bean, Pierce Brosnan, Catherine Keener, Uma Thurman & Rosario Dawson. This film, they have done the same. Along with acting legend Stanley Tucci, the film nabbed Firefly captain & Castle crime fighting mystery writer, Nathan Fillion to take on the role of Hermes.
Fillion's journey in Vancouver was brief. He was here for less than 4 days. I managed to catch up with him on 3 of those days.
When Nathan first arrived in town, I was there, along with a few other autograph hounds to greet him. He had just stepped off a flight from LA & seemed rushed. He signed 1 each for us & hastily retreated to his hotel.
I caught up with him the next day, this time on set. I got a call from 1 of the locals telling me he was on set & best part.... it was literally 10 blocks from my house. He was filming scenes with a trio of the main cast from the film. As Hermes, it was his job to deliver messages, and what more clever & creative way of tying that into the present day world than make Hermes... a UPS agent. Fillion donned the familiar brown shirt & shorts of UPS agents everywhere and went about filming his scenes in an abandoned car rental lot that had been transformed into a UPS store for the day.
When I showed up, they were on lunch break, but soon they would start to return. A fluctuating crowd of 10-20 people waited around hoping to see Captain Reynolds/Richard Castle (depending which fanbase they knew him from). My personal favorite part of the day, wasnt what I say later, but this part.... when the cast started returning Fillion was 1st up. Everyone was excited, but we missed our chance to get him as we were all taken by surprise. The crew then got a little pushy & told us (in reference to the next vehicle coming...which had the "star" of the movie, whom no one was there to even see) "dont ask for autographs or approach the vehicle, hes just going to be going right in, sorry" which got a plethora of blank stares from the crowd as they all just saw the only person any of them care about go in already. Sure enough the next vehicle arrived and not even a single person cared.
Eventually there was a break in the shoot. Nathan left the building & walked into the secured gated work area they had set up in the back parking lot. I realized he had walked away, and decided to go for a stroll around the side of the building. When I got there, sure enough I saw Mr. Fillion on the phone. So I patiently waited till he was done his call. I then asked if he had time for an autograph & he awkwardly looked at the washroom, then me & said "I'll be back in a minute". Sure enough he came back out & came right over to me, happily signed 2 for me & even apologized for being so hasty in his interaction with us the day before. I then walked back around the other side, and saw the fans all staring up into the lot where Mr. Fillion was now standing & signing something for a fan/crew member? He stared down at the crowd, someone asked him for an autograph & he came over & signed for those who had things. I gave out a couple of the extra photos I had on me to fans with nothing, and shortly after, Nathan was back in to film & the crowd was pleased.
Not too long after filming wrapped & the cast were leaving. Of course the primadonna wannabe talentless star of the film snuck out, avoiding the crowd of 10-20 people who didnt even care about him. Nathan on the other hand, walked out onto the sidewalk & looked for a vehicle. I crossed paths with him again, said hi & then turned around & he was gone.
Couple of days later, he was departing, and a group of autograph hounds were there again for him leaving. He signed willingly again for us there, and then checked in for his flight & was off back to LA-LA-land.
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