TIFF 13 - Day 4 - Meeting Brendan Gleeson, Chris Hemsworth, Tom Felton, Jude Law, Taylor Kitsch & more
Day 4 got off to a so-so start.
I went to the "Belle" premiere at the Elgin Theatre. I hoped for 4 people to show up, only 2 of them did. The first, Miranda Richardson snubbed the crowd of people waiting literally 10 feet from her. Didnt even give so much as a "I'm sorry, I cant" lie. Just simply snubbed them. Not long after though, Harry Potter star Tom Felton arrived & made up for Ms. Richardson's rudeness. He signed not only for the people in the pit beside the doors, but actually crossed busy Yonge street to sign for the crowd of onlookers over there, then crossed back over & signed more for people on the other side of the doors. Class act.
Tom Wilkinson & Emily Watson also arrived for the premiere. Watson signed for those asking, Wilkinson signed for some before heading in.
Next up, I went to a premiere at the newly accessible Princess Of Wales Theatre for the premiere of "Philomena"
Unfortunately, the only person I went there for, Judi Dench, no showed. Steve Coogan showed, but I had nothing for him & he didnt come over to the crowd anyways.
I then walked around aimlessly for a bit, and found something I was unable to find 2 days earlier in my journeys. The door for the press conferences. I stood around there, only to see 2 people I didnt have anything for, Seinfeld star Julia Louis-Dreyfus & Toni Collette.
Next up was a premiere for "The Grand Seduction" with Brendan Gleeson & Taylor Kitsch at Roy Thompson Hall.
With nothing else in between, I got there early & staked out a spot as I was really eager to get Gleeson. My spot was a good 1. I managed to get everything I had with me for that premiere signed with no problems, which considering Gleeson only signed maybe a dozen or so autographs total before leaving, says a lot about how good the spot was. Also on the red carpet was "Supernatural" cutie Liane Balaban.
More time was wasted till the evening premieres. I again tried RTH for the premiere of "Rush" & got REALLY lucky to get a Chris Hemsworth. While he did sign quite a bit, the crowd of people was so thick, even the most skilled graphers couldn't find too many, if any openings in the wall.
But, there was 1 chance. When he first showed up, he walked from the top, all the way to the end and started signing there first. I realized it, rushed to a fairly thin spot in the crowd there & got lucky enough to get him. Ron Howard showed up before him & completely stiffed the crowd. When the 3rd person showed up, Olivia Wilde, I couldn't even see anything, so I decided to give up on that premiere as I already had lucked out once at what I would consider the hardest premiere to find a space at.
I immediately went to the POW for the Jude Law & Emilia Clarke premiere of "Dom Hemingway". Both stars signed lots of autographs on the carpet, and I managed a Law. However, Emilia eluded me. partially dumb luck, partially her handler telling her she had to go as she was less than 2 feet from me.
I was determined to get Clarke, so I waited at the back of the theatre for THREE FUCKING HOURS (for a 93 minute film) & ended up getting 2 more Law autographs, but Emilia Clarke stiffed the 12-16 people waiting for her. A dozen people, and she couldnt muster 1 minute to sign & take pics.....even sadder to know when you realize she sat in her car for FOUR PLUS MINUTES before it took off.
I met Kit Harington in Vancouver, and he made me more of a fan of Game Of Thrones than I already was at that time. Emilia Clarke, just undid all of that. I'm done with the show. I wont be seeing her movie either. The red carpet stiff, understandable, I see that all the time & accept that happens. The after show stiff, nothing but classless. I'll have more on Clarke in another blog coming up that solidifies what a bitch shes become.
The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival is off & running. My TIFF started on "day 0", aka - the day before. With stars from around the globe coming in to Toronto, I waited out at the airport for awhile, and just like the year before, the results were pretty underwhelming.
I arrived from Vancouver at 2:15 PM & by about 3 PM was already on the board.
Daniel Bruhl, from Inglourious Basterds, had arrived to promote The Fifth Estate & Rush at the festival. He was nice enough & I probably should have gotten more from him, but his publicist was a grade A bitch. Using the absurd excuse "he'll be here all week" which I replied "yeah, but hes HERE, RIGHT NOW, in front of me" which she didnt have a reply for. Luckily Daniel was nice enough to still sign a few more times while he waited 5+ minutes for his car. But the publicist made it so awkward.
I can just imagine the conversation later with Daniel, his girfriend & the publicist.
Daniel "Why didnt you just let me sign them all & they would have been gone in 2 minutes"
Publicist "uhh... Uhh, I'm a publicist. Its my job to make things inconvenient & awkward"
Daniel "Oh, I thought your job was to tell me my schedule"
Publicist "*chuckles* haha, no silly. I am here to constantly tell you that you are in an urgent hurry to get anywhere but where you are when fans or professionals are within ear shot of you...and if that doesnt work, I have 39,492 other excuses pre-planned into my database"
Daniel "so basically, your job is to annoy people, and at times, me?"
Publicist "*nods head in agreement*"
Daniel *facepalms, shakes head*"
Quite awhile would pass before my next chance at anyone.
Tom Hiddletston, of course best known as "Loki" in The Avengers movie franchise came thru. He was making fans left & right. His handler would at times try to stop people by saying "you already got one" which was adorable, considering no one left there with less than a couple each, and at least 1 person I talked to, got 12. Note to all publicists. If your star WANTS to sign, stfu, stand in a corner & wait till he looks at you with a "ok, can you get me out of here" look.
I "missed" Jake Gyllenhaal, but since I had little interest in him, I wasnt too disappointed.
My day ended earlier than usual because the last couple flights I would have been waiting for were deayed till well after I could have waited. So I took off & got the rare treat of leaving Toronto early. I headed to Hamilton to relax & prepare for the real festival.
DAY 0 - total autographs 6
A+ TOM HIDDLESTON
B DANIEL BRUHL
You can find my "day 1" report HERE
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