Toronto International Film Festival 2014 - Day 4 - TIFF 14 - Jon Stewart, Al Pacino, Eddie Redmayne, Denzel Washington, Tina Fey, Simon Pegg and more
The 4th day of TIFF 2014 was an exciting one for me. I kept my now, 5 year streak, of getting my top get of TIFF alive.
The day started with a fluke 1 off chance encounter. I walked by an area popular with the celebs, and managed to get Mark Ruffalo within 2 minutes of being there. It was the fastest I had scored an autograph from the time I started my day I think ever. I then headed shortly after that over to the press conferences.
The press conference for Manglehorn was 1st up for me. Everyone was taken by surprise when both Holly Hunter and Al Pacino walked in, as opposed to being driven, like everyone does. Hunter signed for a few people, myself included. Al did a few as well, but it was a very sporadic pattern that made it hard to get one. On the way out of their presser, They snuck Al out a side door and had the street completely cordoned off for him to walk down. This actually worked to my benefit as I was able to find a good spot & was forced to stay there. When he got close enough to me, I called out to him to sign, and he swung around with an eagerness to search out the autograph request. He hastily scrawled an "Al" (if you can call it that) on my item & vanished into the swarm up the street.
At the press conference for The Equalizer I didn't get anything more than a semi-hand shake from Denzel Washington and got shut out by former #1 from TIFF 2012 Chloe Moretz. I did manage an autograph from Marton Csokas however.
I went from there to the Princess Of Wales Theatre hoping to score Jon Stewart as he went in for an event he had there...but there was no red carpet set up for the show. With no success there, I tried the back end of the event, and eventually had the success I was looking for as I managed to get several autographs from the host of The Daily Show & in turn, kept my TIFF #1 streak alive for another year. Jon was in Toronto for TIFF, as he had a film there he directed, Rosewater that would be playing later on.
Feeling happy with myself, I tried the front of Princess Of Wales for the premiere of The Theory Of Everything. From all accounts, everyone I talked to said they managed to get Felicity Jones over the few days she was there.... I however, failed. Getting no closer than maybe 30 people away. Oddly though, I got Eddie Redmayne, who most people seemed to be unable to get.
I made the mad rush over to RTH for This Is Where I Leave You premiere. All I managed from there was 1 Tina Fey autograph, which considering the absolute mass of humanity at it, was an accomplishment...but I went away disappointed I was unable to get Jane Fonda.
From there I went to the Elgin for the premiere of Hector And The Search For Happiness, A problem everyone endures at TIFF at least once in their time will be the unpredictable scheduling of things. I got there to find Christopher Plummer had already gone in, I had JUST missed Rosamund Pike, and Simon Pegg was already signing for the crowd. I got shutout. How was I to guess the entire cast would show up about an hour before the film? Most Elgin red carpets usually happen within 20 minutes of the films start.... if you are lucky.
I stuck around since another premiere was going to start in the theatre soon. Love & Mercy stars Paul Dano and John Cusack signed for me going in.
I immediately took to the back door to try and get a position for departures from these films. It became quite a bit of a blur of who I got in what order as the two films casts mixed between going in & out. Eventually when it was all done, I got more autographs fromJjohn Cusack, as well as Elizabeth Banks. Also, got an autograph from each of Christopher Plummer, Simon Pegg and Rosamund Pike.
Day 4 total - 18 autographs
Total TIFF - 50 autographs
A+ Jon Stewart
A John Cusack
A Marton Csokas
B+ Simon Pegg
B+ Mark Ruffalo
B+ Holly Hunter
B+ Paul Dano
B Felicity Jones
B Tina Fey
B- Rosamund Pike
C+ Al Pacino
C Elizabeth Banks
C Eddie Redmayne
C Christopher Plummer
C- Chloe Moretz
C- Jane Fonda
D Jason Bateman
F+ Denzel Washington
The 2014 Toronto International Film Festival could not have started much worse for me. Really, not much worse.
Day 0 (the day before the festival) has always been historically a bit slow, but this was abysmally slow.
We only saw 3 actors that entire day. Two of them were not even for TIFF, but for the locally shot show "Reign".
My 1st autographs of TIFF 2014 were from Bates Motel star Vera Farmiga. A woman I see 2 or 3 times a year in Vancouver. Someone I had just gotten a few weeks earlier. *sigh*. While it was nice to get on the board, and to get her, it was a bit underwhelming to have the 1st autograph of TIFF be someone I see several times a year.... and not till 8:30 PM.
It would be another hour & a bit later till we would get autographs from anyone else when the stars of "Reign" came thru. Adelaide Kane and Torrance Coombs both signed, although Mr. Coombs seemed more eager to get out of there than Kane did.
My day 0 total was a paltry 5 autographs, and only 2 from TIFF related people.
B+ Adelaide Kane
B- Vera Farmiga
C- Torrance Coombs
The 1st actual day of the festival was horrendous. It actually made day 0 seem like a gold mine.
I managed 2 autographs. TWO. Not at once, not in 1 premiere, but the entire DAY! In fact it was such a dreadful day, I had to look at my notes for the day to remember where/who I got.
Priyanka Chopra, who wasn't even even for me, and Juliette Binoche, a person I have gotten 3 or 4 times at previous TIFFs.
I did try for others that day. Tried for Al Pacino, but the crowd was too thick at the short red carpet at the Elgin, and I tried for Robert Downey Jr, but never got close enough to get him. Same with Robert Duvall.
Day 1 total - 2 autographs
TIFF 2014 total - 7
B Priyanka Chopra
B Juliette Binoche
C+ Robert Duvall
C- Robert Downey Jr.
C- Vincent D'Onofrio
C- Vera Farmiga
D- Greta Gerwig
F+ Dax Shepard
All photos posted in this blog are shot by Canadagraphs.