The 100 filmed scenes for their season 3 finale in downtown Vancouver.. This was a rare treat for fans of the show, as the production is almost exclusively filmed well outside the city of Vancouver.
The scene that was first shot on day 1 of their 2 day shoot saw the stunt team doing a scene where the Eliza Taylor character Clarke Griffin is laying on the ground after running frantically from a mob. As the mob catches up to her and starts to attack her a familiar face to fans of the show comes in, the 2015 Best Of TV Awards winner for Best Recurring Actress Alycia Debnam-Carey portrayed Lexa The Commander comes from nowhere and starts to kick the attackers asses. Of course, they didn't have the shows most popular actresses actually doing the stunt scenes, they of course had their skilled stunt team do them, but the actresses still did scenes for close ups through out the day.
Now I don't watch the show, but I know Lexa is apparently dead. Is this a hallucination? A dream? A flashback? No idea. Its a show on The CW, so going by their roster of shows (Arrow, The Flash, legends Of Tomorrow, iZombie, Supernatural, The Vampire Diaries etc), is death really a permanent thing on this network ever?
After that, they moved to a scene where Eliza is running thru the streets of Vancouver, seemingly trying to escape some people, including a man in a hat who seemed to be getting treated as more than just a background extra... but since I don't watch the show, I don't know who he is. There is a photo of him at the end of this section of photos...perhaps 1 of you know?
While Eliza was filming her solo scene, Alycia walked by the group of fans waiting around, and stopped to sign autographs for them all, but refused to do photos with since she was in costume. A VERY rare chance for fans of the show, since seeing them on set is rare enough, and to get 1 of the most popular characters not just on the show, but apparently on TV by the fact shes still in this years May Madness tournament was a pretty big moment for several of the fans. I managed to get autographs from both Alycia and Eliza on this day, so all in all, good day.
Later that afternoon & evening came the scene that all the fans at set, and the internet seemed to talka bout... The scene where Clarke and Lexa are sharing a moment on a staircase.
The "Clexa" scene was shot in an area pretty private from casual passer bys, unlike the earlier scenes, yet still a dozen or so fans found it & watched in pouring rain all night.
The scene had Lexa and Clarke on a staircase talking, and it seemed like Lexa was trying to help Clarke get up, when Clarke then collapses back down and goes into a seizure. Lexa tells her she cant go, and eventually Clarke stops seizing.
They did a few rehearsals while it was still light out, then once it was dark, shot the scene.
I know some on set reports that night claimed there was a kissing scene. Heres what I will say to that. I saw the scene shot probably 40 times, from 5 or 6 different angles, and I never saw it. Maybe it happened on 1 take, at 1 angle that I wasnt at? But I am reasonable sure it didnt happen.
At times the crew for this location seemed quite annoyed to be working in a public spot. Its a crew that rarely has to deal with prying eyes in a PUBLIC location & didnt seem to understand just how the law works in Canada. Multiple times that night I was asked to move from spots that were NOT in the shot from crew members who had no excuse even daring to ask.
As promised when this post was published... there is a video of 1 of the rehearsals HERE.
The second day I went down to see what scenes they were shooting, and it seemed to be all about Clarke running thru the streets in different places. JUST as I got there, they apparently had wrapped a scene that also had Devin Bostick on set.... but I never saw him.
The 100 season finale airs TONIGHT on The CW.
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With The CW hit zombie show, and 2015 Best Of TV Awards winner for Best New Show, iZombie wrapping up its 2nd season tonight with a 2 hour finale, here is a quick look at scenes shot for the first part of that finale.
Early in the day a scene was shot in the alley near where the exterior for the Seattle Police Department/Morgue is in an alley called "Arch Alley" thats been used by almost every show in town. Rahul Kohli shot a scene as Ravi Chakrabarti seemingly swinging a fire extinguisher at "someone" (I got there near the end of that shoot... so I never saw who was supposed to be on the receiving end of that swing).
Later on this shoot moved to the very public Vancouver Art Gallery steps in downtown Vancouver. A location practically every major production has used at one point or another. We find here Rahul as Ravi on set with Malcolm Goodwin as Detective Clive Babineaux on scene, but due to all the extras and equipment set up during the scenes, I never managed any shots of them filming their part in the scene.
The two who were on full display however were Robert Buckley as human turned zombie turned human zombie hunter turned zombie Major Lilywhite and Rose McIver aka - Olivia "Liv" Moore, the zombie star of the show. The scene at the time didnt make a lick of sense, but after last weeks episode where we see Major getting arrested for being the Chaos Killer, this all made a lot more sense now.
Major and Liv leave the Seattle court house to a swarm of reporters and photographers wanting answers. Neither of the zombies seemed willing to provide answers from the scene they shot there. Whether those answers come in the courts.... we'll have to wait & see. At some point it has to come out youd think that hes not the Chaos Killer, but the Chaos....Chiller. (I know terrible joke... I'll see myself out). How will the public react to the idea zombies are a thing? How will Clive react?
Later in the night, another scene with Major and Liv was shot. This one showing Major leaving the jail to an awaiting Liv who helps a very tired & weak looking Major get away. Did Major break out? Was he released? Again, we'll need to check in tonight for those answers.
During the day, all the cast stopped to sign autographs and take photos with fans at different points throughout the day. So far in the 2 seasons here, with the exception of 1 now seemingly removed from the crew PA early on this season, this shows cast & crew have been quite welcoming of fans & regulars alike most times.
The finale will see some of the action happen at a Max Rager release party that was filmed in whole or part in Surrey at an abandoned business building with special guest star, Matchbox Twenty lead singer Rob Thomas. Of course, fans of the show know the inside joke of having Mr. Thomas on the show, as he shares the same name with the shows creator Rob Thomas.
I have no added the two videos I promised (if you read this paragraph before). They are at the bottom.
iZombie airs its 2 hour season finale TONIGHT on The CW.
You can catch up with the stars of iZombie on their social media accounts
iZombie Twitter facebook
Rose McIver Twitter
Robert Buckley Twitter
Rahul Kohli Twitter facebook
Malcolm Goodwin Twitter
Rob Thomas (Musician) Twitter facebook
Rob Thomas (creator) Twitter facebook
Fifty Shades Of Grey shot scenes for the sequels Darker and Freed this week in Vancouver - This set feat Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson
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A couple weeks ago, production began on 2 feature film sequels. Fifty Shades Darker & Fifty Shades Freed. The follow ups to the financially successful Fifty Shades Of Grey. In a unique situation, the production of the 2nd & 3rd films in the series are being done at the same time, which leads to complications in knowing which film they might be filming for any given scene.
Of course, I don't know this book series at all (I mean I know the 2 main characters names, I know the subject matter....but I cant tell you a single bit of what scenes they may be shooting on any given day)
When I first arrived on March 1st, 2016 at the set they were just nearing the end of shooting a scene with Dakota Johnson (Anastasia Steele) walking down the street. Not long after that, they concluded shooting that and moved on to the scene that took up the largest chunk of their filming day.
Jamie Dornan then arrived at set to shoot scenes with Dakota. The man who plays the main male lead Christian Grey was sporting a bit of scruff on his face which some fans at set seemed perplexed by.... guessing they were expecting him to be clean shaven on the day.
The pair would shoot a scene for a few hours that saw them take a long walk up Alexander Street in historic Gastown. During breaks (and a couple times right before they were about to shoot) Dakota would erupt into laughing fits and on more than 1 occasion had to stop a take early because of it. I'm not sure what Jamie was saying, but she surely found it sidesplitting funny as you can see from a couple of the pictures in the Dakota set above.
Of course, the main moment of the day was the scene where Dakota and Jamie share a couple of kisses on the street. This is essentially how the scene starts. As Dakota walks towards Jamie, who has his back to her at the time, and when he turns around they briefly interact before kissing.
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iZombie shoots scenes for episode 204 "Even Cowgirls Get The Black And Blues" with Rose McIver and Malcolm Goodwin
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With the it CW show iZombie returning for its second season this week. I felt it was a good time to do the 1 and only current season blog post I have on the show so far.
I caught up to the cast and crew in East Vancouver in late August shooting scenes for episode 204 "Even The Cowgirls Get The Black And Blues". Directed by Matt Barber.
With so much unknown about this season so far.... let me fill you in on what I saw and know about this days shoot.
It started at a ballet hall where a question from last season is answered. The scene involved Rose McIver aaaaaand Aly Michalka shooting a scene. The scene is the first the pair will see of each other since last seasons chaotic season finale that saw Peyton run away from and ignore Liv after finding out Liv's secret.
A bit later a scene was shot a block up the street. It had no main cast at it. it was for a news report. The reporter, actress Sonia Beeksma was telling the story of a horrific robbery/murder at a convenience store in the background.
After that, the crew moved several blocks up the street to a consignment store. The scene involves Rose and Malcolm Goodwin as Clive Babineaux doing a scene where they walk in to investigate a pawn shop.
Not sure about much of the scenes inside, just that actors Daniel Bess and Jeremy Jones were playing the pawn shop staff and that it includes a scene where Liv buys a guitar (and plays it with former Dead Like Me star & One More Girl band member Britt McKillip playing the part on the guitar).
Shortly after their lunch break, I managed to get Malcolm to come over and sign a couple autographs, much to the dismay of 1 of the crews PA's. This is the 3rd set I have been at for the show, and this same PA has made it his life mission to stop anyone from trying to meet the cast. Once I successfully got Mr. Goodwin, he went thru the trouble of setting up scrims (large fabric sheets used on sets to manipulate lighting usually) to block out the actors sitting outside..... in an alley, that was public. No shocker, he was scolded for this action by a higher up when another PA that he had foolishly roped into his deluded game of heroism made the mistake of asking the crew member if they were locking down the alley. The crew member angrily told the PA (who was only following the directions of this 1 inexperienced PA) that not only were they NOT locking down the alley, but that they had to move everything the pair had set up that was covering up about a 1/3 of the alley in tighter so it wasn't in the way of the public access to the alley, and more specifically the garage door RIGHT BESIDE where they had set up. On all the sets I have ever been on. This 1 specific PA (not the 1 that asked... he actually did the right thing IMO since he seemed unsure of the delusional ones plan) who has no less than three times in my time seeing him has ABANDONED his actual job to take up a quest of trying to stop people from meeting the cast should be fired. At least 2 other crew members that we talked with about the guy agree. Their only logic on how hes kept his job is it must be nepotism. I have to agree by this point...because it is DEFINITELY not his ability to follow orders that's kept his job to date.
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iZombie twitter facebook
Rose McIver twitter
Malcolm Goodwin twitter
Aly Michalka twitter facebook
iZombie returns for season two this week, on The CW Tuesday October 6, 2015.
Toronto International Film Festival Day 7 to 10 Featuring - Anna Kendrick, Ryan Reynolds, Sarah Silverman, Joshua Jackson, Keith Richards, Norman Reedus and more
Day 7 started with an unexpected bonus when I headed to Pearson Airport to meet up with my buddy before he headed home. While I was there, Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds arrived for his premiere later that evening of Mississippi Grind. I was lucky enough to nab 3 autographs from the star before he left.
A little while later, I was back downtown after getting a ride from 1 of the Toronto hounds. I made my way over to the premiere for Mississippi Grind. I was sadly shut out at that premiere. I suspect Mr. Reynolds was purposely not signing for me as he probably remembered me from the airport earlier. It was funny hearing the mixture of bellows from the crowd, several people saying how he was "so nice" while multiple people called him "fake nice", a term I have heard a lot used for the Vancouver born actor, and that I myself have even felt in the past. I myself have never had a terrible interaction with him, but almost everyone else I know has.... but when it comes to being at a red carpet, he puts that side of him in check and "acts nice" for the cameras. Despite the fact I know how he really is, I will still end up going to see Deadpool when it comes out.
A short while later, I headed across the street for the premiere of "I Smile Back" featuring Sarah Silverman. The comedienne did not disappoint her fas. Stopping to sign and take photos with everyone. She even took the effort to cross the now open and quite busy King street to meet fans across the street.
From there I made my way over to the Elgin Theatre. I was hoping to see Joshua Jackson at the premiere that him and his girlfriend Diane Kruger had. Sadly it was not to be. I did however managed a couple autographs from the solo Mrs. Kruger. A nice bonus at the premiere was The Walking Dead star Norman Reedus arriving for the premiere. I managed a few quite breif autographs before he left.
Total autographs - 11
Total autographs thru TIFF - 119
A+ Sarah Silverman
B+ Norman Reedus
B. Diane Kruger
B- Ryan Reynolds
Day 8 saw very little luck for me.
It started with a press conference for Keith Richards from the Rolling Stones. No shock, the iconic rocker didn't meet the fans or sign anything, just giving a half assed smile & wave as he was rushed into his waiting vehicle.
Later on was a premiere that included The Newsroom star Dev Patel. When Patel arrived, he came over to the area where I was and signed a handful of autographs. He then made a very sincere promise to the fans lined up out there that he would come back out and meet them all after he did press and introduced the film. A fact that was repeated a few minutes later by the red carpet MC Shannon. Sure enough about 20 minutes later the Slumdog Millionaire star did come back out and spent well over 20 minutes out with the crowd taking photos and signing more autographs. THAT is how you develop new fans and keep the ones you already have.
I had hopes of autographs from Matthias Schoenaerts at his premiere, but learned he was not there from someone who heard elsewhere. I waited around in hopes his info was wrong, sadly it was not. More disappointing for me was seeing Joshua Jackson at the premiere of his girlfriend Diane Kruger with her second movie in 2 days. I foolishly pulled a rookie move and didn't bring him with me based on the assumption he didn't show up for the premiere of a movie movie he was in, so he surely wasn't going to come to one he wasn't even in the next day.... Oops. because of the no show, and the failure to not bring Josh items, I got shutout at that premiere.
Total autographs - 2
Total autographs for TIFF - 121
A+ Dev Patel
B+ Joshua Jackson
B. Diane Kruger
F Keith Richards
Day 9 for me was actually day 10. I skipped day 9 after 1 of the two premieres scheduled for that day was canceled.
Day 10 started for me with going to a press conference for Mr. Right. When I got there I was given the bad news that the movies star Anna Kendrick was not coming to it as she had travel issues, but she tweeted she would absolutely be at the premiere later that evening.
With the press conference being a waste for me (I had a photo for Sam Rockwell, but he only signed a couple autographs, and after seeing the lethargic attempt at scribbling on stuff he did, I am thankful he didn't "sign" mine) as I only really had photos for Anna, I got shut out. I watched as another 1 of the movies stars Michael Eklund signed for everyone who asked him, I went for lunch early and didn't wait around for the departures of the conference. After lunch I wandered by 1 of the local hotels and hung out for a bit. There I saw Joshua Jackson come out in a shirt that said "Province Of Canada" (psst - to my geographically challenged readers... Canada is not a province.) apparently this is a brand name I had never heard of prior to that moment. Having corrected my prior mistake, and put him back in my binder, I was able to get an autograph from the star of Fringe before he left with his girlfriend Diane Kruger when she came out moments later.
A short while later Anna Kendrick came out, and left in a vehicle & I hurried to the venue of the 1st of two premieres the movie was having that night to find out she didnt come immediately there.
A little while later she eventually showed up, and signed for the handful of us that were there. I managed 1 very rushed, very abbreviated version of her autograph. At least it was something.
A bit later, the "official" premiere for the movie, across the street at Roy Thompson Hall saw me get 1 more autograph from her there on the red carpet. Once she went into the media tent, I went and positioned myself at this little area of faint hope that has in the past nabbed me 1 person here, 1 there, but 97% of the time is futile. As they finished their media and head into the venue theres a little 4 ft wide opening that you can desperately try and call them from with the hopes they will walk 75 ft out of their way and meet fans. Rarely does anyone too notable do it, and you need to be quick to react in time as they cross the space usually in less than a second. There was a larger than usual crowd there, and luckily We got the attention of the Pitch Perfect star, and she didn't even hesitate when she saw people waiting and came right over. She signed a couple more photos for me there, much better autographs that the scrawls I got on the departure and arrivals earlier. She met fans for about 5-8 minutes out the back end of the tent, and her cast mates, including Michael Eklund and came over and met fans too. Funny side story, I was standing there with Michael in front of me, and was waiting for a moment to chime in and say "hey Michael, how are you?" when he noticed me standing there and got a big grin and reached out to shake my hand. I sort of assumed he would recognize me a bit..wasn't sure he would pick me out of a crowd of a 100 people though. Always love when I run into locals at TIFF, they really seem appreciative of people there supporting them usually.
After that premiere, I headed over to Ryerson for the last premiere of TIFF. The final Girls. The cast and venue had me dreaming big. I had the idea there would be a small crowd and with the set up there, there was no reason I couldn't get the 13 photos I had done for the 3 actresses in attendance. I was sorely mistaken. While Children's Hospital and Watchmen star Malin Akerman was spectacular with the fans and made sure everyone got everything they needed, her co-stars were less giving. Taissa Farmiga arrived and went to sign for us, before her publicist literally pulled her away from us. If Taissa ever reads this. Fire her. Shes not helping your image. That's how you alienate fans. On the red carpet, I saw Taissa for less than 45 seconds. Perhaps she came over at some other time as well? But she certainly was not around long and was the 1st to leave the carpet. She seemed nice enough, but it really seemed like her publicist wanted her there JUST to talk with the media and go into the theatre. Someone needs to remember that it is TAISSA who has to promote herself to fans... and you are preventing her from doing so. I see a LOT of terrible publicists (to be honest, more than half of them are quite incompetent) but the one Taissa Farmiga had that night is 1 of the worst I can recall. Luckily for her, the final Final Girl of the night, Toronto raised Nina Dobrev left such a sour impression on most that she made the brief time Taissa spent seem "not that bad". While Nina stopped to do quite a few selfies, she skipped large chunks of people, opted to sign as little as humanly possible and was not shy about saying she had to go....despite Malin Akerman still being out on the carpet doing interviews and meeting fans. No Nina, you didn't have to go. You just were sick of interacting with "the little people". Far cry from the actress that once brought 1 of the autograph guys here in Vancouver cupcakes when they wrapped The Vampire Diaries pilot.
Total autographs - 9
Total autographs for TIFF - 130 (a new TIFF record for me)
A+ Malin Akerman
A Anna Kendrick
A Michael Eklund
C+ Taissa Farmiga
C- Sam Rockwell
D- Nina Dobrev
Toronto International Film Festival - Days 4 thru 6 of TIFF. Featuring - Johnny Depp, Tom Hardy, Kate Winslet and Heroes Reborn cast
Day 4 of TIFF 2015 started for me with a press conference for the Tom Hardy movie "Legend". I will go more in depth on what happened at that presser (and other pressers) at a later date. Needless to say, one particular staffer for TIFF really should, at the least, be re-assigned next year to a position that doesnt interact with the public. At most, fired and probably charged with destruction of property...but like I said, I'll delve deeper into that another day.
As expected, Tom Hardy was a signing machine. Everyone who wanted him got him. Even despite the TIFF security guard forcibly removing items from Tom's grasp, most people still managed to get them signed as Tom repeatedly righted the wrongs made by the aggressive glorified mall security. I also managed 1 Emily Browning autograph there on her way into the press conference.
From there, everyone hurried off to get to other premieres that would be starting soon enough. I got to the Elgin theatre where there were back to back premieres going on within an hour of each other.
First up was "Brooklyn" with Saoirse Ronan and Domhnall Gleeson. The first to arrive was the son of Brendan Gleeson, Domhnall. He signed maybe 10 or 12 autographs, personalizing them all, before leaving to join his dad on the red carpet. The Star Wars VII star was much tougher than I think anyone expected. I managed 1 in the scrum. Shortly there after, Saoirse Ronan arrived. I managed to get 2 from the former Oscar nominated actress.
Shortly after their arrivals, the cast for "Desierto" started to arrive for their premiere. Gael Garcia Bernal arrived first, and was of course, less than friendly. He begrudgingly signed a couple autographs and took a couple pics before hurrying away, leaving the vast majority of people empty handed. Thankfully, his co-star, Jeffrey Dean Morgan arrived and made up for the constantly rude Mexican. The Supernatural and Grey's Anatomy guest star happily signed for everyone, making sure that everyone in the front row got him, as well as most in the 2nd or 3rd row. I managed 4 autographs from Jeffrey there (3 myself, and 1 from a friend who had nothing at the time).
With nothing immediately going on, I went for a bite to eat. Came back to do the back end of those premieres only to find out JDM had already left. I managed 1 more Ronan in the back, but my hopes of getting a few autographs out there from the 4 people in there was quickly crushed as Gleeson sparsely signed and of course Bernal did nothing.
From there, I rushed over to Elgin for the premiere of "High Rise" with Tom Hiddleston, Elisabeth Moss, and Jeremy Irons. Hiddleston arrived and signed a bunch for the people in the front rows. I managed 3 there, as well as an Irvine and a Moss autograph. After the premiere, I managed 1 more Hiddleston and another Irvine.
Total autographs for the day - 15
Total for all of TIFF - 69
A+ Tom Hardy
A+ Saoirse Ronan
A Jeffrey Dean Morgan
A- Elisabeth Moss
B+ Jeremy Irons
B Emily Browning
B Tom Hiddleston
C Domhnall Gleeson
D Gael Garcia Bernal
F Brendan Gleeson
Day 5 of TIFF started with the much anticipated press conference for the Johnny Depp movie "Black Mass'.
The security at TIFF came by and told everyone right from the get go that Mr. Depp would not be signing going in, but promised to get everyone on the way out. With that knowledge, those of us there for it (aka - almost everyone) re-organized our plans & focused on the list of other notable names in the movie.
My hope, for the second year in a row of getting Peter Sarsgaard on my cast piece for The Killing was my top priority, but sadly, I was shut out on it... AGAIN. I did manage an autograph from Kevin Bacon however, as he worked the entire line before going into the presser. I also managed 1 Joel Edgerton autograph there, but was sadly shut out by Dakota Johnson even though she started right in front of me. I simple didnt react fast enough.
When Johnny came out of the presser, he came directly over to where I was standing and started signing right beside me. I managed to get my 1st item done within about 30 seconds of him starting to sign, I got my 2nd shortly after that, and then.... well, it was practically impossible to get him after that as security for TIFF were physically taking peoples items and tossing them away, as well as pushing peoples items and of course, the idiots who were there trying to get selfies with Mr. Depp after they were told not once, or twice but 3+ times he wouldnt have time to do those kept attempting to do so. I ended the press conference with 2 Johnny Depp autographs. Not terrible, but also, for the fact I got both of them in the first minute of his 10+ minute session, not great either.
What followed that was 1 of the more ridiculous events I have seen with any celeb. Many people tried to get mr. Depp to stop and do pictures with and get autographs out the side of his window while his vehicle was stuck in a very slow traffic line. Johnny obliged the resuests, even while his own security, and 2 TIFF guards physically tried stopping people from interacting with Mr. Depp...despite the CLEAR sign he wanted to interact with the fans. It eventually got to a point where security told the driver to roll up the window on Mr. Depp as he was still trying to reach out to meet people. I've NEVER seen such a blatant level of disregard for what the talent wanted in my life. It was despicable.
From there, I went and found a place where Kate Winslet was. While I was there waiting for the Academy Award winner to come out, a variety of others came in & left in that time, including her co-star in the movie she was there for, Liam Hemsworth. I managed 2 autographs from Liam, and 1 from Kate while there, along with bonus autographs from Paul Gross, and Elisabeth Moss.
I then headed over to Princess Of Wales to work the premiere of "Spotlight". I managed 1 Liev Schrieber autograph before I decided this was too much effort for the cast that was there.
I moved across the street to Roy Thompson Hall for the premiere of "The Dressmaker". I attempted to get Ms. Winslet again, but came up short, as well, I was unable to get newcomer Sarah Snook because of all the people wanting selfies with an actress they didnt know. I did manage 1 more Liam Hemsworth autograph though, so it wasnt a complete shutout.
From there I hurried over to the Elgin theatre, not just because it was where the Johnny Depp movie would be, but because the film before it had Cary Elwes. Whether it be for The Princess Bride, or Psych, I really wanted to get him. I had been warned he had a bad autograph already, so my hopes werent high, but my hopes seemed all but dashed when I got there and saw 1000s of fans already there, almost entirely lined up for the hopes of Johnny an hour after the Cary Elwes movie "Being Charlie' went in.
When the staff locked down the road to traffic going thru, I was lucky enough to get a spot reasonably close to the front. Now I just had to wait in the mass of people that was thicker than any crowd I had endured at any premiere prior. Eventually cast started showing up. Nick Robinson signed a few, but missed me, the Common arrived, along with Rob Reiner, then the star arrived. Cary Elwes decided, instead of starting with the people closest to him, he started with people across the street from him. He signed and took pics with 100s of people, most of whom really didnt even know who it was, as was evident by the mo less than 10Xs I was asked "who is that?" and the bellows I would hear of "Gary" and "Barry". While I wated for him to get around to my area, I was made aware of 1 of the WORST problem fans I have ever seen at an event. This South American guy who had climbed a light standard to see better. Not something thats rare in itself. HOWEVER, his reaction when told by TIFF people to get down was. He defiantly said "no, no no no no. I can not". When a TIFF person asked why he couldnt he said "Because I need to get a shot". She then went and got a cop, who also told him to come down and he again said no...before eventually caving to the Cops demands. The cop then tried speaking with him, and he was less than receptive to the cops demands. The cop then told him he had been warned, if he had to come back over for him then he would be arrested. Eventually Mr. Elwes made it back towards the theatre, and signed for me....in ballpoint pen. I immediately asked him if he could sign it in sharpie instead, and he stopped, changed pens, and re-signed it, and added a mustache to the pic, before moving on. Mission sort of accomplished.
It would be another 1/2 hour or so till cast started showing up for the next movie. Peter Sarsgaard arrived, and signed for a bunch of people, again ignoring my cast piece. Starting to think he hated The Killing. Dakta Johnson also arrived, ignoring all requests from fans as she didnt stop to sign 1 autograph or take 1 photo with. A little while later, Johnny Depp arrived, and people went fucking NUTS. Including the South American psycho behind me who by this point had angered everyone around him with his VERY loud (and I am a loud person as it is, and even I couldnt believe how loud he was) barking voice that I associate with a drunken soccer hooligan. Every person that arrived, he lost his fucking shit over. Just screaming, hooting and if he heard their name, would yell it over and over again, often, right in my ear. I turned around more than once with a less than impressed glare, and for a few moments, he would stop...then eventually start again. It was as if he had no short term memory. When Johnny arrived, as you can imagine, this guy went fucking nuts. I am absolutely sure his brain stopped functioning. For 5 minutes (or more) straight, all the group around me were hearing was "Johnny, Johnny, Johny, Johnny, Johnny, Holy fuck, holy fuck, motherfucker, motherfucker, mother fucker, motherfucker, mottherfucker...." along with him jumping up and down like he was in a mosh pit and pushing far more aggressively than any fan or hound I have ever endured, finally several of us told a TIFF person to grab the cop. Sadly, a completely different cop came over. We told them what this guy was doing, and they told him to back up. Which he did, then complained about his drink that was still on the ground that he couldnt get to. We pleaded with the cops to remove him, but instead, they let psychoman stay. While the wait for Johnny dragged on, Joel Edgerton came by and signed for everyone as well. I managed 1 more item from him. Eventually Johnny would make his way all the way around the crowd, getting to us last as we were closest to the door. Fortunately the bellows of other fans going "Johnny" drowned out a bit the soccer hooligan and his similar chants, but you could still clearly hear him overtop of anyone else. Mr. Depp eventually got to my item, signed it, and moved on. Then once he was done there, he went back across the street and signed dow the other end of the street before his security guy physically grabbed hiom and pulled him away from the growd.
After that, I hurried as much as I could out of the mosh pit to try and get back across town to RTH for the premiere of "Hyena Road". I really needed an actress that is the wife of 1 of the movies stars on my Robson Arms cast items & DVDs. I raced over there, and even used the subway for a rare time, and got there to find out they were almost all in the press row already. As I was walking away, I heard fans cheer, so I hurried back to see Allan Hawco on the carpet. I went and got him for a friend of mine who is a big fan, I got 3 done, then Allan said he would be right back that he had to do a photo call. He went did the photo call, then came back...but to the other side...and never came back to the people he promised to come back to. I waited around for a few minutes in the faint hope maybe I would still have a chance at who I came there for, but the chance never arose.
I left there and went to the CBC theatre where Salma Hayek was doing a conversation. On her departure, she signed a few, including 1 for me, before leaving for the night.
Total autographs - 19
Total autographs for TIFF - 88
A+ Johnny Depp
A+ Kevin Bacon
A Joel Edgerton
A Liam Hemsworth
A Kate Winslet
A- Cary Elwes
B Allan Hawco
B- Salma Hayek
C+ Sarah Snook
C Liev Schreiber
C- Nick Robinson
C- Peter Sarsgaard
Day 6 had a late start for me. I made my way over to Elgin to try and get Penelope Cruz and the cast of the movie following it there. I missed the arrivals for them, but was in position for the back end, only to learn Penelope was not coming back and left immediately from introducing the film. I did manage an autograph from Tom Courtenay however, so it was not a complete waste.
Sadly, too much time was wasted at the back waiting on the hope that Penelope was returning and I missed the arrivals for the next film..err, I mean TV show. Heroes Reborn had a premiere with the 1st two episodes of the show being shown at TIFF. The entire cast that was coming for it managed to arrive well over an hour early for the premiere, leaving the vast majority of fans & hounds shutout as people started to arrive around an hour to the showing with the belief they still would have some time.
I, like many others, went to the back end and waited. Eventually at the end of the showing the cast came out. I managed several of them including Jack Coleman, Kiki Sukezane, Robbie Kay, Judith Shekoni, Danika Yarosh, Tim Kring, Jimmy Jean-Louis, Francesca Eastwood and another person I am not now recalling. I missed getting 1 of the 4 or 5 autographs Zachary Levi doled out while getting someone else, and outright missed Gatlin Green somehow. All in all, a decent effort I felt. Sometime while getting the Heroes cast, I passed the 100 autographs mark for the 2nd consecutive year.
While I waited for the TV people, I saw Odessa Young come out and sign for the few people waiting for her as she was there promoting her film "Looking For Grace".
I hurried over to the back end of Princess Of Wales and got there in time to nab a couple autographs from David Thewlis and 1 from Jennifer Jason Leigh as they departed the premiere for "Anomalisa".
I then ended the night over at the CBC building for another conversation taping, this time with comedienne Sarah Silverman. I nabbed two autographs there before calling it a night.
Total autographs - 20
Total autographs for TIFF - 108
A Sarah Silverman
A Kiki Sukezane
A Odessa Young
A- David Thewlis
B+ Jimmy Jean-Louis
B+ Francesca Eastwood
B+ Judith Shekoni
B+ Tim Kring
B- Tom Courtenay
C+ Robbie Kay
C Jennifer Jason Leigh
C- Zachary Levi
Toronto International Film Festival - Day 1 thru 3 of TIFF Featuring - Matt Damon, Sandra Bullock, Jessica Chastain, Drew Barrymore and many more
With the first day of the Festival having films featuring such notorious pricks like Jake Gyllenhaal and Natalie Portman. I chose a different game plan than I usually would have for day 1 and worked the airport.
That is usually a poor plan for me, but on this day I had some pretty good success before I headed back in to town for the start of the fest...for me.
Things were off to a super slow start. By the time the first name to come in arrived, we were all really eager to get going. First up was Elizabeth Olsen. Her greeter made every effort to purposely screw over the autograph hounds, including not actually DOING his job. He made Elizabeth push her own cart so her hands were full & hurried her along to a private side door that wasnt accessible to the public. My friend and I took the chance to see if there was a public way to get there and found 1 on our second try, and I raced out there and Elizabeth actually got out of her vehicle while she waited for her luggage to be loaded and signed 1 for me. My friend gave up once he saw she was already in the car, so he missed that chance.
Shortly after that, I hit Arrested Development star Alia Shawkat, thanks to another Vancouver hound picking her out and telling me where she was.
It would be a couple more hours of dead, mind numbing boredom till a flock of people arrived. First up was Dean Norris from Breaking Bad. I got my 1 photo signed by him, and a little while later Kate Mara arrived. Her arrival cost a few people, myself probably more than any. We all followed this Z-lister to the car pick up station assuming once she got there and saw she had a wait would sign...but instead the lesser known Mara sister stood there defiantly refusing autograph requests. I attempted to try and wait it out for a chance after everyone took off, but she still denied me saying "If I sign for you, I'll have to sign for everyone" which I replied "I'm the only one still here". No dice. My efforts to get her however cost me getting Emily Blunt & John Krasinski on their walk to the car. I still managed to get 1 each from them, but I had to try much harder to get them as Emily especially assumed she signed for me already since she signed on the way to the car check in. This of course cost me getting in on the Benicio Del Toro autograph session on the way to his vehicle. He was already in his vehicle before I even had a chance to ask. But with his driver outside still putting bags away, I tried. His front window was open and I displayed my item thru it to him, he reached up to grab it and signed it for me and handed it back thru the swarm of other items that had since then populated the empty space...but that was the only 1 he would sign in the car.
A little while would go by again before the final grouping of people. Starting off with Helen Mirren. I nabbed 1 from her before any other hounds were even in position to get her, then nabbed one more at the end before she got into her vehicle. I then got several Game Of Thrones star Sean Bean autographs in what was 1 of the best signing sessions anyone did anywhere the entire festival. When I got back from following him, I found Jessica Chastain was already signing for people. I got there late and had to get my buddy to vouch for me that I hadnt got her yet, and she signed 1 for me.
That was the end of my airport hounding for the day. Off to downtown Toronto.
The first day of the festival ended with a Midnight Madness red carpet premiere for "Green Room". There I managed to get a few autographs from Imogen Poots and 1 from Sir Patrick Stewart before my day ended.
Autographs obtained this day from - Helen Mirren, Alia Shawkat, Sean Bean, Imogen Poots, Patrick Stewart, Benicio Del Toro, Emily Blunt, Jessica Chastain, John Krasinski, Dean Norris and Elizabeth Olsen.
Total autographs - 21
A+ Sean Bean
A Alia Shawkat
A Jessica Chastain
A John Krasinski
A Imogen Poots
B+ Dean Norris
C+ Patrick Stewart
C Benicio Del Toro
C Helen Mirren
C- Emily Blunt
D Elizabeth Olsen
D- Chiwetel Ejiofor
F Kate Mara
Day 2 of TIFF started with a press conference for the Matt Damon movie "The Martian". I was most excited about this for 2 reasons. 1- it was a chance to finally get Matt Damon, someone I have been told countless times is "the nicest guy in Hollywood" but the 1 & only time I ever saw him, he didnt live up to that rep. 2- To get Jeff Daniels. As a huge fan of The Newsroom, I was pretty excited about finally getting him. Between going in and coming out of that presser I managed to get most of the cast. Matt Damon, Sebastian Stan, Michael Pena and Kate Mara even signed for me along the very crowded fence. Jeff Daniels, despite being the 1st to arrive & first to leave, did NOTHING but wave at people. Chiwetel Ejiofor managed to get out without anyone seeing him...which was just fine in his eyes, as he has turned out to be kind of a prick. While Donald Glover was just as willing to be seen, but ignore most everyone. Signing only 1 or 2 each time he was seen while actual accomplished actors in his same film signed dozens or hundreds.
A short while after that press conference Mr. Damon unwittingly led me to 1 of the few spots left during TIFF where you can still get decent access to celebs. The cast for the movie all came there, and I managed another Damon, another Stan and Jessica Chastain at that place. Sadly, my 3rd crack at Jeff Daniels garnered nothing again as he never signed for anyone there either. While waiting for them, Elle Fanning and Naomi Watts also showed up there and I managed 1 autograph from each of them on their departure.
I was off to Ryerson for the 2nd time this fest. This time, it was the premiere of "I Saw The Light" with Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen. I managed a handful of Hiddleston autographs along the red carpet, but Ms. Olsen didnt sign even once for me, telling me twice that she had already got me... which she did, the day before. So that bonus 1 that I was so pleased with myself for gtting yesterday actually cost me in the end, as all the hounds there got 2 or 3 or 4 from Olsen, and I got none.
I then went and worked the back end of a Geoffrey Rush movie "The Daughter" and got 2 autographs from him before I went around the front to wait & get 1 autograph from the surprisingly tough Jean Dujardin.
I went back to Ryerson to work the back end of the HHiddleston movie and got 1 more autograph there. I then hurried back to the front of that venue to get the cast of "Len And Company". Although Jack Kilmer didnt come across as overly accommodating, everyone there got at least 1 from the son of Val Kilmer. Juno Temple signed every thing she could out there, while Rhys Ifans signed a fair bit, unfortunately 75% of them were just an "R".
Total autographs - 25
Total for TIFF to date - 46
A+ Jessica Chastain
A Sebastian Stan
A Matt Damon
A Juno Temple
A- Michael Pena
A- Tom Hiddleston
A- Geoffrey Rush
B+ Elizabeth Olsen
B+ Elle Fanning
B+ Elsa Zylberstein
B Rhys Ifans
B Naomi Watts
C Kate Mara
C Jean Dujardin
C- Jack Kilmer
F+ Donald Glover
F Chiwetel Ejiofor
F Jeff Daniels
Day 3 was unfortunately, MUCH shorter than the long length of films being presented that day suggested. Threatening rain lingered throughout the day, with sporadic spurts of rain constantly leaving the most hopeful of fans unsure if they would be able to get their favorite star due to the weather.
Luckily, it held out...mostly, till later in the evening, but once it did rain, it rained hard enough to prevent me from trying for any of the late evening premieres.
The day for me started with a press conference for "Our Brand Is Crisis" with Sandra Bullock. I heard George Clooney was also in town for it as he is a producer on it, but I missed him going in. On the way out, he simply waved & left, while Ms. Bullock did a spectacular session that saw everyone who tried even slightly get 1, maybe even more.
From there I hustled to the Elgin to get Monica Bellucci, as I showed up 1 of the Vancouver hounds told me she was a no show...which sucked, but was a bit of a relief as it left openings in the schedule to possibly use elsewhere.
I went grabbed a quick lunch and headed back to RTH for "Miss You Already". premiere. It was my 1st look at the newly re-designed red carpet for RTH and it had 1 massive fail, and 1 pretty good upgrade for fans. The addition of an absurd 5 or 6 row high grandstand IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CARPET infuriated everyone the entire festival. Its very out of place, it takes up a LOT of prime space for fans, it leaves very little space for people to move around the back of it, and did I mention it takes up a lot of prime space?? They off set this monstrosity with letting the cars out 100 feet up the carpet at least. This gave a LOT more room to get autographs & pics with for fans, and in the case of Drew Barrymore, she started at the end....and kept going till she ran out of people running up to see her. While she did that I nabbed a Toni Collette autograph then ran down to take part in the Barrymore session and managed 2 before she finally realized that people were just recycling thru and keeping the line going and cut it off and headed back up to the carpet area.
I raced back to Elgin to get a spot for the premiere of "Truth" and managed a couple autographs there from Elisabeth Moss and Topher Grace. Unexpected surprise was the arrival of legendary newsman Dan Rather. He stopped to sign for everyone that asked him as well. Shortly after that was the premiere of "Youth" and I had stuff for everyone there.... and they all signed, so imagine my disappointment that all I got was a Rachel Weisz autograph out of it all despite being in row 1. Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel signed all around me, but not on my item. Jane Fonda spoke to me, thanked me for loving her work on The Newsroom...but never signed my item, then told me she already had signed for me. So now I was 0 for 2 on Newsroom cast members this fest.
From there it was back to Princess Of Wales (seriously TIFF, couldnt you schedule 2 of these on the same side of town??) for "The Danish Girl". Of course Johnny Depp came to support his wife Amber Heard. I managed 1 autograph from Amber, and nothing from Eddie Redmayne or Alicia Vikander. Both of whom signed a fair bit, but because of the crowd of people that were there when they saw/heard Johnny had arrived was nearly impenetrable. Rare that you say this, but I wish Johnny Depp had not shown up to that premiere.
I tried the back end of the theatre, but thats when it started to rain....and then dried out a bit, then rained a bit harder, and that was the end of my night.
It was 8 PM and my night was OVER. How disappointing with films featuring the likes of Christopher Plummer, Martin Landau, Ellen Page, Bryan Cranston, Helen Mirren, John Goodman, Tom Hardy, Greta Gerwig and Julianne Moore plus others still going on or coming up that night.
Total autographs - 8
Total for TIFF to date - 54
A+ Drew Barrymore
A Sandra Bullock
B+ Rachel Weisz
B+ Toni Collette
B Elisabeth Moss
B Amber Heard
B- Eddie Redmayne
B- Jane Fonda
B- Michael Caine
C+ Alicia Vikander
C+ Harvey Keitel
C Topher Grace
All photos posted in this blog are shot by Canadagraphs.