Day 6 started with me checking out a couple of the places celebs are often found, with no success. From there I headed over to POW to lineup for the fan zone of the Manchester By The Sea premiere. My main goal there was Michelle Williams, but it had a pretty decent list of others coming including Casey Affleck, Kyle Chandler and producer Matt Damon. Shortly before that premiere started a group of "protesters" came & occupied the intersection where the stars vehicles WOULD be coming in from normally. I'll hand it to Toronto Cops. They spent NO TIME going over there and making a barrier for the protesting yahoos to not cross, including several of them on bikes who hopped the barricades WITH their bikes in 1 motion like some type of action heroes. It was actually pretty cool to see. That caused some hiccups in the premieres plans....but it didnt stop them.
As the fan zone let in I headed straight for the area i knew would statistically have the best chance for success understanding I would be in row 2 there, instead of taking a row 1 spot somewhere further down the rail. As I walked up to the main area, I found to my shock, a space in the front. So I occupied it. Thank goodness for that . When Matt Damon showed up, he came right to where I was, started signing for the guy to the right of me, and went up & down the line. When he was done, he came right back to where we were to bring the man his pen back and I managed to talk him into signing one more there too. Moments later Kyle Chandler came over to the exact same place and I managed to get him with little problem as well. Everything was coming up Canadagraphs, THEN the guy beside me said "if I dont get anything else tonight I'll still be happy" & like a rolling row of clouds coming across the sky, the fun & games ended. Casey Affleck came in on foot, and never made it to out section. A bit later Michelle Williams arrived & didnt even come over for 1 autograph or photo with.
After that, I headed to the back of the POW to get a spot for them leaving. Michelle came out after the intro and signed for a bunch of people…..but ignored my item. From there I left in a huff and headed off to check out other venues.
My next stop found me at checking out Elgin to see if I could get Tatiana Maslany leaving her premiere of Two Lovers and a Bear….. but sadly she didn’t leave. when I expected her to, so I had to bail on her.
So I hustled over to Ryerson for a premiere that had Suki Waterhouse and Jason Momoa at their premiere of The Bad Batch. Its kind of sad that Suki & Jason could make it, but the two Canadians, Keanu Reeves & Jim Carrey no showed. Suki signed everything that was put in front of her... but, her autograph is literally an effortless scribble of varying lengths. By far the worst autographs I got of the festival. Jason Momoa at least signed nicer, but was trying to intimidate people into not trying for a second one. He would say things like "have I signed for you yet, you look like someone I signed for" and the always memorable "have I signed for you? *hound answers no* ok, but if I find out I have, I'll have to come back and kill you". Let me tell you, when Jason Momoa tells you he might have to kill you, you probably feel intimidated a bit.
After there I foolishly attempted the back end of the Wakefield premiere at POW. Both of the films stars Jennifer Garner, who did say on her way back into the theate "if I have time" when asked if she could sign leaving, and Mr. Walter White himself Bryan Cranston snubbed the crowds leaving. Apparently Jennifer Garner didnt "have time" to sign AFTER her job was done. I bet she had lots of time to drink & schmooze at some over priced party though. This is now the 3rd consecutive time I have had a terrible interaction with Jennifer Garner.
A+ Matt Damon
A Kyle Chandler
B+ Casey Affleck
B- Suki Waterhouse
C+ Jason Momoa
C- Michelle Williams
F Bryan Cranston
F Jennifer Garner
Total autographs for Day 6 - 13
Total autographs for TIFF 2016 - 89
Day 7 was a short one for me. I started it at the premiere of All I see Is You with Yvonne Strahovski, Ahna O'Reilly, Danny Huston and West Chatham. I managed an autograph from 3 of the 4, Ahna being the only 1 I missed out on there.
From there I checked out the back end of the premiere for (Re) Assignment and managed an autograph from Sigourney Weaver and a couple from Michelle Rodriguez.
I then went to the POW for the back end of All I see Is you. I managed an autograph there again from 3 of the 4, this time Danny Huston I didnt get because I didnt have anything more for him.
I tried the front of that same theatre for the next premiere Una with Ben Mendelsohn, Riz Ahmed and Rooney Mara. Unfortunately only Mara showed up, so I didnt get anything signed there.
Back over to Ryerson I went. I tried for Iggy Pop leaving the premiere of his movie, but they somehow snuck out the aging rock legend.
The final premiere of the night The Girl With All The Gifts saw the films 1 & only star that showed up sign anything put in front of her. So I got several autographs from Gemma Arterton before heading home for the night.
A+ Michelle Rodriguez
A Wes Chatham
A Sigourney Weaver
A Danny Huston
A- Yvonne Strahovski
A- Ahna O'Reilly
Total autographs for Day 7 - 16
Total for TIFF 2016 - 105
Day 8 was a very light day as well.
Even though there were several premieres on that day, the 1 that I focused on made it so that I couldnt front end or back end any of the others worth checking.
So I focused on The Exception with Jai Courtney, Christopher Plummer and Lily James. This cast was quite good at signing both in & out as I managed several from both Courtney and James and 1 from Plummer.
A+ Lily James
A Jai Courtney
B+ Christopher Plummer
Total autographs for Day 8 - 8
Total autographs for TIFF 2016 - 113
Day 9 I went only to the Brain On Fire press conference and got 1 Chloe Grace Moretz autograph before moving on for that day to working on hockey autographs.
A- Chloe Grace Moretz
Total autographs for Day 9 - 1
Total autographs for TIFF 2016 - 114
Day 10 saw the final premiere of the Fest do a double showing.
I first checked the back of the POW and got lucky there, nabbing autographs from Haley Lu Richardson, Melissa Benoist and Blake Jenner. UNFORTUNATELY I missed a chance to also get iconic creator of The Simpsons and many other programs, James L. Brooks, as well as Woody Harrelson (I legitimately assumed he wouldnt sign...but in a rare feat, he did).
At their 2nd premiere, I agan got Richardson, Benoist and Jenner. At both events Hailee Steinfeld refused to sign for most people. She sparingly interacted with 1 fan here 1 there at the 2nd premiere, but skipped about 80-90% of the people there.
A+ Haley Lu Richardson
A+ Melissa Benoist
A+ Blake Jenner
A Woody Harrelson (you have no idea how shocking that is to me to write)
A James L Brooks
D+ Hailee Steinfeld
Total autographs for Day 10 - 7
Total autographs for TIFF 2016 - 121
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
All photos posted in this blog are shot by Canadagraphs.