Day 3 started for me with lining up for the premiere that Sigourney Weaver and Felicity Jones had at Roy Thompson Hall for A Monster Calls. The young boy from it, Lewis MacDougall arrived first, then shortly after Sigourney arrived. I missed the iconic actress there as her publicist/handler kept taking her from side to side of the two sided carpet, causing her to miss large chunks of fans. A little while later Felicity arrived & I managed to get 1 1/4 autographs from the Star Wars Rogue One actress.
I then went to Ryerson to work on back to back premieres there. First one was the back end of Mascots. With a large cast attached to it, I was hopeful for a lot of cast for it. I managed to get a couple of them leaving, Jane Lynch from Glee, and Christopher Guest from This Is Spinal Tap fame. Also nabbed another Parker Posey autograph.
I then moved to the front of the venue for the arrivals of the Barack Obama based movie Barry. The first person I saw was Jenna Elfman. I had nothing for her, so I watched as she signed upon her arrival. Anya Taylor Joy signed for anyone who asked her..... sadly it was nothing more than an "A". Some of these actors need to take lessons on how to at least spell their first names. When I see someone sign just their first letter, I get the "fuck you all. Im better than you" vibe from them, regardless how many they sign. I also managed to get the POTUS, or at least the man playing Barry, Devon Terrell.
I then went back to Roy Thompson for the premiere of Planetarium with Lily Rose Depp and Natalie Portman. As expected the rotten attitude of Ms. Poorsportman was on fine display as she stomped down the red carpet ignoring EVERYONE and only doing press as many fans moaned in disbelief, while others booed her. Her co-star Lily-Rose Depp, whose largest accomplishment is being the daughter of Johnny Depp barely did much more as she signed 3 whole autographs there and took maybe 2 photos with. Luckily 1 of those 3 was for me..... but still a terrible showing from someone who is only famous for being the offspring of someone famous.
I quickly went across the street after that to try and get a lucky break and nab Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber at their premiere of The Bleeder. But it was not to be, as I missed Watts by about 5 seconds, and Schreiber by about 15.
I went to the midnight premiere of The Belko Experiment. I had photos for 4 people that I hoped would come, but not a single one did.
A Jane Lynch
B+ Felicity Jones
B+ Devon Terrell
B Jenna Elfman
C+ Christopher Guest
C Sigourney Weaver
C- Parker Posey
D+ Lily Rose Depp
D+ Anya Taylor Joy
F Natalie Portman
Day 4 total autographs - 11
Total autographs for TIFF 2016 - 45
Day 4 started with me checking out the line at the Princess Of Wales theatre for the premiere of Sing. After coming to the quick reality there was NO WAY, even 3 hours prior to the films red carpet starting that I was going to get a spot in their “fan zone” I gave up and moved on to trying to find a better option.
I found my way a few blocks away to a restaurant where Felicity Jones and Sigourney Weaver were having a meal. Shockingly neither of them signed for any of the fans waiting there and even more shocking, the pair were snuck thru a back door of another venue where the pair both denied all requests for autographs or photos with.
After that fiasco, I headed over to Roy Thompson Hall for the premiere of Their Finest with Bill Nighy, Sam Claflin and Gemma Arterton. I managed a couple autographs from the guys but Gemma managed to sneak most of the way down the carpet without any of the 300 or so fans even noticing her. Seriously. I quite literally couldnt believe the incompetence of that crowd. I cant even blame Gemma for not signing..... because no one asked her. I was busy getting Sam when she went by.
I then went to Ryerson for the premiere of American Honey. With Riley Keough, the granddaughter of Elvis Presley and Shia LaBeouf on the "confirmed" list that TIFF comes out with, it was at least something I thought could be good. Well, Shia no showed, and Riley showed up 1/2 hour after the movie started. That said, Riley Keough gets full marks because she STILL took the time to sign for everyone that asked before going into the premiere that she was already late for.
I then went right back across to RTH for the Christian Bale & Oscar Isaac premiere of The Promise. Just as I got there, I saw someone signing outside of the fan zone area, and took a look to see it was Colin Firth. He was producer on the film, Loving, that was there just prior. I went into my bag to find an item I had for him....but like so many times at TIFF he was gone before I had a chance to get to him.
Eventually the red carpet for The Promise started. I was lucky enough to get a pretty good spot right near the front of the carpet, and managed to nab both stars on multiple items quickly there. I then took my rare good fortunes and left.
I found my way to the back of the Elgin theatre for the premiere of Jackie. Although Natalie Poorsportman was in it, I was there hoping to get Peter Sarsgaard or hoping Billy Crudup would show. Sadly neither of the guys came, and the only person from the film there was the cancerous attitude of ms. poorsportman. I did also see Lily Rose Depp there. She stormed out at the end of the movie, ignoring the 1 and only person who recognized her, me.
Afterr that disappointment I headed over to Ryerson for the midnight premiere of Blair Witch. I managed to get all 3 cast that showed, Valorie Curry, James Allen McCune and Callie Hernandez with ease. All 3 were terribly gracious with their time.
A++ Riley Keough
A+ Christian Bale
A+ Callie Hernandez
A+ James Allen McCune
A Valorie Curry
A Sam Claflin
A Bill Nighy
A- Oscar Isaac
D- Lily Rose Depp
F Felicity Jones
F Sigourney Weaver
F Natalie Portman
Total autographs for day 4- 20
- Total for TIFF - 65
Day 5 for me started with a press conference for the movie Oscar Isaac and Christian Bale were there promoting. I had 1 item left for Isaac, so I went there and got it done quickly.
From there I went for a tour of a few places I know. I happened across a couple different sets of celebs out & about at different places. First up was Aaron Taylor Johnson and his cast mates. I got an autograph from the Kick Ass star, but his cast mates snubbed everyone waiting for them. A little later I came across Aaron Eckhart and Miles Teller. I managed 1 autograph from each of them in what can only be described as a `civil mob`. After that success I moved back to the press conference venue where I managed to nab a couple autographs from Jeremy Renner.
Then began what would be a terrible few hours. It started by going to Ryerson to try and get Star Wars The Force Awakens star Adam Driver at the premiere of Paterson. Mr. Driver should find a different profession, because he looked like he hated being there, seemed to hate interacting with fans, and DEFINITELY hated anyone there with a Star Wars item. He sparingly signed, did a few selfies, but skipped 90% of the people there.
I got lucky and nabbed Diane Lane at the back end of her premiere of Paris Can Wait.
Then I headed way up town to Isabelle Bader Theatre. There they had a premiere for Orphan with Gemma Arterton and Adele Exarchopolous. Both of the stars signed a few, but Adele gets the extra low marks because the unknown actress stood outside for FIFTEEN MINUTES facing the dozen or so people waiting for autographs without coming over to them while she waited for Gemma to arrive. Gemma eventually arrived, signed a handful, then signed again, then one last time before going into the premiere.
From there I tried the back end of La La Land with Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone. While Stone ignored everyone, Gosling came by & signed for as many people as he could before taking off for their after party.
There was a couple more premieres out that night, but none of them really inspired me enough to stay out. So I took advantage of an early night & left Toronto before it was even 10 PM
A+ Aaron Eckhart
A Jeremy Renner
A Miles Teller
A Ryan Gosling
A Diane Lane
A Oscar Isaac
B+ Gemma Arterton
C- Aaron Taylor Johnson
D Adam Driver
D Adele Exarchopoulos
F Michael Shannon
F Amy Adams
F Emma Stone
Total autographs for day 5 - 11
Total for TIFF 2016 - 71
Toronto International Film Festival 2014 - DAY 3 TIFF14 - Andrew Scott, Gemma Arterton, Kate Beckinsale, Adam Sandler and more
The 3rd day of TIFF was the 1st one that I walked away from going "it didn't completely suck". But boy was there a lot of legwork involved to make it not suck.
The day started with a couple press conferences that garnered no success.
In the early afternoon I went to the Elgin to try & get Gemma Arterton at her premiere for Gemma Bovery. The star showed up eventually, and did sign, but declined to sign my photo that I had displayed. A trend that happened to me all too often this fest. I quickly switched to another photo. Her assistant got her attention and directed Gemma to that new photo, which she did sign before being whisked away.
Thankfully my next objective was in the same spot. An hour later, the cast started arriving for Pride. Andrew Scott, the man who brings Moriarty, nemesis of Sherlock on the hit BBC series to life showed up 1st. He was an amazing signer, and I ran out of things for him in quick fashion. I managed also to get an autograph from Bill Nighy (who stole my pen), Ben Schnetzer and Dominic West before they went to do press on the red carpet.
I don't even remember now what I wasted my time on for the 3 hours in between the Pride red carpet & the next one, but it garnered no results of any type.
Next up was Men, Women & Children premiere at the Ryerson Theatre. With stuff for 5 people in this premiere I had high hopes for it.... and it was a dud. I managed two Adam Sandler autographs...in the last couple minutes of the red carpet, but Kaitlyn Dever and Ansel "Allergic to people, sharpies, and being nice" Elgort were a shut out for me. I did manage two J.K. Simmons autographs as well, but overall this was pretty close to horrible considering how many cast were there.
I then made my way back over to Elgin to try for Kate Beckinsale and Daniel Bruhl. I managed to get Bruhl with no problems, but Beckinsale, despite spending a fair amount of time signing on our side, refused to actually move from the spot she chose, so people either came away with several, or none. Myself, none. Some no name model chick Cara Delevingne had a few fans out there too hoping to meet her, but the model couldn't be bothered to come over. Seriously, a fucking MODEL wouldn't come over and sign for a few people, yet real celebrities like Bruhl & Beckinsale did. Thus why she'll be going down as the biggest bitch of TIFF when I do my wrap up.
I checked the back of the theatre, and saw the crowd was a bit bigger than I hoped it would be. I saw Gugu Mbatha-Raw leaving her premiere for Beyond The Lights while I was there, but I had nothing with me.
I tried to get to RTH in time for The Riot Club carpet, but got there just in time to see Max Irons and Sam Claflin sign the last of their autographs before heading in. Across the street the premiere for Top 5 was already under way. I got over there and managed to get an autograph from Rosario Dawson on my Death Proof DVD cover in the mess. I don't know why, but she asked me if she could keep me. It was....random. I saw Chris Rock, and a pile of other people there for the film, but was holding nothing for any of them....so I left.
I then tried the back end of a Ryerson premiere for The Sound And The Fury with James Franco. I managed 1 autograph from him on the departure, but the biggest kick was when I saw Wayne Gretzky waltz by, as I failed to realize his wife Janet Jones Gretzky was also in the film & everyone told me how they racked him going in.
Back at the front of Ryerson, the red carpet for the Midnight Madness showing of Tusk was starting soon. I managed to get an autograph from all 4 of the cast & director that were there. Justin Long was his typical good self, although maybe not quite as great as the 1st time I met him. Kevin Smith was really good. Haley Joel Osment eventually signed, but for awhile looked like he wouldn't. While Genesis Rodriguez signed a bunch, but not as many as she could because she insisted on personalizing every item, thus leaving a few people without a signature when her people told her she had to go.
Day 3 total - 16 autographs
Total autographs - 32
A+ Andrew Scott
A- Kevin Smith
B+ Rosario Dawson
B+ Daniel Bruhl
B+ James Franco
B+ Justin Long
B+ Gugu Mbatha-Raw
B Gemma Arterton
B Bill Nighy
B Dominic West
C+ Kate Beckinsale
C Haley Joel Osment
C Genesis Rodriguez
All photos posted in this blog are shot by Canadagraphs.