Day 0 of TIFF started for me a tad slow. I missed pretty much every connection getting out of Hamilton that I could. This caused me to not get out to Toronto till after 2 PM.
The first autographs I managed to get would be from Chris Pratt. This was the 2nd time that I had got the Guardians Of The Galaxy star at TIFF. A few years ago he came to promote Moneyball. Back then he was one of the nicest celebs around. Times have changed, and now the Mr.Pratt we were welcomed to this year was more at the level of “tolerant” of meeting with people. His body language was nothing short of “I’d rather not be doing this” and his actions of not once, but twice throwing someones pen on the ground when he was done signing suggested he wasn’t too concerned with leaving people there with a very good impression. I managed a couple autographs from him, but I was legitimately disappointed to see one of the few “nice guys” turn so anti-social.
A bit later came a disappointment for me of a different type. Asian star Zhang Ziyi came thru. I was not prepared for her coming thru, as I had her film premiere scheduled for much later in the festival. Turns out shes also a judge at this years fest, thus why she was in so early. I had to just stand back and watch with disappointment as she willingly signed for everyone that had stuff for her after she got her toddler safely into the transportation vehicle.
After that came Luke Grimes. He came in while I was gone for a couple minutes checking on something. Shortly after that came Greys Anatomy star Sandra Oh who I managed to get and asked her how she was doing which she replied with a gripe about how hot it was in Toronto. She wasn’t wrong. It was an unwelcoming 35C at the time.
The Flash guest star Robbie Amell came thru. I had nothing for him so I watched as others got photos with and autographs. Shortly after that I managed to notice Michael Smiley from Luther come thru and no one else knew who it was…. So I grabbed my photo went and got him and that was the end of my day 0 TIFF.
A Zhang Ziyi
B+ Robbie Amell
B+ Michael Smiley
C+ Chris Pratt
C- Sandra Oh
Total autographs for day 0 – 4
Day 1 of TIFF started with me making a quick trip out to the airport to check on some early arrivals. I didn’t spend a lot of time there, but enough time to fluke into a Dakota Fanning and a Parker Posey autograph. Neither of whom came across as terribly happy to be seen by fans. Also saw a former media sensation as Amanda Knox came into town for her film.
After that I used the UP train to get downtown quickly and stand in the mosh pit that is the TIFF press conferences thanks to the imbeciles in the mainstream media who troll for click views on their site by posting the entire list of press conferences to the generally unknowing public. What used to attract 5-20 people in the jknow now never has less than 100 people at it, and has devolved into a panicked frenzy. I know some in the TIFF security team want to blame that on autograph hounds... but point the finger at the REAL culprits, the media. THEY are the ones telling 100s of people where it is & when.... not us.
The press conference for The Magnificent Seven started late. That’s pathetic considering it was their 1st event of the day, hell of the Fest. On the way into the presser, despite being late, Haley Bennett signed for some people and I managed to get one there. I missed Peter Sarsgaard unfortunately, who was my top want of this premiere, and the fest. They were the only ones to sign before the presser. After the presser I managed to get Chris Pratt AND Peter Sarsgaard FINALLY on my season 3 cast signed The Killing promo. Biggest disappointment was of course NOT getting Denzel Washington whom last year refused to sign autographs, thus wasting my front row spot for him then. Sure enough he signed this year though, and I had a decent spot for him, but he stopped signing 3 people before he got to me. Why couldn’t he have done that last time instead?
Shortly after that, at the back of Princess Of Wales I managed to get Bennett again, along with Ethan Hawke. Chris Pratt Also came over, but stopped signing after 1 or 2 signatures because of someone pushing from behind. Its rare where I hear that statement come from someone and its legitimate…but in this case, it was and the celeb punished everyone else for it. Vincent D’Onofrio also came over but he signed at one end while Hawke signed at my end.
I then made it over to Elgin for Message From The King with Chadwick Boseman and Teresa Palmer. Luckily they had a Q&A that took a while. It gave me a chance to get there and snag 1 from each of them. After that,I had a quick Chipotle break…. Then I headed over to Ryerson to be disappointed at the Midnight Madness crowds.
Midnight Madness premiere for Free Fire was much much worse than you might expect for a Midnight film. With a cast that included Enzo Cilente and Noah Taylor from Game Of Thrones, as well as Michael Smiley from Luther, along with Armie Hammer, Sam Riley and Sharlto Copley, there was a lot of decent enough names for cagey veterans of a TIFF to be inspired for. UNFORTUNATELY the film also dragged in the buzz name of 2015/16 Brie Larson, so instead of having 30 or so people at the midnight screening of this film, it had about 150 and 27 spots for press. OF COURSE, Larson, a notorious non-signer didn’t do anything for the fans, snubbing all requests including a piece of paper from a younger girl. What her unneeded appearance DID do was made it difficult for those smart enough to know the rest of the cast to get to that cast as the 100 or so people that came thinking they would get Brie clogged up space for the others as well as got “selfies” with people they had never heard of till that minute. Despite Brie trying to ruin the hopes of the knowledgeable fans who wanted to get the other cast, I still managed to get everyone that came, and even managed a couple from some of them. But it was far far far more effort than it really should have been.
A+ Enzo Cilente
A+ Michael Smiley
A Sam Riley
A Noah Taylor
A- Haley Bennett
B+ Chris Pratt
B+ Chadwick Boseman
B+ Sharlto Copley
B+ Teresa Palmer
B Ethan Hawke
B Peter Sarsgaard
C+ Armie Hammer
C- Denzel Washington
D+ Vincent D'Onofrio
D Byeong Lee
F Brie Larson
Total autographs for Day 1 – 18
Total for TIFF so far - 22
Day 2 started with me missing the arrivals for Carrie Pilby premiere at Ryerson.
I waited around for the departures, I managed William Mosely and a scribble that’s supposed to be Vanessa Bayer. However Bel Powley sped by & signed for few people leaving, I missed her because I patiently waited for Vanessa who was busy spending far too much time taking selfies.... especially considering how shitty her autograph is.
I then waited around for the premiere of Catfight with Sandra Oh and Anne Heche. I was honestly hoping moreso that another co-star Alicia Silverstone would make an appearance.
Unfortunately, the only people to show up where Sandra, who came over to the fans BRIEFLY to do a couple selfies before going to do media, and Anne who showed up so late that (20 mins after the movie started) she didnt even stop to do anything with anyone, and I am not even sure if she did any media. Needless to say, up till this point, this is the WORST cast of TIFF.
The Catfight premiere ruined my plans for other premieres. So I moved on to 1 of my top targets at The Birth Of A Nation, Jackie Earle Haley. Unfortunately I was the victim of "new changes" that TIFF had made at many venues this year. Elgin changes saw the side that we used to wait for everyone at now become the further away side, and the other side now be the closer side. Unfortunately, this was info I would get too late as the stars of the film arrived & constantly went to the "other" side, and didnt come over to the side I was on, despite acknowledging me & the others first. I had to sit by and watch as Gabrielle Union, Nate Parker, Mark Boone Jr, and others all went and signed for the other side and refused to walk the 40 ft over to our side.
I headed back to Ryerson for the 3rd time of the day hoping for SOME type of success there. Colossal with Tim Blake Nelson, Jason Sudekis and Anne Hathaway was there. Of course the majority of people were only there for Anne. I was more excited for TBN after his role on Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.
Sure enough Tim was 1st to show up & I got him on my UKS photo and told him I loved his role on there which he thanked me for and then said "what is that from?". You know youve worked a lot when you cant remember something you filmed 2 or 3 years ago. I then got Sudekis and headed towards the mosh pit of people trying to get Hathaway. I quickly decided my chances of getting her were slim & focused instead on getting my other TBN done, and didnt even try getting her. She signed quite a bit, but I found the insanity for her wasnt worth the effort.
After that I went back to Elgin to get the Birth cast leaving. I managed to FINALLY get someone from there as I nabbed Jackie Earle Haley and Colman Domingo.
I ended the night going to the Midnight Madness premiere of Headshot. I got there in time to see Iko Uwais from Star Wars The Force Awakens on the carpet already, and got him to sign my photos within 3 minutes of getting there and then went home.
A Jackie Earle Haley
A Tim Blake Nelson
A Iko Uwais
A- Jason Sudekis
B+ Peneleope Ann Miller
B+ Colman Domingo
B+ William Mosely
B- Anne Hathaway
C Vanessa Bayer
C- Gabrielle Union
C- Nate Parker
C- Mark Boone Jr.
D Bel Powley
F Sandra Oh
F Anne Heche
Total autographs - 12
TOTAL for TIFF 2016 - 34
On the 8th day of TIFF I had hopes of breaking my all time single TIFF record for autographs of 97. With a dry day forecast and several premieres out, the chances were really good I would do so.
I started off going for the premiere of Pawn Sacrifice which had 1 of the top names I wanted at TIFF there. No, not that useless stiff Tobey Magwhiner. Nope, it was all about Mr. Big Noise, Ray Seward... errr I mean Peter Sarsgaard. If you have not seen season 3 of The Killing, you should Sarsgaard was spectacular in it, and in my opinion still, its 1 of the 10 biggest Emmy travesties still is he didn't get nominated for Supporting Actor last year. Fucking bullshit. Anyways....... enough ranting on that.
First up would actually be the man himself. Peter Sarsgaard. Peter came over to the crowd and did spend a few minutes interacting. Unfortunately, he never came close to where I was, although he still got close enough that he heard me when I yelled at hime to come down to where I was as he gave a half assed wave over his shoulder at me. Disappointed, but what can you do. He just better come back to Vancouver for something. Next would be Liev Schrieber, the 1 person from the cast I brought nothing for.... so OF COURSE he would come right over to where I was and stop and sign there. After he finished the alleged star of the movie Tobey Magwhiner arrived, I assume fresh of riding at Woodbine racecourse. I was shocked when I saw 1 of the most notorious non-signers head down to the far end of the carpet. Sadly, it made more sense once I realized that the guy who a higher up with a hotel called "1 of the 3 biggest divas hes ever dealt with" went along the front row giving out "high fives" instead of stopping to sign, or taking photos with anyone. Yeah Tobey, the fans will always cherish that 1/8 of a second you slid across their hand.
With the 1st disaster firmly under my belt for the day, I moved on. Across the street was the premiere for American Heist with Jordana Brewster and Hayden Christiansen. For whatever reason the POW this 1 time only during the fest set up a pit next to the red carpet similar to how they used to do it in years prior. While fans still lined up on the opposite side of the street like they had all fest, some of us went to the side and filled the pit. Aliaune Thiam, who prefers to call himself Akon for some reason showed up and signed for a couple people but shockingly ignored some requests. Kinda funny coming from someone with 3 credits to his resume who 80% of the people there didn't even care about. Cardinal Official (who insists on spelling BOTH of those words wrong for his "rapper name" arrived, and was being called over by 1 fan before I reminded him that we don't want nobodies in the way when the talent gets here. A problem that everyone, myself as well sometimes do, but not for a Canadian rapper. The fan eventually stopped asking for him to come over when Hayden Christiansen arrived. The Star Wars star did his job and signed for everyone in the pit, then crossed the street signed for a bunch over there, then came back over and did more for us. Eventually, he went inside. Sadly, no Jordana Brewster. But with the 4 autographs I got from Christiansen there I broke my old record... so that was a success to me.
With my record broke, next goal was 100 autographs, and I was teetering on the edge of that already. I made my way across to Ryerson where the premiere for The Voices. Star Anna Kendrick arrived real early, and I managed to get 1 autograph from her before I headed back to a more ideal spot to try & get Ryan Reynolds. I assumed I would have more than enough time to come back and get Anna...I was wrong. Ryan Reynolds showed up much later, and by then Kendrick had moved on. I managed to get a couple autographs from Ryan at the start, then worked thru the growing crowd to manage 2 more before I ran out of items. This is actually the 2nd time I have done a Ryan Reynolds premiere at Ryerson where I ran out of stuff. Bizaare when you take into consideration how unfriendly he is to meet away from red carpets.
My next stop was over at the Elgin where I was trying to get autographs from 2 films playing there. The 1st was October Gale with Patricia Clarkson and Scott Speedman. I had 1 photo each for the 2 of them, and was able to get both of them with no problem. After that was The Cobbler which had a strong list of notable cast members, but the only ones who came were Ellen Barkin and Adam Sandler. I managed another Adam Sandler autograph there. But was disappointed I put in as much time as I did for that.
My night was done. A new record was set. I broke 100 autographs. All in all, a decent enough day....considering it didn't start till 5 in the evening & I got shut out at my 1st event.
Day 8 Total - 12 autographs
TIFF total - 106 autographs
A Hayden Christiansen
A Ryan Reynolds
B+ Anna Kendrick
B+ Patricia Clarkson
B+ Scott Speedman
B+ Ellen Barkin
B Adam Sandler
C Peter Sarsgaard
C Liev Schrieber
D Aliaune Thiam (akon)
F Tobey Maguire
All photos posted in this blog are shot by Canadagraphs.