Toronto International Film Festival 2014 - Day 2 - TIFF14 - TOM HARDY - Will Ferrell - Kristen Wiig - Corner Gas and more
If it were not for the hit Canadian comedy program Corner Gas, day 2 would have been another disaster for me.
While I was waiting on the press conference for The Judge to let out, I got a tip that 2 of the stars of Corner Gas were doing a signing close to where I was.
I hurried over there, to find out I could have taken my time as they did a couple interviews for the a couple things. THEN, the people running it still made us WAIT 5 more minutes while the cast sat artound doing NOTHING before we could go get our stuff signed. Eventually I got Tara Spencer-Nairn and Eric Peterson to sign my DVD covers a photo and hurried back to the press conference to find out I missed nothing amazingingly.
When the press conference let out, Robert Duvall signed a bunch, Robert Downey Jr. signed a few, while Dax Shepard kept up his douchebaggery by declining all requests, as well Vera Farmiga also ignored the fans.
Next up was a premiere at the Princess Of Wales Theatre for "Welcome To Me". All of the stars came over, although some came over for less time than others. I managed to get autographs from all 3 of them as I had a great spot near the centre area of the drop off zone. Will Ferrell was 1st up and shocked everyone by coming over and signing. Shortly after Kristen Wiig came over, I've got her now 2X at TIFFs and shes always good. Lastly I managed to get 1 of the 2 autographs Linda Cardellini signed before she hurried back over to the red carpet after breaking her heel coming over to the crowd.
The next premiere would be the last premiere of the night where I got anything sadly. Also at POW "The Drop" had their premiere, stars Tom Hardy, Matthias Schoenaerts and Noomi Rapace showed up despite not being on the TIFF confirmed guests list. Hardy did his typical session, I managed 1... mostly because I thought there would be a better chance later on.... oops. Noomi Rapace signed some, but was far outclassed in that aspect by her co-star of course. Tom is easily 1 of the most fan friendly stars in Hollywood.
Also showing up at this premiere was the TIFF Rising Stars. The Killing star Julia Sarah Stone, there to promote her film Wet Bum, highlighted the group that also included Sophie Desmarais, Alexandre Landry & Shannon Kook.
After that I raced across the street for the premiere of Boychoir with Dustin Hoffman and Kevin McHale. But I was more hoping to get the brother-sister combo Garrett and Mackenzie Wareing. As it turned out, I missed everything. I tried the back end of the tent, and Kevin McHale came over & met fans... figures, the 1 person in the cast I had nothing for.
I hurried back across the street to gain a spot for Tom Hardy leaving his premiere. While there, everyone couldn't help but notice the ominous dark clouds inching their way towards us. We were warned there was a chance of a severe thunder shower that night...but had hopes it would stay away till a bit later. NOPE. About 20 minutes before Hardy would leave the skies dropped on us so much rain that it was impossible to not get soaked. With that, I, along with most, had to call it a night. This really sucked for me, as I wanted to go to the Isabelle Bader Theatre to get some of the cast of Preggoland, specifically Sonja Bennett and Laura Harris (really hoping they go to VIFF) but had to give up that hope because of the downpour.
Side note - that downpour was more costly than just missing a couple premieres. I also lost 32 photos that got wet, as well, my camera died for about a day... but thankfully is doing better now.
Day 2 total - 9 autographs
TIFF total - 16
A Eric Peterson
A Kevin McHale
A Tom Hardy
A- Tara Spencer-Nairn
B Robert Duvall
B Kristen Wiig
B- Noomi Rapace
C Will Ferrell
C- Linda Cardellini
C- Robert Downey Jr.
D- Vera Farmiga
F Dax Shepard
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.