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
Toronto International Film Festival 2014 - Day 5 - TIFF14 - Andrew Garfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Miles Teller, Sam Worthington, Evan Bird, Bobby Cannavale, Julianne Moore and more
Day 5 of TIFF14 would be my most successful of the fest stats wise. However, it did start with failure. I went to try and get Jennifer Aniston and Sam Worthington at their premiere for Cake, but was unable to get close enough. For some reason, the crowd there was substantially larger than anyone should have expected. I got very close to getting an Aniston, but in the end, not close enough.
I instantly left that disaster and headed to Ryerson for the premiere of Whiplash. Although Melissa Benoist was not there, I did well enough between Miles Teller and J.K. Simmons there that I was pleased with the time I spent there.
The next premiere, back at Elgin was for "Still Alice" with Julianne Moore and Kate Bosworth. I got lucky with my position for Moore, and got 3 autographs in the 1st minute or so of her signing. Bosworth on the other hand... refused to sign the specific photo I had. Not having another photo with me, I went away shutout by her.
I headed back to Ryerson for the back end of Whiplash and managed a couple more Miles Teller autographs there. After doing that, I hurried back to the front of Ryerson for the premiere of Adult Beginners. I managed to get an autograph from everyone of the cast there, Nick Kroll, Bobby Cannavale, Joel McHale and Rose Byrne all attended, and I got each of them at least once.
With a couple hours to kill, I went over to a celeb hotspot, and fluked into another encounter with The Theory Of Everything star Eddie Redmayne which nabbed me a couple more autographs. I also saw former The Killing star Evan Bird there, he was in town to promote Maps To The Stars. Also saw rapper Lil Jon in the short time I was there. Also ran into the rapper named Lil Jon, who was in town for a show & happened to also be there.
I went back over to the Elgin for a night time premiere of The Keeping Room with Sam Worthington and Hailee Steinfeld. Both of the stars were terrific signers there, and I managed to get a couple from each. Sam might not have been at his old "sign 13 at once" level of nice this festival, but he was still really good. I also saw Britt Marling there, but had nothing for her. I also saw former The Walking Dead star Sarah Wayne Callies there. Despite reports I have heard of her being an unfriendly person to meet, she came over to the crowd and did photos with and signed autographs for those asking.
I hurried across the downtown core to the POW to try and hopefully get The Amazing Spider-Man star Andrew Garfield at his premiere of 99 Homes with Michael Shannon. Thankfully, I had success there. I managed to get Shannon on 1 photo, and shortly after Andrew Garfield on 2 photos. Oddly, I had two odd interactions with Andrew on that carpet. First time, he said something to me. He shook his head no, is body language seemed negative, yet he still signed the photo I had. The second time, he pushed my photo away, then pulled it back in before signing it. Random, but I had no complaints with the end result.
Day 5 Total - 25 autographs
Total TIFF - 75 autographs
A- Julianne Moore
A- Sam Worthington
B+ Rose Byrne
B+ Andrew Garfield
B+ Michael Shannon
B+ Hailee Steinfeld
B Miles Teller
B Evan Bird
B J.K. Simmons
B Sarah Wayne Callies
B Eddie Redmayne
B- Kate Bosworth
B- Bobby Cannavale
B- Britt Marling
B- Joel McHale
B- Nick Kroll
C+ Jennifer Aniston
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
All photos posted in this blog are shot by Canadagraphs.