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
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
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
Toronto International Film Festival Day 7 to 10 Featuring - Anna Kendrick, Ryan Reynolds, Sarah Silverman, Joshua Jackson, Keith Richards, Norman Reedus and more
Day 7 started with an unexpected bonus when I headed to Pearson Airport to meet up with my buddy before he headed home. While I was there, Deadpool star Ryan Reynolds arrived for his premiere later that evening of Mississippi Grind. I was lucky enough to nab 3 autographs from the star before he left.
A little while later, I was back downtown after getting a ride from 1 of the Toronto hounds. I made my way over to the premiere for Mississippi Grind. I was sadly shut out at that premiere. I suspect Mr. Reynolds was purposely not signing for me as he probably remembered me from the airport earlier. It was funny hearing the mixture of bellows from the crowd, several people saying how he was "so nice" while multiple people called him "fake nice", a term I have heard a lot used for the Vancouver born actor, and that I myself have even felt in the past. I myself have never had a terrible interaction with him, but almost everyone else I know has.... but when it comes to being at a red carpet, he puts that side of him in check and "acts nice" for the cameras. Despite the fact I know how he really is, I will still end up going to see Deadpool when it comes out.
A short while later, I headed across the street for the premiere of "I Smile Back" featuring Sarah Silverman. The comedienne did not disappoint her fas. Stopping to sign and take photos with everyone. She even took the effort to cross the now open and quite busy King street to meet fans across the street.
From there I made my way over to the Elgin Theatre. I was hoping to see Joshua Jackson at the premiere that him and his girlfriend Diane Kruger had. Sadly it was not to be. I did however managed a couple autographs from the solo Mrs. Kruger. A nice bonus at the premiere was The Walking Dead star Norman Reedus arriving for the premiere. I managed a few quite breif autographs before he left.
Total autographs - 11
Total autographs thru TIFF - 119
A+ Sarah Silverman
B+ Norman Reedus
B. Diane Kruger
B- Ryan Reynolds
Day 8 saw very little luck for me.
It started with a press conference for Keith Richards from the Rolling Stones. No shock, the iconic rocker didn't meet the fans or sign anything, just giving a half assed smile & wave as he was rushed into his waiting vehicle.
Later on was a premiere that included The Newsroom star Dev Patel. When Patel arrived, he came over to the area where I was and signed a handful of autographs. He then made a very sincere promise to the fans lined up out there that he would come back out and meet them all after he did press and introduced the film. A fact that was repeated a few minutes later by the red carpet MC Shannon. Sure enough about 20 minutes later the Slumdog Millionaire star did come back out and spent well over 20 minutes out with the crowd taking photos and signing more autographs. THAT is how you develop new fans and keep the ones you already have.
I had hopes of autographs from Matthias Schoenaerts at his premiere, but learned he was not there from someone who heard elsewhere. I waited around in hopes his info was wrong, sadly it was not. More disappointing for me was seeing Joshua Jackson at the premiere of his girlfriend Diane Kruger with her second movie in 2 days. I foolishly pulled a rookie move and didn't bring him with me based on the assumption he didn't show up for the premiere of a movie movie he was in, so he surely wasn't going to come to one he wasn't even in the next day.... Oops. because of the no show, and the failure to not bring Josh items, I got shutout at that premiere.
Total autographs - 2
Total autographs for TIFF - 121
A+ Dev Patel
B+ Joshua Jackson
B. Diane Kruger
F Keith Richards
Day 9 for me was actually day 10. I skipped day 9 after 1 of the two premieres scheduled for that day was canceled.
Day 10 started for me with going to a press conference for Mr. Right. When I got there I was given the bad news that the movies star Anna Kendrick was not coming to it as she had travel issues, but she tweeted she would absolutely be at the premiere later that evening.
With the press conference being a waste for me (I had a photo for Sam Rockwell, but he only signed a couple autographs, and after seeing the lethargic attempt at scribbling on stuff he did, I am thankful he didn't "sign" mine) as I only really had photos for Anna, I got shut out. I watched as another 1 of the movies stars Michael Eklund signed for everyone who asked him, I went for lunch early and didn't wait around for the departures of the conference. After lunch I wandered by 1 of the local hotels and hung out for a bit. There I saw Joshua Jackson come out in a shirt that said "Province Of Canada" (psst - to my geographically challenged readers... Canada is not a province.) apparently this is a brand name I had never heard of prior to that moment. Having corrected my prior mistake, and put him back in my binder, I was able to get an autograph from the star of Fringe before he left with his girlfriend Diane Kruger when she came out moments later.
A short while later Anna Kendrick came out, and left in a vehicle & I hurried to the venue of the 1st of two premieres the movie was having that night to find out she didnt come immediately there.
A little while later she eventually showed up, and signed for the handful of us that were there. I managed 1 very rushed, very abbreviated version of her autograph. At least it was something.
A bit later, the "official" premiere for the movie, across the street at Roy Thompson Hall saw me get 1 more autograph from her there on the red carpet. Once she went into the media tent, I went and positioned myself at this little area of faint hope that has in the past nabbed me 1 person here, 1 there, but 97% of the time is futile. As they finished their media and head into the venue theres a little 4 ft wide opening that you can desperately try and call them from with the hopes they will walk 75 ft out of their way and meet fans. Rarely does anyone too notable do it, and you need to be quick to react in time as they cross the space usually in less than a second. There was a larger than usual crowd there, and luckily We got the attention of the Pitch Perfect star, and she didn't even hesitate when she saw people waiting and came right over. She signed a couple more photos for me there, much better autographs that the scrawls I got on the departure and arrivals earlier. She met fans for about 5-8 minutes out the back end of the tent, and her cast mates, including Michael Eklund and came over and met fans too. Funny side story, I was standing there with Michael in front of me, and was waiting for a moment to chime in and say "hey Michael, how are you?" when he noticed me standing there and got a big grin and reached out to shake my hand. I sort of assumed he would recognize me a bit..wasn't sure he would pick me out of a crowd of a 100 people though. Always love when I run into locals at TIFF, they really seem appreciative of people there supporting them usually.
After that premiere, I headed over to Ryerson for the last premiere of TIFF. The final Girls. The cast and venue had me dreaming big. I had the idea there would be a small crowd and with the set up there, there was no reason I couldn't get the 13 photos I had done for the 3 actresses in attendance. I was sorely mistaken. While Children's Hospital and Watchmen star Malin Akerman was spectacular with the fans and made sure everyone got everything they needed, her co-stars were less giving. Taissa Farmiga arrived and went to sign for us, before her publicist literally pulled her away from us. If Taissa ever reads this. Fire her. Shes not helping your image. That's how you alienate fans. On the red carpet, I saw Taissa for less than 45 seconds. Perhaps she came over at some other time as well? But she certainly was not around long and was the 1st to leave the carpet. She seemed nice enough, but it really seemed like her publicist wanted her there JUST to talk with the media and go into the theatre. Someone needs to remember that it is TAISSA who has to promote herself to fans... and you are preventing her from doing so. I see a LOT of terrible publicists (to be honest, more than half of them are quite incompetent) but the one Taissa Farmiga had that night is 1 of the worst I can recall. Luckily for her, the final Final Girl of the night, Toronto raised Nina Dobrev left such a sour impression on most that she made the brief time Taissa spent seem "not that bad". While Nina stopped to do quite a few selfies, she skipped large chunks of people, opted to sign as little as humanly possible and was not shy about saying she had to go....despite Malin Akerman still being out on the carpet doing interviews and meeting fans. No Nina, you didn't have to go. You just were sick of interacting with "the little people". Far cry from the actress that once brought 1 of the autograph guys here in Vancouver cupcakes when they wrapped The Vampire Diaries pilot.
Total autographs - 9
Total autographs for TIFF - 130 (a new TIFF record for me)
A+ Malin Akerman
A Anna Kendrick
A Michael Eklund
C+ Taissa Farmiga
C- Sam Rockwell
D- Nina Dobrev
Toronto International Film Festival - Day 1 thru 3 of TIFF Featuring - Matt Damon, Sandra Bullock, Jessica Chastain, Drew Barrymore and many more
With the first day of the Festival having films featuring such notorious pricks like Jake Gyllenhaal and Natalie Portman. I chose a different game plan than I usually would have for day 1 and worked the airport.
That is usually a poor plan for me, but on this day I had some pretty good success before I headed back in to town for the start of the fest...for me.
Things were off to a super slow start. By the time the first name to come in arrived, we were all really eager to get going. First up was Elizabeth Olsen. Her greeter made every effort to purposely screw over the autograph hounds, including not actually DOING his job. He made Elizabeth push her own cart so her hands were full & hurried her along to a private side door that wasnt accessible to the public. My friend and I took the chance to see if there was a public way to get there and found 1 on our second try, and I raced out there and Elizabeth actually got out of her vehicle while she waited for her luggage to be loaded and signed 1 for me. My friend gave up once he saw she was already in the car, so he missed that chance.
Shortly after that, I hit Arrested Development star Alia Shawkat, thanks to another Vancouver hound picking her out and telling me where she was.
It would be a couple more hours of dead, mind numbing boredom till a flock of people arrived. First up was Dean Norris from Breaking Bad. I got my 1 photo signed by him, and a little while later Kate Mara arrived. Her arrival cost a few people, myself probably more than any. We all followed this Z-lister to the car pick up station assuming once she got there and saw she had a wait would sign...but instead the lesser known Mara sister stood there defiantly refusing autograph requests. I attempted to try and wait it out for a chance after everyone took off, but she still denied me saying "If I sign for you, I'll have to sign for everyone" which I replied "I'm the only one still here". No dice. My efforts to get her however cost me getting Emily Blunt & John Krasinski on their walk to the car. I still managed to get 1 each from them, but I had to try much harder to get them as Emily especially assumed she signed for me already since she signed on the way to the car check in. This of course cost me getting in on the Benicio Del Toro autograph session on the way to his vehicle. He was already in his vehicle before I even had a chance to ask. But with his driver outside still putting bags away, I tried. His front window was open and I displayed my item thru it to him, he reached up to grab it and signed it for me and handed it back thru the swarm of other items that had since then populated the empty space...but that was the only 1 he would sign in the car.
A little while would go by again before the final grouping of people. Starting off with Helen Mirren. I nabbed 1 from her before any other hounds were even in position to get her, then nabbed one more at the end before she got into her vehicle. I then got several Game Of Thrones star Sean Bean autographs in what was 1 of the best signing sessions anyone did anywhere the entire festival. When I got back from following him, I found Jessica Chastain was already signing for people. I got there late and had to get my buddy to vouch for me that I hadnt got her yet, and she signed 1 for me.
That was the end of my airport hounding for the day. Off to downtown Toronto.
The first day of the festival ended with a Midnight Madness red carpet premiere for "Green Room". There I managed to get a few autographs from Imogen Poots and 1 from Sir Patrick Stewart before my day ended.
Autographs obtained this day from - Helen Mirren, Alia Shawkat, Sean Bean, Imogen Poots, Patrick Stewart, Benicio Del Toro, Emily Blunt, Jessica Chastain, John Krasinski, Dean Norris and Elizabeth Olsen.
Total autographs - 21
A+ Sean Bean
A Alia Shawkat
A Jessica Chastain
A John Krasinski
A Imogen Poots
B+ Dean Norris
C+ Patrick Stewart
C Benicio Del Toro
C Helen Mirren
C- Emily Blunt
D Elizabeth Olsen
D- Chiwetel Ejiofor
F Kate Mara
Day 2 of TIFF started with a press conference for the Matt Damon movie "The Martian". I was most excited about this for 2 reasons. 1- it was a chance to finally get Matt Damon, someone I have been told countless times is "the nicest guy in Hollywood" but the 1 & only time I ever saw him, he didnt live up to that rep. 2- To get Jeff Daniels. As a huge fan of The Newsroom, I was pretty excited about finally getting him. Between going in and coming out of that presser I managed to get most of the cast. Matt Damon, Sebastian Stan, Michael Pena and Kate Mara even signed for me along the very crowded fence. Jeff Daniels, despite being the 1st to arrive & first to leave, did NOTHING but wave at people. Chiwetel Ejiofor managed to get out without anyone seeing him...which was just fine in his eyes, as he has turned out to be kind of a prick. While Donald Glover was just as willing to be seen, but ignore most everyone. Signing only 1 or 2 each time he was seen while actual accomplished actors in his same film signed dozens or hundreds.
A short while after that press conference Mr. Damon unwittingly led me to 1 of the few spots left during TIFF where you can still get decent access to celebs. The cast for the movie all came there, and I managed another Damon, another Stan and Jessica Chastain at that place. Sadly, my 3rd crack at Jeff Daniels garnered nothing again as he never signed for anyone there either. While waiting for them, Elle Fanning and Naomi Watts also showed up there and I managed 1 autograph from each of them on their departure.
I was off to Ryerson for the 2nd time this fest. This time, it was the premiere of "I Saw The Light" with Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen. I managed a handful of Hiddleston autographs along the red carpet, but Ms. Olsen didnt sign even once for me, telling me twice that she had already got me... which she did, the day before. So that bonus 1 that I was so pleased with myself for gtting yesterday actually cost me in the end, as all the hounds there got 2 or 3 or 4 from Olsen, and I got none.
I then went and worked the back end of a Geoffrey Rush movie "The Daughter" and got 2 autographs from him before I went around the front to wait & get 1 autograph from the surprisingly tough Jean Dujardin.
I went back to Ryerson to work the back end of the HHiddleston movie and got 1 more autograph there. I then hurried back to the front of that venue to get the cast of "Len And Company". Although Jack Kilmer didnt come across as overly accommodating, everyone there got at least 1 from the son of Val Kilmer. Juno Temple signed every thing she could out there, while Rhys Ifans signed a fair bit, unfortunately 75% of them were just an "R".
Total autographs - 25
Total for TIFF to date - 46
A+ Jessica Chastain
A Sebastian Stan
A Matt Damon
A Juno Temple
A- Michael Pena
A- Tom Hiddleston
A- Geoffrey Rush
B+ Elizabeth Olsen
B+ Elle Fanning
B+ Elsa Zylberstein
B Rhys Ifans
B Naomi Watts
C Kate Mara
C Jean Dujardin
C- Jack Kilmer
F+ Donald Glover
F Chiwetel Ejiofor
F Jeff Daniels
Day 3 was unfortunately, MUCH shorter than the long length of films being presented that day suggested. Threatening rain lingered throughout the day, with sporadic spurts of rain constantly leaving the most hopeful of fans unsure if they would be able to get their favorite star due to the weather.
Luckily, it held out...mostly, till later in the evening, but once it did rain, it rained hard enough to prevent me from trying for any of the late evening premieres.
The day for me started with a press conference for "Our Brand Is Crisis" with Sandra Bullock. I heard George Clooney was also in town for it as he is a producer on it, but I missed him going in. On the way out, he simply waved & left, while Ms. Bullock did a spectacular session that saw everyone who tried even slightly get 1, maybe even more.
From there I hustled to the Elgin to get Monica Bellucci, as I showed up 1 of the Vancouver hounds told me she was a no show...which sucked, but was a bit of a relief as it left openings in the schedule to possibly use elsewhere.
I went grabbed a quick lunch and headed back to RTH for "Miss You Already". premiere. It was my 1st look at the newly re-designed red carpet for RTH and it had 1 massive fail, and 1 pretty good upgrade for fans. The addition of an absurd 5 or 6 row high grandstand IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CARPET infuriated everyone the entire festival. Its very out of place, it takes up a LOT of prime space for fans, it leaves very little space for people to move around the back of it, and did I mention it takes up a lot of prime space?? They off set this monstrosity with letting the cars out 100 feet up the carpet at least. This gave a LOT more room to get autographs & pics with for fans, and in the case of Drew Barrymore, she started at the end....and kept going till she ran out of people running up to see her. While she did that I nabbed a Toni Collette autograph then ran down to take part in the Barrymore session and managed 2 before she finally realized that people were just recycling thru and keeping the line going and cut it off and headed back up to the carpet area.
I raced back to Elgin to get a spot for the premiere of "Truth" and managed a couple autographs there from Elisabeth Moss and Topher Grace. Unexpected surprise was the arrival of legendary newsman Dan Rather. He stopped to sign for everyone that asked him as well. Shortly after that was the premiere of "Youth" and I had stuff for everyone there.... and they all signed, so imagine my disappointment that all I got was a Rachel Weisz autograph out of it all despite being in row 1. Michael Caine and Harvey Keitel signed all around me, but not on my item. Jane Fonda spoke to me, thanked me for loving her work on The Newsroom...but never signed my item, then told me she already had signed for me. So now I was 0 for 2 on Newsroom cast members this fest.
From there it was back to Princess Of Wales (seriously TIFF, couldnt you schedule 2 of these on the same side of town??) for "The Danish Girl". Of course Johnny Depp came to support his wife Amber Heard. I managed 1 autograph from Amber, and nothing from Eddie Redmayne or Alicia Vikander. Both of whom signed a fair bit, but because of the crowd of people that were there when they saw/heard Johnny had arrived was nearly impenetrable. Rare that you say this, but I wish Johnny Depp had not shown up to that premiere.
I tried the back end of the theatre, but thats when it started to rain....and then dried out a bit, then rained a bit harder, and that was the end of my night.
It was 8 PM and my night was OVER. How disappointing with films featuring the likes of Christopher Plummer, Martin Landau, Ellen Page, Bryan Cranston, Helen Mirren, John Goodman, Tom Hardy, Greta Gerwig and Julianne Moore plus others still going on or coming up that night.
Total autographs - 8
Total for TIFF to date - 54
A+ Drew Barrymore
A Sandra Bullock
B+ Rachel Weisz
B+ Toni Collette
B Elisabeth Moss
B Amber Heard
B- Eddie Redmayne
B- Jane Fonda
B- Michael Caine
C+ Alicia Vikander
C+ Harvey Keitel
C Topher Grace
Toronto International Film Festival 2014 - Day 9 and 10 - TIFF14 - Featuring - John Travolta, Chris Evans, Kate Winslet, Dan Stevens, Paul Bettany and more
The Festival usually is dead in the finale few days, but this years incompetence by TIFF leaders lead to an unusually busier than usual end to the fest.
The day started with a press conference for the John Travolta flick The Forger. On the way in, the TIFF crew quite literally were pushing him towards the entrance as Mr. Travolta made an effort to at least let everyone know he wanted to come over. His co-star Tye Sheridan signed for some people as he arrived earlier. On the way out, it was all about John Travolta, as the Grease & Pulp Fiction star made every effort imaginable to get an autograph or photo with, or both for everyone that could manage a spot at the front rail. He really gave the fans everything they could hope for out there.
Shortly after a press conference for Shelter took place. The movies director, actor Paul Bettany and his wife, Jennifer Connolly both rushed in. But on the way out, Bettany signed and took photos with everyone who asked, while his wife, a person I have gone for multiple times in the past and NEVER seen sign, actually picked up a pen, and signed for a couple minutes before leaving (despite her husband still working his way thru the crowd).
I killed the next couple hours grabbing some food, and staking out a spot for the red carpet of a film directed by Captain America star Chris Evans, Before We Go. The crowd eventually got really deep and by the time the movies stars Alice Eve and Chris showed up, the crowd was several hundred long, and several deep all the way along. Alice showed up 1st and I managed to get her quickly, and before I even had time to consider going to try for another, Chris was there. I had a great spot, but my luck, he didn't come to my area and seemed to be moving away. Eventually I got a better spot, and got an item in front of him. Chris signed it, and before I could rescue the item from the gaggle of camera phones, outstretched arms and masses of humanity, I watched as either Chris or his guards sleeve rubbed across the photo and sure enough when I got it back... it was a bit smudged. I was quite disappointed since it was for a buddy and I knew he was a big Capt. America fan. Immediately after Chris went in I took a spot up at the back of the theatre in the hopes of scoring with them again.
Luckily director Evans decided to sneak out for a bit during the film and did a 2nd huge session at the back of the theatre. I managed 2 more autographs from him there which made me feel a bit better about my smudged one from earlier. Unfortunately, Alice Eve did not come over after the movie ended and Chris, who signed a lot for someone that many call "not good" also didn't sign after the film. But I was happy with the outcome.
With nothing else really on the radar. I took myself across the street to Roy Thompson Hall in the hopes of squeezing out a decent spot for The Forger premiere. Although I scored a couple Travolta autographs earlier, I still had a couple items left, and wanted a chance at Christopher Plummer again...not to mention, I had hopes of getting Abigail Spencer. Sure enough John Travolta did not disappoint on the red carpet either. He did something I have only ever seen George Clooney and Ryan Gosling do prior, he actually did the entire line, from the very end, right to the top. This helped me get my other two items done in no time. I was the first person he picked up a pen from, and he was off to the races. I was done with him in less than 2 minutes. I never saw that sharpie again...but a small price to pay for 2 autographs from the man himself. My Spencer hopes were dashed when she didn't sign too much and only in the thickest part of the red carpet where gaggles of lookie loos and nutjobs with step ladders park themselves to get photos generally are most probable to congregate and waste vital space. The two Travoltas felt good, but knowing I missed Spencer and Plummer (who I never even saw show up...must of did so during the Travolta session) did disappoint a bit.
Day 9 TIFF total - 11 autographs
TIFF total - 117 autographs
A+ John Travolta (press & carpet)
A Paul Bettany
A Chris Evans
B+ Tye Sheridan
C+ Alice Eve
C+ Jennifer Connolly
C Abigail Spencer
F Anthony Mackie
Generally a dud day with 1 or less movies had 2 things to go for this year.
First was going to be A Little Chaos premiers at POW & RTH. Historically, the 1st premiere doesn't get too many, if any stars at it, as they tend to just do the gala event at RTH. So when I showed up to POW & got the attention of the ONLY crew member at TIFF who I think deserves a raise for the way she handles her job & the crowd, Shannon and asked her about the POW premiere, I was not shocked when she told me there was no arrivals expected.
Shortly after I went to RTH to nab a spot.... in hindsight, I shoulda stayed there. After awhile, someone I was with got a tip where the Alan Rickman was eating, and the assumption was, it was the pre-gala party that some films occasionally have. We went to place and saw almost every autograph hound still working the fest there waiting. Sure enough it was what we had heard, Alan Rickman was seen inside. Everyone shuffled around for an hour or 2 hoping Kate Winslet was also in there, but as it turned out she wasn't even in town yet from all reports. While waiting there, someone noticed Downton Abbey star Dan Stevens go by, he had the other film that night, the Midnight Madness showing of The Guest to do. Me and another hound went across the street and got him. Shortly after, Alan Rickman came out and got into a vehicle and left. I headed back to RTH to find a spot and was disappointed to notice there was a considerably deeper crowd than I expected.
While waiting around for that carpet to start, we got word that Kate and Alan both showed up at the 1st premiere, but not for a red carpet, just to watch & be seen by the audience. Major opportunity lost. Eventually both Winslet and Rickman showed up to the RTH red carpet, but the absurdly stupid crowds of cell phone picture takers and ladder using wannabe paps in row 2 made it nearly impossible to get close if you actually wanted something from the stars. I got shutout. But I did make my day a bit. There was some mickey mouse film crew trying to do their "report" with an on air personality, a camera man with a full on TV camera, and 2 assistants/producers trying to keep an area large enough for 7-12 people to fit in so they could do their report while Alan Rickman was signing just feet away. I decided this was absurd and ignored the assistant/producers attempt to stop me from walking right into the take. Afterwards, the cameraman said "we're gonna have words" and I invited him to come and have words...he declined. I noticed they were still doing their stupid reports, so I went and stood beside them. Eventually I found my chance to be a nuisance back to them. A crowd chant of "Kate, Kate, Kate" broke out, and I chimed in with my large bolstering voice...right beside their interview. They of course stopped and waited for the crowd to die off...as soon as they started up again, I then started an "Alan, Alan, Alan" chant...which then got the entire crew mad at me. Eventually I told them their options were do their report from somewhere that's NOT in the middle of a crowd of people who could actually use that space, or deal with me....the left. But not before they called me "mean" and a "douchebag" and said to me "I hope you sleep well at night". Funny, coming from the 4 people who wanted to take up space that probably a dozen could fit in to just so they could do a report that they literally could have filmed ANYWHERE ELSE... or earlier before the talent arrived...or after when things were done. For the record, I slept well that night.
I then took my small moral victory away and attempted to get Kate Winslet leaving that premiere. There was a hope they would have an after party, or that even still, it was possible she could be going back to the other premiere which would be ending soon. Both Alan and Kate departed almost within minutes of the other movies projected end time, and with the POW only being a 2 minute drive away there was hope. I rushed over to the venue, but neither vehicle ever showed up. An hour later I got a text from a friend letting me know Kate had gone to the airport and was gone already.
My last event of TIFF 2014 found me at Ryerson Theatre. I think this was the 1st time I can ever remember a Midnight Madness premiere being the final event of TIFF for red carpets. It was the Dan Stevens movie, which also starred Maika Monroe. With all my Stevens stuff done earlier in the day, I could focus on Maika. When she showed up, it did not take long to run out of the 5 items I had as Maika signed everything that was out there for the sparse crowd of die hards who went till the end. Dan Stevens was amazingly great as well, and he won me over there.
Good way to end the best TIFF of my career, running out of items for the final premiere.
Day 10 total - 7 autographs
TIFF total - 124 autographs (new record)
A+ Dan Stevens
A Maika Monroe
B Kate Winslet
D+ Alan Rickman
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.