So it’s Day 3, and I’ve already failed at updating daily. I knew that was ambitious…
Anyway, so far I’ve only seen one film — Where to Invade Next. It’s Michael Moore’s best work since Bowling for Columbine. Saw it at the World Premiere on Opening Night with filmgoers, press and film buyers. Apparently the film had never been unspooled for anyone at that point, and you could tell Moore was nervous and anxious before and after the film was done. I’ll have a review up shortly with my brief thoughts.
Celebrity wise, I saw Moore that night, along with Jake Gyllenhaal and Naomi Watts on the red carpet for Demolition. I’ve been doing red carpets for six years taking pics (and trying for selfies), but ever since camera phones have caught on, it seems like I get more shots of those than I do the celebrities. Or whatever enterprising idea autograph hounds have for getting their attention and ensuring the autograph turns out. Or whatever attention this girl desperately wanted from Gyllenhaal.
So here are my best efforts.
And then yesterday, in spitting rain, George Clooney made a surprise appearance for the Our Brand is Crisis red carpet — signing and taking pictures with nearly everyone standing in the line. Sandra Bullock showed up and was a lot more timid to say the least. I asked her for a picture, and she just sort of stared at me for a brief second too long and kept going down the line. Kind of disappointing, but I should have made a better effort with Clooney (I just couldn’t bring myself to say I loved him in Batman & Robin again).
And then I staked out the red carpet premiere of The Martian. It was raining, but I could never figure out how much since it only looked significant when I was looking at a light. I was standing to the right of where the limos showed up, and while some of the stars walked my way, most didn’t. I don’t even think director Ridley Scott even looked at the crowd — it appeared like he just made a beeline for the media tent.
But some brave souls did venture my way, so here are some pics of Sebastian Stan, Michael Peña and Jessica Chastain (and the selfies I did score via Instagram), along with a squint and you’ll miss it photo of Matt Damon.
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Craning for a photo with #JessicaChastain! I genuinely don’t know the person between us, but she didn’t seem to mind to get in on the selfie… #TheMartian #oscar #TheHelp #zerodarkthirty #amostviolentyear #crimsonpeak #TIFF15 @tiff_net A photo posted by David Baldwin (@davemabaldwin) on