Pixar’s new highly anticipated animated movie, ‘Lightyear’ is set to be released on 17th June 2022. Following the world premiere in Hollywood, California on 8th June, the cast flew to London to meet their fans on the blue carpet at Cineworld Leicester Square.
“To infinity and beyond!”
Fans started gathering in front of Cineworld the night before the premiere to be the first to see Chris Evans and the cast on the blue carpet at the UK premiere of ‘Lightyear’.
The number of wristbands to be handed out was very limited, so us who finally had a chance to be behind the barriers were super lucky.
Chris Evans (voice of Buzz Lightyear), British astronaut, Tim Peake (voice of Tim/Mission Control), Taika Waititi (voice of Mo), Keke Palmer (voice of Izzy Hawthorne), director Angus MacLane and special guests attended to the premiere.
The highly anticipated movie, Top Gun: Maverick landed in Leicester Square Gardens, London yesterday evening. The star-studded premiere saw Tom Cruise, Jennifer Connelly, producer Jerry Bruckheimer, and The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge among other guests and members of the cast.
To get into a movie premiere you always need to get a numbered wristband as only limited people are allowed to be behind the barriers. Although, Covid restrictions have been lifted in the UK, some restrictions are still being hold in movie premieres. This means, lower number of wristbands are given out in order to avoid overcrowded viewing pans and some celebrities do not give out autographs at all to avoid physical contact.
This was the case at Top Gun: Maverick premiere.
Knowing this, despite of the fact that in most of the cases wristbands are given out on the day of the premiere, many fans attended to Leicester Square the night before ready to camp outside. To avoid fans camp outside all night, the security eventually gave out the wristbands that night. This is how I got mine at around 11pm after hours of waiting at the Odeon Lux Cinema.
I don’t know exactly how many wristbands were given out, but there were only 3 or 4 small colour coded viewing pans and fans were allowed to choose which pans they wanted to stand in. I chose the purple one, because that was the closest to the drop off zone, so I could be among the first people to witness the celebrities arriving.
We all went through a very serious security check before being let in the viewing pans. Bag search, metal detector, and bomb-sniffing dogs; all to guarantee the security of the celebrities and the royals attending.
Tom Cruise on the red carpet at Top Gun: Maverick London premiere
Photo: Urban Adventurer
First Tom Cruise arrived, followed by Jennifer Connelly, Miles Teller, Jon Hamm, director Joseph Kosinski, producer Jerry Bruckheimer, the Oscar-winner producer and screenwriter Christopher McQuarrie, and other cast members, such as Jay Ellis and Glen Powell.
Jennifer Connelly on the red carpet at Top Gun: Maverick London premiere
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Director Joseph Kosinski on the red carpet at Top Gun: Maverick London premiere
Photo: Urban Adventurer
Producer Jerry Bruckheimer on the red carpet at Top Gun: Maverick London premiere
Photo: Urban Adventurer
Sadly, us fans were separated from the celebrities by cordons and Tome Cruise and Jennifer Connelly did not sign for anyone at all. (Damn, Covid!) Instead, they greeted us and let us take photos of them. Other cast members and guests didn’t care about the cordons. They just stepped over and signed to us.
A professional photographer was also present to take photos that later he uploaded to the Internet where we could download them using a QR code provided us before the premiere started.
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridgeon the red carpet at Top Gun: Maverick London premiere
Photo: Urban Adventurer
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge arrived at around 7:30pm. For their safety and security, the red carpet must have been cleared completely before their arriving. Only the security and fans behind the barriers were allowed to stay.
Prince William and Kate finally arrived under police escort. They greeted us and then went to join Tom Cruise and the cast of Top Gun: Maverick.
Watch video of Prince William and Kate arrivinghere.
Ready for your next adventure? Here’s a quick guide I put together based my own experiences on how to prepare yourself for a movie premiere.
The 63rd BFI London Film Festival opened its gates on 2nd October with The Personal History of David Copperfield, starring Dev Patel, Hugh Laurie, Tilda Swinton, Gwendoline Christie and Ben Whishaw. The opening night gala was held at ODEON Luxe Cinema, Leicester Square, and apart from the major stars many of the supporting actors and actresses appeared on the red carpet: Darren Boyd, Morfydd Clark, Nikki Amuka-Bird, Aimee Kelly and Daisy May Cooper who was dressed as a magician and was wearing a robe with magician David Copperfield. When she was asked why, her answer was as weird as her dress: she said because she didn’t get the film even if she was in there.
Tilda Swinton didn’t show up in the premiere. Unlike Hugh Laurie, Gwendoline Christie and director Armando Iannucci!
Dev Patel who plays David Copperfield in the film showed up early right after the child actor, Jairaj Varsani who plays the young David Copperfield in the film. Dev gave some autographs but his strict schedule for the night didn’t allow him to spend much time with his fans.
Gwendoline Christie looked stunning in her ombre coloured airy dress which was red at the bottom and white on the top. After posing for the photographers she signed for her fans, but she didn’t take much selfies.
Hugh Laurie arrived right after Gwendoline. He spent some time with his fans, giving autographs but didn’t take selfies saying he was in a hurry he had strict schedule for that night.
Day 2 – American Airlines Gala
The second day of BFI London Film Festival 2019 brought us The King with Timothée Chalamet, Ben Mendelsohn, Joel Edgerton and Johnny Depp’s ravishing daughter, Lily-Rose Depp.
Timothée Chalamet was literally consumed by his fans during the premiere. Girls and boys were all screaming while Tim was giving autographs, taking selfies and giving lots of hugs and kisses. He made sure to give autograph to his every single fan and went back if he missed somebody or somebody asked for a warm hug. Timothée was wearing a sparkling blue jacket making it easy for everyone to spot him even in the biggest crowed.
Joel Edgerton’s main goal in the premiere seemed to please the press by giving long interviews. He did give autographs and did selfies but not many. I was one of the lucky ones who managed to get both autograph and selfie with him.
Lily-Rose Depp looked absolutely gorgeous in her black and white evening dress. She was smiley and looked happy to be at BFI London Film Festival. She gave some autographs and took some selfies as well but not too many because she was literally shaking in her backless dress in the cold windy weather. On the top of the cold weather the rain started so she escaped into the cinema very soon.
Day 3 – Hope Gap Premiere
Day 3 was a funny day at BFI London Film Premiere. I went to Leicester Square early in the morning as usual to write my name on the list, but I found nobody. There were absolutely no fans till afternoon, and I didn’t even see the security till 1pm. As the place around ODEON Luxe Cinema was completely deserted – no red carpet, no barriers being built, no fans – when I finally spotted a security man I asked if there would be premiere at all. It turned out that that premiere would be so small security hadn’t even started to build the barriers and lay the red carpet down till 2pm, because as they said: “no major names” would appear.
My wristband number was 3 at 1pm which was ridiculous. I was thinking of going home but finally changed my mind and stayed. And I made the right decision.
Although, the highly anticipated Bill Nighy didn’t appear, the Oscar nominated Annette Bening showed up. She was wearing a simple black costume with simple natural make-up. She signed for a few people than went straight to the cinema.
Apart from Annette Bening some of the supporting actors and actresses appeared along with that director William Nicholson who worked as a writer on the Oscar winning film, Gladiator.
At the end of Hope Gap premiere I was lucky enough to get a complementary ticket for the film. Hope Gap is a drama about a couple (Annette Bening and Bill Nighy) decided to divorce after 29 years of marriage. This film guides us through all the emotional journey Grace (Annette Bening) goes through when Edward (Bill Nighy) tells her and their son Jamie (Josh O’Connor) he wants to divorce.
Today is day 4 and I have already collected my wristband for today’s premiere Jojo Rabbit with Scarlet Johansson. Rumours say she will not come to the premiere but who knows. Annette Bening was not supposed to come yesterday either…
Movie premieres are not much advertised and if you think about it, it’s totally understandable: what if Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio or Stephen Spielberg come to London and everybody knows it? Disaster. Thousands of fans would gather around the premiere scene fighting for wristband for the event. That simply cannot be controlled and would be too risky for the stars.
Follow the movie on all social media platforms, especially on Twitter as they often share valuable information about the upcoming movie premieres. Search for the movie’s website as well and see if they write anything about the premiere as sometimes they share very detailed information.
Follow the actors, actresses and the director of the movie on social media, again, on Twitter especially, as they often drop useful information and announce competitions as well.
Every movie premiere goes with wristbands. It means, you cannot go to the premiere if you don’t have one. Wristbands are given out by the security on the spot of the premiere.
How to Get Wristbands?
If you want to secure a good place behind the barriers, you have to sign up on a list. This list is written by fans on the spot of the movie premiere in the morning of the premiere day. Hard core fans tend to go to the spot and start writing a list as early as 4-5am.
Once your name is on the list, don’t forget to write your number on your hand because the security hands out the wristbands by number order and you will be released to the barriers by number order as well. The lower number you have, the better place you get. Well…mostly…not always…but mostly.
Around 9-10am the security starts giving out the wristbands by number order. Usually, they don’t hold back wristbands, so if you’re not there, they don’t save your wristband for you.
Behind the Barriers
Once the wristbands have been given out, you have free time usually till 2pm. So, you can go and eat something or go home to have a rest if you live nearby. By 2pm, everybody who have wristbands have to form a line in number order. The security always check your number, so it’s not worth to cheat. You will be caught!
From this point, follow the security’s instructions. They will tell you when and from which direction you can go to the barriers and will guide you there. They will check your bag and use dogs to make sure what you’re carrying is safe. Sometimes they use metal detector as well to make sure you don’t try to bring anything that can be used as weapon in your clothes. If you have any liquid in your bag (water or soft drink) you will be asked to drink from it to make sure it’s not harmful (for example it’s not acid to attack somebody).
Always follow the security’s instructions without complain otherwise they might reject your entrance. Remember, you will meet world famous actors, actresses, directors and singers. The security’s task is to protect them under any circumstances.
Meeting the Stars
The first thing to keep in mind: anything is possible. It means, you never know if you’ll have a chance for autograph or selfie (or both) or not. Sometimes you’re lucky sometimes you go home with empty hands. Stars decide themselves if they want to give autographs and take selfies or not. Never use bad words on them if you missed them. They have strict schedule. Sometimes they simply don’t have enough time to give autographs to everyone even if they want to. They often have other programmes and interviews after the premiere, and they must get there on time.
Always ask for the celebrity’s permission before taking selfie. Not everyone likes taking selfies. Ian McKellen and Jeremy Irons for example don’t take selfies. Respect this. Don’t be rude with them. Some of them have very good reasons (bad experiences) why they don’t take selfies.
What to Bring With You for a Movie Premiere
A movie premiere is a whole day programme, so it’s wise to prepare yourself and think ahead. Click here for useful tips how to prepare yourself for a premiere. The list is based on my own experiences.
To read about the recent movie premieres I’ve been click here.
Even the rain stopped when Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Margo Robbie and Quentin Tarantino stepped onto the white carpet yesterday at the UK premiere of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood at Odeon Lux Cinema, Leicester Square.
It’s not a surprise that the premiere was surrounded by hysteria; hundreds of fans would have given anything for a wristband to see the Hollywood superstars walking on the carpet.
As usual, hard core fans spent the night before the premiere at Leicester Square and started writing a list well before midnight. When I arrived just before 12am I was the 36th on the list. By 12pm on the premiere day, more than 300 people were waiting with wristband on their wrists to be let into the viewing area.
Rain and Magic
Although, everyone was super excited, fans were worried that the bad weather might ruin the experience. It was raining all day that day, and if it rains, celebrities usually don’t give much autographs. By 6pm the white carpet had got totally soaked and got slippery. The rain poured and stopped and then poured and stopped again and again, making us constantly open and close our umbrellas.
5 minutes after 6pm, when the first guests arrived, the rain magically stopped and didn’t started again until Brad Pitt got in his car at the very end of the premiere.
Following the film’s two producers: Shannon McIntosh and David Heyman, Leonardo DiCaprio arrived. He spent a lot of a time with his fans, making sure to give autographs to everyone and make as many selfies as he could. Despite the cloudy weather he was wearing his sunglasses all the time.
Margot Robbie wasn’t that willing. After posing for the press, she gave out a few autographs and next time I saw her, she was already on the stage giving interview along with Brad and Leo, then she vanished.
Quentin Tarantino looked moderate and focused and collected as usual. He gave a lot of autographs and spent a lot of time with his fans. He came with his wife Daniela.
Brad Pitt was the absolute star of the show. He went back to his fans over and over again to give autographs and take selfies. He was the one to spent the most time on the white carpet. He was noticeably enjoying his time on the carpet with his fans. He was the last one who left the scene after the show. Leonardo DiCaprio, Margo Robbie and Quentin Tarantino had already been left for 25 minutes when Brad was still with his fans, making his chauffeur, assistant and all of the security guys wait. Brad’s leaving was just as epic as his arrival: he jumped on the side of his car, turned around, posed and waved to his fans once more before he left.
And the rain started again…
Watch Videos about Once Upon a Time in Hollywood London Premiere
I was managed to get autographs from Quentin Tarantino and Leonardo DiCaprio and stole a selfie with Brad Pitt. I made a lot of wonderful videos of Brad and Leo.
They were so close to me, I could have literally touched their face. Visit my YouTube channel to watch all the videos I made during Once Upon a Time in Hollywood UK premiere.
Excited to read more about meeting stars? Click here for more incredible encounters.
Want to attend London movie premieres but don’t know how it all works? Keep an eye on my website and follow me on social media because I am going to share some tips and useful info.
If you missed Dumbo while it was in cinemas, here’s your chance to get your physical copy. Dumbo was released in DVD and Blue-ray on June 25, 2019. (I still remember when I saw the Disney cartoon first time as a little girl. I remember how it made me cry. Did you cry on it too?)
The adorable little elephant’s touching story was re-dreamed and re-created by Tim Burton, who is famous for his unusual, gothic fantasy films such as Beetlejuice, Sleepy Hollow and The Nightmare Before Christmas.
Dumbo’s live-action remake has an impressive line-up. Such Hollywood A-listers like Eva Green, Danny DeVito, Michael Keaton and Colin Farrell appear in the movie as main characters. Most of whom attended to the film’s European premiere in March in London.
Dumbo’s European Premiere was Taken Place in London
Dumbo’s European premiere was taken place on 29th March 2019 at Curzon cinema, London.
I think I can say without hesitation that Dumbo’s premiere was one of the most beautiful I have seen since I’ve visit movie premieres regularly. The street in front of Curzon turned to a 1920s circus with colourful light bulbs, red and white stripped carpet and a gorgeous themed wall, in front of which the movie stars were being photographed.
Apart from Michael Keaton, all the cast attended to the premiere. I personally wanted to meet Tim Burton and Danny DeVito the most, and I got what I wanted.
I earned a very good place behind the barriers thanks to my early start in the morning. I mean, very early. I arrived at the cinema by 5am (!) which means I had got up at 3:30am that morning.
The Cast – Tim Burton, Danny DeVito, Colin Farrell and Eva Green
Director Tim Burton was announced first, followed by Colin Farrell, Danny DeVito and Eva Green. Tim Burton signed a lot for his fans. He even took two rounds just to make sure he signed for everyone. It seemed to me he was enjoying the premiere very much (click here to watch videos); he and Colin Farrell had a lot of fan together.
How Colin Farrell ‘Ruined’ My Tim Burton Photo
Well, what happened was, I was chasing Tim Burton to get signed photo of him in my hands, when Colin Farrell suddenly appeared in front of me and just signed my Tim Burton photo. At that moment Tim Burton turned back because he knew he had missed my photo, so he wanted to sign it. Then, he saw the photo had already been signed. Colin told Tim Burton he had just sign it instead of him and busted out laughing. Of course, after this Tim didn’t want to sign it. Meh…
So, on this photo of Tim Burton you can see Colin Farrell’s signature. Thanks Colin… (haha)
After all, miraculously I was managed to get an autograph from Tim Burton too on this photo.
Danny DeVito was simply adorable. He really took the stars from the sky for his fans. He went step-by-step and signed everything for everybody taking his time for every signature.
That’s the signature I am the most proud of from Dumbo premiere.
Actually, Danny DeVito looked a bit lost on the red carpet. Unlike other members of the cast, he had to be guided from one interviewer to the other, his assistant had to chase him constantly because sometimes he just disappeared in the crowd. I saw his assistant running after him a couple of times and turning him to the opposite direction.
Meanwhile, Colin Farrell was jumping and joking all around the red carpet, he even trolled into Danny DeVito’s interviews a couple of times.
Eva Green arrived in a stylish green dress. She looked and acted like a diva on the carpet. She was shining. She was very friendly (I surprised how friendly and approachable she actually was), she gave lots of autographs and took many selfies with her fans.
I think this was the movie premiere I collected signatures from almost everyone: Tim Burton, Colin Farrell, Danny DeVito, Eva Green and many other cast members.
The Final Photo Shoot of the Cast
At the end of the premiere I was lucky enough to witness the final photo shoot on the red carpet. It was happening right in front of me, so I even took a selfie video with the whole cast. Yippee!
It was an early start for me yesterday as I was heading to the European premiere of Toy Story 4 at Leicester Square. Participating in a movie premiere can sometimes be challenging as very often there is limited information available on the Internet about it.
I am going to write a separate blog post about how to attend movie premieres to avoid disappointment and how to take the most out of it, so keep an eye of my website, subscribe for my newsletter or simply follow me on social media.
Early Bird Catches the Worm
Given, I am a veteran movie premiere attender, I know the golden rule of red carpet events: early bird catches the worm. So, I set the alarm at 3:30am (!) to get to Leicester Square as soon as possible in the morning.
Before red carpet events it is most likely that some fans start writing a list. On your arrival, you better find other fans around the cinema gathering, and ask them who is writing the list. Once you have written your name on the list, you must write your number on your hand, as later the security will give out the wristbands in numerical order. And your number is important: the lower number you have, the better place you have behind the barriers.
Behind the Barriers
Wristbands were handed out at 8am and the premiere was scheduled to start at 12pm. Scheduled… But it didn’t. We had to go back to the cinema by 12pm, only to wait for two and half hours to finally be let into the scene. Since, I had a good wristband number (I was 16 and had got that number at 5am), I was standing in the first row. I settled myself and get everything ready: photos I wanted to get signed, I made sure my phone was fully charged and a shot a couple of test photos and videos (this is important, believe me).
Gossips. Who is Coming?
Meanwhile, lots of different information were circling around about who would be coming and who would not. I told you: there is very limited information about movie premieres. Sometimes fans don’t even know who has been confirmed to come.
As it turned out later, only Tom Hanks, the director Josh Cooley, some producers and the musician: Rag & Bone Man appeared. Sadly, neither Tim Allen (the voice of Buzz Lightyear) nor Keanu Reeves (the voice of Duke Caboom) showed up.
Normally, at a movie premiere stars come to their fans and give autographs and take selfies. That’s why fans are there, right? Well, this is what NOT happened at this premiere.
Autographs and Selfies
It’s always the actors’ and actresses’ choice if they want to give autographs and take selfies or not. Yesterday, seemed like all of the attending celebrities decided not to greet their fans. Only Rag & Bone Man signed a couple of photos and took a couple of selfies. Tom Hanks signed at the disabled section (there is a separate section behind the barriers for disabled people) only and then went to give interviews.
All in all, Toy Story 4 European Premiere was quite disappointing. It‘s important to know, however, that every premiere is different. You might not have any luck at one premiere, but you can be the luckiest at the next one. We never know. Although, I feel a bit of disappointment now, I can’t wait my next movie premiere because even if you don’t get autographs or selfies, it still an incredible experience to be part all of this. This has been my second time to see Tom Hanks. I saw him at The Post premiere in January 2018 the first time. At that premiere he was more willing to give autographs to his fans. So, I wouldn’t say he was rude this time. Also, I heard he hadn’t sign at the world premiere either a couple days earlier in New York. He might have had reason for that. Who knows?
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