For me, this year's TIFF will be a short one. Due to work, not taking any days off cause I've used up all my vacation days and having the Mid-Autumn Festival falling this weekend (read: trekking to Markham for family get-together), my stalking will be limited. However, after tonight's gala of Moneyball
because of Brad & Angelina, I've declared it a success already!
By the time I got to the red carpet after work, the crowd was already huge, especially the area across from the press. I remembered how the last time Brad & Angelina were here for TIFF, they walked the entire line so I banked on that happening again and waited further down where the crowd wasn't as big. Other stars came -- Phillip Seymour Hoffman, Anna Faris, Jonah Hill -- and not one of them made it down my way.
Brad & Angelina arrive. The crowd goes nuts. Looked like they signed some autographs and then did what I hoped they would do. They walked down to our end, didn't sign anything but just spent about 30 seconds waving to the crowd. I don't know why all the actors don't do this, it takes less than a minute and endears them to the fans.
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The next gala was for Ides of March
. Clooney is another one that would walk the entire line and he did so again this time. I barely got a glimpse of the other actors. Gone are the days when you can show up about 45 mins earlier and still get a decent spot. People's ladders are getting taller and the crowds are getting bigger. You really have to camp out for hours now if you want a prime location. I miss the good ol' days of TIFF stalking LOL
Then again, it was only
Clooney and Gosling and I've got great pictures of them in the past so I wasn't too bummed. You know when you've been doing this for too long when your reaction is "Clooney again