I couldn’t access Captain America: Civil premiere cos of silly wristbands

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I previously attended both the Avengers and Avengers: Age of Ultron premieres at London’s Westfield shopping centre and I had no problem entering the fans pens even though I arrived after work between 3-4pm the day of. I had hoped this would be the same for Captain America: Civil War premiere – but I was wrong, you had to have wristbands, and this is so disappointing.

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Robert Downey Jr. on THAT interview walkout

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Last week during a press junket interview with Channel 4, Robert Downey Jr walked out when the reporter Krishnan Guru-Murthy started asking personal questions about his past (you can see the video and my thoughts on that here).

Downey has finally opened up about the incident and completely blasted the journalist. I know Krishnan was in the wrong asking such a deep question in a quick junket session but Downey wasn’t exactly professional either. Of course, the Iron Man star isn’t going to cop to that, so today in his interview with Howard Stern he just laid into the reporter, calling up a “bottom-feeding muckraker” and “syphilitic parasite”, which is pretty damn harsh if you ask me. It wasn’t THAT bad and Downey should have been cooler about it when talked to Stern. Those phrases are just mean – it was a week ago man, get over it!

Here are more quotes from that Stern interview:

“I just wish I’d left sooner.”

When they say people were on his side: “Well everybody should always be on my side”.

“First of all, I don’t even know the guy’s name, but I know he pulled the same garbage on Quentin Tarantino and Tarantino stayed in his chair and lit him up for five minutes.”

“I’m one of the guys who is always assuming the social, kind of decorum is in play, and that we’re promoting a superhero movie — a lot of kids are going to see it — and this has nothing to do with your creepy, dark agenda that I’m all of a sudden feeling ashamed and obligated to accommodate your weirdo shit.”

“I just realized, too, that I’m a 50-year-old guy, I use fancy words… and yet I’m completely unevolved when it comes down to simple boundaries. Like, ‘You know what? You’re weirding me out. You are a bottom-feeding muckraker.’”

“There’s an assumption that … because you’ve sat down there (in the chair) you’re going to be scrutinized like a kiddie fiddler who’s running for mayor and so what I have to do in the future is … give myself permission to say, ‘That is more than likely a syphilitic parasite, and I need to distance myself from this clown. Otherwise, I’m probably going to put hands on somebody, and then there’s a real story’.”

I sided with Downey before but now I feel like he’s a total douchebag. This was unnecessary. What do you think of him now?

 

My views on the Robert Downey Jr. interview walkout

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The past two days I have been reading everybody’s thoughts about this awkward Robert Downey Jr. interview with Channel 4 News reporter Krishnan Guru-Murthy. If you haven’t seen it, where have you been?! But check out the video below. Basically, he walked out after Krishnan began asking him questions about his chequered past.

The interview has divided opinion – with some siding with Robert and some with Krishnan. While I don’t think Robert handled the question in the best possible way, I think the fault lies with the journalist. And I am a journalist, so I’m allowed to say that.

I saw Robert in person at the Avengers: Age of Ultron press conference this week and his huge ego was crystal clear. He thinks a lot of himself and he likes to be the star of the show, so I can imagine he was not expecting such a personal question in a film junket and I couldn’t gain control of the situation in the interview, so he walked.

"what are we doing here?"

“what are we doing here?”

However, Krishnan should not asking such prying questions in a junket situation. Those deep, personal questions are for prolonged interviews (more than 20 minutes) for a proper profile piece or special TV show. Not a junket slot that lasts five minutes and is focussed primarily on the film. Downey Jr. was expecting the same lines of questioning he had been answering all day – and even before the questions turned personal, he seemed uncomfortable and tired.

I don’t understand the purpose of Krishnan’s questions either. What does an old quote about his political views matter? Do we really care about celebrities’ political bias? Asking him stuff about his prison time and drug addiction was also pointless because Downey has said it all before. He was not going to get anything new within such a limited space of time. It was just futile trying to get someone to open up within 5-7 minutes.

Downey’s attitude was clear though, with him asking “are we promoting a movie?!” and “what are we doing?!” He made it clear he didn’t like the personal tone and that’s fair enough. You could see he was super pissed off but managed to keep an air of friendliness about the situation – but that’s because cameras were on him. So in conclusion, he didn’t react in the most professional way but it could have been handled far worse. He didn’t come off badly to me here though because I ultimately thought Krishnan was out of line.

Paul Bettany & Scarlett Johansson talk Avengers: Age of Ultron

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At the Avengers: Age of Ultron press conference, Scarlett Johansson was quizzed about the potential for a stand alone movie for Black Widow.

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Joss Whedon on working in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and leaving it behind

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Joss Whedon

Avengers writer/director Joss Whedon has already announced plans to leave to franchise after Avengers: Age of Ultron and he spoke at the London press conference about what he will do next and how hard it was to write a story within the interconnected Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU).

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Highlights from the Avengers: Age of Ultron press conference

 

L-R: Elizabeth Olsen, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Paul Bettany.

L-R: Joss Whedon, Elizabeth Olsen, Jeremy Renner, Mark Ruffalo, Robert Downey Jr, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Paul Bettany.

I was very lucky that I managed to go to the Avengers: Age of Ultron press conference in London on Tuesday as well as the premiere and although they did say a few interesting nuggets of information, I found it more interesting to watch their behaviour because they all get on so well together.

They were all fun and making jokes, usually to one another like they would on set. One of the actors would crack a joke and they would all chime in and go off topic. When the moderator asked director Joss Whedon if that’s how they are on set, he replied, “No, some of them are paying attention (here)”. So you can only imagine what filming must have been like!

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Avengers: Age of Ultron Film Review

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I was on such a hype for Avengers: Age of Ultron and while it did deliver the goods, I was not thinking ‘this is f**king awesome!’ throughout like I did the first one.  I am being quite harsh – in regular film standards, this was amazing and so enjoyable but I just loved the first Avengers so much that I left feeling ever-so-slightly deflated.

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My pics from the Avengers: Age of Ultron premiere

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Tonight the stars of Avengers: Age of Ultron (and there are many!) come out to London’s Westfield shopping centre for the European premiere of the movie. All the lead cast were there – Chris Evans, Chris Hemsworth, Robert Downey Jr, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Mark Ruffalo plus new members of the cast Elizabeth Olsen, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Paul Bettany and writer/director Joss Whedon. Pretty sweet turnout, right?! No wonder it was so packed.

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Top Films for April

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A new month is upon us so, as usual, here my list of movies to look forward to in April…

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15 Films to Watch in 2015

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There are so many amazing films coming up in 2015 and I could have written an extremely long list but since its going to be 2015, I decided to pick my top 15 movies that I cannot wait to see in the new year. Here we go:

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