A Weekend of Meeting Gary Oldman, Colin Firth, Chloe Moretz, Emily Mortimer and More!

, by Zoë Gulliksen

I had a very interesting and rather surreal weekend the past few days. Let's see if I can remember it all! Now, I work for The Daily Blam! as their Media Relations Coordinator which just means I write reviews for books, comics, movies, products and I do a lot of PR stuff, organizing events and managing different things. Basically I have a hand in everything, whatever needs to get done for that particular day (or most likely hour). Its a lot of work sometimes but very rewarding, such as a weekend as this proves!

  At 2pm at the Disney Screening room on Park Ave I went to go see the new spy thrilled Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy starring Gary Goldman, Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Benedict Cumberbatch and more. The theatre was very small with the largest most comfortable seats I've ever sat in! Now I consider myself to be a very intelligent person, especially when it comes to movies and novels. That being said, I did not understand what the hell happened in this movie. I honestly felt that nothing was explained, I had no idea who these characters were, why they were doing the things they were doing and if I should care about any of it at all.It was infuriating. For such a beautifully well shot and star studded cast, I expected much more from this film. Other journalists who have seen the film agreed, it was just too much story to have in a 2hour film.

 Later that night, I saw the broadway musical Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark. We (Pietro, my coworker and owner of The Daily Blam!) were graciously given the best seats in the house by their PR people. I liked the show but I had quite a few problems with it. You can read my full review here! Basically, it was weird and felt like a production solely based off of Sam Raimi's Spider-Man films instead of the comics.

  The next day at 11 am at the infamous Waldorf Astoria hotel Pietro and I attended the Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy Press Junket. Paramont Picture rented out the entire 26th floor of the hotel and gave us a luxurious buffet breakfast before our round table interveiws with talent participating. I was decently nervous because I had never been to one of these before. And especially since I would be sitting across from Colin Firth and Gary Oldman! It was a lot of waiting around, first for the director and screenwriter. The director was Tomas Alfredson, the Sweed who also directed Let The Right One In (2008). Those two were very nice and discussed the methods behind making the film.
   After about another 45 minutes Gary Oldman came in and we got to chat with him about this movie. He was very tiny in real life but extremely commanding in presence. We had, for a good minute, which one can unabashedly only call "eye sex". I won't exaggerate, but leave it as that. =)

 Then after another hour Colin Firth joined us, and he is just as charming in real life as he is on the big screen. Very dashing, albiet exhausted and surprisingly thin. You could tell he was very tired from talking to so many people and flying around the world to promote the film. Colin slouched in his chair, not giving a single fuck, joking about doing a Mama Mia 2. Afte he left, I will admit to snagging the glass he drank his diet coke out of. No lie. Hahahah very unprofessional, but when am I ever going to be able to grab his glass again? Never I tell you, never.

Man the goodie bag they gave us when we left? EPIC! We each received a tshirt, a wooden engraved chess set box, a pen that is actually a voice recorder, post it notes, a copy of the novel AND a copy of the soundtrack. Plus the 20 bottles of Fiji water I smuggled.

That night Pietro and I then went to go see Hugo! I was extremely excited for this movie and I had hoped it would turn out well. And let me say, I was....speechless. I connected and resonated with this movie tremendously. It felt like I wrote this screenplay, I was compelled so much. Hahahaha, I'm a jumble of words right now, I'm so excited about this movie still! You can read my full review of the movie HERE, where I promise I am much more articulate. Hands down, its my favorite film of the year. More than Captain America =)

 By Sunday morning my cold was full blown and I was feeling terrible. And yet I had to catch an 8:34am train to make it to the press conference at the Ritz-Carlton by 10am for Hugo. So I dressed my sick self back up in fancy clothes and headed back to Manhattan.This time I was in the company of Sir Ben Kingsley, Sacha Baron Cohen, Chloe Moretz, Asa Butterfield and Emily Mortimer! Completely star struck. After the interviews I was able to talk to Chloe about her other work, such as Kick-Ass. Goodness this young lady is very professional and adorable in person.

But the high light of my day was being able to talk with Emily Mortimer! She did the voice of Sophie in Howl's Moving Castle, which is one of my ultimate favorite films. She is just so beautiful and charming and sweet in person. Two more of my favorite stars I was able to cross off my bucket list of meeting<3

Afterwards was the press conference for Young Adult, with director Jason Reitman, who also directed Juno, Thank You For Smoking and Up In the Air. He was hilarious! Somebody asked him, "Scorsese gave his actors a lot of french silent films to watch in order to prepare for their characters, what material did you give your actors to prepare for this film?" And Reitman answered, "Jesus I'm gonna sound like an ass, but the only thing I ever gave Charlize Theron was season One of The Hills and Laguna Beach." I laughed so hard, that was brilliant. He was truly a great director to be able to listen to.

And then more gourmet free lunch with a view overlooking Central Park. Not a bad gig huh? I am extremely honored to be able to work for such a great website and with such great people!


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  2. I'm very happy for you that you had such an awesome experience that weekend! I'll definitely have to see Hugo as soon as I can! And don't worry: I won't tell Colin Firth it was you who swiped his glass... :-)