With all the reshoots for “Rogue One,” a lot of scenes and bits were left on the cutting room floor. or they may not. But who knows if they make any sense in the finalized version of the movie?Want more stuff like this? Posted February 22, 2017 by Kelly Woo”Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” is coming to Blu-ray and DVD soon — but without any new chapters.Disney and Lucasfilm announced that the blockbuster movie will be available on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere on March 24, with a Blu-ray combo pack, DVD, and on demand release to follow on April 4.The release includes featurettes on Jyn Erso, Cassian Andor, K2-SO, and other characters; in-depth looks at the practical and digital effects; as well as an intriguing epilogue about to “‘Star Wars’ stories yet to be told.”It does not include any deleted scenes nor an audio commentary from director Gareth Edwards. Like us on Facebook. As for deleted scenes, they may also be available later … The latter may come later, like Disney did with J.J. Abrams for the “Force Awakens” 3-D release.
But it’s gone the other way.Ron: We always liked the idea that there was no romance in the story. Certain humor can play differently but Moana really plays universally as someone you care about and root for.Osnat: I showed the film in Fiji and it wasn’t even done yet and they didn’t speak English but the kids would be screaming laughing everytime Hei-Hei showed up. Some, at the highest point, are 15 feet above sea level. And yet at the same time these things, you want them to work universally for people all over the world. Posted February 22, 2017 by Drew TaylorWalt Disney Animation Studios had a phenomenal 2016. I’ll stand behind it. It’s slightly irreverent what he brought into the film and [it] gave us permission to continue down that road because he’s from that culture and he taught us how to keep humor in the movie. Can you talk about that?Ron: I think so. And we were kind of afraid of it because it seemed kind of risky. So Taika’s draft reflected that. It’s been really gratifying. People, when they would first come to a new island, in terms of the great migration, wouldn’t be that respectful of nature to begin with. Of course her aunt made the movie. We recognized that was sort of a dated idea, like, Because I’m not a boy I have to try harder and prove myself more. They have a relationship with nature that we tried to capture in the film that has an organic quality that we could all learn from today.Ron: One thing I didn’t know that was a little surprising, but makes sense, when we were talking to people … It was the cherry on top of an incredible year, and one that I cannot wait to watch again on home video (it’s available now on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere and on Blu-ray March 7).To help celebrate “Moana’s” home video debut, I went to the newly renovated Walt Disney Animation Studios, still located in the famous “hat building” that was constructed after the Disney Renaissance of the late-’80s/early-’90s. And that’s huge.Ron: You just feel it, when you’re there. We weren’t that familiar with him and, then we realized he was part of “Flight of the Conchords.” We had a rough outline of the basic storyline. We wanted them in the core creative team. They would tend to exploit the resources but on an island, as soon as you do that, they learned really fast what the world is learning a little bit slower, because the effects were immediate. And the effects of the opposite were immediate too — if you nurture the land, if you take care of it, if you respect it, you can sustain existence.Osnat: That got built into the rituals and into the taboos and into the actual culture. But he brought a lot to it in terms of cultural richness that translated later and stayed in the film.”Moana” is out now on Digital HD and Disney Movies Anywhere and on Blu-ray on March 7th. There was never an aspect of that. Then, by the time it came out, it had a symbolism to it because of world events that we weren’t expecting.Osnat: As a woman in an industry not known for its inclusion in the past, it’s not a big surprise that there was conversation about her being a strong female protagonist and I’m glad there was. We knew he was too busy.Osnat: As he likes to joke, he had two kids and did three movies in the time he would have been on the movie. They make us part of nature that we’re living in rather than being in opposition to it and just being able to use it for ourselves. In each place, it’s the adventure or something else.Ron: Her character always resonates strongly. This is basically the story except that she did have six brothers and the situation had more of that aspect. And the idea of this person with compassion and courage together is uniquely our heroine.It’s obviously going to mean so much to young women and young women of color to see them represented like this.Ron: It has.Osnat: My niece in Israel won’t go to school until she’s dressed in her Moana costume and gotten her photo taken. If you go too specific will people in one place relate to it but people in another place won’t relate to at all? You can feel it.What has it been like taking the movie around the world?Ron: It’s been great. In addition to releasing “Zootopia,” the surprisingly topical animated detective movie, genuine box office juggernaut (with over $1 billion globally), and current Best Animated Feature Oscar frontrunner, they released, later in the year, “Moana,” the beautiful tale of female empowerment and seafaring conquest. We didn’t know but we figured it was worth doing. Spending time in the islands did highlight something that is very important.Osnat: There are islands that are at the forefront of what is happening. Which is always true — the more specific you make it the more relatable and universal it became.Osnat: Every culture identifies with a certain part of it. We wanted a strong protagonist. There are atolls and islands that are basically at sea level. She’s got big black curly hair and looks just like her. The movie is really relatable. It was a really great version of the beats we had then. That was five years ago.Ron: We were really happy with the script and it got the movie going.Osnat: He left because he directed three movies!Ron: We knew that Taika wasn’t the writer who was going to stay in the building, which you have to do, and work with the story artists and be a part of it in the recording sessions. The story led but within all of that, we wanted to do it right. All of the female protagonists that we’d worked on before, there was an element of a love story. We wanted to have conversations with the people who inspired the movie. Taika was the first writer on the movie. We’re always thinking story.Osnat Shurer: But we were conscious of making a whole character. She looks stunning. But he’s a really great writer and we had a script reading that got the movie made.Osnat: He likes to joke that “The part that I wrote that’s still in the movie is EXT: OCEAN – DAY.” But the truth is that he brought a spirit of very specific Pacific Island humor. I’m already in a world where it’s not radical. But it’s an animated movie. This was in Italy. It’s the same with “Moana.” It’s sort of like events converged and that aspect of it became the most important part of it. It was here that select journalists got to sample the disc’s special features, say hello to members of the production team (it’s always good to chat with veteran animator Eric Goldberg, who contributed the “Mini Maui” character to “Moana”) and talk to some of the people who brought “Moana” to life.I sat down with co-director Ron Clements, the man responsible for such animated classics as “The Little Mermaid” and “Aladdin,” and his producer on “Moana,” Osnat Shurer, who ushered a number of memorable Pixar short films to the screen (including “One Man Band” and “Lifted”), about what it was like to show “Moana” to the world, what the movie’s political undertones mean today, and what, exactly, “Thor Ragnarok” director Taika Waititi’s first draft of the script was like. But she fully identifies with her.The movie has a great environment theme that also seems to resonate now more than ever.Ron: It has a little more resonance in light of recent events but it was always a part of the story. The fact of the inclusion in the film, both of her as a female protagonist of the indigenous culture that inspired movie, that is for us, just the right way to do things. In Japan, they are drawn to the cuteness and the sweetness and of course her relationship with her grandmother. There’s this weird thing where if it’s a female protagonist you’ve got to make her whole in and of herself. This idea that nature is personified, that the ocean knows what you’re doing, that you apologize to a tree before you cut it down, these indigenous ideas, they create a different relationship with nature. We really, really did connect with the people of the islands and we wanted the people of the islands to recognize themselves and recognize their culture and connect with the movie. I was in Italy on an earlier tour before I went with the directors and one of the reporters was, in Italian, going, “The grandmother, the grandmother …” And it was so real to him. It was like, How are people going to react to this? But it doesn’t feel like that. But I do look forward to a time when the creative decision makers in a room are 50/50 no matter who the story is about. I showed it on a turned-around cloth on a wall in a pavilion.As a huge fan of his, I wanted to know what Taika Waititi’s draft of the movie was like. (John Musker, Ron’s partner-in-crime, was out sick on the day that the media event was held.)The last time I spoke to you guys, it was before the movie had opened and there was a lot of hope about a movie that was led by such a strong female character would open in a country also led by a strong female. Things didn’t go that way, and it makes the movie more important.Ron Clements: There’s a serendipity with both “Moana” and “Zootopia.” When “Zootopia” was first starting out, the movie was interesting but it wasn’t as relevant.
The movie, about a young black man (Daniel Kaluuya) who travels with his girlfriend (Allison Williams) to her predominantly white neighborhood and uncovers something altogether unpleasant going on, that will scare you one minute and have you howling with laughter the next.It was enough to make us wonder what inspired the movie, which is exactly what we asked Peele at a recent press day for the film. Posted February 22, 2017 by Drew TaylorIf you’ve ever watched “Key and Peele,” then you know that Jordan Peele is a genius. He filled us in on all of the movies that proved essential references for “Get Out” and talked about his future in the horror genre.”Get Out” is out this Friday. But until you see “Get Out,” the scary-funny horror gem that Peele wrote and directed (in theaters this Friday), you have no idea how much of a genius he really is.
And it will certainly be dealt with in the last two episodes of the season. I mean, the only thing I can tell you is that as it plays out — and as it will play out over the final episode of the season — there will be enough information for people to draw their own conclusions about that. (There is no new episode Feb. Kevin and Sophie’s relationship deepens on the night of his play’s premiere. And when? What is Ben thinking? Will he break from the family, or specifically Rebecca (Mandy Moore)?Also, here’s part of executive producer Ken Olin’s Q&A with EW after last week’s episode, “Jack Pearson’s Son,” since it relates to the final two episodes ahead, including the Jack/Rebecca drama with Ben (Sam Trammell), and the fallout of Kevin’s (Justin Hartley) play walk-out:What kind of repercussions will Kevin experience in his career for walking out on the play? And he starts making a bunch of choices and decisions that will affect us going into season 2.That sounds a bit ominous … 28, thanks to Trump’s speech to Congress.)Series creator Dan Fogelman talked to Entertainment Weekly after the Feb. And then by the end of the season, it reaches a pretty critical mass. We’re still figuring that all out.What does Randall, who’s still recovering from a breakdown, pull away from this experience, once the veil of grief is lifted?I think you’ll see a lot of that in our next episode, and then really bleeding heavily into next season. What is Rebecca thinking? What do I do with what just happened in this year I’ve just spent with this man so that I just don’t go back to the same old existence? But it’s like anything in terms of relationships; part of it has to do with who’s perceiving it and why are they perceiving it a certain way. Posted February 22, 2017 by Gina CarboneWhat now? It’s a little different than the Jack situation in that any time you’re exploring the Pearson family in the past, Jack was in that story. How many? William’s character only entered Randall’s family’s story in the last year, so there’s less of a backstory there. But how will this work with Ron? Is there a scene coming up in which he will run into Morris Chestnut and pitch him a double Manny situation?Well, I’m not going to tell you what happens, but definitely we’re going to deal with it. Fans are still sobbing from “Memphis” (did you need to use Milo’s note?) but we know the truth behind Jack’s death is coming, and pretty soon.Here’s ABC’s synopsis for the March 7 episode, “What Now?”:”The entire Pearson family gathers at Randall’s for an unusual party. In the immediacy of the episode, Randall is trying to figure out exactly what your question is, which is: How do I honor his legacy? Better head to Costco and get a lifetime supply of Kleenex.Want more stuff like this? Kate struggles to open up to Toby about her father’s death. You will not see him in the finale, but only because it’s a very Jack and Rebecca-centric episode. Episode 17, “What Now?” airs March 7, then the finale, reportedly titled “Moonshadow,” airs March 14. And it will take us to the end of the season, and the events that take place in the finale definitely are the things that are going to carry over in terms of next year, and where we’ll pick them up and how they’re doing.That wait for Season 2 is not going to be fun. And the lesson that’s clearly imparted in this episode to Randall is, “Time is limited, you are good, you’ve already won, and it’s okay to open your windows a little bit and let it down.” And maybe that’s the final gift that one father gave — that was a big part of a different father’s journey, which was to try and teach Randall to find his balance, and maybe this is something that can really help break Randall open a little bit. You know the answer is that you’ll be crying again, so prepare accordingly.There are only two episodes left to the first season of NBC’s breakout hit. That’s what “This Is Us” fans may be asking after last night’s emotional gut punch, “Memphis,” and it also happens to be the name of the next episode. Brown) storyline for Season 2. Tensions are high between Jack and Rebecca as she leaves on tour with her band.”After that, we only have the Season 1 finale, and Fogelman just said it’s “a very Jack and Rebecca-centric episode,” which makes us nervous. He’s clearly a man who’s lived a very structured existence, and he’s a man who’s all things to all people. The ramifications of Kevin leaving the show will definitely be played out, and it’s going to be played out in ways that are expected — and maybe some ways that aren’t expected.Even if Ben isn’t nefariously plotting something, it just seems that there’s more than a musical connection there.You’ll just have to wait and see. Like us on Facebook. Also, will he still be a regular, and will we see him in the final two episodes of this season?You will see him in the next episode. And we’re going to get enough information by the end of the season that people will have to draw their own conclusions about whatever their chemistry is. what is Randall going to choose to do? Where is this a product of Jack’s insecurities and where is he really perceiving something accurately?What can you hint about the direction and intensity of this [Jack/Rebecca/Ben] storyline in the rest of the season?It starts to ramp up. It means that if you’re going into his past more, you’re probably preceding his entrance into Randall and Beth (Susan Kelechi Watson) and the kids’ lives — which we will do as well, but he’s going to remain a substantial part of the series. 21 episode, and in doing so he teased some of Randall’s (Sterling K. He’s going to remain a big part of the show. On the good news front, it sounds like we’ll be seeing more of William (Ron Cephas Jones), even though we just lost him, in a similar way to how we keep seeing Jack (Milo Ventimiglia) even though we know he dies at some point when The Big Three are teens.Here’s part of Fogelman’s Q&A with EW:You’ve said that you plan on keeping Ron on the show, and we’ve seen a model for such a thing with Milo (Ventimiglia). […] And then in 17 and 18, it becomes certainly not only a more significant story, but it becomes really significant in terms of Jack and Rebecca’s relationship.
He realizes the world has changed, and his two childhood friends are now billionaires running his father’s corporation. “Danny just wants to do the right thing,” Jones says, “but he has this fire in him.” That fire comes from spending the past 15 years in a monastery training to be a warrior and getting a “tattoo” that “is not exactly a tattoo — it’s the mark of the Iron Fist.”Check out the sneak peek:As Jones explains, “There’s a force that runs through the universe, the fire of the fist, and Danny can ignite it. The 13 episodes will be available for streaming starting March 17.Want more stuff like this? Loras Tyrell. Tell me who you are. Like us on Facebook. Businessman. Finn Jones is all, and in a new behind-the-scenes sneak peek of “Marvel’s Iron Fist,” the “Game of Thrones” alum explains his new character’s backstory and mythology.Bury your mother. Bury your father. Posted February 22, 2017 by Gina CarboneWarrior. I am The Iron Fist.In the Netflix series, we follow Danny Rand as he comes back to New York after being gone for 15 years. Iron Fist. Danny Rand. Danny has been told his whole life that there’s a mythological dark force in the world, and he didn’t really believe that they were real.” But now the dark force seems to have infested Rand, and it’s hard to tell the good guys from the bad.You should also check out the official trailer, and this sneak peek introducing “Iron Fist” ally Colleen Wing.”Marvel’s Iron Fist” is the fourth in Netflix’s series of shows leading up to “The Defenders” crossover miniseries. They don’t believe it’s really Danny to begin with — thinking the real Danny Rand is dead. Monk.
I don’t think she would have gotten nominated without it. But at least she loved “Hell or High Water.”The Academy member shared her take on every category, but here are two, just as examples.Best PictureI hated Arrival — it just sucked. I loved the first half of Lion, but I felt like a different director and cinematographer made the second half. I didn’t like Fences because they just filmed the play — I wanted to see the guy go into the jazz club and play his music, the girl who’s having his baby, his kid on the football field. It ain’t pretty.Every year, The Hollywood Reporter prints the brutally honest ballot of an anonymous Academy member. I hated Jackie so much — it was just shallow crap — so no Natalie Portman. (You may recall last year’s ballot bashing “The Revenant” and “ridiculous” Leonardo DiCaprio.)This year they picked a woman in the actor’s branch who hated “Arrival” with a passion; also hated “Jackie”; ruled out Viola Davis in a protest vote against her placement in the wrong category; said Denzel Washington has played his “Fences” role a million times before; and felt Meryl Streep played her “Florence Foster Jenkins” role like a clown. But I think Denzel [Washington, its producer/director/star] decided that every word of the script [by the late August Wilson] was so precious that he wasn’t going to “mess” with it, and the movie suffered as a result. “I hated ____” comes up a lot, but she did actually like a few things beyond “Hell or High Water,” including Viggo Mortensen in “Captain Fantastic” and the Swedish film “A Man Called Ove.”The Oscars air this Sunday, Feb. Read the whole thing. Hell or High Water isn’t going to win, but it was my favorite, and it will be remembered as a true American classic.My vote
(1) Hell or High Water
(2) Manchester by the Sea
(3) La La Land
(4) Hacksaw Ridge
(5) MoonlightBest ActressI liked none of them. I thought Meryl [Streep in Florence Foster Jenkins] played it like a clown — she’s cute and adorable, but this woman didn’t matter to me in the end — but people are gaga over Meryl, and I think she solidified her nomination when she gave that speech at the Golden Globes. I thought Hidden Figures was wonderful — because it’s a great story, not because it was especially hard to tell. [Elle’s] Isabelle Huppert is an ice-cold actress, and I eliminated her because when you get attacked, beaten and raped, you’re not the same person afterward, but she was, and I wanted to slap her to try to get a reaction out of her. It’s time to go behind the curtain to see how the Oscars sausage is really made. That leaves me with Ruth Negga for Loving, who was fairly one-note, but engaging enough.My vote
Ruth Negga (Loving)Yeah, if a rape victim doesn’t react enough for you, better slap her around a bit more. Posted February 22, 2017 by Gina CarboneYikes. Moonlight and Hacksaw Ridge were really very good, but I don’t think of them as a best picture. 26 on ABC. Anyway, if you want honest, you get honest here. That left me with Manchester by the Sea and Hell or High Water, two compassionate movies that were incredibly well written, directed and acted. It’s almost like a glorified Movie of the Week. The girl in La La Land [Emma Stone] is going to win because she’s adorable and everybody loves her, but I don’t think she was as wonderful as people are saying. La La Land was tremendously enjoyable, but not all that deep or memorable. Here’s the full list of nominations.Want more stuff like this? Like us on Facebook.
“Yeah, I guess that’s what I’m saying. And Peele knows just where to look for inspiration: The next season of “The Bachelorette.”Peele was on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” last night to promote “Get Out,” and he shared his excitement for ABC’s first black bachelorette, Rachel Lindsay. But the next bachelor gotta be black. Like us on Facebook. There’s still two brothers, and there’s gonna be, like, 20 white dudes and they’re all going to be saying things like, ‘Hey, you know I love Beyonce.'”Kimmel loved that, but had a “serious” question for Peele: If there are 30 bachelors cast for Rachel, what is the “appropriate” number of African-American bachelors? So I feel like ‘The Bachelorette’ season is going to be inspiration for ‘Get Out 2.’ You know it’s not going to be populated with a bunch of brothers. He’s already married to “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” star Chelsea Peretti and they are currently expecting their first child.Watch the discussion:”The Bachelor” is still airing its final episodes, then Rachel will begin filming her “journey” and we’ll see it play out after “Dancing With the Stars” finishes up, with “The Bachelorette” Season 13 scheduled to premiere Monday, May 22 on ABC. Posted February 22, 2017 by Gina CarboneAt this point, “Get Out” — written and directed by Jordan Peele – has an impressive 100 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, so it’s possible a sequel will follow. The next bachelor gotta be a brother!”The audience was ready for it, although Peele was not suggesting himself. As he joked to Kimmel:”This whole movie of mine is about a black guy going into an environment where there’s a lot of white people and basically getting scared. Peele said it was a good question, and answered, “The representation should be equal to the representation in this country.” Kimmel replied, “So there should be three?” Peele just laughed. Hopefully ABC does not just cast a bunch of guys who tell Rachel they like Beyonce, but we wouldn’t be shocked. Bachelor Nation is always a cringe-fest and this season has potential to be as awkward as Nick Viall in Rachel’s church.Want more stuff like this?
Directing a flashy, original, LA-set musical isn’t easy, and several moments in the film are swoon-worthy for Oscar voters. I didn’t love “La La Land.” Not as much as every one else. At the same time, writing and directing a movie as emotionally complicated and honest as “Manchester” — without hitting a false note or veering into melodrama — feels even harder.Going into Oscar season back in September, Lonergan felt like the shoo-in for both Original Screenplay and Director — maybe losing some edge on the latter to Chazelle. Buzz has cooled on “Manchester” as the hype has reached near fever-pitch on “White People Struggling in LA: The Movie” “La La Land.” As a result, Chazelle is most likely to go home with the award, but I think in five or ten years, when “Manchester” is better appreciated as the masterpiece it is, voters will realize the Oscar should have been Lonergan’s.Rachel HornerWho Will Win: Damien Chazelle. With 14 nominations, tying it for the most Academy Award nominations of any movie ever, it’s engendered the kind of goodwill that makes it virtually indestructible. For some reason, the heat around “Manchester by the Sea” has become muted these last few weeks, possibly because of the allegations of sexual harassment leveled against the film’s star, Casey Affleck.And it’s a shame because the movie is so, so good. Onscreen, however, Chazelle seems to pull it off effortlessly, conveying the beauty and sorrow of trying to make it in Los Angeles.Who Should Win: Barry Jenkins. And the nominees for Best Director are…Denis Villeneuve (“Arrival”)Mel Gibson (“Hacksaw Ridge”)Damien Chazelle (“La La Land”)Kenneth Lonergan (“Manchester by the Sea”)Barry Jenkins (“Moonlight”)Here, we’re sharing who we think will win, as well as who we feel truly deserves to take home the Academy Award.Tim HayneWho Will Win: Damien Chazelle. If only his film came out a year after “La La Land” stole all attention.Tony MaccioWho Will Win: Damien Chazelle. I don’t have much to say about this other than he is a shoo-in. The winner of the Director’s Guild Award is usually expected to take home Oscar, and Chazelle won that prize and many more throughout awards season. While I’d be surprised by a Lonergan win, I take comfort in knowing that, if he keeps making movies of this caliber, he’ll surely be nominated again.Phil PirrelloWho Will Win: Damien Chazelle. This is one of Oscar’s most heated races.We’re just days away from Hollywood’s biggest night — the 89th Academy Awards (Feb 26 at 7:00 p.m. (Honestly, the “backlash” that has been written about so much recently seems to have barely registered.)Chazelle is already an Oscar darling; his last film, “Whiplash,” was nominated for five Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and so for some this might seem “overdue” (even though its only his third feature and he is only 32 years old). Lonergan is a notorious tinkerer, a character trait that nearly derailed his last film, the fussy, incomparable “Margaret,” and part of what makes “Manchester by the Sea” so miraculous is that it feels like it was sprung, fully formed, from his imagination. Regardless of whether or not you feel there is too much hype surrounding “La La Land,” it’s hard to deny the talents exhibited by its director. Quite frankly, the “La La Land” train cannot be stopped. PT on ABC) — which means it’s crunch time. His musical is confection Hollywood (and the Academy) seemingly can’t get enough of — and the Academy loves to award movies about movies/acting (see past Best Picture winners “The Artist,” “Argo,” and “Birdman”). Time for you to fill out your Oscars ballot and lock in your picks!Moviefone’s editors are checking off their choices for who will — and should — win in all the major categories. The man masterfully balances nuance and emotional heft to get the best possible performances out of his actors — hey, it earned Casey Affleck a nomination for Best Actor. He’s already nabbed all the major directing awards (Golden Globe, BAFTA, Directors Guild), so if he doesn’t win, it’ll be a huge surprise.Who Should Win: Kenneth Lonergan. ET / 4 p.m. Oscar night is just a bit too predictable this year. The Academy can’t stop praising this overrated film, so they might as well give him his first directing Oscar.Who Should Win: Kenneth Lonergan. And much of that has to do with the naturalistic direction of Kenneth Lonergan (who also wrote the screenplay). His follow-up to “Whiplash” is an ambitious undertaking that, on paper, looks like a logistical nightmare. Few films were as profound or moving as “Manchester.” And it’s because of Lonergan’s sure-handed direction that it plays so well. I have no idea what it took for Lonergan to make such a gut-punch of a movie, but I feel confident that it is worthy of an Oscar. The powerful nature of growing up in Liberty City gave Jenkins the ability to direct “Moonlight” from the most realistic place possible, resulting in a film that you can’t help but talk about long after you leave the theater.Drew TaylorWho Will Win: Damien Chazelle. Posted February 22, 2017 by Phil PirrelloWho will win Best Director? Um, have you seen “Manchester by the Sea”? Jenkins has a deep personal connection to the story that helps make his film so emotionally profound. Academy voters love a big-hearted, swing-for-the-fences type of feature, especially if its directed back at itself, and God knows there’s enough “magic of Hollywood” cheeriness in “La La Land” to wrap around the entire globe (twice).Who Should Win: Kenneth Lonergan. Chazelle’s “Whiplash” earned him Oscar attention; expect his latest film to net him Oscar gold.Who Should Win: Kenneth Lonergan.
One might argue a writer on display in a mall isn’t an appropriate means of exposure or engagement for art, but again, I think this falls back on outdated or at least not-useful ideas about what writers are “supposed” to be like. Given the decline of malls and the related decline of the middle class, a curious and thoughtful writer might be inspired by this opportunity. One of my go-to examples is Mark Twain, whose bestselling book was peddled door-to-door, and more recently, Alain de Botton, who once held a writing residency at Heathrow airport (which produced this book), and whose work has exemplified some of the wonderful things that can happen when you’re open to art informing business and vice versa. Writers have some responsibility to cultivate a culture that’s exposed to and engaged with art and artists. As someone who grew up in rural Indiana, I spent far more time in a mall as a young person, partly because no bookstore could be found within a two-hour drive except for the one in a mall. (For those who are unaware of the literary ties of Warby Parker, read this). But the mention wasn’t an enthusiastic presentation of an opportunity that might play to the strengths of some writers. I do wish the Mall weren’t claiming all rights to the work produced during the residency, but given the overall offer—expenses paid, $2,500 honorarium—it’s not a bad deal. I’d find the Mall of America writer the far more interesting person to talk to, and more demonstrably interested in examining and creating for the greater world they live in, rather than the too-often insular literary world. Before joking about these opportunities as hellish, we should pause to consider how prone the literary community is to mock or shame those involved in “low class” opportunities, particularly those that might appeal to people from more diverse backgrounds. Warby Parker and its ilk shouldn’t be the only commercial ventures “approved” for involvement with writers and the literary community. They mix with all classes of society and are therefore the most dangerous.” In order for Henson’s art to have the universal power it did, this mixing had to include “the establishment”—what we could call “the business class.” But today—especially with Generation X and Millennials—serious artists often refuse contact with business. The tone was one of mockery and incredulousness, because, obviously, writers and malls don’t mix, and no “real” writer would sit in a mall and write or produce something of value in such a capitalist context. And even if you could, how debasing! While I’m sure Mall of America isn’t looking for a writer to poetically give expression to its impending decay, a writer should still find this a rich moment in time to immerse herself five days in such a place—and have more reflection than will fit into 150 words, three times a day, over five days (the requirement of the residency). Writers have something to gain from interacting with the more diverse audiences found at a mall, and mall goers similarly have much to gain from having writers in their midst. But it’s the right opportunity for someone, and I hope that it helps not only support their art, but that it accomplishes something we very much need right now: a feeling of connection and community. Earlier this week, I saw mention in my social feed of a new writer-in-residence opportunity at Mall of America, to celebrate its 25th birthday. Mall of America / photo by Jeremy Noble
In my keynote talks at writing conferences, I frequently point out some of the innovative ways—across publishing history—that writers have supported their art and engaged in business activities that are sometimes seen by their contemporaries as commercially crass and low status. Is it a worse deal than working a three-month internship for no pay at a literary journal with a tiny circulation? I can’t look into the souls of the Mall of America marketers or PR team who conceived of this idea, but let’s assume some good faith intentions here, with a meaningful desire to see a writer manifest some work of creative or artistic value out of this residency that reflects on the environment and community of the Mall of America. After all, the mall is becoming a place of the unhip, as evidenced by more art photography devoted to its cultural decline. Elizabeth Hyde Stevens, in her wonderful book on Jim Henson’s career, writes:
There is a saying that goes like this: “Beware of artists. Rather, it was framed more as: What writer in his right mind would ever raise his hand for this position? I might even argue that it is incumbent upon writers to take these opportunities seriously and to apply, because writing for and among the literary cloister (or isolated garret if you don’t like your fellow writers) is one of the harmful myths about how writers should act and behave in the world. In my professional opinion, no. Large numbers of liberal arts graduates bristle when presented with the corporate world, rejecting its values to protect their ideals….Yet Henson’s work suggests that it is possible to heal America’s split personality.”
The Mall of America residency isn’t going to be an appropriate opportunity for even a majority of writers. Just because a venture is sponsored by a business does not make it automatically opposed to a writer’s existence or ideals.
(For now, anyway.) We can’t wait to see the Northern lasses back in action in “Game of Thrones” Season 7, which will show up sometime this summer.Here are a couple of other great b-day posts honoring Turner’s big day:Happy 21st birthday to this amazing girl! Their love for each other hasn’t changed either, and Williams worked both angles into her cute birthday post:Happy 21st Birthday @SophieT
Forever looking up to you, in more ways than one ❤️ pic.twitter.com/43cCih2KeJ
— Maisie Williams (@Maisie_Williams) February 21, 2017All together now: Awwwww.Turner’s height is listed at 5’9″ and Williams is 5’1″, but when it comes to the Stark sisters, Arya is the real powerhouse. “Game of Thrones” star Sophie Turner (Sansa Stark) turned 21 today, February 21, and her on-screen sister Maisie Williams (Arya Stark) honored the milestone with the sweetest b-day post.Turner and Williams have been close friends from the start of the HBO show, which began filming in 2010 for its 2011 debut. #GameofThronespic.twitter.com/yfjpaPyjAO
— HBO (@HBO_UK) February 21, 2017Want more stuff like this? A lot has changed in the past several years, but one thing remains the same: Turner is way taller than Williams. Like us on Facebook. Posted February 21, 2017 by Gina CarboneStark sisters 4EVA. Happy 21st birthday, @SophieT! Have a great day Sophie😘❤ @SophieTpic.twitter.com/2xqlyEhidR
— Millie Bobby Brown (@milliebbrown) February 21, 2017We are celebrating a very special Name Day in the realm today… Williams will turn 20 on April 15, so she was barely a teen when she first met Turner.
Posted February 21, 2017 by Gina Carbone”Godzilla: King of the Monsters” is ready for clear eyes, full hearts, and plenty of Eggos.According to Variety, “Friday Night Lights” alum/”Bloodline” star Kyle Chandlerwill play the father of “Stranger Things” starMillie Bobby Brown in the “Godzilla” sequel, which is scheduled for release March 22, 2019.”Godzilla: King of the Monsters” is the follow-up to Gareth Edwards’s 2014 film “Godzilla,” starring Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan Cranston, Elizabeth Olsen, and Ken Watanabe. After “Godzilla: King of the Monsters” is released in March 2019, fans can expect “Godzilla vs. Like us on Facebook. According to Dread Central, filming will begin in Atlanta starting June 19, but stay tuned for official details.As Variety noted, it was announced in October 2015 that all future “King Kong” and “Godzilla” films would be developed by Legendary and distributed by Warner Bros., starting with “Kong: Skull Island,” which opens March 10. Kong” to arrive May 29, 2020.Want more stuff like this? Watanabe is reportedly the only star likely to return for “Godzilla 2.” Michael Dougherty (“Krampus”) is directing from a script he co-wrote with Zach Shields.