I’m just terrible. At talking. With words.
Richard Ayoade for life.
Like, you know, whatever.
Somewhat related: did I tell you guys Linklater sat in front of me at a Forklift Danceworks performance about a month ago? My friend and I were all cool about it, but the woman next to me looked him up on Wikipedia on her phone, pointed to his picture, and said, “This is you, right?”
Then she started gushing to him about how much she loved Bernie.
"By my first episode of Parks and Rec, I’d watched several episodes, but not every single one," she recalled. "And my episode required Ron Swanson to eat a very large steak. So during the concept meeting, I said to the creator, ‘Would Nick Offerman be willing to eat such an enormous steak over and over again?’" And everyone looked at me like, ‘Have you ever seen this show?’" Turned out, not only did the character live for eating steak, but so did the actor. "So my ignorance showed," she laughed. "I feel like I should know every little detail, but I don’t even know if they cared that I asked that question. Maybe they laughed about it all night long. I don’t know!"
Last week Mike White talked a little about Chuck & Buck, The Good Girl, School of Rock, Year of the Dog and Enlightened and I took a lot of notes.
White’s most recent project was the show Enlightened, which he wrote, directed, produced and co-created with star Laura Dern. Despite a small, dedicated fanbase, HBO canceled the program after two seasons. White said the show was polarizing for the cable channel; they were fine with the annoying aspects of the lead character, but found some things too depressing.
A clip we were shown from first-season episode “The Weekend” contained lines White told us he kept in despite pushback from the channel: “The baby died. The dog died. The heart broke.” The scene was poignant and beautiful — it’s difficult to imagine it being so without those words to give it such heft.
TRAILER: HAYAO MIYAZAKI’S “THE WIND RISES”
(film footage starts at 1:14, but it’s worth watching the whole thing)
with due respect to GRAVITY, methinks I have a new most-anticipated film of the year. the first film Miyazaki has directed since PONYO, THE WIND RISES will be the legendary storyteller’s first biopic, a reportedly wonderful (if decidedly not kid-friendly) portrait of Jirō Horikoshi, the man responsible for designing the Zero Fighter planes that were used in the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
there’s no information regarding a US release, but i’d bank on the film showing up at TIFF in early September…
I’m gonna watch this movie whatever it’s about, whenever it comes out.
Edgar Wright left us a note at today’s screening of The World’s End. How can we say no to such a polite guy?
I get to see this Monday, whee! My friend J and I will be screening Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz Sunday (I’m watching for a second time, but she hasn’t seen either)… all so I can come up with decent questions for the upcoming roundtable interview.
If you have something you’d ask Pegg, Frost or Wright if you had a chance*, let me know.
*No, I will not ask them for an autograph. =)
"There’s a unique kind of derision that attaches to Coppola, a level of personal affront that never seems to fall on Whit Stillman or Noah Baumbach. To be sure, Coppola’s not as arch as Stillman or as self-flagellating as Baumbach; she watches her characters from up close rather than at a safe distance, more interested in seeing the world through their eyes than judging it through hers. But even after five features, she’s still treated in some corners like an upstart, a spoiled little girl who owes her career to her famous father (Jason Reitman, by contrast, has earned everything he’s ever had)."