I love, love, love Project Runway. I love the designers, the challenges, the brilliant fashion and the fashion disasters, the judges (especially no nonsense Nina Garcia). I could watch Project Runway all day, every day, for the rest of my life.
But more than the show itself, I love, love, love Tim Gunn. I appreciate his honesty, his humor, and his all-around good-natured personality.
The following TIme Magazine interview with Tim Gunn showcases why I love him and why he should have a position is the next president’s cabinent. Judging by his answer to one question, that will probably only happen if Barack Obama is elected.
The Olsen twins have a special place in my life since I basically grew up with Michelle Tanner, the short-lived sitcom Two of a Kind, and their endless supply made for television movies.
Sure their antics are little questionable but after seeing Mary Kate Olsen on Weeds, I’ve gained a new sense of appreciation for the Olsen twins.
Anyways, I love, love, love this following interview with Mary Kate Olsen. Olsen appeared on Letterman last night to promote her upcoming film, The Wackness. Somehow my favorite topic in the entire world, young Hollywood and The Hills came up.
Since we’re going to be subjected to a new Indiana Jones, then George Lucas and Steven Spielberg taking their bromance on the road is a fair consolidation prize. These are some of my favorite parts of this sweet interview with Steven Spielberg and George Lucas (from Entertainment Weekly). They shared a number of insights on the franchise, the new characters and filmmaking. My favorite excerpt is on the changes to the film industry thanks to the Internet (who me?)
EW: You guys first became filmmakers at a time when European directors were arguably the most inventive and the most artistically acclaimed in the world. Do you miss that atmosphere?
LUCAS: When Star Wars was being made, all the independent art films [still] came from Europe. There were practically no American independent films being made. Now about 30, 40 percent of American films are independent. And the films coming out of Europe, a lot of them look like American films. You can’t really tell the difference. There’s a globalization of entertainment, and it’s good, because you still have personal art films and big audience pleasers.
SPIELBERG: You also have films being made and released on the Internet, little films, five- to six-minute shorts. They come from all over the world, and it’s really interesting to see and to sense how this world has shrunk down to size of a single frame of film…. More people can pick up video cameras, and more individuals can express who they are as artists through this collective medium. That’s what’s so exciting. What makes me really curious to see as many short films, especially, as I possibly can, is that everybody is coming out of a different box, and is free to express themselves because budget is no longer a limiting factor. You can make a movie for no money and basically get it out there on YouTube for everybody to see.
LUCAS: Movies are now becoming like writing, like books. It’s opened up to the point where anybody who has the urge or the talent to do it, there’s not that many impediments to making a film. And, there are not that many impediments to having it be shown. That’s where the Internet comes in. Now you can actually get it in front of people, and have them decide whether they like it or not. Before, that depended on the decisions of a very, very small group of people — executives who in a lot of cases didn’t even go to the movies, and didn’t even like ’em. And they were deciding what the people were and weren’t going to like. It’s much more democratic now. The people decide what they want.
EW: Of course, there are downsides to the burgeoning Internet age — and one of those downsides is, when a popular movie is coming up, people sort of peck it to death before it even opens. There’s been a huge amount written on the Internet about the development of Crystal Skull, including lots of spoilers on chat boards — though most of it is clearly labeled. Is it getting harder to protect the development process?
SPIELBERG: It really is important to be able to point out that the Internet is still filled with more speculation than facts. The Internet isn’t really about facts. It’s about people’s wishful thinking, based on a scintilla of evidence that allows their imaginations to springboard. And that’s fine. LUCAS: Y’know, Steven will say, ”Oh, everything’s out on the Internet [in terms of Crystal Skull details] — what this is and what that is.” And to that I say, ”Steven, it doesn’t make any difference!” Look — Jaws was a novel before it was a movie, and anybody could see how it ended. Didn’t matter. SPIELBERG: But there’s lots and lots of people who don’t want to find out what happens. They want that to happen on the 22nd of May. They want to find out in a dark theater. They don’t wanna find out by reading a blog…. A movie is experiential. A movie happens in a way that has always been cathartic, the personal, human catharsis of an audience in holy communion with an experience up on the screen. That’s why I’m in the middle of this magic, and I always will be.
I watched Gone Baby Gone last night and was completely blown away. It had everything working for it, (great direction, acting etc) so kudos to all. More than anything, I love Amy Ryan’s performance.
Ryan is a Best Supporting Actress nominee for her brilliant portrayal and complete embodiment as Helene, the crack addict mother of a missing child.
Hollywood.com recently featured an interview with Amy Ryan about her role in Gone Baby Gone, her Oscar nomination, and her plans for Oscar night. Below are some of my favorite excerpts from the interview.
On handling the nominations and all the attention: “It goes in waves. I’m having a really good laugh and living on Airborne [laughs]. It’s so hard. Even if there are days that are harder than others I remind myself constantly that these are good problems to have.”
On the role of Helene and it being the “role of a lifetime”: Yes, when I got the script for the audition. At first though I read the first two scenes and I was like, “Great.” Then I saw that she kept coming back and I thought, “There’s no chance in hell that I’m going to get this part. It’s too good. It’s too good.” I thought that there would be a long list of ladies that it would go to. I know that movies get sold because of people with more note and recognition. So I didn’t really even think that there was a chance of getting it, but I knew from reading it thagreat inspiration from over the years. It’s really been like a tapestry of performances from women and Gene Hackman even…it’s just endless.
On her inspirations: Oh, gosh, it was really like Shirley MacLaine and as I got older it was the performances of and watching Meryl Streep and even Cate Blanchett. These are women that I’ve drawnWire. He plays Sobotka and he said, “Get out of your own way.”