4 items from 2015
Tasked with bringing a script to life on the screen, television directors must juggle the realities of production while channeling their own creative visions. Variety gathered five directors at the top of their game to learn the secrets of their craft: Lisa Cholodenko (“Olive Kitteridge”), Lesli Linka Glatter (“Homeland”), Michelle MacLaren (“Better Call Saul,” “The Leftovers”), Gail Mancuso (“Modern Family”) and Jill Soloway (“Transparent”). One question, and they were off and running.
Variety: How do you approach a script when you first get it?
Michelle MacLaren: I read it once and I always have a pencil with me because any idea that comes to my head immediately, I write it down beside it. And I find that 90% of the time when I then go back to break down the shot list, and I come out with an idea, I’ll look at that pencil marking, and it’s the same. »
- Debra Birnbaum
Gillian Laub’s documentary “Southern Rites,” debuting on HBO on Monday, focuses on the shooting of a 22-year-old unarmed black man in a southeast Georgia town in 2011 — before names like Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown and Freddie Gray sparked protests and elevated to national media attention the lingering racial divide in modern America.
In fact, Laub didn’t initially set out to do the project, which tells the story of the shooting from multiple perspectives, including interviews with the victim’s family members and the assailant. Instead, she had been working on a follow up to her 2009 New York Times series, “A Prom Divided,” about segregated high school proms in Montgomery County, when she heard about the killing.
“We all have preconceived notions. My goal was to kind of deconstruct that in this film,” she tells Variety‘s “PopPolitics” on SiriusXM. “Nothing is what it seems, and it is all very complicated. »
- Ted Johnson
Ted Cruz has made it his adoration for The Simpsons public, recently citing his two favorite episodes. The Presidential candidate said he loved “‘Round Springfield,” which sparked the post 9/11 French slur “cheese-eating surrender monkeys”, and “Treehouse of Horror VII,” when aliens took over Bill Clinton and Bob Dole’s bodies. Unfortunately for Cruz, the feeling isn’t mutual, as the Simpson’s show runner doesn’t reciprocate the love. Also Read: CNBC Reporter Calls Out Ted Cruz For Being Shaky on Facts (Video) “To paraphrase Kang, ‘Ted Cruz?’” he said to The Daily Beast. “Go ahead, throw your vote away, »
- Jordan Chariton
"Well, I can just watch the commercials." For decades, that's been the Super Bowl Sunday motto of many who care more about pop culture than they do football. And why not? These $4 million ad spots are spectacles by design - short subject mini-films designed to dazzle you with celebrities, flash and, often, very odd subject matter. Here, then, are nine Super Bowl commercials that feature celebs doing some very odd, awkward or otherwise unusual things. They just might make you proclaim, "Wow, what a weird idea for a commercial!" - and then wonder how much these stars got paid. 1. Michael J. Fox »
- Drew Mackie, @drewgmackie
4 items from 2015
IMDb.com, Inc. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb's opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual. Please visit the source responsible for the item in question to report any concerns you may have regarding content or accuracy.See our NewsDesk partners