3 items from 2017
I can still remember seeing Return of the King for the first time, and the annual Butt Numb-a-Thon hosted by Harry Knowles from Ain’t It Cool News. It was a room full of ridiculously excited film geeks seeing the most anticipated movie of the year with Peter Jackson in attendance. It was one of those cinematic moments I’ll never forget, watching the amazing final installment of one of the best (if not The best) film trilogies ever assembled with a cheering crowd and the man who had put it all together in the audience watching alongside us.
If you had told me then that Peter Jackson would follow-up the Lord of the Rings trilogy with a series of tepid, lifeless blockbusters, I might have slapped you in the face. Not just out of anger, »
- Anghus Houvouras
For his Oscar-nominated role in “La La Land,” Ryan Gosling spent three months learning to play the piano — so it’s somewhat of a compliment that many people ask if there was a hand double involved. “It’s all Ryan,” says writer-director Damien Chazelle, adding that there was initially going to be someone on deck just in case, but it was never needed.
New Bts video provided to Variety shows Gosling on set rehearsing or playing in several scenes, including the number “Start a Fire” with John Legend and at the wedding of his character’s sister.
It’s not the first time Gosling has taken on a special skill or gone to extremes for a film. For “The Notebook,” he spent two months soaking up the culture of in Charleston, Sc and even learned to build furniture like his character. To put on 60 pounds for “The Lovely Bones,” a film he eventually left, »
- Jenelle Riley
“A shift or a strengthening of the wind brought them the sound of wavelets breaking on the shore below, like a distant shattering of glasses. The mist was lifting to reveal dense trees and foliage curving away above the shoreline to the east. They could see a luminous gray smoothness between the boughs and leaves which might have been the silky surface of the sea itself, or the lagoon, or the sky—it was difficult to tell. The altered breeze carried through the parted French windows an enticement, a salty scent of oxygen and open space that seemed at odds with the starched table linen, the corn-flour-stiffened gravy, and the heavy polished silver they were taking in their hands. The wedding lunch had been huge and prolonged. They were not hungry.” – On Chesil Beach.
- Michelle McCue
3 items from 2017
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