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 Posted:   Mar 26, 2020 - 12:03 PM   
 By:   dragon53   (Member)

THURSDAY, MARCH 26

THE MANDALORIAN---Bill Burr is returning as mercenary Mayfield in Season 2.





CASSIAN ANDOR---VFX artist Neal Scanlan said the untitled Disney+ prequel series to ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY might introduce new characters, “It certainly doesn’t feel like we are making any compromises. It’s the same creative conditions in every department to do what we can do. We also have this backlog of characters. A lot of the characters that we built for all of the films either didn’t make it to the final cut, because that’s just the way that the film process happens, or that they are seen so momentarily that there is this wonderful second opportunity to bring back some of the characters that we’ve made and bring them to this new storyline in a more, shall we say, integrated way. I think it’s going to be tremendous. I find that it’s a second opportunity for everything that we’ve made, plus the opportunity of moving TV along, in a sense, at what will not at all be diminished as far as the level of quality, the level of things that we are going to try and achieve.”

STAR TREK: PICARD---Patrick Stewart commented on the Season 1 finale and its connection to STAR TREK: NEMESIS, “The content of this scene was so serious, and so important to the characters — and the affection and mutual respect — was so clear and so strong. Picard knew that this would probably be the last time that he was ever with [Data] and we — we had to address that. The guilt Picard felt over Data’s loss at the beginning of the season, that the two characters never had a proper goodbye, or resolution, in [NEMESIS] … We took almost the entire day, not quite, as I recall, [to shoot the scene], but it was a very, very intense experience.”

BRIAN DE PALMA---director Brian De Palma commented on his career, “In my mid-50s doing CARLITO'S WAY and then MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE. It doesn’t get much better than that. You have all the power and tools at your disposal. When you have the Hollywood system working for you, you can do some remarkable things. But as your movies become less successful, it gets harder to hold on to the power and you have to start making compromises. I don’t know if you even realize you’re making them… I tend to be very hard-nosed about this. If you have a couple of good decades, that’s good, that’s great.”
He added, “Stories, they keep making them longer and longer only for economic reasons. After I made MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE, Tom [Cruise] asked me to start working on the next one. I said: ‘Are you kidding?’ One of these is enough. Why would anybody want to make another one? Of course, the reason they make another one is to make money. I was never a movie director to make money, which is the big problem of Hollywood. That’s the corruption of Hollywood.”
De Palma talked about cinematography, “The things that they’re doing now have nothing to do with what we were doing making movies in the ’70s, ‘80s and ’90s. The first thing that drives me crazy is the way they look. Because they’re shooting digitally they’re just lit terribly. I can’t stand the darkness, the bounced light. They all look the same. I believe in beauty in cinema. Susan and I were looking at GONE WITH THE WIND the other day and you’re just struck at how beautiful the whole movie is. The sets, how Vivien Leigh is lit, it’s just extraordinary. If you look at the stuff that’s streaming all the time, it’s all muck. Visual storytelling has gone out the window.”





THOR: DARK WORLD---director Patty Jenkins commented on why she left the movie, “I did not believe that I could make a good movie out of the script that they were planning on doing. I think it would have been a huge deal – it would have looked like it was my fault. It would’ve looked like, ‘Oh my God, this woman directed it and she missed all these things.’
That was the one time in my career where I really felt like, ‘Do this with [another director] and it’s not going to be a big deal and maybe they’ll understand it and love it more than I do.’ You can’t do movies you don’t believe in. The only reason to do it would be to prove to people that I could. But it wouldn’t have proved anything if I didn’t succeed. I don’t think that I would have gotten another chance. And so, I’m super grateful."

A RAINY DAY IN NEW YORK---in his memoir APROPOS OF NOTHING, Woody Allen commented on star Timothee Chalamet, who criticized Allen over his sexual accusations and then donated his salary to charities connected to the #MeToo movement, “All the three leads in ‘Rainy Day’ were excellent and a pleasure to work with. Timothee afterwards publicly stated he regretted working with me and was giving the money to charity, but he swore to my sister he needed to do that as he was up for an Oscar for ‘Call Me by Your Name,’ and he and his agent felt he had a better chance of winning if he denounced me, so he did. Anyhow, I didn’t regret working with him and I’m not giving any of my money back.”

ANGRY BIRDS: SUMMER MADNESS---Netflix animated tv series underway based on the video game and movies. The tv series will be 40 11-minute episodes which focus on Red, Chuck and Bomb.

TRIVIA---in ARRIVAL, Gen. Shang tells linguist Louise Banks his wife's dying words, which later prevent a Chinese attack on the alien spaceship. The English translation for her dying words is, "In war there are no winners, only widows."






 
 
 Posted:   Mar 26, 2020 - 12:25 PM   
 By:   Octoberman   (Member)

You tell 'em, Woody.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 26, 2020 - 12:53 PM   
 By:   Nightingale   (Member)

From Brian DePalma above referring to additional Mission:Impossible movies : "Of course, the reason they make another one is to make money. I was never a movie director to make money, which is the big problem of Hollywood. That’s the corruption of Hollywood."

I think M:I1 is my favorite, but this guy has no concept of the simple economics of how a movie gets made?!

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 26, 2020 - 12:56 PM   
 By:   Nightingale   (Member)

From Brian DePalma above referring to additional Mission:Impossible movies : "Of course, the reason they make another one is to make money. I was never a movie director to make money, which is the big problem of Hollywood. That’s the corruption of Hollywood."

I think M:I1 is my favorite, but this guy has no concept of the simple economics of how a movie gets made?!


I am not opposed to it in any way (have not seen the show), but how did comedian Bill Burr get that role? I suspect there's an amusing story there.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 26, 2020 - 1:29 PM   
 By:   Octoberman   (Member)

From Brian DePalma above referring to additional Mission:Impossible movies : "Of course, the reason they make another one is to make money. I was never a movie director to make money, which is the big problem of Hollywood. That’s the corruption of Hollywood."

I think M:I1 is my favorite, but this guy has no concept of the simple economics of how a movie gets made?!



I'm sure DePalma more than gets the concept.
He's just speaking from a more idealistic point of view right now.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 26, 2020 - 5:18 PM   
 By:   chriscoyle   (Member)

De Palma is so right about movies. Vivian Leigh is mesmerizing in the first 20 minutes of GWTW.

 
 Posted:   Mar 29, 2020 - 6:58 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

STAR TREK: PICARD---Patrick Stewart commented on the Season 1 finale and its connection to STAR TREK: NEMESIS

And why would they connect Picard to Nemesis? Probably the most hated Star Trek film in the franchise.
These people in charge are beyond tone deaf. Or they're just trolling now.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 29, 2020 - 7:14 AM   
 By:   KeV-McG   (Member)

I don't get your anger, sol.
Nemesis, whether liked or not, was the last film in the Next Gen film series, and the last time we saw Picard, before this new story set in his retirement.
So linking the events from the last time we saw him, to the pick up story, is no big stretch to me.
Picards guilt, or sadness, linked to Data's sacrifice is part of the storyline.

 
 Posted:   Mar 29, 2020 - 7:19 AM   
 By:   solium   (Member)

I don't get your anger, sol.
Nemesis, whether liked or not, was the last film in the Next Gen film series, and the last time we saw Picard, before this new story set in his retirement.
So linking the events from the last time we saw him, to the pick up story, is no big stretch to me.
Picards guilt, or sadness, linked to Data's sacrifice is part of the storyline.


Sure I get that. But they could've written any story and gone in any direction. Linking to that film just seems bone headed. And while some on FSM are telling me Picard is a raving success, (which its not) I've heard mostly negative responses to the series final even from the shill media.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 29, 2020 - 7:24 AM   
 By:   KeV-McG   (Member)

I'm not a big Star Trek fan at all, although I have enjoyed much of it over the years, but I've got mates who are huge ST fans and the feedback I'm hearing from them has been VERY positive indeed.

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 29, 2020 - 7:52 AM   
 By:   paulhickling   (Member)

For me Star Trek ends with with the original cast. But I have two friends commenting online Picard only today. One said it was brilliant, the other said it was all talk and boring. So, so far I got a fifty-fifty reaction. I don't have the service it's on anyway so I can't personally comment...

 
 
 Posted:   Mar 29, 2020 - 7:59 AM   
 By:   KeV-McG   (Member)

"I don't have the service it's on...'
----------------------
Yeah. Me too.
I'll give it a look if I either take out an Amazon Prime rental for a month, or a mate passes it to me on a memory stick.

 
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