«You’re going up river, are you? Ain’t nobody comes back from up there…» Amazon Studios has revealed the first official teaser trailer for James Gray’s latest film, an adaptation of David Grann’s book, titled The Lost City of Z. The film already premiered at the New York Film Festival to mostly positive reviews, telling a thrilling adventure story of explorers who travel into the Amazon to find a hidden civilization. Starring Charlie Hunnam as legendary British explorer Col. Percy Fawcett, along with Tom Holland as Jack Fawcett and Sienna Miller as Nina Fawcett. The cast includes Robert Pattinson, Angus Macfadyen, Daniel Huttlestone, Edward Ashley and Johann Myers. We’ve been following this for a long time, and I’m excited to see it finally hitting theaters next spring. Get your first glimpse at some footage below. ›››
The Weinstein Company has announced that principal photography on The Current War began on December 18, 2016 in London and the surrounding areas. The film is set in the late 1880s and details the rivalry between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse in their race to create a sustainable electricity system. Edison backed a direct current for electric power distribution while Westinghouse Electric was behind an alternating current. “Edison and Westinghouse’s rivalry is the ultimate tale of competition driving ingenuity,” Harvey Weinstein said in a press release. “Theirs was a battle of intellect, a race of creativity and technological innovation that we see echoed in the self made inventors dominating spaces like Silicon Valley. We’re thrilled to start filming and to share this historical rivalry with audiences everywhere.” Benedict Cumberbatch stars as Thomas Edison alongside Michael Shannon as George Westinghouse. Katherine Waterston, Tom Holland, Matthew Macfadyen, Tuppence Middleton, and Nicholas Hoult also star. If you spot The Current War filming in London, let us know about it at olv@onlocationvacations!
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«Someone has to stop this madness.» Sony Pictures Classics has debuted the official US trailer for Oliver Hirschbiegel’s film 13 Minutes, about the true story of an German man who tried to kill Hitler by planting a bomb in Munich in 1939. German actor Christian Friedel plays Georg Elser, an intelligent young man who decided to build a bomb from random materials he could find and planted it at a venue Hitler was about to speak at. The event ended early, and Hitler left the building 13 minutes before the bomb went off, escaping narrowly. The film profiles Elser and his time before the war, exploring his motives and desires for this plot. I saw this film way back at the Berlin Film Festival in early 2016, and I thought it was fantastic. I’m sad it has taken two years to get released, but I hope some people give it a chance. It’s worth your time. ›››
Which comic book movies have been shortlisted for Academy Awards in visual effects and make-up? Want to see the first footage from Kevin Smith‘s episode of Supergirl coming in January? How much will you have to spend to get your own life-size, robotic Iron Man suit from China? Kevin Smith has a theory that Darkseid will show up in Justice League? All that and more in this edition of Superhero Bits.
The Flash returns for the second half of its third season in late January, and here’s the first trailer to watch.
Suicide Squad and Deadpool are on the shortlist for the Academy Award for Best Make-Up and Hairstyling.
Suicide Squad set photographer Clay Enos revealed a shot of Margot Robbie on the last day of shooting.
Comic Book Resources runs through 15 superheroes who died and actually stayed dead, which is rare in comics.
— Marvel Games (@MarvelGames) December 19, 2016
The Mad Titan Thanos is coming to Marvel Puzzle Quest to make that mobile game a little more purple and angry.
Apparently Suicide Squad has the advantage on Justice League in the first issue of the new comic crossover.
Set photographer Jon Lederer has posted some awesome behind the scenes photos from Deadpool on his website.
A new photo from Logan shows of Stephen Merchant as Caliban, albeit hidden by a hat, scarf and goggles.
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«I wanted the movie to be a love letter to not just dreams, but to the kinds of dreams that society often mocks.» He’s only 31 years old, but has already made two of my favorite movies. Damien Chazelle is the writer/director of Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench, Whiplash (from 2014) and this year’s La La Land, an exuberant and exciting musical that is my #1 movie of the year. La La Land premiered to rave reviews at the Venice, Telluride, and Toronto Film Festivals this fall and is now playing in theaters nationwide. I was lucky enough to catch up with Chazelle at the Telluride Film Festival and sit down to talk about making La La Land. I was still on a high from the movie, and was very excited to chat with him about everything — from Ryan Gosling’s piano playing, to capturing Los Angeles, to making sure this success doesn’t go to his head. ›››
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«We’re just stuck. Afraid of everything…» IFC Films has debuted a trailer for an indie romantic drama titled Between Us, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival earlier this year. Between Us is about a couple in a long-term relationship that is threatened by life-changing revelations that come up «over the course of one tumultuous night.» Ben Feldman and Olivia Thirlby star as the main couple deciding whether to be married, with the cast including Adam Goldberg, Analeigh Tipton, Betsy Brandt, Scott Haze, Peter Bogdanovich, and Lesley Ann Warren. This is described as «brutally honest and incisively funny» and contains a «raw, real, and all-too-relatable look at the rocky terrain of 21st century romance.» Take a look. ›››
I provide a response, but could really use your thoughts on this one.
A reader question from Kevin Goulet:
Scott, Thank you for re-posting this series as we approach the new year. Just after revisiting Pt. 2- while I was thinking it through, evaluating 2016 and making my plan(s) for ’17, I could not help thinking of a colleague with a very distinct issue and wondered how many other Screenwriters -on the road to making a career of it- are in a similar predicament: Little or no support from their spouse. I believe there are seismic gaps between three ‘ways’ someone might live with a creative being (one of us): tolerating, supporting and embracing your loved one’s dreams. These different vibes may not resonate as being so vastly different from the non-writer/loved one’s POV, but I believe they most certainly do from the screenwriter’s often lonely seat. And I also believe one of those ‘ways’ leads to a detrimental relationship that can end up destroyed. Maybe this is a previously discussed topic I’ve missed reading about? What say you and any other screenwriters on their way to making it? Thoughts…? Advice…?
In the 8+ years I’ve hosted this blog, I don’t think I’ve (A) gotten this question or (B) taken it up as a subject. That seems weird to me because I know not all of us are fortunate enough to have significant others who bless us with endless reserves of patience, understanding, and encouragement… with an occasional shoulder rub thrown in.
Let me confess: Rebecca, my wife of 31 years, has not only accompanied me on the labyrinthine contours of my creative journey, she has also joined in each new venture with a hearty ‘yes’. Both of my sons, too.
So up front, I’ll just say I hope members of the GITS community who DO have experience along the lines of Kevin’s colleague will post a RESPONSE with their observations and advice.
For my part, how about if I use your breakdown, Kevin? Three categories: Tolerating, Supporting, Embracing.
Embracing: We should all be so lucky.
Supporting: This suggests that while they may not understand our creative mindset and yearnings, and indeed may have some reservations about it, nonetheless out of love — and grasping how important writing is to us — make a conscious choice to provide us space to pursue our dreams.
That said, I would imagine this type of relationship would lead to occasional, maybe even fairly frequent disagreements about how we are spend our time. Until someone comes along who can add hours to our days — and when that person comes along, I will be first in line to procure their services! — the reality is every hour we devote to writing is an hour we are not hanging out with our families, our job, whatever other relationship or responsibility we have. And if marriage / romantic relationships aim to be (pretty much) a zero-sum game, that balance can get out of whack depending upon where we are in any writing project. “But I’ve just GOT to finish this third act!”
Now this IS something I have run into in my life. For instance, just now I am swamped with work, so my family knows I have to do what I do as I transition into my new position as a professor at the DePaul University School of Cinematic Arts. I’ve shifted work priorities and that continues to be an evolving dynamic. What that means practically is I have to be really intentional about everything I do including when and how I spend time with my family. For example, I am carving out several hours tomorrow to take my family to the Music Box Theater and watch It’s a Wonderful Life on the big screen, followed by steaming hot bowls of my pumpkin cider soup (which is simmering on the stove at this precise moment).
I doubt I’m saying anything new. All of us have to find how to balance work time and family time. But what about that third category…
Tolerating: Perhaps just barely. Our partner letting us know they do NOT get WHY we’re doing WHAT we’re doing. It all seems like a WASTE of time. But WHATEVER. You do what you think you HAVE to do. And I’ll just… put up with it as best I can…
However when we pass each other in the hall, we can expect surly stares… frustrated muttering… and more often than not, a chilling silence.
Not the type of environment to engender creativity and can become quite problematic if our writing creates a deeper divisions between the couple.
It could be worse, I suppose. They could absolutely loathe the very idea of us doing something so capricious as writing. Deride and belittle us. Join in the chorus of the Voices Of Negativity. Who do you think you’re fooling? You think you have a chance of becoming a successful writer? The whole thing is just ridiculous!
Whatever the level of negative energy directed toward our creative efforts, my general advice would be to try however you can to help them grasp why it is so important to you. Not necessarily understand the creative calling itself. But rather the passion you have for something real and meaningful.
Do THEY have something they are equally passionate about? A hobby. An avocation. If so, there’s your entry point. What YOU feel about THAT is how I feel about WRITING. What’s more if they devote time to whatever their personal passion is, then you have a basis for dialogue regarding how each of you portion out time to pursue your individual interests.
But if they don’t have something they’re passionate about and can’t grasp why you write, that’s a tough situation. It makes me wonder if their antipathy or hostility is really about feeling hurt. That you show more passion for your writing than them. Almost as if you’re having an affair.
And let’s face it, writing can be an all consuming experience, pulling us into a universe of our own imagining, characters who come to life, hours flying by as we immerse ourselves in a story of our own creation.
Doing taxes or raking the leaves with our mate just doesn’t measure up to that, does it? And maybe that is what lies at the heart of the problem: They are jealous of us having our passion… and feel hurt.
This is where our experience as a writer can come in handy. Their toleration may only be the TEXT of what is going on. See if you can dig deeper in honest conversations with your mate to get to the EMOTIONAL SUBTEXT.
Here’s the thing: Ultimately if you are called by the Creative… if writing truly is your Bliss — vocation or avocation — then if you want to have any chance of leading an Authentic Life, you have to make room to give expression to your Voice. That is just an existential reality. One person. One life. One rapture. To do anything LESS than pursue one’s bliss is a tragedy.
Hopefully you find lovers, friends, business associates, mentors, and other creatives to create a community of support. If not, then you try your best to help them understand your passion. If they can’t, you have a choice: Follow your bliss or turn away from it in order to make your mate happy.
But then, will YOU be happy?
This is a difficult question, Kevin. I’m glad you asked it on behalf of your colleague. And again, if any GITS reader has some thoughts on the matter, please take time to write a RESPONSE. I certainly don’t think my meager response adequately covers the possibilities of what to do.
Bottom line: My best to your colleague, Kevin, and to any of you who struggle with this situation.
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