5 Awful Ideas Of What Hollywood Wanted ‘Gravity’ To Be
Director Alfonso Cuaron shared with io9 some of the many suggestions he received (to add) while making the film. 1. Flashbacks Presumably this would focus on Dr. Ryan Stone’s (Sandra Bullock) life on Earth when astronaut Matt Kowalski (George Clooney)asks about her family. 2. A Romantic Relationship Cuaronsaid the Mission Control Commander would have been in love with Bullock’s character. 3. A Missile Someone actually suggested an enemy missile strike to the director. 4. A Cliche Ticking Clock “You need to cut to Houston, and see how the rescue mission goes. And there is a ticking clock with the rescue mission,” said Cuaron. 5. Rescue Helicopter at the film’s end Though Cuaron didn’t say whether these were suggestions from the studio, executives, or pals, you can’t blame the studio for wanting to know where the movie stood. It took Cuaron nearly four-and-a-half years to bring the film to the big screen.
Hollywood’s culture of indulgence comes with a price
They had hired Burton and Marvin knowing full well they were drunks. Paramount was still prepared to cough up the extra insurance for its dangerously combustible stars and tolerate their condition. Forty years later, Hollywood still shows remarkable forbearance toward its errant talent. Consider the tragedy of Canadian-born Cory Monteith. To be sure, the tearful tribute scheduled for Thursday nightas episode of Glee is no doubt inevitable. Monteith had made lovable jock Finn Hudson an endearing character on the hit Fox series. But the circumstances of his July death still throw a bleak shadow over this televised memorial: The final coroneras report confirmed that Calgary-born, Victoria-raised Monteith was shooting heroin and drinking champagne when he died in a Vancouver hotel room the night of July 12. This week, Time magazine commentator David Sheff rightly worried about the probability of romanticizing what he bluntly described as aa ghastly, lonely deatha and of sanitizing the details. But beyond that, there are valid questions about how the entertainment industry responds to the recurring problem of substance abuse within its ranks and its frequent readiness to look the other way until matters spin out of control. This, after all, is a culture that accommodated River Phoenixas descent into a drug-induced death on a sidewalk outside Johnny Deppas Viper Club and turned a blind eye to Kelsey Grammeras booze problem until the star of TVas Frasier totalled his car and ended up in the Betty Ford rehabilitation centre. In the case of Monteith, whose drug problems began in his early teens, there was some evidence of caring. Glee creator Ryan Murphy and Monteithas fellow cast members mounted a rescue mission last spring to get him into rehab. But the intervention proved sadly futile, a case possibly of too little, too late. And itas difficult to ignore evidence that Monteithas colleagues on Glee, including producers, had for some time been aware of his drug and alcohol dependency and continued to look the other way. So there remains a culture of tolerance in the entertainment industry.
Then she pointed to the blow-up puppy and said, “These guys are for pets.” The protest was organized by Mercy for Animals, whose dozen or so volunteers handed out pamphlets decrying the treatment of animals farmed for food. “All animals care about their lives,” the pamphlets said. “Meat is cruelty on your plate.” Nora Kramer, 37, who works for the group, brought her dog along. Kramer said she had been vegan for 15 years “ever since I found out how the animals were treated.” Daiya, she said, was a rescue dog, named after a “really delicious” brand of vegan cheese. “Eat cats!” shouted a tattooed young man in a tank top and shorts as he passed Kramer and her fellow protesters. “A doggy,” a little girl said, tugging on her mother’s sleeve to get her attention. On her first day in Los Angeles, Beijing resident Wenlu Xie made her way down the street, examining the sidewalk stars: Milburn Stone, Bobbie Vernon, William Primrose. “I used to think I knew a lot about Hollywood. Then I read these names,” said the 26-year-old English teacher, who wore a pair of Hello Kitty eyeglass frames without lenses. Xie seemed equally intrigued by the protest. She posed in front of it for a souvenir picture. The demonstrators, many of whom pointed their signs at passing cars and buses, appeared content with whatever attention they could get. “You get furrowed eyebrows,” said James Bergland, 68, of Highland Park, “but maybe a little something sinks in.” An hour passed. The protest ended.
Hollywood Film Festival Unveils Shorts Lineup
8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ –The Hollywood Film Festival’s Executive Director Jon Fitzgerald has announced the 23 short films chosen for competition at the annual fest, which kicks off its 2013 season on October 18th at the ArcLight Cinemas in Hollywood. With the establishment of new programs, themes and events, Fitzgerald will enhance the mandate of “bridging the gap” between established Hollywood and the film industry, an original mission of the Festival now in its 17th year. The shorts film programs have been grouped by genres and themes many of which connect back to the Celebrate Hollywood and CineCause Spotlight. Docs Exploring Culture all offer a rare glimpse into our culture, past, present and future. (Asia One, Do Not Duplicate, Sleeping with Suri), CineCause Youth and Consequences embrace kids as the future, how we treat them, teach them and respect them will have a direct impact on all of us, for better or for worse. (Children Next Door, School’s Out, Slave Queen), Narrative Dependency focuses on complicated relationships and for the heroes in this program dependency proves difficult to overcome. (The Bright Side, Cash for Gold, Home, Six Letter Word), European Film Showcase Transitions offers change as a good thing, but as we see with these characters, their next chapter is full of surprises, some more rewarding than others (Avant Que De Tout Perde, The Golden Bough, Wannabes), Family Growing Up is all about children and coming of age. From superpowers to imagination, role playing to fighting off bullies, it’s all part of the package. (Learning to Fly, Lucy, The Scenes, The Swimmer), Animation Adaptation showcases Science achievement and medicine which often converge to push the boundaries for living creatures and their environment (The Collector’s Gift, Day 6011, Feral, Rescue, Vengeance+ Vengeance), Student – Identity Crisis highlight stories about identity. Are we honest with ourselves, and with each other? Who, or what, do we love? (Iris, Home, Josephine & the Roach, Paulie) Shorts and Feature filmmakers will have an opportunity to participate in the new Hollywood Network program, sponsored by FilmLA; a series of round table discussions between independent filmmakers and Hollywood industry professionals. “The industry is always looking to discover emerging new talent,” says Fitzgerald. “Hollywood Network gives both Filmmaker and Executive the opportunity to meet and form relationships through a festival experience.” This is yet another step in HFF efforts to “bridge the gap” between established Hollywood and the global creative community, an original mission of the festival. Selected Industry Participants include: Producer Laura Bickford (Traffic), David Dinerstein along with reps from: Gravidi, Paradigm, Showtime, Preferred Content, CAA, and Chill. In addition to the onsite opportunities for Arclight audiences to get involved with the causes reflected in the CineCause films, a unique video App Gravidi ( ) – that offers users hot spots to learn more about projects and related causes, with a donation platform, will support the shorts and features highlighted in the CineCause Spotlight ( ). Gravidi, Inc. has developed patented interactive technology with offices in Los Angeles and Baltimore. (Shorts utilizing this platform will include: Asia One, Mountains Will Move, Children Next Door, Schools Out, Running Blind and Slave Queen). MISSION AND OBJECTIVE The Hollywood Film Festival bridges the gap between established Hollywood and the global creative community, providing an avenue of discovery for emerging filmmakers.