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The First Man Cast Talks Bringing Neil Armstrong’s Life To The Screen

The last time Damien Chazelle and Ryan Gosling brought a movie to TIFF was in 2016 when they came with La La Land. The film went on to win the People’s Choice Award, followed by 6 Oscars the following year. When it was announced that the duo would be re-teaming up for the Neil Armstrong biopic First Man the word Oscar started being floating around once again, but it’s not a thought either of them want to be thinking about.

When asked about what it would feel like to get an Oscar nomination for First Man, Gosling didn’t want to talk about it. He said it would be a disservice to Armstrong, and instead he wants the focus on be on the movie itself. He said it was an honour to play Armstrong, and wanted to focus on making a good movie. Gosling even viewed recording Armstrong’s “One step for mankind” speech as a huge responsibility, and wanted to make sure he got it right. All in all, Gosling’s reaction to playing Armstrong was one about admiration and respect. You could tell he was fascinated by the man, even though he didn’t know a lot about him beforehand other than the fact that he landed on the moon. Gosling did say however that he had never had more help on a film, because he had access to Armstrong’s sons who were a huge help with his research, and were always available to answer any questions he might have. 

Chazelle admitted that he had been wanting to do First Man for a long time. He’d actually started talking to Gosling to star in it before they began work on La La Land. What drew him to the story in the first place was the poetry in Armstrong’s life and passions. Armstrong may have had a hard time showing his emotions, but there was a depth to the man that made Chazelle interested in him. Chazelle like the fact that Armstrong was peeking behind the curtain in his attempt to see beyond what we could see from Earth. While he did find it difficult at times working on the film, after all it was the first time he was tackling not only subject matter he hadn’t written or at least experienced before, but also a true story, Chazelle found the experience to be rewarding. 

As for the filming part of the movie, you need to know that the actors actually went through space boot camp to get ready for their roles. Not only that but the film used very little CGI effects, which meant the astronauts were cooped up in small, confined spaces for hours at a time. The cast surrounding Goslings all talked about the responsibilities living up to the men whose lives they were playing, and paid attention to the finer details. Actor Corey Stall who plays Buzz Aldrin even said it was the best researched movie he had ever been a part of.

And the final results? Neil Armstrong’s son’s liked it. They didn’t think anyone would want to tell their dad’s story, but they think he’d be pleased by what they saw on the screen. They called in very authentic, with great performances. Rich Armstrong said that even though he’s seen the film several times, he still cries every time he sees it. Now if that’s not good praise, it would be hard to figure out what is.

By: Roderick Thedorff

Photo: Emma McIntyre WireImageGetty for TIFF 04


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Kristen Bell Confirms, Veronica Mars Is Back Again

Ever since Kristen Bell’s series Veronica Mars premiered in 2004 it’s had a cult following. Even horror master Stephen King expressed his love for the show, which only helped its audience grow. Unfortunately a cult following didn’t help it get extraordinary ratings, and the series was cancelled after just three seasons. Bell though never gave up on the show. She always claimed it would come back. In 2014 she was proven right, when the series got a theatrical release thanks to a Kickstarter campaign to fund it. Even though it was popular among fans, the film didn’t make back its budget and once again the show looked like it was over. Bell however never thought so, and constantly said it would be back, and yesterday she once again proved that her determination had paid off.

Bell took to Instagram Thursday morning to make an announcement. “Did you guys know that as of summer 2019, all the old Veronica Mars episodes will be available on Hulu to stream and re-watch, which is great because you’ll need to brush up since we’re making another one.” She went on to say that “Veronica has always been a super hero without a Cape. And I think she’s exactly what the world needs right now.”

Hulu released their own statement as well, stating that the show would be an eight-episode limited series, and would focus on the murder of spring breakers in Neptune. Mars Investigations is then hired by one of the victim’s parents to find the killer.

While waiting for the series to return in 2019, Bell’s fans can continue to watch her in NBC’s comedy The Good Place. 

Attention all Marshmallows: BREAKING NEWS!!!!! We are OFFICIALLY back in business!!! A new #veronicamars series is coming back, on @hulu !!!! Veronica has always been a super hero without a Cape. And I think shes exactly what the world needs right now. Thank you to all my fellow marshmallows who stayed excited. Thank you to @hulu for the opportunity. I hope we’re still friends after I taser I you. 😍😍😍

A post shared by kristen bell (@kristenanniebell) on Sep 20, 2018 at 8:51am PDT

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The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel And Game Of Thrones Top The Emmy Awards

Amazon has done what no streaming service has done before, win an Emmy award for Best Comedy for their show The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. On the drama side of things it was a returning Game of Thrones that took the trophy once again, beating out last year’s winner The Handmaid’s Tale. All in all it was a night ruled by the two shows.

Amazon’s The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is a sitcom about a 1950s homemaker who decides to give stand-up comedy a try after her home life starts to make her unhappy. The series won eight trophies altogether, including the aforementioned Best Comedy trophy, best actress honors for star Rachel Brosnahan, best supporting actress for Alex Borstein, and writing and directing trophies for the series creator, Amy Sherman-Palladino. Game of Thrones on the other hand won the most trophies of the night. Of their nine statues, they won Best Drama, and Best Supporting Actor for Peter Dinklage. The series wasn’t nominated last year because with the summer premiere it didn’t qualify, allowing The Handmaid’s Tale to take its place.

The bigger surprises of the evening including The Crown’s Claire Foy beating out The Handmaid’s Tale’s Elisabeth Moss and Killing Eve’s Sandra Oh. Matthew Rhys finally took home an acting trophy for The Americans, a series that has largely been passed over by the Emmy’s throughout its six, critically acclaimed seasons.  And after four decades of being on television, Henry Winkler finally took home an acting trophy for his role in Barry. 

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Green Books Wins TIFF’s Top Award

The Toronto International Film Festival has drawn to a close once more, and on Sunday the awards were handed out for the top films of the festival. While there were several films in the race for the People’s Choice Award, it was Peter Farrelly’s Green Book that came out on top.

Green Book is the true story of a white bouncer (played by Viggo Mortensen) who becomes the driver/bodyguard of an African-American classical pianist (Oscar winner Mahershala Ali) who is on tour through the 1960s American South. They must rely on the “Green Book” in order to survive the dangers of the time, which was a book created to guide people to establishments that were safe for African-Americans during that time period. Part drama, and part comedy, this film drew rave reviews from crowds at the festival, which puts it in a good position come awards’ season. In the past, five audience awards winners won the Oscar’s Best Picture Trophy, including Slumdog Millionaire, 12 Years a Slave and The King’s Speech. In the last two years La La Land and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri took home the prize, and both were nominated for Best Picture. 

Perhaps the most shocking things about Green Book is that it was directed by Peter Farrelly, who is best known for his work alongside his brother Bobby. Together they directed Dumb and Dumber, There’s Something About Mary and Shallow Hal.  

By Roderick Thedorff

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