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
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True Blood The Musical On Its Way
True Blood ran for 81 episodes from 2008 to 2014, and at the time was one of the most popular shows on TV. The HBO series was based on the novels by Charlaine Harris and followed the story of Sookie Stackhouse and the residents of Bon Temps, Louisiana. The series was right in the middle of the vampire craze of the mid-2000s, and still has a strong following today. Yesterday marked the 10th anniversary of the series, and at the Vulture Festival in Los Angeles where they screened the pilot episode for fans, the creator of the series Alan Ball discussed plans for a special musical production of the series.
Ball told the crowd that he had heard composer Nathan Barr’s musical that is in development was “pretty good”. He went on to say that “It tells the story of vampires coming out of the closet. Ultimately it really departs from the book, because people aren’t ready, and they’re too bigoted and they end up going back in to the closet.” Fans shouldn’t be getting their hopes up that the musical will be coming anytime soon though, as it was originally announced in 2014 and is still being workshopped. Ball himself didn’t say if he is involved in the project at all either, but by the way he was describing the project it doesn’t feel like he is.
Whether or not the True Blood musical finally hits the stage is unknown at this point, but we’ll be keeping our eyes open for it.
Ariana Grande Gets Her First Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 Single With “thank u, next”
Ariana Grande has been in the news a lot lately thanks to her highly public split from Pete Davidson, and shortly after the split she released a new single called “thank u, next”. The song was meant as an ode to how her past relationships (to Davidson, Big Sean, Ricky Alvarez, and the late Mac Miller), affected her personal growth. The song quickly became a huge hit, and now it’s made its debut on the Billboard Hot 100 in the number one spot.
The 25 year old Grande has been releasing music for seven years now, and even though she’s had a very successful career so far, she never had a number one song on the American Billboard Hot 100 before. Once the new broke yesterday, Grande took to Twitter stating “yeeeeeee baby’s first number one”.
The single is meant to be the lead single from Grande’s upcoming fifth studio album, which is also named “thank u, next”. Billboard stated that the single was only the 32nd in the chart’s 60-year history to debut at number one, and the first such single by a female artist in three years. The last was Adele’s “Hello” in 2015. Grande is also the first solo female to top the chart since Cardi B did it in October of last year. The single also broke Spotify’s single-day record for the most streams for a song by a female artist with almost 10 million listens in a 24-hour period.
Grande’s fifth album hasn’t been given a release date as of yet, but is expected sometime soon.
Gerard Butler Posts Videos Of Home Destroyed By California Wildfires To Instragram
Gerard Butler may play a lot of tough guys and action heroes in film, but on Sunday when he posted videos of himself touring the destroyed remains of his home in California, you can’t help but see the softer side of him.
As Butler walked the remains of his property in the video posted to his Instagram story, he was close to tears. In one video the 300 star said “Welcome to my home in Malibu” as he toured the charred remains. The videos showed how devastated he was by the California wildfire, and he took the time to salute the bravery of the firefighters battling the blaze. He wrote “Returned to my house in Malibu after evacuating. Heartbreaking time across California. Inspired as ever by the courage, spirit and sacrifice of firefighters. Thank you @LosAngelesFireDepartment.” He also added a link to donate money to those affected by the Woolsey fire that started last Thursday.
Butler wasn’t the only celebrity affected by the fire either. Kelsey Grammer’s ex-wife Camille lost her home, as did singer Robin Thicke. Kim, Kourtney and Khloe Kardashian were evacuated from the fire struck region, as was Lady Gaga. Caitlyn Jenner was luckier than her stepdaughters though,because her place was damaged, but not destroyed. Charlie Sheen was also desperate to locate his parents earlier this weekend when he couldn’t get a hold of them, but Martin Sheen eventually responded to let everyone know he was alright. Neil Young and Miley Cyrus also lost their homes.
Over 250,000 people have been evacuated because of the blaze, that has destroyed over 83,000 acres and 180 homes already and has a long way to go before being contained.
Photo: Gerard Butler Instagram
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