Brett Morgen vividly remembers the first time he met David Bowie . When the Thin White Duke insults your work, it tends to burn deep into your memory. It was 2007, at which point Morgen had been a filmmaker for over a decade and had made documentaries on boxers ( On the Ropes ), Black music in America (the Say It Loud series), legendary Hollywood producer Robert Evans ( The Kid Stays in the Picture ) and the Chicago 10 ( Chicago 10 ). He had this idea for a collaboration with Bowie on what he called “a sort-of hybrid experimental film.” A lifelong fan, he was beyond excited when the rock star agreed to a meeting. And then, Morgen recalls over a Zoom call from his home in Los Angeles, the sit-down with Bowie and his associates started getting “a little contentious. He went from dismissive to just ripping into one of my movies. I felt like I was being tested. Right after he laid into me, someone asked, ‘What’s your favorite Bowie album, Brett?’ I said, ‘Well, to be quite … [Read more...] about ‘When You Eliminate the Wikipedia, You Arrive at the Personal’: Inside the Making of ‘Moonage Daydream’
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EXCLUSIVE : Gersh has signed actor, writer and producer David Koechner ( Anchorman ) for representation. Koechner is perhaps best known for his turn as Michael Scott’s pal Todd Packer on NBC’s The Office , and as the Anchorman films’ Champ Kind. He currently co-hosts A&E’s America’s Top Dog and plays Bill Lewis on ABC’s The Goldbergs , having recently appeared on ABC’s Bless This Mess , CBS’s Superior Donuts , Showtime’s Twin Peaks , Comedy Central’s Another Period and IFC’s Stan Against Evil . Koechner voices recurring characters on Fox’s American Dad , as well as on Netflix’s series F is for Family and The Epic Tales of Captain Underpants . Recent projects on the film side include the dramedy Then Came You with Asa Butterfield , Maisie Williams and Nina Dobrev; Sean McEwen’s dramatic comedy Braking for Whales with Tom Felton and Wendi McLendon-Covey; Roman White’s Netflix pic A Week Away ; Cody Calahan’s horror-comedy Vicious Fun ; and … [Read more...] about ‘The Office’ And ‘Anchorman’ Actor David Koechner Signs With Gersh
A fresh outbreak of monkeypox in Europe and the United States in recent weeks isn’t just a threat to public health. It’s also a warning sign. More and more dangerous viruses, having evolved in animal populations, are jumping to the human population. Bird flu. MERS. SARS-CoV-1. And of course SARS-CoV-2, which has killed 6.3 million people since the very first infection in Wuhan, China, 30 months ago. It’s not hard to see why these animal-to-human “zoonotic” viral outbreaks are getting more severe and more frequent. We’re chopping down more of the forests where animals live, exposing them to us and us to them. Climate change and the illicit wildlife trade only make the problem worse. As deforestation surges, so does the risk of viral outbreaks. “The combination of climate change, population density and urban expansion is worrisome because I think we will continue to see novel viruses with the capacity to cause human disease,” said Stephanie James, the head of … [Read more...] about Is Monkeypox Just the Beginning?