“Somehow I staggered to the window. It was stuck, I couldn’t budge it. I moved to another window and, I don’t know how, got it open and clambered outside. I was kneeling on a tiny ledge, barely big enough to put one foot on. I was three floors up. If I jump, I’m dead. Flames were shooting out of the window head-high and I crouched there, hanging onto the windowsill, my fingers cupped, my right hand and arm in the fire and burning.” … [Read more...] about Sumner Redstone, Tenacious Media Mogul, Dies at 97
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In early March, as the dangers of COVID-19 were encroaching, Garner was spending 18 hours a day in a Brooklyn subway station shooting Inventing Anna, which is adapted from a 2018 New York magazine story about Russian scammer Anna Sorokin. In 2013, Sorokin created the fictitious identity of German heiress Anna Delvey, ultimately defrauding wealthy New Yorkers and hotels. "She might be the hardest character I've ever played," Garner says. "She's a genius. You can't judge your characters. I want people to understand why she did this." During production, Garner flew to Buffalo to meet Sorokin at the nearby Albion Correctional Facility, where she's serving a four- to eight-year sentence for larceny and theft. "It got super meta because she's like, 'So how are you playing me?' " Garner says. "I said, 'Well, you're very complex. Your accent's really hard.' She's like, 'Oh my God, how do you sound like me? You have to do it.' She just was freaking out." … [Read more...] about “She Sticks Her Finger Right Into the Socket”: How ‘Ozark’ Star Julia Garner Became a Scene-Stealer and Emmy Favorite
Sandhya is optimistic that there will be positive change in the industry which will result in the production of better work. "I know good work will come. If it doesn't, then you speak about it. Yes, we all feel angry and we've all lost out on opportunities, so it's about changing the system and not bringing down someone. But, there are different ways to do that," she said. … [Read more...] about Sandhya Mridul Says Nepotism Debate Has Turned Into A Witch-Hunt: To Continuously Abuse Is Not Right
But the realignment means that the legacy companies are forced to throw massive amounts of money at generating new "product" just as the pandemic has shut almost everything down and revenue is plummeting. So the challenge is simple: Make a lot more programming with less money coming in and a fraction of the staff. And be sure to keep an eye on the old-school businesses that have been keeping your bread well buttered all these years. Says an executive in the thick of trying to manage it: "Things are going to be very bumpy and ugly for a while." … [Read more...] about Behind Hollywood’s Executive Ousters: “It’s the Great Reckoning Now”
You can guess the rest: dodgy folks in labcoats, flashing red lights and sirens, things jumping out of shadowy corners, soldiers turned in to chum, people yelling “Run!” It’s merely a question of how well Sputnik whips all of this well-worn material into shape, which is decently enough. Abramenko has clearly watched his share of gory evil-extraterrestial-run-amuck blockbusters and knows the vocabulary well enough to employ it for shock-and-eww! tactics. Akinshina gives her Ripleyesque heroine an added edge of hardbitten cynicism that plays extremely well (she knows a drunken male soldier can be as predatory as an interstellar beast), and ties in to the film’s notion that truth and trust were rare commodities in the USSR circa ’83. (And, for that matter, still are in Russia 2020.) There’s a slick Hollywood sheen over everything that, in a year in which studio blockbusters have been repeatedly punted, may satisfy a quick summer-movie fix. If this … [Read more...] about ‘Sputnik’ Review: How Do You Say ‘Alien’ in Russian?