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Baby Yoda fanatic Werner Herzog had an eventful 2006. He directed Rescue Dawn, his highest-grossing movie in America; was shot at during an interview with BBC; and saved Joaquin Phoenix from a car accident. The legendary filmmaker and two-time Simpsons guest star recounted the last two incidents in an interview with the New York Times.
When asked by interviewer-extraordinaire David Marchese whether he ever found out who fired at him with an air rifle, Herzog replied, “I was shot at various times. You mean here in Los Angeles?” Yes, in Los Angeles. “No, I wasn’t interested.” Fair enough. As for Phoenix, Herzog said that he recognized him it’s fun to imagine Herzog catching a matinee screening of Clay Pigeons, “although he was upside down in this car, squished between airbags that had deployed and wildly trying to light a cigarette.”
Only Herzog could make a car accident sound poetic:
“I knew he must not light his cigarette, because there was gasoline dripping and he would have perished in a fireball. So I tried to be clearly commandeering to him and tell him not to. But I was worried that if you gave him a command, he would strike his lighter even harder. So I managed to snatch the cigarette lighter from his hand. Then it became completely clear that it was Joaquin. But I didn’t want to speak to him after. I saw he wanted to come over and thank me. I just drove off.
Recalling the incident the week after it happened, Phoenix said that he heard a German voice tell him “just relax” and that “there’s something so calming and beautiful about Werner Herzog’s voice. I felt completely fine and safe.” I’m not sure what’s more on-brand: Phoenix smoking a cigarette after crashing his car, or Herzog refusing to stick around after potentially saving a man’s life. He would’ve stayed, had it been Baby Yoda.
Via New York Times
The actress also joined Chelsea Handler, Rashida Jones and more at a private showing of the film, presented by UTA and Everytown for Gun Safety.
Laura Dern, Rashida Jones and Chelsea Handler, along with survivors and family members of victims lost to gun violence, came together to celebrate Will McCormack and Michael Govier's short film If Anything Happens I Love You on Wednesday night.
Held at UTA's Beverly Hills theater, the private screening of the 12-minute animated short, about parents navigating grief after losing their daughter in a school shooting, kicked off with a mother's emotional recount of the day she lost her 34-year-old son. Everytown for Gun Safety member and Moms Demand Action advocate Brenda Moss spoke about the 2014 murder of her son, Shawn Moss, who was shot 17 times.
“He wasn't lost to gun violence, he was taken...taken without permission,” Moss told the UTA audience. She said she had a choice between letting the grief consume her or fighting for reform. Moss said she chose the latter, honoring her first child's memory by advocating for gun safety.
If Anything Happens I Love You, came from McCormack and Govier's desire to not only raise awareness for the fatal consequences of gun violence but also to shine a spotlight on the grief victims' loved ones experience, Govier told The Hollywood Reporter.
“A lot of times people hide their grief and we don't culturally talk about it enough,” the short's writer-director said. “We're all human, we have all these feelings and we all have this grief.”
Both Govier and McCormack expressed gratitude for the industry support they received from a number of people including Jayme Lemons, Handler, Jones and Dern, who are all members of the Everytown Creative Council. Dern, who attended the private screening with daughter Jaya Harper, said that the short film handled the “devastating” realities of gun violence with grace and captured the sense of grief that follows when somebody loses a loved one.
The actress told THR that she was proud to have had a hand in If Anything Happens I Love You. Dern said that while she was already involved with another project by McCormack, she felt the sense of urgency to help spread the short film's reach.
“Especially at this time when people are considering candidates and thinking about what's important to them and what matters, I'm hopeful that more and more people get to see it,” Dern said. “This is a deep and primary focus for us.”
Harper added that while school shootings may not be in daily news, there's no use in waiting to take action. "Not having a personal experience with this can change to having one, that's what's so scary about this. It takes a split second to know someone or have been personally affected,” she...
Josh Brolin is set to star in the Amazon series Outer Range, which he’ll also executive produce with Brad Pitt‘s Plan B Entertainment and Amazon Studios. Written and created by playwright Brian Watkins, the series follows a rancher who discovers “an unfathomable mystery” on his land. That sounds downright Lovecraftian, but that might just be wishful thinking on my part.
Deadline and others are reporting the news about Outer Range. It’s being described as a “mystery show”, and the synopsis is pretty darn mysterious in its own right:
Outer Range centers on Royal Abbott Brolin, a Wyoming rancher struggling to hold on to his family and way of life, who must grapple with the unknown after discovering an unfathomable mystery on his land.
Just what is this “unfathomable mystery” on Royal Abbott’s land!? The horror fan in me thinks this sounds like the perfect recipe for some sort of weird, cosmic horror. But I’m guessing that’s not the case, or else they’d be calling this a horror series. Other than that slim bit of info above there’s next to nothing out there about Outer Range, so feel free to use your imagination and make up an entire show in your mind.
This will mark Brolin’s first TV role since the 2003 NBC legal drama series Mister Sterling, which I have never, ever heard of. Brolin is executive producing Open Range along with creator Brian Watkins, Zev Borow, Heather Rae, and Plan B Entertainment – the company owned by Brad Pitt, which means we get to put Brad Pitt’s name in the headline, even though he probably won’t have much involvement in the series. That’s how the game works, folks.
Next up for Brolin, big-screen-wise, is Dune, Denis Villeneuve’s huge, star-studded sci-fi adaptation. He’s also just finished working on Sean Penn’s Flag Day, in which “a father lives a double life as a counterfeiter, bank robber and con man in order to provide for his daughter.” And Flag Day – celebrated on June 14 – is, presumably, involved in some way.Source: Slashfilm.com
With most major releases indefinitely delayed, film festivals postponed, and studios dropping their theatrical releases on digital left and right due to the coronavirus COVID-19 crisis, awards season is going to look very different by the time it rolls around in the fall. And no, it won’t be Bloodshot and Sonic the Hedgehog gunning for best picture, as many online have joked.
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association is making significant changes to its long-standing rules for the Golden Globes awards eligibility that expands the formats where an eligible film can be first released, including subscription streaming services, subscription cable channels, and broadcast TV. With these changes to the Golden Globes eligibility rules, other awards bodies like the Academy Awards, will likely soon follow.
Deadline reports that the HFPA announced that it would be altering its rules for Golden Globe motion picture eligibility and screenings for this year, which would — for the first time in history — open up the films eligible for the top best picture prizes drama and musical/comedy to those that were first released on streaming services, cable, and broadcast TV. However, producers and studios must still prove they had a “bona fide theatrical release planned to begin in Los Angeles during the period from March 15 to April 30 2020.”
This is a change that would likely have come at some point anyway, with the rise of streaming platforms who have become awards heavy-hitters like Netflix, Amazon Video, and Hulu, but has been expedited by the coronavirus epidemic, which has forced the shuttering of theaters across the country and delayed film releases and productions.
“The HFPA’s reminders list committee will consider application of this suspension of the rules on a case-by-case basis when compiling the annual Golden Globe reminders list in the fall,” the HFPA says. “The HFPA will continue to assess the impact of the COVID-19 epidemic on motion picture and television distribution and exhibition and may extend these suspensions of the Golden Globe award rules and/or may make other temporary variations to those rules as it considers appropriate in the future.”
Exhibition requirements have been temporarily suspended, except for the rule that films must be released seven days prior to midnight on December 31 of the qualifying year. The HFPA has broadened eligible feature film release platforms — previously only pay-per-view services and theaters — to the alternate formats like streaming services, subscription cable channels, and broadcast TV. But this expansion opens up a whole host of questions: what does this mean for the Golden Globe categories dedicated to TV movies that are dominated by HBO? Could a film that premiered at a film festival but picked up by a cable channel now be...