Movie Fact #396 – January 31st, 2014:

People seem to be under the impression everyone knows everyone in film. That couldn’t farther from the truth. For the 2011 film “The Deep Blue Sea”, director Terence Davies wanted actress Rachel Weisz for the part of Hester Collyer after he noticed her and her “incredible talent” in “Amy Foster”…except that film was all the way back in 1997. Davies hadn’t heard of Weisz before seeing her in that film and when Davies asked his agent to meet with Weisz to talk to her about taking the role, Davies asked his agent, “Have you ever heard of this girl Rachel Weisz?”. His agent joked with Davies by answering “She’s an Oscar winner!”.

Weisz actually laughed at this by saying, “I don’t think Terence (Davies) knows very well anyone who’s not in a black and white film”. It is through these new experiences and meeting new creative people in film that filmmakers expand and make new films that, with the help of these new people, allow them to go in directions they never though possible both with stories and characters.

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Quote #396 – January 31st, 2014:

“I give my respect to those who’ve earned it.  To everyone else, I’m civil.”

– Karl Johnson, “The Deep Blue Sea”

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Movie Fact #395 – January 30th, 2014:

Actor Bing Crosby played Father Chuck O’Malley in the 1944 film “Going My Way” with an Academy Award for Best Actor to show for it along with his director Leo McCarey who won Best Director. He continued on to play the character again in “The Bells of St. Mary’s” with McCarey directing again the next year in 1945. Both were nominated again for Best Actor and Best Director at the Academy Awards along with lead actress Ingrid Bergman who played the character Sister Mary Benedict. She was nominated for Best Actress and none of them won for ‘The Bells of St. Mary’s”.

As upsetting as that was it turns out Bergman, ironically, won next to Crosby and McCarey for Best Actress the previous year for her film “Gaslight” in 1944. During her acceptance speech she told the audience at the awards ceremony, and I quote, “I’m glad I won, because tomorrow morning, I start shooting the sequel to ‘Going My Way’ with Bing Crosby and Leo McCarey, and I was afraid that if I didn’t have an Oscar, they wouldn’t speak to me.” Moral of the story probably is that we may not win all the battles, but the ones we do are insurmountable as Bergman, Crosby, and McCarey showed as a powerhouse combined win in 1944 and then joining forces for a film that they may not have won for that time but, as their Academy Awards showed, they definitely made a heck of a team.

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Quote #395 – January 30th, 2014:

“She has a wonderful vitality and a natural optimism.  That’s the best medicine anyone could have.”

– Rhys Williams, “The Bells of St. Mary’s”

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Movie Fact #394 – January 29th, 2014:

The 1993 film “Searching for Bobby Fischer” tells the story of Joshua Waitzkin, a real life prodigy of chess. In the film he was played by young actor Max Pomeranc. He was chosen because he is in real life a chess player or was at the time of the film. The producers wanted someone who would be at ease and “correct” playing chess which is what led to Pomeranc casting. In fact, none of the film’s other stars played chess in the beginning although eventually actor Joe Mantegna, who played Joshua’s father Fred Waitzkin in the film, learned. Authenticity truly is how you sell a character’s realism to real people.

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Quote #394 – January 29th, 2014:

“You know, the funny thing about notoriety, especially the kind that needs adoration, if unchecked, it inevitably leads to villainy.”

– Ed Westwick, “J. Edgar”

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Movie Fact #393 – January 28th, 2014:

It seems that the more time you put into a film the better it will be. Take the movie “Her” from last year in 2013. For director/writer Spike Jonze it took five months to write only the first draft of his script. Time is a powerful weapon in creativity and now it leads to Jonze with one of the most original screenplays in awhile having a strong chance at an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay.

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Quote #393 – January 28th, 2014:

“The past is just a story we tell ourselves.”

– Scarlet Johansson, “Her”

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Movie Fact #392 – January 27th, 2014:

It’s weird the stories you hear about how people came up with brilliant ideas in film. Sometimes it is a long process, other times it literally comes to them in a single second. During the making of the 1958 film “Gigi”, the title tune of the musical had yet to be written even though the composers had completed most of the score. Composer Frederick Loewe was working with screenwriter Alan Jay Lerner on it, Lerner being the one who adapted the film from the 1944 novella of the same name by author Colette. In writing the theme tune came a story that no one can say they have repeated and it sounded, ironically, like something out of a fun movie.

Loewe was at the piano while Lerner was indisposed in the bathroom, and when the former began playing a melody the latter liked, Lerner later recalled he jumped up with, as he quoted, “[his] trousers still clinging to [his] ankles, and made his way to the living room. ‘Play that again,’ he said. And that melody ended up being the title song for Gigi.”

No one said inspiration comes at the most convenient time, but when it does it leads to a convenience of making the project you work on all the more worth it.

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Quote #392 – January 27th, 2014:

“Bad table manners, my dear Gigi, have broken up more households than infidelity.”

– Isabel Jeans, “Gigi”

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