TV Fact #163 – April 5th, 2015:

“Jackanory” (1965-1996), a long-running BBC children’s television series that was designed to stimulate an interest in reading, let the celebrities who appeared on the show choose what stories they would read. Then after the show got copyright the writer would write up a script. Cooperation between cast and crew is the best thing you can do to create a cerebral story that projects well on-screen.

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Movie Fact #812 – April 5th, 2015:

The 2011 film “Albert Nobbs”, based on a novella by Irish novelist George Moore, had a very personal investment from actress Glenn Close. Close had first played the titular character of Albert Nobbs in a play titled “The Singular Life of Albert Nobbs” Off-Broadway in 1982 for which she won an Obie Award for Best Actress. She then spent fifteen years trying to turn it into a film. 

The film almost went into production in the early 2000’s with director István Szabó, but financing fell apart. Eventually it did go into production in December 2010 with director Rodrigo García helming the film. In addition to her starring role, Close was also a producer and co-wrote the script with screenwriter John Banville.

No one can ever say Close is afraid of commitment.

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Quote #812 – April 5th, 2015:

“Self-pity – it destroys everything around it.”

– Maggie Smith, “The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel”

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TV Fact #162 – April 4th, 2015:

Each season of “Damages” (2007-2012) was inspired by real events. Season 1 was based on the 2001 Enron scandal, Season 2 on the 2001 California Energy Crisis, Season 3 was inspired by the 2009 Bernie Madoff Ponzi Scheme. Season 4 was loosely based on the private military company Blackwater, and the fifth/final season was based on WikiLeaks and its founder Julian Assange. However, these real-life parallels didn’t stop there.

Lead actresses Glenn Close, who played the lead Patty Hewes, and Rose Byrne, who played the lead character Ellen Parsons have become great friends since the shows inception. Paralleling the mentor/protégée relationship of Patty/Ellen, Byrne has stated that she views Close as a mentor who helps her prepare for roles in real life.

How many times have I said on here that real life experience and connection helps you create more realistic stories? How many times has it shown to be true?

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Movie Fact #811 – April 4th, 2015:

The 1994 film “Dallas Doll” was the film debut of actress Rose Byrne in the small role as the character Rastus Sommers.

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Quote #811 – April 4th, 2015:

“Marriage is about living with the imperfections.”

– Minnie Driver, “I Give It a Year”

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