Grey, With a Splash of Color
I read E L James’ books out of curiosity and, quite frankly, found them boring. But Frank Ockenfels’ photos of Fifty Shades of Grey‘s Dakota Johnson and Jamie Dornan were so phenomenal, they almost got me interested in the movie!
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Design Within Reach
I am hoping to get into production or costume design after graduation next year, but I was feeling a bit discouraged as of late. Your Hollywood Design Report reminded me why I chose to pursue a creative career in the first place. Thanks for keeping the dream alive!
Will Attic Remain Musty?
A long time ago I was one of those girls who read Flowers in the Attic. I got so excited when I heard about the original movie. Then I saw it, and it was an abomination. To learn that Lifetime is coming out with its own version (News and Notes) makes my heart flutter just a little bit. It’s been decades since I read the book, but I will definitely be tuning in to see how they treat the story. It can’t get any worse than the 1987 flick, right?
Giving Credit Where It’s Due
I couldn’t agree more with Dalton Ross’ take on the suckage of ”secret” movie scenes (The Glutton); however, one film in recent years knew how to do it right: Napoleon Dynamite. No one should miss Kip singing his hilarious self-penned wedding song to his new bride, LaFawnduh, or Napoleon’s limp-bodied gallop over the hill on the newlyweds’ “honeymoon stallion.” It’s one scene I will happily wait for through a long list of best boys and gaffers.
Rene’ H. Thurston
I consider staying through a film’s credits a time to return from a celluloid world to reality, to process what I’ve seen and form opinions. But some of us stick around as a sign of respect for all the people who gave up weeks or months of their lives to make us laugh or cry for an hour and a half.
From Atrocity Comes Art
Anthony Breznican’s question “Is 12 Years the New Brokeback?” (News and Notes) filled me with dread. Part of the beauty of 12 Years a Slave is the tone — it is matter-of-fact, as befits a retelling of someone’s life story. Here is a movie where the slaves have vivid personal narratives that bring them to life. It captures what happened, in brutal and beautiful living color. The slaves who built this country deserve, at the very least, the tears of Academy members.
Plotting How I Met Your Dad
News of the upcoming How I Met Your Mother spin-off had readers playing exec producers.
We’ve already seen the challenges of late-20s/mid-30s NYC, so I’d move the show someplace else (Miami?) and have the gang evolve organically as the main character establishes herself personally and professionally. The spin-off element would be the same voice-over/flash-forward/-backward format HIMYM is known for. —DianeR
I would make one of the girls Ted dated the main character — as a tie-in to the original gang, and then maybe some of the old characters could cameo. It creates a large universe like All in the Family did. So it would need to be set in New York, but beyond that everything should be new. —Rich Burlingham
How about portraying a woman who has a general desire to get married but isn’t obsessive about it? She’s career-minded and just content not to rush things. Meanwhile, her friends and/or family don’t know why she takes her time between relationships and annoyingly enjoy setting her up on dates. —Other Guest
I think the pilot should show the main character getting picked up at the bar by Barney (clearly set in the past, before Robin). He’d need to use a decent play out of his Playbook, though, so she wouldn’t seem too dumb. Realizing that she fell for a lie could even be what motivates her to start looking for something serious. —Josh