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The Meaning of Juneteenth With Pedro Gonzalez
"A terrific article written by the brilliant Pedro Gonzalez, the meaning of Juneteenth. I want to read one paragraph here that I found to just be phenomenal. Juneteenth in truth marks the dead of the old American nation, and the birth of a new one. Plowing, clawing out from the chest of the republic and a nightmarish vision that would make Ridley Scott squirm. The new holiday emerged from the mists of June with feeble opposition from Republicans who spent months railing by the evils of anti white critic race theory and The New York Times 1619 project only to turn around an inaugurated national holiday, an honor and validate the basic narrative underline those things with us right now as Pedro Gonzalez. So let me play devil's advocate. I totally agree with the article my open was all about this, but let me just play devil's advocate is in Juneteenth about the good news about Emancipation. Why should we fight on this? Shouldn't we just kind of turn the page and just say it's okay? Why is it important to articulate the meaning of Juneteenth you're on opinion of it? What's your thoughts here? Charlie, thanks for having me back. So Juneteenth as a regional thing as a minor regional event had meaning real meaning for a particular group of people in Texas and reference to a particular time in a particular place. But by taking Juneteenth out of its historical and regional context and nationalizing it, all it has been reduced to is just another element in this national Tapestry of shame alongside things like the 1619 Project, which serve only to remind us of how America's evil, how we must always begging for forgiveness, groveling, hitting our past and ourselves. So in other words, the original meaning, the good meaning that meant something to these people in Texas who have been quietly observing it for all this time, is now
"ridley scott" Discussed on Awards Chatter
"Of doing that and not everyone approved. It was going to be and that really was such a wonderful way to step into the last duel just being on a set of that size and realizing that you prepare the same morale is the same. It's just on a much much bigger scale. So that was a lovely thing to experience before I stepped onto a Ridley Scott bell. For sure. Well, and I just want to note for listeners, I mean, Ryan Reynolds, Taika Waititi, Shaun levy. These are guys who have a lot of background in comedy and they've all said in different things that I read prepping that they were just amazed that somebody whose background is not as exclusively in a way in comedy could step in and do improv and keep up and hold their own very much in that format. So that was that. And then you mentioned going pretty much from that to the last duel. And I think the thing to note there is that a lot of people think of really Scott the first thing that comes to mind are gladiator type movies with those males and swords and sandals. But they should remember, there's also the same guy who's done thelma and Louise. So it feels like in a way the last stool is a blurring of his two these two sides of his personality, yeah. And so I guess I just wonder how did you first hear that Ridley Scott might be interested in you for one of his movies? Yeah, so again, that came through an email. I got an email, she not really would like to meet me. It's a new film called the last duel. Loosely based on this book. And he liked to meet me to have a chat in London. So I was like, wow, okay. Obviously, of the book, wasn't aware of this kind of moment in history, ordered the book immediately, so I could do some homework. And I went and met Ridley in London and I know this now because I've had them speak about it when I've been in this company, but he doesn't really like to audition people per se by making them read the script. He likes to kind of get a sense of who they are. And he watches a lot of television and the law of film.
"ridley scott" Discussed on Awards Chatter
"You come in and you meet the writers and the writers want to know your thoughts and your feelings and where you may want your character to go and where you don't want her to go and just so amazing to be a part of those conversations and for people to actually care about what you think and it's really enabled me to find my own voice and have a true understanding of yeah of what I want. But what I feel. Well, so at obviously a remarkably young age, distinguish yourself so much in TV, 26 years old, the youngest ever winner at that point of the best actress in a drama series. I mean, all this stuff. But the downside, I guess, was that in your mind, at least, and in the minds of a lot of people who came before you, if you really establish yourself at a high level as a great actress on TV, there's sometimes a fear that people in film will not be able to put you in that box and not be able or willing to see you as an actress for film. And I believe that that may have been a concern of yours prior to the fact that in the last few years, I mean, I guess there was a cameo, of course, as ray's mother in Rise of Skywalker, that Star Wars film. But it was in the last year or so that that fear was kind of shot to hell by the fact that you were in your elite in a big Hollywood movie for the first time with free guy. You have now made a movie with Ridley Scott as a lead, which we're going to of course focus on now. The last stool. But I guess I wonder if you can just talk about how much that was on your mind that wait am I going to be stuck as a TV actress in people's minds? Yeah. No, it really, really was. I mean, and I don't know where I'd gotten that from. I guess we all have our insecurities, and that was absolutely one of mine. Just you know, haven't gone for many, many auditions for film and not getting them and they go in a whole gosh. Maybe I'm a television actress, you know, quote, that doesn't even mean anything. That isn't even a thing. But that was what I was saying in my head was like looked up at film as this kind of other thing that was on reachable and you know you had to be something else to do it..
"ridley scott" Discussed on The Big Picture
"Archival project and then now I'm just worried about application when you know when you pivot to film and you're like, I'm getting real my original print of gods and kings. Like my heroes? Yeah. I would that it were, you know? Was it a word? That's all I can say about that. If I need to get a canister storage space, I will get it. Listen, maybe one day we'll do a exploring the shelving episode of this podcast. But that would be fun not today. Let's go back to our lists. So where do we leave off? Are we on number three for you Amanda? Yeah. Okay. Which you just vacated, allowing me to claim all things being equal this would also have been my number. I mean, this is where it gets a little boring. No duh. Thelma and Louise. One of the great American films of the last a hundred years and a prime example of Ridley Scott just understanding what to do with female characters and women and being interested in them. I thought he gave a very spicy interview to deadline recently, which I also saw. Recommend. And talked about how query wrote this script, and they're different of take on how funny this movie is and this movie is like, obviously, has a lot of dark themes, including sexual assault and murder and strange you know, upsetting domestic situations. Not to mention it's ending, I suppose, but to find the comedy in this Sean that you were talking about. It really is a way to find the heart and the warmth and this is, I mean, this is a friendship movie and a really strangely hopeful movie again given the very famous ending, which I guess I won't say it, but if I'm spoiling the ending of thelma and Louise for you know, please stop listening to this podcast and just go watch that one Luis. Let's all accept reality together. Geena Davis, Susan Sarandon..
"ridley scott" Discussed on The Big Picture
"Four. Chris. Okay, so I'm gonna go with Black Hawk down here. So this is his modern war film in a lot of ways it's one of the most I would say visceral depictions of warfare outside of Saving Private Ryan that you'll ever see. It's probably one of his more controversial movies because I think that rightfully people have pointed out some of the depictions of the Somali combatants that are not exactly nuanced. And also it takes some liberties historically with what may or may not have happened in Mogadishu at the time. That being said, this is an example of the adaptability of his filmmaking. So you think of release Scott and you think of control and you think of like these beautiful frames and this depth of the imagery and like this beauty. And then this is very much like his late brother Tony's movies where it's like rip and run handheld chaos and I kind of just can't believe that even throughout what is basically a 90 minute action sequence to end this film. You always know where you are, you always kind of see understand what's at stake. You understand the task that's in front of the actors and speaking of the actors. I guess I don't even know if this is to his credit. Every single performer that we ever talk about in this podcast is in this movie. Like the cast of this movie, including people who have one line, where it's just like, that's Tom Hardy. Like that's just that Tom already with three lines in this film. So I rewatched this again recently and I was like, yeah, I can see why this film definitely has some real structural integrity or applause, but as a piece of filmmaking, it's hard to figure out like if anyone else in the history of movies could movie. Amazing movie. I found some of the little hard to rewatch. It's very intense. And you really have to lock into it. You can't tell me I can't. I mean there's machine gun fire nonstop for basically more than an hour. But it's an incredible piece of work obviously. Okay, Amanda, what do you got? The Martian. Apollo 13 on Mars? Sure. I'll take it. You know, this is obviously like kind of a late period Matt Damon's signature performance. And a lot about Ridley Scott assembling casts and also assembling beautiful vistas. I mean, what a beautiful recreation of Mars. It's the Mars that exists in my head forever. But this is an interesting one because it is so warm hearted, which certainly for any movie set in space, it's not really what you've come to expect. Things working out. And people being together and teamwork in a Ridley Scott film, but that's what the script is. And again, it's one of the things where he puts this great cast together..
"ridley scott" Discussed on The Big Picture
"I really wanted to do a good year guys. I tried so hard. I watched again. And then it's not good. I did then end up just like how shopping and Provence for a while came really afford anything there yet. Some of the French property laws are a little impenetrable to me. But I did my best and I couldn't do it so I'm going with House of Gucci. Because this is what I want Ridley Scott to be doing. And I think the appeal of these mid tier movies are how do you want this just complete expert craftsmen of so many different genres to spend his time and the money that he can secure and the movie stars that he can get. And for me, not to spoil somebody else's pick, but some people may choose very, very long medieval battle. Sequence, and some people may choose a cormac McCarthy novel, and I choose beautiful people in Italy wearing Gucci, you know? I just like, it's one for me. So thank you, sir Ridley. I truly appreciate you. Well, you've effectively previewed my number 5, which is the counselor. I got no shame about this one either. In the same way that I'm like Prometheus is sick. The counselor is sick. Of course, it's a preposterous script by cormac McCarthy. Overwriting his way straight into the moon. Of course, the performances are ridiculous. Fast vendor Penelope cruise Cameron Diaz Javier Bardem Brad Pitt, Rubin blot is a number of other people who are chewing the way I'll choose his way through House of Gucci. Of course, this movie looks beautiful. Of course, the production design and the costumes, the great malkin addresses the car that she humps the bolito that strangles one of the key characters near the end of the film. Unreal. Every little piece is beautiful. It's all the same people that Chris just described we've been working with him for the last ten or 15 years now consistently. This is the same way the house of Gucci takes you in the world. This takes you into a world of high powered Devils. This is the bad place. What all of these people are doing, which is to say, running drugs working with cartels. And you know, using this fast vendor character again is kind of a POV character not unlike the Gaga character taking us into this world. But he too is a piece of shit. And if you are a cockpit character, I don't defend anything the character does. No, I don't, I know. But I think that Ridley also has a real keen interest in the dark heart of man. And that seems a bit pretentious, but it's true. But he's not the author of this movie. You know what I mean? Like it's McCarthy through and through if you've read his stuff in the performances override any of the directions in some ways, it's almost like a stage play adaptation. And he'll fucking do that. It doesn't all need to be so Ridley and my ideas and my thing. He'll be like, oh, I really like this. I really like the Martian. I really like, you know, this bottle of wine or whatever. This David yeast book. And I'll just bake it. It's not too precious. But he does so by also shooting the cheetahs galloping and killing the prey. You know what I mean? Like he's still doing this really, really high tension, beautiful, like basically American Express commercial style photography that is captivating when you have a corporate McCarthy script. So,.
"ridley scott" Discussed on The Big Picture
"I did two pods yesterday and I needed to lie down. So he is really just a very, very special person. Chris I'll start with you since I know he's such a big figure for you. When you think of Ridley, what do you think of? How would you describe your relationship to his movies, explain the Ridley Scott experience? So he's a really interesting filmmaker because I think that psychologically, I sometimes play him with the great O tours whose movies become these big events. So whether you're talking about a PTA or a Quentin Tarantino, not generally generationally but in terms of the way I view him. You know, it's like, oh, one of the great filmmakers. Then you look at the filmography and you're like, man, there's a lot of there's a lot of just like studio work here. There's just a lot of you were curious. You made the movie or maybe you got brought in by a movie star to do this and you thought it would be fun. And every single time out, he makes something worth watching. Every single time out, I think he makes something that actually stands the test of time. Because when you go back through this filmography, a lot of these are movies that I had a lot of anticipation for. A lot of enthusiasm for is they were coming. And it may be in the theater, like, it's not really what I thought the alien sequel from Ridley Scott was going to be. It's not really what I thought it was going to be when Ridley Scott did, you know, a CIA movie or something. But then you go back and revisit it on cable, maybe fire it up on streaming, and you're like, this is just better than anything I've seen a long time. This is like quite obviously the work of a master craftsman. And I should say usually we mention these kinds of things and it sounds like lip service. I think he's an incredible manager because he works with the same people over and over again. That's why he's he can work at the pace he works at. And they are quite clearly the best at what they do. Like Arthur max is quite clearly the best production designer working in Hollywood. There is whisky is one of the best cinematographers working. Clear Simpson's one of the best editors. He goes back to these people. They have like a clink Eastwood esque sort of production line where they just can crank these out. And I just love his curiosity and I love his depth of frame. He just is such a beautiful, beautiful composition, maker of compositions, and storyteller, and even when there's mistakes, or even when there's flaws. I still find the flaws pretty interesting. Yeah, one other thing that I really like about him is that he swings hard. You know, exodus gods and kings is one of his least successful movies. But is there a bigger swing than exodus gods and kings? That is truly a tale of the ten plagues. And, you know, it's admirable that someone is willing to do that..
"ridley scott" Discussed on The Big Picture
"And smoke with the pigeons, and that's the crumbling heart of Gucci. This is like a namesake for this empire, and he is just a broken sad little guy who is getting kicked around and overtaken by people who are more cutthroat and smarter and outside influences. And it's actually like the performance within the sort of Tapestry of the movie really, really worked for me. Now I don't know whether Ridley Scott was like exactly. That's exactly what I was going for when I read this script. Or if he was just like, great. That seems good and that seems good and we're going to move on. And that I think is a question that if he answers if he answers those questions right more often than not in his more recent movies, then you get a good movie. And if he's just kind of like, yada yada is them, you get all the money in the world, you know? You know, I think you're exactly right, and I think what you're describing is about the empowerment of actors. Really loves to work with movie stars. He's incredible at filming framing and platforming movie stars. And this movie is a great example of that. All the money in the world is such a fascinating question there because of course Mark Wahlberg and Michelle Williams are movie stars. But Kevin Spacey was originally J Paul Getty in that movie, and I remember I went back and looked at this before I saw House of Gucci that first trailer for all the money in the world. You guys may remember this. It kind of like culminates in this reveal in the final shot of the trailer of Kevin Spacey in all of this makeup as Getty, and it was a kind of like a boom. It was like an Avengers Endgame kind of like bet you didn't see this coming kind of a moment, and then shortly thereafter all of the revelations about Spacey came aboard, but you kind of felt like they were setting up a similar kind of performance from Spacey to kind of build the movie around. The way this movie is weirdly built around Jared Leto at times in a way that I never expected when I sat down to watch it. I think that you nailed something very specific. Also, Salma Hayek, Jeremy Irons, like, these are very good actors, Academy Award nominated actors who are kind of like playing a little below the taste that we expect from them. I think sometimes, Jeremy Irons is really trying to maintain his level of dignity in this movie, but it's tough. Eh, what was the Jennifer Lawrence spy movie that Jeremy Irons just showed up? Yeah, red Jeremy. It's not below his taste..
"ridley scott" Discussed on The Big Picture
"And it's fascinating when he really decides to turn it off. And a few times he actually doesn't go full out, which I also think really works, and possibly makes it like an actual performance as opposed to just, you know, a featured YouTube clip. But yeah, it is what you'd hope. Yeah, there is a kind of a quiet misery in some of the Aldo Gucci performance. And when you see what happens to his character over time, you see that it is not just all glamour and excess for him. So Jared Leto. In my lifespan as someone who has covered the world of movies, Jared Leto has really been through all of the phases of life. He has been a reclamation project from the world of television. He hasn't been considered one of the most beautiful people on earth. He has been considered a surprisingly talented actor. He has been considered an Academy Award winning actor. He has been considered one of the most annoying people on movie sets in the history of the industry. He's been considered the lead singer for 30 seconds to Mars your favorite band. And I have seen live, in fact, because I wrote a piece about Jared Leto almost ten years ago for grantland about how maybe he was a little bit misunderstood. Now, in that time, he went on to play the Joker and become deeply annoying. You may recall, he was nominated for a Golden Globe just this year, for a film called the little things. Remember that? He was the basically the best part of the little things. I wouldn't say he was the best of anything, but he was worthwhile. Well, I mean, just like, to the extent that that movie was working. To the extent that people were trying things. He was trying it. Yes. At a bare minimum, we know that Jared Leto is always going for it. He does not mail anything in, and he is very divisive. A movie like Blade Runner 2049, a lot of people saw his performance and were like, wow, he took me way out of this beautiful little dollhouse that you built by putting this jerk in this movie. In this movie, I believe that this is the single best use of his talents in the history of his career, because Paolo Gucci is one of the dumbest people that's ever appeared in a film. And his self delusion is transcendent to me. It is magnificent. And he is not putting on any heirs. He's like, I am literally doing Luigi. I do not care. I will be Luigi for two and a half hours. He's also fat. I believe in Luigi. You know? Like Luigi has a heart and a beautiful artist soul. Absolutely. He's like, he's not Super Mario. He's Luigi. He's the number two. You know, he's like, why do I have to play the back? Why can't I get time with princess peach? You can feel that agony from him. And I loved it. I thought it was I laughed at almost everything he said. Your mileage is really going to vary on this one. If someone comes out of this movie and they're like, that guy is an idiot and I hated this movie. I understand what did you guys think? You go first, man. Well, I just kind of reclaimed some space for Jordan catalano. You know? Can we just take a moment? You know, for my childhood and many other people's childhood and be like, that was like one, Jared Leto. But post Jordan catalano, I'm with you..
"ridley scott" Discussed on The Big Picture
"He is doing an Italian accent, but it's quite restrained relative to his costars. You think he's going for it? Well, they're like an 11 and he's at 7, right? Okay. But it is still like Adam Driver doing like that is not. That's my family name. You know, it's like a very serious actor who believes in craft and doesn't like to watch himself and it's like really believes in the characters. Like, you know, doing his best Super Mario. It's true. There is something fascinating about that. Again, I think he's quite good. He's really like never not been good. We're on kind of one of the more unusual unbroken hot streaks in movie acting history right now with him. This is so savvy to probably walk on that set and just be like, ah, okay, I see what other people are doing. I need to be the calm in the storm here. Because if Pacino Leto and Gaga are doing that and I'm screaming. And I'm like, I want to be a lawyer. It's not going to work. It's just going to be too much. Very much the case. I think he's very effective in this movie. They're also something kind of sinister about Adam Driver. There's a reason he was cast as kylo ren. There's a reason he was kind of menacing at times on girls. And I think he taps into that in the second half of this film very effectively when he sort of turns the movie also really understands his physical presence and physicality. And that's not just like he looks so handsome and all of these things, even though, like, oh my God, can this man went so close? When when Adam Driver is in the San Maria house and just like a full cashmere navy bathrobe, I was just like, I did it. I made it to a place in my life. But what did you think of Adam Driver wearing like the dickies jumpsuit in the beginning when he's working at the trucking facility? And that in their letting him, he looks great and it's like playing soccer and they are just like letting this very tall like physically impressive guy just like be really hot. You know, they have him like in Gucci suits, just like jumping around at one point, like he's in a GQ photo shoot by himself. You know? I forgot. So and he is bigger than everybody and so there's like the restrained emotional or, you know, kind of like intellectual part of his performance. But he's doing a lot just by being on screen looking as good as he looks. And the movie lets him do it, which I appreciate it. The one thing that I find funny about his performance and the role in general is in the first 15 minutes, he's presented as it's kind of like the male. She's all that, you know, where it's like he's wearing glasses and maybe he's a little bit bookish and he's not actually among the most handsome and strapping young movie stars on the planet. And then by the time we get to the back half of the movie, it's clear that he is embracing fully his incredible on screen physicality presence, charisma, et cetera. to Al. Chris, you and Al have a deep and tender long running relationship. And you know, Al is no spring chicken. And I must say I was impressed by the power and energy of his motor at this stage of his career. What did you think about? I thought it was one of the first real roles he's had in a while. You know, like, a real character and a real arc.
"ridley scott" Discussed on The Big Picture
"Well, there's just a cinematic energy that Ridley Scott brings to every movie he does regardless of the genre, and he is a master of so many different genres, whether it's sword and shield's epic or going out into space or doing these portraits of greed and malfeasance, like he's done here, and he did, you know, I think all the money in the world. He's touched on these kinds of empty people in the European countrysides. Multiple times, even good years kind of basically this counselor too is very similar, yeah. Yeah, and I think that this just gave me a very good example of like, you know, you watch a lot of TV shows and you think that could be a movie and you see some movies and you're like, did you want this to be a TV show? And this is just something that I felt like everybody was in its right. Everything was in its right place. There were two very strong leads. There were three, very strong supporting performances. The sets and locations were incredible. And I don't know if you have to shoot ten hours and you're moving people in and out, whether or not you really get that pure fucking Tuscan hit of the sun..
"ridley scott" Discussed on The Big Picture
"It's intentional and transcendent. And I just, let's be real, if you don't want to see Lady Gaga and Adam Driver swanning around Italy in like clothes, then you and I are not alike. And perhaps this movie is not for you. But we are not the same. But this movie was for me. See, what'd you think? You're a longtime chronicler of the works of Ridley Scott. What do you make of passive Gucci? You know how some people say they go to action movies and they're just like, hey, I just want to, I just want to see the explosions. Yeah. Gucci's in action movie, but the explosions is acting. Yes. I just wanted to see the acting and there's so much acting. There's mannered, subtle acting. There is absolutely like basque region, beautiful ham that you can just scrape off the bone with a Swiss Army knife. There is like very cultured black forest ham that you get. You're like, it is absolutely unbelievable. The spread they put out and they just say, dive in, tuck your tie in, maybe put a bib on, but dive into the feast of performances. So I did not really know anything about this story. I have not followed the Gucci family, the Gucci fashion labels, history at all. And this is in many ways this was a surprising story to me. We're talking a lot about, I think the surrounding, not quite campiness, but the excess that makes this such a fun movie, but I was also fortunate to not really know where the movie was going the whole time. So it kind of kept me on the line as a narrative moviegoing experience. Just briefly for the listeners since they have likely not seen this movie by the time we're doing this. So the movie follows protrusa, who is the ambitious wife of maurizio Gucci, patrizia is played by Gaga, Mauricio bay, Adam Driver. Patricia marries her way into this Italian luxury label, the family business is very appealing. For Mauricio, but he's also on the outside of it in some ways. He's attempting to become a lawyer. His father and his father's brother, rodolfo and Aldo played respectively by Jeremy Irons and Al Pacino, neither of whom are from Italy. They really run the company. And Patricia wants in on the company. She wants power. She wants Mauricio to have power. Surrounding them, his cousin, for his cousin, I should say, Paolo Gucci, played by Jared Leto, who we referenced earlier. There are a number of other talented actors in this film Salma Hayek appears as a psychic slash confident Jack Houston appears as a family lawyer..
"ridley scott" Discussed on The Big Picture
"Location, restriction supply. It's a me, Shawn fantasy. I'm Amanda dobbins. And this is a bigger picture conversation with the house of a Gucci. I didn't even get to practice that. That was just like you went right into it. Amanda later in this episode, I'm gonna have a conversation with Chris fryer in one of the filmmakers behind DMX. Don't try to understand it's the latest installment in ringer films music box series on HBO and HBO Max, the film debuts on Thanksgiving Day. So tuck into a nice meal, set down on your couch, fire the movie up with your family, I would really appreciate it. This movie was shot and completed while DMX was still with us. In 2019 and 2020, one of my favorite artists, there's something very bittersweet and beautiful about this movie. I hope you will watch it. But now let's talk about our feast. Let's give thanks, let's give thanks to Ridley Scott for doing two things. One bringing House of Gucci into our lives and two really uniting me closely with our Gladiator are matchstick man, the growing alien baby inside of us all. It's Chris Ryan. Hey guys. You.
"ridley scott" Discussed on Bloomberg Radio New York
"Sharon McLaughlin was the romantic partner that gave fashion Zion maurizio Gucci the strength to leave his wife Tim it was a decision that would get him killed back in 1995 It's a story that still resonates in the fashion world And in Hollywood says audiences await the release of the saga retold in the Ridley Scott film House of Gucci it's due out in theaters this coming week more than two decades after the book it's based on was published Bloomberg Sarah Ford and penned the house of Gucci a sensational story of murder madness glamour and greed Her new piece of this week's pursuit section shares McLaughlin's side of the story for the first time Sarah's team leader for corporate influence in Washington and was also named to lead our new tech policy squad earlier this year She joins us along with Bloomberg pursuits editor Chris rouser Sarah it's really great to have you with us just take us back and tell us how so many years ago you became so immersed in the story to begin with Hi Well thanks for having me I mean this was an incredible story that just really Jeremy in because there was so many twists and turns and this family fashion dynasty over three generations It was a kind of story that if you made it up people wouldn't believe you It was so so outrageous and so many surprising twists and turns Exactly There were some a twists and turns and it is something that you feel like okay this would be a streaming service but no it was reality You know as you were putting it together 'cause it played out in real time There was so much coverage What is it that you wanted to dig into Well I was really drawn to the story by the figure of Modesto Gucci And I was covering him as a beat reporter and Milan and his vision to pilot his family company from sort of an over license sort of cheapen brand to a top tier luxury brand He wanted to make Gucci like Italy's Hermes So he wanted it to be sophisticated He wanted excellent craftsmanship He brought in American creative director and designer and his vision was to take it way up market only as he started putting it into place He had cut off the cash cows he had not really given consumers a chance to figure out that there was a new Gucci and the company was just heading towards bankruptcy And as while this was going on Sarah this is Chris There was this whole personal side of the saga where he was going through a divorce from his wife Patricia reggiani who was played by Lady Gaga in a film and where he was at least for part of the time in a romantic relationship with sherry which is what our stories about Exactly So I realized as I was it's one thing to write a business story for newspaper but I realized that there was there was a narrative here that had the qualities of a novel and it was by blending the family saga with the business story that I felt that this story really really came to life And I interviewed more than a hundred people for the book I talked to family members I talked to current and former employees of Gucci But the one person who slipped away was not is to go to his girlfriend at the time Well for 7 years her name was sherry McLaughlin She was an American former model who worked in the fashion industry but they actually met sailing in Sardinia as the Italian team was preparing for the 1987 America's cup So sheri didn't want to talk to me at the time that I was right in the book She didn't know what kind of book I was going to write And she ducked my phone calls and didn't answer my emails Well she came out of the woodwork a few months ago and the stills from the movie set started breaking the Internet And I realized as we chatted that she was ready to tell her story All right so you go up to Chris and you go Chris I've got this story Tell me how this came together Well it's actually really exciting to see it out in pursuit today because I was very uncertain whether Bloomberg would be interested in the story because it seemed like such a non Bloomberg story right It was really about the personal side and yet sherry had been at loaded to aside when he was going through some of the toughest fights of his life both with his financial partner investor and with his family He was battling for his uncle's sense of the financial police after him with an accusation that he hadn't signed his father hadn't signed the shares Giving him the 50% control and sent him escaping and a motorcycle across the border into Switzerland where there was no extradition So he was really really grappling with a lot at the time And she was the person who was out of sight trying to help them the whole time All right question for you Chris Were you like yeah of course I'm interested Well I think maybe Sarah thought it felt a little gossipy for businessweek and I love gossip Especially because this gossip really actually informed major news events and also obviously this crime It was a perspective that Sarah was really excited about hearing and getting out there And sherry's not in the movie her she's not portrayed in the movie because no one knew her story And so this is really like a missing piece of the saga And it also includes all these great details Like Sarah mentioned the publicity stills have broke the Internet You might remember the first stills that came out were of Lady Gaga and Adam Driver playing maurizio.
"ridley scott" Discussed on Bloomberg Radio New York
"Bloomberg quick takes Tim steno V from Bloomberg radio Sharing a laughlin was the romantic partner that gave fashion Zion maurizio Gucci the strength to leave his wife Tim it was a decision that would get him killed back in 1995 It's a story that still resonates in the fashion world And in Hollywood says audiences await the release of the saga retold in the Ridley Scott film House of Gucci it's due out in theaters this coming week more than two decades after the book it's based on was published Bloomberg Sarah Ford and penned the house of Gucci a sensational story of murder madness glamour and greed Her new piece of this week's pursuit section shares McLaughlin's side of the story for the first time Sarah's team leader for corporate influence in Washington and was also named to lead our new tech policy squad earlier this year She joins us along with Bloomberg pursuits editor Chris rouser Sarah it's really great to have you with us just take us back and tell us how so many years ago you became so immersed in the story to begin with Hi Well thanks for having me I mean this was an incredible story that just really drew me in because there was so many twists and turns and this family fashion dynasty over three generations It was a kind of story that if you made it up people wouldn't believe you It was so so outrageous and so many surprising twists and turns Exactly There were some a twists and turns and it is something that you feel like okay this would be a streaming service but no it was reality You know as you were putting it together because it played out in real time right There was so much coverage What is it that you wanted to dig into Well I was really drawn to the story by the figure of Modesto Gucci And I was covering him as a beat reporter amil and his vision to pilot his family company from sort of an over license sort of cheap and brand to a top tier luxury brand He wanted to make Gucci like Italy's Hermes So he wanted it to be sophisticated He wanted excellent craftsmanship He brought in American creative director and designer and his vision was to take it way up market only as he started putting it into place He had cut off the cash cows he had not really given consumers a chance to figure out that there was a new Gucci and the company was just heading towards bankruptcy And as while this was going on Sarah this is Chris There was this whole personal side of the saga where he was going through a divorce from his wife Patricia regini who was played by Lady Gaga in the film and where he was at least for part of the time in a romantic relationship with sherry which is what our stories about Exactly So I realized that I was it's one thing to write a business story for newspaper but I realized that there was there was a narrative here that had the qualities of a novel and it was by blending the family saga with the business story that I felt that this story really really came to life And I interviewed more than a hundred people for the book I talked to family members I talked to current and former employees of Gucci But the one person who slipped away was not easy to go to his girlfriend at the time Well for 7 years her name was sherry McLaughlin She was an American former model who worked in the fashion industry but they actually met sailing in Sardinia as the Italian team was preparing for the 1987 America's cup So sheri didn't want to talk to me at the time that I was right in the book She didn't know what kind of book I was going to write And she ducked my phone calls and didn't answer my emails Well she came out of the woodwork a few months ago and the stills from the movie set started breaking the Internet And I realized as we chatted that she was ready to tell her story All right so you go up to Chris and you go Chris I've got this story Tell me how this came together Well it's actually really exciting to see it out in pursuit today because I was very uncertain whether Bloomberg would be interested in the story because it seemed like such a non Bloomberg story right It was really about the personal side and yet sherry had been at loaded to aside when he was going through some of the toughest fights of his life both with his financial partner investor and with his family He was battling for his uncle's sense of the financial police after him Was an accusation that he hadn't signed his father hadn't signed the shares Giving him the 50% control and sent him escaping and a motorcycle across the border into Switzerland where there was no extradition So he was really really grappling with a lot at the time And she was the person who was out of sight trying to help them the whole time All right question for you Chris Were you like yeah of course I'm interested Well I think maybe Sarah thought it felt a little gossipy for business week and I love Gotham Especially because this gossip really actually informed major news events and also obviously this crime And it was a perspective that Sarah was really excited about hearing and getting out there And sherry's not in the movie her she's not portrayed in the movie because no one knew her story And so this is really like a missing piece of the saga And it also includes all these great details like Sarah mentioned the publicity stills that broke the Internet You might remember the first stills that came out were of Lady.
"ridley scott" Discussed on TitanTalk: The Titans Podcast
"I know how the rules work. Yeah so one nick to join us for that. I think is going to be a lot of fun. And you know if you've seen this ridley scott classic you know how good it is. So it's it's like the criminal. Cram sci fi horror. As far as i'm concerned the huge fat franchise after all exactly catapulted sigourney. Weaver into stardom in the process. So this is where this film put her on the map. Among some other notable actors as well so we so a lot of fine so stay tuned for that. We're coming back you know. It's been on hiatus vans getting recovered and we're getting back on track. Stay tuned everybody. So that's what i've got going on nick. Hope you had a good time talking home. I know i did. Even though the episode wasn't that great had a lot of flaws. Neil say we. We had some laughs. It was a good time. I'm i'm looking forward to seeing where we go from here. When it comes to soles. I mean you not been of speculating. About what will come then and so. It was a joy podcast with each other. Is you know. I was the poets this part of the week. It's nice. you know the the week is over the weekends here and amongst thing hanging out with you so hey i can't complain and getting great emails from folks like steve you know. It's just the icing on the cake. That's right. I can't imagine you know spending my saturday nights. Not talking titans with you at this point so episode sixty six next time on titan. Talk like dj. Nick said souls. We're gonna be talking about the ninth episode of titan season three. Where at long last at long last we get the return of teagan craft as raven by all accounts and not to be outdone. If that isn't enough to come back we'll hey do patrol season. Three starts this week as well. So that means we're to have four episodes to discuss one titans episode and three doom patrol episodes. Because they're doing the exact same thing they did with the beginning of titan season three by releasing three episodes at once so it's going to be a huge episode tightened talk as we not only discuss seoul's but we discussed the first three episodes of doom patrol season three possibilities patrol vaca- patrol and debt patrol. We so if you're doing patrol fan. I hope you're looking forward to season three. I know i am. Because i love this show so much and it's been off far too long as far as i'm concerned but it's going to be a little weird because we've got titans normally we alternate we go titans. Doom patrol titans doom patrol but now for the first time. Hbo is releasing both of their shows at the same time. So got to wrap my head around that and try to keep the show separate. I don't know about you. It's going to be an interesting experiment. I think so. I suppose they're going to be with us. For a large parts of the otas the doom patrol episodes. But i guess eventually. Just be doom patrol. But i think it's going to be an interesting contrast. I'm looking forward to discussing three episodes of new patrol in one sitting and of course the sos episodes from titans. It's going to be fun. I reckon i have no idea how we're gonna do it but we're going to do it. We'll figure it out. We'll figure it out okay. So don't worry we got it covered so if you're if you're wanting to write in about titans we definitely want to hear your feedback then like i said tightened talk cast gmail.com or you can if you wanna talk do patrol writing about that as well. We want to get your thoughts on the first three episodes of that too..
"ridley scott" Discussed on MyTalk 107.1
"I don't know if Ridley Scott is there an ad for crying out loud, He's 84. Lori, You know you are hysterical right now. All right, So when these pictures coming, he is growing more groomed in 10. Yes, I would agree. He's he is he's going up again. He's been getting the glory is not looking like a schlubby guy Smoking a cigarette with the Diet Coke with Anna Dharma ends and their dogs good. I will. I will admit this. He looks good. It's different. And yet it's the same because it's they're grown up. Now they're in, you know. He's done 50 yet, but you know, he's like 48, right? I mean, they're just like at, like. I'm just excited for their wedding now. Oh, gosh. They're they're They're just good luck. They're going to get married. Juliet I know. Yeah. OK. Are you happy about Jennifer Lawrence having a baby? Sure. Right. This is the week a big celebrity names and gossips about baby. I mean, Libya months got a bun in the oven. Do they're all at that age. Jennifer Lawrence's got a bun in the oven. We don't know about Shailene Woodley. But it explains why she was wearing that terrible yellow sundress. That was we couldn't figure it out. It was like on the streets in New York because I think she must live. In New York City with she does live with him, and he has an art gallery. Okay, And I think they were introduced. Not maybe by Lena Dunham because he knows leaning down Dunham and, um, yeah, she's 31. They've been married two years, and I guess if you want to have kids, he thinks he's the most wonderful human being. And you know, she's from Kentucky, isn't she? Yeah, She's wonderful. Ever get, like a story like about pregnancy farts and, um, Fallon or anything. She Jennifer Lawrence was always you know, good. Gave us good couch because she would like to talk about I love eating Doritos. She had a very funny interview ones with David Letterman. She's always cute, right? But I don't know if she now of a publicist has gotten a hold of her. And they like tried to say You can't be that girl anymore. You've got to be more. Did you see Du Barry Mirror with Jimmy Kimmel last night? I'm afraid we're going to be seeing a lot of Drew Barrymore on all CBS like she's going to be on the CBS morning. There's I don't want to much true. I'm with you. I don't want to secure. I'm just going to say that. I'm not a big fan. Yeah. I'm looking at this yellow sundress. You guys are 100% right? There is definitely a bun in the oven when she's wearing this dress, but we didn't know that was just like everything. Is she filming the movie where she's wearing like bad fitting clothes, and we couldn't figure out why she would be in that It didn't even occur to us. That she was straining the seams of her dress. She was pregnant. It's like me wearing a dress shirt right now. Yeah, yeah. Oh, you're funny. Grant. You're funny. If you go to an AMC movie theater, you guys Nicole Kidman's going to greet you. That's right. Welcome back. Welcome back. And, you know, we gotta welcome back when I went and saw the quiet place, But it was John presents. That was great. It was It was a heartfelt thank you for coming to see the movie. It was. It was the first movie back and yes, that was Really was good. I think this is a good thing. Uh, you know, if if Nicole says come back, we're going back. You guys To the movie theater, and I saw respect in the movie theater. And I really like that that I think you can stream I think I think it is available for streaming it. Just people weren't going to see that yellow dress was for. Yeah, just forgot about that. Yes, Um Anyway. Okay, So here's Oh, and also speaking of Matt Damon, I don't know if he's going to the Venice Film Festival. But just so you know, Julian, the last time that Ben was at the, uh, Venice Film Festival was it was quite a while ago. It was for 2000 and 10. His The town of the lively was there and she looked like a million bucks. Harry says. Yeah, I love that movie. That was a good movie is a good movie. So Yeah, she's never been in the Venice Film Festival. He hasn't been in 11 years. So this is special. And Matt Damon. You know, he gave an interview. I'm still trying to get people to go see? Still Waters movie that no one really saw. I do want to see it. I do, too. I do, too. Um, but he said that he, he admitted he had a social Because he's trying to avoid. You know everything. He steps into so many things, but he let it be known that he has a private instagram account. And that he had had it since 2013 and he followed 74 people He gave like 76 people, and, um And that he'd done 40 posts. He gave very specific information so God bless the Gen Z Internet sleuths that are out there because they busted his Vince to and his account is Oh, damn, Matt. No picture. That's really 40 posts 76 Fowler's followers created in 2013 funny and then you know, it just says so. Yeah. There you go. Oh, damn, Matt. That's a funny post he gave to money, explicit details the Yuri created it. How many followed and, um and then, um, what else did I say that he did, anyway? Yeah, so and the year was out. So, Yeah, they've already found it. So you're probably not that anyone can Find it, but oh, damn mad. That's cute. I think it's totally cured. All right, listen, we'll be right back with Holly and the dirt alert.
"ridley scott" Discussed on Pop Culture Cosmos
"That's playing this and checking it out. I i've heard good things it looks. It looks great. Looks very dark very greedy. This is about going. I think is the yeah. And it's so funny because i you know you look at the review on of the things. They mentioned this color palettes and whenever somebody mentions color palette brother. Yeah yeah well you know. It's all about them sweets. We color palettes. But yeah is like you when you hear stories about you know the the knights of the round table you hear about our theory here about gwen. Aveer you hear about lancelot. But all the other like nights. What what cliven. Yeah his King arthur movie back in two thousand six. I think when that came out but they did a good job of giving all the different nights like their their due time but like with most movies. You only hear about. Arthur lancelot guevara. It's often highly romanticized. So it's cool to get a tale that hasn't been told before you know and and fascinating one at that. Well definitely looking forward to catching that sometime this year when it becomes more accessible but the other movie i wanted to talk about was matt damon movie and i'm not talking about the last duel although it's kind of funny because if you saw traded this week for the house of gucci you realize it's another ridley scott movie with adam driver starring in it which takes place in it gets released a month after another ridley scott movie with adam drivers targeted and so to see that ridley verses ridley one month after the other and seeing which one will do better as such financially and critically house gucci. I've got my odds on the house gucci. I think so because the at accidents reported talked about. That's such a weird movie for ridley scott to do so out of his wheelhouse. I agree but i'm interested to see i mean jer..
Alexander Mikaberidze takes us through the history of the Napoleonic era
"Let's start by setting up the hoof the two main characters that we see throughout the movie are gabrielle. Farrow and our montebourg who are both lieutenants in napoleon's army. Were they real people. Kind of the story of you're a ridley scott chose direct a screenplay drafted from ninety seven availa from the famous author joseph conrad but away the noble a was published as dual in britain. But it was kind of the point. Honorary night it stays and you can still find the first edition of in used. Bookstores and condo story was supposedly inspired by this real duels olga. He clearly to liberties facts and the story was about the duel between two officers of napoleonic army. The historical individuals of peer won't The town and francois leotard lavazza. Who became ill baer and finkel in the movie and both of them are very collar for the interesting individuals. Do point was born in chaban as in shock and in western france in seventeen sixty five like many of his generation. He first saw action I military action. During the french revolutionary. Wars in fact he fought that battle. Volney really important. Battled all of the then. He served in the rhineland and by seventeen ninety seven. He's already a general so he would have been all league thirty two years old and a general widely respected for his Martial abilities He supported napoleon in seventeen ninety nine when that general sees power to our and then he couponing pollyanna campaigns. All is distinguishing himself. I mean he. This guy was quite successful in quite capable. Man fought at morongo for that Allback where he he did. Do really remarkable defense with barely five thousand man. He was able to stop and australia. That was five times larger and then he earned accolades for he's exported. Ooh macron's rheinland in the sauna zone and with such a stellar record. He had much to expect from the future of maybe even marshal's baton right as new polian savings says every soldier right in. My army carries marshals. Donen in these anyone could carry. It probably will Dupont was one of them but it all changing in eighteen eight. Napoleon sent dupont you. Spain with motley crue of a of the provisional battalions new new recruits swiss troops. That wayne pressed into service. No one over. Dick league cited fighting and he's tasked was to secure the southern region of of spain and initial successes. He found himself surrounded by the largest army and in the remarkable decision affected. He's entire life. Dupont decided to surrender with some eighteen thousand men at violin in the news of this french. Defeat him in the worse than they surrender right but shock europe. Napoleon is range. Dupont is sent to court martial deprived of his rank and his title kashir and then sent to a military installation into to be imprisoned there for the rest of the only any wars
Kevin Macdonald, Ridley Scott Join Forces For Another 'Life In A Day'
"The world to participate in making a documentary 10 years ago, along with the producer Ridley Scott. He blended scenes that people sent in from their lives on a single day in July, 2010. Now, 10 years later, they're doing it again. Here's NPR's Avery Keathley. It begins with a tempest, lightning flashes and thunder rumbles as we see Mother's going into labor and giving birth starts in the middle of the night. The sequence of babies being born because often that subsequent babies aboard Kevin MacDonald directed the crowd sourced documentary life in a day 2020. It's a sequel to 20 tens life in a day. MacDonald asked people around the world to film their lives for one day and submit it to make a sort of time Capsule of life on July 25th 2020. Received 324,000 videos from 192 countries. Now most notable Equilar scenes and montages follow the days are from early morning through night. Waking, cooking, working, mundane human things. The film follows the guy chasing trains a woman trying to conceive a man with a little white dog choosing these great moments. He's fascinating characters. How do I weave them together to form something that flows and where you sort of feel like you've traveled through? Not just a day, but of all of human experience. The film tracks familiar narrative themes, birth and death, celebration and sorrow, love and loss. But one theme was inescapable in 2020, when we would talk about it in March, we naively thought that maybe lockdowns might be over by July. Producer Jack are but not also produced the original life in a day. I'd always been really keen to know what had become of the people who were in the original film has the pandemic kicked off began to feel like there was an even better reason to revisit it. Suzanne Lucas submitted footage to the original life in a day. She filmed her teenage son, Alexander, not quite wanting to get out of bed. In 2020 Suzanne rolls the camera while watching her clip from 2010. That was my son 10 years ago on the original life in a day I'm going to show you my son now and then I turn the camera. To my son's earn and where I have his everything set up and said, This is my son. Now he's here with me forever home. Was gonna be harder than I thought. Suzanne son, Alexander Lucas died in February 2020 due to complications from covert 19. The film is dedicated to him when you lose your child, and he was my only child, your mind is very cruel to you sometimes, but I had this fear that if anything happened to me, then he would really be gone forever because it's the memories that I have that keep him here now. And by having this film this beautiful film of the year 2020 dedicated to Alexander. At least now I know He'll be remembered even when I'm not here anymore. It gave me a sense of peace that I never thought I would have. Director Kevin MacDonald reflects on the days emotional range. The roller coaster of this film is the kind of rollercoaster of life we know It's gonna have difficult moments. We know it's gonna have dark bits, but Also it can have and for most people does have moments of incredible happiness. Enjoy life in a day. 2020 reminds us that no matter the year each day holds promise. Every cutely
Coronavirus: Disney delays blockbuster films due to pandemic
"Disney just now. Announcing delays to its film schedule in light of ongoing Peter Closures, as well as production shutdowns, the studio announcing that Mulan dated for August Twenty first it had already been delayed. Multiple Times is now unsettling, saying they're quote. Pausing release plans as they assess how they can most effectively bring this film to audiences around the world, the company also announcing that they are currently the all currently scheduled Avatar and star wars films have been moved out by one year and other film set for release. The later this year have been pushed back as well including a searchlight film, the personal history of David Copperfield pushing back by two weeks to August, twenty eighth, and then the Ridley. Ridley Scott Drama the last duel it was set for Christmas Day of the year is now being delayed to October of twenty twenty one see Disney. Shares are trading down one percent in after hours, trading as this increasingly looks like it could be a wash for movie studios Melissa. We still don't know when theaters will really fully be open again here in the
Lawrence Wright on Researching a (Fictional) Pandemic
"Last book was God Save Texas Nonfiction. I believe there was a play in between and now this just curious how you go from one project to the next and and forgive me if I skipped a project that may have been in between as well years ago. I made a resolution that I would only do things that were important or fun. Was you know the state of confusion about what I wanted to do with my life and I thought I as a journalist I like to be on the important stories of the day but I also realized that it didn't want to give up things that really joyful and so those are the polls stars of my career and I think is sort of understandable that I would now be working on a musical but you know if you take those as your pulse stars in. I think you can have a pretty interesting career. Are they ever important and fun? Yes this book was. I know it sounds you know is is is a rather bleak book but I really had a wonderful time researching it and going into the world of of public health in all these swashbuckling intellectuals I just admire them so much so I I really had a good time working on this book. All right I'm going to cut to the chase and let everyone know who doesn't know already that the end of October is a fictional story of a pandemic so before we get into more about it and want to go back again to the origin stories. You've said that the director Ridley Scott Asks you a question after Reading Cormac. Mccarthy's the road and that that was your inspiration. What was the question? And when did he ask this? When were you sitting around with Ridley Scott talking about this? This was a decade ago and he is questioned was what happened because Cormac didn't say anything. About what event or of nature had brought civilization to heal? So I started thinking about what could do that and of course I thought about nuclear war but I was a young reporter covering diseases out of the Center for Disease Control in one thousand nine hundred ninety six. There's a swine flu outbreak in the legionnaires disease and I had become enchanted with that world and the courage and ingenuity of the people that I found there and so I thought it'd be an interesting place to find a hero because I felt that those people that I met were really heroic and that disease had been underestimated as a problem for our society in modern times. So Ridley Scott ask you this question about a decade ago and you had been thinking about it because you had reported on disease over the years. When did you actually start working on? This novel really never made the movie. So like Mr Destiny of so many projects in Hollywood and about in two thousand seventeen. I've been thinking about this story. Still is in my mind so I decided I would go back and work on work on. It is a knock and this time I would dive into the research even more deeply and let the story emerged more naturally rather than cinematic -ly so that's that's how the novel got started. You are such a master your master of many forms but I love your nonfiction so much. There's so much research material in this. Did you think maybe there should be nonfiction? I DID CONSIDER WRITING ABOUT MORE DISEASES. But you know it already had an imaginary character and a world which it was said. I got attracted to the idea of tempting it as a novel. It seemed a challenge for me and I wanted to see if I could do it. Who WAS THAT IMAGINARY CHARACTER? Will the name of my heroes? Henry Parsons in the late. Nineteenth Century in England. There was another influence of outbreak and a young epidemiologist named Henry. Parsons was the first to prove that it was caused by contagion and not by my asthma's in the environment you know. He's totally forgotten figure. But I decided to tip my hat to him and name my character. Henry Parsons he is a man whose life has been touched rather savagely by disease and works out of the Center for Disease. Control where I had done by early reporting. And he's an epidemiologist who's confronted many diseases in the past but has always known that there was one awaiting him. There was going to be the big challenge so the CDC is in Atlanta Georgia and the United States. But this novel the breakout begins elsewhere. You have it really kind of take hold in Mecca. Why did you choose to do that? We'll after nine eleven when I was working on my book looming tower. The Saudis wouldn't let me in as a reporter so I got a job. I was mentoring young reporters at the Saudi Gazette in Jeddah which had bin Laden's hometown and one of my very first jobs was to supervise their coverage of the Hodge and I was was not allowed to go to Mecca myself but I was in communication every day with my reporters and I was very struck at the time about the hazard of gathering of people in one place from all over the world and having every year some disease arises sometimes more than one and there's an epidemic in Mecca and then people get on airplanes and they fly home. Well you know what if it was something really dangerous suppose it was like the nineteen eighteen flu. That was in my gosh even when I was living in Saudi Arabia enter the CA-. Golly flew right. This is her fictional virus. Tell us about that sickness. And how did you come to describe what this flu would be like? Why a flu even influence is unconquered. It's the great killer it every year. We lose maybe you know fifty thousand people to influence a very dangerous disease. Clever in a way in that has always mutating. And you never know what's going to show up the next year. I mean the the fluid self that comes every year is sort of a descendant of that nineteen eighteen original Spanish flu right. That's correct Pamela. We're right now. The seasonal flu is H. One IN ONE. Which is the strain that killed between fifty and one hundred million people in nineteen eighteen? And I said as a young reporter I had done stories out of the Center for Disease Control but one of them in nineteen seventy six was a sudden outbreak of h one in one which is what public health officials had been dreading their entire careers. And it was a young man of recruit in Army Base Fort Dix in New Jersey. David Lewis suddenly after a Long March. Came back to the barracks in died. They examined the tissues discovered. It was h one n one Tremendous panic took place in. I win all over talking to people in Fort Dix and enter the members of David Lewis is family and so on the big mystery was he was the only one who died and yet you know there was this in national vaccine program and it became kind of catastrophe for Gerald Ford because people got sick from the vaccine. It was just a total mess but hanging over this was peculiar FAC fifty. Two hundred million people died you know a century ago and then only one and then in two thousand nine to the H. One in one came back as a pandemic and it was more like seasonal flu in his still with us but the the question I had was what would happen if something like the nineteen eighteen flu brand new novel virus came into our culture. How would we handle? It will be better prepared than our ancestors were in one thousand nine hundred eighteen and so the the flu that I create Congolese is really modeled on that. Old Virus one that came out in nineteen eighteen. It was also a hemorrhagic fever. You know there was no resistance to it in the population. I actually created a template that is based on the progress of the flu in Nineteen Eighteen. So in the novel the fluid advances across the globe. It pretty much mirrors. What was going on in nineteen eighteen?
Quarantine Chat with the Reel Screeners
"I have been I literally about fifteen twenty minutes ago watched the last episode of the Second Season of altered carbon which was released about a month ago or so on Netflix But I hadn't seen the first season so I spent a long time watching the first season. The second season finally finished it and man This is such a dense and such a layered Show it's a show that demands your undivided attention. It's a show that is It I liked the first season better than the second season. I have to say Agreem- you've seen you've seen the first season troy right. Yeah I really liked the per season the second season wasn't as compelling for me. I about halfway through it and if I don't finish it I'M NOT GONNA be upset so it was thinking about this. You know It's a lot. It was a lot to think about in just twenty minutes and I came up with you know the the reason I think the first season is stronger is because it has a lot more intrigue and things to discover This is a show that has a lot of twists and turns. And I like it for that reason So it's it's think think I like the first season to like Ridley Scott Particularly like blade runner and alien and then the second season is GonNa like in. The second season is more like a. Wachowski which house key brothers with like the Matrix. Although both seasons have you know characteristics or tones that you know we can compare to the Matrix but basically it's a Scifi show There's also anime. Anime influences in there A lot of ghost in the shell and so the premise of the show. For those of you that have not seen it Basically in the future Every human who was born can download their consciousness into a little chip that they call stack. And so basically you never die because as long as that stack is okay you you can just be put into a different body. Which in the show they call sleeves and it's a show about power struggles in. It's like it's like a detective story as well. And it has some film war elements In the new season in the second season Anthony Mackie who plays Falcon in the avengers? A key plays the main character. Takeshi batch. is his name Good acting all throughout a solid a storyline. The second season just falls kinda short for me a little bit because it just got a little convoluted and it's just really hard to follow at times because there's so much information and that's my my feeling about it but overall if you're a Scifi fan and you like the Matrix and you like you know really Scott Material James Cameron stuff. You should watch altered carbon in my opinion the I think the I think the second season. Kinda has that sophomore slumping. The first season is grabs you. Because it's all new. This is stuff you haven't seen before and then the second season you're already use that stuff that the interest in the first season so the second season asked to really step it up keep that same level of excitement and Like you said I mean the second season great acting cinematography was was good. It just is not a new concept commanding anymore. And I'm just Kinda Ma- about the second season I was that made me. They wrote themselves into a corner or anything. Like maybe over thinking it and trying to be a little too crazy. I think it's just more of the same from the first season and it just it doesn't look raise. The bar from the first season is just as good as the first season but the first season was groundbreaking heard exactly. I think it's just like rehashing. The first and then again I just felt like there was more to look forward to like more surprises. The twist and turns were like more. I Dunno engaging I guess an an and I think that the second season followed the love story a little too much. There's a love story at the center of the second season and dine those love stories hidden away the action fat. It's just that it wasn't the bogus of the first one. As much I guess as as it was the second season and I think that kind of detracted from other fun aspects for me. But that's just the way I felt anyway that in this whole thing with the sleeves It can be the same character played by a different actor. Sometimes that's hard to follow from season to season because you went from you know. I can't remember the actor from the first season to Anthony. Mackie completely different. Look but in your mind you have to make that connection the same guy from the same guy. Yeah so the actor in the first season was played by Joel Kinman But yeah like that's another point. That's a very good point because you have the same personality the same mind but in a different body and that happens a lot so you. It's hard to keep track of okay. No very cerebral. You had to pay attention while you're watching it. In fact had told me yesterday he was like it's one of those shows where you know like the Matrix you have to be stuck to every single word or else you're gonNA something vinyl. Yes yes but you know what overall I liked it I I gotta say that I enjoyed it. I enjoyed it overall. But anyway if you've already watched everything else on that flicks you go ahead and watch that second season the first season definitely you should watch
Commemoration of 'Blade Runner'
"Welcome to the frame. I'm John Horn nearly four decades ago. The Ridley Scott Film Blade runner was released used. The movie is set in Los Angeles in November two thousand nineteen and to commemorate the date micro the arts and entertainment editor at our website site. Elliot's put together an oral history of the nineteen eighty two film. I spoke with Mike about the physical production of the movie and why it's nighttime setting was integral to its filming. Mike began by briefly. recapping the movie. You know it's a fascinating story. A set in twenty one thousand nine Los Angeles the Far Future. Sure and they're trying to hunt down. androids have gone bad. Basically now making blade runner was not an easy process. And if you notice anything about bladerunner owner it's almost always at night. So why is the nighttime look of blade runner central to the story when the big reasons was because they shot and most of it on the back. Lot Of Warner Brothers you know. They had looked at scouting in Chicago and New York. And we're talking about maybe shooting in Hong Kong or Mexico City. Whatever the cities they had in mind but I ended up just because of cost now working outs and so they said we're gonNA shoot this on the back? Lot and Ridley Scott's big idea was well we make night you know you never know what's beyond the edges of this. This shot you especially. They also add that filter of rain in every scene. So that sorta covered up things and you could imagine a bigger world out there than just a few streets on a back lot doc. I WANNA play a clip from Sydney mead. Who is the visual futurist for the movie where he talks about the inspiration and coming up with the design of the city in the film primarily from Chicago Chicago and New York because they're grid cities and New York already had buildings? You know over one thousand feet. Well they embark stayed building and So I thought well well let's add another thousand feet or so so I had this vision of these incredible tall buildings. So he's talking about the kind of the verticality of the city. How how do they end up creating that? Because you can't really build thousand foot tall buildings you know this was before we had huge. CGI level is just models. They were doing specially the famous opening in the movie. Show these smokestacks and that's not really how future Los Angeles turned out. But they created this using small models and look. I think having having that dark shot at night look having the rain covering things up. You never really know this. The seems within and creates an amazing visual a fair and when the film is coming together there's a a lot of conversation about acid rain and pending environmental problems. Obviously the world is a much more dangerous place today owing to climate change so in terms of like the setup for the story it feels like they were really right about the degradation of the planet. And how that would affect the story that they were telling you know. They really were thinking about the environment. It was a different problem though because acid rain. You know it's something that doesn't get talked about in the same way because that isn't the issue we're facing now. We just found ourselves with many any other environmental problems over the years But the talking to the screenwriter Hampton. fancher the thing that really drove him in writing the screenplay was concerned about the environment he really wanted to focus on that That's the reason why you have. That constant rain throughout the film blade runner became very iconic part of that film and It sort of gives a little bit of weight to what you're seeing in this sort of crazy science fiction film. We're talking with Mike Rowe about blade runner and its depiction of Los Angeles in two thousand. Nineteen it's fair to say that the finishing of the movie did not go smoothly. In fact Ridley Scott. The director lost the film and Harrison. Ford was called back back to do what we you and I can agree with a terrible narrations so what happened and why Harrison Ford so bad in the narration and that he gives over the movie you know they were already running over budgets from making the sets on the back lot Su Trying to create this big imagination the Ridley Scott had the thing that really really send them over. The edge was there is potentially going to be a director strike from the directors guild. It never ended up happening but they have the shoot two weeks film in one week so they had to pay overtime and shoe basically twenty four seven so instead the rights of the film. Take me from Ridley. Scott's producer. Bud York and broaden his own screenwriter to write narration. Help explain things and basically dumb it down because he didn't think audiences with get it's so Harrison Ford intentionally tanked the he tried to be as boring and stiff as possible But it didn't work because they ended up making it in the movie that made it to theaters in the movie ended up being kind of a bomb at first and yet a gets a new life. So how did blade runner get. Its Own Redo you know it was a film that really Scott. I think really cared about other people worked on it really cared about The Warner Brothers did a showing of a work print of the movie without the narration. And sort of getting people talking and then about ten years later There was a piece in the La Times were they ended up reaching now then helped spur more exciting movie. Directors cut came out without the narration. Eventually the on Blu Ray had the final cut which are released got came out. and Actually Warner Warner Brothers. Actually pay for extra special effects. Finish up never got done in the original no narration. And it's sort of created this thing that everybody is able to love without the bad parts so maybe blade runner wasn't quite right about androids. Maybe it wasn't quite right about flying cars but looking at it today. What do you think that got right about where we are today? I think they did capture the big city feel. That was going to calm. That wasn't quite there yet you know. They're looking at Asian influences. There's a lot of Japan influence it's in the original picture. you know one thing that I talked to some of the creators about that. They felt they really nailed. Was the difference between the sort of class warfare. Talking about like the Rich folks in this world had left the planets and left behind Poor people behind them and so there was love Considering that you know we have still Some some of these issues that we're facing also some of acknowledges still close I talked with Sid Mead About the androids and he was saying he really thinks that we're in maybe ten years. We're going to have androids like they had them blade runner You know he is giving examples of various robots that are already out there these robots join. Exactly look anthropomorphic. But they can. They can jump over a one meter high barrier in motion land and actually do backflips So you never know we might be right around the corner. And you don't know I could be an Android android doing this interview. I assume you are
Lady Gaga set to star in Ridley Scott's Gucci family murder film
"Now god yeah has popped up in the movie land again she's landed her next role as she did so well in a star is born she's going to star in an upcoming film from Ridley Scott about the Gucci family member the Gucci Gucci Gucci Gucci in the gritty brand still big I'll yeah yeah god has got to play by treat C. R. IDG I'm ray JI on me with the ex wife moma read CO Gucci who is driving a big hit of organizing her ex-husband's assassination thank served eighteen years in jail right now yes good deal I think this is like a really interesting story yeah memories here I do daughters with that for three D. average yeah and he left his when your dog say the name right now all right do you have any see they had a brain tumor removed her children blinded for her actions the media took a darker view of her during the affair depicting her as a hot blooded woman scorned endeavoring are now Black Widow the twenty nine years got out of jail eighteen years later who's that that badly likes the idea of this movie that was a huge **** off and a really good so the book the movie is based on the book by Serra gave Fortin the house of Gucci a sensational story of murder madness grammar and green Geiger's playing patriot C. R. A. G. on
Elaborate 'Alien' High School Production Gets Hollywood's Attention
"Wife, a New Jersey high school's production of the nineteen Seventy-nine space horror film alien is getting praised from Hollywood. Brian shook has more the movie's director Ridley Scott wrote a letter to the drama department of north Bergen high school praising students for their imagination and determination. Actress Sigourney Weaver Senate video saying the play looked incredible. And the alien looked very real videos and photos of the play went viral with some three million hits on social media. Phil
China plans Taiwan Strait live-fire exercises amid tensions
"Support for this npr podcast and the following message come from sony pictures with all the money in the world legendary director ridley scott brings this thrilling drama inspired by true events to life starring michelle williams christopher plummer and mark wahlberg now available on digital and blu ray live from npr news in washington i'm to wayne brown president trump's pick to become the next secretary of state is on capitol hill at this hour vowing to help the state department get it swagger back in perez michele keleman has this update cia director and former congressman mike pompeo says he's heard the concerns about how demoralizing it's been at the state department he's going to help fill vacancies and making clear the department has a key role to play now on north korea which he calls the highest diplomatic task he's also talking tough on russia's saying it has been acting aggressively enabled by years of eight soft policy that is now overpumping oh says according to prepared remarks released by the white house some lawmakers are promising to bring up their concerns about his skepticism of climate change and the iran nuclear deal as well as controversial past statements against muslims michelle kellerman npr news washington china says it will conduct live weapon fire exercises in the taiwan strait next week npr's anthony kuhn reports the drills come amid heightened tensions between the us and china over the selfgovern island maritime authorities in southeast china's fujian province which sits across the street from taiwan announced the exercises authorities offered no details or explanations but a number of recent moves by the trump administration of drawn criticism from china's government those include the passage of taiwan travel act which encourages high level government exchanges between washington in taipei the us recently authorized contractors to build new submarines for taiwan and appointed as national security adviser john bolton who has publicly.