Thursday, November 17, 2005
The first is an article about Ledger, Brokeback Mountain, and his views on acting, behind the cut for length. No spoilers.
The second link is to director Ang Lee's thoughts about returning to Calvary for the screening of the film.
"Good looks gave Heath Ledger his shot. 'Brokeback Mountain' shows what he's done with it."
"I think your performance should mature as you mature as a person. That's the way it works for me. The greater knowledge you have in life, the greater knowledge you have in how to portray life. That's just really it."
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Sunday, November 13, 2005
Brokeback week continues ....*g*
Very good story in this week's Newsweek, behind the cut because it's so long. No real spoilers, but a quote by Proux that's fairly revealing (great quote, though). I love to see how much great word of mouth there is about this film, and it hasn't even opened yet.
Gyllenhaal commenting on the reaction of some men to "Brokeback Mountain:" (from article):
"If they've been moved by the film, he says, they often rationalize it by saying things like "Well, it's really more of a friendship." No, it isn't. "It's a love story," Gyllenhaal says. "They're two men having sex. There's nothing hidden there."
Yes! How I love this quote.
Also, I love this small article on Gyllenhaal's thoughts on "Brokeback" and intimacy. He's a generous, from-the-heart man, I think. The other day I read that Gyllenhaal said Ledger wears his heart on his sleeve. Two of a kind perhaps. The article is behind the cut.
From here: http://www.contactmusic.com/new/xmlfeed.nsf/mndwebpages/gyllenhaal%20plays%20down%20brokeback%20mountain%20praise
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Friday, November 11, 2005
"When the time came to shoot the first love scene, Lee was moved by the "exposed private feelings" shown by the two actors. "It's rare to see," he says." -- Ang Lee, from article below (behind the cut)in the Hollywood Reporter.
The more I read about Ledger and Gyllenhaal, the more impressed I am by these actors. It's been fun to watch some of their films and imagine them in "Brokeback" making love to each other (oh, yes)
There are some spoilers (mainly about the overall tone of the story). If you haven't read the book and want to remain completely spoiler free, it's best not to read.
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Tuesday, November 8, 2005
An interesting article from the Los Angeles Times on "Brokeback Mountain," quoting Ang Lee quite a bit. There are no spoilers in this :)
Love, nervousness, commitment
"People call it a gay western…. For me, it's a love story...," says Ang Lee, the director of "Brokeback Mountain."
By Rachel Abramowitz, Times Staff Writer
"People call it a gay western…. For me, it's a love story. It has very little to do with the movie genre, the western," says Ang Lee, the director of "Brokeback Mountain." This certainly isn't a film in which the good guys ride off and trounce the villains à la John Wayne. Rather, it's the tale of the dying West of the late 20th century, where the cowboy life has grown increasingly obsolete while the traditions of machismo nonetheless linger. The film is a portrait of love denied, of two impoverished cowboys who hide their love for decades, leading lives of increasing desperation.
Taut, desolate, heart-wrenching, the film (which opens Dec. 9) is generating awards buzz. It has already won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. Based on a short story by Annie Proulx, it stars Jake Gyllenhaal as Jack Twist and Heath Ledger, in a career-making role, as Ennis Del Mar.
"He's always battling his genetic structure," Ledger says of Del Mar. "He was battling the traditions and morals and fears and beliefs that had been passed down to him, and they've been embedded in him so deeply, he couldn't get past them."
Lee decided to cast up-and-comers in the film, which spans 20 years. "Instead of taking middle-aged or older actors, I choose the young, the innocent. Their fresh faces will carry the audiences a long way and will make the movie a lot more poignant at the end."
In preproduction, both Gyllenhaal and Ledger went to cowboy camp to practice their riding — though this was more for Gyllenhaal's benefit, because Ledger grew up riding in western Australia. They holed up with Lee to rehearse, meticulously going through the scenes, line by line.
"We'll do exercises until we have the feeling or taste of that person, the way he speaks, pauses, poses," Ledger said. Yet once filming started, the director — as is his way — barely spoke to the actors. "They're all supposed to know what they're doing. If I talk to them too much it loses the freshness," Lee said. "It should remain fresh for me to photograph."
Lee says that neither Gyllenhaal nor Ledger seemed anxious about playing explicitly gay characters, though they did seem concerned about the film's potential impact on their burgeoning careers. "They care very much what the movie will do for them," says Lee, noting their respective faces as they finally walked in to see the finished film. "It looked like they're nervous."
Wednesday, November 2, 2005
"I think the people who haven't seen the movie tend to go, 'It's the gay cowboy movie,'" says Gyllenhaal, "but when they walk out of the movie, that isn't even an issue. I've had people apologize to me for having referred to the movie in that way, once they've seen it.
"It's much more about love than sex," adds Gyllenhaal, who plays ranch hand Jack Twist opposite Heath Ledger as Ennis Del Mar. "To me, their sexuality is a way of consummating that intimacy between two people.
"The characters are like yin and yang - they fit together and make a coherent whole, and when they're apart they feel like they're missing something."
This is why I like Jake Gyllenhaal. Yes, love between two people. That's what it's about. I love his thoughts on this, especially the love and sex and the yin and yang.
From what I've read, he and Heath Ledger have honored Jack and Ennis' love story completely. It's wonderful when a story transcends the page and becomes timeless and real. *sigh of joy*
Tuesday, October 25, 2005
For those of you who are interested (I know you're out there now :), here's an article on the soundtrack for "Brokeback Mountain." I'll probably buy it after Nov. 1, but I may not listen to it until after the film (if I can hold out). Here's the link:
I've been reading that the love scenes, though not explicit, (didn't think they would be with an R rating), are explicit enough (both naked together, necking, it's more than obvious they're making love). The book has scenes of passionate kissing and those are in there as well (Jake G. said Ledger almost broke his nose in one passionate kissing scene).
Since I get up at 4:30 every morning *yawn* Night, night.
Sunday, October 23, 2005
12:08PM - "Brokeback Mountain"
OK, I've read the book.
I've watched the trailer about 20 times so far at this site:
I feel the beginnings of obsession. This film is going to kill me. Watch for my obituary after Dec. 9
Anyone else feel this way?
*** some very general book spoilers in the comments, but I won't give away any details or big spoilers.
Tuesday, August 30, 2005
Reporting from the screening of EII:
NOTE: A few minor, minor spoilers below --
The film is terrific. Great adaptation of the book. Elijah is so good in this, as is the whole cast. Note: Elijah takes off his glasses more than a few times during the film, and when he does, you're waiting, because he turns his head and those sapphire eyes say so much. *gushes* I don't want to give any spoilers, so just to say, great cinematography (he loved Elijah's face, and there is a shot of Elijah in bed that is, well, memorable.) Eugene and all the of the cast were great, especially the actor who plays Alex' grandfather. The film draws you in immediately; it's funny and involving. Then the humor fades and becomes something else -- I love that, the combination of comedy and pathos. A beautiful, moving film.
There was a Q&A afterwards with E. Hutz and Liev. I didn't take notes, but Liev mainly talked about his interest in doing this film, and Hutz talked about getting the part, and how he had to shave his moustache off. Liev apparently wanted him to shave it, but it took some time before it finally came off.:) They were both in the lobby afterwards and I wish I could have stayed to talk with them.
Friday, August 26, 2005
I finally got to the mailbox today, and grievous_angel thank you very much, my friend, for the copy of the Sunday Times Elijah article!!
It was very, very kind of you. I do love the pics, and it's great to see the original article.
As you know, I live in a very small town, and the postal worker jokingly looked at me like, here she goes again, another package, this time with a "London Post." I've really got him guessing I think. I order so many books (my weakness)- the last time my order came in, he jokingly asked me if I could park my car out back so they could unload my packages *g* There really weren't that many.
Thursday, June 16, 2005
Elijah looked stunning at the LA Film Festival. He wore glasses, and the One tan jacket. I was on the far left side of the theater, and that's the side (fortunately) he came in on. He waved happily to the crowd at the Arclight dome when he was introduced. He said jokingly he had lived in LA for 15 years and during that time didn't know about the festival. He asked the filmmakers who are represented in the festival to stand, so the audience could recognize them. He then put a hand over his heart and said how indie films were near and dear to him.
He left after that with his assistant and a couple of other (seemed to be festival) folks, and didn't appear to stay for the film. He didn't miss much -- though the acting was good, the film had a number of problems, and just didn't work for me.
My friend and I didn't stay long at the gala -- roamed around the room a few times, listened to a few songs, and left (since we had an hour's drive back, it's midnight now, and we have to work tomorrow). I didn't see Elijah at the after party in my brief stay, but I just may have missed him.
It was too dark to get a good pic - perhaps someone else will have one.
Thursday, June 9, 2005
"He's never met a princess, only queens" -- I love Ian McClellen. Gods and Monsters, an incredible film, and his performance, the same.
I feel fortunate to have gotten tickets for opening night of the Los Angeles Film Festival ("Down in the Valley"), and gala afterward. My husband works evenings, and couldn't come, but a friend from work is able to make it. I won't have to pose as a photographer as I'd planned.;) Darn it.
At last report, Elijah was scheduled to open up the festival. *hopes* The Arclight complex, where this film is being screened, is great. *excited*
Sunday, June 5, 2005
1:06PM - fandom meme
Tuesday, May 31, 2005
Monday, May 9, 2005
Elijah at Cannes, ala Sin City - what do you think? Has anyone heard? Story below. Yes, I could see him in a tux again, yes indeed.
From Yahoo News: (Sorry, I don't yet know how to do a cut)
Cannes glows with Hollywood star power
CANNES, France (AFP) - The annual extravaganza of stars, schmoozing and celluloid that is the Cannes film festival is set to start this week after last-minute preparations that have transformed this French Riviera resort.
Up and down the two-kilometre (one-mile) stretch of beach known as La Croisette, workers were Monday putting up huge posters of films -- most of them Hollywood blockbusters to be released in the months following the festival -- and decking out white tents to host the parties the 12-day event is famed for.
At the 'Palais' -- a three-storey concrete complex at one end of the beach that serves as the heart of the festival -- a huge billboard announced the event to tourists walking by in T-shirts and shorts, but the red carpet to be trodden on by the film world's great and good starting Wednesday was not yet laid.
This year is expected to be a heady one for Hollywood glamour.
Two US films headed for blockbuster worldwide success -- "Sin City", an ultra-violent movie starring Bruce Willis and Mickey Rourke, and "Star Wars III: The Revenge of the Sith" -- will appear in the official selection, meaning tuxedo-clad appearances by their cast.
In addition, US studios are hyping upcoming summer releases, notably the much anticipated "War of the Worlds" starring Tom Cruise and directed by Steven Spielberg.
"I think we're going to see a good amount of stars at Cannes this year," said Joey Monteiro, an executive with the US distribution company Lions Gate.
The big-budget movies -- posters of which are plastered across the more prestigious waterfront hotels -- aren't necessarily in the festival itself, but are still bound to be talked and written about by the 3,500 media personnel attending from around the world.
The Hollywood hijack of Cannes' showcase status is encouraged by the organisers, who work every year to bring a star cachet to event.
But the core of the festival remains the official competition: a select club of just 21 films this year vying for the Palme d'Or, awarded last year to Michael Moore's anti-Bush documentary "Fahrenheit 9/11".
"Sin City" is leading the US contingent in that restricted club, although actor Tommy Lee Jones will also be presenting his cinematic directorial debut and past Cannes winner Gus Van Sant will also be back, alongside Jim Jarmusch.
Saturday, March 12, 2005
From Yahoo News:
Filming of 'The Hobbit' at least three years away: Jackson
Sat Mar 12, 2:29 PM ET Entertainment - AFP
SYDNEY (AFP) - Fans of Oscar-winning director Peter Jackson, best known for the Lord Of The Rings trilogy, will have to wait several years for his take on the fantasy book that started it all, "The Hobbit."
Asked how long it would take to begin shooting the movie about the small, big-footed creatures, Jackson said: "Three or four years would be accurate."
In Sydney to talk to fans about his films, the director said that the movie's production date was uncertain because of Hollywood studio MGM's sale to Sony Corp (NYSE:SNE - news)oration.
Rights to the J. R. R. Tolkien novel are split between MGM and New Line Cinema.
"I think there is probably a will and a desire to try and get it made," he told the media. "But I think it's gonna be a lot of lawyers sitting in a room trying to thrash out a deal before it will ever happen."
Jackson is currently filming a remake of 1933 classic "King Kong" in New Zealand. The film stars Australian Naomi Watts and Oscar-winner Adrien Brody (news).
"I am glad Kong is one film and not three," like The Lord Of The Rings, Jackson remarked.
Sunday, December 26, 2004
A big thank you and *hug* to El_Wing for the gift I got in the mail: a beautiful icon of my obsession.
Love the heart over their faces. *sigh*
Friday, December 24, 2004
A thank you to those whose cards I just received from: Cara Loup and Curthose.
Curthose, I loved the e-card and thought, and Cara, the covered bridges of New Hampshire.
To all my friends, this is one of my favorite poems/songs. It reminds me of lovers everywhere, the winter solstice, and the magic and beauty of wild places.
It's called "Abanaki Song" from a native American tribe that used to inhabit the northeastern United States.
Come, my beloved, let us go up the shining mountain, and sit together;
we will watch the sun go down in beauty in that shining place.
We will sit there till the Night Traveler rises in beauty above the shining
We will watch all the little stars following their chief.
We will watch the northern lights playing their game of ball in their
cold, glistening country.
We will sit there on the beautiful mountain while the thunder beats his
We will see the flashes from the lit pipe of the lightning.
We will see the great whirlwind race with the squall.
We will sit there until all creatures drowse.
There we will hear the great owl sing his usual song: "Go to sleep, go to
sleep," and see all animals obey his call.
We will sit there in beauty on the mountain, and watch the small stars
in their sleepless flight.
They do not mind the song, "Go to sleep"; we will not mind it either,
but sit more closely together, and think of nothing but ourselves
on the beautiful mountain.
Again it will be heard, "Go to sleep, go to sleep, and the Night
Traveler will come closer, to warn us that everything is sleeping
except ourselves and the little stars.
They and their chief are coursing along, and our minds go with them.
Then the owl sleeps; and his call to sleep sleeps; and the lightnings flash
from a long way way off; the great pipe is going out; and the thunder
ceases to beat his drum; and though our bodies urge us to sleep,
we sit in beauty, very still, upon the shining mountain.
Thursday, December 23, 2004
Hello everyone - My third post! Must be some kind of record for the least number of posts in an LJ.
I have a dwarf entry ticket for the One Ring Convention on Saturday, January 15 (the day Sean and Elijah will be there!) that I would like to give away, at no charge. I'm going on Saturday and the extra ticket was a gift for my sister, who can't make it. :( So if anyone out there would like the ticket, leave me a message here with your email address and I'll get in touch with you and we'll figure it out from there.
(I don't want to post my email address on LJ since it's my real name, so hopefully leaving your email will work for people.)
I just want to say thank you to everyone for making this year a beautiful one, and thank you for your wonderful stories, El_Wing, Frayache, Cara Loup, Curthose, Elderberry Wine, Princess of Geekland, Rakshi, Calanthe, Notabluemaia, and Tiriel. They are a tremendous gift.
I'm off to a brave a Vermont winter for two weeks. May the goddess have mercy on this California girl's soul.:) Actually, I'm looking forward to all the white, as long as my leg doesn't freeze to a light post while waiting for a taxi, or anything like that.
El_Wing: I'll have access to email, so I'll be ready when the next chapter of FU comes along!
Blessings to all of you, and may you all find light and love in another year in this beautiful place.
Sunday, May 2, 2004
9:14AM - School of Life thoughts
I’ve been thinking about Elijah Wood, what a fine actor he is, and how someone I read recently said that he has *it*; that whatever *it* is that makes you stand up and take notice of an actor, he has got *it* in spades. I didn’t know who he was (or Sean Astin either) before LOTR, and I’ve been catching up on the films for both of these men. After seeing most of Elijah W’s early films, he's wonderful in each of them. Even as a youngster, he doesn’t look like he’s acting - he slides believably right into the roles.
On this note, yesterday I was skimming through a book I’ve kept on the shelf for many years called, “The Soul’s Code - In Search of Character and Calling” by James Hillman. I came across this passage, which made me think about EW and others who’s *formal* schooling is either cut short or who have had an unhappy time there. When I read the passage below, I though of how EW has said he’s “interested in everything.”
Hillman quotes a study of four hundred famous persons and their schooling: “Three-fifths of these individuals had serious school problems...Thomas Mann, who was awarded Nobel recognition largely for a novel he wrote in his early twenties, described school as “stagnating and unsatisfactory.” The great Indian scholar and poet Rabindranath Tagore (who, like Mann came from an educated and well-to-do background) quit school because he suffered so much there. “I was fortunate to extricate myself before insensibility set in.” ....The Norwegian novelist Sigrid Undset declared: “I hated school so intensely. I avoided the discipline by the elaborate technique of being absent-minded during classes....The actor and director Kenneth Branagh so feared school when he was about eleven that he tried throwing himself downstairs to break a leg rather than go” (which the author says may point to his love of drama):)
In talking about a person’s true calling in life, Hillman goes on to say: “Often it was not in school but outside of it....during time spent altogether away from school – that the calling appeared. It is as if the image in the heart in so many cases is hampered (by school’s) timebound regularity." Hillman isn’t arguing against education at all, (and I’m not either; teachers are often the ones to recognize and influence a child’s special gift) but points out that some children who seem to “fail” in school are actually trying to follow their innate nature, their true calling, which is borne into every soul before it arrives in the world. “There is in each of us a longing to see beyond what our usual sight tells us,” Hillman says. I’ve thought EW’s true calling made an impression on him very early, and fortunately, he was encouraged (from what I understand) by his mother and others who recognized his gift - and supported his desire to run with it, much to our benefit :)
Tuesday, April 20, 2004
Hoping this entry works since it's my first one.
We'll see...we'll see.
My goal: to discuss LOTR, Frodo and Sam, Sam and Frodo, fanfics, and perhaps other things as well. :)