New York, NY (May 29, 2019) – The National Board of Review announced today that it will release its 2019 honorees on Tuesday, December 3, 2019. The gala to celebrate this year’s group of lauded filmmakers will take place on Wednesday, January 8, 2020. The celebration will be held at Cipriani’s 42nd Street in New […]
NBC NEWS & MSNBC’S WILLIE GEIST TO RETURN AS HOST FOR SIXTH YEAR IN A ROW New York, NY (March 20, 2019) – The National Board of Review announced today that its annual film awards gala will take place Wednesday, January 8th, 2020, with NBC News & MSNBC’s Willie Geist returning as host for the sixth […]
How did you come across the book and what compelled you to champion this project?
Coogan: I was in New York making a film. And because my career’s been in comedy—I’ve written a lot of television comedy— I wanted to find something more substantial, that had more substance.
How did you find this story?
David Lowery: It was a true story about this guy whose life was too good to be true in terms of a narrative.
Around 2004, you were doing research about curry during Queen Victoria’s time, and it seems you ended up finding much more than expected?
Shrabani Basu: I knew that that Queen Victoria loved her curry and she had so many Indian servants that cooked for her.
You used classic filmmaking techniques, especially in the opening scene. Can you talk about shooting it?
Scott: These storms are absolutely disgustingly filthy, and we had real fifth in the air. You have a real mix of dust.
What inspired you with this film and why did you set it in the world of 1950’s London fashion?
Paul Thomas Anderson: I had a thin story for a romance about a man, woman, and maybe third party.
How did you develop the particular visual language of this film?
It was really challenging. There were things that we felt were important early on that ended up boxing us in.
Can you discuss casting the two versions of Brian Wilson?
Bill Pohlad: Casting the Brian-future role was a little more complicated than the Brian-past, actually.
Can you talk about adapting your own book for the screen?
They initially approached Dan Fogelman, who’s a very established screenwriter. And he actually flipped it back to me and said he thought I should do it. At that point I just assumed I was talking to someone who was insane, and that this would be a terrible mistake.
How did you come up with this idea, and learn about this world?
The original idea came when I was exposed to the world of Weegee, the New York crime photographer.
Why did you want to be in this film?
Redford: Because he asked me! In all honesty, I’ve spent many years building an organization to promote independent film, and yet no one has asked me to work in their film.
Can you talk about the collaboration between the two of you in terms of writing, producing, and performing this?
Rafael Casal: Yeah, Diggs, can you?
Daveed Diggs: I mean we’ve been working on this for ten years at this point with our two producing partners the whole time, Jess and Keith Calder.
How did this film develop?
Barry had written an article for the Boston Phoenix about his experience testifying in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee. It’s just so funny and well written… it reminded me of a Frank Capra story.