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Post by Admin on Sat 07 Nov 2020, 09:40

I'm sure I've posted this before, but can't find it:


https://www.myneworleans.com/george-clooney-in-conversation-garrett-bradley-keynote-at-noff2020/

George Clooney In Conversation + Garrett Bradley Keynote at NOFF2020
11/06/2020 
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NEW ORLEANS (press release) – At the 31st New Orleans Film Festival, George Clooney joins Elisabeth Sereda in a live-streamed conversation about his illustrious career and his new film The Midnight Sky, that he directed, produced, and starred in, coming to Netflix in December 2020. This post-apocalyptic tale follows Augustine (George Clooney), a lonely scientist in the Arctic, as he races to stop Sully (Felicity Jones) and her fellow astronauts from returning home to a mysterious global catastrophe. Clooney directs the adaptation of Lily Brooks-Dalton’s acclaimed novel “Good Morning, Midnight,” co-starring David Oyelowo, Kyle Chandler, Demián Bichir, and Tiffany Boone.

IN CONVERSATION: GEORGE CLOONEY
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2020  @ 11 A.M. PT/ 1 P.M. CT / 2 P.M. ET
Register for free at bit.ly/clooney_noff2020 (Instagram-sized flyer attached)
 
The New Orleans Film Festival officially launches its 31st annual edition with a keynote address from New Orleans-based filmmaker Garrett Bradley, whose much-lauded new feature documentary TIME is now streaming on Amazon. Garrett’s keynote address is designed to set the tone for this year’s festival: provide a context for experiencing this year’s lineup and inspire audiences and filmmakers to embrace cinema as an art form that challenges, enriches, and affirms. The keynote is co-presented by Sundance Institute and New Orleans Film Society with introductions from Tabitha Jackson, Director of the Sundance Film Festival, and Clint Bowie, Artistic Director of New Orleans Film Society.
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Post by Admin on Thu 19 Nov 2020, 14:20

This was yesterday. Did anyone catch it?
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Post by party animal - not! on Thu 19 Nov 2020, 15:23


Hope this still works............

https://watch.eventive.org/noff2020/play/5fa1af7009a5ad063b526e28

I saw this too late last night...............

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Post by Admin on Thu 19 Nov 2020, 15:45

Yes, I went to that link today, which claims to still be live, and all there was was a woman sitting in an office. Not sure if she realised she was still live streaming? I couldn't get any sound.

I'm looking for the recording they said they'd made of the talk.
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Post by Admin on Thu 19 Nov 2020, 15:48

Ah, click on the 'live' link and scroll forward to about the 5'30" mark for the interview.
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Post by Admin on Thu 19 Nov 2020, 16:07

Wow, this is amazingly unprofessional!  A few points I got:

George barely looks into the camera when talking.

He's changed the ending of the film, Good Morning Midnight from the book.

With regards to space travel, he based the concepts on what NASA is researching now, to consider for use in about 25 years' time.

The interviewer, Elisabeth Sereda, knows George well enough that she was texting him while he was filming in Iceland last year.  

While filming in Iceland, it was so cold outside that they couldn't stay out for more than two minutes.  He said that his eyelids would freeze shut by the end of each take and he'd have to thaw them out.

One of them didn't have the sense to put their devices on 'mute', so the interview is constantly interrupted by the pinging of something.

The girl he acted with was 'amazing' and he rarely had to do more than one take with her.  

He loves working with Kyle and has worked with him regularly.  

She asked if there was anything from the South that's stuck with him.  He says drinking!  He still has a house in Kentucky.  He has a great affinity and love for the openess, kindness and generosity of spirit of the area.  He points out that Kentucky isn't really the south and were neutral, although they certainly sound like they're southern.

Before Covid struck, he had been planning to shoot a film in New Orleans.  Now he's got plans to shoot a very small film with a very small cast in Boston. Even this small film has very high insurance because of Covid, making filming a large film prohibitive at the moment.

He and Grant just saw the film on the big screen in Westwood recently.  He remarks how weird it was going into the cinema and seeing all the promo posters for films from half a year ago in the lobby.

He still raises several million dollars a year towards South Sudan.  Part of what he's doing is hiring forensic accountants (ex FBI) to prove that these people are profiteering and making them accountable.

She asked why he had a Batman poster in his office when he hated the film. He quips it's because he looked great in nipples!  Then said it was a precautionary poster for him.  It was actually a three-picture deal, which fell through as they didn't make any more Batman films, so Three Kings and Syriana became the other two films instead.  

George says Schwarzenegger is a friend of his and they get on well.  [George does a great Arnie impression]

Dawn-Lyen Gardener is brought into the conversation.  Her very first acting job at the age of 12 was with George (in ER).  She's amazed that George even remembers her.

While filming during Covid, he likens the crew to Kenny from South Park as they're wrapped up in so much protective equipment.

Then it's a chance for people watching to ask questions: the first asks how he and the moderator met.  He says it was when he was doing ER and she was with the Hollywood Foreign Press.  Warner Brothers were boycotting them and he met her anyway and they brokered a 'peace agreement' between WB and HFPA.  Elisabeth is the journalist on the set of Nespresso ads so they've worked together for about 27 years.

George played a prank on Brad Pitt by making up stationery that seemed to be from Brad Pitt and sending out fake letters to various stars.  To Meryl Streep, he faked a show reel about foreign accents and the covering letter from Brad said that perhaps she'd find the show reel helpful with her British accent for The Iron Lady because Brad had found it useful for his accent in Troy.  George said that Brad deserved every prank.

He talks about Richard Kind and how much he loves acting and isn't at all interested in producing or directing.  

The 'big secret' about being in the film business is that everyone would do it for free because "we get to not grow up, we get to stay kids".

He's currently reading 'Dragons Love Tacos' to his children.  [he waves the book at the camera]

He says, we're living in a world where it's just as fun to be mean as it is to be nice, especially on the internet.

He's been to Tahiti.

George makes a point I don't quite understand. He mentions how after the second world war, 'everyone' in the US had passports and travelled and were open to the world because they'd been there and seen it. Then two generations later, suddenly not many people had passports and had become 'scared' of the rest of the world, which he believes is because of the lack of international travel. He says exposure to foreign culture changes people and makes them open to what's foreign. I understand that point, but I don't think he's right about so many Americans travelling in the 50s. I think it was always prohibitively expensive to travel to Europe.

He's asked that since he's a film producer and director, whether he's able to read a book and NOT see it in the context of turning it into a film - with the exception of Dragons Love Tacos, of course. He quips that Dragons Love Tacos would make a hell of a movie! He talks about being hired to adapt a John Grisham book for Bob Dylan (he's visibly excited about this). He says he likes to read stuff just to read it as it's hard to read it in the context of making a film. He tends to read more non-fiction and he mostly enjoys reading just for the pleasure of it.

George has no idea what else is going on as part of the New Orleans film festival Smile


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Post by annemarie on Thu 19 Nov 2020, 16:48

I would love to hear George read the kids a story .

Thank you Katie.

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Post by Admin on Thu 19 Nov 2020, 16:56

In case anyone else's interest has been piqued by Dragons Love Taccos, whether as a potential film or otherwise. you can see 10 of its 40 pages here: https://books.google.co.uk/books/about/Dragons_Love_Tacos.html?id=3kWgCgAAQBAJ&printsec=frontcover&source=kp_read_button&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q&f=false
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Post by party animal - not! on Thu 19 Nov 2020, 17:09

Thank you, Katie.

Thought you might like this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GMTCZZp3RbQ

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Post by Admin on Thu 19 Nov 2020, 17:14

I think we should get up a petition for George to record this!!
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Post by annemarie on Thu 19 Nov 2020, 19:41

I'd sign that petition for sure.

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Post by LizzyNY on Fri 20 Nov 2020, 22:00

So sorry, not a fan. There must be a million better children's books than this. Is there even a point to the story or did I miss something? scratch
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Post by annemarie on Fri 20 Nov 2020, 22:17

It is different, but I guess it has to do with dragons kids  like them.

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Post by LizzyNY on Fri 20 Nov 2020, 22:46

I guess it's just the teacher in me but I prefer something with a bit more substance. We really need to stop underestimating our kids. They understand a lot more than we give them credit for.
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Post by Donnamarie Yesterday at 05:17

Katie, great synopsis of the interview.  Thanks for taking the time to cover it.  There probably were 10 other things you could have been doing  ... I’m thinking of all the projects planned for your new house.
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