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- 05/18/14--09:49: ☆Jennifer Lawrence☆ Is the Belle of the Mockingjay Ball
- 05/18/14--10:12: Stephen King's Gerald's Game to be Adapted by Oculus' Mike Flanagan
- 05/18/14--10:13: Pamela Anderson Reveals She was Raped - Love of Animals Saved Her
- 05/18/14--10:13: Michael Jackson Hologram to Perform at Billboard Music Awards.
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With Jennifer Lawrence, Russell Crowe, and Naomi Watts on the guest list, Vanity Fair and Armani’s Cannes Film Festival party, hosted by Graydon Carter and Giorgio Armani at the luxe Hotel du Cap tonight, was bound to be one of the most buzzed-about parties during this party-happy festival. But the surprise arrival of Justin Bieber, clad in his trademark low-slung pants and gleaming white moon shoes, made even the film royalty in attendance star-struck.
Bieber, a last-minute addition brought in by Vanity Fair’s Elizabeth Saltzman and shepherded around the pre-party dinner by none other than IAC chairman Barry Diller, was in high photo-op demand as he navigated the party, posing with Russell Crowe and seemingly exchanging “let’s hang out, bro” phone numbers with Adrian Grenier. But the most excited to meet Bieber was Jennifer Lawrence, who was overheard loudly saying “I want to meet Bieber!!” immediately upon arrival.
Ever interested in fostering interesting friendships, your trusty V.F. staff were able to arrange the historic meeting. Lawrence declined a photograph, saying she wanted Justin and herself to meet as real people. But we can confirm that they did indeed exchange pleasantries, and that the party was made all the better for it.
We kept the atmosphere light and fun with Miles Davis and Ella Fitzgerald as our sound track.
The very talented Nick Barose did my makeup to complement the silver tones of my dress and shoes.
I love this photo—I'm snapping a picture of photographer Sean Thomas sneaking a peek of Jennifer Brent doing my hair.
My dress and shoes were both custom Lanvin based on the fall 2014 collection. The dress has a regal, Old World feeling when you're wearing it, but is supermodern with the print and length.
Here is the Lanvin team and artistic director Alber Elbaz getting me red-carpet ready—it really does take a village!
Ever the perfectionist, Alber stole my hairstylist's scissors and snipped away stray threads.
Alber makes taking serious photos very hard—he's always cracking up the room.
This was my first Met Gala, so the whole team was telling me stories of galas past—one of those stories must have been pretty shocking!
I had Van Cleef & Arpels earrings tucked into my hair.
Lanvin made these gorgeous custom shoes to match my gown: The perfect accent to my dress.
Toasting the evening before taking off.
Princess. <3 And you can tell from the way she sits she used to be a dancer.
And guess who finally got to see Belle. :D
Bonus picture of Rob with Liam Hemsworth and Gael Garcia Bernal last night
and Rob with Alfonso Cuarón :)
Model Poppy Delevingne was joined by a host of her showbiz pals as she tied the knot to long-term partner James Cook today.
The bride wore an unusual white custom-made Chanel gown which looked like a lacy, mini dress with sheer fabric attached to make it full-length. Sticking with tradition, she wore a veil in her blonde, curled hair.
After getting ready at Claridge's Hotel in London's Mayfair, she was helped into a car to be taken to her nearby church venue by her supermodel sister, Cara, who also wore a white Chanel gown.
Spice Girl Geri Halliwell and TV presenter Trinny Woodall were among the guests seen arriving at St Paul's Church, Knightsbridge, London, this afternoon.
Earlier this week, Sebastian Shakespeare revealed in the Daily Mail that the 27-year-old had selected 17 bridesmaids to join her walk up the aisle.
Her sisters Cara, 21, and Chloe, 29, were undoubtedly among them, as well as a number of little girls who arrived in pretty white dresses with pale blue sashes and flowers in their hair.
There were also a number of page boys dressed in white and blue and one little boy who appeared to be dressed as a teddy bear.
Pregnant Chloe wore a pale blue dress from Victoria Beckham's spring/summer collection over her blossoming baby bump.
Although the bridal party wore white or blue, Geri also appeared to be in bridesmaid attire in her choice of a long, sleevesless gown in a shade of pastel pink.
Trinny wore a different style dress in the same pink shade.
The groom beamed on the church steps as he posed for photographers before heading in for the ceremony. He wore a pale blue tie with his top and tails.
Poppy has reportedly banned guests from posting pictures on social media as glossy magazine Porter is said to have secured exclusive coverage of the wedding, on which it seems no expense has been spared.
James, who works for his family's aerospace company, proposed in October 2012 with a bespoke jewellery box by Anya Hindmarch. It contained an engagement ring alongside pictures of the couple and the words 'will you marry me?' embossed in gold.
Poppy has had three different elaborate hen parties around the globe with her celebrity friends including Rosie Huntingdon-Whiteley and Sienna Miller.
The bride's blue blood parents, who live in Chelsea, can certainly afford to foot the bill.
Poppy's grandfather is the former English Heritage chairman Sir Jocelyn Stevens, founder of the 1960s pirate radio station Radio Caroline.
Meanwhile her father Charles, a property-developer, had a grandfather who was a politician (Hamar, 1st Viscount Greenwood) and his aunt, Doris Delevingne, was a society beauty who was friends with Winston Churchill.
Her mother, Pandora, is one of the Duchess of York's best friends and her grandmother was a lady-in-waiting for Princess Margaret.
With her parent's social standing, Poppy and her sisters became accustomed to rubbing shoulders with the rich and famous from a young age.
Joan Collins is Cara's godmother while their mother's friendship with Sarah Ferguson meant they also became close to Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie.
Poppy was privately educated before finding success as a fashion model. She has starred in campaigns for Anya Hindmarch, Agent Provocateur, Diesel, Chanel and Louis Vuitton - although more recently her fame has been eclipsed by that of her sister.
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"Marvel's Agents of SHIELD's" resident traitor Brett Dalton has booked himself an independent film during his time off before Season 2. He'll join "Castle's" Stana Katic in "The Tourist," where he'll play Eric Lazard, a "heartbroken former college football star who gets in over his head with a dangerous Florentine sport and an alluring local woman." The movie is written and directed by Evan Oppenheimer.
I guess it's safe to say that Andrew Larrick was the one who murdered Emmett, Leanne and their daughter.
☆Jennifer Lawrence☆ made yet another stunning appearance at the Cannes Film Festival in France on Saturday, joining her costars at the Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 party. The actress took a solo trip down the red carpet, but got social once the bash started, sharing sweet moments with Sam Claflin and his wife, Laura Haddock, and Donald Sutherland. At one point, ☆Jennifer☆ found time for a quick change, trading her blue gown with a plunging neckline for a black dress with gold accessories.
Meanwhile, Julianne Moore, who plays Donald's political rival in the series, smiled from ear to ear next to her husband, Bart Freundlich. Fresh from filming new action scenes with ☆Jennifer☆, Liam Hemsworth and Josh Hutcherson suited up for their big night in the French Riviera. Earlier in the day, the group reunited for their first public event since promoting Catching Fire in November. Keep reading to see their new photos, and then catch up on all the star-studded Cannes events!
Many of Stephen King's novels and short stories have been turned into movies both for television and the big screen but one of the novels that seems to have evaded adaptation since it was released in 1992 is Gerald's Game, a terrifying thriller about a woman who becomes trapped, handcuffed to a bed in a remote area after her husband dies in the middle of a bondage game.
Deadline is reporting that Oculus director Mike Flanagan has come on board to adapt the book, co-writing with his partner Jeff Howard, with plans to direct it as his next movie. Originally, Flanagan was going to start production on his next movie Diver over the summer but has decided to push that back to 2015 to focus on the King adaptation.
Flanagan's regular producing partner Trevor Macy and Intrepid Pictures will produce the film and Flanagan had this to say about the project:
“In the tradition of Misery and Dolores Claiborne, Gerald’s Game is one of the most intense and compelling novels I’ve ever read, and this has been a dream project for many years. Trevor and I are very excited to help translate that experience for an audience."
Pamela Anderson made a shocking – and heartbreaking – revelation on Friday: She is a victim of sexual abuse.
Addressing the audience at the launch of The Pamela Anderson Foundation, an advocacy for animal rights, the actress surprised the crowd of 200 guests when she took the mic and opened up about her painful past, beginning with being molested as a little girl.
"I did not have an easy childhood. Despite loving parents, I was molested from age six by a female babysitter," Anderson, 46, said at the Cannes Film Festival event, which she attended with husband Rick Salomon, according to The Daily Mail and other reports.
Six years later, the former Baywatch star had her first "heterosexual experience" when a board game with an acquaintance went too far.
"I went to a friend's boyfriend's house and his older brother decided to teach me backgammon, which led into a back massage, which led into rape," she said. "He was 25 years old and I was 12."
After a boyfriend "decided it would be funny to gang-rape me with six friends," Anderson admitted she "wanted off this earth," reports Radar Online– until her love of animals helped her heal.
"My affinity with animals saved me, they came to me naturally. The trees spoke to me. I wasn't sure why I was alive – a burning question, a quest," she said. "My loyalty remained with the animal kingdom. I vowed to protect them and only them. I prayed to the whales with my feet in the ocean, my only real friends until I had children."
Michael Jackson may not be around to tour in support of his new posthumous album, Xscape, but the annual Billboard Music Awards will still feature a performance from the late King of Pop. A Michael Jackson hologram will take the stage at Sunday night's event.
According to the Los Angeles Times, plans for the awards ceremony include the hologram image of Jackson performing the new Xscape track "Slave to the Rhythm." Sources affiliated with the show said the event will be a "history-making performance" and that the "technology is so spectacular and groundbreaking."
Although the show's producers had tried to keep a lid on their plans, news of the Jackson hologram emerged as the result of a lawsuit filed by two tech companies in an attempt to block the performance. Hologram USA Inc. (which acquired the rights to the patents from Digital Domain, creator of the Tupac Shakur hologram at Coachella 2012) and Musion Das Hologram Ltd. filed the suit on Thursday, claiming that their product was being used without permission by a competitor to create the image of Michael Jackson. The lawsuit was rejected by the judge, who said that there wasn't enough evidence to show that the Billboard Awards' plan would violate patents, nor was there sufficient evidence that their patent had been used to create the hologram.
Xscape, which was released on May 13th, contains eight previously unreleased Michael Jackson songs that have been "contemporized" by producers including Timbaland, Rodney Jenkins and Stargate. Epic Records chairman and CEO L.A. Reid, who executive produced the album, searched through four decades of music in the Jackson estate's vaults to find songs that had Jackson's completed vocals. "Michael left behind some musical performances that we take great pride in presenting through the vision of music producers that he either worked directly with or expressed strong desire to work with," Reid said in a statement regarding the album. "We are extremely proud and honored to present this music to the world."
praying for the hologram to be black mj
Léa Seydoux attends the "Saint Laurent" premiere during the 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival on May 17, 2014 in Cannes, France.
Thomas Mars and Sofia Coppola
Women of the jury: Leila Hata, Carole Bouquet, Do-yeon Jeon, Sofia Coppola and jury president Jane Campion
Lisandro Alonso and Viggo Mortensen
Toke Lars Bjarke, Mads Mikkelsen and Nanna Oland Fabricius
A lot of drama has come for the cast of VH1′s “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta,” more than usual actually. Before the season even started, Mimi starred in a sextape with her so-called boyfriend, Nikko. The sextape has been the main story line of “Love & Hip Hop Atlanta,” over the course of three episodes.
So far, Stevie J has had tough words for both Mimi and Nikko, threatening Nikko on screen on last weeks episode. But, he has repeatedly said he is a better parent than Mimi and that he deserves custody of their daughter. If these rumors prove to be true, Stevie J may have no moral leg to stand on.
Now rumors circulating online says Stevie J was caught by law enforcement in Crawford County, Georgia. It was said that Stevie J was caught trafficking marijuana and is currently in police custody.Which was according to Bossip, was told by law enforcement official who spoke to them under the condition of anonymity.
As with most anyone who gets arrested on a Friday, it seems as though he will not be appearing in front of a judge for a bail hearing so he’s likely to spend his entire weekend locked up.
What a week this guy is having! First he is accused of being fake married on Love & Hip Hop Atlanta, then it is reported that he allegedly stole furniture to put in the house that he claims to live in on the show…now it’s being reported that he may be locked up for drug trafficking! Hope nothing else go wrong for Stebbie but we’d rather not tempt fate for the guy!
Now to be fair… Steven Jordan got to be a a fairly common name so it may not be him. Dont worry folk we will as new information is available to us.
Leaving a giant-sized footprint at the global box office this weekend, Warner Bros. and Legendary Pictures’ “Godzilla” estimated $93.2 million domestically through Sunday, marking the largest-ever May opening for Warner.
The Warner-Legendary Japanese remake also scored a whopping estimated $103 million from 64 international territories. The U.K. led the charge with $10.4 million, followed by Russia ($9.1 million) and Mexico ($8.9 million).
Historically, the run-up to Memorial Day weekend has been more modest given that it falls between the first weekend in May — a huge moviegoing frame — and the long holiday fray, during which a good number of schools have just commenced for the summer break.
“Anytime I beat tracking by $20 million, I’m happy,” said Warner domestic distribution prexy Dan Fellman. “That’s like a whole other movie.”
“Godzilla” benefited from massive fanboy support in the Imax and premium large-formats. The former company alone contributed 15% of the gross at $14.1 million from just 352 screens, averaging $40,057 per-screen and marking the exhib’s largest Stateside opening this year.
“When you look at what Imax did, it was clear that if you wanted to see a big monster movie, you saw it on a big screen in Imax,” Fellman added.
Other premium large-format screens contributed $8.4 million (or 9%) of the film’s opening gross, of which Cinemark (including its XD brand) led the charge with $2.2 million.
Not only does “Godzilla’s” overperformance skew the Memorial Day lead-in slump, it also blows away the “Godzilla” B.O. curse set nearly 16 years ago with Sony’s same-titled monster remake. Warner and Legendary’s version, meanwhile, which cost $160 million to produce, entered its theatrical blowout with postive critical reviews and strong audience interest. Pic scored a solid (though not glowing) ‘B+’ CinemaScore.
“Godzilla” led the domestic B.O. to a 17% increase over the same frame last year, when Paramount’s “Star Trek Into Darkness” scored a boffo $70 million opening.
Holdovers including Universal’s “Neighbors” and Sony’s “The Amazing Spider-Man 2,” which estimated $26 million and $16.8 million, respectively, also helped move the needle this weekend.“Neighbors” reached $91.5 million through Sunday; “Spider-Man” surpassed $172 million Stateside.
Also, Disney’s inspirational sports drama “Million Dollar Arm,” starring Jon Hamm, fell in line with expectations, grossing a projected $11 million in three days. The film cost just $25 million to produce and should leg out nicely given its strong ‘A-’ rating with domestic auds.
Warner’s Fellman said “Godzilla” over-indexed with Hispanics and urban audiences. He credits Legendary topper Thomas Tull and his team for spearheading the project.
“Looks like we’re going to have a nice healthy run, and a great franchise,” Fellman said. “You’ve got to give Thomas Tull credit. He hired (director) Gareth Edwards, who only made one movie before which made just $2.6 million.”
Fellman added of Edwards: “He’s a talent that we’ll see around for quite a while.”
Beating monster doubt
As a principle challenge in re-making “Godzilla,” Jon Jashni, president and chief creative officer for Legendary, said the filmmakers were faced with pre-existing skepticism toward the property.
“It’s very validating,” Jashni said of the opening. “You can’t ask for a better situation when you have a group of people, who were perhaps expecting to be let down were impressesed. It all lines up when that eco-system aligns and starts feeding off itself.”
Concerning the property’s franchise potential, Jashni said that was a part of the converstation from the beginning.
“Our initial goal was to re-brand and re-establish the property in a Tiffany way,” Jashni said. “Now, we’re trying to take in all of the results of the weekend.”
— Box Office Mojo (@boxofficemojo) May 18, 2014
'Frozen' will likely move ahead of 'Iron Man 3' on all-time worldwide chart by next weekend: http://t.co/Q6s2Su9Ti5
— Box Office Mojo (@boxofficemojo) May 18, 2014
'Frozen' took first place in Japan for the 10th weekend in a row. It now ranks 6th all-time with $179.6 million: http://t.co/OUHaNhyEr5— Box Office Mojo (@boxofficemojo) May 18, 2014
'Neighbors' fell 47 percent in its second weekend. New total: $91.5 million. http://t.co/23g3eei4ju— Box Office Mojo (@boxofficemojo) May 18, 2014
Top markets for 'Godzilla': U.K. - $10.4M, Russia - $9.1M, Mexico - $8.9M, Australia - $6.1M, France - $6.5M, Germany - $5.6M, Korea - $4.5M— Box Office Mojo (@boxofficemojo) May 18, 2014
What happens when Brad Pitt and Matthew McConaughey are neighbors in New Orleans? Brad tosses a can to his buddy, while Matthew plays with a football, of course. The cute interactions ensued on Saturday after the A-list guys spotted each other outside the places they're staying while in Louisiana for charity events. Brad and Matthew couldn't help but laugh about the coincidence and flash their handsome grins.
It all went down mere hours before Brad's Make It Right gala, where the actor will celebrate his foundation's efforts to rebuild the city's Ninth Ward after the devastating effects of Hurricane Katrina in 2005. Meanwhile, Matthew's in town with his family to support The Brees Dream Foundation, which has teamed up with the Oscar winner's Just Keep Livin Foundation to provide after-school fitness programs to local kids.
Brad's visit in Louisiana comes after his and Angelina Jolie's sweet stop at the star-studded premiere of HBO's The Normal Heart in NYC on Monday. Although Matthew's kept a low profile since his exciting award season, we caught a glimpse of his good looks when the trailer for Interstellar debuted this week. Keep reading to see Brad and Matthew's smiley snaps!
What, no fake feud?! I'm shocked, tbh.
btw, you can visit the Make It Right website here and The Brees Dream Foundation and Just Keep Livin Foundation here.
a jam tbh!
CRIMSON PEAK, Friday, May 16, Day 22: Today is the 71st day of overall filming, and it is the last. Everyone is ready for it to be over and no one quite wants it to be, I think. I've been in around 40 feature films and yet this is, I believe, the first time I've worked on the last day. I love working and I love not working. I have a good time either way. But coming to the end of a project is very different from having a few days off. A film or television company is often a very close-knit group. One establishes friendships and acquaintanceships that not only make the days pass enjoyably but also feed one in one's work. Knowing that a person I like and respect is going to make sure I look my best, is going to make certain I am heard, is going to sew back on the button that fell off in the last take, frees me to give my eased concentration to the text and to the myriad technical matters such as posture, balance, timing, and the manipulation of props without having to be concerned with those other tasks. Acting for the camera is such a technical thing, one wants to have trusted associates removing the detritus from one's thoughts. A sudden worry in the midst of a take about whether my vest is buttoned up correctly can take away from my more important task of saying a word in the next line at precisely the moment I step into the key light. Knowing your back is protected by experts whom you like and trust is invaluable. That more often than not they are wonderful, good-spirited people makes the end of a shoot a melancholy thing. We started filming around the first week of February, and now it's mid-May, nearly 3 1/2 months of living and working in close connection for more hours per day than most people in our culture work. One gets close with a good many of one's colleagues, and when a film is over, there's the very real possibility that you many never see any of them again. Oh, the film industry isn't that large, and there's almost as good a chance you'll work together again, maybe many times. But the fact that it's anyone's guess as to whether you'll ever reencounter one another makes wrapping a picture hard, no matter how exhausting the job has been. The hours are such that almost everyone is happy to have a break. But when a picture ends, relief is tempered mightily by a bit of sorrow.
Yesterday was supposed to be Mia's last day, but we didn't get all her stuff shot, so she's been held over. We continued the same conference room scene, much of the initial work focusing on Mia watching events. In television, these two days of work would have been concluded in half a day, so sometimes I'm taken aback at how many variations can be rung on filming someone watch other characters. They told us to expect an 18-hour day today, and I'm sure a quarter of that was taken up with filming Mia watch me and Tom. But then she was done, and we all applauded her. She's the lead in the picture, of course, though applause is generally given on a set whenever any actor finishes their role. The applause for Mia was sustained, though, because she's the lead, but more importantly because she is a delight, a lively and charming and funny young woman, far less reserved and shy than I first took her to be a few months ago. She seems an uncommonly gracious girl, and I told her that I would be very happy if my daughter turned out at all like her. She was presented with a cake and with a huge bouquet of flowers -- Guillermo likes the theatrical tradition of flowers. We have these moments when an actor leaves and is shown respect and appreciation, and then... we go back to work.
Much of the rest of the scene involved tidying of bits and pieces, getting reaction shots from Bruce, and point-of-view shots from where Mia's character had watched. Instead of the repetition of nice dramatic speeches we had yesterday, today was piecemeal, picking up bits of a speech, catching a glimpse of a physical action from a different angle, but without any of the sustained dramatic beats. Finally, the big scene was done.
That didn't let us out of the conference room, though. There's another scene that takes place there, though it's a much shorter scene. I had a wardrobe change, as the scene takes place on a different day. I only had one line in the scene, but it had to be timed well with a bit of prop business, and Guillermo rewrote the dialog before we started shooting it. His changes simplified matters a lot, removing a bit of the obviousness from my line and making it more of an offhand moment of authenticity rather than a pronouncement. So often in films, large chunks of beautiful-sounding dialog can be dispensed with and replaced by a glance or the inflection of a brief word or two, to much greater effect than the lustrous prose poem would have given. As a writer who started on the stage, where the point of the play usually IS the dialog, it's long been difficult for me to adapt my own writing style well to screen work, because I like expansive dialog. But as an actor, I'm acutely aware how much needn't be said, how much a simple look or a simple silence will convey. Guillermo writes great dialog, but he also recognizes when he doesn't need it. Sometimes you have to hear the actors saying it before that realization comes.
Eleven hours into our projected 18-hour day, Guillermo stopped and looked around, and said, "That's it. We don't have anything else to shoot." The off-stage crew began to filter into the room, and Guillermo made a lovely speech about what he felt we'd accomplished, and how happy he was, and he thanked everyone for their often very hard work. A cake arrived for Tom and another for me, and two big bouquets of flowers, one for each of us (Guillermo likes the theatrical tradition of flowers, I know, but I don't remember a stage production where the guys got flowers. Maybe it's a Mexican thing.) Everyone embraced, and I told Guillermo I loved him and he said we'd be working together again soon, and it was a lovely time. I told our producer Callum Greene the truth, that I'd been on 40-something feature films and had never, ever been treated so well. He and Guillermo make a great team, not just for their individual skills at making movies, but because they are both fine, decent, giving, and loyal men.
Lots of goodbyes, and one very welcome goodbye gift: I've been wanting to get rid of my long beard and hair, but I'd been told I should keep it for 24 hours after wrap, just to make sure there's no problem with any of the film we've shot. But Jordan, the wonderful key makeup artist, knowing how much I hated all that hair, went to Guillermo and Callum and asked if they would bend the rule and let me chop it all off tonight. They decided that it was not a problem, and I jumped for happiness when Jordan told me. I hear a lot about how great the beard looks for the part, and how awesome or majestic or whatever people think it looks. But I feel distinctly unattractive in it, despite the protestations of others. So I got changed, went to the makeup trailer, and Jordan, myself, and Paula, my hairdresser, all went to work on returning me to my normal look. It took a lot of chopping, but eventually I was free. It didn't help my belief in those protestations that I looked great with the long beard to hear everyone oo-ing and ah-ing about how much younger I looked without it.
One of the unpleasant things about film work is that even the best friendships that form on a set often end, for all practical purposes, when the movie's over. I formed a number of friendships on this one that I would hate to think are over. It's not that they aren't REAL friendships, it's that our business spreads us all over the globe, and while I've worked with some actors and crew repeatedly, there's no guarantee that we'll ever cross paths again, and it's hard to sustain the emotional pitch of a set friendship when you're no longer on set together, no longer even living in the same city. I always hate to lose that intensity, and because I take these friendships seriously, I feel their diminishment with great sorrow.
No friendship I made on this film has resonated with me more than the friendship that grew from the very beginning with Tom. It's always hard to know what to make of a working relationship with someone who is, or is on the verge of being, a huge star. It's hard to press for that relationship to become more, because such folk are under constant onslaught from people who want something from them, often with who the star really is as a human being an irrelevance to those who want from him. Suffice it to say that I enjoyed working with, and becoming friends with Tom to a truly extraordinary level. He was endlessly encouraging to me, in the sense that he actively encouraged me to "imitate the action of the tiger" and make specific hopes and dreams come true, and by being very convincing in his expressions of faith in me. He said the most wonderful thing to me the first day we acted together. He told me he'd read my book and that as a result he felt that he truly knew who I was, and that he wished there were some way for me to know him just as well. We had enough conversation over the next few weeks that I felt well on my way toward achieving that. I barely knew who Tom was when we started this movie. I'd been living in a cave, I suppose, because I knew nothing of his career or the fact that he has a gargantuan world-wide following. He was just this handsome bloke I'd met at Guillermo's dinner, who seemed stunningly authentic and generous, and who made me think working with him was going to be a blast. Well, it was. I've been lucky in this business. I can count on one hand and still have fingers left to hold an ice cream cone the number of actors who have given me cause to dislike them. Of star actors, the number is two, and one of them redeemed himself later. So I go into these things expecting, based on experience and choice, that I'm going to enjoy the people I work with. Sometimes that works out far better even than I imagined. Such was the case this time.
So a heartfelt goodbye with Tom, some hugs for the indefatigable production assistants, assistant directors, and cast assistants, and I headed back to Toronto, with CRIMSON PEAK already fading, for now, in the taillights' glow. Thanks for coming along for the ride. I'll keep you updated as things progress.