Hollywood on the Potomac

'MI: Fallout'

July 29, 2018

“I do my own stunts,” actor Tom Cruise empathically reminded the audience at the US Premiere of Mission Impossible – Fallout at The Smithsonian Air and Space Museum’s  Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater.  We don’t blame him; you’ll see why in this behind the scenes clip.

“Mission: Impossible — Fallout” stars Cruise as Ethan Hunt as his IMF team (Alec Baldwin, Simon Pegg, Ving Rhames) and some old allies (Rebecca Ferguson, Michelle Monaghan) who team up after a failed mission causes “Rogue Nation” villain Solomon Lane (Sean Harris) to escape custody. The series is produced by Tom Cruise based on the television series of the same name.

 

(Photo by: Janet Donovan)

Fans braved an uncomfortable rain storm where on-lookers were warned to beware of lightening headed toward the museum. No one seemed to care as they lined the street on both sides and cheered the cast and crew.

Cruise walked the Red Carpet and posed for selfies with guests in the historic setting. The Museum was introduced this way: “Our museum is filled with impossible machines. From the Wright Flyer rising above the sand at Kitty Hawk to Eagle setting down on the Sea of Tranquility, every milestone in our halls began as a mission to defy odds, expectations, and the gravity of conventional wisdom. The commonality in everything we commemorate here is the power of imagination. And we welcome all those who push the boundaries of their art, whether in flight or film making. Together with the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia, this is the most visited museum in the world.  But we couldn’t keep that title without the support of our friends. With us here, tonight, in the Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater, is the chairman, president, and CEO of Lockheed Martin, Marillyn Hewson. We are grateful to their long-standing support, particularity in advance of our own impossible mission: completely rebuilding this museum from the outside in and transforming our galleries to inspire the next generation of aviators and explorers. We are also grateful to filmmakers, Christopher McQuarrie and Tom Cruise, for being here this evening. Their commitment to excellence in the service of storytelling, particularly in the technical achievements in aviation cinematography in the Mission Impossible series, are truly at home here, at the National Air and Space Museum.”


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'The Wife'

July 18, 2018

“Jane Anderson (based on the novel by Meg Wolitzer) wrote the screenplay more than 14 years ago,” Glenn Close told an attentive audience at a private screening of The Wife at AMC’s Georgetown Theater. “It was a movie that Hollywood obviously didn’t want to make. So, 14 years later, I guess it probably was this wonderful woman who was one of the main producers – Rosalie Swedlin. I was sent the script, and I liked it. I was intrigued by it. I had never played anybody like that before. Then, it fell apart, and then it came back together, like every independent film does. My definition of an independent film is a film that almost doesn’t get made.”

 

The film was on and off again for a long time until Swedish director Björn Runge came along. Runge flew over for breakfast to meet with Glenn in a little cafe a block from where she has an apartment in New York, down in the West Village. They were a perfect match and the film was made.

 

About the film: “Behind any great man, there’s always a greater woman – and you’re about to meet her. It is crucial you get to know this woman – many of us already do and don’t even realize it. Joan Castleman (Glenn Close): a highly intelligent and still-striking beauty – the perfect devoted wife. Forty years spent sacrificing her own talent, dreams and ambitions to fan the flames of her charismatic husband Joe (Jonathan Pryce) and his skyrocketing literary career. Ignoring his infidelities and excuses because of his “art” with grace and humour, their fateful pact has built a marriage upon uneven compromises. And Joan’s reached her breaking point. On the eve of Joe’s Nobel Prize for Literature, the crown jewel in a spectacular body of work, Joan’s coup de grace is to confront the biggest sacrifice of her life and secret of his career. The Wife is a poignant, funny and emotional journey; a celebration of womanhood, self-discovery and liberation.” Courtesy of imdb.com


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Let Them Eat Cake

July 16, 2018

Welcome to the French residence for National Day, otherwise known as Bastille Day – “a holiday celebrating the storming of the Bastille—a military fortress and prison—on July 14, 1789, in a violent uprising that helped usher in the French Revolution. Besides holding gunpowder and other supplies valuable to revolutionaries, the Bastille also symbolized the callous tyranny of the French monarchy, especially King Louis XVI and his queen, Marie Antoinette.” (Wikipedia)  Yes, that Marie who was quoted (correctly or not) as saying: Qu’ils mangent de la brioche which translates into Let Them Eat Cake.  The incident remains a part of French folklore.

 

“I think it has been quite a successful year for the relationship between our two countries, and especially because, of course, of the state visit by President Macron. It was the first state visit of the Trump Presidency,” said Ambassador Araud. “It was a great honor, and I really do think that the visit was quite a success. We are extremely grateful for the way that President Trump and the First Lady have greeted and welcomed President Macron and Madame Macron. I think it was a good moment, a great moment, for the Franco-American co-operation and for our friendship, and I am sure that the NATO summit coming will be also another great moment in Franco-American friendship.”


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