Scene discussed at LACMA Q&A session
I decided to wait until the film played for a few days so people could see it, since the question/comment here was very specific to a scene in the film.
[Spoiler if you haven’t watched HBO’s The Normal Heart yet]
Host Elvis Mitchell made a comment to Ryan about the scene when Ned throws the food at Felix. Elvis noted that the way Felix was sort of hiding/hoarding the Twinkie-like product looked almost feral, like a fox or wild animal. Ryan and Matt both looked at each other in a bit of surprise and agreed that yes, yes, that’s actually what they were going for when they filmed that scene. Felix knew he wasn’t supposed to eat junk food, so when Ned entered the room he sort of turned away and held it closer, like animals do when they keep a kill away from other predators (it’s been almost a week, I’m paraphrasing but this is basically what they said). They were pleased that was noticed. Ryan also said that the product they made to look like a Twinkie was specifically made from ingredients that Matt could eat, since he couldn’t actually keep down a real one. It needed to be something he could digest at that stage of his weight loss.
Finally, when Elvis commented on the throwing of the food, and the fact that Felix actually threw some back, Ryan said that it was unstaged, Matt just did that ad lib. (They noted that a bit of lettuce hits the camera but thankfully doesn’t stay there!) They had to test out all the products as they were thrown against the wall, and had to work on getting the milk texture just right so it would splatter on the wall and stick like that (otherwise, it would run and thin out too fast for the scene). And they actually kept what we see in the film from the first take. :)
Pretty much everything else form the short interview was the same stuff they’ve covered before, but I hadn’t seen this info anywhere yet.
The Normal Heart screening, Film Independent at LACMA
Although the screening and Q&A for The Normal Heart was meant to be at LACMA on Wed, a power failure had it temporarily canceled. But after all our waiting, a last minute new venue was found and the mad dash against the clock across town in rush hour traffic through Beverly Hills actually paid off! It was a long, long day and the night is still a bit of a blur, but the movie and the event were worth every ounce of stress and frustration. I won’t spend time talking about the film because so, SO many people have already seen screenings or screeners I’d just agree with them all anyway! (Also, can’t read reviews or I’ll start crying again, dammit) But I’ll just say this: the Felix/Ned pillow talk scene is worth the price of admission alone. You can see in Felix’s eyes his absolute love for Ned right then. (Yes, the sex scene was great, too, but the pillow talk and cuddling… SIGH)
After wiping away our tears, we sat through the short Q&A with director Ryan Murphy and star Matt Bomer. Then we mingled in the lobby with other guests, and soon people started to ask for pics with Matt. Lots of pics! (As usual!) We got hugs from him (he was really pleased and surprised we made it, and asked for an update from my friend on her status) and he happily let us take pics with him again. Chatted with Simon a little, and then we were all invited down stairs to the wine bar that they opened to film club members and guests (likely consolation for the last minute change of venue) where we gladly took a glass (or two!). Matt and Simon stayed until after midnight, being so kind and gracious as they just hung out with the fans and industry folks alike. (It looked to us like industry won out over fan attendance maybe by 2/3 or more). Spoke to them a few more times (I spoke with Ryan up in the lobby, but we never saw him in the after party) and at one point — admittedly for selfish reasons — I escorted the Getty photographer over to them so she could a pic of them together. She was intending to do so eventually, but I made her do it then and there. LOL! (She was fine with that, btw.)
Considering our exhaustion (no food for 11 hours, only a few drinks) after the stress and rushing of the day, it could not have turned out better. An amazing, amazing film and I want all the actors to get all the awards!! They each had some clearly stand out scenes and I know when I watch it again Sun on HBO, I’ll be sobbing all over again.
Included here is the pic I took as I was standing next to the Getty photog. As soon as she got her pic, I took mine. ;) And here are some from the Q&A. We were front row so you can see the non-zoom shots how close we were. (A little too close for some of the scenes in the film, tbh, but we managed fine).
35th College Television Awards
Lovely time last night at the 35th College Television Awards. It’s been over 20 years since I went to the Academy location in North Hollywood, so it was nice to see how well it’s still doing. And while he presented first, we managed to meet Matt at a good time, so we chatted for a bit (I told him how even before the recent spate of press this week, we knew this role in The Normal Heart was important to him, and I was so thrilled he got it) and of course the sweetheart said sure, no worries to taking some pics. In fact, after my first go ‘round, I wanted to try again with flash and he was basically, sure! Try again with the flash! (My camera, however, decided we had enough light in our 2 shots as the flash still didn’t go on). So, these 2 pics seem similar, but one was done before, the other after my buddy Lou took hers. I like the one where it where almost looks like he’s snuggling into my hair. LOL!! Well, to be hones, it was chilly last night and his body was soooo warm I’d have taken any excuse to keep my arms around him. ^__^Y
I told him we’d be at the LACMA screening of TNH and he seemed really taken aback that so many White Collar fans are supporting him with this (like truly, surprised) and Lou assured him that his fans are solidly behind him on this and all his work. It was just a lovely little bit of time with him (we can’t remember all the details, sorry) but we got hugs and he said for us to be sure to say “hi” to him at LACMA next month. ;)
Whedonopolis.com Review: White Collar – “Ice Breaker” (5x06)
This is why I like Sara (and Neal’s previous ladies) she can hold her own. Don’t mess with Repo! ;)
person: i love that cast
me: they are my babies
me: they are mine
person: they’re over 30
me: i have to protect them
person: more than one of them is married
WHY DO WE FEEL THIS WAY ABOUT THEM??? (Don’t really care, just think it’s healthier to ponder it for a moment).
Some pics from Tues, Sept 10, filming in Madison Square Park. They didn’t film a lot of different scenes/locations that day, so we basically just had some park shots.
POI Cast members attending for the SDCC Panel are announced
YAHOOO! They better have THE biggest room for the POI panel and FANS! The Irrelevents will be SEEN and HEARD! POI IS GONNA ROCK THE HOUSE
Nope, they don’t have even the second biggest room. This doesn’t bode well for all of us getting in.