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Darren Aronofsky, David O. Russell, Peter Weir and others chat in Directors Roundtable vid

12.20.2010

Got an extra hour and love listening to filmmakers discuss their craft, the business and all the peripheral joys and challenges?

THR gathered potential award-collecting directors Darren Aronofsky (BLACK SWAN), David O. Russell (THE FIGHTER), Peter Weir (THE WAY BACK), Lisa Cholodenko (THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT), Derek Cianfrance (BLUE VALENTINE) and Tom Hooper (THE KING'S SPEECH), and got them to open up about an array of topics ranging from the MPAA to their past works to the state and future of cinema. Some fascinating and enlightening discussions.

 

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Extra Tidbit: If Aronofsky was a supervillain, would he be The Scarf or The 'Stache? Or the dreaded Scarfstache?
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1:20PM on 12/21/2010
one piece of advice for Aronofsky..leave the scarf at home
one piece of advice for Aronofsky..leave the scarf at home
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12:42PM on 12/21/2010

I want more of these

As for the subject of David O Russel losing his temper. The subject wasn't a huge tangent, but you have to admit he handled it well and brought about a good point: the bad days on set get blown out of proportion and overshadow the rest of a successful shoot.
As for the subject of David O Russel losing his temper. The subject wasn't a huge tangent, but you have to admit he handled it well and brought about a good point: the bad days on set get blown out of proportion and overshadow the rest of a successful shoot.
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10:29AM on 12/21/2010
Peter Weir seems like a great guy, as does Derek Cianfrance. I agree that bringing up the Clooney incident with David O. Russell wasn't in line with the "craft" aspect of these discussions, but I for one wished he'd pushed that line of questioning further. If that I HEART HUCKABEES on-set meltdown video is real, Russell seems like a giant prick. I'd have liked to hear his side of that story, on the record.
Peter Weir seems like a great guy, as does Derek Cianfrance. I agree that bringing up the Clooney incident with David O. Russell wasn't in line with the "craft" aspect of these discussions, but I for one wished he'd pushed that line of questioning further. If that I HEART HUCKABEES on-set meltdown video is real, Russell seems like a giant prick. I'd have liked to hear his side of that story, on the record.
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7:59AM on 12/21/2010
An hour well spent. Great stuff. O.Russell's reply to 'Darren, is there anything you wouldn't put on screen?' = hilarious.
An hour well spent. Great stuff. O.Russell's reply to 'Darren, is there anything you wouldn't put on screen?' = hilarious.
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7:46AM on 12/21/2010
can't believe i just spent over an hour watching that, but gosh that was really interesting!
can't believe i just spent over an hour watching that, but gosh that was really interesting!
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3:25AM on 12/21/2010
ten bucks says Lisa Cholodenko's secret trick she learned against the MPAA is to show the MPAA a cut full of far more gratuitous moments than the director intends to actually put in the final cut. This way the MPAA can demand trims and the director can offer them- this also diffuses the impact of the eventual intended moments in the final cut to the MPAA. This trick has been done many times, Scorsese did it with Casino (the vice scene and the ending).

Also totally agree with the boss that it
ten bucks says Lisa Cholodenko's secret trick she learned against the MPAA is to show the MPAA a cut full of far more gratuitous moments than the director intends to actually put in the final cut. This way the MPAA can demand trims and the director can offer them- this also diffuses the impact of the eventual intended moments in the final cut to the MPAA. This trick has been done many times, Scorsese did it with Casino (the vice scene and the ending).

Also totally agree with the boss that it was out of line to bring up Russell's Clooney incident. I love these things too.
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1:33AM on 12/21/2010

I love these things.

I always say that I'll watch it for "a minute", but then get sucked in and watch it all the way through. The British Q&A guy was a moron for asking David O'Russell about the "Clooney incident" though. That had NO PLACE in this roundtable.
I always say that I'll watch it for "a minute", but then get sucked in and watch it all the way through. The British Q&A guy was a moron for asking David O'Russell about the "Clooney incident" though. That had NO PLACE in this roundtable.
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3:40PM on 12/21/2010
I completely agree. It felt really like tabloid.
I completely agree. It felt really like tabloid.
12:26AM on 12/21/2010
Damn. I usually really look forward to these roundtable discussions, but wtf? No Fincher? Nolan? Coens?
I haven't heard of any talk whatsoever for Cholodenko, Cianfrance, or Weir (who is still awesome) to really rack up director nominations. This just seems like the JV table this year, which is unfortunate because as I said, I was looking forward to seeing Nolan, Fincher, and Aronofsky in the same room.
Damn. I usually really look forward to these roundtable discussions, but wtf? No Fincher? Nolan? Coens?
I haven't heard of any talk whatsoever for Cholodenko, Cianfrance, or Weir (who is still awesome) to really rack up director nominations. This just seems like the JV table this year, which is unfortunate because as I said, I was looking forward to seeing Nolan, Fincher, and Aronofsky in the same room.
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11:15AM on 12/21/2010
I wouldn't consider these guys JV's, they're just not as high-profile as Nolan, Fincher or the Coens. But you also have to consider getting a lot of people together with different schedules has to be hard.
I wouldn't consider these guys JV's, they're just not as high-profile as Nolan, Fincher or the Coens. But you also have to consider getting a lot of people together with different schedules has to be hard.
12:07AM on 12/21/2010
I watched this this afternoon. Very interesting stuff. But why does Aronofsky need to keep the scarf ? People who do that look ridiculous. Is it windy inside or something ? That aside, he's got a lot of cool comments.
I watched this this afternoon. Very interesting stuff. But why does Aronofsky need to keep the scarf ? People who do that look ridiculous. Is it windy inside or something ? That aside, he's got a lot of cool comments.
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4:35AM on 12/21/2010
I think he's trying to look like an old fashioned director made modern with the stache and scarf. I think he loves himself, and it shows.
I think he's trying to look like an old fashioned director made modern with the stache and scarf. I think he loves himself, and it shows.
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