Free Solos path to likely Emmy nominations has been paved with gold—the Oscar kind.
The film about mountain climber Alex Honnolds breathtaking ascent of Yosemites El Capitan—without ropes—won the Academy Award in February for Best Documentary Feature. Its now on Emmy nomination ballots in multiple nonfiction categories, including cinematography, picture editing, and directing.
“Its just a little surreal,” Chin admits, reflecting on that moment in the Oscar spotlight. “You understand how special it is, from coming up with the right idea to the production networks and a film that works that people embrace, your peers embrace.”
Free Solo has not only claimed awards but extraordinary box office returns—a theatrical run lasting months brought in more than $17.5 million in North America alone. Emmy season screenings for the National Geographic title continued to draw big audiences.
Vasarhelyi credits National Geographic for giving the Free Solo team room to make the most compelling film they could.
“We had time on this movie, and I truly believe that in nonfiction filmmaking, the movies are better when you have time,” she notes. “Because you get to play with it, you get to work with it, you get to think about just the margins.”
The directors also needed plenty of time to plan and carry out an immensely complicated shoot—documenting a man scaling a 3,000-foot rock face. Chin, a world-class climber himself, led a team of climber-cinematographers that executed a bob-and-weave around Honnold as he went up El Cap. They rehearsed their intricate choreography.
“Over the course of two and a half years youre trying to sort out what sections of the climb are really critical to the narrative,” Chin explains. “Youre trying to figure out which parts of the climb look the most dramatic. Youre thinking about, in terms of rigging, how difficult it is to get to certain sections…And youre also figuring out how to get out of the places, and moving in a way that youre not going to be distracting to Alex.”
Honnold could have fallen to his death at any moment. The camera teams, though on ropes, also faced life-and-death peril.
“Theres a lot of risks involved,” Chin concedes. “You have to be so comfortable that you can stay focused on shooting but you never can be complacent about the climbing aspect. Because as soon as you are complacent, thats when bad things happen.”
Just getting a steady shot presented a challenge for photographers handling heavy equipment while suspended high above the ground.
“If you actually listen to a lot of the audio from the footage, at the end of the clips youll hear someone go, Aaahhhhh, like a huge breath, because theyre basically hanging on a wall, the harness is totally compressing their diaphragm,” Chin comments. “Theyre hanging and they have to hold their breath for the entire shot to keep it stable…They just held their breath for like a minute and half.”
Free Solo contains much more than scintillating mountain climbing shots. There are intimate scenes that help reveal Honnolds character, like the struggle he experienced letting girlfriend Sanni McCandless into his heart.
“We were very lucky with Alex meeting and falling in love with Sanni. That was something wed never anticipated,” Vasarhelyi recalls. “Shes a mirror for a lot of [the audiences] feelings…You have to care about Alex if youre really going to care about the climb.”
Among those whose work on Free Solo could be recognized with an Emmy nomination is editor Bob Eisenhardt.
“Bob is our closest and most admired and respected collaborator,” Vasarhelyi states. “Ive learned more from him than anyone else about filmmaking.”
Part of the challenge for the directors and Eisenhardt was to capture the suspense of the audacious endeavor, so viewers never lost sight of how precarious iRead More – Source
Is the new Lion King a musical and will there be new songs in the soundtrack?
The soundtrack is incredible (Picture: Disney via AP)
The original Lion King movie is something of ..
The original Lion King movie is something of a classic, with many people being able to remember the words to the Elton John-penned songs 25 years on.
When it was announced that Disney would be remaking the movie, it would have been easy to worry that the new line-up (and the music that went with it) wouldnt be able to do it justice.
As soon as Beyoncé came on the scene, however, film lovers breathed a sigh of relief, knowing that the whole thing was in safe hands.
Her voice takes centre-stage in much of the new soundtrack, and shes also released an album called The Lion King: The Gift, which is supposed to take people on a journey into the storyline. The Gift features African singers and producers, in order to reflect the setting of the movie.
If youre worried, however, that you arent seeing as many songs as youd hoped from the original soundtrack, never fear. It is definitely a musical, and youll still have some of your favourites.
Both The Gift and the OST are separate albums although they do have a few songs in common.
The movie will still feature classic songs like Circle of Life and I Just Cant Wait To Be King. Of course, Hakuna Matata will also be there.
Beyoncés track, Spirit, is a welcome new addition, and you can listen to The Gift alongside all the classics to get the full experience. Heres the tracklist for you.
Lion King soundtrack track list
- Circle of Life/Nants Ingonyama – Brown Lindiwe Mkhize and Lebo M
- Lifes Not Fair
- Rafikis Fireflies
- I Just Cant Wait to Be King – JD McCrary, Shahadi Wright Joseph and John Oliver
- Elephant Graveyard
- Be Prepared (2019 version) – Chiwetel Ejiofor
- Scar Takes the Throne
- Hakuna Matata – Billy Eichner, Seth Rogen, JD McCrary and Donald Glover
- Simba Is Alive!
- The Lion Sleeps Tonight – Billy Eichner and SeRead More – Source
Murder Mystery proves just how attractive Adam Sandler is
Now its probably because of the stellar cast, the great writing and the engaging story-line, but we think its for another reason:
Adam Sandler is looking hot.
Hear us out. The 52-year-old jester scrubs up rather nicely in the comedy mystery, what with his black tuxedo and his aviator sunglasses and that moustache.
Hes bringing some dad realness to Netflix and viewers find it oddly alluring.
A Twitter user wrote, I may be alone on this but does anyone else find @AdamSandlerawkwardly hot?
Another added: Adam sandler is kind of hot if u think ab it whilst a third said: Adam Sandler will always be sexy to me.
Sandler acts alongside Jennifer Aniston, and they play married couple Nick (police officer) and Audrey (hairdresser) Spitz, who travel to Europe in lieu of marriage counselling and end up being framed for the murder of an elderly billionaire.
In the past Netflix has kept mum about revealing its show figures, but the streaming service has been more open with them as of late.
According to reports, 30,869,863 accounts watched Murder Mystery in its first three days, giving it the biggest opening weekend ever for a Netflix film, with over 13 million of those accounts in Canada, and almost 17.5 million accounts worldwide.
A Netflix spokesperson confirmed that the statistics, which had first been shared on Twitter by an account called Netflix Is A Joke, is accurate to Variety.
Every so often, the company lets slip a few figures based on new releases, such as Stranger Things season 3, when it revealed that within four days of its launch on July 4, the show had been viewed by 40.7 million accounts.
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James Cameron confirms Edward Furlong will return to Terminator franchise in Dark Fate
Arnold Schwarzenegger and Linda Hamilton had a heros welcome at San Diego Comic Con as they dropped new footage and info about Terminator: Dark Fate.
Terminator: Dark Fate is a direct sequel to 1991s Judgement Day but in Hall H on Thursday, the stars of the film revealed more details with producer James Cameron confirming that Edward Furlong would also be returning to the franchise 28 years after Judgement Day.
Producer Tim Miller revealed that the film will be R-rated and that the crew have been shooting a lot of takes of Sarah Connor dropping the F bomb, while he also teased that the film deals with the consequences of Sarahs decision at the end of T2 to destroy CyberDyne.
In the Terminator universe, there is only one timeline. If you change something in the past, the time wave moves forward and changes the future, he said.
Cameron dialled in on a Skype call and revealed that he sent Linda a long email outlining the pros and cons for why she should join the project.
I think the key point in the pro column was people love you in this character, he said.
It was so iconic and I think the fans just want to know whats she like now? Whats her life been like in the meantime?
The panel shared a teaser for the film which focuses on a Terminator chasing after good guys before Sarah arrives to save the day.
When they ask who she is, she says: My name is Sarah Connor. Aug 29, 1997 was supposed to be judgment day.
My son and I stopped that. We changed the future. Saved three billion lives. Youre welcome. Since then, I hunt terminators. Enough of a resume for you?
Dark Fate follows a new terminator (Gabriel Luna), who has the power to create a carbon copy of himself and is on a mission to terminate a young girl (Natalia Reyes).
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She is being protected by a new terminator/human hybrid played by Mackenzie Davis, and the girls soon find themselves getting a helping hand from the one and only SarRead More – Source
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