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Free Solo Directors Chai Vasarhelyi And Jimmy Chin on “Surreal” Awards Run That Could Lead To Emmy Noms

Free Solos path to likely Emmy nominations has been paved with gold—the Oscar kind.

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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.

Filmmakers Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and Jimmy Chin have spent part of the last few months simply adjusting to their Oscar win.

“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.”

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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.”

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10 Coronation Street spoilers: Rape trauma, baby danger and Bethanys confession

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Coronation Street is buiding up to some dramatic and heart wrenching storylines as ou..

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Coronation Street is buiding up to some dramatic and heart wrenching storylines as our brand new spoilers reveal. As the devastating death of Sinead Tinker (Katie McGlynn) draws nearer, a confession from Bethany Platt (Lucy Fallon) could have huge ramifications for her dying days.

Elsewhere, a brand new crisis kicks off for David (Jack P Shepherd) as he is forced to come face to face with his rapist Josh Tucker (Ryan Clayton) in prison while Gemma Winter (Dolly-Rose Campbell) finds herself in a drastic situation ahead of the birth of her quads.

Here, we reveal whats coming up in Weatherfield.

10 Coronation Street spoilers

  • Shona blames Max when Harry is injured.
  • Gemma is trapped in a turnstile during a day at the match with Chesney.
  • Sinead finds herself too ill to undertake everyday tasks.
  • Geoff suggests that he and Yasmeen invest in Speed Daal.
  • Marion decides that she wants to fighr David and Shona for custody of Max.
  • Kirk plans an early Christmas for Sinead.
  • Gemma tries to turn the press over her disaster to her advantage.
  • David is horrified to come face to face with Josh in prison.
  • Geoff contacts Zeedan and arranges to buy his half of Speed Daal.
  • James realises that Bethany is in love with Daniel.

Monday 14th October

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Wednesday 16th October Part One

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Gemma nets two VIP tickets to the Weatherfield County match and excitedly heads there with Chesney but disaster strikes when she tries to get through the turn stile and ends up trapped due to her pregnant stomach.

Max returns home in a foul mood and ends up in a row with Lily over the TV. When Harry is then hurt and has to be taken to hospital, Shona accuses Max who defiantly claims that it was Lily who pushed him.

Sinead is disheartened when she has to use a wheelchair to attend a family picnic and when she becomes too unwell, she has to be taken home. Geoff suggests to Yasmeen that they invest in Speed Daal while Bethany accidentally causes James to be injured.

Wednesday 16th October Part Two

Marion arrives and tells Shona that Max has been visiting her and when she spots that Shona has been drinking, she accuses her of being an unfit mother and seeks legal advice over custody. Later, Shona realises that it was Lily who pushed Harry and she feels terrible.

Gemma is mortified when the fire service have to cut her out of the turnstile while Daniel and Sinead are given a painful reminder that time is running out. Alya agrees to let Alya invest – but not Geoff while Bethany picks James brains over an article.

Friday 18th October Part One

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Shona tries to contact Max and is horrified when Marion makes it clear that she plans to fight her and David for custody of Max. David is rocked by the news and his day gets worse when he spots Josh in the medical wing of the prison.

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Emmerdale spoilers: Ryan Hawley reveals all on Robert Sugdens exit

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Robert Sugden hasnt had an easy couple of months in Emmerdale — what with him having been charged for GBH with intent for brutally assaulting Victoria Bartons (Isabel Hodgins) rapist Lee — but things are set to get much worse for the beloved character before his on-screen exit arrives, and actor Ryan Hawley has all the gossip on Roberts exit.

Robert was livid when he first learned about what had happened to Victoria, and thus he set out to seek revenge on her behalf — in spite of her consistently asking him not to. After multiple failed attempts to get justice for what Lee did, Robert lost control and picked up a shovel, before hitting the rapist on the back of the head — and he was charged for the crime as a result.

He ended up pleading guilty so that he could save Victoria having to lie on his behalf in court, and since then hes been enjoying the free time hes got left with husband Aaron (Danny Miller). On Roberts current state of mind, Ryan said: Hes waiting for the inevitable.He is however, optimistic that it is going to only be a short amount of time that hes going to be away for.

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I believe, worst case scenario – only a couple of years. He is quite confident in the fact that he has pled guilty so sentencing will be a bit more lenient.

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Roberts circumstances are set to worsen in the coming episodes, as he learns that Lee has passed away in hospital. The ramifications that the rapists death will have on his prison sentence is the main cause of concern, as its now incredibly likely that hell be charged with murder for what he did to the young man.

Robert understandably struggles to process this information, but Liv (Isobel Steele) offers up a solution, when she suggests that he and Aaron go on the run together.

Ryan said: The news has just been broken to them so they havent really got a plan, they are going to have to take it as it comes. It means some very emotional goodbyes to some people in the village, but they have to be quick and there are some people they dont even get the chance to because Read More – Source

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Holby City review with spoilers: Ric opts for the risky surgery after Darla decides to keep the baby

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First the good news on tonights Holby City – Ric Griffin (Hugh Quarshie)s brain tumour is benign. Unfortunately the bad news is very bad indeed. The tumour is huge, which makes surgery to remove it extremely difficult, according to Ric. The risks are very high that he could have a stroke or not survive the surgery at all. Leaving the tumour where it is could be an option, but it will probably keep on growing and compress his brain, leading to more mood swings, more forgetfulness and worse. His days as a surgeon would definitely be over very soon.

Because he had Darla (Naomi Katiyo) to worry about, he decided that he wouldnt risk the surgery and would try to manage the symptoms of the tumour with drugs. He also decided not to worry Darla by telling her about his diagnosis.

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Everything changed when Darla was visited by Peter (Jordan Adene), the father of her baby, who proved to be a very mature, supportive and sensible 15 year old. Donna (Jaye Jacobs) had already detected in Darla signs of doubt that she wanted to go through with having her baby adopted and Peters arrival cemented her decision – she wanted to keep her daughter. Peter said hed get a job and theyd manage.

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Ric was on board with this plan because hes always wanted whatever makes Darla happy. Then Peters father (Daniel Adegboyega), an elder of the church, arrived and kicked off a bit. He accused Darla of trying to trap his son and said the baby might not even be Peters. There was a bit of a tussle as he tried to take Peter away and Ric ended up being thrown to the ground and knocked unconscious.

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Ric wasnt seriously hurt, but as everyone clustered around his bedside Cameron (Nic Jackman) said something about his serious condition in front of Darla, so Ric had no option but to tell her the truth. Peter proved that hes a keeper by smoothing things out with Darlas dad, so Darla is going to move back in with Kofi and bring up the baby, after making Ric promise that he has to do whats best for him and not delay the surgery just for her sake. And theyre naming the baby Erica, after her great-granddad – which made him fill up. She wouldnt be here now if it werent for you, Darla said. And Cameron, he reminded her, But Ericas a better name.

Ric apologised to Zav (Marcus Griffiths) and Donna for his recent behaviour and told them hes going to go for the surgery, because he wants to carry on being a surgeon himself if theres even a slim chance.

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Meanwhile a small bunch of supporting artists had assembled to give Essie (Kaye Wragg) a party to welcome her new adopted baby. This was mainly a plot device so one of the cards would be found later on by Connor (Calum Lill) – Islas father. Hed come to the hospital to get Frankies phone number from Essie but he soon worked out that Essie is pretending that Isla is her legally adopted daughter. Sacha (Bob Barrett) tried to help Essie out by warning Connor off but only succeeded in making the situation worse. Essie finally resorted to good old faRead More – Source

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