Posts Tagged ‘George Clooney’

Tomorrowland_posterLast night, Dear Reader, the Clan Wellthisiswhatithink sat down to watch a movie chosen at random from the seemingly innumerable flims now available in Australia across so many viewing platforms that one could literally never get up from the couch and never get bored either.

Tomorrowland is an American science fiction mystery/adventure film directed by Brad Bird, and co-written and produced by Bird and Damon Lindelof. The film stars the ever-reliable George Clooney, the ineffably wonderful British actor Hugh Laurie, rapid up-and-comer Britt Robertson, and pint-sized British child actress Raffey Cassidy. In the film, a disillusioned genius inventor (Clooney) and a teenage science enthusiast (Robertson), embark to an ambiguous dimension known as “Tomorrowland”, where their actions directly affect the world and themselves.

The writers called their movie Tomorrowland, after the futuristic themed land found at Disney theme parks. In drafting their screenplay, Bird and Lindelof took inspiration from the progressive cultural movements of the Space Age in the 1950s and ’60s, as well as Walt Disney’s optimistic philosophy of innovation and utopia, particularly his conceptual vision for the planned community known as EPCOT. 

Tomorrowland received mixed reviews from critics; earning praise for its visuals, original premise, and themes, but criticism in regards to the writing and story execution. The film also performed below expectations at the box office. That shouldn’t put you off seeing it. This is a movie with much more to recommend it than should be criticised. The central performances are excellent, it is frequently very funny, and occasionally very moving. It is also, albeit somewhat clumsily, rather thought-provoking.

The young actress simply jumps off the screen.

The young actress simply jumps off the screen in scene after scene.

But the absolute must see driver to see Tomorrowland is to watch the performance of Raffey Cassidy as the animatronic robot sent to Earth to find dreamers who have not yet lost their optimism and enthusiasm.

She is known for her roles in Snow White and the Huntsman (2012), and Mr Selfridge (2013), but it is in Tomorrowland that she may have found her breakthrough moment. Born near Manchester just thirteen short years ago, her performance reveals real emotional depth as well as astonishing self-possession. She also has a range of emotional expression – from self-regarding humour to aching pathos – that marks her out already as one for the future.

raffey-cassidy-tomorrowlandIn 2013 Cassidy was named on Screen International magazine’s “Stars of Tomorrow” when she was just 11, making her the youngest actor to be featured on the annual and highly prestigious list that has included, in the past, the likes of Emily Blunt, Benedict Cumberbatch, James McAvoy, Natalie Dormer, Robert Pattinson, this years Best Actor Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne, Rebecca Hall, Hayley Atwell, Holliday Grainger, Emilia Clarke, and other hugely successful figures of TV and Cinema.

Interestingly, she was nominated in the same year as another of our picks, Rose Leslie, who has already starred to great effect in TV’s Downton Abbey and Game of Thrones.

Raffey Cassidy. Keep an eye open.

You heard it here first. Well, almost.

PS If you watch the film, keep an eye open for the “swimming pool scene” when Robertson’s character first visits Tomorrowland. Simply stunning visually and imaginatively.

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That sound you hear is the cracking and shattering into a million un-mendable pieces of millions of male hearts.

You think women worldwide came over all wistful or full-blown tragic when George Clooney went off the market?

That is nothing – nothing we tells ya – to the pain being felt at the news that Scarlett Johansson has got married again in secret.

Yes, sources have revealed that new mum Scarlett Johansson has secretly wed her fiancé Romain Dauriac. He is known from his role as an editor in the Clark, a French urban art magazine and recently his management role in a creative agency.

The couple – who welcomed their first daughter together, Rose, in September – set tongues wagging after they were both spotted with rings on their wedding fingers.

OK, we get it. Froggie accent, intellectual, stunningly good looking, doesn't matter if he's got any money coz you've got plenty ... pffft. Big deal. Can he name the result in every Southampton FC game since 1979? No, we didn't think so. Big deal.

OK, we get it. Froggie accent, intellectually impressive, stunningly good looking, doesn’t matter if he’s got any money coz you’ve got plenty … pffft. Big deal. Can he name the result in every Southampton FC game since 1979? No, we didn’t think so. Big bloody deal.

“Scarlett and Romain were married in a very intimate ceremony after the birth of their daughter. They kept the wedding a big secret because they both wanted privacy,” a source confirmed to the New York Post.

Although they were expected to wed in Roman’s home city, Paris, the source says they actually married in Scarlett’s native country, the United States. The star and her journalist beau first started dating in 2012 and became engaged in August 2013.

At the time, 30-year-old Scarlett said she wasn’t going to rush into marriage as she wanted to “enjoy and really savour” being engaged. That little window of hope has been keeping men going the world over. If only they could manage to accidentally-on-purpose be having a beer in the same bar as ScarJo one night, and manage to engage her in effortlessly witty banter while sucking their stomachs in, hey – well, anything could happen, right? Just don’t actually DO it, babe, till we’ve had a chance to talk, k?

She did it. It’s over.

The marriage is a first for Romain (also now known internationally as “You lucky, lucky bastard”) and a second for Scarlett who was previously wed to Ryan Reynolds from 2008 to 2011. ScarJo has admitted to being jealous and slightly insecure about Romain. Probably because he’s, you know … French.

We wish them luck. We just know they can’t understand us, seein’ as how we’re saying it through gritted teeth, an’ all.

We are, in general, wary of politically-active actors or musicians. Too often the luvvies are just promoting themselves via the causes they’ve latched onto, and achieving some spurious cachet while doing so. There are honourable exceptions of course: George Clooney on Somalia, Angelina Jolie on breast cancer and poverty, and Bob Geldof, Midge Ure and Bono on poverty. There will be others.

And now we have Leonardo Di Caprio on climate change. And he nailed it.

This short and poignant speech should be played to every politician and climate change denier on the planet. Please share this post widely and share the speech.

We absolutely need a worldwide carbon trading scheme with an agreed price on carbon, and we need to stop supporting polluting industries (especially coal and oil) with taxpayers’ funds, so people pay the real price for using these products. And we need a massive investment in effective new technologies, accepting that they may not pay their way immediately as they are perfected.*

Nothing else – nothing else – is acceptable. We cannot and must bequeath this crisis to our children.

Well done Leo. Wot he said. With a wrecked ecology we will have no economy worth speaking of. While the world agonises over IS and other terror threats, THIS is a real, immediate existentialist crisis.

*Australia’s Liberal-National Government (read: Conservative) have just scrapped the carbon emissions trading scheme and reduced investment in “green” technologies.