Ryan Gosling and Claire Foy’s ‘First Man’ shoots into orbit
Set to rocket into moviedom is Universal’s “First Man.”
Stars are Claire Foy and Ryan Gosling. Director’s the sky-high genius Damien Chazelle who broke Oscar’s sound barrier with “La La Land.”
Following hours of extensive interviews, the film’s from Neil Armstrong’s only official biography — well, James R. Hansen’s, technically — the historically accurate “First Man: The Life of Neil A. Armstrong.”
Apollo and Gemini astronauts, consultants on set, demonstrated the method of flipping switches and manipulating controls and how to explain their feelings of 50 years ago.
Since all successive spaceships were modeled on original specs, the film uses no CGI. Viewers feel like they’re inside that capsule.
Sound designer Ai-Ling Lee and sound editor Milly Iatrou Morgan — both women — used recordings of roaring lions, screaming hippos and charging elephants to simulate takeoff and landing noises.
To visit space museums, examine NASA records, and begin research, six years earlier Chazelle hired “Spotlight’s” Oscar-winning screenwriter Josh Singer.
Little known: Having seen the script, Steven Spielberg went to Universal, asked to invest in the film, and has been given an executive-producer credit.
Chazelle deals with the perspective of Neil’s late wife Janet, played by the queen in “The Crown,” Claire Foy. It’s the heart of this film. There’s the exploratory excitement. The outer-space mission to conquer the unknown.
This ricochets from humdrum, ordinary, everyday 1960s suburban existence to the drama/trauma of possibly never seeing her husband again.
We see all this as he disappears over the horizon.
The film received a standing ovation and rave reviews at the Venice, Toronto and Telluride film festivals.
Armstrong’s sons Mark and Rick have cameos in one scene at NASA’s Mission Control. The DC premiere is Oct. 4 at the National Air and Space Museum. Nationwide release date’s Oct. 12.
The age of our galaxy, who knows. Damien Chazelle is 33.
The boss goes to bat for a kid
Coming at us soon is a new stage show about the New York Yankees. The story of a former choirboy turned troublemaker. Confronting him, in 1973, a rescuer throws him into a holding pen in Yankee Stadium. Rescuer George Steinbrenner liked the kid, made him a batboy and he became the Boss’ right-hand man for 36 years. The kid? Ray Negron. Today he’s a Yankees exec who advises on community relations.
Muhammad Ali’s Rolls-Royce convertible, the Greatest’s greatest treasure, is getting unloaded in Belgium. Why Belgium? Who knows? To float down the road like a butterfly, Bonhams auctioneers estimate the 1970 Silver Shadow at $47,000 to $70,000.
Cold war fun
Coming soon is “Hunter Killer.” Another shoot-’em-up with battle stations, bad-boy talk, a US sub in distress, a Russian coup, a kidnapped USSR-nik, Navy SEALs, uncharted enemy waters, protecting the world order under the Arctic, and Gerard Butler, Gary Oldman and Common stopping World War III in movie theaters Oct. 26.
The Jewish faith just finished observing its solemn and religious High Holy Days.
Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur — a time of repentance of sins — a period of penitence and prayers for blessings.
Yom Kippur, the holiest day of atonement, is observed by attending temple and by fasting.
So, arriving in Manhattan to visit family, a Vegas lady. Did she observe the holiday?
“Oh, sure,” she says. “It was great. We held religious services in one of the casinos.”
And putting Elohim on the hard eight can be said only in New York, kids, only in New York.
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