The Review/Short Read/
TIFF 6ix: Essential Links for the Week of June 12, 2016
1) The month of Ramadan started with some pretty depressing whitewashing speculations. In an interview with the Guardian, David Farzoni opened up about the casting possibilities for his latest project: a biopic about the great poet and scholar Rumi. His choice for the role? Leonardo DiCaprio, with Robert Downey Jr. playing the (also not white) Shams of Tabriz. This is why we can’t have nice things, Hollywood.
2) In more positive casting news: John Boyega will take the lead role in the second installment of Pacific Rim. Not a lot is known about the sequel to the epic mecha-kaiju apocalypse, except that Steven S. DeKnight will be directing and Boyega will play the role of Stacker Pentecost’s (Idris Elba) son.
3) Paul Thomas Anderson’s new movie with Daniel Day-Lewis is wrapped in mysteries and buried in secrecy. Some details and exciting speculations have emerged nonetheless: it will take place in 1950s New York and it may or may not be about fashion designer Charles James. Whatever it is, we can’t wait for it.
4) Deep sigh. It’s time for another chapter of “Childhood Heroes Saying Terrible Things.” In this installment, Ghibli director Yoshiaki Nishimura said of the possibility of the studio hiring female directors, “Unlike live action, with animation we have to simplify the real world. Women tend to be more realistic and manage day-to-day lives very well.” Huh. Maybe he forgot that three of Studio Ghibli’s best films were written by women: Howl’s Moving Castle, Kiki’s Delivery Service and Whisper of the Heart.
5) Another week, another brilliant video essay. This time, it’s not about the editing or the directing, it’s about the screenplay. Michael Tucker’s first episode of Lessons From the Screenplay takes a look at the three techniques that Gillian Flynn used to manage the suspense in Gone Girl.
6) Ava Duvernay received the Spirit of Independence honor at the Los Angeles Film Festival. The director imparted some important lessons regarding diversity and Black film in Hollywood: "We make these projects within a system that is not built to support various voices. It’s not built to support them, to nourish them, to amplify them. When something does break through, it has to start all over again."