‘The Martian’ Started As A Self-Published Book
February 28, 2016
The movie that was nominated for several Oscars began as a self-published book by Andy Weir.
… how an unknown author’s book became a hit audio book and major motion picture.
Maggie Smith On The Pressures Of Acting: ‘You Want So Much To Get It Right’
February 23, 2016·
Maggie Smith won an Oscar for best supporting actress for “California Suite” and the best actress award for “The Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie.”
I am very insecure. And I don’t know, I feel somehow – on a set, I feel a bit trapped because you’re in a corner, and you absolutely have to do it. There is no way out. In the theater, you know, you get another chance. You can do it the next night, the next performance. You can probably get it right then. But you don’t have any real say in a film. And quite honestly, I probably drive everybody mad and go on and on and on and want to do another take and – because I never feel that it’s right. So I always feel huge pressure. It’s an odd feeling, but when you’re there and you’re having to do it, the choice you make has to be absolutely right. And of course, it can’t be. It just absolutely can’t be. So you don’t really have a say in it. I find it very hard because I don’t know that I trust myself to know that – if it’s good or if that’s the take that should be or whether we just do it with one take or there isn’t time to do anymore. You know, I find that real pressure.
DAVIES: And I that can lead to some tension at times. Yeah.
SMITH: Yes. I think there’s always great tension because there never seems to be enough – there is always pressure. There’s always pressure because there isn’t enough time. There’s never enough time for a movie, it seems to me. Never.
~ I’m sorry I was short with you earlier—I had other things on my mind.
July 15, 2010
it never cuts loose the way The Matrix or Joseph Ruben’s jolly B-movie Dreamscape did. If you’re hoping for a thriller that will take you into another realm, well: Dream on.