There’s a question that still bugs Hugh Laurie after the world premiere of “The Personal History of David Copperfield.”
Following the screening at the 2019 Toronto International Film Festival, an audience member asked director Armando Iannucci why he employed colorblind casting in the playful adaptation of Charles Dickens’ classic tale. Hugh Laurie shot back, “Can I ask why you’ve asked that?”
“It just seemed to me an odd thing to raise at the end of the film,” he clarified to The Times the following day. “I could sort of understand it, maybe understand it, before the film because people are trying to grasp what will it sound like, what it will look like and feel like. ... But I would say 90 seconds into the film, you are just in it!
“I just thought that was odd because, to me, it was just not a thing. And I don’t think it should be a thing.”
When Oprah Winfrey pulled her support of Amy Ziering and Kirby Dick’s documentary about sexual assault allegations against Russell Simmons, the filmmakers were in total shock.
2020 South by Southwest Film Festival will open with Judd Apatow’s “King of Staten Island,” starring Pete Davidson. Spike Jonze’s “Beastie Boys Story” is among the other premieres.
Classic movies, film festivals, etc. in L.A. for Jan. 12-19 include Charlie Chaplin’s silent comedy “The Gold Rush” plus Myrna Loy and William Powell in a selection of “Thin Man” mystery comedies
Classic movies in L.A. for Jan. 5-12 include John Wayne in the classic western “The Searchers” and a sing-along presentation of the 2001 musical “Moulin Rouge!” starring Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor