At the end of the movie, when Alice is making her escape, Frank is talking on the phone with his in-virtual-reality security about how to stop Alice. Shelley casually walks over and slips a knife into Frank. Why does she do this now? Did she just figure out what Frank was up to? How did she solve the mystery, since Frank remains opaque on his phone call? Did other clues like Margaret slitting her own throat or Alice confronting Frank at a dinner party not tip her off previously?
Mainzer: I actually did model the comet in the movie loosely after Comet NEOWISE! This is a long period comet, which can come in at incredible speeds from the outer solar system relative to the Earth. We discovered NEOWISE in March 2020 and close approach to Earth was in July, and so like the comet in the movie, there was a very short window of time between its discovery and close approach.
Don't Worry Darling is director Olivia Wilde's second feature film, following her 2019 debut, Booksmart. The movie, which stars Florence Pugh, Harry Styles, Chris Pine, Gemma Chan and Wilde herself, premiered on Monday at the festival and is scheduled for wide release on Sept. 23.
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Director Olivia Wilde, who collaborated with Booksmart writer Katie Silberman on the project, opened up about the complications that come with making a movie amid a pandemic.
The Cowboys & Aliens actress opened up about the films that inspired her vision, telling Vogue in December 2021 that she looked toward Fatal Attraction and Indecent Proposal. \"[Those movies are] really sexy, in a grown-up way. ... I kept saying, 'Why isn't there any good sex in film anymore?'\" Wilde said at the time, comparing Don't Worry Darling to \"The Feminine Mystique on acid.\"
\"A lot came to light after this happened that really troubled me, in terms of his behavior,\" Wilde continued, asserting that she was dedicated to \"creating a safe, trusting environment\" on set. \"For our film, what we really needed was an energy that was incredibly supportive. Particularly with a movie like this, I knew that I was going to be asking Florence to be in very vulnerable situations, and my priority was making her feel safe and making her feel supported. ... [I'm] just really wishing him health and evolution because I believe in restorative justice.\"
Olivia Wilde opened up about much of the drama surrounding her new film \"Don't Worry Darling,\" which has been plagued by rumors of feuds between multiple actors and Wilde herself, in an interview on \"The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.\" The director and actress addressed the viral \"spitgate\" incident between Harry Styles and Chris Pine, and said that questions over whether she fired actor Shia LaBeouf from the movie, or he chose to leave, was an issue of \"semantics.\"
Wilde also addressed the viral \"spitgate\" incident, in which people on social media believed a video from the Venice Film Festival showed Styles spitting on Pine as the former sat down for a screening of the movie.
Wistfully wonderful, Wilde's psychological thriller is mid-century marvelous -- so much so that it may work against its own purpose. Told from a female point of view, the film doesn't have a message so much as a driving question: What is the perfect life, and what would you sacrifice for it? When asked that, teens might have an instant reaction that's wrapped up in identity, independence, and a modern perspective. But Wilde's movie wraps up the patriarchal past inside a seductive package of pretty pencil dresses, poolside parties, and sisterly shopping sprees. Alice is enthusiastic about her life with Jack, and the wives of Victory embrace supporting their husbands through clean houses, delicious dinners, sexy morning goodbyes, and martinis after work. The allure of that lifestyle is necessary for the rest of the movie's plot to unwind, and while the idea of it isn't intact by the end, there may be more than a few younger viewers who are sold on the notion that being a housewife looks pretty great.
How did you feel about the \"crazy\" friend being Black, and the controlling wife being Asian? Does the movie's ending justify these problematic depictions of underrepresented communities? Why is positive representation important?
The full-length trailer for Oscar-winning writer-director Adam McKay's star-studded movie Don't Look Up dropped on Nov. 16, and it has the audience abuzz with its out-of-this-world premise! Billed as a satirical, sci-fi dark comedy, the movie centers on two low-level astronomers (played by Jennifer Lawrence and Leonardo DiCaprio) who discover an asteroid hurtling toward Earth that could wipe out humanity. When faced with ridicule and indifferent response from the White House, they go on a media tour to warn humankind of the impending apocalypse.
Inspiration comes knocking in the strangest of ways. That seems to be the case for McKay, who cowrote the screenplay with David Sirota before the COVID-19 pandemic took over our lives, but was understandably surprised when he realized the extent to which his once \"unrealistic\" script had come to life. While reflecting on whether he should move forward with the movie during the pandemic, he eventually decided to push the satire even further, highlighting the eye-opening and sometimes bizarre aspects of the US's political landscape and leaders.
Baum, too, thought the climate angle was strained, but pivoted to a real-life crisis that in his view the movie reflected all too well: the U.S. government response to the pandemic, when leaders, including the president, cast doubt on scientific facts, undercut epidemiologists, infectious disease physicians, and other experts, and echoed misinformation about which drugs and treatments might be effective.
\"It was absolutely a case of life imitating art. Just a total coincidence and it was really bizarre. So when we discovered the very bright comet NEOWISE. I thought, 'well, I think that's what we'll just be using for the movie.' So it it just kind of got folded into the script.\" Dr. Mainzer said. She confirmed that she blended the characteristics of the comet they discovered in real life with the fictional Dibiasky Comet in the script.
Dr. Mainzer not only made sure the script was airtight when it came to making the science plausible and believable, she also coached the movie's two leads, DiCaprio and Lawrence on how to play convincing scientists.
The pair were enthusiastic and become brilliant open-minded students according to Dr Mainzer, \"Oh my gosh, they were brilliant. I mean, it was really fun to work with such smart people. They had a lot of really heavy duty dialogue in the movie that's very complex and technical. And they just tackled it with gusto. We had a lot of great times and they were really good sports about learning orbital dynamics and how asteroid discovery works.\"
In the production notes for Don't Look Up, DiCaprio admitted that he must have had around 100 FaceTime calls with Dr. Mainzer about his role and the movie. She admits she didn't mind the hassle, \"It's a real credit to him that he is so interested in science that he did put the time and energy into really trying to learn it.\"
She continued, \"I told them both, you really have to speak for the science community, when we feel like we're being ignored. You know, 'we're trying to tell you.' There's some lines in the movie that are just, 'we're trying to tell you, you're not listening and we really want you to listen, because we know we can make things better if everybody does'.\"
While Dr. Mainzer could speak from the perspective of an astronomer for Don't Look Up, she also helped Lawrence specifically on how it is to be a woman in science. Unfortunately, Kate Dibiasky's experiences in the Netflix movie come from real life. On Lawrence's performance, Dr. Mainzer said: \"I think she did a really wonderful job of portraying the challenges that women in science face. Of course, there's a whole host of other intersectional identities that that people struggle with in these fields.
\"I think you'll see in the movie, there are a number of places where you see Kate [Dibiasky] just be marginalized. In other words, she's she's sort of passed over.\" Dr. Mainzer continued. \"Her discovery is not fully [recognized], she's not given credit in a few places. That happens, unfortunately, all too often in science.\"
\"In my opinion, just a more fundamental point that the movie is making is that you really do have to pay attention to science. And you can not pay attention to science, but you do so at your peril,\" Dr. Mainzer said.
But on Monday, the internet went feral over any and all interactions between members of the cast at the press conference and the Venice Film Festival movie showing itself. Folks are debating the smallest interaction between the stars of the movie, from the seating order, to reactions to questions at the press conference. Social media is in meltdown over one wild theory: that Harry Styles secretly spat at his co-star, Chris Pine, before the movie's showing at the film festival.
Early reviews for the movie have been mixed so far. At time of writing, the movie is sitting at 39% on Rotten Tomatoes and 49 on CNET sister site Metacritic. Those are low scores, especially considering that Wilde's first movie, Booksmart, released in 2019, was universally adored by critics.
Most reviews seem to consider the movie a little undercooked. Critic Hannah Strong called it \"fairly rote and unimaginative,\" and Justin Chang from the Los Angeles Times said its failure is \"pr