I was planning to tap out a couple of stories after returning from last night’s The Theory of Everything premiere after-party but the wifi at my Beverley Street condo had a seizure — call it a mild stroke — which led to a diagnostic discussion with a Liquid Web tech-support guy plus the usual hand-wringings, wall-punchings (the unit doesn’t have a refrigerator) and frenzied attempts at restoring service. I went to bed with sore knuckles but the wifi was gloriously back in action when I awoke this morning at 7 am. Four films today — Noah Baumbach‘s While We’re Young ay 8:30 am, Chris Rock‘s Top Five at 10:45 am, Bill Pohlad‘s Love and Mercy (the Brian Wilson druggy meltdown in the ’70s film with with Paul Dano as young Wilson, John Cusack as the somewhat older Wilson, Paul Giamatti as Dr. Eugene Landy) at 2 pm and Andrea Di Stefano‘s Escobar: Paradise Lost (Benicio del Toro as Pablo Escobar) at 4:15 pm.
(l. to r.) Santa Barbara Film Festival director Roger Durling, The Theory of Everything star Eddie Redmayne, Deadline‘s Pete Hammond at last night’s after-party following pic’s premiere at Princess of Wales, which generates less-than-satisfactory sound.
(l. to r.) Chris Rock, Greta Gerwig, While We’re Young director Noah Baumbach at party for Rock’s Top Five, which suddenly became TIFF’s leading buzz film yesterday (and which I’ll be seeing later this morning right after the 8:30 am screening of Baumbach’s film). The other current high-intrigue title of the moment is The Good Lie, the Reese Witherspoon / Lost Boys of Sudan flick that relatively few have seen thus far, along with The Theory of Everything.
(l. to r.) Cedric “if you want tact, call a tactician” The Entertainer, Chris Rock, While We’re Young‘s Ben Stiller.
The Theory of Everything screenwriter Anthony McCarten.
The Theory of Everything composer Johann Jóhannsson, who last night told me something I’d never heard (or had forgotten), which is that Alex North composed a rejected score for 2001: A Space Odyssey, and that it’s purchasable online.