The TRON: Legacy star's older sister, civil rights attorney Chloe Cockburn, has been helping to raise the profile of the newly-renamed Occupy Sandy group, which has set up camp across New York to provide hot meals for the needy, and the food drive received a much-needed boost from Wilde on Tuesday (06Nov12) when she reached out to her Twitter.com followers and asked them to get involved.
After Cockburn tweeted about volunteers running out of food at Brooklyn's St. Jacobi Lutheran Church, the actress wrote, "Help! Hurricane victims need grub. You can buy food on http://FreshDirect.com and have it delivered to Jacoby (sic) Church, 5406 4th ave., Brooklyn".
The call to action worked as locals offered what they could to the cause, allowing Occupy Sandy activists to keep cooking meals to deliver to residents in the hardest hit areas, while fans from all over the U.S. arranged grocery deliveries for the church.
Wilde still had Sandy victims on her mind on Wednesday (07Nov12) as a new storm hit, and she heaped praise on the public for its generosity as charity donations to the American Red Cross continued to pour in.
She tweets, "Sending warm thoughts to all Sandy victims still without effing power in a freezing snow storm... So great that people have been so generous with Red Cross. I hope that money will go to medical assistance in low income communities today!"
The Tron: Legacy star, who divorced filmmaker/musician Tao Ruspoli last year (Sep11), has relocated from Los Angeles to Manhattan, where she shares an apartment with the comedian and their rescue dog Paco.
Wilde has been busy furnishing their new place, and admits she is relishing her less hectic schedule after a four-year stint on TV medical drama House.
She tells USA Today, "I now have the luxury of being choosier and choosier. I've gotten to the point where I don't have to work all the time. I'm able to do things that don't need to be blockbuster... I'm really picky now and it's only because there's no reason not to be.
"I've been decorating our new apartment. That's a lot of what I do, too. I'm so domestic. We have a cool new electronic drum kit. It's a good life. For years, I worked constantly. I was doing the show and doing movies on the weekends."
Wilde also opened up about her plans to one day start a family while maintaining her Hollywood career, modelling herself after her mum, TV producer and journalist Leslie Cockburn.
She adds, "I think it would be great. My mom was a great example of having a professional life and having a kid. It can be done. No one is saying it's easy. But I'm totally inspired by the idea of being a bada** working professional mom.
"I'm so into my dog. I can't imagine how I will smother my child."
A longtime columnist for The Nation and editor of political newsletter CounterPunch, Cockburn lost his battle with cancer in Germany.
And it's clear he left a lasting impression on his niece, who wrote on Saturday (21Jul12), "My uncle, the brilliant, kind, and hilarious Alexander Cockburn, passed away last night. He was my friend, and my hero."
She added, "He taught me how to make coffee in a jar, how to listen to LPs, how to ride a horse through a river, and how to drive a classic with love."
Born in Scotland and raised in Ireland, Cockburn was the son of the British novelist Claud Cockburn.
The columnist was famous for his attacks on politicians, the mainstream media and his fellow The Nation writer Christopher Hitchens, who died last year (11).
1. Munn vs. Wilde For All The Marbles
Right this moment a storm is a brewin'. Olivia Wilde starred in (I use the term loosely) Tron: Legacy and appears in Cowboys & Aliens later this year. Olivia Munn is rocking The Daily Show and has a television pilot, Perfect Couples, that's on NBC in two weeks. At this juncture things seem stable, as one Olivia is televised and the other is on film. Still, you can't be too safe, so we should probably pit them against each other in a battle for Olivia supremacy.
Let's do this!
Olivia Munn is actually Lisa Munn, her middle name is Olivia. Olivia Wilde was born Olivia Jane Cockburn, she went from Cockburn to Wilde for her stage name. So our choice is really between Lisa and Cockburn. Which is the more egregious change? Not a difficult call, because Olivia going with "Wilde" is a stronger move than going by your middle name.
Munn was raised predominantly in Tokyo, Japan while Wilde, for a short time, attended The Gaiety School of Acting in Dublin, Ireland. This is a clear victory for Munn, as Japan has a population that's roughly 30 times that of Ireland.
Munn co-hosted Attack of the Show and wouldn't be out of place at Comic-Con. Wilde now appears in tentpole movies, has also been to Comic-Con, and was in the The Ballad of G.I. Joe viral short. Still, she looks to be headed for a more mainstream career.
A young Wilde once eavesdropped on a Mick Jagger conversation at a party, as her parents were prominent and well-connected journalists. Munn has published a book called Suck It, Wonder Woman: The Misadventures of a Hollywood Geek. Close call, but The Rolling Stone pedigree wins out.
Munn is extremely funny, and she's not afraid to go the extra mile to make a gag work. Wilde is funny, but she hasn't had to rely on it nearly as often.
And there you have it, a narrow 3-2 for Munn. I know, I'm as shocked as you are, especially because I wagered pretty heavily on Wilde before the contest even started.
2. This Week’s Big Idea: A Publicly Funded Studio
Before we get to the crux of this idea, we need to consider a few seemingly disparate facts. First off, Black Swan, probable Best Picture Nominee, had a $13 million dollar production budget. That's what the film cost to make. We can assume that prints and marketing at least doubled that, so let's call the entire project a
$25m expenditure. Solid. The film has made $51m at the box office, which, given the studio/theater split, means they probably have some work to do before a profit comes in. Bright side: once those Academy Award Nominations are announced the studio behind Black Swan, Fox Searchlight, is looking at a tidy profit on DVD and television residuals. That's Fox Searchlight's specialty, they turned a similar investment in Slumdog Millionaire into a win that likely earned them hundreds of millions of dollars.
Next up, consider the following math. $25 dollars multiplied by a million people is 25 million dollars. Good, let's move on to the big idea.
What if a director announced an intent to sell shares in their film to cover production and print costs?
Think of it. Would you invest $25 bucks in a Danny Boyle or Darren Aronofsky film for a chance at $50 later? Or you might even do it just because you're a huge fan of a certain director, and because $25 isn't a huge risk for you. Perhaps you want to buy four shares? Or a hundred?
The idea of a co-op to spread risk and foster creativity is not particularly new or innovative. It is defined as "a business organization owned and operated by a group of individuals for their
mutual benefit." Simple enough, right? Now, I'm not talking about projects that would be simply fan funded, like Kickstarter, or the idea Kevin Smith for Red State (which would have worked, for the record). I'm talking about a living and breathing business, one which you could definitely lose your $25 on, and one that would require honest brokers on all sides. This would have to be a business that filed tax documents and was licensed and bonded. This wouldn't be for charity, though there would certainly be an element of goodwill involved, because you probably wouldn't buy into directors you didn't dig ... unless you were simply making bets on the industry. But for less expensive non-effects driven dramas I have no idea why a director doesn't try this out. It would free him/her up creatively, and it would be a gamechanger for the industry. Let’s bring the power of producing to the people!
On that note, I'm off to bet heavily on Colin Firth against Colin Farrell.
Check out last week's Movie Musings here.
Laremy is the lead critic and senior producer for a website named Film.com. He's also available on Twitter.
Plenty of worries mate. A third helping of this croc-out-of-the-Outback series is one too many. The difference between the delightful original and this plodding trek through Los Angeles is almost negligible. Once again crocodile hunter Mick (Paul Hogan) puts his survival skills to the test while roaming the wilds of a major metropolis. The Big Apple jaunt resulted in Mick falling in love with journalist Sue (Linda Kozlowski). In Los Angeles Mick grapples with making Sue an honest woman thanks to the prodding of their young son Mikey (Serge Cockburn). La La Land provides enough distractions to prevent Mick from popping the question. Lavish parties. Acting gigs. Monkey wrangling. And the strange business practices of Silvergate Pictures. Sue returns to the United States to temporarily oversee her newspaper magnate father's Los Angeles bureau. Her first assignment: expose Silvergate and its likely criminal activities. But who needs a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist with N.Y.P.D Blue junkie Mick Dundee on the case.
Crocodile Dundee in Los Angeles lacks bite but Mick remains the life and soul of the hunt. The leatheryHogan - now 61 but leaner and fitter than a certain real-life crocodile hunter half his age - is so affable fascinating and boyish that it's a pleasure to share his company. He's the same old Mick Dundee that audiences laughed at but mostly laughed with in the late 1980s. Hogan hints--though not very seriously--at the end of this adventure that it's time to call it quits. If so he would be wise to pass his croc-skinned vest and hunting knife on to Cockburn. He's a chip off the old block. Whether he's rescuing skunks or trapping rodents Cockburn manages to charm without being self-consciously cute or deliberately bratty. Too bad Kozlowski--Hogan's wife--has nothing better to do than lovingly raise her eyebrows at Mick's occasional blunders or pass herself off as a journalist.
Simon Wincer last worked with Hogan on 1994's Lightning Jack a not-so-wild Western that floundered in its bid to put any distance between Hogan and his Crocodile Dundee persona. In Wincer's hands Mick Dundee's latest urban jungle safari lacks any genuine surprises. Is Mick the only tourist to find himself confronted by a mugger each time he steps off the plane? In Australia Mick may call the Outback his workplace but he does seem to enjoy some modern amenities. So it's become something of a stretch to imagine that Mick doesn't watch TV and can't take a bath without fearing a crocodile attack. Much of the blame rests with the bland and trite cultural differences that writers Matthew Berry and Eric Abrams compel Mick to face continually. (Hogan contends that he deserves credit for writing the script but unless he needs the extra cash he should back down--it's nothing to be proud of.)