WEIRDLAND: The Glass Castle (Brie Larson), The Spectacular Now, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort (Baby Driver)

Thursday, August 10, 2017

The Glass Castle (Brie Larson), The Spectacular Now, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort (Baby Driver)

Jeannette Walls (Brie Larson) has rejected her parents’ bohemian ideals—in extended flashbacks to her nomadic 1960s childhood—and works as a gossip columnist. The Glass Castle (2017) focuses almost exclusively on the relationship between Jeannette and her father Rex (Woody Harrelson), a brilliant, stubborn, anti-authoritarian alcoholic who constantly moves the family around in pursuit of some ill-defined romantic ideal of freedom. And while it’s impossible to completely gloss over the destructive nature of Rex’s alcoholism, The Glass Castle is far more eager to give Harrelson a passionate monologue on how you can’t touch a star but you can claim one as your own, than to dig deep into emotional ugliness. But it doesn’t help that the filmmaking choices throughout The Glass Castle default to cliché. Larson is sensitive as always in her portrayal of the adult Jeannette, and Harrelson equally fascinating in depicting Rex as a wild-eyed dreamer and hostile drunk. Source:

Americans are becoming increasingly heavy drinkers, with the greatest rise among women, older people and ethnic minorities, national surveys have shown. Harmful levels of drinking are increasing among almost all demographics in the US. The number of teetotallers is falling, while high-risk drinking and alcoholism rose sharply, according to an analysis published in JAMA Psychiatry. This means 1 in 8 Americans received a diagnosis of alcoholism in the year before the latest survey. "The increases were unprecedented relative to the past two decades," study author Bridget Grant of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, Rockville, told IBTimes UK. Despite its prevalence, Americans are not sufficiently aware of the alcoholism crisis. "The increases in alcohol related outcomes may have been overshadowed by increases in less prevalent drugs like marijuana and opioids, although all increases in alcohol and other substances are important." Source:

"Did you see all of those sweat stains? It's so awesome—it's real," Shailene Woodley told the audience at the Sundance premiere of The Spectacular Now (2013). James Ponsdolt's film is filled with painfully uncomfortable moments: the uninhibited, all-consuming nature of first love; selfish self-destruction; alcohol abuse; and sweat stains.

Miles Teller is the gregarious protagonist, Sutter, Brie Larson his popular but practical ex-girlfriend, Cassidy, and Shailene Woodley as the reserved and intelligent Aimee—the understated performances are what make the film. At the film's premiere, Woodley told Teller that she'd "never worked with an actor that's been as emotionally available." While at Sundance, Interview sat down with Larson and Teller to discuss personal insecurities, auditions, and alcohol.

Miles Teller: Sutter is the feel-good party guy. He always has a drink in his hand, and a smile on his face. Where I grew up, in this small country town, people started drinking in middle school. By the time I was 14, I had a tolerance. Me and my buddies used to go across the street, steal a case of his grandpa's Old Milwaukee, put it in the woods on Tuesday, and let it sit there until Friday. Then go out, drink a bunch of it and ride our bikes out to these girls' house.

Miles Teller was arrested and charged with public intoxication on June, 18, in San Diego, a spokesperson with the San Diego Police Department confirmed to Variety. Teller was “showing signs of being under the influence of alcohol,” including slurring his speech, and had trouble keeping his balance, coming close to falling on the street. After it was determined that the 30-year-old actor was “unable to care for his own safety,”  he was taken into custody. Teller was given the option of sobering up at a detox center, but was transferred to a local jail after he was apparently uncooperative with the detox center’s staff.

Teller did, however, respond to the news via Twitter. He claimed that “wasn’t arrested,” but simply “detained,” despite the San Diego Police Department telling Variety and several other outlets that the “Whiplash” star was indeed arrested after being rejected from the detox center. “Don’t believe everything you read, especially from a third party entertainment news source trying to get clicks. Appreciate the concern,” he added in another tweet.  Source:

In Baby Driver (2017) Baby (Ansel Elgort) drinks Coke and drives very fast and very sideways in cars like a 707-horsepower Dodge Challenger Hellcat, all while listening to music on his headphones—which violates a law in 15 states. Edgar Wright says there is a mural featuring a car on the wall of the diner behind Debora (Lily James) which is the "same as postcard at the end, and the same as the car in the dream."

—Ansel Elgort: I got my driving permit at 16 and then I got my license at 19 right before I went to Pittsburgh for The Fault in Our Stars, because I had done another movie and I was annoyed, being in a random city not being able to drive around. This was before Uber had popped off. And during The Fault in Our Stars (with Shailene Woodley) I was definitely the designated driver, ‘cause when I’m doing a movie or a project, I don’t drink at all. We’d go to dinner and I would drive everyone around.  Source:

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