Frances McDormand and Cameron Crowe talk about “Almost Famous”, Hamburger

In a minimal part, my film Almost famous it’s about being a fan. And so it is with Frances McDormand, who played Elaine Miller, the character based on my mother Alice in the film. I hadn’t seen Frances for a short time on the looping stage months before, so this was an excuse to reunite with one of my favorite actresses. The plan was to pay tribute to the previous days of Interview, when the then editor Andy Warhol spent an excessive amount of time chatting with the waiters while Elizabeth Taylor or Sylvester Stallone waited for the interview to begin. Frances entered the parking lot of the Norm restaurant in Santa Monica, California, exactly at 7.45 pm, fresh from the set of Untitled Barber Movie, the new film project directed by her husband Joel and her brother Ethan Coen.

CAMERON CROWE: I am a true journalist.

FRANCES McDORMAND: Don’t say, “He wore black sweatpants and smoked fifteen cigarettes.” Come on, think of something interesting!

[Waiter comes over.]

WAITER: Do you want something to drink?

McDORMAND: You don’t have beer, do you? Not from Norm.[[[[Study menu.]Iced lemon tea.

CROWE: coffee.

McDORMAND: the bow tie is good.

[[[[The waiter leaves.]

CROWE: I love the fact that we recorded it. My dream has already come true. All right. First of all, thank you for making my film.

McDORMAND: Shut up already!

CROWE: What’s going on in your head when you’re asked to play the author’s mother?

McDORMAND: I didn’t necessarily know it was autobiographical when I read it. And you know, the first time I met Alice, she said to me, “I find the character a little sharp. I hope you have no intention of interpreting it that way. “

CROWE: [Laughs.]

McDORMAND: God bless you! Come on, you only asked to be born of her. So I said, “No, I think he’s a great character. Let’s decide now that it’s not you and it’s not me. He’ll be the character in the script.” I haven’t wanted to be a mom for a long time because I am. There aren’t many complicated, rounded and three-dimensional parent parts out there. Elaine [the mother role] he is not a delusional madman. She is a truly fascinating woman. And it is not often that you meet the director’s mother. But can we talk about a couple of things now?

CROWE: Sure.

McDORMAND: Okay. One is, how about the size of my ass?

CROWE: I heard you want to play Elaine with a loot.

McDORMAND: I always thought it was important that she looked like a woman from the 70s. And more importantly, it looks exactly like when I was shooting the film. Oh, my ass was as big as a barn! That was good. Seriously….

[Waiter brings dinner.]

EXPECTER: Is everything all right?

CROWE: Yes, thank you.

[Waiter leaves.]

CROWE: Because of the body of work you have done, being already an Oscar winner, when you enter a room you are preceded by expectations – everyone is standing to watch the “Oscar winner Frances McDormand” now. Do you feel that pressure?

McDORMAND: I feel a personal obligation with myself. It’s like when a toy is a registered trademark and after that they have that little Mattel symbol in a circle. “Frances Louise McDormand” is quite long.

CROWE: [Laughs.]

McDORMAND: I’ve been dealing with Frances Louise McDormand all my life. I learned to manage Frances when I was in second grade – when everyone else was called Debbie or Candy, I was Frances. But I don’t need a parenthesis statement that completely outlines who I am. Many people have a parenthesis statement that says “Nominee this”, “Nominee that”, blah blah blah, and that has nothing to do with what Frances Louise McDormand has become.

CROWE: How are your fans?

McDORMAND: You know, you really couldn’t characterize – I don’t really know. I really didn’t notice. At the beginning of my career, many of them were men imprisoned in maximum security prisons and Joel loved to read their letters.

[Waiter returns.]

McDormand:[[[[To the waiter]I was hoping to get a cup of hot ice cream, please. No cherry.

CROWE: I’ll have one too. No cherry.

WAITER: It doesn’t come with a cherry.

McDORMAND: Good. The red dye number-something.

CROWE: Now fans of the Coen brothers – it must be a bit like with [Bob] Dylan fans, where they look for clues, add things, ask for confirmation of their theories.

McDORMAND: It’s extraordinary. It must be what appeared to be Sherlock Holmes. But for me, especially when it’s in collaboration with Fargo, so many people need – not what they want – but they must be allowed to make their own version of the accent.

CROWE: For you?

McDORMAND: For me. So it’s like, finding a situation where you can do it and run it for someone who wants to watch. Why not me.

CROWE: But you haven’t really heard a great Marge[IlpersonaggiodiMcDormandin[McDormand’scharacterin[IlpersonaggiodiMcDormandin[McDormand’scharacterinFargo]and said, “I don’t want to say it, but he’s a really nice Marge.”

McDORMAND: No.

CROWE: Can I get your personal reaction for making these films? Um … Madeline.

McDORMAND: He lived in Paris – what an explosion. Above all, those little girls put me on tiptoe and I had two ingrown nails when I left.

CROWE: Wonder Boys.

McDORMAND: One of those roles that was difficult for me to accept, being a middle-aged woman. Although the pregnant character really helped a lot.

CROWE: Mississippi Burning.

McDORMAND: It may have been a nightmare. But luckily it wasn’t – personally. As a political statement, it went very badly.

CROWE: Lonely star.

McDORMAND: I was completely deprived of sleep. I had met my son three weeks earlier. He was with me. I went to the set, opened my mouth, said my jokes, fell asleep for lunch for an hour and a half, woke up, finished my jokes and went home. And it was a perfect job.

CROWE: Raising Arizona.

McDORMAND: This was the first job I ever used prosthetic breasts. I loved that character.

CROWE: I think we need an exclamation mark after “prosthetic breast”. How about a version of Blood Simple.

McDORMAND: I was very disappointed when I found out that all the movie sets weren’t like that. All my expectations were based on that experience. I judge every movie set I go to from that.

CROWE: Looking back to the seventies, if I had known you then, how would I have perceived you?

McDORMAND: Geez, I hope you didn’t like it, I didn’t go out. Have you ever gone out together? You went out together.

CROWE: I went out together.

McDORMAND: Dating wasn’t a problem in the group of people I dated. Males and females frequented together and several people brought carnal knowledge, but there were no real relationships. I have had all my relationships with women and experimented with men. And then I would like to go back and understand all the emotional things with women. I think we probably would have been friends. You know, that part of my life is really private for me. I had a wonderful family and a great childhood. But leaving home marked the beginning of my freedom. And it’s all mine, everything I’ve done.

CROWE: I would have completely asked you for an appointment. I believed in that stuff, which is why I went out to places like this, because I feel comfortable with Norm. So now, the official Interview questions. I read them last night and there is something very powerful in their simplicity. Here’s a good one: “How does it work with me as a director?”

McDORMAND: It sucks.

CROWE: Okay. “Do you think he did a good job of directing you?”

McDORMAND: You could have been better.[[[[He laughs diabolically.]”He tried.” Are you joking? That goes without saying. Isn’t it evident in my performance? Look, you’re milking this, Cameron. Do you want me to continue?

CROWE: How about this? “What makes me different from Joel?” This really interests me.

McDORMAND: In what way? It seems a strange reference to a sexual relationship: “Did he do it better than me?”

CROWE: I just asked differently. In fact, I know the answer to this question. His technique is very different from mine. And he has –

McDORMAND: his partner.

CROWE: He has a serious accomplice. Is fantastic.

McDORMAND: Not so personal, to say so much. Yours is more personal than his, your technique.

CROWE: It’s great. I forgot to ask you one of the Oscar questions, so let me go on this one: “What emotion takes over when you get up there and get on the podium?”

McDORMAND: It was a really theatrical moment for me. And it was, it was something, in fact – I wasn’t completely unprepared because I had already passed the battery of other award ceremonies. So the most unprepared that I heard was not – not unprepared, but a little impromptu – was at the SAG Awards, because that’s when I celebrated the most. Because I really felt like I had been judged by a group of colleagues. I have been judged by jobless actors is what I have been judged.

CROWE: Last thing, in the spirit of Interview. Let’s make a toast to Andy Warhol and ask ourselves, “How did our meal go?”

McDORMAND: You know, I think the best thing was the hamburger. I wasn’t impressed with the french fries. I liked the sight of the small piece of banana still in its skin next to the french fries and the hamburger. It didn’t make me want to eat it, however. Bananas should not be on the same plate as a hamburger and french fries. And you?

Roseanne Barr says show canceled over her support for Israel

TEL AVIV, Israel (AP) – Comedian and divisive former television star Roseanne Barr says her sitcom was canceled last year because of backlash against her support for Israel.

Barr spoke Monday at an event in Tel Aviv and said she had been “BDS-ed” by ABC television network. BDS refers to a Palestinian-led movement calling for boycott, divestment and sanctions of Israel.

ABC canceled its reboot of “Roseanne” last May after Barr tweeted racist remarks about former Obama administration adviser Valerie Jarrett.

Barr was in Israel for a four-day visit organized by celebrity Rabbi Shmuley Boteach. She railed against Hollywood liberals, defended her support for President Donald Trump, and admitted to trolling her critics online with various fake accounts.

Barr said she has “witnessed horrific anti-Semitism and I’m just here to defend the Jewish people.”

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what changes with the source deduction?


Pay slip: what changes with the direct debit?

PAY SHEET 2019 – At the end of January, the pay slips incorporating the direct debit are sent to employees. What does the document look like? What changes can be noted?

[Mis à jour le 28 janvier à 17h24] They arrive. The pay slips of almost 17 million employees are being sent these days. These first pay slips of 2019 are evolving in depth since they include the reform of the withholding tax. Thus, employees will receive a net salary reduced by the amount of tax. How will they react? Here is a question for Gérald Darmanin, the Minister of Action and Public Accounts, to ask. The reform of the withholding tax does not change the tax scale. Only the method of tax collection changes. The objective is that it will adapt more easily to the life of the citizen. For the moment, Minister Darmanin is pleased to have had to face no major bug.

It is a document that nearly 17 million French people receive each month. The payroll undergoes significant changes in 2019 due to the entry into force on 1st January withholding tax. Tax is now collected directly on wages. As a result, new lines appear at the bottom of the document. The employee’s former net salary will be entered on the “net to be paid before tax” line. More importantly, a “tax withheld at source” line has been created. It will be possible to read its levy rate – applied by the employer, but transmitted by the tax authorities – and of course the amount levied.

Despite the seriousness of the employers and the tax administration, there will inevitably be errors in the levy. The most obvious mistake is that of an incorrect applied rate. If you notice this problem on your pay slip, the tax administration should be contacted. This will then verify the data with your employer. In the event of an error in amount, in particular an overpayment, the amount “in excess” will be deducted in September of the following year (N + 1) from the amount of your tax. The overpayment could also be refunded to you by bank transfer by the tax authorities. On the other hand, if the amounts withdrawn are lower than the amounts due, you must report the error to the administration as soon as possible, otherwise penalties may be applied to you.

The net salary will be closely scrutinized by the employees. But what net salary? On the new pay slip that employees will receive, there will be two separate lines. First, a line “net salary to be paid before tax”. Employees will find on this line the amount of their net salary paid in 2018. But they will no longer receive this amount as a transfer. To this figure, a rate of withholding tax will be applied. The “real” net salary – which will be paid to the employee – will be entered at the bottom right of the pay slip next to the mention “net paid”.

The size of letters by decree

The government is not afraid of psychological shock, but the anecdote shows, that it took its precautions. In May 2018, a decree was published in the Official Journal (here) so that the line “net paid in euros” at the bottom right of the pay slip – which corresponds to the new net salary of the employee – is written in characters one and a half times smaller than the other lines … This which will not prevent employees from seeing the weight of the tax on their wages.

Roboul 2017, delicacy | The weekly country

Domaine Danjou-Banessy, Roboul 2017
– IGP Côtes Catalanes, 13%. Vineyards of 30 years in Espira-de-l’Agly on clay-calcareous soil treated in biodynamics. Monastrell and Garnacha (minority), spontaneous fermentation of the must in short contact with the skins. Gentle pressing and 12 months of rest in old barrels
French oak. Bottled without any intervention. Price: 16 euros.
Sensations
– When a wine contains landscapes and people, its beauty is contemplated and its truth is drunk. They are experiences that broaden the spirit.
Through the glass
– Old wooden bowl, napkin and serving cutlery from Azul Tierra. Glasses for red wine from the Adina Prestige series by Spiegelau.

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In Memoriam: which members of the famous SAG memory have been excluded from the segment?

One of the saddest and most important segments of the SAG Awards every year is the In Memoriam segment. For the 2019 event, it turns out to be even sadder for the family members of some longtime members of the Screen Actors Guild. Which actors and actresses weren’t even present in this part of the Sunday evening program? Check out this list below:

Marty Allen (actor)
Charles Aznavour (actor)
Kaye Ballard (actor)
Dushon Monique Brown (actor)
Joseph Campanella (actor)
Roy Clark (actor / singer)
Vic Damone (actor / singer)
Daryl Dragon (presenter / musician)
Louise Latham (actor)
Robin Leach (guest)
Stan Lee (executive / guest)
Katherine MacGregor (actor)
Robert Mandan (actor)
Peggy McKay (actor)
Tim O’Connor (actor)
Roger Perry (actor)
Douglas Rain (actor)
Ken Swofford (actor)
Clint Walker (actor)
Nancy Wilson (actor / singer)
Louis Zorich (actor)

For the ceremony hosted by Megan Mullally on TNT and TBS, here are many of the celebrities who made the cut for the short segment:

Harry Anderson (actor)
Susan Anspach (actor)
Ken Berry (actor)
Philip Bosco (actor)
Reg E. Cathey (actor)
Carol Channing (actor / singer)
Olivia Cole (actor)
Bill Daily (actor)
Bob Einstein (actor)
R. Lee Ermey (actor)
Nanette Fabray (actor)
Aretha Franklin (actor / singer)
Barbara Harris (actor)
Tab Hunter (actor)
Ricky Jay (actor)
James Karen (actor)
Margot Kidder (actor)
Sondra Locke (actor)
John Mahoney (actor)
Dorothy Malone (actor)
Jerry Maren (actor)
Penny Marshall (actor / director)
Chuck McCann (actor)
Donald Moffat (actor)
Charlotte Rae (actor)
Burt Reynolds (actor)
David Ogden Stiers (actor)
Soon-Tek Oh (actor)
Verne Troyer (actor)
Scott Wilson (actor)

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