Oct. 19th, 2007

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liz got called back for Nothing but the Truth, the movie we applied to as extras. some of the casting people, after looking through pictures of potential extras, went to eat at Salsa and, by coincidence, saw her bartending there. one of them recognized her from the picture she’d sent in, and the next morning (yesterday) they called to say they wanted her to come in for the shoot. this was one of the first days of real filming, and they needed people to walk around the commercial appeal offices (disguised as the washington post offices). liz was picked along with a couple other “photogenic” people to walk around with papers in her hands looking busy.  a few others were put behind desks, talking on phones and writing, doing other deskly things. the rest were put into a crowd scene outside the building.


of course, all the shot with her in the background may end up on the cutting room floor, but even so, she got to be on set for 12 hours today, watching kate beckinsale, angela bassett, and noah wyle act and talk to the director about their scenes. when she wasn't needed, liz explored and watched as much of the workings of movie making as she could without being shooed away. it was a small set, so she had more opportunity than one normally would to wander, as long as she didn’t disturb or get in anyone’s way. she got to see the replay monitors and hear many discussions about the making of each scene. she says both actresses are incredibly beautiful in person, and that angela bassett is tiny. even in very tall heels, she was still no taller than liz.


the casting folks may call liz again; we don’t know. there are many days of filming left, so lots of opportunities. they still haven’t done the prison scenes yet, and i hold out hope that they’ll look at my picture and see the hardened inmate lurking behind my pleasant demeanor. i’d make a great inmate.


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i was raised on Star Trek (in some ways, more than i was by my parents). dad mail-ordered the vhs cassettes of every episode of the first series some time before i was born, and we watched about an episode a day as far back as i can remember. i was young enough when watching this show that it didn't matter at all that the rocks were clearly made of styrofoam, or that there was a visible string attached to the star ship enterprise in the space scenes (or occasionally a hand moving the ship). i loved the show. it was exciting, often ridiculous, and entirely escapist. like so many girls, i had a crush on mr. chekov (his accent was so sexy, and he looked like one of the beatles. i think this childhood crush was the cause, or perhaps a symptom, of my attention to and fondness for peripheral characters in all stories.) i will always think about Star Trek in a way that is entirely nostalgic, gleeful, and really quite geeky. (ruby points out here that there are very few non-geeky ways to think about Star Trek, which may well be true.)

that being said, here is
the cast so far of the new star trek movie. i am not outraged or overjoyed, just intrigued by their choices. harold from Harold and Kumar as mr. sulu. sylar as spock. shaun of the dead as scotty. the son from Huff as mr. chekov. by the way, didn’t chekov only show up in the middle of the series, replacing a sequence of red shirt navigators who died gruesome deaths? how exactly is he in a version in which they're all a good bit younger than they were in the original series? shouldn't he be in grade school at that point? and we’re not even going to talk about the fact that they didn’t get a southerner to play dr. mccoy.

i’m afraid i’m going to have to drag ruby to see this catastrophe in the theater. (ed: fat chance) i find it impossible to pass up; it looks like it may be true to the roots of the show – bizarre, a little shoddy, and full of joy. in my imagination, the explanation for there being two spocks in this new movie is that it starts out with william shatner and leonard nimoy as kirk and spock; they're sitting on a balcony, reminiscing about the old days, perhaps drinking whiskey and smoking cigars. james spader is in the background, wandering about the back of the shot in a housecoat.


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