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Posts Tagged ‘Norman Jewison’

Paul Haggis Still Unclear About Possible Scientology Split Fallout

Proud Canadian Paul Haggis returned to his native Ontario this week to teach a master class at Norman Jewison‘s Canadian Film Center. As the newly named chairman of the institute’s film programs, Haggis will be following up his Monday November 7 session with at least one similar event every year.

Haggis, who is now based in New York, fielded a number of questions from the Canadian media about his recent very public split from the Church of Scientology. Specifically, reporters for wire service The Canadian Press and others wondered if his most recent rebuke of the Cruise-Travolta altar had caused any Hollywood fallout. Answered Haggis:

“It’s impossible to tell, isn’t it?” he said. “Everything is a struggle in this business so getting your film financed, getting the next project going is always a struggle. No one’s going to ride up and say, ‘Listen I didn’t like what you wrote, or I didn’t like what you said and therefore I’m not going to do blankity blank.’ But I’m not worried. There’s a lot of people who have spoken out about different things in this world and they do just fine.”

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Inception Goof Leads to Phone Conversation with Christopher Nolan

Yesterday, a pair of University of British Columbia students got to chat for ten minutes with Inception director Christopher Nolan. All because their video entry in a contest sponsored by Canadian mobile services provider WIND was judged the best.

The video by Yuri Cabrera and Ian Holliday (pictured) runs just over a minute. FishbowlLA thinks what probably won them the prized connection with Nolan is their hilarious vocal imitations of  Hans Zimmer‘s colossal Inception bass chords. The pair of third-year film students told CTV News that Nolan advised them to enjoy their artistic freedom while they can:

“He told us to enjoy filmmaking while you’re in a situation to be free to film-make, because once you get in a studio and big budget movies, while they’re bigger films, you’re also fighting to have the freedom you had when you were a student filmmaker,” Holliday said.

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