WEIRDLAND: James Ponsoldt's The Spectacular Now (Miles Teller & Shailene Woodley), I Want My MTV

Thursday, May 26, 2016

James Ponsoldt's The Spectacular Now (Miles Teller & Shailene Woodley), I Want My MTV

A24 has announced that they've picked up the rights to Rob Tannenbaum and Craig Marks' critically-acclaimed 2011 book I Want My MTV: The Uncensored Story of the Music Video Revolution, and that they have hired THE SPECTACULAR NOW and SMASHED filmmaker James Ponsoldt to write and direct the adaptation. I Want My MTV chronicles the founding and first 10 years of the network, a golden era in both music and television where MTV became the emblem of a new generation. Source:

The US government’s film diplomacy initiative American Film Showcase (AFS) produced by the USC School Of Cinematic Arts has unveiled its official 2016-2017 film slate of 33 documentaries and five non-fiction films to screen from September 1-August 31, 2017. US embassies will use the film slate for cultural programming around the world and AFS will send select film-makers for short international tours. Titles include Batkid Begins and The Spectacular Now.

-Vanity Fair: Your love scene [in The Spectacular Now] was so natural and sweet. Was that a difficult balance to strike, especially when filming in front of crew members?

-Shailene Woodley: It's my favorite scene in the whole movie! I think we only did three or four takes. It was both of our first times having an onscreen [sex] scene. It was such a safe, comfortable environment and I am so grateful that it was with Miles, because he was such a gentleman and made me feel very comfortable and nurtured. And I think I made him feel very comfortable and nurtured. It was really sweet. We wanted it to just feel natural. Just the way that it was filmed, with just James and a camera, and the way it was lit, it was really easy to forget that anyone was in the room aside from Miles and I. Source:

-Miles Teller: I auditioned for Four [in Divergent], like a long time ago. If I would have played that character maybe that would have been interesting. In this one we have a relationship that is not as developed as it is in The Spectacular Now

-Miles Teller: Sutter was experienced.

-Shailene Woodley: [joking] But it was Miles’ first time.

-Miles Teller: That’s why it’s called acting. No, that was actually one of our favorite scenes. And I think when we filmed it we were pretty comfortable with each other at that point. And obviously after that, even more so. And the room that we shot everything in, all the sets were just so real. This was actually some girl’s room, lower middle class house – we were doing the sex scene, and I look up on the wall and look all around me, and I am in a 16-year-old’s bedroom. That was weird. 

-What do you think are Sutter’s redeeming qualities?

-Miles Teller: I think Sutter is… I think he makes other people feel good. He doesn’t deal with himself, so it’s kind of easy for him to just develop himself from making other people feel a certain way… he’s got a big heart... he lets you loosen up. [joking] And he’s got a huge dick. Source:

Miles Teller and Shailene Woodley ("Love Explosion") video.

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