IPL 2020: The 13th edition of the IPL in the UAE is just round the corner, and it presents a number of problems for the franchises. New Zealand and Mumbai Indians (MI) pacer Trent Boult identifies the most important one.
Set to steer up the bowling attack of four-time IPL champions MI in absence of Malinga, the Kiwi pacer believes the most important challenge for all the franchises in the IPL will be to regulate the hot and humid conditions of the UAE.
In his first stint with the Mumbai-based franchise after being terminated by Delhi Capitals last year, Trent Boult will need to share most of the responsibility of the team’s bowling attack after Sri Lankan legend Lasith Malinga opted to pull out from this year’s IPL due to personal reasons.
Speaking about his new team, Boult said it is always a sigh of relief for any bowler to get on the opposite side of a heavyweight team like the Mumbai Indians.
“The biggest challenge personally for me will be to play in 45 degrees in the middle of a desert because I come from a small country which is about 7, or 8 degrees at most throughout the year. I have played for a few other franchises as well, but I am super excited to be part of this Mumbai Indians squad. Speaking from experience, I have played against MI a couple of times. They are a very good side and the most successful IPL team for a reason, so it is nice to get on the opposite end of it and be a part of such an amazing group of cricketers.”
Having already played some amount of cricket in the Gulf nation, Boult believes MI have the firepower in their bowling unit to outwit any opposition in the tournament.
“I hope to take many wickets and if good wickets are on the table, then it is about being clear with what we try as a bowling unit. If the bowlers deliver the ball where we would actually like to, then I feel we got to have a great chance to outperform any opposition”, the left-arm pacer said. Defending champs Mumbai Indians face last year’s runners-up Chennai Super Kings in the Dream11 IPL 2020 opener on the 19th of September in Abu Dhabi.
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How David Fincher Works; Free Studio Ghibli Images; Safety Breakthrough
In today’s Movie News Rundown: A breakthrough to get film crews back to work; a deep-dive into how David Fincher works; free images from your favorite Studio Ghibli films; and remembering Raging Bull cinematographer Michael Chapman and Aliens designer Ron Cobb.
COVID-19 Agreement: Studios and unions have reached a back-to-work agreement so hard-hit creative can return to “workplaces redesigned around their health,” SAG-AFTRA said in a statement. The principles include (all together now), “strictly enforced testing regimens and safety protocols, a zone-based system, and diligent use of personal protective equipment.”
Free Studio Ghibli Images: My Modern Met notes that Studio Ghibli just released 400 images for us internet denizens, including from the films Spirited Away and The Tale of Princess Kaguya (pictured). But there’s a catch: Ghibli producer Toshio Suzuki says in a handwritten note, “Please use them freely within the scope of common sense,” knowing full well that none of us have a lick of common sense. Anyway, here are the beautiful images.
Shut-the-Fuck-Up Time: To celebrate the upcoming Mank, The Ringer has declared this to be David Fincher Week — think Shark Week if the shark made you do 200 takes. I dug this piece on Fincher and Aaron Sorkin’s stunning Social Network opening, which Angus Wall brilliantly edited together over three weeks, from 99 takes. A highlight is this Fincher quote, resurfaced from a 2011 Time Out interview: “The first scene in a movie should teach the audience how to watch it. … It’s shut-the-fuck-up-time: pay attention, or you’re going to miss a lot.”
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Congratulations: To Crosby Selander, whose debut spec script Bring Me Back sold at auction for around seven figures, according to Deadline. Congratulations also to Script Pipeline, which tweeted that he signed with his management at Kaplan/Perrone after introductions through the screenwriting competition, in which he was a 2020 finalist.
Real Horrorshow: Passes are now available for the beloved Telluride Horror Show, which just announced its first wave of films, events and guests for the 2020 Shelter-in-Place Edition, coming up Oct. 15-18. Besides 11 feature films and 40 shorts, it will include authors like Max Brooks, Daniel Kraus, Paul Tremblay, Alma Katsu, Emily M. Danforth, and Jeremy Robert Johnson.
R.I.P. Michael Chapman: The masterful cinematographer of Taxi Driver and Raging Bull has died of heart failure at 84. Here’s Chapman talking about how shot Robert De Niro’s Jake LaMotta to “reflect the different realities of his life — how good he was in the ring and how awful he was out of it.”
R.I.P. Ron Cobb: The cartoonist-turned-production designer, who designed cantina creatures in Star Wars, the ship in Alien, and the DeLorean time machine in Back to the Future, has died at 83 of Lewy body dementia. Here he is explaining how he would try to predict the future:
Oh Hey: Here’s yesterday’s Movie News Rundown.
Michael Sheen Battles A Surreal Toaster In Kelly Lee Owens And John Cale’s ‘Corner Of My Sky’ Video
Kelly Lee Owens released her brooding record Inner Song last month. The album was entirely solo besides “Corner Of My Sky,” her high-profile collaboration with Welsh musician John Cale. The song was particularly special for Owens, so when it came time to brainstorm a visual to the track, Owens asked fellow Welsh actor Michael Sheen to star in the production.
In the “Corner Of My Sky” video, Sheen portrays a despondent man who suddenly finds himself at odds with a surreal toaster. Sheen continuously places bread into the appliance before releasing the slices disappear into thin air. When Sheen’s curiousity gets the best of him, he enlists an unassuming delivery man to validate his experience. While the delivery man also notices the bread disappearing, he’s more concerned with distancing himself from the seemingly deranged Sheen than he is curious about where the bread is being transported to. Eventually, the mystery is revealed — but only in part.
About the video, Owens explained how her collaboration with Sheen came about:
“I knew I wanted a visual for ‘Corner Of My Sky’ and having been connected to Michael Sheen earlier in the year, I dared asked if he would like to be involved. Luckily he said yes! In Wales we live by the sentiment that ‘If you don’t ask, you don’t get.’ And so a true welsh collaboration in the form of John Cale, Michael and I was formed. The idea for the video was changed (very) last minute by Kasper, a Norwegian director who I have worked with on my last few videos including ‘Throwing Lines’ and ‘On’ and it was weird, trippy and hilarious – the perfect combo! Michael’s performance alongside John’s vocals and the magic toaster portal is gold and something I’m very happy to have out in the world.”
Echoing Owens’ statement, Sheen said he’s a fan of her music and jumped at the offer to star in the visual: “I’ve loved Kelly’s music for a while now and the opportunity to be part of a Kelly-John Cale-magic toaster holy Welsh trinity was too good to miss!”
Watch Owens’ “Corner Of My Sky” video above and revisit our interview with the musician here.
Inner Song is out now via Smalltown Supersound. Get it here.
Revolver Teams With Jinjer for Exclusive Limited-Edition Vinyl of Live Album
If you’ve never seen Jinjer live, you’re missing the hell out. But at least the Ukrainian prog-metal juggernaut have a new live album, Alive in Melbourne, on the way to give you a lasting document of their onstage prowess. As fervent champions of the band, we’ve teamed with the group for a Revolver-exclusive double-LP variant pressed to white 180-gram vinyl. In addition, the record comes paired with a hand-numbered poster on heavyweight 130-pound smooth paper. The bundle is limited to just 200 copies worldwide, so order yours now before they’re gone! Alive in Melbourne is due out November 20th via Napalm Records.
Alive in Melbourne track listing:
2. Teacher, Teacher!
3. Sit Stay Roll Over
5. Judgement & Punishment
6. I Speak Astronomy
7. Who Is Gonna Be the One
11. On the Top
12. Pit of Consciousness
13. Home Back
14. Words of Wisdom
16. Captain Clock
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