Hollywood & Vine? The Latest in Wine Themed Movies
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But, truthfully, we never thought it would cross over” to American audiences. Not that the 51-year-old star of film and television thought he’d be at the forefront of an industry shift. “Five years ago, I thought I would be able to get Natalie Portman and have a big cross-over hit” in Instructions, says Derbez, who wrote, directed and stars in the film. “But then, the budget was so small, I just gave up. I thought, ‘I’ll make a Spanish-language film and maybe a few theaters in the U.S. would show it.’ Not this. I never expected what happened out of this movie.” An audience that’s ‘under-served’ No one did. When the $7 million movie opened Aug. 30 on 348 screens in the USA, the partially subtitled story of a father bringing his 6-year-old girl from Mexico to Los Angeles barely made the radar of most box-office forecasters. They instead debated whether the boy-band concert film One Direction: This is Us could unseat Lee Daniels’ The Butler as Hollywood’s summer wrapped up over Labor Day. That showdown overshadowed Instructions’ debut of $10.4 million, making it the largest Spanish-language debut for a film in the USA. Since then, Instructions has been nothing short of en fuego at the box office.
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Fortunately for us wine lovers, major independent and documentary film distributor First Run Features has been taking on more such titles for theatrical and/or home video distribution. In just the last few months, First Run has released three wine-themed movies. The one that has received the most attention and critical acclaim — deservedly so — is a documentary about the three-day Master Sommelier exam. Somm , the first feature film by writer/director Jason Wise, employs striking visuals and high level production values to tell a compelling story about the wine world’s toughest exam — one that less than 200 people have passed in the history of the Court of Master Sommeliers. The exam is the closest thing the wine world has to an intense sporting competition, so there is lots of testosterone on display. The film focuses on four exam candidates, all men, who at the time of filming were all based in the San Francisco Bay Area. One of them, Brian McLintic, is an athlete and former baseball player who observes lots of parallels between competing in this event and his former sports career. It’s his wife who deftly sums up Brian and his study group as, “like guys in a locker room, with wine.” Another candidate, Ian Cauble, insists there is a positive aspect to the intensive preparation for this exam, which requires participants to respond to questions about all aspects of winemaking and every wine region of the world; to demonstrate professional wine service in a very challenging environment; and to identify as accurately as possible the region, grape variety and vintage of six different wines in a 25-minute blindtasting. He claims human beings rarely stop to experience things deeply these days so that studying wine as required for this competition makes one “live life through your senses for that quick 25 minutes; it’s like nothing else matters except for this liquid.” The film also does a nice job of touching on the history of wine and its importance to culture, in part through short interviews with an eclectic group of winemakers. They include, from the U.S., Bo Barrett, Whitney Fisher and Pax Mahle, and from Europe, Wilhelm Haag, Paul Graf von Schonborn and Andrea Cecchi. One of the film’s most indelible characters is Fred Dame, who was the first American to pass, on his first try, the Master Sommelier exam in Britain where the Court of Master Sommeliers was established. It was Fred who, as the film makes clear, was instrumental in establishing an annual version of the three-day exam in the United States, and who also regularly participates in administering the exam and in coaching candidates for it. Fred is a highly intimidating presence. Those hoping to follow in his footsteps aspire to be able to “Dame” a wine, i.e., to identify the variety, region and vintage accurately by spending only a few seconds nosing its bouquet. All in all, this is the most suspenseful film about the world of fine wine I’ve ever seen, giving us a rare glimpse into the world of the Court of Master Sommeliers, whose examination and certification processes had never before been filmed.
A shutdown also could delay court decisions, force the Federal Communications Commission to hold off approval of TV station sales and delay a variety of trade negotiations. It also could prove especially challenging for Disney and Comcast, both of which have theme parks that draw significant numbers of foreign visitors. In 1995, two government shutdowns delayed the State Departments processing of thousands of visas for foreign tourists, costing the U.S. travel industry hundreds of millions of dollars in lost tourist revenue. Neither company returned a request for comment. Also read: Why Hollywoods Biggest Films Are Leaving L.A. for London The national-park closures which happened the last two times the government shut down, under President Bill Clinton in 1995 would mean movie and TV production couldnt be shot there, something that would affect not just movie and TV shoots butTV commercials. National Park Service staff are required to monitor most filming, photograph and sound recording activities, according to Yellowstones filming policy, which says that filmmakers have to reimburse the government $65 an hour for having park staff on hand to monitor the shooting. A shutdown would make that staff unavailable. In the last shutdowns, the State Department people who process visa were sent home, leaving 20,000 visas unprocessed each day. But a shutdown would affect more than visas and passports. While its expected that air controllers and the international travel system would be designated essential services and continue to operate, and planes would fly under government emergency authority, a shutdown could increase airport delays going through security. The Transportation Security Administration was formed after the 9/11 attacks in 2001, six years after the last shutdown. The Obama administration hasnt said yet how a shutdown would affect TSA this time. Its not yet clear in Washington if or when the government will shut down.