First drive: 2019 Mustang Bullitt chases legends in San Francisco


 

 

By: Mark Phelan\Detroit Free Press

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SAN FRANCISCO — The greatest chase scene in movie history would’ve ended a lot sooner if Steve McQueen could’ve got his hands on a 2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt. The Dodge Charger that eluded McQueen’s 1968 Mustang fastback for 12 minutes of brilliant filmmaking never would have stood a chance.

Just in time for the 50th anniversary of the movie “Bullitt,” the car is everything a Mustang fan or movie lover could ask for: Fast, smooth, responsive and steeped in the same effortless cool McQueen brought to the movie and the chase scene he helped choreograph and drive.

The Dark Highland Green 2019 Bullitt I drove through the streets of San Francisco, surrounding hills and coastline didn’t scream for attention, but still drew admiring looks and questions. The 480-hp V8’s rumbling back-pressure burps turned heads, but don’t worry, electronic exhaust controls provide a stealth mode so you won’t wake the neighbors or alert the hit men you stake out.

That exhaust note, incidentally, was tuned from recordings of the same ’68 GT McQueen drove in the movie. Ford engineers listened to 1968 soundtrack masters the filmmakers recorded of the car racing around Willow Springs race track in California.

Filming the legendary chase scene

It took 10 days shooting, 12 hours a day to nail the chase scene, a whopping one-sixth of “Bullitt’s” total shooting schedule, University of Southern California film school prof Danny Bilson said.

McQueen was an avid car fan, and director Peter Yates began his career as a race car driver and team manager.

“I don’t want a crash-fest. I want a realistic pursuit,” Yates said at the time.

McQueen later said he saw the film as a modern Western, in which his character strapped on the Mustang like a gun belt. He drove the car during parts of the chase. You can recognize most of those scenes because you can see McQueen’s famous blue eyes in the rearview mirror. The mirror was removed for scenes with stunt drivers.

A famous shot in which McQueen misses a turn and leans out to look back as he reverses furiously to continue chasing the hit men’s Charger was a mistake. McQueen really did miss the corner and kept going to avoid ruining the painstakingly arranged shoot. That’s the only moment in the whole chase where the final edit of the movie made it appear faster than what happened, Bilson said.

Other facts about the chase scene:

  • In addition to McQueen’s Mustang and the villains’ Dodge Charger, there are eight other cars driven by stunt drivers.
  • The Charger loses eight hubcaps during the chase.
  • The portions within the city were shot in a 20- to 30-block section of the Pacific Heights neighborhood.
  • The crew shot in brief segments as SFPD closed a couple of blocks at a time.
  • The cars pass the same green VW Bug four times during the scene.
  • The long shot that shows both cars going airborne as they come down a steep hill required eight cameras.
  • No ramps were used for the jumps, just San Francisco’s natural geography.
  • About 50 crew members with walkie-talkies kept an eye out for oncoming traffic.
  • Modifications to the cars were minor, mostly stiffer shocks, springs and Firestone tires.
  • The script included a chase across the Golden Gate Bridge. Yates increased the amount of time on the hills when he couldn’t get permission for that.

Details define the car:

  • Unique metallic-flake dark green paint, a color not available on any other Ford. The Bullitt’s alternate color, black, is from Ford’s regular palette.
  • Specifications for the cue-ball shift knob were so demanding that several suppliers turned down the job
  • The cue ball is permanently attached to the shifter and doesn’t screw off, to discourage petty thieves.
  • The shifter has a sintered copper core for weight and feel. The plastic shell is molded around the core and gets a laser-etched shift pattern.
  • A Bullitt Mustang appears briefly in the instrument cluster when the engine starts, replacing other Mustangs’ pony logo.
  • A serial number on the dash.
  • Freer breathing, including an intake manifold from the exotic Shelby GT 350 Mustang boosts power 20 hp to 480.
  • Six-speed manual transmission with rev-matching.
  • Chrome accent edges on 19-inch gloss black wheels.
  • Honeycomb gloss-black grille.
  • Gunsight-style logo and stylized Bullitt badge evolved from 2008, the last time Ford built a Bullitt.
  • The rear valence, below the rear bumper, has a flat-black ceramic finish. “I’ve never gone to so much trouble to hide a beautiful piece of stainless steel,” Mustang chief engineer Carl Wildmann said.
  • Top speed is 163 mph. The Bullitt’s unique speedometer goes to 180 mph.
  • The leather seats were designed to look like retro 1968 seats, but have modern comfort and features such as power adjustment, heating and ventilation.

Ford plans a limited run for the 2019 and 2020 model years. Output is restricted by how many of the Bullitt’s unique parts suppliers can make.

I drove a green Bullitt with the MagneRide adjustable damping, navigation, B&O audio, blind spot alert and more. It stickered at $50,390, excluding destination charges.

The tuned exhaust note delivers satisfying rumbles when you ease off the gas and roars when wide open. Acceleration is immediate, and the upgraded six-speed manual’s rev-matching makes it easy to shift and keep running hard.

The suspension is comfortable over bumps and keeps the car securely planted in quick maneuvers, while six-piston red-painted Brembo brakes provide plenty of stopping power. The steering is light and precise, with a good on-center feel.

I drove it hard and fast on country and coastal roads outside San Francisco, but took it easy on the city’s famously narrow and crowded streets.

The new Bullitt is more than a match for the movie’s 1968 fastback, but only a fool would try to fill Steve McQueen’s driver’s seat.

Contact Mark Phelan: mmphelan@freepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @mark_phelan

2019 Ford Mustang Bullitt at a glance

Vehicle type:
Rear-wheel-drive fastback.

Base price: $46,595

Engine tested: 5.0L V8

Power: 480 hp; 420 pound-feet or torque

Transmission: 6-speed manual with rev-matching

Assembly site: Flat Rock, Michigan

 

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The ‘Black Panther’ Director Would Love to Make a Spinoff About the Women of Wakanda


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By:Kayleigh Roberts\ Marie Claire

Black Panther is a worldwide box office and critical hit, so we all know Marvel is going to make sequels (yes, probably plural). According to director Ryan Coogler, one of those movies could focus on the women of Wakanda.

“Oh man,” Coogler said Thursday at the Cannes Film Festival when asked about the possibility of a spinoff film focusing on Wakanda’s badass ladies. “That would be amazing if the opportunity came up. They did it in the comic-book version.”

He went on to praise the women in the Black Panther cast, because credit where credit is due.

“We have these actresses who could easily carry their own movie,” he said, referencing some of the film’s female stars, like Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, and Letitia Wright. “Some of them have before!”

No kidding they could carry their own movies. Make this happen, please, Marvel. It sounds like Coogler would be more than down to helm the women of Wakanda project, considering one of his favorite parts of Black Panther is when the women are on their own for a while—you know, carrying the movie.

“That’s one of my favorite parts of the movie when I watched it, and I didn’t expect that,” Coogler said of the section after (SPOILER) T’Challa is thrown over a cliff to his apparent death by Killmonger and the action focuses on Nyong’o, Wright, and Angela Bassett’s characters taking charge.

“That part of the movie you feel like you’re watching something fresh and new,” Coogler continued. “That part of it was exciting.”

Clearly Coogler gets it. Now, if only he can convince the people who sign the checks at Marvel, we’ll be in business.

They were SERIOUS about their “Panther” seats There is a bullet hole in the theater ceiling to prove it.!


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Photo: Google

Remember way back in day, when you could go see a movie and sit anywhere?

Well that is so, 2015.  Today in some of the newer theaters, with  power loungers the seats are assigned.  So it often much longer to buy a ticket in the new style theaters.  To make matters worse because of the space they require the new theaters have fewer seats.  Image result for amc fire tower 12

A few weeks ago here in Sacratomatoville, I saw “I Tanya”  in one of the newer theaters. The theater wasn’t much larger than my living room * 44 seats.

“Black Panther”is the hottest movie ticket in America today.

On Friday February 23th,  30 year old Shameka Latrice Lynch bought a ticket at the AMC Fire Tower 12 in Greenville, North Carolina, for the 11.45 showing of the Black Panther Movie.

When Shameka arrived in the theater she discovered someone in her seat and it wasn’t Goldilocks.    Because their names was on the Police report I’m guessing it was either  Deandre Cox or Randy Jones sitting in her seat and I’m guessing  they wouldn’t move.

Ms Lynch, paid for the  tickets and wanted to sit in her seat.  Quick, fast and before previews!   To get their attention, a National Rifle Association approved 32 caliber pistol was fired into the ceiling.

Not only did she get the full attention of the two men allegedly sitting in her seats.  She had the full attention of the people in theater.

When the police arrived, Ms Lynch seat was empty. In fact all the seats were empty, not only in theater two ,but in all twelve theaters.   The police evacuated the entire complex.

Ms  Lynch turned herself in on Saturday (24th )where she is being held until $250,000 until her court date on March 14th.

Early news reports say’s she was the person who fired the gun.  Witnesses in the theater says a black man, wearing a blue and white striped shirt and hat fired the gun.

A couple of days later (26th), Greenville police arrested Chadwick Cherry.  The Tarboro, North Carolina resident, is facing two charges of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of discharging a weapon in an enclosure to incite fear. Mr Cherry is being held on a $300,00 bond.Image result for chadwick cherry north carolina

 

 

One wonders, what would have happened if someone would have asked a theater employee for assistance.  For all of their actions, they may have to wait for “Black Panther’  to appear on TV.

I still haven’t seen “Black Panther and when I do.  I’m going to an old school movie theater with ordinary seats. Excuse me please ,sorry didn’t mean to step on your toe. SORRY!

CityFella

*My living room doesn’t have 44 seats.

HollywoodPay Disparity? Mark Wahlberg paid 1.5 mil… Co-Star Michelle Williams paid less than one thousand dollars.


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Michael Wahlberg, Michelle Willaims and Director Ridley Scott (photo google)

It is said the best thing that happened to the movie “All the money in the world” was replacing Kevin Spacey with Christopher Plummer.

Perhaps the worst thing is learning Mark Wahlberg was paid 1.5 million dollars to re-shoot scenes with Christopher Plummer while his co-star Michelle Williams was reportedly paid the per diem minumum of $80 per day for a total less than one thousand dollars.

Kevin Spacey was replaced after allegations of sexual abuse in the November.  The scenes were quickly re-shot and edited to make its planned Christmas Release date for Sony Pictures.

Director Ridley Scott told the press “Everybody did it for nothing”

A rep for SAG-AFTRA, which is the union representing both actors, said that the organization is looking at the circumstances of the pay disparity.

“We are unambiguously in favor of pay equity between men and women in this industry and support every action to move in this direction. At the same time, performers at this level negotiate their above-scale rates through their agents,” said a SAG-AFTRA spokesperson.

Scott, Wahlberg and Williams are all repped by WME, which has not commented. Imperative Entertainment, which financed the re-shoots for a reported $10 million, has not commented nor has Sony.

 

12 of the Craziest ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’ Fan Theories


Since the credits rolled on “The Force Awakens,” fans have taken to the Internet to theorize the answers to the dangling mysteries left unsolved. Who or what is Snoke? Who are Rey’s parents? What’s the deal with the reclusive Luke Skywalker? In the two years since “Episode VII,” theories have ranged from possible, unlikely, to straight up baffling.  With “The Last Jedi” right around the corner we’re looking at some of the best — and craziest — theories from around the web.

The Knights of Ren were Luke’s Students

Of all the theories out there, this one rings seems pretty plausible. Around the halfway point of “The Force Awakens,” Rey is given Luke’s old lightsaber — the one he lost in his fight with Darth Vader in “The Empire Strikes Back.” When she touches it she sees a number of visions, one of them being of Kylo Ren and a group of equally hooded baddies called The Knights of Ren.

Click the link below for the rest of the Jedi Theories

http://variety.com/2017/film/news/star-wars-last-jedi-fan-theories-1202634147/

LadyBird, LadyBird, LadyBird -(Miscellaneous Ramblings on a well received movie)


 

The little indi movie with the big voice shot in Sacramento* broke wide last weekend expanding to nearly 900 theaters in the US and Canada.

I was interested in Ladybird before I knew what it was.  I assumed it was a movie about the former first lady, Ladybird Johnson.

I’ve seen the movie twice.  Once with a fellow babyboomer and again last Tuesday with five girls who ranged in age , from 17 to 23.    With the one exception everyone has seen the movie before, one girl has seen the movie five times.

 It was interesting seeing the movie from their perspective. Initially I thought the appeal was seeing their hometown, but as I listened to their comments and reactions it was very interesting. the some of the scenes resonated with each lady differently.  There was one scene that moved all of us.  It happened at Terminal A.  Some of the ladies prepared themselves for the scene.  But I was the most surprised by my reaction. Our entire row was a lake of tears, five girls and the giant.  Thankfully they  had ample tissue.

Some of the girls want to see again next Tuesday.   I didn’t commit although they “DO” have the snacks.

  1. It’s a good thing it’s an independent film.  This coming of age film, is honest, and extremely intelligent,    The big studios would have ruined this gem, by adding cliques and touches to appeal to the masses.
  2. Who in the Hell is Saoirse Ronan. She is a fucking force as Ladybird.  The 23 year old has been nominated twice. A Best Supporting Actress nominee for Atonement, and a Best Actress nominee for Brooklyn.  Critics believe she is a shoo in for Ladybird.
  3. Speaking of Buzz there is Oscar buzz for Laurie Metcalf in what some are saying is her role of a lifetime as Ladybirds, hypercritical mother.  Her role is complex, she isn’t a monster, I believe Ladybird gives her oxygen even though she is carrying the entire world on her shoulders .
  4. This movie is the best reviewed movie of 2017.  Don’t take my word for it.  Simply Google “Ladybird” the movie.  The life force behind the movie is first time writer director and former Sacramento resident Greta Gerwig! There isn’t a villain here (sorry Hollywood) simply regular people.
  5. Sucks to be Greta Gerwig, hitting a home run the first time at bat. Expectations for the next film will be high.  There is a small part of me that she would use Sacramento in all her future films like Woody Allen who uses New York as his back drop.

 

CityFella

The Weinstein Wind Est October 5, 2017: Hollywood Shaken


 

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October 5, the New York Times Published a blistering report detailing nearly 30 years of reports by women accusing the Oscar-winning movie producer of sexual harassment. They reveal he has paid out at least eight settlements.  

Sexual harassment has long been a part of the culture in Hollywood.  Some members in the industry exploiting individuals who relocated to work in Hollywood.

What makes the Weinstein Wind unique, is the dismissal of studio heads.  Harvey Weinstein  was fired from the company that bears his name.  High profile individuals are being terminated.  This are just some of the names from Oct 5th and Nov 1,2017

October 6th,  Defy Media announced that it was suspending Screen Junkies creator Andy Signore following allegations of sexual harassment from at least five women . He was fired on October 8th. 

On October 12th ,Producer Isa Hackett accused Amazon Studios Chief Roy Price of harassing her in a cab during San Diego Comic-Con in 2015. Hackett says Price propositioned her and told her, “You will love my dick.   Price resigned October 17th.

October 12th was a busy day.   Former Vox employee Eden Rohatensky, wrote a blog which alleged misconduct by several employers and co-workers, including “one of the company’s VPs,” whom she said touched her and kissed her neck while she rode in a car full of co-workers after a company party Vox Media editorial director Lockhart Steele was terminated October 19th 

Animator and creator of the Nickelodeon Chris Savino was fired on the 19th after Several women alleged Savino had sexually harassed them Offered work in exchange for sexual favors and sending lewd text messages.

On October 21, the New Orleans TImes-Picayune published a story on celebrity chef John Besh .  25 women accused Besh of fostering a culture of sexual harassment at his restaurants. On October 25th Besh stepped down from his restaurant group.

On October 22, The LA Times reported,  38 women—31 of whom have gone on the record accusing Oscar-nominated director and screenwriter James Toback of harassment and assault   Days later, the number of accusers climbed into the hundreds

 

CNN published a story October 26.  Five women accused NBC’s TV journalist Mark Halperin of sexually harassing them when he was at ABC NEWS. NBC cut ties with him on the same day.

Rick Najera a writer and producer who spent 13 years heading up CBS’s network’s annual Diversity Sketch Comedy showcase. In 2009 and 2004 Najera made inappropriate comments and while the network became aware of the comments in March of this year.  CBS officially severed ties with Najera on the 26th. 

In 2001, stage and screen actor Anthony Rapp told The Advocate of an incident that took place when he was 14.  When a well know actor picked him up and took him to his bed and climbed on top of  him.  In 2001 he did not identify the actor.  On October 29th, Anthony Rapp  told Buzzfeed the actor who attempted to assault him was Kevin Spacey.   He came forward because of  the people who have come forward with their own stories of sexual harassment. Spacey said ,he didn’t recall the incident and apologized  and announced he was gay.  Within Hours, Netflix cancelled his series “House of Cards” The show was already due to end after this season, but production is now suspended “until further notice”.Spacey has also been dropped as the recipient of a special Emmy award he was due to receive next month.The International TV Academy said in a statement that it was withdrawing the International Emmy Founders Award “in light of recent events”.

More Spacey Controversy

The BBC News has uncovered more allegations of sexual misconduct.

US filmmaker Tony Montana claims he was gropeFilm director Montana told Radar Online that he was in his thirties when the incident took place at the Coronet Bar in LA. by the actor in a Los Angeles bar in 2003.  Montana says he was left with PTSD for six months after he claims Spacey “forcefully” grabbed his crotch.

Mexican actor Roberto Cavazos, who acted in several plays at the theater, claims Spacey “routinely preyed” on young male actors. “It seems the only requirement was to be a male under the age of 30 for Mr Spacey to feel free to touch us,” he wrote in a Facebook post.  He said he fended off two “unpleasant” advances from Spacey that “bordered on harassment,” but that others were afraid to do so. “There are a lot of us who have a ‘Kevin Spacey story’,” says Cavazos.

October 31, Michael Oreskes  The head of National Public Radio’s news department was placed on leave Tuesday after he was accused of sexual harassment by two women who claimed he made unwanted advances toward them while he worked at the New York Times nearly 20 years ago.

November 1, Six women, including actress Olivia Munn, accused director and producer Brett Ratner of sexual harassment or misconduct in a wide-ranging Los Angeles Times report. TV and film actress Natasha Henstridge told the Times that when she was 19 years old, Ratner forced her to perform oral sex on him after a party. “He physically forced himself on me,” she recalled. “At some point, I gave in and he did his thing.” Munn separately recounted Ratner masturbating in front of her in a film-set trailer and later sexually harassing her with verbal come-ons. “It feels as if I keep going up against the same bully at school who just won’t quit,” Munn told the Times. “You just hope that enough people believe the truth and for enough time to pass so that you can’t be connected to him anymore.” Four other women recalled incidents in which Ratner made aggressive sexual overtures, including propositioning for sex in a bathroom or his trailer. Ratner, through a lawyer, denied all of the claims.