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The making of “People Like Us” movie

The making of "People Like Us" movie

“People Like Us” was filmed entirely in Los Angeles and the surrounding area. Instead of iconic landmarks and tourist attractions, the locations the filmmakers chose were more grassroots, hometown Los Angeles—the L.A. most tourists never see. As producer Bobby Cohen explains, “There is something special about shooting in real locations. There is a texture to them that you can’t rebuild. It makes a difference. That had been one of Alex’s [Kurtzman, director] main things from the get-go—he wanted to shoot the parts of L.A. that don’t normally get attention.”

Continues Cohen, “We’re not shooting the tourists’-eye view of L.A. As a born New Yorker, it’s been fun shooting in more offbeat neighborhoods. Alex intuitively understands the moods of these places and has done a very good job of capturing those moods on film.”

Director Alex Kurtzman comments, “I’m a native Los Angeleno and my city is not the glitzy, cliched Los Angeles that I feel like I see on screen in other films. I felt strongly about representing the L.A. that was the story of the movie and was one that others had never seen.”

One of the scenes in the film was shot at Rhino Records, one of the oldest record stores still in existence, and famed Hollywood High School became the setting for the Toluca Park Middle School. Old-time eateries Henry’s Tacos, Cole’s French Dip and Neptune’s Net were featured to lend authentic L.A. flavor—no pun intended.

The making of "People Like Us" movie

Shooting in real locations, such as the houses, restaurants, schools and churches used in the film, presents challenges for lighting—walls cannot be moved and there are usually not high ceilings to accommodate the lights. But director of photography Sal Totino was a genius at coming up with simple, yet elegant ways to light the film that did not sacrifice the high quality of the filming.

Director Alex Kurtzman relates, “To Sal Totino, it isn’t about what’s the most beautiful lighting scheme. It’s about: how is this frame telling the emotional story of the characters? That’s the first question that he asks. He translates an emotion beautifully. I can’t imagine ever working with anyone else.”

Production designer Ida Random brought a very real look to the film, as if the audience were actually brought into the living room of a familiar house. Without overdoing the production design, Random was able to create an intimacy and comfort level that draws the viewers in, but never visually bores them.

Much of the music business memorabilia in the “Jerry’s Study” set belongs to Jody Lambert’s father Dennis Lambert, a Songwriters Hall of Fame nominee whose hits as writer and/or producer include “Ain’t No Woman (Like The One I Got) “, “Rhinestone Cowboy”, “Baby Come Back” and “Nightshift.” Lambert showed production designer Ida Random a storage unit full of his father’s memorabilia and she used it in the set, including photographs of Dennis Lambert himself and his actual Gold records.

The making of "People Like Us" movie

Costume designer Mary Zophres continued the “real” look with her choice of clothing for the characters and the extras. Zophres says, “It’s not the kind of movie where you want the clothes to be front and center. They tell the story of who the characters are and then you move on. You shouldn’t be aware of the clothes. They should just sort of tell the story and go away.”

In dressing Chris Pine’s character Sam, Zophres had him in an expensive suit that is above his means at the start of the film, but when he goes to L.A. he only packs casual clothes for what he thinks is a 48-hour stay: two pairs of jeans, three T-shirts, a jacket and two button down plaid shirts.

For Elizabeth Banks’ character Frankie, Zophres chose a leather jacket that she wears a lot in the beginning of the movie. Then as the story progresses, she loses the jacket as her character evolves. The subtle shift in costuming was deliberate to parallel the storyline.

In dressing Michelle Pfeiffer’s character Lillian, Zophres took into account that the character had cared for her dying husband for some time and probably lost some weight without knowing it, thus she dressed her in slightly looser clothes.

Zophres was also very aware of the background costuming. “The background helps tell the story. We’ve had very specific scenes where there should be a look to where were, like we were at Cole’s downtown versus The Standard. Those are two hugely different looks. One is an old diner and the other is a trendy nightclub. You reveal those two places through how you dress the people in the background. It is a very important element to me.”

Related Link: View the Full Production Notes for People Like Us

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Olivia Wilde Career Milestones

Olivia Wilde Career Milestones

Born: Olivia Jane Cockburn
Birth Date: March 10, 1984
Birth Place: New York City, New York, USA
Height: 5′ 7″ (1,7 m)

An actress and an activist, Olivia Wilde is a modern-day Renaissance woman. She effortlessly transitions between sharing the screen with renowned actors in critically acclaimed films and television shows, and working alongside devoted doctors and teachers in Haitian refugee camps.

Wilde recently starred as Jeff Bridges’ trusted friend and protector Quorra in the 3D futuristic blockbuster Tron: Legacy. This year, she will be seen in a wide array of projects. In the fall, Wilde has a cameo in Andrew Niccol’s futuristic thriller In Time. The film takes place in a world where individuals stop aging at age 25 and Wilde portrays Justin Timberlake’s mother, even though in real life, she is four years younger than he is. Additionally, Wilde will be seen in The Weinstein Company’s quirky political satire Butter, in which she portrays a competitor in an annual butter-carving event. Jennifer Garner, Hugh Jackman and Ty Burrell also star in the film.

Wilde recently wrapped production on Stefan Ruzowitzky’s film, Blackbird. She stars as Eric Bana’s younger sister in a story about two sibling fugitives who collide with a troubled ex-con during a holiday homecoming. She previously wrapped production on Alex Kurtzman’s directorial debut, Welcome to People. The film is the story of a businessman, played by Chris Pine, whose life is rocked when he learns his late father had a secret daughter. Wilde portrays Pine’s girlfriend, Hannah.

Raised by parents who are award-winning journalists and documentary filmmakers, Wilde was inspired to explore the documentary field on her own as well. One of her latest projects include executive producing the simultaneously uplifting and heartbreaking short, Sun City Picture House, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival. The documentary follows a community in Haiti that rallies to build a movie theater after the disastrous 2010 earthquake.

In addition to her work on the big screen, Wilde recently returned to her role in the spring of 2011 as Dr. Thirteen in the most watched television program in the world, House M.D. She joined the show in 2007 and has been a part of numerous life-saving storylines. House M.D. has won four Emmy Awards and two Golden Globes.

Wilde’s previous film credits include a cameo, opposite Russell Crowe, in Paul Haggis’ drama The Next Three Days; Year One, opposite Jack Black; co-starring with Bruce Willis and Emile Hirsch in Universal Pictures’ Alpha Dog; Bickford Shmeckler’s Cool Ideas, for which she won Best Actress at the Aspen Film Festival; and Conversations With Other Women, opposite Helena Bonham Carter and Aaron Eckhart.

Additionally, Wilde starred in and produced Fix, the story of documentary filmmakers who race all over California to get help for a relative. Fix opened at the 2008 Slamdance Film Festival and was released in New York in November 2009.

Her previous television roles include co-starring in the drama The Black Donnellys, created by Paul Haggis; Skin, produced by Jerry Bruckheimer; and a recurring role on the critically acclaimed FOX series The O.C. On stage, Wilde headlined Beauty on the Vine in the Epic Theatre Center’s off-Broadway production.

Wilde is a board member of Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ) and sits on the foundation board of the ACLU of Southern California. She recently teamed up with APJ board members Barbara Burchfield and Bryn Mooser to launch a new chapter of the organization named Young Artists for Peace and Justice (YAPJ). YAPJ is dedicated to creating a movement in American high schools and colleges to contribute to the end of poverty by supporting education in the developing world.

Wilde’s 2010s film credits include the star-studded Third Person, the Oscar-winning drama Her and critically-acclaimed and Golden Globe-nominated Rush. Wilde also produced and starred in the indie comedy Drinking Buddies.

In 2013, Wilde launched the philanthropic company Conscious Commerce, with the mission to create a guide for conscious living by promoting the causes, brands, people and lifestyles that are forging a new paragon of living. In line with the Conscious Commerce mission, Wilde also recently signed on to be the face of H&M’s latest Conscious Exclusive Collection, which is made completely using organic and recycled materials. She is also a board member of Artists For Peace and Justice and sits on the foundation board of the ACLU of Southern California.

In 2015, Wilde produced and starred in the drama Meadowland, which premiered at the year’s Tribeca Film Festival. Wilde earned rave reviews for her emotionally charged performance as a mother coping with the heartbreak following her young son’s disappearance. Up next for Wilde is the holiday comedy Love The Coopers. The film, which features an ensemble cast, follows the exasperated members of an extended family who gather for their annual holiday celebration.

Returning to television next year, Wilde will star alongside Bobby Canavale in HBO’s Untitled Rock ‘N’ Roll drama. Set in 1970s New York, the series is being produced by Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger and Terence Winter. Wilde previously starred in FOX’s acclaimed medical drama “House,” playing the standout Dr. Thirteen for six seasons.

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Olivia Wilde joins Rush movie

Olivia Wilde joins Rush movie

Actress Olivia Wilde has joined the cast of Rush for Cross Creek Pictures and director Ron Howard.

Olivia Wilde will play Suzy Miller, a supermodel in the 1970s who fell in love with and married Formula 1 racer James Hunt (Chris Hemsworth). However, after they tied the knot, Miller fell in love with actor Richard Burton, who was friends with Hunt. Richard Burton even paid the $1 million divorce settlement that Hunt owed Miller, and Richard Burton and Miller were married shortly thereafter.

Ron Howard is reportedly hoping actor Russell Crowe will portray Richard Burton in Rush, although it is said to be a small role. Peter Morgan wrote the screenplay for Rush, which started production this month. Rush is based on the true story of Formula 1 racing legend Niki Lauda and his famed rivalrly with James Hunt.

Rush comes to theaters in 2013 and stars Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Brühl, Alexandra Maria Lara, Olivia Wilde. The film is directed by Ron Howard.

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