The below story--about Andy Garcia's new Ernest Hemingway project--ran today in the Hollywood Reporter. Andy co-wrote a very good script concerning Hemingway's later life in Cuba--and Ketchum Idaho, where he committed suicide-- and seems to have hooked Anthony Hopkins to play Papa (Andy will direct the film and co-star as the Cuban fishing boat captain who Hemingway employed and was friends with). We were editing "City Island" when Andy had his first get together with Hopkins at a hotel in Santa Monica. He came into the editing room late that day and when I asked him how the meeting went, he said: "I wish there'd been a couple of cameras--we could've made the movie".

All that is well and good, but naturally for this particular self-centered/internet whore/blogger, it is the last paragraph--the one where Andy very nicely plugs "City Island"--that has caused me to share it with you. Viz (and don't forget to click to enlarge):

And now, since you've been a faithful and patient audience as my posting has slowed down over the past few weeks, here's a wonderful and rare piece of footage of my favorite musician ever, Art Tatum, doing his jazz pianarrangement of Dvorak's "Humoresque". Was this from a TV show? (Probably). Why are there edits within it? (Don't know). And have you ever seen/heard more complex and layered piano playing played with such apparent ease and grace? (I haven't...)

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  1. It's exciting to see mentions of the movie and I hope we see more of these blurbs in the days to come :)

    Great clip! It's times like these that I wish I had stuck with the piano lessons!

    And I read that one of your City Island actors, Steven Strait, had a birthday this week so happy b-day to him.

  2. Hi Raymond,
    I saw City Island two times in the Filmart here in Hong Kong on 24 and 25th March. It is a fun movie to watch and it is so different from any other Andy’s movies. The audition scene is hilarious. Andy is excellent in it. He can pull off every scene with ease. Dominik is a very good actress and this is the first movie which she really did some serious acting. The climax of the movie has to be the end. That scene got a lots of laughs. It is great to see you on the screen too, Raymond. I hope this movie will be released in the cinemas for everyone to enjoy. Thank you Raymond for making this fantastic movie and asked my favourite actor Mr. Andy Garcia to play the lead role.
    Now, I have two questions to ask you which scene got the most takes and which scene was the most difficult to film?
    Lastly, thanks for the news of Andy's new movie.

  3. I love blends lol

    City Island a "family dramedy" :-)

    Thank you for the article and news Raymond. Have a great day (or afternoon)

    Take care
    peace and love

  4. I love Art Tatum, thanks to you. :)

  5. Thanks for mentioning Steven's birthday--I'll text him best wishes (his preferred form of communication); JC, yours is our first published review and I'm so glad it's a positive one. Thank you for watching it twice--and I'm glad you like the audition scene; it's my favorite scene in any of my own movies and it's all because of Andy's brilliant performance; Marianna--I would have called it a comedy, but I suppose dramady is better because it implies that the film is rooted in real life behavior (which it is) and isn't a farce a la Seth Rogen movies (which, by the way, I rather like); Sherry--aren't you sick of Art Tatum by now? :-)

  6. No, not yet, sorry. As to your other question, have I ever heard such layered playing - well, only in the privacy of my own home.

  7. Thanks Raymond for your response to my review. I would like to see this movie again. Since, I saw more things in the second time. I am so proud to have written the first published review of this movie. Good luck with the movie, Raymond!