“I said, ‘OK, thank you.’” ” Studio officials told him to cast it. “I called in 20 years’ worth of favors. I have no more favors left Hollywood,” jokes Goldsman, who also got to direct his first film with “Winter’s Tale.” Those favors included getting friends such as Oscar winners Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly and William Hurt and Oscar nominee Will Smith to work for little more than scale. The scriptwriter then waived his remaining writing fees and put his Directors Guild minimum salary back into the movie.
There, she meets the film’s title character: a wooden nutcracker personalised embroidered ballet drawstring gym/shoe bag - kids pe school bc2 who has turned into a young soldier named Philip (Jayden Fowora-Knight), He introduces Clara to four realms: the lands of Sweets, Snowflakes, Flowers and Amusements, each one reigned over by a different regent (played to perfection by Keira Knightley, Richard E, Grant, Eugenio Derbez and Helen Mirren, respectively), In this telling, there is dissent among the regents, and Mirren’s character – known as Mother Ginger, a character from the ballet under whose voluminous skirts live a coterie of clowns – is presented as the villain..
Consolation, however, came with the terrific bread pudding fritters ($10). Laced with cinnamon and rolled in toasted coconut, they were lightly sweet and delicious. They were served with a salted chocolate sauce and coconut ice cream. Though the restaurant was nearly full on both visits, service was relatively quick. It’s possible at Ciano’s to have a fine meal, provided you order the best dishes. But for every hit, there appears to be a miss. If Ciano’s aspires to be a true stand-out, it must strive for more consistency from the kitchen.
Tickets — $37.50 general, $32.50 senior, $10 student — can be bought at www.gcplayers.org or by phone at 925-283-3728, Exhibition of ceramist Wallace’s works, The Lafayette Art Gallery will have a special exhibition of new works by renowned Orinda ceramist Gerry Wallace, With an MFA degree from UC Berkeley, Wallace began working with clay about 20 years ago, She creates both functional and sculptural pieces that she covers with colorful, fine-line images personalised embroidered ballet drawstring gym/shoe bag - kids pe school bc2 of people and objects, Her unique ceramics have gathered many local devotees as well as serious collectors..
* Carole Groom, San Mateo County supervisor, pitched the “Teen Space” renovation at the Serramonte Library so there is welcoming space just for teens, social seating for peer groups, soft seating for readers, power outlets for devices, and display space. The three motivators raised $970 towards the Collection Boost goal of $5,000; $3,515 for the Westlake Library Program Space $6,500 goal; and $2,538 towards the Teen Space at Serramonte Library $10,500 goal. Donations are still welcome at any time to any or all of these “Fund the Need” goals. Send a check made payable to the Daly City Public Library Associates to Daly City Public Library Associates, P.O. Box 3283, Daly City, Calif., 94015-3283 or go to www.dcpla.org to use PayPal and be sure to note for which “need” your donation is designated.
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