Ron Howard, Hollywood Zen Master

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Hello from New York! The weather is breezy, the traffic is loud, and tonight, someone is finally going to be named the winner of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Let the music !

Today we’ve got the latest on Ron Howard’s Star Wars debut, some Emmys chatter, and a cringeworthy moment from Johnny Depp.

HOLLYWOOD’S OBI-WAN

VF.com’s Rebecca Keegan e-mails:

Once when I asked James Cameron about his temperament mellowing with age, the fiery director , “On my best days, I’m no Ron Howard.” Howard, who will start shooting Disney’s Han Solo movie July 10 after the studio fired Phil Lord and Chris Miller over creative differences, may be uniquely prepared for this strange and stressful new gig. He is Hollywood’s best liked, calmest director, a human Xanax on set who can manage anxious actors, agitated crew, and worried studio execs. The I saw Howard in action, he was wearing a pair of waders that rose to the middle of his chest, striding through a tank at Warner Bros.’s Leavesden studios in England as pyro technicians prepared to set some fires for an action sequence. It was 2013, he had been shooting for weeks on tall ships in the open ocean around the Canary Islands, and on multiple indoor and outdoor tanks for the movie In the Heart of the Sea. By this point in his career, Howard had directed more than 20 features, collected two Oscars (both for A Beautiful Mind), and seen his share of hits and flops. But on this day he was mostly concerned with keeping Chris Hemsworth alive while a ship collapsed around the star. “Be aware that it’s pretty invasive, it’s pretty intense,” Howard warned Hemsworth of the scene’s practical effects. The cast and crew of the Han Solo movie will require some soothing as well, and Howard is well-suited to deliver it. On Friday, at the advertising conference Cannes Lions, Howard described talking to George Lucas about vision back on the set of Lucas’s 1973 breakout, American Graffiti. “I’ve been a fan forever,” Howard said of the franchise, per Variety. “It’s gratifying to be asked to lend my voice.”



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