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Granger at the Movies: ‘All the Money in the World,’ ‘Darkest Hour,’ ‘Downsizing’

By Susan Granger

Special to WestportNow

Perhaps even more fascinating than the kidnap drama “All the Money in the World” is how 80 year-old director Ridley Scott replaced scandal-riddled Kevin Spacey with 88-year-old Christopher Plummer as billionaire J. Paul Getty. After refilming 22 scenes, Scott seamlessly edited old reaction shots with the new footage. Image

In 1973, bohemian, 16-year-old John ‘Paul’ Getty III (Charlie Plummer) was kidnapped in Rome. His frantic mother, Gail Harris (Michelle Williams), was desperate to deliver the $17 million ransom the kidnappers demanded, but his grandfather declined to pay.

Instead, obstinate Getty summoned an ex-C. I. A. agent, Fletcher Chase (Mark Wahlberg), the family ‘fixer,’ skilled in security and crisis management, to track Paul down.

(A pioneering oil tycoon, rapacious Getty was at that time the richest man in history. He paid no taxes because his global estate was in a charitable trust, allowing him to invest in art work and antiquities, many of which are on display at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles.)

Monday, January 8, 2018

9 a.m. – Westport Weston Family Y – Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Program
10 a.m. – 5 p.m. – Westport Arts Center – “What Keeps Mankind Alive/The Last Library”
12:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 307/309 – P&Z Communications Subcommittee
6 p.m. – Westport Library – Tabletop Games for Adults
6:30 p.m. – Town Hall Room 102 – RTM Transit Committee
7:30 p.m. – 180 Bayberry Lane – Westport Weston Health District Board
7:30 p.m. – Staples Cafeteria B – Board of Education (live on cable channel 78, Frontier channel 99, &

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Justin Paul Wins Golden Globe for ‘This is Me’

Westport’s Justin Paul and partner Benj Pasek tonight won a Golden Globe Award with their tune “This Is Me” from the P.T. Barnum biopic “The Greatest Showman.” Image
Justin Paul (l) and Benj Pasek accept their Golden Globe Award tonight for “This Is Me.”  (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Golden Globes photo via Twitter

The composers, who last year triumphed in the Golden Globes with “City of Stars” from “La La Land” and went on to win an Oscar, appear favorites to repeat at the Oscars this year with their latest effort.

If they do, Pasek and Paul, a 2003 Staples High School graduate, would be the first songwriters to score consecutive victories in the category since Henry Mancini and Johnny Mercer won for “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” (1961) and “Days of Wine and Roses” (1962).

Among all feature films contending in Best Original Song, animated and documentaries aside, “This Is Me” is the sole song to have been nominated at both the Critics’ Choice Awards and Golden Globes.

What a Day for a Skating Lesson Image
With temperatures in the teens, Westporter Peter Colliard, originally from Mexico, today mentors his friend Jade Curtis of Stamford to navigate the ice on the P.A.L. ice rink at Longshore Club Park. Colliard, a resident of Westport for the past four years and a 2017 graduate of Fairfield University, said he learned to ice skate in Mexico where he played amateur hockey. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for

Enjoying Sunday Open Gym at Staples High School Image
Today was the first Sunday the Westport Parks and Recreation Department invited residents to use the Staples High School gym to “play, be creative, and have fun.” No sign-up or registration is required for the two-hour weekly sessions beginning at 1:30 p.m. with visitors urged to bring their own recreational supplies.The open gym program continues through March 25. (CLICK TO ENLARGE) Dave Matlow for