July 11, 2013 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
Following critical acclaim after it’s premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Ryan Coogler’s “Fruitvale Station”, premiered in Europe at the Cannes Film Festival amid a lot of hype and anticipation. Starring Michael B. Jordan, Octavia Spencer and Melonie Diaz, the film takes a look at 24 hours in the life of Bay Area man Oscar Grant, a young man who was subjected to police brutality in the early hours of New Year’s Day in 2009, and we were pleased to add to the acclaim, calling for the Academy to take early consideration of Jordan, whose performance carries the film.
During a sunny afternoon back in May, we sat down with Jordan and co-star Diaz, who plays Oscar’s girlfriend Sophina, and discussed their casting process, working with a first time director and those “Fantastic Four” rumours …
July 9, 2013 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
Following critical acclaim after its premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, Ryan Coogler’s “Fruitvale Station” premiered in Europe at the Cannes Film Festival amid a lot of hype and anticipation. The film takes a look at 24 hours in the life of Bay Area man Oscar Grant, a young man who was subjected to police brutality in the early hours of New Year’s Day in 2009, and we were pleased to add to the acclaim, calling Coogler’s debut film “quiet, collected [with] no histrionics to add unnecessary tension”.
During a sunny afternoon back in May, we sat down with director Coogler and Octavia Spencer, who plays Oscar’s mother Wanda, and discussed Oscar Grant, the raw and emotional subject at hand – and finding an actor who could carry every scene.
November 29, 2010 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
Chloe Moretz is smart. “Give me a done Rubiks Cube, I know algorithams and stuff, so I can mix it around so it makes cool patterns, and then I can get it back!” Very smart.
And in a recent video interview with UK film magazine Empire, Moretz, one of the breakout stars of the decade, also shows charm as well as smarts, as she discusses her involvement in the film-making process; her future plans and her role models.
Over the last two years, 13 year old Moretz has gone from playing Joseph Gordon Levitt’s little sister in the surprise indie hit “(500) Days of Summer” to HitGirl, the remorseless, weapon-wielding superhero of “Kickass”. And now Moretz is taken on an even more challenging role, as Abby in the Hollywood remake of Swedish novel “Let The Right One In”.
November 8, 2010 | Posted by Tamara Manne
From Dawson’s Creek to her Oscar nominated role in Brokeback Mountain to 2010′s Blue Valentine with Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams has built herself a respectable career. A career that’s continuing to pick up speed and isn’t likely to putter out anytime soon.
Scott Feinberg catches up with Williams in a telephone interview covering her early life, her climb to stardom, and her role in Blue Valentine, “a film centering on a contemporary married couple, charting their evolution over a span of years by cross-cutting between time periods”.
As a child participating in small plays Williams caught an early love for, not only the craft of acting, but even the smaller nuances that go on behind the scenes. “I liked being backstage; I liked being in a crowd of people; I liked the anticipation; I liked getting ready, I liked— I don’t know, I just have, like, really specific sort of memories about, like, the smell of, like, the makeup box, you know; or, like, the crowd of girls, sort of, all in this thing together; and, like, this transformation from school kid to, you know, whatever kind of little part I was playing.” She began to develop a desire to improve her acting and the idea that with persistence she could make professional acting a reality — an optimism that she says has stuck with her over the years.
November 3, 2010 | Posted by Tamara Manne
Not many stars are fortunate enough to find themselves at the height of fame where Kristen Stewart resides. With a wealth of roles at her fingertips, Stewart opts for characters that “speak to her,” and challenge her, even if this means a smaller audience.
“There’s a road I’m going down now, and I’m aware that there’s not as much of an audience for strange movies—for different, eclectic movies—and I totally accept that,” Stewart says.
While aware and thankful for the opportunities the Twilight franchise has opened up for her, the characters Stewart chooses to play couldn’t be more dissimilar from Bella. Stewart hopes to be given the chance to be seen as more than “the girl from Twilight,” according to her interview with Backstage. “I want people to take it for what it is instead of going, ‘Oh, let’s see the ‘Twilight’ girl try to do this.’”
Starring opposite James Gandolfini in Jake Scott’s Welcome to the Rileys, Stewart pulls a strong, believable performance as a lost, foul-mouthed, sixteen-year-old stripper. “I think by the time I was 18, I was ready and more confident and mature enough to play the part. I had read the script when I was 16, and I was just too young. I would’ve shied away from stuff, I think.”