Mackenzie Davis Talks WHAT IF, Doing Anything for Her Job, Making Out with Adam Driver, Her Monster-Making Hobby, HALT AND CATCH FIRE and More

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Mackenzie Davis’ landed her first big role in Drake DoremusBreathe In, which only hit theaters two years ago, but since, Davis has racked up some pretty impressive credits.  She starred opposite Miles Teller in That Awkward Moment, plays Cameron Howe on AMC’s Halt and Catch Fire and now she’s got yet another movie coming out, Michael Dowse’s romantic comedy What If.

In the film, Daniel Radcliffe leads as Wallace, a guy who’s absolutely fed up with romance – until he meets Chantry (Zoe Kazan).  Trouble is, Chantry’s already in a relationship.  On top of that, Wallace has to watch his best friend, Allan (Adam Driver), fall head over heels for Nicole (Davis) and have that special connection he’s always wanted.  With What If heading towards an August 8th limited release, Davis sat down to talk to us about working on the movie, the choices she made that helped launch her career, her rather unusual hobby, her ideal version of the Fool’s Gold sandwich and more.  Catch it all after the jump.

Director Drake Doremus Talks BREATHE IN, Staying Small-Scale after LIKE CRAZY, Working with Felicity Jones, Going Sci-Fi with EQUALS, and More

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From writer/director Drake Doremus, the indie drama Breathe In tells the story of British exchange student Sophie Williams (Felicity Jones), who comes to New York to stay with a host family while looking to reignite her musical passion and inspiration.  Frustrated musician turned piano teacher Keith Reynolds (Guy Pearce) reignites his own long-suppressed dreams when he is inspired by Sophie’s talent, and they both must figure out what they truly want out of life.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, filmmaker Drake Doremus talked about why he decided to make Breathe In directly after Like Crazy, how he saw this film as a tone poem, what made him want to work with Felicity Jones again and why this character, why Guy Pearce was the right actor opposite her, the dynamic on set, the most challenging scene, how he sees this film as a love story, making sure audiences didn’t just see Sophie as the other woman, how the editing process works when you make such an unstructured film, and custom tailoring the film for the music.  He also talked about his next movie Equals, a scripted futuristic journey that he’ll be shooting with Nicholas Hoult and Kristen Stewart.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Felicity Jones Talks BREATHE IN, Her Favorite Moment to Shoot, THEORY OF EVERYTHING, Her GIRLS Guest Spot, and More

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From writer/director Drake Doremus, the indie drama Breathe In tells the story of British exchange student Sophie Williams (Felicity Jones), who comes to New York to stay with a host family while looking to reignite her musical passion and inspiration.  Frustrated musician turned piano teacher Keith Reynolds (Guy Pearce) reignites his own long-suppressed dreams when he is inspired by Sophie’s talent, and they both must figure out what they truly want out of life.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Felicity Jones talked about how flattered she was to learn that filmmaker Drake Doremus had created this film so that they could work together again, the differences between Breathe In and Like Crazy, working with a detailed outline that reads like a treatment more than a traditional script, developing an extensive backstory for her character, her favorite moment to shoot, the most challenging scene, and what she enjoys about working this way and having so much creative freedom.  She also talked about playing Stephen Hawking’s wife, Jane, opposite Eddie Redmayne in Theory of Everything, and how she came to do a guest spot on the most recent season of HBO’s Girls, which she’s a big fan of.  Check out our Felicity Jones interview after the jump.

BREATHE IN Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2013 Sundance Film Festival.  Breathe In opens today in limited release.]

The family drama genre is one that’s very easy to get wrong, and it’s rare to find a film of this kind that is genuinely moving without feeling overly manipulative or sappy.  Writer/director Drake Doremus took the Sundance Film Festival by storm in 2011 with his young love drama Like Crazy, and he returns in 2013 with an intimate take on the family drama genre that marks a major step forward for the filmmaker.  In chronicling the story of a foreign exchange student who causes a deep and devastating rift in a close-knit upstate New York family, Doremus’ Breathe In completely wraps the viewer up in the emotions of its characters and doesn’t let go for 98 captivating, intense, and ultimately heartbreaking minutes.

New Trailer and Poster for Drake Doremus’ BREATHE IN Starring Guy Pearce and Felicity Jones

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It’s been a bit of a wait for fans to see Like Crazy writer/director Drake Doremus’ follow-up feature, but Breathe In finally opens stateside in just a couple of months.  A new trailer and poster for the pic have been released online, and they both do a nice job of capturing the tone of the intimate family drama. Guy Pearce stars as a former rock musician and current music teacher whose life begins to unravel when he develops an attraction towards a young foreign exchange student (Felicity Jones) that is staying with his family for her final semester.  I was a big fan of the pic when I caught it at last year’s Sundance Film Festival (read my review here), and Pearce and Jones both give captivating, magnetic performances as the two leads.  The supporting cast is great as well, especially relative newcomer Mackenzie Davis.

Hit the jump to check out the new trailer and poster, and click here to read my extensive interview with Doremus about the pic.  The film also stars Amy Ryan and Kyle MacLachlanBreathe In opens in the U.S. on March 23rd.

UK Trailer and Images for Drake Doremus’ BREATHE IN Starring Guy Pearce and Felicity Jones

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The first UK trailer for Like Crazy writer/director Drake Doremus’ new film Breathe In has been released online.  The film stars Guy Pearce as a former rock musician and current music teacher whose life begins to unravel when he develops an attraction towards a young foreign exchange student (Felicity Jones) that is staying with his family for her final semester.  The pic was one of my favorites of this year’s Sundance Film Festival (read my full review here), and it boasts some absolutely devastating performances from the entire cast, including Amy Ryan as Pearce’s wife.  Doremus tackles the family drama genre with a powerful intimacy that makes the story’s events that much more impactful, and the always-reliable Pearce truly shines in the lead role.  Don’t miss this one, folks.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer and some images, and click here to read my extended interview with Doremus from Sundance.  The film also stars Mackenzie Davis and Kyle MacLachlanBreathe In opens in the UK on July 19th and will be released in the US later this year.

Sundance Poster Round-Up: BREATHE IN, FRUITVALE, TOY’S HOUSE, and TWO MOTHERS

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A number of debut posters from some films that premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival have surfaced.  Briefly:

  • Breathe In – Writer/director Drake Doremus’ (Like Crazy) devastating family drama stars Guy Pearce, Felicity Jones, and Amy Ryan.  Read my review here, which is actually quoted on this poster.
  • Fruitvale – Writer/director Ryan Coogler’s debut film took the festival by storm, raking up a number of awards.  The heartbreaking real-life drama stars Michael B. Jordan, Octavia Spencer, and Melonie Diaz.  Read Matt’s review here.
  • Two Mothers – Director Anne Fontaine’s drama about two lifelong friends who fall in love with each other’s sons was met with a mixed response.  The film stars Naomi Watts, Robin Wright, and Ben Mendolsohn.  Read my review here, and watch the trailer here.
  • Toy’s House – Director Jordan Vogt-Roberts’ peculiar comedy earned some strong notice at the festival.  The film stars Nick Robinson, Nick Offerman, Alison Brie, and Megan Mullaly.

Hit the jump to check out images and synopses.

Sundance 2013 Wrap-Up: Adam’s Thoughts on Attending the Festival for the First Time, Favorite Films, and More

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This year, I was lucky enough to attend the Sundance Film Festival for the very first time.  There are countless fests throughout the year, but Sundance has always been regarded as one of the best since most of the films screen there without any pre-buzz or context whatsoever.  Audiences go in knowing next to nothing about the films they’re getting ready to watch, and 10 days later, buzz has materialized for previously unknown titles that just may become hits like Beasts of the Southern Wild, Little Miss Sunshine, or even Saw.  Sundance has served as the launching pad for a number of filmmakers including Quentin Tarantino, Kevin Smith, David O. Russell, and Steven Soderbergh, and it’s a joy to see what kind of fresh talent is on the horizon.

After a little recuperation from my time in Park City, I’ve written up a few thoughts on my impressions of the festival as a first-timer and my favorite films.  Hit the jump to read on. 

Director Drake Doremus Talks BREATHE IN, Having His Actors Improvise the Dialogue, Exploring the Gray Areas of Love, His Sci-Fi Romance Movie, and More

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I’ve seen quite a few movies at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival over the past week, but one of the few that has stuck with me most is writer/director Drake Doremus’ devastating family drama Breathe In.  Doremus made a splash here at Sundance a couple of years ago with the debut of his young love story Like Crazy, and Breathe In marks a major leap forward for the filmmaker in every way.  The story centers on a New England couple with a high school senior daughter that decides to take in a foreign exchange student from the U.K. for the semester.  As the story progresses, the young girl (Felicity Jones) and the father (Guy Pearce, playing a music teacher) are drawn to each other, creating a rift that builds throughout the film with the kind of tense slow burn that you expect from a well-made thriller.  It’s a heartbreaking story with incredible performances (read my full review right here), and it’s definitely one you need to take the time to see once it hits theaters.

A few days ago, I had the chance to sit down with Doremus in Park City for an extended interview about Breathe In.  He talked about his goal of making something really different from Like Crazy, his atypical directorial process of having his actors improvise all the dialogue, landing Guy Pearce as his lead, his next project (a futuristic sci-fi romance story), and more.  Read on after the jump.

Sundance 2013: BREATHE IN Review

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The family drama genre is one that’s very easy to get wrong, and it’s rare to find a film of this kind that is genuinely moving without feeling overly manipulative or sappy.  Writer/director Drake Doremus took the Sundance Film Festival by storm in 2011 with his young love drama Like Crazy, and he returns in 2013 with an intimate take on the family drama genre that marks a major step forward for the filmmaker.  In chronicling the story of a foreign exchange student who causes a deep and devastating rift in a close-knit upstate New York family, Doremus’ Breathe In completely wraps the viewer up in the emotions of its characters and doesn’t let go for 98 captivating, intense, and ultimately heartbreaking minutes.

Sundance 2013: First Images from BIG SUR, BREATHE IN, THE EAST, and jOBS

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Today, Sundance announced their stellar Premieres line-up and we have the first images from a few of the movies playing in the category:

  • Big Sur – Written and directed by Michael Polish, starring Jean-Marc Barr, Kate Bosworth, Josh Lucas, Radha Mitchell, Anthony Edwards, and Henry Thomas.
  • Breathe InWritten and directed by Drake Doremus, co-written by Ben York Jones, starring Guy Pearce, Felicity Jones, Amy Ryan, and Mackenzie Davis.
  • The East – Written and directed by Zal Batmanglij, co-written by Brit Marling, starring Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgård, Ellen Page, and Patricia Clarkson.
  • jOBS – Directed by Joshua Michael Stern, written by Matt Whiteley, starring Ashton Kutcher, Dermot Mulroney, Josh Gad, Lukas Haas, J.K. Simmons, and Matthew Modine.

Hit the jump for the images and synopses.  The 2013 Sundance Film Festival runs January 17 – 27.

2013 Sundance Film Festival Announces Premieres Lineup Including DON JON’S ADDICTION, STOKER, BEFORE MIDNIGHT, JOBS, and More

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Last week we saw the 2013 Sundance Film Festival announce lineups for its competition and Spotlight/Park City at Midnight programming, and today they have unveiled the list of films that will screen as part of the Premieres lineup.  It’s one hell of a program, as films that will screen include the Ashton Kutcher-fronted Steve Jobs biopic jOBS, Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s directorial debut Don Jon’s Addiction, director Richard Linklater’s trilogy-completing Before Midnight with Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy, the ensemble comedy A.C.O.D., director Park Chan-wook’s English-language debut Stoker, and much, much more.

Hit the jump to check out the full lineup for the narrative and documentary premieres.  The 2013 Sundance Film Festival runs January 17 – 27th.

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