Shailene Woodley and Gregg Araki Discuss the “Teenage Apocalypse” and the Adaptation Process of WHITE BIRD IN A BLIZZARD

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Gregg Araki revisits the adolescent wasteland that defined his career in the mid 90s with his newest feature White Bird in a Blizzard. On the outset – the film feels at piece with Araki’s oeuvre (The Doom Generation, Nowhere, Totally F***ed Up) in that all focus on a dissatisfied youth (here played by Shailene Woodley) coming to terms with their place in a seemingly meaningless world. But there’s something darker and a bit more melancholy at play with Araki’s latest. The anarchic spirit of those earlier films has been replaced with a forlorn world-weary outlook. Woodley as Kat Connors isn’t the same unruly protagonist of Araki’s early work. Instead Kat’s a character desperately trying to regain any semblance of normalcy after her mother disappears one fateful morning. It’s a character intent on NOT rebelling, living in a self-imposed ignorance to the truth that is plainly in front of her.

In the following interview with Gregg Araki and Shailene Woodley, the duo discuss the process of adapting Laura Kasischke’s novel to the big-screen, working together to create many of White Bird in a Blizzard’s emotionally raw scenes and the movie’s place within Araki’s filmography. For the full interview, hit the jump.

New WHITE BIRD IN A BLIZZARD Trailer: Shailene Woodley Tackles Raging Hormones and a Missing Mother

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Magnolia Pictures has released a new White Bird in a Blizzard trailer for director Gregg Araki’s (Kaboom) sexually charged drama.  Based on the Laura Kasichke novel of the same name, the story takes place in the 1980s and stars Shailene Woodley as a young woman relishing her newfound sexuality whose life is upended when her beautiful, enigmatic mother (Eva Green) suddenly goes missing.  Green has made a habit lately of turning in regularly scene-stealing work, and it appears that she tackles another slightly unhinged character here while Woodley displays her swell ability to lay out her emotions onscreen.

Hit the jump to watch the new White Bird in a Blizzard trailer.  The film also stars Christopher MeloniGabourey SidibeThomas Jane, and Angela Basset.  White Bird in a Blizzard will be released on iTunes and VOD on September 25th and in theaters on October 24th.

WHITE BIRD IN A BLIZZARD Clip: Shailene Woodley Gets Intimate

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The fantastic Shailene Woodley-fronted drama The Fault in Our Stars took the box office by storm last weekend, but the actress stars in a coming-of-age story of a very different sort later this year.  The first White Bird in a Blizzard clip has been released from writer/director Gregg Araki’s (Mysterious Skin) adaptation of the Laura Kasischke novel, and it shows Woodley and co-star Shiloh Fernandez enjoying their hypnotic, sexually-charged relationship.  In the 80s-set film, Woodley plays a young woman whose life is upended when her beautiful, enigmatic mother (Eva Green) suddenly goes missing.  The pic drew a mixed response following its debut at Sundance earlier this year, but Woodley’s a wonderfully talented actress so I’m curious to see how she fares with this more adult-centric material.

Hit the jump to watch the White Bird in a Blizzard clip.  The film also stars Christopher Meloni, Gabourey Sidibe, Thomas Jane, and Angela BassetWhite Bird in a Blizzard will be released on iTunes and VOD on September 25th and in theaters on October 24th.

First Trailer for Sundance Drama WHITE BIRD IN A BLIZZARD Starring Shailene Woodley and Eva Green

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Ahead of its debut next month at the Sundance Film Festival, the first trailer for director Gregg Araki’s (Mysterious Skin) new film White Bird in a Blizzard has been released online.  Based on the novel by Laura Kasischke, the film tells the story of a young woman (Shailene Woodley) whose life is upended when her beautiful, enigmatic mother (Eva Green) suddenly goes missing.  Woodley wowed Sundance audiences last year with her performance in The Spectacular Now, and White Bird in a Blizzard certainly looks like a fascinating follow-up.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer, and click here to catch up on all of our Sundance 2014 coverage thus far.  The pic also stars Shiloh Fernandez, Christopher Meloni, Gabourey Sidibe, Thomas Jane, and Angela Basset.  The Sundance Film Festival runs January 16 – 26th.  Look for our review of the film during that time.

Shailene Woodley Joins Gregg Araki’s WHITE BIRD, Zoe Aggeliki Up for HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE Role

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A little bit of late night casting news for you to send you off with pleasant dreams:

Hit the jump for more on both projects.

Juno Temple and Chris Zylka Exclusive Video Interview KABOOM

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With Sundance in full swing in Park City, I got to sit down with Juno Temple and Chris Zylka to talk about their work in Gregg Araki’s Kaboom (watch my interview with Araki here). Premiering January 21st in limited release and nationwide on VOD (Video on Demand), Kaboom is a ” thriller/comedy telling the story of Smith (Thomas Dekker), an ambisexual 18 year-old college freshman who stumbles upon a monstrous conspiracy in a seemingly idyllic seaside Southern California town.”  The film also stars Haley Bennett, Rozane Mesquida, James Duval, and Andy Fischer-Price.  If you’re a fan of Nowhere, The Doom Generation and Totally F*cked Up, you definitely want to check out Kaboom.

During the interview, Temple and Zylka talked about how they’d describe Kaboom to friends, how the film captures that first love energy, how they got involved in the film, the nudity, the differences from the script to what ended up on screen, their reaction to the very honest “lessons in giving head” scene, and what they have coming up.  For all you Spider-Man fans, Zylka plays Flash Thompson in the reboot.  Hit the jump to watch:

Writer/Director Gregg Araki Exclusive Video Interview KABOOM

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With Sundance in full swing here in Park City, I got to sit down with writer-director Gregg Araki to talk about his new movie Kaboom.  Premiering January 21st in limited release and nationwide on VOD (Video on Demand), Kaboom is a ” thriller/comedy telling the story of Smith (Thomas Dekker), an ambisexual 18 year-old college freshman who stumbles upon a monstrous conspiracy in a seemingly idyllic seaside Southern California town.”  The film also stars Haley Bennett, Chris Zylka, Rozane Mesquida, Juno Temple, James Duval, and Andy Fischer-Price.  If you’re a fan of Nowhere, The Doom Generation and Totally F*cked Up, you’ll definitely want to check out Kaboom.

During the interview, Araki talked about being a Sundance veteran (he’s made 10 films and 8 have played at the Festival), how he’s a fan of movies that are 90 minutes, his thoughts on VOD, how does he talk to his actors about the nudity in his films, what he might do in the future, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to check it out:

New Trailer for Gregg Araki’s KABOOM

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The trailer for Gregg Araki’s (Mysterious Skin) sci-fi/comedy Kaboom has landed online.  Starring Thomas Dekker (A Nightmare on Elm Street) and Haley Bennett (The Haunting of Molly Hartley), Kaboom centers on Smith (Dekker), an 18-year-old college freshman who happens to come across a conspiracy in a picturesque Southern California community.  Considering I’ve yet to see the film, I can only go by what the trailer tells me.  With that in mind, this trailer is telling me to expect a sexier, more colorful, and more comedic Donnie Darko.  If Kaboom delivers on that tease, then it is definitely worth my time.

To check out the trailer for yourself, hit the jump.  While Kaboom made the rounds on festival circuits last year (it screened at both the Toronto International Film Festival and Cannes, to name a few), it will be making its U.S. debut at the upcoming Sundance Film Festival.

3 NSFW Clips from Gregg Araki’s KABOOM

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One of the many films to premiere at this year’s Cannes Film Festival is Gregg Araki’s Kaboom.  Since no trailers or footage had been released prior to the festival, many were curious what kind of movie he had made.  Would it be serious like Mysterious Skin or was he returning to his earlier days and making another Doom Generation or Nowhere.

Well, after watching the NSFW clips, it’s pretty clear Kaboom is a return to his roots and it looks like only something Araki could come up with.  Hit the jump to check out the clips and I’ve also posted some snippets of a few reviews:

Thomas Dekker Interview at the Premiere of A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET – Talks KABOOM, ALL ABOUT EVIL, WASKA and Cannes

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Last night was the world premiere of Warner Bros. and Platinum Dunes remake of A Nightmare on Elm Street.  The premiere was held at the famous Chinese Theater in Hollywood, and since it had been awhile, I decided to cover the red carpet.  Thankfully, most of the cast stopped by to talk, and after the jump you can watch my interview with Thomas Dekker.

If you’ve been reading Collider for awhile, you know Thomas Dekker is a fan of the site and since I recently talked to him at WonderCon and at the junket for Nightmare, I used the time on the carpet to talk about the important stuff: his hair.  All kidding aside, he told me how he got the lead role in Gregg Araki’s new movie Kaboom (which premieres at Cannes), what else he’s working on, and does he miss Terminator: The Sarah Conner Chronicles.  Check out what he had to say after the jump:

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