Beautiful Boy is the story of how tragedy effects a family and all those around them, in every way. A married couple on the verge of separation suddenly find themselves having to turn to each other to overcome unimaginable heartbreak. Under intense media scrutiny following their son’s shocking act of violence that changes the lives of so many, Bill (Michael Sheen) and Kate (Maria Bello) see a chance for happiness again through their common grief.
At the film’s press day, actor Michael Sheen talked exclusively to Collider about baring himself emotionally for this role, playing the emotion of grief in such a naturalistic way, working with a director who established such an honest and collaborative set, and just being open and present in the moment. He also talked about why he loves playing Aro in The Twilight Saga, how he loves playing as many different characters, in as many different worlds as he possibly can, and why he wants to take on Hamlet next. Check out what he had to say after the jump.
In the supernatural thriller Red Riding Hood, the people in the small village of Daggerhorn have maintained a decades long truce with the werewolf who prowls at every full moon, by offering the beast a monthly animal sacrifice, hoping that it will leave the people of the village alone. When the wolf takes the life of one of their own, the village goes into a panic and turns to famed werewolf hunter Father Solomon (Gary Oldman) to kill the beast, once and for all. As the death toll rises and no one is above suspicion, everyone’s lives are quickly turned upside down and the population of the once close-knit village begins to turn on itself.
While at the press day for the film, director Catherine Hardwicke (Twilight) did this exclusive interview with Collider, where she talked about being a fan of this particular fairy tale since she was a little kid and would dress up like the character, the changes and tweaks that she made to the script once she signed on to be at the helm, how important it was to get the look of the red cape just right, and why she identifies so well with coming of age stories. She also talked about the development of Hamlet, Maximum Ride and Maze Runner, all of which she’s looking to make, at some point. Check out what she had to say after the jump:
Say “Goodnight, sweet prince,” to Catherine Hardwicke’s Haml3t starring Emile Hirsch. The Playlist reports that the planned modern-day adaptation of Shakespeare’s play is not to be. The project seemed to be moving along fine with Hirsch telling Steve last summer that it would be a suspense-horror film geared towards a younger audience. Also last summer, Hardwicke told MTV that the movie would be set at a liberal-arts college and cast Hamlet as an “early Kurt Cobain”-type. The Playlist doesn’t have any details on why the project fell apart.
I’m not a fan of Hardwicke’s work so I’m not really feeling the loss. In any event, she’s currently shooting the gothic horror Red Riding Hood starring Amanda Seyfried. As for Hirsch, he recently wrapped on the sci-fi thriller The Darkest Hour and has signed on to William Friedkin’s dark comedy Killer Joe with Matthew McConaughey.
Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke is attached to helm Dot War, an action-adventure that’s described as a mix between Real Genius and War Games. According to Pajiba, the film is about, “video-game programmer who is trained by the government to fight terrorist using virtual technology.” We kind of do that now with drone bombers, so I assume this is more like fighting terrorism on the ground, but with a leveling system and cover behind chest-high walls.
Despite her split from the Twilight franchise over her desire to have more time to prep New Moon (I imagine the extra time would be so she could wrestle with the idea of using a color other than blue in the movie), Hardwicke’s kept busy. She’s attached to direct a modern-day telling of Hamlet starring Emile Hirsch, and she’s in the process of casting The Girl with the Red Riding Hood, a gothic retelling of the Red Riding Hood fairy tale.
Pajiba notes that none of Hardwicke’s projects have a greenlight and her participation on Dot War will be based on whether or not she likes a rewrite of the script.
Earlier today, I was at the Los Angeles press day for “Whip It” and I was able to participate in a roundtable interview with Shauna Cross. She wrote the film’s screenplay based on her book “Derby Girl”, which recounts her real-life skating exploits with the Los Angeles Derby Dolls. She’s currently attached to write “If I Stay” for director Catherine Hardwicke, and I was able to find out what the project is about and where it is in Catherine’s very busy schedule. Cross says, “it’s about a young woman who gets in a terrible car accident with her family and it follows the 24 hours of her outside of her body in a coma.” She also told us, “we’re just about to go to cast.” Much more on the project after the jump:
Opening this week is the new Ang Lee movie “Taking Woodstock”. Once again, Ang shows audiences that no matter the genre or the subject, he can handle the material. In his latest film, Ang is telling a coming of age story set against the actual Woodstock Festival. It’s based on the memoirs of Elliot Tiber, who is played by Demetri Martin in the film.
Anyway, I recently attended the New York City press day for “Taking Woodstock” and after the jump is my interview with Emile Hirsch. In the film, Emile plays a recently returned Vietnam veteran. During the interview Emile talks about how Ang had him prepare for the role, and he also tells me what’s up with Catherine Hardwicke’s “Hamlet” movie. Watch the interview after the jump:
Catherine Hardwicke’s (“Thirteen”, “Twilight”) latest project has now been announced . She will now be directing an adaptation of “The Girl With the Red Riding Hood.” The film will be written by David Johnson (“Orphan”) and will be a gothic retelling of the “Little Red Riding Hood” story, with a teenage love triangle at its center. This is only the latest film to be added to Hardwicke’s growing list of projects. To find out more about what else Hardwicke has coming up, which includes a big screen adaptation of a hit Richard Greico 80s TV series, hit the jump.
Emile Hirsch is one of the great young actors of his generation but I fear that the Oscar-snub for his work in “Into the Wild” (I can’t stress enough how much the Academy messed up that year for ignoring that film while jacking-off the excruciating “Atonement”) followed by the disappointing box office of the genuinely fun “Speed Racer” may have cooled his career. But you can’t keep a good man down and that’s why he’s going to re-imagine Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” which, as we all know, is about an insane prince whose attempts to avenge his father’s death ends up with pretty much everyone dying at the end. Count of Monte Cristo, he ain’t.
Hirsch conceived his modern re-imagining with “Twilight” director Catherine Hardwicke and that, as the Bard would say, is the rub. I think Hardwicke is acclaimed for making youth movies that in no way reflect the genuine emotions or actions of young people. Furthermore, while she may be acclaimed as one of the few successful female directors, “Twilight”, her most successful film, made no attempt to distance itself from Stephanie Meyer’s repulsive lesson of women relying on men for protection and definition. Instead, she just washed the film in a blue filter and had laughably bad special effects.
Hirsh and Hardwicke have tapped “Philadelphia” screenwriter Ron Nyswaner for the script which will take place in contemporary America. Producers Dan Jinks and Bruce Cohen (“Milk”) tell The Hollywood Reporter that their goal is “to present the story as a suspense thriller. We want to make it exciting and accessible for an audience today.” You know, I think “Hamlet” is exciting and accessible on its own. That’s why it’s fucking Shakespeare.