One of the many films to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival was director Kevin Macdonald’s (The Last King of Scotland) How I Live Now. Based on the Meg Rosoff novel of the same name, the film takes place in the near future and stars Saoirse Ronan as Daisy, a teenage girl from New York City who travels to England in order to spend the summer with relatives. After she strikes up a romance with a young man (George MacKay), war suddenly breaks out, and Daisy’s small group finds itself struggling to survive in a world full of chaos. The film also stars Tom Holland and Anna Chancellor. How I Live Now opens in the UK on October 4th and November 8th in America. Click here to watch the trailer.
While at TIFF I landed an exclusive video interview with Saoirse Ronan. She talked about premiering at TIFF, how she got cast, working with Kevin Macdonald and his unique camerawork, what she collects, the way she prepares for a role, which of her characters connects the most with her fans, the possibility of her playing a comic book character, and more. In addition, she also talked about upcoming projects like Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, Ryan Gosling’s How to Catch a Monster, Mary Queen of Scots, how she’d like to do a musical and a silent film, and more. Hit the jump to watch.
One of the many people who took the stage at D23 today was Christina Hendricks (Mad Men). She was there to talk about her work in DisneyToon Studios The Pirate Fairy, in which she’ll play a new fairy named Zarina. Shortly after getting announced as a voice in the Spring 2014 release, I was able to talk with Hendricks on the red carpet backstage. She talked about her work on the animated film, the process of watching the animators work, changing during production, the experience of shooting Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut How to Catch a Monster in Detroit and more. In addition, as you watch the interview, you’ll see a great photobomb from Bill Hader. Hit the jump to watch.
Writer/director Andrew Niccol’s adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s The Host opens this weekend. The film stars Saoirse Ronan as Melanie Stryder, one of the last remaining humans on Earth after a race of parasitic aliens have taken over most of the world. Melanie is unique in that she forms a bond with her parasite and sets out to free other humans, if they’ll accept her as one of them. The film also stars Max Irons, Jake Abel, Diane Kruger, William Hurt, Frances Fisher and Boyd Holbrook. For more on the film, here’s 5 clips, the trailer, and a featurette.
At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed an extended interview with Ronan. We talked about making The Host, how she got involved in the project, what it was like to work for Niccol, what’s special about all the great directors she’s worked with, Kevin MacDonald‘s How I Live Now, Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut How to Catch a Monster, and her love of Breaking Bad. Hit the jump to either read or watch the interview.
Opening this weekend in New York and Los Angeles is one of the best films you’re going to see this year: director Derek Cianfrance’s The Place Beyond the Pines. The pic centers on a professional motorcycle rider turned bank robber (Ryan Gosling) and a rookie police officer (Bradley Cooper). Saying more would be detrimental to your enjoyment of the film, and I would encourage you to be very careful when reading about it. Pines also stars Eva Mendes, Bruce Greenwood, Dane DeHaan, Ray Liotta, Ben Mendelsohn, and Rose Byrne. For more on the film, here’s images, clips, and everything we’ve previously posted on the film.
At the recent New York City press day, I got to speak with Gosling. We talked about how he prepared to make sure his character looked real and authentic on screen, the motorcycle stunts, whether he’s seen the Mondo Drive posters, his directorial debut How to Catch a Monster, whether he has seen a cut of Nicolas Winding Refn’s Only God Forgives (Gosling says it’s “very very extreme.”), and reveals that they’ve asked some of the fans who made Drive posters to make some Only God Forgives posters! Hit the jump to watch.
Opening this weekend is writer/director Andrew Niccol’s adaptation of The Host, a sci-fi novel from Twilight author Stephenie Meyer. The Host centers on Melanie Stryder (Saoirse Ronan), a human girl who attempts to escape alien invaders but is captured and implanted with a parasite known as a Soul. As Melanie’s consciousness fights against the Soul for possession of her own body, the two must work together in order to protect their loved ones in either species.
During a recent interview session, we sat down with Ronan to talk about The Host, how she compared to her character in real life, how she made her role as Melanie distinct from that of the Soul named Wanderer, co-starring with Max Irons and Jake Abel, receiving input from Meyer and signing on for possible future films. Ronan also commented on her work in Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, which she recently wrapped on, and looking forward to Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut of How to Catch a Monster, which should begin filming within the month. Hit the jump to watch the interview.
Ryan Gosling continues to fill out the cast of his upcoming directorial debut, How to Catch a Monster, as yet another impressive actor has joined the ensemble. It was announced today that Saoirse Ronan is signing on to the project, with the cast now including Christina Hendricks, Eva Mendes, Matt Smith (Doctor Who), and Ben Mendelsohn (Killing Them Softly). Details regarding most of the characters are unknown at this time, but Gosling wrote the script and will direct the film, which is described as a modern day fairytale.
Ronan has been nabbing some high profile projects as of late, and she’ll next be seen as the lead in director Andrew Niccol’s adaptation of the Stephenie Meyer sci-fi novel The Host in March. She’s currently filming Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel and will also lead Mary Queen of Scots. Hit the jump for more details on How to Catch a Monster.
With his crime comedy Identity Thief opening this weekend, Jason Bateman is already setting up his next film. Bateman will co-produce Game Night, an ensemble comedy acquired by New Line Cinema from a pitch by Mark Perez (Accepted). The premise centers around a group of couples who have regular get togethers to play games, but one deadly night turns into a murder mystery. Deadline reports that the dark comedy is said to be in the vein of Horrible Bosses. Bateman’s Aggregate Films, responsible for Identity Thief and Bateman’s directorial debut Bad Words, will co-produce the picture.
For news on (Doctor) Who is joining Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut, How to Catch a Monster, hit the jump.
Check out the latest casting news for the following pictures:
- Eva Mendes (Sin City) joins How to Catch a Monster, the directorial debut of Ryan Gosling that stars Christina Hendricks and Ben Mendelsohn.
- Jane Levy (Evil Dead) will join the horror thriller In a Dark Place, directed by Bharat Nalluri (Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day).
- The Rover begins production and rounds out their cast with Susan Prior (Animal Kingdom), Gillian Jones (Oscar and Lucinda), Anthony Hayes (Burning Man) and David Field (Chopper).
- Son of a Gun also adds new cast members by way of Alicia Vikander (Anna Karenina), Jacek Koman (The Great Gatsby) and Brenton Thwaites (Maleficent).
Hit the jump for more on each picture and casting announcement.
If you’ve managed to break away from your Black Friday shopping, we’ve got some brief casting stories for you this morning. First up, rising star Matthias Schoenaerts (Bullhead) has joined Michelle Williams and Kristin Scott Thomas in the period drama Suite Francaise. Directed by Saul Dibb (The Duchess), the adaptation of the Irene Nemirovsky‘s novel “set in German-occupied France, about a German officer billeted at the home of a young woman (Williams) and her mother-in-law (Scott Thomas).” According to the Daily Mail, Schoenaerts will play the German officer. If you’ve seen Bullhead, you know it’s great to see Schoenaerts’ career take off. He can currently be seen starring opposite Marion Cotillard in Jacques Audiard‘s acclaimed latest feature, Rust and Bone.
Hit the jump for Marisa Tomei and Ben Mendelsohn casting news.
Even though bookshelves currently feature the sequel to James Sallis’ novel Drive, on which Nicolas Winding Refn’s 2011 cult film was based, the director has no plans to adapt it. We previously brought you the author’s thoughts on an adaptation of Driven; that film may still go ahead, just not with Refn and star Ryan Gosling attached. However, Refn commented on the fact that even though a Drive sequel is out of the question, the character of The Driver may yet appear again on screen. Hit the jump to get this sorted out.
Well before any 50 Shades of Grey adaptation brings BDSM to the screen, Chrstina Hendricks (Mad Men) can be seen working in a fetish club in Ryan Gosling’s directorial debut, How to Catch a Monster. The Drive co-stars came together when Gosling was scripting the picture with Hendricks in mind and sent the actress more than just the script:
“He sent the script over in this cool box with an interesting little key, and cool artwork in it,” recalls Hendricks. “It was like the full package! And then I read the script and was in love with it, so I called him back and said, ‘Yeah, please.’”
Hendricks had more to say about the upcoming film, including her employment at fetish club to support her children (in the movie, obviously). Hit the jump to see what else she had to say.
Ryan Gosling is making moves behind the camera. It was announced today that Gosling will be making his directorial debut with the “modern day fairy tale” How to Catch a Monster. Gosling also wrote the script for the pic, which will star Drive and Mad Men actress Christina Hendricks in the lead role. The story apparently weaves elements of fantasy noir and suspense and centers on a single mother of two and her teenage son who stumble upon a road leading to an underwater town.
This is certainly ambitious material for Gosling to cut his directing teeth on, and it’ll be interesting to see how the immensely talented actor fares behind the camera. Hendricks is superb on AMC’s Mad Men, so it’ll also be great to see her shine in a leading role. Hit the jump for more, including the full logline for the film.