Mamie Gummer Talks THE LIFEGUARD, Relating to Her Character, Working with Liz Garcia and Kristen Bell, Exploring Comedy and THE GOOD WIFE

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From writer/director Liz W. Garcia, The Lifeguard tells the story of Leigh (Kristen Bell), who flees to her suburban hometown when her career and love life both come crashing down.  Once there, she moves into her old room with her parents, hangs out with old friends, and reclaims her former job as a condo-complex lifeguard, without ever thinking about the affect her actions will have on those closest to her.

At the film’s press day, actress Mamie Gummer (who plays one of Leigh’s hometown best friends) spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about why she wanted to be a part of this film, how she related to her character, what made Liz Garcia such a great first-time feature director, how effortless it was to work with Kristen Bell, that she’d like to keep exploring comedy, and how much she’s enjoyed her time on The Good Wife.  Check out what she had to say after the jump.

Kristen Bell Talks THE LIFEGUARD, Working with Liz Garcia, Finding Out She Was Pregnant During the Shoot, and the VERONICA MARS Movie

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From writer/director Liz W. Garcia, The Lifeguard tells the story of Leigh (Kristen Bell), who flees to her suburban hometown when her career and love life both come crashing down.  Once there, she moves into her old room with her parents, hangs out with old friends, and reclaims her former job as a condo-complex lifeguard, without ever thinking about the affect her actions will have on those closest to her.

At the film’s press day, actress Kristen Bell spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about wanting to play a character that doesn’t have reason to smile, why she wanted to work with Liz Garcia, the challenge of finding out she was pregnant while doing the movie, and that it was both fun and exhausting to be so vulnerable.  She also talked about the experience of returning to Veronica Mars, the ease she has working with creator Rob Thomas, having various Kickstarter backers on set, every day, fulfilling her dream of bringing a Disney princess to life, for the animated movie Frozen, and why it was important for her to make the character quirky and goofy.  Check out what she had to say after the jump. 

Trailer and Poster for THE LIFEGUARD Starring Kristen Bell, Martin Starr, and Amy Madigan

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Focus World has released the trailer for the indie drama, The LifeguardKristen Bell stars as a woman who is unable to cope with her life in the big city, and decides to regress by coming back to her hometown and work her old job as a lifeguard.  I caught the movie at Sundance, and thought it was abysmal.  The trailer tries to condense the message of the movie, which is that regression is a positive thing because it lets you find yourself.  The trailer also quickly buries one the major plot points, which is Bell’s character sleeping with a teenager (David Lambert) and calling that self-discovery.

Hit the jump to check out the poster and misleading trailer.  The film also stars Martin Starr, Mamie Gummer, Joshua Harto, and Amy MadiganThe Lifeguard opens in limited release on August 30th.

Sundance 2013: THE LIFEGUARD Review

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You can go home again, but you probably shouldn’t.  Sometimes, when backed into a corner, we have no choice to retreat in order to regroup, but there’s hardly anything rejuvenating about crawling under the covers in your old bedroom.  Liz A. Garcia‘s The Lifeguard indulges its childish main character’s wish fulfillment as a deranged kind of emotional growth where the protagonist can make hypocritical statements to a kid that doesn’t know any better.  The only real attempt at character development comes from a desperate dramatic ploy in the film’s final ten minutes that closes out this deluded coming-of-age tale.

Sundance 2013: First Images from MOTHER OF GEORGE, THE LIFEGUARD, THE SPECTACULAR NOW, and TOUCHY FEELY

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The Sundance Film Festival recently announced the first round of programming, and we have the first images from a few of the movies playing in the U.S. Dramatic Competition:

  • Mother of George - Directed by Andrew Dosunmu, starring Isaach De Bankolé, Danai Gurira, Anthony Okungbowa, Yaya Alafia, and Bukky Ajayi.
  • The Lifeguard - Written and directed by Liz W. Garcia, starring Kristen Bell, Mamie Gummer, Martin Starr, Alex Shaffer, Amy Madigan, and David Lambert.
  • The Spectacular Now - Directed by James Ponsoldt, starring Miles Teller, Shailene Woodley, Brie Larson, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Kyle Chandler.
  • Touchy Feely - Written and directed by Lynn Shelton, starring Rosemarie DeWitt, Allison Janney, Ron Livingston, Scoot McNairy, Ellen Page, and Josh Pais.

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

2013 Sundance Film Festival Announces Lineups for U.S. and World Competitions and NEXT Sections

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The 2013 Sundance Film Festival is a little under two months away, and the first exciting lineups of films have been announced.  Today the lineups for U.S. and World Cinema Dramatic and Documentary Competitions were unveiled, as well as the lineup for the out-of-competitions NEXT section.  A few highlights include the Daniel Radcliffe-fronted Kill Your Darlings, the outlaw pic Ain’t Them Bodies Saints with Rooney Mara and Casey Affleck, the strong ensemble The Spectacular Now, Primer director Shane Carruth’s new film Upstream Color, and many, many more.

Hit the jump to check out the full lineups, and be sure to check back here on Collider in January for our in-depth coverage from the festival including reviews and interviews.  The 2013 Sundance Film Festival runs January 17 – 27.

Casting Call: Hahn and Roberts in WE’RE THE MILLERS; Jenkins Joins WHITE HOUSE DOWN; Bell to Star in THE LIFEGUARD

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We’ve got some quick casting stories to report today.  First up, Kathryn Hahn and Emma Roberts have joined Jason Sudeikis and Jennifer Aniston in the long-in-development pot comedy We’re the Millers.  Directed by Rawson Thurber (Dodgeball), the film centers on “a pot dealer (Sudeikis) who pulls together a hooker pretending to be his wife (Aniston) and two kids to pose as an RV road-tripping family so that he can smuggle 1000 pounds of pot cross country.”  It sounds like a fun premise, especially since it sounds like the nightmare of an over-zealous DEA agents (“…must stop…family road trips…because of the drugs…”).  Will Poulter (Son of Rambow) recently signed on to play the fake son, and Deadline is now reporting that Roberts will play the daughter.  As for the scene-stealing Hahn, Variety reports she’ll play the wife of a vacationing DEA agent.  Ed Helms and Nick Offerman also have supporting roles in the flick.

Filming on We’re the Millers begins next week in North Carolina. Hit the jump for casting news on the action movie White House Down and the indie flick The Lifeguard.

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