Editor | Peter Bowen
Hanna’s Saoirse Ronan: The Pride of The Irish
Posted March 30, 2011
Saoirse Ronan may play an globe-trotting assassin in Joe Wright’s Hanna, but to the people back home in Ireland, she a lovely lass. As reviews come out the Irish Film & Television Network (IFTN) is keeping a close watch on what the rest of the world is saying about their pride and joy. (To learn more about her background, visit our People in Film: Saoirse Ronan). In the recent IFTN post, “Critics Praise Saoirse Ronan Hanna Performance,” the IFTN web site noted:
The Carlow born actress plays the title role, a young girl trained by her father to be a ruthless killing machine. The Hollywood Reporter has called her performance ”exceptional” whilst Variety praises her ”spirited” take on the role.
HITFIX Counts Out Reasons Why Hanna’s the Best
Posted March 30, 2011
Gregory Ellwood of Hitfix is certainly not one to hold back. The title of his recent web post, “Five reasons why Hanna is the best movie you'll see this Spring,” pretty much says it all. You should read his piece to collect all five, but for a taster here is number five: “Tom Hollander almost steals the show…again.” In case you don’t know this talented British actor, Mr. Ellwood points out why you should––and look above to see him with Cate Blanchett in Hanna:
Joe Wright knows exactly how talented Hollander is. He's cast him in every film he's made besides Atonement (conflict with those never-ending "Pirates" flicks) and once again, the mercurial actor delivers. This time he's playing a German hitman for hire who moonlights as a Berlin club owner. Once you see the picture, all you have to know is Hollander picked out most of his own wardrobe to truly understand how fully realized his character of Issacs really is.
AP video: Cate Blanchett on Elizabeth Taylor
Posted March 28, 2011
Cate Blanchett, one of the star’s in Joe Wright’s thriller Hanna, talks about her personal and our cultural loss of Elizabeth Taylor. It’s a touching tribute, and more so with the clip from Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? with Liz screaming, “I am not a monster.” After all a monster of sorts is what Cate gets to play in Hanna.
Eric Bana stars in iPad only mag Project
Posted March 28, 2011
Eric Bana, one of the stars of Joe Wright’s thriller Hanna, is currently gracing the cover of the cutting edge iPad journal Project. In addition to Eric Bana’s interview, this issue of Project contains a Berlin city guide, which Bana’s character Erik could certainly use in the final scenes of Hanna. And if you want to read this interiew, you'll need your own iPad, since you'll need that to get Project.
BlackBook Covers Mia Wasikowska
Posted March 24, 2011
In the new issue of Black Book, Mia Wasikowska shows up looking like a very mod Jane Eyre for Nick Haramis cover story “Mia Wasikowska, Once More Through the Looking Glass.” It’s a robust article with some stunning photography by Santiago Sierra. It starts off with a telling exchange between writer and star over the fate of Lindsey Lohan. But in the end, Mia is more focused on her film characters than on gossip page caricatures. Indeed rather than speculate on the fate of misguided stars, Wasikowska considers the legacy of her own character by imagining what Jane’s fate would be in the modern age:
If you put her in contemporary society, she’d be running Parliament. There’s something so remarkable about a woman who feels worthy of respect regardless of her social status.
NY Times experiences "thrill of discovery" with Pariah at New Directors/New Films
Posted March 23, 2011
In his New York Times article, “Modest Methods, Big Ambitions,” film critic A. O. Scott surveys the global line up at this year’s New Directors/New Films, the annual survey of fresh talent curated by New York’s Museum of Modern Art and the Film Society of Lincoln Center. Mr. Scott focused in on Dee Rees’ Pariah, the poignant coming-of-age that Focus picked up at Sundance (and will release later this year). Scott remarks:
This New Directors is, notably, a showcase for actors, known and unknown, professional and not. Mr. Spacey, anchoring Margin Call, does his best work in years. To watch Adepero Oduye, who plays a teenage lesbian in Brooklyn in Dee Rees’s splendid Pariah, is to experience the thrill of discovery. Ms. Rees’s film is sensitive but not sentimental, attuned to sexual and racial politics without succumbing to didacticism or piety. Like Majority and Cairo 678, Pariah has a point to make, and a point of view to argue, but it also, above all, wants to illuminate an individual universe of meaning and emotion.
Mia Wasikowska & Michael Fassbender heat up the pages of W
Posted March 18, 2011
In the current issue of W, Lynn Hirschberg’s “Dual in the Sun” zooms in on Michael Fassbender and Mia Wasikowska, the stars of Cary Fukunaga’s Jane Eyre. The piece is broken into two parts, and illustrated with some stunning photos by Jean-Baptiste Mondino. The first half has Mia’s interviw and the second half presents Michael’s, which has a funny bit of about sex scenes.
Sex scenes can be quite awkward. As a guy, the first thing you want to do is make sure you’re not taking advantage. You don’t want the girl to feel like you’re getting a free feel or something. I try to make a fool of myself in one way or another to lighten the mood and then just go for it, because you don’t want to be doing take after take. As for dying—to not play like you’re dying is the way to go when you’re dying in a movie. I think it’s best to look like you’re about to fall asleep.
Huffpost Talks to Cary Fukunaga about Period Challenges
Posted March 17, 2011
In his interview with Jane Eyre's director Cary Fukunaga, the Huffington Post’s Marshall Fine asked about the specific issues of filming a classic today. Cary mentions one of the least expected obstacles: "In Derbyshire, there was a big coal-burning electric plant that we had to erase digitally from some shots - along with cell towers and airplanes all over the place....Even the parts of Yorkshire and the moors that were more expansive had things we had to erase in post-production. Those were our special effects."
Brontë vs Austen: Get Ready to Rumble
Posted March 17, 2011
Monica Hesse in her piece for the Washington Post’s article "Jane Eyre movie rekindles Austen vs. Bronte, the battle of the bonnets” speaks of the unspeakable—a potential rumble between the “Janeites” and the “Charlottans.” If Austen ruled the ‘90s and the ‘00s, with a complete BBC revamping of her novels, such innovative adaptations as Clueless, and Joe Wright's Pride & Prejudice for Focus Features perhaps Brontë’s time has come. In addition to the popular support for Cary Fukunaga’s Jane Eyre, Hesse notes that “director Andrea Arnold is finishing up edits for a new version of Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights — the first version to cast a black actor in the role of Heathcliff.” But why now? Hesse offers one possible answer:
Some analysts have wondered if the Brontes are built for economic downturn — that difficult times draw us to difficult stories. The Bronte heroes find happiness, but not without losing a hand or their eyesight, or having their manor burned down. It’s a bruised happiness, one that might appeal to the foreclosed modern viewer.
Report from Japan: Mari and her family Are Fine
Posted March 15, 2011
After the devastation in Japan, many concerned fans contacted us to find out about Mari and her family. Mari is one of the four infants chronicled in Thomas Balmès’ documentary Babies. We have contacted the filmmakers, and we are happy to report that Mari and her family are just fine. Of course, thousands of Japanese are not. If you can, we encourage all those who are concerned to donate to Oxfam America or to a charity of your choice to help those suffering in Japan. Thank you to all of you who asked about Mari––and to those who are now reaching out to help the Japanese people.