A younger generation of viewers likely know siblings Aly and AJ Michalkafrom the stints on Disney television, or as the musical duo 78violet, but the sisters have taken a confident step into the world of indie filmmaking with “Weepah Way For Now.” Inspired after watching Richard Linklater‘s “Before Midnight” to try something in a similar spirit, their effort arrives soon at the L.A. Film Festival and today we have an exclusive clip.
Featuring an ensemble cast that includes the Michalkas along with Mimi Rogers, Dan Byrd, Amanda Crew, Madeline Zima, Liam Aiken, Jon Heder, Tyler Labine, Gil Bellows, Ryan Donowho, Gale Harold, Erin Cummings, plus narration by Saoirse Ronan, the story follows musical sisters Elle and Joy, who spend their last week before going on tour visiting friends and preparing for the going away party they intend to host. Their apprehensions about throwing the party are universally validated when their divorced mother and father as well as both of their ex-boyfriends converge on the party, leaving tragedy in the wake of what they had envisioned as a unifying celebration. And in the scene below, you can see how the tension at the party soon boils over.
Directed by Stephen Ringer, “Weepah Way For Now” premieres at LAFF on Tuesday, June 16th.
Warner Bros. and director David Yates have narrowed down their choices for the two female leads opposite Eddie Redmayne’s Newt Scamander in J.K. Rowling‘s “Harry Potter” spinoff “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” TheWrap has learned.
Saoirse Ronan, Dakota Fanning, Lili Simmons and Alison Sudol are up for the role of Queenie, while Kate Upton, Katherine Waterston and Elizabeth Debicki are being eyed to play Queenie’s older sister, Tina, multiple individuals familiar with the situation have told TheWrap.
Though it’s unclear whether all of those actresses are available or even wish to pursue the project, several of them already have test deals in place, and Redmayne is expected to read alongside them during those tests, which are slated to take place over the next week.
As with any shortlist, this one is just a snapshot in time, as it is still early in the process and there may be others in the mix down the line. Warner Bros., for its part, had no comment.
Saoirse Ronan and Annette Bening are set to star in a movie adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s “The Seagull,” which has been added to the Cannes sales slate of Oliver Simon and Daniel Baur’s K5 Intl.
The film will be directed by Michael Mayer, who won a Tony in 2007 for “Spring Awakening” and was nominated for “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” last year. It has been adapted by playwright Stephen Karam, who wrote Pulitzer Prize finalist “Sons of the Prophet.” The producers are Leslie Urdang (“Rabbit Hole”), actor/producer Tom Hulce (“Amadeus”), and Bob Salerno (“21 Grams,” “We Need to Talk About Kevin”).
Bening, who was Oscar nominated for “The Grifters,” “Being Julia,” “American Beauty” and “The Kids Are All Right,” most recently appeared alongside Al Pacino in “Danny Collins.” Ronan’s latest credits include “The Grand Budapest Hotel” and Sundance player “Brooklyn,” which Fox Searchlight picked up in the U.S.
Also in “The Seagull” are Corey Stoll, who appeared in “Midnight in Paris” and was Golden Globe nominated for “House of Cards,” and newcomer Billy Howle, who was a standout in Richard Eyre’s Olivier Award winning production of “Ghosts.” Costumer designer is Ann Roth and production designer is Jane Musky, with Matthew Lloyd taking on d.p. duties. The film is shooting in upstate New York this summer.
The Seagull by Anton Chekhov is a slice-of-life drama set in the Russian countryside at the end of the 19th century. The cast of characters is dissatisfied with their lives. Some desire love. Some desire success. Some desire artistic genius. No one, however, ever seems to attain happiness.
Scholars have often said that Chekhov’s plays are not plot driven. Instead, the plays are character studies designed to create a specific mood.
Some critics view The Seagull as a tragic play about eternally unhappy people. Others see it as a humorous albeit bitter satire, poking fun at human folly.
Ronan, who is fascinating and heartbreaking as Leia, talks to Yahoo TV about telling this aspect of a kidnapping story — which was recently nominated for a Critics Choice award — and the TV shows that are inspiring her to look for a small-screen starring role herself.
What aspect of the story initially attracted you to it?
That [Leia’s] whole life had kind of been taken away from her, the life that she should have had was taken away from her, and instead she was completely secluded and very much became this man’s world, his whole existence for 17 years. But I think it’s also interesting the love that she had for Ben, and the, in a way, admiration she had for him. He brought her up, and how he taught her things, and he gave her morals and principles… how she takes that with her when she goes into the real world is really interesting. It’s a really interesting study when it comes to an audience’s reaction to that, and it’s not a typical Hollywood story in the sense that she goes back to her biological family and everything just fits into place. It really doesn’t, and it’s very much about the struggle between her and her mother.
Without going into spoilery specifics, Leia has grown up in an environment that didn’t include a lot of modern things, electronics, phones, TV — things that can be big distractions. Was that a challenge to portray?
It was… We use our phones and we use our laptops as a distraction from real life, and I think the strength that comes from Leia is that she’s not a modern person. She’s very introverted, she’s very strong about who she is, she’s very smart as well… She’s not backwards. But, at the end of the day, she’s only been with one person for the most pivotal years in her life, and he’s represented everything to her. He’s been her God in a sense. He was her father, her friend, her brother, her lover… there are all these different layers to their relationship, and it raises the question, how much of us is actually who we are, and how much of us is a product of the atmosphere around us and the situations that we’re in, and the people that we’re surrounded by?
‘Stockholm, Pennsylvania’ was nominated for Critics Choice Awards along with Jason Isaacs and Cynthia Nixon for Best Supporting Actors. Congratulation to the team!
The Critics’ Choice Awards will broadcast live on A&E at 8 p.m, May 31st.
BEST MOVIE MADE FOR TELEVISION
A Poet in New York
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIES
Bill Murray, Olive Kitteridge
Cory Michael Smith, Olive Kitteridge
Elvis Nolasco, American Crime
Finn Wittrock, American Horror Story: Freak Show
Jason Isaacs, Stockholm, Pennsylvania
Jonathan Pryce, Wolf Hall
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A MOVIE OR LIMITED SERIES
Claire Foy, Wolf Hall
Cynthia Nixon, Stockholm, Pennsylvania
Janet McTeer, The Honorable Woman
Khandi Alexander, Bessie
Sarah Paulson, American Horror Story: Freak Show
Vincent Van Gogh biopic will see 60 artists produce 57,800 oil paintings to make up the film, starring Douglas Booth and Saoirse Ronan.
Principal photography has begun on animated feature Loving Vincent at London’s Three Mills Studio. The film tells the story of the final months and mysterious death of artist Vincent Van Gogh.
Billed as “the world’s first painted animation feature”, the film aims to bring Van Gogh’s masterpieces to life in a unique way. Live action footage will be filmed and then projected, frame by frame, onto canvas and painted over in oils in the style of Van Gogh.
A total of 60 painters will work for a year to complete the 57,800 oil paintings making up the film.
Loving Vincent stars Douglas Booth (The Riot Club),Jerome Flynn (Game of Thrones), Chris O’Dowd (Calvary), Saoirse Ronan (The Grand Budapest Hotel), John Sessions (The Iron Lady), Eleanor Tomlinson(Poldark), and Aidan Turner (The Hobbit).
It is directed by Dorota Kobiela (The Little Postman) and Oscar-winner Hugh Welchman (Peter & The Wolf), produced by Welchman and Ivan Mactaggart (My Week with Marilyn) and written by Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman.
Executive producers are Sean Bobbitt and David Parfitt.
The film is a co-production between Poland’s Breakthru Films, run by Welchman, and Trademark Films, the UK production outfit of David Parfitt, winner of the Best Film Oscar for Shakespeare in Love.
Today, our lovely girl is turning 21 and I would like to wish her an amazing day and may this year be the best and all the best on her personal life and career.
Lots, of kisses!
Hey, everyone. I thought the site needed a new look so I got inspired by Saoirse’s photoshoot from during Sundance festival. This time we have a matching theme for the main and gallery section. I hope you like it and let us know if you have any problem.
I have added to the gallery some HQ pictures of Saoirse at the Cinemagic Film And Television Festival For Young People, Dublin on March 30th. Enjoy!
Public Appearances > 2015 > March 30 – Cinemagic Film And Television Festival For Young People, Dublin