It’s 1955 and Life magazine photographer Dennis Stock has convinced a young James Dean to take a road trip from Los Angeles to New York to Dean’s hometown of Fairmont, Indiana, so Stock can photograph Dean in the environments that “affected and shaped the unique character” of Dean, the photographer said in an interview describing their adventure.
However, that fateful trip, where Stock shot Dean’s famous Times Square photo, is the subject of a new film directed by Dutch director Anton Corbijn. Starring Dane DeHaan as Dean and Robert Pattinson as Stock, the film, called Life, is currently shooting in freezing Ontario, Canada, which is doubling for Indiana.
In the shot, the two young actors are heading from the train station to Dean’s childhood home. Corbijn is happy with the film’s progress thus far. When we spoke to the director he had been shooting for eight days and was already pleased with the connections formed between the two men.
More importantly, they’ve each sparked to their disparate roles.
“Rob has an intensity that I think Dennis would have. When I see Rob, I see an inner turmoil that is great for the role,” he said. “And Dane is really interesting. He has a beautiful face, but it’s a hard face to grasp. It’s hard to see how Dane reads sometimes, and the same thing goes for James Dean.”
EXCLUSIVE: The appetite for scripts and partially finished films is soaring. Lionsgate is tying up a deal today to pay $7 million to pre-buy U.S. distribution rights to American Ultra, the action comedy that begins shooting in New Orleans in five weeks with Jesse Eisenberg and Kristen Stewart starring for Project X director Nima Nourizadeh. In the script by Chronicle writer Max Landis, Eisenberg plays a stoner whose small-town life with his live-in girlfriend (Stewart) is upended when his past catches up with him, putting him the crosshairs of a government operation bent on wiping him out. It’s a co-production between A Likely Story and Circle Of Confusion, with Anthony Bregman, David Alpert and Britton Rizo producing, and Kevin Scott Frakes of Palmstar Media Capital and Raj Brinder Singh of Merced Media Partners exec producing.
The buzz on this one has been building since Berlin, and I thought a deal might be made there. This rivals the record $7 million Berlin deal that The Weinstein Company paid for U.S. rights to the Morten Tyldum-directed The Imitation Game, the film that sold based on script and promo reel about WWII war hero Alan Turing, with Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley starring. The same team at CAA brokered this giant American Ultra deal with Lionsgate after the agency packaged the film and arranged the financing. While many felt that the results of the Berlin market were underwhelming, sometimes those festivals need to be evaluated by results that are not immediately evident. It is becoming more common for dialogue on big films like this one to begin at Berlin. Some of the deals fall in place shortly after, or during the Cannes Film Festival in May. Clearly, studios need to fill slots and haven’t been developing enough, so strong prices should continue to be paid for material and packaged pictures like American Ultra.
10 years following the collapse of society, a man will go to any lengths to take back the one thing that still matters to him.
The Rover – David Michôd’s drama starring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson opens July 18th for A24.
EXCLUSIVE: Coming off the Zach Braff-directed Sundance premiere Wish I Was Here, The Twilight Saga alum Ashley Greene has been set to play Priscilla Presley in Shangra-La Suite, the Eddie OKeefe-directed drama which stars Boardwalk Empire‘s Ron Livingston as Elvis Presley. O’Keefe wrote the script with Chris Hutton. Ron Yerxa, Albert Berger and Tariq Merhab are producing. The film isn’t a study of Elvis’s courtship of the young Priscilla. It’s set in 1974 and focuses on two troubled 20 year olds who set out to kill The King. Shooting just began in Los Angeles. Greene, who’s repped by CAA and McKeon Myones, most recently completed Staten Island Summer and the Joe Dante-directed Burying The Ex.
Ashley Greene spent her 27th birthday with her two favorite men: Kellan Lutz and Paul Khoury! The Apparition star invited a few friends to celerbate at West Hollywood’s DBA Thursday, E! News has exclusively learned. “Ashley came with her boyfriend, Paul,” a source says. “You could tell they really like each other. It’s cute.”
Guests were served Ketel One vodka and champagne, and at one point, a confetti gun went off. “It was really fun!” the source says. The birthday bash also gave Twilight stars Greene and Lutz a chance to reconnect.
“Kellan and Ashley are really good friends, and since they hadn’t seen each other in a long time they finally had a chance to catch up,” the source says. “They sat together talking for quite some time.”
Lutz, 28, came with two guys in tow and proceeded to flirt with a few girls at a neighboring booth. “At one point Kellan lifted one of the girls over to his table to dance with him,” the source tells E! News.
Greene treated herself to an early birthday present this year when she reportedly bought a Spanish-style home in Beverly Hills for $2.435 million. Not a bad gift!
via OTTAWA — Ben Kingsley and Alessandra Mastronardi (To Rome With Love) have jumped aboard the Robert Pattinson-starrer Life, now shooting in Toronto. The latest feature from director Anton Corbijn tells the story of a freelance photographer, Dennis Stock (Pattinson), on assignment for Life magazine, and his unlikely friendship with the actor James Dean, played by Dane DeHaan. The German/Canadian/Australian co-production comes from Australian writer Luke Davies. Life is produced by See-Saw Films’ Iain Canning and Emile Sherman, with Christina Piovesan of First Generation Films, and is co-produced by Wolfgang Mueller and Benito Mueller of Barry Films. The film also will shoot on location in Los Angeles and is financed by Corner Piece Capital, Telefilm Canada, Film4, Screen Australia, Michel Merkt, The Harold Greenberg Fund and Union Bank. FilmNation Entertainment is handling international sales.
OTTAWA — Ben Kingsley and Alessandra Mastronardi (To Rome With Love) have jumped aboard the Robert Pattinson-starrer Life, now shooting in Toronto.
The latest feature from director Anton Corbijn tells the story of a freelance photographer, Dennis Stock (Pattinson), on assignment for Life magazine, and his unlikely friendship with the actor James Dean, played by Dane DeHaan.
The German/Canadian/Australian co-production comes from Australian writer Luke Davies.
Life is produced by See-Saw Films’ Iain Canning and Emile Sherman, with Christina Piovesan of First Generation Films, and is co-produced by Wolfgang Mueller and Benito Mueller of Barry Films.
The film also will shoot on location in Los Angeles and is financed by Corner Piece Capital, Telefilm Canada, Film4, Screen Australia, Michel Merkt, The Harold Greenberg Fund and Union Bank.
FilmNation Entertainment is handling international sales.
That’s actress-director Kristen Stewart now, thank you very much.
The Twilight star is in Nashville this week making her directorial debut on a music video for her pal Sage’s band, Sage + the Saints. She and the crew were spotted filming last night, a sighting that had K.Stew fans in Tennessee all a-Twitter.
“Kristen has always wanted to direct, and no better person to do that for than Sage,” a source exclusively tells E! News, noting that the singer is a mutual friend of Stewart’s and her ex (and fellow indie-music enthusiast) Robert Pattinson.
“We are shooting our music video and need you to come party with us,” Sage informed her fans via Facebook Tuesday. “Bring your friends, lovers, enemies, and mothers! X”
And looking at the fan-provided pics that surfaced online, it looks as if a fair amount of those showed up.
So, when not busy shooting movies or serving as muse for Chanel…Stewart is interested in being behind the camera as well. We can’t wait to see the finished product!
Kristen Stewart has slammed the idea that females are the “weaker sex”.
Speaking to British magazine Stylist, the 23-year-old actress advised women on how to overcome this ongoing problem.
“You’ve got to get comfortable with fear, nothing’s worth doing unless you’re a little bit scared. People call women the weaker sex – it’s crazy. You have to stand up to that and be ready for things to be hard and for things to be serious,” she fumed.
“Female’s ambition is different to men’s. Men have a drive to make their mark on the world so people remember them.
“Women are more fulfilled with the selfless drive to create things, but one of the main struggles is finding out what you’re good at and going for it. If you don’t have a sense of purpose, you’ll just sit down and die!”
Kristen recommends being tactful in approaching the subject. She gets frustrated by stereotypes and believes the way in which women get their message across is important.
“It’s a total cliche – a man in a powerful position is considered assertive, whereas a woman is a ‘bitch’,” she says.
“So unfortunately we do need to consider how things are coming across – because people will stop listening to women much more quickly than they will a man.”
Taylor Lautner has a new gig!
The 22-year-old actor will star in the upcoming second season of the BBC comedy Cuckoo, replacing Andy Samberg in the show’s lead role.
According to The Guardian, the Twilight hunk will play a “mysterious young stranger who shows up in Lichfield, Staffordshire” (where the show is based). Lautner will costar with Brit actors Greg Davies and Helen Baxendale.
Samberg starred in Cuckoo’s first season but disappeared at the end of the season when he traveled to the Himalayas.
“Cuckoo was one of BBC3′s most stand-out comedies, so I’m delighted to welcome it back with the addition of superstar Taylor Lautner joining the critically acclaimed Greg Davies and an outstanding British comedy cast for what will be one of the comedy treats of the year,” BBC3 controller Zai Bennett said recently of the casting news.
The show’s executive producer Ash Atalla added, “Cuckoo is one of my favorite shows I’ve ever been involved in. We can’t wait to come back bigger and better.”
The casting news comes on Lautner’s birthday. Lautner turns 22 today.
Of course Kristen Stewart writes moody, thesaurus-happy poetry. Of course. Slightly more surprising: The fact that the erstwhile Bella Swan read one of her poems aloud to Marie Claire, and allowed the magazine to republish it for its latest cover story.
Marie Claire writes that Stewart penned this particular piece about a year ago — not long after the Twilight saga was finished for good – while driving through Texas with a friend. (As one might guess from her love of Jack Kerouac, Stewart’s a big fan of road trips.) Before reading it for her interviewer, the actress reportedly said something very Stewartian — “Oh, my God, it’s so embarrassing. I can’t believe I’m doing this” — but she also seems to be pretty proud of her poetic endeavors: “I don’t want to sound so fucking utterly pretentious … but after I write something, I go, ‘Holy f—, that’s crazy,’” she tells the magazine. “It’s the same thing with acting: If I do a good scene, I’m always like, ‘Whoa, that’s really dope.’”
And so, without further ado, here is the poem in question:
My Heart Is A Wiffle Ball/Freedom Pole
I reared digital moonlight
You read its clock, scrawled neon across that black
Kismetly … ubiquitously crest fallen
Thrown down to strafe your foothills
…I’ll suck the bones pretty.
Your nature perforated the abrasive organ pumps
Spray painted everything known to man,
Stream rushed through and all out into
Something Whilst the crackling stare down sun snuck
Through our windows boarded up
He hit your flint face and it sparked.
And I bellowed and you parked
We reached Marfa.
One honest day up on this freedom pole
Devils not done digging
He’s speaking in tongues all along the pan handle
And this pining erosion is getting dust in
And I’m drunk on your morsels
And so I look down the line
Your every twitch hand drum salute
Salutes mine …
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