Claustrophobic thrillers such as Wait Until Dark and Repulsionfeature actresses at the top of their game, and Short Term 12star Brie Larson may have found such a gem with Room. Premiering at the Toronto Film Festival, Roomcenters on 5-year-old Jack (Jacob Temblay) and his loving mom (Larson) who have been confined in a 10-by-10-foot space. Within this room, the mother has created an elaborate universe for Jack to keep his sanity in check, but when her own stability reaches its breaking point the pair decide to escape their dangerous environment.
The teaser trailer also features other folks (the film co-stars William H. Macy and Joan Allen) who inhabit Room’s environment, but whether they are individuals from the past or a figment of their imagination is not, if you haven’t read Emma Donoghue’s novel, specified.
Director Lenny Abrahamson may be the perfect choice to direct Room, as challenging perceptions and perspectives was one of the more alluring aspects of last year’s feature Frank. Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think!
Room, which premieres at the Toronto Film Festival,opens in New York and Los Angeles October 16. A nationwide release is set for November 7.
Currently streaming on NETFLIX, the third season of the award-winning series ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK is continuing to prove that the relatively new trend of ‘binge watching’ is here to stay. Set in a women’s prison and centered on the drug related incarceration of an upscale preppy housewife, the series has become the darling of the hip and in-the-know crowd.
Based on the best-selling memoir by PIPER KERMAN, the show has proven to be a showcase for a cast that includes TAYLOR SCHILLING, LAURA PREPON,KATE MULGREW, UZO ADUBA, NATASHA LYONNE, TARYN MANNING and LAVERNE COX.
Yesterday, the cast of OITNB faced reporters at a TCA press conference and it was critically acclaimed actress UZO ADUBA (Crazy Eyes on the show) who really nailed it in responding to a question about the relevance of the series to the actual state of the U.S. penal system. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
All three seasons of ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK are currently streaming on NETFLIX.
It’s just a matter of days before JON STEWART steps down from his 16-year post as host of Comedy Central’s THE DAILY SHOW and only weeks until comic/writer TREVOR NOAH steps in to fill the void. It’s going to be a tough act to follow as STEWART has become, to some, the most trusted newsman in America and the source of some of the most biting social satire since the late ’60s and early ’70s.
A half-black/half-white native of South Africa, NOAH has been working in this country for several years, has been a frequent contributor to The Daily Show and is no stranger to tackling political and social issues.
Speaking to reporters yesterday at a TCA press conference, NOAH responded to questions regarding the pressure of taking the reins of such a highly regarded series and admitted that his concerns are more of the personal variety than the professional. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)
TREVOR NOAH begins his tenure on THE DAILY SHOW 9/28 on Comedy Central.
Set for release next month, the animated version of KAHLIL GIBRAN’S THE PROPHET is a brilliantly conceived collab of ten amazing directors bound together in recreating the poetry and inspiration of GIBRAN’s classic masterpiece. Employing the distinct animation styles of each director, the film manages to distill 26 different philosophies to nine and still maintain the heart and soul of, what has become, a literary classic.
Produced by SALMA HAYEK and directed by the likes of ROGER ALLERS,TOMM MOORE and BILL PLYMTON (to name just a few), the voice talent includes HAYEK, QUVENZHANE WALLIS, LIAM NEESON, JOHN KRASINSKI, ALFRED MOLINA and FRANK LANGELLA.
Oscar nominated in 2012 for best actress for her role in BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD, 11-year-old QUVENZHANE WALLIS sat down yesterday to talk with reporters about her involvement in KAHLIL GIBRAN’S THE PROPHET and her experience in doing animation voice work. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)‘
KAHLIL GIBRAN’S THE PROPHET opens in theaters 8/7.
Marielle Heller makes her directorial debut in The Diary of a Teenage Girl, a 1970s, set coming of age drama that features a star turn from relative newcomer Bel Powley. Based on Phoebe Gloeckner’s novel of the same name, the story is centers on Minnie Goetze (Powley) a teen who falls in lust and love with her mother’s overly mellow boyfriend Monroe (Alexander Skarsgård). Kristen Wiig co-stars as Minnie’s librarian mom.
Powley submitted an audition tape and at the end of the tape she looked directly at the camera and addressed Heller, explaining why she felt connected to the material. Though Heller auditioned “hundreds of girls” for the role, she kept coming back to Powley.
“Part of the thing about doing a passion project is you want other people who are passionate about it to be involved,” says Heller. “So it really meant a lot to me that it resonated with Bel because I also felt like she knew who this character was in her bones. I wanted people who loved it as much as I did and saw Minnie as this heroine that we’ve been looking for as women.”
Click on the media bar to hear Bel Powley recount her audition tape for The Diary of a Teenage Girl:
The Diary of a Teenage Girl opens in New York and Los Angeles August 7. To read about Alexander Skårsgard’s own journey with the film, check out this post from Find Your Seen .