Elle Fanning stars in Teen Spirit as Violet, a teenager who is determined to enter a singing competition and thrive against the odds. The project marks the successful feature debut of Max Minghella (The Handmaid’s Tale), who shot the drama in the Isle of Wight (where his late father, director Anthony Minghella, grew up).
Jamie Bell, seen earlier this year in Donnybrook, is an executive producer on Teen Spirit, and he has been friends with Minghella for over 15 years. In the video below, the pair discuss what makes their collaboration tick:
Teen Spirit, featuring songs from Sigrid, No Doubt, and Ellie Goulding, opens in theaters April 12.
Max Minghella makes his writing and directing debut with Teen Spirit, the story of a Polish teenager named Violet (Elle Fanning) who enters a singing competition. Desperate to get out of her small town, Violet befriends an ex-opera singer (Zlatko Buric) who ultimately becomes her friend and mentor.
The movie was shot in the Isle of Wight, the island where Minghella’s late father, director Anthony Mingella (The English Patient) grew up. Though it would be easy to claim DNA as a reason for Minghella’s skill at directing, that would be just a sliver of the story. Teen Spirit, which features Fanning in one of her finest performances, also boasts, along with healthy share of excellent pop songs, a distinct and immersive visual style.
During the interviews we asked Minghella about what makes Elle Fanning a great actress. Producing partner Jamie Bell is also in the video.
Winona Ryder and Keanu Reeves first worked together in Bram Stoker’s Dracula, all the way back in 1992. They came together again in 2006 for A Scanner Darkly, and now they’re back together again in a new comedy, Destination Wedding. When we spoke to Ryder and Reeves, they told us their long history as co-workers and friends certainly helped them create good chemistry as a couple coming together under less than ideal conditions.
Haley Lu Richardson and Regina Hall in SUPPORT THE GIRLS, a Magnolia Pictures release. Photo courtesy of Magnolia Pictures.
Regina Hall’s career has been filled with its share of hits (including the Scary Movie franchise, The Best Man, and most recently Girls Trip), and now she headlines the critically praised indie comedy Support The Girls.
Penned and directed by Andrew Bujalski, Support The Girls centers on Lisa (Hall), the nurturing manager of a sports bar named Double Whammies. The waitresses are tasked with wearing low cut uniforms and serving their share of ogling customers, and it’s Lisa’s job to keep everyone’s head above water, even if it means placing her own job on the line.
In the video below, Regina Hall gives a brief mention to a previous indie film she worked on (People PlacesThings) and discusses how she approached her character in Support The Girls.
Searching is a movie about every parent’s worst fear – the abduction of a child. When Jaws came out, it heightened people’s fear of open water and even kept people from swimming in the ocean! Debra Messing stars in Searching, and we asked her if it’s a movie that parents might want to avoid.
Puzzlecenters on Agnes (Kelly Macdonald), a housewife who has raised two children with her auto mechanic husband Louie (David Denman). When she receives a puzzle for her birthday, Agnes finds a completely new passion in what she believes has been a rather monotonous and predictable life. Irrfan Khan (The Lunchbox) co-stars as Robert, a Manhattan based inventor who becomes Agnes’ puzzle partner (they are practicing for an impending competition).
Marc Turtletaub, a prolific producer whose credits include Little Miss Sunshine and Loving, directs the narrative (The Messengerfilmmaker Oren Moverman co-wrote the script) with a refreshing level of nuance and subtlety. In the video below, Macdonald and Denman discuss why a ton of rehearsal was not needed to capture the essence of Puzzle.
Puzzle opens in New York and Los Angeles on July 27.