Julianne Moore im Interwiev mit " Collider " über " Maps to the Stars " Julianne Moore and Michael Angarano Talk THE ENGLISH TEACHER, Their Characters, the Film’s Tone, MAPS TO THE STARS, HEAT, and More
by Christina Radish Posted: May 20th, 2013 at 5:16 pm
The indie dramedy The English Teacher tells the story of Linda Sinclair (Julianne Moore), a 40-year-old, unmarried high school English teacher in small town Pennsylvania. With no children and no relationships to speak of, her life is uncomplicated, which is just how she likes it. Her greatest passion and her biggest fulfillment comes from helping her impressionable young students discover their own creative voices, until a former star student (Michael Angarano) returns and threatens to undo it all.
During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, co-stars Julianne Moore and Michael Angarano talked about how they came to the project, what they enjoyed most about playing their characters, and how much they enjoyed the experience of working with each other. Julianne also spoke about the next film she’ll be shooting, Maps to the Stars, directed by David Cronenberg, while Michael spoke about how he’s shooting the remake of Heat with Jason Statham, and they both talked about why Hollywood loves remakes, and what might entice them to working in a really great role on cable television. Check out what they had to say after the jump.
How did each of you come to these roles? JULIANNE MOORE: I actually ran into one of the producers on the street, who I’d known from another movie, and he said he had a script he wanted to send me that he thought I was perfect for. I read it and loved it, and thought it was so funny and relatable and refreshing. I said, right away, that I wanted to do it.
MICHAEL ANGARANO: I had a similar thing, where I got sent the script by my agent while I was working on something else. I knew that I had to put myself on tape and have a meeting with Craig [Zisk], the director, via Skype. I did both of those things. I was actually immediately unhappy with the tape that I sent and called Craig to tell him that, if he didn’t want to watch it, it was fine because I was going to make another tape. I made them both at like midnight or one in the morning, while I was filming this other movie in upstate New York. But, I got the news, while I was on that set, that I got the part and I was very, very excited. MOORE: I saw his tapes, and they were great.
Because this movie has a very specific tone, was it something you immediately saw on the page or did you discuss that with the director before signing on? MOORE: I think it read. It read how it presents itself. That was one of the things that was so great about it. It had a sincerity to it that was really refreshing, but also a comedic sensibility that I was really interested in.At times, these characters are almost uncomfortably human. What did you enjoy most about inhabiting these individuals?
ANGARANO: I think Jason, for me anyway, was very relevant because he’s going through a little bit of an existential crisis and post-college malaise. He’s at a crossroads of his life, where he’s either going to pursue a career in something that he doesn’t want to do, like being a doctor or a lawyer, or he’s going to suffer as an artist. I think that he is seeking validation, like most young people in their 20′s. So, when Linda comes along and gives him this opportunity, he realizes that he can be creatively and personally satisfied, even though it was something he didn’t really have in mind. He realizes that life is full of compromises, and whether or not you’re willing to negotiate.
MOORE: I loved Linda. I found her so incredibly relatable, honestly. I was that kid. I was the kid who read a lot and who was academic, and who was more of an indoor person than an outdoor person. I would win the summer reading contest at the library. I feel like Linda is somebody I could have been, were it not for the intervention of my English teacher when I was a junior in high school, who told me that I could be an actress. I started doing drama after school because I didn’t do anything else. I wasn’t athletic. I couldn’t make the drill team. I couldn’t do any of those things. This teacher actually changed the course of my life, so I felt like I understood and really knew who Linda was.
Neither of these characters are happy with where they’re at in life and they’re both personally unfulfilled. Does that make you even more grateful that you get to do what you love for a living, and that most people don’t get that opportunity? MOORE: Oh, my gosh, yeah! I feel so fortunate. One thing I always tell my children is, “We have to work for a living, but it is your life, so make sure you find something that you enjoy doing and people that you enjoy doing it with. Then, hopefully, you’ll have a happy life.”
Julianne, you’re a very well-respected and admired actress in the industry, and anyone I’ve ever spoken to that’s worked with you speaks very highly of the experience, including your co-star Lily Collins, who is clearly a fan of yours. MOORE: She’s a sweetheart. I love that girl. She’s the prettiest girl in the world, and such a nice girl, too. And she was so funny and so sly, in the part. It was great to see her do that kind of character. I loved it.
Do you find yourself absorbing as much from your co-stars, as they clearly do from you? MOORE: You always absorb a lot from a great actor. What you want, as an actor, no matter where you are in your career, is a partner who’s going to bring everything they have to the scene. It’s pretty boring, working by yourself. The scene happens in between the two of you, and then you don’t know what it’s going to be because it’s a kind of combustion. So, you do take something from every actor you work with. In this movie, everybody brought stuff to the table. They were all so interesting and fun and talented. It was great! It was always a great surprise and a nice experience, every day.
Michael, Lily Collins and Juno Temple both had very high praise for your work and ability, as an actor. Has it been important to you to be selective about the work you do, and gain respect in this industry and in your craft, instead of just looking for the biggest blockbusters?
ANGARANO: To be honest, it’s a combination of just wanting to work as much as possible and steadily, and doing things that you believe in. I would be lying, if I said that sometimes it is just a job that you show up for because you’re getting paid, and that’s important, too. But, if you can be in a state of mind where you enjoy your job, whether it’s just a job, or it’s actually cathartic for you, or it’s something personal. I think it would be much easier to be content with doing a good job. For me, whether it’s redundant or whether it’s something new, I just want to relate to the character, in some way, or do something that interests me, in some way or another.
How was your experience working with each other? Do you like to rehearse scenes ahead of time, or do you prefer to just live in the moment?[/b] MOORE: We didn’t talk about it a whole lot. I’m not one of those big backstory people. I like to have some rehearsal. I think we had a little rehearsal. We spent time with each other. For me, the most important thing is that I feel comfortable with the actor that I’m working with and I’m able to talk to them. I think I asked Michael a lot of questions about himself and his family. We talked about a lot of personal things, and I think we both felt pretty comfortable spending time with each other.
ANGARANO: We found out we do share a birthday.
MOORE: Yeah, we have the same birthday, which makes us zodiac twins.
ANGARANO: We’re incredibly compatible.
MOORE: Everything in our charts line up.
The comedy in this movie comes from grounded performances in absurd situations. Does that type of comedy come more easily for you because it is more organic? MOORE: I think it’s much easier. When I was doing the scene with Greg [Kinnear] in the hospital, I loved that scene, but it’s not funny unless you’re genuinely crying, and that was hard to do. You put a lot of pressure on yourself because you have to find the emotion underneath it, otherwise the laughs don’t play. But, it’s satisfying.
Do you both know what you’ll be shooting next? MOORE: Yes, I’m going to do a film with David Cronenberg this summer, called Maps to the Stars. It’s based on a Bruce Wagner novel. I’m very, very excited.
ANGARANO: I’m doing a movie called Heat right now, with Jason Statham and Stanley Tucci.
You both have remakes coming out, with Heat and Carrie. When you get a script for a remake, do you read them with an open mind before making any judgments, or do you typically try to steer clear? MOORE: They’ve been doing remakes for years. Ever since there’s been a Hollywood, they remake a movie every 20 years, so it’s not a new thing. A Star is Born has been remade four times, or they’re gearing up for the fourth remake of it. With everything, you have to approach it with an open mind and know that, like doing a play, every production is going to be different. Generally, things are remade because they were interesting and some people want to get a crack at doing them. It’s always going to be different, and hopefully enough time has passed between one version and another iteration that it doesn’t feel like they’re right on top of each other.
ANGARANO: In the case of Heat, everybody thinks I’m talking about the Robert De Niro movie and I have to say, “No, there was actually a movie called Heat with Burt Reynolds, that William Goldman wrote.” And everybody is like, “Oh, I don’t remember that one.” Or if they do remember it, they either loved it or hated it. I think you approach it the same way that you do anything else.
You each have had some television experience in your acting history. With all of the great stories and characters on cable television now, would either of you consider doing a short-run cable series or an arc on a show?
ANGARANO: For me, it just depends on the role and depends on whether it’s something I would want to be a part of for a long period of time, and if it’s a character that I could see growth in, or that I would want to play for possibly a few years of my life. So, I think it just depends on the role and, especially with TV, the people. I did a pilot last year with Nick Stoller, and he directed it and wrote it and was going to be showrunner, and it was such an amazingly satisfying and fun experience. It all depends on the people, for me.
MOORE: I agree. It would have to be something very original and very interesting, and something that I felt that I would want to sustain for a period of time.
RObert Pattinson : DIe Dreharbeiten zu " Maps to the Stars " beginnen am 08 Juli 2013 Buyers find Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars
21 May, 2013 | By Andreas Wiseman
EXCLUSIVE: eOne closes multiple deals on David Cronenberg’s new thriller.
eOne has closed multiple deals on David Cronenberg’s new thriller Maps to the Stars, starring Mia Wasikowska, Julianne Moore, Robert Pattinson and John Cusack.
Deals have closed with Benelux (Cineart), Poland (Monolith), Scandinavia (Mis Label), Iceland (Gmight), Switzerland (PatheAG), Portugal (Lusomundo), Turkey (Calinos), Israel (Shani), Greece (Hollywood) and Former Yugoslavia (Discovery).
Deals are set to close shortly for C.I.S., Middle East, Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Hong Kong and India.
Production is scheduled to kick off on July 8 in Toronto and Los Angeles on the ghost story that also doubles as a commentary on celebrity culture in Los Angeles. Bruce Wagner wrote the screenplay.
eOne will directly distribute the film in the US, Canada, the UK, Australia and New Zealand.
eOne and Prospero Pictures are co-financing and Katz produces with SBS Productions’ Saïd Ben Saïd.
Robert Pattinson: Drehbeginn von „Maps To The Stars“ im Juli Großes Interesse an Cronenbergs neuem Projekt
21. Mai 2013
Es scheint so, als ob Robert Pattinson noch ein paar Wochen Freizeit hat. Der Dreh von „Maps To The Stars“ soll erst im Juli beginnen, wie heute bekannt wurde.
Laut ‚screendaily.com‘ konnte der Film erfolgreich in zahlreiche Länder verkauft werden. Deals wurden mit Verleihern in den Benelux-Staaten, Polen, Skandinavien, Island, Schweiz, Portugal, Türkei, Israel und Griechenland geschlossen. Weitere Verträge mit Brasilien, Mexiko, Peru, Hong Kong und Indien sind kurz vor dem Abschluss. In den USA, Kanada, England, Australien und Neuseeland wird das kanadische Film-Unternehmen ‚Entertainment One‘ den Vertrieb übernehmen.
Offensichtlich gibt es genug Interesse an dem Thriller und so wurde der Drehstart auf den 08. Juli festgelegt. Für Regisseur David Cronenberg wird es der zweite Streifen mit Robert Pattinson sein und ein großer Schritt raus aus seiner Komfortzone. Bislang baute er seine Sets gerne bei sich in Kanada auf, diesmal wird auch Los Angeles dabei sein.
Robs Co-Stars werden unter anderem Julianne Moore, John Cusack, Sarah Gadon und Mia Wasikowska sein.
Aktualisiert - Robert Pattinson & seine CO Star`s bei " Maps to the Star "
'Maps to the Stars' Cast List: Robert Pattinson (Jerome), John Cusack (Sanford), Julianne Moore (Havana), Mia Wasikowska (Agatha), Sarah Gadon (Clarice), Emilia McCarthy (Kayla), Evan Bird (Benjie), Ari Cohen (Jeb Berg), Donald Burda (Hank).
Benelux distributors have revealed the results of a buying spree at Cannes’ Marché du Film, including Clio Barnard’s The Selfish Giant, Asif Kapadia’s Amy Winehouse documentary and David Cronenberg’s upcoming Maps to the Stars.
A-Film also picked up two from Relativity: animated feature Free Birds;and Loomis Fargo, an action-comedy based around a bank heist starring Jim Carrey and Owen Wilson.
Cineart Rival distributor Cineart nabbed Jia Zhangke’s A Touch Of Sin, sold by MK2 and Alexander Payne’s Nebraska, handled by Filmnation - both Competition titles - as well as Clio Barnard’s Directors’ Fortnight film The Selfish Giant, sold by Protagonist.
The company was also aggressively pre-buying at the Marché. It took David Cronenberg’s thriller Maps To The Stars, starring Julianne Moore and Robert Pattinson, from eOne, and the upcoming Amy Winehouse feature doc from Asif Kapadia, sold by Focus.
On script basis, the company has also taken Joachim Trier’s English-language Louder Than Bombs, sold by Memento.
Before the festival began, Cineart snapped up five Competition films: Borgman, Only God Forgives, The Past, Blue Is The Warmest Colour and Jeune et Jolie.
The distributor has also confirmed it will be releasing Les Vacances Du Petit Nicolas.
Wild Bunch Wild Bunch Benelux has also had a prolific Cannes, having already pre-bought Jim Jarmusch’s Only Lovers Left Alive from Hanway.
The company took Un Certain Regard entries La Jaula De Oro from Films Boutique and Omar by Hany Abu-Assad from The Match Factory.
Wild Bunch Benelux also acquired secretly shot Iranian film Manuscripts Don’t Burn from Elle Driver.
Its pre-buys included Kristian Levring’s western Salvation from TrustNordisk and Michael Winterbottom’s The Trip To Italy from Goalpost.
Robert Pattinson: Updates zu „Mission: Blacklist“ & „Maps To The Stars“ Rob hat endlich wieder Arbeit
Nachdem Robert Pattinson offenbar die Tage wieder die Arbeit aufnahm – er wurde beim Betreten eines Studios fotografiert – gibt es nun Updates zu seinen kommenden Filmprojekten.
„Mission: Blacklist“ hat tatsächlich einen neuen Regisseur (wir berichteten). Der Schwede Jesper Ganslandt ersetzt den sehr ambitionierten Jean Stephane-Sauvaire, der sich in der Vorbereitung enorm ins Zeug legte für den Film. Warum er schließlich die Segel strich, ist nicht bekannt. Möglicherweise beharrte er zu sehr auf einem gefährlichen Dreh an Original-Schauplätzen im Irak.
Gedreht werden soll im Herbst, angeblich ziemlich genau ab dem 30. September. Ursprünglich war von einem Start im August die Rede.
Damit wäre „Mission: Blacklist“, in dem Robert Pattinson die Rolle des Hussein-Jägers Eric Maddox übernimmt, der Nachfolger von „Maps To The Stars“.
Letzterer kommt langsam in die heiße Phase. Carrie Fisher („Star Wars“) wurde neu dem Cast hinzugefügt und in Toronto wurden schon Julianne Moore, John Cusack sowie Mia Wasikowska gesichtet. Rob ist allerdings noch nicht in Kanada, er treibt sich aktuell noch in Los Angeles rum, wie ihr auf den neusten Bildern von ihm sehen könnt.
" Maps to the Star " : Offizielle Pressemitteilung Robert Pattinson Thriller 'Maps to the Stars' Starts Shooting
David Cronenberg's movie also stars John Cusack, Julianne Moore and Mia Wasikowska
"Cosmopolis" star Robert Pattinson is moving from the back seat of a limousine to the front, as "Maps to the Stars," his next collaboration with director David Cronenberg, has started its 30-day shoot, which runs through August in Toronto and Los Angeles.
Entertainment One and Prospero Pictures are co-financing the Los Angeles-set movie, which stars John Cusack, Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, Olivia Williams, Sarah Gadon, Evan Bird and Pattinson.
A contemporary tale exploring the demons of our celebrity-obsessed society, story follows the Weiss family, which is led by Stafford (Cusack), a psychotherapist and life coach who made his fortune with self-help books. His wife (Williams) is the overbearing mother-manager of their 13-year-old son (Bird), a TV star recently out of drug rehab. Their estranged daughter (Wasikowska) has just been released from a psychiatric hospital and befriended a limo driver (Pattinson) who is also an aspiring actor.
One of Stafford's celebrity clients is Havana (Moore), an actress with an unusual new assistant. Havana’s dream of reprising her dead mother’s (Gadon) starring role from the 1960s slowly crumbles while ghosts, death and all manner of vices collide.
Cronenberg is directing "Maps to the Stars" from a script by Bruce Wagner. The film is produced by Prospero Pictures founder Martin Katz, as well as SBS Productions’ Saïd Ben Saïd ("Carnage") and Michel Merkt. Sentient Entertainment's Renee Tab and eOne’s Benedict Carver are exec producing. Integral Films’ Alfred Hürmer co-produces, while longtime Cronenberg collaborator Walter Gasparovic serves as associate producer.
"'Maps to the Stars' marks a return to the shocking and audacious cinema Cronenberg fans love, with a fantastic cast of award-winners and hugely talented newcomers," said Katz.
eOne Films International is handling worldwide rights, and eOne will directly distribute "Maps to the Stars" in the U.S., Canada, the UK and Australia/New Zealand. The film is produced with the support of Telefilm Canada, The Ontario Media Development Corporation, and the Harold Greenberg Fund.
Robert Pattinson: „Maps To The Stars“ Dreh hat begonnen Komödie von David Cronenberg
Für Robert Pattinson ist nun endlich die „arbeitslose“ Zeit vorbei. Am Montag haben in Vancouver die Dreharbeiten zu seinem neuen Film „Maps To The Stars“ begonnen. Außerdem wurde eine neue Handlung zu der Komödie veröffentlicht.
Zu dem elitären Cast zählen unter anderem so klangvolle Namen wie John Cusack, Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska und Carrie Fisher.
30 Tage lang sollen die Stars insgesamt vor der Kamera stehen. Nicht nur in Kanada wird gedreht, sondern auch in Los Angeles. Damit gibt David Cronenberg sein Regie-Debüt in den USA, denn bislang zog er stets seine kanadische Heimat vor, was wohl auch durch mangelnde Budgets bedingt war.
„Maps To The Stars“ handelt von den Dämonen der von Stars besessenen Gesellschaft. Die Story dreht sich um die Familie Weiss, die von Familienoberhaupt Stafford (Cusack) angeführt wird, seines Zeichens ein Psychotherapeut. Er ist auch ein Life Coach und machte ein Vermögen mit Selbsthilfebüchern.
Seine Frau (Olivia Williams) ist die herrische Mutter/Managerin des gemeinsamen 13-jährigen Sohnes (Evan Bird), der ein TV-Star ist und schon im Drogenentzug war. Die Tochter (Wasikowska) wurde gerade erst aus einer Nervenheilanstalt entlassen und hilft einem befreundeten Chauffeur (Pattinson), der gleichzeitig ein ehrgeiziger Nachwuchsschauspieler ist.
Und dann gibt es da noch Havana (Moore), die ebenfalls Schauspielerin ist und eine Klientin Staffords. Havanas Traum ist es, eine Rolle ihrer toten Mutter (Gadon) aus den 1960er Jahren zu spielen. Leider geht der Plan nicht ganz auf.
Es gilt als wahrscheinlich, dass der Streifen bei den Filmfestspielen von Cannes im nächsten Jahr vorgestellt wird. Vielleicht sehen wir dann sogar wieder Robert Pattinson in Südfrankreich?