Check out the trailer for Julia’s upcoming film, Great Gilly Hopkins. Plus a brand new promotional still!
Based on the book of the same name, “Gilly” Hopkins (Nélisse) is a mean, brash young girl who is headed for yet another foster home. She hates living with different people all the time and just wants to settle in with her birth mother. Gilly doesn’t like the look of her new foster mom, Trotter (Kathy Bates) and decides she is going to hate her for the rest of her life.
But then, when Nonnie (Glenn Close), comes to Trotter’s house and tells her that she will take Gilly home…and that’s when she realizes that she really wants to be with Trotter.
Daniel Alfredson’s claim to fame involves directing the second and third installments of the Swedish “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” trilogy. But his forays into English language filmmaking haven’t fared so well. His last outing was the tepid “Kidnapping Mr. Heineken,” which was followed by “Go With Me,” which premiered last September at the Venice Film Festival to a lukewarm response.
Based on the book by Castle Freeman Jr, and starring Julia Stiles, Anthony Hopkins, Ray Liotta and Hal Holbrook, the story follows a young woman who is assaulted and stalked by local logging town thug Blackway. She refuses to leave town, and a posse of sorts comes together to take on Blackway.
Go With Me opens on April 22nd. Check out the first international trailer below, and view the screencaps here.
Julia Stiles first met Leah Siegel—half of synth-pop duo Leisure Cruise and daughter of NPR’s Robert Siegel—back in 2012, when the two of them performed together in Sarah Sophie Flicker and Karen Elson’s The Citizens Band. Siegel ran into Dave Hodge, the other half of Leisure Cruise and a frequent Feist collaborator, at a café not long later. After Siegel and Hodge decided to write and record together, Stiles became the new band’s very first fan. And that’s how the three of them came to film the video for Leisure Cruise’s toe-tappy song “Crime Tip,” premiering today exclusively on Vogue.com.
The video finds Stiles inhabiting the character of a dangerous film noir seductress who happens to be the object of affection of a Scotch-drinking P.I. played by performance artist Jon Morris (of Fuerzabruta). As one might expect, she turns the tables on him, and then the glitter comes out, and things get really weird. Director Michael McQuilken conceived of the script with Stiles in mind, and she didn’t hesitate to take on the part. “A film noir–turns–twisted fairy-tale nightmare? Red lips and gold lamé? Yes please!” Stiles told us by email. “I just wish I could audition to play the tambourine for them.” So do we, Julia. So do we.
Congratulations Julia and Preston! With a photo posted Monday to Julia Stiles’ Instagram account, the actress revealed that she’s engaged to camera assistant Preston J. Cook.
The couple met on the set of the 2015 film “Go with Me” and “got engaged on Christmas Eve at a private residence in Isla Grande, Colombia.” “Best Christmas Ever!” reads the caption accompanying her related Instagram photo…
The 15th Annual 24 Hour Plays: On Broadway, featuring Taran Killam, Edie Falco, Rosie Perez and Molly Ringwald, was presented Nov. 16 at 8 PM at Broadway’s American Airlines Theatre.
The annual event draws distinguished artists from throughout the entertainment industry who join forces in an extreme theatre endeavor: writing, directing and performing six original short plays from the ground up in 24 hours, Nov. 15-16, with performances on the 16th. Proceeds from the performance support New York’s Urban Arts Partnership in its efforts to close the achievement gap in NYC’s underserved public schools.
The marathon began at 10 PM Nov. 15. Each actor shared a costume piece and a prop, and revealed a special skill and something they’ve always wanted to do onstage, after which each writer was tasked with composing a ten-minute play by 6 AM this morning. Directors return at 9 AM to meet with their cast for the first time. Less than 12 hours later, the plays debut in front of a live audience at 8 PM.
Live theatre is stressful for any actor, so just imagine how crazy it can be if you’ve been handed a script only a few hours before having to go onstage.
That’s what’s facing about two dozen brave stars on Monday night at the 15th annual benefit “The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway,” which asks actors, writers and directors to come up with six original short plays over the course of a day.
“The biggest lesson is to have fun and not take yourself too seriously,” said Jason Biggs, the “American Pie” star. “You’re going to look like a fool — that’s the point.”
Biggs will be joined by performers Sasha Alexander, Geoffrey Arend, Lorraine Bracco, Tony Danza, Edie Falco, Ashley Fink, Ari Graynor, Kesha, John Krasinski, David Krumholtz, Margarita Levieva, Adrienne Moore, Diane Neal, Rosie Perez, Phylicia Rashad, Molly Ringwald, Julia Stiles, Amber Tamblyn, Tracie Thoms and Vanessa Williams.
Saturday Night Live will be well represented by Taran Killam, Jay Pharoah and Cecily Strong and Rachel Dratch — a nod to that show’s ability to nurture people fast on their feet.
Biggs and Stiles are repeat offenders at “The 24 Hour Plays on Broadway” and call it a highlight every year, even though there’s plenty of sweat and stress getting ready.
“There’s a weird addiction to it where you keep wanting to come back to it every year even if you were panicking leading up to a performance,” said Stiles. “There’s something so great about seeing how much can get done in 24 hours.”
Biggs agrees: “At some point during the day before the performance, we’re like, ‘Why do we do this? Why are we here? Why do we agree to keep coming back? It’s like a monkey touching the electric fence.”
Directors this year are Andy Fickman, Thomas Kail, Leigh Kilton Smith, Patricia McGregor, Kathy Najimi and Eduardo Ponti. The writers include David Lindsay-Abaire, Rachel Axler, David Cross, Dael Orlandersmith and Jonathan Marc Sherman.
The whole thing works this way: The playwrights will gather at 10 p.m. on Sunday and will write a short play by 7 a.m. the next morning. As one might guess, they can get very silly indeed.
The celebrity actors — who, to help the process, have brought in a prop and a costume, as well as reveal a skill and a secret desire — are cast and then rehearse the work for the next 12 hours.
“The actors have it tough,” said Biggs. “But at least we’ve gotten some sleep the night before. These writers are there all night long, under the gun, trying to come up with funny jokes and characters at 4 o’clock in the morning. I’d much rather be the actor in this scenario.”
Then, at 8 p.m. on Monday, the plays will be performed for a live audience of over 1,000 people at the American Airlines Theatre. The one-night-only show benefits the Urban Arts Partnership, an organization that brings arts education into New York City classrooms.
“There’s no way to prepare for it, really. The only thing you can do is try to get a good night’s sleep,” Stiles said.
As for what prop she will bring, Stiles is leaning toward bringing along something that is cluttering up her home.
“I’ve been thinking about something I want to get rid of because oftentimes you forget to pick it after the show,” she said, laughing.
Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment has sold key foreign territories for “Go With Me,” starring Anthony Hopkins, Ray Liotta and Julia Stiles, Variety has learned exclusively.
The film, co-financed by Electric and Enderby Entertainment, is based on the book by Castle Freeman Jr. and was directed by Daniel Alfredsson from a script by Joe Gangemi and Gregory Jacobs.Producers are Rick Dugdale for Enderby Entertainment, Lindsay Williams and Ellen Goldsmith-Vein for The Gotham Group, Jacobs and Hopkins.
The film was picked up for all Italian rights by Microcinema. Other newly sold territories include Central Park for Turkey, Cinemania in the former Yugoslavia, CMC Content in Taiwan, Films4You in Portugal, IPA in Thailand and Vietnam, Octo Arts in the Philippines, Shoval in Israel, Tanweer in Greece. Rights were previously sold in Spain, Latin America and Eastern Europe.
The film recently had its world premiere at the Venice Film Festival. Electric will continue sales at the American Film Market.
Stiles portrays a woman newly returned to her Pacific Northwest hometown who becomes the subject of harassment by an ex-cop-turned-crimelord, played by Liotta. She enlists the help of an ex-logger (Hopkins) and his laconic young sidekick to go up her adversary.
We have also added a new still from the film, to the gallery.