DIRECTOR ANTON CORBIJN STARRING DANE DEHAAN, ROBERT PATTINSON, JOEL EDGERTON, BEN KINGSLEY ETA 25 SEPTEMBER
When the script for Life – the story of photographer Dennis Stock and his relationship with an unknown James Dean – landed on Anton Corbijn’s desk, it resonated at once. “For over 40 years, that’s what I’ve been doing,” says the Dutch director who, long before making Control and The American, plied his trade snapping musicians, most notably Joy Division, U2, Depeche Mode and REM. “That’s why I did this film,” he insists.
“I didn’t do the film because of James Dean.” Maybe not, but the aura around the Rebel Without A Cause star remains strong 60 years after he died, aged just 24, in a car crash. So much so that Dane DeHaan (29 but far younger looking), who worshipped Dean when he was in college, was “unbelievably nervous” about the role.
“I was really afraid of it,” he says.
“I think I said ‘no’ to the movie five times before I eventually realised I was operating out of fear, and I needed to put that aside and take this gift being handed to me.”
When he finally signed on, one of his first acts was to e-mail Sarah Rubano, the make-up artist who helped turn him into the Green Goblin for The Amazing Spider-Man 2. “I said, ‘Do you think you can make me look like James Dean?”’ She did. DeHaan wore a dark hairpiece and contact lenses to darken his piercing blue eyes, while Rubano re-sculpted his eyebrows. He even wore prosthetic ear lobes, “as my ear-lobes are connected and his weren’t and I felt like it would change my profile”.
As authentic as DeHaan’s work is, his is a depiction of Dean before Elia Kazan’s East Of Eden turned him into a star. Assisting that transition was Stock, assigned by Life magazine to shoot him in a now-classic editorial, played by Robert Pattinson. “You look at the photos of James Dean and you can see he was trying to elevate this guy,” he says. “He was obsessed with him. Unintentionally, it’s the most successful PR campaign ever! More people have seen his photos than his movies, I’d say.”
Google the pics and you’ll soon see the classic image of Dean, cigarette in mouth, in a rain-drenched Times Square, shoulders hunched in a black overcoat buttoned up against the squall. But there are plenty of others – practising ballet or playing a recorder – where “he looks nerdy and intellectual. He doesn’t look cool at all,” laughs DeHaan. “I think the whole collection of photos is pretty impressive… If you really look at all of them, it shows many sides of James Dean – not just what the Times Square photo represents.”
Scripted by Luke Davies, Life is not really a story about star-making, even if the film is peppered with Hollywood icons, from Judy Garland to Rebel Without A Cause director Nicholas Ray. “It becomes a film about two guys who become friends and the effect it has on each other’s lives,” says Corbijn. In the case of Stock, he’s shown as an absentee father who comes across as mildly dysfunctional, says Pattinson. “He was someone
It shows many sides of James Dean
who felt he couldn’t feel and couldn’t love properly and he felt he had almost a disability.” Corbijn loaned Pattinson a Leica before the shoot, which he used while in Morocco filming Werner Herzog’s Queen Of Desert, saying “I wanted Rob to become familiar with it as part of his body language.”
“It was a perverse pleasure, from my end, to drop [him] behind the camera instead of in front of it,” says Corbijn. For Pattinson, seeing life from the other side of the lens did indeed make a refreshing change. “It’s this weird power-trip, in a way,” he nods. “You can have this power over everyone else and you can hide. It’s such a strange art form.” Corbijn sees “parallels” between Pattinson and Stock, who somewhat lucked out by landing the Dean gig so early in his career. “I think he struggles to get accepted as an actor because of Twilight. He was very successful in that and it came quite easy to him, and people sometimes don’t want him to be that successful.”
While Pattinson’s presence may bring Twi-Hards into cinemas, DeHaan – who gained 25lbs to replicate Dean’s “soft, farmboy body” – hopes Life will inspire a revival amongst younger viewers, in particular for favourites East Of Eden and Rebel Without A Cause. “If they watch this film and go back and watch James Dean’s movies,” he says, “then I feel like it’s mission accomplished.” That’s the meaning of Life.
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Anton Corbijn’s new drama, starring Dane DeHaan and Robert Pattinson, will be released in U.S. theaters this fall.
Cinedigm has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Anton Corbijn’s “Life.” The drama finds Corbijn reuniting with Oscar-winning producer Iain Canning (“The King’s Speech”) for the first time since working on his acclaimed directorial debut, “Control.”
“Life” follows the story of LIFE magazine photographer Dennis Stock, played by Robert Pattinson, as he meets and photographs James Dean in 1955. Stock’s work was published in the popular magazine only months before Dean’s death. The images are still considered to be some of the most iconic photographs of the late actor. Dane DeHaan, whose found indie success in films such as “Kill Your Darlings” and “The Place Beyond the Pines,” takes on the role of Dean.
The film premiered at the Berlin Film Festival in February. Cinedigm is planning a fall 2015 release.
Source: Indie Wire
Kim Nguyen (War Witch -Canadian entry for Best Foreign Film Oscar – Berlin Film Festival – Prize of the Ecumenical Jury – Special Mention and Best Actress)
Dane Dehaan (Life, The Amazing Spider-Man, The Place Beyond the Pines)
Tatiana Maslany Orphan Black –TV Series, Woman in Gold)
Producer: Roger Frappier – Max Films – Co-producers: Jonathan Bronfman and Ellen Hamilton – Executive producer: Jeff Sackman
2015 / Original language: English / Color
We are in the Great North, near the North Pole, in a modern town where about two hundred souls live precariously in minus fifty weather, and where roads lead to nowhere but the endless white. In that town, Lucy and Roman are in love and try to give meaning to their lives. But tragedies in Lucy’s past force her to escape the ghost that haunts her. In a week, she will be gone. Roman can’t follow her to the South or all Hell will break loose, and he can’t deal with Lucy’s departure… Together, they will make a leap for life, a leap for inner peace. That adventure, which seemed simple and safe, turns into a real journey, a quest, a struggle for life.
Even though it’s not even finished yet, international movie buffs will soon get a taste of a new feature film set in the Arctic and Montreal-based producer Roger Frappier is hoping that small bite creates a big appetite for the whole movie.
Frappier, whose film career spans four decades, wrapped up filming on Two Lovers and a Bear earlier this month, after completing more than two months’ worth of shooting in Iqaluit and Ontario with award-winning director Kim Nguyen.
The film, set in Iqaluit and the surrounding landscape, still needs another six months of post-production work, but Nguyen and Frappier have put together a promotional segment for the Cannes Film Festival in France, May 13 to May 24, to create advance buzz and hopefully land some distribution deals.
“We’re showing a two-minute demo at the Cannes Film Festival, for the buyers,” Frappier said, just before departing for the festival this month.
France-based distributor TF1 International will be selling the movie in Cannes for markets outside of North America.
“We hope the movie will be shown in all parts of the world,” Frappier said.
A cast and crew of 100 assembled in Iqaluit at the end of March to shoot most of the movie, which features Canadian actor Tatiana Maslany, star of the TV series Orphan Black, and American Dane DeHaan, who has starred in a string of feature films, most recently The Amazing Spider-Man 2.
The filmmakers are planning for a spring 2016 release.
Two Lovers and a Bear, as the title suggests, “is a big love story,” Frappier said.
“It’s a movie about redemption at the same time. It’s an adventure film. I think this movie is so full of life that I hope people will have a real experience watching it — and that it will give them something they’ve never had in a theatre,” he said.
“Some films, when we come out of them, we really had the impression that we have lived a real experience. And I hope this will happen to [viewers] also.”
Frappier, who was in Iqaluit with the cast and crew, described the experience of shooting in snow-bound Nunavut as “incredible.”
The producer has more than 50 films to his credit including award-winning features such as The Grand Seduction and Decline of the American Empire, and has worked on many others as a director, editor, actor and writer.
But of all his varied experiences, the Nunavut shoot ranks as his first project in cold, Arctic conditions.
The film’s financiers were concerned about a couple of things, he said.
First was the plan to shoot scenes with a polar bear, which the crew did on location in Timmins, Ont. Second was a month-long shoot in and around Iqaluit where blizzards were entirely possible.
“And these two things went marvelously,” he said. The polar bear “was such a great actor,” he laughed.
Only once did the bear give the cast and crew difficulty.
Because the trained animal’s home is actually in mild Vancouver, the actor-bear found Timmins a bit cold in mid-March.
“In fact it was, in a way, colder than in Iqaluit, because it was damp,” Frappier said. “It was not dry. And the only person who was colder than us was the bear. After every take, he wanted to go back to his trailer, because he was cold.”
After Timmins, the film crew was well prepared to shoot in Iqaluit’s early-spring Arctic conditions which the producer expected would be “twice as difficult” as a regular film shoot in the South.
In the end, “because it was so well-organized, it was twice as easy as some other movies,” he said.
He credited Iqaluit-based co-producer Ellen Hamilton and unit manager Francis Choquette, who “were able to really build a bridge between us and the local community.”
Hamilton said Frappier’s world-class production crew offered a rare opportunity for Iqaluit-based filmmakers and actors to demonstrate — and also improve — their field skills and abilities.
Among them were Shawn Inuksuk, who worked with the crew as a camera assistant during shoots in Iqaluit and Ottawa.
The 29-year-old filmmaker said Frappier’s crew, more than any other he has worked with, seemed comfortable working in isolated, cold conditions and in partnership with indigenous communities.
“They had a certain respect for the local culture,” Inuksuk said. “They weren’t using a lot of the stereotypes that we’re used to seeing [about the Arctic] in international cinema.”
The young filmmaker’s work with the crew ended when shooting wrapped up near Ottawa, May 2 at the Diefenbunker Museum.
Scenes shot in Iqaluit, particularly in Apex, “look amazing,” he said, and now he can’t wait to see the final product.
Apex and other parts of Iqaluit doubled as unnamed Arctic communities in the film. The story centres around Lucy, a young Inuk woman portrayed by Maslany, and Roman, played by DeHaan.
“I think there was a lot of careful research done, to portray these characters as accurately as possible with the northern lifestyle,” Inuksuk said.
“I think some of it is going to be quite shocking, but so are a lot of the modern realities of living in the North.
“A lot of times, when people go to see films and they see portrayals of the North, it’s often this very romanticized version of it, which is not necessarily accurate, and kind of relies on these old stereotypes that are archaic and really outdated,” he said.
Two Lovers and a Bear, Inuksuk said, will show “a modern portrayal of the North — along with the amazing beauty it has to offer, as well as some of the more ugly social aspects.”
Frappier said the $8.7 million production will be ready for release in the spring of 2016.
Source: Nunatsiaq Online
Dane DeHaan and Cara Delevingne will star in Luc Besson’s science-fiction movie “Valerian,” based on the graphic novel.
DeHaan and Delevingne will play the time-traveling Valerian and his sidekick Laureline. Besson will write and direct, while Virginie Besson Silla will produce on behalf of EuropaCorp, which will finance, produce and distribute.
The graphic novel — set in the 28th Century — was created by Pierre Christin and Jean-Claude Mezieres in 1967 and has since sold over 10 million copies in 21 languages. Production is set to begin in December with a global release planned for the summer of 2017.
EuropaCorp’s slate includes “The Transporter Refueled,” the start of a new trilogy in the studio’s action franchise, debuting September 4; “Shut In,” starring Naomi Watts, which will be released February 19; “Nine Lives,” starring Kevin Spacey and Jennifer Garner, slated for April 29; and “The Lake,” starring Sullivan Stapleton and J.K. Simmons, which will hit theaters on July 15.
DeHaan starred in “The Amazing Spider Man 2,” and Delevingne will be seen in Fox’s romance-drama “Paper Towns” in July. Besson, a prolific producer, has directed “Lucy,” “The Fifth Element” and “La Femme Nikita.”
Besson had disclosed in 2012 that he would direct “Valerian” from his own script. He made the announcement about the castings and start of production through his first Tweets from his Twitter account.
Daniel Radcliffe and Dane DeHaan will be reteaming with their Kill Your Darlings director John Krokidas for another real-life inspired film, trading in their roles as Beat Generation writers for ambitious, would-be politicians.
StarStream Media announced that the company will finance and produce Krokidas’ Young Americans, based on the Black List script by Wes Jones. The film is inspired by the real lives of Karl Rove, played by DeHaan, and Lee Atwater, played by Radcliffe, on a cross-country road trip as ambitious college students.
The film will portray Rove as more of a straight-laced student who is running to be the head of the College Republicans at his university with the help of Atwater. Atwater decides to take his friend on a trip through the American South, during which they run into Katie King, played by Amanda Seyfried, who may pose a threat to the two boys’ ambitions. In real life, Rove would famously become “The Architect” for President George W. Bush’s two presidential campaigns, while Atwater became advisor to both Ronald Reagan and George H. W. Bush, as well as chairman of the Republic National Committee.
Young Americans is set to go into production this fall, produced by StarStream’s Kim Leadford, as well as Liz Destro of Destro Films and Frank Frattaroli from circle of Confusion. XYZ FIlms is coordinating international sales rights at the Cannes Film Festival later this month.
I’ve been away for a while, as I had to travel because of my job, but what a great amazing news I can back to! A goal of 10,000 signatures for “Young Americans” movie petition (with Dane DeHaan, Daniel Radcliffe and John Krokidas as a director) was reached on April 18, 2015.
I would like to say a massive thanks to ALL Dane and Dan fans who signed, retweeted the posts, reblogged information on tumblr. A huge thanks to everyone who told their family/friends to sign the petition. Thank you to all those that didn’t walk away or stand indifferent. It feels amazing to be a part of this positive, full of love and support fandom. Because of you all we are now one step closer to having Young Americans actually happen.
And of course I would like to say a few “special” thank you’s. (I will be mentioning twitter names, so that other people can follow you guys or express their thank you’s as well). First off all, I’d like to say how grateful I am to @nerdygayidiot for setting up the petition, for coming up with this great idea and for being an inspiration in this whole thing.
Then, of course, a big thank you to @dananddane for coming up with creative posts (as she always does), ideas for tumblr edits that attracted attention of a lot of people. Thank you for being a loyal and great supporter of Dane+Dan+John trio throughout all these months! Thanks for being a real heart and motivation force in this movement.
A very special thank you to my lovely friend @innulya_krasava who was promoting the petition among Dane’s Russian fans in Dane’s biggest & best VK community. Dane has a lot of fans here, and thanks to @innulya_krasava they had a chance to actively participate in the support of the petition.
A few other “personal” thank you’s to @aisu10, @iiikus and @Merlynpink (who is, btw, a center of Dane’s Chinese fan community!) for constantly supporting the petition.
The last, but not the least, I’d like to thank @krokasaurusrex (John Krokidas) for directing a real masterpiece that affected me & other fans in so many ways (I am speaking about “Kill Your Darlings“). I am really hopeful that John will get a chance to re-unit with Dane & Dan in this new project.
I’ll be updating you on any new information regarding the movie. Thank so much again, let’s celebrate the accomplishment!