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Dane DeHaan as James Dean in LIFE; Highlights from recent "LIFE" reviews with emphasis on Dane's performance

Highlights from recent “LIFE” reviews with emphasis on Dane’s performance

“Life” has just had its worldwide premiere in Berline during the 2015 Berlinale international film festival. Below you can find the collection of some of the biggest magazines and websites reviews. I included the links to original (full) articles, as well as posted the highlights related to Dane and his performance. Warning: some of the reviews may contain spoilers. Also please understand that not every article praises Dane, but I decided to collect all the opinions.

IndieWire
Berlin Review: Anton Corbijn’s ‘Life’ is a Bland James Dean Biopic Starring Dane DeHaan and Robert Pattinson
Grade: C+
On Dane: DeHaan, despite his best efforts, doesn’t exactly resemble the actor, and his performance also registers as caricature: He nails the voice and posture but only to the level of a well-honed impersonation. The disconnect is all the more evident in DeHaan’s rapport with Pattinson.

Variety
Dane DeHaan is a magnetic James Dean in Anton Corbijn’s elegant study of the complex bond between star and shutterbug.
On Dane: DeHaan and Pattinson enact this anti-romance beautifully, each man quizzically eyeing the other for leads and clues, while coyly retreating from scrutiny. (…) DeHaan, meanwhile, plays Dean as the more openly flirtatious of the two, a flashier generational companion to his louchely inspired Lucien Carr in 2013’s “Kill Your Darlings.”
While he’s far from the first to suggest a distinct fluidity to the star’s sexuality, DeHaan’s is nonetheless a witty, inventive interpretation, exaggerating Dean’s breathy vocal mannerisms and relaxed body language to conjure an aura of studied, open-to-all sensuality. (…) Though he’s considerably aided by immaculate costuming and hairstyling, DeHaan doesn’t look much like his subject; his performance glides on its own brand of quicksilver intensity.

Screendaily
On Dane: DeHaan method acts his way into the persona of a consummate method actor whose cool persona was partly a protective screen; his Dean is very much in the mould of the Dean remembered by his East Of Eden co-star Lois Smith, who once said: “He was a sweet, rustic person, but there was also this suspicious, taut, guarded young man

The Hollywood Reporter
Dane DeHaan plays James Dean while Robert Pattinson is the LIFE magazine photographer who captured the elusive star in a series of iconic 1955 portraits.
On Dane: [The] problem [of the movie being inauthentic] starts with DeHaan’s take on Dean, which seems more studied than inhabited, from the hunched shoulders and drowsy eyes to the sleepy-cool mumble. The performance becomes more effective as he gradually exposes a core of wounded vulnerability. But from Dean’s first appearance, the characterization struggles to avoid the trap of impersonation. DeHaan is solid in [the scene where James opens up during the Indiana trip] and later, when James lets down his defenses and reveals his solitude. And yet the film mostly grasps for unearned emotions.

The Playlist
Berlin Review: Anton Corbijn’s ‘Life’ Starring Robert Pattinson & Dane DeHaan
Grade: C+ / B-
On Dane: Neither Pattinson nor DeHaan, promising as they may be, have that many miles on the clock yet, and there’s a hesitance in the work of both actors. DeHaan actually benefits from the ostensibly thankless task of playing Dean (and from certain angles at certain times he looks uncannily like him), who at least has a fully-fledged persona he can play into or try to subvert (seldom the latter).

Boston Herald
LIFE is the historically rigorous true story of a brief friendship between budding star James Dean just as he was about to explode in global consciousness as the tormented son in EAST OF EDEN
On Dane: DeHaan doesn’t exactly resemble Dean so much as inhabit his Fifties hipster lingo, attitude and speech patterns.

Canvas
On Dane: Now, regrettably, to Corbijn’s one false note, and it’s kind of a big one: the casting of Dane DeHaan, who, let’s face it, is the last person on earth you’d expect to play James Dean. He just doesn’t have the conventional movie star good looks to be believable in that era. (To his credit, he has a unique look, which is perhaps why he’s had many great roles.) DeHaan’s Deanisms – that southern drawl, that forlorn stroll – seem almost comically overboard, verging on a costume party performance. Still, at least he didn’t overdo Dean’s trademark squinty eyes (a key part to any drunken costume party impersonation). (…) Replace DeHaan with a more apt actor (is James Franco too obvious?) and you’ve got a really great movie.

LittleWhiteLies
Robert Pattinson impresses in this stylish drama about the relationship between celebrity and the media.
On Dane: (…)Dennis Stock, outshines Dane DeHaan’s over-baked rendering of James Dean, although the latter is poignant enough to enliven this tale of men helping each other to take a leap into greatness. (…) Dane DeHaan ratchets up Dean’s rhythmic speech and sounds permanently like a performance poet reading Allan Ginsberg. His small cherubic face is worlds away from the big handsome mug of history. His awkward mannerisms morph beautifully into charm, still the array of affectations jar.

GoneWithTheMovies
James Dean, although the lead-star of only three films, concreted himself as one of the cinema’s golden age legends quite quickly in the 1950’s – mainly through his unconventional approach to Hollywood’s rules – this is, all before his premature death quite soon later.
Grade: 3/5 stars
On Dane: For Dehaan, the performance, both visually and in terms of acting is undeniably suited as he resonates Dean’s moody and unique approach, showing him as a person, not merely an icon.

Cine-Vue
There is plenty of focus but little flash in Anton Corbijn’s Life (2015), a snapshot of one of cinema’s most enduring icons.
Grade: 3/5 stars
On Dane: Owen Pallett’s jazz-infused score and Corbijn’s sharp, conservative framing capture the essence of a decade in which America was shifting towards a more liberal perspective on life and the arts. DeHaan and Pattinson are also both terrific, at once elegant and charismatic, yet equally uncomfortable in the skins they inhabit. Dean’s ability to mirror the dilemmas of a disenfranchised generation of youngster made him a star and whilst DeHaan’s performance is a little over-exaggerated, he still manages to capture that sense of relatable despondency.

HeyUGuys
Berlinale 2015: Life Review
Grade: 4/5 stars
On Dane: To begin with, Jimmy Dean, played by an alluring Dane DeHaan, is somewhat difficult to connect with, at arms length with the media, and reluctant for Stock to complete his photo-essay on the rising star for Life Magazine. (…) Given the undeniable charm and charisma of Pattinson, there was always the fear that he would steal the show from his counterpart, and be perceived as the star. However such is his understated, subtle turn, it allows DeHaan to take on that very role, which, given he’s playing James Dean, simply has to be the case.

Telegraph
Life: ‘fascinating’
Grade: 4/5 stars
On Dane: From the first scene of Anton Corbijn’s Life, DeHaan gives us very much his own Dean, and he’s immediately rather fascinating. The resemblance is marginal – if anything, he looks more like a young Brad Pitt.

"LIFE": production notes, quotes and a lot about Dane DeHaan

Screendaily: Dane DeHaan talks to Screen about portraying James Dean.

US actor Dane DeHaan has said the challenge of portraying Hollywood icon James Dean filled him with nerves.

“I was hesitant to do the project because I held him in such high regard,” the Chronicle and Lawles star toldScreen about portraying Dean in Anton Corbijn’s Berlinale Gala drama Life. “It was nerve-wracking. I felt a lot of pressure and initially questioned whether it should be done.”

DeHaan had long been a Dean devotee: “I’ve had a poster of him in my room since I was at college and at acting school my teachers told us to watch his films and study his performances.”

Corbijn’s drama charts the relationship between Lifemagazine photographer Dennis Stock (Robert Pattinson) and Dean, after the former is assigned to shoot pictures of the famously camera-shy Giant star.

Corbijn’s drama goes beyond traditional biopic however, says DeHaan: “This film isn’t about James Dean the icon, it’s about how a human being is turned into an icon and how that impacts on a person.”

“The film is about two artists with very different approaches. Stock was driven by his anxiety and fears, Dean was more chilled. He was less interested in securing his next job than letting things come to him. The business almost suffocates Dean whereas the business propels Stock. The two characters see each others’ strengths and weaknesses in each other.”

FilmNation represents international sales on Life, which gets its world premiere tonight.

DeHaan heads to northern Canada in spring to shoot Kim Nguyen’s (War Witch) indie drama Two Lovers and a Bearopposite Tatiana Maslany.


Source: Screendaily

International premiere of "LIFE" movie during Berlinale 2015 film festival. HQ photos of Dane DeHaan and others + more.

Megapost: “LIFE” premiere during 65th Berlinale International Film

As you all know today is a big day. “Life” movie starring Dane DeHaan has it’s international premiere at the 65th Berlinale International Film. Below you can find the exact timing for the events, as well as check the online official streaming channels:

Premiere Screening: Monday, February 9 at 9:30 PM CET [US 3:30 PM EST; 12:30 PM PT]
Photo Call: February 9 at 7:45 PM CET Photo Call  [US 1:45 PM EST, 10:45 AM PT] Assume located Grand Hyatt as with press conf.
Press Conference:  February 9 at t 7:55 PM CET [US 1:55 EST; 10:55 AM PT) Located first floor of Grand Hyatt Hotel, seats ~350 people.
Cast Attending: Robert Pattinson, Dane Dehaan, Anton Corbijn, Kristian Bruun, Alessandra Mastronardi, Luke Davies and producers Christina Piovesan, Iain Canning.

Live Streaming will be Photo Call (19:45 & times above) & Press Conference(19:55 & times above)  CLICK this LINK to watch them live.

Please also make sure to check Dane-DeHaan.org during this day as I am going to update this post with news and photos. Make sure to head over to our gallery to see new HQ photos as soon as they start appearing. Below you can also find quick links:

  • 2015-02-09 “LIFE” PREMIERE 65TH BERLINALE INTERNATIONAL FILM [RED CARPET]
  • 2015-02-09 “LIFE” PREMIERE 65TH BERLINALE INTERNATIONAL FILM [ARRIVALS]
  • 2015-02-09 “LIFE” PREMIERE 65TH BERLINALE INTERNATIONAL FILM [FANS PHOTOS]
  • 2015-02-09 “LIFE” PREMIERE 65TH BERLINALE INTERNATIONAL FILM [PRESS CONFERENCE]
  • 2015-02-09 “LIFE” PREMIERE 65TH BERLINALE INTERNATIONAL FILM [PHOTO CALL]
  • 2015-02-09 “LIFE” PREMIERE 65TH BERLINALE INTERNATIONAL FILM [PORTRAITS AND STUDIO SHOOTS]

We also have HQ video of Dane, Robert, Anton and the rest of the cast from the press conference. The quality is awesome, but it’s not complete sadly (complete one can be watched below):


Thanks to Robpattinson.blogspot.com we are sharing the first clip from “LIFE” + full press conference video thanks to @Berlinale:


And we also have a few B-roll videos from the event itself, which you can check below:




James Franco on Dane DeHaan. On photo: both in their roles of the iconic James Dean

Berlin: James Franco on Dane DeHaan’s “Obsession” With Him

James Franco on Monday discussed his Berlinale Panorama entry I Am Michael, on which he worked as a producer and star, and up-and-comer Dane DeHaan and how his career choices mirror some of his own.

Appearing during a press conference with I Am Michael director Justin Kelly, Franco was asked if he would see DeHaan in Berlinale Special entry Life, which debuts in Berlin Monday night. In the film from Anton Corbijn, DeHaan plays James Dean, who Franco had portrayed in Mark Rydell‘s James Dean. “I will see Dane DeHaan,” Franco replied.

He then pointed out that the two had more in common, as DeHaan also played “Allen Ginsburg‘s buddy” in Kill Your Darlings, while Franco played Ginsburg in Rob Epstein‘s Howl. Quipped Franco: “I don’t know why he is so obsessed with me.”

You can read the entire article via THR

Dane DeHaan as James Dean in "Life" (2015) - exclusive biography from LIFE production notes

Dane DeHaan: biography from “Life” production notes

DANE DEHAAN – James Dean

Dane DeHaan has made a formidable impression on film and television audiences and is currently one of the industry’s most sought after actors of his generation.

Currently, DeHaan is filming the independent romance drama Tulip Fever, directed by Justin Chadwick opposite Alicia Vikander, Christoph Waltz, Zach Galifianakis and Jack O’Connell. The film is set in the 17th century and follows the secret romance between an artist (DeHaan) who falls for a young married woman (Vikander) while he’s commissioned to paint a portrait of her and her husband (Waltz.) DeHaan is currently filming in London.

Dane was most recently be seen in Sony Pictures’ The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in the role of Harry Osbourne opposite Andrew Garfield, Emma Stone and Jamie Foxx. Directed by Marc Webb, the action-adventure film was released on May 2, 2014 and has grossed $694 million worldwide to-date.

Last summer, DeHaan starred opposite Aubrey Plaza in A24’s dark comedy Life After Beth. Directed by Jeff Baena, Life After Beth follows Zach (DeHaan), a young man who tries to continue dating his girlfriend Beth (Plaza), after she dies and rises from the dead as a zombie. The film premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.

In 2013, DeHaan was nominated for a Gotham Award in the “Breakthrough actor” category and at the Hamptons International Film Festival in the “Breakthrough Performer” category for his leading role in Sony Picture Classics’ critically acclaimed beat generation film Kill Your Darlings. Directed by John Krokidas, Kill Your Darlings is loosely based on the life of poet Allen Ginsberg (Daniel Radcliffe). DeHaan portrays Ginsberg’s anti-establishment and rowdy friend, Lucien Carr and the film chronicles the untold story of a 1944 murder bringing together a young Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston) and William S. Burroughs (Ben Foster). The film premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival and was shown at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival. Sony Picture Classics released the film on October 16, 2013 to rave reviews.

Also in 2013, DeHaan appeared in Metallica: Through The Never, a concert documentary directed by Nimrod Antal. Dehaan portrays a young roadie who is sent on an urgent mission during the band’s show. In March 2013, DeHaan starred in the critically lauded Focus Features film The Place Beyond The Pines, directed by Derek Cianfrance (Blue Valentine) opposite Ryan Gosling, Eva Mendes and Bradley Cooper. DeHaan portrayed the character of Gosling’s young son, Jason. The film was recognized by the National Board of Review as one of their top 10 films of 2013.

In 2012, Dane starred in The Weinstein Company’s film Lawless, directed by John Hillcoat (The Road), opposite Shia LaBeouf, Tom Hardy, Jason Clark, Gary Oldman and Guy Pearce. The film, set in a depression-era, gritty Virginia, follows three brothers who are part of a bootlegging gang, illegally selling moonshine. Lawless was released on August 29, 2012.

Also in 2012, DeHaan starred in 20th Century Fox’s box office hit, Chronicle, which was released in February 2012. The film follows three high school friends (Dehaan, Michael B. Jordon and Alex Russell) who develop superpowers after making a discovery underground and find their lives spinning out of control and their bond tested as they embrace their darker sides.

DeHaan first came on the radar for his portrayal of Jesse on HBO’s critically acclaimed drama series In Treatment, in which he starred in the third season of the series alongside Gabriel Byrne. His performance was praised as a “revelatory breakthrough” by Variety and “brilliant” by the Chicago Sun Times.

In 2010, DeHaan received an Obie Award for his performance on the critically acclaimed off-Broadway production of, directed by Annie Baker. A Rattlestick Theater production, The Aliens was given the prestigious honor of “Play of the Year” by The New York Times. DeHaan made his Broadway debut in 2008 with American Buffalo.

Other film and television credits include Lincoln, directed by Steven Spielberg, Devils Knot, True Blood, Stormy Weather, Woodrow Wilson and Magnolia Pictures’ Jack And Diane, directed by Bradley Rust Gray. DeHaan began his film career under the direction of two-time Oscar Nominee John Sayles and opposite Chris Cooper in Amigo, released by Variance films in 2011.

A graduate of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Dane currently resides in New York City.


Credit: Robpattinson.blogspot.com

Tatiana Maslany, Dane DeHaan to Star in Indie Drama ‘Two Lovers and a Bear’

Dane DeHaan to Star in Indie Drama ‘Two Lovers and a Bear’ with Tatiana Maslany

“War Witch” filmmaker Kim Nguyen will direct the indie movie for Max Films

Dane DeHaan (“Chronicle”) and Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”) are attached to star in the indie drama “Two Lovers and a Bear,” multiple individuals familiar with the project have told TheWrap.

Kim Nguyen (“War Witch”) is directing the movie, which is a Canadian co-production that features the involvement of Montreal-based company Max Films. Production is scheduled to begin in mid-March as soon as Maslany wraps “Orphan Black.”

Set in a small town near the North Pole where roads lead to nowhere, the story follows Roman (DeHaan) and Lucy (Maslany), two burning souls who come together to make a leap for life and inner peace.

Maslany will be busy shooting “Orphan Black” through the beginning of March. She recently dropped out of Neil LaBute‘s upcoming play “The Way We Get By,” citing a scheduling conflict with an upcoming film. “Two Lovers and a Bear” is that project, though Maslany is also a finalist for Gareth Edwards’ “Star Wars” spinoff along with Felicity Jones. She next stars alongside Ryan Reynolds in Simon Curtis’ drama “Woman in Gold.”

Maslany is represented by ICM Partners, Magnolia Entertainment and The Characters Talent Agency in Canada.

DeHaan next stars as James Dean opposite Robert Pattinson in Anton Corbijn’s “Life,” and he’ll soon be seen in Justin Chadwick’s romantic drama “Tulip Fever.” He’s represented by CAA and MGMT Entertainment.

Represented by CAA, Nguyen previously directed the critically-acclaimed drama “War Witch,” which earned her an Independent Spirit Award nomination as well as an award at the 2012 Tribeca Film Festival.


Source: The Wrap

Dane DeHaan as James Dean in "life": new photo and article from THR

2015 – The Hollywood Reporter

PATTINSON, DEHAAN BRING DEAN TO LIFE

How director Anton Corbijn painstakingly recreated an iconic ’50s-era photo shoot by Scott Roxborough

THE FILM DOESN’T LOOK LIKE A DENNIS STOCK PHOTO, it looks like the world he took photos in. That’s important because a photographer always translates the world into his pictures. The pictures don’t present themselves to you; you have to find the pictures.”
Anton Corbijn is talking about Life, one of the buzziest titles in the Berlin lineup, which tells the backstory behind arguably the most iconic images in Hollywood history: the photos Stock took of James Dean during a road trip on assignment for Life magazine in 1955, just months before the actor’s death.
Starring Dane DeHaan as Dean and Robert Pattinson as Stock, the project seems particularly ideal for Corbijn. Before he started directing, Corbijn was best known as a photographer of rock stars. In 1979, on assignment for music magazine NME, he did a photo shoot with an up-and- coming new British band called Joy Division. Months later, the band’s singer, Ian Curtis, hanged himself. Corbijn’s photos of Curtis, like Stock’s of Dean, became lasting images of a young artist whose life ended early.
Instead of copying Stock’s visual style Stock’s monochromatic in Life, Corbijn went about replicating the world of 1955 America, going so far as to totally rebuild Dean’s apartment in New York. “We had an such an art director who measured everything — the distance from the desk, that sort of thing.”
The moment Stock captured with Dean, and Corbijn re-creates in Life, was a turning point in American culture. “It seems very simple now, but it was revolutionary at the time seeing pictures like this,” says Corbijn. “Pictures like Stock’s symbolized the rebelliousness of the time. The fact that Dean died of course adds to the mystery. You couldn’t take those shots again. If it were today, and we had thousands of paparazzi shots of James Dean, I wonder if it would destroy the mystery?”

Dane DeHaan, Robert Pattinson: Life World Premiere at the Berlin Film Festival.

“Life”: world premiere at the Berlin Film Festival detailed time for February 9, 2015

Detailed timing for “Life” premiere have finally been announce. The premiere takes place on February 9, 2015 at the Berlinale Film Festival. I can already imagine how many photos we are going to have on that day, wow. Also I am very excited for the premiere, and looking forward to hear people’s opinions:) The detailed info can be found below:

February 9, 2015
‘Life’ World Premiere at the Berlin Film Festival.
Photo-Call: 19:45PM CET/ 6:45PM GMT/ 1:45PM ET/ 10:45AM PT.
Press Conference: 19:55PM CET/ 6:55PM GMT/ 1:55PM ET/ 10:55AM PT
Red Carpet: 21:00PM CET/ 8PM GMT/ 3PM ET/ 12PM
Screening: 9:30PM CET/ 8:30GMT/ 3:30PM ET/ 12:30PM PT.

Stars to attend the premiere: Robert Pattinson, Dane Dehaan, Anton Corbijn, Alessandra Mastronardi & Luke Davies.

And here is the brief movie’s summary from Berlinale’s site:

In 1955, ambitious Hollywood photographer Dennis Stock and the then still unknown James Dean meet at one of Nicholas Ray’s parties. Stock recognises in the young actor, who has just completed filming East of Eden, an extraordinary talent and hopes to further his own career via a series of portraits for “Life” magazine. Newcomer Dean is stressed by studio boss Jack Warner’s demands for him to get on the PR bandwagon for Elia Kazan’s film and goes into hiding in the country. Stock accompanies the camera-shy star to his native ranch in Indiana where he has his roots. Once back in New York, Stock captures the world famous image which keeps the legend alive to this day.
Anton Corbijn is less interested in the life of the idol of a new generation than in the creation of a myth and the role “Life” photographer Dennis Stock’s portraits had in the iconisation of Dean. The meeting of these two young men led to the creation of a series of world famous images of a cult star before he died at the age of just 24. “James Dean haunted Times Square” went on to become one of the most reproduced photograhps of the 20th century.

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