Watch Robert Pattinson and Dane DeHaan re-create an Iconic James Dean Moment

Paying a famous person on film is a big enough challenge as it is. But how about re-creating one of the most iconic photographs of that person? In the exclusive clip above from Life, Robert Pattinson—playing Life photographer Dennis Stock—trails James Dean (Dane DeHaan) to take what would be one of the defining images of the actor, his high collar protecting him from the splattering rain in Times Square.

Life comes from director Anton Corbijn (Control, A Most Wanted Man), documenting the time that Dean and Stock spent together, just before Dean became famous. In a statement, Corbijn called his work with Pattinson and DeHaan a “tremendous experience”:

“I cannot wait for the story of Dennis Stock and James Dean, which is at the center of LIFE, to come to an American audience, as it played a part in the permanent cultural changes of the last century within American society and beyond. It was a tremendous experience to work with Rob Pattinson and Dane DeHaan in bringing this story to life, no pun intended, and I’d like to thank Cinedigm for spreading the word, and the visuals.”

Life arrives in select U.S. theaters on December 4.

Source: VanityFair

Dane DeHaan, Anna Wood & Wesley Taylor

Dane to attend the reading of Bridging The Gap and Other Short Plays by Wesley Taylor [October 26]

Casting has been announced for an upcoming benefit reading of Bridging The Gap and Other Short Plays by Wesley Taylor, which is set to take place October 26 at New World Stages. The event, a benefit for the Actors Fund, will be structured as an evening of readings of a collection of six new short plays by actor and playwright Wesley Taylor (The Addams Family).

The benefit’s starry cast will include two-time Tony Award winner Nathan Lane (It’s Only a Play), Emmy Award winner Debra Messing (Outside Mullingar), Emmy and Tony Award winner Stockard Channing (It’s Only a Play), Tracee Chimo (The Heidi Chronicles), Dane Dehaan (American Buffalo), Billy Magnussen (Vanya and Sonya and Masha and Spike), Bryce Pinkham (A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder), Krysta Rodriguez (Spring Awakening), and Becca Tobin (Rock of Ages) as well as Kyle Beltran (Fortress of Solitude), Logan Fahey (Masters of Sex), Max Jenkins (The Mysteries of Laura), Alice Lee (Heathers: The Musical), Victoria Mack (Venus in Fur), and Adrienne Warren (Bring It On: The Musical), with Roger Clark on stage directions.

The evening’s six 10-minute plays will be Bridging the Gap, Spark, Mother, Cuckold,Little Monsters, and Billy Green Auditions for Juilliard. The director and host will be announced at a later date. All cast members are subject to change.

The Actors Fund is a national human services organization that serves professionals in film, theater, television, music, opera, radio, and dance. The Fund’s programs include social services and emergency financial assistance, health care and insurance counseling, housing, and employment, and training services.

For tickets and more information, click here.

Source: Theatermania

Dane DeHaan as James Dean in LIFE (2015) new HQ still + article

Total Films 2015: A portrait of James Dean and the man who took portraits of James Dean.


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.

Thanks to ROBERT PATTINSON LIFE for scans!

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

Cinedigm Acquires James Dean Drama ‘Life’

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

Dane DeHaan and Tatiana Maslany in TWO LOVERS AND A BEAR - HQ movie poster

“Two Lovers and a Bear”: HQ stills & poster are now available

Directed by

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.

Dane DeHaan attends Questions and Answers during Monclair Film Festival 2015

Montclair Film Festival 2015: Conversation with Patrick Wilson + photos

Actors Patrick Wilson and Dane DeHaan regaled an enthusiastic audience of fans during a wide-ranging and enlightening Montclair Film Festival Conversation about the art of acting, their love for indie filmmaking and their new projects.

Wilson’s impressive film credits include Hard Candy (2005), Little Children (2006), Watchmen(2009), The Switch (2010), Young Adult (2011), The Conjuring (2013) and the upcoming The Man on Carrion Road. His TV career has been notable for his role in the acclaimed HBO mini-series Angels in America (2003) and his memorable (and controversial) guest spot on an episode of Lena Dunham’s Girls in 2013. He returns to the small screen this fall with a starring role in the new season of Fargo.

Like Wilson, DeHaan is a professionally trained theater actor whose career started to take off when he appeared on HBO’s In Treatment in 2010. He’s perhaps best known for his film roles in Lawless (2012), The Place Beyond the Pines (2012), Kill Your Darlings (2013) and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014). He’ll next appear on the silver screen in September in Life, a film by Anton Corbijn in which he portrays James Dean.

In introducing DeHaan, Wilson enthused, “Very few times do you get to watch someone, especially a young actor who starts out and in a few years amasses such an unbelievable resumé and catalog of work….Every time this guy is on the screen, he scores.”

Below are a few excerpts from their lively conversation.

On catching their big breaks with roles on prestigious HBO shows – DeHaan in In Treatmentand Wilson in Angels in America.

DD: The ratings [for In Treatment] rounded down to 0.0, but it was still on HBO for three years. Every year they took a young actor out of relative anonymity and gave them amazing material. They gave us monologues, which are like candy for an actor.

PW: That’s the way I felt about Angels in America. Very few young actors get to have great material to show their stuff. You may have the greatest actors, but if they’ve only got only two lines on some little show, it’s hard to show their skill.

On their love for indie filmmaking, their need to find a balance with the projects they undertake and their game plans.

DD: For myself, it’s important to do indies to feed my soul, but in order to do those movies I have to do bigger movies because it’s doing the bigger movies that allows me to do the indie movies. It’s a constant battle. My plan now is to do enough to remain in the public’s awareness so I can still do movies I really want to do and that I’m super passionate about.

PW: You just want to do great work. I’m almost done filming Fargo. It’s 10 episodes, a much different feeling from signing on for five years for a network show. It’s basically been four months, which is like a long studio film. But it was a very conscious decision to want to be in things that people saw. You want to keep relevant and you want to work with great directors.Fargo is one of those really revered shows on TV and you feel very lucky to have great material in a show that a lot of people see.

On acting as an art and a career.

DD: Patrick and I both went to acting conservatories. You learn how to act in the classical sense of the word. I’m a huge advocate of learning how to do it, going to college, learning how to act because you love acting and then hopefully being presented an opportunity because of the work that you know how to do.

PW: It’s hard when you’re in LA or around NY, because you feel like it’s right there. It’s a different thing than if you grow up in PA or FL where Broadway and Hollywood seem so far away. You have to look at acting like a career. You go to school for it just like any other career.

On their favorite genres.

DD: The small, independent movies. The ones that are more naturalistic and you don’t have to rely so much on the script and you don’t have to make sure you have a PG-13 rating at the end of the day. But it’s really cool to go to work and put on a superhero suit. But I think if I only did the indie movies, I’d go insane.

PW: I don’t really have a favorite genre. I usually try to pick whatever’s different from the last one, especially with horror movies. Inevitably, when you have a horror movie that works, people start sending you horror movies. I’m already in two franchises. I’m not going to do another horror movie.

On playing fictional vs. non-fictional characters.

DD: I just got back from filming Two Loves and a Bear in the Arctic about two fictional people. There’s a main plot point where my character has a lot of trepidation about going on the journey but he didn’t have a specific reason why. I had to make up the reason why. When I played James Dean, his entire life is so chronicled, it’s insane.

On taking on James Dean.

DD: I said ‘no’ to Life five times. He’s one of my favorite actors and I had all these reasons at the time not to do it. He’s only been in three movies, he’s untouched, mysterious. I’ve had a poster of him on my wall since college. I realized I was operating out of fear. I started to listen to my wife, my managers, my agents and everyone around me who said, “You like the script, you like the director. You say you always want to play challenging roles that you feel are impossible and now one is actually presenting itself to you and you’re running away from it.” I realized I had to practice what I preach.

Source: Montclair Film Fest

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