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Re: Saoirse news thread....
« Reply #90 on: May 11, 2017, 03:49:00 PM »
There was no email notification regarding your post.  I can't figure out why I received notifications for a bunch of recent posts on this thread and then nothing for the latest.

I just might be moving on from this pub stuff jlent.  The likelihood is Saoirse will make a big splash from another Oscar nom before she appears in a blockbuster type film.  I'm glad she has benefited from this video exposure wise, but it just doesn't move my needle like it did in the past.  When she was in the top ten or fifteen on the Star Meter a while back, I'll admit to taking pleasure from the high ranking, but over time the respect she has from within the industry resonates more with me.

I'm the type who never forgets a face, so when I watched "The Circle" yesterday, I immediately recognized the actress playing the best friend of Watson's main character.  I didn't research the two "Galaxy" films and never realized Karen Gillan was Nebula.  I thought about it while watching and said to myself, "she was in a horror film I saw a few years ago."  When I checked her out on IMDB last night, I was super-surprised to see her ranked #2!  Then I found out she played Nebula and everything made sense.  For the most part, the rankings have to do with topicality and obviously blockbusters that are so much a part of the popular culture.  Hell, given Watson's fame and the massive success of BATB, she still was below Gillan at 27.  As an aside, it was so obvious to me Gillan is a far better actress than Watson just from yesterday's screening.  And the most affecting moment in Galaxy 2 was after Gamora fought with and saved her sister from the burning spacecraft, Nebula finally admitted that she just "wanted a sister" (as opposed to a fellow combatant) while growing up.  Doesn't it say something that a real human moment is the best part of a film with a lot of humor and loads of eye-candy special effects?   :)

In any event, I'm off on a tangent here.  I'm not saying the recent pub is totally irrelevant, but I've been thinking a lot about the expected high quality work we'll be able to see in the near future.  Because Gerwig is such an indie darling and so well liked by a lot of critics, the film should start off with a lot of goodwill.  In addition, I'm sensing the script may be very good because the director has been waiting years to tell her story.  OCB will require a great performance from her, and I'm very confident she can pull it off.   

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Re: Saoirse news thread....
« Reply #91 on: May 11, 2017, 04:40:08 PM »
I'm with you, though I think any publicity is good publicity and there hasn't been any for Saoirse in months.
I'm sure you're right about the "Starmeter."
BTW, did you know Pom Klementieff, also of Guardians of the Galaxy, is no. 1 on the Starmeter this week?
She also made a movie called "Porn in the Hood" in 2012.

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Re: Saoirse news thread....
« Reply #92 on: May 11, 2017, 10:50:23 PM »
Yes, right after I saw Gillan's ranking, I was curious as to who held #1.  So, I checked and was surprised because I've no idea who the actress was portraying Mantis.  However, given the film is over one half a billion worldwide, my guess is people have curiosity about two actresses who are relatively unknown but made an impression in Galaxy 2. 

When I saw Oculas' debut in theaters, Gillan was the clear standout.  Brenton Thwaites was the male lead, but although he is likely to be cast in a lot of films going forward, her acting chops in the film soared far above his.

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Re: Saoirse news thread....
« Reply #93 on: May 18, 2017, 12:45:19 AM »
I'm just posting this because On Chesil Beach is on the hot list for sale. The Seagull is not, and the news last month was that it might be. I never thought it possible.

http://deadline.com/2017/05/cannes-movie-hot-titles-1202095532/

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« Reply #94 on: May 18, 2017, 03:31:15 AM »
It would nice to get some news at least about foreign distribution during the festival.  I should check to see how full Fox Searchlight's schedule of films is for this fall/winter.  I'm wondering about The Seagull due to the last article about it.  If you recall, the announcement of the company now handling the sale was followed by a reference to another one who evidently had the property for a while.  I guess they couldn't move it.

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« Reply #95 on: May 18, 2017, 04:01:32 AM »
I'm guessing The Seagull will go straight to DVD and only if and when OCB becomes a hit and they want to capitalize on the Saoirse/Howle connection as best they can.

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« Reply #96 on: May 18, 2017, 01:59:38 PM »
Here is an article concerning Nikole Beckwith's homecoming and special screenings of Stockholm Pennsylvania:

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Dramatic homecoming; Newburyport native returns to debut her first movie

Newburyport native returns to debut her first movie

By Terry Date tdate@eagletribune.com  2 hrs ago

Dramatic homecoming; Newburyport native returns to debut her first movie

Homespun talent Nikole Beckwith acted on local stages from childhood and sketched cartoons about local life as a teen. Now, at 36, she returns to her hometown of Newburyport for screenings of her feature film debut — “Stockholm, Pennsylvania.”

Friends, family and fans will celebrate this quirky, funny, personable and creative young woman who still doesn’t have a driver’s license.

“It is a big deal that she is going to be here,” said Alan Bull, 52, a local artist who made the poster for the May 19-25 showings at the Screening Room — two of which will include question-and-answer sessions with Beckwith.   

Bull, who met Beckwith 20 years ago when both were in a local production of “Romeo and Juliet,” still counts as his best birthday gift ever the one that Beckwith made him when she was a teenager.

She took 20 photographs of random people around town holding up signs that read, “Happy birthday, Alan.” For each photo, she wrote vignettes that imagined that person’s fondest memories of Bull.

Bull still has the construction paper and yarn creation.

Beckwith kept creating, and working — at clothing stores, restaurants, and, later, as a nanny and personal assistant.

She honed acting and writing skills at The Actors Studio of Newburyport, Theater in the Open and anywhere else she could.

Greg Moss, now a University of New Mexico theater professor, lived with Beckwith above The Grog Restaurant in Newburyport around 2000. They made plays and devised projects to learn from each other.

“Nikole was one of the funniest, most creative people I’d ever met — she drew comics, wrote, acted in plays and films, performed one-woman shows — and talked and talked a mile a minute,” Moss said.

Later, Beckwith studied her craft in residencies and fellowships. Her script for “Stockholm, Pennsylvania” won a $35,000 Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Nicholl Fellowship in Screenwriting in 2012.

The movie had its U.S. premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and its European premiere at the Stockholm International Film Festival, both in 2015.

Shown nationally on the Lifetime cable network, “Stockholm, Pennsylvania,” tells the story of a young woman — played by Academy Award nominee Saoirse Ronan — who was abducted as a child. She is returned home to her biological parents — Emmy Award winner Cynthia Nixon plays the mom — after living 17 years with her kidnapper, portrayed by Golden Globe nominee Jason Isaacs.

Beckwith’s second movie, “3 Generations,” came out in limited release earlier this month and stars Susan Sarandon, Naomi Watts and Elle Fanning.

Newburyport remains close to her heart.

And she remains close to Newburyport’s heart.

Brendan Pelsue took classes from Beckwith when he was 8 or 9 and later had bit roles in musicals that she helped write and were performed on stages in New Hampshire, Massachusetts and New York.

“Suffice it to say, she is nothing less than a giant and a legend in Newburyport, and this town better never forget it,” Pelsue said.

At age 24, Beckwith’s writing won her a monthlong residency at Atlantic Center for the Arts in Florida.

People in Newburyport held a fundraiser for Beckwith to pay her way, an unexpected and cherished act of generosity.

“I was constantly on the verge of happy tears at that time,” Beckwith said. “It really meant a lot.”

Beckwith, who resides in Brooklyn, is looking forward to coming home for this weekend’s screenings.

“The whole time I was writing and making the film, I looked forward to it playing in my hometown theater, the very place where I discovered independent film,” she said.

After this Friday’s showing of “Stockholm, Pennsylvania,” writer and Newburyport native Kate Bolick will moderate the Q&A discussion.

Bolick, a journalist, published author and New York University teacher, also lives in Brooklyn and is good friends with Beckwith.

Bolick said that Beckwith made her way in New York City, a wildly expensive and competitive place, through talent and the strong foundation she had built in Newburyport.

“Thankfully, she is a brilliant, creative person and also brilliant at making friends, and has found people who really love her in New York City,” Bolick said.

Holly Little Van Straaten, 38, who lives in Danvers, first met Beckwith when they were girls in a Newburyport production of “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.”

Little Van Straaten remembers Beckwith as an adventuresome teen, at times sarcastic or confrontational and often hilarious — and one of the few in Newburyport not to have a driver’s license.

Beckwith has forged a career without formal education or wealth. She’s made it happen by way of hard work and drawing on the close, nurturing relationships she developed in Newburyport, Little Van Straaten said.

Beckwith grew up near downtown Newburyport, making basement plays, playing music in living rooms and organizing art shows in the street. She has a sister, Keri, and brother, Colby.

Her mom, Anne Neal, now lives in Bradford, and her dad, Derek Beckwith, lives in Beverly.

Nikole Beckwith spent a rebellious year at Newburyport High School — rocking the boat in handmade T-shirts — before transferring to and flourishing at Sudbury Valley School, a largely student-run school in Framingham.

Beckwith lived in Newburyport until she was 25.

A turning point came when she was fired from a job at a local shoe store for not vacuuming.

It motivated her to move. She took a job that she had been offered as a personal assistant to a writer in New York City and pursued her own writing life there, as well.

She has made her living from writing since 2012.

Bonniejean Wilbur, 55, and her husband, Paul Wann, know Beckwith through Newburyport theater.

“She is a generous actor,” Wilbur said. “She is warm and welcoming and creates a space with you and is a wonderful listener on stage and off.”

Beckwith stays close to Wilbur and Wann, who live in Byfield, often sending them postcards and handmade banners printed with thoughtful sayings. Wann will moderate a Q&A with Beckwith on Sunday night.

One of Beckwith’s former bosses, Ganesh Imports owner Bill Bixby, said that she always saw humor in everyday things in the Newburyport store.

She and a co-worker would make funny cartoons on pieces of paper, their humor drawn from the day at work.

“We are really proud of her,” Bixby said. “It’s always nice to see her, but it is so cool that she is as successful as she is.”

If you go

What: “Stockholm, Pennsylvania,” a film by Newburyport native Nikole Beckwith

When: May 19-25, with showings Friday at 7:30 p.m.; Saturday at 4:15, 6:30 and 8:45 p.m.; Sunday at 4:15 and 6:30 p.m.; and Monday through Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Q&A sessions to follow the Friday and Sunday evening screenings.

Where: Screening Room, 82 State St., Newburyport

How much: Film presented through special arrangements with Lifetime, which allows no theatrical showings of its films. The network asks attendees to donate in lieu of buying regular tickets.

More information: 978-462-3456 or www.newburyportmovies.com

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Re: Saoirse news thread....
« Reply #97 on: May 19, 2017, 10:01:06 AM »
The Seagull is the first film listed on Hyde Park Entertainment's website under "Projects Coming Soon & In Theatres".  Prime position!  Maybe it's still alive.  Running time is 93 minutes.

http://www.hydeparkentertainment.com/projects/#current-projects
http://www.hydeparkentertainment.com/projects/the-seagull/
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt4682136/combined

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« Reply #98 on: May 19, 2017, 06:10:00 PM »
One can only hope. A big part of my sadness about this is that The Seagull is a wonderful play, one of my absolute favorites. I've read it, seen it staged twice, seen it on TV once. With Saoirse in it playing a highly complex role (Natalie Portman was criticized for not being able to pull it off when she played it in Central Park years ago)  it should have been extraordinary.
Chekhov called the play a comedy and parts of it could be played that way, but it's not funny.
I was working on a scorecard because everybody in it is in love with someone who is in love with someone. else

If you'll indulge me, here's what I came up with. You have Medvedenko (Thomas Hettrick) who loves Masha (Elizabeth Moss) who loves experimental writer Konstantine Treplev (Billy Howle), who loves Nina (Saoirse Ronan) who loves mainstream writer Trigorin (Corey Stoll) who loves himself but is involved with great actress Arkadina (Annette Benning) who loves Trigorin (Corey Stoll) who has an affair with Nina (Saoirse Ronan) who is the neighbor of Sorin (Brian Dennehy) on whose estate this all takes place and who is the brother of Arkadina (Annette Benning), who is the mother of Treplev (Billy Howle).  Sorin (Brian Dennehy) is also the boss of estate caretaker Shamrayev (Glenn Fleshler) who is married to Polina (Mare Winningham) who is in a long term affair with Dr. Dorn (Jon Tenney) who is pretty content about it all and is the balanced one in the story who blames the moon for making everybody crazy.
The story is quite Oedipal and one of these people dies.
Got all that?   
The main characters are Arkadina, Treplev, Nina and Trigorin, but I guess Arkadina and Treplev are the most main, though the ones you'll probably care about most are Treplev and Nina.
OK, I'm done. 

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« Reply #99 on: May 19, 2017, 10:13:04 PM »
It has probably endured partly because the situation sounds like real life.   :)  I still think this sounds like a film Sony Classics should release.  I wonder though because the market especially now through the entire summer is so difficult for a film like this.  This is art house all the way.

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« Reply #100 on: May 20, 2017, 01:29:40 AM »
Oh yeah, it was always going to be art house, all the way. Chekov's last four plays are all classics: The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, The Cherry Orchard, Three Sisters.  Three Sisters is probably the best, but my soft spot is for The Seagull, the most conventional of the four in structure.
FYI, the first time I ever saw Meryl Streep was not in a film, it was in The Cherry Orchard on Boadway in 1977. Yes, I'm old.
But you know what pisses me off? How come you're considered a "Jr. Member" while I'm still a "Newbie"? 

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« Reply #101 on: May 20, 2017, 02:48:04 AM »
 :D  You must start posting more jlent.  Are you itching for some real news or what?  Putting aside "The Seagull," at least "OCB" and "Lady Bird" will be late fall/winter plays.  We're going to get first reactions/reviews from the fall festivals.   

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« Reply #102 on: May 20, 2017, 02:49:35 AM »
Exactly. I'm just biding my time waiting for real news.

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« Reply #103 on: May 21, 2017, 01:02:35 AM »
Finally, here's some real news everyone:

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Douglas Booth, Saoirse Ronan-voiced 'Loving Vincent' sells to US
20 May, 2017 | By Jeremy Kay

 
EXCLUSIVE: Sales outfit CMG also inks Canada, Germany deals on animation.

Edward Noeltner’s Cinema Management Group (CMG) has closed deals for the US and English-speaking Canada and Germany on hot seller Loving Vincent.

The painted animation about the life and death of Vincent van Gogh stars Douglas Booth, Jerome Flynn, Chris O’Dowd, Saoirse Ronan and Eleanor Tomlinson and gets its world premiere at the Annecy International Animation Film Festival next month followed by other festivals to be announced.

Los Angeles-based Good Deed acquired the US and English-speaking Canada after CMG brokered the deal with vice-president of acquisitions and distribution Kristin Harris.

Weltkino head of acquisitions Bianca Obermaier and CEO Dietmar Guentsche took Germany and Austria.

Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman co-directed and Welchman produced with Ivan MacTaggart and Sean Bobbitt.

David Parfitt and Silver Reel’s Claudia Bluemhuber and Ian Hutchinson served as executive producers.

Loving Vincent has now sold in more than 30 territories. It took more than five years to make and comprises more than 62,450 individual frames painted in oils. Clint Mansell of Black Swan fame composed the score.

“We are very excited to be adding Loving Vincent to our fall line-up this year and have a number of cross-media promotional opportunities in mind for the German and Austrian market,” Koelmel said.

http://tinyurl.com/mymwrym

I wanted to add this link of the film's page on the festival's website:

http://tinyurl.com/m98pocr
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Re: Saoirse news thread....
« Reply #104 on: May 23, 2017, 02:08:56 PM »
The Sun has reported that Saoirse's production company made a profit of €400k:

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A record year for Slaney Productions Limited saw profits rocket by €408,352 during 2016, leaving the firm with cash pile of €453,110 at the end of last year.

As far as I can tell, though, the company hasn't backed any projects thus far. She's spoken in the past about wanting to try her hand at producing one day, so maybe she's gearing up for that. That would be the real story here. €400k isn't a lot as far as filmmaking is concerned, however I'd guess she'd begin with local productions. Lower cost, less risk.

And with The Sun being The Sun:

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Saoirse went out on a number of dates with Hozier.

Just as conspicuously baseless as it was two weeks ago, but the strong past tense does stand out. I suppose this is The Sun's way of acknowledging they were wrong.

Edit: And Twitter is abuzz with the news that Amazon has picked up the TV adaptation of Hanna. Those are some big shoes to fill.
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