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John / December 14th, 2014

After nabbing three Emmys, including one for best miniseries, back in August, Fargo showrunner Noah Hawley put awards season behind him and started working on the second season of his FX anthology — one that will revisit at least one character from the first season, albeit 35 years eaarlier.

“It’s interesting because we’ve been so focused on making the next year of the show that this second half of awards season really snuck up on me,” Hawley told The Hollywood Reporter on Thursday morning, shortly after his series received four nominations. “To now live with these shows more than the hour a week they’re on, sometimes obsessively, it keeps things alive. It’s also a whole other component of what it means to make movies and television these days. To some extent, you want to control the information that gets out. Not in the J.J. Abrams mystery-box way, but I don’t want to spoil the viewers that don’t want to know, because there are a lot of those as well.”

Fargo’s Globes nominations (and SAG nomination and AFI award) come just as the pieces are falling into place for the sophomore run. Hawley, who already detailed that the series would visit the 1979 Sioux Falls incident involving a young Lou Solverson (originally played by Keith Carradine), found two key castmembers just this week. Kirsten Dunst and Jesse Plemons will play married couple Peggy and Ed Blomquist.

“There are still some big roles we haven’t filled yet,” said Hawley. “You always hope that five Golden Globe nominations will help you do that. It’s a bigger cast this time. It’s more ambitious, but right at the heart of it is this married couple. Kirsten’s name came up very quickly. And, for me, there was no one else other than Jesse. I don’t write with actors in mind, but as soon as I started thinking about it … that combination tells a story. That’s critical in casting.”

One of the bigger yet-to-be-cast roles is the young Carradine. And Hawley, who’s already in Alberta prepping for filming in mid-January, concedes that the original seed for Lou Solverson’s story was a bit of an accident.

“It was really just a story to give him a point of reference,” he explained. “The more I thought about it, the more I thought, ‘That’s fun. Let’s tease that.’ It’s not like I’m sitting around now thinking about what I’m going to do after this one. I’m just thrilled that another story came to me that I thought was as good.”

Season three, of course, seems like even more of an inevitability as Fargo rakes in more nominations. And for any idea of how Hawley envisions them being strung together, his description of connectivity between the film and the series is a good place to start.

“I always had this image in my head of some old, leather-bound book with hand-drawn illustrations that was published in the 50s,” he said. “It’s like The History of True Crime in the Midwest. The movie was a chapter from it, and our first year was a chapter from it.”

Fargo returns to FX in the fall of 2015.

Michael O’Connell;

John / December 10th, 2014

The population of “Fargo” has just grown by two.

FX’s adaptation of the Coen Brothers film has cast Kirsten Dunst and “Breaking Bad” alum Jesse Plemons for the second season of the anthology series, which will premiere next fall.

Dunst has been cast as Peggy Blomquist, a small town beautician with big city dreams who is trying to figure out who she really is and what she really wants as she struggles with traditional societal expectations.

Plemons, who made a splash as Todd on “Breaking Bad” toward the series’ tail end, will play Peggy’s husband Ed, a butcher’s assistant who wants to be supportive of his wife’s self-discovery, even if he doesn’t quite understand it.

The 10-episode second season of “Fargo” will be set in 1979 and take place in Sioux Falls, South Dakota and Luverne, Minnesota. The season will feature a young Lou Solverson (played by Keith Carradine in the first season, and yet to be cast for this season), a police officer recently arrived back from Vietnam. Other characters yet to be cast for season include Solverson’s wife Betsy, their four-year-old daughter Molly and fellow officer Ben Schmidt.

Tim Kennedy:

Wow that’s very interesting news. I really enjoyed the first season of Fargo so I’m even more excited to see Season Two now!

John / October 10th, 2014

Visionaire co-founders Cecilia Dean and James Kaliardos worked with artist John Baldessari on the concept for Visionaire 64 ART, an issue made in partnership with Samsung Electronics that “marries modern technology with old-world process, pop culture with high art, digital with analog.” The trio decided to make it a “selfie issue” and asked celebrities, including Drake, Kirsten Dunst, James Franco, KAWS, Lupita Nyong’o, photographer Bill Cunningham, and Kate Upton, to submit photos of themselves. Baldessari then took the black-and-white images which had been printed on high quality archival paper and created “color interventions” over the faces.

“I’ll probably be most remembered for putting dots over people’s faces,” said Baldessari in a press release, “so its funny to do an issue devoted to the selfies of famous people.” We see celebrity selfies all the time on social media, but it’s interesting to see which ones these stars chose to share for the project (Drake chose an owl statue).

“Self-portraiture has existed since mankind’s earliest visual records,” says Cecilia Dean. “Now we live in an age of self-celebration and constant surveillance in which nearly everyone carries some form of camera. It seems ironic and hilarious that an artist so famous for putting dots over people’s faces would devote an issue to the technology that celebrates face-time.”

There are three editions of the issue, each with 10 different artworks. The editions are limited to only 500 copies, with cases that fold into display stands. Head to the Visionaire website to grab one while they last.

Andrew Lasane;

I’ve added Kirstens artwork, which is from the Blue Edition, to the gallery.


John / September 19th, 2014

Kirsten is one of the guests on next Tuesday episode of “Conan”. Also joining host Conan O’Brien will be legendary singer-songwriter Paul Simon & actor Ike Barinholtz. The show airs on TBS at 11pm Eastern Time.

John / September 15th, 2014

Aside from the fact that his work speaks to me personally with his semi-candid approach, natural light and use of (dare I say) “real people” as subject for his photographs, the retrospective work of London born Rob Nelson is stunning.

Walking through the red doors of the McIntosh Gallery on the Western Campus on a grey day hugging myself and my camera bag to try and not get swept up by the wind, the rain, or the fact that today felt like the first real Fall day, I am stunned with a beautiful large print of little Kirsten Dunst. Nestled on a plush cream coloured couch on the (I’m projecting here, but) pent house level of a swank Bay Street condo in Toronto.

Dunst, whose sky blue eyes are one of her most attractive and known features (aside from her one off-kilter tooth) are closed, her knees brought up in a comforting, exhausted fetal position and a little terrier sleeps by her feet.

This is the work of Rob Nelson. He has that special quality that few have to let you feel it’s safe to let that guard down. Just let it go. Your ego, your fear of double chin or crow’s feet around your eyes. If it’s you, that’s what he wants to see.

This is where we met for a quick interview which turned into a little bit of catch-up and a lot of discussion about his work, his past, his life now and how he got here.

I asked him abut his approach to the trade of photography. It’s looked at less and less of a skilled trade and more of a hobby/unattainable job nowadays, but Rob shows that it’s all how you look at it. It’s your perspective. It applies to a lot more than just his work, but for now, that’s where I’ll keep the focus.

“My father [Ron Nelson], his story; is he loved to build things with his hands and he had a love for model airplanes. He entered a competition for building model airplanes at the YMCA and he won first place, which was a camera, and from that, he decided to build a dark room, and then from that, he started selling his work and then he got his pilot’s license and then started doing aerial photography, then he got the studio and then the camera shop and then from that, started an audio visual department. He encouraged me to think outside of the box. He built a lot of his own equipment and when digital came along, I looked at that as a new way of seeing.

“He was a commercial, industrial and aerial photographer, so he did incredible shots of buildings and group photographs. From him, I learned technique and at a very young age.”

As we walked around the room, I started to notice more similarities with his work and a tangible closeness that consisted though each of the portraits. They are all so damn personal.

“As of late I’m not photographing models, I’m photographing friends. The woman there on the couch (a photo of a universally gorgeous woman in natural light) I’ve known her for like, fifteen years, the woman above, twenty years… I like my photographs to be stripped down, natural light. As little gear in between myself and my subject as possible, and very intimate. ”

I’ll say. Some of the work feels so intimate that I almost blush looking at them. A portrait of a young brunette reclined in a pose of utter comfort and easiness is shot from the perspective of her close friend or lover. It’s two frames, and the bottom of the two is simply her naked face and her green eyes staring directly into you. She has nothing to hide.

That’s typical of Rob, or a theme of his work. It feels like there is so much more than what you see happening just beyond the parameters of the frame, much more of a story to be told.

“I love film. I love the feeling of the horizontal, 16×9, you’ll notice that most of my photos are horizontal and for that exact reason, so that it looks like a film still.”

Because I didn’t have a copy of the legend for each of his pieces, Rob graciously went through all 34 pieces with me telling me who it was a portrait of, often peppering in a tid-bit of information or piece of history and I got to know a little more about why he does what he does.

“You know what I love? Is when you go to a party and someone pulls out a camera, you see this over here( he points to a photo of a woman sitting on the floor with her arm elegantly perched on the couch, drink in hand, looking effortlessly striking), this is a shot for Elm Street and everybody’s having fun and looking […genuine…]” but it’s totally right. The essence of the photo makes you wish you were at that party there with those fabulous people.

So how does one condense more than 40 years of work to fit in one room? Curated by James Patten, it’s an apt representation of the work of a man delving into the world around him and more importantly, the people that populate it.

At the end of our conversation, he reluctantly let me take a few snap shots of him in the Gallery Room. He tells me as I pull out the camera “you know, this is the reason I got a camera, so that I didn’t have to be on this side of the it.”

He pulls his trade mark stealth little camera out as I’m packing up my gear to leave. He asks if he can take a quick photo of me. I say “sure, I mean, it’s rare I see a picture I like, but go ahead. Glasses on or off?” “Off.” I oblige (my glasses are filthy anyway, the arms held on by pieces of paper clip and sit lop sided on my face anyway). I now feel the pressure to look correct, especially after all the discussion that we just had but I fail miserably and smile uncomfortably, with my face most likely turning red. Damn. I should have been ready for it, but as quick as it his point and shoot was out it’s back in his pocket and we’re done. My moment in the sun was brief, but now I can say a professional photographer shot me, and it didn’t hurt a bit.

If you are in London between September 12th and November 1st check out “Rob Nelson: Photographs 1977-2014” at the McIntosh Gallery on the Western Campus.

Pamela Haasan, London Fuse

I’ve added the gorgeous photo of Kirsten by Rob Nelson mentioned in the article to the gallery. Long-term fans might remember we added a very similar photo (that Kirsten very kindly sent to us) to the gallery back in 2008. A very belated credit & thank you to Rob Nelson for use of that photo.


John / September 14th, 2014

As you may have read Kirsten’s SoHo apartment in New York has been made available to rent. Here’s the listing details for the property.

“Fully or partially Furnished Penthouse. Breathtaking views of the Hudson from the exquisitely appointed top floor loft. Perched on top of one of the most iconic lofts buildings downtown, this property has been gut renovated by its current owner with the highest level of finishes and attention to detail. This two bedroom, one and half bath has been furnished with the finest mix of modern pieces and antiquities and shall appeal to the most sophisticated of palates. The entrance to this grand industrial loft space features a library/sitting room area with separate powder room which leads you into the large open plan living area with a sizable kitchen, dining, and lounge area. The fully equipped windowed kitchen features Wolf and SubZero appliances, marble countertops, and generous cabinets adjacent to the dining area currently furnished with a dining table to comfortably seat 8 people. The oversized arched windows provide south west exposure allowing for very generous sunlight throughout the day, not to mention stunning river views. The master suite has a spacious layout easily fitting a king size bed with the brand new en-suite master suite beautifully outfitted with free standing vintage clawfoot soaking tub, separate shower, custom mosaic tiled floors, and heated towel rack. 11 foot ceilings and wide planked custom wood flooring throughout, top of the line Electrolux washer/dryer, north/south/west exposures, central air & heat, state of the art security system complete this rare offering. This apartment is offered fully or partially furnished for a 1 year lease term. Shorter term leases will be considered but a minimum of 6 months only, potentially flexible for well qualified applicants. Please contact us directly to schedule an appointment.”

Listing courtesy of Douglas Elliman

The property is on the rental market for $12,500 per month. Anyone got a spare $150,000 they can ‘lend’ me?

I’ve added pics of the beautifully furnished property to the gallery. Love that “Easy Virtue” poster Kirsten!


John / September 7th, 2014

I’ve added to the gallery digital scans from the September 2014 issue of “Red” magazine.

Apologies for the recent google search/malicious software issue at the website. I’m not totally sure what was going on as I couldn’t find any problem at all. Anyway the server we are hosted on has now had a full clean & following that we’ve been given the all clear from google.


John / September 3rd, 2014

While we’re currently in the midst of looking ahead to this fall’s most promising films, it’s time to jump even further, specifically to one of our most-anticipated films of 2015, Jeff Nichols‘ Mud follow-up Midnight Special. Marking his studio break-out, the Warner Bros. project won’t be arriving until November 25th, 2015, but we’ve received the first synopsis.

Midnight Special is a supernatural sci-fi thriller from acclaimed writer/director Jeff Nichols (Mud, Take Shelter). It stars Oscar nominee Michael Shannon (Boardwalk Empire, Man of Steel) as Roy, a father desperate to protect his uniquely gifted, eight-year-old son Alton, played by newcomer Jaeden Lieberher.

Joined by Joel Edgerton (The Great Gatsby, Animal Kingdom) and Kirsten Dunst (Spider-Man, Melancholia), this group must race to get Alton to a secret location all while being hunted by an extreme religious sect led by Sam Shepard (Mud, August: Osage County) and a government task force headed up by Adam Driver (Girls). It is a full-on chase, the outcome of which could bring about a world-changing event.

While we previously knew some of the basics — particularly that Lieberher’s character had “special powers” — this rundown reveals the enticing roles of Driver, Shepard and a vague idea of how Edgerton and Dunst fit into the story.

The Take Shelter director has previously revealed that the overall tone will be a genre movie taking place heavily at night and akin to a “1980s John Carpenter” work such as Starman. There’s still a ways to go before we likely even see the first image, but it sounds like it’s shaping up to be something special and one can check back as more details come in.

Jordan Raup,

John / August 12th, 2014

Very sad to hear of the death of actor & comedian Robin Williams.

John / June 1st, 2014

Most A-list actresses come with an entourage. A publicist, an agent, perhaps a make-up artist and an assistant (or two). So I’m amazed when Kirsten Dunst arrives alone at the Covent Garden café where we’ve agreed to meet and offers a friendly handshake and a simple, ‘Hey, I’m Kirsten.’ That, though, is Kirsten all over. Normal, warm and so amusingly chatty, yabbering away about everything from crazy cats to cockroach-ridden Lithuanian hotels she has had to stay in for work, that it’s easy to forget you’re talking to Hollywood royalty. She feels more like the friend you rely on to make you laugh over an Aperol Spritz at her new-found East London hangout Bistrotheque.

She has flown in from Los Angeles to promote a new line of L’Oréal Professionnel products and salon services, of which she is international spokesperson, and we chat about her forthcoming film Midnight Special too. She is also on a mission to find a house for her boyfriend of two years, actor Garrett Hedlund (star of the Tron films), for the pair to share while he films another movie here this summer. She fancies North London – Hampstead for its greenery, maybe. Or somewhere more central. She’s fitting in our meeting between viewings.

‘I’ve been coming to London a lot ever since I was 11 years old. My mum and brother did the whole sightseeing thing that time, but I was already working on Interview with the Vampire,’ she says. Ah yes – the cult 1994 film in which she played the orphan Claudia, co-starred with Tom Cruise as Lestat de Lioncourt and had to kiss Brad Pitt’s vampiric character Louis de Pointe du Lac. Kirsten received a Golden Globe nomination for her trouble and possibly went down in history as the only girl in the world whose recollection of kissing Brad Pitt is just plain ‘disgusting’. But then she was only 11.

It’s easy to forget that Kirsten was a true child star, appearing in TV commercials from the age of three, before being cast in Woody Allen’s 1989 New York Stories just a few years later. Since then, she has been amazingly prolific, starring in more than 40 films, with every Hollywood great from Tom Hanks in The Bonfire of the Vanities to Julia Roberts in Mona Lisa Smile, Viggo Mortensen in The Two Faces of January, Charlotte Gainsbourg in Melancholia and, of course, opposite Tobey Maguire in Spider-Man. She even appeared in ER back in the day, and has had cameos in music videos for REM and the Beastie Boys. Still only 32, she’s been busy – and is now more in demand than ever.

‘I do get sent a lot of scripts,’ she laughs. ‘I try to read at least one a week, but I have to be in the right headspace. When I’m deciding whether to do a role I have to think, “Can I really play this person?” and, “How do I feel about this character?” Incredible actresses such as Charlotte Rampling, who I worked with on Melancholia, have also been such an inspiration and shaped my film choices.’ The tally of Hollywood handsomes that she has starred alongside (apparently Ryan Gosling’s body is as amazing as it looks on screen, and the very mention of Viggo Mortensen makes her go all coy and girlie) must have helped too.

But she doesn’t like to name-drop. I practically have to drag it out of her that the jumper, skirt and boots she’s wearing are from Chloé, Miu Miu and APC respectively. She’s worried she’ll come across as a spoilt Hollywood luvvie who’s lost her grip on reality. Which, frankly, there seems little danger of. She lives 12 metres away from her Swedish mother Inez’s LA house, spends her free time hanging out with her childhood friend Molly, watching American musical drama Nashville, taking road trips or meeting up with other pals. Although times are changing now that she’s in her 30s.

‘Two of my good friends are currently pregnant – it’s a little weird. No one can drink any more!’ she says. She’s unwilling to confirm rumours that she and 29-year-old Garrett might be next in line to marry, but family is clearly something on her mind.

Earlier this year, she stirred up controversy by defending traditional gender roles of the nurturing, housebound mother and male ‘knights in shining armour’. When I ask about whether she’d like to start a family soon she pauses and then says, ‘I think my main ambition now is to have healthy children – maybe two or three. I like girls’ names, like Lila. But one of my cats is called Lila so is that a little weird? I’ve got a cat called Taz who’s kind of old and normal, then Lila who’s a total headcase!’

Despite the industry pressures of keeping up her appearance, Kirsten is seemingly unconcerned about ageing and how pregnancy might change her body, taking a low-key approach to her beauty regimen. Never one to sport a tan, she is meticulous about protecting her milky skin tone – and those slightly kooky teeth have become something of a trademark. Having dyed her hair red for her role as Mary Jane Watson in Spider-Man, she is now back to her natural blonde with a few highlights.

‘I think I’m my own best hairdresser. I don’t like my hair to look overly styled,’ she says. For red carpet events she might work a tousled updo with a dress from one of her favourite designers – Chloé, Chanel, Christian Lacroix or the Rodarte sisters, for whom she is something of a muse. Yet most days she just slicks ‘L’Oréal Professionnel Mythic Oil through my hair after I’ve showered and let it dry naturally. It stops it going frizzy and keeps it super hydrated and shiny.’

Behind this relaxed approach to her everyday looks is a quiet confidence she feels has developed since reaching her 30s. Yet under the intense scrutiny of the Hollywood spotlight, that hasn’t always been the case. ‘When I was younger, I used to worry so much about what food was good and bad, and calories. But now I’m more comfortable in my own skin. I’m not perfect but I’m healthy. If I eat rubbish one day, I’ll just tone it back the next. And oh – I smoke a ton of cigarettes still.’

‘I’ve never done a cleanse – no!’ As her visit to Soho’s Bob Bob Ricard restaurant the day before we meet testifies, she’s more of a chicken pie girl. In any case, she burns off most of it. At home, she works out with her fitness buddy and Bachelorette co-star Isla Fisher at Tracy Anderson’s gym – high repetitions of dance-style movements using light weights are the name of the game in attaining a long, lean body. ‘I love it – Tracy’s method works. But it’s annoying because there are always paparazzi outside. I mean, I know Gwyneth Paltrow and all these big models go there, but who wants to see a photo of someone looking all sweaty? I’m so over paps!’

There was, of course, a time when the spotlight got too much. In 2008, she checked in to the Cirque Lodge treatment centre in Utah after suffering from depression. Speaking about it on the Ellen DeGeneres show a few years later, she said she needed time out after having spent so long working in a relentlessly tough industry. Now, though, she seems to have reconciled herself to the inevitable rhythms of life as a high-profile actress.

‘Everyone’s career ebbs and flows,’ she says philosophically. ‘At times you’re wanted and at other times you have to work harder for it. The down times can really affect your confidence. So I guess what I’ve learnt is not to nest your confidence completely in your job. That and keep your family close. I’ve been lucky in that my close friends and family have come along with me on the ups and downs.’

Her 29-year-old brother Christian, with whom she grew up in New Jersey, currently lives with their former artist and gallery owner mother Inez while he builds his own internet business DayJam – ‘a more refined version of Facebook’, apparently. And despite her parents divorcing back in 1993, Kirsten’s German father Klaus, a medical services executive, is also now a Californian resident who has had a great influence over his daughter’s life.

‘I took dual citizenship between America and Germany about five years ago. I still have a grandfather who lives in Germany and we’ve kept some European traditions in our family – such as opening our presents on Christmas Eve instead of 25 December. It’s interesting that I also seem to have attracted a lot of friends whose parents are European. I think when you’re raised by foreign parents you have a different mentality, so it gives us something in common.’

She attributes her work ethic to her father. ‘Dad is such a hard worker and I think he has instilled that in me. With every movie, I never know whether people are going to like it. But I think the older I get, the more cathartic I find the film-making process. I feel very connected to my work right now – and I’m having more fun.’ She also had a ball filming Midnight Special – a sci-fi thriller shot in Louisiana alongside Adam Driver of TV’s Girls fame, set to be released later this year. She wouldn’t mind a cameo or two on Girls herself. But really, she’s ‘a director’s girl’ at heart and adored working with Midnight Special mastermind Jeff Nichols.

She is still close to Sofia Coppola who directed her in 1999 film The Virgin Suicides and again in the 2006 Marie Antoinette. It was Sofia, says Kirsten, who helped her transition from a child to an adult actress. In the future, she’d love to collaborate with Quentin Tarantino.

At some point, she might even book a holiday she’s been planning for years: ‘I typically don’t take vacations but enjoy going anywhere with a beach and warm water. I’ve always wanted to stay at the GoldenEye hotel in Jamaica.’ Now, though, she is hunting for that London house. It’s time for her next viewing – the estate agent has arrived. She extends her hand and, with characteristically disarming modesty, says to the slack-jawed fellow holding keys, ‘Hi, I’m Kirsten’. I think he knows.

By Bella Blissett,

A very interesting interview. Some of you might remember the pics of Kirsten & Garrett searching for her missing cat way back in February 2012. Taz was that missing cat & they obviously found it! It does also sound like Kirsten isn’t going to be making a film this Summer after all.

I’ve added to the gallery pics of Kirsten & Garrett out for dinner in London last night with Oscar Isaac & another friend.


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