John / October 23rd, 2015

What’s going on with Jeff Nichols’ John Carpenter-esque “Midnight Special” you ask? Well, after being dated for November of this year, Warner Bros. pushed the film back to March 18, 2016. Some watercooler talk around The Playlist noted its the date this was all of one week ahead of the studio’s “Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice,” which doesn’t really give it much time to succeed or pick up an audience because WB will be 100% focused on their mega-franchise — easily their most important film of 2016.

However, we may have found an answer to WB’s release date reasoning for dropping “Midnight Special” in March. Kirsten Dunst, one of the co-stars in Nichols’ film, is currently promoting season two of “Fargo,” and she revealed on a recent Nerdist podcast that she will be in Austin, Texas with the film in March. The SXSW Film Festival runs from March 11-19, so if it makes its world premiere in Austin just a few days before its March 18th release, well, that makes perfect sense. SXSW is very indie/genre friendly, which is exactly what Nichols’ sci-fi-ish is. The director also lives in Austin, so it all just feels very much like a natural fit.

The official announcement won’t come until 2016, probably sometime in February after the buzz around Sundance has quieted. However, Dunst also said she’ll likely be in Park City, but for a completely different reason.

The actress revealed that she is currently co-writing a 1950s-set screenplay based on a book (of which she will not reveal the title) that she hopes to make her feature-length directorial debut. Dunst has already directed two shorts, one that starred Winona Ryder called “Welcome” from 2007, and “Bastard” in 2010. Dunst wouldn’t reveal details on the book but suggested it wasn’t a piece of fiction or traditional narrative she was adapting.

“It’s based on a book, but… it really could make it any way you [wanted],” she teased. “It’s the kind of book that — it could be so, so didactic and bad or you could really make a life of something [from it]. So you really need to make your own scenes up.”

“It’s a book that most women have read,” she continued. “I’m approaching it in a funny way. It’s going to be a dark comedy and I already have my actress — I’ve wanted to direct for a long time.” It sort of sounds like some kind of guide, manual or how-to book, but who knows really.

The “Fargo” actress says she’s still looking for financing, so she or her producers will likely go to Sundance to work on that. Dunst says the project is still in its “early days,” so in the meantime, we’ll just have to keep patient for “Midnight Special.”

Edward Davis, The Playlist



John / October 15th, 2015

Kirsten will be attending TV Fan Festival “PaleyFest” in New York tomorrow (Friday). She’ll take part in the “Fargo” discussion panel which starts at 6.30 pm. Also scheduled to attend are Fargo creator Noah Hawley, & cast members Jesse Piemons, Jean Smart, Cristin Milioti, Jeffrey Donovan, & Bokeem Woodbine. The event takes place at The Paley Centre for Media, 25 West 52 Street, New York, NY 10019. More details can be found here.

The discussion panel will be streamed live by Yahoo at 7.30 pm Eastern Time (12.30 am in the UK).



John / October 11th, 2015

Kirsten will be a guest on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” tomorrow (October 12th). Also appearing on the show will be comedian Nathan Fielder & electronic music duo Purity Ring. The show airs on ABC at 11.35 pm Eastern Time.



John / October 10th, 2015

Kirsten will be a guest on daytime chat show “The Talk” on October 14th. The show airs on CBS at 2.00 pm Eastern Time.



John / August 7th, 2015

To mark the 15th Anniversary of the release of “Bring It On” mtv.com has published a really interesting (& long!) article with the cast & crew sharing their personal memories of the film.



John / July 29th, 2015

Midnight Special, the first major studio film by indie director Jeff Nichols (Mud) has been moved from its Nov. 25 release date to March 18. Distributor Warner Bros. provided no explanation for the change, though the studio just last week pegged its Sandra Bullock-starrer Our Brand is Crisis (originally scheduled for 2016) to an Oct. 30 release date. And the busy studio also has seven other films on its fall slate, including Pan, Point Break, and Creed.

Featuring Michael Shannon, Joel Edgerton, Kirsten Dunst, and Adam Driver, the science-fiction-oriented Midnight Special has been shrouded in secrecy. What’s known is that it concerns a father who goes on the lam with his 8-year-old son after the boy reveals supernatural abilities.

We’ll have to wait nine months to know if the film was worth the long wait. Meanwhile, Nichols has already announced his next project, a very unsupernatural dramatization of the historic Loving v. Virginia court case, also starring Edgerton.

Though the 2016 release means it won’t be competing for this year’s Oscars, Midnight Special could still profit from the delay. Nichols could do much worse than having one of the actors from the year’s most highly anticipated movie — Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ lead bad guy, Driver — high up in the cast list of his movie. Star Wars, opening on Dec. 18, might even still in theaters by the time Midnight Special hits screens in March.

Tobin Grimshaw, ew.com.



John / May 11th, 2015

Los Angeles fashion designers Kate and Laura Mulleavy, founders of the Rodarte label, are turning their attention to filmmaking.

The sisters are set to make their feature directorial debut with Woodshock, starring longtime friend Kirsten Dunst. Plot details are being kept under tight wraps, but the storyline is described as an original concept derived from a screenplay written by the duo that’s been in development for several years.

Ken Kao’s Waypoint Entertainment, which will be in Cannes this year with Gus Van Sant’s The Sea of Trees, is financing and producing Woodshock alongside Ben LeClair and Michael Costigan of Cota Films.

In a big show of confidence, A24 — known for turning out hip and edgy fare, including current box office hit Ex Machina — has preemptively scooped up theatrical U.S. rights to Woodshock. WME Global brokered the deal.

Bloom, the sales company founded by Kao and Alex Walton, will launch the project to foreign buyers at the Cannes Film Market.

Laura and Kate Mulleavy founded the Los Angeles-based Rodarte label in 2005, and have developed a cult-like following among younger Hollywood actresses, including Dunst, Natalie Portman and the Fanning sisters. They aren’t strangers to the film business, having worked as costume designers on Black Swan, the 2010 movie earning Portman an Oscar for best actress.

Those who are close to the pair say they’ve always had a desire to direct.

Kate and Laura Mulleavy are represented by WME; Dunst is represented by UTA and Management 360.

Pamela McClintock; hollywoodreporter.com

Wow this is very interesting, and a complete (wood)shock! My initial thought when I first read this was it’s going to be a short film but it does sound like it’s going to be a full length feature. Could this be one of the two projects Kirsten mentioned in an interview early last year?



John / April 30th, 2015

Kirsten is 33 years young today. On behalf of Jess, Marc & everyone at the website I’d like to wish Kirsten a very happy birthday.

Have a great day Kirsten!



John / January 8th, 2015

Patrick Wilson, Ted Danson & Jean Smart will star in the second chapter of “Fargo”, slated to premiere next fall on FX.

Wilson will star as Lou Solverson, who is described as a clean-cut Minnesota State Patrolman, four years back from Vietnam, where he served in the Navy. Danson will play Hank Larsson, Lou’s father-in-law & the Sheriff of Rock County, Minnesota. Smart will play Floyd Gerhardt, the matriarch of the Gerhardt crime family, in the new episodes, which are set in 1979 in Sioux Falls, South Dakota & Luverne, Minnesota. Together, Lou & Hank will investigate a case involving a local crime gang & a major Mob syndicate.

The three actors join Kirsten Dunst & Jesse Plemons, who were previously announced as cast members of the 10-episode miniseries, which racked up five Golden Globe nominations for its debut installment, starring Billy Bob Thornton & Martin Freeman.

Nick Offerman, Brad Garrett, Kieran Culkin, Bokeem Woodbine, Jeffrey Donovan & Angus Sampson will all appear in recurring roles.

Showrunner/writer Noah Hawley, Warren Littlefield, John Cameron, Joel & Ethan Coen all return as exec producers for the second installment. “Fargo” is produced by MGM Television & FX Productions, with MGM Television serving as the lead studio.

Production will begin in Calgary on January 19.

Wilson is repped by CAA & Anonymous Content; Danson by WME & Industry Entertainment; & Smart is represented by WME and Untitled Entertainment.

Elizabeth Wagmeister; variety.com



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; hollywoodreporter.com



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