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Shailene Woodley’s ‘White Bird in a Blizzard’ Gets North American Distribution

Posted by G in Apr 12,2014 with 4 Comments

By Dave McNary

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Magnolia Pictures has acquired the North American distribution rights to the Shailene Woodley-starrer “White Bird in a Blizzard” and plans a theatrical release for later this year.

Gregg Araki directed from his own script, based on Laura Kasischke’s novel. The drama also stars Eva Green, Christopher Meloni, Shiloh Fernandez, Gabourey Sidibe, Thomas Jane and Angela Bassett.

The film was produced by Pascal Caucheteux, Sebastien K. Lemercier, Alix Madigan-Yorkin, Pavlina Hatoupis and Gregg Araki. Why Not Productions, Desperate Pictures, Orange Studio and Wild Bunch are the production companies on board.

Woodley stars as a college-bound teenager who is just discovering her sexuality when her mother (Green) disappears — an event that barely registers with Woodley’s character. But as time passes, she begins to come to grips with how deeply the disappearance has affected her life.

“White Bird” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in late January. Variety‘s Peter Debruge gave the film a mixed reviewcalling it “naughty, campy and wildly uneven.”

The deal was negotiated for Magnolia by Dori Begley and Peter Van Steemburg with CAA and Wild Bunch on behalf of the filmmakers.

 

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Madame Figaro (France) – February 21, 2014 (Scans)

Posted by M. in Feb 23,2014 with 9 Comments

Thanks to daphne for letting us know that Eva was featured in this week’s issue of Madame Figaro. :)

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Magazines & Newspapers > 2014 > Madame Figaro (France) – February 21, 2014



IndieWire & Gregg Araki talk Eva’s performance in “White Bird in a Blizzard”

Posted by Stef in Feb 03,2014 with 2 Comments

Because it must be said—Eva Green isn’t exactly the star of ‘White Bird,’ but she gives one hell of a performance. With the small running time she’s in, she doesn’t just chew up the scenery, she devours it whole (including every actor that shares space with her). Her vicious maw is as staggering as her talent threatens to overshadow everyone who dares to come across her path.

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All in all, “White Bird in a Blizzard” is worth seeing for Eva Green’s performance alone, and to experience the dreamlike quality of Gregg Araki’s individual, highly unique vision of cinema.

Read the full article on IndieWire.

“You’ve never see Eva Green like this before,” Araki gushed. “It will blow your mind. The funny thing about Eva Green is—it’s weird—because she’s playing 40ish for this movie and Eva is only 32 when we made this movie. And Shiloh is like 27 and he plays Shai’s teenage boyfriend. I don’t want to give it away, but there’s a weird flirtation between the Shiloh and Eva in the movie. And in real life they are four years apart. But in the movie, so creepy. Because Eva is literally like so insanely amazing. I mean the thing about the movie is that you see the mother when she is young and beautiful and that is what Eva Green looks like and then you see her when she is a little older and living this miserable life and feeling super trapped. And Eva just became this other person and it was the craziest thing. To see it on set was insane.”

Read the full article on IndieWire.



New “White Bird in a Blizzard” Photos

Posted by Stef in Jan 18,2014 with 1 Comment

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Promotional Stills (x2), thanks to Sebastian
On the Set



Screencaptures from recent videos

Posted by M. in Dec 18,2013 with 4 Comments

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“White Bird in a Blizzard” Official Teaser Trailer

Posted by Stef in Dec 13,2013 with 3 Comments

Thanks to everyone who sent in links to the video. :)



Sundance Institute Announces 2014 Sundance Film Festival Premieres

Posted by Stef in Dec 09,2013 with Comments Off

Thanks to Astrea and Nausicaa for the link.

Sundance Institute announced today the films selected to screen in the out-of-competition Premieres and Documentary Premieres sections of the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, January 16-26 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and Sundance, Utah.

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White Bird in a Blizzard / U.S.A. (Director and screenwriter: Gregg Araki) — Based on the acclaimed novel by Laura Kasischke, White Bird in a Blizzard tells the story of Kat Connors, a young woman whose life is turned upside down by the sudden disappearance of her beautiful, enigmatic mother. Cast: Shailene Woodley, Eva Green, Christopher Meloni, Shiloh Fernandez, Gabourey Sidibe, Thomas Jane.

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Cult filmmaker Gregg Araki talks career retrospective

Posted by Stef in Sep 23,2013 with 2 Comments

Araki is now in the editing stage of his next film, “White Bird in a Blizzard,” which stars Shailene Woodley as a girl whose mother disappears.

“That’s really the movie I’m very focused on at the moment,” Araki said. “It’s a period piece, it has an amazing soundtrack, it’s set in the late ’80s, so it has all of my favorite music in it. And the cast is really amazing.”

“It’s very kind of a Gregg Araki movie, but it’s also kind of got a lot of other things that I think will surprise some people,” he said. “I can’t wait for it to be finished. I can’t wait for people to see it.”

Read the full article here. Thanks to Nausicaa for the link.



Chris Meloni talks about his co-star Eva Green

Posted by M. in Jun 18,2013 with 16 Comments

Thanks to Ashley for the heads-up.

Perhaps you get to do a bit of both in the Sin City sequel, A Dame to Kill For.
I’m an upright dude trying to do right, but then Eva Green’s seductive powers are too much for me to resist.

She just wants you to save her from her abusive billionaire husband.
Please. She’s a femme fatale. Don’t take her side in this. She’s evil. [Laughs.] And it’s the second time that Eva Green and I have gotten together. We also did White Bird in a Blizzard, the Gregg Araki film. In White Bird in a Blizzard, we’re married, and in A Dame to Kill For, we’re not, but we have more sex in A Dame to Kill For. And Eva, she’s beyond cool. She is the bomb. She was such a pleasure to work with. She just really connects to the decisions we’ve made and commits to them. So great, so much fun.

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Second Exclusive EvaGreenWeb.com Q&A with Eva Green – Part II

Posted by M. in May 26,2013 with 18 Comments

Q&A session for Eva Green – 09.05.2013

9. What was your experience with Robert Rodriguez’s way of filming? I guess you shot a lot of scenes in front of a green screen. Was it more difficult than conventional shooting? How was the chemistry between you and Josh (Dwight) Brolin?
Well for the green screen, it was pretty distabilizing as there’s nothing real around you, so the most important thing is to connect with the other actor, otherwise you’re lost… Josh Brolin was a wonderful partner, he really does have that «film noir » aura about him, hard boiled with a heart of gold…

10. How do you spend your free time during shooting periods, e.g. in Austin and Johannesburg? (I hope there was (is) some free time…)
In Austin, it was a very intense shoot and as I was cast last minute, I spent all my free time working with my coach in my hotel room…
One of the nicest things about being an actor is you get to discover all these exotic places, and South Africa is one of the most beautiful countries I’ve ever been to. We shot « Salvation » surrounded by baboons, cheetahs, and buffalos… How cool is that ?

11. What do you prefer more: reading books or watching movies? Any books or movies that you liked lately?
I love both.
« Tabu » by Miguel Gomes was the last film I saw and I thought it was really a gem, we don’t make movies like this anymore. It was eccentric, gentle, and daring…
I just read « A Long Walk to Freedom » by Nelson Mandela and he is my hero !

12. What is your favorite sport? (either to watch or to do)
I love watching rugby. Very sexy, dirty men!

13. What’s more likely for you in the future: to play in a London theater someday or to create a twitter account :-) ? What’s your relation with new technologies (internet, smartphones, tablets, social media)?
Neither.
I love the internet but it can be addictive…

14. According to your experience, talent or hard work is more important in becoming a good actress? Or is it actually talent for hard work?
Both talent and hard work are needed to become a success in any job.

15. A lot of reunions lately in your projects. How do you feel about collaborating with familiar people? By the way, do you keep contact with Bernardo Bertolucci?
It’s always nice to work with people whom I’ve worked with before… your first day of school becomes less daunting…

16. What was the best and the worst thing that happened to you during the last couple of years?
Working with Tim Burton was a dream come true… I can die now…

17. Finally, where are you now while completing this Q&A session?
I’ve just returned from South Africa… and keeping busy as usual…

– THE END – I hope that you enjoyed the reading! Thank you very much to Eva Green, her sister Joy and George. :)



Second Exclusive EvaGreenWeb.com Q&A with Eva Green – Part I

Posted by M. in May 23,2013 with 22 Comments

Yes, yes, yes!!! It’s true!!! Miss Green kindly granted us a second exclusive Q&A and answered all of our questions!!! We thank her for her kindness and for taking some time to answer us. I’d also like to thank Joy and George, without whom it wouldn’t have been possible. :D Keep checking back for the second part of the Q&A!!! ;)

Q&A session for Eva Green – 09.05.2013

1. In our previous Q &A session you said that “…you are not good at relaxing”. This past year you’ve had a suitcase in hand, filming all around the world (four projects after Dark Shadows). Aren’t you tired? Are you feeling fulfilled after working on each of these projects?
Actually I’m a workaholic so work never tires me as long as the role is « meaty » and something I can really sink my teeth into. I’ve been very lucky with the last four projects. You know because of the financial crisis, there aren’t that many films being done, so I do feel blessed, and yes, fulfilled.

2. What is the percentage of roles that you finally reject among those that are proposed to you? Have you regretted any role rejections or any role acceptances?
I receive many scripts each year, often projects that are being done at the same time as a film that I’m already committed to, and so must refuse it. Or scripts that are poorly written, or the character is a cliché which I really couldn’t give my heart and soul to and consequently refuse as I don’t want to work for the sake of working. Then you have the case of an absolutely exquisite script that for some strange reason never gets produced for lack of funds…. Very frustrating !

3. You are an actress whose work speaks for herself without much PR, magazine covers etc. However, you have a loyal audience in Evagreenweb.com (and not only) that continuously grows. Are you curious to read the comments of the fans in our site from time to time? In general, do you receive many fan mails?
Yes, I do receive fan mail, but I must admit that your website seems to be the most authoritive and (kind, thank you) on my professional life and even my agents use it to get the latest photos, interviews, etc… !

4. How often do you visit France and your family the last years? Paris or Normandy?
My home is in London and I visit my family in Paris or Normandy a couple times a year.

5. Which scenes proved to be the most difficult for you among your last projects?
I would have to say « Sin City » because of the lack of time for prep, but it was a great challenge and I didn’t get fired … Frank and Robert and the crew were the most supportive and lovely people to work with.

6. What attracted you in “White bird in a blizzard” and “The salvation”?
« White Bird in a Blizzard » was a beautifully written script, the character touched me deeply and I was drawn to the complexity of « Eve ». She really was a lovely fragile bird trapped in a cage for me…It was a big challenge to play a mother who ages from mid twenties to mid forties.

« The Salvation » is a Western and that was always one of my fantasies… The character « Madelaine » was kidnapped by the Indians and had her tongue cut out… So no dialogue for me, but a huge challenge, as I needed to convey everything without speech !

7. How did you prepare for the role of Artemisia? Were you familiar with this period of history before the role? (btw Xerxes said for Artemisia during the sea-battle of Salamis that “My men fight like women and my women fight like men” which I guess is not in the script). The premiere is postponed for next March. Are you a bit impatient about the final output?

I’ve never done an action film before and I’ve always dreamed of sword fighting and kicking ass… just being able to vent all that rage is amazing. So this was a great opportunity, plus Artemesia is a fabulous character… It’s very hard today to find strong roles for women and Artemesia is the strongest, toughest, bravest character I’ve ever played.

As for the preparation, I trained four hours a day with a group of stunt men from L.A. for three months before we began shooting. And then I continued training and sword fighting while we were shooting, luckily just on weekends. I’m not the most coordinated person so it was like learning dance steps while swinging two huge swords….It was extremely liberating and empowering !

8. Had you read the comic novel “A dame to kill for” before saying yes to Ava Lord’s role? Ava is the archetype femme fatale and the role seems tailor made for you (although you may don’t like to hear it :-). Did you have any reservations regarding the “light clothing” as presented in Frank Miller’s novel or you consider it as “just another costume”?
Ah, the nudity… Well, for the character her body is a weapon, a tool she uses to lure men to her, therefore it isn’t gratutious. Also I trusted Robert Rodriguez’s eye for the way he filmed all the scenes and knew that they would be done tastefully, artfully, and he would put me to my best advantage…



Total Film (UK) – June 2013

Posted by M. in Apr 12,2013 with 3 Comments

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Total Film (UK) – June 2013

Eva Green is ready for battle — “She has some balls, that’s for sure,” declares Eva Green of her weapon-wielding warrior in 300: Rise of an Empire. (…) “It’s my first action movie,” says the Bafta-winner. “Artemisia’s like an Amazon… She’s a very, very strong woman.”

Who’s ready for battle??? :D



“White Bird in a Blizzard” still & synopsis

Posted by Stef in Feb 22,2013 with 16 Comments

Official Synopsis:
Kat Connors is 17 years old when her perfect homemaker mother, Eve, a beautiful, enigmatic, and haunted woman, disappears – just as Kat is discovering and relishing her newfound sexuality. Having lived for so long in a stifled, emotionally repressed household, she barely registers her mother’s absence and certainly doesn’t blame her doormat of a father, Brock, for the loss. In fact, it’s almost a relief. But as time passes, Kat begins to come to grips with how deeply Eve’s disappearance has affected her. Returning home on a break from college, she finds herself confronted with the truth about her mother’s departure, and her own denial about the events surrounding it…

Source: Up & Comers

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Eva Green for Gregg Araki in Studio Ciné Live (France)

Posted by M. in Feb 12,2013 with 14 Comments

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Studio Ciné Live (France) – February 2013

The French actress is pursuing her rich international career by filming White Bird in a Blizzard under the direction of Gregg Araki. It’s the story of a young woman (Shailene Woodley, The Descendants), whose life is turned upside down by the disappearance of her mother. Today, Eva Green shoots, in Los Angeles, a scene in which she gets married… in the same church where Elvis and Priscilla Presley tied the knot in 1967. “It’s the first time that I get married on screen. And I shoot, the same day, my wedding and my funeral!”, she confides.



Eva joins Gregg Araki’s “White Bird”

Posted by Stef in Oct 17,2012 with 16 Comments

Shiloh Fernandez (Red Riding Hood) has been cat as a lead in White Bird, the Gregg Araki-helmed pic that focuses on a young woman who sees her life spin out of control after her mother disappears. Eva Green and Shailene Woodley also star.

Source: Deadline