In her latest film, “Magic in the Moonlight,” Emma Stone plays a psychic medium – which means that the question on everyone’s mind, obviously, is whether she shares any of her character’s extraordinary, extra-sensory talents.
And thanks to her latest interview with MTV, we can now say for sure that Emma Stone is a legitimate psychic powerhouse who can read your mind, see your future, and predict with 100% certainty that spam will be next summer’s hottest new trend. Watch the video below for a sample of her awesome talents.
The amiable co-stars of Woody Allen’s 44th feature, Magic in the Moonlight, discuss ghosts, skinny-dipping, and that time Stone live-texted Bridget Jones to Firth.
“We’ve talked about this so many times, Colin! Gosh!” I’ve just entered a fancy suite at a ritzy hotel in Midtown Manhattan to interview Colin Firth and Emma Stone, the two affable, easy on the eyes stars of Woody Allen’s Magic in the Moonlight. Despite their sizeable difference in age (he 53, she 25), the two playfully bicker like, well, a couple in an Allen film.
In Magic in the Moonlight, Firth plays Stanley, a renowned illusionist under the stage name Wei Ling Soo, who’s hired by the consigliere of a wealthy family to travel to the Côte d’Azur and debunk Sophie (Emma Stone), a young, fetching American woman who claims she can not only tell the future, but also communicate with the dead. The family’s fool of a son, Brice (Hamish Linklater), is wholly infatuated with her, so it’s up to Stanley, a famous skeptic, to expose her before they tie the knot. But, as it happens, he also grows quite fond of her, which complicates matters considerably.
But back to the bickering thing. When you sit down with the duo in person, you can tell why Allen would cast them as an onscreen couple (despite the massive age gap). Over the course of the chat, Stone needles Firth on everything from Bridget Jones to Pride and Prejudice, to the point where Firth jokingly says, “Can we not be paired up for these anymore?” Unfortunately, the publicist abruptly terminated our lively chat midway through before I could touch on a number of topics of interest (like the age gap in the film and the recent controversy surrounding Woody), but alas, it was still a fun talk.
Emma, did you grow up with Colin’s movies? I took my college girlfriend to Love Actually twice in theaters.
Emma Stone: I’ve seen Love Actually about 18 times. I’ve seen Bridget Jones too many times now. You were so upset with me! I live-texted Colin the plot of Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason a few months back while I was watching it. You were very upset with me, if I remember correctly. I talked him through what he was doing.
Colin Firth: Thank you. She’s talking through my back catalog via text! I might decide to not revisit stuff in the past, and then you get a good friend saying, “Oh, when you were doing this you had this and that expression on your face.”
Stone: That was a misfire… in that moment. But it was all complimentary! But I’ve seen many of Colin’s movies. Although my mother absolutely does love Colin, I will say that.
Firth: You’re not the only person whose mother loves me. [Laughs]
Columbia Pictures and Regency Enterprises are delaying the release date of director Cameron Crowe‘s untitled project starring Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone and Rachel McAdams until May 29, 2015. The studio previously dated it for Christmas 2014, but execs decided after seeing the film that it was better as a summer release. That takes it out of any contention for Oscar nominations this year as well. It now will debut the weekend after Memorial Day and in a summer slot that has nothing really competing with it: Insidious: Chapter 3 and Monster Trucks.
“Once we saw the film, we knew that it would make a perfect summer release. The movie is Cameron at his best,” said Jeff Blake, chairman of worldwide marketing and distribution for Sony Pictures. Sony also released Crowe’s Best Picture Oscar nominee Jerry Maguire (1996) and Almost Famous (2000), which earned Crowe a Screenplay Oscar.
The project, set in Honolulu and produced by Scott Rudin and Crowe, is about a well-known military contractor (Cooper) who returns to his glory days — the U.S. space program in Hawaii – and reconnects with an old flame (McAdams) while getting swept off his feet by a hard-nosed Air Force watchdog (Stone) who has been assigned to him. Bill Murray plays a billionaire with questionable intentions who wants to launch a complex satellite system. The film also stars John Krasinski, Danny McBride and Alec Baldwin. The executive producers are Ilona Herzberg, Eli Bush, and Ben Waisbren. Crowe most recently directed and scripted 2011’s We Bought A Zoo.
Woody Allen’s latest film “Magic In The Moonlight,” which he both wrote and directed is set to hit theaters in limited release on July 25 via Sony Pictures Classics. The film boasts a wonderful ensemble consisting of Emma Stone, Colin Firth, Hamish Linklater and Marcia Gay Harden, to name a few. It was shot in the South of France and tells the story of a young woman named Sophie (Stone) who is a psychic and a famous magician Stanley (Firth), is brought in to try to disprove that she has any special abilities. Today on July 21, 2014, we are sharing our cast interviews about the film.
Emma Stone fielded some questions about the project.
What did you love about shooting a period piece in the 20’s?
The whole feeling of the era … all of the costumes were great.
Was there one costume you liked in particular?
I loved my ball gown.
Did you see fortune tellers to prepare for the part?
Not for the part, just for life. Just kidding! I did not, no.
What was it like to work with Woody Allen?
I didn’t know what to expect and then I figured out what to expect.
Did he approach you for the role?
Had he seen your movies?
I have no idea.
You gave an example on Letterman that your long dead grandfather leaves quarters for you, is there one example of that happening?
It happens in various places at all different times. I almost am kind of sad that I told that story, but he told such an honest story. I’m afraid people are gonna prank me with quarters.
The Tony and Emmy Award winning start of stage and screen died on Thursday. Magic in the Moonlight co-stars Colin Firth and Emma Stone paid their respects.
Moments before sitting down on a couch at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in Midtown Manhattan, an establishment that—perhaps—would’ve passed muster with the grand doyenne of comedy, to interview Colin Firth and Emma Stone, the news broke that Elaine Stritch had passed away. She was 89, and died of natural causes in Birmingham, Michigan.
“We just found out,” Stone told That Daily Beast. “I loved seeing her on 30 Rock. That woman was so big and full of life.”
The two stars were in town to promote the Woody Allen flick Magic in the Moonlight, and Allen, of course, collaborated with Stritch on the 1987 film September, playing the brash, caustic mother to Mia Farrow’s character. And Stritch, best known of late for her role as Colleen Donaghy, Alec Baldwin’s salty mom on the NBC sitcom 30 Rock, was a beloved figure in Firth’s household growing up.
“I was a huge Elaine Stritch fan,” said Firth. “She’s someone I grew up on. She did a lot of theatre in London—had a huge part of her career in England—and did this wonderful sitcom, Two’s Company, where she played the American heiress and Donald Sinden played her English butler. I used to watch it avidly when I was younger.”
Firth added: “She was ahead of her time. You almost feel like she carried something with her from the Dorothy Parker generation. She was so fearless, and urbane. My whole family completely adored her. One thing we’d always watch together was that show.”
Alejandro G. Inarritu’s “Birdman or the Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance,” toplining Michael Keaton, will open the Venice Film Festival.
The black comedy, about a washed-up actor (Keaton) who once played an iconic superhero and must overcome his ego and family trouble as he struggles to mount a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim his past glory, will world preem in competition at the fest on August 27.
Along with Keaton, pic also stars Zach Galifianakis, Edward Norton, Andrea Riseborough, Amy Ryan, Emma Stone and Naomi Watts, most of whom expected on the Lido’s red carpet.
“Birdman” is a Fox Searchlight Pictures/New Regency presentation of a New Regency/M Productions/Le Grisbi production. The U.S. release date is October 17, while it will be going out internationally in early 2015. The producers are Inarritu, John Lesher, Arnon Milchan, and James W. Skotchdopole.
“Birdman” is the first foray into comedy for the often gravely serious Inarritu who made his breakthrough in 2000 with “Amores Perros.” The hotly anticipated pic had been originally tipped for Cannes where “Amores Perros” won the Critics’ Week nod and where in 2006 the helmer won the best director nod for “Babel.” In 2010 Inarritu also bowed his “Biutiful” on the Croisette which scored an acting nod for Javier Bardem.
But Inarritu is also Venice aficionado, having attended with “21 Grams” in 2003, when Sean Penn won the Coppa Volpi for best actor, and also as a juror in 2007.
Just like last year, when the fest headed by artistic director Alberto Barbera opened with fellow Mexican helmer Alfonso Cuaron’s “Gravity,” Venice is kicking off with a title sure to be in the thick of things come Oscar season, as the Lido boosts its status as an awards season launchpad. But the key difference is that, unlike “Gravity,” which screened out-of-competition, “Birdman” will instead be vying for the Golden Lion.
The 71st edition of Venice will run August 27-September 6. The full lineup will be announced in Rome on July 24.
During a Reddit “Ask Me Anything” session held earlier today, Mark Ruffalo, the Hulk of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, was asked who he thought should play Bruce Banner’s cousin, Jennifer Walter a.k.a. She-Hulk, if she were ever introduced in the films. Ruffalo had two suggestions.
“Oh wow, that’s pretty crazy. Well I think Zoe Saldana would be a great She Hulk. It’d be nice to see someone like her join the Avengers. Or someone quiet and demure like Emma Stone would be nice. But it would be up to the powers that be.”
Now, before anybody goes crazy, let’s just reiterate that this was a simple hypothetical. Nobody is actually saying that Marvel has even considered adding Jen Walters to their cinematic universe.
That said, Zoe Saldana is already playing a character in the MCU – Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy – so I guess that means the part is Emma Stone’s to take, if Ruffalo has any say about it. She’s not doing anything after The Amazing Spider-Man 2, right?
Then again, who would want to make a movie that included a weird sexual power fantasy like She-Hulk in it anyway, right?
Mark Ruffalo will next appear as the Hulk in Avengers: Age of Ultron, opening May 1, 2015.
If you’ve seen the gorgeous, brain-teasing trailer for Birdman, the upcoming dark comedy directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu and starring Michael Keaton, you probably have a lot of questions. Who is Birdman? How did that flower vase move itself? Why is Michael Keaton walking through Times Square in his underwear? Why is he wrestling Edward Norton in his underwear? As far as Keaton is concerned, the more puzzles the better. “We don’t want to give away too much,” says the actor. “This thing will keep unveiling itself.”
To that end, EW has five exclusive images from the movie that shed a little more light on the project. (Check out the other four after the jump.) Here’s what we do know: Keaton plays Riggin Thomson, an actor who is directing and starring in a Broadway production of Raymond Carver’s What We Talk About When We Talk About Love. Keaton also plays Birdman, the superhero character who made Thomson famous and continues to haunt him as he suffers a nervous breakdown before the play’s premiere. Edward Norton plays an actor in Thomson’s play, Emma Stone is Thomson’s daughter, and the cast also features Naomi Watts, Zach Galifianakis, and Amy Ryan. “It’s less about a guy who played a superhero in big hit movies than it is about exploring the human soul and psyche, and also where we are as a society today and how much importance we place on those kinds of things,” says Keaton. So, that clears up all your questions, right? Right.