“Twilight” star Kristen Stewart and “X-Men” actor Nicholas Hoult appeared in Tokyo ahead of production on indie sci-fi drama “Equals” to talk up the challenges of their latest roles.
Hot indie director Drake Doremus (“Breathe In”) and producers Michael Pruss and Ann Ruark were also on hand to field questions Saturday at a Tokyo hotel.
Based on a script by Nathan Parker, “Equals” is set in a near future in which human emotions, from love to envy and hatred, have been eliminated. The resulting humans, called Equals, are carrying on peacefully, when a disease called SOS (Switch On Syndrome) begins to free dangerous feelings — and the afflicted ones are exiled from society. After the hero, Silas (Hoult), is infected he becomes close to Nia (Stewart), who is also able to feel emotions, while maintaining a safely unemotional exterior. Thoughts of love and escape follow.
Queried about his own desire to live in an emotionless world, Hoult said: “That obviously would be the easy way out, but no, I like to feel everything, take the highs and the lows.”
“I’m definitely not afraid of ‘feels.’ My life revolves around it actually,” Stewart said. “Finding the balance between the head and the heart is important but I’ve always been very driven by the gut. Every thought or articulated emotion starts in shapes and colors and putting your finger on that is cool, but it’s not necessary.”
Doremus explained that the world he created with Parker has a positive side. “There’s a beauty and poetry to this society,” Doremus said. “Despite what they left out, a lot of things they did right and that’s important to us.”
“The story has been compared to ‘1984,’ but it’s not that at all,” producer Ann Ruark said. “It’s a love story –it’s not dystopian, it’s Utopian.”
Thus the decision to shoot in Japan, whose minimal architecture, Ruark explains, “expresses that Utopian vision.”
“It’s sexy — That’s all you need to know, really,” said Pruss when quizzed about the wardrobe.
“Equals” will shoot from August 4 to 28 in Japan and then move to Singapore for another three weeks.
Indian Paintbrush, Route One Films and Scott Free Productions are producing, with sci-fi maestro Ridley Scott also serving as producer. “Equals” is financed by UTA Independent Film Group, which also has North American rights. Release is set for 2015.
Robert Pattinson’s Maps to the Stars and Kristen Stewart’s Still Alice will be among the movies screening at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF). Both films also star TIFF veteran Julianne Moore.
Organizers unveiled the first batch of films on Tuesday for the star-studded festival, which runs Sept. 4 to 14.
Maps to the Stars was made in Toronto and directed by homegrown filmmaker David Cronenberg. It will have a gala presentation at TIFF.
Stewart stars in the drama Still Alice with Alec Baldwin and Kate Bosworth.
TIFF’s closing night gala will be A Little Chaos, directed by and starring Alan Rickman and co-starring Kate Winslet and Stanley Tucci.
Jennifer Aniston stars in Cake, which will be a Special Presentation at TIFF. Gala presentations include Mike Binder’s Black and White starring Kevin Costner; Antoine Fuqua’s The Equalizer with Denzel Washington and Chloe Grace Moretz; and Bennett Miller’s Foxcatcher starring Channing Tatum.
The TIFF red carpets will also welcome Nightcrawler starring Jake Gyllenhaal; The Keeping Room with Hailee Steinfeld and Sam Worthington; Miss Julie starring Colin Farrell and Jessica Chastain; and While We’re Young with Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts.
Chris Evans’ directorial debut Before We Go will be screened at the festival, as well as The Last Five Years with Anna Kendrick and The Humbling starring Al Pacino.
Pacino also stars in Manglehorn, which will be screened at TIFF.
The Brian Wilson biopic Love & Mercy, starring John Cusack and Paul Dano, is on the TIFF list as well as The Drop starring Tom Hardy and My Old Lady with Maggie Smith and Kevin Kline.
Kristen Stewart and other well known stars are set to visit South Africa in order to film a new movie, The Big Shoe.
According to Screen Africa, the Twilight actress will be joined by other well known Hollywood actors such as Jim Sturgess (Across the Universe), Elizabeth Banks (The Hunger Games) and Klaus Maria Brandauer (Between Strangers).
The film will be shot in SA later this year and is to be directed by Steven Shainberg (The Secretary)
The film tells the story of a shoe designer who is forced to leave his family, as they want to devalue his work for their own financial gain. His mother then hires an psycho-therapist and a muse in order to lure him back.
South African producer Anton Ernst is set to produce the film while SA based Azari Media is one of the funders of the film (the other being London based Bankside Films).
The Big Shoe is just one of the many Hollywood films that is set to film in SA this year.
Kirsten Stewart has decided to laugh off those rumours that she chopped off all her hair to “feel free” from Robert Pattinson, by going for an even more extreme breakover (that’s makeover after a breakup btw).
Ladies and gentleman, we present the new Kristen, complete with Justin Bieber hair, stick-on moustache and 80s tracksuits that Liam Gallagher would be proud of.
But fear not, this is not KStew’s new red carpet look. We know she’s a maverick who wears trainers under her ballgowns, but there are limits.
No, the Twilight actress donned the costume for her pal Jenny Lewis’ new music video, Just One of The Guys.
In it she lip-synchs, plays the tambourine and sort of twerks. It’s a classic we tell you.
Oh yeah, and the video also features Anne Hathaway attempting to breakdance.