The New York Times has today an interview with director Ned Benson, in which he talks about his three movie projects The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him, Her and Them, specially the last one which is the one to be screening in Cannes this week.
Q. What inspired the “different perspective” approach?
A. I had written the “Him” part as a script for a movie just before I met Jessica Chastain and became friendly with her. I told her about it, and she asked me lots of questions about the female character: Why did she do this? What did she feel? I thought about all that, and that there was obviously another perspective on the story I had written. So it was organic in a way; I started writing a second script based on getting that other look at the relationship. It wasn’t as if I had a big concept idea about it first. Afterward I became really excited about it, because I don’t think anything quite like this has been done.
Q. It’s not exactly a commercial idea. How hard was it to raise money and to find distributors?
A. It was very hard to raise money. I was 28 when I started writing “Him” — I am 37 now, so that gives you some idea. But Jessica became well known around the time we were working on the second script, and that helped. There were people who were interested in the idea, but terrified to take the risk. I am an unknown director; who knows if I could make one film, let alone two?
Q. How did you plan the filming of “Him” and “Her”? Did you shoot them separately?
A. We didn’t shoot the films separately, although we were always very clear about which scene was for which film. We did it by character.
The first week I spent with James [McAvoy] and Ciaran Hinds, who plays his dad, and shot their whole story. The second week, we did the stuff that shows the early part of Jessica and James’s relationship. And so on. Some scenes are the same in both movies, but they show either his version of what happened or hers. The actors were amazing because you had to approach those scenes in two ways; first as you see it, and then as the other character is seeing you.
Make sure to visit The New York Times to read the whole interview, it’s very interesting. A version of this special report appears in print on May 14, 2014, in The International New York Times.
Jessica posted on her Facebook that yesterday was the last day of shooting, so now Crimson Peak enter on its post-production time. The film will be released by Universal in IMAX on Friday, October 16, 2015.
And the day has come! Jessica completed the social media triade by joining Twitter today!
Let’s hope for tons of Chaplin pictures!
Exciting news! Three versions of ‘The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby‘ will be released, instead the combined one only!
The Playlist – When the Cannes Film Festival lineup was revealed last month, there was a curious entry in the Un Certain Regard category: Ned Benson’s “The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby.” It was strange because, last September, the director hit the Toronto International Film Festival with a work-in-progress showing of the project as it was originally conceived—as two films: “The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby: His” and “The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby: Hers”. The Cannes news made us wonder if Harvey Weinstein, who is signed up to distribute the film, had weighed in and kiboshed those original plans. The answer is much more complex, but the good news is, you’ll be able to see all three cuts.
Deadline reports that on September 26th, The Weinstein Company will release the two-hour Cannes cut, the newly-titled “The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby: Them” into theatres. Then later in the fall, “The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby: His” and “The Disappearance Of Eleanor Rigby: Hers” will get a limited bow in arthouse theatres.
Ned Benson explained a little bit about the Cannes edition:
“At Toronto, it was this hanging question that lingered. It wasn’t until this year that I saw with my editor and my producing partner Cassandra Kulukundis and then talked with Harvey Weinstein about it, and he gave me the opportunity to see if it an omnipotent version could function as its own film. We got in a room and created the film that will premiere in Cannes.
We added some scenes I loved that I had to cut out, lost other scenes I loved, and used different reaction shots. I didn’t initially have the answer to that Toronto question about a combined version of the film, because I’d never tried it. If I had found that the third version didn’t exist, I would have thrown it away. I made two different films to empower audiences to see the story from two different viewpoints. It’s exciting to give them a choice to see it another way.”
Can we have a trailer now, pretty please??
Hamilton fans are having a blast this week, with the shooting of Crimson Peak in full power at the Dundurn Castle. The social media has TONS of photos of Jessica, Tom Hiddleston, Mia Wasikowska and Charlie Hunnam posing with fans before dressing up, with now some other websites has pictures of the stars in full costume.
The user seansmovies on Instagram published this photo taken yesterday, where you can see Jessica already dressed as Lady Lucille Sharpe.
The user Torrilla on Tumblr and also the local news website The Spec has more pictures.
I have a nice present to the website, sent by my friend Renee, and it makes me very happy since someone once pointed me this picture asking about where it was taken, and I had no idea.
Well, this is an outtake from that photoshoot Jess did to People Magazine last year and as I suspected, probably photographed the same day she attended a Live with Kelly and Michael show.
There’s a few more pictures in our album, so… enjoy it!
The Playlist – There’s a couple of reasons to go see “Godzilla” next weekend. Firstly, it looks awesome, secondly, the new trailer for Christopher Nolan’s “Interstellar” will be unveiled for everyone to see. However, if you live in Washington, D.C. you can see it right now.
The Washington Post reveals that the Lockheed Martin IMAX Theater is now showing the new trailer in front of screenings of “Hubble 3D.”
After a brief announcement, the trailer unspooled to show Matthew McConaughey driving his truck through corn fields while a lush orchestral score swelled in the background. Later, the fields had caught fire, an ominous dust cloud could be seen looming over a baseball game, and McConaughey (playing a character named Cooper) was reassuring his daughter that he loved her — right before being shot into space in order to save the world.
Also, as you can see, the film’s poster was released, and you can see it larger in our gallery.
Co-starring Jessica Chastain, Michael Caine, Anne Hathaway, Casey Affleck, Bill Irwin, Ellen Burstyn, John Lithgow, Wes Bentley, Mackenzie Foy, Timothee Chalamet, Topher Grace, David Oyelowo and Matt Damon, “Interstellar” opens on November 7th.