VARIETY – Two actors on the rise, Scott Eastwood and Teresa Palmer, picked up “Rising Star” awards and discussed their fast-evolving careers at the opening night of the 2015 Maui Film Festival.
Festival director Barry Rivers presented the pair their awards as part of the festival’s opening celebration. They were then interviewed onstage by Variety editor David S. Cohen before a full house at the “Celestial Cinema” outdoor theater at the Wailea Golf Club.
Eastwood proved somewhat laconic but quick with a quip, like his famous father, Clint. At 29, the younger Eastwood has already been making films for 13 years. “It’s been a helluva ride, it really has,” he said. “People don’t realize that you can make a film, and it may not be all that great of a film, but you have an amazing experience. … It’s always a great life experience.”
Palmer, who is more gregarious, recalled being randomly discovered by a teenaged Australian student filmmaker who was casting a film on youth suicide. “It premiered in 2006 at Cannes, and we had a standing ovation, and it completely changed my life. I thought I was going to have this experience and go back to working in retail.”
Both Palmer and Eastwood are transitioning from indies to major roles in high-budget studio films. Palmer called the upcoming “re-envisioning” of “Point Break,” in which she appears, “an homage to the beautiful original film, which I’m a huge fan of.” She said “it’s much more on an international scale; we filmed in 10 countries on four continents.”
But she said her own work on it “didn’t feel any different than doing a little independent Australian movie … I still had the same level of commitment. You just have to shut that out. You just have to remain focused on what you’re there to, which is tell the story of this particular character.
“I’ve learned in the last few years I just want to portray real,” she said. “If I can do a character that’s grounded in reality and find authenticity in her, then I feel like I’m doing my job.”
Of Warner’s “Suicide Squad,” Eastwood could say little, other than to say “I’m allowed to talk about the fact that I’m not allowed to talk about it.”
More generally, he said of big-budget studio films, “Sometimes … they want you to go there and hit your mark and say your lines, so you just have to do what you do and work with what they give you. You still have to be honest and do your best job.”
Asked if she had any heroes in the business, Palmer named one she had worked with: Christian Bale. “I felt like I was in acting school just being in scenes with him.
Eastwood thought carefully before discussing his own heroes. “I got one I can think of,” he quipped, before saying his real heroes are filmmakers. “Guys who are writer-directors like Quentin Tarantino and James Cameron, who have changed the history of the film business.”
Eastwood said his father’s advice, as he paid his dues in oddjobs and indies was: “Stick around. Stick around, because you just never know if it’s going to happen or if it’s not, and you’re going to have to go back to bartending or something.”
The opening night screenings, “Love and Mercy” and “Live From New York” unspooled following the Q&A, under intermittent drizzle that didn’t dampen filmgoers’ spirits.
BYRDIE – Teresa Palmer practically radiates happiness, no doubt a testament to her zen approach to life. But as the actress begins running down the list of projects she has coming up—a whopping six films, including Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups—it’s evident there is plenty to be happy about these days. The 29-year-old is on the verge of a major year.
When she arrives for her Byrdie photo shoot, Palmer, with son Bodhi in tow, immediately lights up the room with her natural glow. The Aussie and face of cosmetics brand Artistry is synonymous with summer beauty, with her bronzy skin and tousled blond locks, making her the ultimate muse for our warm-weather hair and makeup story. Here, Palmer takes on four effortless looks perfect for the beach and beyond. Keep reading for our exclusive editorial and interview.
Byrdie: How old were you when you first started experimenting with makeup?
Teresa Palmer: I was probably about 9, and I remember my next-door neighbor—she was a few years older than me—she told me that she knew how to apply makeup. And at that time, you would pick three colors from a palette and do a third of your eye up to the eyebrow with a green color, and the next third along would be a blue color, and the next third along would be a red color. And we would apply our makeup like that from our moms’ color palettes when we were really young.
B: How would you describe your everyday beauty look?
TP: Completely natural—barefaced, momma style, and very laid-back. I have wild, curly, beachy hair, so that just does its own thing, which makes it very easy for me. And then I just never wear makeup, so for me it’s extremely natural. It’s a very different situation if I am going to an event.
B: What about for date night or if you’re going out with girlfriends?
TP: Yeah, I’ll do a little concealer and a pop of lip. I’ve been really enjoying the new Indigo Skies range by Artistry. I wear the really deep purple red color [ArtistrySignature Color Lipstick ($25) in Velvet]. I love a really dark lip. I think because I’m so fair, I love the juxtaposition of a dark color on my face and having light eyes and hair. I also love a dark brow, so I’ll do that. You know, very sort of dewy cheeks I think is really lovely too.Continue Reading
Warner Bros. Pictures and Alcon Entertainment released the first trailer for the remake ‘Point Break’. Hits theaters December 25, 2015.
VARIETY – Scott Eastwood and Teresa Palmer will receive the Rising Star Award at the Maui Film Festival, running June 3-7 at the Wailea Resort. The awards will be presented at the opening night at the outdoor Celestial Cinema.
Eastwood currently stars in “The Longest Ride,” adapted from the Nicholas Sparks novel, and will soon be seen in the David Ayer-directed “Suicide Squad” and the untitled Oliver Stone film about Edward Snowden. Palmer stars in the upcoming remake of “Point Break” as well as “Triple Nine” with Kate Winslet and the Terrence Malick film “Knight of Cups” with Christian Bale.
Fest director Barry Rivers founded the Maui Film Festival in 2000. Other honorees this year include Laura Dern and Colin Farrell.
THE PLAYLIST – First announced quietly last summer, it looks like things are starting to push ahead for Cate Shortland’s next feature, “Berlin Syndrome.” If you’re not familiar with the filmmaker’s work, be sure to check out “Somersault,” which features a breakout performance by Abbie Cornish, and a really good turn by Sam Worthington, and her moody WWII picture “Lore.” The director’s latest marks another shifting of gears.
Based on the novel by Melanie Joosten, Teresa Palmer will star in the psychological thriller about a new relationship that suddenly shows some darker edges. Here’s the official synopsis:
While holidaying in Berlin, Australian photojournalist Clare meets Andi, a charismatic local man and there is an instant attraction between them. A night of passion ensues.
But what initially appears to be the start of a romance suddenly takes an unexpected and sinister turn when Clare wakes the following morning to discover Andi has left for work and locked her in his apartment. An easy mistake to make, of course, except Andi has no intention of letting her go again. Ever.
Shaun Grant, who co-wrote Justin Kurzel’s “The Snowtown Murders,” penned the script for “Berlin Syndrome,” and while it sounds like a familiar thriller, we’re sure Shortland will bring her unique touch to the material.
Max Riemelt (“Sense8”) will co-star. Production is slated to begin later this year, with the movie aiming to be finished by next spring, so mark this one for the 2016 festival circuit. We’re certainly eager to see what Shortland puts together.