COLLIDER – It’s been a good year for Teresa Palmer. Earlier this year, she proved to be one of the most alluring characters to be wandering around in Terence Malick‘s visionary Knight of Cups, playing a stripper who seduces and travels along with Christian Bale‘s troubled screenwriter to Las Vegas. It’s the best work the young actress has done yet, though she proved equally endearing in John Hillcoat‘s enveloping yet problematic Triple 9, where she played the wife of good-cop Casey Affleck as he chased after a gang of high-end bank robbers. She also appeared in The Choice, the latest melodramatic tale of tortured romance to be spurred from the work of Nicholas Sparks. And mind you, she’s got another three or four films coming out by the end of this year, at least one of which has the chance of Oscar attention.
While on the red carpet for this year’s CinemaCon, Palmer stopped to talk with Collider’s own Steve Weintraub about two of those projects, specifically Lights Out, the highly anticipated horror film from producer James Wan, and Hacksaw Ridge, the long awaited and frankly unlikely new directorial effort from Mel Gibson. On the former picture, which was expanded to a feature from writer-director David F. Sandberg‘s celebrated short, Palmer discussed why she liked the finished product more than the script that she originally received, and pointed out one scene that she found particularly memorable, if only because the shot – involving a tattoo-parlor neon sign – took so long to get right. After that, she switched gears to talk about Hacksaw Ridge, which she suggested might be the best film she’s worked on yet, before she went onto praise the performance of her co-star, the surpassingly talented Andrew Garfield. She was so enamored with his performance that she even inferred that he’s a lock for an Oscar win which, to be fair, he’s been long overdue for.
Lights Out will hit theaters nationwide on July 22nd, whereas Hacksaw Ridge is currently scheduled to see release sometime this Fall/Winter, in the middle of Oscar season.
From producer James Wan (“The Conjuring”) comes a tale of an unknown terror that lurks in the dark. When Rebecca left home, she thought she left her childhood fears behind. Growing up, she was never really sure of what was and wasn’t real when the lights went out…and now her little brother, Martin, is experiencing the same unexplained and terrifying events that had once tested her sanity and threatened her safety. A frightening entity with a mysterious attachment to their mother, Sophie, has reemerged. But this time, as Rebecca gets closer to unlocking the truth, there is no denying that all their lives are in danger…once the lights go out.
DEADLINE – Teresa Palmer, who has three films readying for release including Terrence Malick’s Knight of Cups, has been cast as the lead in Atomic Monster’s Lights Out for New Line Cinema. The horror film will be Atomic Monster’s second with New Line after Annabelle, which grossed $255.2M worldwide when it was released last fall. David Sandberg will make his feature film directorial debut and James Wan will produce. The film is based on Sandberg’s short horror film of the same name which went viral (you can watch it below).
The film, which starts production on Monday, is about a young boy and his estranged sister who are confronted by an evil entity that only appears when the lights are out. Eric Heisserer wrote the screenplay and is also a producer as is Lawrence Grey (Grey Matter Productions).
Wan and New Line previously teamed on The Conjuring which ended up grossing a whopping $318M worldwide on what was a modest budget. Wan, of course, is coming off of Universal Pictures’ box office mega hit Furious 7 which he directed to a $1.5B+ global box office take. He is also currently prepping The Conjuring 2 and is attached to direct Aquaman which is currently in development at Warner Bros.Continue Reading
PRET-A-PORTER – Events like Women in Film’s annual Crystal + Lucy Awards — held Tuesday night at the Hyatt Regency in Century City and presented by MaxMara, BMW of North America and Tiffany & Co. — serve to empower women by celebrating the work of accomplished leading ladies in Hollywood in the fields of film, TV and media.
We decided to ask some of the guests how they would empower themselves if they could travel back in time and have a chat with their 15-year-old selves. We love the answers so much — lots of smart advice for women and girls of all ages
“That you are enough just the way you are. No bells or whistles. You don’t have to put on a façade to try and fit in. You are enough. Most women at that age — these teenagers feel less than — and that they truly can’t be themselves. They are trying to personify someone else … maybe it’s someone they see in the media, and that’s why I feel I have such a responsibility to show my true self. This industry gives off a false sense of reality in so many ways, so it’s nice to strip it bare and say, ‘Hey, this is my authentic self and you are free to be your authentic self too.’” – actress Teresa Palmer
VS MAGAZINE – Teresa Palmer is living the dream. At her 2013 wedding to actor/ director Mark Webber, the couple read emails they had written to each other in the 40 days leading up to their first meeting. The exchange was initiated after the Australian actress tweeted on Webber’s film about single parenthood, The End of Love. “We got to know each other’s spirits and hearts rather than it being something physical. It felt really old school in an ironic way – like modern day love letters.”
Not everything went off without a hitch. There was that awkward first date, in which Webber left the roses he’d bought in the car, and was fidgeting, sweating and stuttering. The former model’s reaction was equally fretful. “It was so overwhelming because I knew he was my guy.”
Out of those courting emails came the idea of writing a film together, The Ever After. “It’s about what can happen when communication breaks down in a marriage. We were getting married and it was a juxtaposition of what we were going through.”
The 28-year-old’s career is on a rapid ascent. She plays a stripper in Terence Malick’s Knight of Cups, a role tailor made for Palmer by the director himself. “I was only supposed to do one scene but at the end of the day Terry asked me if I’d come back the next day. This happened for about 8 days. It was a character that wasn’t in the script and everything was ad-libbed.” She also stars alongside Simon Pegg in Australian indie comedy Kill Me Three Times. Webber nearly foiled that one though, by getting the actress pregnant. “When I called to drop out, they said they’d shoot around the bump, so I was playing an awful, murderous human being while six months pregnant.”
She thought it would be her last film for some time, but since giving birth she’s made three films without ever missing an evening with her son. It’s a testament to her dedication to her child as well as a sign that the industry is becoming more attuned to the work/home balance for actresses. Palmer’s forthcoming films are diverse: John Hillcoat’s police thriller Triple Nine, (“That was the first role I did after the birth of my child, I play Casey Affleck’s wife and he’s a cop who gets involved in some corruption”), a Nicholas Sparks-penned romantic tale The Choice, (“I was so excited by the notebook and I remember praying and praying that one day I’ll get to play a character like Allie Hamilton and this landed on my lap”) and the highly anticipated remake of Point Break (“It’s a reinterpretation of the story – it focuses on a group of eco- terrorists. Because I’m a gung-ho vegetarian in real life, the part really spoke to me. I love the idea of people taking from big corporations and pumping it into worthwhile things.”)Continue Reading
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.