We very lucky to get a chance to speak with Joey Klein, an actor and now writer and director of the powerful and challenging film The Other Half, which first debuted at SXSW, opened the Rendezvous with Madness Film Festival in November, and is now playing in select theatres from Mongrel Media. It was especially special for Klein for the press day to take place at the Gladstone Hotel, a place where his parents stayed years ago. Klein was very generous with his time, and his praise for co-stars, and real-life couple, Tatiana Maslany and Tom Cullen, who deliver searing performances in the film.
The following are excerpts from the lengthy interview that occurred.
Scene Creek: (gestures to poster) Are Maslany and Cullen your other half(ves)?
Joey Klein: Guess so, I mean, I’ve known them now for a while. But all because of this, I mean, I met her on an acting job, and someone said “check out Grown Up Movie Star“, and as soon as I saw it, I offered her this. We did my first BravoFACT together, and she started dating Tom around that time. I was as obsessed with him from his work on Weekend and I wrote a role for him anyways, it made sense as it was someone who fled where he was from. So by the time we made the film, we were all really close, but we kind of got to know each other through trying to make it, hoping to make it. I started writing something that became this years and years ago. She was attached four and a half, five years and he was attached two, two and and a half years. Bobby Shore, the D.P., was attached even before Tat. Nicole Hilliard-Forde really picked it up and carried it on her own for a while and was really the force behind getting it made. Jonathan Bronfman, if I can use a baseball analogy, was sort of the star reliever in seeing it through to production.
I’m developing a revenge movie hopefully with these cats, if we all get on the same page together, I mean, we will, but first it’s got to get on the page.
SC: There is heavy subject matter in this film, but it is also hopeful.
JK: This is not an autobiographical movie, but it is a personal movie. Yes, I wrote from a point of experience and a point of knowing a lot of this stuff, but I want to represent what grief over time is like and to look at what is true to me about the grace of two very sick people finding themselves these days. I wanted to be as respectful to the subject as I could, and I wanted to do it in a way that I could explore realistic hope. I appreciate you bringing up the hope aspect of it because I think there’s true hope in it. I want to put some love back in the world and I will do it any way that I can.
SC: What would you like an audience to get out of this film?
JK: My favourite films have saved my life a little bit, and I just hope that this film stands for something for anyone who unfortunately does know at all about this, and for anyone who is older than twelve, you’ve gone through something, maybe that you shouldn’t have.
Finally, the awards shows got it right: Leo got his Oscar and Tatiana got her Emmy. After being snubbed in 2015, the 31-year-old Maslany, whom Hamilton actor Lin-Manuel Miranda once called “maybe the greatest actor alive,” took home the top prize for her superlative turn on Toronto-shot Orphan Black, a co-production by Bell and BBC America.
After a promising initial line-up, the Toronto International Film Festival has delivered more titles with their full Canadian slate. Among the line-up is Xavier Dolan‘s It’s Only the End of the World, Bruce MacDonald‘s new feature Weirdos, Deepa Mehta‘s Anatomy of Violence, as well as Two Lovers and a Bear, starring Tatiana Maslany and Dane DeHaan, which we have the first trailer for today.
We said in our review from Cannes, “Kim Nguyen’s Two Lovers and a Bear is a film that suffers from a bit of an identity crisis. Like an indie playlist stuck on constant shuffle, unapologetically reveling in a sort of manic unclassifiable genre. This isn’t always necessarily a bad thing, but, for some reason, Nguyen’s scattershot tonal shifts — which hop between a romance on the rocks; a self-serious study of grieving; and a surreal buddy comedy — can prove quite jarring. The film is, at its core, a look at how we choose to deal with grief and past trauma. Whether that happens to be with booze, destroying an arctic outpost, or even talking to a deadpan polar bear is another matter.”
Check out the trailer below for the film.
Ari Millen officially returns in “Orphan Black” Season 4 to reprise his character as Mark Rollins. Apart from that, EP Graeme Manson reveals some details about Sarah’s lovelife despite being busy with her personal findings. Because of Beth’s death, Sarah will be urged to start her own investigation on how the clones are made.
Ari Millen officially confirms that he is set to return in the upcoming season 4 of “Orphan Black”, as mentioned on Deadline. Millen portrays the character of Mark Rollins and fans will witness his character to make a big twist in season 4.
On the other hand, Beth’s (Tatiana Maslany) death will push Sarah to begin her own investigation and figure out once and for all how the clones were made, as reported by Movie Pilot. In addition to that, she will follow Beth’s trail down the rabbit hole to find some answers. As her investigation progresses, Sarah will be alienating her loved ones. This can also lead her to revert to her old habits, going back to being irresponsible self.
Moreover, executive producer Graeme Manson teased during The Paley Fest that the production team is planning for something explosive as Sarah reconnects with Cal (Michiel Huisman), according to IB Times. Graeme hints that even though Sarah is busy with her personal mission, she will nevertheless find some time for engaging in an intimate relationship.
An actor officially returns in the 4th season of “Orphan Black”. Apart from that, the executive producer of the show teased some details about the lead character’s lovelife. Despite of the character’s busy schedule, she will find time to reconnect with someone.
“Orphan Black” Season 4 is set to return in spring 2016 with a 10-episode run exclusively on BBC. “Orphan Black” is a Canadian sci-fi TV series created by Graeme Manson and John Fawcett.
I was a bit busy finishing up the gallery and totally missed posting this a couple days ago. Thanks to AliKat for the heads up.
Rian Johnson is directing the sci-fi sequel, which Disney and Lucasfilm will release on May 26, 2017
Golden Globe winner Gina Rodriguez (“Jane the Virgin”), Golden Globe nominee Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”) and “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl” star Olivia Cooke are considered the top contenders for the new female lead in Rian Johnson‘s “Star Wars: Episode VIII,” multiple individuals familiar with the casting situation told TheWrap.
Insiders insist it’s early in the casting process and that Johnson is still auditioning actresses, with several rising stars yet to read for him. Others suggest that Johnson is narrowing down the field and that Rodriguez, Maslany and Cooke will be among a group of girls slated to chemistry-read with “The Force Awakens” star John Boyega before the end of the month.
A representative for Disney declined to comment. The studio will release the sci-fi sequel on May 26, 2017. Ram Bergman is producing the film with Lucasfilm’s Kathy Kennedy, and production is expected to start early next year.
Oscar winner Benicio del Toro is nearing a deal to play the villain in “Star Wars: Episode VIII,” for which plot details remain unknown. However, the Internet has taken it upon itself to speculate that Han Solo’s daughter could be introduced in the film.
Rodriguez starred in the acclaimed indie drama “Filly Brown” before landing the title role on the CW’s “Jane the Virgin,” for which she won a Golden Globe. She has demonstrated she can play a strong female lead, and she next stars opposite Mark Wahlberg and Dylan O’Brien in Peter Berg‘s action drama “Deepwater Horizon.”
Maslany was a finalist for the lead role in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” though the coveted part ultimately went to Felicity Jones. Still, Maslany must’ve made a strong impression on Disney and Lucasfilm executives to be back in the mix for “Episode VIII.” In addition to playing multiple characters on “Orphan Black,” Maslany recently played the younger version of Helen Mirren‘s character in “Woman in Black” and wrapped the indie movie “Two Lovers and a Bear” with Dane DeHaan.
Cooke stars on “Bates Motel” and drew widespread acclaim for her impressive performance as a young cancer patient in “Me and Earl and the Dying Girl,” which won both the Grand Jury Prize and the Audience Award at Sundance. She has been in demand ever since, and is in the mix for the female lead in Steven Spielberg‘s “Ready Player One.” She’ll continue to showcase her range as a teenage prostitute in the indie drama “Katie Says Goodbye.”
Still mad about how Jane the Virgin was snubbed by the Emmys? Don’t be, because Gina Rodriguez isn’t!
“Tatiana [Maslany] from Orphan Black, that girl is so phenomenally talented. And it took a few seasons for her to get nominated,” Rodriguez told E! News at the Crest 3D White Brilliance 2 Step launch event in NYC. “She is my hope, she is my inspiration, she is my empowerment. I’m so proud of her for getting nominated this year. And if I have to wait my turn, I’ll wait my turn. It’s fine. I just got to go back into this season, work my ass even harder so that eventually they can recognize it as well.”
As if we couldn’t love Rodriguez enough already, she had to bring Maslany into it as well? Perfection overload.