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Golden Globes: 'Rango' director Gore Verbinski tries something new

December 15, 2011 | 10:53 am

Gore Verbinski directs Rango
For “Rango” director Gore Verbinski, the first time was a charm. His first film to venture into the realm of animation garnered a Golden Globe nomination for best animated feature.

“We tried to do something different,” Verbinski said of the film, which tells the tale of a pet chameleon who finds himself with big shoes to fill as the new sheriff in an Old West town. Johnny Depp, a frequent collaborator with Verbinski (“Pirates of the Caribbean 1-3”), voices the title character.

“I have this faith that under all the business of show business, that there’s this kind of sense that people want something new,” Verbinski said. “I believe it’s our job to try to do things a little differently, so [being nominated] kind of reaffirms that in a way.”

Up next for Verbinski is “The Lone Ranger,” a film based on the iconic western hero. Armie Hammer (“The Social Network,” “J. Edgar”) will play the title role with Depp as Tonto, his trusty sidekick.

Regarding the film, Verbinski said, “I feel that it’s been talked about so much, I think it’s time to go make it now. Again, we’re going to try and do something a little different. I think Armie is going to be fantastic and really perfect for the role. I’m trying to do this tonal mismatch — imagine Jimmy Stewart trapped in a Sam Peckinpah movie.”

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Photo: Gore Verbinski, center, directs voice actors in "Rango." Credit: Stephen Vaughn / Paramount Pictures


SAG Awards: A wake-up call for 'J. Edgar' actor Armie Hammer

December 14, 2011 | 10:28 am

Armie Hammer J Edgar

Armie Hammer is the first to admit he didn't spend a lot of time tossing and turning over the possibility of receiving a SAG Award nomination Wednesday morning. The 25-year-old actor, who was recognized for his supporting role opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in Clint Eastwood's "J. Edgar," was fast asleep when the nominees were announced.

"My wife woke me up and said, 'Baby, baby! … You got nominated for a SAG Award!' And I went, 'Oh, that's so great!' And then I just rolled over and went back to sleep."

Hammer, who plays J. Edgar Hoover's close confidante Clyde Tolson, eventually came to again and gathered his thoughts. "I'm definitely more and more excited as I'm waking up and as the day is getting going," he said. "It's a huge honor."

He added, "We worked really hard on this, we all did: Leo, Clint. I'm so excited that Leo got nominated as well [for best actor]. He could not deserve it more. So to see it appreciated by our peers is very nice."

This is Hammer's second SAG nomination; he appeared in "The Social Network" last year, which was up for the ensemble award that eventually went to "The King's Speech."

Hammer will turn up next on the big screen as Prince Alcott in the Snow White film "Mirror Mirror," opening March 16. He will begin filming "The Lone Ranger," a film based on the Old West hero, in a few weeks.

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Photo: Armie Hammer and Leo DiCaprio in "J. Edgar." Credit: Keith Bernstein/Warner Bros.


SAG Awards: Demián Bichir, Armie Hammer among surprise nominees

December 14, 2011 |  6:55 am

Demian Bichir was suprisingly nominated for a best actor award at the SAGs
Demián Bichir, a 48-year-old Mexican actor little-known to American moviegoers, scored a surprise best actor nomination at the SAG Awards on Wednesday morning.

Bichir, who plays an illegal immigrant pursuing the American dream in "A Better Life," beat out a couple of projected favorites in the category, including "Shame's" Michael Fassbender and Gary Oldman from "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy." Directed by Chris Weitz, "A Better Life" has only grossed $1.8 million at the U.S. box office.

The foreign star was only one of a handful of actors to receive a nomination who had not graced the lists of awards prognosticators. In the lead actress category, nearly all of the nominees were considered shoo-ins, namely Meryl Streep for "The Iron Lady" and Michelle Williams from "My Week with Marilyn," though it was slightly unexpected that Glenn Close earned a nod for her cross-dressing turn in "Albert Nobbs."

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In the supporting actor group, 25-year-old Armie Hammer garnered a nomination for his role as J. Edgar Hoover's rumored lover Clyde Tolson in "J. Edgar. His co-star Leonardo DiCaprio had been widely considered a front-runner for a best actor nod, but Hammer had not been mentioned as frequently. Meanwhile, 27-year-old Jonah Hill was also nominated in the category for his first serious part in "Moneyball." Nick Nolte, who plays an alcoholic father to two mixed martial arts fighters in "Warrior," also earned a unforseen nomination. The three actors beat out favorites like "Drive's" Albert Brooks, who picked up a slew of critics' awards over the last week, as well as Sir Ben Kingsley from "Hugo."

The supporting actress category did not have as many unexpected turns, as Shailene Woodley -- the 20-year-old who plays the daughter of George Clooney's character in "The Descendants" -- was the only performer to be snubbed. Instead, Jessica Chastain -- who starred in a half-dozen movies this year -- was nominated for playing a ditzy Southern woman in "The Help."

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Photo: Demián Bichir stars in "A Better Life." Credit: Summit Entertainment


Young Hollywood: Evan Rachel Wood on the benefits of Twitter

November 14, 2011 | 11:28 am

Evan Rachel Wood talks about why she likes Twitter
On Twitter, plenty of celebrities are bombarded with hateful messages about their films or wardrobe choices. But Evan Rachel Wood has had a different experience on the social networking site: She's been sent an overwhelming number of adoring messages from fans.

"I can be really critical, and you hear the bad stuff more than the good and then all of a sudden, there's all of these people every day who are like, 'I love you, and you're so inspirational,'" the 24-year-old said at the Los Angeles Times' Young Hollywood round table earlier this month, where she sat alongside Anton Yelchin, Armie Hammer and Kirsten Dunst. "It's nice to actually hear some of the good things sometimes."

None of the other young stars at the event has a Twitter account, although Hammer admitted he once attempted to send out a message on his wife's feed.

"In the middle of writing this thing, the letters on the keyboard just stopped working," he explained. "I was like, 'Why is this not typing anymore? 140 characters? That's it? Are you joking me?' It's hard to get a good joke out in 140 characters."

For more on the actors' feelings about tweeting, check out the clip below.

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Photo: Evan Rachel Wood poses on the red carpet after the second annual Los Angeles Times Young Hollywood roundtable. Credit: Matt Sayles / Associated Press


Young Hollywood: Mel Gibson 'intense human being,' Yelchin says

November 11, 2011 |  3:21 pm

Anton Yelchin talks about Mel Gibson at the LA Times Young Hollywood panel

When Anton Yelchin began working on "The Beaver," he knew his costar Mel Gibson had quite a lot going on in his personal life. But the 22-year-old said the various media reports about Gibson's non-work behavior never affected their relationship on set.

"I judge people on how they are at work and how they are to me at work, and he was lovely," Yelchin said last week at the Los Angeles Times' second annual Young Hollywood roundtable, which also featured Armie Hammer, Evan Rachel Wood and Kirsten Dunst.

Still, Yelchin admitted, he found Gibson to be an "intense human being."

"We had some really amazing rehearsals with him ... where he would just talk and we would sort of be in character and it would just make me weep because he's got a lot going on inside," the actor said. "When someone shares that with you in really close proximity, it's very affecting."

There's more on Gibson in the clip below. Check back with 24 Frames this week, as we'll continue to post short videos with additional highlights from the conversation.

 

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Photo: Anton Yelchin poses on the red carpet after the Los Angeles Times Young Hollywood roundtable. Credit: Matt Sayles / Associated Press


Young Hollywood: Armie Hammer on working with Clint Eastwood

November 10, 2011 |  1:25 pm

Evan Rachel Wood talks about working with Woody Allen at the LA Times Young Hollywood roundtable

When Evan Rachel Wood showed up to her first day on the set of "Whatever Works," she wasn't sure if she'd be out of a job in a few hours.

After all, she had yet to meet director Woody Allen -- he cast her simply because he felt she was right for the part in his 2009 film. And she'd heard stories about the legendary filmmaker quickly firing actors when he realized they weren't right for certain parts.

"People will show up and do the scene and he'll be like, 'You know what, this isn't right.' And he'll just recast. So the first day I was, like, so, so scared," the actress admitted on Friday at the Los Angeles Times' Young Hollywood roundtable, which also included Armie Hammer, Kirsten Dunst and Anton Yelchin.

Hammer also admitted being terrified before working with a different iconic director -- Clint Eastwood. The actor began work on Eastwood's "J. Edgar" immediately after wrapping "The Social Network" with David Fincher and said the two filmmakers employ completely different styles of directing.

"With Fincher, he would spend 20 minutes making sure that the angle of your head was right when you shot a scene," Hammer said. "But with Clint, you walk into a room and he goes, 'OK, so put it on its feet.' ...' And you're like, 'Oh, so it's up to me? Uh, OK.' "

For more on how the young stars approached working with A-list directors, watch the clip below. Check back with 24 Frames this week as we continue to post short videos with additional highlights from the conversation.

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Photo: Evan Rachel Wood and Henry Cavill are directed by Woody Allen, right, in "Whatever Works." Credit: Jessica Miglio / Sony Pictures Classics


Young Hollywood: Kirsten Dunst, Armie Hammer talk role preparation

November 9, 2011 | 12:58 pm

Armie Hammer and Kirsten Dunst at the Young Hollywood roundtable
When Armie Hammer showed up his first day of work on "J. Edgar" -- where he would be directed by Clint Eastwood and acting alongside Leonardo DiCaprio -- he wanted to make sure he was prepared.

So weeks before production began, the actor hired a researcher to help him dig up as much material as possible on his character, Clyde Tolson, who was J. Edgar Hoover's rumored lover. What he ended up with was a wealth of source material: more than 6,000 pages of research and thousands of photographs.

"At 25, that was a world that I will never know and I will never understand it because it's so drastically different than how we are raised and how we exist now," he said Friday at the Los Angeles Times' second annual Young Hollywood panel at AFI Fest, which also included Kirsten Dunst, Anton Yelchin and Evan Rachel Wood. "So that's really why I felt I had to do the research, because if I played this as a modern dude, I'd be the idiot who looked stupid next to Leonardo DiCaprio and Judi Dench and Naomi Watts, and I did not want that to happen."

Dunst seemed surprised by Hammer's level of preparation, admitting that she feels it's the "director's job" to help actors with research. While working on "Melancholia" with Lars von Trier, she said, the filmmaker used his own experiences to help the actress understand her character's depression.

"With Lars, he writes from a very personal place. So he talked to me a lot about his depression and some of the films in the film are actually scenes that he's experienced in real life," she said. "For him to be so vulnerable and open with me about that just made me very comfortable to feel free in whatever I was doing on the set."

There's more on how the young performers prepped for their recent roles in the clip below. Check back with 24 Frames this week, as we'll continue to post short videos with additional highlights from the conversation.

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Photo: Armie Hammer and Kirsten Dunst at the L.A. Times Young Hollywood roundtable. Credit: David Livingston / Getty Images


Young Hollywood: Hammer, Yelchin, Wood, Dunst on getting their starts

November 8, 2011 | 11:14 am

Anton Yelchin, Evan Rachel Wood, Armie Hammer and Kirsten Dunst at the 2nd annual LA Times Young Hollywood panel
Three members of this year's Young Hollywood roundtable -- Kirsten Dunst, Evan Rachel Wood and Anton Yelchin -- all began acting when they were kids. But Armie Hammer began auditioning only a few years ago, and he got his first big break last year playing the Winkelvoss twins in "The Social Network."

On Friday night, at the Los Angeles Times' second-annual discussion, Hammer said he was first inspired to act after watching Macaulay Culkin's performance in "Home Alone." But his "good, responsible parents" wouldn't let him try his hand at a career until he got older, he said.

"What are you trying to say, dude?" joked Wood, who revealed that she had been up for Dunst's part in "Interview With the Vampire" at the tender age of 5.

"I'm just saying that I know I experienced things in this business when I got into it at age 18, that if I was 12 having to deal with it, it would have crushed my soul," Hammer said, trying to defend his comment.

Eventually, the actor defied his parents' wishes. He dropped out of high school -- and later college -- to try his hand at acting. To hear more about Hammer's career trajectory, check out this clip from the event. Check back with 24 Frames this week, as we'll continue to post short videos with additional highlights from the conversation.

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Photo, from left: Anton Yelchin, Evan Rachel Wood, Armie Hammer and Kirsten Dunst at the second-annual Los Angeles Times Young Hollywood roundtable. Credit: David Livingston / Getty Images


Young Hollywood: Yelchin, Wood, Hammer, Dunst on making it big

November 7, 2011 |  6:00 pm

Evan Rachel Wood, Anton Yelchin, Kirsten Dunst and Armie Hammer at the LA Times Young Hollywood roundtable

Evan Rachel Wood, Anton Yelchin, Kirsten Dunst and Armie Hammer can all be seen playing challenging roles in an eclectic mix of buzzed-about films this fall, but as the crowd at the Los Angeles Times' second-annual Young Hollywood roundtable discovered Friday night, the actors have had quite varied experiences coming up in the industry.

The performers' responses to the initial question of the evening reflected that diversity of experience: Asked what each considered to be his or her first big "Hollywood moment," the actors offered unique anecdotes.

Yelchin, 22, reflected on his first jaunt to a seedy Hollywood "video arcade/pizza shop/sex shop" with his grandfather. Hammer, 25, recalled his anxiety over being introduced to director Clint Eastwood only a day before he began shooting "J. Edgar." Dunst, 29, said she felt like she'd made it when she realized R.E.M. lead singer Michael Stipe was her neighbor. And 24-year-old Wood's memory had to do with Jeremy Sisto — the actor who played Elton in "Clueless."

To hear their stories in full, check out this first clip from the event. Check back with 24 Frames this week, because we'll continue to post short videos with additional highlights from the conversation.

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Photo: Evan Rachel Wood, left, Anton Yelchin, Kirsten Dunst and Armie Hammer before the second annual L.A. Times Young Hollywood roundtable. Credit: David Livingston / Getty Images.


Hammer, Yelchin, Wood and Dunst set for Times roundtable

October 14, 2011 |  6:00 am

Armie Hammer, Kirsten Dunst, Anton Yelchin and Evan Rachel Wood will be on this year's LA Times Young Hollywood roundtable at AFI Fest
They're in some of this fall's most-talked about films and each, in his or her own right, stands among the most buzzworthy actors of their generation: Armie Hammer, Anton Yelchin, Evan Rachel Wood and Kirsten Dunst.

And at this year's AFI Fest, all four will gather to discuss their careers during the Los Angeles Times' second annual Young Hollywood roundtable, moderated by staff writer Amy Kaufman.

During last year's panel -- which featured Oscar nominees Carey Mulligan and Jesse Eisenberg and new Spider-Man Andrew Garfield -- the up-and-comers discussed everything from how to ease red carpet anxiety to the experience of working with veteran filmmakers. 

Many of this year's participants may be able to shed light on the latter topic. Hammer, for one, is starring alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in the upcoming Clint Eastwood-directed biopic "J. Edgar," which is the opening night film at 2011's AFI Fest. The actor, 25, earned acclaim last year for his portrayal of two characters -- the jilted Winkelvoss twins -- in the Oscar-nominated Facebook flick "The Social Network."

Wood, too, has been directed by some of Hollywood's A-listers. The 24-year-old -- who plays a sultry intern who seduces Ryan Gosling's character in the recent film "The Ides of March" -- was Woody Allen's muse in 2009's "Whatever Works." She also played Mickey Rourke's daughter in "The Wrestler," and has appeared on HBO's popular television series "True Blood."

Dunst, meanwhile, has had her share of top directors as well, from Brian De Palma to Neil Jordan to Michel Gondry. Her most recent film, "Melancholia," has taken some heat after director Lars von Trier made some controversial comments at a Cannes Film Festival press conference that suggested he was a Nazi. The outrage that followed, however, did not overshadow Dunst's performance and she was awarded the festival's best actress prize. Dunst, 29, has been acting since she was a child, and was nominated for a Golden Globe award at age 12 after starring opposite Brad Pitt in "Interview With the Vampire."

Yelchin has recently been turning heads for his performance in the intimate romantic drama "Like Crazy," which was beloved by audiences at this year's Sundance Film Festival. Earlier this year, the Russian-born 22-year-old played Mel Gibson's son in "The Beaver" and starred in a remake of the '80s horror flick "Fright Night."

The roundtable will take place at 6:45 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 4, at the Mann Chinese 6 Theater in Hollywood. The evening is in partnership with AFI Fest. Tickets are free, but you must RSVP at the AFI Fest site.

If you have a question for one of the panel participants, submit it in the comments section below or on our Facebook page. We will select some to ask during the roundtable. We will also videotape the conversation, so check back for clips from the event on 24 Frames next month.

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Photo, from left: Armie Hammer (Getty Images), Anton Yelchin (Associated Press), Evan Rachel Wood (Associated Press) and Kirsten Dunst (Getty Images).


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