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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.


Hammer, Yelchin, Wood and Dunst set for Times roundtable

L.A. Times Young Hollywood Roundtable: Working with veterans

L.A. Times Young Hollywood Roundtable: Jesse Eisenberg gets feedback

— Amy Kaufman


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.

'Melancholia' -- Kirsten Dunst ponders the end of the world [video]

October 28, 2011 |  1:27 pm

Alexander Skarsgard, Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg in "Melancholia."

In Lars von Trier’s upcoming apocalyptic meditation “Melancholia,” Kirsten Dunst plays Justine, a young bride grappling with an overwhelming depression that seems linked to the appearance of a mysterious planet -- one that just might be on a cosmic collision path with Earth. Dunst earned the best actress prize at the Cannes Film Festival for her performance when “Melancholia” screened there in May (that was after Von Trier’s controversial comments made during a press conference to promote the movie).

In the following clip, she can be seen opposite Charlotte Gainsbourg, who plays Justine's sister Claire. The siblings, whose relationship is fraught to say the least, find themselves momentarily alone on the vast estate where Claire lives with her husband John (Kiefer Sutherland) and son Leo (Cameron Spurr). pondering the appropriate response to impending cataclysm.

"Melancholia" is scheduled to screen as part of the 2011 AFI Film Festival. It opens in theaters in Los Angeles on Nov. 11.



There's no end of apocalypse movies

Lars von Trier vows to never vow again

Cannes 2011: Lars von Trier says he may be done with news conferences

-- Gina McIntyre

Photo: From left, Alexander Skarsgard, Kirsten Dunst and Charlotte Gainsbourg in "Melancholia." Credit: Magnolia Pictures

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.


Eastwood's 'J. Edgar,' starring DiCaprio, to open AFI Fest

L.A. Times Young Hollywood Roundtable: Working with veterans

L.A. Times Young Hollywood Roundtable: Jesse Eisenberg gets feedback

--Amy Kaufman


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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