Friday, February 18, 2005
Another comment by Constantine director on Michelle
Why did you have to cut Michelle Monaghan’s [she plays a half-breed demon] scenes from the movie?
You know what? Michelle was fantastic and one of her scenes – one of the scenes we had to cut – was one of my favorite scenes we shot in this movie. We cut because it took away from Constantine’s loneliness. We have two characters who are very lonely and there’s a sort of feeling of abandonment in this movie that’s very important. It helps connect the two main characters – Rachel and Keanu. And you know, if he has a scene, which the first scene with her is, it’s post-sex. He’s sitting on the edge of the bed. He’s obviously just slept with her. She’s very attractive, demon or not. You’re just not that lonely of a guy if you can go and hook up with girls like this. And so it just affected the way the movie felt and that’s why we had to cut it. Unfortunately, there was a ripple effect.
Tuesday, February 15, 2005
JBlo.Com Interview with Francis Lawrence (director of Constantine)
It’s rumored that you actually shot a scene where Constantine has sex with a demon. Is that true?
We didn’t actually shoot a scene where he had sex with a demon, but we did have a character in the film that will hopefully be in the deleted scenes on the DVD. This great actress we had, Michelle Monaghan, who played this character Ellie who is this half-breed demon. And there was a scene right after he found out his cancer was terminal where we cut to him and he’s like sitting on the edge of the bed having just had sex with her and he’s smoking a cigarette and she’s giving him shit and laughing at the fact that he’s dying cancer.
And he’s asking her for information – if she knows what’s going on – because something weird’s been happening. And she was sort of brought in throughout. She was there at Club Midnite’s and she’s there in the end at the hospital, and she comes back. Because we cut her hotel room scene out, which was mainly for reasons because one of the key elements of this movie is Constantine’s loneliness. If you’re a guy who can go and sleep with a pretty hot girl – demon or not – you’re not that lonely. And so it just didn’t work as well with the scenes in. And it’s sad because it was one of my favorite scenes that we’d shot in the movie. I just really liked it, the feel of that scene. And so we ended up cutting her out from most of the movie.
Interview with Francis Lawrence (full interview)
Monday, February 14, 2005
Constantine film cuts best character
Sci Fi Wire -- The News Service of the Sci Fi Channel
Francis Lawrence, director of the upcoming comic-book-based fantasy/horror film Constantine, told SCI FI Wire that he edited out an entire character, a half-breed demon named Ellie (Michelle Monaghan), who is derived from a character in the Vertigo Hellblazer comics on which the movie is based. Lawrence made the cut to shorten the running time and better define the central character of John Constantine (Keanu Reeves), the doomed demon killer who's trying to buy his way into heaven. "She was interspersed throughout the film, but there was this one scene with her right after Constantine finds out he's got cancer," Lawrence said in an interview. "We go to this motel room, and he's sitting on the edge of the bed half-naked. He's just slept with this really hot half-breed demon, and she's cracking up and making fun of him because he's dying of cancer."
Lawrence added: "And he's asking her for information, if she knows of anything going on, because something's clearly up, something's definitely strange. It started off this great character, Ellie, and it was also very noir that Constantine would find out that he's got cancer and then would go have sex with this demon. We see her again in Club Midnite, then again later in a car and in the hydrotherapy room. She keeps coming back. That scene in the motel was one of my favourite scenes we shot, and Michelle is so fantastic. It was such a bummer to cut that, but we had to, because having him be with this girl just totally undercuts his loneliness, and that was so key." Ellie was also a central figure in Garth Ennis' Dangerous Habits series of Hellblazer comics, which form the basis of Constantine's plot.
Film stars get lessons in Iron Range culture
MOVIE:Hollywood celebrities are getting the feel for hockey, ice fishing and speaking with a local accent.
BY LEE BLOOMQUIST NEWS TRIBUNE STAFF WRITER
Woody Harrelson may never develop the Olympian skating skills he would have needed to star in the movie "Miracle."
But to appear as a hockey player in a movie based on the book "Class Action," he's already displayed an Iron Range work ethic, Keith Hendrickson said. He is the Virginia High School hockey coach teaching Harrelson how to skate.
Actors starring in the $20 million Warner Bros. movie have been getting a taste of Iron Range culture and people over the past two weeks. In addition to hockey, actors have experienced ice fishing, dogsledding and talking "Rayncher."
The movie, to be partially filmed on the Iron Range through early March, is a 1989-1991 version of a landmark sexual harassment struggle that started in the 1970s involving 15 women at Eveleth Mines. A lawsuit filed by the women against the company that managed the mine was settled in 1998 shortly before going to trial.
Charlize Theron, Sissy Spacek, Frances McDormand, Michelle Monaghan, Rusty Schwimmer, Jillian Armenente and Harrelson are among the film's stars.
Actors are making concerted efforts to mingle with Iron Range people at local events to learn about the area and to develop the movie with respect, director Niki Caro ("Whale Rider") said at a Wednesday news conference.
Harrelson, who attended the Virginia vs. Hibbing high school hockey game at Miners Memorial Building in Virginia this week, loved the hard-fought contest so much that he wanted to play a game of pick-up hockey, Hendrickson said.
"After Tuesday night's game, he said, 'We've got to get a few guys down here and play a game,' " Hendrickson said. "So we had a few guys come down and played five-on-five. He had a ball hitting some pipes and getting a real feel for the game."
With minimal practice, Harrelson has learned how to stop, perform the more advanced "crossover move" and fire pucks at a goal.
"He listens well and wants to learn, which is refreshing," said Hendrickson, who has been working with Harrelson at Miners Memorial Building. "There's some things he needs to work on, and we're trying to have fun at the same time, but he's been great. He's a funny guy, a nice guy, and has been very congenial to me and everybody he's been around."
Last weekend, Monaghan ("The Bourne Supremacy"), Schwimmer ("The Guardian") and Armenente (Donna in "Judging Amy") went ice fishing on a "secret" lake near Gilbert with Pete Prebarich, a motorcycle, snowmobile and all-terrain vehicle mechanic at Five Seasons Sports Center in Eveleth.
Prebarich, an avid ice fisherman, owns a 10- by 16-foot icehouse that features amenities such as interior wood paneling and a television.
The women operated a gas-powered ice auger, fished and enjoyed one of the winter's most beautiful sunsets, Prebarich said.
"I put the ice auger in their hands and that was really funny," Prebarich said. "They had never operated one before, but they did just fine."
At about 5:30 p.m., a stunning reddish sunset drew the attention of the women, who posed for "about 100 pictures" with the sunset behind them, Prebarich said.
"The next day they told us that they had a blast," he said. "My opinion of them is that they are normal people just like us. They talk the same as us and drink beer just like we do."
Earlier, Prebarich, of Eveleth, and his wife, Ann, had their voices tape-recorded to help the stars gain an understanding of the Iron Range dialect often referred to as "Rayncher."
"An acquaintance of mine from Eveleth said that they wanted to tape-record our voices because they thought we had an Iron Range accent," Prebarich said. "We talked into a microphone and said, like, five sentences and about 75 words."
When it comes to learning to talk like an Iron Ranger, Chisholm's Mike Kalibabky says it takes time.
Kalibabky in 1998 wrote a book called "Hawdaw Talk Rayncher."
"If anybody is going to really help them, you'd have to get a hold of the script and put in the Iron Range dialect," Kalibabky said. "You'd have to drop the g's and drop out the contractions."
Kalibabky, whose book is sold at Iron Range bookstores, says he'd like to provide movie producers with some of the books to help the actors in learning the language.
"They'd need somebody on the inside to re-do the script," he said. "Otherwise, it's kind of hard to click in and out of."
Actors in the film have also toured the taconite plant and shown a good understanding of how the operation works, said Jonathan Holmes, general manger of the plant.
"They actually did MSHA (Mine Safety Health Administration) training in New Mexico, so they have some training," Holmes said. "They asked some pretty good questions and displayed a thorough knowledge. The movie people have been excellent to work with -- we continued to run our mining operation the whole time they were here, and it worked very well."
Holmes and his wife, Stacey Hazen, a professional musher, took Schwimmer, Armenente and Monaghan dogsledding near their Angora home last weekend.
"It was their first time on a dogsled, and they had a lot of fun," said Holmes. "We had a campfire and made some hot chocolate and toasted some marshmallows."
"They have been really nice and easy to talk to," Holmes said. "It seems they are very interested in getting out into the community and finding out about people."
Friday, February 11, 2005
Actors' biographical backgrounds impressive
Actors' biographical backgrounds impressive
Last Updated: Thursday, February 10th, 2005 12:43:25 AM
The participants in the Untitled Niki Caro Project press conference included cast members Charlize Theron, Woody Harrelson, Rusty Schwimmer, Michelle Monaghan and Jillian Armenante, director Niki Caro and executive producer Doug Claybourne.
Niki Caro (Director):
• Native of New Zealand.
• She and “Whale Rider’’ have won or been nominated for more than 50 international awards.
• Next film will be an adaptation of “The Vintners Luck,’’ to be shot in New Zealand and France in 2006.
Doug Claybourne (Executive Producer):
• Served in the Marine Corps in Vietnam.
• While in film school he offered to work for free on a film — it was “Apocalypse Now.’’
• He joined the Francis Ford Coppola unit in the Philippines as a production assistant wrangling helicopters.
• Worked with “The Escape Artist,’’ “The Black Stallion,’’ “Rumble Fish,’’ “Peggy Sue Got Married.’’
• In 1998 completed work on 21st feature film, “The Mask of Zorro,’’ which was nominated for two Golden Globes.
• Runs a production company, writes poetry and paints watercolors.
• Native of South Africa who came to the United States as a ballerina.
• Has played a Savannah socialite, a working class New Yorker and the infamous serial killer in “Monster,’’ for which she earned an Oscar.
• In 1997 appeared in the Warner Bros. thriller “Devil’s Advocate,’’ with Al Pacino and Keanu Reeves.
• Her work attracted the attention of Tom Hanks, who has her in his directorial debut “That Thing You Do.’’
• Went on to star in Woody Allen’s “Celebrity’’ and then “Mighty Joe Young.’’
• In 2000 starred in Robert Redford’s “The Legend of Bagger Vance,’’ “Men of Honor’’ with Robert DeNiro and “The Yards,’’ which co-starred Faye Dunaway and James Caan.
• Following “Monster’’ starred in “Head in the Clouds’’ and then in HBO’s “The Life and Death of Peter Sellers.’’
• Received Academy Award and other nominations as best actor for his portray of the controversial magazine publisher in “The People vs. Larry Flunt.’’
• Most recently seen in “After the Sunset’’ with Pierce Brosnan and Salma Hayek.
• Upcoming films include “The Big White’’ with Robin Williams and Holly Hunter and “A Scanner Darkly.’’
• Past films include “Wag the Dog,’’ “White Men Can’t Jump’’ and “Natural Born Killer.’’
• A committed environmentalist, he has made a road documentary about a bicycle journey down the Pacific Coast Highway,
• Starred as bartender Woody Boyd in “Cheers,’’ the long-running hit comedy, for which he won an Emmy in 1988.
• Had recurring guest role in the NBC series “Will & Grace.’’
• Made movie debut in “Perfume.’’ and played Richard Gere’s secretary in “Unfaithful.’’
• Will next be seen in Warner Bros. supernatural thriller “Constantine.’’
• First gained attention in “Young Americans’’ and her most recent television appearance was on Fox’s “Boston Public’’ as young teacher Kimberly Woods.
• Took theater roots to feature films including the upcoming “The Hawk is Dying’’ and critically acclaimed “A Little Princess.’’
• Television credits include recurring roles in “The Guardian,’’ “Ladies Man,’’ “Six Feet Under,’’ “Boston Legal,’’ “CSI,’’ “The X-Files’’ and “ER.’’
• Has appeared in such television films as “The Man Who Captured Eichmann.’’
• Has appeared in such films as “Frankie and Johnny Are Married’’ and “The Wright Brothers.’’
• Plays Donna on the CBS drama “Judging Amy.’’
• Has made guest appearances on “Six Feet Under,’’ “The West Wing’’ and “Northern Exposure.’’
Thursday, February 03, 2005
Tuesday, February 01, 2005
Michelle Monaghan in new WB movie with Woody Harrelson, Charlize Theron
Los Angeles, Feb. 1 (Reuters): Woody Harrelson, Michelle Monaghan, Sean Bean and Richard Jenkins are joining Charlize Theron in a fact-based movie about sexual harassment at a mining company.
New Zealand director Niki Caro (Whale Rider) will start shooting the untitled Warner Bros. project — previously known as Class Action — later this month in New Mexico and Minnesota.
Theron plays a single mom who rallies her female co-workers to rise above unfair treatment at a local mining company. Harrelson will play Theron’s lawyer, while Bean will play the boyfriend of a mineworker. Monaghan will play a mineworker, while Jenkins will play Theron’s father. Frances McDormand, Sissy Spacek and Jeremy Renner are among the cast.
The movie is inspired by the book Class Action: The Story of Lois Jenson and the Landmark Case That Changed Sexual Harassment Law by Clara Bingham and Laura Leedy Gansler.