• ‘Private Life' Star Kathryn Hahn on Her Onscreen Chemistry With Paul Giamatti: ‘A Soupy Mystery'

    1 month ago - By The Wrap

    A version of this article about Kathryn Hahn first appeared in the Actors/Director/Screenwriters issue of TheWrap's Oscar magazine.
    While making “Private Life,” director Tamara Jenkins and actors Kathryn Hahn and Paul Giamatti talked about “Waiting for Godot,” “Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?” and “Dog Day Afternoon” - but you'd have to know what to look for to find echoes of those projects in Jenkins' rich family story. The tale of a New York theater couple in their 40s trying desperately to overcome infertility issues and have a baby, the film is both comic and wrenching. Hahn and...
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  • Why ‘Leave No Trace' Breakout Star Thomasin McKenzie Isn't Gunning for a Marvel Movie Anytime Soon

    1 month ago - By The Wrap

    A version of this story on Thomasin McKenzie and “Leave No Trace” first appeared in the Actors/Directors/Screenwriters issue of TheWrap's Oscar magazine.
    When she was a young girl in New Zealand, Thomasin McKenzie wasn't sure what she wanted to be when she grew up. But she knew what she didn't want to be.
    “My grandma told me that one day she asked me if I wanted to be an actor, and I listed every single thing I did want to be: vet, firefighter, teacher, zookeeper... ” the 18-year-old star of Debra Granik's “Leave No Trace” said. “And at the end, I said, ‘I do not want to be an...
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  • ‘At Eternity's Gate' Star Willem Dafoe on Learning to Paint to Play Vincent van Gogh

    1 month ago - By The Wrap

    This article first appeared in TheWrap's Actors/Directors/Screenwriters Oscar magazine.
    Award-winning actor Willem Dafoe has played real-life characters T.S. Eliot, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Max Schreck and even Jesus Christ in the past. And now, with “At Eternity's Gate”, he can throw troubled artist Vincent van Gogh into the mix. In the film, a meditative and often abstract portrait of the painter by artist and director Julian Schnabel, Dafoe had to channel Van Gogh's mental anguish - but more important than that, he had to learn to paint.
    In fact, that's what originally drew Dafoe to the...
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  • ‘Buster Scruggs' Star Tim Blake Nelson on How James Franco Taught Him the Secret to Acting

    1 month ago - By The Wrap

    A version of this article about Tim Blake Nelson and “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs” first appeared in TheWrap's Actors/Directors/Screenwriters Oscar magazine.
    “I have certainly never put so much time into a role, if you think about the effort in terms of the resulting screen time,” said Tim Blake Nelson, who plays the title role in the new Coen brothers movie “The Ballad of Buster Scruggs.”
    Nelson is on screen in virtually every frame of the movie's first 20 minutes as a singing cowboy who also happens to be an ace gunslinger - and then, with the end of the first section of the deliciously...
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