Sun: Brosnan's good humour charms city diners (7-22-06)
lunching Tuesday with a group, including her five-year-old son, Aiden,
on the patio at Cardero's on the Coal Harbour waterfront when she
Pierce Brosnan seated nearby. (He's in town for his newest movie,
that he should approach Brosnan and tell him how much he loved him in
"Which, to my
did!" says Carinci. "Laughter erupted at the other end of the patio and
Aiden returned, nonplussed."
Later, as mom took
boy the washroom,
she noticed Brosnan waving.
"I waved back,
sheepishly, and mouthed,
'I'm so sorry', to which he adamantly shook his head, 'No!', pointed at
Aiden and gave him two thumbs up. Then, as Brosnan was leaving the
he came to Carinci's table, shook everyone's hands and introduced
to each one.
He explained that
to his table, he was on the phone with Danny DeVito to whom he
'This young whipper-snapper has just come up to me and told me that he
loved me in Batman!"
Penguin is on the line!" and according to Brosnan, launched into a long
impression of that character.
"This man is just
... not to mention as handsome in person as on the screen!" raves
Journal: Playing Harder to Get
To Say 'I Do' to a
By KATE KELLY
August 18, 2006;
McAdams for "Wedding Crashers," director David Dobkin told the studio
who had recommended her that she had to be hired. "She plays like a
man," said Mr. Dobkin, who cast her in the 2005 comedy as the young
who sets a toxic bachelor straight.
These days, the
trouble getting Ms. McAdams to even consider showing up for an
Though she has only six major studio films under her belt, the
Canadian actress has become a red-hot property. But she is also
some in ego-driven Hollywood for rejecting many of the high-profile,
parts that young actresses are expected to jump at.
highlights the pitfalls of being a rising star today in the movie
where balancing personal priorities with the building of a long-term
can be a tricky business. Hollywood has generated a bumper crop of
new film talent in recent years only to see insiders write them off
they appear in movies considered either too commercial or crass -- with
the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow and Ben Affleck losing some cachet through
overexposure or questionable creative calls. Twenty-somethings Jake
and Scarlett Johansson, meanwhile, have improved their street cred by
on complex films with respected directors. And then there's Ms.
Representing the extremes of selectivity, the actress -- whom more than
one producer or studio executive has described as "the next Julia
-- has the town in particularly high dudgeon.
But in an industry
are also increasingly quick to flame out, Ms. McAdams's caution and
may be the key to survival.
says Michael London, who produced last December's dark comedy "The
Stone," in which Ms. McAdams plays an obnoxious younger sister in a New
England family who bedevils her brother's girlfriend, played by Sarah
Parker. "I heard a lot of people say, 'That girl better be careful
that auteur trip she's on is going to hurt her career.' But I swear
girl doesn't have an iota of artsy, auteur baggage in her. She just
to be involved in movies that she enjoys and likes."
Since her Hollywood
2002 comedy "The Hot Chick" with Rob Schneider, Ms. McAdams has been
about a plethora of opportunities, ranging from Lois Lane in the
released "Superman Returns" (the part eventually went to Kate Bosworth)
to the love interest in the upcoming James Bond film "Casino Royale"
went to actress Eva Green). Despite her declinations, studio chiefs all
over town continue scrambling to work with her. "She has everything you
want in a movie star -- the talent, the looks, the accessibility," says
Marc Shmuger, chairman of Universal Pictures, which hasn't been able to
sign the actress to a movie. "People are both attracted to her and feel
a kinship with her."
Ms. McAdams relies
of representatives to oversee her career. On the front lines is her
manager, Shelley Browning, who associates say fields many of the job
that come the actress's way, as well as handling her media relations.
the actress signed on with the United Talent Agency late last year and
the agency has presented her with numerous scripts and ideas, she
committed to much so far. Ms. McAdams's representatives declined to
her available for this article.
Ms. McAdams can be a delicate matter. She threw a wrench in Vanity Fair
magazine's plans for its vaunted Oscar-season cover by walking away
the photo shoot last November after discovering the participants would
be nude (though strategically obscured) -- leading to a revamp of the
and a parting of ways with her publicist. Ms. McAdams's penchant for
films has made it hard to sell her on commercially driven projects,
say, that could potentially boost her box-office clout and command a
that some filmmakers now peg at $5 million or more.
Rich Silverman, a
worked with young stars including Jennifer Garner and Tyra Banks,
to actors such as Meryl Streep and Keanu Reeves as ones who are focused
on the long-term game. "They're two different kinds of actors, and yet,
they both have amazing career longevity, because they're
says Mr. Silverman, who now runs his own firm, Edge Talent Group. "And
so I think that Rachel McAdams is following that model, and is smart to
do so. She's not just relying on her looks, but is distinguishing
as an actor."
And her reluctance
engage in traditional
movie publicity junkets, particularly where the press may ask personal
questions, made the marketing of "The Family Stone" awkward at times.
uncomfortable with the notion of exploiting her celebrity," says Mr.
the producer. "But from a more obliging artist we wouldn't have gotten
the performance we got."
She's also not shy
the work of her boyfriend, actor Ryan Gosling, who appeared with her in
the 2004 romance "The Notebook." For a planned movie version of the
novel "The Time Traveler's Wife" in which Ms. McAdams may play the
character, she suggested to her representatives that Mr. Gosling might
want to direct, say people familiar with the matter. (No decision has
made about the film's director.) She also has agreed to play the part
a nun in a gritty drama he co-wrote and plans to direct. Called "Lord's
Resistant Army," it's adapted from a book about child soldiers in
who are kidnapped and forced to fight. Mr. Gosling asked New Line
executives to read the script this summer, and an official says the
is considering making the film.
Takes the Bus
Supporters of Ms.
willingness to prioritize her personal life makes her a breath of fresh
air in such a work-obsessed industry. Despite the need to spend time in
Los Angeles for meetings, for instance, she has refused to abandon her
Toronto home. During her recent film shoot for "Marriage," a
1940s period drama, she's been photographed waiting for a public bus.
rather than take a high-profile new film role to capitalize on the
of "Wedding Crashers," which took in more than $200 million at the
box office, Mr. London says she spent a good chunk of last fall in
pitching in on Hurricane Katrina relief efforts.
Ms. McAdams is
life first," says J.C. Spink, who produced "Red Eye," last summer's
thriller in which she starred. He adds that he could tell she was down
to earth from her behavior on the set. Moments before an important
was to be shot, Ms. McAdams took the time to chat with Mr. Spink's
who was visiting one day, he recalls. "Rachel is a really nice person,
which is half the battle," he says.
So how does a
win over the reluctant star? With a colorful script or a seasoned
Sidney Kimmel Entertainment, the production company making "Marriage"
under $20 million, didn't have a fat salary to offer, but it did have
intriguing script and an offbeat director of art-house films, Ira
So to persuade Ms. McAdams to make the film early this year, Mr. Sachs
flew from New York to Los Angeles and made the sell over dinner,
the project's Hitchcockian flavor and suggesting she screen old movies
like the 1945 noir thriller "Leave Her to Heaven" and Hitchcock's 1958
"Vertigo" to get a feel for the tone he was seeking. "We all sat on
and needles for about a week or two," says William Horberg, Kimmel's
of production, "and then got the call back that she wanted to do it."
Next up, according
with Ms. McAdams's plans, could be "The Time Traveler's Wife," if the
director and co-star can be arranged, or possibly a Warner Bros. movie
version of the 1960's television series "Get Smart," alongside comedian
Steve Carell, who has agreed to do the film. But even as new and more
offers flow in, associates say her choosiness is unlikely to abate.
"She's only going
when those things show up for her that are the right things," says Mr.
Dobkin, the "Wedding Crashers" director. "I don't think she's a career
jockey." th attracted to her and feel a kinship with her."
A Very Long Engagement
up in Vancouver for suspenser shoot
By Don Townson
September 11, 2006
TORONTO -- On the
Vancouver set of
"Marriage," a neo-noir drama about love, deception and murder, it's
to be pouring rain as the young seductress Kay (Rachel McAdams) tells
adulterous older lover, Harry (Chris Cooper), "You look a little bit
Why don't I put up some soup? Go and sit by the fire."
Actually, it's an
unusually hot August
summer day outside and even hotter under the lights inside the
of First Avenue Studio. And Cooper, beneath his pale makeup, is in the
pink of health, despite a hectic schedule this summer that has him
back and forth between this film and the Peter Berg-directed thriller
"I'd rather help
In a way, the
lends an extra edge to the period suspenser about a man (Cooper) who
to leave his faithful but cold wife (Patricia Clarkson), for the
and much younger Kay. Afraid of the shame divorce will bring, Harry
to poison Kay, which he reveals to his best friend, Richard (Pierce
In the noir tradition of whatever can go wrong will go wrong, the plot
thickens when Richard falls in love with Kay, becomes Harry's rival and
tries to foil the murder.
its starry cast and Sundance prizewinner Ira Sachs at the helm,
somewhat of a coup for a new studio complex known primarily for its
Avenue Studio owner David Switzer, as he watches carpenters dismantle
main set, a meticulously crafted, 1930s-style house erected inside his
9,000-square-foot building in Burnaby, a Vancouver suburb.
"We just opened
year, and a
'Marriage' location scout saw our sign and knocked on the door," says
says. "So this has been one amazing experience."
It's taken four
off-again "Marriage" to march down the aisle this far. In the end,
Kimmel Entertainment came onboard to finance the $17.5 million pic.
The first 22 days
gone smoothly, and the crew is in a good mood. They are clearly
with McAdams, a homegrown star on the rise who is the daughter of a
driver and a nurse. Earlier in the week, McAdams -- who was raised in
Thomas, Ontario -- was named No. 8 on Canada's Celebrity Power list by
Canadian Business magazine (after Avril Lavigne and before Matthew
Brosnan has almost achieved local status, having made thriller
on a Wheel" in Vancouver earlier this year.
With the bulk of
production manager Simon Abbott has just circulated a memo to the crew
on behalf of the producers extending their "heartfelt thanks for a job
well done." Most of them are looking forward to an Indian summer
before returning to finish filming in October. Not returning are
and Brosnan, who have completed their scenes.
"This is only my
as a director
in my life," says Sachs. "But people are willing to take a risk with me
because creatively, 'Marriage' is full and rich."
Sachs and Oren
Moverman, is based on a 1953 novel by John Bingham, first published in
the U.K. as "Five Roundabouts to Heaven" and then Stateside as "The
Poisoner." Sachs brought the project to exec producer Geoff Stier, who
introduced it to SKE's production prexy Bill Horberg last year. Stier
with Sachs on "Forty Shades of Blue," which won the 2005 Sundance Film
Fest's grand jury prize.
"Marriage" is being
produced by Sachs,
Sidney Kimmel, Steve Golin and Jawal Nga.
"The opportunity to
on a film
so performance-driven is refreshing," says David Nicksay, one of the
credited executive producers involved with the film. "This kind of
is the new wave for North American filmmaking. They're able to attract
better casts than ever before. Indies are the place for movies with
Cooper was the
for "Marriage." "He had seen the script," says Nga, who produced Sachs'
Sundance winner. "Then Ira and I went to Boston in 2005 and showed him
'Forty Shades of Blue.' He's been completely dedicated to the project."
Nga, a NYU grad who
up in Tripoli,
Libya, and London, says he's looking forward to people seeing
"You can win all
you can't get four people to see it," he says. "Nobody went to see
Shades of Blue.' Distribution adds legitimacy to your project." MGM
distribute "Marriage" Stateside through its arrangement with Sidney
Entertainment, and Kimmel International is handling the film overseas.
Date in print:
On 'Marriage" (9-13-06)
Summer has come to
close and I
have just wrapped my latest film called Marriage written and
by Ira Sachs. I am in the very fine company of actors whom I have the
admiration for; Christopher Cooper, Rachel McAdams and Patricia
The work went very well, long hours with a number of night shoots
in for good measure. The film, set in Seattle 1949, has a grace and an
elegance, and is a story we can all relate to, one of love and
time lost, secrets and sorrows. I have been in the beautiful city of
a wonderful place to make movies, for several weeks. I was previously
this year with my production company Irish DreamTime filming Butterfly
On A Wheel, co-starring Maria Bello and Gerard Butler, a
thriller directed by Mike Barker and written by Bill Morrissey.
Province: Brosnan's just looking for a good role (Excerpt)
By: Glen Schaefer
September 24, 2006
POST BOND: He
that can make him a surprise
TORONTO -- Pierce
at a restaurant table at the Hotel Intercontinental, nursing a
coffee. Just off a spring and summer spent mainly in Vancouver making
movies, and doing the festival rounds for yet another movie, he's laid
back, stylish -- a relaxed-fit version of that character he played in
spy movies. He doesn't mind admitting that those movies gave him the
to do whatever he wanted, but the routine got to him.
"In the early days
Bond, I realized I could make films anywhere in the world," Brosnan
in a meandering conversational mood after premiering his new western Seraphim
Falls for a festival crowd the previous night. That movie opens in
theatres later this year. "But I kind of painted myself into a corner
with suave and debonaire."
Point out the
Falls's shaggy civil-war veteran and the chatty 1940s bon vivant he
just finished playing in the Vancouver-filmed thriller Marriage, and
leans back in his chair.
"So what does that
It just means
I'm an actor looking for a good role, looking for a good job, just like
any actor is," he says. "You want to be, hopefully, an unexpected
At this point, that would be a mantra to live by, having played
the same . . ."
He trails off and
for a moment.
"One was educated
led to believe that if you want to play a character you must transform
the physical being, the physical speech. Then you find yourself coming
to America and you kind of play the same. You get into a style -- not a
rut, but you find a groove for yourself. You go off and do a big movie,
they say 'do it again.' You do it again, but within that comes a
ennui. You're not scared anymore, where you used to scare yourself."
All of which led
from 2002's Die
Another Day on the career track that ultimately landed him in
last March as star and executive producer of Butterfly on a Wheel.
Maria Bello and Gerard Butler are also featured in a close-quarters
"It's a toughie,
are always tough to pull off," says Brosnan, who got to play scary for
British director Mike Barker and Vancouver producer Bill Vince. "It's
this husband and wife who get waylaid by this crazy, horrid psychotic
I'm the psychotic guy. For one day I hold them ransom with their child
-- it's not until the end that you find out why."
Almost as soon as
Brosnan signed on to stay in Vancouver for the summer making Marriage,
a quite different thriller set in a 1940s American small town. Both
hit theatres in 2007. American director-writer Ira Sachs resumes
Marriage next month with Chris Cooper and Patricia Clarkson, while
finished his role in August as the questionable confidant to Cooper's
"I just loved the
character, it was
so well-written," says Brosnan. "It had such a lovely Hitchcockian tone
to it -- film noir, thriller, romantic, whodunit. We talk a blue
we just talk and talk, lots of dialogue."
for lunch and tells him that he must leave his wife (Clarkson) because
he's met another woman (Rachel McAdams).
"I look over my
she comes," Brosnan says. "God she's beautiful. She sits down and thus
starts the story. It's really quite delightful. I'm the narrator of the
Is he also the
"No, not really.
burden of conscience
does not weigh heavily on my shoulders, because I'm a rogue. But a
Sounds like a fun way