15 items from 2014
Kate Flannery (“The Office”), Glenne Headly (“Don Jon”) and Tom Lipinski (“Labor Day”) will join Brittany Snow and William H. Macy in Storyboard Entertainment's “Dial a Prayer,” TheWrap has learned. Screenwriter Maggie Kiley is directing the indie movie, which started production last week in Michigan. Snow stars as Cora, a young woman who begrudgingly answers the phones at a prayer hotline where she finds her own faith tested when a caller tries to convince her that she is his savior. Also read: Gravitas Ventures Acquires ‘Brightest Star,’ Featuring Clark Gregg, Allison Janney The film is produced and financed by »
- Jeff Sneider
• Amanda Seyfried (Lovelace) is set to star in Seth MacFarlane’s upcoming sequel to Ted. Seyfried will join returning star Mark Wahlberg in the upcoming comedy, which continues the story of John Bennett and his crass, foul-mouthed teddy bear (voiced by MacFarlane). As for Mila Kunis, according to Deadline, who broke the news, she will return for Ted 2 but in a much smaller role. [Deadline]
- Pamela Gocobachi
In actress-turned-director Maggie Kiley’s engaging feature debut, “Brightest Star,” New Zealand native Rose McIver plays Charlotte, one of two young women that Chris Lowell’s recent college graduate has a relationship with as they all attempt to navigate their early twenties. For ShockYa, Brent Simon recently had a chance to speak to McIver one-on-one and in person, about the movie, Los Angeles, accents and ambition. The conversation is excerpted below: ShockYa: I know the film has its roots in a short film, “Some Boys Don’t Leave,” that Maggie did. Did she talk a lot about that, and/or encourage the actors to use it as a resource? Rose McIver: I think Chris and I both watched it before we [ Read More ]
Actor Chris Lowell has an expansive list of small screen credits, including “Life As We Know It,” “Private Practice” and the role for which many people still most remember him — Stosh “Piz” Piznarski on the CW’s “Veronica Mars,” a role he’ll reprise later this spring in the big screen spin-off. He also has a starring role in a new movie in theaters now: Maggie Kiley’s striking “Brightest Star,” about a young man’s post-college romantic and occupational wanderings. For ShockYa, Brent Simon had a chance to talk to Lowell one-on-one and in person last week, about “Brightest Star,” twentysomething ennui and what he thinks of how the “Veronica Mars” movie came to [ Read More ]
The indie dramedy Brightest Star tells the story of a young man (Chris Lowell) who’s fresh out of college and devastated because the girl of his dreams (Rose McIver) has dumped him. While trying to transform himself into the man she desires, he starts to find the person he might actually be. From director Maggie Kiley, the film also stars Clark Gregg, Allison Janney and Jessica Szohr. At the film’s press day, actress Rose McIver spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about how she came to be a part of this film, what she thought she could bring to this character, working with Chris Lowell, what Maggie Kiley was like, as a director, and what she loves about acting in all mediums. She also talked about the great experiences she’s had working on Masters of Sex, where Beau Bridges and Allison Janney play her parents, and »
- Christina Radish
It was a lot of fun talking with Chris Lowell and Rose McIver earlier this week, who were in Los Angeles to promote their latest film Brightest Star. Co-written and directed by Maggie Kiley, Lowell stars as The Boy (we never learn his real name) who, as the film begins, has just been dumped by the love of his life, Charlotte (played by McIver). The story goes back and forth in time as we see how these two became patiently entwined while in college and what later led them to split up.
The Boy, however, refuses to believe that their relationship is over and does everything in his power to win Charlotte back. His plan is to transform himself into the man that she desired him to be, but in the process he comes to wonder if he is compromising his values and neglecting his true desires in life.
- Ben Kenber
A nameless protagonist, referred to in the closing credits as The Boy, spends much of Brightest Star staring off into space. Early on, he dazes at the girl sitting next to him in a university astronomy class. Her name is Charlotte Cates (Rose McIver) and her beauty disarms him. He stares at her with puppy eyes, as if Charlotte is a planet and The Boy a space traveler pining to gravitate closer. However, while Charlotte is intelligent and hard working, The Boy pins his hopes to destiny, believing that things will naturally line up and a good life will assemble itself for him in short notice.
With his head in the stars, The Boy is destined for a harsh wake-up call. However, in Brightest Star, the feature film debut of actor-turned-director Maggie Kiley, the conflict and challenges that would normally beset an idealistic lad heading into his quarter-life crisis do not come. »
- Jordan Adler
Maggie Kiley’s first feature, “Brightest Star,” has all the trappings of a contemporary romantic comedy, but also the good sense to strive for a deeper examination of a young man’s search for his place in the universe. Expanded from Kiley’s 2009 short, “Some Boys Don’t Leave,” which starred Jesse Eisenberg, the full-length pic toplining smallscreen star Chris Lowell (“Veronica Mars,” “Enlisted”) premiered at the 2013 Austin Film Festival under the title “Light Years.” It’s a modestly scaled drama that’s a solid fit for day-and-date VOD and limited theatrical release, with a shot at a brighter future than most under-the-radar indies.
Opening with a young man (Lowell) passed out on the floor of an apartment, abandoned by his ex-girlfriend, Charlotte (Rose McIver), the storyline unfolds along two timelines. In the past, the pic tracks his pursuit of dream girl Charlotte, which begins in a college astronomy class »
- Geoff Berkshire
The indie dramedy Brightest Star tells the story of a young man (Chris Lowell) who’s fresh out of college and devastated because the girl of his dreams (Rose McIver) has dumped him. While trying to transform himself into the man she desires, he starts to find the person he might actually be. From director Maggie Kiley, the film also stars Clark Gregg, Allison Janney and Jessica Szohr. At the film’s press day, actor Chris Lowell spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about why he wanted to play this character, what Maggie Kiley was like, as a director, working with Rose McIver to develop their relationship dynamic, figuring out the backstory for a character that doesn’t actually have a name, and thinking about where this guy might have ended up next. He also talked about how it was inevitable that the Veronica Mars movie would eventually get made, »
- Christina Radish
Title: The Brightest Star Director: Maggie Kiley Starring: Chris Lowell, Rose McIver, Allison Janney, Clark Gregg and Jessica Szohr Young adults often struggle to find their true identities as they make the final transformation into accepting full responsibility over their lives, and prove they can live up to the high expectations that have been placed on them. Not only do they have to find a successful career they enjoy and excel in, they also have to find ways to continuously fortify their personal relationships. This continued struggle is the gripping main motivating factor in writer-director Maggie Kiley’s first feature film, the independent comedy-drama, ‘Brightest Star,’ which opens in select theaters [ Read More ]
The post Brightest Star Movie Review appeared first on Shockya.com. »
- Karen Benardello
Rose McIver is a young actress who is slowly putting a stranglehold on the television world. She stars on two of the hottest Sunday night programs for very different audiences. In Once Upon a Time’s third season, on a small hiatus but set to return on March 9th, McIver plays the iconic Tinker Bell. She also has a recurring role on Showtime’s Masters of Sex, where she portrays Vivian Scully. McIver’s performance as a traditional young woman trying to figure out her own sexual boundaries in a rigid society makes her one of the cable series’ most fascinating characters and has given the New Zealand native a wealth of acclaim.
It has been a long road for McIver, whose first role was in a television commercial at the tender age of two. At three, she garnered a small role as “Angel” in Jane Campion’s Oscar-winning drama The Piano, »
- Jordan Adler
As indie films about self-absorbed young white men making bad romantic choices accompanied by a mixtape soundtrack go, Maggie Kiley's Brightest Star is a vast improvement over 2013's lethally quirky Somebody Up There Likes Me.
Brightest Star's unnamed male protagonist (Chris Lowell) bounces around life after getting dumped by his pert blonde girlfriend, Charlotte (Rose McIver), trying to woo her back while figuring out what he wants to do with himself, flitting between lifestyles and jobs in the consequence-free manner that only the truly privileged can get away with, and of course disregarding the brunettes he's clearly meant to be with.
Space and relativity and other science-y things also factor in the story, in a metaphoric, non-scientific way, w »
Maggie Kiley never aspired to be a director, but she says a fluke offer to direct a short film a few years ago opened up a new part of her brain. The recipient of a Bfa from New York University, Kiley is already a seasoned actor on the stage and screen. She made such an impression on her professors – among them, actor Clark Gregg, best known as Agent Phil Coulson in The Avengers – that the Atlantic Theater Company asked her to join their ensemble before she even graduated.
As an actor, Kiley starred in We Own the Night for director James Gray and Andrew Jarecki’s thriller All Good Things, with Ryan Gosling and Kirsten Dunst. She was also one of eight women selected from hundreds of applicants to be a part of AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women. The short film she made in that program, Some Boys Don’t Leave, »
- Jordan Adler
Back in December, EW exclusively announced that Maggie Kiley’s new feature film Brightest Star, a follow-up to her acclaimed 2009 short film Some Boys Don’t Leave starring Jesse Eisenberg, would open in theaters and On Demand on Jan. 31. Now, you can watch a trailer for the new film.
The film stars Chris Lowell (Veronica Mars) in the role played in the short by Eisenberg, alongside Rose McIver (Once Upon a Time), Jessica Szohr (Gossip Girl), Clark Gregg (The Avengers), and Allison Janney (The Way, Way Back). In the film, Lowell’s character tries to reinvent himself after being dumped by his first love. »
- Jake Perlman
Watch the trailer and check out the new high res poster for Brightest Star starring Chris Lowell, Jessica Szohr, Clark Gregg and Allison Janney. Maggie Kiley directs as well as writing the script alongside Matthew Mullen. The film from Gravitas Ventures hits theaters and VOD on January 31st, 2014. Fresh out of college, a young man (Chris Lowell) is left devastated when the girl of his dreams (Rose McIver) dumps him. Refusing to move on, he devises a plan to transform himself into the man she desires. After resigning himself to working for the head of a company in corporate mediocrity (Clark Gregg), he falls for a hipster songstress (Jessica Szohr) who likes him as he is. As his path continues to unfold unexpectedly, the counsel of a kindred spirit astronomer (Allison Janney) helps him understand how to truly carve out a place in the universe. »
15 items from 2014
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