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Apparently, using dental floss can be dangerous. Just ask Robert Pattinson. The Twilight hunk supposedly chipped his tooth making sure he had healthy gums and could properly deny reports of being stinky, according to Eclipse costar Bryce Dallas Howard. "Actually, he's incredibly hygienic," the actress told New York magazine at the premiere of her latest film, The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond. "He told me this story that made me crack up. He was like, 'Oh, I have to go to the dentist.' And I was like, 'Oh no, what happened? Just a checkup?' And he was like, 'No, I chipped a tooth.' And I was like, 'How?' And he was like, 'Flossing.' " Before she »
Legendary writer Tennessee Williams is widely considered the most important American playwright of the post-wwii era, with many of his classic plays, including A Streetcar Named Desire and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, adapted into classic films. The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond is a rediscovered original screenplay from the 1950s, that has been brought to life by first time director Jodie Markell and actress Bryce Dallas Howard.
The daughter of successful actor-turned-director Ron Howard, Bryce has already developed quite a name for herself, working in some of the biggest film franchises (The Twilight Saga, Terminator, Spider-Man) and with some of the most intriguing filmmakers (Sam Raimi, M. Night Shyamalan, Lars von Trier, Kenneth Branagh, McG and now Clint Eastwood).
- Sara Wayland
When actress Bryce Dallas Howard casually mentions both her father and her son in a phone interview, it takes a minute to make the leap to -- Ron Howard is a grandfather? Opie is... Gramps? But that's just part of the reality for Howard, 28, who stars in The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond, which opens today (12.30.09) in limited release. The film, which also stars Chris Evans, Ellen Burstyn and Ann-Margret, is the feature directing debut of actress Jodie Markell - and has a script that's an unproduced screenplay by the late Tennessee Williams. In Teardrop Diamond, Howard plays debutante Fisher Willow, who elevates working-class Jimmy (Evans) to beau status, to attend the season's balls in Memphis during the 1920s. It's a character easily identifiable as Williams', yet with a difference. Howard, who broke through in M. Night Shymalan's The Village in »
- Marshall Fine
'If I mess it up, it's like literary blasphemy,' she says of originating a Tennessee Williams heroine.
By Amy Wilkinson
Photo: MTV News
"Spider-Man 3" actress Bryce Dallas Howard doesn't usually get nervous before starting a new film. But she isn't usually playing a Tennessee Williams heroine either. Howard recently told MTV News that her role in the independent film "The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond," which opens Wednesday (December 30) in New York and Los Angeles, left her a little on edge.
"I don't know what it is, but in the past, I haven't been a part of things that I can get really nervous or intimidated [about]," Howard said. "I just have blinders on and go for it. This was the first time I was a little concerned before doing it, because I was like, 'Oh my goodness. It's originating a Tennessee Williams heroine. If I mess it up, »
Tennessee Williams is arguably one of the greatest American playwrights, and the film adaptations of his plays have become classics in their own right: The Glass Menagerie, Baby Doll, The Rose Tattoo, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, and of course, A Streetcar Named Desire. The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond is one of the few, if only, plays Williams wrote specifically for film. Williams discussed the project in an interview with the New York Times in 1957, and Elia Kazan, the director of Baby Doll and A Streetcar Named Desire, was supposedly attached to direct. It's unclear now if Kazan was ever officially involved; the director instead went on to film Wild River and Diamond has gathered dust until now.
Bryce Dallas Howard stars as the eccentric Fisher Willow, a gorgeous young woman who chafes under the strict rules of her aunt Cornelia (Ann-Margaret) but also wants to make sure »
- Jenni Miller
Seasoned moviegoers have come to recognize certain visual cues that let them know they're about to witness scenes of unspeakable brutality: A close-up of a pot of boiling liquid in a movie that's not about cooking. The emergence of a straight razor in a scene not set in a barbershop. And the five words: "Ein film von Michael Haneke."
Actually, by Haneke standards, "The White Ribbon" isn't the kind of cinematic waterboarding we've come to expect from the stern Austrian auteur, but while it may not be as viscerally horrifying as, say, "Funny Games," it's still a grim and potent moviegoing experience.
Set entirely in a small farming community on the eve of World War I, "The White Ribbon" feels like a cross between "Le Corbeau" and "Village of the Damned" as directed by Andrei Tarkovsky. The town suddenly finds itself beset with crimes and misdemeanors: The local doctor's horse trips over a wire, »
- Alonso Duralde
It's not every day that an actor gets to originate a character from a Tennessee Williams script, but with the resurrection of the The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond, Bryce Dallas Howard gets to do just that. Originally conceived as a movie for Elia Kazan to direct (following A Streetcar Named Desire and Baby Doll), the screenplay was abandoned for some 50 years. Howard talks about playing the part »
Bryce Dallas Howard in The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond The Loss Of A Teardrop Diamond Q&A with Jodie Markell: Part I You come from a stage background. But what was it like directing actors for film? Having worked as an actress in both mediums, I understand the similarities and the differences. The craft of acting for both film and theater is rooted in the same basic goal — to find the truth in each moment. And then communicate that truth to the audience — calibrating for the appropriate scale — whether it is a Broadway house or the lens of a camera. As a stage actress, I know the value of rehearsal and we were able to build into our schedule about [...] »
- Andre Soares
Bryce Dallas Howard, Chris Evans, Ellen Burstyn, and Ann Margret star in Jodie Markell’s handsome production of a long "lost" Tennessee Williams screenplay, The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond, which opens tomorrow in New York City at the Quad Theater and in the Los Angeles area at the Laemmle 4 in Santa Monica and the Laemmle 5 in West Hollywood. The story of a young, privileged and willful Southern woman (Howard) in love with a young man (Evans) whose family has seen better days, The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond was written directly for the screen sometime in the late ’50s. The film’s title refers to the loss of one diamond earring given to the heroine by her aunt (Ann-Margret), [...] »
- Andre Soares
New Year's week is typically a dry time for new releases, which is likely fine by multiplex employees. After last weekend's record box office, they could use a rest. But we cinephiles are always in need of fresh options, and just because it's the week after Christmas -- a traditional peak time for moviegoing -- doesn't mean there should be a total lack of new offerings. I know I'm not the only person who grew up regularly going to the movies on New Year's Eve.
Fortunately, while there seems to be no studio fare out this week, there are a few new films coming out in limited release. And each appears to be worth checking out if they're available in your area now or later, theatrically or otherwise.
- Christopher Campbell
Actress-turned-director Jodie Markell brings the previously unproduced screenplay by Tennessee Williams, The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond, to the big screen with Bryce Dallas Howard (Terminator Salvation) as an heiress with attitude to match her wealth. Howard plays Fisher Willow, the latest in long line of memorable Williams heroines, in this 1920s tale set in Memphis, Tennessee. Read On...
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Actress Bryce Dallas Howard, daughter of director Ron Howard, is best known for her roles in M. Night Shyamalan's The Village and Lady In The Water as well as genre films such as Spider-Man 3, Terminator: Salvation and the upcoming The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. Now audiences will get to see a different side of the actress as she speaks the words of the great playwright Tennessee Williams in the adaptation of his long-forgotten screenplay The Loss Of A Teardrop Diamond, opening in theaters on December 30th. In the film, which Howard actually shot after Spider-Man 3 and before last summer's Terminator: Salvation, the actress plays the role of Fisher Willow replacing Lindsay Lohan who had originally been cast in the part. We recently had an opportunity to sit down with Bryce Dallas Howard to discuss her new film, the work of Tennessee Williams, acting with Chris Evans and the difference »
First-time filmmaker Jodie Markell’s “The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond,” is based on a never-produced Tennessee Williams screenplay completed during his late 1950s heyday. Yet, surprisingly, the film’s pedigree and source material isn’t the sole reason to recommend this decades-late cinematic rendering. Far from perfect, “Teardrop” is at its best when it approximates Terence Davies territory: that is to say in those instances when it abandons the forward march of events … »
Legendary playwright Tennessee Williams hit filmmaking gold when he joined forces with director Elia Kazan. Together they made A Streetcar Named Desire and Baby Doll , combined which nabbed twelve Academy Awards nominations and four wins. What do you do with a partnership that successful? Keep it going of course! That's where Williams' screenplay, The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond comes in. The plan was for it to be the third collaboration between the duo, but Kazan got involved in other projects and The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond plummeted into the unproduced abyss. It wasn't until that screenplay landed in the hands of actress-turned-director Jodie Markell that Williams' work was long-lost no more. Dusting off the screenplay was easier said than done. During a roundtable »
As we wind down to year's end, we find Michael Haneke's Cannes conqueror fashionably late to the party, while Paramount waited three years to release the Renée Zellweger horror flick "Case 39" and a mere half-century later, audiences will finally see the fruits of an unproduced Tennessee Williams screenplay. Throw in a pair of modern Korean films and you've got yourself an exciting way to start the new year.
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We can only hope it's no reflection of quality that this latest volley from the creepy-kid subgenre sat on the shelf for so long that its director, Christian Alvart, had another project (daffy sci-fi chiller "Pandorum") wrapped, released and mostly ignored before this domestic thriller even made it to our shores. The German helmer's English-language debut (at least chronologically) has Renée Zellweger »
- Neil Pedley
Actress turned director Jodie Markell is passionate about theater and Tennessee Williams writing, which explains why she chose Williams unpublished, unproduced screenplay "The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond" for her first feature film.
In this exclusive interview with MakingOf, Markell reveals that actress Bryce Dallas Howard was her first choice to play Fisher Willow after seeing her performances in M Night Shyamalan movies. She explains, "I had never seen an actress of her generation with so much presence, clarity and focus." She goes on to discuss capturing the South's vanishing landscape and the production design that went into creating the story's 1920s atmosphere.
The film opens in select theaters on December 30th. »
Yesterday, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse star Bryce Dallas Howard joined the ladies of The View to talk about her work in a film which just premiered, The Loss Of A Teardrop Diamond. She revealed that while filming the movie, she suffered from post-partum depression. She also discussed the fact that she's never gotten in front of the camera for a film directed by her father, director Ron Howard. Finally, she discussed the way she became a part of Eclipse, saying "I felt really grateful to the cast and to everyone and actually Rachelle [Lefevre] herself ... The intention was just to make the best film possible." »
The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond is a new drama based on a recently rediscovered original screenplay by legendary writer Tennessee Williams. Starring Bryce Dallas Howard and Chris Evans, the Paladin release will open in New York and Los Angeles in late December, with expansion to major markets following in early 2010. Academy Award-winner Ellen Burstyn, Academy Award-nominee Ann-Margret, Mamie Gummer, and Will Patton co-star in the film which was directed by award-winning short filmmaker and stage and screen actress Jodie Markell, in her feature debut. This is the first dialogue scene in the film, The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond. Fisher Willow (Bryce Dallas Howard) is a wealthy, yet rebellious young woman who has driven all night from a debutante party in Memphis to her father's plantation in Mississippi to ask a young man, Jimmy Dobyne (Chris Evans), »
- Jodie Markell
From MTV.Com: Last summer the proverbial something hit the fans when beloved "Twilight" star Rachelle Lefevre was shockingly dropped from the series, Golden Globe nominee Bryce Dallas Howard was announced as her replacement, and a real-life story line, as dramatic as anything in Stephenie Meyer's best-selling novels, erupted. But as the months have gone by, Lefevre has moved on to other gigs, Howard has received favorable reports from her new co-stars, and "New Moon" made a boatload of money.
On June 30, "Eclipse" brings the "Twilight Saga" back to the big screen with plenty of familiar faces, but a new one for Victoria. And when we caught up with 28-year-old beauty Howard, who stars in the new drama "The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond," she told us that she couldn't wait to unveil her take on Meyer's villainous vamp.
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- Adam Rosenberg
'It ends with quite a huge battle, a big spectacle, and it's very scary,' actress says of third 'Twilight' film.
By Larry Carroll, with reporting by Jeff Cornell and Amy Wilkinson
Last summer the proverbial something hit the fans when beloved "Twilight" star Rachelle Lefevre was shockingly dropped from the series, Golden Globe nominee Bryce Dallas Howard was announced as her replacement, and a real-life story line, as dramatic as anything in Stephenie Meyer's best-selling novels, erupted. But as the months have gone by, Lefevre has moved on to other gigs, Howard has received favorable reports from her new co-stars, and "New Moon" made a boatload of money.
On June 30, "Eclipse" brings the "Twilight Saga" back to the big screen with plenty of familiar faces, but a new one for Victoria. And when we caught up with 28-year-old beauty Howard, »
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