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« Reply #6465 on: January 16, 2008, 02:12:30 pm »

I know what's Sundance, my father told me few minutes ago :Smiley
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« Reply #6466 on: January 16, 2008, 03:21:24 pm »

Well, it's a quote from an ainterview, I can't really re-write it.
Sundance is a film festival, where a lot of films (including Birds of America) are premiered.
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« Reply #6467 on: January 18, 2008, 02:24:18 am »

A Birds of America Promo pic:


And it's been confirmed that Lauren and Matt Perry will be attending Sundance

Wooww. Haha, I love Lauren but she looks older in that picture. I dont know the first thing that struck me was that she looked older then she is. Not a great picture of her, but man, is Matthew Perry a hunk or what?! LOL.
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« Reply #6468 on: January 18, 2008, 03:00:03 am »

Well she is like 40 now Smiley
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IT's from the Production ntoes of Birds of America

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Some of our best artists’ most resonant work has observed that Americans’ hunger to secure, maintain and defend their status in the mythic middle class can breed all kinds of deep and conflicting feelings among siblings: think Cheever and Franzen, Solondz and Ball and now Craig Lucas. 

The title of his new film refers to the iconic Audubon series of engravings coveted by a certain stripe of the American bourgeoisie, an original edition of which the deceased father of the family in question has left, along with a substantial mortgage, to his offspring, led by Morrie (Matthew Perry).  The oldest, Morrie ended up raising his younger brother Jay (Ben Foster) and kid sister Ida (Ginnifer Goodwin) in the same house in which he now lives with his wife, Betty (Lauren Graham). Jay’s life is a dangerous mess and when he and Ida come to live with Morrie and Betty Jay’s antics highlight the social tightrope they are walking with the picture-perfect couple (Gary Wilmes and Hilary Swank) next door.


TWO BIRDS IN A NEST

If you spend just a few minutes with Lauren Graham and Matthew Perry you will learn very quickly that they are fast friends and adore one another’s company.

Imagine the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank, where for over a decade Perry shot the TV show Friends and also where Graham spent seven years shooting Gilmore Girls.  Now imagine, after he moved on to the acclaimed Aaron Sorkin drama Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, which was shot not on the Sunset Strip but again on the Warner Bros. lot, that Perry suggested a cameo for Graham on an episode of his new show in which she would play herself, a TV actress on a hit show just dropping by the other show’s set. 

All that happened on TV because it also happened in ‘real life.’

You learn this on a rainy Saturday in Beverly Hills, over lunch with Graham and Perry at a lounge in a famous hotel that is near the Sunset strip, a restaurant at which stars who live nearby routinely keep business appointments such as this.  Indeed, it was Perry who suggested you meet here, which on this particular afternoon also hosts Reese Witherspoon, Vince Vaughan, ‘Law & Order’ creator Dick Wolf and, incongruously, Stephen Dorff in a tuxedo (Dorff, you observe later, is participating in a family wedding).

Graham arrives a few minutes before Perry and starts to recount how she became involved in BIRDS OF AMERICA. 

“I was in New York and full of conflicted feelings about Gilmore Girls coming to an end,” she says.  “We’d just shot the final episode and I still hadn’t even become used to not having to be up at six every morning.  So I was at dinner in New York when my phone rang with the news that Craig Lucas wanted to meet me the next day.  The meeting went great and we started shooting two weeks later.
 “BIRDS OF AMERICA was very different from what I’d been doing,” Graham continues.  “Gilmore Girls was very ‘rat-a-tat-tat,’ a high energy show with lots of language.  We’d shoot nine, ten eleven pages a day, but we always had time – time to rehearse, talk, prepare.  On this movie, we worked insanely quickly: I remember hearing ‘rolling!’ the second I’d set foot on set.  Now, I’m not someone who needs a lot of rehearsal but this was like ‘hey, guys, tell me where we’re going!’  I’d never been in a position where I actually wanted to do more takes; if you love a scene, you don’t want to let it go.  But two, three takes later and it’s like ‘we’re moving on!’”

The talk turns to Graham’s great speech in BIRDS OF AMERICA, when her character responds to a sarcastic question from her husband’s brother (Ben Foster) about whether she loves her washer-dryer.

“One thing I’ve noticed, now that I’m out in the world and reading scripts, is that these kinds of secondary female parts tend to further the action without commenting on it.  With that speech I thought it was really beautiful the way this woman gets to explain to the audience how a new washer dryer made everything whole and clean and fresh in a house – and possibly a marriage – that is otherwise old and breaking down.”
Graham explains that her friend Matthew Perry was involved with BIRDS OF AMERICA long before she and that making the movie was “a very different process for him.  It must have been hard for him.  Craig comes from the theatre, and -- ”

Perry arrives.  He is friendly and funny and self-deprecating and a bit unkempt.  While Graham has shown up in a skirt and jacket, Perry wears jeans and a polo shirt over what looks like the top of a set of long underwear.  He admits he looks like he just got out of bed because, well, he did: he is shooting a “major motion picture” right now that had him working until three this morning.

Graham teases Perry: she is usually the late one, and he is always on time.  “I was just saying how Craig comes from the theatre and how BIRDS was a different process for you.”

“I ended up loving the way Craig works,” Perry says, “but I had to get used to it.”

Graham and Perry explain that Lucas didn’t allow the actors to talk to each other about their characters.

“Usually you sit around with the cast and say, ‘I’ll do this, why don’t you do that thing you do.’  You work it out beforehand.  That’s the way we did it for years on Friends.

“We could talk with him,” Perry says of Lucas, “just not each other.”

“You have no idea where the scene is going to go,” Graham interjects.  “Nothing was familiar, and that’s a very precarious place to be as an actor.”

“He wanted me to drop every single shred of charm I usually bring to a role” – here Perry grins – “and as you can tell, I’m a pretty charming guy.”

Graham, again: “Anything you think of when you think of Matthew Perry –his sarcasm, his natural sense of irony – Craig would say ‘don’t do that.’”

“Ultimately it was very freeing,” Perry says.  “I had to throw away all of my crutches, all of the things I normally rely on as an actor.”

You rewind BIRDS OF AMERICA in your mind’s eye.  You recall Perry’s character, Morrie, as a man who has worried his whole life: about his brother and sister, whom he raised; about paying the mortgage, which he inherited when his father died when they were young; about making tenure, and about plans for children of his own, which he and his wife have put on hold until their future is more certain. 

“To use a bad baseball analogy,” Perry continues, “I’ve always been the pitcher in movies before this, the guy who starts all the action.  For this one, I am more like the catcher – the character is completely beaten down by everything and everyone around him.”

Like Graham, Perry began work on BIRDS OF AMERICA shortly after his series ended, and he was exhausted. “Studio 60 was just really hard work,” he says. “Lots and lots of dialog, long hours, and on top of it not enough people were watching.”  In fact, there was a moment Perry considered letting go of the feature, but the quality of the script brought him back.

“It’s so rare you actually get to the end of a script,” he says.  “This one was so emotional and I so connected with these people, I couldn’t bear the idea of it going to someone else.  So I think I took the fact that I was tired and frustrated by Craig’s restrictions and put them back into Morrie.”
 
BIRDS OF AMERICA was shot in idyllic Norwalk, Connecticut over the course of five weeks, most of it in one main location.  Before production began, Lucas staged a table-reading with the cast, only he instructed each actor to read a part that was not their own. 

“He wanted us to feel no pressure to act, but rather for us to listen to the language,” Perry says. 

It was the first time Perry and Graham had worked with Foster and Goodwin.

“I had met Ginnifer once,” Graham says, “but not Ben.  During production they stayed in Norwalk, and I commuted in from my place in New York, which felt right since my character is related to them by marriage and not blood.  It helped me to be more of an outsider.  But I think both of them in their own way sort of fell in love with Matthew.”

Adds Perry, “What I immediately learned from meeting them for the first time is that they are very serious actors, and I remember thinking ‘I guess we’ll really have to pay attention.’  They were really focused on the characters, their motivations, how we would relate to each other.  I’ve done whole movies when the cast never talked about that stuff once.  They are both really dedicated and really fun to work with.  Their careers are about to take off.”

One of the very first scenes Lucas shot had Morrie discovering that his brother is homeless and living in the woods.  “It was a total fish out of water experience for me,” Perry recalls.  “We were in this park behind a baseball field, surrounded by trees and bugs and I’m in this suit and Ben’s acting like gangbusters.  I felt just as unsure and off-balance as the character.”

He remembers, when he and Goodwin shot the scene in which Ida suggests Morrie ought to try having sex with his wife, that Craig was ‘all about keeping Ginnifer in motion while I had to stay absolutely still: if I was leaning on my left leg, Craig would tell me to stop.”

Both Perry and Graham observe that it was a supporting actor with a much smaller role – Hilary Swank – that may have shaped their performances the most.

“This extremely anxious couple is so focused on the future,” Graham says.  “Their mentality is, ‘if we can just get through the next few days, everything will be OK.  When Hilary came to shoot her scenes, we were all of course aware that her company helped get this movie made, and we all wanted her to like us!  We wanted this huge movie star to think everything was going really well!  And those feelings really would have clicked for Morrie and Betty, who share this uniquely American desire for your neighbor’s approval, the desire to fit in.”
LAUREN GRAHAM – BETTY
Lauren Graham recently completed production on FLASH OF GENIUS with Greg Kinnear for Universal and Spyglass Entertainment. 

Graham garnered critical acclaim for her performance as Lorelai Gilmore on “Gilmore Girls;” a series on which she also served as producer in its final season.






For her work on the show Graham has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award for “Best Actress in a Drama Series,” two Screen Actors Guild Awards for “Outstanding Female Actor in a Drama Series” and two Television Critics Association Awards for “Individual Achievement in Drama and Comedy.” Additionally, she has earned two Teen Choice Awards for “Choice Parental Unit,” a “Best Actress” nod from Viewers for Quality Television and was recently honored by Planned Parenthood as a “Champion of Choice” for her work with family issues on and off-screen.  In addition to “Gilmore Girls,” Graham’s list of television credits includes parts in “NewsRadio,” “Law & Order,” “Seinfeld” and “3rd Rock from the Sun.”

Graham’s additional feature film credits include Universal’s blockbuster comedy EVAN ALMIGHTY, alongside Steve Carell; BECAUSE I SAID SO, opposite Diane Keaton and Mandy Moore; BAD SANTA, with  Billy Bob Thornton; THE PACIFIER, opposite Vin Diesel; “THE AMATEURS, opposite Jeff Bridges and Tim Blake Nelson; the thriller NIGHTWATCH, starring Patricia Arquette and Ewan McGregor, and ONE TRUE THING.  In 2002, Graham made a notable appearance on stage at The Williamstown Theatre Festival starring in “Once in a Lifetime,” the 1929 comedy about the advent of motion pictures.

Growing up an avid equestrian in Northern Virginia, she attended Barnard College in New York, where she majored in English. She then earned an M.F.A. in Acting from Southern Methodist University. Graham currently has residences in both New York and Los Angeles.


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« Reply #6469 on: January 18, 2008, 06:11:09 pm »

I think that's funny about them getting her at the last minute because that's what they did with Lorelai on Gilmore Girls. Lauren didn't come until like a week before they started shooting the pilot.
I would read that longgggg thing right now but a friend is coming over so I'll have to read it later.
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« Reply #6470 on: January 21, 2008, 06:14:11 pm »

New pics from the Sundance Film Festival -- check it!!!!!!!!!    Grin  Happy, happy day!  Nod











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« Reply #6471 on: January 21, 2008, 08:17:00 pm »

OMG she looks amazing! Especially in the last 3. She's my favorite =]]
I think her and Matt would make a great couple if they got back together again.
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« Reply #6472 on: January 21, 2008, 11:28:53 pm »

Wow! Awesome article and awesome pictures! It's so great to see Lauren again. I hope Birds Of America is released in theaters soon cause I really want to see it. I'll bet Lauren is amazing in it. It also sounds from her interview, that she really did have a hard time letting go of Gilmore Girls as she was " full of conflicted feelings about Gilmore Girls coming to an end" and, having just finished shooting the final episode, "still hadn't even become used to not having to be up at six every morning." Lauren is a very private person and probably wanted to process all those emotions without being under the watchful eye of the media, so she made it seem like she was fine with it ending in all her interviews. Thanks Lovefiend for posting that interview. It was awesome. Oh and Michelle, those pictures rock!

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« Reply #6473 on: January 22, 2008, 12:11:05 pm »

I don't think this has been posted yet ... photos of Lauren at LAX.

http://socialitelife.buzznet.com/2008/01/22/whos_frazzled_at_lax.php

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« Reply #6474 on: January 22, 2008, 02:43:52 pm »

Okay, I got more Sundance pics, but thtere's lots, so sorry I'm gonna have ft double post!









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« Reply #6476 on: January 22, 2008, 03:33:53 pm »

Ah! Exciting. I love new Lauren pics.
Does anyone know when her new movie comes out?
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« Reply #6477 on: January 22, 2008, 06:03:37 pm »

Ooh, I love all of those pics!
I think that I will be doing a lot of saving to my computer in the next couple minutes =]]
I hope that her new movie comes out soon too.
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« Reply #6478 on: January 22, 2008, 06:44:53 pm »

Oh. My. God. She looks gorgeous. :DDD!
Those pictures are amazing! I'm so saving them to my computer! (((:
I love the ones with her and matt! They are so freaking cute together! I want them to get back together sooooo badly!
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« Reply #6479 on: January 22, 2008, 07:40:44 pm »

Thanks for the pics!!!

She is BEAUTIFUL! I'll be saving some of these on my comp. too  Smiley
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