Friday, October 30, 2020

The 'Happiest Season' soundtrack track list album released on November 6


"Make You Mine This Season" by Tegan and Sara is out as of 30 October. You can listen to it above.


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The soundtrack will be out on November 6 on all music platforms: iTunes, Spotify or Apple Music. 

The 'Happiest Season' soundtrack listing:

1. Think of Christmas – Anne-Marie

2. Blame It on Christmas – Bebe Rexha & Shea Diamond

3. Jingle Bells – BAYLI

4. Mrs. Claus – Shea Diamond

5. O Holy Night – Jake Wesley Rogers

6. Candy Cane Lane – Sia

7. Only Time of Year – Brandy Clark

8. Christmas Morning – kennedi

9. Chosen Family – Carlie Hanson

10. Make You Mine This Season – Tegan and Sara

11. Silent Night – LP 


Tegan and Sara have released “Make You Mine This Season,” a holiday track that marks their first new music since 2019.

The original Christmas tune will be featured in the upcoming holiday rom-com Happiest Season, starring Kristen Stewart, Mackenzie Davis, Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza, and Daniel Levy. The film premieres November 25th only on Hulu.

Keeping with the queer romance of the movie, the soundtrack for Happiest Season, out November 6th, will feature 11 songs by LGBTQ artists or songwriters. Executive produced by Justin Tranter, the album will include Tegan and Sara’s “Make You Mine This Season” along with tracks by Sia, Bebe Rexha, Anne-Marie, Brandy Clark, Carlie Hanson, Shea Diamond, Bayli, Kennedi, LP, and Jake Wesley Rogers.

“For all types of families, music matters more during the holidays than any other time of year,” Tranter said in a statement. “To be given the honor to help create a holiday soundtrack that everyone can enjoy but celebrates LGBTQ talent is an actual dream come true for me! There are LGBTQ artists or songwriters on every original song. The soundtrack’s focus is on LBTQ women to pay tribute to the brilliant queer woman who co-wrote and directed the movie, I hope we did you proud Clea!”

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Wednesday, October 21, 2020

'Happiest Season' Stills - Compilation



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'Happiest Season' will be released on Hulu in the US on 25 November

Hulu is decking the halls for “Happiest Season,” a rare mainstream holiday comedy centered on two women in love.

The streamer has picked up domestic distribution rights to the Clea DuVall-directed film. Original distributor and co-financier Sony Pictures will retain rights in Canada and the rest of the world.

The move is unsurprising as the coronavirus pandemic leaves many American movie theaters shuttered. The film, led by Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis, will now premiere as a Hulu Original on Wednesday, Nov. 25.

“This holiday season — more than any other — we could all use a little happiness. It was essential to Sony Pictures and to the filmmakers that Clea’s marvelous and fresh holiday-themed romantic comedy come out when the lights are on the trees,” said Nicole Brown, president of TriStar Pictures. “We are excited that Hulu is geared up to make this happen in the U.S. and grateful that they love the movie as much as we do.”

Brian Kendig, director of content acquisition at Hulu, said the service was “honored to be the streaming home of this fresh and funny romantic comedy that explores love, family and acceptance this holiday season.”

eOne co-financed the film with Sony. Overseas plans, including potential theatrical releases, will be finalized in the coming weeks.

DuVall directs and co-wrote the script with Mary Holland, who also delivers a breakout comedic supporting performance in the film. Marty Bowen and Isaac Klausner produced, with Wyck Godfrey and Jonathan McCoy as executive producers.

Alison Brie, Aubrey Plaza, Daniel Levy, Burl Moseley, Victor Garber and Mary Steenburgen also costar.

“I am beyond grateful to Hulu for providing an incredible home for ‘Happiest Season,’ and I’ll forever cherish my journey with Sony Pictures who felt just as strongly as I did about the value of bringing the first major LGBTQ+ holiday rom-com to audiences,” said DuVall. “I’m hopeful that this universal story, told through a unique lens, will join the long list of holiday classics that continue to bring all of us so much joy and happiness.”

Read the full synopsis for “Happiest Season”:

Meeting your girlfriend’s family for the first time can be tough. Planning to propose at her family’s annual Christmas dinner — until you realize that they don’t even know she’s gay — is even harder. When Abby (Kristen Stewart) learns that Harper (Mackenzie Davis) has kept their relationship a secret from her family, she begins to question the girlfriend she thought she knew. Happiest Season is a holiday romantic comedy that hilariously captures the range of emotions tied to wanting your family’s acceptance, being true to yourself, and trying not to ruin Christmas.

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Friday, October 16, 2020

'Happiest Season' stills plus cast interview for Entertainment Weekly - November 2020


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It's a balmy July afternoon in Los Angeles, but Clea DuVall's edit bay teems with the Christmas spirit. The filmmaker is baking wintry magic into the final cut of her new romantic comedy Happiest Season, and while the usual trimmings of a holiday romp are present — familial high jinks, ugly sweaters — DuVall is also mounting a seasonal revolution with the film by making the Yuletide super-gay.

"I'm writing from my own place of truth and telling the story from my own perspective," the queer actor-director says of the project, co-written with fellow Veep alum Mary Holland. Happiest Season (in theaters Nov. 25) stars Kristen Stewart and Mackenzie Davis as Abby and Harper, a gay couple traveling to the latter's suburban home for her conservative family's annual Christmas party. Harper hasn't come out to her parents (Mary Steenburgen and Victor Garber), and the mounting pressure of repressed identity threatens to cool the pair's red-hot connection.

"I've spent Christmases with partners whose parents didn't know.… I've been 'the friend' at the family function," DuVall, 43, says. The film delivers a universal message of living up to "killer" expectations of one's kin — only intensified by the couple's sexuality. "On a journey like coming out, you have no idea what's going to happen or how people will react, and it's scary," DuVall explains. "There's a part of your life that changes once you do."

Stewart quickly felt the story's importance. "I grew up watching and loving conventional movies like this. Seeing [marginalized] people loving each other in the middle of something that's so standardized was really exhilarating and freeing," says the Charlie's Angels star, 30. "There's a lack of confusion and generalization Clea brings [as a queer woman]. I want people to see that two girls in love is just so fun."

Stewart and Davis were so invested in the film that they stuck with it amid several pushed production dates over the past year, allowing the actresses time to bond. "That's a weird way to get to know someone, going on a date every four months," says Davis (Black Mirror's "San Junipero"), 33. "Once we got [to set], it felt like something just exploded. I fell in love."

That passion gives the film its hopeful tone, rejecting Hollywood's long history of marrying queer romance with tragedy. "There's a tendency for non-queer people to write what they think they know about gay or queer people," says Schitt's Creek's Dan Levy, 37, who plays John, a playful subversion of the "gay best friend" trope who tails Abby to Harper's home to save her from holiday hell. Adds Stewart: "You're not watching [Happiest Season] and going, 'God, what's going to happen to them, because the world is scary?' You already know. It's a f---ing rom-com holiday movie. It'll work out. And you want to see how it does. It's relieving, allowing yourself to breathe. It's a new feeling."

Premiering a film with themes of togetherness amid a pandemic is also uncharted territory. Many theaters around the country remain closed, but DuVall is optimistic about releasing Happiest Season, savoring the importance of showing two women smooching under the mistletoe within a genre traditionally steeped in hetero holiday fare.

"We're all apart and we can't see or hug our friends, [so] watching these people connect is moving," DuVall says from her isolated edit bay, with a hint of longing in her voice. "It's such a human story, and it's humanity we're all confronted with right now. Seeing empathy and compassion modeled [on screen], I've been enjoying it. We all need that kind of embrace."

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Thursday, October 15, 2020

Video: Kristen's talk for 'Through Her Lens: The Tribeca Chanel Women's Filmmaker Program'

 

As part of Through Her Lens, a program celebrating women’s artistic voices, Tribeca and CHANEL are hosting a series of conversations between leading women in film. Join masterful performers Kristen Stewart and Jenny Slate as they reflect on their experiences working with actors from both sides of the camera — and what projects they’re working on now.


Monday, October 12, 2020

Kristen will be a speaker on Through Her Lens: In Conversation as part of Tribeca Chanel Women's Filmmaker Program



Tribeca and CHANEL come together in support of women in film. Through Her Lens, The Tribeca CHANEL Women's Filmmaker Program, in collaboration with Pulse Films, promotes emerging and independent voices. From funding and project support to dedicated mentorship, this multi-faceted 3-day program champions up-and-coming women writers and directors in the United States. With guidance from Tribeca, one of the country's most engaged and respected supporters of women writers and directors, THL helps foster these vital voices in their professional and artistic development. Over the course of the program, our mentors assist talent to refine and present their short film concepts to the film industry, and ultimately select one of their projects to fund and produce.

Working with Actors

Masterful performers Kristen Stewart and Jenny Slate reflect on their experiences working with actors from both sides of the camera.

The conversations will occur daily from October 13 - 15 at 1pm (ET) and wlll livestream (we assume on Tribeca's YT channel but we will update this post if this changes).

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Friday, October 9, 2020

"Happiest Season" will participate in the LGBTQ anti-bullying campaign on Spirit Day - 15 October 2020

 

On Spirit Day - the world’s largest and most visible LGBTQ anti-bullying campaign - millions of people around the world will wear purple or go purple online in a unified stand against bullying and to show support for LGBTQ youth. Purple symbolizes ‘spirit’ on the rainbow flag. Each year, Spirit Day draws the participation of celebrities, corporations, media outlets, sports leagues, schools, faith institutions, national landmarks, and individuals.

Several studios, networks, and streaming services are also confirmed to take part in the world’s largest and most visible LGBTQ anti-bullying campaign:

Sony Pictures has confirmed participation from their upcoming LGBTQ-inclusive films THE CRAFT: LEGACY and HAPPIEST SEASON.

This year Spirit Day will take place on 15 October.

For more details and on how to support the cause go to their site here.

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Wednesday, October 7, 2020

Kristen on the cover of Instyle - November 2020



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Kristen Stewart Is Calling Bullshit on Her Past

In an interview with her Happiest Season director, Clea DuVall, actress Kristen Stewart discusses queer representation, artistic freedom, and how she’s found her own path forward.

CLEA DUVALL: I feel like I'm seeing a family member I haven't seen in a long time. I'm like, "Look at your hair. You look so healthy."

KRISTEN STEWART: I love that we're doing it this way too. This is my third Zoom call ever.

CD: I would have been Zooming you all the time, but I just assume that everyone hates Zoom at this point.

KS: I like it. This is cool because the story won't be like, "We went to a local café in her neighborhood and ordered a drink. There's a tension. Does she want to be here?" [laughs]

CD: Was it something I said? [laughs] You turned 30 in quarantine. How did it feel to have a big birthday at that time?

KS: I woke up that day [April 9] and was like, "You need to get your ass in gear." I was drinking too much in the beginning [of the pandemic], so I stopped drinking and smoking. I'm embarrassed because it sounds really cliché, but, whatever, it's true.

CD: How have you been spending your time in quarantine?

KS: I've been writing Chronology [an adaptation of the book The Chronology of Water, by Lidia Yuknavitch, which Stewart is also directing] for a long time. That's done. And I have three other projects I've been thinking about for a while but never touched. For the first time, they've all taken a massive jump forward.

CD: What is a typical day like for you now?

KS: I walk my dogs and take walks with people. I feel horrible about the state of the world, so I'm donating money — but I'm not marching, and I'm feeling weird about it. I'm a frustrated optimist. I'm always thinking, "It can't be as bad as this."

CD: We made Happiest Season before the pandemic. Mary [Holland] and I wrote this story because I wanted something that represented an experience I haven't seen, which was something close to my own. [The film is about a woman named Harper, played by Mackenzie Davis, who has yet to come out to her family but brings her girlfriend, Abby, played by Stewart, home for Christmas.] What did you think when you read the script?

KS: It deals with very poignant things that, for me, are extremely affecting and triggering — even though now the word "triggering" triggers me more than anything in the whole world. [laughs] But the movie is so funny and cute, and I loved the couple. They're both people I really felt protective of in different ways, because I've been on both sides of that dynamic where someone is having a hard time acknowledging who they are and the other person is more self-accepting. I [personally] came into the more complex aspects of myself a little bit later. I never felt an immense shame, but I also don't feel far away from that story, so I must have it in a latent sense.

CD: Yeah.

KS: I don't want to aggrandize my own pain, because I know that others' pain has been so great. Living in this world, being a queer person, there are things that hurt constantly. Anyway, I read the script, and I couldn't believe a studio was doing it.

CD: Was it your own experiences that drew you to it?

KS: Yeah. The first time I ever dated a girl, I was immediately being asked if I was a lesbian. And it's like, "God, I'm 21 years old." I felt like maybe there were things that have hurt people I've been with. Not because I felt ashamed of being openly gay but because I didn't like giving myself to the public, in a way. It felt like such thievery. This was a period of time when I was sort of cagey. Even in my previous relationships, which were straight, we did everything we could to not be photographed doing things — things that would become not ours. So I think the added pressure of representing a group of people, of representing queerness, wasn't something I understood then. Only now can I see it. Retrospectively, I can tell you I have experience with this story. But back then I would have been like, "No, I'm fine. My parents are fine with it. Everything's fine." That's bullshit. It's been hard. It's been weird. It's that way for everyone.

CD: And as a 21-year-old, you had people writing articles about you, chasing you around, and trying to get to the bottom of what you are when you hadn't even fully gotten to the bottom of it yet. I can imagine that would make you put up every wall you could.

KS: Yeah. And it affects family and other people. Then they have their own experience that they bring to the table.

CD: Does anything stand out as something you really enjoyed in making the movie? Other than working with me, obviously. [laughs]

KS: I could not have had a better partner in this than Mackenzie. This couple needed to be two people you really liked and found aspirational. So we had to make sure of that — even though it is a movie about somebody who is coming to terms with being themselves. We had a responsibility to not be dinky. It's like, "No, we know what we're doing, and it's OK. And now please, everyone else get comfortable with it."

CD: Being a queer person, playing a gay character, do you feel like there's almost an expectation for you to be a spokesperson for the community?

KS: I did more when I was younger, when I was being hounded about labeling myself. I had no reticence about displaying who I was. I was going out every day knowing I'd be photographed while I was being affectionate with my girlfriend, but I didn't want to talk about it. I did feel an enormous pressure, but it wasn't put on me by the [LGBTQ+] community. People were seeing those pictures and reading these articles and going, "Oh, well, I need to be shown." I was a kid, and I felt personally affronted. Now I relish it. I love the idea that anything I do with ease rubs off on somebody who is struggling. That shit's dope! When I see a little kid clearly feeling themselves in a way that they wouldn't have when I grew up, it makes me skip.

CD: This is an election year. How politically active are you? You talked earlier about making donations and the complicated relationship with how to be engaged. People really need to vote.

KS: People need to vote.

CD: How much do you read the news?

KS: I read the news every day, but I don't fixate on it. I have some friends who won't stop, and it's all they talk about. I'm not saying I don't want to confront these things. But in terms of how involved I am, I've never been the face of anything. I don't even have a public Instagram. I really do like to support people who are already doing it and have been for years.

CD: Has it been a conscious choice for you to stay off social media?

KS: It's just not natural to me. It's never been a question. I've never been like, "Should I do it?" It's literally just been like, "No, my god." [laughs]

CD: As someone who became a star so young, do you feel like you've grown into yourself?

KS: Right now we're having a conversation that's really nice, because I'm not thinking about the fact that I'm talking to a million people. But when I was younger, I just couldn't get away from that as an idea. I was just so bogged down by it all that I couldn't even present an honest version of myself. That frustrated me because I kept getting in my own way. Now that I am older, I'm not as scared of fucking up.

CD: I can imagine the pressure of carrying a huge franchise like [Twilight] when you're so young must have been extremely intense.

KS: I was a kid. I definitely was never like, "OK, I've got this franchise on my back." If anything, that is an outsider's perspective, which is one that I can share with you only now. Then, I had no idea.

CD: What about as an actor?

KS: I'm a pretty confessional artist. I definitely enjoy my work being as personal as I can make it. The first couple of times I played queer characters, I was not [openly] queer yet. I'm drawn to stories and people for a reason, and I think, by default, I represent what I stand for. I do think it's important that we step into different roles and into other people's shoes in order to really expand ourselves, albeit not ever taking up space for people who should be telling their own stories.

CD: Are you already prepping to play Princess Diana [in the film Spencer]?

KS: We don't start shooting until mid-January. The accent is intimidating as all hell because people know that voice, and it's so, so distinct and particular. I'm working on it now and already have my dialect coach. In terms of research, I've gotten through two and a half biographies, and I'm finishing all the material before I actually go make the movie. It's one of the saddest stories to exist ever, and I don't want to just play Diana — I want to know her implicitly. I haven't been this excited about playing a part, by the way, in so long.

CD: I'm going to pivot a little bit because this is a fashion mag, and you know I am a clotheshorse. Do you miss dressing up for work and doing the red-carpet thing?

KS: It was really fun shooting this cover, actually. I hadn't seen my team in so long, and it was a photographer [Olivia Malone] I really like. It did remind me of how much I love that. I think it's easy to confuse certain things that I have an aversion to, which is like, "Oh, she doesn't love getting her picture taken all the time." It's like, "Yeah, not constantly." But I love making art with my friends. That definitely fuels me in a different way. It's fun. But in terms of getting dressed up and going out, the pressure of that can be just dumb. I get nervous before going out, not because I'm scared but because it's just like, "Oh god, what else can be a thing?"

CD: Getting ready for red carpets feels so high-stakes — there's always a ticking clock and so many people around. Do you have any go-tos right now in your closet?

KS: Usually, I'm a really uniform-based person. For certain weeks, I was getting dressed every morning as if I had somewhere to go. It made me feel better. There was a period of time when I only wanted to wear shit that was matching. I have a leopard-print suit thing that is really fun to wear around the house. So, we wore suits and sets. And then these silky, robe-y things. My dad used to wear a robe around the house, and it was very floofy. I am small, so if I wear a puffy robe, it just looks so lame. The reason I didn't like robes is that I felt silly and dinky, and I don't like feeling silly and dinky.

CD: I know this about you.

KS: Basically, I've been stepping outside of wearing jeans and T-shirts. Within the confines of my own home, of course.

CD: You are a face of Chanel, so I presume you have a lot of Chanel pieces in your closet.

KS: I do, indeed. I have all my Chanel shit together. Sometimes I just walk by it. My little black jacket is sitting there. I have a couple of bags that are really classic. But then I have so many things that a more daring, cooler person would wear. Maybe if I have kids, they'll be like, "Why aren't you wearing this incredible thing?" Maybe someone will step in and utilize my wardrobe.

CD: So, we made a Christmas movie, as you know. Do you have any idea what you're doing for the holidays this year?

KS: I usually go home and hang out with my family. On Christmas morning I go eat Thai food because I live right next to Thai Town, and it's the only place that's open, and it's incredible. Early-morning Thai food is really fun before everything gets going. You're like, "Today's going to be a shit show. It's going to be really annoying." I love my family, and I love Christmas, but obviously it's a lot. So, I've created that little tradition for myself. This year I don't think I'm actually going to be able to be home. I'm going to be in Europe prepping Spencer.

CD: Since the title of our movie is Happiest Season, who or what makes you happiest now?


KS: I really do wake up happy. I feel so blessed. I love my friends and my family. I'm a happy motherfucker.

Interview: Clea Duvall
Photographer: Olivia Malone
Hair: Adir Abergel
Makeup: Jillian Dempsey

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