The US film's distributor Lionsgate donated for auction four tickets to attend the Premiere and after party of 'American Ultra' - in Los Angeles or New York on August 17 or 18 - location & date to be determined. CharityBuzz is hosting the auction, and the proceeds will benefit the Crossroads School for Arts & Sciences.
"You and 3 friends will enjoy the premiere to Lionsgate's much-anticipated film American Ultra in August 2015.
Afterward, join the star-studded cast, which includes Jesse Eisenberg, Kristen Stewart, Connie Britton, Topher Grace, John Leguizamo, Bill Pullman, Walton Goggins, and Tony Hale at the film’s after-party. It's the "ultra" experience! Premiere date to be determined."
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The French have really proven their good taste in American actresses this past year by fêting Moore for her performance in Maps to the Stars and also Kristen Stewart for her impressive work in last year’s Cannes debut film Clouds of Sils Maria. Stewart, who played Moore’s daughter in Still Alice, won the César—making her the first American actress ever to receive the honor. The unexpected win may have surprised many, but not Moore, who has known Stewart since she was 12 years old. And movie mother and daughter still keep in touch.
“The minute I won Cannes last year, I got a text from [Stewart] going, ‘Oh my god!’” Not long after, Moore got the chance to reciprocate the cell-phone sentiment. “And then I was in L.A. when she won the César and I texted her back.”
Kristen Stewart is set to star in Olivier Assayas’s “Personal Shopper,” a Paris-set English-language ghost story taking place in the fashion underworld.
Assayas previously directed Stewart in “Sils Maria” which world premiered in competition at Cannes and earned Stewart a best actress Cesar (France’s Oscar equivalent), making her the first American actor to win a Cesar.
Penned by Assayas,”Personal Shopper” brings back the “Sils Maria” team: Producer Charles Gillibert for CG Cinema, MK2 for international sales and Les Films du Losange.
Gillibert said “Personal Shopper” will feature some of same themes as “Sils Maria” and will also have a genre/fantasy dimension.
Shooting will start in the last quarter of 2015 in Paris.
Arte France Cinéma will also be backing Personal Shopper by Olivier Assayas. Announced at the Marché du Film at Cannes, this English-language project will star the young American actress Kristen Stewart (who won a Cesar for Best Supporting Actress this year for her role in Clouds of Sils Maria [+]) and will be filmed in Paris at the end of this year.
Produced by Charles Gillibert for CG Cinéma, the film will centre around a ghost story on the margins of the fashion world, borrowing from supernatural thriller codes and mixing spiritualism and omission to capture the fear and desire for ghosts, in an ultra-contemporary and materialistic world. Les Films du Losange will distribute the film in French theatres and MK2 will handle international sales.
“American Ultra” has thus far been shrouded in mystery, with fans only knowing the barest of details beyond the title. Now, MTV News can bring you the first picture from the film, as well as the first two teaser posters, featuring stars Kristen Stewart and Jesse Eisenberg.
Director Nima Nourizadeh broke down the plot of the dark comedy for us, and told us a little bit about what to expect from Eisenberg and Stewart in the movie. (Hint: action! Romance! Adventure!) But to start things off, let’s meet our stars.
This is Mike. “He’s got this life that seems pretty kind of lame to most people if they would see it from the outside, but he seems super content,” Nourizadeh said. “He doesn’t have a lot of responsibilities in life, he’s just been going out with this girl Phoebe.”
Eisenberg wore a wig for this role, an accessory that Nourizadeh said helped him slip into the part. “You look at Jesse and he’s got like long hair and he’s just like a stoner, slacker guy…As soon as that wig’s on his head you just had a much more slower, low-key vibe about him.”
“His main motivation in the movie really right now at the beginning anyways is to propose to her. He’s in love with her, that’s his life, he wants to propose to her.”
Stewart’s hair, too, was a big part of bringing her character to life. “We dyed her hair like orangey-red, and that made her look so different. So there’s a kind of slightly scruffy look to her but she still looks so amazing,” Nourizadeh said. “When you watch the movie, you know, you’ll see like Kristen playing the character that you wouldn’t expect her to necessarily. I think she’s funny. There’s stuff that when you watch the movie, you go, ’Ah, that’s a good one. I’ve never seen her like that!'”
Nourizadeh also offered some clarity on the plot of the movie. Eisenberg’s character, Mike, is planning to propose to Phoebe (Stewart). But when he goes to take her out of town, he starts having severe panic attacks. Soon, it’s revealed that Mike is a sort of sleeper agent, and the government is trying to eliminate him. Uh-oh. How will these two stoners in love, who Nourizadeh says are “not, like, super in touch with what’s going on necessarily,” outsmart the forces that are trying to take them down?
The director stressed that “American Ultra” is a genre buster, crossing conventions left and right. There’s action, adventure, comedy and love. (Yes, prepare to see Stewart and Eisenberg kick some ass.)
“You start with this kind of like sweet love story,” Nourizadeh said. “I don’t want to turn people off with that, but what’s really unique about this movie is the fact that it’s like this kind of crazy action-comedy, but really at the core there is this like romance and there’s this love story where all he wants to do is to propose to her. Really if you look at it, the action that comes into play is basically the stuff that’s softening it. It’s like the hurdles that you have to like overcome.
“His world just gets turned upside down and he starts to realize who he actually is. For a lot of the movie, he’s just like unaware of what’s going on, why these people are trying to kill him, and he soon finds out. It’s just this weird sort of entertaining, well-rounded, totally unique movie, I think where you know you’ll be laughing one minute, you’ll be hopefully quite shocked at some of the action that we did. It’s violent, it’s graphic, it’s funny, it’s silly at times, you know it’s just got so many things going on that its hard to actually define really.”
Having worked with some of the best hair and make-up experts in the industry, Kristen Stewart knows a thing or two about beauty. As part of her cover interview for the June issue of Harper's Bazaar, we quizzed the actress on her favourite products, her health and fitness regime and whether or not she'd ever have plastic surgery. Here's what she had to say…
“I still wear Balenciaga Florabotanica [Stewart is the face of both Balenciaga fragrances] and I do really love Chanel's Coco Mademoiselle. They’re very different - Florabotanica has a more masculine scent.”
"I need a black eyeliner, it would be weird without that. But I either like being really sexy or insanely androgynous. I’m not great at applying make-up myself. My mom never taught me anything, she doesn’t wear make-up. I have the most amazing relationships with make-up artists and hairdressers, they're some of my best friends. I’m always embarrassed about going and hanging out with them as I’m always expecting them to ask, ‘what are you using?’ and my only response is, 'just some stuff you gave me'. I like mineral make-up. You can’t screw it up and it’s not bad for your skin.”
"I don’t like having nice hair, ever. There's something about it that pushes me over into feeling like I'm wearing a costume. So long as I can have my hair the way it normally is, then I can do eveything else full on."
On plastic surgery:
“No, never. Never. I am so freaked out by the idea of doing anything. And maybe that’s completely arrogant but I don’t want to change anything about myself. I think the women who do are losing their minds. It's vandalism.”
“When I'm in good shape I can do 40 push-ups in one go. If I'm not in good shape, I can do 10. If I am trying to get into shape and I want to be strong, I’ll drop and do 20 every half hour throughout the day. I can do 250 push-ups in a day, which is pretty impressive. At the moment. I can do 20 comfortably. It takes me about a month to get into phenomenal shape with a trainer.”
On being sample size:
“I’m a little bigger than sample size when I’m eating cheeseburgers and happy and comfortable.”
Stewart, on her second trip to South Korea, spoke highly of the place, partaking its famously fiery food and notoriously brutal spa treatments. “We walked through a park. We ate a lot of Korean barbecue. I made myself really sick, which is awesome. I ate too many chilis. We went to a Korean spa and I’ve never been cleaner in my entire life or less relaxed,” said the actress, who is gearing up for two new movies, with Ang Lee and Woody Allen. “I don’t have any more skin.” Scan and quote from May 6 issue of WWD: