Director Paolo Virzi joined stars Helen Mirren and Donald Sutherland at the Variety Studio Presented by AT&T at the Toronto Film Festival to talk about their new movie, “The Leisure Seeker.”
The Italian-American film marks the first time Mirren and Sutherland have acted in a movie together since 1990’s “Bethune: The Making of a Hero.” When asked how the other has changed over the past 27 years, Mirren in particular took the opportunity to crack some jokes.
“I thought she was a genius then, and now I know it,” Sutherland said. “You haven’t changed at all,” Mirren responded. “You look exactly the same, and you have the same spark. You’re totally, absolutely, exactly the same. Just as annoying as you ever were.”
Chloe Bennet, who stars in DreamWorks’ upcoming animated adventure movie “Abominable,” talked to Variety about the importance of having a kid’s movie that rejects outdated gender roles. “I have six brothers and so I never related to princess movies,” Bennet explained. “When you’re a young girl and all of the content and all of the [...]
Meryl Streep, who plays a woman who investigates a fake insurance policy in Steven Soderbergh’s upcoming comedy-drama “The Laundromat,” says that the film’s story exposes the corrupt systems present in our real world. “You can lament that these systems work and how people utilize loopholes that people find — clever people will always work around [...]
A large part of Renée Zellweger’s preparation process in playing Judy Garland in the forthcoming biopic was learning about the iconic performer’s tragic backstory. “You couldn’t fully recognize how extraordinary a person she was without knowing the circumstances that she was challenged by during this period of her life,” Zellweger told Variety. “I think when you [...]
Golden Globe contender Saoirse Ronan reunited with her “Lady Bird” director Greta Gerwig and co-star Timothée Chalamet in “Little Women,” a film she uncharacteristically approached Gerwig about at an award show. “I just tapped her on the shoulder and was like, ‘I know you’re doing ‘Little Women’ and I know Jo is going to be […]
The real reason behind Forky’s odd name choice.
Mindy Kaling and Constance Wu both starred in woman-directed films this year; Kaling in Nisha Ganatra’s “Late Night” and Wu in Lorene Scafaria’s “Hustlers.” In their “Variety Studio: Actors on Actors” conversation, the two shared stories about working with female directors and how playing women who are ambitious used to be portrayed as a negative […]