Jennifer Connelly is 44. Cillian Murphy is 38, yet the Irish actor plays Connelly’s son in Peruvian filmmaker Claudia Llosa’s new drama, “Aloft.” The pair are the stars of the film, but they share only a single scene together as an angry adult child confronts the mother who abandoned him years before, leaving him to deal with grief and guilt on his own in the wake of a family tragedy.
“I think Cillian and Jennifer are astonishing in that they express so many emotions without saying a word,” Llosa says during a chat at the Sundance Film Festival, where “Aloft” screened. “There’s so much depth of feeling, but it cannot get out.”
“It was my first two days on the movie, and it was the only time that Cillian and I worked together on the film,” Connelly adds. “It was kind of great, because we hadn’t really rehearsed with each other at all or had much interaction. We’d seen each other in passing. He saw me in makeup for the first time. We came on to the set, and we just started shooting. It was a very strange experience. It was the end of his chapter and the beginning of mine. We were halfway through the shoot. The overlap was just these two days. I was kind of the new alien presence on the set.”
The drama takes place in two separate time frames, many years apart. Connelly plays Nana, a working-class woman, a young widow and mother desperate to find a cure for her ill younger son. She even turns to a man known as “The Architect,” a healer who attracts large crowds but who only accepts those who win a kind of lottery. Totally absorbed in the boy’s illness, she not only depends on her older child, Ivan, but she also ignores his needs. Years later, Nana has become a healer herself and an artist, while Ivan is now a father and a falconer, like his late dad. He is also still bitter over his mother’s behavior and long estranged from her. It is with great reluctance that he agrees to accompany a journalist on a journey over the tundra to find her. Read the rest of this entry…

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After almost five years of development and production and its participation in the Official Competition segment of the 2014 Berlin International Film Festival, this 120 minutes drama is ready to share its touching story to the wide audience rather than keeping itself only for the film festival goers. Aloft Peruvian director Claudia Llosa has already proven her international potential as a filmmaker by winning the Golden Bear Award in 2009 (within the same Berlinale Film Festival, where Aloft had its world premiere) for The Milk of Sorrow, a film that approaches the problems and concerns of the Peruvian women abused in the country’s recent history. The film also received an Academy Award nomination for Best Foreign Film in 2009, fact that ensures us Llosa’s first English-speaking feature is a screening we should not miss, whether we’re film buffs or we’re simply into fine cinema.
With a powerful cast having Jennifer Connelly (Once Upon a Time in America, Requiem for a Dream) playing the leading role of Nana, a single mother portrayed throughout the decades, Llosa describes the main character as a complex and emotional woman. Nana searches a cure for her sick son, Gully (Winta McGrath). In support, Cillian Murphy (28 days later, The Dark Knight) headlines along Connelly as her older son, Ivan. Melanie Laurent (Inglorious Basterds, The Concert) also joins the cast as the young documentary filmmaker who helps Ivan rejoin his reclusive mother lost over time. Read the rest of this entry…

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Jennifer Connelly struggled with the freezing weather while shooting new movie “Aloft”. The upcoming film, which also stars Cillian Murphy, sees Jennifer portray a woman who becomes a healer. It was shot in Winnipeg, Canada, and Jennifer admits that the chilly temperatures made the filming process a little more difficult.
“We filmed in Winnipeg, the north of Canada, in winter,” she told Page Six. “I was able to wear a vest because that was the climate in the movie. We were supposed to appear cold. Fortunately, I had hand warmers in my pockets and foot warmers in my boots.”
The movie tells the story of Jennifer’s character being reunited with the son she abandoned 20 years earlier.
In real life, she is a mother of three with husband Paul Bettany. And the stunning star admitted in the interview she felt a lot of empathy with her on-screen alter ego because of the similarities in their strength. “I have three children — from a three-and-a-half year old, who often comes with me, to our oldest, who’s ready for Yale. My husband’s an actor and director. You learn to take time out for your kids as well as your projects,” she said. The Academy Award-winner tied the knot with her A Beautiful Mind co-star Paul in 2003 and the couple have sons Stellan and daughter Agnes together, as well as Jennifer’s son Kai from a previous relationship.
In 2014, Jennifer appeared in “Shelter” – which Paul directed. And she admitted that working with her spouse on the project wasn’t as strange as she had imagined it would be. “Working with [Paul] as a director was weirdly normal. I didn’t approach it with trepidation; it was an amazing experience,” she told Net-A-Porter’s The Edit magazine. “We have been together for 11 years, which is almost like 50 in Hollywood years. I have a lot of respect for [my husband]. I miss him when he goes away to work.”

Source: TV3 Group

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She may not submit to Hollywood’s sunny, mostly blond formula for stardom, but maybe that’s because after her years at Saint Ann’s and Yale, Jennifer Connelly knows better.
“I’m never sure how long I’m supposed to look at it,” says Jennifer Connelly, voicing a common concern when faced with a particularly austere piece of conceptual art. We are at the Guggenheim’s retrospective of the late Japanese artist On Kawara, the centerpiece of which is a series of paintings meticulously recording the day’s date in acrylic, starting with September 20 1966, when Kawara started his series, and ending in 2013, the year before he died. You can tell a lot about a person from the way she views art. Is she a gazer? A flitter? Does she approach the work head-on, or sidle in shyly from the side? Connelly alternates between lightly engaged skimming and bursts of fierce concentration. One series fascinates her in particular: a selection of 111 of the nearly 900 telegrams Kawara sent to friends, over a period of decades, telling them nothing more than “I am still alive.”
“I do like these. They’re very appealing—sort of witty, even,” Connelly says, studying the telegrams intently, one hand folded idly across her chest. “To Sol Lewitt,” she reads. “117 Hester Street, New York…I am still alive… On Kawara… February 11th 1970…”‘
“Nobody sends telegrams anymore,” I say. “They just tweet.”
“My husband is on Twitter, but I am not,” she says. “I am Miss Analog. I bought my first computer just yesterday.”
“Your first?”
Connelly fishes a battered iPhone from her purse, its window severely cracked. She dropped it during a recent skiing holiday in Switzerland and took it in for repairs a few days ago, only to be asked by the Apple technician where she backed up her data. Nowhere, of course. She is now the proud owner of a MacBook Air. Read the rest of this entry…

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Jennifer Connelly opensup about her personal life to Town & Country magazine and says her experience of being pitched Hollywood roles has changed since the birth of her daughter.
“All of a sudden, I’m reading scripts where I’m the mother of the woman who’s going on an adventure, and just sort of sitting on the sidelines,” Connelly tells Town & Country in its upcoming June/July issue.“I was like, ‘wait a minute.’ What was interesting was that it seemed to happen so quickly.”
The actress also goes on to talk about what it’s like being married to her husband, British actor Paul Bettany – they met on set of “A Beautiful Mind” in 2001: “I’m more reserved. I can be kind of shy in a group. I mean, I manage it pretty well, but he’s much more outgoing than I am. Once I’m comfortable with someone, I’m not reserved. [once at that point] I’m a compulsive confessor.”

Source: ET Canada

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Jennifer Connelly is an analog girl living in a digital world. “I am Miss Analog. I bought my first computer just yesterday,” the Oscar nominated actress confessed to Town and Country’s June/July issue.
The 44-year-old star of “Aloft” became the proud owner of a MacBook Air after she took her iPhone in for repairs and was asked by the Apple technician how she backs up her data. “In college I wrote on an old typewriter,” Connelly told the magazine.
She also grew up in a low-tech household. “Anything that we had in our house — which at that point was, like, a CD player — my parents, if it didn’t work, would be like, ‘Can you fix it? Can you make it work?'” Connelly said. “I am loath to be that person, and I am that person in my house now — the one who’s like, ‘Can you please tell me how to print the whatever?'”
Fortunately, Connelly’s husband, British actor Paul Bettany, is not a luddite like she is. “My husband is on Twitter, but I am not,” she said.
As for getting comfortable with social media, she said, “I’ll probably at some point get involved in Instagram and things like that because I feel it’s reality and it’s the way people communicate.” She paused. “I don’t know,” she said. “Possibly.”

Source: ABC News

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The film adaptation of Philip Roth’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “American Pastoral” just gained a lot more hype.
Ewan McGregor, the acclaimed Scottish actor known for his roles “Trainspotting” and the “Star Wars” franchise, announced on Wednesday that he will make his directorial debut at the helm of “American Pastoral.” “I’ve wanted to direct for years and wanted to wait until I found a story that I ‘had’ to tell, and in this script I knew I had found that story,” McGregor said in a statement.
McGregor was already slated to play the novel’s Jewish protagonist Seymour “the Swede” Levov alongside Jennifer Connelly and Dakota Fanning. Australian filmmaker Philip Noyce was previously slated to direct the film but had recently left the project. “Ewan’s talent goes far beyond his onscreen work and we’re excited to be working with a director who is as passionate as we are about telling the story of ‘American Pastoral,’” said producer Tom Rosenberg in his own statement.
“American Pastoral” is one of Roth’s most well-known novels and was included in Time magazine’s list of the All-TIME 100 Greatest Novels. The book, narrated by Roth’s recurring alter-ego Nathan Zuckerman, focuses on successful businessman Seymour “the Swede” Levov and the unraveling of his idyllic family life. The Swede — so called because of his blonde hair, anomalous for an Ashkenazi Jew from Roth’s native Newark — was a star athlete in high school and Zuckerman’s idol, but his daughter’s emotional problems spell serious trouble for his family and reputation.
Gregor is decidedly not Jewish in any way, though it may be worth noting that he plays Jesus in “Last Days in the Desert,” one of his upcoming films. But based on his success on all levels of the film industry, from small-budget independent flicks to blockbusters like “Star Wars” and “Moulin Rouge,” it is safe to say that Roth’s classic is in good hands.

Source: TimesOfIsreal.com

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French luxury brand Louis Vuitton’s creative director Nicolas Ghesquière teamed up with Annie Leibovitz, Juergen Teller and Bruce Weber for a second eyecatching campaign titled ‘Series 2′.
First teased last week on the designer’s instagram feed, Louis Vuitton’s Series 2 follows in the footsteps of Series 1 (which won a British Fashion Award last month for best campaign).
Annie Leibovitz, Juergen Teller and Bruce Weber took on the task again, and explored Ghesquière’s new Spring/Summer 2015 collection for the brand, each one adapting their signature style to the task.
Leibovitz photographed fashion A-lister Freja Beha Erichsen from three buildings currently under construction on the edge of Central Park, while Bruce Weber shot Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Connelly in Miami, and also shot a video of the Hollywood star.
Meanwhile, Juergen Teller worked with a host of emerging runway and editorial talent in a Parisian townhouse.
Jean Campbell, Rianne Von Rompaey, Daphne Simons and Marte Mei van Haaster appear in the black paneled room in the ready-to-wear and accessories.
All the images will break in February 2015 issues of magazines around the globe.

Source: NyDailyNews.com

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Shelter
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Shelter tells the story of Hannah & Tahir and how they fall in love while homeless on the streets of New York.


Noah
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The Biblical Noah suffers visions of an apocalyptic deluge, and takes measures to protect his family from the coming flood.


Aloft
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A mother is seperated from her ill daughter. Twenty years later she goes missing and her son starts searching for her.


Winter's Tale
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A story set in 19th Century and present-day Manhattan and revolves around a thief, a dying girl, and a flying white horse.


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