Sep092014
TIFF 2014: Jennifer Aniston Sparks Oscar Buzz With Drama “Cake”

Jennifer Aniston — Oscar contender? You better believe it after the tumultuous standing ovation she received at the Elgin Theatre on Monday afternoon for her potentially career-changing film Cake after the end credits had rolled. Sans makeup but for scars and other disfigurements, Aniston proved way beyond cosmetic changes that she is the real thing. She’s heartbreakingly good, alternately bitingly dramatic and funny in this story of a woman suffering with chronic pain. It is also partially to the credit of writer Patrick Tobin and director Daniel Barnz (Phoebe In Wonderland, Won’t Back Down) that Aniston’s character Claire doesn’t strike a false note throughout.

Given the right distributor (and I hear several are in the hunt) this should be Aniston’s Monster or Monster’s Ball — or even Dallas Buyers Club, which transformed Matthew McConaughey’s career last year and brought him the Best Actor Oscar. There are really no tricks to this performance. It’s raw and real, poignant and unexpected.

In a conversation shortly after the screening the palpably excited star told me the reaction received by the film and her performance was a bit overwhelming. “It was such an emotional moment for me. I was nearly brought to tears,” she said. In fact I heard she was in tears later backstage, when the positive tweets started coming in. As for the film, she said she simply couldn’t turn it down when it came to her less than a year ago. “You have to go with the script,” she said. “When I read it I knew it was the role of a lifetime. How could I turn that down?”

At the post-screening Q&A she elaborated: “It was a no-brainer. Just reading Patrick’s script I actually saw myself doing it. I just felt like it was already happening and it was pretty easy to say ‘yes.’ It was such a beautiful, complex, layered, tortured character. I just tapped into something I was meant to do,” she said. She did extensive research and even had friends who suffered with similar pain and addiction to prescription drugs to curb it. She said she talked to a lot of people who deal with this huge problem, who could “walk me in that walk.”

Many pundits would probably dismiss Aniston as a major studio movie star who does lighter fare like We’re The Millers (a personal favorite by the way), but she has proven in the past with indie fare like The Good Girl and Management that she is no one-trick pony but rather a star with still-untapped potential. I actually thought she was great opposite Vince Vaughn in The Breakup, a wildly underrated studio dramedy.

Barnz says she was a joy to work with, jumping in feet first into the project that came together unusually quickly. He had reluctantly been judging a screenwriting competition in Southern California when it suddenly dawned on him the winner was a script he should make. “That was June, 2013; we were in pre-production in February and before the cameras in April, finishing in May,” he said of the accelerated schedule. He managed to get some more money from the producers for a faster postproduction schedule and got it ready just in time for Toronto. Aniston jokingly told me that quick pace caused windburn and whiplash, but they got it done in 25 days. One of the key producers is Mark Canton, largely known by his own admisson as the guy behind heavy testosterone flicks like 300. He says in addition to those he wants to do a program of about 10 smaller films of this kind of quality, even though he’s not quitting his day job. (He will be on the set for his latest epic, The Last Witch Hunter, today.) Canton told me at the after-party that there is no question they want to get this film out this year in time to qualify it for Oscars. They should, not only for Aniston’s bravura turn but also for past Supporting Actress nominee (for Babel) Adriana Barraza.

As for Aniston, this is the fourth time she’s been to the Toronto Film Festival. “Let’s hope the fourth time’s a charm,” she laughed, although it wouldn’t surprise me at all if it were.

As for the one and only Monday of this TIFF, it was chock-full of a number of other films that could be considered contenders. And now that the hot festival real estate of the first four days has passed, there’s room for some very big names that chose instead to premiere first at Telluride or Venice. Foxcatcher, a Cannes and Telluride hit, was received here with equal praise after its premiere Monday night with the entire cast in tow. Jon Stewart’s Rosewater, a Telluride debut now coming to TIFF as a special screening, screened earlier Monday and has the advantage of coming to TIFF with strong word of mouth.

Two more Monday fest debuts: Reese Witherspoon in Wild, which world premiered in Telluride, won another enthusiastic standing ovation and further cemented Witherspoon’s Oscar potential. And 99 Homes, previously on the circuit at both Venice and Telluride, also came from a position of strength within the competition and looking to finalize a deal here that would put it squarely in the heart of this year’s awards race. The threat by TIFF to demote any film that played Telluride first didn’t seem to have an effect one way or another. On Tuesday night, another Telluride expat, The Imitation Game, gets its day in the Toronto sun. And so it goes.

Source – Deadline

Sep092014
Toronto Interview: Jennifer Aniston on Her ‘Dream Role’

Jennifer Aniston says her performance in new drama “Cake” was physically and emotionally tough, but it was “beyond a dream role.”

Aniston came to the Variety Studio Monday to chat about the film, which has its world premiere Monday at the Toronto Film Festival.

Co-starring Anna Kendrick and Sam Worthington, the indie drama finds the actress playing a character who is in massive chronic pain, who’s addicted to pills and booze and who has alienated everyone in her life.

“She basically has to decide whether she wants to live or die,” Aniston said. “The woman’s journey is so heartbreaking but so uplifting, because she’s gone through a trauma but maintains her wit, which is very endearing.”

The project, which is looking for a U.S. distributor, came together very fast. Director Daniel Barnz and his partner, producer Ben Barnz, discovered the script in a screenwriting contest 13 months ago and met with the actress in November.

Filming started April 3, the final touches were added weeks ago.

Aniston said as soon as she had finished reading the script (by first-timer Patrick Tobin), “I knew I was going to do it,” because it was a challenge but an opportunity “to express empathy” for the character and all those undergoing similar experiences.

Aniston allowed herself to be photographed without makeup and looking haggard (though, it should be noted, in person she looks pretty spectacular).

Every movement for the character is painful, “which was hard on my body for five weeks of shooting. I spent weekends seeing a chiropractor and getting massages and trying to maintain my sanity.”

Early word on her performance is very positive and Aniston is upbeat about “Cake,” which she sums up as “the little indie that could.”

Source – Variety

Sep092014
Toronto: Jennifer Aniston Loses the Makeup for Gritty ‘Cake’

“Cake,” which world premieres on Monday afternoon at the Toronto Film Festival, features a breakthrough performance from Jennifer Aniston as a 40-something woman who suffers from chronic pain.

To inhabit the character, Aniston went through an arduous rehearsal process, according to the film’s director Daniel Barnz. She interviewed patients of the condition and watched documentaries. “She also really worked the timbre of her voice and settled on something more gravelly than the Jennifer Aniston we know,” he says.

But just as the cameras started to roll, Barnz asked Aniston to take a big risk. He didn’t want her to wear any makeup onscreen. “Not a stitch,” he says (although he did allow for Chapstick). “You can see the wrinkles in her face and the pores. She’s not wearing makeup because that’s true to the character: this is a woman who doesn’t take care of herself.”

The road to make “Cake” was as unusual as a 45-year-old star leaving her glam squad at home. Barnz stumbled upon the script because of a promise he made himself after directing 2012’s “Won’t Back Down” — that, for one year, he’d agree to all requests he’d normally turn down. “One of the things I said yes to is judging a screenwriting competition, which I don’t often do because it’s a lot of work,” he explains.

Barnz was so entranced by the winning entry (from Patrick Tobin) he decided to make the film. “Cake” tells the story of Claire (Aniston), a woman dealing with chronic pain who develops a relationship with the husband (Sam Worthington) of a woman who kills herself (Anna Kendrick).

In June 2013, Barnz and his husband-producing partner, Ben, optioned the screenplay. In July, they met with Tobin to offer their notes. By September, they had a finished rewrite, which they started to shop around. “As soon as this went out, there was an incredible amount of interest,” Barnz says. But he wanted Aniston, so he wrote her a passionate letter about the project. “Because the role is hard, you want someone you’d forgive immediately,” he says.

After she had signed on, the rest of the pieces fell into place quickly. Barnz secured financing from Cinelou Films (the budget was under $10 million), shot in Los Angeles in April for 25 days and wrapped in the middle of May. “This was 13 months from inception to completion,” he says. “My first film, ‘Phoebe in Wonderland,’ was 13 years. I sort of feel like there’s a karmic retribution.”

WME and CAA are handling domestic rights and Conquistador Ent. is selling international.

Source – Variety

Jul292014
Justin Theroux Explains Why He and Jennifer Aniston Give Out Eggs as Presents

When you imagine getting a present from Jennifer Aniston, you can’t help but envision receiving a fab designer bag or a must-have, organic skin cream. A basket of eggs on the other hand? Not so much. But that’s exactly what you might get, as her fiancé Justin Theroux revealed during a visit to Chelsea Lately on Monday night.

While chatting with Aniston’s longtime pal Chelsea Handler, he explained that when they visit friends’ homes they give their hosts eggs as gifts because they have about 10 chickens at the house. And “each of them lays a couple [of eggs] a day, so we have too many of them,” he said. The star of HBO’s The Leftovers joked that while people think it’s a sweet farm-to-table gesture on their part, it’s actually just because they’re “slipping on eggs at the house.”

Hey, if you’re going to get eggs as a present, it would be pretty cool to get them from Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux. Watch the clip here and listen to the Chelsea Lately host explain why she has never received any eggs from the famous pair. (Hint: it’s not because she and Justin are feuding, as some tabloids would lead you to believe.)

Source – InStyle

Jul252014
Justin Theroux Jokes About His “Three-Headed Baby” With Jennifer Aniston and Talks Tabloid Troubles

ustin Theroux took a dramatic turn with The Leftovers, but he’s still got a sense of humor.

These days, the 42-year-old TV star’s ability to laugh is especially commendable, given that the tabloids frequently write about his two-year engagement to Jennifer Aniston as if it were a real-life soap opera.

“I can’t get over how terrible the narrative is, just how poorly written it is,” he says in Elle’s August 2014 issue. “It’s worse than a telenovela. It’s so dramatic. Like, ‘They’re broken up, they’re together, they’re storming out, storming in, rushing out, rushing in.’ They make every celebrity look like a schizophrenic.”

From the moment he began dating his Wanderlust co-star, Theroux admits, “My life changed a lot. More people are like, ‘Hey, man!’ And I don’t think that’s from my role in John Adams. But it only changed as much as I engaged with it, and I learned very quickly: Don’t ever engage with it. Just JKL. It was a learning curve, but it wasn’t as traumatic as you might expect. It’s just annoying. Occasionally you’ll get a stewardess congratulating you, on, I don’t know, whatever, some three-headed baby we just had.”

Though his relationship with Aniston is under the microscope, Theroux has managed to keep an air of mystery. In fact, when the interviewer mentions she’ll ask about his fiancée, he replies, “You can try!”

Thankfully, Amy Sedaris—who met Theroux through mutual friend Philip Seymour Hoffman—lifts the veil for Elle. “Justin’s got this dark side—he’ll go there. But more than anyone I’ve ever met, he just really does blossom with sunshine,” the comedic actress says. Taking it a step further, she reveals, “Justin is like a girlfriend. He’ll do girly things with you: He’ll tan, he’ll put your makeup on for you, he gives great advice.”

Bet you won’t find those anecdotes in the tabloids!

Source – E! Online

Jul252014
Jennifer Aniston Calls Justin Theroux a “Lost Gem in the Sand,” Says He Gets Hotter With Age

Some men age like a fine wine, and according to Jennifer Aniston, her fiancé Justin Theroux is doing just that.

The 45-year-old star recently gushed about her hubby-to-be at a party held in his honor by Details magazine.

The Leftovers actor graces the cover of this month’s issue and looks pretty darn hot with his sultry gaze and signature slicked-back locks.

“He’s just so beautiful and handsome to me,” told said to Women’s Wear Daily at the Sunset Tower Hotel in West Hollywood on Tuesday.

“I love that his eyeballs are so beautiful captured because those eyes just knock me out every day,” she added.

“He just gets better every year. He’s just like a lost gem in the sand, and he’s always been there and been brilliant, and now this is just in a different light.”

Aniston’s BFF Courteney Cox—who attended the party with her fiancé Johnny McDaid—also put her stamp of approval on Theroux’s Details shoot, saying, “There’s no better cover boy than [him]. He’s so handsome and cool.

Cox and Aniston were also spotted out on the town with Lisa Kudrow last night.

The three ladies grabbed a bite to eat at Los Angeles hot spot Craig’s early in the evening and were all seen leaving separately.

There’s no doubt they gabbed about the men in their lives!

Source – E! Online

Jul252014
Justin Theroux Says Being With Jennifer Aniston “Doesn’t Feel Difficult,” Wonders Why All the Fuss Over a Couple in Love

Justin Theroux’s lady makes him happy.

So it’s nice to hear that happiness isn’t tempered by the built-in challenges of being in a super-high-profile relationship.

“It doesn’t feel like a hardship,” the star of HBO’s The Leftovers said about being with Jennifer Aniston in the August issue of Details, featuring the solemn-faced actor-writer-artist on the cover. “It doesn’t feel difficult.”

But aren’t the paparazzi, for lack of a better word, annoying?

“It can be an annoyance, but it’s not the end of the world,” Theroux told the magazine. “You have to center on what its core thing is, which is that you met someone you fell in love with. It’s hard to explain. I just find myself wondering, What’s the big f–king deal?”

Big f–king deal, indeed. Way to not let the madding crowd get you down, Justin!

As for the written words that tend to accompany all those paparazzi pictures in the tabloids, Jen’s 42-year-old fiancé said that “it’s always based on fiction.”

“You just kind of ignore it,” he continued, “but then you also become reluctant to say anything about the relationship. I could say everything’s good, and then it’s reflected back as ‘JUSTIN THEROUX: EVERYTHING’S GOOD?’ That just creates this echo chamber, and it ricochets around the internet, it just gets wacky.”

But he and Aniston soldier on. And from our perspective, being with Theroux doesn’t look like such a tough proposition either, at least based solely on his ripped physique.

The 42-year-old showed off the results of all that time he spends in the gym for Details as well, cutting an impressive shirtless figure, his six-pack abs and muscled arms rippling for the camera.

“It can be an annoyance, but it’s not the end of the world,” Theroux told the magazine. “You have to center on what its core thing is, which is that you met someone you fell in love with. It’s hard to explain. I just find myself wondering, What’s the big f–king deal?”

Big f–king deal, indeed. Way to not let the madding crowd get you down, Justin!

As for the written words that tend to accompany all those paparazzi pictures in the tabloids, Jen’s 42-year-old fiancé said that “it’s always based on fiction.”

“You just kind of ignore it,” he continued, “but then you also become reluctant to say anything about the relationship. I could say everything’s good, and then it’s reflected back as ‘JUSTIN THEROUX: EVERYTHING’S GOOD?’ That just creates this echo chamber, and it ricochets around the internet, it just gets wacky.”

But he and Aniston soldier on. And from our perspective, being with Theroux doesn’t look like such a tough proposition either, at least based solely on his ripped physique.

The 42-year-old showed off the results of all that time he spends in the gym for Details as well, cutting an impressive shirtless figure, his six-pack abs and muscled arms rippling for the camera.

Theroux, who starred with Aniston in Wanderlust and now stars in a very dark cable series, playing a suburban sheriff who’s trying to keep it together after 2 percent of the world’s population inexplicably disappeared, also talked about transitioning between comedy and drama.

Or seeing the comedy in the drama.

“There are certain actors who can grab a woman by the back of her hair and plant a deep one on her and say something like ‘We gotta save the world,'” he intoned, “and that’s not me. I can’t not be outside of my body, making jokes about that dialogue. Some people do it really well and effectively because they have the charisma to pull that off. I just know that I don’t.”

Asked about not being the most recognizable face in the acting pack throughout most of his career, Theroux said that he honestly hasn’t minded flying under the radar.

“There’s a huge distinction between wanting to act and wanting to be a famous actor,” the Washington, D.C., native and nephew of famed author Paul Theroux said.

“Most of the people that jump off buses in Hollywood just want to f–king ‘make it.’ And I never had that drive. Honestly. I could never visualize myself in that way. To me it seemed so cart-before-the-horse-y.

“I still think a long, slow road is always the better road. Or at least for me it’s been the better road.”

(Something to remember for all those wondering when that wedding is going to happen.)

Source – E! Online

Jul252014
Justin Theroux Smolders in Interview Magazine, Says Happiness Is “My Lady” Jennifer Aniston

Justin Theroux has officially adapted to the Los Angeles way of life.

The 42-year-old actor, who smolders in a new photo shoot for Interview magazine, opened up the publication about the pros and cons of living in L.A., his first foray into the acting world and his workout regime, in addition to revealing whether he sleeps in the nude (Jennifer Aniston, you are one lucky lady!).

And no surprise, the sexy stud, who currently stars in the HBO series The Leftovers, instantly has us swooning as gives insight into his personal life.

Theroux dishes on his upbringing in Washington, D.C., and reveals that he wasn’t good student growing up, attending a nontraditional school until he reached the fourth grade.

“I went to a Rudolf Steiner school—they’re awful,” he says. “They’re still around, these experimental schools that started in the 1920s, no grades, no real classes. It was all knitting and beeswax-making—s–t like that. Then after my parents got divorced, I had to go right into public school in the fourth grade. The Steiner school had never really taught me how to read, so it was a rude awakening. I was playing catch-up the whole time.”

The Wanderlust star, who struggled with academics, quickly discovered his passion for acting and pursued the craft from an early age.

“I was always acting,” he reveals when asked when he first began performing. “I was doing after-school plays and stuff like that. But I wasn’t doing well in any of the schools, so by ninth or tenth grade, I ended up going to a boarding school. D.C. is a hard city to grow up in. I couldn’t find my footing there. Also, I got a late start academically, and I was dyslexic.”

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Justin Theroux Smolders in Interview Magazine, Says Happiness Is “My Lady” Jennifer Aniston

by Alyssa Toomey Wed., Jul. 9, 2014 11:55 AM PDT

Justin Theroux, Interview Courtesy Interview

Justin Theroux has officially adapted to the Los Angeles way of life.

The 42-year-old actor, who smolders in a new photo shoot for Interview magazine, opened up the publication about the pros and cons of living in L.A., his first foray into the acting world and his workout regime, in addition to revealing whether he sleeps in the nude (Jennifer Aniston, you are one lucky lady!).

And no surprise, the sexy stud, who currently stars in the HBO series The Leftovers, instantly has us swooning as gives insight into his personal life.

Theroux dishes on his upbringing in Washington, D.C., and reveals that he wasn’t good student growing up, attending a nontraditional school until he reached the fourth grade.

PHOTO: Jen and Justin pack on the PDA at Leftovers premiere
Justin Theroux, Interview Courtesy Interview

“I went to a Rudolf Steiner school—they’re awful,” he says. “They’re still around, these experimental schools that started in the 1920s, no grades, no real classes. It was all knitting and beeswax-making—s–t like that. Then after my parents got divorced, I had to go right into public school in the fourth grade. The Steiner school had never really taught me how to read, so it was a rude awakening. I was playing catch-up the whole time.”

The Wanderlust star, who struggled with academics, quickly discovered his passion for acting and pursued the craft from an early age.

“I was always acting,” he reveals when asked when he first began performing. “I was doing after-school plays and stuff like that. But I wasn’t doing well in any of the schools, so by ninth or tenth grade, I ended up going to a boarding school. D.C. is a hard city to grow up in. I couldn’t find my footing there. Also, I got a late start academically, and I was dyslexic.”

PHOTO: Justin Theroux visits Jennifer Aniston on the set of her new film
Justin Theroux, Jennifer Aniston Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images

Theroux has since found his footing, splitting his time between L.A. and NYC, which he says is “kind of perfect.”

“That’s always been a goal, to be bicoastal in a real way,” he says while admitting that he has learned to love Los Angeles.

“I like all the clichés. I mean, I love someone who lives in Los Angeles—so that’s a big draw,” he says, referring to fiancée Aniston. “But I love the weather. It does feel like a slightly healthier lifestyle, being able to hike and do all that crap.”

As evidenced by his hunky figure, Theroux clearly keeps up with his fitness regime. So how does he stay so smokin’ hot?

“I like to work out in the afternoon, around three or four,” he reveals. “I just don’t like to wake up and sweat. I’d rather have a cup of coffee. In New York I used to just be more active. I’d always ride my bike everywhere or skateboard everywhere, walk, whatever. Then I started going to the gym.”

Adding further fuel to his hotness factor? The actor’s revelation that he “always” sleeps in the nude.

As for what happiness means to the hunky thesp?

“My dogs…” he says, “And my lady, of course.”

We repeat: Jennifer Aniston, you are one lucky gal.

Source – E! Online

Jun252014
Jennifer Aniston & Justin Theroux on Their Wedding: ‘We Have Hot Feet’

It sounds as if Jennifer Aniston and Justin Theroux have the opposite of cold feet when it comes to marriage.

“We have hot feet, but we’re not going to let you guys know,” Theroux told Extra Monday night at the premiere of his new HBO series The Leftovers. “We’re still happily engaged.”

The happy couple, dressed in matching black at the red carpet event, was also spotted at Barneys in New York City.

Theroux, 42, called his fiancée of almost two years “gorgeous” at the premiere of the show, which debuts Sunday (10 p.m. ET).

The actor also said at the premiere of The Leftovers – which is about a global Rapture-like event, in which some people disappear and others are left behind – that he would want to take his longtime love with him to the afterlife if he were ever taken or left behind.

“That’s who I’d want to bring back,” he said of Aniston, 45. “That’s who I’d want to bring with me.”

Source – People

Jun252014
Justin Theroux Would Like to Bring Jennifer Aniston to the Afterlife

Talk about packing the essentials.

In The Leftovers, which premieres June 29 on HBO, Justin Theroux’s character is caught up in a global Rapture-like event, in which some people disappear and others are left behind.

At Monday’s New York premiere of the haunting show, Theroux was asked what he’d be bummed to leave behind if he were taken suddenly.

“My cell phone. No, my keys,” he joked at first.

All kidding aside, the actor, 42, said he’d want his fiancée, Jennifer Aniston, with him – whether he was taken or left behind.

“That’s who I’d want to bring back. That’s who I’d want to bring with me,” he said of his longtime love.

For now, he’ll have to settle for bringing her to red-carpet events like that on Monday, where he told reporters “it’s great” having Aniston support his work.

Source – People