Elizabeth Stewart hosted a party at Decades to fete a collection of vintage pieces by Todd Oldham, and the boutique’s 20th anniversary.
It was like the Nineties revisited when stylist Elizabeth Stewart hosted a party at Decades in Los Angeles Tuesday night to show off a 40-piece collection of vintage Todd Oldham that the designer himself had gathered and brought to the boutique. The event was presented by 1stdibs.
Actresses Selma Blair, Isabelle Furhman, Perrey Reeves and Radha Mitchell all came dressed in Oldham pieces, and many wanted to leave with them too. “I’m buying my dress,” said Mitchell of her red slipdress. “Every Hadid needs to get every single one of these slip dresses,” said Decades owner Cameron Silver. The collection, which included hair ornaments that were made by Oldham’s grandmother, included some of the designer’s most recognizable styles.
“The clothes look incredibly of the moment and that is because Todd’s work has a different purity that is based on clean silhouettes,” said Silver. Blair wore a dress that had been worn by Christy Turlington on the runway, and others in the collection were runway pieces worn by Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista and Shalom Harlow. A new generation of fans, such as Julia and Aaron Sorkin’s daughter Roxy, discovered the clothes on Tuesday.
Silver likened Oldham to a social media star before the dawn of social media. “So many people whet their appetites for fashion watching him on ‘House of Style.’ It is no different from how designers today navigate their businesses with other forms of media.”
All the Fine Boys playwright and director Erica Schmidt joins the young stars of her new play for a multi-generational conversation on coming-of-age.
Trade the landline for cell phones and the stack of R-rated VHS tapes for an unrestricted Netflix account, and the 1980s teen-girl slumber party that opens Erica Schmidt’s All the Fine Boys could be indistinguishable from one set in 2017. Music, junk food, and boy talk still dominate the proceedings — and as Schmidt’s 14-year-old protagonists Jenny and Emily demonstrate as they go down their separate paths, innocent fantasizing can lead to choices that are life-altering at best and life-threatening at worst.
Twenty-year-old actresses Abigail Breslin (best known for her Oscar-nominated performance in Little Miss Sunshine) and Isabelle Fuhrman (“Clove” in The Hunger Games and the recurring character “Tessa” on Showtime’s Masters of Sex) costar as Jenny and Emily, respectively. While Emily cautiously pines for a senior boy, Jenny barrels through her childhood innocence into a relationship with an older man she meets at church.
Both Breslin and Fuhrman came of age in the Hollywood spotlight, but they don’t have to look back too far to remember the growing pains that accompanied their simultaneously unique and universal experiences. Schmidt, who both pens and directs the New Group production (running through March 26 at the Pershing Square Signature Center) sat down with her two stars for a conversation about the play’s themes — subjects that have both reflected the actresses’ lives back to them and opened their eyes to things they hadn’t seen before.
Why was this a story you wanted to write?
Erica Schmidt: I feel like it’s a miracle that anyone makes it out of adolescence. When I was a teenage girl, I felt very invincible and got into a lot of precarious situations that I didn’t even realize were precarious. I feel like even the most normal coming-of-age is a kind of violent severing of innocence, and I was just sort of obsessed with that idea. It’s not a girls versus men or girls versus a patriarchal society. It’s girls versus their own extreme desire to grow up.
The story does depict your two 14-year-old girls, Jenny (Breslin) and Emily (Fuhrman), in questionable relationships with men. What do you want those to convey about what it’s like to grow up female?
Erica: I think that we’re at a really interesting time right now in terms of the way we treat women or talk about women in our culture. How we raise our girls and how we treat our girls as a society was the catalyst to write the play.
Abigail: There are things that the guys in the play say that I was originally like, “Oh my god, that’s really sweet,” or, “Oh my god, that’s so funny.” They’re really insidiously laced with heavy misogyny. When I first read it I didn’t realize, but now hearing it every single day — when people say things, I now think, “Wow, that’s actually not OK.”
What were you looking for in the girls you chose to play Jenny and Emily?
Erica: They are purposely similar in a lot of ways but then also they are as different as two people can be.
Isabelle: Erica describes Emily as a sponge, which I think is great. She’s constantly soaking things in and reading and memorizing. She’s questioning the world: Why people are interested in her boobs, why guys are interested in her? And at the same time she’s crushing on this older guy that she thinks maybe would be interested if she pretended to be sick because she saw it in a movie probably and thought it would work. I think you said this, Erica, when we were working on a scene: Jenny wants to be chosen but Emily’s more interested in why she would be chosen. We both want to push out of this stage of adolescence we’re in, but at the same time, I’m more concerned about what I can learn from it. I think your character wants to do it.
Abigail: Yeah. I am able to relate to Jenny a lot. In a lot of ways I still am her, but I definitely was a lot like her when I was in my early teens. Her actions are always ten steps ahead of her thought process. Emily is very into the practicality of things and how she’ll get to where she’s going. For Jenny it’s not about that. It’s about the broad idea of things.
Did the two of you have similar desires to grow up faster, or does childhood naturally move more quickly when you’re a child actor?
Abigail: I grew up in New York so I was really away from the scene of LA and the industry. So for me, if I was doing a movie and there was a huge crisis with the studio while they were filming, that didn’t affect me in any way. What affected me was when the guy that I liked wasn’t BBM-ing me back. I was always interested in the guys who were like two years older and I wanted to be able to be really cool around them. I remember being at a diner with the guy I liked and all of our friends and making my mom drop me off around the corner — so cliché. But I wanted to be mature and independent.
Isabelle: I didn’t even develop an interest in boys until I was sixteen. I had a crush before that. I had a crush on this guy for three years and I was like, “He’s gonna be my first kiss,” so I was not interested in anybody else. And he was my first kiss. Made that happen. [laughs] He was a little older than me, and played the guitar and he sang and he wrote songs.
Abigail: It’s always the guys with the guitar.
Isabelle: But even after that I still wasn’t interested in dating somebody. I guess I wasn’t necessarily in a rush to have those experiences because I never felt like I needed to be. In other aspects of my life things were moving so rapidly and I didn’t have time to hold onto them and that was one thing I felt like I could keep for a while — my innocence in that way. I wasn’t really grasping for it. I was more trying to keep it at bay.
Abigail: And I was the opposite. I wanted a boyfriend so badly because I thought that was the tell-tale sign of maturity.
Isabelle: See, I never wanted a boyfriend. I wanted to be in love. [laughs]
Abigail: I wanted a tragic breakup. I would listen to a Taylor Swift song and be like “I’m gonna listen to this everyday when we break up. It’s gonna be so romantic.”
Abigail, you have to do some sexually explicit things onstage. Was the prospect of that intimidating coming into this play?
Abigail: Yes. Without going into too much more detail, I can relate to a lot. And I think when you have personal experience with certain things, you do kind of have to go to an emotional place that’s really not fun to go to. And so the idea of doing that in front of people was extremely scary. But what I liked is that it’s not completely black and white. It’s not “this guy did this to this girl.” It’s horrible but it shows everything that leads up to what happens. This is what goes on in the world. And it’s not really fun to watch sometimes but it’s better than pretending that it doesn’t exist. So I couldn’t not do it.
How do you hope people walk away from All the Fine Boys?
Erica: I hope that it starts a conversation. Why do we have this emphasis on competitiveness with sex? Why are these the role models? Abby said it — a recognition that it’s a true thing.
Isabelle: I just hope it empowers young girls to question more and to be more on the front foot rather than feeling like they should just go along with certain things. I feel like sometimes it’s easy when you like someone to just be okay with things that maybe you aren’t one-hundred percent OK with. I think it’s important to have the ability to check in with yourself and ask, “Is this all right?” And I hope the younger audience that comes to see it thinks, “That’s not all right.”
Source: Theater Mania
Two-time Tony winner Norbert Leo Butz (Catch Me If You Can, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels), Oscar nominee Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine, Scream Queens) and more have been tapped for The New Group’s 2016-2017 season. The shows will run off-Broadway at the buzzy Pershing Square Signature Center, where the Sutton Foster-led Sweet Charity is currently running.
Jill Eikenberry, John Epperson, Larry Pine, Wallace Shawn, Claudia Shear, Annapurna Sriram and Michael Tucker will star in the U.S. premiere of Wallace Shawn’s Evening at the Talk House. Directed by Scott Elliott, the show follows a playwright celebrating the 10th anniversary of the opening of a flop play and is scheduled to begin previews on January 31, 2017, officially open on February 16 and run through March 12. Further casting will be announced later.
Next up, Breslin will appear in All the Fine Boys, alongside Isabelle Fuhrman, Joe Tippett and Alex Wolff. The new play from writer and director Erica Schmidt is set in suburban South Carolina in the late ’80s, where fourteen-year-old best friends Jenny (Breslin) and Emily (Fuhrman) are hungry for experience and eager for “real life” to begin. The world premiere is scheduled to start performances on February 14 and play a limited engagement through March 26. Opening night is set for March 1.
This will be followed by Butz joining the previously announced Zosia Mamet and Maura Tierney in the final show of the season, the world premiere of Hamish Linklater’s The Whirligig. Directed by Elliott, the off-Broadway engagement will begin previews on May 2 and open on May 21. When, after much time away, Kristina (Tierney) is back in Berkshire County, word spreads fast that she and her ex-husband (Butz) are caring for their estranged, ailing daughter Julie. Broken-hearted and giddy with love and confusion, surprising visitors from Julie’s complicated past, including her childhood best friend Trish (Mamet) and her former drug dealer, practically trip over each other to reach the young woman they thought they’d lost years before but still feel so deeply connected to.
Level 33 Entertainment, Levelfilm and SSS Entertainment have bought North American rights to the Anna Camp-Justin Chatwin romance “1 Night,” Variety has learned exclusively.
Isabelle Fuhrman (“Master of Sex”) and Kyle Allen (Hulu’s “The Path”) also star. The companies plan a theatrical and on demand release for the film in the first quarter of 2017.
Recreation Media is handling international sales for the film at the American Film Market.
“1 Night” was written and directed by Minhal Baig. The film was produced by Kerry Barden, Hans Canosa and Marius A. Markevicius and held its world premiere at the 2016 Austin Film Festival.
“1 Night” centers on thirty-something (Camp) who must decide whether to salvage her relationship with Chatwin’s character after much personal disappointment. Fuhrman plays a worrisome teenager, who reconnects with her introverted childhood friend (Allen) to overcome their difference in high school status following their prom. Past and present collide as the two couples explore love over the course of one night at a hotel.
“We’re delighted to have the opportunity to bring this terrific new exploration of relationships and romance to the big screen, as well as to smaller screens everywhere beginning in 2017,” the distribution companies said in a joint statement.
Camp stars in the “Pitch Perfect” movies. Chatwin stars in Showtime’s “Shameless” and CBS’s “American Gothic”
AnnaSophia Robb to Star in Supernatural Drama ‘Down a Dark Hall’ From Stephenie Meyer
AnnaSophia Robb will star in the supernatural drama “Down a Dark Hall” for Lionsgate, which has been in development for two years.
Rodrigo Cortes is directing “Down a Dark Hall,” which also stars Isabelle Fuhrman. The film started shooting in Barcelona.
Lionsgate acquired rights to the project in 2014 with “Twilight” author Stephenie Meyer and “Twilight” movie franchise producers Wyck Godfrey and Marty Bowen on broad to produce. Adrian Guerra of Nostromo Pictures is also producing.
The project is based on the 1974 novel by Lois Duncan. Meyer and Meghan Hibbett will produce via their Fickle Fish Films along with Godfrey and Bowen through their Temple Hill Entertainment banner. Meyer optioned the book in 2013.
The story follows the newest student at a boarding school who confronts the darkly seductive powers of the headmistress and comes face to face with the supernatural abilities that could make her all-powerful or destroy her.
Fickle Fish produced “The Host,” which was adapted from Meyer’s novel, and “Austenland.” Meyer was also a producer on the final two “Twilight” films.
Besides the “Twilight” franchise, Temple Hill also produced “The Fault in our Stars,” starring Shailene Woodley, and the “Maze Runner” films. Cortes directed “Buried,” which was bought by Lionsgate following its Sundance premiere, and “Red Lights.”
Isaac Klausner of Temple Hill will executive produce alongside Nuria Valls of Nostromo, which is financing the film with the participation of Atresmedia Cine.
Robb’s credits include “The Carrie Diaries” and “Soul Surfer,” in which she portrayed shark attack survivor Bethany Hamilton. She appears on “Mercy Street” and the upcoming “Freak Show.”
Robb is represented by CAA, Untitled Entertainment, and Schreck Rose.
Fuhrman’s credits include “The Hunger Games.” She is repped by CAA and Management 360.
I’ve updated the photo gallery with 17 photos of Isabelle attending the Gold Derby Awards Season Kickoff Party in Los Angeles on September 21, 2016. Make sure you check them out clicking the thumbnails below. Enjoy!
Isabelle Fuhrman attends the AOL Build Speaker Series to discuss ‘Dear Eleanor’ at AOL Studios In New York on July 7, 2016 in New York City. I’ve added more of 90 photos to the gallery. Enjoy!