Jena gets a Sundance return as her new film The Go-Getter gets selected for the 2007 event. The Go-Getter, directed and written by Martin Hynes (The Big Split), is a road movie about a teen's trip in a stolen car to find his long-lost brother. It also stars Lou Taylor Pucci and Zooey Deschanel. The film, which will premiere at the festival in January, has been selected for the Spectrum category.|
HAPPY 22nd BIRTHDAY JENA!|
Just a snippet to say Jena will be starring in Sean Penn's 2007 film Into the Wild, also starring Emile Hirsch and Vince Vaughn. More on this soon.|
With "Saved!," Jena Malone made a name for herself playing a pregnant Baptist high school student. Now she's eager to give birth to "The Go-Getter," a project that should shatter any preconceived notions audiences may have about her sweetly innocent exterior. "I [play] a crazy teen from Reno, which I can relate to because I was born in Sparks," the former Nevada resident said of the flick, which casts her alongside Lou Taylor Pucci and Zooey Deschanel. "My character is very aware of using sexuality as a manipulative tool, which was fun, because I have a striptease scene. I don't get naked, of course, but my character is pretty aggro, and I became very aggressive, very angry. I didn't realise that it would do that. It was very beautiful in that sense, because untapped women's sexuality is very much about anger, how we use and abuse, and what's been used and abused within us." The offbeat film, directed by indie veteran Martin Hynes, also boasts some offbeat tunes for Jena's sexy strip. "We had some Pixies, some Cody Chestnutt, and my ex-boyfriend made this song that we used — it will be on the soundtrack. Some strange things."|
|» Not quite disappeared....|
I did wonder if anyone would notice. Let's just say TahoeDreams took a vacation, but I didn't really disappear. Truthfully, there has been little or no news on Jena since March when she took on the role as Sister James in the Broadway production of Doubt. The show ended on July 2, after Jena extended her contract for another few weeks. As far as I can gather, the play was hugely successful - I wish I could have seen it.|
As to her other projects: The Go-Getter still awaits a release date; Four Last Songs hit the Cannes Film Market in May, no news in a US/UK release; and Lying got a mixed reaction in the Cannes Film Festival, no firm date of release for that either.
So, that's where we are. Not much further on from March. As things never stay the same, I'm sure the news will soon be flooding in. As one person once said about Kevin.... watch this Space(y)!
|» Howling for release|
Howl's Moving Castle (Hauru No Ugoku Shiro), in which Jena speaks the part of Letti, is released in the UK on Monday.|
|» TV Guide interview|
The latest adaptation of Jane Austen's ageless tale Pride & Prejudice picked up four nominations for Sunday's Oscars — including a best-actress nod for Keira Knightley — but its buzz is nowhere near that of higher-profile contenders such as Walk the Line, Crash and Brokeback Mountain. Jena Malone, who plays Knightley's on-screen sister Lydia is a bit skeptical of putting too much stock in awards, but she hopes the extra attention will bring new audiences to the film. TVGuide.com found this out when we spoke with Malone about the classic romance's arrival this week on DVD. |
TVGuide.com: Before landing the role of Lydia, were you a fan of Jane Austen's novels?
Jena Malone: Well, the only real exposure I had to them was through standardised education, which debilitates the greatness of any novel. When I was actually able to seek them out myself, I found much more in them. I became a much greater fan by working and living that life while filming.
TVGuide.com: What is it about Pride & Prejudice that makes it such an enduring story?
Malone: I think we are all separated from each other by social classes and expectations. Even today, it's still very hard to meet the right someone for you. Where do people go to meet? What are the rules and regulations for courting? It's something that fascinates us still, so it's interesting to go back in history to learn how those practices are similar to what we experience today.
TVGuide.com: What was it like being the only American amongst a mostly British cast?
Malone: Coming into it, I was a little scared. I thought there might be cliques to a certain degree, because they had worked in England and worked together before. But they were nothing but wonderful. It was awesome. It was really nice to be accepted as this strange American who has a British woman living in her mouth.
TVGuide.com: It seems as though giggling is Lydia's primary form of communication in many scenes. How were you able to bring the character some depth?
Malone: You have to trust the director [in this case, Joe Wright] you are working with. You have to give a lot of different types of things and he's going to tell you what's working. Particularly, when they get in the editing room, you see what works and what doesn't. Apparently, my giggling worked.
TVGuide.com: Were you at all surprised when you heard that Keira had been nominated for a best-actress Oscar? [Knightley had been largely shut out of other awards-season nods.]
Malone: Yes. I mean I was excited for her, because I know all the hard work she put in and I thought she did a wonderful job. But I was also sort of surprised. A surprise like this is a glorious thing, though. I don't really understand a lot of the Academy's choices on things, but this made me think maybe I should start thinking about them differently.
TVGuide.com: You voiced a character in the American version of Howl's Moving Castle, which is up for best animated feature. What was that experience like?
Malone: It was really strange. I wrote the director [Hayao Miyazaki] at the beginning of 2005, just saying that I respected his work and if there was ever an opportunity to work on any of his movies in the future, to please let me know. Three months later, I got a call saying there was a part available. So I went down to audition, put myself on tape, and I was on a trip to Disneyland with my family when I found out that I got it. The next day, I went to the Disney studios to record it.
TVGuide.com: So you became a fan of Miyazaki's work through his previous film, Spirited Away?
Malone: Yes. These beautifully strange images and glorious childhood worlds he creates are so full of absurdity, hard truths and bizarre creatures. He's a really interesting filmmaker.
TVGuide.com: For such a young actress, you have been in numerous acclaimed indies — from Donnie Darko to Cold Mountain to The Ballad of Jack and Rose. What attracts you to unconventional Hollywood material?
Malone: I have no idea... maybe a strange upbringing? There's something about these stories that speaks to something deep inside me. I just want to be a part of them and help tell them.
|» Totally unbelievable|
It has finally happened... The Ballad of Jack and Rose will be released in cinemas in the UK! The fateful day is March 31, a matter of weeks away. The real question is... will it show anywhere near me??|
|» "I did become a silly child"|
"The amazing thing about maturity is keeping things you learned as a child — the innate innocence within you — and working with that through the wisdom you acquire."|
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