Wednesday, February 10, 2016

New Project: Kristen to star in biopic "JT Leroy"

THR Kristen Stewart, James Franco and Helena Bonham Carter are circling the biopic JT Leroy, a Hollywood-set transgender story.

Justin Kelly, who directed James Franco in 2015's I Am Michael, will helm the film from a script he wrote. The true story goes behind the scenes of the hoax of JT LeRoy, a woman who pretended to be a man who identifies as transgender, tricking the rich and famous in Hollywood, the fashion world and elite literary circles.

The biopic will be based on memoir and life rights of Savannah Kroop, who was behind the complicated ruse. LBI Entertainment, Aquarius and Rabbit Bandini Productions are producing with Aquarius providing equity financing.

Franco is attached while Stewart and Carter are currently in negotiations. Fortitude International will launch the project to foreign buyers at Berlin's European Film Market, with a 2016 production start date planned. CAA is repping domestic rights.

Kelly is no stranger to bringing fascinating real-life tales to the big screen. I am Michael, which was based on New York Times Magazine article My Ex-Gay Friend, centered on a man, Michael Glatze, a gay activist who renounced homosexuality after he became a Christian pastor. It screened at both Sundance and Berlin in 2015. He's repped by CAA and LBI Entertainment.

Following up her strong performances in 2014 films Clouds of Sils Maria and Still Alice, Stewart was most recently seen in American Ultra with Jesse Eisenberg, Equals (which premiered in Toronto) with Nicholas Hoult and Kelly Reichardt’s Certain Women, which premiered at Sundance. Her other upcoming projects include Woody Allen’s next feature, Ang Lee’s Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk and reuniting with director Olivier Assayas for Personal Shopper. She’s repped by Gersh and McKuin Frankel Whitehead.

Franco will star in the Hulu TV miniseries 11.22.63, and his other upcoming work includes The Disaster Artist, which he directed and stars in as Room director  Tommy Wiseau. He also directed and stars in The Long Home, which also features Josh Hartnett, Josh Hutcherson and Ashton Kutcher. The always-busy actor-director will soon shoot Why Him?, a comedy also starring Bryan Cranston and Zoey Deutch. He’s repped by CAA, Untitled Entertainment and Sloane, Offer.

Carter starred in Suffragette and Cinderella and next will be seen in Disney’s Alice Through the Looking Glass. She’s also attached to Sony’s 55 Steps. She’s repped by WME and MGMT Entertainment.

Tweets by NY Magazine/Vulture senior editor, Kyle Buchanan:

  • I've got more info: HBC would play hoaxer Laura Albert, Kristen Stewart is circling Savannah Knoop (who posed as JT).
  • Knoop also co-wrote the script with writer-director Justin Kelly. And Franco is playing HBC's husband.
  • Here's the fun part: The film's central romance is between KStew's character and the actress Asia Argento. But who will they cast as Asia?
  • In real life, Asia Argento had an affair with JT Leroy... though really, she was sleeping with Savannah posing as JT. It was complicated!

Variety  Kristen Stewart and Helena Bonham Carter are in talks to join James Franco in “JT LeRoy,” a behind-the-scenes look at the story of the literary hoax.

Justin Kelly, who directed Franco in “I Am Michael,” will direct the film from his own script, based on the memoir and life rights of Savannah Kroop, who was identified in 2006 as the person who portrayed JT LeRoy — a woman who pretended to be a man who identifies as transgender, tricking the rich and famous in Hollywood, the fashion world and elite literary circles.

LBI Entertainment, Aquarius and Franco’s Rabbit Bandini Productions are producing, while Aquarius is providing equity financing. International rights are being sold at the Berlin Film Festival by Fortitude International.

Producers are planning on starting to shoot this summer.

Amazon acquired the documentary “Author: The J.T. Leroy” at the Sundance Film Festival last month. The film looks at how Laura Albert, a San Francisco punk rocker and phone sex operator, created JT Leroy.

“I Am Michael” centered on Michael Glatze, a gay activist who renounced homosexuality after he became a Christian pastor.

Stewart was most recently seen in Kelly Reichardt’s “Certain Women,” which premiered at Sundance.

From left to right: The real JT Leroy 'played' by Savannah Knoop, Geoff Knoop and Laura Albert.

Read more on the fascinating story of JT Leroy, Savannah Knoop & Laura Albert here from Vanity Fair.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Fan photo of Kristen at the Jenny Lewis show in LA - 29 January 2016

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New portraits of Kristen at Sundance by photographer Jeff Vespa

Jeff Vespa Portraits Kristen Stewart is one of those people that has really stayed herself. I remember thinking the day I heard she was going to be in Twilight. I thought this emotional girl in her wildest dreams doesn't want to be a giant star and I wondered how she would handle it. Turns out pretty well. I always love seeing her.

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Jeff Vespa Portraits One more of Kristen Stewart since everyone liked that last one so much.


Saturday, February 6, 2016

New/old photo of Kristen for MTV during 'American Ultra' promo

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Variety Portraits at Sundance for 'Certain Women' in UHQ

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New Ad Campaign: Kristen is Chanel's new face of its makeup collection

Preview photo from the new ad campaign.

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Chanel has named Kristen Stewart the face of its makeup collection.

The actress will appear in a campaign called Collection Eyes 2016, which was photographed by Mario Testino and is to break in March.

Stewart posed for a series of portraits that incarnate the different facets of a contemporary woman, according to Chanel.

Stewart is no stranger to the house. In 2013, she fronted the advertising for the Métiers d’Art Paris-Dallas collection. She also starred in the short film “Once and Forever,” lensed by Karl Lagerfeld for the Métiers d’Art fashion show in Rome last December.

The actress’ screen credits include “Panic Room,” “Into the Wild,” the “Twilight” series and “On the Road.” Upcoming for Stewart are “Personal Shopper,” directed by Olivier Assayas, and “Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk,” directed by Ang Lee.

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Kristen at the Albright Fashion Library LA launch - 3 February 2016

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Kristen's stylist, Tara Swennen hosted the event in Beverly Hills.

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Sundance 2016 Portraits in Better Quality/ UHQ

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