Kristen Talks Equals at Tokyo Press Conference

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TOKYO – “Twilight” star Kristen Stewart and “X-Men” actor Nicholas Hoult appeared in Tokyo ahead of production on indie sci-fi drama “Equals” to talk up the challenges of their latest roles.

Hot indie director Drake Doremus (“Breathe In”) and producers Michael Pruss and Ann Ruark were also on hand to field questions Saturday at a Tokyo hotel.

Based on a script by Nathan Parker, “Equals” is set in a near future in which human emotions, from love to envy and hatred, have been eliminated. The resulting humans, called Equals, are carrying on peacefully, when a disease called SOS (Switch On Syndrome) begins to free dangerous feelings — and the afflicted ones are exiled from society. After the hero, Silas (Hoult), is infected he becomes close to Nia (Stewart), who is also able to feel emotions, while maintaining a safely unemotional exterior.  Thoughts of love and escape follow.

Queried about his own desire to live in an emotionless world, Hoult said: “That obviously would be the easy way out, but no, I like to feel everything, take the highs and the lows.”

“I’m definitely not afraid of ‘feels.’ My life revolves around it actually,” Stewart said. “Finding the balance between the head and the heart is important but I’ve always been very driven by the gut. Every thought or articulated emotion starts in shapes and colors and putting your finger on that is cool, but it’s not necessary.”

Doremus explained that the world he created with Parker has a positive side. “There’s a beauty and poetry to this society,” Doremus said. “Despite what they left out, a lot of things they did right and that’s important to us.”

“The story has been compared to ‘1984,’ but it’s not that at all,” producer Ann Ruark said. “It’s a love story –it’s not dystopian, it’s Utopian.”

Thus the decision to shoot in Japan, whose minimal architecture, Ruark explains, “expresses that Utopian vision.”

“It’s sexy — That’s all you need to know, really,” said Pruss when quizzed about the wardrobe.

“Equals” will shoot from August 4 to 28 in Japan and then move to Singapore for another three weeks.

Indian Paintbrush, Route One Films and Scott Free Productions are producing, with sci-fi maestro Ridley Scott also serving as producer. “Equals” is financed by UTA Independent Film Group, which also has North American rights. Release is set for 2015.

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Source: Variety

Kristen Attends Equals Press Conference in Tokyo – Aug 2

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Kristen talked excitingly about how she feels right now (about starting filiming):
“It took quite a while to prepare for the role. I worked with the director (to understanding the character better) and I’ve enjoyed the whole process. Right now, I get everything (and feel prepared), so I feel really excited about starting filming”

-About her impression on Japan:
“Japan is full of energy, plus everything is all neat & everyone is polite here. These things are different from the other countries around the world. I really like Japan, including those wonderful aspects.”

-About her role:
“I’m going to play a woman who has feeling in a world where you cannot and shouldn’t have any emotion. Even in your normal, everyday life, you could have feelings get in your way, making you stuck in obstacles, and shut yourself in your shell. I might have some of those aspects that I could relate to.”

Eiga:

-About Japan
Kristen “I love its culture and people, but I also love being able to walk around freely and go wherever I want to.”

Movie Walker:

Kristen started her carrier in the film industry playing Jodie Foster’s daughter in “Panic Room (2002)”and Nicolas made his debut in “About A Boy.”

Both (Kristen and Nicolas) having successful start in the film industry playing child role, the interviewer asked whether they have something in common about it.

Kristen clearly (and jokingly) stated “NOOO!”, with a cute gesture, making people laugh.

Nicolas answered “I haven’t talked about childhood ( and having been child actor) with Kristen, but she has a lot of knowledge and insights. And she is genuine and sincere. By coming to Japan and spending 5 whole days with her, I already feel like I became smarter, too.”

Fashion Headline:

-About her character
Kristen:“When you’re living, often times emotions could get in a way or you might have to hide your feelings. In that way, I could relate to the character”

Nicolas about starting the fliming:
“If you are in this industry since your childhood, you don’t have much chance to learn about acting other than ‘practice (by actually playing the role you’re given in the film).’ But for ‘Equals,’ I’m sure there’s gonna be so many things to learn from Kristen and the director, so I’m really looking forward to it.”

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New FanPics of Kristen & Nicholas Hoult in Japan – July 28

So adorable! And her hair is back to dark :)

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@Jennifezz: “That moment when photobombs my picture with Kristin Stewart

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Full Synposis of Kristen’s Equals

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Thanks to ScreenDaily, we’ve got a full synopsis of Equals, starring Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult! If you weren’t interested in the story before, just wait until you read this!

Equals tells the story of Silas (Hoult) who lives in a future society called The Collective. The inhabitants of this modern world are a new breed of humans called Equals. Equals are peaceful, calm, fair, and polite and life in The Collective is perfect; there is no greed, no poverty, no violence, and no emotion. But a new disease is threatening everyone: SOS, or Switched-On-Syndrome, is activating in its victims everything they thought they’d escaped: depression, sensitivity, fear, love but once a person is overtaken with SOS, they are sent away to The Den, and never seen again.

When Silas is infected, he becomes an outcast, but he notices one person who seems to understand what he’s going through. Nia (Stewart) has feelings, but she seems to be able to hide them. When he confronts her, they discover a connection that quickly takes over everything. They feel love and intimacy for the first time in their lives but the only way for them to insure their survival is to escape.

One word: EPIC.

Source: ScreenDaily

“Equals” to be a hot sales title at Berlin’s European Film Market next month

Deadline Hollywood has some sales info on “Equals” for us today. We can’t wait for this one to start filming! Check out the blurb below.

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The Drake Doremus-directed sci-fi pic Equalsthat we told you in the fall would star Kristen Stewart and Nicholas Hoult is shaping up, and with financing in hand is now set to head to Berlin‘s European Film Market next month as a prime sales target. Scott Free has come aboard with Indian Paintbrush to back the film, and Exclusive Media will sell foreign rights at EFM. Nathan Parker (Moon) penned the script, and Doremus was talking up the project when he was doing press for his last pic Breathe In.  Steven Rales’ producer/financier Indian Paintbrush has had a relationship with Doremus since his Like Crazy. Stay tuned.

Source: Deadline

Interview of Kristen About Equals

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Kristen is talking about what is the movie about and her fears regarding it.

Kristen Stewart has signed on to play the lead in “Like Crazy” director Drake Doremus’ futuristic love story “Equals,” and it’s making her a nervous wreck.

“I can’t believe I agreed to do it,” said the “Twilight” actress about her upcoming role in the sci-fi drama, which also stars Nicholas Hoult of the upcoming “X-Men: Days of Future Past.”

Stewart describes “Equals” as a slightly updated version of the 1956 film “1984,” based on George Orwell’s classic 1949 novel about rebellion in a repressed futuristic society. “Equals” begins filming later this year.

“I’m terrified of it,” said the 23-year-old actress in a recent interview. “Though it’s a movie with a really basic concept, it’s overtly ambitious.”

“In ‘Equals,’ things go wrong because you can’t deny the humanity in everyone,” said Stewart. “It’s the most devastating story.”

Adds Doremus of his sixth film: “It’s about love in a world where love really doesn’t exist anymore.”

Written by Nathan Parker (“Moon”), “Equals” is the first film Doremus will direct that he didn’t write himself.

“I trust Drake’s process and I know we will do something really natural and real,” said Stewart. “But I told Drake, ‘Don’t expect that I am going to be able to do this. It’s too hard.’ But he wouldn’t take ‘no’ for an answer. I’ve given directors disclaimers before, but never this much.”

Jennifer Lawrence, who appeared in 2011′s “Like Crazy,” was one of the first actresses to read Parker’s script. Though the story brought her to tears, she couldn’t see herself in the role, said Doremus.

“It became evident in my head that Nick and Kristen would have great chemistry,” the director said.

“It’s a love story of epic, epic, epic proportion,” added Stewart. “I’m scared.”

This week, the actress heads to the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, where she’ll star in writer-director Peter Sattler’s soldier film “Camp X-Ray.”

Source:  ABCNews