Emma Stone’s star will soon shine on Broadway when she debuts in “Cabaret,” but the actress’s latest projects have been darker than her previous roles in “The Amazing Spider-Man,” “Easy A” and, earlier this year, “Magic in the Moonlight.”
In the film “Birdman,” directed by Alejandro G. Iñárritu, she plays Sam, a young woman fresh out of rehab and furious at her father, Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton). Sam agrees to be his assistant as he obsesses over staging his Broadway adaptation of a Raymond Carver story, but then feels neglected and relegated to menial tasks like getting his coffee.
Ms. Stone, 25 years old, filmed several of her “Birdman” scenes on the rooftop of Broadway’s St. James Theatre on 44th Street, just 10 blocks from where she will star in her own show, “Cabaret” at Studio 54, starting Nov. 11.
In “Cabaret,” she is set to take over the role of Sally Bowles, the despairing singer at the Kit Kat Klub in 1931 Berlin. Directed by Rob Marshall and Sam Mendes, this Roundabout Theatre Company revival stars Alan Cumming as the Emcee and, currently, Michelle Williams as Sally.
Sally is a tragic figure, for whom love is fleeting—and a role Ms. Stone has wanted to play ever since she watched Natasha Richardson sing “Cabaret” as a 9-year-old girl.
Ms. Stone spoke with the Journal about “Birdman” and “Cabaret,” navigating social media as a public person, and redirecting paparazzi interest. An edited transcript follows.
In “Birdman,” Sam is often on the periphery of things, then becomes the center of some key action. Were you able to use that to your advantage to play her?
It’s a good question, because she is lurking and sitting on her phone on the outskirts of scenes a lot of the time. It was one of those always-watching kind of feelings. I feel like a lot of people distract themselves when they’re on their phone, but they’re sort of aware of what’s happening around them, which gives them more insights than maybe it seems.
In the scene when Sam lashes out at her dad, it’s intense when she yells, “You don’t exist!” but also kind of funny because she’s criticizing him for not caring about Twitter and Facebook.
Because it’s such a tangent, I thought it was probably something she had written down in a journal when she was in rehab, as something she had felt about him and had probably said to herself a million times, and was activated enough to say it to him the first time. Which I think felt different than what she expected it to feel. I don’t think I saw it as comedy or tragedy, so much as just this little truth bomb that she was finally getting the chance to throw at him.
Sam tries to show him the power of YouTube and social media. How do you negotiate your own power on the Internet as a public person?
I don’t have a public social-media account—Twitter or Instagram or anything—but I have apps on my phone of Huffington Post or the Guardian. I look at people’s Twitter.
Because I don’t really engage with it on a personal level, I don’t see comments personally directed at me or respond to anything in that way. I think maybe it’s easier to stay removed in some sense. I don’t feel at the mercy of whoever’s “@”-replying me, you know?
But it is interesting because there’s just so much of it now. There’s just so many websites and so many different forums. I grew up loving the Internet so much and building websites. I had an e-zine that I would send to three people who would subscribe, who were probably all my mom under different screen names, before blogging was really a thing. I think now there’s an overwhelming nature that’s sort of inherent to social media—all the tweets and the constant-ness of it is a little much for me.
Emma attended premiere of her newest movie “Birdman” and the opening of 71th Venice Film Festival in Italy yesterday (August 27th). She looks beautiful in dress by Valentino Couture. In the gallery you can find 130 high and medium quality photos from the event. Also, I’ve added 119 medium quality photos from “Birdman” photocall that took place on the same day.
Appearances > 2014 > AUGUST 27TH – Premiere of “Birdman” during the 71th Venice Film Festival
Appearances > 2014 > AUGUST 27TH – ” Birdman ” photocall during the 71th Venice Film Festival
It’s official: Emma Stone will make her Broadway debut in the current Roundabout Theatre Company revival of “Cabaret.”
The 25-year-old will replace Oscar nominee Michelle Williams, who made her debut in the role of showgirl Sally Bowles when the revival opened at Studio 54 in April. Stone will take over as Sally beginning Nov. 11 (Williams exits Nov. 9) and will play the role until Feb. 1, 2015.
Alan Cumming — who won a Tony Award for his portrayal of the show’s Emcee in the 1998 Broadway production, which serves as the basis of this revival — will extend his run through March 29, 2015, thus confirming that yet another actress may get to tread the Cabaret boards before the show’s run is through.
Stone was linked to the show in 2013 during Roundabout’s initial announcement, but film scheduling conflicts forced her to back out. Last week, word broke that she had entered negotiations to join the show when Williams vacates the iconic role.
Unrelated but completely related, Stone’s beau Andrew Garfield made his Broadway debut in 2012’s “Death of a Salesman.” Again, unrelated… but completely related.
Another on the set photos have been added to our gallery. This time Emma and Joaquin Phoenix were spotted rehearsing a few scenes at a local park in Newport, Rhode Island.
Movies > 2015 – Untitled Woody Allen Project > On set – August 6, 2014
Venture Capital Post published new article about The Amazing Spider-Man 3 movie. There is information that Emma returns to the production but with new character.
We just reported on “The Amazing Spider-Man 3″ and its newly scheduled release date a few hours ago. But in the world of Hollywood, sometimes news has a tendency of breaking in rapid-fire fashion.
That’s what’s happened to Peter Parker. First, as you already know, “The Amazing Spider-Man 3″ was bumped back to a release date in 2018 (the specific date is still unknown). And “The Sinister Six,” the spin-off set to feature six of Spider-Man’s most prominent villains, was bumped up to “The Amazing Spider-Man 3’s” same year of 2016, allowing Sony to continue to build an expanded universe around Spider-Man, and also to keep audiences interested in Spider-Man, by not allowing too many years to pass between any “Spider-Man” film.
s for the actual date held by “The Amazing Spider-Man 3,” Sony has chosen the upcoming “Uncharted” adaptation to fill that slot. “Uncharted” may star Mark Wahlberg, but casting is not 100% right now.
But now, a new update adds an odd wrinkle to the story. As you may know, Gwen Stacy, played by Emma Stone, was a love interest to Peter Parker. And Gwen was killed at the end of “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.”
Now, a new report claims Andrew Garfield “hopes to still work with Emma Stone,” in the third “Spider-Man” film, despite her character being recently deceased. According to the report, Stone may be back as the character of Mary-Jane Watson, another prominent love interest to the character of Peter Parker.
This would certainly be a bizarre casting choice, as films essentially never cast the same actor in two separate roles (for obvious reasons, as it would greatly confuse the audience). As well, the rumor does not cite any sources or scoops for this information, but we’ll continue waiting to hear if anything develops from this story.
Emma was spotted on the set of Untitled Woody Allen Project on July 25th. I’ve added to the gallery 7 medium quality pictures. Enjoy!
Movies > 2015 – Untitled Woody Allen Project > On set – July 25, 2014
I have bad news for those who are waiting for Untitled Cameron Crowe Project with Emma and Bradley Cooper. It will not be released in December but in May 2015. More info below.
An awards season release later this year is not in the cards for Sony’s romantic comedy .
Columbia Pictures and Regency Enterprises have pushed the release of the untitled Cameron Crowe movie to May 29, 2015. The film had been slated to hit theaters in December.
Bradley Cooper, Emma Stone and Rachel McAdams star alongside Danny McBride, Alec Baldwin, John Krasinski and Bill Murray.
“Once we saw the film, we knew that it would make a perfect summer release. The movie is Cameron at his best,” said Jeff Blake, chairman of worldwide marketing and distribution for Sony Pictures.
Story follows a celebrated military contractor (Cooper) who returns to the site of his greatest career triumphs — the U.S. Space program in Honolulu, Hawaii — where he reconnects with a long-ago love (McAdams) while unexpectedly falling for the hard-charging Air Force watchdog (Stone) assigned to him. In play is a complex satellite system being launched by an enigmatic billionaire with suspicious intentions (Murray).
In addition to writing and directing the film, Crowe produced the picture with Scott Rudin and Cameron Crowe. The movie was executive produced by Ilona Herzberg, Eli Bush and Ben Waisbren.
Emma attended New York premiere of her newest movie “Magic in the Moonlight” on July 17th. I’ve added to the gallery photos of Stone arriving to the premiere, red carpet and afterparty. Enjoy!
Candids > 2014 > JULY 17TH – Arriving at “Magic in the Moonlight” premiere in New York City
Appearances > 2014 > JULY 17TH – Premiere of “Magic in the Moonlight” in New York City
Appearances > 2014 > JULY 17TH – Premiere of “Magic in the Moonlight” in New York City – Afterparty