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Rose is known for her roles in projects such as "Once Upon a Time", "Maddigan's Quest" and "Power Rangers R.P.M", and can currently be seen in the CW television show "iZombie" as the lead character Olivia 'Liv' Moore.

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Sara   /   Jan 31,2014   /   0 Comments

He’s in Love, but No Closer to Figuring It Out
‘Brightest Star,’ a Story About 20-Something Relationships

Young people’s romantic relationships may be more vaguely defined than they were in the days of chaperones and ritualistic courtship, but that doesn’t mean that movies about those relationships are well served by being vague. “Brightest Star,” an uninvolving film by Maggie Kiley, gives us a story of love among 20-somethings without telling us enough about the main characters to indicate why we should care about their perfectly ordinary entanglements.

The film focuses on a young man (Chris Lowell, of the new sitcom “Enlisted”) who becomes love-struck when he lays eyes on a fellow college student, Charlotte (Rose McIver). What’s the attraction, other than her good looks? We don’t know, because Charlotte isn’t on screen long enough for us to learn much about her. The two converse in vacuous snippets (“If we were a color, what color would we be?”), and even those are fairly sparse, since large chunks of time must be devoted to watching Mr. Lowell’s character be morose for no apparent reason.

Anyway, Charlotte eventually ends their relationship, and Our Hero instead falls into one with Lita (Jessica Szohr), while continuing to pine for Charlotte. Besides his inexplicable ability to attract pretty women, he defies all trends for this demographic group by being able to land jobs effortlessly, whether as a sandwich maker or as a junior executive. Allegories involving astronomy, baseball and sandwiches are hinted at but are no better developed than the characters. (source)

Sara   /   Jan 31,2014   /   0 Comments

Sara   /   Jan 31,2014   /   0 Comments

As you know, Brightest Star is out in theatres today! We informed you earlier this week about an interview with “We got this covered!”, and they have now released a video. Watch the interview below!

It was a lot of fun talking with Chris Lowell and Rose McIver earlier this week, who were in Los Angeles to promote their latest film Brightest Star. Co-written and directed by Maggie Kiley, Lowell stars as The Boy (we never learn his real name) who, as the film begins, has just been dumped by the love of his life, Charlotte (played by McIver). The story goes back and forth in time as we see how these two became patiently entwined while in college and what later led them to split up.

The Boy, however, refuses to believe that their relationship is over and does everything in his power to win Charlotte back. His plan is to transform himself into the man that she desired him to be, but in the process he comes to wonder if he is compromising his values and neglecting his true desires in life.

During our exclusive video interview with Lowell and McIver, they spoke about the challenges of making this film on a schedule of just 18 days, what it was like to work with co-stars Allison Janney and Clark Gregg, how they managed to have such great chemistry and more.

Check it all out in the video below and be sure to catch Brightest Star as it’s now in theatres.

Sara   /   Jan 30,2014   /   0 Comments

This modestly scaled drama has a shot at a brighter future than most under-the-radar indies.

Maggie Kiley’s first feature, “Brightest Star,” has all the trappings of a contemporary romantic comedy, but also the good sense to strive for a deeper examination of a young man’s search for his place in the universe. Expanded from Kiley’s 2009 short, “Some Boys Don’t Leave,” which starred Jesse Eisenberg, the full-length pic toplining smallscreen star Chris Lowell (“Veronica Mars,” “Enlisted”) premiered at the 2013 Austin Film Festival under the title “Light Years.” It’s a modestly scaled drama that’s a solid fit for day-and-date VOD and limited theatrical release, with a shot at a brighter future than most under-the-radar indies.

Opening with a young man (Lowell) passed out on the floor of an apartment, abandoned by his ex-girlfriend, Charlotte (Rose McIver), the storyline unfolds along two timelines. In the past, the pic tracks his pursuit of dream girl Charlotte, which begins in a college astronomy class and ultimately fizzles when she tires of his slacker tendencies. In the present, the young man starts dating the apartment’s new tenant, a hipster songstress (Jessica Szohr) whose businessman father (Clark Gregg) provides him with a cushy management job just to keep his daughter happy. Past and present collide when the young man uses his new position to reconnect with Charlotte.

In a way, “Brightest Star” mines some of the same road-to-adulthood territory as Noah Baumbach and Greta Gerwig did in “Frances Ha,” but with the gender reversal of a female filmmaker and male protagonist. The balanced point of view (Kiley collaborated on the script with Matthew Mullen) lends the work a fresher perspective than that of a typical sad-sack dude drama, although Kiley falls notably short when it comes to fleshing out supporting characters and illuminating the specifics of the world they inhabit.

The best example of the film’s at times frustratingly vague approach is that Lowell’s main character never merits a name (end credits simply call him “the Boy”). Fortunately, Lowell’s considerable charm goes a long way toward filling in the gaps and the story’s emphasis on self-discovery over romantic couplings supplies enough interest to sustain the brisk 80-minute running time.

It also helps that Kiley observes her characters with a consistently non-judgmental eye. Pic’s portrait of courtship veers toward the cutesy (bonding over baseball teams and mac ‘n’ cheese) and the dual love interests would benefit from sharper writing, but McIver at least hints at the more complicated woman lurking beneath the surface of her boyfriend’s blind affection. A late-arriving Allison Janney practically walks off with the movie as an astronomer who gently nudges the hero to face his problems rather than run from them.

Tech package is straightforward, though d.p. Chayse Irvin does a respectable job differentiating the visual motifs of various timelines. Soundtrack blends predictably angsty indie rock with trendier electronic pop tracks. (source)

Sara   /   Jan 30,2014   /   0 Comments

Added to the gallery 63 high quality photos from the “Brightest Star” premiere in Los Angeles! Thank you so much to my friend Lora for these adds. Rose looks so beautiful!

Rose wears: A printed Haute Hippie high-low dress, style (hair & make-up) by Devon Nuszer & Aaron Barry. Shoes: Wild Diva.

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Sara   /   Jan 29,2014   /   0 Comments

Rose’s new film “Brightest Star” premiered at the Sundance Sunset Cinema in Los Angeles tonight, and we have added photos from the event to our gallery. Many more photos is still to come, but we wanted to share these with you while we went on to collect more. Rose looked stunning, and she definitely stole the red carpet! The actor and actress Rose are posing with, are Chris Lowell and Elvy Yost. They both star in the film with Rose…

Check out 20+ pictures added in our gallery, and return in a couple of hours for additions.

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Sara   /   Jan 29,2014   /   0 Comments

Original Source: We Got This Served!
Date: January 29, 2014

Rose McIver is a young actress who is slowly putting a stranglehold on the television world. She stars on two of the hottest Sunday night programs for very different audiences. In Once Upon a Time’s third season, on a small hiatus but set to return on March 9th, McIver plays the iconic Tinker Bell. She also has a recurring role on Showtime’s Masters of Sex, where she portrays Vivian Scully. McIver’s performance as a traditional young woman trying to figure out her own sexual boundaries in a rigid society makes her one of the cable series’ most fascinating characters and has given the New Zealand native a wealth of acclaim.

It has been a long road for McIver, whose first role was in a television commercial at the tender age of two. At three, she garnered a small role as “Angel” in Jane Campion’s Oscar-winning drama The Piano, although American movie audiences likely know her best for her role as Lindsey Salmon, Suzie’s younger sister, in the adaptation of Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones. As she balances her roles on two of television’s biggest dramas, she also has time for film. In the new romantic drama Brightest Star, McIver plays Charlotte, a driven college graduate who leaves her boyfriend (played by Chris Lowell) aching at his knees. Not one to give up, he sets out to win her back and rekindle that spark of first love.

Recently, I had the chance to sit down for an exclusive interview with McIver. She spoke about creating onscreen chemistry, the roles that attract her the most and why the characters she portrays in Brightest Star and on Masters of Sex aren’t all that different.

Check it out below and enjoy!

WGTC: When I spoke with [Brightest Star writer/director Maggie Kiley], she told me that when she met with you for the role of Charlotte, she instantly knew you were right for the part. What attracted you to this role and working on this film?

RM: When I read the script, I had been reading for the past few weeks beforehand a bunch of scripts that had this really expository dialogue and I just hadn’t been very inspired by the material I was reading. Then I got Brightest Star, which had a different title at the time. I remember just feeling like I could do all of these things and feel like it was my voice. It was beautifully written. I think a big part of it is the fact that Maggie Kiley is an actor, as well as a director. So that was the immediate draw. And then, just the subject matter, the fact that the story is about these people who think they know what they want and think they know where they’re going and suddenly the ground is pulled out from under them. Becoming an adult changes all of those ideals you think you have. It just felt very resonant and was what I and all of my friends were going through. It made a lot of sense to me.

WGTC: And you could personally relate to the character’s struggles. How much of you is there in Charlotte?

RM: I think a lot of me. I really like the fact that it was in a contemporary time period and playing the age that I was. It definitely eliminates a couple of those elements that can sometimes put filters on the performance. I got to really just engage with as much of me as I could. And Chris Lowell was fantastic in helping to bring that out. He’s somebody who’s also interested in creating a really raw, real chemistry onscreen and building an environment where we’re able to genuinely make each other laugh and genuinely irritate each other so that we don’t have to be manipulating the material.

WGTC: With that sense of chemistry between your characters, when you’re shooting an independent film, you only have so much shooting time to get to know the actor playing the love interest. How did you connect with Chris to create this chemistry and this relationship in such a short amount of time?

RM: Chris and I started an email chain backward and forward between each other for months leading up to the project, which was really helpful. We had talked about the books we like, the films we like, where we grew up and our families, what we might have wanted to do when we were children, all sorts of questions. He then had this wealth of resources to tap into. It helps on set that he knows in-jokes or he knows nicknames that someone used to tease me about when I was little. He kind of drew on that stuff. We worked on doing that a lot. We worked with Maggie in a rehearsal period, particularly in the weeks before production. We spent it talking about the context behind each scene, what we really needed to get out of them and what textures we could find in them as well. We were lucky that although we didn’t a whole lot of time, we had enthusiasm on our side and everybody was invested in trying to tell the best story they could.

WGTC: What did you like the most about working with Maggie on her first feature?

RM: You would never know it was her first feature. She was so centered and knows exactly what is worth fighting for. I think that is a really wonderful attribute for a director. She doesn’t feel the need to over-communicate between takes. She’ll absolutely come and guide you toward what she needs if you feel you’re not delivering. She actually knows which things are worth bringing up and which things, if she brings them up, will clutter the performance and clutter the on-set environment. She’s very deliberate about her words and careful and that’s immensely useful.

WGTC: Maggie told me that directing was something that she was never interested in doing. A few years ago, she got the chance to direct a short and now directing is where she is putting her attention. Would writing or directing be something that interests you in the future?

RM: Writing is definitely something that interests me a lot. What’s fantastic is that Maggie doesn’t have this big, overwhelming ego and sense of need to be the centre of attention. She has this amazing ability to put her own ego aside completely and just focus on the storytelling and focus on the job that needs to be done. I commend her for that. I don’t really have a drive toward being a director at all. Not that I wouldn’t rule it out, but I just don’t think my instincts lie necessarily in a very visual way. But I am very interested in storytelling, narrative and character development, so writing is something that I absolutely want to do.

WGTC: You’ve been acting in film and television from a very young age, going all the way back to Jane Campion’s Oscar-winning film, The Piano. What led you to pursue acting at such a young age?

RM: It was completely incidental at the beginning. My brother got scouted in a bank when he was about 3. My parents, who were just not stage parents at all, really didn’t want us to go down that path. So she let him do this one commercial and I think she thought it was harmless, and it was. And he’s a musician and acted a little bit throughout his childhood. We were never able to take time off school to do it. It was something that was school holidays and weekends. It’s like how other people pursue tennis or ballet. We had acting. It’s just something that kind of happened and we really enjoyed it on our weekends. I’m just grateful that I stayed in school, as well. Knowing what a real high school was like is so useful when you’re trying to play a high-school student. I’m just glad that what started out as a hobby ended up being a passion of mine and that I’ve been able to keep enjoying it.

WGTC: Switching gears for a moment, on Showtime’s Masters of Sex, you play Vivian. Earlier in the interview, you were talking about taking your own experiences in the modern day to colour your performance in Brightest Star. But Masters of Sex is a period piece and the social and sexual climate of the time is very different. How do you prepare for a role in a period piece, as opposed to a contemporary project?

RM: I think the big difference between the two is societal expectations of a young woman. The reason I can relate to Charlotte quite easily is both my parents are artists and I grew up in a family where the idea of being a doctor or a lawyer wasn’t an expectation. It was, ‘Yes, if it happens, that’s great.’ If you end up wanting to do music or write or art, you are equally celebrated for that. And you are also celebrated whether you’re a man or a woman. We’re at a time period now that is not, by any means, entirely equal, but much more open toward that for women to be able to work in those industries.

Whereas, for Vivian in the fifties, to be the daughter of the Provost, she was very much expected to marry a suitable young man and check those boxes. In some way, the context is very different. Charlotte had the freedom to explore different opportunities and different potential outcomes as an adult. But both characters were asking the same questions and they’re both having the same identity crises. Is Vivian’s first love what she’s expecting it to be? Is Charlotte’s first love what she’s expecting it to be? How are those ideals subverted by encountering the real world? They’re different in context and different in freedom, but I think very similar in identity forming.

WGTC: You are a very busy young actress with your television and film work. Going forward, you are bound to get more scripts coming your way. What kinds of projects would you be interested in working on?

RM: I really like questions. I like people who write scripts because they’re asking questions, not because they’re giving answers. It’s something that I look for. My motivation is to get a deeper understanding and exploration of something that I want to know about the human condition. So, that’s what I look for in the material I read. If it’s asking a genuine question about a concept of the world that interests me and also it helps if it’s a context that I find interesting. For instance, 1950s sexual research is a fascinating world to interact with. In the same turn, for me, it is much more about how organic and how much integrity do the characters have and the questions have that the writers raise.

WGTC: And what is up next for you?

RM: I’m looking at a few things at the moment. I’m still working on Once Upon a Time and that’s been keeping me really busy. I’m reading scripts in between today’s interviews, so who knows? I should have some idea very soon. For Masters of Sex, I will be returning for season two. I’m looking forward to that. I go into production in March and I’ll know more about that soon.

That concludes our interview but we’d like to thank Rose very much for her time. Be sure to check out Brightest Star when it hits theatres this Friday!

Sara   /   Jan 29,2014   /   0 Comments

Original Source: We Got This Served!
Date: January 29, 2014

Maggie Kiley never aspired to be a director, but she says a fluke offer to direct a short film a few years ago opened up a new part of her brain. The recipient of a BFA from New York University, Kiley is already a seasoned actor on the stage and screen. She made such an impression on her professors – among them, actor Clark Gregg, best known as Agent Phil Coulson in The Avengers – that the Atlantic Theater Company asked her to join their ensemble before she even graduated.

As an actor, Kiley starred in We Own the Night for director James Gray and Andrew Jarecki’s thriller All Good Things, with Ryan Gosling and Kirsten Dunst. She was also one of eight women selected from hundreds of applicants to be a part of AFI’s Directing Workshop for Women. The short film she made in that program, Some Boys Don’t Leave, starred Jesse Eisenberg, whom she had worked with at Atlantic on the play Scarcity. That short film won Kiley several awards at the Tribeca Film Festival and the strong response inspired her to write and direct Brightest Star (formerly Light Years), an expansion on the story and characters from her award-winning short.

Recently, we had the chance to sit down with Kiley for an exclusive interview. During our discussion she spoke about turning her short film into a feature, finding her passion to direct and working with Allison Janney.

Check it out below and enjoy!

WGTC: How did you decide on Rose McIver and Jessica Szohr? I recognized Rose from her role on Masters of Sex, which I really enjoy.

MK: She also had a great part in The Lovely Bones, and I knew her from that. I did meet a lot of great women for the role of Charlotte. Rose has a very vulnerable, present quality to her work and she’s a beautiful person inside and out. It was really instantaneous for me when I met with her, I felt like she was it. I actually had a reference photo for a costume choice for Charlotte that I had pulled and she looked exactly like the girl from the picture, which was kind of unexpected. And Jessica’s just so special in her style, her sensibility, her passion. It’s important for me as a female director to write and develop characters for women that are really three-dimensional and textured. Both Jessica and Rose are the kinds of actors I felt could bring their whole selves to each of those parts.

WGTC: My favourite scenes, naturally, featured Allison Janney, who elevates anything she appears in. Just having her presence automatically makes a scene better and she brings out the best in Chris [Lowell] as well, as those are some of his strongest scenes too. It’s a nice balance, as her character’s cynicism and his idealism brings a good dynamic to their scenes together.

MK: Working with Allison is fantastic. She is obviously an incredible actor. I will admit, I was a little intimidated. We shot her scenes at an observatory in Connecticut and I had to go in the car up there with her and I was very nervous. Immediately, she put me at ease and was such a real presence. What struck me most – she comes to do this role of probably two days of work, but she approached it like she was doing Shakespeare. She really came at it with such insightful observations and really specific questions. There was a wonderful astronomer at the observatory, I think he was 85, and she talked to him at length. She wanted to make sure that she completely understood all the pieces of the telescope she was working with. It was really wonderful to watch her work and it was a great experience for me to get to direct her.

WGTC: It’s really inspiring to watch an actor immerse themselves in a role, even if just for a few days work.

MK: She took it so seriously, as you would expect she would. But it was still quite impressive.

WGTC: You also assembled Clark Gregg, who was one of your acting teachers, for this film.

MK: Clark and I are both members of the Atlantic Theater Company, which is an off-Broadway company that William H. Macy and David Mamet formed. He was my acting teacher in college and we have remained friends and contemporaries. He’s someone I really look up to and he’s mentored me quite a bit. He’s a wonderful filmmaker on his own.

WGTC: As a director, did he give you any good advice for Brightest Star?

MK: He did. He was great on set because he was really paying attention to what lenses we were using and how we were framing things. That part of his brain is clearly at work as much as his actor brain. He’s been nothing but supportive to me, so if anything, he gives me a good kick in the ass to keep at it and work through the hard stuff. He also brought so much to that character. It was really fun watching him figure that out.

WGTC: Were you always interested in pursuing directing?

MK: No. I acted and I studied only acting in college. I came out to Los Angeles and I was still acting and someone asked me to direct a short film for them. I approached that with great hesitation and trepidation, and I loved every second of it. It was a wonderful discovery for me, of this other side of my brain I didn’t know I had access to. I mean, I absolutely love directing. Coming from acting and knowing actors and being on set, that part feels familiar. Understanding all the other elements – the visual side – has been really exciting for me, bringing all those worlds together.

WGTC: Are you working on anything currently?

MK: Yeah, I have a new movie we’re prepping and we’re shooting in March in Michigan. It’s called Dial-A-Prayer.

WGTC: To refer back to one of the running jokes in the film, are you a Mets fan or a Yankees fan?

MK: [laughs] I am a Yankee fan. My co-writer is too, but he gets all the credit for all the Mets jokes.

That concludes our interview but we’d like to thank Maggie for her time. Be sure to check out Brightest Star when it arrives on iTunes and in theatres this Friday.

Sara   /   Jan 28,2014   /   0 Comments

We promised a huge treat on twitter, and here it is! Our gallery has now been re-opened in a brand new format, and it’s full of gorgeous Rose McIver photos for you all to enjoy. There’s HQ photos from all her events, photoshoots, screen captures and so much more! We have spent weeks collecting all these photos, and we’ve even spent quite a lot of money. Therefore, we ask that NONE of our photos are re-posted anywhere without our permission, as there’s quite many exclusive photos there. Other than that, you are free to use them for graphics and media – and you are very welcome to link our albums if you want to share some of the photos!

A HUGE thank you goes to my friend Lora for a lot of our event photos. Every one should visit her site – it’s amazing! Enjoy the photo gallery, and keep in mind that a lot is still to come. We will soon have screen captures from all of Rose’s films and TV series, as well as many more photoshoots and event pictures, stills and promotional images and more. To visit our gallery, click on one of the thumbnails below (which are some of our favourite Rose pictures – which ones are yours? Leave a comment with your favourites!)

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Sara   /   Jan 28,2014   /   0 Comments

“Brightest Star”, Rose’s new film, is to be released January 31 (you can read more about it here). The promotion for the film kicked off today, and Rose is currently being interviewed by WhatsUpHollywood! We added to the gallery a photo from the set, and we will post video clips and more photos later.
… A little later: Today’s the cinema premiere of “Brightest Star”, according to various sources on twitter. We will post photos here the minute they’re released! We have also added an other photo from an interview with Prodigy PR.

@WhatsupHollywood We interviewed with @imrosemciver and #chrislowell from #brighteststar They are funny and cool! Chatting with @imrosemciver from #brighteststar movie at hospitality of junket. She is really nice and down to earth! Cool!