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Here is a clip from one of the press interviews Jen did recently for Men, Women and Children!
Some pics from this past weekend’s press conference for Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day Press Conference In Beverly Hills.
Dork Shelf gives us this interview with Jennifer and her director Jason Reitman about their new film Men, Women and Children.
Jason Reitman isn’t nervous about talking about his latest big screen drama, but Jennifer Garner seems a bit daunted being the only actor on hand to talk about the ensemble drama Men, Women, & Children (opening in Toronto this Friday, and expanding across Canada over the next several weeks) on behalf of her incredibly stacked cast.
“When I was told that I was going to be the only actor here with Jason, I’ll admit that I freaked out a little bit in my head,” Garner joked before getting down to business during a sit down with press for the film’s premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival last month. “There was a part of me that was thinking, ‘Man, I really need Adam Sandler for this.’”
Garner, who plays an overprotective mother trying to shield her daughter from the dangers of the internet in Reitman’s film, has little to worry about. She has a natural rapport with Reitman even when they don’t necessarily agree on the questions they’re answering. Plus, they have a history that works in their favour. Having worked previously on the Oscar nominated Juno, Reitman passed along his adaptation of Chad Kultgen’s novel (co-written with Chloe and Secretary writer Erin Cressida Wilson) on a plane ride while both were on the way to the set of father Ivan Reitman’s previous film, Draft Day, which also co-starred Garner.
The film places the focus on how the connected world of the internet serves to make personal connections in the real world even harder. Garner’s on screen daughter, played by Kaitlyn Dever, has been hiding a crush on a boy she really likes (played by skyrocketing young star Ansel Elgort). The boy she like has quit his star spot on the football team while dealing with his mother’s sudden departure to be with another man. Meanwhile in the same small Texas town, a couple (Adam Sandler and Rosemarie DeWitt), a struggling single mother (Judy Greer) unwittingly exploits her daughter’s attractiveness under the guise that it will help the young woman’s modelling career, and a cheerleader with anorexia (Elena Kampouris) fights to get noticed by her peers.
Reitman and Garner talked to us about the film’s darker elements, how people who seem like villains can actually be sympathetic, and the pros and cons of internet culture.
What was it about Chad Kultgen’s book that made you want to adapt it for the big screen and how did it differ from other adaptations that you have already done?
Jason Reitman: I really fell in love with Chad’s voice as a writer when I read his book Average American Male, and his approach to the internet was very frank and at the same time passed no judgment. What happened with his books, and with anything I ever thought about making into a movie, I thought about how he was, as a writer, responding to questions that he didn’t have answers to. I saw that as an opportunity to approach a lot of things that had been on my mind.
Jennifer Garner: And really the film is only a fraction as frank as the book is. (laughs) The book is SO much darker. I think it really gets to the heart of the darkness some people have within them.
More new posters, stills and set images from Jen’s new film Alexander And The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day
Jennifer & her co-star Steve Carell talk to Access Hollywood about their new film!
Here is the interview from Variety Studio of the cast of Men, Women & Children.
Jennifer speaks with the Toronto Sun about working with director Jason Reitman and what she has learned from him.
It’s official. Jennifer Garner is part of the Reitman club.
After starring in Jason Reitman’s Oscar-winning Juno in 2007, the actress bonded with the 36-year-old director.
“I’ve leaned on him a lot since we made Juno,” Garner told a group of reporters during a filmfest mini-press conference Friday. “He’s been a mentor to me, professionally.”
Earlier this year, Garner teamed with Jason’s dad Ivan for the NFL-themed Draft Day. “Since he’s not in the room, he’s my second-favourite Reitman,” she joked (she made the same crack about Jason in Los Angeles earlier this year).
It was during that shoot that Jason gave Garner the script for his ensemble drama Men, Women & Children — which makes its premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival Saturday night.
“It happened in mid-air between Los Angeles and Cleveland.”
Adapted from Chad Kultgen’s novel of the same name, Garner plays one the film’s dozen-plus characters — the tightly wound Patricia Beltmeyer. It’s a cautionary tale about teens and adults and the dangers of technology and our collective inability to communicate.
Beltmeyer monitors all of her teen-daughter’s social media interactions and if she sees a Facebook message she doesn’t like, it’s deleted.
She even implants a device on her computer that captures keystrokes and reads a copy of her daughter’s online interactions before bed.
“It’s dark,” Garner said. “But the book is so much darker.”
And she doesn’t fault Beltmeyer’s overzealous parenting style. “Every day you have the change to screw up as a parent,” she said talking about her own approach to raising three young children with actor-husband Ben Affleck.
Men, Women & Children features vets Adam Sandler, Rosemarie DeWitt, Judy Greer, Dean Norris and Dennis Haysbert starring alongside newcomers Ansel Elgort, Elena Kampouris and Kaitlyn Dever.
After adapting the book for the screen with Erin Cressida Wilson (Chloe), Reitman’s sixth feature is being unveiled at the familiar environs of the Ryerson Theatre.
It’s something that makes Garner feel great about the future of movies.
“You feel like (the industry is) going to hell in a handbasket, and then you come to Toronto and it’s OK,” she smiled. “Nobody is making money, but it’s OK.”
Asked if the shoot left her feeling like she was missing out by not having a presence on social media, she curtly replied, “I’m not going to talk about my marriage on social media. So, really, other than that, it’s just a time suck and I just have no interest in feeling guilty about not answering one more thing than I already do.”?
Jennifer wore a beautiful black fitted gown by Stella McCartney tonight as she walked the red carpet for her film Men, Women & Children’s premiere at the Toronto Film Festival.