Anya Taylor-Joy has asserted herself as a majorly talented and in-demand actress over the last handful of years. The young star broke out in 2015's The Witch and has started to become something of a scream queen, with turns in Split, Thoroughbreds and Glass. Her latest effort, an adaptation of Jane Austen's classic Emma, is something entirely different. Not just for Taylor-Joy, but for Jane Austen adaptations in general.
Emma follows the antics of a young woman, Emma Woodhouse, who lives in Georgian- and Regency-era England who occupies herself with matchmaking, in misguided and often meddlesome fashion. The adaptation has received a great deal of praise. Visually it has the trappings one associated with Janes Austen, but this is much more comedic than what one might be accustomed to with this sort of thing.
I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Anya Taylor-Joy on behalf of the movie's release. We discussed her transition into comedy, our mutual fondness of Bill Nighy and her big year in 2020.
Jane Austen adaptation, and I feel like people have a certain expectation when it comes to Jane Austen movies. But this seems to be quite a bit different than a lot of what we've seen in the past. So what would you say people should expect from Emma?
Anya Taylor-Joy: For some reason people don't seem to associate Jane Austen with funny, which has always blown my mind because she's so witty and so acerbic with her language. I think we really brought the fun back into Jane Austen in this film. We just stayed very true to the text, but in a way that I don't think people have seen before, where we're really bringing life to the wit, and the joy, and the fun. Also, the characters are very young. People seem to forget about that. I think the Emma adaptation that has most got it right is Clueless, and this is like that similar energy, but just in the Regency period.
You, more than anything have become known for your horror and genre exploits in your early career. But this is a comedy more than anything else. How did you handle that shift?
Anya Taylor-Joy: It was so much fun. I mean, I'm an actor. I love to shapeshift and I love being chameleonic. But it was definitely intimidating my first day of rehearsals because I walked into a room with all of my heroes, and they're all comedy geniuses. And I was like, 'I'm supposed to lead this ship? How do I do this?' But everyone was so supportive and kind, and I don't know. I think you find, you adapt to anything that you're doing, and as long as you don't take yourself too seriously and you're willing to push your comfort zone, I think you tend to end up with something hopefully quite good. I hope.
You touched on, this is a little different with Jane Austen stuff, but no matter what it is with Jane Austen, she's beloved, and you're playing a pretty iconic character. Is there an added pressure that comes with playing a character like this from literature that is very...
SPOILER ALERT: If you are among the few who haven’t actually watched Netflix’s Tiger King docuseries, this review contains a lot of details about what goes down in the sad big cat saga.
With Netflix poised in the coming days to cash in and crank the base up a notch with more Tiger King, it's time to come out and say it: I hate the Red State porn that is the crash and burn of Joe Exotic
The initial seven episodes of this septic and shallow patchwork of trademark infringement, sex, guns, labor exploitation, song, drugs, mullets, betrayal, animal activism, revenge, and a lot of big cats may be much binged over these weeks of coronavirus lockdown, but that doesn't mean it's actually worth watching.
Now, I get it, I sound like I'm just a dour critic who hates anything that isn't prestige premium cable or aspirational. C'mon man, you want to say, Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness is just so unbelievable, I can't look away.
I respectfully disagree, and in fact, propose Tiger King isn't just bad, but dangerous in a divided America persistently looking to reduce the other side to caricature.
In a presently ailing nation where TV is more voluminous and vital than ever, the truth is the March 20 launched Tiger King is a clawed white trash misery index. Gawking at some clearly fragile and damaged people like would-be reality TV star Exotic and their below the Mason-Dixon line antics, the series subsequently provides a cultural circus for those smug bicoastals under stay at home orders and screaming to rise up in moral superiority.
Essentially, the tale of big cat collector, self-styled Oklahoma zoo proprietor and 2016 Presidential candidate Exotic AKA Joseph Maldonado-Passage and his ultimately unsuccessful attempt to have rival Carole Baskin knocked off by a hitman hired for $3,000, Tiger King is in that context more a zero-sum game, literally and figuratively, than hitting the zeitgeist.
Obviously, Netflix are pretty damn good at gauging and dragging the public mood over the years, as the likes of the then phenomenon of 2015's Making A Murderer or 2018’s Wild Wild Country prove. Yet, for all the attention it has drawn, this unfocused murder for hire exploration of sorts emerges as a bastard child of Cops, a million Dateline segments from the 1990s and Fox’s short-lived Murder in Small Town X reality show from 2001.
Not exactly the prestige product that the home of Roma, The Irishman and American Factory likes to brag about at award shows. Then again, with the knowledge that the Romans sold out the Colosseum every night feeding Christians to the lions, the bottom line based House of Hastings surely loves the subscription sign up that the currently incarcerated Maldonado-Passage and the accompanying motley gaggle of...
With the closure of movie theaters nationwide out of safety during the coronavirus, layoffs have been rampant, with the Big Three exhibitors contending with these atrocious times in varying degrees of severity.
Word began to spread last week among distribution folks that Regal had been the most acerbic out of the three chains in the wake of shuttering its 542 sites in 42 states on March 17, furloughing an estimated 24,000 of its 25,000 employees including both cinemas staffers and corporate film buyers. Essentially, Deadline heard Regal staffers received no pay and one month of COBRA, with sources painting a similar scenario to what went on with Regal’s parent company Cineworld in its handling of UK staff, which entailed those with less than 18 months of service receiving no pay, and those at three years of service or more landing 40% of their pay.
Similar to those Cineworld employees who issued a public note to the chain’s boss Mooky Greidinger condemning the exhibitor for the massive layoff, a Change.org petition sprouted up demanding Regal pay its employees during the crisis; their accusation being that the chain let them go without disaster relief pay, which was specifically outlined in their employee manuals. You can see the details below. Regal had no comment on the situation. The petition counts around 8,500 signatures.
In response to the loss of its stateside staff, Regal is partnering with grocery store chain Albertsons, which is looking to hire over 30,000 employees nationwide. The chain will reportedly be waiving the interview process for furloughed Regal employees so as to make swift hires for all applicants. In addition, Regal, like many other exhibitors, continues to work with the National Association of Theatre Owners to lobby Congress so they’re included in the any federal aid package. The chain is reportedly working on additional financial aid opportunities for its furloughed employees.
By comparison, we hear Cinemark was far less severe in their handling of layoffs, furloughing hourly theater employees at 345 locations but not corporate. Returning employees will have to reapply. While Cinemark did not confirm, Deadline heard those let go received two weeks pay as opposed to no pay, use of vacation days and one month of COBRA.The lobby of the AMC Empire 25 sits empty in New York Yuki Iwamura/AP/Shutterstock
AMC Entertainment, I hear, has furloughed 26,000 of its 27,000 employees, with a big question surrounding corporate staff. In a CNBC interview last Thursday, AMC chief Adam Aron said: “We’re paying them as much as we can possibly afford to pay them. For those in the health plan, we’re keeping them in the health plan with their benefits active for the full time that we’re shut. But my focus is as...