Melissa George received her share of praise as Rosie, a strong willed mother who’s faced with a huge dilemma, in The Slap. The U.S. version of The Slap(the narrative’s backdrop is now Brooklyn) may have different filmmaker (Olive Kitteridge’sLisa Cholodenko) and cast members, but Georgeis back to reprise her role.
The good news is that the new version doesn’t aim to ape the original. Both narratives of The Slap take their creative inspirationfrom Christos Tsiolkas‘ 2010 novel of the same name.
Life for the actress has changed since her initial run at Rosie, and in the video below George, who’s the mother of a 1-year-old son, talks about fully understanding Rosie’s “mama bear” instincts:
Also starring Thomas Sadoski (I’m posting video of Sadoski talking about The Newsroom in the next few days),Peter Sarsgaard and Thandie Newton, the eight episode miniseries centers on the repercussions of an adult’s quick triggered slap on a child, as each person takes their respective sides on the incident. As the journey unfolds, secrets are inevitably unearthed, leading to a new series of conflicts.
Next week (September 23 to be exact) marks the Blu-ray and DVD release of Very Good Girls (Well Go USA, 91 minutes, R), a coming of age drama headlined by Elizabeth Olsen (Godzilla, Kill Your Darlings) and Dakota Fanning (The Motel Life).
Naomi Foner, best known for as the screenwriter for Running On Empty (she also penned the underrated Halle Berry/Jessica Lange drama Losing Isaiah), makes her directorial debut with Very Good Girls. The feature, which centers on New York based best friends (Olsen, Fanning) who aim to lose their virginity by the end of summer.
Everything should be hunky-dory, but when both of them have eyes for the same guy (Boyd Holbrook), their relationship suffers the requisite strain. Very Good Girls also stars Peter Sarsgaard, Demi Moore, Ellen Barkin, and Richard Dreyfuss. Special features on the disc include interviews with Foner, Olsen, and Fanning.
With such films as Martha Marcy May Marlene, In Secret, and Oldboy, Elizabeth Olsen has displayed ample dramatic chops (she recently landed the role of Hank Williams’ wife Audra Mae in the biopic I Saw The Light). And with Very Good Girls, Olsen has found her way through the coming of age drama. Still, Olsen has much narrative ground to cover, and one area she wants to explore are romantic comedies.
In the Soundcloud bar below, Elizabeth Olsen explains why she’s not on the top of the romantic comedy list. It’s surprising given her talent that casting agents and directors wouldn’t throw romcoms her way, but she gives a great explanation: