Mary Gets Honored at the Newport Beach Film Festival

Last week I had mentioned that Mary would be getting an ‘artist of distinction’ award from the Newport Beach Film Festival for her amazing career, and that event took place on Sunday afternoon as Mary and fellow honorees Colman Domingo, Topher Grace and Zazie Beetz attended the event. In the gallery, I added over 20+ photos of Mary there, and have included a few videos of Mary being interviewed on what movies influenced her, acting career advice, and spoke a little about Birds of Prey. Enjoy the new content!

Mary to Be Honored at the Newport Beach Film Festival

Variety has announced that Mary will be receiving an Artist of Distinction Award at this year’s Newport Beach Film Festival taking place on November 11 along with her former The Beauty Inside co-star Topher Grace and Fear the Walking Dead‘s Colman Domingo.

Over the past 20 years, Winstead has been portraying complex women in projects on TV (“Fargo”) and film, both studio (“Scott Pilgrim vs. the World”) and indie (“Smashed”). This year, she took on one of her most challenging roles as a troubled standup comedian in “All About Nina,” the feature film debut from writer-director Eva Vives. “When I read it, it was absolutely the most intimidating role I’d ever read. It was an easy yes for me obviously, because the role was so incredible,” Winstead says. Only later did the fear sink in. “The closer we got to shooting it, the more scared I started to become.”

Up next, Winstead will be seen in Ang Lee’s “Gemini Man” and “The Parts You Lose.” And she’s just landed the coveted role of Helena Bertinelli / Huntress in “Birds of Prey,” the Harley Quinn spinoff with Margot Robbie. But she’ll never abandon the indie world. “I love it,” she says of the fast pace, noting “All About Nina” was shot in 21 days. “It’s difficult for sure but in terms of the energy, the frenetic, intense energy, it’s easier to get that on a short shoot.”

Congrats to Mary on this fantastic recognition in her career! I’m very happy for her! She deserves this. 🙂

Ewan McGregor Joins ‘Birds of Prey’, R Rating Confirmed

In further casting news for Birds of Prey, it has been announced that Mary’s Fargo co-star Ewan McGregor has joined the DC film as the villain Black Mask. He will join Margot Robbie who is reprising her role of Harley Quinn from Suicide Squad along with Jurnee Smollett-Bell who is playing Black Canary. Rosie Perez is playing Renee Montoya.

Black Mask is a Gotham City mob boss aka Roman Sionis who leads the False Face Society gang. In the comics, he killed his wealthy parents in order to take control of their corporation, but he was a terrible businessman and lost everything. He blames others for his shortcomings with Bruce Wayne being one of his targets.

In a recent interview this past week, director Cathy Yan confirmed that Birds of Prey will be rated R. The film is scheduled to hit theaters on February 7, 2020.

Nice to see that Nikki Swango and Ray Stussy will be reunited again! 😛

Mary’s ‘Off Camera’ Photo Shoot and Clips

On Monday night, Mary’s episode of ‘Off Camera with Sam Jones’ aired on the Audience Network and I’ve added the photo shoot Mary did to the gallery. You can watch some of her clips below but if you want to watch the whole thing, you can do so on the Off Camera site. You can also listen to a podcast version of the show. She looks SO gorgeous in the photos. I love them!! During her interview, she revealed she almost quit acting in her 20s, how she chooses her roles, and how she viewed acting first as a kid and then as an adult.

Mary Says Working With Will Smith in New Film Was ‘Wonderful’

Mary recently gave an interview to The Wrap while promoting her new film All About Nina and said that working with Will Smith on their new film Gemini Man was a real treat. The film, directed by Ang Lee, follows Winstead opposite Smith as an operative tasked with surveilling Smith’s character. The film follows an aging assassin (Smith) facing off against his own clone 25 years his junior, at the peak of his abilities.

“We started in February, so it was a long project, but it was really amazing,” Winstead said of filming. “It’s this big action movie, but with a heart. You know with Ang Lee directing you’re going to have some thoughtfulness behind it. Really it was a wonderful thing to be a part of. One of the reasons the movie is finally being made is that the technology is at a place where it’s possible to make it and to make it well,” Winstead said. “The technology is really kind of experimental in a lot of ways. I think Ang is really pushing the boundaries of filmmaking and the visuals and the experience of watching a movie. It’s hard for me to describe because I’m not the most tech savvy, but I think you’re going to be experiencing a completely new way of watching a movie and I’m really really excited to see the final film,” she added.

The film was a six month shoot and Mary says during that time, being around Will was amazing:

“He truly is just the most wonderful, wonderful person,” Winstead said. “He was just this shinning light. He’s just so lovely and warm and so respectful — just like thankful to be there, you know. You don’t really find that in people in his position… it was a really amazing thing to witness.”

Gemini Man will hit theaters on October 4, 2019.

 

Mary Visits ‘Last Call with Carson Daly’ and ‘Late Late Show with James Corden’

Mary did two talk show appearances on the same night and appeared on both ‘Last Call with Carson Daly’ and ‘The Late Late Show with Carson Daly’ on Tuesday to promote her film All About Nina. Paige added screencaps to the gallery which you can view by clicking on the thumbnails below.

The Late Late Show with James Corden



Last Call with Carson Daly

 

Mary Visits NYC SAG-AFTRA Screening of ‘All About Nina’

After attending the Los Angeles screening event of ‘All About Nina’, Mary did the same when she was recently in New York City last week. You can watch the interview below, and if you want to see the Los Angeles Q&A, you can click here. Additionally, you can head to the gallery and view pics of Mary when she was at the NY SAG-AFTRA screening.

The film is currently in select theaters in New York and Los Angeles. You can find tickets by heading to the site.

Mary Discusses ‘All About Nina’, ‘Gemini Man’ and ‘Birds of Prey’ in New Interviews!

Mary is having a busy couple of days as she’s been hot on the trail promoting her new film All About Nina which is in select theaters today in New York and Los Angeles! First up is an interview with Collider where Mary talked about All About Nina and working on her upcoming film Gemini Man opposite Will Smith, which hits theaters October 4, 2019:

What most excited you about playing this character?

WINSTEAD:  Probably everything about who she is. She felt really different from me. Every time you play a character, you get a little something from them, so I feel like I’ve got a little bit of her in me now. I felt like I wanted to know what it would be like to be her, and to bring that to life. Also, once I met with Eva and learned that the character’s backstory is based largely on her own personal backstory, it felt like a really important thing to get to be a part of. I’m telling Eva’s story, speaking her truth, and being a part of something bigger than just the comedy that it looks like on the surface.

Along with everything else you have to do in this movie, you also have to do impersonations. How did you decide who you would do impersonations for? Were there a bunch of different ones that you tried?

WINSTEAD:  We tried a bunch of them. Some of them were scripted, so we tried those. And then, I came up with some that I thought I might be more suited to do. I’ve never done impressions before, in my life. Everybody probably has certain people that they’re more suited to doing an impression of because of the tone of their voice or a look in their face, or something. I knew I could sing, so I thought that was a good place to start. I knew that my voice could go towards Cher, Shakira, Céline Dion, Britney Spears, or Christina Aguilera. Björk made it into the movie. She’s one that I always do around the house, so I figured that I could throw that in. And then, Werner Herzog came out of the fact that, whenever I hear him, he sounds very similar to my Björk impression. So, I came forth with my ideas of who I thought I could impersonate, and Jamie Loftus, who was our comedy consultant, helped us a lot with all of the comedy stuff. We would get together and come up with how we could use the impersonations.

You also have Gemini Man coming out, which sounds like it uses some crazy high tech stuff. What was that experience like and what most surprised you about the approach to all of that?

WINSTEAD:  It was an incredibly amazing and totally unique experience. We worked on it for nearly six months. I just wrapped it not too long ago, and it was amazing. It was so incredible to get to work with Ang Lee on something that’s this big action movie, but also this experimental drama, all wrapped together. The technology feels very experimental, in a way. Ang is really pushing the envelope of that and what it can do, and he’s also experimenting with what you can get away with, under the umbrella of an action movie, what you can talk about, and how sensitive you can be. It was really great to get to explore all of those things with him, and with Will [Smith], as well, who is just one of the most wonderful people you could ever be working beside, for months at a time. He’s so positive and uplifting for everybody, in a really amazing way that I was really blown away by.

What kind of character are you playing in that?

WINSTEAD:  I play an operative with the DIA, who’s been hired to watch Will Smith’s character. He is a sniper for the government who’s retired, and I don’t really know why exactly I’ve been hired to spy on him and keep an eye on him. He starts to catch on to the fact that he’s being watched, and once we realized that there’s no real reason for it, we start to realize that maybe there’s something nefarious happening within our government and within our own people. And so, I team up with him to fight back against them, and we go on the run together, from our own government, who are trying to hunt him down for reasons that we don’t understand. And then, we come to find that he’s been cloned and he’s basically being hunted down by a younger clone of himself. All of these questions emerge about our government, about ourselves, about society, and about all of these things that come from it. It’s a complex plot, but I think it’s an exciting thriller/drama. I’m excited to see how it turns out.

Mary Attends NYC SAG-AFTRA Screening of ‘All About Nina’

Yesterday, Mary attended the New York City SAG-AFTRA screening of her film All About Nina, which is in theaters TODAY in select cities in New York as well as Los Angeles. Head to the gallery to check out the new photos.

In related news, Mary bought out two theaters, one in New York and one in Los Angeles for survivors (or allies of survivors) to attend a free screening. Both will be tomorrow morning and you can find more information here and get your tickets online here.