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The Hollywood Reporter – At the helm of a big-screen feature for the first time, Lea Thompson directs a comedy written by her daughter Madelyn Deutch, who stars with her real-life sister Zoey Deutch.
Sisterly chemistry is the natural resource fueling The Year of Spectacular Men, an uneven but sparky comedy showcasing Madelyn Deutch and her real-life sib Zoey, star of such features as Why Him? and Vampire Academy. Revolving around a succession of romantic misadventures, the film was written by Madelyn, whose mostly witty dialogue and assured performance as an aimless college grad updates the archetype of the smart ditz with a modern sexual frankness.
For the twentysomethings with whom the movie is sure to click, the sarcastic jabs at such easy targets as health-conscious New Age types might feel fresh rather than strained. But even with the screenplay’s sometimes screechy missteps, the Deutch duo hold the screen with charm and intelligence to spare.
The family affair extends to the director’s chair, occupied by the Deutches’ mother, the veteran actress Lea Thompson (Back to the Future), while their father, Pretty in Pink director Howard Deutch, serves as a producer. They each bring notable experience with coming-of-age stories to the 12-month saga of a lovable hot mess. Though there’s a specifically millennial slant to this twentysomething’s search for meaning and purpose, the bright and polished film has a retro sheen that fondly recalls romantic comedies of the ’70s and ’80s.
That’s especially so in the opening sequence, Thompson’s unequivocal tip of the hat to Woody Allen: New York City scenery, New Orleans jazz on the score, a glimpse of a therapist’s couch as a series of young men recall their relationships with Izzy Klein (Madelyn Deutch). The year of languor and reckoning begins in sunny May, with Izzy’s indifferent graduation from college and unexpected breakup with Aaron (Jesse Bradford), who’s fed up with her lack of direction. Deciding to give acting a try, Izzy heads home to Los Angeles, where her younger but decidedly more worldly sister Sabrina (Zoey Deutch) is a busy, up-and-coming movie actress.
The warm, stable relationship between Sabrina and her actor boyfriend Sebastian — played by a terrific Avan Jogia, Zoey Deutch’s former offscreen partner — is the only element of the movie that doesn’t spring from stereotypes. It actually defies them. Sabrina and Sebastian aren’t pathologically self-involved Hollywood snobs; they’re good people. That a trio of friendly middle-aged paparazzi (Bob Clendenin, Alison Martin and Troy Evans) camp outside their place is one of the more inventively playful touches in Madelyn Deutch’s script.
Izzy’s clueless auditions follow a more familiar course, and she soon withdraws from the world to spend months holed up chez Sabrina, indulging her X-Files obsession until her persistent sister pries her out of her room. Their every back-and-forth has verbal snap as well as the offhand intimacy of people with a deep bond. By contrast, the underlying drama between them, involving a secret that Izzy has been keeping from Sabrina about their father, feels tacked-on and never delivers the intended punch.
As for Izzy’s romantic entanglements, her kooky flailing and sweet sincerity are far more spectacular than the men themselves, who range from the insufferably pretentious (Cameron Monaghan as a classmate) to the openly sincere (Zach Roerig as a ski-slope rescuer). The screenplay strikes deeper chords in Izzy’s relationship with a drummer (Brandon T. Jackson) and her flirtation with a shy film director (Nicholas Braun); in both cases, Deutch fearlessly punctures romance-novel illusions about sex.
Thompson, who has directed episodes of TV series including The Goldbergs, has an eye for physical comedy and maintains a suitably brisk pace. She sometimes indulges overwritten scenes, though. And a sitcom sensibility occasionally intrudes upon the clear-eyed material, particularly in Thompson’s performance as Izzy and Sabrina’s widowed mother, whose lesbian relationship with a younger yoga-and-quinoa enthusiast (Melissa Bolona) is more punchline fodder than convincing human interaction. It’s also an excuse for a sequence set in wintry Lake Tahoe that unravels in predictable rom-com melodrama but offers the visual delight of Izzy’s bungling attempt at skiing.
Always energetic but sometimes underpowered in terms of emotional connection, the movie has a bright look, thanks to the contributions of designers Sara Millan and Kate Mallor and the smooth, unobtrusive camerawork of Bryan Koss. Thompson casts the story’s youthful, warts-and-all exuberance in a burnished, slightly unreal glow. At its strongest, Izzy’s postcollegiate Year is a smartly fractured fairy tale.
Venue: Los Angeles Film Festival (LA Muse)
Production company: Parkside Pictures
Cast: Madelyn Deutch, Zoey Deutch, Avan Jogia, Nicholas Braun, Jesse Bradford, Lea Thompson, Cameron Monaghan, Brandon T. Jackson, Zach Roerig, Melissa Bolona, Bob Clendenin, Alison Martin, Troy Evans, Alex Mapa
Director: Lea Thompson
Screenwriter: Madelyn Deutch
Producers: Daniel Roth, Damiano Tucci, Howard Deutch, Gordon Gilbertson,Zoey Deutch
Executive producers: Michael Tadross Jr., Christopher Conover
Director of photography: Bryan Koss
Production designer: Sara Millan
Costume designer: Kate Mallor
Editor: Seth Flaum
Composers: Madelyn Deutch, Denver Dalley
Casting: Tineka Becker
The Hollywood Reporter – What did you learn about your daughters by directing them?
Through this process, I learned more about them as people and as artists, and I’m sure they learned a lot about me! I was surprised by how sharp their comedy skills are, and what mensches they are to their fellow crewmembers. An independent film, or any film really, is such a high-stakes environment. But it made me happy to hear Madelyn’s words being spoken by the cast, and to have her do the music, since Women in Film says that only one percent of films are scored by women. This process has been one of the great joys of my life and I’m excited for people to see what the Deutch girls have been up to.
Glamour – She’s only 22, but Zoey Deutch has already racked up 15 films (Vampire Academy, Everybody Wants Some!!, Before I Fall among them) to cement her status as one of Hollywood’s rising stars. But that only tells half the story: She’s also a producer, activist, and fashion’s newest one to watch, largely thanks to Max Mara. Deutch was handpicked by the Italian label as its 2017 Women in Film Face of the Future award recipient.
Even before Max Mara was toasting Deutch in Los Angeles, though, the multi-hyphenate was featured as part of Net-a-Porter’s 2017 Women in Hollywood shoot for The Edit, had a few Met Galas under her belt, and was already fluent in the fashion-show-front-row squad pose. More crucially, though, she understood the transformative role that style can have on a person. “The most important thing about fashion is that it’s a form of expression,” Deutch told Glamour at the Face of the Future reception thrown in her honor. “It means every single day is different. At an event like this, I don’t want to only feel beautiful, but I want to feel powerful. The right outfit is like a suit of armor and makes you walk differently, talk differently, move differently. I think that’s a real gift, and I feel like that in this [outfit]!”
In a moment of true candor, Deutch then admitted that even though she might look like the epitome of cool in her red velvet blazer over a bandeau top of the same material, “I’m sweating and now my coat’s off and I’m half-naked here!”
Still, the actress knows that being one’s authentic self trumps maintaining an exhaustive image of looking like you’ve got it all together. “The best pictures are when you have life and personality,” she explained. “[Red carpets] can be so scary and constraining that it [ends up having] the opposite effect, so it’s about tricking yourself into not being scared and [transforming] that into being confident and alive.”
Throughout her career, we’ve seen Deutch photographed in brands like Miu Miu, Rodarte, Alexander McQueen, and, of course, Max Mara. When it comes to her day-to-day style, though, you’re more likely to spot her wearing “high-waisted vintage Levi’s, some really old Converse, and a white short-sleeved shirt.” As a public figure, though, she’s very aware of the power of aligning oneself with empowered female designers. “To me, that’s especially meaningful because I am from a family of women in film,” she told Glamour. “My mother [Lea Thompson] is a director and actor, and my sister is a writer and actor. And to get the support of Max Mara is [amazing because] they’re all about empowering and supporting women in the art and film world.” We can’t wait to see more of that.
The Hollywood Reporter – Riding a Wonder Woman high, the Women In Film cocktail party celebrating Face of the Future Zoe Deutch on Tuesday night at the Chateau Marmont was an upbeat affair.
“If I had a superhero movie like that when I was a kid, I would have walked down the street and thought, I can do anything!,” said Deutch, dressed in a red velvet bra top and pantsuit by Max Mara, sponsor of the party as well as tonight’s annual Women In Film gala.
Director Patty Jenkins is undoubtedly Hollywood’s new superhero, scoring the best box office debut for a female director ever. But Deutch is no slouch either.
“To be honored by Women in Film is really special because I come from a family of women in film,” she said, noting that her mother Lea Thompson is an actor and director, and her sister Madelyn Deutch is a writer and actor.
Thompson, who was also at the party, directed her two daughters in the upcoming The Year of Spectacular Men, which is premiering at the Los Angeles Film Festival. Zoey also appears in Rebel in the Rye opening this fall, the upcoming Flower which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival, and she’s currently shooting Set It Up in New York City.
She’s also becoming a bit of a fashion plate (the bra top, she admits was a daring choice). “My style is dependent on my mood. I don’t want to just feel beautiful, I want to feel powerful and ready,” she said. [Fashion] “can make you walk differently, talk differently, hold your head differently, and that can be a real gift. That’s what I seek out when I’m trying to find an outfit for an event like this, which feels like my second bat mitzvah,” she said, popping up from a couch to greet friends.
The one fashion item in her closet she’d never give up? “A Kenzo coat I got on sale at Opening Ceremony. It’s big and black with shoulder pads and embroidered eyes all over it. I wear it when I go to something where I’m not sure I’m going to know anyone. It’s a talking point.”
Zoey Deutch is featured on July issue of InStyle Magazine and you can check the article and the scans below:
Zoey to the Max
“You should be really grateful you’re not catching me when I’ve had a full night of sleep,” Zoey Deutch says, by way of introduction. “Because you would be so exhausted!”
Due to her electric personality and machine-gun diction, the 22-year-old actress is often called a spark plug, but it might be more accurate to describe her as a nuclear reactor. Wrapped in an oversize camel coat from Max Mara at Milan’s Mandarin Oriental hotel shortly after attending the label’s fall runway show, she bounces between the topics of fashion, film, family, and even her irrational fears (don’t get her started on revolving doors) with an impressive exuberance.
“When people tell me I have a lot of energy, I usually feel bad for them, but then they only have to spend a certain amount of time with me,” Deutch says wryly. “I have to be with me all the time.”
In fact, her enthusiasm is infectious, which helps explain why Deutch has managed to vault from Vampire Academy and Disney tween fare to the forefront of the millennial generation in Hollywood after a handful of eclectic yet well-received performances, notably in Richard Linklater’s 2016 teen romp Everybody Wants Some!! and the young adult yarn Before I Fall. And she will appear in several daring roles coming this year, including that of the wildspirited Oona O’Neill during her 1940s romance with J.D. Salinger in Rebel in the Rye.
But it is Deutch’s commitment to speaking up for social causes at a young age that inspired Women in Film, which promotes equal opportunities in the media industry, to name her its 2017 Max Mara Face of the Future Award winner.
“I’m so involved in women’s activism and rights that it feels very fitting to be aligned with a brand that celebrates women in film and art,” says Deutch, who began campaigning on behalf of Planned Parenthood two years ago after reading about congressional e orts to defund the nonprofit. And with her family (her mother is the actress Lea Thompson, her father the director Howard Deutch) she has worked for more than a decade with Corazón de Vida, which supports orphanages in Baja, Mexico. “It’s nice to be part of a generation that is taking more of a vocal stance,” Deutch says. “I don’t think silence makes you safe.”
Deutch’s advocacy has won accolades on Instagram, where she mixes personal images with feminist messages. “I’m just trying to have an open conversation with as many people as I can, and that includes those who don’t always agree with me,” she says.
Yet it’s not all politics for Deutch. She’s already captured the attention of designers—beyond her Max Mara connection, the actress turned heads in Tory Burch at the Met Gala this year and was seated front row at Dolce & Gabbana’s millennial-themed show in 2016.
“I’m very particular about what I wear,” she says. “One of my favorite things to do with my mom and sister is to go to garage sales. We take road trips to visit thrift stores in Albuquerque or Montana.”
Vintage clothes and Max Mara coats aside, Deutch likes to be unpredictable with her look. “I’ll go out with my friends to a club in L.A. in a full black lawyer suit, totally buttoned up, with pointy heels, and I’m barely even showing the tips of my fingers. They’ll be like, ‘Zoey?’”
YOU JUST MADE A FILM WITH YOUR MOM AND YOUR SISTER.
I did. My sister Madelyn wrote The Year of Spectacular Men and starred in it, I co-star, my mom directed, my dad produced. It was about as personal as you can get.
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE HOLLYWOOD?
There’s a real opportunity to make change in the world through Hollywood. But it’s a mixture of art and commerce, and it’s confusing when you’re telling artists to be business people and you’re telling business people to be artists. I want to always be an artist first.
ARE TRADITIONAL HOLLYWOOD HIERARCHIES CHANGING?
Yes, but I fear trend – trends go away. This needs to be our reality. Look at the past; look at Katharine Hepburn in Bringing up Baby and Stage Door. They’re great stories, written for women, that are strong, funny and complex – and we’re talking about it like it’s the first time in history. It can’t just be a moment in time.
WHAT’S THE BIGGEST CAREER LESSON YOU’VE LEARNED?
My mother told me that being jealous of other actors is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die. You might have insecure moments, but being jealous of others is pointless.
WHAT’S BEEN YOUR MOST ‘HOLLYWOOD’ MOMENT SO FAR?
I got a text from Robert De Niro: ‘How’s it going Zo, can’t wait to see you at Tribeca [Film Festival].’ I literally dropped my phone.
WHAT’S BEEN YOUR GREATEST LIFE LESSON?
That what other people think about me is none of my business.
WHAT DO YOU WANT YOUR IMDB BIO TO SAY IN 20 YEARS’ TIME?
I don’t want to be considered [just] a comedic actor, or a dramatic actor… I’d like to do it all.
Check out the pictures from the shoot:
Film Independent – USA (DIRECTOR Lea Thompson WRITER Madelyn Deutch PRODUCER Damiano Tucci, Daniel Roth, Howard Deutch, Gordon Gilbertson CAST Madelyn Deutch, Zoey Deutch, Melissa Bolona, Lea Thompson, Avan Jogia, Nicholas Braun, Brandon T. Jackson, Cameron Monaghan, Zack Roerig, Jesse Bradford) – A woman struggles to navigate the seemingly incessant failures of post-college adulthood, leaning on her equally complicated mother and sister for support. World Premiere
The festival takes place in Los Angeles during June 14-22.
Tory Daily – 2017 is turning out to be a busy year for Zoey Deutch. She’s already graced the big screen in Before I Fall and had a trio of film-festival debuts in a few months: Rebel in the Rye at Sundance, The Disaster Artist at South by Southwest and Flower at Tribeca. Also in the pipeline: the Netflix comedy Set It Up and and The Year of Spectacular Men — the latter of which is directed by actress Lea Thompson (A.K.A. Deutch’s mom). On Monday night, she clocked in one more high-profile appearance for the year: The Met Gala, wearing a custom gown and hand-cut and -enameled disk earrings by Tory. Before the event, Deutch took a break from her busy schedule to chat with us.
My first fashion love…
The one that I can remember bodes well with the theme of this year’s Met Gala actually: a vintage camel-colored, long Comme des Garçons skirt and matching coat that my mom had in the Eighties and kept. It’s so beautifully made. There wasn’t a chance that I fit into it, but I tried my best to make it work. And colorful butterfly hair clips, of course. Those were my jam around age four.
My personal styling tip/trick…
I like to pair high with low. I like to add a weird vintage piece that I got at a vintage store to something maybe a little fancier. And my personal styling tip/trick for going to a fancy-shmancy party is to always pack an extra pair of comfy shoes, usually sneakers, to leave in the car.
Favorite Met Gala memory…
Fitting in my dress and not tripping up the carpet. And bumping into one of my best friends Chloe Moretz right when I walked in.
W Magazine – On Monday night, in a suite at The Pierre in New York, up-and-coming actress Zoey Deutch was getting ready for the annual Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Gala. This year’s theme was “Rei Kawakubo / Comme des Garçons: Art of the In-Between” — and Deutch wanted to be dressed appropriately. “I really wanted to stay on theme,” she said, admiring her dress. “That was the one thing I was really interested in.”
Her white, floor-length gown, a custom creation by the designer Tory Burch, is a nod to Kawakubo’s signatures: it has a sleek silhouette and oversized sleeves, but comes in a Burch-approved organza tulle. To complement the look, Deutch wore her hair in a low bun, and kept her makeup minimal, with just a flash of peachy, coral color across each eyelid and her luminous skin.
“Who needs to get married?” laughed the 22-year-old starlet. “I will have been to the Met Ball twice now! I could just get married in my pajamas and I wouldn’t care.”
The first time she attended the Met Gala, Deutch didn’t quite know what to expect. “I didn’t really know that many people last year so I was nervous, but then I walked in and ran into one of my best friends, Chloe Grace Moretz, like immediately,” she said. This time around, she’s fresh off the big debut of her latest film at The Tribeca Film Festival, Flower, with several other new projects in the works, including Rebel in the Rye and a new Netflix project with Glen Powell titled Set It Up. The chances are high that she will see more than a few familiar faces at this year’s fete. “I know more people now!”
As she talked, a crowd of people arrived to steam her dress once more and make all the last-minute adjustments. Meanwhile, her glam squad was finalizing Deutch’s accessories with Tory Burch’s team, looking through an edit of box clutches and various statement earrings. “I am still deciding about the accessories,” she said as tried Fred Leighton pearl earrings and then swapped back to the big, white circular earrings (by Tory Burch) she had been keen on earlier. As she slipped on black Dries van Noten heels, she said, “Aren’t they great? I picked the out yesterday at like 6 p.m.”
Here, she talks to W exclusively about how her final look came together, wearing Comme des Garçons at age 11, her obsession with Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen and more.
Did you have a vision for the look tonight?
We wanted to stick with something minimalist to pay homage to Rei [Kawakubo] and Comme, but also stay true to the Tory Burch brand. It’s just a minimalist, white silhouette. It’s really chic and comfortable and feels really on point with the theme, but also very Tory.
How did you end up going with Tory Burch?
I respect and love Tory so much, and love what she represents. She stands up for what she believes in. It was a little last minute because I have been shooting and working so much lately…but I love the dress so much.
What was most important to you with this dress?
I really wanted to stay on theme. That was the one thing I was really interested in.
What was your first interaction with Comme des Garçons?
This is going to sound like I am making this up because it is so perfect for this moment but I swear to god it’s real. My mom [actress Lea Thompson] has this unbelievable vintage Comme, it is like this high waisted, floral and beige button-up skirt and it has a matching trench coat. I remember being like 11 and trying to steal it from her but obviously it didn’t fit in the way that it should have. I just loved the silhouette and how beautiful and interesting and innovative it was. That was my first encounter with the brand.
Amazing! Did you ever try to steal it again when you were old enough to fit into it a little better?
That skirt is actually in my closet now. It was wholesale! Mom’s wholesale boutique, I stole it from her.
Mom’s wholesale boutiques are the best kind of store. What is your take on Comme des Garcçns’ Rei Kawakubo now?
I remember hearing a quote that she said a long time ago and she said that in all her years of designing, she never once thought about fashion. I thought that was really beautiful. She is an artist, the opposite of conventional, she is true to her own artist. That is so very admirable.
This is your second Met Ball now. Are you a little less nervous than last year?
I know more people this year! So… yeah. Hopefully there are people that I do know who show up.
Are you excited to see anyone in particular tonight or what are you expecting?
I am expecting the unexpected. I am really looking forward to seeing the exhibition and run around and appreciate it.
Your film, Flower, just had a big debut at the Tribeca Film Festival. What’s next?
I have a movie coming out in the fall called “Rebel in the Rye” and I am coming back here this weekend to shoot a movie called “Set It Up,” it’s a romantic comedy for Netflix.
Prior to attending the Met Ball for your first time, did you follow the red carpet fashions at the event?
Yes, definitely. My sister and I would pick out the outfits we loved the most.
Do you have a favorite outfit that someone wore in the past years that was a highlight for you?
Anything and everything Mary-Kate and Ashley. I love everything they wear. L-O-V-E!
Deadline – The deal came together quickly, marking the first for this year’s fest, with buyers clamoring immediately following the film’s premiere.
Flower follows 17-year old Erica Vandross (Zoey Deutch) and her two friends as they spend their free time making money in unconventional ways, acting as self appointed, free-wheeling vigilantes of the San Fernando Valley. Everything changes for Erica when her mother (Kathryn Hahn) invites her boyfriend (Tim Heidecker) and his estranged son (Joey Morgan) to move in with them. Adam Scott also stars as an older man who catches Erica’s eye.
Winkler, the son of Happy Days star Henry Winkler, is a seasoned helmer of TV and film with credits that include Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine and The New Girl. His feature directorial debut Ceremony starring Uma Thurman, Jake Johnson and Michael Angarano premiered at the 2010 Toronto Film Festival and Magnolia distributed. Winkler is currently writing the upcoming Rocketeer reboot at Disney.
The 2012 Blacklist script for Flower was written by Alex McAulay (it was located on the list next to Whiplash and Hell or High Water), and was optioned by Danny McBride, Jody Hill, and David Gordon Green’s production company Rough House Pictures. The trio who serve as EPs along with Andrew Levitas sent it to Winkler. Matt Spicer and Winkler are also credited in writing. Producers are Spicer, Eric B. Fleischman, Brandon James, and Sean Tabibian.
The deal for Flower was negotiated by Danielle DiGiacomo, VP of acquisitions for The Orchard, with CAA on behalf of the filmmakers. Flower continues the relationship between Rough House Pictures and The Orchard, who previously partnered on the film Donald Cried. The Orchard also released Rough House’s film Hunter Gatherer which was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award. The Orchard has three films at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival: Oren Moverman’s The Dinner (opening May 5), Super Dark Times and Take Me.