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Interview Watch: All Good Things' Gosling on Dunst, Foster Interviews Jennifer Lawrence

Thompson on Hollywood By Sophia Savage | Thompson on Hollywood November 30, 2010 at 6:27AM

- All Good Things, Kirsten Dunst's first film in two years, opens December 3, and she delivers one of "three riveting performances" according to THR, and "the best performance in the film by far" says ThePlaylist. Her co-star, Ryan Gosling tells NYMag that while filming, “Whatever dragons she’d been chasing, she chased them and trapped and slew ’em between action and cut…You weren’t watching somebody who was unlocking something in themselves, and then because they’d finally exposed it maybe they could retire. You felt like you were watching somebody unlock something, and now that it had been exposed they could get started.” Gosling also confirmed that Dunst had a 2008 stint in rehab (for depression) because she "definitely had OD’d on Hollywood and needed to get away." Update: Here is Vanity Fair's interview with Dunst, in which she talks bad boys nude scenes (i.e. in Lars von Trier's upcoming Melancholia).
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- All Good Things, Kirsten Dunst's first film in two years, opens December 3, and she delivers one of "three riveting performances" according to THR, and "the best performance in the film by far" says ThePlaylist. Her co-star, Ryan Gosling tells NYMag that while filming, “Whatever dragons she’d been chasing, she chased them and trapped and slew ’em between action and cut…You weren’t watching somebody who was unlocking something in themselves, and then because they’d finally exposed it maybe they could retire. You felt like you were watching somebody unlock something, and now that it had been exposed they could get started.” Gosling also confirmed that Dunst had a 2008 stint in rehab (for depression) because she "definitely had OD’d on Hollywood and needed to get away." Update: Here is Vanity Fair's interview with Dunst, in which she talks bad boys nude scenes (i.e. in Lars von Trier's upcoming Melancholia).

The film's director, Andrew Jarecki, believes that Dunst from a young age has been able to give "that sense of intrinsic connection we feel, that we’ll like the person she likes. But it’s also been a burden. The fact that she can do it means everyone around her insists that she does do it. It’s not a surprise that she might get to her mid-twenties and say ‘I want a break.’ ” The break, it seems, served her well; she's now poised for upcoming appearances in Lar von Trier's Melancholia, a small role in On the Road, and Hick, with Chloe Moretz.

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- Director Jodie Foster interviews her star Jennifer Lawrence (coming up in The Beaver, starring Mel Gibson) for Interview Magazine. They share enough camaraderie so that Lawrence is comfortable asking Foster for advice on how aggressive to be when hungry to play a part: Call the director twelve times? No. Write him a letter? Sure). Lawrence admits “I need to get better at interviews" (see TOH's interview). She admits that when she read job interview tips in Cosmopolitan, "how to get someone not to hate you in 20 minutes," she realized that "every single thing they told you not to do, I was like, 'I do that every day.'"

As for the roles that attract her, Lawrence says, "They're all dark. And I think there’s something of artistic value about them…I know certain roles are important to me. I know that I really want to play them. I know I can do a good job. But I can never put into words why—and you have to have an answer because you get asked that question." Foster thinks the curiosity is a good thing, and to burst that bubble "takes away from the act of discovering."

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.