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Star Trek: The future begins here for Pine and Ryder

By GEORGE HADLEY-GARCIA
Special to The Japan Times
The new “Star Trek” movie, with its tagline “The Future Begins,” may indeed begin a new phase in the careers of two of its stars, Winona Ryder and Chris Pine.

Pine is a fast-rising actor of 28 with solid stage and screen experience behind him. Playing Captain James T. Kirk, he is stepping into William Shatner’s large shoes — large in terms of fan following and Shatner’s notorious ego.

“I could be laughed off the screen or have my career blown seriously off course for this,” says Pine, a son of actors, whose grandmother Anne Gwynne was a noted character actress during Hollywood’s golden age.

Also, this “Star Trek” film, which offers audiences the beginnings of Kirk, Spock and company, will no doubt be compared to another franchise-origins picture that did well with audiences and critics, “The Dark Knight,” about early Batman (it won a posthumous Best Supporting Actor Oscar for Heath Ledger as The Joker). Continue reading

Winona Ryder Recalls Teenage Heartbreak

For the past seven years, Winona Ryder has lived mostly out of the spotlight.

Now, with a role in Star Trek and the release of another movie – The Private Lives of Pippa Lee – opening in Europe soon and in the U.S. in the fall, the actress, 37, is talking about the strain of being in the public eye.

Ryder, who was engaged to Johnny Depp after co-starring with him in 1990’s Edward Scissorhands (they split when she was 19), says one of her first big challenges was dealing heartache during the height of her fame.

“I had just done Dracula and Edward Scissorhands. I had just had my first real break-up, the first heartbreak,” she tells Pippa Lee director Rebecca Miller, who interviewed her for the U.K. edition of Elle, out Wednesday.

“And I think it was really ironic because, like, everybody else just thought I had everything in the world, you know, I had no reason to be depressed, everything was sort of at its peak, but inside I was completely lost. Continue reading

Elle cover: Winona Ryder is back!

Winona Ryder talks breakdowns and break-ups with ELLE.

‘Everybody has a disorder of some sort!’ Declares Winona Ryder, the Oscar nominated star who herself admits to having had an ‘extra-large breakdown’ just after completing Dracula and Edward Scissorhands when she was just 20.

‘I had just had my first real break-up, the first heartbreak. Everybody else just thought I had everything in the world but inside I was completely lost’ reveals the actress, now 37, to Rebecca Miller, the writer and Director Winona’s latest film, The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (She’s also daughter of playwright Arthur Miller).

‘I remember feeling I can’t complain about anything because I’m so lucky’ she tells Miller, who interviews her in the June issue of ELLE, which hits news stands today.

‘I can’t pretend to know Winona well.’ admits Miller, ‘I don’t. I don’t think it’s easy to get to know her – but it’s easy to love her.’

Read her, with pictures

“People” scans

There was an article on Winona at May 25 issue of People Magazine, and Simon was kind enough to scan it and let us post here. Thanks!

I had so great feelings about the article, it looks like the old days, when we could find her pictures in magazines and be happy for her. 😀

“Everyone has their up and downs in life, and hers were in the public eye. But she is in a good place in her life, now” – Mark Polish


• Magazines » 2009 – People, May 25, 2009

Interview: J.J. Abrams on Star Trek

Q: What made you decide to bring Winona Ryder into the Star Trek fold?

JJ: I’d always been a fan of Winona’s. One of the models that we had for this movie was Superman, the Dick Donner film. The way that he cast that film, all the lead roles were essentially unknowns and many of the supporting roles were people that you had seen before and knew, to some degree, and obviously, with Marlon Brando, knew very well. I just thought it would be nice, given that we had a cast that was, for the most part, unknowns that we give roles that we could to actors that were known. Eric Bana is essentially hidden in disguise in this movie. You can’t really recognize him. For the role of Amanda, to get Winona Ryder was just one of those things where I thought it would be great to have an actress who people would recognize and, hopefully, not get pulled out of the movie, but feel like there was some support for the younger, fresher faces.

Read the full interview here

The Return of Winona Ryder

My initial disappointment about missing out on the Berlin Film Festival has certainly been helped by the repeated suggestion that almost everything showing there sucks.

But there was one film for which I had placed my selfish travel wants aside and hoped would be great anyway. The Private Lives of Pippa Lee features the first role with any real potential my beloved Winona Ryder had been given in almost a decade (sure, there was A Scanner Darkly, but she was animated and all so it doesnt 100% count, and while The Ten was fun, it certainly wasn’t up to par with my Winonaspectations).

Sundance after Sundance, we’ve watched every single movie she makes crash, burn and fail to get distribution (The Darwin Awards, The Last Word, The Informers), or just seen films shes made fail to get seen by anyone at all (Sex and Death 101, Water Pills), and probably with good reason.

But when I heard of her casting in Pippa, alongside Julianne Moore, Maria Bello and Robin Wright Penn, among others, my heart skipped: “She’s coming back! After basically wasting the entire ‘00s, probably because any decent film wouldn’t risk insuring her crazy ass, someone was taking a chance on her, and she was going to hit it out of the ballpark and return to form!” Continue reading

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