Hey guys! Just a quick follow-up on the news we shared last week about My Days of Mercy and Chappaquiddick (Can anyone type this title without looking it up? Seriously) – it has now been confirmed that Kate will be attending Toronto International Film Festival this year! We don’t know if she’s going to the premieres of both films, but it seems highly likely. Along with the list of confirmed artists, TIFF has also released its complete lineup, which includes some information about each film. You can read more about Kate’s below.
USA / 107 minutes / 2017 / STC / Colour / English / World Premiere
This suspenseful historical drama examines the infamous 1969 incident when Senator Ted Kennedy (Jason Clarke) accidentally drove off a bridge, resulting in the death of campaign worker Mary Jo Kopechne (Kate Mara).
Among the most morally murky episodes in late-20th-century US politics — and that’s a crowded field — was the drowning of campaign specialist Mary Jo Kopechne in what would become known as the Chappaquiddick Incident. Kopechne was trapped in a car that Senator Ted Kennedy drove off a bridge on Chappaquiddick Island, Massachusetts, following a night of festivities. This sombre, suspenseful recreation of the accident and its aftermath, directed by John Curran (TIFF 2013’s Tracks), invites us to speculate on how this shameful scandal came to be.
The Kennedy dynasty had lost three heirs apparent by 1969, and Ted (Jason Clarke) was, at the time, the family’s last hope to carry their name and ambitions into the upper echelons of US politics. Kennedy patriarch Joe (Bruce Dern), however, always considered his youngest son a ne’er-do-well — and he never let Ted forget it. The party on Chappaquiddick reunited the “Boiler Room Girls” who had served on Robert Kennedy’s 1968 presidential campaign, among them Mary Jo (Kate Mara). Ted whisks Mary Jo away for a reckless moonlight drive that ends in tragedy. But the more profound malfeasance begins after the drowning — itself dramatized here in harrowing detail — when a battalion of spin doctors gets to work on covering up the incident, using the Apollo 11 moon landing as a distraction.
What makes Chappaquiddick such a brilliant historical drama is the way Curran and company focus on moment-by-moment choices instead of suggesting some overarching conspiracy. This is an unsettling film about the way power strives to protect itself while bystanders are left by the wayside.
Kate was on Popcorn With Peter Travers this week to promote Megan Leavey! Before the interview even began, Peter stated that this is the performance of Kate’s career, to which she hilariously replied “This is actually the perfect review, I will leave”. Kate explains that many aspects of the script attacted her to the project, like the fact that the story was about a female in the military, which is specially rare. The beginning of Megan’s journey sounded relatable to her, seeing as “she didn’t really know what to do with her life. […] Everyone can relate to that”. She describes Megan, her character, as a “kind of weak human who finds her voice, and finds her strength through joining the Marine Corp and also through finding that she’s really quite gifted at dog handling and forming this bond with this incredible canine Marine”. The video is about 20 minutes long, so they talk a lot more about the film. In my humble opinion, it is definitely worth the watch.
Kate recently sat down with UPROXX and took part on their 20 questions questionnaire series, naming the best concert she’s ever attended, her first celebrity crush, the most frequently played song on her cellphone and more. Read them all below.
1. You walk into a bar. What do you order from the bartender?
Champagne if I’m feeling fancy. Tequila and soda if I’m feeling scrappy.
2. Who’s your favorite person to follow on Twitter and/or Instagram?
Jamie Bell and Richard Lawson.
3. What’s currently waiting for you on your DVR or in your streaming queue?
Handmaids Tale and RHONY.
4. It’s your last meal — what are you going out with?
Truffle fries and truffle mac and cheese.
5. What websites do you visit on a regular basis?
CNN, IMDbPro and The Weather Channel.
During a press day for Megan Leavey, Kate talked to Parade.com about meeting the real Megan, training with Varco, what she wants people to take away from the movie, and more. You can read her interview below.
When you met the real-life Megan, what did you want to talk to her about?
I didn’t have anything specific that I was focused on. I wanted to know what her essence is and what her mannerisms are. I just wanted to talk to her like a normal person and not have to get too dramatic or anything like that. She was so great because she brought all these pictures, personal photos of her experience, her deployment, and then also photos of her and Rex. She was very open and communicative. It was a dream come true being able to meet her and feel at ease.
I’m hoping that women will go see this, because it’s not so much a war story as it is a story about not giving up. In this case, it was about not giving up on something that you love, and what I found enjoyable was she loved Rex more than she loved Morales (Ramón Rodríguez), her love interest.
It was perfect, and it was true. We don’t need a love story in a movie. We don’t need the guy to sweep her off of her feet because that’s not what always happens, and it’s certainly not what happened in real life. That was really important to me, and it was important to [director] Gabriela [Cowperthwaite] to not make a fake movie moment of the girl falls in love with the guy, and also happens to like really like this dog a lot, and gets distracted by the guy, because that’s not what happened. In reality, what happened is she formed this bond with this animal that changed her life completely, and she was willing to put it all on the line for him, and that was the most important thing to her.
Kate joined the Humane Society of the United States’ at a rally in Washington, DC, earlier today. They advocated for the Department of Agriculture to restore online records of animal welfare violations. National Geographic criticized their decision to delete said records in an article, explaining the problems that would most likely come along with it, and you can read it here. Kate has also shared a petition link on her official twitter account, and we urge you to sign it here. Our gallery has been updated with images of Kate at the event.
Kate was on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon last night to promote Megan Leavey, and she talked about meeting her fiance Jamie Bell, working with him “on a very successful movie called Fantastic Four” and their wedding plans, clarifying that the most interested party when it comes to arrangements is actually Jamie “he’s the bride”. She also talked about the movie, of course, and said that she trained with German Shepherd that played her dog, mentioning that it was his first movie. The video is very sweet, and you can watch it below.
Kate’s latest film, Megan Leavey, premiered last night in New York City! She attended the premiere along with her fiance Jamie Bell, and wore a beautiful black dress by Zuhair Murad. Megan Leavey herself was also at the event, which was held at Yankee Stadium. Our gallery has been updated with the images.
Kate was in Toronto last week to promote the film Megan Leavey (sometimes named as just Leavey, but anyway), and she posed for a new portrait session while at it. We have added the pretty pics to our photo gallery!
About a year ago, Kate and her sister Rooney Mara traveled to Liberia to visit the chimpanzees that were left in a life-threatening situation after being abandoned by the New York Blood Center, a community that used them for invasive research. This year, the Humane Society reached an agreement with said center to care for the animals, a victory much celebrated by the sisters, as shared by Kate on her official Instagram account. We’ve updated our gallery with images of them in Liberia.