While deployed in Iraq, Marine Corporal Megan Leavey lets the pressures of military life get to her head. After one of her many disciplinary hearings, she is ordered to clean out the regiment’s K9 unit. While working on her assigned tasks, Leavey immediately identifies with one extremely energetic dog in the unit. This dog, named Rex, soon becomes Leavey’s closest companion. Thanks to Leavey’s special relationship with Rex, she is able to help dozens of her fellow soldiers from extremely dangerous situations. Both Rex and Leavey serve successfully together on over 100 missions but then the unthinkable happens. When both Leavey drives over a roadside bomb with Rex in the car, they have no other option than to fight for their lives together.
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.
Sunday – Sep 10, 2017
Monday – Sep 11, 2017
Wednesday – Sep 13, 2017
Saturday – Sep 16, 2017
Click here to visit TIFF’s page for this movie.
TIFF has announced earlier today its Gala Presentation lineups and Kate had two film selected to present its world premiere at the festival: Chappaquiddick and My Days of Mercy (previously know as Mercy).
Chappaquiddick, directed by John Curran, tells the recreation of the infamous 1969 drowning death of Mary Jo Kopechne, who was trapped in a car that Senator Ted Kennedy drove off of a bridge on Chappaquiddick Island, Massachusetts, following a long night of festivities.
My Days of Mercy, directed by Tali Shalom-Ezer, tells the story of the daughter (Ellen Page) of a man on death row that falls in love with a woman (Kate Mara) on the opposing side of her family’s political cause.
The 42nd Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 7 to 17, 2017 and the festival schedule will be released on August 22nd.
Kate attended last night a party celebration for her Haute Living covershoot (which you can see here) in Los Angeles. We have added some pictures of her at the event.
Kate and Jamie are officially married! The couple, who are dating since 2015 and got engaged in January, announced they wed this past weekend in Los Angeles.
Kate (and Jamie, on his account) shared this pretty picture on Instagram:
Congratulations to the couple!
Kate is currently on cover of Haute Living, for its July/August issue. Photographed by John Russo, she talked about Megan Leavey, her love for animals – and the work she and Rooney do on Humane Society, growing up watching musicals, football, the upcoming Chappaquiddick, her friendship with Ellen Page and their movie Mercy and, obviously, Jamie.
You can find the full interview below, and also on Haute Living website. Also, the pretty photoshoot is already added in our gallery. Scans will be added as soon its available – the magazine is set to be on stands next July 4th!
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 and Jamie attended today at Paris Fashion Week the front row of Dior Homme, and we have some pictures added in our gallery. More to come later!
We have updated our gallery with another portrait made during Kate’s current tour promoting Megan Leavey. This time is one she did for The Globe and Mail.
On the article that accompained the portraits, Kate and Gabriela Cowperthwaite talks about working with animals, specially comparing this current work with A Dog’s Purpose (and the behind the scenes video that caused comotion due the mistreat the german sheppard was receiving). For Kate and Cowperthwaite, the dogs’ welfare was “the most important thing at all times.
Mara credits Blackfish with turning her into an animal activist; that’s why she urged Megan Leavey’s producers to hire Cowperthwaite, though the director hadn’t made a fiction feature before. Mara’s gaze is level and her manner friendly, but there’s something flinty about her, something wary. She’s believable as someone who becomes a U.S. Marine “to get away from my life,” whose status as the sole woman in camp sets her apart even from her corps, and whose key relationship is with her dog.
“Megan starts off lost,” Mara says. “She doesn’t know what her purpose is in life. Everyone goes through that at some point – they need some guidance or passion. Through Rex, Megan finds her reason.”
There’s a strong outsider streak in Mara’s filmography. “I’m intrigued by that in a person,” she admits. “I like stories about people who don’t feel like they belong. I think all of us have a bit of that.”
Although she grew up in tony Bedford, N.Y., in a family that ran two football dynasties, the Pittsburgh Steelers and the New York Giants, as a kid, Mara yearned for escape. “School to me was a problem,” she says. “The social aspect was really anxiety-ridden for me.” She graduated high school a year early and dived into work, landing roles on TV (Law & Order, Nip/Tuck) and film (127 Hours, The Martian). Now, she says, “I’m able to wait for things that move or inspire me.”
You can read the full interview directly on Globe website.
Kate was on The Late Late Show with James Corden last night to promove the movie Megan Leavey! She played his flinch game and talked about strip clubs, and you can watch the videos below.