Bradford's Hollywood: Chris Evans, Alice Eve, and Julia Roberts

by Trisha Hound / 26 December, 2013
Also featuring Nicole Kidman, Jason Bateman, Meryl Streep, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Cooper, Margo Martindale, Abigail Breslin, Ewan McGregor Juliette Lewis and Julianne Nicholson.
With the movie version of August: Osage County already scoring numerous award nominations for its portrayal of a dysfunctional family, it’s nice to know the A-list cast got on like a house on fire off-screen.

Alice Eve. Photo/Getty Images


Julia Roberts told the Daily Mail she was close both emotionally and physically to her co-stars when they were filming in Oklahoma. They all shared an apartment building, with Ewan McGregor a few doors down from Roberts and Meryl Streep across the way. The cast, which includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Cooper, Margo Martindale, Abigail Breslin, Juliette Lewis and Julianne Nicholson, would rehearse in Streep’s apartment over potluck dinners. It provided useful bonding time, given that Roberts had to throttle her screen mother (Streep) several times. “If I didn’t feel deeply loved by Meryl, I could not have choked her,” says Roberts, who also had to slap Breslin, her on-screen daughter. “Once you’re in the flurry of all the craziness, in that part of the scene, you’re really not controlling anything. I just kept my fingers crossed and hoped we all came out friends.”

• Nicole Kidman is planning to star in and produce a film adaptation of Kimberly McCreight’s best-selling debut novel Reconstructing Amelia. Her company, Blossom Films, is developing the project as a TV movie for HBO. The riveting story is about a workaholic single mother who tries to reconstruct the events leading up to her teenage daughter’s death at a posh private New York school. The up-to-the-minute story delves into the world of teenagers’ obsession with social media and reveals the secrets the seemingly close mother and daughter were keeping from each other. Kidman has also bought the rights to another popular novel, Kevin Wilson’s The Family Fang, in which she plans to star opposite Jason Bateman, who will also direct.

• Between filming the sequels for Captain America and The Avengers, Chris Evans is making a movie of his own. His directorial debut, in which he also stars, is called 1:30 Train and is in the tradition of “survive the night” flicks such as After Hours and Date Night, with a touch of Before Sunrise thrown in. Alice Eve (Star Trek Into Darkness) plays a young woman in New York racing to catch the 1.30am train to Boston. She gets robbed, misses the train and ends up lost. A street musician (Evans) offers to help her get back home, and as the night unfolds, they learn a lot about each other and romance blossoms.

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