In  Phantom Thread  Star Vicky Krieps, Daniel Day-Lewis May Finally Have Met His Match    W magazine, December 2017 (in-book)   A while ago, when the actress Vicky Krieps got a call from her agent saying a director to whom she'd submitted an audition tape wanted to give her a ring, she responded at first with nonchalance. She had glossed over the names mentioned in her manager's email, and, because the audition sides were simply a block of text (“not a script,” she emphasized), she even assumed it to be a student film. But the director, apparently, loved her tape, and wanted to talk.
   Anna Baryshnikov Is Ready to Be a Leading Lady    W magazine, November 2016   When actress Anna Baryshnikov was six years old, she stepped onto the stage for the first time and launched her career famously. She had been cast as Peaseblossom, one of the handmaidens to fairy queen Titania, in a children’s Shakespeare troupe production of  A Midsummer Night’s Dream  in her native Palisades, New York. The night before her big debut, her babysitter told her, “Make sure you project so that the man in the back of the room can hear you.” She took the advice to heart. “It was supposed to be this beautiful, light moment,” she recalled on a recent afternoon in Brooklyn. “I suddenly start screaming.”
   Zoe Kazan On the Stereotype-Shattering, Unexpectedly Urgent Comedy of Her New Film  The Big Sick     W magazine, September 2017 (in-book)   When the dramatic comedy  The Big Sick  premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, in January, its star Zoe Kazan had just boarded a plane bound for Washington, D.C. Kazan and her family—11 women in total, including young cousins and a septuagenarian aunt—were headed to the capital together to attend the Women’s March on Washington.
   Meet  Lady MacBeth 's Florence Pugh, a Truly Modern Feminist Hero in a Corset    W magazine, July 2017   It’s a movie industry truism that no star is born from an open casting call. No one, that is, except the British actress Florence Pugh. But with actors for elder siblings and a dance teacher for a mother, Pugh was maybe even overly prepared for rejection when she heard about a call soliciting taped auditions for a new big-screen drama,  The Falling .
   Meet Eiza González, Baby Driver's Scene-Stealing Outlaw    W magazine, August 2017 (in-book)   There are a lot of ways Darling, Eiza Gonzalez’s character in the new heist film  Baby Driver , could be defined by the men who surround her. She’s the sole woman on a four-person bank robbing team. She’s married to Buddy, a fellow bank robber played by Jon Hamm. Even her code name, Darling, is a diminutive. And her fate sets off a string of events that leads to the final confrontation between Hamm’s character and that of Ansel Elgort, playing a prodigious getaway driver (a “devil behind the wheel,” Kevin Spacey's character calls him in the movie), code name: Baby.
   Lakeith Stanfield Makes Everything Beloved Even Better, From  Atlanta  to Get Out to His New Movie  Crown Heights     W magazine, August 2017   Lakeith Stanfield was in a pretty good mood. The breakout star of FX's  Atlanta  was nearing the end of a full day of press for his new movie, the biographical drama  Crown Heights , and ours was his final interview. He skittered from one corner of his hotel suite to another while the camera snapped, humming occasionally and gamely posing. It was the middle of the afternoon; that night,  Crown Heights  premiered at Manhattan’s Metrograph Theater.
   Meet Abby Quinn,  Landline 's Scene-Stealing Newcomer On the Rise    W magazine, July 2017   The first thing actress Abby Quinn did when she received the script for  Landline  last April was make a playlist.
   Barry Keoghan, 2017's Scariest Teen In  The Killing of a Sacred Deer,  on Terrifying Nicole Kidman and Colin Farrell and That Spaghetti Scene    W magazine, October 2017   There’s a lot that’s creepy in director Yorgos Lanthimos’s new film,  The Killing of a Sacred Deer,  which premiered at Cannes film festival earlier this year and which is out in New York and Los Angeles Friday. To start, there’s the opening frame: a still-beating, fleshy heart, laid on an operating table, held open with clamps. Then, there’s the very premise: A family of four—a surgeon father (Colin Farrell) and ophthalmologist mother (Nicole Kidman) and their two children—begins, one by one, to succumb to an undiagnosable illness. First, paralysis; then they’re unable to eat, seemingly out of revulsion for food; and then, not long after, they start to bleed from their eyes. Finally, they die. (This isn’t even a spoiler, so early are the terms of  Sacred Deer ’s social contract laid out for the audience.) There’s also the creepily affectless tone, a Lanthimos trademark, with which the actors deliver their lines, and the discordant, clattering score. And looming over it all, there’s Martin, the endlessly creepy teen played by Irish actor Barry Keoghan, who was last seen as the sweet, unassuming (and ill-fated) surrogate son of Mark Rylance in Christopher Nolan’s war epic  Dunkirk .
   Meet Grace Van Patten, 20-Year-Old Star of  The Meyerowitz Stories  and the Next Great Indie Film Discovery    W magazine, October 2017   Grace Van Patten may have had an inside track to her first role, at age eight, on  The Sopranos —her father, Timothy Van Patten, was a longtime director on the series, and Van Patten spent her childhood bopping around set—but she booked the job on her own merits.
  Ross Lynch Has Really Got the Range, From Song-and-Dance Disney Star to Serial Killer   W magazine, November 2017   It never occurred to me that a Manhattan  ice rink  at 3:30 p.m. on a school day might not be the ideal place to meet the actor Ross Lynch but here we are, at the Chelsea Sky Rink just after school has let out, surrounded by six-to-eight-year-olds munching on pizza and looking downright thunderstruck at the Disney star in their midst. At six feet tall, with an unruly mop of bleach-blond hair and dark roots, and clad in a leopard-print button-down shirt under a green suede  Burberry  jacket, Lynch doesn’t exactly cut an inconspicuous figure—even less so because the 21-year-old was, until just last year, the star of Disney’s hit musical comedy series  Austin & Ally.  He’s recognized almost immediately—at first by a rink employee, who asks for a photo and a couple signed portraits for his daughters, and then by the rest of the rink’s youngest patrons, who have been, until now at least, his primary audience.
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