FILM CLIP #6 "Friendsy's" (VO)
FILM CLIP #4 "Dodge & Roache" (VO)
The Next and Last Songs You Hear While Dodge totes along Sorry, Penny hand-carries vinyl albums from her coveted record collection. As Lorene Scafaria muses, "There's always that 'what if' question; in case of a fire, what are you going to grab when you're on your way out the door? What can you in fact physically carry? "Dodge by then feels responsible for the dog, but for Penny these albums have long had meaning to her; her record collection is something that she's taken care of for years and years – in part because it is a connection to her parents." Scafaria reveals, "Music is important to me, so I felt that this story wouldn't be complete without it. Part of showing Penny's journey was through what – if not who – she has." Production designer Chris Spellman and his team didn't have to search far for the record albums that Keira Knightley would be clutching; Penny's urgently streamlined collection is curated from Scafaria's own. Specific songs, albums, and artists had been written into the script from the earliest drafts. When asked which albums she would rescue in case of fire – or worse – the writer/director says, "Lou Reed's 'Coney Island Baby,' some Gene Clark, The Beach Boys' 'Pet Sounds,' The Beatles." Knightley states that her picks would have to be "Supertramp and Talking Heads. Also, if in fact the world were ending, I would get on the road to North Devon." Steve Carell would not take "albums because my car lacks a turntable. My family would go to Disney World, with a steady stream of Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez; what the kids are listening to these days – "'What the kids are listening to these days?' I just sounded about 85 years old...I would eat a lot of junk food, but I wouldn't steal it; I would purchase cupcakes and brownies. Chinese food and pizza, too." Scafaria muses, "I might stay put; I'm happy in L.A. I might drive north. I do have a 'what if' box ready to grab, plus my dogs and the person I'm with. I would want to be with friends and family as much as possible." Producer Mark Roybal says, "There would have to be one serious camper with full entertainment, and a limitless supply of gas so we could go anywhere we wanted. There would be debaucherous eating and drinking – within the confines of safety, since I have kids. But I do think there would be hot dogs for breakfast. "Our family road trip's soundtrack would include 'Harvest Moon,' by Neil Young. That was our wedding song. Also, U2's 'Joshua Tree,' The Band, and lots of Adele, because my kids love to belt out her songs." Producer Joy Gorman Wettels demurs, "I'd do anything within reason that's under a good rationale. If the idea of living on an island in Greece is moot, I would just try to relax." For everyone on the set, variations on these questions and answers were invariably put forth and debated on a daily basis. What Scafaria had described as the "wonderful group of actors," many of whom were on-set for just a couple of days, proved eager to chat with each other and the crew between takes, comparing notes on ultimate musical collections and cities of their final destinations. Actor Derek Luke offers, "I'd go and find people to help, or friends that I need to apologize to." Actress Connie Britton reflects, "I would probably drive across the country and I would listen to every single kind of music, especially music from my childhood and Prince's '1999,' even though he was off with the year by a little bit." Expanding on Britton's playlist, Scafaria's assistant Virginia Shearer "would take 'Purple Rain,' 'Sign o' the Times,' 'Dirty Mind,' and 'Controversy.' And, Prince himself." Actress Melanie Lynskey comments, "My husband and our dog and I would hopefully go to Savannah. I'd bring The Cure and The Smiths and Pavement, and just listen and feel comforted." Camera loader/production assistant Josh Novak picks "anything by Otis Redding – let's just say 'Greatest Hits,' for the sake of not carrying bulk on the road trip to somewhere peaceful and tropical." Opting for neither peaceful nor tropical, actress Gillian Jacobs enthuses, "I've never really broken any laws in my life, so I'd probably break a lot of them. I would probably destroy a lot of buildings using heavy equipment from construction sites. Maybe crash cars into medians on the highway, firebomb empty buildings – standard stuff." Actor Patton Oswalt states, "I would have the theme to the TV show The Facts of Life on a loop, and drive towards Elton John, wherever he was. Because I'd want to hear him sing 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road' while the meteor was approaching us; I just don't think there's any better way to end the world." Gail Scafaria, the writer/director's mother, says, "Just to be with Lorene. Yeah, that would be it." Steve Carell stars as Dodge in Lorene Scafaria's SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD, a Focus Features release. Beginning at the End Well before the whole world and/or one's own life might end, every one of us ponders how we will face that moment. Steve Carell says, "I think Lorene Scafaria's story beautifully transcends aspects of the normalcy of life. The movie is about finding the value of life, and finding what makes you happy." Scafaria reflects, "Time is the great equalizer, and our time here is limited. Everyone can relate to that, and hopefully learn from it. One of the most precious things you can offer to another person is your time." Producer Steve Golin says, "I feel everyone harbors the beliefs that somebody is out there for them and that options exist." Producer Mark Roybal adds, "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World is about coming together at the most crucial time – at the end of time. It's profound, funny, and uplifting." Keira Knightley offers, "For these two, it's about what suddenly becomes important. I think what's actually being said here is, why do we not live as we should live? Why do we not see what things are important? Why do we not spend time with the people that we love? We act as if we have 'tomorrow and tomorrow and tomorrow,' but what if we don't? "That's why I found the story so optimistic; aside from the occasional riot, positive things will come forth from humanity at the turning point." © MMXI DODGE PRODUCTIONS, LLC ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. DODGE PRODUCTIONS, LLC IS THE AUTHOR OF THIS FILM (MOTION PICTURE) FOR THE PURPOSE OF COPYRIGHT AND OTHER LAWS. THIS IS A WORK OF FICTION. THE CHARACTERS, INCIDENTS, AND LOCATIONS PORTRAYED AND THE NAMES HEREIN ARE FICTITIOUS, AND ANY SIMILARITY TO OR IDENTIFICATION WITH THE LOCATION, CHARACTER OR HISTORY OF ANY PERSON, PRODUCT OR ENTITY IS ENTIRELY COINCIDENTAL AND UNINTENTIONAL. 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A Focus Features, Mandate Pictures, and Indian Paintbrush presentation of an Anonymous Content production. A Lorene Scafaria Film. Steve Carell, Keira Knightley. Seeking a Friend for the End of the World. Connie Britton, Adam Brody, Rob Corddry, Gillian Jacobs, Derek Luke, Melanie Lynskey, T.J. Miller, Mark Moses, Patton Oswalt, William Petersen. Casting by Jeanne McCarthy, CSA and Nicole Abellera. Line Producer, Patty Long. Co-Producers, Kelli Konop, Jeff Sommerville. Music by Rob Simonsen and Jonathan Sadoff. Music Supervisor, Linda Cohen. Costume Designer, Kristin M. Burke. Film Editor, Zene Baker. Production Designer, Chris Spellman. Director of Photography, Tim Orr. Executive Producers, Nathan Kahane, Nicole Brown. Produced by Steve Golin, Joy Gorman Wettels. Produced by Steven Rales, Mark Roybal. Written and Directed by Lorene Scafaria. A Focus Features Release. RELEASE DATES: 8 AUGUST 2012 (FRANCE) / 22 JUNE 2012 (USA)
Writer and director Lorene Scafaria on the set of SEEKING A FRIEND FOR THE END OF THE WORLD, a Focus Features release.
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FILM CLIP #3 "What Was The Question?" (VO)
INTERVIEWS #1 Keira Knightley "Penny" (VO)
INTERVIEWS #3 Lorene Scafaria (Writer/Director) (VO)
FILM CLIP #1 "Armageddon Insurance" (VO)
FILM CLIP #2 "Last Supper" (VO)
FILM CLIP #7 "Mudslides" (VO)
FILM CLIP #5 "Rest of Your Life" (VO)
INTERVIEWS #1 Steve Carell "Dodge" (VO)
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ANNA KARENINA A Focus Features release of a Working Title Films' Drama directed by Joe Wright starring Keira Knightley, Jude Law, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Alicia Vikander.
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