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“renee” changed to “day one”

Author: yuzu


Date: Jul 23rd, 2013


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Posted just now on Facebook:

We’re proud to announce that we’ve changed our movie title from “Renee” to “Day One.” We’re engaging in discussions with distributors to take this incredible movie to audiences around the world. Our belief is that the new title reflects not just the story of one girl, but the stories of many.

Stay tuned next week for more big news as we announce a brand new producing partner who is helping us get “Day One” out to you!

The new website can be accessed here.

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first trailer for renee

Author: yuzu


Date: Apr 14th, 2012


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renee website launch

Author: yuzu


Date: Feb 15th, 2012


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renee the movie

Exciting news, guys! The official website for Renee the Movie has now been launched and it looks fantastic! Lots of stills, videos and more are now up at reneethemovie.com!

I have also uploaded all images to the gallery:
Website screenshots.

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2 broke girls episode 2 stills + a collider interview

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Date: Sep 15th, 2011


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2 broke girls
Click image for more stills from ‘And the Break-up Scene’.


The new comedy series 2 Broke Girls, premiering on September 19th, is about two young women who waitress at a greasy spoon diner and strike up an unlikely friendship in the hopes of launching a successful business, if they can ever raise enough cash. Sassy and streetwise, Max Black (Kat Dennings) works two jobs just to get by, while uptown trust fund princess Caroline Channing (Beth Behrs) is having such a run of bad luck that she finds herself picking up shifts at the retro-hip Williamsburg Diner. At first, Max sees Caroline as yet another in a long line of inept servers that she must cover for, but she’s surprised to find that Caroline has as much substance as she does style, and the two girls from entirely different worlds become friends.

During a recent interview, actress Kat Dennings talked about what led her to make a weekly series commitment, that she loves how real her character is, how lucky they are to have such strong comedic forces behind the show, and how being in a business as risky as acting had often led her to wonder where her next paycheck was coming from. She also talked about playing a bi-polar girl in the indie drama Renee, and how her TV contract will allow for her to go do the sequel, if she ends up in Thor 2. Check out what she had to say after the jump:

Question: What led you to make a weekly series commitment?

KAT DENNINGS: To be honest, things were actually picking up. I was getting really exciting things, and Thor was just coming out, and I was doing really interesting projects, but I got to a point where I have done so many small films, and I’ve worked really, really hard, and then they just disappear. Four months of your life never get seen, and you start to feel tired. This came at the right time for me because I had just finished the most intense shoot of my life, in a really amazing way. It was an intense, complete physical transformation, and I was really drained.

And then, this literally fell into my lap. I was feeling like, “What do I do now? I can’t do another one of these films for a really long time. I want to do something where people will definitely see it because I’m a hard worker, and I want people to appreciate it. Not because I want people to look at me, but because I’ve been doing this since I was 10 years old.” TV wasn’t something I had intended to do, but when this came, and it was Whitney [Cummings] and Michael [Patrick King], with Michael giving me my first big job, it almost seemed like a gift, at just the right time. I was like, “God, this is exactly the answer to everything I’ve been wanting.” I’m just really lucky that this came along.

With so many films going on, both indie and blockbuster, were you hesitant about doing a TV show?

DENNINGS: I’m just in a really lucky place where I’ve gotten to work with amazing film people and amazing directors, like Kenneth Branagh, and amazing casts. This is just something different. It’s something cool and new, that I haven’t gotten to do before. If this goes for eight years, I’ll be thrilled. I love who I’m working with. I love this show because it’s real. It’s more like a half-hour movie than a half-hour sitcom. It’s very fresh.

What did you like about this character?

DENNINGS: I just love how real Max is. I’m from Pennsylvania, so I was in New York a lot and my brother lives in New York. I’m very familiar with New York girls, and I just love how gutsy and real they are. Max is so hard working. All she has to think about [is] her jobs and her rent. She’s never really had a moment to relax. It’s nice to watch that journey unfold.

What is your line for when sarcasm becomes too mean?

DENNINGS: I think it’s a personality thing. I have friends who are so sarcastic, but I never view it as mean. It’s just an intention thing. Hopefully, as the show goes on, Max’s soul will start to come out and you will know her as a person. What’s so great about a show that’s on every week is that you really get to know these people. As people get to know Max more, if she says something that could seem mean, they’ll know that it’s not because she is a good person.

You’ve got two strong comedic forces behind this show, with Whitney Cummings and Michael Patrick King. Were you familiar with their work before this?

DENNINGS: Yes, I was heavily immersed, as a matter of fact. I’ve always been a huge fan of Whitney’s. She’s so funny. And, I was actually on an episode of Sex and the City when I was 14. I played Jenny Brier, the blowjob, Bar Mitzvah girl, in the episode called “Hot Child in the City.” It changed my life. Really, it did. I was a home-schooled kid, living in the forest, and I didn’t even have cable. I’m serious. We had to get cable to watch that episode, and all my little home-schooled friends and their moms saw Kyle MacLachlan’s ass. It was pretty incredible.

When is the last time that you were broke?

DENNINGS: Well, things have been going well, as of late, but acting is one of the most risky businesses you could ever be in. You literally do not know where your next paycheck will come from, and there have been moments where I haven’t worked for a year. I’m a very safe spender. I save everything. I save all my money. My parents raised me like that. It’s never been an emergency, but there have definitely been times where I’ve been worried.

Do you have any regrets over having started in the business so young?

DENNINGS: No. I asked my parents, from the time I was 4 years old, if I could be an actress and they were like, “Absolutely not! You’re going to college and you’re going to be a normal person.” But, I wouldn’t stop. I wouldn’t let up, and I was very passionate. I was a smart kid. I wasn’t a rebel. I wasn’t difficult. I was just really passionate about this one thing. When I was 10, they were finally like, “Okay, you can try it for a month. If you don’t like it, we’ll stop. If you like it, we’ll go for another month.” To have their support was something that not a lot of actors get to have. I’m so lucky they have been amazing.

What do they think of your success?

DENNINGS: They’re very happy.

Did you study comedy at all?

DENNINGS: I haven’t actually studied acting at all. As a required thing, when I was 10 and I signed with this manager, she made me take her husband’s acting class once, which was enough. Acting is something that I couldn’t recommend to anyone because the odds of it working out are so insane. I don’t know how it worked out for me. I had no connections to this industry. I had no ins anywhere. I was just a normal kid. It’s amazing that it’s come this far. I’m so thrilled.

What was it like to play a bi-polar character in Renee?

DENNINGS: It’s based on the true story of this girl, Renee Yohe, and the organization To Write Love on Her Arms. It’s an amazing organization with a lot of cool young people behind it, and it was started for her. It’s about her journey and how she gets to that point of recovery. It’s an indie film, but I think there is distribution. They’re still editing it.

Will you be able to be in Thor 2?

DENNINGS: Marvel is so secretive; we never know anything until the last minute. But, one of the things that happened when I signed for this show was to make sure that I could still do films on my hiatus, so they would absolutely work that out. I did Thor before I did this show, so they would find a way to work everything out, if I was in Thor 2.

What do you like to do for fun?

DENNINGS: I don’t know. The time I had behind shooting the pilot and our first week of shooting was the only vacation I’ve ever had, since I was 10 years old. I’ve been working this whole time. I’ve never had that much space between jobs. This was the first time I’ve had space to do anything, or to take any kind of vacation. I had all these ideas, but I ended up just staying home, reading books, watching movies and seeing friends, which was the best vacation. My mom calls it a stay-cation.

What was your life like, growing up?

DENNINGS: Part of the reason why I relate to this show so much is because we didn’t have any money when I was growing up, and I used to get all of my films from the library. My mom would get me classic movies. I actually wasn’t allowed to watch TV, as a kid, except for PBS and Sesame Street.

How did you become an actress?

DENNINGS: I grew up in Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, and my dad is a scientist and my mom is a speech therapist. It came out of nowhere. I would watch these films, and I just took that little kid wanting to be a movie star thing way too far, and actually ended up doing it. My brother’s friend from karate was on Pete & Pete sometimes, and I met his manager. She sent me on auditions in Philly and then in New York, and then I started getting commercials. When I got Sex and the City, it just changed the things I was able to get. And then, I eventually moved out to L.A. and somehow wound up on 2 Broke Girls.

Why were you home-schooled?

DENNINGS: At that time, my parents were disenchanted with the school system, and rightfully so. I was also a weirdo. I didn’t always look like this. I’m an actor now, and all that weirdness growing up has just somehow worked.


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a first look into renee the movie screencaps

Author: yuzu


Date: Aug 5th, 2011


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Screencaps from A First Look Into Renee The Movie now up in the gallery here.

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a first look at renee

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Date: Aug 4th, 2011


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kat dennings on providing the comic relief in ‘thor’

Author: yuzu


Date: May 7th, 2011


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Kat Dennings is proof positive that not all starlets are built the same. Providing a welcome dose of comic incredulity in the new film “Thor,” Dennings repeatedly manages to cut right to the quick in her scenes, serving as the audience’s eyes as the title character elevates superhero conventions to literally godlike proportions. But this isn’t the first time she’s served as a grounding influence in films that operate on a decidedly elevated dramatic level; not only did she hold her own against Michael Cera in the sweetly twee romantic comedy “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist,” but even managed to steal scenes from Steve Carell in “The 40-Year-Old Virgin.” Her own indie, “Daydream Nation,” will be released this Friday. Speakeasy sat down with Dennings in Los Angeles, where she talked about the challenges of being the requisite comic relief in a film that otherwise operates on an epic level.

The Wall Street Journal: You said that you got the role before you even knew what it was. Is that typical at all?

Kat Dennings: It’s not typical but it sort of is for a movie like this that’s very top-secret and anticipated, because they don’t want anything to leak or get out. So I didn’t really know what I was walking into because there was no Darcy in the comics. So after I got it, I was like, “oh! That’s what it is. Okay.”

How did they describe the character to you? Did they say “you might have to wear a catsuit,” or anything like that?

No, they said you’re the assistant to a scientist, basically. They gave me a rough outline, and then like a two-page scene, maybe, that’s not in the movie, that’s just a scene written for the audition.

Your character provides a very necessary element of comic relief. What sort of pressure does that put on you when you’re preparing her?

Having seen the film and looking back, I probably should have felt more pressure, because I didn’t realize that it was such an important component. But at the time, it just felt easy and natural because they filmed the Asgard scenes before Santa Fe, before the Earth scenes, so Nat [Portman] and Stellan [Skarsgard] and I were basically our own little movie with Chris, so we weren’t really aware of the other world. So it just felt very easy and natural. But yeah, when I saw it all put together, I was like, oh wow – holy s—! Maybe I should have been more nervous.

Once you got the script, was she pretty well-defined, or was there a lot of room for you to develop her background?

There just wasn’t that much of her, which I anticipated. I mean, when I auditioned, I went, oh, she’s an assistant, maybe she’ll be in one or two scenes – and that’s enough. I was totally excited about that; just being in Thor and working with Kenneth Branagh and everyone, I didn’t care how many scenes I was in. And then we had the table read, and for some reason Darcy was really well-received, and I think because everyone responded so well, they were like, there’s got to be more Darcy, and all of a sudden I’m in a lot of scenes. I’m like, “are you sure Darcy’s in this scene? Wow!” So I think Darcy just got bigger and bigger, and then she was very well fleshed-out, and the improvising we did in rehearsal is what ended up in the film. But it was definitely based on reality once we got to the shooting script.

It sounds like Kenneth made this a very collaborative experience, but does a film like this have a different kind of atmosphere than these other projects?

Completely different. Because on a smaller movie, it’s like, I wish we had a crane right now – that would be such a great shot if we had a crane. And on Thor, we had like ten cranes. You just have people who are passionate, and you also have the resources to make that come to life, and that’s incredible. So it just serves the people behind it, and it serves the film, so when you’re watching it you can feel that passion and dedication from everybody. And also, people who are passionate, and with a deep love of what they’re doing with the money and resources to make it as good as it can possibly be – which is just mind-blowing to watch. So imagine artists with unlimited amounts of resources.

How calculated do you have to be about your choices? Was the appeal of this in doing something you hadn’t done before, or id there value in doing a film like this because of the visibility it gives you?

I didn’t really have a bigger plan, but I always wanted to be in a Marvel movie. It was kind of something I hoped I would get to do one day, because I’m a big Marvel fan, a big comic book fan. And a big mythology fan, so Thor is just “it.” Thor is the end. You don’t get bigger than Thor. He’s a god. So Thor and Kenneth Branagh – say no more. I would have been a camera guy, I would have done anything on that movie just to be around that kind of talent.

You mentioned you’re a big Marvel fan. Are you just a fan of the movies, or do you collect the comics too?

I’m a fan of the films and also the comic books, but I don’t collect them. My brother did growing up, so I was always peeking over his shoulder and looking through them.

Were there particular titles you would steal from him?

I liked anything that had a girl on the cover, because I was pretty little at that time. But I vividly remember Sif, which is weird. I remember her stuff from the comic books.

What’s coming up for you?

I did a movie tentatively called “Renee,” which is about To Write Love On Her Arms, which is an organization, and it was started for Renee Yohe, who is battling with being bipolar and drug addiction and suicide and depression and all of that crap. That is something I just did, and then I did a pilot for CBS called “Two Broke Girls,” which is written by Whitney Cummings and Michael Patrick King, and that was really fun – I wrapped that yesterday.


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kat on thor, her black list script and her most brutal role to date

Author: yuzu


Date: May 2nd, 2011


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Forget the brawny gods of Asgard; as Darcy, the sardonic college intern to Natalie Portman’s frazzled-but-gorgeous astrophysicist in Thor, Kat Dennings has the weight of the film resting on her shoulders. Her snappy one-liners bring the comic book adventure down to Earth, grounding the high-flying tale of a super-powered cosmic prince (Chris Hemsworth) with a real world skepticism that reflects that of the audience.

24-year-old Dennings (The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist) is perfectly cast in Thor as the eyebrow-raising sidekick assisting the nerdy, driven Jane Foster (Portman) and Dr. Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgård) on a data-gathering trip to rural New Mexico, where abnormal disturbances turn out to be the result of inter-planetary travel activity. When a hot but clearly disoriented and potentially dangerous blond man appears in the middle of nowhere, Darcy tasers him into submission while Jane makes googly eyes; when S.H.I.E.L.D. agents raid their research lab and take everything in sight, Darcy laments the loss of her iPod. She’s a product of generational apathy, distilled down to its most hilariously cynical bits; she is many of us in the audience.

Movieline spoke with Dennings about her involvement in Thor, managing expectations for future Thor sequels, her close friendship with co-star Portman, and the status of three upcoming projects: Daydream Nation, which pits her in a love triangle with Reece Thompson and Josh Lucas; Renee, a psychologically taxing drama based on the life of troubled 19-year-old Renee Yohe; and Your Dreams Suck, the 2008 Black List script Dennings co-wrote with brother Geoffrey Litwack.

You’ve been modest about your work in Thor, playing it down in the media, when in fact you provide the film’s very important comic relief.
Oh! Well, I don’t know. I’m just really grateful, honestly, to be in a movie like this, with the people that are working on it. I’m just really surprised that I didn’t get cut out. [Laughs] But, yeah, just really excited about it. It’s not like Darcy was in the comic books so I can’t really say if she’s coming back. I don’t know, if she’s needed, then absolutely I will. But yeah, the other characters are built in, have a fan base, and have a history, so I don’t want to put my foot in my mouth and say something that doesn’t pay off.

What kind of purpose do you see Darcy fulfilling in the film, especially in contrast to Natalie Portman’s Jane?
Jane is a scientist and deeply passionate about that, and Darcy isn’t really that passionate about anything, but she just loves Jane and wants to help. So she’s sort of an eager little puppy but also really bored and really lazy.

She’s also the closest character the film has to an audience stand in, commenting on the silliness of Thor’s Asgardian traits on Earth to beat the audience to the punch.
Yes, that’s exactly how I look at it! She’s the one who says what the audience is thinking, and that’s really fun to play with. And if you say it, then it’s out and [the audience] can stop thinking it. So having someone in the film say it takes any air out of the impulse for other people to say it.

That goes for Thor’s cocky, godly swagger — he’s used to being feared and respected and making demands — and, of course, for those abs, which you get to ogle, which is what we’ve all been doing from the other side of the screen.
Yeah. It’s pretty amazing! But don’t kid yourself; that is hard. The discipline, and also to work out for the hours that [Chris Hemsworth] worked out while also being Thor in the movie Thor. So he’d be shooting all day and then he’d go to the gym for hours at night.

So I’m guessing you had it a lot easier.
Oh yeah, I didn’t have to do anything! But that was really hard. And he’s so energetic and so upbeat and so much fun. He could have been a jerk if he wanted to, but he was such a good guy.

You and Natalie were friends coming into Thor; how did you first meet?
We met on the set of my friend’s music video, actually, two or three years ago. It was called “Carmensita,” by Devendra Banhart. He’s one of my best friends. I was hoping to work with her, and then it happened!

This year in particular we’ve gotten to see the lighter side of her, and that continues in Thor.
Absolutely. She’s hilarious! She’s so wickedly funny, and people haven’t gotten to see that side of her until now.

So you two have known each other for a while, and you’re out on location together in New Mexico. What do you do in your down time?
Oh my God, there was so much goofing off. There was a lot of, I’d be sleeping, the phone would ring and it would be Chris like, ‘Meet me downstairs in five,’ and I’d be like, ‘Oh, God!’ I’d get up and we’d go to breakfast. There were a lot of tired breakfasts. That was the story of our lives. We had the best time.

You mentioned that since you shared most of your scenes with both Natalie and Stellan [Skarsgård], he was subjected to a lot of girl talk?
Oh yeah, poor guy. Poor guy. I’m so bummed he’s not here, I miss him. But he lives in Sweden so that’s probably why. It’s a little far to drive. But Natalie and I just never stop talking. Never stop talking. And Stellan was in all of those scenes with us — we’d be talking about boys or something and we’d turn around, and Stellan is just napping in the back seat. Poor guy, with two ridiculous young girls talking about silly things. [Laughs]

You didn’t read the script for Thor before being cast, so how did that process work?
They didn’t let us read a script, it was top secret. But I knew, obviously, that it was Thor, that it was Kenneth Branagh, that Natalie was in it — and that was pretty much all I knew. And that was enough. I mean, say Kenneth Branagh and I’m done. So I auditioned like everybody else.

What did you know of your character going in?
They gave me a brief character description and like two pages of a sort of fake scene, because they didn’t even use the names Darcy or Jane. They used different names so that no one could say what the movie’s about. You just had no idea.

Ah, the internet age.
People are ruthless, man. You never know. You have to be really careful.

Were you looking for a project on this scale?
I never really look for anything, I just see what comes to me. I was hoping that eventually I’d get to be in a movie like this, and it happened.

Looking at the films you’ve made, you seem to work with people that you stay close with after the job’s done.
Yeah! I’ve been really lucky. I’ve worked with some really great people and made some amazing friends out of it. I just met my new best friend, Juliana Harkavy, on this movie Renee. She’s just like a soulmate that I’ve waited my whole life to meet.

Renee’s sort of a change of pace for you, isn’t it?
It’s based on To Write Love on Her Arms. So it’s about Renee Yohe, who that was sort of started for. I play her, and it’s very heavy. Really, really heavy stuff, so totally different. And Juliana plays my best friend in it. Brutal. Really brutal. [Per the organization’s website, To Write Love on Her Arms is “a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery.”]

Is it the heaviest role you’ve played to date?
Absolutely. The heaviest role I’ve ever played, and the heaviest role I could ever play, probably. Suicide, drugs, depression, self-harm, bi-polar, the whole thing. I’m still exhausted. I just finished that a month ago.

Has that taken time and space to decompress from?
It really does. This is the first time that I haven’t really had a break, because I went straight from that into filming a pilot for CBS that I just wrapped yesterday. It’s called Two Broke Girls; Whitney Cummings and Michael Patrick King wrote it and are producing it together.

You’ve got another film coming out soon — Daydream Nation, with Reece Thompson and Josh Lucas.
Oh, yes.

I imagine it’s a tough choice to be torn between the two of them.
It’s pretty amazing. It’s very romantic, and kind of intense. Yeah, I’ve been pretty busy, which is amazing. Lot of different kinds of things, so I think my next project is a nap.

You’ve branched out into screenwriting already; have you considered moving into producing or directing?
Absolutely! I don’t really talk that much about it but I write, and directing is on the horizon one day. Directing is something I really want to do. I wrote a script with my brother which ended up, somehow, on the Black List in 2008.

That’s right! Your Dreams Suck. What’s going on with it now?
It’s still… I mean, the process of getting a movie made is so ridiculous so it’s still in the pipeline. We have amazing producers and we’re giving it to people to read right now.

Do you plan on acting in it as well?
No. Just writing!


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kat and chad michael murray talk about filming renee

Author: yuzu


Date: Mar 25th, 2011


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When director Nathan Frankowski came here to shoot the movie “Renee,” I wanted to see if there was more to Orlando than just theme parks. I wanted to see the gritty underside of the city.”

He would need that for “Renee,” a drama built around the life story of Central Florida native Renee Yohe, whose battles with depression, addiction and self-injury (cutting) inspired the charitable foundation To Write Love on Her Arms (TWLOHA). Frankowski wanted to film in places where the real Renee might have gone, where the addicted go for their drugs.

“We found abandoned buildings, Parramore, all these out of the way places. It’s not the Orlando on post cards and billboards. But it’s real. We’re shooting a different texture of the city.”

“Renee” has been filming in and around Orlando for the past month, from downtown to Thornton Park, Eatonville to Full Sail University in Winter Park. It’s a movie with a certain heat behind it, thanks to its ties to TWLOHA, and its stars – Rupert Friend, Chad Michael Murray and Kat Dennings. Dennings, 24, the pretty, pale and pouty-lipped star of “Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist,” took the title role.

“I have a lot of friends and some family who have been through similar things,” Dennings said this week, on location at a 1920s vintage private home in Thornton Park. “When I read the script, I didn’t think I could do it. Too difficult. But that told me that I should do it.”

“Kat strikes me as a young actress who is grounded in challenging herself,” says Winter Park character actor Brian Patrick Clarke, who plays her father in the film. “That’s who you want for a story like this – somebody committed to taking chances.”

Murray, most famous for TV’s “One Tree Hill, says “There’s this enigmatic thing about Renee that pulls you in. She’s captivating. Kat has that. She’s a very free spirit. She doesn’t care what people say. She’s gone to very dark places for this and it’s been a pleasure to watch her do it.”

“Renee” follows Yohe from her days in addiction to the beginnings of her recovery, when friends Jamie Tworkowski (Murray) and David McKenna (Friend) took her in, sobered her up and got her into rehab. Earlier this week, the cast and crew crammed into a house on Shine St. for a “Welcome Home” celebration for Renee, a scene set just as she gets out of rehab. Her parents bring her home and her pals Jessie (Juliana Harkavy) and Dylan (Mark Saul) welcome her at a surprise party. With each take of their reunion, every actor tries something a little different. The tone is flip and off-the-cuff – real.

“You look so HEALTHY!”

“Thanks. What’s new with you guys?”

“I have a manager now.”

“Shut UP!”

“You’ve gotta come hear the band next time we play. There might be a song about you.”

“That’s so amazing! I feel nauseous!”

“Renee” has concert scenes and musical fantasy sequences, since the real Yohe is a big music fan and rock bands were among the first to popularize the ubiquitous TWLOHA t-shirts, raising awareness both for self-injury and for the group trying to do something about it.

“Visually, because it’s a story about somebody abusing drugs and who is into music, the film can branch off into these fantasy worlds,” says Frankowski, a filmmaker best known for the Creationism documentary “Expelled: No Intelligence Allowed.”

Dennings says that “It doesn’t hurt to do a tough movie with a message,” meaning that this film, about the birth of a cultural phenomenon, has a built in youth audience. “And it’s an important subject.”

About that message, Frankowski, who had a hand in the script, says “We’re not setting out to have all the answers,” and Murray agrees. The path Renee takes to sobriety and self-esteem is not a smooth one.

“It’s ‘Today I’m dealing. Tomorrow, I’m dealing,’” Murray says. “It’s a step by step, day by day thing. That’s what this story says about how you beat addiction. One day at a time.”

“Renee,” which finishes filming next Wednesday, has an edge, a “name” cast and hot subject matter that invite comparisons to another Central Florida underbelly movie – the Oscar winning “Monster” (2003). Much of the local crew from that film is also on board “Renee.” Frankowski wasn’t around for that one. But he knew if he wanted to tell this story, he needed to do it where it really happened.

“The first talk about this movie was that we’d shoot it in Georgia. I said ‘No WAY,’” the director remembers. “Our producers had made ‘Letters to God’ out (in Winter Garden) and they sort of pushed me to shoot out there. But it looks like another corner of Disney World. Too pretty.

“No, I wanted the real Orlando, which becomes a character in the movie. And all these neighborhoods, downtown, the back streets. That’s pretty attractive too, in its own way.”


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travie mccoy and kat on the set of ‘renee’

Author: yuzu


Date: Mar 17th, 2011


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A story by Jamie Tworkowski about a teen named Renee Yohe who dealt with issues like drugs and depression is now the subject of the movie “Renee,” with Kat Dennings set to play the lead role.

Written in 2006, Tworkowski’s story triggered the “To Write Love on Her Arms” campaign, helping to shed light and bring support to other young people struggling with similar issues. In addition to Dennings, Gym Class Heroes frontman Travie McCoy makes a cameo in the flick, which also stars Chad Michael Murray, Rupert Friend and Corbin Bleu.

When we visited the set of the movie, McCoy told MTV News that his experience on the annual Warped Tour helped him connect to the story at the heart of the film.

“Anybody’s that familiar with Warped Tour, they’ve seen the T-shirts that say ‘To Write Love on Her Arms.’ This movie is about Renee … basically, the girl the charity is about,” he explained. “When Renee puts her headphones on, it’s this sense of escapism and she puts herself into this crazy world that music brings her to.”

Like McCoy, Dennings told us that the music in the film is a key part of telling the inner-monologue of Renee and her pals.

Regarding one particular scene, Dennings explained it revolves around “when [Renee and her friends] get to school and they want to tune out the reality of what school is, ’cause it’s pretty boring and upsetting. To escape it, they all listen to the same song, so we’re gonna see Travie perform and a lot of people dancing, which I’m really excited [about].”

McCoy, who provides the song for the scene, explained his role. “And so my song, ‘A Kid Again,’ is playing in this high school hallway as [Renee's] listening to her headphones and walking down the hallway,” he said. “And I kind of pop out from the locker as a student and roll down the hallway, but I’m really not supposed to be there. It’s just her imagination.”


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