“Well, let’s not begin by putting my film days in the past tense,” said Julia Roberts with a familiar smile. The crowd erupted in laughter and applause. An audience member—inside the “For Your Consideration” screening of Amazon Studios’ Homecoming Sunday afternoon in Hollywood—had asked Roberts what it was like “to transition from doing films, as you were doing before, to the television world.” “Honestly, I had a sort of film experience, because we shot it like a film,” Roberts continued. “We ended up filming it by location and not episode. It’s the joy and reason why I wanted Sam [Esmail] to direct all the episodes, because I think there should be one captain and one voice and vision.” Esmail—creator of Mr. Robot—was driven by trying to stay true to the story, which was originally a scripted podcast. “I binged it, and then I binged it again right away, and then I binged it again … [Read more...] about How Julia Roberts Brought Homecoming to Vivid Life
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Julia Roberts is in a TV show. That’s a big deal. She knows it’s a big deal, that megawatt smile of hers, that Oscar-winning charisma of hers, that indelible laugh of hers, all on TV—though, to be fair, there is not much laughter in her new Amazon series, Homecoming, which is available for bingeing starting Friday. That huge, massive, movie-star Julia Roberts-ness of it all, all harnessed into the small screen. Wouldn’t it burst? Hey, TVs are pretty big these days, she laughs. (As in Still, she knows it’s a big deal because no one will stop asking her about it. She’s asked about it in press conferences. In interviews, it’s the first thing she’s questioned about. She’s on magazine covers talking about it. OK, the magazine covers aren’t necessarily a new thing—though shooting them while wearing couture and dangling off a sheer cliff and then talking to Oprah about it is. “I get it because I see that the press, as … [Read more...] about Julia Roberts Does TV: Inside Her Big ‘Homecoming’ Debut
Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges are just pretending to play a mother and her drug-addicted son in the drama Ben Is Back, aren’t they? The pair arrive at a bungalow in Santa Monica in clashing outfits, him in a blue-grey sweater and battered sneakers that used to belong to Shia LaBeouf, her in all black with a punky safety-pin necklace and rhinestone-studded boots. “Those are also Shia’s shoes,” Hedges jokes. But they share an absurdist sense of humour, and a penchant for communicating with each other in growls. Their acting careers, too, have spawned from strikingly similar DNA: wide mouths, copper hair and an Oscar nomination by 22, her for Steel Magnolias and him for Manchester By the Sea. “He was 19,” says Roberts, “a teenager.” Hedges raises his eyebrows. “Was I 19?” Roberts nods. “I have a whole scrapbook on it.” She is kidding, barely. Roberts was knocked flat the first time she saw Hedges in Manchester by the … [Read more...] about ‘I wish I had her cheeks’: Julia Roberts and Lucas Hedges on their family affair
Spoiler alert! Contains major details about the end of "Homecoming" Season 1 on Amazon Prime. NEW YORK – You won't see much of Julia Roberts' famous megawatt smile in her latest on-screen outings. In Peter Hedges' drama "Ben Is Back" (in theaters Friday in New York and Los Angeles, expands to additional cities through December), the Oscar-winning actress delivers one of her most moving performances yet as the solicitous Holly, whose son Ben (Lucas Hedges), a recovering opioid addict, shows up on the family doorstep on Christmas Eve and asks to spend the holiday together. It's a 180-degree turn from her role in Amazon Prime's twisty, 10-episode "Homecoming" (now streaming) as the reticent and at times terrifying Heidi Bergman, who is hired as the lead administrator of a mysterious operation for returning veterans. But when she learns the government-sponsored Homecoming program's true intentions – to wipe soldiers' … [Read more...] about Julia Roberts on ‘Ben is Back,’ ‘Homecoming’ spoilers and why she can’t eat gnocchi anymore
Oscar winner Julia Roberts, one of the universe's biggest stars, is earning critical raves for her performance in "Ben Is Back." The story is poignant and timely, with Roberts playing a loving mother dealing with her opioid-addicted son (Lucas Hedges). USA TODAY film critic Brian Truitt echoed the chorus of praise for Roberts, calling it "her best film work since her Oscar-winning turn in 2000’s 'Erin Brockovich.' ” But as awards season heats up, Roberts has been shut out for "Ben Is Back." No nominations for Screen Actors Guild Awards, Critics' Choice or Golden Globes. What's going on? "Julia Roberts' awards season omission for 'Ben Is Back' is the most perplexing of anyone this year," says Dave Karger, special correspondent for movie site IMDb.com. "She gives an incredible performance. In a normal year, she would be squarely in the running." But Roberts entered a highly competitive best-actress field late in the season. The … [Read more...] about Julia Roberts is getting raves for ‘Ben Is Back,’ so why has she been shut out of awards?