Jacob Tremblay & Vera Farmiga for “Burn Your Maps” Interview

We present our highlights from the press conference of Jordan Roberts’ Burn your Maps from the 2016 Toronto Film Festival (TIFF16).

The film stars Vera Farmiga, Jacob Tremblay, Marton Csokas, Suraj Sharma, and Virginia Madsen.

A family in emotional turmoil is taken by surprise in this quirky adventure where an eccentric 8-year-old American boy, Wes, has an existential epiphany – He believes that he is in fact a Mongolian goat herder.

It’s been quite a ride for the cast, and here they talk about filming up in Calgary, watching Jacob fighting storms, playing with goats and riding a horse. It’s been quite a ride for the young star.



Vera Farmiga went on to talk about working with Jacob, the chemistry between them and how the young actor is open, mischievous and very savvy. She also talks about she was inspired by the relationship between the actor and his mother, which she used in their time on screen.



It was an easy choice for Farmiga to make, here she talks about reading the story and how the love and hope inherent in the script and the connection she made with her own life at the time.



Moving on to the director Jordan Roberts, and here he talks about casting the ‘little squirt’, and how he first encountered Jacob Tremblay from an audition tape. He talks of the honesty that the actor displayed, and how they came to cast him.



Tremblay himself talked about playing the character of Wes, and why the strange story connected with him.



He also talked about learning riding a horse, how to feed a goat, though they smell, and the general experience. And a note from the young actor – riding a horse without a saddle is painful…



With his role in Room blowing the roof off, so to speak, the young actor’s career. Here he talks about getting the role, and how the director and he worked on creating the character once he was cast.



The director expressed his surprise at how perfect Calgary doubled for Mongolia, and how easily it matched the environment.



Having filmed the movie in Canada it made sense for the director to be invited back for the Toronto Film Festival. He talks about how important Canada was to him personally and the film, particularly the kindness of the people.

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‘Bates Motel’ Season 4 Spoilers

‘Bates Motel’ Season 4 Spoilers: Is Vera Farmiga’s Norma Getting A New Love Interest?

Sorry, Normero shippers, but it seems that Norma (Vera Farmiga) is getting a new love interest in season 4 of “Bates Motel.”

TVLine was first to report the speculation along with the news that the A&E drama-thriller is casting the recurring role of Gregg Edwards, a “compassionate, grounded and empathetic” doctor at Pineview Mental Institution in his 40s who “walks a fine line between professional curiosity and personal investment in his patients’ lives.”

Whether or not Gregg ends up as a new love interest for Norman’s (Freddie Highmore) mom, fans who ship Norma and Sheriff Romero (Nestor Carbonell) together won’t be disappointed, as series executive producer Carlton Cuse previously suggested that the pair will eventually become a couple.

“Our intention is to make people want them to get together,” Cuse said of Norma and Romero in an interview with Yahoo TV in April. “When that might happen, [fellow executive producer] Kerry [Ehrin] and I wouldn’t want to say right now, but that’s exactly what you should be feeling. You should be wanting them to get together.”

“We feel like we have an epic couple with Norma and Romero. We plan to deliver on the promise of that at some point, in some form,” he added.

And that seems to be the case, as viewers saw Romero killed Bob Paris (Kevin Rahm) in the season 3 finale not because he will personally benefit from his death, but because he’s protecting Norma, whom he has already fallen for.

“It is the first time he’s committed a crime where his motivation was murky,” Ehrin told TV Guide of the sheriff in May.”He always, in the past, knew exactly why he was doing something and he was doing it to control a bad situation from getting out of hand. This is the first time he has done something purely personal, and he did it because he’s in love with her.”

Do you want to see Norma and Romero become a couple next season? Take our poll, and let us know what you think of the new potential love interest for Norma.

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Relationship with her on-screen son Norman in Bates Motel

Vera Farmiga has a complex relationship with her on-screen son Norman in Bates Motel

In Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 masterpiece Psycho we met the infamous Norman Bates, oppressed son, psychopath and serial killer. In 2013, the television prequel, Bates Motel, constructed around Bates’ early life, and in particular his mother, Norma (Vera Farmiga), a woman hitherto met as a skeleton in the attic, but now in the full bloom of her life.

That relationship – a mother’s obsessive love for her son, and a son’s love/hate relationship with his mother – forms the psychological spine of Bates Motel.

Farmiga describes it as a swinging pendulum, stretching from an almost uncomfortable affection, to a powerful sense of betrayal.

“Norman is at that very precarious stage of adolescence where he’s figuring out what it is to become a man,” Farmiga says. “And he’s being raised by a single mother. There’s a draw to his mother, but a simultaneous [push away]. And I think what you’re going to be seeing is quite a bit of that.

“You’re going to see the most extreme closeness and tenderness, to the point of such uncomfortable closeness between them, and then, sort of, the opposite pendulum swing of complete almost alienation and betrayal.
“But I think [also] they’re just trying to find their footing.”

Our conversation touches on a range of emotions, and Farmiga uses words like “inevitable” and “demise”. To some extent, history is written for both Norma and Norman; the events of Hitchcock’s original film serve as a sort of epilogue to Bates Motel. Though Farmiga does not feel hemmed in by the fate demanded by the larger historical work.

“I don’t get trapped in that … my only mission is to have you guys, the audience, whoever is receiving our story, to really root for them both,” Farmiga says. “The task at hand for me really is to present to you a mother in all her righteousness and her manipulation.”

And to that end, Farmiga believes Norma is a committed mother, even if the fine print of the story suggests otherwise. “Everything that she thinks she is doing, is saying, [is] I’m doing the best that I can to make my son better, to fix him. And, you know, she comes from the heart in what she thinks is the right thing to do.

“She’s this, you know, mother lion.”

Bates Motel also makes rather ambitious observations about the modern world; Farmiga sees it as a work which explores the struggle of parents with their children, where responsibility sits, and how children are fashioned into adults.

“What is so vital about our story I think, especially now in the age of Dylan Klebold​ [who, with Eric Harris, killed 13 people and injured 24 others, in the Columbine High School massacre], is that we, as parents, are really struggling with our children,” Farmiga says.

“They’re growing up in such a violent world, and such a dark place. And I think this is a show that really considers your responsibility as a parent and, in that examination of parent/children relationships, how we, in fact, are responsible, somewhat.

“There’s biochemistry, there’s a neat personality, but then there’s, you know, how do we sculpt them, how do we mould them, do we hurt them, do we help them, how do we make our kids better, how do we prepare them, how do we hone them, how do we love them into the best possible version of themselves.”

The show’s second season also saw the arrival of Caleb Calhoun, played by Kenny Johnson. Calhoun, who is Norma’s estranged older brother, was part of her violent upbringing, a context which exposed a different aspect of Norma’s personality.

Johnson, Farmiga says, is a “one in a million”. “I think it’s very tricky to do what is demanded of him in this role. He can make you feel such great empathy for the character. I think this is what’s so masterful about [Bates Motel] is that we tread these really murky lines where you teeter over a little bit in this area, and it’s just profane.

“The balancing act is quite tricky, tonally, to achieve, because you want to hate Caleb, you want to judge him, and yet he’s quite loveable in this. It’s really odd, but fascinating to watch.”

Source: The Sydney Morning Herald Australia

Combat Scenes and 6 Other Emmy Contender Quickies

‘Bates Motel’s’ Vera Farmiga on Physically Demanding Combat Scenes and 6 Other Emmy Contender Quickies

Actress divulges her biggest challenges portraying the mother of psycho Norman Bates
Vera Farmiga‘s dynamic performance as unstable single mom Norma Bates in A&E original series “Bates Motel” demands attention as an Emmy contender for best actress in a drama — perhaps even more so now than when she was first nominated for the role in 2013.
Over three seasons, Farmiga has portrayed Norma’s emotional unraveling as her serial-killer son Norman Bates (Freddie Highmore) slowly evolves into the character so familiar to fans of Alfred Hitchcock‘s 1960 horror classic “Psycho.” Norma scrapes and claws — often literally — to save her son from murder charges, drug dealers and his own spiraling mental health, but receives little sympathy or support for her efforts.

TheWrap talked with Farmiga about the hardest moment of Season 3 and how she would like to see the Emmys reconfigured.

What was the toughest thing you had to do this season?
The toughest thing for me to execute was the shrill hand-to-hand combat with Nestor Carbonell‘s character, Sheriff Romero, in Episode 9. He pins Norma against her wall of dishonesty, demands she tell the truth and Norma goes ape-kaka on him. I’ve never made such barbaric, merciless contact with a man’s face flesh before. An acrimoniously aggressive scene that turns emotionally on a dime into profound sorrow, then regret and then enters sexy-sexy territory of desire, graduating to utmost disgust and resignation. A freaking hard scene to sustain for 30-plus camera takes.

What was the most fun thing you had to do this season?
The biggest hoot, is and always will be presenting Norma’s freak-outs. At least once a season, excrement hits the oscillating air device for Norma and she goes postal.

Let’s assume someone has never heard of “Bates Motel.” What would you say to convince that person to watch it?
There is nothing else like “Bates Motel” on television. Our characters’ neurosis and psychopathy and dysfunction will make you feel so much better about your own.

Are you a binge-watcher or are you a once-a-weeker? What was the last thing you binge-watched?
I’m a once-a-week-binge-watcher. This week I caught up on all the FIFA Women’s World Cup games. Last week, I ran through all “Wonderpets” episodes with my four- and six-year-old. Week before that, my hubby and I caught up on all “Vice” episodes.

If you could add a new category to the Emmys, whether serious or silly, what would it be?
Best Voice-Over Introduction by a Showrunner? Carlton Cuse would nab that one. Best Recycled Extra Performer? I have a keen eye for spotting background actors portraying different roles within a single episode of a TV show. The camera operators and focus pullers are always my fave people on a set. Their crafts deserve recognition.
If the Emmys really want to improve upon all other awards ceremonies, they could retool all the Best Actor and Actress categories. Make all the actors in contention really prove themselves by having to each execute the hardest scene from their competitors’ shows and have voters vote based on that information. That would be a veritable contest for ultimate acting supremacy.

What about this show sets it apart from the thriller shows like it on television right now, such as “Penny Dreadful,” “American Horror Story,” “Supernatural” or “Hannibal”?
What sets our thriller apart from others on TV right now is that we are firmly rooted in reality. There is nothing mystical, fantastical, supernatural, spectral or otherworldly in our show. We explore the darkness of the human condition. At the heart, ours is a beautiful story about a single mom’s unconditional love of her dysfunctional child. You are swept away on profoundly moving rapids of heartache and yearning and effort that it takes for a parent to heal their child.

Source: TheWrap