Krystal Clark

Krystal Clark

Is your spidey sense tingling? If not, it should be. Monday afternoon, Sony Pictures unveiled a sneak peek of this summer’s The Amazing Spider-Man. Crowds of fans from across the globe attended special screenings that included appearances from the film’s cast and crew.

The event took place simultaneously in 13 cities including Los Angeles, Rio de Janeiro, London and New York City. Director Marc Webb was stationed in L.A., while Emma Stone and producers Avi Arad and Matt Tolmach chimed in from Rio. Rhys Ifans spoke from London, and Spider-Man himself Andrew Garfield broadcasted live from N.Y.C.

Monday, 08 August 2011 09:40

IAR Press Conference Coverage: 'The Help'

After a summer of robots, superheroes and wizards audiences can look to DreamWorks’ The Help for a refreshing blockbuster alternative. The drama is based on Kathryn Stockett‘s bestselling novel that takes an endearing but honest look at one of the most tumultuous times in American history. It tells the story of a group of women from different backgrounds, who despite their race and class bond over an unlikely project.

The Help takes place in Jackson, Mississippi during the 1960s on the cusp of the Civil Rights Movement. This is where Eugenia “Skeeter” Phelan (Emma Stone), a recent college graduate, embarks on a career as a domestic columnist for a local newspaper. For inspiration, she seeks advice from her best friend’s maid Aibileen Clark (Viola Davis), which spawns a friendship that dramatically changes both of their lives. Skeeter’s love of writing and her connection with Aibileen creates a domino effect that forces others to acknowledge their unequal and highly prejudiced society.

A few weeks ago, I along with several members of the press attended a press conference with The Help’s talented cast and production team. The group included Emma Stone (Easy A), Viola Davis (Doubt), Bryce Dallas Howard (The Twilight Saga: Eclipse), Academy Award winner Sissy Spacek (Get Low), Allison Janney (Juno), newcomer Jessica Chastain (The Tree of Life), Octavia Spencer (Peep World), director-screenwriter Tate Taylor and author Kathryn Stockett.

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