posted by • July 22nd, 2014 • (0) Comments

Now that I Love You But I Must Drive Off This Cliff Now is out, new interviews have been released. First is an interview Mary did with Lucky Magazine. Aside from discussing Got A Girl, Mary also talks about her favorite fashion brands, style influences and what’s next for her. You can read it in full by clicking the link.

 

Lucky: How did you first meet Dan the Automator and how did you start working together?

Mary Elizabeth Winstead: I had been a fan of Dan for a long time, since like my late teens. I was really obsessed with his album Lovage, this project he did with Jennifer Charles and Mike Patton. When he said that we should try to do something together, I was just in shock because nobody cool like that had made an offer to work with me musically, so I was pretty excited and I didn’t know if he was serious or not. And it just slowly progressed. He lives in San Francisco and I live in L.A. so it was just emailing back and forth. He eventually sent me a track and said, “Try to write something to this—and if it’s good maybe we’ll record it, and if it’s not good maybe we’ll scrap it and move on.” It ended up being “Did We Live Too Fast.” So we recorded that and just sort of slowly turned it into an album over the course of a couple years. We got together every couple months and did a song, and it just kind of worked itself out.

How did you and Dan choose the name Got a Girl?

We were really just spitballing — that’s kind of how a lot of things in this project came together, us sitting in a room shouting things out. We were stuck on a name and were walking around San Francisco going into different book stores and art museums and things and trying to get inspiration. Dan said it at some point, like, “I got a girl, got a girl,” and we both just started saying it over and over agin. There’s something really snappy and catchy about it. That’s what we were looking for, something that had that kind of energy to it and just clicked. It’s the same with the album title [I Love You But I Must Drive Off This Cliff Now]. We just said it as a joke one day and we kept saying it, and kept saying it, and it just stuck.

The sound of the album and the visual components have a very ‘60s, Mad Men, Bond girl kind of feel to them. Where did that come from?

I guess we really lucked out in the sense that Dan and I have such similar sensibilities, in terms of music and film. So we really didn’t have to talk about it too much more when Dan said he was interested in exploring a kind of French-girl vibe. I was like, “I’m there,” because I love New Wave film, and I love ‘60s music, particularly French pop. So it was really easy for us to connect. It just felt really natural.

Fast Co-Create interview:

On how they began collaborating:

“I would bring a track to her, and she would work on it, and then I’d look at what she was doing and help her flesh it out a bit,” Nakamura says. “We would do that a few times, then we figured out that we were kind of good at it, so we would block out more time. We started doing one day here or one day there, and then we were like, ‘Let’s do a week here or a week there.’ We just started tearing it apart and really making it right.”

How they decided to go with a ’60s feel for the band:

“We were trying to get something that got the vibe,” he recalls. “And we were hanging out at City Lights Bookstore, looking at inspirational stuff, and everything didn’t seem right–and then I just caught something. It just popped into my head and it was like, ‘This is what we’re going to do,’ and she was like, ‘This is what we’re going to do.’ Instinctively, we go there. We disagree about stuff when we know they’re not right. We know this was right.”

Winstead name-checks ’60s European pop-culture icons like Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin when talking about the inspirations for the album.

 

 

 

 

 

posted by • July 21st, 2014 • (0) Comments

As the title reads, new reviews for Mary’s debut album as well as her latest film Faults have come online. Click on each link to read the reviews in full.

Faults Review:

FAULTS is a two-hander, with Orser giving the performance of his career as the downtrodden deprogrammer.

Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Stearns’ partner) plays his unwilling subject, and as always she’s excellent. Winstead excels in indie roles, and the part was probably tailor-made for her and it shows. While Orser probably has the showier or the two roles, Winstead’s part is arguably trickier, with her having to walk a fine line between playing an unwitting victim and possibly something more sinister throughout her lengthy exchanges with Orser. With a good 70% of the movie being confined to a single motel room, it’s impressive how much mileage Stearns is able to get out of the film visually, opting to shoot in scope 2:35:1, which is unusual for such an intimate film. He’s managed to make a very dynamic film, with some interesting shots, and terrific sound design giving this a polished feel that makes it seem like it cost a lot more than it probably did.
NME reviewed the I Love You But I Must Drive Off This Cliff Now album:
Got A Girl are actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead and producer/Deltron 3030 member Dan ‘The Automator’ Nakamura. They met while making Scott Pilgrim Vs The World (she played Ramona Flowers, he wrote the score), and bonded over their shared love of French yé-yé singers such as Serge Gainsbourg and Françoise Hardy. The result is not unlike Lana Del Rey, but with fun instead of fatalistic gloom. Nakamura’s lush arrangements are bolstered by gentle hip-hop beats and Winstead’s seductive voice is given grit by playfully sinister lyrics: “Maybe soon you’ll see the real me”, she sings on ‘Things Will Never Be The Same’. It sounds more like a threat than a promise.

Expect more reviews tomorrow when the album hits stores in the U.S.!
posted by • July 20th, 2014 • (0) Comments

The Debrief UK interviewed Mary for on her upcoming album set to hit stores this Tuesday! In the UK, it’ll be out this Monday, July 21. Check out some of the highlights below:

Can you explain who Dan is in case people aren’t familiar?
Dan has been a force in the music world for a while now.  He’s a prolific hip hop producer, but has branched out to almost every genre.  I knew him best projects like Gorillaz, Handsome Boy Modeling School, and Lovage.  Lovage’s Music To Make Love To Your Old Lady By is one of my favorite albums.

And how would you guys describe your music?
I think we’re romantic in the Classic sense of the word.  A little ye-ye girl, a little trip hop, a mix sweetness and melancholy.

What’s with the whole festish for women with three eyes in the Did We Live Too Fast video?
The whole concept came from our director, Hope Larson.  As soon as she pitched it I knew it was perfect, and started talking about old Twilight Zone episodes and french new wave films as we went along.  And it just came together in a perfectly odd way.

The whole 60s styling is SO gorgeous. Did you pick the looks and aesthetics yourself?
Thank you!  Yes, I mostly wear clothes from my own closet for our Got a Girl endeavours.  It’s fun to get to indulge in my love for everything vintage.  I started veering away from it, but this has given me an excuse to dive back in and I love it.

posted by • July 19th, 2014 • (0) Comments

Thanks to Paige, I’ve added new photo portraits of Mary when she was promoting Alex of Venice at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival. Head to the gallery to check them out!

The third pic is my favorite of the bunch. :)

posted by • July 18th, 2014 • (0) Comments

The London Evening Standard reviewed Mary’s debut album and was met with good praise. Here’s what they had to say:

A collaboration between actress Mary Elizabeth Winstead (who you may remember from such films as Final Destination 3 and The Ring 2) and Dan “The Automator” Nakamura, Got a Girl may be a sideline for both of them but it’s a summer distraction of immense charm. Heavily influenced by 60s French pop of France Gall and Françoise Hardy, Winstead’s voice is a winsome, ethereal thing which floats over Nakamura’s lush, melodydrenched arrangements with infinite grace and a soupçon of sadness. Things Will Never Be the Same is the theme for a non-existent James Bond film, There’s a Revolution ups the tempo without breaking into anything so common as a sweat, while Winstead swears her way through the relatively punky throwaway Da Da Da with engagingly haughty attitude to spare.

4/5 stars

If you haven’t already, you can stream the whole album on HypeM and then pre-order on itunes or Amazon.

posted by • July 14th, 2014 • (0) Comments

Hype Machine is streaming I Love You But I Must Drive Off This Cliff Now in full over on their website. Fluxblog confirms the album “sounds like French and Brazilian pop from the mid-20th century,” while UK blog Dots And Dashes describes a “kooky pseudo-travelogue centered around their shared penchant for the Swinging 60s, Winstead’s blase sighs complemented by the Automator’s keen ear for swoonsome yet louche retrospective soundscaping.”

Got A Girl is the musical duo featuring Mary Elizabeth Winstead and Dan the Automator. Head on over to the website (link above) to give it a listen. It’s seriously fantastic. And be sure to pre-order the album on Amazon or iTunes. I Love You will hit stores July 22.

posted by • July 12th, 2014 • (0) Comments

Mary sure is keeping busy! Aside from her debut album shortly being released on July 22 and currently filming the A&E televison series The Returned, she’s now been cast in John Krasinski’s The Hollars opposite Krasinski (who is directing and starring in), Anna Kendrick, Richard Jenkins and Charlie Day.

The film is about John Hollar (Krasinski), an aspiring NYC artist who takes his girlfriend (Kendrick) back to his Middle America hometown on the eve of his mother’s (Margo Martindale) brain surgery. There he’s forced to navigate the crazy life he left behind as his dysfunctional family, high school pals, his father (Jenkins), and his over-eager ex flood back into his life ahead of the operation.

While it hasn’t been officially announced, Krasinski broke the news Mary was in the film via his Twitter.

Once you have a script… you need a cast. Aaaaand the fact I have these folks is surreal! #TheHollars

Hollars cast

He continued by tweeting… New additions: Charlie day, Sharlto Copley, @M_E_Winstead , @joshgroban , @parkrandall , Ashley dyke and Mary Kay Place!!! #TheHollars

So far all we know is that Mary’s character is named Gwen. Hopefully we’ll know more as filming is set to begin next week in Mississippi!

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posted by • July 10th, 2014 • (0) Comments

The Digital Fix has reviewed Mary’s debut album and it’s received a great review! Below are some highlights:

First thing’s first, you don’t have to have an equal love (or even knowledge) of French pop to enjoy Got A Girl. From the seductive lead single ‘Did We Live Too Fast’ – “I’m sure she’s very lovely, but aren’t I just as nice?” – through to the delicate finale of ‘Heavenly’, the entire album captivates. A mid-album combo of the energetic sharp hook of ‘There’s A Revolution’ and the dramatic strings of ‘Things Will Never Be The Same’ is among the most invigorating sequences of music we’ve listened to this year.

As to be expected, Nakamura’s production is crisp but few might expect the vocal range and strength of Winstead. Magnetic and confident in various styles throughout, Winstead even gets the chance to bring out her mischievous punk rocker on ‘Da Da Da’, while she could be soundtracking her own romantic drama with ‘I’ll Never Hold You Back’ – “As the cold sets in / I hear your voice from within / And now you’re everywhere I turn”.

All in all, I Love You But I Must Drive Off This Cliff Now is not only one of the year’s strongest debuts, but also one of its most surprising delights. Quite how much more we’ll see of Got A Girl remains to be seen but, based on this auspicious effort, we’ll follow them wherever they go

Final score– 8/10

posted by • July 7th, 2014 • (0) Comments

Oh, man. I can’t wait to pick up this album on July 22. Got A Girl has released a new track from their upcoming debut album I Love You But I Must Drive Off This Cliff Now entitled ‘There’s A Revolution’. You can hear the catchy song here. Be sure to pre-order the album on Amazon or iTunes if you haven’t done so already! And in case you missed it, you can watch the music video for the first track, ‘Did We Live Too Fast’ here.

 

posted by • July 4th, 2014 • (0) Comments

Aside from premiering at the FrightFest this August, FAULTS will also be premiering at Possible Worlds Australia’s Festival of American and Canadian Cinema on August 16th. It will take place at 6:30 PM at the Event Cinemas George St. You can buy tickets for the screening here.

If you can’t remember, here’s the plot for FAULTS:

Claire (Winstead) is under the grip of a mysterious cult known as Faults. Claire’s desperate parents set out to recruit mind control expert Ansel Roth (Leland Orser) to abduct and deprogram her. Washed out, in debt and in trouble, Ansel agrees. But Claire reveals herself to be a formidable challenge. As it cunningly evolves from black comedy to psychological thriller, Faults remains utterly compelling thanks to a clever script (on the 2013 Black List of unproduced screenplays) and brilliant chemistry between rising star Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim Vs The World) and character actor Leland Orser (Se7en, Taken).

 

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