Austenland, a romantic comedy starring Keri Russell, is one of the rare romantic comedies that premiered at this year's Sundance Film Festival. I got a sneak peek at the film, so check out my review to find out why it shows promise — even if it's a little over-the-top.
Keri Russell debuted, celebrated, and promoted her romantic comedy Austenland at the Sundance Film Festival over the weekend. Keri kept cozy for the red carpet and changed into a cute, casual plaid shirt for her press day on Saturday. The actress sipped on a pint of beer during her interviews, but couldn't stay at the festival for long. Both she and costar Bret McKenzie hopped on flights out of town by Saturday afternoon. The movie is apparently already getting interest from studios looking to snap up the distribution rights. Austenland is produced by Twilight creator Stephenie Meyer. Keri stars as a woman infatuated with all things Jane Austen, and Stephenie talked about taking on the issue of obsession, which she, of course, knows about firsthand from all her experience with the worldwide vampire phenomenon. Stephenie said in an interview, "I have seen firsthand fanatic fans, passionate people who want to live in that world so badly, who want to be a part of it."
It's been years since Keri Russell had had her own TV show, but now the actress is a back in a series that puts her in situations Felicity Porter would never have dreamed of. In The Americans, Russell plays a Russian agent devoted to the motherland during the Cold War-era 1980s, along with her onscreen husband Matthew Rhys. I've checked out the FX show's pilot, so I have some insight into whether The Americans might be the next TV series you can't miss.
- What it's about: Phillip (Rhys) and Elizabeth (Russell) are the average American couple living in the suburbs in the 1980s, with the perfect nuclear family (one son and one daughter) — only they're actually not American at all. In fact, Phillip and Elizabeth are Russian agents just posing as citizens and doing work as KGB agents.
- Where it works: Russell and Rhys have fantastic chemistry, which serves their interesting relationship; though they've been "together" for years, it's a business arrangement. However, when the series picks up, we find them developing real feelings for each other (which may conflict with the fact that some of their missions involve them engaging in sexual activity with targets for information).
- Where it doesn't: Some people may be uncomfortable essentially rooting for the enemy, though the cast and crew recently acknowledged that and hope you can watch with an open mind. Also, Russell's latent Russian accent, which emerges in her flashback scenes, is hard to take seriously.
- You might like this show if: You were on Brody's side in season one of Homeland.
- When it's on: Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on FX
Watch a preview and see some photos from The Americans after the jump.
It's easy to want everything a celebrity is wearing when they're decked out in custom couture or head-to-toe designer pieces. A true testament to celebrity style might just be what happens when they stick to the basics and make those essentials look amazing. Enter Keri Russell looking particularly chic in just a cable-knit sweater, distressed jeans, and leather oxfords (while arriving at the airport, no less). She reaffirmed our love of the classics with a neutral color palette and an updated play on jeans, Winter sweaters, and easy flats that relied on cool proportions and just a touch of the trends. She traded the usual dark denim for a downtown-feeling distressed pair, then added oxfords in favor of ballet flats or booties for a cooler, tomboy twist. It's not complicated; Keri makes looking good look easy (and we love that). Just shop our editors' picks below to channel the same effortless everyday style.
Keri Russell is coming back to the small screen with The Americans, but her new FX series is a far cry from her college life on Felicity. Russell plays a Russian undercover agent posing as an American woman in the 1980s, while Brothers and Sisters' Matthew Rhys plays her husband and fellow agent. The stars and their show-runners came to TCA to talk about the physical demands of playing secret agents and whether we'll be rooting for the other side on the Cold War-set show.
- Since Russell and Rhys play KGB spies working against the American government, the panel was asked who and what we're supposed to root for. Executive producer Joel Fields said that's one of the big questions of the series, but admitted, "It's a little difficult to get used to, [but] we want you to root for the KGB." Russell joked that they "will rewrite history," but the intent is that the audience also roots for the relationship of Philip and Elizabeth (Rhys's and Russell's characters), since they're essentially in an arranged marriage on assignment. Creator Joe Weisberg added that The Americans is "a show about marriage, and the marriage is an allegory for international relations."
- Russell's role is very physical, and it sounds like she's enjoying her stunts, which include kicking a man's head into a wall in the pilot. She said that's "the cool part of this job: experiencing that kind of masculine aggression." Rhys mentioned that their preparation included martial arts training and that Russell's dance background also helped her.
- Rhys talked about the parallels of being a Welsh actor playing Americans on screen with this role as a Russian man pretending to be an American. He said that in both cases, there's "a fine line of being so American that you're drawing too much attention to yourself." Rhys joked that to avoid being too American, he concentrates on "not overemphasizing my R's or wearing too many baseball caps." Russell added jokingly, "That's what we do."
Keri Russell prepared for a morning's work on the NYC set of The Americans yesterday. She was equipped with a coffee in hand as she and her costar Matthew Rhys geared up to shoot scenes for their upcoming '80s-era show. Last month, Keri wore a wig to film with Matthew before a holiday break. The two actors will step into action as Russian KGB spies posing as an American couple living in the suburbs of Washington DC when the drama premieres Jan. 30 on FX. Keri also closed 2012 with the celebration of her second child, daughter Willa's, first birthday on Dec. 27.
Keri Russell sported a short wig while filming The Americans in NYC yesterday. The TV series will premiere on FX Jan. 30 and also stars Matthew Rhys, who was previously part of the Brothers and Sisters cast. Keri and Matthew have been working on the project since the Summer and it looks like they're fitting in a few final scenes before the holiday break. It's an especially exciting festive season for Keri, since it's her daughter Willa's first. She was born just after Christmas last year, joining big brother River. Keri and her family of four have plenty of celebrations to come, including the Sundance premiere of Keri's Austenland next month.
There's nothing wrong with keeping it real simple, and that's exactly what Keri Russell showed off in spades in LA yesterday. Dressed in a breezy white button-up shirt, denim ankle-cut jeans, and tan-colored Worishofer sandals, the low-key starlet proved that even the easiest of pieces can make an effortlessly polished and, in this case, totally classic style statement. The key to Keri's spot-on look was her impeccable attention to details: the tucked-in shirt, the preppy tortoiseshell sunglasses, and the subtle addition of a few gold bracelets all contributed to a strategic juxtaposition of undone-meets-refined styling. We think it's the perfect off-duty combo that — with a quick patent-leather heel and tailored-blazer switchup — can transition into an any-occasion ensemble. To re-create Keri's Summer outfit, just shop our editors' picks below.
Keri Russell flashed a smile when she arrived at the airport in LA yesterday. She looked chic and pulled-together in a white button-down, cuffed jeans, and Worishofer sandals. Keri was last in NYC, where she's spent much of the last few months with her young family. Keri and her husband, Shane Deary, welcomed a daughter, Willa, who was born at the end of December last year. Willa made Keri and Shane's oldest, 5-year-old River, a big brother. Keri's had work to focus on in addition to her growing brood. She's worked on the big-screen project Austenland and made a TV movie for FX called The Americans. Next up for her is a role in the thriller Dark Skies.
Keri Russell got into character on the Mamaroneck, NY, set of The Americans yesterday. She was joined by costar Matthew Rhys, who previously starred in Brothers & Sisters, for the day of filming. Keri's been working on the FX project all month and has been donning various '80s-style outfits, including high-waisted Guess jeans, for her role. Keri already has an exciting year behind her as she heads into the Summer. She and husband Shane Deary adjusted to life as a family of four after welcoming daughter Willa Lou in December, and Keri marked her 36th birthday. It was Shane being celebrated this weekend, though, since he was one of many new Hollywood dads to be recognized on Father's Day.