On Saturday evening, June 29, Cristina Cuomo (Editor-in-Chief, Beach Magazine), Christie Brinkley, Dylan Lauren, Shoshanna Lonstein Gruss, and Caryn and Jeff Zucker hosted special screening of Fox Searchlight’s “The Way, Way Back” in the Hamptons. Filmmakers: Nat Faxon (director), Jim Rash (director), Kevin Walsh (producer) and stars Toni Collette and Liam James were in attendance. Additional guests included Greg Bello, Alison Brod, Olivia Chantecaille, Chris Cuomo, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Anne Keating, Kelly Klein, Hoda Kotb, Jill Martin, Julianne Michelle, Jennifer Miller, Celine Rattray, Eric and Sandra Ripert, Aimee Ruby, Alise Shoemaker, and designer Jill Stuart. The evening was presented by Samsung GALAXY, Beach Magazine, and Chopard.
From the Oscar winning writers of “The Descendants,” “The Way, Way Back,” is a funny and poignant coming of age story of 14-year-old Duncan’s (Liam James) summer vacation with his mother, Pam (Toni Collette), her overbearing boyfriend, Trent (Steve Carell), and his daughter, Steph (Zoe Levin). Having a rough time fitting in, the introverted Duncan finds an unexpected friend in gregarious Owen (Sam Rockwell), manager of the Water Wizz water park. Through his funny, clandestine friendship with Owen, Duncan slowly opens up to and begins to finally find his place in the world – all during a summer he will never forget.
On Friday June 28, AnnaSophia Robb, Jim Rash, Nat Faxon and Liam James attended a Meet The Filmmakers event for “The Way, Way Back” at the Apple Store Soho in New York City. And then on Wedesnday, June 26, usedview.com was on the red carpet for the New York premiere of the film at AMC Lincoln Square theater. Nat Faxon, Steve Carell, AnnaSophia Robb, Zoe Levin, Liam James, Toni Collette, Jim Rash, Tom Rice, Allison Janney, Sam Rockwell, and Kevin Walsh were all in attendance.
We spoke with the film’s star Steve Carell on the red carpet:
Q: What attracted you to the project?
Steve Carell: I thought the script was great. I thought it was funny and moving and the cast that they assembled was excellent. It was a great ensemble.
Q: What was it like working with Liam?
He’s a really good actor. Sweet guy and very intuitive and it’s interesting because our characters are not necessarily supposed to bond in the movie but in real life we became quite close which is nice.
Q: How did you spend your summers as a child?
Our summers are pretty low key. You know, it wasn’t like today. You plan a million things for your kids to do and a million trips. We’d go out in the woods and we’d build a tree house. I’d hang out with my friends and neighbors for the most part.
We also spoke with Carell’s on screen daughter played by Zoe Levin:
Tell me about your character.
I play Steph, I play Steve Carell’s daughter. Not very nice. Neither Steve nor I are very nice. But it was really fun and it was a fun part to play.
What was it like working with Steve Carell?
It was great because we’re both kind of similar. And our characters, we’re both not very nice and both very insecure so it was very fun to play off of him and I learned so much from him and Toni Collette and Liam.
It seems like a really fun set to be on.
Yeah I was there for a month in July in Cape Cod so it wasn’t that bad so it wasn’t that hard of a job. So we just had a lot of fun and it was like a big summer vacation really. Me and AnnaSophia were staying at a hotel by ourselves for the first time so we had a lot of fun planning slumber parties. It was really really fun.
What’s next for you?
I did a film called “Beneath the Harvest Sky,” which should be coming out next year and I also just wrapped a Gia Coppola’s new film “Palo Alto.”
“The Way, Way Back” hits theaters on July 5th.