Girls Against Boys
Danielle as Shae
February 1, 2013 (limited)
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Directed by: Austin Chick
Status: Coming soon!
"Nearlyweds" (TV Movie)
Danielle as Erin
January 12, 2013
Genre: Drama, Romance
Status: Coming Soon!
(TV Series - Guest)
Danielle as Juliette
January 23 - Feb 20, 2013
Episodes: 5 Episodes
Status: Coming Soon!
Danielle as TBA
Release Date: 2013
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Directed by: Jordan Alan
Danielle as TBA
Release Date: 2013
Directed by: Unknown
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In addition to speaking more about ‘Girls Against Boys,’ Danielle also revealed another upcoming movie she worked on during last fall: ‘Time Lapse’! Read the whole interview with Bloody Disgusting to find out what the project is about!
It’s an intense film, what were your initial thoughts when you read the script?
I was initially attracted to the film because it was a female role that wasn’t someone’s girlfriend or daughter. It really is Shae’s journey, she experiences a really terrible assault and then starts to cope with it. As an actor that was really attractive, as well as the big twist at the end that left me with a lot of questions. It was just a great script as well, I liked it from the get-go. And then I got a chance to talk to Austin [director Austin Chick] and we hit it off. I’m so glad I got the chance to work with him.
I really wanted the chance to bring Shae to life and to fill her out. We only see her in such a brief window of time, the majority of the film takes place over one weekend. So working with Austin and being delicate and respectful to the experience that Shae had gone through was important. He also sent me some films to watch prior to shooting, just so I could get a better sensibility of what he wanted and that was really helpful as well.
You mention the condensed time period the film takes place in, what’s your trick to navigating Shae’s arc through this? She goes from a victim to victimizer almost, but you still need the audience to be on her side.
Austin and I talked a lot about it from the get-go. Just the arc of the character and the beats we wanted to hit, and I really relied on him to guide me onset to help realize his vision.
I’ve been posting some interviews with the crew of ‘Girls Against Boys’ lately, but here’s one with Danielle Panabaker herself. She recently spoke to Shockya.com, here’s what she had to say:
Danielle Panabaker is no stranger to big-screen gnarliness, having co-starred in horror fare like “Friday the 13th,” “The Ward,” ”The Crazies” and even “Piranha 3DD,” in all its goofy, gory glory. In her new film, though, writer-director Austin Chick’s “Girls Against Boys,” Panabaker is on several occasions the one wielding weapons rather than being terrorized. She stars as Shae, a naïve college student who, after getting dumped by her married older lover (Andrew Howard) and victimized by a scuzzy guy (Michael Stahl-David) she meets on the rebound at a party, gets drawn into a twisted plan for revenge by her coworker Lu (Nicole LaLiberte). Together, the two embark upon a gruesome killing spree. For ShockYa, Brent Simon had a chance to speak to Panabaker one-on-one this week, about her take on the twisty movie, and why she’s probably done for good with Captain Crunch cereal. The conversation is excerpted below:
ShockYa: How did the movie first come your way, and what was your reaction to the script since the film can kind of be interpreted at least two ways?
Danielle Panabaker: Absolutely — [just] that I think was my initial reaction. It’s a film — even from the first read-through of the script — that left me asking questions, and I wanted to know more. For me, I think that’s always a sign of something intriguing. So that’s where it started. The script was sent to me and I was out of town shooting something else so I hopped on Skype to chat with Austin and really get his perspective, and see where as a writer-director he was coming from – how he saw these characters and their relationship and journey.
ShockYa: In that conversation with him, since it sounds like the script really embodied that ambiguity quite well, did he pull back the curtain a little bit or did he, as some artists do, say, “Hey those are both valid interpretations” (of the story)?
DP: That’s exactly what he said, and I ultimately had to come to a conclusion myself, for my own work on the character, as to just how I perceived everything. So we had a lot of conversations. I think I was definitely the chatty actor – talking about my process and what I was working on, my thoughts – and getting some guidance from him as to what he was looking for, just in terms of Shae’s experience as she starts to cope with this really traumatic event.
This time coming from Washington Square News, a short but great review of Danielle’s latest flick:
From director Austin Chick (“XX/XY”) comes “Girls Against Boys,” a film starring Danielle Panabaker as Shae, a girl whose life is changed forever upon meeting Lu (Nicole LaLiberte). Looking for some fun, Lu takes Shae around to some warehouse parties, where they go home with a few guys. Things take a turn for the worse when one of the guys, Simon (Michael Stahl-David), forces himself on Shae under the pretense of taking her home safely. When the police prove unhelpful, Shae and Lu take justice into their own hands, and their friendship becomes something dangerous and disturbing.
Although the film may sound like nothing more than a simple story of revenge, “Girls” is much more than that. The film makes a conscious effort to deal with the objectification of women, a theme subtly featured in every man’s interaction with Shae and Lu.
The two lead actresses are the film’s greatest strength. Panabaker is particularly impressive as a naive college girl, while LaLiberte is incredibly convincing as a dangerous and obsessive woman. Rather than overplaying the role of a murderer, LaLiberte makes Lu appear devoid of human feeling. Lu’s blank stares combined with her ability to kill a person without a thought make her actions all the more haunting.
“Girls” also experiments with many different angles and shots. The dance scenes in the clubs are among the most interesting in the film. The action and noise are turned down and all the audience can hear is Shae’s breathing, which, when combined with the intense focus on her face, makes it seem as though the audience is witnessing a transformation.
The scene of Shae’s attack is also artfully constructed. Rather than focusing on the violence of the crime, the camera remains focused on the keys dangling from her door while she and Simon are out of focus on the side of the screen. The audience can still hear her struggles, and the sound of pain proves more effective than actually showing the act.
“Girls Against Boys” is an interesting take on the idea of women seeking revenge, and it even questions the very idea of justice. The film asks the question of who is truly to blame for the murders — is it Shae, or is it the objectification in our society? Viewers interested in dark humor, the errors of society and seeing women take things into their own hands will enjoy what Chick’s newest film has to offer.
If you are in the LA area make sure you join Danielle Panabaker, the director and the rest of the cast of ‘Girls Against Boys’ this Saturday, February 2nd!
Join us for a special Q&A with the director and cast of GIRLS AGAINST BOYS on Saturday, February 2nd!
Where: Laemmle Noho
5240 Lankershim Blvd
North Hollywood, CA 91601
When: Saturday, February 2nd. Cast and crew Q&A after the 7:45PM, cast and crew intro the 10:15PM performance.
Talent participating includes: Danielle Panabaker, Nicole LaLiberte, Liam Aiken, Michael Stahl-David, Andrew Howard, and director Austin Chick.
GIRLS AGAINST BOYS opens in New York & Los Angeles on Friday, February 1st.
Here’s another ‘Girls Against Boys’ clip coming from ShockTillYouDrop! Check your local listings because the film opens in limited LA & NYC locations THIS FRIDAY!
HD screencaptures of Danielle Panabaker on last Wednesday’s episode of “Necessary Roughness” have been added to the gallery!
Juliette Pittman made a strong return to the show. After the death of her father, she gets to keep the New York Hawks team. She hates football, so she can’t quite undertand why her daddy left her the only thing she couldn’t stand. The episode was very interesting, and Danielle’s appearance was funny, sexy and dramatic, all in 40 minutes! Can’t wait to see what Juliette has in store for the team!
Check out the screencaptures by clicking on the thumbnails below:
Arrow in the Head released an exclusive clip from Danielle Panabaker’s latest indie flick, ‘Girls Against Boys,’ which opens in limited theaters February 1st! Check it out below:
Check out a clip from next week’s episode of “Necessary Roughness,” Hits and Myths. Don’t miss it next Wednesday, January 30th at 10/9c on USA Network!
Yes! You read it right, not only will we get to see Danielle Panabaker weekly on TV thanks to her “Necessary Roughness” appearances (How great was her comeback?! Btw), but she’s also returning for more “Bones” sooner than we expected! Coming from TVLine:
The Bones episode that you and Michael were talking about on Spoiler Alert!, the one dealing with Sweets’ childhood, does it have a title yet? Also related to Sweets: Is Danielle Panabaker returning anytime soon? –Ed
I’ve got a two-for-one special for you, Ed: The aforementioned semi-Sweets episode, “The Fact in the Fiction,” is tentatively scheduled to air Feb. 25. But you’ll want to also tune in Feb. 11, when Panabaker reprises her role as FBI Special Agent Olivia Sparling. (That episode, “The Shot in the Dark,” is the one in which a gunned-down Brennan “reunites” with her mother.)
So mark your calendars, fans. FBI Special Agent Olivia Sparling is back on TV on February 11!
USA Network has released the descriptions for two of the upcoming “Necessary Roughness” episodes. Danielle will be featured in both of them!
Season 2, Episode 12: FROZEN FISH STICKS (TV-14-D-L)
January 23, 2013 9/10C
Dr. Dani wants to get back to work with her patients, but getting there might require her to become a patient herself. TK returns to the Hawks ready to work, only to find that another wide-out has taken his place. Juliette Pittman (Danielle Panabaker), Nico, and the Hawks’ front office clash in the wake of Pittman’s death.
Season 2, Episode 13: HITS AND MYTHS (TV-PG-D-L-S)
January 30, 2013 9/10C
Dr. Dani treats two famous rockers. TK struggles to navigate team politics in a bid to get his old job back. The team tries to adjust to Juliette’s bizarre brand of leadership. Dani’s subconscious is telling her something about her love life, but what?