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Movie beauty Rachael Leigh Cook has got engaged to Hollywood actor Daniel Gillies. However, the She's All That actress, 24, and Gillies, 27, haven't set a date for the ceremony yet. The news caps a great year for Gillies, who co-stars alongside Tobey Maguire in blockbuster sequel Spider-Man 2, set for release next summer. »
Hollywood International Film Festival
While an ungodly number of filmmakers have wasted far too much celluloid imitating Quentin Tarantino's "Pulp Fiction" and "Reservoir Dogs", Greg Marcks, a 26-year-old writer-director making his feature debut with "11:14", is the first to gain a foothold in territory that is Tarantino-esque with an original and boisterous work that stands on its own.
"11:14" has a demented sense of humor, and the cleverness of its taut narrative structure and misanthropic characterizations constantly surprises a viewer. The movie does what you wish more first-time features would do: tell a story economically with first-rate actors and no hint of self-consciousness.
"11:14" makes a perfect midnight movie and a great rental item as you constantly want to talk back to the screen to make rude comments on the sick, terminally stupid characters, none of whom is capable of carrying out the treachery that is in his or her heart.
The film is a study in compressed time. All the action takes place in about a half-hour one night with two terrifying accidents occurring simultaneously at 11:14 p.m. in the small town of Middleton, "the happiest place to live," according to a sign on the outskirts. Within this time frame, two people experience terrible deaths, a man is violently separated from his penis, a woman gets shot, three people are arrested by one very busy cop, and the only completely innocent figure is a large dog.
Marcks' strategy is to tell the story in pieces, recounting the night's events from various points of view, adding layers and characters to the intrigue until the final shot, where everything is finally made clear. There is certainly no one to warm up to, but all are strangely compelling.
Henry Thomas gets things started as an inebriated driver whose car may or may not have hit a pedestrian. Shawn Hatosy is strangely beguiling as an oaf looking for money for an emergency abortion. Hilary Swank (one of the exec producers), her teeth wrapped in braces, is a perplexed convenience-store clerk. Patrick Swayze and Barbara Hershey are the bewildered parents of Rachael Leigh Cook, the town sex kitten.
The film is shot mostly in available light and sometimes has garish colors that befit the story. Marcks' tone is one of bemused detachment as he observes frantic characters making really bad decisions under pressure. Certainly, everyone pays the price for his own stupidity. Even the music cues are playful as the score subtly plays up the increasingly bizarre behavior.
MDP Worldwide presents
a Firm Films production
Screenwriter-director: Greg Marcks
Producers: Beau Flynn, John Morissey
Director of photography: Shane Hurlbut
Production designer: Davorah Herbert
Music: Clint Mansell
Costume designer: Christopher Lawrence
Editors: Dan Lebental, Richard Nord
Buzzy: Hilary Swank
Cherie: Rachael Leigh Cook
Jack: Henry Thomas
Frank: Patrick Swayze
Mark: Colin Hanks
Eddie: Ben Foster
Duffy: Shawn Hatosy
Running time -- 85 minutes
No MPAA rating »
PARIS -- The 29th Deauville Festival of American Cinema on Wednesday unveiled its selection of independent U.S. movies in competition, plus a diverse lineup of premieres, tributes and, for the first time, a section dedicated to documentary films. Deauville favorites the Polish brothers are back in competition with Paramount Classics' Northfork, directed by Michael Polish and starring brother Mark Polish, James Woods and Nick Nolte in the story of a small town about to be inundated by the construction of a dam. Also in competition is director Greg Marcks' 11:14, the festival's only world premiere. The story of apparently unconnected incidents that converge one evening stars Hilary Swank, Rachael Leigh Cook and Barbara Hershey and comes from MDP Worldwide. »
Penelope Ann Miller has been tapped as the female lead opposite Norm Macdonald in Fox's comedy pilot A Minute With Stan Hooper. Rachael Leigh Cook is poised to make her TV series debut with Fearless, Jerry Bruckheimer's drama pilot for the WB Network, while Jennifer Esposito is switching from comedy to drama with the CBS pilot Violent Crime. Also joining Violent Crime is Matthew Rhys, while Indigo has joined the cast of ABC's drama pilot 10-8. »
4 items from 2003
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