6 items from 2008
- After a decade’s worth of maligned coming-of-age portraits (gutter ball films if you ask me), Larry Clark is looking to re-configure a British cult classic from the 80’s that didn’t make big waves in the U.S. In need of a career resuscitation (Does anyone remember Jumper? and did anyone see Virgin Territory or Awake?), Screen Daily reports that Hayden Christensen is being courted to topline the re-imagining of Mona Lisa with Clark very much looking forward to directing the pic. Co-written by Clark and David Reeves, this is a remake of the 1986 film directed by Neil Jordan, about a small-time chauffeur who delves into the London underbelly with a high-class call girl. Christensen will take on a younger version of George. The $8m dollar pic is set to shoot in New York from March 2009. HandMade' Michael Ryan told the trade that “Clark had been pursuing the »
The indie horror film Deadgirl emerged from nowhere to a world premiere as part of the Midnight Madness program at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival in mid-September. To say that the film, which plays like a mixture of Larry Clark and Jorg Buttergeit, set some people off would be putting it mildly. Much to the likely chagrin of detractors, however, Deadgirl is proving it has staying power. For example, various distribution deals for the film are in discussion and festival screenings continue to fall into place. Deadgirl picked up the second place prize in the Amd Next Wave Competition at Fantastic Fest 2008. The next screenings will be part of the “New Visions” competition at Sitges in October. Screenings at Leeds International Film Festival and Stockholm International Film Festival will follow. Screenwriter Trent Haaga shared his thoughts with Twitch about the film’s origins, development and public reception. He also commented on his career, »
- Rodney Perkins
Actress Rosario Dawson has treated her father to the Harley Davidson motorcycle he has always dreamed of for aiding her big break into acting.
The sexy star was discovered while sitting on the stoop her father built outside the family's home on the Lower East side of New York City. Her dad actually told his teenage daughter to sit outside and dazzle the film crew.
She did just that and landed a part in Larry Clark's 1995 movie Kids.
And now she has paid back her dad for giving her the impetus and the stoop to get started.
She says, "I love him so much, but I told him, 'This is your Father's Day, birthday, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa present for the next 10 years." »
If Larry Clark or Gus Van Sant made a horror film I think it would look a lot like Jon Hewitt's Acolytes, a suburban thriller about a bunch of bored millenials who blackmail a serial killer. Also, and keep in mind this could just be due to the fact that the film is Australian, I detect shades of Wolf Creek intensity in the trailer after the break. Larry Clark, Wolf Creek? If already this film is making me lavish such high praise upon it then I predict good things. Acolytes just had its world premiere at Berlin's Fantastic Film Fest, and will be playing at Tiff in September as part of the festival's "Midnight Madness" section.
Once upon a time - the 1990s, to be exact - there existed on Manhattan's Lower East Side a storefront gallery populated by young street artists.
Or, as one of the artists says in "Beautiful Losers," Aaron Rose's documentary look back at the gallery he ran for 10 years, "It wasn't really a gallery. It was more of a party space . . . for rich bored kids."
Rose catches up with 11 of the gallery's alumni and alumnae - punk rockers, hip-hoppers, graffiti artists, skateboarders - who have gone on to bigger and better things.
- By V.A. MUSETTO
- No one will argue with the fact that Harmony Korine isn't very concerned with making his audiences feel comfortable. Some might say the director goes to lengths to make you squirm in your seat. But Korine's gritty, grotesque and bizarre depictions of the downtrodden, the different and the troubled simultaneously carry a visually delicate and honest beauty, for instance, when Korine opted for a Dogme technique in the highly acclaimed Julien-Donkey Boy (1999). While the glue-sniffing, cat-killing "Tom and Huck" duo in Korine's directorial debut Gummo (1997) would make anyone want to go cry in a corner, the young director infuses his characters, such as the wandering "Bunny Boy," with a helpless vulnerability that keeps you watching (perhaps against your own will). Korine's next feature, Mister Lonely, opens to limited release today after playing at SXSW and Tribeca. The pic is certain to make some kind of cinematic impression. Diego Luna »
6 items from 2008
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