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This week I added Stephen Elliott’s Happy Baby to our curated Kickstarter page, and today Richard Parks, who is working with Elliott on the campaign, emailed to offer Filmmaker readers one of the Vimeo videos that are being sent to backers of the campaign. Here’s Elliott talking about a girl with pink hair and the change editor Dave Eggers made him make to the text.
Happy Baby is a great book. Check out the campaign and help Elliott turn it into a film.
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- Scott Macaulay
It gives me no great pleasure to write this review. About Cherry is the directorial debut of Stephen Elliot, author of the novel Happy Baby and the superb memoir, The Adderall Diaries. How I didn't realize this until after I had almost finished writing this review is beyond me. I was checking something against the press materials and there it was, staring me in the face. Stephen Elliot, the director of About Cherry... is also the author of seven books. Fuck. I'm a big fan of Stephen's, and this is a pretty negative review. I am also the editor of a literary website, which means we run in some of the same internet circles. Would I have toned things down had I realized sooner he »
About Cherry is funnily enough a movie about Cherry. A young woman (Ashley Hinsaw) who gets involved with porn, and moves to San Francisco where she makes quite a success of her assets, while at the same time getting involved with a cocaine addicted lawyer (James Franco). So, a movie about a girl who ends up in porn industry will feature plenty of nudity and sex? Right? Sort of…Those who still haven’t discovered what the net is really all about, may be sorely disappointed as About Cherry isn’t overloaded with money shots, boobs, bums and anything else naked. In fact, it’s quite tame and while the director, Stephen Elliot, intended it that way, it just seems a bit too tame for a movie of this ilk. Especially considering how empowering the whole notion of it is to Cherry, who picks and chooses who she “performs” with. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Vic Barry)
IFC Films has unveiled a restricted trailer for "About Cherry," starring Ashley Hinshaw, James Franco, Heather Graham, Dev Patel, and Lily Taylor. Check it out below. Plot: A drama centered on a troubled young woman (Hinshaw) who moves to San Francisco, where she gets involved in pornography and aligns herself with a cocaine-addicted lawyer (Franco). The new movie is directed by Stephen Elliot, and was already released On Demand. It's now set to get a limited theatrical run on September 21st. Restricted Trailer (Nsfw): »
Of course you do. We’ve talked quite a bit about Stephen Elliot’s About Cherry here on the site, and now all our lovely Gotham-based readers have the chance to actually go see the film for free tonight in the Big Apple (we know no one calls it that, but About Cherry is about being starry-eyed, and damn if we aren’t too). About Cherry will screen tonight, Tuesday, September 18th, at 7:30Pm at the IFC Center, thanks to IFC Midnight and Fleshbot, and you can go. Not only can you go, you don’t even need to try to impress us with your contest-entering skills, just email email@example.com and let them know you want to come, using “Fsr” as your subject line. It truly could not be easier. This giveaway is only open to U.S. residents, and we’re going to have to ask that you’ll actually be in New »
- Kate Erbland
Plot: A teenager from a broken family moves to San Francisco with her best friend and get mixed up in the pornography business. Review: Stephen Elliot's About Cherry is a pointless melodrama that's not half as deep and meaningful as it thinks it is. It is not surprising to learn that it was written by people who have worked in the porn industry, because only they could find profundity in the film's very standard tale of a young, mixed up girl who finds herself immersed in the adult »
- Eric Walkuski
From Berlin to San Francisco, from Taipei to Champs-Elysees, Stephen Elliot's directorial debut "About Cherry" has been traveling the globe this year and now it's headed to a theater near you. While some folks have already caught up with movie on VOD, for those still looking to take in the film on the big screen, it opens in limited release this weekend and this new red band trailer will certain pique the interest and raise the eyebrows of those looking for something a little saucy. Featuring a cast that includes James Franco, Heather Graham, Dev Patel, Lili Taylor and Ashley Hinshaw in the lead, the story follows a young woman who goes from selling nude photos to starring in porno films, and tracks the repercussions it has on her and those around her. Adding a bit of authenticity to the proceedings is porn star Lorelei Lee who co-wrote the screenplay, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Olivia Newton-John has said that she enjoyed doing "something unexpected" in new Anglo-Australian movie A Few Best Men. The Grease star plays a politician's wife who snorts lines of cocaine in this week's comedy, which stars Xavier Samuel, Kris Marshall and Kevin Bishop. Newton-John said that director Stephen Elliott (Priscilla, Queen of the Desert) was the main reason why she wanted to appear in the movie. "[He's] a friend and we had wanted to make a movie together for a few years - I think he is hilarious and (more) »
- By Simon Reynolds
James Franco's rise to headlines these days surrounds his fascination and work with the porn industry. Just recently, he announced plans to join gay art porn director Travis Mathews for a film, which comes after his role in the IFC film "Cherry" that explores the San Francisco porn industry. Also starring Heather Graham and newcomer Ashley Hinshaw, the film is directed by Stephen Elliot and co-written by Elliot and Lorelei Lee (Nyu lecturer and porn performer). It comes to theaters September 21st but is now available on IFC Films Video on Demand and digital outlets like SundanceNOW, iTunes, Amazon Streaming, PS3 Playstation Unlimited, Xbox Zune, Google Play and YouTube. Below is a treat of not just one sneak peek, but four provocative peeks to the raunchy quest for self-discovery in "About Cherry." Clip 1: Clip 2: Clip 3: Clip 4: »
- Srimathi Sridhar
Director: Stephen Elliot
Running time: 91 minutes
Synopsis: David (Samuel) and Mia (Laura Brent) meet on holiday and decide to get married, which prompts David to journeys to Australia days later for the wedding with his three best friends in tow. But once at the wedding, all hell breaks loose…
The first of two wedding themed comedies to be released in cinemas this summer, A Few Best Men is not a particularly great start. Taking its cue from films like Meet The Parents, this British-Australian co-production is a film that lacks both originality and laughs. Essentially, it’s just Meet The Parents – but set in Australia, and with more then one clumsy character.
The plot? Two wooden lovers with little character development or personality decide to get married after spending a week together on an island. They go to »
- Matt Dennis
Sara Bentley reviews everyone's favourite part of the going to The Pictures - the trailers...
Complex Simplicity: Nobody Walks
Nobody Walks is the third feature film from indie director Ry Russo-Young. The film details the story of a young artist as she moves into a family’s home to seek help with a new project. Tensions arise as an emotional attachment between the artist Martine (Olivia Thirlby) and husband of the house Peter (John Krasinski) soon develops.
As narratives go, there would on paper appear to be nothing untoward with Russo-Young’s latest feature, for which she co-wrote the screenplay. A balance reigns, the introduction of a new figure disrupts the balance, and through chaotic and potentially destructive consequences a new balance is eventually established. Indeed, the trailer for Nobody Walks commences as such, initially progressing to suit the predicted direction. Through this simplicity of narrative, however, hints at additional »
- Chris Villeneuve
The San Francisco porn circuit gets its moment of glory with former sex worker and director Stephen Elliot's film, "About Cherry." Co-written by Elliot and Nyu lecturer and writer Lorelei Lee, a porn performer, the film boasts stars such as James Franco, Heather Graham and Dev Patel. Starring Ashley Hinslow as Angelina, a teen who leaves her troubled home and mother (Lili Taylor) behind for San Francisco with her best friend (Patel). While there, she begins cocktailing at a local strip joint, where she meets a lucrative lawyer (Franco) and begins exploring the porn industry under the name "Cherry" and the guidance of an adult film director (Graham), who was once a performer herself. Through this journey, Hinslow questions and comes to grip with her role in society. Take a peak at the film's trailer below before it comes out on VOD August 9th. IFC Midnight will release the »
- Srimathi Sridhar
Ashley Hinshaw (Chronicle) starring picture About Cherry has released its first trailer, and it’s very good. Unofficially (although she co-wrote it) the film is based on the life of porn actress Lorelei Lee (First Time Ball Busters 2) – and she’s had an interesting one according to the official synopsis:
A drama centered on a troubled young woman who moves to San Francisco, where she gets involved in pornography and aligns herself with a cocaine-addicted lawyer.
That pretty much says it all. Check out the trailer:
- Sam Carey
This summer kicked off with the unrepentantly steamy stripper drama Magic Mike, and IFC Midnight is looking to finish the season off with a hot new title of their own. About Cherry stars Chronicle's Ashley Hinshaw as a troubled.but legal.teen who runs away to San Francisco with her best friend (The Newsroom's Dev Patel). There a job as a cocktail waitress at a strip club proves to be the gateway to a wealthy but cocaine-fueled boyfriend (James Franco) and an introduction into the porn industry where she's mentored by an old pro (Heather Graham). Rather than a cheap excuse to see a young starlet bare all, About Cherry aims to challenge American society's assumptions about sexuality and pornography through Cherry's struggle to find herself. This daring drama marks the directorial debut of writer-director Stephen Elliot. A former sex worker himself, he's penned seven books including the »
IFC Films has unveiled the trailer for "About Cherry," starring Ashley Hinshaw, James Franco, Heather Graham, Dev Patel, and Lily Taylor. Check it out below. Plot: A drama centered on a troubled young woman (Hinshaw) who moves to San Francisco, where she gets involved in pornography and aligns herself with a cocaine-addicted lawyer (Franco). The new movie is directed by Stephen Elliot, and will be released On Demand on August 9th and then in theaters on September 21st, in limited release. Trailer: »
Of all the indie dramas I’ve kept my eye on, one, Cherry, has been toiling in relative silence. Ashley Hinshaw (Chronicle) is playing a young girl who descends into the dangerous world of pornography, while James Franco, Dev Patel, Heather Graham, and Lili Taylor play her friends and those who exploit her along the way.
But the best kind of news has come in from Variety, who say that, despite a mediocre trailer and apathetic reviews, IFC will be putting out Stephen Elliot‘s film later this year. Nothing has been said about the release — I’m thinking summer, if only because of basic intuition and virtually nothing else — with VOD probably complimenting the theatrical run. It’s just how they do things.
Meanwhile, THR tells us that Cinedigm and New Video have acquired rights to Citadel, Ciaràn Foy‘s Irish horror picture that came out of this year »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (thefilmstage.com)
As happened for so many other genres, the 1960s/1970s saw a tremendous creative expansion in crime and cop thrillers. The old Hollywood moguls had died off or retired, most of the major studios were bleeding red ink, attendance had gone off a cliff since the end of Ww II, and a new breed of young, creatively adventurous production executives had been tasked with trying to save their business by coming up with movies which could hook a new, young, cinema-literate audience.
It also happened to be one of the most socially turbulent times in American history. Even before the American public grew restive over the growing disaster in Vietnam, the social fabric was unraveling with self-examination and doubt. The Cold War; a certain inner emptiness that went with a period of great material prosperity; once invisible fault lines on matters of race and gender discrimination beginning to crack – all »
- Bill Mesce
On this week's episode of The Golden Briefcase, Tim & Jeremy are joined by special guest Film Crit Hulk (@filmcritHULK) to go through their latest Picks of the Week, the newest DVD & Blu-Ray releases, talk over new trailers for Stephen Elliot's Cherry and Darren Bousman's new musical The Devil's Carnival, and much more. The main topic of the night was a discussion on propaganda and recruitment agendas of films, in connection with the Seal movie Act of Valor. The guys go over war films and other examples that truly represent how film is a very powerful medium and how it is often misused to showcase an agenda. The Golden Briefcase is also broadcast Live on Wednesday nights starting ~7:30Pm Pst. You can listen in via our Ustream page or by visiting our own live page right here on Fs. The podcast is just as fun to listen to »
- Tim Buel
If this first trailer for Cherry is to be believed, stumbling into a career in pornography is shockingly easy – all it takes is one dirtbag boyfriend and one impressionable teenage girl. In Cherry, Ashley Hinshaw (who you might recognize from Chronicle) takes a few dirty pictures for some pocket change, as encouraged by her skeezy boyfriend Jonny Weston, but her cash-grabbing photo shoots have an unexpected result – they allow her enough money to run off to San Francisco with her best friend (played by, of all people, Dev Patel). In the city by the bay, Hinshaw (obviously) ends up starring in fetish porn films, falls into a destructive relationship with a coked-up lawyer (played, of course, by James Franco), and apparently lies a lot. Without that marquee cast, Cherry would sound a lot like some classic After School Special material. But while Cherry sounds a bit basic, it does come complete with an interesting pedigree – it’s »
- Kate Erbland
Pornography: exploitation of women or courageous act of empowerment? We'll leave the debate for your Feminism 101 class tomorrow afternoon, but until then you can take a look at the trailer for "Cherry" which presents an unconvincing case for the latter. Penned by Nyu writing grad and porn star Lorelei Lee and Stephen Elliot (who also directs), the film presents the tale of a young woman who pursues a career in porn, while juggling an array of unsavory characters around her. As we noted in our review of the film from Berlin, "Cherry" seems to actively avoid any real, tough questions about the decision to make smut films for money and while the performance by the lead Ashley Hinshaw is sound, it's hard to back her character when so much is left unexplored. "It is difficult to critique this film without coming off as a prude whose ingrained sexual conservatism will »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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