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In 2010, Stephen Dorff found himself on the industry’s hot list after starring in Sofia Coppola’s “Somewhere,” a meditative drama about a Hollywood actor and his lonely daughter. Dorff recalls a stream of offers from a fickle business that he’s been navigating since he was 12.
As he sifted through the stack of scripts that he’d been sent, he finally came across what he was looking for.
“What the fuck is this doing at the bottom of my pile?!” Dorff recalls asking his agent. The movie in question was “The Motel Life,” a dramatic tale about two brothers who experience hardships after a tragic car crash.
Dorff, 40, wanted to play the part of the older brother, Jerry Lee, who loses his leg early in the film from an amputation.
“I just thought, Jesus, I don’t know how to play this guy,” says Dorff. He was drawn to »
- Ramin Setoodeh
And for the final Sundance Film Festival prediction on the 80-list, I’m selecting a film that might have premiered at both Venice and Toronto, but from my notes, has yet to make an appearance on U.S. soil. Apart from 2008′s Wendy and Lucy, Kelly Reichardt debuted River of Grass (1994), Old Joy (2006) and grabbed a Spotlight showing for Meek’s Cutoff in 2011. The Cinedigm folks grabbed Night Moves and planned a Spring ’14 release – perhaps they’ll want to roll it out at Sundance beforehand.
Gist: Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning and Peter Sarsgaard, this tells the story of three radical environmentalists plotting the explosion of a hydroelectric dam—the symbol of the energy-sucking, resource-devouring industrial culture they despise.
Prediction: Spotlight section
U.S. Distributor: Cinedigm
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- Eric Lavallee
Harry Styles is in the U.S. right now to appear on Simon Cowell's U.S. "X Factor," the show in the U.K. that brought One Direction together and turned them into global superstars. Just mere hours after landing, paparazzi caught Styles exiting a restaurant with "Keeping Up With the Kardashians" star Kendall Jenner and speeding away down the alley. Woo woo?
But here are 5 other young Hollywood stars Harry Styles could spend some quality time with:
If he likes his women edgy, he can't do better than the former "Gossip Girl" little sis and frontwoman for the band The Pretty Reckless.
2. Lucy Hale
It seems like Dakota Fanning is like 35 years old or something, »
Once programming announcements were complete for Tiff, my thinking was that all arrows pointed to Sundance programmers gobbling up Amy Berg’s new direction in filmmaking. A crime film based on the screenplay by another Park City regular in Nicole Holofcener and shot late March in NYC, this is a departure for the filmmaker/producer of Sundance preemed doc films such as Deliver Us from Evil, Bhutto and West of Memphis. Lensed by Rob Hardy (The Forgiveness of Blood), Every Secret Thing will be a sought after acquisitions title with a new newcomer Danielle Macdonald being supported by Dakota Fanning, Diane Lane and Elizabeth Banks.
Gist: Based on Laura Lippman’s 2003 novel, when a young girl in a small town goes missing, the crime resembles a similar disappearance from seven years prior that ended in tragedy. Police officer Nancy Gates (Banks), still haunted by the outcome of that case, believes »
- Eric Lavallee
The venture marks Naranjo's first english language feature.
In the untitled film, Fanning will play a roadie by the name of Viena, who hits the road on a soul searching journey with a punk band, Deadline reports.
The storyline will see Fanning's character travelling through America in the 1980s.
Production is slated to begin filming in February, following Fanning's recent work on the 2014 movie Effie Gray in which she plays the title role.
Watch a clip of Dakota Fanning in Motel Life below: »
The Motel Life starring Emile Hirsch (Lone Survivor, Killer Joe) and Dakota Fanning (The Twilight Saga, Night Moves) leads the slate announced by new distributor Random Media, launched by long-time executive Eric Doctorow. The Motel Life is based on Willy Vlautin's novel, and is directed and produced by Gabe Polsky and Alan Polsky with Stephen Dorff (Blade, The Iceman) and Kris Kristofferson (Blade, The Jacket) to also star.
Random Media's slate also includes Guardian of the Highlands, an animated film with Sean Connery (The Hunt for Red October, Indiana Jones) and Alan Cumming (X2, The Good Wife) about an aging skateboarding vet who saves a fugitive beaver, while other films include Around the Block, For Those in Peril, The Secret Lives of Dorks, The Last Supper, documentary $ellebrity and Meth Head.
Random seems to have some projects lined up and is definitely something to keep an eye on.
- Gary Collinson
Untitled Gerardo Naranjo Project
Fanning plays Viena, a roadie who’s on a journey of self-discovery and survival as part of a punk band’s convoy, traveling through America circa the 1980s. Shooting is slated to begin in February. [Source: Deadline]
A Year and Change
Greenberg plays a man who falls off a roof at a New Year’s house party. Over the next year, he changes his life - quits drinking, re-enters his estranged son’s life, reignites old friendships, and falls in love with a fellow divorcee. »
- Garth Franklin
After breaking through internationally with 2011's "Miss Bala," Mexican filmmaker Gerardo Naranjo hasn't been in a big hurry to break into Hollywood. While earlier this year he replaced Joe Carnahan on the brewing "Death Wish" remake, his most recent work has been on the FX series "The Bridge," where he directed the pilot episode. But it looks like his next feature is brewing, and it's unsurprisingly one that will have a bit of grit to it. Dakota Fanning has boarded the filmmaker's English language feature debut, which doesn't seem to have a title just yet, but will combine a couple of our favourite things: road trips and music. The '80s-set story will find Fanning playing Viena, a roadie for a punk band as they travel across America, in "a journey of self-discovery and survival." Of course, Fanning has been on this kind of similar journey before (in her role »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Random signed a multi-year distribution deal with Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment in June.
Slate includes “Guardian of the Highlands,” an animated film voiced by Sean Connery and Alan Cumming star about an aging, skateboarding veterinarian who saves a fugitive beaver; “Around the Block,” starring Christina Ricci, which premiered at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival; “For Those in Peril,” which premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival; “The Secret Lives of Dorks”; “The Last Supper, »
- Dave McNary
Kris Kristofferson is 77 and still acting, out promoting his new independent film, The Motel Life, in which he has a supporting role alongside Dakota Fanning, Emile Hirsch and Stephen Dorff. But the longtime musician, who is being honored with a month-long tribute in the Cinefamily film, Kris Kristofferson: A Cowboy in Hollywood, also reveals to FOX411 a growing struggle with memory loss. "I wish my memory weren't so bad," Kristofferson said. "They tell me it's from all the football and boxing and the concussions that I got. A couple of years ago, my memory just started going. But I can remember my songs, »
- Andrea Billups
As part of the holiday season Tiff Cinematheque gives the retrospective treatment to the legendary Japanese animated company founded by Isao Takahata and Hayao Miyazaki from December 13th, 2013 to January 3rd, 2014.
Blending new 35-mm and digital prints, 18 Studio Ghibli films will be showcased including From Up on Poppy Hill, My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, Kiki’s Delivery Service, Oscar-winner Spirited Away, rarely seen titles Only Yesterday and Ocean Waves plus infrequently screened Grave of the Fireflies.
Two versions will be made available to audience members either in Japanese with English subtitles or English dubbed versions starring the voices of Cate Blanchett, Dakota Fanning, Matt Damon, Tina Fey, Anna Paquin, Kirsten Dunst, Billy Bob Thornton, Minnie Driver, Amy Poehler, Claire Danes and Liam Neeson.
Title: The Motel Life Directors: Alan Polsky and Gabriel Polsky Starring: Stephen Dorff, Emile Hirsch, Dakota Fanning, Kris Kristofferson, Joshua Leonard American narrative filmmaking, even of the independent variety, by and large trades on story — on events small and large, and how they impact the lives and attitudes of their characters. “The Motel Life,” starring Emile Hirsch and Stephen Dorff as a pair of deeply bonded, down-and-out brothers, has both a tragic accident at its core, as well as the sort of cover-up that usually augurs more disaster and heartbreak. But, intriguingly, this bruised, purple plum of a drama mostly connects just as a mood piece about the muddy rut of low self-esteem, and the [ Read More ]
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Shooting started last week on The Woman in Black: Angel of Death, the next instalment of the most successful British horror film of all time.
The Woman in Black: Angel of Death stars Phoebe Fox as Eve, in her first leading role in a feature film. Rada-trained Phoebe (represented by Curtis Brown) who was picked as one of Screen International's Stars of Tomorrow 2011 for her theatre performances, recently starred as Grace in ITV2 witch drama Switch. She previously worked with director Tom Harper on War Book alongside Sophie Okonedo, and will also be seen in Aisling Walsh’s Dylan Thomas project A Poet in New York with Tom Hollander and BBC’s The Musketeers.
Phoebe is joined by Jeremy Irvine (represented by Hatton McEwan) playing Harry. Jeremy shot to fame when he was cast as Albert in Steven Spielberg's War Horse. He has since starred alongside Dakota Fanning in »
- email@example.com (ScreenTerrier)
Rob had a fun night out with friends in La — at his and Kristen’s favorite hotspot, the Chateau Marmont! Did he go there because he missed her? Keep reading for all the Exclusive details.
Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson may be on separate coasts since Kristen is filming her new movie, Anesthesia, in NYC. However, that doesn’t mean that she isn’t on Rob’s mind — since there’s a reason why he chose to go to the Chateau Marmont on Nov. 9!
“Rob went to Chateau Marmont on Nov. 9 with a couple of friends. He seemed to be in good spirits. He wasn’t with any girls and mostly spent time talking to his friend Jamie Strachan, Dakota Fanning‘s boyfriend. Rob and Jamie left through the back entrance of the hotel,” an eyewitness tells HollywoodLife. »
- Ivy Jacobson
Lilo & Stitch is, in effect, this generation’s Dumbo.
Having lost money on previous films The Emperor’S New Groove and Atlantis: The Lost Empire, CEO Michael Eisner decided their next film would have a much smaller scale, a move inspired by the little pachyderm, and it worked.
Lilo & Stitch was in fact the first animated feature to use watercolour-painted backgrounds since Dumbo and hand-drawn (if computer-coloured) cells. A conscious effort was made to give it a warmer,old-fashioned look, dispensing with the “Deep Canvas” technique used in Tarzan, Atlantis and it’s immediate followup Treasure Planet, and having a minimum number of shots using either a “multiplane” or “3D camera” effect. This decision required a lot of background artists to be trained in the technique.
The lead character, Stitch, had been created some fifteen years earlier by head storyboard artist Chris Sanders »
- Rob Burch
Well, it's been a long time coming, nearly a year in fact since its 2012 Rome Film Festival debut, where it picked up three awards—editing, screenplay and the coveted Audience Award—but "The Motel Life" (our review here) is finally making its way onto screens this week. The debut film from producing-turned-directing brothers Gabe and Alan Polsky, starring Emile Hirsch and Stephen Dorff with Dakota Fanning in a small role, the film is based on the 2006 novel by musician and writer Willy Vlautin and tells the story of two brothers who flee their Reno motel after getting involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident.While they're new on the scene as directorial talents, the brothers have been around for a while, producing Werner Herzog's lunatic "Bad Lieutenant: Port Of Call - New Orleans" and the Juno Temple film "Little Birds," and having an in-development slate that currently boasts no fewer than seven titles. »
- Jessica Kiang
In The Motel Life, Emile Hirsch and Stephen Dorff play two brothers, Frank and Jerry, who are living a lonesome country tune’s tale, with specific accents on their bad luck. When Jerry becomes involved in a hit-and-run accident, the two flee their Reno motel for some type of other home, continuing their existence as whiskey-drinking, fantasy-drawing vagabonds. Dakota Fanning stars as Hirsch’s fixation, Annie James, and Kris Kristofferson appears for a few scenes as their working-class daddy figure Earl Hurley. The Motel Life is based on the novel by Willy Vlautin.
Featuring two raggedy performances from the nicely paired Dorff and Hirsch, The Motel Life is a drama that functions well with its influences, namely the Coen Brothers’ romanticism of cold, bad luck, and bits of Paul Thomas Anderson’s own debut Hard Eight.
The Polsky Brothers made their break into the business with their producing work on »
- Nick Allen
Chicago – Alan and Gabe Polsky are brothers, film producers and now directors. The sibling tandem make their debut with “The Motel Life,” featuring Emile Hirsch and Stephen Dorff as disparate brothers trying to make a go in life with no money and no prospects, just a series of random motels and their unbreakable kinship.
Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for HollywoodChicago.com
Brothers Alan and Gabe Polsky are known as producers, for notable films like “The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans” (2009) and the HBO documentary “His Way” (2011, profiling producer Jerry Weintraub). “The Motel Life” is the first time as directors, adapting the source novel by Willy Vlautin. This is a stylish film, with an added touch of animation to fulfill the fantasy elements of storytelling between the film brothers. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
The drama, which debuted at Sundance, will have its debut market screening at Afm. Story centers on two girls who pact to lose their virginity during their first summer out of high school and fall for the same boy. Groundswell Pictures’ Michael London and Norton Herrick’s Herrick Entertainment produced.
Los Angeles-based 13 Films is launching with the goal of acquiring, selling and financing six to eight films a year. The company is positioning itself as a boutique one-stop shop for filmmakers and financing partners.
The company is headed by Tannaz Anisi and Tristan Weisgal, the VP of acquisitions and sales.
- Dave McNary
This story first appeared in the Nov. 8 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Unveiling the programming for this year's Rome Film Festival, artistic director Marco Mueller admitted that the eighth edition will be "contradictory, schizophrenic." That's because the festival still is struggling to find a balance between making a splash on the international scene, where it is overshadowed by the long-established Venice Film Festival, and serving as something of a celebratory cinema party for the citizens of Rome. Photos: Venice Film Festival: Exclusive Portraits of Dakota Fanning, James Franco In 2012, former Warner Bros. Italia head Paolo Ferrari
- Eric J. Lyman
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