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Aside from his incredible filmography and influence on cinema over the past few decades, director Steven Spielberg is also known as being a master at pulling amazing performances from child actors. Whether it's Drew Barrymore and Henry Thomas in E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Cary Guffey in Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Joseph Mazzello and Ariana Richards in Jurassic Park, Jonathan Ke Quan in Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Christian Bale in Empire of the Sun, Haley Joel Osment in A.I. Artificial Intelligence or Dakota Fanning in War of the Worlds, he's done some great work with kids on the big screen. And now he's just found his latest child star for his adaptation of Roald Dahl's The Bfg. Read on! A press release from DreamWorks Studios has named newcomer Ruby Barnhill to make her big screen debut as the young girl Sophie in the story of »
- Ethan Anderton
I am not sure I expected that watching "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" would lead to my deepest conversation so far with my kids about divorce. Leave it to Tom Cruise. Not long ago, Toshi was pushing for more movies about spies. Anything, really. He has been reading about spies since I showed him his first Bond film almost two years ago, and since most of that series is inappropriate for him, he's been chafing, desperate to see something new. It was after screening it again just to double-check for any red flags that I decided to share "Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol" with them, and it was one of the best screenings we've had in a while. They're big Jackie Chan and Buster Keaton fans, and a big part of that fascination on their part comes from the idea that what they're looking at is "real." They understand that most of the time, »
- Drew McWeeny
Exclusive: Tim Grady and Jeff Lipsky’s New York-based Adopt Films has acquired Effie Gray, the period drama penned by Emma Thompson. Dakota Fanning stars as the eponymous character in the biopic of the 19th century Scotswoman who married critic and author John Ruskin as a teenager only to see their six-year relationship finally annulled with Gray still a virgin. She later wed celebrated pre-Raphaelite painter John Everett Millais. For Millais, Gray bore eight children and became his muse (along with her younger sister Sophie).
The company plans an early spring 2015 release.
Julie Walters plays Ruskin’s baleful, controlling mother, and David Suchet is Ruskin’s feckless, enabling father. Thompson, Tom Sturridge, Greg Wise, Claudia Cardinale, James Fox, Derek Jacobi and Robbie Coltrane round out the cast.
- Nancy Tartaglione
The Fanning family has some seriously good genes. Celebrated actress Dakota Fanning, who started booking roles at the ripe old age of 6, showed off where she got 50 percent of her good looks on Sunday, Nov. 30, when she hit the New York Knicks game at NYC's Madison Square Garden with her hunky father. The Effie Gray star, 20, was joined by dad Steven "Steve" Fanning to watch the Knicks lose 86-79 to the Miami Heat. Dressed in a chic black-and-white blouse and ripped jeans, the stylish [...] »
Adopt Films has picked up Effie Gray for the Us and plans a spring theatrical release.
Gray later married pre-Raphaelite painter John Everett Millais and bore eight children.
Factory 25 has acquired North American theatrical rights to Lance Edmands’ directorial debut drama Bluebird starring John Slattery, Amy Morton, Louisa Krause, Emily Meade, Margo Martindale and Adam Driver. The distributor has set a February 27 New York release followed by nationwide theatrical roll-out. Sundance Artist Services will oversee the digital release via iTunes, Amazon and other outlets.Gravitas Ventures has taken North American theatrical, VOD and DVD rights to Stephen Kijak’s documentary Backstreet Boys: Show ‘Em What You’re Made Of and set a January 30 VOD release. »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Well hello there, Mr. Stephen Fanning! Over the weekend, Dakota Fanning attended a basketball game with her father Stephen, who surprisingly hunky if we don't say so ourselves (we see a resemblance to a young Robert Redford)! The father-daughter duo was all smiles while watching the Miami Heat play off against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden Sunday. The 20-year-old actress looked cute in black pants and a white collared blouse with a bow at the neckline. Her good-looking father sported jeans, a navy sweater and a New York Knicks hat. Dakota and her dad looked like they were having a great time during their family outing as they watched the basketball game from their seats. Also seated next »
Exclusive: Actor Stephen Dorff has signed with Paradigm. Last year he moved to Resolution from Gersh to return to longtime agent David Unger, but the agency folded in October. Dorff started his career with films like The Power Of One, Judgment Night, and Backbeat in the ’90s — around the time he famously had Alicia Silverstone cryin’ in an Aerosmith music video. He has appeared steadily onscreen since, with credits ranging from vampire actioner Blade to John Waters’ Cecil B. DeMented, Lee Daniels’ Shadowboxer, Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere, Michael Mann’s Public Enemies, and Oliver Stone’s World Trade Center.
Dorff starred in recent indie Zaytoun and The Motel Life opposite Emile Hirsch and Dakota Fanning, which premiered at the Rome Film Festival and won the Audience Award for Best Film. Forthcoming films include the recently-wrapped American Hero opposite Eddie Griffin for director Nick Love, drama Oliver’s Deal from exec producer Christine Vachon, »
- Jen Yamato
Three new character images have been released from the upcoming Fifty Shades Of Grey movie, which will be hitting cinemas this coming Valentine’s Day. They provide a look at Carrick Grey (played by Andrew Airlie), the adoptive father of Christian Grey, Rita Ora as Mia Grey; Christian’s adoptive sister and Marcia Gay Harden as Dr. Grace Trevelyan Grey; Christian’s adoptive mother.
Fifty Shades Of Grey is the hotly anticipated adaptation of E L James’ popular novel of the same name, which is directed by Sam Taylor-Johnson and stars Dakota Fanning in the lead as Anastasia and Jamie Dornan as the aforementioned kinky Christian Grey.
Fifty Shades of Grey is the hotly anticipated film adaptation of the bestselling book that has become a global phenomenon. Since its release, the “Fifty Shades” trilogy has been translated into 51 languages worldwide and sold more than 100 million copies in e-book and print »
- Paul Heath
Despite the lottery-esque sounding odds, the U.S Dramatic Competition section which produces the finest American indie specimens such as Frozen River, Winter’s Bone, Blue Valentine, Martha Marcy May Marlene, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Fruitvale Station and Whiplash is fairly consistent in terms of quality. Last year’s crop of sixteen have almost all had their theatrical releases with Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter being the last one out of the gates (pegged with an early 2015 release). Last week we individually looked at our top 80 Sundance Film Fest Predictions (you’ll find 30 other titles worth considering in our intro) and below, we’ve split the list into narrative and non-fiction film items and have both identified and color-coded our picks in an AtoZ cheat sheet. You’ll find 2015′s answer to Whiplash located somewhere in the stack below. Click on the individual titles below, for the film’s profile. »
- Eric Lavallee
After the Doc NYC press screening of Amy Berg's latest film An Open Secret was cancelled on November 4, it looked as if the world premiere would not see the light of day. On a chilly fall night in New York City at the Sva Theatre in Chelsea, not only was the film screened on schedule 10 days later as a Special Event but Amy Berg, along with Evan Henzi, one of the film’s subjects and his mother Anita Henzi, BizParentz founders Anne Henry and Paula Dorn, Joey Coleman and journalist John Connolly came for a Q&A after the movie.
The filmmaker known for »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
There are many talented women directors working--if not often enough--in Hollywood today. One of them is writer-director Gina Prince-Bythewood, who broke out of UCLA winning prizes, writing and directing shorts and television (HBO's "Disappearing Acts"), and delivering a well-reviewed Sundance hit for New Line Cinema, "Love & Basketball" (2000), starring Omar Epps and Sanaa Lathan, which scored Prince-Bythewood an Indie Spirit award and a Humanitas prize and grossed $27.4 million domestic. After producing 2003's "Biker Boyz," Prince-Bythewood followed up with Fox Searchlight's 2008 literary adaptation "The Secret Life of Bees," starring Dakota Fanning and Queen Latifah, which played better for audiences ($37.7 million domestic) than critics. It's been another long stretch until "Beyond the Lights" (November 14), which played to raves in Toronto and Urbanworld, and just earned a Gotham Best »
- Anne Thompson
CAA’s co-head of film finance and sales Micah Green was talked into going to the first Los Cabos Film Festival in Cabo San Lucas three years ago mostly as favor for an actor client who was working with the founders to try to make sure the first edition had a decent turnout.
Though Cabo is still recovering from the big hurricane Odile, with scaffolding everywhere and several major resorts still undergoing repairs, the festival continuing full-steam ahead with the hopeful hashtag #unstoppable much in evidence.Three years later, he’s such a convert that he’s brought a delegation of about 30 assorted agents, producers and financiers to the five-day long festival based in the Mexican resort town.
Discovering or meeting with the talent showcased at screenings of some 40 features is one major part of why Green is here; the other is his belief that it’s the ideal place »
- Pat Saperstein
It's always a good time to revisit our favorite children's movies, whether you're introducing your kids to them for the first time or enjoying a Disney classic yet again. If kids' movies like "Dumbo" and "The Rescuers" aren't already in your library, they're available right now to stream on Netflix, along with a lot of newer movies that will appeal to your kids (and to the kid in you).
(Availability subject to change.)
1. "Anastasia" (1997) G
2. "Antz" (1998) PG
3. "Born Free" (1966) PG
A still-moving classic about the couple who raised Elsa the Lioness, an orphaned lion cub, then »
- Sharon Knolle
Moving from producer hat-wearing days (Afterschool, Two Gates of Sleep) to firmly stippling Park City with a metaphysical, deeply humane and serene portraits The Fort (2012) and Karaoke! (2013), Andrew Renzi saddled into feature filmmaking earlier this year with dual projects, the birth of Fishtail, the docu 16mm set in Montana and narrated by Harry Dean Stanton was the first to push out (’14 Tribeca/ Karlovy Vary), while his narrative feature debut appears to be close to going into labor. Production on the 2013 January Screenwriters Lab Franny began last October, with Richard Gere, Dakota Fanning and Theo James balancing on a tightrope act. On the tech side we find cinematographer Joe Anderson (Simon Killer), plus a Danny Bensi and Saunder Jurriaans signed score (Enemy).
- Eric Lavallee
HollywoodLife is at it again. The webloid, which at this point is largely fan fiction falsely advertised as "news," wants to know whether Dakota Fanning was "dissing" her friend Kristen Stewart by allegedly attending an Fka Twigs concert with Robert Pattinson over the weekend. The blog will use virtually any excuse to set up feuds and fights between celebrities, especially if they're friends. That's because HollywoodLife loves to get cheap clicks and can do so by pitting fan bases against each other. »
- Daniel Gates
Amy Berg speaks at the 2014 Tribeca Film Festival Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
Berg, in support of her debut feature film Every Secret Thing which stars Diane Lane, Elizabeth Banks, Dakota Fanning and Nate Parker, appeared with directors Aaron Katz (Land Ho!); Megan Griffiths (Lucky Them); Adam Rapp (Loitering With Intent) and Stephen Belber (Match) with moderator Mark Adams for a Tribeca Talks: Pen to Paper - Adaptation & Creation panel in April. She spoke about the cooperation between Laura Lippman, the author, and her producer Frances McDormand.
Director Amy Berg Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
At this point, An Open Secret remains an unopened secret due to the fact that the scheduled press screening was cancelled earlier this week and the divide between Berg and Esponda Productions.
"Doc NYC regrets »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Kim (pictured) reports directly to company founder Tannaz Anisi and most recently served as international business manager at South Korean sales outfit 9ers Entertainment, where she acquired the Point Break remake and Johnny Depp adventure comedy Mortdecai.
Comedy Loitering With Intent stars Marisa Tomei and Sam Rockwell and receives its world market premiere following the world premiere in Tribeca. Adam Rapp directed the story of a beautiful woman whose unexpected arrival disrupts a writers getaway »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
Dakota Fanning has come a long way from her days as a child star!The "Effie Gray" star flashed her bra and underwear on the red carpet at the Ace Awards in New York City on Monday, sporting a sheer crocheted blue dress that left little to the imagination.The 20-year-old actress completed her edgy ensemble with black platform heels, neutral eye makeup and sleek, straight 'do.The blonde beauty has admitted that her sister Elle Fanning is the style maven in her family, but she definitely knows what works for her. "It’s easy to fall into what’s trendy," she says in the November issue of Lucky. "You can’t be a slave to what everyone else thinks looks good, because sometimes it doesn’t look good on you." While she clearly isn't afraid to take a fashion risk, she revealed that her most treasured piece of clothing »
- tooFab Staff
Holy hot pants, Batman! The almost always demure Dakota Fanning stepped out to the 18th Annual Accessories Council Ace Awards in Manhattan on Nov. 3, but she seemed to have forgotten one important wardrobe staple: a slip. The Effie Gray actress, 20, walked the black carpet in what was essentially a T-shirt bra and high-waisted undies, a coupling barely obscured by the netted, navy blue Proenza Schouler dress she pulled over her delicates. Fanning also added accessories from the brand—a fringed clutch and black sandal heels. Keeping the focus [...] »
La-based 13 Films led by founder Tannaz Anisi (pictured) will co-finance and introduce Afm buyers to the story about a nurse hired to care for a boy who lives alone with his father in a haunted manor in Tuscany following the untimely death of his mother.
Eric D Howell makes his feature directorial debut and 13 Films president Anisi serves as executive producer.
“I was immediately drawn to the unique and haunting script of Voice From The Stone and am thrilled to be partnering with established producers Dean Zanuck and Stefani Gallini-Durante on the project,” said Anisi.
“The beautiful and talented Emilia Clarke is the perfect actress to bring life and freshness to the »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
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