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I have a theory regarding the 2010 film Elektra Luxx, specifically a theory as to how it exists and why so many big-name stars agreed to be in it. Years ago, Elektra Luxx writer/director Sebastian Gutierrez must have walked in on a huge Hollywood drug and sex orgy. In exchange for his silence, they agreed to be in his movies. How else would the screenwriter of the American horror remake The Eye end up with Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Carla Gugino, and Timothy Olyphant in leading roles? (I am still baffled by Julianne Moore's cameo as the Virgin Mary.) Elektra Luxx is a mess both as a movie and as an interesting story. At points, Gutierrez reminds me of a lesser Kevin Smith without the interesting characters or snappy dialogue.
- Rachel Kolb
Writer/director Sebastian Gutierrez follows up 2009's Women in Trouble with Elektra Luxx, which continues the further adventures of a retired porn star (Carla Gugino), pregnant with a recently deceased rock star's child, who makes ends meet by teaching a community college sexual education class. Now on DVD, Elektra Luxx also stars Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Marley Shelton, and Timothy Olyphant. We have an exclusive 9-minute preview from this release, which features Detective Dellwood Butterworth Timothy Olyphant getting it on with Elektra (Carla Gugino) in her unsuspecting neighbor's (Marley Shelton) bedroom. Check out the playfully sexy scene below.
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What's a pregnant porn goddess to do? Elektra Luxx decides to quit the industry to start a new life - but not until she wrestles with a slew of wild characters. It's one hysterical ride with plenty of uninhibited comedy along the way.
Elektra Luxx was released March 11th, »
Elektra Luxx, the follow-up to 2009.s Women In Trouble, has a plot that is a cross between a Werner Herzog film and soft core Skinemax. If that isn.t necessarily your thing, having a great ensemble cast featuring Carla Gugino, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Malin Ackerman, and Timothy Olyphant certainly helps. The film, about a pregnant ex-porn star who quits the business and meets a slew of outrageous characters, didn.t do so hot at the box office. So if it hasn.t been on your radar yet, don.t worry; Elektra Luxx will be hitting DVD on June 21. Unfortunately, the DVD-only set won.t come with a whole lot of extras. The one feature buyers will get is deleted scenes. Since director Sebastian Gutierrez likes to employ loosely connected vignettes in his films, these deleted scenes should fall into place pretty well. Elektra Luxxwill only run you $24.96 and is already available »
This week, on a very special episode of Reject Radio, we talk with a master Japanese filmmaker, a rising non-Japanese directing talent, discuss the legacy of Scream, and ask why there isn’t a modern-day Roger Corman. Takashi Miike is an incredible filmmaker, and as it turns out, a fascinating interview. Hopefully you speak Japanese, but if you don’t, the entire interview is in English. Now a staple of SXSW, Sebastian Gutierrez makes funny, sexy films that (gasp) focus on dialogue, character and cleavage. He joins me to talk about his new movie Girl Walks Into a Bar, and why making it the first film specifically made for internet distribution was the correct, crazy choice. Even though we keep hearing about a filmmaking revolution in the hands of the people, it doesn’t seem to have happened yet. Eric Vespe from Aint It Cool and Aaron Morgan from Austin join me to ask why a new »
- Cole Abaius
What’s a pregnant porn goddess to do? Well, when that scenario unfolds for legendary adult film star Elektra Luxx (Gugino), she decides to quit the industry, take a job as a “sexology” instructor at a community college and look forward to a new life with her baby. There are only a few obstacles in her way, among them an obsessed web streamer (Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Inception), a studly private investigator (Timothy Olyphant, TV’s Justified), a pair of porn star gal pals (Friday Night Lights’s Adrianne Palicki and Saint John of Las Vegas’s Emmanuelle Chriqui), a criminal twin sister and even the Virgin »
As you probably know, David E. Kelley, creator of Ally McBeal and Harry's Law, is taking on Wonder Woman. We've talked all about Wonder Woman here at FanGirlTastic. We've talked about the able actress chosen to play her. We've talked about the disappointing new costume. We've talked about the even more disappointing pilot script. We've all wondered, "What the hell is Kelley thinking?" Now, Kelley is talking about Wonder Woman, and he's actually telling us what he's thinking.
Kelley recently gave a wide-ranging interview to Vulture, New York Magazine's "culture" supplement, and he was quite candid about his career. Of course, he said little that was surprising, but he did open up a bit about his take on DC's favorite Amazon princess.
Kelley initially balked at taking on Wonder Woman. He's aware that he is not well equipped to write superheroes. Talking to Vulture last week, Kelley said, "Well I first said no, »
Did you miss Movies this Week last week? We're back, even though we're still recovering from SXSW.
Movies We've Seen:
Elektra Luxx -- Sebastian Gutierrez's second film featuring the title character (the first being Women in Trouble), focuses on Carla Cugino as a retired porn star. The first movie left me cold, so I skipped the sequel. Mike has seen it and can tell you more in his review. (Arbor)
I Saw the Devil (pictured above) -- This near-perfect Fantastic Fest 2010 selection is gritty, violent and suspenseful, and a must-see for those who appreciate Korean crime dramas and/or unapologetically dark revenge thrillers. Byung-hun Lee plays a government agent out for revenge after his fiancee is murdered. (Alamo Ritz)
Jane Eyre -- Arguably Charlotte Brontë's story of the reclusive Mr. Rochester and the stalwart young Jane Eyre is responsible for more undeserved forgiveness in relationships than any other classic story. »
- Jenn Brown
Carla Gugino plays the titular Elektra Luxx, a retired porn superstar making a living teaching an adult sex-ed class ("How to act like a porn star in bed"). She's just found out she's pregnant and is having a really bad week. She's suffering an existential crisis, worried about how she can be a good mother and still explain to her child what she used to do for a living. Just as she's dealing with this, people begin appearing in her life, making her question who she is and who she wants to be.
The movie, written and directed by Sebastian Gutierrez, looks like it would have been more suited to a playhouse stage than the silver screen. This, despite an impressive number of stars: Gugino, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Kathleen Quinlan (Event Horizon, Apollo 13), Marley Shelton, Malin Ackerman, Timothy Olyphant, Justin Kirk and Julianne Moore. The dialogue, full of random non-sequiturs, »
- Mike Saulters
We make no secret of this, IFC loves SXSW. We've been throwing a week long party to prove just how much. If you've missed any of the performances or events so far, it's easy to catch up.
When we weren't hanging out at the IFC Crossroads House, we were catching all the premieres of the new films that will be released in 2011 at the SXSW Film Festival. Check out the gallery below for photos from the premieres of Duncan Jones' "Source Code" starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Vera Farmiga and Michelle Monaghan, Gregg Mottola's "Paul" starring Simon Pegg, Nick Frost and Kristen Wiig, Sebastian Gutierrez's "A Girl Walks Into a Bar" starring Carla Gugino, Rosario Dawson and Danny Devito, the new documentary "Conan O'Brien Can't Stop" from director Rodman Flender, the James Gunn vigilante dark comedy "Super" starring Rainn Wilson and Ellen Page, and Jodie Foster's new drama, "The Beaver" starring Mel Gibson. »
After some quiet weeks on the arthouse scene, Jane Eyre and Kill the Irishman did their part to liven things up a bit. Jane Eyre posted the year's top per-theater average for an opening weekend, while Kill the Irishman marked a new high for distributor Anchor Bay Films.Jane Eyre debuted to $182,885 at four locations for a $45,721 per-theater average. That topped documentary Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune ($18,211) for the year's best average, though that's excluding the premium-priced preview screenings of Kevin Smith's Red State. Jane Eyre's average was a noticeable improvement over distributor Focus Features' Greenberg, which opened around the same time last year and averaged $39,384 at three venues. While official expansion plans aren't available, the Mia Wasikowska-Michael Fassbender drama will be adding at least 18 locations this weekend and at least 54 more the following weekend. If it wasn't for Jane Eyre, Kill the Irishman »
- Ray Subers <email@example.com>
Plot: A porn star, Elektra Luxx (Carla Gugino) retires from the biz after she discovers she's pregnant. Review: Elektra Luxx is director Sebastian Gutierrez's follow-up to Women In Trouble, an earlier ensemble comedy that featured a lot of the characters popping up here, including the titular Luxx, played by his real-life partner, Carla Gugino (the lucky so-and-so!). I haven't seen that film, so I went into Elektra Luxx somewhat lost- which, I'll admit, probably wasn't the best way to »
- Chris Bumbray
As the title may imply, Girls Walks into a Bar is largely a one-joke film, and not a very funny joke as it follows a group of strangers in several strange bar scenes in Los Angeles (ranging from cop bars, strip clubs, and a nudist members only ping-pong establishment). The film’s super low budget aesthetic which is largely shot in bar interiors doesn’t work in its favor – perhaps as a stage play it may and that medium would have helped the film’s awkward voice-overs.
The film opens with the entrance of Francine Driver (Carla Gugino) who meets with Nick (Zachary Quinto), a dentist who is hiring an assassin. Recording the conversation, she returns to find a con artist played by Aaron Tveit who steals Francine’s purse, which includes a recording of her conversation with Nick. The film inexplicably jumps to Emmanuelle Chriqui‘s Theresa who like »
- John Fink
If there's ever a question if you can get a star-studded cast to appear in a cheap slapdash project solely on the basis of letting them have some fun, you only have to point to Sebastian Gutierrez, who's done it not once, but twice now. As writer/director, he did it in his debut film Women in Trouble, which boasts the likes of Josh Brolin and Simon Baker in addition to the impressive female cast that includes the talented Sarah Clarke and Connie Britton. Women in Trouble nosedived both critically and commercially, yet here is the sequel, opening in theaters today, with a cast no less inspiring.
It claims to be only about Elektra Luxx, as one would infer from the title, but the film strangely takes the occasional detour to returning beauties Adrianne Palicki and Emmanuelle Chriqui on vacation, a subplot that barely ties into the main story and »
- Arya Ponto
Today we begin what will be a Friday tradition here on the site. Ioncinema.com's Weekend Watch is a basic rundown of cinematic opening weekend offerings with Erica Elson guiding your choices in U.S Indie, Foreign, Documentaries and Studio film releases. This weekend you'll definitely want to skip the studio picks and the duelling alien items and if you're lucky enough to be in L.A or NYC you'll want to check out Abbas Kiarostami’s gem Certified Copy. U.S Indie 3 Backyards – Eric Mendelsohn – Screen Media Edie Falco stars in this atmospheric drama that takes place over the course of an autumn afternoon. It’s been getting very positive reviews and won the Directing Award at Sundance in 2010. This is Mendelsohn's big return since 1999's Judy Berlin. Metacritic: 75% MovieReviewIntelligence: 66.5% Elektra Luxx – Sebastian Gutierrez – Samuel Goldwyn Films A pregnant ex-porn star goes on a series of adventures in an »
Carla Gugino (.Watchmen,. .Sucker Punch.) is a revelation! I met her once for Disney.s .Race to Witch Mountain,. and now, she.s shifting gears and entering into the world of porn for the second time in .Elektra Luxx.. It.s a sequel to .Women in Trouble. from writer/director Sebastian Gutierrez.
In this interview, notice how articulate, and smart, and passionate Gugino is as she talks about:
*** The women empowerment theme of the movie
*** The idea behind .Elektra Luxx.
*** Is there going to be a third film in the series?
*** What makes a great filmmaker?
*** How does she collaborate with directors?
*** How she delved into the world of porn for the movie
Recently retired porn star Elektra Luxx tries to make a straight living by teaching a sex class for housewives in a community center. But things start to get very complicated when a flight attendant with ties to »
In this interview, we talked about:
*** What attracted them to making the movie? (This is Malin.s first foray into the series, Emmanuelle.s second, she was in the first film .Women in Trouble.)
*** Their characters
*** The porn industry
Here's more info on "Elektra Luxx" from Yahoo:
Recently retired porn star Elektra Luxx tries to make a straight living by teaching a sex class for housewives in a community center. But things start to get very complicated when a flight attendant with ties to her late rock star boyfriend asks for a favor and a number of additional factors that follow make her face up to all sorts of life choices and revelations.
Genres: Comedy, Drama and Sequel
Running Time: 1 hr. »
Chicago – Sebastian Gutierrez is the sort of filmmaker who thrives best on the festival circuit. His work is just quirky and distinctive enough to garner overenthusiastic praise from jaded festival goers in the mood for markedly lighter fare. Yet when screened out of the celebratory atmosphere at SXSW, Gutierrez’s films fail to register as anything more than mediocre trifles.
“Elektra Luxx” is a more assured and likable film than its lifeless predecessor, “Women in Trouble,” but it’s still nowhere near as funny or insightful (or sexy) as it thinks it is. Gutierrez seems to be fashioning these estrogen-fueled ensemble comedies after the work of cinema master Pedro Almodóvar. Imagine “Volver” as a sitcom on TV Land, and you’ll get an approximate idea of this picture’s playful, curiously amateurish tone. The gags are as broad as the drama is campy, yet what more can one expect »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
Burnt out from the Oscar-Nominated movies? Looking for a unique film experience that will spark conversation? BuzzFocus caught up with director and writer Sebastian Gutierrez (The Eye, Gothika, Snakes on a Plane) who was excited to talk about his latest film, Elektra Luxx, a day in the life of its title character (Carla Cugino, Sin City) who is trying to reinvent herself but her surreal life makes that a difficult task.
Formerly a porn starlet, Elektra hopes to make it in the straight world while preparing for motherhood. The father of her child, Nick Chapel passed away so she uses her skills of her past trade to become a sex-education instructor at the local community center. A flight attendant Cora (Mary Shelton, Deathproof) who nearly had an affair with her late husband approaches her with lyrics from Nick’s unreleased record, completely dedicated to Elektra, and in exchange she has to seduce Cora’s fiancée. »
- Ernie Estrella
For those that actually saw 2009′s Women in Trouble, the motif of Sebastian Gutierrez’ latest directorial effort, Elektra Luxx, should seem vastly familiar. Luxx is the second film in his indie trilogy depicting a group of wacky female adult film stars that get themselves into, well, wacky situations. The film, which premiered at the South by Southwest festival a year ago, bows in limited release today.
Serving as a continuation to Trouble, Elektra Luxx employs the same quirky, meandering formula, again loosely connecting these women with wordy, Quentin Tarentino-style scenes that feel more like skits than the parts of a cohesive film. This time around, the focal point is former porn star Luxx (Carla Gugino), expanding her role beyond the entrappings of an elevator (though she stills gets briefly trapped in one).
Still mourning her dead rocker husband Nick Chapel, we find her retired from the adult film industry and »
Nearly every man, woman and child has a thing for Carla Gugino. Thanks to her work in Spy Kids, Sin City, Night At The Museum and the series .Californication., she has given performances everybody can root for. The same can be said for her take on ex-porn star Elektra Luxx in the continuation of writer/director Sebastian Gutierrez. Women In Trouble. .Luxx. is hard not to like. Carla.s work as a porn actress looking to change her life around is an exciting new role for this talented actress. »
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