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5 items from 2003

Hardwicke ready to roll on 'Dogtown'

24 October 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Fresh off her critically acclaimed directorial debut, "thirteen," Catherine Hardwicke is in negotiations to rewrite and helm the Columbia Pictures skater drama "Lords of Dogtown". Written by Stacy Peralta, who penned and directed the 2001 documentary feature "Dogtown and Z-Boys", "Lords" is a fictionalized version of the documentary and is based on a Spin magazine article that explored 1970s skateboarding culture. It follows a group of young California surfers who take their style to the streets as skateboarders, thereby launching a whole new sport that defined a generation. David Fincher is producing the project along with Art and John Linson. Columbia co-president of production Matt Tolmach is overseeing. Hardwicke earned the 2003 Sundance Film Festival's director award for "thirteen," which she also wrote with Nikki Reed. The Fox Searchlight drama is in release. Hardwicke is repped by ICM. »

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'Macbeth,' 'Sarah' get the Antidote

5 September 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

TORONTO -- Indie film banner Antidote Films unveiled two new feature projects Thursday -- a film version of Macbeth, starring Philip Seymour Hoffman and directed by Todd Louiso (Love Liza), and Sarah, to be directed by Secretary helmer Steven Shainberg and penned by Jeffrey Hatcher (Compleat Female Stage Beauty). The New York-based Antidote, headed by Jeff Levy-Hinte and Mary Jane Skalski, had two high-profile features screen at this year's Sundance Film Festival -- Catherine Hardwicke's thirteen and Tom McCarthy's The Station Agent. Fox Searchlight has thirteen in current release, while Agent bows in October through Miramax Films. »

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Berlin targeting kids stuff for '04

3 September 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

VENICE, Italy -- Organizers of the Berlin International Film Festival said Tuesday that they will introduce a new as-yet-unnamed sidebar at next year's event for movies targeting audiences in the 13-17 age range. Speaking at an informal lunch on the Venice Lido, Berlin festival chief Dieter Kosslick said the move is aimed at filling what he sees as a gap on the festival circuit for films that fall between children's festival fare and full-blown adult titles. Kosslick cited various examples of movies he would program into the new section, including Fucking Amal (Show Me Love), directed by Lukas Moodysson, and Catherine Hardwicke's thirteen. »

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Fincher eyed for 'Lookout'

11 August 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

DreamWorks Pictures is looking to land David Fincher to direct the thriller The Lookout. Talks are ongoing for the Panic Room helmer to board Lookout, which has attracted such A-list talent as Sam Mendes, Brad Pitt, Tom Hanks and Leonardo DiCaprio. The project centers on a young man who is rendered quasi-disabled by short-term memory loss in the wake of a car accident. He is then befriended by a local gangster who wants assistance in robbing a bank. The Scott Frank-penned project, developed at the studio for several years, is being produced by studio co-heads Walter Parkes and Laurie MacDonald along with Laurence Mark. Studio production executive Marc Haimes is overseeing. In other Fincher news, the director has turned his attention away from Lords of Dogtown at Columbia Pictures, sources said. The studio is now looking to such contenders as Doug Liman, Jonas Akerlund and Catherine Hardwicke. Fincher is repped by CAA. »

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21 January 2003 | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

PARK CITY -- "Thirteen" could be a lucky film as a back-to-school fall release. Based on its searing look at junior high life, it's a seventh-grade "Less Than Zero". Playing in the Dramatic Competition here at Sundance, it's a chilling look at a pair of contemporary Valley girls -- 13-year-olds who are way beyond their years but also are nearly beyond repair.

Based on San Fernando Valley teenager Nikki Reed's personal experiences as a seventh grader, a driven teen who rose at 4:30 a.m. to set her hair and prepare for the day of the girl vs. girl daily grind, "Thirteen" entertainingly depicts the overpowering tribal pressures that modern-day teens face in this era of absentee or dysfunctional parents.

In this unnerving glimpse into the downward spiral of two young girls' lives, filmmaker Catherine Hardwicke has distilled with Reed -- they co-wrote the script -- the grim underside of the glamour girls who flaunt their piercings and their teen sexuality. Narratively, "Thirteen" is an updated Valley-ized spin on the "outsiders" genre. It focuses on Tracy Evan Rachel Wood), a seemingly well-adjusted teen whose penchant for poetry as well as scholastic gifts has attracted her teachers' attention. But Tracy yearns for larger status: She sees herself as a dull geek and dreams of being like the "hot" girls. Almost overnight, Tracy revamps her wardrobe and brazenly cultivates the good graces of the hottest girl in school, Evie (Nikki Reed), whose sultry looks, sassy charms and snotty allure are beyond cool.

Soon, Tracy is slinking in low-rise jeans, hoochie tops and assorted rings and piercings. She's crashed the hottie club and sneaking off to Melrose Avenue to shoplift, cavort and generally rebel. Her acting out is not just a desire to be cool but also a direct emotional assault on her single-parent mother (Holly Hunter). Her actions in part stem from her mom's co-dependent relationship with a "loser" boyfriend out of rehab (Jeremy Sisto) as well as her spacy mismanagement of the day-to-day household.

While today's audiences are perhaps inured to dysfunctional family life via the so-called comedic entertainment of reality shows, "Thirteen" is an engaging, sympathetic portrait of junior high girls who have grown up too fast and way too little. Without being preachy, it's also a cogent, terrifying tale of the lack of supervision many teens face and the utter inability of many parents to not only raise kids but also to direct their own lives. It is compelling largely because of the talented cast, most prominently Wood as the good girl with a self-destructive bent and Reed as her manipulative mentor. Hunter is touching as a rattled mother whose life revolves around AA meetings, while Sisto is credible as a recovering addict whose loser life belies the depth of his manhood.



Producers: Jeffrey Levy-Hinte, Michael London

Director: Catherine Hardwicke

Screenwriters: Catherine Harwicke, Nikki Reed

Director of photography: Elliot Davis

Editor: Nancy Richardson

Production designer: Carol Strober

Costume designer: Cindy Evans

Music supervisors: Michelle Norrell, Amy Rosen

Music: Mark Mothersbaugh


Tracy: Evan Rachel Wood

Evie Zamora: Nikki Reed

Melanie: Holly Hunter

Mason: Brady Corbett

Brady: Jeremy Sisto

Luke: Kip Pardue

Brooke: Deborah Unger

Birdie: Sarah Clarke

Running time -- 100 minutes

No MPAA rating


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