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Based on Amy-Jo Albany’s memoir about growing up in the care of her gifted but frequently absent musician father, Low Down focuses on what it was like for Amy (Elle Fanning) to turn to the love of her aging grandmother (Glenn Close) while Joe (John Hawkes) struggled as much with his heroin addiction as he did finding gigs. In the years between 1974 and 1976, surrounded by a ragtag bunch of Hollywood outcasts and eccentrics, Amy was witness to heartbreak and tragedy, but still hung onto the love she had for her family. Directed by Jeff Preiss, the film also stars Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage and Flea. During this exclusive phone interview with Collider, actress Elle Fanning talked about why she wanted to do this project, using her imagination to put herself in Amy’s shoes, learning about the jazz music that’s showcased in the film, having to kiss Peter Dinklage, »
- Christina Radish
We have an exclusive Low Down clip to premiere. Based on the memoir by Amy-Jo Albany, Low Down examines the complex relationship between jazz pianist Joe Albany (John Hawkes) and his daughter Amy-Jo (Elle Fanning): "Set against a sensuously textured 1970s Hollywood, the film beautifully evokes a colorful, seedy world of struggling musicians, artists, and vagabonds." Peter Dinklage plays one of those vagabonds, offering Amy-Jo a tour of his hole-in-the-wall in the clip. Lena Headey, Flea, Caleb Landry Jones, and Glenn Close also star. Low Down opens in New York October 24 and reaches Los Angeles October 31. Watch the clip after the jump. [complextv contentid="IzOTZicTot9F5wpBogVPz7E4A1MuaM4y" sitename="collider" playerid="26aa5f02d93f4c05a4546f6d5ecb59b7" adsetid="67a3ff9d3a842ae818bb9de1badc5b0" width="600" height="360" keywords=""] Official synopsis: Based on the memoir by Amy-Jo Albany, Low Down is a compassionate, tender look at the complex relationship between Amy-Jo (Elle Fanning) and her father Joe (John Hawkes), a man torn between his musical ambition, his devotion to his teenage daughter, and his suffocating heroin addiction. »
- Brendan Bettinger
Groovin’ High: Hawkes Nuanced Performance Elevates Albany Memoir
Despite taking home the best cinematography prize for Christopher Blauvet (who also provided superb camerawork on Kelly Reichardt’s 2013 title Night Moves) after its premiere at Sundance and snagging Elle Fanning a Best Actress award at the Karlovy Film Festival, Low Down is otherwise a rather unremarkable treatment of a slipping down life, bright lights dimmed by the self-induced depravity of drugs and alcohol. Told from the perspective of the teenage daughter of jazz pianist Joe Albany, the film is the first time feature from Jeff Preiss, heretofore a music video director (Mariah Carey’s “Emotions”) and a documentary cinematographer. Perhaps this explains why much of the film feels concerned with superficial detailing of a vintage time and era rather than it does as a chapter in a young woman’s life growing up with troubled yet notable parental figures.
In 1974 Hollywood, »
- Nicholas Bell
John Hawkes delivers a superb performance in Low Down as noted jazz pianist Joe Albany who played with musical greats Charlie Parker and Miles Davis but was torn between his musical ambition, his devotion to his teenage daughter (Elle Fanning), and a debilitating heroin addiction. The bio-pic opening October 24th is directed by experimental filmmaker Jeff Preiss in his feature debut and based on the memoirs of Albany’s daughter Amy-Jo Albany who co-wrote the screenplay with Topper Lilien. Set in the colorful, seedy world of struggling musicians and artists in 1970’s Hollywood, the film boasts a first-rate cast that also includes Glenn Close, Lena Heady, and Peter Dinklage. In an exclusive interview, the Oscar nominated actor spoke about how he first heard about the project after meeting with producers Albert Berger and Ron Yerxa, the appeal of the character, his preparation, not wanting to glorify heroin, working with Fanning and Close, »
- Sheila Roberts
On this, my last day of the festival, I saw two films that didn’t make me smile but made me glad I was there. Both The Look of Silence and Low Down proved to be among my favorites, this despite the fact that they are bleak, hard to watch, and provocative pieces of filmmaking.
The Look of Silence was first in a somewhat emptier theater than I had expected (I mean, who doesn’t love watching documentaries about genocide at 3:45 on a Saturday?), but the entire crowd in attendance raised their hand when asked and affirmed they had seen Joshua Oppenheimer’s previous film The Act of Killing. This film truly is a sequel to that groundbreaking first feature. It requires an understanding of why these men, why these killers, are so open and candid about their brutal acts of violence such that now we can appropriately hold their feet to the fire. »
- Brian Welk
Last night we brought you the news that season 5 would utilize flashbacks for the very first time in the show's history, and now Entertainment Weekly reveal that this flashback (so far there's only confirmation of one) will be the opening scene of the first episode. Due to a scene from the books, and taking into consideration comments from actor Charles Dance, this is believed to be a glimpse into Cersei Lannister's (Lena Headey) youth...though that has yet to be confirmed. More at the link below. »
When Spring rolls around and the crocus are starting to poke through the dirt, no one gives a hoot because Game Of Thrones is back on the box. The annual hysteria surrounding HBO’s highly-successful medieval fantasy series begins… well, I would say now, but it never really ends! (And let’s keep it that way.)
After season four’s last episode was broadcast earlier this year, eager fans have scrambled for any morsel of gossip on their favourite back-stabbing swines. Thankfully, there’s already been a host of official news items, and today we’ve got another one for you. For the first time in the show’s history, season five will incorporate flashbacks!
So what? I hear you ask. Well, traditionally, the show has refused to use them, despite the endless narrative possibilities they could offer such a complex series. Speaking out at a HBO event in Spain, »
- Gem Seddon
German production company Constantin Film revealed at the Mipcom TV market in Cannes this weekend that they are developing TV show spin-offs for their film franchises Resident Evil and The Mortal Instruments. Here's what Constantin's Martin Moszkowicz had to say in a statement.
"We are moving rapidly. Constantin has a lot of feature film brands and we are moving them into television. For instance, we own the rights to the book series The Mortal Instruments, and we just hired a showrunner in Los Angeles, and our offices in Los Angeles and Canada are starting production next year on at least two or three international shows."
Ed Decter, who most recently produced TV shows such as Unforgettable and The Client List, is reportedly the showrunner attached to The Mortal Instruments, according to The Hollywood Reporter, with production slated to begin sometime next year.
The Mortal Instruments was initially slated to be a feature film franchise, »
*Warning: Minor plot spoilers ahead*
HBO is currently filming Season 5, which will include a very powerful scene for Cersei that forces the queen to be completely naked as she walks through the streets of King's Landing.
Most networks can only envy the kind of budget "Game of Thrones" has at HBO, and in this case, TMZ said, producers spent $50,000 a day on the four-day shoot in Croatia. Why was it so expensive to shoot Lena/Cersei just walking down the street? It's a scene with a massive crowd, and they claim more than 200 security guards were hired to protect the set, plus they needed extra crew, and producers had to pay local business owners to shut down for filming.
There was also an added headache when the Croatian film board nixed the plan »
- Gina Carbone
One of the most famous scenes from George R. R. Martin's "A Song of Ice and Fire" novels will finally be realised in the upcoming fifth season of HBO's "Game of Thrones," but it's going to come at a rather high price.
A few months back came word that proposed filming on the key scene of Cersei's penance walk hit a snag during production in Croatia. It seems the local Church Of St. Nicholas found out about the scene and promptly blocked the show's filming permits so they couldn't shoot the scene there.
Now, TMZ reports that filming has gone ahead on the scene, but all the way across the other side of town. New permits were secured, local shop owners were paid off to leave during the four-day shoot and approximately two hundred security guards were hired to make sure no-one caught illicit snaps of it. »
- Garth Franklin
After writing and directing back-to-back low-budget hits with last year's The Purge and this summer's The Purge: Anarchy, filmmaker James DeMonaco has been set to write The Purge 3, with an eye to direct as well.
No story details were given, but the first two movies were set during the annual "purge," a 12-hour period where all crime in America is legal, including murder. Sebastien Lemercier will return to produce, alongside Blumhouse Prodcution's Jason Blum and Platinum Dunes' Michael Bay, Bradley Fuller and Andrew Form.
Here's what James DeMonaco had to say about the franchise in a statement to Deadline.
"I never imagined that The Purge would become the phenomenon it has become, and I am thrilled to continue my collaboration with Blumhouse, Sebastien Lemercier, Platinum Dunes and the great team at Universal in building The Purge into a worldwide franchise."
The Purge earned $89.3 million worldwide during its theatrical run »
The second installment, “The Purge: Anarchy,” took in $108 million worldwide. The third film is part of Jason Blum’s 10-year first-look deal with Universal, announced during the opening weekend of “The Purge: Anarchy” in July.
“The Purge” was Blumhouse’s first production under its first-look deal with Universal. The sci-fi thriller, starring Ethan Hawke and Lena Headey and set in the year 2022, was also shot in Los Angeles and became a major success with $89 million in global box office after being produced on a budget of $3 million.
- Dave McNary
Universal, Blumhouse and Platinum Dunes know when they’re onto a good thing. The three joined forces for two outings of The Purge – and now they’re aiming for a hat trick. Another night of utter bonkers behaviour is on the cards, as development has officially begun on The Purge 3.
James DeMonaco, who wrote and directed the first two features, will be penning the script. It’s not certain at this point if he’ll return to direct, but he’s a pretty happy camper either way:
“I never imagined that The Purge would become the phenomenon it has become,” DeMonaco told Deadline, “and I am thrilled to continue my collaboration with Blumhouse, Sebastien Lemercier, Platinum Dunes and the great team at Universal in building The Purge into a worldwide franchise.”
- Gem Seddon
The stars can be seen with messages such as "since that day I'm no longer myself", "family honour" and "bear the scars" painted across their faces in support of Plan. The words were painted by award-winning artist and avid Plan supporter Marion Deuchars, and the images were captured by photographer John Davis.
Children's charity Plan UK has launched the 'Because I'm a Girl' campaign, aimed at speaking up for girls' rights globally in impoverished communities and ending female genital mutilation and child marriage in a generation.
Headey, who stars as Cersei Lannister in the hit HBO fantasy show, said: "It fills me with hope that someday soon, girls can grow up in a world that is free from these harmful practices.
"I urge everyone - men, boys, women »
A Lannister always pays their debts, but now it's the Game of Thrones producers who are shelling out the big bucks.
According to TMZ, the HBO drama paid up to $50,000 per day to film a scene featuring Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister) walking from a church through town completely nude. That adds up to a potential $200,000! The bill for the four-day shoot was so high because the series had to hire extra crew as well as pay local shop owners in Croatia to shut down their businesses during filming.
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- Sadie Gennis
Lena Headey's naked bod was finally unleashed on the "Game of Thrones" set -- sort of -- but producers racked up a $50,000/day tab to shoot the scene ... and keep it under wraps. According to our GoT spies ... more than 200 security guards were hired to protect the set while shooting the "Walk of Shame" scene -- where Lena's character Cersei walks stark naked out of a church and through town. We're told the 4-day »
- TMZ Staff
300: Rise of an Empire (2014)
Directed by Noam Murro
Greek general Themistokles leads the charge against invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes and Artemisia, vengeful commander of the Persian navy.
Eight years after the Spartans raised hell across Greece in Zack Snyder’s hit film, the long-awaited next chapter of the series based on Frank Miller’s yet-to-be-released comic-book has arrived. Taking place before, during and after the events of the first film, 300: Rise of an Empire follows the rise of the Persian Army, led by Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro), who has just been made into a God, and commander Artemisia (Eva Green) who is out for blood after the death of her husband. Standing in the way is a Greek army, led by Themistocles (Sullivan Stapleton) who refuses to let the Persians have their way. »
- Luke Owen
Before we go any further, the following pics are pretty much Sfw (no, you don't get to see a naked Lena Headey...sorry!) as some very tight security measures prevented any major photo leaks. But, we do have a glimpse of the actress as Cersei Lannister in the middle of her "Walk of Shame" from the books. Fans wondered if the show would deviate from the source material in any way here, but as you can see the character's blonde locks have been almost completely shorn, and she looks to be in a pretty bad way after suffering the ire of the King's Landing mob. In the first image you'll see director David Nutter in blue, and since he's set to direct the last two eps of season 5, we can deduce that the Walk will happen in one of them. In the book this is a particularly cruel and powerful »
From the Dubrovnik, Croatia set of HBO's "Game Of Thrones" Season 5, Sneak Peek new behind-the-scenes images of actress Lena Headey as 'Cersei Lannister', plus a whole lot more, as Cersei prepares to be stripped of her clothes and forced to endure the 'Walk Of Penance' through the streets of 'King's Landing' for her crimes:
"...in the aftermath of the murder of 'Tywin Lannister'...
"...the fifth season is scheduled to premiere in 2015...
"...adapting material from 'A Feast for Crows' and 'A Dance with Dragons'...
"...the fourth and fifth novels in author George R. R. Martin's 'A Song of Ice and Fire' novels.
"'Cersei' and 'The Walk of Penance', from 'A Dance with Dragons' continues filming in Dubrovnik, Croatia...
"...in the 'Stradun' street between the 'Dubrovnik Cathedral'...
"...and the 'Sponza Palace'..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "Game Of Thrones" Season 5...
- Michael Stevens
Security has been very tight during the shooting of these King's Landing scenes in Dubrovnik, with the only clear sighting of Lena Headey (her character Cersei is the focus) being the one she's shared herself. This has led to speculation that the crew may be gearing up to shoot (Spoiler Alert) Cersei's infamous "walk", which would see her stripped of her cloths and forced to traverse the streets of King's Landing in disgrace for her crimes. Obviously no pics of that have leaked yet nor are they likely to, but the folks over at Seek new Travel have managed to get a few snaps of some of the set designs, props, and extras on hand, There are plenty more at the link below too. »
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