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Elle Fanning is superb voicing the feisty, upper-crust 11-year-old Winnifred Portley-Rind in Laika’s beautiful 3D stop-motion animated fantasy-adventure, The Boxtrolls, opening September 26th. When scheming social climber Archibald Snatcher (Sir Ben Kingsley) attempts to exterminate the kind creatures that raised the orphan boy Eggs (Isaac Hempstead Wright), Winnie helps her new friend devise a daring plan to save his adopted family. Not only was Fanning drawn to playing the sassy character with a big heart and a dark imagination, but she liked what the unique story had to say about love and courage. At a recent roundtable interview, Fanning talked about finding the right frame of mind to play her character, her inspirations for Winnie’s voice, how her voice-over experience compared to regular acting, what it was like using a posh English accent, how she created the right environment in the recording booth, the appeal of fantasy and »
- Sheila Roberts
Elle Fanning has a darker 'do!The 16-year-old beauty debuted her brunette tresses at the premiere of "The Boxtrolls" at Universal City Walk on Sunday. The formerly-blonde actress paired her brown bob with an all-black ensemble from Oscar de la Renta.Sporting a strapless, peplum, and bow tie-adorned top and floor-sweeping trousers, the red carpet look was a noticeably darker and more mature look than we’re accustomed to seeing from the young starlet. Despite her sophisticated outfit, Fanning managed to keep her look fresh and youthful by sporting natural eye makeup and a subtle nude lip. Elle clearly isn't afraid to take fashion risks, and she has a distinct personal style."For my own style, I love vintage. 60’s and 70’s are my favorite," she recently told Seventeen. "I love baby doll dresses and the soft colors. I try to mix a little bit of modern into that — maybe »
- tooFab Staff
Getting used to a new hair color can take a while. Just ask Elle Fanning. After dyeing her signature blond hair brunette for a role, the actress told E! News at the Boxtrolls premiere on Sunday that she is still figure out clothes that go with her new hue. Right now, she is specifically looking for a prom dress that will complement her brown hairstyle. But it's not just the color—which she joked is making her smarter—that's brand new. The 16-year-old also debuted a fresh cut on the red carpet last night. The even crop is just a few inches shorter than her previous style but she thinks the combination of cut and color make her look more like her mom now. »
She’s growing up and changing right before our very eyes! Photos: Celeb hair makeovers Elle Fanning debuted a mature and sophisticated look for The Boxtrolls premiere in Los Angeles on Sunday, Sept. 21. The Maleficent actress, 16, ditched her long platinum blonde tresses for a shoulder-length chestnut brown bob hairstyle. She wore clean and natural makeup, allowing her new hair to capture all the attention. Photos: Celebrity siblings Fanning is typically styled in youthful dresses featuring bright colors and bold designs, but this time around she opted for a subtle look. [...] »
It was bugs, balloons and barrels of fun at Focus Features’ pre-premiere party for Laika’s “The Boxtrolls” Sunday morning at Universal Studios Hollywood. One intriguing treat was a truck offering guests a chance to “Eat Like a Boxtroll,” with an assortment of crunchy critters on display, including such delicacies as Superworm Quesadillas, Chocolate Dipped Chappulines and Grasshopper Kabobs. No word on how many tried these snacks. Meanwhile, studio execs, creatives, cast and guests got a chance to mingle and munch on other goodies as they played a variety of “Boxtroll” inspired games prior to strolling the red carpet for the screening.
Ben Kingsley, who plays a villainous exterminator in the film, was fascinated by the process of voicing an animated character, which is quite the solitary endeavor. “It’s a very extraordinary discipline. You can only use your voice,” he said. “There’s no point in using any body »
- Terry Flores
Jazz pianist Joe Albany and his soul-warming music come to life in the first official trailer for “Low Down.”
John Hawkes stars as the famed musician and Elle Fanning plays his daughter, who penned the memoir the film is based on. Albany, who performed with the likes of Charlie Parker and Lester Young, died in 1988 after losing a battle with heroin addiction.
The pic, which traces two years of Albany’s troubled life, premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January. The movie has since been re-edited for theatrical release.
See Also: Film Review: ‘Low Down’
This is one of several biopics about legendary musicians being released this year. But unlike the James Brown or Jimi Hendrix films, director Jeff Priess’ pic tells Albany’s story not from the perspective of the struggling artist, but from his daughter Amy-Jo’s point of view.
An aged Glenn Close, a nearly unrecognizable »
- Maane Khatchatourian
Sir Ben Kingsley lends his extraordinary voice to the diabolical Archibald Snatcher in Laika’s breathtakingly beautiful 3D stop-motion animated adventure, The Boxtrolls, loosely based on Alan Snow’s best-selling children’s book Here Be Monsters! The mischievous, trash-collecting creatures known as Boxtrolls live beneath the cobblestoned streets of Cheesebridge where they struggle to elude the evil Snatcher who claims they have stolen an orphan (Isaac Hempstead Wright). Snatcher is determined to exterminate them in exchange for admittance into the town’s elite White Hats. Opening September 26th, the film also stars Elle Fanning, Nick Frost and Tracy Morgan. At our roundtable interview, Kingsley revealed what convinced him to bring to life an animated villain, why he found Snatcher a great character to play, how the script rang true as a refreshing family film, his unique approach to voicing his character, how he found the recording experience very freeing, why »
- Sheila Roberts
Today we have the trailer for "Low Down," which is based on the memoir of Amy-Jo Albany and stars John Hawkes, Elle Fanning, Glenn Close, Taryn Manning, Flea, Lena Headey, and Peter Dinklage. Check it out below. Plot: A compassionate, tender look at the complex relationship between Amy-Jo (Fanning) and her father Joe (Hawkes), a man torn between his musical ambition, his devotion to his teenage daughter, and his suffocating heroin addiction. The new movie is directed by Jeff Preiss and is set to hit theaters in New York on October 24th, in Los Angeles on October 31st, and will then expand wider in November. Trailer: »
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, »
- Ryan Adams
A man must choose between his daughter and his heroin addiction in the new drama Low Down. John Hawkes stars as a legendary jazz musician who wants to do right by the world, but finds himself getting pulled deeper into his addictions. Elle Fanning is his daughter Amy-Jo, who yearns to live the life her father has always hoped for. Watch as they hurdle insurmountable odds in the first trailer for this awards-season drama. Low Down opens in New York on October 24th, in Los Angeles on October 31st, with additional cities to follow.
Winner of Best Cinematography Award at this year's Sundance Film Festival, Low Down is the story of Amy-Jo Albany and the relationship with her father, legendary jazz pianist Joe Albany.  Based on the memoir by Albany, the film is a compassionate, tender look at the complex relationship between Amy-Jo (Elle Fanning) and her father Joe (John Hawkes »
Next weekend, fans will get to experience the quirky world of Cheesebridge when The Boxtrolls debuts in theaters on September 26. To get fans ready for this stop motion animated adventure, Focus Features has released a featurette, clip and five viral videos.
This special preview includes new footage and interviews with voice cast members Ben Kingsley (Snatcher), Elle Fanning (Winnie) and Isaac Hempstead-Wright (Eggs), who break down the unique family dynamic shown when The Boxtrolls, a group of lovable creatures who live underneath the town of Cheesebridge, raise the young orphan boy they call Eggs as their own. We also have a clip where Winnie breaks the news to Eggs that he isn't really a Boxtroll, despite being raised by them, and five viral videos that highlight several unique aspects of how The Boxtrolls carry out their lives.
The new 3D animated feature from Laika Studios tells the tale of the Boxtrolls, »
A few more films that premiered at Sundance at the beginning of the year are still trickling into theaters, and while some are absolutely incredible with lots of buzz like Whiplash (arriving next month), others don't seem to have the same hype. Low Down is one of those films, and the trailer seems to indicate why. There's praise in the trailer for the performances, but if the trailer is any indicator, this indie seems to meander around the story of jazz pianist Joe Albany (John Hawkes) from the perspective of his young daughter (Elle Fanning) as she watches him contend with his drug addiction in the 60s and 70s. Glenn Close, Lena Headey ("Game of Thrones") and Flea from Red Hot Chili Peppers also star in the film. Watch? Here's the first trailer for Jeff Priess' Low Down from Oscilloscope Laboratories: Based on the memoir by Amy-Jo Albany, Low Down is a compassionate, »
- Ethan Anderton
During the jazz scene of the 1960’s and 1970’s, pianist Joe Albany struggled with drug addiction. His struggle was then captured by the memoir of his daughter, Amy-Jo Albany.
Now, Jeff Preiss is capturing it all on film. Starring John Hawkes as Joe and Elle Fanning as Amy-Jo, Low Down tells the pianist’s story through the eyes of his daughter. The film also stars Glenn Close, Lena Headey, Peter Dinklage, and more.
Low Down hits theaters Oct. 24. »
- Samantha Highfill
Oscilloscope Laboratories has released the trailer for Jeff Preiss’ drama “Low Down,” which stars John Hawkes as legendary pianist Joe Albany and Elle Fanning as his daughter. “Low Down” premiered earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival, where it won the award for Best Cinematography. While “Low Down” earned strong reviews at the festival, Preiss decided to tweak the film slightly, so it has been re-edited for theatrical release. Also read: Elle Fanning's Winnie Hatches Plan to Save Eggs From Ben Kingley's Evil Snatcher in ‘Boxtrolls’ Trailer (Video) Glenn Close and Flea co-star alongside “Game of Thrones” actors Lena Headey and Peter Dinklage. »
- Jeff Sneider
There are some Sundance movies which sustain buzz throughout the year ("Whiplash"), and then there are others that have to work a bit harder to get back on the radar, especially if those film's chances were compromised some initially halfhearted reviews. After premiering in Park City in January, not much was heard about the grimy indie "Low Down," (negative reviews didn’t help). But the film, starring Elle Fanning, John Hawkes and Glenn Close, might have a new lease on life. About the life of jazz pianist Joe Albany (Hawkes) and told from the perspective of his young daughter (Fanning) as she watches him contend with his drug addiction in the 1960s and '70s jazz scene, “Low Down” was extensively recut and reshaped after Sundance (and some pretty sharp reviews),. In fact, first time feature length director Jeff Priess told THR earlier this year that the movie’s editing »
- Edward Davis
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The Unspeakable Has Happened
The Boxtrolls Cavern
Eggs’ Music Box
One Busy Night
Snatcher and His Stooges
To the Rescue »
- Movie Geeks
Singer Karen O and director Spike Jonze have a working relationship that stretches back to 2005. They worked on the award-winning Adidas commercial "Hello Tomorrow." In collaboration with Carter Burwell, O composed the soundtrack for Jonze’s film Where the Wild Things Are. Recently, the duo was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Original Song for Jonze’s Her (“The Moon Song”). O just released her first solo record called Crush Songs. To honor his friend and collaborator, Jonze made an impromptu “music video” for O with Elle Fanning — which really means Jonze shot Elle Fanning dancing around like a goofball on the New York Metropolitan Opera House stage, set to O’s song “Ooo.&rdquo...
- Alison Nastasi
While the U.K.-based Aardman Animations is still most people’s reference point for stop-motion animation – even if they don’t know the exact names of the people responsible for Wallace and Gromit – American studio Laika has made an impressive run for Aardman’s claymation crown. Between Coraline and ParaNorman, Laika has managed to imitate Aardman’s lovingly handcrafted aesthetic, and the elaborate slapstick of their comedy. But they’ve also managed to distinguish themselves with storytelling and visuals that take ostensible children’s movies into darker, more mature territory than most family-friendly animation.
At first blush, Laika’s latest, The Boxtrolls, seems like the sort of shameless Aardman rip-off one would expect a fledgling stop-motion studio to attempt with their first feature. In reality, it’s more of a “best of both worlds” scenario. From Aardman, Laika has borrowed the mechanized whimsy, and cheese obsessed, dim-witted adults of Wallace and Gromit. »
- Sam Woolf
The result is a more stylized, theatrical look along with more ambitious storytelling, and sure to be an Oscar contender for best animated feature. Laika previously helmed Oscar nominated animated films "Coraline" and "ParaNorman." Focus takes "The Boxtrolls" wide on September 26. It is directed by Graham Annable and Anthony Stacchi, and stars Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Ben Kingsley, Elle Fanning, Toni Collette, Jared Harris, Simon Pegg, Nick Frost, Richard Ayoade and Tracy Morgan. Here's what critics are saying so far. The movie just opened in the UK, and the Brits are more in favor: The Guardian: "The visuals are dazzling, the voices expressive, and the end-credits sequence offers a laugh-out-loud appraisal of the madness of the animators’ labour-intensive craft." Time Out: "It’s no surprise that this digitally animated adventure from the producers of Edward Gorey-esque kids’ fairytales ‘Coraline’ and ‘ParaNorman’ is an ooky, »
- Bill Desowitz
Spike Jonze, famed director of Her and Being John Malkovich, has teamed up again with Karen O. He has filmed a music video to promote her new song “Ooo” off her record Crush Songs. Unlike most popular music videos, with rehearsed choreography and special effects, Jonze has a more cinema verite approach. During a ten minute break at the New York Metropolitan Opera House for the opening ceremony of Fashion Week, Elle Fanning is filmed dancing around the stage and making faces at the camera while the song plays in the background.
The music video captures what teen girls really do when they hear a fun song in the background. They act like adorable goof balls. The home movie feel of it also emphasizes how unrehearsed and free Elle’s performance is.
To quote Elle at the end of the video “It’s a really good song.” Watch the video below. »
- Michelle Leibowitz
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