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DVD Release: Little Birds

28 November 2012 3:24 PM, PST | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

DVD Release Date: Jan. 1, 2013

Price: DVD $28.99

Studio: Millennium

Juno Temple (l.) and Kay Panabaker star in Little Birds.

Rising star Juno Temple (The Three Musketeers) and Kay Panabaker (TV’s No Ordinary Family) are teenage trailer park denizens in the 2011 independent drama film Little Birds.

15 year-old Lily (Temple) and her best friend Alison (Panabaker) live on the shores of the Salton Sea in an area that was once an oasis for the wealthy and famous that has since  become a near ghost town. Living with her manic, single mother (Leslie Mann, The Change-Up), Lily hopes for something more exciting than visits with her young and already washed up Aunt (Kate Bosworth, Straw Dogs). After meeting some visiting street kids, Lily convinces Alison to follow them boys back to Los Angeles for what will hopefully be a better life.  But in the big city, Lily and Alison quickly fall into the »

- Laurence

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Kay Panabaker Talks Little Birds, Auditioning, Playing a Teenager, and Shooting at the Salton Sea

6 September 2012 5:35 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Little Birds is an indie drama that follows 15-year-old Lily (Juno Temple) and her best friend Alison (Kay Panabaker), who live in a rundown trailer park on the shores of the Salton Sea.  When they meet a trio of visiting street kids, Lily’s rebelliousness kicks in and she convinces Alison to follow the boys to Los Angeles, but once there, they quickly fall into the boys’ world of scams and petty crime.  While Lily is determined to stay and make it work, her actions threaten to tear apart her friendship with Alison.  Written and directed by Elgin James, the film also stars Leslie Mann, Kate Bosworth, Kyle Gallner and Neal McDonough. At the film’s press day, actress Kay Panabaker spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about her auditioning process for the film, what she immediately connected to with the story and character, what it was like to »

- Christina Radish

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Little Birds

2 September 2012 1:03 PM, PDT | Pastemagazine.com | See recent PasteMagazine news »

The feature directorial debut from Elgin James tells a familiar story of bored and neglected young girls on the prowl for adventure, trouble and love. Little Birds is a cross between the 2005 sleeper hit Havoc and this year’s Hick, as the story centers on two young girls, one of whom falls, naturally, for the wrong guy. However, James’s feature stands apart from these earlier films as the director’s personal understanding of homelessness and his musical background bring Little Birds to life in a unique and unapologetically dark way. »

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Little Birds interviews with Juno Temple, Kay Panabaker and director Elgin James

30 August 2012 3:00 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Juno Temple, Kay Panabaker and Elgin James talk Little Birds Lily and her best friend Alison know little else then the claustrophobic, decaying town along the shore of the Salton Sea where they were raised. Los Angeles is only a few hours away, but it might as well be on another continent until they run into some trouble-making guys that lead them into a dangerous world in "Little Birds." "Little Birds" is loosely inspired by writer/director Elgin James' life of crime that led him to prison. Raised in Boston, James had a difficult, violent childhood, so the only way he could cope was by joining a gang. "I’ve been through a lot of stuff since I was a child and movies were always my escape," James said. "I had nervous ticks when I was a kid and it was whenever I would watch movies that they would stop. »

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Little Birds interviews with Juno Temple, Kay Panabaker and director Elgin James

30 August 2012 3:00 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Juno Temple, Kay Panabaker and Elgin James talk Little Birds Lily and her best friend Alison know little else then the claustrophobic, decaying town along the shore of the Salton Sea where they were raised. Los Angeles is only a few hours away, but it might as well be on another continent until they run into some trouble-making guys that lead them into a dangerous world in "Little Birds." "Little Birds" is loosely inspired by writer/director Elgin James' life of crime that led him to prison. Raised in Boston, James had a difficult, violent childhood, so the only way he could cope was by joining a gang. "I’ve been through a lot of stuff since I was a child and movies were always my escape," James said. "I had nervous ticks when I was a kid and it was whenever I would watch movies that they would stop. »

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Little Birds Movie Review

29 August 2012 4:43 PM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Title: Little Birds Director: Elgin James Starring: Juno Temple (‘The Dark Knight Rises’), Kay Panabaker (‘Fame,’ TV’s ‘CSI’), Leslie Mann (‘This Is 40′), Kate Bosworth and Neal McDonough (‘Captain America: The First Avenger’) Children raised in economically depressed areas with emotionally distant parents often search for ways to get attention, and often become rebellious in order to become noticed. The two teenage girls in the new drama ‘Little Birds,’ Lily and Alison, have bonded over losing a parent and living with their other, often neglectful parent, but have taken different approaches to dealing with their grief and pain. The film fearlessly shows the stark difference in Lily’s careless, rebellious streak  [ Read More ] »

- Karen Benardello

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Review: 'Little Birds' Has All The Insight Of An After-School Special

29 August 2012 3:29 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

There's a misconception about some films that utilize a specific location by gussying it up to be a paradise on camera. Often, the results are "Little Birds," which was shot on location at the Salton Sea of California, a formative place for impetuous Lily (Juno Temple) and Alison (Kay Panabaker). The two teenage girls, both the result of trailer park lifestyles, spend their days visiting the saltine beach, admiring the view and dreaming of boys, handsome dark types who will whisk them away to what can be considered the "big city." They appreciate the picturesque landscape, as does the camera. Does the filmmaker? Elgin James writes and directs this picture, depicting Lily and Alison's lives as down-home tragic in not unfamiliar ways. Lily is the product of single mom Margaret (Leslie Mann) who can't help but hit the bars at night, not only refusing to let go of her youth, »

- Gabe Toro

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Sundance Director Fights His Violent Past

29 August 2012 7:53 AM, PDT | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

On Tuesday Elgin James sat in a plush room in his publicist's office, filled with Nintendo Wii systems, controllers and a Kirby pillow. It seemed like an odd place to interview this writer/director, whose new film "Little Birds" initially splashed into the indie landscape at 2011's Sundance Film Festival.

Probably because only a few months earlier, he was sitting in a maximum-security prison, serving a year for extortion.

"It's weird when you get famous, you get all this free stuff," he said. "I mean, I'm not famous. When I went to Sundance, no joke, I got a scarf and a paperweight. But they were trying to give Kate Bosworth a car."

Before the world saw what he was capable of as a filmmaker, James was best known for his unique and troubled past. As a kid, he bounced around orphanages and foster homes and juvenile hall, before eventually settling »

- Lucas Kavner

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'Little Birds' Review: Innocence Lost, Yada, Yada

28 August 2012 4:42 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

You know those creative-writing exercises where students are given three random items — say, a bugle, a beaded dress and the word "avoirdupois" — and then assigned to work them all into a short story? "Little Birds" gives the impression that someone told writer-director Elgin James, "Ok, you've got the crumbling neighborhoods by the Salton Sea and a burned-out East L.A. motel. Go!" Those sets ring truer than any of the characters who inhabit them, since James has turned out a listlessly trite tale of two small-town girls from broken homes »

- Alonso Duralde

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Juno Temple Talks Little Birds, Sexuality vs. Violence in Film, and Playing a Fairy in Maleficent

28 August 2012 11:36 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Little Birds is an indie drama that follows 15-year-old Lily (Juno Temple) and her best friend Alison (Kay Panabaker), who live in a rundown trailer park on the shores of the Salton Sea. When they meet a trio of visiting street kids, Lily’s rebelliousness kicks in and she convinces Alison to follow the boys to Los Angeles, but once there, they quickly fall into the boys’ world of scams and petty crime. While Lily is determined to stay and make it work, her actions threaten to tear apart her friendship with Alison. Written and directed by Elgin James, the film also stars Leslie Mann, Kate Bosworth, Kyle Gallner and Neal McDonough. At the film’s press day, actress Juno Temple spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about what attracted her to the script and character, learning that the writer/director wanted her for either of the lead roles, »

- Christina Radish

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Little Birds | Review

27 August 2012 9:30 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Teenage Wasteland: Elgin James Gives Us Teen Angst for Debut

A Sundance Lab creation, Elgin James’ debut, Little Birds is a strong first effort, one borne primarily from an interesting mutation of the professed director’s own life experiences, which he was at first going to film. Somehow, gangland activities turned into a coming of age tale of two adolescent females, and the result, while not entirely breaking new ground, manages to reach an affecting grace, one that manages to gear up into a tense boil.

Best friends Lily (Juno Temple) and Alison (Kay Panabaker), are continuously on the lookout for more exciting activities in their ramshackle Salton Sea town, where decaying plant matter permeates the air, and local denizens are either comfortable in their boredom or violent in their wish to escape from it. Of the two, Lily is definitely the more rebellious and defiant, obviously eager to discover boys, »

- Nicholas Bell

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On The Rise '12: 5 Cinematographers Lighting Up Screens In Recent Years

26 June 2012 10:10 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Following our looks at actors, actresses, screenwriters and directors to watch in recent months, when the time came to put together a list of cinematographers (as we did two years ago), we went in with an open mind. But what was interesting is realizing, after the fact, that in an era where 35mm film is allegedly being phased out, that all five have done perhaps their most distinctive work on old-fashioned celluloid, rather than digital.

All have worked in digital of course, at least in the commercial world, and some have done hugely impressive work on new formats. But most of our five are fierce advocates for good 'ol 35mm, and it's another sign that the death knell shouldn't be rung for the old ways just yet. As long as there are talented DoPs like the ones below, and on the following pages, working closely with filmmakers like Paul Thomas Anderson, »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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First Look Photos: Juno Temple, Leslie Mann & Kate Bosworth In 'Little Birds'

23 May 2012 7:20 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

We've talked about Elgin James' colorful past on numerous occasions but we're now finally on the brink of seeing what he can offer with his debut film "Little Birds." Born out of the Sundance Labs, the film premiered to a warm reception at Park City last year but -- possibly due to a recent incarceration -- it won't see a theatrical release until this summer.

We've got our hands on a heap of images from the film which showcase the talented cast including Juno Temple and Kay Panabaker -- who star as two 15-year-olds who test the limits of their friendship when one follows the other to Los Angeles -- along with Kyle Gallner, Kate Bosworth and Leslie Mann also co-starring. It kind of sounds like a run-of-the-mill tale but with rising star Temple front and center, we're hoping it'll make for worthy viewing either way.

Post-release, James already has a follow-up lined up, »

- Simon Dang

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15 New Images from Little Birds with Juno Temple, Leslie Mann, and Kate Bosworth

2 May 2012 6:34 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Well received at its Sundance debut last year, indie drama Little Birds is due to be released in the Us by Millennium Entertainment later this year. Elgin James wrote and directed the film, with which he made his debut, with a terrific cast in front of the camera, led by Juno Temple, Kay Panabaker, Leslie Mann, Kate Bosworth, and Neal McDonough.

After the first trailer for the film surfaced last month (which you can catch below if you missed it), fifteen great new images have now come online, including one of James on the set.

“15 year-old Lily and her best friend Alison live on the shores of the Salton Sea among rundown trailers parks, rotting household items, drained pools and decaying streets. What was once an oasis for the wealthy and famous has become a near ghost town, leaving its residents fighting for breath in the deep end. Lily feels eternally claustrophobic and rebellious, »

- Kenji Lloyd

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Little Birds movie images

1 May 2012 2:05 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Check out images from Millennium Entertainment's Little Birds, starring Juno Temple, Kay Panabaker, Leslie Mann, Kate Bosworth, Neal McDonough, , Kyle Galner and Carlos Pena Elgin James directs and scrips the film which comes out August 17th and tells of Lily and Alison who leave their home in Salton Sea and follow boys they meet back to Los Angeles, where they are faced with a life-changing event. The drama opens on August 17th and is rated R for pervasive language, some violence including a sexual assault, sexuality/nudity, drug and alcohol use - all involving teens. »

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Little Birds movie images

1 May 2012 2:05 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Check out images from Millennium Entertainment's Little Birds, starring Juno Temple, Kay Panabaker, Leslie Mann, Kate Bosworth, Neal McDonough, , Kyle Galner and Carlos Pena Elgin James directs and scrips the film which comes out August 17th and tells of Lily and Alison who leave their home in Salton Sea and follow boys they meet back to Los Angeles, where they are faced with a life-changing event. The drama opens on August 17th and is rated R for pervasive language, some violence including a sexual assault, sexuality/nudity, drug and alcohol use - all involving teens. »

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Elgin James To Follow Up Debut 'Little Birds' With Hostage Thriller 'Come Sundown'

17 April 2012 5:37 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

As a former street thug-turned-real-life-Omar Little-turned-filmmaker, Elgin James is definitely looking to make up for lost time. The Boston native has teamed up with Electric City Entertainment duo Jamie Patricof ("Half Nelson," "Blue Valentine") and Lynette Howell to helm the indie hostage thriller "Come Sundown," a project that will mark his second effort behind the camera after his Sundance 2011 feature "Little Birds."

After his debut film unveiled to a warm reception at Park City, James' colorful past came back to haunt him with an attempted extortion charge forcing him to spend a year in in L.A.'s Metro Detention Center. The writer-director apparently stayed indoors throughout his time there catching up with classic films ("Gone With The Wind") and reading 101 books including the fiction of Pat Conroy. Now out, James will tackle this hostage tale scripted by Justin Marks ("The Stranger," '20,000 Leagues') which follows "a family taken hostage »

- Simon Dang

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Elgin James Arrives At "Sundown"

16 April 2012 7:25 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Elgin James ("Little Birds") is set to direct the thriller "Come Sundown" for Electric City Entertainment reports Deadline.

The story follows a family taken hostage by desperate fugitives determined to get across the border. It becomes a struggle between a father trying to protect his family while hanging onto his humanity, and a hardened criminal with nothing to lose.

Justin Marks penned the script while Jamie Patricof and Lynette Howell will produce. The project was previously titled "Borderline" with Rod Lurie attached to direct. »

- Garth Franklin

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Elgin James Resumes Movie Career With Deal To Direct Indie Thriller ‘Come Sundown’

16 April 2012 5:17 PM, PDT | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Elgin James has been set to direct Come Sundown, a drama scripted by Justin Marks that will shoot in the fall. Jamie Patricof and Lynette Howell of Electric City Entertainment are producing the thriller about a family taken hostage by desperate fugitives determined to get across the border. It becomes a struggle between a father trying to protect his family while hanging onto his humanity, and a hardened criminal with nothing to lose. It will be the first project for James after spending almost a year in the Los Angeles Metropolitan Detention Center (he spent eight months behind bars, and another three in a halfway house). If you recall, James grew up on the rough streets around Boston and after getting thumped plenty, helped form the rough street gang Fsu that battled skinheads and other ethnic gangs, and robbed drug dealers for money and gave half the proceeds to charity. »

- MIKE FLEMING

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Elgin James to direct Come Sundown

16 April 2012 2:45 PM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Good news via Mike Fleming at Deadline today confirmed a new directing deal for Elgin James, who was sentenced this time last year in Chicago to a year and one day in federal prison for a 2006 extortion charge. Elgin’s arrest came soon after he experienced critical acclaim at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival for his debut drama Little Birds and gained his first studio scriptwriting job. Free after spending close to a year in the Los Angeles Metropolitan Detention Center, the former gang leader and rising indie filmmaker signed a deal with producers Jamie Patricof and Lynette Howell of Electric City to direct Come Sundown, a thriller about a family taken hostage by fiugitives trying to cross the U.S. border for Millennium Films. Justin Marks wrote the script. »

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