Keir O’Donnell Joins Cmt’s ‘Million Dollar Quartet’; Rachel Hurd-Wood In ABC Pilot ‘Spark’

Keir O’Donnell (Fargo, American Sniper) has booked a series regular role in Million Dollar Quartet (working title), Cmt's upcoming eight-episode scripted drama inspired by the Broadway musical. Produced by Leslie Greif and directed by Roland Joffé, Million Dollar Quartet is a coming-of-age story set in Memphis during the tumultuous early days of the civil rights movement, and tells the true story of young musicians Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and Jerry Lee
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Inside Rock Legend Fats Domino's World: Crawfish, Cards, Boogie-Woogie

Inside Rock Legend Fats Domino's World: Crawfish, Cards, Boogie-Woogie
When a friend of Fats Domino's invited filmmaker Joe Lauro to hang out at Domino's New Orleans house in the early 2000s, he knew he had to make a film about the rock & roll architect. More than a decade later, Fats Domino and the Birth of Rock 'n' Roll will air tonight, on Domino's 88th birthday. The film captures how the New Orleans pianist cut what many believe is the first rock & roll record, 1949's The Fat Man, and went onto sell 65 million records, making the Billboard pop chart
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Orion: The Man Who Would Be King review – wonderfully weird

Jeanie Finlay’s bizarre story of masked Elvis soundalike Jimmy Ellis is as moving as it is entertaining

“They say you can’t make it cos you sound like Elvis. But Elvis sounded like Elvis, and he made it…” Having previously dealt with pop fakery in The Great Hip Hop Hoax, director Jeanie Finlay strikes gold with this wonderfully weird and affectingly melancholy account of how singer Jimmy Ellis found himself at the centre of the strangest chapter of rock’n’roll apocrypha. Dismissed as a Presley soundalike during Elvis’s lifetime, Ellis resurfaced in the late 1970s as the masked Orion, taking his name from Gail Brewer-Giorgio’s fictional tale of a superstar who fakes his own death. Fruitcake conspiracy theories, the emergence of “new” duet recordings with Jerry Lee, and the Sun Records release of Reborn (initially pressed with a lurid coffin-escape cover) convinced fans that Orion was Elvis,
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Celebrate Snoopy’s birthday with “The Top Dogs in Films”

Today is a big day for one of our favourite dogs, Snoopy, as he celebrates his birthday and the upcoming release of his new movie, Snoopy and Charlie Brown: The Peanuts Movie this coming December. What better way to mark this momentous occasion than looking back at the top dogs in films throughout time?


First up we have the mischievous Hooch, who comes into police investigator Scott Turner’s life in an unconventional way, as Hooch is the murder victim’s pet and subsequently, the only witness. After a ‘ruff’ start, Hooch flips Turner’s life around instigating a romance between Turner and the local vet. All in a day’s work for a canine best friend.


One could not mention the naughty Hooch without speaking too of Beethoven, the St. Bernard who drives father, George Newton, around the bend. However, Beethoven turns out to be an
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DVD, Blu-ray: The Motel Life

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: June 3, 2014

Price: DVD $14.93, Blu-ray $19.97

Studio: Cinedigm

Emile Hirsch (Bonnie & Clyde) and Stephen Dorff (Immortals) are brothers in trouble in independent film The Motel Life.

The drama movie is based on the novel by Willy Vlautin and focuses on Frank (Hirsch) and Jerry Lee (Dorff) who are forced to race across the state to the home of Frank’s old girlfriend Annie (Dakota Fanning, The Runaways) after Jerry Lee is involved in a hit and run accident.

Although they seem safe from the law, Jerry Lee becomes increasing instable from grief, putting them all at risk.

Featuring animation from award-winner Mike Smith (ParaNorman), The Motel Life is the first feature film directed by Alan Polsky and Gabe Polsky, producers of The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call — New Orleans.

Kris Kristofferson (Deadfall) also stars in the indie film, which got plenty of love from critics. Hollywood Reporter
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The Motel Life Review

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The Motel Life is adapted by Alan and Gabe Polsky, from the debut novel by American writer and musician Willy Vlautin, frontman of alt-country critical darlings Richmond Fontaine. Vlautin’s songs and novels chiefly deal with the disenfranchised no-hopers on the fringes of the American dream, desperate people who make desperate choices. And so it is with The Motel Life.

The film follows the plot of the book faithfully, the story of brothers Frank and Jerry Lee Flannigan, played by Emile Hirsch and Stephen Dorff, respectively. Neither brother has much going for them. It’s implied that they’ve been drifters ever since their mother died and Jerry Lee lost a leg in an accident with a train. They move from motel to motel, the drab walls given some semblance of life by Jerry Lee’s drawings. The two escape their mundane struggles through Frank’s stories, where they play
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Stephen Dorff on ‘The Motel Life’ and What’s Wrong with Hollywood

Stephen Dorff on ‘The Motel Life’ and What’s Wrong with Hollywood
In 2010, Stephen Dorff found himself on the industry’s hot list after starring in Sofia Coppola’s “Somewhere,” a meditative drama about a Hollywood actor and his lonely daughter. Dorff recalls a stream of offers from a fickle business that he’s been navigating since he was 12.

As he sifted through the stack of scripts that he’d been sent, he finally came across what he was looking for.

“What the fuck is this doing at the bottom of my pile?!” Dorff recalls asking his agent. The movie in question was “The Motel Life,” a dramatic tale about two brothers who experience hardships after a tragic car crash.

Dorff, 40, wanted to play the part of the older brother, Jerry Lee, who loses his leg early in the film from an amputation.

“I just thought, Jesus, I don’t know how to play this guy,” says Dorff. He was drawn to
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Stephen Dorff Hopes 'Motel Life' Will Have Real World Effects

Stephen Dorff Hopes 'Motel Life' Will Have Real World Effects
"The Motel Life," the new movie starring Stephen Dorff and Emile Hirsch, tells the story of two brothers who have to go on the run after one of them is involved in a hit and run.

When Dorff originally found the project, as he told MTV New's Josh Horowitz, it started as a way to do something he'd wanted to do for a while: play Hirsch's brother. "This one was kind of a small one from the get-go. It was kind of on the bottom of the pile, but then I found it," he said. I saw that Emile was attached to it."

But from there, it turned into a much more interesting journey into two characters that he found fascinating.

"I thought Jerry Lee was a very different character for me, and it was about trying to find this child-like guy. It seemed like two diamonds in the rough,
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The Modest Ways of Emile Hirsch

The Modest Ways of Emile Hirsch
Since being selected by Sean Penn to play wanderlust Christopher McCandless in his 2007 film Into The Wild, Emile Hirsch has sustained a streak of provocative work that's the envy of young Hollywood. Though overlooked for his understated but strong turns in movies like Milk and Savages, his performances are so subtle and authentic that there's always room for his costar's shiner characters (like Matthew McConaughey's Joe Cooper in Killer Joe). The same could be said of his latest work, The Motel Life (out in limited release on November 8th), where he plays Frank Lee,
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Review: Sweet, Sad 'The Motel Life' Starring Emile Hirsch, Stephen Dorff & Dakota Fanning

On the surface, there should be nothing particularly special about producer-turned-director brothers Gabe and Alan Polsky's debut, "The Motel Life." Threatening to sound like indie-by-numbers on paper, the film, based on the well-received novel of the same name by Willy Vlautin, is indeed familiar in its downbeat, disenfranchised Americana setting and even some of its themes: familial love, redemption and the fragility of hope in the face of ill-starred circumstances. But while it doesn't reinvent the wheel, or revolutionize the genre, it achieves its modest ambitions affectingly well, in no small part due to a clutch of cherishable performances, especially from leads Emile Hirsch and Stephen Dorff, as brothers Frank and Jerry Lee. And beyond being well-performed, it has an inspired ace up its sleeve: Interspersed within the minor-key drama, but somehow never interrupting its flow, are brief pencil animations, illustrations of the stories Frank tells. These interludes provide a.
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Interview: The Polsky Brothers Activate ‘The Motel Life’

Chicago – Alan and Gabe Polsky are brothers, film producers and now directors. The sibling tandem make their debut with “The Motel Life,” featuring Emile Hirsch and Stephen Dorff as disparate brothers trying to make a go in life with no money and no prospects, just a series of random motels and their unbreakable kinship.

Alan and Gabe Polsky for ‘The Motel Life,’ on the Red Carpet during the Chicago International Film Festival

Photo credit: Joe Arce of Starstruck Foto for

Brothers Alan and Gabe Polsky are known as producers, for notable films like “The Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call - New Orleans” (2009) and the HBO documentary “His Way” (2011, profiling producer Jerry Weintraub). “The Motel Life” is the first time as directors, adapting the source novel by Willy Vlautin. This is a stylish film, with an added touch of animation to fulfill the fantasy elements of storytelling between the film brothers.
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The Motel Life is a Story of Loser Brothers On the Run

The Motel Life is a Story of Loser Brothers On the Run
"All I've ever done is fuck up," one character remarks in The Motel Life, Alan and Gabe Polsky's debut feature. That broad judgment rings too true in this picture, which portrays brothers Frank and Jerry Lee (Emile Hirsch and Stephen Dorff) as little more than, well, fuck-ups.

Recalling characters from a Bukowski novel or Tom Waits song but with less complexity, the brothers are endowed by their creators with little agency, not doing much except lamenting the sorry state of their lives. Early on, alcoholic Jerry has accidentally committed a hit-and-run, killing a child, and Frank needs to get the cash to split town with his brother before the cops close in.

This development presents some obvious narrative difficulties (sympathizing with a hit-and-run driver isn'...
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Jerry Lee Lewis Marries Cousin's Ex-Wife

Rock and roll legend Jerry Lee Lewis has a penchant for the term "kissing cousins."

Heading down the aisle for the seventh time, Lewis, 76, married Judith Brown, 62, who was previously married to Jerry Lee's cousin, Rusty Brown.

Here's the tricky part: Rusty is the brother of Myra Gale Brown, who wed Jerry Lee in 1957 when the "Great Balls of Fire" singer was 23 and Myra was only 13. That marriage (Lewis' third) lasted 13 years but the
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Jerry Lee Lewis Is Determined to Keep It in the Family

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Jerry Lee Lewis Is Determined to Keep It in the Family
For Jerry Lee Lewis's new (and seventh) marriage, he's reprising one of his greatest hits. CNN reports that the 76-year-old "Great Balls of Fire" singer wed Judith Brown this month, whom he had met through his cousin Rusty ... Judith's former husband. If that sounds like a familiar sort of scandal for Lewis, it should: He infamously married his 13-year-old cousin Myra Gale back when he was 23, and yes, Myra was Rusty's sister. Boy, Jerry Lee has really got it out for that guy, huh?
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A Update [11/16/11]

In this edition of Updates, Shannon tells us all about the fundraiser that was held in Seattle. Washington! Shannon also gives a few ideas on how you can help get the Bruce Lee Action Museum up and running! Here’s Shannon with the details!

Hi All,

I wanted to share some clips from the Inaugural Bruce Lee Action Museum Fundraiser we held in Seattle, Wa two weeks ago. I also highlight some activities around the museum and ways that you can get involved if you so wish. We are all so excited about this project. The road will be long, but it will all be very worth it. I want to give a special thank you to Bruce Harrell, Doug Palmer, Mimi Gan, Jerry Lee, Perry Lee, Yale Wong and Omar Lee for their contributions to the inaugural event and for their commitment to Bruce Lee Action Museum project.
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10 Pieces of Movie Memorabilia Fans Lust Over!

Ok, so this week’s Top 10 may seem a little random, but inspired by the purchasing of a few new vintage movie posters (I’m an avid collector!) and the approach of Profiles in History’s 44th Hollywood Auction this Saturday, I began to think about some of the most cherished pieces of movie memorabilia that fans would surely love to own. We all have a favourite film star, director, franchise or standalone film, which lead the movie memorabilia trade to boom as people found they had much more extra cash over the economically kind years between the 80s and mid 00s. This Saturday will see those lucky enough to still be in this position, battling over the real Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (estimated to sell for between $1-2million!), James Dean’s tweed jacket from Rebel Without a Cause (1955) and Jeff Bridges’ ‘The Dude’ jumper from The Big Lebowski
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Dakota Fanning Joins Motel Life

Dakota Fanning is probably the busiest girl in Hollywood these days.

Few days ago we reported that young actress is set to star in the upcoming Mississippi Wild opposite Ryan Donowho, and today, we’re here to report she will star in The Motel Life as well, together with Emile Hirsch and Stephen Dorff. But, The Motel Life comes first!

So, Fanning will shoot The Motel Life this month together with above mentioned Hirsch and Dorff.

Alan and Gabe Polsky will produce and direct the movie through their Polsky Films banner, with Micah Fitzerman-Blue and Noah Harpster scripting.

It’s an adaptation of the novel by Willy Vlautin that follows: “a few weeks in the broken lives of two working-class brothers, Frank and Jerry Lee Flannigan, who abruptly ditch their Reno motel after Jerry Lee drunkenly kills a boy on a bicycle in a hit-and-run.

The two are case studies
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Emile Hirsch in The Motel Life

Looks like Emile Hirsch is back!

According to the latest reports, the Speed Racer star has signed on to star in the film adaptation of The Motel Life.

Based on the novel by Willy Vlautin, this project still has neither a writer or a director, but we do know that producers Alan and Gabe Polsky are hoping to shoot the film later this year.

The story “centers on two brothers who flee their Reno motel room after getting involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident.”

If you want more details about this, then here’s a The Motel Life book synopsis:

“In a gritty debut, Vlautin explores a few weeks in the broken lives of two working-class brothers, Frank and Jerry Lee Flannigan, who abruptly ditch their Reno motel after Jerry Lee drunkenly kills a boy on a bicycle in a hit-and-run.

The two are case studies in hard luck: their
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Emile Hirsch Cast in ‘The Motel Life’

Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans producers Alan and Gabriel Polsky are putting together a film adaptation of Willy Vlautin's novel The Motel Life. The first talent is now on board, as Emile Hirsch has signed to play one of "two brothers who flee their Reno motel room after getting involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident." Variety [1] has the news, saying that the other male lead and additional roles are yet to be cast. A writer and director are also needed, though the Polskys may take on those roles themselves. We haven't seen much of Emile Hisch in the past two years, so I hope this one comes together. And the book sounds like it should go on the read pile and could make for a compelling movie if the rest of the cast is smartly chosen: Frank and Jerry Lee Flannigan, who abruptly ditch their Reno motel
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Emile Hirsch Likes The Motel Life

In what will be his first leading role since making a turn as The Wachowski Brothers' Speed Racer, Emile Hirsch has signed on to star in the film adaptation of The Motel Life.  Based on the Willy Vlautin novel of the same name, The Motel Life tells the story of two brothers who skip town (that town being Reno) after being involved in a fatal accident.  Hirsch is the first to join the project which currently lacks both a writer and/or director.  That in mind, with production on the film aiming to begin sometime this year, Variety reports that producers Alan and Gabe Polsky may still yet fill the aforementioned positions themselves. For more on the project, hit the jump to read a synopsis for Vlautin's novel. Here's a synopsis for Willy Vlautin's The Motel Life [from Amazon]: In a gritty debut, Vlautin explores a few weeks in
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