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The pair caused a storm in 2003 when the Kids star was shown performing explicit, unsimulated fellatio on Gallo in the arthouse movie.
Sevigny later played down the controversy by suggesting she and Gallo were dating offscreen during the making of the film - but Gallo has now spoken out to insist they were never lovers.
And he has apologised to the actress after she told Playboy magazine earlier this month that she will "probably have to go to therapy at some point" as a result of filming the scene.
Actor/director Gallo tells New York Post gossip column PageSix, "Chloe and I were never boyfriend and girlfriend. In 1995 we made out once in Paris... I feel Chloe has suggested we were boyfriend and girlfriend to lessen the boldness of her appearance (in The Brown Bunny)... and to portray herself as a devoted girlfriend and victim rather than a great radical performer.
"Chloe brilliantly understood that the media would persist in thinking that she did it out of loyalty to me... I am sorry she feels the experience was so startling that she needs therapy to resolve her feelings." »
Actress Chloe Sevigny has pledged to stop flashing her flesh in movies - because she's been a part of too many "explicit sex scenes".
The Boys Don't Cry star, who once performed oral sex on then-boyfriend Vincent Gallo in the movie The Brown Bunny, insists she's no longer interested in stripping for provocative movies and has signed a no-nudity clause in an effort to keep her clothes on in the future.
She says, "I'm more self-aware now and wouldn't be able to be as free, so why even do it (bare all)?"
And she has already clashed with directors on the set of her hit TV drama Big Love.
Sevigny explains, "The first season, my character was aggressive in bed, but that changed by the second and third seasons, and there was no sex on season four... This season, aside from some stuff with the teen characters, sex is still on the back burner.
"And although I have done nudity on the show, the other girls won't do topless. I don't want to be the show's Samantha, like on Sex & The City - the only woman who'll do nudity.
"So I refused to do any more and there was a lot of back-and-forth about it." »
Review in a Hurry: Sofia Coppola gives us yet another movie about rich people lounging around opulent surroundings while feeling empty inside. This time, it's Stephen Dorff as movie star Johnny Marco, staying mostly in Hollywood's famed Chateau Marmont. As unsympathetic as her characters ought to be, though, damned if the writer-director doesn't manage to hit on some emotional truths nonetheless. The Bigger Picture: Somewhere opens with a car driving around in circles: a metaphor for what is to come, yes, but also a reminder of the similar opening scene in Vincent Gallo's The Brown Bunny, which likewise meanders around before making its points about loneliness. Long takes follow of Johnny Marco »
Hey, what's been going on with Chloe Sevigny lately? The indie provocateur, who grew up poor in Darien, Connecticut, and at one time drove a Vw bus with batik curtains, tells Playboy that, besides having done plays with Topher Grace back at summer theater camp, she is turned on by facial hair, and the back-and-forth of aggressive hair-pulling. The thirty-six-year-old actress, who first started charming us in Kids, has carved out quite a niche for herself in the indieopolis, appearing in such controversial films as Dogville, American Psycho, and the Vincent Gallo headscratcher, The Brown Bunny. The Polish-French Canadian sometime fashion designer also reveals that she was a depressed, nose-pierced teenager who later was to be anointed "the coolest girl in the world" by Jay McInerney. (I won't say it.) Sevigny, who is in her final season of that "It's good to be [...] »
In the 2006 documentary This Film is Not Yet Rated, lesbian director Jamie Babbit spoke openly about how the MPAA ratings board saw lesbian content in movies as offensive or racy content. To get an R rating on her film, But I'm a Cheerleader, she said she had to cut down the sex scene between Clea Duvall and Natasha Lyonne. For those who have seen the movie, you know there is no nudity and it's mostly some breathing sounds with brief glimpses of hands moving over skin under the blanket in the dark.
Yet you've likely seen much more explicit sex scenes between men and women on film, such as Monster's Ball or 9 1/2 Weeks.
The latest film to be part of a ratings uproar is Blue Valentine, which features Ryan Gosling and Michelle Williams having "believable" sex. (Acting sex; not engaging in real sex acts, which does happen on film. See: The Brown Bunny. »
- Trish Bendix
Actor/musician Vincent Gallo is pleading with bosses at Twitter.com to remove accounts used by pranksters to pose as celebrities.
The Brown Bunny filmmaker, who does not use Twitter, has had two pages set up by impersonators, who have attracted nearly 16,000 followers with strange messages, including digs at stars including Sarah Silverman, Kanye West and Milla Jovovich.
Gallo has also been bombarded with maple syrup at his concerts after a Twitter prankster promised fans backstage passes if they brought him bottles of the sauce.
But he has failed to convince Twitter bosses to remove the accounts.
He tells New York Post gossip column Page Six, "At a farmers' market, somebody was selling organic maple syrup and was all excited that I was there... I didn't know what this guy was saying about maple syrup...
"It is embarrassing having anyone believe I would sign up for and communicate with Twitter." »
Chloe Sevigny has described Vincent Gallo as a fascinating man. The Mr Nice actress controversially performed unsimulated oral sex on Gallo for his 2003 movie The Brown Bunny, which was widely criticised when it received its world premiere at that year's Cannes. Asked about her current relationship with Gallo, Sevigny told The Guardian: "He's a fascinating man, but we haven't spoken for a while. "Not that that's unusual (more) »
- By Mayer Nissim
Emma Farley casts her eye over the latest happenings in the indie movie scene...
With the 35th annual Toronto International Film Festival coming to an end, the film world is abuzz with news of the latest indies to keep an eye out for. It’s just a shame that UK cinemagoers are going to have to wait so long for them to get a wide release. In the mean time, a fortunate few will be able to catch the likes of Blue Valentine, Black Swan and Catfish at the BFI London Film Festival which will take place 13th-28th October.
This week’s indie news:Mark Ruffalo continues his foray into the mainstream with a motion-capture version of Hulk.Arthur Penn, godfather of independent cinema and director of Bonnie and Clyde, has died.The Guardian has launched its film season, complete with handy tips for wannabe filmmakers and free DVDs including Mulholland Drive. »
In the identikit world of the Hollywood leading lady, Chloë Sevigny defies convention. Her quirky looks, iconic sense of style and fearless approach to acting have made her the often controversial queen of the indie movie. Here she reveals why she regrets nothing
Chloë Sevigny's laugh is deep and honking, like a seal drunk on punch. Once I've heard it, I'm slightly preoccupied with the thought of hearing it again. First laugh: at the image of the "right man" eventually falling into her lap, "Like: 'Whoops!'" Second laugh: the thought of asking sex advice from her mother, Janine. Third: remembering Jay McInerney following her round Manhattan like a smell, researching the seven-page New Yorker profile of Sevigny, then 19, where he wrote that she was "the coolest girl in the world", the phrase that was, in turn, to follow her round for the rest of her life.
Now 35, she »
- Eva Wiseman
"My sense is that Promises Written in Water wasn't as bad as some were hoping, and was better than some were expecting," writes Stephanie Zacharek for Movieline. "Me, I'm on the fence: I'm a fan of The Brown Bunny, though I didn't see its disastrous Cannes debut. (Gallo recut the film before its Us theatrical release.) I think The Brown Bunny captures something elusive about the inertia of grief, about the way intense emotional suffering can place you in a kind of suspended animation. I even like the lyrical tedium of the filmmaking, particularly the way Gallo's visuals capture the foreversville of long-distance driving. I'm not as sold on Promises — I think of it as The Lite Brown Bunny — but I can't bring myself to dismiss it, either." »
The pearls this year came not from Hollywood but countries and genres off the beaten track
Fact and fiction and the blurring between the two emerged as a central theme at the 67th Venice film festival. The biggest question here on the Lido – other than when the sun would shine on us again – hung over Joaquin Phoenix and the film I'm Still Here, directed by his brother-in-law Casey Affleck, chronicling Phoenix's attempts to become a rapper. I asked Casey, directly – was it a hoax? "There is no hoax," he replied, like a Us president.
But, to my eyes, the whole thing clearly has been and it's impressive how they kept us guessing – and caring – for so long. But I think it's now safe to say that, contrary to the brilliantly propagated rumours, Joaquin Phoenix did not quit acting to take up hip-hop. Rather he immersed himself fully in the role »
- Jason Solomons
Anticipation is mounting ahead of the premiere of Promises Written in Water, Vincent Gallo's tale of a beautiful girl who is dying and the jittery undertaker who says he loves her. It is Gallo's first film as director and star since 2003's The Brown Bunny, an unbridled vanity project that was booed at Cannes and climaxed, notoriously, with our hero receiving oral sex from a tearful Chloë Sevigny. The crowds have gathered to see just how further up himself one man can travel.
Good news on this front. Promises Written in Water is a "Vincent Gallo Films" production, with music by Vincent Gallo. It is "written, directed and produced by Vincent Gallo" and opens with a 10-minute shot of none other than Vincent Gallo, who pads about a hotel room, chainsmoking like a bastard and pausing occasionally to eyeball himself in the mirror. After that it's down to business. »
- Xan Brooks
Kudos to Ray Pride, the headlines editor over at Movie City News for spotting this piece by Kyle Buchanan about the complicated route Vincent Gallo's new film took to the upcoming Venice Film Festival. Apparently Gallo was hired to star in a film called "The Funeral Director" and wound up starring and directing in a film called "Promises Written in Water" after he wrestled control of the project away from its original (and inexperienced) writer/director Pete Red Sky. Head over to Movieline to read the full story, which includes several juicy anecdotes about what it was like on the "Funeral Director" "Promises" set.
That Gallo's an interesting guy. He's at least ten years older than he looks and he's painted, modeled, acting, rode motorcycles, and been in a band with Jean-Michel Basquiat (he's even mentioned in the new Basquiat doc "The Radiant Child"). His last film, "The Brown Bunny, »
- Matt Singer
The stars at night are big and bright, deep in the heart of... festival season. Two days ago Toronto announced a big chunk of its line-up, and now the Venice Film Festival has unveiled its own. Joining Darren Aronofsky ballerina drama "Black Swan," announced earlier as the opening night film, are Sofia Coppola's Hollywood saga "Somewhere" (trailer); Takashi Miike's samurai tale "13 Assassins" (trailer); "Meek's Cutoff," Kelly Reichardt's new film, once again starring Michelle Williams; Vincent Gallo's long-awaited follow-up to "The Brown Bunny" "Promises Made In Water," reportedly a 16-millimeter black-and-white tale of a girl with a terminal illness; "Road to Nowhere," a thriller from Monte Hellman (!); and "Three," the latest from "Run, Lola, Run"'s Tom Tykwer, about how the two halves of a middle-aged couple fall in love with the same man.
- Alison Willmore
Here’s the trailer for Jerzy Skolimowski’s upcoming film Essential Killings, starring Vincent Gallo (The Brown Bunny, Tetro) as a Taliban member who’s captured after taking the lives of three American soldiers. He soon escapes captivity and goes on the lam in Europe. [The Playlist]
In a word: whoa. And who better to play a controversial terrorist hero than Gallo?
Check out the trailer below:
This trailer does pretty much everything right, from the pacing to the music. That said, Gallo’s always been hit-or-miss as an actor. His performance in Tetro pretty much wanes from hit to miss throughout. This is certainly a juicy role to tackle. More new forthcoming on release dates, festival plays and so forth.
Are you interested in seeing Essential Killings?
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- Dan Mecca
[Trailer removed at producer's request.]
No stranger to controversy, The Brown Bunny's Vincent Gallo is about to stir up a whole lot more. Gallo plays the lead in Jerzy Skolimowski's Essential Killing, in which Gallo plays Mohammed - an Afghani Taliban fighter - on the run from Allied forces.
Captured by the Us military in Afghanistan, Mohammed is transported to a secret military black site somewhere in the Eastern Europe. When the armed convoy he is riding in plummets off a steep hill, Mohammed finds himself suddenly free and on the run behind the enemy lines, among a hostile, snow blanketed forest. Relentlessly pursued by an army that officially does not exist, Mohammed must constantly confront the need to kill in order to survive.
Anyone care to wager how this will play in middle America? Check the trailer below.
Notorious Reservoir Dog Michael Madsen, and no-one-more-indie-than-he Vincent Gallo (The Brown Bunny, Tetro) have signed on to the project, about a New York pickpocket who is confronted by a pregnant woman with whom he had once slept with. There is no information on what roles Madsen and Gallo will play as yet.
With a somewhat eclectic cast, this may prove to rise above the hundreds of indie flicks which disappear without trace.
What do you make of the cast and project?
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- Paul Chambers
Vincent Gallo defied his parents to pursue his love of acting after his father branded him a "retard" for dreaming of a movie career.
But when he broke the news to his parents during a car journey, his dad Vincenzo launched into a furious rant about his son's movie aspirations, branding him "an idiot".
Gallo tells Britain's The Independent, "(He) slams on the brakes to the car. The car goes skidding into a snowbank. And he grabs my ear, and he pulls me by my ear from the back seat to the front seat, into the rear-view mirror and he pushes my face, five or six times, into the mirror. The rear-view mirror breaks off from the windshield.
"And he tells me, 'Look at your face, you retard. You look like Paul Newman? You look like Robert Redford? Those are actors. You look like an idiot. Get a job... When you get a job as a plumber or in a gas station, give us a call and we'll come and visit you.' And then he threw me in the back seat." »
In this lull before the whirlwind of the 63rd edition starts, the question that I've been pondering is this: why have these past Cannes discoveries never crossed the Channel for a UK release?
Here we are in Cannes, the day before the official opening: the Tuesday Lull. It's the calm before the storm, which, traditionally, is not all that calm. The red carpet is still being hammered into place and the Grand Palais prepared by grey-suited officials bustling about everywhere. Last year, my friend Nigel Andrews of the Financial Times told me he saw a Cannes local walk down the Croisette, survey the scene and loudly sigh: "Les conneries commencent …" ("The bullshit begins …"). For journalists covering the festival, this is a time for savouring all the possibilities of movie experience that must surely be available in the next 10 days, before you're suddenly plunged straight into it, and there never seems to be enough time, »
- Peter Bradshaw
Jason Solomons picks his all-time favourite high jinks on the Croisette
Madonna presents her bra, 1991Few people have seized the Palais des Festivals red carpet moment more memorably than Madonna, when the documentary In Bed with Madonna premiered in an out-of-competition slot. Wreathed in a cloak, she reached the top of the steps and turned to reveal that underneath she was wearing a Jean-Paul Gaultier conical bra. In 2005, French actress Sophie Marceau topped this with an "unintentional" wardrobe malfunction that briefly revealed her left breast.
Cannes canned, 1968
Surely the most dramatic year for this drama queen of world festivals was 1968, during the student riots, strikes and general unrest that spread around France from Paris. It led to directors Godard, Truffaut, Louis Malle, Polanski, Lelouch and Milos Forman calling press conferences, withdrawing films and demanding a shutdown in sympathy with the students. After two days of sit-ins, the festival called a halt to proceedings. »
- Jason Solomons
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