7 items from 2009
The Birthday Boys and Girls of 11/11
1821 Fyodor Dostoevsky, legendary Russian author of Crime and Punishment and The Brothers Karamazov fame. So many movies inspired by his work. But he's not the legendary Russian author that'll be getting all the press this next couple of months. That'd be Leo Tolstoy, soon to be chattered about when The Last Station emerges as an Oscar contender.
1898 René Clair, (pictured left), wonderful French writer/director. If you've never seen Le Million I urge you to rent it maintenant. His Oscar nominated films include The Gates of Paris (1957) and À nous la liberté (1931)
1901 Sam Spiegel, powerful producer. Boy was he on fire in »
- NATHANIEL R
“Everybody’s curious,” says Rumer Wills, actress in this Friday’s Sorority Row, when talking about her family. Though she may be the daughter of Bruce Willis and Demi Moore, the focus may soon rest solely on her, as the 21-year-old thespian is slowly making a name that is all her own. She made her onscreen debut in 1995 in her mother’s film Now and Then, but really felt the spotlight in 2008’s The House Bunny, where she played a lovable member of a defunct sorority.
- Nick Allen
Demi Moore recovered from her plane drama in time to appear at the opening night of the Hollyshorts festival on Thursday night in La. She was there to support her short piece Streak, which also brought out some of her A-list pals at a screening last year. Kirsten Dunst was on hand to present her Welcome, after actually premiering it nearly two years ago. She took another break from acting to make a documentary, though she'll be back as a leading lady when she starts work on Spider-Man 4. View 10 Photos › To see more Demi and Kirsten, just read more. View 10 Photos › Images include: Demi Moore, Kirsten Dunst, Jason Biggs, Jenny Mollen, Eli Roth, Carter Smith, Ben Lyons »
San Diego Comic-Con is on and in full force! So, as the tumbleweeds blow across the City of Angels, The 13th Annual La Shorts Film Festival began Thursday night with...a little bit less than a bang. Some prominent Hollywood women, however, are showcasing their talents with world premieres of their directorial debuts: These Vagabond Shoes stars a-now-completely-broke-thanks-to-Bernie-Madoff Kevin Bacon and is directed by Scarlett Johansson. The Spleenectomy stars Anna Faris, and leaves a scar as the first film directed by Kirsten Smith. Smith is a Hollywood screenwriter and producer whose credits include 10 Things I Hate About You, Legally Blonde, The House Bunny, summer's newest rom-com, The Ugly Truth. The Monday Before Thanksgiving stars Laura Dern and Courteney Cox. This short is Cox's directorial debut, not including David Arquette's wardrobe. If I were to place my bets, I'd say that 1) the film is set in the spring, and 2) because Laura Dern is in it, it »
- Bethany Perryman
The 2009 Palm Springs International ShortFest, which runs June 23-29 at the Camelot Theatres, will present 315 films, including directorial debuts by Demi Moore, Courteney Cox-Arquette, Marianne Jean-Baptiste and Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
Now in its 15th year, ShortFest will showcase 76 world premieres, 43 North American premieres and 14 U.S. premieres.
Moore directed "Streak," starring Brittany Snow, Rumer Willis and Madeline Zima; Cox-Arquette helmed and starred in "The Monday Before Thanksgiving" with Laura Dern and Rosemary Harris; Jean-Baptiste directed "Ink"; and Gordon-Levitt helmed "Sparks," starring Carla Gugino and Eric Stoltz.
The films will be organized into 52 programs covering numerous genres and themes. One will highlight short films from the Singapore-based Nyu Tisch School of the Arts Asia. »
- By Gregg Kilday
We haven't done a fashion lineup in a while, so here goes...some ladies walking the flashbulb-lined red this past week.
Even though Rumer Willis (who turns 21 this summer) is not what you'd call traditionally beautiful I admire that her public persona often screams "I'm hot shit!" I think you have to respect that. Martha Plimpton is hot shit on Broadway (where she's currently enjoying her 3rd consecutive Tony nomination) if nowhere else. But isn't Broadway enough? She seemed to give up on her dwindling movie career just as the new decade began. It pisses me off that most people only think Goonies! when they see her because, helloooo, she was so good in other 80s gems like Shy People, Mosquito Coast and Running on Empty back in her River Phoenix days. And though I barely recall it I seem to remember that she was hilarious in 200 Cigarettes (1999). Does anyone remember that holiday comedy? »
- NATHANIEL R
The 26th Annual Miami International Film Festival (Miff) has selected seven films, including Demi Moore directed "Streak," from the United States to compete in their shorts program this March. A total of nineteen highly regarded films with women-centric story lines, are selected from all over the world.
"Streak," about a college senior struggling with self-acceptance, is directed by Demi Moore and stars Brittany Snow, Madeline Zima and Demi's daughter, Rumer Willis. The film is inspired by a true story that was submitted to Glamour Magazine's Reel Moments contest.
After generating interest at Cannes, Venice and The Hamptons, the Natalie Portman's directorial debut, "Eve," is another high-profile short selected by Miff. The film stars Lauren Bacall, Ben Gazzara and Olivia Thirlby in a story that revolves around a girl who accidentally intrudes on her grandmother's romantic date.
7 items from 2009