15 items from 2016
Elle Fanning got her start in the business — and her SAG card — before the age of 3, when Jessie Nelson, the director of “I Am Sam,” starring 7-year-old Dakota Fanning and Sean Penn, needed someone to play Dakota’s sister in a flashback. Recruiting Elle for that role was a no-brainer. Fifteen years later, she’s emerged as one of the most exciting and consistently compelling actors of her generation, tackling indie dramas (“Somewhere,” “Ginger & Rosa”), blockbusters (“Maleficent”) … and whatever the heck “The Neon Demon” was.
Mark Williams & Sara Hirakawa for Variety
Fanning was only 16 when she shot that twisted, lurid film from Nicolas Winding Refn. If fact, she was too young to see it in theaters. “The Neon Demon” caused a divisive reaction from audiences when it premiered at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
Fanning, now 18, is taking the response to the film with grace. “Some amazing movies have been torn apart [in Cannes],” she notes. »
- Jenelle Riley
Sofia Coppola is set to make her “Bling Ring” followup with a remake of 1971’s Clint Eastwood–starring “The Beguiled,” and she appears to have found her lead. Variety reports that Colin Farrell is in talks to star in the role originated by Eastwood. Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning are already onboard.
Dunst starred in Coppola’s “Marie Antoinette” and Fanning in “Somewhere,” though Kidman and Farrell have yet to work with the writer/director who first broke through with “The Virgin Suicides” and won an Academy Award for her “Lost in Translation” screenplay. Based on a novel by Thomas Cullinan, “The Beguiled” concerns a wounded Union soldier who is rescued by a girl from an all-girl boarding school in Mississippi. Once there, jealousy and deception set in.
- Michael Nordine
The Civil War drama currently stars Nicole Kidman, Kirsten Dunst and Elle Fanning. Coppola (“Lost in Translation,” “Virgin Suicides”) is writing and directing the film. Focus Features is on board as a distributor.
The original “Beguiled,” directed by Don Siegel and based on a novel by Thomas Cullinan, followed an injured Yankee soldier (plated by Eastwood) who finds refuge at an all-girls boarding school in the South during the Civil War and cons his way into several lonely women’s hearts.
If Farrell’s deal closes, he would take over the role played by Eastwood in the original.
No production start date has been announced yet.
Farrell is coming »
- Justin Kroll
When John le Carré’s name is attached to a movie or television series, you already know what to expect. An author whose firsthand experience in the intelligence world informs his work, the novelist has developed a singular approach to spy stories. The films and series based on his work have attracted sizable budgets and A-list casts despite the labyrinthine governmental entanglements and devastating, feel-bad endings that come with le Carré’s territory. But where some of those other projects managed to preserve the author’s grounded approach, “Our Kind of Traitor” represents a Hollywood pivot to a film that, while entertaining at points, dilutes le Carré’s potency.
The aforementioned star power here comes from Ewan McGregor, playing unassuming poetry professor Perry (introduced kissing and caressing a woman’s naked back, lest you think he lacks mainstream movie spy bona fides), who becomes an unlikely pawn in a cross-continent informational tug-of-war. »
- Steve Greene
There are, in every generation of filmmakers, certain archetypes that repeat themselves over and over. For example, every generation has its playful prankster, the talented visual artists who are delighted by their own ability to take beautiful pictures of horrible things. I’ll be the first to admit that I am drawn to filmmakers who use cinema as a way of pushing buttons, and I am a fan of the outrageous and the extreme. When I saw De Palma, the new documentary about Brian De Palma and his filmography, it sent me scrambling to watch a number of his older films again. They are so familiar at this point, so well-worn, that it surprised me to see how new they still feel when I took a step back. The next day, I went to a screening of the latest film from Nicolas Winding Refn, and the back-to-back timing of the two films made me laugh. »
- Drew McWeeny
Chicago – The contemplation of beauty gets a little more truth in a new film by Nicolas Winding Refn (“Drive”) entitled “The Neon Demon.” It features Elle Fanning as Jesse, a naive girl who wants to break into the world of modeling, and does so in an unexpected way. The symbolic film has both strange drama and touches of horror.
Director Nicholas Winding Refn has been a known cinema force since his breakthrough with “Drive” in 2011. The Danish born filmmaker began his career in his native Denmark with the film (and subsequent trilogy) “Pusher” (1996). He built his reputation film-by-film, as the John Turturro starring “Fear X” (2003) next got him noticed. The Sundance Film Festival gave praise to “Bronson” (2008), nominating the film for the Grand Jury Prize. The breakthrough film “Drive” came three years later, and garnered two Oscar nominations. “The Neon Demon” is Refn’s tenth feature film.
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- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Last Tuesday night was the premiere of Nicolas Winding Refn’s latest film “The Neon Demon,” about a young, aspiring model (Elle Fanning) who breaks into the L.A. modeling world only to find a cabal of beauty-obsessed women who want to tear her down limb from limb and take what she has. The film had it world premiere at Cannes and received a decidedly mixed reception, but now the film will enter theaters next week and the public will come to their own conclusion about Refn’s horror film about beauty.
Read More: Cannes Review: ‘The Neon Demon’ is a Twisted Ride of Sex, Blood, and Necrophilia
At the premiere, star Elle Fanning told Variety that she was drawn to the film because of its horror features, and especially the chance to delve deep into a role not usually assigned to her. In fact, she took her character to an even darker place than initially envisioned. “I think everyone has a side to them that is a little darker,” she says. “Going to that place was actually very, very fun and we made her a little bit darker than the script was initially.”
Elle Fanning has been acting since she was three years old, making star turns in films like Alejandro González Iñárritu’s “Babel” and Sofia Coppola’s “Somewhere” at a young age. She played the main love interest in J.J. Abrams’ “Super 8,” and Sleeping Beauty in “Maleficent.” She’s also set to appear in Mike Mills’ latest film “20th Century Women.”
“The Neon Demon” will open in theaters on June 24th.
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- Vikram Murthi
One thing’s pretty certain following The Voice Season 10 performance finale: The song I’m most excited about downloading will probably rank last in iTunes at the end of voting (noon Et on Tuesday).
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Kim Nguyen’s Two Lovers and a Bear is a film that suffers from a bit of an identity crisis. Like an indie playlist stuck on constant shuffle, unapologetically reveling in a sort of manic unclassifiable genre. This isn’t always necessarily a bad thing, but, for some reason, Nguyen’s scattershot tonal shifts — which hop between a romance on the rocks; a self-serious study of grieving; and a surreal buddy comedy — can prove quite jarring. The film is, at its core, a look at how we choose to deal with grief and past trauma. Whether that happens to be with booze, destroying an arctic outpost, or even talking to a deadpan polar bear is another matter.
Lucy (Tatiana Maslany) and Roman (Dane DeHaan) are two lost souls who have chosen a life at the end of the world, as Herzog might call it. They both work infrastructural jobs of some description in a small, »
- Rory O'Connor
Ahead of its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival 2016, Icon Film Distribution today unveils the official UK trailer for Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon. The film will be released nationwide in UK cinemas on July 8, 2016.
When aspiring model Jesse moves to Los Angeles, her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will use any means necessary to get what she has.
Starring Elle Fanning (Somewhere, Malificent), Jena Malone (Inherent Vice, The Hunger Games), Abbey Lee (Max Max: Fury Road), Bella Heathcote (Dark Shadows), Keanu Reeves (John Wick, The Matrix) and Christina Hendricks (Mad Men, Drive), The Neon Demon sees Refn reunite with Drive and Only God Forgives composer Cliff Martinez and editor Mat Newman. The film is produced by Lene Børglum and co-written by Nicolas Winding Refn, Mary Laws and Polly Stenham.
Watch the new UK trailer below.
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- Paul Heath
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When Roman Reigns looks into the camera, looking kind of bored, and says how he’s not just a good guy or a bad guy – he’s the guy…it’s very easy to forget he’s related to the most electrifying man in sports entertainment: The Rock.
But things weren’t always so great for Dwayne. In fact, they were exactly the same as they are for Roman right now.
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- Oli Davis
If you never thanked your folks for your boring, nothing-interesting-ever-happens childhood, this week’s Grey’s Anatomy probably made you (or at least made you want to).
While Grey Sloan’s docs worked feverishly to save an 8-year-old named Brandon who’d been accidentally shot with his mother’s gun, little Sofia seemed poised to become the prize in a Calzona custody battle. (And just when Japril had begun being civil to one another again, too!)
Nicolas Winding Refn has given us our first look at the Neon Demon trailer ahead of its debut at the Cannes Film Festival next month.
The film revolves around an aspiring model, Jesse, who moves to Los Angeles, where her youth and vitality are devoured by a group of beauty-obsessed women who will use any means necessary to get what she has. Its Cannes debut was announced yesterday along with all of the other films that are part of the official selection.
The film follows Refn’s previous efforts Drive and Only God Forgives, both of which also debuted to a Cannes audience. The Neon Demon will also be in-competition at the festival, and will compete for the prestigious Palme d’Or as well as the other prizes. Refn »
- Paul Heath
The original story followed an injured Confederate soldier (plated by Eastwood) who found refuge at an all-girls boarding school during the Civil War and conned his way into several lonely women’s hearts.
This would mark a reunion for Coppola and Fanning, who starred in the filmmaker’s drama “Somewhere.” Coppola is also a frequent collaborator with Dunst, who has appeared in a handful of her films, including “Marie Antoinette.”
Coppola is represented as a screenwriter by ICM Partners. Fanning is repped by Wme and Echo Lake Entertainment, Kidman by CAA and Geyer Kosinski’s Media Talent Group, and »
- Justin Kroll
Following her backing away from the Chloe Moretz-led live-action "The Little Mermaid," Sofia Coppola has found her next film - she'll write and direct a new take on the 1971 Clint Eastwood-led period drama "The Beguiled".
Based on Thomas P. Cullinan's Southern Gothic novel and set at the end of the U.S. civil war, the original Don Siegel-directed film followed an injured Yankee soldier rescued from death by a young student at an all-girl boarding school in Louisiana.
At first the all-female staff and pupils are scared, but as he starts to recover he charms them one by one and the sexually repressed atmosphere becomes filled with jealousy and deceit. He soon gets his comeuppance in a quite painful way.
- Garth Franklin
15 items from 2016
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