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Dakota Fanning Covers "Marie Claire"

Sneak Peek new images of actress Dakota Fanning ("Effie Gray") in the January 2018 issue of "Marie Claire" (UK) magazine, wearing Prada, Alberta Ferretti, Christopher Kane and a whole lot more, photographed by David Atelier:

Fanning's performance in the feature "I Am Sam" (2001) earned her a nomination for a Screen Actors Guild Award at age eight, followed by roles as a child actress in "Man on Fire" (2004), "War of the Worlds" (2005) and "Charlotte's Web" (2006).

Fanning then began the transition to more mature roles including "Hounddog" (2007) and "The Secret Life of Bees" (2008). Her recent film roles have included "Coraline" (2009), "The Runaways" (2010), "The Motel Life" (2013) and "The Twilight Saga" (2009–12).

Her modeling work started in 2009 for various fashion magazines including "Elle", "Vanity Fair" and "Cosmopolitan".

Fanning's upcoming film work includes "The Bell Jar" (2017) directed by another former child star Kirsten Dunst, followed by "Ocean's Eight" (2018) and her role in the TV series "The Alienist
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Dakota Fanning In "Jimmy Choo"

Sneak Peek new images of actress Dakota Fanning ("Effie Gray") for the Spring-Summer 2017 line of luxury shoe brand "Jimmy Choo":

Fanning's performance in the feature "I Am Sam" (2001) earned her a nomination for a Screen Actors Guild Award at age eight, followed by roles as a child actress in "Man on Fire" (2004), "War of the Worlds" (2005) and "Charlotte's Web" (2006).

Fanning then began the transition to more adult roles including "Hounddog" (2007) and "The Secret Life of Bees" (2008). Her recent film roles have included "Coraline" (2009), "The Runaways" (2010), "The Motel Life" (2013) and "The Twilight Saga" (2009–12).

Her modeling work started in 2009 for various fashion magazines including "Elle", "Vanity Fair" and "Cosmopolitan".

Fanning'sa upcoming film work includes "The Bell Jar" (2017) as 'Esther Greenwood', directed by another former child star Kirsten Dunst, followed by "Ocean's Eight" (2018).

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek Dakota Fanning...
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DVD Review: 'Red Army'

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★★★★☆ Until now, the confluence of sport and politics during the Cold War has been portrayed in more simplistic and unambiguous terms in narrative features like Rocky IV (1985) and Miracle (2004). Premiering at last year's Cannes Film Festival, Gabe Polsky's immensely enjoyable documentary Red Army (2014) zeroes in on that same period of history in an altogether more engrossing and studied fashion. Polsky here brings that same restrained, unfussy style of filmmaking evident in his underrated The Motel Life (2013).
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Red Army Review

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During the opening credits of Gabe Polsky’s debut documentary – and only his sophomore endeavour following on from The Motel Life – we notice a couple of recognisable names appear, as not only was the late, influential producer Jerry Weintraub involved, but he was joined by master documentarian Werner Herzog. As the title progresses, it

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Daily | Ebertfest 2015

This year's Ebertfest opens today and runs through Sunday, and we're collecting notes on the lineup: Jean-Luc Godard's Adieu au langage, Roy Andersson's A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting on Existence, Godfrey Cheshire's Moving Midway, James Ponsoldt's The End of the Tour, Céline Sciamma's Girlhood, George Fitzmaurice's The Son of the Sheik, Robert De Niro's A Bronx Tale, Damián Szifrón's Wild Tales, Pawel Pawlikowski's Ida, Alan Polsky and Gabe Polsky's The Motel Life, Ramin Bahrani's 99 Homes and Ethan Hawke's Seymour: An Introduction. » - David Hudson
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Ebertfest Adds Stephen Dorff Tribute, Seymour Bernstein Master Class and More

Ebertfest Adds Stephen Dorff Tribute, Seymour Bernstein Master Class and More
On behalf of his 2012 film "The Motel Life," Stephen Dorff will attend the 17th annual Ebertfest this year. Directed by Alan Polsky (a producer on Herzog's "Bad Lieutenant") and Gabe Polsky (director of 2014 doc "Red Army"), this working-class crime drama got a very positive review from Roger Ebert. The film was part of Dorff's career renaissance after getting a boost from Sofia Coppola's meandering "Somewhere." Also revealed is a list of panel discussions taking place at this year's Ebertfest from April 15-19 in Champaign-Urbana. On Sunday, April 19th following a screening of director Ethan Hawke's "Seymour: An Introduction," the film's subject, famed pianist Seymour Bernstein, will conduct an onstage master class with University of Illinois students. This year’s panel discussions, featuring many of the directors, actors, critics and other festival guests, including Heloise Godet, Godfrey Cheshire, Scott Foundas,...
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'Leatherface' Story & Characters Revealed, Stephen Dorff Joins

'Leatherface' Story & Characters Revealed, Stephen Dorff Joins
Last month, we reported that British actor Sam Strike was cast as the title character in Millennium Films' Texas Chainsaw Massacre prequel Leatherface. Just a few days later, however, it was revealed that Sam Strike is actually playing one of three teenage psychopaths, one of whom will be ultimately revealed as Leatherface. Today, we have word from Badass Digest that Stephen Dorff has signed on to play the sheriff who tracks down these deranged kids.

The site also reports that it will actually be four teenagers, not three, while confirming last month's report that Angela Bettis is playing the matriarch of the Sawyer clan. Newcomer James Bloor is playing the second of four teenage maniacs, all of whom have an affinity for using chainsaws. These unstable kids are on the lam after escaping from a mental institution, taking a nurse as hostage. The movie is set in the 1970s,
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Stephen Dorff cast as lead in Texas Chainsaw Massacre prequel Leatherface

Stephen Dorff cast as lead in Texas Chainsaw Massacre prequel Leatherface
Stephen Dorff has landed the lead role in the upcoming Texas Chainsaw Massacre prequel.

Deadline reports that the Blade actor will play Hal Hartman in Leatherface, which centres around a violent teen who eventually becomes the title character.

The teen - played by EastEnders actor Sam Strike - escapes from a mental hospital and kidnaps a young nurse.

He and other escapees are then chased by an equally crazed lawman looking for revenge.

Written by Seth M Sherwood, the film will be directed by Alexandre Bustillo and Julien Maury, and is tipped for release in 2016.

Dorff most recently finished filming American Hero with Eddie Griffin and The Motel Life with Emile Hirsch and Dakota Fanning.
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‘The End of the Tour’, ’99 Homes’, ‘Goodbye to Language’ headlining Ebertfest 2015

Jesse Eisenberg and Jason Segel in “The End of the Tour”

Champaign, Illinois isn’t quite Cannes or Park City, Utah, but the film festival hosted there annually in Roger Ebert’s name is as charming as they come. Now Ebertfest, in its 17th year, has announced its lineup of films prior to its four day run in April.

It was previously announced that Jean-Luc Godard’s acclaimed Goodbye to Language 3D would be the opening night film. Now Chaz Ebert has penned a touching love letter to her late husband detailing the choices they’ve made for the festival in his absence.

Among them are James Ponsoldt’s The End of the Tour, Ramin Bahrani’s 99 Homes, Roy Andersson’s A Pigeon Sat on a Branch Reflecting On Existence, Céline Sciamma’s Girlhood, and special screenings of A Bronx Tale with Robert De Niro and the 1926 silent film The Son of the Sheik
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Tsr Exclusive: ‘Red Army’ Interview with Director Gabe Polsky

Americans know very well that we beat the Soviet Union hockey team in the 1980 Olympics. It is a celebrated, symbolic victory that we have nicknamed the “Miracle on Ice,” which inspired the 2004 film Miracle with Kurt Russell. What Americans may not know is Russia’s side, which boasts an incredible story about elite hockey players chiseled from a regimented government and training system. The skill and power of these athletes who deserve a universal due is presented in director Gabe Polsky’s documentary Red Army. Informative, thrilling, and unbelievable, the film is far more than a sports doc, as it explores the rise and fall of the Soviet Union through the treatment of star players like Viacheslov Fetisov and Alexei Kasatonov.

I previously interviewed Gabe and his brother Alan for their Emile Hirsch and Stephen Dorff drama The Motel Life, which was presented by Werner Herzog, and played at the
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Interview: Director Gabe Polsky on Superb Documentary ‘Red Army’

Chicago – Every red-blooded American has been told the story of the “Miracle on Ice,” the 1980 Winter Olympic upset of the mighty Soviet Union hockey team by Team USA. But who were the Soviet players? Why were they the best in the world? Director Gabe Polsky explores these questions in the documentary “Red Army.”

What makes “Red Army” such an exceptional film is the morality of it. The Soviet hockey team was playing for more in virtually every category. They had more pride, more skill, more strategy, more love-of-nationalism and more focus than any other team in the world. The story of these “mores” is magnificently told by Gabe Polsky, a filmmaker whose parents emigrated from Russia. The story also, interestingly enough, tells of the collapse of the Soviet Union, and what that meant for those hockey players, who were now stuck in a different performance mode and world.

Part of
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Stephen Dorff Signs With Paradigm

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Stephen Dorff Signs With Paradigm
Exclusive: Actor Stephen Dorff has signed with Paradigm. Last year he moved to Resolution from Gersh to return to longtime agent David Unger, but the agency folded in October. Dorff started his career with films like The Power Of One, Judgment Night, and Backbeat in the ’90s — around the time he famously had Alicia Silverstone cryin’ in an Aerosmith music video. He has appeared steadily onscreen since, with credits ranging from vampire actioner Blade to John WatersCecil B. DeMented, Lee DanielsShadowboxer, Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere, Michael Mann’s Public Enemies, and Oliver Stone’s World Trade Center.

Dorff starred in recent indie Zaytoun and The Motel Life opposite Emile Hirsch and Dakota Fanning, which premiered at the Rome Film Festival and won the Audience Award for Best Film. Forthcoming films include the recently-wrapped American Hero opposite Eddie Griffin for director Nick Love, drama Oliver’s Deal from exec producer Christine Vachon,
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Shahid Kapoor on Haider Winning at Rome Film Festival: “It’s a moment of immense pride.”

We earlier told you that Haider produced by Utv Motion Pictures and Vb Pictures won the ‘People’s Choice Award’ in the Mondo Genre

(World Genre) at the Rome Film Festival. Now we have more about win and quotes from Shahid and director Vishal Bhardwaj.

The Mondo Genre had a selection of feature films of young or already successful directors this year and the festival gave priority to films that are world premieres. The movies selected were from countries like Italy, USA, Brazil and France. Out of the seven films that featured under this genre, Haider was the only Asian film selected across the globe.

Haider is a classic Shakespearean tale retold with Kashmir in India as its backdrop, it’s a story that we would like to take to the world and to get this award now is a proud moment for the entire team of Haider,” says Director Vishal Bhardwaj.
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Ciff ’14: Brian’s Top 5 Most Anticipated Films

The Chicago Film Festival is sadly not New York, Cannes, Toronto, Telluride or Sundance. It doesn’t take place in a quaint mountain town but in the heart of Streeterville where the film fest has taken over a local AMC multiplex. It doesn’t get world premieres of the biggest auteur debuts or Oscar bait like Inherent Vice, Gone Girl or The Theory of Everything. Special screenings like Birdman, Wild, St. Vincent, The Imitation Game, Clouds of Sils Maria and Two Days, One Night are all leftovers that the blogs and other festivals have already absorbed and spit back out.

What that leaves are the under-the-radar gems, the local Chicago color that never makes it past the Mississippi and the early looks at darlings that didn’t get the due attention the first time around the festival circuit. Last year, Chicagoans got a look at Le Week-end, Like Father, Like Son,
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Watch: Trailer For Celebrated Nyff Cold-War Era Hockey Documentary ‘Red Army’

Playing Cannes, Tiff and, now, the New York Film Festival this weekend, the celebrated Russian hockey documentary “Red Army” has received rave reviews since it debuted on the Croissette earlier this year. Directed by producer/filmmaker Gabe Polsky (one half of the sibling duo that directed the underrated indie “The Motel Life” with Emile Hirsch and Dakota Fanning), “Red Army” is about the Soviet Union and the most successful dynasty in sports history: the Red Army hockey team. East vs. West narratives played out fiercely during the Cold War, and even spilled over into the world of international sports, where the Russians were severely competitive and extremely proficient in hockey. Polsky’s doc looks at the Red Army hockey team, how it was created and how it also became a tool of Soviet propaganda. It sounds like a fascinating documentary, and buzz around the movie has been glowing. Here’s
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Tiff 2014 Review – Red Army (2014)

Red Army, 2014.

Directed by Gabe Polsky.

Starring Slava Fetisov, Vladislav Tretiak, Scotty Bowman, and Vladimir Pozner.


Following the Soviet Union during the height of the Cold War, Red Army tells the story of the nation’s famed Red Army hockey team through the eyes of its captain Slava Fetisov.

During the Cold War the Soviet Union saw an opportunity to strike a blow at the Western World by reigning supreme in hockey. A military training program was developed to produce elite athletes who forfeited the ability to have a personal life for national pride by playing for the Red Army. When the communist state collapsed prized players were sold to N.H.L. to deal with the financial shortfall. Key interviewee is Slava Fetisov who was appointed team captain, fell out of favour with the communist authorities, left for the N.H.L. and came back to Russia to
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Dakota Fanning Talks The Last Of Robin Hood, Working with Kevin Kline, Her ‘Database’ of On Set Experiences, Brain On Fire and More

Dakota Fanning’s been busy. She’s been working steadily all her life, but in the past three years alone, she’s delivered Now Is Good, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, The Motel Life, Very Good Girls, Night Moves and now she’s got The Last of Robin Hood on the way, too. She stars in that one as Beverly Aadland, the young actress who winds up catching the eye of superstar Errol Flynn (Kevin Kline). Ultimately, she falls for him too and the two indulge in a passionate affair while Beverly’s mother, Florence (Susan Sarandon), tags along to supervise. With The Last of Robin Hood making its way into select theaters on August 29th, we got the chance to sit down with Fanning and discuss how she’s been choosing her roles lately and what it was like jumping into this true story. Hit the jump to
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It Ain't Easy, Living "The Motel Life"

Based on the 2006 debut novel by musician Willy Vlautin, The Motel Life also marks the directorial debut of brothers Alan and Gabe Polsky. It is apropos that a story about two brothers be told by two brothers, and the Polskys have some semblance of a track record, both having produced Werner Herzog’s Bad Lieutenant remake. In this instance, they find themselves behind the camera in the bleak, uncompromising Sierra Nevadan frontier, as one traumatic accident sends two brothers into a tailspin.

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Film Review: ‘Red Army’

Film Review: ‘Red Army’
Russia’s recent return to its adversarial ways may well boost the cultural and commercial profile of “Red Army,” a terrifically engaging flashback to the glory days of the Soviet national ice hockey team, whose enviable performance on the ice was designed to project an image of great socialist strength at the height of the Cold War. Topical resonance, however, is hardly the sole virtue of Gabe Polsky’s moving and incisive documentary, which spins a bittersweet account of the price these world-class athletes paid for fame — and ultimately, for freedom, when many faced major resistance at home after they sought to defect to the National Hockey League. Blending insightful interviews and fine archival footage over the course of a swift, absorbing 85 minutes, the Sony Classics acquisition should skate deftly through theaters en route to a rich smallscreen career.

Black-and-white film clips and expert testimonials establish at the outset that
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'Night Moves' Star Dakota Fanning on Growing Up in the Spotlight and Wanting to Direct

'Night Moves' Star Dakota Fanning on Growing Up in the Spotlight and Wanting to Direct
Dakota Fanning has come a long way since playing the adorable seven-year-old girl in 2001's "I Am Sam." Fanning has grown up before our very eyes, acting in over 30 films in her short 20 years. In addition to partaking in mainstream fare like the "Twilight" series, Fanning has dipped her toes in plenty of indies, such as "The Motel Life" and the upcoming "Very Good Girls." In "Night Moves," director Kelly Reichardt's slow-burning thriller about environmental activists, Fanning plays Dena, a young woman whose determination helps fuel an extreme act. Read More: Never Seen a Kelly Reichardt Film Before? Start With 'Night Moves,' Starring Jesse Eisenberg and Dakota Fanning We sat down with Fanning to discuss the film's controversial angle as well as ask what it's like to grow up in front of the world. "Night Moves" opens in select theaters this Friday. How did you first get
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