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Emile Hirsch Talks 'The Motel Life,' John Belushi & America's Obsession With Weight

6 December 2013 10:20 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

With his first child, a couple of indie films ("Prince Avalanche," "The Motel Life," "Twice Born"), a miniseries (A&E's "Bonnie and Clyde") and a meaty high-profile role on the horizon (John Belushi in the as-of-yet untitled biopic), 2013 is chalking up to be a pretty good year for Emile Hirsch. Over the course of his film career (his debut being in "The Dangerous Lives of Altar Boys" in 2002), Hirsch has frequently varied his acting choices. Being led simply by the quality of the material rather than trying to configure a trajectory or formulate a brand, Hirsch has run the gamut of being a young actor in (and outside of) Hollywood: nominated for a MTV Music Award For Best Kiss (with Elisha Cuthbert in "The Girl Next Door"), portraying real-life characters to varying critical acclaim ("Lords of Dogtown," "Alpha Dog," "Into The Wild," "Milk"), taking on an iconic cartoon character in »

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Stephen Dorff on ‘The Motel Life’ and What’s Wrong with Hollywood

25 November 2013 8:52 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

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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'Twice Born': Penelope Cruz, Emile Hirsch in love in new trailer

20 November 2013 6:12 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Twice Born has released a new trailer.

Penelope Cruz and Emile Hirsch star in director Sergio Castellitto's romantic war drama.

The film centres around single mother Gemma (Cruz) who returns with her teenage son to present-day Sarajevo.

It is interspersed with flashbacks to the 1990s, when her son's father Diego (Hirsch) died during the Bosnian conflict.

Adnan Haskovic, Saadet Aksoy, Pietro Castellitto, Luca De Filippo, Jane Birkin, Sergio Castellitto, Mira Furlan and Jovan Diviak also feature in the movie.

Cruz can currently be seen in Ridley Scott's The Counsellor. Hirsch is starring in The Motel Life and will feature in the upcoming Bonnie and Clyde TV miniseries.

Twice Born will debut on VOD and in Us cinemas on December 6. A UK release is yet to be announced.

Watch a trailer for The Counsellor below: »

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The Motel Life starring Emile Hirsch and Dakota Fanning to be distributed by Random Media

17 November 2013 8:42 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Motel Life starring Emile Hirsch (Lone Survivor, Killer Joe) and Dakota Fanning (The Twilight Saga, Night Moves) leads the slate announced by new distributor Random Media, launched by long-time executive Eric Doctorow. The Motel Life is based on Willy Vlautin's novel, and is directed and produced by Gabe Polsky and Alan Polsky with Stephen Dorff (Blade, The Iceman) and Kris Kristofferson (Blade, The Jacket) to also star.

Random Media's slate also includes Guardian of the Highlands, an animated film with Sean Connery (The Hunt for Red October, Indiana Jones) and Alan Cumming (X2, The Good Wife) about an aging skateboarding vet who saves a fugitive beaver, while other films include Around the Block, For Those in Peril, The Secret Lives of Dorks, The Last Supper, documentary $ellebrity and Meth Head.

Random seems to have some projects lined up and is definitely something to keep an eye on.


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Emile Hirsch’s ‘Motel Life’ Launches Random Media Slate

15 November 2013 8:46 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Motel Life,” starring Emile Hirsch and Dakota Fanning, heads the slate unveiled by newly minted distributor Random Media, launched by veteran executive Eric Doctorow.

Random, which is aiming to care out a niche in the home entertainment space, also has hired former Indomina Media and Netflix exec Rob Williams as senior VP and head of acquisitions.

Random signed a multi-year distribution deal with Gaiam Vivendi Entertainment in June.

The Motel Life,” baased on Willy Vlautin’s novel, is directed and produced by Gabe Polsky and Alan Polsky. Stephen Dorff and Kris Kristofferson also star.

Slate includes “Guardian of the Highlands,” an animated film voiced by Sean Connery and Alan Cumming star about an aging, skateboarding veterinarian who saves a fugitive beaver; “Around the Block,” starring Christina Ricci, which premiered at the 2013 Toronto Film Festival; “For Those in Peril,” which premiered at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival; “The Secret Lives of Dorks”; “The Last Supper, »

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Stephen Dorff Hopes 'Motel Life' Will Have Real World Effects

15 November 2013 11:16 AM, PST | MTV Movies Blog | See recent MTV Movies Blog news »

"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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Kris Kristofferson Suffering Memory Loss, But Still Recalls Lyrics

15 November 2013 9:15 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Kris Kristofferson is 77 and still acting, out promoting his new independent film, The Motel Life, in which he has a supporting role alongside Dakota Fanning, Emile Hirsch and Stephen Dorff. But the longtime musician, who is being honored with a month-long tribute in the Cinefamily film, Kris Kristofferson: A Cowboy in Hollywood, also reveals to FOX411 a growing struggle with memory loss. "I wish my memory weren't so bad," Kristofferson said. "They tell me it's from all the football and boxing and the concussions that I got. A couple of years ago, my memory just started going. But I can remember my songs, »

- Andrea Billups

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The Motel Life Movie Review

14 November 2013 2:19 AM, PST | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Title: The Motel Life Directors: Alan Polsky and Gabriel Polsky Starring: Stephen Dorff, Emile Hirsch, Dakota Fanning, Kris Kristofferson, Joshua Leonard American narrative filmmaking, even of the independent variety, by and large trades on story — on events small and large, and how they impact the lives and attitudes of their characters. “The Motel Life,” starring Emile Hirsch and Stephen Dorff as a pair of deeply bonded, down-and-out brothers, has both a tragic accident at its core, as well as the sort of cover-up that usually augurs more disaster and heartbreak. But, intriguingly, this bruised, purple plum of a drama mostly connects just as a mood piece about the muddy rut of low self-esteem, and the  [ Read More ]

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Random Media Launches First Slate With Christina Ricci, Emile Hirsch

13 November 2013 5:11 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Former Paramount home entertainment chief Eric Doctorow has turned to Emile Hirsch and Netflix to help launch Random Media, his new company that releases movies for the home entertainment market. Doctorow has hired former Indomina and Netflix executive Rob Williams to acquire films for his new company, which distributes those films through partner Cinedigm. Williams has now been working with the company for a few weeks, helping it acquire its first slate of movies. Those movies include “Around the Block,” a drama starring Christina Ricci that premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, and “The Motel Life,” a movie in theaters now. »

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Interview: Gabe & Alan Polsky On 'The Motel Life,' Future Projects And Producing For Werner Herzog

8 November 2013 11:14 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Well, it's been a long time coming, nearly a year in fact since its 2012 Rome Film Festival debut, where it picked up three awards—editing, screenplay and the coveted Audience Award—but "The Motel Life" (our review here) is finally making its way onto screens this week. The debut film from producing-turned-directing brothers Gabe and Alan Polsky, starring Emile Hirsch and Stephen Dorff with Dakota Fanning in a small role, the film is based on the 2006 novel by musician and writer Willy Vlautin and tells the story of two brothers who flee their Reno motel after getting involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident.While they're new on the scene as directorial talents, the brothers have been around for a while, producing Werner Herzog's lunatic "Bad Lieutenant: Port Of Call - New Orleans" and the Juno Temple film "Little Birds," and having an in-development slate that currently boasts no fewer than seven titles. »

- Jessica Kiang

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Capsule Movie Reviews (Nov. 8): 'Great Expectations' and three more

8 November 2013 8:03 AM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent - Inside Movies news »

New Release

Great Expectations

PG-13, 2 Hrs., 8 Mins.

After a recent string of literary misfires — Anna Karenina and Romeo and Juliet come to mind — Mike Newell’s version of the Charles Dickens classic is a welcome exception. The heartrending story of orphan boy Pip’s (Jeremy Irvine) sudden change in circumstances remains mostly untouched, but stellar performances by Helena Bonham Carter as iconic shut-in Miss Havisham and Ralph Fiennes as the convict Magwitch are the only frills this adaptation needs. B+ —Stephan Lee

New Release

Go for Sisters

Not Rated, 2 Hrs., 2 Mins.

Seventeen years after Lone Star, writer-director John Sayles crosses »

- EW staff

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Film Reviews: Opening This Week (Nov. 4-8, 2013)

7 November 2013 11:49 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Thor: The Dark World

Distributor: Disney

Early on in “Thor: The Dark World,” the latest slab of briskly amusing, elaborately inconsequential 3D entertainment from the Disney/Marvel comicbook factory, an evil Dark Elf announces his sinister plan to “unleash the Aether.” What sounds at first like an arcane euphemism for breaking wind turns out to be just another way of stating what you probably already suspected: The megalomaniac of the month is about to activate the latest all-powerful weapon capable of triggering mass annihilation, necessitating yet another intervention by a popular superhero and his ragtag band of sidekicks. Still, as helmed by Alan Taylor, this robust, impersonal visual-effects showpiece proves buoyant and unpretentious enough to offset its stew of otherwise derivative fantasy/action elements.

— Justin Chang

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The Wind Rises

Distributor: Touchstone Pictures

One man’s dream of flight and an entire nation’s dream of technological »

- Variety Staff

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Tsr Exclusive: ‘The Motel Life’ Interview with Directors Alan & Gabe Polsky

7 November 2013 8:06 PM, PST | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

In The Motel Life, Emile Hirsch and Stephen Dorff play two brothers, Frank and Jerry, who are living a lonesome country tune’s tale, with specific accents on their bad luck. When Jerry becomes involved in a hit-and-run accident, the two flee their Reno motel for some type of other home, continuing their existence as whiskey-drinking, fantasy-drawing vagabonds. Dakota Fanning stars as Hirsch’s fixation, Annie James, and Kris Kristofferson appears for a few scenes as their working-class daddy figure Earl Hurley. The Motel Life is based on the novel by Willy Vlautin.

Featuring two raggedy performances from the nicely paired Dorff and Hirsch, The Motel Life is a drama that functions well with its influences, namely the Coen Brothers’ romanticism of cold, bad luck, and bits of Paul Thomas Anderson’s own debut Hard Eight.

The Polsky Brothers made their break into the business with their producing work on »

- Nick Allen

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The Modest Ways of Emile Hirsch

7 November 2013 11:45 AM, PST | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

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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Interview: The Polsky Brothers Activate ‘The Motel Life’

6 November 2013 7:12 PM, PST | | See recent news »

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

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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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Werner Herzog, Emile Hirsch and Stephen Dorff Discuss Brotherhood and Americana (Exclusive Video)

6 November 2013 11:35 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Werner Herzog is a big fan of brother directors Alan Polsky’s and Gabriel Polsky’s “The Motel Life,” a low-budget American noir about two brothers on the run after a tragic accident. The German director hosted a recent screening of the film and moderated a post-screening Q&A with the Polsky brothers and stars Emile Hirsch and Stephen Dorff. Also read: Orson Welles, Werner Herzog, Michael Moore Films Make List of All-Time Influential Docs (Exclusive) These video highlights from the Q&A cover the brother-director dynamic, the connection Dorff felt with Hirsch, the film’s jump from live-action into animated sequences, »

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Emile Hirsch on John Belushi Biopic: 'Walter Mitty' Writer 'Sold Me' on Project

5 November 2013 11:16 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Emile Hirsch will soon be seen alongside Stephen Dorff in the indie The Motel Life, which hits theaters and VOD on Friday. But just last week, the Into the Wild star signed on to play John Belushi in a biopic about the late Saturday Night Live star, written and directed by The Secret Life of Walter Mitty screenwriter Steve Conrad. Hirsch, speaking to The Hollywood Reporter at a screening of The Motel Life in New York on Monday, said Conrad was the one who got him interested in the part. Video: 'Prince Avalanche' Director David Gordon Green, Emile Hirsch Go

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The Motel Life is a Story of Loser Brothers On the Run

4 November 2013 9:00 PM, PST | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

"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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Slideshow: Exclusive Red-Carpet Portraits at 2013 Chicago International Film Festival

30 October 2013 9:56 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

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Chicago – On the most exciting moments of any major film premiere is the red carpet, on which the film stars, directors and producers appear for photos and interviews. At the 2013 49th Chicago International Film Festival, there were several major red carpet events, and was there to cover them.

Featured performers Bruce Dern, Oscar Isaac, Geoffrey Rush, Michael Shannon and Harry Lennix were among the celebrities walking the carpet at the Festival, along with their production teams and co-stars. Premieres included “Nebraska,” “Inside Llewyn Davis,” “The Book Thief,” “The Harvest,” “The Motel Life” and “H4,” all having screenings at the 49th Chicago International Film Festival. was at those premieres, and photographer Joe Arce took these Exclusive Portraits during the red carpet events. Click “Next” and “Previous” to scan through the slideshow or jump directly »

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Emile Hirsch to star in John Belushi biopic

29 October 2013 1:44 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Emile Hirsch will star in an upcoming biopic of John Belushi.

The actor has signed on for the lead role in Steve Conrad's untitled film, reports Variety.

The movie will centre around the high points in the late actor's career, including The Blues Brothers, Animal House and Saturday Night Live.

Belushi died in the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles at the age of 33 following a drug overdose.

The film will be based on Belushi, the book written by the actor's wife Judith Belushi Pisano and Tanner Colby.

Belushi Pisano will also serve as a producer on the project.

Hirsch will next be seen in the Bonnie and Clyde TV miniseries, The Motel Life and Peter Berg's Lone Survivor. »

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