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Dakota Fanning Joins Ewan McGregor in 'American Pastoral'

6 August 2014 12:03 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Following the addition of Jennifer Connelly last week, Lakeshore Entertainment has brought on Dakota Fanning to star in American Pastoral.

Based on Philip Roth's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, American Pastoral follows Seymour "Swede" Levov (Ewan McGregor), a former high school athletic legend who wound up marrying the girl of his dreams Dawn (Jennifer Connelly) and inheriting his father's successful business. His picture-perfect life is torn apart when his daughter Merry (Dakota Fanning) becomes a revolutionary and commits a deadly act of terrorism during the Vietman War.

Phillip Noyce (The Giver) is directing from an adapted screenplay by John Romano (The Lincoln Lawyer), with Lakeshore's Tom Rosenberg and Gary Lucchesi producing.

Here's what Lakeshore president Gary Lucchesi had to say about the casting in a statement.

"The role of Merry is an extremely complex part, and I believe that Dakota Fanning will break our hearts with her performance."

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Liam Neeson Will Run All Night In April 2015

6 August 2014 6:14 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

When the Wachowskis’ space epic Jupiter Ascending was taken off the summer calendar and slotted for next February, we had a feeling that the shift might mess up Warner Bros.’ previously laid plans for early 2015. Now, the studio has officially announced what it’s changing – the Liam Neeson actioner Run All Night has been moved from February 6th (when Jupiter will now open) to April 17th next year.

Even if effects work hadn’t caused Warner Bros. to delay Jupiter, it was possible Run All Night still would have ended up moving forward. After all, Fox is releasing Taken 3, also with Neeson, next January.

Run All Night will mark Neeson’s third collaboration with Unknown and Non-Stop director Jaume Collet-Serra. Brad Inglesby (Out of the Furnace) penned the script, which centers on an aging hitman (Neeson) who is forced to go up against his brutal, sadistic former employer (Ed Harris »

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'Very Good Girls' Director Naomi Foner on First Times and Lessons Learned

27 July 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

[Warning: Spoilers ahead for Very Good Girls.] Your first time is often complicated, messy and awkward. At least that was the case for Oscar-nominated screenwriter Naomi Foner and Dakota Fanning, who explore virgin territory in the indie Very Good Girls, which is now in theaters. Foner, who's scripted such films as Running on Empty and Losing Isaiah — and is also Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal's mom — makes her directorial debut with the film, about two teenage best friends, Lilly (Fanning) and Gerri (Elizabeth Olsen), who make a pact to lose their virginity the summer after high school.

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Very Good Girls Is a Smart Movie With a Dumb Love Triangle

25 July 2014 12:19 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Very Good Girls is either a smart movie about families or a dumb movie about teenagers. Or maybe it’s a little of both. It’s allegedly about two Brooklyn teens (played by Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen) trying to lose their virginity one summer, but it’s really about the bonds of family and friendship. I know, I know — that sounds like a load of hooey, but Naomi Foner’s film really does wear its subtext on its sleeve. It’s well acted and psychologically acute, even if what’s actually happening onscreen often feels a lot less interesting than what’s clearly boiling beneath the film’s surface.Lilly (Fanning) and Gerri (Olsen) are inseparable best friends growing up in Ditmas Park, holding the rest of the world with a sort of playful but snotty disregard. They like to ride their bikes out to Brighton Beach and mock the people around them. »

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Very Good Girls | Review

25 July 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

The Boyfriend Experience: Foner’s Directorial Debut a Derivative Shard

Screenwriter Naomi Foner makes her directorial debut with Very Good Girls, though her preceding reputation makes this sedimentary, uninspired film even more surprising. Mother of actors Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal, Foner penned several of ex-husband Stephen Gyllenhaal’s more notable titles, such as Losing Isaiah (1995) and A Dangerous Woman (1993). Considering the authoritative, complicated, and resilient female characters portrayed famously by the likes of Jessica Lange, Halle Berry, and Debra Winger, this trifling and tedious story of a late adolescent friendship tested by mutual attraction to the same boy seems born from the pen of a novice writing about her only familiar focal point,

In New York City during their last summer before going away to college, best friends Lilly (Dakota Fanning) and Gerri (Elizabeth Olsen) vow to lose their virginity. Gerri has her eyes set on David (Boyd Holbrook), who »

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Travers: It's Time for July's Scum Bucket

25 July 2014 6:15 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Hot town, "scummer" in the city — Peter Travers is back once again to count down the worst movies of the month, and July was particularly rife with garbage. Our trusty critic says he could've tossed 25 movies into the Scum Bucket, but he's gracious enough to leave us with only 10.

The Best and Worst Movies of 2014 So Far

Starting things off is Earth to Echo, a kid's movie that thinks it's E.T. but doesn't even land in the same universe as Steven Spielberg's classic. Speaking of recycled plots, Very Good Girls »

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Very Good Girls Review

24 July 2014 8:42 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Very Good Girls is a coming-of-age story starring two of the most talented young actresses out there today, so why is it so very hard to like? Almost nothing works in this limp excuse for a drama, from the contrived story to the clichéd characters to the awkward costume design. Even Elizabeth Olsen, horribly miscast, and Dakota Fanning, so vacant she appears translucent, can’t keep such a leaky vessel afloat.

Among Very Good Girls‘ many sins, perhaps the most glaring is that it feels like a movie written for teenagers by an adult who knows nothing about them. In the very first scene, high school seniors and lifelong friends Lilly (Fanning) and Gerri (Olsen) strip down at a public beach in broad daylight and run naked into the waves. I don’t know why. I don’t think writer-director Naomi Foner knows why. The film is filled with bizarre decisions like that, »

- Isaac Feldberg

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'Scarlet Witch' Is In "Vogue"

24 July 2014 2:47 PM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Take another look @ actress Elizabeth Olsen, aka the 'Scarlet Witch' in Marvel Studios' "Avengers: Age Of Ultron", in a recent issue of "Vogue" (Italia) magazine, photographed by Tom Munro.

Olsen is currently appearing as Marvel Comics' mutant, 'Scarlet Witch' in "The Avengers" sequel, "Avengers: Age Of Ultron":

   

By the age of eleven, Olsen had played small roles in "How the West Was Fun".

This was followed by appearing in her sisters' straight-to-video series "The Adventures of Mary-Kate & Ashley". 

She filmed the movie "Red Lights" in 2011, then starred in Josh Radnor's film "Liberal Arts".

Olsen then co-starred in "Very Good Girls" (2013), followed by Spike Lee's remake of "Old Boy".

Olsen was cast as 'Edie Parker', in "Kill Your Darlings" and nominated for the 'BAFTA Rising Star' Award.

Her most recent film is "Godzilla". 

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Elizabeth Olsen Covers Rilo Kiley in 'Very Good Girls' (Video)

24 July 2014 6:06 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Want to watch an Olsen sister sing but don't want to listen to Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen perform that "Brother for Sale" song? Photos Tribeca: Nas, Robert De Niro and Susan Sarandon Attend the Film Festival Then you're going to want to check out this clip from the upcoming film Very Good Girls, which features Elizabeth Olsen covering Rilo Kiley's "Go Ahead." It's no musical coincidence: Rilo Kiley frontwoman Jenny Lewis scored the film, which is directed by Lewis' friend, Naomi Foner. Very Good Girls is in select theaters Friday. In addition to Olsen, the movie stars Dakota Fanning, Demi

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Watch: Elizabeth Olsen Sings Rilo Kiley's "Go Ahead" In Clip From 'Very Good Girls'

23 July 2014 2:02 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It's a good month to be a Jenny Lewis fan. The actress turned singer has a new album out next week, Voyager, and the first video featured none other than Kristen Stewart, Anne Hathaway and Brie Larson (watch it here). And already on VOD, and opening in theatres this weekend, is the indie "Very Good Girls," starring Elizabeth Olsen and Dakota Fanning, and featuring an original score by Lewis. In addition, the musician taught Olsen how to play "Go Ahead" by her former band Rilo Kiley for the film, and this new clip shows how it turned out. "[Elizabeth Olsen] plays a young songwriter, so I chose a very old Rilo Kiley song for her to sing, because it felt conceivable that a young artist like her would write it," Lewis told Elle. "My friend Todd gave her guitar lessons, and she picked it up so fast! She’s a better finger-picker than I am now. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Fashion Face-Off: Chrissy Teigen vs. Maggie Gyllenhaal in Skin-Colored Jumpsuits

23 July 2014 2:00 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Last week we called Chrissy Teigen out for wearing a skintight skin suit and now Maggie Gyllenhaal goes and does the exact same thing. Though in her case it's a looser skin suit, which is about as gross a visual as we can imagine. Neither of the neutral-colored couture options is a good idea in our book, but if it's between the slouchy Maison Martin Margiela look on the Very Good Girls star or the plunging Elisabetta Franchi on Mrs. John Legend, we have a surprising selection. Yes, the Victoria's Secret supermodel looks incredibly sexy, but in this color we actually prefer the Brooklyn beauty's safari-inspired vibe. If Chrissy's look were in any other shade it would be the obvious winner, »

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There's Not Much to These Very Good Girls

22 July 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

Very Good Girls is a film one wants to like but can't. It just doesn't work. Lifelong friends Lilly (Dakota Fanning) and Gerri (Elizabeth Olsen) have just graduated from their Brooklyn high school. Lilly is headed to Yale, Gerri is a budding songwriter, and both are virgins. Gerri develops a crush on David (Boyd Holbrook), a photographer-waiter who seduces Lilly, leading to a summertime romance she's afraid to reveal.

Very Good Girls is the directorial debut of Naomi Foner, whose Oscar-nominated script for Running on Empty (1988), starring the late River Phoenix, is a thing of beauty. At age 68, Foner has stepped behind the camera, which is great, but she's written herself a script that's painfully trite.

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Conversation with Naomi Foner and Maggie Gyllenhaal about Very Good Girls

22 July 2014 11:45 AM, PDT | eyeforfilm.co.uk | See recent eyeforfilm.co.uk news »

Very Good Girls director Naomi Foner with her daughter Maggie Gyllenhaal at the Tribeca Grand Hotel: "My mother has a real passion for the truth." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Naomi Foner's Tribeca Film Very Good Girls stars Elizabeth Olsen and Dakota Fanning with Boyd Holbrook, Ellen Barkin, Richard Dreyfuss, Clark Gregg, Demi Moore and Peter Sarsgaard. Maggie Gyllenhaal and Sarsgaard, Mamie Gummer and Cary Joji Fukunaga hosted the evening with producer Norton Herrick, designer Nanette Lepore and her daughter Violet, Tali Lennox (daughter of Annie Lennox and film producer Uri Fruchtmann), Stephanie Lacava, Kick Kennedy and Hailey Gates among those attending.

Before the screening, Foner spoke to us about Katharine Hepburn, François Truffaut's Jules Et Jim and the lack of female role models.

Maggie Gyllenhaal on Peter Sarsgaard in Very Good Girls: "You have to use your imagination what it might be like to be directed by your mother-in-law. »

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These Actresses Are Just One of the Guys

16 July 2014 6:40 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

abstew here. This year marks the 25th anniversary of one of the my favorite movies growing up, Troop Beverly Hills. (I mistakenly thought the woman with curly red hair on the VHS cover was my beloved Bette Midler, but when I realized it wasn't, I loved the movie too much to care and made my parents rent it at least once a month.) But all those times I watched those Wilderness Girls singing about the virtues of Cookie Time, I never thought that the actress playing Shelley Long's daughter, Hannah Nefler, would grow up to be my absolute favorite singer/songwriter Jenny Lewis. She writes the songs that make me remember that I have feelings. If you opened my chest it would be in the shape of Jenny Lewis.

KStew, singer Jenny Lewis, Brie Larson, and Annie Hathaway

After a brief stint as a child star (even appearing on »

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'Scarlet Witch' Is In "Vogue"

15 July 2014 4:23 PM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Take another look @ actress Elizabeth Olsen, who plays 'Scarlet Witch' in "Avengers: Age Of Ultron", in a recent issue of "Vogue" (Italia) magazine, photographed by Tom Munro.

Olsen is currently appearing as Marvel Comics' mutant, 'Scarlet Witch' in "The Avengers" sequel, "Avengers: Age Of Ultron":

   

By the age of eleven, Olsen had played small roles in "How the West Was Fun".

This was followed by appearing in her sisters' straight-to-video series "The Adventures of Mary-Kate & Ashley". 

She filmed the movie "Red Lights" in 2011, then starred in Josh Radnor's film "Liberal Arts".

Olsen then co-starred in "Very Good Girls" (2013), followed by Spike Lee's remake of "Old Boy".

Olsen was cast as 'Edie Parker', in "Kill Your Darlings" and nominated for the 'BAFTA Rising Star' Award.

Her most recent film is "Godzilla". 

Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek Elizabeth Olsen...

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Watch Kristen Stewart, Brie Larson and Anne Hathaway Become 'Just One of the Guys'

15 July 2014 2:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Jenny Lewis got a little help from her friends promoting her new album The Voyager, which releases on July 29. Kristen Stewart, Brie Larson and Anne Hathaway joined the singer-songwriter in the music video for “Just One of the Guys.” We’re sorely disappointed that Lewis didn’t take this opportunity to pay homage to the endlessly entertaining 1985 Lisa Gottlieb comedy, also called Just One of the Guys. However, we’re treated to Stewart and company in Adidas-clad B-Boy drag — and the Twilight actress even smiles a little bit. The video is all fun and games, but the song itself has a somber tone to it. Lewis has contributed music to indie films Very Good Girls and Song One (which starred Hathaway), so it’s nice to see her continue a...

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Watch: Kristen Stewart, Anne Hathaway & Brie Larson Back Up Jenny Lewis In Video For "Just One Of The Guys"

15 July 2014 5:14 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It has been six years since Jenny Lewis' previous solo album, Acid Tongue, but she's been busy. In the interim, she dropped the collaborative I'm Having Fun Now under Jenny & Jonny, and she also did film work, scoring and writing songs for the indie flicks "Very Good Girls" and "Song One." And so, she gets set to launch her new album Voyager later this month, the former actress has called in a few Hollywood favors. Kristen Stewart, Brie Larson and Anne Hathaway (who stars in "Song One") all play back up in the music video for "Just One The Guys," the first single from the record. The trio switch it up from all-white clad band for Lewis, to becoming the titular dudes, all wearing tracksuits and fake moustaches. It's a fun face on a bit of a serious song about the expectations placed on women as they get older, »

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Dakota Fanning Is in the Middle of a Scandalous Shower Hookup, Okay?

3 July 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

In the new movie Very Good Girls, Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen play teenage best friends who spend one long, lazy summer seducing the same guy (Boyd Holbrook). Olsen, however, doesn't realize that Fanning is fooling around with her new beau; Fanning is keeping it a secret from everyone, as you'll see in this exclusive clip, where she embarks on a scandalous shower hookup with Holbrook even as she carries on a conversation with her mother (Ellen Barkin), who's just outside the bathroom door. (If you feel bad for Olsen, since her screen Bf is secretly canoodling with her screen Bff, know that she won the battle in real life: Olsen and Holbrook got engaged this year after two years of dating.) Very Good Girls is currently available on VOD, and it'll be out in theaters July 25. »

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Kellan Lutz, Anton Yelchin and Taryn Manning Join 'Experimenter'

30 June 2014 1:53 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Kellan Lutz, Anton Yelchin and Taryn Manning have joined the growing cast of the indie drama Experimenter, which stars Peter Sarsgaard and Winona Ryder.

The plot is based on the true story of controversial social psychologist Dr. Stanley Milgram (Peter Sarsgaard), who designed the Obedience Experiments at Yale University in 1961. The study examined the behavior of test subjects who thought they were sending electric shock waves to a friendly stranger.

Kellan Lutz is portraying actor William Shatner, who played Milgram in a 1970 TV movie. Anton Yelchin is playing Rensaleer, a man who resists authority, while Taryn Manning will play a test subject named Mrs. Lowe, who is deeply affected by the experiment and rebels against it. Also starring are Anthony Edwards as Miller, the first person to participate in the experiments, and Edoardo Ballerini as Milgram's best friend.

Michael Almereyda (Cymbeline) is directing from his own original screenplay, with production »

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New VOD and Streaming Movies, Plus: Watch Scarlett Johansson Go Full Alien in 'Under the Skin' Weeks Before Disc

24 June 2014 3:00 PM, PDT | Movies.com | See recent Movies.com news »

Our resident VOD expert tells you what's new to rent and own this week on the various streaming services such as cable Movies On Demand, Amazon, iTunes, Vudu, and, of course, Netflix. Cable Movies On Demand: Same-day-as-disc releases, older titles and pretheatrical exclusives for rent, priced from $3-$10, in 24- or 48-hour periods 300: Rise of an Empire (bloody-crazy action sequel; Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey; rated R) Winter's Tale (drama; Colin Farrell, Jessica Brown Findlay; rated PG-13) Rob the Mob (drama; Michael Pitt, Ray Romano; rated R) Very Good Girls (drama; Dakota Fanning, Elizabeth Olsen; pretheatrical release; rated R) Happy Christmas (comedy; Anna Kendrick, Lena Dunham; pretheatrical release premieres 6/26; rated R) Radio Free...

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- Robert B. DeSalvo

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