5 items from 2016
The film is not, as many believed, Sean Baker’s “Untitled Florida Project.” The official title is “The Florida Project,” and it refers to Florida’s Disney World. When Disney first started buying up land and planning Disney World, they referred to it as “The Florida Project.”
Baker joked that title confusion even spilled over to the cast and crew; toward the end of the shoot, he realized they still thought the film was untitled.
- Chris O'Falt
This week, FilmBuff releases writer/director Nadia Litz’s atmospheric mystery thriller, The People Garden, in Los Angeles theaters and on VOD. The story follows a young woman named Sweetpea (Dree Hemingway) into the depths of a Japanese forest as she looks for her missing rock star boyfriend, who vanished from the set of a music video that he put together at the last minute.
Great to speak with you today, Nadia. I’m really fascinated by the Suicide Forest, so I thought this was a really interesting take on that environment. Was this something that you just tried to go in and explore, or was it something you researched? I'm curious what the draw was for you. »
- Heather Wixson
Sean Baker’s “The Florida Project” has found its lead in Willem Dafoe, who stands as the most high-profile actor the “Tangerine” director has worked with to date. Baker has won well-deserved critical acclaim for his body of work, and the success of last year’s “Tangerine” — which premiered at Sundance and was nominated for several Gotham and Independent Spirit Awards — appears to have brought him to wider attention within the industry.
The film is described as being about “a precocious six-year-old and her ragtag group of close friends whose summer break is filled with childhood wonder, possibility, and a sense of adventure, while their parents and the adults around them struggle with hard times.” While “Tangerine” was noted for being shot on three iPhones, Baker is returning to the world of 35mm for “The Florida Project.”
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- Michael Nordine
Add another title to the ever-expanding Bad Robot slate: according to The Wrap, J.J. Abrams and Daisy Ridley will reunite — this time as producer and star, respectively — on Kolma, a remake of the 2003 Israeli picture All I’ve Got and, it seems, the next directorial effort for Diary of a Teenage Girl helmer Marielle Heller. While the outline could (and likely will, in some ways) change from one iteration to the next, it’s worth noting that the original incarnation concerned a woman who, reflecting on the accident that left her then-lover dead, is left to choose between joining him in the afterlife or returning to the day of said accident.
Despite the marshaling of forces, including a new draft by scribe Megan Holley (Sunshine Cleaning), word on when production might kick off remains unclear — though one imagines another Abrams-produced, Ridley-led outing will need to wrap before things move forward. »
- Nick Newman
Take a look @ new revealing images of actress Dree Hemingway ("Starlet"), the first 'non-nude Playmate' in the history of "Playboy" magazine, whose "outlook on beauty, literature and success makes 'Miss March 2016' a little different from the rest...":
"I'll break down my family in two seconds," said Hemingway, great granddaughter of author Ernest Hemingway.
"They’re my family. My last name isn't anything but a wow factor. It says nothing about me.
"My pictorial captures all of me—the sexy Dree, the childlike Dree, the funny Dree, the tomboy, the Lolita.
"Everything in my life is grounded in feeling.
"The only thing you can do that’s really 'fucking beautiful' is to own yourself..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek Dree Hemingway...
- Michael Stevens
5 items from 2016
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