One of the many films to premiere at Sundance this year was writer-director Naomi Foner’s Very Good Girls. The film stars Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen as two lifelong best friends that fall for the same boy during a New York summer. As the film unfolds, they learn life isn’t as simple as they had thought. The cast also includes Boyd Holbrook, Demi Moore, Ellen Barkin, Richard Dreyfuss, Peter Skarsgaard, and Clark Gregg.
Earlier today I sat down with Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen here in Park City. We talked about being back at Sundance, how much changed during production, the type of research they do for a role (Fanning tells a great Tony Scott story), how many takes they like to do, whether they like watching themselves on screen, and a lot more. In addition, when talking about future projects, Fanning revealed she’s been cast in The Last of Robin Hood which is about the last two years of Errol Flynn’s life (Kevin Kline is playing Flynn). Hit the jump to watch.
Jesse Eisenberg (Zombieland) and Dakota Fanning (The Runaways) are in talks to complete the trio of eco-terrorists in writer/director Kelly Reichardt’s indie thriller, Night Moves. Eisenberg steps in to replace Paul Dano, who was previously expected to rejoin his Meek’s Cutoff director for the picture. Night Moves centers on three people who plan to blow up a dam, with Eisenberg as the ringleader, Fanning as the wealthy youth who funds their efforts and the previously reported Peter Sarsgaard as the technical man behind the bomb. Hit the jump for more on Night Moves.
One of the many films to premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival was writer-director So Young Kim‘s (In Between Days) For Ellen. Led by a fantastic performance by Paul Dano, the film’s about a struggling musician trying to keep custody of his very young daughter even though he’s never been around. The film also stars Jon Heder, Jena Malone, Margarita Levieva, and Shay Mandigo.
Shortly after seeing the film I got to sit down with Dano for an extended interview. We talked about being at Sundance, how he got involved in For Ellen, what it’s about, who he plays, how much fun he had playing a “narcissistic prick,” what it’s like to be in almost every frame of the movie, and if more people want to talk to him about The Girl Next Door, Little Miss Sunshine, or There Will Be Blood? In addition, with Dano involved in so many other projects, we also talked about Rian Johnson‘s Looper, Being Flynn with Robert De Niro, director Jonathan Dayton and Valerie Faris‘ He Loves Me, and how he’s hoping to do a film called Night Moves with Meek’s Cutoff director Kelly Reichardt. Hit the jump to watch.
Magic Mike (aka The Male Stripper Movie) has spent the summer casting beefcakes: Channing Tatum, Alex Pettyfer, Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello Matthew McConaughey. Finally, one of the male parts will go to… how do I put this delicately… a very, very fat man. According to THR, comedian Gabriel Iglesias will play the DJ at the strip joint where a veteran dancer (Tatum) teaches the new guy (Pettyfer) everything he knows, including “the protocol of stage performance, the principles of money management, and rules for dating female fans.” Steven Soderbergh is directing the drama, based on Tatum’s experience in the business at the age of 19.
Hit the jump to read Peter Sarsgaard’s description of Night Moves and his potential involvement in the Kelly Reichardt-directed movie.
Oscilloscope has released the first trailer for Meek’s Cutoff, an indie western set in 1845, the earliest days of the Oregon Trail. Three families hire Stephen Meek (Bruce Greenwood) to lead them on a troubled journey over the Cascade Mountains. Michelle Williams, Will Patton, Zoe Kazan, Paul Dano, Shirley Henderson, Neal Huff, Tommy Nelson, and Rod Rondeauxn star alongside Greenwood, a character actor I’m excited to see in a lead role.
The trailer effectively invokes a quiet, moody atmosphere. I expect no less from director Kelly Reichardt (Wendy and Lucy). Watch the trailer after the break.
You don’t want to mess the women featured on tonight’s set of posters. Saoirse Ronan (The Lovely Bones) plays a young girl trained by her ex-CIA father (Eric Bana) to be the perfect assassin in Hanna, directed by Joe Wright (Atonement). Ronan upgrades from bow and arrow on the first poster for Hanna to a cocked handgun.
The weapon technology wielded by Michelle Williams lies somewhere in between, with a shotgun pointed about three people to the left of us (phew) to promote Meek’s Cutoff. The western is set in 1845, the earliest days of the Oregon Trail: Williams is among three families that hire Stephen Meek (Bruce Greenwood) to lead them on a troubled journey over the Cascade Mountains. Kelly Reichardt (Wendy and Lucy) directs.
Hit the jump to view both posters in full, along with the official synopsis.