EFFIE GRAY Trailer: Emma Thompson Returns to British Period Dramas in Grim Fashion

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The first Effie Gray trailer for director Richard Laxton’s (Burton and Taylor) significantly delayed period drama has arrived.  Written by Emma Thompson, the film is a biopic of Effie Gray (played by Dakota Fanning) that centers on her doomed marriage to art critic John Ruskin (Greg Wise) in 1840s London.  Despite her beauty, Ruskin didn’t consummate the marriage and the devastate Gray eventually fell in love with Ruskin’s protégé, painter John Everett Milias (Tom Sturridge).  Thompson won an Oscar for starring in 1992’s Howards End and another for writing 1995’s Sense and Sensibility, and she returns to the “British Period Drama” genre with Effie Gray.  The film looks to be considerably grim and feels slightly reminiscent of the drab and dull Therese, but there is certainly a strong pedigree behind it, so here’s hoping it’s worth the wait.

Watch the Effie Gray trailer after the jump.  The film also stars Robbie Coltrane, Claudia Cardinale, James Fox, Julie Walters, Derek Jacobi, and David Suchet.  While a U.S. release date is still pending, the pic is slated to open in the UK on October 10th.

Dakota Fanning Talks THE LAST OF ROBIN HOOD, Working with Kevin Kline, Her ‘Database’ of On Set Experiences, BRAIN ON FIRE and More

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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 catch what she said about working with Kline and Sarandon, honoring the truth to the situation while making the character her own, how having worked as a child actor helps her today, the book-to-film adaptation of Brain on Fire and more.

Dakota Fanning Gets AMERICAN PASTORAL; Jamie Dornan is Staging THE SIEGE OF JADOTVILLE; Geoffrey Rush to Star in THE DAUGHTER

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Some casting news for you this afternoon:

  • Dakota Fanning has joined Ewan McGregor and Jennifer Connelly in Phillip Noyce’s adaptation of the Philip Roth novel, American Pastoral.
  • Geoffrey Rush will star in The Daughter, which marks the directorial debut of Simon Stone.

Hit the jump for more on these casting stories:

Kevin Kline Is Errol Flynn in THE LAST OF ROBIN HOOD Trailer

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Samuel Goldwyn Films has released the first The Last of Robin Hood trailer for directors Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland’s (Quinceañera) real-life drama.  The film stars Kevin Kline as silver screen legend Errol Flynn, focusing on his later years when he struck up a relationship with 15-year-old aspiring actress Beverly Aadland (Dakota Fanning), threatening his image in the press.  Kline looks to be on point here as Flynn, and the actor’s relationship with Aadland is certainly a curious period in his life.  The plot of the film is a bit unclear from this trailer, but the charm of Kevin Kline goes a long way.

Hit the jump to watch the first The Last of Robin Hood trailer.  The film also stars Susan Sarandon and opens in theaters on August 29th.

VERY GOOD GIRLS Trailer: Elizabeth Olsen and Dakota Fanning Want to Lose Their Virginity

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The first Very Good Girls trailer for first-time writer/director Naomi Foner’s upcoming drama has been released online.  The film stars Elizabeth Olsen and Dakota Fanning as two best friends who, while home for one last New York summer, make a pact to lose their virginity before leaving for college.  Complications arise when they both start seeing the same man (Boyd Holbrook), which begins to test their lifelong friendship.  The film looks like a fairly run-of-the-mill coming-of-age drama with two talented actresses in the lead roles, but reviews from its Sundance debut last year were underwhelming to say the least.  That said, there is a silver lining in that Jenny Lewis wrote the original music.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer, click here to read Matt’s review, and click here to watch Steve’s video interview with Olsen and Fanning.  The film also stars Demi Moore, Ellen Barkin, Richard Dreyfuss, Peter Sarsgaard, and Clark GreggVery Good Girls will be available on iTunes June 24th and opens in theaters July 25th.

Peter Sarsgaard and Dakota Fanning Talk NIGHT MOVES, Working with Kelly Reichardt, BRAIN ON FIRE, BONE TOMAHAWK and More

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“To cook meat well, don’t touch it too much.”  According to Peter Sarsgaard, that’s the approach writer-director Kelly Reichardt takes to her movies and you can absolutely see that in her latest, Night Moves.  Jesse Eisenberg and Dakota Fanning lead as Josh and Dena, a couple and pair of environmental activists determined to blow up a dam in Oregon.  In order to get the job done, they team up with Sarsgaard’s Harmon, a former Marine who has a little more knowhow.  Even though the trio actually manages to pull it off, their success doesn’t have the intended effect and instead leaves them suffering the consequences themselves.

With Night Moves getting a limited release on Friday, May 30th, Sarsgaard and Fanning sat down with Collider to talk about their experience making the film.  After the jump, check out what they told us about their collaboration with Reichardt and thoughts on Dena and Harmon’s choices as well as what’s happening with Bone Tomahawk and Fanning’s reaction to scoring the lead role in the book-to-film adaptation, Brain on Fire. 

First Trailer for NIGHT MOVES Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning, and Peter Sarsgaard

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There are no turtles or tornadoes in this first look at Kelly Reichardt’s thriller Night Moves, but it’s a taut trailer nonetheless.  Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning, and Peter Sarsgaard star as three radical environmentalists who plan to put their ideologies to the test by conspiring to blow up a hydroelectric dam.  The trailer gives a great sense of the inherent danger in perpetrating such an act, not just for the renegades who fear being caught, but for the sense of mistrust that grows among them.

Night Moves is due out on May 30th.  Hit the jump to watch the trailer.

Kate Winslet in Talks to Join John Hillcoat’s TRIPLE NINE; Hannah Ware to Star in AGENT 47; Dakota Fanning Stars in Gerardo Naranjo’s Untitled Film

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Here’s a look at the latest casting for the following films:

  • Kate Winslet is in talks to join John Hillcoat’s crime thriller Triple Nine starring Casey Affleck and Chiwetel Ejiofor.  [Update: Aaron Paul, Teresa Palmer, Gal Gadot and Michael Peña are also in talks to join.]
  • Hannah Ware (Shame) will star in the Hitman reboot, Agent 47, which stars Rupert Friend and Zachary Quinto.
  • Dakota Fanning (War of the Worlds) will star in Gerardo Naranjo’s untitled English-language debut, along with Frank Dillane, Jeremy Allen White, Zoe Kravitz, and Caleb Landry Jones.

Hit the jump for more on each project.

Sundance 2013: VERY GOOD GIRLS Review

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In a female-led vehicle, the most powerful figure probably shouldn’t be the poor-man’s Garrett Hedlund.  Very Good Girls has two talented actresses in the leading roles, and their personalities and actions are defined not by their friendship, but how a boy controls that friendship.  For a couple of “girls” on the verge of going off to college, writer-director Naomi Foner has created a shockingly demeaning picture of shallow sisterhood and male-dependency.  Very Good Girls celebrates a friendship that shouldn’t exist by basing it around the kind of man who doesn’t exist.

Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen Talk VERY GOOD GIRLS at Sundance; Fanning Reveals She’s Been Cast in THE LAST OF ROBIN HOOD

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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.

Sundance 2013: First Images from TOP OF THE LAKE, TWO MOTHERS, and VERY GOOD GIRLS

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Today, Sundance announced their stellar Premieres line-up and we have the first images from a few of the movies playing in the category:

  • Top of the Lake – Directed by Jane Champion and Garth Davis, written by Campion and Gerard Lee, starring Elisabeth Moss, Holly Hunter, Peter Mullan, and David Wenham.
  • Two Mothers Directed by Anne Fontaine, written by Christopher Hampton, starring Naomi Watts, Robin Wright, Xavier Samuel, and James Frechevile.
  • Very Good Girls – Written and directed by Naomi Foner starring Dakota Fanning, Elizabeth Olsen, Demi Moore, Richard Dreyfuss, and Ellen Barkin.

Hit the jump for the images and synopses.  The 2013 Sundance Film Festival runs January 17 – 27.

THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 2 Review

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It would be a gross understatement to say I haven’t been an ardent supporter of the Twilight franchise.  But I have tried to take each film on its own merits.  Nothing can change the fact that it has a despicable core message of how young women should relate to men, but there was always the potential for change.  Bella Swan could become a proactive character.  Edward Cullen and Jacob Black could be more than just brooding, softly smiling eye candy.  Somewhere, in the dreamy clouds of wish fulfillment, there may be something real instead of the silliest, most forced conflicts.  At the series’ conclusion, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 shows us what the Twilight movies could be at their best, but ultimately reminds us about the true nature of this series.

Jesse Eisenberg and Dakota Fanning in Talks for Indie Thriller NIGHT MOVES

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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.

Production Begins on DEVIL’S KNOT and VERY GOOD GIRLS

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Production has officially commenced on two upcoming projects.  First up, filming is underway in Atlanta on the real-life drama Devil’s Knot, directed by Atom Egoyan.  The film stars Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth and follows the true story of the West Memphis 3 case, in which three teenagers were wrongfully charged with murdering three young boys in West Memphis, Arkansas in the 1990s.  Witherspoon plays the mother of one of the victims, while Firth plays the private investigator hired to look into the case.  The cast also includes Amy Ryan, Dane DeHaan, and Stephen Moyer.

Additionally, production has begun in New York on the relationship drama Very Good Girls.  Directed by Naomi Foner, the film stars Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen as two best friends determined to lose their virginity, only to fall for the same boy.  The cast also includes Boyd Holbrook, Demi Moore, Ellen Barkin, Richard Dreyfuss, Peter Skarsgaard, and Clark Gregg.  The score will be composed by Jenny Lewis. Hit the jump to read press releases for both films.

8 Hi-Res Images from THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 2

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Summit has released eight hi-res images from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2.  These images were released last week, but now they’re available in high resolution.  You know you want to see hi-res Volturi Dakota Fanning being all evil and stuff.

Hit the jump to check out the images and click here for the latest trailer.  The film also stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, Mackenzie Foy, Tracey Heggins, Judith Shekoni, Casey LaBow, MyAnna Buring, Christian Camargo, Mia Maestro, Cameron Bright, Peter Facinelli, Ashley Greene, Kellan Lutz, Jackson Rathbone, Elizabeth Reaser, Nikki Reed, Billy Burke, Rami Malek, and Maggie GraceThe Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 opens November 16th.

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