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.

10 New Images from THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 2

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Last night we got our first kind of look at Renesmee (Mackenzie Foy), the superspawn of Kristen Stewart’s Bella and Robert Pattinson’s Edward in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2.  Now a whole batch of images from the film has gone online giving us a full look at the child, as well as some other new vampires and a few wonderfully awkward family photos.  We just got confirmation that Breaking Dawn – Part 2 will return to Comic-Con next month for the last time, so I expect we’ll start to see some new footage from the film around then.  These images don’t exactly make the pic look any less weird than its predecessors (which isn’t surprising given Breaking Dawn‘s strange plot), and there’s one especially uncomfortable photo that highlights the budding romance between Taylor Lautner’s Jacob and the child Renesmee.  This is a thing that happens.

Hit the jump to take a look at the images as well as the new Twilight-centric EW cover.  The film also stars Peter Facinelli, Ashley Greene, Kellan Lutz, Jackson Rathbone, Elizabeth Reaser, Nikki Reed, Billy Burke, Rami Malek, Dakota Fanning and Maggie Grace.  Directed by Bill Condon, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 opens on November 16th.

First Images of Dakota Fanning and Emma Thompson in EFFIE

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Following a prolonged development process, the Emma Thompson-scripted period piece Effie is finally in the can.  Dakota Fanning stars in this biopic of Effie Gray that centers on her doomed marriage to art critic John Ruskin (Greg Wise) in 1840’s London. Despite her beauty, Ruskin didn’t consummate the marriage and the devastated Gray eventually fell in love with Ruskin’s protégé, painter John Everett Milias (Tom Sturridge).  The first images from the film have no landed online, and they give us a look at Fanning in her period garb and Thompson as Lady Eastlake, an art critic and historian who was also one of Effie’s friends.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  Directed by Richard Laxton (Englishman in New York), the film doesn’t yet have a release date but is expected to show up at a few festivals later this year.

Director Bill Condon Talks THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN – PART 2 Reshoots, New Trailer and Unique Posters

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While the Twilight franchise may be winding down, fans still have one last feature film to look forward to later this year.  Director Bill Condon recently posted a brief letter to fans on Facebook in order to explain the reshoots that will take place in a couple of weeks.  Condon quickly assuaged any fears of a delay of the theatrical release of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2 by stressing the technical need for these reshoots; no new scenes or dialogue will be added.  Condon also hints that a new trailer will be released soon for fans to “decode,” and calls the first posters for the film “unlike any Twilight images you’ve seen before.”  The finale of the Twilight saga, starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner, opens November 16th.  Hit the jump to read Condon’s letter.

Chloe Moretz and Haley Bennett Are Top Contenders to Lead CARRIE Remake; Jodie Foster and Julianne Moore Eyed for Mother Role

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Now that Kimberly Peirce (Boys Don’t Cry) is set in the director’s chair, producers are working to cast the lead in the MGM/Screen Gems remake of Carrie. Vulture reports that a number of actresses have been shortlisted for the part (including Dakota Fanning and Lily Collins) but Chloe Moretz and Haley Bennett (Marley and Me) are apparently the top two candidates. The remake is said to be more faithful to Stephen King’s source material than Brian De Palma’s 1976 film adaptation, and apparently The Descendants star Shailene Woodley has already passed on the lead role. Hit the jump for more on the new Carrie.

First Trailer for NOW IS GOOD Starring Dakota Fanning and Jeremy Irvine

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The first trailer for the drama Now Is Good has gone online. The film stars Dakota Fanning as a 17-year-old girl who is dying of leukemia and decides to forgo treatment in order to live out her last days to the fullest. While the premise may seem a bit derivative, I was actually quite impressed by the trailer. Fanning sports short hair and a British accent, and it’s refreshing to see her tackle adult material. She’s joined by War Horse star Jeremy Irvine, as the two strike up a presumably doomed romance and set out to fulfill her bucket list. As I said, it’s not the most original of stories but I’m intrigued enough to catch the film at some point down the line.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer. Now Is Good opens in the UK on May 25th, but is currently without a US release date.

Anton Yelchin in Talks to Join Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen in VERY GOOD GIRLS; Chandler Canterbury and Boyd Holbrook Set to Join THE HOST

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Most child actors fail to overcome the chronic, debilitating condition of becoming less and less child-like. Similarly, many siblings of more famous performers struggle to be taken even a little bit seriously. Fortunately, two shining exceptions to the rule are set to team up and show us that it’s not all marijuana-fuelled car crashes and uncomfortable SNL hoe-downs. Former pint-sized dynamo Dakota Fanning (War of the Worlds) and current indie it-girl Elizabeth Olsen (Martha Marcy May Marlene) were first linked to the drama Very Good Girls in May; Anton Yelchin (Star Trek) is now in talks to join them. The directorial debut of Naomi Foner (writer of Losing Isaiah) will spin the tale of two lifelong friends (Fanning and Olsen) who, following high-school graduation, vow to lose their virginity before the summer ends; naturally, both end up falling for Yelchin, which threatens to irreparably damage their friendship.

Hit the jump for more on Very Good Girls and casting news on the hotly anticipated adaptation of Stephenie Meyer’s The Host.

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