John McBurney is a Union soldier who is found injured in the grounds of a Mississippi Confederate all-girls boarding school in 1863. The girls and their headmistress Miss Farnsworth take him inside to care for him, locking him in a room to keep him separated from the girls, but during his stay he manages to charm the likes of teacher Edwina Dabney and one of the elder students, Alicia, not to mention Martha herself. John's presence in the house disrupts the once quaint atmosphere, and it soon becomes thick with deceit and jealousy. As each of the girls turn on one another one by one, they begin to realise who the real enemy is. And John finds himself in far more danger than he ever was in the ongoing Civil War.
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It has taken awhile for the drama 3 Generations to reach local cinemas.
The film stars Elle Fanning as a teen who is preparing to transition from female to male, seeking the support of her mother Naomi Watts and grandmother Susan Sarandon. After premiering at the Toronto Film Festival in 2015, the producers have held onto it for a year and a half, partly due to some controversy over the casting process.
Naomi Watts and Elle Fanning in 3 Generations
"Were I to be making this film today," admits director-cowriter Gaby Dellal, "I absolutely would be casting a trans kid. But finding a kid that hadn't medically transitioned or hormonally transitioned yet and was in exactly the same time frame as the character of Ray is incredibly hard to find. Elle did a terrific job. She worked very, very hard to make the character as authentic as possible."
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Ben Affleck launched his directing career 10 years ago with his film of Dennis Lehane's novel Gone Baby Gone, and he now returns to the author to adapt this Prohibition-era gangster drama. It's a big, beefy story with colourful characters and a snaky, expansive plot. And it's beautifully assembled by a skilled cast and crew. Even so, the film never quite generates quite enough energy to engage properly with the audience.
In 1927 Boston, Joe (Affleck) is a war veteran who has turned to crime to survive. But problems arise when he launches a torrid affair with the moll (Sienna Miller) of the Irish mob boss (Robert Glenister). With his life in danger, he turns to the rival Italian mafioso (Remo Girone) for a job, and is sent to Tampa to run their rum-smuggling operation. Working with his pal Dion (Chris Messina), Joe makes a success of a string of speak-easy bars and finds love with a the sister (Zoe Saldana) of a Cuban gangster. Then as he plans to open a huge casino, his gentlemanly agreement with the local police chief (Chris Cooper) is threatened. And it doesn't help that the boss in Boston begins to meddle.
Everything is assembled with a sumptuous sense of style, from the cool cars to the epic suits and hats. The film looks gorgeous, shot with muted colours that echo the subdued emotions of people who never quite say what they think. Of course, this creates a big problem, because it leaves Affleck's Joe looking like a blank slate, intriguing to watch but impossible to sympathise with. Nothing feels properly developed, with romances that seem to exist for no real reason and business relationships that appear to be based on some sort of unexplained subterfuge. The most riveting element of the story is Joe's clash with the KKK, a powerfully bull-headed group that refuses to play by the usual mob rules.
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“It’s usually shoes.”
Fanning co-stared with Cruise in the science fiction disaster film in 2005, when she was just 11 years old, but at 22 the gifts from Cruise are still coming.
Dakota Fanning still recieves birthday gifts from Tom Cruise
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Jamie doesn't live a normal life, he's raised by his single mom and lives in a house occupied by tenants. It's the start of the summer of 1979 in Santa Barbara and Dorothea Fields is not only the matriarch of her little family but she also looks over the young people that seem to join her household.
At that moment in time the world was experiencing much turmoil and uncertainty as well as huge gains in personal freedom and all these things convinced Dorothea to ask other women involved in Jamie's life to help mould and shape him into a well-adjusted person. Mother's and Son's often have tumultuous relationships and Jamie loves his mom but can't help but constantly think that she's a know it all with all the answers.
Abbie is a young lodger in the household and becomes particularly influential in Jamie's life, she's a free spirit with a punk attitude to life that really appeals to the teenager attempting to find himself. Whilst his next door neighbour Julie is going through some issues of her own but also becomes a huge influence on the boy's life.
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Joe Coughlin was born and raised in a good family, his father was the police captain and they were a respected family in the neighbourhood. Joe was the dark horse and fell in with the wrong crowd from an influential age. It was 1920's and Joe and the rest of the Coughlin family lived in the thriving city of Boston. Joe constantly seemed to be pulling in a different direction to that of his father and mixed with some of the town's most feared bosses responsible for any number of crimes from running alcohol to robbery.
Caught in the middle of a war between mob bosses, Joe ends up ripping off the wrong guy in more than one way as he also steals his woman. Everything appears to be going for Joe and his small gang but their next heist is a chance too far and sees Joe being put in prison for robbery. Once again, Joe finds himself falling in with another powerful boss who offers him protection in prison - but at a cost.
With his eventual release, Joe moves to Florida to begin over seeing a rum smuggling operation but as Joe finds love he begins to realise that there's more to life than working on someone else's terms but perhaps he's too deeply connected to ever be able to give up the life he's made for himself.
It was a very different experience for the young actress.
In his new horror movie The Neon Demon, Nicolas Winding Refn (Drive) takes on the vicious side of the fashion industry, telling the story of an aspiring teen model. Played by Elle Fanning, she becomes an object of jealousy and desire for a group of beauty-obsessed women.
Elle Fanning stars in 'The Neon Demon'
Fanning said she was drawn to the project by Refn's previous work. "I hadn't read the script and didn't know the story at all, and he asked to meet me," she says. "Right away, we talked about trust. He films in chronological order, and you're constantly discovering things. So because something happened yesterday we can't do this anymore. We have to change it. You're on this ride together."
Elle Fanning's latest movie is a psychological maze.
The reviews are in for Nicolas Winding Refn's latest indie thriller 'The Neon Demon', with many branding it as superficial as the subject matter and others basking in the gorgeous cinematography. There's one thing that is agreed, however, and that's the fact that it's unfathomably surreal.
Elle Fanning stars in 'The Neon Demon'
Elle Fanning stars in this bloody psychological thriller from the director of 'Only God Forgives'. It explores a vicious undercurrent of brutality and jealousy in the world of LA beauty, fashion and modelling, and is being compared to films the likes of experimental genius David Lynch. But it's also being branded as a 'horror' movie, and few critics are accepting of that label for Refn's latest film.
The Neon Demon follows the journey of its protagonist Jesse (Elle Fanning) when she makes the move to Los Angeles as an aspiring model. Jesse is a young female that has been recruited by a fashion designer, as the typical girl from a small town with big dreams who wants to make it big in the modelling industry. However Jesse is not your typical model as she is described as a dangerous girl in the sense that the narrative soon takes a sinister turn.
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An entertaining film about sobering true events, this is the story of notorious screenwriter Dalton Trumbo, who defied McCarthy's communist witch-hunt hearings in the late-1940s and was blacklisted by Hollywood for more than a decade. As written by John McNamara and directed by Jay Roach, the film is bright, funny and emotionally resonant, clearly simplified to make it more involving. And with such a terrific cast on board, it's both revealing and a lot of fun.
In 1947, Dalton (Bryan Cranston) is the film industry's top-paid screenwriter, so of course Senator McCarthy's House Un-American Activities Commission goes after him about his rumoured links to the communist party during the war. But he and nine fellow writers refuse to testify, so they're imprisoned for contempt, denied work by the Hollywood studios and targeted personally by the powerful gossip columnist Hedda Hopper (Helen Mirren). To survive, Dalton begins writing under a series of pseudonyms for the B-movie producer Frank King (John Goodman), creating a script factory in his home with the help of his wife Cleo (Diane Lane) and daughter Niki (Elle Fanning). Two of these screenplays win Oscars, and it isn't until Dalton begins writing Spartacus in 1960 that actor Kirk Douglas (Dean O'Gorman) breaks the studio blacklist.
Roach directs this story in a sunny, snappy way that includes lots of smart wordplay and a clear sense of the us-or-them mentality that has defined America since the Cold War. People need a villain to hiss at, so anyone with even a passing connection to communism will do. And Mirren hisses better than most. Her performance is riotously funny and relentlessly nasty at the same time. More textured characters include Louis C.K. as a fellow writer and Michael Stuhlbarg as conflicted actor Edward G. Robinson. All of the actors are excellent, anchored by Cranston's wonderfully prickly Oscar-nominated turn as a bullheaded man who hilariously seizes every opportunity to make an inspiring speech.
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With the upcoming 17th October release of 'Young Ones', members of the cast were photographed arriving at the premier in New York City. These stars included Nicholas Hoult, best known for his role in the 'X-Men' franchise, as well as Elle Fanning, who recently appeared alongside Angelina Jolie in 'Maleficent'.
Outside the Ed Sullivan Theatre, Elle Fanning was photographed arriving at, and leaving, the 'Late Show With David Letterman', as she signed autographs and posed for pictures. Fanning was photographed sporting a new, brown hair colour, as opposed to her natural blond.
Rosamund Pike and David Tennant strike a pose on the red carpet in London, as Elle Fanning takes Los Angeles by storm and Antonio Banderas returns home to Spain. Trailers tease with glimpses of Camp X-ray, Days and Nights, The Woman in Black 2 and Nativity 3...
At the premiere of the new British comedy What We Did on Our Holiday in London this week, David Tennant strolled the red carpet in a kilt while Rosamund Pike looked stunning in a lacy black dress that only barely concealed her baby bump. She's also been out promoting her upcoming blockbuster Gone Girl. Browse our Rosamund Pike and David Tennant photos at the 'What We Did on Our Holiday' premiere on Monday 22nd September 2014. Read our 'What We Did on Our Holiday' review.
Meanwhile in Los Angeles, The Boxtrolls held a family-friendly premiere at which Elle Fanning surprised fans with a new brunette hairdo. She was accompanied by costars Ben Kingsley and Nick Frost, plus Ian Ziering, Kathryn Hahn, Molly Ringwold and Garcelle Beauvais, who were accompanied by their families. View our photos from the premiere of 'The Boxtrolls' - Sunday 21st September 2014. Read our 'The Boxtrolls' review.
Eggs is a young boy living in the dairy loving, wealthy town of Cheesbridge. He was adopted as a baby and is a perfectly ordinary boy - apart from the fact that he was brought up in a sewer by an unusual group of foster parents. The Boxtrolls are underground creatures feared throughout the town as sinister and dangerous monsters, but in truth they are remarkably kind and so shy that they spend most of their time hiding in the boxes they wear as shells and venturing out at night so that they don't bump into the Cheesebridge residents. All they wish to do is collect discarded rubbish and turn it into incredible machines. Unfortunately, despite their harmlessness, a vicious exterminator named Archibald Snatcher is after their heads when the town's council insists on their removal. Eggs must help save his family, but first he's got to start behaving like a regular boy.
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We can all breathe a sigh of relief...it looks like 'Maleficent' is actually going to be as good as we had hoped.
It’s been one of the most anticipated films of the year and over the next couple of days Maleficent will finally be unleashed upon the world. Reviews have already begun to trickle in and thankfully they’re looking fairly positive so far, even if a few critics aren't entirely convinced.
Maleficent has been raking in some pretty positive reviews from the critics
Reviews which have been published on review aggregator site Rotten Tomatoes have been quite mixed. Robbie Collin of the Daily Telegraph surmises, “The director, Robert Stromberg, was production designer on Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland and Sam Raimi’s Oz the Great and Powerful, and if you thought those films were visually sickly, here he really has his cake and sits in it.” Although he adds, “This Disney reimagining of Sleeping Beauty lacks true enchantment, but Angelina Jolie saves the day.” We think everyone can agree that it was obvious from the trailer that Angelina Jolie was going to steal the show as the eponymous character. Not only does she look fantastic, but she seems like the whole creepy package.
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Angelina Jolie has announced plans to take a step back from acting and focus on directing and her humanitarian duties.
Maleficent actress Angelina Jolie has revealed that she plans to take a break from acting. Jolie divulged the news last week at a press conference held in London for her upcoming Disney film. Jolie and her young Maleficent co-star Elle Fanning have been touring the world, promoting their film, which is due for release May 28.
Angelina Jolie, pictured with Maleficent co-star Elle Fanning, at a London photocall for the film
Fanning said of Jolie, “I do think no one else could have played Maleficent,” continuing to describe how she felt when she first met the actress, “Right away she became flesh, the name went away and she was just Angelina - she gave me a giant hug and said ‘We are going to have so much fun together’.”
We all know Angelina Jolie will play Maleficent, but who else will be starring in the film?
Unless you’ve already guessed, we’re a little bit excited for Maleficent to come out on May 30th. We can't help but let out a little shriek each time a new trailer is released or we hear some more information about the plot. Fortunately, we do already know the cast of Maleficent, so in the meantime we thought we’d check them out and question how right they are for their roles.
15 year old Elle Fanning has been cast as Princess Aurora
Princess Aurora: Elle Fanning
Continue reading: Once Upon A Dream: The Cast Of Disney's 'Maleficent'
Who are Hollywood's biggest, little sisters?
It’s often hard being a younger sibling, but it’s got to be worse if you’re living in the shadows of a famous sister. For some, this is a reality and actually it’s not too bad at all. You see the little sisters are striking back and there’s a few that might just about ready to step out of their big sis’s shadows.
Watch out Kim, little sister Kendall is hot on your heels
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Angelina Jolie discusses her affinity with Maleficent at the Disney Expo in Anaheim, California. The film, due to be released next year, stars Jolie as the sorceress and also features her daughter Vivienne.
Maleficent may leave the audience perplexed at Disney's stance on the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale. It may have been some time since the 1959 Disney animation and times certainly seem to have change: instead of a fearful and malevolent Maleficent, we may be faced with a "deliciously cruel" villain we want to see beat the charming prince.
Angelina Jolie at the UK premiere of World War Z.
Angelina Jolie surprised fans at the D23 fan expo with a guest appearance. She discussed the film and how she had long dreamed of playing Maleficent. On the subject, she said: "since I was a little girl, Maleficent was always my favourite. I was terrified of her, but I was also drawn to her. I wanted to know more about her. She had this elegance and grace, yet she was wonderfully, deliciously cruel."
Angelina Jolie wrote a detailed piece in the New York Times entitled 'My Medical Choice.'
The Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie has undergone a double mastectomy to reduce her chances of getting breast cancer. The 37-year-old partner of Brad Pitt and mother of six children explained her reasons for having the surgery in the New York Times, saying her doctors estimated she had an 87% risk of breast cancer and a 50% risk of ovarian cancer. "I decided to be proactive and to minimise the risk as much I could," she wrote.
Jolie - one of the world's biggest movie stars - began the process in February and completed it in April. In a piece entitled My Medical Choice, the actress recalled how her mother fought cancer for nearly a decade before dying at the age of 56. "The truth is I carry a 'faulty' gene, BRCA1, which sharply increases my risk of developing breast cancer and ovarian cancer," she said.
Following the double mastectomy, Jolie says her chances of developing breast cancer have dropped from 87% to under 5% and she praised her partner Brad Pitt for his love and support throughout the procedure. "For any woman reading this, I hope it helps you to know you have options," Ms Jolie went on to say "I want to encourage every woman, especially if you have a family history of breast or ovarian cancer, to seek out the information and medical experts who can help you through this aspect of your life, and to make your own informed choices."
Ginger and Rosa are teenage girls in the '60s and have vowed to always be the very best of friends. Together they skip school, do each other's hair and talk about everything from politics to the latest teen magazine articles. Both of them lead difficult home lives, with Rosa struggling without a father figure in her life and Ginger's mother tied to the four walls of their home while her activist father fights against the Cold War. Both are wishing to rebel against their dull lives in search of adventure and fulfilling their dreams. However, as the threat of a nuclear apocalypse draws near, the girls are divided by the paths they choose to take; Ginger wants to follow in her father's footsteps and protest against the bomb threat, determined to stay alive, while Rosa just wants to spend time with boys and live the life she has now rather than worry about the furture. Unfortunately, it's Ginger's father Roland that she takes an interest in which only looks to cause more problems. As Ginger seeks the help and guidance from two gay men (both named Mark) and an American poet named Bella, plenty of relationships look set to fall apart and the conflict closest to home becomes the biggest threat in their lives.
'Ginger and Rosa' is a coming-of-age drama about the opportunity ridden world of the sixties directed and written by Sally Potter ('The Man Who Cried', 'The Tango Lesson', 'Orlando').
Starring: Elle Fanning, Christina Hendricks, Alice Englert, Annette Bening, Timothy Spall, Oliver Platt, Alessandro Nivola, Jodhi May, Oliver Milburn, Greg Bennett, Andrew Hawley, Richard Strange, Matt Hookings, Marcus Shakesheff,
Director: Sally Potter
Forget their billing as co-stars, there's only one star in town when Christina Hendricks makes an appearance on the red carpet, and Elle Fanning and Alice Englebert had to take a back seat to the 37 year-old as she grabbed the lion's share of the spotlight at a screening of Ginger & Rosa yesterday at the AFI FIlm Festival (November 7). Hendricks wore a sequined low-cut figure-hugging top that showed off her cleavage, matching it with an also-sequined headpiece.
In a shake-up of the classic fairytale and Disney movie Sleeping Beauty, Maleficent will focus on Angelina Jolie as she plays the arch-nemesis of the golden haired beauty, and now it's revealed three of her and Brad Pitt's children will join the cast.
Following in the shoes of the Smiths (Will, Jaden and Willow, that is), as was revealed in August, Angelina Jolie will be starring in her newest film Maleficent with her daughter, Vivienne, and also, to make it a real family affair: son Pax and daughter Zahara will also appear in the movie, although both their roles will be minor.
Vivienne, aged just four, is set to play the younger version of Sleeping Beauty in the film, the older played by Elle Fanning, sister of Dakota fanning. Shiloh, aged 6, was also invited to be included in the film but as reported by the Huffington Post, "she was bored and not in the mood during the day her part was supposed to happen, so she ended up not being in the film." Other parent/children collaborations have included Charlie Sheen and Martin Sheen in Wallstreet, Miley Cyrus and Father Billy Ray Cyrus, who both star in Hannah Montana, and Kiefer and Donald Sutherland who starred in A Time To Kill.
An extraordinary cast lifts this grim British drama into something watchable, even if the script ultimately gives up trying to make any sense. The main problem is that the story is very badly fragmented, but it still captures a vivid sense of how it felt to grow up in 1962 Britain. And the actors give performances that bring the characters to life even in scenes that are somewhat melodramatic.
Ginger and Rosa (Fanning and Englert) are inseparable 16-year-olds who were born in the same hospital on the same day. As they both ponder the horrific possibilities of the Cold War, their reactions begin to diverge, perhaps their first disagreement ever. Ginger's parents (Hendricks and Nivola) are liberal-minded and about to separate yet again, so she takes a militant approach to stopping nuclear annihilation. Rosa lives with her deeply religious single mother (May) and believes that the only thing to do is pray about it. But the thing that drives a real wedge between the girls is Ginger's suspicion that her dad might be having an affair with Rosa.
In the early scenes, Potter establishes the girls as imaginative friends with free spirits who do everything together. Then the plot begins to take increasingly dark twists and turns, leading to a series of awkward or downright horrible confrontations that are freaky and emotional but also thoroughly mawkish. There's a lot of glowering and weeping on display from everyone on-screen. Fortunately Fanning and newcomer Englert maintain a loose honesty in their performances that helps carry us through the difficult moments. And the starry supporting cast is terrific.
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After his wife dies, Benjamin (Damon) is struggling to keep his kids - 14-year-old Dylan (Ford) and 7-year-old Rosie(Jones) - happy, mainly because he has lost the daredevil storyteller within himself. So against the advice of his goofy-but-sensible brother (Church), Benjamin buys a run-down zoo and moves there with his children to get it up and running again. Zookeeper Kelly (Johansson) and her team (including Macfadyen and Fugit) don't think he'll stick it out. And indeed, it's more of a challenge than he ever imagined.
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In 1979 Ohio, Joe (Courtney) is struggling with the fact that his mother has died in an accident. But it's summertime, so he and his pal Charles (Griffiths) decide to make a zombie movie with their friends (Lee, Basso and Mills).
Enlisting the help of their hot schoolmate Alice (Fanning), they are shooting a scene when they witness a train crash and some suspicious ensuing military mayhem. Suddenly the town is under the control of a harsh general (Emmerich), while Joe and his friends know a lot more than he thinks.
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In Babel, directed and co-written by Alejandro González Iñárritu (21 Grams, Amores Perros), a clutch of characters from a range of cultures and walks of life attempt to build a towering film of meaning from coincidence and portent; unfortunately, in the end it is the viewer who is punished for the filmmaker's hubris.
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Jeff Bridges and Kim Basinger give a pair of extraordinary performances in "The Door in the Floor" as a couple whose souls and whose marriage have never recovered from the deaths of their teenage sons six years before.
Their lives are like broken teacups glued back together -- they may look undamaged from a distance, but up close it's clear they're now made up of psychological shatters and shards that can never be the same again.
Not that they haven't tried to move forward. Hoping to retard their overwhelming sense of loss, they even had a daughter -- played by 6-year-old Elle Fanning, the not-quite-as-natural little sister of uber-talented 8-year-old Dakota ("Man On Fire") -- who seems to subconsciously understand her function in the family.
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