The Playlist

TIFF Review: Jason Reitman's 'Boogie Nights' Live Read Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Josh Brolin, Olivia Wilde & More

  • By Cory Everett
  • |
  • September 9, 2013 2:30 PM
  • |
  • 6 Comments
With a growing audience of devoted cinephiles over the past few years, it seems there are few film-related events more beloved than Jason Reitman's Live Reads. The setup is simple: Reitman selects a classic screenplay of his choosing to be read by new actors in front of a live audience with Reitman himself reading the stage direction. The only other accompaniment to the performances is a projection behind the performers featuring a frame of the film (digitally removing the actors) to set the scene and usually some music before and after the show begins. Sometimes the casting aims to turn the material on its head—"Reservoir Dogs" with an all-African American cast or "Glengary Glen Ross" with an ensemble of women—and sometimes it's more straightforward. So why have these readings become such a hot ticket? Well, for starters, the events (held typically at the LACMA in Los Angeles) are not recorded and are never repeated and at their best, they force the audience to think about the film in a new way. But the real secret to their success—like the films themselves—is that it usually comes down to the casting.

Exclusive: 'The Motel Life' Starring Emile Hirsch, Stephen Dorff, & Dakota Fanning Hits Theaters In November

  • By Edward Davis
  • |
  • September 5, 2013 4:58 PM
  • |
  • 0 Comments
The Motel Life
The fall film season just won't let up this year and one more understated gem of a movie is joining the fray: Alan and Gabriel Polsky's 2012 Rome film fest entry, "The Motel Life." Starring Emile Hirsch, Stephen Dorff, Dakota Fanning, and directed together by the Polskys (producers of "Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans" and "Little Birds") the drama depicts a pair of working-class brothers who flee their Reno motel after getting involved in a fatal hit-and-run accident. Today, Polsky Films announced a November 8, 2013 release for "The Motel Life" in 15 cities nationwide, and on VOD via FilmBuff.

Watch: First Clip From Kelly Reichardt's 'Night Moves' Starring Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning & Peter Sarsgaard

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
  • |
  • September 3, 2013 10:18 AM
  • |
  • 2 Comments
Night Moves
With a trio of measured dramas under her belt — “Old Joy,” “Wendy & Lucy” and “Meek’s Cutoff” — Kelly Reichardt has established herself as a filmmaker whose storytelling is patient and considered. But when news arrived that her latest "Night Moves" would take on eco-terrorism and feature a Hollywood-ish cast with Jesse Eisenberg, Dakota Fanning and Petes Sarsgaard, it certainly grabbed our attention. The result? As our review out of Venice notes, a "perfect reminder that Reichardt is one of the most exciting directorial talents we have right now."

Venice Review: Kelly Reichardt's 'Night Moves' With Jesse Eisenberg & Dakota Fanning

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
  • |
  • August 30, 2013 5:00 PM
  • |
  • 12 Comments
Night Moves, Jesse Eisenberg
After the acclaimed trio of “Old Joy,” “Wendy & Lucy” and “Meek’s Cutoff,” Kelly Reichardt was already proving hard to pin down. The three films that made her name (plus her lesser-known earlier works “ Ode” and “River Of Grass”) are immediately recognizable as the work of the director, but very different from each other thematically, if perhaps not formally. Whatever her next move was going to be, it was going to be interesting, but few would have predicted that it would be “Night Moves” – a crackling little suspense thriller/morality play indebted to Dostoyevsky and Hitchcock. But while it’s a left turn, it’s at least as good as the films that came before it, and still with the same recognizable DNA intact.

New Images Of Jesse Eiseberg & Dakota Fanning In Kelly Reichardt's 'Night Moves' Plus Detailed Synopsis

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
  • |
  • August 16, 2013 11:38 AM
  • |
  • 0 Comments
In age where the Occupy Wall Street galvanized not just those in Zuccotti Park, but folks across the country, and where Edward Snowden's revelations continue to make headlines, it's no surprise that cinema is quickly responding. Earlier this year, we saw Zal Batmanglij and Brit Marling explore off-the-grid movements in "The East," and this fall the Julian Assange saga gets the big screen treatment via "The Fifth State." But before that, the festival circuit will be treated to the latest from Kelly Reichardt, "Night Moves."

Dakota Fanning Will Share 'Every Secret Thing' With Elizabeth Banks & Diane Lane

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
  • |
  • February 7, 2013 3:47 PM
  • |
  • 1 Comment
Dakota Fanning seems determined to prove to audiences she's all grown up. She apparently gets quite naked in "Very Good Girls" which just premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and not too long ago she signed on to play Kevin Kline's teenage lover in "The Last Of Robin Hood." Now she's set for a crime drama that will once again showcase a different side of the actress who is quickly putting together a diverse slate.

Dakota Fanning To Star Opposite Kevin Kline As His Teenage Lover In ‘The Last Of Robin Hood’

  • By Tess Hofmann
  • |
  • January 24, 2013 9:58 AM
  • |
  • 5 Comments
When it was announced in October that Kevin Kline would play screen icon Errol Flynn in “The Last of Robin Hood” a film about his inappropriate romance with teenage actress Beverly Aadland toward the end of his life, the question on everyone’s mind was -- which lucky young actress would play this unclassy broad? Now, Deadline reports that it will be a familiar face -- Dakota Fanning has signed on for the salacious role.

First Pics Of Elizabeth Olsen & Dakota Fanning In 'Very Good Girls'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
  • |
  • December 3, 2012 5:24 PM
  • |
  • 1 Comment
First it was "Martha Marcy May Marlene" in 2011, and then "Red Lights" and "Liberal Arts" in 2012, and Elizabeth Olsen is once again set to turn heads in Park City at the Sundance Film Festival with a new movie under her arm for 2013.

Rome Review: 'The Motel Life' A Small But Perfectly Formed Indie With A Sweet, Sad Heart Of Gold

  • By Jessica Kiang
  • |
  • November 16, 2012 6:14 AM
  • |
  • 4 Comments
On the surface, there should be nothing particularly special about producer-turned-director brothers Gabe and Alan Polsky's debut, "The Motel Life," which premieres tonight at the Rome Film Festival. Threatening to sound like indie-by-numbers on paper, the film, based on the well-received novel of the same name by Willy Vlautin, is indeed familiar in its downbeat, disenfranchised Americana setting and even some of its themes: familial love, redemption and the fragility of hope in the face of ill-starred circumstance. But while it doesn't reinvent the wheel, or revolutionize the genre, it achieves its modest ambitions affectingly well, in no small part due to a clutch of cherishable performances, especially from leads Emile Hirsch and Stephen Dorff, as brothers Frank and Jerry Lee.

First Look: Dakota Fanning, Emile Hirsch & Stephen Dorff In 'The Motel Life'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
  • |
  • November 7, 2012 12:47 PM
  • |
  • 3 Comments
Nope, the festival season isn't over yet. The Rome Film Festival gets underway this weekend, and our Jessica Kiang will be on the ground fueled on espressos and cinemas to bring us coverage. But before that, we've got a few sneaks at some of the movies coming up, and the first is from "The Motel Life."

Email Updates

Recent Comments