Javier Bardem, Elle Fanning, Salma Hayek, Chris Rock & Laura Linney Set For Sally Potter Pic; HanWay & Bleecker Street Aboard

Javier Bardem, Elle Fanning, Salma Hayek, Chris Rock and Laura Linney lead an impressive cast for The Party and Orlando writer-director Sally Potter’s latest film. Production is underway in Spain on the untitled feature, which is being repped worldwide by HanWay and Bleecker Street.

The pic will chart a wild day in the life of a man on the edge, held together by the unconditional love of his daughter. It will also shoot on location in New York in January.

HanWay Films will handle the international sales and distribution and will commence sales at the upcoming European Film Market. Bleecker Street will distribute the film in the U.S. Potter’s long-time producing partner Christopher Sheppard is making the film through banner Adventure Pictures.

The film was co-developed by BBC Films and the BFI and is funded by HanWay Films, Bleecker Street, Ingenious Media, BBC Films, the BFI, Chimney Pot Sverige AB and Film i Väst.

The untitled drama follows 24 turbulent hours in the life of father and daughter Leo (Bardem) and Molly (Fanning) as she grapples with the challenges of dealing with her father’s apparently chaotic mental state. As they weave their way around New York City, their ordinary but stressful day takes on a hallucinatory and epic quality as Leo is flowing in and out of several parallel lives; a passionate marriage with his childhood sweetheart Dolores (Hayek) in Mexico; a struggling career as a drummer in Manhattan with his more successful lover, Adam (Rock); and a life of solitude on a remote Greek island, where a chance encounter with two young tourists unmasks some uncomfortable truths.

HanWay Films Vice Chairman Peter Watson commented, “We’re thrilled to continue our relationship with Sally Potter and to help her realise this mesmerising story of one man’s life distilled into a day in New York. We’re also particularly excited to be partnering under a worldwide deal with our colleagues at Bleecker Street who share our taste in cinema.”

Bleecker Street’s CEO Andrew Karpen also noted, “It’s such an honor to get to work with a visionary filmmaker like Sally Potter. She has crafted a beautiful and affecting script, and assembled an incredibly diverse and talented cast to bring it to life. We’re so excited to be partnered with our friends at HanWay, and look forward to working with them to share this film with audiences around the world.”

Bardem is represented by WME and Bloom Hergott Diemer Rosenthal Laviolette Feldman Schenkman & Goodman, Fanning by WME, Echo Lake Entertainment and Hansen Jacobsen Teller Hoberman Newman Warren and Richman, Hayek by Management 360, CAA and Edelstein, Laird & Sobel, Rock by ICM Partners, Untitled and Morris Yorn Barnes and Linney by ICM Partners, Lighthouse Management + Media and Morris Yorn Barnes.

Source: Deadline Hollywood

Elle Fanning, Selena Gomez, Timothée Chalamet to Star in Woody Allen Film

Timothée Chalamet, Elle Fanning, and Selena Gomez will bring a youthful glimmer to Woody Allen’s next feature film. The still untitled project will be the third film that Allen, our preeminent chronicler of on-screen neurosis, directs for Amazon Studios. The company previously worked with Allen on “Cafe Society” and the upcoming “Wonder Wheel.” It also distributed the filmmaker’s first foray into television, “Crisis in Six Scenes,” a diversion into the small screen world that was not well received by critics.

Chalamet is earning raves and Oscar buzz for his star turn in “Call My By Your Name,” which hits theaters next fall. Fanning recently had a key supporting role in “The Beguiled” and starred in Nicolas Wind Refn’s horror film “The Neon Demon.” Gomez is a former Disney Channel star who also appeared in “Spring Breakers” — a film that nuked her squeaky clean image.

Allen’s films are notoriously secretive affairs. True to form this project isn’t even being announced with a logline, so it’s unclear who these three twenty-something stars will play.

“Wonder Wheel” will have its world premiere as the closing night film of the New York Film Festival in October. Kate Winslet, Justin Timberlake, and James Belushi head the cast of the film, which takes place in Coney Island. It opens in theaters on Dec. 1.

Allen has won four Oscars in his decades-long career. He is responsible for the likes of “Annie Hall,” “Blue Jasmine,” “Manhattan,” and “Midnight in Paris.”

Source: Variety

Elle Fanning’s Animated Film ‘Leap!’ Moves to Labor Day Weekend

“Leap!” is making the jump to Labor Day weekend.

The release date for Elle Fanning’s animated film is moving from April 21 to Sept. 4, The Weinstein Company announced on Tuesday.

The movie also stars Nat Wolff, Maddie Ziegler, Carly Rae Jepsen, Kate McKinnon, and Mel Brooks, and features original music by Jepsen, Demi Lovato, and Sia.

TWC acquired U.S. rights to the film back in May of last year.

“Leap!” follows 11-year-old orphan Felicie (voiced by Fanning) and her best friend, Victor (Wolff), who dream of moving to Paris to become a dancer and inventor, respectively. The two run away together, and quickly learn that talent alone is not enough to overcome the obstacles in their way.

“Leap!” is the latest TWC film produced in partnership with Nicolas Duval Adassovsky, Yann Zenou of Quad Productions, and Laurent Zeitoun of Main Journey, following their work together on the French film “The Intouchables.” Adassovsky, Zenou, and Zeitoun also produced the original French version of “Leap,” titled “Ballerina.”

Andre Rouleau and Valerie D’Auteuil also produce “Leap!”

“I can’t tell you about how much I love ‘Leap!’ and that’s why I’m moving it,” TWC Co-Chairman Harvey Weinstein said in a press release. “We have made the decision to move back to Labor Day and build the awareness and excitement within our audience. As always, I want to do what is best for the film, which I think is the best animated film I’ve ever made, and test audiences have agreed.”

The film premieres on Saturday at the Bentonville Film Festival.

Source: Variety

Because I travel a lot, being with my family is always very special…

Elle Fanning: ‘Because I travel a lot, being with my family is always very special… I live in the house that I grew up in’

Actress Elle Fanning tells Gill Pringle what it’s like to grow up in Hollywood, as the young star continues to challenge herself, taking on her most mature role yet in Live By Night

Star attraction: Elle Fanning is in the thriller Live By Night, which is based on Dennis Lehane’s book
Examining the angry track marks on her pale slender arms, Elle Fanning couldn’t help but smile. “I know this sounds weird, but it just felt like I’d come of age,” says the actress who gives a haunting turn as a naive young woman who becomes a revival preacher after being rescued from a bordello in Ben Affleck’s adaptation of Dennis Lehane’s prohibition-era mobster novel, Live By Night.

Co-starring with Sienna Miller, Zoe Saldana and Affleck himself, Fanning’s Loretta Figgis is the subject of the film’s most evocative line, “She didn’t make it to Hollywood, she just made it to Los Angeles.”

“I know, it’s funny that line, there’s several ways you can take it,” laughs Fanning who was just three-years-old when her Georgia-based family moved to Los Angeles to pursue acting opportunities for her big sister Dakota, now 22.

Unlike her Live By Night alter ego, The Fanning sisters lost little time settling into Los Angeles and subsequently conquering Hollywood. “So, getting the track marks done every day was a weird experience. Eventually I began wearing them all the time because they were tattoos, and so if I had to come in the next day, I would just wear them to bed, and then when I woke up the next morning, they would still be there. But I had to remember to wear long sleeves when I went out. I didn’t want anyone thinking crazy things because they looked so real.”

Dressed in white gossamer dresses, she strikes an ethereal presence maturing over several years in Live By Night. “This felt like my most mature role. I’m not just playing the kid anymore, I’m finally a young woman.”

“Now that I’m 18, it matched up to the place that I’m at now, feeling like I’m on a cusp where I’m not quite an adult, but you’re treated more like one,” says the actress who has grown up before our eyes on screen, just two-years-old when she played a younger version of her sister Dakota’s character in I Am Sam with Sean Penn, graduating to cute kiddie movies Daddy Day Care and Because of Winn-Dixie whilst featuring in dark adult films including Reservation Road with Joaquin Phoenix and Alejandro Inarritu’s Babel.

Only ten years old when she really hit her stride, she appeared as the younger version of Cate Blanchett’s character in David Fincher’s The Curious Case of Benjamin Button followed by more age appropriate fare with Super 8, We Bought a Zoo and as Aurora in Maleficent.

Unlike many child actors who are either deeply jaded or in rehab by time they hit their late teens, Fanning retains an almost child-like enthusiasm for what she does. “I think I’ve just always kept the fun, even if that word is over-used, but it’s true. If you’re not having a great time and loving it still, then you should do something else. Everything still feels fresh for me — every new character, new script, new environment, and I still get very excited by it.

“I love a risk. If something seems impossible, then that’s what I want to try. That is my motto in many ways. I try to pick things that are very different from each other so that I’m in different places all the time. It strengthens me and makes me grow,” says the actress who views her role in Nicolas Winding Refn’s thriller The Neon Demon as her riskiest to date, even skipping her high school prom last year to promote the film at Cannes, her date flying out to recreate their prom on the red carpet.

Still coming to terms with her new adult status, and with none of the usual plans to attend college, she says today, almost eight months after graduation.

“I’m glad I had the experience of going to a totally normal high school. Some of my friends have gone to college, others aren’t, but we are in this limbo where we talk about ‘Oh, we’re not in high school anymore, it’s such a strange thing,’ So you do miss it, but then also you’re like ‘I’m so glad I’m done.’ Right now I’m just happy I graduated but maybe in a couple of years, I’ll be missing high school. But I’m doing exactly what I want to be doing, so I’m very excited about that.”

If it seems like she and her sister have an uncanny knack for picking interesting material, she credits her mother, former pro tennis player Joy Arrington, for giving her the best advice.

“It usually comes down to my mom. I’m also very close to my grandmother who lives with us as well and used to go with me on all my film sets when I was younger while my mom would go with my sister before she turned 18.

“Also when you make choices, it’s more like ‘Oh, I want them to be good for them’, meaning my family. I don’t really think about it in any other way, so my family’s opinion matters the most. For sure. Always,” says Fanning who still lives at home with her family, including father Steve Fanning, a former minor-league shortstop with the St Louis Cardinals.

In no hurry to leave the family nest, she says: “Because I travel a lot, going back home, and being with my family is always special. I live in the house that I grew up in since I was seven years old, so, being in my own room, with my family right there, is a very comforting feeling. I enjoy travelling for work and having my family home makes it easier to go away for long stretches when I know I have them to come home to. It grounds me, and it feels very safe.

“It’s also very important to have, because you can’t just always be kind of floating, you know,” says the actress who spent the last six months between the UK filming Neil Gaiman’s How To Talk To Girls At Parties and in Louisiana, shooting Sofia Coppola’s The Beguiled.

Remaining close to her big sister, she says, “We’re sisters so of course we do have our moments as you know, like if I steal any of her clothes, that’s not good. But I really look up to her, I mean she’s my big sister. Since she did movies first, I started out because of her so she led the way to that.”

Attending her first Paris runway aged 13, she quickly became the face of Marc Jacobs and still enjoys promoting designers on social media. When we meet today in West Hollywood, she’s wearing a silk lilac confection by Vivetta. “I love fashion because I can turn into anyone I want to be,” she says, those bright blue eyes widening with enthusiasm. “I got this dress from Vivetta because I have a shirt of theirs that I loved and wore on Instagram so then they sent me some clothes.”

Debuting her public Instagram account on her 18th birthday last year along with her first selfie and a birthday cake, she takes her fashion choices seriously. “It’s not just a petty thing. Like the fashion industry is a whole industry so I enjoy being a part of that.” Part of her charm lies in a stubborn refusal to adopt the airs and graces of an older person, readily giggling as phrases like “totally cool” and “freaking out” spill from her lips. Considering she only has only a minor role in Live By Night, her Loretta Figgis is a powerful presence, carrying many of the film’s best lines such as, “This is heaven. Right here. We’re in it now.”

The sentiment particularly resonated with Fanning who, together with her sister, attended daily chapel services at Campbell Hall Episcopal school in North Hollywood and whose family are members of the Southern Baptist Convention. “We’re all living on this earth so it’s what you do now, from the start to the finish and all the in between, that matters and what is going to make you feel the most fulfilled,” she muses. “It’s right here in this moment that you have to seize it and do what you want.”

Borrowing from the film’s title, she surprisingly reveals an affinity for night-time, preferring the dark shadows to the bright California sunshine. “I am definitely a night person. I stay up very late. It’s hard for me to go to sleep early. I feel safe at night. The darkness makes you feel comfortable in a way. Also maybe, there’s a hidden aspect to it, where you feel that you can kind of sneak around. I don’t know, I just prefer the night to day.”

Live By Night is at cinemas now.

Source: Belfast Telegraph

Elle UK: On Phobias, Friends And What Love Feels Like

Quick-fire questions with February cover star Elle Fanning

According to IMDB Elle Fanning has taken on 55 different roles (with a further seven films coming) since her first acting gig, aged two, in I Am Sam, alongside her older sister, actress Dakota. Needless to say she’s pretty busy. Which is why ELLE’s February cover star Elle likes a quick-fire round of questions.

Here she reveals her karaoke song, what’s always in her fridge, and why she ALWAYS takes the stairs.

Favourite ever film?
Harold and Maud, it’s my favourite ever love story.

On your speed dial?
My sister – we talk a lot.

Music you play on repeat?
I LOVE Dolly Parton, she recently had a concert in New Orleans while I was there filming and I missed it but she’s the coolest.

Favourite food?
I love mac and cheese – crispy on top, creamy underneath. Mmmmm.

Best teacher?
My science teacher at school. I was actually quite good at science and he had snakes and all this cool stuff.

Feminist icon?
Sofia Coppola – she’s a woman in power and a mom and the classiest lady. And Annette Bening.

Karaoke song of choice?
No One by Alicia Keys – you can really scream it.

What does love feel like?
Love is overwhelming. In a good way, but it can overpower everything. You think about it all the time and days go by staring at your phone.

Always in your fridge?
Dr Pepper – I love it. I don’t drink much coffee so it’s my go to.

Most overused word?
I say LIKE all the time, it’s the Cali girl in me. And I say neat a lot.

Worst habit?
I used to bite my nails.

Item in wardrobe you want to keep forever?
I have these really soft red boxer shorts with a Dr Zeus pattern.

Biggest Phobia?
Elevators – I always take the stairs. I got trapped in one once.

Favourite website?
I don’t do online shopping really as I like to try the stuff on. So I guess Netflix now – I’m on it a lot. I’ve just got hooked on Making A Murderer.

Designer you’d wear forever?
I love Rodarte. I’ve known them since I was young and they’re so classy.

Dream dinner party guest?
David Blaine – I am OBSESSED. In his new documentary he catches a bullet in his teeth – and it’s insane. I don’t understand how he’s not dead!

The actress you’d love to work with?
My sister. We’d love to not play sisters but everyone says we look so alike – we don’t see it – so maybe it’d be hard.

Source: Elle UK

Elle Fanning Explains Why Her Instagram Account is Private

Elle Fanning Explains Why Her Instagram Account is Private

Did you know Elle Fanning has an Instagram account? We bet you did not because the Maleficent star keeps it private, and only allows her close friends and family to follow her!

But, but… why?

During an interview with i-D, the 17-year old starlet revealed she does not think her account is cool enough to share. Elle stated,

“Will a piece of me go away if I touch that button that makes it public? Who knows? But it just seems like such a hard job. People always have witty captions and great photos and mine does not look like that, at all. Oh, the pressure of being cool…”​

Oh Elle, please just hit the public button so we can follow you already! We bet you have some pretty amazing post to share, and we would love to hit “Like” right now.

Source: FanLala