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In the new rock biopic, The Runaways, a glum Kristen Stewart sits poolside, suckling vodka from a water pistol before pushing it suggestively down the front of her stomach. In a separate scene, she coaches a bathing teenage band mate on how to get wet using a mental image of Farrah Fawcett and a shower head. And then there’s co-star Dakota Fanning, better known as Hollywood’s 15-year-old precocious precious, who hoovers enough blow on an airplane to soar with Kenny Powers. These scenes are presented as the on-tour lifestyle of the titular ‘70s all-girl rock band, assembled and curated by the group’s wiry and rude L.A. producer, a man named Kim Fowley. Foreseeing the popularity of The Runaways for their jail-bait appropriation of the aggression, punk music, and horniness typically associated with adolescent males, Fowley had no qualms with solidifying a legacy by way of the girls’ quicksilver paths to self-destruction.

Actor Michael Shannon plays Fowley with a commitment and intensity welcome and familiar to any viewer who saw his performance in the new Southern indie classic Shotgun Stories or as the best part of Revolutionary Road (which earned him an Oscar nom for Best Supporting Actor). In recent days, Fowley has come out in support of Shannon’s performance, calling him the Christopher Walken of a generation. Given Shannon’s unflattering if amusing portrayal of the guy as an id swimming in midnight oil and the naivety of young girls, the endorsement is mildly surprising. But the comparison is astute. After interviewing the actor this week in a hotel in NYC, I couldn’t shake similar comparisons with the cornhusk steeliness and alertness of a 30something David Letterman and the seen-a-lot-of-shit-ness of Ray Liotta. In our below interview, Shannon discussed the contradictions of Fowley, HBO’s forthcoming Martin Scorsese series Boardwalk Empire, and the time he hid in a doghouse.

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The Twilight Saga: Eclipse Teaser Trailer

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Yesterday we posted ten seconds of The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, the third film in the Twilight series. Now we’ve got the full trailer for the David Slade-directed chapter, which, based on this trailer, brings the love triangle between Bella (Kristen Stweart), Edward (Robert Pattinson) and Jacob (Taylor Lautner) much closer together. Read More »

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Just days after the full trailer for Floria Sigismondi‘s The Runaways slipped out across the web, here comes a music video showcasing Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart as members of the titular band – you can see it for yourself after the break. I don’t know if I’ll like this film or not, but I’m thinking the cult of celebrity will help turn it into a monster hit.

The song’s performance appears to be credited to Fanning, “featuring” Stewart and Sigismondi is credited as the director, but I’m not clear yet if that’s just because the whole thing is made up of footage from the movie.

For an audio comparison of Fanning’s performance with the original recording, I refer you back to a previous /Film story. I’ve embedded the higher-quality MTV premiere version of this video as well as a works-worldwide YouTube rip below.

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Floria Sigismondi‘s account of the formation and early career of The Runaways is opening soon, and here’s the first full trailer for the film. It’s a a lot better than the teaser, as it goes slightly lighter on all the world-changing crap and shows off the characters and the LA dives and parties in which they came together. Read More »

The Runaways Teaser Trailer

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Hot on the heels of new distributor Apparition announcing that it will bring The Runaways to theatres comes a teaser trailer for the film. We get a little taste of Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning in character as Joan Jett and Cherie Currie, and hear Michael Shannon doing some voice over as impresario Kim Fowley. It’s decent-looking stuff, and backed by the band’s catchy hit ‘Cherry Bomb’. Check it out after the break. Read More »

Apparition Picks Up US Rights to The Runaways

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New distributor Apparition has quickly built quite a varied little slate. Black Dynamite and The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day are balanced out by Bright Star and The Young Victoria, and waiting in the wings sometime for 2010 (please!) is Terrence Malick’s The Tree of Life.

Now Apparition has added another intriguing film to its collection: Floria Sigsimondi‘s biopic The Runaways, starring Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning. Is this a fait accompli, given that The Runaways was made by Apparition co-founder Bill Pohlad‘s company River Road? Probably, but why make a point of it as long as we get to see the film?  Read More »

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Two years and one day ago, Peter told you about Warner Bros. intention to bring a new version of The Wizard of Oz to the big screen. The studio had licensed Todd McFarlane‘s Twisted Land of Oz action figure series, which portrays Dorothy as something of a bondage fanatic and the Tin Woodsman as the frightening man-chine at the head of this post, and set Josh Olson about writing a screenplay. At that time Olson was quoted as saying:

I want this to be Harry Potter dark, not Se7en dark.

Since then… nothing. Today, though, the story has resurfaced in a British newspaper. Does this mean that we’re on the verge of seeing this project come into the light?

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Right now, geeks are having difficulty formulating their conflicted emotions about pics of a 15-year-old Dakota Fanning on the set of The Runaways, the 2010 girl-punker biopic. At times like this, I think the guttural proclamation, “Um, that’s racist like a robot!” will suffice. But yeah, Just Jared via Chud has posted a bevy of publicity-stunt pics of Fanning, as jail-bait lead-singer Cherie Currie, tangling around with Kristen Stewart, as leather-clad guitarist Joan Jett. Like a bearded Michael Musto, writer Devin Faraci predicts the movie could spark a fashion revolution amongst teen girls. I could see that happening. Maybe. I mean, the cover of Nylon magazine and exposure in Urban Outfitters is prob a lock. And Warped Tour would definitely be up for a lame “interactive” meet and greet. A new, recommended pic of Stewart, in a Stooges tee no less, after the jump…

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Michael Shannon is negotiating a role in The Runaways, the bio-pic about the all-girl band of the same name that introduced Joan Jett and Lita Ford to the world. He joins Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning in the film by award-winning music video director Floria Sigismondi. The question is, who will Shannon play? Read More »

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Scott Pilgrim vs. The World has finally entered principal photography today and, true to form, the long lens brigade have cracked off a few snapshots of the cast. Canadian Tabloids have pictures of Michael Cera as Pilgrim, Kieran Culkin as Wallace Wells, Chris Evans as Lucas Lee and Alison Pill as Kim Pine. None of them are actually in character in any of the shots (well, I’m guessing not – does Cera strike you as being method?) but they are in costume, with hair and makeup done and that’s the best we’ve been given yet. (Editor’s Note: The photos have been removed)

There’s a little look at each of them below the break (and I do mean little) as well as details of Dakota Fanning‘s apparent casting in the movie.

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