Low Down

It’s been a bad year for Elle Fanning and cinematic father figures. Her Maleficent dad sent her away as a baby, and her Boxtrolls dad mostly just neglects her. Her streak will continue with Low Down, in which John Hawkes finds himself torn between his love for her, his passion for music, and his addiction to heroin.

Directed by Jeff Preiss, the indie drama debuted at Sundance this year and is now headed for a theatrical release thanks to Oscilloscope. Also starring are Glenn CloseTaryn Manning, Flea, Lena Headey, and Peter Dinklage – which means we might actually get to see the two Lannister sibs share a scene without trying to kill each other. Watch the first Low Down trailer after the jump.

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Live by Night cast

Before being cast in Batman v SupermanBen Affleck was firming up a plan to direct a new Dennis Lehane adaptation, Live By Night. The Batman gig didn’t kill off the Lehane movie, however. Live By Night was only delayed, and now Affleck is moving forward with the project once more. Three women – Sienna Miller (above, in The Girl), Zoe Saldana, and Elle Fanning — are now set to play the primary female roles in the movie. Read more about the Live By Night cast below.  Read More »

Young Ones Trailer

“From writer/director Jake Paltrow comes a futuristic western, told in three chapters, which inventively layers Greek tragedy over an ethereal narrative that’s steeped deeply in the values of the American West.” I’m in. Did I mention that the film has a great cast? Michael Shannon, Elle Fanning, Nicholas Hoult and Kodi Smit-McPhee lead this story. Watch the Young Ones trailer embedded after the jump.

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‘The Boxtrolls’ Trailer and Poster: Meet the Family

The Boxtrolls trailer

New York City may have Ninja Turtles roaming around beneath its streets, but Cheesebridge has Boxtrolls lingering under theirs. And it’s time we got to know them with Laika’s latest teaser for The Boxtrolls.

While orphaned human Eggs (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) is the hero of the tale, the new Boxtrolls trailer focuses more on the quirky creatures who raised him. Ooh and ahh at their adorableness after the jump.

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Elle Fanning Mary Shelley

While her peers are signing on for sci-fi tales, Elle Fanning is preparing to play the person who invented sci-fi tales. The Maleficent actress is set to portray Frankenstein author Mary Shelley in A Storm in the Stars, a romantic drama from Haifaa Al-Mansour (Wadjda).

Meanwhile, Fanning is also jumping aboard the YA weepie bandwagon with All the Bright Places, based on the upcoming novel by Jennifer Niven. Get more details on both projects after the jump.

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Elle Fanning How to Talk to Girls at Parties

While we wait to see what becomes of those long-gestating Sandman and American Gods adaptations, another Neil Gaiman tale is taking a step toward the big screen. Elle Fanning has signed on to lead How to Talk to Girls at Parties, based on a 2006 short story by Gaiman. John Cameron Mitchell is directing. Get plot details and more after the jump.

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MALEFICENT featurette

From some angles, the fact that Maleficent retraces a familiar path is the whole point. The Sleeping Beauty villainness has remained popular over the decades, and Disney’s counting on that to turn her movie into a hit. At the same time, though, the studio would like to stress that Maleficent isn’t just more of the same-old same-old.

A new Maleficent featurette plays up what’s fresh about this take on the tale. It’s not a retelling but a “reinvention” of the story, according to screenwriter Linda Woolverton — but one that “respect[s] the classic,” star Angelina Jolie reassures us. Basically, as star Elle Fanning puts it, it’s “the classic story of Sleeping Beauty plus so much more. Watch the video and check out some new photos after the jump.

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Maleficent Japanese trailer

The movie may be called Maleficent, but it’s really a spin on the classic Sleeping Beauty fable. And the new Maleficent Japanese trailer is all about Sleeping Beauty — both the character and the 1959 Disney movie about her.

The promo establishes its connection to the earlier film right away, showing us clips of the animated film. Then, with the help of some new footage, it emphasizes the weird bond that develops between Maleficent (Angelina Jolie) and the child she’s doomed (played by Elle Fanning as a teen). Watch it after the jump.

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