Michael Shannon In Talks To Join The Runaways

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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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Remember the movie Hounddog? In the words of Tae Kwon Do instructor Fred Simmons: “I can’t even believe that’s something that’s real.” Well, America’s favorite lil’ overachiever, Dakota Fanning, has finally outgrown any chance of a not-rumored JonBenét Ramsey biopic and will now co-star in one about proto-gal-rockers The Runaways instead. Fanning will play Cherie Currie, the white blond lead singer who joined the influential ’70s group at the tender age of 15, and faced the pressures of fame and the sociopathic ways of band mastermind Kim Fowley. Back in December we reported that Kristen Stewart, the lead in the Twilight franchise, will star as Runaways guitarist and breakout solo star Joan Jett. Her biggest qualification besides box office draw? Owning a $60 Clash t-shirt.

Floria Sigismondi, best known for Marilyn Manson’s “The Beautiful People” video, will direct from her own script and the film begins shooting in the much-anticipated spring. Two classic punk films that I hope Sigismondi has considered for the tone and look of The Runaways would be 1980′s Foxes, which co-starred CuRrie alongside an insanely talented young Jodie Foster and Laura Dern—recently screened at the New Bev in L.A.; and 1981′s Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains which captured a similarly fizzy riot-girl heatwave and starred youths like Diane Lane (wowzer), teen Brit idol Ray Winstone, and Dern again.

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Kristen Stewart is Joan Jett

Twilight star Kristen Stewart has signed on to play famous rock’n'roller Joan Jett in The Runaways. Music video director Floria Sigismondi wrote and will helm the project. Sigismondi’s videos have included Marilyn Manson’s Tourniquet, Christina Aguilera’s Fighter and The White Stripes’ Blue Orchid.

The film is a biopic of the first successful all-girl hard rock band The Runaways (hence the title), which fell apart after four years due to management and money disputes.  According to THR, the film “will revolve around Jett and [singer-keyboardist Cherie] Currie and follow them from the band’s meteoric rise as teenagers to their dissolution and disillusionment.”

River Road Entertainment hopes to go into production in 2009, but they will have to work around the Twilight sequel New Moon, which is supposedly gearing up for a March 2009 start.

The /Filmcast: After Dark – Episode 1

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The /Filmcast: After Dark is a recording of what happens right after The /Filmcast is over, when the kids have gone to bed and the guys feel free to speak whatever is on their minds. In other words, it’s the leftover and disorganized ramblings, mindfarts, and brain diarrhea from The /Filmcast, all in one convenient audio file. In our first episode, Dave, Devindra, Adam, Dave3, and Peter discuss the difficulty of following comic books, the possibility of The Runaways on film and the ethics of Variety and The Hollywood Reporter. Neil from Filmschoolrejects also joins us to assert that not all bloggers live in their parents’ basements.

Join us on Monday night when we review RAMBO (NOT The Strangers), which was just released on DVD May 27, 2008. We’ll also give our detailed impressions on the Lost season finale. If you have any feedback/questions/comments/complaints, feel free to contact us at slashfilmcast@gmail.com.

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