It isn’t the fault of Vanessa Hudgens that her new movie, Gimme Shelter, steals its title from one of the best music documentaries ever made. (The original Gimme Shelter is famous for catching the murder of a Rolling Stones fan by a Hells Angel employed as concert security, and is commonly considered to represent the end of the so-called Summer of Love.) But Hudgens is being experimental this year, casting off her good girl persona for films like Spring Breakers and The Frozen Ground. She might as well take a title from another movie while she’s at it.

This movie is totally different, as it features Hudgens as a 16-year old girl dealing with all-too-real issues: pregnancy, homelessness, and the need for help.  Rosario DawsonBrendan Fraser, James Earl Jones, Ann Dowd and Dascha Polanco also appear, see the trailer below. Read More »

The indie drama Gimme Shelter will go into production at the end of this month in Connecticut, and it has Brendan Fraser set to star, with Vanessa Hudgens now likely appearing as well. Ron Krauss wrote and will direct; the film follows a pregnant homeless girl (Hudgens’ role) who “flees her abusive mother and seeks out her biological father. He first takes her in but then throws her out when she refuses to abort her child.”

The dad is Brendan Fraser, and it sounds like the sort of not so massively sympathetic role that he doesn’t often play. So that could be interesting. As a side note, I understand why the film is titled as it is, but at this point it is really time to leave certain Rolling Stones songs alone, and ‘Gimme Shelter’ is one of them. [THR]

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