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Interview: Night Moves’ Peter Sarsgaard & Dakota Fanning

Night_Moves“To cook meat well, don’t touch it too much.”  According to Peter Sarsgaard, that’s the approach writer-director Kelly Reichardt takes to her movies and you can absolutely see that in her latest, Night Moves.  Jesse Eisenberg and Dakota Fanning lead as Josh and Dena, a couple and pair of environmental activists determined to blow up a dam in Oregon.  In order to get the job done, they team up with Sarsgaard’s Harmon, a former Marine who has a little more knowhow.  Even though the trio actually manages to pull it off, their success doesn’t have the intended effect and instead leaves them suffering the consequences themselves.

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Review: The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2

“The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2” is a seven – on the “Twilight” scale. If you’re comparing it to films that play by the rules, it’s more of a four. But this is a “Twilight” film and after five of them it’s successfully established its own set of rules.

“Breaking Dawn – Part 2” kicks off just days after Bella’s baby bloodshed. Renesmee is already a rather large infant and Bella’s testing the waters of this whole life as a vampire thing. An indiscernible amount of time later, Renesmee turns into a 10-year-old (Mackenzie Foy) and Irina (Maggie Grace) spots Bella and Jacob (Taylor Lautner) enjoying some playtime vampire-style out in the woods. Horrified that Renesmee may be a vicious “immortal child,” Irina tattles to the Volturi. However, Renesmee isn’t immortal. She’s half human, half vampire. The trouble is, the Volturi are pretty stubborn and the only way the Cullens can save their newest family member is by amassing an army of vampires to defend her.

“Breaking Dawn – Part 2”opens with the best part of the movie, the opening credits. And I’m only being semi-sarcastic. The film’s title sequence is really quite mesmerizing. The text either bleeds from red to white or white to red, and plays over a string of vibrant frosty forest shots mixed with a few of a blood red hue. It works especially well, artfully bringing the viewer back into the world with a rousing hypnotic effect. But again, it’s the best part of the movie. Really.

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How To Dress Up as a Twilight Character

It ain’t easy dressing up as a movie character for Halloween. They’re either too tough to sell without being painfully obvious or not obvious enough. However with the franchise’s incredible following and Breaking Dawn – Part 1 right around the corner, not only are the Twilight characters rather simple to pull off, but then you can spice them up with the details to appease the hardcore fans. Like the series itself, going Twilight this Halloween could be an instant crowd-pleaser.

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Review: The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

When it comes to The Twilight Saga, there are lovers and haters, but very few in between. Regardless of caliber, Twihards will flock to the theaters to catch the latest installment while the defiant will shun their dedication. This review of Eclipse will have little to no effect on whether or not those lovers or haters will see the film, but in the case of those caught in the middle, hopefully it’ll persuade them to join the former – at least this time around.

Moody Bella (Kristen Stewart) is long gone and now our leading lady is back with her brooding bloodsucking boy, happy and, most importantly, far more confident in herself. Graduation is right around the corner and so is the day she’s longed for, the day Edward (Robert Pattinson) turns her into a vampire. The only thing Edward asks for Bella in return? For her to let him make her his forever by marrying her. While Bella and Edward are negotiating their I dos, Jacob (Taylor Lautner) is trying to maintain his position in the love triangle. Even though Bella professes her love for Edward, Jacob is convinced she loves him too, but just won’t admit it.

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Interview: The Runaways’ Michael Shannon

It’s unbelievable how two people can be so different, yet have such similar artistic passions. Kim Fowley is anything but conventional. He used his eccentric tactics back in the 70s to create the first all-girl rock band, The Runaways. This guy, who recently described himself as ‘the psycho Svengali,’ is portrayed by Michael Shannon in The Runaways.

Shannon is pretty much as down-to-earth and simple as they come. He’s here for one reason, to work and to do so at the best of his ability. In the film he completely lacks respect for Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett and Dakota Fanning as Cherie Currie, but in actuality has nothing but respect for his co-stars as well as the film’s director Floria Sigismondi.

Both Fowley and Shannon have a unique determination to excel in the entertainment industry, but do so in completely different manners. However, footage from one TV appearance and a sole face-to-face meeting was more than enough for Shannon to find the Kim Fowley within him, and bring the unconventional music producing powerhouse to the big screen.

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Interview: The Runaways’ Kristen Stewart And Dakota Fanning

The pressure is on for Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart. Not only are both young actresses at crossroads in terms of their careers – Dakota going from childhood phenomenon to serious adult actress and Stewart making a name for herself beyond theTwilight Saga – but they’ve also got the added pressure of having to do the first all girl rock band, The Runaways, some justice. Longtime fans of the group will go in with high expectations to see the sensation happen all over again, while Fanning and Stewart’s target demographic, will be experiencing a film that will likely define their understanding of the 1970s group.

Stewart stars as Joan Jett, the rhythm guitarist with a powerful passion for the music. Fanning is Cherie Currie, the group’s lead singer and source of sex appeal. The group is a monumental success, hurling its members into the intense life of fame, fortune and anxiety. Through all of the trials, successes and tribulations, Currie and Jett are always side-by-side trying to help each other stay focused and deliver the goods, the music.

Check out what Fanning and Stewart had to say about embodying rock icons and their relationships with their real life counterparts as well as Stewart’s hesitation to retell exactly how Jett explained to rock out on the guitar.

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Review: The Runaways

In the words of Kim Fowley (Michael Shannon), “It’s press, not prestige. Get used to it.” Those words are directed to the members of his band in The Runaways, but they’re easily applicable to the film as well. The Runaways is certainly not prestigious, but it knows it and uses its flaws to provide the film with a fantastic degree of authenticity. Just because you don’t abide by the standards of perfection, doesn’t mean you can succeed. One of the best examples of the beautifully flawed is The Runaways and its film counterpart follows suit.

Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning star as Joan Jett and Cherie Currie respectively. The film begins with the young rebellious duo as mere nobodies. Jett is hanging out at clubs and terrorizing guitar teachers who doubt a girl’s ability to rock the electric guitar while Currie’s expressing her love for David Bowie at a school talent show to an intensely disapproving crowd. But all of that changes when Jett meets the influential and eccentric music producer, Kim Fowley, and he becomes determined to bring the world something it’s never seen before, an all girl rock band.

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