Dakota Fanning’s Next Big Role

Apparently, Dakota Fanning is going to pull a Jodie Foster in Taxi Driver for her next big role.

All shook up over Dakota’s ‘Hounddog’
from The New York Daily News [SOURCE]

Cute-as-a-button child star Dakota Fanning, who turned 12 in February, is venturing into sexually disturbing territory in a movie being filmed in North Carolina.

The screenplay for Hounddog – a dark story of abuse, violence and Elvis Presley adulation in the rural South, written and directed by Deborah Kampmeier – calls for Fanning’s character to be raped in one explicit scene and to appear naked or clad only in “underpants” in several other horrifying moments.

Fanning’s mother, Joy, and her Hollywood agent, Cindy Osbrink, see the movie as a possible Oscar vehicle for the pint-size star. But despite Fanning’s status as a bankable actress – whose movies, including last year’s War of the Worlds, have earned more than half a billion dollars since 2001 – the alarming material seems to have scared off potential investors from the under-$5 million indie project.

The two taboos in Hollywood are child abuse and the killing of animals,” a source close to the situation told me. “In this movie, both things happen.”

Fanning’s carefully choreographed rape scene has already been filmed. But then the production – which also stars Robin Wright Penn, David Morse and Piper Laurie – was shut down for lack of funds. Penn, who’s also an executive producer, gave a pep talk to the dispirited cast in the days leading up to the shutdown. The desperate producer, Jen Gatien, daughter of former club czar Peter Gatien, sent out an SOS to New York entertainment entrepreneur Lawrence Robins. Robins located emergency investors, filming resumed, and the movie is scheduled to wrap tomorrow.

The subject matter is very tough,” Robins told me, “but I was attracted to it because in the end it’s a story about human understanding, about a little girl who’s dealt a very bad deck of cards, but finds solace in the music of Elvis and survives.”

The script requires the preteen actress to confront tougher challenges than Brooke Shields and Jodie Foster did when, at Fanning’s age, they played child prostitutes.

It’s not just the rape scene – the whole story is challenging Dakota as an actress,” Fanning’s longtime agent, Osbrink, told me. “And I’ve never been so proud of her in my life. I’ve seen the dailies, and in every scene she gets better and better.”

I have no idea what to make of this.

My first initial thought was what is wrong with her parents. But I’m not running her career. Her “mom”ager and agent are and evidently they are attempting to turn Dakota Fanning into a legitamite talent (although Hollywood already takes her seriously.)

Are audiences ready for little Dakota Fanning in more adult roles? Is this too mature of a role for a 12-year-old to undertake?

I do believe that she is child star with lasting potential and as an actress who would’ve eventually received an Oscar nomination.

It will be interesting to see how this turns out.

Movie News: James Bond and Pirates

First up, a rumor about James Bond. 

Brosnan Back as Bond?
By WENN Thursday, June 29, 2006

HOLLYWOOD – Pierce Brosnan looks set to follow in the footsteps of Sean Connery by teaming up with movie mogul Kevin McClory for a rival 007 film. Brosnan, who was unceremoniously dumped as James Bond last year, is the favorite to play the superspy in Never Say Never Again producer McClory’s new movie, which is set to compete with an upcoming Bond film. McClory, who owns the rights to 1965’s Thunderball, remade that film as Never Say Never Again in the early 1980s, and now he plans to have yet another go at the Bond film–with Brosnan as a returning 007.

And this is official and very important news….

Richards to Shoot ‘Pirates’ Role in September
By WENN Thursday, June 29, 2006

HOLLYWOOD – Keith Richards’ Pirates of the Caribbean cameo will be filmed when The Rolling Stones’ European tour wraps up in September, following months of speculation. Johnny Depp famously based his character, Captain Jack Sparrow, on the “Brown Sugar” guitarist, and Richards has long been touted for an appearance as Depp’s father in one of the two forthcoming sequels. And, after masses of on/off speculation, director Gore Verbinski has confirmed Richards will appear in the third Pirates movie, despite falling out of a palm tree in April and subsequently undergoing skull surgery.

Verbinski tells MTV, “We’ve written a little cameo, and Keith has scheduled us into his tour, and it’s going to be a lot of fun. Apparently he’s doing really well, and we’ll shoot him in September.”

I See the Resemblance

Hilton To Play Mother Teresa? from Imdb.com

Socialite Paris Hilton has reportedly been asked to play celebrated humanitarian Mother Teresa in a movie biopic. Indian director T. Rajeevnath has contacted the hotel heiress about taking the lead role in his new film, which will chronicle the late nun’s life. He tells MTV.co.uk, “My agents in California have contacted Paris Hilton. Although there are several actresses willing to play the role of Mother Teresa, the most widely respected and loved person, the history of the actress who is finally chosen for the role would have to be analyzed thoroughly before she is chosen.”

Based on Paris Hilton’s history, lets just say she’s not qualified to play Mother Teresa.

The Next James Bond Is…

By now you’ve probably known this for a while… Pierce Brosnan will no longer play 007. It’s very sad for all you James Bond fans out there. But that’s not the only James Bond news.

For the past few months speculation has risen. Who will be the new James Bond? Names like Hugh Jackman, Orlando Bloom, Eric Bana, Clive Owen, Colin Farrell, Heath Ledger, and Ewan McGregor were thrown into the mix. Pretty much if you were male, had an accent, and semi to really famous in the film industry you were considered to play James Bond.

Well the decision has been made and it’s none of those hot men. Yes, they are all pretty and I would have been pleased with any of them. But the next James Bond, well let me just say I am super glad it’s him.

The next James Bond is….. Daniel Craig. Who is this Daniel Craig fellow you ask. Only the hottest Englishman you never knew you knew.

Shockingly, I know who he is and I am actually almost excited for the next James Bond movie.

Daniel Craig… well he’s a good pick and he’s actually a good actor. Rent Layer Cake, a crime drama from 2004, and you’ll see what I mean. He has also appeared in Sylvia (2003), Lara Croft: Tomb Raider (2001), and Road to Perdition (2002). Craig will next be in Munich, which will be released in December.

Craig will be the sixth actor to play the role of Bond after Sean Connery (1962-71), George Lazenby (1969), Roger Moore (1973-85), Timothy Dalton (1987-89), and Pierce Brosnan (1995-2002). He is also the second Englishman (after Moore) and the first blond. (The apparently big, important stuff in the James Bond series/industry.)

The next James Bond film is slated for release in January 2006 and proving that Craig is not a one-hit wonder as Bond, he will be in many more to come. To read more about this annoucement, click here.