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People in Film | Elle Fanning
Updated October 26, 2010
Elle Fanning may have started as her older sister Dakota’s double, but with Somewhere she shows she has a marvelous talent all her own.
Elle Fanning is Somewhere
In Sofia Coppola’s new film Somewhere, Elle Fanning plays Cleo, the mature daughter of an adolescent movie star Johnny Marco (Stephen Dorff). She may be only 12 years old, but for critics and fans alike, it’s clear that she is not only a match for, but also an asset to, every adult in the film. In his Variety review, Justin Chang notes, “Fanning matches [Dorff] nuance for nuance, rendering their onscreen relationship effortlessly convincing.” Screen International’s Mark Adams echoes the sentiment, highlighting that “Fanning is wonderful as the self-confident but also rather fragile Cleo, and Dorff’s performance reaches new levels when they are on-screen together.” In casting Elle to play Cleo, Coppola realized that the young lady was a force all herself: “You want to watch Elle; she stands out, she has this sparkle, she is full of life, and she brings so much to Somewhere. I tried not to interfere too much with what she was doing, because she’s so good and was so instinctual.”
People in Film | Sofia Coppola
Updated October 20, 2010
A closer look at Sofia Coppola, the writer-director of Focus Features’ Somewhere, which won the Golden Lion at the 2010 Venice Film Festival.
Sofia Coppola | Beginnings
Playing Michael Corleone’s newborn son in her father’s modern classic, The Godfather, Somewhere’s writer-director Sofia Coppola was born into the movie business. Growing up in an extended family of moviemakers, actors, and film professionals, film was all around her. Asked once in an interview about the stresses of that life, she revealed that she was never separated from her dad because of his work, even accompanying him on the arduous Apocalypse Now shoot when she was only four. “Actually,I was in the Philippines with him,” she told Salon. “He wasn’t absentee at all. I didn’t think it was normal, but it was exciting. You always had lots of creative people around, and my parents took us everywhere. I got exposed to so many different cultures and people. I mean, I got to go to Kurosawa's house as a child.”
Movie City | Brooklyn
Updated October 19, 2010
Take a closer look at the New York borough that is home to Focus Features’ It’s Kind of a Funny Story, plus a buzzing film scene and a horde of unique movie venues.
Brooklyn | It’s Kind of a Funny Place
Brooklyn is the place that Focus Features’ It’s Kind of a Funny Story calls home, and for a number of reasons. Firstly, the movie was shot in the hip New York borough, in the neighborhoods of Bay Ridge, Crown Heights and Wyckoff Heights as well on the Brooklyn Bridge. Also, Brooklyn is where the highly successful creative team behind the movie, writer-directors Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden, live, while Funny Story funnyman Zach Galifianakis and the writer of the young adult novel that inspired the film, Ned Vizzini, are also former Brooklyn residents. To read more about how this Brooklyn-steeped movie came together, check out The Making of It's Kind of a Funny Story.
Brooklyn Exhibition Spaces
Updated October 12, 2010
As part of Movie City Brooklyn, Nick Dawson takes a trip around some of the most interesting places to catch a movie in the New York borough.
Slide 1: Introduction
Brooklyn, the setting for Focus Features’ comedy It’s Kind of a Funny Story and also the home of its writer-directors Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden, is arguably the hippest of the five boroughs and is a hub of filmmaking talent. However, it’s not only great movies and their makers that are to be found there, it’s also a great place to see cinema of all kinds. In the following slideshow, we look at some of the most interesting film exhibition spaces in Brooklyn, from the movie theater-cum-eatery indieScreen, which opened in summer 2010, through to the Brooklyn Academy of Music, an arts venue that has been in existence since 1861.
Made in Brooklyn: A Slide show of films about Brooklyn
Updated October 05, 2010
For directors Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden, filming It’s Kind of a Funny Story in Brooklyn was essential to the story. It was a choice many filmmakers before them made as well.
Made in Brooklyn | Pariah
In the movies, Manhattan is always the New York borough that gets targeted by invading aliens, while Brooklyn quietly escapes obliteration. Brooklyn is where the smaller, more intimate and, some might say, more “real” stories take place, and has for a while been a hub of independent film. Dee Rees' lesbian coming-of-age drama PARIAH was shot in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Fort Greene, which is not only where the movie's producer, Nekisa Cooper, lives but also where its executive producer, Spike Lee – the godfather of black independent film – grew up and now has his production company, 40 Acres and a Mule. “It’s a neighborhood that we’re familiar with,” says Cooper. “We’d lived there for seven years, so we accessed our community connections. We were able to centralize and take advantage of being in Fort Greene. We worked with a local real estate agent, and she found us an amazing brownstone location where we filmed all of the homes’ interiors for PARIAH.” In celebration of this great Brooklyn movie, the following slideshow looks back over the borough's long historical ties to the film industry and charts some of the most memorable Brooklyn stories that have been committed to celluloid.