The high-profile world of professional modeling is a risky business. Lost under the glitz, glamour and fashion are those yearning for the validation of a popular few. Though breaking into the business is easier said than done, maintaining relevancy is the name of the game. In a business where you’re considered “old” by 21 years old, newcomer Jessie (Elle Fanning) is naturally turning heads. Fresh off a sweet sixteen, Jessie has arrived in Los Angeles to become a model. After her first photo shoot, Jessie hangs out with new friend Ruby, a makeup artist (Jena Malone) and Ruby’s other model friends Sarah (Abbey Lee) and Gigi (Bella Heathcote). Wary of the new kid on the block, veterans Sarah and Gigi aren’t as welcoming. Adding to her struggles are Jessie’s living conditions. Renting a seedy motel in suburban Pasadena from a less than trustworthy guy, Jessie is in more danger than she realizes. Continue reading “Movie Review – The Neon Demon”
The Walt Disney Studios announced today that production began Wednesday, June 13th, on Maleficent, starring Academy Award®–winning actress Angelina Jolie.
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Science fiction. A schoolboy romance. Family drama. An alien invasion. And, most importantly, a love letter to childhood imagination. Super 8, the first entirely original film from writer/director J.J. Abrams (his previous directorial movies were based on television shows), takes all these elements and gives us something long absent from summer movies – onscreen magic. We felt it when we saw Elliott and E.T. fly across a forest in E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial; when Indiana Jones and Marion Ravenwood shut their eyes to swirling ghouls at the end of Raiders of the Lost Ark; when we found out Darth Vader’s terrible secret in The Empire Strikes Back, and so forth. A lot of summer movies pride themselves on big action and big effects; Super 8 has these, plus an unshakably great story to tell.
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