Rankin photoshoot
Oct, 17 Posted by Stefy

Some more photos from Dakota’s photoshoot with Rankin for Hunger Magazine came out! You can now buy the magazine so run and get your copy before it’s too late! Make sure to check out part of her interview from their site as well.

“I was just raised to work hard and be kind to other people and do my best – that was all I was ever told,” says Dakota Fanning with a smile. It’s an effective way to be raised, for sure, as Dakota may just be the nicest celebrity I’ve ever interviewed. And that’s not to say she’s boring, she’s far from that, and in the hour we have following her cover shoot with Rankin, we traverse a wide range of topics from fashion – “I love it but I hate trying on clothes” – through mental health and social media – “It has created more stress in young people’s lives” – to having a voice – “I think in general, just as a human being, it’s important to help other people and give back”. – READ MORE

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Review: “Every Secret Thing”
Jul, 19 Posted by Shauna

The author and reviewer gives it a 2.5 stars. Read below to find out why.

With all the police crime procedurals on television these days, a crime movie has to go above and beyond to prove its reason for existence. That’s the struggle that Amy Berg’s first feature directing effort, Every Little Thing, faces at every turn. The film stars Diane Lane, Elizabeth Banks and Dakota Fanning.

Fanning stars as Ronnie, who was convicted of killing a baby when she was just eight years old. A decade later, another baby disappears and Detective Nancy Porter (Banks), who found the baby all those years ago, thinks Ronnie had something to do with it. But the truth is that Ronnie’s friend Alice (Danielle Macdonald), who was also sent to juvenile hall for the same crime, has more sinister reasons for abducting the baby. Alice’s mom Helen (Lane) also has secrets and a troubling relationship with her daughter.

Berg tries to direct this in a documentary style, which makes perfect sense considering her background. She’s best known for the Oscar-nominated documentary Deliver Us From Evil, as well as 2012’s West of Memphis. But this gives the film an incredible reliance on flashbacks, without trusting her talented cast to keep audiences engrossed by letting them tell the stories. Perhaps this is a flaw of the script, written by Nicole Holofcener (Enough Said), or Berg just thought that showing was more important than telling in features. That’s true in some cases, but when you’ve got Diane Lane around, give her the challenge.

It’s also clear that Berg is trying to emulate other recent crime dramas, like Gone Girl or Prisoners. But she doesn’t have Roger Deakins manning the camera. Rob Hardy (who just shot Ex Machina) films the action as if through a dark filter, clouding the edges of the screen throughout the film. It’s dreary, but not artfully so. Every Secret Thing looks closer to CSI than Prisoners.

But Berg lucked out with some fine actors. Lane is fantastic as Alice’s mom and Danielle Macdonald looks to have earned a breakthrough role here, if anyone actually sees this movie. Fanning is also perfect as the introverted Ronnie. However, Banks looks out of her element here as a police officer. She’s good in other dramas (particularly in Love & Mercy), but you can’t quite buy her as a veteran cop.

Every Secret Thing will be released by Starz and Anchor Bay on DVD only on Aug. 4. The only bonus feature is a seven-minute reel of deleted scenes (including one with Girls’ Alex Karpovsky).

Berg made a competent police procedural with Every Secret Thing, but it’s really not much more than that. Despite being rated R, there’s nothing incredibly disturbing about it (at least, nothing on a Prisoners level) and doesn’t accomplish the toughest task crime movies face today: being more shocking than TV crime shows.

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TheWrap reports that Chloe Moretz will be replacing Dakota Fanning in the Indie film “Brain on Fire”, Fanning exited the project due to scheduling issues, according to an insider.

The film is being produced by actress Charlize Theron and directed by Gerard Barrett.

Other stars include Thomas Mann (“Me and Earl and the Dying Girl”) and Will Poulter (“We’re the Millers”) playing the male leads.

Brain on Fire” is an adaptation of Susannah Cahalan’s bestselling memoir, which chronicles a young woman’s sudden descent into madness following a mystery illness.

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Warner Bros. is reportedly looking at a number of actresses and one of the world’s top models for roles in their forthcoming Harry Potter spinoff trilogy, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. Oscar winner Eddie Redmayne has been lined up for the leading role of “Magizoologist” Newt Scamander.

According to TheWrap

“Saoirse Ronan, Dakota Fanning, Lili Simmons and Alison Sudol are up for the role of Queenie, while Kate Upton, Katherine Waterston and Elizabeth Debicki are being eyed to play Queenie’s older sister, Tina,” “Though it’s unclear whether all of those actresses are available or even wish to pursue the project, several of them already have test deals in place, and Redmayne is expected to read alongside them during those tests, which are slated to take place over the next week.”

Ronan is no stranger to genre fare having starred in The Host, Hanna, The Lovely Bones and City of Ember. Dakota Fanning, of course, was one of the leading child stars of the 2000s having starred in films such as I Am Sam and Man on Fire before seguing to adult roles in the Twilight franchise and The Runaways. Sports Illustrated cover girl Upton has appeared in The Other Woman and The Three Stooges.

Katherine Waterston recently starred in Inherent Vice, while Elizabeth Debicki was in The Great Gatsby. Alison Sudol is a musician-actress whose credits include Transparent, while Lili Simmons starred in Banshee.

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Dakota Fanning has been set to star in road-trip drama “Please Stand By

Director: Ben Lewin (“The Sessions”).
International Sales: Embankment Films.
U.S. Sales: CAA.

Producers: Daniel Dubiecki and Lara Alameddine of Los Angeles-based the Allegiance Theater.
Financing: Todd Wagner and Mark Cuban’s 2929 Productions.
Script Writer: Michael Golamco, whose credits include “Grimm” and “The Achievers.”

Film Summary:

Fanning stars as a brilliant young woman with autism, who escapes her care home with the goal of delivering her script to a Hollywood competition. She’s pursued by her no-nonsense carer, played by Helen Hunt. Lewin and Hunt teamed on “The Sessions.”

 

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Dakota’s all grown up.

Its been nearly two decades since she starred opposite Sean Penn in I Am Sam, the actress opens up to NYLON‘s May issue about how it feels to be seen as a child star, even though she’s an adult.

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“I’ve made my peace with the fact that there will be some people who, for the rest of my life, will believe I’m, like, 9 years old. I have this joke that I’m literally going to be 35, married, and pregnant and people are still going to say, ‘Oh my god, you grew up so fast! I can’t believe it!’ And yeah, sometimes when you’re 21 years old and people are still saying that, you just want to rip your hair out. But I’m OK with it,” she says. “I know who I am.”

“Sure, I handled myself the best that I could and was professional, but I was also a kid. I think that people who knew me then knew I was also exactly how kids are supposed to be,” the actress says. “I’ve found that anybody who takes what they’re doing seriously or seems to be a caring person gets called an old soul.” – talking about child stars going off the rails when older, but Fanning stays above that.

“It’s not a negative thing to say, but it’s also not 100 percent accurate. I might not be running around being insane, but I’m also a 21-year-old who likes to be silly,” the actress says. “Just because I don’t flaunt those parts of my life doesn’t mean I don’t do some of that privately.” – on if she is a good girl or not.

“I’ve done a lot of independent studies in school on old Hollywood, because I think there was something really special then that can never be replicated because of the time that we live in, and technology,” says the star, who currently studies Women in Film at New York University. “I kind of long for when there was more mystery to how movies were made. Now everyone’s goal is to know everything about everything.” – focusing on career.

“I feel like if I did it, I’d start to measure my experiences by how good of an Instagram it’s going to turn into,” she says. “And I don’t want to be living my life trying to see it all in a square, trying to get a photo.” – on not having social media.

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According to reports Dakota won’t be having a lavish party when she celebrates her 21st birthday. The actress spoke with the New York Post recently, saying that her next birthday isn’t a big deal to her.

Quotes from Dakota on her Birthday plans…

“I have no idea what to do,” revealed the actress.

“It’s been such a talked-about thing for so long, like, what are you gonna do for your birthday, that I think by the time it rolls around I’m just going to stay home with five friends and call it a day,” continued Fanning.

Quotes from Dakota on her hobby…

She also revealed that she spends most of her free time dedicating herself to a hobby—a hobby that wouldn’t be thought of for most celebrities at her age. Dakota said that she enjoys knitting, and that she has made a scarf for all the directors she has worked with since she started immersing herself in the hobby.

“Pretty much every director I’ve ever worked for I’ve knit a scarf for,” said Fanning.

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Dakota says the drawback to being a movie actress in the 21st century is everyone knows everything about you, or at least thinks they do.

Here are quotes from what she said about yearning for the mystery of the old Hollywood, when discussing her latest film ‘Effie Gray’.

Quotes:

“I was being asked by an interviewer, like, ‘So, Sean Penn gave you an iguana for your birthday?’ And I was like, ‘No, he didn’t,” (recalls during a recent chat with reporters in New York.)

“Stuff like that where people think they know all this stuff and say it with such confidence and you are like, ‘That’s not true’ or ‘No, I’m not like that.’ … I think it only gets to you as much as you let it get to you.”

 

“You never saw a movie star without makeup on,” she reflected. “It was very kind of idealized and the information that was put out there would have been created by studios and that was what was sold to audiences, so they believed just enough and there was enough mystery to keep you guessing, I suppose. I wish it was more like that, I guess. I think so much of the mystery of the movies is gone and everybody always wants to know why you do this and why you do that and how you do this and what it’s like… I don’t know. I feel like it would be nice to have a little bit less, so people wouldn’t know so much about you because I think that affects how people watch your films.”

 

 

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Dakota & Elle’s Stylist Revealed
Mar, 13 Posted by Shauna

Dakota and Elle Fanning reveal who their Stylist is in The Hollywood Reporter’s annual issue, called “Top 25 Most Power Stylists Revealed 2014”

The Fanning sisters with their stylist, Samantha McMillen.

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Dakota Fanning wears a long black coat over her dress while attending the Proenza Schouler fashion show held during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Fall 2014 on Wednesday (February 12) in New York City.

The 19-year-old actress went for a much more daring look the day before while sitting in the front row at Rodarte‘s fashion show, showing her cleavage in a revealing dress.

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