August 10, 2003 |
Like many 9-year-old girls, Dakota Fanning loves junk food and ballet. She dreams of the day when her feet will be big enough for toe shoes. She also wants to be an actress when she grows up, but that's a feat she's already accomplished. Fanning -- with television credits from "Ally McBeal," "The Practice," "Malcolm in the Middle," "CSI," "ER" and the sci-fi miniseries "Taken" -- has appeared in several films, including "Sweet Home Alabama" and "I Am Sam," which earned her a nomination for a Screen Actors Guild Award, the youngest performer ever honored.
January 24, 2005 |
Is Dakota Fanning the new Shirley Temple? Back in the 1930s, the dimple-cheeked mop top was the most popular child star of her day. Singing and dancing away audiences' blues during the Depression, she starred in such hits as "Poor Little Rich Girl," "Wee Willie Winkie" and "Captain January." She also was cast opposite some of the biggest stars of the day including Oscar winners Lionel Barrymore, Warner Baxter and Victor McLaglen. John Ford was among her directors.
January 11, 2007 |
CONSIDER this your early-warning Sundance Film Festival controversy alert: Cute little Dakota Fanning plays a precocious child sex-abuse and rape victim in Full Moon Films' upcoming "Hounddog." The issue: Fanning, who turns 13 next month, is reportedly depicted in the film nude or scantily clad during compromising scenes, and her face is shown in close-up during a rape scene.
December 29, 2006 |
In "Charlotte's Web," Dakota Fanning's farm girl grabs an ax from her father as he is about to slaughter a runt piglet. "I will not let you kill him," her Fern declares. Fanning's first take of the scene wowed director Gary Winick, who told his charge it was better than Meryl Streep. But this was a children's movie. He asked her to do it again. "The next take, she was a 10," Winick recalls. "She totally simplified it and got it to be innocent and instinctual."
January 28, 2005 |
The year's first laugh-out-loud-funny thriller, "Hide and Seek," owes much to Stephen King and not a little to the perilous path of being too self-referential. "Come out, come out, wherever you are!" beckons an oft-repeated piece of dialogue, echoing star Robert De Niro's Max Cady in the 1991 version of "Cape Fear." It's a silly connective -- using intentional humor to leaven the tension.
January 20, 2007 |
By early Thursday evening, Deborah Kampmeier had arrived from New York after spending 29 straight hours putting the finishing touches on "Hounddog," perhaps the most eagerly anticipated film of this year's Sundance Film Festival. Operating on two hours of sleep, she was still smarting a bit from the criticism leveled by religious activists who had not seen her Southern gothic tale but object to the rape of the character played by 12-year-old Dakota Fanning.