Between Spring Breakers and The Bling Ring, 2013 is already shaping up to be a year of films about young women portrayed by popular actresses turning to a life of crime. But if neither the Skrillex-soundtracked haze of the former nor the based-on-a-true-story appeal of the latter tickle your fancy, there’s the more traditional life on the dark side story of Violet & Daisy, the long-germinating crime action-comedy-drama from Precious: Based on the Novel Push By Sapphire writer Geoffrey S. Fletcher. The film premiered back in 2011 at the Toronto International Film Festival to favorable reviews, and is now finally ready for the big time.
Violet & Daisy’s florally-named characters, played by Oscar-nominated Saoirse Ronan and Alexis Bledel, most recently of Mad Men, are two teens who take on assassin jobs. When an enigmatic man named Michael (James Gandolfini) becomes their target, he seems like an easy mark, but as tends to happen in these kinds of movies, things aren’t always what they seem. And summer action movies may be a dime a dozen, but this one has quite a cast—in addition to Ronan, Bledel and Gandolfini, we have the fantastic Marianne Jean-Baptiste and, because he should be in everything, Danny Trejo. Watch the trailer below.
● Pull on those spandex pants, cause hair metal is coming back this summer with Def Leppard, Cheap Trick, and Poison going on tour together. I don’t know if I can handle that much eyeliner in one night. [RollingStone] ● Robert Downey Jr. has been trying to lose weight for his role as Sherlock Holmes due to the urging of Coldplay singer Chris Martin. Martin’s advice to Downey was to get as gaunt as possible so as to not mess up the singer’s vision of the literary detective. [Icelebz] ● Lily Allen made Mark Ronson pay for a helicopter to join him on stage at an event. Ronson jokingly offered anything Allen wanted, but was shocked when he received a $10,000 quote for a helicopter. Lesson learned. [ShowBizSpy]
● Alexis Bledel, a.k.a. Rory of Gilmore Girls, will play a new intern on the final episode of ER. Someone told her that show is ending, right? [People] ● Is that Marie Claire reality show Running in Heels trying a little too hard? They told the “contestants” to only eat carrots and celery whilst “dining” at the Hearst Café. We all know it’s the Vogue girls who don’t eat. [P6] ● Want a chunk of pop culture history? You can own a piece (or pieces) of Conan O’Brien’s set, all for a good cause. The platforms that the band played on will cost you $200, while some fake brick is only $40. [MSNBC]