Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Worth 1,000 Words: DAKOTA FANNING & fan


THIS WEEK, 15 YEAR-OLD DAKOTA FANNING joins the vampires and werewolves populating the Twilight franchise. THE TWILIGHT SAGA: NEW MOON opens this Friday, Nov. 20. (She is already working on another installment which opens next year, THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE.) 

Four years ago, on Oct. 12, 2005, it was 11 year-old Dakota who was in Kansas City as part of a cross country trek promoting her newest movie, Dreamer. During the hour-long interview, she told me (and a handful of other film critics) about working with Kurt Russell on Dreamer, as well as her just completed film, The War of the Worlds. And did she talk--and gush--about acting with Tom Cruise!
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Pictured is yours truly with Dakota, following the interview, in a photo taken by Dakota's mother. After the other critics had left the suite and headed home, I was still with Dakota (and her mom), since she was signing autographs for me. She then walked over to a nearby piano, and played a tune, expertly so. Later I bragged to the other critics that had they stayed around, they would have been treated to a private piano concert by Dakota Fanning. As it turned out, I was the only one so honored. She was--and probably still is--a very sweet, well spoken (great diction), and intelligent young lady. [from Steve Crum's showbiz memorabilia collection]
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Experience The Twilight Saga: New Moon via its trailer: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KYBF3HKzrmE

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