Indie Queen: Lynn Shelton

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She’s been called the heroine of the indie movement and why not! LYNN SHELTON is best remembered as the creative force behind the movie “Humpday” which audaciously uncovers that there is such a thing as dude love between friends. The comedy had a rapturous reception during its run at numerous film festivals and even got a standing ovation at Cannes. Delivering on its premise of going beyond boundaries, the tale of 2 guys entering an amateur porn contest as the two stars is brilliant in its execution. No wonder LYNN won the John Cassavetes Award at Film Independent’s Spirit Awards 2010 adding to her Acura Someone to Watch Award win in 2009 at the same event…WOW!! On those meritorious achievements, Lynn should be lavished with praise for the genius that she is behind the lens. Don’t forget she did shine in the foxiest of ways on camera as the gorgeous bisexual Monica in “Humpday” who has amorous eyes for a threesome! If you want to see her playing yet another enchantingly complex character, be sure to catch the two day screening of “The Off Hours” at SIFF 2011 starting June 6th. In fact, there’s two indie sweethearts for the price of one ticket. Be blown away by the duo of perennial festival darling Amy Seimetz and the equally fabulous LYNN SHELTON who also serves as consulting producer on the film.

Realizing the potential of cinema, the cleverness by which she weaves her intimate stories most notably “Humpday” make for exciting consumption. This Seattle director and actress approaches filmmaking in a rather unique way, preferring to work closely with her cast and allowing each to improvise sans script. No wonder she was tapped to direct Jon Hamm and January Jones in the episode Hands And Knees of acclaimed TV Hit “Mad Men”. Lynn is rapidly becoming a core member of the indie community, an awe-inspiring woman whom everyone will hold in high regard…:)

Sexy Screen Sirens Galore At SIFF Film Festival 2011

CAMILLE MANA & EMILY VanCAMP in “Norman”

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This fall be prepared for Camille Mana and “Mr Social Network” Jesse Eisenberg in ‘The Ambassadors’, the upcoming indie project Camille co-stars with Jessie. That sounds mighty fascinating but first fall for her in “Norman” premiering tonight at SIFF 2011. While Emily VanCamp chews up the screen as the love interest we’ve come to adore, Camille herself does steal a heart or two (catch her in the trailer above) as she did in her very own coming of age drama “The Samurai of Strongsville” . Emily VanCamp was the sole reason I religiously followed “Everwood” on TV….must have started when I caught sight of Emily in the purple bikini in an early episode..hehe. Flash ahead and it seems foxy Camille has undeniably taken my fancy..:)

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ISLA FISHER & POLLYANNA MCINTOSH in “Burke and Hare”

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These two striking ladies sure make the Scottish accent so damn tempting. Isla Fisher is the Aussie Girl Next Door with that invitingly voluptuous body. Pollyanna Mcintosh is the statuesque vixen with the killer figure that has us fantasizing in an instant. Together they provide the visual pleasure amidst the black comedy of “Burke and Hare” in their cleavage bursting corsets. Pollyanna of course garnered controversy for being the centrepiece of gory thriller “The Woman” and its predecessor “Offspring”. Isla is the go-to-girl of comedy having caught the eye in “The Wedding Crashes” and many more after. Most significantly is the way they change it up onscreen that rocks our boats. Doing so in a period piece such as “Burke and Hare” is testament to their acting finesse.

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SOPHIE QUINTON in “Poupoupidou”

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Seeing Sophie Quinton in a barely naked pose in the poster of French murder mystery “Poupoupidou” harks back to the days of bombshells like Marilyn Monroe and Jayne Mansfield. Once voted as Most Promising Newcomer, Sophie does have that Sex Bomb appeal she uses to great effect in “Poupoupidou”. Take it from me, French starlets are synonymous with the carefree eroticism of cinema of days gone by and more so in the modern era. If you like whodunits than this French film will be your cup of tea. Tracing the cause in the death of Candice Lecoeur played with sweet seductiveness by Sophie, this is an entertaining look into the trials of being a celebrity and at the same time could just be a poignant tribute to the life and times of the great Marilyn Monroe.

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RINKO KIKUCHI in “Norwegian Wood”

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Not sure why but strangely Rinko Kikuchi reminds me of Devon Aoki. Maybe it’s the peroxide hair or the innocent facade that masks a burgeoning sensuality. Whatever it may be, Rinko is fashioning herself into a style icon on the red carpet these days. The poignant drama “Babel” introduced her to the world and help her gain a Best Supporting Actress Oscar nomination, a first for any Japanese actress. “Maps of the Sounds of Tokyo” and now “Norwegian Wood”, adapted from the best-selling novel by Haruki Murakami has put her in the driver’s seat as an Arthouse Darling. The romantic tearjerker brought to the big screen sees Rinko facing emotional turmoil in this tale of forbidden love. Her penchant for portraying the darker shades of the human makeup is gripping!

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LUDIVINE SAGNIER & KRISTIN SCOTT THOMAS in “Love Crime”

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It’s intoxicating when a drama has two sexpots from different generations playing off each other in a game of seduction and betrayal. I’m talking about French thriller “Love Crime” that has its leading ladies Ludivine Sagnier and Kristin Scott Thomas straddle the merry-go-round of power and pleasures of the flesh. Kristin is the ageless siren whose forays into French cinema is something we always look forward to since she’s always stirringly wonderful. Ludivine is the belle de jour best remembered for her uninhibited nudity and sexual trysts she so aptly embodied as a nympho in “Swimming Pool”. European actresses are well known for disrobing on camera to drive a story but that never detracts from the fact that these ladies have solid credentials to captivate.

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JILL HENNESSY in “Small Town,Murder Songs”

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The great country of Canada sure has produced some of the hottest talents on the planet with quite the staying power. Take for example, the vivacious Jill Hennessy, she of “Crossing Jordan” fame who proved that medical examiners can be sexy despite mired in yucky dead bodies and dastardly homicides. Come 2011, she’s making a comeback with not 1 but 2 indie features that will ignite our fondness for her once more. In Roadie, she gets to showcase her vocal skills as a singer/songwriter who reconnects with an old flame. Her acting prowess can also be seen in “Small Town Murder Songs” as a scandalous drug addict who strays from the straight and narrow. If you have a weakness for exotic brunettes with a dazzling aura, Jill Hennessy is your gal.