On the Big Board
||Fanning has scary talent. She reminded me of Susan Sarandon in this.
Yep, as in "you ain't nothing but a," Hounddog stars Dakota Fanning in a drama taking place in the 1950s-era South.
Fanning is Lewellen, a 12-year-old who escapes from a neglected and abused life through the blues music of the era, including the music of Elvis Presley. The film was written, directed and produced by Deborah Kampmeier and also stars Robin Wright Penn and David Morse.
Hounddog debuted at the 2007 Sundance Film Festival and immediately generated a great deal of controversy for a scene where it is implied that Fanning's character is raped. Several people and organizations expressed opinions that Fanning (also 12 at the time of filming) had been exploited. The controversy died down relatively quickly upon the film's screening, but the additional publicity (as well as mixed reviews) didn't help the film find a distributor, as it will only now be theatrically released a year and a half later by the Empire Film Group. Needless to say, its box office prospects are not very high, but it's yet another film in the already vast and varied career of Miss Fanning, who will eventually own us all. Don't say you weren't warned. (Tim Briody/BOP)