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‘ELECTRIC SLIDE’ DEBUTS TODAY AT TRIBECA FILM FEST

April 22nd, 2014

We’ve all been waiting quite a while for a Jim sighting, and today just may be the day!  Director Tristan Patterson’s new film, Electric Slide premieres tonight at the Tribeca Film Festival, and it seems that “Jim Sturgess, Isabel Lucas, and Chloë Sevigny, among others” will be in NYC for this anticipated event.  It is being reported by Guest of a Guest, that there will be an after party (we have since learned it’s a pre-party) for the film that all are expected to attend.  We hope to bring you photos later today.  Cheers Jim, we all hope your latest film is a huge hit!

UPDATE: Thanks to Getty Images, we have our first photos from the Tribeca Film Festival.

Check them all out in the JSO Gallery here.

‘ELECTRIC SLIDE’ PRESS KIT

April 20th, 2014

With Electric Slide premiering this coming week (April 22) at the Tribeca Film Festival, we now have the press kit for this event.  We also learn a bit more about the production and story from director Tristan Patterson and some new information about the film’s plot. (below)

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DIRECTOR’S STATEMENT

What fascinates me about Eddie is not that he robs a bank, or even that he robs 64 banks in nine months.  What fascinates me is why.  I believe, above all else, he was a performer.  The art deco furniture is his set design, The Clash blasting out of the tape deck, his soundtrack.  He lives for the moment and risks everything for the moment, always, in all moments.   When a moment passes, he hurries to find the next one, then the next.  If you stopped him for long enough to ask what he’s looking for, he’d probably give a different answer every day of the week, but I believe that all the while, he is searching for a feeling. Eddie wants to feel immortal. His commitment is total.

Eddie is alive in a way few people can imagine and the second Paulene lays eyes on him she can’t look away.  His presence is electric. Paulene is lonely.  She is lost.  She wants to feel what Eddie feels.  He is the object of her desire and she will do whatever it takes to satisfy her lust.

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In the film’s opening voice over, Paulene declares, “because this is also a movie about characters doomed to fulfill their destinies, it is a tragedy.”  I disagree.  I want the “Electric Slide” to be a celebration of all that it means to be madly and passionately in love.   ~ Tristan Patterson

SYNOPSIS

Tristan Patterson’s new film  Electric  Slide  is  a portrait of  Eddie Dodson,  a playboy  antiques dealer with a shop on Melrose Avenue in Los Angeles, who in 1983 decided to become a bank robber. Eddie drove to the banks in a black ’63 Ford Galaxy LTD. He dressed up like an elegant criminal. He made mix tapes to listen to on his getaways. And in only nine months, Eddie robbed 64 banks – more than anyone has robbed before or since. His shop on Melrose paired classic Art Deco pieces with thrift store ephemera to create a style that was at once civilized and punk, sophisticated and irreverent. Taking its aesthetic cues from Eddie Dodson and the unique moment he occupied in L.A.’s countercultural history, director Tristan Patterson has forgone the style of straight‐ahead biopics to create a New Wave dream of a romantic outlaw seeking self‐reinvention and immortality in paradise.

Featuring music from Iggy Pop, Magazine and the Psychedelic  Furs, and a score from Kevin Haskins (Bauhaus, Love & Rockets), the film is both a Polaroid snapshot of 1983 Los Angeles and a love letter to a man who decided to quit reality to live full‐time in the Hollywood movie of his dreams. Electric Slide stars Jim Sturgess, Isabel Lucas, Patricia Arquette, Christopher Lambert, Vinessa Shaw and Chloë Sevigny, as well as John Doe from the legendary Los Angeles punk band X, as the cop chasing Eddie down.

Read full press kit here.

‘LONDON FIELDS’ INTERVIEW

April 20th, 2014

Yesterday, The Telegraph (UK), posted a nice interview with Billy Bob Thornton promoting his latest project, Fargo. In it, he also talks a bit about his role in London Fields and calls Jim Sturgess, “a cool cat.”  London Fields is expected to be released sometime later this year.

These days, as a respected writer and director as well as an actor, the hustle is no longer so hard. Up next is London Fields, a long-awaited adaptation of the Martin Amis novel, in which Thornton plays a terminally ill writer who has suffered from writer’s block for 20 years, alongside Amber Heard, Jim Sturgess (“a cool cat”) and rising star Theo James, with a cameo by Johnny Depp.

Thornton lived in Bethnal Green, east London, for the duration of the filming, and was impressed by his surroundings. “It’s like Brooklyn in New York, or Silverlake here in LA,” he says. The inclement London weather, however, was not so impressive, serving as a warm-up (or, more accurately, a cool-down) for Fargo. “I’m used to London rain, but it was cold, and windy and snowy…” he shivers. “I’ve got Californian blood now, so all that is hard to adjust to.

“We’ll see what people think, because it’s a very different kind of animal – I am sure it will polarise people,” he says, about the film. “You’ll have the people who will think it’s genius, and the people who won’t be able to stand it at all.

“It was very intense,” he adds. But intensity, at work at least, isn’t something he seems to mind. “I think a lot of it depends on whether you have something to do afterwards,” he says. “And when you have a nine-year-old and a television set, and it’s the beginning of the baseball season, there’s plenty,” he laughs. “Life goes on.”

‘ELECTRIC SLIDE’ PREMIERING AT TRIBECA FILM FEST - UPDATE

April 16th, 2014
With Electric Slide premiering at the Tribeca Film Festival, in NYC, just a few days away (April 22nd), we’re starting to get some info to post, as well as a new behind-the-scenes image.  First off, all of the screenings are sold out, putting them in what Tribeca calls ‘Rush’ status.

RUSH SALES POLICY
When tickets for a screening or event are no longer available, they will be listed as RUSH. The Rush system functions as a stand-by line that will form at the venue approximately 45 minutes prior to scheduled start time. Admittance is based on availability and will begin 15 minutes prior to program start time. Rush Tickets are the same price as advance tickets payable upon entry. There is a limit of one Rush Ticket per person.

Additionally, thanks to Indiwire, we have a wonderful interview with director Tristan Patterson that talks about the new film.  The film features Jim SturgessChloë Sevigney, Isabel Lucas, Christopher Lambert, and Patricia Arquette.  No mention of Jim or much info about the film, more of a ‘meet the director’ piece, but still an interesting read.  This question contained the most info about the film:

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What films have inspired you?

Electric Slide” is about a man trying to turn his life into a movie, so the inspirations are endless. It’s that strange thing about the city of Los Angeles where you find yourself walking down a street you’ve been on before but can’t quite remember why or when and then suddenly you realize you saw it in a movie. There are two scenes in “Electric Slide” that take place in movie theaters and I wanted the films onscreen to be absolutely specific to the real Eddie Dodson’s taste and sensibility. The first film is Jim McBride’s remake of “Breathless” starring Richard Gere, which I think is a completely underrated classic. I love its obsession with artifice and the way it nails the kitsch culture of early-80s New Wave L.A. The second is Barbet Schroeder’s first film, “More,” about lovers-on-the-run shooting heroin in Ibiza in 1969, with a soundtrack by The Pink Floyd when they were still a garage rock band with a definite article in their name. I love the collision of decadence and sunshine, and also the total emotional blankness of his characters. It’s a film that takes place in a beautiful void.

Lastly, the film is starting to turn up on festival ‘must see’ lists, including Harpers Bazaar and Buzzfeed.  Check ‘em out!

JSO BIRTHDAY PROJECT 2014

April 15th, 2014

Jim Sturgess will celebrate his 33rd birthday on May 16, 2014 and JIM STURGESS ONLINE is preparing another one-of-a-kind birthday present to help our favorite Englishman commemorate his special day!

This will mark our 6th year wishing Jim a Happy Birthday with a “digital present” made up of greetings from fans around the world. Check out Jim’s presents from 2009201020112012, and 2013 to see what we’ve done in the past.  We hope everyone will join us in celebrating Jim’s birthday this year!  The submission deadline is Tuesday, May 6th.

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‘BIG SHOE’ UPDATE

April 13th, 2014

According to Production Weekly, shooting is now set to begin for The Big Shoe in September 2014, on location in South Africa.  Directed by Steven Shainberg, the cast includes Jim Sturgess, Kristen Stewart, and Elizabeth Banks.

A gifted shoe designer, Nate, is forced to break free from a family who want to cheapen his art for their own commercial gain. “The Big Shoe” is a touching an sexy love story and a classic boy-to-man coming-of-age tale, with the colorful backdrop of the fashion/shoe industry. When a muse is strategically ‘planted’ along Nate’s path by his mother, he begins to embrace the mad “logic” of the creative drive, allowing his own deep impulses and wishes to finally be expressed and experienced. He’s revealing to her and to the world his secret. And, while it may make no real practical “sense” to do his art (shoemaking), Nate must.

‘SPIKE ISLAND’ CAMEO

April 9th, 2014

Today, The Brewery VFX posted a VFX breakdown of the Stone Roses gig for the 2012 film Spike Island, that features Jim Sturgess in a cameo appearance as a “burger seller.”  Watch for Jim in the beginning of the clip.

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Spike Island - VFX from The Brewery VFX on Vimeo.

‘THE BEST OFFER’ DVD GETS U.S. RELEASE DATE

March 24th, 2014

According to Amazon U.S., The Best Offer DVD will be released in North America on April 29.

From the director of ‘Cinema Paradiso’ comes a romantic thriller with a playful side that proves love is worth bidding on at any price. When a mysterious heiress asks famed but unscrupulous art appraiser and auctioneer Virgil Oldman (Academy Award® winner* Geoffrey Rush) to evaluate her late parents collection yet remains forever unseen behind closed doors, it ignites a spark of curiosity in the normally austere Virgil that soon grows into an all-out obsession. Before long everything in Virgil s carefully constructed life threatens to come apart as he delves ever further into the world of intrigue surrounding his enigmatic employer. Co-starring Sylvia HoeksDonald Sutherland, and Jim Sturgess, director Giuseppe Tornatore’s The Best Offer is a unique take on a seemingly doomed romance from one of cinema s greatest artists.

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Pre-order The Best Offer DVD here.

‘ELECTRIC SLIDE’ - TRIBECA FILM FEST SETS SHOW TIMES

March 18th, 2014

For those of you lucky enough to live in New York and surrounding areas, we now have the film schedule for Tristan Patterson’s Electric Slide at the Tribeca Film Festival.  The festival takes place in NYC on April 16 to April 27.  We’re all hoping Jim Sturgess will be in attendance.   We need NEW photos!

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‘ELECTRIC SLIDE’ TO DEBUT AT TRIBECA FILM FEST

March 4th, 2014

According to Indie Wire, Electric Slide will make it’s world premiere debut at the upcoming 2014 Tribeca Film Festival in NYC (running from April 16 to April 27).

A heightened homage to the City of Angels, Electric Slide riffs on the real-life story of Eddie Dodson, the notorious “Gentleman Bank Robber.”  With a debonair sophistication and a serious talent for flirt, Dodson managed to lure money from mesmerized female tellers at over 60 banks during an epic spree in the 1980s.  Director Tristan Patterson gathers Jim Sturgess, Isabel LucasChloë Sevigny, and Patricia Arquette to paint a dark, hyper-stylized tale of crime, love, and style.

Thanks to The Film Stage, we also have a couple of new production stills:

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