“The Runaways” ad in Pittsburgh, PA

Dear AMC Loews Waterfront and Cinemark Robinson Township:

I am holding you to this.


Send me your Runaways print ads, pictures of posters, anything. I’ll post them all. Email them to born2bjetthead@gmail.com.

Why I NEED to see “The Runaways” in a theater

A rumor has been floating around since Thursday that The Runaways may not get its wide release expansion on April 9th like we’ve all been told. Somebody on Examiner.com tried to make us all feel better by claiming it was an April Fool’s Day prank, but that does not seem to be true.

Box Office Mojo is a site that gathers film statistics as reported by the film studios themselves. On Thursday, the site reported the early theater count estimate for The Runaways for the weekend of April 9th as 200, a far cry from the 1400 theaters we were promised. (Actually, I don’t remember if we were promised 1400 screens or 1400 theaters, but whatever. It’s still less.) Apparition has not publicly confirmed or denied this number, probably because it is Easter weekend and they might all be on vacation. (But that’s just speculation on my part.) The official theater count for April 9th won’t be updated on Box Office Mojo until Thursday, April 8th.

Box Office Mojo interpreted this number for us in the following tweet, which is what started the panic:

“‘The Runaways’ lost most of its theaters this weekend, but will be back to around 200 on 4/9. Nationwide expansion canceled.”

And this tweet:

“No missing zero. ‘The Runaways’ is no longer getting a nationwide release on 4/9, likely due to its poor showing so far.”

I don’t understand what they mean by “poor showing”. In its first weekend, The Runaways only opened on 244 screens and had the fourth-highest dollars-per-screen average of the top 18-grossing films that week. Fourth. How much better could it have done? The film cost $10 million to make, but you can’t earn all of that back in two weeks in just 10 cities. I always thought this “platform release” crap was a mistake, and that they waited too long to start the expansion. The Runaways is not a blockbuster like Alice in Wonderland or Twilight, so it won’t sustain a four-month run like those films do. But it should get a few good weeks in any market it appears in, especially in highly populated areas. The word of mouth about the film has been amazing, from critics and fans alike. This film is not a flashy spectacle. It’s a slow, gradual burn.

I’m sure some film executives in suits have a spreadsheet or a database full of “evidence” supporting their decisions, and I just sound like an hysterical loon to them. Fans are not people, right? Fans are just a potential zero in a bank account.

A lot of people are saying, “Calm down. You’ll get to see it on DVD eventually.” But that’s not good enough for me. This isn’t just another opportunity to consume 12,000 calories worth of hot buttered popcorn and pop (aka soda) while glaring at the inconsiderate bitches who light up the whole theater with their cell phones. I can do that at the 99-cent theater for a lot less money and aggravation.

For fans of The Runaways and Joan Jett, this isn’t just another movie. This is the story of one of the best bands, male or female, in the history of the world. The Runaways were marginalized as “jailbait rock” by an industry that had its head buried in one too many spreadsheets. The fans, like the band itself, were dismissed, ridiculed, and forgotten. This is our story, just as much as it is theirs.

In 35 years, it seems like nothing has changed.

I have personally waited 22 years for this story, my history, to be told. Some have waited longer. The Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning fans are just as passionate, and have their own stake in this. But we share this. We are a community. And we deserve to be heard. We deserve to be remembered. We deserve to be counted.



1. Call your local theaters and physically tell them that you want them to show The Runaways.

2. If you are lucky enough to be  near a theater showing The Runaways, go see it as many times as you can. Road trip if you have to. See #3. There’s a list of theaters that have the movie THIS WEEKEND.

3. Tell your friends and family. Get the word out. Use Twitter, MySpace, Facebook, blogs, and everything else you have at your disposal.

4. Follow @RunawaysFilm on Twitter, on their MySpace page, and their Facebook page. Tell them your location and tell them you want The Runaways in wide release. Add the hashtag #RUNAWAYSFILMWIDE to all of your tweets if you’re on Twitter.

5. Contact the head of publicity at Apparition:

Vicky Eguia
Phone 818-521-2681 *fax 213-253-4615

Details courtesy of @BellasGuardian and KStew’s Global Army. This is publicly available information, so no one is being stalked. Please be respectful. This is not her fault. Going apeshit won’t help our cause. Send her the link to this blog if you want. 🙂

6. Click the picture below to join the demand for The Runaways on eventful.com. Don’t forget to clear the special offers check box if you don’t want them. This site is global, so it will work in any country or city. Eventful.com lets you create a widget that you can add to your MySpace, website, etc. If you have a blog that does not support flash or javascript and can’t use their widget, grab the graphic I made for the demand from here and just attach the URL to it when you add it to your site. I don’t even care if you credit me or not, just grab it and post it everywhere you can.

Any other ideas?


Theaters showing “The Runaways” THIS WEEKEND!

Thanks to @RunawaysFilm, we have a list of lucky cities that get to see The Runaways a week early. Is yours one of them?

See It. Multiple Times. That is an order. 🙂

Click HERE for the list.

Theater Name City, State
Fairview Cinema 3 Hudson, NY
River East 21 Chicago, IL
South Barrington 30 South Barrington, IL
Cantera 30 Warrenville, IL
Century Evanston 12 Evanston, IL
The New 400 Theatres Chicago, IL
Landmark’s Century Centre Cinema Chicago, IL
Addison Cinemas 21 Addison, IL
Orland Park Cinemas 14 Orland Park, IL
Gurnee Mills 20 Gurnee, IL
Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar Austin, TX
Tinseltown 17 – Austin Austin, TX
Dobie Theatre Austin, TX
Arbor Cinemas at Great Hills Austin, TX
Mesquite 30 Theatres Mesquite, TX
Grapevine Mills 30 Theatres Grapevine, TX
Cinemark West Plano 20 Plano, TX
Legacy 24 Plano, TX
Angelika Film Center and Cafe Dallas, TX
Marina Pacifica 12 Long Beach, CA
Long Beach Stadium 26 Long Beach, CA
Broadway Cinemas 4 Santa Monica, CA
Burbank 16 Burbank, CA
Covina 30 Covina, CA
Los Feliz 3 Los Angeles, CA
Playhouse 7 Cinemas Pasadena, CA
Sherman Oaks 5 (3-7) Sherman Oaks, CA
The Grove Stadium 14 Los Angeles, CA
ArcLight Hollywood 15 Hollywood, CA
Glendale 18 Glendale, CA
Marina del Rey 6 Marina del Rey, CA
Atlantic Palace 10 Cinemas Alhambra, CA
Foothill Towne Center 22 Foothill Ranch, CA
Tower Plaza Temecula, CA
Ontario Mills 30 Ontario, CA
Block 30 @ Orange Orange, CA
Fullerton 20 Fullerton, CA
Century Stadium 25 Theatre – Orange Orange, CA
Island 7 Cinemas Newport Beach, CA
CinemaFusion 14 Anaheim, CA
Deer Valley 30 Phoenix, AZ
Tempe Marketplace 16 Tempe, AZ
Arizona Mills 24 Theatre Tempe, AZ
Corona Crossing 18 Corona, CA
Fiesta 5 Santa Barbara, CA
AMC Southdale 16 Edina, MN
Kerasotes Icon 14 St. Louis Park, MN
Lagoon Cinema Minneapolis, MN
Lakeville 21 Lakeville, MN
St. Anthony Main Minneapolis, MN
Oakdale 20 Oakdale, MN
Lincoln Square 13 New York, NY
19th Street East 6 New York, NY
Sunshine Cinema 5 New York, NY
Big Cinemas Manhattan New York, NY
E-Walk 13 New York, NY
Galleria Mall 16 Poughkeepsie, NY
Regency Cinema 6 San Rafael, CA
Marin 3 Sausalito, CA
Berkeley 7 Berkeley, CA
Van Ness 14 San Francisco, CA
Century Centre 9 San Francisco, CA
Camera 12 San Jose, CA
Nickelodeon Theatres Santa Cruz, CA
3rd Street Cinemas 6 Santa Rosa, CA
Palo Alto Square 2 Palo Alto, CA
Rose Twin Port Townsend, WA
Big Picture @ Redmond Town Centre Redmond, WA
Metro Cinemas Seattle, WA
Meridian 16 Seattle, WA
Grand Cinema – Tacoma Tacoma, WA

Michael Shannon on Managing ‘The Runaways’

Cool interview with Michael Shannon, even though the chick giving the interview can’t say FOWLEY. He says some nice things about Joan.

The embed code isn’t working, so you’ll have to watch it HERE.

And Michael gets MAD PROPS for giving a shout out to Light of Day! Join the demand to get Light of Day on DVD!

Click here to demand "Light of Day" on DVD!

TV appearance videos: Joan Jett, Kristen Stewart, and Dakota Fanning

OK, now I start the process of catching up on 20 days of missed blogging opportunities. This is going to take a while, so bear with me!

Here are all of The Runaways-related TV appearances made by Joan Jett, Kristen Stewart, and Dakota Fanning in the month of March. I’m doing it in chronological order, because I’m all librarian-like. I know I posted some of them before, but I want to have them all in one place, because I’m also all lazy-like. Enjoy!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno:

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Actual opening weekend earnings for “The Runaways” (US)

Box Office Mojo has the official weekend box office totals in the US. The Runaways came in at #18 with earnings of $805,115 and a per-theater average of $3,300.

Read the rest of the chart HEREThe Runaways are still in fourth place for the average per-theater earnings!

Here are the top 18 films sorted by overall gross:

Rank Title Weekend Gross Theater Count Average
1 Alice in Wonderland (2010) $34,189,969.00 3739 $9,144.00
2 Diary of a Wimpy Kid $22,126,166.00 3077 $7,191.00
3 The Bounty Hunter $20,686,423.00 3074 $6,729.00
4 Repo Men $6,126,170.00 2521 $2,430.00
5 Green Zone $6,113,105.00 3004 $2,035.00
6 She’s Out of My League $5,802,363.00 2958 $1,962.00
7 Shutter Island $4,735,834.00 2704 $1,751.00
8 Avatar $4,027,005.00 1236 $3,258.00
9 Our Family Wedding $3,739,600.00 1609 $2,324.00
10 Remember Me $3,252,494.00 2215 $1,468.00
11 The Ghost Writer $2,063,595.00 819 $2,520.00
12 Brooklyn’s Finest $1,640,703.00 1311 $1,251.00
13 The Crazies $1,488,933.00 1495 $996.00
14 Cop Out $1,417,365.00 1563 $907.00
15 Crazy Heart $1,395,387.00 1154 $1,209.00
16 Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief $1,368,470.00 1348 $1,015.00
17 The Blind Side $877,736.00 602 $1,458.00
18 The Runaways $805,115.00 244 $3,300.00

And here are the top 18 films sorted by theater average:

Rank Title Weekend Gross Theater Count Average
1 Alice in Wonderland (2010) $34,189,969.00 3739 $9,144.00
2 Diary of a Wimpy Kid $22,126,166.00 3077 $7,191.00
3 The Bounty Hunter $20,686,423.00 3074 $6,729.00
18 The Runaways $805,115.00 244 $3,300.00
8 Avatar $4,027,005.00 1236 $3,258.00
11 The Ghost Writer $2,063,595.00 819 $2,520.00
4 Repo Men $6,126,170.00 2521 $2,430.00
9 Our Family Wedding $3,739,600.00 1609 $2,324.00
5 Green Zone $6,113,105.00 3004 $2,035.00
6 She’s Out of My League $5,802,363.00 2958 $1,962.00
7 Shutter Island $4,735,834.00 2704 $1,751.00
10 Remember Me $3,252,494.00 2215 $1,468.00
17 The Blind Side $877,736.00 602 $1,458.00
12 Brooklyn’s Finest $1,640,703.00 1311 $1,251.00
15 Crazy Heart $1,395,387.00 1154 $1,209.00
16 Percy Jackson & The Olympians: The Lightning Thief $1,368,470.00 1348 $1,015.00
13 The Crazies $1,488,933.00 1495 $996.00
14 Cop Out $1,417,365.00 1563 $907.00

Estimated Domestic Gross for “The Runaways” as of March 21st

Box Office Mojo is reporting that The Runaways has earned an estimated $803,000 as of March 21st. Overall, they are in 18th place for the weekend. These are only estimates. Actual numbers will be reported on Monday afternoon.

At 244 screens, this gives The Runaways a per-screen average of $3,291.

When you sort the list by the per-screen average based on the weekend 3-day total, The Runaways jumps to fourth place!

Rank (Based on per-screen average) Movie # of screens Total weekend Box Office Per-screen average for the weekend.
1 Alice in Wonderland 3739 $34,500,000 $9,227
2 Diary of a Wimpy Kid 3077 $21,800,000 $7,085
3 The Bounty Hunter 3074 $21,000,000 $6,831
4 The Runaways 244 $803,000 $3,291
5 Avatar 1236 $4,000,000 $3,236
6 The Ghost Writer 819 $2,100,000 $2,564
7 Repo Men 2521 $6,151,000 $2,440
8 Our Family Wedding 1609 $3,800,000 $2,362
9 She’s out of my League 2958 $6,015,000 $2,033
10 Green Zone 3004 $5,963,000 $1,985
11 Shutter Island 2704 $4,755,000 $1,759
12 The Blind Side 602 $925,000.00 $1,537
13 Remember Me 2215 $3,300,000 $1,490
14 Brooklyn’s Finest 1311 $1,679,000 $1,281
15 Crazy Heart 1154 $1,375,000 $1,192
16 The Crazies 1495 $1,502,000 $1,005
17 Percy Jackson 1348 $1,350,000 $1,001
18 Cop Out 1563 $1,410,000 $902

Friday earnings estimates for “The Runaways”

Box Office Mojo reported that The Runaways pulled in around $300,000 dollars on Friday, putting it in 17th place for the day. (Via kstewartfans.)

But keep in mind that The Runaways only opened in 10 US cities, on 244 screens. When you look at the per screen average, The Runaways earned an average of $1,230 per screen, which puts it at number five. (Via Gossip Cop and @larry411.)

Not bad for the first day of a limited-release film about girls, huh?

Here’s Robert Pattinson talking about The Runaways on the red carpet during the London premiere of Remember Me this week. He likes it! 😀 Runaways talk starts at 0:25.

Remember Me is awesome, by the way. I highly recommend it. I’ve seen it twice and I think the story is told beautifully. I like Rob because I think he’s an amazing actor, not because I think his weiner sparkles in the sunlight. Go see Remember Me. Now.


PLEASE NOTE: I won’t be able to see The Runaways until April 9th, so PLEASE DO NOT post a review of the movie anywhere in my comments. I don’t want any hints, I don’t want to know your favorite scenes, or the songs in the film, or ANYTHING. Thank you for your consideration.

“The Runaways” screening in Miami, FL, April 6th

Gen Art is having an advance screening of The Runaways in Miami, Florida, on April 6th:

Miami Screening Series: The Runaways

Tuesday, April 6, 2010
South Beach Regal
1100 Lincoln Road
Miami Beach, CA 33139
Gen Art invites you to an advance screening and after-party for “The Runaways”.


Read more HERE.

I’m so sorry that this blog has been FAIL all week. I started a new job and have a long commute. I hope to get caught up with my house stuff this weekend, so that I can then start catching up on blog business. I have 6 days of Google alerts and Twitter updates to pore through, but I’ll make sure that you get to see all the good stuff. Thanks for your patience!

March is a busy month for Joan Jett and “The Runaways”!

I won’t get to see The Runaways until April 9th, when the film opens wide in the US, because I live in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Philadelphia gets all the cool cultural events before us. But Pittsburgh still rules because we have Penguins hockey. I guess I shouldn’t be greedy. 😛

There’s still plenty of stuff to keep me busy this month, though. Here are all the cool happenings surrounding Joan Jett and the Blackhearts and The Runaways movie that I know about. I’m sure there are other advance screenings of The Runaways in other cities other than what I’ve listed here. If you hear of any, let me know in the comments and give a link. Thanks!

Most of these events have been mentioned elsewhere on this blog, but I just learned of the advance screenings of The Runaways in Dallas (March 18th) and Los Angeles (March 9th) today.

UPDATE1: The Toronto premiere on March 14th and the digitial download of the movie soundtrack on March 16th have been added.

UPDATE2: Kristen Stewart will be on Live with Regis and Kelly and Jimmy Fallon on March 16th. Dakota Fanning will be on Jimmy Fallon on March 17th. Source and Source.

UPDATE3: Kristen Stewart will not attend the Toronto premiere, but will be at the Los Angeles, New York, and Austin premieres. Source.

Date Event
March 1, 2010 Rock ‘N’ Roll Comics Volume 1: Hard Rock Heroes released. Contains a short, unauthorized Joan Jett/Lita Ford bio comic.
March 9, 2010


1. Release of Joan Jett and the Blackhearts Greatest Hits, on CD, iTunes Standard Edition, and  iTunes Deluxe Edition. The vinyl edition has been discontinued by the manufacturer, according to Amazon. I’ll remove the link in the sidebar today.2. Joan Jett and the Blackhearts perform on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.

3. Advance screening of The Runaways in Los Angeles, California. All proceeds from this showing will benefit Rock’n’Roll Camp for Girls Los Angeles. Tickets will not be sold at the door! Buy them online here.

March 10, 2010 Kristen Stewart appears on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
March 11, 2010 1. Los Angeles red-carpet premiere of The Runaways.

2. Blackhearts guitarist Dougie Needles’ birthday!

March 12, 2010 Dakota Fanning appears on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.
March 13, 2010 The Runaways advance screening in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
March 14, 2010 The Runaways premiere in Toronto, Canada.
March 15, 2010 Advance screening of The Runaways in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
March 16, 2010 1. Release of The Runaways: The Mercury Albums Anthology on Hip-O Select. You can preorder it from Hip-O Select, CD Universe, and Amazon.2. Release of Cherie Currie’s book, Neon Angel: A Memoir of The Runaways, on It Books. Preorder it HERE.

3. Digital download release of The Runaways Official Motion Picture Soundtrack.

4. Kristen Stewart interview on Live with Regis and Kelly.

5. Kristen Stewart interview on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

March 17, 2010 1. New York City red-carpet premiere of The Runaways.

2. Dakota Fanning interview on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon.

March 18, 2010 1. Premiere of The Runaways at South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas. Joan Jett, Kristen Stewart, Cherie Currie, Dakota Fanning, and Floria Sigismondi are scheduled to attend.2. Advance screening of The Runaways in Chicago, Illinois.

3. Advance screening of The Runaways in Dallas, Texas.

March 19, 2010 1. Limited release of The Runaways in the US and Canada. See list of cities HERE.2. Release of Todd Oldham’s Joan Jett book.
March 23, 2010 CD Release of The Runaways Official Motion Picture Soundtrack. You can preorder it from Amazon HERE.
March 27, 2010 Joan Jett and the Blackhearts show in Shelton, Washington, at Little Creek Casino. Website

Joan Jett attending SXSW red carpet for “The Runaways”

The Runaways screening at the South by Southwest festival is on Thursday, March 18th, and the stars of the film, including Joan Jett, will walk the red carpet and attend the screening. From Larry Richman (@Larry411):

The Runaways will have a gala premiere at the SXSW Film Festival on Thursday, March 18 at 8:00 PM. I am happy to announce that confirmed guests walking the red carpet include Kristen Stewart, Dakota Fanning, Joan Jett, Cherie Currie, and writer/director Floria Sigismondi.

Read the rest HERE. Thanks Larry!

Two new Joan Jett interviews

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts are performing tomorrow, March 6, at Carlin Park in Jupiter, Florida for the celebrity dog wash to benefit the Safe Harbor Animal Sanctuary and Hospital, which is a no-kill shelter.

Joan spoke with pbpulse.com and citylinkmix.com to talk about the show, her love of animals, The Runaways movie, and working with Kristen Stewart. They both contain some memorable quotes: Continue reading

“The Runaways” official release dates announced

From The Runaways Movie official Facebook page, The Runaways will open in 10 US cities and 3 Canadian cities on March 19th, and the rest of North America on April 9th:

Today at 4:01pm
The Runaways will open on March 19th in:

New York
Los Angeles
San Francisco

The movie will open in theaters everywhere across North America April 9th.

Other international cities to be announced shortly.

Source: http://www.facebook.com/notes/the-runaways-movie/the-runaways-official-release-dates/342800271635

Theatrical trailer for “The Runaways” in HD!

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@RunawaysFilm posted this a few minutes ago. Enjoy it!

Dear Kristen: THANK YOU for writing leftie for Joan. I love you. 😀

UPDATE1: YouTube version:


UPDATE2: kstewartfan.org has screen caps HERE.

Cool new updates to runawaysmovie.com!

If you haven’t visited the official website for The Runaways movie recently, GO NOW. I’ll wait. 🙂

The site has been redesigned, and it is full of WIN. They’ve added:

  • Links for the new Twitter, MySpace, and YouTube pages
  • A link to soundtrack info (which I won’t click on until after I see the movie).
  • Downloadable wallpapers and chat icons.
  • New production stills.
  • Video clips of the real Runaways
  • Bio pages for each cast member, including one for Joan as executive producer. (The only bad part of the site is that they spelled Scout Taylor-Compton’s name wrong. I hope they fix that soon!)

But the best part is that Dakota Fanning’s version of “Cherry Bomb” plays on a continuous loop on the site. (You can mute the audio on the page if you don’t want to listen to it for two hours straight like I have. :))

Back in December, Cherie Currie herself confirmed, on this blog, that Dakota Fanning sang “Cherry Bomb” in the movie, without any enhancements from Cherie’s voice. After hearing the whole track, there should now be no doubt. While Dakota’s voice captures Cherie Currie’s attitude and power perfectly, it definitely has its own tone that is distinguishable from Cherie. I LOVE IT.

I think I’ve said this before, but as a long-time Runaways fan, I feel so…honored by all of this.

Advance screening of “The Runaways” in Chicago, Mar 18

Another advance screening of The Runaways is taking place in Chicago, Illinois, on Thursday, March 18, 2010 at the AMC River East, with an after-party at Martini Park. Read more HERE.

Chicago Screening Series: The Runaways

Thursday, March 18, 2010
AMC River East
322 East Illinois Street
Chicago, IL 60611
Gen Art invites you to an advance screening and party for “The Runaways”.

Martini Park
151 West Erie Street
Chicago, IL 60654

Advance screening of “The Runaways” in Vancouver, Mar 15

There’s an advance screening for The Runaways in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, on Monday, March 15, 2010.

The screening is hosted by Virgin Radio and they are giving away passes to the screening HERE. The contest is only open to residents of Canada, so be sure to read the rules and regulations carefully.

Good luck!

US release dates for “The Runaways” clarified further

Last week, it was announced that The Runaways would be in limited release in the US on March 19, 2010, and would expand to wide release on April 9, 2010.

IndieWire has a quote from Bob Berney at Apparition that further clarifies the release schedule:

Then there’s a new round of press for Apparition’s The Runaways, which is now opening in two phases: 220 screens in ten cities on March 19, followed by another 1000 on April 9. Berney has always had a good nose for when to book theaters: he’s basically slowing the pace of the release. “It’s R-rated, not typical. Dakota Fanning gives a great performance, but it’s different from what she’s done,” says Berney.  “I had to make sure we had the buzz by the time we went wide.”

Read the rest HERE.

They want buzz, huh? So let’s give them buzz! If you’re on Twitter, follow @RunawaysFilm, and nag the heck out of them. It’s the official twitter for the movie itself, and it’s run by the film people to market the movie. Let them know you need to see this movie. They also have a Facebook page and a YouTube channel. Join them, if you like that sort of thing.

There’s no word yet on which cities will get The Runaways on March 19th, but I signed up for a FanAlert on Fandango so they will email me when tickets go on sale. If you start seeing advertisements for the movie in your area, could you please let me know? Thanks!

More about “The Runaways” at the Fusion Film Festival

Last week, I told you about the surprise screening of “The Runaways” that Joan Jett attended at NYU’s Fusion Film Festival. Here are some more details.

The screening wasn’t publicized to the general public, and was only open to NYU students:

Thursday, February 25th

Special Industry Screening: The Runaways

Cantor Film Center, 36 East 8th Street

6:30 pm


Join us for a special screening of this 2010 Sundance selection starring Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning. The film marks the directorial debut of music video director Floria Sigismondi.

Co-sponsored by The Director’s Series.


Read a student’s review of the film HERE (“Movie Musings with a Film Student”).

Here’s a review by twitchfilm.net. I am trying to avoid reading these reviews, so I don’t know if they’re good or bad. I don’t want to be spoiled. I’ll read them after I see the film. But this paragraph stood out to me:

This special preview screening was a part of Fusion Film Festival: A Celebration of Women Filmmakers. Joan Jett was there for the Q & A session packed mostly with female audience. Now 54, with a petite, athletic body and trade mark short black hair, Jett talked about the surreal nature of seeing her life on film and being a rock idol, she came across as personable, intelligent, and guileless.

Nice comments about Joan, but dude, 54??? Even if she WAS born in 1958 instead of 1960, that would make her 51, turning 52 this September, not 50-freaking-four. Jeez. Does anybody know how to research anything?

And here’s another student review HERE, at “Another Badly Written Amateur Film Blog”.

And here’s a womenandhollywood.com report of Joan’s Q&A:

Here are some of the bits that Joan shared:

She is very proud of the Runaways and believes they did something important.

The Runaways were more successful in Japan and Europe and she believes that they were popular in Japan because of how women were treated there at that time.

When they got off the plane in Scandinavia they were greeted by thousands of blonde girls sucking on pacifiers but she never knew why.

People were really dismissive of the band in America because they were threatening.  She got such hate for trying to make art.

She doesn’t believe much has changed in the last 30 years. “It’s got to be the same in the film business- getting taken seriously.  It’s any area you get into.  I don’t think it’s just in the music business, it’s pervasive.  For some reason people are afraid of powerful women.  I don’t really get it.”

Here’s a short clip of Joan’s Q&A. I wish they had recorded the whole thing:


Kristen Stewart says more nice things about Joan Jett

Pilgrim Joanie. *snicker*.

In another recent interview for The Yellow Handkerchief, Kristen Stewart was asked about Joan Jett and her work on The Runaways, and she had some pretty cool stuff to say about our Joanie:

“I don’t think that the Runaways are something that a whole lot of people know about, but I think that everybody knows who Joan Jett is,” Stewart reckons. “But it was really, really hard to become that icon. I don’t know, she’s like a pilgrim. She was the first woman to ever start a record label, but even before that, because it was the ’70s, nobody wanted to see a girl be that strong and play electric guitar and play it that loud.

“People should know where that came from. I’ve grown up feeling very entitled, like I can do whatever I want. But she didn’t have that.”

Jett was a producer of “The Runaways” film and was on set every day.

“It was initially intimidating, just meeting her,” Stewart admits.

“Then I subsequently realized that I would feel like such a fraud if she wasn’t there. How would I have known any details without her? I just would have felt like I was doing an impression with black hair.

“I didn’t want to just mimic her, I wanted to understand what she was going through.”

And that was quite a lot, according to the movie: sexual and pharmaceutical experimentation; fights within the band, with its handlers and rowdy audiences; finding, maintaining and making a going concern of her own artistic voice.

Read the rest HERE.

I can no longer remember which Twitter friend clued me in to this, so thank you all!

The pic of Joan is mine, and the pilgrim hat came from Free Original Clipart at Designed to a T