<p>It shouldn't have been any surprise that Mickey Sumner went into show business, but what was surprising is that she didn't enter rock n' roll. Her father was legendary musician Gordon Sumner,...
Rock superstar Sting has vowed to spend his vast fortune before he dies to ensure his children don't live off his wealth when he is gone. The former Police frontman is worth an estimated $288 million (£180 million), and he is adamant his six kids - Eliot, Joe, Mickey, Jake, Fuchsia, and Giacomo - won't inherit his estate.
The musician, who is married to film producer Trudie Styler, hopes his decision not to make his brood millionaires will ensure they all work to achieve their own success.
The singer, who is the son of a hard-working ship builder, tells Britain's Event magazine, "My generation all assumed we would have a better standard of living. The one that we spawned cannot assume that. "With my children there is great wealth, success - a great shadow over them - so it’s no picnic at all being my child. I discuss that with them; it’s tough for them."
"I told them there won’t be much money left because we are spending it! We have a lot of commitments. What comes in we spend, and there isn’t much left. "I certainly don’t want to leave them trust funds that are albatrosses round their necks. They have to work. All my kids know that and they rarely ask me for anything, which I really respect and appreciate."
"Obviously, if they were in trouble I would help them, but I’ve never really had to do that. They have this work ethic that makes them want to succeed on their own merit. People make assumptions, that they were born with a silver spoon in their mouth, but they have not been given a lot."
Jeff Goldblum, Lake Bell, Toni Collette and the directors of Twilight and The Hunger Games, Catherine Hardwicke and Gary Ross, have been announced as jury members at this year's (14) Tribeca Film Festival in New York. They will join Whoopi Goldberg, Heather Graham, Anton Yelchin and Sting's actress daughter Mickey Sumner among the 33 people who will oversee the competition in seven categories, from World Competition and World Narrative to World Documentary.
In total, the juries hand out $150,000 (£93,750) in prize money.
The film festival begins next week (16Apr14) and runs until 27 April (14).
"We were having a hard time figuring out who can play Patti Smith, because it's a very specific look and a very iconic person. It turns out Mickey is a tremendous Patti Smith fan, loves her writing. She actually asked permission from Patti to play her. She looks amazing in it. She really got it down." Director Randall Miller on Sting's daughter Mickey Sumner's portrayal of punk icon Patti Smith in new movie CBGB.
Sting's actress daughter Mickey Sumner lied to classmates about her father's profession while growing up so they wouldn't discover he was a famous singer. The Borgias star, 29, attended Britain's prestigious Marlborough College, alongside the likes of Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge and her sister Pippa Middleton, but she hated the idea of her affluent peers finding out about her dad's job.
She tells Britain's The Times, "I never told people who my parents were. It was my idea of hell. At one school I told everyone he was a lawyer. I didn't want to be separate. I wanted to be like everyone else. I still struggle with it. It's fine, it's part of who I am. It's nice not to be known as 'the daughter of'. I haven't found it's opened too many doors and even if it did, you still have to be good."
However, Sumner, whose mother is film producer Trudie Styler, insists she was never ashamed of rumours surrounding his lengthy tantric sex sessions.
She adds, "It was massively blown out of proportion. It was a joke, which became the biggest, stupidest story everyone became obsessed with. I definitely wasn't embarrassed, but it wasn't something we discussed around the dinner table."
The much-anticipated Cbgb movie will be released in October (13), around the seventh anniversary of the fabled club's final show. Executives at XLrator Media have acquired all U.S. distribution rights to the film, starring Alan Rickman, Ashley Greene, Malin Akerman and Harry Potter star Rupert Grint, and they plan to debut it in New York as part of the annual CBGB Music Festival.
The movie also features Sting's daughter Mickey Sumner as Patti Smith, who performed the final show at the late Hilly Kristal's club on 15 October, 2006.
The film, directed by Randall Miller, was shot in Georgia last summer (12).
If Harmony Korine's candy coated debauchery fest Spring Breakers was every parent's worst nightmare realized, then Noah Baumbach's sublime Frances Ha, a love letter to New York City and truly finding yourself in it is just the opposite of that, in every way possible.
Greta Gerwig — who plays the titular Frances, a 20-something dancer working through the ups and downs of careers, apartments, and friendships in the Big Apple — explains, "I feel like the people who have most pulled me aside [after seeing the film] have honestly been parents in their 50s and 60s who are like, 'My daughter is in New York and I understand this.' And they feel it as parents in this way that's very intense, and they feel grateful because the movie took care of these characters. They feel like the world will take care of their children."
It probably doesn't hurt that Gerwig — who co-wrote the funny, heartfelt, and blisteringly honest (parents might have an easier time getting through Frances Ha than the 20-somethings it reflects will, as it hits all too close to home sometimes) along with Baumbach — claims to be something of an old soul herself. "I've never felt young in my whole life, so that helped," Gerwig says of making Frances Ha, a film that can often feel like if Girls met Woody Allen.
And while the the actress is as vibrant and fashionable and beautiful as anyone in their 20s (she is 29-years-old), she does have the grace and wisdom of someone well beyond her years, or her generation, for that matter. She can discuss classic literature and modern sexism, often in the same breath.
"I just re-read Virginia Woolf's A Room of One's Own, and I think that people get really angry when it's women doing it, to be totally honest," Gerwigs says when on the subject of why female-lead entertainment like Frances Ha or Girls get unfairly criticized, while their male counterparts can go largely unscathed. "There's something that feels threatening about it and they have to be doing something other than being thoughtful," she continues. "It has to be somehow an exercise in narcissism, because why else would you make anything about women? I think that the violence of the reaction has more to do with something that's not to do with the art."
Social injustices aside, Gerwig takes no credit away from her on and off-screen collaborator Baumbach (whom she is dating) in the telling of Frances' story.
"He's a man in his 40s and I'm a woman in her 20s, but I feel like, in a way, I wouldn't have written this unless I was writing it with him," she says. "It felt like he almost gave me permission to tell my story. Or, not my story, but the story of this woman. Because it validated it, because it was outside eyes. I think if I were left alone I wouldn't have the courage to say, 'I'm going to tell the story of a 27-year-old dancer and her best friend and their money troubles.' That wouldn't feel like enough of a story for me, and it was the fact that he said, 'Oh, I think this can be really good, and I have a lot of empathy for this.' That allowed me to feel more magnanimous towards my generation than I might be otherwise, because I can be just as critical as anyone else."
It's true that Frances Ha doesn't shy away from truthfully telling a 20-something woman's story, particularly one set in New York City. While the core of Frances' story may be a universal one, it is one that is quintessentially New York. Missed late night F trains, outrageous ATM fees, and even more outrageous rent rates are just as critical to telling Frances' story as the relationships in it. As any New Yorker will tell you, the highs and lows alike are an almost daily occurrence, often taking place within seconds of each other.
Take it from Gerwig, a New Yorker herself, who recalls one of those very New York moments you assume one only sees on screen. "One day I was walking down the street and I was so happy and wearing a cute outfit and a cab went by and did the thing where the water splashes on you and I was like, 'Am I in Sex and the City? Am I Carrie Bradshaw? What is happening?' It was so absurd," Gerwig says, adding, "You can't get the romance of the city without having the hardship of the city, and it's totally built into the romance, too. That's part of the idealization of it, I think."
Again, don't be fooled into thinking that Frances Ha only reaches out to the demographic of young, urban women. As Gerwig's co-star Mickey Sumner, who plays Frances' best friend Sophie, notes, it's a film that strikes just as strong a chord with men of any age. "I think the reactions that I've had the pleasure of experiencing from people coming out of seeing the movie is that this is not a chick flick," she says. "Grown men, boys my age, coming out [of the theater] crying. This English guy, maybe 65-years-old, came up to me and said, 'That is the first movie in a really long time that I understood. People relate to it, because it's not about girls who are 27. It's about friendship."
Sumner is right. More than any other aspect of Frances Ha — doomed relationships, neurotic New York City life, financial woes, professional setbacks — it is a movie, at its very core, about friendship. Particularly the phase of close friendships in which one person goes one way, and the other person goes sharply towards another. In the case of former roommates and best friends Frances and Sophie, one struggles to keep her head above water while pursuing her passion, while the other embarks on a whirlwind romance with a guy named Patch.
"[Noah and I] discovered that it was a love story between Frances and Sophie, and it activated everything," Gerwig recalls. "As soon as we realized it was that, that was the story. There was not a romantic story. It wasn't a sad story. It wasn't an extra story. It was the story. It felt very right for me because I've been through it with friends."
If the friendship on screen between Frances and Sophie feels so authentic (the ups, the downs, the little moments and tics only you and your best friend can share or understand) it's because Gerwig and Sumner have such a solid, loving friendship off screen. Take this this witty, heartfelt exchange between the two actresses, which feels like it could have been a page directly out of Frances Ha's script:
Greta: "My friendship with Mickey is all just light and happiness."Mickey: "I hope we never break up."Greta: "We met as adults, though, which is different. I feel like it changes it. I'll never be like, 'Mickey, why do you have dinner with anyone else besides me?'"Mickey: "Although, secretly, I'm waiting for that moment. I'd actually be like, 'Yes! ... We're real friends.'"
Frances Ha is currently playing in limited release.
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People love shows about serial killers. They eat up movies about terrorists. Film and television is stockpiled with some of the most deplorable, reprehensible activities and mentalities you'd be lucky never to encounter beyond the confines of the screen, and the public is wholly on board. But the day-to-day lives of twentysomething New York females? That's crossing the line. The widespread aversion to this theme, as evident by the consistent backlash agasint Lena Dunham's Girls, is reason enough to believe that a good number of people won't be on board with Frances Ha. In the film, we follow writer/star Greta Gerwig's 27-year-old aspiring (with little effort and little success) dancer from couch to couch as she skirts any semblance of maturity in the wake of a "breakup" with her longtime best friend (Mickey Sumner). Some will automatically root against Frances, and as such filmmaker Gerwig, as she laments her financial difficulties but refuses desk jobs and opts for weekend trips to Paris to stifle her narcissistic pangs.
But to those who feel this way, the film and the character are both worth your sympathy. Yes, Gerwig's heroine is an adult child, dismissive of responsibility and social norms, pathologically blind to the needs and desires of those around her. She's enrapt in her own desperation to be evaluated as worthwhile. When her spiritual partner and best pal Sophie (Sumner) takes up with a new roommate in TriBeCa and a baseball cap-laden fellow named Patch (Patrick Heusinger), a destitute Frances seeks affirmation elsewhere: in her disinterested dance mentor (Charlotte d'Ambroise), a pair of new roommies (Adam Driver and Michael Zegen, balancing good nature and douchebaggery like the best of 'em), a scornful but tolerant classmate (Grace Gummer), and the city of Paris. And any logical viewer will roll their eyes at Frances' accelerated regression, cringing (though laughing) at her inability to make functional conversation during an adult dinner party. But the film is right on your side.
What is captured perfectly in Gerwig and director Noah Baumbach's lively and inventive script — one that meanders downward, frenetically, from life beat to life beat — is the ability to love and appreciate Frances without condoning her ideas and behaviors. It is easy to assume that this kind of story is a celebration of the psychological bankruptcy exhibited by the Frances character, a sort we're seeing pop up in a number of different pieces across the board, thanks in large part to the critical and Internet success of Girls. But instead, Gerwig showcases something real: a people whose greatest source of suffering is its own willingness to suffer.
And if we're ready to take the plunge into the script, one that breathes a sort of dark energy we'll find in the pictures of a 1970s Woody Allen, rejecting our own adversity to the species it both loves and demonizes, we'll find a striking, painful, funny, and eventful tale about a girl with nothing to do and no one to do it with. From beginning to end, as we meet new sides of the heroine in her journey through various phases of self-destruction, Frances Ha is engaging, upsetting, and fun.
You'll follow every hearty laugh with a cheek-biting grimace. You'll revel in the comical misfortunes of Gerwig's manic adventurer even as you shake your head at her compulsive disregard and wallow in your empathy for her incredibly human craving for self-worth. You can manage each of these at once, thinking lowly of Frances but loving her all the while. Gerwig's film understands and champions that. Yes, she needs to get her act together. Yes, the real people who emulate the antics of Frances ought to take direction from her ultimate shift in gears. And yes, all this notwithstanding, she's still got a story to tell. One with enough humor, sadness, affection, and relatability to be more than worth our time.
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The actress joins Alan Rickman, who will play her father, Malin Akerman, Taylor Hawkins and Sting's daughter Mickey Sumner in the film, which starts shooting in Georgia later this month (Jun12).
Akerman will portray Blondie frontwoman Debbie Harry in the film, while Foo Fighters drummer Hawkins will make his movie debut as Iggy Pop, and Sumner has been cast as New York punk icon Patti Smith.
Alan Rickman is excited about playing New York club boss Hilly Kristal in a new movie, because he missed out on visiting legendary venue Cbgb in his youth.
The British actor takes the lead role in the movie, alongside a star-studded cast including Foo Fighters rocker Taylor Hawkins, who will make his acting debut as Iggy Pop, and Sting's actress daughter Mickey Sumner, who is slated to portray punk icon Patti Smith.
And Rickman can't wait to begin the shoot in Savannah, Georgia this summer (12).
He tells Britain's Daily Telegraph, "Sadly I never got to go to the club when it was around, but they're reconstructing it as we speak in a studio in Savannah so I'll have my second youth there. I'll get what might be called the vibe when I go there in three weeks, I'll be vibing."
Sting's actress daughter Mickey Sumner has landed the coveted role of punk icon Patti Smith in star-studded new movie CBGB.
Sumner was added to the cast on Monday (04Jun12), alongside Foo Fighters rocker Taylor Hawkins, who will make his acting debut as Iggy Pop in the film about late New York club boss Hilly Kristal, portrayed by Alan Rickman.
The twosome joins Johnny Galecki and Steven Schub, who will play Terry Ork and DeeDee Ramone in the film, and sexy Malin Akerman, who will play Blondie star Debbie Harry.
Also among the cast: Evan Alex Cole as Richard Hell, Avatar star Joel David Moore as Joey Ramone, Stana Katic and Rupert Grint.
Filming will begin in Savannah, Georgia and New York City later this month (Jun12).
Movie spokeswoman Nadine Jolson tells WENN, "The story will follow Kristal who dreamed of having a Country, Bluegrass and Blues club in New York City. When he had difficulty finding country and blues bands, he opened his doors to local acts. He had one demand of the acts he booked: They could only play their own original music.
"Living on a couch in the back of the club for the first two years, Hilly could barely make ends meet. Nevertheless, CBGB became such a well-respected haunt for artists that many bands begged Hilly for a chance to play."
<p>It shouldn't have been any surprise that Mickey Sumner went into show business, but what was surprising is that she didn't enter rock n' roll. Her father was legendary musician Gordon Sumner, aka Sting, leader of The Police and a successful solo artist. Her mother, Trudie Styler, was also a successful actress and producer. So after studying art in college, Mickey Sumner decided acting was also her passion, and she launched a successful career on stage and screen.</p><p>Born Brigitte Michael Sumner on January 19, 1984, Mickey Sumner was born and raised in London, and when she came of age, she wanted to go into fine arts. She moved to New York to attend Parsons The New School For Design, where she graduated with a B.F.A. in 2007. Yet acting was an itch she couldn't help but scratch. Sumner wasn't totally satisfied being a visual artist, and once she attended an acting class, she knew her destiny. The first time she ever stepped on a stage in her life, she loved it, and thought, "This is what it means to be fully alive and satisfied."</p><p>Before making her way into feature films, Sumner performed in a number of short films and stage plays. She first auditioned for Jennifer Aniston, who was making a short film for Glamour magazine. Sumner didn't get the part, but Aniston inspired her to keep trying. Soon Sumner made her way into the short films "We're Going to the Zoo" (2006), "The Escapists" (2008), and "Trophy Wife" (2010) before making her stage debut in the Anton Chekhov play "The Seagull," which was put on by the Culture Project workshop.</p><p>Sumner's big career break came with a featured role on the Showtime series "The Borgias" (2011- ), followed soon after by the movie "Frances Ha" (2012), where she won critical and audience acclaim on the big screen. Sumner also won a Breakthrough Award at the Sarasota Film Festival for her "Frances Ha" performance as the title character's best friend, who unwittingly causes Frances' emotional spiral when she chooses to move out of their shared apartment. One of Sumner's favorite movies was Woody Allen's "Manhattan" (1979), and she fulfilled a dream working for director Noah Baumbach in similarly this New York-centric comedy-drama. During filming, life imitated art when Sumner became very close friends with her co-star, Greta Gerwig, who also wrote the film.</p><p>Paying further tribute to New York and to her rock and roll family, Sumner played the coveted role of legendary rock musician and poet Patti Smith in "CBGB" (2013), a period piece about the legendary Bowery nightclub that spawned many great bands, including Blondie, Talking Heads, and The Ramones.</p>