Magazine lists film firmament's rising stars

August 30, 1992|By Steven Rea | Steven Rea,Knight-Ridder Newspapers

Watch out for the "new" new wave. In the September issue of Esquire, screenwriter L. M. Kit Carson has come up with a gimmicky but nonetheless noteworthy roster of rising film biz stars -- directors, writers, actors and producers.

These are folks, says Mr. Carson, who come out of the same new independent tradition as the Coen Brothers, Steven Soderbergh, Gus Van Sant, Spike Lee and John Turturro. He calls them the "Eleventh Generation" of Hollywood filmmakers (D.W. Griffith belonged to the first, silent stars Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton the second, and so on).

Prominent among the "Makers" is man-of-the-moment Tim Robbins, who wrote, directed and starred in "Bob Roberts," the political satire set for a Sept. 11 release.

Quentin Tarantino, another triple-threat moviemaker whose much-touted gangster pic, "Reservoir Dogs," is also heading for theaters, is cited, as are writer-directors Hal Hartley ("Simple Men," coming in October) and Allison Anders ("Gas, Food, Lodging," a hit at the first Philadelphia Festival of World Cinema).

In the actors' ranks, Mr. Carson singles out Mr. Hartley's leading lady Adrienne Shelly (she starred in both his "Trust" and "The Unbelievable Truth"), Tim Roth (van Gogh in Robert Altman's "Vincent & Theo") and Tony-winner (and "Boyz N the Hood" star) Larry Fishburne.

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