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The career of a disillusioned producer, who is desperate for a hit, is endangered when his star walks off the film set. Forced to think fast, the producer decides to digitally create an actress "Simone" to sub for the star--the first totally believable synthetic actress. The "actress" becomes an overnight sensation, with a major singing career as well, and everyone thinks she's a real person. However, as Simone's fame skyrockets, he cannot bear to admit his fraud to himself or the world.
A star is... created.
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Release Date: August 23, 2002
Runtime: 117 mins
All Genres: Drama, Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Sound: DTS, Dolby Digital, SDDS
IMDB Rating: 6.2
Buried.com Rating: 7.2 - (Rate This Horror Movie at Buried.com)
Category: Horror Movies Starting With S
MPAA Rating: PG-13
MPAA Rating Reason:
Rated PG-13 for some sensuality.
Al Pacino ...Viktor Taransky
Benjamin Salisbury ...Production Assistant
Winona Ryder ...Nicola Anders
Darnell Williams ...Studio Executive #1
Jim Rash ...Studio Executive #2
Ron Perkins ...Studio Executive #3
Jay Mohr ...Hal Sinclair
Catherine Keener ...Elaine Christian
Evan Rachel Wood ...Lainey Christian Taransky
Jeffrey Pierce ...Kent
Jeff Williams ...Man in Suit
Rachel Roberts ...Simone (as Simone)
Mitzi Martin ...Premiere Audience Member
Carole Androsky ...Premiere Audience Member (as Carol Androsky)
Christopher Neiman ...Premiere Audience Member
Jolie Jenkins ...Premiere Audience Member
Derrex Brady ...Premiere Audience Member
Lisa Cerasoli ...Premiere Audience Member
Darin Heames ...Premiere Audience Member
Patrick J. Dancy ...Premiere Audience Member (as Patrick Dancy)
Adrian R'Mante ...Premiere Audience Member
David Doty ...Theater Owner
Maureen Mueller ...Entertainment Reporter
Barry Papick ...Walter, Security Guard
James Gleason ...Reporter
Andi Carnick ...Reporter
Richard Saxton ...Reporter
Vincent Boling ...Reporter
Mark Thompson ...Reporter
Keith MacKechnie ...Reporter
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Michael De Luca
S1m0ne Horror Film Trailer 1
"Adagio for Strings"
"Requiem - in Paradisum"
"The Girl I Dream About"
"(You Make Me Feel Like a) Natural Woman"
"Requiem - Pie Jesu"
More Movie Taglines:
- A star is... created.
- On August 23, Meet a Real Fake
- [to a group of reporters] Viktor: Simone appears only when I want her to appear.
Viktor: I made her. Elaine: No, Viktor. She made YOU.
Viktor: Do you know why I, Viktor Taransky, two-time Academy Award nominated director... Elaine: Viktor, that was short subjects. Viktor: ...overseeing the most cherished movie project of my entire career, am walking around with - look, look, look - pockets full of these... things? Elaine: Well, I have a feeling you're gonna tell me. Viktor: I'm gonna tell ya why. Because Miss Nicola Anders, supermodel with a SAG card, has it written in her contract that all cherry Mike and Ike's be removed from her candy dish, along with strict instructions that any room she walks into must have seven packs of cigarettes waiting for her, three of them open. That there be a personal Jacuzzi within eighty paces of her dressing room, and that any time she travels, her nanny must fly with her, first class. Elaine: So? What's wrong with that? Viktor: Elaine, she doesn't have children.
Simone: I guess what I like most about my movies is that they're not about special effects.
Viktor: You know, it's easier to fool a hundred thousand people than just one.
- As part of the pre-released publicity for this film, it was claimed that Simone would be played by a completely photo-realistic computer-generated actress.
In order to keep her role in the film a secret, Rachel Roberts worked on the movie under the pseudonym Anna Green (short for anthropomorphic green screen), and is referred to by this name on one of the behind-the-scenes documentaries on the DVD release. Live footage of Rachel Roberts was computer enhanced in order to create the synthetic look of Simone. During some computer screen scenes, a detailed, computer animated version of the actress was used.
In the Academy Awards scene the actresses nominated for the same award as Simone all have computer hardware and software names: Claris Apple, Lisa Packard, and Lotus Corel.
When Simone's costars for "Eternity Forever" with whom she conducts a meeting via telephone introduce themselves, most of them have computer software/hardware manufacturers' names: Corel, Claris (Simone worked with her cousin Dell), Hewlett, Lotus, and the two that aren't companies: Mac and Hal, the HAL 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968).
The scene in the graveyard features headstones that bear the names of various crewmembers.
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Rating: 7.2 out of 10.0 - 51 votes cast total