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Mena Suvari begs Bed Bath & Beyond to stop selling down products(6/26/18) (Poster) Mena Suvari is pleading with Bed Bath & Beyond to stop selling down pillows and bedding over concerns of animal cruelty.
The actress, who is a vegan, sent a strongly worded letter to company Steven H. Temares on Monday morning, denouncing the “violent treatment and environmental concerns” she says go along with producing the animal-derived goods.
“You can count me among the loyal Bed Bath & Beyond customers who flock to your store for design and decor inspiration. But today, I’m urging you to consider doing a little renovation and modernization of your own—and moving beyond cruelty—by removing down from your shelves entirely and offering only down-alternative bedding and fabrics,” she wrote in the letter obtained by Page Six.
Going into graphic detail, she wrote that “investigation after investigation has revealed that supply-house workers clamp live birds upside down between their knees and rip out handfuls of feathers as the geese and ducks struggle and squawk,” and that “open wounds resulting from this barbaric plucking are hastily sewn up with needle and thread.”
According to animal rights group PETA, which has targeted companies using goose down in the past, “most down and other feathers are removed from ducks and geese during slaughter,” but “birds in breeding flocks and those raised for meat and foie gras may be plucked repeatedly while they are still alive.”
Per PETA, Suvari will question Bed Bath & Beyond shareholders on its behalf during the company’s annual meeting on Friday. Suvari, 39, stars in PETA’s new anti-down campaign, which shows her surrounded by bloody feathers.
A rep for Bed Bath & Beyond didn’t immediately respond to Page Six’s request for comment.
Mena Suvari shocked by Kevin Spacey sexual misconduct allegations(6/5/18) More than six months after Kevin Spacey was first accused of sexual misconduct, his “American Beauty” co-star Mena Suvari has weighed in on the allegations against the actor.
“I think with everything that I’ve been seeing that everyone’s been going through, it’s shocking,” Suvari, 39, told “Megyn Kelly Today” on Tuesday. “It’s really heart-wrenching.”
She continued, “It’s important to focus on the conversation that’s happening and the healing, the victims — the right thing that’s to come out of this. That’s sort of what I try to hope for and focus on the most. It’s something that we’re truly changing and moving out of.”
Despite the allegations against Spacey — who won an Oscar for his portrayal of sexually frustrated suburban father Lester Burnham in the film — Suvari is glad to have worked with him on the 1999 drama.
“For me, having the opportunity to work on ‘American Beauty’ was something that was so special and so beautiful. I was so young and was so grateful to have a job,” she said. “And to be working with such experienced individuals — everyone on that set was wonderful to me … I had a beautiful experience working on that film.”
In October 2017, actor Anthony Rapp accused Spacey, now 58, of trying to seduce him when Rapp was just 14 years old.
Spacey came out as gay after the allegation, then reportedly sought “evaluation and treatment” for unspecified issues.
Since then, multiple victims have come forward to accuse Spacey of sexual misconduct, including several alleging sexual assault. Some of the allegations have been investigated by UK police and the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
Spacey has since been fired from “House of Cards” and his role in “All the Money in the World” was recast less than two months before its December 2017 release.
Mena Suvari to Star in TV Land Comedy Inspired by RHOBH's Kyle Richards' LifeMena Suvari is signed on to star in TV Land's comedy pilot American Woman, PEOPLE has confirmed.
The comedy, created and inspired by the life of Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Kyle Richards, also stars Clueless actress Alicia Silverstone.
TV Land's new series will follow 40-year-old Bonnie Nolan (Silverstone, 39), a mother of two girls, who finds herself single, alone and unemployed after her marriage fails in the 1970s.
Suvari, 37, will play Kathleen, one of Bonnie's closest friends, who longs for love and marriage but continuously finds herself choosing "boy toys" that exploit her for both her looks and pocketbook, Variety first reported.
The actress has a knack for choosing all-American on-screen projects. American Woman is the seventh project that Suvari has been connected to with "American" in the title, following American Pie, American Beauty, American Virgin (later changed to Live Virgin), American Pie 2, American Horror Story and American Reunion.
Mena Suvari To Topline WE TV Thriller Drama Series 'South Of Hell' From Jason Blum & Eli RothMena Suvari is finalizing a deal to play the lead in WE tv‘s second original scripted series, thriller drama South Of Hell from Sonar Entertainment and Blumhouse Television. The show, which has an eight-episode straight-to-series order for a 2015 premiere, comes from top horror producers Jason Blum and Eli Roth, in their first pairing. A supernatural thriller set in South Carolina, South Of Hell focuses on Maria Abascal (Suvari), a stunning demon-hunter-for-hire whose power stems from within. Like those she hunts, Maria is divided within herself, struggling with her own demon, Abigail, who resides inside of her, feeding on the evil Maria exorcises from others. Maria and Abigail share a soul and a destiny, but as Maria desperately tries to overtake Abigail, she will discover how far Abigail will go to remain a part of her.
The premiere episode of South Of Hell will be directed by Roth from a script by Matt Lambert. James Manos Jr. is executive producer and showrunner. Blum of Blumhouse Prods. also serves as executive producer, along with Gerard Bocaccio, who worked at Blumhouse; Roth; Sonar CEO Gene Stein; and the company’s former CEO Stewart Till.
American Beauty and American Pie alumna Suvari, repped by ICM Partners, Alchemy Entertainment and attorney Darren Trattner, is coming off playing the lead in another thriller drama, Amazon’s pilot Hysteria from Shaun Cassidy. She also recently completed an arc on NBC’s Chicago Fire and has recurred on FX’s American Horror Story.
Mena Suvari To Topline Amazon Drama Pilot 'Hysteria'American Pie alumna Mena Suvari is set as the lead in Amazon Studios’ drama pilot Hysteria, from Invasion creator Shaun Cassidy and Alcon Entertainment. It centers on Dr. Logan Harlow (Suvari), an exceptionally bright, driven, complicated, charming but socially awkward neurologist/psychiatrist at the University of Texas Medical School who travels to her hometown of Austin, TX to investigate a mysterious epidemic among high school girls that may be spreading through technology. Suvari, repped by ICM Partners, Alchemy Entertainment and attorney Darren Trattner, just completed an arc on NBC’s Chicago Fire.
Mena Suvari Just One-Upped Kelly Clarkson's Awkward Christmas Card(Photo) Kelly Clarkson struck Internet gold yesterday when she Tweeted her family's awkward Christmas photo with new husband Brandon Blackstock and stepchildren Savannah and Seth.
But there's another celebrity holiday card that may be even more awkward, and we'd like to shed some light on it.
American Pie actress Suvari posted this photo to Instagram on Monday, and upon first glance, all we can think is maybe she found some inspiration in Miley Cyrus's American Music Awards performance last month. The star's cat, Blanca, appears front and center in the pic, floating above her and boyfriend Sal Sanchez much like Cyrus's infamous lip-syncing feline.
But the couple makes their own statement by sitting on the sofa sporting identical sweaters with nutcracker embroidery. The real Blanca joins them, helping create a Christmas image we doubt anyone will soon forget. Perhaps that's what Suvari wanted for Christmas all along.
Mena Suvari To 'Chicago Fire'Mena Suvari has been cast in a recurring role on the NBC drama Chicago Fire. She will play Isabella, a close friend of Dawson (Monica Raymond) who is enlisted to help Mouch (Christian Stolte) with his campaign as President of the Chicago Firefighters Union. But although Mouch and Isabella have a strictly professional relationship, things heat up between Isabella and one of Mouch’s fellow firefighters.
SightingsMena Suvari chatting with Sophia Bush at Celebuzz’s Chateau Marmont bash
Mena Suvari -- Officially DivorcedMena Suvari is officially back on the market people... 'cause her divorce to concert promoter Simone Sestito has just been finalized.
TMZ broke the story ... the 33-year-old "American Beauty" actress filed papers to axe her marriage back in January from 25-year-old Sestito. The couple married in 2010 at a ceremony in Vatican city. They have no children together.
According to the docs, they both waived their rights to spousal support.
FYI, this is Mena's second divorce. She ended her 5-year marriage to cinematographer Robert Brinkmann in 2005.
Maria Menounos, Mena Suvari Become Zombies for a Good Cause(Photo) Maria Menounos, Whitney Port, Mena Suvari and Joel Madden are dying for a new look. Literally!
As part of AMC, which airs The Walking Dead, and American Red Cross's joint effort to raise awareness about donating blood, they are among the celebrities who are participating in The American Red Cross Zombie Blood Drive campaign.
Their zombie-fied pictures will run on the air in a public zombie announcement (PZA) on AMC, and online at the network's campaign site, amcgiveblood.com.
Elisabeth Röhm, Jimmy Smits and The Black Keys are also featured in the series.
The campaign runs from Sept. 24 through Oct. 22.
Mena Suvari -- I'm Calling a TRUCE in My DivorceMena Suvari's divorce war is over ... the actress has reached a settlement with her ex ... and she won't have to spend one dime on the guy ever again.
TMZ broke the story ... Mena's husband Simone Sestito was demanding $17k per month in spousal support ... claiming Mena makes a FORTUNE and he got used to living the good life.
But Mena's rep tells TMZ the two talked things out in private and were able to bury the hatchet -- "They have amicably resolved their financial differences outside of Mediation and Court."
The rep says, "Neither party will pay the other any support."
We're told the two remain friends ... and wish each other future success.
Suvari's ex demands spousal supportMena Suvari's estranged husband is asking the actress to hand over $17,000 a month in spousal support as part of their divorce settlement.
The American Pie star filed for divorce from her second husband, concert promoter Simone Sestito, in January, just 18 months after they wed.
The former couple's separation proceedings are ongoing and Sestito filed court documents last week claiming he has "negative balances" on both his business and personal accounts and is asking to be awarded $17,000 a month in spousal support, according to TMZ.com.
The documents state Sestito became accustomed to eating out "almost every day at high end restaurants" and estimates his monthly food bills to be around $3,000 a month.
Sestito claims Suvari's annual income to be around $750,000, which includes a Captain Morgan ad, and he also wants to be given an additional $10,000 to pay his attorney fees.
The actress' lawyer Mark Gross says, "It is unfortunate that Simone has chosen the spotlight of litigation over the privacy of mediation."
Suvari was previously married to cinematographer Robert Brinkmann - their five-year union ended in divorce in 2005.
Suvari: Divorce like weedingActress Mena Suvari has compared her recent marriage breakdown to tending troublesome weeds in her garden.
The American Beauty star filed for divorce from concert promoter Simone Sestito in January, just 18 months after they wed.
The split marked the actress' second failed marriage, following the end of her five-year union with cinematographer Robert Brinkmann in 2005 - but she has brushed off her chequered relationship history.
Suvari tells You magazine, "There are many reasons why things don't work out, and I think at some point you have to acknowledge that and work towards maintaining your own happiness. You have to surround yourself with people who love you and want the best for you.
"I call this process weeding my garden. A year or so ago I went through all the people in my life and asked myself: does this person inspire me, genuinely love me and support me unconditionally? I wanted nothing but positive influences in my life."
Pilot Season: Mena Suvari and Kyle Howard Cast in NBC Comedy From Happy Endings ScribeMena Suvari and Kyle Howard have been cast in a yet-to-be-named NBC comedy pilot from Hilary Winston (Happy Endings, Community), about a woman who seeks revenge on her ex.
While the pilot's lead, Agnes, has not yet been cast, Suvari and Howard are set to play supporting characters. Suvari will portray an uninhibited party girl, and Howard will take on the role of a former jock. Both will help Agnes, a fiancé scorned, in an effort to get back at her former lover.
Adam Shankman will direct the pilot, and Winston will serve as writer and executive producer.
Suvari, best known for her breakout role in American Beauty, recently guest-starred on American Horror Story.
Howard has appeared in Royal Pains and The Drew Carey Show.
Which American Star Just Got Inked Again?(Photo1, Photo2) Another day, another tattoo.
A certain star got some body art for the third time on Tuesday and posted some pics to prove it.
"Added small script on top of my lion," she tweeted along with photos of her bravely hunching over while the artist does his handiwork.
So, which American actress is putting a bit more color into her life?
That would be Mena Suvari!
In addition to the new ink, the American Pie and American Beauty star also revealed that she had "a little touching up" done as well on her already-existing tats.
No word on exactly what kind of wording Suvari had added, but we can't help but wonder if it somehow reflects the fact that she filed for divorce last month from her music producer husband, Simone Sestito.
Then again, it could simply be a little birthday gift to herself. After all, she does turn the big 3-2 next Monday.
Mena Suvari Files for DivorceMena Suvari is calling it quits on her 18-month marriage to concert producer Simone Sestito.
An attorney for the actress, 32, filed divorce papers on her behalf on Friday in L.A. County Superior Court, her rep confirms to PEOPLE.
According to court papers obtained by PEOPLE, Suvari cited "irreconcilable differences" ?and asked that Sestito receive no spousal support. She indicated that the pair's separation date was Nov. 1, 2011.
Suvari and Sestito married in June 2010 in Italy, holding a private church in the Vatican City in what the pair called a "romantic" wedding. The couple met at the Toronto Film Festival in 2007 and were engaged in 2008.
This will be Suvari's second divorce; she split from her first husband, cinematographer Robert Brinkmann, in 2005.
She and Sestito had no children, though she spoke last year of her excitement about having a bunch of kids.
Suvari is set to reprise her role in the next American Pie movie, due out later this year.
TMZ.com first broke the news of Suvari's divorce filing.
'American Horror Story': The Black Dahlia and the devil himself at the doorDid anyone find this the funniest episode of "American Horror Story" yet? Not exactly laughing at the show, but just the most "black comedy" episode so far? Hmmm. This one almost begs a re-viewing, it was so off-the-walls.
As far as the main plot goes, the flashback this week is to an actual murder - Elizabeth Short, a.k.a. the Black Dahlia, from 1947. In this mythology, she came to The House to see a dentist, who put her under and raped her, then discovered he accidentally killed her. But lucky for him, Dr. Montgomery's ghost is lurking about and ready to slice 'n dice.
In the present, Elizabeth appears as a patient to Ben, whose only desire is to be famous. Hayden informs her that she is, in fact, quite famous.
Speaking of Hayden, she's still obsessed with getting back together with Ben, but she (kind of hilariously) seduces Constance's lover Travis to see if she "could do it with a guy who's still alive." But when Travis then turns on Hayden, she stabs him to death with an ice pick. All the usual suspects show up to help with the disposal and he ends up as the modern-day Black Dahlia.
Over at the mental ward, Ben visits Vivien after learning from her doctor that the twin babies have two different fathers. He basically tells her to go to hell, while Vivien maintains she was raped by Rubber Man. Only Constance believes her - and Constance knows it was Tate.
Ben confronts the security guard, whom he assumes is the other father (after a prompting from Hayden "confirms" his suspicions), but when the security guard reveals he's shooting blanks, Ben finally starts to realize that Vivien may have been telling the truth all along. And he sees Moira as an old woman.
At the very end, Constance questions her psychic friend Billie Dean about a baby born from a human and someone from the spirit world. Billie Dean spins a tale of a box the new Pope opens when he is elected. It's kept in the yhe Room of Tears and contains the secret to the end of the world - "A child born of human and spirit will usher in the end of times. It is the essence of evil. A perversion of the Immaculate Conception."
Thoughts & Tidbits
Sarah Paulson's return as Billie Dean seemed a little Deus Ex Psychic to me.
Mena Suvari to Guest-Star on American Horror StoryMena Suvari has signed on for a guest role on American Horror Story, TVLine.com reports.
The American Beauty and American Pie star will play a young woman with a connection to the Harmon's house whose nickname happens to be The Black Dahlia. It's unclear whether she'll portray the same Black Dahlia murder victim whose case is still unsolved after more than 60 years.
Suvari, who will return to the Pie fold in 2012's American Reunion, will appear in Episode 9 of the FX series.
Lindsay Lohan: Mena and Dania are 'Pathetic'Lindsay Lohan says it's "pathetic" that Mena Suvari and Dania Ramirez dragged her name into a parody video spotlighting her much-publicized misfortunes.
Mena and Dania just released the spoof targeting the likes of Kim Kardashian and, of course, Lindsay. In one scene faux LiLo (Mena) pretends to shop as she stuffs her clothes with jewelry.
But we're told Lindsay feels as if Mena and Dania are using her to stay relevant.
Lindsay -- who is developing a habit of suing people who use her name -- has decided she won't take legal action because she considers their conduct "petty."
Sounds like a great "People's Court" case. Just sayin' ...
Mena Suvari Wants Two Children - Soon!Don't be surprised if Mena Suvari has some baby news in the not too-distant future.
The actress, who wed concert promoter Simone Sestito in a romantic ceremony in Rome last June, tells PEOPLE she's ready to start a family.
"Everybody wants a child," the actress said at a party for W magazine's "Best Performances" issue at Chateau Marmont in West Hollywood on Jan. 14. "I want at least two children, maybe in another year or so. Who knows, I might end up having five and being this crazy woman with all these children."
Suvari, who turns 32 next month, says motherhood is a role she knows she will cherish. "I think that would be the ultimate experience for me. I think that's where you really find yourself. That's what's important about life."
Mena Suvari will keep her 'Social' promiseMena Suvari is a woman of her word. The actress promised to attend Social Life magazine's July 17 party in Water Mill celebrating her cover story. But then she got married in Italy to concert producer Simone Sestito and went off honeymooning, and she's due in Canada soon to film "Restitution" with C. Thomas Howell. Somehow, arrangements were made, and she vows to fulfill her obligtion to Social Life. This week's covergirl, Kelly Bensimon, a Hamptons local, will have an easier commute to a bash tonight in her honor.
Mena Suvari's Wedding Had Tradition, Romance and FireworksMena Suvari and Simone Sestito had plenty of history around them as they started a new chapter with their wedding on Saturday.
The couple were married at Santo Stefano degli Abissini, an 8th-century church in Vatican City and held their reception at Castello Odescalchi, a 15th-century castle in nearby Bracciano – the same castle where Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes were married in 2006.
Rome "is the true city of romance, and to be able to wed in the Eternal City is all we could have asked for this occasion," the couple tell PEOPLE.
Mena Suvari Weds in ItalyIt was a day to remember for actress Mena Suvari and concert producer Simone Sestito, who were married Saturday in a private church in Vatican City, Italy, PEOPLE has confirmed.
"The ceremony was truly unique and Mena looked breathtaking," says a guest. "They are very much in love."
The two, who have been engaged since 2008, planned a private reception following their ceremony outside of the city.
Suvari, 31, and Sestito, 25, met at the Toronto Film Festival in 2007. The couple chose Rome as their wedding locale because most of Sestito's family lives near the city.
"We just understood each other," Sestito told PEOPLE in 2008. "She's very caring and understanding. There was a connection."
Suvari will next be seen in the comedy, You May Not Kiss The Bride, costarring Dave Annable.
Mena Suvari celebrates b'day in NYCLove was in the air in the Meatpacking District on Saturday when Mena Suvari celebrated her 31st birthday. Her fiancé, Simone Sestito, threw a surprise party for her at Abe & Arthur's restaurant and arranged a special delivery of roses. Simone, who is to marry Suvari in Rome this summer, invited a group of close friends and family including "Project Runway" winner Christian Siriano, who helped Suvari blow out the candles on her cake.
Mena Suvari getting marriedLove is in the air for Mena Suvari and her fiancé, music promoter Simone Sestito, who are to wed in Rome, sources report. The couple, who got engaged in July 2008, were overheard finalizing details for their planned summer wedding in the Eternal City while at the Library Bar at the Paramount Hotel. The "American Beauty" star also had a fitting for her wedding dress with friend and Alice + Olivia designer Stacey Bendet.
Door dimwitsMena Suvari must be keeping a low profile. When the "American Beauty" star showed up to Svedka's alice + olivia presentation at a loft in the Meatpacking District, the door sentries didn't recognize her. "She was standing there, waving her hands," says a spy. "Finally, someone working the event saw her and let her in." Once inside, Suvari mingled with actor Adam Bertrand, Ashley Greene of "Twilight," AnnaLynne McCord of "90210," and new AOLstylelist.com contributor Fabiola Beracasa, who scaled a 4-foot wall to get in rather than wait in line.
SightingsAMBER Tamblyn was in a distraught state at last week's Whitney Art Party. Page Six spotted Tamblyn, who's dating actor David Cross -- 20 years her senior -- wandering around Skylight on Hudson Street looking confused and having intense conversations with a few pals. But once Cross showed up, Tamblyn relaxed. Also perusing art at the BCGB Max Azria event were Mena Suvari, Bradley Cooper (who was very cozy with Lake Bell), Maggie Rizer and Selita Ebanks.
Suvari's image used in condom adAmerican Beauty actress Mena Suvari has become the latest unwitting star of a Chinese advertisement - in which she appears to promote condoms.
Suvari is pictured wearing a backless dress and posing seductively on the contraceptive packets, sold by the Chinese firm Eyesome.
The condoms are on sale for $1.30 in Chinese supermarkets and online.
The unauthorised endorsement, made possible because of relaxed image rights in the Asian country, follows the unofficial use of images of Sir Sean Connery and soccer star David Beckham to promote a range of Viagra-style impotence capsules in a Chinese ad last month.
SightingsSTOP AND SHOP: Mena Suvari, browsing through West Hollywood's Beckley boutique.
SightingsMena Suvari, stopping into Beverly Hills boutique Switch for some shopping – and smooching with her fiancé, Simone Sestito. Suvari first headed in by herself and picked a bunch of things. At the end of the spree Sestito met up with her. "They were so cute as she was being rung up," says an onlooker. "They were laughing and kissing – totally adorable."
Mena Suvari Reveals 2010 Wedding PlansIt's going to be "a nice, big traditional Italian wedding" for American Beauty star Mena Suvari and music producer-promoter Simone Sestito, the couple tell PEOPLE.
"We want to marry in Italy," Suvari said at the Hugo Boss store opening Wednesday in New York. "There is a lot of planning we want to do."
In fact, they are heading back on Thursday to scout locations. "We were there in August, and everything was closed in August, so we want to look at a lot of cathedrals and find a place."
The target date is sometime in 2010, say the couple, who announced their engagement in July.
Suvari, 29, met Sestito, 24, through a mutual friend when he was visiting Los Angeles, and got reacquainted at the Toronto Film Festival in 2007.
"A couple weeks after we knew each other, he asked me if I wanted to go to Italy," she says.
They visited Rome where, Sestito recalls, "I took her to the main attractions – the Coliseum, the Spanish Steps."
But the pair bonded over more than the sites. "We just really understood each other," Sestito says. "There was a connection. She's very caring and understanding, very outgoing, fun. She's always laughing, joking around."
Mena Suvari's "Fairy-Tale" Wedding WishesMena Suvari showed off some serious bling at the launch party for Signorelli's "Love" collection, which benefits Susan G. Komen for the Cure, at Planet Blue Wednesday.
Not only is the recently engaged actress sporting a huge honking diamond, but she reveals that her fiancé, Simone Sestito, actually designed the ring.
“I really want it to be romantic and like a fairy-tale wedding,” Mena tells E! News of her second trip down the aisle. "It's all very new to me. Even though I have been down that road before, I never have done any of these preparations so...there's a lot of stuff to do."
Mena also dished that she wants to tie the knot in Italy and is planning to scout locations next week when she's at the Rome Film Festival for the premiere of her new movie, Garden of Eden.
As for the dress? “I want to work with my friend Stacy, who designs Alice + Olivia, to design a dress,” says Suvari.
Modest MenaMENA Suvari's wild days might be behind her. The "American Beauty" temptress had a bit of a wardrobe crisis the other night when all the dresses sent to her by Diane von Furstenberg were too see-through. Suvari hosted Andy Warhol's 80th-birthday celebration, sponsored by Martini & Rossi, and a source told us, "She had to run to alice+olivia to find a dress that wouldn't leave her completely exposed." A rep for Suvari told us the star "loves Diane von Furstenberg, but just wanted to wear something more mod."
Mena Suvari to Wed Music ProducerMena Suvari is engaged to music producer/concert promoter Simone Sestito, who proposed during their vacation to Jamaica, her reps tell PEOPLE.
The 29-year-old actress met Sestito last year at the Toronto International Film Festival while Suvari was promoting her film Stuck. No wedding date has been set.
"They're taking their time planning the wedding," says a source close to the actress. "They are in no rush."
Survari will be seen in the Lifetime movie Murder in Sin City in September, and in the period piece Garden of Eden later this year.
Hard-to-watch 'Stuck' is equally hard to shakeA key character speaks prophetic words in Stuck, a disturbing tale of an unintentional crime that becomes unspeakable: "Anybody can do anything to anyone and get away with it."
Mirroring a news story of a driver who hit a pedestrian and drove with the battered body on the hood of the car, Stuck raises compelling questions about morality and ethics and how far people will go to avoid reprisal.
Brandi (Mena Suvari) initially comes across as a sweet and compassionate nurse's assistant, excited because she is in line for a promotion. After a night of too many drinks and a tablet of Ecstasy, Brandi gets behind the wheel of her car, drives erratically and hits what appears to be a homeless man (Stephen Rea) pushing a shopping cart. Meanwhile, we have learned that the man, Tom, is a recently unemployed project manager and had just embarked on a downward spiral of bad luck that grows even more dismal when he and Brandi's car collide.
Tom crashes through her windshield and is stuck, pinned halfway in her front seat, his body resting on the hood of her car. Initially, Brandi considers doing the right thing and taking him to the hospital, but she panics and drives him home. Once there, she leaves him to die in her locked garage.
But Tom's survival instinct clashes with her growing sense of desperation. She does all she can to cover things up, to little avail, fearing she will spend her life in prison.
The tone is one of horror and dark, low comedy. Many of the visuals are starkly grisly and disgusting. But the powerful film raises thought-provoking questions.
Both Suvari and Rea give strong, believable performances, as do Russell Hornsby, who plays Brandi's thuggish boyfriend, and Rukiya Bernard, who plays her co-worker.
The over-the-top tale becomes a tense and unsettling duel. This is not enjoyable entertainment, but it is brutally watchable. Writer/director Stuart Gordon seeks to expose our uncaring, self-absorbed society and also the unflagging will to live.
Stuck - * * 1/2 (out of four)
Suvari and Modine delve into "Sin" for LifetimeMena Suvari and Matthew Modine will star in the Lifetime original movie "Sex & Lies in Sin City," based on the true story of Las Vegas casino heir Ted Binion.
The tentatively titled telefilm is based on the book "Murder in Sin City" by Jeff German. Binion (Modine), the heir to the Binion Horseshoe Casino fortune, was found dead in his Vegas home in 1998 by his ex-stripper girlfriend, Sandy Murphy (Suvari), ultimately leading to a scandalous trial involving Murphy and her con artist boyfriend.
"Much like a trip to Vegas, this movie is a guilty pleasure," Lifetime senior vice president original movies Tanya Lopez said, adding that it "captures all of the true crime story elements and the madness that surrounded Ted Binion's life."
The telefilm will premiere on the cable network in September. Peter Medak ("Carnivale") is directing from a script by Teena Booth.