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Thursday, January 16, 2014
Vanessa Hudgens switches from a homeless pregnant teen on screen to a dazzling queen on the red carpet for ‘Gimme Shelter’ Premiere
Premiere night for Director/Writer Ron Klauss (center) of Gimme Shelter. Also pictured are Rosario Dawn (on his right and KAthy DiFiore (far right) on the other side is Star Vanessa Hudgens and Producer Scott Steinorff. Not picture but stars in the movie is James Earl Jones, who plays a priest.
Vanessa Hudgens (Apple) on the red carpet for “Gimme Shelter” premiere and homeless benefit at the Egyptian Theater, Movie hits theaters Fri., Jan. 24th.
Some 300 Hollywood celebs, homeless activists and stars of the new movie,”Gimme Shelter” packed into the Egyptian Theater for a powerful drama.
The special fundraiser for the homeless was staged by BubbleFishMedia, who invited homeless services nonprofits and agencies to view the film.The movie based on the life of Founder Kathy Difiore, Several Sources Shelters, Inc. brings home the plight of Mothers & babies, who are homeless. Difiore, who was on the red carpet last night said, “We need to do more for the homeless. They’re no just drug addicts, they are people who have lost their job or family support," she said.
The true story is about 16 year old street-wise Apple (High School Musical Star. Vanessa Hudgens) has never had an easy life. Her mother, June Bailey (Rosario Dawson, Sin City and Seven Pounds ), is an addict and prostitute, is verbally and physically abusive. She is grooming her daughter to follow in her footsteps, but not without a fight.
Kathy DiFiore, founder of Several Shelters, Inc., N.J. talks to Actress Rosario Dawson, who plays June the mother of Apple (Vanessa Hudgens) at the premiere in Hollywood.
Scott Steinorff, executive producer, Gimme Shelter , on the red carpet in for the Premiere of the film based on true story of Kathy DiFiore, who was a pregnant teen and went from being homeless to starting a shelter for women and babies in New Jersey.
Apple knows the streets, alleys and motels like the back of her hand, but wants more from her life. She possesses a tenacious, tough, indomitable spirit and will not surrender to setback.Apple runs away from her mother and tracks down her father whom she has never known, as he was only 19 when he got Apple’s mother pregnant. Apple begs her now Wall Street Broker father, Tom Fitzpatrick (Brendan Fraser), to take her in.
In the few days under her father’s care, she learns she’s become pregnant by a kid from the streets she met on the train, who now wants nothing to do with her. The teen is forced to leave her father’s home because of her choice to keep the baby.
Apple runs away again, and is eventually taken under the wing of Father McCarthy (James Earl Jones), the chaplain of the local hospital after almost getting herself killed in a car accident.
Vanessa Hudgens on the red carpetfor Gimme Shelter premiere. Theis Movie out Fri., Jan. 24th.
Vanessa Hudgens, who plays the pregnant teen told USA Weekend, “Looking in the mirror was thrill,” she said. “I had the freedom to become as ugly as possible. I didn’t keep any clothes, but I took a couple of piercings as keepsakes.”
He offers to let Apple live at a shelter for pregnant young women run by a spiritual woman named Kathy (Ann Dowd). It is here that Apple begins to tentatively interact with the other girls who are in the same predicament as she and gradually begins to make a family for herself. The movie has nonstop action and throws you in the streets of homelessness from eating out of garbage cans to sleep in strangers unlock cars to survive.
Hudgens and several actors spent much time living in homeless shelters to study their true-story roles.
Just before the movie started, Director Ron Klauss told the audience the film”I met Difiore in front of a shelter. I spent a year living in the shelter to learn what it was like before shooting the movie, which took four years,” said Klauss The film is has several powerful and promising moments of domestic violence between Apple and her Mom (Rosario Dawson), who plays the addicted Mother, who won’t give up.
Two thumbs up and very true to life if you’ve been raised in a foster home. Due out Friday, January 24th.