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Blaming the ‘Fierce’ mom

Hollywood Film Fest unspools 'People'

HOLLYWOOD — “Everyone needs a fucked-up mother — everyone needs a finger to point,” Diane Lane said in jest on Oct. 19 during a Q&A after the Hollywood Film Festival unspooling of Lions Gate’s “Fierce People.”

Lane’s character, a coke-addicted masseuse trying to get clean, inadvertently puts her son (Anton Yelchin) in danger when she takes a job at a compound of a wealthy man (Donald Sutherland) in New Jersey.

“It’s the ultimate coming-of-age story about a boy who has his manhood taken away from him before he’s a man,” helmer Griffin Dunne explained.

Also participating in discussion were novelist-scribe Dirk Wittenborn and cast members Yelchin, Kristen Stewart and Paz de la Huerta.

Sutherland, who was introduced by Dunne as “the next president of the United States,” was on hand for the prescreening cocktail, but had to slip out for his early morning “Commander and Chief” call.

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