Archive for November, 2009

Nov 27,2009

New York, I Love You Reviews

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If you’re a fan of New York and romance is your genre, you’ll probably enjoy New York, I Love You a lot. One thing’s for sure — it will make you want to pay the town a visit.


Like the weather in much of Canada, if you find yourself not liking the indie anthology New York, I Love You, wait a few minutes. It’ll change.

A patchwork quilt sewn by the motliest crew of filmmakers, this American spinoff of the art-house anthology Paris Je T’aime (by the same producers), ranges in mood from ponderous, to cute, to enigmatic to enjoyably shticky to utterly confusing depending on which of the 11 short films on the Big Apple theme you’re watching.


New York has plenty of self-love to go around
New York, I Love You originally screened at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival, where it included a short directed by Scarlett Johansson that has since been excised, reportedly because it didn’t suit the flow of the film.
The whole enchilada was billed at TIFF as a work in progress, and that designation still suits the finished effort, which is at once as maddening and as enthralling as New York City itself.


Nov 27,2009

‘New York, I Love You’: Canadian Connections

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The upcoming movie ‘New York, I Love You’ features about, I dunno, a zillion high-profile Hollywood actors. Orlando Bloom? Check. Cloris Leachman? Check. Bradley Cooper, Ethan Hawke, James Caan, Natalie Portman? Check, check, check, check. Even teen queens Blake Lively and Rachel Bilson make appearances, not to mention Susan Sarandon’s daughter Eva Amurri and The Beef himself, Shia LaBeouf.

The film is a collection of intersecting vignettes that take place all over, you guessed it, New York. As a patriotic Canadian, I couldn’t help but wonder about Canada’s role in this parade of Hollywood stars acting in an American production about New York. I do believe that, much like Kevin Bacon, everything can be traced back to Canada.

Sure, there’s the obvious - Canadian Hayden Christensen is in it. But there must be more. And there is. So, without further ado, here’s a breakdown of all of the Canadian connections to this film’s impressive star roster I can think of.

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Nov 26,2009

Happy Thanksgiving

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I’d like to wish a happy Thanksgiving to everyone who celebrates it.

I hope everyone has a peaceful day and try not to eat too much! :P

Feel free to let us know what you are thankful for in the comments.

Nov 25,2009

New York, I Love You

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The New York, I Love You official Japanese site is now online. Not much content added as of yet, but there are a few stills from the movie, so be sure to head over and check it out!



New York, I Love You will be released in Japan, February 2010.

Latest Release dates-
France - January 2010
Germany - January 28, 2022
Belgium - February 24, 2022

Thank you Takako!

Nov 23,2009

Out and About

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Candids > 2009 > Pearson International Airport > 11-22-09

Nov 20,2009

Gallery Update

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Movies > Awake > Production Stills and Posters

Movies > Jumper > Production Stills and Onset > 02-05-07

Movies > Factory Girl > Posters

Star Wars Celebration II
Various Outings

Nov 20,2009

Website Updates

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The TV Alerts have been updated with the latest, including UK listings.

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Nov 19,2009

Local dog becomes movie star, meets “Darth Vader

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Whether or not you agree with the tax-credit program that sparked it, the burgeoning movie industry is creating all kinds of quirky and interesting situations we otherwise wouldn’t be seeing around here.
Here’s one: Mary Dixon, who runs the local company Mup Mups Animal Actors, has a tale of a Saline poodle’s brush with the big time.

On the evening of November 8th, Bunny found her self on a darkened street, in Darth Vader’s arms…

In October and early November, my Ann Arbor company, Mup Mups Animal Actors, was hired to work on the film “The Vanishing on 7th Street” in Detroit.

“Vanishing” is directed by Brad Anderson (of the TV show “Fringe”) and stars Hayden Christensen (the young Darth Vader in the recent “Star Wars” sagas), John Leguizamo (Henri-Toulouse Latrec in “Moulin Rouge”) and Thandie Newton (Makemba “Kem” Likasu in the TV show “ER”) as survivors in a world where shadowy figures appear and human beings disappear.

The plot is so hush-hush, even I was not given a script (which we usually have so that we can break down the animal action as required). We had to train on-set for both animals, which can be a real challenge, no matter how simple the action seems (to the director or crew) or how good a trainer you are!

For the October days, I hired a real police horse, whose owner, a sergeant, came as his primary handler. Which was good, since we were shooting in a not-so-nice area of Detroit! The production company closed down I-75 for 8 hours for one of the police horse shoots, which I believe is the biggest stunt a film company has pulled off since the Michigan Film Incentive (MFI) was started in April 2008.

The other animal I was asked to find for the film was a white standard poodle.

I’ve been involved in the dog show scene for 15 years as an obedience and conformation exhibitor and as a vendor of my handmade porcelain dog breed jewelry. So I knew it would be difficult at this time of year to find the extreme show-groomed poodles, with the balls and flourishes. They are all on the road, being shown for those last-minute 2009 AKC standings, most with professional dog handlers.

But, luckily for us, Bunny and a few other young ones were available. Of those, he picked Bunny.

Bunny is a young white standard poodle bred and owned by longtime show exhibitor and Southeast Michigan Poodle Club president Patricia Jason of Saline. She was cast as a fancy dog wandering alone to fend for herself on the streets of the deserted city. We shot on a back street between the Compuware building and Greektown, just under the People Mover.

The script called for her to walk around from one mark to another, seemingly easy stuff. But when I, Pat and her daughter Danielle Sugai got there, we were asked to add a few other behaviors to make the scene more realistic.

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Nov 19,2009

Vanishing on Seventh Street Mention

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When we caught up with Leguizamo last week, he was in Detroit, where he was preparing for a night shoot for the film “Vanishing on 7th Street” with Hayden Christensen and Thandie Newton.


Nov 18,2009

Vanishing on Seventh Street/Hayden Mention

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Jacob Latimore tweeted about Hayden and I wanted to share.

OH yeah i was at the movie shoot last night. Hayden Christensen gave me a xbox 360. it might be nothing to some people but….. A xbox 360, Great gift.
20 minutes ago from web

Via jacoblatimore

BTW, Jacob plays James in Vanishing.

Nov 18,2009

Vanishing on Seventh Street Wrapped?

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According to John Leguizamo’s tweeted about Vanishing on Seventh Street.

thandie newton just wrapped our flick onward + upward
about 6 hours ago from mobile web

Via John Leguizamo

Nov 17,2009

New/Old Articles

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I’ve added two more old/new articles from 2002 and 2008. Both have been added to the Press Archive as well!

Unafraid of the Dark
Ready, Jedi, go! Plucked from relative obscurity to star in what will certainly be one of the biggest movies of all time, Hayden Christensen will soon be seen as Anakin Skywalker — the young Darth Vader originally played by Jake Lloyd — in ”Star Wars: Episode II — Attack of the Clones,” as well as in ”Episode III” (due in 2005). Here, the 20-year-old Christensen, currently performing on the London stage in Kenneth Lonergan’s ”This Is Our Youth,” talks about fake tans, instant celebrity, and the return of that jabbering alien.

You costarred in last year’s ”Life as a House” and are in the middle of a pretty tough play. Do you feel pressure to showcase your versatility before this role defines you?
I’m just letting it be. You can’t control how the public sees you or wants to see you. I’m going to go after the roles I want to play. Still, actors are associated with one or two roles. People say, ”De Niro? ‘Raging Bull’ or ‘Taxi Driver.”’ But I think Darth Vader is a cool role to be defined by.

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Hollywood movie shot at RNC

‘Jumper,’ a Hollywood movie directed by Doug Liman, is to be released this spring. A scene for the movie was filmed at the RIKEN Nishina Center for Accelerator-Based Science (RNC) in February last year. Almost 100 members of staff traveled to the center, including Liman, renowned for his film ‘Mr. & Mrs. Smith’, and actor Hayden Christensen, of ‘Star Wars: Episode II—Revenge of the Sith’. Filming started at 7 am and wrapped up at 2 am the next day.


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Nov 17,2009

Our Little Farmer

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Here is the translation from the November ‘09, German issue of Instyle magazine.

Hayden Christensen talks about farm work and love


Since Hayden Christensen played the smart Anakin Skywalker in “Star Wars”, you can’t think of the young star brigade without him. Now, on top of that, a perfume was dedicated to the Canadian, who is engaged to “OC“ Star Rachel Bilson. With a sexy unbuttoned polo shirt the 28 year old is advertising the new male fragrance from Lacoste “Challenge“:

Instyle: On the campaign picture there is not one chest hair in sight. Are you waxing?
Hayden Christensen: (laughs) God, no, I never did that. It would hurt to bad. It wouldn’t really pay off, because haven’t got a lot of chest hair.

Instyle: People Magazine voted you one of the sexiest man in Hollywood. Do you like that?
Hayden Christensen: It’s flattering, but i get embarrassed, when someone asks me about it. I’m not really paying attention to my looks. It only takes me 15 minutes in the bathroom.

Instyle: Do you like the new Lacoste Challenge fragrance?
Hayden Christensen: The fresh scent of Lemon and orange and the heavy scent of ginger and dark wood, is reminding me of my fathers smell.

Instyle: What was your biggest challenge?
Hayden Christensen: My brother Tove, my sister Heijsa and I participated in the “Eco- Challenge” in Figi, when I was 21. It was a TV-adventure show, a 500 km race with 50 teams, who have to go threw the jungle on their own. There’s still a You Tube video.

Instyle: What do you like to do in your free time? Something adventures?
Hayden Christensen: I try to win tennis matches, and played against Mats Wilander in a Lacoste tournament for example. And I have a farm near Toronto with chickens and horses. That’s a good balance to Hollywood. We grow bio-vegetables and get our own power from solar-cells. I love to work on the farm and plow the land with my tractor.

Instyle: And your fiance is walking around in rain boots threw the mud?
Hayden Christensen: (laughs) We like to walk threw the woods. But I thinks she prefers to go shopping in Beverly Hills than farm work.

Instyle: Is she giving you styling tips?
Hayden Christensen: She sometimes buys shirts for me. But my favourite one, brought my grandma from Jamaica. It is a Hard-Rock-Cafe shirt.

Thanks Kathy!

Nov 16,2009

Vanishing on Seventh Street Poster

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I’m guessing this is not the official Vanishing poster most likely a (early stage) teaser, but at least it features Hayden!


Source and thanks to Lauren, Kath/DH.Net Forum

Looks as if they used this photoshoot picture.

Nov 15,2009

Gallery Update

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I’ve added new pictures in the following galleries.

Jumper > Production Stills

Lacoste Challenge > Backstage Shots and Promotional Stills

Events > 2009 > The French Open