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Feb 21,2011

Brad Anderson on his ‘Vanishing on 7th Street’

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Detroit a perfect setting for postapocalyptic ‘Vanishing on 7th Street’

Filmed in just 20 days last fall on digital video using the cost-effective Red camera, “7th Street” follows four strangers (Hayden Christensen, Thandie Newton, John Leguizamo and 14-year-old newcomer Jacob Latimore) who try to regroup in a tavern after a huge blackout that has left the rest of the world in ruins.

Anderson says he liked Anthony Jaswinski’s script because “it’s not about monsters lurking in the shadows. The shadows themselves are the monsters. How do you pull that off technically so it feels organic and creepy? I liked taking on that challenge.” Source- Hugh Hart
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Feb 15,2011

Exclusive: Brad Anderson on the Darkness of ‘Vanishing on 7th Street’

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Hayden Christensen leads a cast as Luke, a local TV personality who becomes the de-facto leader of a small group of survivors.

This is a pretty unique cast of characters. Can you discuss the casting choices?
The first one on board was Hayden. He just responded to the mystery of the story like I did and he was looking to play more of a merciless character that he hadn’t really played before. And I wanted to assemble an ensemble that was diverse and felt like they could be a cross-section of Detroit. Different ethniticies and classes of people so that the story took on a fable quality. It wasn’t just four frat boys trying to survive, but these were four kind of everyday people in this American city struggling to join forces to survive against this threat. Continue Reading ?

Feb 10,2011

Motor City runs on empty

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The producers of Magnet/Magnolia Pictures’ “Vanishing on 7th Street” found just the right city for their sci-fi pic.

“If you’re doing a post-apocalyptic theme, Detroit fits the bill,” helmer Brad Anderson said at Monday’s Cinema Society preem at the IFC Center. “Even if they didn’t have a 41% rebate, that town works for this movie thematically. It’s a place that really is suffering a vanishing of people and we didn’t have to do a lot to create that reality there.”

Hayden Christensen agreed: “There were so few people around, which worked well for our movie. Usually passersby come by and see you — and there was nobody.”

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Feb 08,2011

Even Darth Vader doesn’t love the Dark

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Hayden Christensen, Eve and Russell Simmons were in the house for a Cinema Society party.

Although Cinema Society’s Vanishing on 7th Street’s screening afterparty at Beauty & Essex was not the official start to Fashion Week, it had the blessing of the God of Going Out himself, Russell Simmons.

Star of the film, Hayden Christiansen, was happy to have a quick chat about his latest vacation to Barbados with his family.

Looking very dapper in a Burberry suit and skinny tie he told us about the best restaurant on the island, called Chicken Rita’s. “It’s the best fried chicken you’ve ever had in your life. All Rita makes is fried chicken and friend fish. Source

Feb 08,2011

If You Liked ‘The Social Network,’ You Might Like … ‘Shattered Glass’

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If you liked ‘The Social Network,’ you might like the underrated movie ‘Shattered Glass,’ from 2003.

The difference in the two portrayals — and perhaps what made ‘The Social Network’ more commercially and critically successful — was that Eisenberg gave Facebook’s founder a touch of humanity that is lacking in Christensen’s choice to make Glass totally unsympathetic.

In the end, Glass’ friends at the New Republic side with Chuck and he is alone at the conference table — the same way Zuckerberg is left in ‘The Social Network.’ The only difference is, Zuckerberg is a billionaire and Glass is disgraced. Source

Dec 14,2010

Finding solace in the face of tragedy

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Ian Smyth loved Star Wars, so when actor Hayden Christensen spent 15 minutes speaking with him at Sick Kids Hospital in Toronto, it was a treat that bolstered the teen’s spirits.

Smyth, who passed away last month, was at the hospital recovering from a double-lung transplant.

When he was five years old, the Greater Sudbury youngster was attacked by a virus that seriously damaged his lungs, and by the time he was 13, he needed a transplant. Read All ?

Dec 01,2010

Vanishing on 7th Street Gets Theatrical and VOD Dates

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Good news for people (such as ourselves) looking forward to the release of Brad Anderson’s latest film, Vanishing on 7th Street! Magnet Releasing announced today that the film will be getting a limited theatrical run along with a VOD release!

The flick, starring Hayden Christensen, John Leguizamo, and Thandie Newton hits On Demand January 7th, 2011, with a limited theatrical run planned for February 18th.


Also, here are a couple new clips.

Nov 08,2010

InStyle Australia: Man Of Style: Hayden Christensen

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For such a nice, well-mannered guy, Hayden Christensen has made quite a career out of pretending to be anything but, playing liars (Shattered Glass), crooks (Jumper), and the personification of evil (Anakin Skywalker in two of the Star Wars prequels).The 29-year-old Vancouver native continues his march of mayhem in the new film Takers (out November 18), which features fellow hunks Matt Dillon and Paul Walker. In the fast-paced, stunt-laden flick, Christensen is A.J., the bomb builder in an expert crew of bank robbers who are out for the last big score before going on the straight and narrow. “I wanted to do a traditional action movie,” he says of his latest choice. “I personally really enjoy those types of films.” Given his history, we should have guessed.

One of the first things you notice about A.J., your character in the film, is that he’s covered in tattoos. Are any of those real? “No. I’ve always had a bit of an affinity for tattoos, but I don’t think I could make a decision today and know that I would still want to see it in 50 years. I had a lot of fun with A.J.’s, though. A friend of mine has a big grim reaper on his back. I always thought it was such a cool tattoo, so I had it copied.”

I heard that you often clip your hair yourself. So the style in our shoot… “Is a Hayden. I usually cut my own hair when I’m not working. I’m very adept with the dog trimmers.”

You use the same clippers on your dogs? “Not the exact ones, but the same model. It’s easier, and takes a lot less time.” Very resourceful. You and your well-groomed dogs spend time on your huge farm north of Toronto. Since you’ve already got clippers, what’s going to be your next purchase for it? “Absolutely 100 per cent it will be a nice baby grand piano for my place.”

You’re the one we hear at the keyboard in Takers, right? “Yes, I grew up playing jazz and blues. I started with classical when I was four, which I was never really interested in.”

Does what you wear in the country differ from your city attire? “It doesn’t…I don’t mind getting things dirty. I had a pair of brown Gucci boots that I wore for the longest time. They weren’t supposed to be farm boots, but they ended up there.”

How would you define ‘Canadian style’? “It’s tough for me to speak on behalf of my countrymen, but I would say it’s very comfortable. I personally wear a lot of flannel [shirts] and jeans, and I feel very Canadian when I have them on.” —Megan Deem


Nov 04,2010

Hayden Christensen takes it all in “Takers”

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After portraying a thief who can teleport himself anywhere in the 2008 hit “Jumper,” Hayden Christensen now plays a more earth-bound bank robber in Columbia Pictures’ new action-thriller “Takers.”

A recent No. 1 box-office  hit in the U.S., “Takers” also stars Matt Dillon, Paul Walker, Idris Elba, Jay Hernandez, Michael Ealy, Tip “T.I.” Harris and Chris Brown.

In the film, a group of high-living young criminals bankroll their extravagant lifestyle with a series of painstakingly planned bank robberies while a dedicated police officer makes it his personal mission to stop them. After years of meticulously planned heists, the crew is convinced by one of their own to risk it all for one last big score, but pulling off the job of a lifetime with a dogged detective and a vicious rival gang on their tail is a tall order, even for these seasoned pros.

Hayden Christensen as AJ, an Ivy League golden boy with a taste for classic jazz and blues and a pivotal member of the heist crew. “Hayden brought in so many good ideas,” says director John Luessenhop. “He was always very thoughtful about what he was working on and how he wanted to do things. And in fact, he was usually right. He’s got great judgment and really brought the character to life. Right now, I can’t imagine anyone but Hayden as AJ.”

Christensen is probably most famous for his role as Anakin Skywalker in the “Star Wars” series, which garnered him some unwanted attention while shooting. “People in L.A. try to be very cool about seeing actors and watching films shot,” says co-star Paul Walker. “But, you know, the kid in all of us can’t help but get a little excited sometimes. ‘Oh, Anakin’s over there!’ It happened a couple of times and we never let him live it down.”

Hayden recently starred in Doug Liman’s sci-fi action film “Jumper,” opposite Samuel L. Jackson and Rachel Bilson. Christensen played David Rice, a man with the power to teleport himself around the globe who finds himself relentlessly pursued by a secret organization sworn to kill all “jumpers.” The film grossed more than $220 million worldwide. Christensen was next seen in “New York, I Love You” opposite Orlando Bloom, Julie Christie, Robin Wright, Kevin Bacon, Ethan Hawke, Natalie Portman, Rachel Bilson and Shia LaBeouf. The film is an anthology that joins several love stories set in one of the most beloved cities in the world, New York.

Christensen first gained critical acclaim for his role as a troubled teenager in Irwin Winkler’s 2001 drama “Life as a House,” costarring Kevin Kline. For his performance, Christensen was nominated for a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award. Christensen also received the award for Best Breakthrough Performance from the National Board of Review.

Other film credits include George Hickenlooper’s “Factory Girl,” Sofia Coppola’s “The Virgin Suicides,” Sarah Kernochan’s “All I Wanna Do” and John Carpenter’s “In the Mouth of Madness.” Additionally, he starred in Billy Ray’s “Shattered Glass,” which was the first feature film produced by Christensen’s production company, Forest Park Pictures.


Oct 07,2010

Zigomanis has Blue and White fever

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Mike Zigomanis isn’t sure what the bigger thrill was — playing for his hometown Maple Leafs in the season opener on Thursday night, or playing on a line in minor hockey with Anakin Skywalker of Star Wars fame.

Of course, when Zigomanis was 9 and playing on a line with childhood buddy Hayden Christensen, he had no idea at the time that his skinny winger would some day become a Hollywood big shot — though he did figure that his other winger on that Markham AAA squad, current Vancouver Canucks forward Raffi Torres, would make it to the NHL.

“Raffi was definitely better than me,” said Zigomanis, with a laugh. “He was really good. I had to try to keep up with him. I just basically tried to dig out the puck and get it on his stick in the slot, that’s about it.”

Zigomanis, 29, played with Torres with teams in Markham and North York, from the time they were about 8 until about 13, and he played with Vancouver-born Christensen for a couple of seasons as well.

“He was good, better than me,” Zigomanis said of Christensen, who beat out a certain Leonardo DiCaprio for the role of Anakin Skywalker in the 2002 Star Wars flick, Attack of the Clones. “I was the weak point on the line. They carried me on their back a lot growing up.”

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Oct 07,2010

Entertainment Weekly Power List

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Hayden has made Entertainment Weekly’s Power List.

MTV.COM- The magazine also pays tribute to the top 40 Hollywood celebs under 40. “Avatar” star Sam Worthington, Daniel “Harry Potter” Radcliffe, “Twilight” heartbreakers Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner, Jaden Smith, Orlando Bloom, Shia LaBeouf, Tobey Maguire, Zoe Saldana and Hayden Christensen all make the list.

The magazine is out on newsstands now!

Sep 22,2010

Step into this Horrifying Preview for The Cold

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Filming is expected to begin sometime in Winter 2010.
This is a “psychological thriller.”

There is some early news developing on Iron Circle Picture’s The Cold. This film will take on the ancient first nation’s legend of the Wendigo, with some members of the story succumbing to cannibalistic urges. If you are not familiar, the Wendigo is an Algonquian myth which could/can transform into human figures. Filming on this feature is expected to begin in the Winter of 2010 (UHM) and Hayden Christensen will star. More details below.

The synopsis for The Cold is here;

“7 friends head off into the wilderness to begin their annual hunting trip. As a snow storm gathers the big white out begins. Snowed in, cold and isolated, the men begin to question their friendship and loyalties. Soon, they are terrorized by an unseen beas;, what is stalking them? Is it the cold? Starvation? or has The Wendigo come to hunt them down?” (UHM).

Release Date: 2011.

Director: Daniel Calparsoro.

Writer: Russell Friedenberg.

Cast: Hayden Christensen.

A longer synopsis for The Cold can be found at Iron Circle Productions: The Cold at Iron Circle


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Sep 21,2010

Hayden Christensen, Thandie Newton Talk ‘Vanishing on 7th Street’

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If you’re not afraid of the dark now, you just might be after seeing ‘Vanishing on 7th Street.’ The new post-apocalyptic thriller by director Brad Anderson (‘The Machinist’) stars Hayden Christensen, Thandie Newton, John Leguizamo and newcomer Jacob Latimore as a group of survivors trying to figure out how to sustain themselves in a world where everyone has inexplicably vanished.

This is a pretty unusual concept. What was your reaction when you first saw the script?
Newton: I really liked how spare the script was. And you could tell straight away that it wasn’t going to be looking for shocks and thrills. It was much more a kind of meditation on fear and -

Christensen: And death.

Newton: Yeah, and death. And it would rely heavily on what the actors brought to it, which I thought was… you don’t get those very often.

Did you have any idea about how you were going to get into character and approach it?
Christensen: What I liked about the script was the containment of it and how that would allow for real character exploration. We spent a lot of time in that bar. Just Thandie, John, Jacob and myself. And it really felt like we were putting on a play.

Newton: We had lots of night shoots in the freezing cold. It was like an endurance test. We had a lot of stuff to get through, so it was also everyone very keen to get the work done. So there almost wasn’t time to think about how cold it was. I love all of that.

Christensen: I think it also lends itself to the work. The nature of having to make a movie in such tough conditions in such a short period of time gave us all this sort of frantic feeling that we’re just trying to keep up with in the movie.

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Sep 14,2010

Vanishing on 7th Street Premiere

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Video has also been added.

Film shot in Detroit debuts at Toronto film festival
Toronto (WXYZ) - Hollywood traveled to Toronto for the 35th annual Toronto International Film Festival and Sunday night it was all about the cast of ‘Vanishing on 7th Street’.

Parts of the movie were shot at Channel 7!

Everyone came out for the big night, including actors Hayden Christensen, Thandie Newton and Jacob Latimore.

Director Brad Anderson was thrilled to have shot the movie in Detroit.

He says, “The fact that we were able to close down entire blocks of the city and empty it of people and it’s cars and make it feel like an empty city, I don’t think we could’ve done that anywhere else.”

The movie is scheduled for an early 2011 release date. Story and Pictures by Erin Nicole at the Source

Pictures can be seen in the gallery, along with a few new HQ additions.

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Sep 14,2010

All Pumped Up for Horror

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Toronto Notebook: Thandie Newton & Hayden Christensen, All Pumped Up for Horror
Though they’re stalking the red carpet for Toronto’s Midnight Madness program with the creepy Vanishing on 7th Street, Thandie Newton and Hayden Christensen both have happy memories of Toronto.

Christensen also has a strong affinity for Toronto. “I grew up here, so this is home. I don’t get to spend an awful lot of time here, but I feel like I’m a true Torontonian at heart, so it’s nice that we have such a great festival here. The city really comes alive for it.”

Alive is good. Which brings us to the two stars’ film, Vanishing on 7th Street, where remaining among the living is a tricky business. A creepy low-budget horror film from director Brad Anderson, Vanishing is a spooky end-times scenario where nearly everyone has disappeared, shadows move with a life of their own and darkness comes on ready to kill.

As Christensen says, “I enjoy a good scare. But [Vanishing on 7th Street], for me, sort of goes beyond the genre and allows an audience to not be so overly manipulated and really kind of think about what they’re watching. This is my type of horror film.”

How do Newton and Christensen maintain their energy for extensive freak-out scenes of emotional intensity and terror? Newton laughs: “Emergen-C packets.” Christensen, linking motion and emotion, explains his method for madness: “Lots of pushups right before you shoot.” Newton agrees: “I was always jogging up and down on the spot. It helped.” Read All ?