Archive for July, 2009

US Stars Who Are Actually Canadian

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

Hayden Christensen
Born: Vancouver, British Columbia

In his Canadian youth, the young Christensen was a ball boy at the Canadian Open, and at one point angered the usually mild-mannered McEnroe by stepping out for a ball too early. It’s said that it was in reaction to the ensuing tantrum that he went on to turn to the Dark Side and become Darth Vader, but of course we can’t confirm or deny that that was the cause.

Fun Canada Fact! IMAX was invented by four Canadians, Graeme Ferguson, Roman Kroitor, Nicholas Mulders, and William C. Shaw.

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FIRST LOOK: Star-Studded New York, I Love You Poster

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

Stars are flocking to the Big Apple this fall at least on the big screen for the upcoming film New York, I Love You and PEOPLE has an exclusive sneak peak of the star-studded poster.

The film features an all-star cast, including Orlando Bloom, Bradley Cooper, Rachel Bilson (and fiancé Hayden Christensen), Christina Ricci, Ethan Hawke, Shia LaBeouf, Blake Lively and James Caan.

The studio behind the project, Vivendi Entertainment, describes the movie as “a collaboration of storytelling from some of today’s most imaginative filmmakers” who “create a kaleidoscope of the spontaneous, surprising, electrifying human connections that pump the city’s heartbeat.”

Natalie Portman, who stars in the film, also spent some time working behind the camera. She’s credited as a screenwriter and one of 11 directors, along with Brett Ratner (whose credits include Rush Hour and X-Men: The Last Stand).

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Movie News

Friday, July 24th, 2009

John Leguizamo’s Twitters about a new movie with Hayden!!! View below!

New York, I Love You News

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

Blake Lively, Hayden Christensen, Rachel Bilson, Shia LeBouf, Orlando Bloom, Natalie Portman, Christina Ricci, Ethan Hawke. This list of names may sound like the lineup for featured articles in a teen magazine. It isn’t. It is the amazing list of actors cast in the film, New York, I Love You.

The film has not one, not two, but thirteen directors. The fact that the film was completed without falling apart over a battle of creative differences is a miracle within itself, proving the filmmakers put their heart into getting New York, I Love You onto the screen. It was shot in a little over a month’s time, a very short principal photography schedule, and will open October 16, 2009.

Natalie Portman was one of the writers on the screenplay as well as one of the stars in the film. The movie is made up of many stories, an alliance of many talented, new writers.

Love is at the center of each story, each one an exhilarating tale of the union of the heart with the backdrop of the city that never sleeps. Humorous, smart and sensuous, this film leaves a lingering ache of empathy for each character’s relationship that unfolds. Although each plot has the same core, the stories are a sundry tapestry set in New York City.

With such a talented collaboration, this film promises to be more than a teen-scene.

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Quantum Quest at Comic-Con

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

12:00-1:00 Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey— Key production personnel and cast members discuss the making of Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey, the 3D, CGI Large Format film that combines beautiful animated sequences with actual space imagery captured during seven ongoing NASA and NASA/ESA space missions. Featuring a stellar voice cast that includes Neil Armstrong, Chris Pine, Samuel L. Jackson, Hayden Christensen, Amanda Peet, Robert Picardo, Jason Alexander, Tom Kenny, Sandra Oh, Brent Spiner, James Earl Jones, Williams Shatner, Mark Hamill, Doug Jones, Abigail Breslin and Gary Graham, Quantum Quest has been endorsed by the X Prize Organization, the International Space University, Challenge Center for Space Science Education, and the Young Astronauts Council. Producer, screenwriter, and co-director Dr. Harry Kloor, whose writing credits include Star Trek: Voyager, the animated series Godzilla, and Earth: Final Conflict, is joined by co-director Daniel St. Pierre (co-director, Everyone’s Hero, production designer, A Shark’s Tale, art director, Tarzan), space scientists, and key cast members. The panel will offer new work-in-progress clips and an in-depth exploration of the science behind the film. Ballroom 20.

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Hidden Gem: Factory Girl

Wednesday, July 1st, 2009

Amazingly Factory Girl was savaged by the critics when it received a limited release in 2007 but what do they know. If you are a fan of the sixties then this movie is definitely worth a watch and still, in my humble opinion remaims Miller’s best on screen performance.

Edie Sedgwick (Sienna Miller) is a spoilt little rich girl who is running from the past that haunts her. In a bid to further her art career she heads for New York City.

Here she meets Andy Warhol (Guy Pearce), who craves fame and attention, and with the beautiful Edie on his arm he gets what he wants.

As the drug culture explodes Edie embraces it until she finds herself caught between two men Warhol and a musician (Hayden Christensen).

Abandoned by the musician and shunned by Warhol Edie’s life and drug habit spirals out of control.

Director George Hickenlooper has produced a beautifully moving film of the life of Edie Sedgwick who’ fifteen minutes of fame were cut tragically short after she overdosed at the age of twenty eight.

The film flicks between the colour of Hickenlooper’s movie intertwined with the black and white scenes shot by Guy Pearce’s Andy Warhol. This makes the film appear more like a documentary of the socialite’s life.

But the film’s real plus point is its powerful cast who all produce career defining performances.

Spoilt rich girl who is famed obsessed sounds right up Sienna Miller’s street and many may ask the question is she actually acting?
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However Miller plays Edie as a wide eyed, hopeful young woman who is deeply troubled by her past, with suggestions she was sexually abused by her father.

And the transformation from naïve hopeful to New York’s biggest diva and then an out of control, drug dependent individual surely cements Miller as more than just a support actress.

Guy Pearce is also superb as Andy Warhol as the chillingly self absorbed icon who viewed humans as mere commodities who could be enjoyed for their aesthetic purposes, used for what they had to offer before being disregarded and replaced.

Warhol was a man who wanted to appear one dimensional and Pearce captures his lake of emotion in two key scenes: when Edie’s father calls him a ‘fag’ and towards the end of the film when Edie screams at him in public for letting her down.

Hayden Christensen has the most interesting role. He is labelled in the credits as just ‘the musician’ but he is playing the role of Bob Dylan.

However the fact that the film implies that Dylan played a hand in Edie’s downfall angered the singer and due to legal pressures all references to him were moved from the film. So sadly this key relationship to Edie in the film is now not much more than a nameless cameo.

Christensen’s character provides sanctuary and safety for Edie from Warhol’s aggressive puppetering. Christensen gives a great performance as he slowly moves away from his Star Wars tag.

In all Factory Girl is a tragic story of a young girl who placed her trust in a man who used and betrayed her, playing a huge part in her downfall.

But the real strength of this movie is the superb casting with Sienna Miller and Hayden Christensen in particular producing career boosting performances.

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