Archive for August, 2009

Vanishing on 7th Street

Thursday, August 27th, 2009

Hayden Christensen has signed to star and Thandie Newton and John Leguizamo are in negotiations to star in the indie thriller “Vanishing on Seventh Street” for director Brad Anderson.

Written by Anderson and Anthony Jaswinski, the story is set in a once-thriving city where shadowy forms cause residents to inexplicably disappear. Five survivors fight to stay alive while grappling with the meaning of existence.

Christensen is playing a reporter. Newton would play a desperate nurse and Leguizamo a subway operator.

Shooting is set to begin mid-October in the once-thriving city of Detroit.

Producing are Celine Rattray of Plum Pictures, Tove Christensen via Forest Park and Lawrence Mattis for Circle of Confusion.

Paradigm-repped Christensen most recently appeared on the big screen in “Jumper” and next stars opposite Matt Dillon and Zoe Saldana in the thriller “Takers,” which Screen Gems releases in February.

Newton, repped by WME, next appears in the Roland Emmerich disaster movie “2012.”

Leguizamo recently was heard as Sid the sloth in “Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs” and next will be seen in “Gamer” opposite Gerard Butler. He’s repped by CAA and the Collective.

Chungmuro fest opens with ‘New York’

Tuesday, August 18th, 2009

The third running of the Chungmuro International Film Festival (Aug. 24 - Sept. 1) in the South Korean capital Seoul will kick off with omnibus film “New York I Love You.” That will be followed by 214 other movies from 40 countries and two competition sections divided by drama and action.

The fest, based in the downtown district of Chungmuro which Korean cinema once called its home, has evolved rapidly since its first edition, when it largely programmed classic movies. Its latest tagline “Yesterday, Now and Forever,” is intended to show some continuity as it presents an assortment of new and old.

Other recent pictures include Peter Strickland’s “Katalin Varga”; Stephan Elliott’s “Easy Virtue”; Lisa Azuelos’s Sophie Marceau-starrer “LOL (Laughing out Loud)”; Alan Ball’s “Towelhead”; David Mackenzie’s erotic “Spread”; and Rob Zombie’s slasher “Halloween 2.”

The line-up is completed with a “Cine Asia” section, and rare films from the Czech Republic and South America in the “All That Cinema” section.

Chungmuro International Film Festival competition line-up

“Bathory” Juraj Jakubisko, Slovak-Czech Republic-UK-Hungary

“Guard No.47″ Filip Renc, Czech Republic

“Seasons” Jim Donovan, Canada

“Zift” Javor Gardev, Bulgaria

“Heading North” Sandrine Rinaldi, France

“Written By” Wai Ka-fai, Hong Kong

“7 to One - Play Big” Danny Pang, Hong Kong

“Overheard” Alan Mak and Felix Chong, Hong Kong

“Red River” Zhang Jiarui China

“July 32nd” JIN Seong- hyun, South Korea

“199 tips to be happy” Andres Waissbluth, Chile-Spain

“Claustrophobia” (Ivy Ho) Hong Kong

“White Butterfly,” Kim Sam-ryeok, South Korea

“The Love Birds,” Bruno de Almeida, Portugal

Star-Studded New York, I Love You Poster

Saturday, August 15th, 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 fiance 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).

Star-studded “New York, I Love You” has substantial India connection

Saturday, August 15th, 2009

India associated filmmakers Golden Globe nominated Shekhar Kapur (Elizabeth) and BAFTA nominated Mira Nair (Monsoon Wedding) are directing “New York, I Love You” along with nine others, including Oscar nominated Natalie Portman (Star Wars).

Suketu Mehta (Mission Kashmir) is one of the writers along with Golden Globe nominated Scarlett Johansson (Lost in Translation), Portman, and 18 others. Filmfare Award winner Irrfan Khan (Slumdog Millionaire) plays Mansukhbhai, while Gurdeep Singh (Love Comes Lately) is Badal, Vedant Gokhale (Body of Lies) is cab driver, and Himad Beg (The Accidental Husband) and Tanzeel Kayani (Anger Management) both play Indian Man. Divya Pathak (The King’s Daughter) is editorial intern.

Other cast includes Portman; Oscar winners Cloris Leachman (The Last Picture Show), Julie Christie (Darling), and Chris Cooper (Adaptation); Oscar nominated John Hurt (The Elephant Man), Ethan Hawke (Training Day), James Caan (The Godfather), Andy Garcia (The Lost City), and Burt Young (Rocky); BAFTA winner Shea LaBeouf (Transformers); Golden Globe nominated Hayden Christensen (Life as a House) and Christina Ricci (The Opposite of Sex); Bradley Cooper (The Hangover); Orlando Bloom (The Lord of the Rings); Cesar De León (Salud); etc.

Besides Kapur, Nair, and Portman, other directors include Fatih Akin (Auf der anderen Seite), Yvan Attal (Ma femme est une actrice), Allen Hughes (American Pimp), Shunji Iwai (Love Letter), Wen Jiang (Guizi lai le), Joshua Marston (Maria Full of Grace), Brett Ratner (Red Dragon), and Randall Balsmeyer (Between the Lions). Producers are Emmanuel Benbihy (True) and Marina Grasic (Flashbacks of a Fool). Kapur is directing LaBeouf, Christie and Hurt in his segment; while Nair is directing Portman and Khan; and Portman is directing De León and others. It is Portman’s directorial debut.

Acclaimed Indo-American statesman Rajan Zed says it shows that Indian cinema has come of age when cinematic talent connected to India is major part of an eclectic international team of filmmakers and an all-star cast.

Being released in USA on October 16 next, this 110 minutes Rated R romance film, a diverse tale of love, is a collective work of eleven short unrelated films of about ten minutes each shot in five boroughs of New York City in 36 days, bound together in a common motif of finding love. Tagline is “Every Moment…Love Begins”.

It follows “Paris, je t’aime” (2006) and future “Cities of Love” series reportedly will include “Shanghai, I Love You” (2010), “Jerusalem, I Love You” (2011), “Rio, Eu Te Amo” (2011); followed by Berlin, Buenos Aires, Rome, Timbuktu, etc. “Cities of Love” is a series of films showcasing universality of love in major cities of the world. Each film is a collective feature assembled of over ten sections filmed by international directors.

Rajan Zed, who is chairperson of Indo-American Leadership Confederation, has urged the makers of “Cities of Love” series to include Mumbai also, highest populated city of the world housing the largest film industry.