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Hayden Smartens Up For Louis Vuitton- August 23, 2021

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Hayden Christensen has swapped his futuristic Star Wars cloak for a dapper suit in a series of new Louis Vuitton adverts.

The handsome Canadian can be seen lounging on a bed with slicked-back hair, an elegant black suit, crisp white shirt and black leather gloves in the new print ads.

Christensen, who plays Anakin Skywalker in the Star Wars prequels, isn’t the only big name to grace Louis Vuitton ads-Jennifer Lopez was the company’s spokesmodel for their 2003-2004 season.

Source: Teen Hollywood.Com

Hyperspace at Comic-Con International- July 12, 2021

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

With footage culled from the Lucasfilm Documentary Department with help from intern Mousy McCallum, Steve Sansweet introduced Producer Rick McCallum to the Comic-Con stage. Rick, always one for surprises, brought along a special guest. Making an unannounced appearance at the convention was Hayden Christensen.

In 2005, Christensen will square off against Ewan McGregor in the most dynamic and dramatic lightsaber duel of the saga. For fans looking to live that action, LucasArts is currently developing the Episode III video game. “It is scheduled to premiere May 5 — two weeks before the movie,” said Sansweet. “Details of the game and platforms will be released by LucasArts soon, but here, for the first time, is a look at the making of the game.”

Sansweet then screened an advance perview of Episode III: Making the Game, a documentary that is included as bonus material on the Star Wars Trilogy DVD. In it, Nick Gillard and Hayden Christensen guide the crew of artists and developers from Lucas Arts in the making of the Episode III game.

“Episode III completes George Lucas’ Star Wars saga,” said Sansweet.” It ties up loose ends and answers many of the questions that have long lingered in our minds. The movie is jam-packed with action, from the opening space battle to the closing battle — almost too painful to bear — that pits friend against friend, Master against Padawan, while the fate of the galaxy hangs in the balance. But at its core, it is the story of how a gifted, idealistic young man switches his allegiance from the side of light to that of the dark side, how and why Anakin Skywalker becomes the evil Lord of the Sith, Darth Vader.”

With that, audiences were given a first glimpse at “The Return of Darth Vader,” an edited version of the featurette to appear in this fall’s Star Wars Trilogy DVD.

“It either scares you, or it thrills you,” said James Earl Jones, describing the Dark Lord’s presence. The documentary takes a close look at the Costume Props Department, led by supervisor Ivo Coveney, as they painstakingly create a new suit of Darth Vader armor, to be worn by Hayden Christensen in the film.

Circling back to this quip about the Episode III title, Sansweet then introduced a new piece of video cut for the Comic-Con audience. This showcase of the Star Wars saga included all the episode titles to date, including the newly unveiled Episode III title, Revenge of the Sith. For Hyperspace members, here is the video screened that day.

No News? Fake Some- February 12, 2022

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Before Jayson Blair, the infamous fabulist of the New York Times, there was Stephen Glass, who made up stories for The New Republic.

Like Blair, Glass was caught and dismissed in disgrace. Now Glass’s downfall is on display in Billy Ray’s directorial debut, Shattered Glass, which opens today.

Glass calls it “my own personal horror film.”

“It was extremely painful and difficult to watch. There were large chunks of it, or at least significant chunks of it, that I looked at the ground, I didn’t look at the screen.That being said, it’s a good movie. Some of the performances are unbelievable,” Glass says, singling out Steve Zahn’s performance as the online reporter whose digging led to his exposure in 1998.

“It was a tour through the worst parts of my life, the parts of my life I’m the most ashamed of – things I wish I had never done, and things I feel a great deal of remorse for.”

Hayden Christensen – far removed from his Anakin Skywalker role – plays Glass with a puppy-dog disingenuousness (“Are you mad at me?” he keeps pre-emptively asking). The movie has received mostly rave reviews.

“The one thing that the movie doesn’t get is, I don’t think there’s ever an expression of why or what it felt like to be the person doing this,” Glass says. “I think that’s the area where the movie sort of is incomplete.”

Glass, 31, didn’t profit from or co-operate in making the movie, and Ray concedes that “I’m sure if he and I would have been speaking regularly, I would have gotten manipulated into showing that inner turmoil. But I don’t think that would have made it a better movie.”

At a recent screening, the film’s writer-director urged audience members to ask themselves whether they thought Glass was a sociopath, a pathological liar or just a guy who made some bad choices.

Ray doesn’t suggest an answer himself, and his movie doesn’t offer an explanation.

“I think you could spend a long time with Stephen and come away just more confused. It also, by the way, just doesn’t interest me that much,” says Ray, whose screenplay credits include Hart’s War and Volcano.

“I’m interested in how people relate to the truth v personality. Why Stephen did what he did is almost immaterial to that story.”

Ray made the movie based on his belief that Woodward and Bernstein – The Washington Post journalists whose Watergate reporting led to President Nixon’s resignation – were heroes and their legacy must be maintained by the generations that follow.

“I think it’s tougher to maintain now because the temptations that are dangled in front of reporters to become stars are greater than the temptations used to be. There’re just so many different ways to get yourself on television now. But I think the lure of fame is very real. And I don’t think that’s a good thing,” he says.

Chuck Lane, the New Republic editor who fired Glass, says when you go back and read Glass’s stories with the knowledge that they’re fake, it’s interesting to see why they were believed.

“One of the parts of the answer that I’ve settled on is that so many of his stories revolve around stereotypes,” says Lane, now a reporter with The Washington Post.

“They fit into the pre-existing grooves that are already etched into everybody’s heads – things we think or are predisposed to believe are true.

“So he’s got stories about young conservatives who turn out to be total hypocrites about morality; he’s got stories about department store Santa Clauses who turn out to be pedophiles; and he’s got a big story about a pseudo-scientific exploration about why African-Americans are too lazy to drive taxicabs but immigrants will.”

Peter Sarsgaard, who plays Lane, also blames gullibility as much or more than the fabricator’s mendacity
“I think what made all of this possible for him has more to do with the public than it does him. It’s more interesting to think about why people believe people like that than why they lie. Why is our culture only interested in the hyperbolic, the entertaining, in journalism?” he wonders.

Through therapy, Glass says, he’s come to understand the root of his falsehoods.

“There’s a deep feeling of self-loathing and feeling that I was not good enough in any respect. I wasn’t a good enough journalist, or a good enough friend, or a good enough boyfriend, or a good enough son, or a good enough brother,” he says.

“And so I believe I lied to deceive people into thinking better of me.” That made him want to come up with “perfect stories”.

“I wanted stories that, frankly, don’t exist that often. I wanted stories that weren’t just, like, good stories or great stories; we’re talking about, like, home-run, grand-slam stories. And so I made things up constantly to have the perfect quote or the A-plus anecdote,” says Glass.

“And then from each of those lies I had to lie another step and another step and another step, and lie to guard all those steps as well. I kept lying at every stage. That’s how it became lies upon lies upon lies.”

As part of his effort to reclaim his life he’s been writing letters of apology to those he feels he wronged.

Lane has received one of those missives, but he concedes he finds the expressions of remorse “hard to square,” because, among other reasons, The Fabulist – Glass’ autobiographical novel _ depicts various people he’s now apologising to in “a very, very negative way, and quite inaccurately and meanly”.

Can Lane believe anything Glass says?

“I think: Fool me once, shame on you; fool me twice, shame on me.”

Whether it’s true or not – and Glass himself admits it’s fair to wonder – Glass says he’s trying to rebuild his life, even while he sounds continually remorseful.

“I feel what I did was terrible and horrible. And it’s something I’m deeply ashamed of. And I recognise that in many ways it has defined my life. And so I think when people consider me they have to consider that – and it’s fair for them to consider that. I hope that over the course of my life I’ll do other things that will make the picture of who I am more complicated.”

He has “a wonderful personal life” and enjoys the emotional support of his family, girlfriend, a dog, four cats and various friends. He’s also at work on a second novel. A law school graduate, he has passed the New York bar exam’s written test.

But he still must pass the character and fitness committee review.

“My application will obviously require a great deal of consideration,” he says.

Source: Daily Telegraph

Lucas revisits his ‘Star Wars’ empire for box set- September 08, 2021

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Hayden Christensen was 2 years old when George Lucas released his third Star Wars film, Return of the Jedi, in 1983. Now the actor who would be Darth Vader gets a magical cameo in the DVD version.

That’s the biggest of several changes found in the movies that make up the Stars Wars Trilogy, available only in a four-disc box set that arrives on DVD Sept. 21 ($70).

For more than a year, Web sites have traded rumors about what might be in store from Lucas, who added to the films for 1997’s Special Edition releases in theaters and on VHS. A few fans held out hope that the DVDs might include the original versions of the films. (Related story: Filmmakers pay tribute to Lucas and the movie that started it all).

But an early look at the DVDs reveals Lucas continues to exercise creative power over his Star Wars empire, and in his mind, the original versions are no more. The latest changes in the films — the most requested DVDs since the launch of the format seven years ago — are minor and mostly cosmetic:

•Episode VI: Return of the Jedi. Christensen, who plays Anakin Skywalker in Episode II: Attack of the Clones and in the upcoming Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, now appears at the end of Jedi as Anakin’s spirit. He replaces Sebastian Shaw, whose face you still see when Luke Skywalker removes the iconic black Darth Vader mask. (In all three films, David Prowse wore the Vader suit, and James Earl Jones provided the voice.)

•Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back. In another change for continuity’s sake, the Emperor, whose face is seen in a hologram broadcast, goes uncredited, but he sounds and looks like Ian McDiarmid, who played the Emperor in Return of the Jedi and Senator Palpatine in Episodes I and II. (Clive Revill is listed as the Emperor in the Empire credits.)

•Episode IV: A New Hope. Only subtle changes here. The cantina shootout between Han Solo and the green-snouted bounty hunter Greedo is virtually identical, but now it seems their guns fire almost simultaneously. Lucas had changed the original for the 1997 rerelease because it seemed that Han had fired first. Also, Jabba the Hutt has gotten a makeover and looks more realistic in his scene with Han than when it was added in 1997.

Undoubtedly, Lucas and his crew have made many other smaller tweaks. But they go by so quickly most viewers won’t notice.

Overall, the expected changes on the DVDs aren’t as dramatic as those for the Special Editions in 1997, says Scott Chitwood, one of the co-founders of TheForce.Net, a Star Wars fan/news site. “I think a few of the changes will only make sense after Episode III,” he says.

Star Wars fan Mark Madison, 37, of Myrtle Beach, S.C., and a member of USA TODAY’s Pop Culture Panel, is unconcerned about the changes. “What made these movies so great is the story and the relationship between the main characters.”

The trilogy’s major transformation comes from the restoration project that brings the look of the films into the 21st century. Using transfers made from the original films’ negatives, the Burbank, Calif., digital restoration house Lowry Digital Images cleaned up the movies so they look fresh.

The box set’s bonus disc includes a preview of the final Star Wars chapter, due in theaters May 19, 2005, which will bring to an end three decades that Lucas has spent on the space saga.

“In the beginning … it appeared the story was about Luke, but if you see all six films, then you realize the story is really about Darth Vader,” Lucas says in the commentary track from Return of the Jedi. Carrie Fisher also assists on the commentaries, as do other crew members. Harrison Ford and Mark Hamill are seen in several of the extras.

There’s also a collection of trailers, TV commercials, posters and rare production photos. “It is a way of having a piece of the Lucasfilm archive,” says Jim Ward, executive producer of the DVD collection. “But it’s also a way for fans who think they know everything to become inspired, surprised and amazed all over again.”

Source: USA Today

Episode III: Picking Up the Pace- July 25, 2021

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Episode III continues to gain momentum as the May 19, 2021 date looms ever nearer. The next big milestone has been scheduled — the round of additional photography (also known as “pick ups”) that fills in the missing pieces of the current edit of the picture. As was done in the previous films, the first round of principal photography is followed by months of editing that generate new angles, scenes, and ideas. These will be captured onto HD in a brief but intense stint of additional photography.

“We’re honing in a second cut of the film for July,” says Producer Rick McCallum. Director George Lucas has shown the rough cut to select department heads and close friends, and the evolving edit currently has a number of placeholder animatics that will have to be replaced with new footage.

Starting August 23 and running through September 4, Director George Lucas will again roll cameras on Episode III, this time in the UK. “We’ve got two full weeks of shooting,” says McCallum. Among the cast members slated to work in that period are Silas Carson, Hayden Christensen, Anthony Daniels, Samuel L. Jackson, Ian McDiarmid, Christopher Lee, Ewan McGregor and Natalie Portman.

Returning from the Sydney shoot, Creature Shop Supervisors Dave and Lou Elsey will be on hand, as will Costume Designer Trisha Biggar and Supervising Art Director Peter Russell. The rest of the small crew will be mostly new hands.

“It will be primarily blue and greenscreen shooting. There won’t be any full sets, but there may be large set pieces. This round of shooting is mostly just patching holes and providing transitions,” adds McCallum. “We do have a whole new sequence with Hayden and Yoda.”

Meanwhile, at ILM work continues at a steadily increasing pace to meet the April 1, 2022 deadline of over 2,000 visual effects shots. Joining the production as a Visual Effects Supervisor is Roger Guyett. His previous projects as VFX supervisor include Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Timeline, Tears of the Sun and Saving Private Ryan. He joins Visual Effects Supervisor John Knoll and Animation Supervisor Rob Coleman .

“On Episodes I and II, we had three supervisors from the very start, but this time we’re bringing them in over time,” says McCallum. “Roger will have huge sequences. John Knoll’s unit will end up having about 1,000 shots, and I can easily see Roger having 1,000 as well.”

Guyett is currently overseas shooting exotic background plate photography for what will become the Wookiee homeworld of Kashyyyk.

Source: Star Wars.Com

Portman Talks Star Wars,Natalie discusses Episode III- July 19, 2021

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

At a press junket held today in Los Angeles to promote the upcoming release of Writer/Director/Star Zach Braff’s Garden State on July 30th, Ms. Portman spoke briefly about her work in the upcoming final part to the Star Wars prequel trilogy, Episode III.

Promoting a smaller film like Garden State, the popularity of the Star Wars films affords Portman the added benefit of extra exposure. “It’s a wonderful opportunity that I’ve had to be in those films because it does get people more familiar with you, and maybe, hopefully, will make them see other things that you are working on.”

With the release of Episode III looming less than a year away, Portman says she is about to go back for her final work as Amidala. “I finished principal photography on the third one last summer, like a year ago, and we do re-shoots in a month in London. I haven’t been told anything. For all I know, it could be, like, walking, or a shot of my hand… Or it could be, like, a whole new storyline, so I will be as surprised as you are.”

With all the recent rumors about the latest reworking Lucas is doing for the original trilogy’s release on DVD in September, I asked Portman if she had shot scenes for the original films. She didn’t really seem to know what I was talking about, so that probably answers that: “I don’t really know much about that, unfortunately.”

Both Hayden Christensen and Portman alike were met with some harsh criticisms in regard to their chemistry in Episode II. Portman says that having now both experienced the Star Wars world in at least one previous film, their second time around went well. “I think we both really work well with each other. He’s a great actor and he did a really great job in this. I think we worked really hard on this and we all were really comfortable. And this is also the first time that each of us has had experience in a Star Wars film before, because it’s such a different kind of movie that, you know, because of all the blue screen, you have to create so much and you have to imagine the different characters and locations and stuff in your mind, and so it’s a lot more work. It was very challenging, so I think we all put in a lot of effort on this one.”

After spending nearly a decade working on the Star Wars prequels, Portman says that, while she is looking forward to her future, she will also miss everyone she’s worked with on Star Wars. “I think everything, every end in any phase of your life, there’s always an excitement to start something new and a new phase and always a little bit of sadness in leaving the last phase, obviously. Now, having made three Star Wars films, it’s been like ten years of my life from when I signed on to when the final one will come out. And, I mean, being 23, that is really significant. It is a huge portion of my life and I’ve met some amazing people and it’s been a really unique experience so, you know, I look back on it and it’s part of forming who I am now and I am happy to start something new.”

Be sure to check out the full interview with Natalie Portman next week. The as-yet-untitled Star Wars: Episode III opens on May 19, 2005. Garden State hits screens next week on July 30th.

Source: Film Force

Portman Back For More Episode III- July 2004

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Natalie Portman, who reprises the role of Padme Amidala in the upcoming prequel film Star Wars: Episode III, told SCI FI Wire that she is scheduled for reshoots next month with director George Lucas. “I haven’t been told anything, so for all I know, it could be [simply] walking or an insert shot of my hands, or it could be a whole new storyline,” Portman said in an interview while promoting her latest film, Garden State. “So I will be as surprised as you are.”

Portman added that her onscreen chemistry with co-star Hayden Christensen (Anakin Skywalker) has improved since the second prequel, Star Wars: Episode II—Attack of the Clones, because he is no longer distracted by the technical difficulties of making a Star Wars film. “Because it’s such a different kind of movie, because of all the blue screen, you’d have to imagine so much,” she said. “You’d have to create other characters and locations and sets in your mind. So it’s a lot more work, and it was really challenging. [Now], each of us had had experience on a Star Wars film before.” Star Wars: Episode III is scheduled for release on May 19, 2005.

‘Star Wars’ trailer debuts- November 05, 2021

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

LOS ANGELES - The teaser trailer for the next – and reportedly last – Star Wars film landed in theatres on Friday.

The short clip is a promo for Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, which will be released on May 19, 2005. Hayden Christensen appears at the Toronto premier of ‘Attack of the Clones’ in 2002.The movie is the third in George Lucas’ prequel trilogy, and fans of the space series expect that it will tie up all of the six-part saga’s loose ends.

It stars Canada’s Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker, the Jedi Knight who becomes Darth Vader.

The trailer shows glimpses of a lightsabre duel on a volcano planet between Anakin and Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor).

It also shows an army of Wookies, the shaggy aliens that are like a cross between dogs and apes.

Natalie Portman is seen sporting a bun hairdo similar to the one originated by Carrie Fisher in the original Star Wars film, which came out in 1977.

Portman’s character, Padme, will become the mother of Fisher’s Leia in Revenge of the Sith.

The trailer is available online to members of Hyperspace, the Star Wars fan club, and AOL subscribers. It will be available for free starting Monday.

It is also being shown in theatres this weekend ahead of The Incredibles, the newest animated feature from Pixar.

Already, Star Wars devotees are dissecting the trailer in internet discussion forums, pointing out such arcane facts as the name of the volcano planet: Mustafar.

Episode III teaser poster online- October 29, 2021

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Lucafilm and 20th Century Fox have released the official teaser poster for director George Lucas’ Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith.

Darth Vader is in the foreground while Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) is seen in the background holding his red lightsaber.

The third and last prequel in the “Star Wars” saga will be opening on May 19 and picks up when the Clone Wars are nearly at an end after three long years of relentless fighting. Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) is ordered by the Jedi Council to bring General Grievous, the deadly leader of the Separatist droid army, to justice.

Meanwhile back in Coruscant, Chancellor Palpatine (Ian McDiarmid) has grown in power and his political changes transform the war-weary Republic into a mighty Galactic Empire. He’s also attempting to lure his closet ally, Anakin to the dark side by revealing the true nature of power and the promised secrets of the Force.

Will next ‘Star Wars’ cross over to PG-13?

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

The dark side of the Force rules in “Revenge of the Sith,” the finale of the Star Wars saga, due in theaters May 19, 2005.

Looking for proof? Filmmaker George Lucas expects the film to have a stricter rating than any of his previous Star Wars adventures, all of which have been rated a family-friendly PG.

The sixth “Star Wars” film (actually “Episode III” in the mythical timeline) details how Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen) falls prey to “the dark side” and becomes Darth Vader, the iconic baddie first seen in 1977’s “Star Wars,” now called “ Episode IV: A New Hope.”

“This is the darkest of them all,” said Lucas, speaking at a New York event to promote the recent release of his “ THX 1138” DVD. “I don’t think it’s going to be rated like the other ones. It’s just more emotionally intense.”

The PG-13 rating makes sense, considering the story line, said Scott Chitwood of TheForce.Net, a “Star Wars” news Web site.

“From the original trilogy, we know that in ‘Episode III,’ Anakin is horribly burned, Padme (Amidala, the queen and senator who becomes the mother of Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia) dies, Mace Windu dies, Luke and Leia are separated, and the Jedi are wiped out,” he said. “It would be hard to do them justice without the film being PG-13.”

A move to that rating for “Sith” isn’t likely to hurt attendance. Those with children ages 10 and 11 might think twice, said Paul Dergarabedian of box office tracking firm Exhibitor Relations, “but their kids probably already have video games at home that are PG-13 in violence levels.”

Source: RGJ.Com

Vader Meets Cutler For FX Reality Series- July 07, 2021

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Veteran filmmaker and reality show producer R.J. Cutler (“American High”) is developing two new unscripted programs at cable network FX, including one entry produced by Hayden and Tove Christensen. Details on Cutler’s two FX projects remain sketchy, but according to The Hollywood Reporter, one involves race relations.

The Christensens are working with Cutler on “Masterpiece,” which has received a pilot presentation order from FX. The show will look at a budding young artist and his rise to fame. Casting for the show’s central artist is already moving forward.

Source: Zap2it.Com

Fans abuzz over final ‘Star Wars’ - December 13, 2021

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

“Star Wars, Episode III: Revenge of the Sith” won’t open until May 19, but fans and Web sites already are gearing up for the final film in George Lucas’ space saga.
“Everyone is getting really, really excited,” says Jewels Green, 33, a Philadelphia stay-at-home mom who plans to be one of the first in line, three weeks before opening night.

Lucasfilm has created stir by slowly releasing details, including a Sith “teaser trailer” that premiered last month with “The Incredibles.”

“Ever since the trailer came out, the fans have really been revving themselves up,” Lucasfilm fan relations chief Steve Sansweet says by phone from Spain.

He is there talking with fans at Sitges Film Festival.

The dark plot of “Sith” follows Anakin Skywalker’s (Hayden Christensen) transformation into Darth Vader.

While the first two Star Wars prequels grossed $431 million and $311 million, respectively, many fans didn’t believe they lived up to expectations.

Lucasfilm is launching a force of publicity behind “Sith”:

Hasbro rereleased a line of classic “Star Wars” toys and action figures to coincide with the fall release of the original trilogy DVD box set.

The Millennium Falcon and the Darth Vader Voice Changer mask have been hot holiday sellers. The hard-to-find mask retails for $35 but is selling on eBay for $150. In February, Hasbro will introduce a preview line of “Episode III” action figures.

This month, the official began offering new “Sith” stuff, including mugs, hats, T-shirts and a Christmas ornament with Yoda dressed in a Santa suit.

A new season of Cartoon Network’s Emmy-winning animated series “Star Wars, Clone Wars” will première March 21. The series bridges the gap between “Episode II” and “III.”

The “Sith” theatrical trailer and poster will be released in March.

About 30,000 fans are expected to turn out for Star Wars Celebration III, a fan convention April 21-24 in Indianapolis. Four-day admission is $40 to $95.

In New York, 350 members of will hold a “Star Wars”-themed sidewalk party outside the Ziegfeld Theater beginning April 30.
“The event aspect surrounding ‘Star Wars’ has always been there, but even more so this time with the final chapter of the saga,” says Green, a member of

“It may be the last ‘Star Wars’ film that George makes, but it’s not the end of ‘Star Wars’,” Sansweet says.

Lucasfilm is eyeing future possibilities including games, comics and television, he says.

“As long as fans want it, ‘Star Wars’ will be there for them.”

Source: Tucson Citizen

Ryan Reynolds Tops ‘A-List’ For Hottest Canadians- December 10, 2021

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Hollywood hype shows are nothing new, they’ve been around for ages and no matter where you look there’s someone airing a bit of dirty laundry on some celebrity who’s done something weird, but Canada seems to have an answer to this format in Toronto 1’s The A-List, a show that seems to genuinely be about the entertainment, not the trash.

Well, this week The A-List has been counting down the top 20 “Hottest Canadians”. Amongst the singers and actors named, Ryan Reynolds (who you can currently catch co-starring in Blade: Trinity as Hannibal King) topped the list, followed by hottie Pamela Anderson, and uber-hottie and sweetheart Elisha Cuthbert.

Other names on their list included Scott Speedman, Shania Twain, Hayden Christensen, and Avril Lavigne.


20. Avril Lavigne
19. Jennifer Tilly
18. Glenn Lewis
17. Estella Warren
16. David Usher
15. Natasha Henstridge
14. Paul Gross
13. Tamia Hill
12. Hayden Christensen
11. Kim Cattrall
10. Trish Stratus
9. Keanu Reeves
8. Kristin Kreuk
7. Shania Twain
6. Jesse Palmer
5. Rachel McAdams
4. Scott Speedman
3. Elisha Cuthbert
2. Pamela Anderson
1. Ryan Reynolds

Source: The Gate’s News

Sith Spoilers- December 13, 2021

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

A bunch of very cool and interesting pictures have made their way to the web this past week. We’ll start off with a couple of shots from the upcoming STAR WARS: EPISODE III - REVENGE OF THE SITH. IESB was sent this promotional image of a very disturbed Anakin Skywalker from the latest trailer and the shot below shows that very same Anakin about to lay the smacketh down on a whimpering Dooku. Look ma, no hands.

Source: JoBlo

Christensen shows true star quality in ‘Shattered Glass- March 26, 2022

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

Shattered Glass (PG-13)-Before there was Jayson Blair, there was Stephen Glass, an ambitious young reporter for The New Republic who fabricated numerous features before being exposed, humiliated and fired. Director Billy Ray’s terrific film focuses primarily on Glass’ last days before he became a journalistic pariah and, as Glass, Hayden Christensen -who has been so starchy in the “Star Wars” series — paints a vivid picture of a bright light on the verge of short-circuiting.

Anyone who’s ever been caught in a lie and tried to cover his tracks will relate to Glass’ frantic, sometimes nutty attempts to cover up his misdeeds. It’s queasily funny stuff — unless you work regularly with reporters, in which case this will probably seem a whole lot scarier than “Dawn of the Dead.”

Christensen is ably supported by fine performances from Chloe Sevigny as an all-too-trusting co-worker, Peter Sarsgaard as the unfortunate editor who has to decide Glass’ fate and Steve Zahn as the Web site investigator whose questions set the stage for Glass’ downfall.

Comic Con Transcript from Saturday July 24th, 2004

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009


RM: Thank you.

SS: So how was the flight?

RM: It was good.

SS: Was it worth it?
RM: Yes. It was definitely worth it. It’s amazing what alcohol, tobacco and a little bit of freebasing can do.


SS: I don’t understand those words. (laughter) Did you bring us the film?

RM: No, unfortunately, one of the reasons I’m in London is that we’re actually planning to do two weeks of additional shooting in late August. We’re shooting in Switzerland, we just finished Thailand and China, so it’s been a very hectic little period.

SS: Do you have anything to show us?

RM: Yeah, I think we have something that you might like. (Audience starts to cheer)

SS: Well, let’s take a look and see?

(The Return of Vader piece runs; huge applause)

SS: That is awesome. Can you do me a favor, and, the next time you see Hayden, tell him I think he looked really amazing in that suit.

RM: Absolutely. And there’ll be more to see in Indianapolis, I promise. I think you tell Hayden himself. I’d like to bring him in. Mr. Hayden Christensen (huge applause).

SS: So now it’s your chance to ask some questions to Rick McCallum, producer, and Hayden Christensen, Darth Vader-to-be.

Fan #1: This is for Hayden. So tell us your experience when you actually donned the helmet for the very first time. How did it feel? And did you take it home?

RM: No, he did not take it him.

HC: Unfortunately, I didn’t get to keep the costume. We’re still going to talk about that, hopefully. But ?

RM: We won’t talk about it much.

HC: It was overwhelming. That’s always been the sort of exclamation mark on the back of my head throughout the entire process of making these past two films is putting on the dark helm and getting all done up by Vader. It was? it was? orgasmic (female shrieks in the audience). It was too much.

Fan #2: How long did you train with Nick Gillard and Ewan for the duel? How long did it take you to get it all together.

HC: It was a very vigorous training process. I went out to Australia about three months beforehand. One, just to work on the lightsaber fights and put on a bit of size. I was working out with a trainer, twice a day. They were feeding me six times a day. It worked. I lost it all now, unfortunately, but, the fight sequences, especially the Obi-Wan fight was very involved. I think, I don?t know how it?s cut together, [it] will be the longest fight ever commited to film, the duration of it and the distance we cover. There is a lot of moves to memorize. That’s the fun for me, is getting out there with Ewan and Nick and try to figure out what were going to do and make the moves as smooth and cool as possible. You know, Nick has such a distinct vision of how the fights look and how each moves affect the next. It’s a dance. It’s an artform that Ewan and I are very respectful of, and we want to do it as much justice as possible.I can’t wait to see those. I want to be the first in the theater as well to check out those fights.

SS: Rick, what are you doing in the pick-up shooting? Can you tell us?

RM: No, I can’t. We’re doing some additional scenes, just over two weeks work with all the actors. Three or four very exciting scenes/

SS: Hayden doesn’t have to redo the fight.

RM: Negative. There’s no fighting.

Fan #3: This question is actually for Rick. Do you know when the first official preview we’re going to see? Is it November?

RM: The first trailer? Yeah, I think November looks good. November is the date we’re hitting for.

Fan #4: Yes, this question is for Hayden. What’s the biggest difference in terms of your preparation between Episodes II and III.

HC: The fighting and obviously putting weight on was a huge ordeal, because obviously my metabolism just doesn’t really allow for it to stay, but you know, putting on the weight ?

RM: I put it on for him.
HC: We traded. It was getting into the [mindset] of Darth Vader. Because even though I’m Anakin for the majority of this film, without trying to give away anything at all, he’s still is consumed with all of the ambitions and negative energies that ultimately lead him to the dark side, so it was really trying to embrace that and go to the dark side as much as possible.

RM: I had him work in the Production Office so he could understand a little about the dark side.

Fan #5: I was wondering if you were going to be revealing any more information about Anakin’s conception, because personally I didn’t buy the whole he just ,came to be, thing.

RM: Let Steve answer that. I don’t think it will be a problem for you.

Fan #6: Do you plan on doing more Star Wars movies after Episode III? He once planned on doing Episodes VI, VII, and VIII. Are there still plans for that in the future?

RM: VII, VIII and IX? No, there’s no plan to do VII, VIII and IX.

(Audience member cheers)

Fan #7: So it looks like the focus may be going away from the romance between Amidala and Anakin? Is that right? I would hope?

RM: Yes. You can definitely assume that.

HC: It focuses on Anakin and Obi-Wan relationship a lot more.

Fan #7: Mercy! Thank you.

RM: Who?s Amidala?


Fan #8: I was wondering to Hayden, what was it like picking out your lightsaber when they brought the box over?

HC: I actually didn’t get to pick out my own lightsaber. It was all predetermined by the previous trilogy, because it was Darth Vader’s lightsaber. They made small adjustments to make it a little bit different, but for the most part it’s DarthVader’s lightsaber.

Fan #8: Did you get to keep the lightsaber?

HC: We’re hoping.

RM: No.


Fan #9: What is it like being Darth Vader? You’re the hero of all these little bad kids that want to grow up and be Darth Vader. Not so many Luke Skywalker outfits, no offense Mark Hamill. How does that affect you personally? You’re a part of history. Does it increase your ego?

RM: You should definitely go on a Saturday night with him to a bar, because it is fantastic!

HC: It’s difficult to really grasp what it is, because it is Darth Vader. I get many compliments all the time just for being Darth Vader. Not even taking work that I’ve done, but just for being Darth Vader. That is something that I hold in my back pocket at all times.

RM: Lucky boy.

Fan #10 (a young boy): Did you have more fun in the fighting scenes or the actual acting?


RM: What acting?

HC: It’s the fighting. You get to be a little kid again and do the lightsaber fight. And that’s the fun of it. Saying the dialogue and everything can be a little, you know, trying at time. But you sort of bite your bottom lip and look forward to the fights.

RM: That’s such a polite way to say that.

Fan #11: Yeah, hi, is it true that you’re gonna finish off Jar Jar?

RM: Who’s Jar Jar?
Fan #11: That Jamaican jerk that ruined the series?

RM: I’m going to meet you outside after that? you don’t have to worry about Jar Jar.

Fan #12: I was wondering if we’re going to see lots more fights with Mace Windu, Sam Jackson’s character.

RM: Yes, definitely. Mace is actually the pivotal point that starts to turn this young lad into Darth.

Fan in Audience: Tell us more!

RM: We haven’t shot it yet, I wish I could.

Fan #13: Yes, my question is will Count Dooku be back and will his voluptuously curved lightsaber return with him?

RM: Yes. I can definitely say yes.

Fan #14: How do you live up the pressure from all the fans out there, in completing the storyline and satisfying all the characters.

HC: You just focus on the work. And you have to commit to every line that you say, otherwise you guys won?t believe it. There is a lot of weight and pressure because it is public domain for the most part. You guys have such an informed perspective on what the films are that everyone wants to keep you guys happy.

SS: We have time for one more question. (Audience groans), we’ve got time for a few more questions. (audience cheers)

Fan #15: Hi, a representative from Britain here. Hayden, congratulations on Shattered Glass. Absolutely awesome performance. Second of all, in a real sword fight, could you kick Ewan McGregor;s ass, or is he going to kick yours?

HC: In a real sword fight, or in what you’re going to see on film? In a real sword fight, with one hand tied behind my back! (Audience cheers) I’m just joking. We’re pretty equal.

SS: When the fan magazine editors where in Australia, a bunch of them interviewed everyone on the crew and asked the same question, and I think it was something like 9 out of 10 gave the same answer, so Ewan better watch himself.

HC: We’re good friends though, so it’s okay.

RM: Were?

Fan #16: So Hayden, is the dark side stronger?

RM: I can tell you yes, definitely.

HC: You’ve seen the films, haven’t you?

Fan #16: I?m a really big fan of Shattered Glass. I was wondering, what are you future films? What are you going to be doing next?

HC: Actually, the next movie I’m going to be doing is going to be with Robert Duvall. Dennis Hopper is directing. It’s a small independent feature, but a great story, so hopefully we’ll make a good film out of it.

Fan #17: This one is for Hayden also. First of all, thank you for being here. I dragged my wife over, this is her first convention, and you instantly made it worth it for her. My question was, as an actor, how do you get into the Darth Vader role? Is there music you listen to? Do you rock out to a particular band? How do you channel that?

HC: Honestly, most of it is in the costume. Putting on the outfit every morning is getting into character. And it’s so full-on that you can’t really believe yourself as anything but Anakin or Darth Vader, so be it. Wearing the cloak and the hood, you feel like a bad-ass.

Fan #18: This is for Rick McCallum. I wanted to know if you’re going to go into the backstory of the Fett family anymore?

RC: What? Fat farm?

Fan #18: The Fett family.

RC: Oh. I thought you said the fat farm! Jesus, Jar Jar Binks and the fat farm? Okay. (laughter)

(long pause)

SS: Well?

RC: Oh, yes. Well, I have been working out. You can’t tell? (laughter)

Fan #18: Have I given you a complex?

RC: Yes. Yes we do, not to a large degree, but you will see a connection. That was obtuse wasn’t it?

Fan #19: I keep reading rumors that Hayden is going to be reinserted into the end of Return of the Jedi, on DVD or a possible re-release. Can you please confirm or deny, for my own edification?

RM: I have no idea where that one’s come from.

SS: I think you’re just going to have to wait and see the DVD and see what surprises there are or aren’t there. (Audience groans) Hey, I’m willing to be the bad guy, I’m wearing the Sith shirt. (Laughter)

Fan #20: Hi, George from the 501st. I have a question for Hayden. Are you going to have a pigtail underneath the helmet?

HC: No, we’ve gone for a much different hairstyle this go-around.

Fan #20: One more question, how long did it take you to put the armor on? Was it hot? Do you wear it for a long time during the movie, or just for the end?

HC: I can’t tell you how long I was in the costume for, but it was very hot. They had a little built-in fan which did nothing.

RM: It took about four hours to get you in.

HC: Yes, getting it on was an ordeal. And staying in it was difficult at time. I mean, it’s really cool that you’re in the costume at the time, but you’re sweating up a storm. And, I’m not nearly as tall as the original Darth Vader, so I was walking around in heels! They had to put lifts on the shoes, and I can’t do that. So it was troubling at times. I had a few falls, but I was all right.

Fan #21: How are you guys approaching the fact that, for Rick, 10 years plus is coming to an end, and for Hayden, was it is, 4-6 years is coming to an end. How do you feel that this is the last Star Wars?

RM: Well, this is the end of my career and the beginning of his. That’s probably the best way I can say it. No, I’m looking forward to some time off, like a weekend. Something.

HC: It’s very bittersweet for me. More bitter than sweet. As amazing at is to be part of the Star Wars films, it’s getting to work with Rick and George and everyone who is involved because they’re really really such nice people. It was nice finishing Episode II, because we all get to reconvene in a couple of years, but we don’t get to do that anymore. So it’s a little sad.

RM: All right, I’ll give you the cape but that’s it.

SS: Let’s hear it for Rick McCallum and Hayden Christensen!


The Scoop: ‘Star Wars: Episode III’- December 16, 2021

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

With just five months to go chatter about the final instalment of George Lucas’ Star Wars franchise, Star Wars: Episode III Revenge Of The Sith, is heating up and today The GATE has snagged two of the first images from the film. One, featuring a close-up of Anakin and another of Anakin with Obi-Wan.

Without any further ado, here they are. The top picture shows Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi, alongside Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker, while the bottom one is a closeup of Christensen as Anakin.
Star Wars: Episode III opens in theatres on May 19, 2021 and stars Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman, Hayden Christensen, Christopher Lee, Samuel L. Jackson, and Frank Oz.
The Story: After three long years of relentless fighting, the Clone Wars are nearly at an end. The Jedi Council dispatches Obi-Wan Kenobi to bring General Grievous, the deadly leader of the Separatist droid army, to justice. Meanwhile, back on Coruscant, Chancellor Palpatine has grown in power. His sweeping political changes transform the war-weary Republic into the mighty Galactic Empire. To his closest ally, Anakin Skywalker, he reveals the true nature of power and the promised secrets of the Force in an attempt to lure him to the dark side.

Source: The Gate

Episode III Soundtrack Out May 03, ‘05

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009 reported that the soundtrack for Star Wars: Episode III—Revenge of the Sith will be released on May 3 and the set will include a bonus DVD. The site didn’t report what the DVD would contain.

The soundtrack comes out a little more than two weeks before the film itself, the third prequel in George Lucas’ epic SF saga and presumably the last Star Wars movie. Episode III, starring Hayden Christensen and Ewan McGregor, opens May 19.

Best of B-Flicks - December 29, 2021

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

One of the pleasures of DVDs is discovering small films that never received much of a theatrical release. Without the pressure of weekend box-office performance — which can often see a film immediately bumped off screens — smaller efforts can thrive and find loyal audiences on DVD. Here are a few 2004 releases worth checking out if you’re in the mood for a movie or two:
SHATTERED GLASS: Hayden Christensen, right, plunges headlong to the dark side. No, not in his future role as Darth Vader in Episode III, but as a young, accomplished journalist whose life disintegrates when his editor learns his stories — and sources — are pure fiction.

Source: Canoe-Jam

Charm-School Graduate

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

The term “drop-dead gorgeous” applies with a rather matter-of-fact accuracy to actor Hayden Christensen, a k a Annakin Skywalker of the “Star Wars” series and one of America’s most visible teen heartthrobs.
He sauntered into the interview room of the Shinjuku Park Hyatt Hotel (“My favorite place to stay in Japan!”) with an easy, effortless grace before sinking into a chair and asking politely for a cup of tea.
He then turned to the interviewer and some subconscious inner switch seemed to light up inside him, unleashing a warm flow of charm, wit and natural, unaffected sophistication. The atmosphere in the room shifted perceptibly and all those present seemed to bask in the golden glow — confirming for all of us what it was to be in close quarters with Hollywood glamour.

Christensen was in Tokyo to promote “Shattered Glass,” a project he started and engineered through his own production company. His role is real-life journalist Stephen Glass, who completely fabricated over 20 stories while working as a reporter for The New Republic. The movie showcases the range and nuances of Christensen’s acting ability and personality, hitherto mired in the digital netherlands of “Star Wars.”

What got Christensen involved in such a project, which is a far cry from the movie that made him famous? “I got the idea from an article I read in Vanity Fair about Stephen Glass. I was fascinated by him. It’s not that I recognized myself in him, but I got the feeling his life and the things he chose to do would make a great film.”

Glass and Christensen do, however, share some qualities: They both had an irresistible, boyish appeal that works its magic on both men and women. (In the movie, Glass’s colleagues defend him until his professional demise.) And Christensen is also more bookish than his Hollywood profile suggests: “I like writing and writers. . . . One of my favorite authors is Herman Hesse and I’ve always wanted to do a movie based on one of his books. I’m not trying to justify what Stephen did but at the same time I can recognize his talent.”

What made Stephen Glass do it? “I think he had a deep emotional neediness and this was how he did tended to it. Despite his brilliance as a writer, there were parts of him that he just didn’t bother to develop, and he had to pay for it later. Basically, his problem was family.”

Indeed, in the movie Glass gets upset at the mere mention of his strict parents — they were against him becoming a journalist and wanted him to go to law school. “To earn the support of his parents, he had to really excel at writing. I imagine the pressure was enormous.”

And what about Christensen’s own parents? “I’m very lucky. . . . My parents have always supported my career. I’ve been doing it all my life, practically.”

Now 23 years old, Christensen has been acting since the age of 7 and made his movie debut with John Carpenter’s “Into the Mouth of Madness.” While “Star Wars” has brought him the Hollywood brand fame he had once only dreamed about, Christensen says he thinks he’s at a time of his career when he “should be doing roles that are difficult and contradictory and real.” And when it comes to challenges, “Shattered Glass” fits the bill. “Most of the shots were long ones, filmed without breaks and so everything depended on the delivery of the dialogue, the changing of facial expressions.”

The crucial moment for him came in the scene where Glass is finally called on the carpet by The New Republic editor Chuck Lane for his fabrication of stories. “There I am, sweating through every pore and helpless and humiliated. Stephen is at his most vulnerable, life for him is ruined. And then, one minute later, he has the audacity to ask Chuck for a ride to the airport. I felt like the whole essence of both Stephen’s character and of the film, was condensed into that one line. As an actor, it was a scene I’ll never forget.”