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

Tuesday, September 21st, 2010

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.

What were you picturing, since the “monster” is very vague and we never really see it?
Hayden: Just a shadow that moves on its own. That’s pretty unnerving.

Newton: Creeping towards you, encompassing everything. But also there’s sort of a feeling of drowning, too, and suffocation. It’s like all the worst ways to go in this entity.

Christensen: I think the ambiguity of it all allows you to create your own worst fear. It’s not like you have a monster jumping out at you. It’s unknown.

Last night you mentioned that you placed a lot of trust in Brad to help you really get to the core of your character. What inspired that trust?
Christensen: He’s extremely articulate in his vision, and his past films have all been very creative endeavors. Tonally, he’s able to capture something that is really unique and really an extension of his creativity. So that instills a lot of faith in you as an actor.

Newton: He has his own personal style that’s very unique. So what we wanted to do is honor that style in this catalog of movies that he’s going to be making. I had to put my faith in someone, because some scenes were just so driven and emotional, there was a real abandonment and I got quite lost in the trauma of it all. I had to hope that Brad, and to some degree the other actors, were there to be the judge of where it was going and what needed to happen.

Christensen: And dependent on each other as well. I think that’s sort of a theme in the film. How we rely on the people around us.

Is that sort of what you meant when you said it reminded you of a play?
Christensen: Yeah. When you’re on stage, you’re totally dependent on the other actor. But really for me it was about the containment of the story. When I read it, it really read like a play, and I thought we could approach it like a play. And that was really appealing to me.

What was it like working with John Leguizamo? Was he kind of the comic relief on set?
Newton: He’s actually pretty serious. He’s got incredible energy, John. He has all of these ideas and he’ll sort of switch from one topic to another. But he was all about the material. He’s got a slight obsessiveness, too. But then he might suddenly just break out into an amazing dance routine. And so would Jacob.

Christensen: Jacob is quite the dancer.

Newton: He is. And he sang at the end of the movie, didn’t he? Didn’t he sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to someone in the most beautiful voice — was it to Brad?

Christensen: Oh yeah. I think it was to Brad.

With such a small group of actors, how did having a rookie in the mix affect the dynamic?
Newton: He did not feel like a rookie at all.

Hayden: No, he’s a natural.

What was it like filming in Detroit? Had either of you filmed there before?
Christensen: No, it was my first time.

Newton: I loved it. Obviously, the city lent itself really well to the movie. Streets and building after building were empty, and there were old motor factories with machinery just left suspended. Buildings that have trees growing up out of them. It was beautiful and sort of tragic at the same time. It kind of has a ghost-like feel to it.

Christensen: Absolutely.

Newton: Humanity has left this place. So that was amazing for the film. On a personal level, the people of Detroit are just so tenacious. Hayden took us to this Italian restaurant where Brad had his first truffle, didn’t he?

Christensen: That’s right.

Who do you think this movie will appeal to, since it really defies genres?
Christensen: I think it will appeal to people who want to go to a movie and be stimulated.


TIFF: Going dark with ‘Vanishing on 7th Street’s’ Brad Anderson

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Director Brad Anderson, who was last at TIFF and hit Midnight Madness screenings back in 2004 with “The Machinist,” gave audiences reason to fear the dark Sunday night with his chiller “Vanishing on 7th Street.”
The film is one of those horror movies that features a small group (in this case consisting of Hayden Christensen, Thandie Newton, John Leguizamo and Jacob Latimore) holed up in an enclosed space, trying to survive a dark force, in this literally the darkness, that has seemingly already taken out the rest of society.

It’s this dark force that preoccupied a good chunk of the Q&A that followed the movie.

Anderson, with Christensen, Newton and Latimore by his side, said the movie was constructed to be less concerned with any clear-cut explanations and more with “seeing as how the four souls struggle with their mortality.”

As a nod for those seeking a reason for the darkness, Anderson tries to deflect the question back to the audience, with certain characters throwing out a bevy of explanations, from the Rapture to dark matter.

“The more inexplicable it is, the more you search for an answer,” he theorized.

The movie’s makers spent a long time on the technical challenge of figuring out how to make the darkness a tangible danger. Anderson wanted the shadow effect to signify impending doom but avoid as much as possible a figure. Sound design was key.

Anderson and his team also looked at fast-motion films of slime molds growing or ink blots expanding for inspiration.

“We wanted the darkness to be organic,” he said, “for the movement of the shadows to be organic.”

Like Anderson predicted, after the screening there was some grumbling from several die-hard horror fans about the imprecise nature and origin of the dark force.

But on the other hand, it was hard to argue that the man, whose also directed episodes of “Fringe,” had made an effective chiller. One pan across the crowd would reveal girls with hands next to their heads, ready to press their ears (a nod to that successful sound design); guys sunk into their seats in an attempt to create a safe womb; and couples huddled together.
- Borys Kit

Toronto Film Festival News

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Verifiably real at the TIFF hot spot was Hayden Christensen, who calmly socialized in the lounge, and his Vanishing co-star Thandie Newton, who looked like a million in a loose magenta top and matching sequined skirt. Ladies at the party were swooning over the newly single Christensen, who built his dream home in Uxbridge with his now ex-fiancée Rachel Bilson. “He looks like James Dean!” a woman in her mid-40s gushed as she watched Christensen smoking outside. Great—now we have a James Dean imposter!

Vanishing On 7th Street Review

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Dir: Brad Anderson. US. 2010. 90mins

The adage “don’t be afraid of the dark” would provide little comfort to the few unfortunate souls who are among Earth’s last living humans in director Brad Anderson’s enjoyably unsettling thriller Vanishing On 7th Street. Re-imagining the apocalypse as an encroaching darkness that evaporates people in its path, this chamber piece bears a striking resemblance to George A. Romero’s original Night Of The Living Dead but prefers creeping unease to outright horror.

Vanishing On 7th Street is a subtler, more stimulating variation on the traditional horror/zombie/apocalypse film.

Making its world premiere at Toronto’s Midnight Madness section – where Anderson previously launched his Christian Bale psychological thriller The Machinist – Vanishing On 7th Street should easily find an audience among fans of apocalyptic thrillers, a genre that has been a staple of recent years, encompassing everything from I Am Legend to The Road. With a small cast that includes Hayden Christensen and Thandie Newton, Vanishing could be a moderate box-office performer for a filmmaker who tends toward niche indie fare.

As the film begins, a power outage has just hit Detroit. But when electricity is restored, it becomes apparent that a large majority of the population has vanished, their bodies eradicated and just their clothes remaining. Only a few random survivors remain: a TV reporter (Christensen), a physical therapist (Newton), a theatre projectionist (John Leguizamo) and a young kid (Jacob Latimore). They discover that the amount of daylight has rapidly decreased and that they must remain in lighted areas to avoid being devoured by hovering shadows (often in the form of human silhouettes). Even worse, the emergency generator they’re using to power their hideout (a local bar) is about to fail.

Combining the house-under-siege plot of Night Of The Living Dead with the threat of night predators from Richard Matheson’s novel I Am Legend (which was the inspiration for The Omega Man and the later Will Smith remake), Vanishing On 7th Street is agreeably modest in its ambitions, despite the fact that it’s dealing with the extermination of humanity. (In one of the film’s delicious unanswered mysteries, there is no explanation for why animals are unaffected.) Anderson, who has previously delved into psychological horror with The Machinist and Session 9, is more invested in the philosophical implications of this fictional plague than in trying to break new ground within its genre.

This is not to suggest that Anderson and Session 9 cinematographer Uta Briesewitz aren’t supremely skilled at executing several understated suspense sequences – just that Anderson is as concerned with the intellectual questions in Anthony Jaswinski’s screenplay as he with frightening his audience.

Taking its cue from Night Of The Living Dead, much of the movie revolves around the interactions of these dissimilar characters as they try to stay alive. This requires strongly drawn individuals in order to bolster audience empathy, and unfortunately the results are a bit uneven. Christensen gives perhaps his best performance since Shattered Glass, but still he seems too boyish to convince as the steely leader of this mismatched group. Leguizamo’s character exists largely to provide exposition and plot obstacles, but nonetheless the actor doesn’t bring much personality to the part. By contrast, Newton is quite touching as a woman pining for her lost (and presumably dead) child, and young actor Latimore holds his own with his adult co-stars.

Even if Vanishing On 7th Street is rarely overtly frightening, it is wonderfully spooky, its atmosphere enhanced immensely by a chilling soundtrack peppered with inaudible whispering from the hovering shadows of darkness descending upon the characters. Additionally, the cause of the lethal darkness – or why these select people escaped unharmed – is never explained, suggesting that Anderson sees this darkness as a metaphor for mortality, a way to ask how any of us would face the unfathomable prospect of our own death.

But while these questions are thought provoking, the B-movie characters don’t do much to illuminate these issues. Instead, Anderson’s themes resonate much more strongly in his strikingly staged set pieces when the characters leave the safety of the bar for supplies, only to discover that this hovering darkness has the ability to manipulate their emotions in order to lead them to their doom. Vanishing On 7th Street is a subtler, more stimulating variation on the traditional horror/zombie/apocalypse film, but it cuts deepest when it opts for good-old-fashioned elegant terror.

Hayden Christensen at his Official TIFF Party

Monday, September 13th, 2010

On yet another exciting red carpet, Notable’s Julian Brass caught up with Canadian heartthrob Hayden Christensen and the talented Thandie Newton from Vanishing on 7th Street.

Vanishing on 7th Street is a post-apocalyptic horror-thriller film directed by Brad Anderson stars Thandie Newton, Hayden Christensen and John Leguizamo in the leads.

Hayden Chrsitensen describes the movie as a combination between a traditional thriller and a thinking man’s film that explores some big ideas. He also says that, as a Torontontian, he’s proud to see the direction TIFF has gone in as one of the premier festivals in the world.

Thandie Newton says that the film doesn’t rely heavily on special effects, so it instead relies on performance to take you into the world of tragedy and trauma. She adds that TIFF “is the best festival because it’s all about movies.”
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Hayden and Tove Christensen light up TIFF

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Hayden and Tove Christensen light up TIFF with new flick, Vanishing on 7th Street.
On Saturday night Toronto was buzzing with TIFF events, parties, screenings and celeb spottings. As we party-hopped from one gala to another, one of our fave parties of the night was hosted by Canadian hottie Hayden Christensen at the hip Ultra Supper Club on Queen West.

Moet and Belvedere vodka were flowing and the music was pumping as party goers mingled and sipped on bevies in celebration of Hayden’s new thriller flick, Vanishing on 7th Street. Hayden and his brother Tove also served as producers on the film with their production company Forest Park Pictures — clearly talent runs in the fam. Clad in grey denim, combat boots, a blue and black plaid flannel shirt and a plaid scarf, we rubbed shoulders with Hayden in the VIP section as he casually chatted with friends and chilled with Tove.

Co-star Thandie Newton also made an appearance, looking adorable in black shorts, a floral blouse, heels and minimal makeup (she’s a total stunner, btw). The best part of the night? When Hayden, who partied until 4 am, requested Toronto’s hip-hop king K-OS (where has he been hiding, anyway?!) to take a spin as DJ …
By Jennifer Weatherhead at Elle Canada

Vanishing on 7th Street Review

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Light is also the pulse of Brad Anderson’s “Vanishing on 7th Street,” but in a way that’s far more literal than “Julia’s Eyes.” Hayden Christensen (in one of his best performances to date), Thandie Newton, John Leguizamo and the young Jacob Latimore star as a group of strangers who are drawn towards the light of a speakeasy after an unexplained power outage leaves Detroit, and likely the rest of the world, cloaked in darkness that disappears anyone who isn’t holding a flashlight, a lighter or something that can keep away the shade. The film plays out almost like a small-scale version of “I Am Legend,” minus the CG zombies and putting in their place the creepier echoes of the unknown in the shadows to terrorize the quartet as they escape onto the empty streets around the bar, a safe haven thanks to its persnickety power generator, to try and find a way to prolong their lives and not evaporate into the piles of empty clothes they see around them.

In introducing the screening Monday, Christensen told TIFF’s Midnight Madness programmer Colin Geddes that he was drawn to the film’s “metaphors and subtext of what isn’t going on” and believe me, some will think there won’t be a lot going on. Fans of Anderson’s might liken it to “Session 9,” which impressed not with its threadbare storyline but its evocation of dread. There aren’t really character arcs so much as there are varying levels of fear and desperation in “Vanishing on 7th Street” amongst Christensen’s proactive newsman Luke, Newton’s frightened nurse Rosemary, Leguizamo’s crippled projectionist Paul, and Latimore’s fickle James.

Even though there are flashbacks to their lives pre-eclipse, you don’t get to know them in any meaningful way, nor do you ever learn what caused the darkness. Still, Anderson remains committed to challenging himself, this time shooting nearly an entire movie in the dark, and even if “Vanishing on 7th Street” never delivers the knockout blow that’s usually crucial to films as suspenseful as this aspires to be, it’s a testament to its director that it remains engaging throughout and puts an extra spring into your step once you leave the darkened theater.

“Julia’s Eyes” and “Vanishing on 7th Street” do not yet have U.S. distribution.


Hayden Christensen causes K-Os!!!…to spin at Ultra

Sunday, September 12th, 2010

Hayden Christensen used the force (of his celebrity) to give Ultra’s DJ a break at his party on Saturday night. At the 29-year-old Thornhill-raised actor’s request, Toronto hip-hop artist K-Os commandeered the turntables until around 1 a.m.

With a cardboard cut-out of Darth Vader looming in the window of the Adidas store across the street, the real(-ish) Anakin Skywalker and his 37-year-old brother Tove hoisted Belvedere vodka bottles at a party for their production company, Forest Park Pictures. While the stars were on their best behaviour, the crowd was a little rowdy, with one man dancing with a bottle of Belvedere shoved down his pants.

The Brothers Christensen hung out in a roped-off VIP section with Thandie Newton, Hayden’s co-star in his TIFF flick Vanishing on Seventh Street, and The King’s Speech co-star Geoffrey Rush. Christensen partied until the bar’s extended 4 a.m. last call, when he took to the stage to thank everyone for coming. Ultra staff say he finally called it a night at 6 a.m. Apparently when you look like Christensen, beauty sleep is optional.

Quantum Quest’ Brings Science To Science-Fiction

Monday, September 6th, 2010

Quantum Quest’ Brings Science To Science-Fiction
As I’m writing this, I am a bit over 24 hours since having the honor of attending the world premiere of a new movie, heading for IMAX theaters in January.

The film, “Quantum Quest,” was premiered on Saturday night during the 2010 Dragon*Con it Atlanta, as part of a program attended by members of the cast, and by June Scobee Rodgers, one of the founding directors of the Challenger Centers.

“Quantum Quest” is the story of a young photon named Dave, who apparently has no desire whatsoever to accept the duties and responsibilities of adulthood and leave his home on the Sun to serve his people, who are led by “The Core.” Circumstances develop that forces Dave to finally leave the sun in a desperate attempt to save his people from the forces of evil led by the villainous, “The Void,” a creature that hates all knowledge, and driven by a desire to destroy all life.

This CGI movie is very unique by several factors, one of which is the incredible noteworthy cast of individuals who have lent their voices to the characters to tell this story that not only entertains, but teaches the viewers. Some of the amazing cast members include Chris Pine (“Star Trek”), Samuel L. Jackson (Star Wars prequels), Hayden Christensen (Star Wars prequels), Amanda Peet (“Burn Notice”), Robert Picardo (“Star Trek: Voyager,” “Stargate: Atlantis”), James Earl Jones (the voice of Darth Vader in the Star Wars films), William Shatner (“Star Trek’s” original Capt. Kirk), Mark Hamill (original Star Wars), and in his first film ever, Neil Armstrong, commander of Apollo 11, the first space mission to land on the moon.

Another factor that makes this film very unique is the images of space and the planets that are used. While they could have been done fictionally with CGI, the producers opted to use actual radar, photos and data from multiple satellite missions to the planets of our solar system, most notable the Cassini mission to Saturn.

The film’s action-packed and very fast-paced story was written by Harry Kloor, the first person to ever earn two doctorates simultaneously from Purdue University, whose writing credits include “Star Trek: Voyager” and “Earth: Final Conflict.” Kloor shared with me that this project had been one that has taken close to 15 years, off and on, to reach completion.

The story is very entertaining, and in the tradition of shows like Discovery Channel’s hit, “Mythbusters,” teaches kids while they are having fun. It runs about 50 minutes, and is a fantastic film for science centers and museums that have IMAX theaters to present. The film is also not just for kids, as it features a story that also is entertaining for adults.

Words escape me that can truly express what I felt after watching it. It was 50 of the fastest minutes I can remember in quite a while. I left the film having not only enjoyed a great science-fiction story, but absolutely stunned by the breathtaking beauty of the interplanetary images that were presented.

I strongly recommend it for viewing by everyone, and to museums for their IMAX theaters. This one is an absolute winner!

How Hayden Christensen’s ‘Takers’ Character Is Like Darth Vader

Thursday, August 26th, 2010

That’s until he uses the fight ‘force’ and opens a can of whup ass in one of the film’s most exciting fight scenes. “It was mostly me,” Christensen says of the sequence that required very little stunt help, “I had to make sure I was in decent shape so I didn’t get beat up too badly.”

Having had lots of movie fighting experience from the latter two Star Wars prequels, 29-year old actor says he was accustomed to the physical grind highs and lows shooting those scenes require. “It was a well-choreographed sequence and it was very safe. But we spent a day roughing each other up and I got to give it to him,” he laughs of the other actor in the scene.

And Christensen says once he got a hold of the Takers script, being apart of the summer action thriller was a no-brainer, because the film’s subject matter took him back to his earliest childhood dreams.

“To get the chance to make a proper action movie with big explosions?” the Canadian-born actor says. “Running around, playing cops and robbers and shooting a gun? It was totally to indulge the kid in me.”


First Look at Vanishing on 7th Street

Friday, August 20th, 2010

Entertainment Weekly’s first look at Vanishing on 7th Street, including a new image!
Hayden Hangs Tough
Are you afraid of the dark? Then steer clear of Hayden Christensen’s latest film, Vanishing on 7th Street, which premieres Sept. 12 at the Toronto Film Festival. Read More ?

Hayden Christensen helps NYC Champions fundraiser

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

From Christopher Reeve.Org: The Reeve Foundation Champions Committee, joined by Hayden Christensen and Dior Beauty hosted a successful and fun-filled sold-out summer party last night at the Boom Boom Room in New York City.

Fashion and fundraising joined forces as Christensen, Allure magazine editor-in-chief Linda Wells, and many more welcomed supporters of the Reeve Foundation, including friends of the Foundation Jesse McConnell and Taylor Price, pictured at right.

Reeve Siblings: Thrilled to Have Hayden Christensen’s Support

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010

From: NBC New York - The children of the late legendary actor Christopher Reeve gathered at The Standard’s Boom Boom Room last night for a posh summer fundraising event along with good pal Hayden Christensen.

“Hayden is a good friend, so him being here is really spectacular,” Alexandra Reeve Givens, daughter of Christopher, told Niteside at the Reeve Foundation event.

“He’s actually always been very supportive and he agreed to come. He’s followed what we’ve been doing for a long time. He wanted to just lend his name to the cause. “

Christensen’s appearance at the charity event, which supported the leading organization for people living with paralysis, speaks to his character, Matthew Reeve, son of Christopher, said: “He’s been incredibly generous with his time. I mean I’ve known him for eight years, and I just asked a good friend for a favor.”

Will Packer presents ‘Takers’

Saturday, August 7th, 2010

From Will Packer can breath a sigh of relief now that his long-awaited action flick Takers has had its Hollywood premiere.

“I thought that if we put together a really, really good looking group of guys—sexy bad boys—that women would respond and want to see it. Typically action is a male domain, but I knew that if we casted it and marketed it the right way, we would be able to broaden [our audience] and bring in women as well.”

Paul Walker, Hayden Christensen and Matt Dillion also star in Takers, which reminds us a bit of the Ocean’s series. However Will assures us that Takers is distinctly different, even with its smart-alecky comedy.

“Overall, I think it’s a satisfying movie. I think people will be pleased with it,” Will told S2S, pointing out that the film will be far from predictable. “There’s gonna be some surprises in there. It doesn’t all wrap up the way you might expect it to.”

To see what surprises Will has in store for viewers, check out Takers when it hits theaters on August 27.

‘Takers’ Hollywood premiere

Friday, August 6th, 2010

‘Takers’ Hollywood premiere: Chris Brown, Hayden Christensen, T.I. and more!
The crew from the bank-heist film “Takers” stole the red-carpet spotlight Wednesday night outside the Cinerama Dome in Hollywood, with cast members T.I. and Chris Brown grabbing the mike and hitting the stage later to perform at the after-party.

Snoop Dogg at the Takers premiere in Hollywood Brown told MTV recently that he did “96 percent” of his stunts in the film and would’ve done more if producers had allowed him to. “I think the most exciting parts are the stunts, getting to blow stuff up, shoot guns, you know what I’m saying,” he told MTV. “It’s all fun!”

Other cast members out there with newlywed T.I. (real name Clifford Harris) included Idris Elba, Michael Ealy and Hayden Christensen plus director John Luessenhop.

Also spotted on the red carpet: Snoop Dogg, Jesse McCartney, newlywed LaLa Vazquez, Quinton Aaron, Andy Dick, Koena Mitra, Claudia Jordan, Camille Winbush and singer Keri Hilson, who also performed at the after-party, held at Boulevard 3 in Hollywood.

The movie, which also stars Zoe Saldana and Matt Dillon, opens Aug. 27 in U.S. theaters. Click the pic of Snoop Dogg to launch a gallery of red carpet pictures — and if you wonder what it’s like to work with Brown, check out the video of Ealy and Christensen at the premiere, below.


Premiere of “Takers”

Friday, August 6th, 2010

Fortunately, the opening night of “Takers” represented more hits than errors in menswear. Let us begin to look more bizarre. Chris Brown would have agreed if it was not that stole Louis Vuitton. What is the reason of it? Exists to represent financial status.

Luckily, Hayden Christensen and Idris Elba on the red carpet show elegance. The first wears discreet custom chess, while the second uses wool blazer with a vest. Notice how the shirt “Wall Street”, the one with white collar and wrists, makes any male look more fancy.

Christensen files suit over show

Wednesday, July 7th, 2010

The Force apparently wasn’t with “Star Wars” actor Hayden Christensen when he pitched an idea for a new TV series to the USA Network.

The Canadian-born star and his older brother yesterday filed suit in Manhattan federal court against the cable outfit, charging that it stole their idea for a comedic drama about a “concierge” doctor who makes house calls to the rich and famous.

The brothers claim that USA’s “Royal Pains” — which is in its second season — is a shameless rip-off of “Housecall,” which they offered to the NBC subsidiary in 2005.

The Christensen’s claim a USA exec told them “that, prior to learning about ‘Housecall,’ he was unaware of concierge doctors and that he thought it was a fascinating idea.”

A USA spokeswoman declined to comment.


Hayden Christensen Brought His Grandmother to the CFDAs

Tuesday, June 8th, 2010

Last night, at the CFDA awards, the Daily Transom found itself seated next to designer Richard Chai and his guest, actor Hayden Christensen. “This is quite a night out for me,” Mr. Christensen told Mr. Chai when they first sat down and the awards hadn’t started yet.

The duo arrived with an elderly woman who was escorted to sit elsewhere. It was unclear who she was.

Mr. Chai was announced as the winner of the Swarovski award for menswear designer, presented to him by actor Ed Westwick and TV personality Alexa Chung. When his name was called, Mr. Chai just said, “Wow,” and Mr. Christensen congratulated him by slapping his back. When the designer got up to the stage, he said it again: “Wow.” Among the many people he thanked was Mr. Christensen, for being his date.

When the awards were over, Mr. Christensen turned to Mr. Chai and said, “Hold on, I have to go get my grandmother.”


Hayden Christensen on “The Lazarus Effect”

Monday, May 24th, 2010

By Hayden Christensen

Editors note: More than 20 million people have died of HIV/AIDS in Africa, despite the fact it is now a preventable and treatable disease. “The Lazarus Effect” campaign features dozens of celebrity artists helping to raise awareness of the value of 40 cents – the cost of antiretroviral medicine needed for people with HIV/AIDS in Africa to survive – by comparing trivial items worth the same amount (a stick of gum, a smear of lipstick, etc).

I recently went on a trip to Africa and came back with the need to get involved and help raise awareness about AIDS. I was familiar with the (RED) campaign and the remarkable work they have done and are currently doing and wanted to be a part of it. One of our initiatives is to raise AIDS awareness through “The Lazarus Effect.” This inspiring documentary airs tonight on HBO. If you miss it there, you can see it on YouTube afterwards.

“The Lazarus Effect” addresses one of the world’s worst epidemics—AIDS in Africa. It focuses on the transformative effect of antiretroviral medicine and shows us how someone who is severely suffering from AIDS can regain their health in as little as 40 days by simply taking two pills a day that only cost 40 cents. The narrative of the documentary is told from the perspective of patients and doctors who are battling AIDS in their every day life. The story that unfolds in this documentary does not focus on the devastation and despair, but on survival. It shows what the human impact of smart aid programs has been.

Just eight years ago there were only 50,000 people across the continent who could access ARV (antiretroviral) treatment as it cost over $10,000 a year. Treatment was virtually impossible since the majority of people living in Africa make less than $2 a day. At that time, AIDS was a death sentence and more than 6,000 people were dying each day from a preventable and treatable disease. Today, that number has been nearly cut in half. Thanks to the efforts of global health organizations the cost of these pills is less than $158 a year. This means that programs offering aid can afford to get them to the millions of people who are in need.

Three million people are on ARV treatment today in Africa, but there are still millions of people across the continent who don’t have access to the basic treatment needed to fight AIDS. They are dying, and the worst part is that treatment is available. This documentary shows what is possible when there is access to treatment.

I hope people watch the documentary and are inspired to help raise funds to support the incredible programs that ultimately save lives. I urge people to visit JOINRED.COM and learn how they can get involved.

A Chat with Hayden Christensen

Monday, May 17th, 2010

You can envy me: We had a chat in Hayden’s hotel room,, in Fasano!
Tall, blonde, fine features ( perfect I can say while Im on it..) and shy .That’s how Canadian stud Hayden Christensen is, he has a restrained smile but sincere. He doesn’t kid about women or his personal life, he is the fiancé of the beautiful actress Rachel Bilson. Hayden who is known because of his character Anakin Skywalker (aka Darth Vader) in the Star Wars saga was in Brasil for launching Challenge, the new perfume of Lacoste. We found out the handsome guy adores pizza and Vodka and hates to have security guards all time around.

This is your first visit to Latin America, what do you think about Brasil?
Rio is beautiful, and I love calm attitude of Brazilian people, I have heard so much about it after the announce of this town as the venue for Olympic Games. Montreal developed so much after the games, I think it will the same for you.

What did you like the most?
The music. I just finished filming a psychological thriller, “Non-stop to Brazil”, by Brad Anderson, a movie that trace a bridge between Brazil and America through the music.I knew about Brazilian rhythm and I find them fascinating.(Note: the journalist thinks the name is the last movie of Brad Anderson instead “Vanishing in the 7thstreet”, Brad Anderson made music for the soundtrack of “Vanishing…)

Another projects?
Now, in summer (our winter..) the release of “Takers” with Matt Dillon, its a movie about a bank robber band and Jumper II script, although not soon..

Michael Lacoste brought you, on Wednesday, to à Fundação Gol de Letra of ex football player Raí, how it was?
Wonderful! I met the children and even played with the ball! it was a pity I wore boots but I could pass the ball better! I adore being part of social works,there are as much terrible things that happens around the world, its necessary to help! I just finished a campaigning for RED. I was in Africa a few time ago and I was shocked because how aids hits their society.

Do you like Football?
I played football since I was a child, although I play more to Hockey or tenis. One good thing about football is you dont need more than a ball and friends. Sometimes I get together a group for playing a match.

Would you like working with some Brazilian film maker?
Sure, with Fernando Meirelles, who directed “The constant gardener”

Are you interested in fashion?
I’d like to be presentable! (laughs!) dress is a way to express, but I’m not fashionista.I prefer to use comfy clothes that I can soil! so I don’t suffer shopping, I’m lucky I have a person who do that for me…

How does a woman have to dress if she wants you stare at her?
First of all she needs to respect herself, I don’t like when they use less clothes, simply is better.

Challenge…which is the most challenge project you have faced?
If its about my career, I spare no effort to conquer new spaces, although I’m known because action film, I made always, parallel to this films, more introspective characters and I’d like to be known by them too. Acting in big productions is great, because so many people goes to theaters on the other hand I don’t act thinking how many tickets I’m going to sell.What really attracts me is the personality of the character.

What about a Canadian production?
There aren’t so much films in Canada,anyway, we are there…I’m wishing to make a Canadian film, all I need is the invitation…