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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.
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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!

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

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.

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.

Hayden Christensen is delighted with Rio and Maria Fernanda Cândido

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

Hayden Christensen gave a show of humility during the parade of Lacoste, late on Wednesday at the Copacabana Palace in Rio de Janeiro. The actor, famous for his performance as Anakin Skywalker in “Star Wars” came without bodyguards and was keen to talk to journalists.

“It’s been a great trip. I loved the place and am having great experiences. Now that I have my visa, I will always return, “he joked, that during the afternoon visited the Gol de Letra Foundation, and former player Rai. He, who arrived in Rio in the morning, also said he was impressed with the beauties of the city and wanting to make a tour to see more before departure, as this Thursday, 13.

Rai also attended the parade and commented enthusiastically about the star’s visit to the NGO. “He was incredible. Interacted with everyone and was very open. The children talked to him, do not know in what language, but spoke,” he said laughingly.

But even if Hayden was delighted with Maria Fernanda Candido. The actor looked into her green eyes and made a point of posing next to the actress in the pictures. Before among actors Reynaldo Gianecchini and Marcelo Novaes, he traded places to stay near Maria Fernanda.


Hayden Christensen in ‘Star Wars’ regrets Cariocas ‘dresses too’

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

Hayden Christensen in ‘Star Wars’ regrets Cariocas ‘dresses too’

Guest of honor of the French fashion label Lacoste, the Copacabana Palace, actor Hayden Christensen landed on Tuesday for his first season in Rio de Janeiro. Face Challenge which promotes the perfume in the world, the artist who became famous for playing Anakin Skywalker - the juvenile stage of the villain Darth Vader - Star Wars II and III, regretted not having seen landing in the city that is postcard from Brazil abroad. “I was sleeping. But when I got the car, all I see is all that really speak out there,” he said, which is in Latin America for the first time.

Well, almost everything is the same: “Yes, I remember the episode of the Simpsons, monkey walking the streets of Rio, but this was not my impression,” he laughs. “People are so nice family. We look at them and seem to already know them.”

Christensen was born, I Toronto, Canada, and early wanted to be an actor. It was discovered in a test when her sister was to follow for a commercial. He won the role as having “the” face for the job. He went to New York with his parents in 1994 at age 13, and enrolled in a school of interpretation. The modeling career came much later, for an ad for Louis Vuitton in 2004.

This year he has produced enough. Finished Revenge of the Sith, the third film in the Star Wars, and taped a complement to the DVD version of Chapter VI of the saga, The Return of the Jedi. The campaign of Lacoste - Christensen’s second career - began to be planned for two years and was released worldwide last year.

The actor did not parade on Tuesday night. As guest of honor, their participation was sitting in the front row of the disputed parade. On Wednesday, the programming was more daytime. He woke up at 11am and visited the Gol de Letra Foundation, Rai’s former player and coach of Milan, Leonardo. Arriving at the neighborhood of Chestnut, in Docklands, threw the ball more than the contract called for, with one detail: he wore combat boots. “Not a good idea to play without shoes,” he admitted.

Over the river, finally, he revealed that he wanted to be here in a warmer season of the year. To see people with less clothing.


Hayden Christensen Joins The Genesis Code

Friday, May 7th, 2010

Hayden Christensen is on board for the lead role in director David R. Ellis’ upcoming thriller The Genesis Code, based on the novel by the same name written by John Case. The film’s screenplay is written by Kevin Bernhardt. Myriad Pictures, who will co-produce the film, owns all rights worldwide, will be selling the film at the upcoming Marche du Film in Cannes.

The producers are Tove Christensen, Myriad’s CEO and President Kirk D’Amico, Michael Mailer and Alvaro Longoria.

The story follows a former national security expert, played by Christensen, who, while investigating the murder of his only sister and her young son, discovers that a religious sect called The Shadow of the Cross may be involved. With the help of his sister’s friend Ana, they follow the clues to a clinic in the mountains of Italy, where a terrifying secret experiment has been conducted - successfully. The results are so threatening to the foundation of the Church that they will do anything to keep it from being revealed.

“We are very pleased to have Hayden on board for this project,” said D’Amico. “His passion for the character of Joe Lassiter and the world he inhabits - of religion, politics and secret operatives - was apparent to all of us involved in the project. It is this kind of commitment that we know will lead to a compelling performance.”

Hayden Christensen will next be seen starring in John Luessenhop’s Takers opposite Matt Dillon and Zoe Saldana and Brad Anderson’s Vanishing on 7th Street opposite Thandie Newton and John Leguizamo. Hayden is involved with the (RED) campaign and recently shot a PSA for them that also features Bono, Javier Bardem, Don Cheadle, Penélope Cruz, Claire Danes, Hugh Jackman, Julianne Moore, Gabourey Sidibe, Gwen Stefani, The Jonas Brothers, among others.

Director David R. Ellis started his career as a stuntman and moved into directing, where he served as 2nd unit director on Harrison Ford’s Patriot Games and Clear and Present Danger. His directing credits include Final Destination 2, Cellular, starring Kim Basinger and Jessica Biel, Asylum, with Sarah Roemer, Snakes on a Plane with Samuel L. Jackson and The Final Destination in 3-D, which occupied the number one spot at the box office when it was released last year.

Kevin Bernhardt wrote the screenplay to the crime-drama The Immortals starring Eric Roberts and Joe Pantoliano and the Tom Berenger thriller Fear of Flying. He wrote the adventure El Americano which will be directed by Amy Redford and Elephant White, which will star Kevin Bacon. He also wrote the screenplay for Peaceful Warrior.

The Genesis Code comes to theaters in 2011 and stars Hayden Christensen. The film is directed by David R. Ellis.


(RED) and Hayden Christensen Rings The NASDAQ Stock Market Opening Bell

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

Susan Smith Ellis, CEO of (RED) and Hayden Christensen, star of Star Wars films and this summer’s “Takers,” will ring the NASDAQ Opening Bell to mark the beginning of the Lazarus Effect Campaign and to celebrate the broadcast of “The Lazarus Effect” documentary airing May 24 at 9:00 p.m. EDT on HBO.


The campaign equates what the average person can buy with 40 cents from a stick of gum to a smear of lipstick to what the same amount would mean to someone with HIV/AIDS in Africa; another day of life transforming medication. The campaign features Bono, Hayden Christensen, Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, Iman, Claire Danes, Toni Collette, Hugh Jackman, Orlando Bloom, Gabourey Sidibe, and others.

On May 24, 2021 HBO will present “The Lazarus Effect.” The 30-minute film captures a series of true-life resurrections on screen ones that don’t require a single act of magic or faith to make the miracle happen. Rather than miracles, “The Lazarus Effect” records the extraordinary, life-restoring effect of ARVs on HIV-positive Africans who, only a few years ago, would have never had a chance. Now they have hope.


HBO & (Red) Premiere “The Lazarus Effect” at the MOMA

Thursday, May 6th, 2010

On May 4th, ((RED) with Anonymous Content and HBO Documentary Films screened the documentary The Lazarus Effect, at a star-studded event at the Museum of Modern Art. The Lazarus Effect, is a half hour documentary airing on HBO on Monday, May 24th, 2010 at 9:00pm, which is at the center of a multi-media campaign by ((RED) to raise awareness about the impact of large scale AIDS programs at work in Sub-Saharan Africa. It follows the stories of four individuals whose lives have been transformed from a near death existence to a healthier, more stable life in as little as three months. The film tracks the incredible power of anti-retroviral drugs (ARVs) and their ability to transform HIV positive people from sickly and deathly thin to healthy and full of hope. It was truly amazing to watch as people were completely transformed over the course of only three months by taking ARVs, a medicine which only costs 40 cents per day to fund.

HIV/AIDS is a preventable and treatable disease, yet it has killed more than 20 million people in Africa. In 2002, more than 29 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa had HIV, yet only 50,000 people could afford the $10,000 a year treatment they needed to stay alive. Today, thanks to increased political support, a push by global health organizations, and contributions from the private sector, the cost of ARV drugs is now around 40 cents a day and more than three million people in Africa, are now receiving treatment. The availability of antiretroviral (ARV) drugs, which block HIV’s assault on the body’s immune system, can transform the lives of people from near death to health in as little as three months. This has been dubbed “The Lazarus Effect” after the story in the Bible when Jesus resurrected Lazarus from the dead.

Director Lance Bangs and the subjects of the documentary Constance Mudenda and Concillia Muhau were in attendance. Major celebs in attendance included: Bono and his wife, Ali Hewson and Adam Clayton of U2, Chris Rock and his wife, Malaak Compton-Rock, Hayden Christensen.

After credits rolled, guests headed over to the Ace Hotel’s Liberty Hall for the after-party. On my way out, I saw that Hayden Christensen was surrounded by adoring fans asking for autographs.


Hayden Christensen to Ring The NASDAQ Stock Market Opening Bell

Wednesday, May 5th, 2010

(RED) CEO Susan Smith Ellis and Actor Hayden Christensen to Ring The NASDAQ Stock Market Opening Bell

Susan Smith Ellis, CEO of (RED) and Hayden Christensen, star of Star Wars films and this summer’s “Takers,” will ring the NASDAQ Opening Bell to mark the beginning of the Lazarus Effect Campaign and to celebrate the broadcast of “The Lazarus Effect” documentary airing May 24 at 9:00 p.m. EDT on HBO.

Where: NASDAQ MarketSite — 4 Times Square — 43rd & Broadway — Broadcast Studio

When: Thursday, May 6, 2022 at 9:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. ET

The campaign equates what the average person can buy with 40 cents-from a stick of gum to a smear of lipstick-to what the same amount would mean to someone with HIV/AIDS in Africa; another day of life transforming medication. The campaign features Bono, Hayden Christensen, Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, Iman, Claire Danes, Toni Collette, Hugh Jackman, Orlando Bloom, Gabourey Sidibe, and others.

On May 24, 2021 HBO will present “The Lazarus Effect.” The 30-minute film captures a series of true-life resurrections on screen-ones that don’t require a single act of magic or faith to make the miracle happen. Rather than miracles, “The Lazarus Effect” records the extraordinary, life-restoring effect of ARVs on HIV-positive Africans who, only a few years ago, would have never had a chance. Now they have hope.

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