Jonathan Goldsmith: Casino Jack

May 14th, 2009

Casino Jack, George Hickenlooper’s upcoming thriller starring Kevin Spacey and Hayden Christensen, gets an original score by Jonathan Goldsmith, a composer who is best known for his intimate score to Sarah Polley’s Oscar-nominated Away from Her. Casino Jack, also known as Bagman, tells the true story of American lobbyist, Jack Abramoff, who was sentenced to prison after his fraudulent dealings with Indian casinos. Film will premiere some time next year. According to Evolution Music Partners, Goldsmith also recently finished the score for Stephen Kay’s thriller Cell 213, starring Bruce Greenwood.

‘New York, I Love You’ gets release

May 14th, 2009

Vivendi Entertainment has set Oct. 16 as the release date for anthology project “New York, I Love You.”

The pic includes segments directed by Jian Wen, Mira Nair, Brett Ratner, Allen Hughes, Shekhar Khapur, Natalie Portman, Fatih Akin, Joshua Marston and Randy Balsmyer.

Cast is comprised of Bradley Cooper, Andy Garcia, Hayden Christensen, Rachel Bilson, Natalie Portman, Irrfan Khan, Emilie Ohana, Orlando Bloom, Christina Ricci, Maggie Q, Ethan Hawke, James Caan, Blake Lively, Drea de Matteo, John Hurt, Shia LaBeouf, Burt Young, Chris Cooper, Eli Wallach and Cloris Leachman.

The project follows along the same lines as “Paris Je T’aime” as the second in a series of “Cities of Love” movies conceived by Emmanuel Benbihy, who produced this film with Marina Grasic (“Crash”). “Cities of Love” productions are being set up in Shanghai, Rio de Jainero, Berlin and Jerusalem.

Movieline Interprets the Jack Abramoff Biopic Director’s Facebook Status Updates

May 13th, 2009

Factory Girl director George Hickenlooper is about to start shooting Casino Jack, a biopic about disgraced Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff, starring Kevin Spacey in the title role and Hayden Christensen as his associate, Mike Scanlon. Deadline Hollywood already toldjus!™ that Hickenlooper and Spacey had visited Abramoff in prison to discuss the project. Since then, via Facebook, we’re getting incremental updates on his progress. Let’s relive them, with commentary:

George Hickenlooper is delighted David Cross has joined the team.
May 2 at 12:26pm

Notes: Cross will play Adam Kidan, who partnered with Abramoff on the purchase of SunCruz Casinos. Kidan is currently serving 70 months in Elkton Federal Prison, where his penchant for showering in short-shorts fashioned out of an orange jumpsuit has given him the reputation for being the cellblock never-nude.

George Hickenlooper is all about the blue pages.
May 4 at 10:35am

Notes: Typically, once a script is locked for production, the first lot of revisions come on blue pages so the cast and crew can find them easily. In this case, however, Hickenlooper is referring to the government section of his telephone book, where you can learn so much about systematic corruption by simply letting your fingers do the walking!

George Hickenlooper doesn’t like that a horse shit writer for the Huffington Post is accusing me of committing a felony by visiting Abramoff in prison. Disgusting…
May 5 at 1:50pm

Notes: He’s referring to a HuffPo piece by Gary S. Chafetz, a former writer for the Boston Globe and the author of The Perfect Villain: John McCain and the Demonization of Lobbyist Jack Abramoff, in which Chafetz suggests visiting Abramoff in prison might have constituted a felony.

George Hickenlooper is now being told if he wants to sit with Abramoff again he needs to be interviewed by the FBI. This is not good.
May 5 at 4:32pm

Notes: His concerns are well-founded. The FBI famously waterboarded Oliver Stone two weeks into the JFK shoot, purely over his wardrobe choices for Jackie O’s signature pillbox hats.

George Hickenlooper has just been told by a reliable source that the author of the article in Huffington Post is widely considered a crackpot and the author of a competing Abramoff project. Par for the course. All this felony garbage is Much Ado About Nothing…
May 5 at 6:43pm

Notes: We’d have thought the home of Candy Spelling’s trenchant op-ed journalism (most recent post: “Is it Meshuga To Want My Daughter To Mesh?”) would have a more stringent contributor vetting process.

George Hickenlooper just found out this clown at Huffington Post approached our production last week trying to get us to read his book. We turned him down because we didn’t want to be exposed legally, or accused of taking from his undoubtedly ridiculous book. No wonder. He’s angry and today decided to take it out on us on HP. What a dick.
May 5 at 7:03pm

Notes: Seriously. That’s the last time we engage any of Mr. Chafetz’s invitations to poke him back or throw a SuperPoke sheep at him.

George Hickenlooper is fried from location scouting.
May 7 at 2:41pm ·

Notes: Likely came after a 45-minute argument with a production designer who insisted the SkyDome simply couldn’t be “dressed up to look like Cumberland Prison using $25,000’s worth of white draping fabric.”

George Hickenlooper is in the budget CRUNCH.

Notes: Are you happy, now, Mr. Production Designer? You can kiss your white draping fabric goodbye.

George Hickenlooper is excited that Barry Pepper, Graham Greene, Rachel LaFevre and Kelly Preston are joining the team.

Notes: Seeing as they’re the frosh, Pepper and Greene should prepare for a merciless naked shaving-cream hazing at the hands of Spacey and Christensen, who’ve taken to calling each other “Spuds” and “The H-Man.”

Jumper Author Steven Gould Discusses Movie Sequel Possibilities

May 12th, 2009

Q: Jumper’s director, Doug Liman, said his goal was to subvert the superhero in creating a selfish protagonist. What was your goal with the book?

A: The character in the book is quite different. He’s in a pretty bad way in the sense that he’s this runaway teen with an abusive father — far more abusive than in the movie. So he’s desperate; he does steal from a bank initially, but he doesn’t keep stealing. But Liman really liked that self-interest thing that was going on in the beginning. In mine it was all a metaphor about escape. The kid has issues he needs to deal with, so no matter how far he runs he can’t teleport away from himself.

Q: How much control did you have over the script?

A: I got to read the scripts as it went along. One of the most interesting ones was a pretty dark script by the guy who did the adaptation for Fight Club. Among other things the other jumper is the bad guy. You get Griffin leading Davy down a dark direction before he finally finds his own sense of center. And then conflict ensues. The Palladins were there, so there were multiple bad guys, but the Griffin character was much darker.

Q: You wrote Griffin’s prequel story for the movie. Was it weird to write a novel for a movie that differed from your work so drastically?

A: It was interesting. What was hard about it was that it’s a very dark story. The character has to go through a lot. It starts when he’s 9 years old, and he goes through really bad stuff to become the character he is at the beginning of the movie. I’d written dark stuff in the past, but when you’re writing it and you get to a bad place, you can put it down and walk away. But because this book had to be done before the movie I could never back away.

Q: Where does all this trauma you put your characters through come from?

A: Well in the case of Davy, my father thank God has been sober for 30 years. But until I was in college he was an active alcoholic. Jumper is very much my self-therapy, my working on stuff that was true to me.

Q: What would you like to see happen in Jumper 2?

A: Liman has expressed a particular interest in an unspecified moment in the sequel Reflex, and I suspect it’s this twinning thing that Davy does, where he’s jumping to a place and back and forth to the point where he’s in both places at once, and a hole opens connecting the two places. So when he’s chained to a wall, he jumps back and forth to the ocean and all this water floods out of the hole. If ever there was a cinematic moment, that’s it. And then there’s this thing from Reflex where you have a very shadow-y Illuminati sort of government agency and they very much want to control jumpers. And that organization showed up in the scripts, but they ended up having to cut it because of budget. So that thread might show up.

Q: You write a lot of young adult scifi — and to an extent Jumper and Griffin are both YA stories. What’s the attraction for you?

A: Part of it is the fact that science fiction and fantasy are meaningless distinctions when it comes to writing YA. You’re not ghetto-ized, and you’re actually going to sell a lot better because bookstores don’t split YA into genre — it’s all mixed in there. I’ve always loved young adult — it’s what got me into science fiction in the first place, reading Heinlein’s young adult stories. And it was really a goal for me to write books that can be read by a wider audience.

Q: You just released a short story that ties into your next book about an infestation of metal-consuming bugs in the American southwest. What can you tell us about it?

A: It’s the ultimate terrorist incident — far more extreme than 9/11. But the bugs don’t eat humans, they just eat everything metallic, so you don’t have any technology. No knives or phones or cars, or certainly guns. And they react nastily if you try to destroy them. They swarm. Then after I write that, I’m going to write the next Jumper novel. At the end of Reflex Davy and Millie are making a concerted effort to have kids, so you can sort of figure out what it might be about…

Jumper Author Talks Movie, Book Sequels

May 12th, 2009

Despite bombing with the critics, Jumper, the 2007 movie about a teleporting asshole, was a modest success financially, and may get a sequel. Steven Gould, author of the original novel, has some ideas. Spoilers follow…

Gould wrote the young adult novel Jumper way back in 1992. He penned the sequel book Reflex in 2004 and also wrote the movie’s tie-in novel Jumper: Griffin’s Story. Although he was involved in the original movie’s production, director Doug Liman changed the story drastically, deliberately removing all the sympathetic aspects of the protagonist David Rice (Hayden Christensen) to subvert the superhero concept more fully (oh, so that’s what he was trying to do).

Though the movie failed to make back its $85 million budget domestically, it made well over $220 million worldwide, enough to warrant sequel talk. Liman has previously stated that he would want to use Reflex as the source material for the second film, focusing on expanding the Jumpers’ teleportation powers. The book also focuses on Rice’s girlfriend Millie, played by Rachel Bilson in the original film, gaining the ability to jump. Liman also mentioned he wanted to include new abilities like jumping to other planets and traveling through time.

In an interview yesterday, Gould updated what was going on with the sequel, noting what the director is honing in on from the source material:

Liman has expressed a particular interest in an unspecified moment in the sequel Reflex, and I suspect it’s this twinning thing that Davy does, where he’s jumping to a place and back and forth to the point where he’s in both places at once, and a hole opens connecting the two places. So when he’s chained to a wall, he jumps back and forth to the ocean and all this water floods out of the hole. If ever there was a cinematic moment, that’s it. And then there’s this thing from Reflex where you have a very shadow-y Illuminati sort of government agency and they very much want to control jumpers. And that organization showed up in the scripts, but they ended up having to cut it because of budget. So that thread might show up.

OK, I’ll admit it - that sounds kind of cool. Utterly nonsensical, but cool. Still, we’re talking about the sequel to Jumper here. I’d say cool but nonsensical is a pretty decent level to shoot for.

Meanwhile, Gould also teased his next two books: an adult novel about a terrorist attack using bugs that eat anything metal but leave organic matter untouched - unless you try to destroy them, in which case they turn really nasty. And then he’s working on a third Jumper novel (or fourth, if you count Griffin’s Story), about Davy and Millie trying to have children.

The Wrestler Drives Vesper Lynd

May 12th, 2009

The long-gestating remake of the British crime drama Mona Lisa, co-written and to be directed by Larry Clark, is reportedly set to finally begin shooting.

Production Weekly’s Twitter update claims that the Clark-directed version of Mona Lisa will film this September with Iron Man 2’s Mickey Rourke and Casino Royale’s Eva Green starring.

The project is an Americanized remake of the 1986 British film directed by Neil Jordan and produced by HandMade Films. Bob Hoskins starred as George, a London chauffeur who drives a high-class call girl Simone (Cathy Tyson). Michael Caine played Dinny, George’s old boss who hired him to drive Simone and to spy on one of her regulars.

There have been a number of actors associated with the remake over the years. Rosario Dawson was first said to be Clark’s choice to play the female lead in 2005 when the project was titled Shame. Most recently, Hayden Christensen was reported to be playing the male lead; it’s unclear whether Rourke has replaced him or if Rourke will play the Caine role instead.

HELLO! Canada celebrates the country’s 50 Most Beautiful People, with Shania Twain topping the list

May 7th, 2009

Topping off at # 10 is Star Wars anti-hero Hayden Christensen “jumped” back into film - and a romance with co-star and new fiancee Rachel Bilson - in Jumper last year. Now 28, the star is the dashing face of a new Lacoste scent. Source

Shattered Glass is a glimpse into pre-internet age journalism

April 28th, 2009

Not so long ago, a few select publications were considered to be the only worthwhile places to turn when it came to getting cutting-edge news and current events analysis. The New Republic was at the top of this game because it supposedly attracted the most talented and insightful journalists in the biz.

That was all before Stephen Glass showed up. Shattered Glass is the true story of how Glass (Hayden Christensen), an up-and-coming star at one of the most highly respected magazines in the world, proceeded to make up fictional news stories out of thin air.

As the old saying goes, you make up one lie, you’ve got to make up another to cover the one before, and on and on. And when you have a whole department at your company devoted to fact-checking, as allegedly did The New Republic, it’s only a matter of time before everything comes crumbling down.

In the same way people are drawn to watching train wrecks, there was something alluring about watching Glass weave a more and more tangled web for himself in this movie. The whole smarmy Washington news journalist culture and Glass’s boss (Peter Sarsgaard) make you feel like you’re right in the middle of Glass’s predicament.

Now, 10 years and millions of internet news pages after this real-life story, this DVD is a good retrospective on the way things were, and an important eye-opener about how things very well could become.


Spacey meets Abramoff in prison to prep for film

April 27th, 2009

Two-time Oscar-winner Kevin Spacey has met with Jack Abramoff at a federal prison near Cumberland to prepare for his leading role in a film about the disgraced Washington lobbyist, a Hollywood executive said Monday.

Spacey and director George Hickenlooper (Factory Girl) met with Abramoff Friday afternoon to discuss plans for a film called Casino Jack or Bagman, based loosely on Abramoff’s career in Washington, said Richard Rionda Del Castro, chairman of Hannibal Pictures in West Hollywood, Calif.

Rionda Del Castro said he is executive producing, cofinancing and distributing the film.

“Kevin Spacey wanted to get some personal information to be close to this character, and I believe that Abramoff was giving some ideas on the story and the information to make it as precise as possible,” Rionda Del Castro said in a telephone interview.

He said Abramoff has expressed admiration for The Usual Suspects, the 1995 crime film for which Spacey won an Academy Award as best supporting actor. He won the 1999 best-actor Oscar for American Beauty.

Rionda Del Castro said the movie will begin shooting in late May, with a release expected in the summer of 2011.

Spacey publicist Staci Wolfe confirmed that the meeting occurred.

Abramoff defense attorney Abbe D. Lowell didn’t immediately return telephone calls and e-mails from The Associated Press.

Abramoff, 50, is serving time at the prison’s minimum-security camp for offenses stemming partly from a federal probe of influence-peddling in the nation’s capital.

He began serving a six-year sentence in November 2006 for conspiracy, honest-services fraud and tax evasion in the purchase of casino boats in Florida, and was given four years last September for mail fraud, conspiracy and tax evasion. His projected release date is Dec. 1, 2011, according to the federal Bureau of Prisons.

Prison spokesman DeWayne Hendrix declined to comment on Spacey’s visit, citing privacy rules.

Magnolia Pictures plans to release a documentary film about Abramoff titled Casino Jack: The United States of Money late this year, spokesman Arianne Ayers said.

Abramoff is no stranger to Hollywood. He and his brother Robert produced the 1989 Dolph Lundgren action movie Red Scorpion and its sequel, Red Scorpion 2.

The federal correctional complex near Cumberland includes a medium-security prison that houses former Army surgeon Jeffrey MacDonald, whose convictions for the murders of his pregnant wife and two young daughters in North Carolina were the basis for the book and television movie, Fatal Vision.

Kevin Spacey Playing Jack Abramoff in Biopic

April 25th, 2009

According to Deadline Hollywood, Kevin Spacey is currently in Washington D.C., paying a visit to Federal Prison so he can meet with ex-lobbyist and scandal magnet Jack Abramoff. Is Spacey somehow involved in one of Jack’s frauds? Nope, it’s research for a role in his latest film, with his director George Hickenlooper also tagging along.

The two of them are shooting a script by Dead Ringers writer Norman Snider called Casino Jack (which was Abramoff’s nickname). They’ve been negotiating for weeks to get face time with the imprisoned Abramoff, who is apparently a Kevin Spacey fan. That’s cute.

The film is likely to cause a bit of a stir if marketed right: it’s a Goodfellas-style thriller about Abramoff’s corrupt stint in Washington, wheeling and dealing with members of the Bush administration. The film supposedly even involves figures such as Karl Rove, and most likely Tom DeLay as well.

Production Weekly broke news last Friday that Spacey and Hayden Christensen (who Hickenlooper worked with last in Factory Girl) are playing Abramoff and Michael Scanlon.

Abramoff would not and cannot make a profit out of the film, so why is he agreeing to help them in a creative meeting, which is what they’e doing? Looks like ol’ Casino Jack just wants someone to tell his side of the story and get back at his fellow Republicans who gave him up, and what better way to talk to the American people than through a star-powered Hollywood movie, eh? Besides, lest we forget that Abramoff was once rubbing elbows with Hollywood elites back in the 90’s. He produced and co-wrote the Dolph Lundgren awesomeness Red Scorpion.

Who knows… In about five years when he gets out of jail, maybe his movie would already be a top getter, allowing Abramoff to amass new fortune by becoming a Hollywood mogul. Ick.

George Hickenlooper, Kevin Spacey meet with jailbird Jack Abramoff

April 25th, 2009

George Hickenlooper, the native St. Louisan who directed the Warhol-era flick “Factory Girl” and the rock doc “Mayor of the Sunset Strip,” is profiling a particularly infamous character in his next film: lobbyist Jack Abramoff, who is currently in prison after multiple convictions related to shady casino operations. Hickenlooper is preparing a movie based on Abramoff titled “Casino Jack.” The director and star Kevin Spacey were recently allowed to visit Abramoff at federal pen to get the lobbyist’s side of the story.

Among other crimes, Abramoff was accused of shaking down competing tribes of American Indians who were seeking casino licenses and playing them against each other.

The more you learn about Abramoff, the creepier his story gets. He also flew planeloads of American legislators and manufacturers to the Northern Marianas Islands, a U.S. protectorate where officials wanted to operate sweatshops with virtual slave labor. (Abramoff also had a brief career in Hollywood, where he produced a couple action movies starring Dolph Lundgren.)

I read the Norman Snider script, which was originally titled “Bagman,” when I flew out to Los Angeles for the Oscars. I’ve been making notes to send to Hickenlooper, whom I consider a friend, but he hardly needs my help. With the great Spacey, who starred in the similarly smart “Recount,” the project is in good hands. Filming is expected to start next month.

Oh Boy

April 24th, 2009

Lacoste has signed up Canadian actor Hayden Christensen to front a print and television advertising campaign for its latest male fragrance, Lacoste Challenge. Christensen, who is most famous for starring in the blockbuster Star Wars series, “perfectly captures the modern spirit of the brand,” said Global Marketing Director Andreas Gerber, “He’s young…dynamic, with a charismatic twinkle in his eye that brings to life the ethos of the new fragrance.” The new scent will be available from July 1.


Hayden Hearts Lacoste

April 24th, 2009

Psst we’ve just got wind that Hayden Christensen is the new face of Lacoste Challenge. Following in the footsteps of fellow hunks, Matthew McConaughey, Josh Hartnett and James Franco, Hayden looks fresh faced and well… just gorgeous.

Hayden said: “I’m excited that LACOSTE invited me to be an ambassador for the brand as the face of its new men’s fragrance, Challenge. I’m an active guy and I always try to face what life throws at me head on, so I really identify with the ethos of the fragrance, to ‘never resist the call of the game’. To me, LACOSTE is a brand that inspires men to embrace life’s challenges with a stylish flair and masculine elegance – just as its founder René Lacoste did.

Jack Abramoff Gets Hollywood Jail Visit

April 24th, 2009

My sources tell me that 2-time Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey and film director George Hickenlooper (Factory Girl, Hearts of Darkness) are right now visiting Washington DC lobbyist Jack Abramoff in Cumberland Federal Prison. Abramoff, of course, was responsible for one of the biggest political scandal to hit the nation’s capital since Watergate, and is the subject of a screenplay Casino Jack starring Spacey and directed by Hickenlooper and written by Norm Snider (Dead Ringers) and produced by Bill Marks, George Vitetzakis and exec-produced by Donald Zuckerman and Richard Rionda of Hannibal Pictures. A portion of the project is being financed by Brad Feinstein of Titan Multi Media Group in a deal being negotiated by Paradigm. The story is described to me as a modern day GoodFellas set in Washington DC that plays like a thriller involving Karl Rove and others in former President George W. Bush’s inner circle. Cameras will roll later next month.

I’m told that Kevin Spacey is set to star as Jack Abramoff, Hayden Christensen will play Abramoff’s closest associate Mike Scanlon, Spencer Garrett (Public Enemies) will play Majority Leader Tom DeLay, and Arrested Development star David Cross will play Abramoff crony Adam Kidan. The production is also in talks with Tea Leoni as Abramoff’s wife.

After weeks of extensive negotiations with Abramoff attorneys and prison officials, Spacey and Hickenlooper were finally granted access late this afternoon for a creative discussion with Abramoff who is serving a 6-year sentence. Apparently the disgraced former lobbyist, who produced two Dolph Lungren movies in the early 1990s, is a big Spacey fan — ironically citing Usual Suspects as one of his favorite films. Spacey, who is a personal friend of former President Bill Clinton and who couldn’t be more the political opposite of Abramoff, apparently appreciated and respected Abramoff’s openness to talk. According to an insider, “Abramoff was in good spirits and very charming with the actor. For two guys who couldn’t be more different, they seemed to get along very well.”

Because of Son of Sam laws, Abramoff is legally unable to profit from any story told about him. But he apparently agreed to meet with Spacey and Hickenlooper because he believes no one has heard his side of the story. My source tells me, “Jack feels he has nothing to lose if he can at least convey his perspective even if it’s from inside prison walls. Frankly, he feels like he was thrown under the bus by his fellow Republicans, especially John McCain who wanted to use Jack to help sell himself to the American people as the great reformer. The reality is Jack wasn’t doing anything that wasn’t happening on K-Street already. In fact it’s still happening to this day and everybody knows it.”

Also my source tells me that both Spacey and Hickenlooper had met Abramoff separately once before in the early 1990s when the former Washington lobbyist had a Hollywood shop set up with his brother Robert Abramoff to produce movies. “Jack used to get around the Hollywood circuit quite a bit before he came to DC,” my source says. “It wouldn’t surprise me if he wouldn’t end up back there after he gets out of prison.”

In 2004-2005, as you may recall, Abramoff was jokingly referenced by George Clooney during the 2005 Academy Awards. More significantly, Abramoff was convicted of defrauding American Indians out of millions of dollars in casino money, a scam that brought down a number of prominent Washington figures, among them Republican Majority Leader Tom DeLay and Ohio Congressman Robert Ney. The story even gets more interesting because, according to the FBI, Abramoff was associated with a man who allegedly hired two Mafia hit men to murder the owner of a fleet of Florida casino boats Abramoff was in the process of purchasing. The Abramoff story is filled with many surprising twists and turns and has become an iconic symbol of the Bush era and all it represented.

This will be Hickenlooper’s first feature since the controversial Edie Sedgwick/Andy Warhol biopic Factory Girl. A self-proclaimed political junkie, he’s also the cousin of the very popular Denver Mayor John Hickenlooper who hosted last summer’s Democratic National Convention. The filmmaker chronicles his cousin’s role during that convention in the upcoming documentary series Hick Town which he produced with R.J. Cutler (The War Room, September Issue).


Lacoste Official ad and News

April 8th, 2009

For the first time on the web, TETU disseminates official image chosen for the campaign of the beautiful Hayden Christensen ( “Star Wars”, “Jumper”) for the perfume brand crocodile.

The force is with new Lacoste fragrance. This fragrance for men, effectively called “Challenge”, was indeed chosen to face Hayden Christensen, the beautiful boy whom we had caught the eye in Star Wars. Brand and a crocodile, “she said, wanted to illustrate its modern, elegant and dynamic. Scent, this would lead to fresh notes of tangerine and lemon enhanced with bergamot opening, by a trio of ginger-lavender-purple heart-and a teak-wood ebony background.

Visually, most importantly, it gives a Hayden Christensen favorably highlighted by a small shirt and tight jeans. It seems as it was in the movie Jumper, suspended in space-time. But fans can rest assured, when the Canadian actor turned advertising along a facade of building in Los Angeles, he was restrained by a harness and cables.

Less romantic to imagine that the beautiful Hayden really has super powers, but more reassuring for his safety. And curiously, it does not detract from the furiously sexy side of the campaign. The image, which had already circulated on the Internet these days, was not selected for final visual displays: here, for the first time, the official image.


“Challenge”, Lacoste perfume played by actor Hayden Christensen

April 3rd, 2009

The new fragrance for men by Lacoste, “Challenge,” available in May, includes fresh top notes and woody base of a solid. Actor Hayden Christensen, who played Anakin Skywalker in the last trilogy “Star Wars” became the muse of the brand with the crocodile to the advertising campaign of this perfume.

The fragrance opens on fresh, energetic tangerine and lemon, bergamot enhanced. The central agreement has an aromatic ginger and hints of juniper berries and leaves of violets. The notes of funds based on a forested with teak and ebony wood.

The case is two-tone, like the bottle, brilliant yellow, contrasting with the matte black.

The American actor Hayden Christensen, the new muse of the mark in the crocodile, said: “Lacoste is a casual sophistication, that of the active man who faces the challenges of life with a distinguished style and natural elegance.

In the campaign which he is the icon, the actor is filmed and photographed in the process of jumping to catch the perfume bottle in midair. The slogan “Do not resist the call of the game” with these images.

Toilet water, 50 ml: 40 euro
Toilet water, 75 ml: 50 euro
Toilet water, 90 ml: 60 euro

Challenge (for men)

April 3rd, 2009

Hot novelties from the house of Lacoste are a real blend of challenge and energy in upcoming days of 2009. A very interesting choice by Lacoste is Hayden Christensen who is presented as the advertising face and new strength of the Lacoste brand. Popular, charming and handsome actor is known for his role of Anakin Skywalker from cult Star Wars.

New fragrance Challenge opens with notes of pure energy created of tangerine and lemon with a hint of bergamot. A heart of this fragrant challenge hides ginger combined with aromatic lavender and violet leaves, creating a perfect, pleasant and sensual harmony. Base notes leave a trail of ebony and teak wood, which are in charge of the modern, powerful trend on the border between tradition and trend.

Perfume Challenge by Lacoste arrives on the market in May and it will be available in flacons made of transparent glass with a black stopper decorated with a white crocodile, symbol of the house.

The call of the game perfume Lacoste Challenge

April 3rd, 2009

Lacoste announced the commercialization of its new fragrance for the month of May 2009. Called “Challenge”, the scent is a nod to the fighting spirit of the founding father of the house Lacoste, the champion tennis legend. The fragrance is aimed at all those for whom life is a challenge, with the motto: “Do not resist the call of the game.”

Three notes, a short
The 3 notes of “Challenge” have to remind the playground on which René Lacoste has built its reputation. As it’s a managed service, the scent starts with freshness and energy. The aromas of tangerine and lemon, which blends a touch of bergamot warm, open way with panache. The note of heart, symbol of the net, giving punch flavored with ginger and spicy incisive. Lavender, juniper and sweet violet leaves powdered supplement this. As a bottom line of short, teak and ebony wood provide power and consistency to the scent.

A bottle like a tennis racket
The bottle of “Challenge” is not unlike the handle of a tennis racket, dressed in shiny black and grip. This feature was born of a practice of Rene Lacoste who in 20 years, wrapped the handle of her racket tape. The aim was to increase its adhesion and ease of grip. An idea that quickly became popular and today symbolizes the holder of the scent.

Eau de toilette Lacoste Challenge, spray:
50 ml: 40 euro.
75 ml: 50 euro.
90 ml: 60 euro.

Available from May 2009.


Hayden Christensen, muse for Lacoste

March 31st, 2009

To support its new fragrance, Challenge, Lacoste has appealed to the charm of the actor Hayden Christensen. Young, dynamic and elegant, handsome kid who has been successful thanks to the role of Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars, perfectly embodies the modern image conveyed by the mark.

Side composition, Challenge opens on notes of fresh energy and Tangerine and Lemon enhanced with a touch of bergamot. In heart, ginger blends with lavender and purple leaves make for a more soft and sensual. The teak and ebony wood in the background provide a solid and powerful fragrance midway between tradition and modernity.

Lacoste Challenge will be available in May. 40 € for 50ml.


“Quantum Quest” Scores With Award-Winning Composer Shawn Clement

March 25th, 2009

ward-winning film composer Shawn Clement will score the Large Format, 3-D, computer-generated animated film “Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey,” which takes viewers on an atomic solar safari through the universe, it was announced today by the film’s co-director and writer/producer Dr. Harry Kloor. Clement, whose credits include “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” and “Batman: Rise of Sin Tzu,” will record his original score for “Quantum Quest” at Skywalker Sound in April with an 82 piece orchestra.

“I am delighted that my friend and colleague Shawn Clement has decided to add his brilliant and thoroughly original musical talents to our space adventure,” says Dr. Kloor, a nationally acclaimed scientist whose credits include “Star Trek: Voyager and Earth: Final Conflict.” “I know his musical contribution will help ‘Quantum Quest’ fly high.”

Clement’s dramatic musical style is evident in such shows as “World’s Wildest Police Videos,” “American Idol” and “So You Think You Can Dance.” A multifaceted composer whose creative accomplishments have earned him an ASCAP Film & TV Music Award, Clement’s film credits include “We Married Margo” and “Last Chance.” His signature sound has enhanced such popular shows as the abovementioned “Buffy The Vampire Slayer” and “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” as well as video game titles including “Open Season,” “The Sims 2″ and “Batman: Vengeance.”

Presented by Digimax, Taiwan’s premier digital content provider, “Quantum Quest” is produced by Digimax and Dr. Kloor’s Jupiter 9 Productions. The animated film features full 3-D stereoscopic sequences recreating actual space imagery captured from seven ongoing NASA and NASA/ESA space missions, including Cassini-Huygens, SOHO, Stereo mission to the Sun, Mars Odyssey, Mars Express, Venus Express, and Mercury Messenger. This film combines the excitement of a science fiction adventure with informal science education. The movie focuses on a photon named Dave, who tries to save his people, who are caught in a galactic battle between the forces of good and evil.

The voice cast includes: Chris Pine (Captain Kirk in J.J. Abrams’ upcoming “Star Trek XI” feature film), Samuel L. Jackson (“The Spirit,” “Pulp Fiction,” “Star Wars”), Hayden Christensen (“Jumper,” “Star Wars”), Amanda Peet (“X-Files Movie 2″), Robert Picardo (“Stargate Atlantis”), Jason Alexander (“Seinfeld”), Tom Kenny (voice of “Sponge Bob Squarepants,” “Transformers”), Sandra Oh (“Sideways,” “Grey’s Anatomy”), Brent Spiner (“Independence Day,” “Star Trek: Next Generation”), James Earl Jones (“Star Wars”), William Shatner (“Boston Legal,” “Star Trek”), Mark Hamill (“Star Wars”), astronaut Neil Armstrong, Doug Jones (“Pan’s Labyrinth,” “Abe Sabien - Hell Boy”), Abigail Breslin (“Little Miss Sunshine,” “Kit Kittredge: An American Girl”), and Janina Gavankar (“The L Word”).

Endorsed by X-Prize Organization, International Space University, Challenger Center and the Young Astronaut Council, “Quantum Quest” will provide its free educational materials to millions of students worldwide, and a portion of the film’s profits will fund science scholarships. The “Quantum Quest” materials will meet National Science Content Standards and are intended to motivate and excite students around the globe about science. Since the inception of the project, the film has had regular input from the Cassini project in order to achieve the best balance between scientific accuracy and artistic license.

“Quantum Quest” is directed by Dan St. Pierre and Dr. Harry Kloor, and written and conceived by Dr. Kloor. Producers are Dr. Kloor, President of Jupiter 9 Productions, Helen Pao-Yun Huang, Chairperson of Digimax, Jeff Tzong-Jer Yang, Vice President of Digimax, and Rayna Napali of Jupiter 9 Productions. Tom Teng from Digimax, Teddy Zee, Ellen Goldsmith-Vein and Jon Vein are executive producers. The film will be released worldwide in large format and subsequently in conventional 3D theaters in early 2010. The film is distributed and marketed in Asia by Digimax, and by Jupiter 9 Productions in all other territories. (

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