Review: ‘Jumper’ Makes Right Moves

March 3rd, 2009

Before he set out to make the new wondrous wormhole thriller “Jumper,” director Doug Liman took a book called “The Bourne Identity” and made it one of the biggest franchises of recent Hollywood history.

And looking at young David Rice (Hayden Christensen), the supernaturally gifted 20-something at the center of “Jumper,” it’s hard not to notice a few key similarities between the genetically engineered super spy Jason Bourne and Rice, a masterful manipulator of space and time.

For starters, they both possess in their very DNA an array of special gifts that allow them to transcend average human abilities. Second, they are both being hunted — pursued by men who are determined to destroy them for possessing the very gifts that make them so unique in the first place. Beyond all this, both Rice and Bourne are distraught as they come to learn that they are a liability to those they love.

Look to the likes of “Lord of the Rings” or even “Star Wars,” and you’ll see the same themes taking center stage: Gifted young men, learning how to achieve their potential, all while enduring pangs of loneliness. And so it is with “Jumper” that we see the familiar formula being dusted off for a new run around the bend, this time polished with a coat of digital-age hyperactivity (forget e-mails and instant messages, imagine a 24/7 Internet connection that allows teens to hop from continent to continent in the blink of an eye).

It all starts when Rice is a teenager in high school, when a bully tosses his gift to his would-be girlfriend out on the frozen lake. Walking out on the thin ice, he falls through, and in a moment of panic, he awakes to find himself in a pool of water in the local library.

The same thing happens later that night, as his abusive father bangs on his locked bedroom door. Terrified, he again wakes up in the library, and it doesn’t take him long to realize that he has “teleported.” Curiously, his discovery of this ability - to rip a wormhole in space-time that allows him to hope from one location to another — doesn’t seem to surprise Rice all that much — but then again, for a 15-year-old, maybe anything seems possible.

Jump forward several years and we see what Rice has done with his gift. Having robbed one bank after another by teleporting into their vaults in the middle of the night, an older Rice is rich, keeping hold of an apartment in New York, London and who knows where else. Having traveled to every continent, and tracked down the best “jump sites” in almost every country, his days consists of a global routine - having lunch in Australia, afternoon tea in Europe, dinner in Japan, and a late-night drink back in NYC.

Think of it like “The Bucket List,” only this time, instead of a pair of dying old rich men, it’s a bored, young rich superhero.

Doesn’t it get lonely for Rice, hopping continents but never knowing anyone? The movie doesn’t seem all that interested in discussing such things. But it’s when a nostalgic Rice sets out to reconnect with Millie (Rachel Bilson), that would-be childhood girlfriend, that he realizes there are some out there who see his gift of “jumping” as something dangerous.

While in Rome, he is attacked, by Roland (Samuel L. Jackson), who seems to know an awful lot about men like him. If not for the help of Griffin (Jamie Bell), another young jumper who saves Rice’s butt and tells him the rules about this ancient war being waged between those who jump and the religious fanatics who see jumpers as the product of the devil, Rice wouldn’t stand a chance.

Much like “Bourne Identity,” Liman drops us in the middle of this world, and trusts that we’ll keep pace as things heat up — that we’ll come to understand the rules governing Rice’s jumps across the universe, to appreciate the back story of how his mom abandoned him at a young age and left him wanting to flee from his Michigan home, and to comprehend the war being waged between the likes of Roland and Griffin.

And for the most part, we do. It’s an undeniably trippy thing that Rice can do, and we come to appreciate the freedom he feels, unburdened by any concerns of money or geography, and also the emotional distance that accompanies that freedom.

It’s these themes that work better in “Jumper,” proving far more rewarding than the foot chases and shootouts with Roland. Unlike “Bourne,” there are no rules of gravity in Rice’s world. At any second, he can disappear and reappear, turning the tables on his attacker or teleporting away to grab a gun — a fact that sucks the danger right out of the movie.

Curiously, “Jumper” isn’t as exciting as it is interesting. Near the film’s end, we kind of wish they had stopped fighting long enough to explore Rice’s power, and its implications, a little bit more. But maybe that’s for the sequel.

‘Jumper’ hurtles competition, earns $27M

March 3rd, 2009

The globe-trotting thriller “Jumper” leaped to a box office win with $27.2 million on a weekend when Hollywood offered something for everyone, with new films for action fans, teens, family audiences and the date-movie crowd.

Starring Hayden Christensen and Samuel L. Jackson in the tale of a man who can teleport himself instantly to any spot on the planet, 20th Century Fox’s “Jumper” has rung up $33.9 million since opening Thursday, according to studio estimates Sunday.

The new wide releases opened a day early, Valentine’s Day on Thursday, to get a head start at what studio executives viewed as a long holiday weekend, with President’s Day on Monday.

“Valentine’s Day has become a great movie-going day,” said 20th Century Fox distribution executive Bert Livingston. “Even though kids are not out of school and people are working, it’s still a holiday in the sense that in the evening, men take their wives, or girlfriends and boyfriends go out. Everybody goes to the movies.”

Debuting in second place was Disney’s teen dance sequel “Step Up 2 the Streets,” which pulled in $19.7 million for the weekend and $26.3 million since Thursday.

Paramount’s family fantasy “The Spiderwick Chronicles,” featuring Freddie Highmore and Mary-Louise Parker in the story of a mom and her kids who move into a house menaced by evil creatures, opened at No. 3 with a $19.1 million weekend. Since Thursday, it has taken in $26.8 million.

Universal’s romance “Definitely, Maybe,” with Ryan Reynolds as a dad looking back on his romantic life after he’s served with divorce papers, premiered at No. 5 with a weekend haul of $9.7 million.

The previous weekend’s top movie, the Warner Bros. romantic comedy “Fool’s Gold,” fell to fourth place with $13.1 million, raising its 10-day total to $42 million.

Despite the rush of solid openings, Hollywood was unable to match the weekend business of a year ago. The top 12 movies took in $119 million, down 16 percent from the same weekend in 2007, when “Ghost Rider” opened with $45.4 million, the best debut ever over President’s Day weekend.

“A record-breaking debut for ‘Ghost Rider’ led to a record-breaking President’s Day weekend last year. Inevitably, that was going to be very tough to beat,” said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box office tracker Media By Numbers.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to Media By Numbers LLC. Final figures will be released Tuesday.

1. “Jumper,” $27.2 million.

2. “Step Up 2 the Streets,” $19.7 million.

3. “The Spiderwick Chronicles,” $19.1 million.

4. “Fool’s Gold,” $13.1 million.

5. “Definitely, Maybe,” $9.7 million.

6. “Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins,” $8.9 million.

7. “Juno,” $4.6 million.

8. “The Bucket List,” $4.1 million.

9. “Hannah Montana & Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert,” $3.3 million.

10. 27 Dresses,” $3.2 million.

Awake with Hayden Christensen

March 3rd, 2009

I have to admit. The movie “Awake” with Hayden Christensen and Jessica Alba was way better and way more intense then first anticipated. When you think of a movie about someone who’s awake during surgery, but can’t tell anybody about it, you think, “boring!” However, the movie Awake is just the opposite as the twists and turns have you awake and thinking, “What the heck just happened?”
Hayden Christensen does his part
This was my first time watching Hayden Christensen in action. I am a pretty average movie watcher, but I have never heard of Hayden Christensen. In Awake, Christensen plays the character of a young wealthy business man. As wealthy as he is, you’d think he’d have obtained knowledge with that wealth. It turns out that this isn’t the case. During the entire movie, Christensen is surrounded by liars and deceivers who act as his friends only to gain knowledge of his personality so they can build wealth for themselves. Overall, Hayden Christensen played the role perfectly. I couldn’t have seen his character played by anybody else.
Jessica Alba’s Shocking Role
I’ll be honest with you guys. This wasn’t Jessica Alba’s best movie. To be honest, she didn’t really seem to do anything in the movie. It’s weird. She’s one of the main characters, but it’s almost as if she was not in it. In the end, everything connects, and I think you will all be surprised to the role Alba takes over. I can’t tell you what happens now. I don’t want to give it away.
Awake Scores an 8 out of 10
I think the movie was great. If it’s not in theaters any more, you must rent it. I watched it through On Demand. It’s well worth the few dollars. The only reason I docked 2 points from Awake’s score is because I didn’t feel that the movie was long enough. To top the cherry on the pie, it kind of just stopped at the end. Again, overall it’s a great movie. It’s especially fun for those people who like solving puzzles. I’d check it out. “Awake,” starring Hayden Christensen and Jessica Alba. It’s not a must watch film, but it’s definitely a watchable film.

DVD Review:Jump Into Summer Movies- Jumper on DVD!!

March 3rd, 2009

If you managed to skip JUMPER when it hit theaters, you did miss something. I must be one of the few people in my rather large-ish circle of friends who saw this flick when it hit theaters. It did respectable business as long you are realize that it’s a *fun* movie- not meant to be taken so seriously but an action-oriented flick about a young man who finds out that he can teleport himself (or *jump*) anywhere he wants just by thinking about it -even inside a bank vault!)The point of the flick isn’t just that he can teleport himself but that there is a genetic mutation that creates this ability and that he has it. David,played by Hayden Christensen, uses it to escape the desperate existence of living with his father as the solo parent since his mom died or left when he was a small child. The brutal treatment by his father sets up the escape scenario and ultimately that David has left the area by a twist of fate where the town thinks he has drowned.The film is fun, truly action-oriented and one that the guys and teens will love because you see Rachel Bilson in it too and so there is some relationship between them on screen (and in real life because of the film).David finds out that he’s not the only jumper when he meets semi- antagonistic other “jumper” whom he partners up with belatedly played by Jamie Bell (aka Griffin in the movie). Surprisingly the filmmakers made little of Samuel L Jackson’s appearance (sporting white hair and a sort of Matrix-esque type attitude and style) as the bad guy in the entire movie.At one point, David decides to return to his home town, practically blows up an apartment building, because Jackson’s character is out to exterminate every jumper alive, goes back to his home and realizes that he must find his mother. That’s a lot of plot to pull off in a movie that’s light on sequencing other than jumping and not a lot of narrative dialogue.

What happens in the end is for you to find out as I am not going to spoil this movie. If you don’t like this, that’s ok. It’s not Oscar caliber material though they have actors who can actually ACT. However don’t blame me for wasting some popcorn and time watching the fun. It’s perfect summer TV stuff because I am sick of reality shows! If I told you what would be the point? It’s a fun movie. Get a bunch of friends over or get the family together with a big (read BIG) bowl of popcorn and watch the flick. It’s not too bad, it’s rated PG-13.

I actually liked it because it’s a vacation for the brain. You just sit back and enjoy the thrill ride!! There’s enough here for a sequel- hopefully they will not dumb it down and can get the cast back to do a second episode.

So head to Netflix, your local store to rent this or buy it (because it’s fun to watch) from lots of retail outlets and mass market stores or places like


March 3rd, 2009

Hold on to your seats and get ready for Jumper the first big action flick for 08. Imagine being able to jump through time? Davey played by Hayden Christensen has the power to teleport though time. He is on a mission to solve a family mystery and stay ahead of the law at the same time.

Having escaped his father Davey knows that he has a special skill. He can transport himself between different locations and times throughout the universe. His special skill earns the attention of corrupt government agent, Cox, played by Samuel L. Jackson.

Davey soon finds out that he is not the only one with this skill. Griffin, played by Jamie Bell joins Davey and they both become a high level target of the Government and other “Jumpers”. There has been a war going on between the Jumpers that they both find themselves caught in the middle of.

Jumper is a fast paced, high action thriller. Shot throughout the world on locations including Rome, Egypt and Mexico this is a visual stunning film. The special effects are over the top as you would expect. Jamie Bell is the stand out actor here; his scenes with Christensen come across well on screen.

Jumper, Now on DVD & Blu Ray from Fox Home Entertainment.

Jumper (Cert 12A) DVD Review

March 3rd, 2009

EVER been stuck in a situation where you wish you could shut your eyes and escape from it all?

And in escaping, what if a genetic anomally allows you to teleport to anywhere in the world and do, say or take whatever you fancy without any consequences?

That’s pretty much the premise for Doug Liman’s film Jumper, starring Hayden Christensen, last seen sporting a big black helmet and cloak as Darth ‘noooooo’ Vader and Jamie ‘he loves to boogie’ Bell.

Christensen is David Rice, deserted by his mother at five, raised by his abusive father and somewhat of a misfit at school – until he takes his first leap of faith that is.

Cut to 10 years later and David is living the high life, thanks to his hidden talents. He’s got pots of cash, a penthouse apartment and a licence to leap to wherever he wishes in the world.

It’s a lonely life though and when he encounters Roland, one of a group of secret service men sent to bring down the ‘jumpers’, he has something of an epiphany and goes back home for some answers.

It’s excellent action fare and a wonderful idea… wouldn’t it be a great super power to have up your sleeve when the going gets tough?

It’s just a little short and all gets tied up a tad too soon.

Rumour has it there may be a sequel on the the way … watch this space.

Jumper - Hayden Christensen interview

March 3rd, 2009

HAYDEN Christensen talks about appearing in sci-fi thriller Jumper, the allure of teleportation and whether or not he feels he has escaped the Star Wars association with his career post playing Anakin Skywalker/Darth Vader…

What was it like working with Doug Liman?
Hayden Christensen: I think Doug has really made efforts to challenge himself and do something new and original. And he also encourages his actors to try different things as well. Every aspect of making this film was really unique and felt innovative, from Doug’s approach to telling the story to taking a genre that people are really familiar with and trying to reinvent it. We have the guys that created bullet time for The Matrix working on the visual effects on this movie and they were developing technology all the way through the film. So, every aspect felt like you were doing something new.

Q. Was the number of locations part of the appeal of doing the role?
Hayden Christensen: Yeah, I really love to travel, so when I read the script and saw all the locations we were going to cover I got excited. We spent a lot of time on planes, in transit – I wish I could teleport! But we were all over the place. We were using this new camera technology where they could literally have this crew of two or three people and we could just roam around the streets and shoot stuff. There were quite a few times where people would recognise me, or us, working on what was clearly a very small scale operation – some might say it looked like a student film or something. So I look forward to those people seeing the movie and all the action that comes with it.

Q. What was the shortest time you spent in any of the exotic locations you visit?
Hayden Christensen: Well, Doug’s approach to filmmaking in general is pretty unique. He has a range of how he approaches the movie from big scale production to literally sort of showing up with the camera at my door and saying: “Let’s film around New York for the day… Or Paris for the day.” We were in Paris, I think, for five hours. I think he likes the down and dirty guerilla filmmaking.

Q. Did you do any research on teleportation to prepare for the role?
Hayden Christensen: I didn’t do a lot of research on the actual science of teleportation to be honest. I didn’t really feel that it would inform my performance – although, because I spent a lot of time thinking about it, I got really interested in it. Doug and I actually got to go to MIT and sit on a panel with two professors who were experts in quantum teleportation, which is a form of teleportation that actually exists. In a very limited context they managed to teleport a proton particle of light over a distance of a couple of kilometres, which I think is pretty amazing. They spoke very intelligently about the actual science of it – I wish I could do the same – but it was very impressive and it got me excited.

Q. The film looks physical – is that you up there a lot of the time? And did you sustain many injuries?
Hayden Christensen: It was a physical part and I got knocked around quite a bit. But I don’t mind it. I sort of enjoy the physicality of acting and I like action movies. I’m happy to do as much as possible – obviously, they won’t let you do all of it because they won’t let you kill yourself. But I tried to do as much as possible – although that doesn’t mean I did it all [smiles]. I got a nice scar across my hand, I pulled my ear open and I knocked my head really badly so that my pupil got stuck in this extremely dilated position which was really disturbing because I couldn’t see. We kept a list of injuries sustained and it got pretty long by the end of the movie.

Q. Did you ever feel like you were always on planes shooting this movie?
Hayden Christensen: [Laughs] We did spend a lot of time on planes. Actually, Jamie [Bell] and I, when we were travelling from Toronto to Rome, we were on the same flight and after a couple of beers we decided it would be fun to make a kind of mock-umentary of what it would be like for jumpers who couldn’t jump and who had to just travel on a plane and deal with all the nuisances of regular transport. So, I got some footage of Jamie wreaking havoc on this airport and him poking fun at everybody on the plane. He’s got a really good sense of humour [laughs].

Q. How easy has it been to overcome the Anakin Skywalker role in Star Wars? And do you feel that you have?
Hayden Christensen: I don’t know. I don’t know if I have overcome it – that’s for you guys to say. I mean, I think that’s something that will follow me for the rest of my life. There will always be people outside of the hotels waiting with Star Wars pictures. I had a great experience with making those films and I’m very fond of everything that they brought. But I don’t think it’s anything that will ever leave me.

Q. Do you feel that appearing in those films has helped your career and opened more doors for you as an actor?
Hayden Christensen: I don’t think Doug cast me in this off of Star Wars. He was more interested in Shattered Glass and that’s what he spoke to me about. There were certain aspects of my performance in that he was interested in. But Star Wars did open a lot of doors for me and I’m extremely grateful to have been a part of a movie like that.

Q. Do you know anything about a sequel to Jumper and would you be open to it?
Hayden Christensen: Don’t know too much about it but I’d be very open to it. I’d love to do it actually. I think the story lends itself to continuing. I had a lot of fun on this movie and I think there’s a lot of fun to be had with the concept of teleportation. Speaking with the scientists, they explained about all of the possibilities and I think that got Doug excited. He said at a press conference in Rome that he already had the next four stories planned out in his head so we’ll see…

Q. Finally, if you had a superpower what would it be?
Hayden Christensen: I might go for teleportation. Honestly, just the practicality of it is really appealing to me – to not have to get on trains or get stuck in traffic and all the things that get under my skin.

Hayden Christensen: I crave the simple life

March 3rd, 2009

He might have starred as Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars episodes II and II - but Hollywood hearthrob Hayden Christensen says he’s just a farmer at heart.

The actor said he’d rather be tending fields than have a life similar to that of the character in his new film Jumper, in which he plays a guy who has the ability to teleport himself anywhere, at any time.

Christensen uses his super powers to do everything from robbing banks to standing on top of Big Ben.

But he told Newsbeat his real life is much more chilled after buying a farm last year.

He said: “I’m having to figure out how to cut hayfields, grow vegetables and look after apple orchards.

“I’m baking apple pies, apple sauce, I’ve pretty much figured out everything you can do with an apple.”

Jumper junket super-coverage!

March 3rd, 2009

Hey gang - I’m back! Yes, the world-weary traveller has returned with exclusive on location pics and interviews from the Jumper junket held in both Cairo and Rome! What are you waiting for - lets jump to it!

Yes friends, you read that right - a double location interview! Why, do you ask? Well, Jumper is a film like no other. It follows the journey of David Rice (Hayden Christenson) as he discovers his ability to “jump” or teleport anywhere in the world, learns to harness his newfound ability and the spoils of a life lived without regret or responsibility.

Throughout the course of the film, David jumps to more locations that you could possibly imagine, often many in a minute. His days consist of surfing in Bali, one-night stands in London and sunbaking naps atop the Sphinx…. which is where I came in! In order to promote the film in the coolest way possible, I scored the chance to interview the main cast in Cairo, Egypt - and then jump with them into the Colisseum in Rome! This was a particularly exciting turn of events, as Jumper was the first film ever granted permission to film inside the ancient wonder, meaning we were the first to do interviews on the very floor where the gladiators of old did battle!To kick things off for this post in style, why not check out my exclusive on-location photos from Cairo and Rome!

After 34 hours of travelling, I finally arrived in Cairo and headed to my hotel. The next day, we were taken to a super-secret location to watch the film before the rest of the world - you can check out my review a little further down in the post.

The next morning, we were transported bright and early to our filming locations on the West Bank, approximately 30 metres from the Sphinx with the Great Pyramids as a backdrop. Not too shabby, hey?! I was in the second group of interviewers, so group B was taken on a brief tour while group A began grilling the stars.

I can’t put in words how amazing an experience it was to descend into a pyramid; rather than trying, I’ll simply show this photo, taken right afterwards, where you can clearly see me jumping for Jumper

It was time to head back down to the Sphinx in order to prepare… and prepared I most certainly was. I think I ended up having around 40 pages of notes, so I knew stuff. There was no way I was getting caught out!

First up was Jamie Bell, best known for his breakout performance as the lead in Billy Elliot, as well as UK indie Hallam Foe and a small role in King Kong. In the film he plays Griffin, a jumper who has lived with the reality of his situation since his first run in with the deadly, jumper-hunting baddie group the Paladins at a very young age. Jamie blew me away with how charmingly affable he was and the two of us quickly fell into a chat rather than an interview… There was definitely a shared vibe of “what on earth are we doing here?!” between us, as we kept looking at the Sphinx and simply shaking our heads!

Next was Rachel Bilson, who plays David’s lifelong crush. I have to admit right out of the gate, Rachel was my big time teenage crush thanks to The OC and reminded me why in 2007’s The Last Kiss. As you can imagine I was pretty nervous, but she was so sweet I soon relaxed. I was rather impressed with myself on one question; I asked her about her dad’s feeling towards her being in a sci-fi movie, as Danny Bilson is a well known sci-fi and comic book writer. I mean, he wrote The Flash tv show!

After a brief break, I was up with Hayden Christensen. I’m not going to put up a face; I was positively geeking out when he shook my hand hello and my only thought was, “Don’t call him Anakin”. Hayden had nothing but nice things to say about Australia, having spent so much time here filming the Star Wars prequels. Unfortunately (for me), the chair I was sitting on had a leg snap four minutes into the interview and I fell completely off-camera! After at least a minute straight of laughing on everyone’s part, I picked myself back up, pulled it together and we returned to talking.

Watch my interview with Hayden now!

Finally, I got to sit down with director Doug Liman. The man is a personal hero of mine, having brought us Swingers, Go, The Bourne Identity and Mr & Mrs Smith. The sheer magnitude of his awesomeness hung thick in the air as the two of us went in depth on sci-fi, teleportation theory and comic book lore. Yep, I talked with one of my favourite directors about the journey of an anti-hero, and the dude gets it. Without a doubt, the highlight of the day!

I then spent a few minutes recording some pick-ups, intros and outros directly in front of the Sphinx before we were bundled back on the bus and jetsetted to Rome. Ah, wait. I mean, jumped to Rome. Yes, we jumped to Rome straight from Cairo and got back to interviewing!

After being led out to an area inaccessible to the public and taken onto the restored gladiatorial arena floor, we saw the camera guys somehow beat us there and were set to begin a whirlwird session of short interviews. You can watch a brief highlights reel of my footage from Rome - it’ll give you an idea of how beautiful the setting for these interviews were.

Make sure you check back regularly throughout the week, as I’ll be uploading new interviews and you can’t afford to miss them - if the names and location aren’t enough to draw you in, I feel this is some of my best work and I’m really proud of it. Finally, I’ll be taking a look at Jumper: Jumpscars, the graphic novel released concurrently with the film that follows Diane Lane’s character.



It has been several years since cinema has experienced a fresh anti-hero but in Jumper’s David Rice (Hayden Christensen), we may have our new poster-boy for anguished heroism. As a bullied, depressed teen, a life threatening situation shows David that encoded in his genes is the ultimate escape clause - he can teleport at will, permitting he has seen the location or has a photo of where he where he wants to jump to.

He escapes the hardships of his youth, leaving behind his lifelong crush Millie (Rachel Bilson) for a solitary life of doing exactly what he wants, when he wants. As the first act David performs in his new life, he teleports himself into a bank vault several times over in order to set himself up for life.

It is in this mentality that the film sets itself apart from every other superhero film - in Jumper, with great power comes great opportunity. As in life itself, however, for every action there is an equal response. David unfortunately comes onto the radar of the mysterious Paladins, led by Roland (Samuel L Jackson in classic bad-guy mode). The Paladins have commited themselves to ridding the earth of jumpers, seeing them as an abomination - “Only God should have the power to be everywhere at once.” The Paladins have become aware that jumpers tear the fabric of reality each time they move and vow to bring them to an end.

Fortunately for David, he finds an ally early in his battle for survival in Griffin (Jamie Bell), a jumper younger than he with a superior grasp on his powers. Griffin has been on the run for years and holds a personal grudge against Roland, having sworn to get his revenge for setting Griffin down the path his life has led.

If you’re a fan of X-Men, The Bourne series or The Matrix, I can’t recommend the film highly enough. Action-packed from beginning to end, the pace is kept tight as battles take place in locations all over the globe. These scenes are the definite highlights of the film, as a fight may begin in the desert in Egypt, move to the top of a New York high-rise before an amazing jump-filled chase down a wintery beach. Director Doug Liman has once again taken an anti-hero and crafted a tale that causes him to face the consequences of the life he has made for and to decide, once and for all, whether he can rise to the challenge and become the hero our world needs.

And with that, I’m off - as I said, come back regularly to score more in-depth coverage of the year’s biggest blockbuster!

Will you hand me a tulip, Tulip?


Post-’Star Wars’ Career Keeps Christensen Jumping

March 3rd, 2009

Hayden Christensen no longer yearns to teleport himself away from interviews. He saves that skill for his new movie, “Jumper.”

Christensen folds his 6-foot-2 frame into a cramped dressing room at MTV’s “TRL” studio. He wears a black Navy peacoat throughout the interview and Chuck Taylors that won’t likely touch the snowy streets outside too much. He’s on a promotional whirlwind in Manhattan after junkets in London, Rome and Cairo, Egypt. Talking about himself and his movies, even in a quickie chat, is reflex now.

The car is waiting.

He remembers when he wasn’t so rushed, as an unknown Canadian actor learning his craft in drama school.

“When I was doing ‘Awake’ here, I had an apartment in Union Square, which is right around the Lee Strasberg Institute,” he says. “And I used to walk by those red doors just to reminisce. … I never really thought that I’d get to be a part of the movies that I have been a part of.”

He occupies a significant place in cinema history, having played Anakin Skywalker and eventually his incarnation Darth Vader in the “Star Wars” prequels “Attack of the Clones” (2002) and “Revenge of the Sith” (2005).

He’s probably part of cinema’s future, too. Only it is far less certain what that future is. Christensen, just 26, is looking to gain traction post- George Lucas. He made a movie called “Virgin Territory” set during the plague, and its domestic release has stalled. He co-starred with Jessica Alba in the ticket-repelling “Awake.”

In a slump are you, Yoda might say. “I don’t really think about that stuff,” Christensen says. “That’s someone else’s job to stress about.”

“Jumper” gives the actor a high-profile chance to re-emerge as the master of his universe. It has cool-science cachet — its inhabitants can beam themselves to wherever by willing it. Its director is the cool-geeky Doug Liman, who jump-cut his way into spy-franchise prominence with 2002’s “The Bourne Identity.” And it gave an actor fated for the dark side in a popcorn space opera to experiment once again with being naughty, after Liman substituted him for the original actor cast, Tom Sturridge (“Being Julia”). Christensen’s character David steals and shows off for his screen (and rumored real-life) girlfriend Rachel Bilson (“The O.C.”) until a mysterious cop played by Samuel L. Jackson tries to stop him.

“He doesn’t really ascribe to the superhero adage of ‘with great power comes great responsibility,’”says Christensen. “For him, with great power comes whatever he wants. He doesn’t go and make himself a ridiculous costume to save the world. He goes and uses his power for his own benefit.”

Christensen is using his already-iconic self to move and shake off-screen, too. He became a producer for the first time in developing “The Beast of Bataan,” in which he also will play the lawyer for the Japanese general who led the World War II death march. “It’s really just a means to be more proactive in my career,” he says, “going out and getting stories that are of interest instead of waiting for them to come my way.”

He got into the business by doing commercial and TV work as a kid in Toronto, then earned notices south of the border with his goth crybaby in “Life as a House” (2001). In 2003, critics cheered his portrayal of nebbish desperation as the fibbing journalist Stephen Glass in “Shattered Glass.” Meanwhile, the “Star Wars” prequels gave the actor a glimpse of how quickly opinion can change. Many crucified Lucas for his wooden dialogue and Christensen for enabling it with a stiff performance.

“Obviously it’s preferable when people respond to your work in a positive light,” he says. “I sort of think it’ll take people some time before they’ll look at it with an objective perspective. Twenty years from now how people see those films and my work in those films will matter to me.”

The actor says he will never escape his connection to the franchise — and that’s fine. He says he is lucky to have been a part of it.

These days he does a pretty good job of escaping, period. He makes his home in Toronto and on a farm he recently bought just north of it. His best friend, Carlo, whom he has known since he was 6, is a construction worker. Carlo visits him on the set and remains unimpressed with the scene, the actor says.

“I’ve found my circle of friends now that will remain consistent,” he says. “I think I do have a good radar for how genuine someone is.”

Christensen limits his time in Los Angeles to meetings and the occasional shoot. When asked about Bilson, the doe-eyed sprite with whom he has been linked since they shot “Jumper,” he replies that he avoids addressing anything “that implies something I don’t talk about.” Yet he later mentions the he went snowboarding while accompanying her on a recent trip to Aspen, Colo.

There is talk of a “Jumper” sequel if it rings up enough cash, but Christensen says he has no plans to make another film with Bilson. In the meantime, he is trying to finalize plans for “Bataan” and perhaps pursue a film with Robert Duvall, “A Night in Old Mexico,” that the two came close to doing before it fell through. If time allows, he says, he will resume playing tennis. He looks fit despite a daily conga line of public appearances.

While in New York, Christensen was able to squeeze in time with his Long Island grandmother, Rose Schwartz, and see a few friends. Mostly, though, he beat the drum for “Jumper.”

The actual scientific study of teleportation did not come up on “TRL,” he acknowledges with a laugh, but at times he has been put on the spot. That would have been the perfect time to teleport away.

Says Christensen: “I know a thing or two, but just a thing or two.”

Jump, Hayden Jump!

March 3rd, 2009

Although Hayden Christensen’s brilliant performances in films like Life as a House and Trapped in a Purple Haze had earned him much critical acclaim , it was his role as Anakin Skywalker (Darth Vader) in Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones that made him a star. And Christensen hasn’t looked back ever since.

In the forthcoming sci-fi thriller Jumper opposite the sexy Rachel Bilson, Hayden discovers a unique power in himself. A genetic anomaly allows him to teleport himself anywhere and the actor finds himself in a war that has been raging for thousands of years between ‘Jumpers’ and those who have sworn to kill them. Here Jumper Hayden talks to BT about films and his passion for farming

Given an option, where would you like to jump to in real life?

Right now I’d go back to my farm just north of Toronto, because I haven’t been there for a little bit. But you can’t really pick one place as a Jumper, because you go everywhere. I’d want to see every square inch of the planet. I’d need about a week to be a teleporter.

How would you compare your power of ‘jumping’ to your powers in Star Wars?

I think it’s the ultimate super power. I was thinking about what would top it. I think it’s Doug Liman’s (director) secret fantasy to be able to teleport.

Is there a possibility of Jumper becoming a trilogy?

It’s not for certain, but Doug has definitely set it up in a way that would allow for that. The story and the characters are conceived in a way that allows for a lot of growth and different turns.

What attracted you to the film?

I wasn’t planning on it. When I finished the Star Wars movies, I was looking forward to just getting back to basics, and I did that for a little bit. I did some smaller movies and then when I heard about this sci-fi movie called Jumper about a guy who can teleport, I can’t say it really sparked my interest right away. But then Doug Liman was directing it, so that changed everything.

How do you retain your individuality as an actor, without always being viewed as Darth Vader?

Well, I wasn’t going to play Superman (laughs), because I played Darth Vader, but aside from that it’s not too much of a stigma. Having worked with George Lucas opens a lot of doors. I’m sure if I hadn’t done those films I wouldn’t be here.

Looking back at the Star Wars saga, do you feel any different about the experience?

I think you always feel different about things in retrospect. I’ve grown up a little bit and things change, but never with any regret to what I’ve done in the past. I knew full well what I was signing up for. I knew how big Star Wars was and this would follow me for the rest of my life. I thought it was great and a rare opportunity. Obviously when people bump into me in the street and recognise me, it’s from that film. But it’s allowed me to do this as well.

Would you like to marry and settle down on the farm?

Well, the farm goes over very well with the ladies… Definitely appeals to me (laughs).

You are a fabulous cook…

I love to cook. It’s definitely a hobby, a pastime. I’m trying to perfect the chicken roast right now. I’m trying to work on that for about half a year now.

How has your status as a star affected your dating scene?

The difference was as obvious as day and night. It was easy for me to observe the difference, because it came so quickly. The shift was so dramatic for me that at the time they announced I got the Star Wars movie everything changed, and the film hadn’t come out but everyone knew about it.

What is the downside of being famous?

I don’t know if I’d call it a downside, but people recognise you. The ability to go out and get a coffee and expect to do it without being bothered, not that it’s a bother, but that doesn’t happen.

Does a Light Saber Chop Hay, Hayden?

March 3rd, 2009

Hayden Christensen teleports around the world in the new sci-fi movie “Jumper.” He spoke to Ramin Setoodeh.

Is it true that you own a farm?
I bought it for my family. It’s just north of Toronto, and I spend some time there.

Do you do any chores?
You can’t really classify it as a chore after you’re 16 years old.

But do you milk the cows?
I don’t have any cows to milk yet. Eventually. But I do a lot of the work myself.

Like fixing up the farmhouse. There’s a few hayfields on the property that we had to cut.

How do you cut a hayfield?
There’s a tractor that does the cutting. I can’t actually take credit for the driving of the tractor, because at the time I didn’t know how to do it. I brought in a farmer who did. But I got myself a tractor now, so next year I’ll be all over it.

Do you need a tractor license?
Good question. Not as far as I know. But I could be wrong. I know you need a license to drive a dump truck.

How do you know that?
Because I have one and I don’t have a license. That was a slight oversight on my part.

Why do you have a dump truck?
Because I have a farm.

Do you go around collecting the neighbors ‘ trash?
I’m using it more for relocating dirt on my property.
Have you ever done an interview where you weren ‘ t asked about “Star Wars”?
Very few.

Because I don ‘ t have any “Stars Wars” questions.
You’ve got no “Star Wars” questions? Amazing! You’re a rarity, my friend.

Well, now I ‘ m feeling bad.
Don’t feel bad.

How about this: do you keep a light saber on your farm?
I have a light saber from “Episode III.” I asked for one. It’s nice because before the farm, I didn’t really have a place where I could keep my stuff. I moved out of my parents’ house when I was 18, and started working right away and never settled down.

Is it a big light saber?
It’s not particularly big. It’s average size.

That ‘ s nice to know. Does it work?
None of them actually work.

Because if it did, you could cut hayfields with it.
Wouldn’t that be awesome? The visual is very funny. I can picture it.

What are you working on next?
I’m unemployed right now. But I’m happy to take a little bit of time to go back to the farm and check up on things. I’ve got a couple pigs up there.

Did you name them, or are you going to eat them, or both?
I named them Buddy and Petunia. I’m not going to eat them! Definitely not. They’re miniature puplike pigs that run around the house. They’re house pets. I used to love pork, and I can’t eat it anymore.

George Clooney used to sleep with his pig.
I don’t sleep with my pigs. But we hang out on the couch together and watch “Iron Chef.” They’re not really interested in watching TV with me. But they’re present.


Repubblica Delle Donne- January 2008

March 3rd, 2009

From Star Wars to Factory Girl’s Dylan, and Jumper’s science fiction. The quick rise to stardom of 26 - year - old Hayden. He’s curious, cares for the environment, and loves taking pictures.

He looks around in disbelief. He is fascinated by Jumirah beach, surrounded by skyscrapers. Until a few years ago there was only desert. 26 year old Canadian actor Hayden Christensen is attending the Dubai Film Festival: “I had never been here before, nor in the Middle East or a Muslim country”, he says, “I was very curious to see the incredible development of this town, have a better understanding of the Arab world and its movie industry, which we know so little about”.

Hayden was thrown into stardom at the age of 19 by George Lucas, who preferred him instead of much more famous actors, such as Ryan Philippe or Leo diCaprio, for the role of Anakin Skywalker in Episode II and III of the Star Wars saga. Born and raised in vancouver at the age of 12 Hayden starts acting in commercials and in minor TV series, gaining a nomination to the Golden Globe for his role as a troubled teenager, addicted to drugs and rebellious, in the movie Life as a house, starring opposite Kevin Kline. He becomes Darth Vader in Star Wars and the critics are hard on him, nevertheless Christensen doesn’t hide the satisfaction that comes from the joy in the eyes of the kids who meet him. “Even if it were only for that one reason, I will always be grateful to gerge Lucas even though I am aware that it wasn’t my best acting job”.
He restores his credibility in Shattered Glass, where he portrays a journalist whose made up stories crashed the reputation of the respected New Republic, and in Factory Girl, where he re-invents Bob Dylan acting next to Sienna Miller. Considering his dramatic acting skills his choice to act in the thriller Awake leaves puzzled. Hayden himself wouldn’t recommend watching that movie, especially to those who are about to undergo surgery. In the movie, he plays a millionaire who awakes from anesthesia in the middle of open heart surgery, performed by a sadistic surgeon, and remains imprisoned without being able to give any sign of life. “We have no idea about how many people awake from anesthesia before they should finding themselves physically paralyzed, though fully able to understand what is going on around them.”
The actor has great expectations for his upcoming movie Jumper, which will be released worldwide in February. The movie, which cost 100 million dollars and was directed by Doug Liman (The Bourne Identity, Mr. and Mrs. Smith), is based on the sci-fi novels by Steven Gould. Hayden is a young man with a genetic mutation, which enables him to teleport anywhere in the world. he discovers not to be the only one having that ability, which has been existing for centuries in chosen people and that since then there has been a war going on between “jumpers” and the centres of power that want to erase them. Jamie Bell, Samuel Jackson, and Rachel Bilson are also in the cast, and some scenes were filmed inside the Colosseum in Rome, where Hayden lived for one month also to film the movie Decameron, which was produced by Dino De Laurentiis and has not been released so far. As the main character of the movie Jumper takes an old friend on a romantic trip in the dugouts of the Colosseum he meets another jumper for the first time, and together they experiment the threat that hangs upon them.

Q: After LAAH and SG poeple were expecting to see you in a dramatic role rather than a sci-fi movie. Why did you choose Jumper?

A: When my agent told me about Jumper for the first time, saying it would probably be part of a trilogy, I wasn’t interested in it. I wasn’t looking for other major movies. After SW I was reluctant to go for big entertainment feature films, with many scenes acted in front of a blue screen. Then I heard the movie was going to be directed by Doug Liman and everything changed. I’m a fan of his debut film Swingers. When I was 16 I used to repeat all the lines by heart. Doug challenges you in many ways, and this was a new genre for him. He is an intelligent and smert man, a wonderful person. Then I read the script, and it was fantastic. Doug himself told me that he was going to do the movie only if it was possible to make it work out logically in his mind.

Q: What is the story all about?

A: It’s the story of a cartoon-like superhero who was reinvented and based on the brain. I play a man who uses his powers for his own purposes, instead of wearing a funny costume and save the world. He robs banks, which I think is quite honest as well as more contemporary and believable. All archetypes that are associated with this kind of movies have changed. The classic superheroes like Spiderman or Superman date back to many decades ago. This is the story of a myth of our times. Dennis Rice becomes a reluctant hero in the end. He is involved in an underground war between different jumpers and the agency who wants to kill them. Well, he may not be a superhero, but he isn’t eveil either.

Q: Which of the characters you have portrayed resembles you the most?

A: A person changes during the years, and so does my identification with the characters. When I was 19 and starred in LAAH I could really relate to the suffering and rebellious character. maybe noe I feel closer to Dennis Rice. But maybe because I just played him, and I feel like he’s part of me.

Q: Do you have other passions beside acting and photography?

A: I’m into biological agriculture, I make efforts to live “green” in order not to have a negative impact on the environment. A year ago I bought a farm north of Toronto and started planting organic growings. I’m also trying not to depend on the town’s electricity supply, be autonomous by using solar panels and wind power generators. I love working the soil, and got myself a power shovel, a truck, and a bobcat. I learned how to drive them and move the soil. It’s my way to isolate from the rest of the world, a challenge.

Q: Why did you make this choice?

A: My sister moved to the countryside a couple of years ago. When visiting her, I was struck by the beauty of the place and the community surrounding it. I bought and refurbished a house, and moved there. In the meantime, I am building another one. It’s my shelter of peace when I’m off work. And my personal contribution to the future of our planet!

Source: Vanessa

Jessica Alba’s AWAKE on DVD This March

March 3rd, 2009

Jessica Alba’s awake that went in and out of theatres it seemed with little fanfare will be on DVD March 11th. No word on specs or art if you can help us out drop us a line. “Awake” is a psychological thriller about a common occurrence called “anesthetic awareness”, a horrifying phenomenon wherein a patient’s (Hayden Christensen) failed anesthesia leaves fully conscious but physically paralyzed during surgery.

The patient’s charming new wife (Jessica Alba) is forced to struggle with her own demons as a terrifying drama unfolds around the couple. Also starring Lena Olin, Terrence Howard, and Sam Robards, the film marks the debut of Joby Harold.

Source: Moviesonline

‘Jumper’ ad leaps between products

March 3rd, 2009

In 20th Century Fox’s “Jumper,” Hayden Christensen’s character has the ability to teleport anywhere in the world. In the studio’s TV campaign for the actioner, that means into another company’s ad as well.

In a first for a movie promo, Christensen’s character leapt from a 15-second spot for the film to an ad for computer maker HP and then back into another 15-second spot for the pic. Ad aired during Fox’s broadcast of the BCS Championship college football game Monday.

HP’s ad, featuring tennis champ Serena Williams, had already been airing on TV for some time, but new footage of Christensen, shot several weeks ago, was integrated to promote the film.

Brands have long pushed studio pics, looking to tie in with entertainment properties in order to court consumers. But this deal is unusual not only for its format, but also because HP is not a promo partner on “Jumper,” nor does it have its products featured in the film.

ZenithMedia handles media buying for both HP and Fox and paired up the two companies.

The tone and attitude of HP’s ad and target demo also fit well with the audience Fox is looking to draw to the pic, studio said.

“Jumper” is the latest entertainment tie-in for HP, which has created spots around DreamWorks Animation releases such as “Bee Movie” and its “Shrek” franchise and used celebs to tout its wares.

Source: Variety

Rachel Bilson and Hayden Christensen Want Your Jeans!

March 3rd, 2009

Some of us have good genes and some of us have good jeans. If you just so happen to rock the latter, then Rachel Bilson and Hayden Christensen WANT YOU!!

Aeropostale has just launched Teens For Jeans, a new campaign to provide clothing for the less fortunate by donating your jeans to local teen homeless shelters. Got a pair of fat (or skinny) jeans that just don’t fit anymore? All you have to do is drop them off at one of the many Aeropostale location and they will be donated on your behalf. Plus, for being so darn sweet, you’ll receive a coupon for 20 percent off your next pair. On top of your generous donation, Aeropostale has made a commitment to donate 10,000 pairs of new jeans to various shelters across the USA.

If you don’t think I’m cool enough to listen to, then let Rachel Bilson and Hayden Christensen convince you. Talk about two people with good genes and good jeans.

HP Pairs the ‘Jumper’ With Serena

March 3rd, 2009

NEW YORK Is it a movie trailer or an HP commercial?

The new 90-second “Jumper/Serena”, which played during last night’s Bowl Championship Series title game on Fox, from Omnicom Group’s Goodby, Silverstein & Partners, is both.The spot starts out as traditional trailer for Jumper, a movie about people with the ability to teleport, which is scheduled for release in February. The ad opens with the 20th Century-Fox logo and a deep male voiceover. Hayden Christensen is seen teleporting from and to various locales, including the top of the Empire State Building.

Things get really interesting when Christensen is seen on his sofa watching TV. Up comes Goodby’s “The computer is personal again” spot “Serena,” in which Serena Williams talks about her HP computer and what’s on it. Christensen then teleports into the commercial and seems to walk around and interact with elements of the spot by playing with bits of light that become solid.

“The creative was inherent in the tie-in: The jumper jumping into our commercial was a natural fit,” said Stephen Goldblatt, group creative director, Goodby, San Francisco. “We didn’t have to make any sacrifices. We maintained our commercial and got to use Hayden.”

Fox lent the film crew one of its studios and provided access to Christensen, said David Roman, vp, worldwide marketing communications, HP’s personal service group, which is based in Cupertino, Calif. “It brings more attention to the spot [by combining it with a movie trailer] because it’s different,” he said. “It fits into the whole philosophy of ‘The computer is personal again.’ We like to play with material and it’s a clever use of technology.”

The HP spot/movie trailer hybrid is not the first of its kind. Last July, Crispin Porter + Bogusky turned a trailer for the movie The Bourne Ultimatum into a VW spot. To read more about that effort, visit

The HP/Fox spot was initially going to play on this year’s Super Bowl, which is on Fox. “We decided it wasn’t right for the Super Bowl. At the time [the spot was being made], we weren’t sure how it would look and if it would be too different,” Roman said.

Source: Ad Week

Want To See JUMPER With Doug Liman, Hayden Christensen And Some Big Brains At MIT!?

March 3rd, 2009

Hey, everyone. ”Moriarty” here.

I’ve seen some people who seem to have a real hate-on for this film already, but I dig everything I’ve seen. I think there are some really inventive, unusual ideas on display in all the trailers, stuff we’ve really never seen in an action film. It looks BIG, too, which I like. I’m eager to see it sooner rather than later, and I wish I was going to be at this MIT screening. Still, there’s an opportunity if you’re in the area for you to go, and here’s hoping some of you take advantage of that and write us to tell us how the film is and how the evening goes.

Check out the details below:

Hey Harry,

This is a great opportunity for Bostonians interested in a sneak preview AND meet both the director and the lead actor. If you use this info, please call me zykorex.

MIT LSC presents a free sneak preview of the film JUMPER
(work-in-progress) next week Wednesday, 16 Jan, in 26-100 at 8:00pm.

In the science fiction-action-thriller _Jumper_, a genetic anomaly allows a young man to teleport himself anywhere. He
discovers this gift has existed for centuries and finds himself in a war that has been raging for thousands of years between “Jumpers” and those who have sworn to kill them.

The screening will be followed by a discussion panel about the film and the physics of teleportation featuring lead actor HAYDEN CHRISTENSEN, director DOUG LIMAN, and MIT Physics Professors MAX TEGMARK and EDWARD FARHI.

LSC members (including permpass members) may reserve tickets (for yourself and a guest) by e-mailing me; please try to do it by Tuesday the 15th, but I’ll probably accept them afterwards.

Doors will open at 7pm. Permpass members, Execomm members, and LSC members working the sneak may reserve seats in advance of opening (email your director if you’re interested in working the sneak!).

This is a FREE Sneak Preview, with preferred admission for members of the MIT Community with an MIT ID or brass rat. Tickets will be distributed in Lobby 16 at 6pm on January 16.

Source: Ain’t It Cool News

Jumper - FREE selections from the film and discussion panel - featuring Hayden Christensen

March 3rd, 2009

The screening of selections from the film will be followed by a discussion panel on the film and the physics of teleportation, with leading actor Hayden Christensen, director Doug Liman, and MIT Physics Professors Max Tegmark and Edward Farhi. David Rice (Hayden Christensen) always believed he was perfectly ordinary — until he accidentally discovered he possessed a genetic anomaly that is nothing less than extraordinary. David is a Jumper who can teleport himself to the streets of New York and Tokyo, the ruins of Rome, and the Sahara Desert. He can see twenty sunsets in one night, whisk his girlfriend around the world in the blink of an eye, and grab millions of dollars in a matter of minutes. But David’s global odyssey takes a deadly turn when he finds himself relentlessly pursued by a secret organization sworn to kill Jumpers. Forming an uneasy alliance with another Jumper, David becomes a key player in a war that seems to have no end. As these world-changing events unfold, David begins to discover the secrets and mythology behind his incredible ability.





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Christensen in Neuromancer ?

March 3rd, 2009

There’s a rumour going around that Hayden Christensen is joining the film version of William Gibson’s Neuromancer ( / which we first heard about in May last year.

The word is that Christensen is set to play the character of the hacker Case, the lead of the film.

Last we heard was that Joseph Kahn, the director of Torque, would direct and despite being and independent film the plans were for a US$70 million budget.

The producer Peter Hoffman, who also produced Johnny Mnemonic, previously said that the story would:

“…the project is not just a good sci-fi adventure but a story full of hot topics -issues like artificial intelligence, bio-engineering and alternate theories of immortality will be dealt with dramatically. There’ll be a sort of love interest as well.”

Now I don’t know how that compares with the original story because like JoBlo, where the rumour comes from, I have not read the original. So we need someone who has to tell us how that compares to the actual novel. I know it’s not much to go on just now, but it’s a starting point.

Source: Filmstalker