Posts Tagged ‘Episode III’

Voice-over actors give life to Cartoon Network’s ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’

Monday, October 5th, 2009

They are the most unrecognizable actors in a galaxy far, far away.

Audiences generally associate Hayden Christensen and Ewan McGregor in the roles of the famously iconic Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi. But, the truth is, other actors have inhabited those roles in far more performances, yet you’ll never know what they look like.

They are voice-over actors, men and women who bring these Jedi Knights to life each week in the computer-animated series, “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.”

And that’s just the way they like it.


Source

The Scent of Hayden Christensen

Tuesday, September 8th, 2009

Legendary fashion brand LACOSTE has signed Canadian actor Hayden Christensen as the face of its new male fragrance, launching in September. Christensen’s playful charm, active persona and casual elegance make him the natural embodiment of the brand’s youthful, modern edge.


“We’re delighted to be working with Hayden as the face of the new male fragrance from LACOSTE as he perfectly captures the modern spirit of the brand. He’s young, stylish and dynamic, with a charismatic twinkle in his eye that perfectly brings to life the ethos of the new fragrance.” Andreas Gerber, Global Marketing Director, LACOSTE Fragrances.


Most recently, Christensen starred in Doug Liman’s ‘Jumper’, alongside Samuel L Jackson, Rachel Bilson and Jamie Bell; but he is perhaps best known for his role as Anakin Skywalker in George Lucas’s blockbuster epics ‘Star Wars Episode 2: Attack of the Clones’ and ‘Star Wars Episode 3: Return of the Sith’.


Christensen’s other film credits include George Hickenlooper’s ‘Factory Girl’ in which he played Bob Dylan, Sofia Coppola’s ‘The Virgin Suicides’, Sarah Kernochan’s ‘All I Wanna Do’ and John Carpenter’s ‘In the Mouth of Madness’.


For his performance in 2001 ‘Life As A House’, Christensen received the award for Best Breakthrough Performance from the National Board of Review, and was nominated for a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award.


Christensen will next be seen starring in ‘New York, I Love You’ opposite Hollywood heavyweights Orlando Bloom, Julie Christie, Kevin Bacon, Ethan Hawke, Natalie Portman, Rachel Bilson and Shia LaBeouf. ‘New York, I Love You’ is scheduled for released in 2009.


Source

Settle In For A Weekend With MTV, ‘Star Wars’ And ‘Behind The Screen’

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

What are you doing this weekend? Actually, don’t answer that. I’ll tell you what you’re doing this weekend. As a Memorial Day weekend treat and lead-in to this Sunday’s episode of ‘Behind the Screen,’ MTV will be running all six “Star Wars” movies between Saturday and Monday. If you’ve seen George Lucas’s epic space fantasy, then you know exactly why you should be tuning in. If you don’t… well… here are all the reasons you need to settle in with some popcorn for a long, lazy weekend in front of the TV.

Darth Vader livesThe Fall of Anakin Skywalker

Hardcore “Star Wars” fans like me have some issues with George Lucas’s approach to the most recent trilogy, starting with 1999’s “The Phantom Menace.” Wherever your opinions fall with regards to the new movies, it’s hard to say a foul word against Anakin Skywalker’s (Hayden Christensen) beautifully orchestrated descent into the Dark Side of the Force. In addition to be able to witness the birth of Darth Vader, “Revenge of the Sith’s” climactic lightsaber duel between Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor) and Skywalker, his former pupil, adds new context to “A New Hope’s” — the first movie released in the series — rematch saber duel.

Han Solo and ChewbaccaHan Solo and Chewbacca

Han Solo (Harrison Ford) and his Wookiee first mate Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) are truly a buddy duo for the ages. Han is an unabashed rogue, a charmer, gambler, smuggler, con artist and all-around scoundrel. The stream of arrogant bluster that issues forth from his mouth is so constant that you barely notice how unintelligible his pal Chewbacca is. Chewie is the duo’s heart, a big lug of a walking carpet who makes up for his language barriers with fiercely loyal actions.

Boba FettBoba Fett

The only thing cooler than a Jedi-killing bounty hunter is a Jedi-killing bounty hunter in Mandalorian armor. Boba Fett’s menacing appearance can be credited almost entirely to the ancient armor he wears, which is fully equipped with a jetpack, wrist-mounted rocket launcher and all manner of other gadgets. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that he carries a nasty-looking disintegrator blaster, or that he wears locks of Wookiee fur as trophies of his previous kills. Anyone who can take down multiple 6-plus-foot-tall humanoid beasts with sharp fangs and retractable claws is someone you should steer clear of. Unless you happen to be close to a Sarlacc Pit, that is.

Darth MaulDarth Maul

I’m not afraid to say that “Episode I: The Phantom Menace” is the worst of the six “Star Wars” movies. A lot of you will probably agree. I’m also not afraid to say that “Phantom” features the best of the movies’ lightsaber duels, even topping Yoda’s throwdown with Count Dooku (Christopher Lee) in “Episode II” and the Obi-Wan/Anakin showdown from “Episode III.” This has everything to do with “Phantom’s”Darth Maul (Ray Park), who wields a double-bladed lightsaber and a considerable array of martial arts skills. He takes on two Jedi at “Episode I’s” climax, both of them master swordsmen: Obi-Wan Kenobi and Qui-Gon Jinn (Liam Neeson). The fight maintains a respectable action pace until its final moments, when Obi-Wan, stricken with grief, advances on Maul with unbound fury. It’s a standout moment for the series, and it even makes the otherwise unbearable “Phantom Menace” worth watching.

Lightsabers are coolLightsabers

Forget “Star Wars” for a moment. Lightsabers may very well be sci-fi’s single-coolest gadget, period. They appear to be little more than a long, metal cylinder; turn one on and a brightly colored energy blade issues forth from what turns out to be a sword hilt. Lightsabers are the trademark tools of the Jedi Order. There are scant few to be seen in the original trilogy, after the Order has fallen, but the newer trilogy serves up a lightsaber overload as we get to see Jedi Knights and Masters wielding the “elegant weapon” before the dark days of the Galactic Empire.

There’s one final reason you should tune in for this weekend’s “Star Wars” marathon on MTV. On Sunday night at 11pm, right after “Episode IV” ends, you’ll be able to get some insider Hollywood scoops on the latest episode of “Behind the Screen.” You’ll be able to catch “Land of the Lost” cast interviews with Will Ferrell and Danny McBride, the broadcast premiere of Sacha Baron Cohen’s “Brüno” trailer, a visit to the set of “Get Him to the Greek” with Russell Brand and two exclusive clip premieres, for Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds” and Rob Zombie’s “Halloween” follow-up, “H2.” So tune in to MTV for an epic weekend of classic sci-fi and exclusive first looks.
Source: MTV.Com