Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on September 11, 2009
By Ali Jaafar – Variety.com
Josh Hartnett has signed on to star in “Gunslinger,” a revenge-driven tale set in the near future in the snowy wasteland of a post-apocalyptic America.
Hartnett will play a man who, along with his brother, sets out to kill the gang who killed their parents. Chris Nahon (“Blood: The Last Vampire”) is directing, with Mark Williams and 2B Pictures’ Albert Martinez Martin producing.
“This story takes a unique and startling look at what might happen when the lawlessness of the Old West returns … but with better weapons,” Williams said.
Pic will be the fifth collaboration between Williams and 2B Pictures.
Latter was launched last year by U.K.-based Future Film Group to produce indie features. The shingle’s most recent production, Simon Fellows’ “Malice in Wonderland,” has been selected for the Sitges Film Festival, while Jordan Scott’s directorial debut “Cracks,” starring Eva Green, receives its world preem in Toronto today.
SC Films is handling international sales on “Gunslinger.” Lensing is set to begin in Canada early next year.
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Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on August 21, 2009
Rachel Emily Nichols (born January 8, 1980) is an American model turned actress, best known for her portrayal of CIA officer Rachel Gibson on the ABC television series Alias. She’s also starred in several films, including Dumb & Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd, The Amityville Horror, The Woods, Star Trek, and G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra.
Nichols appeared in various television shows in bit parts. Her first auditioned role, which she won, was that of an orgy-loving restaurant hostess in a 2002 episode of Sex and the City, but later that year she won the role of Jessica, the dogged school-newspaper reporter, in Dumb and Dumberer. She left Columbia midway through her last semester to shoot the picture, but still managed to graduate on time despite the demanding modeling schedule. She wrote two term papers and took the final exam of her undergraduate career just days before shipping all of her things to Atlanta, where Dumberer was being filmed. Although Dumberer was ultimately a flop, the exposure it provided earned Nichols roles in the television series Line of Fire, plus the 2005 horror films, The Amityville Horror, and The Woods.
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In 2004, FOX planned to develop a series vaguely reminiscent of their first hit drama, 21 Jump Street. They enlisted Todd and Glenn Kessler (of Robbery Homicide Division) to create the show, tentatively named The Inside. The Kesslers cast Nichols as a 22-year-old federal agent who impersonates a high-school girl in an undercover operation; they also cast Fastlane’s Peter Facinelli and model Willa Holland, and shot a pilot. The pilot underwhelmed studio execs, though, and FOX brought in Angel writer Tim Minear to re-tool the concept. Minear ended up radically changing the show’s story and purging the entire cast — save for Nichols, who remained the show’s centerpiece. While some sources said that Nichols was kept on because FOX pressured Minear to do so, Minear stood by a different story: “Even if [Nichols] wasn’t already living in this show when I got there I’d have cast her. [She's] a star in the making, I feel. And an unspoiled delight…” he told Variety.
Rachel Nichols in GI Joe
The new concept more closely echoed The Silence of the Lambs than Jump Street, and Nichols’ character had been dramatically altered as well: now she was rookie Special Agent Rebecca Locke, assigned to Los Angeles’ FBI Violent Crimes Unit, an elite group of criminal profilers charged with tracking the city’s most dangerous deviants. Another of Minear’s new wrinkles was that Nichols’ character now had a marked similarity to the back-story of Elizabeth Smart, including a history of suffering, kidnapping, and abuse. The summer 2005 series received mixed reviews and a limited run, though the performances of Nichols (who says she “tested mostly for high school parts” before winning The Inside’s dark lead role) and co-star Peter Coyote received generally favorable marks from critics.
After the failed FOX series, Nichols quickly found work on the ABC series Alias in the fall of 2005. Nichols portrayed Rachel Gibson, a computer expert duped into thinking she works for the CIA, when in fact she is working for a dangerous terrorist organization — a predicament not far removed from that of Sydney Bristow in Alias’ first season. Discovering the truth, Nichols’ character later joins the real CIA and becomes Bristow’s protégé, complete with undercover missions and martial arts scenes, which Nichols had to work hard on to make appear realistic, struggling at first with the stunts. Coincidentally, Alias marked the second series in a row for Nichols in which she portrayed a government agent.
Rachel Nichols in Star Trek
Although ABC announced the cancellation of Alias effective in May 2006, Nichols’ character was created as a possible replacement for series star Jennifer Garner’s Sydney, had the actress chosen to leave the show or scale back her involvement in the series (this, in fact, did begin to occur as the season progressed and Garner’s real-life pregnancy prevented her from taking part in many action sequences). On May 22, 2006, Nichols appeared in Alias’ final episode, “All the Time in the World”.
After starring in two canceled television series in the last calendar year, Nichols turned her attention back to the big screen with two movies in 2007. The first, Resurrecting the Champ, featured Nichols as the assistant to a sportswriter (Josh Hartnett) who finds a former boxing legend (Samuel L. Jackson) living homeless on the streets. The second, P2, marked a return to the horror genre for Nichols, as she portrayed a businesswoman who gets trapped inside a public parking garage with a deranged security guard. In this role, Nichols refused to shoot any type of nudity, including sheer, wet tops. “In place of the nipples there’s clearly a lot of cleavage,” Nichols said in an interview, “so we made a compromise.”
In 2007, Nichols also landed one of the leads in another FOX series — the science fiction drama Them, directed by Jonathan Mostow, although the show ultimately was not picked up by the network. In 2009, Nichols appeared in J. J. Abrams’s Star Trek in which she plays an Orion cadet at Starfleet Academy, and starred in Stephen Sommers’ G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra, as Shana “Scarlett” O’Hara.
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Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on August 18, 2009
By Zorianna Kit – Reuters
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – When filmmaker Quentin Tarantino was looking for a German actress to play a 1940s German screen siren-turned-spy in his movie “Inglourious Basterds,” Diane Kruger knew she was perfect for the part.
After all, she thought, who better to play a German movie star working in France than a German actress like herself who was living in France?
“Basterds,” which debuts in the United States on Friday, follows a group of Jewish American soldiers, led by Brad Pitt’s Lt. Aldo Raine, on a mission to take down the Third Reich.
Kruger’s Bridget von Hammersmark is loved by her German countrymen, but is secretly working as an undercover agent with the “the basterds,” as Raine’s soldiers are known.
“This is the first time someone gave me a part where I’m strong, where I’m the engine, the motor of the scene,” Kruger told Reuters. “Many times actresses are an accessory to a story line. To be handed intelligent dialogue was nice. It was a very new experience for me.”
It was also an unimaginable experience for someone who once considered modeling and movies “completely out of my reach.”
“I come from a lower middle-class village in Germany,” said the 33-year-old. “It is impossible to imagine that any of this was ever going to be in the cards for me.”
With dreams of becoming a ballerina, Kruger studied with the Royal Ballet School in London. As a teenager she was a finalist in the Elite modeling agency’s Look of the Year contest and turned her attention to fashion and the catwalk.
“All of a sudden I moved to Paris and was learning French and traveling the world,” Kruger said. “Then I met my ex-husband (French actor and director Guillaume Canet) who was so influential in giving me confidence to pursue acting.”
Her first major acting role was in Canet’s directorial debut, 2002′s “Mon Idole.” The two divorced in 2006, but worked together once more in “Joyeux Noel.”
Though 2004′s romantic thriller “Wicker Park,” in which Kruger starred opposite Josh Hartnett, was technically her first U.S.-made movie, it was her second feature to be released in the United States.
“Troy,” in which she co-starred alongside Pitt and Eric Bana was released first in theaters, and the hype over Hollywood newcomer Kruger playing the beautiful Helen of Troy helped her land box office hit “National Treasure.”
That movie’s success spawned the sequel “National Treasure: Book of Secrets” and together the big-budget movies made Kruger a household name — after a little adjustment, that is, because her real last name is Heidkruger.
“Nobody in America or France could ever pronounce or spell it correctly,” she said. “I was sick of saying, ‘H-E-I-D…’ When you say ‘It’s like Freddy,’ everybody gets it.”
Today, Kruger is grateful that at least one person in the entertainment industry “gets” her: Tarantino.
“He took a leap of faith on an actress who has so far only played Helen of Troy and did ‘National Treasure,’” she said. “He sees me completely different.”
Kruger next stars with Jared Leto in French filmmaker Jaco van Dormael’s “Mr. Nobody.” The film debuts at the upcoming Venice Film Festival, weeks after the release of “Basterds.”
“I feel Quentin gave me a great gift,” Kruger said. “No matter what impact this movie has on my career, or if it turns into a box office hit or not, I feel like I won the lottery.”
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