Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on August 28, 2009
Michael Sheen as Lucian in Underworld
Michael Sheen as Head Vampire in Twilight: New Moon
Michael Sheen is as driven as the soccer coach he plays in Toronto-bound The Damned United.
In demand for a range of roles, the Welsh-born stage actor has conquered London and Broadway, smart movies and genre franchises. He starred as Lucian, king of the werewolves in all three Underworld movies. (Screen Gems released Patrick Tatopoulous’s Underworld 3: Rise of the Lycans in January.)
This summer Sheen traded in one set of hair extensions and fake incisors for another: now he is playing head vampire of The Volturi in Twilight: New Moon, directed by Chris Weitz. The film is due in November.
On stage in London and New York and in the Ron Howard movie Frost/Nixon, Sheen held his own with Frank Langella as they reenacted the 1977 ramp-up and television face-off between cheery TV host David Frost and embittered ex-president Richard M. Nixon. Sheen shares a special relationship with Frost/Nixon writer Peter Morgan. Sheen starred as Tony Blair in both TV’s The Deal and Stephen Frear’s Oscar-winning The Queen. Now Sheen stars in yet another plum role from Morgan, the Brit soccer flick The Damned United, directed by Tom Hooper (John Adams). In it Sheen plays a brash, controversial, alcoholic, arrogant and charismatic soccer coach. “Peter has a knack for making subjects accessible,” Sheen told me at a meeting at the L’ermitage Hotel last year. “Initially, Frost/Nixon and The Queen were both a hard sell.” Morgan was going to direct The Special Relationship, in which Sheen continued as Blair opposite Dennis Quaid and Hope Davis as Bill and Hillary Clinton, but Richard Loncraine took over the helm.
“But Sheen’s willingness to embrace versatility may have a downside, he admits: you risk not creating a brand identity. “I enjoy the challenge of playing lots of different characters and having people accept me as that character.”
Sony Pictures Classics opens The Damned United in limited release on October 5. Next Sheen co-stars opposite Samuel L. Jackson in Gregor Jordan’s Unthinkable, and voices the White Rabbit in Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland.
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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 17, 2009
By DAVID GERMAIN (AP)
Christoph Waltz has mastered Quentin Tarantino’s linguistic legerdemain in four languages.
Waltz won the best-actor prize at the Cannes Film Festival and is an early prospect for a supporting-actor nomination at the Academy Awards for the World War II saga “Inglourious Basterds,” in which the Austrian-born performer hurtles through Tarantino’s rapid-fire dialogue in German, French, English and Italian.
The film takes some jabs at Americans’ relative lack of language skills, but Waltz said his own multilingual talents are simply part of life in Europe.
“I’ve been in places in Europe where you need a different language if you go out for dinner. I worked in southern Germany, and we went into France for dinner. You just go across the river, different language, different culture, different food, different everything. So it’s nothing extraordinary,” Waltz said, adding that Americans would possess similar language skills if necessity demanded. “If you needed Cherokee to order dinner, you’d speak Cherokee.”
Waltz, 52, is a respected TV and stage actor in Germany but a virtual unknown to overseas audiences, with a small role in the James Bond flick “GoldenEye” his only previous credit in a big international production.
Tarantino auditioned top German movie stars for Col. Hans Landa, a brilliant, gleefully cunning Nazi officer who seems to revel in his own voice as much as Samuel L. Jackson’s character did in “Pulp Fiction.”
The actors he tested obviously could ace the German dialogue, and most could handle the French portions well, Tarantino said.
But while they were fluent in English, “they couldn’t say my poetry,” Tarantino said. “Because there is a poetic quality to my dialogue. There’s a musical quality to my dialogue. There’s a rap quality to my dialogue. And there’s a comedy-monologue quality to my dialogue. … As fluent as they might have been in English, that wasn’t the language for them to recite poetry in. But when Christoph came in, halfway through the audition, I knew we’d found our Landa.”
“Inglourious Basterds” features an ensemble led by Brad Pitt as head of an Allied team of Jews who spread fear and mayhem behind enemy lines by killing and scalping Nazi soldiers.
Waltz’s Landa is a roll-with-the-punches Nazi who excels at his job as the Third Reich’s foremost “Jew Hunter” but concocts an intricate exit strategy for himself as the tide turns against Germany.
The acting prize at Cannes and the Oscar buzz that followed have come as a pleasant surprise, though what Waltz hopes to get out of his “Inglourious Basterds” experience is a chance to find more acting opportunities beyond TV and theater work back home.
Born in Vienna, Waltz settled on acting at 19, coming from a four-generation family of theater performers and designers. It’s a bit ironic that a role as a Nazi should be the one to put Waltz in Hollywood’s spotlight: When he was starting out 30 years ago, Waltz made a brief foray to Los Angeles to scout his prospects, meeting with veteran agent Paul Kohner.
Kohner told him, “You will have to ask yourself a question: Do you want to cross through the background for the rest of your life yelling, `Heil Hitler!’” Waltz said. “So I decided there and then, no, thank you, that’s not what I intend to do, and went back to where I got the good stuff.”
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Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on July 27, 2009
On day three of San Diego Comic Con 2009, July 25, Marvel didn’t only present visitors with “Iron Man 2″ panel, but also an update to “The Avengers” in term of which superhero characters will be making an appearance in the film. After the presentation of the “Iron Man” sequel, Kevin Feige, Marvel Studios’ President of Production revealed to Io9 the potential line-up of the super team.
“I think we know. I think it’s going to be Iron Man and Thor, Captain America and Nick Fury,” he gushed on the matter. “I think it’s safe to assume that there will be some members of the Hulk universe in the film as well. In terms of the additional I think Black Widow, sure. The SHIELD organization for sure. What’s exciting, for me, about The Avengers movie is seeing those four characters interact with each other.”
“I think anywhere from the first issues of The Avengers to Civil War the dynamic between Steve Rogers and Tony Stark is just awesome, it’s fascinating. It brings out sides in others that won’t be brought out in the other franchises. Going forward with the mix is a whole other thing, I think it will be cool. So to pile on another 15 or 10, frankly more than four would be too many.” Asked whether Hulk himself will be making an appearance, the studio topper stated that scribe Zak Penn “is outlining it as we speak, so we’ll see.” As for whether Thor depicter Chris Hemsworth has met with “Iron Man” star Robert Downey Jr., Feige responded, “Oh yes, that was the first meeting of Thor and Tony Stark, it was pretty cool.”
“The Avengers” will pick up the story when the Earth’s mightiest heroes will have to work together to battle the biggest foe they’ve ever faced. Robert Downey Jr., Don Cheadle and Samuel L. Jackson have all been confirmed to star in this film which is now set for May 4, 2012 U.S. release. Director Jon Favreau has been rumored to take the helming part, but he has stated to Movies Online recently that his involvement on the project “has yet to be determined”.
“Remember, you have to take into account what Thor is and you don’t know that until the film’s locked,” he elaborated more. “You’re not going to know about Thor for two years, what that really means. And [The First Avenger] Captain America, they haven’t even started prepping yet. So there’s a lot of discovery that has to take place before you can understand what Avengers really is.”
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Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on June 17, 2009
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DAVE MCNARY – Variety
Samuel L. Jackson stars in indie cop thriller
Phillip Noyce will direct the indie police thriller “Mixed Blood,” with Samuel L. Jackson to co-star. Mr. Noyce has some tremendous credits: The Bone Collector, Clear and Present Danger, Patriot Games
A Bigger Boat, GreeneStreet Films and Sidney Kimmel Entertainment are co-financing and producing the project. Jackson’s Uppity Films will also produce.
Kelly Masterson (“Before the Devil Knows You’re Dead”) is adapting Roger Smith’s novel of the same name, published last year by Henry Holt & Co.
Pic will center on an American fugitive being forced to make violent and terrifying choices to protect his family while drawing the attention of murderers, kidnappers, corrupt cops and a detective, portrayed by Jackson.
Principal photography is scheduled to start early next year.
FilmNation will handle worldwide sales through its partnership with A Bigger Boat and GreeneStreet Films.
Noyce is directing “Salt,” starring Angelina Jolie, for Columbia. Masterson is completing “Good People” for the Film Department, with Maguire Entertainment and 360 Management producing.
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