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10 items from 2011


Review: Hanna

8 April 2011 11:33 AM, PDT | Destroy the Brain | See recent Destroy the Brain news »

Hanna is the new film by director Joe Wright.  I’ll admit that his previous films haven’t really been up my alley nor would they ever be covered on this site.  So, when I got wind that the director of Pride and Prejudice and Atonement would be directing an action movie featuring a 16 year old girl who has been trained by her assassin father, I was immediately excited to check out what could come of this.

Saoirse Ronan plays the title character of Hanna who lives in a snowy landscape with her assassin father Erik (Eric Bana).  Erik is training Hanna to become a great assassin.  For what, we really don’t know.  Until one day, Erik digs up a container that contains a switch that, once toggled, will divulge their location to an enemy threat.  The enemy threat is a woman named Marissa (Cate Blanchett).  The switch is flicked and the adventure begins. »

- Andy Triefenbach

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New Featurette for Hanna Highlights the Fight Sequences

8 April 2011 6:26 AM, PDT | Reelzchannel.com | See recent ReelzChannel news »

If you've watched the recently released preview clips or the trailer for the upcoming thriller Hanna and thought, "is this like a teenage Bourne or something?" there is a reason. While Hanna and the movies do concern two expertly trained assassins, Hanna is directed by Joe Wright (Atonement), who had nothing to do with the Bourne movies. However, Hanna and the Bourne movies do share the same fight choreographer in Jeff Imada.

G4TV's Attack of the Show has revealed a behind the scenes featurette titled "Hanna: The Art of Attack" which features interviews with Wright and Imada as well as Hanna actors Saoirse Ronan and Eric Bana as they discuss some of the movie's fight scenes without (hopefully) spoiling them.

Next Showing: Hanna opens April 8

Link | Posted 4/8/2011 by Ryan

Joe Wright | Eric Bana | Jeff Imada | Saoirse Ronan | Hanna »

- Ryan Gowland

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Feel The Arrowhead at Your Back: Go Behind the Scenes with ‘Hanna’

24 March 2011 9:25 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Because of his luck, Rob Hunter has already seen Hanna, and he had some positive things to say which he’ll expand on in review form as soon as the embargo on reviews gets lifted. It’s no surprise though. The film is about a teenage girl who is trained from childhood to be a killer, and to kill one specific person. The talent here is tremendous from Saoirse Ronan to Cate Blanchett to Eric Bana to director Joe Wright. Now, this featurette digs deeper into what Blanchett called “the most terrifying script [she'd] ever read in her life” by looking briefly at the action, the actors, and the motivations behind a young killer. I’m waiting for the longer version that gives more details and does less selling, but this whole damned movie is undeniably cool. Plus, it’s undeniable cool set to a score by The Chemical Brothers. If they did a full feature with Jeff Imada »

- Cole Abaius

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DVD Review: Ip Man 2

17 March 2011 2:00 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

IP Man 2

Stars: Donnie Yen, Sammo Hung, Darren Shahlavi, Huang Xiaming | Action direction by Sammo Hung | Directed by Wilson Yip

Ip Man 2 is the latest DVD release from Cine Asia, and is a semi-biographical martial arts film loosely based on the life of Wing Chun grandmaster, Ip Man. The film was directed by Wilson Yip & Sammo Hung, produced by Raymond Wong, written by Edmond Wong, and stars martial arts legend, Donnie Yen, who reprises the leading role.

This sequel continues on from events in the first Ip Man film, and covers Ip Man’s life in Hong Kong, which was at the time under British colonial rule, and recovering from the Japanese invasion of China. Ip Man’s main hurdles are his reduced circumstances, British oppression, and rivalry from other martial arts practitioners, including the local Hung Ga master Hung Chun-nam, as played by Sammo Hung.

“Continuing from where the first film ended, »

- Baron Fornightly

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Movie Trailer: Hanna Behind-the-Scenes Featurette (Starring Saoirse Ronan, Eric Bana, Cate Blanchett)

16 March 2011 8:27 AM, PDT | BuzzFocus.com | See recent BuzzFocus.com news »

 

Check out this behind-the-scenes look at Hanna with stars Saoirse Ronan, Eric Bana and Cate Blanchett. Fight Choreographer Jeff Imada of the Bourne Supremacy and Bourne Ultimatum also discusses what went into creating the teenage assassin film.

Hanna is Directed by Joe Wright and stars Ronan, Bana, Blanchett, Tom Hollander, Olivia Williams and Jason Flemyng.

About Hanna:

Award-winning director Joe Wright creates a boldly original suspense thriller with Hanna, starring Academy Award nominee Saoirse Ronan (The Lovely Bones, Atonement) in the title role. Raised by her father (Eric Bana of Star Trek), an ex-cia man, in the wilds of Finland, Hanna’s upbringing and training have been one and the same, all geared to making her the perfect assassin. The turning point in her adolescence is a sharp one; sent into the world by her father on a mission, Hanna journeys stealthily across Europe while eluding agents dispatched after »

- Alexis James-Whitehead

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New Images & First Clip From Joe Wright’s ‘Hanna’

15 February 2011 8:58 PM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

I had the pleasure of seeing Joe Wright’s fourth feature tonight, the action/drama/thriller Hanna starring Saoirse Ronan, Cate Blanchett, and Eric Bana. While I’m embargoed from sharing any thoughts, Focus Features shared a new clip and a variety of images from the film. The clip features some of the fantastic The Chemical Brothers score, and a snippet from one of my favorite scenes in the film. Check them out below, followed by production notes from the film. Click for hi-resolution versions.

Synopsis

A teenage girl goes out into the world for the first time – and has to battle for her life. Director Joe Wright weaves elements of dark fairy tales into the adventure thriller Hanna, filmed on location in Europe and Morocco.

Hanna (played by Academy Award nominee Saoirse Ronan of Atonement, also directed by Joe Wright) is 16 years old. She is bright, inquisitive, and a devoted daughter. »

- Jordan Raup

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'Breaking Dawn' Star Peter Facinelli Raves About Kristen Stewart As A Vampire

16 January 2011 6:42 AM, PST | MTV Movie News | See recent MTV Movie News news »

'For some reason, once they put those contact lenses in, you look very statuesque,' actor says on the Golden Globes red carpet.

By Jocelyn Vena, with reporting by Josh Horowitz

Peter Facinelli

Photo: Frazer Harrison/ Getty Images

We've had a preview of Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart getting sexy as Edward and Bella on their honeymoon in "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1," and now Cullen patriarch Peter Facinelli has some more secrets from the movie's set. When MTV News caught up with Facinelli on the Golden Globes red carpet on Sunday (January 16), he revealed what Stewart's Bella is like as a vampire.

"She's doing really well. She looks fantastic," he raved about Stewart's transition to a vampire for the final films in the series. "For some reason, once they put those contact lenses in, you look very statuesque."

Facinelli wouldn't go into detail about shooting the »

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'Breaking Dawn' Star Peter Facinelli Raves About Kristen Stewart As A Vampire

16 January 2011 6:42 AM, PST | MTV Movie News | See recent MTV Movie News news »

'For some reason, once they put those contact lenses in, you look very statuesque,' actor says on the Golden Globes red carpet.

By Jocelyn Vena, with reporting by Josh Horowitz

Peter Facinelli

Photo: Frazer Harrison/ Getty Images

We've had a preview of Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart getting sexy as Edward and Bella on their honeymoon in "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1," and now Cullen patriarch Peter Facinelli has some more secrets from the movie's set. When MTV News caught up with Facinelli on the Golden Globes red carpet on Sunday (January 16), he revealed what Stewart's Bella is like as a vampire.

"She's doing really well. She looks fantastic," he raved about Stewart's transition to a vampire for the final films in the series. "For some reason, once they put those contact lenses in, you look very statuesque."

Facinelli wouldn't go into detail about shooting the »

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Ashley Greene on Fight Training and ‘Breaking Dawn’

11 January 2011 1:07 PM, PST | twilightersanonymous.com | See recent TwilightersAnonymous news »

Ashley Greene recently sat down with MTV and answered some questions via email about her current work on The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn as well as her other projects this year. In regards to Breaking Dawn, Ashley talks about the fight training, being excited to film the battle with the Volturi, her thoughts on working with Bill Condon and welcoming Bella into the Cullen family. Read more below:

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MTV: What “Breaking Dawn” scene are you most excited to film?

Greene: Most excited to film and see would be the big fight sequence against the Volturi. As a cast, we like to do as many of our own stunts as possible, so it’s fun and challenging to shoot those scenes. Jeff Imada, the stunt coordinator, is such a blast to work with as well. I’m learning so much from him.

MTV: Tell us about Bill Condon’s style on set. How does he differ from prior “Twilight” directors?

Greene: “There’s no way to describe what it’s like working with Bill Condon except incredible! He is so professional, patient and a fantastic leader. I get excited going to set every day knowing I get to work with him. Each director has brought such a different energy and perspective to the films. Bill is very relaxed and authoritative, in a good way. I feel very comfortable working with him.

MTV: Kristen Stewart said at the People’s Choice Awards that she filmed some scenes as a vampire. What was your reaction to seeing Kristen as a vamp?

Greene: Glad to have her officially join the Cullen family!

Read the full interview at MTV here.

(Thanks Marichelle!)

What do you think of Ashley’s thoughts on Bill Condon and fight training for Breaking Dawn? »

- Evie

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Ashley Greene Talks 2011, 'Breaking Dawn' And Miley Cyrus Fans

11 January 2011 8:11 AM, PST | MTV Movie News | See recent MTV Movie News news »

With roles in 'Lol,' 'Skateland,' 'The Apparition' and more, the 'Twilight Saga' star is one of MTV News' 11 for '11.

By Eric Ditzian

Ashley Greene

Photo: MTV News

Ashley Greene has spent the first days of 2011 doing martial-arts training. If we didn't know she was gearing up for some vampire fisticuffs in "Breaking Dawn," we might say the 23-year-old is getting ready to kick, punch and otherwise pound into submission the next 12 months. Because after years spent as a beloved supporting player in the "Twilight" franchise, Greene is set to take her turn in 2011 as one of the series' breakout stars.

The year begins with the debut of the Sundance indie "Skateland," an '80s coming-of-age tale. Then it's on to "Lol," a comedy in which she stars as a bad girl opposite Miley Cyrus. And don't forget about "The Apparition," a supernatural thriller »

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