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Former Doctor Who star Karen Gillan has been at SXSW to promote the release of the upcoming horror film Ocolus, but of course with a role as the villain Nebula in Guardians of the Galaxy on the horizon, discussion soon turned to the cosmic Marvel adventure, with the actress offering up a few words about the eagerly-anticipated superhero offering during a chat with MTV.
"I always had total faith in the project, because the people who are making it are so brilliant, and have a long history of great films, so I knew it was in great hands. I just think it's a new direction for Marvel, it's really, really funny. It's not taking itself seriously at all. It's tongue in cheek. And just to see people be excited about that new tone is cool. Nebula does not find herself funny. I find her hilarious. But she can't find herself hilarious, »
- Gary Collinson
On tap right now is an international poster for Oculus, which has been scaring the hell out of people at the currently running 2014 SXSW Film Fest in Austin, Texas! Dig it!
Here's the film's SXSW schedule:
Tuesday, March 11, 11:59Pm - 1:44Am
Alamo Ritz 1 Wednesday, March 12, 11:45Pm - 1:30Am
Alamo Ritz 1
Oculus is directed by Mike Flanagan from a script he co-wrote with Jeff Howard, based on a short film Flanagan and Jeff Seidman made in 2005. Trevor Macy (Safe House, The Strangers, The Raven) and Marc D. Evans (Safe House, The Strangers, The Raven) produced the film, and Jason Blum, Ryan Kavanaugh, Tucker Tooley, Anil Kurian, D. Scott Lumpkin, Peter Schlessel, Dale Johnson, »
- Uncle Creepy
Austin - This past year has marked a few firsts for Karen Gillan. For "Oculus," it was her first leading role and her first time working at-length in the U.S. -- in Alabama, of all sites. For forthcoming "Guardians of the Galaxy," it's her first villain, and certainly a first for shaving her head. "It's so liberating, to get rid of my hair was for me a really interesting social experiment," Gillan told me in regards to the physical transformation for the latter film. "I felt intimidating for the first time in my life." The Scottish actor also appears fairly fearless in "Oculus," out in theaters on April 11. Gillan was on hand to promote the horror flick during the SXSW film fest, and said she was drawn to the project for her character Kaylie's take on evil forces. "Instead of seeing a girl be really scared of the threat, »
- Katie Hasty
If you missed out on Doctor Who and are eagerly anticipating Guardians of the Galaxy, get ready because you’re about to get a sense of what Karen Gillan is capable of in her upcoming release, Oculus. She leads the film as Kaylie, but Kaylie isn’t your ordinary horror movie heroine. As a child, Kaylie witnessed her parents’ murder and then saw her little brother get pegged for the crime. Years later, Tim (Brenton Thwaites) is released, but Kaylie refuses to let him readjust and finally live a normal life again because she’s still determined to prove that it wasn’t her brother, but rather, the supernatural force residing in the Lasser Glass that’s responsible for her parents’ death and many, many others. Kaylie doesn’t just vow to avenge her family, throw herself into a dangerous situation and spend the rest of the film running for her life. »
- Perri Nemiroff
It's a bit weird, typing this review up at the tail end of February. I feel like I should be wearing some brightly coloured party hat while finding at least three Christmas songs that I can actually stand (for the record, Ring Out Solstice Bells by Jethro Tull, Christmas Wrapping by The Waitresses and for some bizarre reason, Macca's festive cheese-fest Wonderful Christmastime are the only festive musical choices that don't make me want to take an axe to the pub stereo in December). Because Santa Joss is in town, delivering many a festive gift to all Buffy The Vampire Slayer fans with the episode, Amends.
Christmas episodes are always tricky things. There's the danger that they pile on the schmaltz and overdo the usual festive clichés. So, how does Amends stand up in this regard? To be honest, it's not a Buffy episode that I'd have readily picked as »
Relativity will be unleashing 'Absentia' director Mike Flanagan's latest horror yarn 'Oculus' into theatres on 11 April. And amongst the array of various posters, teasers and images we've gorged on thus far this new international one-sheet from the terrifying looking project certainly wins the award for most creepiest. The Italian poster once more focuses on the mysterious and sinister mirror that is the main focus of the movie. 'Oculus' stars Karen Gillan ('Doctor Who') along with Brenton Thwaites ('Maleficent'), Rory Cochrane ('Argo'), Katee Sackhoff ('Battlestar Galactica'), Annalise Basso, Garrett Ryan, James Lafferty and Miguel Sandoval. Check out the new poster below. »
Not only does Marvel Studios' upcoming film Guardians of the Galaxy have the distinction of starring a talking raccoon and a sentient tree, but it also features something else none of the other Marvel films have had, a female villain. While there was a female cohort in Iron Man 3 , Guardians of the Galaxy will bring us Nebula as played by "Doctor Who" star Karen Gillan and her character will apparently have a very intense fight sequence with the female hero of the film, Gamora, as played by Zoe Saldana. "Yeah, there's a big girlie fight sequence, but it's not that girlie," Gillan said in an interview with MTV . "They made sure there weren't any nice pirouettes or anything like »
If you’re a fan of Karen Gillan and her steadily increasing number of movie roles, you might like to check out this chilling trailer from forthcoming horror flick Oculus, released on 13 June in the UK. In Oculus, Gillan plays Kaylie Russell, while Brenton Thwaites plays her brother, Tim. Their parents were apparently murdered many
- Christian Cawley
On Doctor Who, Karen Gillan played Amy Pond, known as “the girl who waited.” That label stemmed from her first episode of the British sci-fi series, in which the title character showed up in her backyard with his Tardis — a time machine in the form of an old, blue British police box — and invited a 7-year-old Pond to be his traveling companion. But then he didn’t return to pick her up for over a decade. The actress has had better luck with her own promise of travel and adventure, starting out as a model before landing roles on UK television straight out of drama school, including that prime gig on the internationally popular Doctor Who program. From there, she didn’t have long to wait before a movie career whisked her away to Hollywood. And as it turns out, her initial means of coming to America also involved a man with something resembling an old, blue »
- Christopher Campbell
Amidst all the Doctor Who lovers preventing Karen Gillan from entering the Stateside theater at this year’s South by Southwest festival, I’m the nerd who gets star-struck when producer Jason Blum walks in. What! I’m a business major, film critic, and a lover of horror – of course my hands are going to clam up when the dude behind Blumhouse Productions walks in to present his latest film Oculus. The truth is though, Jason wasn’t as involved as usual here, so I need to give credit where credit is due – to Intrepid Pictures producer Trevor Macy and director Mike Flanagan. Adapting his own short film, Flanagan attacks show-burn horror through a mystical mirror with horrifying powers, building tension and executing a killer third act filled with ghouls, visual trickery, and a few scares that’ll leave horror lovers with an elevated heart rate.
Mirrors are often used to promote vanity, »
- Matt Donato
Doctor Who writer and star Mark Gatiss has been nominated in the Best Supporting Actor category for this year’s Olivier Awards for his understated, astute performance as Menenius in Shakespeare’s powerful, politically resonant tragedy, Coriolanus. Donmar’s blood soak production – directed by Josie Rourke – has also garnered nominations for Tom Hiddleston (Thor) in the
- Andrew Reynolds
While at SXSW to promote her new horror film "Oculus," we of course had to talk to actress Karen Gillan ("Doctor Who") about her upcoming role as the villainous Nebula in Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy." Many pundits have earmarked "Guardians" as a risky move for Marvel, given the studio's run with better-known characters like Iron Man, Thor and Captain America. And while most critics have had their fears alleviated by the first trailer, the ...
By Alex Zalben, with reporting by Josh Horowitz »
For various reasons, I am not a huge fan of today’s version of horror movies but I am completely obsessed with Oculus. Maybe it’s the combination of Katee Sackhoff (Battlestar Galactica) and Karen Gillan (Doctor Who) but this haunted mirror story also looks to be a bit of brain bender too, which I love. Check out the six great stills and first clip with Karen Gillan.
- Jess Orso
We’ve previously reported that the lovely Karen Gillan has signed on to star in the pilot of Selfie for the Us television network ABC. The show revolves around Gillan’s character, the self-obsessed Eliza Dooley, who gets the help of a marketing expert after a bad break-up and an embarrassing video of her goes viral. Now it’s
- Rebecca Crockett
Things have fallen pretty quiet on the Guardians of the Galaxy front since the trailer reveal last month as Marvel Studios focuses its efforts on the upcoming release of Captain America: The Winter Soldier, but last night AMC caught up with leading man Chris Pratt (Star-Lord), director James Gunn and producer Kevin Feige for a live streaming interview about the cosmic superhero ensemble, and you can check out the entire thing in the YouTube embed below....
"From Marvel, the studio that brought you the global blockbuster franchises of Iron Man, Thor, Captain America and The Avengers, comes a new team — the Guardians of the Galaxy. An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy” expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan, a powerful villain with »
- Gary Collinson
The voice of mature Jenny (Vanessa Redgrave) will still narrate future series, as it was explained that she remained in contact with the staff at Nonnatus House and that she continued to share their stories with the world.
Raine has exited the show to pursue new acting projects after becoming a major star in the BBC One period drama.
Doctor Who’s erstwhile companion, Karen Gillan, pits her science fiction background against a growing evil in Mike Flanagan’s “Oculus,” a film where the main villain is … a mirror? Well, it’s an old mirror. And let’s face it, if it’s old, it’s spooky and not to be trusted. Or at least, that’s what they taught me at the Old Things Are Not to be Trusted Academy. Check out your first clip from “Oculus” below, check it outers. Ten years ago, tragedy struck the Russell family, leaving the lives of teenage siblings Tim and Kaylie forever changed when Tim was convicted of the brutal murder of their parents. Now in his 20s, Tim is newly released from protective custody and only wants to move on with his life; but Kaylie, still haunted by that fateful night, is convinced her parents’ deaths were caused by something »
The Mycroft actor, who writes the show alongside Steven Moffat, reiterated that the programme is so hard to film due to the lead stars' hectic schedules.
"If Benedict went under a bus tomorrow it would be the end of the show," Gatiss told The Mirror. "Benedict and Martin [Freeman] are our stars.
"We do three episodes a year and although people want more that's all we can do. They are both so famous now it's increasingly difficult to get them."
He added: "Sherlock made Benedict a star and I know he is eternally grateful to the show - he wants to do more.
"They are both major stars but they both want to carry on. »
Doctor Who writer and actor Mark Gatiss has described this week how new Time Lord Peter Capaldi will appear in a thrilling Series 8 opener. Talking to Digital Spy with a quote that may well make Private Eye‘s ‘Pseud’s Corner’, he made mention of the difference in the “energy” of Peter Capaldi as opposed to
- Christian Cawley
In a a behind-the-scenes video from The Wrap, which appears on the "Day of the Doctor" DVD release, Smith commandeers a camera to ask Coleman what she'll miss most about him. "The daily abuse," she answers.
Based on the hugs and jokes they share in the video, it's easy to see just how special their connection aboard the Tardis was. »
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