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Jonah Hex – New poster

Posted by LiveFor on April 28, 2010

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Exclusive Interview: Axelle Carolyn – Star of Centurion, Straw Man, Ghost of Slaughterford and more

Posted by LiveFor on April 13, 2010

Axelle Carolyn is one of those excellent all round type of people who do numerous things well when many of us would just like to have a go at one of them – She is an author (It Lives Again!: Horror Movies in the New Millennium), actress, horror fan and journalist.

She has appeared in many films and will soon be seen in Centurion directed by her Husband, Neil Marshall.

Being a super nice person she took some time out to have a chat with LFF’s Richard Bodsworth.

Your character in Centurion does look like a proper badass, what can you tell us about her?

My character, Aeron, is a Pict warrior. She loves fighting, and unlike most other characters who have higher motivations, she kills Romans just for the fun of it. It was a fantastic part to play: I spent 6 weeks riding horses, shooting arrows and learning how to fight. I only had a few lines (in Gaelic!), so it was all about making her physically threatening and believable.

It’s quite a stellar cast, how was the banter on set?

Half the shoot was on location in the Highlands of Scotland, so we spent a lot of time together in the evenings, hanging out at the hotel. They were such a great bunch! I got along really well with Olga Kurylenko; we spent a lot of time speaking French, so no one could understand our gossiping. Michael Fassbender is one of those guys who can do anything: accents, languages, stunts… and yet remain the most charming and down to earth. And Liam Cunningham are hilarious.

What about that Noel Clarke? He seems like he could be a bit of a troublemaker.

Noel seemed very focused on set, and never complained despite the cold and getting some early frostbite. And he was great to hang out with. If he’s a troublemaker, it’s not a side of him we got to see at all!

 Most of filming took place up in Aviemore, right?  Was it nice and warm?

Ah, the Highlands in February… Yeah, it was really cold. Though I can’t complain too much: I was riding a horse most of the time, and strange as it may seem, they really help you keep warm. There’s a lot of scenes in the film where you can really see how cold we all were, though. All those red noses were no make-up!

Last time we interviewed Leslie Simpson he was going on about how he was “bollock naked” and cold in The Descent, this time you guys were up in the freezing Scottish mountains, does Neil enjoy putting his actors through those conditions?!

Yes he does… yes he does. Although you know, it may not looking like it on screen but the shoot of Doomsday was warm pretty comfortable. We were in South Africa in the summer. What an amazing time that was.

Talking of The Descent, how was it working on the sequel?

I only had a tiny role. I did two days and got cut out. I still haven’t seen the film.

You’re mainly in horror films, do you fancy yourself as a bit of a ‘scream queen’?

I love horror movies. LOVE them. I mean, I wrote an entire book about them (“It Lives Again! Horror Movies in the New Millennium”, from Telos Publishing)! I’d be happy to work in horror for the rest of my days. But I hate the expression “scream queen”. It implies playing victims, and that’s the type of role I’m generally not interested in.  I’d love to play more villains… Parts like Angela Bettis’s in May or Beatrice Dalle in Inside are the kinds of roles I’d love to be given.

What’s your favourite horror film you’ve worked on?

Would it be odd if I chose a film we haven’t filmed yet? I’ve spent the past 6 months writing and developing a feature called The Ghost of Slaughterford, which Neil is executive producing. I love writing, and being given the chance to put a project together is wonderful. We’re hoping to shoot this summer; I can’t wait.

Straw Man

Do you have any updates on Straw Man?

No. I believe post-production is over, but I haven’t seen the finished film yet.

Seemed like that was a chilly set too!

Hell yes. On my last day I had to walk in the sea, with water up to my knees, in a skimpy summer dress. It was minus 10 on the beach and I don’t think I’d ever been that cold in my whole life. The tide was pretty strong and I was nearly swept away by the waves. But the team was great, and thanks to them, I remember it as a tough but really good experience.

How was it working with Leslie? (check out our interview with Leslie Simpson and director Andrew Barker)

Leslie’s wonderful. He’s very intense, almost in a Crispin Glover kind of way – I’m saying almost, because I think Les is much more versatile. By then we already knew each other pretty well, too; we met on the set of Doomsday, and we’d already worked together on a great little short film, I Love You, by Tristan Versluis.

What are you most excited about for the future?

Seeing the Ghost feature I mentioned get made. Developing more of my own projects, and working with talented filmmakers – I’ve got a few projects lined up I’m excited about. I’m also working on two short films: one I’ll be directing myself, and the other Neil will direct.

Right, we usually wrap up with our quickfire questions, so here we go!

What’s your favourite horror film?

David Cronenberg’s The Fly.

What is the coolest film death of all time?

Mmh, that’s a tough one. Dr Hill’s death in Re-Animator? Recently there’s been quite a few good ones in The Crazies and Zombieland, too! And wait until you see Centurion…

If you had to be killed by a movie monster, what would it be?

Freddy Krueger. He’s one of my earliest horror movie memories, so I’ve always had a soft spot for Freddy,

And what would be your final words? 

Thanks for your time!

It Lives Again! Horror Movies in the New Millennium – Amazon.co.uk

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Centurion – The opening scene of Neil Marshall’s bloody epic has been seen

Posted by LiveFor on March 2, 2010

Neil Marshall brought us Dog Soldiers, modern horror classic The Descent as well as Doomsday and in his latest outing he attempts to bring to life the legend of The Ninth Legion in Centurion.

The fate of the Legion is a hotly contested subject among historians, the 4000 strong army marched in to Scotland from Hadrians Wall in 117 AD, only to disappear and never be heard from again.

Boasting an impressive cast including Michael Fassbender, Dominic West, Olga Kurylenko, David Morrissey and Noel Clarke, the story follows the Legion as they attempt to hunt down and kill the vicious Picts along with their leader, Gorlacon. We posted the trailer a few weeks back here on LFF, but we also managed to catch a sneak peek at Frightfest last weekend and it looks pretty damn awesome! Marshall himself introduced the first five minutes or so, admitting he didn’t stray too far from the myth as the real story is much less interesting.

It opened with a hand tied and shoeless Fassbender sprinting barefooted through the deep snow before the opening battle. As you would expect from Marshall it is bloody and beautiful as the Picts crush the skulls of their foes with an assortment of gigantic weapons while an archer firing a flaming arrow into the cranium of a Roman trying to make an escape drew loud cheers from the crowd in attendance. Marshall confessed that it may be his favourite kill from any of his films along with the body being run over in Doomdsday. The scene ends with Fassbender being spared his life but is taken hostage by the Picts before a savage head butt knocks him unconscious.

After the clip, a few questions followed and it seems the cast didn’t have an easy ride, with the whole thing being filmed during February in the freezing Scottish Highlands. The performance of Dominic West as Ninth Legion leader Gener Virilus is also something to look forward to as according to the director, “appears to be possessed by Oliver Reed” in some scenes. The real highlight was Axelle Carolyn as vicious pict archer, Aeron.

With the latest footage and the trailer, it looks like Marshall will be back to his blood splattering best.

The film hits cinemas April this year. Check out the trailer below and our interview with Marshall regular and Carloyns Straw Man co star Leslie Simpson.

By Richard Bodsworth.

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Centurion – Poster for Neil Marshall’s Roman Kick-Ass film

Posted by LiveFor on February 13, 2010

Based on the legend of the Ninth Legion, an army of 3000 unstoppable Roman warriors who vanished without trace, Centurion is the tale of their vicious conflict with a murderous adversary, the Picts. Quintus Dias (Michael Fassbender), a Roman corporal, is taken hostage by the Pict King, Gorlacon and the Ninth are charged with bringing him home and ending Pict domination of Britain. Led by General Virilus (Dominic West) and guided by a Pict prisoner and warrior woman named Etain (Olga Kurylenko), the army marches towards enemy territory and finds itself in the midst of a perilous battle with a mysterious foe.

Check out the trailer.

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Neil Marshall’s Centurion – Trailer. Unleash Awesome

Posted by LiveFor on February 12, 2010

Written and directed by Neil Marshall (Doomsday, The Descent, Dog Soldiers), the film stars Michael Fassbender, Dominic West, Olga Kurylenko, Liam Cunningham.
The movie speculates on the fate of Rome’s reputedly ‘lost’ Ninth Legion, who in this take are north of Hadrian’s Wall, engaged in a bloody battle and facing a bit of trouble getting out of hostile Pict country.

Looks like some more great action from Mr Marshall. Someone get him the rights to David Gemmell’s Legend. Now that would be cool.

What do you think about the Centurion trailer?

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Knockout – Tatum and Banderas joining Soderbergh’s action film

Posted by LiveFor on January 11, 2010

A few days ago news surfaced that Michael Douglas, Dennis Quaid, Ewan McGregor and Michael Fassbender (“Inglourious Basterds,” “Hunger”) had all joined the cast of Steven Soderbergh’s spy thriller, Knockout. That’s the one that stars Mixed Martial Arts champion Gina Carano in the lead.

Now The Playlist have some more casting news. Channing Tatum (G.I. Joe, Public Enemies, Fighting, Step Up) has joined the as one of the elite specialists on Carano’s team named Aaron — a military gearhead-type who’s sent to try and bring her back in once she’s been double-crossed and gone rogue; trying to figure out who exactly is setting her up. However, this will supposedly be just a small role.
Antonio Banderas (Desperado) is also in talks to join the cast playing the head of a Black-ops European unit.

It also turns out that Dennis Quaid will play Carano’s father.

Long time Soderberg collaborator, David Holmes will be writing the score for the film.

Soderbergh is currently location scouting and will now be primarily shot in Barcelona, Dublin and New Mexico. The picture is set to start shooting in February and Lionsgate hopes to have the film in theaters for August.
This sounds like it could be an excellent action film, full of intrigue, double crossing and lots of fighting. Plus Soderbergh should bring something quite different to the look of an action film.

Definitely one to keep an eye on.

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Knockout – Casting news for Soderbergh’s female spy film

Posted by LiveFor on January 8, 2010

Back in September last year Steven Soderbergh said he would next direct Knockout, a spy thriller marking the screen starring debut of Gina Carano, the mixed martial arts circuit fighter

Now news is out from various sources of who else will be starring in the film and there are some mightly big names there.

Michael Fassbender (Fish Tank, Inglourious Basterds, Hunger) is down to play an MI6 operative that meets up with the lead character. In addition Ewan McGregor, Dennis Quaid and Michael Douglas are also joining up.

The plot has also changed a little and is now a revenge story where Mallory Kane (Carano), now from a solid background and was raised around military honor and academia, is now a black ops soldier. She is double crossed by someone on her own team and must uncover who set her up to take the fall for a job gone wrong, leaving blood on her hands.

The new cast members surrounding Carano will all be a part of her special forces team. Douglas will play a government figure. Fassbender and another unnamed actor play members of her commando spy unit and McGregor will be playing a man who runs a Blackwater-type private military company that Carano’s character is employed with. No word on what character Dennis Quaid will be playing.

Written by Lem Dobbs. The movie is scheduled to go before cameras in February in several locations around the world.

Shaping up to be a great cast and possibly a great movie. All depends on how well Carano can act.

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Fish Tank – Trailer

Posted by LiveFor on December 13, 2009

Fish Tank is the story of Mia (Katie Jarvis), a volatile 15-year-old, who is always in trouble and who has become excluded from school and ostracized by her friends. One hot summer’s day her mother (Kierston Wareing) brings home a mysterious stranger called Connor (Michael Fassbender) who promises to change everything and bring love into all their lives.

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This is Andrea Arnold’s first feature, but she did do a cracking short film starring eternal cockney, Danny Dyer called Wasp.

Wasp is a short film (26 minutes) written and directed by Andrea Arnold. Released in 2003, it stars Nathalie Press as a struggling single mother determined not to let her four young children prove an obstacle in the pursuit of rekindling a relationship with an old ex-boyfriend Danny Dyer.

Part one is below and thanks to Pat for sending me the link.

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Blood Creek – Trailer for Joel Shumacher’s Nazi horror

Posted by LiveFor on November 30, 2009

Evan Marshall’s life has stalled at 25 years old. Left without answers after his older brother Victor’s disappearance from a camping trip near Town Creek, Maryland, he has tried to move on. But when Victor returns one night, very much alive and having escaped his captors, Evan asks no questions. At his brother’s request, he loads their rifles, packs up their boat and follows him back to Town Creek on a mission of revenge that will test them in every possible way.

This supernatural revenge tale that stars Dominic Purcell, Henry Cavill, Michael Fassbender and Emma Booth.

The film is out on 19th January 2010 on DVD

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Jane Eyre – Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender may star in Sin nombre director’s next film

Posted by LiveFor on November 20, 2009

Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender are currently in negotiations to star in “Sin nombre” Cary Fukunaga’s (Sin nombre) adaptation of Charlotte Bronte’s classic novel, Jane Eyre.

The film is to be a period piece but will play up the gothic elements of the story about Jane (Wasikowska), a demure governess who discovers her surly employer Rochester (Fassbender) is harboring a dark secret.

Wasikowska will next be seen as Alice alongside Johnny Depp in Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland, which Disney is releasing next year. The actress is also going to be in Gus Van Sant’s untitled project for producers Bryce Dallas Howard and Imagine’s Ron Howard and Brian Grazer.

I don’t think I have actually seen her in anything yet so not sure how good an actress she is. Ellen Page (Juno, Inception) was originally down to play Jane, but has since left the project.

Fassbender previously appeared in Steve McQueen’s Hunger, Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds and Andrea Arnold’s Fish Tank.

He will next be seen in Neil Marshall’s Roman action film Centurion and Warner Bros. comic book western Jonah Hex opposite Josh Brolin and Megan Fox.

Fassbender is a totally solid actor. He was spot on as Basterd and just seems to be going from strength to strength which each new film. I have no doubt he will make a splendid Rochester.

I am just really curious to see what Fukunaga will do with this classic tale. Shooting is due to start next year.

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