Jumper topped the box office this weekend, adding fuel to the fire that the combined power of Hayden Christensen and Samuel L. Jackson can propel a movie to do well even if the reviews are bad and there’s no giant all-powerful franchise backing it up. Or, maybe people just like sci-fi tinged action movies starring pretty boys and handsome badasses. Will we ever know?
Did anyone see it? Opinions?
An interesting interview with Hayden Christensen in the Washington Post. Read his theories on why he chooses the roles he does. And, most interesting (yet, not surprising), how George broke it to the actor that Star Wars was not about the actor getting to be creative. (Color me shocked.)
And he still has the padawan braid, by the way.
There are some videos as well as still shots from the teleporting-mutant movie Jumper with Samuel L. Jackson and Hayden Christensen, which comes out in a couple of weeks. Jackson twirls a mean taser! I wonder if he learned that by playing with lightsabers.
2007 must have been good for sci-fi, because the only genre films to get Razzie nods were known crudfests Ghost Rider (Nicolas Cage, Worst Actor,) Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (Jessica Alba, Worst Actress, Worst Screen Couple with three of her co-stars, including Hayden Christiansen for Awake and F4’s Ioan Gruffudd.) and Alien vs. Predator: Requiem (Worst Prequel or Sequel, Worst Excuse for a Horror Movie.) And let’s not forget poor Orlando Bloom (Worst Supporting Actor) in Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End. Cinematical has the full list.
Those looking for something with less pointing and mocking can check out the 9th Annual Golden Tomato Awards, where Harry Potter and Stardust lead the best-reviewed sci-fi films of 2007.
Not much detail, but plenty of pictures for the Hayden-lovers. Fair warning: It’s posted at ohnotheydidnt, Livejournal’s lowest-common-denominator celebrity gossip comm, so don’t read the comments if you value your sanity.
My sanity is already shot, so I read far enough to find that Just Jared also has pictures.
According to AICN, MIT LSC will be holding a free sneak preview of Jumper on Wednesday January 16th. Following the screening, a discussion panel about the film and the the physics of teleportation with star Hayden Christensen, director Doug Liman and physics professors Max Tegmark and Edward Farhi.
JoBlo is reporting that Hayden Christensen has been cast as the lead in the film adaption of William Gibson’s Neuromancer. Could be a smart move for him (contingent on the success of Jumper) assuming they don’t pull a Dark is Rising with the script. And that it’s all not just wishful thinking, of course.
After doing more to make people afraid of surgery than any newspaper scandal in Awake, Hayden Christensen‘s new movie Jumper is trying to get even more buzz going with a new trailer.