Russian trailer for American Heist with Hayden Christensen, Adrien Brody.
American Heist with Hayden Christensen, Adrien Brody, Jordana Brewster, Akon and Tory Kittles will have it's Russian premiere January 22, 2015.
American Heist was also supposed to debut in the US at the New Orleans Film Festival on October 22, 2014 but the festival site is showing the screening as cancelled. No further information is available.
Update: I received a reply from the New Orleans Film Society on Facebook today. While the ticket cart was still active on American Heist, the movie has indeed be cancelled and replaced in the program and the site was being updated today to reflect the changes.
Hayden Christensen in the October 2014 issue of Esquire China
Thanks to Crysania from Hayden-C China for sending Esquire (China) Magazine scans with Hayden which I cropped, edited and added to the gallery late last night. Phew! There is a rather long article and I will post the translation soon. For now enjoy the scans.
Hayden Christensen Outcast Beijing Premiere
The China press junket for Hayden's latest movie Outcast started off with a bang in Bejing on September 22. Red carpet appearances with the cast and the traditional egg breaking ceremony at the end signaled the start of some very exciting promotion to take place in some of China's most beautiful cities. Hayden was in attendance for the week with appearances and Outcast screenings in Beijing, Guangzhou, Chengdu and finally in Shanghai the day before Outcast was due to be released in theaters nationwide on September 26. Unfortunately, what started off with a bang seemed to end in a wimper and a lot of disappointment for fans who were told that Outcast would be postponed with no further explanation. Arclight Films was also totally caught off guard and was scrambling to find out the reason and if things could be righted.
Outcast is not the first international movie to be postponed in China and certain theories immediately began to make the rounds of media here and abroad. Outcast was to be released during a national holiday season where blockbusters are normally released. Probably similar to films being released around the 4th fo July or Memorial Day in the US. Typically, Chinese films are released at this time and given priority over foreign releases but Outcast is not quite a foreign film production. It is a China, Canadian, French co-production and was filmed in China with a Chinese storyline.
The next theory is that the movie did not pass censor requirements probably for violence and will have to be edited before released. Django Unchained had that problem and was finally released a month after first scheduled. There is another boxoffice season starting between November and December in China and there are a lot of highly anticipated Chinese films being scheduled for release then too so we'll have to see if Outcast fits into the schedule.
We hopefully still have a US release date to look forward to. I love Chinese costume dramas and I love series like Game of Thrones so I think this is something I really want to see. I hope the fans worldwide get a chance to see Outcast. Meanwhile enjoy the latest updated Outcast Press Junket albums which I'll probably be updating forever. No shortage of pics from China sources. LOL
Hayden Christensen and Akon talk about American Heist
The film clip below is part of a longer video you can find on Tribute.ca where Hayden and Akon have a hard time keeping a straight face while telling a story about Akon's first day of filming on American Heist. (Thanks Rosie for the heads up.)
Hayden Christensen in Beijing for Outcast press events and premiere
Hayden along with director Nick Powell, Liu Yifei, Summer Jikejunyi, Andy On and Bill Su were on hand for ceremonies to start press events ahead of the premiere of Outcast in Beijing. The media is enthusiastic about the movie, calling it China's biggest co-production so far. The movie is ranked high on most movie sites in China as well and there seems to be a lot of anticipation. The press conference is currently running a repeat of the live stream of the press event here on Youku. and I've added first photos to the gallery with more to come.
There are a lot of helpers looking out for news to the east and I want to thank Maria (Summer Jikejunyi on Facebook), Meyree, Marcy, Rosie, Karen, Lilith and others for keeping eyes and ears open so we won't be deprived of news.
Here is a new extended behind the scenes video
Hayden Christensen TIFF 2014 Photoshoot
Hayden Christensen's official TIFF 2014 photoshoot has been added to the TIFF Appearances Gallery.
Hayden Christensen Outcast Videos Playlist
Thanks to Summer Jikejunyi on Facebook for sending a link to her Youtube playlist with new Outcast behind the scenes videos. Outcast will premiere in China next week, September 26. Two movie premieres for Hayden in one month! Enjoy the Outcast playlist below.
Distribution for Hayden Christensen's American Heist acquired by Saban Films.
Bill Bromiley's Saban Films had it's eye on American Heist from the start of the Toronto Film Festival. The day after the premiere, Saban Films made a deal for US distribution rights. The Glacier Films crime drama sale was handled through Paradigm and Voltage Pictures. Producers JoJo Ryder, Michael Wexler along with stars Hayden Christensen and Akon and director Sarik Andreasyan were on hand to celebrate the film during it's red carpet premiere and after party in Toronto. Glacier Films' Vladimir Poliakov with Tove Christensen were just at Cannes to announce a $100 million fund to gear up a production slate.
““We were eager to see ‘American Heist’ coming into Toronto and the film lived up to our expectations,” said Saban Films president Bill Bromiley. “It’s just the type of commercial, talent-driven film we are looking for at Saban.””
Hayden Christensen talks about American Heist at ET's TIFF Central.
Hayden dropped by ET Canada's TIFF Central with Akon on September 11th to talk about their latest movie American Heist. ET Canada's videos are Geoblocked so we only have a short video of the interview but there is also a brief article with photos posted below. More pictures in the TIFF Gallery.
“On Thursday, Vancouver-native and American Heist star Hayden Christensen talked about his chemistry with Adrian Brody during his visit to the lounge.
“You know it was just a lot of time spent together and trying to organically develop that relationship, and we really did become friends,” he shared.
Speaking of organic relationships, Christensen and fiancée Rachel Bilson are weeks away from welcoming their first child. The actor opened up about the new family member to ET Canada and gushed about this upcoming new phase of his life. “I’m very excited. We're both very excited, Rachel and I, so it's a happy time,” he said.”
“ “American Heist” stars, Hayden Christensen and Akon, visit ET Canada Festival Central to chat about their new TIFF crime thriller, which also stars Adrien Brody. ”
Hayden Christensen Blushes: Akon makes his "American Heist" co-star Hayden Christensen blush when the conversation turns to baby talk. Hayen is expecting his first child with Rachel Bilson.
Hayden Christensen arrives and signs autographs for the American Heist Premiere at TIFF.
Hayden signed autographs for fans outside the Princess of Wales Theater just after arriving with his family for the premiere of American Heist at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 11th. One article reported a "crush of fans" as Hayden stepped out of his car and seemed slightly overwhelmed at the sight. The Brampton Guardian added it was one of the biggest reactions from a crowd of fans at a movie premiere during the festival. It was clearly a hometown welcome for the Toronto native and international fan favorite.
Hayden, Akon, director Sarik Andreasyan with producers Tove Christensen, JoJo Ryder and MIchael Wexler posed for pictures on the American Heist red carpet before going into the theater to introduce the film.
Hayden Christensen Departs LAX to attend American Heist Premiere at TIFF.
Hayden flew out of LAX on Tuesday to attend the Toronto International Film Festival where his latest film will premiere tonight (9/11/2014) at the Princess of Wales Theater at 7:00 p.m. An after party for cast, crew and guests will take place at Cube Nightclub and sponsored by Citizen. More pictures in the "New" Gallery
New Outcast Movie Posters with Hayden Christensen, Nicolas Cage, Liu Yifei
New Outcast movie posters have been added to the gallery featuring the cast and one character poster with Nicolas Cage. Check out the extra large movie posters in the gallery. Oucast Movie Posters Gallery
New Outcast stills with Hayden Christensen and Liu Yifei.
Outcast movie stills were released yesterday in part as celebration of Liu Yifei's birthday on August 25th. The new stills feature Hayden, Liu Yifei, Bill Su and Coco Wang and Andy On. More extra large movie stills in the gallery. Oucast Movie Stills Gallery 3
TIFF plans early first look screenings including American Heist.
Screendaily is reporting that early first look screenings are being planned for the first weekend of TIFF for distributors and their reps who may not be at the festival during the second week when many anticipated film premieres will take place. It is not confirmed but Screendaily has listed a large number of films with first look screenings including American Heist that will take place on Monday September 8.
“However the reality of Toronto’s packed public and industry screening schedule is that buyers will be able to see most if not all must-see acquisition titles in the first five days, hence the expected departure of many movers and shakers in the acquisitions world by mid-week.”
Nick Powell, Hayden Christensen and Nicolas Cage add action to Outcast.
The action is sure to please fans in Outcast under Nick Powell's direction in some great sword and action sequences with Hayden and Nicolas Cage in the upcoming film to be released in China 9/26/2014 and in the US 2/27/2015.
Outcast may be his first feature film as director but Nick Powell is internationally recognized for his stunt choreography and second unit direction in films like Braveheart, Gladiator and The Bourne Identity, winning some impressive award titles along the way. Take a look at this stunt reel for an entertaining look at his accomplishments.
With his long resume as a Stunt Coordinator, Nick Powell began as a fan of Asian action movies and cinema as a teen, spending hours in the cinema gaining appreciation of the films of various directors as well as Asian actors. He studied and trained as an actor in the UK before becoming a stunt man and then stunt coordinator and has trained and written choreography for the likes of Mel Gibosn, Tom Cruise, Russell Crowe and Matt Damon.
Hayden went to China a couple of months before Outcast filming began to train for his role which included sword and martial arts training. As Arken, a Knight from the 12th century Crusades, he abandons the fight to travel East along the Silk Road to seek peace and redemption and ends up in China. There he aids a young heir to the throne and his sister who are fleeing a murderous brother to get to allied generals.
Powell hopes to bring east and west together in the Canadian, French and Chinese co-production for an international audience. Enjoy more HQ movie stills of Director Nick Powell with Hayden Christensen, Nicolas Cage and Liu Yifei on the set of Outcast. Movie Stills Gallery
New Official long HD Outcast trailer with Hayden Christensen and Nicolas Cage
The Official HD long trailer for Outacast has been release. Courtesy of Deadline Hollywood on Youtube.
TIFF in-depth synopsis for American Heist with Hayden Christensen and Adrien Brody.
TIFF has added an expanded American Heist synopsis and review with more interesting highlights from Jane Schoettle, TIFF's Special Presentation programmer. Be sure to read all the new updates for american Heist at the TIFF link below. A biography of director Sarik Andreasyan has also been added.
“This criminal collaboration between the two brothers — and some other very smart, very bad men — leads to several of the most inventive and explosive action sequences to be found in a film this fall. But despite the off-the-charts levels of excitement and suspense, the film's true heart is the relationship between James and Frankie: bonded by a difficult childhood, but separated by their subsequent experience and vastly different moral wiring. Christensen's and Brody's deeply considered performances, evidencing a lifetime's worth of bad blood, bitterness, and love, elevate this already compelling crime story to near-mythological proportions.”
TIFF Scheduled Screenings for American Heist starring Hayden Christensen and Adrien Brody.
TIFF screening schedule and ticket information has been posted.
American Heist with Hayden Christensen, Adrien Brody, Jordana Brewster and Akon will screen on the following dates:
“Thu, Sep 11, 7:00 pm, Princess of Wales Theater
Fri, Sep 12, 12:00 pm, Ryerson Ryerson Theatre
Sat, Sep 13, 5:30 pm, Scotiabank Theatre”
Hayden Christensen and Adrien Brody TIFF Special Presentation performances.
Jane Schoettle's, Tiff programmer, highlights American Heist with Hayden Christensen and Adrien Brody from the Special Presentation list of films.
Adrien Brody, Hayden Christenson as bonded, combative brothers --emotional with a super action packed third act. http://t.co/xBHIVbeDEx— Jane Schoettle (@jane_tiff) August 19, 2014
Hayden Christensen among stars coming to TIFF
TIFF's weekly Tuesday updates included the list of stars and filmmakers who will be coming to Toronto for the annual Toronto Film Festival. TIFF also has an official Pinterest site with pictures of all the guests who are attending including Hayden's picture with the caption "Hayden Christensen stars in TIFF14 Special Presenation American Heist". American Heist Director Sarik Andreasyan is also coming to TIFF and so is Jordana Brewster. The Festival runs from September 4 - September 14. Source: TIFF Pinterest
Outcast Stills with Hayden Christensen, Nicolas Cage Liu Yifei and Jike Junyi
More Outcast movie stills have been released. A few more stills of Nicolas Cage and Jike Junyi's characters along with more of Hayden, Liu Yifei and Andy On sporting a nice scar . Images below and in the gallery.
Hayden Christensen's ice bucket challenge.
In the words of a twitter friend, "Hayden did the #IceBucketChallenge before it was cool." It happened a year ago on the set of Outcast in China. The cast and crew were roughing it a bit while shooting in the Beijing and Yunnan countryside for some of the location filming. During filming, Hayden did a little method acting and decided to pour a bucket of ice water over his head to feel his character's misery. Outcast Movie on Weibo posted the picture on 8/18/2014 making it a challenge to the Outcast actors. Andy On? Liu Yifei? Jike Junyi?
“...[Google Translate] Liu Yifei: Hayden is a gentleman. He works very hard and is hard on himself. Once on the set he deliberately experienced the cold to feel the pain of his character.
Liu Yifei: I remember once he took a cold bucket of ice and I said to myself, I did not understand but he said he wanted the state [of his character].
NetEase new media: He really freeze himself? Why did he do this?
Liu Yifei: He felt this way more miserable, more able to feel the painful condition.....”
Outcast 30 second trailer with Hayden Christensen and Nicolas Cage
A second trailer was posted by Sina news. The Outcast trailer is a 30 second spot with a few additional scenes that are not in the longer trailer. I've added it to Youtube. Outcast starring Nicolas Cage, Hayden Christensen, Liu Yifei and Andy On is coming soon to China in September and the US in February 2015.
Outcast Official Trailer with Hayden Christensen and Nicolas Cage
I've added the the first Outcast trailer to Youtube in case anyone has problems viewing the one from Mtime. Outcast with Nicolas Cage, Hayden Christensen, Liu Yifei and Andy On is a Chinese, French and Canadian co-production and will be released in 3D in China on September 26, 2014 and next year in the US on February 27, 2015.
Outcast Movie Stills released with Hayden Christensen and Nicolas Cage
More HQ Outcast movie stills were released today to go with the new official trailer that came out yesterday and have been added to Gallery. Outcast will be in theaters in China in 3D, September 26, 2014 and in the US February 27, 2015.Visit the Gallery.
Full HD Shanghai Film Festival Outcast Trailer with Hayden Christensen and Nicolas Cage!
The official trailer first shown at the Shanghai International Film Festival is now online in China and in HD features Hayden Christensen, Nicolas Cage, Liu Yifei and Andy On. A great find by Marcy from Sweetest Adoration website. Be patient. The video may take awhile to load. Source: MTime China
Sarik Andreasyan puts aside comedy for crime in American Heist with Hayden Christensen and Adrien Brody.
[Google Translate] Summary - American Heist Director Sarik Andreasyan recently gave an interview to AIF.ru and gave the history of how he came to Hollywood and made his first movie in America. American Heist was filmed in New Orleans a year ago and will soon make its' world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival. This is the first film by a Russian director to be shown in one of the main film categories at the festival.
The US/Russian co-production from Glacier Films finished post production in late May and according to Andreasyan the forms were filled out and sent in early July to the TIFF committee for consideration. The selection committee sent a reply saying they were impressed with the film and the work of its' director and cast Adrien Brody and Hayden Christensen but he says they had to wait a few more days to get confirmation that American Heist had been selected for the "Special Presentations" program of the festival.
Sarik Andreasyan first met Hayden and Tove Christensen in a meeting arranged by friends a few years ago in New York. He gave Hayden some of his Russian movies to watch and a few days later Hayden contacted Sarik saying he liked the way he made his films and he wouldn't mind working together and they began the search for the right project and shared a lot of ideas. Since it was his first film in the US, the director listened to his actors and observed the differences in filming in the US and Russia.
“...[Google Translate] Filming lasted two months in New Orleans. Long days and very hot. "I never saw flying roaches but in Louisiana I saw everything".
But I saw that the same professionals and we have in our country, but how the actors - it's a whole different level. I've never seen Brody or Hayden go to the site with a script in hand, although some scenes were 7 pages - and never look at the paper! And Adrian requested that the camera keep rolling some double takes in a row, with a break for five seconds, until, until I spoke "I'm happy". I looked at it hard work, and it fascinated me. And never got indignant....”