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NEWS ARCHIVES - MARCH 2007



March 31, 2007 - The New Hyperspace - "Hyperspace has certainly gone through its phases over the years but being an Official Star Wars Fan Club Member is now more beneficial as well as more affordable for fans. Starting this year Lucasfilm has dropped the combo 1-2 punch of Hyperspace being bundled with the Star Wars Insider. Hyperspace is now available for only $14.95 a year!" Get more info at Hyperspace

March 27, 2007 - Celebration IV Collectible Program Book - "Star Wars Celebration IV will pack endless memories into five full days and nights over this coming Memorial Day Weekend. To help fans remember all the amazing things that they do over the course of the weekend, and to let them read about all the things they couldn't get to, Gen Con LLC and Lucasfilm Ltd. are creating a beautiful, full-color souvenir program book. The program is slated to sell for $5 in the Celebration Store, and will be available throughout the show, while supplies last." Read more at StarWars.com

March 31, 2007 - DAWSON honors drama school promise to director - "Actress ROSARIO DAWSON has kept a promise to an old drama school friend - by starring in her first film about a date rape victim. Dawson also signed on to produce TALIA LUGACY's hard-hitting movie, DESCENT, which has become one of the year's must-see independent films. The SIN CITY star first started working on the project a decade ago when she and Lugacy were pals at acting school the Lee Strasberg Institute, where HAYDEN CHRISTENSEN and SCARLETT JOHANNSSON were also students." PR Inside

March 30, 2007 - Madison Kid - In Wisconsin, a fight over lights, cameras, legislative action - "MADISON, WIS. ó When a Hollywood production team began scouting locations for a film about poker star Phil Hellmuth, one of the first stops they made was to the land of Cheeseheads.

But where to film the story of Hellmuth's youth and rise to success has sparked a fight among state legislators. At the root of the debate is a measure passed last spring that, starting Jan. 1, 2008, gives filmmakers a tax credit and other incentives for setting up shop here. The problem is that Los Angeles-based Beacon Pictures reportedly plans to start rolling film on the $10-million movie by this summer."

Read the rest of the article at the LA Times

March 29, 2007 - Star Wars - In celebration of the 30th anniversary of Star Wars, the United States Postal Service announces a new stamp pane featuring 15 stamps representing the Star Wars saga. You can also vote for your favorite stamp with the winning stamp becoming a stamp sheet. You can view all 15 stamps at the United States Postal Service Star Wars page

March 29, 2007 - ETalk - The latest videos of Hayden's ETalk interview are up on You Tube. Thanks to everyone who put them up! Various Souces

March 27, 2007 - ETalk - "We're enroute with Hayden Christensen!" - Hayden sits down with Etalk for an interview featured on today's program. Check your local listings (Canada) and the Etalk website for more details. ETalk

March 26, 2007 - Awake - Joby Harold, who wrote and directed the Weinstein Company thriller "Awake" starrring Hayden Christensen and Jessica Alba, is to pen the next script for "300" helmer Zack Snyder. Snyder might not direct but is working to produce "Army of the Dead", a zombie horror flick, through his own production company for Warner Bros. Source

March 22, 2007 - Shattered Glass - "Director Billy Ray has twice shown us hints and clues of the interior life of a perpetual liar, first in Shattered Glass and then in Breach. Both were riveting, and both central performances (Hayden Christensen and Chris Cooper, respectively, both doing some of their best work) knew exactly how to walk the line between repellent and fascinating. You rooted for them, then hated them, then went back to feeling their impending sense of doom. Itís not that Malkovich isnít up to the job. Itís that Anthony Frewinís script isnít. And while Rayís work and Colour Me Kubrick may ultimately be getting at different things, the formerís strengths only highlight the latterís weaknesses." Read more at Pop Syndicate and click to read Hayden's 2003 Shattered Glass interview: Featured Interview

March 22, 2007 - Well, it looks like E!'s Daily 10 report that Jumper finished filming week before last was wrong. More filming seems to be taking place in California. Just Jared has photos of Hayden on the set and says they were taken Tuesday of this week in LA. Filming for Jumper with Hayden, Rachel Bilson, Samuel L. Jackson, Diane Lane and Jamie Bell began last August in Toronto, Egypt, Rome, Tokyo, New York, Michigan with others locations in Mexico and Paris.

March 20, 2007 - Awake - Box Office Mojo has listed the release date for Germany as November 25, 2007 which is different from IMDB's German release date of November 15, 2007. We'll have to wait to see how this sorts out.

March 20, 2007 - Factory Girl - "Two of Edie's major relationships are covered in the film - her close but troubled friendship with Andy Warhol (Guy Pearce) and her brief, intense romance with musician Billy Quinn, played by Hayden Christensen." Read the review at News Shopper

March 20, 2007 - Factory Girl - Sienna Miller Interview - "And can you talk about your experiences working with Hayden [Christensen]?* Hayden is a brilliant actor and again like Guy he really threw himself into the role. Everyone did and everyone worked really hard. I think that we all just felt we had a responsibility to do the film justice and that we were playing real people and with that obviously comes responsibility and so I feel everyone really worked their hardest. We had fun too." Read more at Indie London UK

March 20, 2007 - Factory Girl Poster Winner - Dimitri LaBarge may be a Web programmer by day, but at night he pursues his dream of one day becoming a filmmaker......LaBarge recently took a step in the right direction by entering a poster design contest for the movie Factory Girl......For winning the contest, LaBarge was treated to a private screening of the film with 25 of his closest friends and family at the Regal Green Hills 16.....He also was given a full-size print of his poster autographed by the cast, which includes Sienna Miller, Guy Pearce and Hayden Christensen, and a promotion for the poster on the film's official Web site. Read more Tennessean

March 20, 2007 - Madison Kid - STAR WARS STAR TO SHOOT IN 'PEG? - "Rumours are swirling that Star Wars cutie Hayden Christiansen will be in town next month to shoot a biopic based on the life of Wisconsin "Poker Brat" Phil Hellmuth, the youngest ever winner of the World Series of Poker. Titled The Madison Kid, the flick was written by Hellmuth's real-life pal Bob Soderstrom and is the source of some angst for tourism-types in Wisconsin, according to papers there. Producers had hoped the movie would be shot in Madison but with no tax incentives in place, the Winnipeg package "pretty much blows us out of the water," according to VISIT Milwaukee spokesman David Fantle (as quoted in Greater Milwaukee Today). After defeating two-time champ Johnny Chan in 1989, Hellmuth went on to win nine more World Champion bracelets, with total winnings (as of 2006) estimated at $8.75 million." Source

March 18, 2007 - Istanbul International Film Festival Website - "Films that meet the world of arts and the artists with the seventh art, or reflect the works of literature to the silver screen will compete for the Golden Tulip. The International Competition jury this year is presided over by director Michael Radford."

Factory Girl - International Competition - Among the thirteen films competing for the "Golden Tulip" Award in 2007 are George Hickenlooper's Factory Girl starring Sienna Miller, Guy Pearce and Hayden Christensen and Joachim Trier's Reprise.

"This star-studded drama with an imaginative visual style and lots of Glam Rock music unfolds the comet-like rise and fall of 60s ďit girlĒ Edie Sedgwick, the blazing superstar who came to define both the glamour and the tragedy of our celebrity-obsessed culture. Sedgwick was every young American girlís dream: blue blooded, Harvard educated, wealthy, charismatic and beautiful."

Refresh the Factory Girl movie page for rotating movie stills Factory Girl Istanbul Film Festival

March 18, 2007 - E!'s Celebrity 101 Update - Hayden is currently ranked 44 out of 101 (he was at 68 recently) on the top visited celebrity page on E! Online. The rankings change regularly according to visits to celebrity links listed. Hayden moving up in the rankings could be a result of several fansites and message boards posting the ranking news over the last few days, prompting more visits. Thumbs up! E! Celebrity 101

March 17, 2007 - Poker Brat - "At issue is a soon-to-shoot film called "The Poker Brat," a $10 million production chronicling the life of Madison native and 10-time World Poker Champion Phil Helmuth, Jr. Hayden Christensen, best known for portraying a young Darth Vader in the latter "Star Wars" prequels, is set to star."

"Producers want to shoot the film, slated for production this summer, in Madison, but with no tax incentives in place, the film will shoot in Winnipeg, Canada, Fantle said. Fantle, acting as a liaison between the state and production crews, said he has made every effort to delay an upcoming scouting trip by the producers, but "the clock is ticking." "

"I have been ... holding off every day that I can," he said, "because we know without the incentives, why should they even bother coming? The Winnipeg package, without our incentives, pretty much blows us out of the water." More on Wisconsin film tax credits and the fate of Poker Brat at GM Today

March 17, 2007 - E! The Daily 10 - The Daily 10 showed a photo of Hayden and Rachel Bilson out and about in Los Angeles and mentioned that filming on Jumper wrapped last week.

March 17, 2007 - E! Online - E! Online's Celebrity 101 has ranked Hayden number 68 on it's list of most visited 101 Celebrities. E! Celebrity 101

March 16, 2007 - Star Wars 6 Movie Marathon - "The Star Wars party at Celebration IV in Los Angeles this May just got even better. On Wednesday May 23, fans will have the opportunity to kick-start their Celebration weekend with a U.S. first: a free Star Wars six-movie marathon event." Get all the details atCrave Online

March 16, 2007 - Madison Kid - "There are no guarantees that the state will land movie deals, but several companies are interested, including one that plans to make a film about Madison native and big-time poker player Phil Hellmuth. Without the tax credits, producers say they'll make their film in Canada." More at Journal Sentinel

March 16, 2007 - Still no US release date for "Awake" but IMDB has updated it's International release information adding dates for Turkey (24 August 2007) and Germany (15 November 2007). IMDB Releases

March 15, 2007 - Factory Girl - UK Reviews - Follow the link to read the entire review.

The Sun - Nice movie stills with this review.
"But it all starts to unravel when she turns her sights to rock star Billy Quinn (Hayden Christensen playing Bob Dylan in all but name), who doesnít get Andy. Edie gets lost in the middle of the two menís feud, abandoned by Billy and shunned by Warhol."

The Independent
"Sienna Miller is perfectly fine (and indeed beautiful) as Edie, though the movie edits her so fussily that she's hardly allowed to put together a performance. We get hints of a traumatic family background - two brothers killed in accidents, a tyrannical father who may have abused her - and the story of a stillborn romance with a rock star (Hayden Christensen) who (lawyers insist) is emphatically not Bob Dylan. She also visits a palm-reader, who tells her she will die young, around which clairvoyance the film tries to spin a gossamer of tragedy."

March 15, 2007 - Madison Kid - There might be a title change for the movie from "The Madison Kid" to "The Poker Brat". If this is true, could it also mean that the movie won't be filmed in Madison, Wisconsin as those close to the production had hoped?

The article is here at The Burlingame Daily News:
Phil Hellmuth's Projects
"When I do an interview, I can't remember all the pieces of all the companies that I have. It's crazy. I can't remember all the products I endorse anymore."
"Poker Brat" - the Movie (formerly "The Madison Kid")

March 14, 2007 - As the counter on this site turned over to 10,000 hits, I felt grateful to everyone who has visited the site and found the information useful and fun. Thank you and I hope we're all still here for 10,000 more.

March 14, 2007 - Factory Girl - No, Hayden did not make an appearance at the Factory Girl UK premiere on Tuesday but UK publications are printing and writing their reviews as we speak. The Independent printed this bit of info from director George Hickenlooper:

"Bob Dylan's hissy fit over Sienna Miller's new flick Factory Girl - about the abrupt life of Edie Sedgwick, with whom Dylan is rumoured to have had an affair - was awkward for the film's director George Hickenlooper. Dylan objected to a character played by Hayden Christensen - a singer who "wears a leather coat, uses a harmonica brace and performs solo". Dylan feared the portrayal falsely implied he had contributed to Sedgwick's suicide.

It landed Hickenlooper in the glue, as he's friendly with Dylan's eldest son, a director. "I know his son Jesse well," Hickenlooper told Pandora at the Factory Girl premiere on Tuesday evening. "I haven't spoken to Bob about it and I probably won't. I think he's portrayed favourably in the movie, so I don't know why he's angered." All good publicity. Source

March 14, 2007 - Shattered Glass - Shattered Glass airs on the Independent Film Channel Fri Apr 6 12:55P and Fri Apr 6 06:45P.

March 13, 2007 - Jumper Filming - Hollywood Comes to Newport - " "Mary Ellen and Milt Miron were sitting in their Newport home a couple of weeks ago when they heard a knock. The man at the door, David Rumble, said a famous director wanted to look at their property to see if it could pass as Siberia for a movie he was shooting...."They told us they were just riding around because their plane was delayed and said they were looking for a place to shoot the movie ĎJumper,'" Mrs. Miron said...On March 2, he came back to their house to take pictures of the ice and sent them to Mr. Liman. The next day, a film crew of about 20 people, including actor Hayden Christensen, flew into the area and began filming the Siberia scene for the movie "Jumper." " Read more at Monroe News

March 13, 2007 - Virgin Territory - The Weinstein Company has a web page up for Virgin Territory, nationwide release date scheduled for September 21, 2007. The Weinstein Co. It seems they've settled on a release date.....and a title.

March 13, 2007 - Could it be? Hayden in London for the Factory Girl premiere? We'll have to wait a little while longer to know for sure but one Live Journal poster seems sure she saw Hayden on her flight to London. Live Journal

March 11, 2007 - Website Updates - A 2003 Interview has been added to the "Featured Articles" section on Hayden's role as Stephen Glass in the Billy Ray directed film "Shattered Glass".

Conventions - Links have been added in the top right links section for the official Star Wars Celebration IV and Registration with information on event tickets, travel and guests.

Dates and Events - Bullrun 2007 from Montreal to Key West has been added to the top right links section . Also added are the dates for Star Wars Celebration IV.

Affiliate Fansites - Welcome to Eccentricty (Ewan McGregor), Guy Pearce Fan and Capturing Skeet (Skeet Ulrich)

Web Pages - A link to Higher Ground episode videos has been added to the lower right links section.

March 11, 2007 - Rumors - Keeping it all in the Lucas family - [SHIA] LEBEOUF: `I'M NOT INDIANA JONES JR' - "Of the rumour linking him to the film, LaBeouf tells MTV News, "It's a fun rumour... but I don't have a deal on the table, I haven't signed up for anything. As an actor, you hear those kinds of things all the time. "Before me, they were saying HAYDEN CHRISTENSEN was going to be that guy, and then they were going to have a daughter, who was Natalie Portman. "Wouldn't it be cooler if it was a daughter?" More at Contact Music

March 11, 2007 - Factory Girl - "Perhaps most interesting is the character of Billy Quinn (transparently based on Bob Dylan), who is just as quick to seduce Edie and then abandon her when he has had enough of her frivolous nature.

WHAT'S BAD? The only downside to Factory Girl is that the story of Edie and her drug-ridden flame-out is never quite as interesting as those of the two characters central to her life - Andy Warhol and Billy Quinn." More at The Sunday Mirror

March 10, 2007 - Madison Kid - Time is running out to bring filming of the Phil Hellmuth biopic "The Madison Kid" home to Wisconsin where most of the story takes place. If film tax incentives cannot be approved by the State Legislature in time, the movie will most likely be filmed in Winnipeg, Canada. The movie is said to be scheduled for filming this April or May with Hayden Christensen in the title role. For the latest news on the movie read the article: "Pause button hit on film bill"

March 9, 2007 - International Istanbul Film Festival, March 31 - " Among the films competing for the "Golden Tulip" Award in 2007 are George Hickenlooper's "Factory Girl" starring Sienna Miller, Guy Pearce and Hayden Christensen and Joachim Trier's "Reprise"." Source

March 8, 2007 - A few movie sites have yet again updated the release date for Virgin Territory with Mischa Barton and Hayden Christensen. It has been pushed back from 8-24-07 to 9-21-07. Sources: Box Office Mojo and ComingSoon.net

March 8, 2007 - Fans would love to know if Hayden will attend the UK Factory Girl premiere on Tuesday, 13th March in London. So far, he doesn't seem to be on the list but we'll keep watch just in case.

Factory Girl UK Premiere - LONDON, March 8 /PRNewswire/ - Tuesday, 13th March at Vue Leicester Square. Doors Open: 6.15pm. Film starts: 7.00pm. (approx). Attended by: Sienna Miller & George Hickenlooper (Director).

Other guests include: Richard Armitage, Eva Birthistle, Rob Brydon, Lily Cole, Dominic Cooper, Jamie Daman, Bay Garnett, Peaches Geldof, Pixie Geldof, Tom Hardy, Rachel Hurd Wood, Kira Joliffe, Alex Shulman, Landi Swanpoel, Amelia Troubridge. Francesca Versace, Vivienne Westwood, Matthew Williamson. More at PR NEWSWIRE

March 8, 2007 - The myth of a neat newsroom -- exposed! - "Fewer hot people: Before "Zodiac" started, a trailer ran for the movie "Perfect Stranger," where Halle Berry plays an investigative reporter. In addition to Robert Redford in "All the President's Men," other incredibly beautiful actors depicting newspaper reporters include Julia Roberts ("I Love Trouble") and Hayden Christensen ("Shattered Glass"). In reality, the average journalist is charitably a 4.5 on a scale of 1 to 10. Start your casting with Larry David and Shelley Duvall, and avoid anybody who ever did a guest spot on "Friends." " More fromSF Gate

March 7, 2007 - Jumper on HSX - You can read Project Genome's evaluation of Jumper HERE Project Genome offers insight into movie market values for those who play the stock market game on the Hollywood Stock Exchange. I've even read that the Hollywood suits watch HSX values to judge how a movie might perform at the boxoffice. You can get a free account to play the game at HSX.com. Play the game, support a movie or actor. (You can find a permanent link to HSX.com in the lower right links section of this webpage.)

Poker Night - Believe it or not Poker Night still might have some life left in it even if it might be on life support. At least Project Genome is watching this Hayden Christensen project and HSX still has it listed. Read the evaluation HERE

Hayden's Movies Airing in March

March 7, 2007 - Virgin Suicides - Airs this month on WE Cable network. Sunday, Mar, 11 03:00 AM and 08:00 PM, Thursday, Mar, 15 09:00 PM and 11:00 PM.

March 7, 2007 - Trapped in a Purple Haze - Airing Tue Mar 27 04:18P and also on Wed Mar 28 05:45A on Lifetime Movie Network. (Source TV-Now)

March 7, 2007 - Attack of The Clones and Revenge of the Sith scheduled to air on HBO throughout the month of March. Find the schedule here: TV NOW

March 7, 2007 - Bullrun - "Bullrun 2007 is an Eastern Seaboard classic, from Montreal to Key West, May 11 - May 18. Starting at a secret location in Montreal, the Bullrun will make its way to Key West over seven amazing days and nights. Celebrity drivers include Mario Andretti, Dennis Rodman, Hayden Christensen, Carl Lewis and others. Each year, a different cast of characters participates." More on PR Newswire

March 3, 2007 - Madison Kid - "IN POKER parlance, the effort to get the movie based on poker celebrity and Madison native Phil Hellmuth's life filmed in Wisconsin is coming down to the last card. A last-ditch effort to get the movie here is hung up in a committee in the state Legislature." Read more at The Capital Times

March 2, 2007 - Crash Bandits - At Bauer Martinez Studios, trial and lots of error - "The company signed 'Die Hard's' John McTiernan to direct the $50-million Hayden Christensen action movie 'Crash Bandits' and said it would spend $850,000 for the adult film comedy 'The Amateurs,' starring Jeff Bridges............Other movies faced similar tribulations. Weeks before production was to start, 'Crash Bandits' fell apart, sparking two lawsuits (which were subsequently settled without the terms being disclosed)." More from the Los Angeles Times


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