Catherine Hardwicke

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Though most of us first met Emily Browning as the cute young lady in the family-friendly Lemony Snicket movie, in more recent years she’s grown up quite a bit, and has now become known for taking edgier, more adult roles. That’s a nice way of saying that she got hot, real hot, and she’s been taking advantage of her hotness by starring in sex-soaked exploitation fare like Sucker Punch and Sleeping Beauty. Like chocolate and peanut butter, Emily Browning and sexual overtones just seem to go together well, so the actress looks to be keeping the ball rolling with her next film, Plush, which sees her starring as a sexy young rock star who’s being seduced over to the dark side by a swarthy lothario. Already we’ve seen a red band teaser for the film that was little more than a bunch of sexy imagery set to a song, but now a full trailer for the film has been released, and it’s one that gives us a better look at the story that Plush is going to tell alongside all its titillation. What we’ve got here is some good, old-fashioned stalker horror that seems like it would look appropriate sitting on a shelf next to early 90s fare like Poison Ivy and The Crush. Enjoy.

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Plush

It seems fitting that the teaser trailer for the story of a deeply troubled rock star is fashioned in the style of a music video more than anything else. But though young Hayley’s living her own personal episode of Behind the Music in Catherine Hardwicke‘s Plush, her story at least deserves a trailer with some dialogue. Hayley (Emily Browning) is a rising rock star who swiftly dives off the deep end when her brother and bandmate overdoses. But while she’s in the midst of her downward spiral of drugs, booze, bad bleach jobs, and sex (Did you get that she’s sexual? They really want you to understand that she’s sexual), she finds inspiration and friendship (the sex kind) in the guitarist hired to replace her brother (Xavier Samuel). Check out the trailer for yourself here:

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If you don’t know who Alice Guy-Blache was, don’t worry. Not even most film studies graduates have heard of her. But they and you and everyone else should learn about this pioneering filmmaker, who is too often left out of the film history books, and fortunately now there’s a documentary in the works to help educate us. This feature film is titled Be Natural, and it already has some major support in the form of executive producer Robert Redford, narrator Jodie Foster and a whole ton of famous faces recruited to talk about what they know (and don’t know) about the first female motion picture director, including Redford, Diablo Cody, Catherine Hardwicke, Julie Taymor, Julie Delpy, Peter Billingsley, Jon Chu, Kevin Macdonald, Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Ben Kingsley. But the doc, which is being helmed by Pamela B. Green and Jarik Van Sluijs (title credits producers/designers for numerous movies, including three of Redford’s own — see their reel here), is in need of additional funding. So it’s up on Kickstarter with a goal of $200K. The money will go to many things, including further research around the world and the discovery and accumulation of old film clips, much of which requires preservation, plus special effects. Yes, special effects, to achieve this: “The film will boast 2D and 3D CGI recreations of the locations, technologies, objects, and settings of Alice’s story.” How awesome will it be for computer animations that put us back at the turn of the 20th century virtually watching […]

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Over the past few years Catherine Hardwicke has become known as something of a hack director, seeing as she’s mostly spent her time churning out a couple of crappy, teenage monster romances in Twilight and Red Riding Hood. But don’t forget that she broke into the business with the indie film Thirteen, which turned a lot of heads and wasn’t anywhere near as poor in quality as her big studio efforts. She does have the potential for more. And it’s looking like, with her next film, she’s going to be trying to get back to things that she’s more interested in as an artist. Recently, when speaking to Collider, Hardwicke made mention of her next project by saying, “It’s in Sweden and Germany, and it’s really wild. I can’t quite talk about it, but we’ll probably do the announcement in a couple of weeks.  It’s a very fun, very crazy story that goes back to more of my Thirteen days. It’s more indie, raw and gritty, and it’s a true story.”

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What is Movie News After Dark? It’s waiting to watch the latest episode of Community because it promised its girlfriend it would. And that’s really hard to do, because that show’s really good. Also, Josh Holloway from Lost guest stars in the two-part season finale. How can that be resisted by the world’s most interesting nightly movie news linkdump? Must… hold… on… Must… do… the news… Quentin Tarantino went big when he cast Brad Pitt as his lead in Inglorious Basterds. So to see him considering Will Smith as the titular character, a freed slave trained by a German bounty hunter that sets out on a quest to save his wife from a head slave, is an act of pure bravado — he’ll just go get anyone he effing pleases to star in his movies, won’t he? And if that wasn’t enough to blow your mind, consider this: Christoph Waltz is said to be circling the role of the German trainer, with Samuel L. Jackson in consideration as the bad guy. That’s potentially a perfect storm of awesome, so we’ll see.

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This week, Fat Guy Kevin Carr finds himself behind enemy lines in Los Angeles. At first, he thought he was the victim of an alien invasion, but then he realized he was just in South Central wearing the wrong colors. Fortunately, Aaron Eckhart came to his rescue. This gave him a chance to put on a red cloak and skip through the woods, searching for Amanda Seyfried. He then capped off the week sneaking on a NASA flight to Mars wearing only boxer shorts, a T-shirt and a space helmet. He plans to return soon because that kind of makeshift space suit worked for the folks in Mars Needs Moms. Don’t wait up, though.

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Upon hearing it for the first time when I was 7, I didn’t notice anything about Little Red Riding Hood sticking out as overtly sexy. Of course, after seeing the Looney Tunes version with the howling wolf and finding out what an “Old Woodsman” is, my vision of the story changed slightly. Now, director Catherine Hardwicke is challenging that view even further by stuffing as much sexual tension as possible into the trailer for Red Riding Hood. You had no idea that the little girl on her way to grandma’s house just needed a European-style synth track behind her, did you? I’ll never see “Into the Woods” the same way again. [Apple]

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This week, on a very special episode of Reject Radio, Black Dynamite director Scott Sanders schools us in Blaxploitation, takes us to slave island, and demonstrates the Tri-Cock live on the air. Except for you, because you’re not listening to it live.

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Catherine Hardwicke is looking to direct a new movie about werewolves and Little Red Riding Hood. Amanda Seyfried may star. So what does this have to do with Twilight, again?

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Uber sex-columnist Bethany Perryman takes a break from her usual assortment of tranny-loving, fetish-having columns and commands your attention to talk about something very important: a little girl-on-girl… er, girl-on-film.

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Everyone prepare to rise from the wasteland that you call your life and step into the glorious Promised Land of Reject Radio. It’s the first episode, and like any first time, there’s a little pinch, a nervous excitement, and you have trouble walking afterward. Was it good for you?

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The young actor wants to tackle the most famous theater role of all time with the director of Twilight at the helm. Good idea or bad idea? Methinks they doth protest too little.

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Word is getting around this evening that Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke has been cut loose from the franchise.

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This movie was so close to being fantastic that it’s even more frustrating just how cringe-worthily awful it is.

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Kevin Carr looks at Bolt and Twilight, in theaters this week with the FSR Report Card.

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There are certain things that I believe we’ve come to expect from vampire movies — they are either brutal and violent or sexy and glamorous, or both. Twilight is neither.

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One of the most anticipated films of the Holiday movie season, Twilight, opens up this Friday, and the fanatics are already beginning to line up for the premiere on Tuesday.

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For those of you looking forward to Twilight, Trailer Addict has posted fifteen minutes of B-Roll footage that includes several dialogue snippets as well as some stunt work.

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Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson in Twilight

As promised, last night saw the release of the second full-length trailer for the upcoming teen vampire drama Twilight. But as was not expected, the trailer was actually very good.

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Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson in Twilight

We’ve just received some info from Summit Entertainment that might be of interest to Twilight fans — as in, today will bring some new photos and a new trailer.

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