Ryan Kwanten

Last year it was Thomas Jane returning as Frank Castle in short film form to show how the character can be done bone-bendingly right. This year, producer Adi Shankar has teamed with none other than Joe Lynch (!) to deliver another solid take on an iconic comic book figure. Ryan Kwanten verbally tap dances his way through Truth in Journalism as Eddie Brock, a reporter with a particular affliction and an ax to grind against your friendly neighborhood hero. With the similar snap of Man Bites Dog, Eddie has allowed a French film crew to document his morbid daily life. In under 14 minutes, they’ve righted the wrongs of Spider-Man 3, and you’ll probably want to stick around after the credits.

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What is Casting Couch? It’s the casting news roundup that’s ready for the weekend. Colin Firth is kind of a sneaky hunk. At first glance he’s pretty handsome, but not the most attractive dude in the world, and then he’s got this charm to him that just grows on you until you’ve scrawled his name on all of your Trapper Keepers. He’s such saucy dish that it looks like he can make even a big name star like Nicole Kidman develop a schoolgirl crush. THR is reporting that she liked playing his wife in the recent World War II drama The Railway Man so much that she’s now actively recruiting him to join her in her next project, Before I Go to Sleep. Apparently, Before I Go to Sleep is an adaptation of a S.J. Watson novel about an amnesiac woman whose husband must reintroduce himself to her every morning. Early attempts at titling the film The Rich Man’s 50 First Dates were reportedly rejected by the studio.

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While fear of flying isn’t exactly a unique phobia, most people who suffer from (ten dollar word coming up) pteromerhanophobia are afraid of understandable and traditional stuff, like heights or being in a confined space or plummeting to their deaths in a giant aluminum tube or being like Devon Sawa in Final Destination (chilling). Normal fears! But for those of us who have somehow managed to avoid classic flying phobias, director Takashi Shimzu (The Grudge) seems dead-set on making sure no one views air transportation as a safe option ever again. In 7500, Shimzu has gathered a predictably second-tier cast (including Ryan Kwanten, Leslie Bibb, Nicky Whelan, Jerry Ferrar, Christian Serratos, Jamie Chung, and Amy Smart) as the terrifyingly good-looking passengers on a jet bound for Tokyo. As if a ten-hour flight doesn’t sound hellish enough, weird occurrences start happening on the plane, and not “weird” as in “drunk guy jumping on drink cart,” but “weird” as in “supernatural and homicidal and evil and oh my God what was that?” That sort of thing. Take your Xanax, fasten your seatbelts, move your trays into the upright and locked position, and check out the first teaser trailer for 7500 after the break.

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Everyone’s familiar with the glut of comic book superhero films filling the multiplexes for better or worse, but the genre has a little bastard brother that continues to fly beneath the radar. This sub-genre shares a common theme in its placement of real people in the real world who only believe that they’re superheroes. Special with Michael Rapaport, Defendor with Woody Harrelson, and Super with Rainn Wilson are just a few examples, and one of the many elements they’ve shared is their American origin. But now Australia has found its own make believe superhero. And his name is Griff. A young man in a bathrobe stands watch over the city streets with the aid of a telescope and a high tech wall of monitors. He’s watching for criminals, scoundrels, and other evil doers in need of a good beat down and innocent civilians in need of saving. Say hello to Griff (Ryan Kwanten)… superhero by night, shy, quiet, bullied oddball by day. And his story is one of wonder, romance, and (unfortunately) a slight missed opportunity.

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Exclamation points! I love the fact that this trailer doesn’t start with Ryan Kwanten‘s character being normal and doing whatever his character does before diving into the fantasy. This trailer is all second act and context clues. In Knights of Badassdom, Kwanten plays a young man who needs an escape, so his friends (Peter Dinklage and Steve Zahn) kidnap him, strap some fake armor to his chest, and bring him to a LARPing (Live-Action Role Playing (let’s all pretend you needed that cleared up)) battle. It sounds like a lot of harmless fun. Until they summon a real demon who proceeds to rip out throats with her teeth.

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Russell Edgington is a prime example of a great villain. Not only was he smart and calculated, but he also had the power and strength to get things done on his own. And when Edgington got down and bloody, he looked cool doing it. The vampire king was one of the few vamps on True Blood that seemed interested in actually having fun. He always looked as if he was going to a party and simply looking for a good time, especially with the help of his slick 70s style wardrobe. Sadly, Edgington isn’t around this season, but don’t fret. As actor Denis O’Hare says below, the plan is for him to return. Things didn’t end well for Edgington last season, but the King of Mississippi had persistence and ambition, so there was no real reason for us to be doubting his return. While Denis O’Hare isn’t on this season, the actor was still kind enough to make the time to discuss his role on the show. Throughout my whole chat with O’Hare he wore his love for Edgington on his sleeve. From discussing the character’s past to his childlike wonder, the actor remained enthusiastic.

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Back at Fantastic Fest, Rob Hunter came out of his screening of Red Hill – featuring Ryan Kwanten from True Blood – and immediately walked from Austin back to San Francisco on a mission to clean up the filth of his town. He, of course, succeeded, and now San Francisco has 2000% fewer snarly-mouthed gangsters who think they “run things.” Now, you can win Red Hill on DVD and find your own inspiration.* (*FSR does not endorse actual vigilante justice.) How to win: Head over to our Facebook Page and hit the “like” button (since there’s no “love” button). Then proceed to find the post asking how you’d bring justice to your town, and…explain how you’d bring justice to your small town. Clean up the (US-based) town by January 26th, and you could have a shot at snagging this DVD for yourself.

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The FSR crew got a chance to see Red Hill at Fantastic Fest, and the film is now seeing the darkness of theaters in Austin, New York, and Los Angeles on November 5th (that’s tomorrow (and, seriously, go buy a calander)). With all that money you’re spending on calendars, you won’t be able to afford a poster for the film. That’s a shame. Fortunately, we’ve got three of them that happen to be signed by star Ryan Kwanten and director Patrick Hughes. Three posters means three lucky winners. Find out what you can do to win inside.

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Let me set the scene for you. Majestic Australia. True Blood’s Ryan Kwanten. Modern Western. Revenge. If you’ve become slightly aroused or entirely interested in Red Hill, no one’s blaming you. In fact, I’m right there with you, which is why I slipped myself into a screening of writer/director Patrick Hughes’ debut feature as soon as possible. In Red Hill, Ryan Kwanten stars as Shane Cooper, a young police constable who moves to the small town of Red Hill, Australia, with his wife, looking for peace and quiet. What he finds is a surly police Captain in “Old Bill,” a no non-sense law enforcer and town patriarch who doesn’t take a shine to the fresh faced Cooper. After a slow moving morning that involves horses and a potential panther attack, the sleepy town wakes up in a panic when former resident bad boy and convicted murderer Jimmy Conway escapes prison and sets his sights on vengeance.

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True Blood stud and rising star Ryan Kwanten‘s newest film, the Australian revenge flick Red Hill, premiered during Fantastic Fest giving us the opportunity to sit down with the star and writer/director Patrick Hughes. We managed to keep our questions serious for nineteen of our twenty minutes before grilling Kwanten about his ab routine (at Cole Abaius’ insistence), but before things went sexily downhill, we scored up a bit of news.

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This week, Fat Guy Kevin Carr is coming at you in eye-popping 3D, and like money, he doesn’t sleep. He sets his time machine way way way back to 2002 to pick on Kristen Bell in high school. The story is loosely chronicled in You Again. Kevin also practices some insider trading with Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps then takes flight with a bunch of CGI owls from Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole

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Legend of the Guardians

It may just be me, but the first several moments of this brand new Legend of the Guardians trailer — the new animated film from director Zack Snyder — feels a lot like 300. Super slow-motion and angry warrior faces. All that’s missing is the voice of Gerard Butler screaming “This is Ga-HOOLE!” while one owl kicks the other one down a pit of despair. That doesn’t exactly happen, but some other cool stuff certainly does.

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Sam Neill, Geoffrey Rush, Hugo Weaving and David Wenham have joined the voice cast of Zack Snyder’s next film, the 3D animated feature Guardians of Ga’hoole. But wait, there’s more.

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It’s not that we necessarily want to see the role reprised, but if it has to be, here are a few choice talents that might bring something interesting to Mad Max.

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True Blood: Burning House of Love

True Blood kicks it up a notch again this week, turning out what may be the best episode of the season. Be sure to check in with Sookie and her vampire beau Bill and watch as Jason spins even further out of control in search for his fix of V-Juice.

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True Blood: Cold Ground

After Gran’s unsolved murder last week, Sookie (Anna Paquin) finds herself overwhelmed with two-faced well-wishers, two men competing for her affections, and a brother hurtling off the deep end once again.

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After displaying a bit of his vengeful side last week, Bill (Stephen Moyer) and Sookie (Anna Paquin) take a some time away from each other.

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