New parents go for star quality

December 23rd 2010 • by Jess • No CommentsPersonal

They have both been gracing the big screen this year, and it seems stars Daniel Radcliffe and Isla Fisher might also have been influencing the parents of Edinburgh.

Daniel and Isla have topped the chart of most popular baby names in the Capital, after a year in which Radcliffe returned to our screens as Harry Potter and Fisher featured as Ginny in Burke and Hare.

Daniel has shot up the chart from fifth place last year, knocking Jack from the top spot, while for Isla it is the second year at the top of the chart.

Also popular for boys in Edinburgh this year were Alexander and James, with Sophie and Olivia second and third for girls.

However, Daniel didn’t even appear in the charts for West Lothian or Midlothian, with Jack the favourite in both areas.

In East Lothian, Oliver was top of the list, followed by Daniel, then Lewis. Emily was the most popular girl’s name, with Isla second and Ava third.

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Another ‘Top Red-Heads’ poll

December 16th 2010 • by Jess • No CommentsNews & Gossip

Mad Men star Christina Hendricks has come first in a new poll to find the world’s hottest redhead.

The 35-year-old sexy star is best known for playing curvy secretary Joan Harris in the hit US show and she beat off competition from actress Mandy Moore, 26, and British singer Florence Welch.

The poll was carried out by Apollo Cinemas and Band of Brothers star Damian Lewis, 39, topped the boys poll after beating stars such as Paul Bettany, Mick Hucknall and Prince Harry.

Other stars that made the female poll included: Lily Cole, Lindsay Lohan, Geri Halliwell, Nicole Kidman, Nicola Roberts, Isla Fisher and Sarah Ferguson.

In the boys survey, stars such as Toby Stephens, Boris Becker, Rupert Grint, Joe Swash, Chris Evans and Paul Scholes also polled in the top ten.

- monstersandcritics.com

Theatrical trailer and new posters for “Rango”

December 15th 2010 • by Jess • No CommentsProjects, Videos

Yahoo Movies has today posted the full theatrical trailer for Isla’s upcoming animated project Rango! While we don’t actually hear Isla speak, there’s a few shots of a red-headed creature in a blue dress throughout the trailer who at one point Rango refers to as Nora (?), and I’d say it’s a safe bet that that’s Isla character ;) View the embedded trailer below, or head on over to Yahoo Movies to view it in HD.

I’ve posted a short review/comment on the trailer from the always excellent Cinema Blend. Let’s hope Rango is a hit for Miss Isla! What are your thoughts on the trailer?

As well as that, 2 new posters for the movie has been released which you can view just below.

You can visit the official site for the movie at rangomovie.com. Find official international release dates for Rango here.


New posters for Rango New posters for Rango

While most of the marketing campaign has focused on the Hawaiian-shirt-wearing chameleon Rango and the slightly surreal world that surrounds him (including the teaser poster that hit yesterday), the trailer puts a little more emphasis on the residents of the frontier town Dirt, all of them lizards and moles and other desert creatures. Far more than just some surrealist journey across the desert with Johnny Depp voicing a chameleon, Rango seems to be more like an old-fashioned Western about building society, standing up for what’s right and learning to get along with the people around you. Oh, and it also looks really funny and has some burp jokes– it’s a Nickelodeon-produced movie after all.

Not all of the jokes hit that well in the trailer, but having seen that early barroom scene where he burps fire in its entirety, I have a feeling they all work better in context. I’m excited for Rango not just because it looks genuinely original in a world plagued by reboots and sequels (hello, Yogi Bear), but because this trailer looks like it’ll deliver on its promise.

- CinemaBlend.com

“Rango” preview report from Latino Review

December 10th 2010 • by Jess • No CommentsProjects

More details on Rango from LatinoReview.com

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If you know anything about Rango, it’s most likely from seeing the posters and banners hung at your local theater chain. It’s the one that pictures a chameleon in a red Hawaiian shirt against the background of the blue desert sky. It’s a children’s movie from Paramount and Nickelodeon Studios, but I’d venture a guess that the similarity between the Rango poster and the poster from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is completely intentional. That’s the type of movie it looks like Rango is going to be – not a straight Hunter S. Thompson children’s movie, but one that is none-the-less slightly off-kilter.
I was invited up to the Paramount screening room in Time Square to view some footage for Rango and listen to Gore Verbinksi (the director of the Pirates trilogy, now turned to ILM’s first character-animation film) describe his quirky little family comedy.

Previously on this site, you could have read a description of what fellow LR staffer Ron Henriques saw, including a breakdown of the footage and some pretty stills, but apparently that’s not supposed to be what we’re telling or showing you from a marketing perspective. Please note the above screencap of a “Rango” Google Image search, because I’m not supposed to show you any of these readily available images either.

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Kristin Scott Thomas loves Isla

December 7th 2010 • by Jess • No Comments"Confessions of a Shopaholic"

Isla’s Confessions Of A Shopaholic co-star Kristin Scott Thomas mentioned Isla in a recent interview:

Name some actors that you like to watch.

Meryl Streep is my hero. I like to watch Scarlett Johansson and Joaquin Phoenix too. I also really love Isla Fisher because of whom I did Confessions of a Shopaholic, which really is a movie where I had no business being in.

“Wedding Crashers (Uncorked Edition) [Unrated]” Now Available on the iTunes Movie Store

December 7th 2010 • by Jess • No CommentsProjects

Wedding Crashers (Uncorked Edition) [Unrated], the latest comedy by David Dobkin, is now available from the iTunes Movie Store. The title is available as a rental for $2.99 and can be purchased for $9.99. A preview of the movie is also available on Apple’s website.

The movie’s written description is, “Academy Award-nominated Owen Wilson (“The Royal Tenenbaums” “Starsky & Hutch”) and Vince Vaughn (“Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story,” “Old School”) star as John Beck with and Jeremy Klein, two partying divorce attorneys – and committed womanizers – who have figured out a surefire way to meet women: they crash weddings. But the guys’ happy-go-lucky lives change abruptly when John unexpectedly falls in love with a bridesmaid. Things become even more complicated when the men discover that the object of John’s affection is the daughter of the US Secretary of the Treasury. Also starring Rachel McAdams (“The Notebook,” “Mean Girls”), Academy Award-winner, Emmy Award-nominee, and Golden Globe- nominee Christopher Walken (“The Deer Hunter,” “Catch Me if You Can”), Golden Globe-winner and Emmy Award-winnerJane Seymour (“Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman” “East of Eden”), and Isla Fisher (“Scooby Doo,” “The Lookout”). Guest Starring Golden Globe and Emmy Award-nominee Will Ferrell (“Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy,” “Stranger than Fiction”).”

The movie’s copyright is listed as “MMVII Newline Productions, Inc. And Walden Media, LLC. All Rights Reserved”.

If you are not familiar with the iTunes Movie Store, it’s a place to rent or purchase the latest Hollywood movies in high-definition. Whether you’re looking for a romantic comedy, an action-packed drama or a sci-fi thriller, iTunes has what you’re looking for–thousands of movies from every major Hollywood studio. When you buy a movie, you also gain access to special features called iTunes Extras including interviews, trailers, and photos that you can watch in iTunes on your Mac or PC.

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Rango Preview from cinemablend.com

December 4th 2010 • by Jess • No CommentsProjects

Last night Paramount brought Gore Verbinski to its Times Square screening room to show off 8 minutes of footage from his new animated film Rango. The movie is an enormous change of pace from the erstwhile Pirates of the Caribbean franchise director, a comedic Western based around the character of a chameleon (voiced by Jack Sparrow himself, Johnny Depp) who finds himself in an Old West town and pretends to be a famed gunslinger in order to impress the locals.

Quite honestly, I had no idea what to make of Rango when I went to the preview, and hadn’t really even bothered to watch the trailer that debuted over the summer. The first surprise came at the beginning of the presentation, when an unassuming gray-haired guy in a jacket stepped up to the podium and said in a soft voice, “Hi, I’m Gore… the director.” The man who followed Jack Sparrow across the ocean in three different films was as quiet and modest as the Pirates films weren’t, and even as he was describing his film using references to Chinatown and Casablanca and describing desert-fueled hallucination sequences, I couldn’t quite figure out what I was in for. Then, wouldn’t you know it, he showed off the footage and I was totally stunned. Showing the scene as Rango arrives in town and faces down a hawk that lives to terrorize young reptiles, the movie was funny and fast-paced and utterly enjoyable, getting big laughs out of the audience of critics and forcing me to remember– oh yeah, Gore Verbinski is why the first Pirates was so good. Of course he can pull this off.

Looking totally weird and kinda gross– the characters are all desert creatures like armadillos and lizards and frogs– and like a real adventure, Rango is now high on my list of what’s worth seeing next spring. For more of my thoughts on the movie, check out the video I recorded in Times Square after the screening with pals Matt Patches and Dave Gonzales (camera work by Wilson Morales of BlackFilm.com, and much appreciated). We were all pretty excited about what we had seen, even though we still couldn’t quite figure out the meaning of the wind-up orange fish we had been given (that remains a mystery). Rango opens March 4, and in addition to Depp, Isla Fisher, Abigail Breslin, Bill Nighy, Ned Beatty and more lend their voices to the film.



- cinemablend.com

“Burke & Hare” UK Box Office

November 3rd 2010 • by Jess • No Comments"Burke & Hare"

British moviegoers gorged themselves for a second week on a rich diet of horror as “Saw 3D” took over the No. 1 box office spot from Paranormal Activity.

The story of a group of Jigsaw survivors seeking the support of a self-help guru with a dark secret took 3.6 million pounds on its debut over the weekend, according to Screen International on Tuesday.

The three orphan girls of family movie “Despicable Me” stayed in second place, just above the chilling suburban frights of “Paranormal Activity 2″ in third.

“RED,” with Bruce Willis, Morgan Freeman, John Malkovich and Helen Mirren as former CIA agents on the run, slipped a place to fourth.

Facebook biopic “The Social Network” was down one at five while Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis in the story of two 19th century body snatchers “Burke and Hare” came in at six.

Animated owl adventure “Legend of the Guardians” fell two spots to seven while “Alpha and Omega,” featuring two wolves on a long-distance journey home, was down at eight from sixth.

“The Kids are All Right” made its debut at nine with Annette Bening and Julianne Moore facing a family dilemma when their children contact their biological father.

“Vampires Suck” was down at 10 from seven.

TotalFilm.com’s ‘The Evolution Of Isla Fisher’

October 31st 2010 • by Jess • No CommentsMedia Alerts

TotalFilm.com have a great new feature on the evolution of Isla, showing how she’s come from Home & Away way back in 1994, to Burke & Hare now in 2010. Make sure you give it a read at TotalFilm.com!

I’m unsure whether this feature will also be in their new magazine issue, but I’ll check next time I see it…



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