Burke and Hare: behind the scenes

October 8th 2010 • by Jess • No Comments"Burke & Hare"

Take John Landis, Simon Pegg and the true tale of two murderous labourers – and what do you get? ‘Burke and Hare’, the darkest Ealing comedy yet.

On a grey, wet morning in February, the director John Landis is sitting in front of a monitor in the stables of Knole House, Kent, gripping a can of Diet Coke. He’s talking – or rather, shouting – over the opening titles of his new film, Burke & Hare. It’s a retelling of the notorious tale of the eponymous Irish labourers who discovered the profit in supplying cadavers to ambitious anatomists and started murdering people to keep up with demand.

Landis says the film is a romantic comedy. ‘So we fade up to this shot of Edinburgh Castle,’ he begins, ‘although there’ll be lots of smoke and s—, and it says “Edinborough” or whatever, 1828. There’ll be lots of Scottish voices, saying things in Scottish accents. Lots of activity. Lots of arguing.’ A little boy darts across the screen: ‘There’s Oliver Twist making a guest appearance. Continuous action. Appropriate sounds. Directed by me. Cut, and then on we go.’

Landis swivels off his chair and stalks into the courtyard, which, filling in for an Edinburgh marketplace, is brimming with mud, vegetables, cows and glum extras, and is soundtracked with the honking of a flock of caged geese. ‘Why aren’t you following me?’ he shouts. ‘Come with me!’

Landis, whose previous films include The Blues Brothers and Trading Places is effervescent. This is the first feature film he’s made in a decade. But he despises the idea that this is a comeback. ‘I keep reading this thing – “he hasn’t worked in 10 years”. Bulls—, I’ve been working constantly! I guess I haven’t made a big regular movie. And people will say whatever they want and they always do, so who cares?’

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Tidbit: Jonah Hill on Isla

October 8th 2010 • by Jess • No CommentsNews & Gossip

– From a new interview with CNN.com:

And while there’s a long list of people Hill would like to work with, at the top for female costars are Anne Hathaway, Natalie Morales and Isla Fisher.

“I really like Isla Fisher; I think she’s hysterical and really talented,” Hill said. “Anne Hathaway is the best out there right now.”

Isla and Sacha welcome 2nd baby?

September 13th 2010 • by Jess • 3 CommentsPersonal

Following on from reports and candid photos earlier this year suggesting Isla was pregnant again, new candid photos have emerged that appear to show Isla has given birth to her second child! People.com has posted a photo of Isla, Sacha and Olive taking a stroll in London last Friday, with Isla pushing a baby pram. Reports are saying the baby was most likely born at the end of August/beginning of September. Isla and Sacha “likely won’t be commenting on the birth of the new baby,” a rep for the actress told People.

If these reports are correct, then Isla Fisher Web would like to send a big congratulations to the Cohen-Fisher family! I hope they get to enjoy their new bundle of joy in peace :)

Isla voted ‘Hottest Ginge’

September 6th 2010 • by Jess • No CommentsNews & Gossip

Here’s a fun news tidbit – Isla has been voted ‘Hottest Ginge’ at the FIX Awards in Australia. The FIX awards are “Australia’s cheekiest awards”, on the FIX entertainment website. Isla received 31,506 votes in her category, beating out fellow gingers such as Nicole Kidman. Congrats Isla!

New Owner!

September 5th 2010 • by Jess • 1 Comment »Website

Hi everyone! Isla Fisher Web has undergone a change in owners, so I want to introduce myself, Jess, as that new owner! I’ve been a fan of Isla for around 15 years – being a big Home & Away fan, I watched and loved her as Shannon on the Aussie soap, and have followed her career ever since. She’s kind of a face I’ve grown up with, and it’s great seeing what she’s doing in Hollywood now. I’d been considering making my own fansite for her, but when the opportunity came to take over this one I had to take it.

Mycah & Riikka have of course done a fabulous job on this site, and I hope to continue that whilst also adding in an extra bit of Isla ‘spark’ to the site. I’ll be converting the content pages to a new format (which makes no change for you, but makes it easier for me to update) and updating them and adding new content soon. I’ll also be working on the Gallery and probably splitting the Gallery and Video section into two separate places. I’m pretty sure I have some photos that aren’t already in the Gallery, so stay tuned for some great additions and rarities.

As always, Isla news is slow at the moment. For now, though, I’ve added a new photoshoot to the Gallery, which was taken for Isla’s Flare magazine spread last year. I love the fiery look Isla has in them!

Studio Photoshoots > 2009 – Session #009 x6

Official ‘Rango’ trailer

August 6th 2010 • by Jess • No CommentsProjects

Wayne McClammy considers ‘Desperados’

May 17th 2010 • by Jess • No CommentsRumoured Roles

Wayne McClammy, best known for directing the Sarah Silverman and Jimmy Kimmel viral videos “I’m F**king Matt Damon” and “I’m F**king Ben Affleck,” respectively, is in negotiations to helm Universal’s comedy “Desperados.”

The project is being developed as a potential star vehicle for Isla Fisher. Production is expected to begin by year’s end.

Written by Ellen Rapoport, “Desperados” is described as a female-oriented “The Hangover.”

The story is about a woman who sends an indignant email to her new beau, who has gone silent after they have sex, only to discover he’s comatose in a Mexican hospital. Panicking, she races south of the border with her friends in tow to intercept the email before he recovers.

Mark Gordon and Jason Blum are producing. Universal executive vp production Tracy Falco and director of development Maradith Frenkel will oversee the project. Shara Senderoff and Allyson Seeger are supervising for the Mark Gordon Co.

McClammy is repped by Paradigm and Beth Stine of Rain Management Group.

The Hollywood Reporter

Early Poster Artwork for Burke & Hare

May 14th 2010 • by Mycah • No Comments"Burke & Hare"

While at the 2010 Cannes Film Festival, /Film ran across this early poster art for the John Landis horror comedy Burke & Hare. Isla is featured in it too!

The film is based on the real-life exploits of Irish murderers William Burke and William Hare, who killed at least 17 people in Edinburgh in 1827-8, the film may not hew too closely to the tone and severity of actual events. The movie stars Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis, and co-stars Tim Curry, Isla Fisher, Jessica Hynes, Tom Wilkinson, Ronnie Corbett and Bill Bailey. Landis, whose filmography includes An American Werewolf in London, The Blues Brothers, Trading Places, Spies Like Us, ¡Three Amigos!, Coming To America, and Michael Jackson’s Thriller, hasn’t directed a feature film in over a decade.

Isla Fisher, Pregnant Again?

April 25th 2010 • by Mycah • 3 CommentsPersonal

As you might have already noticed, reports are stating that Miss Fisher could be expecting her second child! Candid imagery (View some on Just Jared or People) have snapped the actress sporting what looks to be a baby bump. Isla Fisher and her husband, Sacha Baron Cohen also have a two and a half year old named Olive.

The couple, are known for their steady silences when it comes to confirming personal news — they kept quiet regarding daughter Olive‘s birth, as well as their recent nuptials — so it’s no surprise when contacted for comment, reps for the couple remained mum.

We of course will report if something official is said either way. If it is indeed true – congratulations to the happy family!

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