With director Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch opening this weekend, I got to sit down with most of the cast to talk about the film. As the synopsis says, Sucker Punch is an “epic action fantasy that takes us into the vivid imagination of a young girl whose dream world provides the ultimate escape from her darker reality. Unrestrained by the boundaries of time and place, she is free to go where her mind takes her, and her incredible adventures blur the lines between what’s real and what is imaginary.” The film stars Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Vanessa Hudgens, Jamie Chung, Jena Malone, Carla Gugino, Jon Hamm, Scott Glenn, and Oscar Isaac.
During my interview with Gugino and Isaac, we talked about how they got ready for the movie, how did the finished film compare to what they thought going in, deleted scenes, future projects like Drive and Mr. Popper’s Penguins, and what’s their karaoke song. Hit the jump to watch and look for a new video interview for Sucker Punch tomorrow night.
Warner Bros. has released five movie clips Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch which stars Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Vanessa Hudgens, Jamie Chung, Jena Malone, Carla Gugino, Jon Hamm, Scott Glenn, and Oscar Isaac. Sucker Punch is an “epic action fantasy that takes us into the vivid imagination of a young girl whose dream world provides the ultimate escape from her darker reality. Unrestrained by the boundaries of time and place, she is free to go where her mind takes her, and her incredible adventures blur the lines between what’s real and what is imaginary.” Hit the jump to watch the clips and look for our exclusive video interviews with the cast next week.
Warner Bros. has released the full press kit for Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch. Included are 45 high resolution images of Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Vanessa Hudgens, Jamie Chung, Jena Malone, Carla Gugino, Jon Hamm, Scott Glenn, and Oscar Isaac. Many of the images are new. Sucker Punch opens March 25th. Check them out after the jump:
Elektra Luxx follows its title character, first introduced by writer/director Sebastian Gutierrez in 2009′s Women in Trouble, who is now a retired porn superstar, trying to cope with impending motherhood while coming to terms with the death of the baby’s father and her split from the porn world. Even though Elektra Luxx (Carla Gugino) is trying to live a quieter life, reinventing herself as a sex education instructor at her local community center, she quickly ends up entangled with a flight attendant (Marley Shelton) looking to have her fiancé seduced, an attractive private detective (Timothy Olyphant) who proves to be quite appealing, an over-eager sex blogger (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who’s obsessed with her, a best-selling author (Kathleen Quinlan) looking to turn her life into a novel, and even the Virgin Mary (Julianne Moore) herself.
During the film’s press day, actress Carla Gugino did this exclusive interview with Collider and talked about the appeal of this rather unusual character, how much she enjoyed getting to revisit Elektra Luxx, and the challenge of shooting a film in 15 days. She also talked about how getting to see the final visuals of Sucker Punch (in theaters on March 25th) was like seeing the story brought to life for the first time, being part of the ensemble of the Garry Marshall film New Year’s Eve, and playing really strong women on both Entourage and Californication. Check out what she had to say after the jump.
With Warner Bros. lifting the embargo on my set visit to writer-director Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch, I can finally share the on set interview I got to do with Carla Gugino and Oscar Isaac back in late 2009. As you’ve probably seen in the many trailers, Sucker Punch tells the story of a young girl (Emily Browning) who, when sent to an insane asylum, embarks on a journey to freedom that consistently blurs the line between real and imaginary. Unlike Snyder’s last two films that stuck very close to the source material, Sucker Punch is an original creation and I promise that you’ve never seen anything like it.
Anyway, in the film, Gugino and Isaac work in the aslyum that Baby Doll (Browning) ends up in. Gugino plays a Dr.and Isaac plays an orderly. Of course, when Browning enters her dream world, both play completely different characters. During the interview they talk about who they play in each of the realities, the musical numbers, shooting in Vancouver, working with Snyder to craft their characters, the huge action set pieces, the design of their characters, and so much more. Hit the jump to either read or listen to what they had to say:
Jena Malone is practicing her musical number. Abbie Cornish and Jamie Chung are preparing to fight crazy-looking soldiers in a German trench during World War I. Emily Browning is going to attack a huge red dragon. And this is just the tip of the iceberg of Sucker Punch.
It’s November 24th, 2009 and I’m on a plane leaving Vancouver bound for Los Angeles. I spent all day yesterday on the set of writer-director Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch and came away extremely impressed by the vision and scope of his 5th feature film. While his previous two films (300 and Watchmen) have been both applauded and derided by how they reflect the source material, Sucker Punch is Snyder’s first foray into having complete freedom to tell a story without having to work within the confines of a pre-established universe. And while I loved his last two films, I feel like this is the one that’s going to really capture everything Snyder has learned over the past several years. The movie looks fiercely original and unlike anything Hollywood has ever released. It features an almost all girl cast and they’re fighting as hard as the men of 300.
Like the Watchmen set visit, Snyder gave us a ton of freedom on set and let us see everything he has in store for audiences on March 25th. For a complete report of my experience, hit the jump.
by Jason Barr Posted: February 24th, 2011 at 6:53 pm
Just in time for the film’s March 25th theatrical release, the soundtrack for writer/director Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch will be released on Tuesday, March 22nd. Per the press release, the soundtrack will be comprised of “fascinatingly reworked versions of classic songs” i.e. star Emily Browning performing Eurythmics mainstay “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This).” Browning isn’t the only cast member lending her pipes to the soundtrack as Carla Gugino and Oscar Isaac also perform a duet of Roxy Music’s “Love Is the Drug.” After checking out the track listing for the soundtrack, I have to say I’m interested in seeing how the songs interact with the mildly insane imagery we’ve seen from the film thus far. Given that it features a giant robot bunny, not too mention a soundtrack with songs by members of the cast, I wouldn’t be surprised if a musical number popped up at some point.
To check out the full press release (which features the aforementioned full track listing), hit the jump. In addition to Browning, Gugino, and Isaac, Sucker Punch also stars Abbie Cornish, Jena Malone, Jamie Chung, Vanessa Hudgens, Jon Hamm, and Scott Glenn. To catch up on all of our previous Sucker Punch coverage, click here.
The trailer for Girl Walks into a Bar has gone online. The film has an impressive cast that includes Carla Gugino, Zachary Quinto, Danny DeVito, Josh Hartnett, Rosario Dawson, Alexis Bledel, and Robert Forster. Based solely on the trailer, I have no idea was to what the movie’s about. But Girl‘s hook doesn’t seem to be it’s cast or its story, but rather its distribution method. Girl Walks into a Bar will be presented by Lexus and YouTube for free, exclusively on YouTube. The money quote in the press release comes from Lexus VP of Marketing Dave Nordstrom:
“It seems fitting to support this initiative as we launch our most unconfined vehicle yet—the CT 200h hybrid —in a space that we know will reach an unconventional, sophisticated audience.” (emphasis mine)
Clearly, Mr. Nordstrom has never been on YouTube. Hit the jump to check out the trailer, four images from the film, and the full press release. Girl Walks into a Bar goes online March 11th.
A couple of casting stories for you this evening. Following the news that Barry Sonnenfeld’s Men in Black III won’t be resuming production for another month due to script issues, Alice Eve has been cast in the flick. Deadline reports that she will play the young version of Emma Thompson’s character. The plot of the film involves Will Smith’s character traveling back in time to team up with a young version of Tommy Lee Jones’ character (played by Josh Brolin) to, obviously, save the world. The 3D film is slated for May 25th, 2012.
Just when you thought the cast of Garry Marshall’s New Year’s Eve, couldn’t get any bigger, two more names have been added to the mix. Carla Gugino stars as a doctor in the pseudo-sequel to last year’s Valentine’s Day, per THR, and Halle Berry is taking on an unspecified role. Berry was previously attached to the film, then dropped out, but now is back in again. The Wrap reports that she’s taking on a different role this time. The film features a cast that includes Robert De Niro, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ashton Kutcher, Jessica Biel, Zac Efron, etc. It hits theaters on December 9th.
It’s been sitting on the shelf for a little while, but Elektra Luxx, the sequel to director Sebastian Gutierrez’s 2009 film Women in Trouble, finally has a trailer. The film stars Carla Gugino as a former porn star who agrees to seduce a woman’s fiancée but ends up getting drawn into a world of wacky intrigue. In addition to Gugino, the film’s got a great cast which includes Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Timothy Olyphant, Adrianne Palicki, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Marley Shelton, and Malin Akerman. But the real reason to see it is Gugino in skimpy clothing.
Hit the jump to check out the trailer. Elektra Luxx is due out March 11th.
Earlier this week, we showed you a banner for Zack Snyder’s new film Sucker Punch. Today, Warner Bros. has debuted a new poster for the film. As expected, it shows off girls, guns, and explosions. I think I’m pretty well prepared, although I’m not sure why the poster is so green when the movie doesn’t (to the best of my knowledge) involve a hornet, lantern, or sewer mutant.
Hit the jump to check out the poster. Sucker Punch stars Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Vanessa Hudgens, Jane Malone, Jamie Chung, Carla Gugino, and Jon Hamm. It opens March 25th. Click here for more of our coverage on the film.
The first images from Mark Waters’ adaptation of the children’s book Mr. Popper’s Penguins have gone online. The film stars Jim Carrey as,
“Tom Popper, a New York real estate developer who tears down beloved landmarks (like Tavern on the Green) and erects cookie-cutter skyscrapers in their place. His one-track mind-set leaves him estranged from his family, including his wife (Carla Gugino), who has divorced him and moved on to a new relationship. And for years he has been out of contact with his “kooky” father, who leaves him with an unusual inheritance: a penguin. The bewildered Popper registers a complaint which is met with the arrival of another five birds.
The film uses real penguins instead of CGI and used refrigerated sets to keep the adorable animals cool. Hit the jump to check out the images. Mr. Popper’s Penguins is due out August 12th.
We sat down with Carla Gugino to talk about her new movie, Every Day, a story about a family’s struggle to survive life’s curve-balls that ultimately bring out the best and worst in us and make us closer.
Ned (Liev Schreiber) is a television writer on a seedy drama whose life is turned upside down when his wife’s (Helen Hunt) estranged father (Brian Dennehy) moves in with their family. Carla plays his sexy, free-spirited co-worker who lives in the moment and doesn’t think too much about the consequences. She’s a playful character who introduces some unexpected excitement into Ned’s life while nearly upending it in the process.
Carla talked to us about what attracted her to the project, what she liked best about her character, and also talked about her upcoming films like Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch, I Melt with You, Mr. Popper’s Penguins. In addition, she shared her thoughts on next season’s Entourage and the Sundance Film Festival. Hit the jump for what she had to say.
This past July, director Zack Snyder and producer Debbie Snyder strongly implied that their latest film, Sucker Punch, would not be getting a 3D post-conversion. However, earlier today, Bleeding Cool reported that the movie was listed among various films playing in 3D at the BFI IMAX.
We have now spoken with multiple sources close to the production who have confirmed that Sucker Punch will not be in 3D. So there you have it: we don’t have to worry about a crappy 3D post-conversion for this film. For those not familiar with the movie, hit the jump for the film’s trailer and synopsis. Sucker Punch stars Emily Browning, Abbie Cornish, Vanessa Hudgens, Jena Malone, Jamie Chung, Carla Gugino, and Jon Hamm. It opens in 2D on March 25, 2011.
Continuing our coverage of the films that will be featured at the Sundance Film Festival in January, today we bring you images from two dramatic films that will premiere out-of-competition at the festival: I Melt With You and Perfect Sense. I Melt With You stars Rob Lowe, Thomas Jane, Jeremy Piven, Carla Gugino and Christian McKay. Directed by Mark Pellington (The Mothman Prophecies), the film focuses on four lifelong friends who, during their annual get-together, realize that their lives haven’t exactly turned out the way they expected.
Perfect Sense stars Ewan McGregor, Eva Green, Ewan Bremner, Stephen Dillane, and Connie Nielsen. From director David Mackenzie (Young Adam), the film is described as a “poetic and magnetic love story.” Hit the jump to check out the images, as well as a brief synopsis for both films. The 2011 Sundance Film Festival runs from January 20 – 30th.