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The Ward: Interview with John Carpenter
By Fredy on August 31, 2010 | Filed in: The Ward | With No Comments »
 

Icon vs. Icon had the chance to talk to John Carpenter, director of Danielle’s upcoming horror flick The Ward. Here’s what he had to say about the film:

What turned the tide to bring you back?

I had this opportunity to make this low budget, contained film called ‘The Ward.’ It was different from the kinds of things I had done and it had a really cool cast. Young girls, Hollywood actresses in an insane asylum. I can’t say no to that! [laughs] It was a decent script and I thought “I can do something with this!” I had done a little bit of work with ‘Masters of Horror,’ the TV show, and that was fun. I love being on the set shooting. Love it! That is the best part, so I decided to try it.

You have a bunch of new projects coming out now that you are back. You touched on ‘The Ward’ a little bit already. What can you tell us about the cast of that film and was it difficult to assemble the right mix?

I worked with a really great casting director who just knows all of these young girls, actors and kids and really put me with some great ones. I just read them. The company that I work for had recommended Amber Heard. They had worked with her before. She is a really smart, young actress. Then I met Danielle Panabaker, Lyndsy Fonseca, Mamie Gummer and Laura-Leigh and really got a chance to talk to them. You may know Lyndsy Fonseca from her last film, ‘Hot Tub Time Machine.’ The whole group is extremely talented but they aren’t big stars yet.

What was the biggest challenge in making that film?

To be honest, it was the food! [laughs] The catering was just absolute shit. Garbage! Never solved it. I had an assistant and I just sent her out every night to get me food. It was awful! Inedible!

We have been seeing some stills crop up recently. When are we gonna get a chance to see the film?

How much money do ya have on ya? [laughs]

Probably about 60 in cash … there were tolls.

[laughs] We are nearing completion. I am just doing some little color correction issues on the print. I think it is going to the Toronto Film Festival and after that it will be bootlegged and you can see it anywhere…

To read the whole interview go here.




Law & Order: Los Angeles – First Preview
By Fredy on August 30, 2010 | Filed in: TV Guest Appearances, Video Updates | With No Comments »
 

The first preview of NBC’s Law & Order: Los Angeles has debuted online. You can now check it out below. It does feature Danielle Panabaker, but you have to look closely ; ) To read more about Danielle’s episode go here.




Shark – Season 1 Screencaptures (Pt. 6)
By Fredy on August 29, 2010 | Filed in: Gallery Updates, Shark | With No Comments »
 

More Shark screencaptures, this time the following episodes were updated:

Click on the thumbnails below to see the full-size images:





Law & Order: Los Angeles – Behind the Scenes
By Fredy on August 28, 2010 | Filed in: TV Guest Appearances, Video Updates | With No Comments »
 

NBC has released a “Behind the Scenes” featurette of its new show: Law & Order: Los Angeles. The first episode will premiere this September 29th. Have a look, Danielle Panabaker has three blink-and-you’ll-miss-them appearances as the beautiful Hollywood starlet Chelsea!

More information on the episode can be found here.




The Ward Screening Times @ TIFF
By Fredy on August 25, 2010 | Filed in: 2010 Film Premieres, The Ward | With No Comments »
 

The Ward will have two screenings during the Toronto International Film Festival:

Monday September 13 -   11:59:00 PM   -   RYERSON

Sunday September 19 -   12:15:00 PM   -   SCOTIABANK THEATRE 1

You can also check out the first three official stills of the film at the official TIFF page. Danielle Panabaker is not featured, but they’re pretty great =)

screening times

    • Monday September 13
    • 11:59:00 PM
    • RYERSON
    • Sunday September 19
    • 12:15:00 PM
    • SCOTIABANK THEATRE 1



The Ward TIFF Synopsis
By Fredy on August 18, 2010 | Filed in: The Ward | With No Comments »
 

When an old farmhouse is set ablaze by Kristen (Amber Heard), a distraught young woman, she is taken by police to the North Bend Psychiatric Hospital. She awakens in a special ward with four similarly unbalanced and wayward girls: Sarah (Danielle Panabaker), a flirty and sass-talking know it all; Iris (Lyndsy Fonseca), a sensitive and talented artist who tries to make her feel welcome; Emily (Mamie Gummer), a reckless but playful outcast; and Zoey (Laura-Leigh), who hides behind a childlike persona and her beloved stuffed bunny.

Kirsten’s therapist, Dr. Stringer (Jared Harris), tries to uncover the root cause of her breakdown, but despite his calm and understanding manner, she resists any attempts at help and rehabilitation.

Unfortunately, the hospital is not the sanctuary it seems to be. Kristen begins to have strange run-ins with a shadowy phantom who roams the halls when the ward is locked down at night. Persistent and inquisitive, she goes digging for information about former patients and soon becomes convinced that no one ever leaves the ward alive.

The Ward marks a resurgence in director John Carpenter’s celebrated stylistic mojo, with his trademark prowling camera, jump scares, and the sort of atmospherics that typified The Fog and Prince of Darkness.

Set in the sixties, the film’s tone and style have much in common with the works of one of horror’s great, under-recognized masters, Val Lewton, while also nodding in the direction of Samuel Fuller’s cult classic Shock Corridor. Led by previous Midnight Madness starlet Amber Heard, the titular lead from All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, Carpenter’s cast of locked-up bad girls brings the picture to life.

The Ward is Carpenter’s return to form after a decade-long absence, further proof that he deserves the mainstream critical respect and recognition of an American auteur.

Colin Geddes




The Ward Going to Toronto!
By Fredy on August 17, 2010 | Filed in: 2010 Film Premieres, Gallery Updates, The Ward | With No Comments »
 

Word has been leaking out here and there about certain films playing in the popular Midnight Madness section of the Toronto International Film Festival, but now the complete lineup for that section of the fest’s 2010 edition has been announced. And a few eagerly awaited fright features are on the list…

The Midnight slate includes the world premiere of The Ward, which marks John Carpenter’s return to features after almost a decade (since 2001’s Ghosts of Mars). The supernatural thriller stars Zombieland and All the Boys Love Mandy Lane’s Amber Heard as a teenage girl who becomes the latest inmate at a psychiatric institution beset by a mysterious, malevolent force.

Source: Fangoria

No exact date has been announced yet, so we’ll have to wait for that. In the mean time check out some Behind the Scenes screencaptures. They were added last friday to the gallery (be careful though, specially with the album marked with a spoiler tag!):

The Ward stars Amber Heard, Mamie Gummer, Danielle Panabaker, Jared Harris and Lyndsy Fonseca. More information can be found here.




Law & Order: Los Angeles Goes Hollywood For First Case
By Fredy on August 4, 2010 | Filed in: TV Guest Appearances | With 2 Comments »
 

Exciting news today! Coming from TV Guide:

Now that NBC has assembled the cast of Law & Order: Los Angeles, you might be curious about the team’s first case. Series creator Dick Wolf promised he wouldn’t shy away from stories based on real Tinseltown scandals, and is following up on that by titling his first episode “Hollywood.

The story finds the team, including Alfred Molina’s Morales, Skeet Ulrich’s Rex, and Terrence Howard’s district attorney, investigating a crime involving a young Hollywood starlet named Chelsea (played by Shark’s Danielle Panabaker) and a wannabe actor named Sam (played by Wyatt Russell, the son of Kurt Russell and Goldie Hawn).

Also appearing in the Sept. 29 series premiere: Saw actress Shawnee Smith as Chelsea’s mom, Trudy; Supernatural’s Jim Beaver as Sam’s dad, Frank; and The Mummy’s Oded Fehr as the villainous Manto.

Danielle’s probably busy with her scenes right now since shooting began this monday, August 2. You can watch a short promo of the show here.




Danielle Panabaker Out & About
By Fredy on August 4, 2010 | Filed in: Out & About | With 1 Comment »
 

Well I can’t believe I didn’t notice these photos! Danielle Panabaker was spotted leaving the Apple store at The Grove in Los Angeles, California on July 17, 2010. I’ve updated the gallery with 3 new photos. Unfortunately the pics are tagged (again!). Danielle looks beautiful, very Hollywood… speaking of which, I’ll update about a new project later today. Stay tunned!




Happy Birthday to Us!
By Fredy on August 2, 2010 | Filed in: Site Updates | With 2 Comments »
 

WelcomeYes, it’s been a year since our very first post, back on August 2, 2009! The site was open just after the Friday the 13th hype was over, the original plans were to open before the film’s release in February but the behind the scenes work took longer than expected.

Now it’s been 365 days and 116 updates (not the best record but you know how news get scarce from time to time!) since we said hi for the first time. And I say we because even though I’m the webmaster and I do all the updates, there are lots of other people who have made this possible, including friends, other web owners and of course: YOU! Danielle Panabaker fans and loyal visitors.

I’m very thankful for all your support and amazing contributions to the site. It was a fun year, and I’ve loved every second of running Danielle Panabaker Source =)

This year was a good one for Danielle too, we got to see  her back on TV as a guest star in two great shows: Medium and Grey’s Anatomy. The Crazies opened last February with great reviews and a #3 spot. Home of the Giants was finally released on DVD and Danielle also reunited with her “Shark” co-star, James Woods, during a Family Guy episode.

But 2010 is not over yet, The Ward and Weakness will be released soon, and I’m sure you are as excited as I am! We will of course cover not only those two, but also Danielle’s future projects for as long as it is possible. I hope you stay with us for another year =)

Fredy F.