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D. Panabaker on The Crazies, The Ward & Renaissance Girl
By Fredy on February 21, 2010 | Filed in: Articles, Renaissance Girl, The Crazies, The Ward | With No Comments »
 

ShockYa spoke to Danielle Panabaker about three of her upcoming films: The Crazies (opening this friday!) The Ward and Renaissance Girl (sorta bad news for this one). Here’s what she had to say:

SY: You’ve got a thing for horror remakes don’t you?

[Laughs] Well, it’s been really great to be able to work and keep working. So, yeah, I guess I’m the horror remake girl right now.

SY: What scares you more, a slasher wielding a giant machete or an insanity-inducing virus?

I really loved working on Friday the 13th and it certainly has an ionic horror character, but to me, The Crazies is actually a lot scarier. It has more of a thriller aspect – I was sitting on the edge of my seat. I feel like with Friday the 13th you know Jason’s coming to get the stupid teenagers, but with this film you don’t know where the crazies are and who’s really crazy and how crazy they are. I think that this was actually scarier for me to experience because even having read the script, I knew exactly what was coming but it was still really scary.

SY: Can you tell me about your character?

My character Becca is a resident of the small town Ogden Marsh and she is still in high school, she has a high school boyfriend and as her after school job she works for Judy Dutton (Radha Mitchell) as her medical assistant and receptionist at her practice. So she is just a really good, wholesome, good-natured young woman.

SY: Were there any scenes that were particularly difficult to film?

There were a lot of scenes that were difficult to film. The scene where my character and Radha’s character are strapped into a gurney was really intense. It’s very difficult to be strapped to a gurney all day and a little claustrophobic and confining. The car wash scene was very difficult and collectively [it took] seven or eight days to film all of the different pieces of that and we were wet for a lot of it, we were shooting in really small confined spaces. We shot in an actual car wash so that was a really intense – you’re riding on the elements of an actual moving car wash: the soap, the water and then the crazies are attacking you from every angle and you really can’t see where they’re coming from.

SY: You’ve got The Ward coming up which sounds like a great film. Another horror movie?

It is, it is! It was actually a really great opportunity. I think one of the primary reasons I decided to do the film was to get the opportunity to work with John Carpenter who hasn’t made a film in probably about ten years, if not more! The man is not only an icon but such a gifted and talented filmmaker and I was so excited to get to work with him.

SY: Has filming wrapped?

Yes! We finished last September.

SY: Will we get to see a trailer soon?

I don’t know. Hopefully soon. I actually haven’t heard anything. I think John is probably finishing his cut right now and then from there hopefully there will be more movement. I think the movie will be great though.

SY: You’re going in the complete opposite direction with Renaissance Girl. Are you looking forward to doing a romantic comedy?

Yes! At this point in time I don’t know if the film is actually going to get made. I would love it if it could get made. The movie is so funny. I think it’s a really cool quirky script and yes, I would absolutely love the change of pace to do a romantic comedy.

SY: So what’s keeping it from getting made?

Money! I need lots of money!

SY: Oh, of course! Isn’t that always the case?

I think the film just needs to get financed.

SY: Do you know who’ll play the love interest?

I don’t. I don’t think anyone else has really been cast. I’ve been attached to that film for several years now and would really love to see it get made.

SY: Do you have a wish list?

No one really comes to mind. I think there would be a great opportunity for a young male lead. I think it’s a particularly difficult age range for men; it’s that cross from teenage into manhood. It would be a great opportunity to discover some really new exciting talent.

More info about The Crazies, The Ward & Renaissance Girl can be found here.

The Crazies opens in theaters this Friday, February 26! (US, UK and Canada. To check more release dates go here.)

Be sure to check our Upcoming Events section -> for important dates this week!




The Crazies – Massive Video Update!
By Fredy on February 21, 2010 | Filed in: The Crazies, Video Updates | With No Comments »
 

Since The Crazies is being released this Friday I thought I’d gather up all the video clips related to the film. So I’ve updated the video archives with 7 TV spots, 1 movie clip, 1 b-roll and 1 video interview with Danielle Panabaker. You can also find the first 3 trailers. Most of the clips are in high definition and mp4 format, but there are some mq flv’s as well. Remember you can watch them all using VLC Player!

All of these videos can be found on Youtube, etc. But it’s good to have them available in your computer =) Enjoy!

More info about The Crazies and Danielle’s character, Becca Darling, can be found here.

The Crazies opens in theaters this Friday, February 26! (US, UK and Canada. To check more release dates go here.)

Be sure to check our Upcoming Events section -> for important dates next week!




The Crazies – 3 B-Rolls
By Fredy on February 21, 2010 | Filed in: The Crazies, Video Updates | With No Comments »
 

Overture has released two more b-roll clips of The Crazies, so I’ve embedded all three of them for you to enjoy. Danielle is only featured in the first one but the other two are very interesting as well!

B-Roll Part 1

B-Roll Part 2

B-Roll Part 3

More info about The Crazies and Danielle’s character, Becca Darling, can be found here.

The Crazies opens in theaters this Friday, February 26! (US, UK and Canada. To check more release dates go here.)

Be sure to check our Upcoming Events section -> for important dates next week!




Director Breck Eisner on The Crazies
By Fredy on February 20, 2010 | Filed in: Articles, The Crazies | With No Comments »
 

FearNet spoke to The Crazies director Breck Eisner on how he went about remaking a cult classic, and getting the blessing on the film from George Romero (creator of the original)  himself:

How did you get involved with The Crazies?

Breck Eisner: Michael Aguilar and Dean Goergaris – two of the producers – had a deal at Paramount.  They had optioned the rights to The Crazies directly from Romero, and had a draft written by Scott Kosar.  I was approached at that point.  The thing that really drew me was the fact that they optioned the story directly from Romero, which meant he was going to be an executive producer, and he supported the idea of remaking this movie.  That appealed to me.  I liked the script, although I had a somewhat divergent take on it, so I hired another writer, Ray Wright, to do a rewrite.  I really enjoyed the original movie and felt it was ripe for a reinvention.

What changed from that first draft of the script to what we will see on screen?

The first draft followed the structure of the original film a little more closely.  The original and the first draft both had this bifurcated view: the movie was half from the point of view of the military and half from the point of view of the townspeople.  I felt that by putting any of the movie in the military’s point of view, it turned the movie more towards action and less towards horror.  I worked with the writers and we excised the military’s point of view and focused on the point of view of the hero and the townsfolk.  I think it makes the movie scarier, and makes it a darker, more mysterious journey.

Do you consider The Crazies to be a zombie film?

It’s definitely not a zombie film.  That’s one of the things I like about it.  Obviously, when you say “Romero,” you associate his name with zombies.  When you see the TV ads, it feels like a zombie movie, if only due to the pure power of montage.  But zombies are – in theory – undead human beings who are decaying.  They all have a collective conscious.  They all want to eat brains or infect, and they all act as one.  The concept of the infected in The Crazies is that they all maintain some sense of their deep psyche.  They all act differently, and they may act out based on their own deep-seated desires.  That is what keeps it distinctly different from zombies.

To read the whole interview click here!

More info about The Crazies and Danielle’s character, Becca Darling, can be found here.

The Crazies opens in theaters this Friday, February 26! (US, UK and Canada. To check more release dates go here.)

Be sure to check our Upcoming Events section -> for important dates next week!




Danielle Panabaker talks The Crazies and The Ward
By Fredy on February 20, 2010 | Filed in: Articles, The Crazies, The Ward | With No Comments »
 

DreadCentral.Com had the opportunity to chat with Danielle Panabaker, here’s what she had to say:

Panabaker discussed why right now horror is the best film genre to be working in.

Working on three horror films in a row wasn’t a conscientious decision for me actually,” explained Panabaker. “Right now, though, the horror genre seems to have better movies coming out these days, and I just responded to these three scripts when I read them. There’s a great quality to horror films today, and it’s just a different feeling when you’re working on a horror set. It’s a great acting experience.

Panabaker spoke about how she connected to her character of Becca and what it was like collaborating with director Breck Eisner.

Panabaker said, “Becca is just your typical small-town girl. She’s very grounded and like any girl you’d see walking around in any of the places we filmed even. I wanted to make sure she wasn’t like a lot of the teenagers you see in horror films these days that you can’t stand or want them to get killed off. I wanted people to root for her.

We didn’t have a huge budget for The Crazies so I think the cast and the crew really banded together to make this work. Breck was great to work with; he gets so protective and involved with his actors. It was wonderful to work with him,” added Panabaker.

With The Crazies invading theaters next week, Panabaker chatted briefly about working alongside legendary director John Carpenter for his next thriller, The Ward.

It’s still hard for me to believe I was in a John Carpenter movie,” explained Panabaker. “He’s such a great director who has always had a great vision for horror films, so to be a part of this project is amazing. It’s going to be an unbelievable movie. He really is an icon.

More info about The Crazies and The Ward can be found here.

The Crazies opens in theaters on February 26, 2010. The Ward opens in theaters on September 24, 2010 (TBC).




The Crazies – B-Roll Footage
By Fredy on February 20, 2010 | Filed in: Gallery Updates, The Crazies, Video Updates | With 1 Comment »
 

Overture Films has released a small B-Roll of Danielle’s upcoming film The Crazies. (Thanks so much to Kari for the heads up!) I just love it, these kind of clips get me more and more excited!

YOU CAN WATCH THE VIDEO HERE!

I’ve also updated the gallery with screencaptures of the clip, you can check them out by clicking on the thumbnails below.

We’re actually less than a week away from the world premiere of The Crazies! Some people have already seen the movie by winning tickets to special screenings but for everyone else the film will open Friday, February 26 (US, UK and Canada; for more release dates go here).

The Crazies will get D-BOX theatrical treatment (motion generating system integrated within either a platform or a seat. The resulting motion is perfectly synchronised with all onscreen action, creating an unmatched realistic, immersive experience. Selected theaters only, visit D-Box.Com) The film is currently No. 8 in trailer views, with a 27% increase for just under 286,000 views with one week until release.

Sources: Bloody-Disgusting, Variety

More info about The Crazies and Danielle’s character, Becca Darling, can be found here.




The Crazies – Lots of Viral Updates
By Fredy on February 18, 2010 | Filed in: The Crazies, Video Updates | With No Comments »
 

A lot of new updates to The Crazies viral websites! Firs of all, Kim Jonson, the  environment activist who runs the SaveOgdenMarsh.com blog was recently attacked by her cameraman, you can see the video recorded for her friend Eugene (from TheTruthAboutTrixie.com) here:

Eugene seems to think this all leads back to DP Chemicals, where after logging in as Jessica B. Martin (login:jbmartin password: p@ssword) you can find a new message which gives you access to the Scarlet Omega mainframe (a monitoring system with chronicled events of past outbreaks).

On TheTruthAboutTrixie.com, you can now download the full pictures of past incidents of outbreaks as well. If you haven’t checked all of these sites out, you should! The viral campaign is getting pretty exciting!

Source: MovieViral

More info about The Crazies and Danielle’s character, Becca Darling, can be found here.

The Crazies opens in theaters on February 26, 2010.




The Crazies Comic Books
By Fredy on February 15, 2010 | Filed in: The Crazies, Video Updates | With No Comments »
 

When it comes to The Crazies, Overture isn’t screwing around. They’re working with Top Cow to release a four-part prequel told by writers Ivan Brandon, Josh Fialkov, Brian Reed and Marc Andreyko. They’ll hit stands in two installments. So on February 17 you can snag issues one and two and on the 24th you can score parts three and four. They’ll also be available as “motion comics” online. USA Today talks to some of the creators right here. You’ll also find two more covers at that spot.

Source: ShockTillYouDrop

The motion comics will be available beginning Feb. 23 from Double Barrel Motion Labs and Starz Digital Media. Here’s the promo:

More info about The Crazies and Danielle’s character, Becca Darling, can be found here.

The Crazies opens in theaters on February 26, 2010.




The Crazies – New Poster, Still & Clip
By Fredy on February 11, 2010 | Filed in: Gallery Updates, The Crazies, Video Updates | With No Comments »
 

The gallery has been updated with a new UK poster for The Crazies, as well as a new black & white still coming from a “confidential file” at MovieViral.Com. You can read the whole thing here.

A sixth clip from the film has also been released by Overture, it’s titled ‘Where’s Dad?’ and it features Christie Lynn Smith, Brett Rickaby and Preston Bailey as Deardra, Bill and Nicholas Farnum. Creepy! You can watch it here.

More info about The Crazies and Danielle’s character, Becca Darling, can be found here.

The Crazies opens in theaters on February 26, 2010.




New The Crazies Still
By Fredy on February 10, 2010 | Filed in: Gallery Updates, The Crazies | With No Comments »
 

I’ve updated the gallery with the latest The Crazies still featuring Danielle Panabaker as Becca Darling and Radha Mitchell as Judy Dutton. The photo looks great, check it out by clicking on the preview!

I’ve also replaced some low quality photos for 720p HD quality ones for you to enjoy.

I will be adding all of the videos released so far to the video archives soon, but they’re actually just a google away from you =O, just look for Mozilla Firefox add-ons to get them in full HD!

More info about The Crazies and Danielle’s character, Becca Darling, can be found here.

The Crazies opens in theaters on February 26, 2010