Written and directed by Peter Stebbings, and starring Woody Harrelson and Kat Dennings, Defendor is a superhero dramedy which centers around three characters: an everyday guy who comes to believe he’s a superhero, his psychiatrist, and the teenager prostitute he befriends. It’s part Kick-Ass, part Sopranos, and part Kpax. I screened the film at the premiere at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival and can tell you that it is not your typical superhero movie. Actually, it features no super powers, and the vigilantism is more Home Alone than Death Wish. It’s a character piece with both dramatic and comic elements. It is worth checking out, but not worth going out of your way to see (ie I’d reccomend netflixing the home video release). We now have an official trailer for the film, embedded after the jump.
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Casting Notes: Christina Ricci in Bel Ami; Maggie Grace and Salma Hayek in Faster; Kat Dennings in Daydream Nation
Posted on Friday, January 8th, 2010 by Russ Fischer
It’s been slow on the casting front since late December, when Hollywood pretty much shut down for the holidays. Now that everyone is back to work things are picking up slowly.
Christina Ricci has joined the cast of Bel Ami, which already stars Robert Pattinson and Uma Thurman. Based on Guy de Maupassant‘s short story ‘Bel Ami,’ the film will follow George Duroy (Pattinson), a young journalist who rose from poverty to become one of the most successful men in Paris via the ruthless and calculating bedding of the city’s most glamorous and influential women. Kristin Scott Thomas is also in the cast. Filming starts next month in Paris. [Production Weekly]
After the break, new work for Maggie Grace, Salma Hayek, Kat Dennings and Josh Lucas. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, November 24th, 2009 by David Chen
This week, Dave Chen, Devindra Hardawar and Adam Quigley celebrate Fight Club’s 10th anniversary by diving into the film’s newly released Blu-Ray, praise Park Chan-Wook’s Thirst, express ambivalence about the upcoming Uncharted film, and dissect the Twilight phenomenon as best they can. Special guest Jen Yamato joins us these evening.
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Posted on Monday, November 23rd, 2009 by Peter Sciretta
Yesterday, Natalie Portman let it slip that Kat Dennings had been cast in Kenneth Branagh‘s adaptation of the Marvel comic book Thor. Portman didn’t reveal what character Dennings would play in the film, and The Hollywood Reporter, who was quick to confirm the report, was unable to uncover any further details.
Portman is playing Jane Foster, nurse to Thor’s human alter-ego Donald Blake, and Jaimie Alexander is the Asgardian warrior Sif, so what role could Dennings play? Earlier today we played the guessing game, with readers suggesting The Enchantress Amora and Hela, the Asgardian goddess of death, as the top choices. We now have a much better idea which character Dennings will be playing on the big screen. What role does she play? Details after the jump.
Just when you thought you had learned the complete cast of the big screen adaptation of Marvel’s Thor, we learn one last surprise. Thor star Natalie Portman accidentally revealed to MTV that her “good friend” “amazing actress” Kat Dennings has been cast in Kenneth Branagh adaptation. Portman didn’t reveal what character Dennings would play in the film. Portman is playing Jane Foster, nurse to Thor’s human alter-ego Donald Blake, and Jaimie Alexander is the Asgardian warrior Sif, so what role could Dennings play? We have a couple ideas after the jump.
Peter Stebbings feature directing debut Defendor is not your typical superhero movie. Actually, it features no super powers, and the vigilantism is more Home Alone than Death Wish. It’s a character piece with both dramatic and comic elements. Defendor successfully attempts to both subvert and inhabit the superhero genre in a much MUCH different way than Matthew Vaughn’s upcoming adaptation of Kick-Ass.
Posted on Wednesday, September 2nd, 2009 by Russ Fischer
Every piece of new material I see from the Canadian homegrown superhero movie Defendor, starring Woody Harrelson and Kat Dennings, has me more interested in seeing it. Peter posted a bunch of photos a while back and I ran a short clip not long after. Now the full trailer has arrived in advance of the film’s premiere at the Toronto Film Festival. And yeah, I’m ready for this one. See the clip after the break. Read More »
Posted on Friday, August 21st, 2009 by Russ Fischer
Twitch has a short clip from the odd-looking superhero movie Defendor, starring Woody Harrelson and Kat Dennings. We’ve already run some photos, which got me interested in the film immediately, and this clip looks great. Check it out after the break. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, August 12th, 2009 by Peter Sciretta
Defendor is a superhero dramedy which premieres at the 2009 Toronto International Film Festival. Written and directed by Peter Stebbings, and starring Woody Harrelson and Kat Dennings, the story centers around three characters: an everyday guy who comes to believe he’s a superhero, his psychiatrist, and the teenager he befriends.