Nov 13 2011

November 13, 2011Author: Rachel1 Comment

Anton Yelchin’s had a pretty darned good year at the movies — good notices in The Beaver, funnier reviews for Fright Night and better still for his new film, Like Crazy, a bittersweet long distance romance, largely improvised, with co-star Felicity Jones.

None of the movies have been big box office, but we wondered if he even noticed that.

“I try to stay away from reviews and box office news because no matter what your appraisal of your work is – I have moments where I’ve doubted whether I did a good job, and people liked it, and moments where I was satisfied that people didn’t respond to at all.

“You can’t go into the world of rottentomatoes. For every review that makes you feel good, there’s another one to make you feel lousy. You’re setting yourself up to be disappointed either way. My psyche isn’t strong enough to withstand that sort of outside critique. I take criticism at work, but one it’s done and there’s nothing you can change about it, why put yourself through it?”

The only way for the 22 year old Anton to top this year would be to shoot a certified blockbuster in 2012. Which he is. He’s back in the role of Chekhov in the second J.J.
Abrams Star Trek movie.

“I’m stoked. They always keep us in the dark, sorta till the last minute. What’s happening, who’ll be in it and what the film will be like. It’s good to know that we’re making it and that J.J.’s directing it, is all I can say.

I have no idea what Benicio del Toro is playing. I read online, like everybody else, that he’s been having conversations with J.J. No idea what level that’s at. J.J. won’t even tell him what role it would be. That’s J.J.!

“I would be honored to be on the same set with Benicio del Toro in ANY role. If that works out, it’ll be great.”

Yelchin doesn’t “remember” his own Russian accent (He was born in Leningrad, now St. Petersburg, in the former USSR). The one he has to recall for the movie comes from TV.

“I lost my accent years ago. My accent is just for the movies. Walter Koenig’s accent was so fun and wonderful to fool around with. It’s like the original series itself. It’s got this great camp quality to it. I embrace that.

“I love the original series. I didn’t know much about it until we did the first film, and I did so much research on it that I get excited by the idea of going back into all of that, looking at my notes on how to play Chekhov, watching his scenes again in the movies and the series.

“I’m honored to be able to pay tribute to Walter with these movies.”

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Nov 04 2011

The J.J. Abrams untitled Star Trek sequel may have found its villain. Variety reports that, while nothing is yet official, Benicio Del Toro is expected to be offered the role imminently.

Famous for his secrecy, Abrams has reportedly not yet revealed even to the actor what the role will be, though production is expected to begin this January.

Chris Pine, Zachary Quinto, Zoe Saldana, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, John Cho and Anton Yelchin are expected to all reprise their roles as members of the Enterprise crew with Abrams back in the director’s chair and a script again from Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. (Source_

Oct 30 2011

In a recent interview, Like Crazy director, Drake Doremus spoke highly about the importance of finding the ‘perfect’ chemistry – and how it all started with Anton Yelchin before Felicity Jones:

“We started with Anton. When we wrote it, then we started thinking about who’s out there in their early 20’s that was an actor. He came to mind right away. He sort of embodied the characteristics of Jacob. And I met with him and I was just like, ‘Okay, great. Let’s do this.’ And then I started to think about Jenn, and [Felicity and Anton] were friends, and I talked to him about her. Felicity came in before me a couple days before we started shooting, really about a week beforehand. I had seen a bunch of different actresses with Anton—chemistry reads in Los Angeles; just wasn’t quite feeling right. And Felicity videotaped herself in her flat in London and she did the shower scene in the film that, as you know, is at the end of the film.”

“But she actually got in her shower and put up a tripod and went through the emotional journey of what her character was going through in that moment. She sent me the tape and I saw the tape and flipped out and immediately called her and asked her, ‘How soon can you get to LA?’ She said, ‘I can get there tomorrow.’ And then she came and we started rehearsing. Seven days after she met Anton they were frolicking on the beach together, and they were in bed together… It was really surreal. They just had that magic between them. They were willing to go to the place that they needed to go in order to make Anna and Jacob really feel alive.”

Read the Complete Interview: www.firstshowing.net

Oct 16 2011

Fright Night is set to arrive on Blu-ray and DVD just in time for the holidays. The movie comes with some aweomse un-rated bonus features that give this blood-sucking thriller some extra bite. I really enjoyed this movie and can not wait to see it on Blu-ray with the extra features.

Official Press Relase:
DreamWorks Pictures’ Fright Night, starring Colin Farrell, arrives onDecember 13, 2011 just in time to take a bite out of the holidays on Blu-ray 3D™, Blu-ray™, DVD, Digital and On-Demand. Inspired by the 1985 gothic horror cult classic and directed by Craig Gillespie (Lars and the Real Girl,Mr. Woodcock), all hell breaks loose when High School Senior Charley Brewster (Anton Yelchin) discovers his charming new neighbor Jerry (Farrell) is a Vampire preying on his neighborhood.

Packed with un-rated bonus features, the Blu-ray release includes a fang-in-cheek mockumentary “Peter Vincent: Swim Inside My Mind,” a hilarious satirical look at David Tennant’s egocentric “rock star” anti-hero character, Peter Vincent; “The Official How to Make a Funny Vampire Movie Guide;” “Squid Man: Extended and Uncut;” “Frightful Facts & Terrifying Trivia;” “Deleted Scenes;” and a “Gag Reel.” Also included is the uncensored “No One Believes Me” music video directed by Fright Night’s director Craig Gillespie and performed by hip hop recording artist Kid Cudi.

Proclaimed, “A Bloody Good Time” by Trey Alexander (Fandango.com), Fright Night features an all-star cast including: Colin Farrell (Horrible Bosses, Crazy Heart), Anton Yelchin (Star Trek, Terminator Salvation), Toni Collette (Academy Award® nominee for The Sixth Sense, and Golden Globe® winner for United States of Tara), Christopher Mintz-Plasse (Kick Ass, Superbad), David Tennant (Dr. Who, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire) and Imogen Poots (Jane Eyre, 28 Weeks Later).

Charley (Anton Yelchin) is a high school senior who’s on top of the world—he’s running with the popular crowd and dating Amy (Imogen Poots), the most coveted girl in school. But trouble arrives when Jerry (Colin Farrell) moves in next door. He seems like a nice guy––at first. But there’s something not quite right, and no one else, including Charley’s mom (Toni Collette) seems to notice. After his classmates start to mysteriously disappear without a trace, Charlie discovers that there is more to his new neighbor than meets the eye. Now he must do all he can to protect his mom and girlfriend Amy from meeting the same fate as his best friend Ed Thompson (Christopher Mintz-Plasse).

More Information: www.geektyrant.com

Oct 01 2011

Anton and the Like Crazy director/co-writer Drake Doremus attended a special screening for Like Crazy, at the 2011 Twin Cities Film Festival. The film won the “Best Feature Award,” at the film festival. Head over to the gallery for the latest additions.

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Oct 01 2011

Production stills and movie posters from the upcoming, Like Crazy film have been added into the gallery. Like Crazy stars Anton alongside Felicity Jones and Jennifer Lawrence. Head over to the gallery for the latest additions.

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Sep 27 2011

The 19th Annual Hamptons International Film Festival, which runs from October 13th to 17th, has announced two high-profile films as its centerpiece and closing night features.

Drake Doremus’s Like Crazy, which won this year’s Sundance Grand Jury Prize, is this year’s centerpiece film, and its lead actor Anton Yelchin will be honored as one of this year’s breakthrough performers. The closing film is Michel Hazanavicius’s The Artist, the contemporary silent film that won lead actor Jean Dujardin Cannes’ Best Actor award, set to be released by the Weinstein Company November 23.

The festival has also announced The Bully Project, Lee Hirsch’s exposé on bullying among American youth, will receive the Brizzolara Family Foundation Award for a film of Conflict & Resolution, a signature prize at the festival for the last 12 years. (Source)

Sep 27 2011

I’ve added the DVD and Blu-ray disc video artwork for The Smurfs into the gallery. Sony has announced they will be releasing The Smurfs starring Neil Patrick Harris, Jayma Mays and Hank Azaria, along with the voices of Katy Perry, Alan Cumming, George Lopez, Anton Yelchin and Paul Reubens, in a pair of Blu-ray configurations on Friday, December 2nd. The first configuration is three discs and includes the film on Blu-ray and DVD, as well as The Smurfs: A Christmas Carol, and all-new mini-movie. This is the special holiday gift set edition.

The second configuration includes the film on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray 2D and DVD across two discs. This version does not include The Smurfs: A Christmas Carol, so if you want that new mini-movie and the Blu-ray 3D version, you’re out of luck. Head over to the gallery for the latest additions.

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