David F. Sandberg’s no-budget, near-wordless 2013 short film “Lights Out” features a premise so simple it’s essentially a cinematic haiku. A woman is alone in her apartment, and when the lights turn off, an eerie female figure appears; when they come back on, the figure disappears. But Sandberg’s three-minute execution of this simple premise was clever enough — and virally popular enough — to secure the inexperienced Swedish filmmaker the support of horrormeister James Wan. Now armed with studio backing, his feature length expansion of that short never strays too far from its source, essentially repeating the same jump scare, over and over again, for most of its muscular 80 minute running time. What’s most shocking is how well it still works.
Very obviously a first feature, “Lights Out” is full of camp (most of it clearly intentional, some perhaps not), and its underlying mythology is confused and often ridiculous. But there’s an invigorating leanness — and a giddy, almost innocent energy — to the filmmaking, with Sandberg shooting for nothing more than inventive, relentless jolts, and the film should win over a sizable fanbase as Sandberg continues on to bigger things.
“Lights Out” opens with a bigger-budget recreation of the original short, featuring the same actress — Sandberg’s wife, Lotta Losten — and the same female figure in the darkness. This time, it’s set in a gloomy textile factory, and ends with the factory’s owner, Paul (Billy Burke), lying mangled on the floor.Read More
The ‘Lights Out’ actress tells us about her latest health campaign.
Aussie actress Teresa Palmer and best friend Cassandra Basile have watched a multitude of friends and family be impacted by cancer (Palmer’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2015). And thats what drew the duo to Pink Hope, the Sydney-based preventative health organisation that focuses on breast and ovarian cancer prevention.
To celebrate “Pinky Promise,” the five year-old foundation’s latest campaign that asks best friends to openly share information about their health, Palmer — who recently announced her second pregnancy via Instagram — and Basile told Vogue about the things that keep her happy and healthy as can be, and why Pinky Promise is an initiative she’s deeply behind.
Below, Palmer shares her advise on living healthfully:
Name one thing that always makes you happy:
My son Bodhi (duh!) also this pregnancy with my next baby has been really joyful!
What’s the most important thing in your life?
Continuing my journey of self-development, mindfulness and spirituality means that my greatest wish — to raise conscious-minded children — will be easier to reach. The more I learn, the more connected I feel to teaching my children how to navigate life in a more conscious and aware manner.Read More
I have just added new outtakes of Teresa with American actress Sarah Wright Olsen and their sons taken by Tyler Parker for “Your Zen Mama“. They look absolutely beautiful together. Check them out:
Teresa Palmer happily announced on Friday that she and her husband, Mark Webber, are expecting their second child together.
The 30-year-old actress took to Instagram and posted an adorable photo of her 2-year-old son, Bodhi, pulling his mother’s shirt up to kiss her baby bump while Webber looks at the camera as he leans in to kiss Bodhi’s head.
“And just like that my heart grew bigger ❤️✨ Welcoming baby number 2 in to the family,” the Warm Bodies star wrote. “Can’t believe our little Bodhi is going to be a big brother! 👶 @likemark”
Prior to Bodhi’s arrival in 2014, Palmer posted a sweet message on Instagram, along with a sonogram image of her baby and a pair of slippers. “To my precious baby – I’m so blessed to be your mama, we have been wishing for you for awhile,” she wrote. “We love you so much and can’t wait to kiss your little face and tiny toes. Thank you for hearing our prayers.”
Palmer and Webber first met in 2012 and married in December 2013 in Mexico.
Source: Entertainment Weekly
Making it: Teresa Palmer, Elizabeth Debicki, Margot Robbie… Australian actors are getting the plum roles in Hollywood. No wonder the locals are nervous.
“You see the palm trees? They tell you anything’s possible.” – Knight of Cups (2016)
Teresa Palmer is breastfeeding her two-year-old son, Bodhi Rain, and talking wistfully of home. “I just FaceTimed my dad in Adelaide and he was showing Bodhi the kangaroo outside,” she says, before going quiet. She can see the Los Angeles palms from her Beachwood Canyon address, high up in the hills, just below the Hollywood sign. The sign and the trees; each is an icon of the city, less an object than a grandiose idea, a beckoning gesture, a promise. Come here, they murmur, come and meet that earthly form of transcendence called fame.
In another part of the movie capital, Elizabeth Debicki is packing her suitcase. Again. Tomorrow she will fly to New York, don a green Prada gown and join the glittering A-list at the Met Gala before hopping on a plane to Perth to begin an independent Australian film. “It’s a trajectory I feel very proud of and I don’t know that it’s been done before,” she laughs. “I feel that I’m getting literally the best of both worlds.”
Margot Robbie is already in New York prepping for Anna Wintour’s gala, as well as the impending superstardom that will come with the two big studio films on her horizon. Meanwhile, Twilight actor Xavier Samuel has touched down in Melbourne to film a series for the ABC and await the release of his latest, Love & Friendship, a bigscreen Jane Austen adaptation. Sarah Snook, fresh from a stint on the London stage with Ralph Fiennes, is also home, but only briefly. “Work begets work,” she laughs, as she waits for confirmation of her next international project. And Yael Stone is in Sydney shooting SBS crime drama Deep Water with Aussie Game of Thrones actor Noah Taylor, before heading stateside to resume filming on the hit American series Orange is the New Black, which has also made a star of her compatriot Ruby Rose.Read More
Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge Release Date Announced by Lionsgate
Lionsgate has announced a release date for director Mel Gibson’s latest, the true World War II tale Hacksaw Ridge, which stars Andrew Garfield, Sam Worthington, Luke Bracey, Teresa Palmer, Hugo Weaving, Rachel Griffiths and Vince Vaughn in the story of Corporal Demond Doss, the first conscientious objector to receive the US congressional Medal of Honor. The Hacksaw Ridge release date is a wide release planned for November 4, 2016.
Doss, who will be played by Garfield, was drafted into World War II at age 23. Raised a Seventh-day Adventist, he refused to kill or carry a weapon and, as such, became stationed as a medic. President Harry S. Truman presented Doss with his commendation on November 1, 1945, citing numerous acts of bravery and sacrifice performed by Doss in the line of duty. Doss was the only American soldier to serve on the front lines without a weapon, and single-handedly saved the lives of 75 men.
Hacksaw Ridge is scripted by Robert Schenkkan and Randall Wallace, the latter of whom worked with Gibson on Braveheart. The center of the story is likely to focus on 1945’s three-month military assault Operation Iceburg, also known as the Battle of Okinawa. “Hacksaw Ridge” was the name given the location of a particularly brutal two-week confrontation wherein United States troops faced off against Japanese soldiers on the rocky cliffs of Okinawa.
Bill Mechanic, Brian Oliver, David Permut, Terry Benedict, Paul Currie, Bruce Davey, William D. Johnson and Tyler Thompson produced Hacksaw Ridge through Cross Creek Pictures, Demarest Media, Pandemonium, Permut Presentations and Gibson’s Icon Productions.
Source: Coming Soon
Not content with his own directorial career, Ridley Scott produces a vast quantity of other people’s films and TV series. He’s now launched label called Ridley Scott Presents… and has locked in Teresa Palmer to star in a new thriller called The Twisted.
Olatunde Osunsanmi, no stranger to sci-fi films based on real events after The Fourth Kind, is directing the new movie, which was written by Ari Schlossberg. Palmer will play a child psychologist who has had her own issues in the past and who is dispatched to investigate peculiar events at an isolated orphanage. Turns out several of the children have started to exhibit unusual symptoms follows what they claim was an extraterrestrial encounter.
Given the title, we’d guess they’re probably right about that, and things won’t turn out well. The cameras are set to start rolling next month. Palmer will be dealing with paranormal activity this August as horror thriller Lights Out arrives on the 15th. She’s also worked on Mel Gibson’s latest film, Hacksaw Ridge.
On may 05, Teresa attended the Bottega Veneta Maison Grand Opening in Beverly Hills. I have added 3 photos of this event in our gallery:
It’s been a good year for Teresa Palmer. Earlier this year, she proved to be one of the most alluring characters to be wandering around in Terence Malick‘s visionary Knight of Cups, playing a stripper who seduces and travels along with Christian Bale‘s troubled screenwriter to Las Vegas. It’s the best work the young actress has done yet, though she proved equally endearing in John Hillcoat‘s enveloping yet problematic Triple 9, where she played the wife of good-cop Casey Affleck as he chased after a gang of high-end bank robbers. She also appeared in The Choice, the latest melodramatic tale of tortured romance to be spurred from the work of Nicholas Sparks. And mind you, she’s got another three or four films coming out by the end of this year, at least one of which has the chance of Oscar attention.
While on the red carpet for this year’s CinemaCon, Palmer stopped to talk with Collider’s own Steve Weintraub about two of those projects, specifically Lights Out, the highly anticipated horror film from producer James Wan, and Hacksaw Ridge, the long awaited and frankly unlikely new directorial effort from Mel Gibson.
On the former picture, which was expanded to a feature from writer-director David F. Sandberg‘s celebrated short, Palmer discussed why she liked the finished product more than the script that she originally received, and pointed out one scene that she found particularly memorable, if only because the shot – involving a tattoo-parlor neon sign – took so long to get right. After that, she switched gears to talk about Hacksaw Ridge, which she suggested might be the best film she’s worked on yet, before she went onto praise the performance of her co-star, the surpassingly talented Andrew Garfield. She was so enamored with his performance that she even inferred that he’s a lock for an Oscar win which, to be fair, he’s been long overdue for.
Lights Out will hit theaters nationwide on July 22nd, whereas Hacksaw Ridge is currently scheduled to see release sometime this Fall/Winter, in the middle of Oscar season.
Yesterday, Teresa attended the CinemaCon 2016 Warner Bros. Pictures Invites You to The Big Picture, an Exclusive Presentation Highlighting the Summer of 2016 and Beyond at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace during CinemaCon, the official convention of the National Association of Theatre Owners, in Las Vegas, Nevada. I have added several high-quality pictures in the gallery: