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Catherine Hardwicke Talks Musical Thriller 'Plush,' Blockbuster Vs. Indie Releasing & More

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • October 17, 2013 1:06 PM
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Catherine Hardwicke
Catherine Hardwicke is insane. This isn't a dig. It's a fact. Like the sky is blue and water is wet. The director of "Thirteen" and the first "Twilight" has a delightfully off-kilter aura that is positively infectious. After helping to create that blockbuster franchise (and, honestly, what would those movies be without her casting?), she directed a big studio movie for Warner Bros. ("Red Riding Hood") before going back to what she does best: dramatize the lives of young people on the edge. The result? "Plush," which after a brief theatrical run is out on DVD this week.

5 Movies About F*cked Up Mother/Daughter Relationships

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • October 16, 2013 4:02 PM
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5 Movies About F*cked Up Mother/Daughter Relationships
Being ordered by your mother to "Go to your closet and pray” is hopefully not a parenting technique of which too many of us have had first-hand experience. But then, hopefully also, few enough of us are supernaturally-inclined telekinetic teenaged victims of social exclusion and bullying either. This week “Carrie” is released, the remake of the Brian de Palma stone-cold classic, or the reworking of Stephen King’s wildly popular bestseller, however you choose to look at it. And indeed, however you initially came to it, it’s a story that’s probably familiar to you and its pigs-blood-at-the-prom-scene provides some of the most iconic horror imagery in popular culture.

Ben Wheatley Directing First Two Episodes Of 'Doctor Who' Season 8, Catherine Hardwicke Goes MTV & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 14, 2013 9:07 AM
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It looks like the BBC is giving "Doctor Who" fans lots of reasons to look forward to season eight. First, after runs by two fan favorites in Matt Smith and David Tennant, Peter Capaldi will be the next actor to roll with the TARDIS in the beloved show. And to get things off on on the right foot, one of the best genre filmmakers of the moment has been hired as well.

Review: Catherine Hardwicke's Musical Murder Mystery Melodrama 'Plush' With Emily Browning & Cam Gigandet

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 13, 2013 10:16 AM
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The first five minutes of "Plush," the new musical murder mystery from Catherine Hardwicke (who started the "Twilight" franchise with a bang, before getting shoved to the side for a succession of anonymous filmmakers), are misleading in a pretty profound way. In this introductory sequence, an unseen figure ties a young woman to a chair. She is gagged and helpless, although her positioning and the slick vinyl restraints suggest something even kinkier. The shadowy figure dumps a whole truckload of rocks on top of her while she's bound, suffocating her under the stones. Bright lights illuminate the ghastly tableau. This is like something out of a "Saw" sequel, especially since nothing even remotely spooky happens for the next 45 minutes. Torture porn, it's not.

Watch: Red-Band Trailer For Catherine Hardwicke's 'Plush' Starring Emily Browning Plus New Pics & Poster

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 20, 2013 6:37 PM
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It has been well over a year since we heard anything about Catherine Hardwicke's rock 'n roll flick "Plush" but not only is it in the can, it's hitting theaters in less than a month. Really. So it's no surprise that a wealth of promo material is now hitting the internet, with the teaser trailer, poster and a batch of new pics all surfacing for the movie.

Catherine Hardwicke Tapped For Big Screen Adaptation Of Sci-Fi Bestseller 'Age Of Miracles'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 3, 2013 6:26 PM
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After kicking off the "Twilight" franchise and promptly being replaced by an array of different (and, it should be noted, male) directors, director Catherine Hardwicke has been somewhat adrift. She did a decidedly "Twilight"-ish take on "Red Riding Hood" for Warner Bros. before the fairy tale craze really bloomed, and just completed a contemporary thriller called "Plush" that she co-wrote. But now she's headed back to the bestseller list, with an adaptation of Karen Thompson Walker's buzzy debut novel "The Age of Miracles" for River Road Entertainment. The adaptation was written by "Hanna" scribe Seth Lochhead and will be produced by River Road's founder Bill Pohlad.

Emily Browning To Star In Catherine Hardwicke's Thriller 'Plush'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 25, 2012 5:38 PM
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We're sure Catherine Hardwicke and Evan Rachel Wood are still pals, but sometimes scheduling or a variety of other reasons keep two people from working together. Earlier this year it looked like the "Thirteen" star and director were going to reunite on "Plush," but alas, things don't seem to have worked out. But another capable star is looking to come off the bench and sub in.

Catherine Hardwicke To Direct '60s Brit Gangster Pic 'Diamond'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 22, 2012 9:40 AM
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After taking a sharp swing towards the mainstream with "Twilight" and "Red Riding Hood," it seems that director Catherine Hardwicke is determined to get back to the indie grit with which she made her name, with films like "Thirteen" and "Lords Of Dogtown." Over the past year she's aligned herself with a handful of projects including the provocatively named book adaptation "The Bitch Posse"; a boxing biopic with Noomi Rapace attached; and the erotic thriller "Plush" with Evan Rachel Wood. And now another project has landed on her slate that has nothing to do with vampires or werewolves.

Catherine Hardwicke To Reunite With Evan Rachel Wood For Erotic, L.A.-Set Thriller 'Plush'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • February 5, 2012 8:34 AM
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Seems like Catherine Hardwicke ("Thirteen," "Lords of Dogtown") is trying to hone in on a grittier return behind the camera. After "Twilight" and "Red Riding Hood," the helmer was linked to an adaptation of the potentially franchise-spawning "The Maze Runner," but soon focused her attentions on troubled-teen tale "The Bitch Posse" and a biopic of Swedish boxer Bo "Bosse" Högberg starring former partners Noomi and Bo Rapace.

Catherine Hardwicke To Direct Noomi Rapace In Swedish Boxing Biopic Opposite Ex-Husband

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 29, 2011 10:07 AM
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It was just a couple of weeks ago when director Catherine Hardwicke hinted at her next movie saying, “I have another project that looks like it’s going to go first. It’s in Sweden and Germany, and it’s really wild. I can’t quite talk about it, but we’ll probably do the announcement in a couple of weeks." Well, right on schedule, that news has arrived.

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