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Want A Preview Of JUMPER With Doug Liman, Hayden Christensen And Some Big Brains At MIT!?

Hey, everyone. ”Moriarty” here. I’ve seen some people who seem to have a real hate-on for this film already, but I dig everything I’ve seen. I think there are some really inventive, unusual ideas on display in all the trailers, stuff we’ve really never seen in an action film. It looks BIG, too, which I like. I’m eager to see it sooner rather than later, and I wish I was going to be at this MIT screening, where they'll be showing chunks of the film and then talking about the science behind it. Still, there’s an opportunity if you’re in the area for you to go, and here’s hoping some of you take advantage of that and write us to tell us how the clips and how the evening goes. Check out the details below:

Hey Harry, This is a great opportunity for Bostonians interested in a sneak preview AND meet both the director and the lead actor. If you use this info, please call me zykorex. MIT LSC presents a free sneak preview of the film JUMPER (work-in-progress) next week Wednesday, 16 Jan, in 26-100 at 8:00pm. In the science fiction-action-thriller _Jumper_, a genetic anomaly allows a young man to teleport himself anywhere. He discovers this gift has existed for centuries and finds himself in a war that has been raging for thousands of years between "Jumpers" and those who have sworn to kill them. The screening will be followed by a discussion panel about the film and the physics of teleportation featuring lead actor HAYDEN CHRISTENSEN, director DOUG LIMAN, and MIT Physics Professors MAX TEGMARK and EDWARD FARHI. LSC members (including permpass members) may reserve tickets (for yourself and a guest) by e-mailing me; please try to do it by Tuesday the 15th, but I'll probably accept them afterwards. Doors will open at 7pm. Permpass members, Execomm members, and LSC members working the sneak may reserve seats in advance of opening (email your director if you're interested in working the sneak!). This is a FREE Sneak Preview, with preferred admission for members of the MIT Community with an MIT ID or brass rat. Tickets will be distributed in Lobby 16 at 6pm on January 16.

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  • Jan. 10, 2008, 10:16 p.m. CST


    by moondoggy2u

    Told you guys it aint that hard..

  • Jan. 10, 2008, 10:18 p.m. CST

    Rachel Bilson is a hot little monkey

    by Musicballs

    I will be seeing this for the reteaming of Annakin and Mace Windu and Rachel Bilson in bra and panties.

  • Jan. 10, 2008, 10:20 p.m. CST


    by wackybantha

    I couldn't have said it better myself.

  • Jan. 10, 2008, 10:21 p.m. CST

    "There can be only one."

    by odysseus

    Sounds a little like Highlander redux. Trailer looks cool, tho'.

  • Jan. 10, 2008, 10:30 p.m. CST

    Well, it's good that there are two professors on the panel...

    by Ribbons

    ...because I don't think anybody seriously expects Hayden Christensen to answer questions about the "physics of teleporation," unless maybe the question is "Did they paint you green and was the paint cold?" Glibness aside, it sounds like a fun event.

  • Jan. 10, 2008, 10:36 p.m. CST

    Think this will make or break Hayden?

    by Han Cholo

    I want to see him succeed and this movie looks like it might push him in that direction. <p> On another note, anyone see his sister on Law & Order SVU Tuesday? She is HOT STUFF. Probably the best episode of Law & Order SVU I'd seen, but I hated the ending.

  • Jan. 10, 2008, 10:37 p.m. CST

    well, I dont see how this film will help him...

    by moondoggy2u

    Has there been ANY excitement for this film?

  • Jan. 10, 2008, 11:04 p.m. CST

    I will go see this, Samuel and Liman are enough

    by Stormwatcher

    I want to see if this is good. I am hoping for it to be, I would rather it be good then bad.

  • Jan. 10, 2008, 11:10 p.m. CST


    by Magma Suit

    The difference between Hayden and Mark Hamill is that his performance as Luke Skywalker was an iconic one in a genre re-defining series of films. Hayden's was something of an afterbirth.

  • Jan. 10, 2008, 11:19 p.m. CST

    Yeah, stormwatcher...

    by moondoggy2u

    cuz Samuel Jackson is the seal of approval for quality films...

  • Jan. 10, 2008, 11:27 p.m. CST

    so what the hell is his email adress? im goin- this looks good..


  • Jan. 10, 2008, 11:36 p.m. CST

    the lucas curse

    by cloudrider`

    it's not the whiny gene per se, it's the lucas factor. some directors simply are not starmakers. lucas is one, spielberg is another. for both directors the spectacles are always the stars, not the actors. of course, you could argue that with the indiana jones, the character IS the spectacle. <p> but really, if you're a virgin in the acting world, you dont want these guys directing your first movie. your downfall will be as fast as your rise. better make a name first elsewhere, and THEN be in their movies.

  • Jan. 10, 2008, 11:46 p.m. CST

    This movie looks badass

    by Atomica

    Let's all say it together: "Screw the naysayers!" And for the record between this and Neuromancer i think Hayden's making some pretty damn good career choices post SW.

  • Jan. 10, 2008, 11:59 p.m. CST

    it's not his choices.

    by cloudrider`

    it's his range that'd be holding him back. i thought he was good in 'life as house', then i saw the prequels and he played whiny the exact same way. <p> but fear not, keanu has a lasting career despite his shortcoming.

  • Jan. 11, 2008, 12:07 a.m. CST

    It looks okay but this IS a January movie...

    by Orbots Commander

    i.e. the studio crappy movie dumping ground. If anybody thought it was blockbuster material it would've likely been released during the Spring, Summer or Holiday Season.

  • Jan. 11, 2008, 12:22 a.m. CST

    It's a February movie...

    by AlwaysThere

    and in a prime spot to make some serious money like previous "February" movies have.

  • Jan. 11, 2008, 12:40 a.m. CST

    oh YES!!!

    by frankenfickle

    or, wait, sorry i meant "oh no, not a all."

  • Jan. 11, 2008, 1:04 a.m. CST

    Han Cholo, RE: Erika Christensen ..

    by AlwaysThere

    LMAO, she's not his sister.

  • Jan. 11, 2008, 2:53 a.m. CST

    Yeah cloudrider, Lucas and Spielberg never helped make anyone a

    by Sledge Hammer

    Harrison who-now?

  • Jan. 11, 2008, 2:55 a.m. CST

    ...anyone a star (damn invisible line cutoff)

    by Sledge Hammer

    I swear this is the worst programmed forum system on the net. Sheesh.

  • Jan. 11, 2008, 2:58 a.m. CST

    Hayden's career will NOT go the way of Hamill's...

    by Sledge Hammer that Hamill at least managed to show up in classic The Big Red One, and was smart enough to roll into a worthy career as a voice actor in animation, as well as being one of the first 'real' actors to venture into the world of video game performance work, something that's oh-so-common for actors to do to help supplement themselves now. Whereas I highly doubt that Hayden Christensen will ever do anything of that much note, although I might be wrong, Beast Of Bataan certainly has potential at least. We'll see I guess.

  • Jan. 11, 2008, 3:12 a.m. CST

    This movie looks okay...

    by GenPion

    I'll see it. I'm a fan of the director's work. Though my expectations are not that high I expect this to at least be a fun film, worth one watch, if nothing else.

  • Jan. 11, 2008, 3:31 a.m. CST

    really I thought she was......

    by Han Cholo

    Fuck, should've looked at IMDB. Well someone told me she was Hayden's sister. Fuck it, she's still hot.

  • Jan. 11, 2008, 3:43 a.m. CST

    I'm seeing this

    by andrew coleman

    looks like a dog time with Sam Jackson kicking some Anakin ass.

  • Jan. 11, 2008, 4:03 a.m. CST


    by Mr Gorilla

    [As uttered by Obi Wan (I), Vader (III), Luke (IV)] I know that you guys have fun slagging off Hayden and it helps you momentarily forget about your tragically small dicks, but a) a lot of actors didn't exactly do their best work in the prequels; and b) I really don't think he was that bad - I believed him as a whiny kid in Ep 2, and as a mean, paranoid bastard towads the end of Ep 3.

  • Jan. 11, 2008, 6:40 a.m. CST

    Hayden is a brilliant actor. Watch Shattered Glass!

    by HarryBlackPotter

    The Star Wars movies were hardly a stretch of anyone's talents. Comparing Hayden Christensen is lazy and without foundation. Just look at the body of work Hayden has notched up outside the Star Wars movies and you'll change your mind. Don't take my word for it, and don't be lazy, go take a look yourself.

  • Jan. 11, 2008, 10:13 a.m. CST

    Lucas and actors....

    by Darth Macchio

    I don't think I need full disclosure for anyone to see my disdain for Christensen's performance of Anakin. It's in my handle fer Chrissakes! But I've also seen him in 'Life as a House' and 'Shattered Glass' and while I certainly don't think he's the best working actor today, he is certainly many levels better than his performance in the prequels would indicate. This is not a new thing...this concept of Lucas writing shitty dialogue and then being completely inept at getting the actors to say it in even a remotely non-wooden way. People tore apart Portman too but go and watch 'Closer' or 'The Professional' (in which she puts in an amazing performance at the ripe old age of 13!). Truly a talented actor but if you only knew her from the prequels then it's likely you not only would think she's not a good actor but kinda not that attractive either (you won't think so after watching 'Closer' believe me! Nat is talented AND beautiful). The point is that Lucas excels at actions sequences and story telling and production but not much else (in my opinion). When he takes center stage in terms of directing/writing, you see it in the sub-par quality of the script and spoken dialogue....when he takes somewhat of a backseat (ala ESB) then the movie becomes one of the greatest sci-fi films ever (I think ANH is a fluke or more likely cause he was not mega-rich and content but still a hungry, broke, and ambitious filmmaker). Even veteran accomplished actors (Neeson and MacGregor) didn't escape the wood. Even immortal/genius Christopher Lee, who has these dreadful lines, but still manages (to me) the best performance *despite* Lucas' directing. I think the prequels are truly Lucas's babies and thus have a much higher suck factor. <p><p><p>As far as Jumper: Definitely an interesting concept and hope it pulls good for Christensen. Might check out the book before the movie comes out...