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Interview: Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark’s Guillermo Del Toro And Katie Holmes

You know when you misplace something and someone tells you, “It couldn’t have just walked off on its own?” Well, thanks to Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, you’ve got a culprit to point a finger at; they may claim they just want to be your friends, but this movie’s little monsters also have their eyes on your razors, clothing and your children.

Alex (Guy Pearce) is a struggling architect trying to renovate the old Blackwood Manor to revitalize his career. With his interior decorator and live-in girlfriend, Kim (Katie Holmes), by his side, he calls the location home and works on it incessantly. Things get complicated when his ex-wife decides it’s time for their daughter, Sally (Bailee Madison), to go and live with daddy. Alex thinks he’s child-proofed the house by giving his daughter the quintessential little girl’s dream room, but with little to do, Sally resorts to exploring and winds up discovering that they’re not the only ones living in the Blackwood Manor and that those other residents are viciously desperate to be her friends.

In honor of Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark’s August 26th release, writer-producer Guillermo del Toro and star Katie Holmes sat down to talk about the film at a roundtable interview. The session was packed with goods from the set including Holmes’ experience working with Madison, del Toro’s effort to bring the film’s creatures to life and much more. Check it all out for yourself in the video interview below and be sure to keep an eye out for those spoiler alerts, as they’re very much there for a reason.

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Review: Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark

Haunted house films are back in full force. In April we got the beautifully modest and wildly enjoyable Insidious from James Wan and now Guillermo del Toro and Co. are giving the subgenre a go with Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark. While the two are rooted in entirely different core concepts, they do have quite a bit in common, namely child stars vs. evil entities, eerily warm yet threatening tones, fantastic visuals and the fact that they’re both incredibly frightening, exhilarating and entertaining all in one. Haunted house films are officially two for two in 2011.

When Sally’s (Bailee Madison) mother decides it’s time to hand her over to her father, Alex (Guy Pearce), she’s sent from Los Angeles to Rhode Island where she’ll call the old Blackwood Manor home. Alex, an architect desperately in need of a career comeback, and his girlfriend, Kim (Katie Holms), an interior decorator, are calling the place home for the time being, as they’re working to restore the house and sell it for a pretty penny and ego boost.

In the midst of a snooping session, Sally discovers a room in the Blackwood Manor, a basement her father never knew existed. After knocking down a wall and finding the basement door, Sally, Alex and Kim investigate and discover the famous artist Emerson Blackwood’s studio. Alex is fascinated with the new space and Kim with the work Mr. Blackwood left behind, but Sally winds up enraptured with something else, something connected to Emerson Blackwood’s disappearance over a hundred years ago.

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Interview: Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark’s Bailee Madison (Roundtable)

At just 9-years-old, actress Bailee Madison went head-to-head with what many kids consider their worst nightmare, things that go bump in the night. Clearly Madison had no trouble separating fact from fiction because now, at 11-years-old, she’s hitting the press circuit for Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark and well, she might be one of the most poised and professional actresses out there, regardless of her age.

Madison leads as Sally. When her mother decides she’s had enough, Sally is sent to Rhode Island to live with her father, Alex (Guy Pearce). Struggling to revive his architecture career, Alex’s latest project is the old Blackwood Manor, the renovation of which he’s sure will put him back on the map. Helping him with the venture is his interior decorator and girlfriend Kim (Katie Holmes). As the job is a top priority, Alex calls the Blackwood Manor home for the time being and, therefore, Sally must do the same. However, they’re not the only ones who dwell in this not-so-humble abode and those other residents have their eye on Sally.

Sure, she isn’t allowed to watch R-rated movies, but Madison’s already got a ton of big screen experience under her belt, has an impressive amount of on-set knowledge and has some acting tricks courtesy of writer-producer Guillermo del Toro up her sleeve. Watch as Madison talks about all of that and much more in the video interview below and be sure to catch her in action when Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark opens on August 26th.

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Interview: Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark’s Bailee Madison

Having grown up watching horror films far beyond my years, it’s tough to imagine an 11-year-old actually being in one. But actress Bailee Madison was just 9 years old when she stepped in front of the lens for director Troy Nixey in his big screen remake of the 1973 made-for-TV film Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark. Even at such a young age she says she had no trouble separating fact from fiction, a good thing since this film is one that can keep you up and checking under the bed at night.

Madison leads as Sally Hirst, a little girl sent cross-country to live with her father, Alex, (Guy Pearce) in Rhode Island. Rather than shack up in a humble abode in a suburban neighborhood, Sally is stuck living at the creepy old Blackwood Manor, as that’s the location her father is sure will put his architecture career back on track. By Alex’s side is interior decorator and live-in girlfriend, Kim (Katie Holmes), who makes noble albeit unsuccessful attempts at earning Sally’s affection. Desperate for a friend, when strange voices call out to Sally from the basement, she’s compelled to investigate the option.

Within minutes of meeting Madison, it’s quite clear she’s not your average 11 year old. Not only is she incredibly poised and professional, but she’s particularly knowledgeable when it comes to technical jargon and methods for improving her own craft. At the same time when she’s not in front of the camera or behind a voice recorder, Madison’s a kid at heart, sticking close to the junket buffet table, which was packed with Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark cupcakes. Then again, so was I.

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SDCC 2011: All Good Things Must Come To An End … With A Giveaway!

I can’t believe it, but this is officially it; my coverage of San Diego Comic Con 2011 has come to a close. For five incredibly long days, the experience went by in a flash. The action was non-stop from the moment I touched down in San Diego and while it was extremely exhausting and probably one of the most trying working experiences I’ve ever gone through, it was beyond worth it.

So, what’d you think? Did you like my coverage choices? Were the formats I chose to report in effective? Do let me know because I’m thrilled to say, it looks as though I’ll be returning to Comic Con next year!

I do know I learned quite a few things for myself while out west. First off, I need to pack more food than a box of granola bars, or at least make time to pick up some items at a local supermarket. Between running around collecting coverage and then writing it up, there’s little to no time to grab a bite. Second, if I want to cover a panel, I’ve either got to get on line at about 5am or hunt down a press pass. I arrived for The Walking Dead panel over three hours early and the line to get into Ballroom 20 was already about 10,000 people long!

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SDCC 2011: Thursday Wrap Up And Photos

And that’s a wrap on my first full busy day at San Diego Comic Con. I kicked things off at the press conference for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1, which featured Elizabeth Reaser, Ashley Greene, Nikki Reed, Julia Jones and Booboo Stewart after which Bill Condon, Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner took the stage. Before wrapping up things with Summit Entertainment, I spoke with the writer of one of the studio’s next book-to-film adaptations, Warm Bodies author Isaac Marion. Keep an eye out for that interview later this week.

From there it was off to the convention center where I spent some time checking out the goods including vendor booths like MIMOBOT (more to come from them later this week) and studio presentations like Lionsgates’ booth which is all decked out in Hunger Games’ flaming glory.

Time flew fast, so from there it was a brisk walk over to Ballroom 20 where author George R.R. Martin proudly presented the cast and writers who brought the first book of his A Song of Ice and Fire series to life, Game of Thrones. Lena Headey, Emilia Clarke, Peter Dinklage, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Kit Harington, Jason Momoa and writers, David Benioff and D.B. Weiss were all on hand to talk about their experience working on the show’s first season, the goodies that will come with the season one DVD as well as a bit of what to expect for season two and beyond.

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SDCC 2011: Interview With Don’t Be Afraid Of The Dark’s Guy Pearce

After pleasing the masses at the Hall H panel presentation, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark star Guy Pearce hit the Hilton Bayfront for some one-on-one interviews. I was fortunate enough to get to spend some time with the actor who plays Alex Hirst, a divorcee who doesn’t quite know what to do when his ex ships their young daughter, Sally (Bailee Madison), across the country to shack up with him and his girlfriend (Katie Holmes). And that’s the least of his troubles. Turns out, the old Blackwood Manor, the spot Alex is renovating to sell, but currently calls home, is haunted and the evil that lurks inside has its eyes on his littler girl.

While the film is firmly entrenched in the horror genre, boosting the drama and the father-daughter element were top priority for Pearce. Lucky for him, he had a lot of help in that effort as his young co-star, who was just nine-years-old at the time, was as professional and capable as they come. Check out everything Pearce had to say about balancing the horror and drama, working with Madison, his thoughts on Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark’s terrifyingly elusive villains and much more in the video interview below.

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