Preview of 'Hell on Wheels' episode directed by Catherine Hardwicke

Details & First Look at Hell on Wheels Episode 2.04 ‘Scabs’

After tragedy strikes one of their own, Cullen must diffuse an internal threat to the railroad in episode four of the new season of Hell on Wheels.

In the following sneak peek, the railroad workers lay down tools and refuse to work following the death of one of their own. Can Cullen convince them to return to work?

‘Scabs’ was written by Chris Mundy and directed by Catherine Hardwicke.

Hell on Wheels episode 2.04 ‘Scabs’ airs SUN. Sept. 2 at 9/8C on AMC

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'Plush' news

Frances Fisher joins Hardwicke's 'Plush'

Frances Fisher is set to star in Catherine Hardwicke's "Plush" alongside Emily Browning, Cam Gigandet and Xavier Samuel.

Story follows a rising rock star (Browning) who finds herself in a spiral after losing her band mate and brother to a drug overdose. A married mother of two children, she finds new friendship and inspiration in a replacement guitarist (Samuel) -- who she comes to realize may be a madman.

Fisher will play Browning's new nanny.

Hardwicke, who's also producing, will helm from a script she co-wrote with Artie Nelson. Jason Blum is producing for Blumhouse Prods. along with Sherryl Clark of Busted Shark and Stuart Ford of IM Global, which is selling distribution rights.

Fisher has several films that will bow soon including "The Congress" starring Robin Wright. The deal was brokered by Michael Greene & Associates and Sanders Armstrong Caserta Management.



Catherine Hardwicke's Erotic Thriller 'Plush' Finds Financing

Catherine Hardwicke began shooting her erotic thriller Plush in Los Angeles on Monday with a cast led by Emily Browning, Xavier Samuel and Cam Gigandet.

IM Global is financing the film through its genre label Octane. The company was already on board as international sales agent and sold the film to a number of foreign distributors during the Cannes Film Market in May.

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Thomas Dekker Joins 'Plush'

Thomas Dekker Joins 'Plush'

Thomas Dekker has joined the cast of Catherine Hardwicke‘s upcoming flick Plush, can exclusively report!

Plush, penned by Catherine and Arty Nelson, tells the story of a young rocker who struggles to continue writing music while juggling the death of her brother and collaborator, a jealous husband, two kids, and a mysterious guitarist who will stop at nothing to become the most important person in her life.

Already attached to the project are Emily Browning, Cam Gigandet, and Xavier Samuel.

The thriller is set to be released sometime next year!


'Plush' news

Xavier Samuel joins Hardwicke's 'Plush'

Aussie thesp Xavier Samuel ("The Twilight Saga: Eclipse") is set to join Emily Browning and Cam Gigandet in Catherine Hardwicke's indie thriller "Plush."

Browning stars as a rock singer for the band Plush who, frustrated creatively in the wake of her brother's death, falls prey to the psychotic machinations of a new guitarist (Samuel).

Gigandet will co-star as psychic psychologist who delves into the minds of patients and sees their memories in order to help them unleash past demons. He meets his match in Browning's character, who shares his gift.

Hardwicke, who's also producing, will helm from a script she co-wrote with Artie Nelson. Jason Blum is producing for Blumhouse Prods. along with Sheryl Clark of Bad Robot and Stuart Ford of IM Global, which is selling distribution rights.

Production is skedded to start at the end of the month in Los Angeles.

Samuel appeared in "The Twilight Saga: Eclipse" before landing a key supporting role in Roland Emmerich's period pic "Anonymous." Thesp, who also stars in Anchor Bay's shark thriller "Bait," will soon be seen opposite Sam Worthington in the Aussie surfing drama "Drift." He's repped by the Gersh Agency, Management 360, Shanahan Management and Ziffren, Brittenham.


Cam Gigandet boards Catherine Hardwicke thriller

Emily Browning co-stars in 'Plush'

By Justin Kroll

Cam Gigandet is set to star with Emily Browning in Catherine Hardwicke's thriller "Plush."
Hardwicke, who's also producing, will helm from a script she co-wrote with Artie Nelson.

Gigandet plays a psychic psychologist who delves into the minds of patients and sees their memories in order to help them unleash past demons. He meets his match in Browning's character, who shares his gift.

IM Global is selling distribution rights.

The WME and Luber Roklin-repped Gigandet was most recently seen in Millennium Entertainment's "Trespass" and is currently lensing "Code Name: Geronimo."


'Twilight' director Catherine Hardwicke to helm episode of 'Hell on Wheels'

Twilight director Catherine Hardwicke will keep the trains running on time for Hell on Wheels: She is directing an episode of the 1860s-set AMC western that centers on the building of the first transcontinental railroad, EW has learned.

Hardwicke is helming the fourth installment of the second season, in which foreman Cullen Bohannon (Anson Mount) resorts to drastic measures to resolve a strike by the railroad employees.

Season 2 debuts August 12.


“Plush” news

Emily Browning may have famously turned down the chance to be Bella Swan, but looks like she’ll get a chance to work with “Twilight”‘s director after all. Variety reports Browning is in talks to star in Catherine Hardwicke’s “Plush”, which the director had previously earmarked for “Thirteen” star Evan Rachel Wood.

Originally described as an erotic thriller set in the music scene in LA, Variety’s new report indicates the script from Hardwicke and Artie Nelson actually follows a psychologist who delves into people’s minds to see their dreams and memories, to help them unlock past demons. The drama begins when he meets Browning’s character, a teen who shares his gift. Distrbution rights are up for grabs at Cannes while Hardwicke searches for the male lead.

Browning recently wrapped up shooting period romance “Summer In February” opposite Dominic Cooper and “Downton Abbey” star Dan Stevens and next stars in thriller “Magic Magic” opposite Michael Cera and Juno Temple. She was poised for a breakout as the star of Zack Snyder’s “Sucker Punch”, but the movie fizzled with audiences and critics. She’s also attached to indie screwball comedy “Cassy and Jude”, in which she’ll play identical twins, and received high marks at last year’s Cannes Film Fest as the star of Julia Leigh’s controversial “Sleeping Beauty.”


Catherine Hardwicke on GFS MasterClass - Production Design

Director Catherine Hardwicke joined 8 young filmmakers from around the world in a Google+ Hangout to teach them about Production Design, as part of the Ghetto Film School's MasterClass series. 

GFS MasterClass is a free innovative virtual class for young people who want to learn filmmaking from top directors in the industry. Through Google+'s Hangout videochat technology, young filmmaking students from around the world get lessons from established filmmakers. They happen once a month and so far we've had Lee Daniels ("Precious") and Catherine Hardwicke. 

3 weeks ago we shot a MasterClass with Catherine Hardwicke, where she talked about Production Design and how she's tackled it in Twilight, Red Riding Hood, Lords of Dogtown, Thirteen and more. Besides, she dropped some very cool tips on how to achieve a great look for your films and sharing her extensive experience on the subject. 

Here's the link to the Full hangout - Catherine Hardwicke MasterClass on YouTube

For more info on upcoming Hangouts, visit


Plush, V/H/S among Momentum’s Berlin and Sundance buying spree

Alliance subsidiary Momentum Pictures UK has acquired a raft of sought-after titles out of Sundance and Berlin, including Catherine Hardwicke’s erotic thriller Plush from IM Global. Set in the Los Angeles music scene, Evan Rachel Wood [pictured] plays a musician who gets more than she bargained for after a one-night stand leads to danger for her and her family.

Among Momentum’s impressive shopping spree are a handful of strong French titles from Wild Bunch, including Francois Ozon’s In the House, starring Kristin Scott Thomas, about a gifted student’s curious relationship with his schoolmate’s family; portmanteau film The Players, a series of short films set around the theme of infidelity, featuring Jean Dujardin, Gilles Lellouche, Guillaume Canet and directors Michel Hazanavicius and Fred Cavaye; and romance Populaire about a small town girl who finds love and success through typewriting, with Romain Duris, Deborah Francois and Berenice Bejo.

Controversial thriller V/H/S, about a group of misfits hired to burglarise a desolate house and acquire a rare VHS tape, was another unannounced pick-up out of Sundance, while Momentum will be hoping for another Scandinavian home-run with 14th century-set thriller Escape, from TrustNordisk, about a young girl who must evade her captors who have brutally killed her family.

Previously announced titles include Berlin acquisitions A Most Wanted Man from Anton Corbijn, John McDonagh’s Calvary with Brendan Gleeson, Can a Song Save your Life? with Scarlett Johanssen and Mark Ruffalo, Everly starring Kate Hudson as a woman who must fight off waves of assassins and Robot and Frank out of Sundance.

UK thrillers include Blood from Nick Murphy starring Paul Bettany and WWI story A Forbidden Ground.

Robert Walak, svp of acquisitions worldwide for Alliance Films, said: “We are very excited to bolster our release slate with such a diverse range of films. Ranging from big Hollywood names to European superstars and some of the most exciting talents in British film, these deals underline the confidence we have in our longstanding relationships and new partnerships with independent film makers at home and abroad.”