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“The Thing” DVD/BluRay out NOW!

This is just a quick reminder that the The Thing DVD/BluRay is out now, so be sure to get your hands on a copy! I am currently having my exams at university but as soon as I’m done I promise to finally upload good quality captures of Mary’s performance as paleontologist Kate Lloyd as well as other captures from Sundance, so stay tuned! DVD/BluRay extras are the following by the way:

– The Thing Evolves
– Fire & Ice
– Deleted & Extended Scenes
– Audio Commentary by Director Matthijs Van Heijningen
– Picture in Picture Commentary with Producers Marc Abraham and Eric Newman

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The Thing Nominated for a Visual Effects Award!!

Well, congrats to them! The team for The Thing has been nominated for a visual effects award for ‘Outstanding Animated Character in a Live Action Feature Motion Picture’.

The 10th Annual VES Awards will take place on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel and will air exclusively on ReelzChannel.

Here’s the films they’re up against:

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 – Ukranian Ironbelly
Yasunobu Arahori
Tom Bracht
Gavin Harrison
Chris Lentz

Paul – Paul
Anders Beer
Julian Foddy
Jody Johnson
David Lowry

Rise of the Planet of the Apes – Caesar
Daniel Barrett
Florian Fernandez
Matthew Muntean
Eric Reynolds

The Thing – Edvard/Adam
Lyndon Barrois
Fred Chapman
Greg Massie
Marco Menco

Best of luck and we’ll keep you updated on this once the awards happen!

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The Thing Nominated at IGN’s Best of 2011 Awards!

IGN is hosting their best of 2011 & The THING has been nominated for Best Horror Film of 2011. Head HERE to vote for The Thing.

The results will be posted on Tuesday, January 17, when IGN announces the People’s Choice winners and hand out the best overall awards, including IGN’s 2011 Game of the Year.

So spread the word and vote!

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The Thing Blu-Ray DVD Hitting Shelves January 31

An expedition of a lifetime becomes a subterranean nightmare in The Thing, the thrilling prelude to John Carpenter’s 1982 film of the same name. Debuting on Blu-ray(TM) Combo Pack with UltraViolet(TM), DVD, Digital Download and On Demand on January 31, 2012, The Thing stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead (Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World,) as paleontologist Kate Lloyd who, along with the crew’s pilot Carter (Joel Edgerton, Warrior), discovers a mysterious organism buried in the ice.

The Thing Blu-ray(TM) Combo Pack includes an all-new UltraViolet(TM) copy of the film. UltraViolet(TM) is the revolutionary new way for consumers to collect movies and TV shows, put them in the cloud and stream instantly to computers, tablets and smart phones and soon, consumers can download to devices of their choice too. The Thing Blu-ray(TM) Combo Pack also includes a DVD as well as a Digital Copy of the film which is compatible with iTunes®, iPad®, iPhone®, iPod(TM) touch, Android or other retail partners. So now, consumers can truly enjoy their movies and TV shows anytime, anywhere, on the platform of their choice.



THE THING EVOLVES: Profiling key behind-the-scenes stories of the film from inception to completion, including pieces entitled “The Legacy,” “The Inspiration” and “The Evolution.”

FIRE & ICE: In a frigid environment and against a relentless foe, there’s only one hope: Fire. Join the cast as they train with flame-throwers, battle wild fires on-set and get schooled in the importance of understanding fire’s unpredictable personality.

FEATURE COMMENTARY: With Director Matthijs van Heijningen and Producer Eric Newman.

BLU-RAY(TM) Exclusive BONUS FEATURES: Unleash the power of your HDTV with perfect hi-def picture and perfect hi-def sound.

UltraViolet(TM): The revolutionary new way for consumers to collect movies and TV shows, put them in the cloud and stream instantly to computers, tablets and smart phones, currently available in the United States only.

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Mary in New Flaunt Magazine Feature

Mary is looking stunning in a new feature up on the Flaunt Magazine web site. In it, she talks about her upcoming film Smashed and The Thing. Here’s what the magazine offers:

Regards the reprisal of classics like Carpenter’s, Winstead remarks, “With The Thing, there’s this fan base that loves the original. Then there’s this whole other group of people that are like, ‘I like that—it looks awesome,’ and have no clue about John Carpenter’s. And that’s the gap they’re trying to bridge. But I think that there are a lot of reprisals that are not being done with the same kind of respect as the The Thing, and I think it’s getting out of hand. We really do need to go back to original material and we need to seek out writers who have original ideas.”

On Smashed:

Winstead says of Smashed, “I’ve spent years just wanting to do something like this—years of wanting to do something small and performance-focused, and everybody saying, ‘You’re not a financial name. We need somebody who’s a financial name.’ And then finally realizing that that’s not always true. You just have to go out there and find the people that are willing to make movies just for the sake of making good movies. You have to get out there and do it.”

“We’re trying to make it so that it’s a story about somebody surviving, and not a sad, depressing story of this person who’s messed up their life,” she says of her Smashed character who attempts sobriety while her lover, Paul’s character, continues to booze. “Something that’s a little bit more powerful and forward moving than that. That’s the main challenge of it—not getting bogged down and indulged in the emotion of it, of just sobbing and crying.”

Hit the link above to check out the full interview and see the latest pics of her photoshoot in the gallery!


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Showing Up Website Gets Huge Makeover, New Vid Interview about The Thing

A couple of new stuff to post about. First up, the  official site to Mary’s appearance in the long-awaited documentary “Showing Up” finally got one heck of a makeover. Although Mary’s not featured in the trailer, a trailer is posted on the site along with some new stuff so be sure to check that out. The film is about actors talking about the audition process. “Showing Up” is currently being submitted to festivals and when more info is available, I’ll let you all know.

Secondly, a new video interview for The Thing has been posted, which you can view here.

Third, please vote for Mary in Portrait Magazine’s ‘Top 30 under 30’. You can vote as many times as you like over and over again.

And last but not least, Mary’s twitter account has been verified so no more second-guessing who is the real Mary on Twitter anymore!

Be sure to follow us on twitter here!


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New UK interview with Mary About The Thing

It’s no secret that by now, everyone has compared Mary’s character Kate in The Thing to Sigourney Weaver’s character Ripley in the Alien movies. There’s a new interview out with Mary featured on the Total Film site talking about the comparison. The Thing hits UK theaters December 2.

When we asked Winstead, who up to this point is probably best known for playing the object of Scott Pilgrim’s affection, about the comparison, she responded: “I definitely expect people to be bringing up the Ripley thing!”

She continued by talking about the female empowerment she feels on the film because of her character.
“She’s sort of androgynous in a way, because her focus, and her passion in life, is her job. Finding a fossil in the ice is the utmost thing she could do. It’s a dream world for her, at first. And then it turns terrifying…”So how was it being stuck in such a claustrophobic, testosterone-heavy environment? “I like being the only girl around here! It’s nice. I feel respected and one of the guys, which I don’t often get to experience.

“I feel honoured to be the first female in this story. It’s cool.”

I will add scans from the TF issue as soon as I can!
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New Video from the Los Angeles Premiere of “The Thing”

“The Thing,” released on October 14, acts as a prequel to the original mobie and centers around the discovery of an alien craft by scientists in an Antarctica research site. Winstead plays Kate Lloyd, a graduate student who ends up having a confrontation with Dr. Sander Halvorson, played by Ulrich Thompson, upon discovering the frozen corpse of a creature. Joel Edgerton plays Braxton Carter, a pilot.

Winstead, 26, described the key differences and similarities from the original 1982 film, and the new 2011 revamp.

“You know, I think we are very much a part of that same world and you know we are really trying to make an homage to this film, so it feels very similar,” Winstead told at the recent Los Angeles premiere.

“We have tons of animatronics, I mean on set every day we were dealing with amazing creature affects and working with incredibly talented people making our creatures,” Winstead added. “But of course in the modern age we do have technology to kind of take into a different place, so we did blend a lot of CGI worth it as well and that’s always a surprise as an actor to see on screen because you know, you don’t know on set what they’re going to do with it, so I thought they did a beautiful job kind of blending those two elements.”

The actress is herself a scary movie buff, citing “The Shining,” which stars Jack Nicholson, as her favorite. Horror movies, she noted, are becoming more popular among women.

“I have a lot of girlfriends who try to drag their boyfriends to horror films,” she added. So, I think it’s kind of interesting how it’s kind of taking on that new thing now, I think more girls are checking out horror films now.”

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Weekend Box Office

The weekend came and went and with that, The Thing finally debuted in theaters. Critics didn’t like it much, but who cares? The Thing debuted at #3, which I kind of was expecting it to land there given the other two films it was competing against. But anyway, here’s how much the top 3 films made over the three-day weekend.

1. Real Steel $16,304,000
2. Footloose (2011) $16,100,000
3. The Thing (2011) $8,700,000

As I’ve already said, the film is really good so whether you’re a fan of Carpenter’s version, see it. Hopefully it’ll do better next week. 😉