2011
05.19

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Argentine actress Mia Maestro (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn) is set to star in Venezuelan director Eduardo Rodriguez’s abduction thriller The Darkness of the Road. The gorgeous 32-year-old will play a young single mom desperate to find her six-year-old daughter after losing her during a road trip.

The official synopsis reads:

A single mother named Siri (Maestro) and her daughter Eve pull over on a desolated road in a moonless desert. Everything seems to be going according to plan as they resume their trip toward a new home… But after meeting Iris, a young female hitchhiker, Siri realizes that her 6 year-old daughter has gone missing.

As the search for Eve develops, a merciless force begins to attack and torment the two women, unraveling a world of terror. Siri and Iris must survive this hellish nightmare if they are to discover the terrifying truth behind Eve’s disappearance…

Maestro has starred in such critically acclaimed fare as The Motorcycle Diaries and Frida, but is probably best known to us uncultured degenerates for starring in Wolfgang Petersen’s Poseidon and playing Sydney Bristow’s half-sister-turned-spy Nadia Santos on J.J. Abrams’ hit ABC show “Alias.”

She will next be seen as vegetarian vamp Carmen of the Denali Coven in the upcoming Twilight Saga chapters Breaking Dawn 1-&-2.

The Darkness of the Road will be distributed by Maya Entertainment, the same folks behind the psycho-bitch thriller Playing House starring the gorgeous Mayra Leal (Machete).

2011
05.19

Brittany Robertson Gets In On the ‘Secret Circle’

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The CW has released a handful of promo images and a trailer to get folks pumped for the new Kevin Williamson-produced tween-friendly witch series “The Secret Circle.” The series stars Brittany Robertson (”Life Unexpected”) as a California teen named Cassie who discovers she’s a witch when she moves in with her grandmother.

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The show’s synopsis reads:

Cassie Blake was a happy, normal teenage girl – until her mother Amelia dies in what appears to be a tragic accidental fire. Orphaned and deeply saddened, Cassie moves in with her warm and loving grandmother Jane in the beautiful small town of Chance Harbor, Washington – the town her mother left so many years before – where the residents seem to know more about Cassie than she does about herself.

As Cassie gets to know her high school classmates, including sweet-natured Diana and her handsome boyfriend Adam, brooding loner Nick, mean-girl Faye and her sidekick Melissa, strange and frightening things begin to happen.

When her new friends explain that they are all descended from powerful witches, and they’ve been waiting for Cassie to join them and complete a new generation of the Secret Circle, Cassie refuses to believe them – until Adam shows her how to unlock her incredible magical powers. But it’s not until Cassie discovers a message from her mother in an old leather-bound book of spells hidden in her mother’s childhood bedroom, that she understands her true and dangerous destiny.

What Cassie and the others don’t yet know is that darker powers are at play, powers that might be linked to the adults in the town, including Diana’s father and Faye’s mother – and that Cassie’s mother’s death might not have been an accident.

The “Secret Circle” also stars Shelley Hennig as head witch Diana, Thomas Dekker (Nightmare On Elm Street) as Adam the eldest member of the coven, Natasha Henstridge as a former friend of Cassie’s mom, and Jessica Parker Kennedy (Now), Phoebe Tonkin (Bait 3-D), and Louis Hunter as members of the circle.

“The Secret Circle” is an adaptation of author L.J. Smith’s bestselling novel of the same name. Williamson, the creative force behind the Scream and I Know What You Did Last Summer films and the TV series “Dawson’s Creek” and “The Vampire Diaries,” penned the pilot and serves as executive producer.

2011
05.19

Maggie Gyllenhaal Answers ‘The Voice From the Stone’

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Maggie Gyllenhaal (The Dark Knight) has landed the female lead in Voice From the Stone, director Eric Howell’s adaptation of Italian author Silvio Raffo’s 1996 novel “La Voce Della Pietra.”

Set in the Italian countryside, the film revolves around a nurse’s (Gyllenhaal) efforts to help the young son of the man she’s sweet on survive the evil spirits that haunt him.

Gyllenhaal played ill-fated Assistant D.A. Rachel Dawes in Christopher Nolan’s Batman sequel The Dark Knight and was cast as Donnie Darko’s sister in the 2001 cult classic. She is best known, however, for her role as emotionally damaged submissive Lee Holloway in the kink-fueled comedy Secretary.