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Dawn (2013, short, drama)
Directed by Rose McGowan
Starring Tara Barr, Reiley McClendon and Hannah Marks

"I just finished my first piece for RSA Black Dog, which is Ridley Scott's commercial music video company. I directed a 20-minute short with amazing actors. It was a really amazing project to do, and I felt really comfortable doing it, more so than I ever have acting."

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' Conan the Barbarian' 'Red Sonja' Video Vault
Article written on August 12, 2011 by Mycahe-mail

Next week, actress Rose McGowan will be appearing on the big screen as Marique, a beautiful and deadly witch in director Marcus Nispel’s Conan: The Barbarian. However, not too long ago, McGowan was set to headline her own swords-and-sandals epic spinning out of the world of Conan as the title character in Robert Rodriguez’s Red Sonja. Rodriguez has said in the past that the movie never happened because of rights and financing issues, but McGowan revealed in a recent interview in support of Conan: The Barbarian that “massive nerve damage” in her arm ultimately prevented her from playing the “She-Devil with a Sword.”

I had three surgeries on [my elbow] and they took part of my bone out. I was paralyzed, except for the ends of my fingers. And, over the course of a year, it got progressively worse. It was just massive nerve damage. So, if I hurt it again, there’s nothing more they can do. So, something’s that really sword-heavy, the odds of me getting hurt are pretty strong. I’ll still do battle stuff. I love doing stunts, it’s my favorite thing. I always get hurt, but I have a blast. But, I need to not tip the scales because paralysis isn’t really worth it. Not worth the movie… It would have been dope. Honestly, I would have killed it. It is a pity.

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' Conan the Barbarian' 'Red Sonja' Video Vault
Article written on July 27, 2011 by Riikkae-mail

She may be almost entirely unrecognizable, but yes, that is Rose McGowan rocking the porcelain skin, minimal leather outfit and, well, receding hairline in the trailer for Conan the Barbarian. She stars as the evil Marique, a powerful sorceress and the daughter of the ruthless Khalar Zym (Stephen Lang), Conan’s (Jason Momoa) archenemy.

With the film’s August 19th release on the horizon, McGowan hit San Diego Comic-Con to help spread the word. She dishes on all of the details including what it took to turn her into the character we see on screen, Marique’s weapon of choice, her daddy issues, as well as a moment between her and Lang that had to be cut from the film, for the fear of pushing a testy issue too far.

Before wrapping up, we revisit the much-discussed possibility of her playing Red Sonja on the big screen. The outlook’s been grim for quite a while and now McGowan 100% confirms it: She will not play Red Sonja. Hear all about that and, of course, McGowan’s experience working on Conan the Barbarian in the video interview below.

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' Conan the Barbarian' 'Red Sonja' Video Vault
Article written on August 24, 2010 by Riikkae-mail

Rose McGowan chats with the Blairing Out Show at the 6th Annual Johnny Ramone Tribute about Johnny, The Bride of Frankenstein, Red Sonja, Conan and her current make-up must haves. Rose also mentions that she has several producing gigs in the works! Be sure to check out the interview, it is a good one.

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'Red Sonja'
Article written on April 6, 2010 by Riikkae-mail

There seems to be a massive amount of rumors around Red Sonja at the moment. Pajiba reports that Nu Image/Millennium Films is changing directions on the film. The company announced in June of 2008 that Rose McGowan would star in the title role and that the film would be directed by Douglas Aarniokoski and produced by Robert Rodriguez.

Then last month, McGowan landed a role in Conan, also from Nu Image/Millennium Films, but not as Red Sonja leading to speculation that she was no longer on board. McGowan instead will play “an evil half-human/half-witch.” In addition to McGowan, Aarniokoski is apparently off the project as well and they are looking for another writer to take a pass at David N. White’s script.

Pajiba also reports that Megan Fox has been offered the role of Red Sonja. However, Megan’s publicist tells Moviefone the report is “not true.”

Rose herself responded the following on her Twitter:

It’s fine. It was Conan or that RT @GossipGuy556677: @rosemcgowan Fans Waited For Her to Be Red Sonja Since 2008. & Now Megan Fox Come and Take the Role!!! thats so UNFAIR!!!

So it seems that Rose is off the Red Sonja project, which is very disappointing as us fans have been following and eagerly awaiting the project for years.

This update shall conclude our coverage of Red Sonja, unless there will be an official announcement in the future, reporting that the film is back in production with Rose McGowan on board.

'Red Sonja'
Article written on March 18, 2010 by Riikkae-mail

When the news broke this morning that actress Rose McGowan had joined the cast of Marcus Nispel’s upcoming Conan movie as “an evil half-human/half-witch,” one question seemed to be on the minds of fans: What about Red Sonja?

Originally tagged to play the female barbarian back in 2008, McGowan reported in August 2009 that Red Sonja had been delayed. The character was rumored to make a cameo in Conan, since she made her first appearance in Conan the Barbarian comics, but today’s casting news certainly makes such a cameo difficult — if not altogether impossible.

Fortunately, MTV News checked in with Red Sonja producer Robert Rodriguez during the recent South By Southwest Film Festival to find out where the project is at these days.

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' Conan the Barbarian' 'Red Sonja' News & Rumors Rumored Roles
Article written on March 17, 2010 by Mycahe-mail

According to Variety, Rose McGowan is joining Marcus Nispel’s (The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, 2003), Friday the 13th, 2009) Conan revamp! I am excited Rose is announced to a new project but I already feel this is gonna create some confusion for some people.

She is set to be playing an evil half-human/half-witch in the movie, not Red Sonja, whom we’ve all eagerly been waiting for since we were teased with the Red Sonja imagery back in 2008. Red Sonja first appeared in Conan the Barbarian and while the character will not take part in the new film, it’s kinda cool Rose will somehow get into this Conan-universe. But what does this mean for Red Sonja?

Back in August of 2009, Rose said this:

To clarify press reports: Red Sonja is delayed. I pulled out of doing it in ‘09. Not permanently. Hopefully will follow Conan.

I am still contracted to do it Red Sonja. Hopefully Filming in ‘10 not ‘09

Only time will tell the fate of Sonja. I guess if Conan succeeds at the box office a Red Sonja film (albeit that new character confusion) might be a smart move. But if the film doesn’t, well we just might be hearing the swan song, like we did with Barbarella. It definitely won’t be being released this year and given our run of luck with the stand stilled films these few years, I’d highly doubt filming either – unless by some chance later in the year. But I’m not an expert, just giving my guess. We’ll of course research and let you know if we find out any other details!

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'Red Sonja' Articles
Article written on September 11, 2009 by Riikkae-mail

At this time last year, Rose McGowan told us how excited she was to be kicking butt and working under the direction of her fiancé Robert Rodriguez in the she-devil comic book adaptation Red Sonja, but it turns out a serious injury has brought the production to a standstill.

“I had wrist and elbow surgery and they took part of my elbow out. I had really bad nerve damage from doing stunts – I do a lot of my own stunts,” McGowan recently told Tarts. “I could no longer use my arm, but now I can hold a fork and drive so we’re working our way up. It’ll probably be another six months of rehab, but it’s the price you pay for being really limber and being able to do back flips!”

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'Dead Awake' 'Red Sonja'
Article written on August 28, 2009 by Riikkae-mail

Rose McGowan announced on Twitter that she will be in Iowa to film indie movie Dylan’s Wake. Filming starts August 31. Here’s what she said:

Breaking news!! I’m heading to Iowa to film a movie called Dylan’s Wake. Very well written indie. my co-star is Nick Stahl – so talented. directed by Omar Naim who did The Final Cut, which I loved

Congratulations to Rose! I believe I’m speaking for all the fans when I say that I am super excited about her announcement!

She also posted the following regarding Red Sonja:

To clarify press reports: Red Sonja is delayed. I pulled out of doing it in ’09. Not permanently. Hopefully will follow Conan.

I am still contracted to do it Red Sonja. Hopefully Filming in ’10 not ’09

'Red Sonja' Project News
Article written on August 27, 2009 by Riikkae-mail

From Rose’s Twitter:

Just this once i’ll address questions about Red Sonja & others; i was meant to do in ’08. Major personal &private; reasons I pulled out. Starting 2 want to work again. Sometimes real life fucking sucks. That’s all. God bless us survivors.

We hope things are better for her now. All the best to Rose!

'Red Sonja'
Article written on June 14, 2009 by Riikkae-mail

The ‘She-devil with a sword- last seen on out screens as Brigitte Nielsen in Richard Fleischer’s shonky in out multiplexes as soon as we thought. Set to be directed by Douglas Aarniokoski and star Rose McGowan, with Robert Rodriguez producing, the project is now on hiatus.

“Because of certain issues and the economy, we had to change our plan a bit,” admits executive producer Joe Gatta, who’s also producing the Conan reboot.”It’s frustrating because we thought we’d make the movie last year, before Conan.”

Gatta is still confident Red Sonja will go before cameras in 2010, and he can confirm this will be an origin stoy that ignores Fleisher’s shaky stub at the flame-haired warrioress and goes straight to the source: Roy Thomas and Barry Windsor-Smith’s comic-book character, despite the fact that she started out as a Conan comic-book spin-off.

Gatta is confident of the character’s stansalone appeal. “She’s beautiful and sexy, and she kicks ass! Although you have to be really careful so it’s not campy. You want to make it real. Make her convicingly tough. And I think we have a script that’s cracked it.”



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