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Australian cinema is facing a crisis because the distribution model for most Oz films is no longer viable, according to Troy Lum.
The EntertainmentOne Australia MD is calling for a summit where funding agencies, producers, distributors and exhibitors can address the vexing issues of release windows, how films are financed and how best to reach audiences across the spectrum.
.We are at a crisis point in our industry; we have to change the model,. Lum told If. His comments followed the launch of Julius Avery.s Son of a Gun, which took $65,000 in its first four days on 53 screens, released by eOne.
.We are absolutely devastated by the result,. said Lum. .I'm gutted for the filmmakers who worked really hard and made a really fine film.
.We worked very hard on the release with a big marketing campaign and a publicity tour. We booked it into a mixture of art »
- Don Groves
Hold me. Thrill me. Kiss me. Kill me. The films of David Mackenzie envision life as a never-ending whirlwind of experience, a cyclone of emotion constantly spinning out of control. These feelings are heightened and externalized through melodrama, yet they can also simmer under the surface like hidden secrets waiting to explode. While his exhausted characters never fit into one social class – pop stars, artisan chefs and thuggish bruisers all take center stage – each sees the world in a similarly warped way. They are confused by inadequacy, defined by repression, purposefully solitary, and bordering on self-destruction. But most importantly they are also eager to transcend this unhappiness, especially after finding inspiration in another equally tormented individual. One must simply desire the opportunity to grow, to live, to survive.
Mackenzie’s key battleground is the romantic relationship. Incited by knowing eye contact and waged through a sensual collision of skin, »
- Glenn Heath Jr.
If you peruse the geeky side of the Internet, chances are you.ve run into a few articles about Marvel.s upcoming movie Doctor Strange. Set for release in 2016, the film is set to explore a whole new area of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. While Thor, Thor: The Dark World and Guardians of the Galaxy have shown us the extraterrestrial facets of this universe, Doctor Strange will expose audiences to something that hasn.t been seen yet: magic. The good Doctor was name dropped earlier this year in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and lately there.s been a lot of buzz over who will play him, with everyone from Benedict Cumberbatch to Ewan McGregor rumored for the role. Combined with Sinister director Scott Derrickson at the helm, this movie is sure to be one of Marvel.s more unique offerings. That being said, despite being a Marvel mainstay since »
(Cbr) Yet another name has been conjured to potentially lead Marvel Studio’s "Doctor Strange" to the big screen. The Wrap reported Friday that Colin Farrell is now a frontrunner for the Sorcerer Supreme role, alongside Benedict Cumberbatch and Keanu Reeves. The report comes on the heels of this week’s rumor that Ewan McGregor may also be up for the Strange role. This is the first time Farrell — who will soon begin shooting the second season of "True Detective" — has been mentioned as a possible lead for the film. Jared Leto, Justin Theroux, Oscar Isaac and Ethan Hawke are also apparently interested as well. However, The Wrap’s "Doctor Strange" casting roundup initially also still named Joaquin Phoenix as a frontrunner, despite talks breaking down between Phoenix and Marvel earlier this month. The same report also mentions that aside from once being in contention for Doctor Strange, Tom Hardy »
- Ryan Ingram, Comic Book Resources
To the extent that At the Movies influences moviegoing, it seems viewers took far more notice of Stratton.s 2½ stars than Pomeranz.s 3½ stars judging by the opening weekend results.
The debut film from writer-director Julius Avery fetched nearly $65,000 on 53 screens and $69,000 with previews. That suggests there wasn.t a lot of awareness for the crime thriller starring Ewan McGregor, Brenton Thwaites (rightly hailed by Pomeranz as a .great talent.) and Alicia Vikander.
Either that or audiences are not interested in dark, depressing stories with no-good or shady characters after four or five Oz films in that vein underperformed at Australian cinemas this year.
Another possible factor, as If.s commentators have canvassed, is the Australian cinema brand has been tarnished to the »
- Don Groves
At least three entertaining films are jostling for position in Australian writer-director Julius Avery’s messily propulsive debut feature “Son of a Gun” — and if none ultimately emerges dominant, the red-blooded tussle between them is never dull to watch. Beginning as tough-minded prison drama, careering into daffily escapist caper territory and concluding somewhere in between, this London Film Festival competition entry casts Ewan McGregor brashly against type as a grizzled master thief mentoring a teenage inmate (Brenton Thwaites) through a high-stakes heist that goes inevitably off-plan. Slicker than it is smart — notwithstanding some strained chess metaphors — Avery’s film packs only moderate crossover potential, but serves as a neat calling card for bigger-ticket genre assignments. Released earlier this week Down Under, “Gun” has already secured U.S. distribution with A24.
“Things are not as you imagine,” a character intones at more than juncture in “Son of a Gun,” as the action grows ever farther-fetched. »
- Guy Lodge
The Fast and the Furious series seems to be the last bastion of old school action movies still alive in the Hollywood system, particularly since the Die Hard films became a soggy old collection of catch phrases. Thank Christ then that not only is Son of a Gun a return to the old school action thrillers of the past, but is a Western Australian one at that.
This is a film of tough men doing tough things, of shoot outs and car chases, and of backstabbing double crosses. This is what has been missing from action cinema lately, and it is refreshing and exciting to see something so propulsive and unashamedly kick-ass. This is no slick Hollywood blockbuster though, so there is still room for great character driven drama amongst the set pieces and despite its lower budget, the film still looks and sounds the business.
Jr (Brenton Thwaites) is »
- Liam Dunn
Other winners include The Tribe, a documentary about Syria and Catch Me Daddy actress Sameena Jabeen Ahmed.
It saw off competition from the likes of Peter Strickland’s The Duke of Burgundy, François Ozon’s The New Girlfriend and Julius Avery’s Son of a Gun, starring Ewan McGregor (click here for full list).
Leviathan tells the tragic tale of conflict between an individual and a corrupt system in a small Russian town.
It marks the fourth feature from Zvyagintsev and is Russia’s submission for the Best Foreign-Language Oscar. The film debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in May, where many expected it to win the Palme d’Or, instead winning Best Screenplay.
It will be released in the UK by Curzon.
The award was announced at a glitzy ceremony held in London’s Banqueting Hall, Whitehall, and hosted »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
If Joel Edgerton has one piece of advice to aspiring actors, it’s this: always be sure to check your inbox.
“I found an email the other day from my old agent in London, that I’d just sort of discarded because I was too busy at the time,” Edgerton recalls on a recent afternoon in New York, looking a tad professorial in full-rimmed glasses and beard. “It was this screenplay for a film by a first-time filmmaker that, if I was interested, I should consider auditioning for.” As it turned out, the filmmaker was Steve McQueen and the movie was “Hunger.”
Well, you win some and you lose some in this business, and lately Edgerton has been chalking up the wins. After back-to-back breakout performances in the Oscar-nominated “Animal Kingdom” (2010) and “Warrior” (2011), the 40-year-old Australian actor and screenwriter has been working nonstop in Hollywood, from his Navy Seal commander »
- Scott Foundas
There’s been yet another shift in the seemingly never-ending casting race for Marvel’s Doctor Strange. Just a few days ago, we learned that Marvel’s new shortlist included Matthew McConaughey, Jake Gyllenhaal, Ewan McGregor, Oscar Isaac, Jared Leto and Ethan Hawke. Then, on Friday, we heard that Ryan Gosling had actually taken a meeting with the studio for the titular role of Sorcerer Supreme.
Now, however, there seems to be a new list of frontrunners, which was reported by TheWrap late Friday night. The new names in Marvel’s crosshairs are apparently Colin Farrell, Keanu Reeves, Benedict Cumberbatch and… Joaquin Phoenix?!
Last we heard, Phoenix had gone so far as to enter final negotiations for the role, but eventually took his name out of the running as he was supposedly uncomfortable with the studio’s demands. The actor’s publicist insists that the talks with Marvel are, “dead dead dead, »
- James Garcia
There’s been a few sites chipping in this week with shortlists for the lead role in Doctor Strange – with names such as Ewan McGregor (Star Wars), Ryan Gosling (Drive), Ethan Hawke (Sinister), Matthew McConaughey (Interstellar), Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: Episode VII), Jared Leto (Dallas Buyers Club) and Jake Gyllenhaal (Nightcrawler) bandied about – and now the rumour mill has churned a few more contenders for the upcoming Marvel movie.
According to The Wrap, Joaquin Phoenix (Inherent Vice) is still in contention for the part, while Benedict Cumberbatch (The Imitation Game) remains in the mix along with Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises), Colin Farrell (Total Recall) and Justin Theroux (The Leftovers). And following his expression of interest, it’s also said that Marvel is giving some thought to Keanu Reeves (John Wick).
At this point, it’s becoming easier to track which names haven’t been linked to the role »
- Gary Collinson
We’ve already got Ryan Gosling, Jared Leto, Oscar Isaac, Matthew McConaughey, Ewan McGregor, Jake Gyllenhaal and Ethan Hawke in the mix for Doctor Strange. Why not add another name to the ever-growing list? Not only is it being reported that Colin Farrell is in consideration for the title role, but that Benedict Cumberbatch is back in the race as well. Hit the jump for more on who’s supposedly in and out. Doctor Strange is due in theaters on July 8, 2016. This latest report comes from The Wrap with the outlet initially claiming that both Cumberbatch and Joaquin Phoenix are still “very much in the mix.” However, soon after publishing the article, The Wrap added an update from Phoenix’s publicist insisting that his negotiations are “dead dead dead. A couple of weeks ago they mutually decided to part ways. It was over before the New York Film Festival.” Does »
- Perri Nemiroff
Is there a man in Hollywood not already connected to the Marvel cinematic Universe that isn't being looked at for Doctor Strange? With Joaquin Phoenix's publicists confirming that all talks with the actor are dead, Marvel and Disney are casting a wide net to find their Stephen Strange. Today, they are adding Colin Farrell to a shortlist that has grown to become very long.
Previously rumored Benedict Cumberbatch is said to be at the top of this want list, and The Wrap confirms that Keanu Reeves is now officially in the mix after he publicly talked about the role with the press earlier in the week.
Marvel has no comment at this time, and its not known when we can expect an announcement.
Son of a Gun, 2014
Directed by Julius Avery.
An incarcerated career criminal offers protection to a young inmate who has to return the favour by orchestrating his prison escape upon being released and assisting in a multimillion dollar gold heist.
A 19 year old felon is sent to prison for a six month term where he encounters a notorious bank robber serving a two decade sentence who is impressed by his fearlessness in approaching him and thwarting a sexual assault of an inmate. With the looming threat of the sexual predators turning their attention towards him, the teenager is offered protection by the career criminal in exchange of arranging a daring helicopter prison escape.
While hiding from the authorities, an opportunity for a multimillion dollar gold heist is presented to the wanted outlaws; they »
- Trevor Hogg
Misty Upham found dead in Seattle suburb (photo: Misty Upham and Juliette Lewis) Actress Misty Upham, who had gone missing since October 6, 2014, was found dead on Thursday, October 16, in a wooded area along the White River in suburban Seattle. The cause and time of death remain unclear. Best known for her roles in Frozen River, which earned her an Independent Spirit Award nomination, and August: Osage County, Upham was 32. According to a statement her father, Charles Upham, sent to media outlets, Misty Upham was last seen on October 5, walking from her sister's apartment in Muckleshoot, Washington. Her father added that she suffered from bipolar disorder and had bouts of depression and anxiety — she had gone missing in the past — but said he didn't believe she was suicidal. "The truth is Misty is not stressed over money or career. Her career is going great," he wrote last Sunday, October 12. "As her »
- Anna Robinson
On October 16, Misty Upham, a powerful force in each role she took on, was found dead after having been reported missing on October 6.
In Arnaud Desplechin's Jimmy P: Psychotherapy Of A Plains Indian, Misty Upham co-starred with Benicio Del Toro and Mathieu Amalric. In 2013, we saw her work with some of the best actors in film, including Meryl Streep, Julia Roberts, Julianne Nicholson, Juliette Lewis, Benedict Cumberbatch, Chris Cooper, Ewan McGregor, Margo Martindale and Sam Shepard.
I spoke with Arnaud Desplechin at last year's New York Film Festival where Jimmy P was screening in the main slate program. This evening, he sent Eye For Film the following tribute in remembrance of Misty Upham. (Scroll down for translation.)
Misty Upham as Jane with »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
The What?: It’s a column on Star Wars news and rumors and therefore contains Spoilers and Speculation.
This Week: Split into TV (Rebels) and Movies (Episode VII) sections, we look at what "Droids In Distress" added to the universe and talk about Joss Whedon's Firefly. Then in movie town, everything we thought we knew about the villain might be wrong or not-so-right and a bunch of illegal stuff leaks.
First off, television - Star Wars: Rebels!
The “Spark of Rebellion” 2-episode broadcast did so well for Disney that Rebels is in no real trouble, which is great. “Droids in Distress,” Monday’s episode was another step in the correct direction. Like some of my favorite children’s cartoons (Legend of Korra), Rebels found a way to talk about genocide for a bit with the backstory of Zeb and his Lasat kind. All but exterminated by the Empire with some really nasty weapons, »
This story first appeared in the Oct. 24 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. Lounging near their dressing rooms, Michael Cera, Tavi Gevinson and Kieran Culkin, the cast of Kenneth Lonergan's This Is Our Youth, indulge in a round of the clapping game "Miss Mary Mack" during a break in their photo shoot. "Michael and I, we've had a friendship for years," says Culkin, 32, who has performed in the play off and on for more than a decade. "I think that makes the whole thing a lot more alive." See more Studded Broadway Portraits With Glenn Close, Ewan McGregor and Matthew
- Kaitlin Menza
This story first appeared in the Oct. 24 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. "Fame attaches to film actors in a different way," says Tom Stoppard. The revered British playwright is sitting with Scottish actor Ewan McGregor, 43, who stars opposite Maggie Gyllenhaal and Cynthia Nixon in the revival of Stoppard's The Real Thing, in previews (and filling 90 percent of seats) for a 10-week run. See more Studded Broadway Portraits With Glenn Close, Ewan McGregor and Matthew Broderick The play — centering on a theater director (McGregor) whose strained marriage to his actress wife (Nixon) leads him
- Marisa Guthrie
The Marvel Cinematic Universe has taken us to some pretty strange places so far: a rich arms dealer making a robotic suit of armour to fight international terrorism, a doctor with a serious anger management problem, a frozen soldier awakened fifty years later, an archer who for some reason is expected to keep up with a group of people with actual superpowers. Things are set to get even more odd once they race through the “doorway” into the supernatural parts of the Marvel Universe in the form of Doctor Strange.
Most of the information about the film so far has been speculation on who will take the title role of the Sorcerer Supreme, with everyone from Joaquin Phoenix to Ewan McGregor to Ryan Gosling apparently up for the part. Between those superstars being installed in the eponymous hero’s shoes and safe bet Scott Derrickson (whose 2012 horror flick »
- Tom Baker
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