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Australian cinema in crisis

4 hours ago | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

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

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Lff 2014: Electric Boogaloo – The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films Review

18 October 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Damien Chazelle.

Running Time: 106 Minutes

Synopsis: A new love letter to exploitation cinema from the maker of Masters of the Universe and the Delta Force with Chuck Norris.

If you like your films brilliantly awful, then you would have seen some of Cannon’s work. They did the Death Wish sequels with Charles Bronson, the legendary He-Man movie Masters Of The Universe and Superman IV: The Quest For Peace, a film so cheap that they used an office block next to Milton Keynes train station as the Un headquarters. That’s absolutely true and anyone from Milton Keynes will tell you so. When they’re not too busy crying.

They also made America 3000, for which the trailer includes the line, ‘It is nine hundred years after the great nuke, and the role of women in society has changed, much to the displeasure of men. And mutants.’ It is »

- John Sharp

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Hey Hollywood, Please Don't Soften Up Badass Characters!

17 October 2014 1:30 PM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

I went and saw Universal PicturesDracula Untold last weekend, and not only was I extremely disappointed in the story and script, but their portrayal of Dracula was absurd. Dracula is a badass character, he's suppose to be a very scary dude, and even the real life person that he's based on, Vlad, is just as terrifying, maybe even more so! That is a man that should be feared. Unfortunately, the people who made Dracula Untold removed all of that from this character. They made him a soft heroic person that absolutely does not strike fear in the hearts of men. Dracula is supposed to be a villain. The furthest they should take him away from that would be to make him an anti-hero, but they didn't even play with that notion. I will say that Luke Evans played the part fantastically! It was just the way that the »

- Joey Paur

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Rome Film Festival Reinvents Itself Again With Slimmed-Down Event

15 October 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

When Marco Mueller took over as Rome Film Festival director prior to the event’s 2012 edition, he brought with him more than three decades of experience amassed at Venice, Locarno and Rotterdam. But nothing prepared him for the ensuing Roman roller-coaster ride, full of twists and turns dictated by Italian politics and the economy, an experience he compares with being on a mission out of “The Expendables” franchise.

“Being so closely connected to the various centers of power in Italy, I had to learn how to comply even with requests that were not clearly formulated,” Mueller says.

After two years of changing formulas, political battles and budget cuts, this year’s festival, which runs Oct. 16-25, reflects Mueller’s invention of the “new metropolitan fest” concept, a plan that comes in response to the culture ministry’s dictum to go the full route of being a “festa” (Italian for “party »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Supermensch: The Legend Of Shep Gordon DVD Review

14 October 2014 4:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Mike Myers

Starring: Shep Gordon, Alice Cooper, Mike Myers, Sylvester Stallone, Michael Douglas, Willie Nelson, Derek Shook, Emeril Lagasse,

Running Time: 85 minutes

Extras: BFI Q+A, Trailer

Shep Gordon has been a man of mystery throughout his career, always in the shadows of some of the greatest music acts, actors and chefs to ever grace the entertainment world. With Mike Myers directorial debut, he decides to put Gordon in the spotlight to document the life and the career of the man that decided his career path after Jimi Hendrix said to him “You Jewish? You should become a manager!”

With interviews from showbiz legends that include Sylvester Stallone, Michael Douglas and Alice Cooper, it’s quite clear from the get-go, just how much influence Gordon has had over the years. He has managed everybody, from Alice Cooper to Luther Vandross, and even bought the celebrity chef to the mainstream. »

- Lucy Cave

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Which is the greatest British film in history? No one seems to be in agreement

11 October 2014 5:32 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Best British movies of all time? (Image: a young Michael Caine in 'Get Carter') Ten years ago, Get Carter, starring Michael Caine as a dangerous-looking London gangster (see photo above), was selected as the United Kingdom's very best movie of all time according to 25 British film critics polled by Total Film magazine. To say that Mike Hodges' 1971 thriller was a surprising choice would be an understatement. I mean, not a David Lean epic or an early Alfred Hitchcock thriller? What a difference ten years make. On Total Film's 2014 list, published last May, Get Carter was no. 44 among the magazine's Top 50 best British movies of all time. How could that be? Well, first of all, people would be very naive if they took such lists seriously, whether we're talking Total Film, the British Film Institute, or, to keep things British, Sight & Sound magazine. Second, whereas Total Film's 2004 list was the result of a 25-critic consensus, »

- Andre Soares

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Reeve Receives Standing Ovation at Oscar Ceremony (Video)

10 October 2014 6:00 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Christopher Reeve Foundation for spinal cord and stem cell research (photo: Darryl Hannah and Christopher Reeve in 'Rear Window') (See previous post: "'Superman' Christopher Reeve and his Movies: Ten-Year Death Anniversary.") In his 1998 autobiography Still Me, Christopher Reeve recalled: "At an especially bleak moment [prior to an operation that might result in his death], the door [of his hospital room] flew open and in hurried a squat fellow with a blue scrub hat and a yellow surgical gown and glasses, speaking in a Russian accent. For the first time since the accident, I laughed. My old friend had helped me know that somehow I was going to be okay." The "old friend" was the recently deceased Robin Williams, whom Reeve had befriended while both were studying at Juillard. Eventually, Reeve became a staunch advocate for spinal cord and stem cell research, sponsoring with his wife the Christopher Reeve Foundation — later renamed the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation (and formerly known »

- Andre Soares

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The Expendables 3 Unrated Cut Coming to Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD in November

9 October 2014 10:50 AM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Sylvester Stallone assembles the biggest collection of action heroes yet in The Expendables 3, a victim of a pirated copy prior to its theatrical debut that likely put the final nail in the coffin on the franchise. Despite minimal box office returns, The Expendables 3 is still coming to home video, and it will do so in the new The Expendables 3 Unrated Cut.

Lionsgate Home Entertainment will first release The Expendables 3 Unrated Cut to Digital HD on November 11. The Blu-ray and DVD versions, packaged in a combo set with Digital HD, makes its way to stores two weeks later on November 25 -- right before Black Friday. Both the unrated and theatrical versions will be included in the combo pack with the unrated cut running an additional five minutes in length.

Joining Stallone in The Expendables 3 are Jason Statham, Jet Li, Antonio Banderas , Kelsey Grammer, Wesley Snipes, Dolph Lundgren, »

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The Expendables 3 Unrated Cut Coming to Blu-ray, DVD and Digital in November

9 October 2014 8:56 AM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Sylvester Stallone assembles the biggest collection of action heroes yet in The Expendables 3, a victim of a pirated copy prior to its theatrical debut that likely put the final nail in the coffin on the franchise. Despite minimal box office returns, The Expendables 3 is still coming to home video, and it will do so in the new The Expendables 3 Unrated Cut.

Lionsgate Home Entertainment will first release The Expendables 3 Unrated Cut to Digital HD on November 11. The Blu-ray and DVD versions, packaged in a combo set with Digital HD, makes its way to stores two weeks later on November 25 -- right before Black Friday. Both the unrated and theatrical versions will be included in the combo pack with the unrated cut running an additional five minutes in length.

Joining Stallone in The Expendables 3 are Jason Statham, Jet Li, Antonio Banderas , Kelsey Grammer, Wesley Snipes, Dolph Lundgren, »

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Lff 2014: Cannon Films gets an affectionate profile in ‘Electric Boogaloo’

8 October 2014 4:30 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films

Written and directed by Mark Hartley

Australia/USA/Israel/UK, 2014

Australian documentarian Mark Hartley crafts his third vigorous valentine to exploitation cinema, alongside Not Quite Hollywood and Machete Maidens Unleashed!, with Electric Boogaloo, an explosive trawl through the snarling ferocity of Cannon Films before its inevitable bankruptcy in the early 1990s. Whilst the former documentary in the cycle celebrated the boom in Ozploitation cinema of the 1970s and 1980s, and Maidens! took a appreciative scan of the laxly monitored Philippine film factory, this time the viewfinder shifts to the excessive and action packed oeuvre of Israeli movie moguls Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus, whose 1979-founded company became an explosive production house in Hollywood during the Reagan-mandated 1980s. Much to the disgust of snooty critics and prestige-minded executives, Cannon (an apt name) forged repeated success due to their box office-incinerating brand of chaotic, »

- John

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The Expendables 3 Blu-ray Includes an Extended Unrated Cut of the Film With 5 Minutes of Additional Footage

8 October 2014 2:27 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

There was a lot of griping from the fan base when it was revealed that The Expendables 3 would be rated PG-13, so you guys should take heart in the fact that the upcoming Blu-ray release of the film will indeed include an Unrated Cut that is five minutes longer than the theatrical version.  Will the new cut contain all of the action and intensity you'd expect from a more mature rating?  It's too early to tell, but there's at least a sliver of hope for the fans. Hit the jump for more on The Expendables 3 Blu-ray.  The film (along with the unrated cut) arrives in a Blu-ray combo pack (with Digital HD) on November 25th.  Sylvester Stallone, Mel GibsonHarrison FordWesley SnipesArnold SchwarzeneggerKelsey GrammerAntonio BanderasJason StathamJet LiDolph LundgrenRandy CoutureTerry CrewsKellan LutzRonda RouseyVictor Ortiz, and Glen Powell all star. »

- Evan Dickson

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Review: Hilla Medalia's Documentary 'The Go-Go Boys' Remembers 1980s Hollywood

7 October 2014 2:46 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

There's nothing particularly special about Hilla Medalia's documentary, "The Go-Go Boys: The Inside Story of Cannon Films," other than its subjects, Menahem Golan and Yorum Globus. The eponymous Israeli cousins are well known to anyone over the age of -- well, never mind. Arriving on Hollywood shores in the early 80s, this filmmaking team -- Golan was the filmmaker, Globus the moneyman -- had ambitions to make it big and despite lacking certain obvious traits (such as taste) that is exactly what they did. Getting their break in 1984 with a dance film fittingly called "Breakin," only two years later their Cannon Films was making 40-plus films, paying Sylvester Stallone $10-plus million, and bankrolling not only low-brow stars Charles Bronson ("Death Wish II"), Chuck Norris ("Delta Force") and Jean-Claude Van Damme ("Bloodsport") but the likes of John Cassavettes ("Love Streams"), Norman Mailer ("Tough Guys »

- Tom Christie

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"The Walking Dead": More Lauren Cohan

7 October 2014 12:25 PM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Take another look @ Brit actress Lauren Cohan, who plays 'Maggie', a human survivor on AMC's ultra-violent 'zombie' TV series "The Walking Dead", in a revealing pictorial for "Maxim" magazine.

Cohan's major movie acting debut was the 2005 film "Casanova" as 'Sister Beatrice'. 

In 2006, she starred in the sequel to "National Lampoon's Van Wilder", titled "National Lampoon's Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj" playing the role of 'Charlotte Higginson'. 

Her next role was in the 2007 film "Float". 

February 2010 she was cast in "Death Race 2".

Cohan was then cast in Season Three of "Supernatural" as 'Bela Talbot', a thief, appearing in six episodes.

Cohan is also noted for playing the recurring character 'Rose', a 500 year old vampire in "The Vampire Diaries".

Cohan was then cast in the second season of AMC's "The Walking Dead" in the recurring role of 'Maggie Greene'.

She was promoted to the main cast in Season 3.

Cohan's next »

- Michael Stevens

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58th BFI London Film Festival Review – Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films (2014)

1 October 2014 11:10 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Electric Boogaloo: The Wild, Untold Story of Cannon Films, 2014.

Written and Directed by Mark Hartley.

Synopsis:

A one-of-a-kind story about two-of-a-kind men who (for better or worse) changed film forever.

“We’re Cannon Films, and we’re dynamite!” 

When the Israeli partnership of Menahem Golan and Yorum Globus bought Cannon in 1978, it was a near-bankrupt company but through their unique business models and ability to package exploitation movies likes American Ninja, The Naked Cage and numerous Chuck Norris and Charles Bronson vehicles that would sell to foreign markets, they became the most powerful independent film company in the world.

They hit big in 1984 with Breakin’, a breakdance movie made for $1.5million that grossed over $40million at the worldwide box office, confirming the cousins as “proper” producers, but they always wanted more, piling millions into over 30 films a year (according to Masters of the Universe designer William Stout it was over »

- Scott Davis

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From Cowl To Calculator For Ben Affleck In ‘The Accountant’

1 October 2014 10:30 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Ben Affleck’s profile has never been higher, with strong reviews for his performance in Gone Girl, not to mention the small matter of squeezing into a latex suit for Batman V Superman. But where does his career go next? Well, he is reportedly keen on signing up for that most treacherous of genres, the high concept assassin thriller. The Accountant, written by Bill Dubuque and under the Warner Bros banner, focuses on a number cruncher who rubs people out between balancing the books.  Currently in talks, the actor-turned-director is apparently seeking something to counterbalance his forthcoming helmer duties on Prohibition-based crime drama Live By Night starring Zoe Saldana.

He may also be looking to switch his brain off a bit as the signs for this one do not look promising. The Accountant has had everyone from Will Smith to Mel Gibson involved over the years and the central conceit of an office worker-cum-contract killer… »

- Steve Palace

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Zombieland 2 Is Actually Happening, Here's The Latest

30 September 2014 6:33 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

It.s been close to five years since Zombieland saw Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin.s zombie-hunters prowl across the Southern states trying to find a new home. Most people assumed that a long-touted sequel would never materialize, but now Sony Pictures have surprisingly announced several details that suggest they.re taking a potential follow-up very seriously. According to Deadline, Dave Callaham has now been hired to script the follow-up, and he will be advised and supervised by Ruben Fleischer - the first Zombieland's director, who is hoping to return to that seat. Callaham has had a topsy-turvy couple of years. His script for Barrow turned into The Expendables, but only after he sued Sylvester Stallone for credit, and while he wrote the first draft for the Godzilla reboot, it eventually was extensively re-written by Max Borenstein. Zombieland 2 will hopefully give him a chance to »

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'Zombieland' Sequel Shuffles Forward With 'Godzilla' Writer

30 September 2014 6:16 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The Zombieland sequel now has a writer. Sony has hired Dave Callaham for its follow-up to the hit 2009 horror-comedy, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. Insiders say Zombieland director Ruben Fleischer will oversee the script with the intention for him to helm, but there is no deal. Deadline first reported the hiring of Callaham. Callaham's writing credits include this summer's Godzilla reboot, which grossed $524.9 million worldwide, and the 2010 Sylvester Stallone actioner The Expendables.  Read more 'Zombieland's' Ruben Fleischer Inks Universal TV Deal, Launches Production Company Zombieland was written by Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, and collected

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- Ryan Gajewski

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Five Ways 'Equalizer' Star Denzel Washington Beats Out His Fellow Action Stars

29 September 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Denzel Washington won his 2001 Oscar the hard way. He became only the second black lead actor to win the award not in a biopic or a war movie but in “Training Day,” an action thriller and one of the least Academy-friendly genres.  On top of that, he also played a monstrously corrupt cop.  Villains rarely are bestowed with leading-man gold unless they are as deliciously charming as Hannibal Lecter. Yet he was victorious. Why? Because in Denzel we trust. He is truly one of the last real Hollywood stars left standing that moviegoers will go see in almost anything. And even when he is bad, he is oh so good. Little wonder then that Washington’s cool-headed  portrait of aging tough guy Robert McCall in “The Equalizer,” which opened this past weekend to a resounding $35 million, puts to shame Liam Neeson’s outlandish antics in the “Taken” films and Sylvester Stallone »

- Susan Wloszczyna

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New Equalizer Movie Received Mixed Reviews From Major Movie Critics

27 September 2014 1:55 PM, PDT | OnTheFlix | See recent OnTheFlix news »

Columbia Pictures (Sony) released their new action flick, "The Equalizer" into theaters this weekend, and the top critics have submitted their reviews. It ended up pleasing roughly half of them, getting an overall 57 score out of a possible 100 across 41 reviews over at Metacritic.com. The movie stars: Denzel Washington, Marton Csokas, Chloë Grace Moretz, David Harbour, Bill Pullman, and Melissa Leo. We've included blurbs from a couple of the critics,below. Richard Roeper at the Chicago Sun-Times, gave it a nice 88 score, saying: "The Equalizer features some gruesomely creative violence, but it’s equally memorable for the small, gritty moments set in that diner, or on the rough-and-tumble streets of Boston. And most of all, it’s got Denzel going for it." Todd McCarthy from the Hollywood Reporter, gave it another nice 80 score, stating: " Ramping up his style to a more dynamic and elegant level than he’s achieved previously, »

- Derek

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"The Walking Dead": Enter Lauren Cohan

26 September 2014 12:20 PM, PDT | SneakPeek | See recent SneakPeek news »

Sneak Peek new revealing images of Brit actress Lauren Cohan, who plays 'Maggie', a human survivor on AMC's ultra-violent 'zombie' TV series "The Walking Dead", in a recent issue of "GQ" magazine:

Cohan's major movie acting debut was the 2005 film "Casanova" as 'Sister Beatrice'. 

In 2006, she starred in the sequel to "National Lampoon's Van Wilder", titled "National Lampoon's Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj" playing the role of 'Charlotte Higginson'. 

Her next role was in the 2007 film "Float". 

February 2010 she was cast in "Death Race 2".

Cohan was then cast in Season Three of "Supernatural" as 'Bela Talbot', a thief, appearing in six episodes., noted for playing the recurring character 'Rose', a 500 year old vampire in "The Vampire Diaries", cast in the second season of AMC's "The Walking Dead" in the recurring role of 'Maggie Greene' and promoted to the main cast in Season 3 and is now a major part »

- Michael Stevens

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