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Curious unveils further details of slate

19 May 2015 10:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Titles in development include Virginia Heath’s Mystery Ride and Taika Waititi’s Hunt For The Wilderpeople.

Australia/New Zealand production, post production and distribution company Curious is ramping up. Here in Cannes, the company has announced further details of its production slate.

Among the features Curious has in development is Mystery Ride, a UK/New Zealand co-production to be directed by Virginia Heath (From Scotland with Love), with a cast including Frances O’Connor, Peter Mullan and Sam Neill.  Producers are Lene Bausager of Ugly Duckling Films, Faction North’s Grant Keir and Matt Noonan. TrustNordisk is handling international sales.

Another Curious title, Taika Waititi’s comic adventure Hunt For The Wilderpeople is now in production in New Zealand. The film, which will star Sam Neill (Peaky Blinders) and Julian Dennison, is Waititi’s follow-up tovampire mockumentary What We Do In The Shadows.   

Waititi will produce with Carthew Neal, Leanne Saunders and [link »

- geoffrey@macnab.demon.co.uk (Geoffrey Macnab)

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Curious bulks up slate

17 May 2015 7:23 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Production, post and distribution company Curious has announced a ramped up production slate across both Australian and Nz projects, including Pat Nalin.s highly anticipated Beyond the Known World due for completion in mid-2015.

Set in The Himalayas, the Nz-India co-production follows an estranged couple who journey to India in order to search for their missing daughter. The cast includes David Wenham (Lord of the Rings, 300, Top of the Lake), Sia Trokenheim (Step Dave, Everything We Loved), and Emmanuelle Beart (8 Femmes) and is currently in post-production at Curious Auckland.

Matthew Horrocks and Kristian Eek will produce while Matt Noonan and Sarah Noonan are the EPs. Arclight Films is handling international sales. Curious will distribute in Australia and Nz.

Director Taika Watiti of Boy and What We Do in The Shadows has a new comic adventure up his sleeve, with Hunt for the Wilderpeople commencing production on May 18, 2015 in New Zealand. »

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Cannes: Curious Films Sets Diverse Slate

17 May 2015 10:50 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Pan Nalin’s “Beyond the Known World,” which is now in post-production, heads the production and co-production slate of Australia and New Zealand mini-conglomerate Curious Films.

The film marks a return to the Himalayas for noted stylist Nalin (“Samsara,” “Valley of Flowers”) and stars David Wenham, Sia Trokenheim and Emmanuelle Beart.

Structured as a New Zealand-India co-production, is the story of an estranged couple who travel to India in search of their missing daughter. Matthew Horrocks and Kristian Eek are set as producers. Arclight Films is handling international sales. Curious will distribute in Australia and New Zealand.

Taika Waititi’s comic adventure “Hunt for the Wilderpeople,” a follow-up to his festival hit vampire mockumentary “What We Do in the Shadows,” kicked off production May 18. “Wilderpeople” stars Sam Neill (“The Piano”) and Julian Dennison (“Paper Planes”). Waititi is producing with Carthew Neal, Leanne Saunders and Matt Noonan. Madman Entertainment has acquired »

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Taika Waititi's 'Wilderpeople' to star Sam Neill

15 May 2015 12:00 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

New Zealand director scored recent hit with What We Do In The Shadows; Protagonist Pictures selling international.

Taika Waititi, the New Zealand director who scored an international hit with vampire mockumentary What We Do In The Shadows, has recruited Sam Neill and young Paper Planes star Julian Dennison for his next film, Hunt For The Wilderpeople.

The comic adventure movie starts shooting next Monday (May 18) in New Zealand. 

Madman Entertainment has acquired all rights to the film for Australia and New Zealand and will release in Nz in partnership with the producers.

Protagonist Pictures has taken on international sales rights.

Dennison plays a defiant young city kid who finds himself on the run with his cantankerous foster uncle (Neill) in the wild New Zealand bush. A national manhunt ensues and the two are forced to put aside their differences and work together to survive.

Waititi, also known for Eagle Vs Shark and Boy, has also written »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Cannes: Sam Neill, Julian Dennison Join Taika Waititi’s ‘Wilderpeople’

14 May 2015 11:00 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Sam Neill and young “Paper Planes” star Julian Dennison have joined the cast of “Hunt For the Wilderpeople,” which is directed by hot New Zealand director Taika Waititi, who scored an international hit with “What We Do in the Shadows.”

The comic adventure movie starts shooting next week in New Zealand. Madman Entertainment has acquired all rights to the film for Australia and New Zealand, and will release in Nz in partnership with the producers. Protagonist Pictures has taken on international sales rights.

Dennison plays a defiant young city kid who finds himself on the run with his cantankerous foster uncle (Neill) in the wild New Zealand bush. A national manhunt ensues and the two are forced to put aside their differences and work together to survive.

Taika Waititi is one of the most exciting filmmakers in the world,” said Protagonist CEO Mike Goodridge. “His natural talent for warm comedy »

- Leo Barraclough

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Time Machine: Spielberg and Daughter (with 'Indiana Jones' Actress Capshaw) on Oscars Red Carpet

14 May 2015 2:02 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Steven Spielberg and daughter Destry Spielberg on the Oscars' Red Carpet Steven Spielberg and daughter Destry Steven Spielberg and daughter Destry Spielberg arrive at the 83rd Academy Awards, held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Spielberg has taken home two Best Director Oscars: Schindler's List (1993) and Saving Private Ryan (1998). Schindler's List also won Best Picture, but Saving Private Ryan lost to John Madden's Miramax-distributed Shakespeare in Love. There was quite a bit of animosity at the time, as some felt that Miramax, owned by brothers Bob and Harvey Weinstein, overdid its Oscar campaigning – while still managing to sway enough Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences members to vote for its film. Somewhat ironically, at the 2011 Academy Awards ceremony Steven Spielberg presented the Best Picture Award to The King's Speech. Toplining Colin Firth, Helena Bonham Carter, Geoffrey Rush, Guy Pearce, and Claire Bloom, this British production was »

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Time Machine: Wolverine Jackman and Wife and Iron Man Downey Jr and Wife Plus Oscar Winner Kidman and Husband Singer Urban on Red Carpet

11 May 2015 12:15 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness, Nicole Kidman and husband Keith Urban at the Oscars Wolverine Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness at the Academy Awards Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness, along with Best Actress nominee Nicole Kidman and husband Keith Urban, are pictured above arriving at the 83rd Academy Awards, held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Stage and screen actor-singer Hugh Jackman was the Oscar ceremony host a couple of years ago, while Nicole Kidman was a 2011 Best Actress nominee for her performance as a bereaved mother in John Cameron Mitchell's Rabbit Hole, co-starring Aaron Eckhart and Dianne Wiest. More on Kidman further below. Recent Hugh Jackman movies The most recent film efforts of the Sydney-born Hugh Jackman were Gavin Hood's X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), in which he has the (second half of the) title role, and Baz Luhrmann's epic romance Australia (2008). Co-starring Nicole Kidman, »

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Time Machine: Sensational Scarlett J. in Purple

7 May 2015 8:48 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Scarlett Johansson Oscar dress Scarlett Johansson at the Oscars Looking great in a long purple dress, Scarlett Johansson displays her tight-fitting costume and bare back at the 83rd Academy Awards held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Oscar 2011 co-host and Best Actor nominee James Franco (for Danny Boyle's 127 Hours) thus introduced Johansson and fellow Oscar presenter Matthew McConaughey: "I am six degrees of Kevin Bacon away from our next two presenters. Figure it out on the Internet." Well, if you're lucky. Some have remarked that Franco was a more effective Oscar host online, where he tweeted some of the evening's to-dos, than on the stage of the Kodak Theatre. His fellow equally panned Oscarcast host was actress Anne Hathaway. Scarlett Johansson movies Scarlett Johansson has been featured in more than 40 films since her debut at age 10 in Rob Reiner's North, back in 1994. Johansson, in fact, »

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Sydney Film Festival unveils 2015 competition titles

6 May 2015 4:33 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The 12 titles include Jafar Panahi’s Berlinale winner, Roy Andersson’s Venice victor and Alfonso Gomez-Rejon’s Sundance prize-winner.Scroll down for competition line-up

A story shot entirely on iPhone, Sean Baker’s Tangerine, about a transgender La prostitute very cranky with her boyfriend, and another that is told in one take, Sebastian Schipper’s Berlinale award-winner Victoria, which features the Berlin party scene and a bank robbery, are among 12 movies in competition in the Sydney Film Festival (Sff).

Two Iranian films, Rakhshan Bani-Etemad’s Tales and Jafar Panahi’s Berlinale Golden Bear winner Tehran Taxi, are also in the running for the Us$50,000 (A$64,000) prize, as are French director Thomas Salvador’s “minimalist superhero film” Vincent, which he also stars in, and Portuguese director Miguel GomesArabian Nights, a six-hours-plus portrait of Portugal set to premiere at Cannes this month.

The three selections that have already won major prizes at top tier festivals are Francesco Munzi’s Italian »

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Premieres galore at Sydney Film Festival

5 May 2015 5:40 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Neil Armfield.s Holding the Man, Simon Stone.s The Daughter, Jeremy Sims. Last Cab to Darwin and Jen Peedom.s feature doc Sherpa will have their world premieres at the Sydney Film Festival.

The festival program unveiled today includes 33 world premieres (including 22 shorts) and 135 Australian premieres (with 18 shorts) among 251 titles from 68 countries.

Among the other premieres will be Daina Reid.s The Secret River, Ruby Entertainment's. ABC-tv miniseries starring Oliver Jackson Cohen and Sarah Snook, and three Oz docs, Marc Eberle.s The Cambodian Space Project — Not Easy Rock .n. Roll, Steve Thomas. Freedom Stories and Lisa Nicol.s Wide Open Sky.

Festival director Nashen Moodley boasted. this year.s event will be far larger than 2014's when 183 films from 47 countries were screened, including 15 world premieres. The expansion is possible in part due to the addition of two new screening venues in Newtown and Liverpool.

As previously announced, Brendan Cowell »

- Don Groves

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What was the best year in film history? HitFix readers continue the debate

1 May 2015 6:36 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

HitFix's recent spate of "Best Year in Film History" pieces inevitably spurred some furious debate among our readers, with some making compelling arguments for years not included in our pieces (2007 and 1968 were particularly popular choices) and others openly expressing their bewilderment at the inclusion of others (let's just say 2012 took a beating). In the interest of giving voice to your comments, below we've rounded up a few of the most thoughtful, passionate, surprising and occasionally incendiary responses to our pieces, including my own (I advocated for The Year of Our Lynch 2001, which is obviously the best). Here we go... Superstar commenter "A History of Matt," making an argument for 1968: The Graduate. Bullit. The Odd Couple. The Lion in Winter. Planet of the Apes. The Thomas Crown Affair. Funny Girl. Rosemary's Baby. And of course, 2001, A Space Odyssey. And that's only a taste of the greatness of that year. "Lothar the Flatulant, »

- Chris Eggertsen

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Jurassic World bringing back original T-rex from Jurassic Park

1 May 2015 12:00 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Jurassic World may not be bringing back beloved franchise stars Sam Neill, Laura Dern and Jeff Goldblum, but the sequel will feature one notable returning character.

It's been confirmed that the Tyrannosaurus Rex who tore apart John Hammond's theme park 22 years ago will be back to terrorise the cast of this summer's blockbuster.

Director Colin Trevorrow told Slash Film that the dinosaur won't have mellowed with age in Jurassic World.

"We took the original design and obviously, technology has changed. So, it's going to move a little bit differently, but it'll move differently because it's older," Trevorrow explained.

"And we're giving her some scars and we're tightening her skin. So, she has that feeling of an older Burt Lancaster. And this movie is her Unforgiven."

"Must go faster!" Watch the T-rex chase Ian Malcolm in the original Jurassic Park

Trevorrow recently revealed that Jurassic World will be a direct sequel to 1993's Jurassic Park, »

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Jurassic World Brings Back Familiar Character, Disregards Previous Sequels

30 April 2015 12:39 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

  One of the original stars of Steven Spielberg’s classic 1993 movie Jurassic Park is return for this year’s Jurassic World, according to director Colin Trevorrow. No, not Sam Neill or Laura Dern, but the old battered T-Rex that roared at the end of the first movie after totally demolishing a couple of ‘Raptors.

Trevorrow revealed all to /Film.

“The T. rex that’s in [‘Jurassic World’] is the T. rex from the original ‘Jurassic Park’She is 22 years older. But she’s not limping around. […] We took the original design and, obviously, technology has changed. So, it’s going to move a little bit differently, but it’ll move differently because it’s older. And we’re giving her some scars and we’re tightening her skin. So, she has that feeling of, like, an older Burt Lancaster. And this movie is her ‘Unforgiven'”

The director also that his new film »

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The top 25 underappreciated films of 1989

28 April 2015 11:45 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

From a crazy early Nic Cage role to a lesser-known film starring Robert De Niro, here's our pick of 25 underappreciated films from 1989...

Ah, 1989. The year the Berlin Wall came down and Yugoslavia won the Eurovision Song Contest. It was also a big year for film, with Indiana Jones And The Last Crusade topping the box office and Batman dominating the summer with its inescapable marketing blitz.

Outside the top 10 highest-grossing list, which included Back To The Future II, Dead Poets Society and Honey I Shrunk The Kids, 1989 also included a plethora of less commonly-appreciated films. Some were big in their native countries but only received a limited release in the Us and UK. Others were poorly received but have since been reassessed as cult items.

From comedies to thrillers, here's our pick of 25 underappreciated films from the end of the 80s...

25. An Innocent Man

Disney, through its Touchstone banner, had high hopes for this thriller, »

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New Us distributor takes Backtrack

26 April 2015 3:33 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

A new distributor owned by one of America.s richest men has bought Us rights to writer-director Michael Petroni.s Backtrack after its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. Saban Films put up a seven-figure guarantee for the psychological thriller which stars Adrien Brody, Sam Neill, Robin McLeavy and Bruce Spence . "We're thrilled at the sale to Saban; they made an aggressive offer which is testament to their strong belief in the film,. said See Pictures. Jamie Hilton, who produced with Antonia Barnard and Petroni. .A deal this size coming out of Tribeca is a great result and we'll go to Cannes with confidence as we screen the film for the first time to European and other international buyers." Brody plays Peter, a troubled psychotherapist who suffers from nightmares and eerie visions, which prompt him to revisit his remote hometown where he becomes obsessed with the need to solve a decades-old mystery. »

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Film Review: Backtrack: Heavy Set Up, For Light Resolution [Tribeca 2015]

25 April 2015 11:53 AM, PDT | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

Backtrack (2015) Film Review from the 14th Annual Tribeca Film Festival, a movie written & directed by Michael Petroni, starring Adrien Brody, Sam Neill, Robin McLeavy, Chloe Bayliss, George Shevtsov, Anna Lise Phillips, Olga Miller, Jenni Baird, Bruce Spence, Matthew Sunderland, Malcolm Kennard, Jesse Hyde, Alexander McGuire, and Emma O’Farrell. When it became clear that haunting memories of his deceased daughter, Evie (Emma O’Farrell), […] »

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Adrien Brody’s Thriller ‘Backtrack’ Sells to Saban Films

24 April 2015 2:59 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Saban Films is in final negotiations for the U.S. rights to the Adrien Brody thriller “Backtrack,” following its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival.

It’s the second Tribeca title picked up by Saban, which is paying seven figures. The year-old distributor acquired North American rights to the Simon Pegg-Lake Bell romantic comedy “Man Up” earlier this week.

Backtrack” also stars Sam Neill and Robin McLeavy; Michael Petroni directed from his own script. It follows a troubled psychotherapist, played by Brody, who is suffering from nightmares and eerie visions that lead him back to his remote hometown, where he is consumed with the need to solve a decades-old mystery.

Backtrack” is produced by Jamie Hilton, Antonia Barnard and Petroni. Executive producers include Compton Ross, Phil Hunt and David Evans. The film was financed by Screen Australia with Head Gear Films and Metrol Technology in association with Screen Nsw and Deluxe Australia. »

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Adrien Brody’s Psychological Thriller ‘Backtrack’ Sells to Saban Films

24 April 2015 1:46 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Saban Films is in final negotiations on a seven-figure deal to acquire U.S. rights to the psychological thriller “Backtrack,” which stars Oscar winner Adrien Brody, Sam Neill and Robin McLeavy, the company announced Friday. Written and directed by Michael Petroni (“The Book Thief”), the movie had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 18. The deal includes a theatrical commitment for “Backtrack,” which marks Saban’s second acquisition out of Tribeca, having purchased the North American distribution rights to Ben Palmer’s romantic comedy “Man Up” starring Lake Bell and Simon Pegg. Also Read: SXSW: Adrien Brody on How 'Stone Barn. »

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Saban Films moves on 'Backtrack'

24 April 2015 4:19 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

The distributor has made a seven-figure offer for Us rights on the Tribeca Film Festival world premiere.

Adrien Brody, Sam Neill and Robin McLeavy star in the tale of a troubled psychotherapist who returns to face an old mystery in his home town.

Michael Petroni wrote and directed. Jamie Hilton, Antonia Barnard and Petroni produced and the executive producers include Compton Ross, Phil Hunt and David Evans.

Screen Australia finance Backtrack with Head Gear Films and Metrol Technology in association with Screen Nsw and Deluxe Australia.

Saban brokered the deal with CAA and Bankside Films and previously purchased Tribeca entry Man Up starring Lake Bell and Simon Pegg. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Tribeca Thrillers: Adrien Brody Sees Dead People in Backtrack

21 April 2015 9:00 PM, PDT | Village Voice | See recent Village Voice news »

Adrien Brody sees dead people — so, so many dead people — in Backtrack, an Australian hybrid of The Sixth Sense and every thriller to ever feature “retrograde amnesia” as a laughable plot device. In Michael Petroni’s nonsensical mystery, Brody is Peter Bower, a therapist who’s still grieving over the traffic-accident death of his daughter, and who comes to realize that every one of his patients (including Sam Neill’s psychologist, and a spooky, screamy young girl) is dead, and in fact died on the very same date in 1987.

That’s also the day that Peter, as a kid, was involved in a train accident that killed scores of innocents — a connection that motivates Peter to go back home, visit his drunken ex-cop fa »

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