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Hugo Weaving has been named as this year's CinèfestOZ 2015 Screen Legend with today's launch of the festival's program.
Weaving will be recognised for his achievements as an Australian actor at the Festival.s Gala Night on 29 August at which Australia.s biggest film prize, the CinéfestOZ $100,000 Film Prize, is also awarded to an outstanding Australian film.
.Hugo Weaving is one of Australia's most celebrated actors and a passionate supporter of Australia film, television and theatre in and outside of his work. .
His credits include Stephan Elliott.s classic The Adventures of Priscilla: Queen of the Desert; Jocelyn Moorhouse.s Proof and The Dressmaker opposite fellow Australian Judy Davis; Rowan Woods acclaimed drama, Little Fish alongside Cate Blanchett and Sam Neill; .Mystery Road directed by upcoming filmmaker Ivan Sen; Strangerland directed by first time director Kim Farrant opposite Nicole Kidman which screened at Sydney Film Festival and Sundance; Glendyn Ivin.s »
- Inside Film Correspondent
Appreciating it's become some kind of internet sport to take potshots at the work of Paul W S Anderson, we've always had a lot of time for Event Horizon. Granted, as the film goes into its final act, it's not at its strongest. But still: the build up is really very, very good. And we like it a lot. There, we said it.
"Everything kept going wrong", she recalled. "It was a really strange one to work on. At the time, they thought would be huge and it wasn’t, but it's become this big cult thing".
The film co-starred Sam Neill, and Richardson admitted that "none of us really understood the script. »
The 40th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival now has something of a slate. Festival toppers Cameron Bailey and Piers Handling presided over a press conference Tuesday morning where more than 34 films were announced including the world premieres of "The Martian," "The Family Fang" and "Demolition." It's an intriguing initial lineup for the venerable Canadian institution and something of a steadying the ship after losing some major debuts to Venice, Telluride and the New York Film Festival over the past few years. Well, maybe. The most impressive world premieres include the aforementioned "Demolition" with Jake Gyllenhaal (officially the best opening night film in recent memory), "The Family Fang" with Nicole Kidman, "Legend" with Tom Hardy, "Trumbo" with Bryan Cranston, "The Martian" with Matt Damon and Lance Armstrong doc "The Program" with Ben Foster and Michael Moore's latest documentary, "Where to Invade Next." Notable films that will have premiered »
- Gregory Ellwood
The first English-language film from Mexican-based writer-director Rowe (Leap Year; The Well), the Montreal-shot psychological drama follows a janitor in a retirement home whose life spirals out of control when he catches his wife with a lover, pushing him to the brink of insanity.
Pyramide International is handling international sales and releasing in France, Rialto will distribute in Australia/New Zealand and Mongrel Media/Film Option in Canada.
- Don Groves
The Venice Film Festival’s (September 2 - 12) independently run section will host 21 titles including 18 world premieres in its official selection.
The ten-title competition includes Matias Bize’s The Memory of Water, a drama about a young couple trying to rekindle their relationship after the death of their 4-year-old son, Vincenzo Marra’s fourth feature La Prima Luce, which stars Riccardo Scamarcio as an Italian lawyer tracking down his young son in Chile after an acrimonious divorce; Ascanio Celestini’s drama Long Live The Bride, starring Alba Rohrwacher, and Australian director Michael Rowe’s love drama Early Winter, featuring Suzanne Clement.
Five Aussie films will vie for the $100,000 CinéfestOZ Film Prize, with two of the entries to have their Australian premiere at the Festival in August.
The winner will be announced at the Festival on Saturday 29th August, 2015.
The film, which Connolly also directed, went on to enjoy huge success at the Australian box office and will be released by distribution companies Lionsgate in the UK and in North America by Eone.
The finalists for this year.s prize were determined by five »
- Emily Blatchford
Think back to the science fiction cinema of the 1990s, and some of the decade's biggest box-office hits will immediately spring to mind: The Phantom Menace, Jurassic Park, Independence Day, Men In Black, Armageddon and Terminator 2 were all in the top 20 most lucrative films of the era.
But what about the sci-fi films of the 1990s that failed to make even close to the same cultural and financial impact of those big hitters? These are the films this list is devoted to - the flops, the straight-to-video releases, the low-budget and critically-derided. We've picked 50 live-action films that fit these criteria, and dug them up to see whether they're still worth watching in the 21st century.
So here's a mix of everything from hidden classics to forgettable dreck, »
The series is set on the brink of world war in 1939 England and follows 10 strangers with dubious pasts who are lured to Soldier Island, an isolated rock near southern England’s Devon coast. Cut off from the mainland, the travelers learn that their host is mysteriously absent and that they are each accused of a terrible crime. As members of the party start to die mysteriously, the survivors realize they may be harboring a murderer among their number.
BBC announced the project in February.
The adaptation is penned by Sarah Phelps (“The Casual Vacancy,” “Great Expectations”) and stars Douglas Booth, Charles Dance, Maeve Dermody, Burn Gorman, Anna Maxwell Martin, Sam Neill, Miranda Richardson, Toby Stephens, Noah Taylor and Aidan Turner.
Abi Bach is producing. Exec producers are »
- Whitney Friedlander
To coincide with Agatha Christie's 125th anniversary, BBC One and Lifetime are teaming up for an all-star mini-series based on arguably the Grand Dame of mystery's most famous work - "And Then There Were None".
Set on the eve of World War Two, the story follows ten strangers with dubious pasts who are lured to an isolated rock near the Devon coast in southern England. Cut off from the mainland, their host is mysteriously absent.
A recording starts with each accused of a terrible crime. As each member of the party starts to mysteriously die one-by-one every few hours, the survivors realise one of them is a killer and start to turn on each other.
This time out the ensemble will be: Charles Dance ("Game of Thrones"), Sam Neill ("Jurassic Park"), Toby Stephens ("Black Sails"), Aidan Turner ("The Hobbit"), Miranda Richardson ("Harry Potter"), Anna Maxwell Martin ("The Bletchley Circle »
- Garth Franklin
Aidan Turner is to star in the TV adaptation of Agatha Christie's novel 'And Then There Were None'. The 'Poldark' heartthrob has been cast as ex-mercenary Philip Lombard in BBC One's upcoming adaptation of the best-selling crime novel. The 32-year-old actor's character is one of 10 strangers invited by a mystery host to Soldier's Island off the coast of Devon where each of them is accused of a terrible crime before they're slowly picked off one by one. Turner joins a star-studded cast which includes 'The Riot Club' actor Douglas Booth, Charles Dance, Miranda Richardson, Anna Maxwell Martin and 'Jurassic Park's Sam Neill. The »
Producers say this is the first time the book has been adapted into a British TV series. The drama is expected to be a centrepiece of the broadcaster’s Christmas schedule this year.
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- Paul Revoir
The story is the best-selling crime novel of all time with 100 million copies sold across the globe. It will be adapted into a three-part series by Sarah Phelps (The Casual Vacancy, Great Expectations).
Set in 1939, ten strangers are invited to Soldier Island off the Devon coast where all are accused of terrible crimes.
When one is killed, the group must come to terms with and investigate a possible murderer amongst them.
Amongst the group are "a reckless playboy, a troubled Harley Street doctor, a formidable judge, an uncouth detective, an unscrupulous mercenary, a God-fearing spinster, two restless servants, a highly decorated general and an anxious secretary".
Completing the cast are Miranda Richardson, »
Well, this was pretty inevitable. With the various scandals involving FIFA continuing to unfold, and with further embarrassment added by the flop of "United Passions" (our review), the movie produced by the soccer organization that now has the distinction of being the lowest grossing film in U.S. history, it was only a matter of time until the downfall of the group he led was brought to the big screen. And Ben Affleck and Matt Damon are going to make it happen. Read More: Review: FIFA Drama 'United Passions' Starring Gerard Depardieu, Sam Neill, And Tim Roth The duo will produce the Gavin O'Connor directed adaptation of Ken Bensinger's upcoming book "Houses Of Deceit." It will tell the story of American FIFA exec Chuck Blazer aka Mr. Ten Percent, who helped popularize soccer in the United States, but also became embroiled in bribery and corruption, with Bensinger »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The Steven Knight-created Peaky Blinders has a rabid fan base both at home and abroad. A big success for BBC Two over its first two seasons, it also airs on Netflix under a 2014 deal with The Weinstein Co., which stepped in early and acquired U.S. rights just after Season 1 premiered in the UK in 2013. That has created an even bigger host of faithful who have been waiting anxiously for Season 3 to begin—which is expected in early 2016. Cillian Murphy, Sam Neill, Helen… »
With Jurassic World now officially the fastest movie to reach the $1 billion mark (in just thirteen days!), it seems as though the world has gone back to 1993 and dino-mania is running wild once again.
To celebrate the success of the movie, we’ve looked back through the history books to bring you five things you may not know about the Jurassic Park franchise.
Harrison Ford has always had a great working relationship with Steven Spielberg and his partner in crime George Lucas. Not only was he the star of Spielberg’s ode to adventure serials of the 1930s and 40s, Raiders of the Lost Ark and its subsequent Indiana Jones sequels, but he was also featured in American Graffiti and the Star Wars trilogy, the products of George Lucas. »
- Luke Owen
Hard to believe it’s been 22 years since “Jurassic Park.” If that fact alone doesn’t make you feel old, now there’s “Jurassic World” to make those of us ancient enough to remember — and admire — the original feel like dinosaurs.
In theory, the movie is a sequel, but let’s admit it: “Jurassic World” is really a remake — a remake engineered the way Steven Spielberg probably figures he’d have to treat “Jurassic Park” if he were making it for the first time today, at a time when half that film’s problems could be solved by a little invention called the cell phone. (As for Spielberg’s “Jaws”? Fuggedaboudit. We’re living in the age of “Sharknado.” No one’s impressed by a shark anymore.)
For the sake of this column, I’m going to assume you’ve seen “Jurassic World.” Ten days in theaters, and the movie has already grossed nearly $1 billion. »
- Peter Debruge
An alien craft shaped like an artichoke? A vessel with breasts? Here's our pick of 15 of sci-fi cinema's most eccentric spaceships...
For decades, heroes have crossed the universe in rocket ships and modified light freighters. Aliens have conquered galaxies in disc-shaped craft of varying sizes.
Yes, as long as there's been science fiction on the silver screen, spaceships have captured our imagination, from the matinee serials of the 30s to the sci-fi blockbusters of the present.
We all have our own idea of what a great spaceship should look like. For some, it's Han Solo's fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy, the Millennium Falcon. For others, it's the more graceful USS Enterprise, or maybe the utilitarian craft of 2001: A Space Odyssey. But what about cinema's more unusual, outlandish spaceships? The ramshackle ones, the anachronistic ones, the ones that look a bit rude, or just plain scary? Those are »
Welcome back to Jurassic Park/World! It's been 22 years since Jurassic Park stomped all over our collective imaginations (in a good way). Now, let's ignore The Lost World and Jurassic Park III, since the new film, Jurassic World, seems to do just that. Things have changed. The awe of science has been replaced by corporate greed. The park features a petting zoo, water park, and gyrospheres. Don't worry, there are still plenty of foolish humans, making rash decisions, which means eventually dinosaurs run amok. In this week's Film Face-off we'll put Jurassic World's amoking and more against Steven Spielberg's original Jurassic Park. The (Human) Chemistry Jurassic Park Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill) and Dr. Ellie...
- Jeff Bayer
Jurassic World is shattering box office records across the globe, but what happened to the stars of the movie that kick-started it all? Steven Spielberg's 1993 classic Jurassic Park was flawlessly cast, mixing well-known stars and fresh faces in a perfect blockbuster thrill-ride.
A one-time contender to play James Bond, Neill's early credits include espionage series Reilly: Ace of Spies, Dead Calm and The Hunt for Red October. In the years after Jurassic Park he notched up roles in Event Horizon, The Tudors and Peaky Blinders. Neill »
Though it wasn.t fully embraced by critics, Jurassic World premiered in theaters this past weekend and dominated the box office. So, for the most part, that means fans got a kick out of the franchise.s resurrection. Part of the fun was seeing all the small Easter eggs director and Jurassic Park lover Colin Trevorrow hid in the film. You may have pinpointed a few yourself, but there.s one reference to Jurassic Park 3 that Trevorrow thinks only diehard fans will see. To refresh your memory, Jurassic Park 3 was all about those desperate parents who enlisted the aide of Dr. Alan Grant (Sam Neill) in order to track down their lost son in the wilderness of Isla Sorna. In an interview with MTV, Trevorrow gave up one of his more obscure references to this movie. When the T. Rex does appear and what she smashes through, what »
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