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Peaky Blinders

just now | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Network: Netflix

Episodes: Ongoing (hour)

Seasons: Ongoing

TV show dates: September 30, 2014 -- present

Series status: Has not been cancelled

Performers include: Cillian Murphy, Sam Neill, Helen McCrory, Paul Anderson, Iddo Goldberg, Annabelle Wallis, Sophie Rundle, Joe Cole, Ned Dennehy, Tom Hardy, Charlotte Riley, Noah Taylor, and Aimee-Ffion Edwards.

TV show description:      

This drama series takes place in Birmingham, England in the year 1919. An illegal brotherhood of marginalized youths with a sprawling bookie operation is still grappling with the terrors they faced in World War I.

They fight to control the cacophonous streets of Small Heath, where violent clashes with corrupt local lawmen, the Ira, and communist activists are as common as factory fires.

With a razor in his cap and an equally sharp mind beneath it, Tommy Shelby (Cillian Murphy) inherits »

- TVSeriesFinale.com

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Sundance Interview: 'Hunt for the Wilderpeople' Director Taika Waititi

5 February 2016 4:40 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"With comedy, the rules are always changing. I don't even know any of the rules. It's probably better to not even know the rules." I love Taika Waititi's movies. At my very first Sundance in 2007, I flipped for a little New Zealand comedy called Eagle vs Shark. It was my first introduction to Taika Waititi and actor Jemaine Clement, and I've been a fan of both ever since. Ten years later and Taika is back at Sundance with his latest film, titled Hunt for the Wilderpeople, an adventure in the New Zealand bush starring Sam Neill and Julian Dennison. The film was one of my favorites of the festival, it's hilarious and so much fun to watch. I'm looking forward to the film opening in theaters so everyone else can see it and enjoy it, too. At Sundance this year, I was lucky enough to catch 15 minutes with Taika »

- Alex Billington

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Sundance: what were the buzz titles of 2016?

31 January 2016 12:37 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Sundance Film Festival marks a fresh start to the film calendar. Just as awards season is winding down, new artistic agendas are kicking off all over Park City.

Sundance is a festival unsullied by headline-sucking studio ‘out-of-competition’ launches, making it purely about the programming line-up, split neatly between docs and dramatic, world and Us, premieres and competitive. In that sense, there was one big winner: Nate Parker’s The Birth Of A Nation, which won the Grand Jury Prize in the Us Dramatic section and also walked away with the Audience Award and a record-breaking $17.5m deal from Fox Searchlight.

Netflix had actually offered more for the confrontational, provocative, agenda-changing film which will be pushed for next year’s awards to put a halt to Oscars-being-so-white. In fact, Netflix and Amazon were active throughout Sundance, chasing down quality, prestige English-language projects as opposed to bulk-buying. (This isn’t cable programming; this is taste-making. If a film »

- finn.halligan@screendaily.com (Fionnuala Halligan)

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Backtrack review – a ghost story lacking chills

31 January 2016 12:00 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

A by-the-numbers supernatural thriller fails to conjure up any original scares

Adrien Brody sees dead people in this derivative Australian chiller about a psychologist haunted by the loss of his daughter. Writer/director Michael Petroni plays it by the book, putting Tab A into Slot B as Brody’s Peter Bower goes on the trail of repressed memories and guilty secrets, with passable if wholly predictable results. Sam Neill adds a touch of careless class to a hokey supporting role.

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- Mark Kermode, Observer film critic

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‘Backtrack’ Review

28 January 2016 8:40 AM, PST | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Adrien Brody, Sam Neill, Robin McLeavy, Bruce Spence, Jenni Baird, Anna Lise Phillips, Chloe Bayliss, Olga Miller, Michael Whalley, Malcolm Kennard, Matthew Sunderland, Suzie Steen | Written and Directed by Michael Petroni

Don’t look now, but a man begins to experience strange visions following the death of his child. After realising that the majority of his patients are ghosts (like a reverse Sixth Sense) psychologist Peter Bower (Adrien Brody) heads to his spooky old hometown in the hope that he can uncover the mystery behind it all.

Moody, intense Brody is the main draw for this low-key supernatural thriller, its effective Gothic vibe making it stand out from the chaff like Nicolas Cage’s Pay the Ghost (I say that with love) or the litany of 101 Films releases just like it (said with less love, but there’s still some). The level of class extends to the presence of one Sam Neill, »

- Joel Harley

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The Orchard Picks Up Taika Waititi's Sundance Crowdpleaser 'Hunt for the Wilderpeople'

27 January 2016 8:14 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Orchard has picked up all North American distribution rights to Taika Waititi's "Hunt for the Wilderpeople," which premiered at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival last weekend to favorable reviews. The deal, which closed for just under $2 million and includes a traditional theatrical release, will reunite Waititi with the distributor after their successful collaboration last year for the home video release of the director's critically acclaimed vampire mockumentary "What We Do in the Shadows." Paladin handled the film's theatrical run. Based on a tale by the prolific New Zealand novelist Barry Crump, "Hunt for the Wilderpeople" stars newcomer Julian Dennison as a "very bad egg" named Ricky. Tovie follows the defiant young child's adventure with his grumpy foster uncle (played by Sam Neill) in the wild New Zealand bush. A national manhunt ensues to find them, and the two are forced to put aside their »

- Zack Sharf

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Sundance Deals: Sam Neill’s ‘Hunt for the Wilderpeople’ Picked Up by The Orchard

27 January 2016 8:08 AM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

The Orchard has acquired the North American rights to “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” at Sundance Film Festival for $2 million, TheWrap has learned. With the deal came a commitment for a theatrical release in about 100 markets. The film is written and directed by Taika Waititi, who is also on board to direct “Thor: Ragnarok” (as TheWrap was the first to report). “Hunt for the Wilderpeople” is about a national manhunt that ensues after a rebellious kid and his foster uncle disappear in the New Zealand bush. Also Read: Sundance 2016: Amazon Acquires Comedy 'Weiner-Dog' The film stars Sam Neill, Rhys Darby and Julian. »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Movie Review – Backtrack (2015)

26 January 2016 8:10 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Backtrack, 2015.

Directed by Michael Petroni.

Starring Adrien Brody, Sam Neill, Robin McLeavy, Bruce Spence and Jenni Baird.

Synopsis:

Psychologist Peter Bower’s life is thrown into turmoil when he discovers that the patients he has been seeing are ghosts. Risking his own sanity, Peter delves into his past to uncover a terrifying secret which only he can put right.

Adrien Brody is the youngest performer to ever win the award for Best Actor at the Oscars, but like the Halle Berry’s and Geena Davis’s of this world, Brody struggled to capitalise on this success, appearing in mostly forgettable movies that failed to make use of his potential. You probably have some idea where I might be going with this…

An Australian supernatural mystery starring Brody sounds like it should be one of the horror highlights of the year, particularly in the wake of The Babadook’s success, but »

- David Opie

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First trailer for Taika Waititi’s Hunt for the Wilderpeople

26 January 2016 3:00 AM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Following its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival, the first trailer has arrived online for Hunt for the Wilderpeople, the new film from Boy and What We Do In the Shadows director Taika Waititi; take a look below after the official synopsis…

Ricky (Julian Dennison) is a defiant young city kid who finds himself on the run with his grumpy foster uncle (Sam 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 in this hilarious and heartfelt adventure.

Hunt for the Wilderpeople features a cast that includes Sam Neill, Julian Dennison, Rachel House and Rima Te Wiata.

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- Amie Cranswick

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Sundance 2016: Hunt for the Wilderpeople Finds Laughs and Heart in New Zealand

25 January 2016 1:48 PM, PST | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Follow all of our Sundance 2016 coverage. New Zealand has an unfair advantage over many other countries when it comes to films and scenes set outside in nature because so much of it is stunning in its natural beauty. Taika Waititi‘s (What We Do in the Shadows) latest film, Hunt for the Wilderpeople, takes full advantage of that intensely gorgeous landscape to tell a very funny and heartwarming story about finding family along the way. Ricky Baker (Julian Dennison) is a real bad egg, and we know this both because it’s the name of the first chapter heading and because the child welfare officer who delivers him to his new foster parents tells them so. The inner-city boy has spent his youth breaking things, stealing things, vandalizing things, burning things… you get the picture, but it’s one she paints for the older couple in great detail as a way of warning them. As »

- Rob Hunter

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Julian Dennison And Sam Neill Join The Hunt For The Wilderpeople In New Trailer

25 January 2016 10:03 AM, PST | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Before delving headfirst into the opulent world of Asgard for Thor: Ragnarok – which he claims will be a more lighthearted affair than The Dark World – New Zealand director Taika Waititi premiered the first trailer for Hunt For The Wilderpeople, one which sends Julian Dennison and Sam Neill out on an adventure.

Waititi, who earned critical acclaim with 2014’s dark comedy What We Do in the Shadows, showcased the eccentric road trip movie during last weekend’s Sundance Film Festival, and now you can feast your eyes on the director’s adaptation.

Based on Barry Crump’s acclaimed 1995 novel Wild Pork And Watercress, the official logline for Hunt For The Wilderpeople describes Waititi’s latest as so: “Ricky (Julian Dennison) is a defiant young city kid who finds himself on the run with his grumpy foster uncle (Sam Neill) in the wild New Zealand bush. A national manhunt ensues and the »

- Michael Briers

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Thor: Ragnarok director Taika Waititi's latest wins acclaim at Sundance

24 January 2016 7:24 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Taika Waititi

Before jetting in to Sydney to begin filming Thor: Ragnarok with Cate Blanchett and Chris Hemsworth at Fox Studios, Kiwi director Taika Waititi (Boy, What We Do in the Shadows) is soaking up the acclaim in Park City, where his latest film has premiered to rave reviews at the Sundance Film Festival.

Hunt for the Wilderpeople is based on Barry Crump's Wild Pork and Watercress, about a boy (Paper Planes' Julian Dennison) on the run in the New Zealand wilderness with an irascible guardian (Sam Neill)..

"Taika Waititi.s latest is a pleasing comedy-adventure that pays cheeky homage to key early works from that nation.s first filmic renaissance . right down to casting the still-game Sam Neill, who was also a fugitive 40 years ago in Roger Donaldson.s Sleeping Dogs", said Variety's review, adding "the pic is sure to be another home-turf hit."

THR's Boyd van Hoeij was just as positive, »

- Staff Writer

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Sundance Review: Taika Waititi's 'Hunt For The Wilderpeople' Starring Sam Neill & Julian Dennison

24 January 2016 4:32 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

By all accounts, New Zealand director Taika Waititi seems to be a very pleasant individual who, in turn, makes very pleasant movies. Waititi continues to ride that wave of pleasantry with “Hunt For The Wilderpeople,” a perfectly amicable dramedy that makes a concerted effort to avoid offending or provoking. And by extension of the film's unending niceness, Waititi has made a movie mired in the middle-ground, a terrain marred by the absence of innovation. That same lack of ingenuity can't be said for Ricky (Julian Dennison), though, a precocious foster care child who is relocated to the home of Bella (Rima Te Wiata) and Hec (Sam Neill). Dubbed a delinquent by a child-services worker (Rachel House), Ricky quickly proves to be nothing but a little misguided. With an affinity for both Tupac and Twinkies, it doesn't take long for Bella to warm up to Ricky's eccentricities. However, when a tragedy »

- Sam Fragoso

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First Quick Teaser Trailer for Taika Waititi's 'Hunt for the Wilderpeople'

24 January 2016 3:18 PM, PST | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"Introducing Ricky Baker. He's a real bad egg." The very first teaser trailer for one of the best films from Sundance this year has debuted online. The latest film from Kiwi filmmaker/comedian Taika Waititi is the survival adventure Hunt for the Wilderpeople, starring Sam Neill and newcomer Julian Dennison as the "bad egg" Ricky Baker. He plays a foster care kid with a history of causing trouble who is taken out to a home in the countryside, and ends up going on the run in the "bush" with his uncle. The two figure out how to survive, and it's a entertaining experience full of heart and humor. I wrote in my review from Sundance: it's a "film that makes me feel good, that made me laugh my ass off, and made my smile out of happiness". Here's the first teaser trailer for Taika Waititi's Hunt for the Wilderpeople, »

- Alex Billington

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Danny DeVito Responds to Oscars Diversity Drama: 'The Entire Country Is a Racist Country'

24 January 2016 1:15 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Danny DeVito has joined the chorus of celebrity voices speaking out about the lack of non-white actors among this year's Oscar nominees, telling the Associated Press that Americans are "a bunch of racists." "It's unfortunate that the entire country is a racist country," DeVito, 71, told the AP at Sundance Film Festival on Saturday. "This is one example of the fact that even though some people have given great performances in movies they weren't even thought about." The It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia actor is just the latest star to address what has been dubbed a "crisis" by the Academy. The »

- Lindsay Kimble

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Danny DeVito Responds to Oscars Diversity Drama: 'The Entire Country Is a Racist Country'

24 January 2016 1:15 PM, PST | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Danny DeVito has joined the chorus of celebrity voices speaking out about the lack of non-white actors among this year's Oscar nominees, telling the Associated Press that Americans are "a bunch of racists." "It's unfortunate that the entire country is a racist country," DeVito, 71, told the AP at Sundance Film Festival on Saturday. "This is one example of the fact that even though some people have given great performances in movies they weren't even thought about." The It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia actor is just the latest star to address what has been dubbed a "crisis" by the Academy. The »

- Lindsay Kimble

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Review: Hunt for the Wilderpeople (Sundance)

24 January 2016 11:59 AM, PST | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Plot: A rebellious city kid named Rocky (Julian Dennison) and his grumpy foster uncle (Sam Neill) hide out in the sprawling New Zealand bush in order to keep from being separated by overzealous child care workers. Review: I had no idea Taika Waititi had a new movie at Sundance this year. Anyone wondering why What We Do In The Shadows director Waititi was picked by Marvel to helm Thor Ragnarok need look no... Read More »

- Chris Bumbray

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[Sundance Review] Hunt for the Wilderpeople

24 January 2016 8:22 AM, PST | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

If one imagines a real-life version of Up with a bit of Thelma & Louise thrown in, they get Hunt for the Wilderpeople, Taika Waititi‘s charming on-the-run adventure comedy. Based on Barry Crump’s book “Wild Pork And Watercress,” the story follows Ricky (Julian Dennison) as a rambunctious foster child on his last straw before juvenile prison. An expert in stealing, graffiti, kicking things, and many more offenses, he’s yet to find a foster family that can put up with him.

As a last-ditch effort, child welfare services move him out of the city and into a shabby, remote hut out near the bush, a seemingly endless area of lush forests. His new guardians are the loving and accepting Aunt Bella (Rima Te Wiata) and her gruff woodsman husband Uncle Hec (Sam Neill). The first evening at the home, Ricky jets off in the middle of the night, but »

- Jordan Raup

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Ice Cube on Oscar Controversy: We Do Movies for the Fans, Not the Industry

23 January 2016 7:56 PM, PST | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

When the Oscar nominations were announced last week, they were more controversial than ever, since, for the second year in a row, no African-American actor or actress was nominated, and the hit Straight Outta Compton didn't receive a Best Picture nomination. This lead to stars such as Will Smith, Jada Pinkett Smith and filmmaker Spike Lee to boycott the awards ceremony, with Oscar nominee Mark Ruffalo revealing this week that he's mulling the possibility of shunning the ceremony as well. Today we have more reactions on the controversy from Straight Outta Compton producer Ice Cube and actors such as Danny DeVito, Don Cheadle and Sam Neill.

Ice Cube, who started his entertainment career as a founding member of the pioneering rap group N.W.A., served as a producer on Straight Outta Compton, where he is portrayed by his son, O'Shea Jackson Jr.. The biopic was widely beloved by critics and fans alike, »

- MovieWeb

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Watch: Chaos Is Unleashed In First Teaser For Taika Waititi's Sundance Comedy 'Hunt For The Wilderpeople'

23 January 2016 2:47 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Taika Waititi is about to make the leap to the big time, directing Marvel's "Thor: Ragnarok." But before he jumps into the world of superheroes, he's showing the kind of edgy comedy he might be bringing to the franchise with "Hunt For The Wilderpeople," and the first teaser is here. Read More: Check Out All Of Our 2016 Sundance Film Festival Coverage Making its debut at the Sundance Film Festival, the movie stars Julian Dennison, Sam Neill, Rima Te Wiata, Rachel House, and Oscar Kightley, is based on the book "Wild Pork And Watercress" by Barry Crump, and tells the story of Ricky, who turns the lives of everybody upside when he goes on the run. Here's the official synopsis:  Raised on hip-hop and foster care, defiant city kid Ricky gets a fresh start in the New Zealand countryside. He quickly finds himself at home with his new foster family: the loving Aunt Bella, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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