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Screen Australia Backs Film, TV Projects Budgeted At $64 Million

16 December 2012 7:06 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Don Groves is a Deadline contributor based in Sydney New films from Red Dog director Kriv Stenders, Samson & Delilah helmer Warwick Thornton and first-time feature directors Wayne Hope and Kasimir Burgess are among 11 film and TV projects that secured funding Monday local time from Screen Australia. The agency is investing more than $A11.4 million ($12 million) in five features, five adult TV drama series and one children’s series, with combined budgets of more than $64 million. Stenders will direct Kill Me Three Times, a black comedic thriller set in an Australian coastal town written by James McFarland, starring Abbie Cornish, Alice Braga and Sullivan Stapleton; Wme and Cargo Entertainment are handling international sales and Hopscotch eOne is the Australian distributor. Thornton’s The Darkside is a collection of ghost tales related by actors including The Sapphires’ Deborah Mailman and Sheri Sebbens, Bryan Brown, Brendan Cowell and Sacha Horler, which will give »

- THE DEADLINE TEAM

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Casting Roundup: Theron, Blanchett and Franco Get the Gigs

30 November 2012 5:00 AM, PST | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

All of the week's hot casting news in one fell swoop ...

• Beware the roaring rampage of the Oldgirl! Charlize Theron has signed on to star in the American adaptation of "Sympathy for Lady Vengeance," the third installment in "Oldboy" director Park Chan-wook's Vengeance Trilogy. [Deadline]

• "Cinderella" has a new evil stepmother — in the form of Cate Blanchett. The "Hobbit" beauty will be providing villainy to director Mark Romanek's live-action take on the classic fairy tale. [Deadline]

• As long as there are movies, James Franco will star in a lot of them. One of the busiest actors in the show business has signed on to "Good People," a morality play in which a dead broke couple finds a few hundred thousand bucks in their neighbor's abandoned apartment. [The Wrap]

Guy Pearce, Rosamund Pike and Bryan Brown are headed Down Under for "Violet Town," the Australia-set drama about a 1957 New Year's Eve party where buried secrets come to light. »

- Bryan Enk

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Casting Net: George Clooney teaming with Paul Greengrass. Plus: Daniel Bruhl, Guy Pearce, Rosamund Pike

28 November 2012 6:28 PM, PST | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

George Clooney is attached to star in and produce an untitled crime film written by Argo scribe Chris Terrio. Filmmaker Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Supremacy) is attached to direct and produce, along with Clooney’s producing partner Grant Heslov. And that’s all we got for this one, folks — the details of the script remain top secret. Probably not a sci-fi adventure set in the Persian desert, though. [Variety]

• Inglourious Basterds’ Daniel Brühl is logging onto the untitled Wikileaks movie as Daniel Domscheit-Berg (gesundheit!), the man who helped Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch – i.e. Benny Batch) build his site for clandestine government secrets. »

- Adam B. Vary

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Pearce, Pike, Brown Head To Violet Town

28 November 2012 1:02 PM, PST | Filmofilia | See recent Filmofilia news »

A new Aussie drama Violet Town, directed by Mark Joffe (Spotswood) is an adaptation of Steven Carroll’s novel ‘The Art Of The Engine Driver.’

The Lawless thesp Guy Pearce and the former Bond Girl Rosamund Pike will reportedly play in a 1957-set tale about a couple who attend a neighbor’s New Year’s Eve party where buried secrets are revealed.

Penned by Matt Cameron, Bryan Brown (Cocktail) also stars, probably as another guest at the party.

Here’s the book synopsis:

There they are, still as a photograph, listening for the distant thud of the sun as it prepares to drop from the sky …On a hot summer’s night, a family of three are off to a party in their bristling suburbia. But nothing is as it seems and soon we are walking with them through the past lives of a bully, a drunk and a disaffected youth. »

- Nick Martin

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Guy Pearce And Rosamund Pike Set For ‘Violet Town’

28 November 2012 1:00 PM, PST | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Guy Pearce and Rosamund Pike are set to star in a new Australian-based drama named Violet Town. The film will be directed by Mark Joffe and is an adaptation of Steven Carroll’s novel The Art Of The Engine Driver. Set in 1957, the story follows a couple who attend a New Year’s Eve party where buried secrets are revealed. Bryan Brown (Cocktail, Australia) is also attached to the project.

The film will not arrive for a while though, as it starts production from the ‘third-quarter’ of 2013.

Source: Deadline

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- Lucy Cave

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Guy Pearce Visiting Violet Town

28 November 2012 12:05 PM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Guy Pearce appeared in an eclectic batch of films this year, and 2013 promises more from him. But he’s also locked in a job for later in the year, signing on to co-star with Rosamund Pike in Mark Joffe’s Violet Town.Matt Cameron wrote the script, based on Steven Carroll’s 2001 novel The Art Of The Engine Driver. Set in 1957, the book’s plot sees a couple attending a neighbour’s New Year’s party, but discovering more than just boozy friends and long countdowns to midnight – buried secrets are unearthed, putting their relationship in jeopardy.Bryan Brown is attached to co-star, and Joffe plans to have the cameras whirring by the end of summer next year.Pike’s next appearance will be in Jack Reacher with Tom Cruise, and she’s also part of the cast for Nick Hornby adaptation A Long Way Down. She’s most recently »

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Guy Pearce & Rosamund Pike Head To 'Violet Town'

28 November 2012 9:17 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Whatever Guy Pearce does, we're going to sit up and pay attention. Over the past year and a half or so, the actor has played a charming cad in Todd Haynes' breathtaking "Mildred Pierce," tried on his action hero pants for "Lockout," popped up in "Prometheus" and sneered his way through "Lawless." He's got a number of interesting movies on the way with an equally diverse slate, with everything from "Iron Man 3" to "Like Crazy" director Drake Doremus' next effort on his plate. And now another intriguing movie is being added to his schedule. Pearce is joining the lovely Rosamund Pike and Bryan Brown for "Violet Town." Based on Steven Carroll’s novel "The Art of the Engine Driver," the 1957-set story follows a couple that attend a neighbor's New Year's Eve party that results in some life altering revelations. Mark Joffe ("Spotswood") is at the helm for this one. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Pearce, Pike, Brown Visit "Violet Town"

28 November 2012 6:14 AM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Guy Pearce, Rosamund Pike and Bryan Brown are set to star in Mark Joffe's "Violet Town" at Essential Media and Entertainment, Mushroom Pictures and Morrissey Molloy Entertainment.

Based on Steven Carroll’s 2001 novel "The Art Of The Engine Driver," the 1957-set tale follows various characters who're attending a neighbor’s New Year’s Eve party where secrets are revealed.

Amongst the characters there's a bully, a drunk, a restless girl and a young boy forced to grow up before he is ready.

Matt Cameron adapted the script, Ian Collie is producing, and shooting kicks off in the third quarter of next year.

Source: Screen Daily »

- Garth Franklin

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Guy Pearce, Rosamund Pike & Bryan Brown Set For Aussie Drama ‘Violet Town’

27 November 2012 8:28 PM, PST | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Don Groves is a Deadline contributor based in Sydney. Violet Town is directed by Mark Joffe and is an adaptation of Steven Carroll’s novel The Art Of The Engine Driver, a 1957-set tale about a couple who attend a neighbor’s New Year’s Eve party where buried secrets are revealed. Guy Pearce and Rosamund Pike will play the couple in the pic, which is due to begin shooting in third-quarter 2013. Bryan Brown is also attached to the Matt Cameron script, which is co-produced by Essential Media and Entertainment’s Ian Collie. The feature is the first from an Aussie film and TV production co-venture between Mushroom Pictures and Morrissey Molloy Entertainment. Formed in 2011, the partnership also is co-producing The Road To Freedom Peak, a feature-length documentary that follows former child soldier Jonathan Okwir and journalist Corrin Varady as they ride bicycles across three East African countries. Varady’s »

- THE DEADLINE TEAM

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Gregor Jordan and Bryan Brown create new film festival

26 November 2012 8:08 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Over a decade after.his short film Swinger won first place at.Tropfest, internationally renowned director Gregor Jordan is back on the short filmmaking scene alongside Australian film veteran Bryan Brown.

Together the pair, with the support of Harley Davidson, have created the Open Road Film Festival; an initiative devised to engage and challenge young Australian filmmakers.

The premise is as simple as it is unique. Jordan (Two Hands, Ned Kelly) has directed a 75-second ending to a film and challenged entrants to come up with the beginning.. The entire product must be under six minutes in length.

.I like that (the festival) is based on one ending and a whole lot of other beginnings,. Jordan says.

.Anything that sort of experiments with the craft of filmmaking and tries to push it to new places I find really interesting..

Jordan is the first to admit the festival is part-promotion for Harley Davidson, »

- Emily Blatchford

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Christine Baranski Laments Good Wife Emmy Snub, Teases 'Cataclysmic' Season 4

17 September 2012 3:51 PM, PDT | TVLine.com | See recent TVLine.com news »

Although she’s been nominated for an Emmy nine times, Christine Baranski says she’s still psyched about being in the running Sunday night — and, after reading her Q&A with TVLine, you’re likely to believe her.

In it, the Emmy winner (for Cybill in 1996) not only explains why this nod for The Good Wife is so significant to her but also picks her favorite scene from Season 3 (it involves Will), previews Season 4 (the pink slips are flying at LG) and reveals her hopes for a return engagement on The Big Bang Theory.

Tvline | You’ve spoken at length »

- Michael Ausiello

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Bryan Brown Readies For Battle In ‘An Accidental Soldier’

28 August 2012 8:21 AM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Don Groves is a Deadline contributor based in Sydney. Bryan Brown will play an Australian soldier in France during World War I in An Accidental Soldier, a telemovie directed by the actor’s wife Rachel Ward, their first collaboration since the 2009 movie Beautiful Kate. Australia’s ABC commissioned the telepic based on John Charalambous’ novel Silent Parts, and shooting starts in Western Australia in September, backed by agency Screen West. Dan Spielman plays the title character who enlisted in 1918 when he was in his early 40s, served as a baker and feared battle. French actress Marie Bunel plays a French woman who harbored him. The producers are Goalpost Pictures’ Kylie du Fresne (The Sapphires) and Taylor Media’s Sue Taylor (The Tree) and the script is by Blake Ayshford. The producers say they will decide how to exploit the international rights when the film is completed. »

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Bryan Brown to star in An Accidental Soldier

28 August 2012 3:48 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Bryan Brown is set to join the cast of telepic An Accidental Soldier, playing an Australian soldier in France during World War I, reports Deadline. Rachel Ward, the helmer's wife is helming the project which marks their first collaboration since Beautiful Kate back in 2009. Pic is based on "Silent Parts," a novel by John Charalambous, and stars Dan Spielman as the title character who enlisted at the age of 40 in 1918. He served as a baker, in fear of battle. Also in the cast of the film produced by Kylie du Fresne of Goalpost Pictures and Sue Taylor of Taylor Media-produced film is Marie Bunel playing a French woman who harbored him. »

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Bryan Brown to star in An Accidental Soldier

28 August 2012 3:48 AM, PDT | Upcoming-Movies.com | See recent Upcoming-Movies.com news »

Bryan Brown is set to join the cast of telepic An Accidental Soldier, playing an Australian soldier in France during World War I, reports Deadline. Rachel Ward, the helmer's wife is helming the project which marks their first collaboration since Beautiful Kate back in 2009. Pic is based on "Silent Parts," a novel by John Charalambous, and stars Dan Spielman as the title character who enlisted at the age of 40 in 1918. He served as a baker, in fear of battle. Also in the cast of the film produced by Kylie du Fresne of Goalpost Pictures and Sue Taylor of Taylor Media-produced film is Marie Bunel playing a French woman who harbored him. »

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New ABC war drama An Accidental Soldier to begin shooting

27 August 2012 8:15 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

The producer of recent Australian hit The Sapphires, Kylie du Fresne, is teaming up with Sue Taylor to tackle World War I dramatic telemovie An Accidental Soldier for ABC TV.

The story follows a baker in the ANZACs.and is described as .a moving and ultimately uplifting story of love that crosses language and cultures in a time of catastrophe,. according to ABC TV head of fiction Carole Sklan.

Production begins on September 3 in Perth, with director Rachel Ward and a screenplay adapted by Blake Ayshford (The Straits, Crownies) from the book Silent Parts by John Charalambous. The telemovie was developed and financed under the Primeime Television Production Fund between ScreenWest and ABC Television.

An Accidental Soldier should provide a boost to the Western Australian industry, according to ScreenWest boss Ian Booth.

.It will be filmed entirely in Western Australia providing Wa practitioners with an opportunity to work with an »

- Anthony Soegito

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Cheesy Music and Baby Cruise Make For A Nostalgic 'Cocktail'

26 July 2012 12:23 PM, PDT | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

The new Blu-ray of Cocktail is emblazoned with a sticker that certifies the film as Totally 80s; it reads like a warning label. Even on the film's initial release, it probably could have been determined that the film would not age well, being redolent of everything least flattering about the decade (imagine watching a Transformers film in twenty years). But the thing that dates Cocktail most is also probably its best feature-the youthful star power of Tom Cruise, who's so likeable that you almost want to take him by the shoulders and warn him about what's coming his way.

Seeking his fortune, Brian Flanagan (Cruise) makes his way to New York City, only to find that the only position open to him is as a bartender in a dive on the Upper East Side. Almost to his chagrin, Flanagan has a real talent for the work, under the tutelage of »

- Anders Nelson

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Cocktail : The Blu Review

25 July 2012 1:56 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

As someone who has tended bar or many years, Cocktail is a staple. Academy Award® nominee Tom Cruise (Oscar® Nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role for Jerry McGuire in 1997) stars as Brian Flanagan, one of Cruise.s most memorable films from earlier in his career. Cocktail is fun, witty, and it combines two of my favorite things…

Movies and Alcohol!

After returning from the army, New York bartender Brian Flanagan (Tom Cruise) learns the secrets of the trade from his new boss, Doug Coughlin (Bryan Brown), before heading to Jamaica to work at a local resort TIki Bar. While in Jamaica, Flanagan falls in love with an American tourist (Elisabeth Shue).

I am the last barman poet. 

I see America drinking the fabulous cocktails I make. 

Americans getting stinky on something I stir or shake. 

The sex on the beach, the schnapps made from peach, 

The Velvet Hammer, »

- Melissa Howland

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DVD Playhouse--July 2012

8 July 2012 11:26 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Interview | See recent The Hollywood Interview news »

By Allen Gardner

The Samurai Trilogy (Criterion) Director Hiroshi Inagaki’s sprawling epic filmed from 1954-56 is an early Japanese Technicolor masterpiece, rivaling the scope of filmmakers like David Lean and Luchino Visconti. Toshiro Mifune, Japan’s greatest actor, stars as real-life swordsman, artist and writer Musashi Miyamoto, following his growth from callow youth to disciplined warrior. The three films: the Oscar winning “Musashi Miyamoto,” “Duel at Ichijoji Temple,” and “Duel at Ganryu Island” are an incredible story of human growth, tender love and sublime, blood-soaked action. Not to be missed. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Bonuses: Interviews with translator and historian William Scott Wilson; Trailers. Full screen. Dolby 1.0 mono.

The 39 Steps (Criterion) Alfred Hitchcock’s 1935 story of spies, conspiracies and sexual tension put him on the map on both sides of the Pond. Robert Donat stars as an innocent thrust into a deadly plot alongside a cool blonde (Madeleine Carroll »

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Cocktail Blu-ray Review

3 July 2012 5:14 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

The Movie Pool needs a drink after watching the Cocktail Blu-ray!

The Set-up

A bartender with big dreams (Tom Cruise) learns the harsh realities of the bar business. Also stars Bryan Brown and Elizabeth Shue.

Directed by:Roger Donaldson

The Delivery

Ah, the 1980s. Like any other decade, it had its share of silly, melodramatic Hollywood movies. Unlike today's disposable cinematic entertainment, however, the 80s had a signature sense of style and some great music. Case in point: the Tom Cruise vehicle Cocktail.

Initially advertised as a good time at a Jamaica bar, Cocktail threw viewers for a loop when it was released in 1988. The first half of the film follows the trials and tribulations of Brian Flanagan, a young bartender who dreams of making his fortune serving booze. Of course, because this was the 1980s, this all makes sense.

The second half of the film, however, turns seriously meldramatic. »

- feeds@themoviepool.com (Victor Medina)

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New Beginnings

24 June 2012 5:54 PM, PDT | FilmInk.com.au | See recent FilmInk.com.au news »

Australian filmmaker Gregor Jordan is paying homage to festivals like Tropfest in the form of the Open Road Film Festival, his new joint venture with actor Bryan Brown. In conjunction with Harley Davidson, Jordan has created the ending to a film, with the festival on the lookout to find new Australian filmmaking talent to show them how the story began. Not only did Harley Davidson play an active role in Jordan's ending, they've provided financial assistance to help the pair set up the festival.   The top five scripts will receive grants of $1,000 each, plus the use of a Canon camera as well as invaluable mentoring from Jordan and Brown on how to shoot the films. »

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