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Nicole Kidman is one of our most fearless actresses, from her Oscar-winning role as a depressed Virginia Woolf in "The Hours" and warbling woman of the night in "Moulin Rouge!" to the grieving mother in "Rabbit Hole," aggressive newswoman on the rise in "To Die For," and sexy turn in "Paperboy." I talked to her on a chilly Sundance balcony right before her latest film "Strangerland" made its debut in the World competition. "Strangerland" is a gorgeously moody outback thriller shot in Alice Springs about a pharmacist (Joseph Fiennes, replacing originally cast Guy Pearce) and his wife (Kidman) who move to a new town after their sex-crazed 15-year-old daughter has an affair with a teacher. They haven't had a chance to settle down when the girl and her younger brother vanish during a dust storm, presumably into the desert, spawning all sorts of talk and suspicion as the town police chief (Hugo Weaving) tries to. »
- Anne Thompson
Nicole Kidman could have taken her career in a number of different directions, but after dipping her toe in some studio misfires in the mid-2000's she continues to make daring choices that many other actors with her notoriety would shy away from. In the past two years she's starred in the polarizing "Stoker," the art house hit "The Railway Man," took on "Grace of Monaco" (a film that had a dramatically different original screenplay), made kids tremble as the villain in the family blockbuster "Paddington" and played Gertrude Bell in Werner Herzog's "Queen of the Desert" which debuted at the 2015 Berlin Film Festival. But, wait. There's more. Kidman has already finished shooting the big screen adaptation of "Lion," has a significant role in Billy Ray's remake of "The Secret in Their Eyes" and stars opposite Jason Bateman in his highly anticipated drama "The Family Fang" (which has »
- Gregory Ellwood
In a joint marketing exercise between the festival and Transmission Films dubbed Sff Presents, Farrant.s feature debut starring Nicole Kidman, Hugo Weaving and Joseph Fiennes opened on about 25 screens on June 11.
.We played very limited festival sessions at each location, rather than traditional seasons. We've had numerous sell-outs, which is why many locations carried the film over. It continues this week..
- Don Groves
I caught the original Vacation on TV over this past weekend, and the scene with the Griswolds arriving at Wally World, constructed as a parody of the beach race from the British film Chariots of Fire, left me wondering about the lasting impact of the great 1981 film. In 1983, anyone seeing Clark and Rusty Griswold […]
- Russ Fischer
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- Christopher Campbell
While not going so far as to call itself Chariots Of Fire II: God’s Own Athlete, The Last Race is aiming to serve as a kind of sequel to the Oscar-winning classic, telling more of Scottish runner Eric Liddell’s story. Joseph Fiennes is now in place to play the man himself.Ian Charleson was Liddell in Chariots, and now Fiennes is aboard to star in The Last Race, which follows his life after the 1924 Paris Olympics and his work as a missionary in China. And that location gives a clue to where this new film is being backed – as it’ll have financial backing from Chinese companies and shoot in the country from a script by Stephen Shin, who also co-directs with Michael Parker. “It is not only the perfect movie theme, but it should also make younger generations more aware of their past,” Shin tells The Independent. »
London — Joseph Fiennes, who was BAFTA nominated for “Shakespeare in Love,” has taken the role of Scottish runner and devout Christian Eric Liddell in “The Last Race,” which plays like an unofficial sequel to “Chariots of Fire.”
Liddell’s feats as an athlete, and his rivalry with Harold Abrahams, were immortalized in “Chariots of Fire,” which won four Oscars, including best picture. “The Last Race” portrays Liddell’s life after the events depicted in “Chariots of Fire,” when he worked as a teacher and missionary in China, the Independent newspaper reported. He was interned by the Japanese in 1943, and died in the prison camp of a brain tumor.
The film is written and directed by Stephen Shin, and co-directed by Michael Parker. It also stars Chinese-Canadian actor Xiao “Shawn” Dou, who plays Liddell’s friend Xu Niu, and British actress Elizabeth Arends. It will be distributed in China by Alibaba Pictures. »
- Leo Barraclough
Jeremy Drysdale's script follows disgraced cop Kyle Penny (Eckhart) on his hunt to rescue the police commissioner’s kidnapped daughter, trapped somewhere in the city with only eighty minutes to live. With a deranged killer on his heels, his only hope is teaming with a young online reporter who films the wild chase live. [Source: Deadline]
Joseph Fiennes, Xiao 'Shawn' Dou and Elizabeth Arends are set to star in Stephen Shin and Michael Parker's "The Last Race". Fiennes will play Scottish runner and devout Christian Eric Liddell in the project which is being dubbed an unofficial sequel to the Oscar-winning "Chariots of Fire".
'Race' portrays Liddell's life after the events depicted in 'Chariots', a time when he worked as a teacher and missionary in China. »
- Garth Franklin
Joseph Fiennes is set to star in The Last Race, an unofficial follow-up to multi-award winning Brit epic Chariots of Fire, that takes the story of Scottish runner Eric Liddell through the latter parts of his life. The film, to be directed by Stephen Shin and Michael Parker, will follow Liddell after his win at the 1924 Paris Olympics- so famously scored in Hugh Hudson’s 1981 classic by Greek composer Vangelis- to look at his life in China, where he worked as a missionary… »
An “unofficial sequel” to the Oscar-winning 1981 film Chariots of Fire has been greenlit, thanks to Chinese fans of Olympic gold-winning runner Eric Liddell, aka the Flying Scotsman, reports the Independent.
The Last Race will star Joseph Fiennes as the athlete, who was played by Ian Charleson in Hugh Hudson’s historical drama. The deeply religious Liddell was born in Tientsin, northern China, to Scottish missionaries, and returned there a year after his victory in the 400m at the Paris Olympics in 1924. He became a hero to the Chinese people, partly due to his athletic achievements – some consider him the first Chinese gold medallist – but mostly for his heroics while interned during the second world war at a Japanese prisoner of war camp in 1943.
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- Ben Child
The Los Angeles-based director is delighted with the critical and audience responses to her debut film Strangerland, which Transmission launched on about 25 screens on June 11 after its Sydney Film Festival premiere.
Alchemy (formerly Millennium Entertainment) will release the film scripted by Fiona Seres and Michael Kinirons and produced by Naomi Wenck and Macdara Kelleher in cinemas in 15 markets and simultaneously on VOD. She plans to attend the New York premiere.
Farrant is attached to direct Hush Money for Winterbottom and Andrew Eaton.s Revolution Films. The script by Brazilian-born English writer Nico Mensinga follows a groom who is bribed on his wedding day. »
- Don Groves
"...'Catherine' (Kidman) and 'Matthew Parker' (Fiennes) are trying to adjust to their new life in the remote Australian desert town of 'Nathgari'. They are pleasant but keep to themselves, unwilling to get close to anyone.
"But on the eve of a massive dust storm, their lives are rocked when their two teenage children, 'Lily' and 'Tom' disappear into the desert. With Nathgari now eerily smothered in red dust and darkness, the locals join the search lead by local cop, 'David Rae' (Weaving).
"It soon becomes apparent that something terrible may have happened to them. Suspicion is cast, rumors spread and ancient Aboriginal stories are told in whispers as the locals begin to turn against the couple. With temperatures »
- Michael Stevens
This week marks the 10th anniversary of the release of "Crash" (on May 6, 2005), an all-star movie whose controversy came not from its provocative treatment of racial issues but from its Best Picture Oscar victory a few months later, against what many critics felt was a much more deserving movie, "Brokeback Mountain."
The "Crash" vs. "Brokeback" battle is one of those lingering disputes that makes the Academy Awards so fascinating, year after year. Moviegoers and critics who revisit older movies are constantly judging the Academy's judgment. Even decades of hindsight may not always be enough to tell whether the Oscar voters of a particular year got it right or wrong. Whether it's "Birdman" vs. "Boyhood," "The King's Speech" vs. "The Social Network," "Saving Private Ryan" vs. "Shakespeare in Love" or even "An American in Paris" vs. "A Streetcar Named Desire," we're still confirming the Academy's taste or dismissing it as hopelessly off-base years later. »
- Gary Susman
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 Gomes’ Arabian 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 »
- Sandy.George@me.com (Sandy George)
“Sherpa,” a timely Australian-Nepali documentary will play in main competition in the upcoming Sydney Film Festival (3-14 June).
The festival continue on an expansionary track. Having seen admissions grow by 42% since 2011, to welcome 146,000 admissions last year, it is adding two new venues. The lineup also grows from 183 last year to 251 this year. They come from 68 countries, up from 47 last year and include 33 world premieres, up from 15 in 2014.
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- Patrick Frater
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
The new faith-based movie Risen is set to open in theaters winter of 2016.
Starring Joseph Fiennes (Shakespeare in Love), Tom Felton (Harry Potter), Peter Firth (“Spooks”) and Cliff Curtis (Live Free or Die Hard), and directed by Kevin Reynolds (Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves), the action drama will be released on Friday, January 22.
Risen is the epic Biblical story of the Resurrection and the weeks that followed, as seen through the eyes of an unbelieving Clavius (Joseph Fiennes), a high-ranking Roman Military Tribune. Clavius and his aide Lucius (Tom Felton) are instructed by Pontius Pilate to ensure Jesus’ radical followers don’t steal his body and claim resurrection. When the body goes missing within days, Clavius sets out on a mission to locate the missing body in order to disprove the rumors of a risen Messiah and prevent an uprising in Jerusalem.
- Michelle McCue
Gwyneth Paltrow silver dress on the Oscars' Red Carpet Gwyneth Paltrow at the Academy Awards Donning a shining silver dress, Gwyneth Paltrow arrives at the 2011 Academy Awards held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Paltrow's latest movie, Country Strong, was up for a Best Song Oscar. It lost to the Toy Story 3 ditty "We Belong Together," by Randy Newman. More than a decade ago, Gwyneth Paltrow took home the Best Actress Oscar for John Madden's Shakespeare in Love (1998), a romantic comedy-drama also featuring Joseph Fiennes (as William Shakespeare), Judi Dench, Geoffrey Rush, and this year's Best Actor Oscar winner, Colin Firth (The King's Speech). Paltrow's (moderately) gender-bending Shakespeare in Love heroine remains her only Oscar-nominated performance to date. Directed by Shana Feste, Country Strong fared decently at the U.S. box office, but not as well as some had expected. Besides Gwyneth Paltrow, the cast includes »
- D. Zhea
The biblical epic tells the story of the confusion, wonderment and suspicion in the first 40 days following the resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Tom Felton wants Bond role: 'It's why I wanted to do movies in first place'
Fiennes and Felton play Roman centurions who are compelled to discover the truth when Christ's body disappears from its burial tomb.
The religious thriller features many notable characters from the New Testament in its dramatisation of the resurrection.
The film will be »
A post-ad detective tale for the faith-based audience? Uh, it sounds ridiculous, but in “Risen,” Joseph Fiennes and Tom Felton play two Roman soldiers investigating the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Look, we’re not making this up. In “Risen” Fiennes plays the fictional character of Clavius, who is assigned by Pontius Pilate (Peter Firth) to unravel the mystery of what happened to Jesus in the weeks after the crucifixion. "’Risen’ is an incredible noir detective tale. That's the angle that appealed to me," Fiennes told USA Today this week. "There are echoes of 'Chinatown.' It's a (Roman) Polanski landscape of a man being sucked into the narrative." Umm, ok, if you say so. Here’s the official synopsis: "Risen" is the epic Biblical story of the Resurrection, as told through the eyes of a non-believer. Clavius (Joseph Fiennes), a powerful Roman Military Tribune, and his aide Lucius (Tom Felton »
- Edward Davis
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