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10 items from 2014

The Rover, Charlie's Country bound for Cannes

17 April 2014 3:13 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

David Michôd.s The Rover and Rolf de Heer.s Charlie.s Country will have their world premieres at the Cannes Film Festival.

The Rover, a futuristic thriller starring Guy Pearce, Robert Pattinson, Anthony Hayes and David Field, will have a midnight screening out of competition.

Charlie.s Country, which stars David Gulpilil as an aging man who struggles to understand how he should define himself as an Aboriginal in modern Australia, will screen in the Un Certain Regard sidebar.

The South Australian Film Corp. and Screen Australia invested in both films. .This caps off a pretty good 12 months for Safc-backed films,. said CEO Richard Harris, also referring to The Babadook, 52 Tuesdays and The Infinite Man.

"This recognition from Cannes is very significant for the possibilities of the film in the marketplace," de Heer said. "I am so pleased for David, for all his effort to be rewarded and for »

- Don Groves

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Orca DVD Review

8 April 2014 3:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Michael Anderson

Starring: Richard Harris, Charlotte Rampling, Will Sampson, Bo Derek, Keenan Wynn, Robert Carradine

Running Time: 88 minutes

Certificate: PG

This 1977 cash in on Jaws could have just changed the animal and ran with it. Instead it goes for something a lot deeper and poignant. Philosophical themes are interwoven throughout the film and before you know it you’re gripped. From legendary producer Dino De Laurentiis, the man who produced pretty much everything from Federico Fellini classics to the Hannibal Lecter films, he knew when a specific genre was popular, he knew how to exploit it, but he also knew to make it its own.

We follow Richard Harris as Captain Nolan, a hard drinking Irishman who loves to hunt the beasts of the ocean. Despite this, his character has a dramatic arc and one that is completely believable thanks to Harris’ nuanced performance. He’s disgusted after an »

- Luke Ryan Baldock

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Daniel Radcliffe on his dark Broadway return and why a movie-musical could be next

19 March 2014 8:30 AM, PDT | - PopWatch | See recent - PopWatch news »

Few actors have managed to transcend the roles that made them famous the way Daniel Radcliffe has. Even before he hung up his Harry Potter robes, Radcliffe began undertaking a handful of challenging roles that were, whether intentional or not, significant departures from the boy wizard. Particularly when it comes to his work on stage, Radcliffe’s moves have been brave and bold, baring it all in Equus and charming audiences with surprising musical chops in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying.

His third time on Broadway is now at hand — he’ll star in Martin McDonagh’s »

- Marc Snetiker

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Saint Patrick’s Day: 10 Movies That Represent ‘Irishness’ Best

17 March 2014 2:33 AM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

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It’s March 17th and we can now officially celebrate Ireland’s British born patron saint and stock up on some flicks to get us in the spirit of Saint Patrick.

For a culture enriched with such a storied and turbulent history, ‘Irishness’ is all too often portrayed on screen to the global market as a very primitive and one dimensional identity. It is quite strange considering, the small nation that boasts such a rich artistic tradition, which could rival any on the planet, is so lethargically diluted to idle cliched phrases and beer swilling Paddies.

In spite of the annoying and exhausted stereotypes, there are still a number of movies which embody and adhere to the complexity of Irish identity. Yes, there are a cornucopia of films which depict Irish identity as shamefully opposite. Such inferior silver screen presentations include the likes of Gerard Butler in P.S. I Love You »

- Colm McCall

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Paramount Makes First-Look Deal With ‘The Departed’ Scribe William Monahan

18 February 2014 9:36 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

Exclusive: Writer-director William Monahan has signed a two-year first-look deal with Paramount Pictures. His company, Henceforth Pictures, has a number of projects already in development, including several Monahan originals. The deal comes as the Monahan-scripted reboot of The Gambler is in production at Paramount with Mark Wahlberg and Jessica Lange starring and Rupert Wyatt directing. Monahan also adapted the book Cocaine Cowboys into Desperado, a film that will re-team Lone Survivor helmer Peter Berg with Wahlberg and which Paramount will put into production in the fall. Monahan separately has turned in a scripted adaptation of John Le Carre’s most recent novel, A Delicate Truth, to BBC Films. He has numerous other projects in the pipeline, including Robert Rodriguez’s Sin City 2: A Dame To Kill For, as well as an adaption of Sympathy For Lady Vengeance that will star Charlize Theron, with Monahan producing with Theron and Megan Ellison. »


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How Lionsgate Plans to Work Around Hoffman’s Death in Mockingjay Part 1 & 2

4 February 2014 11:05 AM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

What will happen with the red-hot Hunger Games franchise now that Phillip Seymour Hoffman—whose character will play a major role in the Mockingjay sequels—has died? How will Lionsgate handle the absence of Hoffman?  They've talked about it, and here's what they plan on doing.  

Fans and fellow actors were saddened this week by the death of Oscar-winning actor Philip Seymour Hoffman. However, the people at Lionsgate—who produce the Hunger Games franchise—have something else to worry about. How do they continue the franchise without one of the major characters? The studio and director were relying on Hoffman to continue reprising his role. What will the people behind the powerhouse franchise do about the tragic loss of Hoffman?

Hoffman played a pivotal role as Plutarch Heavensbee in the latest Hunger Games sequel, Catching Fire. As the head game-maker, Hoffman’s character created the obstacles meant to defeat protagonist »

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Ten Miscastings That Worked – or Nearly Worked!

23 January 2014 11:16 PM, PST | Shadowlocked | See recent Shadowlocked news »

Miscasting in films has always been a problem. A producer hires an actor thinking that he or she is perfect for a movie role only to find the opposite is true. Other times a star is hired for his box office draw but ruins an otherwise good movie because he looks completely out of place.

There have been many humdinger miscastings. You only have to laugh at John Wayne’s Genghis Khan (with Mongol moustache and gun-belt) in The Conqueror (1956), giggle at Marlon Brando’s woeful upper class twang as Fletcher Christian in Mutiny on the Bounty (1962) and cringe at Dick Van Dyke’s misbegotten cockney accent in Mary Poppins (1964). But as hilarious as these miscastings are, producers at the time didn’t think the same way, until after the event. At least they add a bit of camp value to a mediocre or downright awful movie.

In rare cases, »

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Breakfast At Tiffany's producer Richard Shepherd dies, aged 86

16 January 2014 9:46 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Film producer Richard Shepherd has died, aged 86.

The filmmaker worked in the movie business for six decades, producing many films including 1961's Breakfast At Tiffany's, starring Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard.

His other well-known films include 1976's Robin and Marian starring Hepburn and Sean Connery, Marlon Brando's The Fugitive Kind and 1959's The Hanging Tree with Gary Cooper.

He also set up the Artists Agency, representing many top stars including Marilyn Monroe, Rex Harrison, Peter Sellers and Richard Harris.

Shepherd was credited with rescuing the song 'Moon River' for Breakfast At Tiffany's, after executive Marty Rackin wanted to remove it from the film.

He is survived by his wife and four children from his two marriages, including Miami Vice producer Scott Shepherd.

Watch Audrey Hepburn sing 'Moon River' in Breakfast At Tiffany's below: »

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Producer Richard Shepherd, Founder of Artists Agency, Dies at 86

15 January 2014 4:48 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Studio exec and producer Richard Shepherd died Tuesday night at his Los Angeles home, his wife Patricia told Variety. He was 86.

Shepherd, who was suffering from a long-time illness, produced “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” and headed production at MGM and Warner Bros. before founding the Artists Agency during his 60-plus-year career.

Shepherd also produced 1959’s “The Hanging Tree,” starring Gary Cooper; 1960’s “The Fugitive Kind” with Marlon Brando and 1976’s “Robin and Marian,” starring Audrey Hepburn, whom he convinced to return to acting after a decade-long absence. He worked with longtime partner Martin Jurow on most of his projects, including “Love in a Goldfish Bowl” and “Breakfast at Tiffany’s.”

He was hired by McA owner Lew Wasserman right after graduating from Stanford in the 1940s. Shepherd would later found his own agency, The Artists Agency, and rep the likes of Marilyn Monroe and Richard Harris. He spent two decades there, »

- Maane Khatchatourian

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10 Most Cheesy Songs From The 1970s

2 January 2014 1:45 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

If the 1980s were a great decade for cheesy music, the 1970s far outstrip it. There is just so much cheesy 70s music around, it is truly an embarrassment of riches. Music in the 70s tended to be either brilliant or dreadful with no in between so there are tons of cheesy songs out there.

For this article I have picked some particularly piquant pieces of cheese – the type that has you roaring and laughing. I wanted to include Richard Harris’ bombastic interpretation of McArthur’s Park, but I believe it is a late 1960s song. McArthur’s Park is the level of cheesiness we are talking about here. I have provided video links for you to sample these goods, if you have not already done so. But a warning – because it is the 1970s, please expect to see beige flares and humungous lapels in abundance.


10. Lovin You – Minnie Ripperton »

- Clare Simpson

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