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Re-casting for romantic drama

19 July 2015 3:15 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Us producer Bonnie Burgess and director/producer Frank Lotito are re-casting Australian romantic drama The Olive Sisters to appeal to a younger audience.

Leslie Mann and Anthony Lapaglia were originally slated to star in the project adapted from Australian author Amanda Hampson.s 2005 novel, alongside Jacki Weaver, Melissa George, Gia Carides and Josh Lucas.

Lotito, a Us-based Aussie who made his feature directing debut on the Us comedy Good Ol. Boy, came on board after Fred Schepisi opted to step down as the director; he is still involved as an executive producer.

Weaver is still attached and will be joined by Rachael Taylor, Megan Gale and Lotito. Other key roles still to be filled include the lead, Adrienne Bennett, a successful businesswoman whose life unravels when her business fails. She.s forced to move from her New York apartment to a small rural community in Australia, where she inherited a »

- Don Groves

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Trailer & Poster: "Holding the Man"

21 June 2015 2:39 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Timothy Conigrave published his 1995 memoir "Holding the Man" several months before his death. The true story tale deals with his relationship with his lover of fifteen years, John Caleo, whom he met at a Jesuit Catholic school in Melbourne in the mid-1970s - Tim was a drama major, John the captain of the football team.

The book went on to win a United Nations Human Rights Award the year it came out, but has more recently found fame as an acclaimed stage play adaptation by Tommy Murphy - an award-winning play that became one of the most successful Australian stage productions in recent years, and has gone on to play in different parts of the world including London's West End and Los Angeles.

Now the story has been adapted for the screen with Ryan Corr ("Wolf Creek 2") and Craig Stott in the lead roles along with Guy Pearce, »

- Garth Franklin

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Avoid the short films trap

15 June 2015 10:01 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

While writing and directing a well-received short film can be a great stepping stone to features, aspiring feature directors should avoid the trap of making short after short.

Producer Raquelle David expressed that view on social media, prompting a flood of comments, some in full support, others disagreeing.

.Australian writers and directors that have made one solid short film need to stop making more,. said David, who has produced more than a dozen shorts and is developing several features.

.Seriously, stop. Focus on the feature or high-end TV concept and work with producers that will help you realise it. I'm so worried about our industry pumping out great shorts but bugger all else..

Screenwriter Shane Danielsen, who made his directing debut on the short The Guests, which screened in official competition in Cannes, produced by David, responded, .Could not agree more..

Danielsen, who wrote the features Errors of the Human Body »

- Don Groves

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Ashley Judd’s ‘Big Stone Gap’ Set for Oct. 9 Release

26 May 2015 12:01 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Bob Berney’s Picturehouse has acquired all U.S. rights to Ashley Judd’s “Big Stone Gap” from Altar Identity Studios and will release the film nationwide on Oct. 9.

The film was written and directed by “Big Stone Gap” author Adriana Trigiani. Patrick Wilson, Whoopi Goldberg, John Benjamin Hickey, Jane Krakowski, Anthony Lapaglia and Jenna Elfman also star.

Big Stone Gap” was shot entirely on location in the coal-mining Virginia town of the same name, which is also Trigiani and Wilson’s hometown.

“We made not just a great movie, but a beautiful movie,” Goldberg said. “It looks lush.”

Shooting began in October 2013; Donna Gigliotti (“Shakespeare in Love”) produced with James Spies (“The Contender”). J.E. Craig and Jean Morrisey exec produced.

The first “Big Stone Gap” novel was published in 2001 followed by sequels “Big Cherry Holler,” “Milk Glass Moon” and “Home to Big Stone Gap.” The story centers on middle-aged »

- Dave McNary

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Ashley Judd, Whoopi Goldberg Movie ‘Big Stone Gap’ Sells to Picturehouse

26 May 2015 11:48 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Picturehouse has acquired all U.S. rights to the indie movie “Big Stone Gap,” which stars Ashley Judd, Patrick Wilson and Whoopi Goldberg, the company announced Tuesday. The film hails from Altar Identity Studios and will be released in theaters nationwide on Oct. 9. “Big Stone Gap” was written and directed by bestselling author Adriana Trigiani (“The Shoemakers Wife”), who adapted her own novel and makes her debut as a filmmaker. Also Read: 'The View' Panel Tackles Deflategate: Tom Brady 'Looks Like a Big, Fat Liar' (Video) John Benjamin Hickey, Jane Krakowski, Anthony La Paglia and Jenna Elfman co-star alongside Chris Sarandon, »

- Jeff Sneider

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Time Machine: Wolverine Jackman and Wife and Iron Man Downey Jr and Wife Plus Oscar Winner Kidman and Husband Singer Urban on Red Carpet

11 May 2015 12:15 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness, Nicole Kidman and husband Keith Urban at the Oscars Wolverine Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness at the Academy Awards Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness, along with Best Actress nominee Nicole Kidman and husband Keith Urban, are pictured above arriving at the 83rd Academy Awards, held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Stage and screen actor-singer Hugh Jackman was the Oscar ceremony host a couple of years ago, while Nicole Kidman was a 2011 Best Actress nominee for her performance as a bereaved mother in John Cameron Mitchell's Rabbit Hole, co-starring Aaron Eckhart and Dianne Wiest. More on Kidman further below. Recent Hugh Jackman movies The most recent film efforts of the Sydney-born Hugh Jackman were Gavin Hood's X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), in which he has the (second half of the) title role, and Baz Luhrmann's epic romance Australia (2008). Co-starring Nicole Kidman, »

- D. Zhea

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Premieres galore at Sydney Film Festival

5 May 2015 5:40 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Neil Armfield.s Holding the Man, Simon Stone.s The Daughter, Jeremy Sims. Last Cab to Darwin and Jen Peedom.s feature doc Sherpa will have their world premieres at the Sydney Film Festival.

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

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Switch in director for romantic drama starring Leslie Mann

3 May 2015 4:17 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Us-based Australian director Frank Lotito will direct The Olive Sisters, a romantic drama adapted from Australian author Amanda Hampson.s 2005 novel, which will star Leslie Mann and Anthony Lapaglia. Lotito takes over from Fred Schepisi, who is still attached to the project as an executive producer. A former stand-up comic, Lotito made his feature directing debut on Good Ol. Boy, a Us comedy which will have its world premiere later this month at the Seattle International Film Festival. Based on a true story, set in 1979 and scripted by Anjul Nigam, Paul Quinn and Gregory Scott Houghton,. Good Ol. Boy centres on a family from India that moves to the Us with hopes of living the American Dream.

While their 10-year-old son Smith falls head-over-heels for the girl next door, his desire to become a .good old boy. propels him further away from his family.s ideals. The cast includes Jason Lee »

- Don Groves

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Matthew Weiner on the Past, Present, and Future of Mad Men’s Characters

30 April 2015 12:30 PM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner sat down for a Q&A with writer and director Richard Lagravenese at 92Y in New York recently to discuss the end of his series — without revealing any spoilers for the final three episodes, the conversation veered between Trudy Campbell's future as a "dynamite" old lady, why he doesn't care if you don't like Diana, and much more. Here are our five favorite insights:1. AMC wanted a British actor to play Don Draper. AMC was really pushing for Don Draper to be played by a British actor, but Weiner wouldn’t have it. As it turns out, he might even agree with most Vulture readers about which foreign actors have the most convincing American accents. I will never cast a British person to play an American unless they fool me. The only person who’s ever really fooled me ... Damian Lewis is pretty good, and Anthony Lapaglia, »

- Brooke Marine

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Results trailer: Cobie Smulders and Guy Pearce star in new comedy

17 April 2015 12:48 PM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Cobie Smulders and Guy Pearce play aggressive physical trainers in a new trailer for Results.

The upcoming comedy sees Smulders's character Kat attracting unwanted romantic attention from a rich client called Danny (Kevin Corrigan).

Cobie Smulders returning to Agents of Shield as Maria Hill

Guy Pearce, Anthony Lapaglia and Kerry Fox for Holding the Man adaptation

Kat ultimately develops a romantic spark with her co-worker Trevor (Guy Pearce) as they try to fend off Danny's ever-ambitious advances.

Results had its premiere earlier this year at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival, and is now gearing up for a limited cinema run.

Director Andrew Bujalski is best known for his work in the Mumblecore genre with films like Beeswax and Computer Chess.

Results begins its limited cinema run on May 29 in the Us and the UK. »

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Happy Rex Manning Day! Soundtracking does Empire Records

8 April 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

It was 20 years ago today.

No, it’s nothing about “Sgt. Pepper”, but rather two decades exactly since Lucas, A.J, Cory and the gang banded together to save Empire Records.

For those unfamiliar, “The Empire” was one of the last great vestiges of independent music ownership and the scene of one of the great cult classics of the 1990s. The unfamiliar can be excused, however, since the film was, by and large, a failure. It grossed just over $300,000 in the States and was gone from theatres just two weeks after its late 1995 release. So, why the fuss?

It gained popularity with a certain age group – pretty much anyone currently in their 30s – thanks to early performances from some would be stars (Liv Tyler and Renee Zellweger most notably) and its all-timer of a soundtrack.

But why celebrate 20 years of the cult classic in April instead of on its Sept. »

- Shane McNeil

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17 New Blu-rays & DVDs to Watch at Home This Week

7 April 2015 8:52 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Welcome back to This Week In Discs! If you see something you like, click on the title to buy it from Amazon. Hooper Sonny Hooper (Burt Reynolds) is the world’s greatest living stuntman, but his age is catching up with him as evidenced by the bevy of aches and pains his body is feeling these days. His long-suffering girlfriend (Sally Field) sees it as a sign that he should exit the business, but when a young upstart (Jan-Michael Vincent) threatens to outshine Hooper onscreen the veteran is forced to up his game if he wants to compete. I stand by the belief that ’70s Burt Reynolds is the best Burt Reynolds, and this light-hearted comedic romp is a prime example. Powered by a goofy mentality and Reynolds’ charisma, the movie entertains despite featuring the slightest of plots and an absolutely terrible stance on drunk driving. (It’s all for it.) The »

- Rob Hunter

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Without a Trace Star Anthony Lapaglia Files for Divorce From Wife Gia Carides

6 April 2015 4:42 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Unlike some things, Hollywood breakups tend to leave a paper trail. Anthony Lapaglia has filed for divorce from actress wife Gia Carides after more than 16 years of marriage, according to court documents filed Friday and obtained by E! News. The Without a Trace star cited irreconcilable differences as the reason for the split and he's asking for joint custody of their 12-year-old daughter, Bridget Amelia Banks Carides Lapaglia. Lapaglia is also Ok with the court awarding his ex spousal support, the actor checking off a box that we don't see too many celebs checking off these days. The separation of their other assets is Tbd, per the filing. The Australian actors tied the knot on Sept. »

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Anthony Lapaglia -- My Marriage Will End in Divorce ... Without a Trace

3 April 2015 1:21 PM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

"Without a Trace" star Anthony Lapaglia is headed for divorce court ... TMZ has learned. Anthony just filed legal docs, with the help of disso queen Laura Wasser, claiming irreconcilable differences in his marriage to "My Big Fat Greek Wedding" star Gia Carides. He's asking for joint custody of their 12-year-old daughter Bridget. He's also agreeing to pay Gia spousal and child support. It's a little odd ... he signed the divorce docs on February 19 but waited a month-and-a-half to file. »

- TMZ Staff

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Aussie director gets celebrity backing for debut film

16 March 2015 10:20 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

When E! network host Maria Menounos and her partner, producer-director Keven Underago, saw footage of This Isn.t Funny in post, they volunteered to join the team of producers. That tie-up could be an asset as the romantic comedy, the directing debut of Canberra-born, Us-based actor and filmmaker Paul Ashton, is launched on the Us festival circuit to help facilitate deals with distributors in the Us, Australia and the rest of the world. Starring Anthony Lapaglia, Gia Carides, Angie Milliken, Katie Page and Ashton, the film will have its world premiere on March 27 at the Cleveland International Film Festival, followed by the Dallas International Film Festival. Ashton, who co-wrote the screenplay with Page, plays Jamie, a perpetual traveller who brims with unfulfilled potential. Page is Eliot, a stand-up comic with a severe anxiety disorder. They fall for each other, romance blossoms then fractures, forcing them to examine their preconceptions about family and identity. »

- Don Groves

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Hot projects on Screenbase

18 February 2015 1:49 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Hot projects new to Screenbase include Nicolas Winding Refn feature The Neon Demon, Pope Francis biopic Francisco, Brady Corbet’s directorial debut The Childhood Of A Leader and a new adaptation by Wim Wenders.Nicolas Winding Refn’s The Neon Demon

Elle Fanning, Keanu Reeves, Christina Hendricks, Abbey Lee, Bella Heathcote and Jena Malone have signed on to co-star in Nicolas Winding Refn’s next feature.

“After making Drive and falling madly in love with the electricity of Los Angeles, I knew I had to return to tell the story of The Neon Demon,” Winding Refn said.

Principal photography will begin in Los Angeles on March 30. Gaumont and Wild Bunch are co-selling the title.

Wim WendersLes Beaux Jours D’Aranjuez

This adaptation of the play by Peter Handke was announced by Alfama’s Paulo Branco during the Efm. It will star Reda Kateb and Sophie Semin. Wenders is expected to shoot in June.

Brady Corbet’s [link »

- maud.le-rest@sciencespo-toulouse.net (Maud Le Rest)

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Saville shoots fast on comedy-drama

10 February 2015 1:20 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

DoP Mark Wareham with Matthew Saville with Anthony Lapaglia.


On paper the shooting schedule sounded logistically daunting: 20 days for a feature film starring Anthony Lapaglia, Justine Clarke, Julia Blake and John Clarke.

As it turned out, filming comedic drama A Month of Sundays in Adelaide proved relatively easy, much to the surprise of writer-director Matthew Saville.

.Thanks to the cast, crew and logistic simplicity of shooting in Adelaide, it all went very smoothly,. Saville tells If during a break from the editing suite.

Produced by Madman Production Company.s Nick Batzias and Kirsty Stark, the film stars Lapaglia as Frank Mollard, a real estate agent whose life takes an unexpected turn when he receives a call from his dead mother, sending him on a journey of redemption.

Justine Clarke plays Frank.s estranged wife, with John Clarke as his boss/friend and Blake as the woman at the heart of a life-changing new relationship. »

- Don Groves

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Indias first bonafide sci-fi film being directed by Cryptics co-directors

10 February 2015 2:01 AM, PST | BollywoodHungama | See recent BollywoodHungama news »

Bart Ruspoli and Freddie Hutton-Mills, the duo who directed the hit 2014 horror film Cryptic began shooting Genesis, India's first sci-fi film, in the UK from this week. The film being produced by Sheetal and Bhavna Talwar, is being made on the same scale as sci-fi classics like the Star Wars series Gravity and Inception. Though the Talwars are not willing to divulge the exact budget, it is reported to be close to 80 million dollars. Laughs Sheetal Talwar, "Why are we talking dollars when the film is being produced by us and being shot in the UK? But yes, jokes aside Genesis is a very expensive and ambitious film. We were lucky to get Bart and Freddie on board." Bart and Freddie operate the SFX Company Next Level Films which will supervise all the technical aspects of Genesis. Bart and Freddie are also on board as co-producers of the film. Says Sheetal proudly, »

- Subhash K. Jha

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Weinstein Company Acquires Holocaust Drama 'The Eichmann Show'

9 February 2015 8:09 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

The Weinstein Company has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Paul Andrew Williams' Holocaust courtroom drama "The Eichmann Show." Content Media is handling international sales for the film and is screening it to buyers for the first time at the European Film Market in Berlin.  The drama stars Anthony Lapaglia and Martin Freeman as TV director Leo Hurwitz and producer Milton Fruchtman, respectively, who set out to capture the testimony of one of WWII’s most notorious Nazis and reveal the true horrors of the Holocaust to the world. Based on the 1961 "trial of the century," "The Eichmann Show" goes behind the scenes of an extraordinary moment in television and political history just like acclaimed dramas "Frost/Nixon" and "Good Night and Good Luck" before it. "'The Eichmann Show' is a fascinating exploration of the Holocaust and its aftermath told in a innovative and captivating way that viewers haven't seen, »

- Zack Sharf

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Weinstein Acquires ‘The Eichmann Show'; ‘Childhood Of A Leader’ Adds Cast; More Berlin Briefs

7 February 2015 2:26 AM, PST | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Refresh for latest… The Weinstein Co has acquired U.S. distribution rights to The Eichmann Show, the feature-length drama that stars Martin Freeman and Anthony Lapaglia and charts the 1961 Trial of the Century of Adolf Eichmann. Directed by Paul Andrew Williams, the drama follows the televised trial of one of the key architects of the Holocaust in a behind-the-scenes look at how black-listed TV director Leo Hurwitz (Lapaglia) and ground-breaking producer Milton Fruchtman (Freeman) set out to capture his testimony. Rebecca Front, Andy Nyman and Nicholas Woodeson also star. Content Media is selling the Feelgood Fiction/BBC production that integrates actual footage from the trial which became the first truly global TV event — shown in 37 countries over four months — and was the first time the horror of the death camps had been heard live from the mouths of its victims. Simon Block wrote the script for the film which aired »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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