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Australian actress Wendy Hughes dead at 61 (photo: Wendy Hughes in ‘Newsfront’) Australian film, television, and stage actress Wendy Hughes, best known internationally for the big-screen dramas My Brilliant Career and Careful, He Might Hear You, died of cancer early today, March 8, 2014, in Sydney. Hughes (born on July 29, 1952, in Melbourne) was 61. Wendy Hughes’ film career kicked off in the mid-’70s, with Tim Burstall’s psychological drama ‘Jock’ Petersen / Petersen (1974), in which she plays the wife of a college professor who becomes romantically involved with a married student (Jack Thompson). "I spent a lot of the time naked and doing sex scenes," Hughes would later recall about her work in ‘Jock’ Petersen, "because in the seventies you all had to do that." In 1979, Hughes landed a key supporting role in the international arthouse hit My Brilliant Career, Gillian Armstrong’s late 19th-century-set tale of an independent-minded young woman (a Katharine Hepburn »
- Andre Soares
Captain America, Thor and Iron Man may be the names you see in the titles, but the real hero of the Marvel Cinematic Universe -- including the upcoming "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" -- is Marvel Studios President of Production Kevin Feige. I was among a group of journalists who sat down with Feige on the set of the super-sequel last year, where he discussed how it fits into Marvel's big picture, and how it differs from 2011's "Captain America: The First Avenger" and 2012's "The Avengers." Chris Evans plays the hero in all three films, with Marvel vets Sanuel L. Jackson (as Nicky Fury) and Scarlett Johansson (as Black Widow) being joined by newcomers Robert Redford (as a top S.H.I.E.L.D. exec) and Anthony Mackie (as Falcon) joining them in "Winter Soldier." "First Avenger" took place mostly in WWII, when the titular super soldier (Chris Evans) was frozen, »
- Dave Lewis
As Marvel continues to build up excitement for the Guardians of the Galaxy movie – a big budget superhero movie starring little-known Marvel characters – they’re gearing up to make their next little-known big budget movie: Ant-Man.
Having gotten a great director in Edgar Wright and an increasingly interesting cast which includes Paul Rudd as Scott Lang/Ant-Man and Michael Douglas as Hank Pym/Ant-Man, they’ve continued to add big name actors to the movie with Patrick Wilson being the latest star to be cast.
Wilson has superhero movie experience, having previously starred in Zack Snyder’s Watchmen as Nite Owl, and looks to build on that in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Or does he? Will he be an ongoing hero or a one-movie villain like Guy Pearce in Iron Man 3? So far, there’s been no word on who Wilson will be playing but, given the number of characters in the Marvel U, »
- Noel Thorne
Various new dates have been announced for several upcoming limited releases and non-tentpole films. All dates are for this year:
The Weinstein Company has announced April 4th release dates for both David Charhon's crime comedy "On the Other Side of the Tracks" starring Omar Sy, and the French sketch comedy "The Players" starring Jean Dujardin.
- Garth Franklin
Robert Pattinson spent a grueling month and a half filming “The Rover” in the torrid Australian Outback. Now fans will finally get a chance to see the movie this summer! Read on to find out the release date. The film, directed by David Michôd and co-starring Guy Pearce takes Rob in a different direction from his previous movies. ...Read More »
Good news cinephiles - A24 has arranged release dates for two their upcoming summer/fall releases. The first is David Michod's The Rover, a gritty post-apocalyptic western starring Guy Pearce, which we teased a few weeks ago. The film now has an official release date of July 18, 2014 right smack in the middle of this summer, setting it up to play throughout August as it opens limited. The film will probably play in Cannes, or may just go straight to theaters if they're that confident in it. On the flip side, Lynn Shelton's smart new comedy Laggies with Keira Knightley, which premiered at Sundance, is set for a late September release. Laggies, an amusing indie comedy from the director of Humpday and Your Sister's Sister, just premiered at Sundance and made headlines when A24 picked up the film. Not everyone loved it (we were both lukewarm on it here at Fs. »
- Alex Billington
Mark your calendars with the latest release dates for the following films: The Purge: Anarchy - Writer-director James DeMonaco's horror-thriller sequel starring Cortney Palm, Zach Gilford, Michael K. Williams and Frank Grillo will now open July 18th. Dom Hemingway - Writer-director Richard Shepard's crime dramedy starring Jude Law and Emilia Clarke will open a couple of days earlier on April 2nd. On the Other Side of the Tracks - David Charhon's crime comedy starring Omar Sy opens on April 4th for The Weinstein Company. The Players - The Weinstein Company's collection of comedic vignettes starring Jean Dujardin and Gilles Lellouche also opens April 4th. The Railway Man - Jonathan Teplitzky's biographical World War II-period drama starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth, and Stellan Skarsgård opens April 11th. The Rover - David Michôd's drama starring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson opens July 18th for A24. Laggies - »
- Dave Trumbore
Robert Pattinson’s clout-building continues in 2014 though it technically has barely begun. Pattinson’s post-“Twilight” career rehab started with David Cronenberg’s “Cosmopolis” and the film world took notice. Auteurs, perhaps needing a viable star to greenlight their projects, took notice too. Werner Herzog came knocking (“Queen Of The Desert”), James Gray (“The Lost City of Z”), Cronenberg again (“Maps to the Stars”), Anton Corbijn ("Life") and many others. One of the earliest adopters was Aussie filmmaker David Michôd who quickly cast him in “The Rover” opposite Guy Pearce. Once set for a loose Fall Tbd date (which gave Oscar pundits some pause), distributors A24 have announced this afternoon that “The Rover” has been dated for a limited release bow of July 18 in New York and Los Angeles. The movie will go wide on July 25. “The Rover” is a type of crime drama that centers on an odd loner »
- Edward Davis
David Michod’s thriller “The Rover,” which stars Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson, will be released in July, while Lynn Shelton’s Sundance comedy “Laggies” will hit theaters in September, it was announced Friday by distributor A24. “The Rover” will roll into theaters via limited release on July 18 before opening wide on July 25. “Laggies,” which stars Keira Knightley, Chloe Moretz and Sam Rockwell, will go wide on Sept. 26. Also read: Robert Pattinson Bleeds as Guy Pearce Shoots People in ‘The Rover’ Trailer (Video) “The Rover” is set in a world 10 years following the collapse of the western economic system, where Australia’s mineral resources. »
- Jeff Sneider
Director: David Michôd
Writer(s): David Michôd
U.S. Distributor: a24
It’s hard to not overpraise David Michôd. After all, the Aussie filmmaker’s debut, a blistering ensemble film displayed a poised skillset that instantly placed the filmmaker in the big leagues. It appears that much of the make-up in Animal Kingdom’s (men, guns, revenge and death) are knocking down the door of this sophomore film. Re-teaming with Edgerton (story department) and Pearce, and a Robert Pattison who appears to be a bankable choice for auteur filmmakers, this looks like a throwback to golden Ozploitation nuggets of yesteryear.
Gist: This is about a loner who tracks the gang who stole his car from a desolate town in the Australian outback with the forced assistance of a wounded guy left behind in the wake of the theft. »
- Eric Lavallee
Sundance London is to screen three of the most celebrated films to come from the Sundance Film Festival in its 30-year history.
John Cooper, Director of the Sundance Film Festival, said: "Independent film is constantly evolving and looking to what's next, and the films shown at the Sundance Film Festival during the course of our 30-year history are prime examples of that.
"Showing three of our most celebrated films at Sundance London allows us to reflect on the incredible potential of independent film to endure and to inspire countless other filmmakers for generations to come."
The three films are as follows:
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
The film that catapulted Quentin Tarantino to fame. Steve Buscemi, Harvey Keitel and Michael Madsen are among the stars of this crime thriller that tells the story of a diamond robbery gone awry. Now considered a must-watch film, it got its critical acclaim after premiering at the »
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 27 Feb 2014 - 05:54
Our series of lists devoted to underappreciated films brings us to the year 2010, and another 25 overlooked gems...
By 2010, Hollywood’s obsession with 3D movies was in full swing. James Cameron’s Avatar may have given audiences a taste of what the cutting edge of stereoscope could look like, but it has to be said that the movies ushered into cinemas in its wake were a decidedly mixed bunch. Toy Story 3's 3D was extraordinarily effective, yet Clash Of The Titans looked like a blurry mess. How To Train Your Dragon came to life in its flying sequences, but the less said about the horribly murky Last Airbender, the better.
Unless we’re mistaken, none of the movies on this list were shot or released in 3D, and few of them did particularly stellar business. A few got a certain amount of critical acclaim, »
Australian filmmaker David Michôd (Animal Kingdom) will direct the first episode of Starz‘s new drama series Flesh And Bone, created/executive produced by Breaking Bad‘s Moira Walley-Beckett and executive produced by Lawrence Bender, Kevin Brown and John Melfi. The series follows a young ballet dancer, Claire (Sarah Hay), who has a distinctly troubled past, as she joins a prestigious ballet company in New York. The dark and gritty series will unflinchingly explore the dysfunction and glamour of the ballet world. Michôd made his feature debut as a writer and director of Sundance winner Animal Kingdom. His follow-up, The Rover, stars Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson. “I’m entirely enamored of the visual, visceral, artful way David tells story,” said Walley-Beckett. “His style and sensibility is very much in alignment with my vision of my show.” This is Michôd’s second TV directing gig and his first pilot. He »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Starz announced today that David Michôd will direct the first episode of the new original drama series "Flesh and Bone." Michôd is known as both a writer and director and his debut feature film Animal Kingdom went on to win multiple awards, as well as Golden Globe and Oscar nominations. His next feature film, The Rover , which he wrote and directed, stars Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson. "Flesh and Bone" was created by Emmy award-winning "Breaking Bad" Writer and Executive Producer Moira Walley-Beckett and follows a young ballet dancer with a distinctly troubled past, as she joins a prestigious ballet company in New York. The dark and gritty series will unflinchingly explore the dysfunction and glamour of the ballet world. "I'm entirely »
Robert Pattinson has been lying low for a while, but we finally got a glimpse at what he's been up to - and he looks completely different! Not only has Rob shaved his goatee, but he also dyed his hair black to play photographer Dennis Stock in the upcoming film Life. Shooting is currently under way in Toronto, and Robert braved the cold for a snowy scene on Tuesday, laughing and snapping photos of a bench. Back in September, we spoke to Rob's costar Dane DeHaan, who portrays James Dean in the film, and he admitted he was "terrified" but excited to work with a "great guy" like Rob. Dane is certainly already looking his part, showing off James's signature look in some new photos from set. Life isn't due out until at least next year, but this Summer, Robert will show off another transformation in The Rover, in which »
- Alyse Whitney
The reasons as to why an actor might turn down a role in any movie can range from the basic (“I don’t like the script”) to the blue (“I haven’t got time to fit it in”) to the brutally honest (“I don’t understand it” – which is what Sean Connery happily admitted when he was offered the role of Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings). Of course, passing on a project whether you like it or not is both a pitfall and a pleasure of working in the movie industry: it’s mostly good that you have the opportunity to deny projects that you don’t like – it’s not the 1940s anymore, after all, and actors are rarely forced to appear in specific movies by way of pressure or contractual obligation.
On the other hand, watching a part you said “no thanks” to launch another actor »
Iron Man 3 might have kicked off Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with a bang last year, but one aspect of the film that split fans was 'The Mandarin Twist', whereby - Spoilers - Ben Kingsley's villain was actually revealed to be a drunken British actor portraying a role at the behest of Guy Pearce's Aldrich Killian. Obviously this was a huge departure from the source material, but star Ben Kingsley has revealed that he "wasn't worried" about how fans might react to the big reveal.
"I wasn't worried. I truly wasn't worried," Kingsley told The Huffington Post during a promotional interview for the Thor: The Dark World One-Shot All Hail the King. "When I worked a lot in the theater before I became heavily involved in movies, which I love, I was privileged to play a lot of Shakespearian roles that most people in the »
- Gary Collinson
The Overlooked Hotel is a new column in which we throw the spotlight behind the front line, champion those unfairly lost in the shallow focus of fame and feed the hungry underdogs.
Our maiden guest in the Hotel is character actor and master storyteller Stephen Tobolowsky.
There are plenty of superstars out there. The Tom Cruises and Brad Pitts and George Clooneys of this world who, with a sprinkle of their magic pixie dust, can get a film made, with their name above the title on the poster and a big cut of the profits to boot. Likewise, hundreds of films (deservedly or otherwise) have their moment in the sun, awards and box office success lavished upon them as they are admitted to the ranks of “The Acclaimed”.
Then there are the other guys. The other films. Actors who always add something great to the films they appear in, but »
- Dave Roper
Little bit of a light update today with only two notable films and a Disney title on today's bulletin, which we'll begin with David Michod's new film The Rover starring Robert Pattinson and Guy Pearce, which scored a to-be-expected R rating for language and some bloody violence. After that we have the Kevin Costner retired-hitman-with-a-terminal-illness action thriller 3 Days To Kill, which did you know it was directed by McGc The film earned a PG-13 rating and comes out later this month. Finally, Disney's latest Tinkerbell movie, The Pirate Fairy, which will be heading direct-to-video on April 1, earned an obvious G rating. Check out the full bulletin directly below. Bad Asses Rated R For violence, language, some sexuality/nudity and drug use. Beyond Justice Rated R For language, violence and brief drug use. Cavemen Rated R For sexual content, nudity and language. Falcon Song Rated PG For mild language and some action. »
- Brad Brevet
A24 has debuted the first teaser trailer for the dystopian Aussie thriller The Rover, which sees Animal Kingdom director David Michod reuniting with Guy Pearce, alongside former Twilight star Robert Pattinson; check it out after the official synopsis...
"The film is set in the Australian desert, in a dangerous and damaged near future. Eric (Pearce) has left everything, everyone and every semblance of human kindness behind him when a gang of desperate criminals steals his last possession. Eric sets off on a ruthless mission to track them down, forced along the way to enlist the help of Rey (Pattinson), the naïve and injured junior member of the gang who was left behind in the chaos of the gang’s most recent robbery."
- Gary Collinson
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