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Screen Australia funds 11 projects

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Screen Australia announced today it will invest nearly $10.7 million in 11 television and film projects which will trigger production worth almost $59 million.

In one of the most hotly contested funding rounds, six features succeeded. They include Wayne Blair.s romantic comedy Ali.s Wedding; Joe Cinque.s Consolation, a thriller about a troubled law student who tries to kill her boyfriend, from director Sotiris Dounoukos, whose A Single Body won best short at the Toronto International Film Festival, and Cameron and Colin Cairnes. horror movie Scare Campaign.

The other three are Taboo, the narrative feature debut of documentary filmmakers Bentley Dean and Martin Butler; Rachel Perkins. murder mystery Jasper Jones, based on the novel and play by Craig Silvey, adapted by Shaun Grant;. and Greg Mclean.s true-life thriller Jungle.

The TV projects are Shine Australia.s Peter Allen: Not the Boy Next Door for the Seven Network; a Jack »

- Don Groves

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Watch: 24-Minute 'Anatomy Of A Scene' Documentary On The Making Of Christopher Nolan's 'Memento'

20 November 2014 1:47 PM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

These days, Christopher Nolan is known for his big-budget, tentpole spectacles. “The Dark Knight” trilogy. “Inception.” "Interstellar.” But we can’t forget the director’s much smaller, more indie pedigree. While Nolan’s first film, “Following” didn’t do much business at all, it put him on the map, and he seized the opportunity with “Memento." Told “backwards,” the film stars Guy Pearce as Leonard, a man with no short-term memory on a quest to find his wife’s murderer. To keep track of the clues he unearths, he tattoos vital information on his body. The film bucked convention, jumping chronologically, alternating black and white with color, and depicting many scenes in reverse, so that audiences saw the end first, and then watched events unfold that led there. If you're a fan of the film, this Sundance Channel "Anatomy Of A Scene" documentary on the making of the movie is worth a watch. »

- Zach Hollwedel

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2015 Sundance Predictions: Which Film is the Next Whiplash?

19 November 2014 9:45 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Despite the lottery-esque sounding odds, the U.S Dramatic Competition section which produces the finest American indie specimens such as Frozen RiverWinter’s Bone, Blue ValentineMartha Marcy May MarleneBeasts of the Southern WildFruitvale Station and Whiplash is fairly consistent in terms of quality. Last year’s crop of sixteen have almost all had their theatrical releases with Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter being the last one out of the gates (pegged with an early 2015 release). Last week we individually looked at our top 80 Sundance Film Fest Predictions (you’ll find 30 other titles worth considering in our intro) and below, we’ve split the list into narrative and non-fiction film items and have both identified and color-coded our picks in an AtoZ cheat sheet. You’ll find 2015′s answer to Whiplash located somewhere in the stack below. Click on the individual titles below, for the film’s profile. »

- Eric Lavallee

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2015 Sundance Film Festival Predictions List: An Introduction

17 November 2014 11:00 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Whether you are a filmmaker, or one of the Sundance programmers whose task it is to identify the films that make up a line-up, it is indeed the most wonderful, panic-filled and nerve racking time of the year. The 31st edition of the Sundance Film Festival kicks off on January 22nd with Park City and Salt Lake City playing host to some of the more innovative, thought-provoking narrative and non-fiction films of 2015. Last year, a Jenga tall order of 4,057 features and 8,161 shorts were submitted. Now let’s think about those numbers for a second.

Twenty years ago, Terry Zwigoff’s Crumb claimed the Grand Jury Prize Documentary award, Living in Oblivion‘s Tom Dicillo was honored with the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award, and Edward Burns’ micro-budgeted The Brothers McMullen (there is a read-worthy, lively, eleventh hour account on how it was submitted to the fest in Ted Hope’s “Hope »

- Eric Lavallee

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2015 Sundance Film Festival Predictions: Andrew Bujalski’s Results

13 November 2014 11:45 AM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Andrew Bujalski’s Computer Chess turned out to be the feel good film of Sundance and that’s not because the early gamers are particularly charming, but rather, better things come in small packages. Following Funny Ha Ha (2002), Mutual Appreciation (2005) and Beeswax (2009),  this 30-something filmmaker, who in some circles is known as the godfather of the Mumblecore movement didn’t waste much time between the ’13 Sundance Film Fest Alfred Sloan Feature Film Prize winning micro-feature and his fifth, more macro-type budgeted ensemble project. Guy Pearce toplines alongside Cobie Smulders, Kevin Corrigan, Giovanni Ribisi, Brooklyn Decker, Anthony Michael Hall, SXSW Special Jury Prize Best Actor winner Tishuan Scott (The Retrieval) and Boyhood‘s Zoe Graham. Filming began in mid-summer on Results, and we’re assuming correctly by the first glimpse (see pic above) we got in September that this will bow in Park City with the director’s habitual stopover at SXSW. »

- Eric Lavallee

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A Look Into The Mind of Christopher Nolan

11 November 2014 5:45 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, whose title alone in reference to the director’s name equals cinematic moxie, has the makings of a filmmaker putting his direction, vision and ideas to the test, where a running time of 169 minutes set in milieus that rocket from one plane of existence to the titular other — the interstellar, infinite void — becomes a creative challenge, which every director, who thinks as big as Nolan does, at some point in their careers confront.

Blockbuster directors, all of whom auteurs in one way or another, like the late great pioneer Georges Méliès, the aquatically keen James Cameron, the master of lens flares Michael Bay, the attentively adjusted Riddley Scott, the perfectionist Stanley Kubrick, or the wondrously curious Steven Spielberg have all communed with — or taken the trip to — the cosmological land, all with different results.

Most certainly, it is a place not only of sublimity, but, more importantly, »

- Fiman Jafari

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Ranking all 9 of Christopher Nolan's movies from worst to best

8 November 2014 1:30 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Ranking Christopher Nolan's filmography is a daunting task: the conspicuous absence of any genuinely bad movies means that you're grading on a much narrower scale than would be the case with many directors.

But with Interstellar released worldwide today (November 7), a film which sees Nolan with a new cinematographer and a newly emotional focus, the time felt right to look back on all nine of his features to date.

Below is our definitive* ranking of Nolan's movies from worst through to best. (*Not in any way definitive, so much as subjective and based on the opinion of this writer alone.)

9. Insomnia (2002)

It's easy to forget that Nolan directed Insomnia at all, and even easier to forget that it was his third film. It feels like the work of a director still in search of a voice, whereas in fact Nolan had made the spectacularly confident, tonally distinctive indie Memento two years prior, »

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Garrett Hedlund and Michael Peña join John Michael McDonagh's next film

7 November 2014 8:59 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Garrett Hedlund and Michael Peña have been cast in John Michael McDonagh's latest film.

The pair will star in War on Everyone, the follow-up to the writer and director's latest project Calvary, reports Screen Daily.

The movie will be about two corrupt cops who make a killing blackmailing criminals in New Mexico.

Things go awry when they become entangled with a man more dangerous than they are.

Guy Pearce – who was reported to be in talks for War on Everyone – was not mentioned.

McDonagh's other films include The Guard and Ned Kelly.

War on Everyone will begin shooting in early 2015. »

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Casting: Garrett Hedlund & Michael Pena Declare 'War On Everyone,' Matthew Goode Heads To 'Downton Abbey' & More

7 November 2014 7:21 AM, PST | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

No one quite mixes drama and comedy in quite the same thick black concoction as John Michael McDonagh, so we'll be watching whatever "The Guard" and "Calvary" writer/director does next. Which will be "War On Everyone," which now has Garrett Hedlund and Michael Pena slated to star (no word yet on Guy Pearce, who was also in talks at one point but we presume he's moved on). The film will follow "two corrupt cops in New Mexico who frequently blackmail criminals. They run into trouble when they take on an outlaw more dangerous than they are." That sounds great to us, and cameras will roll next spring in New Mexico. [Screen Daily] Speaking of movies about pairs of corrupt boys in blue, Nicolas Cage is making another probably mediocre movie: this time it's called "The Trust." Ben Brewer and Adam Hirsch co-wrote and will co-direct a story about "two crooked cops who discover a hidden safe, »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Directors' Trademarks: Christopher Nolan

5 November 2014 3:31 AM, PST | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

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At least once a month, Cinelinx will chose one director for an in-depth examination of the “signatures” that they leave behind in their work. With the release of Interstellar this week, let’s examine the trademark style and calling signs of Christopher Nolan as director.

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Nolan knew he wanted to be a filmmaker from a young age. He attended college to pursue this goal and eventually became the president of the local film society. While in charge of the film society, he screened films and used the proceeds to make short films, which were well received by his peers and the faculty. After college, Nolan couldn’t find any work and decided to raise funds to create a feature length film by himself. The result of that effort was Following (1998), which won several awards at festivals and impressed critics. »

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Exclusive Cool Video: Movie CliffsNotes - Memento!

4 November 2014 4:16 PM, PST | | See recent JoBlo news »

The film that put director Christopher Nolan on the map; 2000's Memento starring Guy Pearce, Carrie-Anne Moss, and Joe Pantoliano is arguably the perfect example of the director's storytelling style, which is rich with twists, turns, big ideas, and heigtened sense of mystery that leaves you utterly engrossed from start to finish. Nolan has applied these techniques in all of his work since this one, although never quite as artistically or as trippy as this, which unravels from »

- Paul Shirey

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'Avengers 2' and Joss Whedon Earn Praise from Robert Downey Jr.

31 October 2014 1:27 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The Marvel Cinematic Universe got a lot bigger this week, after the studio announced their full Phase Three slate through 2019, which will have a whopping nine movies. This phase will be properly set up by next year's Avengers: Age of Ultron, the ending of which will alter the superhero team's lineup.

Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Tony Stark, spoke about how the events of Iron Man 3, where he removed the Arc reactor and destroyed all of his Iron Man suits, helps set up Avengers: Age of Ultron, in a new interview with

"I thought that the third Iron Man was about [Tony] transcending his dependence on the merits of continuing to wear your wound. That was what [director] Shane [Black] and I thought was the real win, that he throws that thing that had become a dependency away. Because that was the question I was always asking, why doesn't »

- MovieWeb

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Everybody Eats Their Neighbours

25 October 2014 3:30 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Oh, here's something very fun ... Australia's long running and hugely popular soap opera Neighbours is indulging in a bit of bloody fun for Halloween with current and former cast reuniting for five part web series Neighbours Versus Zombies. Yes, this is completely real and completely authorized and while I wouldn't expect the likes of Kylie Minogue, Guy Pearce or Natalie Imbruglia to return you can get a taste of proceedings with the trailer below....

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Paul Greengrass Directing Berlin Wall Drama ‘The Tunnels’ (Exclusive)

24 October 2014 5:20 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

FilmNation Entertainment has acquired film rights to Greg Mitchell’s book proposal for Berlin Wall drama “The Tunnels” and attached “Captain Phillips” director Paul Greengrass to helm.

Mark Gordon (“The Messenger,” “Saving Private Ryan”) will produce the escape drama with FilmNation, which is continuing to amplify its production and financing activity on high-profile projects.

“The Tunnels” is the untold true story of a great escape before the Berlin Wall fell in 1989. The story focuses on a group of West Germans trying to get their loved ones out of East Berlin, with the unlikely help of American news networks, who funded their expedition.

The deal was brokered by Aaron Ryder and Alison Cohen on behalf of FilmNation, and CAA.

“Finding an untold true story of this caliber is such a rarity,” Ryder said. “Greg’s proposal will make for a very human and cinematic experience. We have no doubt that Mark »

- Dave McNary

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Jude Law Films 'Genius' With Colin Firth

19 October 2014 9:00 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Jude Law filmed scenes for the upcoming film Genius in Manchester, England, on Sunday with his costars Colin Firth and Nicole Kidman.

Jude Law Films 'Genius'

Law, 41, was costumed for the day on set in a brown overcoat over a tan button down and patterned tie, and appeared to be sporting a dark brown wig. Law was channeling his writerly character, American author Thomas Clayton Wolfe. Firth has been tapped to play Wolfe's literary agent and major protagonist of Genius, Max Perkins. Kidman, meanwhile, will be playing American costume designer Aline Bernstein.

On Sunday, the actors were filming in Manchester's Northern Quarter, which had been turned into 1900s New York for the purposes of the film shoot. The area, which boasts old mill buildings and cobblestone streets, was adorned with old-fashioned shop fronts to complete the throwback look, reported the Daily Mirror.

Among the other writers that Perkin's »

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It's A Good, Old Fashioned Stare Down

16 October 2014 2:30 PM, PDT | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Since we last heard from Australian YouTube prankster Michael Shanks, the young talent has been hired on to direct music videos for Guy Pearce - really, see one here - but happily his time spent singing movie stars has not kept the director of Time Trap and other oddities from continuing down his odd little path.And here's his latest micro-opus, an Old West showdown that knows full well the power of an intimidating stare. Check it out below....

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Iron Man 3 Storyboard Art Reveals Happy Hogan Was Supposed to Die

16 October 2014 10:39 AM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

An interesting series of storyboard art that was done for Iron Man 3 has surfaced, and it shows us an alternate version of Jon Favreau's Happy Hogan going up against the villain Savin (James Badge Dale). In this version, Happy was supposed to die. The storyboard art was done by Dan Sweetman, and in the end I'm glad that they didn't kill off the character because I love Happy! I wish Marvel would introduce him into the rest of the universe. The character should be in these Avengers films for sure! Here's a full description of the alternate scene from Cbm:

After Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce) meets Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) at Stark Industries, Happy Hogan, who is the Head of Security, decides to follow Killian's "Shifty" bodyguard/henchman Savin. This leads Happy to the Chinese theater in Los Angeles, where he witnesses Savin delivering a batch of Extremis »

- Joey Paur

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Iron Man 3: Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau) Was Supposed To Die!

16 October 2014 3:24 AM, PDT | | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

After Aldrich Killian (Guy Pearce) meets Pepper Potts (Gwyneth Paltrow) at Stark Industries, Happy Hogan (Jon Favreau), who is the Head of Security, decides to follow Killian's "Shifty" bodyguard/henchman Savin (James Badge Dale). This leads Happy to the Chinese theater in Los Angeles, where he witnesses Savin delivering a batch of Extremis medicine in a briefcase to Jack Taggart (Ashley Hamilton). When Savin walks away Happy intentionally bumps Taggart, knocking the briefcase to the ground and it opens. Happy pockets one of the metal objects from the briefcase as he helps Taggart collect the contents that spilled out. When Happy begins to walk away with his prize he is quickly confronted by Savin. Happy punches Savin right in the kisser but Savin is unfazed by the blow. Savin's face glows red, which catches Happy by surprise. Savin then grabs Happy's arm and tosses. At this point Taggart begins to »

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"The Rover" Will Satisfy Those Who Find "Walking Dead" Too Cheery

15 October 2014 5:05 PM, PDT | | See recent JustPressPlay news »

You must really love that car, darling.

Well, if he doesn't, then he must be very bored. That said, there doesn't seem to be much to do in Australia ten years after "the collapse". Everyone in The Rover (2014), from writer-director David Michôd, just seems to survive (until they don't). There's money--America's monetary supremacy survives the collapse, fear not--but nothing to spend it on out there in the boonies where the film takes place. So, when a man (Guy Pearce) gets his car stolen by some bank robbers, he goes after them. He wants his car back. Then, when he loses track of these robbers, fate brings Rey (Robert Pattinson), brother of one of the thieves, into our hero's hands. I say hero. When he shoots the fellow selling him a gun, even the word "protagonist" loses its aptitude. Lesson #1: Don't sell someone a gun with ammunition inside it.


- Jason Ratigan

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Bedtime Stories

14 October 2014 2:36 AM, PDT | Sky Movies | See recent Sky Movies news »

Adam Sandler plays Skeeter Bronson, a hotel handyman who finds that the bedtime stories he tells to his niece and nephew magically come true. The upshot is that Skeeter finds himself in the Old West, ancient Greece, outer space…and even working his way into the affections of Keri Russell. A stellar cast also includes Russell Brand as his dysfunctional buddy, Guy Pearce as Skeeter’s snooty rival and Richard Griffiths as a germaphobic hotel boss. »

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