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Australia’s Siskel & Ebert Sign Off After 28 Years of Savvy Sparring

10 December 2014 2:11 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

When Australia’s two most famous film critics, David Stratton and Margaret Pomeranz, sign off for the final time this week, they will have been beaming into the nation’s living rooms for an unprecedented 28 years. That’s four years longer than the late Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert shared the balcony on U.S. television, and only two years less than Johnny Carson spent hosting “The Tonight Show.”

Even more remarkably, in this age of Web- and social-media-driven “consumer” criticism, Stratton and Pomeranz (or David and Margaret, as they are more commonly known) continue to reach a weekly audience of nearly 700,000 viewers (between the initial broadcast and digital downloads), or roughly 3% of Australia’s national population.

It’s little wonder, then, that some in the Australian film industry are panicked about the void that will be left by the duo’s absence.

“They have helped this country have a film culture, »

- Scott Foundas

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2015 Sundance Film Festival Competition Line-up Revealed

4 December 2014 7:49 AM, PST | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

The competition movie line-up has been revealed for the  2015 Sundance Film Festival, which runs from January 22nd to February 1st 2015. Below the announcement video you'll find the U.S. and World Competition categories, as well as the Next section.

Out of the 12,166 submissions that the festival received this year only 185 were selected. It looks like there are going to be a lot of great films this year. I always enjoy going to Sundance because you never know what film gems are just waiting to be seen.

U.S. Dramatic Competition

Presenting the world premieres of 16 narrative feature films, the Dramatic Competition offers Festivalgoers a first look at groundbreaking new voices in American independent film.

Advantageous / U.S.A. (Director: Jennifer Phang, Screenwriters: Jacqueline Kim, Jennifer Phang) — In a near-future city where soaring opulence overshadows economic hardship, Gwen and her daughter, Jules, do all they can to hold on to their joy, »

- Joey Paur

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2015 Sundance Film Festival Line-Up Announced: Pictures and Previews

3 December 2014 2:46 PM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Today the first wave of titles playing at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival were announced and while the majority of the titles are new to me the names in front of the camera most certainly are not as you'll see the likes of Michael Fassbender, Nicole Kidman, Saoirse Ronan, Guy Pearce, Cobie Smulders, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Margot Robbie, Chris Pine, Kristen Wiig, Jack Black, James Marsden, Billy Crudup, Ezra Miller, Jemaine Clement, Sarah Silverman, Toni Collette, Vincent Cassell and many, many more among the titles featured. I have collected several photos from many of the films playing the festival, which will take place from January 22 - February 1 in Utah next year. Today's selection includes the U.S. Dramatic Competition, U.S. Documentary Competition, World Cinema Dramatic Competition, World Cinema Documentary Competition and Next program. I'll be adding a few more pictures soon enough, but for now, have a look and see what stands out. »

- Brad Brevet

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Sundance 2015 Lineup Revealed

3 December 2014 1:33 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

America’s hottest and most eagerly anticipated film festival is nearly upon us! Running January 22 to February 1, 2015 in Park City, Utah, the annual Sundance Film Festival has launched its initial lineup of in-competition films in the Dramatic, World Cinema, Documentary and Next slates. In all, 66 films were announced in this initial lineup, with the Premieres and Documentary Premieres arriving December 8 and the Short Film slate arriving December 9.

Among the lineup, as always, are some intriguing prospects. The Us Dramatic Competition features films starring stars such as Chiwetel Ejiofor, Margot Robbie, Chris Pine (Z for Zachariah), Jack Black, James Marsden, Kathryn Hahn, Jeffrey Tambor (The D Train), Bel Powley, Alexander Skarsgård, Christopher Meloni, Kristen Wiig (The Diary of a Teenage Girl), Adam Scott, Taylor Schilling, Jason Schwartzman (The Overnight), and Sarah Silverman (I Smile Back), among many others, and new films from recently hot directors including Alfonso-Gomez Rejon, Andrew Bujalski, and Craig Zobel. »

- Brian Welk

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Sundance ’15: Zobel, Bujalski, Brice & Kris Swanberg Among U.S. Dramatic Competition

3 December 2014 1:16 PM, PST | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Last year, it was Damien Chazelle’s richly texturized, foot-tapping, finger-snapping sophomore pic Whiplash that instantly became the “it” film to beat in the sixteen competition offerings. In 2015, we have Sundance habituals in James C. Strouse, Craig Zobel and Andrew Bujalski measuring up against Park City feature film first-timers in Marielle Heller, Patrick Brice, Chloé Zhao, Nikole Beckwith and Kris Swanberg. Here are the sixteen offerings in the 2015 U.S. Dramatic Competition:

Advantageous / U.S.A. (Director: Jennifer Phang, Screenwriters: Jacqueline Kim, Jennifer Phang) — In a near-future city where soaring opulence overshadows economic hardship, Gwen and her daughter, Jules, do all they can to hold on to their joy, despite the instability surfacing in their world. Cast: Jacqueline Kim, James Urbaniak, Freya Adams, Ken Jeong, Jennifer Ehle, Samantha Kim.

The Bronze / U.S.A. (Director: Bryan Buckley, Screenwriters: Melissa Rauch, Winston Rauch) — In 2004, Hope Ann Greggory became an American hero »

- Eric Lavallee

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Sundance 2015 Competition Slates Announced

3 December 2014 1:00 PM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

One of the most exciting days on the indie film calendar is here at last. The competition slates for next month's Sundance Film Festival have just been announced, and there are plenty of interesting developments to pour through. The main event is the Us Dramatic Competition and this year's selection includes films starring Jack Black, Sarah Silverman, Guy Pearce, Taylor Schilling, and Chiwetel Ejiofor. Notable directors in the section include Craig Zobel bringing his follow-up to Compliance in Z Is For Zachariah, Kyle Patrick Alvarez's much anticipated C.O.G. follow-up The Stanford Prison Experiment, and Andrew Bujalski's Results which follows his wildly popular Computer Chess. We'll also be treated to directorial debuts from Kris Swanberg (wife of Joe) and actress Marielle Heller. The Us Documentary Competition...

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Sundance Film Festival Unveils 2015 Competition, Next Lineups

3 December 2014 1:00 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A funny thing happened on the way to Park City: The general upsurge of comedians in the independent film world wound up playing a major role in shaping the 2015 Sundance Film Festival program, per fest director John Cooper and director of programming Trevor Groth.

The effect can be felt across all aspects of the feature lineup, which boasts a total of 118 films (103 of them world premieres), but especially among the 16 titles set to screen in the always buzzy U.S. dramatic competition. That’s one of the four juried slates (including U.S. documentary, World Cinema dramatic and World Cinema documentary) unveiled today along with the festival’s noncompetitive Next section.

“There are probably more comedies in the dramatic competition than ever before,” Groth said, citing such titles as “Results,” a romantic laffer from mumblecore auteur Andrew Bujalski, with Guy Pearce and Cobie Smulders as a pair of personal trainers; Patrick Brice’s “The Overnight, »

- Justin Chang

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Sundance unveils Us, World and Next line-ups

3 December 2014 1:00 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

New films from Nicole Kidman, Michael Fassbender, Louie Psihoyos and Sebastian Silva are featured in the festival’s line-up of Us and world competition strands and the Next programme.

Sundance Film Festival director John Cooper and head of programming Trevor Groth have unleashed their first volley of films in what will be a 118-strong line-up overall culled from 12,166 submissions. Of these, 103 features are world premieres. The festival will run January 22 to February 1.

Us Dramatic Competition includes Craig Zobel’s post-apocalytpic tale Z For Zachariah starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Chris Pine; Jack Black in comedy The D Train; and Kristen Wiig in the 1970s San Francisco-set coming-of-age story The Diary Of A Teenage Girl.

Other likely highlights are Kyle Patrick Alvarez’s The Stanford Prison Experiment starring Billy Crudup and Ezra Miller; and Saoirse Ronan in Stockholm, Pennsylvania, about a young woman who returns to live with her parents after she is freed from her abductor of 17 years »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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'Z for Zachariah,' 'The Bronze' lead 2015 Sundance Film Festival U.S. dramatic slate

3 December 2014 12:58 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The Sundance Film Institute announced the U.S. dramatic, world dramatic, U.S. documentary, world documentary and Next selections for the 2015 Sundance Film Festival today. The premier film festival in the United States, Sundance is coming off a banner 2014 edition that brought films earning year-end kudos such as "Whiplash," "Boyhood," "Dear White People," "Obvious Child" and "The Skeleton Twins" into the world. The 2015 slate just looks just as intriguing and, according to the festival, perhaps more emotional and challenging. In a statement from the Institute, the festival's director, John Cooper, remarked, "The selections for our 2015 Festival will take audiences on a wild ride of emotional extremes. With approaches ranging from comedic to dramatic, genre to documentary, experimental to short, independent filmmakers are bravely illuminating new opportunities for understanding and empathy.” Festival founder and cinema icon Robert Redford added, "The work of independent artists inevitably reflects the state of our culture »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Russell Crowe’s ‘The Water Diviner’ Lands 8 Australian Academy Award Nominations

3 December 2014 3:38 AM, PST | Deadline New York | See recent Deadline New York news »

The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts unveiled its nominees for Oz’s equivalent to the Oscar and the Emmy today with sci-fi thriller Predestination leading the pack of feature films at nine mentions. That group also includes Russell Crowe’s directorial debut, The Water Diviner, which scored eight nominations including Best Film and Best Actor. Following with seven nods is David Michôd’s The Rover which will vie in the directing category as well as in Best Actor for Guy Pearce and Best Supporting Actor for Robert Pattinson.

Predestination is directed by brothers Michael Spierig and Peter Spierig and stars Ethan Hawke as a time-traveling “Temporal Agent” on his final assignment. It was released this summer in Oz where it made about $540K. The Water Diviner, which just premiered in Sydney, is an epic-sized World War I drama that sees Crowe as an Australian farmer who travels to »

- Nancy Tartaglione

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Russell Crowe-Directed Movie Up for Australian Film Award; Crowe Shortlisted Only in Acting Category

2 December 2014 9:05 PM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Director Russell Crowe Movie up for Best Film: Australian Academy Awards 2015 nominations (photo: Actor-director Russell Crowe in 'The Water Diviner') Aacta Awards: Feature Film Categories Best Film The Babadook Kristina Ceyton and Kristian Moliere Charlie's Country Nils Erik Nielsen, Peter Djigirr and Rolf de Heer Predestination Paddy McDonald, Tim McGahan, Peter Spierig and Michael Spierig The Railway Man Chris Brown, Andy Paterson and Bill Curbishley Tracks Emile Sherman and Iain Canning The Water Diviner Andrew Mason, Keith Rodger and Troy Lum Best Director The Babadook Jennifer Kent Charlie's Country Rolf de Heer Predestination Peter Spierig and Michael Spierig The Rover David Michôd Best Actress Kate Box The Little Death Essie Davis The Babadook Sarah Snook Predestination Mia Wasikowska Tracks Best Actor Russell Crowe The Water Diviner David Gulpilil Charlie's Country Damon Herriman The Little Death Guy Pearce The Rover Best Supporting Actor Patrick Brammall The Little Death Yilmaz Erdogan »

- Steve Montgomery

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Predestination, The Code lead Aacta noms

2 December 2014 7:18 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

The Spierig brothers. Predestination and Russell Crowe.s The Water Diviner lead the film nominees while The Code and Please Like Me head the contenders in the TV categories in the 4th Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (Aacta) Awards.

Predestination received nine nominations, followed by The Water Diviner with eight, seven for David Michôd.s The Rover and six apiece for Jennifer Kent.s The Babadook, Josh Lawson.s The Little Death and Jonathan Teplitzky.s The Railway Man.

Culled from 25 eligible titles, Predestination, The Water Diviner,. The Babadook, Rolf de Heer.s Charlie.s Country, The Railway Man and John Curran.s Tracks are vying for best feature.

Perhaps surprisingly, Crowe was overlooked for best director, which will be a battle between the Spierigs, Kent, de Heer and Michôd.

The contenders for best TV drama are Endemol.s Puberty Blues season 2, Playmaker Media.s The Code, Screentime »

- Don Groves

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Beware The Time Trap! Watch Michael Shanks' Fabulous Short Film Now!

1 December 2014 8:00 AM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Impossibly young and stupidly talented Australian director Michael Shanks has turned up here in the pages of Twitch several times over the past few year. Now in his early twenties there's seemingly nothing Shanks can't do, starting with a YouTube channel that drew fans with his playful and beautifully executed video game themed videos before broadening out into often surreal music videos and on to short films. Shanks does pretty much everything himself - writing, directing, VFX, often the music, often starring - and has grown from his video game origins to winning awards at festivals and now directing an album's worth (or at least as many as he ultimately decides he wants) of music videos for Guy Pearce.Which brings us to Time Trap, a...

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The 35 Greatest Murder Mystery Movies Ever Made

28 November 2014 7:00 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Murder mysteries are so commonplace on TV that each week offers seemingly dozens of them on police procedural series and detective shows. But in the movies, whodunits are surprisingly rare, and really good ones rarer still. There's really only a handful of movies that excel in offering the viewer the pleasure of solving the crime along with a charismatic sleuth, often with an all-star cast of suspects hamming it up as they try not to appear guilty.

One of the best was "Murder on the Orient Express," released 40 years ago this week, on November 24, 1974. Like many films adapted from Agatha Christie novels, this one featured an eccentric but meticulous investigator (in this case, Albert Finney as Belgian epicure Hercule Poirot), a glamorous and claustrophobic setting (here, the famous luxury train from Istanbul to Paris), and a tricky murder plot with an outrageous solution. The film won an Oscar for passenger »

- Gary Susman

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Screen Australia funds 11 projects

25 November 2014 8:47 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

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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