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'Hounds of Love' director Ben Young on the transition to a studio feature

20 June 2017 11:32 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

'Hounds of Love'.

Writer-director Ben Young is back in Australia for a short break and Q&A screenings of his debut feature 'Hounds of Love' after wrapping principal photography in Serbia on Universal.s sci-fi feature 'Extinction', which stars Michael Peña and Lizzy Caplan. If puts some questions to him.

Hounds of Love has had rave reviews since the premiere at the Venice Film Festival and has been invited to screen at 30 film festivals around the world. But the film is only playing on six screens here and has grossed about $130,000. .Were you hoping for more or is that the best you could expect with a limited release?

It.s done very well on a per-screen average but the disappointing thing is that it is not an easy film to find. People read a review or they see a media spot on TV and think they would like to see it and they look at the big cinemas. websites and it.s not there so they forget about it. It.s pretty much what I expected. Australian films don.t have a tradition of doing incredibly well in their own country, which is a shame.

Congratulations on the Awgie Award nomination for best original feature film. You are up against Hacksaw Ridge. How do you rate your chances?

If I was a betting man I think it would be about 1,000 to one against me..

Sometimes the underdog gets up, so the odds may not be that long.

I have seen Hacksaw Ridge and it.s a very fine film. Just to be nominated against that is a huge honour and privilege.

You wrote the role of the female lead in Hounds of Love for Emma Booth but she turned it down and then only accepted at the very last minute. What happened?

I wasn.t very happy about that because Emma has been one of my best friends for about 20 years. Her agent talked her around but by then we had a list of great people we were considering so we asked her to test for it and she genuinely won it.

Playing a serial killer was quite a departure for Stephen Curry, who is one of Australia.s funniest actors. Why him?

One of my favourite films is One Hour Photo where Robin Williams takes a very dark turn. It is so much creepier in so many ways when a comedic actor makes a dark choice. It made a lot of sense because I had one big doubt, .What if the audience doesn.t buy that Vicki (Ashleigh Cummings) gets in the car with this couple?. So I thought who in Australia would not get into a car with Stephen Curry?

The violence in the film prompted some walk-outs. You expected that?

I knew some people would react. I saw Snowtown in a general session and some people walked out. In some ways what we suggested was even more confronting. If you don.t know what it is before you buy the ticket that.s a bit strange.

You just finished shooting Extinction, the saga of a guy who tries to save his family from an alien invasion. .How did you get the gig?

The day after the Venice premiere my phone exploded. I ended up with a fantastic agent in UTA and management in La in Thruline. .UTA organised two or three private screenings to which they invited Hollywood big wigs. I got a bunch of offers and Extinction was one of the scripts in which I saw the most potential. The producers liked where I wanted to take the draft and I did have some dramatic ideas about the changes I was fairly insistent would happen. We were all on the same page and it all happened really quickly.

How did you handle the transition from an ultra-low budget Australian film to a studio feature which cost $US20 million?

The filmmaking process is exactly the same but it.s just a lot bigger. There are nine producers and there were more assistants on the set than the entire crew of Hounds of Love. You are a lot more supported because they have a lot more money. .The biggest learning curve for me was that it is not my film. It is a product that I am being employed to make with the idea of making someone some money one day. It felt somewhere between directing Hounds of Love and directing a television commercial. Dealing with the studio was a lot easier than I expected..

But you got your own way on the film you wanted to make?

It.s 90 per cent there. There were some things they would not let me do but that was fine and there were other things they did let me do. I was working with really smart producers who had strong arguments as to why. .But we did have a three and a half hour phone call about whether Michael Peña should have his sleeves rolled up or down. That.s the nature of working in America.

You will do post on Extinction in L.A. Is that your base now?

I have a two-year visa so I will be there until Christmas but I will definitely be back for Christmas. There is a film I want to do with an Australian production company in Victoria next year. .I am talking to a big American company about a one-for-you, one-for-me deal where they would finance a smaller idea of mine if I did a bigger idea of theirs. .It.s a matter of going wherever the people I can work with are. I have to hope that people continue to want to work with me. It can all happen for you overnight and go away overnight. .

Q&A events

Sydney - Friday 23 June at 6.30pm at Dendy Newtown

Melbourne - Saturday 24 June, 4.15pm at Cinema Nova

Perth .- Sunday 25 June, 4.50pm at Luna Leederville »

- Don Groves

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Bo Report: 'Wonder Woman' sinks 'Baywatch'

4 June 2017 7:28 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Gal Gadot in 'Wonder Woman.' (© 2017 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. And Ratpac Entertainment, LLC)

Patty Jenkins. Wonder Woman smashed a glass ceiling in the Us last weekend, minting an estimated $US100.5 million as it set a new record for a female director, beating Sam Taylor-Johnson.s Fifty Shades of Grey.

The Australian debut was pretty impressive although, pro-rata, below the Us. Launched on 276 screens, the Warner Bros/DC Comics superhero adventure starring Gal Gadot and Chris Pine captured $6.7 million, according to Numero.

Some exhibitors were hoping Wonder Woman would have the potential to get to $20 million but that now seems unlikely unless there is a strong second weekend.

There was daylight between the top title and Paramount.s Baywatch, which rang up $3.6 million on 266 screens, including previews; a rather better result than the disastrous $18.5 million Us opening. The Seth Gordon-directed caper inspired by the TV series benefited from the »

- Don Groves

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Emmy Contenders 2017: Lead Actress in a Drama

1 June 2017 12:00 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

With last year’s winner Tatiana Maslany (“Orphan Black”) ineligible this year, a spot opened for a new victor to be crowned. Odds are on Claire Foy, who won both Golden Globe and SAG awards this year for her portrait of young Queen Elizabeth II in “The Crown.” She could face stiff competition from new contenders Mandy Moore, whose done great work on new show “This Is Us,” and Evan Rachel Wood, who stars as a very human android in “Westworld.” Also debuting this year was “The Handmaid’s Tale,” a showcase for Elisabeth Moss’ talent. With seven previous noms, Moss has never won. Likely to repeat their nominations from last year are Viola Davis (“How to Get Away With Murder”) and Claire Danes (“Homeland”) both of whom have won for their characters before. Robin Wright (“House of Cards”), Taraji P. Henson (“Empire”) and Keri Russell (“The Americans”) were all nominated last year as well, and »

- Variety Staff

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26 new UK TV shows to look out for

31 May 2017 7:09 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Louisa Mellor Jun 1, 2017

Some exciting new UK drama and comedy commissions are making their way to TV over the next year or so…

We know, we know. You still have two episodes of Fargo season two before you can think about starting season three. You’ve already fallen behind on American Gods. Your planner memory is chock-a-block with Big Little Lies and that Oj Simpson thing and some Spanish prison series your workmate bullied you into recording. You’re struggling to make time for Twin Peaks. New Game Of Thrones is just around the corner. And guess what, Netflix UK have just added a whole new season of It’s Always Sunny, those sods. You need a list of new TV show recommendations like you need a hole in the head.

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And yet, as long as they keep making them, we’ll keep recommending them. »

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Emma Booth Cast In Universal’s ‘Extinction’; Andy Buckley Horror Indie ‘All Light Will End’

26 May 2017 1:00 PM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Australian actress Emma Booth is reuniting her Hounds of Love director Ben Young in Universal’s sci-fi thriller Extinction, starring Michael Peña and Lizzy Caplan. Good Universe and Mandeville Films are producing the film, which is slated for release January 26. It follows a man who has a recurring dream of losing his family. His nightmare turns into a reality when the planet is invaded by a force bent on brutality and destruction. Fighting for their lives, he comes to… »

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The 20 Best TV Comedies of the 21st Century, Ranked

23 May 2017 9:07 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

A comedy on TV can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people. Some see the genre in its basest form: a show that makes us laugh. Others have expanded the definition (along with the Emmy rules) to include the drama-comedy hybrids, as long as they clock in at around half-an-hour. Still others find comedy in black humor or extra campy nighttime soaps.

But over the last few decades, what makes for great TV comedy has changed just as much as the genre itself. We’ve seen it all, and yet, there’s always something new right around the corner. So before we get too far along, let’s remember the best of what we’ve see so far, across the ever-changing landscape of television.

Read More: The 20 Best TV Crime Shows of the 21st Century, Ranked

[Selection Criteria: We’ve stuck to shows that aired a majority of their episodes after the year 2000, and we’ve only included scripted programming. Also, in an effort to highlight more live-action series, we’ve eliminated animated comedies from contention. Finally, while definition of a “comedy” is somewhat elastic, if the show was predominantly funny or widely considered a comedy, we deemed it eligible for this list.]

20. “Extras

HBO/BBC Two/BBC One

2005-2007

Everyone has »

- Ben Travers and Hanh Nguyen

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The 20 Best TV Comedies of the 21st Century, Ranked

23 May 2017 9:07 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

A comedy on TV can mean a lot of different things to a lot of different people. Some see the genre in its basest form: a show that makes us laugh. Others have expanded the definition (along with the Emmy rules) to include the drama-comedy hybrids, as long as they clock in at around half-an-hour. Still others find comedy in black humor or extra campy nighttime soaps.

But over the last few decades, what makes for great TV comedy has changed just as much as the genre itself. We’ve seen it all, and yet, there’s always something new right around the corner. So before we get too far along, let’s remember the best of what we’ve see so far, across the ever-changing landscape of television.

Read More: The 20 Best TV Crime Shows of the 21st Century, Ranked

[Selection Criteria: We’ve stuck to shows that aired a majority of their episodes after the year 2000, and we’ve only included scripted programming. Also, in an effort to highlight more live-action series, we’ve eliminated animated comedies from contention. Finally, while definition of a “comedy” is somewhat elastic, if the show was predominantly funny or widely considered a comedy, we deemed it eligible for this list.]

20. “Extras

HBO/BBC Two/BBC One

2005-2007

Everyone has »

- Ben Travers and Hanh Nguyen

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The Room fans rejoice! James Franco’s The Disaster Artist is coming this Christmas

17 May 2017 8:32 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Scott Davis

“You’re tearing me apart Lisa!” – The Room, written and directed by Tommy Wiseau, is on the biggest cult films of all time with special screenings, fan events and “quote-along” films appearing across both the UK and Us all the time.

Indeed, Wiseau himself has become something of a legend with the film and it was no surprise that a film based on the making of the film and the director’s conception of the story would make its way to the big screen. Well, thanks to James Franco (Why Him?, The Interview), we now have that film in the form of The Disaster Artist, based on the book by The Room co-star Greg Sestero and it now has a prime awards season spot at the end of the year (via The Hollywood Reporter).

Related: Our 5-star review of the film from SXSW

Indie distributor A24 has »

- Scott Davis

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‘Captain America’ Actor Lex Shrapnel Joins Michael Pena in ‘Extinction’

27 April 2017 10:45 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Lex Shrapnel has joined Michael Pena and Lizzy Caplan in Universal’s sci-fi thriller “Extinction.”

The story follows a man (Pena) trying to save his family from an alien invasion. “Luke Cage” star Michael Colter also recently joined the cast. It is unknown which character Shrapnel will be playing.

Ben Young will direct. Eric Heisserer — who was most recently nominated for an Oscar for his script on “Arrival” — will write the screenplay with Spenser Cohen and Bradley Caleb Kane.

The pic bows on Jan. 26, 2018.

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Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman of Mandeville, who backed the highly-anticipated live action “Beauty and the Beast,” will produce. Mandeville’s Alexander Young will executive produce, alongside Nathan Kahane and Joe Drake of Good Universe. Anna Halberg will serve as co-producer.

Exec VP of production Erik Baiers and creative executive Mika Pryce will oversee production for Universal. »

- Justin Kroll

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Luke Cage’s Mike Colter joins sci-fi thriller Extinction

23 April 2017 9:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Luke Cage star Mike Colter has signed on to appear in the cast of Universal Pictures’ sci-fi thriller Extinction, where he joins Michael Pena (Ant-Man), Lizzy Caplan (Allied) and Israel Brossard (The Bling Ring).

Extinction is being directed by Ben Young (Hounds of Love) from a script by Eric Heisserer (Arrival), Spenser Cohen (Moonfall) and Bradley Caleb Kane (Black Sails). Specific plot details are being kept under wraps, but the film will see Pena as a man trying to protect his family during an alien invasion.

Colter will next be seen on the big screen in Universal’s Girls Trip, while he also reprises his role as Luke Cage for Netflix’s upcoming Marvel team-up The Defenders. »

- Gary Collinson

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Newswire: Luke Cage’s Mike Colter to fight off aliens in Extinction

21 April 2017 6:31 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Having established his superhero bona fides as the star of Marvel and Netflix’s well-received Luke Cage, Mike Colter has started fielding offers for big-screen sci-fi throwdowns, as well. Variety reports that Colter has joined the cast of a new film titled Extinction, where he’ll be (presumably) helping to fend off an alien invasion, alongside Michael Peña and Lizzy Caplan.

Details about the film are sparse. (About all we know is that it doesn’t seem to be the James McAvoy robot project of the same name that we reported on last year.) Ben Young will direct, while Eric Heisserer—who was briefly attached to the now-defunct Sandman movie, and who picked up an Oscar nomination for a very different kind of alien invasion in last year’s Arrival—will write. For his own part, Colter didn’t fight any aliens in Luke Cage (although we can keep our »

- William Hughes

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The Star of “Luke Cage” Joins Now-filming ‘Extinction’

21 April 2017 11:02 AM, PDT | bloody-disgusting.com | See recent Bloody-Disgusting.com news »

Luke Cage” star Mike Colter will battle new extraterrestrials opposite Cloverfield’s Lizzy Caplan and Michael Pena and Bling Ring actor Israel Broussard in Universal and Good Universe’s sci-fi thriller Extinction., Variety reports. Uni will release the invasion on January 26, 2018,. Caplan will play Pena’s wife in the film, which follows a man trying to save his family from an alien invasion. Ben Young, who saw his Hounds of […] »

- Brad Miska

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‘Luke Cage’ Star Mike Colter Joins Universal’s ‘Extinction’ (Exclusive)

21 April 2017 10:30 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Mike Colter, best known as the star of Netflix’s “Luke Cage” series, is set to join Michael Pena and Lizzy Caplan in Universal’s sci-fi thriller “Extinction.”

It’s unknown what character Colter will play in the film, which follows a man (Pena) trying to save his family from an alien invasion.

Ben Young will direct. Eric Heisserer — who was most recently nominated for an Oscar for his script on “Arrival” — will write the screenplay with Spenser Cohen and Bradley Caleb Kane.

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‘Marvel’s Luke Cage’ Star Mike Colter on Why Netflix Show Is ‘Inclusively Black’

The pic bows on Jan. 26, 2018.

Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman of Mandeville, who backed the highly-anticipated live action “Beauty and the Beast,” will produce. Mandeville’s Alexander Young will executive produce, alongside Nathan Kahane and Joe Drake of Good Universe. Anna Halberg will serve as co-producer.

Exec VP of production Erik Baiers »

- Justin Kroll

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Win Allied on Blu-ray

26 March 2017 12:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Competitions

To mark the release of Allied on 3rd April, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray.

Oscar® winners Brad Pitt and Marion Cotillard star as Max Vatan and Marianne Beauséjour, two of the world’s deadliest spies, who fall in love while undercover on a top-secret mission and marry during World War II.  But when Max learns his wife may be secretly conspiring with the enemy, he has only 72 hours to prove her innocence and save his family before he must do the unthinkable.  The film features an outstanding supporting cast  including Lizzy Caplan (“Masters of Sex”), Jared Harris (“The Crown”), August Diehl (Inglourious Basterds) and Matthew Goode (“Downton Abbey”).

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What Michael Shannon Looks Like as Cable in Deadpool 2

24 March 2017 5:36 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Earlier this week, a report surfaced that Oscar-nominated actor Michael Shannon is currently the front-runner for the coveted role of Cable in Deadpool 2, with Brad Pitt also in contention for the role. Often when news like this breaks, artist BossLogic works quickly to give fans an idea of what these actors may look like in these superhero roles, based on previous comic book costumes. As expected, Boss Logic took to social media yesterday to unveil his latest piece of artwork, depicting Michael Shannon as Cable.

Boss Logic debuted this artwork on Twitter yesterday morning, which followed a rather unusual development in this casting story. A day after the report broke that both Michael Shannon and Brad Pitt were contenders for the role, concept art surfaced that was reportedly leaked from 20th Century Fox, revealing what Brad Pitt would look like as Cable. It was in fact confirmed to be from 20th Century Fox, »

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Charlize Theron, Seth Rogen comedy 'Flarsky' lands at Lionsgate

20 March 2017 4:19 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Snatched director Jonathan Levine will direct.

Lionsgate has picked up worldwide rights to the comedy Flarsky starring Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen.

Jonathan Levine, whose credits include the upcoming Snatched starring Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn, will direct the Point Grey Pictures, Denver And Delilah Films and Good Universe comedy from a screenplay by Dan Sterling.

Flarsky is set to begin production in August and centres on an unemployed journalist who pursues his childhood crush, now one of the most powerful and unattainable women on earth. 

Lionsgate brokered the deal with Good Universe on behalf of producers. 

Other distribution news:

Lionsgate has set CIA action-adventure American Assassin starring Michael Keaton for September 15. Dylan O’Brien, Taylor Kitsch, Sanaa Lathan and Shiva Negar also star, while Michael Cuesta directs and Lorenzo di Bonaventura and Nick Wechsler produce.Saban Films and Directv have taken North American rights from Preferred Content to Avva Pictures’ recent SXSW premiere Small Town Crime. Saban »

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The ‘Extinction’ Spreads in 2018

20 March 2017 11:55 AM, PDT | bloody-disgusting.com | See recent Bloody-Disgusting.com news »

Last week we reported that Cloverfield’s Lizzy Caplan will battle new extraterrestrials opposite Michael Pena and Bling Ring actor Israel Broussard in Universal and Good Universe’s sci-fi thriller Extinction. Uni will release the invasion on January 26, 2018, Bloody learned today. Caplan will play Pena’s wife in the film, which follows a man trying to save his family from an alien invasion. Ben Young, who saw his Hounds of […] »

- Brad Miska

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Michael Pena Sci-Fi Thriller 'Extinction' Sets Release Date

20 March 2017 10:14 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »

Michael Pena will be performing heroics next January, when his sci-fi thriller Extinction hits theaters.

Universal Pictures announced the film, about a man who must fight for his family's survival after an alien invasion, will hit theaters Jan. 26, 2018.

Lizzy Caplan also stars in the project, which is being directed by Ben Young and was written by Eric HeissererSpenser Cohen and Bradley Caleb Kane.

Pena is playing a man who suffers from a recurring nightmare about losing his family. He finds unknown strength after aliens invade and he must fight to keep his family safe.

Pena next appears in CHiPs, opening »

- Aaron Couch

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Lizzy Caplan, Michael Pena Thriller ‘Extinction’ Scores 2018 Release

20 March 2017 10:08 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Universal Pictures has set a January 26, 2018 release date for director Ben Young’s sci-fi thriller “Extinction,” the studio announced Monday. Michael Peña (“Ant-Man,” “Crash”) and Lizzy Caplan (“Now You See Me 2,” “Allied”) star as a husband and wife struggling to save their family from an alien invasion. Young (“Hounds of Love”) directs from a script by Eric Heisserer, who just earned an Oscar nomination for last year’s sci-fi-themed hit “Arrival” starring Amy Adams, as well as Spenser Cohen (upcoming “Moonfall”) and Bradley Caleb Kane (Starz’s “Black Sails”). Also Read: Lizzy Caplan Cast in Robert Zemeckis WWII Movie With Brad Pitt, »

- Thom Geier

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‘Extinction’ Cast Scared Half to Death

16 March 2017 8:17 AM, PDT | bloody-disgusting.com | See recent Bloody-Disgusting.com news »

Last week we reported that Cloverfield’s Lizzy Caplan will battle new extraterrestrials opposite Michael Pena in Universal and Good Universe’s sci-fi thriller Extinction. Bling Ring actor Israel Broussard, will next be seen in the Blumhouse thriller Half to Death, has joined the duo, says Variety, although his role is not detailed. Caplan will play Pena’s wife in the film, which […] »

- Brad Miska

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