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‘The Cobblestone Corridor’ Review

Stars: Erik Bloomquist, Madeleine Dauer, Nicholas Tucci, Adam Weppler, Alec Richards, Alex Sarrigeorgiou, Graham King, Ben Santiago | Written and Directed by Erik Bloomquist

Allan Archer, the editor-in-chief of the newspaper club at Alfred Pierce Preparatory School, has taken on the biggest case of his academic career: investigating the suspicious termination of English department chairman, Dr. Peter Carroll.

The Cobblestone Corridor is a short film which follows a school newspaper editor as he tries to solve the mystery of a teacher suspiciously terminated. For those of you who like a good hardboiled detective story, this is definitely one for you. Archer stalks around the school corridors with a grim face and a determination to find the truth. It’s a well written piece packed full of every detective cliché you can think of. You’ve got ‘the rat’ who hides in the toilets and sells the answers to tests, you’ve
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‘The Cobblestone Corridor’ is a brisk thrill, packing the utmost punch in the short film format

The Cobblestone Corridor

Written and directed by Erik C. Bloomquist

U.S.A., 2015

In 2005, writer-director Rian Johnson exploded onto the film scenes with one of the most unique movie experiences in recent memory by delivering Brick, a neo-noir set in a Californian public high school. The story featured a cast of talented young actors spewing spiffy dialogue, and their characters getting into deep and dark trouble befitting of the sort of yarns told back in the 1940s and 1950s, only that is was happening in a modern setting and at school. It was fresh whilst calling back to film noir of yore. A decade later, writer-director Erik Bloomquist tries his own hand in similar but not identical fashion with The Cobblestone Corridor, a short film (25 minutes) transpiring in the confines of a private high school.

Allan Archer (Bloomquist) is the editor in chief of the institution’s newspaper, The Gazette.
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Equity Lifetime Achievement honoree named

Veteran stage and screen actress Toni Lamond is the recipient of the 2014 Equity Lifetime Achievement Award presented by Foxtel. .Toni is a truly legendary Australian performer whose phenomenal career has spanned vaudeville, musical theatre, television and cabaret," said Actors Equity president Simon Burke.

"She is also a wonderful human being who has given back to her community, to her colleagues and to her industry in every way she can." Toni's career began at age 10 singing on the radio and touring with her parents' variety shows. A TV pioneer, she was a regular on Graham Kennedy's In Melbourne Tonight in the 1960s, ultimately hosting her own Imt, the first woman to do so.

Among her numerous stage roles in Australia have been 42nd Street, The Follies Concert, Pirates Of Penzance, My Fair Lady, Walt Disney's Beauty And The Beast and Oh Coward!

Her screen credits include Razzle Dazzle, Spotswood, Eight is Enough,
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Observer Ethical Awards 2013: Joanna Lumley – National Campaigner of the Year

From Purdey to Patsy, Joanna Lumley has had her fair share of plum roles. But the one she's most proud of is as a champion for social justice. Lucy Siegle meets the Observer Ethical Awards' 2013 national campaigner of the year

Joanna Lumley treats the lecture hall of the Royal Geographical Society (Rgs) with a charming degree of reverence. Walking past the hallowed Ondaatje Theatre, which has hosted talks by famous scientists and explorers since 1930, we pop in to pay our respects. Lumley, a fellow of the Rgs herself, gave a lecture here on her return from a trip to Bhutan in 2008. "Terrifying," she says in a stage whisper. "Imagine the people, the explorers, the brains that have been associated with this organisation. Shackleton, for example."

Some 35 years before Lumley took to the lectern, her grandmother also addressed the Rgs. She was Danish but born in New Zealand and married Lumley's Scottish grandfather in Rangoon.
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In Defense of Julia Leigh's "Sleeping Beauty"

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In the alternate universe that I seem to live in, Julia Leigh’s Sleeping Beauty is a comprehensively confident achievement by an important new director. In the real world, most of my critical cohort gave the film short shrift, dismissing it as strained or sensationalistic or empty.

There’s no percentage in getting overly defensive, but one good way to begin talking about Sleeping Beauty is to address the common observation that the film’s central character, Lucy (the remarkable Emily Browning), is too psychologically opaque for us to interest ourselves in her problem. It’s certainly true that Leigh chooses to retain some mystery around the existential torment that overtakes Lucy in the film’s second half. And it’s also true that Leigh is elliptical in her establishment of Lucy’s character in the first half.

But ellipsis is not the same as omission, and in fact Lucy
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Sleeping Beauty Movie Review

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Sleeping Beauty Movie Review
Title: Sleeping Beauty Directed By: Julia Leigh Written By: Julia Leigh Cast: Emily Browning, Rachael Blake, Ewen Leslie, Peter Carroll, Chris Haywood Screened at: Review 2, NYC, 10/6/11 Opens: December 2, 2011 Whatever you may think of this movie, you’ll likely agree: Emily Browning, best known as a child actress in Lemony Snicket’s “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” deserves every dollar that the studio paid her. A pretty young woman now in her twenty-third year, she is required by writer-director Julia Leigh to play a good part of her time on the screen completely naked-which is probably no big deal-but she also has to allow a group of old pervs...
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Jackie Marcus and Jeff Schaffer Talk The League Episode 3.04

Jackie Marcus and Jeff Schaffer Talk Season 3 of The League

This Thursday, October 27th, The League returns with an all-new Season 3 episode, Ol' Smoke Crotch. Kevin (Stephen Rannazzisi) struggles with getting older, while Ruxin (Nick Kroll) is so desperate to get rid of his au pair that he gets Rafi's (Jason Mantzoukas ) help. In the meantime, Taco (Jonathan Lajoie ) finds a market for Kevin and Jenny's (Katie Aselton ) wedding cocktail napkins. And Pete (Mark Duplass ) learns a new sexual position, only to regret it. We recently caught up with show creators Jackie Marcus Schaffer and Jeff Schaffer to chat about this upcoming show, as well as the rest of The League Season 3.

Here is that conversation.

I wanted to know what would have happened if the lockout didn't work out? I know there was already a commitment-you guys said on Twitter-that whether there's football or not, we're going to have a season of The League.
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This week's new films

Sleeping Beauty (18)

(Julia Leigh, 2011, Aus) Emily Browning, Rachael Blake, Ewen Leslie, Peter Carroll. 101 mins

The outer limits of the service industry are explored in this strange anti-fairytale, as a student submits her unconscious body to the desires of sagging, wealthy old men. There's no prospect of a prince coming in any sense. Bravely elusive and surreally detached in the manner of Kubrick or Buñuel, it's occasionally spellbinding.

Real Steel (12A)

(Shawn Levy, 2011, Us) Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly, Dakota Goyo. 128 mins

Can Jackman train a robot to fight while reconnecting with his estranged son and his old flame? Or will this family-friendly amalgam of Rocky and Transformers subvert the formula of every fight movie ever?

The Three Musketeers (12A)

(Paul Ws Anderson, 2011, Ger/Fra/UK/Us) Logan Lerman, Matthew Macfadyen, Milla Jovovich. 110 mins

The Resident Evil director delivers action spectacle by any means necessary. Forget 17th-century history; bring on the aerial warships!
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Exclusive Interview: Emily Browning Talks About Sleeping Beauty

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Famed for her lead role as Baby Doll in Zack Snyder’s fantasy action adventure Sucker Punch about an institutionalised young girl who retreats into an alternative reality as a coping mechanism while planning to escape from a mental facility, Australian actress Emily Browning talks to us about her next controversial film, Sleeping Beauty.

Officially selected at Cannes 2011, debut film-maker and author Julia Leigh’s film is a haunting portrait of Lucy, a young university student drawn into the mysterious hidden world of beauty and desire. Lucy, played by Browning, takes a job as a Sleeping Beauty, where drugged, Lucy must be absolutely submissive to the erotic desires of old men. But her work starts to bleed into her daily life as she develops an increasing need to find out what happens to her when she is asleep.

Emily talks intimately about her part as Lucy, being comfortable with nudity,
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Julia Leigh's psychosexual drama Sleeping Beauty gets a stark new trailer and poster

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First-time director Julia Leigh's Sleeping Beauty starring Emily Browning looks all kinds of bizarre, somewhat unnerving, and completely engrossing. Leigh was nominated for the Palm d'Or at Cannes for her efforts here, and it appears that praise is warranted judging from the film's newly released trailer below. Sleeping Beauty - starring Browning, Rachael Blake, Ewan Leslie, Peter Carroll, and Chris Haywood - opens in limited release December 2nd. Synopsis: Lucy is a young university...
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Julia Leigh's Sleeping Beauty movie trailer and images

Trailer and images for Sleeping Beauty, starring Emily Browning. Directed by Julia Leigh. Sundance Selects distributes the drama which premiered at this year's Cannes Film Festival. Sucker Punch star Emily Browning is accompanied by Rachael Blake, Ewen Leslie, Peter Carroll and Chris Haywood. Sleeping Beauty is a fascinating depiction of a young woman’s reckless decent into a shocking world of erotic desires. Lucy (Emily Browning) is a young university student possessed by a kind of radical passivity. She lets a flip of a coin decide the outcome of a random sexual encounter and she displays an uncomplaining patience when facing the repetitions of her various menial jobs that fund her studies. One day she answers an ad in the student newspaper and interviews for a job to be a lingerie waitress. But she is secretly being initiated into a world of strange new work; one where she will have
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Julia Leigh's Sleeping Beauty movie trailer and images

Trailer and images for Sleeping Beauty, starring Emily Browning. Directed by Julia Leigh. Sundance Selects distributes the drama which premiered at this year's Cannes Film Festival. Sucker Punch star Emily Browning is accompanied by Rachael Blake, Ewen Leslie, Peter Carroll and Chris Haywood. Sleeping Beauty is a fascinating depiction of a young woman’s reckless decent into a shocking world of erotic desires. Lucy (Emily Browning) is a young university student possessed by a kind of radical passivity. She lets a flip of a coin decide the outcome of a random sexual encounter and she displays an uncomplaining patience when facing the repetitions of her various menial jobs that fund her studies. One day she answers an ad in the student newspaper and interviews for a job to be a lingerie waitress. But she is secretly being initiated into a world of strange new work; one where she will have
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Haunting new trailer for 'Sleeping Beauty' online

The eerie toned, slightly sadistic new trailer for director Julia Leigh's "Sleeping Beauty" is now online. The Screen Australia drama, which was up for official selection at this years Cannes Film Festival stars Emily Browning, Rachael Blake, Ewen Leslie, Peter Carroll, Chris Haywood, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Bridgette Barrett, Hannah Bella Bowden and Les Chantery.Watch the trailer for "Sleeping Beauty" below;"Sleeping Beauty" is released across the UK from October 14th. A Us release date is to be announced.Death-haunted, quietly reckless, Lucy is a young university student who takes a job as a Sleeping Beauty. In the Sleeping Beauty Chamber old men seek an erotic experience that requires Lucy.s absolute submission. This unsettling task starts to bleed into Lucy.s daily life and she
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Sundance Selects Itself A “Beauty” Of A Pickup

Sundance Selects has acquired U.S. rights to Julia Leigh’s “Sleeping Beauty.” The film, directed by Leigh, stars Emily Browning, Rachael Blake, Ewen Leslie, Peter Carroll and Chris Haywood. Jessica Brentnall produced the drama. Film, a haunting portrait of Lucy, a university student drawn into a mysterious hidden world of unspoken desires, premiered this week at the Cannes Film Festival in competition.

http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/risky-business/sundance-selects-acquires-us-rights-188534
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Julia Leigh’s Sleeping Beauty Acquired By IFC’s Sundance Selects

IFC’s Sundance Selects has acquired the U.S. rights to Sleeping Beauty, the Julia Leigh-directed Cannes Film Festival which premiered May 11th. The film stars Emily Browning, Rachael Blake, Ewen Leslie, Peter Carroll, Chris Haywood, and was produced by Jessica Brentnall.

“You will go to sleep: you will wake up. It will be as if those hours never existed.” Death-haunted, quietly reckless, Lucy is a young university student who takes a job as a Sleeping Beauty. In the Sleeping Beauty Chamber old men seek an erotic experience that requires Lucy’s absolute submission. This unsettling task starts to bleed into Lucy’s daily life and she develops an increasing need to know what happens to her when she is asleep.

Jonathan Sehring, President of Sundance Selects, said: “For the last 5 days, people throughout Cannes have been discussing Sleeping Beauty. We are thrilled to introduce Julia Leigh and her arresting debut to American audiences,
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Sundance Selects In Bed with Cannes' "Sleeping Beauty"

Sundance Selects In Bed with Cannes'
Sundance Selects has picked up U.S. rights to Julia Leigh's controversial Cannes competition film, "Sleeping Beauty." Full release follows: Sundance Selects announced today from the 2011 Cannes Film Festival that the company is acquiring all U.S. rights to Julia Leigh’s "Sleeping Beauty." The film, with a screenplay by Leigh, stars Emily Browning, Rachael Blake, Ewen Leslie, Peter Carroll, Chris Haywood, and was produced by Jessica Brentnall. The film premiered this ...
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Cannes: 'Sleeping Beauty' Acquired By Sundance Selects

Cannes: 'Sleeping Beauty' Acquired By Sundance Selects
Breaking: Sundance Selects acquired U.S. rights to Sleeping Beauty, the Julia Leigh-directed Cannes Film Festival pic that stars Emily Browning, Rachael Blake, Ewen Leslie, Peter Carroll and Chris Haywood, and was produced by Jessica Brentnall. The film premiered last Thursday and is described as the haunting portrait of a young university student drawn in to a mysterious world of unspoken desires. The film will be released in the fall. Jonathan Sehring, president of Sundance Selects, said: "For the last five days, people throughout Cannes have been discussing Sleeping Beauty. We are thrilled to introduce Julia Leigh and her arresting debut to American audiences, and to continuing the discussion." UTA brokered the deal with Sundance Selects acquisitions exec Arianna Bocco. UTA reps Leigh and Browning, with the latter managed by Michael Aglion and Catherine Poulton in Australia. Sundance Selects is sister company to IFC, both owned by Rainbow Media.
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‘Sleeping Beauty’

Reviewed by Aaron Hillis

(from the 2011 Cannes Film Festival)

Directed/Written by: Julia Leigh

Starring: Emily Browning, Rachael Blake, Ewen Leslie and Peter Carroll

Australian novelist Julia Leigh makes the uncanny leap to assured debut filmmaker with formal visual chops with “Sleeping Beauty,” a rich, thorny and haunting portrait of female self-searching through self-negation (or more accurately, why liberation cannot be found in passivity) that comes couched in an abstract, psychosexual nightmare. Already proving divisive but also one of the most talked-about films appearing in Cannes’ main competition, this mysterious and technically graceful descent into the rabbit hole of radically fetishized prostitution is intellectually titillating but creepily, resolutely unnerving in its anti-eroticism.

Bringing to mind “Belle de Jour” — and more directly, Yasunari Kawabata’s novella “House of the Sleeping Beauties,” which was previously adapted as a 2006 film of the same name — Leigh’s story centers on petite, porcelain-skinned university student
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‘Sleeping Beauty’

Reviewed by Aaron Hillis

(from the 2011 Cannes Film Festival)

Directed/Written by: Julia Leigh

Starring: Emily Browning, Rachael Blake, Ewen Leslie and Peter Carroll

Australian novelist Julia Leigh makes the uncanny leap to assured debut filmmaker with formal visual chops with “Sleeping Beauty,” a rich, thorny and haunting portrait of female self-searching through self-negation (or more accurately, why liberation cannot be found in passivity) that comes couched in an abstract, psychosexual nightmare. Already proving divisive but also one of the most talked-about films appearing in Cannes’ main competition, this mysterious and technically graceful descent into the rabbit hole of radically fetishized prostitution is intellectually titillating but creepily, resolutely unnerving in its anti-eroticism.

Bringing to mind “Belle de Jour” — and more directly, Yasunari Kawabata’s novella “House of the Sleeping Beauties,” which was previously adapted as a 2006 film of the same name — Leigh’s story centers on petite, porcelain-skinned university student
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Is There a Discernible Difference Between 'Sleeping Beauty' and 'Sucker Punch'?

Rachael Blake, Emily Browning and Peter Carroll in Sleeping Beauty

Photo: Transmission Films I try not to watch trailers. I do my best not to even read plotlines. In my position I am likely to see the movie anyway so what good does it do to know any more about it than is absolutely necessary?

So, when I posted the trailer for the Cannes Film Festival competition selection Sleeping Beauty yesterday and wrote "this already looks like a massive step up from Sucker Punch for [Emily] Browning" it would appear I may have spoke too soon as the two may essentially be one and the same.

Last night I ran into the Facebook page for Sleeping Beauty and came across a more complete synopsis for the film. I had glossed over the previous one, combine that with not watching the trailer and I essentially had no idea what the film was about.
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