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Directed by Neil Armfield, this much-anticipated film adaptation of Timothy Conigrave’s memoir is sensual yet ultimately unsatisfying
Actor Timothy Conigrave’s bestselling memoir Holding the Man, an intimate account of his 15-year relationship with lover John Caleo, was published in 1995 and adapted by playwright Tommy Murphy into an award-winning stage production in 2006. Australian theatre doyen Neil Armfield reconfigures the material once more, this time for the big screen, directing his first feature film since 2006’s Candy with Heath Ledger and Abbie Cornish.
Rather than recalibrating the film as a literary adaptation, the director’s fondness for the stage play is obvious. Murphy was recruited once more for screenwriting duties and the production’s theatrical bloodline is at times plain to all and sundry. You can get away dialogue like “be it on your conscience” on the stage, but in film such stately-sounding words feel contrived – not surprisingly, like actors reading from scripts. »
- Luke Buckmaster
Jamie Bell, Mark Strong and Abbie Cornish star in 6 Days, which General Film Corporation finances in association with the New Zealand Film Commission, Lip Sync Productions and the Ingenious Senior Film Fund.
The story is set in London in April 1980 as the Sas prepares to rescue 26 hostages during the Iranian Embassy siege.
The New Zealand-uk co-production is scheduled to finish the New Zealand portion of the shoot in late July prior to relocating to London in August.
Producer Matthew Metcalfe of General Film Corporation reunites with Fraser and screenwriter Glenn Standring following their collaboration on the 2015 New Zealand foreign-language Oscar submission The Dead Lands.
The parties also worked with Xyz Films, whose Nate Bolotin and Aram Tertzakian serve as executive producers on 6 Days alongside Gavin Poolman and Andrea Scarso from Ingenious Senior Film Fund, Ian Dawson and [link »
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Abbie Cornish is giving away a big Hollywood secret -- and we love her for doing it! The actress took to Instagram to show off her killer curves in nothing but a nude bra and a pair of Spanx on Monday, while on the set of her latest film. "Feel like I just stepped out of Sia's 'Elastic Heart' music video lol #SetLife," she captioned the sexy mirror selfie. "#NotSoGlamorousMovieUnderwear." The Australian beauty is, of course, referring to the Sia's infamous music video where Shia Labeouf and "Dance Moms" star Maddie Ziegler dance in their skivvies. As for her "Not So Glamorous" underwear, the body-shaping garment helps give those who wear them a slimmer physique. Cornish isn't the only star who proudly wears Spanx. Kim Kardashian recently told Elle magazine that she depends on the shapewear to look thin. "Sometimes I wear two pairs [of Spanx] under something or stockings — it holds you in, »
- tooFab Staff
Looking hot in a pair of nude spanx is no small feat, but Abbie Cornish seems to have it down! The Australian beauty took to Instagram on June 8 with a not-so-clothed mirror selfie showcasing her matching bra and spanx combo, and we gotta say—Abbie rocks it. "Feel like I just stepped out of Sia's 'Elastic Heart' music video lol #SetLife #NotSoGlamorousMovieUnderwear," she wrote alongside the sexy snap. Abbie is, of course, referring to the Sia's collaboration with frequent muse Maddie Ziegler, who has starred in three of her music videos wearing similar nude ensembles. Cornish isn't the only star in recent weeks who's gone public with her love of spanx: Kim Kardashian »
The Midnight Swim features an almost entirely female cast and will arrive in theaters and VOD in the U.S. later this month. Also in this round-up: casting details for Lavender and an excerpt from the horror fantasy novel Into the Darkness.
Spirit Lake is unusually deep. No diver has ever managed to find the bottom, though many have tried. When Dr. Amelia Brooks disappears during a deep-water dive, her three daughters travel home to settle her affairs. They find themselves unable to let go of their mother and become drawn into the mysteries of the lake."
Press Release -- "Lavender, »
- Tamika Jones
Principal photography is underway in and around Toronto on the psychological thriller from Ambi Group and Paradox Studios.
As announced previously, Abbie Cornish, Diego Klattenhoff and Dermot Mulroney also star in the story of a photographer suffering from memory loss who discovers clues in her work that suggest she may be responsible for the deaths of family members she never knew she had.
Long is cast as the psychiatrist who helps the woman recover her memory, while Klattenhoff and Mulroney play her husband and uncle.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
A taut and intense action adventure, The Dead Lands is a superb showcase for director Toa Fraser. It provides an insight into a culture not often explored on screen - set in pre-colonial New Zealand, the film’s dialogue is entirely in the Maori language - while delivering the kind of pared-back revenge story you might expect from a western or a samurai film.
In other words, The Dead Lands is both unique to its country and universal; its historical setting and subtitles might suggest something for the arthouse crowd, but its bruising fight scenes will please the action crowd, too. What’s more, James Cameron is officially a fan.
First announced quietly last summer, it looks like things are starting to push ahead for Cate Shortland's next feature, "Berlin Syndrome." If you're not familiar with the filmmaker's work, be sure to check out "Somersault," which features a breakout performance by Abbie Cornish, and a really good turn by Sam Worthington, and her moody WWII picture "Lore." The director's latest marks another shifting of gears. Based on the novel by Melanie Joosten, Teresa Palmer will star in the psychological thriller about a new relationship that suddenly shows some darker edges. Here's the official synopsis: While holidaying in Berlin, Australian photojournalist Clare meets Andi, a charismatic local man and there is an instant attraction between them. A night of passion ensues. But what initially appears to be the start of a romance suddenly takes an unexpected and sinister turn when Clare wakes the following morning to discover Andi has »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Well, it looks like CBS may soon have not one but two of this year’s Oscar nominees as members of the casts of their primetime series. The network announced today that Bradley Cooper will recur in its upcoming series Limitless, which will air on Tuesdays at 10 p.m. this fall and is an adaptation of the 2011 movie that Cooper himself starred in, alongside Robert De Niro and Abbie Cornish. Cooper, who is also an executive producer on the series, will reprise his role as Eddie Morra from the original Limitless movie and serve as a mentor for the series’ main character, Brian Finch (Greek‘s Jake McDorman). Cooper will make his first appearance as Eddie in the Limitless pilot and will continue recur throughout Season 1, depending on his availability as the series moves forward. (Fun fact: Cooper and McDorman have worked together before. The two were co-stars in the 2014 Oscar-nominated film American… »
- Chris King
Memory loss can be a tricky thing to deal with in thrillers on screen – you have to get the tone right or it all just becomes silly. Abbie Cornish and Dermot Mulroney think that the script for Lavender has what it takes, signing on to co-star in the psychologically flavoured film.Ed Gass-Donnelly, who most recently brought us The Last Exorcism Part II, is behind this one, which he co-wrote with Colin Frizzell. The film finds Cornish as a photographer who must grapple with severe memory issues. Clues start to pop up in her work that suggests she might just be responsible for the death of family members she never knew existed. We smell the scent of conspiracy, which probably doesn’t have much of a whiff of lavender about it. More... grapefruit, with a hint of fear.All being well, and with the rights on sale at Cannes, Gass-Donnelly »
Abbie Cornish (“Limitless”) and Dermot Mulroney (‘August: Osage County”) will star alongside Diego Klattenhoff (“The Blacklist”) in the psychological thriller “Lavender,” which Ed Gass-Donnelly will direct from a script he co-wrote with Colin Frizzell, it was announced Monday. After an accident leaves a photographer (Cornish) struggling with severe memory loss, strange clues amongst her photos begin to suggest that she may be responsible for the deaths of family members she never knew she had. Gass-Donnelly (“The Last Exorcism Part II”) is also producing the film with Dave Valleau (“Capote”) through Valleau’s South Creek Pictures banner. Also Read: 'Insidious 3' Trailer Teases Origins. »
- Jeff Sneider
Ed Gass-Donnelly directs psychological thriller; Ambi to commence sales in Cannes
Abbie Cornish (Robocop) and Dermot Mulroney (August: Osage County) have signed on to star in psychological thriller Lavender, directed by Ed Gass-Donnelly (The Last Exorcism Part II). Principal photography is slated to begin later this month in Toronto.
Cornish will play a photographer struggling with severe memory loss following an accident. Strange clues amongst her photos begin to suggest that she may be responsible for the deaths of family members she never knew she had.
Andrea Iervolino and Lady Monika Bacardi’s Ambi Group is co-financing with Silvio Muraglia’s Paradox Studios with additional financing provided by The Movie Network, a division of Bell Media, and Movie Central, the Harold Greenberg Fund and Telefilm Canada.
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Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness, Nicole Kidman and husband Keith Urban at the Oscars Wolverine Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness at the Academy Awards Hugh Jackman and wife Deborra-Lee Furness, along with Best Actress nominee Nicole Kidman and husband Keith Urban, are pictured above arriving at the 83rd Academy Awards, held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Stage and screen actor-singer Hugh Jackman was the Oscar ceremony host a couple of years ago, while Nicole Kidman was a 2011 Best Actress nominee for her performance as a bereaved mother in John Cameron Mitchell's Rabbit Hole, co-starring Aaron Eckhart and Dianne Wiest. More on Kidman further below. Recent Hugh Jackman movies The most recent film efforts of the Sydney-born Hugh Jackman were Gavin Hood's X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009), in which he has the (second half of the) title role, and Baz Luhrmann's epic romance Australia (2008). Co-starring Nicole Kidman, »
- D. Zhea
Ambi Distribution is handling international sales, excluding Canada where Pacific Northwest Pictures has distribution rights and will release the film. Xyz Films will handle domestic sales. “Lavender” will be introduced to buyers for the first time at Cannes.
Cornish will play a photographer struggling with severe memory loss. Strange clues amongst her photos begin to suggest that she may be responsible for the deaths of family members she never knew she had.
Gass-Donnelly is producing the film with Dave Valleau through Valleau’s South Creek Pictures banner. Andrea Iervolino and Lady Monika Bacardi’s Ambi Group is co-financing “Lavender” with Silvio Muraglia’s Paradox Studios, with additional financing provided by The Movie Network, Movie Central, the Harold Greenberg Fund and Telefilm Canada.
Iervolino, Bacardi and Muraglia »
- Dave McNary
Neeson will portray a C.I.A. agent who engages in an elaborate cat-and-mouse game with a sinister terrorist planning an imminent attack. He'll risk everything, including his own life, to stop his foe and avenge his mysterious past. [Source: THR]
The story centers on a recent college graduate (Vikander) who lands a job at a powerful tech company called the Circle, where she becomes involved with a mysterious man (Tom Hanks). [Source: THR]
The Kaiser’s Last Kiss
- Garth Franklin
Exclusive: Baltasar Kormákur is lining up an autumn shoot on the Icelandic and English-language crime-thriller, a late addition to the La-based company’s Croisette sales slate.
The Oath centres on a respected doctor in Reykjavík who makes a life-changing decision after his daughter introduces the family to her manipulative boyfriend.
Ólafur Egilsson co-wrote the screenplay with Kormákur, who produces with Agnes Johansen and Magnus Vidar Sigurdsson through Kormákur’s Rvk Studios banner in co-production with Dynamic Productions in Germany.
Kormákur, whose credits include 2 Guns, Contraband and Icelandic hits 101 Reykjavik and Jar City, recently wrapped production on Universal’s September 18 release Everest. He will also direct the TV crime series Trapped.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
A film boasting Mark Strong, Jamie Bell and Abbie Cornish in the cast? Don’t mind if we do. That’s the line-up promised by director Toa Fraser and his new based-on-truth thriller 6 Days.According to Deadline, the film will be drawn from the events in April 1980 when six armed gunmen took over the Iranian Embassy in London and held more than two-dozen people hostage. The Sas laid siege to the place and a tense standoff happened across six days, with the forces preparing to raid the place when the time was right. Fraser, who last directed The Dead Lands, is once more teaming up with writer Glenn Standring, and they have several former Sas members acting as consultants while filming takes place this summer. And, as you’ll not be too surprised to learn, the rights to the film will be up for sale at this month’s Cannes Film Market. »
Some very promising casting news today, as Jamie Bell, Mark Strong and Abbie Cornish have been set as the principal cast for Toa Fraser’s 6 Days, a siege thriller that the Auckland-based director will shoot this summer as the follow-up to his acclaimed drama The Dead Lands.
Based on a true story, the thriller centers on the storming of the Iranian Embassy at Princes Gate in London, in April of 1980. Six armed gunmen took over two dozen people inside the embassy as hostages during their campaign for Arab national sovereignty in the Khūzestān Province of Iran. The hostage-takers demanded the release of Arab prisoners from jails in the province, located in the south of Iran, as well as their own safe passage out of England, which the British government refused to grant. The ensuing six days saw tensions rise and hostages die violently, culminating in a raid by a group »
- Isaac Feldberg
Deadline is reporting that Jamie Bell, Mark Strong and Abbie Cornish have been cast as leads in Toa Fraser's embassy siege thriller 6 Days. Fraser is re-teaming with his Dead Lands writer Glenn Standring and producer Matthew Metcalfe. Xyz Films will be handling international sales at Cannes in a short while and is executive producing the project. The film is based on the actual events of April 1980 when six armed gunmen stormed the Iranian Embassy at London's Princess Gate taking over two dozen people hostage. Six days of tense standoff ensued as a group of highly trained soldiers from Britain's Special Air Service prepared to raid the building. Former members of the Sas who participated in the siege will act as consultants during production.Principal photography...
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Exclusive: Toa Fraser’s embassy siege thriller 6 Days has been generating buzz since the project was first announced last fall. Principal cast has now been set for the Auckland-based helmer’s follow-up to The Dead Lands with Jamie Bell, Mark Strong and Abbie Cornish starring. 6 Days is a re-team for Fraser with his Dead Lands writer Glenn Standring, producer Matthew Metcalfe, and Xyz Films which is executive producing and selling in Cannes. Icon previously acquired UK righ… »
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