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Deadline is reporting that Naomi Watts is set to star in Penguin Bloom, an adaptation of Bradley Trevor Greive’s bestselling Australian book. Watts is also producing the film with Reese Witherspoon and Bruna Papandrea, while Shaun Grant (Snowtown, Berlin Syndrome) will pen the screenplay.
Penguin Bloom (published in the U.S.) tells the true story of Cameron and Sam Bloom and their three children; an everyday family, their lives were turned upside down when Sam fell from a balcony while holidaying in Thailand, and was left paralyzed from the chest down. As the family struggled to adjust to their new situation, an unlikely ally entered their lives in the form of an injured Magpie chick which the Bloom clan called Penguin, who became a mascot for the family.
- Gary Collinson
The newly formed Overlook Film Festival has announced it inaugural year programming lineup, including 37 films (20 features and 17 short films from 16 countries), along with a bevy of location-appropriate genre-themed parties, interactive events, and live experiences. This year, the festival will also fete director Roger Corman with their Master of Horror Award. The award “was established to honor a living legend who has contributed lasting innovations to the genre throughout a long career, inspiring new filmmakers for years to come.”
The fest is styled a 4-day celebration of horror that runs from April 24 – 30 at the historic Timberline Lodge located in Mt. Hood, Oregon, featured in Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining” as the location of the infamous Overlook Hotel. The new festival comes from some of the same minds behind the now-defunct Stanley Film Festival, a similar horror-themed gathering based in a hotel in Estes Park, Colorado that inspired Stephen King to write his 1977 “Shining” novel. »
- Kate Erbland
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