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Lupita Nyong’o and Josh Gad join zombie rom-com Little Monsters

Variety is reporting that Lupita Nyong’o and Josh Gad have signed on to star in the Australian zom-rom-com Little Monsters, where they will appear alongside Alexander England (Alien: Covenant).

The film sees England as “a washed-up musician, Dave, who goes on his nephew’s school trip as he has a crush on the teacher, Miss Caroline (Nyong’o). Dave’s intentions are complicated by the presence of the world-famous kids show personality, Teddy McGiggle (Gad), who also has eyes for Miss Caroline. A sudden zombie outbreak then throws the trip into chaos.”

Little Monsters is written and directed by Abe Forsythe (Down Under) and filming is now underway in Sydney, with Snoot Entertainment and Made Up Stories producing.

“Abe is a brilliant filmmaker, and I can’t wait for audiences to fall in love with this original film that is equal parts hilarious, heartwarming and terrifying,” said Made Up StoriesBruna Papandrea.
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Movie News: Lupita Nyong'o to Star in Zombie Comedy 'Little Monsters'; Blake Lively's 'Rhythm Section' Gets Dated

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Little Monsters: Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong'o (above) and Josh Gad (Murder on the Orient Express) will star in Little Monsters. It's described as a zombie comedy from Australian writer-director Abe Forsythe, who made the terrific black comedy Down Under last year. Alexander England, who appeared in that film's ensemble, will star in Little Monsters as a washed-up musician (England) who teams up with a teacher (Nyong'o) and a kids show personality (Gad) to protect young children from a sudden outbreak of zombies. [Deadline]   Rhythm Section: This past July, we heard that Blake Lively, who scored a big hit with shark thriller The Shallows (above), would star in Rhythm Section as a woman who becomes an assassin to track down the people responsible...

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Movie News: Lupita Nyong'o to Star in Zombie Comedy 'Little Monsters'

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Little Monsters: Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong'o (above) and Josh Gad (Murder on the Orient Express) will star in Little Monsters. It's described as a zombie comedy from Australian writer-director Abe Forsythe, who made the terrific black comedy Down Under last year. Alexander England, who appeared in that film's ensemble, will star in Little Monsters as a washed-up musician (England) who teams up with a teacher (Nyong'o) and a kid's show personality (Gad) to protect...

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Little Monsters: new zombie rom-com signs up Lupita Nyong'o

Joseph Baxter Oct 31, 2017

Lupita Nyong’o joins Josh Gad to star in Little Monsters, which is being described as a zombie rom-com movie.

Lupita Nyong’o, the Oscar-winning breakout star of 2013’s 12 Years a Slave, continues a tour-de-force of high-profile projects that’s seen her – via digital motion capture – in the Star Wars sequel films, including December's The Last Jedi, and wielding weapons in the 2018 Marvel movie, Black Panther.

However, her upcoming role in a film called Little Monsters will be a major change of pace, playing a pursued love interest in a romantic zombie movie.

Little Monsters will see Nyong’o join Josh Gad in the zombie rom-com. Aussie actor Alexander England will play Dave, a washed-up musician who accompanies his nephew on a school trip with designs to spend time with teacher Miss Caroline (Nyong’o), with whom he sports an unrequited crush. Yet, his plans for amorous
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Lupita Nyong'o and Josh Gad to Star in Zombie Comedy 'Little Monsters'

Lupita Nyong'o and Josh Gad to Star in Zombie Comedy 'Little Monsters'
Lupita Nyong'o and Josh Gad will star in zombie comedy Little Monsters, from Australian writer-director Abe Forsythe.

Also starring is Alexander England (Alien: Covenant) as Dave, a washed-up musician who volunteers to chaperone his nephew’s kindergarten class field trip after taking a shine to the plucky schoolteacher, Miss Caroline (Nyong’o). Dave’s intentions are complicated by the presence of the world’s most famous kids' show personality, and competition for Miss Caroline’s affections, Teddy McGiggle (Gad). One thing none of them bargained for, however, is a sudden zombie outbreak, from which Dave and Miss Caroline must protect the children.

Keith and Jess Calder...
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Lupita Nyong’o, Josh Gad to Star in Zombie Rom-Com ‘Little Monsters’

Lupita Nyong’o, Josh Gad to Star in Zombie Rom-Com ‘Little Monsters’
Lupita Nyong’o and Josh Gad will star opposite Alexander England in Australian zombie comedy-horror crossover “Little Monsters.”

England plays a washed-up musician, Dave, who goes on his nephew’s school trip as he has a crush on the teacher, Miss Caroline (Nyong’o). Dave’s intentions are complicated by the presence of the world-famous kids show personality, Teddy McGiggle (Gad), who also has eyes for Miss Caroline. A sudden zombie outbreak then throws the trip into chaos.

“Little Monsters” hails from Australian writer and director Abe Forsythe (“Down Under”). Snoot Entertainment and Made Up Stories are producing the film, and shooting got underway this month in Sydney. Screen Australia and Create Nsw backed the project.

Nyong’o won an Oscar for her performance in “12 Years a Slave,” and Gadd starred in “Beauty and the Beast.” England appeared in “Alien Covenant” and in Forsythe’s “Down Under.”

“Abe is a brilliant filmmaker, and I can’t
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Zombie Outbreak Creates Horde of ‘Little Monsters’

Lupita Nyong’o (pictured in Jungle Book, Star Wars: The Force Awakens) and Josh Gad (Beauty and the Beast) will star in Little Monsters, a zombie comedy from writer-director Abe Forsythe, Deadline reports. Forsythe’s Down Under star Alexander England will also topline the pic, which production now underway in Sydney. Sounding a bit like Cooties, “The film follows Dave […]
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Lupita Nyong’o & Josh Gad To Star In Zombie Comedy ‘Little Monsters’

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Lupita Nyong’o & Josh Gad To Star In Zombie Comedy ‘Little Monsters’
Lupita Nyong'o and Josh Gad will star in Little Monsters, a zombie comedy from writer-director Abe Forsythe. Forsythe’s Down Under star Alexander England also will topline the pic, which is in production in Sydney. The movie is being produced by Keith and Jess Calder’s Snoot Entertainment and Bruna Papandrea's Made Up Stories. It has received major production investment from Screen Australia in association with Create Nsw. The film follows Dave (England), a washed-up…
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Down Under Director To Unleash His Little Monsters

I'm just going to come right out and say this, okay? Down Under writer-director Abe Forsythe is kind of a genius. While Down Under itself has proven to be one of those films that distributors are afraid of - as will happen when you use an actual race riot as the starting point of a biting comedy about race politics in the current day and age - it has gone on to a rousing reception wherever it has been seen, including picking up awards at the 2016 edition of Fantastic Fest. Which makes the following very good news, indeed: Forsythe will begin production on his newest opus, Little Monsters, in October witht he backing of Screen Australia and You're Next and Anomalisa producers Keith Calder...

[Read the whole post on screenanarchy.com...]
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Abe Forsythe set to unleash zombies in 'Little Monsters'

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Writer-director Abe Forsythe proved his skill at flicking the switch from black comedy to violence in Down Under, and now he.s embarking on a film which will mash even more genres.

Due to start production in Sydney at the end of October after receiving production funding from Screen Australia, Little Monsters will blend comedy, romance and zombies.

The saga follows Dave, who goes to live with his sister, a single mother, after breaking up with his fiancée. While Dave is looking after his sister.s five-year-old he meets kindergarten teacher Caroline.

Dave is soon smitten, a relationship which is tested when he volunteers to escort the kids on an excursion, where they are attacked by zombies.

Thereafter Dave and Caroline try to convince the kids they are part of an elaborate ride rather than being at the centre of a zombie Apocalypse.

The producers are Jodi Matterson,
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David and Margaret reunite to talk the best (and worst) Aussie movies of 2016

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David Stratton and Margaret Pomeranz travelled to the Gold Coast late last year to pick up a special award from the Australian International Movie Convention, recognising their contribution to the Australian film industry..Before picking up their gongs, the pair spoke to If about life after 'At The Movies', the recent Aussie films they.ve liked (and those they haven.t) and the 'Wake in Fright' remake.

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What are you doing on the Gold Coast?

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D: We.re here because we.re getting an award. Which is sort of nice. I always remember at the Berlin Film Festival many years ago — maybe I should say this tonight — where they gave a lifetime achievement award to Billy Wilder. Wilder came on stage and said: .the problem is that a lifetime achievement award is like hemorrhoids — every old asshole gets one in the end..

M: I don.t
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Screen Australia backs new projects from Jocelyn Moorhouse, Leah Purcell

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Leah Purcell at Sydney's Belvoir Theatre. (Photo credit: Anthony Johnson).

Projects from the likes of Jocelyn Moorhouse, Leah Purcell, Vicki Madden, Rachel Perkins, Luke Davies, Sophie Hyde, Nicholas Verso, Abe Forsythe, Craig Silvey and Corrie Chen have received development funding from Screen Australia.

.This round of development funding reflects the vibrancy of the story landscape in Australia with thrillers and romance, crime and comedies, sports dramas and musicals,. said Screen Australia's Senior Development Manager Nerida Moore..

.We have projects from both seasoned storytellers and an exciting group of up-and-coming talents. And we are also seeing a greater mix of platforms from traditional features and high-end television to the ever-growing online drama and narrative Vr spaces..

Among the projects funded, which include 24 features, five online series and two "high-end" television projects, are:

Tasmanian-set gothic crime show The Gloaming, created and written by The Kettering Incident's Vicki Madden, who will produce
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Kriv Stenders talks 'Wake in Fright' two-parter

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(l-r): Jason Isaacs, Zen McGrath and director Kriv Stenders on the set of 'Red Dog: True Blue'.

Kriv Stenders might just be the busiest director in Australia.

The helmer's first sequel, Red Dog: True Blue, comes out on Boxing Day, he's got Foxtel TV movie Australia Day in the can, and he's currently in the thick of making a documentary on The Go-Betweens.

After that Stenders begins production on Ten's two-part adaptation of Kenneth Cook's Wake in Fright, previously the basis for Ted Kotcheff's 1971 film of the same name: considered by many the greatest Australian film of all time.

For now, the director is focused on True Blue, and admits to nerves in the run-up to its release.

"Look, of course, I'm anxious," Stenders told If. "I know I've made a really good film, I'm really proud of this film. My job is to make
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Kriv Stenders talks 'Wake in Fright' two-parter, Joel Jackson in mix for lead

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(l-r): Jason Isaacs, Zen McGrath and director Kriv Stenders on the set of 'Red Dog: True Blue'.

Kriv Stenders might just be the busiest director in Australia.

The helmer's first sequel, Red Dog: True Blue, comes out on Boxing Day, he's got Foxtel TV movie Australia Day in the can, and he's currently in the thick of making a documentary on The Go-Betweens.

After that Stenders begins production on Ten's two-part adaptation of Kenneth Cook's Wake in Fright, previously the basis for Ted Kotcheff's 1971 film of the same name: considered by many the greatest Australian film of all time.

For now, the director is focused on True Blue, and admits to nerves in the run-up to its release.

"Look, of course, I'm anxious," Stenders told If. "I know I've made a really good film, I'm really proud of this film. My job is to make
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Distribution rapid round with StudioCanal, Madman and Village Roadshow

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StudioCanal.s Elizabeth Trotman.

In If's most recent issue, we touched base with three of the nation.s distribution heads — Madman.s Paul Wiegard, StudioCanal.s Elizabeth Trotman and Village Roadshow.s Joel Pearlman — to get the lowdown on the year.s hits, the misses, and what they.ve got coming up.

How.s the year been for you?

Trotman: It.s been a positive year. Obviously I started in my role in March, so [I.m] still relatively new to the Australian landscape. We.re pleased with our results on Our Kind of Traitor. We.ve had a number of successes with our French films playing at the French Film Festival this year. We released Mother.s Day the week before Mother.s Day back in April, and it took $5.7 million in Australia. It took 17 percent of the Us result; usually Australia is tracking at ten percent of the Us, so 17 percent was strong.
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Distribution Rapid Round with StudioCanal, Madman and Village Roadshow

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StudioCanal.s Elizabeth Trotman.

In If's most recent issue, we touched base with three of the nation.s distribution heads — Madman.s Paul Wiegard, StudioCanal.s Elizabeth Trotman and Village Roadshow.s Joel Pearlman — to get the lowdown on the year.s hits, the misses, and what they.ve got coming up.

How.s the year been for you?

Trotman: It.s been a positive year. Obviously I started in my role in March, so [I.m] still relatively new to the Australian landscape. We.re pleased with our results on Our Kind of Traitor. We.ve had a number of successes with our French films playing at the French Film Festival this year. We released Mother.s Day the week before Mother.s Day back in April, and it took $5.7 million in Australia. It took 17 percent of the Us result; usually Australia is tracking at ten percent of the Us, so 17 percent was strong.
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‘Down Under’ review [Lff 2016]

Down Under review: The shenanigans in the shire is an absurdly entertaining riot.

Down Under review by Sacha Hall, Lff 2016.

Down Under review – Photograph by David Dare Parker

Welcome to my back yard!

The Shire. No, not the land of hobbits you know on middle-earth but the surf-loving, fair-dinkum locale of sporting stars, swimsuit models and middle to upper class white folks. An area that is as iconic to Sydneysider’s as Bondi is to the world.

And just like that partially-truthful throwaway statement, director Abe Forsythe walks a fine line between truth and absurd extremism in his latest film Down Under.

Flipping racially driven tragedy into comedy, Forsythe delivers an acerbic tale set during the aftermath of the 2005 Cronulla riots with two carloads of hotheads throwing common sense out of their pussy-wagon and hotted-up Commie windows.

In the homologous suburb of Lakemba, Hassim (Lincoln Younes) eschews the middle-eastern stereotype; he’s studious,
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Fantastic Fest 2016: Down Under Review

If somebody were to utter the phrase “hilarious hate crime movie,” what’s the first image that pops into your head? Somebody tying a shoe knot instead of a noose? Swinging a bat so hard and missing so they spin around in place? It’s a pretty difficult combination to imagine, right? Somehow Abraham Forsythe got the scales perfectly balanced between “oh that’s fucked up” and “oh that’s fucking funny.”

Set during 2005 race riots in Cronulla (a lovely part of Australia they actually refer to as ‘The Shire!’), Down Under pits native Aussies against immigrants in one of their darkest moments in recent history. I know what you’re thinking- “hey, aren’t Australians, like, Irish immigrants or something?&rdq [Continued ...]
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Kurt Russell to Attend Beyond Fest 2016 for 30th Anniversary 35mm Screening of Big Trouble In Little China

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Beyond Fest must have their check in the mail, because ol' Jack Burton himself is coming to the festival for a 30th anniversary screening of Big Trouble in Little China. Filmmaker James Gunn will be on hand to discuss the cult John Carpenter movie with the beloved actor, and that's only one of many events fans will want to mark on their fall calendars.

Taking place September 30th–October 11th at the Egyptian Theatre in Los Angeles, Beyond Fest 2016 will also feature screenings of Phantasm: Ravager, Phantasm: Remastered, George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead in 3-D, Martin, In a Valley of Violence, The Wolf Man (1941), The Bad Batch, Raw, and City of the Living Dead.

A 4K restoration screening of Romero's The Crazies will also take place, as well as a live performance by composer Fabio Frizzi and his orchestra during a showing of The Beyond: Composer's Cut.
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Alamo Drafthouse, Fantastic Fest honcho Tim League to speak at Aimc

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Tim League.

The Australian International Movie Convention will bring Tim League - Founder/CEO of Alamo Drafthouse Cinema, Drafthouse Films and Fantastic Fest - to the Gold Coast as guest speaker.

League, who will present a stand-alone session and participate in the 'Trends in Cinema' panel discussion at the convention, is known for his zero tolerance policy on mobile phones, as well as for his social media savvy and highly curated program..

League opened his first cinema in 1994, in Tejon, California. It closed the next year. League and his wife Karrie loaded a truck with 200 seats, a projector, a screen and speakers, and headed to Texas to start the Alamo Drafthouse, which has grown to 25 locations and 183 screens with eight new locations currently in development..

Earlier this year, League floated the idea of gender neutral bathrooms in one of his chain's new locations in Austin, and he blasted AMC's (swiftly-dumped
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