16 items from 2017
Another month, another Wesley Snipes film. He sure is on the comeback trail now right? Ok, maybe not, especially given that this, like Final Recall, has headed direct to DVD. To be fair though, the “another month, another…” could also apply to WWE studios, who seem to have gone back to churning out direct to market films much like when they first stepped into the world of film production. Following the usual standard of having one of the many WWE Superstars take a break from the wrestling ring and appear on-screen, Armed Response features the “Kingslayer” himself, Seth Rollins, in a supporting role – yes, a supporting role. Unlike ‘Stone Cold’ Steve Austin, Dolph Ziggler, John Cena, Randy Orton, The Miz, and hell, even »
- Phil Wheat
If you're a Grey's Anatomy fan, there's probably not much you don't know about the show. Seeing as we're back in the saddle of Grey Sloan for the new season, we thought we'd put together some of the lesser-known facts about the medical drama. If you do already know some of these trivia bits, then pat yourself on the back, because we dug deep. The guts and gore you see on screen are not human but are in fact a mix of cow organs, chicken fat, and red jello. Fun! Rob Lowe was offered the role of Dr. Derek Shepherd but turned it down to star in a CBS drama called Dr. Vegas, which was canceled after five episodes. Kevin McKidd (aka Dr. Owen Hunt) is Scottish, and hearing his accent will mess you up. Miranda Bailey was the only role written with a character description ("tiny with blonde curls »
- Amanda Rosenberg
Jill Soloway is stepping down from day-to-day showrunner duties on their flagship show “Transparent” over at Amazon. Jill Gordon has joined the show as the new showrunner and executive producer, a source close to the production confirmed to TheWrap. Gordon most recently created and executive produced the NBC medical drama “Heartbeat,” starring Melissa George as a heart transplant surgeon. Her other credits include “90210” and “Cupid,” but most famously as a producer on three iconic shows: “My So-Called Life,” “The Wonder Years” and “Doogie Howser, M.D.” Also Read: 'Transparent' Star Kathryn Hahn on Show's Comedy-Series Emmy Snub: 'For Sure' a Surprise Soloway will. »
- Carli Velocci
Here we go again. Several years after the success of L.A. Confidential, a TV pilot based upon the James Ellroy novel was developed which starred Kiefer Sutherland, Josh Hopkins, Melissa George, and Eric Roberts. The series wasn't picked up at the time, but now it appears that CBS will be the ones to give the project another shot. Once again based on James Ellroy's classic... Read More »
- Kevin Fraser
There are manic pixie dream girls, there are hypermanic pixie dream girls, and then there is Evelyn Grey, the roller-skating, flower-selling, burlesque-dancing object of male fixation in “The Butterfly Tree.” Played with good grace and an impressively straight face by Melissa George, she’s the swirling spirit animal for this spangly, eccentric Australian tale of growing up and grief management, with a glittery side interest in lepidopterology. As brazen as it is uneven, Priscilla Cameron’s debut feature embraces high kitsch as a form of earnest therapeutic release — an approach to which viewers will find themselves either dreamily susceptible or violently allergic. In the film’s era-fudging, magical-realist world, all menfolk fall into the former column when it comes to Evelyn herself; the shared crush of a small-town college teacher and his adolescent son drives Cameron’s unabashed melodrama to quasi-Oedipal extremes it can’t quite control.
From its world premiere at the Melbourne Film Festival, “The Butterfly Tree »
- Guy Lodge
LevelK has acquired world sales rights to Priscilla Cameron’s feature debut “The Butterfly Tree,” an Australian drama starring Melissa George (“The Slap”) and Ewen Leslie (“Top of the Lake”) in the run-up to Toronto, where the movie will play in the Discovery section.
A coming-of-age tale, “The Butterfly Tree” centers on a widowed father, Al, and his teenage son, Finn, who fall for the same woman, Evelyn, a former burlesque queen-turned-florist. As father and son eventually discover that they are competing for the affections of the same woman, old wounds are reopened over the death of Finn’s mother.
“The Butterfly Tree” just had its Australian premiere at the Melbourne International Film Festival. It previously participated in the Berlinale Project Talent Market and was developed through the Binger International Film Lab. The film’s script won the Australian Writers Guild award.
The movie was produced by Bridget Callow-Wright and financed by Screen Queensland, Cowlick »
- Elsa Keslassy
Exclusive: First-time feature writer-director Priscilla Cameron's The Butterfly Tree will wing to its North American premiere in the Discovery section of the Toronto Film Festival. The film, which stars Melissa George as a former burlesque queen who becomes the object of a grieving father and son's desires, bowed at the Melbourne International Film Festival earlier this month. Check out an exclusive clip above. George (Heartbeat, The Slap, The Good Wife) returns to… »
21 August 2017 6:04 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
Teenage lust is complicated by a serious Oedipal complex in The Butterfly Tree, the debut feature from Australian director Priscilla Cameron. Starring Melissa George (The Slap) as a former chanteuse living in the most unlikely residential home in Queensland — a sequin-filled florist's shop and greenhouse that Baz Luhrmann would be envious of — this rather underpowered tale of sexual awakening and grief proceeds at a leisurely pace before a couple of late scenes that strive to outdo each other for sheer melodramatic overreach. Screening in the Toronto International Film Festival's Discovery sidebar next month after premiering at the Melbourne International »
- Harry Windsor
Desire and secrets unfold from an unlikely friendship between a teenage boy and a moon-eyed florist in this ambitious, visually rich drama
Melissa George returns to Australian screens to star as a radiant, siren-like, moon-eyed florist in a visually rich and intensely styled drama that shimmers with stagey, hipster glamour. In The Butterfly Tree, her character Evelyn, a former burlesque dancer, arrives like Blanche DuBois, beautiful and moth-like with a chequered past and an airy demeanour; clearly a lost soul who prefers idealism over realism and is at the mercy of a brutal world.
The centrepiece location in the film, the first feature from long-time short-film writer/director Priscilla Cameron, is a greenhouse which was purpose built for the shoot in Mount Tambourine, Queensland. In an early scene, Evelyn welcomes 13-year-old Fin (Ed Oxenbould from Paper Planes) into her ambrosial plant-filled premises, beckoning him to gaze closely into blooming flowers. »
- Luke Buckmaster
Exclusive: Stephen Dorff and Melissa George have stepped into the leading roles for Tolkien writer David Gleeson’s mystery thriller Don’t Let Go. The project marks Gleeson’s return to directing following Disney’s Cowboys & Angels and The Front Line. Written by Oscar-nominated writer Ronan Blaney (the short Boogaloo and Graham) and Gleeson, Don’t Let Go follows a loving couple, Ben and Hazel Slater, as they struggle to cope with the loss of their child from a devastating… »
The festival runs August 3-20; the full program will be launched on July 11, with general public individual session tickets on sale from July 14..
The six premieres are:.
The Butterfly Tree, the feature debut of director Priscilla Cameron, is a coming-of-age tale of love and loss tinged with magical realism, starring Melissa George, Ewen Leslie, Ed Oxenbould and Sophie Lowe.
Naina Sen.s The Song Keepers chronicles the hidden musical legacy of ancient Aboriginal languages and German baroque songs that are being preserved by the Central Australian Aboriginal Women.s Choir.
Eddie Martin.s Have You Seen the Listers? is a moving personal account of the artistic and commercial rise of Australia.s most renowned street artist, which came with a deep personal cost.
In Westwind: Djalu.s Legacy, director Ben Strunin portrays Yolngu elder Djalu Gurruwiwi.s quest to pass his people.s ancient song lines and culture to the next generation — with a little help from global pop star Gotye..
The Premiere Fund, which offers minority co-financing to new Australian narrative and documentary theatrical features that then premiere at Miff, has invested in a total of 56 projects. To celebrate the anniversary, Miff will have retro screenings of three classics:
Balibo (2009), Robert Connolly.s political thriller starring Oscar Isaac and Anthony Lapaglia. Bastardy (2008), Amiel Courtin-Wilson.s impressionistic portrait of the life of Indigenous arts personality Jack Charles.. Blessed (2009), Ana Kokkinos. drama about families, love and loss, starring Frances O'Connor, Miranda Otto, Deborra-Lee Furness, William McInnes, Sophie Lowe, Harrison Gilbertson and Reef Ireland.
Meanwhile www.miff.com.au will feature a new dedicated Premiere Fund page outlining all 56 investments along with a link to a new iTunes page where many of those films can be purchased..
Among the notable milestones over the 10 years:
Nearly 32 per cent of the fund.s films had female directors (versus Screen Australia-reported industry average of 16 per cent). Nearly 59 per cent had female producers (versus industry average of 32 per cent). 41 per cent included youth themes.. 27 per cent had elements portraying Culturally & Linguistically Diverse Communities (CALDs), with 5 per cent having Cald creative principals (director and/or producer(s). 16 per cent included Indigenous themes and/or characters (including Bran Nue Dae), and nearly 7 per cent had Indigenous creative principals. 13 per cent included Lgbti characters and/or issues, with 18 per cent involving Lgbti creative principals. Some 50% of Premiere Fund movies were helmed by first-time directors.
Miff Premiere Fund executive producer Mark Woods said, .The talent we have been able to support has been incredible — 19 per cent of Premiere Fund films are directed by alumni of Miff emerging director workshop Accelerator Lab and 48 per cent advanced their funding at Miff.s film financing event 37ºSouth Market — so we really do feel like we come on a long journey with these projects.. »
- Don Groves
What I’m about to write is probably going to catch a lot of flack, but here it goes – in terms of creating a horror movie experience, I actually prefer The Amityville Horror (2005) to the 1979 movie. While director Stuart Rosenberg’s original is well-made and features strong performances from its leads, I’ve never really been a fan of it, and thus, have found over the last decade or so a true admiration for what Amityville (2005) was able to bring to the table.
Not only does the remake give us deeper characters to invest in, better scares, and made the act of chopping wood absolutely one of the most horrifying things ever, but it also does what all good cinematic retellings should do – respect its roots but also steps out and does something different. So when it comes to all the Platinum Dunes remakes, I do think The Amityville Horror »
- Heather Wixson
Australian-American actress Melissa George tearfully opened up about allegedly being assaulted by her former partner Jean-David Blanc. George, 40, broke her silence in a new interview with Australian Channel Seven’s “Sunday Night”. An emotional George recalled an allegedly violent incident between her and the father of her children last September in Paris. Related: Melissa George Reportedly […] »
- Shakiel Mahjouri
Melissa George is speaking out for the first time about allegedly being assaulted by her ex-partner and the father of her children, Jean-David Blanc. Through a tearful recollection, the Australian-American actress is breaking her silence in a teaser for an interview with Australia's Channel Seven's Sunday Night, making claims about a violent incident between her and the French entrepreneur last September in Paris—a claim Blanc has already denied in court. "I've been hit, I've been in a fight," George recalled in the teary interview. "I've got my babies." Afterward, she says she struggled to regain her strength. "I couldn't walk, »
Dominic Monaghan, star of Lord of the Rings and Lost, stars in new creepy thriller, Pet. In Pet, Monaghan stars as Seth, a shy and reclusive young man who passes his days working at his local dog shelter. His life changes however, after a chance encounter with Holly (Ksenia Solo), an old school crush. In a bid to get closer to her he starts stalking her and devises a plan to make her his forever, and it involves a very large cage.
Things aren’t quite as they seem as this clever film subverts expectations and goes into some very interesting territory. The film premiered in the UK at Frightfest last summer, and whilst there, we sat down with Monaghan to get a deeper perspective on the film.
Apart from Pet, what is your favourite scary movie?
My favourite scary movie in recent years is definitely Let the Right One in. »
- Kat Hughes
Dubois Records, in cooperation with Mammoth Screen and Masterpiece will release the Victoria – Original Soundtrack digitally on all music streaming platforms to coincide with the Us release of the television series on PBS this coming weekend. The album features the limited series’ original score by multi-bafta and Ivor Novello winning composer Martin Phipps (Woman In Gold, The Keeping Room) and Ruth Barrett (City Of Tiny Lights, Whitechapel) with vocals from the Mediaeval Baebes. Victoria was first aired on ITV in the UK on August 28, 2016.
Phipps says: “The idea was to give Victoria a dynamic voice, an explosive theme through which we could rejoice in her strength & courage. The Mediaeval Baebes were the perfect sound for this. With one foot in the classical world & one in the commercial, they gave Victoria the mixture of refinement & attitude I was after.”
Barrett says: “I started composing from episode 2, weaving in some of Martin »
- Michelle McCue
16 items from 2017
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