16 items from 2014
A traffic accident involving a young boy spins a web of lies, suspicion and cover-ups around three policemen in “Felony,” a tension-packed drama from Aussie helmer Matthew Saville. The script, written by lead actor Joel Edgerton, teems with moral conundrums, as straight-arrow righteousness, self-serving pragmatism and plain, old-fashioned guilt duke it out amid drug busts and family disintegration. Thanks to Saville’s tightly controlled direction and a superlative cast, the mere exchange of glances builds as much suspense as the kinetic action sequence that opens the pic. This stylish psychological thriller could gather momentum after its projected late-summer Australian and Stateside release.
The camera follows policeman Mal Toohey (Edgerton) with handheld immediacy as he chases an escaping suspect during a raid on a drug lab; he gets a bullet lodged in his protective vest and hero status for his trouble. Driving home late at night after partaking of a few »
- Ronnie Scheib
Director: Michael Rowe
Writer: Michael Rowe
Producers: Possibles Media, Freshwater Pictures
U.S. Distributor: Rights Available
We’ve been a huge of Michael Rowe since his unsettling 2010 debut, Leap Year. An Australian who has lived in Mexico City for the past two decades, Rowe makes his English language debut with his third film, Rest Home, which should film in early 2014. Rowe has been able to work magic with a microbudget, so we’re curious to see how his vision expands as notable names both in front of and behind the camera flock to be a part of his work (Gael Garcia Bernal produced his second feature, 2013’s The Well, which played at the Rome and Morelia Film Festivals). While Us audiences are perhaps most familiar with Australian actress Melissa George from her television work, she’s had memorable roles in works by Christopher Smith, »
- Nicholas Bell
Kurt Wimmer penned the script for the new film which shifts the action from surfing and skydiving to a more extreme sports angle. Filming aims to begin this Summer.
Bracey played Cobra Commander in "G.I. Joe: Retaliation," was recently cast in the film adaptation of Nicholas Sparks' "The Best of Me," and was said to be a major contender for the "50 Shades of Grey" film adaptation.
- Garth Franklin
A long-gestating series offshoot from TNT‘s successful The Librarian original movies is inching closer to a green light as a 10-episode, straight-to-series at TNT. Dean Devlin’s Electric Entertainment, which was behind the three Librarian movies, would be back as producer, partnering with the movies’ star Noah Wyle, who is in early talks to serve as an executive producer as well as reprise his role as Flynn Carsen in several episodes as he has a full-time job on TNT’s hit series Falling Skies. Also eyed to reprise their roles from the movies are Bob Newhart and Jane Curtin. Tentatively titled The Librarians, the proposed series would revolve around a group of younger men and women eager to become Flynn’s successor as the protector of secret artifacts. The green light for the series is cast-contingent, hinging on finding an actress for the lead role of a strong, ass-kicking woman. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Pregnant celebrities - Melissa George is a new mom - she has given birth to her first son and made the announcement to fans on Twitter. The 'Good Wife' actress and her boyfriend Jean-David Blanc welcomed baby Raphaël into the world last Thursday and the 37-year-old beauty couldn't be happier. She announced the news on twitter earlier this week, writing: ''Welcome to the world! Our beautiful son just born at the American hospital of Paris. ''There are no words to describe the love.'' The 'Alias' actress previously revealed she fell for the French entrepreneur instantly when they met in 2012 and always knew he'd make a great father. She said: ''It's a cliché that when you know, you know, but it was kind of effortless. When I met Jean-David, it just evolved into an extension of our love. It's absolutely the greatest news because we're so right for each other. »
Paris prince! Melissa George and her French boyfriend Jean-David Blanc have welcomed their first child together - in the city of lights! The Good Wife actress revealed their baby boy's arrival via Twitter on Monday, Feb. 10. "Welcome To The World! Our Beautiful Son Raphael Blanc just born at the American hospital of Paris," George, 37, exclaimed. "There Are No Words To Describe The Love." George and Blanc first met at a BAFTA after party in 2012 and have been dating for nearly two years. (Blanc is the [...] »
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Paris, Feb 11: Actress Melissa George has given birth to her first child, a son, with her boyfriend Jean-David Blanc. The newborn has been named Raphael.
The 37-year-old gave birth to Raphael Feb 6 here and she shared the news on microblogging website Twitter, reports contactmusic.com.
"Welcome to the world! Our beautiful son just born at the American hospital of Paris. There are no words to describe the love," George tweeted.
The actress was married to director Claudio Dabed for 11 years until they split in 2011.
- Rahul Kapoor
Melissa George is a mommy! The Australian-born actress and her French businessman boyfriend, Jean-David Blanc, welcomed their first child together on Monday. George tweeted the happy news: "Welcome To The World! Our Beautiful Son Raphaël Blanc just born at the American Hospital of Paris. There Are No Words To Describe The Love." But happily, there are cap locks. The proud parents have been dating for close to two years, since meeting at a BAFTA after-party in 2012. George has most recently been on the small screen playing Chris Noth's comely pregnant ethics expert on The Good Wife. Blanc is founder of the French cinema information »
Dan Snow's History of the Winter Olympics
While traditionally the domain of those from chillier climes, it was the Edwardian-era Britons, taken with the notion of being flung down continental mountains, who helped to forge the Winter Olympiad as we know it. The appropriately monikered Dan Snow sifts through the 90 years of Winter Olympic history, including the story of the Winter Olympics in Nazi Germany, Soviet domination of the games throughout the cold war and Eddie "The Eagle" Edwards facing off against one Johnny Carson. Mark Jones
The Truth About Your Dog's Food
9pm, Channel 5
According to this enlightening programme, there are eight million dogs in the UK, and every year we spend £2bn feeding them. But with 80% of the market dominated by just five companies, »
- Mark Jones, Bim Adewunmi, Jonathan Wright, Julia Raeside, Hannah J Davies
NBC has ordered eight episodes, adapted by Brothers & Sisters creator Jon Robin Baitz.
The remake was first reported in October 2012 but NBC has now formally given the greenlight.
The Us version is likely to follow the same approach of each episode looking at a cataclysmic act -one man slapping another couple.s misbehaving child-. from the viewpoint of each participant and onlooker.
The Slap is the latest addition to an unprecedented wave of remakes for Us networks, which include Essential Media and Entertainment's Rake (Fox »
- Don Groves
We reminisce below over the humble Aussie acting beginnings of other Hollywood actors and actresses - and see which soaps spawned the most successful stars:
Chris Hemsworth played Jamie Kane in Neighbours back in 2002 and was in Home and Away as Kim Hyde from 2004 to 2007. The Aussie actor has since appeared in Hollywood blockbusters like Thor and The Avengers, and most recently played the late James Hunt in Ron Howard's Rush.
Gravitas Theatrical, which plans to release a dozen films a year, has been launched by Gravitas Ventures, founded by Nolan Gallagher in 2006 to distribute independent films across multiple platforms, focusing on VOD.
The release date hasn.t been revealed but it will be in the late northern summer. Roadshow has dated the film for August 28.
Dustin Smith has been hired as VP of Theatrical Distribution after nearly a decade at Roadside Attractions where he oversaw the acquisition and release of Winter.s Bone and worked on such releases as All Is Lost, Stories We Tell, Mud and The Cove.
.When looking »
- Don Groves
Smith is named vp of theatrical distribution following almost a decade at Roadside Attractions where he most recently served as vp of acquisitions and business affairs.
The new hire will travel with the team to Park City to sources potential acquisitions. He reports to Gravitas president Michael Murphy.
Gravitas Theatrical picked up the thriller in Toronto following its world premiere and plans a late summer North American release. »
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Spoiler alert! The Jan. 5 episode of The Good Wife revealed the “Peter” who’d fathered the child Marilyn (Melissa George) is carrying. We asked co-creator Robert King to explain how that man turned out to be… Peter Bogdanovich. His emailed answer doesn’t disappoint.
We liked the end of the 10th episode because of Eli’s spit-take, but we felt cursed by the end of the 10th episode due to the resulting cliffhanger. The difficulty is that the length of time after a cliffhanger forces the resulting solution to be better and better. There is probably some mathematical algorithm for this: “cliffhanger x time = solution-squared. »
- Mandi Bierly
The Good Wife returned from its winter hiatus with Eli determined to discover the father of Marilyn’s baby and Alicia and Will going head-to-head in court in “Goliath and David.”
Picking up right where we left off, upon hearing that Marilyn (Melissa George) is planning to name her baby boy Peter, Eli (Alan Cumming) grabs her and forces her out into the hallway to have a private chat. Marilyn says that she isn’t naming her child after Peter Florick (Chris Noth), rather, she’s naming her baby after the child’s father. Needless to say, this does nothing to soothe Eli, who presses her to reveal the identity of her baby daddy. Marilyn refuses, and the two abruptly stop their conversation when Alicia (Julianna Margulies) joins them in the hallway. Despite Marilyn’s insistence that Peter is not the father, Eli decides to determine who is and hires »
16 items from 2014
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