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8 items from 2015

Cannes: Picture Tree Gives Market Premieres to ‘Adama,’ ‘Midwife’

7 May 2015 1:54 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

London — Berlin-based world sales and production company Picture Tree Intl. will give market premieres at Cannes to poetic French animation “Adama” and the Lapland-set romantic drama “The Midwife.”

Simon Rouby’s feature debut “Adama” follows a boy’s adventurous journey from his West African village to Europe to find his brother. It ultimately leads him to the trenches of World War I.

The pic will make its French premiere in the feature competition of Annecy International Animation Film Festival in June, having won the Work in Progress award at the festival’s 2014 edition.

Adama” was produced by Philippe Aigle and Severine Lathuilliere for Naia Productions, in co-production with Pipangai Studio and France 3 Cinema. Ocean Films is handling French rights and will give the film a wide release on Oct. 21.

Rouby’s short film “Blind Spot” competed for a Cinefondation Award at Cannes.

Antti J. Jokinen’s “The Midwife” centers on »

- Leo Barraclough

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Low key debut for Deadline Gallipoli

19 April 2015 5:43 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Sam Worthington in Deadline Gallipoli.


Despite massive promotion and widespread critical acclaim, the premiere of Deadline Gallipoli didn.t draw a big audience on Foxtel but the figures for the full week will be a far more accurate measurement.

The 8.30 pm Sunday screening on showcase had 71,000 viewers in the five metropolitan capitals, according to OzTam.

The WW1 drama produced by Matchbox Pictures and Sam Worthington and John Schwarz.s Full Clip ranked just outside the top 20 shows on pay-tv, behind multiple episodes of The Simpsons.

However the producers and Foxtel rate the opening as a solid number and are confident the overall figures will build through the week with time-shifting and catch--up viewing.

.Deadline Gallipoli is one of the finest drama series that Australia has ever produced," Matchbox Pictures MD Chris Oliver-Taylor tells If. "It showcases a defining moment in Australia.s modern history.

"The overnight numbers are a solid »

- Don Groves

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It’s Opening Week: Best Baseball Movies

6 April 2015 6:44 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Is this heaven? Nope, it’s Opening Week.

Recently Mlb rounded up a group of players to recite, word for word, James Earl Jones’ famous “people will come, Ray” speech from Field Of Dreams.

Wamg declares America’s national pastime, Baseball, to be the official sport of movie fans everywhere. As Brad Pitt said in Moneyball, “How can you not be romantic about Baseball?”

It all started Sunday night with the Cardinals at the Cubs with St. Louis winning 3 to 0.

To celebrate the first pitch of Opening Week, here’s our list of the best Baseball movies.

The Rookie

One of the best baseball biopics to come along over the years, The Rookie, starring Dennis Quaid, tells the true story of Jim Morris, a man who finally gets a shot at his lifelong dream-pitching in the big leagues. A high school science teacher/baseball coach, Morris’ players make a bet with him:if they win district, »

- Movie Geeks

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New faces in House Husbands

25 March 2015 5:49 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Indiana Evans and Justine Clarke have joined the cast of the fourth season of Playmaker Media.s House Husbands, now shooting in Melbourne.

Evans (Secrets & Lies, Janet King) is playing Tash, a single mother new to Melbourne who ignites a tumultuous love triangle. Clarke is Eve, the hot-headed tuckshop lady who competes with the catering business run by Kane (Gyton Grantley).

Also new to the cast are Akos Armont (Winter, Janet King) as the charming and ambitious Dr Saxon, whose presence creates tension within the hospital, and Jane Kennedy as Belinda, the resident Director of Medical Services.

Returning regulars include Lewis (Gary Sweet), Justin (Firass Dirani), Mark (Rhys Muldoon), Gemma (Julia Morris), Abi (Natalie Saleeba), Alex (Darren McMullen) and Miss Looby (Louise Siversen). Mark.s controlling boss Rachel, played by Jane Allsop in season one, makes a fiery comeback . Also returning from season one to cause trouble is Rodney (Nicholas Coghlan »

- Don Groves

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Lone Star Cinema: The Rookie

18 February 2015 11:30 AM, PST | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

My alternate Super Bowl programming this year was a DVD of The Rookie I checked out from the library. I had first seen the baseball drama closer to its original theatrical release in 2002 and remembered enjoying the story, but hadn’t really thought of the Disney film in the past ten years.

Dennis Quaid (Frequency, The Day After Tomorrow) leads the movie based on the true story of Jimmy Morris, a Texas high-school baseball coach who makes a deal with his team that he will try out for the major leagues if they win district and go on to state. Rachel Griffiths (Muriel's Wedding) plays his wife Lorri, the school counselor. I had forgotten that before he started the sitcom mega-hit Two and a Half Men, Angus T. Jones played the adorable son here. See how young he is in the still posted above.

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- Elizabeth Stoddard

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Efm: German sales agents line-up premieres

2 February 2015 6:46 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Global Screen and Picture Tree International are lining up a number of market premieres to be unveiled at the European Film Market (Efm) in Berlin later this week.

Munich-based Global Screen’s market premieres include the first 3D screening of Toby Genkel’s animation film Ooops! Noah Is Gone as well as a presentation of the Danish Christmas film The Christmas Family, directed by Carsten Rudolf.

The company is also using this year’s  Efm to begin presales on the apocalyptic sci-fi film Sum 1 to be directed by Christian Pasquariellio, with Games Of Thrones actor Iwan Rheon in the starring role opposite German actor André Hennicke.

The English-language film is being produced by Christian Alvart’s production outfit Syrreal Entertainment and is the first title to go into production from a first look and co-development deal signed with Global Screen. Shooting is set to roll on February 9.

In addition, presales are planned on another four animation productions: »

- screen.berlin@googlemail.com (Martin Blaney)

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Surprises at Aacta International Awards

1 February 2015 12:54 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

If the opinions of members of the international chapter of Aacta are shared by Academy Awards voters, there could be a few upsets at this year.s Oscars.

Birdman won the gongs for best film, screenplay, direction (Alejandro G. Iñárritu) and lead actor (Michal Keaton) at the 4th Aacta International Awards presented at the Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles on Sunday.

That.s contrary to the Oscars bookmakers who have Boyhood at short odds for best film and its director Richard Linklater and The Theory of Everything.s Eddie Redmayne as favourites in their categories.

Julianne Moore was named best actress for her performance as a Columbia linguistics professor diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's disease in Still Alice, whom the bookies rate as the frontrunner ahead of Wild.s Reese Witherspoon.

Whiplash.s J.K. Simmons took the prize for best supporting actor and Boyhood.s Patricia Arquette was best supporting actress. »

- Don Groves

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Foxtel’s unusual deal with Oz actor

20 January 2015 1:35 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

When Foxtel executives first saw Deadline Gallipoli, they were so impressed with the performance of Joel Jackson they made a highly unusual deal with the young actor and his agent.

A 2013 Nida graduate, Jackson makes his screen debut as Charles Bean, one of the three war correspondents at the centre of the miniseries.

Foxtel executive director of television Brian Walsh and head of drama Penny Win wanted to ensure Deadline Gallipoli will be the first time Australians see the 24-year-old Jackson on screen.

So they made a financial arrangement with the actor.s agent Mark Morrissey of Morrissey Management that if he took jobs in other shows, none would go to air before Deadline Gallipoli premieres on showcase in April.

.It.s very unusual to do that kind of holding deal, especially for a young man who was straight out of Nida,. Morrissey tells If.

Morrissey signed Jackson after admiring his work at Nida, »

- Don Groves

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