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Top Editor Jill Bilcock to Head Asia Pacific Screen Awards Jury

Top Australian film editor, Jill Bilcock will head the jury this year for the Asia Pacific Screen Awards. The annual awards will be presented on Nov. 23 at a ceremony in Brisbane.

Bilcock will be joined on the judging panel by Yoshi Yatabe, programming director of the Tokyo International Film Festival. Completing the jury line-up are the previously announced Chinese actress He Saifei, Filipino writer, director Adolfo Alix Jr and Kazakh writer, director and cinematographer Adilkhan Yerzhanov.

The jury determines the winners of all the major Apsa prizes: best feature film; achievement in directing; achievement in cinematography; best screenplay; and two acting categories, best performance by the actress and actor. They also determine the winner of the cultural diversity award, under the patronage of Unesco. Nominations will be announced on Oct. 13.

With a career spanning more than three decades, Bilcock is an Academy Award and four-time BAFTA nominee. She worked on Shekhar Kapur’s “Elizabeth” (1998) and “Elizabeth: The Golden Age” (2007), Sam Mendes
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Nel Minchin doco to go behind the scenes of the 'Muriel's Wedding' musical

  • IF.com.au
The ABC and Screen Australia will fund documentary Making Muriel, following P.J. Hogan as he adapts his 1994 film Muriel.s Wedding into a musical produced by the Sydney Theatre Company and Global Creatures (Strictly Ballroom The Musical).

Directed by Nel Minchin (Matilda and Me), produced by Minchin and Ivan O.Mahoney (Hitting Home, Caged), and executive produced by Nial Fulton (Hitting Home, Matilda and Me) from In Films, Making Muriel will take viewers all the way to the musical's world premiere at Sydney's Roslyn Packer Theatre in November 2017.

The rehearsal process will be weaved together with archival footage and interviews with Hogan, the film.s producers Jocelyn Moorhouse (The Dressmaker) and Lynda House, as well as the musical's cast.

.We are following up Nel Minchin.s wonderful documentary debut, Matilda and Me, with another musical theatre documentary about the making of a musical based on the hit film, Muriel.s Wedding,
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Doc About “Muriel’s Wedding” Musical in the Works from Nel Minchin

“Muriel’s Wedding”

Somebody break out the Abba records. “Making Muriel,” a documentary following director P.J. Hogan as he adapts his beloved cult film “Muriel’s Wedding” into a musical, is headed our way. Screen Australia reports that Nel Minchin has signed on to direct and produce the project.

The 1994 film “Muriel’s Wedding” follows Muriel Heslop (Toni Collette), an eternal optimist whose two main passions are Abba and weddings. The only problem? Muriel is much more interested in getting married than she is in actual marriage. But her priorities begin to change when she meets the outgoing, sex positive Rhonda (Rachel Griffiths).

Minchin’s “Making Muriel” will “examine the enduring popularity of ‘Muriel’s Wedding,’ the origins of the story and characters, and how — 23 years after becoming a surprise box office hit — the uniquely Australian female protagonist Muriel Heslop will be reinterpreted for the stage,” the source writes.

Hogan wrote the book for “Muriel’s Wedding: The Musical.” The stage production will feature original music and lyrics from Kate Miller-Heidke and Keir Nuttal as well the classic Abba songs that anchored the film. Simon Phillips (“Priscilla Queen of the Desert: The Musical”) is directing.

“Making Muriel” will feature archival footage and interviews with Hogan, the film’s producers Jocelyn Moorhouse (“The Dressmaker”) and Lynda House (“Ned Kelly”), and the musical cast. Additionally, it will depict the “full creative process” of making the musical up until its world premiere in Sydney this November.

ABC and Screen Australia are funding “Making Muriel.” “Hitting Home” collaborators Ivan O’Mahoney and Nial Fulton will produce and exec produce, respectively. ABC plans to air the doc in late 2017.

“‘Muriel’s Wedding’ is a quintessentially Australian story that launched the careers of Toni Collette, Rachel Griffiths, P.J. Hogan, and Jocelyn Moorhouse, and gifted us with countless one-liners that have become embedded in our cultural lexicon,” Liz Stevens, Senior Manager Documentary at Screen Australia, said in a statement. “Supporting Nel Minchin to make her solo-directing debut was a no-brainer for us and we know audiences will cherish the opportunity to reconnect with this classic story all over again.”

Minchin previously helmed “Matilda & Me” with Rhian Skirving. The 2016 doc follows lyricist Tim Minchin during rehearsals for “Matilda: The Musical.”

Doc About “Muriel’s Wedding” Musical in the Works from Nel Minchin was originally published in Women and Hollywood on Medium, where people are continuing the conversation by highlighting and responding to this story.
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Julia Roberts 'Can't Wait' For Daughter Hazel to See 'My Best Friend's Wedding': 'That'll Be Sweet'

Julia Roberts 'Can't Wait' For Daughter Hazel to See 'My Best Friend's Wedding': 'That'll Be Sweet'
Julia Roberts proudly reflects on her successful movie career.

The 49-year-old actress chatted with Good Morning America's Michael Strahan on Wednesday about her upcoming role in Smurfs 3, but also revealed what other films she's excited to share with her three children, daughter Hazel, 12, and sons Phinnaeus, 12, and Henry, 9.

"There's nothing more thrilling than creating a piece of work and feeling like you have some triumph to bring home and lay at the feet of your family," the Oscar winner noted. "In a few years, there are some [movies] that I'm looking forward to [showing my kids]."

Watch: The 7 Best Weddings Movies of All Time

Roberts has one romantic comedy in mind that she's wants Hazel to watch. "I can't wait for my daughter to see My Best Friend's Wedding," she said, calling out her 1997 movie, where she stars alongside Cameron Diaz, Dermot Mulroney and Rupert Everett. "I mean, that will be sweet."

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She added, "I think they'll
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Test Audiences Hated Julia Roberts’ Happy Ending In ‘My Best Friend’s Wedding’: ‘They Wanted Her Dead’

  • ET Canada
With a box-office take of nearly $300 million, “My Best Friend’s Wedding” is one of Julia Roberts’ biggest hits, yet that may not have been the case had the director kept the film’s original ending — because test audiences hated it with a passion. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, P.J. Hogan — who directed the […]
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Beauty vs Beast: My Fiancée's Best Friend

Jason from Mnpp here for another round of "Beauty vs Beast." I was doing my umpteenth (literally, my umpteenth) post on Muriel's Wedding over at my own site this past week when I realized that I really do not give enough attention and affection to director Pj Hogan's masterful follow-up film, 1997's deliciously cold-blooded Julia Roberts rom-com My Best Friend's Wedding. Which turns 20 in June! That's nuts!

On the page the character that Julia plays is a selfish and manipulative monster, but Roberts pushes the star wattage to full-tilt (has her hair ever been bigger and bouncier?) and charms us even as she's being despicable. (God do I understand and empathize with Jules, much to my horror.) Meanwhile Cameron Diaz, one year before There's Something About Mary, gave her own off-the-charts effervescence to the woman we were supposed to, but it was impossible to, hate. Take your corners...

Previously
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Animal Logic CEO Zareh Nalbandian walks If through his development slate

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CEO Zareh Nalbandian at Animal Logic HQ in Sydney. (Photo: James Horan).

Animal Logic has two big releases coming up, with 'The Lego Batman Movie' arriving in March to Aussie cinemas, followed by 'The Lego Ninjago Movie' in September..

Al is also gearing up to shoot hybrid live-action/animation feature 'Peter Rabbit' in Sydney, the first step in its bid to become a fully-fledged studio — .a creative enterprise. rather than a .service provider,. as CEO Zareh Nalbandian puts it..

This interview has been edited and condensed.

Is Animal Logic Entertainment, your development arm, based in La?

It.s here as well. Felicity Staunton is a creative executive here, and I have three execs in La. We all travel. They travel here, we travel there. We work as one unit. We.re repped out of CAA, [and] our lawyers are there. But our creative hub is here,
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Mel Gibson’s ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ Dominates AACTA Awards

Mel Gibson’s ‘Hacksaw Ridge’ Dominates AACTA Awards
Mel Gibson’s return to directing was warmly welcomed in his native Australia where his “Hacksaw Ridge” won a total of nine Aacta Awards. “The Daughter” came second with three prizes.

The Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts’s performance awards were presented at a gala on Wednesday in Sydney. They followed an earlier ceremony on Monday at which technical awards had been handed out.

Hacksaw Ridge” added five performance awards to its four technical awards. They included best film, best director, best original screenplay, best lead actor and best supporting actor.

Miranda Otto took the best actress prize for “The Daughter,” while the film’s discovery Odessa Young was named best supporting actress.

Among the show’s highlights were the presentation of the Aacta Longford Lyell Award to Paul Hogan Am and the Aacta Trailblazer Award to Isla Fisher.

Some of Australia’s top film and television stars
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'Hacksaw Ridge' dominates the AACTAs

  • IF.com.au
Mel Gibson on the set of Hacksaw Ridge.. . Mel Gibson's Hacksaw Ridge cleaned up at the 6th Aacta Awards ceremony last night, taking home five awards, including Best Film and Best Original Screenplay. . Gibson was honoured for Best Direction, while Andrew Garfield won Best Lead Actor and Hugo Weaving nabbed Best Supporting Actor. . .I need to thank Australia for making this film,. said Gibson in his acceptance speech. . He praised the "homegrown" film.s cast and crew, .the calibre of which is as good or better than anywhere in the world.. . .I.m not the only one who wants to make films here all the time, Ridley Scott said the same thing,. Gibson said. .I.m honoured to receive this.. . . The five awards add to the four Hacksaw Ridge already picked up earlier this week at the Aacta Industry Luncheon. The film was nominated in 13 categories overall. . Odessa Young
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'Hacksaw Ridge' sweeps the AACTAs

  • IF.com.au
Mel Gibson on the set of Hacksaw Ridge.. . Mel Gibson's Hacksaw Ridge cleaned up at the 6th Aacta Awards ceremony last night, taking home five awards, including Best Film and Best Original Screenplay. . Gibson was honoured for Best Direction, while Andrew Garfield won Best Lead Actor and Hugo Weaving nabbed Best Supporting Actor. . .I need to thank Australia for making this film,. said Gibson in his acceptance speech. . He praised the "homegrown" film.s cast and crew, .the calibre of which is as good or better than anywhere in the world.. . .I.m not the only one who wants to make films here all the time, Ridley Scott said the same thing,. Gibson said. .I.m honoured to receive this.. . . The five awards add to the four Hacksaw Ridge already picked up earlier this week at the Aacta Industry Luncheon. The film was nominated in 13 categories overall. . Odessa Young
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'Hacksaw Ridge' wins at Australian Academy awards, event marked by protest

'Hacksaw Ridge' wins at Australian Academy awards, event marked by protest
Female film-makers donned sausage costumes to protest gender disparity in the Australian industry.Scroll down for full list of winners:

Mel Gibson’s Hacksaw Ridge was named best film of the year at the 2016 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (Aacta) awards, with the wartime drama taking nine of its 13 nominated awards, at an event that was also marked by activism on and off the stage.

Hacksaw Ridge was produced in New South Wales and financed through the Producer Offset and other state and federal government subsidies.

The film’s star Andrew Garfield was named best actor for his portrayal of conscientious objector Desmond Dawes, and Hugo Weaving won best supporting actor (again, after winning in 2015 for The Dressmaker) for his role as Dawes’ battle-scarred father.

Garfield accepted his award via video message from Los Angeles, and expressed “pure joy” at the win. He also singled out “Mel’s brilliant ability to make everyone feel valuable
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Fantastic Beasts composer James Newton Howard’s 17 greatest scores

With James Newton Howard lending a magical soundscape to Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, writer Sean Wilson selects his personal favourites from an extraordinary film score career…

Enveloping muggles and devoted fans alike in a warmly nostalgic air of magic, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter prequel Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has yielded enthusiastic reviews and a strong box office showing. And behind the scenes is one of the greatest magicians of all: veteran score composer James Newton Howard, whose rich array of melodies and themes encapsulate the dazzling world of magizoologist Newt Scamander. To mark this superb score from one of Hollywood’s finest, here’s a rundown of Newton Howard’s greatest compositional achievements.

17. The Sixth Sense (1999)

The composer’s first collaboration with longstanding collaborator M. Night Shyamalan is possibly the most discreet and understated of their team-ups, but no less effective for it.
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Jeff Smith's Bone to become a movie

Mike Cecchini Nov 17, 2016

The director of Kung Fu Panda and The Little Prince will try his hand at adapting Jeff Smith's Bone to the screen.

From the 'what took them so long?' department, Jeff Smith's epic fantasy comic Bone is finally getting the big screen treatment courtesy of Warner Bros. Mark Osborne (Kung Fu Panda, The Little Prince) will direct, and he'll co-write the script with Adam Kline. There had been rumblings that this was in development before (with director Pj Hogan), but this sounds like it has a shot to actually happen now.

Jeff Smith's Bone is kind of tough to describe here, but it's probably the finest all-ages comic book story of my lifetime. Smith wrote and drew the story, which is about these bizarre, cartoony Bone cousins who leave their home of Boneville and end up on an adventure that spans, well, over a thousand pages of comics.
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Bone Movie Gets Kung Fu Panda Director

  • MovieWeb
After languishing in development for nearly five years, Warner Bros. is finally moving forward with their animated comic book adaptation Bone. The studio has brought on Kung Fu Panda director Mark Osborne to take the helm on this project, with Dan Lin set to produce through his Lin Pictures company. The studio intends to have this project kick off a trilogy of animated features.

The Holllywood Reporter reports that Mark Osborne has also been tapped to executive produce with Lin Pictures' Mark Bauch and co-write the script with Adam Kline. Warner Bros. first picked up the rights to Jeff Smith's Eisner-winning comic book series in 2008. Here's what Mark Osborne had to say about coming aboard this project in a statement.

"Bone is very special and unconventional because it blends elements together that you don't necessarily expect - soft, little comic characters and epic high stakes fantasy adventure. To
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Seven unveils 2017 slate including Blue Murder: Killer Cop and Hoges

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Blue Murder: Killer Cop..

The Seven Network has revealed its programming slate for the coming 18 months. Among it are a number of new Australia dramas, including: Olivia Newton-John, Warnie, Hoges: The Paul Hogan Story and the anticipated Blue Murder: Killer Cop, which sees Richard Roxburgh reprise his role as Roger Rogerson.

The network has also confirmed that The Secret Daughter, Wanted and 800 Words will return in 2017.

Also new for Seven are Million Dollar Cold Case, Yummy Mummies, The Aussie Property Flippers and Murder Uncovered. The network has also touted a controversial new show.—..now being filmed under a veil of secrecy..—.which it claims will be the most talked about program of 2017.

Seven has confirmed reality mainstays.My Kitchen Rules, House Rules, First Dates and Seven Year Switch for new seasons.

New international titles secured by the network include Trial and Error and Training Day.

Seven.s
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'The Dressmaker' Review: Kate Winslet Returns to Sew Up Loose Ends

'The Dressmaker' Review: Kate Winslet Returns to Sew Up Loose Ends
Kate Winslet can do anything ... except save this movie from quirky overkill. The Dressmaker, based on a 2000 novel by Rosalie Ham, gives the actress a hell of a role. She's Tilly Dunnage, a 1950's fashionista who's decided to return home to dusty Dungatar (an apt name), the small Aussie town that spawned her. Tilly got run out of Dungatar 20 years ago, when she was just a 10 year-old, for allegedly murdering her schoolmate Stewart Pettyman. Everyone believes she bashed the kid's skull in – including her snaggle-toothed old mum, Molly (Judy Davis,
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A touch of glamour by Anne-Katrin Titze

The Dressmaker director Jocelyn Moorhouse on Sophie Theallet: "I met her because we are both good friends with Rupert Everett." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Loving Billy Wilder, watching Sunset Boulevard, an Audrey Hepburn Sabrina remodeling, Friedrich Dürrenmatt's The Visit and Jack Nicholson in Sean Penn's The Pledge, Sergio Leone, Alice B Toklas in Paris, South Pacific, David and Albert Maysles' Grey Gardens, consulting with Sophie Theallet about Madeleine Vionnet and Cristóbal Balenciaga - Jocelyn Moorhouse and producer Sue Maslin revealed the underpinnings of The Dressmaker.

Kate Winslet as Tilly Dunnage: "We're entering a fable. Although the story, of course, is very truthful and universal."

Based on the novel by Rosalie Ham, screenplay Pj Hogan and Moorhouse, starring Kate Winslet, Judy Davis, Liam Hemsworth, and Hugo Weaving with Sarah Snook, Kerry Fox (Alison Maclean's The Rehearsal), Gyton Grantley, Alison Whyte, Shane Bourne, and Barry Otto (Gracie Otto and
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Movie Review: Fashion goes Down Under in the Kate Winslet misfire The Dressmaker

  • The AV Club
At its best, The Dressmaker looks like 1950s Vogue does the outback. Director Jocelyn Moorhouse poses Kate Winslet and the rest of her female cast in gorgeous finery against a dingy landscape, their expertly tailored garments contrasting splendidly against the dust. It’s a beautiful, bizarre, and funny juxtaposition. It works. The rest of the movie doesn’t.

Moorhouse adapted Rosalie Ham’s novel of the same name with writer P.J. Hogan, and cast Kate Winslet as the heroine, Myrtle “Tilly” Dunnage. As a child, Tilly was exiled from her tiny Australian town after being accused of murder. Now an exquisitely styled fashion designer, she doesn’t remember the details of what she did or didn’t do, but arrives back in Dungatar to care for her abandoned “mad” mother, Molly (Judy Davis), and excavate her past. While she’s there, she gives its dreary denizens makeovers, gets wooed ...
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The Dressmaker – Movie Review

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The Dressmaker – Movie Review
The Dressmaker Amazon Studios/ Broad Green Pictures Reviewed by: Tami Smith, Film Reviewer for Shockya Grade: B Director: Jocelyn Moorhouse Screenplay by: P.J. Hogan, Jocelyn Moorhouse; Based on The Dressmaker by Rosalie Ham Cast: Kate Winslet, Judy Davis, Liam Hemsworth Release Date: September 23, 2016 In The Visit, a 1956 play by Friedrich Dürrenmatt, a wealthy woman returns to her hometown after years of absence with one desire: revenge. A similar motif flows through The Dressmaker, based on a 2000 novel by Rosalie Ham, in which Myrtle “Tilly” Dunnage (Kate Winslet) returns to her small hometown of Dungatar, Australia with vindictive plans after twenty-five year banishment. Tilly has grown up [ Read More ]

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The Dressmaker Movie Review

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The Dressmaker Movie Review
The Dressmaker Amazon Studios/ Broad Green Pictures Reviewed by: Harvey Karten, Showbiz Grade: B Director: Jocelyn Moorhouse Written by: P.J. Hogan, Jocelyn Moorhouse, from Rosalie Ham’s gothic novel Cast: Kate Winslet, Liam Hemsworth, Hugo Weaving, Sarah Snook Screened at: Dolby88, NYC, 8/16/16 Opens: September 23, 2016 The Ancient Greeks considered exile from their beloved city-state to be a punishment worse than death. In the outside world, an Athenian would be a nobody, perhaps scorned by the local population. You can’t blame Socrates for drinking the hemlock rather than accepting his friends’ offer of escape to another land, but you’ve got to wonder why Tilly Dunnage (Kate Winslet) in Jocelyn Moorehouse’s [ Read More ]

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