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Australia has scored another invitation to the world’s greatest celebration of kitsch, Eurovision. Can our love affair with Euro razzle be sustained?
For a nation of laid-back surfie types, Australia sure does love kitsch.
While our prevailing identity sees us as low-key sports fans and unkempt larrikins, some of our greatest cultural exports – Sydney’s gay and lesbian mardi gras, Kylie Minogue, Baz Luhrmann – unashamedly embrace sequins and sparkle.
Related: Australia to compete in Eurovision again in 2016
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- Shalailah Medhora
Like other intelligent women, Mulligan would much rather tread the boards than take yet another cookie-cutter role hanging on the arm of a fully-rounded leading man. She listened when her London agent Tor Befrage told her that she was in a good enough place to be able to turn down anything that she didn't feel she had to do because she couldn't bear the idea of someone else doing it. "I like taking time off," she told me in a phone interview on her day off from her Broadway hit "Skylight," for which she and Bill Nighy both scored Tony nominations. Her latest film, "Suffragette," in which she stars as Maud, a foot soldier in the British women's suffrage movement of the early 20th century, opens in U.S. theaters today and could score her an Oscar nod. While she took the plum role of Daisy opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in »
- Anne Thompson
“There’ve been so many incarnations of the film, and a lot of fairytales have been turned into live-action films lately. I thought, ‘Is the world ready for another one’? Then I read the ‘Pan’ script and it was so fun and different,” Hedlund, 31, told Variety at the film’s U.S. premiere at New York’s Ziegfeld Theatre on Sunday afternoon. “It also affected me emotionally. I laughed, I cried and I knew why the movie was being made. Because of [director] Joe Wright’s unique vision, the movie is very ambitious, has lot of action, and [is] wonderfully colorful. I hope people will like the movie as much as I do.”
Hedlund may not have to worry. He and his costars Hugh Jackman, »
- Paul Chi
Zabryna Guevara is trading in one big city for another.
Set in 1970s New York City during the birth of hip-hop, punk and disco, the series centers on a ragtag crew of South Bronx teenagers who have no one to shelter them except each other. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Guevara will recur as the wife »
New York City stars as itself in a distant era in a number of new TV series on tap for this year and next. Producers say that with a little legwork, a little creative thinking and some digital wizardry in post-production, it’s not hard to turn back the clock for location shoots in the five boroughs.
HBO is revisiting the city’s glossy and gritty music scene of the late 1970s with “Vinyl,” the Bobby Cannavale starrer from the “Boardwalk Empire” team of Terence Winter and Martin Scorsese. Netflix is portraying the early stirrings of hip-hop in the Bronx and environs around the same time with Baz Luhrmann and Shawn Ryan’s “The Get Down.” TNT last month launched the cop drama “Public Morals,” Edward Burns’ love letter to his home town, set in the early 1960s.
“I’ve said for years that the best co-star any actor can »
- Cynthia Littleton
Carey Mulligan is the sort of actress who — mercifully — complicates “cute.” Her eyes are somehow as dewy as they are world-weary; her mouth has a tendency to go rogue mid-grin and transform into a vaguely impish smirk. Even with a perfect pixie cut (and a vocal cameo on a Belle & Sebastian album, to boot), Mulligan projects something tougher than twee. The characters she’s known for (Daisy Buchanan in Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, most notably) convey a complicated, expertly modulated blend of innocence and experience, joie de vivre and ennui. “I feel old,” sighs 16-year-old Jenny in An Education, the 2009 role for which Mulligan earned an Oscar nomination. “But not very wise.”Over the past decade, though — ever since she made her screen debut playing Keira Knightley’s sister in the 2005 adaptation of Pride and Prejudice — the Westminster, England–born Mulligan has orchestrated her career with »
- Lindsay Zoladz
Written by Jason Fuchs
Directed by Joe Wright
Peter Pan gets the Star Wars treatment by way of Baz Luhrmann in Joe Wright’s Pan, an attempt at putting a somewhat original spin on the Peter Pan story. In true Hollywood style, however, the film is so hampered by studio notes that it almost completely collapses underneath the weight. The result is a broadly entertaining, visually stunning but somewhat problematic adventure story that tries to marry the source material with new ideas that is not as successful as Wright must have hoped.
This origin tale casts J.M. Barrie’s titular hero (played here by Levi Miller) as a chosen one, destined to unite the human and fairy tribes of Neverland against the evil pirate Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman), who is using child labour to mine for ‘pixum’, fairy dust that has magical abilities. Of course, Peter can’t do it alone, »
- Liam Dunn
The dreaded Blackbeard is the villain of “Pan,” but the real piracy comes from director Joe Wright (“Anna Karenina”) and screenwriter Jason Fuchs (“Ice Age: Continental Drift“) who plunder ideas and visuals from better filmmakers, including Terry Gilliam (the frigates reach Neverland by traveling through the void of space), Baz Luhrmann (characters en masse sing “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and the Ramones’ “Blitzkrieg Bop” in an otherwise non-musical film set in the 1940s) and George Lucas (one of Han Solo’s best moments is so flagrantly plagiarized here that Disney should sue). Imitation, however, is the least of this movie’s problems. »
- Alonso Duralde
On this day in 1996, Oprah Winfrey launched her book club and announced that “The Deep End of the Ocean” by Jacquelyn Mitchard would be her first selection. Oprah’s Book Club quickly became a hugely influential force in the publishing world. The popular daytime talk show host's stamp of approval on books often sent them to bestseller lists. Other notable Sept. 17 happenings in pop culture history: • 1957: Louis Armstrong canceled his trip to the U.S.S.R.. Announcing that he would not participate in a U.S. government-sponsored tour of the Soviet Union, the jazz musician said, “The way they are treating my people in the South, the government can go to hell.” • 1967: The Who ended a nationally televised performance of “My Generation” with a literal bang — an explosion, caused by explosives packed into Keith Moon’s drum kit, rocked the stage, singed Pete Townshend’s hair and »
- Emily Rome
On October 25, Australians in Film will host its annual AiF Awards and Benefit Gala at the Intercontinental Hotel in Los Angeles..
Actor, Elizabeth Debicki, has taken out the Breakthrough Talent of 2015 Award..
Presenter Carrie Bickmore will be master of ceremonies at this year.s awards, which celebrates the achievements of Australians working in Hollywood and also recognises the contribution of individuals to the Australian film industry.
.The Orry Kelly International Award is given to an Australian who has paved the way for other Australians in the entertainment industry and who has provided much support, mentoring and inspiration to others..
- Inside Film Correspondent
The New York Metropolitan Museum of Art Costume Institute exhibition China: Through The Looking Glass, with The Grandmaster director Wong Kar Wai as artistic director, has been extended to run through Monday, September 7, 2015. The exhibition includes clips from films by Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Zhang Yimou, Michelangelo Antonioni, Jiang Wen, Yonggang Wu, Bernardo Bertolucci, Sergio Leone, Richard Quine and Vincente Minnelli that are expertly edited and placed throughout three floors of galleries, including the Anna Wintour Costume Center, which magically merge film with fashion and the museum's collection.
Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations in 2012 with Baz Luhrmann as creative consultant was not nearly as popular. Up until this point, Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty was the most attended and the only other Costume Institute exhibition to be extended. China: Through The Looking Glass, also curated by Andrew Bolton, »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
As “Empire’s” Cookie has taught us, “The streets ain’t made for everyone, that’s why they made sidewalks.”
And now those sidewalks will come with even better window shopping.
“Empire” and Saks Fifth Avenue have announced a collaboration that will put curated looks based on the costumes for the hit Fox series in the windows of the shopping destination’s New York and Beverly Hills flagships and on its website. Featured items will include Alexis Bittar jewelry, women’s ready-to-wear from Cushnie et Ochs, men’s and women’s footwear from Jimmy Choo and handbags and accessories from McM.
“This unprecedented partnership with Saks Fifth Avenue, Alexis Bittar, Cushnie et Ochs, Jimmy Choo and McM celebrates ‘Empire’s’ mark on the fashion world,” says Jeffrey Godsick, president of Twentieth Century Fox Consumer Products. “The influence ‘Empire’ has had on so many aspects of popular culture proves it has »
- Whitney Friedlander
If you were a child in the 60s, but born just too late to enjoy that decade’s major pop-culture phenomena when they were fresh, chances are that your biggest thrills were cheap and cheerful derivatives – the Monkees instead of the Beatles, and instead of Bond, American TV show The Man From Uncle. Guy Ritchie’s attempt to revive cold war-defying duo Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin is a lifelessly knowing affair, with its two uncharismatic lead hunks failing to catch the wry rapport of originals Robert Vaughn and David McCallum. Dressed up to the nines like an expensively retro aftershave ad, Ritchie’s film is laboriously insouciant – and no amount of funky drumming and lounge Braziliana on the soundtrack can make it spark.
- Jonathan Romney
The summer is winding down, but your auditions are just getting started! Check out these eight upcoming auditions you should be aware of, including ones from Disney cruises, Baz Luhrmann’s new Netflix series, and others. Disney Cruise Line, Male And Female VOCALISTSThe entertainment giant’s luxury cruise lines are casting “talented and versatile theater vocalists” to play iconic Disney roles such as Aladdin, Genie, Hercules, Ursula, Mary Poppins, and others. Auditions are Sept. 13 in New York City, so start upping those voice lessons! “The Nether”From Los Angeles to the West End to New York to New Jersey, Jennifer Haley’s sci-fi thriller and crime drama has critics raving and theaters clamoring to produce it. This Hackettstown, N.J. production is casting several roles for its Oct. 9–25 run. Auditions are Sept. 2 with rehearsals beginning Sept. 22. This is a paid Equity Spt contract. “Where Seagulls Go To Die”The lead »
Set in 1970s New York City, the series revolves around a ragtag crew of South Bronx teenagers. Netflix executives are reportedly happy with what they have seen so far in terms of Luhrmann's vision, and a pause in production is said to be not unusual for ambitious TV productions helmed by A-list filmmakers.
The hiatus is slated to last one episode production cycle (nine filming days) so writing work can be done on future episodes. The current first season order is for thirteen episodes and there is no fixed release date for the series as yet.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Baz Luhrmann's music-driven Netflix series The Get Down will take a short break to catch up on scripts. The drama, from Sony Pictures TV, is currently filming Episode 4 in New York. After the episode wraps on Thursday, the show will take a previously unscheduled break, during which there will be writing work done on future episodes. The hiatus is slated to last one episode production cycle, which is 9 shooting days. Taking a pause in production is not unusual for… »
Lana Del Rey’s “High by the Beach” leaked two days ahead of its scheduled premiere today on Beats Radio 1 (her label has pulled the leaks diligently). The second single from Ldr’s fourth album, “High by the Beach” follows her new LP's title track, “Honeymoon,” a macabre ballad that suggested she had found her calling in the orchestra-backed contributions she’s made to Tim Burton and Baz Luhrmann soundtracks. “High by the Beach,” however, indicates something else: that Lana Del Rey hasn’t abandoned her whole “gangster Nancy Sinatra” thing, and it might not want to make you cringe anymore. After the tepid response to 2012's hip-hop-tinged Born to Die, Ldr used last year’s Ultraviolence to rehab her credibility via tortured-rocker-meets-torch-singer cinematic pop. With the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach producing and a Nashville band backing Ldr up, Ultraviolence was in many ways a reimagining of late '60s music in which psych rock, »
- Jillian Mapes
Yolonda Ross has joined the cast of Baz Luhrmann's music-driven Netflix drama The Get Down. Set in 1970s New York City, the series — a longtime passion project for Luhrmann — revolves around a ragtag crew of South Bronx teenagers who are wild in the streets; they’re nothings and nobodies with no one to shelter them, except one another. Ross will recur as Ms. Green, the caring but tough English teacher who nurtures the potential in her students and advocates for them to… »
Cate Blanchett to be honoured at the Museum of Modern Art's Film Benefit on November 17 in New York. The star appeared at the Cannes Film Festival with Rooney Mara for the world premiere of Todd Haynes' Carol, screenplay by Phyllis Nagy, based on Patricia Highsmith's novel The Price Of Salt. Cinematography is by Edward Lachman and music by Carter Burwell.
The Celeste Bartos Chief Curator of Film Rajendra Roy said "Cate Blanchett has the kind of talent that inspires others to deliver their best work, challenges the field to be more fully engaged with women artists and audiences, and propels cinema forward with intelligence and grace. »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
Jay Z and Will Smith will executive produce an upcoming HBO miniseries about Emmett Till, a teenager whose death in 1955 helped spark the civil rights movement. A writer is currently being sought for the project that is in "active development," Deadline reports, with the as-yet-untitled miniseries expected to run six hours.
Till was 14 years old when he was brutally murdered in Mississippi after allegedly flirting with a married white woman. The two men charged in Till's killing were later acquitted; they would eventually admit to slaying the teenager but avoided further prosecution. »
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