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‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’: Watch The New Ronettes-Inspired ‘Maybe She’s Not Such a Heinous Bitch After All’ Video — Exclusive

‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’: Watch The New Ronettes-Inspired ‘Maybe She’s Not Such a Heinous Bitch After All’ Video — Exclusive
Watch the “Maybe She’s Not Such a Heinous Bitch After All” on mute, and it looks like one of the happiest things “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” has ever done. But as with the rest of the musical sequences on the show, there’s always more behind what Rebecca Bunch tells herself.

There’s Rebecca (Rachel Bloom), just off one of the lowest points in her life, finally being Ok with moving back home and living with her mom Naomi (Tovah Feldshuh). As she starts to accept Naomi’s sudden change in attitude, complete with homemade milkshakes and TV-watching cuddle sessions, her thoughts take the form of a Ronettes-style, Wall of Sound tribute. Singing the song takes her from Naomi’s living room, straight through to a black-and-white TV performance, with a pair of backup singers for good measure.

IndieWire was on set for the filming of “Maybe She’s Not Such
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‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’: Watch The New Ronettes-Inspired ‘Maybe She’s Not Such a Heinous Bitch After All’ Video — Exclusive

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‘Crazy Ex-Girlfriend’: Watch The New Ronettes-Inspired ‘Maybe She’s Not Such a Heinous Bitch After All’ Video — Exclusive
Watch the “Maybe She’s Not Such a Heinous Bitch After All” on mute, and it looks like one of the happiest things “Crazy Ex-Girlfriend” has ever done. But as with the rest of the musical sequences on the show, there’s always more behind what Rebecca Bunch tells herself.

There’s Rebecca (Rachel Bloom), just off one of the lowest points in her life, finally being Ok with moving back home and living with her mom Naomi (Tovah Feldshuh). As she starts to accept Naomi’s sudden change in attitude, complete with homemade milkshakes and TV-watching cuddle sessions, her thoughts take the form of a Ronettes-style, Wall of Sound tribute. Singing the song takes her from Naomi’s living room, straight through to a black-and-white TV performance, with a pair of backup singers for good measure.

IndieWire was on set for the filming of “Maybe She’s Not Such
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Us Briefs: Dave Bautista latest big name to join 'Blade Runner' sequel

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Us Briefs: Dave Bautista latest big name to join 'Blade Runner' sequel
Plus: CinemaCon to anoint comedy trio; and more…

Dave Bautista will join Ryan Gosling, Harrison Ford and Robin Wright in Alcon Entertainment’s Blade Runner sequel.

Plot points remain under the proverbial wraps, however Alcon said the Guardian Of The Galaxy and Spectre veteran would play “an important supporting role”.

Denis Villeneuve is scheduled to begin shooting in July. Warner Bros and Sony handle North American and international distribution, respectively.

Zac Efron, Anna Kendrick and Adam DeVine will receive the CinemaCon Comedy Stars Of The Year Award on April 14. The trio star with Aubrey Plaza in Fox’s comedy Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, set to open in North America on July 8. CinemaCon runs in Las Vegas from April 11-14.Burt Reynolds and Amy Smart have joined Sweet Tomato Films and Character Brigade’s family film And There Was Light. As previously announced, Jack Griffo from Nickelodeon show The Thundermans also stars in the story of a young
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Oddball and the Penguins Review

  • HeyUGuys
There was an underrated, Australian comedy entitled Red Dog, which hit screens back in 2011. Tongue-in-cheek and gloriously deadpan, the Kriv Stenders endeavour was a charming, unexpected joy – and much of the same can be said for Stuart McDonald’s Oddball and the Penguins, another dry-witted, Australian picture with a dog in the title

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Film Review: Oddball and the Penguins

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★★★☆☆ What is it about penguins? From marching toward mating grounds in the Antarctic, showing off mad tap-dancing skills or ensuring military-style precision in operations on Madagascar, these little critters know how to captivate a cinema audience. They may not be the first creatures that come to mind when thinking of the wildlife Australia has to offer but in the sleepy Victoria town of Warrnambool these little guys are a very big deal. Oddball and the Penguins is based on the true story of a conservationist family and their rambunctious, remarkable Maremma sheepdog. Stuart McDonald's film is a warm and big-hearted tale with just that right dose of magic, teaching valuable environmental and life lessons along the way.
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Oddball producer goes solo

  • IF.com.au
After merging his company with Wtfn and producing Oddball with Steve Kearney, Richard Keddie has returned to his roots as an independent producer.

Via his banner The Film Company, Keddie is developing a slate of film and TV projects including Stalking Julia, a feature film on Julia Gillard which will star Rachel Griffiths, who will also co-produce.

It was an amicable split from Wtfn after a partnership of two and a half years. .I decided I am happier running my own company,. he tells If.

He.s co-developing some projects with Us-based Sheila Hanahan Taylor, who was one of the producers on Oddball.

He describes his Gillard biopic, which is based partly on Kerry-Anne Walsh's book The Stalking of Julia Gillard, as completely different from the ABC.s The Killing Season.

Sarah Ferguson's three-part documentary, which examined the forces that shaped Labor during the Kevin Rudd / Julia Gillard leadership years,
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Australian films headed for $80 million-plus

  • IF.com.au
The Australian films and feature documentaries released this year are set to surpass $80 million in B.O. receipts next week, an all-time record in dollars.

Through last Sunday, the total including holdovers from previous years was $76.5 million, according to the Mpdaa..

As If reported, the previous all-time box office record of $63.4 million set in 2001 was broken in early October.

Buoyed by exceptionally strong word of mouth, The Dressmaker collected $3.06 million in its second weekend, down a mere 3 per cent, boosting its earnings to $8.26 million.

Playing so broadly, Jocelyn Moorhouse.s film is unlikely to take a significant hit from Spectre, which opens on Thursday. The Universal release produced by Sue Maslin looks capable of reaching $20 million.

With such an upside for The Dressmaker and modest contributions from Oddball ($10.6 million after eight weekends) and Alex & Eve ($324,000 after three weekends), the calendar year total could go close to $90 million.

Produced by Wtfn's
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Oddball ascends to fourth spot among local releases

  • IF.com.au
Continuing the 2015 resurgence of Australian cinema, Oddball vaulted past Last Cab to Darwin last weekend to rank as the fourth most popular local film in cinemas this year.

As If foreshadowed last week, the Australian feature films and docs released in 2015 plus holdovers were set to break the previous all-time calendar year record of $63.4 million in 2001, the year of Moulin Rouge!, Lantana, The Man Who Sued God and Crocodile Dundee in La.

Mission: accomplished, as the total surpassed an estimated $64 million on Monday.

Produced by Steve Kearney and Richard Keddie and directed by Stuart McDonald, Oddball collected $1.5 million in its third weekend (slipping by 17 per cent), propelling its earnings to $8.1 million.

Jeremy Sims. Last Cab to Darwin has reached $7.1 million while Deane Taylor.s Blinky Bill: The Movie climbed to $2.3 million after pocketing $424,000 in its third session.

George Miller.s Mad Max: Fury Road is the No. 1 local title
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Oddball to help break 14-year record

  • IF.com.au
Propelled by Oddball and Blinky Bill: The Movie, next week Australian films are set to smash the record for the biggest B.O. total in a single year.

The feature films and docs released in 2015 plus holdovers have amassed an estimated $61.8 million.

Produced by Steve Kearney and Richard Keddie and directed by Stuart McDonald, Oddball raked in $3.55 million in its second week, lifting its earnings to $6.3 million. Deane Taylor.s Blinky Bill climbed to $1.9 million after pocketing a tad over $1 million in its sophomore session.

So by the end of next week the 2015 total will surpass the current record of $63.4 million set in 2001, the year of Moulin Rouge!, Lantana, The Man Who Sued God and Crocodile Dundee in La..

In that year the Australian films. market share was 7.8 per cent. If the 2001 total was adjusted for inflation then 2015 would not be a record in real terms but the market share is a consistent barometer.
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Oddball knocks off Hollywood newbies

  • IF.com.au
Boosted by the school vacation and word of mouth, Stuart McDonald.s Oddball flew through its second weekend, beating two new high-profile Hollywood films. Roadshow.s rustic comedy featuring Shane Jacobson, Sarah Snook, Alan Tudyk and a fluffy blonde maremma whistled up nearly $1.8 million on 293 screens (jumping by 82 per cent), elevating its tally to a terrific $4.5 million.

That was ahead of Roadshow.s Sicario, the violent Mexican drug cartel thriller directed by Denis Villeneuve and featuring Emily Blunt, Benicio del Toro and Josh Brolin. Sicario scored nearly $1.7 million on 228 screens and $2.1 million including the previous week.s advance screenings, a good result for an MA15+ rated film. Universal.s The Visit, a found footage horror/comedy featuring Olivia DeJonge, Ed Oxenbould and Deanna Dunagan, unearthed a middling $1.1 million in its first weekend on 180 screens. That genre typically is not as appealing here as it is in the Us, where writer-director
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Oddball and Blinky Bill light up cinemas

  • IF.com.au
Australian films looks like maintaining their impressive momentum at cinemas after the premieres last weekend of Oddball and Blinky Bill: The Movie.

Stuart McDonald.s comedy inspired by the true story of chicken farmer Swampy Marsh, who deploys his sheepdog.to protect an endangered Fairy Penguin population, starring Shane Jacobson, Sarah Snook, Coco Gillies.and Alan Tudyk,.rang up $1.07 million in its first four days on 289 screens, including limited previews. . Deane Taylor.s animated movie which features the voices of.Ryan Kwanten, Toni Collette, Robin McLeavy, David Wenham, Rufus Sewell, Richard Roxburgh, Deborah Mailman, Barry Otto and Barry Humphries, took $335,000 on 266 screens, with previews. . Both are positioned to cash in on the two weeks school vacation with.Oddball appealing to families and Blinky Bill drawing young folk and their parents or carers, so their figures should lift during the week. . Steve Kearney, who produced Oddball with Richard Keddie and Sheila Hanahan Taylor,
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Australian films to hit 14-year peak

  • IF.com.au
Australian films are poised to record their highest share of the national box-office for 14 years, which goes a long way towards regaining the faith of audiences after a long lean spell.

Through last Sunday, the feature films and docs released in 2015 plus holdovers had racked up $52.9 million. With Jeremy Sims. Last Cab to Darwin and Neil Armfield.s Holding the Man earning tidy sums and Stuart McDonald.s Oddball and Deane Taylor.s Blinky Bill the Movie opening on Thursday, the total will soon surpass 2009.s $54.7 million.

It might be a stretch but 2015 could come close to the all-time record of $63.4 million in 2001, the year of Moulin Rouge!, Lantana, The Man Who Sued God and Crocodile Dundee in La. After a strong start to the year from Mad Max: Fury Road, The Water Diviner, Paper Planes and That Sugar Film, Aussie films already have eclipsed 2014.s lowly $26.1 million (a market
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Australian films to hit 10-year peak

  • IF.com.au
Australian films are poised to record their highest share of the national box-office for 10 years, which goes a long way towards regaining the faith of audiences after a long lean spell.

Through last Sunday, the feature films and docs released in 2015 plus holdovers had racked up $52.9 million. With Jeremy Sims. Last Cab to Darwin and Neil Armfield.s Holding the Man earning tidy sums and Stuart McDonald.s Oddball and Deane Taylor.s Blinky Bill the Movie opening on Thursday, the total will soon surpass 2009.s $54.7 million, the best result in the past 10 years. After a strong start to the year from Mad Max: Fury Road, The Water Diviner, Paper Planes and That Sugar Film, Aussie films already have eclipsed 2014.s lowly $26.1 million (a market share of 2.43 per cent) and 2013's $38.5 million. Despite some critical acclaim, Ruben Guthrie, Women He.s Undressed and Partisan did not resonate strongly and Manny Lewis tanked.
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Playing House, Ep. 2.07-08, “Officer of the Year” & “Celebrate Me Scones”

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Playing House, Season 2, Episodes 7 and 8, “Officer of the Year” and “Celebrate Me Scones”

Written by Vera Santamaria (“Officer of the Year”), Lennon Parham & Jessica St. Clair (“Celebrate Me Scones”)

Directed by Stuart McDonald

Airs Tuesdays at 10pm (Est) on USA Network

Playing House ends its season with two of its strongest episodes to date, the warmly romantic “Officer of the Year” and the cameo-filled “Celebrate Me Scones,” hinting at what a season three might look like if the show gets renewed. “Officer of the Year” is Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham leaning hard into their love of romantic comedies, as Mark and Emma finally admit their feelings for one another at the policeman’s ball. “Celebrate Me Scones” is a buddy comedy of errors, as Maggie, Zach, and Emma attempt to sneak into a Kenny Loggins concert after they are unable to buy tickets. In the show’s timeline,
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Playing House, Ep. 2.06, “Kimmewah Cup”

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Playing House, Season 2, Episode 6, “Kimmewah Cup”

Written by Christine Nangle

Directed by Stuart McDonald

Airs Tuesdays at 10pm (Est) on USA Network

As Playing House’s second season winds down, “Kimmewah Cup” continues to explore how the transitions in Emma and Maggie’s lives have affected their friendship. Maggie is excited to spend a weekend alone with Emma—who’s been occupied with her new relationship with Rabbi Dan—at the lake house they went to every summer as kids. While at the lake house, Maggie is frustrated with Emma’s constant talk of her boyfriend, and the two have to renegotiate their friendship and Rabbi Dan’s role in their lives. “Kimmewah Cup” also helps to expand the ever-growing collection of fascinatingly named weirdos that inhabit the world of Playing House, as the Sklar Brothers play Emma and Maggie’s rivals from childhood, the Custerman twins.

Despite all of the potential of the episode,
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Playing House, Ep 2.05, “Employee of the Month” is all about life transitions

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Playing House, Season 2, Episode 5, “Employee of the Month

Written by Anthony King

Directed by Stuart McDonald

Airs Tuesdays at 10pm (Est) on USA Network

Employee of the Month” continues Playing House‘s trend of strong emotional episodes, as it deals with the aftermath of “Knotty Pine” and Mark and Tina’s decision to get a divorce. The episode is all about Mark’s tailspin, as he ends up crashing on Maggie and Emma’s couch, unable to address how much pain he’s in from the break-up. Maggie also realizes, after having a run-in with an old classmate, that her dream is to go back to nursing school. She feels called to this path, and yet is worried about how Emma will take the news. “Employee of the Month” is an episode about transition, as all the characters find themselves in the midst of change, wondering what the future will look like.
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Playing House, Ep 2.04, “Knotty Pine” is an emotional series high

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Playing House, Season 2, Episode 4, “Knotty Pine”

Written by Vera Santamaria

Directed by Stuart McDonald

Airs Tuesdays at 10pm (Est) on USA Network

“Knotty Pine,” the fourth episode of Playing House, marks the mid-point for the season and is the show’s finest installment, deftly moving between comedy and drama to deliver the best of both genres. The episode showcases the blossoming friendship between Tina, Maggie, and Emma, as they go on shopping dates and attend all-female woodworking classes. While the women’s friendship grows closer, Mark and Tina continue to drift apart. “Knotty Pine” culminates with an emotional conversation between Tina and Mark about the future of their relationship, a powerfully broken moment for a comedy, but one that feels completely at home in the world of Playing House.

While Playing House is a comedy, it is unlike other shows that pack a dense number of rapid-fire jokes into every scene.
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Female-driven thriller set to shoot

  • IF.com.au
Anzac Girls. Sara West and Mystery Road.s Samara Weaving head the cast of Bad Girl, writer-director Fin Edquist.s psychological thriller which starts shooting in Perth on August 31.

West plays 16-year-old Amy, the title character who has to fight for her adoptive parents when her new best friend Chloe (Weaving) tries to supplant her.

Playing the parents are Felicity Price, who stars in Joel Edgerton.s Us thriller The Gift and her partner Kieran Darcy-Smith.s upcoming Western By Way of Helena, and Benjamin Winspear (House of Hancock, Rake, The Babadook).

The film marks a departure in tone for Edquist, who scripted the animated family pics Maya the Bee and Blinky Bill: The Movie, which opens in cinemas on September 10.

The producers are Steve Kearney (Oddball, My Mistress), Bruno Charlesworth (Good Vibrations, The Extra) and Tenille Kennedy. This is the feature producing debut for Kennedy, who co-produced three
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Playing House, Ep 2.03, “Cashmere Burka” expands on small-town life

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Playing House, Season 2, Episode 3, “Cashmere Burka”

Written by Gavin Steckler

Directed by Stuart McDonald

Airs Tuesdays at 10pm (Est) on USA Network

“Cashmere Burka,” the third episode of Playing House, tackles the dramatic arts this week as it expands on the importance of being true to one’s self in relationships, romantic and otherwise. Gwen (Jane Kaczmarek), Emma’s mother, writes a play about her experiences growing up, and is nervous as all get-out to present it to the public. At the same time, Emma starts dating Dan, the cute guy carrying bread she met at the end of the second episode, who’s played by a winsome Kyle Bornheimer (that guy in everything, now in Playing House). Both Emma and Dan are worried about what other people will think of their relationship. Between interesting pronunciations of the word “wet” and an overabundance of scarves, “Cashmere Burka” is an episode
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Playing House, Ep. 2.01-02, “Hello, Old Friend” & “Sleepless in Pinebrook”: A strong start to the season

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Playing House, Season 2, Episodes 1 and 2, “Hello, Old Friend” and “Sleepless in Pinebrook”

Written by Lennon Parham & Jessica St. Clair (“Hello, Old Friend”), Anthony King (“Sleepless in Pinebrook”)

Directed by Stuart McDonald

Airs Tuesdays at 10pm (Est) on USA Network

When Playing House finished its first season in early 2014, its future was very much in flux. The show was an experiment for USA Network, which made a name for itself as the home of predictable and breezy dramas about lawyers and sports doctors. Playing House was one of the network’s first comedies, and it was clear USA Network was confused on how to market it to viewers. Despite this, the show still managed to find a loyal, albeit small, fanbase of viewers and critics alike and got picked up for a second season.

Created and starring Jessica St. Clair and Lennon Parham, regulars on the podcast circuit and Upright Citizens Brigade (Ucb) improv veterans,
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