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“How we make sense of the mess of our lives and what it all means,” is how an official synopsis describes the subject of fragmented Australian family drama “Looking for Grace.” That’s a tall order for any film, surely, not least one as modestly scaled as Sue Brooks’ diverting but slightly disappointing fifth feature. Reprising some of the gentle existential concerns raised in her outstanding broken-backed romance “Japanese Story,” Brooks’ latest begins in a promisingly melancholic key, as the teenaged Grace of the title retreats into the Outback after mysteriously leaving home. As the splintered, overlapping narrative expands to include the interior crises of her parents, however, “Grace” morphs less confidently into a brittle suburban satire. The film’s tone — to say nothing of what it all means — remains elusive to the end.
Thanks to a Cannes Un Certain Regard slot and the relative name casting of a peak-form Toni Collette, »
- Guy Lodge
Sue Brooks. Looking for Grace will screen in Platform, a new competitive section of the Toronto International Film Festival which showcases films that have a strong directorial vision. The road movie starring Richard Roxburgh, Radha Mitchell, Odessa Young and Terry Norris is the only Australian title in the running for the $C25,000 prize determined by the jury of filmmakers Jia Zhang-ke, Claire Denis and Agnieszka Holland. That strengthens Australia.s profile at the event which runs September 10-20. Jocelyn Moorhouse.s The Dressmaker will have its world premiere in Gala Presentations,. Simon Stone.s The Daughter will have its North American premiere in Special Presentations and Jennifer Peedom.s Sherpa and Gillian Armstrong.s Women He.s Undressed will compete in Tiff Docs.
Young, who also stars in The Daughter, plays 16-year-old Grace, who has run away from home. Her exasperated parents head to the West Australian wheat belt »
- Don Groves
The Tiff folks have unveiled their slated dozen features for their spanking brand new competitive section and they’ve managed to lasso some high profile world preems that will compete alongside Int. and Na premieres. Claire Denis, Agnieszka Holland and Jia Zhang-ke for which the name of the programme section is named after (Tiff referenced his 2000 film), will see a class comprised of the likes Joachim Lafosse and his piping hot The White Knights, David Verbeek (Full Contact starring Grégoire Colin – see pic above), Fabienne Berthaud and yet again actress Diane Kruger with Sky and Ben Wheatley‘s highly anticipated High Rise. Also included in the comp we find Pablo Trapero‘s Venice-bound The Clan, Eva Husson‘s hotly tipped directorial debut Bang Gang (A Modern Love Story) and a docu entry that sounds absolutely brutal true story from Alan Zweig in Hurt. The winner will be announced on »
- Eric Lavallee
Writer-director Sue Brooks' Looking for Grace will be the first film by a female Australian director to screen in competition at the Venice Film Festival since Clara Law's The Goddess Of 1967 in 2000.
Australia will have an unprecedented profile at the festival with Michael Rowe.s Early Winter and Simon Stone.s The Daughter selected for the Venice Days sidebar and Bentley Dean and Martin Butler.s Tanna screening in Venice Critics. Week.
This is the first time Australian films will be represented in all three Venice categories. That adds to the prestige of The Daughter having its North American premiere in the Special Presentations section of the 40th Toronto International Film Festival, where Jocelyn Moorhouse.s The Dressmaker will have its world premiere in the Gala Presentations section.
- Don Groves
Some of the most anticipated movies of the Fall will make their debut at the four major festivals that annual suck up the movie world's attention during a five-week period beginning in September. The New York Film Festival has already revealed that "The Walk," "Steve Jobs" and "Miles Away" will be its major galas. The 40th Toronto International Film Festival announced its initial wave of selections on Tuesday giving away many of the "secret" premieres at the Telluride Film Festival over Labor Day weekend. Earlier this month Venice announced it would open with Universal Pictures' "Everest" and debut Scott Cooper's "Black Mass" with Johnny Depp out of competition. Now, the festival has unveiled a majority of its slate with some very exciting surprises. The biggest news is that Tom Hooper's "The Danish Girl" will have its world premiere in Venice. The highly anticipated drama has already generated »
- Gregory Ellwood
Shooting an action/horror/thriller movie in the Colombian capital Bogota sounds like a potentially scary experience. Not at all, according to Wolf Creek creator Greg Mclean, who spent three months in the country working on The Belko Experiment. Funded by MGM and written and produced by Guardians Of The Galaxy.s James Gunn, the movie focuses on the Us Belko Corporation in South America, whose employees mysteriously are forced to either start killing each other or be killed. .We had no security for cast or crew - we didn't need it,. Mclean tells If from Los Angeles, where he is in post after a six week shoot.
.Most people.s impressions of Colombia are unfortunately from about a decade ago and mainly from 1980s action movies where there's gangsters in the streets shooting up the place.
.It's very, very different »
- Don Groves
Gerard Butler is back to save the day – and the Us President – from terrorists on British soil. As world leaders gather to pay their respects to the late British Prime Minister, a team of terrorists target the powerful figures at the funeral and it’s up to Secret Service agent Mike Banning (Butler) to join forces with an MI6 agent (Charlotte Riley). With President Benjamin Asher (Aaron Eckhart) in tow, the two agents are the only ones who can stop this catastrophe.
The action thriller features a supporting cast that includes Morgan Freeman, Melissa Leo, Jackie Earle Haley, Angela Bassett, and Radha Mitchell. Look for London Has Fallen in theatres on January 22, 2016.
Check out the teaser trailer now: »
- Rachel West
As someone who didn’t find there to be anything particularly special about Olympus Has Fallen, I was blown away by how well the action-thriller performed at the box office, but I guess that’s just the power of a solid marketing campaign. The first teaser for follow-up London Has Fallen doesn’t pretend to be anything more than more of the same, but given the warm welcome for Olympus, Lionsgate clearly believes it doesn’t have to do much more than put the film out there, sit back and rake in the big bucks.
There’s really not much to say about the content in the first teaser, which dropped tody. I wanted to beat my head against the keyboard watching the solemn title cards – “In 2013, Olympus fell. In 2016, London will fall. Dun Dun Dun” – and there’s literally nothing else to it than generic-looking explosions, the most morose »
- Isaac Feldberg
A first trailer has dropped for Babak Najafi’s sequel to Lionsgate’s suprise hit Olympus Has Fallen. The action has moved from the states to the United Kingdom, hence London Has Fallen, and unsurprisingly sees the destruction of several of the capital’s landmarks. An onimous rendition of ‘London Bridge has fallen down’ plays over the destruction, as the familiar faces of Gerard Butler, returning as Mike Banning, and Aaron Eckhart flash across the screen.
The sequel to the worldwide smash hit Olympus Has Fallen begins in London, where the British Prime Minister has passed away under mysterious circumstances. His funeral is a must-attend event for leaders of the western world. But what starts out as the most protected event on earth, turns into a deadly plot to kill the world’s most powerful leaders, devastate every known landmark in the British capital, and unleash a terrifying vision of the future. »
- Jake Wilson
In 2013, Antoine Fuqua's President-in-peril actioner Olympus Has Fallen introduced Gerard Butler as disgraced Secret Service Agent Mike Banning, who was tasked with saving Commander-in-Chief Benjamin Asher (Aaron Eckhart) when terrorists shut the White House down. In their second adventure together, London Has Fallen, Banning and Asher attend the funeral of the British Prime Minister, who died under mysterious circumstances. With world leaders in attendance to pay their respects, another terrorist organization seizes on this perfect opportunity to take them all out. And yet none of this is revealed in the first look at director Babak Najafi's sequel. That's fine. This is a teaser trailer. All we really need to see is Butler and Eckhart running around amidst explosions while the historic monuments of London crumble down around them to the eerie, minor-keyed tune of "London Bridge Is Falling Down". Subtlety is not what these films aim for, and I respect that. »
- Dave Trumbore
They blew it all up!! The first teaser trailer has debuted for London Has Fallen, the sequel to Olympus Has Fallen starring Gerard Butler as Mike Banning and Aaron Eckhardt as the President. Both of them are back again, along with Morgan Freeman, in London Has Fallen which does indeed bring the action to London. Melissa Leo, Radha Mitchell, Angela Bassett, Jackie Earle Haley and Robert Forster also star, but not everyone is in this footage yet. This teaser sets up the "London Has Fallen" showdown, putting Butler & Eckhardt at the center of "a plot to assassinate all the world leaders" in London. I'm sure it's going to be full of ridiculous action and crazy twists, so if you're excited for this you know what to expect. Here's the first teaser trailer for Babak Najafi's London Has Fallen, found on YouTube: The sequel to the worldwide smash hit Olympus Has Fallen, »
- Alex Billington
The first London Has Fallen trailer has dropped, offering a first look at the sequel to the 2013 hit Olympus Has Fallen. This time around Gerard Butler returns as Secret Service agent Mike Banning as the action moves from U.S. to British soil. The story begins following the death of the British Prime Minister and his funeral becomes a target of a terrorist organization to destroy some of the world's most powerful leaders, devastate the British capital, and unleash a terrifying vision of the future. The only hope of stopping it rests on the shoulders of the President of the United States (Aaron Eckhart) and his formidable Secret Service head (Butler), and an English Mi-6 agent (Charlotte Riley) who rightly trusts no one. Morgan Freeman also stars as the Vice President of the United States. Babak Najafi takes over directorial duties from Antoine Fuqua and along with the returning Butler and Eckhart, »
- Brad Brevet
Depending on where your politics lay, "London Has Fallen" may also be an all too accurate description of the recent election results in the United Kingdom. But it's also the title of the unlikely sequel of the unlikely hit "Olympus Has Fallen," the first of the dueling 2013 blockbusters about the White House coming under siege (the other was "White House Down," which earned more at the box office, but also had double the budget). And the first trailer has arrived for another tale of bad guys, honorable presidents and the people who work for them. Read More: Review: 'White House Down' Starring Channing Tatum & Jamie Foxx Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Melissa Leo, Radha Mitchell, Robert Forster, Jackie Earle Haley, and Charlotte Riley are among the ensemble for this one which takes the story across the pond. Terrorists seize the opportunity of the British Prime »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Having nearly singlehandedly stopping North Korean terrorists from killing the President, secret service agent Mike Banning (Gerard Butler) returns for a London set follow-up to the action hit "Olympus Has Fallen".
In the new film "London Has Fallen", Banning and an MI6 agent (Charlotte Riley), must save the day when U.S. President Asher (Aaron Eckhart) is targeted in London at the funeral of the Prime Minister. Angela Bassett, Radha Mitchell, Morgan Freeman, Jackie Earle Haley, Melissa Leo, Robert Forster and Colin Salmon also star in the film.
Today, Empire have posted the very first photo from the production which star Gerard Butler calls a "fun franchise" and adds "You get to do a lot of really badass action, but its got its tongue firmly in its cheek." »
- Garth Franklin
Focus Features has released the first London Has Fallen image, and while it doesn’t show Gerard Butler stabbing a guy in the head, it does have him protecting the Underground. In the upcoming film, terrorists are out to destroy the world’s leaders, the British capital, and basically ruin everything because that’s how terrorists do. Now it’s up to ‘Merica to save the day as the President (Aaron Eckhart) and his Secret Service head (Butler) come to the rescue. If the original movie hadn’t been so uncomfortably serious, I might be excited as the prospect of some dumb fun, but I’m bracing myself for more of the same, although Butler tells Empire “You get to do a lot of really badass action, but it's got its tongue firmly in its cheek.” Check out the image below. The film opens October 2nd in the U.K. »
- Matt Goldberg
London Has Fallen is sequel to the worldwide smash hit Olympus Has Fallen, a non-stop, suspenseful action thriller that delivers high-octane excitement through a heightened sense of authenticity. After the British Prime Minister passes away, his funeral becomes a target of a terrorist organization to destroy some of the world’s most powerful leaders, devastate the British capital, and unleash a terrifying vision of the future. The only hope of stopping it rests on the shoulders of the President of the United States and his formidable Secret Service head, and an English Mi-6 agent who rightly trusts no one. Directed by Babak Najafi and starring Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart, Charlotte Riley, Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Radha Mitchell, Melissa Leo, Robert Forster, Colin Salmon, and »
- Pietro Filipponi
Tim McGraw has been added to the cast of The Shack, an upcoming film based on the 2007 bestselling novel by William Paul Young. The faith-based drama stars Sam Worthington as a father whose young daughter was kidnapped and believed to have been murdered while on a family camping trip. Years later, he receives a note from "Papa" — which is his wife's nickname for God — asking him to return to the shack where his daughter's bloodied clothes were found. It is there where his mourning is met with a spiritual epiphany. »
The sequel to 2013's Olympus Has Fallen, which was set for a October 2, 2015 release, will now open on January 22, 2016.
Jackie Earle Haley has joined the cast as Deputy Chief Mason.
Watch the trailer for Olympus has Fallen below: »
Gramercy Pictures has announced that it has pushed back the release date of the action sequel London Has Fallen, with the film now set to arrive on January 22nd 2016, as opposed to its original date of October 2nd this year. At present, it’s unclear how this will impact its UK release, but we can probably expect a similar move.
The shift comes in the wake of the news that 20th Century Fox has pushed up the release of Ridley Scott’s sci-fi drama The Martian to October 2nd. London Has Fallen will now open against Journey 3: From the Earth to the Moon, Mechanic: Resurrection, The Boy and Risen.
The sequel to the worldwide smash hit Olympus Has Fallen begins in London, where the British Prime Minister has passed away under mysterious circumstances. His funeral is a must-attend event for leaders of the western world. But what starts out »
- Gary Collinson
Gramercy Pictures has announced that the upcoming action sequel "London Has Fallen" has been delayed by just over two months.
Originally slated for October 2nd this year, this follow-up to 2013's "Olympus Has Fallen" will now open January 22nd next year. The announcement comes just days after Fox moved their buzzed about Ridley Scott sci-fi epic "The Martian" into the October 2nd slot.
The story begins after the British Prime Minister passes away. His funeral then becomes a target of a terrorist organization to destroy some of the world’s most powerful leaders, devastate the British capital, and unleash a terrifying vision of the future.
The only hope of stopping it rests on the shoulders of the President of the United States (Aaron Eckhart) and his formidable Secret Service head (Gerard Butler), and an English Mi-6 agent (Charlotte Riley) who rightly trusts no one. Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett, Melissa Leo, »
- Garth Franklin
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