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11 items from 2015

'The Martian' and Michael Moore lead 2015 Toronto Film Festival selections

28 July 2015 8:24 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The 40th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival now has something of a slate.  Festival toppers Cameron Bailey and Piers Handling presided over a press conference Tuesday morning where more than 34 films were announced including the world premieres of "The Martian," "The Family Fang" and "Demolition."  It's an intriguing initial lineup for the venerable Canadian institution and something of a steadying the ship after losing some major debuts to Venice, Telluride and the New York Film Festival over the past few years. Well, maybe. The most impressive world premieres include the aforementioned "Demolition" with Jake Gyllenhaal (officially the best opening night film in recent memory), "The Family Fang" with Nicole Kidman, "Legend" with Tom Hardy, "Trumbo" with Bryan Cranston, "The Martian" with Matt Damon and Lance Armstrong doc "The Program" with Ben Foster and Michael Moore's latest documentary, "Where to Invade Next."  Notable films that will have premiered »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Venice premieres for three Oz films

26 July 2015 2:57 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Michael Rowe.s Early Winter, Simon Stone.s The Daughter and Bentley Dean and Martin Butler.s Tanna will be launched internationally at the 72nd Venice International Film Festival in September.

A Canadian/Australian co-production starring Paul Doucet and Suzanne Clément, Early Winter (formerly Rest Home) will have its world premiere in the Venice Days sidebar.

The first English-language film from Mexican-based writer-director Rowe (Leap Year; The Well), the Montreal-shot psychological drama follows a janitor in a retirement home whose life spirals out of control when he catches his wife with a lover, pushing him to the brink of insanity.

Pyramide International is handling international sales and releasing in France, Rialto will distribute in Australia/New Zealand and Mongrel Media/Film Option in Canada.

.Pyramide will be selling in Venice and then at Toronto,. Freshwater Pictures. Trish Lake, who produced with Serge Noël.s Possibles Média, tells If. .There are »

- Don Groves

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Saura, Celestini, Stone among Venice Days line-up

24 July 2015 11:34 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Luis Tosar thriller to open strand; Laurent Cantet to chair jury; programme includes Agnès Varda, Alice Rohrwacher shorts.Scroll down for full line-up

Dani de la Torre’s debut thriller Retribution, starring Luis Tosar, will open the 2015 Venice Days strand, which announced its line-up today.

The Venice Film Festival’s (September 2 - 12) independently run section will host 21 titles including 18 world premieres in its official selection.

The ten-title competition includes Matias Bize’s The Memory of Water, a drama about a young couple trying to rekindle their relationship after the death of their 4-year-old son, Vincenzo Marra’s fourth feature La Prima Luce, which stars Riccardo Scamarcio as an Italian lawyer tracking down his young son in Chile after an acrimonious divorce; Ascanio Celestini’s drama Long Live The Bride, starring Alba Rohrwacher, and Australian director Michael Rowe’s love drama Early Winter, featuring Suzanne Clement.

Geoffrey Rush, Miranda Otto, Sam Neill and Paul Schneider star in [link »

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Finalists announced for Australia's richest film prize

19 July 2015 7:32 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Adrian Brody in Backtrack..


Five Aussie films will vie for the $100,000 CinéfestOZ Film Prize, with two of the entries to have their Australian premiere at the Festival in August.

Backtrack, Now Add Honey, Pawno, Putuparri and the Rainmakers and The Daughter have each been selected out of over 30 submissions to make up the shortlist for the prize, now in its second year.

The winner will be announced at the Festival on Saturday 29th August, 2015.

The Film Prize is awarded to the producer of an Australian feature film (including feature documentaries) and last year was taken out by Robert Connolly for his family feature Paper Planes.

The film, which Connolly also directed, went on to enjoy huge success at the Australian box office and will be released by distribution companies Lionsgate in the UK and in North America by Eone.

The finalists for this year.s prize were determined by five »

- Emily Blatchford

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Premieres galore at Sydney Film Festival

5 May 2015 5:40 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Neil Armfield.s Holding the Man, Simon Stone.s The Daughter, Jeremy Sims. Last Cab to Darwin and Jen Peedom.s feature doc Sherpa will have their world premieres at the Sydney Film Festival.

The festival program unveiled today includes 33 world premieres (including 22 shorts) and 135 Australian premieres (with 18 shorts) among 251 titles from 68 countries.

Among the other premieres will be Daina Reid.s The Secret River, Ruby Entertainment's. ABC-tv miniseries starring Oliver Jackson Cohen and Sarah Snook, and three Oz docs, Marc Eberle.s The Cambodian Space Project . Not Easy Rock .n. Roll, Steve Thomas. Freedom Stories and Lisa Nicol.s Wide Open Sky.

Festival director Nashen Moodley boasted. this year.s event will be far larger than 2014's when 183 films from 47 countries were screened, including 15 world premieres. The expansion is possible in part due to the addition of two new screening venues in Newtown and Liverpool.

As previously announced, Brendan Cowell »

- Don Groves

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Parks and Recreation

25 February 2015 12:04 PM, PST | | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Network: NBC

Episodes: 125 (half-hour)

Seasons: Seven

TV show dates: April 9, 2009 -- February 24, 2015

Series status: Ended

Performers include: Amy Poehler, Rashida Jones, Aziz Ansari, Aubrey Plaza, Paul Schneider, Nick Offerman, and Chris Pratt.

TV show description:

In this Office-style comedy, documentary cameras follow mid-level bureaucrat Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) in her job at the Parks and Recreation Department of Pawnee, Indiana. She hopes to improve her town while advancing her career and helping her to ultimately become the first female President of the United States.

Leslie takes on what should be a fairly simple project; to help a local nurse, Ann Perkins (Rashida Jones), turn an abandoned construction pit into a community park. Ann has a personal interest in the project since her boyfriend, Andy Dwyer (Chris Pratt), is a musician »


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The 40 Most Iconic Characters of 'Parks and Recreation,' Ranked

24 February 2015 7:51 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

40. Jeremy Jamm Genuinely one of the worst people on the planet, we'll never forgive him for ruining Leslie's first attempt at a perfect wedding. A diverse range of interests aside, Jamm's primary role on this show seemed to be serving as a contrast to the genuinely decent, well-rounded characters of Pawnee. That's right, Jamm. You just got Jammed. 39. Greg Pikitis The teenage Moriarty to Leslie's Sherlock, armed with toilet paper, shaving cream and a peach pit. Always one step ahead. Just look at his stupid face. 38. Mark Brendanawicz This isn't really Mark's fault (or actor Paul Schneider's fault, for that matter). Mark Brendanawicz (or Mark Brendana-quits, more like) just never grew beyond the role of "straight white potential love interest" for either Leslie or Ann. Getting rid of Mark -- and replacing him with Adam Scott and Rob Lowe, playing two characters with actual personality -- was one of »

- Liz Shannon Miller

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'Parks and Recreation' history, Part 1: Perd, Joan and the other Pawnee crazies

18 February 2015 6:00 AM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

A few weeks ago, while working on my review of the “Parks and Recreation” episode “Save Jj’s,” I asked people on Twitter for the name of one of the show’s weirder recurring characters, the creepy, heavily-tattooed owner of Pawnee’s pawn shop. My followers identified him as Herman Lerpiss — and, better, pointed out that there have been a lot of characters named Lerpiss in Pawnee over the years, often with far more elaborate biographies than has ever been suggested on the show itself. This made me realize that, while I have interviewed “Parks” co-creator Mike Schur many times over the years about major developments for Leslie, Ron, April, Andy, and the rest of the show’s main characters (you can read some of those interviews here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here , here and here), I’d barely scratched the surface of all the crazy background characters »

- Alan Sepinwall

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'Parks and Recreation' co-star Jim O'Heir: 'It was the best place to be.'

17 February 2015 6:01 PM, PST | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

In a parallel universe, Jim O'Heir could have spent the last seven seasons on "Parks and Recreation" not as office punching bag Garry/Jerry/Larry/Terry/Garry, but as Ron Swanson. That's the role he auditioned for at the start, and while he didn't get it, Mike Schur and Greg Daniels liked his audition enough to hire him as a background character with the potential to do more, much like Stanley, Phyllis and Meredith on "The Office." It was a move that paid out well for all involved, and tonight's second episode — the last regular installment of "Parks" before next week's series finale — had a crowning moment of sorts for O'Heir's long-suffering alter ego. (I reviewed both of tonight's episodes here.) Earlier today, we spoke about the ups, downs, and many names of Garry Gergich, the experience of being a part of this great series, as well as the Kickstarter »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Spotlight lines up Chloe & Theo for Efm

31 January 2015 7:55 PM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: La-based Spotlight Pictures heads to Berlin with two new titles on its sales roster.

"Chloe & Theo" Trailer from Spotlight Pictures on Vimeo.

Chloe & Theo stars Dakota Johnson, who heads to Berlin for the February 11 international premiere of the highly anticipated erotic adaptation and Berlinale Special Gala Fifty Shades Of Grey.

Miro Sorvino and Theo Ikummaq also star in Chloe & Theo, which boasts Richard Branson as executive producer and centres on a homeless girl in New York who befriends an Inuit from the Arctic on a mission to convince the leaders of the industrialised world to act on climate change. Ezna Sands directed.

Goodbye To All That from director Angus MacLachlan stars Paul Schneider, Heather Graham, Melanie Lynskey, Anna Camp and Ashley Hinshaw.

Mindy Goldberg and Anne Carey produced the comedy about a hapless man who re-enters the dating pool after his wife suddenly asks for a divorce.

Schneider was named best actor when the film premiered »

- (Jeremy Kay)

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‘Parks and Recreation’ Boss On the Show’s 12 Biggest Turning Points

13 January 2015 9:00 AM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Over six years on the air, “Parks and Recreation” experienced more highs (acclaim, awards, 100 episodes) and lows (a rocky launch, near-cancellation) than the audience at a Mouse Rat concert.

Co-creator and showrunner Mike Schur talks Variety through 12 of the show’s biggest turning points.

April 9, 2009

Parks and Recreation” premieres to incorrect assumptions that it’s a spinoff of Peacock lead-in “The Office.”

“(Co-creator) Greg Daniels is very fond of saying, and I think he’s right, that the cast was great before the show was great. … It didn’t matter how many times we gave interviews or talked about how it wasn’t an ‘Office’ spinoff. I think there were probably a number of people who watched the pilot and were like, ‘I don’t understand. Is this a different branch of Dunder Mifflin somehow?’ (‘Parks’) was a little bit brighter and a little bit louder and a little bit sillier probably. »

- Geoff Berkshire

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