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Film Review: ‘Kill Me Three Times’

6 October 2014 11:51 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Screen violence doesn’t get much cheaper or more gratuitous than in “Kill Me Three Times,” a sun-drenched, blood-spattered Australian thriller that seems to fancy itself the first movie ever to feature characters shot to death at point-blank range. Playing like a beach bum’s “Double Indemnity” with a few sub-Tarantino chronological backflips thrown in, director Kriv Stenders’ tiresome tale of scheming adulterers, cruel spouses and one bemused hitman (Simon Pegg) feels like poser noir all the way, never achieving the darkly comic flair or freshness of style needed to sell its fatalistic twists. Although picked up for Stateside release by Magnolia, “Three” will add up to very little commercially.

From the moment professional assassin Charlie Wolfe (Pegg) opens the movie with a loud “Fuck me!” and proceeds to tell us how he came to meet his death on a gorgeous stretch of beach in Eagles Nest, Australia, you can »

- Justin Chang

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DVD Review – 300: Rise of an Empire (2014)

6 October 2014 1:12 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

300: Rise of an Empire (2014)

Directed by Noam Murro

Starring Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Lena Headey, Hans Matheson, Callan Mulvey, David Wenham, Rodrigo Santoro


Greek general Themistokles leads the charge against invading Persian forces led by mortal-turned-god Xerxes and Artemisia, vengeful commander of the Persian navy.

Eight years after the Spartans raised hell across Greece in Zack Snyder’s hit film, the long-awaited next chapter of the series based on Frank Miller’s yet-to-be-released comic-book has arrived. Taking place before, during and after the events of the first film, 300: Rise of an Empire follows the rise of the Persian Army, led by Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro), who has just been made into a God, and commander Artemisia (Eva Green) who is out for blood after the death of her husband. Standing in the way is a Greek army, led by Themistocles (Sullivan Stapleton) who refuses to let the Persians have their way. »

- Luke Owen

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’300: Rise of an Empire’ Blu-ray Review

25 September 2014 7:44 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Sullivan Stapleton, Eva Green, Rodrigo Santoro, Lena Headey, Hans Matheson, Callan Mulvey, David Wenham, Jack O’Connell | Written by Zack Snyder, Kurt Johnstad | Directed by Noam Murro

I don’t want to spoil 300, but I think it’s fair to say it had a double-edged ending with the feeling being that there was still hope even if the war was far from over.  300: Rise of an Empire continues the story, but also prequels it and runs alongside it as the focus turns to Greece and the coming together of a nation to take on Xerxes and his Persian forces.

300: Rise of an Empire focuses mainly on Themistocles (Sullivan Stapleton) taking the battle to the Persian Army on the naval battlefield.  Battling against Artemisia (Eva Green) Xerxes’ (Rodrigo Santoro) trusted naval leader he must outwit her and the huge forces she has to take on his more meagre offering. »

- Paul Metcalf

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Magnolia takes Us on Kill Me Three Times

24 September 2014 4:21 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Kriv Stenders’ comedic crime thriller starring Simon Pegg premiered in Toronto and will open theatrically in 2015. Cargo handles international sales.

Sullivan Stapleton, Alice Braga, Teresa Palmer, Callan Mulvey, Luke Hemsworth and Bryan Brown star in the Parabolic Pictures and Stable Way Production in association with Feisty Dame.

Kill Me Three Times centres on an assassin who learns he is not the only one out to kill the siren of a sun-drenched Australia surfing town.

James McFarland wrote the screenplay and the producers are Laurence Malkin, Share Stallings and Tania Chambers

Wme Global negotiated the deal on behalf of the filmmakers with Magnolia. »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Michelle Yeoh and Will Yun Lee Join Final Season of ‘Strike Back’

23 September 2014 5:40 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Hong Kong – Malaysian actress and martial arts superstar Michelle Yeoh, recently shooting “Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon II,” and Will Yun Lee will give a significant Asian angle to the fourth season of Cinemax action drama series “Strike Back.”

The final series of ten episodes is now shooting in Europe after a break enforced by an injury sustained off set by returning series star Sullivan Stapleton. Production will continue towards the end of the year with additional filming in Thailand.

Season four is directed by Michael J. Bassett (who also serves as co-executive producer), Julian Holmes and Brendan Maher, and written by Bassett, Jack Lothian, James Dormer, Richard Zajdlic, Ed Whitmore and Tim Vaughan.

The series sees Stapleton (“300: The Rise of an Empire,” “Gangster Squad”) and Philip Winchester (“Crusoe”) return as a pair of counter-terrorism operatives. They are joined by Robson Green (“Wire in the Blood,”), Michelle Lukes (“Doctors”) and »

- Patrick Frater

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Exclusive Q+A With Rodrigo Santoro For ‘300: Rise Of An Empire’

23 September 2014 3:54 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

I actually really enjoyed 300: Rise Of An Empire when it hit cinemas back in March (you can read my review here), so am pretty amped for the upcoming DVD, Blu-Ray and Digital Download release next week. The film stars Eva Green, Sullivan Stapleton and a returning Rodrigo Santoro as Xerxes, who we caught up with for an exclusive Q+A ahead of the home entertainment bow.

Question:  I wonder if you could start by telling me how would you describe 300: Rise of an Empire and how it relates to the original 300?

Rodrigo Santoro:  Well, I’m going to describe it not as a sequel, but, as we like to call it, a companion film because there are different cameras and different angles of what is happening at the same time as the first film.  In a way, it’s really an experience that helps the audience to »

- Paul Heath

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Michelle Yeoh, Max Beesley join Strike Back's final series

23 September 2014 2:10 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - TV news news »

Michelle Yeoh and Max Beesley will appear in the fifth and final series of Strike Back.

Sullivan Stapleton and Philip Winchester will be back as Strike Back leads Damien Scott and Michael Stonebridge, with Robson Green (Philip Locke), Michelle Lukes (Sgt Richmond) and Milauna Jackson (Kim Martinez) also returning.

Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon's Yeoh - in her first ever role for television - will play the wife of the British Ambassador to Thailand, with Tim McInnerny (Blackadder, Spooks) playing her husband.

Mad Dogs star Beesley takes on the role of an ex-pat gangster in the new episodes, which will also feature guest appearances from Game of Thrones actor Michael McElhatton, Highlander: The Series star Adrian Paul and Spartacus actor Dustin Clare.

Completing the cast are Will Yun Lee (The Wolverine), James Wilby (Gosford Park), Joseph Gatt (Game of Thrones) and Christian Antidormi (Spartacus: War Of The Damned).

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Yeoh & More Join Final "Strike Back" Season

22 September 2014 6:42 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Following a seven month hiatus after star Sullivan Stapleton suffered a major injury in Bangkok, production has resumed in Europe and Asia on the final season of Cinemax's "Strike Back".

Joining regulars Stapleton and Philip Winchester will be a host of talent lead by the one and only Michelle Yeoh.

Joining her will be "The Wolverine" stars Will Yun Lee and Masa Yamaguchi, former "Highlander: The Series" lead Adrian Paul, "Spartacus" stars Dustin Clare and Christian Antidormi, "Game of Thrones" actors Joseph Gatt and Michael McElhatton, Ufc fighter Michael Bisping and a raft of British thesis including Max Beesley, Tim McInnerny, Leo Gregory, Mark Griffin, Andrew Pleavin and Eliza Hope Bennett.

This final set of ten episodes is scheduled to air sometime in 2015

Source: The Live Feed »

- Garth Franklin

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'Strike Back' Season 4: Find Out Who's Joining The Cast!

22 September 2014 4:05 PM, PDT | Access Hollywood | See recent Access Hollywood news »

"Strike Back" has announced who is joining the cast for the Cinemax series' fourth season.

The action-packed drama, starring Philip Winchester and Sullivan Stapleton, will have a host of international cast members.

Michelle Yeoh from “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon II," Dustin Clare, who starred in Starz's "Spartacus: Gods of the Arena," Will Yun Lee of HBO’s “True Blood," James Wilby from “Gosford Park," "Highlander" series star Adrian Paul, "Banshee's" Joseph Gatt, Christian Antidormi from “Spartacus: War of the Damned” and British mixed martial arts champion and Ufc fighter Michael Bisping are all a part of the Season 4 ...

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- access.hollywood@nbcuni.com (AccessHollywood.com Editorial Staff)

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Strike Back Season 4 resumes production; Michelle Yeoh among new cast members

22 September 2014 4:00 PM, PDT | ChannelGuideMag | See recent ChannelGuideMag news »

The Cinemax action-drama series Strike Back recently resumed production on Season 4 (its final season) in Europe, the network said today. The show’s production had been on hiatus to allow star Sullivan Stapleton the chance to recuperate from a non-set-related injury sustained earlier this year. Production on Strike Back Season 4 will continue through the fall, with additional production in Thailand, according to Cinemax. In the release about the restarting of production, Cinemax also mentioned that several new cast members are now on board, including Michelle Yeoh (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon II), Dustin Clare (the Spartacus series), Will Yun Lee … Continue reading →

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- Jeff Pfeiffer

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'Strike Back' adds Michelle Yeoh, Dustin Clare & more to final season cast

22 September 2014 4:00 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The final season of "Strike Back" has the potential for even more bad-assery than usual, based on the just-announced guest cast. The action drama, co-produced by Cinemax and the UK's Sky 1, resumed production on its fourth and final season, following a brief hiatus caused by star Sullivan Stapleton getting injured away from the set. For the final year, Stapleton, Philip Winchester and the rest of the returning crew (including Robson Green, Michelle Lukes and Milauna Jackson as members of British special forces unit Section 20) will be joined by a set of actors with impressive action bonafides: * Michelle Yeoh, one of the greatest action stars ever produced by international cinema, and star of one of the best action movies ever made ("Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon"); * Dustin Clare from Starz's very violent "Spartacus" franchise (plus fellow "Spartacus" alum Christian Antidormi); * Adrian Paul, who brandished a sword many times as star of the »

- Alan Sepinwall

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Us deal for Kill Me Three Times

21 September 2014 2:21 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Kriv Stenders. comedy thriller Kill Me Three Times will be released in the Us by Magnolia Pictures, a distributor of niche films including A Long Way Down, Frank, Blackfish and Nymphomaniac.

Brokered by Wme, the deal is estimated to be worth low seven-figures, according to Deadline.com which broke the story.

There is no word on the launch date but Deadline said Magnolia plans a .big theatrical push for a pic that.s a raucous and violent ride in the spirit of films like Seven Psychopaths..

Magnolia typically distributes films in a limited number of cinemas day-and-date with VOD, as was the case with A Long Way Down, which stars Pierce Brosnan, Toni Colette, Imogen Poots, Aaron Paul and Sam Neill.

The firm owned by billionaires Todd Wagner and Mark Cuban released Happy Christmas, writer-director Joe Swanberg.s drama starring Anna Kendrick, Melanie Lynskey, Mark Webber and Lena Dunham, on »

- Don Groves

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Simon Pegg’s ‘Kill Me Three Times’ Bought for U.S. By Magnolia

20 September 2014 8:06 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Magnolia has acquired U.S. rights to Australian thriller “Kill Me Three Times,” starring Simon Pegg, Alice Braga and Luke Hemsworth.

The low seven figure-deal comes after “Kill Me Three Times” premiered at the Toronto Film Festival in the Contemporary World Cinema section.

Teresa Palmer, Sullivan Stapleton, Bryan Brown and Callan Mulvey also star in the film. Kriv Stenders, the director of 2011’s “Red Dog,” helmed from a script by Irish screenwriter James McFarland. The story is told from three different points of view.

See Also: Luke Hemsworth, Teresa Palmer, and Kriv Stenders on ‘Kill Me Three Times

Shooting for “Kill Me Three Times” began a year ago in an Australian surfing town. Pegg plays a mercurial professional assassin, hired by a wealthy man (Mulvey) to kill his wife (Braga).

Producers are Laurence Malkin, Share Stallings and Tania Chambers. Production companies are Parabolic Pictures, Inc., Stable Way Entertainment, KM3T Productions Pty Ltd. »

- Dave McNary

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Toronto: Rights to Thriller 'Kill Me Three Times' Go to Magnolia

19 September 2014 6:39 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Magnolia has taken the rights to director Kriv StendersKill Me Three Times, The Hollywood Reporter has confirmed. The Australian thriller was penned by James McFarland and stars Simon PeggSullivan Stapleton, Alice Braga, Teresa Palmer, Callan Mulvey, Luke Hemsworth and Bryan Brown. Pegg plays a hitman set loose on a sleepy Australian town. The film was produced by Parabolic Pictures and Stable Way Entertainment, in association with Feisty Dame Productions. It was produced by Laurence Malkin, Share Stallings and Tania Chambers. Executive producers include Jed Weintrob, Jan Korbelin, Bryce Menzies, Ian Gibbins, Jack Drewe, Joan Peters, Aaron L. Gilbert and Alan Simpson. The deal, first reported

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Comedy thriller polarises critics

14 September 2014 2:43 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Kriv Stenders' Kill Me Three Times may well have had a .boisterously enthusiastic reception. at its Toronto International Film Festival premiere, as The Sydney Morning Herald reported last week.

However the critics in Toronto were far from unanimous in their judgments on the comedy-thriller that stars Simon Pegg as an assassin who encounters a group of increasingly violent locals who carry their own dark secrets.

Sullivan Stapleton, Teresa Palmer, Callan Mulvey, Luke Hemsworth, Alice Braga and Bryan Brown co-star in the film scripted by James McFarland and produced by Laurence Malkin, Share Stallings, Tania Chambers. EOne, which will release the film in Australia next year, hasn.t revealed the launch date.

The pro- camp saw a very funny, cleverly plotted and crowd-pleasing film that subverts expectations.

The anti- brigade saw a mediocre, derivative crime potboiler.

Stenders and Chambers understandably are keen to stress the Tiff audiences. reactions and the positive reviews. »

- Don Groves

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Kill Me Three Times Capsule Review [Tiff 2014]

13 September 2014 10:26 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Below-the-line talent rarely seems like the lynchpin holding a whole film together, but if anyone should be getting praise for Kill Me Three Times, it’s casting director Christine King. Without her presence, the film would have been a dull Aussie crime caper that you’ll probably forget about by the time you reach the parking lot. But thanks to King, Kill Me Three Times is a dull Aussie crime caper that’ll make you think it was neat seeing so many actors play against type, before then forgetting everything else about it.

Not content to let brother Liam be the only Hemsworth with a derivative, Teresa Palmer-co-starring knockoff premiering at Tiff, Luke Hemsworth is the only player in Kill Me Three Times that’s squarely in their comfort zone (his: bland and hunky). The rest are diverting in spots simply for trying something a little different, whether it »

- Sam Woolf

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Review: Simon Pegg has great fun playing slimy in Aussie thriller 'Kill Me Three Times'

9 September 2014 10:50 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Kriv Stenders is not a filmmaker whose name I knew before this, but "Kill Me Three Times" suggests he has both a slick sense of style and a wicked nasty sense of humor. The film stars Simon Pegg as a slimy hitman named Charlie Wolfe, and it is a sort of sun-drenched round robin of terrible people doing terrible things to one another to largely charming effect. The script by James McFarland fractures the story into three overlapping chunks of time, doubling back on itself to illuminate why people are behaving certain ways, but it's actually a fairly simple story once it becomes untangled. Someone hires Charlie to kill someone else, and that someone may not be on the level. Charlie may not be on the level, either. Basically, it is a movie of double and triple crosses in which pretty much everyone deserves what they get, all set in »

- Drew McWeeny

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Australian films shine in Toronto

7 September 2014 2:39 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

The Australian films premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival are getting a fair bit of love from critics, and the occasional brickbat.

Josh Lawson.s The Little Death, Tony Ayres Cut Snake and director Sotiris Dounoukos. French-shot short A Single Body have been warmly received.

Lawson.s sex comedy, his feature directing debut, which opens on September 25 via eOne, was hailed by Twitch Film.s Kwenton Bellette as a .cheeky cracking Australian comedy that is filled with amazing chemistry, hilarious moments and clever exchanges. It is well worth your time..

Of the writer/director/star Bellette observed, .His goofiness on screen and well-mannered presence has permeated execrable dross from Australia and made it watchable. His painful turn as Doug, the loser partner in Showtime's black comedy series House of Lies, is probably the face he is most known for, but The Little Death is his directorial debut, and will »

- Don Groves

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Cut Snake Review [Tiff 2014]

5 September 2014 5:55 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

To say an actor is the best part of a film is usually meant as praise for the strength of their performance, not direct commentary on the quality of that film. To say that Sullivan Stapleton is the best part of a movie is, as of now, a statement that’s cause for concern. The Australian beefcake is likely best known to North American audiences for his role as the sentient marble statue that took over for Gerard Butler in the recent, dismal 300 sequel, where pitting him against a deliriously engaged Eva Green shone a spotlight on Stapleton’s charisma vacuum. You could blame the script and direction just as well, but handsome musclemen looking to climb out of the action movie heap often prove themselves worthy by doing more with less.

Saying Stapleton is the best part of Cut Snake would be a slam, were it not for the »

- Sam Woolf

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Cut Snake | 2014 Tiff Review

5 September 2014 4:30 PM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Out of the Past: Ayres’ Neo-noir is a Pulpy Brood

With a little luck, Australian director Tony Ayres’ latest film, Cut Snake will evolve beyond the festival circuit, unlike his accomplished 2007 drama The Home Song Stories with Joan Chen, which still remains unavailable in the Us. A period piece neo-noir, Ayres and screenwriter Blake Ayshford take a familiar premise down a surprisingly knotty path that makes for an intriguing and apprehensively sweaty yarn.

It is Sydney, 1974, and Pommie (Sullivan Stapleton) has just been released from prison. He seems to be looking for someone, showing up on an old woman’s doorstep, looking for an old friend named Sparra (Alex Russell). His friend doesn’t live there anymore, but an underlying uneasiness about Pommie’s insistence convinces us he’s going to find out where he went. Sure enough, he’s next seen staking out Sparra’s new home right outside of Melbourne, »

- Nicholas Bell

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