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Oddball and the Penguins movie review: dogs and birds living together

Sweet, silly, charming. A true story about an unlikely canine-assisted project to protect endangered birds, goofily fictionalized to engage kids. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

So this really happened: about 10 years ago, a farmer in Australia trained one of his Maremma sheepdogs, which had been guarding chickens, to instead protect a colony of endangered penguins that was being decimated by foxes. It was a huge success, and the colony is now thriving. I suspect some aspects of the true story have been embellished for the delightful Oddball and the Penguins — “a fairy tale that really happened” — but that first dog really was called Oddball, and that farmer really is actually named Swampy Marsh. Here, in the town of Warrnambook on Australia’s southeastern coast, Swampy (Shane Jacobson: The Dressmaker) and his gradeschooler granddaughter, Olivia
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Oddball breaks the rules

Now shooting in Melbourne and country Victoria, the comedy Oddball is breaking all the rules which say you should never work with children, animals, birds and on or near water.

.You name the risk, we.re taking it,. Wtfn.s Richard Keddie, who is producing with Steve Kearney and Sheila Hanahan Taylor, tells If.

Based on a true story, the film stars Shane Jacobson as Swampy Marsh, an eccentric chicken farmer who, helped by his granddaughter, trains his mischievous dog Oddball to protect a wild penguin sanctuary from fox attacks.

Saran Snook plays Swampy.s daughter Emily, a single mother, with Coco Gillies as her daughter and Alan Tudyk as an American tourism consultant who is hired to help the town get back on its feet.

Richard Davies is a local conservationist, Deborah Mailman is the mayor, Frank Woodley is a dogcatcher and Meeko, a maremma, is Oddball.

Animal trainer
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Oddball set to roll

Shane Jacobson, Saran Snook, Alan Tudyk, Deborah Mailman and a dog named Meeko head the cast of Oddball, a comedy which starts shooting in Melbourne and country Victoria on Monday.

Based on a true story, the film features Jacobson as Swampy Marsh, an eccentric chicken farmer who, helped by his granddaughter, trains his mischievous dog Oddball to protect a wild penguin sanctuary from fox attacks.

In the process he reunites his family and saves their seaside town.

The director is Stuart McDonald (Summer Heights High, Super Fun Night), replacing the originally announced Clayton Jacobson who left the project a couple of week ago.

The cast includes Sarah Snook (These Final Hours, Not Suitable For Children), Alan Tudyk (I, Robot, Serenity, Frozen, Knocked Up), Coco Gillies (Maya the Bee Movie), Richard Davies (Offspring, Howzat! Kerry Packer.s War), Deborah Mailman (The Sapphires, Bran Nue Dae, Offspring), Frank Woodley (Kath & Kimderella, The
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Russell Crowe replaces Hugh Sheridan as Aacta award host

  • IF.com.au
Russell Crowe has been announced as the new Aacta host after a conflicting La schedule forced original host Hugh Sheridan to pull out.

The second annual Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards will see Crowe headline an impressive line-up of presenters, including Aacta president Geoffery Rush and Aacta ambassador Cate Blanchett.

The awards, to be held on January 30 at The Star Event Centre, will see more than 1000 Australian film and television performers and practitioners in attendance.

In addition to the Aacta Awards in Sydney, Crowe will also host the Aacta International Awards in Los Angeles on Saturday, which Sheridan will now also attend.

"The Australian Academy is making its mark in the States, and I'm equally as honoured to represent the Australian industry in L.A. as host of Aacta's International Awards, as I am to return home to celebrate the success of my peers at the 2nd Aacta Awards Ceremony in Sydney,
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The Sapphires scores 12 nominations at Aacta Awards

  • IF.com.au
Hit musical drama The Sapphires has scored 12 nominations at the 2012 Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (Aacta) Awards including in the coveted best feature film category.

The Sapphires, which follows four indigenous singers during the Vietnam war, has grossed more than $14 million in Australia to become the biggest local film of the year.

Three other films will be also be vying for the best feature film award: Burning Man (10 nominations in total), Lore (eight nominations in total) and Wish You Were Here (eight nominations in total) at the main Aacta ceremony, which will be held on January 30, 2013, at The Star Event Centre. Last year's event was held at the iconic Sydney Opera House.

P.J. Hogan's Mental also scored eight nominations including Best Lead Actress (Toni Collette), Best Supporting Actor (Liev Schreiber) Best Young Actor (Lily Sullivan) and Best Supporting Actress for Rebecca Gibney and Deborah Mailman.

Not Suitable for Children
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Lano and Woodley's Frank Woodley is back on ABC

The ABC is getting physical and there.s one man for the job: popular Aussie comedian Frank Woodley.

One half of the lovable duo Lano and Woodley, Frank is back with a new, entirely-physical show, simply titled Woodley.

Drawing on childhood loves such as The Goodies and Get Smart . not to mention comedians like Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton . Frank is taking a unique approach for 2012: all jokes are visual. There.s very little dialogue.

"It's something that I.ve had this sort of weird obsession with for my entire performing career really," the Melbourne comedian explains of his love for physical humour.

.A lot of these ideas would.ve been things that maybe Lano and Woodley would.ve moved towards as well . so in some ways it.s something I.ve been thinking about for five years and in some ways it.s stuff I.ve been working on for 25 years.
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Lano and Woodley's Frank Woodley is back on ABC

The ABC is getting physical and there.s one man for the job: popular Aussie comedian Frank Woodley. One half of the lovable duo Lano and Woodley, Frank is back with a new, entirely-physical show, simply titled Woodley. Drawing on childhood loves such as The Goodies and Get Smart . not to mention comedians like Charlie Chaplin and Buster Keaton . Frank is taking a unique approach for 2012: all jokes are visual. There.s very little dialogue. "It's something that I.ve had this sort of weird obsession with for my entire performing career really," the Melbourne comedian explains of his love for physical humour. .A lot of these ideas would.ve been things that maybe Lano and Woodley would.ve moved towards as well ....
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Should Edinburgh's festivals unite? | Brian Logan

Eif director Jonathan Mills may mourn media confusion over the city's different festivals – but it's just this colourful, companionable diversity that makes Edinburgh so unique

I was talking to a well-established arts broadcaster when, at mention of the Edinburgh Fringe, he turned to me with an innocent expression and said: "What's the Edinburgh Fringe?" At the time, I thought him poorly informed for a well-established arts broadcaster. But now I realise: it's all of us who are to blame! According to Edinburgh International festival supremo Jonathan Mills, speaking this week in the Stage, the media don't "help us articulate to the extent that [they] ought to the differences between the [Edinburgh] festivals". Some people know the Fringe; others only know some generic "Edinburgh festival" – and journalists are "very lazy" in pointing out the difference, says Mills.

It's hard, at least from his spliced-and-diced comments in the Stage, to know precisely what point Mills is making.
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