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Cris Jones talks The Death and Life of Otto Bloom on the eve of its Miff debut

20 hours ago | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Xavier Samuel in The Death and Life of Otto Bloom.

What is the film about?

It.s the chronicle of a character named Otto Bloom who experiences time backwards. Not in a Benjamin Button way; he.s not ageing backwards. But he remembers the future and knows nothing about the past. So it.s about his life and the great love of his life. It.s a kind of palindromic love story. But it.s also a film which doesn.t fit neatly into one genre. It starts out as a mystery, and it.s also told in a documentary format, so there is that element as well. But I wouldn.t call it a mockumentary. It.s not a comedy although there are funny moments in [it]. Basically at the start of the film the question is posed: who is Otto Bloom? Then in a series of eight chapters you »

- Brian Karlovsky

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Bo Report: Star Trek Beyond flies clear of Ghostbusters, The Legend of Tarzan

24 July 2016 4:39 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Star Trek Beyond.

Justin Lin's Star Trek Beyond, the third film in the rebooted franchise, has landed on top of the box office, bringing in over $3.9 million over its opening weekend.

Behind it was Ghostbusters, which fell 48 per cent in its second weekend, bringing in $2.4 million. Paul Feig's all female-reboot has totalled $8.6 million so far.

David Yates' The Legend of Tarzan also took a tumble, dropping 47 per cent over its third weekend with takings of $1.3 million, and has now made $10.3 million overall.

David F. Sandberg's horror flick.Lights Out, co-produced by James Wan and starring Teresa Palmer, bowed this week on 171 screens and earned $1.1 million.

Finding Dory was down 61 per cent with a weekend taking of $953,238. The sequel to 2003's Finding Nemo has raked in $46.8 million over six weeks at the box office.

Now in its fourth week, The Bfg fell 57 per cent to bring in »

- Jackie Keast

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Xavier Samuel chats Love and Friendship, The Death and Life of Otto Bloom

20 July 2016 8:33 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Kate Beckinsale and Xavier Samuel in Love & Friendship.

According to Xavier Samuel, when you have the chance to work with a writer and director like Whit Stillman (Metropolitian, The Last Days of Disco), you take it.

.He.s an auteur and he doesn.t make films very often, so to have the opportunity to work with him is something you don.t really have to think about,. Samuel told If..

The Adelaide-raised actor stars as Reginald DeCourcy in Stillman.s latest film, Love & Friendship, an adaptation of an early Jane Austen novella, Lady Susan.

The manipulative and charming Lady Susan (played by Kate Beckinsale) is on a mission to find a new husband for herself and for her long suffering daughter Frederica, and swiftly seduces Samuel.s DeCourcy.

.It.s really a kind of joy to see a film that has a central female character who.s beating the system »

- Jackie Keast

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Xavier Samuel chats Love and Friendship, the Death and Life of Otto Bloom

20 July 2016 8:33 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Kate Beckinsale and Xavier Samuel in Love & Friendship.

According to Xavier Samuel, when you have the chance to work with a writer and director like Whit Stillman (Metropolitian, The Last Days of Disco), you take it.

.He.s an auteur and he doesn.t make films very often, so to have the opportunity to work with him is something you don.t really have to think about,. Samuel told If..

The Adelaide-raised actor stars as Reginald DeCourcy in Stillman.s latest film, Love & Friendship, an adaptation of an early Jane Austen novella, Lady Susan.

The manipulative and charming Lady Susan (played by Kate Beckinsale) is on a mission to find a new husband for herself and for her long suffering daughter Frederica, and swiftly seduces Samuel.s DeCourcy.

.It.s really a kind of joy to see a film that has a central female character who.s beating the system »

- Jackie Keast

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Xavier Samuel in Q&A at Love & Friendship preview

6 July 2016 11:30 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Love & Friendship.

Sydneysiders can catch a special Q&A preview screening of Love & Friendship with Aussie actor Xavier Samuel next week at the Cremorne Orpheum.

Love & Friendship sees Academy Award nominated filmmaker Whit Stillman (Metropolitan, The Last Days of Disco) direct his own adaptation of Jane Austen.s early novella.Lady Susan..

The film follows the scheming and manipulative Lady Susan Vernon (Kate Beckinsale) who, aided and abetted by her loyal friend Alicia Johnson (Chloë Sevigny), is on a mission to find a husband for herself and her long-suffering daughter Frederica.

Their plans are complicated by two young men, the handsome Reginald DeCourcy (Xavier Samuel) and wealthy Sir James Martin (Tom Bennett).

Tickets: http://www.orpheum.com.au/wp-cinema/movie/Olovepreview/Love+Friendship+-+Qa+Preview/

Love & Friendship will be in cinemas nationally via Transmission July 21. »

- Staff Writer

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Miff unveils 2016 program

6 July 2016 6:33 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Joe Cinque's Consolation.

Melbourne International Film Festival revealed its full program yesterday, with a lineup that boasts over 345 films, including 24 world and 157 Australian premieres.

As previously announced.the festival will open with the world premiere of The Death and Life of Otto Bloom, the debut feature of Melbourne filmmaker Cris Jones, starring Xavier Samuel, Matilda Brown and Rachel Ward.

Abe Forsythe.s black comedy Down Under, set during the aftermath of the Cronulla riots, will screen as the festival.s Centrepiece Gala at the fest's midpoint.

Closing out the festival will be Cannes hit Hell or High Water, a neo-Western directed by David Mackenzie.

Among the Aussie drawcards is Joe Cinque.s Consolation, directed by Sotiris Dounoukos and based on the 2004 award-winning novel by Helen Garner. It will make its world premiere at the festival.

Other Aussie world debuts are.Bad Girl, The Family, Emo the Musical, Servant or Slave, »

- Jackie Keast

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Inside Ddp's workflow on Miff-opener The Death and Life of Otto Bloom

5 July 2016 9:09 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

The Death and Life of Otto Bloom is the feature debut of Melbourne writer-director Cris Jones. The film stars Xavier Samuel as a man who experiences time in reverse..

The script required different time periods to be represented through interviews, dramatizations and archival footage, a process spearheaded by Ddp Studios' Melbourne office.

.This was a technically ambitious film to make given the diversity of media utilised in the production process," said Ddp General Manager Caroline Pitcher.

"It was both a treat and a challenge for the team to manage and work with retro media like Super 8 and analogue...

Ddp's challenge was to seamlessly mix differing framerates and formats. Their work included pre-visualisation testing, workflow design and in-house dailies with colour management..

The film was graded on Autodesk.s Lustre in Ddp.s premier theatre by colourist Ian Letcher. Di Mastering was completed by Ddp.s onliner John Kerron..

As well as Otto Bloom, »

- Inside Film Correspondent

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Sony offers first look at romantic comedy Spin Out, starring Xavier Samuel

28 June 2016 8:41 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Sony has released the poster for Spin Out, its romantic comedy directed by Tim Ferguson and Marc Gracie slated for a domestic release on September 15 this year.

In a scenario not dissimilar to 1999's Paperback Hero, starring Hugh Jackman and Claudia Karvan, Spin Out is about Billy (played by Xavier Samuel) and Lucy (Morgan Griffin), two friends who have grown up together in a small country town..

The pair form one of the town's most formidable Ute driving teams, but when Billy takes one risky car stunt too far, Lucy declares she is moving to the city - sending Billy into a spin..

Amid the mayhem of the town.s annual "Bachelors and Spinsters" party, Billy only has one night to wake up to his true feelings for his best friend - or lose her forever..

Samuel and Griffin (who have just started shooting another film together, Sa thriller Bad Blood »

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Director Mark Lamprell talks inheriting a cast in comedy sequel A Few Less Men

23 June 2016 4:41 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

(l-r):.Kevin Bishop,.Xavier Samuel and.Kris Marshall.in A Few Less Men.

A Few Less Men, the sequel to Stephan Elliott's 2011 comedy A Few Best Men, was helmed by Mark Lamprell, the screenwriter of Babe: Pig in the City and director of 2000's My Mother Frank and 2013's Goddess.

Lamprell came on board after reading the script by Dean Craig (Death at a Funeral), who wrote the original film.

"It was lovely working on somebody else's screenplay because it was a really solid screenplay structurally," Lamprell said. "I could see that there was a really good movie in there. Dean's a very accomplished writer. The whole guts of it were laid out before me.".

Lamprell, who got his start at Kennedy Miller making Bts documentaries such as The Making of Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985), describes A Few Less Men as "a silly comedy.".

"It's not high-brow wit. »

- Harry Windsor

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Principal photography underway on Bad Blood, starring Xavier Samuel

21 June 2016 4:34 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Morgan Griffin and Xavier Samuel

Shooting has commenced in Adelaide on suspense thriller Bad Blood, written and directed by David Pulbrook (Last Dance). As If has previously reported,.the feature will star Adelaide-raised Xavier Samuel (Fury, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse) alongside Morgan Griffin (San Andreas, Unbroken). Just announced to be joining them is a supporting cast featuring all South Australian actors, including Tess Fowler (Raising the Bar, Sam Fox: Extreme Adventures), Rob Macpherson (Deadline Gallipoli, Danger 5), Elena Carapetis (One Eyed Girl, Burning Man, Look Both Ways) and Patrick Frost (the.Wolf Creek series, Deadline Gallipoli). Casting director Angela Heesom said, .We have been able to find the entire supporting cast out of South Australia which is incredibly exciting. This means, with the inclusion of South Australian lead, Xavier Samuel, it.s a very home grown picture for us all to be making and showcases the extraordinary talents of our local acting community. »

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Best Military Movies To Watch on June 6, D-Day

6 June 2016 3:44 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

June 6, 1944. Today marks the 72nd anniversary of D-Day.

On June 7th, Paramount Home Media Distribution will release director Michael Bay’s remarkable 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi.

Hailed as “powerful” (Kyle Smith, New York Post), “engrossing” (Soren Andersen, Seattle Times) and “full of explosive action” (Dan Casey, Nerdist), the film arrives on Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand this Tuesday. (Review)

13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers Of Benghazi tells the incredible true story of six elite ex-military operators who fought to protect the CIA against overwhelming odds when terrorists attacked a U.S. diplomatic compound on September 11, 2012. The film stars John Krasinski (TV’s “The Office”), James Badge Dale (World War Z) and Pablo Schreiber (TV’s “Orange is the New Black”), and is based on the nonfiction novel 13 Hours: The Inside Account of What Really Happened in Benghazi by New York Times best-selling author Mitchell Zuckoff with »

- Movie Geeks

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Movie Review – Love & Friendship (2016)

3 June 2016 1:45 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Love & Friendship, 2016.

Directed by Whit Stillman.

Starring Kate Beckinsale, Chloë Sevigny, Xavier Samuel and Stephen Fry.

Synopsis:

Set in the 1790s, Love and Friendship centers on beautiful widow Lady Susan Vernon, who has come to the estate of her in-laws to wait out colorful rumors about her dalliances circulating through polite society. Whilst there, she decides to secure a husband for herself and her rather reluctant debutante daughter, Frederica.

Those who dread the prospect of yet another Jane Austen movie frock fest would do well to be pointed in the direction of Love & Friendship, director Whit Stillman’s deliciously acerbic Regency romp in which the clothes and decor support the satire, not vice versa. Too often, Austen adaptations are cosseted, corseted and more than a little bland; under Stillman’s typically deadpan direction, the author’s deliciously spiky sense of humour is joyously restored.

Not only is the reputation of »

- Sean Wilson

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Love & Friendship – Review

27 May 2016 5:29 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Film comedies packed witty, biting humor and whip-smart dialog are pretty rare these days. So Love & Friendship, director Whit Stillman’s screen adaptation of Jane Austen’s lesser-known early short novel “Lady Susan,” is particularly welcome. With Kate Beckinsale shinning in the lead role as clever, ruthless Lady Susan, the witty comedy is even more delicious.

Love & Friendship is pure fun, a brilliant comedy filled with laugh-out-loud moments and terrific ensemble performances by a largely British cast, making it entertaining even for those who are not big fans of Jane Austen or costume films.

Unlike other more familiar Austen works, Love & Friendship is more comedy than romance, although there is some of that too. The story might be described as a comedy of manners but that label makes this very funny film sound more tame than it really is. The story is set in the 1790s, a little earlier than most Austen stories, »

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Xavier Samuel and Morgan Griffin to star in Sa thriller Bad Blood

17 May 2016 8:34 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Xavier Samuel in Kimble Rendall's Bait 3D.

Adelaide-raised Xavier Samuel is returning home to star in South Australian feature Bad Blood, a suspense thriller to be directed by David Pulbrook (Last Dance) about a couple's long weekend away that turns sinister.

Samuel will star alongside Morgan Griffin (San Andreas, Unbroken) in his first Sa-shot film since his debut film, 2006's 2:37 (the film which also provided an early breakout role for Teresa Palmer).

Bad Blood will be produced by Wolf Creek's David Lightfoot alongside Antony I. Ginnane, with filming in the Adelaide Hills and at Adelaide Studios to begin June 6 and run for three weeks.

.Interest in filming in South Australia is currently very high, with the State.s experienced crews, diverse filming locations and the state-of-the-art Adelaide Studios all proving strong drawcards among producers and directors," South Australian Film Corporation Chief Executive Annabelle Sheehan said.

.In the last two years, »

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Sff's Travelling Film Festival returns to Newcastle with eight films

17 May 2016 4:19 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Alex Russell in Ivan Sen's Goldstone.

The Sydney Film Festival's Travelling Film Fest returns to Newcastle this year, screening at Tower Cinemas from June 24-26.

Sff's roadshow takes films around the country after they've screened at the festival itself, which takes place in Sydney from June 8-19.

Highlights include Sff's opening night film Goldstone, directed by Ivan Sen and starring Aaron Pedersen, Alex Russell, Jacki Weaver, David Wenham and David Gulpilil, and closing night film Love and Friendship, Whit Stillman's adaptation of an early, unheralded Jane Austen short novel.

Stillman's acclaimed comedy of manners stars Australia's own Xavier Samuel as well as Stephen Fry, Kate Beckinsale and Chloë Sevigny.

.We are thrilled to be returning to Tower Cinemas with a vibrant program of four short films and nine feature films including one documentary,. Travelling Film Festival Manager Alicia Emery said.

Other films set to go on tour include Lee Tamahori's Mahana, »

- Staff Writer

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Interview: Director Whit Stillman Celebrates ‘Love & Friendship’

17 May 2016 1:53 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Say the name Whit Stillman in certain cinema circles, and a rush of admiration soon follows. The director made a name for himself with his debut film “Metropolitan’ (1990), and followed with the same emotional pallette in “Barcelona” (1994). He is back with an adaptation of a Jane Austin novel, entitled “Love & Friendship.”

The title is taken from one of Jane Austin’s short stories, but the narrative is from her novel “Lady Susan,” published 60 years after her death. It involves the title character (portrayed in the film by Kate Beckinsale), a widow without fortune, who is looking to marry again to wealth, and wishes the same for her daughter. She visits the estate of her sister-in-law and brother-in-law – Charles and Catherine Vernon – in the hopes of making a match for her lovely child Frederica, or at least herself.

Chloë Sevigny and Kate Beckinsale in ‘Love & Friendship’

Photo credit: Roadside Attractions »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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'Twilight' star joins Australian thriller 'Bad Blood'

16 May 2016 10:00 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Xavier Samuel has joined the Australian suspense thriller along with San Andreas actor Morgan Griffin.

Xavier Samuel (The Twilight Saga) and Morgan Griffin (San Andreas) have signed on to star in David Pulbook’s Australian suspense thriller Bad Blood.

The film is produced by Antony I. Ginnane (Screamers) through his Fg Film Group banner, along with David Lightfoot (Wolf Creek) through his production outfit Ultra Films.

Shanghai-based post house Leading Digital Post is part-financing the film through its multi-year co-financing partnership with The Little Film Company, which is handling international sales on Bad Blood.

Pulbook is directing from a script he co-wrote with Patrick Edgeworth about a woman (Griffin) who accepts an invitation to spend a weekend at a mountain resort with a male friend (Samuel) but quickly realises something is wrong.

The film is being produced with financial assistance from the South Australian Film Corporation and Screen Queensland. Production is scheduled »

- lizshackleton@gmail.com (Liz Shackleton)

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Melbourne 2016: World Premiere The Death And Life Of Otto Bloom To Open Miff

15 May 2016 11:30 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

The Melbourne International Film Festival is weeks away, but the excitement is already growing for this year's event. Hopefully to set the tone, Miff have announced key sponsor Grey Goose Vodka as well as some information on the fun genre-blender The Death And Life Of Otto, which will officially kick off proceedings as its opening gala film. Fact, including the announced film, Miff will have opened with two Australian time travel genre films (the other being the Ethan Hawke vehicle Predestination). Starring Xavier Samuel, Matilda Brown and Rachel Ward, The Death and Life of Otto Bloom chronicles the life and great love of Bloom (Samuel), an extraordinary man who experiences time in reverse – passing backwards through the years while remembering the future. The Death And...

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The Death and Life of Otto Bloom opens Miff

15 May 2016 6:04 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Rachel Ward and Matilda Brown star in The Death and Life of Otto Bloom.

The Death and Life of Otto Bloom, starring Xavier Samuel, Rachel Ward and Matilda Brown, will open this year's Melbourne International Film Festival.

The film, directed by Cris Jones, chronicles the life and great love of Bloom (Samuel), a man who experiences time in reverse — passing backwards through the years while remembering the future.

The Death and Life of Otto Bloom is Jones' first feature.

The full program for the festival will be revealed on July 5.

Jones said it was an honour and a joy to have his first feature opening Miff..

"For me, Miff is more than a celebration of film," he said..

"It is a family and a home. The festival has played an enormous role in my journey as a filmmaker, and without the support of the Premiere Fund, this film would not exist. »

- Brian Karlovsky

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First look at A Few Less Men as footage to comedy sequel shopped at Cannes

15 May 2016 4:54 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Xavier Samuel, Kris Marshall and Kevin Bishop in A Few Less Men.

Arclight Films have released a first look at A Few Less Men, the sequel to 2011's A Few Best Men..

The new film sees Goddess' Mark Lamprell taking over directing duties from Priscilla's Stephan Elliot, and will be released by StudioCanal in Australia and Nz.

The film was produced by Laurence Malkin, Tania Chambers and Share Stallings and written by Dean Craig (Death at a Funeral), and footage is currently being screened to buyers in Cannes.

.From a talented group of filmmakers with a proven track record of delivering strong, entertaining stories with broad appeal, A Few Less Men is sure to satisfy audiences in Australia and abroad", said StudioCanal Australia and New Zealand Chief Executive Elizabeth Trotman..

"Here at StudioCanal we are so pleased to be on board and are looking forward to developing an exciting campaign. »

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