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★★★☆☆Robyn Davidson's nine-month solo trek across the Outback is a true-life legend in her native Australia, so its surprising that it only now finds a first cinematic transfer in Tracks (2013), a handsome adaptation by John Curran starring a terrific Mia Wasikowska. Davidson - then 27 years old - walked the half the island's length from Alice Springs across 1,700 miles of desert to the Indian Ocean, accompanied solely by three wild camels and her dog, Diggity. As much an attempt at personal emancipation as physical endurance, it was captured by National Geographic photographer Rick Smolan, whose parched photos of her trek made Davidson a cover star and story a sensation.
- CineVue UK
Mia Wasikowska stars in the true story of Robyn Davidson, a young woman who embarked on a gruelling 1,700 mile trek across Australia in 1977, accompanied by four camels and her trusty dog. Adam Driver plays the National Geographic photographer who catches her at various points along the way, helping to create the memoir on which the film is based. While capturing the wild beauty of the Outback, this is less Picnic At Hanging Rock than a skin-blistering trawl through blinding sandstorms, merciless sun, and mountains of camel dung. »
UK box office top ten and analysis for the weekend of Friday 18th – Sunday 20th April 2014…
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 swung into cinemas last Wednesday, with the Sony superhero sequel posting the biggest debut of the year so far with £9,011,114 (including £2.88 million of Wednesday and Thursday previews) to knock Marvel rival Captain America: The Winter Soldier from the top of the UK box office chart. That figure is down from The Amazing Spider-Man’s £11.1 million debut back in 2012, although that included an extra day of previews.
Elsewhere, three other newcomers managed to crack the top ten, with the Pierce Brosnan / Emma Thompson romance The Love Punch earning £613,424 to claim fifth, followed by the Tom Hardy-headlined Locke in ninth with £251,063 and Bollywood romance 2 States propping up the chart in tenth with £208,578.
Number one this time last year: Oblivion
1. The Amazing Spider-Man 2, £9,011,114 weekend (New)
2. Rio 2, £1,132,641 weekend; £9,790,565 total (3 weeks)
3. Noah, »
- Gary Collinson
Having starred in a variety of big Hollywood productions, Australian actress Mia Wasikowska has now returned to her homeland, to bring the incredible true story of Robyn Davidson to the big screen, in John Curran’s Tracks.
We had the pleasure of sitting down with Wasikowska to discuss the role, of a woman who embarked on a trek across the Australian deserts, with just her loyal dog and a few camels. The actress discusses her own personal training with the animals, whether the shoot was as physically demanding as it appears – and her own enjoyment being back on home soil to make a movie.
Tracks is released on April 25th, and you can read our review here.
- Stefan Pape
Though most of the films at next month’s Cannes Film Festival are keeping their plot details and advertisements to a bare minimum, David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars is still moving full force ahead with its marketing campaign.
Last week, we brought you the first official trailer, which embraced the sex, violence and intrigue of its tantalizing subject matter. Today, a set of new images centering on the screwed-up Hollywood dynasty at the film’s center has hit the web. Though the majority of the shots focus on the characters plated by Robert Pattinson (as the family’s limo driver) and Mia Wasikowska (as pyromaniac Agatha), stars John Cusack (as the family patriarch) and Evan Bird (who plays child actor Benjie) can also be seen in the new images, which you can check out below.
The official synopsis reads as follows:
Led by the loathsome yet funny and touching child-star Benjie, »
- Isaac Feldberg
The film, starring Mia Wasikowska (Alice In Wonderland), Paul Giamatti (The Ides Of March, Sideways), Rhys Ifans (Notting Hill) and Ezra Miller (We Need To Talk About Kevin), is directed by Sophie Barthes (Cold Souls) who co-wrote the screenplay with Rose Barrenche.
The classic romance drama is produced by Joe Neurauter & Felipe Marino of Occupant Entertainment in association with Aden Films’ Sophie Barthes and Aleph Motion Pictures’ Jaime Mateus-Tique with financing coming from Prescience with Tim Smith and Paul Brett taking Executive Producer credits. The Co-producers include Germany’s A Company Filmed Entertainment’s Alexander van Duelmen and Kai Kuenneman, Belgian’s Scope Pictures’ Genevieve Lemal and Left Field Ventures’ John Engel.
Currently in post-production, Madame Bovary was shot in Le Perche, France. Radiant Films International is handling foreign sales. »
- Michelle McCue
The Occupant Entertainment production is the third international co-pro involving Berlin-based A Company following its participation in the Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer’s Cloud Atlas and Pepe Danquart’s Run Boy Run.
A Company will release Madame Bovary in all Eastern European territories, Russia and Vietnam through its subsidiaries in Russia, Vietnam, Hungary, Czech Republic/Slovakia and an extensive network of local distribution partners.
Radiant Films International is handling international sales for Madame Bovary.
Run Boy Run, whose sales are handled internationally by Global Screen, was released by Nfp in German cinemas last Thursday (April 17) after its successful opening in Poland in January »
- email@example.com (Martin Blaney)
Richard Ayoade's deliriously cinematic comedy-of-errors "The Double," adapted from Fyodor Dostoevsky's novella, doesn't hit theaters or VOD until May 9. But in the meantime, stream this track off the film's soundtrack, composed by Andrew Hewitt, exclusively on Toh!Set in a gloomy dystopia, "The Double" stars Jesse Eisenberg as a joyless data clerk whose obsession with a beautiful coworker (Mia Wasikowska) brings him face-to-face with his far more charismatic and charming doppelganger. (Here's our Toh! review.)Composer Andrew Hewitt, who scored Ayoade's 2010 hip feature debut "Submarine," has created a head-spinning orchestral score that perfectly captures "The Double"'s stressful, frenetic tone. The score, like the film, is brilliant and infectious. The soundtrack is available to download in full on May 6 before the film arrives May 9 via Magnolia Pictures. Stream the main theme below, and watch the trailer. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
While most films headed to Cannes are keeping a tight seal until the lights go down and the projector goes on, that's not the case for David Cronenberg's "Maps To The Stars." That may be due for the fact that the film is opening in a handful of overseas territories this summer, so regardless of the festival, they need to start advertising. And it could be just because the director doesn't really care. Either way, more images from the movie are here. Fresh looks at Robert Pattison, Mia Wasikowska, John Cusack and more are ready for your eyeballs, in the Bruce Wagner penned tale of a twisted Hollywood dynasty, with the R-rated movie promising violence, sex, nudity and drugs. Because, obviously. And with a Competition slot, expectations will be high for this one which also features the talents of Julianne Moore in its ranks. But whether or not it »
- Kevin Jagernauth
David Cronenberg will be in attendance at the Cannes Film Festival with his latest film, Maps to the Stars starring Robert Pattinson, Julianne Moore, John Cusack, Sarah Gadon, Mia Wasikowska and Olivia Williams and in-between directing feature films it seems he's managed to finish his debut novel, "Consumed", and boy does it sound like quite the ride. Here's the official synopsis: The exhilarating debut novel by iconic filmmaker David Cronenberg: the story of two journalists whose entanglement in a French philosopher's death becomes a surreal journey into global conspiracy. Stylish and camera-obsessed, Naomi and Nathan thrive on the yellow journalism of the social-media age. They are lovers and competitors--nomadic freelancers in pursuit of sensation and depravity, encountering each other only in airport hotels and browser windows. Naomi finds herself drawn to the headlines surrounding Celestine and Aristide Arosteguy, Marxist philosophers and sexual libertines. Celestine has been found dead and mutilated in her Paris apartment. »
- Brad Brevet
David Cronenberg's latest film, Maps To The Stars, opens this year but it will not be the director's only project in 2014. On top of that film starring Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, Robert Pattinson, and John Cusack, Cronenberg will also make his debut as an author with his first novel, Consumed. Due to be released in the fall, Consumed will take Cronenberg fans back to his trademark body horror in a sprawling novel that has already been lauded by the director's »
- Alex Maidy
Warner Bros. Germany has picked up German-speaking rights to Sophie Barthes' literary adaptation Madame Bovary and will release the title theatrically in German, Austria and German-speaking Switzerland. Based on Gustave Flaubert's novel, Madame Bovary stars Mia Wasikowska in the title role, alongside Paul Giamatti, Rhys Ifans and Ezra Miller. Story: Cannes Preview: The Hot Movies in the Running to Hit the Croisette Wasikowska plays Emma Bovary, a young, beautiful woman from northern France who marries the town doctor in order to escape a life of swine farming. But she soon grows tired of her husband and
- Scott Roxborough
Its selection enhances the Australian profile at the festival with David Michôd.s The Rover getting a midnight screening out of competition and Rolf de Heer.s Charlie.s Country showing in the Un Certain Regard sidebar.
.I think it.s every director.s dream to have their work screen in Cannes. This is a huge achievement for everyone who worked on the film,. Hilditch told If on Tuesday night.
In a joint statement with his producer Liz Kearney, he continued, .We are feeling so excited and proud to have our debut feature film selected for Directors' Fortnight. We are really looking forward to sharing These Final Hours with an international audience for the first time and could not ask for a better platform to premiere the film internationally in. »
- Don Groves
Teenagers and young adults flocked to the latest Spider-Man adventure while females sparked to a comedy about women seeking retribution against their cheating husband/lover during the Easter break.
The Grand Budapest Hotel was the No.1 choice for mature cinemagoers, proving tough competition for a raft of limited new releases.
Australian B.O. takings rose by 13% to $20.6 million through Sunday and lucrative trading on Easter Monday boosted the 5-day total to just shy of $26 million, according to Rentrak.s estimates.
Sony.s The Amazing Spider-Man 2: Rise of Electro. raked in $5.3 million in its first four days, an impressive figure but trailing the predecessor which opened with $5.45 million in 2012 and wound up earning $17.4 million. With previews, the sequel nabbed $6.6 million..
- Don Groves
With its premiere set for the Cannes Film Festival, new Maps to the Stars images have gone online. David Cronenberg's latest film follows an archetypical Hollywood dynasty including a writer of self-help manuals, his wife who manages the career of their 13-year-old son, and their daughter, who was recently released from a sanatorium where she was treated for criminal pyromania. The plot also includes Havana, an actress who wants to remake a movie that starred her now-deceased mother. The two trailers have been cryptic, and we'll probably get a better sense of the movie after it plays at the festival. Hit the jump to check out the images. The film stars John Cusack, Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, Robert Pattinson, Olivia Williams, and Sarah Gadon. Maps to the Stars opens in France and Italy on May 21st. A U.S. release date has yet to be announced. Here’s the »
- Matt Goldberg
We are less than a month away from the Cannes Film Festival, and red carpets are being shampooed and hotels are making their towels extra fluffy for the array of stars that will descend upon the south of France. We'll be there with our eyes firmly on the movies, and today brings with it even more images from one of the hottest tickets at the fest. David Cronenberg's "Maps To The Stars" sees him reuniting with "Cosmopolis" lead Robert Pattinson (who also has "The Rover" hitting Cannes), for a tale about a twisted Hollywood family. John Cusack, Julianne Moore, Mia Wasikowska, Olivia Williams and Sarah Gadon co-star in the Bruce Wagner-penned movie, one that promises the standard amount of Cronenberg R-rated fun, with the film getting that stamp due to the violence, sex, nudity and drugs contained within. Whether or not it's Palme d'Or-worthy, we'll just have to wait and see, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Robyn Davidson's nine-month, 1,700 mile trek across the blazing hot deserts of Australia gets the big screen treatment in John Curran's Tracks, a film that sidelines big chest-beating emotions in favour of a low-key adventure tale.
In earlier incarnations director Sydney Pollack and Julia Roberts swirled around Davidson's best-selling memoir, but you can almost hear the Academy Awards cogs turning with headline Hollywood talent involved.
The Painted Veil's Curran, working from a script by Marion Nelson, instead pares back the story to its bare essentials, following Mia Wasikowska's determined Robyn throughout her journey while judiciously dropping in flashbacks to childhood trauma. It's this distressing moment that's underlined as the reason why Robyn chooses to reject people and head off into the sun-scorched wilderness with only four camels »
Oscar 2015 dates (Meryl Streep in ‘Into the Woods’) The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and ABC announced yesterday, April 17, 2014, the Oscar 2015 dates. The Academy Awards ceremony will air live on ABC on February 22, 2015 — or about ten days earlier than the Oscar 2014 ceremony. Key Oscar 2015 dates are as follows: Saturday, November 8, 2014 The Governors Awards (where Honorary awards are handed out). Wednesday, December 3, 2014 Official Screen Credits and music submissions due to the Academy. Monday, December 29, 2014 Oscar 2015 nominations voting begins 8 a.m. Pt. Thursday, January 8, 2015 Oscar 2015 nominations voting ends 5 p.m. Pt. Thursday, January 15, 2015 Oscar 2015 nominations announced. Monday, February 2, 2015 Oscar 2015 Nominees Luncheon. Friday, February 6, 2015 Final voting for the Oscar 2015 winners begins 8 a.m. Pt. Saturday, February 7, 2015 Scientific and Technical Awards. Tuesday, February 17, 2015 Final voting for the Oscar 2015 winners ends 5 p.m. Pt. Oscar Sunday, February 22, 2015 87th Academy Awards begins 7 p.m. Et/ 4 p.m. Pt. As in previous years, the Oscar »
- Steve Montgomery
Abandoning city life, Robyn arrives in Alice Springs and declares her ambition to cross the desert to the Indian Ocean to the amusement of the locals. However after months of camping out and working on a camel farm people begin to take her seriously. A chance meeting with National Geographic photographer Rick Smolan (Adam Driver) provides her with the necessary financing for her expedition under the condition that he be allowed to photograph parts of her journey for the magazine. With only her dog and four unpredictable camels for company, she embarks on an inspiring and life changing journey of self-discovery.
- Phil Wheat
Fans of body horror master David Cronenberg will be hoping for a late career revival when his new film, 2014's Maps to the Stars, has its grand unveiling at Cannes this May, particularly after the joint disappointment of 2011 psychoanalysis drama A Dangerous Method and the overly faithful Cosmopolis (2012). Enlisting A-List stars Mia Wasikowska, Julianne Moore, John Cusack and Robert Pattinson, the film sets itself up as an acerbic portrait of celebrity competition and madness in the shallow waters of Hollywood. Dr. Stafford Weiss (the ever-sleazy Cusack) is a self-help guru while his wife, Christina (Olivia Wilde), manages the career of an obnoxious millionaire child star, Benjie (Evan Bird), who has just checked out of a stint in a drug rehab clinic and is ready to gte back into acting.
- CineVue UK
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