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20 items from 2014


All-star cast for Aussie movie

13 October 2014 2:53 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

An Australian movie featuring Ryan Kwanten, Toni Collette, Robin McLeavy, David Wenham, Rufus Sewell, Richard Roxburgh, Deborah Mailman, Barry Otto and Barry Humphries sounds like a casting director.s dream.

All are lending their voices to The Blinky Bill Movie, Flying Bark Productions. CGI feature now in production in Sydney.

The script is by Fin Edquist, whose Maya the Bee Movie opens here on November 1. The co-directors are Deane Taylor (The Nightmare Before Christmas) and Maya.s Alexs Stadermann.

Kwanten voices the title character with McLeavy as the koala.s best friend Nutsy. The plot sees the duo racing across the outback to find Blinky.s missing father and save his hometown.

Collette will voice emus Beryl and Cheryl with Sewell as The Cat, Humphries as Wombo the wombat, Wenham as Jacko the frill-necked lizard, Mailman as Blinky.s mother and Otto as the mayor of Green Patch.

.The Blinky Bill »

- Don Groves

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All- star cast for Aussie movie

13 October 2014 2:53 PM, PDT | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

An Australian movie featuring Ryan Kwanten, Toni Collette, Robin McLeavy, David Wenham, Rufus Sewell, Richard Roxburgh, Deborah Mailman, Barry Otto and Barry Humphries sounds like a casting director.s dream.

All are lending their voices to The Blinky Bill Movie, Flying Bark Productions. CGI feature now in production in Sydney.

The script is by Fin Edquist, whose Maya the Bee Movie opens here on November 1, The co-directors are Deane Taylor (The Nightmare Before Christmas) and Maya.s Alexs Stadermann.

Kwanten voices the title character with McLeavy as the koala.s best friend Nutsy. The plot sees the duo racing across the outback to find Blinky.s missing father and save his hometown.

Collette will voice emus Beryl and Cheryl, with Sewell as The Cat, Humphries as Wombo the wombat, Wenham as Jacko the frill-necked lizard, Mailman as Blinky.s mother and Otto as the mayor of Green Patch.

.The Blinky Bill »

- Don Groves

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Hell on Wheels, Ep. 4.10, “Return to Hell”: Midseason finale ends with stunning visuals

5 October 2014 6:36 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Hell on Wheels, Season 4, Episode 10, “Return to Hell”

Written by Jami O’Brien

Directed by Billy Gierhart

Airs Saturdays at 9pm (Et) on AMC

“The last time I saw him I spoke to him in anger”

Sydney Snow (Johnathon Scarfe) disappeared at the end of “Two Trains”, escaping Cullen (Anson Mount), Mickey (Phil Burke), and Durant (Colm Meany) during their brutal shootout. But the villain still hangs over the show, especially in “Return to Hell”, Hell on Wheels’ mid-season finale.

“Two Trains” brought a war to Cheyenne, and the ominous sight of Cullen walking his men back into town as Campbell watches from his room and Sydney watches from a hilltop makes one thing clear- the war is far from over. Sydney now seems like a viable and immensely dangerous threat, especially after his unhinged actions in “Two Trains”, and even more frightening is what he brings out in Cullen. »

- Tressa

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Hell on Wheels: Season Four Ratings

23 September 2014 1:01 PM, PDT | TVSeriesFinale.com | See recent TVSeriesFinale news »

Last year, AMC moved Hell on Wheels to Saturday nights, leading many to believe the show would be cancelled. The ratings were lower but were good enough for the show to be renewed for a fourth season. Will the numbers rise or sink this time around? Will it be renewed for a fifth season or will it be cancelled instead? Stay tuned!

A gritty period drama that takes place in the 1860s, Hell on Wheels revolves around the construction of the First Transcontinental Railroad and the various people connected with the Union Pacific Railroad. The cast includes Anson Mount, Common, Colm Meaney, Phil Burke, Christopher Heyerdahl, Robin McLeavy, Kasha Kropinski, Dohn Norwood, Jennifer Ferrin, Chelah Horsdal, MacKenzie Porter, Tayden Marks, and Jake Weber.

The ratings are typically the best indication of a show's chances of staying on the air. The higher the ratings, the better »

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Hell on Wheels, Ep. 4.08, “Under Color of Law”: Scattered moments show characters’ uncertainty

21 September 2014 6:12 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Written by John Romano

Directed by Michael Nankin

Airs Saturdays at 9pm (Et) on AMC

“Elam Ferguson”, the seventh episode of Hell on Wheels season four changed the course of the series. Losing one of the original main characters, Elam (Common), at the hands of Cullen (Anson Mount) was shocking, devastating, and redefining for Cullen. There will obviously be repercussions. Cullen could potentially lose his alliance and friendship with the African-American community he works with, Eva (Robin McLeavy), could turn on him, and his wife, already fragile and insecure, now looks at Cullen with fear.

“Under Color of Law” handles the aftermath of Elam’s death carefully. Eva survives her pain by helping Elam’s hostage, Charlotte (Sara Canning), and drinking. Cullen survives by smothering the painful memories and pushing Naomi (MacKenzie Porter) away. It’s obvious that he’s in pain and perhaps he refuses to acknowledge Naomi because »

- Tressa

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Hell on Wheels, Ep. 4.07, “Elam Ferguson”: Emotional decisions change course of show forever

14 September 2014 6:40 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Hell on Wheels, Episode 7, Season 4, “Elam Ferguson”

Directed by Rod Lurie

Written by Mark Richard and Thomas Brady

Airs Saturdays at 9pm (Et) on AMC

This review contains major spoilers for episode 7 of Hell on Wheels

“Over the mountain and away from this place, I’ll get us there”

“Bear Man”, Hell on Wheels’ sixth episode, set the show back on the right track after it had strayed into slow and uncertain territory. The episode was smart, featured an exceptional performance by Common, and was true to the show’s brutal but contemplative nature. We now know that Elam (Common) survived the bear attack last season, at least physically. It’s clear that he is unstable and dangerous. Its follow up, “Elam Ferguson”, proves to be an emotionally devastating episode that shows the dangers of this world.

This episode finds all of our characters coming back together. It opens with »

- Tressa

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Hell on Wheels, Ep. 4.06, “Bear Man”- Answers big questions with unique spiritualism

7 September 2014 4:41 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Hell on Wheels, Season 4, Episode 6, “Bear Man”

Written by Max Hurwitz

Directed by Clark Johnson

Airs Saturdays at 9pm (Et) on AMC

“Lord, don’t take me like this. Not like this”

The last two episodes of Hell on Wheels, “Life’s a Mystery” and “Reckoning” were startling disappointments with only a few bright spots. This is especially true in comparison to just how good the first three episodes of the season were and how brilliant the third season was. Until the final minutes of “Life’s a Mystery”, it seems like Hell on Wheels has lost its direction.

Besides The Swede’s (Christopher Heyerdahl) fate, what happened to Elam (Common) has been season four’s biggest mystery. Did he survive last season’s bear attack? Did he die alone in the woods looking for Cullen (Anson Mount)? “Bear Man”, a rather telling title, picks up directly where we saw Elam last. »

- Tressa

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Hell on Wheels, Ep. 4.04, “Reckoning”: Disappointing moment in a strong season

24 August 2014 12:14 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Hell on Wheels, Season 4, Episode 4, “Reckoning”

Written by Jennifer Cecil

Directed by Dennie Gordon

Airs Saturdays at 9pm (Et) on AMC

What people are willing to do in order to survive has always been a driving force for Hell on Wheels. It’s been there from the beginning, often used as a stepping stone to something else. Season four has made this concept the show’s main focus. Cullen (Anson Mount) has, from day one, been a brutal man, walking a dangerous line between morality and survival. Really, most of the show’s characters have. How cruel and far away from humanity can one person get all in the name of survival?

We see this idea littered all over “Reckoning”. Durant (Colm Meaney) is willing to bet on Cullen again because he knows that Cullen is his best option. Campbell (Jake Weber) is another great example. He has set about »

- Tressa

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Hell on Wheels, Ep. 4.03, “Chicken Hill” reveals season’s powerful theme

16 August 2014 10:20 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Hell on Wheels, Season 4, Episode 3, “Chicken Hill”

Written by John Wirth

Directed by Dennie Gordon

Airs Saturdays at 9pm (Et) on AMC

“Cullen Bohannon has always worn his integrity like a millstone around his neck”

When Hell on Wheels first began, there was worry that it would never be able to get out of its own way. A revenge-driven anti-hero? We’d seen that a million times before. There were only so many places that kind of story could go and most of them were not good. And then something happened around the end of season 2- revenge was dropped and the show became a compelling character study about men and women in a dreadful world fighting to create something that would help cement their place in history.

When you consider that “Chicken Hill” is only the third episode of season four, it’s quite remarkable how much has already happened this season. »

- Tressa

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Hell on Wheels, 4.02, “Escape From the Garden” delivers one of the series’ best scenes

9 August 2014 9:29 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Hell on Wheels, Season 4, Episode 2, “Escape from the Garden”

Written by Mark Richard

Directed by Neil Labute

Airs Saturdays at 9pm (Et) on AMC

“Blood will be spilled, that’s for sure”

Besides Elam’s (Common) survival, how exactly Cullen (Anson Mount) will escape The Swede (Christopher Heyerdahl) is season four’s biggest question. It’s what fans have wondered about since the end of last season, when the gates of that Mormon compound closed and Cullen was forced to marry Naomi (MacKenzie Porter). Now that he is a father and husband, escaping The Swede has become his top priority. Viewers have been expecting a lot, but few likely predicted what this episode delivers. But more on this later.

Hell on Wheels hit a series high last season and its fourth season premiere last week made it seem like it was going to continue that streak. Thankfully, “Escape from the Garden” doesn’t disappoint. »

- Tressa

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Hell on Wheels, Ep. 4.01,“The Elusive Eden”: Strong premiere promises powerful season

3 August 2014 1:35 PM, PDT | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

Hell on Wheels, Season 4, Episode 1, “The Elusive Eden”

Written by Mark Richard

Directed by Neil Labute

Airs Saturdays at 9pm Et on AMC

“Some people don’t want to be pulled out of the mud, Mr. Durant”

There’s a very strong argument to be made that along with Hannibal, AMC’s Hell on Wheels is one of the most underrated dramas on television right now. Over the course of three seasons, the show has moved from a historical drama to a deeply moving and fascinating character study that just happens to be set during the building of one of America’s greatest accomplishments, the building of the Union Pacific Railroad. Its muddy and vicious camp is inhabited by rich and thrilling characters, the storylines continue to capture the viewer’s attention, and our lead, a man often struggling with a dark world and the darkness within himself, is an endlessly fascinating and evolving character. »

- Tressa

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New Backtrack Stills Freeze Faces!

21 July 2014 11:35 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Okay, so this is either weird, coincidental, or just plain funny. A new round of stills has arrived for Michael Petroni's second feature film, Backtrack, and it seems as if Adrien Brody has infected everyone with his singular facial expression. See the startling proof!

Petroni's Backtrack is a supernatural thriller that he wrote and is directing with Adrien Brody and Sam Neill in the lead roles. The cast is rounded out by local actors Bruce Spence, Robin McLeavy, Jenni Baird, and Anna Lise Phillips.

The film follows a psychologist whose life is thrown into chaos when he discovers his patients are all ghosts of people who died in an accident 20 years prior.

Jamie Hilton (The Waiting City, Sleeping Beauty) is producing for See Pictures alongside Antonia Barnard (The Painted Veil, The Quiet American) and Petroni.

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- Steve Barton

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'Hell on Wheels' season 4 scoop: Does Elam survive?

27 June 2014 10:36 AM, PDT | EW - Inside TV | See recent EW.com - Inside TV news »

In the season three finale of AMC’s Hell on Wheels, Elam (Common) went searching for kidnapped Cullen (Anson Mount) and stumbled upon a bear instead. Out of bullets, he was last seen losing that battle. Considering Common’s not in the first official cast photo released for season four (click here for the full version), fans might worry he’s off the show for good. Those who caught him photographed at the cast and crew’s season 4 kickoff dinner, though, may assume Elam’s back. Exec producer John Wirth confirms it: “He survives the bear attack, but I think »

- Mandi Bierly

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An insider's view of The Book Thief

2 March 2014 12:18 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Michael Petroni is understandably chuffed by the B.O. results of The Book Thief, his adaptation of the Marcus Zusak novel- particularly in Australia. Yet he wonders how the WWII drama might have turned out if he hadn.t been asked to do multiple rewrites by the studio, Fox 2000, and the director, Downton Abbey.s Brian Percival. .My major disappointment with the rewrites was that they took out most of the magic realism that features in the book,. said Petroni, who is editing the Aussie psychological thriller Backtrack, the first film he.s directed since 2002.s Till Human Voices Wake Us. .Fox wanted a film that would appeal to families, not just adults, and Brian wanted to tell more of a straight, dramatic tale..

He is quick to add, "I am very proud of the film, people come up to me and tell me how much they loved it. On »

- Don Groves

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12 Off-Beat Valentine's Day Movies

13 February 2014 | FEARnet | See recent FEARnet news »

February is upon us which means an endless barrage of Valentine's Day reminders. But not everyone is a fan of Hallmark holidays.  This February 14th, you can snuggle up with someone special and watch The Notebook, or you can check out these twisted and not-so-feel-good tales of love and physical affection.

The "Crazy in Love" Category

Haute Tension (2003)

Despite its one gaping flaw (those who have seen it know exactly what I mean), this popular French horror is the bleakest, bloodiest tale of unrequited love since the works of Shakespeare. It follows a young woman as she desperately tries to rescue her friend who has been kidnapped by a serial killer. When I think of lovelorn psychos, the final shot of this film definitely comes to mind. 

The Loved Ones (2009)

When a lonely Australian girl is turned down for prom by her crush, Brent, she takes matters into her own hands. »

- Heather Seebach

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Brody, Neill Join Aussie Thriller "Backtrack"

13 January 2014 3:02 PM, PST | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Adrien Brody and Sam Neill are teaming for Bankside and Madman Entertainment's thriller "Backtrack" which began production last week in Sydney, Australia.

The story follows a psychologist whose life is thrown into chaos when he discovers his patients are all ghosts of people who died in an accident twenty years prior.

Michael Petroni ("Till Human Voices Wake Us") penned and will direct the project which Jamie Hilton and Antonia Barnard are producing. Bruce Spence, Robin McLeavy, Jenni Baird and Anna Lise Phillips also star.

Filming also takes place in the Central West region of New South Wales with the shoot to wrap in mid-February.

Source: Screen »

- Garth Franklin

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Brody, Neill take the Backtrack

13 January 2014 12:43 PM, PST | IF.com.au | See recent IF.com.au news »

Adrien Brody, Sam Neill, Bruce Spence, Robin McLeavy and Anna Lise Phillips are shooting Backtrack, a psychological thriller from writer-director Michael Petroni. Jamie Hilton, who is producing with Petroni, his partner in See Pictures, and Antonia Barnard, says the project was relatively easy to finance. That was due primarily to how sales agents, distributors and other financiers responded to Petroni.s screenplay, the saga of psychologist Peter Bowers who discovers his patients are the ghosts of people who died in an accident 20 years earlier. Another advantage during the financing was that Petroni.s status as a writer was rising as The Book Thief, his adaptation of the Markus Zusak novel, started shooting in Germany. Screen Australia, UK-based sales agent Bankside and Oz distributor Madman Entertainment came on board before Brody, an Oscar winner for The Pianist and who starred in Midnight in Paris and The Brothers Bloom, was attached. The other participants are Screen Nsw, »

- Don Groves

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Cameras Start Rolling on Thriller Backtrack

13 January 2014 11:56 AM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

No stranger to the genre, Queen of the Damned and The Rite screenwriter Michael Petroni's second feature film is of the horror variety, and it's got some big name stars attached. Read on for details!

As reported by Screen Daily, filming has begun on Petroni's Backtrack, a supernatural thriller that he wrote and is directing. The Australian shoot began on January 6th and is scheduled to wrap in mid-February, with Adrien Brody and Sam Neill in the lead roles.

The film follows a psychologist whose life is thrown into chaos when he discovers his patients are all ghosts of people who died in an accident 20 years prior.

The cast is rounded out by local actors Bruce Spence, Robin McLeavy, Jenni Baird and Anna Lise Phillips. Jamie Hilton (The Waiting City, Sleeping Beauty) is producing for See Pictures alongside Antonia Barnard (The Painted Veil, The Quiet American) and Petroni.

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- John Squires

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Sam Neill & Adrien Brody Will Backtrack

13 January 2014 8:32 AM, PST | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

Some moves, especially the really big ones, like to give you so much advance notice that it feels like you’re seeing imagery and trailers for decades before they arrive. Other, smaller titles usually prefer to sneak into production then put out a release. Such is the case with Australian thriller Backtrack, which is now shooting, and stars Sam Neill and Adrien Brody.Writer-director Michael Petroni has crafted a film that finds a psychologist's life thrown into chaos when he learns that his patients are all ghosts from an accident that occurred 20 years previously. Serious shades of The Sixth Sense, then, from a film that also stars Bruce Spence, Robin McLeavy, Jenni Baird and Anna Lise Phillips. Though that reference is not a big spoiler: it’s merely the jumping off point for the plot. (If his patients are ghosts, who's been paying their bills?)Petroni, who directed 2002’s Till Human Voices Wake Us, »

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Adrien Brody, Sam Neill join Backtrack

13 January 2014 4:03 AM, PST | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Production underway on thriller sold by Bankside, distributed by Madman.

Principal photography is underway in Australia on writer-director Michael Petroni’s sophomore thriller Backtrack, starring Adrien Brody and Sam Neill (seen in this exclusive first image from the feature).

Shooting commenced in Sydney on Jan 6 and is scheduled to wrap in mid-Feb. Filming will take place in Sydney as well as the Central West region of New South Wales.

The film follows a psychologist whose life is thrown into chaos when he discovers his patients are all ghosts of people who died in an accident 20 years prior.

Jamie Hilton (The Waiting City, Sleeping Beauty) is producing for See Pictures alongside Antonia Barnard (The Painted Veil, The Quiet American) and Petroni.

UK outfit Bankside will commence sales on the thriller at the Efm in Berlin next month. Madman Entertainment will distribute in Australia and New Zealand.

The film is financed by Screen Australia, Head Gear Films »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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