11 items from 2015
The ratings for Hell on Wheels have dropped lower and lower so AMC decided to end the series with season five. Will the fifth season's ratings be the show's best numbers yet or, will they drop lower. Will the execs regret not cancelling the show instead of giving it a final season? Stay tuned.
A gritty period drama that takes place in the 1860s, Hell on Wheels revolves around the institutionalized greed and corruption behind the building of America's Transcontinental Railroad as loyalties are abandoned and the race between the Central Pacific and Union Pacific lines intensifies. The cast includes Anson Mount, Colm Meaney, Christopher Heyerdahl, Robin McLeavy, Jennifer Ferrin, Phil Burke, Tim Guinee, Dohn Norwood, Reg Rogers, Byron Mann, A. Zhou, Tzi Ma, and MacKenzie Porter.
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The fifth and final season of AMC’s Hell On Wheels just had its debut this past Saturday , and thanks to the awesome gang at eOne entertainment, we’re giving away three Amazon giftcards, which can be used to purchase each episode as it comes out. Personally, I dig the show, with its gritty and highly entertaining plot and twists.
Starring Anson Mount and Colm Meaney, “Hell on Wheels” examines the institutionalized greed and corruption behind the building of America’s Transcontinental Railroad as loyalties are abandoned and the race between the Central Pacific and Union Pacific lines intensifies. In season 5, Cullen Bohannon (Mount) finds himself a stranger in a strange land – the mountain town of Truckee, Calif., home to the Central Pacific Railroad. This rough railroad town teems with thousands of Chinese workers, foreign in language, culture and traditions. Despite the challenges of corralling his new workforce, Cullen leads »
- Jerry Smith
Five Aussie films will vie for the $100,000 CinéfestOZ Film Prize, with two of the entries to have their Australian premiere at the Festival in August.
The winner will be announced at the Festival on Saturday 29th August, 2015.
The film, which Connolly also directed, went on to enjoy huge success at the Australian box office and will be released by distribution companies Lionsgate in the UK and in North America by Eone.
The finalists for this year.s prize were determined by five »
- Emily Blatchford
Uninhibitedly delving into your past to help you contend with your current intricate emotions and conflicts can be a frightening, but equally liberating, experience. Not only is the troubled protagonist in the new independent mystery thriller, ‘Backtrack,’ forced to confront how the mistakes of his mistakes are haunting his present and dictating his future, but the film’s writer-director-producer, Michael Petroni, also enthrallingly returned to his native Australia to make the genre film. The filmmaker powerfully embraced filming in his native country, as he set out to explore how the painful decisions people make earlier in their lives harrowingly influence their later actions and mindsets in his latest gripping drama. ‘Backtrack’ [ Read More ]
- Karen Benardello
A new distributor owned by one of America.s richest men has bought Us rights to writer-director Michael Petroni.s Backtrack after its premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival. Saban Films put up a seven-figure guarantee for the psychological thriller which stars Adrien Brody, Sam Neill, Robin McLeavy and Bruce Spence . "We're thrilled at the sale to Saban; they made an aggressive offer which is testament to their strong belief in the film,. said See Pictures. Jamie Hilton, who produced with Antonia Barnard and Petroni. .A deal this size coming out of Tribeca is a great result and we'll go to Cannes with confidence as we screen the film for the first time to European and other international buyers." Brody plays Peter, a troubled psychotherapist who suffers from nightmares and eerie visions, which prompt him to revisit his remote hometown where he becomes obsessed with the need to solve a decades-old mystery. »
- Don Groves
Backtrack (2015) Film Review from the 14th Annual Tribeca Film Festival, a movie written & directed by Michael Petroni, starring Adrien Brody, Sam Neill, Robin McLeavy, Chloe Bayliss, George Shevtsov, Anna Lise Phillips, Olga Miller, Jenni Baird, Bruce Spence, Matthew Sunderland, Malcolm Kennard, Jesse Hyde, Alexander McGuire, and Emma O’Farrell. When it became clear that haunting memories of his deceased daughter, Evie (Emma O’Farrell), […] »
- Sam Joseph
It’s the second Tribeca title picked up by Saban, which is paying seven figures. The year-old distributor acquired North American rights to the Simon Pegg-Lake Bell romantic comedy “Man Up” earlier this week.
“Backtrack” also stars Sam Neill and Robin McLeavy; Michael Petroni directed from his own script. It follows a troubled psychotherapist, played by Brody, who is suffering from nightmares and eerie visions that lead him back to his remote hometown, where he is consumed with the need to solve a decades-old mystery.
“Backtrack” is produced by Jamie Hilton, Antonia Barnard and Petroni. Executive producers include Compton Ross, Phil Hunt and David Evans. The film was financed by Screen Australia with Head Gear Films and Metrol Technology in association with Screen Nsw and Deluxe Australia. »
- Dave McNary
Saban Films is in final negotiations on a seven-figure deal to acquire U.S. rights to the psychological thriller “Backtrack,” which stars Oscar winner Adrien Brody, Sam Neill and Robin McLeavy, the company announced Friday. Written and directed by Michael Petroni (“The Book Thief”), the movie had its world premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival on April 18. The deal includes a theatrical commitment for “Backtrack,” which marks Saban’s second acquisition out of Tribeca, having purchased the North American distribution rights to Ben Palmer’s romantic comedy “Man Up” starring Lake Bell and Simon Pegg. Also Read: SXSW: Adrien Brody on How 'Stone Barn. »
- Jeff Sneider
The distributor has made a seven-figure offer for Us rights on the Tribeca Film Festival world premiere.
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Day Three at the Deadline Studio at the Tribeca Film Festival got off to a cool, quick start when Backtrack thesp Robin McLeavy and her director Michael Petroni arrived an hour early, clearly pumped for the premiere of their film tonight. More energy ensued when the young cast of King Jack—Charlie Plummer, Cory Nichols, Christian Madsen—piled into our studio for a fab photo sesh. Photographer Drew Wiedemann kept things moving in the afternoon when he shot the star-studded… »
In the film, trouble psychotherapist Peter Bowers (Adrien Brody) is suffering from nightmares and eerie visions. When he uncovers a horrifying secret that all of his patients share, he is put on a course that takes him back to the small hometown he fled years ago. There he confronts his demons and unravels a mystery 20 years in the making.
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Petroni is an AFI alumnus. After winning AFI Screenplay of the Year for Till Human Voices Wake Us, he made it into a feature starring Guy Pearce and Helena Bonham Carter. Fox 2000 is currently producing Petroni’s script Afterlife with Kevin Lima directing. »
- Michelle McCue
11 items from 2015
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