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The 61st Sydney Film Festival today announced 32 films to be featured in this year.s event (June 4-15) in advance of the full program launch on May 7.
The line-up includes the world premiere of The Redfern Story, 19 Australian premieres, 13 features, 11 documentaries and an eight-film retrospective on maverick American filmmaker Robert Altman. Altman.s son, filmmaker Michael Altman, will attend festival and introduce several of the Altman screenings.
Darlene Johnson.s The Redfern Story chronicles the volatile birth of the first all-Indigenous theatre company, the National Black Theatre. It features interviews with indigenous media pioneer Lester Bostock, writer Gerry Bostock, actor Lillian Crombie, activist-academic Gary Foley, academic Marcia Langton, actors Rachael Maza, Bryan Brown and Bindi Williams. .We are pleased to present this sneak preview of 32 of the 180-plus films in this year.s program,. said Festival Director Nashen Moodley. .We have gathered a selection of the best films from the »
- Staff writer
Crime Story, Season 1, Episode 1 “Pilot”
Directed by Abel Ferrara
Aired 18 September 1986
There are many reasons why the pilot of 1986’s Crime Story may not be great television.
The 90+ minute story by series creators Chuck Adamson and Gustave Reininger never gains any real traction as they introduce the 1963 Chicago Major Crimes Unit team and their mob rivals. Two veterans from Miami Vice, creators Adamson and Reininger’s ambitious story tries to introduce too many characters from both sides of the law. While focusing on Detective Mike Torello (more on him later), they try to cram everything from cop/mob rivalry and revenge to marital discord into this first episode. With everything they are wanting to accomplish, they lose sight of building any basic structure to this episode as this pilot moves from one plot point to another with little grace or »
- Scott Cederlund
The Eagles by RockLou
Ubisoft recently confirmed that Assassin’s Creed Unity is a real thing, and is one of two games being released this year. Unity has been announced for PS4 and XBox One (the trailer of which you can catch below), but there will be another entry for PS3, 360, and maybe Wii U (but don’t hold your breath for that last one). Unity is set in Paris, but that is about all we know of the now current gen title, but it got my wheels turning a bit on what other eras are ripe for sneaking around and getting all stabby-stabby on people. For your perusal, here is a roundup of my best proposals.
Art by: Mateusz Dabrowski
Early Casinos, hubs of NY and Chicago, and interacting with people like Franklin Roosevelt, Amelia Earhart, Charles Lindbergh, and Al Capone. All of these pockets of history »
- Matthew Mueller
In the upcoming 4th season of the Emmy-nominated series, Pioneers Of Television, PBS will explore trailblazing moments of TV history, starting on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, featuring a lineup that includes an episode titled Breaking Barriers, which airs on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at 8pm Et, and which will trace the history of people of color on American television, featuring the mid-1960s breakthroughs of African Americans Diahann Carroll (Julia) and Bill Cosby (I Spy), as well as Latino landmarks, ranging from I Love Lucy with Desi Arnaz, to Miami Vice with Edward James Olmos. Also featured are Asian Americans such as George Takei (Star Trek), who »
- Tambay A. Obenson
In the upcoming 4th season of the Emmy-nominated series, Pioneers Of Television, PBS will explore trailblazing moments of TV history, starting on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, featuring a lineup that includes an episode titled Breaking Barriers, which airs on Tuesday, May 6, 2014, at 8pm Et, and which will trace the history of people of color on American television, featuring the mid-1960s breakthroughs of African Americans Diahann Carroll (Julia) and Bill Cosby (I Spy), as well as Latino landmarks, ranging from I Love Lucy with Desi Arnaz, to Miami Vice with Edward James Olmos. Also featured are Asian Americans such as George Takei (Star Trek), who details the childhood years he spent in a Japanese-American internment camp. Offering inside stories from some of America’s most beloved television stars, expect new interviews with legendary stars, such as Jimmie Walker, Leslie Uggams, Ray Romano, Bob Newhart, Robin...
- Tambay A. Obenson
Olmos came on board last year after seeing the film at the L.A. Latino Festival and approached AMC. The film will open in Los Angeles and several other cities.
“‘Water & Power’ embodies filmmaking quality and artistic value that engages me,” Olmos said.
“Water & Power” bowed on stage in Los Angeles in 2006. Montoya wrote, directed and produced the drama starring Enrique Murciano, Nicholas Gonzalez and Clancy Brown about a California senator who must help his crooked cop brother out of a crime that has backfired on L.A.’s Eastside.
Mark Roberts produced with Montoya. Murciano plays the politician, nicknamed Water, while Gonzalez is the cop, Power.
“For a truly indie film like ours, it’s a lifeline to getting ‘Water and Power’ to the eastside and beyond,” Montoya said. “This »
- Dave McNary
Our pal Eagledancer is nominated for a literary award, and you can help him take the crown. Go Here And Sign Up (it’s very simple, either with your facebook or e-mail), and when you get to the list of awards, head down to Short Story Collections and Anthologies category. Vote for Coyote Still Going from Ty Nolan (that’s Eagledancer’s real name). It’ll only take a few minutes, and you’ll help him get the recognition he deserves.
ABC’s Resurrection may turn out to be its savior, as it was the highest rated midseason launch in two years, and helped propel Revenge up 46% in the demo from its last outing. In other good news that gives me hope for civilization, »
The pastel coloured and drug infested world of Sonny Crocket and Ricardo “Rico” Tubbs enters the realm of digital comics with a new series of adventures created by Lion Forge Comics in partnership with NBCUniversal Television Consumer Products. The first issue has the two undercover detectives of the Metro-Dade Police Department investigating the death of a model and the arrival of a new narcotics player to the city of Miami.
“The stories for Miami Vice take place during the original era and are a combination of the TV episodes plus new material,” stated Shannon Eric Denton, senior editor, Lion Forge. “Everyone involved with this title are huge fans of the show and have poured their hearts and souls into it.” Handling the literary duties is writer, producer and director Jonathan London (When Ninjas Attack) who is collaborating with Brazilian illustrator Geanes Holland. “The digital comic medium allows us to really »
MGM’s plan to remake the award-winning 1980 musical drama The Idolmaker has so far had a bumpy ride. Ryan Gosling was originally attached to star, as well as intending to make it his directorial debut, but pulled out due to scheduling issues. Now, as Justin Timberlake closes a deal to produce, director Craig Brewer (Hustle And Flow, Footloose) has reportedly thrown his hat in the ring.
The Idolmaker was originally directed by Taylor Hackford (Ray), written by Edward Di Lorenzo (Miami Vice), and starred Ray Sharkey, Peter Gallagher and Joe Pantoliano. Loosely based on the life of Bob Marcucci – the rock promoter and manager responsible for the careers of artists such as Frankie Avalon and Fabian – the story follows songwriter and manager Vincent Vacari through his obsession with finding ‘the next big thing’. After guiding a local band to success and expanding his client list, his obsession becomes a destructive »
- Sarah Myles
Before sky-rocketing to fame, some of this year's Oscar nominees had very humble beginnings!While Matthew McConaughey has starred in some stinkers ("Texas Chainsaw Massacre: Next Generation" anyone?), this is by far our favorite of his early roles.Back in the day, the actor appeared in a re-enactment on "Unsolved Mysteries" ... and, of course, he was shirtless:Amy Adams played the ditzy, promiscuous pageant contestant Leslie, in the in 1999 film "Drop Dead Gorgeous" ... a film that we actually love. Click the link below to see this red-hot "American Hustle" star in her debut film role: Did you know that before he was a big-time movie star, Leonardo DiCaprio guest-starred as the character Glen in 1980’s TV show, "The New Lassie?" See the "Wolf of Wall Street" in one of his earliest roles at the 2:00 mark: Before becoming an Oscar-nominated actor, Christian Bale played Jim Hawkins in the made-for-tv movie, »
- tooFab Staff
Jason Bailey for Flavorwire put together a three-minute supercut featuring a look at the early film and television roles for this year's Oscar nominees. This includes a look at Leonardo DiCaprio on "Roseanne", Jennifer Lawrence on "Monk", Julia Roberts on "Miami Vice" and Amy Adams in Psycho Beach Party. It's a fun look back set to The Beatles, but if I have one complaint, each clip goes by so damned fast I don't have time to take note of the scene, the actor and the movie or television show before it's on to the next one. What the video doesn't includec Matthew McConaughey's appearance on "Unsolved Mysteries", which "True Detective" director Cary Fukunaga mentioned as a performance that impressed him before casting him on the show. yt id="6_pJ8oiFeGs" width="500" »
- Brad Brevet
Entourage: The Movie
Neeson likely plays himself in the movie and was seen in Los Angeles shooting a scene with Jeremy Piven's Ari Gold character. [Source: The Wrap]
Emily Watson and Dominic West are in discussions to join the film adaptation of Vera Brittain's memoir "Testament of Youth" for BBC Films and Heyday Films. Taron Egerton, Colin Morgan, Kit Harrington and Alexandra Roach also star.
Alicia Vikander plays a young woman who overcomes the prejudices of her family and hometown to win a scholarship to Oxford. She volunteers as a nurse and travels to France in order to help during the first World War. Watson and West will play her parents. [Source: The Daily Mail]
The Place That Hits The Sun
- Garth Franklin
One of the numerous special features attached to the Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and DVD release of Thor: The Dark World, is the latest Marvel short film, Marvel One-Shot: All Hail the King. Last night, I headed down to the Arclight Hollywood for a screening of this short, which features Ben Kingsley reprising his Iron Man 3 role as Trevor Slattery, the British actor who tricked the world into thinking he was a dangerous terrorist known as The Mandarin. These shorts have become big hits with the fans, but All Hail the King is by far the biggest one yet, that you surely won't want to miss.
The 15-minute short opens with Jackson Norris (Scoot McNairy) a documentary filmmaker who arrives at Seagate Prison for his final interview with Trevor Slattery, as he tries to figure out who, exactly, this mysterious man really is. However, before the interview itself, we see »
Film producer Richard Shepherd has died, aged 86.
Shepherd was credited with rescuing the song 'Moon River' for Breakfast At Tiffany's, after executive Marty Rackin wanted to remove it from the film.
Review Written by Kevin Scott, MoreHorror.com
It’s really weird to watch something from the era of your formidable years as a young horror fan that you didn’t seen back then. It’s a little liberating in a way. The rose colored glasses of sweet, sweet nostalgia come off, and instead of reminding you of that first trip to the movies to see something that wasn’t animated and didn’t have muppets in it, everything just looks dated as all get out.
Before I really get into The Keep, just let me say that this was directed by Michael “Miami Vice” Mann. Who would later go on not only to make the five o’clock shadow fashionable, but make some really good films after that. I read that he disowned this film. That always saddens me a bit when I hear it. For two reasons. For somebody out there, »
Richard Shepherd, who produced the Blake Edwards classic Breakfast at Tiffany’s, served as head of production at MGM and Warner Bros. and then founded the Artists Agency, has died. He was 86. Shepherd died Tuesday night at his home in Los Angeles after a long illness, his wife Patricia told The Hollywood Reporter. Survivors also include a son, TV producer-writer Scott Shepherd (Equalizer, Miami Vice, The Dead Zone). During his six-decade career in the entertainment industry, Shepherd also produced The Hanging Tree (1959), starring Gary Cooper in one of his final films and George C. Scott in his
- Mike Barnes
Some exciting news for "Archer" fans out of the 2014 TCA press tour panel -- Kenny Loggins is guest-starring as himself and will record a duet with "Cherlene," Cheryl/Carol's new country music persona.
The duet is Loggins' 1986 hit "Danger Zone" (!), with the video for it premiering during episode 6 on Monday, Feb. 17. The song will also anchor the "Archer" soundtrack, titled "Cherlene," which will feature three original "Archer" songs -- "It's All About Me," "I'll Burn it Down" and "Gypsy Woman."
Other songs on the soundtrack include "Chattahoochie Coochie Man," "Midnight Blues," "Straight to Hell," "40 Miles of Mountain Road," "Swing Shift" (formerly titled Coming Round Again), "Cherlene's Broken Hearts & Auto Parts" (formerly titled Broken Hearts & Auto Parts), "East Bound & Down," "Baby Please Don't Go" and "Danger Zone." All are produced by Kevin Kinney and feature vocals by Jessy Lynn Martens, with Loggins joining on "Danger Zone."
Executive producer Matt Thompson teases »
Trailer Louisa Mellor 13 Jan 2014 - 12:38
Robert Rodriguez has made a From Dusk Til Dawn TV series for his El Rey network, and here's the first trailer...
"You're the last line of defence between chaos and order"
Filling what was (presumably?) an urgent public need for a longer version of 1996's From Dusk Til Dawn chopped up into episode-sized chunks is Robert Rodriguez, whose TV version of the action horror debuts this March.
Subscribers to Rodriguez's own cable network, El Rey, will be able to see a new take on the film's George Clooney, Quentin Tarantino and Harvey Keitel roles, as well as Miami Vice's Don Johnson taking over from Michael Parks as Sheriff McGraw. See the first trailer below.
From Dusk Til Dawn starts on Rodriguez's El Rey network on the 11th of March.
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Directed by Alfonso Gomez-Rejon
Written by James Wong
Airs Wednesdays at 10:00 Pm on FX
American Horror Story: Coven makes a solid return for the second half of their season, featuring not one, but two guest stars. After nine instalments of Stevie Nicks tunes, we’re finally treated to the Queen of rock herself, brought in by Fiona as a peace offering to Misty, who may, or may not be the next Supreme. Most of Nicks’ screen-time was dedicated to her unplugged performances at the Academy’s piano. First we’re treated to the singer/songwriter’s “Rhiannon,” (making a second appearance this season), and later she performs “Has Anyone Ever Written Anything for You,” a song which was written as a tribute to Joe Walsh of the Eagles. What does this have to do with the plot of Coven? »
- Ricky da Conceição
To promote the upcoming fifth season of "Archer," the show has placed some revealing new ads on the Reddit forum titled "gonewild," which is where users go to show off their nude bodies in exchange for forum "karma."
The ads link to the FX site advertising Season 5, subtitled "Vice," which Zap2it can confirm takes its inspiration from "Miami Vice," the 1980s cop drama starring Don Johnson and Philip Michael Thomas. It's also a bit of a reboot for the animated FX comedy.
"There's a lot of changes and a lot that stays the same obviously, but I think Adam Reed probably got very drunk one night while he was writing on his computer," Benjamin says in a conference call with the press.
20 items from 2014
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