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Film News Roundup: Mary Elizabeth Winstead Joins Aaron Paul in ‘The Parts You Lose’

Film News Roundup: Mary Elizabeth Winstead Joins Aaron Paul in ‘The Parts You Lose’
In today’s film news roundup, Mary Elizabeth Winstead joins Aaron Paul in “The Parts You Lose,” “Kangaroo — A Love-Hate Story” gets a U.S. release, and Phillip Noyce is honored in his native Australia.

Casting

The H Collective has hired Mary Elizabeth Winstead to join Aaron Paul and newcomer Danny Murphy in Christopher Cantwell’s “The Parts You Lose.”

The dramatic-thriller is fully financed by the H Collective, with Mark Johnson producing under his Gran Via banner with Tom Williams and Paul. Principal photography began Tuesday in Winnipeg, Canada.

The Parts You Lose,” written by Darren Lemke, follows the unlikely friendship that unfolds between a young deaf boy and a fugitive criminal who takes refuge in an abandoned barn on the family’s rural North Dakota farm. After forming a deep bond with the man, the boy must decide where to place his allegiances when the authorities begin to close in on the fugitive. Winstead
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Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman Reunite in Sparkling Styles: Pics!

Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman Reunite in Sparkling Styles: Pics!
Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman are arguably two of the most powerful blondes in Hollywood, and on Monday, they were together again on the red carpet.

The Big Little Lies co-stars and producers posed together at the 2017 Gotham Independent Film Awards in New York City before Witherspoon presented Kidman with the Actress Tribute Award.

Kidman dazzled in a sequin Altuzarra dress and bag that she paired with sky-high Chloe Gosselin shoes, Fred Leighton jewels and an Omega watch.

Photo: Getty Images

As for Witherspoon, she also looked stunning in a gold-and-black Oscar de la Renta dress, Christian Louboutin shoes, a Michael Kors clutch and Tiffany & Co. jewelry.

Upon presenting Kidman with her award, Witherspoon gushed over her friend and collaborator. "I’ve been one of her biggest fans since I saw one of her very first movies, Dead Calm,” she said in praise of the 50-year-old actress, adding that the 1989 movie was “simultaneously so vulnerable and so bada
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Reese Witherspoon & Nicole Kidman Celebrate Their Close Bond: 'To Know You Is To Love You'

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Reese Witherspoon & Nicole Kidman Celebrate Their Close Bond: 'To Know You Is To Love You'
Madeline and Celeste together again!

Reese Witherspoon and Nicole Kidman had a mini Big Little Lies reunion on Monday at the 2017 Gotham Independent Film Awards in New York City, where Kidman, 50, was honored with the Actress Tribute.

Witherspoon presented her good friend and colleague Kidman with the Actress Tribute Award – and her introduction was full of love.

“I’ve been one of her biggest fans since I saw one of her very first movies, Dead Calm,” Witherspoon revealed in her speech, describing Kidman in that film as “simultaneously so vulnerable and so badass.”

“I saw this movie when I was a girl and I thought,
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Nicole Kidman’s Best Performances — IndieWire Critics Survey

Nicole Kidman’s Best Performances — IndieWire Critics Survey
Every week, IndieWire asks a select handful of film critics two questions and publishes the results on Monday. (The answer to the second, “What is the best film in theaters right now?”, can be found at the end of this post.)

This week’s question: In honor of “The Killing of a Sacred Deer,” what is Nicole Kidman’s greatest performance?

Vadim Rizov (@VRizov), Filmmaker Magazine

I don’t know about “best” — I haven’t seen an embarrassing chunk of what are considered her most significant roles, and I’m weak on understanding acting — but the performance that sticks most in my mind (quite possibly because I saw it at impressionable high school age) is “Dogville.” Kidman is spookily withdrawn, like an observer alien in a human body dropped into a moral wasteland which she attempts to navigate with understanding and decorum until finally it’s just too much. As in “Birth,
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Annabelle Sheehan to Head New Zealand Film Commission

Veteran creative industry administrator Annabelle Sheehan is set to take over as CEO of the New Zealand Film Commission, replacing the departing Dave Gibson. Sheehan will take up the role in January.

The Nzfc, despite its name that suggests a location attraction role, is the primary state-backed organization with oversight of the New Zealand film industry. It has responsibility for setting policy, administration of the country’s generous Screen Production Grant, as well as direct film investment and marketing. The Nzfc and Film New Zealand merged in August 2015.

Sheehan is currently CEO of the South Australia Film Commission, a position she has held since 2015, having headed investment programs and funding initiatives in West Australia’s Screenwest. From 2004-2013, she worked at Rgm Artist Group, representing high-profile Australian actors, directors, writers and radio and TV presenters. Before that, Sheehan headed up the film and television division of the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (Aftrs). She also has
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The strange sex scene of Supernova

Simon Brew Oct 9, 2017

Supernova is a film with a messy story behind it. And a very, very odd sex scene...

Supernova is a film that started promisingly. Originated in 1990 under the title of Dead Star, the idea – as pitched by writer William Malone – would be for something akin to Dead Calm, just in space. Dead Calm is a great choice of influence too, with Phillip Noyce’s out-on-the-water thriller using isolation expertly, as Billy Zane puts in one of his best, and most menacing, screen performances.

Dead Star was set to follow a similar idea, and that meant a modest budget at most – around $6m was cited – would be needed to tell the story of alien artefacts being brought back to Earth. Enquires were made of H R Giger, who duly did some concept art work to help promote the script.

MGM was the studio that bit, although it had ideas.
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Gotham Awards to Honor Nicole Kidman, Cinematographer Ed Lachman

Gotham Awards to Honor Nicole Kidman, Cinematographer Ed Lachman
Nicole Kidman and cinematographer Edward Lachman have joined the roster of industry figures to be honored with tributes at the 2017 Gotham Awards, Independent Filmmaker Project’s annual ceremony focused on indie film.

Kidman will receive the evening’s actress tribute for a career that launched with Philip Noyce’s 1989 thriller “Dead Calm” and has included films “The Others,” “Moulin Rouge!,” “The Hours” (which won her an Oscar) and “Rabbit Hole.” She’s currently up for an Emmy for her performance in HBO’s “Big Little Lies” and is currently appearing in the new season of “Top of the Lake”; her upcoming bigscreen work includes Sofia Coppola’s “The Beguiled,” Yorgos Lanthimos’ “The Killing of a Sacred Deer,” and Neil Burger’s “The Upside” (which recently premiered at the Toronto Film Festival).

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Al Gore, Jason Blum to Be Honored at 2017 Gotham Awards

Lachman wins the cinematography tribute for a long list of credits that includes films with
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Nicole Kidman Turns 50: A Look Back at Her Amazing Career and Best Year Ever

Nicole Kidman Turns 50: A Look Back at Her Amazing Career and Best Year Ever
Nicole Kidman is the epitome of fab at 50!

The Australian actress is celebrating the milestone amid what is shaping up to be her biggest year yet, as she continues to slay across both film and television.

Exclusive: Nicole Kidman Talks ‘Low Key’ 50th Birthday Plans

Et first caught up with the red-haired beauty when she was just 22 and buzzing over landing a life-changing role in the 1990 hit Days of Thunder.

Tom Cruise, whom Kidman would later marry and adopt two children with, had spotted her in the Australian film Dead Calm and subsequently cast her as Dr. Claire Lewicki in the action flick.

“I rang my mother and sort of screamed down the telephone and said, ‘I don't believe this, I'm gonna do a film over here!’" she told Et at the time. “It’s a really good role for me and it's the only female role in the whole film, so hopefully
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‘Fugitives’ DVD Review

Stars: Dominic Purcell, Luke Mably, Marie Avgeropoulos, Claudia Church, Chelsea Edmundson, Stephen Lang, Tricia Helfer | Written by Shane Dax Taylor, Chad Law | Directed by Shane Dax Taylor

A genre-standard bickering couple take their woes to a small island in the Bahamas, where they hope to patch things up and get back on the right track. That track puts them on the same path as two other couples; the charismatic William and Mary (Stephen Lang and Claudia Church) and the horny Max and Nina (Dominic Purcell and Marie Avgeropoulos). While out wining and dining with the former, their beach house is ransacked and robbed. But whodunit? And will they stop at robbery?

With a story which slow-burns like an incense candle, ambling along at a languid pace, Fugitives (aka Isolation) is not the action-heavy gunfight-palooza its cast and synopsis might suggest. Even the normally terrifying Stephen Lang is in laid-back mode here,
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Why Nicole Kidman Is a Full-Fledged Badass, Even Before ‘Big Little Lies’ — Career Watch

Why Nicole Kidman Is a Full-Fledged Badass, Even Before ‘Big Little Lies’ — Career Watch
Welcome to Career Watch, a vocational checkup of top actors and directors, and those who hope to get there. In this edition we take on Nicole Kidman, who’s having something of a renaissance moment.

Bottom Line: Nicole Kidman is one of our most fearless actresses. She’s an Oscar perennial who constantly chases challenging material, edginess be damned. Yes, her most recent nomination stemmed from a very mild-mannered role as Dev Patel’s mother in the true-life Australian drama “Lion,” but for Kidman’s career it’s her exceptions that prove the rule.

She broadened her fanbase by producing, with Reese Witherspoon, the hugely popular and topical HBO drama series “Big Little Lies,” in which she co-starred as Celeste Wright, an elegant Monterey mom trapped in a sadomasochistic power struggle of spousal abuse with her husband Perry (Alexander Skarsgard). Critics’ raves and audience reaction will likely push Kidman to
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Why Nicole Kidman Is a Full-Fledged Badass, Even Before ‘Big Little Lies’ — Career Watch

Why Nicole Kidman Is a Full-Fledged Badass, Even Before ‘Big Little Lies’ — Career Watch
Welcome to Career Watch, a vocational checkup of top actors and directors, and those who hope to get there. In this edition we take on Nicole Kidman, who’s having something of a renaissance moment.

Bottom Line: Nicole Kidman is one of our most fearless actresses. She’s an Oscar perennial who constantly chases challenging material, edginess be damned. Yes, her most recent nomination stemmed from a very mild-mannered role as Dev Patel’s mother in the true-life Australian drama “Lion,” but for Kidman’s career it’s her exceptions that prove the rule.

She broadened her fanbase by producing, with Reese Witherspoon, the hugely popular and topical HBO drama series “Big Little Lies,” in which she co-starred as Celeste Wright, an elegant Monterey mom trapped in a sadomasochistic power struggle of spousal abuse with her husband Perry (Alexander Skarsgard). Critics’ raves and audience reaction will likely push Kidman to
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Tuesday Top Twenty: Ranking Nicole Kidman's Work

By Nathaniel R

Nicole at the Acm Awards this weekAs mentioned in our piece on the finale of Big Little Lies the internet is finally accepting that Nicole Kidman is a genius. Why they haven't noticed that she's been a regularly gripping actor since Dead Calm (1989) with her ascent into intermittent genius happening as early as 1995 (twenty-two years ago!) with her sly breakthrough as fame-obsessed Suzanne Stone in Gus Van Sant's To Die For (Golden Globe win, Best Actress in a Comedy) we will never understand.

But it is what it is. Actresses not named Meryl Streep have to go through this from time to time with people doubting their talent. One imagines if Michelle Pfeiffer is brilliant in any of her comeback roles this year we will get a raft of "who knew this 80s sex symbol, Catwoman herself, was also a great actor?!" articles and we will
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Colleagues farewell well-loved unit nurse Jacquie Robertson in Melbourne

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Robertson fishing in Karumba in 2005.

Script supervisor Pam Willis Burden remembers her friend and colleague, who died at home in New Zealand earlier this month.

Film and television industry colleagues in Melbourne recently gathered to say farewell to Jacquie Robertson, a well-loved unit nurse.

Jacquie came from New Zealand and amused many crew members with her strong accent and funny expressions.—.like "chilly bin" for eski.

Her film career began with Crocodile Dundee in 1985 and she worked on over 40 feature films as well as television series, travelling all over Australia and overseas.

Some of her prominent films include The Matrix, The Quiet American, Star Wars II, Moulin Rouge, The Thin Red Line, Paradise Road and Dead Calm.

As a main-unit nurse on feature films, she was responsible for crew and cast often numbering in their hundreds, and she co-coordinated the medical department for multiple units.

She had her table and
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"The Edit" - Enter Nicole Kidman

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Sneak Peek actress Nicole Kidman ("Eyes Wide Shut") posing for the February 2017 issue of "The Edit" magazine, photographed by Yelena Yemchuk:

Kidman's breakthrough film role was in the 1989 thriller "Dead Calm", followed by performances in "Days of Thunder" (1990), "Far and Away" (1992) and "Batman Forever" (1995).

Other films include "Moulin Rouge!" (2001) earning her a 'Golden Globe Award' for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy and her first nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress.

Kidman's performance as 'Virginia Woolf' in the "The Hours" (2002) earned her an 'Academy Award' for Best Actress...

...the 'BAFTA Award' for Best Actress in a Leading Role, the 'Golden Globe' Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama and the 'Silver Bear' for Best Actress at the 'Berlin International Film Festival'.

Kidman's other notable films include "To Die For" (1995), for which she won her first Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, "Eyes Wide Shut
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"Aquaman" - Nicole Kidman In "Vogue"

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Further to actress Nicole Kidman ("Batman Forever") recently cast in Warners upcoming "Aquaman" stand-alone feature, Sneak Peek new images of the Oscar winner in the January 2017 issue of "Vogue" (Australia) magazine, photographed by Will Davidson:

Kidman's breakthrough film role was in the 1989 thriller "Dead Calm", followed by performances in "Days of Thunder" (1990), "Far and Away" (1992) and "Batman Forever" (1995).

Other films include "Moulin Rouge!" (2001) earning her a 'Golden Globe Award' for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy and her first nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress.

Kidman's performance as 'Virginia Woolf' in the "The Hours" (2002) earned her an 'Academy Award' for Best Actress...

...the 'BAFTA Award' for Best Actress in a Leading Role, the 'Golden Globe' Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama and the 'Silver Bear' for Best Actress at the 'Berlin International Film Festival'.

Kidman's other notable films include "To Die For" (1995), for which she
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Match the sweltering summer scene to the Australian film – quiz

Red deserts, sweaty brows, scalding sand and swimsuits. Nowhere does summer quite like Australia – and nowhere is it captured better than on film. But how well do you know your classics?

They’re A Weird Mob

Puberty Blues

Age of Consent

The Daughter

These Final Hours

On the Beach

Blackrock

All Men Are Liars

The Overlanders

The Sundowners

The Back of Beyond

Mutiny on the Bounty

Welcome to Woop Woop

Priscilla: Queen of the Desert

Muriel’s Wedding

Red Dog

Road Games

Fair Game

Long Weekend

Dead Calm

The Killing of Angel Street

Newsfront

Heatwave

The Year of Living Dangerously

Wake in Fright

Sunday Too Far Away

The Water Diviner

The Man From Snowy River

The Man From Snowy River

The Water Diviner

Australia

The Silver Brumby

Goldstone

Dead Heart

Babe: Pig in the City

Mystery Road

Bungala Boys

Bra Boys

The Coolangatta Gold

The Four Minute Mile

Crocodile Dundee
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Match the house to the classic Australian movie – quiz

Think of yourself of as a film buff? How many of these abodes do you recognise?

Girl Asleep

Goldstone

The Turning

The Babadook

Wolf Creek 2

Reckless Kelly

The Pack

Snowtown

Chopper

He Died With A Felafel in His Hand

Metal Skin

Romper Stomper

Snowtown

The Hunter

Animal Kingdom

Tomorrow When the War Began

Australia

The Proposition

Mad Max: Fury Road

Priscilla: Queen of the Desert

Mad Max

Mad Max 2

Mad Max: Beyond the Thunderdome

Mad Max: Fury Road

Storm Boy

Dead Calm

On the Beach

Black Water

The Castle

Snowtown

Wog Boy 2: Kings of Mykonos

The Great Gatsby

Holding the Man

Two Hands

Somersault

Looking for Alibrandi

The Dressmaker

Lantana

The Great Gatsby

Australia

Paper Planes

Babe: Pig in the City

Babe

Mad Max: Fury Road

Metal Skin

Romper Stomper

Chopper

Wolf Creek

The Great Gatsby

Romeo and Juliet

Strictly Ballroom

Little Fish

The Sapphires

Muriel's Wedding
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"Interview" - Enter Nicole Kidman

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Sneak Peek actress Nicole Kidman ("Eyes Wide Shut") posing for "Interview" magazine, photographed by Yu Tsai:

Kidman's breakthrough film role was in the 1989 thriller "Dead Calm", followed by performances in "Days of Thunder" (1990), "Far and Away" (1992) and "Batman Forever" (1995).

Other films include "Moulin Rouge!" (2001) earning her a 'Golden Globe Award' for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy and her first nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress.

Kidman's performance as 'Virginia Woolf' in the "The Hours" (2002) earned her an 'Academy Award' for Best Actress...

...the 'BAFTA Award' for Best Actress in a Leading Role, the 'Golden Globe' Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Drama and the 'Silver Bear' for Best Actress at the 'Berlin International Film Festival'.

Kidman's other notable films include "To Die For" (1995), for which she won her first Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, "Eyes Wide Shut" (1999), "The Others
See full article at SneakPeek »

‘How to Meet a Mermaid’ Exclusive Trailer: Three People Find Refuge In The Sea In Search of a Better Place

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Coco Schrijber’s documentary “How to Meet a Mermaid” examines the unpredictable nature of the sea and the stories of Lex, Rebecca, and Miguel, three protagonists who entrust their lives to the water in search of a better place. Though the sea has many faces — friendship, beauty, solace, strength — it’s what we choose to see it in that matters most. Schrijber conquers her fear of the sea by taking a plunge to the bottom in search of an answer for her brother’s disappearance, all the while meditating on what the sea means to others. Watch an exclusive trailer for the film below.

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“‘Life of Pi,’ ‘All is Lost,’ ‘Dead Calm,’ ‘Cast Away’; all are stunning films, each with the sea as their subject,” says Schrijber. “Nonetheless, they all deal with ‘the will to survive’, as emphasized in their trailers.
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Drive-In Dust Offs: Patrick (1978)

With the massive success of Carrie (1976), telekinesis was quickly added to horror filmmakers’ arsenal as a new weapon to terrify audiences. The immense power of the film left some reticent to tackle the subject for fear of falling short; however Brian DePalma stepped up to the plate with The Fury (1978), and that same year fledgling Australian filmmaker Richard Franklin made Patrick, a suspenseful, darkly humorous tale of a nurse and the psychokinetically disposed comatose patient that loves her.

Released on its native soil October 1st, 1978, Patrick was bought up for distribution by over 30 countries after a successful screening at the Cannes Film Festival, easily earning back its $400,000 Aud budget (half of which was chipped in by the Australian Film Commission). More good news followed as Patrick was well received by critics, and rightly so – it’s a tense little beaut with an emphasis on character and scattered shocks throughout.

The
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