13 items from 2015
Double win marks the first time two films have shared Australia’s top film prize.Scroll down for full list of winners
Russell Crowe’s The Water Diviner and Jennifer Kent thriller The Babadook have both won the Aacta (Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts) Award for best film, marking the first time that two titles have shared the country’s top film prize.
The event in Sydney, hosted this year by actresses Cate Blanchett and Deborah Mailman, is only the 4th annual Aacta Awards but they were the result of an overhaul of the AFI (Australian Film Institute) Awards, which were established in 1969.
The two winning films could not be more different from each other. Kent’s meticulously crafted low-budget claustrophobic thriller, The Babadook, is about a single mother who battles with her son’s fear of a monster lurking in the house.
- Sandy.George@me.com (Sandy George)
By Anjelica Oswald
The Imitation Game features Benedict Cumberbatch as Alan Turing, a mathematician and computer science pioneer who, along with his fellow code-breakers, broke the Nazi Enigma code to help end World War II. Though Turing was hailed as a hero, he was eventually arrested and prosecuted for homosexuality, along with 49,000 other British men and women. Turing chose to be chemically castrated rather than face imprisonment, so he could continue his work, and it is believed that he committed suicide a few years later. Queen Elizabeth II posthumously pardoned Turing in 2013.
On Jan. 21, Stephen Fry led a discussion about the The Imitation Game following a screening of the film for BAFTA voters, discussed Queen Elizabeth’s pardon and suggested that the 49,000 persecuted men and women should be as well. Chad Griffin, the president of Human Rights Campaign, which is honoring The Imitation Game at its Human Rights Gala on Jan. »
- Anjelica Oswald
Simultaneously the dullest and the most insulting version of itself it could possibly be. If only it had managed to be campy, that’d be something… I’m “biast” (pro): have been a fan of Ridley Scott in the past…
I’m “biast” (con): …but not so much lately
(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)
I think I’ve finally figured out what Exodus: Gods and Kings is all about. I don’t mean how it’s a painfully boring, too-literal adaptation of a Biblical fantasy that’s been told plenty often before, and was not calling out to be told again. I mean how it’s possible that Ridley Scott could have made such a stodgy flick, and one that’s utterly tone-deaf to modern sensibilities. Cuz Scott used to be ahead of the curve, not decades behind it: This is the guy who »
- MaryAnn Johanson
TCA 2015: Additionally, the broadcaster has ordered two new “Masterpiece” dramas and two documentary series on nuclear weapons
PBS has inked a co-production deal with BBC and BBC Worldwide, PBS’s president and CEO Paula A. Kerger announced during Monday’s Television Critics Association press tour in Pasadena.
Additionally, the broadcaster has ordered a new Civil War drama series produced by Ridley Scott (“Gladiator”) and two new “Masterpiece” series. Also, PBS will produce two new documentary specials focusing on nuclear weapons.
Under the BBC pact, the companies plan to produce eight to 10 new specials to begin premiering as early as this summer. »
- Jethro Nededog
It’s that time of year again when the film world is buzzing with whispers, rumours, hot tips and fan favourites for Oscar success. I ventured out to the cinema this week to see two very different films – Alejandro Inarritu’s Birdman and Ridley Scott’s Exodus: Gods and Kings.
One film is my tip for Oscar glory, and the other wont be anywhere near a golden statue unless the cast and crew decide to treat themselves to a plastic replica from a souvenir shop on the Hollywood walk of fame. If you’ve seen both films I’m hoping you’ve worked out which is which without reading another word! If not… shame on you!
I’ll begin with Exodus. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with this film. But, there’s not really much to write home about either. »
- Gary Collinson
Her take! Famke Janssen reacted to Russell Crowe's controversial comments about women in Hollywood tackling age-appropriate roles at the Taken 3 premiere in NYC on Wednesday, Jan. 7. "That's interesting," Janssen, 50, told reporters on the red carpet. "I don't remember him being female," she sniped. In a recent interview with Australian Women's Weekly, 50-year-old Crowe said he was "too old" to reprise his Gladiator role. The Oscar winner further noted that his female counterparts should also embrace their ages when signing on for films. "I think you'll find [...] »
Russell Crowe "keeps getting his foot stuck in his mouth," says Jessica Chastain, in response to recent comments he had made in an interview about actresses above the age of 40 and the perceived availability of roles for them. However, fellow actress Meryl Streep has said she agrees with his remarks. The 50-year-old Oscar-winning Gladiator actor had told the publicationThe Australian Women's Weekly in comments published on Dec. 22 that he thinks that the type of woman who says good roles have dried up for her is "the woman who at 40, 45, 48, still wants to play the ingénue [innocent, girl-next-door type], and can't understand why she's not being cast as the »
The actor had previously said that actresses who protest over the lack of substantial roles for older women can no longer "play the ingénue", adding that he isn't able to play parts similar to Gladiator at the age of 50.
Streep replied to the comments during a press conference for her new film Into The Woods, saying: "I read what he said, all of what he said. It's been misappropriated what he was talking about. He was talking about himself.
"The journalist asked him, 'Why don't you do another Gladiator? Everybody loved that'. He said, 'I'm too old. I can't be the gladiator anymore, I'm playing parts that are appropriate to my age'."
Streep added: "Then the conversation went on to actresses and that was proving a point that he was talking about himself, »
Russell Crowe is not the man he used to be. He admits that, at the age of 50, he is no longer suited for roles like Maximus in Gladiator and must now go after projects more suited for his age, like Jor-El in Man of Steel and Noah in Darren Aronofsky.s Biblical epic. But what bugs him the most is how, he says, actresses aren.t embracing age-appropriate roles in the same way. Speaking with Australia.s Women.s Weekly, he praises the plethora of roles that are available to actors and actresses in Hollywood, which makes him perplexed . nay, frustrated . how women in the 40+ age circuit are complaining that there are no longer any roles for them. To be honest, I think you'll find that the woman who is saying that [the roles have dried up] is the woman who at 40, 45, 48, still wants to play the ingénue, and »
Never one to be subtle, Russell Crowe has managed to offend half the female stars in Hollywood with his comments about older actresses.
The “Noah” actor told Australian Women’s Weekly that older women who claim there are no good roles anymore are really just upset that they are no longer cast as young vixens — and they should act their age.
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“To be honest, I think you’ll find that the woman who is saying that [the roles have dried up] is the woman who at 40, 45, 48, still wants to play the ingenue, »
- Debbie Emery
Russell Crowe has hit out at older actresses who complain about ageism in Hollywood.
The Les Misérables star stated that female actors who complain about the lack of substantial roles for older women can no longer "play the ingénue".
Crowe told Australian Women's Weekly that veteran stars should accept they can only play roles suitable for their age, rather than younger parts.
He explained that actors should be "willing to live in their own skin", accepting that he isn't able to play roles similar to Gladiator at the age of 50.
When asked about the ageism debate, Crowe said: "To be honest, I think you'll find that the woman who is saying that [the roles have dried up] is the woman who at 40, 45, 48, still wants to play the ingénue, and can't understand why she's not being cast as the 21-year-old.
Artist Jeff Victor has released his first illustration in 2015 and it is a cartoon-style evolution of Russell Crowe and the movies he's made over the years. Crowe is a solid actor that has played some great characters. Two of my all-time favorite films that he's been in are Gladiator and Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World. I'm also really happy to see that the artist included his character from Romper Stomper, a film you should see if you haven't already. Here's a note from the artist:
Russell Crowe is one of my favorite actors, and here are some of my favorite roles he's done over the years. Which performances do you think are his best? »
- Joey Paur
Whenever an artistic medium dares to cheat on its loyal fanbase by scurrying over to another, anger and thinkpieces likely follow. Technology has amped up an uncanny-valley-sort of realism in video games. Movies have added more CGI to its blockbuster spectacles and animation. Thus, the previously distinct media have drawn blurrier lines with consumers none too pleased. Games like Quantic Dreams’ Heavy Rain earn the title of “cinematic”, either as mere descriptor or complaint. A quick gameplay video affirms this: most of the action simply propels the player through a grounded narrative with only a few promptly-timed button mashes driving what looks like an animated movie. Cinema-goers as well have lambasted recent multi-million-dollar projects like Gravity for sequences of first-person, graphics-laden action, not unlike a Call of Duty cut-scene (the latest of which, by the way, features CGI-fied Hollywood actor Kevin Spacey »
- Zach Lewis
13 items from 2015
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