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Hong Kong – Richard Roxburgh (“Moulin Rouge,” “Mission: Impossible II”) and Radha Mitchell (“Olympus Has Fallen,” “Silent Hill”) take the lead roles in “Looking for Grace,” an Australian drama now in production under director Sue Brooks (“Japanese Story”).
Involving a lengthy drive across the wheat country of West Australia, the film is a story of a family pulling in different directions after their 15 year old daughter empties the safe and runs away to see her favorite band.
Producers are Lizzette Atkins, Sue Taylor and Alison Tilson, and executive producers are Antonio and Benjamin Zeccola of Australian distributor Palace Films. Hong Kong’s Fortissimo Films will handle international sales.
Finance partners include Screen West, Screen Australia, Film Victoria, The Melbourne International Film Festival Film Fund and Fulcrum Media Finance. »
- Patrick Frater
Glenn here to discuss a lil something from 1989, but first a divergence to the modern day.
Last night’s MTV Video Music Awards were like stepping into a pop culture gulag. It’s easy to get misty-eyed thinking about Vma ceremonies of years past, when the network actually showed music videos and the form felt truly like art. Despite being aware of last night’s winner, “Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus the icky Terry Richardson, I don’t claim to have near enough knowledge of modern music videos to truly complain. It does seem harder to imagine Neil Young, Peter Gabriel, or Pearl Jam winning these days though, doesn’t it? Are there brilliant works that just aren’t being recognized?
It’s been some time since videos were genuine pop culture moments and the internet certainly doesn’t help. Beyoncé appears to be the only one who’s been »
- Glenn Dunks
Moulin Rouge! is a mixed bag. It’s an idea that looks good on paper, but looks horrendous in execution. It’s a film where it should have the ability to make all the right emotional pivots, but succumbs to an ostentation that exists in its final product, making this a hallmark for director Baz Lurhmann’s career. I appreciate him, in an odd way, for injecting a very strange version of romance in his films, one that, in Moulin Rouge!, is wonderfully cynical and melancholy. In almost all of his work, his maximalism overshadows some of the most interesting aspects of the films (the sole exception being Strictly Ballroom, his first feature): the post-modern comments on capitalism in William Shakespeare’s Romeo+ Juliet, the inherent frivolity of “freedom, beauty, truth, and love” in Moulin Rouge!, and the hollow decadence of the parties in The Great Gatsby. But everything »
- Kyle Turner
A happy 56th birthday to the Queen Herself. I was out for drinks with two friends the other night (Hi, Sue & Jordan!) and somehow the conversation turned to Madonna -- I can't remember how it got there -- and the Best Actress for Evita Golden Globe was discussed. 'Her one shot at an Oscar' ...but then of course she wasn't nominated. (1996 was an overstuffed year in Best Actress of course but even if it hadn't been, The Academy probably would have resisted.) But of course it wasn't her only shot at Oscar. They've snubbed her repeatedly in that Best Original Song category though two songs she sang but didn't write won the actual gold man ("Sooner or Later" from Dick Tracy by Stephen Sondheim and "You Must Love Me" from Evita by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber).
Her original songs from the movies in preference order:
"Into the Groove »
- NATHANIEL R
The project has been in the works for several months with Fleischer Studios, owner of the Betty Boop charater, partnering with Syco Entertainment and Animal Logic — which performed the animation for “The Lego Movie” — on a music-driven hybrid animated comedy.
Betty Boop first appeared in 1930 and made numerous appearances in Max Fleischer’s “Talkartoons” and her own cartoon series as a fun-loving, flirtatious character with a signature line “Boop-oop-a-doop!”
The bobbed-hair, short-skirted character became the first female animated star at the end of the Roaring ’20s.
Betty Boop appeared in over 100 cartoons and had been »
- Dave McNary
Die-hard romance lovers are in for a treat this August as Southbank Centre launches its Festival of Love. Bollywood cinema classic Devdas will grace the big screen on Thursday 21 August as part of the festival, which is a three week series of film screenings showcasing the best romantic stories in cinema.
Southbank Centre’s summer 2014 festival will see hundreds of artists, communities and partners exploring the many different facets of human love – including romance and the breakdown of relationships. The Festival of Love will feature eleven screenings spanning various genres of iconic romantic films, from classics to musicals. This makes Devdas the perfect Bollywood choice for the festival, as it will be screened alongside nine classic romance films including, Brief Encounter with live orchestral accompaniment, Casablanca, The Graduate, West Side Story, Moulin Rouge, South Pacific, Sing-a-long-a Grease and Sing-a-long-a Dirty Dancing.
Devdas is the ultimate Bollywood classic and was selected »
- Stacey Yount
It’s a thought that has persisted in cinema for well over a century. Love is what motivates characters; it’s a dream they want to realize, a reality they have to face, the content of their musings in their nightly diary entries.
Decades of cinema have seen the nature of other genres completely overturned. More and more, horrors are gearing towards high-concept supernatural thrillers over human killers; comedies are willing to get raunchier, with a whole lot more swearing; action movies are only too eager to show off brutal set-pieces; and comic book movies and sci-fi films have the effects capable of making the unreal real.
But romance? How much has that changed? And how much do we really want it to? »
- Kenji Lloyd
Happy 50th to the enduring character actor and one man show trouper John Leguizamo. He has his first (film) hit in years this summer as part of the ensemble of Chef and he's arguably even its secret weapon; his cheerful sideline energy helps cut the sometimes sour taste of the movie's vaguely offputting self pitying / self aggrandizing central character business featuring Jon Favreau.
But Leguizamo has been doing that for years, significantly boosting or even altering the energy of pictures he was fourth or fifth or, you know, twelfth billed in. It's true that his brand of sideline showmanship often teeters towards hardly altruistic hamminess; he's an unrepetant scene stealer. But it was a treat to see him again, I raedily admit, and so shortly after I happened to watch his most recent one man show "Ghetto Klown" on cable or streaming or something (I forget) wherein he talks about this impending 50th birthday, »
- NATHANIEL R
Iggy Azalea’s “Fancy,” featuring Charli Xcx, has set the record for the longest tenure at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 by a female rapper. Her breakthrough hit spend its sixth week at No. 1, passing Lil Kim’s 5 weeks at the top as part of the collective that remade “Lady Marmalade” in 2001 for “Moulin Rouge.” Given her comments at the Bet Awards on Sunday night, we’re sure Nicki Minaj is gnashing her teeth over the news. Magic’s “Rude” moves 3-2, which means Azalea’s other major hit, her feature on “Problems” by Ariana Grande, will likely be locked out of the top spot after spending five weeks at No. 2. Billboard predicts that “Rude” will likely topple “Fancy” from the top spot. Nico & Vinz’s “Am I Wrong” moves to No. 4, while Sam Smith’s “Stay With Me” stays at No. 5. (“Latch,” hIs song with Dispatch climbs to No. »
- Melinda Newman
The movie musical certainly had a heyday in the 1930s and 40s, but thanks to films like 2001's "Moulin Rouge!" and 2002's "Chicago," musicals have made a comeback throughout the aughts and the teens during this millennium. With Clint Eastwood's adaptation of the popular stage musical "Jersey Boys" opening this weekend, we got to thinking about what musical theater productions are worthy of a film adaptation and which directors would be perfect to bring them to the silver screen. Here's our list of musicals that haven't yet gotten film adaptations and who we think should take them on. Let us know what shows you want to see on film, and who you think would be the perfect director. "Avenue Q" Directed by Edgar Wright "(Shaun of the Dead," "Hot Fuzz") With an unmatched eye for satire, Edgar Wright spun iconic tale "Dawn of the Dead" into contemporary comedy landmark "Shaun of the Dead. »
This is one of the sweetest videos we have seen in a long time! Keith Urban and Nicole Kidman visited the Monash Children's Hospital in Melbourne, Australia last Friday, where they serenaded patients with a beautiful version of "Amazing Grace."While the country singer sang and played the guitar, his wife sang along as well ... and sounded amazing. We almost forgot the "Moulin Rouge" star had such a sweet voice!They also turned heads at a charity event in Melbourne last week, where Nicole showed off a whole lotta cleavage on the red carpet in an uncharacteristically sexy gown. Keith will also be performing in Brisbane on Tuesday for the next stop of his "Light the Fuse Tour."And while Keith is sticking around Australia for a little bit, Nicole is already in Shanghai -- where she promoted her latest film, "Grace of Monaco," at the Shanghai International Film Festival over the weekend. »
- tooFab Staff
Keith Urban and wife Nicole Kidman serenaded children at Monash Children’s Hospital in Victoria, Australia over the weekend. Urban was born in New Zealand but grew up in Australia, while Kidman was born in Hawaii, but, like Urban, was raised in Australia. Kidman, who showed she has a fine singing voice herself in “Moulin Rouge,” seldom sings with her Grammy-winning husband, but she can be clearly heard singing with the staff and her husband on “Amazing Grace.” The Oscar winner traveled from Australia to Shanghai to receive an award from the Shanghai Film Festival, while Urban kicked off the Australian leg of his Light the Fuse tour June 14. The tour comes to the U.S. on July 17 and ends Sept. 13. This isn’t the first time the two have performed together: a few years back, they sang a parody of Men At Work’s “Land Down Under” for at »
- Melinda Newman
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- Justin Vactor
The hilarious new trailer for Paddington has arrived. (along with some pretty hilarious mock-horror memes that have gone viral.)
Paddington is adapted from Michael Bond’s books for children, which have been published in 40 languages and sold 35 million copies. The story is about a young bear from Peru who longs to visit England and decides to travel to London. He reaches the huge Paddington Station and realises he is lost and alone in a big city that was barely what he had expected, but a sympathetic family adopts him and he finds the peaceful haven he had dreamt about – until a taxidermist sets her sights on him.
The first ever live action film inspired by Bond’s best-selling books, stars BAFTA Award- nominee Hugh Bonneville (Downton Abbey, Iris, Notting hill) as Mr Brown, Academy Award-winner Colin Firth (The King’s Speech, A Single Man, Bridget Jones’s Diary) as the »
- Michelle McCue
She opted not to return for series four of The Voice UK and now it appears she’s trading vocal coaching for tectonic scorching as Kylie Minogue has signed up to appear in San Andreas. It’s easy to forget she’s an actress, but Kylie has dabbled with movies over the past three decades, with roles in The Delinquents, Street Fighter and Moulin Rouge. Her last high profile acting job was alongside David Tennant in the Doctor Who festive special Voyage Of The Damned. If this is an attempt to crack Hollywood or whether she’s merely cropping up remains to be seen. The Us-set film is actually being shot in Australia, which may also explain her involvement.
Stars Dwayne Johnson and Carla Gugino play estranged but clearly resourceful parents, who undertake the world’s most perilous road trip to rescue their daughter when a superquake hits California. Is »
- Steve Palace
• Kristin Wiig is set to make her directorial debut on an untitled buddy comedy that she and her Bridesmaids co-scribe Annie Mumolo will write together. The story is about “best friends who find themselves in over their heads and out of their depths, which were, perhaps, not too deep to begin with.” Wiig will also star in the pic, which TriStar chairman Tom Rothman joked will be “a searing and depressing drama, which is what the world needs right now.” [New York Times]
- Lindsey Bahr
Even though the movie is set in California, nearly all of it is being shot in Australia. Johnson portrays a copter pilot who rescues his daughter in San Francisco, where less than a week of shooting is taking place — mostly “plate” shots to establish location.
Brad Peyton is directing from a script by “The Conjuring” scribes Carey and Chad Hayes, with a previous draft written by Carlton Cuse. Beau Flynn is producing through his FlynnPictureCo. along with Village Roadshow.
- Dave McNary
Though Kylie Minogue is best known for her singing career, having won a Grammy Award, released 12 albums and served as a judge on the U.K. version of The Voice, she actually got her start as an actress on the soap opera Neighbors. Since then, she’s dabbled in acting a few times, appearing on an episode of Doctor Who and in films like Moulin Rouge!, Jack & Diane and Holy Motors. Now, she’s signed on for another supporting role, in the Dwayne Johnson-led earthquake thriller San Andreas.
Minogue’s role is being kept under wraps for the time being, but the film stars Johnson as a special ops firefighter who, along with his ex-wife (Carla Gugino), makes the perilous trip from Los Angeles to San Francisco in search of their daughter (Alexandra Daddario) after the ‘Big One’ hits and utterly decimates California. Johnson’s protagonist faces threats not only from Mother Nature, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Joan Lorring, 1945 Best Supporting Actress Oscar nominee, dead at 88: One of the earliest surviving Academy Award nominees in the acting categories, Lorring was best known for holding her own against Bette Davis in ‘The Corn Is Green’ (photo: Joan Lorring in ‘Three Strangers’) Best Supporting Actress Academy Award nominee Joan Lorring, who stole the 1945 film version of The Corn Is Green from none other than Warner Bros. reigning queen Bette Davis, died Friday, May 30, 2014, in the New York City suburb of Sleepy Hollow. So far, online obits haven’t mentioned the cause of death. Lorring, one of the earliest surviving Oscar nominees in the acting categories, was 88. Directed by Irving Rapper, who had also handled one of Bette Davis’ biggest hits, the 1942 sudsy soap opera Now, Voyager, Warners’ The Corn Is Green was a decent if uninspired film version of Emlyn Williams’ semi-autobiographical 1938 hit play about an English schoolteacher, »
- Andre Soares
Given how the live shows have played out, we're thinking this series of Bgt should be renamed Britain's Got Mainly Singers And Dancers With A Hot Magician And A Crazy Violinist Thrown In.
The warblers and quick-steppers dominate again tonight in the last semi-final, with injured-plagued senior salsa dancer Paddy Jones the main attraction.
Looks like we're gonna have to rely on the wildcard to add some variety to Simon Cowell's variety show. Will the lucky act get announced tonight? Who knows? - it's Britain's Got Talent, anything could happen! Join Digital Spy when Bgt returns at 7pm...
19:30Well, at least Simon thought the same as us. The rest of the judges are tripping over themselves to praise Kings & Queens. Amanda loves their "sassiness", while Alesha gushes some more and David excitedly agrees with everyone she's saying, possibly in a bid to avoid another soaking.
19:26Actually, hold »
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