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The Legend of Ben Hall set for December release

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The Legend of Ben Hall. Matthew Holmes.s The Legend of Ben Hall will get a national theatrical release from December 1, courtesy of Pinnacle Films.

The biopic tells the story of one of the most wanted men in Australian outlaw history. After years on the run in the outback, Ben Hall and his infamous band of outlaws decide to ride again in order to steal enough cash and gold so they can flee to America and greener pastures.

The reunited gang prove unstoppable until one fateful day, when holding up a mail coach, a police sergeant is shot dead. With the bounty on their heads growing and nowhere to go, Ben and his gang must now fight to the bitter end.

The Legend of Ben Hall, shot across regional New South Wales and Victoria, stars Jack Martin, Jamie Coffa (Gallipoli, The Lucifer King), William Lee, Joanne Dobbin (Neighbours, Swimming Upstream
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Watch the trailer for Highlander’s 30th Anniversary 4K Restoration

Ahead of its premiere at the Edinburgh Film Festival, StudioCanal has released a trailer for the 30th Anniversary 4K restoration of Russell Mulcahy’s cult 1986 fantasy Highlander starring Christopher Lambert and Sean Connery. Check it out here…

1985 New York City; the Battle to end all battles. The last remaining Immortals gather together to fight to the death: decapitation alone can kill them, and the victor alone can lay claim to “The Prize”. Amongst the contestants is Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert), who fought his first battle in 1536 on the highlands of Scotland, swordsman Ramirez (Sean Connery) who mentored MacLeod and taught him the ways of the immortals, and the evil and brutal barbarian The Kurgan (Clancy Brown).

Starring Christopher Lambert (Mortal Kombat, Fortress), Sean Connery (Dr. No, The Hunt for Red October), Clancy Brown (The Shawshank Redemption, Starship Troopers) Roxanne Hart, Jon Polito, Sheila Gish and Celia Imrie. The film was
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Highlander getting 30th anniversary 4K restoration re-release

StudioCanal has announced that it is celebrating the 30th anniversary of the cult classic Highlander with a fully restored 4K re-release of the action fantasy.

The restoration will receive its world premiere on Saturday June 18th at the Edinburgh Film Festival, with The Kurgan himself Clancy Brown in attendance, before making its way to Blu-ray and DVD on July 11th with brand new bonus material.

1985 New York City; the Battle to end all battles. The last remaining Immortals gather together to fight to the death: decapitation alone can kill them, and the victor alone can lay claim to “The Prize”. Amongst the contestants is Connor MacLeod (Christopher Lambert), who fought his first battle in 1536 on the highlands of Scotland, swordsman Ramirez (Sean Connery) who mentored MacLeod and taught him the ways of the immortals, and the evil and brutal barbarian The Kurgan (Clancy Brown).

Starring Christopher Lambert (Mortal Kombat, Fortress), Sean Connery (Dr. No,
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Halle Berry: Plastic Surgery Is Pushed "Like Crack" in Hollywood, Pressure Is Constant

Halle Berry: Plastic Surgery Is Pushed
Swimming upstream! Unlike some of her Hollywood peers, Halle Berry told Yahoo! Beauty on Friday, Feb. 13, that she's resisting the urge to go under the knife. "It is pressure," Berry, 48, confessed of plastic surgery. "When you see everybody around you doing it, you have those moments when you think, 'To stay alive in this business, do I need to do the same thing?'" The Oscar-winning beauty admitted that she has personally been told to get work done. "I won’t lie and tell you that those things [...]
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Father and son combine on Australian drama

For the best part of 20 years Chris Blackburn tried his hand at writing film scripts, a sideline to his day jobs as a newspaper and TV reporter, reality show producer and, currently, as a co-executive producer on Big Brother.

Eighteen months ago he had an idea for a crime drama about a young man whose sister has been brutally murdered, set primarily in a row of vacant houses near his home on the north coast of Nsw.

Blackburn wrote the script and asked his son Tim, a TV editor who has directed several short films to direct. Entitled Burns Point, the film is now in day seven of a 21-day shoot in and around the town of Ballina.

Asked how he.s financed the film, Chris tells If, .It.s mostly me. I.ve saved up for this and put money aside." Cast and crew are working on deferred. fees in some cases.
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Sundance 2014: ‘Laggies’ a feat of storytelling that gives women room to be indecisive and flawed

Chloë Grace Moretz and Keira Knightley star in director Lynn Shelton’s “Laggies

Laggies

Directed by Lynn Shelton

Written by Andrea Seigel

USA, 2014

Keira Knightley stars in the new movie by director Lynn Shelton (Humpday, Your Sister’s Sister) that seeks to reason why a young woman hasn’t grown up yet. It’s a film about hesitancy and not knowing exactly what you need to achieve happiness. Swimming upstream of what everyone else wants for her, the lead character experiences a sea change and begins to buck other people’s advice. Laggies is a stimulating film that deals with individualism and perhaps relies too much on buoying a woman’s true identity with romantic interest but still succeeds in introducing a female character who dares to break away from expectation to do what she wants, even if she hasn’t a clue what that may be.

Sign-spinning for her father,
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Film, TV Producer Paul Pompian Dies at 72

Film, TV Producer Paul Pompian Dies at 72
Award winning motion picture and television producer Paul Pompian, best known for films including “The Watcher,” “Swimming Upstream,” “Waste Land,” Truman Capote’s “Children on Their Birthdays,” “Resurrection,” “The Stepford Children,” “Time Served,” “Guests of the Emperor,” “The Preppie Murder,” “Fatal Deception: The Marina Oswald Story,” “Death of a Centerfold: The Dorothy Stratten Story” and “Joshua,” died of leukemia on January 1 at the City of Hope in Duarte, Calif. He was 72.

Pompian produced more than 50 film and TV productions, working first with Roger Corman’s New World Pictures beginning in 1971, and then with MGM, Universal Pictures, Lionsgate, Aeg, and his own production company.

At the time of his death, Pompian had several projects in various stages of development, including “Operation Family Secrets” based on his Random House book co-authored by Keith and Kent Zimmerman. He was also in pre-production on “Short Cut Man” written by Preston Sturges Jr. and to be directed by Neil Tardio,
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Producer Paul Pompian Dies at 72

Producer Paul Pompian, whose credits include Death of a Centerfold: The Dorothy Stratten Story and Swimming Upstream, died Jan. 1 after a long battle with leukemia at City of Hope hospital in Duarte, Calif. He was 72. Pompian produced more than 50 films and television productions during his career, working first with Roger Corman’s New World Pictures beginning in 1971 and then with MGM, Universal, Lionsgate, Aeg and his own production company. The producer’s other credits include The Watcher (1999), starring Keanu Reeves, James Spader and Marisa Tomei; Joshua (2002), based on the best-selling novel by Joseph Girzone and

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Oscar Nominee Trivia File: Geoffrey Rush

Oscar Nominee Trivia File: Geoffrey Rush
Geoffrey Rush is one a select few actors who have earned the "Triple Crown of Acting" -- an Oscar, a Tony and an Emmy.

The Australian actor earned his fourth Academy Award nomination for his portrayal of Lionel Logue, the King's speech therapist in "The King's Speech." Rush not only stars, but also served as an executive producer of the film, which is nominated for Best Picture of the Year.

Rush's talents were discovered long before his currently acclaimed role.
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Stephan Elliott Hires Some "Best Men"

The cast has been announced for "Priscilla" and "Easy Virtue" director Stephan Elliott’s upcoming feature "A Few Best Men" which begins shooting next week in Sydney and the nearby Blue Mountains region.

When English lad David announces he is getting married to an Australian, his hapless mates give a whole new meaning to the phrase 'for better or worse'! The chaos-filled wedding day tests their new marriage, challenges David’s relationships with his three best men, and risks turning what should be the best day of their lives into the worst.

Olivia Newton-John and political satirist Jonathan Biggins will star as the parents of the bride. Also starring are Xavier Samuel ("Twilight: Eclipse," "Newcastle"), Kris Marshall ("Death At A Funeral," "Easy Virtue"), Kevin Bishop ("Spanish Apartment," "Food of Love"), Tim Draxl ("Traveling Light," "Swimming Upstream"), Laura Brent (The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader), Steve Le Marquand ("Beneath Hill 60,
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Will Audiences Take The Bait?

Will Audiences Take The Bait?
While they often make us a feel a little uneasy about going into the water, shark movies have always proven a hit with audiences. Fans of the genre may be excited to hear that shooting has just started on the Gold Coast for Bait 3D, a new shark action film shot in, uh, 3D.   The script was penned by Australian born Russell Mulcahy - director of 1986's Highlander, the Jesse Spencer/Geoffrey Rush starrer Swimming Upstream and more recently Resident Evil: Extinction - who was also originally meant to direct the film. However directorial duties were passed to Kimble Rendall, who finally follows up the Kylie Minogue and Molly Ringwald shocker, Cut (2000), in the meantime working as an assistant director on an impressive array of commercial hits including the recently shot actioner The Killer Elite, as well as Knowing and Matrix Reloaded.
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Columbus Short joins indie 'Girl Is in Trouble'

Columbus Short joins indie 'Girl Is in Trouble'
Columbus Short will star in the indie thriller "The Girl Is in Trouble," from writer-director Julius Onah.

Jesse Spencer (Fox's "House") and Wilmer Valderrama ("The Dry Land") also have joined the cast.

Spike Lee is an executive producer on the noirish drama, which begins shooting next week in New York. The project was selected for the Tribeca Film Institute's All Access program this year as part of its narrative film roster.

In the story, a Lower East Side bartender becomes entangled in a murder mystery involving a desperate woman, a missing drug dealer and the scion of a powerful investment firm. Mayuran Tiruchelvam co-wrote the script with Onah.

Jen Gatien, Robert Profusek and Ryan Silbert are producing the film.

Repped by CAA and Brillstein Entertainment Partners, Short recently appeared in "The Losers," "Armored," "Death at a Funeral," "Whiteout," "Quarantine" and "Stomp the Yard."

Spencer, repped by UTA and Untitled, appeared
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FCCA noms tap 'Story,' 'Square'

FCCA noms tap 'Story,' 'Square'
MELBOURNE, Australia -- In what is regarded as the curtain-raiser for the awards season Down Under, the psychological drama Japanese Story and crime caper comedy Gettin' Square head the nominations list for this year's Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards. The critical and commercial hit Japanese Story is nominated in a total of seven categories, including best picture, best director, and best actress (Toni Collette). Gettin' Square, which also has seven nominations, will go head-to-head with Japanese Story in the best picture and director categories, while David Wenham is the front-runner for the best actor nod for his turn as a recently released convict. The other two best picture nominees are the Rolf de Heer drama Alexandra's Project and the coming-of-age tale Swimming Upstream, helmed by Russell Mulcahy. In the best actress category, Collette is up against Helen Buday (Alexandra's Project), Susie Porter (Teesh and Trude) and Olivia Pigeot (A Cold Summer), while Wenham's fellow nominees include Geoffrey Rush (Swimming Upstream), Heath Ledger (Ned Kelly) and Gary Sweet (Alexandra's Project).

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