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'Hacksaw Ridge' production designer Barry Robison on going to war in Sydney

The barracks set at Sydney's Fox Studios. (Photo credit:.Jacinta Leong).

Crewing up in the middle of 2015, director Mel Gibson and producer Bill Mechanic were attracted to production designer Barry Robison's experience down under.

Robison, whose mother was born in Fremantle, first worked in Australia on Jodie Foster.s Nim's Island in 2007.

.It was summer and it was gorgeous and [we were] out in the Whitsundays, so I fell in love with that part of the country very quickly,. he tells If..

.Right on the heels of that I was asked to do Wolverine down in Sydney, and during that I realised I could get my Australian citizenship. I finished that process on Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader...

Robison.s dual citizenship, he admits, .certainly factored in to why I got Hacksaw, because it was a tight budget..

Once he got the gig, Robison had a freewheeling chat with Gibson,
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Aussie Game of Thrones designer to explain how she built Westeros

Production designer Deborah Riley.

Game of Thrones production designer Deborah Riley is set explore the design process for the world's most watched series at two events in Sydney and Melbourne.

The Emmy award winning Riley, who has also worked on The Matrix, 21 Grams and Jindabyne, will be hosted by the Australian Production Design Guild and Ait.

The events, to be held at Ait in Sydney (February 26) and Mebourne (March 4), will celebrate Riley's work on the series.

Riley will share her design experiences and give a talk on the design behind Game of Thrones..

Riley started her design study as an Architecture student at the University of Queensland in 1991 and went on to complete the Stage Design degree at the National Institute of Dramatic Art.

She worked on The Matrix in 1998 as a set designer and .then worked on Anna and the King in Malaysia and returned to Sydney for Moulin Rouge.
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Box Office: 'We're The Millers' Doesn't Make It To 'Elysium'

Four new films opened this weekend, joining an already full box office top ten: a dystopian epic actioner, a raunchy adult comedy, a kid-friendly cartoon, and a family-friendly action-myth story sequel. Duking it out for the top spot, the R-rated films took the lead while the PGs held their own in a crowded marquee. After a few disappointments this summer, it looked like the movie-going public might be tired of epic sci-fis. Last weekend, we would have tended to agree, considering "Pacific Rim" and "After Earth." However, this weekend has changed our tune slightly as Neill Blomkamp's "Elysium" took the top spot and made $30.5 million for its 3-day box office. Falling short of Blomkamp's "District 9" ($37.4 million), the film's weekend box office beat out Matt Damon's last foray into sci-fi "The Adjustment Bureau" ($21.2 million) and Jodie Foster's last wide release "Nim's Island" ($13.2 million) by decent margins. Also,
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Secrets of making a modern day monster: John Cox's latest exhibition

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Cox is renowned for being one of the most talented practical effects experts in Australia, having won an Oscar for creating the animatronic sheep, puppies, mice and dog in Babe. He also won an AFI Award for the mechanical crocodile he produced for Rogue.

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His interactive show, How to Make a Monster: The Art and Technology of Animatronics, first opened at the Queensland Museum during Christmas in 2004, which quickly became the second most successful exhibition ever staged in Australia (after Tutankhamen).

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The following year, it was shown at Sydney's Australian Museum in 2005, where it also received rave reviews. Since then, it has been the top three exhibition at almost every other venue it has visited, and the number one show at most, including its tour of the U.S. in 2008 and 2010. The latest version of the exhibition set sail for the U.S. again in February, which includes a
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Bindi Irwin Wants to Do More Acting

Bindi Irwin Wants to Do More Acting
If Bindi Irwin has her way, Return to Nim's Island will not be her only film. The wildlife expert, 14 - best known for appearing on her late father Steve Irwin's hit Animal Planet show The Crocodile Hunter - says she sees more movies in her future. "I would love to expand my acting career and take on more roles, even if they do not directly have to do with wildlife," Bindi recently told People. When it comes to her time on Nim's Island, she has nothing but the fondest memories. "I loved working on the film with such a
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The AfterEllen.com Huddle: Jodie Foster's best role

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No matter what you thought of Jodie Foster's Golden Globes speech, you have to admit the woman is an all-star actress. She's been in more than 40 films and over 25 TV series, so it was hard to decide what her best role ever could be. It wasn't hard, though, to discuss how good she was in every single one.

Group, what's your favorite Jodie Foster film?

Dorothy Snarker: I absolutely, positively cannot pick just one because she was my very first crush. So there. Rules be damned. For sentimental reasons, Stealing Home because it came out during my formative years and I watched it on a seemingly endless loop on our family's contraband HBO feed. Those blue eyes mesmerized me. For action reasons, Flightplan because she took a role originally written for a male lead and helped to, again, show that women
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Exclusive: Return to Nim's Island Poster

Exclusive: Return to Nim's Island Poster
We have the exclusive first poster for Return to auto]Nim's Island, the sequel to the 2008 adventure Nim's Island that will debut on VOD March 19. The DVD will be available exclusively in Wal-Mart stores on March 19, before debuting nationwide May 21. Bindi Irwin stars as Nim, who teams up with her scientist father Jack (Matthew Lillard) to get rid of the land developers and poachers who threaten her special island. Take a look at the one-sheet for this sequel that the whole family can enjoy. As an added bonus, it also stars John Waters!

The writer and producer of the smash hit Nim's Island brings you the much anticipated sequel, Return to Nim's Island!

In Return to Nim's Island, Nim is the precocious daughter of scientist father Jack. Nim, a bit older now, still has an amazing gift to be "one with nature" and her amazing animal friends. But now that developers and poachers threaten her island,
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Jodie Foster Anyone?

The HFPA, those star-groupies at the Golden Globes, recently announced that Jodie Foster would be the recipient of this year's Cecil B DeMille Award.

The Academy is stingy with women when it comes to honorifics but the less stuffy Globes indulge in their sapphic side quite a lot by way of lifetime tributes. What a treat for Jodie's 50th birthday! She hits the half century mark on November 19th. Now, one might say that a 50th birthday is much too early for a lifetime tribute... but when you consider how infrequently Jodie has deigned to act or even direct since her 45th birthday (that's only three films: Nim's Island, The Beaver, and Carnage in the past five years) it's probably safe to say that the bulk of her career is behind her, so why not?

I'd actually been planning a Jodie celebration right here though details had not yet emerged.
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Nim's Island 2, starring Bindi Irwin, begins filming in Queensland

Family adventure film Nim's Island 2, starring Bindi Irwin, has begun shooting on the Gold Coast.

The film also stars Us actor Matthew Lillard (The Descendants, Scooby Doo), who plays marine scientist Jack, the father of Nim (Bindi Irwin), as well as local actors John Waters (Looking Through the Glass Onion, Offspring), Toby Wallace (Surviving Georgia, Neighbours), Nathan Derrick (Rush, Bed of Roses), Sebastian Gregory (Neighbours, Accidents Happen) and Jack Pearson (Winners & Losers).

The original Nim's Island grossed $US48 million in North America and almost $6.2 million at the Australian box office. While it was shot in Queensland, it did not qualify as an Australian production, unlike the sequel which is now underway.

Nim's Island was a far bigger production, starring Jodi Foster, and was distributed by Universal. The sequel will be distributed in Australia by Pinnacle Films, which has specialised in limited theatrical releases, while international distribution is being handled by Walden Entertainment.
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'Wrath,' 'Mirror' No Match for 'Hunger Games'

Box office phenomenon The Hunger Games was once again the undisputed champ this weekend, as it had little difficulty fending off unimpressive fantasy flicks Wrath of the Titans and Mirror Mirror. With that strong holdover performance, and two newcomers combining for over $50 million, the Top 12 earned $140.4 million (a 23 percent improvement over the same period last year).The Hunger Games fell 61.6 percent to $58.55 million this weekend. That ranks as the eighth-highest second weekend ever, though it fell behind Avatar, Spider-Man and Alice in Wonderland among non-sequels. Still, that drop was lighter than the decline for any of the Twilight movies that opened on a Friday including the first one, which lost 62.2 percent in its second weekend. The sci-fi book adaptation will pass $250 million on Monday, which will make it the seventh-fastest movie to ever reach that milestone (first among non-sequels). Through just 10 days in theaters, The Hunger Games has earned $248.5 million,
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'Hunger Games' Easily Tops 'Wrath,' 'Mirror' on Friday

'Hunger Games' Easily Tops 'Wrath,' 'Mirror' on Friday
As expected, The Hunger Games easily held on to the top spot at the box office on Friday, though its steep drop was more reminiscent of front-loaded sequels than original properties. In second place, Wrath of the Titans failed to open anywhere close to its predecessor, while Mirror Mirror got off to a fine start in third. The Hunger Games plummeted 72 percent to an estimated $18.85 million. The movie had a steeper decline than Alice in Wonderland (58 percent) and The Dark Knight (65 percent), but it did mark a slight improvement over New Moon (76 percent) and Breaking Dawn Part 1 (77 percent). The Hunger Games cruised past $200 million early yesterday, which places it as the fifth-fastest movie ever to reach that level. Through eight days, the popular book adaptation has earned $208.8 million, and it should wind up with a three-day gross of at least $60 million. Wrath of the Titans debuted to an estimated $12.4 million on Friday,
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Lost Junket Interviews: Renee Zellweger Promotes 'Leatherheads'

When a new movie gets released, the stars of that movie will do an endless amount of short interviews with the hopes of convincing you that this new movie is the greatest movie ever. After that, those stars move on to promote a new project, which then becomes becomes the new greatest movie ever. Sadly, the prior film is usually forgotten. No more! Here at Moviefone, we've decided to honor the long lost junket interviews of the past. Leading off is Renee Zellweger, talking with Lovefilm.com about her 2008 movie, "Leatherheads." The football comedy, co-starring George Clooney, would finish third on its opening weekend, placing behind both "Nim's Island" and the second week of "21." "Leatherheads" would eventually gross just over $31 million domestically. During this interview, Zellweger describes her character, Lexie Littleton, as a "Trailblazer." She adds that Lexie is "unconventional and smart." Said Renee: "She's so witty; she gives as good as she gets.
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Gerard Butler's romantic comedy need

Gerard Butler felt like he had to 'have a go' at romantic comedies. The Scottish actor initially rose to fame after starring in action film '300', and he admits his later dalliances with films including 'The Bounty Hunter' and 'The Ugly Truth' were done because he wanted to make sure he tried everything. He said: 'You have to have a go don't you? Nothing ventured and all that. I could have stuck with being Mr. Action Guy but I went and did a kids' movie, 'Nim's Island' and then a bunch of romantic comedies and 'Law Abiding Citizen', a taut thriller about a serial killer with Jamie Foxx. 'The way I was thinking was, 'Ok, I'm doing
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Gerard Butler's romantic comedy need

Gerard Butler felt like he had to ''have a go'' at romantic comedies. The Scottish actor initially rose to fame after starring in action film '300', and he admits his later dalliances with films including 'The Bounty Hunter' and 'The Ugly Truth' were done because he wanted to make sure he tried everything. He said: ''You have to have a go don't you? Nothing ventured and all that. I could have stuck with being Mr. Action Guy but I went and did a kids' movie, 'Nim's Island' and then a bunch of romantic comedies and 'Law
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Walden's 1000-year Old Librarian Rex Libris: Let the Fines Begin!

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Walden Media, the studio that aims to make responsible movies for kids, will make a comedy/sci-fi/historical adventure about a 1,000-year old librarian. Rex Libris, based on a graphic novel, is about the head librarian of both Middleton Public Library and the Egyptian Library of Alexandria. Aided by an ancient god living beneath the library, he travels across the galaxy to collect overdue books and fines from alien warlords.

Walden's previous movies include The Chronicles of Narnia film franchise and Nim's Island.

Source: Variety
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Jodie Foster Courted To Join Ryan Reynolds & Jeff Bridges In 'R.I.P.D.'?

Jodie Foster Courted To Join Ryan Reynolds & Jeff Bridges In 'R.I.P.D.'?
After many years of worthy, middlebrow would-be-Oscar pictures and my-daughter-is-in-peril films, it finally seems like Jodie Foster is ready to have fun again. Playing a character described as "a magnificent c**t" in Spike Lee's "Inside Man" seems to have loosened the Oscar-winning actress up a bit, with subsequent roles including kids' flick "Nim's Island," voicing Maggie Simpson, and trading barbs in Roman Polanski's upcoming "Carnage." She's also heading back into tentpole territory for the first time in over a decade: she's got a part lined up alongside Matt Damon and Sharlto Copley in the sci-fi picture "Elysium," director Neill Blomkamp's…
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Oscars 2011: Hailee Steinfeld Joins Long List Of Young Hollywood Nominees

Oscars 2011: Hailee Steinfeld Joins Long List Of Young Hollywood Nominees
by Sterling Wong

With only two acting credits prior to "True Grit," Hailee Steinfeld emerged from out of left field to score a Best Supporting Actress nomination at this year's Academy Awards for her role in the Coen Brothers-directed Western as Mattie Ross, a resourceful and tough-as-nails youth seeking vengeance on the man who killed her father.

Although she ultimately lost the award to Melissa Leo, the nomination was a victory all by itself. By all accounts, we see great things for Hailee Steinfeld's post-Oscar nominated career -- especially if she lands the lead role in "The Hunger Games," which is a very real possibility based on her meeting with director Gary Ross.

But Steinfeld's continued success isn't a certainty; indeed, not every young actor in Hollywood to secure attention from the Academy has gone on to greatness. After the jump, take a look at some other recent Young
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Abigail Breslin is Fangful for Innocence

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Abigail Breslin (Nim's Island) will star with Julianne Moore (The Kids Are All Right) in the indie vampire killer movie Innocence. Based on the book of the same name, it's about a girl in mourning who becomes the center of attention at the rich kids prep school she attends in a community which is home to vampires and humans alike. Filming start this summer with Hilary Brougher directing.

Source: Variety
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New Year's Eve Filling Up Fast with Ryan Seacrest, Josh Duhamel & Ice Cube

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The party is almost full for the ensemble comedy New Year's Eve. Ryan Seacrest (Knocked Up), Ice Cube (Are We There Yet?) and Josh Duhamel (pictured, Transformers) are in negotiations to join the impressive cast in Garry Marshall's follow up to Valentine's Day. Just like Valentine's Day featured two musical artists (Queen Latifah, Taylor Swift), it looks like a similar strategy for New Year's Eve with Jon Bon Jovi already signed up for the pic.

The trio would also join Sienna Miller (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra), Zac Efron (High School Musical), Sarah Jessica Parker (Did You Hear About the Morgans?), Halle Berry (X-Men), Robert DeNiro (Little Fockers), "Glee" star Lea Michelle, Abigail Breslin (Nim's Island), Michelle Pfeiffer (Stardust) and Hilary Swank (Amelia), Sofia Vergara ("Modern Family"), Til Schweiger (The Three Musketeers), Jessical Biel (The A-Team), Ashton Kutcher (Killers), Sara Paxton (Aquamarine) and Frankie Muniz (Big Fat Liar).

Just like in Knocked Up,
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Jon Bon Jovi Makes a Memory with New Year's Eve

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Jon Bon Jovi is the musical guest for New Year's Eve, a follow-up to Valentine's Day. The ensemble cast of Valentine's Day featured Taylor Swift in her debut feature film role which also featured a song she wrote for the film, "Today was a Fairy Tale." No word if Bon Jovi will contribute a song for the soundtrack.

Bon Jovi, who has acted in other films like Pay It Forward, will be joining Sienna Miller (G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra), Zac Efron (High School Musical), Sarah Jessica Parker (Did You Hear About the Morgans?), Halle Berry (X-Men), Robert DeNiro (Little Fockers), "Glee" star Lea Michelle, Abigail Breslin (Nim's Island), Michelle Pfeiffer (Stardust) and Hilary Swank (Amelia), Jessical Biel (The A-Team) and Ashton Kutcher (Killers) (some actors haven't officially signed on yet).

Just as Valentine's Day told the stories of various, loosely connected people in Los Angeles on Feb. 14, New Year's Eve
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