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Exclusive: HanWay Select boards 20,000 Days on Earth; Madman pre-buys Australia.
HanWay’s specialty arm HanWay Select has boarded Nick Cave music documentary 20,000 Days on Earth.
Directed by visual artists Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, and featuring an original score by Cave and regular collaborator Warren Ellis, the film features staged footage and real-life recordings of acclaimed Australian musician Cave and his bands.
HanWay has acquired world rights, excluding UK and Australia, with the latter being pre-bought by Madman in a deal with the producers.
Currently in production, delivery is scheduled for early 2014 with theatrical rollout later in the year.
The film weaves drama and reality in a fictionalised 24 hours in the life of the acclaimed musician, author and screenwriter Cave, known for his bands Nick Cave and the Bad »
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
What I said last time about the summer being a fairly quiet time for the streaming world, please disregard. Rather than wait for the autumn when people are more inclined to slump on a sofa in front of the tube, Netflix, Lovefilm and a new contender have decided that everyone just loves good movies and TV and so have flooded the marketplace with good content in a battle to outdo one another. The winner again is you the consumer and the hardest part may be to actually choose just one of these outlets to subscribe to.
That new contender I talked about is Sky, who has thrown their hat into the ring with Now TV, which is essentially an on demand version of their Sky Movie channels available over the internet. If you have seen the Now TV website and thought they didn’t actually have much content then think again. »
- Chris Holt
Flickering Myth's writing team discuss their favourite movie soundtracks; next up is David Bishop with The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford...
How many times have you left the cinema and immediately said “I need to buy the soundtrack.”? Chances are, not that often. While Andrew Dominik’s poetic take on the Wild West of America is near perfect in almost every way, it’s the heartbreakingly melodic sounds of Bad Seed members Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, which really stick with you long after the credits role.
Traditionally, a film score should be used to enhance the images, not take over. But such is the power, and prominence, of Cave and Ellis’ score, that it almost dominates the entire film. But then, there’s nothing traditional about this score. Eschewing the usual heroic soundtrack of the Classic Hollywood Western, the soundtrack showcases the unheroic nature of the characters and their inevitable, »
- Flickering Myth
After the success of "Gladiator," Russell Crowe and director Ridley Scott reached out to musician/writer Nick Cave (Lawless, The Proposition) to write the script for a sequel. Crowe loved the script, but the studio eventually rejected it. But now, Cave has revealed what his script contained. He said: "[Crowe] rang me up and asked if I wanted to write 'Gladiator 2.' For someone who had only written one film script, it was quite an ask. 'Hey Russell, didn't you die in 'Gladiator 1'?' 'Yeah, you sort that out.' So, [Maximus] goes to purgatory and is sent down by the gods, who are dying in heaven because there's this one god, there's this Christ character down on Earth who is gaining popularity and the many gods are dying, so they send Gladiator back to kill Christ and his followers." Cave continued: "I wanted to call it 'Christ Killer.' »
For a generation, Commissioner Gordon will most likely be Sirius from the Harry Potter series. Batman’s ally took up a far bigger role in the Christopher Nolan’s Batman universe, brining a lot of the heart to the trilogy. While hopefully given similar on screen time in the next iteration of Gotham, it’s time for a new generation to have their Gordon.
In this list we’re going to delve into what we think is needed for the role, and who might fit that bill. Some may seem obvious, while others are a bit left field, but all have the ability to be Batman’s other rooftop half. Let us know who you think would be a good Jim Gordon in our comments section at the bottom.
5. Guy Pearce
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has revealed its 276-member-strong class of 2013.
The list, published by The Hollywood Reporter, includes actors, cinematographers, designers, directors, documentarians, executives, film editors, makeup artists and hairstylists, "members-at-large," musicians, producers, PR folks, short filmmakers and animators, sound technicians, visual effects artists, and writers.
Jason Bateman, Rosario Dawson, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Milla Jovovich, Lucy Liu, Jennifer Lopez, Emily Mortimer, Sandra Oh, Jason Schwartzman, and Michael Peña are among the roster of actors, while "The Heat" and "Bridesmaids" helmer Paul Feig made the directors' cut.
"We did not change our criteria at all," says Academy president Hawk Koch of this year's larger-than-usual class. "Yes, this year there is a tremendous amount of women, a tremendous amount of people of color, people from all walks of life. This year, we asked the branches to look at everybody who wasn't in the Academy but who deserved to be. »
- Laura Larson
The Academy just added 276 Oscar voters.
That’s 100 more than last year, and part of an easing of a longstanding cap on the number of new members allowed to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences each year.
AMPAS usually adds between 130 and 180 new members, replacing those who have quit or passed away. The membership now stands around 6,000.
- Anthony Breznican
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 276 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2013.
“These individuals are among the best filmmakers working in the industry today,” said Academy President Hawk Koch. “Their talent and creativity have captured the imagination of audiences worldwide, and I am proud to welcome each of them to the Academy.”
The 2013 invitees are:
- Michelle McCue
The total of new invitees is exactly 100 more than were tapped in 2012. Total membership in the Academy numbers more than 6,000.
“We’re very proud,” Academy prexy Hawk Koch told Variety. “The difference this year is we relaxed the quota system. In the past eight or nine years, each branch could only bring in X amount of members. There were people each branch would have liked to get in but couldn’t. We asked them to be more inclusive of the best of the best, and each branch was excited, because they got to bring in the people who should be in the branch.”
Koch said that in particular, visual effects and documentary were among the branches with the biggest gains, reflecting their intense recent growth.
Among the other »
- Jon Weisman
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 276 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures. Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2013. “These individuals are among the best filmmakers working in the industry today,” said Academy President Hawk Koch. “Their talent and creativity have captured the imagination of audiences worldwide, and I am proud to welcome each of them to the Academy.” The 2013 invitees are: Actors Jason Bateman – “Up in the Air,” “Juno” Miriam Colon – “City of Hope,” “Scarface” Rosario Dawson – “Rent,” “Frank Miller’s Sin City” Kimberly Elise – “For Colored Girls,” “Beloved” Joseph Gordon-Levitt – “Lincoln,” “The Dark Knight Rises” Charles Grodin – “Midnight Run,” “The Heartbreak Kid” Rebecca Hall – “Iron Man 3,” “The Town” Lance Henriksen – “Aliens,” “The Terminator” Jack Huston – “Not Fade Away,” “Factory Girl” Milla Jovovich – “Resident Evil, »
- Josh Abraham
20,000 Days on Earth, a documentary about the singer by the artists Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard, creates a fictionalised 24 hours in his life in which he watches Scarface with his 12-year-old sons and drives Ray Winstone along Brighton seafront
I am sitting in a small estate car, which is tailing a black 1980s Jaguar Xj, in which Nick Cave is pretending to chauffeur Ray Winstone along Brighton seafront, eavesdropping on their conversation via a listening device. They are supposed to be discussing the transformative possibilities offered a rock star as opposed to those offered an actor – Cave has previously expressed the opinion that, unlike an actor, a rock star can never truly remove the mask they have created for themselves, even when offstage – but the conversation seems to have gone slightly off-piste. It has shifted from Cave's early career in Melbourne ("You never wrote a song on the beach? But you're an Australian! »
- Alexis Petridis
The Cannes Film Festival is possibly the most prestigious on the annual film calendar. And the Golden Palm, better known as the Palme d’Or, is the most prestigious film award of any kind (I believe). That includes the Academy Award for Best Picture. The Oscars, among others like the Golden Globes, are more commercial driven. Cannes is more focused on the craft or filmmakers than their appeal. The competition is stronger with a more diverse group of filmmakers. Don’t have an invitation? Sorry, but you literally need one.
A Palme d’Or loser isn’t just a film that didn’t win the award. To make the list, the film had to of been in competition. The award winners are the best of the best. In an elite group, a nomination is still prestigious. These are not upsets. The films on this list are not chosen because they »
- Matthew Curry
Predestination.tells the story of a detective sent on a complex mission back in time to seek out his younger self and catch the one criminal who has eluded him his entire life..
Principal photography is currently underway at Docklands Studios and other locations around Melbourne..
Pinnacle Films will distribute in Australia and New Zealand. »
- Emily Blatchford
We’ve come to associate the raspy Ray Winstone to antagonist/villain-like roles of corruption, the underground and outlaws (favorites include Sexy Beast, The Proposition), but here, the actor from East End of London takes on an updated Jack Regan (detective character is based on a Brit show from the 70′s that I’ve never heard of). eOne Films has provided us with an exclusive clip for The Sweeney, featuring Winstone, Steven Mackintosh and Hayley Atwell in work place comradery. This will be out in theaters and on VOD in the Us tomorrow.
Here’s the synopsis: Tearing up the streets of London, The Sweeney is a stylish, exhilarating action thriller proving sometimes you have to act like a criminal to catch a criminal. Armed and dangerous, the Sweeney Flying Squad are old school crime fighters enforcing the law. Led by legendary detective Jack Regan (Ray Winstone) and his loyal partner, »
- Eric Lavallee
The musician, novelist and screenwriter talks about the new direction of his latest album with the Bad Seeds, Push The Sky Away (listen to it here) – and his prolific output over the past few years
It is a Thursday morning and Nick Cave – tanned and beautifully suited – is receiving the press in the upstairs room of a charming gastropub in Brighton's Kemptown. Born in Australia and variously resident over the years in Berlin, London and São Paulo, he has spent the past decade becoming one of the seaside town's most celebrated residents. Rock king Cave, as the local paper persists in referring to him when he makes its pages, seems remarkably visible around the town, perhaps because – nothing if not a proper pop star – he declines to dress down. The present writer once saw him in Diy superstore Homebase, dressed almost exactly as he is now: some years ago, a »
- Alexis Petridis
5) Ex Cops “Separator”
Directed by Jason Shaltz
This week’s 5 Best Music Videos Of The Week features a handful of videos that are beautifully dark in different ways, and kicking it off is Ex Cops latest video for “Separator”.
The video is presented like a humble night out for the band, it feels like this is a weekly occurrence as the band chill in melancholy fashion not even noticing the dancer. The shots at the bar are beautifully lit and the slight use of slow-mo adds to the dreariness the band seem to be depicting. The night time shots of the BMX bicyclists are both engaging and somewhat unnerving and the outside performance provided by Ex Cops is a nice touch too. This is a moody number, with an overall moody video to match.
4) Benoit Pioulard “Margin”
Directed by Daniel Algarin
This video consists of a story of a businessman »
- Tara Costello
"It was a real pleasure hanging around the set and watching Ray do his thing," Cave said.
"He is a master. What a great actor. And of course, working with my friend and collaborator John Hillcoat is always a blast."
The track is the second to be released from Push The Sky Away, the band's 15th studio album, which is available via Bad Seed Ltd from February 18.
The video was shot on location in London's East End last December.
Hillcoat also directed last year's Lawless, which was written by Cave.
The video for the band's previous single 'We No Who U R' »
There are fans of antipodean cinema everywhere it seems, and the latest outpost flying the flag for Australian cinema is the M100 Cultural Center in Santiago, Chile. From January 15 to 31, the M100 is hosting a program of 11 films called Foco en Australia, with every film screening for free.The series opened with The Proposition, the brutal Western written by Nick Cave and directed by John Hillcoat and closes with Red Dog, the feelgood family film which grossed over $20 million in its home country. Also among the highlights are Animal Kingdom, The Hunter and Kenny.See here to visit the M100 website for screening times and other details. ...
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Director John Hillcoat and musician turned screenwriter Nick Cave have been responsible for two of the most stylish examinations of existential dread in recent times with The Proposition and The Road. Where those films may have been deliberately paced and more concerned with the creeping darkness in wide open devastated landscapes than visceral fireworks, Lawless is a decidedly different beast and something of a mixed blessing all round.
The film takes place in the depression during prohibition and follows the fortunes of the Bondurant family who bootleg and run moonshine in and out of the county much to the chagrin of the law who are usually in on it somehow anyway. The team are run by Forrest Bondurant (Tom Hardy) who is the calm centre and who legend claims is immortal. His older brother Howard (Jason Clarke) is a hot-headed drunk and his younger brother Jack (Shia LeBeouf) wants to »
- Chris Holt
Prepare yourself for one of the most tense and grittiest gangster flicks in years as director John Hillcoat (The Proposition, The Road) delivers the action-packed thriller Lawless, released on Blu-Ray, DVD and to download on 14 January 2013, by Momentum Pictures.
We have three copies of the Blu-ray to give away to our readers.
Inspired by true events, Lawless is a powerful tale based on the historical novel The Wettest County in the World. The screenplay is written by Nick Cave (The Proposition) and features a original gritty music score by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis (The Assassination of Jesse James).
Lawless features stunning and powerful performances from Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises, Bronson), Shia Labeouf(Transformers, Indiana Jones 4), Gary Oldman (The Dark Knight, Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Jessica Chastain (The Help, The Tree of Life), Mia Wasikowska (Jane Eyre, Alice in Wonderland) and Guy Pearce (Prometheus, Memento).
Set in 1920’s prohibition America, »
- Matt Holmes
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