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David and Margaret reunite to talk the best (and worst) Aussie movies of 2016

  • IF.com.au
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David Stratton and Margaret Pomeranz travelled to the Gold Coast late last year to pick up a special award from the Australian International Movie Convention, recognising their contribution to the Australian film industry..Before picking up their gongs, the pair spoke to If about life after 'At The Movies', the recent Aussie films they.ve liked (and those they haven.t) and the 'Wake in Fright' remake.

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What are you doing on the Gold Coast?

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D: We.re here because we.re getting an award. Which is sort of nice. I always remember at the Berlin Film Festival many years ago — maybe I should say this tonight — where they gave a lifetime achievement award to Billy Wilder. Wilder came on stage and said: .the problem is that a lifetime achievement award is like hemorrhoids — every old asshole gets one in the end..

M: I don.t
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ABC adds 'Stargazing Live with Brian Cox', two new dramas to its 2017 line-up

  • IF.com.au
The ABC has added additional titles to its 2017 line-up, including two new dramas in early stages of production.

At a media launch in Sydney today, director of television Richard Finlayson said the public broadcaster.s slate aimed to be .ambitious, accessible and Australian...

.We want to use the best talent we can possibly find. We want to continue to be the most awarded network. We want to be recognised for the best TV in Australia. But not just in Australia, in the world,. he said.

Finlayson said the ABC wanted to be bold in its programming, and show that the broadcaster's content was "for everybody. via big national stories.

.We want to make big, noisy prime time shows, but we.re going to also make sure that we.re giving emerging creatives the opportunity to access audiences as well. They.ll be doing that a lot on iview,. he said.
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David Stratton documentary to offer a star-studded portrait of a very private man

The influential champion of Australian film is getting his own: a documentary tracking his career in cinema, with a little help from some friends

From Nicole Kidman to Hugo Weaving, a who’s who of Australian cinema has assembled to pay tribute to the Australian film critic David Stratton in a new documentary out this March – David Stratton: A Cinematic Life.

George Miller, Gillian Armstrong, Geoffrey Rush, Eric Bana and Jacki Weaver all appear in the film to celebrate the critic’s long and revered career. After more than 50 years in the industry, Stratton is best known in Australia for cohosting the long-running film shows The Movie Show and At The Movies with Margaret Pomeranz but, as the film’s producer, Jo-Anne McGowan, explained to Guardian Australia, his impact reaches far beyond local audiences.

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David Stratton: A Cinematic Life trailer – video

Nicole Kidman, Hugo Weaving, George Miller, Gillian Armstrong and Geoffrey Rush pay tribute to the Australian cinephile and critic in a new documentary out in March, David Stratton: A Cinematic Life. Directed by Sally Aitken, the documentary tracks Stratton’s love of films from his first cinema experience as a boy living in Melksham, England, to his time running the Sydney film festival and cohosting The Movie Show and At the Movies with Margaret Pomeranz.

David Stratton documentary to offer a star-studded portrait of a very private man

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Behold The Unique Cinematic Magic Of Krzysztof Kieslowski’s Career In One Single Trailer – Watch

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Behold The Unique Cinematic Magic Of Krzysztof Kieslowski’s Career In One Single Trailer – Watch
You don’t have to live in New York City to appreciate the charms of the Museum of the Moving Image’s new, career-spanning trailer chronicling the works of Polish filmmaker Krzysztof Kieslowski. Kicking off later this week and running a full month, MoMI is set to play home to the most comprehensive retrospective of the director to ever hit American shores. Best known for the features “The Double Life of Veronique” and the “Three Colors” Trilogy (Blue, White and Red) and the boundary-busting television mini-series “Dekalog” (“The Decalogue”), the director was one of the most important European filmmakers of the 1990s.

Read More: ‘Dekalog’ Review: The Best 10 Hours You Will Ever Spend At The Movies

The new retrospective will include all of the Polish director’s features, short films, early documentary work and a marathon viewing of the “Dekalog,” from October 7 through November 6, 2016. The series will also include four
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‘The Light Between Oceans’ Review: Alicia Vikander Shines Bright In A Rocky Period Romance

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‘The Light Between Oceans’ Review: Alicia Vikander Shines Bright In A Rocky Period Romance
Several miles off the coast of Tasmania, across a stretch of water so cold and jagged that it makes the river Styx seem like a kiddie pool, a tight-lipped World War I vet lives on a tiny island by his lonesome. Unlike most of the lighthouse keepers who come to the impossibly remote shores of Janus Rock, Tom Sherbourne (Michael Fassbender) shows up solo — all the better for someone who wants to “Get away from things for a while.” Eventually, Tom is joined by Isabel (Alicia Vikander), the bright-eyed local beauty who agrees to be his wife. The idyllic solitude they share together might last forever if not for the series of devastating miscarriages that sink them like a squall, but the sea is full of hope for those who keep a desperate eye on the shore.

As a Decemberists song, “The Light Between Oceans” could have been a masterpiece.
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A soft reboot of the Motion/Captured blog is afoot, but what does that mean?

  • Hitfix
A soft reboot of the Motion/Captured blog is afoot, but what does that mean?
What do you want from me? Typically, if a movie character says that, it's petulant, exasperated, the end of the line, emotionally-speaking. Michael Fassbender bellows a variation of that line in one of the big emotional beats of X-Men: Apocalypse, and it's a cry of existential horror. It's not remotely that urgent for me, but it is a question that's on my mind right now because we're at one of those crossroads moments for HitFix. You may not be aware of it, but we were recently sold to Woven Media, the parent company of the Uproxx Media family. We moved into our new offices this week, and we're going to be doing even more video in the near future. We've suddenly got access to all-new resources, and it'll take us a little bit of time to figure out exactly what that means. Last week, we shot our first piece on the new set,
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Razzie Awards: 'Fifty Shades of Grey' and 'Fantastic Four' Tie for Worst Picture

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Razzie Awards: 'Fifty Shades of Grey' and 'Fantastic Four' Tie for Worst Picture
All five films up for Worst Picture at this year's 36th Annual Razzie Awards are big budget/high profile productions that have no excuse for being among the year's "berry" worst. And 2015's acting contenders include popular stars like Johnny Depp, Channing Tatum, and Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, previous Oscar winners Gwyneth Paltrow, Eddie Redmayne and Julianne Moore, and such Razzie Repeat Offenders as Adam Sandler, Jennifer Lopez and Katherine Heigl. The winners were announced last night, with Fifty Shades of Grey and Fantastic Four tying for Worst Picture.

The choices for Worst Picture include Fifty Shades of Grey (2015's "Most Successful Bad Movie"), Fantastic Four (a nearly instant remake that flopped with both critics and movie-goers), Jupiter Ascending (the latest sci-fi fiasco from Andy Wachowski & Lana Wachowski), Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (a box office hit despite its 95% negative rating at Rotten Tomatoes) and Adam Sandler's latest excuse for a movie,
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The 36th Razzie Awards nominations have been announced

Yesterday, the 36th annual Razzie Awards nominations were announced by the The Golden Raspberry Award Foundation. It is tradition that the Razzies, which celebrate the worst movies of the year, are nominated just before the Oscar nominations, which celebrate the best films of the year. The Oscar nominations will be announced in Los Angeles later this afternoon, but the Razzie nominations have already been released.

We’re afraid its bad news for Johnny Depp, Channing Tatum, and Kayley Cuoco-Sweeting.

Here is the official press release.

All five films up for Worst Picture at this year’s 36th Annual Razzie® Awards are big budget/high profile productions that have no excuse for being among the year’s “berry” worst. And 2015’s acting contenders include popular stars like Johnny Depp, Channing Tatum, and Kayley Cuoco-Sweeting, previous Oscar® winners Gwyneth Paltrow, Eddie Redmayne and Julianne Moore, and such Razzie Repeat Offenders as Adam Sandler,
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2016 Razzie Awards Nominations Are Here

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2016 Razzie Awards Nominations Are Here
All five films up for Worst Picture at this year's 36th Annual Razzie Awards are big budget/high profile productions that have no excuse for being among the year's "berry" worst. And 2015's acting contenders include popular stars like Johnny Depp, Channing Tatum, and Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, previous Oscar winners Gwyneth Paltrow, Eddie Redmayne and Julianne Moore, and such Razzie Repeat Offenders as Adam Sandler, Jennifer Lopez and Katherine Heigl. "Winners" will be announced in intentionally tacky ceremony scheduled for 8pm/Pst on Saturday February 27 -- Oscar eve.

The choices for Worst Picture include Fifty Shades of Grey (2015's "Most Successful Bad Movie"), Fantastic Four (a nearly instant remake that flopped with both critics and movie-goers), Jupiter Ascending (the latest sci-fi fiasco from Andy Wachowski & Lana Wachowski), Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2 (a box office hit despite its 95% negative rating at Rotten Tomatoes) and Adam Sandler's latest excuse for a movie,
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Sos This Week #21: What I Learned This Summer At The Movies

  • SoundOnSight
In the latest episode, Brian and Zach discuss news stories from the week including a new Amy Schumer/Jennifer Lawrence team-up, the cast of the Richard Pryor biopic, and Steve Carell joining a famous director’s movie in place of Bruce Willis.

They are also joined by guests Christina Leo and Sarah Pearce Lord to discuss lessons they learned during the summer from movies like Trainwreck, Mad Max: Fury Road, and Mr. Holmes.

Top Stories

Amy Schumer and Jennifer Lawrence are co-writing a sister comedy, will both star Eddie Murphy, Oprah join Mike Epps in Lee DanielsRichard Pryor biopic Steve Carell replaces Bruce Willis in Woody Allen’s latest film It Follows director responds to Quentin Tarantino’s notes about the movie How Quentin Tarantino would fix It Follows Borderlands set to get a movie adaptation by Lionsgate Matt Damon says Bourne 5 will take place in a “post-Snowden” world
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Classic Hollywood 'Profiles' Online

Classic Hollywood 'Profiles' Online
Hosted by two effervescent admitted film geeks, Alicia Malone (Movie Juice) and Scott Mantz (Access Hollywood), and targeted at movie buffs, “Profiles,” takes deep online video dives on filmmakers and movie stars. "Profiles" aims to be a cross between “Biography,” “Inside the Actor’s Studio” and “At the Movies" as Malone and Mantz seek to entertain and inform with trivia, a countdown of their subject's best movies, and an interview with either the subject or someone close to them, on the phone or on-camera. Talking about Jack Nicholson for example, was "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" producer Michael Douglas. So far the enthusiastic duo has profiled Steven Spielberg, Stanley Kubrick, Alfred Hitchcock, John Hughes, Quentin Tarantino, David Fincher, Wes Anderson, Paul Thomas Anderson, Cate Blanchett, Julia Roberts, Leonardo DiCaprio, Tom Cruise, Harrison Ford, John Williams, Tom Hanks, Meryl Streep, David Lynch, Jack...
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Critics salute Charlie's Country, The Water Diviner

  • IF.com.au
Charlie.s Country was named best film and Rolf de Heer best director at the 2014 Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards presented on Tuesday night.

The Water Diviner scored five gongs, for best actor Russell Crowe, supporting actors Yilmaz Erdoğan and Jacqueline McKenzie and David Hirschfelder.s score. The Babadook nabbed three awards, for Jennifer Kent.s screenplay, Noah Wiseman for best performance by a young actor and Simon Njoo.s editing, shared with Predestination.s Matt Villa. Sarah Snook was named best actress for Predestination and the prize for best cinematography went to Mandy Walker for Tracks.

Best documentary was Nick Torrens. China.s 3 Dreams, which follows the attempts of Zhang Lei, a troubled young café owner and single mother in Chongqing, central China, to unravel her family.s traumatic history, contrasted with another Chongqing couple as they struggle to buy an apartment on minimal wages.

The awards were
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Aacta awards 2015 – as they happened

The Water Diviner and The Babadook share top film honours and ABC’s The Code is the biggest TV winner. All the red carpet glitz, gossip and gongs from Sydney

Water Diviner and Babadook tie, but at least they’re AussieAactas red carpet: the stars arrive – in pictures

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The big winners? The Water Diviner and The Babadook for film, and The Code for its multiple awards in the telly categories.

Plenty more to celebrate and debate in the coming days. We’ll be back on Friday with the best quotes and pictures. Not to mention our weekly film column that sees Luke Buckmaster re-watching the cult classics of Australian cinema, week in week out, for your reading/viewing pleasure.

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And, breathe, we’re almost there. Cate and Debs are back on stage to lead into the final and biggest gong of the night: the award for
See full article at The Guardian - TV News »

Aacta awards 2015 – as they happened

The Water Diviner and The Babadook share top film honours and ABC’s The Code is the biggest TV winner. All the red carpet glitz, gossip and gongs from Sydney

Water Diviner and Babadook tie, but at least they’re AussieAactas red carpet: the stars arrive – in pictures

8.58pm Aest

The big winners? The Water Diviner and The Babadook for film, and The Code for its multiple awards in the telly categories.

Plenty more to celebrate and debate in the coming days. We’ll be back on Friday with the best quotes and pictures. Not to mention our weekly film column that sees Luke Buckmaster re-watching the cult classics of Australian cinema, week in week out, for your reading/viewing pleasure.

8.39pm Aest

And, breathe, we’re almost there. Cate and Debs are back on stage to lead into the final and biggest gong of the night: the award for
See full article at The Guardian - Film News »

2015 Razzie Nominations: 'Transformers 4', 'Tmnt' and More

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2015 Razzie Nominations: 'Transformers 4', 'Tmnt' and More
Hollywood was not happy with box office returns for 2014, their lowest-grossing year in recent history. Despite a handful of high-grossing hits, there were way more major misses - movies based on recycled premises and re-worked concepts that were already tired a decade or more ago, the cinematic equivalent of re-treaded tires. Those are the films The Golden Raspberry Awards have annually "saluted" since 1980.

Nominees for the 35th Annual Razzie Awards, satirizing the Worst Achievements in Film for 2014, include new names and several Repeat Offenders, returning for more pie-in-the-face/light-hearted joshing by the one Tinsel Town trophy derby no one sets out to win. And, in a new spin on the entire Razzie concept, this year launches a new category acknowledging that past nominees and "winners" can (and often do) go on to far far better things. Contenders for the inaugural Razzie Redeemer Award include Ben Affleck, Jennifer Aniston, Mike Myers,
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David and Margaret the head and heart of Australian film culture

Theyll be missed. Strattons long career gave him enviable knowledge and Pomeranz could strike to the core of a film

The movies that divided David and Margaret the most

The news that At The Movies hosts Margaret Pomeranz and David Stratton are retiring, announced by the ABC on Tuesday, is a huge blow to the Australian film industry, and to film lovers.

Their partnership began with The Movie Show on Sbs in 1986, shifting to the ABC in its current form in 2004. Starting with a tiny budget and no audience, The Movie Show was built almost entirely on the back of its presenters personalities and reputations (not to mention the hard-working crews they have always been quick to credit).

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See full article at The Guardian - TV News »

Cinema Assault: Mortality, Heterosexuality And Jared Leto (Episode 1)

Imagine a film journalist and his two film-loving buddies sitting around a bottle of tequila discussing the intricacies of Angelina Jolie’s cheekbones, crying during How to Train Your Dragon, Quentin Tarantino’s comic book project, Star Wars villains, the DC film lineup for the next four years and Jesus impersonator Jared Leto, and you have Cinema Assault, We Got This Covered’s brand new podcast.

Following in the footsteps of the long-running Wgtc Radio and the short-lived but still enjoyable I’d Rather Be At The Movies, Cinema Assault is the third movie-centric podcast to join the We Got This Covered fold and we could not be more excited to be on board.

Hosts Dariel Figueroa and Kerry Meehan are dedicated to bringing you the best in movie news, reviews and Hollywood gossip every week in the most unpretentious manner possible because, honestly, this show is much more fun
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Travers on 'Transcendence': 'Biggest Disappointment of the Year'

Travers on 'Transcendence': 'Biggest Disappointment of the Year'
Peter Travers has sky-high expectations on At The Movies this week: The film is Transcendence, which stars Johnny Depp, marks the directorial debut of Wally Pfister (the brilliant cinematographer behind Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy) and boasts a script that's long been on the Hollywood blacklist. It's the perfect recipe for a thrilling, provocative sci-fi flick about the dangers computers and technology — but as Travers reluctantly admits, Transcendence is anything but transcendent.

Rage Against the Machine: A Brief History of Evil Movie Computers

"What I got was maybe
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I’d Rather Be At The Movies: “So, The Oscars Happened…” (Episode 3)

Recording a podcast while working a daytime job is way harder to coordinate than I thought. How do I know this? Two weeks absolutely blew by without Justine and I getting together, thanks to the hustle and bustle of life, but since we started twitching from our podcasting withdrawal, I’d Rather Be At The Movies is back! You all missed us, right? Right?! Should I stop begging for your love now?

While there were a ton of titles that I’d Rather Be At The Movies missed over the last two weeks, there’s one thing on everyone’s mind after this weekend – The Oscars. Or not? That’s the problem with this year’s event – did it really beg a memorable response? Did Ellen Degeneres win over audiences and work her way into the Oscar Host Hall of Fame? Were there any surprises in terms of awards? Knock-out segments?
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