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Australian sci-fi thriller Restoration is set in a near-future world where humans have their memories downloaded for backup, and one man awakes after a routine backup with his memories restored into a body that is not his own. It is directed by Stuart Willis and features a stellar cast that includes Australian actor Craig McLachlan (The Doctor Blake Mysteries), Nadia Townsend (Knowing, City Homicide), Stephen Carracher (Vanished), Rosie Lourde (Starting From Now, Embedded), Elizabeth Nabben (Winners & Losers) and Ailís Logan (Alvin's Harmonious World of Opposites). The film had its Australian premiere on the Nine Network’s free-to-air channel 9Go! earlier this month and will be streamed on Australian subscription video-on-demand service Stan from September 8. Sydney-based production company Midnight Snack...
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Ryan Lambie Aug 12, 2016
We dig into the second trailer for Star Wars: Rogue One to see what secrets it contains...
Nb: The following contains Rogue One speculation which some may consider to be a bit spoilery.
We don't yet know whether Disney's plans to expand the Star Wars movie universe with bi-annual spin-off movies will be a success, but we can see a positive side to the idea straight away: the spin-offs could allow filmmakers to explore different styles of storytelling within the existing franchise.
Case in point - Star Wars: Rogue One. Although it features many of the things we know from Star Wars movies past - Stormtroopers, the Death Star and so on - it takes a perspective we haven't seen on the big screen before. Where the central Star Wars narrative is a space opera about the Force and Jedi knights, Rogue One is a »
It follows the story of a man who awakens with his memories restored into a body that is not his own.
.We.re thrilled to have closed a deal with one of Australia.s leading free-to-air commercial television networks and with pioneering Svod service Stan,. said Gibson.
.We.re very pleased Restoration will be seen by a wide Australian audience..
Midnight Snack is also currently exploring international options for the film.
.Having secured an audience in Australia, as well as Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Vanuatu territories, we.re now looking to expand »
- Staff Writer
The career trajectory of Alex Proyas is one that personally fills me with great sorrow, having lapped up his early work with glee. Breaking into the Hollywood mainstream with The Crow, and then immediately following that up with the weird and wonderful Dark City, the Australian director proved to be an endlessly inventive talent with an eye for wholly unique visuals. Then Knowing saw all the good will he had garnered come crashing down with a tornado of preposterous storytelling, muddy science, and Nic Cage going full Nic Cage. He hasn’t been seen or heard of for seven years, and now he makes his come back with Gods of Egypt, a wannabe epic fantasy that got off to the wrong foot that whitewashed a cast of Egyptian deities with the likes of Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Gerard Butler, and Geoffrey Rush. That proved to be the last of it’s worries though, »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
Australian director-writer Stephan Elliott sees his latest project, comedy “Flammable Children,” starring Guy Pearce and Kylie Minogue, as “the ‘Priscilla’ reunion,” referring to his film “The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert,” an audience favorite at the Cannes Film Festival in 1994 and BAFTA winner.
“I’m going to see if lightning strikes twice,” said Elliott, who hopes to have it ready for next year’s Cannes. “My last two films have not been ready for Cannes, so they’ve asked me when the hell am I going to come back.” He is in Cannes this week to help sales agent WestEnd Films promote the project.
“Flammable Children,” which is produced by Al Clark and Jamie Hilton, reunites several of Elliott’s collaborators on drag-queen road movie “Priscilla,” including Pearce, who launched his international career with the film, Clark, Oscar-nominated production designer Colin Gibson (“Mad Max: Fury Road”), Oscar-winning costume »
- Leo Barraclough
During Flickering Myth’s chat with X-Men: Apocalypse’s producer Simon Kinberg, the conversation drifted to a few of the other projects he’s involved in. Deadpool 2, Fantastic Four 2, the third Star Wars Anthology movie – he’s a busy guy.
But with 20th Century Fox quietly dropping the Gambit solo film from its October 2016 release slot, we asked for an update on where the project is right now.
“We’ve got to get the script right,” admitted Kinberg. “We just didn’t get the script to the place where we all thought the movie deserved. So we’re still working on the script. We’re very close, actually, to being done with the script. And the hope is that Channing [Tatum] has a couple of movies he has to shoot, but that we would shoot at the end of this year, or the beginning of next year.”
“It’s looking really good, »
- Oli Davis
True to independent films, Dances with Films film festival will be celebrating its 19th year and sharing the festival week with the Los Angeles Films Festival in June.
Over 100 independent films will be shown from June 2nd through June 12th at the family Hollywood’s Tcl Chinese Theaters.
The festival based solely on merit and discoverability and mandating that all competitive films have no known actors, writers, directors or producers.
Legendary producer Steve Tisch joined the Dwf esteemed Advisory Board last festival season. One of the most successful producers in the motion picture industry, Steve has produced such films as Risky Business, The Pursuit of Happyness, The Weather Man, Seven Pounds, Knowing, The Taking of Pelham 123, The Back-Up Plan, and Hope Springs. A pantheon of industry heavyweights, Dwf’s Advisory Board also includes: Cindy Cowan, Jonathan Dana, Steve Elzer, Kevin Kasha, Eriq La Salle, Michael Lehmann, Mike Macari, Valerie McCaffrey, »
- Gig Patta
The irrepressible Sam Fuller fashions a crime thriller for German TV with his expected eccentricity: old-fashioned hardboiled scripting, freeform direction and bits of graffiti from the French New Wave. Christa Lang is the femme fatale and Glenn Corbett is the twofisted American hero, whose name is Not Griff. And yes, a pigeon does bite the pavement on Beethoven Street, and I tell you, that's one dead pigeon. Dead Pigeon on Beethoven Street Blu-ray Olive Films 1974 / Color / 1:33 flat full frame (for German TV / 127 min. / Tote Taube in der Beethovenstraße / Street Date April 19, 2016 / / available through the Olive Films website / 29.95 Starring Glenn Corbett, Christa Lang, Sieghardt Rupp, Anton Diffring, Stéphane Audran, Alexander D'Arcy, Anthony Chinn. Cinematography Jerzy Lipman Film Editor Liesgret Schmitt-Klink Original Music The Can German dialogue by Manfred R. Köhler Produced by Joachim von Mengershausen Written and Directed by Samuel Fuller
Reviewed by Glenn Erickson
Not that it helped Sam Fuller's career much, »
- Glenn Erickson
Sean Porter, of the gorgeous Kumiko The Treasure Hunter, Eden, It Felt Like Love, and now Green Room, (and soon to be of The Trust) and I go in depth on the technical and conceptual aspects of Green Room’s cinematography. We talk small details like T-Stops and Focal lengths, and broader intentions like visual arcs that are brought on literally by the script. Porter began his career in the midst of the digital revolution which allowed him to shoot on 35mm and 16, while also working with digital from the advent.
He’s gone from Mini Dv, to the Red One, to the current Gold Standard the Arri Alexa. His way with digital photography: beat it up til it has some character. Read below our geeky splurge, to see how Green Room acquired its toxic, classical look.
Jeremy has a bit of a cinematography background, how does that affect the conversations you guys have, »
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Brian Morewitz has been named ABC Entertainment’s senior VP of drama development, taking the reigns of the network’s drama department following the recent promotion of Channing Dungey to entertainment president, Variety has learned.
Dungey, to whom he will report, announced his promotion on Tuesday.
In his new, elevated role, Morewitz will oversee the development and production of all drama pilots and the launch of new drama series for ABC Entertainment. The Alphabet will announce new drama series orders for the 2016-17 television season in May.
Morewitz was previously VP of drama development. He has developed and overseen freshman breakout “Quantico,” which has been renewed for a second season; John Ridley’s critically acclaimed “American Crime”; the long-running “Castle”; fan-favorite series “Marvel’s Agents of Shield”; “Nashville,” which returns this week; “Revenge”; and “Brothers & Sisters.”
Prior to ABC, Morewitz was Svp at Escape Artists, where he helped develop feature films, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
10 Cloverfield Lane is the latest mystery box thriller from J.J. Abrams' Bad Robot and it's looking to top a list of four new wide releases this weekend. Additional new releases include Sacha Baron Cohen's comedy The Brothers Grimsby, the new faith-based feature The Young Messiah and the romantic-comedy The Perfect Match. All four will be competing with some strong holdovers, most notably Disney's Zootopia, which will be holding on to the top spot for a second week in a row, and Deadpool, which could top $10 million in its fifth weekend in release. Zootopia enters its second weekend in release after breaking the The Lorax's March opening weekend record for an animated film. As such, it seems appropriate to use The Lorax's 44.7% second weekend drop as a basis for comparison this weekend. On a daily basis Zootopia has performed well when compared to The Lorax, suggesting the smart money »
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Korean sex slave drama “Spirits’ Homecoming” remained on top of the Korea box office, earning $4.03 million from 601,000 admissions between Friday and Sunday for a total of $16.6 million from 2.6 million admissions.
Newcomer “Gods of Egypt” landed in second, scoring $3.55 million from 502,000 admissions between Thursday and Sunday. Distributed by Cinema Service and 9ers Entertainment, the fantasy adventure film has sold more tickets in its opening four days than director Alex Proyas’ previous features, “Knowing” and “I, Robot.”
“Zootopia” remained in third, making $2.03 million between Friday and Sunday for a total of $12 million since its Feb. 17 release.
“Deadpool” slipped to fourth, earning $1.25 million between Friday and Sunday. The Fox release has a cumulative of $21.7 million after three weeks. Lee Joon-ik’s “Dongju: The Portrait of A Poet” took fifth, making $760,000 between Friday and Sunday, for a total of $5.85 million after three weeks. Showbox’s “A Violent Prosecutor” slipped to seventh, making $416,000 for a »
- Sonia Kil
Diverse, awe-inspiring and memorable treasures that have sadly fallen off the radar
The noughties were a tough decade for film music fans. Not only was there the unprecedented loss of four great masters in the form of Jerry Goldsmith, Elmer Bernstein, Michael Kamen and Basil Poledouris; the nature of the industry itself began to go through some seismic changes, not all of them for the better.
With the art of film scoring becoming ever more processed, driven increasingly by ghost writers, electronic augmentation and temp tracks, prospects looked bleak. However, this shouldn’t shield the fact that there were some blindingly brilliant scores composed during this period. Here’s but a small sampling of them.
Gods of Egypt was one of three new releases that went up against two-time box office champion Deadpool this weekend, but it failed to dethrone the superhero adventure. Deadpool ended up winning for a third weekend in a row with $31.5 million. Gods of Egypt debuted in second place with $14 million, while working from a massive budget of $140 million, making it the first high-profile bomb of 2016. The movie also failed to impress critics, with just a 13% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Earlier this morning, Gods of Egypt director Alex Proyas took to his personal Facebook page to trash the critics who dismissed his movie.
"Nothing Confirms The Rampant Stupidity Of Man-kind... Like reading reviews of my own movies. I usually try to avoid the experience - but this one takes the cake. Often, to my great amusement, a critic will mention my past films in glowing terms, when at the time those same films were savaged, »
At a certain point in “Gods of Egypt,” an extravagantly silly foray into Afroasiatic mythology from the director Alex Proyas, one wounded deity begs another to show him mercy — a futile request as far as his enemy is concerned, but one that may strike a more receptive chord with the compassionate viewer (which is to say, any viewer who would buy a ticket to “Gods of Egypt”). Since the film enters theaters already in its death throes — undone by toxic word of mouth, much criticism of its predominantly white cast, and an opening-weekend box office projection of about 10% of its $140 million production budget — perhaps a little kindness would not be misplaced. So here goes: This is by any measure a dreadful movie, a chintzy, CG-encrusted eyesore that oozes stupidity and self-indulgence from every pore. Yet damned if Proyas doesn’t put it all out there with a lunatic conviction you can’t help but admire, »
- Justin Chang
WestEnd Films has acquired worldwide rights to “Flammable Children,” a comedy written and to be directed by Stephan Elliott, who was BAFTA nominated for “The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.” WestEnd starts sales at the European Film Market at Berlin.
The film is set in an Australian beach suburb, Dee Why, in the mid-1970s. Fourteen-year-old Jeff tries to find his feet in a world changing faster than his hormones, and deal with his crush on shy and sensitive girl-next-door Melly. When the town suddenly hits the spotlight after the body of a 200-ton whale is washed ashore, Jeff and Melly think it’s the biggest thing that ever happened in their lives.
Meanwhile, their eccentric parents are catching up with the sexual revolution »
- Leo Barraclough
If you thought Alex Proyas’ (The Crow, The Knowing) Gods of Egypt looked insane from the first trailer, Empire has a new look at the CGI heavy fantasy adventure, full of shiny gods, gigantic rock monsters, and massive snakes used as transportation. I know it looks ridiculous, but if this movie knows to not take itself too seriously, we’re in for a goofy, fun time. Released: February 26thSynopsis: Magic, monsters, gods and madness reign throughout the palaces and pyramids of the Nile River Valley in this action-adventure inspired by the classic mythology of Egypt. With the survival of mankind hanging in the balance, an unexpected hero takes a thrilling journey to save the world and rescue his true love. Set (Gerard Butler), the merciless god of darkness, has usurped Egypt’s throne, plunging the once peaceful and prosperous empire into chaos and conflict. With only a handful of heroic »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Hollywood is nothing if not consistent – so goes the positive spin that can be placed upon the release of the third trailer for the upcoming Gods Of Egypt. Mythological action-adventure rarely works out well on the big screen – least of all those attempts that are blatantly white-washed – and yet, the studios continue to churn them out. In fact, this trend is so inexplicably persistent, that we could almost be forgiven for thinking that the mainstream filmmaking industry perhaps knows something we don’t – that eventually, we’ll acquiesce and develop an appreciation for these movies, if we would only give it another try.
And so, in spite of Clash Of The Titans, Prince Of Persia, Exodus: Gods And Kings – and all those poorly realised mythology-based movies that went before them – we have Gods Of Egypt. The film is directed by Alex Proyas (Knowing), and written by Matt Sazama and Burk Sharpless »
- Sarah Myles
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