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TVLine Items: Patti Labelle's Star Arc, #OneChicago Vet Cops Role and More

TVLine Items: Patti Labelle's Star Arc, #OneChicago Vet Cops Role and More
Grammy winners Patti Labelle and Brandy Norwood are set to guest-star on Fox’s Star this spring in multi-episode arcs.

Labelle will play Carlotta Brown’s (Queen Latifah) tough but loving mother, Christine, while Norwood has been cast as Carlotta’s younger sister, Cassie.

Labelle’s previous TV credits include Daytime Divas (as well as Fox’s own Empire, playing herself), while Norwood had long runs on The Game and Moesha, plus arcs on 90210 and Drop Dead Diva.

Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well..

* Monica Barbaro (Chicago Justice, UnREAL) has landed the female lead in Netflix’s
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Witchblade Is Being Adapted into a TV Series... Again

Image Comic's Witchblade is once again being adapted as a TV series. It's being produced by Sony Pictures Television and NBC Universal, and Cb confirmed that it will air on NBC.

According to the report, the new series will include "a police procedural element that makes sense given the fact that Sara Pezzini, the woman who wears the Witchblade, is a cop in the comics, as well." They go on to describe what we can expect to see in the series saying:

Homicide detective Sara Pezzini is on the hunt for an elusive serial killer. Pezzini must navigate the grisly streets and police politics of San Francisco’s Mission District—until one day the bracelet she has worn her entire life gives her supernatural insight into a crime she’s trying to solve. Her bracelet is the Witchblade, an amulet that has been worn by remarkable women throughout history, and Sara is next in line.
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The team behind sci-fi Restoration on creating a film that's also a web series

Restoration (Photo credit: Jeff Paine).

Sci-fi thriller Restoration recently aired on the Nine Network and is currently streaming on Stan.

Shot at Docklands and on location around Melbourne, the film is set in a near-future world where humans are able to have their memories downloaded and backed up.

Oliver Klein (Grant Cartwright, Barracuda) wakes up.after a routine backup with his memories restored into the body of another man (Steve Carracher, Vanished).

Restoration also stars Craig McLachlan (The Doctor Blake Mysteries), Nadia Townsend (Knowing, City Homicide), Rosie Lourde (Starting From Now, Embedded) and Elizabeth Nabben (Winners & Losers).

The film was directed by Stuart Willis, who co-wrote the screenplay with Matthew Clayfield. Willis told If the idea was inspired by the ubiquity of smartphones and cloud technology, and influenced by the extended periods that both writers often spend away from home for work.

.There.s always that moment when you come
See full article at IF.com.au »

Australian Sci-fi Thriller Restoration Seals Deals with New Zealand's Sky and Virgin Australia

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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Why watching Down Under made its star Lincoln Younes feel

Lincoln Younes and Rahel Romahn in Down Under.

Lincoln Younes has appeared in City Homicide, Love Child, Home and Away and Hiding. If checks in with him on the publicity tour for his first feature lead role, in Abe Forsythe's Down Under.

How did you get your start?

I did a global rock eisteddfod in Japan when I was in Year 9. I was an incredibly shy kid. Performance was probably the last thing I wanted to do but I always had a real interest in people and in what made them tick. I loved the empathy side of people and trying to understand what.s behind it all. I wanted to play soccer professionally for a lot of my formative years, and then I chose acting, and I moved from Bendigo to Melbourne and my first audition was a show called Tangle, which I got. I played Ben Mendelsohn.s son.
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Why watching Down Under made its star Lincoln Younes feel "physically ill"

Lincoln Younes and Rahel Romahn in Down Under.

Lincoln Younes has appeared in City Homicide, Love Child, Home and Away and Hiding. If checks in with him on the publicity tour for his first feature lead role, in Abe Forsythe's Down Under.

How did you get your start?

I did a global rock eisteddfod in Japan when I was in Year 9. I was an incredibly shy kid. Performance was probably the last thing I wanted to do but I always had a real interest in people and in what made them tick. I loved the empathy side of people and trying to understand what.s behind it all. I wanted to play soccer professionally for a lot of my formative years, and then I chose acting, and I moved from Bendigo to Melbourne and my first audition was a show called Tangle, which I got. I played Ben Mendelsohn.s son.
See full article at IF.com.au »

Craig McLachlan sci-fi thriller Restoration to premiere on Nine and Stan

Restoration.

Midnight Snack Productions has announced that science fiction thriller Restoration, starring Craig McLachlan, will premiere on the Nine Network and Stan later this year.

Directed by Stuart Willis and independently produced by Midnight Snack.s Toby Gibson, Restoration is a one-hour film set in a near-future world where humans have their memories downloaded for backup.

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
See full article at IF.com.au »

Colin Friels joins Jessica Mauboy in The Secret Daughter as filming begins

Jessica Mauboy.

Channel Seven's The Secret Daughter, starring Jessica Mauboy, has begun filming in Sydney and country Nsw.

Mauboy leads the cast as Billie Carter, a part-time country pub singer whose life changes forever after a chance meeting with wealthy city hotelier Jack Norton, played by Colin Friels.

The drama will also star Bonnie Sveen (Home and Away), Matthew Levett (A Place To Call Home, Devil.s Playground), David Field (Catching Milat, No Activity), Rachel Gordon (Winter, The Moodys, Blue Heelers), Salvatore Coco (The Principal, Catching Milat) and Jared Turner (The Almighty Johnsons, The Shannara Chronicles).

Supporting cast members include former Miss World Australia Erin Holland, Jr Reyne (Neighbours), Libby Asciak (Here Come The Habibs), Johnny Boxer (Fat Pizza vs Housos), Terry Serio (Janet King), Waapa graduate Harriet Gordon-Anderson, Jeremy Ambrum (Cleverman, Mabo) and Amanda Muggleton (City Homicide, Prisoner).

.Seven is the home of Australian drama and we.re immensely
See full article at IF.com.au »

McLachlan joins cast of Restoration

Craig McLachlan has joined the cast of Australian science-fiction film Restoration..

McLachlan will play the role of Andrew Majury, chief executive of a high profile law firm and charismatic powerbroker.

McLachlan rounds out the cast of Nadia Townsend (Knowing, City Homicide), Grant Cartwright (Mtc.s The Crucible, Death Star PR), Stephen Carracher (Vanished), Rosie Lourde (Felony), Elizabeth Nabben (Childhood.s End) and Ailis Logan.

Producer Toby Gibson said he was absolutely thrilled to attach Craig to the project..

"Not only is Craig outstanding in the role, he.s a perfect fit for the world of Restoration," he said..

"Introducing additional key characters now will be exciting for our audience knowing that we have big plans for the Restoration property..

Director, Stuart Willis, said it was an incredible opportunity to work with a genuine star of the Australian screen and stage..

"Craig brought his magnetic personality to the screen and to the set,
See full article at IF.com.au »

FremantleMedia casts fairy tale romance

Last Cab to Darwin.s Emma Hamilton and City Homicide.s Ryan O.Kane head the cast of Network Ten.s Mary: The Making Of A Princess.

FremantleMedia Australia's telemovie will follow the chance meeting of Tasmanian-born Mary Donaldson and Crown Prince Frederik Andre Henrik Christian of Denmark at. Sydney's The Slip Inn in 2000. That led to a four-year courtship which culminated in their marriage.

The producer is Antonia Barnard, Sam Strauss wrote the screenplay and Jennifer Leacey is the director.. Shooting in Sydney starts on July 20, with Damian Wyvill as the DoP..

Hamilton played Anne Stanhope in The Tudors and will be seen in the fourth series of. Mr Selfridge. Her credits include Jeremy Sims. Last Cab to Darwin and TV.s The Musketeers, Poirot and Case Histories.

O.Kane appears in two upcoming Australian movies, Abe Forsythe.s black comedy Down Under and Peter Andrikidis. Alex & Eve.
See full article at IF.com.au »

Stan commissions Jungleboys comedy

Jungleboys is shooting a 6-part improvised comedy that follows two detectives on a stakeout for Stan, the Svod platform.s first original production.

No Activity is directed and written by Jungleboys. Trent O.Donnell, who developed the concept with Patrick Brammall, Darren Gilshenan and David Field.

The cast members, who are contributing to the writing process, include Brammall (The Moodys, Ruben Guthrie), Gilshenan (The Moodys, Maximum Choppage), Field (A Moody Christmas, The Rover), Dan Wyllie (Love My Way, Puberty Blues), Harriet Dyer (Love Child, Ruben Guthrie), Genevieve Morris (Comedy Inc, City Homicide), Damon Herriman (Justified, The Little Death) and comedian Sam Simmons, who was awarded best show for his performance at the 2015 Melbourne Comedy Festival.

They will be joined by two high-profile guest stars, one American, the other a Us-based Aussie, to be announced.

Jungleboys executive producer Jason Burrows and producer Chloe Rickard worked with O.Donnell on A Moody Christmas,
See full article at IF.com.au »

Daniel MacPherson’s Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Infini’ Bought for North America

Daniel MacPherson’s Sci-Fi Thriller ‘Infini’ Bought for North America
Vertical Entertainment has acquired North American rights to Shane Abbess’ sci-fi thriller “Infini,” starring Daniel MacPherson, Grace Huang, Luke Hemsworth, Bren Foster and Luke Ford, Variety has learned exclusively.

Vertical plans to release the film in theaters day-and-date on May 8.

The story centers on a search and rescue team that is transported through deep space in the 23rd century to a distant mining colony to save the sole survivor of a biological outbreak. During their mission, they find a lethal weapon that is set to arrive on Earth within the hour.

Abbess directed from his own script. Producers are Abbess, Sidonie Abbene, Matthew Graham, and Brett Thornquest, with executive producers Brian Cachia and Steven Matusko.

Production companies are Storm Vision Entertainment, Eclectik Vision, and Storm Alley Entertainment.

MacPherson is the host of the Australian version of “Dancing With the Stars” and his credits include “City Homicide” and “Wild Boys.”

Vertical
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Cast set for futuristic sci-fi series

Grant Cartwright, Nadia Townsend, Stephen Carracher and Rosie Lourde head the ensemble cast in Restoration, a 3-part,online sci-fi series which is due to start shooting at Docklands Studios on August 4.

Cartwright (whose credits include Mtc.s The Crucible and web series Death Star PR) will play Oliver Klein, who awakes to find his memories restored into a body that is not his own.

Townsend (Old School, City Homicide, Knowing) is cast as Emma Laws, a technician who works at Restoration Life Services, the facility which enables people to have their memories downloaded for back-up so when death happens, those memories can uploaded into a new body.

Carracher (Us thriller Vanished, The Doctor Blake Mysteries) is Gavin Worth, whose body becomes the vessel for Oliver.s restored memories.

Lourde (Felony, Stephen Sewell.s Embedded) portrays Talia Klein, Oliver.s wife. Rounding out the cast is Ailis Logan as Dr Francis Parr.
See full article at IF.com.au »

Us deal for Oz thriller The Code

DirecTV has bought Us rights to Playmaker Media.s The Code, a six-part series about two brothers who stumble across information about a new technology - information that people in the highest political echelons will kill to keep secret.

ABC-tv commissioned the thriller, which stars Dan Spielman (An Accidental Soldier, Offspring), Ashley Zukerman (The Slap, Rush), Adam Garcia (Coyote Ugly, Bootmen), David Wenham (Top of the Lake, Killing Time), Lucy Lawless (Spartacus), Aden Young (I Frankenstein, Rectify), Chelsie Preston Crayford (Mystery of a Hansom Cab, Underbelly: Razor), Adele Perovic (SLiDE), Dan Wyllie (Rake, Puberty Blues), Aaron Pedersen (Jack Irish, City Homicide), and Paul Tassone (Underbelly).

The show was created by Shelley Birse and written by Birse, Blake Ayshford and Justin Monjo, directed by Shawn Seet (Love Child, Underbelly, Mystery of a Hansom Cab) and produced by Playmaker.s David Maher and David Taylor and Birse.

Developed through the Scribe Initiative
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Lonely Planet movie, TV pilot from emerging filmmaker

Fledgling filmmaker Fergus Grady is planning a movie based on Lonely Planet founders Tony and Maureen Wheeler.s adventures and he has shot the pilot for a half-hour TV comedy/drama.

Grady, whose day job is acquisitions coordinator at Umbrella Entertainment, has bought a 2-year option for the film rights to the Wheelers. story. He.s talking to prospective writers and directors and envisions a road movie set in the 1970s.

English-born Wheeler, a former automotive engineer, and his wife published their first travel guide, Across Asia on the Cheap, after an overland trip from Europe to Asia and then to Australia in 1972.

Grady says the film will look at the Wheelers. experiences in countries such as Afghanistan, Nepal and Bali. Tony Wheeler has agreed to serve as a consultant. Grady will seek development funding from Film Victoria and/or Screen Australia to nurture the project over the next 12 months.
See full article at IF.com.au »

Rip Wendy Hughes

Wendy Hughes, who has died in Sydney aged 61, will be remembered by her peers as one of the finest actors of her generation.

Hughes won the AFI award for best actress for Careful, He Might Hear You in 1983 and was nominated on six other occasions, for Newsfront, My Brilliant Career, Lonely Hearts, My First Wife, Echoes of Paradise and Boundaries of the Heart.

.She was a brilliant actress who set the standard and was pioneering for her era,. filmmaker Philippe Mora, who was a close friend in the 1980s and early 1990s, told If.

.In my opinion without Wendy there would have been no Judy Davis, no Nicole Kidman and no Cate Blanchett. If timing had been different she would have been a major international star. As it is she leaves a legacy of perfect performances as one of Australia's greatest actresses..

Mora wanted to cast Hughes as the female
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Image Comics lights The Fuse with Antony Johnston & Justin Greenwood

What did you get when combining science fiction with a crime investigation? A new Image Comics series created by Antony Johnston and his Wastelandcollaborator Justin Greenwood where Midway City Homicide Detectives Ristovych and Dietrich hunt down murders committed in an orbiting power station located 22,000 miles above Earth.

“The thing I love best about cop stories and crime comics is that ultimately they're about people, and that's where I think Antony and I tell our best stories,” stated Greenwood. “Combine this with Shari Chankhamma's wonderful, atmospheric colour sense and Ed Brisson's great lettering and you get the kind of comic that I know, as a fan, I'd want to check out myself.”

“I'm a sucker for detective stories, down-at-heel cop shows, and the kind of 'lived-in' sci-fi where everything feels like it might fall apart at any moment,” remarked Johnston. “Combine those with a frontier attitude, where a half million people
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R.I.P. Mia Tolhurst

Awgie-nominated scriptwriter Mia Tolhurst has died in Melbourne as a result of complications following heart surgery. She was 36.

Mia grew up in Launceston and got her first TV job in year 10 when she compiled a report for the ABC about her high school leavers. dinner.. She studied at Rmit and was awarded the Rmit Award in 1999 for the most outstanding student.

Early in her career she worked as a research consultant for Cinemedia, an associate producer for ABC Education online and project co-ordinator/writer. for the Village Roadshow/Network online entertainment service Scape.

Her screenwriting credits included Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries (seasons 1 & 2), City Homicide and episodes of Neighbours. She was nominated for an Awgie in 2011 for her City Homicide episode Last Man Standing.

.Mia loved television, both working in it and watching it,. said her partner Andrew Barnett. .More than that, she was addicted to great stories. Story telling was
See full article at IF.com.au »

New show for Erik Thomson?

The Seven Network is keen to find a new vehicle for Erik Thomson after the end of Packed to the Rafters.

The actor is set to shoot a pilot for the network playing a character who is far removed from Dave Rafter, the decent, salt-of-the-earth family man who loved sport and 1980s music.

Thomson will play the title character in Hartman as a brilliant but flawed, over-sexed surgeon with an unfortunate bedside manner.

Shooting will start in Melbourne later this month, produced by Southern Star Entertainment. If understands Paul Moloney, a director-producer whose credits include Winners & Losers, City Homicide, Bed of Roses and Home and Away, will work on the project.

The pilot will also feature a female Gp, a local cop and a female vigneron. If it.s picked up the series would probably start shooting in the second half of next year.

Rebecca Gibney, who played Dave.s
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Claire channels a young Diane Keaton

Claire van der Boom. Photo credit: David Cook..

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When Claire van der Boom auditioned for the role of a younger version of Diane Keaton.s character in the Us movie Life Itself, the director told her she was the only one who didn.t try to impersonate Keaton as Annie Hall in the classic Woody Allen movie.

That was the clincher and the Los Angeles-based Australian actress started shooting the film directed by Englishman Richard Loncraine (Wimbledon, My One and Only) in New York last week.

Adapted from Jill Ciment.s novel Heroic Measures, the film stars Keaton and Morgan Freeman as Ruth and Alex, a couple whose life is disrupted when the East Village apartment where they lived for 40 years is put up for sale, a bidding war ensues and Manhattan falls under a terrorism threat.

Claire plays Ruth as she meets Alex, an artist, when she models for his paintings.
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