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‘101-Year-Old Man,’ ‘Giant,’ ‘My Aunt in Sarajevo’ Lead Sweden’s Guldbagge Nominations

‘101-Year-Old Man,’ ‘Giant,’ ‘My Aunt in Sarajevo’ Lead Sweden’s Guldbagge Nominations
The 101-Year-Old Man Who Skipped Out on the Bill and Disappeared” is leading the Guldbagge Awards, Sweden’s equivalent to the Oscars, with eight nominations.

Directed by Felix Herngren and Måns Herngren, “The 101-Year-Old Man” is competing for best film, director, actress and actor. The movie is the sequel to “100-Year Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared” which was a smash hit in Sweden and won four prizes at the Guldbagge, as well as audience prizes in Florida and Chicago, along with nominations at the European Film Awards, Goya and Academy Awards (for makeup and hairstyling).

Other Guldbagge frontrunners include Johannes Nyholm’s “The Giant” (pictured above) and “My Aunt in Sarajevo” which earned six nominations each. Ulf Malmros and Jaana Fomin’s “My Future Love” and Pernilla August’s “A Serious Game” are nominated in five categories each.

Winner of San Sebastian’s special jury prize,
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Healing set to shoot Feb 18 in Vic with Hugo Weaving, Don Hany

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.Australian feature Healing, starring Hugo Weaving, Don Hany and Xavier Samuel, is set to start shooting in Victoria on February 18.

The tale of redemption is inspired by a true story, writer-director-producer Craig Monahan said in a statement. .The script is inspired by true events and the powerful connection forged by humans with birds and animals..

Healing follows Viktor Khadem (Don Hany in his first major feature role), who has spent 16 years in prison and has almost given up on life. For his final 18 months, he is sentenced to a low-security, pre-release prison farm, where senior officer Matt Perry (Hugo Weaving) has established a unique program to rehabilitate broken men by giving them the responsibility for the rehabilitation of injured eagles, falcons and owls. Against all odds, Matt takes on Viktor as his number one test case, introducing him to Yasmine, a majestic Wedge-tailed Eagle, revealing a new path of inspiration and hope.
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: There Be Dragons

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Jan. 10, 2012

Price: DVD $22.98, Blu-ray $29.99

Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment

Wes Bentley (American Beauty) and Dougray Scott (The Diplomat) star in the 2011 film There Be Dragons, which is based on the true story about the lift of saint Josemaría Escrivá, the founder of controversial Catholic institution Opus Dei.

Written and directed by Roland Joffe (The Killing Fields), the biography movie follows investigative journalist Robert Torres (Scott), who’s researching a book about Escrivá (Charlie Cox, Moby Dick). His work gets derailed when his father Manolo (Bentley), his most promising source, turns uncooperative.

Robert discovers that Manolo was a childhood friend with Escrivá, and they attended the same seminary. However, the two men took different paths in life, with Escrivá dedicating his life to his faith and Manolo getting involved in the brutal Spanish Civil War. The more Robert investigates, the more he finds out the lives of the two men overlapped.
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New Release: Camelot: Season One Blu-ray and DVD

Anchor Bay Entertainment will do right by the legend of King Arthur with the release of the Starz Original TV series Camelot : The Complete First Season on Blu-ray and DVD on September 13.

The Blu-ray and DVD will by priced at $59.99 and $49.98, respectively.

Jamie Campbell Bower is the young Arthur in Camelot.

The 10-episode epic adventure-drama offers offers a fresh, violent and sexy telling of the classic medieval tale of King Arthur and his castle and court of Camelot. The series begins in the wake of King Uther’s sudden death, when the sorcerer Merlin (Joseph Fiennes, The Red Baron) has visions of a dark future and installs young Arthur (Jamie Campbell Bower, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 1) as king. But Arthur’s cold and ambitious half-sister Morgan (Eva Green, Casino Royale) will fight him to the bitter end for control of the crown. Faced with the challenge
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The Straits begins shooting today

ABC1′s new 10 hour drama, The Straits, produced by Matchbox Films’ Penny Chapman and Helen Panckhurst begins shooting today. Scottish actor Brian Cox (The Bourne Supremacy, Troy, Braveheart) joins the troupe of Australian actors assembling in Cairns and Torres Strait Islands.

The Montebello family are Far North Queensland’s Corleones, running drugs into Australia and guns and exotic animals out with ambitious bikies in Australia and Papau New Guinean raskols across the Strait also wanting a piece of the action. Cox plays Patriach Harry Montebello, with actress Rena Owen playing his part Torres Strait Island, part Maori wife, Kitty.

Joining Cox and Owen in the cast will be AFI Nominated Aaron Fa’aoso (East West 101, Ran), Logie winner Firass Dirani (Underbelly, Pitch Black) as well as new Australian talent; Jimi Bani (Ran, The Sapphires) and Suzannah Bayes-Morton (All Saints, The Tumbler), who together play the Montebello’s children.

In a statement,
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New Release: Romantic comedy Love’s Kitchen DVD

On June 7, Screen Media will release the DVD of the British romantic comedy Love’s Kitchen starring real-life spouses Claire Forlani (The Diplomat) and Dougray Scott (Mission: Impossible II) and celebrity chef Gordon Ramsay (TV’s Hell’s Kitchen).

Dougray Scott and Claire Forlani get cooking in Love's Kitchen.

Originally titled No Ordinary Trifle, the film revolves around renowned chef Rob Haley (Scott), who struggles to rebuild his life and career following the tragic death of his wife in a car accident. Part of his plan is his purchase of a run-down pub in the rural town of Wooten that he hopes to convert into a culinary sensation without the eyes of the London food press focused on him.

What Haley’s isn’t prepared for is the presence of food critic Kate Templeton (Forlani) and her father (Peter Bowles, The Bank Job), one of Wooten’s leading townsfolk. He
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Michael Weatherly Speaks on NCIS Directorial Debut

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Michael Weatherly is set to direct the March 1 episode of NCIS.

"One Last Score" marks the 179th episode of the hit procedural, now in its eighth year on CBS, but the very first that a member of the NCIS cast has stepped in to direct.

"Believe me, I knocked on the door a long time," Weatherly says. "Mark Harmon always says nobody here wants anybody else's job. Here I am, trying to do somebody else's job."

As a first-time director, Weatherly says his biggest challenge came as an actor. "By the end of this episode, I felt Dinozzo had significantly altered," he tells TV Guide.

"He awakens from a four-year sleep. I was glad to see him back! In this episode and the next, he's in a Sean Connery place - pretty deadly serious with a twinkle in his eye."

That may be provided by former Brothers & Sisters star Sarah Jane Morris.
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NCIS Review: False Witness, False Tony

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Three weeks after its terrific two-part November sweeps story arc, NCIS returned last night with a new episode, only to leave us again until January in a puzzling scheduling move.

That said, "False Witness" was a typically solid effort. Guest star Annie Wersching (24) was introduced as Arlington D.A. Gail Walsh, but the real star had little to do with the plot.

At least less to do with it. Michael Weatherly took a break after seven-plus seasons as the show's comedic foil and portrayed Tony Dinozzo as a serious, straight-laced go-getter.

Had this been April 1, we'd have assumed he was kidding ...

Michael Weatherly was terrific as the anti-Tony Tony.

Ziva and Tim were so flummoxed by this new Dinozzo that they were were noticeably distracted. Gibbs? He does not get distracted, but he did notice. Even that says something.

The case Dinozzo was so on top of involved the lead
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Annie Wersching Heads to NCIS

As Renee Walker on 24, Annie Wersching was all business — at least until a final, fateful clinch. But on tonight's episode of NCIS (8/7c, CBS), Wersching is only part business as Deputy DA Gail Walsh. Her character in the episode titled "False Witness" is "very ambitious and hardworking," says Wersching, "yet she also has some drive to get part of her personal life going. So she's interested to see if anyone at NCIS is a prospect"—like, specifically, Tony Dinozzo (Michael Weatherly).

Since Wersching's only signed on for one episode...

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NCIS Promo: "False Witness"

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NCIS returns next Tuesday, December 14, with a new episode. In "False Witness," the team investigates the disappearance of a Naval officer who is the sole witness in a murder trial.

Guest-starring Annie Wersching (24's Renee Walker) as Deputy D.A. Gail Walsh, the episode promises some good laughs as well, from the looks of the promo released last night.

Here's CBS' first teaser for the final NCIS of 2010 ...

False Witness Promo
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'NCIS' and 'NCIS: L.A.' Holiday Episode Promos

Next week would be the Holiday episode of "NCIS: Naval Criminal Investigative Service" and "NCIS: Los Angeles" but crime doesn't take a holiday. In the former show, the NCIS team investigates the disappearance of a Navy petty officer who is the sole witness in an upcoming murder trial.

"False Witness" presents a dead turkey that the victim hunted when he was murdered. It becomes the team's only link to find out what happened in the woods. Speaking of the episode which mood is lightened up, co-executive producer of the series Steven Binder who wrote the episode said, "Let's just say that Tony Dinozzo will be behaving very differently from what we're used to."

Meanwhile in "NCIS: L.A.", Kensi connects personally with a discharged Navy Intelligence officer suffering from post traumatic stress disorder who is the sole survivor of a deadly dispute being investigated by the NCIS team. "Disorder" airs
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Exclusive: trailer for Ice! True Blood's Stephen Moyer and Sam Neil fight the ice age

This adaptation of James Follett's 70's post-apocalyptic disaster novel, "Ice," comes from the producers of the 13-part network series, Crusoe and the recent 2-part modernization of Day of the Triffids. It stars Vampire Bill, Stephen Moyer, Sam Neil, and that mom from Spielberg's A.I..

Synopsis:

Ice sees the destructive effects of climate change cause unimaginable devastation and panic worldwide as the human race finds itself contemplating the dawn of a new ice age.

It is 2020. Findings by environmental scientist Professor Thom Archer suggest that Halo, the corporate energy company drilling on the Greenland Glacier are causing it to melt.

Archer's warnings are ignored, so he heads to the Arctic to find indisputable evidence. Upon arrival, he realises humankind is under immediate threat, and races home to save hisfamily.

The glacier collapses, with devastating consequences. Astonishing weather patterns emerge and plunge the world's temperatures into steep decline.

Ice confronts
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DVD Playhouse--august 2010

DVD Playhouse—August 2010

By

Allen Gardner

Black Orpheus (Criterion) Winner of the 1959 Best Foreign Film Oscar and that same year’s Palme d’Or at Cannes, Black Orpheus is a modern-day update of the Greek myth of Orpheus and Eurydice reset in 20th century Brazil during Carnival in Rio. Director Marcel Camus offers up a visual feast with some of the decade’s most ravishing color cinematography. A classic. Also available on Blu-ray disc. Bonuses: Archival interviews with Camus and actress Marpessa Dawn; Interviews with Brazilian cinema scholar Robert Stam, jazz historian Gary Giddins, and Brazilian author Ruy Castro; Documentary on the film; Trailer. Full screen. Dolby 1.0 mono.

The Last Song (Touchstone) Sentimental adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ (by Sparks and Jeff Van Wie) sentimental novel about a father and daughter attempting to repair their damaged relationship. Greg Kinnear, as the dad in question, comes off best, while tween sensation Miley Cyrus
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Australia’s Power 50

It’s been four years since Encore published its Top 20 Directors and Producers list, and we felt it was time to compile a new, more comprehensive list that included professionals working across all areas – film, television and Tvc production – as well as the leaders and decision-makers that determine the direction of the industry.

Instead of having a limited list of panellists, we consulted with the main agencies and organisations, and also asked our readers to nominate their candidates. We ended up with a list of more than 200 screen industry professionals, and deciding the final 50 was indeed a difficult task. Of course, some other very influential and successful people didn’t make the final cut, but there were only 50 spots and too many talented men and women!

We hope you’ll enjoy – or not, and if so, debate it passionately – the selection of what will become our annual Power 50 list.

1. Christopher Mapp
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The Kings of Mykonos: wogs always strike twice

When you have an $11.4m comedy in your hands, a sequel is a no-brainer, even if it takes 10 years to make it happen. Miguel Gonzalez met with the creators of The Kings of Mykonos and discussed why ‘ethnic’ content is the secret to domestic and international success.

Five years ago actor/writer/producer Nick Giannopoulos started developing a story about a couple of Australians with a Mediterranean background going back to their ancestral homeland for the first time, only to discover that it is no longer the same place their parents left, and that they are, in fact, more Australian than they ever thought they were.

“It’s an Australian fish-out-of-the-water comedy, shot in Greece yet uniquely Australian. That’s why Crocodile Dundee worked; these are western suburbs Melbourne boys plonked into the middle of one of the most cosmopolitan islands in the world, with their thongs and broad Australian accents,
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AfterElton Briefs: "La Cage" Begins, Congressional Comics, Manwhore Matthew Morrison, Oscar news, and more

Harvey Fierstein, Douglas Hodge, and Kelsey Grammer/Photo credit: Walter McBride for BroadwayWorld.com

Following this assortment of carefully-selected news items, interested readers can find a refreshing pic of a hot man in underwear. Yes, we're serious.

BroadwayWorld.com was at the start of rehearsals for La Cage Aux Folles, and has pictures of the big, fancy books being handed out to all the stars. Most of the pictures are better than what I chose, but I liked the monkey on Harvey's phone. They also have a list of the Cagelles with an out actor or two. The New York Times has a great review on The Tempermentals (and a nice shirtless picture of Michael Urie) and what it means to gay theater. h/t cufflinksandtie The latest edition of False Witness: The Michele Bachman Story comic is available for purchase, and it's all about the gays. Even if
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Stephen Moyer, Sam Neil and Frances O'Connor topline distaster epic Ice

Vampire Bill, dino expert, Dr. Alan Grant, and that mom from A.I. fighting against the dangers of a second ice-age? Bring it on!

From the producers of the 13-part network series, Crusoe and the upcoming 2-part modernization of Day of the Triffids comes an adaptation of James Follett's 70's post-apocalyptic disaster novel, "Ice."

Synopsis:

Ice sees the destructive effects of climate change cause unimaginable devastation and panic worldwide as the human race finds itself contemplating the dawn of a new ice age.

It is 2020. Findings by environmental scientist Professor Thom Archer suggest that Halo, the corporate energy company drilling on the Greenland Glacier are causing it to melt.

Archer's warnings are ignored, so he heads to the Arctic to find indisputable evidence. Upon arrival, he realises humankind is under immediate threat, and races home to save hisfamily.

The glacier collapses, with devastating consequences. Astonishing weather patterns emerge and
See full article at QuietEarth »

Scott Freaked Out By Taking Coffin Shot Of Wife Forlani

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Scott Freaked Out By Taking Coffin Shot Of Wife Forlani
Scottish actor Dougray Scott had a tough time filming one scene in his new TV mini-series The Diplomat - he had to photograph his real-life wife lying dead in a coffin.

Actress Claire Forlani plays the actor's ex-wife in the series, and neither could imagine what type of torture the funeral scene would be - until the day came to shoot it.

Scott explains, "It was eerie. My character has to take a picture of his ex on his cellphone as she's lying dead in a coffin.

"It was a little bit strange to see your own wife lying in a coffin. It's not one of the most comfortable things. It was pretty surreal.

"And I don't think she wanted to stay in that coffin very long, that's for sure! At least it wasn't a completely closed coffin. I think that would've freaked her out even more."

It was the first time the real-life couple, who wed in 2007, had worked together, and Scott admits the shoot, though tough at times, was like an extended honeymoon.

He tells WENN, "It was a year after the wedding and it was great spending time together, especially when you're on the other side of the world in Australia, where we shot the movie. It's not easy to commute, so it was good.

"I'd never acted with her before and the good thing about acting with someone you know well is there is a sense of trust there already, which obviously is very good for filming. It can happen that married couples have no chemistry but there was an energy there between us.

"I'd love to work with her again. She is wonderful."

The Diplomat debuts in America at the end of January.

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