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Actors who get lousy reviews usually ignore them or suffer in silence- but not Kevin Harrington.
The veteran actor was so incensed by a review by News Ltd..s Leigh Paatsch of the DVD of Cliffy, he vented on Facebook.
The ABC telemovie features Harrington as Cliff Young, who became an unlikely hero at the age of 61 when he won the 875km endurance race from Sydney to Melbourne..
In Saturday.s Daily Telegraph and Herald-Sun Paatsch dismissed it as a .dreadful telemovie that turns the ripping true story of the late ultra-marathon legend Cliff Young into a crap-tastic cartoon. How the ABC ever ponied up a commitment to this dim-witted affair beggars belief..
Paatsch advised readers who want the .real tale- much of which was ignored or changed by this TV calamity,. to read Julietta Jameson.s book Cliffy: The Cliff Young Story.
His verdict: .1 star, run the other way. »
- Don Groves
June 7 marks the launch of Ddp Studios, Deluxe Australia.s new integrated film and TV post production facility.
That follows Deluxe.s acquisition last August of Omnilab's Media.s creative and media services businesses. Operating at sites in South Melbourne, Crows Nest and Lane Cove, Ddp Studios provides feature film, documentary, TV drama and light entertainment services, from on-set to delivery master, all under one umbrella.
The common philosophy, executives say, is a commitment to helping storytellers tell their stories better. .We.re really embracing our new brand and ethos with the resources to be mobile, able to go wherever our clients need us,. said Sydney general manager Bolton, who was head of post-production and visual effects supervisor at Digital Pictures.
- Don Groves
All hail the conquering hero for his final and fiercest battle. Anchor Bay Entertainment releases the conclusion of the acclaimed Starz Original series Spartacus: War of The Damned - The Complete Third Season on a mighty three-disc Blu-ray and DVD set September 3rd. From executive producers Rob Tapert, Sam Raimi, Joshua Donen and Steven S. DeKnight here are all 10 heroic episodes, plus bonus features including 'Making of' featurettes, behind-the-scenes footage, a fun farewell and much more! Plus the Blu-ray contains exclusive extended episodes and audio commentaries from cast and creators. Srp is $59.99 for the Blu-ray and $49.98 for the DVD. Pre-book is August 7th.
Here's what series creator Steven S. DeKnight had to say about the final season.
"The final season of Spartacus was an emotional journey for all involved and hopefully a satisfying conclusion for the fans. We wanted to make the Blu-ray and DVD release reflect our gratitude for their enthusiastic support. »
At least two actors formerly represented by International Casting Services (Ics), the talent agency that is closing down after 52 years, have signed with other agents.
Lisa Mann told If that the question of which Ics actors would transfer to her agency is still in discussion. She said, .When Melina was offered senior agent position here at Lmcm we had no way of knowing that Ics.s doors were about to close, so the shock was as great to us as it was to her, the industry at large and »
- Don Groves
Les Hill will play one of the leads and co-produce Bride of the Dead, an Australian zombie horror/romance/adventure/comedy.
The film will mark the feature writing and directing debut of Ryan Eckersley, who cut his teeth as a director on Neighbours and Big Brother. Eckersley has teamed up with executive producer Robert Lewis Galinsky and they are confident of raising the budget of $5-8 million from private investors..
Set in a post-Apocalyptic world, the plot follows a woman named Samantha who gets engaged to her boyfriend Peter. During his buck.s party at a zombie strip club, Peter is bitten on the arm. He flees the city to protect Samantha and she hires Jack, who is struggling to let go of his past, to help find her fiancé before he becomes a zombie. Jack and his band of brothers are zombie hunters, employed by life insurance companies to find infected people, »
- Don Groves
We return with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. This week’s feature includes a trailer for The Cabining, details on All Hallows’ Eve, and much more:
The Cabining: “Todd and Bruce, a hapless screenwriting team, get one last shot at success thanks to Todd’s wealthy stepdad, Serge. If they pen a worthy horror script, Serge will fund the entire project. But there is one condition – the script must be complete in two weeks. With the deadline looming and no fresh ideas, Todd and Bruce head to Shangri-La, a serene artist’s retreat, with the hope that the peace and company of fellow artists will inspire greatness… or, failing greatness, at least enough for straight-to-dvd. Shangri-La proves to be anything but serene, as the artists die off one by one, seemingly by accident. Bruce convinces Todd to soak in this »
- Tamika Jones
To celebrate the release of Bait on 3D Blu-ray and DVD on Monday 29th April, we are giving five lucky readers the chance to win a copy of the blu-ray.
A tsunami devastates a small Gold Coast town and leaves twelve people trapped in a flooded supermarket. Amidst the horror the group slowly realises that they may not be alone. Trapped with a hungry Great White shark, how many of them will have to die and will rescue ever come? Featuring a stellar ensemble cast including Xavier Samuel (The Twilight Saga; Eclipse), Julian McMahon (Nip/Tuck) Sharni Vinson (Step Up 3D), Phoebe Tonkin (Tomorrow When the War Began), Dan Wyllie (Animal Kingdom) Alex Russell (Wasted on the Young), Martin Sacks (Underbelly), Cariba Heine (The Pacific), Damien Garvey (Daybreakers) and high profile Singaporean stars Adrian Pang and Qi Yuwu.
Bait 3D is the first ever Australian 3D production and co-production between Australia and Singapore. »
- Simon Gallagher
To celebrate the release of Bait on DVD and Blu-ray (2D & 3D) on April 29th, we are offering our readers the chance to win a great horror DVD bundle! The collection includes The Loved Ones, Road Train, I Saw The Devil, Silent House, Chernobyl Diaries and Cockneys Vs Zombies.
In Bait, a tsunami devastates a small Gold Coast town and leaves twelve people trapped in a flooded supermarket. Amidst the horror the group slowly realises that they may not be alone. Trapped with a hungry Great White shark, how many of them will have to die and will rescue ever come? Featuring a stellar ensemble cast including Xavier Samuel (The Twilight Saga; Eclipse), Julian McMahon (Nip/Tuck) Sharni Vinson (Step Up 3D), Phoebe Tonkin (Tomorrow When the War Began), Dan Wyllie (Animal Kingdom) Alex Russell (Wasted on the Young), Martin Sacks (Underbelly), Cariba Heine (The Pacific), Damien Garvey (Daybreakers) and »
- Dan Bullock
Jessica Marais will star as transgender Les Girls performer Carlotta in a new telemovie for ABC 1. Carlotta follows the life of the transgender pioneer, who was born as Richard Byron before transforming into Carol and, on stage, Carlotta in the 1970s. Written by David Hannum, with story consultation from Carlotta, the film will be directed by Samantha Lang (My Place, The Monkey.s Mask) and will feature an acclaimed cast, including Caroline O.Connor, Alex Dimitriades, Anita Hegh, Eamon Farren and Paul Capsis. Carlotta will be produced by Riccardo Pellizzeri (Underbelly: Nz, Siege, Mda, Blue Heelers) and Lara Radulovich (Wentworth, Neighbours) with the ABC.s Carole Sklan and Christopher Gist as executive producers. Developed by Pellizzeri and Radulovich, Carlotta is being produced by their new production company Story Ark Productions. Producers Lara Radulovich and Riccardo Pellizzeri said, .This has been a passion project of ours for many years and »
- Emily Blatchford
Jonathan Lapaglia and Luke Hemsworth are joining The Reckoning, a film from Lightning Entertainment. The film will be directed John V. Soto (Crush). Hemsworth, much like the third Manning brother, is the lesser known of the Hemsworth clan, that has Thor and Gale as the other members. Lapaglia is the son of Without A Trace star Anthony Lapaglia. Check the press release for more deets on the film.
Los Angeles – Jonathan Lapaglia and Luke Hemsworth will star in the crime thriller The Reckoning, written and to be directed by John V. Soto (Needle, Crush), it was announced today by Robert Beaumont, President of Lightning Entertainment who is set to handle International sales rights to the film.
The Reckoning will start principal photography on April 29th on location in Australia. Deidre Kitcher (Needle, Crush) is producing. Robert Lundberg, Greg Coote, David Calvert-Jones, Roger Savill and Kim Savill will executive produce the film. »
- Andy Greene
If you.re a director with only a couple of low-budget, low-acclaim horrors to your credit, and you.re looking to break out with some attention-grabbing fare, chances are you want to grab actors whose recognition alone will be enough to sell theater tickets. Of course, sometimes you just have to settle with those actors' siblings. For his third feature, The Reckoning, director John V. Soto has tapped Australian actors Luke Hemsworth - older brother of Thor actor Chris Hemsworth and The Hunger Games star Liam Hemsworth - and Jonathan Lapaglia - younger brother of Without a Trace star Anthony Lapaglia. Both men are already established television actors. Lapaglia.s latest roles were in 2011.s tense drama The Slap and 2012.s crime mystery Underbelly, while Hemsworth last starred in 2012.sBikie Wars: Brothers in Arms. It looks as if this may be Hemsworth.s first feature film role, as his other »
Jonathan Lapaglia and Luke Hemsworth will star in the crime thriller The Reckoning, written and to be directed by John V. Soto (Needle, Crush), it was announced today by Robert Beaumont, President of Lightning Entertainment who is set to handle International sales rights to the film.
The Reckoning will start principal photography on April 29th on location in Australia. Deidre Kitcher (Needle, Crush) is producing. Robert Lundberg, Greg Coote, David Calvert-Jones, Roger Savill and Kim Savill will executive produce the film.
The story revolves around a detective who discovers footage at a murder scene, shot by two teenagers, that provides clues to the identity of a killer. The teens have since gone missing, and as the detective retraces their journey, he soon uncovers a trail of deceit and murder that leads all the way back to him.
Kitcher says that the thriller is “best described as Memento meets Kalifornia.”
A Filmscope Entertainment production, »
- Michelle McCue
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Gabel has boarded ABC’s Gothica, which is described as a modern-day Gothic soap that weaves together the mythologies of Dracula, Jekyll and Hyde, Frankenstein and Dorian Gray, among others. Poe Per our sister site Deadline, Gabel will play Roderick Usher, the local Da and heir to the once-powerful, secretive Usher family.
Previously cast were »
- Matt Webb Mitovich
Ritchie, who played Sally Fletcher from the age of eight, said in the announcement: “There will be a wonderful sense of familiarity stepping back into Sally’s shoes for a while. Summer Bay is a very different place these days and I am looking forward to working with all the fresh faces.”
The show is celebrating its 25th anniversary. Ritchie will start filming her role shortly, with the story rolling out over a number of months.
Series Producer Lucy Addario said: “We trust fans will be as excited as we are to watch her story unfold and follow Sally’s journey again.”
After leaving Home Amd Away, Ritchie tried her hand at radio presenting with a brief stint on Nova Sydney, as part of the Merrick and Rosso breakfast show. »
Principal photography has begun in Perth on a supernatural thriller, Foreshadow.
The shoot will run through until Friday 1 March.
Buzz Productions, in partnership with Movierockets Entertainment, today commenced principal photography in Perth, on its supernatural thriller Foreshadow.
Foreshadow tells the story of Jesse Milton (Justin Burford) who is living the high life – money, surf and a never-ending supply of hot dates – until he discovers his latest blonde bombshell dead. When the coroner rules out foul play and the police close their investigation, Jesse decides to go after the killer himself.
The predominantly Western Australian cast is led by Aria and Broadway Australia award winner Justin Burford (Rock of Ages), and two-time Logie nominee Myles Pollard (Drift, The Turning, McLeod’s Daughters).
They are supported by Andrea Addison (Raven, »
- Colin Delaney
Principal photography on supernatural thriller Foreshadow has kicked off today in Perth. Starring Justin Burford (Rock of Ages) and Myles Pollard (Drift, The Turning) Foreshadow follows eternal bachelor Jesse Milton (Burford) whose too-good-to-be-true life is turned on its head when his latest girlfriend is discovered dead. Convinced she was murdered, Jesse sets out to find the killer himself, and comes up against demonic forces in the process. It is Burford.s first feature film role, though the pop star.s acting talents have been recognised in his turn in Rock of Ages, for which he gained five-star reviews. Joining Burford and Pollard in the cast are Andrea Addison (Raven, Bitter Art, Two Fists, One Heart), Ben Mortley (Drift, Lantana, Home and Away, McLeod.s Daughters), Ben Purser (Bitter Art, Underbelly), James Hagan (Little Sparrows, Needle, The Great Mint Swindle), Melanie Lyons (Little Sparrows, Cloudstreet, Lockie Leonard), Tawni Bryant (The Slap), Sam Devenport, »
- Inside Film Correspondent
Channel Nine series House Husbands has begun shooting season two this week in Melbourne. Starring Firass Dirani, Gary Sweet, Gyton Grantley and Rhys Muldoon, the series, created by Ellie Beaumont and Drew Proffitt, follows four stay-at-home dads and their families. Debuting on September 2, 2012, the first episode of House Husbands averaged a record-breaking 1.376 million viewers. It was announced House Husbands was renewed for a second season on 23 September 2012. Returning to the series alongside the men are Julia Morris, Natalie Saleeba, Tim Campbell and Leah de Neise, plus Anna McGahan and Georgia Flood.
There will also be a number of new cast members joining the team, including guests Craig McLachlan (Rescue: Special Ops), Madeline West (Underbelly), Geraldine Turner (Home and Away) and Rick Donald (Underbelly: Razor). Heads of Drama for the Nine Network, Jo Rooney and Andy Ryan, said: .We are thrilled to have House Husbands returning for a second season. .With »
- Inside Film Correspondent
Tony Tilse, who directed several of the Underbelly telemovies is reported to be attached to the project as director with Stuart Quinn as producer, although there is not yet a commission from one of the TV networks.
Beyond’s Mark Hamlyn is reported to have been leading the project although he is moving to a job with Screen Nsw. Last year Beyond’s factual project Whitlam – with Hamyln attached won $70,000 project finance from Screen Nsw.
Meanwhile, as Mumbrella reported last year, Ellis is also working on a script about media mogul Rupert Murdoch.
Last week Gillard said that she intended to hold the election on September 14.
The post Rudd and Gillard’s leadership battle set to be turned into TV drama by Beyond appeared first on mUmBRELLA. »
It was a glorious evening for The Sapphires at the 2nd Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts Awards Ceremony last night, with the feature film bagging six Aacta awards, including Best Film and Best Director.
The awards top off what has been a sparkling year for the Sapphires team, who have already won a host of international audience choice awards and enjoyed great box office success in Australia.
Other than Best Film and Best Director (Wayne Blair), the musical drama took home the Aacta award for Best Lead Actress (Deborah Mailman), Best Lead Actor (Chris O'Dowd), Best Supporting Actress (Jessica Mauboy) and Best Adapted Screenplay (Keith Thompson, Tony Briggs), bringing their Aacta award total to eleven. (The film picked up a further five awards at the Aacta luncheon held on Monday.)
The film also bagged the news.com.au Audience Choice Award for Most Memorable Screen Moment.
- Emily Blatchford
Vietnam war period movie The Sapphires dominated the Aacta’s last night, winning best film, best director (Wayne Blair), best actress (Deborah Mailman), best actor (Chris O'Dowd) and best supporting actress (Jessica Mauboy).
The film about an aboriginal troupe of entertainers who performed for American – and not Australian – soldiers swept the awards, and also won the best screenplay (Keith Thompson and Tony Briggs).
The event staged at Sydney’s Star casino and hosted by Russell Crowe was televised on delay by the Ten Network, but failed to make a dent in OzTam ratings.
It had just 318,000 viewers. But Ten claimed to be was happy as it was a 9.3% increase on the broadcast in 2012 on rival Nine.
The complete list of winners announced at the second AACTAs.
Byron Kennedy Award
Aacta Award For Best Young Actor
Aacta Award For Best Television Drama Series
- Marcus Casey
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