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Jessica De Gouw has no permanent home but that.s hardly a sign of an actor who.s out of work.
She then spent seven months in Budapest working on Dracula, NBC.s series that stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers as the title character, who poses as an American entrepreneur while he seeks revenge on those who cursed him.
In between those series she flew to Perth to play a supporting role in Apocalyptic thriller These Final Hours, the debut feature from writer-director Zak Hilditch. Now she is in country Victoria shooting Matchbox Pictures. crime thriller Cut Snake, opposite Sullivan Stapleton and Alex Russell.
.I am a gypsy. I have no base; my life fits into two suitcases, »
- Don Groves
Matt Passmore is rebounding from the cancelation of “The Glades.” The actor has been cast as the lead in former “Suits” showrunner Sean Jablonski’s untitled pilot for USA Network. Passmore will play Neil Truman, an investment banker who attempts to satisfy his married mid-life crisis by quitting his job and redefining himself and his relationships. Also read: USA Network Holding Anti-Bullying Commercial Contest (Exclusive) Before starring on A&E’s “The Glades” for four seasons, the Australian actor starred on “Blue Heelers,” “Mcleod’s Daughter” and “Underbelly.” The untitled project will be executive produced by Jablonski with Universal Cable Productions. »
- Jethro Nededog
Booth will play the fiercely independent Queenie in the drama based on the Tim Winton novel which looks at successive generations of a whaling family in Albany, Western Australia, starting in the 1830s.
Queenie gets caught up in the Greenpeace movement which arrived in town in the 1970s, sparking protests which led to the closure of the whaling station.
.Emma has so many of the qualities, everything I had intuited about Queenie,. Ellen told If on the line from her home in Los Angeles. .She hides nothing; she is a completely authentic person. She.s »
- Don Groves
Kim Mordaunt won the Australian Writers. Guild best original screenplay award for his debut film The Rocket and Cate Shortland and Robin Mukherjee got the feature film adaptation prize for Lore at the Awgie awards held in Melbourne on Friday night.
The $25,000 Foxtel prize for a significant and impressive body of work in television went to Jacquelin Perske, whose screenwriting credits include The Secret Life of Us, Love My Way, Spirited and Little Fish.
The Good News Week writing team received a ninth Awgie for the final season of the series.
Australian Writers. Guild president Jan Sardi said, »
- Staff writer
Tickets are selling fast for the 46th Annual Awgie Awards, to be held in Melbourne on October 4.
To be hosted by writer, comedian and singer Sammy J, the ceremony will honour the achievements made by Australian writers for performance. The Awgie Awards are the only Australian awards judged solely by writers on the basis of the script . the writer's intention . rather than the finished production.
"The Awgies are the highlight of the year for us and a unique chance to celebrate the oft-unsung but stellar work created by Australian writers of the script," says Awg.s President and Academy Award nominee Jan Sardi..
.It.s a night that really just celebrates the importance of story and storytelling. And that.s what sets us apart from other animals in the end, the ability to tell stories..
Sardi says the slate of nominated work is once again a strong one.
- Staff Writer
She.ll play the leader of a task force that.s sent to a country town to investigate a shocking crime.
- Don Groves
Spartacus fans can relive the entire third and final season this week when Spartacus: War of The Damned - The Complete Third Season debuts on three-disc Blu-ray and DVD September 3. Liam McIntyre stars as Spartacus, who leads thousands of rebel slaves into battle against the mighty Roman army. We have a contest lined up where fans can win a copy of the Blu-ray. Take a look at how you can win below.
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Spartacus: War of The Damned - The Complete Third Season takes place following the defeat of Roman commander Gaius Claudius Glaber. Spartacus and his men have amassed major victories against the Romans after the Battle of Vesuvius. These victories have not only forged the legend of Spartacus, but have greatly increased the ranks of the rebellion slaves to »
Actor Jarad Daperis as Squizzy Taylor..
Despite being the star of Channel Nine.s latest instalment in the Underbelly franchise, Jarad Daperis admits to having never watched any of the previous series.
.I never really got around to it. I know enough of Underbelly and I know what it.s like, I didn.t really deem it relevant to watch prior series, because they.re so different. Totally different stories,. the Underbelly: Squizzy actor told If..
.As a kid he made a bit of money picking pockets and then he graduated to thieving of other types, and then he graduated to major robberies,. Grawler tells If. .The thing about Squizzy that set him apart is that he had an imagination. »
- Emily Blatchford
Matt Nable ("Riddick," "Underbelly: Badness") and Daniel Henshall ("Snowtown," "Any Questions for Ben?") will star in the two lead roles in the Australian revenge and redemption drama "Fell" from Felixmedia and Transmission Films.
Nable plays Thomas Ryan, a man frozen in grief after his daughter is killed in a hit-and-run incident by Luke Simpson (Henshall).
When Luke is released from prison, Thomas changes his identity, abandons his corporate life and relocates to the remote outpost where Luke now works as tree feller.
Jacqueline McKenzie also stars as Thomas' wife. Filming commenced today in the southern Victorian Alps.
- Garth Franklin
The Anzac spirit will be celebrated in two miniseries that received funding on Tuesday from Screen Australia. While both projects had been announced, the cast for Anzac Girls has been revealed and it.s been confirmed that Sam Worthington is highly likely to star in The Gallipoli Story.
Also funded was Catching Milat, a two-part telemovie recounting the investigation that led to the arrest of serial killer Ivan Milat.
Produced by Screentime for ABC TV, Anzac Girls will chronicle the true story of five young military nurses from Australia and New Zealand who experienced horror, heartbreak and triumph caring for the soldiers at Gallipoli and the Western Front.
The six-part series will star Georgia Flood (House Husbands, Wentworth, Tangle), Antonia Prebble (Outrageous Fortune, The Blue Rose, Super City), Laura Brent (A Few Best Men, Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader), Anna McGahan (House Husbands, Mystery of a Hansom Cab, »
- Don Groves
There's a fun new show coming to NBC this summer -- "Camp," starring Rachel Griffiths as Mackenzie Granger, the owner and director of Little Otter Family Camp, "where Mother Nature and human nature collide."
The show description from the network has us seriously excited about this summer romp:
Still reeling from her recent divorce, Mackenzie is ready for a fresh start. She is running things on her own for the first time and scrambling to keep the cash-strapped Little Otter from going under. She considers a buyout offer from Roger Shepard (Rodger Corser, "Underbelly"), the arrogant but sexy owner of the upscale camp across the lake. Despite her better judgment, their love-hate relationship quickly escalates. Meanwhile, she begins to realize that her charming but much younger handyman, Cole (Nikolai Nikolaeff, "Sea Patrol"), might be interested in more than just a professional relationship.
In the midst of all this, Mackenzie is »
Never Tear Us Apart: The Untold Story of Inxs tunes up in Melbourne next week with a cast that blends newcomers and seasoned pros.
The four-hour miniseries for the Seven Network is the first drama from Shine Australia. The screenplay by Justin Monjo and Dave Warner is billed as the uncensored story of the iconic band.s rise to the top of the international charts and the aftermath of dealing with frontman Michael Hutchence.s death in 1997.
The band.s manager Cm Murphy is an executive producer and the filmmakers have been granted full access to their archive of music, photography and stories.
Luke Arnold, who stars as Long John Silver in the Michael Bay-produced pirate adventure series Black Sails for the Us network Starz, will play Hutchence. A graduate of the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, his credits include McLeod's Daughters, Rush, Rescue: Special Ops, City Homicide »
- Don Groves
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
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