19 items from 2014
Glendyn Ivin is a huge fan of Peter Weir.s Gallipoli but he has resisted the temptation to revisit Weir.s seminal 1981 movie since he was hired to direct the Nine Network miniseries Gallipoli. .I love that film; it.s one of the reasons I became a filmmaker,. Ivin told If on Monday during a recce for the eight-hour production which starts shooting in and near Melbourne on March 17. .But I have avoided watching it again because we are doing a very different story..
In keeping with this fresh take on the saga of the young Aussies who fought in the legendary WW1 campaign, Ivin said he and his DoP Germain McMicking will shoot the film in a style which is far from a traditional drama.
- Don Groves
Kodi Smit-McPhee, Harry Greenwood, Tom Budge, Lincoln Lewis, Matt Nable, Anthony Hayes, Lachy Hulme and Ashleigh Cummings are among the big ensemble cast announced today for the Endemol Australia/Nine Network miniseries Gallipoli.
A three-month shoot starts in and around Melbourne on March 17 with Glendyn Ivin (Beaconsfield, Puberty Blues) directing. The screenplay by Christopher Lee (Howzat! Kerry Packer.s War, Paper Giants, Rush, Police Rescue) is adapted from the best-selling book by Les Carlyon.
The producers are John Edwards (Howzat! Kerry Packer.s War, Beaconsfield, Paper Giants, and Offspring), Imogen Banks (Puberty Blues, Offspring) and Robert Connolly (producer of Balibo and The Boys, director of Underground: The Julian Assange Story, The Slap). Nine.s co-Heads of Drama Jo Rooney and Andy Ryan and Endemol Australia CEO Janeen Faithfull are executive producers. .Smit-McPhee plays 17-year-old Thomas .Tolly. Johnson, who lies about his age to enlist with his brother Bevan in the »
- Don Groves
The prolific Monjo is also writing the screenplay for Farscape, a movie spin-off of the sci-fi series that ran on the Nine Network and the Sci-Fi Channel in the Us, for Jim Henson Productions, to be directed by Brian Henson.
Dinklage would play a dwarf detective in The Beasts of Valhalla, based on a series of novels by the late George C. Chesbro. Monjo read the books years ago but could not think of an actor who was right for the role of the sleuth named Mongo until he saw Dinklage in Game of Thrones.
.It.s a grounded sci-fi series,. says Monjo, who flies to New York next month to discuss the project with Dinklage, with whom he has corresponded. »
- Don Groves
Ashley Zukerman has been cast as one of the leads in Wgn America’s 13-episode scripted series Manhattan. The show, from writer Sam Shaw and director Thomas Schlamme, Skydance TV, Tribune Studios and Lionsgate TV, is set during the clandestine mission to build the world’s first atomic bomb in Los Alamos, Nm, and follows the brilliant but flawed scientists and their families. Zukerman will play Charlie Abrams, a super-bright, self-described “numbers guy” with an Iq of 180 and a good sense of humor. Zukerman next will be seen in the six-part Australian thriller The Code for ABC1. Other TV credits include a recurring on Fox’s Terra Nova. He also guested in a multi-episode arc on HBO’s The Pacific and starred in Australian drama series Rush. Zukerman is repped in the U.S. by Apa and Cohn/Torgan Management and in Australia by Lisa Mann Management. Whitmer Thomas has »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
Across the pond another in the sometimes seemingly endless stream of precursor awards was given out, and this one was the London Critics Circle Film Awards. Last night, 12 Years a Slave took home three big prizes, including the Film of the Year award. The other wins were for Chiwetel Ejiofor and Lupita Nyong’o in their respective acting categories (Best Actor and Supporting Actress). The movie was also nominated for Best Director (Steve McQueen), Screenwriter (John Ridley), Supporting Actor (Michael Fassbender), and Technical Achievement. While McQueen lost to Alfonso Cuaron (for Gravity), Ridley lost to the Coen Brothers (for Inside Llewyn Davis), Fassbender lost to Barkhad Abdi (for Captain Phillips), and Bobbit’s cinematography lost to the special effects of Gravity, it was still a big night for 12 Years a Slave, as it took home more awards than any other film. Especially with the upcoming BAFTA awards the final prize before the Oscars, »
- Joey Magidson
Cinemax has picked up a third season of Banshee. Season two is currently airing on Friday nights. The second season finale will air on March 14th.
Cinemax Renews Emmy(R)-Winning Hit Action Series "Banshee" For Third Season
Los Angeles, Jan. 30, 2014 - Cinemax has renewed the Emmy(R)-winning hit action series Banshee for a third season, scheduled to debut in 2015, it was announced today by Kary Antholis, president, HBO Miniseries and Cinemax Programming. The show is currently in its second season, with episodes debuting Fridays at 10:00 p.m. (Et/Pt).
Executive produced by Jonathan Tropper, David Schickler, Peter Macdissi, Alan Ball and Greg Yaitanes, Banshee stars Antony Starr ("Rush") as Lucas Hood and Ivana Milicevic ("Charlie's Angels," HBO's "Mind of the Married Man") as Carrie Hopewell. The series tells the story of Hood, an ex-con and master thief who tracks down Hopewell, his »
It’s that time of the year again when the British Academy of Film and Television Arts celebrates the best of the cinematic world. With the awards taking place just shy of a month before the Academy Awards, it is time to start making those all-important predictions.
Part 1 will cover:
- Best British Film
- Best Director
- Best Adapted Screenplay
- Best Original Screenplay
- Best Animated Feature
Best British Film
- Saving Mr Banks
It is strange not to see Mandela and Saving Mr Banks more heavily featured in this year’s awards season, especially the former as it centres around such a prolific person. Aside the debate that it isn’t a “British film”, Gravity has made the most impact worldwide, winning the hearts of critics and film fans around the world. »
- Katie Wong
The ten-episode second season of the Emmy®-winning series Banshee returned to Cinemax Friday, January 10th. the show is executive produced by Alan Ball, Peter Macdissi, Jonathan Tropper, David Schickler and Greg Yaitanes. [Press Release] Los Angeles, Jan. 30, 2014 – Cinemax has renewed the Emmy®-winning hit action series Banshee for a third season, scheduled to debut in 2015, it was announced today by Kary Antholis, president, HBO Miniseries and Cinemax Programming. The show is currently in its second season, with episodes debuting Fridays at 10:00 p.m. (Et/Pt). Executive produced by Jonathan Tropper, David Schickler, Peter Macdissi, Alan Ball and Greg Yaitanes, Banshee stars Antony Starr (“Rush”) as Lucas Hood and Ivana Milicevic (“Charlie’s Angels,” HBO’s “Mind of the »
- Pietro Filipponi
Cinemax announced today that it has renewed their Emmy-winning hit action series "Banshee" for a third season, which is scheduled to debut in 2015. The announcement comes from Kary Antholis, president, HBO Miniseries and Cinemax Programming. The show is currently in its second season, with episodes debuting Fridays at 10:00 p.m. (Et/Pt). Executive produced by Jonathan Tropper, David Schickler, Peter Macdissi, Alan Ball and Greg Yaitanes, "Banshee" stars Antony Starr ( Rush ) as Lucas Hood and Ivana Milicevic ("Charlie's Angels," "Mind of the Married Man") as Carrie Hopewell. The series tells the story of Hood, an ex-con and master thief who tracks down Hopewell, his former lover and partner in crime, who has reinvented herself as the wife »
Tonight the Broadcast Film Critics Association (Bfca) announced the winners of the 2014 Critics Choice Awards, a show that isn't necessarily influential as to how the Oscars will turn out, but has been rather predictive over the last few years and a couple of curve balls were thrown tonight, perhaps suggesting what's in store for the Oscars and making this weekend's 2014 Screen Actors Guild Awards that much more interesting. To begin, 12 Years a Slave took home top honors, winning Best Picture as well as Best Supporting Actress (Lupita Nyong'o) and Best Adapted Screenplay (John Ridley), but perhaps most interesting was Chiwetel Ejiofor watching Matthew McConaughey (Dallas Buyers Club) accepting Best Actor. Oh, and yes, I have already updated my Best Actor Oscar predictions as a result. The film also played backseat in the Best Director category as Alfonso Cuaron (Gravity) followed up his Golden Globe win with a Critics Choice Award. »
- Brad Brevet
Photo: RopeofSilicon / Brad Brevet The 2014 Golden Globe Awards are in the bag and the night's big winner was American Hustle, winning three awards including Best Picture (Comedy/Musical), Best Actress (Comedy/Musical) for Amy Adams and Best Supporting Actress for Jennifer Lawrence. I thought the film would end up walking home with two additional awards but instead the Best Screenplay award went to, surprisingly, Spike Jonze for Her (very well deserved) and Best Director went to Alfonso Cuaron for Gravity. Neither film won anything else. One film that continued its rise, however, was Dallas Buyers Club. It was assumed Jared Leto would win Best Supporting Actor, but when Matthew McConaughey was named Best Actor (Drama) it was a bit of a surprise, considering he bested one of the night's biggest favorites in Chiwetel Ejiofor. It became even more surprising when 12 Years a Slave won Best Picture (Drama), a category Dallas »
- Brad Brevet
The Hollywood Foreign Press Association celebrated the best in movies and TV in 2013 with the 71st annual Golden Globes Awards. True to its form, the awards night was a bit unpredictable ("Brooklyn 99" beating "Modern Family" and "Girls" for Best Comedy Series, or "Wolf of Wall Street's" Leonardo DiCaprio winning over Bruce Dern in "Nebraska" or Oscar Isaac for "Inside Llewyn Davis") and predictable ("12 Years a Slave" taking home the Best Film trophy or Cate Blanchett winning Best Actress Drama for "Blue Jasmine").
But it was a fun night with the dynamic duo of Tina Fey and Amy Poehler (who won Best Comedy Actress for "Parks and Recreation") returning as hosts for the second time. There were really no dramas in the evening, except for a few cuss words, and as predicted, Woody Allen did not show up to accept his Cecil B. DeMille Lifetime Achievement award.
I had a great »
The Oscar nominations are almost here and that sound you hear is everyone buzzing about what the Academy has in store for us. Come Thursday these predictions will be but a guestimation of what might happen, but before the Golden Globes air, I thought it would be good to give one last check up to my Oscar predictions.
-Dallas Buyers Club has done surprisingly well with the guilds in a way I didn’t anticipate when it first premiered and as such has moved up to 7 in my Best Picture predictions. In addition to that, I have Jennifer Garner ousting Julia Roberts from that final Best Supporting Actress. We’re due for some type of out of nowhere acting surprise, and she might well be it.
-It’s a bit foolish to make any real major changes just a few days before the nominations, »
- Terence Johnson
Blanchett took the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (Aacta) International award for best actress in a ceremony in Los Angeles on Saturday afternoon local time. Aacta president Geoffrey Rush handed the gong to Cate in the shindig at the Sunset Marquis.
Blanchett has won a host of North American critics. awards including New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Toronto for Blue Jasmine and has been nominated for a BAFTA award.
We.ll know next Friday if she.s in the running for an Academy Award. She won the Oscar for best supporting actress in The Aviator in 2005. She would be the first Aussie actress in history to win two Oscars.
- Don Groves
The awards season just got hotter with the Golden Globes happening this Sunday on NBC beginning at 5 p.m. Like most of you, I am curious to know who will win but I am more excited to see the dynamic duo, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, light up the stage as hosts of the evening.
The Golden Globe Award is considered a great barometer in predicting the Academy Awards but who will win and should win the almighty Globe? Here are my predictions for all categories. We.ll find out Sunday if my trusty crystal ball is accurate (See complete predictions after the jump).
Best Motion Picture . Drama
"12 Years A Slave"
Will Win: .12 Years A Slave.
Should Win: .Gravity.
Best Motion Picture . Musical or Comedy
Will Win: .American Hustle.
Should Win. .American »
Best Film 12 Years a Slave American Hustle Captain Phillips Gravity Philomena Outstanding British Film Gravity Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom Philomena Rush Saving Mr Banks The Selfish Giant Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer Colin Carberry, Glenn Patterson - Good Vibrations Kelly Marcel - Saving Mr Banks Kieran Evans - Kelly + Victor Paul Wright, Polly Stokes - For Those in Peril Scott Graham - Shell Film Not in the English Language The Act of Killing Blue is the Warmest Colour The Great Beauty Metro Manila Wadjda Documentary The Act of Killing The Armstrong Lie Blackfish Tim's Vermeer We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks Animated Film Despicable Me 2 Frozen Monsters University Original Screenplay Eric Warren Singer, David O Russell - American Hustle Woody Allen - Blue Jasmine Alfonso Cuarón, Jonas Cuarón - Gravity Joel Coen, Ethan Coen - Inside Llewyn Davis Bob Nelson - Nebraska Adapted »
Eleven days. That’s how long we’ll have to wait before the Academy announces the nominees for the Oscar and the awards watching world will know whether their predictions were right. We have gotten several pieces to the puzzle in the last week with PGA and WGA nominations, but it will all change soon. But here’s to educated guesses and here are my updated Oscar predictions.
-Dallas Buyers Club sure has announced itself as a serious Best Picture candidate, hasn’t it? The film is one of only two films to pick up SAG Ensemble, PGA and DGA nominations. The other film? American Hustle. The love for Dallas Buyers Club has enable Matthew McConaughey to rise to #2 in Best Actor and has me almost ready to bump Julia Roberts for Jennifer Garner in Supporting Actress.
-What does everyone make of Her‘s Oscar chances? »
- Terence Johnson
The Writers Guild of America award nominations are out, but don’t expect to learn much about the Oscar race from these shortlists.
Too many major screenplays are ineligible for the guild prize, since the organization only honors writers who are union members or films that were made under the auspices of a guild agreement — excluding many foreign and independent movies.
Among those disqualified this year: John Ridley’s script for 12 Years a Slave — considered a frontrunner for the adapted screenplay Oscar — and Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope’s Philomena — another strong contender for that Academy Award. In the original screenplay category, »
- Anthony Breznican
The Writers Guild of America (WGA) has announced the nominees for the 2014 WGA Awards and, as always, there will be Oscar contending screenplays that weren't eligible due to WGA qualifying rules. This year some of the ineligible scripts include 12 Years a Slave, Rush, Fruitvale Station and Philomena (via HitFix). The absence of such titles make the Oscar race a little more interesting, but if you think Lone Survivor is going to get a nomination (as much as I like seeing it recognized) over 12 Years a Slave guess again. In fact, looking at the nominations compared to my current Oscar predictions for Adapted and Original Screenplay you're going to find few differences. In the Original category the biggest difference is yet another snub for Inside Llewyn Davis, which was looked over yesterday by the Producers Guild and again today by the WGA, and once again, in its place we find Dallas Buyers Club, »
- Brad Brevet
19 items from 2014
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