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Screen Aus annual production funding - where did the money go?

  • IF.com.au
Screen Australia says it has not mismanaged its finances by spending its annual production funding in just six months - a state of affairs which it says reflects the strength of the local film industry.

The government screen agency revealed in mid-December 2012 that it had spent its entire annual $42 million drama production allocation due to the unprecedented number of quality feature film and television projects seeking support. The shock announcement was reminiscent of the agency's abrupt decision to cut its investment cap in 2009 while several films were mid-financed. That decision.threw several major Australian productions into dissaray including The Tree and the biggest box office hit of.2010, Tomorrow When the War Began (Omnilab Media had to increase its investment at the last minute to ensure production).

Overspending on such a scale has never occurred before, even going back to the era of Screen Australia.s predecessor funding arm, the Film Finance Corporation.
See full article at IF.com.au »

Maureen Ryan: Why 'Revolution' Is A Hit (And Why It Still Has A Problem)

  • Aol TV.
Maureen Ryan: Why 'Revolution' Is A Hit (And Why It Still Has A Problem)
It's a question I've seen bandied about the Internet regularly this fall: Why is "Revolution" a hit? Why this show?

Before I get to a few possible answers, I should say that I don't think the question is dumb. The last half-decade has seen dozens of high-concept TV shows fail, or half-fail for a season or two until they're put out of their misery. Ever since "Lost" was a hit, TV networks have been trying to replicate its weird DNA, but they have generally come up with a series of genetic experiments gone awry, not successful clones or upgrades. We're trained, by this point, to think that any broadcast network show that embraces genre elements is going to be more "Heroes" than Hurley.

"Revolution" has avoided this curse, and I have some ideas why it has helped NBC have its most successful fall since dinosaurs roamed the Earth. Over the past decade,
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Screen Aus invests $20m across 12 projects including The Rover

Screen Australia will invest almost $20 million across 12 screen projects including futuristic Western The Rover, starring Robert Pattinson and Guy Pearce.

The film is the latest collaboration between producer Liz Watts and writer-director David Michôd, following the success of their crime-thriller Animal Kingdom in 2010. FilmNation Entertainment acquired the majority of worldwide rights to The Rover at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year while Village Roadshow will distribute the film in Australia.

Screen Australia has also backed three other feature films: drama Felony, written by Joel Edgerton and directed by Matthew Saville (Noise); Healing, a redemptive prison drama starring Don Hany (East West 101) and Hugo Weaving; and Aim High in Creation, a hybrid documentary-drama about the late Kim Jong-il from writer/director Anna Broinowski (Forbidden Lie$).

Screen Australia chief executive Ruth Harley said the four Australian features have huge potential. "The Rover is a powerful, well-crafted script from a talented team with an impressive cast,
See full article at IF.com.au »

DVD and Blu-Ray Releases: January 25th - Costas Mandylor in Dead Space

So the day has come for you folks to take home Costas Mandylor in the final chapter of the phenomenon that is Saw! Well, at least until the inevitable reboot. Even cooler...if the jolly red-suited fatman brought you a 3D television last month, you can watch this puppy in its gory 3D glory, too.

Another franchise that is buzzing this week is the video game sequel, Dead Space 2. In addition to the game itself, you can also bring home the collector's edition, the album soundtrack, a hardcover game guide, and an animated DVD movie. That should keep you busy for a while.

Oh yeah, there are a couple of other interesting titles with some familiar faces from "True Blood", "Angel", "Buffy", and even "Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman".

Saw: The Final Chapter (Blu-ray Review)

Directed by Kevin Greutert

Starring Tobin Bell, Costas Mandylor, Betsy Russell, Sean Patrick Flanery, Cary Elwes,
See full article at Dread Central »

Four New Clips For NBC’s ‘The Cape’

NBC’s masked vigilante The Cape is preparing for his public debut. To drum up interest and tide over impatient would-be fans, the network has posted three sneak peeks and a short interview with the mysterious hero himself, David Lyons (ER), along with Summer Glau (Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles), who’ll be playing blogger sidekick Orwell.

The clips don’t really tell us anything we don’t already know: Vince Faraday is a cop wrongly accused and on the run who adopts the mantle of his son’s comic book hero to punish those responsible. He’s trained by well-meaning if shady circus folk (prolific voice actor Kieth David and Martin Klebba) in the martial arts fighting style of… the cape. He teams up with underground blogger-journalist Orwell to take on corruption in the fictional Palm City.

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See full article at Screen Rant »

Sdcc 2010: Friday Schedule for Comic-Con 2010 Released!

Comic-Con has just released its full Friday schedule and below you will find all of the movie and TV-related panels and events for the day. Take a look below and you can also if you missed yesterday's Preview Night and Thursday schedule. If you want the entire Friday Comic-Con schedule with comic book, video game and other related events, you can .

Friday, July 23

10:00-11:00 Comedy Central: Ugly Americans

David M. Stern (showrunner and executive producer), Daniel Powell (executive producer), Jeff Poliquin (supervising producer), Devin Clark (producer and series creator), Aaron Augenblick (director of animation), Matt Oberg (voice of Mark Lilly), Kurt Metzger (voice of Randall Skeffington), and Randy Pearlstein (voice of Leonard) take you behind the scenes at this animated series sensation. Featuring a sneak peek of the new season, Q&A, and more. One audience member selected will be drawn into an upcoming episode! Room 25Abc

10:15-11:15 Aloha,
See full article at MovieWeb »

Comic-Con 2010 Friday line-up

Friday's schedule has just gone up for the 2010 Comic-Con at San Diego. As was the case with yesterday's breakdown, I'm focusing on film/TV/DVD related events, screenings and panels.

Read about Thursday's line-up of events.

10:00-11:00 Comedy Central: Ugly AmericansDavid M. Stern (showrunner and executive producer), Dan Powell (executive producer), Jeff Poliquin (supervising producer), Devin Clark (producer and series creator), Aaron Augenblick (director of animation), Matt Oberg (voice of Mark Lilly), Kurt Metzger (voice of Randall Skeffington), and Randy Pearlstein (voice of Leonard) take you behind the scenes at this animated series sensation. Featuring a sneak peek of the new season, Q&A, and more. One audience member selected will be drawn into an upcoming episode! Room 25Abc

10:15-11:15 Aloha, Earth!— Lost castaway found! Battlestar Cylon becomes human! Star Trek writers return from space! A supernatural force has drawn some of sci-fi's giants
See full article at Corona's Coming Attractions »

Full Comic-con 2010 Schedule For Friday July 23rd!

Hey Gang! Comic-Con International has released the full schedule for Friday July 23rd and its another full day crazy awesomeness!

Friday is traditionally known as Star Wars day at the convention. This year feature 6 Special Programs featuring official news, announcements and more from the Star Wars universe. There is also the classic march of the Stormtroopers which is always cool.

I honestly don't know how were going to cover everything we want to, but we will find away! We did it last year! I've hilighted all of the events and panels that we are looking forward to seeing. So check out the full schedule below and start planning out your epic Friday at Comic-Con!

Friday, July 23

Last changed: Fri, Jul 9, 11:26am

10:00-11:00 DC Talent Search 2— DC's editorial art director Mark Chiarello presents an informative orientation session that will explain how DC's Talent Search works and discuss the different needs of DC Universe,
See full article at GeekTyrant »

The Comic-Con Friday, July 23 Schedule!

  • Superherohype
Here are the movie and TV highlights

The San Diego Comic-Con has posted the schedule for Friday, July 23. You can view the full schedule here, but below are the movie and TV events that ComingSoon.net/SuperHeroHype/ShockTillYouDrop.com will be concentrating on.

Friday, July 23

10:00-11:00 Comedy Central: Ugly AmericansDavid M. Stern (showrunner and executive producer), Dan Powell (executive producer), Jeff Poliquin (supervising producer), Devin Clark (producer and series creator), Aaron Augenblick (director of animation), Matt Oberg (voice of Mark Lilly), Kurt Metzger (voice of Randall Skeffington), and Randy Pearlstein (voice of Leonard) take you behind the scenes at this animated series sensation. Featuring a sneak peek of the new season, Q&A, and more. One audience member selected will be drawn into an upcoming episode! Room 25Abc

10:15-11:15 Aloha, Earth!— Lost castaway found! Battlestar Cylon becomes human! Star Trek writers return from space!
See full article at Superherohype »

NBC Cancels Heroes, Trauma, Mercy, Officially Picks Up Chuck, The Cape, Outlaw, Harry’S Law, Friends With Benefits

There’s been plenty of speculation, but now it’s official: Heroes is cancelled. The Live Feed reports that the ratings simply sunk too low to justify the budget, though fans may hold out hope that NBC is considering a “special or movie” to wrap up loose storylines. Likewise, NBC has no use for the low-rated freshman medical dramas Mercy and Trauma, so neither will get a second season.

On the flip side, NBC officially renewed Chuck for a fourth season(!) and picked up four new series: the superhero-centric The Cape, retitled legal dramas Outlaw (formerly titled Garza) and Harry’s Law (formerly titled Kindreds), and twenty-something singles comedy Friends With Benefits. Check out a press release with all the details after the jump.

Here’s the official press release:

NBC Adds To New Scripted Lineup With Four New Series — ‘The Cape,’ ‘Outlaw,’ ‘Harry’S Law’ And ‘Friends With Benefits
See full article at Collider.com »

NBC Reveals 2009-2010 Pickups and Renewals

NBC unveiled today a strong lineup of broad and diverse quality programming for the 2009-2010 television season announcing the pickups of six new series featuring four new dramas including Trauma, Parenthood, Mercy and the event series Day One, as well as two new comedies including Community and 100 Questions. Four returning series pickups were also announced including Heroes, Southland, Parks and Recreation and the addition of six new episodes of Saturday Night Live Weekend Update Thursday skewering today's top stories in live half-hour primetime shows.

The new and returning series will launch next season and the epic event series Day One is slated to premiere out of the 2010 Winter Olympic Games. The Jay Leno Show will be broadcast Monday-Fridays, 10-11 p.m. Et beginning in the fall. Previously announced series pickups include The Office, 30 Rock, The Biggest Loser, Celebrity Apprentice, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Friday Night Lights and new alternative series The Marriage Ref,
See full article at MovieWeb »

NBC's 2009-2010 Primetime Pickups

NBC has been struggling of late to find its identity as an entertainment programming network. With so many of television's best shows now appearing on cable channels (some of which are admittedly owned by parent NBC/Universal), the major networks have faced an increasing challenge to develop intriguing dramatic television, also facing as they do increased competition from video games, Internet downloads and other forms of entertainment.

But it's been hardest on NBC, which went through a serious staffing shakeup last December, searching for new blood and fresh ideas.

Has it worked? It's still too early to tell. Perhaps the most intriguing new offering from NBC is Day One, a futuristic drama from Heroes writer-producer Jesse Alexander. The story chronicles the aftermath of a global event that devastates the world's infrastructures when a small band of survivors strive to rebuild society and unravel the mysteries of why the event took
See full article at CinemaSpy »

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